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What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are lusting after? Back to school edition 2012 [old]

Hi everybody, the summer thread is getting long so it was suggested that it might be time for a new one. This time of year always seems like a new beginning to me (somebody I know goes back to teaching and I have unlimited Big Bang Theory indulgence time one night a week). What books are you buying/looking at/wanting, whatever? I recently saw a patisserie book by Ginette Mathiot put out by Phaidon that I just might have to get...

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  1. I have read that the author of our current Cookbook of the Month (Rosetta Costantino, "My Calabria") is working on a book about the desserts of Southern Italy. I can't find the source of this rumor (?) and the book may be years away, but I'll certainly investigate and examine when it becomes available!

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    1. re: blue room

      Hey! I have that book ("My Calabria"). Must have another look at it.

      1. re: buttertart

        Oh pls do bt...we'd love to have you in the kitchen w us this month!! I made the Eggplant Parm tonight w modest expectations as I already have a fave and we LOVED it! mr bc is a committed eggplant-hater and he said he loved the dish and didn't even realize there wasn't meat in it! I'll report on it tomorrow.

          1. re: buttertart

            I had to Google that....you never cease to inspire me!!

            1. re: Breadcrumbs

              Shucks. Comes from working for a Yorkshireman in a fish and chips shop a long time ago.

              1. re: buttertart

                oh my, my grandpa (a Yorkshire fishmonger) is hanging his head in shame....

                1. re: Breadcrumbs

                  I thought there was England in you, too (my dad was from Hastings, in the south).

              2. re: Breadcrumbs

                lol! As a Yorkshire-woman turned Londoner, haven't heard that expression for ages!

                1. re: greedygirl

                  On Ilkley Moor bar'tat Yorkshireman was he.

              3. re: buttertart

                'Twas one of my dad's two foreign words - the other being "jildi" (quick). Both picked up during WW2, when he was in the Middle East before spending most of the war in India.

                1. re: Harters

                  Harters darling, where've you been hiding out?

                    1. re: roxlet

                      Lake Garda, Italy for ten days. Rained most of the time - just like being at home.

                      1. re: Harters

                        I have an Italian friend who said that in that part of the world they say to each other at the end of summer "see you in April!" because it is so foggy and rainy there all fall and winter. He told me this just as I was flying off to meet my now husband in September there.

                        1. re: Harters

                          Ah the life of the fancy-free retiree...

            2. re: blue room

              Rosetta is the source! I took one of her cooking classes recently and she told us about it. She'll be going to Italy in September to photograph the book. Not sure when it will be published ~ perhaps fall of 2013?

              1. re: emily

                Thank you emily! Glad you saw my post -- and I yours :)

            3. Have you cooked from any of the Phaidon books bt? I know I have at least 2 and I've found them overwhelming. Just today I read an article in the Globe about a chef that counts The Silver Spoon as his most cherished book and I've barely given it a look. Not sure if it's the lack of photos or the mere size and scope...do you expect the same from the GM book?

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              1. re: Breadcrumbs

                I'm leery of them myself. The Greek one is fun to read but have I cooked from it? No. And the Mathiot general cookbook was underwhelming (on a page-through at the store).

                1. re: buttertart

                  Funny isn't it. Each book seems to be revered for it's provenance but I don't once recall a Hound revering one. (and my world is small...it just isn't so if a Hound doesn't say so)!! : - )

                  1. re: Breadcrumbs

                    There's something just sort of off about each one.

                  2. re: buttertart

                    I bought the book because I follow her blog and get a monthly newsletter. The book is very plain as the illustrations are not colour photos but coloured drawings. They remind me of bistro pictures. I like the content or the type of desserts you can cook, but have not tried one yet. It did get an excellent review in the Montreal Gazette.

                    1. re: Ruthie789

                      I didn't know she had a blog...link?

                      1. re: buttertart

                        Please bare with me Buttertart, I sometimes get my facts confused. First of all this book has been around in France for years. However, one of the editors of the books is Clotilde Dusoulier, a food blogger, who has helped translate this book into English and so the link provided is for her blog or website which you may already know about:
                        http://chocolateandzucchini.com/archi...
                        I am such a fan of french cuisine and baking so for me it was an important purchase because it was a commonly used book in France. Now whether or not I will bake something from it remains to be seen or should I say tasted.

                        1. re: Ruthie789

                          Oh ho. I was quite taken with it too...must have another look.

                          1. re: buttertart

                            The last chapter of the book is titled, Desserts by Celebrated Chefs. I find the book very whimsical, with the painted illustrations.

                  3. re: Breadcrumbs

                    I had the French one "I know how to cook". It's just pages and pages of straight recipes, with no pictures, and no description. I wasn't inspired by it, and passed it on as I have a problem with lack of shelf space at home.

                    1. re: Breadcrumbs

                      I always use the Carbonara recipe in the Silver Spoon - but that's about all I've made from there!

                    2. I was busy indulging in some online retail therapy, mostly gifts for my daughter, when I saw that the Donna Hay baking book I had on my wish list had gone down a bit in price. So ... into the cart it went. Should have it tomorrow or Wed. When I showed my daughter the things I'd gotten for her, her eyes went immediately to the cookbook and she asked "Is that for me too? Can we share it?" Anyway, my first foray into Donna Hay land, but I've heard so many good things about her.

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                      1. re: LulusMom

                        Haha, I looked today on my Amazon wish list and Bill's Open Kitchen is down to £0.01 + shipping for a very good copy. I'm sorely tempted. But I've already got two cookbooks this month - Alex MacKay's Everybody Everyday, and Jamie Oliver's 15 minute meals. Ottolenghi's Jerusalum is out this month too. So I can't justify buying a 4th cookbook this month.

                        1. re: lilham

                          Forgot to add that the Jamie Oliver is a pre-order. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Jamies-15-Min...

                          Should I tempt you all with Nigel Slater's Kitchen Diaries II? That is another one on my lust-after list. http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Kitchen-D...

                          There are a lot of new cookbooks out in September in the UK. I've picked the Jamie Oliver over the Ottolenghi and the Nigel Slater because I'm looking for more ideas to cook weeknight meals. It's super busy when you are a full time working mother!

                          1. re: lilham

                            JO has a 15 minute meals book coming out?? That sounds delightful. When is it out in the UK?

                            Edit: just looked and it comes out in the US September 27.

                            1. re: LulusMom

                              Phooey. I've been avoiding this thread for fear I would buy something I want.

                              JO has a 15 minute books out? Does anyone know if it's the similar in format/concept to his 30 minute meals which has all three elements of a meal (main+side+pudding) all meshed together in a single recipe?

                              ~TDQ

                              1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                I remember reviews of his 30 minute meals in the Guardian where they had various hapless writers try the meals.. it was quite funny; needless to say, they never looked like the pictures, and they were never done in 30 minutes!

                                1. re: rstuart

                                  Like that fancyschmancy baking book and the bum-like plums, eh?

                                  1. re: buttertart

                                    Hee hee.. not quite that extreme!

                            2. re: lilham

                              I went into Amazon.co.uk intending just to pre-order Jerusalem and exited having also ordered Nigel Slater's Kitchen Diaries II and Nigella Lawson's Nigellissima. I would have also ordered Jamie's 15-minute Meals but it's not published until Sept 27 so it would have held up the rest of the order (trying to reduce the shipping costs to the USA). And I could have easily ordered another 5 books - so I had a little restraint. I'm so excited about all 3 of the books I've ordered - I hope at least one of them is COTM which helps me focus on a book.

                              1. re: JaneEYB

                                If the JO comes out the same day here, you can order if via US amazon in a separate order (little red devil on shoulder prompts). I think you can count on Jerusalem being COTM sometime.

                                1. re: LulusMom

                                  Is the JO Great Britain food book good, does anyone know?

                                  1. re: buttertart

                                    A very kind fellow CHer gave it to me, but I've been so massively insane getting Lulu ready for school (or having her around 24 hours a day for the second half of the summer) that I haven't had a chance to give it a good read yet. But it looks good.

                                    1. re: buttertart

                                      BT - I bought the JO Great Britain book when I was in the UK last month - it was on sale in Sainsburys. I read it through and there were lots of recipes that looked good but I haven't actually cooked any of them yet. Obviously very British but some more out-of-the-ordinary recipes e.g. Glasgow potato scones, some lovely soups, delicious salads, Indian and Jamaican-influenced dishes, and of course lots of lovely baking and puds.

                                      1. re: JaneEYB

                                        Uh oh. That one IS on the Good Cook club sale that I talked myself out of indulging in (before going whole hog on Amazon).

                                    2. re: LulusMom

                                      "Jerusalem" is supposed to be out 16 Oct in the US!!! Check Amazon.

                                      1. re: LulusMom

                                        Yes, it would make sense to order from Amazon US where the book is being published simultaneously but I prefer getting books by British writers from the UK as the measurements are in grams and ml which I much prefer to cups and fluid ounces. Thankfully more US books are starting to include metric measures (especially baking books), but not enough.

                              2. After reading the chow discussion and trying out one of the listed recipes, I want a copy of Mighty Spice.

                                1. Well, buttertart, the first day of meteorological fall is September 1, so this could be the Fall thread (meteorologists and climatologists use atmospheric similarity, rather than astronomical relationships to marks seasons). Anyway, this being nofunlatte's birthday month, she has several things earmarked--Nigel Slater's Tender and Ripe, Penelope Casa's Tapas, Judith Fertig's Heartland/Prairie cookbooks. I won't buy myself anything until after my birthday, though, in case sis or BF have gotten me one of those.

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                                  1. re: nofunlatte

                                    That Heartland is nice, have had it for a while.

                                  2. http://www.amazon.com/Nick-Malgieris-...

                                    Glory hallelujah, I can't wait for this one, seriously. Check "Look in the book", it's not "just" bread recipes. I LOVE AND ADORE NICK!!!

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                                    1. re: buttertart

                                      I just picked up his "How to Bake" book for $3. Happy to see that I chose wisely!

                                      1. re: Allegra_K

                                        He's one of my absolute favorites.

                                        1. re: buttertart

                                          Mine too, and I discovered him at buttertart's urging.

                                          1. re: roxlet

                                            I first heard of Nick Malgieri when the PBS cooking show "Cucina Amore was broadcast during the late '90s The chefs were: Faith Willinger, Nick Malgieri, Nancy Harmon Jenkins, Vincent Schiavelli, and Joe Simone. To quote an online review, "THE CHEFS OF CUCINA AMORE combines one entertaining maitre d' and four of the nation's best Italian-American chefs and mixes them evenly into one restaurant to prepare mouth-watering recipes from around Italy." What a show that was and how I miss it now...

                                            http://main.wgbh.org/wgbh/pages/teach...

                                            1. re: Gio

                                              I remember that show :-)...it *was* fun

                                          2. re: buttertart

                                            bt - I'm not sure you'd adore him if you met him in person. He is the grumpiest cookbook author I have ever met. I agree his recipes are stellar - his Supernatural brownies and his muffin recipe in Bake! are the best recipes for those in my view - but he keeps his sweetness for his baking!

                                            1. re: JaneEYB

                                              Madhur Jaffrey was distinctly less charming in person than in her books, but I still love her. (Odd because another friend in the trade referred to NM as a sweetheart, and not in an ironic way.)

                                              1. re: buttertart

                                                Ah now I too think she is a sweetheart - charming, elegant, very gracious. I've only met her a couple of times but my sister had her for dinner in her house and thought she was wonderful.

                                                1. re: JaneEYB

                                                  I only met her very briefly so should just shut up about it.

                                              2. re: JaneEYB

                                                Did you meet him, Jane? Maybe he was having a bad day.

                                                1. re: roxlet

                                                  I met him at an IACP (International Association of Culinary Professionals) event. Yes, I should give him the benefit of the doubt that he was having a bad day but it was hard to excuse how rude he was. But I do admire his books and recipes so I'll just hope I meet him again one day and that he corrects my first impression.

                                          3. re: buttertart

                                            Psst, buttertart, I think that new Malgieri is avail. as part of the TGC bundle sale that ends today...

                                            ETA: Hmm, maybe not. I must have seen it elsewhere and got mixed up. Oh, well.

                                          4. Not a cookbook but a book on food that someone on one of these boards recommended (alas, can't remember who!). "97 Orchard St: an edible history of five tenement families in one new york tenement"
                                            http://www.amazon.com/97-Orchard-Immi...

                                            I really enjoyed it and learned a lot.. and it's associated with one of my favourite museums in NYC, the Lower East Side tenement museum..

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                                            1. re: rstuart

                                              The writer is a terrific person, too. :)

                                              1. re: buttertart

                                                Always a bonus! It also answered one of my long-standing questions, what DID the Irish eat before the potato came to Europe? The answer being, quite a lot, really...

                                              2. re: rstuart

                                                I read that book too and loved it. I learned so much about what life was like for those early immigrants and how their native foods changed the diets of New Yorkers and hence many other Americans. I haven't visited the museum yet but must do so on my next NYC visit.

                                              3. I have been eyeing MONDAY MORNING COOKING CLUB COOKBOOK for some time now. It is an Australian book, published in 2011. The only copies I have been able to find in the US are obscenely expensive, but one is available for Australia for under $60.00 which is the best price I have seen by far. I am reluctant to spend so much on it sight unseen and it is not indexed on EYB and you can't search inside it on Amazon. If any of you hoarders have a copy on your shelves I would be ever so grateful for a detailed review.

                                                1. The other day I received an email from bibliobooks, and they sent me a promo code for a coupon. So I went browsing yesterday.......and as a result, I now have 9 new-to-me cookbooks coming my way. I mean, couldn't let that offer just go to waste!

                                                  Paula Wolfert's World of Food
                                                  Real Thai-Nancie McDermott
                                                  Cracking the Coconut- Su-Mei Yu
                                                  Japanese Cooking: A Simple Art +
                                                  Practical Japanese Cooking: Easy and Elegant-Shizuo Tsuji
                                                  The South American Table-Maria Baez Kijac
                                                  The Modern Art of Chinese Cooking-Tropp
                                                  From the Land of Figs and Olives- Habeeb Salloum
                                                  The New Book of Middle Eastern Food

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                                                    1. re: Allegra_K

                                                      What a great variety Allegra...let us know what you think when they arrive. Someone at work recommended From the Land of Figs and Olives to me some time ago. I haven't seen it in the book stores so will be particularly interested to hear your thoughts.

                                                      1. re: Allegra_K

                                                        Great list. Please do report back on the Practical Japanese Cooking once you've given it a trial run.

                                                        1. re: qianning

                                                          I sure will! I wasn't even aware of said book until a search for Tsuji's name yielded this result. I paid about $4 for it, so even if it's not a great find, at least it was cheap.
                                                          I'm also pretty excited for Real Thai--I've seen it on your list of most tattered books, so it must be good!

                                                          1. re: Allegra_K

                                                            Got to love a bargain. I always thought Tsuji only had one book (in various editions), so the different title caught my eye.

                                                            1. re: qianning

                                                              I have not cooked from this one as much as Japanese Cooking: A Simple Art, but the ganmodoki recipe is a favorite. I also like the kayaku gohan recipe. It also has some gorgeous pictures.

                                                              1. re: BigSal

                                                                Happy to hear that you like it, and thanks for listing some of your favourites of this one and World of Food--I have to take notes lest I forget.

                                                        2. re: Allegra_K

                                                          I really like the Southern American Table. I recommend the Bobo de Camarao and the Seco de Chivo recipes.

                                                          1. re: Allegra_K

                                                            I enjoyed several of the recipes from World of Food. The standouts for me were the Catalan black rice w/ garlic mayo (I made it without sausage and liked it better than Casas's recipe), pasta with anchovies and toasted breadcrumbs, swordfish steak with anchovies and wild mushrooms (surprising combination of flavors that were very good) and involtini of swordfish with capers (a little fussy, but delicious results).

                                                          2. Oh no...Amazon UK...Nigel's Diaries II, Hugh Fearnley-etc's Three Good Things, Hairy Bikers' Baking, and Food of the Grand Trunk Road (had eye on this last forever).
                                                            Amazon US...Phan's VN Home Cooking, Duguid's Burma (much as it pains me), and Malgieri's Breads...
                                                            Why couldn't TGC have had some of these at least on their sale...???

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                                                            1. re: buttertart

                                                              I know. The current offerings on TGC were not that inspiring, so I'm not being lured into buying some books I'm half-hearted about this time. There are other books (Malgieri, Jerusalem, Every Grain of Rice) that I am anxious to own, so I think I will wait and allocate my limited shelf space to these books.

                                                            2. I just purchased...

                                                              Street Food Of Mexico by Hugo Ortega, but have not yet cooked from it.

                                                              La Cocina Mexicana Many Cultures, One Cuisine by Marilyn Tausend & Ricardo Muñoz Zurita.

                                                              And in the interest of full disclosure I should probably add that I am friends with both Marilyn and Ricardo and was a recipe tester for this book. I was delighted to see that all the recipes I tested made the final cut and ended up in the cookbook. I was also glad to see many of the recipes I've either learned or made cooking with both of them were included, so this will probably end up being a fairly "go-to" Mexican resource for me. Recipes and techniques are definitely not dumbed down, but are very well and very clearly explained.

                                                              1. http://eater.com/archives/2012/08/22/...

                                                                emily posted this on the previous thread (thanks!), but for those who didn't see it (ore were afraid to look), here we go.

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                                                                1. re: buttertart

                                                                  Oh no!! Avert my eyes...must avert my eyes!! ; - )

                                                                  1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                    Abandon hope, all ye who look upon this information.

                                                                    1. re: buttertart

                                                                      Crud, I wish I'd heeded your warning.

                                                                2. For the record, the last time I posted about recent additions to my shelf was August 14th so it’s been almost 3 weeks….talk about restraint!! ; - )

                                                                  New books I purchased:

                                                                  Cucina Simpatica by Killeen & Germon – In a moment of weakness after spying it on the “Show us your Shelves” thread, I just had to order this! I have and really like “On Top of Spaghetti” by the same authors and this book looked like it would be a treasure. Happy to report I adore it. I love the size of the book, the formatting and the minimalistic style of the book. It’s a book of trattoria style cooking with a number of recipes I haven’t seen elsewhere. The Spaghettini w Spicy Lentil Sauce immediately caught my eye and will be on the menu in the not too distant future.

                                                                  The Slow Mediterranean Kitchen by Paula Wolfert – a past COTM and a book that had been on my Amazon wishlist for some time. I was looking for a book to pair w Cucina Simpatica (above) in order to qualify for free shipping….and the rest is history!! This seems like it’s the perfect fall cookbook and I’m keen to dig in.

                                                                  A Cook’s Guide by Donna Hay – Thanks to a tip from herby we made a side trip to Costco yesterday and I’m happy to add this to my DH collection. This is a best-of the “How To Cook” section in DH’s wonderful magazines. The fundamentals are covered but there are some great variations in there as well that make this a worthwhile add to your shelf regardless of your cooking experience. Likely a must for DH fans.

                                                                  From Abes:

                                                                  Sydney Food by Bill Granger – I ordered this and another BG book (yet to arrive) after reading an interesting discussion on the previous Cookbooks thread. This book reminds me very much of DH’s books and recipes so I’m sure I’ll find something to make here.

                                                                  The All-Italian Cookbook by Wilma Reiva LaSasso – on a tip from Gio to whom I’ll be reporting back once I’m finished reading and trying out a few recipes from Maria Lo Pinto’s book which I’m thoroughly enjoying!

                                                                  From a couple of thrift shops that my car just can’t seem to pass by without stopping in!!:

                                                                  Time Life Foods of the World Latin American Cooking – love this so far, I was reading it on the deck yesterday. These are such great books. So well researched.

                                                                  What Einstein Told His Cook by Robert Wolke – on the science of cooking…go figure. This looks like it will make for an interesting and enlightening read.

                                                                  Desserts by Bonnie Stern – This author is a Canadian treasure and I’m happy to be able to add this to my collection of her books.

                                                                  Mrs. Chiang’s Szechuan Cookbook by Ellen Shrecker – I have the “Home Cooking” book by the same author. The book jacket declares this to be “the first authentic Szechuan Cookbook” There’s lots of info on ingredients, techniques, cooking methods etc and some interesting looking recipes.

                                                                  Last Dinner on the Titanic by Archbold & McCauley – I didn’t really buy this for the recipes but the photos of the menus and the delightful art work were enough to draw me in.

                                                                  Quick Pickles by Schlesinger, Wiloughby & George – seemed like a good, seasonal purchase…especially for 99¢

                                                                  Cucina Essenziale by Stefano Cavallini – a Michelin starred Italian chef (from Milan) and London restaurateur – I hadn’t heard of him but the book looks great!

                                                                  Elodia Rigante’s Italian Immigrant Cooking – I don’t know if that’s Elodia herself on the cover but the very warm looking Nonna-like lady had me w her inviting smile and vast array of tasty looking dishes!!

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                                                                  1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                    That Mrs. Chiang book is very good. But get Fuchsia!!!

                                                                    1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                      I got Mrs.Chiang's book from a curbside giveaway a couple years back....I've since become enamoured with Ms. Dunlop, so haven't looked at it in quite some time, but I'm glad to hear others know of its existence.

                                                                      I also Had Wolfert's Slow Kitchen book in my shopping cart the other day, but exchanged it for World of Food. I'd love to hear how that one turns out for you. Though it's hard to go wrong with any of her books.

                                                                      That's quite the haul you had!

                                                                      1. re: Allegra_K

                                                                        World of Food is great Allegra and also a past COTM so you'll have lots of inspiration. You're right...hard to go wrong w this author.

                                                                        I do have FD's books and so wish I'd been around for the COTM as I know how beloved she is. I haven't cooked much from her books though and definitely look fwd to doing so. The Mrs Chiang books are fun to read and when I go to make a recipe I always like to pull a few books off the shelf to look at the variations in the recipes so this book is a welcome addition to my shelf.

                                                                        1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                          I do the same as you when making a recipe, especially an international one: look at many variations on any given recipe. Even if I may not cook extensively from every single one of my Thai, Mexican, etc, cookbooks, they all get used as a reference in one way or another. That's how I justify having more than one book on a single cuisine. Other people, non-cookbook enthusiasts, don't understand it, but to me (and likely to you, and others reading this thread!) it makes perfect sense!

                                                                          1. re: Allegra_K

                                                                            Yes, perfect sense. I do the same.

                                                                      2. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                        I acquired Mrs. Chiang's Szechuan Cookbook soon after it was first published in 1976 and it was the book with which I began my love of Chinese cooking. Take a look at her recipe for Anise Chicken, which I had on regular rotation for many years.

                                                                        1. re: JoanN

                                                                          Mmm we love anything anise Joan so I'll definitely look at that and how great to hear this book inspired you.

                                                                      3. Lusting after:

                                                                        Phan's Vietnamese Home Cooking
                                                                        Susan Feniger's Street Food

                                                                        and as of yesterday, after listening to the author on the Splendid Table,
                                                                        Purple Citrus and Sweet Perfume, by Silvena Rowe

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                                                                        1. re: tcamp

                                                                          I'm pretty sure that buttertart has written about not caring for the book, despite having been excited to get it...

                                                                          1. re: roxlet

                                                                            Purple Citrus? Purple prose and nothing much appealed to me in the recipes. It's the Slanted Door chef's VN Home Cooking I'm getting from Amazon.

                                                                            1. re: buttertart

                                                                              I love it and have used it often.

                                                                          2. re: tcamp

                                                                            I love Phan's book,, and highly recommend it.

                                                                            1. re: LulusMom

                                                                              I think tcamp is referring to this book, which hasn't been released quite yet: http://www.amazon.com/Vietnamese-Home...

                                                                              1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                                                                                I was referring to Purple Citrus and Sweet Perfume

                                                                                1. re: roxlet

                                                                                  Too bad. I will try to track it down in the library system.

                                                                                  1. re: roxlet

                                                                                    Sorry for any confusion; my reply was meant to be to LulusMom's post above, about the Phan book. Going by the title, Vietnamese Home Cooking, I thought tcamp was referring to the forthcoming book by Charles Phan, of San Francisco's Slanted Door restaurant.

                                                                                    1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                                                                                      Yep, I was referring to that one, due out in September. Thanks!

                                                                              2. I just placed TGC order for the following pre-orders:

                                                                                Gran Cocina Latina (thanks to all enablers!)
                                                                                Canal House Cooks Every Day
                                                                                Roots by Diane Moroan - I had this book in my cart for ever waiting for a sale and other books to buy.

                                                                                Decided to buy another bookshelf when I am back at home in two weeks - sigh.....

                                                                                1. I received the following cookbooks this morning

                                                                                  The Cooking of the Eastern Mediterranean by Paula Wolfert
                                                                                  Wild Game Cookbook by John A. Smith
                                                                                  Venison Cookbook by A.D. Livingston

                                                                                  It might be nice to have a game cotm-
                                                                                  duck,quail,rabbit,duck,etc

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                                                                                  1. re: jpr54_1

                                                                                    :: The Cooking of the Eastern Mediterranean by Paula Wolfert ::

                                                                                    This one has a strong attraction for me, if only to be able to compare the treatment of the many recipes it probably shares with Sonia Uvezian's Recipes and Rembrances of an Eastern Mediterranean Kitchen. The Wolfert book is on 300+ bookshelves at Eat Your Books, while Uvezian's is only on 21, and still unindexed as a result.

                                                                                    I'd recommend the Uvezian to anyone remotely interested in food history, and/or in the region (and not just because I want to speed the day when it's indexed at EYB!) But it could be that Wolfert's actual cooking instructions are easier for North Americans with little exposure to Lebanese/Syrian/Jordanian food traditions (which would include me).

                                                                                    Since I already have two Wolfert books in my modest kitchen collection, though, I think I'll ask around among cooking friends to try to borrow it to make the comparison. Which will also mean retrieving the Uvezian from a friend who's greatly enjoyed the loan of it this summer...

                                                                                    1. re: ellabee

                                                                                      Sonia Uvezian has written a number of wonderful cookbooks which have seemed to evaporate from food consciousness. They are well worth checking out.

                                                                                  2. Just received "Japanese Farm Food" in the mail today. What a gorgeous book! Lots of recipes I want to try.

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                                                                                    1. re: pikawicca

                                                                                      I've been lusting after this book for a while. Pika, please report back when you make something from the book.

                                                                                      1. re: pikawicca

                                                                                        It's an absolutely gorgeous book. I only had a quick skim before I sent it off for indexing but I wanted to read it from cover to cover (Nancy's story of an American marrying a Japanese farmer is fascinating), the photos are beautiful and hopefully I will also want to try out the recipes when I get it back.

                                                                                        1. re: pikawicca

                                                                                          pikawicca thanks so much for mentioning this book. I hadn't heard of it or the author but was intrigued by your post. I found the author's website and blog online and was immediately captivated. She has such an engaging style of writing and the photography is beautiful. I devoured everything I could find on the Japanese Farm Food site then quickly moved on to her Indigo Days blog where I was immediately drawn into her life story. Needless to say, I've ordered the book and can't wait to read it. I'm hoping its not too heavy to schlep w me on my daily commute!! Thanks again.

                                                                                          ETA: Here's a link to the website (which has links to her blogs):

                                                                                          http://www.japanesefarmfood.com/

                                                                                          1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                            I like the lacy Mountain Vegetable Tempura. And her lovely kitchen.

                                                                                            Found this too:
                                                                                            http://www.indigodays.com/2010/05/mou...

                                                                                            1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                              that web site is so gorgeous, isn't it?

                                                                                              1. re: qianning

                                                                                                I agree qianning, I can't wait to get the book. It sounds so lovely.

                                                                                                1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                                  That's some goddamn farmhouse. Pioneer Woman à la japonaise...lucky lady.
                                                                                                  And yes i just ordered the book...

                                                                                                  1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                    Isn't it beautiful bt? Something very comforting about it too. The kitchen is amazing!

                                                                                                    1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                                      Glorious. I'd go back to Japan in a heartbeat.

                                                                                                    2. re: buttertart

                                                                                                      I believe the counter in the first photo is the same stone as our counters!

                                                                                                      1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                        It's stunning roxlet, looks like a piece of art & I like that it's not high gloss. We put in granite counters this year and while I love the granite, the high gloss shine makes every speck of dust or anything else stand out like a sore thumb!

                                                                                                        1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                                          Our counters are granite, but they were finished with a process called wire brushing and flaming, which gives the counters a matte appearance and brings up the grain on the granite. They don't show dust or anything, and people who see our counters always ask what the stone is. No one thinks they're granite because of the finish. Maybe you could have this done to them on site.

                                                                                                2. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                                  So excited, released in Canada and shipped today!! Can't wait!!!!

                                                                                              2. I decided to get Planet Barbecue for my husband, and was able to order a new, hardcover edition from Amazon for $11. I'll put it away until his birthday in November, but I will likely steal a look at it before then. He is the grillmeister in our house, but tends towards straight ahead flavors. I'm not complaining since everything he does is fantastic, but this book sounds like an excellent way to explore some new flavors on the grill. He will pretty much even grill in the snow, so it's OK to wait until beginning of November to give it to him.

                                                                                                1. Just got the Gourmet Cookbook on Amazon for 4 bucks. I took this out of the library when it was COTM (I think it was COTM) but wasn't willing to pay the full price but this is too good a deal to pass..

                                                                                                  http://www.amazon.com/The-Gourmet-Coo...

                                                                                                  1. Just as an FYI for any Canadian shoppers...I just rec'd my Costco magazine and they'll have Jamie Oliver's new book Great Britain on Oct 2nd and, America's Test Kitchen Quick Family Cookbook on Oct 30

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                                                                                                    1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                                      I have over 100 cookbooks and I go to costco all the time but have never bought a cookbook there... Am I missing something?

                                                                                                      1. re: SocksManly

                                                                                                        Costco has very good prices on new books - usually better than Amazon - but they have lousy cookbook selection; it is hit and miss and once in a while you 'hit" :) Just check next time yo are there.

                                                                                                    2. I ordered "Meringue" this morning. I love the stuff, and people are glad to see meringue "cookies" ('specially around the holidays) because they are relatively low in calories. (The protein is in the egg white, the fat is in the egg yolk.)
                                                                                                      Mostly, meringue is so pretty -- so I ordered the sugary book, hope it is pretty too.
                                                                                                      http://www.amazon.com/Meringue-Linda-...

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                                                                                                      1. re: blue room

                                                                                                        Sure looks pretty, based on Amazon's "look inside" feature!

                                                                                                      2. TGC (impulse buy)

                                                                                                        Kitchen Simple - Peterson
                                                                                                        Flavor First -Forberg
                                                                                                        Real Simple Easy, Delicious Home Cooking

                                                                                                        1. I Love Meatballs! came in today's mail. It is a small book but an attractive one. It was under $3 + shipping (from Amazon re-seller) and looks brand new. Won't have time to spend with it until next week, but at a first glance it looks very endearing with some recipes that I wish to make now:) More books to come; most books are used and in good condition; I can't get anything close to the deals I am getting here, in the US, back at home

                                                                                                          1. I used one of two coupons I have for 10 free books from a local thrift store. The CB selection was meager but I managed to find:

                                                                                                            Faye Levy's International Chicken Cookbook by Faye Levy
                                                                                                            The Dumpling Cookbook by Maria Polushkin
                                                                                                            Onions, Onions, Onions by Linda Griffith
                                                                                                            The Chef's New Secret Cookbook by Louis Szathmary

                                                                                                            1. At my church yard sale I paid 50 cents @ for 2 beautiful hardcovers- Martha Stewart's Quick Cook from 1983 - recipes a little too dated for my tastes but the Food and Wine Magazine 2001 Cookbook looks like a winner.

                                                                                                              1. Just got Salumi from Ruhlman. First look is quite promising

                                                                                                                1. At my temple's book sale:

                                                                                                                  The Joy of Cooking
                                                                                                                  The Complete International Soup Cookbook

                                                                                                                  1. A small market that focuses on local food has started up a lending library, with everything from chicken-raising how-to books to coffee table "cookbooks" to food politics. I checked out Nourishing Traditions. It's informative to read the online explorations of many of the recipes. Despite skepticism, I plan to give a shot to the brown rice treatments; it's something I cook regularly, and if a palatable preparation is available that's more nutritious, so much the better.

                                                                                                                    My diet's already pretty close to the NT recommendations, yet I'm put off by Sally Fallon's dogmatic tone, and her complete dismissal of the pressure cooker and microwave (huge energy savers for some kinds of cooking). But there are plenty of worthwhile recipes to try, particularly among the ferments.

                                                                                                                    1. This summer I bought the "Wild Vegetarian Cookbook" by Steve Brill after delaying gratification for several months. It's a bunch of recipes for seasonal foraged vegetables, fruits, mushrooms,etc.... Unfortunately I haven't done as much foraging this summer as I'd like, despite it being an excellent, if late, mushroom year.

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                                                                                                                      1. Was in Elliott Bay Books in Seattle the other day and my friend was looking for a cookbook for a hostess gift. Simon Hopkinson's "The Vegetarian Option" was on the remainder table and I talked her into buying it based solely on my love of the Roast Chicken books. I've been looking through it before it gets wrapped up and so many of the recipes look really tempting. I'm hoping there's still one left on the remainder table when I get back. I know Lulusmom said she had tried something from the book with great success. Anyone else?

                                                                                                                        1. Two books arrived in today's mail - On Rue Tatin by Susan Herrmann Loomis and A Year in my Kitchen by Skye Gyngell. Both are inspired by postings on these boards and look great. Can't wait for some quiet time to read through both:)

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                                                                                                                          1. re: herby

                                                                                                                            Just went running back to the den to grab this book - so I could give page references. Susan Loomis is a great storyteller, as well as a great cook and recipe developer. All of her books are terrific.

                                                                                                                            I have made her Red Pepper Bread from this book several times, and it's delicious. Page 23. [really delicious topped with cream cheese or mashed goat cheese.]

                                                                                                                            Vintner's Wife's Pork Chops, p. 144 is also excellent.

                                                                                                                            My dream is to attend her cooking school. Either in France, or in the U.S., - she usually runs a school here annually.

                                                                                                                            1. re: nikkihwood

                                                                                                                              Nikkihwood, I looked for the recipes you mentioned but they are not in my copy of On Rue Tatin - are we talking about the same book?

                                                                                                                              1. re: herby

                                                                                                                                I believe she's referencing "Cooking at Home at Rue Tatin," which is the cookbook, not the memoir.

                                                                                                                                1. re: emily

                                                                                                                                  Thanks Emily, and I do not have the cookbook, just the memoir which has some recipes as well.

                                                                                                                                  1. re: herby

                                                                                                                                    I liked the memoir, haven't got the cookbook.

                                                                                                                                  2. re: emily

                                                                                                                                    Shoot, I *am* referencing the wrong book. I am so sorry. But you will get a kick out of "On Rue Tatin," and love the recipes. Also, there is a sequel, called "Tarte Tatin," which is equally good. I ended up ordering that one from Amazon.uk.

                                                                                                                                    Blushing beet red and bowing out, now. hah.

                                                                                                                              2. re: herby

                                                                                                                                I have seen Gyngell's book. it looks good. I think it is part of the "New Voices in Food" series, which are terrific. I have "Alice's Cookbook" out of that series. Good stuff!

                                                                                                                              3. Sacramental Magic in a Small Town: Recipes and Stories from Brother Juniper's Cafe

                                                                                                                                EYB recently indexed this book and as a result, I put it in my Amazon cart. Would love to hear what some of you think of it when you have time.

                                                                                                                                1. I just bought:

                                                                                                                                  Go Fish: Fresh Ideas for American Seafood by Laurent Tourendel

                                                                                                                                  &

                                                                                                                                  Cuisines of the Water Gods: Authentic Seafood and Vegetable Cooking of Mexico

                                                                                                                                  LA Weekly has a feature in which they interview local chefs about their favorite cookbooks. These two are favorites of John Sedlar of Rivera and Playa.

                                                                                                                                  1. You know, I was thinking I haven't bought many books lately, but now that I think about it, I've kind of been on a spree. Let's see if you notice a trend:

                                                                                                                                    Ojakangas' Best Casserole Cookbook Ever
                                                                                                                                    Bayless Mexican Everyday
                                                                                                                                    Grangers's Bill's Everyday Asian
                                                                                                                                    Mackay's Everybody Everyday
                                                                                                                                    Oliver's 15 Minute Meals (thanks to this thread!)
                                                                                                                                    Bracken's I Hate to Cook Cookbook (saw it on a thrift store shelf for a buck. Or a dime. Can't remember.)
                                                                                                                                    Amster-Burton's Hungry Monkey (more of a foodoir than a cookbook)
                                                                                                                                    Burros 20 Minute Menus
                                                                                                                                    The Frantic Woman's Guide to Feeding Family & Friends

                                                                                                                                    ~TDQ

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                                                                                                                                    1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                                                                      Oh holy cow ... my mother had the I Hate to Cook Book, and cooked from it plenty and had me cook from it as a tween. I think this has probably colored my view of it, which is that one can tell she hates to cook.

                                                                                                                                      1. re: LulusMom

                                                                                                                                        I love Peg Bracken. I bet I've read that book 10 times. Does it have the recipe for aggression cookies in it? Fabuloso oatmeal cookies.

                                                                                                                                        1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                          I know someone somewhere on Home Cooking had recommended this book (though I seriously cannot remember the context), perhaps it was you.

                                                                                                                                          It really is hilarious reading. Such as (and this was 1960): "Actually, you can't trust the word "quick" any more. Some cookbooks, when they say "quick", mean you needn't grind your own flour. Others mean that you can pour a can of tomato soup over a veal chop and call it Scallopini."

                                                                                                                                          No aggression cookies that I can find either in the desserts section or index. Maybe it was in one of her follow-up books? THere are Selma's Best Oatmeal cookies, are those the ones you mean?

                                                                                                                                          ~TDQ

                                                                                                                                          1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                                                                            I think they may have been from one of her columns in Family Circle, let me have a look. I have the recipe from my mom in any case, will post.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                                                                                This is a half recipe, it makes a passel.
                                                                                                                                                1 1/2 c brown sugar
                                                                                                                                                1 1/2 c (margarine or) butter (Mom used 2:1 marg to butter), softened
                                                                                                                                                3 c oatmeal (we only ever had "quick oats", not old-fashioned)
                                                                                                                                                1 1/2 tsp baking soda
                                                                                                                                                (1 tsp salt) my addition
                                                                                                                                                1 1/2 c flour
                                                                                                                                                Mix with hands in large bowl -- all the mixing and squishing is v satisfying.
                                                                                                                                                Form into 1-1 1/2 in balls.
                                                                                                                                                Place on ungreased baking sheet 2' or so apart.
                                                                                                                                                Butter the bottom of a small glass, dip it in granulated sugar and press each one flat (to about 1/4 in thickness) (the squishing here is v satisfying, too).
                                                                                                                                                "It is only necessary to butter glass once but you need to sugar glass each time." Not sure if that's Peg or Mom talking, but it sounds like my mom...
                                                                                                                                                350 deg F for 10-12 mins.

                                                                                                                                                1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                  Gotta try this. And how fun to maybe have your mom's tips on top of Peg's!

                                                                                                                                                  Thank you!

                                                                                                                                                  ~TDQ

                                                                                                                                        2. re: LulusMom

                                                                                                                                          Last time I looked at it (this century) I thought it have some pretty good ideas, with some modifications for changes in food availability. And there's nothing to say we can't help he recipes along.

                                                                                                                                          1. re: LulusMom

                                                                                                                                            Yeah, the humor of this book might be lost on a tween. I can see how your mom might think the book would be easy enough for you to cook from, but the attitude is a pretty wrong. Like this line (which totally makes me laugh): "This book is for those of us who who want to wrap our big dishwater hands around a dry Martini instead of a wet flounder, come the end of a long day."

                                                                                                                                            ~TDQ

                                                                                                                                            1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                                                                              Yes, that line means a heck of a lot more to me these days than it did then! And, as a 12 year old, I didn't really want to be cooking dinner. I can remember some sort of meatballs with grape jelly in them ... oh, the horrors. And possibly open a bottle of pasta sauce, put cubed Spam in it, and toss over spaghetti? I'd actually get a bit of a kick out of looking at the book now. I should see if I can find it next time I'm at her place.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                                                                                She was a terrific writer, and so funny.

                                                                                                                                            2. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                                                                              |The Frantic Woman's Guide to Feeding Family & Friends|

                                                                                                                                              the title cracked me up but looking at the reviews on Amazon it seems like a winner.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: Berheenia

                                                                                                                                                You know (now that I have the book in hand), the concept is awesome. The recipes are a little questionnable, though to be totally fair, I haven't cooked a single thing from this book. Check out the subdiscussion on "Crab A Dilly" in Breadcrumbs' A Cookbook a Week" threa... http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8673...

                                                                                                                                                ~TDQ

                                                                                                                                              2. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                                                                                Have you looked at the Smitten Kitchen cookbook? I preordered it and can't wait to get it! Perfect mix of everyday and special occasion recipes.

                                                                                                                                                1. re: cheesecake17

                                                                                                                                                  Hmmm...I'll have to have a look.But you'll report back, right?

                                                                                                                                                  And thank you for your comment on my "Favorite Food Memoir" thread. I loved Cooking for Mr. Latte!

                                                                                                                                                  ~TDQ

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                                                                                    I will def report back! Check out the website and see what you think. There are a few preview recipes. The vegetable recipes are what always get me. Usually quick, simple fresh, flavorful.

                                                                                                                                              3. I treated myself to Dorrie Greenspan's latest book of French cooking, 'Around My French Table.' It's huge! Everything I've tried so far was fantastic and not always what I'd call haute, French cuisine, so it's very interesting to see what she adds to classic dishes. I love this book.

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                                                                                                                                                1. re: zuriga1

                                                                                                                                                  Yes AMFT is a wonderful book with equally wonderful recipes. Everything I've made from it was delicious and very well received here, with one notable exception which is discussed in the first link. Several of us cooked from the book before it was a COTM in April 2011...

                                                                                                                                                  http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/731319
                                                                                                                                                  http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/775864

                                                                                                                                                2. Slater's Kitchen Diaries 2 is on order with Amazon (I think tomorrow is publication day).

                                                                                                                                                  And Mrs H has come back from the supermarket having flicked through Hugh Fearnely-Whittingstalls "Three Good Things", saying she's unsure whether it's going to be worth getting . Which means that we'll debate it for days and then buy it after the 50% discount offer has ended.

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                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Harters

                                                                                                                                                    What was the notable exception Gio? For me it was the beef cheek recipe.

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: dkennedy

                                                                                                                                                      Guessing: pumpkin stuffed with everything good, which was notable because it was one of those recipes that many (including me) raved over but was an unmitigated disaster for Gio, if I recall correctly... I'm so excited fall is here again. I can't wait to make that again!

                                                                                                                                                      ~TDQ

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                                                                                        Yes... That was one miserable failure. That Dang Pumpkin was as hard as granite

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Gio

                                                                                                                                                          Ding dang pumpkin? (Harkening back to Virginia Willis, of course...)

                                                                                                                                                          It just goes to show you that there is so much room for individual variation on any given book or recipe. There is no universal truth when it comes to this sort of thing.

                                                                                                                                                          ~TDQ

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                                                                                            Claudia Roden is the Queen of stuffed vegetables of all sort, as far as I'm concerned. She has marvelous recipes in The New Book of Middle Eastern Food...

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Gio

                                                                                                                                                              Thats a good reminder. I love stuffed vegetables of all kinds... I don't know why but for me it just turns something ordinary into something a little special.

                                                                                                                                                              ~TDQ

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                                                                                                Yes, that's true, TDQ. I have a few globe zucchini in the fridge that I'm going to stuff with leftover cooked veggies combined from two dinners I made this week from My Calabria. A couple of meatballs from a recipe in The Meatball Shop Cookbook on the side with a pineapple salad from Mighty Spice and that will be dinner tonight. Cookbooks Rule.

                                                                                                                                                    2. re: Harters

                                                                                                                                                      My books have shipped from the UK, now to spend time in happy anticipation...

                                                                                                                                                      1. I have been looking forward to Smitten Kitchen's cookbook (I know.. she's a food blogger.. but I have always had great success with her recipes and she always lists the source). Just found out that she's coming to the Cookbook store here in TO in November! Might go; my mother would love to find a signed cookbook under the tree....

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                                                                                                                                                          1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                            Oops.. my reply disappeared. I did end up getting tickets... they haven't advertised it yet on the store website, but apparently rabid Smitten Kitchen fans in the GTA have been calling and demanding tickets ;)

                                                                                                                                                          2. I am thinking about buying two cookbooks from the Brass sisters, Heirloom cooking and Heirloom baking as I enjoy vintage recipes and find them simple and easy. I have the book by Ginette Mathiot, it got a lot of publicity when it was released. It is quite a lovely book and if you are a baker it is a worthwhile book.

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                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Ruthie789

                                                                                                                                                              I love those books, particularly the baking one. And thanks (I think...) re the Mathiot.

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                                I pulled it out again, to my embarassment I have not made a single thing from it. It has good content, lovely colourful illustration. I am contributing to a thread from Breadcrumbs about a weekly challenge to pick a cookbook, read it and cook from it for a week and think I will choose this one for my next book. I really like the Brass sisters, and have made a few things from the baking book, the recipe for an Irish tea bread is really good. The cooking book has a recipe for lemon chicken which is absolutely divine.(IMHO) I borrowed the cookbook from the library which is what I do now instead of immediately purchasing a book.

                                                                                                                                                              2. re: Ruthie789

                                                                                                                                                                What is the title of the Mathiot book please?

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: angelsmom

                                                                                                                                                                  The Art of French Baking, explanations on brioches, eclairs, souffles, choux buns, madeleines, gateaux, meringues and macarons, so the front cover says.

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Ruthie789

                                                                                                                                                                    This book is a translation of a long standing revered apparently French cookbook. See review in part of link below:
                                                                                                                                                                    http://www.canada.com/entertainment/S...

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Ruthie789

                                                                                                                                                                      As mentioned in a link above, it has been translated from French to English and one of the editor`s was Clotilde Dusoulier, a food blogger with a website called Chocolate and Zucchini. I would say it is a very whimsical book.

                                                                                                                                                              3. Ottolenghi's "Jerusalem" arrived in the mail yesterday. Haven't quite figured our how to balance Calabrian, Japanese, and Middle Eastern cooking from my latest 3 acquisitions, especially since I'm crazy busy with election preparations.

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                                                                                                                                                                1. re: pikawicca

                                                                                                                                                                  Oh my... I think you win the Who Got It First prize. Color me green.
                                                                                                                                                                  When you have the chance can you give us a quick overview/your opinion?

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Gio

                                                                                                                                                                    I am thrilled that I got my copy while summer produce is still great, as I plan to make every single vegetable recipe in the book! I don't eat meat or fish anymore, but I will make many of the fish recipes for family members (the sweet and sour fish dish and the cod cakes both look amazingly delicious).

                                                                                                                                                                    Lots of great photos and stories about the region's people and food, but in no way is this a "coffee-table book." The production values are very high, with a durable cover, thick paper, and a ribbon mark (love these things, and don't know why every cookbook doesn't have one).

                                                                                                                                                                    If you've already cooked from Ottolenghi's previous books, you probably have most of the necessary pantry ingredients on hand. While you're waiting for your copy to arrive, though, you might want to search for a source for dried barberries and date syrup, both of which are used with some frequency.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: pikawicca

                                                                                                                                                                      I'm on holiday, but expect my copy to be waiting on my return, which will make going home a little more bearable! I already have date syrup, which I found in a wonderful Aladdin's cave of a shop minutes from my house.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: pikawicca

                                                                                                                                                                        Thank you Pika. I love Ottolenghi's recipes, needless to say, so I can't wait to receive this book. And, thanks for the heads up about the syrup and berries. I'll just do a mail order for them. One concern: If I hate dates will I love date syrup? They're just too sweet for me. But probably the syrup is just one more flavor level that blends into the entire recipe.

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Gio

                                                                                                                                                                          I've cooked with date syrup before, and IIRC, it doesn't have an overwhelming date flavor. It's used as a sweetener, and YO suggests maple syrup or Lyle's Golden Syrup as alternatives. (I personally would never put either in a Middle Eastern dish.)

                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: pikawicca

                                                                                                                                                                          Here's the question: I love, love, love Ottolenghi and Plenty but have so little time to cook lately. Do I need this book?

                                                                                                                                                                          ~TDQ

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: pikawicca

                                                                                                                                                                              I was afraid of that. Well, I wasn't afraid of that, but my pocketbook and bookshelves were! Okay, I'll sign myself up for a copy.

                                                                                                                                                                              ~TDQ

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                                                                                                                Mine has been dispatched from the UK but hasn't arrived.

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                                                                                                                  The US edition comes out October 16, if you want to ease the pocketbook somewhat, though that won't help with shelf space...

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                                                                                                                                                                                    Maybe without all of those extra letters in colour and flavour the American edition will be thinner. :).

                                                                                                                                                                                    ~TDQ

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                                                                                                                      Tee hee! I bought Plenty for a friend recently and the US edition (which has a nice squeezy cover with a gorgeous pic on it, of course, but isn't as sexy as the more minimalist UK one) has cup and tsp measurements, I noticed.

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                                                        It's funny that you mentioned that "squeezy" cover. I've noticed more and more books using that, and I'm not sure exactly why, but I don't like it all. I don't know, it seems kind of cheesy to me somehow. I think I've seen poorly done, bargain books use these covers in the past and now I can't break the association.

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: flourgirl

                                                                                                                                                                                          I, on the other hand, would love to see more of them because they're so resilient - you can wipe them clean. Plus, squeezy!

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: LulusMom

                                                                                                                                                                                              Squeezy v good. I also like the British no dust jacket textbook style releases.

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                                                                Squeezy? Cheezy? I'm beginning to like the No Dust Jacket style myself after years of trying to protect the DJ from splatters, spots and tears. Just received The Frankies Spuntino cookbook and it has a black and gold cover that makes it look like a veritable work of literature... and... No Dust Jacket.

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Gio

                                                                                                                                                                                                  I like the "no dust jackets" but I absolutely do NOT like the squeezy versions. I absolutely see it as cheesy and just too cutesy for adult high quality books.

                                                                                                                                                                        3. re: pikawicca

                                                                                                                                                                          My copy is not due until mid-October - sooooo envious!:)

                                                                                                                                                                        4. I just found out today that Gaitri Pagrach-Chandra has a new book coming out October 1st. I loved Warm Bread and Honey Cake so am really looking forward to this one. It's called Sweets and Treats from around the World.

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                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: pavlova

                                                                                                                                                                            Interesting! I like "Warm Bread," too, though I haven't made anything from it.

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: emily

                                                                                                                                                                              I'm really enjoying this book! So many candies and cookies from around the world, many of which I've never heard of.

                                                                                                                                                                          2. It's killing me that I elided the "you" in the lusting after part.

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                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                                              HA! You could always report your own post and ask the mods to edit it for you. Or, start a new thread now that we're all thoroughly back in school!

                                                                                                                                                                              ~TDQ

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                                                Very funny bt...if it' any consolation, I hadn't even noticed until you pointed it out! We all know what you meant though.

                                                                                                                                                                              2. Though this isn't a cookbook, I thought I'd mention it here since many of the recipes come from cookbook authors and I'm excited to have it in my collection:

                                                                                                                                                                                SAVEUR's Oct 2012 is a SPECIAL COLLECTOR'S EDITION in which they include 101 recipes for new, old and international classics. It's as excited as I've been about a food magazine in a long time as it provides a "one stop shop" for some amazing looking and sounding dishes. One that immediately caught my eye was a recipe for Laab which is from Naomi Duguid's new book Burma. Also included, Marcella's Tomato Sauce w Onion and Butter, the original Anchor Bar Buffalo Wings recipe, Major Grey's Chutney, Madhur Jaffrey's Mulligtawny, Tamar Adler's Mostarda di Frutta (an ingredient frequently called for in Mario Batali's books), Grace Young's Hongshao Qiezi (Red-Cooked Eggplant), a West African Peanut Stew Recipe that's the best I've seen for this dish thus far and oh so many more.

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                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                                                                                                                  Rats my subscription just expired. Is this on the supermarket shelves?

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Berheenia

                                                                                                                                                                                    I dont know Berheena as I have a subscription but if I see it I'll report back.

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                                                                                                                      Silly me. My subscription had not run out yet and it arrived. Thanks for pointing it out! Joe's special may be the first one we make.....

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Berheenia

                                                                                                                                                                                        For those that don't have subscriptions I saw it at a bookshop today...

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: rstuart

                                                                                                                                                                                          Just picked myself up a copy...thank you for bringing it to my attention!

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: dkennedy

                                                                                                                                                                                            I was reading it last evening before dinner and wanted to eat just about every recipe. Very good issue.

                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                                                                                                                    I just got my copy in the mail! Can't wait to read it!

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                                                        Curses! I guess mine won't arrive until Monday...

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                                                                                                                      Beautiful issue. A keeper. I was so happy to see Marcella Hazan's Tomato Sauce. So happy.

                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Should we have a mid-September thread?
                                                                                                                                                                                      A fiend I know emailed me this link:

                                                                                                                                                                                      http://www.independent.co.uk/life-sty...

                                                                                                                                                                                      forcing me, I swear, forcing me to buy the Jaffrey within 5 minutes of opening the link.
                                                                                                                                                                                      Abandon hope...

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                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                                                        BT, looks like this is an older book but I have heard about it or seen anywhere - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Madhur-Jaffre...

                                                                                                                                                                                        Am I missing something?

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                                                          Curry Bible is one that's been out a while in the UK and one which I;m sure I've recommended in the past - but, if not, then I recommend it now.

                                                                                                                                                                                          Whilst set out in the "usual" ingredient -led chapters, she notes the national origin of the dishes (including a handful which she attributes to America - although actually meaning recipes she's devised whilst living in that country). It has become my standard curry book.

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Harters

                                                                                                                                                                                            Harters, do you have 660 Curries? Curious how the two compare. I recently bought 660 Curries and have several Indian cookbooks (love Indian food) including Jaffrey's A Taste of India. Do you think I "neen" this one?

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: herby

                                                                                                                                                                                              Nope, don't have 660. American books don't generally appear in our bookshops and I usually like to have a look before I buy

                                                                                                                                                                                              That said, I've never really felt the need for more than Jaffrey. I also have her "Curry Easy". The only other "Indian" one I have is Anjum Arnand's "Indian Food Made Easy" which isnt a patch on Jaffrey's "Easy".

                                                                                                                                                                                              As for Curry Bible, yes, I'd certainly recommend it. Apart from the run of sub-continent dishes, it's interesting to see how they've developed as folk immigrated to other countries.

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Harters

                                                                                                                                                                                                Many thanks, Harter! I think I'll just cook from 660 Curries for now - hopefully it will become October COTM!

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Harters

                                                                                                                                                                                                  I think "Curry Easy" is "At Home with Madhur Jaffrey" here, and that's a corker. The moelho (Goan-style chicken with onions and vinegar)...yum!

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Surprised you like a Goan recipe...

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Because you seems to like well spiced, flavouful food and what I had in Goa (I spent a week there on business with local people) was too plain for my taste. Indian people I was with did not like the food either. Maybe Jaffrey's version is the way it should be made and I was simply unlucky:)

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: herby

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Interesting and not what I would have expected. Vindaloo is Goan after all. I've never been there, though. This dish is like a faster to make vindaloo, tangy and spicy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Very true and is an Indian variation of a Portuguese dish. Tangy and spicy sounds great! Did it have potatoes in it?

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: herby

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Nope, just onions, garlic, spices, vinegar and chicken.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                                                                                I thought she might've had the spicier East Indian version of the Vindaloo that is made with potatoes to stretch the meat. Must look for the recipe and try the moelho:)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: herby

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  She has other vindaloo recipes...this was as good and less hassle!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I'll check her "Taste of India" (I do not have the book you cooked from) - there must be at least one vindaloo recipe. Funny, I never wanted to make it but after your comments, really want to try it:)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: herby

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I'll post the recipe this weekend.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: Harters

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Harters,

                                                                                                                                                                                                    If someone asked you for a proper English curry recipe...what recipe would you point them to? Would it be in Madhur Jaffrey's books? I love visiting curry shops in England but can't seem to replicate the best I've tasted here.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Jamie Oliver says a proper English curry is a Tikka Masala...I'd love to hear your thoughts/experience.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                                                                                                                                      There's really only two things that you might say are exclusively British.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      First Chicken Tikka Masala is generally agreed to be an invention here with some evidence that the restaurant in Scotland which did it first has been identified.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      The second is a style. If ever you come across "balti", then that is without question a British invention of "Indian" restaurants in the Birmingham area.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      The move nowadays is away from the generic "any protein with any sauce" type dishes which you'll find in every high street curry house. In its place, there's a growing offering of more traditional , regional cooking. One place near me has completely given up on the generic food and now offers a "proper" menu - http://www.dilli.co.uk/

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Harters

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Thanks so much Harters, very helpful info. Thanks too for the link. Of course once I read of their concept I had to look at their menu only to find myself immediately hungry and wishing I could dine there. You have a local gem there.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Indian is one of those cuisines i always prefer out....I never achieve the same results at home.

                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Someone just gifted me a copy of "The River Cottage Fish Book." This is the US edition, which was published earlier this year. I wouldn't have thought this a topic that could easily cross the pond, but Ten Speed has done an admirable job (on first glance, at least) in making this accessible to a North American audience. Anyone have any experience cooking from this book? I think I'm going to have to wait until I get back from vacation to evaluate it properly.

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                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: JoanN

                                                                                                                                                                                                I've been reading such great things about the River Cottage cookbooks and wondering whether or not it was worth picking them up (either here or there), so I'm really interested in hearing what people have to say about having cooked from these books here. There are a lot of them, right?

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: LulusMom

                                                                                                                                                                                                  I have two of the handbooks (cakes and preserves) and like them quite a bit.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: greedygirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                    GG - am I right in thinking that these handbooks arent written by H F-W, but by the River Cottage "team" (e.g the preserves one by "Pam the Jam")?

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: greedygirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                      I like the bread book I purchased, and I even liket eh one for a "veg patch." That being said....the one true cookbook I have from River Cottage is not really what i would cook. Great reading (and you used to be able to watch episodes on-line).

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Bit of a mixed bag overall.

                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Just got back from Chapters, might purchase Masala Farm Cookbook link as follows:
                                                                                                                                                                                                  http://www.seriouseats.com/2012/02/co...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Ruthie789

                                                                                                                                                                                                    That was something i loved about being in Toronto recently, more bookshops than you could shake a stick at.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                                                                      And they all feel homey, keeping you in the store and wanting to buy that one little cookbook.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Ruthie789

                                                                                                                                                                                                        That they do. I miss Toronto, all the more so since that last trip!

                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. So, this has gotten hot and heavy rather quickly, so let's go over to an early Fall edition...
                                                                                                                                                                                                    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8692...
                                                                                                                                                                                                    See you there!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                                                                      ...w grammar checks fully complete!! Thanks bt! I'm expecting 6 books and look forward to reporting soon!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. I purchased Marcella Hazan's "Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking" recently and Rick Bayless's "Authentic Mexican" 20th anniversary edition is in the mail.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      "The Joy of Cooking" and "Japanese Cooking: A Simple Art" are high priority on the wish list.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Geo_Dude

                                                                                                                                                                                                        I love Bayliss. Is the book revised?