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Nov 17, 2012 06:45 AM

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 '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". 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

          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 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.