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Sep 16, 2012 04:35 PM

What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? Early Fall edition [old]

Hello all, having been rather profligate in my cookbook buying recently, I look forward to doing the same all over again very soon, as I know you do as well. So, what books are finding their ways into your eager mitts these days, or are you madly desiring? Spill.

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  1. Every time I come to NY I go on a book buying spree mainly justified by excellent prices I can get through TGC sales and Abe's, Amazon and their re-sellars and so on. This time is no exeption and I will be going home with:

    Asian Tofu by Andrea Nguyen

    Japanese Farm Food by Nancy Hachisu

    The NYT Passover Cookbook edited by Linda Amster

    Big Small Plates by Cindy Pawlcyn

    A Year in My Kitchen by Skye Gyngell

    Roots by Diane Morgan

    And a few other cookbooks on pre-order...

    Now I really need to read all and cook a few dishes from each before I buy any more! Let's see how strong my willpower is and how long will it last:)

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    1. re: herby

      Nope! I'm not going to even OPEN this thread. Definitely am NOT going to read it!

      But since I'm here, you have to let us know how Asian Tofu and Big Small PLates are! I've had my eye on both!


      1. re: The Dairy Queen

        Will do, TDQ, once I am back at home and have some free time on my hands to read and cook. Both books look very good at a first glance and EYB has a few good reviews of Asian Tofu recipes.

        1. re: The Dairy Queen

          It was thanks to you, TDQ, that I first heard about Asian Tofu and bought it. Been too busy to have much of a look at it, but really really need to do so. I love tofu, I love asian food, and I'm always looking for more vegetarian meals to serve my family.

        2. re: herby

          I can't wait to start cooking from Jerusalem - long anticipated. Luckily my local library has it,so it will be in my hands very very soon -- for free :) Could be a way to try out the others on your list without committing... I also feel like I have to take advantage of the cookbook while I have it checked out, so I do get around to trying recipes if I've borrowed the book from the library

          1. re: herby

            I want
            Japanese Farm Food

            Mrs. Chiang's Szechwan Cookbook: Szechwan Home Cooking
            by Jung-feng Chiang

            Pig: King of the Southern Table
            by James Villas

            by Shirley Corriher

            1. re: travelerjjm

              I was happy to find that Mrs. Chiang's book (while out of print) is available as an e-book for under $6:

          2. Recent purchases/pre-orders:

            Smitten Kitchen


            Sugar and Spice: Sweet Treats from Around the World

            Japanese Farm Food

            Vietnamese Home Cooking

            Sky High: Irresistible Layer Cakes

            Cracking the Coconut: Classic Thai Home Cooking

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            1. re: emily

              I'll be getting Jerusalem when it comes out too. And the new Burmese book looks interesting, but I think I can hold off on that one. Oh, and the Jamie Oliver 15 minute meals book. I have to have that one.

              1. re: LulusMom

                Trying to cut down on cookbook purchases, but I'm going to picking up a copy of Jerusalem, too.
                Might also go to the following event, being held in Toronto on Oct 21, 2012.

                From the Cookbook Store:
                Jerusalem Yotam Ottolenghi & Sami Tamimi -- Jerusalem
                Sunday October 21st, 2 pm.
                George Ignatieff Theatre
                On Stage interview, followed by Q & A and book signing
                Gosh are we excited about meeting these guys and we know you will be as well. This London based duo have created the most fabulous food shops called Ottolenghi and their restaurant Nopi. Their ground breaking cookbooks Ottolenghi and Plenty have been bestsellers capturing Eastern Mediterranean/Middle Eastern flavours to great acclaim. Now comes their new cookbook Jerusalem. In this book the duo go back to Jerusalem the city of their birth, Ottolenghi on the Jewish west side and Tamimi on the Arab east side to capture this melting pot cuisine.
                Location: George Ignatieff Theatre. Off site event
                Ticket: $50 includes the new book
                Ticket only no book: $25. Available from The Cookbook Store 416-920-2665.

                1. re: prima

                  TORONTO Hounds may also be interested in this Bonnie Stern hosted event where the authors are actually there for a meal:

                  I am so excited and proud to be presenting Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamini, authors of the beautiful and delicious new cookbook Jerusalem. Although we don’t usually feature cookbooks at my book club, I think this book is very special.

                  Everything Ottolenghi and Tamini cook, and how they present it, bursts with flavour and beauty - at Ottolenghi, their magical food shops in London England, at NOPI, their new restaurant or in their bestselling cookbooks Ottolenghi and Plenty. But in this book they return to their roots. They both grew up in Jerusalem at the same time – Yotam in the Jewish west and Sami in the Muslim east, but they never met until they moved to London and ended up working in the same restaurant. Now these talented chefs are introducing the food of their Jerusalem to the world. How wonderful is that?

                  We are holding this book club event at one of my favourite restaurants in Toronto, Tabule. Diana Sideris and Rony Goraichy are preparing a feast! I hope you can join us.
                  Date: Sunday, October 21, 2012
                  Time: 5:00pm to 8:30pm
                  Place: Tabule
                  2009 Yonge Street, Toronto
                  Fee: $150 plus HST*
                  (includes dinner, beverages, gratuity and a copy of Jerusalem sent out after registration)
                  Advance registration only: Bonnie Stern 416 484 4810

                  1. re: Breadcrumbs

                    Good to know! Thanks for posting this, Breadcrumbs!

                    1. re: Breadcrumbs

                      Turns out the feast at Tabule is sold out, but I understand there is a waiting list.
                      Hope you have a great time if you're attending, Breadcrumbs. ;-)

                    2. re: prima

                      Those are deals/steals including the book!

                    3. re: LulusMom

                      Amazon just emailed me that my copy of Jamie 15min meals has been dispatched!

                      1. re: lilham

                        I just checked amazon (US) this morning and didn't see a release date. Chomping at the bit on this one.

                        1. re: lilham

                          Lucky you! Mine hasn't shipped yet according to Amazon.


                          1. re: lilham

                            If you are on facebook, there are two meals from the book available
                            * Ricotta fritters, tomato sauce and courgette salad
                            * Seared asian beef, best noodle salad and ginger dressing


                            1. re: lilham

                              I'm not on facebook. I went to his website this morning hoping to find some info (seriously, I'm getting obsessive about this book) and there was nothing.
                              Thanks for trying for us!

                              1. re: LulusMom

                                Actually the same two meals are on his website too. Have you checked again?

                                1. re: lilham

                                  Will do! Am currently making a River Cafe pasta (which is sorta kinda related to him). I think my normal fan-hood of JO mixed with my current need for quicker meals is what has me panting especially hard.

                                  1. re: LulusMom

                                    I wanted to show a colleague the recipes online this morning and it wasn't there on his site. It turns out you get a different page on the phone vs the PC. But here are the direct links, which hopefully works on the PC too.



                                    1. re: lilham

                                      Nope, just checked again (obsessively!). My book still hasn't shipped yet. Such a bummer that there's just not much on his website. He had a bunch of stuff on his website when 30 Minute Meals came out. This time, all he has is shopping list for pantry items (so you can be prepared for when your book finally comes???? ) and videos posted by random people who have cooked from the book. Also, an odd video conversation between Jamie and the food stylists for the book.


                                      1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                        I read a newspaper article yesterday where three people attempted to make the recipes in 15 minutes. They all failed - but had tasty sounding meals on the table in 30 minutes or less. I'd be happy with that.

                                        ETA: Have just realised that all the meals provide nutritional information as well - useful!

                                        1. re: greedygirl

                                          Link, please. :) (ETA: never mind: i'm pretty sure I found it--see my post below).

                                          I'd be happy with 30 mins, too especially if it were healthful and delicious. And, yes, I think the having the nutritional info is really fabulous!


                                          1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                            There's one on the guardian today, but it's a chef vs a useless home cook. The home cook doesn't even know how long to cook a packet of noodles and have no pepper at home. She clocked in at over 30min. On the other hand, the chef did it in just over 10min.


                                            1. re: lilham

                                              Oooh, thanks so much! I agree with TDQ, 30 minutes is still great.

                                              1. re: lilham

                                                I hate to say, I kind of cook like the hapless home cook in that article...


                                            2. re: greedygirl

                                              Ha! Here's one where a professional chef and a home cook did one recipe, the former completing the recipe in about 10 mins and the latter completing it in 35. Also, the home cook didn't think there was enough food to feed 4. Also, that the recipe was very shopping intensive.

                                              THere's a lot to be said for an organized kitchen...

                                              Ah, I'll bet this is the article greedygirl read.

                                              And, yes, another person mentioned that it was a lot shopping. That's how it goes with fresh food, folks!


                                              1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                Have you looked at the ingredient list for the beef salad?

                                                It's really not that bad. The salad asks for a lot of different type of leaves. But I would substitute it to be just lettuce, cucumber, carrots and radishes. I would also order them all in my weekly shop. (Meal planning is the key)! All the things will keep in the fridge, you just have to be organised. Like you say, you can't have fresh food if you don't want to 'shop'.

                                                And thanks for the link to the other article. I'm going to read it over lunch now!

                                                1. re: lilham

                                                  That's the thing, isn't it. You have to put time into planning, organizing, shopping or cooking.


                                                  1. re: lilham

                                                    In my larder at the moment are all the ingredients for the salad except the sprouts and various seeds, which I wouldn't use anyway... so there's tonight's salad.

                                2. re: LulusMom

                                  I just got cold feet on the JO 15-minute book and cancelled my Amazon order. I think I'm going to wait until a couple of hounds have it in hand before I decide whether to buy it.


                                  1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                    Wise decision:) There has been so much hype lately about food cooked fast and faster. I think it is impossible to make meals in 15 minutes in a sustainable way. Cooking time doesn't matter as much as prep and clean-up time. Even shopping is becoming less of an issues with online ordering and next day delivery. If I want to make a potroast or soup, casserole and any dish that requires long cooking, I will start it the night before or prep one night, cook the next night and eat the following night. Meal planning is the key!

                                    1. re: herby

                                      I think I'm coming to see the light on that!


                                    2. re: The Dairy Queen

                                      I had a look in WHSmith just now. Was sorely tempted, especially as it was half price. Loads of good ideas for quick dinners, and they're all nutritionally balanced and calorie counted. Genius!

                                      1. re: greedygirl

                                        I think I may pass on this one. We weren't that thrilled with his 30 Minute one and a couple of others of his have recently found their way to the charity shop as there was nothing we wanted to cook. I'd still affirm that, by far, his best was the original Naked Chef, closely followed by Return of the Naked Chef. It's been a bit downhill from there on in.

                                        I think I'm just getting a bit jaded by chefs' attempt to do home cooking (the current Ramsay one excepted). Where's all the good British home cooks gone?

                                  2. re: emily

                                    "Cracking the Coconut", will be interested to hear what you think. I like her spice pastes/curries a lot and really should use that book more often....

                                    1. re: qianning

                                      I bought it because it sounded more approachable than David Thompson's tome (which I still have yet to cook from), but dedicated to doing it the "traditional way."

                                      1. re: emily

                                        exactly. and fwiw, i think her spicing/flavor control is often really wonderful.

                                    2. re: emily

                                      Also received "The Cooking Country of Greece" by Kochilas. I don't find the recipes compelling (other than some of the pita), so it's likely going back.

                                      1. re: emily

                                        Oh rats! I just got that too, but I didn't have a chance to flip through it yet.

                                    3. Japanese Farm Food by Nancy Hachisu

                                      I used to buy so many cookbooks that are just sitting on shelves now. The ones I buy now are the ones I really, really have to have.

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                                      1. re: onigiri

                                        I only buy books I really really have to have too.

                                        The problem is that I really really have to have a lot of books! And yes, I buy so many that many of them end up languishing on my shelves waiting for me to make my way around to them. At least, thanks to Eat Your Books, I'm using a lot more of my books than I used to, even if I didn't get around to reading all of them front to back like I would like to.

                                      2. Just got Salumi by Michael Ruhlman interesting so far.

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                                        1. re: Zalbar

                                          Please post your thoughts once you've looked it over. I'm really very, very tempted...

                                        2. i'm being restrained but have been unable to resist buying Jerusalem (wonderful, i'm loving cooking from it - there are recipes on the UK's Guardian and Telegraph websites including their fabulous meatballs with broad beans and lemon) and Nigel Slater's Kitchen Diaries 2 (not yet arrived; some recipes on the Guardian website).

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                                          1. re: abby d

                                            Oh, please do report on your experiences in the "Cooking from Jerusalem" thread! I'm really on the fence about this book, although picawicca says I need it. (And she's usually right...)



                                            1. re: abby d

                                              My copy of Jerusalem was waiting for me when I got home from holiday very late last night. I haven't finished looking through it yet, but I'm finding it really exciting and can't wait to get started. There are quite a few Turkish-style dishes which seems appropriate given I'm just back from there. Pasta with yoghurt - sounds gross but is lovely!

                                              1. re: greedygirl

                                                Very excited today - Jerusalem and Nigellissima both arrived across the Atlantic. I only had time for a quick look-through at all the recipes, no reading yet. First impressions are that I want to cook (and eat) every single recipe in Jerusalem but that I'm sure I will end up cooking more from Nigellissima due to my fussy daughter who much prefers Italian to middle Eastern food. She goes off to college next year and then I can go crazy. I'm going to try to sneak in at least one recipe from Jerusalem before the books go off for indexing.