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Jun 20, 2012 10:25 AM

What cookbooks have you bought lately? Summer edition, part 1 [OLD]

OK all, it sure as heck is summer here today (over 90, I don't really want to think about how much over 90), so time for a new thread. What have you been indulging in lately? I bought the Braker "Simple Art of Perfect Baking" (used, for a song) a bit ago, on roxlet's and others' recommendation, but haven't really gotten into it yet. Waiting for some preorders from TGC that look interesting. And got the Kindle edition of the new "Rosie's Bakery" book on cookies ($3.99, and I figured I knew what a cookie looked like, so not as necessary to have it as a book book). How about you, fellow devoté(e)s, addicts, mavens?

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  1. Picked up the Barbecue Bible by Steven Reichlen, paperback.
    And then A Culinary Odyssey by Andrew X. Pham, iPad $4.99. My favorite Southeast Asian cookbook so far. The fried banana rolls with pina colada sauce is an original and our top desert for the summer.

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    1. re: macxsea

      In anticipation of July's COTM selection, I added FISH WITHOUT A DOUBT and LOBSTER AT HOME to my collection. Both are en route and I will report back with more details when I have them in hand.

      1. re: dkennedy

        I am really glad I bought FWAD, the techniques set out in the book such as for cast iron roasting make this book a keeper. I have made several dishes so far and have been very pleased.

      2. re: macxsea

        FAST FRESH AND GREEN for Kindle
        The last two based upon the god reviews here.

      3. I just ordered New World Kitchen: Latin American and Caribbean Cuisine by Norman Van Aken after seeing it on Cooking Light's best Latin American Cookbooks list and finding a cheap used copy on amazon. Trying to slow down though. I still have a lot of ones I've yet to cook from.

        1. I've read the original Rosie's cookbook (all-butter cream-filled sugar packed).. got it from the library but had to return in before I could try it... reminds me I should get it out again and try it. Didn't find a the new Rosie's cookie cookbook on Amazon though.. only one from 1996?

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          1. re: rstuart

            The "Rosie's" cookbook is one of my favorites when I need to make a cake. I've been baking from it since it first came out.

            Try the Bittersweet Orange Cake with Lemon Glaze and the Pumpkin Cheesecake. Highly recommended…

          2. My copy of "Every Grain of Rice" finally arrived but I've just barely begun to get into it. Looks as though it will be a very good adjunct to her other two books.

            And since my grandson is coming to visit for two weeks next month, I used that as an excuse to take advantage of The Good Cook buy-one-get-one-at-half-price sale and bought Lahey's "My Pizza" and Medrich's "Sinfully Easy Delicious Desserts." I figure his visit will give me the opportunity to explore both, since neither is a book I'd use to cook just for myself.

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            1. re: JoanN

              I got the Medrich as well as the pizza book, which was among my husband's father's day gifts

            2. Hah! Let the record show that this thread was up for 7 hours before I had something to report!! (Sad, I know...)

              3 great books arrived today and at first pass, I'm excited about all of them!

              The Book of Kale by Sharon Hanna - A vibrant, beautifully photographed and thoughtfully laid out book featuring one of my all-time favourite vegetables and one that mr bc detests! I heard an interview w Ms Hanna and she said her goal was to turn everyone into kale-lovers (especially kids btw). These recipes are enticing, innovative and most look to be simple and quick to prepare. I'll let you know if mr bc becomes a convert!!

              Tantalizing Tamales by Gwyneth Doland - I ordered this delightful little book along w some chilies from Native Seeds (via mail-order from Tucson) I'm so hungry for looking through it!

              Vegetables from Amaranth to Zucchini by Elizabeth Schneider. Yes it was expensive but I was compelled to buy this book after hearing and reading so many great things about it. What especially appealed to me was that it included a number of lesser known veggies. It's an IACP "Book of the Year" winner and I'm happy to add it to my collection.

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                I want to hear more about your experience with Veg. from A to Z above. I am always searching for an amazing veggie book.

                1. re: dkennedy

                  dk I'll definitely report back once I get to take a closer look at it and of course, cook from it. One thing I did before buying it was use the new-ish "Search this book for recipes" feature in EYB and looked up veggies we love or, that I've had difficulty finding recipes for all in one place before. I was impressed that the book seemed to have several recipes for vegetables that most books don't even bother with. For example - 13 recipes for kohlrabi, 18 w radishes.

                  1. re: Breadcrumbs

                    Breadcrumbs, I just ordered "The Farm" from the library, based on the recipes that you've described (and photographed)!

                    1. re: rstuart

                      Thanks rstuart. I'm really enjoying the book and look forward to hearing what you think.