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buttertart Apr 1, 2013 02:58 PM

So, I did cave and get a few things last month (q.v.)...how about you? I'm waiting for a TGC bundle sale to really be naughty.

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    dkennedy May 23, 2013 06:11 PM

    Well, it's taken me a bit of time to do it, but I have fallen down the rabbit hole - again! We are nearing the end of our 5th month of the year and I have been very, very good up to now. Only bought two books before May...and both were for COTM.

    The first was Every Grain of Rice, which I have yet to cook out of. Note to self: I do not need any more Asian culture cookbooks. Not until I start cooking out of the umpteen I have! The second was Mexican Everyday, which I also regret buying. I do not like shortcut books, no matter who is the author. I have made a bunch of things out of this book and so far my best response has ben "eh." I much prefer Mexican Kitchen to this one and will probably donate ME at the end of the month.

    Then May arrived and I started to slip. Bought myself a cheap copy of Molto Gusto (a prior COTM that I have been coveting for a long time). Mother's day arrived - Flavor Bible was added to my shelves - but this one was a gift so it doesn't count.

    Today was the beginning of the end. Bought and then returned Burma (based on the voting thread). Decided I did not need this one after all and will watch others cook if this one wins. I was really proud of myself until I started reading other CH threads.

    Based on a CH recommendation, just bought Secrets of Armenian/Lebanese/Persian Cooking. I don't have any Persian Cookbooks and this one has rave reviews both on CH and at Amazon so I think it will be a good addition to my collection. Yes, I am rationalizing.

    I think it is time to step away from the computer.....

    1. Ruthie789 May 8, 2013 06:32 PM

      I just bought Great British Puddings, by The Pudding Club. I also want to buy a cookbook by Clodagh McKenna.

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        angelsmom May 1, 2013 07:58 AM

        I just purchased Family Matters.....Favorite Staff Meals. It is another winner from the Union Square Family where they share their favorite staff meals. I have almost every page marked!!!

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          angelsmom May 1, 2013 09:55 AM

          Why isn't my post showing?

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            Gio May 1, 2013 09:58 AM

            Is this the book, angelsmom: Family Table: Favorite Staff Meals from Our Restaurants to Your Home by Michael Romano, Karen Stabiner, Danny Meyer?


            If so it looks mighty appealing!

            1. re: Gio
              angelsmom May 1, 2013 12:50 PM

              Yes, it is beyond perfection......

          2. Candy Apr 28, 2013 01:10 PM

            I got Burma a couple of weeks ago. I have not yet cooked from it. It is interesting and a lot of the recipes remind me of Thai recipes. Since they share a border that is not too unusual.

            1. Breadcrumbs Apr 28, 2013 08:07 AM

              Just a heads up for any lovers of Chinese food and China Town shopping. I just came across the Fall 2012 issue of The Lucky Peach and it's sole focus is Chinatown.

              With great recipes, ingredient information, thought-provoking articles and cultural insights this just seems to be a "must-buy" for anyone with an interest in this area.

              Contributing writers include: Fuchsia Dunlop, Naomi Duguid, Harold McGee, Jonathan Kauffman, Roy Choi and Anthony Bourdain.

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                buttertart Apr 28, 2013 08:48 AM

                I have it...the Dunlop article is terrific.

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                  dickgrub Apr 28, 2013 09:21 AM

                  Thanx to BC for this post. Had no knowledge of LP. Bought the Chinatown issue, ten bucks for the mag and nine bucks for Shipping and Handling; nineteen bucks for a magazine, when New Yorker and Atlantic are eight. Hope it's great.

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                    dkennedy Apr 28, 2013 09:31 AM

                    I bought one of the LP issues. Decided it wasn't for me. It is definitely for a special subset of the culinary world.

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                      dickgrub Apr 28, 2013 10:56 AM

                      DK: Wonder if you would care to venture a characterization of the subset for which this mag is edited.

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                        meatn3 Apr 28, 2013 11:26 AM

                        I'll wade in...I had a similar reaction to the early issue of Lucky Peach that I purchased.

                        I'm a big admirer of David Chang and find his take quite interesting. But the writing style of the magazine was such that I really could not get into it. Honestly, I feel much of it was generational. I'm older and the style felt like I hadn't received my secret decoder ring. I'm sure there was masses of great stuff in the issue but it just wasn't a read that worked for me. Obviously others have enjoyed it since they are still publishing!

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                          dickgrub Apr 28, 2013 12:06 PM

                          Thanx, M. I understand you to say your vote on LP is, Very edgy, avant-garde, precious; too-cool-for-school. If I find it so, ain't gonna work for me. Your reference is to the the writing style, but you remind me of a Pet Peeve of mine: when the Art Director of the mag is similar. Upside down photos, four typefaces on one page, black text on mahogany background...

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                            meatn3 Apr 28, 2013 03:43 PM

                            Don't think I'd call it precious, too-cool-for-school. Just felt like it was written for a very specific group of peers who share common generational experiences, views and expressions. The style distracted me from the content to the extent that I decided I'm just not the demographic to enjoy it.

                            It may have changed - I haven't looked at an issue since. Then again, it may have just been me! The list of contributors in this new issue certainly looks good.

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                              rasputina May 5, 2013 10:03 AM

                              Pretty much describes my take on it.

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                            dkennedy Apr 28, 2013 05:20 PM

                            I am a little late in responding but it looks like others who went before me did a very good job of describing what my impressions of the magazine would be. Too edgy is the phrase that best sums it up for me. I wanted to like it, but I found it unreadable. It may have evolved since I tried it.

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                              meatn3 Apr 28, 2013 05:40 PM

                              I passed my copy on to my 20 year old nephew who is a cook in a restaurant. It earned me a "very cool" new assessment in his eyes!
                              It also opened up some great food conversations between us as opposed to the past "be polite to the relative" sorts we used to have.

                              My nephew is a hands on sort. Kind of hoping that exposing him to this sort of thing might get him interested enough to continue his schooling.

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                                dickgrub Apr 28, 2013 06:02 PM

                                Okay, then, DK and M3: Appreciate your clear explication of LP as you found it; what remains for me is to receive the Chinatown issue, experience it, and report back. Thanks.

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                                  buttertart May 1, 2013 04:21 PM

                                  The Chinatown issue is worth it if you're seriously interested in Chinese food.

                        2. re: dickgrub
                          Gio Apr 28, 2013 09:35 AM

                          Fuchsia Dunlop is well loved by many home cooks here at Chowhound, dickgrub. Her books have been Cookbooks of the Month several times. Here are the links to threads with reports of her recipes:

                          Cooking from Fuchsia Dunlop's new book, "Every Grain of Rice"

                          Cookbook of the Month March 2013 EVERY GRAIN OF RICE:


                        3. re: Breadcrumbs
                          jpr54_1 Apr 29, 2013 07:40 AM

                          I have all issues of the magazine-
                          I have enjoyed reading them all-and I am 60+ and a former Jerseyite.
                          The recipes r easy to follow and the explanation of ingredients, etc.r interesting.
                          ie. takeout mustard, soy sauce and duck sauceetc.
                          I also enjoyed the Dunlop article.

                          1. re: Breadcrumbs
                            dickgrub May 5, 2013 09:55 AM

                            BC: Since it was in large measure the sweetness and enthusiasm of your posts which first lured me to participate on The Hound, it pains me to confess that Lucky Peach is for me an alien and acquired taste. The art direction is indeed too-cool-for-school, with sideways photos and sixty type fonts, and text overprinted on twenty colors. The writing and the editorial perspective are sophomoric and self-indulgent("Boy, we were soooo drunk, so then we made some pho") Sounds just like a university literary mag. The reverse-snobbism rankles: "The best breakfast in North America is at the Pilot truck stop on the Interstate outside Barstow" Bordain's so-called article seems only intended to get his name on the cover. No content. That foolish Syd Finch jape was a waste of time and an embarrassment.

                            I've got twenty great cookbooks and fifty good cooking ideas from you and others...so THANKS!

                            1. re: dickgrub
                              pikawicca May 5, 2013 10:04 AM

                              I find Peach utterly off-putting.

                          2. Gio Apr 28, 2013 07:32 AM

                            Warning! Cookbook Resource and Reviews Alert. You might want to divert your eyes...


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                              buttertart Apr 28, 2013 08:48 AM

                              You naughty thing.

                            2. jpr54_1 Apr 28, 2013 05:16 AM

                              this is a great bookstore
                              they also have a newsletter filled with titles on new cookbooks

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                                dickgrub Apr 28, 2013 06:16 AM

                                Thanks for your post, JP; glad to know of this bookstore. But little sense in "signing up for our newsletter", since the latest edition is dated April 26, 2011...two years ago! Book inquiries cannot be handled online, but only via a cumbersome fax process.... Thus: interesting store, but until they open a branch in Kerrville, Texas, not of practical interest.

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                                  jpr54_1 Apr 28, 2013 07:35 AM

                                  if u sign up for newsletter the most recent one is datedSpring 2013.
                                  they r changing from quarterly to monthly

                                  may I suggest a trip to nyc for some shopping

                                2. re: jpr54_1
                                  jpr54_1 Apr 28, 2013 07:35 AM

                                  e-mail/fax them and ask for spring 2013 newsletter

                                3. Breadcrumbs Apr 25, 2013 06:56 AM

                                  Three new books to report on today:

                                  HOME MADE SUMMER by Yvette Van Boven – It was posts up-thread that prompted me to look into this author and book as both were unfamiliar to me. The book just arrived so I haven’t had the opportunity to take a proper look through it. I was immediately taken by the beautiful illustrations and photography. I didn’t notice any really unusual or unique dishes on first pass but I do look forward to spending more time with this book and would appreciate any recommendations from folks who have cooked from it.

                                  TATE’S BAKING FOR FRIENDS by Kathleen King – I needed to add something to my cart to get free shipping and picked this one since it was the least expensive book on my wishlist. I’ve also become of fan of Kathleen King’s recipes and I’m really happy to add this book to my collection. I believe this is her latest book and there seems to be more photos than in her prior books. That said, on first quick pass through the book I saw many desserts I’d like to make but perhaps none more appealing than the “Haken’s Fresh Fig Cake” – oh my goodness does that sound and look scrumptious!

                                  EAT YOUR VEGETABLES by Arthur Potts Dawson – It was a local bookseller that tipped me off to this book by a talented UK chap who worked as head chef at some impressive dining establishments including the River Café, Fifteen, Soho House Group at Cicconi’s. He founded 2 “eco-restaurants” (no I don’t know what that means) in London too.

                                  In a Huffington Post article about the book V.C. Linde writes: “is certainly not just a book for vegetarians but is the best vegetable cookbook I have read since Yotam Ottolenghi's Plenty” That was enough to convince me to purchase the book and now I have it in hand I have to say that it was love at first sight. I immediately sat down and went through the book page by page. Inside the front jacket it says “Eat Your Vegetables answers the call to eat more vegetables and less meat, offering everything you need to take your vegetables from accompaniment to center stage”. While the book isn’t entirely vegetarian, it is mostly vegetarian. I actually ran out of sticky tabs as I flipped through it. I have to say I’m more excited about this book than YO’s Plenty because of the variety of flavour profiles it covers. From the Mediterranean to South Africa, Asia and beyond there are worldwide influences in the imaginative and enticing recipes in this book. Some of the recipes I’ve tabbed include:

                                  • Sweet Potato Pancakes (think crepes) with Chili and Lime
                                  • Buttered Yam Fufu with Plantain Stew
                                  • Radish Salad with Pomegranate and Cannellini Beans
                                  • Bread-Crumbed Fennel Slices with Lime and Chili Dressing
                                  • Khol Slaw (yes w kohlrabi)
                                  • Asparagus al Forno with Cherry Tomatoes and Basil
                                  • Samphire with Spaetzle with Chili & Red Mullet
                                  • Spinach, Mushroom and Ricotta Rotolo with Sage Butter
                                  • Spiced Arugula Soup w Watercress Oil
                                  • Pan-Fried Eggplant w Salsa Rossa
                                  • Eggplant Tempura w Wasabi Mayonnaise
                                  • Lentil Tart with Sweet Potato and Sour Cream
                                  • Braised Chickpeas with Chard, Fennel and Tomato
                                  • Chickpea Stew with Broiled Onions and Smoked Paprika
                                  • Fava Bean and Polenta Chips

                                  This book is exciting and inspiring!

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                                    buttertart Apr 25, 2013 10:31 AM

                                    Sounds it!

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                                      Westminstress Apr 25, 2013 02:18 PM

                                      I remember being really intrigued by this book when it came out! I am a sucker for vegetable books (hence currently lusting after vegetable literacy). Please let us know how you like it.

                                    2. emily Apr 25, 2013 06:30 AM

                                      Some new acquisitions:
                                      Short & Sweet (some very interesting recipes in here; Amazon preview does not do it justice!)
                                      Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking
                                      Hand Crafted Candy Bars (sounds perfect on paper - candy bars made with cookie bases, caramel, nougat, etc.)
                                      From a Polish Country House Kitchen (pickle soup, here I come!)

                                      1. roxlet Apr 22, 2013 05:26 AM

                                        Realizing that I had nary a Rick Bayless cookbook, I decided to get the COTM, Mexican Everyday, which I love the idea of.

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                                          rstuart Apr 21, 2013 02:24 PM

                                          I once again showed poor impulse control at a book store.. I "stopped by" a local Chapters to "browse".. and they had tons of Australian WOmen's Weekly cookbooks on sale.. the magazine sized one. After much agonizing, I got "Traybakes and slices" for myself, and "preserves" for my mother.. only $5 each!

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                                            Breadcrumbs Apr 21, 2013 03:08 PM

                                            I love those books rstuart! I've had so many successes from them. The "Stir-Fry" book is likely one of my most-used AWW books. Great buy!

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                                              rstuart Apr 21, 2013 04:06 PM

                                              They may have had that one too.. there was tons. I might have to go back to Chapters at the Eaton Centre tomorrow at lunch.. hmm..

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                                                Breadcrumbs Apr 21, 2013 04:19 PM

                                                Well, if you do go rstuart, you might want to also take a look at Finger Food (I have 1 & 2 and both are great) as well.... ; - )

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                                              LulusMom Apr 21, 2013 04:37 PM

                                              Swooning over "traybakes and slices." Lucky you.

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                                                buttertart Apr 25, 2013 10:40 AM

                                                r, check out the Better Homes and Gardens website for some very nice square (or bar, as they're called here) recipes from this month's mag...

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                                                  rstuart Apr 30, 2013 06:39 PM

                                                  Will do ;) They get it at my library as well..

                                              2. Ashley12 Apr 21, 2013 01:00 PM

                                                I just bought Miette. Miette is a bakery in Oakland and everything in their is delectable. I have to admit, part of the reason I bought it is because the pages have scalloped edges. Just way too cute.

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                                                  buttertart Apr 25, 2013 10:39 AM

                                                  As an old Berkeleyan, looks like I need this one :)

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                                                  dkennedy Apr 21, 2013 09:35 AM

                                                  i am home sick today and one thing i really cherish about Chowhound is knowing that i can lay in bed and read a thread like this from top to bottom as I am too sick to do anything else.

                                                  what makes this worse is today i will be missing our supper club meeting. i was supposed to make the lava bean crostini out of Sunday Suppers so a friend of mine is stopping by to pick up the ingredients. will have to eat vicariously through their photos and reports. there is talk of sending me home a doggy bag....here's to hoping!

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                                                  1. re: dkennedy
                                                    herby Apr 21, 2013 11:14 AM

                                                    I so sympathise with you, DK! Hope you are much-much better in no time.

                                                    That fava bean spread is delicious. Incidentally my dinner club cooked the whole menu where your dip is from last month and everything was very good.

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                                                      dkennedy Apr 21, 2013 11:18 AM

                                                      Thanks Herby.

                                                      How was the tart fromage with lemon cream?

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                                                        herby Apr 21, 2013 12:51 PM

                                                        The tart was very-very good. We made one mistake with this dinner. The hostess assumed that all dishes are to be served at one meal and we were stuffed by dessert time - still enjoyed with the help of cornucopia of drinks to aid the digestion, of course! :)

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                                                      roxlet Apr 21, 2013 12:37 PM

                                                      Awww. Too bad! Feel better!

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                                                        LulusMom Apr 21, 2013 04:36 PM

                                                        Hope you're feeling better DK. And I think those are *very* special friends if they do bring home the doggy bag.

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                                                          buttertart Apr 25, 2013 10:38 AM

                                                          My new job is so demanding (hence my absence here) that I would kill to have a day at home in bed with books and computer...hope you're better!

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                                                            dkennedy Apr 25, 2013 01:48 PM

                                                            I have been laid up in bed since Sunday. Just starting antibiotics today. I feel been so sick I couldn't even enjoy watching tv or reading. Everything hurt and I coughed every time I moved or talked. I am hoping tomorrow with bring some relief.

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                                                              Gio Apr 25, 2013 01:55 PM

                                                              Wishing you a very swift recovery, DK.

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                                                                LulusMom Apr 25, 2013 03:52 PM

                                                                Poor thing. I hope the antibiotics do their thing quickly.

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                                                                  Breadcrumbs Apr 25, 2013 04:39 PM

                                                                  Aw, that just stinks dk, so sorry to hear you've been ill but lots of positive energy heading your way. Best wishes that the drugs will kick in overnight and you can lounge at your leisure tomorrow w a cookbook in hand and plans of better days ahead in the kitchen.

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                                                                    dkennedy Apr 25, 2013 04:50 PM

                                                                    Thanks to all of you for your good energy and well wishing.

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                                                                    roxlet Apr 26, 2013 09:08 AM

                                                                    That sounds hideous, but I hope you feel better soon and will have lots of lovely cookbooks to keep you company.

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                                                                      buttertart Apr 27, 2013 05:47 PM


                                                              2. Disneyfreak Apr 19, 2013 12:00 PM

                                                                On top of buying "Second Helpings from the Union Square Cafe" and Pierre Franey's "Cuisine Rapide" at the charity book sale I also got:
                                                                Nancy Silverton's Sandwich Book,
                                                                Pasta Fresca by Viana La Place
                                                                Hershey's 100 Anniversary Cookbook
                                                                Chinese Cooking by Yan Kit Martin
                                                                Dinners in a Dish or a Dash by Jean Anderson
                                                                Eating Well is the Best Revenge by Marian Burros
                                                                The New Elegant But Easy cookbook bu Marian Burros
                                                                Sheila Luking USA cookbook
                                                                Perla Meyers Spur of the Moment cookbook
                                                                The Larouse Treasury of Country Cooking
                                                                La Vera Cucina Italiana
                                                                The Rice book by Sri Owen
                                                                Bernard Clayton's Cooking across America
                                                                and: The Joy of Pasta (which I used to own and then lost to a flood.)

                                                                All of that, plus a bunch or novels, was $15. Not a bad haul!

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                                                                  herby Apr 19, 2013 03:18 PM

                                                                  I have the Sandwich book and everything I made out of it was a success. If you like sandwiches, I'd love the book.

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                                                                    Disneyfreak Apr 24, 2013 10:24 AM

                                                                    I haven't had a chance to look at the book yet, but thanks for the recommendation herby. I will have to crack it opened.

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                                                                    buttertart Apr 25, 2013 10:37 AM

                                                                    Jeez Louise, that is amazing. I love Bernard Clayton...if you're a bread baker you must get his "Breads of France", a groundbreaking work. His big bread books are great too. (He only recently died, at quite an age...seems to have had an awfully nice life).

                                                                  3. Njchicaa Apr 19, 2013 05:42 AM

                                                                    Thinking about buying Mexican Everyday and Rick Bayless' margarita/guacamole cookbook.

                                                                    1. jpr54_1 Apr 18, 2013 07:48 AM

                                                                      my copy of The New Persian Kitchen arrived this morning.
                                                                      the book has
                                                                      menus for several occasions
                                                                      resources-good list
                                                                      a guide on Persian ingredients

                                                                      I wish there were more recipes.
                                                                      I marked several to make.
                                                                      There r also several Jewish recipes

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                                                                        jpr54_1 Apr 18, 2013 12:58 PM

                                                                        page 179
                                                                        turnip an beet pickle

                                                                        easy recipe
                                                                        I used white turnip and baked fresh beets
                                                                        honey, water, kosher salt, white wine vinegar and fresh garlic.

                                                                        I placed in refigerator for 4 weeks.

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                                                                        elenacampana Apr 18, 2013 07:12 AM

                                                                        Burma: Rivers of Flavor, by Naomi Duguid

                                                                        1. pikawicca Apr 18, 2013 06:44 AM

                                                                          "Malouf, New Middle Eastern Food" (Australian edition)

                                                                          Gorgeous, gorgeous book. Have only made the Lebanese Bread Sticks with Za'atar so far (delicious), but have marked many more.

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                                                                            debbiel Apr 18, 2013 07:03 AM

                                                                            I hope you'll post more about this one. It's on my thinking about list, along with some of Malouf's other books.

                                                                          2. jpr54_1 Apr 18, 2013 06:37 AM

                                                                            The Art of Fermentation-
                                                                            seems like an interesting book-I was thinking about purchasing it.
                                                                            I enjoy pickling and making kimchee
                                                                            any comments on the book

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                                                                              herby Apr 18, 2013 02:57 PM

                                                                              I took it out of the library and was sorry to take it back. Lots of research and info on why things work the certain ways. Mostly a readng book with instructins on how to femen and not just a recipe book.I will likely buy it in the fall when I will have time to ferment.

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                                                                              ksmburns Apr 16, 2013 06:50 PM

                                                                              I just purchased a gently used cookbook by Mary Moore Bremer. It is a wonderful cookbook with alot of great cajun recipes. It was published in 1944, and I was thrilled to get it!

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                                                                                Gio Apr 17, 2013 05:29 AM

                                                                                Is the book "New Orleans Creole Cookbook"? I think it was originally published in 1932!


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                                                                                  ksmburns Apr 17, 2013 11:54 AM

                                                                                  Yes it is. I saw that date after I sent my post. I evidentally purchased one that was printed the next time around.

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                                                                                    Gio Apr 18, 2013 05:10 AM

                                                                                    Well, there are 27 printings, IIRC, so you got an early one... good for you!

                                                                              2. tcamp Apr 16, 2013 11:20 AM

                                                                                New to me from a church book sale: The Pressured Cook, Ratio, and Dear SOS: 30 Years of Recipe Requests to the LA TImes.

                                                                                I'm also drooling over Jerusalem from the library. Second time I've checked it out - I may need to own that one.

                                                                                Edited to add: Forgot, I'm also lusting seriously after Madison's Vegetable Literacy. However, I have added it to my library Hold list and am trying to stay strong as the 8 people before me in line have their turn.

                                                                                1. Disneyfreak Apr 16, 2013 11:04 AM

                                                                                  I went to the local charity used book sale again. I picked up a bunch of stuff -- which I will report on when I am home and can look at all the titles. One that I know I got was "Second Helpings from the Union Square Cafe." I also got "Cuisine Rapide" by Pierre Franey. I got lucky too because the book sale was having their $5 shopping bag day so I filled a bag with books for $5. Happy! Happy!

                                                                                  1. jpr54_1 Apr 15, 2013 10:43 AM


                                                                                    has anyone read any of these 4?

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                                                                                      pikawicca Apr 15, 2013 12:32 PM

                                                                                      The Lebanese Kitchen is excellent.

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                                                                                        rasputina Apr 26, 2013 11:59 AM

                                                                                        I've had The Lebanese Kitchen on my Amazon wishlist for awhile. I have Phaidon's Greek cookbook Vefa's Kitchen and like it.

                                                                                    2. Breadcrumbs Apr 14, 2013 05:25 PM

                                                                                      This is for Joan who inspired me to make this recipe when I reported that I'd first purchased Verdura:

                                                                                      GRILLED BREAD WITH ROSEMARY-SCENTED WHITE BEAN PUREE from Verdura - p. 137

                                                                                      As soon as I saw this I knew it would be a mr bc-friendly dish but I did underestimate just how much he’d love it. This came together in no time because I used jarred Italian cannellini beans. The low and slow simmering of the garlic and rosemary infused the house with an intoxicating aroma and served to infuse the oil with deep, delicious flavours. I stirred in some of the salted bean water to loosen the puree. This produced an exceptional antipasti. Loved it atop the grilled bread. I drizzled some evoo and sprinkled some sea salt over the plated puree. Definitely worth repeating.

                                                                                      Joan thanks so much for recommending this. I made a note in EYB and mr bc was excited as ever that I was putting it on the menu tonight. Lovely...big, big thanks to you!

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                                                                                      1. re: Breadcrumbs
                                                                                        dickgrub Apr 24, 2013 04:18 AM


                                                                                        I, in turn, was turned on by your post and scrambled out to buy "Verdura" and make the white bean puree dish. Mrs DG joins Mr BC in saluting Joan and you...and Viana La Place. I guess you call this The Chowhound Chain of Thanks.

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                                                                                          Breadcrumbs Apr 25, 2013 05:12 AM

                                                                                          dg, thanks so much, that's very kind of you to take the time to share this and I'm delighted that bean puree was a hit! Do share your experience with any other dishes you try if you have time and I'll do the same. Enjoy!

                                                                                      2. rmarisco Apr 14, 2013 11:03 AM

                                                                                        I did a couple of dishes from Jerusalem by ottolenghi the other night... now i'm lusting for joan nathan's The Food of Isreal Today! I've got it coming from the library to check it out, plus i found another by claudia roden that is so involved it's a "sit down and read," not a "dive in and cook something" book. guess i'm doing that part of the world this month!

                                                                                        1. nofunlatte Apr 14, 2013 09:12 AM

                                                                                          Well, I've been very good. After Christmas, I decided to only buy a cookbook if I was willing to part with one I already had. I have 3 in my donate pile and I mailed another 3 to a friend, giving me 6 slots in my bookshelf. Then I decided to wait until at least the spring equinox before purchasing. I actually wound up waiting until Easter. Decided to celebrate Easter by heading to Barnes and Noble (with a coupon) and having a coffee while perusing books. Wound up buying Vegetable Literacy (Deborah Madison). I also ordered Eggs by Michel Roux, which arrived yesterday. Now, no more until at least the summer solstice!

                                                                                          1. Breadcrumbs Apr 14, 2013 07:26 AM

                                                                                            Three rummage sale finds yesterday:

                                                                                            MORE TREASURED MENNONITE RECIPES - SERIES II

                                                                                            THE ULTIMATE PEANUT BUTTER BOOK by Bruce Weinstein & Mark Scarborough

                                                                                            TASTE OF HOME - GRANDMA'S FAVORITES

                                                                                            at 50¢ each I couldn't resist!

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                                                                                              jimbo1126 Apr 13, 2013 05:26 PM

                                                                                              I don't always buy cookbooks to cook from. I enjoy the stories and the photography, and I'm fine with that. My recent purchases:

                                                                                              I found a publisher closeout copy of At Elizabeth David's Table which I can't wait to read through.

                                                                                              I LOVE Yvette Van Boven's Home Made and will surely buy her summer and winter followups as soon as budget allows.

                                                                                              The Lee Bros. Charleston Kitchen - again, the stories are phenomenal.

                                                                                              Tyler Florence's Fresh. The recipes are too advanced for me but there are a lot of sauces, sides, etc, within those recipes that sound quite good.

                                                                                              From My Beverly Hills Kitchen by Alex Hitz. He kind of hits you over the head with stories of his (extremely) privileged life but his recipes are absolutely solid.

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                                                                                                poptart Apr 14, 2013 10:53 PM

                                                                                                I just bought Van Boven's Home Made Summer yesterday, and as an added bonus met her and her husband at a local book signing! She brought some samples of goodies made from recipes for the book. One was so good (olive and feta savory cake) that I made it today for guests.
                                                                                                It's just as beautiful as her WInter and HomeMade books.

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                                                                                                  Breadcrumbs Apr 17, 2013 05:37 AM

                                                                                                  jim and poptart, thanks for the tip off to Van Boven's books. How is it I haven't seen those before? I love books that combine beautiful artwork w recipes and the reviews for the author's prior books are so encouraging. I couldn't resist ordering the Summer book and will report back on its arrival.

                                                                                                  Thanks again!

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                                                                                                    poptart Apr 30, 2013 09:29 PM

                                                                                                    hope you enjoy it, Breadcrumbs! I am looking forward to cooking from it as the weather gets warmer!

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                                                                                                  limoen Apr 13, 2013 03:49 PM

                                                                                                  On a bit of a baking kick, I got The Good Cookie and Kaffeehaus, both used. TGC looks great and I'm looking forward to having more time to dive into it. I love the chapter on savouries.

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                                                                                                    stlacy Apr 13, 2013 10:14 AM

                                                                                                    Food of Life (Ancient Persian and Modern Iranian Cooking and Ceremonies) - it's magnificent. Eggs by Michel Roux. Yum. Mediterranean the Beautiful Cookbook by Joyce Goldstein. If you're not familiar with this series (The Beautiful Cookbooks) check them out on Amazon. Normally I wouldn't give such books the time of day (because of the name). But I noticed Provence the Beautiful Cookbook was written by Richard Olney. THAT caught my attention. Ordered several of the series used on Amazon and was amazed. They are stunning. He recipes and photography are art. I now own most of the series and recommend them all highly.

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                                                                                                      jpr54_1 Apr 13, 2013 11:31 AM

                                                                                                      I just bought the cookbook, Food of life(AncientPersian and Modern Cooking and Ceremonies).
                                                                                                      I hope i enjoy the book-Once I receive the book I will let u know

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                                                                                                        debbiel Apr 13, 2013 12:38 PM

                                                                                                        Wow. I have Food for Life, haven't looked at it for years, and just pulled it out this morning! Thinking about making saffron pudding.

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                                                                                                          MelMM Apr 13, 2013 01:19 PM

                                                                                                          Hmmm, I have New Food of Life, with the same subtitle. I assume it must be an updated version of Food of Life, although I've had it for over a decade, so it can't be that new... It is a good book, which I've used on and off over the years.

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                                                                                                            debbiel Apr 13, 2013 03:13 PM

                                                                                                            I didn't even notice the difference there Mine is New Food of Life, same subtitle, too. 2003

                                                                                                        2. Breadcrumbs Apr 13, 2013 09:35 AM

                                                                                                          Just one book to report on today. While "new to me" (and in pristine condition I might add) this was a used book purchase from an Amazon re-seller:

                                                                                                          KATHLEEN'S BAKE SHOP COOKBOOK by Kathleen King

                                                                                                          I recently purchased the Tate's Bakery Cookbook by this author and have been impressed w the recipes I've tried thus far and I'd also been reading great things about this author.

                                                                                                          I believe it was something written by Ina Garten that turned me on to the author's first book where she share's recipes from her seemingly famous and cherished Southampton Bake Shop. Not sure if the Bake Shop is still around but I'm happy to have their recipes for Peach Crumb Pie, Blueberry Buckle, Lemon Bars and what I understand are their "unbeatable" Chocolate Chip Cookies!

                                                                                                          1. LulusMom Apr 13, 2013 07:32 AM

                                                                                                            I've just sent my better half (who is in the UK) out on a book hunt for a copy of Two Greedy Italians. See how my "I'm not going to buy any books for a few months" thing is sort of working out? If I get other people to buy them, that doesn't count, right?? Please be nodding.

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                                                                                                              Gio Apr 13, 2013 07:56 AM

                                                                                                              Whatever you say, LLM. But remember, we're all sitting on the same book shelf that's about to topple...

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                                                                                                                LulusMom Apr 13, 2013 01:21 PM

                                                                                                                Gio, I'd have thought one of my worst (best??) enablers would have been a bit kinder. Apparently he had to go to 3 different stores to find it. Love, it's a beautiful thing.

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                                                                                                                  buttertart Apr 13, 2013 05:53 PM

                                                                                                                  Indeed :)

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                                                                                                                meatn3 Apr 13, 2013 09:58 PM

                                                                                                                HE bought it - not you! So you are not responsible, just graciously accepting tokens of love, longing and indulgent calories...

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                                                                                                                  LulusMom Apr 14, 2013 02:27 AM

                                                                                                                  Thank you meatn3. Now I can feel much much better about it.

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                                                                                                                  LulusMom Apr 18, 2013 04:45 PM

                                                                                                                  The book (Two Greedy Italians) is now here in front of me. I look at it with lust, awaiting the time I get to sit and take it all in. Grrrrrr.

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                                                                                                                    Breadcrumbs Apr 18, 2013 05:45 PM

                                                                                                                    Awesome! It's a delight isn't it? I felt the same way when I got it....wished the two boys were right there in my kitchen to make me their dishes!!

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                                                                                                                      greeneggsnham Apr 29, 2013 07:16 AM

                                                                                                                      I just got Two Greedy Italians as well and am loving it. I have already made 3 recipes and they were all winners! I feel like this book is just FULL of weeknight doable recipes which is a huge plus. Future COTM?? I hope so

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                                                                                                                        MelMM Apr 29, 2013 07:39 AM

                                                                                                                        So glad to hear you like it, greeneggs. Rarely have I looked through a book and wanted to make so many of the recipes. I hope it does become a COTM soon. If not, we may need to start a "cooking from" thread on it to generate more interest.

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                                                                                                                          LulusMom Apr 29, 2013 07:41 AM

                                                                                                                          I now have it too. I can't wait to sit with it - from just flipping through it looks great. Lets wait until it has been out in the US (is it yet?) a little while before pushing for it as a COTM so that it has a better chance. I"m really glad to hear that there are so many good and successful recipes in it.

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                                                                                                                            Gio Apr 29, 2013 09:23 AM

                                                                                                                            According to advice from Amazon my copy of TGI shipped two weeks ago To The Day and it hasn't arrived yet...! I'm going to have a tantrum soon...

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                                                                                                                              LulusMom Apr 29, 2013 03:55 PM

                                                                                                                              deep breaths, deep breaths.

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                                                                                                                                herby Apr 29, 2013 04:41 PM

                                                                                                                                Gio, you should contact Amazon - your book is most likely lost. They usually ship UPS and it takes 2-3 days to receive it once shipped. Do you have tracking number?

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                                                                                                                                  MelMM Apr 29, 2013 04:56 PM

                                                                                                                                  Did it ship from the UK? There are some UK sellers on Amazon and those take longer than others to arrive.

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                                                                                                                                    Gio Apr 30, 2013 02:56 PM

                                                                                                                                    I whined, and the book arrived today, one day later! It did ship from the UK. I had forgotten that. But the shipping labels were in French and the customs info was in French. However, I believe it came through Canada. I haven't been in Canada since 2007... Nova Scotia. I'm glad the book has had a nice trip. Anyway, I can't wait to sit down and give it a thorough going over.

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                                                                                                                                      MelMM Apr 30, 2013 03:10 PM

                                                                                                                                      Maybe our books have more fun that we do! I will be very interested to hear what you think once you look through it.

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                                                                                                                                        LulusMom Apr 30, 2013 03:54 PM

                                                                                                                                        Shhhh - please don't tell any listening/reading children that whining works!

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                                                                                                                                          Gio Apr 30, 2013 04:20 PM

                                                                                                                                          LOL, LLM. Your secret's safe with me. Wink wink nudge nudge.

                                                                                                                              2. re: greeneggsnham
                                                                                                                                angelsmom May 1, 2013 07:56 AM

                                                                                                                                Which recipes did you choose to make first?

                                                                                                                        2. Musie Apr 13, 2013 05:50 AM

                                                                                                                          I recently found a great website to buy new or used books, so I have splurged a little this last month;

                                                                                                                          Soul of a new cuisine.
                                                                                                                          The river cafe cookbook.

                                                                                                                          Both have arrived and shall be tested out over the next 2 week.s I have already tried a spice blend from soul of a new cuisine that was spicy but flavourful.

                                                                                                                          On the way I have The joy of cooking 97 edition. I've never read joy of cooking, so I think it is about time that I had a look. I also bought How to eat. I've always had hits and misses with Nigella Lawson, but I love her writing style.

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                                                                                                                            Breadcrumbs Apr 13, 2013 07:43 AM

                                                                                                                            I agree w you about Nigella's writing style Musie and I enjoy reading them as well...just like a kitchen chat w a good friend!

                                                                                                                            ...do tell, what website did you discover - if you don't mind sharing?

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                                                                                                                              Musie Apr 14, 2013 06:27 AM


                                                                                                                              I believe the company is based in the UK, but the postage rates are great and they post to North America. The last 2 books I received took about 10 days to arrive, bearing in mind too that I live along a rural route.

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                                                                                                                                Breadcrumbs Apr 14, 2013 06:45 AM

                                                                                                                                Thanks Musie. I think I've ordered from them before but, only via Abes. I'll have to check out their site directly. Much appreciated!

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                                                                                                                                  roxlet Apr 14, 2013 11:33 AM

                                                                                                                                  It's shocking how expensive some US books are on that site -- Heavenly Cakes and Baking from My House to Yours are both more than 36 pounds, which is about $55. Those are old titles here.

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                                                                                                                                    Musie Apr 14, 2013 03:14 PM

                                                                                                                                    It does seem a little one extreme to the other. Fortunately I like to dig for a good bargain.

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                                                                                                                              rasputina Apr 11, 2013 04:09 PM

                                                                                                                              I bought All Fired Up by Troy Black. Just waiting for Amazon to deliver it.

                                                                                                                              1. mbroke Apr 7, 2013 06:43 PM

                                                                                                                                Memories: Vintage Cakes, by Becky Johnson, ISBN 978-0615781761. I am excited to get this book from Amazon because I've been searching for a modern book with vintage recipes and photos. It's been hard to find.

                                                                                                                                I've also just purchased a copy of Gordon Ramsay's Make it Easy, ISBN 978-0764598784 and Nigella Lawson's Nigellissima, ISBN 978-0770437015.

                                                                                                                                Can't to get cookin!

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                                                                                                                                  holmes3 Apr 7, 2013 05:50 PM

                                                                                                                                  Jerusalem, Flour Water Salt Yeast ((OK both late 2012))

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                                                                                                                                    Lihinggummybear Apr 6, 2013 09:41 AM

                                                                                                                                    Polpo and What Katie Ate!

                                                                                                                                    1. alliegator Apr 5, 2013 11:06 AM

                                                                                                                                      I picked up The Food and Cooking of the Middle East by Ghillie Basan yesterday at Barnes and Noble for 10 bucks. It focuses mainly of recipes from Jordan, Syria and Israel and has some very nice looking recipes!
                                                                                                                                      I may have to dive in and try one this weekend.

                                                                                                                                      1. Candy Apr 4, 2013 06:00 PM

                                                                                                                                        Just ordered The Gaza Kitchen from Amazon. It should complement Jerusalam.

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                                                                                                                                          dkennedy Apr 21, 2013 09:51 AM

                                                                                                                                          I'd be interested in hearing your thoughts after cooking out of this book. It looks interesting.

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                                                                                                                                            jpr54_1 Apr 21, 2013 10:51 AM

                                                                                                                                            see my comments

                                                                                                                                            most of recipes were not difficult

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                                                                                                                                              Candy Apr 21, 2013 12:48 PM

                                                                                                                                              After reading through it, I put it aside. There was nothing that really appealed to me. Maybe when my focus changes a bit I'll go back to it. When I got Jerusalem I was marking many recipes and planning many menus.

                                                                                                                                              I recently got Vietnamese Street Food. I was disappointed with it. There was a lot that could be improved upon, most of the recipes seemed very facile. I like Vietnamese food, have several books that I cook from some are a challenge but that is okay. I wished I had taken a copy out of the library and read it first as i usually do. I would not have purchased it.

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                                                                                                                                                herby Apr 21, 2013 12:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                I've been sitting on the fence about The Gaza Kitchen (the book is languishing in my "buy later" part of my Amazon basket) and glad to hear that you love Jerusalem as I do and do not care too much for Gaza. I am slowly learning to let the excitement over a new book to die down and consider purchase with a cool head - hope this sticks! :)

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                                                                                                                                                  LulusMom Apr 21, 2013 04:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                  Thanks for the heads up about Vietnamese Street Food. That had me hankering, but I can now walk away, halo over my head and more cash in the bank.

                                                                                                                                            2. Will Owen Apr 4, 2013 05:53 PM

                                                                                                                                              "La Bonne Cuisine de Madame E. Saint-Ange" in the (relatively) recent English translation. I was just cleaning out a drawer full of old L.A. Times "Food" sections - from when those existed! - and one of the last had an article about this book, which turns out to be the one that got Julia Child excited about cooking, and about the translator (who had been one of her editors). It predates the famous "Mapie" book by a few decades, and apparently has a lot more in the way of tips and sound practice. It's available on Amazon, but I'd rather save up my pennies and get it from our local indie store.

                                                                                                                                              1. cityhopper Apr 4, 2013 02:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                I've ordered more cookbooks in the last year than I could reasonably get through in a year (or two). That said, there are three must-have books sitting in my Amazon cart: ATK Cooking for Two 2013 and 2012, and the Flavor Bible; no more purchases this year after that.

                                                                                                                                                I'm canceling TGC after I get Nigellaism. This cookbook ordering addiction is getting out of hand!!! I started an EYB account and now I have to start cooking through the collection of cookbooks I acquired.

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                                                                                                                                                  DelishDi Apr 5, 2013 11:11 AM

                                                                                                                                                  I really do enjoy the ATK Cooking for Two cookbooks. I have made many recipes from these tomes with never a failure.

                                                                                                                                                2. herby Apr 3, 2013 05:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                  I borrowed The Art of Fermentation from the library and sadly can not renew because there are people waiting for it. It is a great book to have in one's library and of course there are no cheap copies available anywhere. The book is very well researched and has amazing amount of information not only on fermentation as I understand it but other related things. There is very detailed write up on making sourdough starter and not just "how" but a lot of "why" also which I found very interesting and educational. Yesterday I was reading chapter on grains - things like why you need to soak grains prior to cooking, how to sprout, etc. I sprout lentils periodically and decided to follow his instructions. Soaked lentils overnight and in the morning drained and put them in my sprouting container. When I went to rinse them tonight 25% have already sprouted!

                                                                                                                                                  Does anyone has this book? How do you use it?

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                                                                                                                                                    pitterpatter Apr 12, 2013 06:19 AM

                                                                                                                                                    I love this book, and it is worth every penny, to me at least. I have been brewing Kombucha, several different krauts, sour dough bread and water kefir, but most importantly it is full of scientific information which is the kind of thing I enjoy.

                                                                                                                                                    Arriving today from Amazon: Pandora's Lunchbox and Salt, Sugar, Fat, which are not cookbooks per se but about how other cooks (food conglomerates) manufacture stuff they pass off as food.

                                                                                                                                                    I finally bit the bullet and bought Modernist Cuisine at Home, but have not gotten far through it. Not for everyone but the charts are fabulous. Also Burma and The Preservation Kitchen, but haven't yet tried any of the recipes.

                                                                                                                                                  2. ms. clicquot Apr 3, 2013 02:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                    I'd like to thank everyone on these threads for introducing me to some great new books and resources. I've been lurking around the COTM threads for a while (with a new baby I don't have much time to cook along but I've enjoyed the reading). I've been collecting cookbooks for about 15 years or so and I recently organized and catalogued them on Eat Your Books, which has completely changed how I use my books. As I went through my collection (of about 300 or so), I realized that I haven't been very selective in the past and own a lot of books that were bargain bin or impulse buys. Thanks to the great input here, I've been much more careful about my current purchases. I have recently acquired: J. Sheekey Fish, Bistro Cooking at Home, Every Grain of Rice, The Chinese Takeout Cookbook, Vegetable Literacy and Jerusalem. Indigo and Amazon web ordering can be a dangerous thing!

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                                                                                                                                                      melpy Apr 5, 2013 04:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                      I agree about not having been so discerning in the past. Using Eat Your Books has been fabulous. Just got Food of Spain as a gift and am plowing through the introduction. I absolutely love it and I haven't really even gotten into any recipes yet.

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                                                                                                                                                      Londonlinda Apr 3, 2013 12:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                      Since I got Paul Hollywood's How to Bake for Christmas, I have made bread, by hand, happily and successfully, at least once a week. It would be more if I didn't have job to go to.

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                                                                                                                                                        limoen Apr 14, 2013 03:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                        I'm seriously thinking of getting this as I love watching his bread show. Your good experiences are great to hear and will probably tip me over the edge this week...

                                                                                                                                                        I have baked bread regularly before; was this also a good book for a novice? And does he use mostly fresh or dried yeast? I have recently become a convert to fresh but while a lot of older books offer measurements for fresh and dried, most new releases only offer measurements for dried as that's easier to find.

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                                                                                                                                                          Londonlinda Apr 21, 2013 12:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                          Great book for a novice. I hadn't baked bread for many years. He explains very clearly, as on the TV show, why you do the steps as well as what to do. Mostly dried yeast, but he explains how to make the translation dried to fresh.

                                                                                                                                                      2. Breadcrumbs Apr 3, 2013 05:06 AM

                                                                                                                                                        Two new books and two thrift shop purchases to report as we kick off the April thread.

                                                                                                                                                        From Amazon:

                                                                                                                                                        BOUCHON BAKERY COOKBOOK - I've been eyeing this since the Piglet Tournament of Cookbooks reviews and thought the COTM might inspire me to bake something from it.

                                                                                                                                                        SIMPLE DINNERS - Donna Hay. This is her latest Canadian release and it's a stunner. The focus is on taking everyday foods you'd have in your pantry, fridge and freezer and turning them into amazing, quick and easy weeknight dinners. I never cease to be amazed how DH comes up with enticing, fresh and innovative dishes time and time again. Someone recently commented that the recipes in Off The Shelf from 2001 still seem modern today. It's true.

                                                                                                                                                        From the Thrift Store (@ $2 each):

                                                                                                                                                        THE BASQUE TABLE by Teresa Barrenechea and Mary Goodbody - How did I not already own this book? It looks like a winner. Each recipe has cook's notes and what struck me was that ingredients are accessible.

                                                                                                                                                        THE L.L.BEAN BOOK OF "NEW" NEW ENGLAND COOKERY - This is a very big book (Think NYT books) but the recipes seem to be authentic and definitely enticing. I'm actually really excited about the book though I haven't done any Googling to figure out what the L. L. Bean / food connection is.

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                                                                                                                                                          rstuart Apr 6, 2013 12:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                          BC, I just got Bouchon out of the library.. now that is a large and unwieldy cookbook! I'm looking forward to cracking it open though.. I've seen recipes from it on various blogs, and they all look good..

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                                                                                                                                                            hankstramm Apr 8, 2013 12:09 AM

                                                                                                                                                            I've been using Bouchon for many years. It's one of my faves. Try the salmon with leeks, even if you just make the salmon part, it's worth it. Also, the chocolate and vanilla ice creams are perfect.

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                                                                                                                                                              Breadcrumbs Apr 13, 2013 07:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                              rstuart did you get Bouchon or Bouchon Bakery? If it's the latter that you've found some great blogs for, I'd love to hear about them if you have a moment.

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                                                                                                                                                                rstuart Apr 14, 2013 04:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                Bouchon Bakery: I just had to return it to the library.. honestly the heaviest book I've had for ages! I know that a lot of bloggers that posted some recipes from it: for sure of some of the cookies. They were mostly positive, but I do remember one said that it was just too fussy, and not worth the steps. If I find them, I'll post here.
                                                                                                                                                                I know that Serious Eats did a Bake the Book series on it,,

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                                                                                                                                                                  rstuart Apr 14, 2013 04:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  And here's more:
                                                                                                                                                                  http://www.annies-eats.com/2013/01/25/the-ultimate-oatmeal-raisin-cookie/ (this blogger is quite good

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                                                                                                                                                                    Breadcrumbs Apr 14, 2013 05:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    Thanks so much rstuart, that's very kind of you to search for and post these ...I fear I'm going to need a lot of inspiration to motivate me to bake from this. I've enjoyed many items from Bouchon Bakery but fear this might just be the only way I'll enjoy them!!

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                                                                                                                                                              ellabee Apr 15, 2013 09:04 AM

                                                                                                                                                              :: the recipes in Off The Shelf from 2001 still seem modern today. ::

                                                                                                                                                              ?? Maybe I don't pay enough attention to food fashions, but I have a hard time seeing how recipes from only a decade ago could seem anything other than "modern".

                                                                                                                                                              To help me understand, are there some specific examples that you (or the poster who made the comment) could share?

                                                                                                                                                            3. emily Apr 2, 2013 08:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                              Recently ordered (based on Tiger & Strawberries' Chinese noodle cookbook recommendations) ~ both were cheap:
                                                                                                                                                              Asian Noodles (by Nina Simonds)
                                                                                                                                                              The Noodle Shop Cookbook

                                                                                                                                                              A few that are in my basket:
                                                                                                                                                              All Cakes Considered (like I need another cake book)
                                                                                                                                                              The Artisan Jewish Deli
                                                                                                                                                              Short & Sweet
                                                                                                                                                              The Sweet Book of Candymaking
                                                                                                                                                              Pickles, Pigs and Whiskey
                                                                                                                                                              Flavors of Belize
                                                                                                                                                              Pok Pok
                                                                                                                                                              The AOC Cookbook
                                                                                                                                                              Southern Italian Desserts

                                                                                                                                                              There are quite a number of French pastry books coming out this year. Not sure if I need any of them, but have flagged them for eventual perusal.

                                                                                                                                                              1. LulusMom Apr 2, 2013 12:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                Diana Henry's Pure, Simple Cooking. Lusting over while I have it out from the library. Pretty darned sure it will be showing up in my amazon cart in the next week.

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                                                                                                                                                                  Gio Apr 3, 2013 12:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  This is good to know! It still hasn't arrived at Casa G & G. <frown> Maybe today, fingers crossed.

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                                                                                                                                                                    LulusMom Apr 3, 2013 01:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    I've made 3 things, all hits. making another next week (I'd be upping the rate of testing recipes, but LulusDad is going out of town tomorrow). There is a lot I want to try.

                                                                                                                                                                2. pikawicca Apr 2, 2013 11:35 AM

                                                                                                                                                                  Just gave "The Gaza Kitchen" a first look-through. It's a lovely book, with many interesting recipes that are quite different from other Middle Eastern ones. Lots of photos of cooks and food. However, it's a politically fraught book, and if you are not open-minded about the Israeli/Palestinian situation, you should probably pass on this one.

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                                                                                                                                                                    roxlet Apr 5, 2013 10:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                                    Interesting. How are they different? I always feel that Middle Eastern food is much of a muchness with slight variations (Ottolenghi excepted!), so I'd be really interested to hear how these are different!

                                                                                                                                                                  2. herby Apr 2, 2013 09:12 AM

                                                                                                                                                                    What is on your TGC bundle list, Buttertart? Do share :)

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                                                                                                                                                                      buttertart Apr 2, 2013 05:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      The Chinese Takeout Cookbook by Diana Kuan
                                                                                                                                                                      Coming Home To Sicily by Fabrizia Lanza
                                                                                                                                                                      Southern Comfort by Allison Vines-Rushing and Slade Rushing
                                                                                                                                                                      Slice & Bake Cookies by Elinor Klivans (love her)
                                                                                                                                                                      Real Irish Food by David Bowers
                                                                                                                                                                      French Country Cooking by Françoise Branget
                                                                                                                                                                      Short & Sweet by Dan Lepard
                                                                                                                                                                      Bake It Like You Mean It by Gesine Bullock-Prado
                                                                                                                                                                      Lacework for Adventurous Crocheters by Margaret Hubert
                                                                                                                                                                      (an old obsession...)

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                                                                                                                                                                        herby Apr 2, 2013 06:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        Thank you for sharing, BT! I have The Chineses Takeout on my wishlist and have seriously looked at Coming Home. Glad to see that there is a not-cook book on the list as I have a quilting one on mine :)

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                                                                                                                                                                          roxlet Apr 5, 2013 10:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                                          Just a couple, right? Are you waiting for an $8 for 5 or more sale?

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                                                                                                                                                                            buttertart Apr 7, 2013 05:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            Yes i am, the cheaper the better.

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                                                                                                                                                                            rstuart Apr 6, 2013 12:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            I share your Klivans love.. is this a new one? I also have Short and Sweet but haven't cooked anything from it yet. I should really stop acquiring new cookbooks until I've used all of my current ones!

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                                                                                                                                                                              buttertart Apr 7, 2013 05:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                              I'm not sure, I just love her books.

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                                                                                                                                                                                rstuart Apr 8, 2013 06:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                Just checked Amazon and Yes! It was just released last week! Off to the library site I go..

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                                                                                                                                                                              MelMM Apr 9, 2013 04:01 AM

                                                                                                                                                                              BT, can you comment on the Chinese Takeout Cookbook? Have you had a chance to look through it or cook anything yet? The preview on Amazon is unhelpful, as it doesn't include a list of recipes or the index. My concern is that this book would be too basic for me, and the recipes would all be ones I already have in other books.

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                                                                                                                                                                                buttertart Apr 13, 2013 09:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                I haven't looked through it yet, am a bit on the fence about it too.

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                                                                                                                                                                                ItalianNana Apr 14, 2013 04:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                Got Chinese Takeout kindle edition last month and I love it!
                                                                                                                                                                                Lusting for everything by Marcella Hazan and Donna Hay. :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                  buttertart Apr 14, 2013 05:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  Start with Marcella's Italian Kitchen.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    ItalianNana Apr 16, 2013 09:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                    Heehee it just arrived today!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                      buttertart Apr 18, 2013 04:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                      Yay!!! There's a thread on cooking from it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  Westy Apr 17, 2013 06:12 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                  How do you like the Takeout Kitchen? What have you made that has worked well?

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                                                                                                                                                                                    maplesugar May 24, 2013 12:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                    Just picked up Slice & Bake from my local Superstore (Loblaws) of all places. Any favourites I should start with?

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                                                                                                                                                                                      rstuart May 24, 2013 06:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                      From Superstore! They can have great deals there.. wish that it was more accessible to me as a downtown Toronto dweller..

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                                                                                                                                                                                        maplesugar May 24, 2013 06:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                        25% off the Canadian cover price so I paid about $16. Superstore doesn't always have books I'm interested in, but at 25-30% off it's worth checking.

                                                                                                                                                                                3. meatn3 Apr 2, 2013 08:24 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                  Pressure Cooker Perfection - America's Test Kitchen

                                                                                                                                                                                  Each recipe has a photo, clear instructions and a summary of why the technique works. Very nice layout, easy to use. Only quibble would be the font is on the small size for older eyes but sizing up would have resulted in a larger size book with a higher price tag.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    MelMM Apr 4, 2013 04:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                    I had also pre-ordered this and it arrived while I was out of town last week. No pretension in this book (unlike our current COTM). It's compact and utilitarian.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      meatn3 Apr 4, 2013 04:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                      Interesting that Costco has such a new offering. I just assumed that their books were ones which were not super new releases.

                                                                                                                                                                                      I rather like how easy it is to thumb through. It is a nice counter balance to the books which require a bit of study and prep before you can cook a recipe!

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                                                                                                                                                                                        MelMM Apr 5, 2013 03:59 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                        You are right, the layout is really neat. The more I look through it, the more I appreciate the layout. The photo on the left, with the cooking time, total prep time and yield clearly shown. The troubleshooting box on the right which answers common questions, the variations at the end. All compactly, but legibly, fit onto two facing pages. Highly usable.

                                                                                                                                                                                  2. jpr54_1 Apr 2, 2013 06:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                    The new Persian Kitchen by Louisa Shafia-
                                                                                                                                                                                    The Gaza Kitchen: a Palestian Culinary Journey by Laila el-Haddad,

                                                                                                                                                                                    These 2 should be arriving this week.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      MelMM Apr 4, 2013 04:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                      I ordered the Shafia book for my iPad. It was a pre-order, should be available soon. While I was at it, I ordered her earlier book, Lucid Food. I am getting a sense of deja vu about this book, like perhaps I have owned it before and got rid of it. Not sure.

                                                                                                                                                                                      The Gaza Kitchen arrived yesterday. Haven't had much of a chance to look through it yet.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        jpr54_1 Apr 5, 2013 08:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                        I am enjoying reading The Gaza Kitchen-
                                                                                                                                                                                        i have made
                                                                                                                                                                                        imkhalal laimoun
                                                                                                                                                                                        hot stuffed pickled lemons
                                                                                                                                                                                        filfil mat'houn
                                                                                                                                                                                        red pepper condiment

                                                                                                                                                                                        The book includes pictures food and and life in the Gaza.

                                                                                                                                                                                        Although, I donot agree with Palestinian point of view -
                                                                                                                                                                                        the book has some good recipes that I will try.

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                                                                                                                                                                                          Caitlin McGrath Apr 16, 2013 05:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                          Just noticed this very brief interview with Louisa Shafia on Chow: http://www.chow.com/food-news/137408/...

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                                                                                                                                                                                          debbiel Apr 2, 2013 06:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                          I ordered The Gaza Kitchen; it should arrive today or tomorrow. I'm very much looking forward to sitting down to read it and map out the recipes I want to try.

                                                                                                                                                                                          Turquoise: A Chef's Travel in Turkey came up as recommended when I ordered Gaza Kitchen. And then I clicked through to look at all of Malouf's books. They look beautiful, the food appeals to me, so I need to take some time researching a bit. Are they good cookbooks? And does anyone have a favorite to recommend I start with?

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                                                                                                                                                                                            herby Apr 2, 2013 07:08 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                            I have Turkey by Leanne Kitchen and enjoy reading it and cooking from it. I made Lentil, Mint and Feta Salad, Imam Biyaldi, Zucchini Fritters and a couple of dips - all were tasty and different. I have many more marked to try - Octopus with Potatos and Olives, Turluturlu (chickpea and eggplant dish), White Bean Salad with Tahini and Grilled Shrimp, and a couple of koftes.

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                                                                                                                                                                                              helen_m Apr 2, 2013 08:23 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                              I am now coveting the Gaza Kitchen!

                                                                                                                                                                                              I was lucky enough to go to a demonstration and talk by Greg and Lucy Malouf back in London and try some of his food properly whilst he was at the helm of Petersham Nurseries. I only have one of his books though - Moorish which I picked up in a cheap bookshop. I like it - all of his books are very well-researched and the photography is stunning.

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                                                                                                                                                                                              wattacetti Apr 2, 2013 06:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                              Debating whether to order Sat Bains' "Too Many Chiefs, Only One Indian" from Amazon UK now or wait to see if it becomes available this side of the Atlantic.

                                                                                                                                                                                              On order however are:

                                                                                                                                                                                              Historical Blumenthal
                                                                                                                                                                                              Maximum Flavor (Kamozawa and Talbot)
                                                                                                                                                                                              Ivan Ramen (Ivan Orkin)
                                                                                                                                                                                              Le Livre Blanc (Anne-Sophie Pic)
                                                                                                                                                                                              In The Charcuterie (Boetticher and Miller)
                                                                                                                                                                                              Le Pigeon: the Cookbook (Rucker)
                                                                                                                                                                                              Japanese Soul Cooking (Ono and Salat)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                cabernetnguyen Apr 1, 2013 10:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                I recently bought "On the Line" a book on Le Bernardin and I'm dying to finish my exams so I can read the damn thing guilt free. already snuck a quarter of the book through during studying. I also keep distracting myself with my copy of the Eleven Madison Park cookbook that I bought for Christmas, and Thomas Keller's Under Pressure that I bought on sale at a William Sonoma. I need it to be summer vacation...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  hankstramm Apr 1, 2013 10:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Jerusalem is amazing. Only cooked a few recipes, but they were great and the rest sounds delicious.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    debbiel Apr 2, 2013 06:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    I have just loved Jerusalem. One of these weekends, I will take the time to report on other recipes in the COTM threads for it. Overall, recipes have been great, and the book is just beautiful.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      rasputina Apr 2, 2013 09:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Agreed, it's my favorite cookbook I bought so far this year. I've made their hummus recipe a few times now along with some others from the book.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. pikawicca Apr 1, 2013 06:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Mad Hungry Cravings. Not impressed.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. meatn3 Apr 1, 2013 06:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Well, I was a fool today to think I could "just look" at my favorite used book store!

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Inspired by enthusiastic 'hounds:
                                                                                                                                                                                                        *Delia Smith's Summer Collection
                                                                                                                                                                                                        *New Food Fast - Donna Hay

                                                                                                                                                                                                        *Saffron to Sassafras - Compiled by Sharing Shores, Indian Women's Organization, Inc.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        *Knife Skills in The Kitchen - Trotter/Wareing/Hill/Hall
                                                                                                                                                                                                        This is loaded with photos and very concise instructions on how to cut and carve just about anything. It's like having a chef by your side!

                                                                                                                                                                                                        *The Flavor Bible - Page/Dorenburg. I have their book Culinary Artistry but it was misplaced in my last move. Which provided the perfect excuse to add this gem to my shelves!

                                                                                                                                                                                                        *The Art of Filo Cookbook - Marti Sousanis
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Published in '83 this is a wonderful book. The first section addresses making filo, working with, freezing tips, and instructions for creating 2 dozen different shapes. About 2/3's of the recipes are savory and 1/3 sweet. I am really excited to have come across the book.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        *Aperitif - Georgeanne Brennan
                                                                                                                                                                                                        A look at the ritual of the aperitif in France with recipes for creating drinks and nibbles to accompany.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          ellabee Apr 15, 2013 09:15 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          :: The Flavor Bible - Page/Dorenburg. I have their book Culinary Artistry but it was misplaced in my last move. Which provided the perfect excuse to add this gem to my shelves! ::

                                                                                                                                                                                                          The Flavor Bible has been so valuable when I want to get some inspiration for variations, or which herbs/spices would be best to use. It's been especially powerful when teamed with searches in Eat Your Books: if a combination sounds especially appealing, then I search for the ingredients together, and have come up with some real keeper recipes that way.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          What's the format of Culinary Artistry? Does it cover the same topic but with narrative rather than charts, or is it an earlier version, or...?

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