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

buttertart Oct 14, 2012 04:40 PM

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. Breadcrumbs RE: buttertart Oct 14, 2012 04:54 PM

    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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      buttertart RE: Breadcrumbs Oct 14, 2012 04:58 PM

      Works for me now!

    2. greedygirl RE: buttertart Oct 15, 2012 02:59 AM

      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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        flourgirl RE: greedygirl Oct 15, 2012 08:40 AM

        "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 Bookcloseouts.com. 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.

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          geekmom RE: greedygirl Oct 15, 2012 09:11 AM

          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. ;-)

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            LulusMom RE: greedygirl Oct 17, 2012 01:49 PM

            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. jmcarthur8 RE: buttertart Oct 15, 2012 03:23 AM

            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. The Dairy Queen RE: buttertart Oct 15, 2012 11:18 AM

              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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                flourgirl RE: The Dairy Queen Oct 15, 2012 11:26 AM

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

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                  The Dairy Queen RE: flourgirl Oct 15, 2012 11:41 AM

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


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                    herby RE: flourgirl Oct 15, 2012 03:33 PM

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

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                      rstuart RE: herby Oct 15, 2012 06:42 PM

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

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                        LulusMom RE: rstuart Oct 17, 2012 01:51 PM

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

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                          rstuart RE: LulusMom Oct 17, 2012 02:52 PM

                          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.

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                            geekmom RE: rstuart Oct 17, 2012 03:14 PM

                            I think it is definitely a British edition; it's not for sale through amazon.ca 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).

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                              LulusMom RE: geekmom Oct 17, 2012 04:33 PM

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

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                        geekmom RE: herby Oct 15, 2012 06:48 PM

                        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.

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                          rstuart RE: geekmom Oct 15, 2012 06:59 PM

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

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                            geekmom RE: rstuart Oct 17, 2012 04:40 PM

                            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. roxlet RE: buttertart Oct 15, 2012 12:37 PM

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

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                      geekmom RE: roxlet Oct 15, 2012 01:15 PM

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

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                        pluralofcow RE: roxlet Oct 15, 2012 05:33 PM

                        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.

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                        MelMM RE: buttertart Oct 15, 2012 02:21 PM

                        The new Jamie Oliver 15 Minute Meals arrived while I was out of town, and Jerusalem should be available on my iPad tomorrow. I had buyer's regret after I ordered the J.O. book, but looking at it, it is much more interesting than I anticipated.

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                          greedygirl RE: MelMM Oct 15, 2012 02:32 PM

                          I wasn't intending to buy it, but changed my mind on seeing it in store. I made my second recipe from it tonight and it was a success both in terms of time - I walked in the door at 8.05 and we were having dinner by 8.30 - and taste. (I made lamb kofte meatballs with Harissa yoghurt, salad and lavash wraps. Mr GG has just given it a 10 which is on the generous side. A solid 7 from me.)

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                            The Dairy Queen RE: greedygirl Oct 15, 2012 03:06 PM

                            Wow. So far, I haven't heard anything really negative from either you or lilham who have both cooked from this book. It's "15 Minute Meals" but the 15 minutes assumes you're all prepped with water boiling before you start cooking. It sounds like you're coming in in the promised time... And with delicious results!


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                              greedygirl RE: The Dairy Queen Oct 15, 2012 11:31 PM

                              I wouldn't use these recipes for company, but for weekday nights when you're pressed for time they're great.

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                                The Dairy Queen RE: greedygirl Oct 15, 2012 11:51 PM

                                Makes sense. Do you have his 30 Minute Meals? (I have the US Version, Meals in Minutes...). How does it compare?


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                                  greedygirl RE: The Dairy Queen Oct 16, 2012 12:10 AM

                                  I don't have it I'm afraid.

                        2. roxlet RE: buttertart Oct 15, 2012 02:29 PM

                          I was resisting the Burma book, but...

                          1. Allegra_K RE: buttertart Oct 15, 2012 02:45 PM

                            I received Burma in the mail last week, but have yet to crack it due to being completely enthralled with Gran Cocina Latina. I've been reading this like an unwieldy novel. There are so many fantastic sounding recipes in this doorstop of a book, and the authors' genuine enthusiasm for the cuisine and culture is contagious. I was more excited than I'd like to admit upon discovering a recipe for Central American crema and other treasures like pineapple vinegar, chicha and cuajada cheese. This may be "The Book" on Latin American food. Hopefully in the future it could be a COTM.

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                              buttertart RE: Allegra_K Oct 15, 2012 04:48 PM

                              Uh oh...

                            2. buttertart RE: buttertart Oct 15, 2012 04:50 PM

                              Kinokuniya bookstore in Manhattan has a very nice cookbook section, with an emphasis on Asian cuisines but not "just" those (a remark it pains me to type). They had several copies of Ottolenghi, the first time I've seen it in a bookstore over here...

                              1. Gio RE: buttertart Oct 16, 2012 04:08 AM

                                I was feeling terribly left out of the shipping flurry that's been happening here lately but I just found out that both Jerusalem and the Tucci books have shipped and should arrive tomorrow. Yay...!

                                Of course now I have the Cucina Latina book to think about. "Uh oh" indeed Buttertart. Thanks Allegra,,,

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                                  Gio RE: Gio Oct 17, 2012 04:02 AM

                                  Both Jerusalem and The Tucci Cookbook arrived yesterday afternoon. Same carton in fact. There goes my day.

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                                    Allegra_K RE: Gio Oct 17, 2012 12:25 PM

                                    "There goes my day." That about sums it up! Jerusalem arrived today, and holy smokes is it ever making me hungry.

                                    As for the Presilla book....you won't regret it!

                                2. jpr54_1 RE: buttertart Oct 16, 2012 01:37 PM

                                  i also couldn't resist buying 2 of River CottageBooks
                                  and Second Helpings from Union Square at bargain prices

                                  1. herby RE: buttertart Oct 16, 2012 03:44 PM

                                    Stopped at Costco this afternoon and was amazed at cookbook selection. They even had "Jerusalem"!!! And Michael Smith and Laura Calder and Donna Hay (Simple Meals - is it a good one?) and many other new books. Those of you in ON might want to check it out.

                                    "Jerusalem" was waiting by my door when I return home :)

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                                      LulusMom RE: herby Oct 17, 2012 01:53 PM

                                      What is the new Laura Calder book? I have her French Food at Home one.

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                                        angelsmom RE: herby Oct 17, 2012 04:42 PM

                                        Our Costco has no selection, you are lucky.

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                                          Breadcrumbs RE: herby Oct 17, 2012 04:48 PM

                                          Ah crap, I was there on Saturday and while the had the other books you mentioned herby, they didn't have Jerusalem. Pity as I'd like to get that book. If time permits, I may have to pop in again this weekend.

                                          I have to say, though I know they have their many fans, I'm not big on Michael Smith or Laura Calder. It was easy to take a pass on those books.

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                                            herby RE: Breadcrumbs Oct 17, 2012 05:55 PM

                                            BC, the price is a couple $$ less on Amazon.ca and the book arrived the day after it was shipped. It is constructed exactly like "Plenty" - stays open, wipe-down cover and lots of pictures. Food looks spectacular and some dishes are screaming my name: roasted chicken with clementines and arak, cod cakes in tomato sauce, bourek.... I waited for this book for many months and thrilled to finally have it. Jerusalem, the city, holds many special memories and the dishes in the book are definitely bringing them back!

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                                          JulesLP RE: buttertart Oct 16, 2012 05:06 PM

                                          My copy of Jerusalem and Carnivore by Michael Symon arrived today. Recently I also picked up Both the Union Square cookbooks, Bistro Cooking at Home, Aaron Sanchez's Simple Food! Big Flavor and A Year in My Kitchen by Skye Gyngell.

                                          After all these recent purchases now I am going to implement my new cookbook rules, as I keep accumulating and not using enough of my books. My new rule is to make something out of 5 different books before I can buy another one. I hope I can follow my own rule.


                                          1. roxlet RE: buttertart Oct 17, 2012 04:30 AM

                                            Like many others, Jerusalem arrived on my doorstep last night. There was no time to read it, however, so that will definitely happen today.

                                            1. DiningDiva RE: buttertart Oct 17, 2012 04:43 PM

                                              Has anyone purchased Pure Vanilla?

                                              1. Disneyfreak RE: buttertart Oct 18, 2012 11:03 AM

                                                Must. Stop. Reading. This. Thread.

                                                Very dangerous!

                                                1. jen kalb RE: buttertart Oct 18, 2012 11:13 AM

                                                  I really feel like I have reached total saturation point - with so many big fat (they have all gotten too big IMO) interesting looking books that I havent even touched yet - we just returned from a 2 week trip - Burma arrived the day before we left, and Jerusalem on Tuesday.and we have many others that have not really been explored yet. Daughter has moved back home,and remarked that she was overwhelmed and could not decide what to cook from - She picked the Molly Stevens braising book (one we havent tried yet) and has made a few dishes. I really think its time to step back on the buying....doesnt anyone else experience a slight nausea when they have gone a bit too far in acquisitions?????

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                                                    The Dairy Queen RE: jen kalb Oct 18, 2012 11:47 AM

                                                    I do actually. I find it kind of stressful and overwhelming, which is why I posted this thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/870879

                                                    I think I've even added a cookbook since I posted that and am considering (read: resisting) Jerusalem and Jamie's 15 Minute Meals, telling myself that I can cook from Ottolenghi, Plenty, and Jamie's 30 Minute Meals, not to mention the 10 zillion recipes (esp Ottolenghi's) on the internet until these two books are released in the U.S.

                                                    I feel like only the slightest nudge or having my guard down for only a moment will tip me over into purchasing either or both of these books, though.

                                                    I would really love Burma but, face it, I'm not at a stage in my life where I am going to cook from it, so resisting that one has been easier.


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                                                      Disneyfreak RE: The Dairy Queen Oct 18, 2012 12:45 PM

                                                      That's my problem -- I buy cookbooks and then I don't use them. I tend to be an easy cook these days and a lot of the recipes I use come from the internet.

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                                                        JulesLP RE: Disneyfreak Oct 18, 2012 02:10 PM

                                                        That is what I do as well; I have bought a lot (a few hundred) of cookbooks over the past few years, and while I have read or looked thru most of them, I haven't made things out of that many. Some were bought so I could participate in COTM, only to not have time or never get around to actually making anyting. A lot of times I have certain things I want to use from my freezer or pantry; and can't find the right receipe in my books to use all the things I already have.

                                                        I started a spreadsheet to keep track of what books I have used, and what recipes I have made, and my new cookbook buying rule; is I have to make at least 1 to 2 recipes out of 5 different books before I can buy another one. Since over half of my books are in storage at the moment, I have about 200 on my shelves which I consider my favorites at the moment, and have added several over the past few months. Hopefully I will be able to resist new books and follow my rule. I figured if I did that; I am rewarding myself for using what I already have.


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                                                        LulusMom RE: The Dairy Queen Oct 18, 2012 12:54 PM

                                                        I feel exactly the same way about Burma. It sounds absolutely wonderful, but I can't really imagine having the time right now to use it.

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                                                          jen kalb RE: The Dairy Queen Oct 19, 2012 08:39 AM

                                                          I dont know - the earlier Alford/Duguid South/East Asian books tended to present low complexity recipes. Really havent looked at it though.

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                                                            qianning RE: jen kalb Oct 22, 2012 05:23 AM

                                                            FWIW, "Burma" is mostly pretty straight forward home-style Burmese recipes (no where near as taxing as say Indian or Thai cooking), rarely a recipe with more than half a dozen ingredients, including the oil and water!, but whether or not the food is to everyone's taste, that's another matter.

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                                                          herby RE: jen kalb Oct 18, 2012 01:42 PM

                                                          I feel overwhelmed with all new books that I bought but have not had time to read and cook from. The books are huge, I agree, but Jerusalem is nice size. Totally agree that I need to step back and enjoy what I have. Unfortunately it is very hard to resist at times... I have no urge to buy Burma which is a good thing :)

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                                                            flourgirl RE: jen kalb Oct 22, 2012 05:13 AM

                                                            "...doesnt anyone else experience a slight nausea when they have gone a bit too far in acquisitions?????"

                                                            Yeah, I think I'm at that point now. I've really been blind to how many new books I bought recently and how few of those I've really been able to get a handle on. I was laid up for weeks with a broken ankle, and I figured I would get through a ton of books than, but even with all that time on my hands, I didn't make much of a dent. I'm usually a very fast reader - but I find I tend to spend a lot more time on cookbooks, lingering over recipes I really want to make, thinking through the preparation, deciding where I may make changes, and imagining what the end result will taste like. That made me realize just how long it's going to take me to get through everything I have and, yes, I felt kind of sick thinking about it.

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                                                              lilham RE: flourgirl Oct 22, 2012 05:43 AM

                                                              Yes! This weekend, I actually cooked my first recipe from a book I bought a year ago. I haven't even read the introductory chapters or anything. I found the recipe via EYB search. And my collection is very very small compared to a lot of people here.

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                                                                The Dairy Queen RE: lilham Oct 22, 2012 06:52 AM

                                                                Posting in breadcrumb's "Cookbook a Week Challenge" where you force yourself to flip through one cookbook per week is pretty helpful. Even if you don't cook from the book, at least you get into it deep enough to decide if you still want to hang onto it. Some you might be able to get rid of right away.

                                                                I'm really going to have to start thinking seriously about which things I want to get rid of. THe problem is, whenever I clear off my shelves, I barely have room for anything new. And while I need to also slow down on my purchases of new books, I still, obviously plan to acquire some new books over the next several decades. So, I really need to get rid of enough book so that I have a little breathing room for new ones!


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                                                                  jen kalb RE: The Dairy Queen Oct 22, 2012 07:31 AM

                                                                  To some degree I think of my cookbooks (which are mosty international) as a research collection. that makes it hard to get rid of any, since I am forever dipping into them to compare recipes or find a particular obscure dish. I dont know what people ultimately felt about the Calabria book - I went on vacation midway through and didnt have time to cook much from it, but not too much called out to me for cooking as opposed to information and in the end I felt it was one person's personal calabrian cuisine (perhaps a very good one) rather than a major regional collection.I have TWO calabrian books now, without being sure that I am really interested in the dishes more than the similar dishes in say my books which cover campanian and sicilian cuisne.

                                                                  I am really into compare and contrast - which recipes are best/most satisfying kind of comsiderations and also accumulating the classic books (a big ebayer for a few years there). For example, after cooking from Paula Wolfert for years, I saw that there have been other writiers on Moroccan cuisine - I bought a couple of classics, the book from Momo, a London Moroccan restaurant and a couple by Kitty Morse, as well as regional books which cover the area; Then, based on a suggestion of the Mourad book as a COTM (and also a visit to Aziza where we at well but not the moroccan cuisine,, I bought that book as well, and then, most receint Wolfert's latest. It was with the Mourad that the revulsion started to set in when I reallized it was so cheffy and more his riffs on Moroccan than real Moroccan cuisine - yet I am sure there are delicious recipes in that book so I am reluctant to deaccession. The new Wolfert Im sure is wonderful, but its so HUGE and I dont like how its bulked out with pictures. In the end I am sure the first Wolfert book I bought in what, 1976? is plenty for my cooking needs, but I just went on and on...overate, let us say....

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                                                                    The Dairy Queen RE: jen kalb Oct 22, 2012 07:45 AM

                                                                    Funny, I just made this point in another thread (my thread on Not About Food about your criteria for adding a book to your cookbook collection), that for me, the best cookbooks are more than mere recipe collections. The best cookbooks provide detailed information about technique, ingredients, history or cultural context. Those kinds of books are rare. If a book is a mere collection of recipes, well, oftentimes, you can just take the handful of recipes that appeal to you and pass it on. (I didn't participate in Calabria COTM alas because when I paged through it, I found that most of the ingredients would be challenging for me to come by, which is not really where I am at this stage of my life...)


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                                                                      lilham RE: The Dairy Queen Oct 22, 2012 08:13 AM

                                                                      There are some books which I haven't cooked much from, but I just can't get rid of. For example David Thompson's Thai food. It's such a well researched and beautiful book. And I know many people have great results with it. But it's quite faffy, with lots of ingredients that I just can't get easily. However, some day, I might be in another city, or there maybe a thai grocer in town. My little girl will grow up and I'll have more time.

                                                                      There are other books that I've cooked a bit from. The results are good, but I just don't find the time to cook too much from it. They are also hard to part with.

                                                                      The ones I can easily throw away or re-sold are ones where all the recipes I tried failed, or nothing inspires, but they seem to be a minority.

                                                                      I'm hoping one day, e-cookbooks will be of a sufficiently good enough quality that all my cookbook woes will simply go away. Just like my music collection, and now my reading book collection too.

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                                                            pearlyriver RE: buttertart Oct 19, 2012 08:04 AM

                                                            Ready for Desserts: My Best Recipes by David Lebovitz. I've been loving his blog for a while, but I didn't know how good his cookbook is until I'm reading it now. The fact that he's a humorous storyteller is also a bonus.

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                                                              geekmom RE: pearlyriver Oct 19, 2012 08:11 AM

                                                              A friend turned me on to Lebovitz's blog recently and I admit I read each post with more than a tiny bit of lifestyle envy. I loved this quote from Deb at Smitten Kitchen recently (talking about Mimi Thorsson's blog), "It’s gotten to the point where I greet a new post on the blog by peeking nervously through my fingers the way you would when watching a scary movie because I’m so terrified that it will be the post that breaks my will to live a single moment longer as we previously happily did."

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                                                                jen kalb RE: pearlyriver Oct 19, 2012 08:33 AM

                                                                a great collection. I dont remember if it was a COTM ?
                                                                In any event, I appreciate getting turned onto it by this group..

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                                                                  Gio RE: jen kalb Oct 19, 2012 09:37 AM

                                                                  Lebovitz' work was first Dessert COTM during July/Aug 2008 then shared the Dessert COTM spotlight during Nov/Dec 2010...

                                                                  November/December 2010 Baking Cookbook of the Month: Maida Heatter's COOKIES [ANY] and READY FOR DESSERT

                                                                  July/August 2008 DESSERT COOKBOOK OF THE MONTH: The Perfect Scoop and David Lebovitz' Website

                                                                  I read his blog too even though I don't bake as much as I did in the past.

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                                                                  rstuart RE: pearlyriver Oct 20, 2012 11:06 AM

                                                                  That is a great cookbook. I didn't realise that it had been a COTM.. going to check out that thead!

                                                                3. buttertart RE: buttertart Oct 19, 2012 10:08 AM

                                                                  Curry Nation (the new Jaffrey, only out in the UK) arrived yesterday. Family visiting for a few days so ot as much time on my hands as usual...tawk amongst yourselves... :)

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                                                                    AGM_Cape_Cod RE: buttertart Oct 19, 2012 10:10 AM

                                                                    While following the Nov COTM nominations I order Bistro Cooking at Home and the two Union Square Cafe cookbooks. I got them used through Amazon which has been a new thing for me. The Bistro Cooking arrived yesterday. My husband and I started laughing as it arrived with all the stickies the last owner had put on it for what they wanted to make. It will be interesting to see if our tastes match up.

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                                                                      buttertart RE: AGM_Cape_Cod Oct 19, 2012 05:22 PM

                                                                      That is amusing!

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                                                                        sr44 RE: AGM_Cape_Cod Oct 19, 2012 05:39 PM

                                                                        Perhaps you should lead the charge......

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                                                                          Berheenia RE: AGM_Cape_Cod Oct 20, 2012 11:16 AM

                                                                          I have the two Union Square Cafe cookbooks and the new The Tucci cookbook all waiting for me to pick up tomorrow from the library and I'm prepared to buy a signed copy of Bistro Cooking as well. If I love one of the library selections will probably get a copy from Amazon. I've always had reservations about buying used cookbooks sight unseen as I have been disgusted with the shape of some cookbooks I've taken out from the library- missing pages and nasty stains. Are the used books from Amazon guaranteed to be clean and complete? Postage adds up. Your copy sounds like a hoot- hopefully no free samples have been included!

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                                                                            roxlet RE: Berheenia Oct 20, 2012 11:24 AM

                                                                            In general, I'd say that the description offered by the sellers tend to be accurate. I have bought used cookbooks from both abebooks.com and Amazon (frequently, if you cross check, you'll find the same sellers selling the same book on both sites), and I am usually pleased with how well they've described any issues. Many times, I've felt that the books have actually been better than described. I've never felt I've had to return one.

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                                                                              flourgirl RE: Berheenia Oct 20, 2012 11:32 AM

                                                                              I have purchased literally hundreds of second hand cookbooks from Amazon sellers (as well as from half.com/ebay) and out of those hundreds, there's been maybe 3 or 4 that were not in the condition I was expecting. And I've gotten a full refund in every single case in which I was unhappy, including shipping. In fact, it's been my experience that many sellers underestimate the condition of the books they are selling so that they know the buyer will be happy when they receive it.

                                                                              I almost never buy a book that's described as being in anything less than "very good" condition. I also avoid buying books from any seller with less than 98% positive feedback. So I don't buy the cheapest book, I buy the cheapest book in the best condition from the highest rated seller. That system has worked very well for me, and I've been buying used books on Amazon since about 2001. (I really miss those early days - shipping was $2.50 a book, instead of the $3.99 it is now, and because so few people were aware of Amazon sellers, I was able to buy a lot of books at dirt cheap prices.)

                                                                              Also, make sure to check out and understand Amazon's "A to Z" guarantee. I still try and make sure I do my part by being careful who I make purchases from, etc. but Amazon does offer a guarantee, with certain terms and conditions, which makes the whole transaction a lot less risky.

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                                                                                Berheenia RE: flourgirl Oct 22, 2012 04:50 AM

                                                                                Thanks for so much info to all of you who set me straight. Now if I can just find another shelf I can start collecting more cookbooks from Amazon.

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                                                                                  flourgirl RE: Berheenia Oct 22, 2012 04:55 AM

                                                                                  "Now if I can just find another shelf I can start collecting more cookbooks from Amazon."

                                                                                  Ah, yes, the eternal struggle faced by book collectors of all kinds.

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                                                                                MelMM RE: Berheenia Oct 20, 2012 11:57 AM

                                                                                I've purchased a lot of used books from Amazon, and generally am very pleased. If you buy a book sold as "like new" or "very good", you will probably be very happy with it. Occasionally I've run across a seller where the book was not as advertised, but it's pretty rare. Actually the worst case was where I got a book that had obviously lived in the home of a smoker. The book was in good shape, but it smelled like cigarette smoke to the point that I couldn't stand to use it. But that was the exception. Generally the used books are in great shape, often hard to tell they aren't new.

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                                                                                  greedygirl RE: Berheenia Oct 20, 2012 12:14 PM

                                                                                  I've just had my first bad experience. A book described as very good has obvious water damage. However I've emailed the seller and they're going to send me a new copy if they have one, if not a refund.

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                                                                                bg90027 RE: buttertart Oct 22, 2012 12:15 PM

                                                                                Just ordered:

                                                                                The Brazilian Kitchen: 100 Classic and Creative Recipes for the Home Cook by Leticia Moreinos Schwartz
                                                                                Thai Food by David Thompson
                                                                                Frank Stitt's Southern Table by Frank Stitt
                                                                                Daniel Boulud's Cafe Boulud Cookbook: French American Recipes for the Home Cook by Daniel Boulud and Dorrie Greenspan
                                                                                The Brazilan Table by Yara Roberts

                                                                                1. jpr54_1 RE: buttertart Oct 25, 2012 07:37 AM

                                                                                  this article appeared in today's paper

                                                                                  i am going to try to read more aboutthese cookbooks b4 I purchase

                                                                                  1. DiningDiva RE: buttertart Oct 25, 2012 12:39 PM

                                                                                    Roberto Santibañez's new book TACOS, TORTAS & TAMALES arrived yesterday. Spent last night reviewing it. Pretty sure this will be a well used book

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                                                                                      roxlet RE: DiningDiva Oct 26, 2012 06:18 AM

                                                                                      I'd love to hear more about that book when you've had a chance to cook from it.

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                                                                                      wakondatch RE: buttertart Oct 25, 2012 01:08 PM

                                                                                      Jamie Oliver's "Jamie in Italy". Cooking Light is highlighting their "top 100" cookbooks of all time over the last few issues and this month's issue focuses on Italian Cookbooks. It arrived yesterday and looks very interesting, plus has Jamie's "casual" writing style.

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                                                                                        exvaxman RE: buttertart Oct 25, 2012 08:27 PM

                                                                                        To be honest, i just picked up close to 500 cookbooks this past month to add to the collection.
                                                                                        There was a thrift store locally that sort of specializes in better cook books and they were so overstocked with books that they charged $3/shopping cart. Between that and my hanging around used book stores..... Now I just need the time to go through them. The one I am looking forward to is a 1950's copy of the Canadian Recipe Encyclopedia. I have not found a reference to it on the web.

                                                                                        But the last retail book I bought was for my teenager, "the ultimate rice cooker cookbook". Pedestrian, but I want him to go through it as a rice cooker is the only tool "allowed" in many dorms. I figure that being able to cook a decent meal in a rice cooker will help with the first year popularity.

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                                                                                          The Dairy Queen RE: exvaxman Oct 25, 2012 11:44 PM

                                                                                          Wow! Your addition is larger than my entire collection! What a bargain. I hope there are some gems in there.


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                                                                                            sr44 RE: exvaxman Oct 29, 2012 04:16 PM

                                                                                            I think the rice cooker cookbook is more an enabler than pedestrian.

                                                                                          2. honkman RE: buttertart Oct 25, 2012 09:09 PM

                                                                                            Just found the Wagamama cookbook for cheap at a bookstore. It looked interesting enough not to grab it.

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                                                                                              nadiam1000 RE: buttertart Oct 26, 2012 01:33 AM

                                                                                              Ok. so I am waitng on a shipment from Bookcloseouts.com and there is a booksale at work yesterday. I only bought one cookbook: Williams Sonoma Weeknight Fresh and Fast - very appealing recipes with a healthy slant and lots of photos. A beautiful book and it was half price. My co-worker gave me a hard time and said I am not supposed to be buying anything since I am selling my house and moving soon. Yeah, well, that didn't stop me.....sigh. I can find room on my shelves.

                                                                                              1. flourgirl RE: buttertart Oct 26, 2012 05:07 AM

                                                                                                I just got my copies of Bouchon Bakery, Jerusalem and the new Roberto Santibanez book, Tacos, Tortas and Tamales. They were the last three books I had on pre-order, I have no more books coming in. I just hope I can control myself and avoid buying any more new books. At least until the huge book sale our county library holds every March... oh, come on, don't expect me to be able to resist THAT siren call?

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                                                                                                  roxlet RE: flourgirl Oct 26, 2012 06:19 AM

                                                                                                  The Bouchon Bakery book is the other book I've had my eyes on!!

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                                                                                                    geekmom RE: roxlet Oct 26, 2012 06:22 AM

                                                                                                    I'll just say that this is a very dangerous thread. I too am curious about this book. Yesterday my husband pleaded with me not to buy any more cookbooks... :-)

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                                                                                                      The Dairy Queen RE: geekmom Oct 26, 2012 06:50 AM

                                                                                                      My husband thought the couple of meals we had at Bouchon in Vegas were among hte best meals of his life. I have the feeling that would be one cookbook he would not protest my buying. I'm just waiting for a bundle sale on the Good COok. They often have those sales on Fridays. I should check right now!


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                                                                                                        roxlet RE: The Dairy Queen Oct 26, 2012 07:37 AM

                                                                                                        They never include the higher priced books on their sale. I think the pre-sale price tops out at $45 or so.

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                                                                                                          The Dairy Queen RE: roxlet Oct 26, 2012 07:39 AM

                                                                                                          Ah, yes, good point. Bouchon is $37.99--do you think that one would be excluded?


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                                                                                                            roxlet RE: The Dairy Queen Oct 26, 2012 08:00 AM

                                                                                                            Yes, since it's based on the list price. I think it's $50 for Bouchon Bakery? And Amazon has it for $30.

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                                                                                                          geekmom RE: The Dairy Queen Oct 26, 2012 07:42 AM

                                                                                                          I just looked at The Good Cook, and I think it's probably a very good thing that it's only open to USA residents.

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                                                                                                            buttertart RE: geekmom Oct 26, 2012 05:22 PM

                                                                                                            There used to be a TGC Canada but it went bankrupt.

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                                                                                                        flourgirl RE: roxlet Oct 26, 2012 07:45 AM

                                                                                                        Just flipping through it, Bouchon Bakery looks amazing. I really can't wait to read it through & start baking out of it.

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                                                                                                          roxlet RE: flourgirl Oct 26, 2012 08:01 AM

                                                                                                          Grrrr. Now I want it NOW!!

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                                                                                                            foodie_guru RE: roxlet Oct 26, 2012 09:07 AM

                                                                                                            ditto - I have seen it in Chapters and almost can't resist buying it, but seeing as I have an autographed copy on request at the The Cookbook Store in Toronto, I will have to wait ;o( (They are having an interview, Q&A and book signing with Thomas on Oct 30 - had tickets, but now they have booked my surgery for the same day! what are the odds...)

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                                                                                                              geekmom RE: foodie_guru Oct 26, 2012 10:12 AM

                                                                                                              foodie_guru I sympathize - and I hope the surgery goes well.

                                                                                                              I am going to take a look at the bouchon book when I go to the cookbook store here in Vancouver to pick up my massive UK book order soon. I may end up adding it on to my order -- I think I'm pretty close to the point where I get a 25% discount on my next buy, due to having bought so many books this year.

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                                                                                                            buttertart RE: flourgirl Oct 26, 2012 05:22 PM

                                                                                                            Ohhh nooo I was trying not to want it.

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                                                                                                          nadiam1000 RE: flourgirl Oct 27, 2012 02:05 AM

                                                                                                          I am expecting Bouchon Bakery and Dahlia Bakery cookbooks from TGC (I used points and bought Bouchon Bakery for $7.99) and then I am done.....until the new Macrina Bakery cookbook comes out and Smitten Kitchen and oh, I want the new Baking Out Loud and Standard Baking Co. and Susan Feniger's Street Food. Boy, am I in trouble!

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                                                                                                            roxlet RE: nadiam1000 Oct 27, 2012 05:26 PM

                                                                                                            Whoo-boy! You got it bad, but $7.99 for Bouchon is a steal. And please report of Dahlia! I am intrigued by that book, but it's so darn hard to find a bookstore to check it out!

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                                                                                                            flourgirl RE: flourgirl Nov 16, 2012 10:15 AM

                                                                                                            I made my first recipe out of Tacos Tortas and Tamales - the carnita tacos. Seriously easy and seriously delicious. I love this book already. My husband and son were still talking about those tacos this morning - that's always how I know for sure I hit a home run.

                                                                                                          3. Allegra_K RE: buttertart Oct 26, 2012 08:10 AM

                                                                                                            Please, someone tell my why I should NOT purchase the Elephant Walk Cookbook! It's so hard to resist this one, and I found it at a great price (well, for this book), but.....I've been going a little overboard lately with purchases, and I fear a Lecture (or perhaps an intervention) is coming on. Must.Not.Buy....

                                                                                                            (Although, to have an unbiased review of this book, perhaps you kind folks could also list the positives of it!)

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                                                                                                              buttertart RE: Allegra_K Oct 26, 2012 05:23 PM

                                                                                                              BUY IT IT IS FANTASTIC AS IS THE RESTAURANT IN CAMBRIDGE. Yes I'm yelling. I love that book. How many Cambodian books are there out there?

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                                                                                                                Allegra_K RE: buttertart Oct 26, 2012 08:11 PM

                                                                                                                So what you're saying is that I would regret it immensely if I did not immediately add this book to my collection, possibly spending years pining for what might have been. Phew! Thanks for helping me out; dodged a bullet on that one!

                                                                                                                Oh, and I added Washoku to my cart for good measure. To save on shipping, you see.

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                                                                                                                  dkennedy RE: Allegra_K Oct 26, 2012 08:14 PM

                                                                                                                  Where did you find the great deal?

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                                                                                                                    geekmom RE: Allegra_K Oct 27, 2012 08:36 AM

                                                                                                                    hahahahaha.... you sound like a kindred spirit.

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                                                                                                                      buttertart RE: Allegra_K Oct 29, 2012 06:28 AM

                                                                                                                      That's the spirit, Allegra_K.

                                                                                                                2. jpr54_1 RE: buttertart Oct 26, 2012 10:10 AM

                                                                                                                  today I purchased Jerusalem from Amazon after listening to the 2 authors on The Current-a CBC radio program

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                                                                                                                    geekmom RE: jpr54_1 Oct 26, 2012 10:13 AM

                                                                                                                    A fantastic choice, jpr54_1. I have a library copy here & am really enjoying it so far. I hope you'll post to the "cooking through Jerusalem" thread when you try out some of the recipes. :-)

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                                                                                                                      jpr54_1 RE: geekmom Oct 26, 2012 10:23 AM

                                                                                                                      I will try-

                                                                                                                      I cook for 1 -and I have high blood pressure and osteoporosis

                                                                                                                      It is is difficult sometimes to find recipes I can make from the Cookbooks I have in my home library-

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                                                                                                                    dkennedy RE: buttertart Oct 26, 2012 12:04 PM

                                                                                                                    Oh dear, it is been a couple of weeks since my last reporting so I have 5 new books to report:

                                                                                                                    1. UNION SQUARE - SECOND HELPINGS (because it is slated to be COTM next month)

                                                                                                                    2. THE TORTILLA BOOK - by DK, my namesake! (bought via the Enchilada DOTM thread)

                                                                                                                    3. LA PARILLA by the famed Reed Hearon

                                                                                                                    4. BOCADITOS also by Reed Hearon

                                                                                                                    If you can believe this, I ordered both not realizing they were written by the same person! La Parilla and Bocaditos are similar but different enough that I felt I needed them both. A little disappointed that neither have been indexed on EYB - yet.

                                                                                                                    5. BISTRO COOKING AT HOME

                                                                                                                    So excited about this one, I bought it twice. After I ordered it the first time, and it didn't arrive I had time to reflect and realize I had to have it. Reordered it, and really am having a great time planning menus out of it. I hope to make T-givng week my BISTRO week, because the kids will be home that week and lots of time for lazy days spent in and around the house.

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                                                                                                                      DiningDiva RE: dkennedy Oct 26, 2012 12:45 PM

                                                                                                                      I've owned La Parilla for a quite a long time and have never cooked from it. I'll have to take another look and try and remember why not.

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                                                                                                                        flourgirl RE: DiningDiva Oct 26, 2012 01:00 PM

                                                                                                                        Same here. I think I picked it up for 50 cents as a library discard and just never got around to using it.

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                                                                                                                          dkennedy RE: flourgirl Oct 26, 2012 01:09 PM

                                                                                                                          For a while Reed Hearon was on everybody's who's who list. Opening one amazing restaurant after another, then, he disappeared from sight. Some say he is running a restaurant in Mammoth. If he is, he is keeping a very low profile.

                                                                                                                          I am very excited about cooking out of these two books. I'll report back once I have.

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                                                                                                                            flourgirl RE: dkennedy Oct 26, 2012 01:16 PM

                                                                                                                            Thanks for the info - I have to admit, it makes me more inclined to pull the book off the shelf and give it a workout. The timing's good too, because I've been immersing myself in my Mexican books lately, and as soon as I'm able to get back in the kitchen for some serious cooking, I plan to start with a whole lot of Mexican food.

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                                                                                                                              DiningDiva RE: flourgirl Oct 26, 2012 02:07 PM

                                                                                                                              I cook at ton of Mexican and probably have every Mexican cookbook known to man...or at least it feels like that.

                                                                                                                              I got La Cocina Mexicana, 3 Cultures 1 Cuisine by Marilyn Tausend a couple months ago...and in the interest of full disclosure, I was a recipe tester for that book. But, that disclosure aside, this is a very good Mexican cookbook with a wide range of interesting recipes that range from simple to complex, well known to uniqure regional specialties. Every recipe I tested is in the book, and I've cooked several so far that I didn't test and each one of those came out really well. The book is also very well researched.

                                                                                                                              I also like Truly Mexican by Roberto Santibañez and Salpicon! by Priscilla Satkoff. Both of these are a bit more upscale with Salpicon being fairly refined. I made an ancho chile-honey glaze from Salpicon that was super simple but delivered quite the punch of flavor and the Pistachio Mole (with lamb) from Truly Mexican was truly delicious.

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                                                                                                                                flourgirl RE: DiningDiva Oct 26, 2012 03:17 PM

                                                                                                                                I love Santibañez's books! And I have Salpicon! too but it's also one of many I regrettably have not utilized yet. In fact, it's currently sitting in my pile of books on Mexican cuisine that I'm working my way through. I must check out La Cocina Mexicana, it sounds very interesting. I'm going to make a point of trying both of those recipes you cited. I think I will put the pistachio mole at the top of my list when I can stand long enough to do that kind of cooking again. (I can't wait to get my life back...)

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                                                                                                                              DiningDiva RE: dkennedy Oct 26, 2012 01:59 PM

                                                                                                                              I ate in a couple of his places in SF when I lived in Marin County. They were usually pretty darn good. I think that's why I actually probably purchased the book in the first place. It must not have turned my crank enough to get me to break out the pots and pans and have a go at a recipe or two.

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                                                                                                                        rstuart RE: buttertart Oct 27, 2012 01:27 PM

                                                                                                                        Oh dear.. I just got Vintage Cakes out of the library. I tend to mark the recipes that I want to try/look interesting. I have tagged about a quarter of the book, which generally leads to the purchase of the book... I have a terrible feeling I will succumb soon..

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                                                                                                                          buttertart RE: rstuart Oct 29, 2012 06:29 AM

                                                                                                                          It's excellent....(insert little red imp image here).

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                                                                                                                            rstuart RE: buttertart Oct 29, 2012 06:38 PM

                                                                                                                            Just went on my Christmas list ; ) She also wrote Rustic Fruit Desserts, another real winner..

                                                                                                                        2. Ruthie789 RE: buttertart Oct 27, 2012 03:37 PM

                                                                                                                          Someone posted a Youtube link about Rachel Khoo. I have been watching the videos most of the day, and am interested in purchasing her cookbook, Little Paris Kitchen, link below:

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                                                                                                                            buttertart RE: Ruthie789 Oct 29, 2012 06:30 AM

                                                                                                                            That looks like fun.

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                                                                                                                              Ruthie789 RE: buttertart Oct 29, 2012 04:35 PM

                                                                                                                              I am enjoying the videos and having a very small kitchen can relate to her small Paris flat. You can catch the episodes on Youtube and if you love Paris many markets are featured. But I know I am going to fold and buy that cookbook.

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                                                                                                                                buttertart RE: Ruthie789 Oct 29, 2012 04:39 PM

                                                                                                                                Will definitely have a look! Sounds like a goodie.

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                                                                                                                              limoen RE: Ruthie789 Oct 31, 2012 04:23 PM

                                                                                                                              I borrowed her book from the library after watching the show, and while it was cute/sweet and had some nice ideas, I didn't really find it substantial enough to warrant actually getting. Some of her recipes are online and I copied a few, but that was it really. I do really want to make the goat cheese mousse with roast veg salad, though - I love goat's cheese.

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                                                                                                                                Ruthie789 RE: limoen Nov 17, 2012 06:25 PM

                                                                                                                                I do enjoy the videos. Sometimes cookbooks are not substantial I agree with you and they can be a let down. I do like French cooking and her simple approach. I am going to have a look at Chapters our local bookstore.

                                                                                                                            3. buttertart RE: buttertart Oct 29, 2012 06:41 AM

                                                                                                                              The Strand in Manhattan has expanded its cookbook section - the baking, veg, and wine books are now where the travel books were (around the corner from the main part).
                                                                                                                              I got a little book on pecans and one on chestnuts (the latter a UK import), and "The Essential Baker" by Carole Bloom (had had that one out of the library ages ago and liked it, and it was a princely $8.35 there). Total damage $23.00.
                                                                                                                              Could have gone crazy -- the Slater Tender and Ripe were there, as was the Blumenthal home cooking book (each around $35.00, UK editions).
                                                                                                                              Jerusalem (US ed., squeezy cover), Plenty (ditto) available in multiple copies.
                                                                                                                              Also now really want Gran Cocina Latina (is that gorgeous or what?) and Ladurée Sucré...which comes in a pink chocolate-style box, with purple tissue paper inside, has gold-edgeed pages, and is bound in a pink suede-y cover...vive la France!!! (Both of these are cheaper at Amazon, by the way, the days of half off just about everything at the Strand are over.)
                                                                                                                              Chheck this out...

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                                                                                                                                jpr54_1 RE: buttertart Oct 29, 2012 07:20 AM

                                                                                                                                In the late '60's and '70's Strands was the place to purchase books

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                                                                                                                                  nadiam1000 RE: buttertart Oct 30, 2012 02:54 AM

                                                                                                                                  ooooh, I am jealous, I love The Strand! It is a must for me when I visit NYC. Last time I was there - 2 years ago- Joel Grey (of Cabaret fame and Jennifer's dad) was coming out as I was going in. The cookbook selection is amazing and I could browse for hours.

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                                                                                                                                    buttertart RE: nadiam1000 Oct 30, 2012 09:34 AM

                                                                                                                                    The section is now about twice as big as it was then. Fab place.

                                                                                                                                2. buttertart RE: buttertart Oct 29, 2012 06:44 AM

                                                                                                                                  VERY interested in the CI Science of Good Cooking book, does anyone have it?

                                                                                                                                  1. Savour RE: buttertart Oct 29, 2012 11:12 AM

                                                                                                                                    I caved after hearing all the good press and bought An Everlasting Table and I love it. Reading Dinner, A Love Story from the library, and may invest in that one as well, and based on that bought an old Everyday Food cookbook (I have a lot of aspirational cookbooks and need more that I'll actually cook out of.) Also awaiting my shipment of the Smitten Kitchen cookbook.

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                                                                                                                                      Harters RE: buttertart Oct 29, 2012 04:11 PM

                                                                                                                                      I'm instructed that further purchases of cookbooks (or any sort of book) are now on hold for a couple of months - on the assumption that Father Christmas may bring some for me.

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                                                                                                                                        geekmom RE: Harters Oct 29, 2012 05:12 PM

                                                                                                                                        Hah! I had to instruct my family not to buy me anything for my birthday, because of the five or six books I've got on order at the cookbook store. And I was so hoping to get a ridged cast iron griddle pan this year. Oh well.

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                                                                                                                                        sr44 RE: buttertart Oct 29, 2012 04:22 PM

                                                                                                                                        I think cookbook publishers are playing us like harps. We should swear an oath of abstinence.

                                                                                                                                        1. Boudleaux RE: buttertart Oct 29, 2012 05:23 PM

                                                                                                                                          I pre-ordered and received this month, Fire in My Belly by Kevin Gillespie. Kevin is really the only chef on Top Chef that I've said, " I must visit his restaurant and try his food." I can't really explain that but his cooking just really "spoke" to me. Anyway, I pre-ordered the book, it arrived in October, and while I haven't tried any of the recipes yet (busy month), I've loved reading it. He's very witty and the food looks delicious.

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                                                                                                                                            LulusMom RE: Boudleaux Oct 30, 2012 02:30 AM

                                                                                                                                            I really liked him on Top Chef too, so part of me is intrigued (I had no idea he had a book out). But I'm not a meat eater - is there anything in this for me? He sure does love the pig.

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                                                                                                                                              Boudleaux RE: LulusMom Oct 30, 2012 10:44 AM

                                                                                                                                              It is meat-heavy. Very hearty dishes. A lot of the vegetables involve meat for seasoning purposes (as is typical here in the South) or some sort of stock (like chicken stock). There are a few things though. Maybe you could check it out at the library? It's very entertaining though and it's very approachable.

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                                                                                                                                                LulusMom RE: Boudleaux Oct 30, 2012 12:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                Thanks for the response. If I see it at the library I'll give it a look, but it definitely sounds like in the end it wouldnt' be the book for me (and I live in the south, and know all about the meat used to season vegetables - it can be a problem!).

                                                                                                                                          2. buttertart RE: buttertart Oct 30, 2012 09:33 AM

                                                                                                                                            Re Sandy: All ok except for very minimal damage to the house. We didn't even lose power. We were incredibly lucky and feel terrible about the destruction elsewhere (including communities spitting distance from here). Hope you are in good shape wherever you may be, do let us know as soon as you can.
                                                                                                                                            Office closed, so another day to peruse the books that have been piling up. Burma is well worth your attention -- lots of intriguing and simple recipes that are very appealing. Now to finish Malgieri's Bread and Jaffrey's Curry Nation.

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                                                                                                                                              dkennedy RE: buttertart Oct 30, 2012 11:27 AM

                                                                                                                                              Glad to hear you are safe.

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                                                                                                                                                The Dairy Queen RE: buttertart Oct 30, 2012 12:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                Me too, I'm glad to hear you are safe. I'm sorry there's so much other devastation nearby, though. Sounds very intense.


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                                                                                                                                                  qianning RE: buttertart Oct 30, 2012 12:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                  Glad to hear you are OK. Was concerned when I saw the news out of Bergen county over night.

                                                                                                                                                2. DonShirer RE: buttertart Oct 30, 2012 04:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                  Easy Chinese Cooking by Bee Linn Yow and
                                                                                                                                                  Quick and Easy Thai by Nanci McDermott
                                                                                                                                                  already have successfully made 3 recipes from these...and they are relatively easy.

                                                                                                                                                  1. buttertart RE: buttertart Nov 1, 2012 04:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                    Hi, November thread up! http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/875930

                                                                                                                                                    1. pagesinthesun RE: buttertart Nov 1, 2012 05:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                      I've ordered the Cooks Illustrated Science of Good Cooking. I almost always like their recipes, but I'm not sure I'll like this lay out. Does anyone have this book? If so, review?

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                                                                                                                                                        buttertart RE: pagesinthesun Nov 3, 2012 05:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                        This is one I have my eye on too, big time.

                                                                                                                                                      2. CindyJ RE: buttertart Nov 2, 2012 06:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                        "Canal House Cooks Every Day" just arrived yesterday. Can't wait until this afternoon to make a cup of tea and comfy up with the book.

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                                                                                                                                                          angelsmom RE: CindyJ Dec 5, 2012 06:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                          How did you like Cansl House?

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                                                                                                                                                            herby RE: angelsmom Dec 5, 2012 07:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                            Not CindyJ here...

                                                                                                                                                            I love the look and the feel of the book and hope to cook from it later in the month when I am back at home.

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