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roxlet May 1, 2013 10:29 AM

Buttertart, who is currently pretty much sidelined by a new and very time-consuming job, asked me to put up her usual thread.

Spring fever made me do it -- I just succumbed to Joanne Chang's Flour as well as Two Greedy Italians. Although I have been following Weight Watchers and curtailing both my baking and my consumption of pasta, a girl can dream, can't she?

What books are singing their siren song to you, causing your remaining New Year's resolution-fueled willpower to crumble?

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    RosePearl Jun 1, 2013 12:51 AM

    All about the sweet stuff, here lately: Sugar Baby, and Bake It Like You Mean It, by Gessine Bullock Prado. Such a lot of inspiration in these books, but I'll probably stick to the simpler recipes.

    1. Ruthie789 May 31, 2013 07:00 PM

      I purchased The Perfect Finish, by Bill Yosses and Melissa Clark it was on a sale rack for $10.00.

      1. caseyjo May 31, 2013 06:33 PM

        I just bought The Little Paris Kitchen. I'm just too much of a sucker for French food to pass it up. Hasn't come yet, but I'm looking forward to trying Duck à l'Orangina.

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          dkennedy May 31, 2013 07:03 PM

          My supper club is cooking out of The Little Paris Kitchen next week. I'll let you know how the menu comes out.

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            Ruthie789 May 31, 2013 08:52 PM

            You can catch videos on Youtube, her cooking in that small space is inspirational.

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              caseyjo Jun 1, 2013 07:02 AM

              Thanks for the tip; it's great to see someone cooking in a "real" kitchen (not that giant, fancy kitchens aren't real, but most people don't have that luxury).

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                Ruthie789 Jun 1, 2013 03:05 PM

                I really enjoy her shows and will no doubt end up purchasing her book. She doesn't need all kinds of contraptions and tools to cook, she is a good cook and that is a great starting point. I enjoy watching the Paris and France food scene.

        2. emily May 30, 2013 11:02 AM

          Smoke & Spice - planned on buying an electric smoker, but after all the bad reviews of them I've read, I'm now not so sure.

          Flour, Water, Salt & Yeast - a very good read so far. I thought I might not need this with Jim Lahey's book, but he really goes a lot deeper.

          Crackers & Dips: More Than 50 Homemade Snacks - some very scrumptious sounding recipes in here, including at least one made with coconut flour (which is apparently very high in fiber).

          Sun Bread and Sticky Toffee (Date Desserts) - Was worried about purchasing sight-unseen and was right; couldn't find a single recipe I was interested in making, so it went back.

          A few that are in my basket: Simply Sensational Cookies; Practically Raw Desserts; Hoosier Mama Book of Pie; Pickles, Pigs and Whiskey.

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            rstuart May 29, 2013 06:58 PM

            I just got a package from Amazon: Nancy Baggett's Simply Sensational Cookies, a birthday present from my brother. Can't wait to crack it open! It's one of those cookbooks that I took out of the library, then realised that I wanted to make every other recipes, so I may as well buy it!

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              meatn3 May 29, 2013 07:43 PM

              Happy Birthday!

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                rstuart May 30, 2013 05:58 PM

                Thanks! I made the nutella cake by nigella lawson for the day.. what better way to celebrate??

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              kaleokahu May 26, 2013 08:50 PM

              Hi, roxlet:

              I know it's not trendy, but I want two: (1) Marcella Hazan's 2-volume set "Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking"; and (2) John Folse's "Encyclopedia of Cajun & Creole Cuisine".

              I gave the latter as a gift to my B-I-L, and it was like chewing aluminum foil to hand it over.


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                TrishaCP May 27, 2013 02:48 AM

                That Folse book is amazing. Just got mine in February when I was in New Orleans and am still salivating. (In NO, you can still get new copies for $55, unlike some of the crazy prices I have seen on Amazon and other places online.)

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                  roxlet May 27, 2013 04:59 AM

                  Actually, the two Marcella books were combined into a single volume, which I prefer since I'm not always picking the wrong book when I'm looking for a particular recipe. Trendy be damned -- those are some of the finest cookbooks out there, and worthy additions to anyone's library.

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                    rasputina May 30, 2013 09:38 AM

                    I have that one, and also his After the Hunt and Hooks, Lies and Alibis. Great cookbooks all.

                  2. herby May 26, 2013 03:21 PM

                    I have these four books in my TGC sale basket:
                    1. In the kitchen with pike place fish guys
                    2. The Chinese takeout
                    3. Pati's Mexican table
                    4. Flour, Too

                    Those of you who have any of these book, kindly let me know if they are worth owning. Many thanks!

                    1. Discerning1 May 26, 2013 12:50 PM

                      I have been happily cooking my way through Vietnamese Home Cooking by Charles Phan (of SF Slanted Door fame).

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                        Annief123 May 26, 2013 01:06 PM

                        Does this book have a recipe for Hot Pot Salmon from the Dalat region?

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                          Discerning1 May 26, 2013 01:25 PM

                          No, it doesn't, although Phan grew up in Da Lat. This is "home cooking," and the book is divided by technique—steaming, braising, stir-frying, grilling, frying.

                          I made the lo soi braised pork yesterday and can't praise it enough or the wontons that went with it.

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                          dkennedy May 26, 2013 08:23 PM

                          I would love to hear what you have made so far. I own it but have scarcely made a dent in it.

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                            LulusMom May 27, 2013 07:06 AM

                            I'm interested to hear about what you've made too, Discerning. I love Vietnamese food, but already have 2 books; do I need another one? Probably not. But I'm wondering if I could be convinced.

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                              Discerning1 May 27, 2013 11:57 AM

                              This book was a gift from a friend. There are certain dishes we've had at Phan restaurants that we really like.

                              I've started with the simpler things—sometimes using his techniques to apply to what I have on hand.

                              *First I made the pork stock.

                              *The Lo Soi braised pork is definitely a keeper. It is fairly easy and tastes just right.

                              *The wonton are good.

                              *I made the steamed bun dough in small portions unfilled to use in an appetizer. I split them after steaming and filled them with my own version of "peking chicken" with slivered scallions, and hoisin. They were a hit.

                              *I used the seasonings from the bok choy and shitake stir fry recipe. It was delicious (added other veggies on hand like napa cabbage).

                              *I made the steamed fish with ginger, scallions and soy. Good, even with filets.

                              I am working my way up to making the daikon rice cake since that is our favorite dish at the restaurant.

                              My overall assessment of the book (and, yes, I also have several Vietnamese and Southeast Asians cookbooks) is that the flavors of everything I have tried are just right.

                              It helps to have access to some of the ingredients. For instance, I was able to buy Chinese and Saigon cinnamon sticks in San Francisco at Rainbow Grocery. I think they make a difference.

                              Palm sugar is a staple in my pantry and I found good quality dried scallops and shrimp in bulk so I could buy small amounts.

                              If you already have the book and like Vietnamese food, by all means delve in!

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                                LulusMom May 27, 2013 01:23 PM

                                Thank you for your thoughtful reply. I don't already have the book - I have two other Vietnamese books. I'm trying to decide whether or not I really need another one. So far I've been very good about not buying more cookbooks this year (although i did get 3 for mothers day, and another home-cooking chowhound very kindly gave me the latest Jamie Oliver yearbook- very excited about that).

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                            Gio May 27, 2013 06:48 AM

                            This is good to know Discerning! I have the book but it's been sitting in a stack of recently acquired cookbooks waiting to be read...

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                            lergnom May 26, 2013 10:33 AM

                            Jerusalem by Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi. It combines the food and lives of a Jewish guy and a Muslim guy born in Jerusalem in the same year. Really terrific.

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                              roxlet May 26, 2013 01:28 PM

                              That's a great book, and it was a COTM recently.

                            2. roxlet May 26, 2013 09:30 AM

                              I caved on two books from TGC bundle sale -- Ken Forkish's award-winning Flour Water Salt Yeast and Flour Too. I have found in the past that I've ordered books I wasn't that anxious to own since the price goes down the more you order. I had 4 books in my cart for a grand total of $40, but I realized that I wasn't fired up about two of them, so the two I ordered were $12.50 for a total of $25 and shipping was free. I'm happy with that.

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                                The Dairy Queen May 26, 2013 03:31 PM

                                This happens to me often with TGC and bundle sales. Did your copy of Slim Ways Mexican ever arrive?


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                                  roxlet May 27, 2013 04:57 AM

                                  Yes, and I will probably cook from it this week. It looks unusually good for a WW book.

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                                    The Dairy Queen Jun 1, 2013 01:57 AM

                                    Oh good! I'm glad it at least impresses on first glance!


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                                  ellabee Jun 1, 2013 12:14 PM

                                  Frugal membership in TGC takes a lot of self-discipline, it appears. So far my six purchases have worked out to about $6.50 each, including shipping.

                                  And I'm glad it's that low, because two of the six are probably going to move on out of here once I've had a look at them. The keepers still average $10 -- a good deal, since they're books I've wanted for a while.

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                                    buttertart Jun 2, 2013 07:48 AM

                                    Flour Too? Oh no...

                                  2. Ruthie789 May 26, 2013 09:20 AM

                                    I was at Indigo on Friday and saw Patisserie at Home by Will Torrent. On Friday I left it there on Sunday I was back and purchased it. Love this book, contains 80 very lovely recipes, each recipe has a picture and also has some lovely pictures of Parisian patisseries. Recipes are in both Metric and Imperial measures. It is a very well thought out book with plenty of technique, making me want to try my hand at something challenging.

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                                      dkennedy May 26, 2013 08:10 AM

                                      Couldn't resist this one: Food Path: Cuisine Along the Grand Trunk Road from Kabul to Kolkata. Any of you who have it on your shelves?

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                                        meatn3 May 26, 2013 10:17 AM

                                        I've not seen it. Once you've spent time with it please share your thoughts!

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                                          dkennedy May 26, 2013 11:46 AM

                                          I will

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                                          LulusMom May 26, 2013 02:58 PM

                                          Yes, this one sounds like it could be really interesting. Will be one of those sitting awaiting results.

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                                            buttertart Jun 2, 2013 07:46 AM

                                            I have Food of the Grand Trunk Road (from Amazon UK) but haven't gotten into it yet.

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                                              dkennedy Jun 2, 2013 08:28 AM

                                              Buttertart, I think that is a different book entirely. Mine is by Pushpesh Pant. Is yours?

                                          2. Breadcrumbs May 25, 2013 02:08 PM

                                            Well today is Saturday and springtime Saturdays mean garage sales and garage sales mean that people who love cookbooks are inexplicably drawn from the road and out of their cars to purchase cookbooks!

                                            I arrived late en route home from the grocery store. I was told I could have all the books I could fit in a bag for $5. In addition to some great business books, I managed to cram the following books into my bag:

                                            LUSCIOUS LEMON DESSERTS by Lori Longbotham - this looks amazing!

                                            IRISH TRADITIONAL COOKING by Darina Allen - original edition, published in the UK w metric measures, always a treat!

                                            JACQUES PEPIN'S TABLE

                                            THE CHRISTMAS COOKBOOK by Shona Crawford Poole - this looks like it will be a wonderful book for reading and cooking. Extremely well researched it seems. The book features traditional Christmas dishes from kitchens all around the world including all over Europe, South America, the Caribbean, America, Scandinavia...I even saw a recipe from Nigeria!

                                            THE TASTE OF SUMMER by Diane Rossen Worthington

                                            THE OLD ONTARIO COOKBOOK by Muriel Breckenridge

                                            A HOMEMADE LIFE by Molly Wizenberg

                                            OLD FASHIONED BAKE SALE - this looks like one of those Famous Brand Names type books but the illustrations inside and photography drew me to it. I was hungry just flipping through it.

                                            TOP SECRET RESTAURANT RECIPES - Todd Wilbur - This one has the Cheesecake Factory's Key Lime Cheesecake in it...ok, not the cheesecake but the recipe! I love that cheesecake!

                                            THE FAMILY CHEF by Jewels & Jill Elmore

                                            Crazy bargain!! Big thanks to Trader Joe's. I always pick up some of there colourful re-usable shopping bags when we travel to the US. Turns out they hold quite a nice haul of books!!

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                                              Annief123 May 25, 2013 03:37 PM

                                              OMG your a hoot. I love the a Trader Joes reference.

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                                                roxlet May 25, 2013 03:37 PM

                                                With all the cookbooks you have bc, do you ever make a mistake and buy the same one twice?

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                                                  dkennedy May 25, 2013 03:47 PM

                                                  I've done that. Very frustrating but a good excuse to make a gift of a book. Speaking of, I picked up a copy of Sunday Suppers at my local library for $8.00 (will be put away for the next time I need a hostess gift)!

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                                                    Breadcrumbs May 25, 2013 04:45 PM

                                                    ...and what a hostess gift it will make dk!!

                                                  2. re: roxlet
                                                    Jay F May 25, 2013 04:04 PM

                                                    I used to do that with used LPs, re-buy some on accident. During the '90s and '00s, I used to find stacks of records for what amounted to pennies apiece. I ended up with lots of duplicates.

                                                    I have a better memory for cookbooks somehow.

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                                                      Breadcrumbs May 25, 2013 04:44 PM

                                                      Funny you mention LP's Jay because mr bc collects albums so we go out on joint expeditions. He recently created an excel spread sheet to mitigate against double purchases so now we both carry our ipads when we hit the thrift stores.

                                                    2. re: roxlet
                                                      Breadcrumbs May 25, 2013 04:41 PM

                                                      I have done that roxlet. If I'm going out to a Thrift shop I'll take my ipad with me and I can look books up in EYB but on days like today I'm flying blind. I actually do have the updated Darina Allen book but I was happy to get the original because it was the UK version.

                                                      That said, I have a 3 ft stack of books in my guest room that are all doubles. Some are accidents and others are amazing books I couldn't pass up because they were so inexpensive. I'll pass them along to someone who mentions an interest in a particular cuisine or topic. I just gave Deborah Madison's Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone one a colleague who recently married a vegetarian and was looking for inspiration.

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                                                      rstuart May 26, 2013 05:28 PM

                                                      I liked Molly Wizenberg's book.. not enough to buy it, but I copied a number of good recipes out there. And oddly enough, I have considered buying that Lori Longbotham book for my mother, since she liked citrus desserts. I was going to spend some time today finally joining EYB and adding my cookbooks, but I see that will have to wait until another week-end..

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                                                        Breadcrumbs May 26, 2013 06:00 PM

                                                        I'll let you know if I make something from the Lemon book rstuart. I think you'll love using EYB but as you suggest, it does take time to get set up. That said, I actually had fun adding books to my shelf, especially if they were indexed. Luckily for you, many more books have been indexed since I joined. Initially about 25% of my books were indexed. Now it's 52% (not that I'm counting!!) ; )

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                                                          roxlet May 27, 2013 04:56 AM

                                                          I have the lemon book, but I've never gotten around to baking from it. I have a couple more of these single ingredient dessert books of hers too, which I was excited when I bought, but also have yet to bake from...

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                                                            buttertart Jun 2, 2013 07:45 AM

                                                            I'm that way too. The Vanilla one is untouched so far. But lemon...hmm.

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                                                      ePressureCooker May 25, 2013 09:22 AM

                                                      Its not going to be released until October of 2013, but I'm very interested in seeing Ruhlman's book on Schmaltz.

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                                                        flourgirl May 25, 2013 01:33 PM

                                                        Me too! It's already in my cart on Amazon.

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                                                          ePressureCooker May 26, 2013 10:53 AM

                                                          I got interested in the whole "chicken fat" thing because I started making my own cat food (and the book the vet recommended calls for chicken fat, and since the cats have kidney issues, one doesn't want to use commercially rendered fat containing salt, so I started rendering my own.) Turns out the pressure cooker is GREAT at rendering fat, absolutely fantastic, and that got me interested in actually cooking with some of it.

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                                                            buttertart Jun 2, 2013 07:43 AM

                                                            Sauté vegetables in it -- particularly spinach...yum. Real Chinese food.

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                                                        debbiel May 25, 2013 08:10 AM

                                                        I bought Saraban by the Maloufs last week. I read the entire thing and thoroughly enjoyed it as a book. I have not yet cooked from it. An Iranian-American friend of mine has ordered it so that we can cook together from it a bit. And her Iranian mother is on board to offer assistance/advice to me, or to turn her nose up at the recipes perhaps. :) I think I'm going to combine cooking from it and Food of Life.

                                                        Soul of a New Cuisine just arrived. I haven't had a chance to look through it yet.

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                                                          emily May 25, 2013 09:28 AM

                                                          Have you cooked much from Food of Life? I've had that one in my Amazon basket for a while based on the many many great Amazon reviews.

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                                                            debbiel May 25, 2013 10:09 AM

                                                            A little when I first got it (many years ago) but not much. I do have Iranian-American friends who have it and like it a good bit. I will try to remember to post about it as I cook from it (and Saraban).

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                                                              buttertart Jun 2, 2013 07:41 AM

                                                              That came out in the 80s, right? friends who had spent time on anthro field work in Iran before then really liked it. I have found the Malouf books to be uniformly gorgeous but haven't cooked from any. How are the recipes?

                                                        2. herby May 24, 2013 07:41 AM

                                                          TGC is having there sale this week and I wonder if anyone cooked from "In the Kitchen with the Pike Place Fish Guys". It has nice reviews on Amazon and I am tempted. Flour Too is calling my name since I had very good results from the original book and still like baking from it.

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                                                            The Dairy Queen May 24, 2013 07:47 AM

                                                            Yeah, but you have to buy another 3 books to get the best deal. So, which other books are you going to roll the dice on?


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                                                              herby May 24, 2013 07:56 PM

                                                              I am not sure yet :) I have Flour, Too and Chinese Takeout in my basket but have not made my mind yet. I also have Martha's Entertaining for $3 there - might be good for a gift. Any suggestions?

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                                                                TrishaCP May 24, 2013 11:02 PM

                                                                I couldn't resist the TGC sale, but only ordered three: Pati's Mexican Table, the Lee Bros. Charleston book, and Dishing Up Virginia.

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                                                              Breadcrumbs May 24, 2013 07:50 AM

                                                              herby are you having these shipped to your daughter's or is TGC back in Canada now? I don't have that book btw but like you, I was eyeing it! Who better than a fish monger to share recipes and cooking tips? (except perhaps Rick Moonen whose book I adore)

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                                                                herby May 24, 2013 07:51 PM

                                                                Yes BC, I am shipping to my daughter's. I could buy two and mail one to you after the next trip, probably early July - let me know.

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                                                                  Breadcrumbs May 25, 2013 02:13 PM

                                                                  herby that's so very kind of you but not necessary. If you do purchase it I'd love to hear what you think though. Thanks once again for your offer.

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                                                                roxlet May 24, 2013 10:40 AM

                                                                I have Flour Water Salt Yeast by Ken Forkish in my cart. It won some pretty big awards this year. I have Flour Too, and French Country Kitchen, which I'm not 100% sold on. I'm not sure if I'm going to buy these yet. They'll probably have a 4th of July sale too, I'll bet...

                                                              3. Jay F May 23, 2013 03:49 PM

                                                                I've recently ordered some of the cookbooks I gave away when I moved, and without which my shelves just don't look right. I bought them used on thriftbooks.com. I spent a whole big $20.33, shipping included, and I got:

                                                                Giuliano Bugialli's THE FOODS OF ITALY

                                                                Giuliano Bugialli's CLASSIC TECHNIQUES OF ITALIAN COOKING

                                                                Julia Child's THE WAY TO COOK

                                                                James Beard's THEORY AND PRACTICE OF GOOD COOKING

                                                                James Beard's NEW FISH COOKERY

                                                                They're all in "Very Good" condition except for Julia's book, which is "Like New." And again, I got them all for $20.33, shipped. I'm interested in the poultry, fish, and vegetable sections this time around.

                                                                I also got Schubert's Late String Quartets by the Emerson String Quartet, and I'm enjoying them like they're something good to eat.

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                                                                  meatn3 May 23, 2013 09:22 PM

                                                                  Jay, please check your e-mail!

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                                                                    tcamp May 25, 2013 07:49 AM

                                                                    Rats, I really didn't need to know about thriftbooks.com.....

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                                                                      buttertart Jun 2, 2013 07:39 AM

                                                                      I was thinking the same thing...and I have been known to replace books I've gotten rid of and regretted...

                                                                    2. re: Jay F
                                                                      rasputina May 30, 2013 09:35 AM

                                                                      Ah yes, those cookbooks we regret culling for a move. I have repurchased a few myself over the years.

                                                                    3. Breadcrumbs May 19, 2013 05:00 PM

                                                                      Today I had such great luck at a garage sale. For $5 I picked up:

                                                                      MADE IN TEXAS - H.E.B.'S 100th ANNIVERSARY COOKBOOK - there are some really yummy sounding recipes in here

                                                                      PRIVILEGE - COOKING IN THE CARIBBEAN - by EW Barrow and KA Lee - this looks like a real gem!

                                                                      THE PARIS COOKBOOK - by Patricia Wells

                                                                      PARSLEY, PEPPERS, POTATOES & PEAS by Pat Katz - looks like a great garden to table book. Lots of good info.

                                                                      PANINI BRUSCHETTA CROSTINI - by Viana La Place - I have some of VLP's other cookbooks and they've been great. Happy to have this too!

                                                                      THE BIG BOOK OF APPETIZERS by Meredith Deeds and Carla Snyder - I know nothing of this book but couldn't resist it for free when the seller tossed it in my bag. She said it was great and her friend bought if for her after she'd complimented some appetizers she'd served.

                                                                      I wish I'd been there when this woman had set up her garage sale. Evidently she had over 100 cookbooks. When I got there I already owned many of the ones she had left. She said she loved to eat but finally was willing to admit that she hates to cook and would never cook from her books!! We here on this thread love to hear this...pity she wasn't my neighbour!

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                                                                        buttertart May 19, 2013 05:04 PM

                                                                        Breadcrumbs, you are a trip, always scoring good stuff!

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                                                                          Breadcrumbs May 19, 2013 05:08 PM

                                                                          : )

                                                                          I'm always looking too bt!! I was really excited about this haul. I eyed the Patricia Wells book first and knew I was onto something good. The Caribbean book is great and the Texas book looks brand new and seems to fetch a pretty good price in new condition. Not that I'd part with it now because I've already been charmed by it!!

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                                                                        Foodgeek May 15, 2013 12:40 PM

                                                                        I just got a hold of a review copy of 200 Best Ice Pop recipes. Going to try a few out, but need to choose which.


                                                                        1. Ruthie789 May 15, 2013 10:36 AM

                                                                          Recently bought both of the Brass sisters recipes books, Heirloom Baking and Heirloom Cooking. I also would like to purchase The Free Range Cookbook by Annabel Langbein, I followed her series and loved it, link below:

                                                                          1. emily May 15, 2013 10:33 AM

                                                                            Eater's summer cookbook preview:

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                                                                              flourgirl May 15, 2013 11:48 AM

                                                                              Crap!!!!! I just added about 5 more books to my Amazon cart/wishlist - and that's even after adding a boat load more the other day after combing through the new releases feature. I just started working out so I can live long enough to try and use all the books I own/want.

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                                                                                emily May 15, 2013 12:34 PM

                                                                                I added four... thought the Thai-inspired dessert book sounded interesting (Spirit House Desserts).

                                                                            2. emily May 15, 2013 09:56 AM

                                                                              Flour, Water, Salt, Yeast
                                                                              Crackers & Dips: More Than 50 Homemade Treats
                                                                              The Filipino-American Kitchen
                                                                              James McNair's Cold Pasta (not sure why, but I love his cake and pie books and it was cheeeap)

                                                                              1. roxlet May 14, 2013 03:04 PM

                                                                                I just received my copy of Two Greedy Italians today, and I have to say that at first perusal, I absolutely LOVE it. There were a lot of recipes that I wanted to make immediately.

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                                                                                  jammy May 14, 2013 03:03 PM

                                                                                  My thighs are going to hate me. I bought David Lebovitz's "The Perfect Scoop". A container of toasted coconut ice cream and a vanilla with a dulce de leche swirl are doing catcalls from the freezer - well, half a container of coconut and the other is missing a big scoop. That's since yesterday afternoon.

                                                                                  You know that thing they call willpower? I don't believe it exists...

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                                                                                    roxlet May 14, 2013 03:05 PM

                                                                                    Oh, I'd be too afraid to buy that book, though I understand that there are some FABULOUS recipes, and coconut and dulce de leche would certainly be two that I'd go for.

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                                                                                      geekmom May 14, 2013 03:12 PM

                                                                                      Fantastic cookbook, though I've had a couple of misses (the rice ice cream had a really weird gluey texture). I sign this out from the library on a regular basis.

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                                                                                        rstuart May 14, 2013 05:52 PM

                                                                                        I got it for my mother a few years ago, and it finally got her using her ice cream maker.. one of her friends requests the cinnamon ice cream at every occasion!

                                                                                        1. re: jammy
                                                                                          Caitlin McGrath May 15, 2013 11:08 AM

                                                                                          The Perfect Scoop is a great book. Some years back it was a Dessert Cookbook of the Month, so there are a lot of reports and recipe discussion if you care to be tempted: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/538450

                                                                                          1. re: Caitlin McGrath
                                                                                            jammy May 15, 2013 11:29 AM

                                                                                            I don't need more temptation. I made the spiced pecans yesterday. I tried them when they were still warm and was not impressed. I tried more today and, boy, did the flavours ever bloom in sitting overnight. Yummy and not too sweet. They'll be a good mix in with the dulce de leche if they last long enough.

                                                                                        2. meatn3 May 14, 2013 11:20 AM

                                                                                          Our county library sale was this past weekend. I was only able to go on the opening day which has the highest prices ($5 hardback, $1 paperback) so I passed by many a hardback since I was trying to be good to my wallet.

                                                                                          The pickings were not as good as in years past. I suspect the economy has some people selling unwanted books rather than donating them. I'm still pleased with my haul!

                                                                                          I have a fondness for old cookbooks, so many aren't in EYB. I'll try to list those later.

                                                                                          To save time I'll copy from my EYB entry:

                                                                                          Asian Appetizers: Easy, Exotic First Courses to Dress Up Any Meal by Joyce Jue

                                                                                          9780898152340 Tropic Cooking: The New Cuisine from Florida and the Islands of the Caribbean by Joyce Young

                                                                                          9781564407375 Enduring Harvests: Native American Foods and Festivals for Every Season by E Barrie Kavasch

                                                                                          9780895779328 Anne Willan's Cook It Right: Achieve Perfection with Every Dish You Cook by Anne Willan

                                                                                          9780882892429 La Bouche Creole by Leon E. Soniat

                                                                                          9780671790202 La Technique: An Illustrated Guide to the Fundamental Techniques of Cooking by Jacques Pépin

                                                                                          9780688043698 An American Taste of Japan by Elizabeth Andoh

                                                                                          9789710829316 Aling Charing's Filipino & foreign recipes by Rosario Fabian

                                                                                          9780877013532 James McNair's Cold Pasta by James McNair

                                                                                          9780894808654 Good Old Grits Cook Book: Have Grits Your Way by David Perry Bill Neal

                                                                                          9781884656064 Flavors of India by Madhur Jaffrey

                                                                                          9780811845021 Splendid Spoonful: From Custard To Creme Brulee by Barbara Lauterbach

                                                                                          9780307270726 The Pleasures of Cooking for One by Judith Jones

                                                                                          9780912333175 Good Life Cooking: Light Classics from Today's Gourmet by Jacques Pépin

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                                                                                            Westy May 13, 2013 05:43 AM

                                                                                            I just saw Polpo ina small local bookstore. Just beautiful. I know next to nothing about teh food of Venice, but it actually looked approachable. Liked it.

                                                                                            1. honkman May 12, 2013 10:28 PM

                                                                                              Not so much cookbooks but if you are interested in any aspect of food in general a few interesting books were published (and immediately bought):

                                                                                              Salt, Sugar, Fat (Moss)
                                                                                              Pandora's Lunchbox (Warner)
                                                                                              Cooked (Pollan)

                                                                                              But I also had to add two cookbooks to the list:

                                                                                              The Great Meat Cookbook (Aidells)
                                                                                              Sous Vide (Tzschirner, Vilgis) - This is a German book about Sous Vide which is the perfect compromise between Modernist Cuisine (very good theory but very complex recipes) and the Baldwin book (decent theory but underwhelming recipes). The German book has a good theory part but also very interesting but not too complex recipes. If the publisher would translate it into English it would be the best sous vide book currently available

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                                                                                                dkennedy May 10, 2013 12:37 PM

                                                                                                Finally added two long coveted titles to my shelves:

                                                                                                1) Mario's Molto Gusto (former COTM)
                                                                                                2) The Flavor Bible (this one will be mine as of Mother's Day)

                                                                                                I am really excited!

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                                                                                                1. re: dkennedy
                                                                                                  VenusCafe May 11, 2013 08:49 AM

                                                                                                  Let us know about the Flavor Bible. I have it and have seriously perused same, but it is a strange book.

                                                                                                  1. re: VenusCafe
                                                                                                    ellabee May 12, 2013 07:38 AM

                                                                                                    The Flavor Bible has been a great help when I'm looking for companion herbs and spices, or to do variations on a dish, and just as reading.

                                                                                                    It's been particularly powerful in combination with Eat Your Books: when a combination of ingredients sounds intriguing, a search for them turns up recipes that give a better idea of ways to use them.

                                                                                                  2. re: dkennedy
                                                                                                    herby May 11, 2013 08:36 PM

                                                                                                    I loved the idea of Flavor Bible and bought it but yet to find ways to use it.

                                                                                                    I second VenusCafe request - please post your impressions, how you use it and anything else you care to share. TIA, DK!

                                                                                                    1. re: herby
                                                                                                      dkennedy May 12, 2013 07:14 AM

                                                                                                      Will do!

                                                                                                    2. re: dkennedy
                                                                                                      helen_m May 12, 2013 08:01 AM

                                                                                                      I'm interested in the Flavor Bible, I wondered if it was the American name for Niki Segnit's Flavour Thesaurus (which I have and find useful for inspiration) but google says no. I will have to find a copy to have a look through it, it sounds interesting.

                                                                                                      1. re: helen_m
                                                                                                        dkennedy May 14, 2013 10:50 AM

                                                                                                        I've had a chance to look through The Flavor Bible and I can see this being a very useful tool.

                                                                                                        I've often heard people remark that recipes are a crutch and once you know the technique, you don't need recipes. Whether this is true for some or not, (I went to Culinary School), I still tend to rely pretty heavily on recipes. I use them for technique, ratios, and of course, for inspiration.

                                                                                                        With this book in hand I could see it inspiring me to pair up flavors and go recipe-less. For now, I am enjoying reading all the Chef's remarks and advice interlaced between the pages. For e.g.., I read yesterday that apricots are almost always better cooked to bring out their peak flavor. I would never have thought that on my own (apricot season has just started here) now I am going to try it and see whether I find this to be true.

                                                                                                    3. helen_m May 10, 2013 08:52 AM

                                                                                                      I shouldn't be buying any more (I've just been reunited with my cookery book collection and there are more books than shelves. There are a generous amount of shelves too!) but I had to make up an amazon order to get free delivery and David Lebovitz's Ready for Dessert was winking at me.

                                                                                                      I need more American cookery books to fully embrace my new country, right?!

                                                                                                      1. free sample addict aka Tracy L May 9, 2013 06:22 PM

                                                                                                        I am currently lusting after Smoke and Pickles by Edward Lee. I love the Korean touches added to the list of recipes and really don't own a Southern cooking cookbook. The other one is VB6 by Mark Bittman, but that is more of a diet book than a cookbook from what I read from the reviews. I am on an financial austerity program so I will wait my impulse to buy both.

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                                                                                                        1. re: free sample addict aka Tracy L
                                                                                                          flourgirl May 14, 2013 02:57 PM

                                                                                                          I'm reading Smoke and Pickles right now - haven't made anything yet, time has been a big issue for me lately, but I have a whole bunch of stuff tagged already and I haven't even made it halfway through the book yet.

                                                                                                          1. re: flourgirl
                                                                                                            JoanN May 23, 2013 03:15 PM

                                                                                                            Just took a look at Smoke & Pickles at the Strand. Would have bought it on the spot, but they were asking $26.95 for it. Not much of a discount. The Strand has really upped their prices on cookbooks. Anything new is only about 10% off. No more 50% off except on much older books. Really disappointing. Definitely buying this, but never thought I'd see the day when I could buy a cookbook for less on Amazon, including shipping, than I could at the Strand. Very sad day here in NYC.

                                                                                                            1. re: JoanN
                                                                                                              jpr54_1 May 23, 2013 03:47 PM

                                                                                                              Both my husband(b'h) and I in the late 60's and 70's always purchased books at Strands.
                                                                                                              They had different types of books-
                                                                                                              review copies and used-this is what they were known for-
                                                                                                              copies also had author corrections, etc.
                                                                                                              white covers,etc.

                                                                                                              1. re: JoanN
                                                                                                                Westminstress May 24, 2013 07:24 AM

                                                                                                                I too have noticed with sadness that the days of good cookbook deals at the strand are over....

                                                                                                                1. re: JoanN
                                                                                                                  flourgirl May 24, 2013 08:39 AM

                                                                                                                  I'm making the bourbon and coke meatloaf tonite (requested by my men). First recipe I'm trying out of this one.

                                                                                                                  I paid $16.27 for the book on Amazon and got free shipping on the order. I buy almost all my books on Amazon, bookcloseouts and half.com anymore. I would love to support local bookstores - except we don't have too many anymore AND I can't afford to pay full price for something I can easily get at a major discount elsewhere. I would love to be that noble but my pocketbook just doesn't allow for that.

                                                                                                                  1. re: flourgirl
                                                                                                                    free sample addict aka Tracy L May 29, 2013 10:21 PM

                                                                                                                    how did it turn out?

                                                                                                                    1. re: free sample addict aka Tracy L
                                                                                                                      flourgirl May 31, 2013 10:14 AM

                                                                                                                      Very good! We all liked it, I would definitely make it again. I thought I would have a lot of leftovers (there's only 3 of us) and I had hardly any. Score!

                                                                                                                    2. re: flourgirl
                                                                                                                      JoanN Jun 14, 2013 11:22 AM

                                                                                                                      I made the brined pork chops with the peach glaze and pistachio gremolata last night. Really good. The chops were so moist. And his timing was spot on. Very auspicious beginning.

                                                                                                                      1. re: JoanN
                                                                                                                        LulusMom Jun 15, 2013 05:25 AM

                                                                                                                        So how meaty is this book? Given that it has a southern spin, I"m guessing it is pork heavy. Correct?

                                                                                                                        1. re: LulusMom
                                                                                                                          JoanN Jun 15, 2013 05:45 AM

                                                                                                                          Yes, nine pork recipes. But eleven pickle recipes, eight kimchi recipes, twelve seafood recipes, and fifteen vegetable dishes. It's really all over the map. Just now looking at a recipe for Edamame Hummus. The book is also a good read; he just sounds like an all around great guy.

                                                                                                                          1. re: JoanN
                                                                                                                            LulusMom Jun 15, 2013 06:48 AM

                                                                                                                            I liked him quite a bit on Top Chef.

                                                                                                                        2. re: JoanN
                                                                                                                          flourgirl Jun 16, 2013 10:53 AM

                                                                                                                          Oh I'm glad you liked that recipe, I'm going to try it this week.

                                                                                                                          1. re: flourgirl
                                                                                                                            JoanN Jun 16, 2013 11:02 AM

                                                                                                                            Dinner tonight is going to be the Quick-Sautéed Squid and Bacon Salad with Grated Ginger and Apple.

                                                                                                                      2. re: JoanN
                                                                                                                        Gio May 30, 2013 04:37 AM

                                                                                                                        3 Recipes From Smoke & Pickles...

                                                                                                                        Imperfect Bowl of Rice
                                                                                                                        Collards and Kimchi
                                                                                                                        Jalapeño-Spiked Bourbon Julep

                                                                                                                        1. re: Gio
                                                                                                                          JoanN Jul 5, 2013 02:46 PM

                                                                                                                          Made the Collards and Kimchi a few days ago to accompany, as suggested, the T-Bone Steak with Lemongrass-Habanero Marinade. Wow! Absolutely brilliant. An explosion of intense flavors. I just adored it. (The steak wasn't bad, either. ;-))

                                                                                                                        2. re: JoanN
                                                                                                                          buttertart Jun 2, 2013 07:37 AM

                                                                                                                          That pisses me off about the Strand too. You have to look for older and more obscure books to get deals now. GRR

                                                                                                                          1. re: JoanN
                                                                                                                            poptart Jun 2, 2013 07:53 PM

                                                                                                                            I too have been disappointed at the Strand but last time I went to NYC, found Bonnie Slotnick's used cookbook store. What a wonderful place. All of you New Yorkers probably know it already, but I thought I'd put a word in just in case.

                                                                                                                        3. re: free sample addict aka Tracy L
                                                                                                                          The Dairy Queen Jun 15, 2013 06:21 AM

                                                                                                                          Per EYB: online recipes for Smoke & Pickles http://www.eatyourbooks.com/library/recipes?q=121725+%22Smoke+%26+Pickles%22&online-recipes=true

                                                                                                                          Google book: http://books.google.com/books?id=DUTQ...


                                                                                                                          1. re: The Dairy Queen
                                                                                                                            buttertart Jun 15, 2013 03:40 PM

                                                                                                                            This is fab, especially given the surprise straitened circumstances I find myself in.

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                                                                                                                          ChiliDude May 9, 2013 12:25 PM

                                                                                                                          My Calabria, Rustic Family Cooking from Italy's Undiscovered South by Rosetta Costantino

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                                                                                                                          1. re: ChiliDude
                                                                                                                            Gio May 10, 2013 04:39 AM

                                                                                                                            Guardate questo:


                                                                                                                          2. The Dairy Queen May 9, 2013 10:43 AM

                                                                                                                            So, I recently had a big garage sale and pulled about a hundred cookbooks off of my shelf to sell, including about 20 weight watchers cookbooks* (I was collecting them for awhile).

                                                                                                                            I think I only sold about a dozen cookbooks out of the hundred (and there's NO accounting for taste, by the way, some really nice ones didn't sell). I think I'm going to box up the ones that didn't sell and take them to my local used bookstore and see what I can get for them.

                                                                                                                            Which means I have room for some new books, right?

                                                                                                                            I've currently got Curtis Stone's new book "What's for Dinner: Delicious Recipes for a Busy Life"" on my wishlist since it pretty much parallels my approach to cooking right now. However, so my cookbook collection doesn't grow too crazily, I've requested it from the library first.


                                                                                                                            *On the topic of Weight Watchers cookbooks: I think some of their very focused books are actually pretty good, such as Slim Ways Mexican--which I kept.

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                                                                                                                            1. re: The Dairy Queen
                                                                                                                              roxlet May 9, 2013 11:34 AM

                                                                                                                              OK, you made me order that WW book! For $4 I'd order almost anything! I have pretty much found WW books to be duds (the food is too bland and too safe), so I would be interested to learn which other WW books in your collection you deem worth owning.

                                                                                                                              1. re: roxlet
                                                                                                                                The Dairy Queen May 9, 2013 11:50 AM

                                                                                                                                Oh! I hope you like it! You might wait for it to see if you want to take any of my other recommendations.

                                                                                                                                I also like Slim Ways Stir Fry to Szechuan from that same series, but I hardly ever cook out of it now that I have Dunlop EGOR. And Take Out Tonight. And Weight Watchers Great Cooking Every Day (with the CIA). I have a skinny little dessert book I like "Best Ever Desserts" but I don't think I've ever cooked anything from it. But I like the idea of it.

                                                                                                                                I don't cook from these books extensively, and as you can see, some of them are pretty old, but sometimes I like to turn to them for "skinny" recipes when I'm not in the mood to adapt one of my regular recipes.Or, it's kind of nice to flip through them and be reminded of which dishes from a particular cuisine are inherently on the "light side."

                                                                                                                                For some reason, I also have a fondness for their book "from Pantry to Plate." I do find that I have to pretty much double the spice in this book and some of their other books, too, to be as assertively spiced as I like.

                                                                                                                                And I often make substitutions when cooking from these books if they aren't quite chowish enough. For instance, if they call for red pepper flakes in a Chinese dish, I might use one of my chiles. That sort of thing.

                                                                                                                                Sometimes, though, what makes these recipes "WW friendly" is small portions. :)


                                                                                                                              2. re: The Dairy Queen
                                                                                                                                The Dairy Queen May 24, 2013 07:28 AM

                                                                                                                                OK, I just took Curtis Stone's what's for dinner book out of the library, and I have to say (in the words of my grandmother), I can live without it. Lovely book, for sure, but pretty typical for the genre of "big name chef weeknight family meal" book. BTDT.


                                                                                                                              3. roxlet May 9, 2013 10:32 AM

                                                                                                                                I made the mistake of spending some idle time on Amazon, and now I have some books that are slated for future publication on my wish list:
                                                                                                                                Payard Desserts
                                                                                                                                A.O.C. Cookbook (the new Suzanne Goin)
                                                                                                                                Tartine 3

                                                                                                                                Fortunately, I have until the fall...

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                                                                                                                                1. re: roxlet
                                                                                                                                  dkennedy May 9, 2013 10:46 AM

                                                                                                                                  The A.O.C. book is on my wish list too. I absolutely love Sunday Suppers and I know this one will be just as good. It comes out right around my bday, which is a big one this year, so I am bound to get it!

                                                                                                                                  1. re: roxlet
                                                                                                                                    buttertart Jun 2, 2013 07:36 AM

                                                                                                                                    The first Payard desserts is fab, I use it a lot. Chocolate tart to die for.

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                                                                                                                                    OnkleWillie May 8, 2013 09:46 PM

                                                                                                                                    I recently stopped by a used bookstore and found an obviously unopened and unread copy of Florence Lin’s Complete Book of Chinese Noodles as well as a pristine copy of Mrs. Chiang's Szechwan Cookbook at under $15 for the pair. I haven’t had time to really look them over yet but I know what I will be eating this summer.

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                                                                                                                                    1. re: OnkleWillie
                                                                                                                                      emily May 9, 2013 09:47 AM

                                                                                                                                      Ahhhh! That is a great price for the Lin book. I bought a copy years ago, but it's falling apart now. Would like to get a replacement.

                                                                                                                                      1. re: OnkleWillie
                                                                                                                                        buttertart May 10, 2013 10:33 AM

                                                                                                                                        That Lin book is a treasure, copies go for a small fortune on Abebooks etc...you lucked out. Still the only comprehensive book on the subject in English. Until I retire ;-)

                                                                                                                                        1. re: buttertart
                                                                                                                                          emily May 10, 2013 12:15 PM

                                                                                                                                          As a weird aside, I recently ran across her niece's blog and a recipe for Aunt Florence's Coconut Sticky Rice Cake:

                                                                                                                                          1. re: buttertart
                                                                                                                                            flourgirl May 15, 2013 09:48 AM

                                                                                                                                            I never heard of this book and I am very intrigued. I found a used copy for $17 on bookfinder (including shipping) so I went ahead and ordered it, I just don't know what kind of condition it's in but I figured it was worth the chance, especially since it does seem to be rather difficult to find a reasonably priced copy.

                                                                                                                                        2. jo_jo_ba May 8, 2013 06:44 PM

                                                                                                                                          Just finished Mad Hungry Cravings. OH MY GOODNESS is it good. Definitely make the Tikka Masala!

                                                                                                                                          1. geekmom May 7, 2013 01:04 PM

                                                                                                                                            I actually haven't acquired any cookbooks in several months, and I've been very proud of my self-restraint. I was at Pomegranate Bistro in Redmond, WA a month or so back and discovered they had an IACP / Julia Child award winning cookbook. At $38 I really couldn't justify it, but I went back on Friday and lo and behold there was a table set up with some very slightly damaged copies for ten bucks. Woohoo! I can't wait to dive in and try some of these recipes.

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                                                                                                                                            1. re: geekmom
                                                                                                                                              Allegra_K May 7, 2013 04:05 PM

                                                                                                                                              Good score! I'm pretty sure that this book was a contender for a cotm sometime last year--there were some very good reviews, if I recall correctly.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: Allegra_K
                                                                                                                                                dkennedy May 8, 2013 08:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                Allegra, I have a question about the dough you used for making south american pastelitos. Can you email me (listed in my profile)? Thanks.

                                                                                                                                            2. jpr54_1 May 7, 2013 08:05 AM

                                                                                                                                              I just received my copy of Home Made Winter by Yvette van Boven

                                                                                                                                              good photos --
                                                                                                                                              some recipes have hand drawn pictures with methodology. just read article on eat your books-
                                                                                                                                              this technique presenting recipes as informatics is new to me. I am not sure I appreciate this approach to recipes

                                                                                                                                              text, food,styling,prop styling design and illustrations made by Yvette van Boven.

                                                                                                                                              I haven't ad a chance yet to look at recipes

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                                                                                                                                              1. re: jpr54_1
                                                                                                                                                poptart May 8, 2013 09:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                I love her books and Home Made Winter was my first one; now I own all three of her books, the newest being Home Made Summer. I've made a few things so far; the quinoa apple cake in "Winter" was surprisingly good!

                                                                                                                                                Hope you enjoy the book!

                                                                                                                                                Also, I met her and her husband (who does the photographs in her books) at a book signing, and they were both lovely people. She brought samples of food made from her new "Summer" book and those were fantastic (olive/feta savory cake, lemon cordial).

                                                                                                                                                1. re: poptart
                                                                                                                                                  nofunlatte May 14, 2013 10:26 AM

                                                                                                                                                  I, too, have Homemade Winter. I've never made any of the recipes, yet I find it an inspiration. Love curling up with this one on the sofa!

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                                                                                                                                                VenusCafe May 6, 2013 04:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                Just ordered:

                                                                                                                                                The Young Man and the Sea : Recipes and Crispy Fish Tales from Esca
                                                                                                                                                David Pasternack

                                                                                                                                                Looking through my friends copy, I almost levitated at the beautiful fish and pasta combos. OMG. From the restaurant Esca in NYC.

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                                                                                                                                                1. re: VenusCafe
                                                                                                                                                  Westy May 7, 2013 08:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                  Let me know how that goes for you. I picked up a copy for 50 cents at a yard sale and have not made a thing from it. Would appreciate some first hand experience.

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Westy
                                                                                                                                                    VenusCafe May 11, 2013 08:42 AM

                                                                                                                                                    Got my copy from Amazon for $7.00, and it came a few days ago.
                                                                                                                                                    The fish is beautiful, but the reader is at a disadvantage b/c their access to this kind of fish is limited indeed. Being a Veggie, who morphed into a Pescetarian, I was particularly into the many fish and pasta dishes offered. Unfortunately, many of the dishes (with and without pasta) depend on meat for flavor, although my take is that it is only garnish.
                                                                                                                                                    I was a bit disappointed when I went thru it more thoroughly.
                                                                                                                                                    I'm waiting to get some FRESH pasta before I try any recipes.

                                                                                                                                                2. firecooked May 4, 2013 09:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                  I have rationalized that's it's ok to get Kindle cookbooks.. Especially after finding some good deals. I got Ruhlman's Twenty (not sure how much, it was under $5... But price is now $17) and Nigella Lawson's "How to Eat" ($3.03)

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                                                                                                                                                  1. re: firecooked
                                                                                                                                                    LulusMom May 5, 2013 06:17 AM

                                                                                                                                                    Have you used them yet? I'm rationalizing the same thing but haven't taken the plunge yet; still a little nervous that they'll be hard to use as cookbooks. I don't really want my kindle on the kitchen shelf. I'd be really interested in hearing your thoughts/experiences/advice (or anyone else who has used a kindle cookbook).

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: LulusMom
                                                                                                                                                      herby May 5, 2013 08:04 AM

                                                                                                                                                      I am also hesitant to buy cookbooks on Kindle. Maybe we should start a separate thread on the subject?

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: LulusMom
                                                                                                                                                        firecooked May 5, 2013 10:40 AM

                                                                                                                                                        I have read them (they are both interesting reading books)... but haven't actually cooked a "recipe" from them. I suspect I would be annoyed because there doesn't seem to be a way to get the recipe all on one page. I do use my iPad all the time in the kitchen, mostly my own recipes I have saved in iBooks (from Word covert to .pdf, then save in iBooks). The format is one printed page to one screen, and the font is big enough to read. I also use various app's, like Epicurious for recipes.

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: LulusMom
                                                                                                                                                          debbiel May 25, 2013 08:06 AM

                                                                                                                                                          I bought one e-cookbook. Patricia Wells' Vegetable Harvest. I had it on my iPad. It just didn't work for me. I was worried that I would destroy the iPad. And I missed curling up with a cookbook and leafing through the pages.

                                                                                                                                                          I use my kindle for reading quite often, but I just don't see it being my cookbook medium any time soon.

                                                                                                                                                          BTW, I ended up buying an old fashioned bound paper copy of Vegetable Harvest.

                                                                                                                                                        2. re: firecooked
                                                                                                                                                          roxlet May 5, 2013 08:23 AM

                                                                                                                                                          I bought How to East for my iPad, and I thought that it was pretty much useless. I don't know if it was just that book and its somewhat wonky format, or if I would feel similarly about other kindle/iPad books. I know that for me, certain novels that are rather complicated (Wolf Hall, for example) are impossible for me to read on an iPad or kindle. Like cookbooks, these books require flipping back and forth to double check things, which I feel is extremely cumbersome on the kindle. I guess that I might try it again, but it would have to be a very cheap cookbook since I wouldn't want to waste too much on experimenting twice...

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: roxlet
                                                                                                                                                            firecooked May 5, 2013 10:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                            All the kindle books (or other e-book formats) are wonky... they are designed to resize depending on the font size and device so there is no way to have the one full recipe per page format like you have in a book. That said, I find the iPad a better device than the basic Kindle for using in the kitchen due to the bigger, brighter screen. Also, you can flip pages much faster on the iPad. I like the Kindle better for just reading a novel.

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: firecooked
                                                                                                                                                              rasputina May 5, 2013 10:48 AM

                                                                                                                                                              Many printed cookbooks don't have the whole recipe on one page. That one recipe per page thing seems to be more common in some modern cookbooks but it's hardly ubiquitous.

                                                                                                                                                            2. re: roxlet
                                                                                                                                                              Savour May 15, 2013 10:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                              I actually like the Kindle for cumbersome books, because of the search feature.

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Savour
                                                                                                                                                                rasputina May 30, 2013 09:32 AM

                                                                                                                                                                And ebooks are lighter. I really don't want to have to hold the Encyclopedia of Cajun and Creole Cuisine by John Folse to read it. The book is HUGE, I have to read it at the table, which is not preferred reading location.

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: rasputina
                                                                                                                                                                  Jay F May 30, 2013 02:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  Same with Julia's The Way to Cook. I put a dent in my leg leaning the bottom of the spine on it for about 15 minutes one night.

                                                                                                                                                            3. re: firecooked
                                                                                                                                                              rasputina May 5, 2013 08:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                              I have over 80 kindle cookbooks and most of them are either digital copies of cookbooks I own in hardcover or new cookbooks that looked great and were cheaper than buying in print.

                                                                                                                                                              I find it very easy to cook with them on my ipad in the kitchen. I've gotten some great deals. Like last year I got my favorite Greek cookbook The Olive and the Caper for 2.99, Natalie Dupree's Southern Biscuits for 1.99. Some were not a steal ( like 20 dollars I spent for Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking by Marcella Hazan) but instant gratification is hard to deny.

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                                                                                                                                                                LulusMom May 5, 2013 09:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                                Interesting. If you didn't have an ipad (which I don't) would you still find it easy to cook using a digital cookbook? I'm wondering if using my computer to format recipes and then print would do the trick.

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                                                                                                                                                                  rasputina May 5, 2013 09:57 AM

                                                                                                                                                                  No I wouldn't find them as convenient if I didn't have an ipad or other portable device, because I don't want to set up a separate computer in the kitchen and I'd personally find printing out the recipe a waste of time, might as well get the hardcover then.

                                                                                                                                                                  One of the other things I really like about portable digital cookbooks is that if I'm at the store and see something I wasn't expecting and want to cook I can check my recipes for other ingredients I might need right there. No risk of forgetting something and having to run back out to the store.

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                                                                                                                                                                    LulusMom May 5, 2013 01:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    Thanks rasputina, that is helpful. Have you tried pepperplate (hope I have that name right)? You can download recipes so that you can carry them around in your phone, etc. Then you always have the grocery list right there.

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                                                                                                                                                                      rasputina May 5, 2013 01:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      I use the macgourmet app to organize my recipes on my desktop, and then sync them to their iphone and ipad apps.

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                                                                                                                                                                      ellabee May 6, 2013 11:12 AM

                                                                                                                                                                      Some cooks find it helpful to print out the recipe because a sheet of paper is easier/safer to have in the cooking zone, because the recipe usually ends up on one at-a-glance sheet, and it because it makes it easy to write notes and mark revisions.

                                                                                                                                                                      But I admit most of those cooks are, like me, just more comfortable working with paper and pen.

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                                                                                                                                                                        LulusMom May 6, 2013 04:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        Exactly. Plus I don't want to ruin my kindle with flying grease, etc.

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                                                                                                                                                                          rasputina May 7, 2013 07:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                                          I've been cooking with my ipad for 3 years ( since they came out) and have had no mishaps at all. I don't put it next to the stove though, who would do that?

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                                                                                                                                                                            LulusMom May 7, 2013 08:35 AM

                                                                                                                                                                            A dummy? Or someone without a lot of space? Even my books are a mess, and they get put as far away as I can have them and still read them.

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                                                                                                                                                                              tcamp May 7, 2013 08:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                                              I rarely use recipes from my iPad but you can buy nifty holders that mount on the bottom of a cabinet and have a plastic cover. Just sayin'

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                                                                                                                                                                                LulusMom May 7, 2013 08:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                That would be awesome. Do you think they have that for a kindle too? I'll go look on amazon.

                                                                                                                                                                                Bingo! http://www.amazon.com/Bookgem-Book-Ho...

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                                                                                                                                                                            firecooked May 7, 2013 09:24 AM

                                                                                                                                                                            Bits of splatter are easily cleaned from the iPad...

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                                                                                                                                                                              LulusMom May 7, 2013 09:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                                              And probably from a kindle, but I'd like to keep mine as clean as I can. I have a friend whose broke well before the warranty, and it makes me nervous. We had a Mac in the kitchen for a while, not even anywhere near the splatter areas and it died after about 3 years.

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                                                                                                                                                                                tcamp May 10, 2013 09:01 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                Put it in a big zip lock bag or saran wrap over the top.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  LulusMom May 10, 2013 09:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                  The zip lock idea is brilliant! Thank you.

                                                                                                                                                                2. poptart May 4, 2013 02:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  I too continue to amass more cookbooks...eeek!
                                                                                                                                                                  Most recently:

                                                                                                                                                                  -"Cucina Simpatica"
                                                                                                                                                                  - "On Top if Spaghetti"
                                                                                                                                                                  - "Crackers & DIps"
                                                                                                                                                                  - "Grain Mains"
                                                                                                                                                                  - "Solo Verdura"

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                                                                                                                                                                    Breadcrumbs May 4, 2013 03:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    Oooh poptart you have two books there that I'd be interested in hearing more about.

                                                                                                                                                                    I Googled Solo Verdura and it sounds wonderful. I have a couple of books by Anna Bianchi already. How did you come to know of this book?

                                                                                                                                                                    I hadn't heard of Crackers and Dips either but it looks great, have you had an opportunity to look through it yet?

                                                                                                                                                                    I have and love On Top of Spaghetti. I purchased it on the recommendation of a CH and we've subsequently enjoyed many delicious recipes from this wonderful book. I've reviewed a few in EYB here if you are interested:


                                                                                                                                                                    I also own Cucina Simpatica but I don't believe I've cooked from it as yet.

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                                                                                                                                                                      poptart May 4, 2013 04:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      Hi Breadcrumbs,

                                                                                                                                                                      Solo Verdura is a book I discovered at the library over 10 years ago. I checked it out multiple times and enjoyed reading about the Tuscan way of cooking and eating vegetables.

                                                                                                                                                                      What was so appealing to me was how simple and down to earth, yet different her recipes are. For example, "wilted greens salad on a bed of carrot and rutabaga 'spaghetti ", or "whole Savoy cabbage stuffed with sorrel, rice and wild mushrooms", or "stuffed kohlrabi".

                                                                                                                                                                      I happened to be at a used bookstore and saw Solo Verdure on the shelf and knew I'd regret it if I didn't buy it!

                                                                                                                                                                      I wasn't aware of her other books; just checked on "Eat Your Books" and saw the listing. Actually, I read your review of On Top of Spaghetti awhile back and it is what encouraged me to buy it! :-)

                                                                                                                                                                      Crackers and Dips looks interesting, I got it because it sounded like it had some unique crackers and they seemed easy to make. I got this from bookcloseouts.com for a good price (I think $6.99) along with the Grain Mains, Simpatico and On Top of Spaghetti, so figured they were worth a chance!

                                                                                                                                                                      bookcloseouts.com can be a very dangerous website!

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                                                                                                                                                                        Annief123 May 25, 2013 10:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                                        My Cucina Simpatica is old and worn....love it!

                                                                                                                                                                        I also have had On Top of Spaghetti for a while now and I was thrilled to read the link you posted to EYB, as I have yet to cook anything from it.

                                                                                                                                                                        EYB looks like a great website!

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                                                                                                                                                                          Breadcrumbs May 25, 2013 01:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          That's great Annie, I'm glad the link was helpful. If you have a cookbook collection or would just like to get more use out of the cookbooks you do have, I'd highly recommend EYB. It definitely has changed the way I cook. My poor cookbooks were neglected because it was much easier to search Epi if I was looking for a certain dish or, to use up certain ingredients. Now I can search my own books in the same manner. It's great. I've made over 750 recipes from my cookbooks since I joined (according to EYB's note tally that is.)

                                                                                                                                                                          I'll have to pull Cucina Simpatica off the shelf and take a good look at it. Let me know if you have any "must try" recipes to recommend.

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                                                                                                                                                                            dkennedy May 25, 2013 03:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            BC, how do you see a tally for how many bookmarks you have created using EYB? I'd love to keep track myself.

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                                                                                                                                                                              Breadcrumbs May 25, 2013 04:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                              Sorry dk, I don't know how to do that or, if it's possible. I was referring to the "Notes" area. If you go to your profile page (select "Profile" from the pull-down menu where it says Welcome in the top right hand corner). You will see a break down of how many books, magazines etc you have and a tally of all the notes you've written.

                                                                                                                                                                              On the green toolbar beneath where it says "dkennedy's Bookshelf" you'll "Notes" and if you click that, you can see all the notes you've written. I don't think we can search them unfortunately though.

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                                                                                                                                                                                dkennedy May 26, 2013 06:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                Thanks BC, I just took a trip down memory lane and reviewed all my notes. Haven't been as good as you are about making notes. I only have 85. I try to make a note if the recipe is especially good or truly dreadful.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  Breadcrumbs May 26, 2013 06:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                  It's fun reviewing all those past meals isn't it dk! I used to make more extensive notes in my cookbooks but now I record an overall impression of the dish in the book and then make a note to refer to EYB. Still it takes time and commitment. That said, I do appreciate having all my notes in one place. Especially when it comes to meal planning. I've created a bookmark in EYB for "Favourite Recipes" and can quickly search through that when I'm in need of a T&T dish.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    dkennedy May 26, 2013 06:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                    T&T dish? Nevermind, I figured it out - tried and true.

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                                                                                                                                                                              Annief123 May 25, 2013 03:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                              After reading your post I ended up joining EYB. I'll have to feel my way around the site and see how to best utilize it. I am so impressed with your 750 recipe count! Wow!

                                                                                                                                                                              I can't say enough about Cucina Simpatica. I've eaten at Al Forno's many times and their food is soooo good. The book is uncomplicated and uses straight forward ingredients.

                                                                                                                                                                              The "must try" recipe for me is the Clams Alforno. I don't have a brick oven like the restaurant does, so I do them stove top and I add some fine diced chorizo. This is ALWAYS a huge hit.
                                                                                                                                                                              George Germon's favorite recipe in the book is George's Meat Sauce for Pasta and its really good. The Tomato & Corn Salad is a nice summer salad. The Penne w/ Tomato & Five Cheeses is a real splurge (for the waist). I've seen a few chefs on TV make this and give Al Forno's the credit. I have put The Sausages & Grapes on my buffet many times. Using a good quality sausage is recommended. I'm lucky enough to get mine at the same vender Al Forno's uses, but if I couldn't I'd still make this dish.

                                                                                                                                                                              Hope you give the book a try...

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                                                                                                                                                                                Breadcrumbs May 25, 2013 04:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                Annie thank-you so much for these wonderful recommendations. I've added them to a book note in EYB so I'll remember all the dishes you suggest. How fortunate you are to be able to source that sausage, it must be amazing!

                                                                                                                                                                                I'm glad you've joined EYB. I bet you'll soon come to love it. Like you say, it does take a bit of time to learn your way around it but once you do, it will undoubtedly change the way you cook (and give you an excuse to buy more books because you know you're going to be able to use them).

                                                                                                                                                                                If you have any questions pop in here, many of us are members and can help you. Also, Jane is pretty quick to address any questions posted on the site.

                                                                                                                                                                                Enjoy and big thanks again for the recommendations!

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                                                                                                                                                                            Annief123 May 25, 2013 11:16 AM

                                                                                                                                                                            I just purchased The Meatball Shop cookbook. I admit I'm a little obsessed with making meatballs and they seem to be a pretty popular item on menus these days. And besides I was running out of ideas for new meatball recipes.

                                                                                                                                                                            The book is really well done and easy to follow with lots of great ideas and photos. The recipes are from the popular NYC restaurant called The Meatball Shop.It's not just meatballs, it also includes their salads, sides and desserts.

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                                                                                                                                                                              Breadcrumbs May 25, 2013 01:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                              That's a good book Annie. I have it too. I did have a bit of an issue w the Buffalo Chx meatballs being a bit wet but other than that, it's been a winner if memory serves me correctly. The Jerk meatballs were great!

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                                                                                                                                                                                Annief123 May 25, 2013 03:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                I'll give those meatballs a try, but I'm still not sure I like the oven method they use. I still like to brown them in a pan first.
                                                                                                                                                                                I have used the oven method and its easier, but not as therapeutic to me as nursing them on the stove.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  Breadcrumbs May 25, 2013 04:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  Funny Annie, I didn't bat an eye at those instructions because I've been baking my meatballs for years. So much easier and they still brown nicely. I always bake mine at 375° on a parchment-lined baking sheet. That said, I don't recall what the instructions were in the MB cookbook but whatever they were, I did follow them.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    Annief123 May 25, 2013 05:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                    Thanks I'll give the oven method another shot.

                                                                                                                                                                        2. Breadcrumbs May 4, 2013 01:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          We stopped at the thrift shop to donate some items cast aside as a result of the "still underway" spring clean out. Of course I couldn't leave well enough alone and I just had to take a peek at the cookbooks. Go figure, a few made their way into my cart.

                                                                                                                                                                          ROSE ELLIOT'S NEW COMPLETE VEGETARIAN - looks like an amazing book and though I only had a brief flip through it in the store, I was immediately impressed by the deliciously different sounding recipes. Looks like this one is from the UK and I don't think its prior owner ever opened it...pristine condition for $2.99

                                                                                                                                                                          THE BLUE RIBBON COUNTRY COOKBOOK - by Diane Roupe - I couldn't pass it up for $1.99 - not sure if I'll keep it or pass it on to a friend who just lost a bunch of her books in a flooded basement.

                                                                                                                                                                          THE ULTIMATE CHOCOLATE COOKIE BOOK - by Bruce Weinstein & Mark Scarbrough - I've never heard of the authors but there were some really delicious sounding cookies in there on my quick pass through.

                                                                                                                                                                          THE HORIZON COOKBOOK - by William Harlan Hale - I was really excited to find this two book set and I'd love to hear if any of you have them or know of them. They were published in 1968 and Mimi Sheraton was the historical food consultant. The first book in the set is an Illustrated History of Food and I can't wait to read it. The artwork is incredible, so beautifully illustrated. The second book in the set is "Menus and Recipes" . An early page of the book explains how the recipes were selected: "We have tried to include in this book recipes for the most delectable and interesting dishes prepared through out history around the world. Manuscripts, old cookbooks, historic menus and other original documents have been our sources." I couldn't pass it up. I don't think anyone has ever even cracked the spines of these books. $4.99

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                                                                                                                                                                            rasputina May 5, 2013 08:19 AM

                                                                                                                                                                            I have a couple of Bruce Weinsteins cookbooks ( the Ultimate Ice Cream and Ultimate Brownie cookbooks) and have enjoyed them. His cheescake ice cream and marble cheesecake brownies are two of my favorites.

                                                                                                                                                                            There are quite a few other titles including candy, potatoes, peanut butter, muffins and shrimp.

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                                                                                                                                                                              Breadcrumbs May 5, 2013 08:32 AM

                                                                                                                                                                              Oh thanks rasputina that's very good to know. Don't those ice creams sound delicious!!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                pagesinthesun May 5, 2013 01:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                I've made many ice cream recipes from the Ultimate Ice Cream book. Every one has been a success. The cheesecake ice cream will be next on my list! Yum.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  nofunlatte May 6, 2013 12:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  Like rasputina and pagesinthesun, I, too, have made many recipes from the Ultimate Ice Cream book. Nearly all were winners and the lemon ice cream remains my mom's favorite. I've have excellent reviews of the ginger ice cream (I actually up the amount of ginger that gets steeped in the warm milk, but I really want an upfront, in your face ginger flavor). The coconut ice cream has also been a big hit. The chocolate sorbet that calls for chocolate chips is also a winner.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    rasputina May 6, 2013 02:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                    Oh I forgot about the pumpkin ice cream too, a huge favorite here

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                                                                                                                                                                                  Ruthie789 May 15, 2013 10:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                  Amazing what you can find at a thrift shop, mine sells hard covers for $2.00. Not to be overlooked!

                                                                                                                                                                                3. roxlet May 3, 2013 12:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  My copy of Flour came today, and I absolutely love it. There are so many recipes I'd love to try, and she also includes a gew "healthy" options, god forfend.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    herby May 3, 2013 12:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                    Really? I missed "healthy" part somehow.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      roxlet May 3, 2013 12:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                      Heart healthy dried fruit scones on P.50, and Good Morning Muffins on P.60, were the two that jumped out at me. Certainly it's not a diet book, but I like her acknowledgement that there should be some things that aren't fill of butter!

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                                                                                                                                                                                        herby May 3, 2013 06:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                        Thanks! We made Good Morning Muffins last summer (forgot all about them) and they were pretty good. Have you made her scones?

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                                                                                                                                                                                      Lihinggummybear May 3, 2013 07:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                      Same here! I want to tackle the vanilla pastry cream filled donuts first.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        Lihinggummybear Jun 15, 2013 05:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                        The doughnuts were delicious! Making the cheesecake today!

                                                                                                                                                                                    3. BananaBirkLarsen May 2, 2013 05:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                      Went thrift storing today and found a tattered, re-bound copy of the 1975 Joy of Cooking (that looks like it's been in continuous use since 1975). I've been holding off buying a new Joy in the hopes that I would stumble across a cheap one at a thrift store, so I was very pleased to see the $1 price tag. As a bonus, I have already found one newspaper clipping tucked in the pages with a recipe for stuffed shells, titled "Shells are inexpensive but tasty". As with most used cookbooks, I think I will try the recipes on the well-stained pages first.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        wekick May 14, 2013 01:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                        We were in Louisiana and looked at antique malls and thrift stores for regional cookbooks. They were all in a "lovingly used" state which has its own charm but very expensive. I ended up buying some online-they were a lot cheaper and very clean, missing the little notes and clues as to the best recipes in the book.

                                                                                                                                                                                      2. herby May 2, 2013 05:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                        Two books that I was waiting for are finally here!

                                                                                                                                                                                        1.Off the Shelf by Donna Hay is better than I remember from a library copy. It was used but apparently not really used - the more I read this book the more I like it. Thank you, Breadcrumbs, for convincing me to give it a try. Considering rave reviews on "Cooking from..." thread, I am among excited majority :)

                                                                                                                                                                                        2. The Pondicherry Kitchen is completely different kind of book. Written by a scholar with interest in food and its history, the book is well researched and recipes are interesting. I want to try many but at the moment mostly intrigued by lamb rolls - she has several- and hope to make one for the Mother's Day meal. The weirdest thing she says is to take x-lb piece of lamb from the leg and chop 1/2 without cutting the meat into 2 pieces. I really do not know what this is about and find it peculiar. After you chop the meat, you mix it with spices, onion, etc., make a roll and roll the remaining piece around it. And cook.

                                                                                                                                                                                        Finally figured out how to borrow library books on Kindle! Borrowed a mystery - Gone Girl - a cookbook will be next to try.

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                                                                                                                                                                                          LulusMom May 3, 2013 05:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                          I've asked for a copy of Off the Shelf for mothers day after all the tasty sounding meals coming from it on the "cooking from" thread.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            herby May 3, 2013 05:48 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                            We'll see you on the "Cooking from..." thread the week after next then :) I love simplicity of her recipes combined with fresh and unusual flavours.

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                                                                                                                                                                                              LulusMom May 3, 2013 07:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                              You'll actually see me there next week cooking from Modern Classics (or whatever it is called). I'm leaving on a jet plane two days after mothers day but when I get back I hope to start partying with this book.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                angelsmom May 3, 2013 10:01 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                Please tell me where this thread is for Off the Shelf.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  Gio May 3, 2013 10:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Link to Off the Shelf "cooking from" thread:


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                                                                                                                                                                                                    herby May 3, 2013 10:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    The thread is here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/895710

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Lots of wonderful dishes reported by Gio. I made warm potato salad three! times with and without tuna.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      angelsmom May 3, 2013 04:05 PM


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                                                                                                                                                                                                  angelsmom May 3, 2013 09:59 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Please let me know what you like, I have it, but do not use it that much.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    LulusMom May 3, 2013 12:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Once i get it I will start posting on that thread. I have to admit that I have Modern Classics and am only trying my first recipe from it this coming week after a good 6 months. That said, I have made many, many of the recipes in Modern Classics 2, the dessert book, and they've pretty much all been huge hits and very easy with clear directions.

                                                                                                                                                                                              2. pagesinthesun May 2, 2013 11:46 AM


                                                                                                                                                                                                I pre-ordered the WEIGHT WATCHERS 50th ANNIVERSARY cookbook.

                                                                                                                                                                                                Not pleased with it at all in terms of cooking. It would be helpful for someone new to cooking AND following weight watchers. But, I don't really need a recipe for Yankee Pot Roast and a million ways to amp up egg dishes. So, I will be returning it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                I'm doing a major reno this summer and trying not to acquire more "stuff". Although, we did work out a spot for a book shelf specifically for my cookbooks in our plan!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  roxlet May 2, 2013 03:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Oh, that's too bad, but I find that, in general, I'm not that excited by WW cookbooks. I guess I feel that they're trying to appeal to a too-wide audience...that doesn't include me!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    roxlet May 14, 2013 03:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    That was in Costco last week, and I'm glad I remembered your warning about the book!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    rasputina May 2, 2013 08:01 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Are you guys talking about Flour too, or the original one just called Flour? I have the first one. Sadly I've never baked from it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      herby May 2, 2013 08:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      I have the original Flour and do not think that I "need" the second one. Very proud of my self for saying "no" to many cookbooks this year :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        roxlet May 2, 2013 10:17 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        I think we're talking about the original Flour, not Flour Too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. jpr54_1 May 2, 2013 05:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        what r your thoughts on slate's article-
                                                                                                                                                                                                        the future of cookbooks?


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                                                                                                                                                                                                          ePressureCooker May 25, 2013 09:18 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          At some point, DVD players will be dead. So will Blu Ray players, when something better comes along. Heck, maybe even some day cars will be dead. That was hardly a radical prognostication.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          And as for the slam against splattering food on cookbooks being gross, well that's in the eye of the beholder, I've seen people wax poetic about their mother and grandmothers' cookbooks, and knowing which recipes they liked by how stained the pages were.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            flourgirl May 25, 2013 01:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            I dread the day that cookbooks are no longer being published in print form. I'm certainly no luddite - I'm quite comfortable on PCs and I love my smart phone, etc. - but I've always been passionate about books, all kinds of books, and electronic forms just leave me cold. And I have so far resisted buying any gadget for using e-books, etc. because I am sick to death of worrying about whether or not all my current gadgets are charged and I absolutely refuse to buy one more gadget that keeps me on the treadmill of electronic obsolence.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              Annief123 May 25, 2013 02:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              I concur, there something very comforting about holding a book that my ipad doesn't fulfill.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Lately I've been hanging out in the cookbook section of the library. It's been a great resourse for me to reveiw a book before I purchase it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              I have a lot of cookbooks that I probably should never have gotten. If I just get one great recipe out of a book I feel that it was well worth the purchase.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            rasputina May 30, 2013 09:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            I thought it wasn't convincing at all. His argument in the end was that the only thing keeping print cookbooks going was because people give them as gifts. Huh? That was the best he could come up with and supposedly spent his youth reading cookbooks like novels, or so he claims.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            I have a foot in both worlds, I get lots of recipes online, I own and still buy print cookbooks but I also have over 100 ebook cookbooks and no they aren't all old out of print free ones. I store my favorite recipes on my iPad and cook from it 90% of the time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            His argument was ultimately unconvincing.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              Jay F May 30, 2013 02:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              What a silly article. What a silly writer.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            Lihinggummybear May 1, 2013 08:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            I just bought Flour today too!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              roxlet May 2, 2013 05:09 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Great minds, and all that! I think mine arrives today.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                herby May 2, 2013 06:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                I bought Flour awhile back and really like even though I do not bake frequently - cheddar scones, banana bread, carrot cake and chocolate tart turned out very well for me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Do you all know that Flour 2 is just about to be released?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  rstuart May 2, 2013 06:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Oh dear.. I see that it's coming out in a month here in Canada..

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Lihinggummybear May 2, 2013 08:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Nice! I am hoping to crack mine open this weekend and get baking.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                rstuart May 1, 2013 06:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                I liked flour.. didn't buy it, but did take it out of the library and tried a few recipes. The banana bread was good...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ellabee May 1, 2013 04:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Aiyee, what is wrong with me? I succumbed to The Good Cook offer -- Ball preserving book, The Farm by Ian Knauer, and How to Cook Everything: The Basics (interested in comparing beginner books like Martha Stewart's Cooking School and the new Aida Mollenkamp Keys to the Kitchen).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. buttertart May 1, 2013 04:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    What's a cookbook? Anybody want to hire me away from the trenches? I clean up good and am fun to be around ;-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      roxlet May 1, 2013 05:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      You'll have to download a few to read in those free moments to and from the salt mines!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Breadcrumbs May 1, 2013 06:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        bt is this a change of employer too or just roles? Sorry life is getting in the way of fun...I HATE when that happens. Let's hope things ease up soon and you're back at the breakfast bar w a cookbook and cuppa!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Father Kitchen May 1, 2013 12:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I've pre-ordered Kevin West's "Saving the Seasons."

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          angelsmom May 1, 2013 12:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            jeanmarieok May 26, 2013 01:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I have this book marked for my birthday - you really like it?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Njchicaa May 1, 2013 11:17 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I really want Bobby Flay's Barbecue Addiction but can't in good conscience order it right now. I bought like 8 cookbooks last month! (Fish Without A Doubt, Mesa Mexicana, Too Hot Tamales, Old School Comfort Food, Frontera, Mexican Everyday, Pati's Mexican Table, and How to Cook Everything)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Allegra_K May 1, 2013 12:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Ooh, I'd love to hear what you think of Pati's Mexican Table! I was hoping my library would carry it, but so far no luck. I may just have to cave...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Njchicaa May 1, 2013 06:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I'm half way through reading it (is it weird that I read through cookbooks like regular books) and I can say that more of her dishes look like things I want to make than what I saw in Mexican Everyday

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Allegra_K May 1, 2013 08:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Hah, I thought I was the only one who read cookbooks like gripping novels until I started frequenting Chow and found I wasn't alone!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    buttertart May 6, 2013 10:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Weird? Naah.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Gio May 1, 2013 11:14 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              OK I confess: My latest are:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Two Greedy Italians by Antonio Carluccio and Gennaro Contaldo
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I've considered buying this cookbook for most of this year and before. I finally succumbed. And, as an aside I bought the book from an Amazon re-seller. It was listed as being in "good" condition. It's in absolutely pristine condition. Not a mark or scuff anywhere!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Trattoria by Patricia Wells, and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Simply French: Patricia Wells Presents the Cuisine of Joel Robuchon.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I have her Bistro Cooking and love it so when I found a few recipes on the net from her other books at ridiculously low prices I pounced.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Crazy Water, Pickled Lemons: Enchanting Dishes from the Middle East, Mediterranean and North Africa by Diana Henry. This is my kind of region. I have two other books of hers and after reading recipe reports by CH COTM regulars it somehow found itself in My Basket...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                roxlet May 1, 2013 11:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                We love The Bistro Book too, but I've never been as smitten with her Trattoria book. I'd love to hear your impressions and what you enjoy making from it. Maybe it deserves another look.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Gio May 1, 2013 12:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Will do roxlet, when it arrives.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    angelsmom May 1, 2013 12:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The Tri color peppers with pasta and her tomato basil pesto are my two favorites from Trattoria.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      LulusMom May 2, 2013 07:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I own the Bistro Book but took Trattoria out of the library when it was COTM and loved it. One thing I remember being totally crazy about was a salad (? - appetizer?) of cubed cheese and walnuts. So much better than it sounds.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      angelsmom May 1, 2013 12:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      TGI and Trattoria are 2 of my favorites along with Family Matters that I Posted in the April thread.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        JoanN May 1, 2013 12:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Oooh! Oooh! I ADORE "Simply French." Not home so I can't check specifics, but I've made a number of recipes from that book, a few multiple times, and have never been disappointed. Robuchon was one of the greatest, and Wells makes him accessible. Some recipes can be fussy, but they're well worth it. I think you're going to love it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Gio May 2, 2013 05:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I guess you really like Simply French, Joan. Actually, I bought the book after reading your enthusiastic praise for it on another thread. Now I'm Really looking forward to its arrival...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            JoanN May 2, 2013 07:58 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I'd forgotten that thread and had to go look it up. Happy to see that at least I'm consistent. On occasion.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Gio May 7, 2013 04:57 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Simply French arrived yesterday but I have yet to really go through it in any depth. I'll do that later today. Joan, I'm interested to know what you particularly like in this book. When you have the time would you list a few recipes for me? A note on EYB says that DKennedy's go-to Chicken recipe is in the book, so that's good to know. TIA

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                JoanN May 8, 2013 05:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I agree with dkennedy about the roast chicken. It’s excellent. I have a note in the book to rub the baking dish with butter to keep the skin from sticking. The Confit of Fresh Chestnuts, Walnuts, Fennel, and Onions is extraordinary. I make it with the bottled French chestnuts. Glazed Spring Vegetables is superb, and very elegant if you can find the whole baby vegetables. The Provencal Roast Tomatoes couldn't be simpler and couldn't be better when fresh tomatoes are in season. And the Smoked Salmon Rolls with Fresh Salmon “Caviar” are also comparatively easy, can be done mostly ahead of time, and also make for an elegant presentation.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                And now that I’m flipping through the book, which I haven’t done in a long time, I see so many more recipes I want to try. Definitely time to revisit this book.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  buttertart May 10, 2013 10:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Uh oh. The fresh chestnuts thing has got you-know-who's name all over it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Gio May 11, 2013 06:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Many thanks, Joan. All the recipes you've referenced sound delightful. Can't wait to really get into this book and start cooking.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Breadcrumbs May 1, 2013 06:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I think Trattoria may have been a COTM Gio...I seem to think I may have bought it for that reason. I know you'll love TGIs ...a wonderful book.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              LulusMom May 2, 2013 07:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I believe it was based on a certain person with a 3 letter name and a red avatar raving about Two Greedy Italians that got me to have my husband bring me a copy home from the UK...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Gio May 2, 2013 08:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Hahahaha... gee, I wonder who that could be...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                BTW: I have the Orecchetti with broccoli and anchovies earmarked for the first recipe I'll cook. But first I have to use up all the Chinese cabbage, beansprouts and other perishable Asian stuff.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  LulusMom May 2, 2013 08:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Mmm, that sounds good. I make a cauliflower version that is one of my husband's favorite meals.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Gio May 2, 2013 09:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Yes.... this is really nothing I've never made before but I want to see how they treat the ingredients.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                debbiel May 25, 2013 08:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Oh no. I've opened up the Amazon page for Crazy Water...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I am weak.

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