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What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? New Year's 2013 edition! [old]

Happiest of New Years to all.
So, as 2013 sneaks around the world, what cookbooks are you enjoying or plotting to get your hands on?
I'm trying to keep myself from pulling the trigger on another TGC sale haul, because I have a big backlog, but am not 100% certain I'll be able to...how about YOU?

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  1. Got Vintage Cakes from Santa, and can't wait to try some recipes out!

    1. Waiting for Ina Garten Foolproof to arrive. I had it as top priority on my Amazon wish list but didn't receive for Christmas so I bought it for myself with some Christmas money. Looking forward to it!

      1. Purchased a few at Half Price Books this weekend and got a couple of books for Christmas(purchased for myself!)

        A Table in the Tarn
        Bake by Alison Thompson
        Williams Sonoma Roasting - $3
        Saveur The New Comfort Food
        Pies 200 Sweet and Savory Recipes
        Barefoot in Paris(have most of her other books - have wanted this one for a while)

        Meanwhile, I have put a few books in the donation/sell pile.

        Debating placing an order through TGC while they have their bundle sale. I want the new Short and Sweet by Dan Lepard and Brown Betty Cookbook and Simply Sensational Cookies.

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          1. re: pikawicca

            OK, so I hadn't heard of this book and had to look it up on amazon. And daggonit nadiam1000 and pikawicca, I think I have to have it. Harrumph.

              1. re: LulusMom

                This (A Table in the Tarn) came in the mail the other day. As soon as Lulu is back in school I hope to have a nice cozy look at it.

                Also a complete and utterly delightful surprise - A Food Lover's Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela from a friend I met on the Camino who lives in Sydney (Michael, if you're spying, I'm truly in love with this book - thanks).

                1. re: LulusMom

                  Check out the Tim Moore book on it, too..."Spanish Steps :
                  One Man and His Ass on the Pilgrim Way to Santiago". V funny.

                  1. re: buttertart

                    That is the book that first made me want to walk the Camino! His book on the Tour de France is pretty good too. Oh, and the Iceland book! Fantastic. But none of those focus on food ...

                    1. re: LulusMom

                      No, unfortunately! I'm reading his one on appalling places in Britain right now, has quite a few food references in it. He is so funny...

                      1. re: buttertart

                        Not familiar with that one - going to have to look it up. I also think he is very funny (I think he's one of those polarizing types though).

              2. re: pikawicca

                I am so glad to hear that - impulse buy at TJ Maxx for $4.99 and it looks lovely. Great bedtime reading and the recipes looks wonderful.

            1. Late arrivals under my tree:

              The Blackberry Farm Cookbook by Sam Beall

              Simply Sensational Cookies by Nancy Baggett

              The Dahlia Bakery Cookbook by Tom Douglas

              Warm wishes to all for a happy, healthy 2013. May we continue to enjoy many delicious dishes together around our virtual table. Thanks for the ongoing inspiration.

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              1. re: Breadcrumbs

                Buttertart recommended Simply Sensational Cookies; I just picked it up from the library. I'm looking forward to trying it!

                1. re: rstuart

                  I added this to my Wishlist after sampling some outstanding Stilton-Walnut Cookies at a friend's cocktail party over the holidays. Turns out the recipe was from this book. I loved the idea of a sweet & savoury cookie book and was super-excited to receive this book from that same friend! I've only flipped through it quickly but there seems to be a great variety of recipes. I have 2 other books by this author and she's been a source of trusted recipes.

                2. re: Breadcrumbs

                  Oooo, let me know how you like Dahlia Bakery. I've been eyeing it but need to work through some of the other baking books first before I add another one...no...seriously ;-)

                  1. re: DiningDiva

                    If time permits, I hope to take a leisurely look through my new cookbooks before heading back to work next week so I'll report back w my thoughts on this DD if that plan comes to fruition. On first pass though, this seems like an excellent book. I love that Tom Douglas provides cup and weight measures for each recipe since I prefer to bake by weight. The book also appears to be a compilation of recipes for a variety of dishes served at the bakery and not jus baked goods. There's a strata recipe that's already got my name on it!!

                  2. re: Breadcrumbs

                    I bought the Blackberry Farm Cookbook for my husband when it first came out, and it would definitely be in the sell/giveaway pile for me.

                    1. re: roxlet

                      Oh what a shame roxlet. I haven't had a chance to look through it yet. If you have a moment, what is it about the book that doesn't appeal? Recipes don't work...or just not enticing enough to bother with?

                      This is one that's been on my Wishlist for some time (expensive) so I can't honestly remember what it was about the book that caused me to put it on there in the first place.

                  3. The Hakka Cookbook by Linda Anusasananan - not just a cookbook but a journey of discovery by the author of what it means to be Hakka... An excellent book!

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                    1. re: RWCFoodie

                      That's my favorite book in a long time, super.