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

Hello everybody, the continuing Cookbooks Addicts Semi-Anonymous confab continues here. I'm waiting with bated breath for my The Good Cook Club recent bundle sale box to arrive...how 'bout choo?

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  1. A book I ordered from the UK finally arrived at the cookbook store, so I am now the proud owner of "Monica's Kitchen" by Monica Galetti - she is sous-chef at Le Gavroche in London, and the recipes reflect her love of using top-quality ingredients, but they are so simple with very few ingredients and no fussy techniques. The chapters are divided up based on when you would cook the meals, so there is one chapter each for busy weeknights, weekends when you have a bit more time to cook, dinner parties, and there's a special chapter at the end with some unusual meals, some of which are based on the food she loved to eat growing up in a Samoan family. The presentation in the photography is simple and gorgeous. I can't wait to try some of these recipes.

    Anyhoo, when I was picking up this book I couldn't help noticing they had "Plenty" by Diana Henry, and discussion here piqued my interest so I grabbed that too.

    There's an Aussie cookbook I have my eye on but my husband talked me out of buying it the other day, because of the high cost of shipping it would be $60 for a book I haven't had a chance to preview. I wonder how long I can resist.

    This morning I found myself ordering 'How to Eat', 'Holiday Dinners with Bradley Ogden' and "Bistro Cooking at Home" on Abe which suggests that if I'm really serious about not buying any more cookbooks, I really shouldn't participate in the nomination and voting threads for the COTM.

    1. I am a total sucker for candy making books. I just received my copies of Sweet Confections by Nina Wanut and The Sweet Book of Candymaking by Elizabeth LaBau. I'm not sure I'm keeping both of them (and I don't even know why I thought I needed anymore candy making books in the first place) but right off the bat, both books are making me want to get in the kitchen and make lots of candy just based on the photos alone. I plan on making a lot of candy for gift giving over the holidays. so I'm hoping to give both books a workout.

      In the same shipment I received a copy of "Tiny Food Party!" I think I bought this as food porn more than anything else. Everything looks great, I'm just not sure who I'd make tiny food for. My husband is a very large man - tiny food is really not his thing. It's times like these that I wish I had a daughter, it would be so much fun to do a tiny food birthday party. Maybe I'll plan a tiny food party for my coffee divas (a group of women friends that tries to get together at least a couple of times a month...)

      I also have Pure Vanilla coming in the mail. It should be arriving today.

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      1. re: flourgirl

        Let me know how you like Pure Vanilla. I received it last month and found it a bit disappointing. Now mind you, I haven't cooked from it yet, but in flipping through the recipes, nothing really jumped out and said "make me...now". That said, I do think there is some good information and tips for working with and getting the best flavor out of vanilla. And the photography is nice.

        1. re: DiningDiva

          I love single subject books like this, so even if I get nothing more out of it than a deeper education in and understanding of vanilla & the best way to use it's various forms, etc.,, I think I'll be willing to call it a success, especially at the discounted price.

          1. re: flourgirl

            Then I think you'll be happy :-). I think she did a very nice job of explaining vanilla, i.e. the different types, strengths, formats, uses. That is, actually, the value of the book more than the recipes.

        2. re: flourgirl

          I'm interested in this one too. The poster Candy mentioned getting it recently, in the first half of this month's thread, maybe she'll comment. The author has a blog, which you can see here
          http://shaunasever.com/blog/

          1. re: blue room

            I have it on hold at the library.. looking forward to getting it..

            1. re: blue room

              OK, this is a beautiful site, how have I never heard of it before. I am bookmarking it and going to send a request to EYB to index it. Thank you for bringing it to my attention Blue Room.

            2. re: flourgirl

              Nina makes wonderful caramels -- try the salted chocolate caramel ones in the book. They're even better with toasted nuts added in.

              1. re: flourgirl

                I wonder if "Pure Vanilla" has arrived, made an impression?

              2. Was notified by Amazon that the book on truffles was 62% off yesterday, only one left in stock, so I quickly ordered it. It is called, "Truffles: Earth's Black Diamonds" and details anything truffle related from truffle hunting to recipes with a focus on Europe, of course. Can't wait! Having truffle hunted several times I am eager to become more knowledgable about them.

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                1. re: chefathome

                  I have that book! (I got it very cheaply from bookcloseouts.com) Can't say I've read it yet, though.. I'm working through a HUGE back log.

                  1. re: flourgirl

                    Really? I am soooo into truffles that I could not resist. It was on my wishlist since it was published three years ago. You have backlogs, too? My stack is practically teetering.

                    1. re: chefathome

                      LOL!! I have a literal stack teetering next to my bed - which went flying across my room the other day. Made a pretty good amount of noise when it did, too. I've got a major storage problem that can't be remedied at this point except by doing some serious culling (or buying a bigger house, which just isn't in the cards right now.) I managed to find a couple of books the other day that I was able to part with without more than a twinge or two - but I have to do a lot better than that.

                      1. re: flourgirl

                        That is so funny. From where I am sitting in the living room I see three teetering piles but am very aware of about ten other teetering piles. We really must buy more shelving. This is ridiculous! I'm finding I'm always having to move them before our housekeeper comes. Funny thing is, I know where each and every single book is! No one dares mess with my books. :-)

                2. I just picked up "The Daily Cookie" from the library, by Anna Ginsberg, the woman who writes the cookie madness blog.. very cute. Some very yummy looking recipes. The "hook" is that the recipe each day related some event of that day, or it's the "official day" of something. She tend to make the holiday fit the cookie rather than the other day around.. for example July 31 is JK Rowling's birthday, so she makes "Magic Wands".. chocolate dipped pretzels coated with nuts. One of the best parts is the index; she has cookies by type (eg bar, drop), pan size, and batch size! Very useful... think that this one is going on my Christmas list (despite the fact that I already have at least half a dozen other cookie cookbooks or magazines.)

                  1. Has anyone seen or purchased Cooking Off the Clock by Elizabeth Falkner?

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                    1. re: DiningDiva

                      Yes, I have it and I like it. Her comments are interesting as are the recipes. I particularly liked that she included a recipe for "Strange Flavored Eggplant" and paid homage to Barbara Tropp as the original author of the recipe. It's a great dish and Barbara Tropp is one of my favorite cookbook authors.

                      1. re: ptrefler

                        Thank you, I appreciate the response. I like her style and food sensibilties and the book seemed like it might be a good fit.

                    2. Oh no! Typo in title! Aagh.

                      1. My copy of TEACHING DAD TO COOK FLAPJACKS arrived today and I have to say, this is the most utterly charming book I have ever opened. The author appears to live in the most idillic setting on the planet. A forrest lies beyond her white washed fence and the ocean or perhaps a lake lays just beyond reach. I live in beautiful Southern California but this book has me questioning why anyone would choose to live anywhere but in the pages of this book!

                        Of course I have only had time to page through it but I couldn't be more delighted. Miranda Gardiner has a lovely voice and I found her selection of recipes both intriguing and inviting. I am an avid cook and own several hundred cookbooks but each of her recipes were completely new to me. Many contained terms and or ingredients I had to look up, (sage pudding, pudding rice, cloudberry jam, orange blossom water, hemp seeds, lavender cordial) but not in the trendy way we have become so familiar with from the influx of chef's books that are out there. Instead, this is Cornish home cooking, self described as simple and very satisfying food. This is the kind of stuff you cook for your family. For example, the shepard's cottage is a stew of sorts made with puy lentils, minced beef and lamb. It sounds pretty homey and delicious to me. The next recipe is for a deep winter stew containing several unfamiliar ingredients including black treacle, pickled walnuts, and chestnut mushrooms. Lots and lots of equally inviting recipes with familiar ingredients too.

                        I will report back when I have had a chance to cook some of these magical sounding recipes but if you are looking for a good bedside read, put this one on your Holiday Wish list. I know the book is too obscure to ever be a COTM but if enough of us get a hold of a copy, we could start a COOKING FROM FLAPJACKS thread.

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                        1. re: dkennedy

                          That whimper you hear is from my husband as I buy yet another cookbook. Thanks for the recommendation ;-)

                          1. re: geekmom

                            I am reviewing it on the weekly cookbook challenge thread if you want to read more about it.
                            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8762...

                            Just made the flapjacks!

                              1. re: DiningDiva

                                They are yummy, but they haven't firmed up as well as I had hoped so I have them back in the oven to see if I can get a firmer texture. Will report back with final results. so far they are sweet buy not cloyingly so. They have a sort of fall apart texture, chewy but not at all crunchy. It may be because I converted all the measurements to US measurements and didn't use a scale, but this doesn't seem to be a true baking recipe so I would be surprised if this would make such a big difference. In any case, I've had it back in now for 10 more minutes (a total of 25) and still not firm. I just had a bite with tea and tea would definitely be the right accompaniment.

                                1. re: dkennedy

                                  I love flapjacks, but have had mixed success making them.. I find that mine tend to fall apart when I tried to take them out of the pan, even trying my English friends' tried and true recipes!

                        2. I received my TGC bundle order and a couple of books that I ordered from Amazon resellers. Here is what I received:

                          What to Drink with What you Eat
                          Holiday Dinners with Bradley Ogden
                          New Complete Techniques by Jacques pepin
                          Back to Basics by Ina Garten
                          Canal House Cooks Every Day
                          Masterig the Art of Soutern Cooking

                          I love the look of all these books and keep wondering if I ever cook from any... I wish I got Bradley's book long before the TG but as it is the menu has been planned and groceries purchased by my daughter - tomorrow will a nice and quiet cooking day before the mad rush to finish on Thursday! And once it is over I hope to settle with A Year in My Kitchen to read and maybe cook a bit next week. If I do, I will report in Breadcrumbs book review thread.

                          1. OK. I confess, I was at Half Price Books yesterday and found a few cheap books I had to have.

                            A Baker's Odyssey $3.99
                            The Kind Diet (for my daughter who is vegan) $7.99
                            Fog City Diner Cookbook $3.99
                            The Eat Clean Cookbook $2.00
                            Plus, there was a 15% off coupon, so how could I resist? This was my big splurge for Black Friday.

                            1. It was only a matter of time before I succumbed to the pressure of the COTM nominations and hit the Amazon "Checkout" button! There were two books in contention and luckily, I chose the book that ended up being chosen for December. Arriving on my doorstep this week:

                              How to Eat by Nigella Lawson

                              This book seems to be considered by many folks to be Nigella's best. I have to say that I'm already loving this book. I had no idea that Nigella was a journalist and I find her conversational writing style to be so inviting. I'm devouring this book like a novel and it was well worth the meagre price I paid.

                              Another addition to my shelf:

                              Toronto Taste 2012 Recipe Collection - compiled by and for Second Harvest (a fabulous NFP that helps feed people in need)

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                              1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                IMO, "How to eat" is definitely Lawson's best book. We've bought most her others over the years but have rarely found anything we want to cook from them and they have gradually found themselves being culled to go to the charity shop.

                              2. Just like Breadcrumbs before me I succumbed to the latest COTM and ordered How to Eat from Abe for $4 including shipping. If nothing in the book appeals to me during December, I will gift it to a young friend who is just starting to venture into cooking out of her comfort zone. And will include any raves from the COTM crowd.

                                1. Jamie's 15 Minute Meals arrived today (from the UK). I haven't had an opportunity to look at the recipes yet but I'm really pleased with the quality of the book.

                                  A manageable size, lovely quality paper, printed in Germany (nice new book smell!!), a ribbon book mark, beautiful layout and photography, one recipe per page....love it!!! I never tire of opening a new book.

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                                  1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                    I am such a sucker for a ribbon bookmark! Love them!

                                  2. Latest purchases:

                                    "The Country Cooking of Greece" by Diane Kochilas, published September 19, 2012 and dubbed by John Mariani to be the Best Cookbook of 2012. Plus, I'm allofasudden smitten with Greek food.
                                    http://www.johnmariani.com/current-is...

                                    "How to Eat: The Pleasures and Principles of Good Food" by Nigella Lawson for the Dcember COTM

                                    "Nightly Specials: 125 Recipes for Spontaneous, Creative Cooking at Home" by Michael Lomonaco. Just an impulse buy. He was the head chef at Windows on the World, NYC. Thankfully was out of the restaurant on an errand during the horrific 9/11 attack. Loved his early TV food program...frequent guest of Sara Moulton on her early FN show.

                                    "Vietnamese Home Cooking" by Charles Phan because G loves Vietnamese cuisine and the recipes in this book looked/sounded delightful.

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                                    1. re: Gio

                                      Hey I like Nightly Specials! good book. Interesting concept. I have not seen too many plugs for it here, but is great!

                                      1. re: Westy

                                        Thanks Westy! That's very good to know. I kinda thought it'd be a good book to have given his approach to cooking.

                                        1. re: Gio

                                          I picked up that book recently. Haven't had the chance to cook anything from it yet. I would love to know what you've made/make from it.

                                          1. re: Disneyfreak

                                            I'll keep that in mind, Disneyfreak. It arrived late yesterday but I haven't had much time to read anything yet. (I must get off this dang computer...)

                                            1. re: Disneyfreak

                                              "Nightly Specials" has been stacked in the pile of cookbooks I have perennially sitting next to my chair as I have been reading "How To Cook", the current COTM. I intend to get to it this week and will return with my impressions... Sorry for the delay.

                                              I will say, though, that it seems to me I can use some his side dishes right along with HTC. It might just make for interesting pairings. We'll see.

                                              "Nightly Specials: 125 Recipes for Spontaneous, Creative Cooking at Home" by Michael Lomonaco is not indexed on EYB. Yet.

                                              1. re: Gio

                                                Gio I remember ML as well. I loved Sarah Moulton on the FN of yore (we only ever got her first show here in Cda) and came to enjoy ML's visits. Of course I had to order his book (for a pittance I might add) after you mentioned it. It hasn't arrived yet but I so look forward to it. Thanks so much for that blast from the past.

                                        2. re: Gio

                                          Gio, please post your thoughts on Phan's book. I have been looking at it for a while now - love Vietnamese food and do not have one book dedicated to this cuisine!

                                          TIA.

                                          1. re: herby

                                            I'd like to have Gio's thoughts on the Phan book too, although I already have 2 Vietnamese books. Really, do I need another? I DO love this food.

                                            1. re: LulusMom

                                              I have both the Mai Pham book and Andrea Nguyen's and cook from both from time to time but definitely thought I needed the Charles Phan book... just to increase the options, don't you know? <giggle>

                                              1. re: Gio

                                                I like increasing the options. Unfortunately I can't increase the bookshelf space! eeek!

                                            2. re: herby

                                              Will do, Herby. I know it was shipped 10 days ago so ought to be here v soon...

                                              1. re: Gio

                                                I finally have a minute, ha-ha, to mention a few recipes I've singled out to make from the Phan book. I used the EYB index and when I looked in the book the ones I chose do look v enticing. There are quite a few pork recipes, some of which I'd like to cook but I'll just mention a few others that sound as if they'd be tasty: Also, I didn't bother w the beef recipes since we don't eat it.

                                                basics: pickled carrots, peanut sauce, fried rice, banh mi to start.
                                                halibut vermicelli w dill
                                                steamed whole fish w ginger, etc.
                                                chicken curry
                                                catfish clay pot
                                                braised branzino w tomatoes & pickled mustard greens
                                                broccoli w beech mushrooms & roasted chile paste
                                                bok choy w baby shiitakes
                                                spinach w caramelized onions
                                                squid w tomatoes & pickled mustard greens
                                                lemongrass chicken
                                                spicy mango salad
                                                roasted eggplant & leek salad
                                                S & P chicken

                                                This by no means represents the full compliment of recipes in the book, but it gives me a starting point. Visually the book is appealing as DK stated, and as she says the glossary of ingredients are pictured but alas the Vietnamese characters are not shown. Having the symbols to point to at the market has made it so much easier for the various clerks to help me find what I want/need...

                                                1. re: Gio

                                                  Darn you Gio! I was trying to resist buying this book and now you go and post such an alluring list of recipes to make. You are not helping my cookbook addiction one whit

                                                  1. re: Gio

                                                    You are fantastic. Thanks SO very much for this round-up. Helps me a lot.

                                                    1. re: LulusMom

                                                      DD and LLM...

                                                      Gosh. So very sorry. Mea culpa, mea maxima culpa. And I didn't even mention all the steamed bun recipes, or the dumplings or fragrant crispy duck with watercress. What the heck are beech mushrooms, anyway?

                                                      Caramelized Shrimp with Lemongrass
                                                      http://www.sunset.com/food-wine/kitch...

                                                    2. re: Gio

                                                      Many thanks Gio for your first impressions and your list of recipes is pretty inticing! Halibut vermicelli with dill - what an amazing combination! My daughter was asking what cookbook is my wish list - will mention with along with a couple of others :)

                                                2. re: Gio

                                                  Yesterday was my birthday and my kid's bought me VIETNAMESE HOME COOKING by Charles Phan. In truth, I asked for it, so it wasn't that surprising. I spent the day looking through it and tonight I made the Grilled pork chops with sweet lemongrass marinade from page 154, served it over stir fried veggies. It was delicious and a snap to prepare.

                                                  The book is very visually appealing, tons of photos, both of Viet Nam and of the dishes. Includes lots of basic information including a pictorial guide of ingredients, which I found particularly useful as I don't know a lot about V. cooking. Pages 214-15 show all the bottled ingredients so you can identify them when you go to buy things like fish sauce or maggi seasoning sauce.

                                                  As far as the recipes go, I think they are very approachable. Many of them would be suitable for weeknight dinners, provided you shopped for the ingredients ahead of time. Not too many exotic ingredients and the prep seems to be geared for home cooks. I would be interested in hearing what others with experience cooking Vietnamese dishes think of these recipes.

                                                  1. re: dkennedy

                                                    Happy birthday dkennedy!

                                                    Do you happen to have one or both of the Vietnamese books we did as COTM about 4 years ago? If so, do you see a lot in this new one that would make a person need it in addition?

                                                    1. re: LulusMom

                                                      I do not have either of those COTM books. For some reason, I want to equate this book with the recipes in Mighty Spice. I am not sure if they are authentic, I just know the food at The Slanted Door is excellent and the recipes appear to be very approachable.

                                                      1. re: dkennedy

                                                        I love Mighty Spice and I love Vietnamese food. Dkennedy, why are you wearing that little red devil outfit and sitting on my shoulder??

                                                        1. re: dkennedy

                                                          Oh dear. I love Mighty Space and I love Vietnamese food too.

                                                      2. re: dkennedy

                                                        Happy Birthday DK... and Many thanks for your review. I'm anxiously anticipating the arrival of my copy. Shipping seems to have slowed down considerably these days. Holiday driven? Anyway the book is indexed on EYB and I've been making my To Do list from that..

                                                        http://www.eatyourbooks.com/library/1...

                                                        1. re: Gio

                                                          LLM, sorry about being a bad influence and all but I think you will really like Vietnamese Home Cooking if you are a fan of Mighty Spice. If last nights recipe was any indication, the recipes are easy and they work. It feels to me like a gateway Vietnamese cookbook, if that makes sense.

                                                          I don't really have any other Vietnamese Cookbooks on my shelves though I do have a few that contain some Vietnamese recipes, such as Batch's South East Asian Cookbook, and two Alford and Duguid books. I love to read through these cookbooks but don't turn to them to cook from very often. I am hoping this one will be one I cook from, like I do from Mighty Spice.

                                                          1. re: dkennedy

                                                            I'm not so sure I'd go as far as calling you a bad influence (we're not smoking out back, taking furtive sips from a paper bag, after all). Just ... I'm trying so hard not to buy more books that I don't really *need*, but gosh you're making me think I need this one.

                                                            1. re: dkennedy

                                                              OK, maybe this will help steer me away from it: how is the red meat to other proteins ratio?

                                                              1. re: LulusMom

                                                                The book is broken down into chapters of Soup, Street Food, Steaming, Braising, Stir-Frying, Grilling, and Frying.

                                                                The soup chapter runs the gamut from Pork stock to Crab and corn soup. As for the remaining chapters, there is a lot of pork featured- spareribs, filling for meatballs and braises, egg with pork, etc. etc. Like when you go to Chinese restaurants and every veggie dish has a bit of pork on it or in it, as a garnish. It is not as bad as that, but this kind of reminds me of the way it is featured there. Plenty of fish and shellfish recipes as well -squid, shrimp, sweet and sour fish, bass, cod, branzino, cat fish, whole fish, one fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish. Chicken, quail and duck seem to be less prevalent but still featured. And then there are veggies, salads, sides. No drinks or desserts.

                                                              2. re: dkennedy

                                                                Little Saigon is also a good choice for a Vietnamese cookbook.

                                                            2. re: dkennedy

                                                              That's so nice! It's always great to get a new cookbook on your birthday! Hope it was happy.

                                                          2. Trying hard to resist purchasing "Fifty Shades of Chicken" anyone have it yet?

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                                                            1. re: DiningDiva

                                                              Just reading the seductive reviews almost makes me want to run out to buy this book, DD. Also makes me wonder about the devious mind that created the parody so effectively. But when I consider all the chicken recipes that must be in the cookbooks on my shelves... I am able to restrain myself. For now anyway. (Sounds like a fun book to have, though)

                                                              1. re: Gio

                                                                And that is exactly why I haven't pulled the trigger yet. I, too, have more chicken recipes than I could probably count, do I really need more? But with that prose, perhaps I do :-D

                                                                1. re: DiningDiva

                                                                  Just for the heckofit I did a search of chicken recipes in my listed cookbooks at Eat Your Books and I got 7,796 results. If I cooked one chicken recipe each day from now on it would take me 21.3447 years. I don't even buy green bananas...

                                                                    1. re: Gio

                                                                      I have 3,648 chicken recipes - 10 years to cook one a day! And I do not buy green bananas either :)

                                                                      1. re: herby

                                                                        And at the end of all that time will we still like chicken... or will we be too old to care?

                                                                        From 50 Shades of Chicken: Mustard Spanked Chicken Recipe...
                                                                        http://www.fiftyshadesofchicken.com/#

                                                                        Plus another one that will remain nameless.

                                                                        1. re: Gio

                                                                          It has it's own web page? Scary

                                                                          I do buy green bananas, still on the fence about this one. I find the whole concept amusing...

                                                                          1. re: Gio

                                                                            We'll probably still like it and I do not want to think about getting old but do think about it every day - sad, no? Someone overheard my grandboys ages 5 to 7 talking about how I smell (of all subjects under the sun!) and the conclusion was that I smelled of mint and they like it - no idea why I smell of mint to them but must admit I was slightly apprehensive :)

                                                                  1. I just got The Vegetarian Option and Three Good Things. Both look interesting.

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                                                                    1. re: Westy

                                                                      Speaking of vegetarian (and I have and like that book, Westy), today's NY Times had a review of a restaurant called Dirt Candy. Appears there is a book by the chef there done in comic book form. It sounds kind of interesting. Anyone know anything about it or cooked from it?

                                                                      1. re: LulusMom

                                                                        I have been to Dirt Candy and loved it. I bought the book and have cooked from it - the recipe for carrot dumplings is amazing. I am not vegetarian but really like the book

                                                                        1. re: ptrefler

                                                                          Thanks for the response ptrefler. Did you find the format at all difficult to follow when you were cooking?

                                                                    2. I've just received Jerusalem by Ottolenghi; Kitchen Diaries, Part 2 by Nigel Slater; and Fire In My Belly by Kevin Gillespie (Top Chef finalist).

                                                                      I've only had time to take a cursory glance through them but they look promising. I'm considering the Heston Blumenthal at Home book next.

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                                                                      1. re: chefhound

                                                                        I'm in two minds about Kitchen Diaries 2. Part of me likes the writing (but I think he's much better in print than on TV). The other part of me is not keen on that fact that there are many more desserts and far fewer savoury dishes than KD1 (I'm not a dessert person)

                                                                        1. re: Harters

                                                                          Interesting! I'm more drawn to his dessert recipes. I think I'll wait and see what the US cover looks like (not a big fan of people's mugs on covers).

                                                                          1. re: emily

                                                                            On the fairly rare occasions that we have a dessert, it's often a Slater one taken from Real Fast Desserts.

                                                                        2. re: chefhound

                                                                          OMG I didn't know Kevin Gillespie had a cookbook out. I loved him on Top Chef and dined once at his restaurant while visiting Atlanta. Please let me more about the cookbook. Thanks!

                                                                          1. re: Disneyfreak

                                                                            Haven't had a chance to do more than glance at the recipes but I liked Kevin's down-to-earth demeanor on Top Chef. I like that the recipes seem doable. I like the Voltaggios but I'm not sure I would buy their cookbook for more than inspiration. The recipes seem more complicated than I have time for.

                                                                            I'll try to remember to post when I've tried to make something from Kevin's book.

                                                                            1. re: chefhound

                                                                              Thanks! I'm not at a point right now where I can spend a ton of time cooking weeknight diners so I tend to look for recipes that won't make me too crazy.

                                                                          2. re: chefhound

                                                                            I have Jerusalem and really like it. I was very disappointed by Fire in My Belly, I did not find the recipes interesting or very appealing.

                                                                          3. Just dumpt a zip lock bag full of change into a Coin Star machine and was rewarded with an Amazon credit slip, soooo ... I ordered "Little Flower" and "Smitten Kitchen." I think the push for these came from David Lebovitz's blog. I don't always know where the urge to buy comes from. Unless that Gio person had something to do with it! In September I bot "Seductions of Rice." I can't remember why. It's a sad thing, but cheaper and healthier than most other addictions.

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                                                                            1. re: yayadave

                                                                              Well Dave, that Gio person applauds your selection of Seductions of Rice. Now go into the kitchen and cook something. You won't regret it...

                                                                            2. I recently bought the bakers almanac, which is pretty darn good. I've tried a few recipe so far, all to great success, although some of them I feel could do with minor tweaks to perfect them. I also bought Thirsty Traveller - Road Recipes. I'm yet to try some of the recipes, but it makes for an interesting read.

                                                                              I'm currently lusting after the Smitten Kitchen cookbook.

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                                                                              1. re: Musie

                                                                                The Smitten Kitten cookbook is nice, lots of photos. Haven't cooked from it yet, but I am glad I have it. I think someone on another thread thought most of the recipes were already on her blog, but I'm not sure about that.

                                                                                1. re: DiningDiva

                                                                                  I got her cookbook at an event recently ( a gift for my mother). I think that the recipes are all new.. some of them look really great.

                                                                              2. I've watched all of the episodes of "Mind of a Chef" on PBS and consequently I really want the Momofuku cookbook now.

                                                                                1. Just noticing that TGC has "The Meatball Shop Cookbook" on clearance for $9.00. I know a number of you have it and I read the recipe reports that people noted were from that book on the meatball thread. Seemed as though some reports were quite positive and others just lukewarm. What say you? Do I need to own the book? Okay. Do I WANT to own the book?

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                                                                                  1. re: JoanN

                                                                                    Searching in my books alone on EYB, not blogs, I have 359 meatball recipes. 62 of them are in COTMs and I haven't cooked meatballs from any of them. From the Meatball Shop Cookbook I've cooked only one recipe and I can't even remember which one it was. I don't cook meatballs very often but I thought it would be fun to experiment. Probably in the future I will refer to the book but for now it's sitting on the shelf.

                                                                                    Do you cook meatballs frequently? If not, I say choose another cookbook. My opinion only, Joan. It's indexed on EYB...
                                                                                    http://www.eatyourbooks.com/library/9...

                                                                                    1. re: Gio

                                                                                      And I value your opinion highly. I always think I'll cook meatballs more often for my grandsons, which is why I guess the title caught my eye. But in reality, I do so rarely. And when I do, I more often than not revisit something I know is a winner such as the polpettone from "All About Braising." Thanks, Gio. It's not so much the money at this stage but the space. I'll save it for something more compelling.

                                                                                      1. re: JoanN

                                                                                        The space. I hear you on that one. It has become a serious issue here.

                                                                                        1. re: JoanN

                                                                                          Love LOVE LOVE the meatball shop cookball. I've made about 6 of the balls so far, and all but one have been outstanding. The veggies, sides and even desserts are quite good as well. You can find a lot of the recipes on line, so perhaps start with google, make a few and see if you are smitten.

                                                                                          1. re: Mr Bigglesworth

                                                                                            Excellent idea, Mr B. Headed off to do a search right now.

                                                                                            1. re: JoanN

                                                                                              Joan, I have "I Love meatballs" cookbook (recommended by someone on CH) and made a few very tasty balls out of it. Have a look at it before buying the meatball shop book. It is also indexed on EYB.

                                                                                    2. Three new books arrived:

                                                                                      Bouchon Bakery (Keller)
                                                                                      Plenty (Ottolenghi
                                                                                      175 Home Recipes with a Twist (Gagnaire)