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Oct 14, 2012 04:40 PM

What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? October 2012 part two [old]

So, everybody has been going a little crazy with the new cookbook season, to the tune of almost 350 posts since the beginning of Oct.
I can't wait for my new Madhur Jaffrey to get here from the UK, and I'm sure I'll be acquiring more as the rest of the month goes by. How about you?

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  1. You must have read my mind bt....I'd just noticed how many posts there were. I'll have some books to add by Tuesday (hanging head in shame after a 4 book ordering blitz as I caught up on post-vacation posts!!)

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    1. I have totally failed in my self-imposed ban already. I ordered Off the Shelf by Donna Hay as it was really cheap from a used seller on Amazon. I did actually ask for this for Christmas a few years ago - but Mr GG got confused and bought me a different Donna Hay book instead!

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      1. re: greedygirl

        "I have totally failed in my self-imposed ban already."

        Ha, join the club. It seems like not even 5 minutes after I wrote about not buying any more books, I found myself ordering a used copy of Sunday Suppers, which I broke down and bought after reading one too many accolades for the book in the last thread, and 660 curries, for more or less same reason..

        I also bought a few cookbooks from I haven't purchased anything from the site in a long time, but they were having a 50% off sale (off already discounted prices) and I found 3 books I was willing to buy at such good prices. Eat With Your Hands, which I don't know how much I'll actually be cooking from (it seems like a lot of the recipes use difficult to procure ingredients, etc.) but it apparently has a really good, very thorough discussion of mortars and pestles and the techniques associated with them, which really interests me. There's supposed to be a very good section on pickles as well, and since I pickle as a hobby, I'm a sucker for any good pickling recipes/books. I also bought the CIA's Italian Cooking. I probably didn't need another italian book, but it seems interesting and again, for the price, I figured it was worth it. And lastly I bought Guy Fieri Food: Cookin' It, Livin' It, Lovin' It. I'm not a huge fan of his, but the book got great reviews on Amazon, and I figured it would be a fun read, if nothing else. But it sounds like it has some very good recipes as well.

        1. re: greedygirl

          I am glad to hear I'm not the only one failing. Recently I had an hour to kill while my husband was meeting with his tax accountant, and there was a large bookstore nearby where I found myself drawn to the cookbook section. I decided to buy Michel Roux Jr's memoir, "A Life in the Kitchen", reasoning that a) it was $10 cheaper than the cookbook I had been seriously tempted to buy but managed to put back on the shelf and b) it was more of a memoir that happened to include recipes, instead of an actual cookbook. Afterward I solicited opinions from FB friends on whether I had broken my own rule, and the general consensus is that if I ever cook any of the recipes from the book I will have made the memoir into a cookbook. Damn. ;-)

          1. re: greedygirl

            I sorta kinda failed - I let LulusDad buy me a book (also Donna Hay!). It got here yesterday but I've only gotten through the 10 minute section. Looking forward to some time to give it more of a look but LulusDad left again today for 5 days and there is so much to do. Maybe I can sneak in some time on Friday morning...

          2. No brand-new cookbooks, but I picked up a 1969 Escoffier Cook Book for $3 at my favorite used bookstore on Saturday.
            That will make for hours of couch time!

            1. I'm still on the fence about Jerusalem (believe it or not!) and JO's 15 Minute Meals. Am hoping both authors will have US releases soon. I don't know if I can wait, except that I really have my hands full right now trying to come up with some cooking discipline for myself...


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              1. re: The Dairy Queen

                Isn't the U.S. version of Jerusalem due to be released tomorrow? I have it on pre-order.

                1. re: flourgirl

                  Oh, I should check! I assumed it was months away...


                  1. re: flourgirl

                    My Canadian version of "Jerusalem" was shipped today from - can't wait!

                    1. re: herby

                      Yes, I just saw it (and Jamie's 15 minute meals) at a book store here in Toronto..

                      1. re: rstuart

                        !!!!! 15 minute meals is out in Canukia??

                        1. re: LulusMom

                          I definitely saw it at a kitchen shop near me. It could have been a British edition though? I will check when I am next there.

                          1. re: rstuart

                            I think it is definitely a British edition; it's not for sale through or chapters, except via resellers, but I bet a lot of Canadian cookbook stores are ordering it in from the UK... I'm trying very hard to resist this one as I just ordered two UK cookbooks (Monica Galetti's book and the UK edition of Jerusalem).

                            1. re: geekmom

                              Thank you both. You stopped a major bout of hyperventilation.

                      2. re: herby

                        I just got an email from my local cookbook store advertising a night when, for $125, a local chef will prepare dishes from "Jerusalem" and everyone gets a signed copy of the book. I will be unable to resist this if it turns out it's the UK version of the book they're selling.

                        1. re: geekmom

                          I think that they did that here in Toronto too.. but apparently it sold out right away!

                          1. re: rstuart

                            Yeah I think it's this coming weekend and that both Yotam and Sami will be there in person. Sadly, they haven't included Vancouver in their North American tour!

                  2. I have just received notice that my copy of Jerusalem has shipped! Yippee skippy!

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                    1. re: roxlet

                      ~~~~*cookbook envy*~~~~ Hope you will update us as you cook from this one!

                      1. re: roxlet

                        I was surprised to find mine outside the front door when I arrived home from work today.

                        I had some ripe figs that I was planning to work into dinner somehow and opened the book to Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Fresh Figs. Very serendipitous, and off to a great start cooking from this book.