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Feb 2, 2013 08:08 AM

What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? February 2013 edition!

So, here we go again...what's tickling your fancy or lying in a pile beside your bed these days? Anything I should know about?

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  1. "Standard Baking Co. Pastries"---Question for the fabulous bakers in this crowd, has anyone tried this book yet? I'm decidedly not a baker, but I love this bakery, and it is too far from us to get to often, so I am tempted to get the book....but wondering if the recipes are up to snuff.

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    1. re: qianning

      I love Standard Baking Co. and have tried several recipes from the cookbook with mixed results. I had high hopes for this book because Rose Levy Beranbaum waxed enthusiastic about it on her blog and she has such high standards. I am a very precise baker and have used the same key ingredients suggested in the book, e.g., King Arthur unbleached all-purpose flour. The ginger molasses cookies were excellent but the oatmeal raisin cookies were disappointing. The triple chocolate cake played to rave reviews but the yields for the coffee syrup and the glaze were about double what they needed to be. I used half the syrup and the cake was still a bit wet on the bottom.

      1. re: Velda Mae

        Thanks so much for your thoughtful appraisal. I'm at best a ho-hum baker, and really I'd be buying it for the financier recipe, which makes the recipe-to-$ ratio pretty high. Funny thing is i'm visiting Portland as I type; so will probably look at the book again tomorrow when I pick up breakfast pastries at the Standard baking Co.

    2. I should never go to Chapters this time of year. I just bought my second cookbook called Gluten Free Baking by Michael McCamley. Very informative, and has a variety of recipes.

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        1. re: rstuart

          They have some books in the sale section they do have good clearance items this time of year.

          1. re: Ruthie789

            Agreed. I was at my local Chapters yesterday and they had quite a variety of cookbooks on sale. Unfortunately I didn't have time to browse but on one table I saw books by Tamasin Day-Lewis, Jamie, Rocco, Sarah Moulton, Food & Wine mag and more.

            1. re: Breadcrumbs

              Hmm.. maybe I'll have to pay a visit to my local Chapters!

              1. re: rstuart

                Dangerous, and if you don`t mind a slightly damaged book they have a section for this as well. I go there to look but end up shopping.

        2. re: Ruthie789

          Hey Ruthie,

          Been a GF'er for just a year now. Baking used to be a joy for me. I have adjusted well to all things Celiac but haven't had the heart to try baking after so many disappointing purchases of GF pastries, bread, ETC.

          Oh wait...this isn't the thread for this...sorry. Can someone direct me or have a suggestion? I'm still on a learning curve with the site and I'm OLD and on an iPhone and...Hahaha...never mind.

          1. re: ItalianNana

            Hang loose. As soon as you think you know what's happening, it changes.

        3. I caved and bought Bistro Cooking at Home, this month's COTM.

          1. Not a cookbook, but wanted to report on this for all the Jamie fans out there. I came to appreciate Jamie during his COTM and was pleasantly surprised at how many fabulous dishes I found in his books.

            While minding my own business at the supermarket today, a magazine beckoned me as I waited my turn in line.

            As it turns out, unbeknownst to me, Jamie produces an annual Yearbook where he and his editors pick their favourite recipes from the various magazines they produced throughout the year. Before I even noticed the price (don't ask), I had this in my cart.

            This looks like an amazing book/magazine for those of us who love all things Jamie. I wanted to make just about every dish as I flipped through the magazine. To whet your appetite, I've posted some photos!

            RECIPE YEARBOOK 2012/13 - Jamie Oliver

            ETA: I feel better about the price now...last year's version is going for CAD$44.63 on Amazon!

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              1. re: Breadcrumbs

                By the looks of the table and plates they sure are messy eaters at his house... LOL.

                1. re: Gio

                  That's funny Gio! Have you seen his shows though? He always seems to be eating in unconventional settings or plating in unconventional ways. Dinners served on boards, tinware etc. I love his reckless sense of abandon.

                  1. re: Breadcrumbs

                    "Reckless abandon"... Yes I agree. And yes, G & I do watch his shows whenever possible. I especially liked the programs in his garden in that adorable out door shed/cabin kitchen. Also the series in an apartment... that's an early one I think.

                    1. re: Gio

                      Look what I found... A few illustrations from the Yearbook by the painter. Really well done, I thought:


                      1. re: Gio

                        Yes Gio, the artwork is beautiful and is used as the introductory page for each season in the book. It's funny you posted this because as I was looking through the book this morning I was thinking it would be nice to have the 4 prints and swap them out as kitchen art depending on the time of the year.

                      2. re: Gio

                        Those are exactly the programs I was thinking of as I typed Gio - the ones set in his garden. I loved how he'd feed his gardener...whether he wanted to eat or not!! And how he plodded about in the rain, undaunted in his desire to cook something fresh & delicious. I even loved how that series was produced and the introductory segments with the collage of hand written notes, recipes, photos etc.

                        I'm wondering if that series in his apartment was the Naked Chef series Gio? He really started a trend with a format that's been copied again and again by other chefs....a slice of life show with catchy music and young beautiful people having fun and loving their food. I loved how he emphasized how casual entertaining could be. No need for pretence or fancy linens...just good people and good food.

                        1. re: Breadcrumbs

                          Well I know of one chef who I think copied almost exactly the outdoorsy cooking and dining style only transported the style to Italy: David Rocco. He squatted over a small fire pit, sitting on a tree stump, took to wearing worn-out hats and sweaters, peeling and chopping on a plank of wood. Just as Jamie did on his kitchen garden show. Jamie went foraging for mushrooms with Gennaro and David went looking for chestnuts with the grower. Jamie roasted in that great outdoor wood-burning fireplace, and David did the same on a farm I took to be his. Jamie fed his gardener... David fed his twin girls. Comparing the two was really funny. You could count on seeing David imitate whatever Jamie's schtick of the week was...

                          1. re: Gio

                            I don't think I've seen that series by David Rocco but isn't that funny? I went to look at his website and he's even selling his soundtracks from the episodes!!! Slick.

                          2. re: Breadcrumbs

                            Love those old Naked Chef shows. He made it all look so fun and easy.

                    2. re: Breadcrumbs

                      I'm not sure if Americans can access some UK channel websites, but many of Jamie's recipes are available there at no cost. Gordon Ramsay is at the same site.


                      1. re: zuriga1

                        Thanks zuriga1. I'm in Canada but was able to access your link and the recipes. I really appreciate it as I tend to go to the BBC site and wasn't aware of this one for Channel 4. I really like the chef's scrapbooks. I was just taking a look at Ottolenghi's. Thanks again for this great link!

                        1. re: zuriga1

                          In Florida I listen to BBC3 and BBC4 radio but
                          I cannot get TV or videos

                          Some of Gordon Ramsey's shows ravailable on BBCAmerica
                          I have seen David Rocco on the Cooking Channel,

                          Some things are available on u tube

                          1. re: LulusMom

                            : )

                            No regrets w this one LlM. I've been flipping through it all morning and I'm starving now!! The book is organized by season which is a bonus. Most recipes have a photograph and what I like the most is that generally speaking, these aren't recipes I've seen before. At the back of the book there's a section entitled: "Sauces & Extras" w recipes for chutneys, salsas, spreads. There's an Indonesian satay sauce called "Bumbu Kacang" that I'd never heard of but now I'm totally craving it and his Runner Bean Chutney looks ridiculously good!!

                            ...I'm just sayin'...

                            1. re: Breadcrumbs

                              Sigh. Ok, tell me what percentage of the book is red-meat oriented, please. Maybe that will save me.

                              1. re: LulusMom

                                Well...the book has 200+ recipes and I counted 23 in the "Meat" category. Still looking like you need to add this to your cart LlM!!

                                Here, I found one of the recipes from the book online to whet your appetite. Take a look at this drool-inducing Bombay Potato Salad:


                                1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                  Yep, that is drool-inducing alright. I WILL get you back for this someday, BC, you realize that don't you? ; )

                                  1. re: LulusMom

                                    Big grin here!! ...and yes, I have no doubt you'll get me back!!!

                                  2. re: Breadcrumbs

                                    Is this available online or in the US?

                                    1. re: angelsmom

                                      I couldn't find it, and a tweet to JO didn't get a response. May need to enlist the help of my husband's (Canadian) family.

                            2. re: Breadcrumbs

                              Just thought I'd nonchalantly look on amazon - doesn't appear to be available here (at least not yet). They have previous years, but not the one you've got.

                              Edit: see, these threads are such a bad influence. Why do I look? I have just tweeted him to ask if/when it will be available here.

                            3. Gordon Ramsay Great Escape both the Indian edition and the Southeast Asia edition.
                              I just started with Indian and the food in it seems delicious :)

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                              1. re: toyopl

                                The SE Asian one is available here as a Kindle book. Looks very interesting. As does the Indian one. Both are available on Amazon UK, damnit!