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Nov 1, 2012 04:37 PM

What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? November 2012 edition [OLD]

Hi everybody, what with our "friend" Sandy and related work/transport woes, my computer playing time has been radically curtailed. "Burma" was a nice respite during the storm. There are so many new and exciting books out and coming what ones are turning your head these days?

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  1. This week was a cookbook bonanza for me. I received Bouchon Bakery and Dahlia Bakery from TGC and I also received my order from This included Garde Manger by Chuck Hughes, Desserts from the Loveless Cafe, Chocolate Cakes, Rosies Baking Book the Guy Fieri cookbook and several others. I am so mad at the Post Office because they left the bookcloseouts box on the back patio and it got soaked from all the rain we have been having. The box was completely soaked and a couple of the books were wet. It is very lucky that they were not ruined. I only found the box because I went out to do some recycling and there it was with our wet mail sitting on top! Seems like they should have a plastic bag or something to use when it is storming like that. I hope to be able to look through my new stash this weekend and report back.

    One of the young kids at work is interested in cookbooks and with all the new ones I have purchased, I should go through and pull out a few of my myriad of cookbooks and give them to him. With us moving, I know I could spare a few and make some room. I am in trouble this fall season because there are so many new releases!

    1. I received Madhur Jaffery's Easy Cury last week. I haven't had the time to look at it yet. (Why am I buying more cookbooks)? But mr lilham had and said there are lots that interests him. Hopefully I'll have more time to cook from it during the holiday season.

      I've got Jamie Oliver's 15 minute meals when it came out (about a month ago)? I've cooked at least one meal from it every week since I got it. It's one of the best purchases I've bought for sometime!

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      1. re: lilham

        Lilham, my copy of 15 Minute Meals is on its way via Royal Mail. I really wanted a U.S. version of this book, but, really, in the spirit of this thread, who says I can't have both (when the U.S. version eventually comes out)? In the meantime, I don't want to wait.

        If you have time, would you have time to do a quick round up of the recipes you've from this book in the Jamie Oliver thread? (I know you already posted about the Winter Squash penne--I've got the avocado mint salad on my list now! Since my husband's not a chickpea fan, we're probably going to skip the penne since you didn't love it.)


      2. I had 3 books delivered today-

        The River Cottage Cookbook from U.K.

        Beans by Bean: A Cookbook-Crescent Dragonwagon


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        1. re: jpr54_1

          I have Beans by Beans out from the library. Looking forward to digging in this weekend.

          1. re: tcamp

            I bought 3 bean types today at Whole Foods
            Christmas Lima Beans
            Eye of the Goat Beans
            Runner Canelli Beans

            I already had in cupboard
            lentils-, French,Black,regular
            Green Flageolet beans
            Gigante Limas which r delicious-tried them first for Greek Cookbook COTM-The Olive and the Caper:Adventures in Greek Cooking
            I will also be buying fava beans and chickpeas for falafel

            1. re: jpr54_1

              That Crescent Dragonwagon name just kills me. Ah for Berkeley in the 70s.

              1. re: buttertart

                I love CD, she is a real sweetheart. I have her big vegetarian cookbook and like it.

                1. re: buttertart

                  You do have to wonder what her original name was..

                    1. re: rstuart

                      Ellen Zolotow. Here's the longer answer (Brooklyn in the 60s, not Berkeley in the 70s):

                      1. re: ellabee

                        I wonder why she didn't change it again, since she says it's ridiculous.

                        I do have a couple of her books, the Bean one and her cornbread book and I chuckle every time I see the name.

                        1. re: rasputina

                          As she explains in the linked passage, she didn't change back because she'd already had several books published under that name that were successful (one of which was her original Bean book).

                        2. re: ellabee

                          I remember her telling that story on some radio program - don't remember which. Anyway, the name is really what attracted me first although I do love beans of virtually any type.

              2. Many purchases but the most recent batch is from Amazon which should arrive at my house Tuesday. All recent releases:

                Jerusalem: A Cookbook
                Gran Cocina Latina
                Gluten-Free and Vegan Bread: Artisinal Recipes to Make at Home

                1. Received a bunch of pre-orders over the last week. Really liking Dahlia Bakery. A bit disappointed in Bouchon Bakery because they're missing recipes for some of my favorites, but will keep it. Smitten Kitchen is going back -- she has a few interesting baked goods, but I have zero interest in any of the non-dessert recipes. And I find the tone way too chatty and the intros grating. That book needed some editing imo.

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                  1. re: emily

                    Frontera will also likely go back. I'm really not into tequila right (bad experience a few weeks ago) and, as should have been anticipated, every drink recipe contains tequila. There is a bacon guacamole recipe that does sound interesting....

                    1. re: emily

                      Bacon...guacamole? Holy guac! Marriage made in heaven.

                      1. re: buttertart

                        The bacon guac recipe is in Fiestas at Rick's too I think. If you want the recipe let me know and I can post it...paraphrased, of course ;-)

                    2. re: emily

                      I like the tone of the Smitten Kitchen cookbook. I agree there are some recipes that aren't that interesting especially in comparison to some of the really good ones on her blog. There is enough interest in it for me to keep the book.

                      I'm making her deep dish apple pie for Thanksgiving

                      1. re: DiningDiva

                        I found the interesting recipes on her blog are invariably others.

                          1. re: lilham

                            Agreed. I like her site more for the "reviews" of others' recipes.

                          2. re: DiningDiva

                            Reminds me of the Homesick Texan Cookbook where the recipes on the blog were better than the ones in the book. I suspected that a lot of the recipes on her blog were other people's and, when it came time to select recipes for the book, they couldn't get permission to include them.


                            1. re: DiningDiva

                              The deep dish apple pie was one of the ones that looked good. Also curious about the smores cake, maple bacon biscuits and the olive oil ricotta cake.