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Nov 29, 2011 08:09 AM

Homemade: New cookbook. Anyone seen/tried it?

Hello -

Making my Christmas list ad trying to limit myself yto one cookbook. For reference, i like Bill Granger, Nigel Slater, and Jamie Oliver.

Has anyone else seen this? It looks really good, but I wonder if the recipes are as good as they look:

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  1. I know this is an old post, but I just bought "Home Made Winter" by the same author, Yvette Van Boven.
    Haven't yet cooked from it but it looks fantastic and I am looking forward to trying many recipes over the winter from it.
    Beautiful photos and illustrations, and very engaging writing.

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    1. re: poptart

      That is sort of my issue with it: It IS engaging and beautiful. I am just not that likely to cook from it.

    2. Bringing back this thread for the second time because Yvette van Boven has now released a Home Made Summer cookbook. The third in the Home Made series. Has anyone bought, cooked, or read any of these cookbooks?

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      1. re: pagesinthesun

        You've probably read the reviews too, but this one, referring to the original Homemade, was enough to put me off.
        " It claims to be cookbook for DIY cooks who like scratch cooking but basically it is an ordinary good cookbook with a huge variety of recipes having upscale, trendy, sometimes unheard-of ingredients."

        1. re: ItalianNana

          Thank you! I'm glad I wasn't clicker happy this morning. I almost threw all three books in my amazon cart. I have to admit to falling for their "just like the one you bought" emails.

          For some reason I can't recall I hesitated and thought I should ask my knowledgeable CH'ers.

          Glad I did!

          1. re: pagesinthesun

            Ah yes, I'm afflicted with the dreaded Amazon-trigger-finger syndrome as well. I have learned to scan the reviews and it's very revealing. Sometimes a really bad review will convince me to buy! "This cookbook sucked!!! The recipes are simplistic and ordinary!!!"
            Good, just what I was looking for. :-D

      2. Actually, I have Home Made Winter and like it very much. There's a quinoa apple cake recipe in it that is fabulous. One of those dense, moist breads that is not too sweet, good for breakfast and I like that it's somewhat healthy as well.

        I have to admit, the idea of a "cake" made out of quinoa put me off but I had some left over one night and figured what the hell and was very pleasantly surprised.

        Based on that experience, I purchased "Home Made" as well when I saw a copy of it at TJ Maxx (discount store) and have enjoyed reading it and look forward to trying some recipes.