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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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              1. re: Breadcrumbs


                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.

              2. I haven't purchased anything due to space constraints but I am on my third renewal of David Tanis' Heart of the Artichoke. I may break down and buy it. Most recent success was last night, a delicious sweet pepper and cauliflower salad.

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                1. re: tcamp

                  That is one of my all time favorite cookbooks. I have yet to make a flop.

                2. "Quinoa 365: The Everyday Super Food" is my most recent purchase.

                  1. The postman made me happy today!

                    Bundt Classics arrived via Bookmooch

                    Amazon order of:
                    Mes Confitures: The Jams & Jellies of Christine Ferber
                    Making Sauerkraut & pickled Vegetables at Home by Kaufmann & Schöneck

                    I used inter-library loan last year to try out the Ferber book. I was really pleased with the recipes I made from the book. After loosing last summers notes I decided I had to have the book! Price has dropped to under $20.

                    The sauerkraut book is a slim book about lacto-fermentation. Just thumbing thumbing through quickly I've noticed recipe errors. About half of the book consists of recipes using the fermented vegetables, which I'm not so interested in. I'll reserve judgement until I've looked at it more carefully.

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                    1. re: meatn3

                      What recipes have you tried from Mes Confitures? I have been eying that book & hoping the price would drop on Amazon. I usually hit the "buy" button pretty fast, but when a book is twenty dollars, I kinda hold back until I get some sort of "sign". Ha Ha.

                      What kind of recipe errors did you find in the sauerkraut book? I am completely new at this method & would not know when there is an error or not, but would really like to try some lacto fermentation.

                      Thanks for any input you can give on these two books.

                      1. re: cstout

                        I took the Christine Ferber book out of the library last year and tried a few recipes. The chocolate raspberry one was definitely good, and I copied a pear and chocolate one (Belle Helene) to try this year. I enjoyed it, but was rather bemused as she lovingly described using only fruit fresh from the orchard... I found it slightly precious. On the other hand... they were good recipes!

                        1. re: rstuart

                          I like her recipe for lemon-basil angel hair pasta.

                        2. re: cstout

                          So far the errors in the sauerkraut book are situations where the directions call for an ingredient not listed, such as tomatoes. Hard to tell if the ingredient list is wrong or if the directions have a mistake. The fermentation info seems on target at first glance. I'm in the midst of figs ripening, so have had no time to look at the book further! (9 lbs. today harvested!)

                          I really recommend Wild Fermentation by Sandor Katz for the best starting point bookwise in lacto fermentation.

                          I had obtained Mes Confitures through inter-library loan last year. I tried a few recipes and made copies of several more. She isn't the only one using the method, but she was the first I had heard of. Many of her recipes don't really seem too exciting but there is such purity of flavor from the method used. She does have a number of recipes which are a little different from the usual.

                          The most popular (I'm getting calls from friends worried I might not be making it this season) is the fig and pear. It is really, really lovely. The fig with honey and bay is wonderful. I used sourwood honey and the bay added such an interesting undertone.

                          Last month I tried the strawberry w/ black pepper & mint. I also made Strawberry w/ raspberry juice & balsamic vinegar. I had some issues (new pot, new stove and rusty cook) and overcooked them. The flavor was very nice. IIRC I preferred the recipe with the raspberry juice, although it was more work than usual.

                          I did purchase The Blue Chair Jam Cookbook at Borders closeout last year and made several recipes. They lacked the purity of flavor I find in Ferber's. I'm not ready to write the book off and will try a wider variety this year.

                          Neither author uses the water bath method of canning. I add that step - determining timing by looking at similar recipes in Ball or the National Center for Home Food Preservation.

                          A number of Ferber's recipes call for home made green apple jelly to supply pectin. I haven't been organized enough to have this at the ready & haven't made any recipe where that is a requirement. I do prefer the results of jams made without commercial pectin. I like that they are less (relatively!) sweet and I like the texture. I think the fruit flavor is purer.

                          Hope that helps!

                          1. re: meatn3

                            What a wonderful critique you have provided, you should be a professional cookbook reviewer - wonder how you could become one. Thanks to you, I am convinced I need Mes Confitures (I told you I was looking for some sort of "sign" to steer me in the right direction). I can just taste that fig & pear jam.

                            Also, Wild Fermentation will go into my shopping cart too. With these 2 books,
                            I think I am good to go. Don't you folks just love to present one of your precious jars of summer to someone who is special? A jar of jam/jelly is always in good taste, pardon the pun. And how about a loaf of homemade bread to go along with it?

                            Has anyone tried making homemade butter too? Oh well, better cut it off somewhere.

                            Thanks again for your time & advice.

                      2. TGC is having another sale - 3 book for $10 each. I have "Turkey" sitting in my cart as a result of endorsement by Buttertart (I think). Is it worth getting. BT, if it was you, did you get a chance to read/cook this book?

                        My letest addition is Planet BBQ and I am planning to make "tandyr" chicken - Uzbeck (?). It is the first recipe that jumped at me and was well liked on the grilling threads. Not sure what to serve with it though...

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                        1. re: herby

                          Turkey is backordered. Dang TGC with all their sales...

                          1. re: buttertart

                            It is always so tempting with a lower priced books to get the ones I want. Really want to have Asian Dumplings and Asian Tofu but TGC does not have them.

                            Can't decide about Turkey... What attracted you to it in the first place, BT, do you remember?

                            1. re: herby

                              I looked at it on Amazon, and I don't have a Turkish book.

                              1. re: buttertart

                                So, you think "I don't have a Turkish book" good enough reason to buy Turkey? The book, not the country, though, it might be reasonable these days:) I am asking because this is my reason it is in my TGC cart!

                                1. re: herby

                                  Yes I do. I worked with Turkish people the past few years and love their food.

                        2. I ordered:

                          Modernist Cuisine at Home
                          Pierre Gagnaire: 175 Home Recipes with a Twist
                          Japanese Farm Food

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                          1. re: wattacetti

                            Want to lnow about the Gagnaire, such an amazing chef.
                            Japanese Farm Food? Oh baby. Sounds interesting.

                            1. re: buttertart

                              Japanese Farm Food is written by Nancy Singleton Hachisu, a Cali ex-pat who now lives on a farm in Japan. Very vegetable-centric according to the blurb:

                              Japanese Farm Food offers a unique window into life on a Japanese farm through the simple, clear-flavored recipes cooked from family crops and other local, organic products. The multitude of vibrant images by Kenji Miura of green fields, a traditional farmhouse, antique baskets, and ceramic bowls filled with beautiful, simple dishes are interwoven with Japanese indigo fabrics to convey an intimate, authentic portrait of life and food on a Japanese farm. With a focus on fresh and thoughtfully sourced ingredients, the recipes in Japanese Farm Food are perfect for fans of farmers' markets, and for home cooks looking for accessible Japanese dishes. Personal stories about family and farm life complete this incredible volume.

                              The Gagnaire book is the translation of "Pierre Gagnaire - Kitchen Maestro", which doesn't look like it will make the trip across the Atlantic. The Amazon.ca blurb is a bit breathy:

                              Celebrated French chef Pierre Gagnaire offers 175 classic and yet refined recipes for everyday and special occasions, from lazy brunches to midnight feasts. Revered for pushing the boundaries of taste and texture, Gagnaire transforms old favorites with a twist of originality in recipes designed for the casual cook. Four chapters include ideas for mealtimes and entertaining, from French Toast and Lemon-Rhubarb Marmalade to Grilled Line-Caught Bass to Bell Pepper Cocktails or Raspberries with Parmesan. The creative recipes of this master chef will expand the repertoire of the home cook—novice or accomplished—and provide a fresh, new home-dining experience.

                              1. re: wattacetti

                                Japanese Farm Food sounds very intriguing indeed! This appears to be the author's web site:


                                Another one to add to my list :-)!

                                1. re: poptart

                                  Wow, I love that kitchen shown on the front page. In response to all the dream kitchen threads, I will henceforth go with that one.

                                  1. re: tcamp

                                    That looks very much like the granite we have in our kitchen

                          2. Gourmet Italian - another Gourmet mag publication - supposedly best Italian-American recipes. Hardcover book, $13.79 from Costco

                            From the thrift shop:

                            Eating Southern Style - Terry Thompson

                            Light the Fire by LInda Matthie-Jacobs

                            Appetizers and Small Meals - Mable Hoffman

                            and my find of the day and a book I'm excited to add to my shelf:

                            Mark Miller's Indian Market Cookbook

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                            1. re: Breadcrumbs

                              I haven't seen that one by Mable Hoffman. If you cook from it please report back!

                              Mabel came under my radar last year and now I see a good many of her books in thrift stores. I picked up a copy of the crockpot book but have not cooked from it yet. She was an interesting lady.


                              1. re: meatn3

                                meatn thanks for sharing that article, I'll most definitely report when I cook from that book.

                            2. Good to the Grain by Kim Boyce. Tried her bran and prune butter muffins....excellent! So many things here look great, I've checked this book out of the library several times and finally bought it.

                              The Whole World Loves Chicken Soup by Mimi Sheraton.

                              The Meatball Cookbook Bible by Ellen Brown.

                              New Vegetarian Kitchen by Nicola Graimes.

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                              1. re: poptart

                                poptart, if you haven't already you might want to check out this thread on Good to the Grain: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/702840

                                1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                                  Thanks! I had seen this awhile back and will definitely revisit the thread as I try more recipes.
                                  After re-reading, I am keen on trying the barley scones.

                              2. Ottolenghi's "Plenty" is the only cookbook I've bought in quite some time. That reminds me, I need to pull it out and start marking ideas for summer meals!

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                                1. re: ChristinaMason

                                  There are a ton of wonderful recipes in Plenty!

                                  1. re: roxlet

                                    Can you point me to some of your faves? I suppose I should dig up the COTM on the subject...

                                    1. re: ChristinaMason

                                      Just off the top of my head, I loved the green couscous and the beets with orange and oil cured olives.

                                      1. re: ChristinaMason

                                        Christina, I am not roxlet but here are from memory a few dishes that I loved from Planty:

                                        Soba noodles with eggplant and mango
                                        Garlic tart
                                        Moroccan carrot salad
                                        Farro salad
                                        Green couscous
                                        Watermelon and feta salad

                                        1. re: herby

                                          Thank you both! I have some of those flagged already :)

                                  2. Appetite by Nigel Slater. Paris Bistro Cooking by Linda Dannenberg.

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                                    1. re: sandylc

                                      I just purchased Desserts by the Yard at Chapters (Brampton) for $14.99. I was so excited as I almost bought it on Amazon a few months ago for about twice as much, after reading about it often on here. I have had the Secrets of Baking since it first came out, so was glad to add this to my (ever)-growing collection. Also, I immediately thought of Breadcrumbs when I saw this yesterday.

                                      1. re: foodie_guru

                                        I just saw your post foodie_guru and it gave me such a good laugh! its so much fun finding bargains like yours isn't it!! I hope you love the book. Let us know if you make something.

                                    2. I finally returned home last night and a bunch of cookbooks greeted me:) Please comment on any you are familiar with.
                                      Canal House Cooking vol. 3, 4 & 6
                                      The Best Soups in the World by Clifford Wright
                                      Salsas That Cook by Rick Bayless
                                      The Kimchi Chronicles by Marja Vongerichten
                                      Great Pies & Tarts by Carole Walters
                                      Appertizers by Fine Cooking

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                                      1. re: herby

                                        Would love to hear what you think of Best Soups in the World, Herby. I have a serious addiction to soup books. Don't know why!

                                        1. re: dkennedy

                                          I have several soup books myself:) Will definitely let you know how recipes turn out once I start cooking from it. I looked on EYB site and the only name amongst people that have The Best Soups I recognise is "nomadchowwoman" - hope she checks this thread and let us know what she thinks.

                                          1. re: herby

                                            I had been avoiding this thread as I am powerless before you, fellow cookbook addicts. My most recent addition was "Fish Without a Doubt" (no regrets there), and I've just ordered "Planet Barbeue!" for next month's COTM.

                                            I'm afraid I can't be too much help on the Wright "Best Soups," as I've never cooked from it. It has a whole lot of recipes, many of them classics/standards, but nothing really grabbed me though I shall give it another look. I'm not the best to ask: We have so little soup weather here (my husband hates cold soup), and I have a lot of favorite soup recipes already so it takes a lot to grab me.

                                            @Westy below: I have all the CH books, and I love them--but I love them for the photography and the fantasy aspect of the CH enterprise. I've tried a couple of the recipes (quite successfully but they weren't new or unusual) and taken a few tips from trhese lovely little books, but if one is looking for innovative or groundbreaking recipes, these books would no doubt disappoint.

                                        2. re: herby

                                          How do you like Canal House? I've seen the books at W&S but never puled the trigger.

                                          1. re: Westy

                                            I only have Canal House Vol. 4 with me and keep reading it but yet to make a dish. This is a "summer" book and recipes seem to be very simple with not many ingredients. Everyone has been difficult and fussy to cook for and not very adventurous this summer:(

                                            1. re: Westy

                                              Agree with nomadchowwoman above. I like my CH books, but I equate them with reading a trashy novel on vacation. They are pretty to page through, they might even give you an idea about putting a theme meal together, but the recipes are all standards, nothing to warrant adding them to your collection if you are looking for something new or different.

                                          2. Unexpectedly by Amazon.ca order arrived this afternoon. No Dunlop yet but Asian Dumplings and Best Summer Weekends arrived. Breadcrumbs, if you are reading this thread, I want to say THANK YOU! for introducing me to Summer Weekends. It is a perfect cottage cookbook; it has a bit of everything but simple to prepare recipes that allow the cook to enjoy the cottage too. I want to make everything:)

                                            Asian Dumplings will have to wait until after the cottage. I flipped through it quickly and there are a few techniques that would take time and effort to master. I would definitely joint the thread and cook along.

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                                            1. re: herby

                                              So glad to hear that book will work out for you herby. I agree that it's a great cottage book and it's one I've gifted on a number of occasions. I have a lot of friends that are cottagers and they all love this book. As you say, it has a bit of everything and I especially like that the dishes are quick to prepare as well.

                                              As an aside, if you find you're a fan of Jane Rodmell's recipes, I'd highly recommend her "All the Best Recipes" cookbook. In this book she shares a number of recipes for the most popular dishes at her store and many others. If I were to index one book in EYB, it would be this one as I'd love to get more use out of it. Everything we've tried we've loved.


                                            2. I broke down and bought the following over the weekend:

                                              "Morimoto: The New Art of Japanese Cooking"
                                              "The Meatball Shop Cookbook"
                                              "Sunday Suppers at Lucques: Seasonal Recipes from Market to Table"
                                              "The Santa Monica Farmers' Market Cookbook: Seasonal Foods, Simple Recipes and Stories from the Market and Farm"

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                                              1. re: bg90027

                                                Sunday Suppers and Santa Monica Farmers' Market Cookbook are both among my favorites. So, so many in Sunday Suppers I will need to come back with a list of must tries but for now note that the Thanksgiving stuffing is outstanding and so are the chocolate sable cookies.

                                                The pork and white bean stew in SM Farmers Market is outstanding, but so is everything else. You will love both of these.

                                              2. I finally located a reasonably priced copy of Nick Malgieri's Italian baking book. It's a used copy, but for $14 I'll take my chances. I've seen it for as much as $50.

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                                                1. Every Grain of Rice arrived while I was away. It is not an attractive book but, hopefully, the recipes are.
                                                  Of course, I could not resist TGC sale and ordered:
                                                  - The Farm by Ian Knauer
                                                  - Flour by Joanne Chang
                                                  - Turkey by Leanne Kitchen and
                                                  - Small-Batch Preserving by Ellie Topp

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                                                    1. re: buttertart

                                                      65% off - not the best sale but works to $10.50 for a $30 book. I ordered last night, not sure if it is over or still on.

                                                      1. re: herby

                                                        I need more like I need another hole in my head...waiting for my preorders from the last sale to show up!

                                                  1. My latest 3 cookbook acquisitions:
                                                    1) The Extraordinary Cookbook (2010) by Stefan Gates, on "How to Make Meals Your Friends Will Never Forget". Simply awesome.
                                                    2) The Goa Portuguesa Cookbook(2009) by Deepa Suhas Awchat. Amazing Portuguese-Indian fusion recipes from Goa, India.
                                                    3) The Penang Heritage Cookbook (2012) by Ong Jin Teong. I went off to buy this cookbook after watching Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations episode on Penang, Malaysia, last month.

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                                                    1. re: klyeoh

                                                      Want the Goa book. Stefan Gates? "Gastronaut" is such a fun book, must get the cookbook.

                                                      1. re: buttertart

                                                        Reader, she bought the Gates (for under $8 on Amazon, used). And is lusting after the Goa book.

                                                        1. re: buttertart

                                                          If you give in on the Goa book, I'd really like to hear what you think when you see it. Kinda curious about the Penang book too...why do I read these threads???

                                                          1. re: qianning

                                                            I know...we are addicts. klyeoh, what do you like about the Goa book?

                                                            1. re: buttertart

                                                              I actually bought it on a whim. I was in India (not Goa, but Bangalore, Chennai) a few months ago, and really enjoyed food in Goan food in those cities - I wanted to know what a recipe for "bibinca" (layered cake) looks like. The Goan cookbook was more like a coffee-table book: combining gorgeous photos of the city of Goa with luscious food pics.

                                                    2. Finally had a look into Elinor Klivans' "Chocolate Cakes". Lots of great, unusual recipes. Available for a song, if you're a baker, get it. One of my favorite baking writers.

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                                                      1. re: buttertart

                                                        I got that last month while looking for Bon Appetit's Dessert cookbook (on a tip from Breadcrumbs) at a discount store near me. I was looking through my files and noticed that I must have photocopied half of it when I took it out of the library, so it was definitely a good purchase.

                                                      2. Stopped by a thrift store this afternoon and came home with:

                                                        The Accidental Vegetarian by Simon Rimmer that has intriguing veg recipes such as Banana Dhal and Eggplant Tikka Masala:), and

                                                        Encyclopedia of Canadian Cuisine by Jehane Benoit. It was published in 1963 but looks brand new with a bright yellow cover; over 1,000 not very well printed pages but a treasure for sure. Too bad it is not on EYB.

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                                                        1. re: herby

                                                          I've seen that, but ages ago. Are you old enough to remember her on TV? What a darling lady.

                                                          1. re: buttertart

                                                            I am old enough but have not seen her on TV.

                                                        2. I scour the flea markets and tag sales for vintage cookbooks. I just got the Better Homes and Gardens anniversary edition from 1970, bound in gold. Before Julia and Julia you could pick up vintage cookbooks for a song, now, not as easy. I recently purchased, Dorie Greenspan's Around my French Table. Love the recipes but also her knowledge of what it is like living and entertaining in France. My next purchase will be the two cookbooks written by the Brass Sisters and I would like to purchase the cookbook on Jewish baking recipes by Macy Goldman.

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                                                          1. re: Ruthie789

                                                            Ruthie it sounds like you had a successful venture this weekend! Like you, I also stop for cookbooks at yard sales and have come up w some great finds over the years. Not sure if you're aware of the Cookbook of the Month (COTM) on Chowhound but we cooked from Around My French Table last April. You may want to take a look there for inspiration. If you cook from that book, it would be great if you'd add to our threads here:


                                                            1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                              I will contribute thank you for letting me know. I have been trying to find the cookbook she wrote in collaboration with Julia Child but will probably have to special order it.

                                                              1. re: Ruthie789

                                                                I believe that one is called Baking with Julia, and I would bet you could pick up a copy on abebooks.com.

                                                                1. re: roxlet

                                                                  Good suggestion roxlet, I've found some amazing deals on Abes. (I'd bet at least 25% of my cookbooks have come from Abes).

                                                                  1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                    I've gotten some amazing bargains there. It's far too easy to buy a book when it costs under $10.

                                                            2. My boyfriend and I did a double date at Frontera Grill, and while I was there I grabbed a signed copy of Rick Bayless' "Authentic Mexican." There are a ton of things I want to try from it, especially the soups (once it gets a bit colder....). I love all the sidebar notes though.

                                                              I finally got "The Art of Simple Food," which I've been wanting for awhile. It's a great supplement to the farmers market (good food, cooked simply = wonderful). And I purchased a copy of "Nourishing Traditions" since I've been pretty interested in sprouted grains and traditional fats.

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                                                              1. re: caseyjo

                                                                Next date go to Topolobampo. I love that place.

                                                                1. re: buttertart

                                                                  I'd love to go there! Maybe I'll suggest it the next time we feel like being fancy ;-)

                                                                  1. re: caseyjo

                                                                    and don't forget about xoco .... breakfast is great! RB is one of my absolute favourite chefs and I love all his books. He's such a talent! I wish I lived in Chicago and could eat there more frequently. It's nice to see a chef that actually shows up at his restaurant too!

                                                                    1. re: caseyjo

                                                                      If I lived in or near Chicago it would be my occasion restaurant. I love RB.

                                                                  2. re: caseyjo

                                                                    That's one of my favorite Mexican cookbooks. I am also a RB fan--love all three restaurants, best culinary corner in Chicago, imo.

                                                                  3. I just bought these used books for $2 each:

                                                                    Food & Wine Books Pasta
                                                                    The Foods of Thailand - Wanphen Heymann-Sukphan
                                                                    The Best of Gourmet 1998 (featuring the flavors of India)
                                                                    The Best of Gourmet 1999 (featuring the flavors of Spain)
                                                                    Sicily: The Island in the Sun
                                                                    Sunset: Western Garden Book 2001 updated

                                                                    Not a bad haul for 12 bucks!

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                                                                    1. re: Novelli

                                                                      Great buy Novelli! F&W Pasta is a terrific book. All recipes are accompanied by a photo and, a wine recommendation. All recipes have been true to the book title's promise...quick and easy. Some favourite recs include: Bow Ties w Sun-dried Tomato and Scallion Cream, Penne w Salsa Verde, Mozzarella and Cherry Tomatoes, Fedelini w Tuna and Chickpeas (amazing!), Whole Wheat Spaghetti w Sausage and Peppers, Cavatappi w Chorizo and Black Beans, Rotelle w Bacon, Watercress and Cherry Tomatoes and Rigatoni w Sirloin and Gorgonzola Sauce.

                                                                    2. Has anyone tried "Food in Jars"? I like the blog, and was considering buying it.. unfortunately, my library doesn't stock it, so I can't try before I buy...

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                                                                      1. re: rstuart

                                                                        Food in Jars - I bought it, did not give it a five star rating, too much chit chat & the recipes seemed kinda ho hum, but since I have not tried any of the recipes, that is all I can say.

                                                                        Someone else mentioned another preserving book on the thread called Summer's Bounty & I was debating which book to purchase & picked this one because it was cheaper. Sorry I don't know the name of that one, but I will see if I can find it for you.

                                                                        1. re: cstout

                                                                          Pickled Pantry by Andrea Chesman
                                                                          The Joy of Pickling By L.Ziedrich
                                                                          Ball Canning Books

                                                                          I have made several recipes from Ball book and Pickled Pantry
                                                                          My most used book is the Ziedrich book

                                                                          I havealso made some recipes from Food in a jar

                                                                        2. re: rstuart

                                                                          Rstuart, my all time favourite is Fancy Pantry - made many things out of it with constant success. I had Well-Preserved by Eugenia Bone for a few years and liked everything I made out of it but I did not make many recipes; I like that she suggests future use of a particular preserve in various dishes with recipes. For example, recipe for marinated red bellpeppers folowed by recipes of dishes that you will use peppers in - Baccala salad, Chicken & Sausages, and Lamb Stew. I recently bought Tart and Swett and The Homemade Pantry but hardly looked through both. Both seem interesting. Hope this information is useful to you.

                                                                          1. re: herby

                                                                            Thanks to you both: I have a few other preserving books, but like the small-batch aspect of Food in Jars.. will have to check out both Summer's Bounty and Fancy Pantry!

                                                                            1. re: rstuart

                                                                              I have Food in Jars and I've only made two recipes out of the book so far - with less than stellar results. I was REALLY disappointed because I took a class with Marissa where we made pickled asparagus and they were fantastic. I went home and made some and they didn't come out the same at all, way too salty and overwhelmed with the flavor of the cider vinegar. I don't know what went wrong but I was really bummed. I also made the strawberry and vanilla jam and although the jam set the way it was supposed to, etc. it was really really sweet. I even have a sweet tooth and still thought this recipe was over the top sweet. I haven't given up on the book yet because I too like the small batch aspect of it, I just hope my next attempt is more successful.

                                                                              1. re: flourgirl

                                                                                Hmm.. that's too bad! Think that I"ll hold off then. I was actually planning on making on of her recipes this week-end.. a cherry and plum jam. I'd made this combination last summer (to good reception), but her recipe used less sugar than the ones that I'd previously tried.. http://www.simplebites.net/join-me-fo...

                                                                                1. re: flourgirl

                                                                                  Did she use and call for kosher salt, but you used regular salt without adjusting?

                                                                                  1. re: sr44

                                                                                    No, that wasn't it. Actually, she calls for pickling salt in her recipes, which is a fine-grained salt, and I substituted kosher salt. If anything, I should have added more and I didn't. I used the same amount of salt she called for in the recipe. (Marissa has a post about salt substitutions on her blog and she said that kosher salt measured pretty darn close to pickling salt, coming in slghtly under when measured by the tablespoon.

                                                                            2. re: rstuart

                                                                              I'm enjoying the Food in Jars cookbook. I bought it because I've enjoyed her blog recipes and because I trust her science around canning and preserving. There are other books out there that seem to imply that winging it is just fine. Where that's often true for refrigerator and freezer preparations, I am much more concerned about food safety the moment I am trying to make it shelf stable.

                                                                              I've addapted two jam recipes, a lime nectarine ginger jam that is ridiculously good, and a spiced plum jam that is waiting to be unveiled but that seemed pretty delicious when I was processing it last week.

                                                                              1. re: bernalgirl

                                                                                Thanks for the review bernalgirl....!

                                                                                1. re: bernalgirl

                                                                                  the lime nectarine ginger jam sounds fantastic. may need to acquire...

                                                                                2. Today I received my order from Bookcloseouts:

                                                                                  The NY Times Passover Cookbook - very nice sounding recipes and I could use many while cooking for my gluten challenged SIN.
                                                                                  The Greens Cookbook by Deborah Madison

                                                                                  For Cod and Country by Barton Seaver - started reading it and love his phylosophy and approach to cooking, knives, etc. There has been a lot of discussion about this book but do we have a "cooking from..." thread for it? I would love to hear what others made and loved.

                                                                                  The Indian Grocery Store Demystified - it was very cheap and I love all food Indian, so, had to have. It is not a cook book but a discussion about ingredients that you would typically find at an Indian grocer and what to do with them. There are a few recipes at back of book and immediately appealing are the ones for dosa, coconut chutney, rasam and masoor dal that I used to love and have not made in ages.

                                                                                  ETA: Can't believe that The Indian Grocery Store is on EYB but there it is with it's few recipes and 29 of us have the book!

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                                                                                  1. re: herby

                                                                                    Herby--does the Indian Grocery Store Demystified go into detail about all the different Indian flours? Does it delve into different regional/community differences in ingredient names and uses?

                                                                                    1. re: qianning

                                                                                      Q, the book is divided in chapters:

                                                                                      - Rice & Rice Products
                                                                                      - Breads & Flours
                                                                                      - Legumes & Dals
                                                                                      - Speices & Seasonings
                                                                                      - Spice Mixes,Powders & Pastes
                                                                                      - Aromatics & Herbs, etc.

                                                                                      17 all together.In addition, there are sections on Kitchen Equipment, Cooking Methods, Recipes and mail-order sources.

                                                                                      Spice mixes are definitely regional and typically an ingredient will list other names it is known by but does not identify where the name comes from. Under Toovar Dal (as an example) it says: toor, arhar, yellow lentil or pigeon peas. Then it discusses the uses, how it is cookeed, if it is a staple or more often used in a paticular region, and how it is typically served. If there is a recipe in the book, it will state the page number.

                                                                                      I have not used the book a lot yet but will sure find it very helpful for making Indian dishes.

                                                                                      1. re: herby

                                                                                        A friend introduced me to the book some time ago. It really helped me feel less overwhelmed in my visits to Indian grocers since I was a novice to Indian cooking. I still refer to it, though now usually after a grocery trip where I've noticed something new to me!

                                                                                        I think there was a similar book, perhaps by the same publisher, for Chinese grocery stores.

                                                                                        1. re: herby

                                                                                          Super, thanks. I definitely will have to look into this one.

                                                                                    2. I succumbed to the TGC bundle sale, with titles being only $9 for 4 or more. I bought Gelato, The Cheesemonger's Kitchen, Jamie Oliver's Meals in Minutes, and an as-yet-to-be-released book, The Seasonal Baker. I also received notice that a book I had bought last time, Turkish Cooking, has shipped, and I'm actually expecting it today.

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                                                                                      1. re: roxlet

                                                                                        Not a purchase exactly. But I couldn't stop myself but pre-ordered Jamie Oliver's new 15 minute meals. If you haven't heard about the new series. Basically the 30 minute meals (which I believe is Meals in Minutes in the US) is about weekend cooking. You create a 3 or even 4 course feast for your family. This new series will be about weekday cooking. There will be product placement this time round, because of a law change in the UK. But hopefully, it'll be as inspiring as the 30min meals last time!


                                                                                        1. re: lilham

                                                                                          Thanks for the link to Jamie Oliver's new book - did not know one was coming out.

                                                                                      2. Waiting on the new River Cottage book: Three Good Things.

                                                                                        I like his philosophy and love the food.

                                                                                        1. The cookbook elves have been working their mischief lately so I have been more susceptible to buying than usual. I hope I get my willpower back soon!

                                                                                          SMITH AND HAWKEN: THE GARDENERS COMMUNITY COOKBOOK
                                                                                          BIG SMALL PLATES

                                                                                          Both based on others recommendations, both purchased used at a very good price. Only regret, shelf space.

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                                                                                          1. re: dkennedy

                                                                                            My copy of Big Small Plates was finally delivered and I cracked the spine this weekend. What a find! I can't remember which one of you placed this book under my radar, but thank you, thank you, thank you! I'll report again once I test some of these recipes for myself. EAch one sounds better than the next.

                                                                                            1. re: dkennedy

                                                                                              Follow up question:

                                                                                              Just finished reading Big Small Plates cover to cover, and on page 352 of the book there is a picture of the most interesting collection of books. I started looking them up on Amazon and have bought one of them, but I am hoping that someone who owns this book can help me identify the bottom three books.

                                                                                              Here are the ones I can make out:

                                                                                              Markets of Provence
                                                                                              Paris in a Basket
                                                                                              Simple French Foods
                                                                                              Anne Willan, My Chateau Kitchen (just bought)

                                                                                              The bottom three books I can't make out. If you have this book and know the titles of any of the three bottom books, I'd love to know what they are. Based upon the ones I can identify, I think I would be interested in reading them.

                                                                                              1. re: dkennedy

                                                                                                Still hoping someone who has Big Small Plates will come to my rescue re the bottom three books photographed on p. 352. Meanwhile, I cooked my first meal out of it so I thought I'd report the results.

                                                                                                I started with the cover recipe, the Chile Braised Rabbit Tostadas. Yum-acita!

                                                                                                The recipe calls for browning two rabbits, then braising them in a chile infused stock. The chiles called for in the recipe were way too hot for my family so I substituted two milder dried chiles I had in my pantry with excellent results. Other than this modification, I made the recipe as written.

                                                                                                In case you are thinking of making this for yourself, be forewarned that this is a component recipe, requiring several other parts be completed before you reach the
                                                                                                so-called finish line. There is a vinaigrette (easy), cumin scented black beans (lots of steps), lime infused creme fraiche (easy), freshly fried corn tortillas (easy), and a shaved veggie topping (easy). The resulting tostada is outstanding.

                                                                                                A version of this recipe is available on food network but there are quite a few modifications in the online version.

                                                                                                Based upon my early success I plan on making the Thai Style Fish Cakes tomorrow.

                                                                                                1. re: dkennedy

                                                                                                  Dinner last night was a complete success and I have enough leftovers to freeze for another meal. I made the Thai Fish Cakes today and they were much, much easier. I will fry them up tonight and report back. My kitchen smells amazing right now.

                                                                                                  1. re: dkennedy

                                                                                                    It's always so dangerous reading these threads. Your description sounded divine, so I checked out more of the recipes on EYB. I think this is going to the top of my list of books to pick up after my move is finished. Thank you for the tantalizing reports. I can't wait to hear the Thai Fish Cake follow-up.

                                                                                                    1. re: TxnInMtl

                                                                                                      The Thai Fish Cakes were very tasty. My son, husband and I loved it, my daughter didn't. The fish cakes themselves are very easy to put together, the sauce is probably the most challenging aspect of the recipe and it wasn't hard at all. Yes, I love this new book.

                                                                                                      1. re: dkennedy

                                                                                                        I read somewhere it takes 15 tries with a new food sometime....

                                                                                                        1. re: jen kalb

                                                                                                          Tonight I will be trying out the chicken wing recipe from this book. It has been marinating overnight.

                                                                                                  2. re: dkennedy

                                                                                                    I've purchased two copies of "Markets of Provence" -- one to give as a gift and one for myself. It's a lovely book. If you've ever shopped at those markets, the book will take you right back.

                                                                                                    1. re: CindyJ

                                                                                                      The last splurge on cookbooks, I had purchased:

                                                                                                      1) Chef Jamie Oliver - Mediterranean Cooking ( fabulous & simple )
                                                                                                      2) Chef Gordon Ramsey ´s 365 Recipes for each day ( innovative ideas and methods )
                                                                                                      3) Provençe The Beautiful Cookbook - absolutely enchanting
                                                                                                      4) Toulouse Lautrec´s Table ( written by: Jean Bernard Naudin ) and it is a culinary joy of the artist who loved to eat as he did to paint and draw. Great Book.
                                                                                                      5) Indian Cuisine - Ismail Merchant ( food and film were his favorite passions and he approached them, with a real sense of adventure ... Great for those of us, who know little about this ancient and vast country of regional cuisines. )


                                                                                              2. I went on a bit of a binge this past week.

                                                                                                From the used bookstore:
                                                                                                Bakewise - Shirley O. Corriher (looks like it has never been opened)
                                                                                                Tastes of the Pyrenees Classic and Modern - Marina Chang
                                                                                                Swiss Confiseur - Richemont Craft School (covers pralines, handling couverture, ices, buffet work, torten decorations)

                                                                                                Le Creuset outlet store had a discount table with some cookbooks at 1/2 price:
                                                                                                Vegetable Harvest - Patricia Wells

                                                                                                I attended a fermentation workshop which included Sandor Katz speaking. It gave me a chance to look through his newest book, which I had been on the fence about. It is really nicely done!
                                                                                                The Art of Fermentation - Sandor Ellix Katz

                                                                                                Nothing nicer than curling up with a stack of books when a storm is raging outside!

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                                                                                                1. re: meatn3

                                                                                                  Isn't that the truth. I love it when I have an unexplored cookbook at my bedside I can read through, cover to cover, when I am sick or stuck inside in need of a rest.

                                                                                                  1. re: meatn3

                                                                                                    Was Sandor Katz as inspiring in person as he is in his books? Reading "Wild Fermentation" really got me interested in ferments when I read it a few years ago...I couldn't put the book down!

                                                                                                    I also recently bought his new book and indeed, it looks great.
                                                                                                    Yesterday, used both books to make garlic dill pickles, sour beets, and beet kvass.

                                                                                                    1. re: poptart

                                                                                                      I think he was more inspiring in person! He said he is more used to speaking while demonstrating making 'kraut. This was just talk and he was great. His enthusiasm shows and he has a gift for explaining scientific terms in a way a novice can understand. He was the perfect lecturer to wrap-up the seminar, tying the concepts of culture, community and fermentation together in way which left you motivated and ready to hit the kitchen!

                                                                                                      He was very accessible, seemed truly interested in each person he spoke with and able to gently keep potential problem folk from getting out of hand.

                                                                                                      He is doing quite a bit of traveling this year with the new book out. Keep an eye on the schedule - if he comes anywhere near you go!

                                                                                                      If you could update in a few weeks about your results that would be great!

                                                                                                      1. re: meatn3

                                                                                                        Sounds like it was a great lecture and seminar. Thanks for the heads-up on his travels, will definitely keep an eye out.

                                                                                                        Yes, will give an update. I've made various fermented veggies over the past few years, both from "Wild Fermentation" and "Nourishing Traditions" by Sally Fallon which Katz cites in WF and I ended up purchasing (also a great book). This will be my first time making soured beets though, and beet kvass.
                                                                                                        Past endeavors have been sauerkraut, fermented garlic (fantastic), green beans with garlic, kombucha, yogurt, fermented radish and I forget what else.

                                                                                                        1. re: poptart

                                                                                                          I've started a fermented food thread (so we don't get too off topic)!


                                                                                                  2. My recent cookbook purchases are:

                                                                                                    >Vegetable Love by Barbara Kafka & Christopher Styler
                                                                                                    >Raising the Salad Bar: Beyond Leafy Greens by Catherine Walthers
                                                                                                    >Mediterranean Harvest: Vegetarian Recipes from the World's Healthiest Cuisine by Martha Rose Shulman
                                                                                                    >Smith & Hawken: The Gardeners' Community Cookbook By Victoria Wise
                                                                                                    >Bill's Food by Bill Granger
                                                                                                    >Maine Classics: More than 150 Delicious Recipes from Down East by Mark Gaie

                                                                                                    All from Amazon resellers with whom I've been Very happy ... so far. If anyone is interested, I'm loving the Salad Bar book. Haven't made anything yet, just reading. It's not just a theme of variations of VG salads. It's more than that with pasta, seafood, meat, and poultry salad chapters. I don't think the recipes are going to be low in calories though.. healthy probably, tasty yes, low-cal probably not. Can't wait to start choppin'.

                                                                                                    Vegetable Love needs some serious reading. A book one simply cannot skim. There's so much information there with so many recipes. It's going to get quite a lot of attention from me...

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                                                                                                    1. re: Gio

                                                                                                      Bill Granger rocks. Good food. Clear instructions. You'll love it.

                                                                                                      1. re: Westy

                                                                                                        Now I'm so tempted to buy Bill's Food. This is evil.

                                                                                                        Westy, which Bill Granger book do you have? Which one(s) do you recommend? I have Everyday Asian, and made his fish red curry last week and ate it with noodles. It's perfect store cupboard weeknight meal, but it's so good. I would never imagine using a tin of chopped tomatoes with thai red curry paste. (In the ultimate store cupboard meal, I even used frozen fish I found in the freezer).

                                                                                                        1. re: lilham

                                                                                                          Westy... This is good to know. Thanks. The book is on the shelf for the time being as I'm stuck on veggies for the moment.

                                                                                                          Lilham... It was a toss-up between B'sF and Everyday Asian. Now, look what you've done...

                                                                                                          1. re: Gio

                                                                                                            I have been tempted by Bill's food at the used book store.. I have made a few of his sweet recipes (off various blogs), and they were good.... sigh. I just cleaned up my cookbook bookshelf, and came to the conclusion that I can't buy any more cookbooks

                                                                                                          2. re: lilham

                                                                                                            Bill's Open Kitchen and Sydney Food.

                                                                                                            The eggs are awesome.

                                                                                                            1. re: Westy

                                                                                                              I have BOK--is that where the awesome eggs are?

                                                                                                                1. re: Westy

                                                                                                                  Well, I broke down and bought Bill's Food. It arrived yesterday. There are so many recipes that look tempting.

                                                                                                                  1. re: lilham

                                                                                                                    Why do I feel like a Bill Granger COTM in the very near future??

                                                                                                                    1. re: Gio

                                                                                                                      Wish it were now. I just rec'd Planet Barbecue! a couple of days ago, and I'm having trouble getting into it. The layout strikes me as so cluttery.

                                                                                                                      1. re: Gio

                                                                                                                        He also hasan Asian cookbook, and one called Simply Bill's.

                                                                                                                        If you like his stuff, Neil Perry is similar: http://www.amazon.com/The-Food-Love-N...

                                                                                                                        1. re: Westy

                                                                                                                          Is it possible that I just ordered this book from Amazon re-sellers for $.01? In New Condition. Why yes, I did...

                                                                                                                            1. re: Westy

                                                                                                                              Neil Perry. Liked the link, read reviews, then succumbed. What do you think I'll get for a cent? It's supposed to be a New book.

                                                                                                                              1. re: Gio

                                                                                                                                It is really good. Very much a book I can use for weeknight dinners.

                                                                                                                                Another author i'd like to try: Matt Moran. Expensive, as I'd need to order it from Australia. But his "When i get home" has a real appeal. My only concern is that, like when i bought "Soul Cafe" from a NZ site, the fish will be totally different than what I have available here.


                                                                                                                                1. re: Gio

                                                                                                                                  Gio, I have bought several books from Amazon for .01c and almost all of them have been in very good condition.

                                                                                                                                  1. re: dkennedy

                                                                                                                                    Thanks for that encouragement, DK. I just couldn't imagine a 30.00 book for a penny. But the blurb did say New... we shall see. As I've said many times I'm very pleased with the quality of books I've bought from those re-sellers, after ordering from Jessica's Biscuit, Alabris, and Abe's for years.

                                                                                                                                    1. re: Gio

                                                                                                                                      Similar to dk's experience, I've never rec'd a bad book from the Amazon re-sellers. I got an absolutely pristine copy of "Fish Without a Doubt" for $5 (which seems pricey compared to .01!--but my husband regularly orders novels for .01, and he's never gotten anything in really bad shape). When I ordered "Planet Barbecue!," for $3.43(!), I was warned of its "water damage"--but I certainly haven't found any. That book also looks brand new.

                                                                                                                                      Enablers, enabling--everywhere : )

                                                                                                                                      1. re: nomadchowwoman

                                                                                                                                        Thanks Nomad...

                                                                                                                                        <"Enablers, enabling--everywhere">

                                                                                                                                        Our new motto...

                                                                                                                                        1. re: Gio

                                                                                                                                          Did anyone else see the thread on the Cookware board about uses for a food mill? Someone posted that s/he just bought a second food mill at a yard sale even though s/he’s never used the first one s/he bought.

                                                                                                                                          At least we don’t buy duplicates of cookbooks we don’t use. I think we should all consider ourselves rather restrained.

                                                                                                                                            1. re: JoanN

                                                                                                                                              I love the point that you made, JoanN:) I am even considering ridding myself of some books that were not to my taste and will never be used, i.e. Cook This Now. This will enable my shelves to accommodate more books that I won't stop buying.

                                                                                                                                            2. re: Gio

                                                                                                                                              <"Enablers, enabling-everywhere">

                                                                                                                                              Ditto to that! Because of you dangerous hounds I just checked out of Abes with the following books in my cart:

                                                                                                                                              Bill's Food
                                                                                                                                              Bill's Open Kitchen
                                                                                                                                              Sydney Food

                                                                                                                                              and Neil Perry's The Food I Love

                                                                                                                                              oh and I also ordered another Billy bookshelf from Ikea....on sale today for $49...

                                                                                                                                              mr bc (who is wondering just where I hope to put yet another bookcase) is not smiling at the moment....I better get cooking!! ; - )

                                                                                                                                              1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                                                                                Oh and just in case you need more temptation, Socksmanly has started a "Show us your Cookbook Shelves" thread which is very, very dangerous indeed!! Here's a link if you haven't been there yet:


                                                                                                                                                Click on the link at your own peril!!! ; - )

                                                                                                                                                1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                                                                                  "Click on the link at your own peril", indeed! My wish list is a mile long, growing more every day. I try to resist the temptation.....but.....it's tricky with all of these folks to mingle with and egg me on!

                                                                                                                                                  It's nearly time for me to add another bookshelf. We have an Ikea opening up in Winnipeg soon, so maybe I'll frequent that shop when it's time to purchase more. I'd love to have a whole library dedicated to cookbooks with matching shelves. Currently, when I can't buy(which is most of the time),I'll take it out form the city library. I'm known there as "the cookbook girl", and every time I go in, the librarians ask me what cuisine I'm currently doting on.

                                                                                                                                                  I checked out some of your photos, Breadcrumbs, and you've got quite an admiriable collection!

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Allegra_K

                                                                                                                                                    Allegra! I am a fellow (former) Winnipegger myself. My brother still lives there, and can't wait for the Ikea to come in. The librarians in Wpg are especially friendly I think. We used to go once a week to the Cornish branch, and they all knew my name...

                                                                                                                                                2. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                                                                                  BC, what would we do without the Billy? Also my bookshelf of choice. Because there isn't much storage in my tiny condo kitchen, I have a Billy that has my cookbooks on top and is a pantry on the bottom..
                                                                                                                                                  Let us know how Bill Grangerr turns out.. I've only tried some of his sweet recipes that I"ve found on-line..

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: rstuart

                                                                                                                                                    Allegra & rstuart, I was recently in Winnipeg...made it to the forks and picked up some amazing wild rice and some wild blueberry jam and syrup to bring home (added 7lbs to my luggage!) I also tried some of the local favourite dishes there. I'd hoped to find a cookbook but didn't see one that was uniquely Winnipeg at the shop upstairs in the Mkt building. Glad to hear you're getting an Ikea! FYI, they recently started delivering in Ontario!

                                                                                                                                                    mr bc took some photos of some of my other cookbook shelves so I hope to add those to the thread soon.

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                                                                                      Hmm... not sure that I can think of a uniquely Winnipeg cookbook; can you Allegra? There is a pretty nice magazine from Wpg that often has good recipes: I've seen it here in Toronto in Chapters: it's called "Anna"
                                                                                                                                                      I'm ashamed to admit that whenever I return to the 'peg, most of things that I buy are fairly unsophisticated, but hard to find east of Thunder Bay. Namely, puffed wheat squares and squares that go by various names, but is basically peanut butter, butter, melted butterscotch chips, and coloured mini-marshmallows.

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: rstuart

                                                                                                                                                        Hah, it's a small world! There aren't too many Winnipeg 'hounds, as far as I can tell.
                                                                                                                                                        I've never heard of the Anna magazine, but it looks great! Thanks for bringing it to my attention, As for other Winnipeg-specific cookbooks, I haven't seen any, but my cookbook collecting has only really kicked off in the last 5 years or so, so there may be many gems that are as yet undiscovered.

                                                                                                                                                        Puffed wheat squares! Classic.

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Allegra_K

                                                                                                                                                          Huh, I must have missed the squares. I did stop by the Tall Grass Bakery @ The Forks. They told me they were famous for their cinnamon buns (which were good but not great IMHO) but I also tried their bannock which was outstanding and unlike anything I'd had before.

                                                                                                                                                          That magazine looks great rstuart, I'll look for it @ the Etn Ctr Chapters as they seen to have a good selection of magazines there. Thanks for pointing it out.

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                                                                                            That's the chapters I've seen it at!
                                                                                                                                                            I grew up 2 blocks away from the original Tall Grass Prairie, where they knew my family by name; it's where we got our bread.. and muffins.. and cookies. It's where we got the cakes for my high school graduation party. I am very fond of their cinnamon buns but that's partly sentimental. they are made with w/w flour, and I think that they would be better with white. The ones from the middle of the pan were always the best. My father loved them so much whenever my brother would visit from Wpg, his backpack would be full of cinnamon buns for my dad...

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: rstuart

                                                                                                                                                              Wow, that's such a great story rstuart! How amazing that a bakery has survived the test of time and played such a remarkable role in your family's lives.

                                                                                                                                                              Now you've mentioned the ww flour, maybe it was because these were "healthy" cinnamon buns that I wasn't blown away!! ; - ) Actually, to be fair I should have mentioned I was there towards the end of day so, reading your post, that's likely why I got a corner piece.

                                                                                                                                                              ...maybe I'll see you at Chapters...I'll be the one looking @ Anna!!

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                                                                                                I often lurk around the section of Chapters ;)

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: rstuart

                                                                                                                                                                  rstuart, not sure if you've seen the latest edition of Anna but I couldn't resist it today (even @ $10.95) - you should see the amazing looking Peach Sour Cream Coffee Cake on the front cover. If I have enough peaches, I'll be making this tomorrow.

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                                                                                                    I did see it, and was hoping to find it on their website (pinching my pennies right now). Alas, it was not... I also have quite a few peaches in my fridge..

                                                                                                                                        2. re: Gio

                                                                                                                                          About the Neil Perry "The Food I Love": It arrived on Friday, absolutely brand new perfect condition, hard cover w dust jacket, small remainder mark on the bottom - unnoticeable when book is standing. The only issue I have is that the type is light grey against the white page. Who on earth makes these type choices? (or do I need new glasses?) Anyway, the recipes are really intriguing. Simple home cooking with fresh ingredients and tempting tweaks. Clearly written recipes that make me want to jump into the kitchen and start cooking like the old days. It's a great big book in every way. All this for just one penny.


                                                                                                                                          1. re: Gio

                                                                                                                                            That's really bizarre -- I went to Amazon, and there are many new editions for a penny, plus $3.99 shipping, and out of curiosity, I clicked on the used, Amazon Prime tab, and up pops a book that is "used, like new" for $50! So you can get the brand new book for $4, but if you like used books, you can pay just $46 more! I would be really curious to hear more about the recipes in this book. Could you detail some of the offerings?

                                                                                                                                            1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                              Yes Roxlet I "can detail some of the offerings" but I'll have to do it later today then post my notes tomorrow morning. I hope that's OK...

                                                                                                                                              1. re: Gio

                                                                                                                                                Of course! No rush-- whenever you have the time. It's not like I NEED to get another cookbook!

                                                                                                                                              2. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                OK - some details about The Food I Love. Keep in mind that Neil Perry is Australian so there's that distinct sensibility vis a vis nomenclature, varieties of food stuffs available there and not else where, etc. However, he graciously, or the editors did, give the weights and measures in metric and in universal so folks who have difficulty converting will have an easy time of it.

                                                                                                                                                Each recipe begins with Title, Intro notes, Ingredient list, Method, most have Variations, many have Accompaniments. Not much different than other cookbooks But... the angels are in the details because there's So very much information, tips, substitutions, and suggestions that although the recipes are clearly written and described there is ample opportunity for variations on variations on the theme.

                                                                                                                                                The photographs are artistic, exquisite really. Some full page some double page spreads. All in color. And, as I said up-thread, it's a hefty book and I'm having a hard time reading the light font against the white page. Others may not have the same experience.

                                                                                                                                                I'm reading through the book randomly and a few of the recipes that caught my eye are:
                                                                                                                                                >Barbequed Marinated King Prawns with Tarator (recipe given in sauce chapter)
                                                                                                                                                >Barbequed Sea Scollops with Herbs and Garlic
                                                                                                                                                >Butterflied Chicken with Ricotta and Garlic Stuffing (stuffing similar to my Mother's but this goes under the chicken skin instead of in the cavity)
                                                                                                                                                >Roast Coral Trout (Snapper or Rock Cod) with Herb Crust (EVOO, onion, garlic, breadcrumbs, ginger, coriander seeds, cilantro, parsley, chives, lemon zest, S & P !)
                                                                                                                                                >Poached Egg with Pancetta and Frisee
                                                                                                                                                I'm not much of a dessert eater but I did note:
                                                                                                                                                Bread and Butter Pudding with Crème Anglaise ( this just sounded so good...)

                                                                                                                                                There are more than 300 recipes in this book each presented in an easy homey style, as if we were sitting around a table while he describes a meal he will cook. just for us.

                                                                                                                                                1. re: Gio

                                                                                                                                                  I am glad I mentioned it. Sounds like you'll have a good time. The ricotta chicken was good

                                                                                                                                                  Yep. The type-set is awful.

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Westy

                                                                                                                                                    I'm glad you mentioned it too, Westy. And... thank you for confirming the difficult type-set. Perhaps the chicken/ricotta recipe will be my first foray into the book.

                                                                                                                                                  2. re: Gio

                                                                                                                                                    I'm curious why the bread and butter pudding with creme anglaise sound good? Isn't it just bread and butter pudding with custard? I'm from New Zealand, and creme anglaise is the cheffy word for custard to me. Unless I'm mistaken and that there is a real difference between the two.

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: lilham

                                                                                                                                                      I don't think I've ever had bread & butter pudding, Lilham. The way he described it just sounded so homey and satisfying in a comfort food sort of way I just wanted to taste it. Ah...the power of the written word. Mightier than the sword. Or in this case the pudding server.

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Gio

                                                                                                                                                        You learn something new everyday! Bread and butter pudding with custard is something every mum cooks in both New Zealand and Britain. It's just something I don't consider strange. Sort of like a roast with two/three veg. Definitely a comfort food for most.

                                                                                                                                                        However, it's very delicious if eaten with homemade custard. (And jen Kalb is right that the packet powdered custard is disgusting).

                                                                                                                                                      2. re: lilham

                                                                                                                                                        If you make real creme anglaise - and not the packet stuff - it will be good.

                                                                                                                                        3. re: Gio

                                                                                                                                          Just remembering this thread and popping back to say I've nominated Bill's Food & Sydney Food for the April COTM just
                                                                                                                                          in case anyone is interested in joining me in making a nomination.

                                                                                                                                          Here's a link to the thread:


                                                                                                                            2. re: Gio

                                                                                                                              I got Best of Bill at TK Maxx a few weeks ago. I like it so far.

                                                                                                                              Now I'm off to look at the Neil Perry book - damn you all and your evil cookbook ways!

                                                                                                                              1. re: greedygirl


                                                                                                                                Anda truly one of a kind (and surprisingly usaable one): http://www.amazon.com/Bear-Fish-Famil...

                                                                                                                                2 Chinese engineers who love cooking and photography. Absolutely one of a kind.

                                                                                                                                The evilness continues.

                                                                                                                                1. re: Westy

                                                                                                                                  And as for you... away with you , you evil doer you.

                                                                                                                                2. re: greedygirl

                                                                                                                                  Good chuckle for the morning... Have Fuuuuuuunnnnnn.....
                                                                                                                                  Off to do more good works I go. With a hey nonny nonny.

                                                                                                                              2. I finally bought "Mastering The Art of French Cooking" by Julia Child et al.

                                                                                                                                I think this will be last cookbook for quite a while.

                                                                                                                                1. Sarah Foster's Southern Kitchen - on a recommendation from a friend. Nice southern vegetable / summer market cooking.

                                                                                                                                  Make the Bread, Buy the Butter - by Jennifer Reese. It was a fun read. I didn't feel like I had to agree with her to enjoy the book.

                                                                                                                                  Chocolates and Confections by Peter Greweling. Not sure about this one yet.

                                                                                                                                  I'll probably buy the new Susan Feniger book this week, I think it's called 'Street Food'. I know I'll like it - I love street food....

                                                                                                                                    1. re: herby

                                                                                                                                      Yeah, but they have nothing I want. Any suggestions?

                                                                                                                                      1. re: JoanN

                                                                                                                                        I do not particularly want anything from TGC either. Two books not yet released sound intriguing - Roots by Diane Morgan and Main Grains by Bruce Weinstein.

                                                                                                                                    2. "Turkey" (the country) by Leanne Kitchen (available on TGC, and no I can't find anything I want on their sale either) is a very nice book, even making my cold-addled palate tingle at the thought of the recipes.

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                                                                                                                                      1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                        I ordered "Turkey"m during TGC's last sale but have not received it yet. Have you received your copy, BT?

                                                                                                                                          1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                            Imagine! I went to pick up mail this afternoon and there was Turkey:) Gorgeous book and I immediately want to make something eggplant and something octopus and that chickpea/potato loaf kind of thing looks pretty yummy:) BT, let me know if you make anything and I will do likewise.

                                                                                                                                            1. re: herby

                                                                                                                                              I liked the look of that red lentil soup with eggplant on top. Reading through from front to back.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                I received it on Saturday. Gorgeous photos, and some very appealing recipes!

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: dkennedy

                                                                                                                                                    Well, the best TGC sale is on and they have Turkey....

                                                                                                                                                1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                  I finished flipping through "Turkey" and flagged a dozen of dishes to try. Have to pace myself because the grandboys are young (4 & 6) and their pallets are not yet well developed. Made rosemary/lemon zest/garlic marinated chicken tonight and they didn't like it:( But happily ate whole wheat pasta that I can't stand! Go figure...

                                                                                                                                        1. I just received a book called "Dakshin: Vegetarian Cuisine from South India" by Chandra Padmanabhan. It has beautiful photographs. If you can judge dishes by their looks, this might be the most delicious food in the world. I'd say of the 60-70 cookbooks I own, only Ottolenghi Plenty is more visually appealing.

                                                                                                                                          I'm also excited by the depth of the recipes. For example, there are three different recipes for coconut chutney. I can't wait to start cooking from this.

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                                                                                                                                          1. re: AlkieGourmand

                                                                                                                                            I have a South Indian book too and wondered if it is the same but pretty sure it is not because the pictures in mine are average and not too many. I am not at home and can't confirm. I love-love south indian food!

                                                                                                                                            1. re: AlkieGourmand

                                                                                                                                              this is an absolutely fantastic book if you like south indian flavors and yes, it is really lovely.
                                                                                                                                              However, there ARE earliereditions of this book that are smaller and with fewer pix - but recipes are the same.

                                                                                                                                              Padmanabhan has written a couple more books since, also good, extending her range a bit

                                                                                                                                            2. Just got my copy of Fuchsia's Every Grain of Rice--have bookmarked most of the pages already. I'm super excited to start cooking from it, though I'm thinking of gifting it to my vegetarian cousin for her bridal shower and buying myself another copy. I had no idea there were so many vegetable recipes in this book, always a plus!
                                                                                                                                              Recently purchased Moro, the Cookbook without being able to preview it first, which can be risky, and am happy to report that I am loving it.

                                                                                                                                              Also bought from my library's booksale:
                                                                                                                                              Mastering the Art of French Cooking, volume 2
                                                                                                                                              Italian Grill -Mario Batali
                                                                                                                                              Food Matters, Mark Bittman

                                                                                                                                              Not purchased yet, but on the wishlist:
                                                                                                                                              Planet Barbecue!
                                                                                                                                              Lating Grilling, Lourdes Castro
                                                                                                                                              The gardener and the Grill, Karen Adler and Judith Fertig

                                                                                                                                              Any notes on the above grilling books? They have received mostly good reviews on amazon, so here's hoping. I've been able to look through Planet Barbecue, but haven't cooked out of it yet.

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                                                                                                                                              1. re: Allegra_K

                                                                                                                                                Allegra, Planet BBQ is August's COTM and you will be able to gain a lot of insight as people make and discuss various dishes. Not familiar with other grilling books on your list. I have Latin Grill by Rafael Palomino but have not cooked much out of it.

                                                                                                                                                1. re: herby

                                                                                                                                                  Thanks, herby. I'm hoping to participate more enthusiastically in the COTM this month; Planet BBQ really appeals to me, as I am currently on a major grilling spree, making the most of summer while it lasts.

                                                                                                                                              2. Some of my cookbook purchases and one book that I won-John Besh's-- My Family Table

                                                                                                                                                Elsah Landing Collectibles-a book that is from a local restaurant that is now closed. It is hard to find because you had to buy a binder and then buy the sections and was a little pricey back when it was published. They have two other books that were published. They are are sort of downhome and known for their pies. I was thrilled to find the binder and all the sections for $3.

                                                                                                                                                Other thrifty finds
                                                                                                                                                Trader Vics Island Cookbook
                                                                                                                                                Southern Living Party Cookbook
                                                                                                                                                Craig Claiborn's Southern cooking
                                                                                                                                                The Very Special Raspberry Cookbook
                                                                                                                                                La Bouche Creole by Leon E Soniat Jr. who wrote for the NO Times Picayune
                                                                                                                                                Maze by Gordon Ramsay (recipes by Jason Atherton)

                                                                                                                                                1. Vefa's Kitchen, and I'm so glad I bought it. What an incredible cookbook. Just got it, so I haven't cooked from it yet but the recipes left my mouth watering.

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                                                                                                                                                  1. re: rasputina

                                                                                                                                                    I looked at Vefa's book many times at the library and have not taken it out because it is so big and heavy... Rasputina, please anything outstanding that you make from the book!

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: herby

                                                                                                                                                      The new Diane Kochilas "The Country Cooking of Greece" is very nice (with gorgeous photos). Not as many recipes as Vefa's, which I would also like guidance in using.
                                                                                                                                                      PS The Kochilas was one of the proprders from TGC I refer to above...$10 on sale.

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                        I have a bunch of other Greek cookbooks and up until Vefa's my favorite was The Olive and the Caper by Susanna Hoffman. But I think it's going to be replaced by Vefa's.

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: rasputina

                                                                                                                                                          I could not get into The Olive and The Caper when it was COTM... what are your favourite dishes? I would love to give the book another try!

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: herby

                                                                                                                                                            Off the top of my head the mushroom filo pie is awesome. I also made the squash one. I've cooked her bakalava recipe a bunch of times.

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: rasputina

                                                                                                                                                              I love baklava; mushroom pie sounds interesting too. Thank you for suggestions!

                                                                                                                                                        2. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                          buttertart, you've already seen Kochilas' new book? I have it on pre-order. The Glorious Foods of Greece never appealed enough to me to buy it, so I'm hoping this one is a keeper.

                                                                                                                                                          I have Vefa's book, but have never cooked from it and remember hearing some complaints about the recipes.

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: emily

                                                                                                                                                            TGC got it to me last Thursday or Friday.

                                                                                                                                                        3. re: herby

                                                                                                                                                          It is big, and averages 4 recipes per page so it's probably close to 2000 recipes since it's over 600 pages. Personally, I wish it had been available in ebook form.

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: rasputina

                                                                                                                                                            Do you have and enjoy e-cook books? I have Kindle but never bought/borrowed cook books on it. I like to flip through, go back and forth, put a sticky on a page... Not sure how to enjoy an e-book...

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: herby

                                                                                                                                                              I have abut 50 kindle cookbooks. Including ones I also have in print. I just find it easier to cook from my ipad than from the book and I can make notes and highlights that can be deleted and edited.

                                                                                                                                                      2. None! My wife won't let me buy anymore of them. She will not let me receive them as gifts. I have more than 200 books and booklets. She has only 2 because that's all she wants. I like to read them and I rarely follow a recipe to the letter because I belong to the "What if...?" school of cooking specializing in "cuisine impromptu." Most times I do not bother with exact measurements. I feel free to substitute ingredients.

                                                                                                                                                        Instead of a cookbook, our youngest daughter gave me an apron that sez "I don't need a recipe...I'M ITALIAN" which is partially true. Sto italiano per matrimonio (I'm Italian by marriage).

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                                                                                                                                                        1. re: ChiliDude

                                                                                                                                                          Well, explain to her how the cookbook thing works, for every one you get, one will go out the door. Surely she could accept that & surely you could find one here & there to let go of.

                                                                                                                                                          If that is not your case, then all I can say is you are so lucky not to have that awful addiction that just cries out for "one more cookbook - I really need that one, it will make me a great cook & I will never have to worry what to fix anymore", or something like that.

                                                                                                                                                          Yes, we certainly can see who wears the apron in your family.

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: ChiliDude

                                                                                                                                                            And a kindle or an iPad could be useful as well.

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: sr44

                                                                                                                                                              I wonder if libraries have cookbooks on Kindle - that would be a good way to try. Also wonder if more of us have e-cookbooks, would EYB introduce a feature that will take you from search to your e-book recipe just as it does to on-line ones....

                                                                                                                                                          2. We stopped at a yard sale over the weekend and it made me wish I needed more cookbooks because they had so many great titles, barely if ever used. All hardcover books were $2. Here's what I got:

                                                                                                                                                            Washoku by Elizabeth Andoh (so now I can post to the COTM thread!!)

                                                                                                                                                            Mrs Ma's Chinese Cookbook by Nancy Chih Mah (interesting author who taught Chinese cooking in Japan - book published in Japan in 1960 - this is the 27th printing in 1971)

                                                                                                                                                            Vegetables by James Peterson

                                                                                                                                                            Barbecue American by Rick Browne and Jack Bettridge

                                                                                                                                                            French Food my Way by Marc Thuet - an amazing Canadian chef/restauranteur

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                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                                                                                              I didn't realize that Thuet had published a cookbook... you have the best yard sale karma breadcrumbs!

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                                                                                                I have Vegetables out from the library and love it! I am totally jealous of your $2 find. I will definitely buy it when I see a good deal.

                                                                                                                                                              2. Cocolat
                                                                                                                                                                Zuni cookbook
                                                                                                                                                                Not a cookbook, but got the latest Julia biography. Dearie.....

                                                                                                                                                                1. I got the recently released "Forks Over Knives: The Cookbook" ... Normally do not buy cookbooks, but needed a primer on vegan cooking.

                                                                                                                                                                  1. The Truck Food Cookbook by John T. Edge

                                                                                                                                                                    Great book about street vendors all over the US. Some neat recipes to use for friends & kids over for a fun meal. "Look inside" the book on Amazon.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. Well, I don't get to buy cookbooks right now - on a serious budget w/ husband in school, working part time and me getting to be an at home mom... BUT I do get my cookbook fix from the library right now and recently checked out Gourmet Thai in Minutes: Over 120 Inspirational Recipes
                                                                                                                                                                      by Vatcharin Bhumichitr. Quick, flavorful meals in there that include things I typically have on hand. I'm quite excited about it. I also checked out Rick Bayless's Mexico One Plate at a Time, it's a favorite of mine and I lent it out to a friend and we moved and I forgot to ask for it back.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. I keep intending to say "no" to the monthly Good Cook selection and this month did not say no in time. They just sent "The Farm" by Knaur. Question....send it back or keep?

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                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: ldubois2

                                                                                                                                                                          It's a beautiful book and a good read (if you like reading cookbooks whether or not you cook from them), but I haven't yet cooked from it. Breadcrumbs has, however, and apparently with great success; the recipes do look good.

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: nomadchowwoman

                                                                                                                                                                            Thank you....I read them, too. Great. Will open the cardboard box and keep. So many of the books from The Good Cook are book shelf fillers....

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: ldubois2

                                                                                                                                                                              How are you liking The Farm ldubois2? Have you had an opportunity to cook from it yet?

                                                                                                                                                                        2. I can't remember if I mentioned Vintage Cakes, which I had pre-ordered from TGC. It arrived yesterday, and I am quite entranced with it. I love that she has a section for easy cakes, and that she also tells you when a recipe requires lots of bowls, and that the mess is worth it for the results. It is also pretty lavishly and tantalizingly illustrated.

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                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                                            Oh, I've been eyeing that one, I'll be interested if you have any further reviews on it.

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                                              Ooh... great to hear. I have that on hold at that library!

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: rstuart

                                                                                                                                                                                You'll love it. There's a recipe for a coffee crunch rolled cake that is coated in crushed homemade sponge toffee (oh man...) that I am dying to make, preferably somewhere it can be fed to a whole bunch of people. I would be powerless in its grip.

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                                                  Coffee crunch rolled cake! Be still my beating heart...

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: rstuart

                                                                                                                                                                                    Haha! The picture is so entrancing!

                                                                                                                                                                            2. Thrifting (always) uncovered:

                                                                                                                                                                              *The Compleat Meadmaker - Ken Schramm
                                                                                                                                                                              I recently was able to sample a wide variety of meads. Completely changed my assumption that they were all very sweet. Many had complexity and were very nice. Not sure if I'll actually make any, but this book seems to delve into the process clearly yet deeply. Should be an interesting read!

                                                                                                                                                                              *Pot Luck - A Celebrity Cookbook by Pelham Books
                                                                                                                                                                              Near perfect first edition of a hardback book used as a fundraiser for the Save the Children Fund put together by Farringtons School in Kent, England. The school girls gathered the recipes, tested them in Home-Ec, solicited financial donations and worked on the art and book design. The end result is a lovely book with a nice range of recipes, many on the sophisticated side.

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                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: meatn3

                                                                                                                                                                                That "Pot Luck - A Celebrity Cookbook" by Pelham Books sounded so interesting that I had to Google. It's a 32.00 book available from re-sellers for $0.02. That's so sad because originally it was a fund raiser.

                                                                                                                                                                                "Recipes donated by: Margaret Thatcher, Neil Kinnock, Rowan Atkinson, John Cleese, Steve Davis, Jayne Torvill, Christopher Dean, Lord Hailsham, Hon. Tom King, MP, Hon. Dr. David Owen, MP, David Jason, Sue Lawley, Beryl Reid, Lady Ring, Richard O'Sullivan, Micahel Crawford, Lady Davis, Valerie Singleton, Lisa Hartman, etc."

                                                                                                                                                                                I may have invented a new game. The one who buys the cheapest books wins...

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Gio

                                                                                                                                                                                  Pot-Luck book, have you tried any recipes yet? Can you list a sample of some of the recipe titles please?

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: cstout

                                                                                                                                                                                    The recipes range from quince wine, Grothies Groovy Russian Eggs (from 'Splash', Thames Television) which is essentially a deviled egg, elderflower fritters, breast of duckling w/ mixed berries (contributed by executive head chef of the QEII), several marmalade recipes, ox liver casserole, strones, bannocks, Yorkshire and Dorset apple cakes, Tuna Crêpe Cake (from Anita Dobson of Eastenders). Really runs the gamut! A few silly ones such as John Cleese providing very explicit directions on preparing cornflakes for breakfast.

                                                                                                                                                                                    I haven't tried any - just picked it up Friday.

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: meatn3

                                                                                                                                                                                      Elderflower fritters - interesting! Do they have the actual flowers in them?E ven my friends in the UK who harvest them don't seem to do much more than make cordial and "champagne" (naturally fermented soda, like this: http://www.farminmypocket.co.uk/growi...). Or if they're cooking with them, I haven't yet heard about it.

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                                                                                                                                                                                        The recipe was contributed by the London Hilton Hotel and is for 12 medium sized elderflowers deep fried in clarified butter and served with a gooseberry cream sauce. The batter is interesting - egg yolks mixed with salt, sugar and lemon rind. Then flour, milk and strong lager added and mixed. Cover & let rest. Beaten egg whites (stiff but not dry) are folded into the batter just before using.

                                                                                                                                                                                        Other elderflower recipes include champagne (very similar to your link) & wine. If all the flowers weren't used earlier in the season you can move on to Rocks Forge Elderberry Port!

                                                                                                                                                                                        Edit: This link gives important heath info about the plant plus a recipe if anyone is planning to try this:

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: meatn3

                                                                                                                                                                                          I started googling elderflower and decided to start a thread for any one interested:

                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: meatn3

                                                                                                                                                                                        Thanks for the detailed list of recipes..I bet the marmalade recipes will be great, plus some others such as breast of duckling w/mixed berries.

                                                                                                                                                                                2. Today I had to go to a specific grocery store because it carries a good variety of ethnic ingredients. I was happy to find the banana ketchup I needed for a grilled dish in this month's COTM. Oh, and as it happens, this grocery store is right next door to a thrift shop so of course I had to take a quick peek at their cookbooks! Small haul for me but I'm happy with these books:

                                                                                                                                                                                  Glorious French Food by James Peterson

                                                                                                                                                                                  Grilled to Perfection - Recipes from Licence to Grill - Chris Knight & Taylor Smith

                                                                                                                                                                                  Food 2.0 by Charlie Ayers (Google chef)

                                                                                                                                                                                  The Chesapeake Bay Cookbook by John Shields

                                                                                                                                                                                  at $2.99 and $3.99 a piece these weren't quite the bargains that Gio has been finding but a good buy nonetheless!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                                                                                                                    John Shields used to have a restaurant called Gertie's Chesapeake Bay Café within shouting distance of our apartment in Berkeley. It was fab. Those recipes should be well worth your while.

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                                                      mmmmm, thanks for sharing that bt!! It's funny because something about this book captivated me. Normally it's the one w the loveliest photos that makes its way to my bedside table but I was really drawn to this book. I'm excited to read your post and when I make something, I'll post here.

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                                                                                                                        It was nice to be reminded of that place. :)

                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                                                                                                                      I had myself an excellent thrift store find today, even though I rarely have luck at this particular store. The haul itself wasn't large, but worth the trip!

                                                                                                                                                                                      Hazan's Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking.....this has been on my wish list for quite some time, and I was pretty thrilled to find it hidden in the shelves. I think an involuntary "yippee!" may have escaped my lips--people were glancing at me with concern and sidling away. Oops.

                                                                                                                                                                                      Dishes from Indonesia by Yohanni Johns- Indonesian cookbooks seem to be rather uncommon, and upon quickly perusing the pages, I was sucked into buying this one. The recipes don't call for any substitutions, which for the published year of 1971 would be quite difficult to procure the correct ingredients, so I'm hoping that it delivers! It looks promising enough.

                                                                                                                                                                                      The only problem with finding some good cookbooks at the thrift store is that it makes me feel like I'm on a roll and should continue my search at other similar shops....quite often resulting in much wasted time and gas.

                                                                                                                                                                                      Also couldn't resist pre-ordering Naomi Duguid's Burma, and Ottolenghi's Jerusalem. This is really getting out of hand!

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Allegra_K

                                                                                                                                                                                        What? Naomi Duguid is coming out with a cookbook about Burma???? Really?

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                                                                                                                                                                                              many thanks for the tip A_K, I'll definitely be keeping an eye out for this one in the fall.

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: qianning

                                                                                                                                                                                                Glad to be of service! That one does sound right up your alley!

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Allegra_K

                                                                                                                                                                                                  You are right of course, at least in preview, it is just my kind of book. And if it is good when it comes out the only diffugilty will be that right now when I don't feel like cooking, I start making noises about wanting some Burmese food....which is a signal to Mr. QN that it's about time he cooked a few meals, as he's usually the Burmese chef in this house.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: qianning

                                                                                                                                                                                                    This has been on my list of pre-ordered items for a while, along with Bouchon Bakery and The Dahlia Bakery Cookbook (can't wait to get my hands on their Chocolate Pecan Buttercream Cookie recipe).

                                                                                                                                                                                                    I got very happy when I figured out how to see the upcoming cookbook releases on Amazon 6-9 months out!

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: emily

                                                                                                                                                                                                      "I got very happy when I figured out how to see the upcoming cookbook releases on Amazon 6-9 months out!"

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Sounds dangerous, but please do tell how.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Wow - would really like to know about future releases....yes it is extremely dangerous, but that's OK.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: cstout

                                                                                                                                                                                                          It takes some amount of scrolling, but you can find them this way:
                                                                                                                                                                                                          *Go to Amazon
                                                                                                                                                                                                          *Click on the "Books" tab under "Shop by Department" on the left
                                                                                                                                                                                                          *Scroll down on the left and click on "Cookbooks, Food and Wine"
                                                                                                                                                                                                          *At the Search box at the top of the Cookbooks page, click "Go" (but don't enter any search terms)
                                                                                                                                                                                                          *This will list all cookbooks, including upcoming releases. On the right-hand side, near the top, click on "Sort by Publication Date"
                                                                                                                                                                                                          *You'll then see a list of cookbooks by publication date, starting with the last to be published (right now it goes through 2014)

                                                                                                                                                                                                          The problem with this is that new cookbook releases keep getting added and you have to keep scrolling through the list to find them. Nevertheless, it's the best way I've found to locate upcoming releases that are pretty far out.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: emily

                                                                                                                                                                                                            For instance, I just saw that Joanne Chang is coming out with "Flour, Too" next spring (for those of you who are fans of her first baking book).

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: emily

                                                                                                                                                                                                              You are a bad, bad person, Emily. You should stand in the corner for showing me this.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: emily

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Thanks! I see what you mean about scrolling, but that is good to know.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: emily

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Oh.My.God. I just added about 20 books to my cart! Dangerous isn't the word!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: flourgirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  You are planning to share the titles with us, no?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: herby

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sure! I'd be happy to! Just a note of caution, just because I add something to my cart doesn't necessarily mean I will ever buy it. It just means that it grabbed my I interest and merits further looking into.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    So here it goes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Vegetable Literacy - Deborah Madison

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Smoke - New Firewood Cooking

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    PS Desserts

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Pepper, A History of the World's Most Influential Spice

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Leon, Family & Friends

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Great Balls of Fire, a Meatball Cookbook

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    South American Grill

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Southern Living Little Jars, Big Flavors: Small-batch jams, jellies, pickles, and preserves

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Put 'Em Up, Fruit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Modern Art Desserts

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    At My Grandmother's Table: Heartwarming Stories and Cherished Recipes from the South

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Savory Bites: Meals You can Make in Your Cupcake Pan

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Saraban: A Chef's Journey through Persia

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Flour, Too

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I also added the Rosie's Bakery Book, and Big Small Plates, not new releases but still because of this thread.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    So maybe not quite 20, but close enough. :).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I should also add that I already had quite a few new releases on order: Burma, The Bouchon Bakery book, the new book by the Baked Boys, Jerusalem, Vietnamese Home Cooking, Saltie, Salt Sugar & Smoke, Flour Water Salt & Yeast & Simply Sensational Cookies.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: herby

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Here's the list of yet-to-be-published cookbooks sitting in my cart for me to noodle over:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      *Japanese Farm Food
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      *Smitten Kitchen Cookbook
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      *Batidos y Zumos (Don't speak Spanish, but figure a drink book can't be too hard to translate)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      *Liddabit Sweets Candy Cookbook
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      *Scandilicious Baking
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      *The World's Best Cocktails: 500 Drinks from the World's Best Bars and Bartenders
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      *From a Polish Country House Kitchen: 90 Recipes for the Ultimate Comfort Food
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      *The Unofficial Downton Abbey Cookbook (just because I love the show so much)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      *Coming Home to Sicily: Seasonal Harvests and Cooking from Casa Vecchie
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      *Hugo Ortega's Street Food of Mexico
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      *My Abuela's Table: An Illustrated Journey into Mexican Cooking
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      *Jerusalem: A Cookbook
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      *Four Seasons: A Year of Italian Food (I own Manuela's four seasonal cookbooks and I think this might just be a compilation book)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      *Sherbet and Spice: The Complete Book of Turkish Sweets and Desserts
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      *Tacos, Tortas and Tamales: Flavors from the Griddles, Pots and Street Side Kitchens of Mexico

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: emily

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I bought the Tacos and Tortas book, can't wait until it gets here. I also bought Hugo Ortega's book, looks great, but I'm reading Feninger's Street Food right now and haven't had a chance to spend any time with it yet.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: flourgirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          We should start a Street food cookbook thread. I have tried to get it passed through COTM a number of times unsuccessfully. I have two street food cookbooks and now, it looks like I will be adding a third to my cart (thanks Emily).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: dkennedy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I LOVE books about street food! I think I have 6 or 7 of them. I would definitely be interested in a thread on Feniger's book.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: flourgirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Which ones? I have:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Don Camino's Mexican Street Food
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The World of Street Food by Troth Wells (my favorite)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Street Food by Rose Grant

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: dkennedy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I have: Vatch's Thai Street Food, Mediterranean Street Food by Anissa Helou, Street Food by James Mayson, Street Food by Clare Ferguson, Street Food of India, Thai Street Food by David Thompson & The Skillet Cookbook, A Street Food Manifesto plus the two mentioned earlier, the new Hugo Ortega book & Feniger's book.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: flourgirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  How funny, we don't have one in common between the two of us.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: dkennedy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    my collection is limited...one Malaysian Street Food book and one Thai, but I would be so for up for an on-going thread on this topic.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: dkennedy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Have you seen Truck Food by John T. Edge?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Great book with great recipes.

                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Purchases from the most recent TGC sale - 4 books @ $9

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Martha's American Food
                                                                                                                                                                                                I was hesitant about this purchase but after thumbing through it I have decided to keep it. It's a collection of cuisine favorites from different parts of the country that are generally simple to prepare.

                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Barefoot Contessa - Back to Basics
                                                                                                                                                                                                I just love her even though I probably will not be making many of those recipes for a while (cost of ingredients and cook time).

                                                                                                                                                                                                3. Vegetables, Revised
                                                                                                                                                                                                This was a bad purchase. Not a good fit for me. Probably will sell or gift it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                4. A Country Cook's Kitchen
                                                                                                                                                                                                This is an interesting read and has great pictures. I think I will keep to read/learn and probably gift it later.

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. I just bought Tartine. I've made their brownies and shortbread. Fabulous! Shortbread exactly the same as the one I bought at the bakery in SF!

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. From My Chateau Kitchen by Anne Willan.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    I was unfamiliar with this author until yesterday. I bought a copy of this book used from Alibris based on it being included in a photo of intriguing books. I hope it lives up to my expectations. Can any of you who are familiar with Anne Willan let me know what you think of her books? Have I stumbled onto a treasure?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: dkennedy

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Yes, you've stumbled on a treasure. It's hard to know where to begin to talk about Anne Willan. She's an internationally famous and award winning cookbook author, food writer, editor and the founder of La Varenne in Paris, the first cooking school to offer classes in both English and French. She now lives in California, and you can follow her on Twitter. Talk about longevity!

                                                                                                                                                                                                      ETA: Just look at the prices some of her books are commanding on Amazon!


                                                                                                                                                                                                      Now, to go find my copy of La Varenne Pratique, which is somewhere in deep storage.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: JoanN

                                                                                                                                                                                                        I see that she now lives in Santa Monica, very close to me. Hope to find out what she is doing these days...maybe I'll be lucky enough to find a class!

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: dkennedy

                                                                                                                                                                                                          This is in the realm of Anne Willan trivia...

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Virginia Willis, the author of Bon Appetit Y'All a former COTM, graduated from Willan's Ecole de Cuisine LaVarenn Ecole de Cuisine LaVarenn in France. *"She also spent several years as an editorial assistant with culinary authority Anne Willan on various projects including Cook It Right, an exhaustive tome that documents the various states of "doneness" (and over- and under-"doneness") of everything from whipped cream to braised pheasant."

                                                                                                                                                                                                          * Quote from her web site biography.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: dkennedy

                                                                                                                                                                                                        You seduced me, dkennedy. Looked up the reviews for From My Chateau Kitchen, decided I had to have it, and it arrived yesterday. Too busy with guests to do more than flip through the pages, but I'm enchanted. Some of the recipes look divine . . . and it's a real reading book, not just a cookbook. Can't wait to curl up with it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: JoanN

                                                                                                                                                                                                          I haven't had a chance to curl up with mine yet, but I can't wait! It is a perfect armchair book. Even though I haven't looked through it thoroughly, I've already picked out my first menu - the 7 hour lamb on page 186 and the gratin of potatoes with bacon and cream on page 23. Enjoy Joan!

                                                                                                                                                                                                      3. Didn't buy it but looked gorgeous-Miette ,recipes from San Francisco's most charming pastry shop. Gained 5lbs. Just looking at it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: 51rich

                                                                                                                                                                                                          My brother bought that for me awhile ago, but I returned it. It was the prettiest cookbook I'd ever seen but I just wasn't impressed by the recipes...

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: rstuart

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Gives me a destination if I ever get to San Francisco. Much better than what I find in the guide books!

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: 51rich

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Yes, I visited it when I was in SF recently.. and the stores are just as gorgeous as the cookbook!

                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Two new books for me, one was on sale:

                                                                                                                                                                                                          MUFFIN TIN CHEF by Matt Kadley - this book hit my radar when i was searching for innovative"meals-to-go" recipes online. Dishes such as Quinoa Mushrooms Cakes with Sriracha Aiol, Swiss Chard Sweet Potato Gratin, Tomato-Egg Tartlettes, Eggplant Parmesan & Fish Tacos are all baked in muffin tins to produce the perfect, portable, personal-sized meals. I just loved this idea and can't wait to get cooking. I'd love to hear if others have this book.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          FEASTING ON ASHPHALT by Alton Brown - Evidently this book is based on a FN series chronicling Alton's motorcycle road trip along the Mississippi. I don't recall the series ever being aired here in Canada but I do have a soft spot for Alton so when I saw this book on sale, I scooped it up. So far so good. I love the fold-out map in the front of the book and there are tons of terrific photos of his journey and meals.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                                                                                                                                            I love the idea for Muffin Tin Chef! Please update once you have tried the recipes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            I enjoyed the series the Feasting on Asphalt sprung from. Made you want to hit the road, wander and indulge!

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: meatn3

                                                                                                                                                                                                              I am also hearing back about Muffin Tin Chef. What a sweet concept.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                                                                                                                                              You must look up the recipe for Koolickles!

                                                                                                                                                                                                              This was meant for Breadcrumbs about Feasting on Asphalt!

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: angelsmom

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Thanks angelsmom, I've made a note of this! dk & meatn3, I'll report back here once I've made something. Sadly work travel has kept me from the kitchen of late so I've tried to focus on COTM dishes when I have a chance but I'm hoping things will lighten up in October and hope to get more kitchen time then!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Breadcrumbs, Any updates regarding the Muffin Tin Chef?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: meatn3

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    meatn, sorry I couldn't remember where I'd committed to report back so I actually posted my experience in another thread. I've made several recipes from the book and we've enjoyed all of them. I'd recommend the book.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Here's a link to the thread. I reviewd the book and reported on some of the recipes w photos:


                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Thanks for the link - looking forward to reading it. It is hard to keep up with finding the details of so many older posts!

                                                                                                                                                                                                            3. I was intrigued by the serious eats "bake the book" this week... "The Seasonal Baker" by John Barricelli, so I've put it on hold at the library, as well as his earlier book, "The SoNo Baking Company Cookbook".
                                                                                                                                                                                                              While checking them out on Amazon, I noticed that the Baked boys had a new cookbook coming out called "Baked Elements: Our 10 Favourite Ingredients"!! I love their first 2 cookbooks, so I can't wait for this one to come out...

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Ok, my husband is not seeing this....
                                                                                                                                                                                                                A Country Cook's Kitchen, the Viennese Kitchen, Turkey, 200 Easy Homemade Cheese Recipes, Traditional Irish Cooking, Fish, Fish Without a Doubt, a southern junior league cookbook (old, but soooooo cool) and Bobby Flay Throwdown (WS sale).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. I'm just curious: For those who have tens to hundreds of cookbooks in your shelves, are there books that you never touch? Do you buy books for cooking or inspiration or for coffee table? Do you read cookbooks from beginning to end or just random sections that catch your eyes? I just have two cookbooks: The Zuni Cafe and Ad Hoc At Home. They're so beautiful and inspiring and worth the money, but so far I haven't got the chance to cook any of their recipes.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: pearlyriver

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Great questions, pealyriver. Yes, to all of them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I have several on my shelves that I have never read through or can't get into for one reason or another. I have others that I devour and reread over and over again, cover to cover. Others, I keep only for that one recipe or that one section. Many I use for inspiration. I think the inspiration thing is what keeps me buying more and more books. They motivate me to try new things.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I have the Zuni Cookbook and it falls into the read over and over category for me. So much brilliant information in this book. Several go-to recipes, especially the buttermilk mashed potatoes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Ad Hoc is more the never touch for me, or maybe that one section kind of cook book. I love his fried chicken recipe but not much else has jumped out at me thus far.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: pearlyriver

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I have a bunch.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Soul Cafe from NZ. Great book. Never used it.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The Young Man and the Sea. Awesome. Sadly...I just like my fish witha quick rub and cooked fast on a grill pan.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I have a LOT of books that I use for only one or two recipes (Gotham has an awesome duck recipe with a sublime reduction sauce, and Mist Grill has a perfect maple-roast chicken that is absolutely perfect).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: pearlyriver

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I asked the question after reading an eGullet member claiming that people who buy cookbooks to cook is just a negligible percentage of cookbook buyers. I guess he's right. I'd love to have more cookbooks, but I'm thrifty and live in a small house and I often feel guilty about books that got used only once or twice. But now I'm planning to buy Elizabeth Andoh books. I love Japanese cuisine to bits and have a fair knowledge about it but I still learn so much from Mrs Andoh. Her books are such a pleasure to read, even when there're many recipes which I couldn't make due to the lack of ingredients.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: pearlyriver

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I have over 800 cookbooks and yes, there are many I haven't gotten around to reading and using yet - but instead of feeling guilty about it, it makes me happy to know that I have all these riches at my disposal just waiting to be delved into and no worries about ever getting bored. My only worry is that one lifetime is probably not long enough for me to make everything I want to make out of all my books. (I live in a small house too, but my living room is also my library, and I have additional bookcases in 2 other rooms in the house. I admit that I'm running out of room for all my books, because I also have tons of books that aren't cooking related, so I really need to purge again. I hate that.)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I will say that the advent of the website "Eat Your Books" has been a huge help in using my books more effectively and relieved me of feeling overwhelmed by the collection, and yes, feeling a little guilty because I wasn't really using them too much.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: flourgirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            You are describing me to a tee! I'm not sure how many I have - I list in spurts to EYB, but suspect it is somewhere between 400 - 500. Plus I have a great many older books lacking ISBN numbers which aren't in the EYB system. They are in the living room, dining room, stair landing and hallway.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I seldom cook from a specific recipe. If I have an idea for a new to me dish I often look at dozens of similar recipes. This helps me get a starting point for ratios, flavor combinations, etc.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Just browsing through a wide variety of cookbooks is endlessly interesting to me. There is always something new to discover. I especially love the older books which show signs of the past owner - notes, splatters, newspaper clippings tucked between pages all give clues of another cooks endeavors.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: flourgirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Amen, Flourgirl. In fact, I'm printing off what you wrote. I'll review it whenever I see all the cookbooks I've purchased and feel guilty. Your post will wipe that guilt right off!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: flourgirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Better than having over 800 pairs of shoes :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Berheenia

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  You are so right!! And I really like shoes, but I have no problem limiting my purchases of them. My need to acquire seems to be limited to cookbooks - thank goodness.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. I still get mine from the library before actually buying and yesterday after months of waiting I got "A Girl and Her Pig" by April Bloomfield and am devouring it. Sadly I don't plan to buy it and may not make anything from it but I really want to eat in one of her restaurants! My son and DIL love the lamb burger at The Breslin Bar in New York city and now I understand why. The woman is all about attention to detail and using only the finest ingredients and I imagine anything that comes out of one of her kitchens would be to die for. A more seasoned baker than I might try her bread recipe but I don't have the patience and live in an area with some fantastic bakeries. Good read as she started back at the River Cafe and was trained by some of the British pioneers of the locavore scene.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Berheenia

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Try her mustard and caper dressing. It is absolutely fabulous!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I took it back to the library as it is heavily reserved and I wasn't going to cook from it.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                BUT!! I found it online and have bookmarked the page so thanks for the tip!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. I just purchased at a thrift shop the 75th Anniversary issue of the Joy of Cooking and Craig Clairborne`s The New York Times Cookbook for a grand total of $4.00.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. My latest indulgence - Olive Oil from Tree to Table by Peggy Knickerbocker - just arrived and yesterday I made a roasted chicken recipe from it. It wasn't as "wow" as I thought it would be but than I did not have any Belgian endives and run out of capers. Will make it again soon as instructed! I read about this book on these boards but do not remember where. Lots of info about olive oil - nice reading book.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. New Thomas Keller book - Bouchon Bakery - I'm very excited to look through it at the bookstore.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: sandylc

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I'm excited for this one too, but it's not out until October 23rd.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Barnes & Noble currently is selling at remaindered prices the Cooks Illustrated book on the best one pot meals. It's handy when time is short. All the recipes look imaginative. I've also been gradually getting James Peterson's books besides Julia Child's--I discovered her late in life, having been in Europe when she appeared on the American scene. And I wasn't cooking in Europe. One of the books I have purchased most often is Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution, which is a great help to people who don't think they can cook. Or Mary Risley's Tante Marie's Cooking School. I watch for both in used book stores and often get them. Inevitably, I end up with copies out on loan that decide to adopt someone else's kitchen. Another old favorite that I got used again and again is Susan Herman Loomis' Rue Tatin book--more a memoir that a cookbook, but it contains some wonderful recipes and a great understanding of the relationship of food and life.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Father Kitchen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Rue Tatin book sounds wonderful - it is in my Abe basket already:)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: dkennedy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          It is so very appealing.... now to find a space for yet another bookshelf in my already bursting apartment... I love books and have many in addition to cookbooks and keep on buying...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: herby

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Laughing, I just reread On Rue Tatin, and am almost finished rereading the followup, Tarte Tatin. Lovely books. Great recipes at the end of every chapter in both books.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Susan Hermann Loomis is a great writer and cook - I highly recommend her 'Farmhouse' books.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Father Kitchen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Any favorite recipes from Loomis? I have her Rue Tatin books and the French Farmhouse Cookbook, but can't remember making anything.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: emily

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Off the top of my addled head, the 'quick' breads. I would have to go look at the FFC Cooking for exact names. she - and the French - calls them 'cake,' but they are mostly savory and some sweet quick breads, I think the majority are savory. I've made a couple for parties, with great success.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  From "On Rue Tatin," the braised chicken with white wine and mustard is really good. And yes, I just went and looked that one up because I could not remember the exact name. Did it before it got really hot here, and it was so good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Father Kitchen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        So glad I read this today and had the author in mind. I spotted On Rue Tartin at a thrift store today for .75 cents!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I've learned about so many wonderful authors and books through CH!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. I just got...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Gourmet Today by Reichl
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Twenty by Ruhlman
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Mighty Spice by John Gregory-smith
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        How to Cook Book 2 by Delia Smith

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Thoughts on any of these? The Ruhlman was my maybe maybe not choice.. I chose it over Saveur Cooks Authentic Italian... Mistake?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: SocksManly

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I recently bought Rhulman's Twenty and did not have the time to spent with it; I thought it was a good book to have even if just for a reference but will post once I had the time to read through it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Took Gourmet Today out of the library back when it was COTM (I think) and found it too heavy to cook from and to read - I do not enjoy these enormous books that the publishers have been coming with in the last few years.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Made several dishes from the Mighty Spice and liked most of them - nicely sized book and good info on spices in addition to recipes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Not familiar with Delia Smith books but ready good things about her books here on CHOW

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: SocksManly

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Delia Smith is supposed to be the most famous cookery author in Great Britain. I have her Christmas book and hope to use it next year. Beautiful pictures, and excellent instructions. I hope you enjoy her book.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Ruthie789

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I have the Delia How to Cook books. (There are three in the series). She's very famous in the UK. But I think she's very dull and boring. Her recipes seem very fussy and complicated too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: SocksManly

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Gourmet Today by Ruth Reichl:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              COTM May/June 2010 and a "re-visit" December 2010
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              GT was enormously favored during it's time as COTM. I cooked some of the most delicious food ever during those three months. I'm sure you'll find many recipes to cook. Here's the Master thread leading to the report threads...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Mighty Spice by John Gregory-Smith:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Has a had vibrant reporting thread for some time now with staunch devotees. I have the book but have yet to cook anything from it. It's simply a case of too many cookbooks and recipes and not enough time...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            3. Finally succumbed and bought Raising the Salad Bar. I thought I was going to be safe, having checked it out of the library. But then all the reviews starting coming in, and I could no longer hold out.. Returning my library copy today (long overdue) and will await my own copy!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Raising the Salad Bar
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Vegetable Love
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Pre-order of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Charles Phan- Vietnamese Home Cooking
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Naomi Duguid-Burma- River of Flavor
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Best of Food Writing 2012
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Lauryn Chun-The Kimchee Cookbook

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: jpr54_1

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The Book of Jewish Food by Claudia Roden
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  arrived this morning-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  so far---- looks very good

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: jpr54_1

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I think you'll like The Book of Jewish Food jpr. I've cooked several vegetable dishes and a wonderfully tasty roasted stuffed whole fish... But then, I really like Roden's books.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: jpr54_1

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      In hoping for meatballs to win the dish of the month
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      my copy of The Meatball Shop Cookbook arrived this morning
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      not just meatballs but
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      sauces,vegetables,salads andsweets

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: jpr54_1

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I know. For such a small book there are many surprises...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. I accidentally pre-ordered the new Ottolenghi book, Jerusalem.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: greedygirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Good one, greedy - girl. Having a real good chuckle ovah heah. (A guffaw, actually)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: greedygirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Lol gg! Must be something in the air today....I just accidently pre-ordered Burma and I see jpr was also bitten by the pre-order bug!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. I stopped by a thrift shop today and bought an amusing little book called "Music and Food of Spain". The music CD is, of course, missing but I will email the publisher to see if I can get one without too much expense. I was amazed to see it on EYB. The recipes are grouped in menus and originate from country inns, five-star resorts and restaurants.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. A friend of mine gave me "Market Chronicles: Stories and Recipes from Montreal's Marche Jean-Talon" as a going away gift. It's a beautiful book filled with photos of the market and background on the people working there. It has also has some mouth-watering recipes highlighting the best of Quebec produce. Among them, Maple Syrup Mousse, Fiddleheads with Lemon, Strawberry and Nutella Pizza, Lobster Rolls, and Ice Cider Pork Tenderloin.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: TxnInMtl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Oh how lucky you are TxninMtl, I've been coveting that book for some time. It's on my Chapter's wishlist. I adore the JT market and that is a beautiful book and a treasure for your collection.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. I discovered that one of my favourite used book stores has another location, which I found while walking home from my hairdressers. Lots of really good quality used cookbooks.. but because they were in good condition, not great bargains.. usually half of the original prices. Lots of Nick Malgieri.. the Bon Appetit Desserts I've been considering, and Alice Medrich's Bittersweet! I showed great financial resolve though, and only left with Maida Heatters' "Cookies"..

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. The Culinary Historians of Southern California had their annual used cookbook sale at the Hollywood Farmer's Market yesterday. I scored copies of

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Norman's New World Cuisine by Norman Van Aken
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Martha Stewart's Hor D'Oeuvres: The Creation and Presentation of Fabulous Finger Foods

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              for $3.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I also recently bought:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Hot, Salty, Sour and Sweet: A Culinary Journey Through Southeast Asia by Jeffrey Alford,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Stir by Barbara Lynch &
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Bitters: A Spirited History of the Classic Cure-All with Cocktails, Recipes and Formulas by Brad Thomas Parsons

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: bg90027

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Let us know how you liked Stir. I have seen it often but never pulled the trigger.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Westy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  It hasn't arrived in the mail yet. I'll try to remember to do that once I've received it and have some time to cook from it. I think that it got on my radar from someone posting about it here or from that Food52 10 essential cookbooks discussion so I'm pretty sure that there are a lot of people here who own it and like it. Hopefully someone can give you a review sooner than I'll be able to. I'll come back and add my two cents when I can though.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Westy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Westy, 188 people have Stir on EYB and there are some recipe reviews there too - check it out.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Uh oh, TGC weeklong sale...what do I want?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I bet they go down to $8 each and free shipping.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. I just took a look through my most recent acquisition, The Seasonal Baker, and it is a very nice book, indeed. It's well illustrated, and it has lots of delicious looking recipes, many of which feature fruit. The fruit isn't always fresh -- sometimes the fruit is dried cherries, cranberries or raisins, but there are many recipes here that tempted me. A very nice TGC buy for me at $8!

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