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Mar 22, 2012 04:58 PM

What cookbooks have you bought lately? Springtime edition! [old]

Hi all, so...spring has sprung (re "Sprummer", as greygarious so aptly put it, here in the northeast and parts north), the grass is riz (as are all the flowers that will no doubt fade quickly this year). I wonder what cookbooks have caught your fancy lately. Picks and pans, let's discuss.

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  1. Cabane à Sucre Au Pied de Cochon.

    Interesting in that I hadn't really been expecting some soft-core pr0n with my cookbook, but then again, Picard's hairdo resembles Ron Jeremy's.

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    1. re: wattacetti

      Ron Jeremy is one of the least appetizing individuals ever.

      1. re: buttertart

        Yes I know but in some of the book's photos that's who Picard resembles.

        It's an interesting read (better in French), but the squirrel sushi turned out to be squirrel katsu on shari. Not sure if that works - squirrel can be pretty chewy.

    2. It ended up that I couldn't resist the lure of Asian Tofu by Andrea Nguyen. I love single subject books like this because if they're good, they go into the kind of depth that more generalized books just don't have room for. I'm not sure I'll be making my own tofu, but we'll see,

      I also bought Artisan Cheese Making at Home: Techniques & Recipes for Mastering World-Class Cheeses by Mary Karlin. Again, more for educational purposes but it could be a lot of fun to actually give some of these cheese recipes a try.

      And I was able to get The Art of the Chocolatier: From Classic Confections to Sensational Showpieces by Ewald Notter for free with points on a credit card. It just got shipped, can't wait to see it.

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      1. re: flourgirl

        I have purchased several of the books in the Penguin Great Food Series
        Two Melissa Clarks' cookbooks
        "Cook This Now"
        "In the kitchen With a Good Appetite"

        Stephanie Pierson
        "The Brisket Book"

        Hoffman and Wise
        "The Olive and the Caper'

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        1. I recently bought 5 new cookbooks (that's a lot for me as I only have about a dozen or so!):

          Hazan - Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking

          Reinhart - Bread Baker's Apprentice

          Madison - Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone

          Bittman - How to Cook Everything Vegetarian

          Ottolenghi - Plenty

          I'm not a vegetarian, but I recently recognized a real lacking in my ability to prepare vegetarian meals, so I aim to fix that.

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          1. re: jljohn

            That's a nice little group to add to your library, jljohn.

          2. I ordered Cook This Now just because it will be April COTM. Not even sure that if I will like it since I have not had a lot of success with recently selected books. Also ordered Food52 - very excited about it and can't wait:)

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            1. re: herby

              which books from COTM were u disappointed?

              1. re: jpr54_1

                I am not a big fan of Batali and Slater, tired of huge tomes like Gourmet, could not get into the Pepin book and currently very dissapointed in The Olive and The Caper. On the possitive side I loved cooking during The Japanese Month, and from 150 Best American Recipes, Around My French Table and Seduction of Rice. We cannot all be happy with the same books and dishes and as long as it works 50% of the time, I am good with it:)

                1. re: herby

                  I have a hard time getting into Batali even though I love a lot of the dishes at his restaurants. Perhaps a ghost writing problem?

                  1. re: herby

                    Wow! I agree about the huge Gourmetesque tomes, but I am in the opposite camp when it comes to Slater. He has turned out to be one of my all-time favorite cookbook authors. I bought The Kitchen Diaries and Tender during the Slater month a while ago. What a treat. I also have Real Fast Food which is great for quickie meals.

                    I also bought and continue to use frequently, Around My French Table. I find I use all three of these books all the time.

                    I have one Batali cookbook which I hardly use except for the chicken liver recipe which is a big favorite at my house. I think it's called Molto Italiano but I'm too lazy to get up and go look.

                    I have had several Deborah Madison cookbooks for years and use them all the time. Great recipes.

                2. re: herby

                  I haven't looked at the book, but I love that website. I cook something from there at least once a week, almost always with good results. I never got into epicurious or any of the other web-based recipe sites, but something about Food52 is different. I use it all the time.

                  1. re: Westminstress

                    That is really a terrific website, isn't it. I love the book too, but it's limited to what they could get between the two covers. So much more on the site.

                    1. re: nomadchowwoman

                      Yep.. got it out of the library, and realised that all of the recipes that I wanted to try were also available on the website..

                      1. re: nomadchowwoman

                        I also enjoy Food52 website and the recipes have all worked for me so far. I just gave the brown butter banana bread with bourbon a try yesterday. Very tasty. But, I do have some trouble reading the site sometimes; something about the layout gets thrown on and off when I'm visiting the site. Do either of you have this web layout issue?

                        1. re: HillJ

                          Yes.. I do have problems with the layout too..

                            1. re: HillJ

                              I liked it so much better mad found the navigation easier before they changed it.

                              1. re: HillJ

                                Yes--I find the clutter rather annoying. I like that they update/improve some recipes, but it's all hard to navigate sometimes.

                                1. re: nomadchowwoman

                                  Thanks for the feedback. I'm going to contact Food52 and let them know the issue isn't isolated to browser.

                                  1. re: HillJ

                                    I realize I am very late to the party, but I share your dislike for the new food52 layout. I do not use the site as much as I used to bc I hate the layout. HillJ---did they respond when you contacted them?