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Sep 2, 2012 05:37 PM

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 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 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 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

                      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:
                        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.

                          Should I tempt you all with Nigel Slater's Kitchen Diaries II? That is another one on my lust-after list.

                          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?


                              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 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.