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Aug 21, 2011 06:41 AM

Cookbooks you covet - which cookbooks are on your wish list this year? Which books are just too expensive to buy for yourself without feeling guilty? – PART 2

Here we go again folks!! Back by popular demand, a new thread to post our cookbook wish lists and then add to them after reading about what everyone else is coveting!!

After just entering my 1,000th book in Eat Your Books (EYB) I really have no business thinking about which book I want next but of course, when you’re cookbook obsessed, that doesn’t stop you!

I’ve purposely avoided the thread teasing us w a list of books that are “new this fall” but here’s my current wish list. Most of these books were recommended by fellow Hounds throughout the year:

The Southern Italian Table: Authentic Tastes From Traditional Kitchens - 
Arthur Schwartz

My New Orleans: The Cookbook - 
John Besh

Bistro Cooking at Home - 
Gordon Hamersley

Madhur Jaffrey Indian - Cooking 
Madhur Jaffrey

Vij's at Home: Relax, Honey 
Meeru Dhalwala - Vikram Vij

Chinese Kitchen - 
Lo Yin-Fei

The River Cafe Classic Italian Cookbook - 
Rose Gray

Tart and Sweet: 101 Canning and Pickling Recipes for the Modern Kitchen - 
Kelly Geary, Jessie Knadler

Mangoes and Curry Leaves: Culinary Travels Through the Great Subcontinent - 
Jeffrey Alford, Naomi Duguid

Divertimenti Cookbook- 
Camilla Schneideman

Rao's Cookbook: Over 100 Years of Italian Home Cooking - 
Frank Pellegrino

Food & Wine Reinventing the Classics: All the Classic Recipes You Ever Wanted Updated by Today's Best Epicurean Mag - 
Dana Cowin

The New Boston Globe Cookbook: More than 200 Classic New England Recipes, From Clam Chowder to Pumpkin Pie 
The Boston Globe -, Sheryl Julian

Mediterranean Feast - 
Clifford Wright

Jacques Pepin Fast Food My Way 
Ben Fink - Jacques Pepin

Tapas: A Taste Of Spain In America - 
Jose Andres, Richard Wolff

The Flavor Bible: The Essential Guide To Culinary Creativity, Based On The Wisdom Of America's Most Imaginative Chefs - 
Karen Page, K. Page

The Cook's Country Cookbook: Rediscovering American Home Cooking with 500 Classic, Regional, and Heirloom Recipes by Editors of Cook's Country Magazine

So, what about you? What’s on your list right now? What are you going to entice the rest of us into adding to our lists?

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  1. Thank you, BC - I am happy now! Love this. 1000th cookbook on EYB! wow, me want -- love your list, will be back later to add some of my own. : )

    1. Two you mentioned above: Med. Feast and Food and Wine.
      Have Mozza coming.
      Seriously considering:

      The Homesick Texan Cookbook
      The Splendid Table Cookbook How To Eat Weekends
      Essential Pepin
      The Best of America's Test Kitchen
      All About Roasting by Molly Stevens -- love her All About Braising - but I have Barbara Kafka's
      Roasting which is great. - do I need Molly's, too??
      The Italian Baker Revised
      Jamie Oliver's Meals in Minutes
      Kitchen Simple - Peterson - may be more for a beginning cook?

      more to come....also maybe Besh's new book? LOVE My New Orleans -

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      1. re: bayoucook

        Besh has new cookbook ? I'll have to go look, I loved My New Orleans also.

        1. re: bayoucook

          I've just preordered

          The Splendid Table How to Eat Weekends
          The Comfort Food Fix (Ellie Krieger)
          The New Betty Crocker Cookbook (I have several of the old versions too)

          On TGC's sale I also ordered Alice Waters' new book and Fiesta at Rick's...prob
          wouldn't have bought them but they were $10 with the $10 each for 5+...great deal,
          plus I used some points.

          Thinking about Mozza for next promotion.

        2. Food & Wine Reinventing the Classics: All the Classic Recipes You Ever Wanted Updated by Today's Best Epicurean Mag - 
Dana Cowin

          Thank you for listing that, I just bought a used one for 4 dollars including Prime shipping from Amazon.

          My list

          Ruhlman's Twenty: 20 Techniques, 200 Recipes, A Cook's Manifesto by Michael Ruhlman ( comes out next month)

          Handheld Pies: Pint-Sized Sweets and Savories by Rachel Wharton (Hardcover) ( December 2011 release date)

          6 Replies
          1. re: rasputina

            Me, too - I got the F&W Reinventing one at same - nice!

            1. re: rasputina

              The Ruhlman is out in the US. I have it but don't like his style at all (too reductive). Rather wish I hadn't bothered.

              1. re: buttertart

                Have you read any of his other books? I'm just wondering if it's him or this particular book you don't like.

                1. re: rasputina

                  Ratio and part of the one before it. Just don't care for him. If you liked Ratio, you'll be very happy with the new book.

                    1. re: rasputina

                      I just got Ruhlman's 20. It is my first Ruhlman cookbook and I have to agree with buttertart. I don't think i'd go as far as I wish I hadn't bothered (I got my copy on TGC for $11.00) but I don't think I will cook out of it. I did, however, enjoy reading his wisdom on each technique. I have learned at least 1 thing in each section.

                      Currently coveting:

                      Mighty Spice
                      Cook Like A Rock Star
                      All About Roasting
                      and that Marcus Sameulsson African cookbook

            2. Breadcrumbs, if you want what I at least still think is the best basic Chinese cookbook out there, get Irene Kuo's "The Key to Chinese Cooking". OOP but widely available used. I don't particularly like the Eileen Yin-Fei Lo (properly as you have it, Lo Yinfei) books and the most recent one ("Mastering the Art of Chinese Cooking") (modest title) is lousy.

              1. I don't buy a whole lot of cookbooks, but I'd been ogling David Thompson's "Thai Street Food" since it came out and finally bought it at Borders (RIP) the other day at 40 percent off its $60 list price. I find that very few books of that type—enormous trim, tons of full-bleed photos, not many recipes—actually inspire me to cook from them, but this one has, in a big way. I've already gotten at least $36 worth of reading and cooking pleasure from it, and if I'd known that I might have purchased it at full price earlier.

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                1. re: Liana Krissoff

                  The green papaya salad is worth the price of the book on its own. Pair it with the candied beef (I am not sure what the name of that recipe is but I think it is referred to in the intro for the green papays salad). Enjoy!

                  1. re: dkennedy

                    Sounds like a great cookbook, I will look at it on Amazon.