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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? June 2013 edition [old]

Hi all, I've been in Tokyo for the past week :) and have some fun photos of the Kinokuniya bookstore English cookbook shelves to share...just got one book, of Japanese festivals and associated recipes. Wish I read Japanese...
What have you acquired lately?

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  1. Japan! Oh how amazing bt! Hoping this was a trip for leisure. Looking forward to your photos.

    Thanks for kicking off June. I have a ridiculous haul to report. I was thinking of you as mr bc helped be stuff the books in my bag. I'll be back tomorrow.

    Welcome home!

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    1. re: Breadcrumbs

      It was our anniversary celebration trip and it was nothing but leisure (of a slightly hectic sort, my husband is an urban historian and we saw some slightly off the beaten path things because of that). We loved it.

      1. re: buttertart

        Belated congratulations bt. WIll you please alert us if you post a trip review? I'd love to read about it and see any pics you share.

        1. re: Breadcrumbs

          I will! This week at work has been hellish, still recovering.

    2. I just got Ken Forkish's James Beard Award-winning book, Flour Water Salt Yeast, and it is a winner. I particularly like that he gives you a timeline for completing the recipes -- if you mix the preferment today, then you do this tomorrow at this time, and you'll have the loaves at that time. I really like this book a lot.

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      1. re: roxlet

        Have to get that, I'll wait for the bundle sale...it sounds fab.

        1. re: roxlet

          It's always a treat to have a cookbook that's a good read as well isn't it roxlet. If you make something from the book, perhaps you could share your results with us here.

          1. re: roxlet

            This is one of my favorite bread cookbooks.

          2. After nearly three months out of the country, my mail-order fingers were itching something awful. I bought Carole Walter’s “Great Coffee Cakes, Sticky Buns, Muffins & More,” for which I’d been checking used prices on Amazon for forever and finally just said the hell with it, I want it. I already have two of Ed Giobbi’s books and love them, so Gio’s comment that the revised edition of “Eat Right, Eat Well--The Italian Way” was her favorite had that one on it’s way to me in no time. After swearing I wasn’t going to buy it, but then thinking it might be a COTM and finding Marcus Samuelsson’s “Soul of a New Cuisine” for half price at the Strand, I now own it. Following the discussion on a couple of COTM nominating threads, particularly MelMM’s comment about it being perfect for summer produce, I bought “Two Greedy Italians.” Thinking the last thing I needed was yet another Italian book, I succumbed to the various raves and siren song of Barbara Lynch’s “Stir”--which I read cover-to-cover the day it arrived and now want to make everything in it. And ordered but not yet arrived is Edward Lee’s “Smoke & Pickles,” because once I saw it, I knew I had to have it. That ought to keep me busy for a while. At least, I hope so.

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            1. re: JoanN

              Nice collection Joan! Stir is one of my personal favourites. Such a wonderful book to cook from and to read as you've already discovered. I've reviewed some of the recipes in EYB if you're interested. This is indeed a COTM-worthy book and would be especially suited to the fall or winter months IMHO. Enjoy!

              1. re: Breadcrumbs

                Just took a look at your "Stir" reviews on EYB. Oh, my! COTM worthy indeed!

                1. re: JoanN

                  I just purchased the book: Stir: Mixing it up in the Italian tradition. Was this the right "Stir"? Maybe I bought the wrong "Stir". Please let me know. Thanks so much.

                  1. re: naturelle

                    No, you bought the one I was referring to, the one by Barbara Lynch. Haven't cooked from it yet. Sort of got sidetracked by Smoke & Pickles. That's what happens when you buy too many cookbooks one right after another.

                    1. re: JoanN

                      Thank you so much for replying.

              2. re: JoanN

                Gotta get Stir and that Walter book...I love the Giobbi Italian Family Cooking, there's a dish of chicken with olives and cauliflower In it I've been making since I got the book, appx 400 years ago. Remember when he was ALL THAT in the food world? (Beard on Bread has a couple of his bread recipes in it, and they're great -- pizza caccia nanza and Italian feather bread)...
                (Doors fans will be amused/saddened to know the iPad wants to make nanza into Manzarek...)

                1. re: buttertart

                  Stir is available really cheaply at abebooks.com. Under $2 plus shipping for a "good" copy. I find the condition of books from abe to be usually better than stated.

                  1. re: buttertart

                    I think I've had "Italian Family Cooking" for about as long as you, but have never made any of the recipes you mention. Putting a sticky on the cover right now.

                  2. re: JoanN

                    I love the Great Coffeecakes cookbook! We have a cooking from thread here on it.

                    1. re: rasputina

                      Baking From: Great Coffee Cakes, Sticky Buns, Muffins & More by Carole Walter

                      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/885081

                      1. re: rasputina

                        I love this book too. There are several recipes in that book that are in my regular rotation.

                      2. re: JoanN

                        Oh Joan, I just bought Stir. All the books you just listed are books I have been toying with buying for the same reasons you did....except Soul because I already own that one and by the way you will love it!

                        My trigger finger is itchy too...these are dangerous times to be online.

                        1. re: dkennedy

                          So my copy of Stir just arrived in the mail and I have to thank you once again Joan. I have only gotten through the introductory notes so far and I am working my way through the table of contents but I can already tell Barbara and I are kindred spirits. I really love her voice and her first two recipes are things I regularly make as comfort food. I am so excited to curl up in a chair with this one. Maybe I'll snuggle between a few of you on the COTM couch while we wait for 8:00 GMT to arrive!

                          1. re: dkennedy

                            With all the new books I bought recently (and "Mediterranean Harvest" just arrived today), it's hard to know where to start cooking. I got sidetracked by "Smoke & Pickles," but "Stir" is definitely next up since it looks as though "Two Greedy Italians" isn't going to make it.

                            1. re: JoanN

                              I am loving this book! It even has a Notes page at the end of each chapter - whomever owned this book before me clearly never used it. Such a pity!

                              I also really like her choice of recipes. I think I might start with her recipe for "My Favorite Chocolate Cookies" on page 302.
                              Again, will report back with my findings!

                              1. re: JoanN

                                I looked at the recipe for potato-stuffed roast chicken in "smoke and Pickles" and fell in love. That book does look very interesting.

                                1. re: buttertart

                                  I'd love to hear from someone once they've cooked from this book. It sounds really good, but ... I'm trying so hard to be good.

                                  1. re: LulusMom

                                    Both flourgirl and I have stuck a toe in. Preliminary reports here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9004... (Although the recipe I tried won't be of any interest to you, LLM.)

                                    1. re: LulusMom

                                      I resisted and "dated" this book by visiting it several times in store... But the siren's call lured me in and I gave up and just got it. I am not disappointed. This is my kind of cooking.

                                      I have made several of the rice bowls, the southern fried rice (I love rice) and the potato roast chicken is on the menu this week with an organic memonite chicken sale chicken purchased at the market this morning. I love this book.

                                      1. re: kaymbee

                                        Dated this book...so cte, been there, done that...now you can go all the way with it on Google Books ;-)

                                        1. re: kaymbee

                                          We are huge rice fans too. This is a dangerous conversation.

                                          1. re: LulusMom

                                            Seven different rice bowls, and only one of them with pork. (Not really lobbying for anything here, since I've just gone ahead and started cooking from it.)

                                            1. re: JoanN

                                              Do we have a "cooking from" thread from Ed Lees book yet? Seems like we ought to...

                                              ~TDQ

                                              1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                I'm hoping that soon enough it will be the COTM and an adjunct "cooking from" thread would be superfluous. Hoping, hoping.

                                                1. re: JoanN

                                                  It would make a fantastic book for August with that pickle chapter and all... ;)

                                                  1. re: kaymbee

                                                    I'm holding off from buying Smoke and Pickles just now since I've reached my self-imposed quota for this month (June) already. However, I'm interested in the book and would gladly support it for the August COTM. The fact that he's good looking and sitting at a table with a wine glass, an old fashioned glass, a bottle of bourbon and a bottle of cognac(?) notwithstanding...
                                                    http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2013...

                                                    Recent purchases:
                                                    Big Small Plates/Cindy Pawlcyn
                                                    The River Cafe Cook Book/Ruth Rogers & Rose Gray
                                                    Carmine's Family-Style Cookbook/Michael Ronis
                                                    The Vermont Farm Table Cookbook/Tracey Medeiros

                                                    1. re: Gio

                                                      Gio, what do you think about Vermont Farm book? I have The Farm which I do not find very inspirational, From Harvest to Heat that I have not cooked enough from and Japanese Farm which I love but too intimidated to get into.

                                                      1. re: herby

                                                        I am curious too. Of those listed above I only have Harvest to Heat, which I regret buying.

                                                        1. re: dkennedy

                                                          Herby & DK: I Want to like the VT FT Ckbk but have only made 1 full recipe and a vinaigrette so far so really don't have very much information for you. The recipe was for middle-neck clams in broth. Adhering to the cook time in the recipe the clams were not cooked through even tho the clams had all opened. The broth was delicious. The vinaigrette (paraphrase below) was delicious too... I do like the sound of the recipes but, you know, the pudding's proof and all that. I'm going to keep sampling recipes as we proceed through the Summer and will report back when on topic.

                                      2. re: buttertart

                                        I have been not-all-all interested in Smoke & Pickles, but was intrigued by the idea of potato-stuffed roast chicken, so I found the recipe (a chunk of S&P is on google books) and, oh! it looks so good. How did I not realize this was Edward Lee from Top Chef? I really liked him that season!

                                        ~TDQ

                                    2. re: dkennedy

                                      Lynch's ricotta gnocchi are delicious!

                                2. Yesterday I received Flour Water Salt Yeast, Barbecue Addiction, The Grilling Book, and How Easy Is That in the mail. I also ordered the Chevy's Fresh Mex cookbook for $0.01 (plus $3.99 shipping).

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                                  1. re: Njchicaa

                                    I got the Grilling book because I didn't refuse the features selection on TGC, do not have a grill -- think I'll give it to a friend who does.

                                    1. re: Njchicaa

                                      I've had the Chevy's cookbook for a long time now and have cooked quite a few recipes from it. We use their fuego rub pretty often and I use the achiote marinade on chicken to rave reviews at our house.

                                      1. re: Njchicaa

                                        Chevy's Fresh Mex - I did the Amazon thing too on this book. Wish I would have saved the $3.99 shipping & bought some other "penny" book.

                                        Maybe it was my fault in poo pooing this book. I am a dyed in the wool Tex Mex girl & thought the book would be along those lines. Nope. It was more Southwest cooking to me, not Tex Mex at all. Hope you like it better than I did.

                                      2. Recently ordered The Vermont Farm Table Cookbook: 150 Home-Grown Recipes from the Green Mountain State by Tracey Medeiros. We Love Vermont. We Love farmers and farm stands. I had to have this book.

                                        With recipes like: Roasted beet salad with cilantro and lime, Bow Thai pasta salad, Penne with creamy Smugglers' Notch vodka sauce, Chicken breasts stuffed with chevre and sautéed ramps served with pickled ramps and a rhubarb gastrique, and who could possibly resist Massaged kale salad with Asian peanut dressing that includes pepitas; kale; peaches; feta cheese; rice vinegar; soy sauce; yogurt; ground ginger; sesame oil; garlic; peanut butter; chile garlic sauce? Now I ask you...

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                                        1. re: Gio

                                          I saw that one when it came up on the EYB home page Gio. Sounds like a winner. Keep us posted!

                                          1. re: Gio

                                            I'll be in Vermont tomorrow. Maybe I'll see it at the King Arthur Store!

                                            1. re: roxlet

                                              Oh wow.. you're going to King Arthur? My mother and I have talked about driving down to do one of their courses one summer.. but have never gotten around to it..

                                              1. re: rstuart

                                                I was in Vt. a few months ago. The King Arthur classes sell out fast! Definitely plan very far ahead.

                                                1. re: meatn3

                                                  That's good to know.. it would be a fair drive for us too, so we'd have to plan ahead.

                                                2. re: rstuart

                                                  I spent about an hour (and $100!) in their shop. It's great, and love that there are things that you can't find anywhere else. I bought a bunch of breads for the market to take home, and they're resting happily in the freezer. My son requested a "sweetie," and he inhaled a cupcake, a sugar cookie and a whoopie pie, declaring all of them fabulous. I loved being able to look inside the bakery and watching the bakers at work. It's just a really fun place for people who love to bake to hang out. And yes, those classes sell out instantly it seems!

                                              2. re: Gio

                                                Last night we made 'Back home-style Portuguese steamed middleneck clams' from the VT Farm book and for the clams the timing was way off. We did use Middlenecks and although the clams were all opened they were not cooked through which made for a disappointing meal. The sauce was delicious though and we mopped it up with a freshly baked rustic crusty loaf.

                                                The Cilantro Salad Dressing was seriously delicious over Romaine and radish salad. The recipe makes a lot so there's more than enough for a couple more salads.

                                                1. re: Gio

                                                  Could you paraphrase that recipe for the cilantro salad dressing? We always have piles of cilantro, and that sounds like a good way to use some before it goes bad.

                                                  1. re: roxlet

                                                    That does sound exciting, LOVE cilantro.

                                                    1. re: buttertart

                                                      Just saw this request now, roxlet and buttertart... here's the paraphrase:

                                                      Cilantro Vinaigrette, Pg. 65 VT Farm Table Cookbook:
                                                      fresh orange juice - 1/2 c
                                                      Cilantro Vinegar - 1/2 c (used 1/2 c chopped cilantro & apple cider vinegar to taste)
                                                      VT (local) honey - 2 T
                                                      grated ginger - 1 T
                                                      fresh lime juice - 1 T
                                                      toasted sesame oil - 3 T & extra to taste
                                                      Kosher salt & FGBpepper
                                                      Whisk the ingredients together, drizzling in the oil at the end as usual, taste for seasoning etc.

                                                      This is the dressing for a red cabbage and carrot slaw w toasted sesame seeds but I used it over a romaine & radish salad. Attributed to the Earth Sky Time Community Farm in Manchester Ctr, VT

                                                      1. re: Gio

                                                        Thank you, Gio! I put it in my pepperplate as I never seem to remember where I saw a recipe when I want to make it. Sounds great.

                                                        1. re: Gio

                                                          That sounds terrific as a slaw dressing. Thank you, cara!

                                                  2. Sticking my toe in this discussion because I am a masochist or something.

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                                                    1. re: LulusMom

                                                      Now THAT made me smile!! Too funny LlM!!

                                                    2. I do have some new cookbook purchases to report but I also made out like a bandit at a yard sale yesterday. I’ve decided that I love people that have an epiphany and decide they hate cookbooks…I’m going to make it my goal this summer to sniff them all out and buy up their books at their yard sales!!

                                                      Let me set the scene. Minding our own business, driving home from Costco and don’t I spot a “Yard Sale” sign. mr bc protests but to no avail (he long since learned “happy wife, happy life”) so he obliges and makes a sharp right. Well, what to my wondering eyes does appear…a driveway filled w boxes of books and my pathway was clear!! So, as I quickly ushered mr bc back to the truck for a bag, I started digging. I was excited to see “Fill-a-bag” written on all the boxes but I couldn’t believe my ears when the homeowner came over and told me the books weren’t selling so the going price was now $2. Yup, you read that right…fill a bag with books, most never opened, for $2. Here’s what cookbooks I got for my $2:

                                                      MAIDA HEATTER’S PIES & TARTS (yes bt, I immediately thought of you when I eyed the boxes of baking books!)

                                                      MAIDA HEATTER’S CAKES

                                                      AMERICAN BISTRO – Diane Rossen Worthington

                                                      BEATRICE OJAKANGAS LIGHT & EASY BAKING

                                                      BON APPETIT THE CHRISTMAS SEASON

                                                      DIANE CLEMENT’S ZEST FOR LIFE

                                                      THE 4-HOUR CHEF – Timothy Ferriss

                                                      WEEKNIGHT FRESH + FAST – Williams Sonoma

                                                      TAKE TWO & BUTTER ‘EM WHILE THEY’RE HOT – Barbara Swell (against all odds I’m NOT the only EYB member with this one!!)

                                                      FROM SASKATCHEWAN HOMEMAKER’S KITCHENS – complied by homemaker’s clubs in honour of Saskatchewan’s golden jubilee…in 1955! The book was in a plastic bag and looks brand new!!

                                                      Not bad at all, right?!

                                                      New, from Costco:

                                                      BOBBY FLAY’S BARBECUE ADDICTION

                                                      VEGETABLES FROM AN ITALIAN GARDEN (This is a Phaidon book and while I tend to avoid them after being underwhelmed by The Silver Spoon, I must say this piqued my interest and mr bc actually encouraged me to buy it so I was helpless really!!

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                                                      1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                        I was not impressed with Silver Spoon, but love Phaidon's Recipes from an Italian Summer.

                                                        1. re: angelsmom

                                                          That's good to know angeismom. They had that one as well and it was a toss up. In the end I went w summer because it was open and all the Summer books were still sealed. I may need to pick that up as well on my next visit.

                                                        2. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                          Yard sales are great, especially moving sales. I casually mentionned to someone in my writer's group that I like cookbooks and she wants to unload all of her cookbooks on me. Will see what comes of it.

                                                          1. re: Ruthie789

                                                            That's a very exciting prospect Ruthie...keep us posted, you never know. Fingers crossed for you!!

                                                          2. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                            BC, you have the BEST yard sale/thrift store luck! Both of the Maida Heatter books are supposed to be great. and I am a big fan of Beatrice Ojakangas. One of my first cookbooks that I got about 20 years ago and still use all of the time was her "Light Muffins".
                                                            I can only imagine what delights you will find in "From Saskatchewan Homemaker's Kitchens".. I predict some jellied salads?

                                                            1. re: rstuart

                                                              I agree rstuart, I am very lucky when it comes to finding great bargains on books. Funny when I read your post it reminded me that when I was a kid I was always finding money on the ground. My friends always used to say how lucky I was. I chalked that up to the fact that I must always have had my head down looking for it...though I don't remember bumping into any poles for the same reason!!

                                                              That's great news about the BO book, I'm glad to hear you are a fan. I thought the recipes looked wonderful as I flipped through it. I'll let you know about the jellied salads but I bet you're right!

                                                            2. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                              May I just say, holy shit! You are the luckiest yard sale shopper in the world.

                                                              1. re: buttertart

                                                                I agree bt and last week was an especially good week!

                                                                1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                  My My, the book "gods" were with you that day. I am lucky to find a cookbook at a sale for $2.00 a book, much less $2.00 for a whole sack full! Congratulations!

                                                                  1. re: cstout

                                                                    Thanks cs, I was pretty excited about my day!

                                                                2. This week: Cooks' House (Traverse City MI) and The Complete book of Chicken (Cook's Illustrated) and Alone in the Kitchen with an Eggplant.

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                                                                  1. re: brooktroutchaser

                                                                    I love Alone in the Kitchen :) Not a cookbook though there some recipes but the essays are charming.

                                                                  2. I bought Pig: King of the Southern Table by James Villas. I've been wanting this cookbook for awhile and justified the purchase since my hubby went hog hunting this week and came home with 2.

                                                                    1. Not sure this in any way counts, but I took Veganomicon out of the library and am hoping to use it at least a little while my husband is out of town. Sort of test driving it. I like that they give time estimates; I don't like that many of those estimates are over an hour. Anyone in this group used the book at all?

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                                                                      1. re: LulusMom

                                                                        It's been several years now, but I've made the tamales from it and thought they were pretty delicious. Not exactly speedy, though.

                                                                        (P.S. I'm also some kind of masochist...reading this thread, when I'm on a buying moratorium and barely have time to cook or even read these days...)

                                                                        ~TDQ

                                                                        1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                          Thanks for the reply. I went on Amazon and looked at the one star reviews (sometimes they help, sometimes they're completely useless), and quite a few said that the recipes they had tried had taken way too long and then been fairly tasteless. I'm giving two more a shot (I have already tried the roasted squash with coriander, which, to be honest, was basically something I already make) while my husband is away. I'm very happy that I got it from the library instead of buying it without trying.

                                                                          1. re: LulusMom

                                                                            If someone says the recipes take way too long and are tasteless, at least it appears they've cooked from the book a little! My big problem with Amazon reviews is that a lot of people review cookbooks without ever cooking from them. They are really just reviewing the look, feel and concept of the book. I wish there were a way to screen out all of the reviews from people who haven't actually cooked from a book.

                                                                            By the way, there are lots of recipe ratings on EYB for Veganomicon. Not very many comments, though. But, it might be worth looking at the ratings and see if they line up with your own assessment of the recipes you've tried. If yes, maybe you can let the EYB ratings guide you a little.

                                                                            ~TDQ

                                                                            1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                              Great idea about using EYB, but I *do* wish people would leave comments on recipes. I think they help so much.

                                                                              And yes yes yes on the amazon reviews. I don't want a review of something that is actually a review of your post office or your taste in the cover photograph.

                                                                              Quite a few people recommended Quick Fix Vegan instead, so I'll be looking for that at the library.

                                                                        2. re: LulusMom

                                                                          Yes, and found it to be poorly edited and frequently unreliable. If you do cook from it, give the ingredient proportions and cooking techniques a skeptical look before you start.

                                                                          1. re: pikawicca

                                                                            Thanks for that pikawicca. Knowing that going in will help.

                                                                          2. re: LulusMom

                                                                            I'm telling you folks... Mediterranean Harvest: Vegetarian Recipes for Everyone from the World's Healthiest Cuisine by Martha Rose Shulman is by far the best vegetable cookbook I cooked from all last Summer. I plan to do so this year as well... and also the Vermont book that just landed here.

                                                                            http://www.eatyourbooks.com/library/2...

                                                                            http://www.eatyourbooks.com/library/1...

                                                                            1. re: Gio

                                                                              And there's always Bittman's new book VB6 Vegan Before Dinnertime. Man is he ever prolific.

                                                                              ~TDQ

                                                                              1. re: Gio

                                                                                But this book isn't specifically vegan, is it Gio? I have been getting away with a lot of vegetarian meals. Trying to see just how far I can push the envelope with LulusDad.

                                                                                1. re: LulusMom

                                                                                  Not vegan LLM... but definitely Vegetarian. I'm tempted to nominate it for July's COTM...

                                                                                  1. re: Gio

                                                                                    I'd love it if we could get away with a vegetarian book for a month!!

                                                                                    That said, I'm looking for a trustworthy vegan cookbook right now.

                                                                                    1. re: LulusMom

                                                                                      Just bought a "very good" used paperback for $4.22 + shipping on Amazon. I could get behind the Shulman for COTM for next month, too.

                                                                                      For vegan, take a look at "The Mediterranean Vegan Kitchen." I've been very pleased with the few recipes I made from it and marked many more. Only in paperback, and you can get it used for $5 on Amazon, so no great loss if it turns out you don't love it.

                                                                                      http://www.amazon.com/The-Mediterrane...

                                                                                      1. re: JoanN

                                                                                        Wonderful - thank you for the recommendation. And I see it has a kindle edition, which would be more expensive but would take up a lot less space. I've put it on my wish list for now.

                                                                                      2. re: LulusMom

                                                                                        I'm amending my post since on further review I see there Are a few recipes that use meat but they are in the minority and can easily be avoided.

                                                                                        1. re: LulusMom

                                                                                          Take a look at Supermarket Vegan. Basic, simple meals with no "weird" ingredients. Great for weekday family meals (even if one recipe calls for canned potatoes -- ick).

                                                                                          More up-market is "Pure Vegan." Nice for weekends and entertaining. A few tofu dishes, but not tempeh or seitan, both of which I dislike.

                                                                                          1. re: pikawicca

                                                                                            Supermarket Vegan sort of turns me off with all the prepared ingredients. I mean, I am not totally sure that I've ever seen a canned potato, but I am totally sure that I don't want to eat one. Pure Vegan looks interesting though. I don't have any problem with tempeh or seitan, but my husband probably would. And I LOVE tofu.

                                                                                              1. re: pikawicca

                                                                                                Wow, I had not seen that - that is a great link. Thank you very much.

                                                                                                  1. re: LulusMom

                                                                                                    Another Vegetarian book worth a look is Rose Elliot's New Complete Vegetarian.

                                                                                                    I was fortunate enough to find this at a Thrift shop recently and it looks fantastic. Chock full of really interesting, delicious-sounding recipes. Here's a link to the Amazon reviews:

                                                                                                    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Rose-Elliots-...

                                                                                                    Another veggie book I'm enamoured with is Eat Your Vegetables by Arthur Potts Dawson. A local cookbook shop owner tipped me off to this one and it's outstanding. Page after page of drool-inducing recipes. Think Ottolenghi.

                                                                                                    1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                                      I'm sure that is a great book, but I'm looking for a vegan cookbook. Having spent many years as a vegetarian/pescatarian I feel pretty comfortable with that cooking (not that I wouldn't enjoy more of those cookbooks!). But vegan seems a bit trickier. Those dairy fats are awfully wonderful and hard to imagine doing without on a daily basis (for me). But the more great vegan recipes I can get into my family, the better.

                                                                                                      1. re: LulusMom

                                                                                                        I'll keep my eyes peeled LlM, if I see or hear of a good one, I'll report back.

                                                                                                        1. re: LulusMom

                                                                                                          I rely heavily on ethnic cookbooks with traditional recipes that have never depended on meat. Middle Eastern and Asian dishes are on our plates quite often.

                                                                                                          1. re: pikawicca

                                                                                                            I definitely do a lot of asian, and sometimes just sub tofu for the protein. That is a very easy way, although I have to admit to being somewhat obsessed with fish sauce.

                                                                                                            Made a pasta from Vegonomicon tonight with a few changes. I found the recipe on the page a bit hard to follow - long paragraphs in small-ish print, but basically an easy recipe. It was called something like California Pasta, which basically meant it had avocado squares stirred in at the end. I love avocado so I was immediately intrigued by the idea of doing this. Honestly? I think it was superfluous and a waste of good avocado, but otherwise I actually really liked what I did of the recipe. I left out the broccoli too, but here is what you do: heat olive oil and add lots of garlic, lime zest and hot pepper flakes; once that is warmed up add some wine and boil it down a bit. Then add veg broth, arugula, S&P, lime juice. Drain the linguine and put into the sauce to soak it up a bit and then add the avocado. Again, didn't need this last bit (although it wasn't as weird as it sounds). The lime and garlic with the arugula give it enough kapow that you don't want cheese with it. I'd do it again, sans avocado. That said, the book is due at the library and I'm not upset about taking it back.

                                                                                                            1. re: LulusMom

                                                                                                              The chickpeas romesco recipe from Veganomicon is really delicious and worth trying. There are numerous online sources for it if you have already returned the book. I think I used pimenton instead of fire-roasted tomatoes.

                                                                                                          2. re: LulusMom

                                                                                                            I just read about this chef in the Montreal Gazette who cooks vegan and is much sought after. She has written a cookbook and the first print of it sold out, perhaps it would be of interest to you, link below, and the same paper has some vegan recipes in the food section by the author:
                                                                                                            http://www.montrealgazette.com/life/f...

                                                                                                            1. re: Ruthie789

                                                                                                              Thanks ruthie! I'll give that a look.

                                                                                                            2. re: LulusMom

                                                                                                              btw, I was shocked when I searched for Vegan books in the EYB library. 1 book. Seriously.

                                                                                                              1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                                                What about Chloe's Kitchen, believe she has written two vegan books.

                                                                                                                1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                                                  wow. That is pretty interesting. You have to imagine that that will change. It isn't like I'm planning on making the family go vegan, but having a vegan meal once a week is a goal of mine. We'll see how it works out.

                                                                                                                  1. re: LulusMom

                                                                                                                    LLM, I was checking Mediterranean Harvest (for COTM) and there were two books mentioned: The Mediterranean Vegan Kitchen and Vegan Italiano: Meat-free, Egg-free, Dairy-free Dishes from Sun-Drenched Italy by Donna Klein. I thought you might be interested in checking one or both out.

                                                                                                                    What are your reasons for eating vegan on a regular basis? Just curious :)

                                                                                                                    1. re: herby

                                                                                                                      I'm looking at trying to add maybe a vegan meal or two a week to our diets for our health and the health of the earth.

                                                                                                                      Thanks for the tips.

                                                                                                                    2. re: LulusMom

                                                                                                                      I have to say Vegan does not necessarily mean healthy eating, even though I know you are seeking that out LLM. I have a friend whose whole family eats Vegan 100% of the time and there house is loaded with crap I wouldn't put in my body. But I love the idea of serving one healthy Vegan meal once or twice a week. I am guessing you already do that without even labeling it that way. I think I do, though sometimes it feels like all my family will eat is meat.

                                                                                                                      1. re: dkennedy

                                                                                                                        Yeah, I have vegan friends who have lots of vegan cr/p in their pantries too, but that isn't what I'm going for. I just want a nice, healthy vegan cookbook for once or twice a week. I know we do at least one vegetarian meal a week, but it pretty much always has some dairy in it (we love us some cheese). Don't worry - I don't think that eating vegan means I can suddenly buy bulk vegan chips or anything!

                                                                                                                        1. re: LulusMom

                                                                                                                          Have you already checked out Veganomicon? It looks pretty good, and has been on my radar for a while. Here is a snippet about it from Amazon:

                                                                                                                          Autumn Latkes; Samosa Stuffed Baked Potatoes; Grilled Yuca Tortillas; Baby Bok Choy with Crispy Shallots; Chile-Cornmeal Crusted Tofu; Po’ Boy Roasted Eggplant and Spinach Muffuletta; Jicama-Watercress-Avocado Salad with Spicy Citrus Vinaigrette; Acorn Squash, Pear and Adzuki Soup; Tomato Rice Soup with Roasted Garlic and Navy Beans; Asparagus and Lemongrass Risotto; Almost All-American Seitan Pot Pie; Hot Sauce-Glazed Tempeh; Black Eyed Pea Collard Rolls; Chocolate Hazelnut Biscotti; and Pumpkin Crumb Cake with Pecan Streusel.

                                                                                                                          The notes on EYB are very favorable and it is available as a kindle book. I may have to take the plunge! Uh-oh, that will make 6 books in the last 3o days.

                                                                                                                          1. re: dkennedy

                                                                                                                            I took it from the library and made something last week. My basic feeling, from looking through the book and from the negative reviews on Amazon is that these are overly complicated recipes that, apparently in quite a few cases, don't lead to especially interesting results. A lot of the recipes look as if they take more than 90 minutes. i'm willing to invest that sort of time sometimes, but not for bland, mediocre food. So that one got taken back to the library as soon as it was due. The book I'm most seriously interested in right now is Quick Fix Vegan (I believe this is the name) which many people preferred to Veganomicon.

                                                                                                                    3. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                                                      I'm not sure I follow, Breadcrumbs. I just searched the EYB library with the filter Vegan, and it returned 559 results.

                                                                                                                      http://www.eatyourbooks.com/library?f...

                                                                                                                        1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                                                          I think I get it, BC. Looks like your path was Nutrition->Vegan, while mine was Book Type->Eating Style->Vegan.

                                                                                                                          1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                                                                                                                            Ah, that makes sense Caitlin. Odd that the paths would yield different results isn't it? Funny because I started off in Book Types but I looked under Vegetables. I don't think I've ever used or noticed that Eating Style category. In any event, it's good to know there's a wide variety of Vegan books. Sorry LlM...more books for your Wishlist!!

                                                                                                  2. re: Gio

                                                                                                    I just received my copy of Mediterranean Harvest yesterday. I was intrigued by the comments here (especially your high praise, Gio!) and got a very good price on abebooks.com

                                                                                                    1. re: Gio

                                                                                                      Oh that Vermont book is calling my name!

                                                                                                  3. I saw a copy of Eat Your Vegetables at a used bookstore and couldn't pass it up. I had successfully resisted this book when it was new, but between Breadcrumbs' recent accolades and a low, low price, I just couldn't resist.

                                                                                                    1. I'm halfway through The Drunken Botanist by Amy Stewart. It's not really a cookbook, though there are a number of mixed drink recipes using ingredients both common and obscure.

                                                                                                      It is a fascinating read about the many plants that are used in brewing and distilling, how they're cultivated, why, the processes, and the various flavours of the finished products. Far from a dry subject (pun intended), Amy Stewart presents the information in an entertaining and interesting way.

                                                                                                      If you're into horticulture at all, or if you just like to imbibe and be introduced to new libations, this is a book to be sipped and savoured.

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                                                                                                      1. I just bought Gluten Free Girl Everyday and last month I bought the Lee Brothers Charleston Kitchen. I have been following Shauna almost since she started her blog and I have bought all of her books. And just now learning and hearing about the Lee brothers and I "love" love Charleston I had to buy the book.

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                                                                                                        1. re: LEsherick2007

                                                                                                          I picked up Charleston Kitchen while there this past weekend. I haven't had a chance to make anything from it yet, but I love how they have discussed the history of Charleston food and the stories behind each recipe. And they include the recipe for Henry's Cheese Dip, which our B&B served one afternoon. That will be the first one I make.

                                                                                                        2. I just bought the book Fat by Jennifer McLagan. "an appreciation of a misunderstood ingredient, with recipes".

                                                                                                          It is pretty interesting. I don't think I have been surprised with the technical/nutritional/historical details because I am a bit of a health nut and love food research anyway. However, the recipes and organization of the book is helpful and inspirational. All kinds of fats are covered with details into their health role and their role in flavoring dishes.

                                                                                                          1. I had a 15% off coupon for Ollie's and took a really, teeny, tiny peak at the books. Somehow Seasonal Fruit Desserts by Deborah Madison made it's way into my basket. $4.99 plus the coupon - didn't even open it up! Just grabbed it and smiled all the way to the cash wrap!

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                                                                                                            1. re: meatn3

                                                                                                              Yes, I got one there too recently. They can have some terrific cookbooks at good prices amidst the Sandra Lee tomes.

                                                                                                              1. re: sr44

                                                                                                                You are so right! Initially the Sandra lee books catch your eye. But if you look carefully there are usually a few gems. Plus the gems don't seem to be in as high of demand as the Sandra Lee's.

                                                                                                              2. re: meatn3

                                                                                                                Just picked up Madison's Seasonal Fruit Desserts in the bargain section of my local Chapters. meatn3 have you made anything noteworthy from it yet?

                                                                                                              3. hope u had fun in Japan-

                                                                                                                did u eat at sushi restaurant from Jiro Dreams of Sushi?
                                                                                                                or go to the big fish market?

                                                                                                                I am thinking of purchasing Smoke and Pickles

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                                                                                                                1. re: jpr54_1

                                                                                                                  Went to Tsukiji the first day, and bought my dream knives at a shop in the neighborhood. :)

                                                                                                                  1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                    What type of dream knives and how did you clear customs with them?

                                                                                                                    1. re: Ruthie789

                                                                                                                      I'll let buttertart answer the first half of the question, but I travel often with my kitchen knives . As long as they're in your checked luggage, it's not a problem. You just can't carry them on the plane with you.

                                                                                                                      1. re: JoanN

                                                                                                                        I would have thought knives would be off limit.

                                                                                                                        1. re: Ruthie789

                                                                                                                          Not as long as they're checked. I've been carrying a few kitchen knives and a cast iron skillet to rental homes and apartments in Mexico and Guatemala for years now. Only even got asked about it once. I explained the situation, and they didn't even bother to open the suitcase.

                                                                                                                          1. re: JoanN

                                                                                                                            Same here. We rent homes fairly often, and I always pack some knives in my checked in bags. Never had a problem.

                                                                                                                      2. re: Ruthie789

                                                                                                                        They were in the checked luggage. Customs did question them (Mr. Honest declared them as knives and not kitchenware) and I had to explain they were for culinary use. Iwas a bit surprised at that, actually.
                                                                                                                        A gyuto (the pointy one) and a nakiri (the cleaverish one). Sharp as billy-be-damned.

                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                        1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                          I have heard about Japanese knives being sharp and precise. I saw a feature about a Sushi chef in Montreal and his knives which he sharpened and maintained with military precision. I do not have a good set of knives, making due, but one day I plan on getting a good set, at least a decent chef's knife.. Will Mr. Honest be allowed to use the knives or are they exclusively yours? That wall of knives is amazing, thank you for sharing.

                                                                                                                          1. re: Ruthie789

                                                                                                                            Mr. Honest only cooks if I'm sick, and is not a knife freak. I'm going to have to learn to sharpen them properly.

                                                                                                                              1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                Courses on some Sundays at Korin in Tribeca. Was just in the other day asking them about it.

                                                                                                                                1. re: JoanN

                                                                                                                                  Must do. Isn't the guy sharpening the knives a cutie?

                                                                                                                                    1. re: Ruthie789

                                                                                                                                      Hey, my mom said, if you aren't 't looking, you're dead :)

                                                                                                                                      1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                        I know, just because you're on a diet doesn't mean that you can't look at the menu.....

                                                                                                                    2. Just thought I'd pass along some info maybe a few of you would be interested in: Summer 2013 Cookbook Catalog from the Lisa Ekus Group...
                                                                                                                      http://lisaekus.com/category/current-...

                                                                                                                      And for Autumn publication:
                                                                                                                      http://lisaekus.com/press-releases/an...

                                                                                                                        1. I got some of these in May but here's my recent purchases

                                                                                                                          Barbecue Bible Steven Reichlin
                                                                                                                          My Grill: Outdoor Cooking Australian Style by Pete Evans
                                                                                                                          The Instant Cook Donna Hay (only cost a penny!)

                                                                                                                          I've been in a rut lately, probably because of the warmer weather, so I'm hoping these books will help me out some! I'm trying out my first recipe from My Grill next week. Haven't received the Donna Hay book yet.

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                                                                                                                          1. re: juliejulez

                                                                                                                            I am waiting for my Donna Hay's Off the Shelf at the moment. I'd expect her to be like Bill Granger. Very fresh modern australian food. I found them very suitable for summer cooking. The kind of thing to eat in a hot summer evening, or with a bbq in the afternoon. I've been cooking out of Granger's Bill's Food and Everyday Asian the last couple of weeks and it's been wonderful.

                                                                                                                            1. re: lilham

                                                                                                                              Oh! I have Everyday Asian! What have you tried that you like out of it? How would you compared it to Every Grain of Rice?

                                                                                                                              ~TDQ

                                                                                                                              1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                                                                I found Every Grain of Rice less summery. I think it's because they are all hot food to serve with rice type of meals. At the moment, I'm really craving salads.

                                                                                                                                Yesterday I had the vietnamese rice noodles with sticky prawns. I doubled the sauce (so I have left overs instead of cooking it all down), because I prefer more dressing for the noodles. I had the vietnamese chicken salad with carrot & mint last week. There are lots of lovely salads in the book. I just feel inspired looking at the pictures.

                                                                                                                                And they are all very quick and easy too!

                                                                                                                                1. re: lilham

                                                                                                                                  These were from the Bill Granger book?

                                                                                                                                2. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                                                                  And I made the quick cucumber pickles from the book to serve with rice or noodles often too.

                                                                                                                                  1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                                                                    I have it too and have marked many, many recipes but haven't tried using the book yet (*this* is yet another reason why I need to stop buying and instead start using the cookbooks I already have). Would love to hear some favorites.

                                                                                                                                    1. re: LulusMom

                                                                                                                                      It's hard to name favourites because there are so many good ones from the book. I love both of the dishes I just mentioned. I've also repeated the pad thai. And the tofu and spring onion omelette with soy tomato sauce. (My daughter used to love eggs but have gone off it now. Typical fussy toddler)! There's a nice chilli fried rice, but I only loosely based on it, by adding thai red curry paste to my normal fried rice. I quite like the hoisin chicken with celery salad. There's a dish with green beans and minced chicken/turkey that's very quick and nice. I can't remember the name but it's got a big picture of it in the book. It has thai basil so you should be able to find it.

                                                                                                                                      For side vegetables, I repeated both the quick cucumber pickle and the miso aubergines many times.

                                                                                                                                      And love the custard tarts too.

                                                                                                                                      I'm a huge fan of the book!

                                                                                                                                      1. re: lilham

                                                                                                                                        Thanks for the recommendations! Just in time for summer!

                                                                                                                                        ~TDQ

                                                                                                                                  2. re: lilham

                                                                                                                                    That's good to know, because this warmer weather really puts a damper on things for me... most of what I'm good at is comfort food for cold weather :) I was still just learning how to cook on a daily basis last summer so I stuck to really easy things then... lots of grilled chicken breast and the like, but now I'm ready for a challenge.

                                                                                                                                  3. re: juliejulez

                                                                                                                                    I haven't heard of Pete Evans before but after checking him out on amazon, I'm now drooling over his "My Pizza" and "My Grill".

                                                                                                                                    1. re: juliejulez

                                                                                                                                      i have and like his Asian book very much. Turmeric fishwas good, the duck breast was perfect. Can't recommend him enough.
                                                                                                                                      I have the Pete Evans book is very good as well. Not surprisingly, an emphasis on lamb.

                                                                                                                                      1. re: Westy

                                                                                                                                        Forgot about the turmeric fish! I've made that many times too.

                                                                                                                                        1. re: Westy

                                                                                                                                          Yup and after having lamb for the first time at my birthday dinner, I'm now obsessed with it, I'm looking forward to trying the lamb recipes, especially since I live in Colorado and can get good lamb.

                                                                                                                                        2. re: juliejulez

                                                                                                                                          Well I've indulged myself on a Australia cookbook spending craze. I bought
                                                                                                                                          My Grill - Pete Evans (used)
                                                                                                                                          Pizza - Pete Evans (ibooks)
                                                                                                                                          Off the Shelf - Donna Hay (used)

                                                                                                                                          The Donna Hay arrived first, but it was in a shocking condition. The seller promised he'll send me another copy.

                                                                                                                                          My grill is really really love. Really thanks for the recommendation. The only problem is that summer seems to have already left England, and we are in Autumn already. But I will be cooking them indoors on my griddle pan. I've marked the vietnamese chicken baguette and the chicken shawarma with yoghurt and mint sauce to try first.

                                                                                                                                          I've had a quick flip of Pizza. There are lots of fresh ideas, and should be very easy to cook with on an iPad given the recipes are all very very simple (as you'd expect for pizzas). I noticed it is missing on EYB, but there's a "Pizza: Award-Winning Pies for the Home Kitchen" by Pete Evans. I'm assuming it's the book's US title. It's strange as usually EYB lists all the variants.

                                                                                                                                          PS. Just did a quick listing check with the Pizza: Award-Winning Pies for the Home Kitchen on EYB. It's not the same book at all.

                                                                                                                                          1. re: lilham

                                                                                                                                            OK, I found it via the ISBN. Bizzarely the book is missing the author information. I've reported it to EYB so hopefully they'll fix it (so people can at least add to their bookshelves). I'm a bit OCD in wanting to add all my books on it :)

                                                                                                                                            http://www.eatyourbooks.com/library/1...

                                                                                                                                            1. re: lilham

                                                                                                                                              Yay I'm glad you like it. I haven't had too many opportunities to make things from it yet, just the charmoula rubbed chicken (which was great), but I'm really excited to dive more into it once I have some time. I have the shawarma high on my list too.

                                                                                                                                            2. re: juliejulez

                                                                                                                                              Pete Evans has a show on PBS. It's showing in central New York, so it should be available in many locations.

                                                                                                                                            3. the book of middle eastern cooking by Claudia Roden. It is very elaborate and easy to follow and has lots of stories and anecdotes. A must read.

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                                                                                                                                              1. re: Bonnybasu

                                                                                                                                                Try some of the recipes too, Bonny. They're wonderful! I Love this book...

                                                                                                                                                1. re: Bonnybasu

                                                                                                                                                  I love the arab salad in that cookbook. And there is a carrot and orange salad that is wonderful too.

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Bonnybasu

                                                                                                                                                    I love that book. Google Claudia Roden's fattoush recipe and you get a twofer, a Nina Simonds of Classic Chinese Cooking and other fame video interview with her making same. Spices of Life video series.

                                                                                                                                                  2. Cindy Pawlcyn's "Cindy's Supper Club" look very good.

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                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Westy

                                                                                                                                                      I just bought Cindy's Supper Club by Cindy Pawlcyn. I have her other book, Big Small Plates which I love and I have Mustards checked out from the library. I will report back re Supper Club after I get my copy (it is indexed on EYB). I am in a Supper Club, so I am hoping this will be good for our menu planning. Tomorrow I am making Cindy's lamb burgers (recipe is online).

                                                                                                                                                      http://leitesculinaria.com/6423/recip...

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: dkennedy

                                                                                                                                                        Her book Fog City Diner is also very good.

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Westy

                                                                                                                                                          I plan on moving onto this one next!

                                                                                                                                                        2. re: dkennedy

                                                                                                                                                          I just bought a used copy of Mustards. I've had this book in my cart on Amazon for literally years now but for some reason I was being really stubborn about not paying too much for it. Finally snagged a pristine copy for $6 + shipping. Like what I see so far, glad I bought it.

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: flourgirl

                                                                                                                                                            I have seen it,a nd as much as I dig cindy P, it always seems a little over my head and past my skill level. The cookbook for Farallon, and all of charlie trotters books (except Cooks at Home), are the same. I am an ambitious and reasonably skilled amateur, but definitely have my limits.

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Westy

                                                                                                                                                              Westy, u should check Cindy P's books out of the library. They are not over a skilled amatuer's level.

                                                                                                                                                      2. Public service announcement, if you don't need another Italian cookbook, avert your eyes at this point!!

                                                                                                                                                        So when I reported my recent cookbook purchases above, I neglected to mention a book that had been on my wishlist for some time and that I finally caved and purchased:

                                                                                                                                                        CARMINE's FAMILY-STYLE COOKBOOK by Michael Ronis with Mary Goodbody.

                                                                                                                                                        The book arrived last Thursday and I've already made 5 recipes from it! I honestly don't recall another book that has enticed me to cook so much so quickly. I have a lot of Italian cookbooks, in fact I have more Italian cookbooks than any other category in my collection. That said, this book really does offer something different (in addition to the classics you'd expect of course). I've never been to Carmine's nor had I heard of it until someone here mentioned this book (on a "what Italian cookbooks would you recommend" thread I believe) so I'm assuming many of the recipes in the book represent dishes they have on their menu. The book is peppered with many photos of the restaurant and the food and it's really the photos that immediately captivated me. That said, once I was hooked, I just started reading the recipes and honestly almost all sounded incredible. Even mr bc who begrudgingly picks up a cookbook when I ask him too, was immediately smitten with this book and started tabbing dishes he'd like to eat.

                                                                                                                                                        Everything I've made thus far has been outstanding. To whet your appetite, here are some photos of the Linguini with White Clam Sauce, Stuffed Mushrooms and Steak Contadina. Their Marinara is also excellent and quick to prepare. The other item I made is their breadcrumb mixture and they were so good I whipped up a second batch for the freezer so I always will have them on hand.

                                                                                                                                                        I would note that some of the instructions in the book could be clearer but it wouldn't deter me from recommending the book.

                                                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                                         
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                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                                                                                          I just bought three Italian cookbooks and haven't cooked yet from a single one. YOU ARE NOT HELPING! Yes, I'm yelling.

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: JoanN

                                                                                                                                                            Sorry Joan...I could hear you all the way up here north of the border!!

                                                                                                                                                            I know what you mean though. Was one of your Italian purchases Franny's by Melissa Clark? I'd had this on my Wishlist waiting for it to be published and I just bit the bullet today and purchased it. My bookcases are writhing with pain and mr bc is getting lost among the Italian stacks but I just couldn't resist the Clark/Italian combo!! (I do hope this was one of the books you ordered and I didn't just make things worse!) ...hehehe!

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                                                                                              I know many here liked the Melissa Clark books when they were COTM, but I really dislike her NYT columns and just couldn't bring myself to buy her books. So, no, you're not tempting me with that one. As noted above, the three recent purchases were Ed Giobbi's "Eat Right, Eat Well," "Two Greedy Italians," and "Stir." I know I'm late to the party on that last one, but better late, as they say. It looks to be a treasure.

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: JoanN

                                                                                                                                                                Well glad I didn't tempt you on the MC book then Joan. I thought you'd added 3 in addition to the the others above and that you'd joined me on the Italian book dark side.

                                                                                                                                                                Since that's not the case, let me try to tempt you again by suggesting Faith Willinger's Red, White and Greens (a wonderful Italian veggie book). Her Pantelleria Potato Salad is so delicious, it is worth the price of the book all on its own!

                                                                                                                                                                Here's the recipe online in case I've piqued your interest:

                                                                                                                                                                http://www.indiadivine.org/audarya/ve...

                                                                                                                                                                I add a little garlic to the dressing and top with a chiffonade of basil.

                                                                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                                                                                                  No, no, no. That haul above was it for me for a while. Oh. Except for "Mediterranean Harvest." For $4.22 + shipping I just couldn't resist. Seven books and nowhere to put them. Looks like I'll have to do another cleaning out. The one I did about four months ago allowed for no new additions.

                                                                                                                                                                2. re: JoanN

                                                                                                                                                                  I can't stand Melissa Clark either. A victim of Parkslopeitis, too cute by half.

                                                                                                                                                            2. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                                                                                              I use my Carmine's cookbook all the time! The restaurants get bashed by CHs, but I've always enjoyed my meals there. Off the top of my head, I make: Carmine's salad, pasta pomodoro, penne al vodka, marinara sauce, manicotti, lasagna, and chicken saltimbocca all the time.

                                                                                                                                                              The lasagna is a lot of work so I usually make 2 or 3 at a time. The Carmine's salad is a real show stopper when I serve it at parties.

                                                                                                                                                              If I had to throw out all of my cookbooks and could only keep one, the Carmine's cookbook would be my keeper.

                                                                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Njchicaa

                                                                                                                                                                Wow! That's quite an endorsement. I've never even hard of Carmine's! Clearly I need to look into this.

                                                                                                                                                                ~TDQ

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                                                                                                  the pile of cookbooks in your house asked me to have you ignore the previous post.

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: LulusMom

                                                                                                                                                                    That's how you know your cookbook addiction has gotten really bad. When your cookbooks go BEHIND YOUR BACK to contact your internet friends to stage some kind of intervention.

                                                                                                                                                                    ~TDQ

                                                                                                                                                                2. re: Njchicaa

                                                                                                                                                                  Yeah, Carmines doesn't get a lot of love on this board. But even among the bashers a few will say " But their . . . is great." And each basher thinks a different dish is great. I think many dislike the kitch, atmosphere (if that's what you can call it), horrendous waits, huge family groups, and almost unbearable noise. If you look at the reviews on Yelp or Open Table, there are an awful lot of people who rave about the food.

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Njchicaa

                                                                                                                                                                    Well based on how much we've enjoyed the dishes we've tried from the book thus far we've already decided that we'll go there the next time we're in NYC Njchicaa.

                                                                                                                                                                    Thanks for sharing some of your favourites, I've made a note in my book and I'm going to add a private note in EYB as well so I'll remember. Your salad looks sensational!!

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                                                                                                      I've tried other things aside from what I listed and everything was delish. I've never had a bad dish from that book.

                                                                                                                                                                      I suspect a lot of the CH hate is bc it is an Italian-American ("red sauce") place. I've been there many times (NYC Theater District and Atlantic City) and the food has always impressed me... for what I was expecting--our country's idea of Italian food.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Njchicaa

                                                                                                                                                                        mr bc and I really enjoy those red sauce kinda places and frankly there aren't enough of them in Canada. Whenever we head to Buffalo it's always a treat to take in as many family-style Italian places as we can fit into our schedule (and bellies!)

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Njchicaa

                                                                                                                                                                          Let's call it Italian Fusion. Torrisi and Carbone are making it hip again.

                                                                                                                                                                          http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/05/din...

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                                            Well that really brought me back, Roxlet. That's the way I remember "Italian" restaurants of old. Especially in Boston's North End of the '50s. Maybe I need Carmine's Family cookbook... (Oh what did I just say?)

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Gio

                                                                                                                                                                              Bet your Italian restaurants of old weren't charging $52 for veal marsala.

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: JoanN

                                                                                                                                                                                No, I suppose not. But I only paid attention to what I wanted to order without noticing the prices. LOL (My father got the check)

                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: Gio

                                                                                                                                                                                We have a few more Carmine's recipes on the menu this weekend Gio. I'll report back here on how they turn out. If you have any questions about the book, let me know.

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Njchicaa

                                                                                                                                                                                    If all goes well, tonight we're having Spiedini alla Romano to start and Linguini with Red Shrimp Sauce as our main. On Sunday I'm making Carmine's Meatballs. I made the Marinara and breadcrumbs for that dish last weekend.

                                                                                                                                                                              3. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                                                Great article roxlet, thanks for sharing!!

                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                                                                                                          Two more hits to report from this book (Carmine's). mr bc declared last night's Spiedini alla Romano to be his favourite appetizer ever and I'll know to double the recipe next time as our guests couldn't seem to get enough of this one either. The Linguini with Red Shrimp Sauce was wonderful and sauce was definitely reminiscent of that which we've enjoyed at Italian restaurants. I had a request for both recipes from our guests so that's always gratifying.

                                                                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                                                                                                            I wound up buying this book after looking at bc's photos and the recipe selection on eatyourbooks. Is everything in there a zillion calories? I can't wait to get it!

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                                                I'm almost ashamed to say I bought the Carmine book too. I need another Italian cookbook like I need another youknowwhat.

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Gio

                                                                                                                                                                                  But at least now we have someone to blame! BC, we're talking to you.

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                                                    You must have missed my "avert your eyes warning" my friends!! I did my best to alert you. Besides, my bookshelves told me misery loves company and there's no way your bookshelves should get off lightly when mine are warping under the weight of the Italian section!! ; )

                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                                                                                                                More love to report for this book. I made the Marinara and breadcrumbs last weekend so I was all set to prepare Carmine's Meatballs yesterday for the Pasta with Meatballs recipe. I did end up baking mine vs frying but then I simmered them in the sauce as suggested. These meatballs were sensational. So tender and juicy. There was no mention of squeezing the milk from the fresh bread cubes so I just did a partial drain and I think in the end the moister bread produced a super-tender meatball. We served these to friends who joined us for dinner and we all ate wayyyy too much! This is a terrific recipe.

                                                                                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                                                                                                                  So glad you love this cookbook as much as I do! It's an absolute keeper!

                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                                                                                                                  Since I know some of you have ordered Carmine's I wanted to share two more hits from the book. This weekend we've enjoyed the delicious Fresh Fettuccine with Wild Mushrooms and the Grilled Sausage (not in the shape of a) Ring over Pepperonata. Both were outstanding.

                                                                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                                                                                                                    You have certainly whetted my appetite for that book, bc. I ordered it used from Amazon, so its arrival date is somewhat in question. I hope it will be this week.

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                                                      I look forward to hearing your impressions of it when it arrives roxlet. I'm still surprised how much I'm cooking from it. There's quite a variety of recipes and nothing has let us down thus far...not even nearly.

                                                                                                                                                                                3. I just purchased this book without checking recipes
                                                                                                                                                                                  zainabus african cookbook

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. My newest cookbook Smoke and Pickles arrived this afternoon

                                                                                                                                                                                    I have already marked several recipes to make

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Anything by Edna Staebler, as I like old recipe books.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Ruthie789

                                                                                                                                                                                        I love her. I have Schmecks etc. My mom gave them to me. Have several Mme Benoits too. Oh Canada!

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                                                          I also have the Mme. Benoit book in French. My husband has so many family memories from that book and we bought it at a yard sale, he was so happy to have it. My Mom used to watch her show in English as well. Saw Edna Staebler on a show called Loving Spoonfulls and found her to be quite entertaining. And while we mention Canada, have some Pol Martin as well.

                                                                                                                                                                                      2. My copy of Flour Too arrived today, and I was surprised by how little actual pastry is in the book. It is really more about savory foods, and are things that are made in the Flour shops in Boston. Very nice, and quite a few things I'd like to make.

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Not a cookbook per se, but I got my copy of The Prophets of Smoked Meat the other week.

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. The cool, dull, grey weather clearly dampened the spirits of those contemplating garage sales and there was nary a sign on anyone's lawn as I made my way through my errands yesterday. Finally, as I turned back onto my own street...I found one! I purchased the only 3 cookbooks on offer. Evidently all belonged to the homeowner's Dad who loved to bake.

                                                                                                                                                                                            CHOCOLATE CHOCOLATE by Lisa Yockelson

                                                                                                                                                                                            A PASSION FOR CHOCOLATE by Maurice and Jean-Jacques Bernachon translated and adapted for American kitchens by Rose Levy Beranbaum. What I really like about this book is quantities of ingredients are provided in chart form offering cup measures plus weight in both grams and ounces.

                                                                                                                                                                                            THE RESTAURANTS OF NEW ORLEANS by Roy Guste Jr.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                                                                                                                              I've had "A Passion for Chocolate" since it was first published, but haven't baked from it for decades. For what it's worth, I have a note in the book that says "Genoises are heavy & dry--don't bother. But Le Succès, L'Opera, & Chocolate St. Honoré are all good."

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: JoanN

                                                                                                                                                                                                Thanks Joan, and now I have those notes in my book as well! Much appreciated.

                                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                                                                                                                                Another great haul BC... I've heard good things about that Lisa Yockelson..

                                                                                                                                                                                              3. Two new books to report.

                                                                                                                                                                                                FIORI DI ZUCCA by Valentina Harris - I pre-ordered this on Amazon sight unseen. Harris is a British cookbook author and former private chef best known for her Italian cookbooks. This book is a diversion from that genre as the author focuses on her family history in central Europe/Russia, the UK and of course, Italy. It reads a bit more like an autobiography than a cookbook and is overflowing with family photos. Of course there are recipes and food shots interspersed throughout but my first impression was that the book felt a little self-indulgent. Perhaps I might feel a bit warmer towards the book if it was an author I knew very well but this isn't the case here and I likely wouldn't have purchased the book if I'd seen it first. Lesson learned.

                                                                                                                                                                                                FRANNY'S SIMPLE - SEASONAL - ITALIAN by Melissa Clark, Andrew Feinberg and Francine Stephens - I really enjoyed the recipes during the MC COTM so the fact that the author was doing an Italian-focussed book immediately piqued my interest. I know nothing of the restaurant from which many of the recipes originated so I can't comment on their authenticity. I can say I was a little underwhelmed at first pass. I didn't seem to see any innovative or "must-make" dishes. It's a big book with lots of photos and lots of white space. On one hand the layout makes the recipes easy to read and leaves plenty of room for notes. On the other hand, the layout also feels a bit clinical or textbook-style. In fairness I only spent about 30 mins with the book so I may still come to adore it. If that happens, I'll report back. At the moment I'm on the fence. I couldn't wait for this to arrive...perhaps my expectations were just too high.

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. I love this very dangerous thread! Just finished reading through it top to bottom and bought a book in the process.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  STIR (bought thanks to this thread, it looks good, but I
                                                                                                                                                                                                  didn't need it)

                                                                                                                                                                                                  NORTHWEST BOUNTY (I was searching for an oatmeal griddle cake yesterday and came across several references to this book, so it is on its way)

                                                                                                                                                                                                  CINDY'S SUPPER CLUB (see the COTM discussion if you are thinking about this one, Big Small Plates by the same author may be in the mix for next month)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: dkennedy

                                                                                                                                                                                                    So I just made the oatmeal griddle cakes out of NW Bounty and they are amazing. Looking forward to my copy of the book arriving. Meanwhile, the recipe is online. I am serving minewith a molasses maple butter.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. I picked up:

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Smoke and Pickles: Recipes and Stories from a New Southern Kitchen by Edward Lee

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Super Natural Everyday by Heidi Swanson

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Japanese Farm Food by Nancy Singleton Hachisu

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Just received a pre-ordered book, Mediterranean Cooking by Lynne Gigliotti (The Culinary Institute of America). Wowza! I want to make just about everything, and with the height of summer produce just around the corner, I'm going to have fun with this one the next few months.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Well, I haven't yet purchased this one, but I am loving Susan Feniger's Street Food, which most likely I heard about on this thread a while back and convinced my library to buy it so I didn't have to. A waste of time, I guess, cause it's definitely on "the list" now.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Oh, and recently went to my local library's booksale and they had apparently just purged a bunch of cookbooks (the librarians even kept them aside for me to have the first look-through!)and I came away lugging a huge bag of goodies...
                                                                                                                                                                                                        How to Cook Everything,mark bittman
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Emeril's Potluck
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Martha Stewart's Healthy Quick Cook
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Joy of Cooking All About Grilling
                                                                                                                                                                                                        The Global Grill, Kathleen Sloan
                                                                                                                                                                                                        South American Cooking, Barbara Karoff
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Food Network Kitchens Cookbook
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Multicultural Cookbook of Life-Cycle Celebrations by Lois Siniko Webb--this one is really interesting as it's a book about celebratory food and customs throughout the world...a good read if nothing else.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Allegra_K

                                                                                                                                                                                                          This is bad news about the Feniger book. I have been averting my eyes from that one for months.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          You have GREAT librarians.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Allegra_K

                                                                                                                                                                                                            The librarian at my library advises that no cookbooks are not often lent out, maybe that`s why you got such a great selection.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Ruthie789

                                                                                                                                                                                                              My county library system has purged a ton of great cookbooks over the years from their shelves, most of which sold for 50 cents each. I have more than a few of them in my personal library.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. It's getting more complicated (but not impossible) to get foie gras in restaurants in California so it's time to make more at home and so two books we recently bought are:

                                                                                                                                                                                                            - Davis: Foie Gras - A Passion
                                                                                                                                                                                                            - Alford: Caviar, Truffles and Foie Gras

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: honkman

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Showoff! (Actually, just jealous.)

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: JoanN

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Just really missing foie gras - and our 21 months old daughter is eating some many different things already why not give her also some foie gras

                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. A few impulse purchases after glancing through them at the store:

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Grandma's German Cookbook (the only other German cookbook I have is Mimi Sheraton's and frankly I liked the fact that this one had pictures and a more concentrated list of recipes)

                                                                                                                                                                                                              A Month In Marrakesh (thought the recipes looked nice)

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Making Artisan Pasta: How to Make a World of Homemade Noodles, Stuffed Pasta, Dumplings and More (was taken by the detailed photos and the wide variety - including Chinese cat's ear noodles, corzetti, trahana, manti and pelmeni; perhaps a bit overly broad, but looks interesting)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: emily

                                                                                                                                                                                                                I encountered corzetti for the first time at a restaurant last week. I had no idea what this pasta shape was when I ordered the dish (corzetti with duck ragu and favas), and it was a surprise to find the discs of fresh pasta with an elaborate design stamped on them. A google image search shows the wide range of designs. Quite interesting and fun.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Today I spent the day in Santa Barbara with my kids. We discovered Book Den, a great independent book store that sells both new and used books. They both got novels, I walked away with CAKEWALK. Only 25 recipes in the book, but each one looks like a gem. Any of you have it?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: dkennedy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The one by Robin Gourley? I have that one but I wish I could say I've ever baked anything out of it. I have way too many baking books and not enough time/mouths to feed.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: flourgirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Yes, that's the one! Cakewalk by Bobbin Gourley. I am not much of a baker, and I have an insane amount of cookbooks, but I couldn't resist. It just seemed so lovingly put together. I am hoping it inspires me to make some of the recipes. It was the passed down from generation to generation bit that got me!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: dkennedy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Hmmm.... I read this one when it came out but it's now in my donate pile. Maybe I should recheck the recipes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: emily

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I am not much of a baker and tend to fall back on the same 2 dozen or so dessert recipes that I know well. All the cakes in this book appear to be for homespun kitchens so no fancy techniques or equipment. If I am good, I will try one a month and be done with the book in 2 years. As always, I will report back if the recipes are noteworthy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. I have bought very few cookbooks this year and thus justified my current splurge:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Pati's Mexican Table by Pati Jinich
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Mediterranean Harvest by Martha Shulman
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The Art of Fermentation by Sandor Katz
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The Four Season's Farm by Barbara Damrosch

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  and from the library:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Burma by Naomi Duguid
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Cindy's Supper Club by Cindy Pawlcyn

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Any views and suggestions on where to start are welcome and appreciated :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: herby

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I love getting my books from the library. I know I need to buy when I keep taking them out...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. I purchased second hand and some vintage today. Madame Benoit The New and Complete Encyclopedia of Cooking, Martha Stewart Living Annual Recipes 2003, A Treasury of Jewish Holiday Baking, by Marcy Goldman, and a French book La Cuisine de Monique Chevrier. So tonight I am going to have a rest and do some reading. However, I have to stop this cookbook obsession as I now have to purchase a bookcase the present one is overflowing. It is comforting to know that others in this club are on this thread, I don't feel so alone with my addiction!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Ruthie789

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Charter member here. I love Mme Benoit, I don't think I have that one. At Home with Mme Benoit is a joy. I can still hear her voice.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        They should replay those shows, at least they are cooking and teaching in them as opposed to playing a game of conquests as they do in the competitive cooking shows. I guess I could find them on youtube.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Ruthie789

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I never thought to try. Yes they WERE good. Links to her "Canadian Magazine" articles from the 60s and 70s were posted on CH by a kind person, I think TrishUntrapped?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Just got Hugh Fearnly Wittingstall Veg cookbook from amazon.co.uk. Pretty awesome. Heading to the fm this morning.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: JudiAU

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I've been ruminating over buying this for some time... do tell what you think of it, pls... from a recipe point of view.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Gio

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I have it Gio and though I was excited about it at first pass, I have to say that the recipes I've tried haven't blown me away. I started with the Broccoli Salad w an Asian dressing and it was bland. If you look on EYB you'll see a couple of reviewers have commented on issues with the recipes eg. instructions incomplete or inaccurate. In the case of that salad the cooking time for the broccoli was way too long. The flavours in the Sweet Potato and Peanut gratin were flat and "one note" to my surprise. White beans and Artichokes...dull. I haven't even wasted my time reviewing them in EYB, just made notes in my book. When the recipes come up in an EYB search I check to see if anyone has written a positive review about it and if that happens, I would give it a try but so far, that hasn't been the case.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          A UK book that I recently purchased that holds far more promise in my view is Eat Your Vegetables by Arthur Potts Dawson. It was recommended to me by a local cookbook shop owner whose selections have never let me down. Aside from being a beautifully photographed and laid out book, the recipes look incredible. Think Ottolenghi but with a global focus so lots of variety. I've made 2 dishes so far and they've both exceed our expectations. The Bread-Crumbled Fennel Slices with Lime & Chili Dressing was such an interesting way to treat and serve fennel (fennel is breaded and prepared in the style of chx parm) then served with brightly flavoured punchy vinaigrette style dip. The Devilicious Potatoes with Fresh Chilies and Capers was incredible. A lovely mayo-free potato salad that holds up well when dining al fresco. Last year The Farm was my summer book of choice. I suspect EYV will take the honour this year.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Yes bt, you're right. It's a wonderful book. Recommended by Mika @ The Good Egg btw.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The only cookbook store in TO when we lived there or were through there a lot was the snobby one in Yorkville. I always felt that they didn't want me there.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  They're still there (The Cookbook Store). I never feel like they love or understand food. Mika has a passion that can be felt regardless of whether or not she's in the store. It's reflected in the books, the merchandise and the folks she hires. I bought my Falconware there recently....love, love, love it!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Very nice. So I'm not alone in my feeling about that place...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Such a dangerous and wonderful store, isn't it BC! I have only made it out of there once or twice without buying something..

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: rstuart

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        My only regret is that although I've been going there for years, I'm always in a rush when I do go. One long weekend this summer we've vowed to spend the day at Kennsington Mkt and then head home and make dinner from our bounty!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I live 10 minutes away.. which is dangerous!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: rstuart

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Oh wow! Lucky you rstuart. That would be amazing!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      We have one in Montreal called Appetite for Books. I have never been there but they do seem nice and helpful on the phone. They have books and cooking classes. I can`t stand pretentiousness.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Homesick Texas, figured for 3 dollars I'd give it a whirl.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Okonomiyaki: Japanese Comfort Food. Another one I got for 3 dollars. My daughter loves cooking Japanese so I couldn't pass it up.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. I got three. Flour, too, Homemade, and Dinner a Love Story. Seriously considering Stir...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Lihinggummybear

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Oh you really must get Stir Lihinggummybear...such a treasure. I'm considering Flour.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Definitely get Flour, BC, great baking book. I am considering Flour, Too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Have Stir but have not made anything from it - where to start?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: herby

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Flour is great! I've made the doughnuts, chocolate chip cookies, and cheesecake, all have been winners! I am hoping to break into flour too this week!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I think I will. Any recommendations of which recipes to try first?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. I bought Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I've been eyeing it for awhile and finally got it. Now I just have to sit down and read it, and hopefully cook from it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: rasputina

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I bought too at the previous TGC sale and have not used it yet. Please post about experience with it!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: herby

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      We should do a cooking from thread for it. I know others here have posted having the cookbook.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: rasputina

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Why not? I do not have the book with me but will make sure I bring it along next time I go back home mid-July. Would love to cook from it particularly in a group. Would you start the thread?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Just walked in to one of my favorite used bookstores and walked out with A PLATTER OF FIGS by David Tanis. Lots of great ideas for summer veg in here!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Westminstress

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      uh oh..... That's a great book, I hear.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Gio

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        We'd talked about cooking from this book along w Heart of an Artichoke for a COTM some time ago but it was one of those case were there just wasn't enough momentum at the time. I have both books and remember being quite excited about them but I don't believe I've ever cooked from them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I also seem to remember reading in one of those "new cookbooks" announcements someone posted here that David Tanis may have a new book coming out...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          It's #20 of the Guardian UK's 2010 list of the 50 best cookbooks ever:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyl...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Gio

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ...and here's the new one, a non-menu book coming out in October:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            http://www.amazon.com/One-Good-Dish-D...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              LOL! I think I've already Pepperplated at least 3/4 of his Times recipes. Probably don't need to buy the book. Funny how just by reading the title of the recipe I know whether it's Tanis or Clark.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: JoanN

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                That's funny Joan! I have a question about Pepperplate. I don't use it but have been thinking about it. When you add recipes, do you have the recipe in your records or, do you have a link to the online version?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The reason I ask is that in EYB, I've been noticing a number of links to recipes where the link is no longer active. I reported it the last time and Jane found another link that worked but it gave me pause for concern. I've indexed a few (not many) online recipes but of course, that info will only be useful if the link still works when the recipe comes up in my search. I've been thinking I should find a new way to store them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Once you add a recipe to Pepperplate it's in your online database so it doesn't matter whether or not the link, which imports automatically, is active or not. I've begun transferring on a catch-as-catch can basis most of my favorite recipes to Pepperplate just because I know I can access them from anywhere, even my iPhone. I know other people use other systems, but so far I've been very happy with Pepperplate. At some point, you just have to make a commitment and stick with it, right? I love that it uses tags, so I can tag a recipe, for instance, for "Antigua" and when I'm in Guatemala I can bring up all the recipes that are appropriate to make while I'm there.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: JoanN

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Thank-you Joan, that's very helpful. I'll have to take a look at it. We do a lot of self-catering travel so I can totally relate to your Antigua tag example. In fact, I too would have an Antiqua tag but mine would be Antigua in the West Indies!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Yes, that gets confusing, doesn't it. It's all about the pronunciation.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I often cook at friend's homes and if I know there's a recipe or two (or three) I'd like to make when I visit Judi or Brian, I just add the recipe to Pepperplate and know I can access from any wi-fi device in the house. I think I've been using it for nearly three years now and have been very happy with how it works for me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: JoanN

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        That's great to know Joan, I can see how handy it would be. Thank-you!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        One thing to add to JoanN review: you can input recipes manually as well and when I see a recipe I like on Chow, for example, I'll copy it to pepperplate with a note of where it came from. I always make a reference of URL and if someone asks for a recipe, I'll send them the link.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: herby

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I love the Pepperplate bookmarklet you can install on your browser's menu bar. For supported websites, clicking it from a recipe's page auto-uploads the recipe, but you can also use it to manually upload without having to toggle back and forth between the page the recipe's on and Pepperplate. Plus it automatically includes the URL of the page you're on.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I have not tried it - thank you for pointing this out! Do you install bookmarklet from their site?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: herby

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Yup. On the bottom right of the main page, you'll see "install our bookmarklet"; click on that, and take you to a page explaining what to do.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Thanks! I am off to CIA healthy cooking course tomorrow and will try to install bookmarklet in the evening.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: herby

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            If the person to whom you are sending the recipe already uses Pepperplate, you can use the Share button to send the recipe by e-mail, Facebook, or Twitter. Using the Pepperplate link allows you to import someone else’s recipe directly into your own database, photos, notes, and all. Easy way to share recipes among friends.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: JoanN

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              None of my friends use Pepperplate :( I am trying to get my dinner club to use it to keep track of menus, recipes, notes, etc. but have not been successful so far. And so I send links when people ask for a recipe.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: herby

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                You send links to your pepperplate when people ask for a recipe? I usually email it to myself and forward it to them with a note saying, and if you set up your own free pepperplate account, you could import this recipe into your pepperplate database with just a click or two.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Sadly, I've not converted anyone...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ~TDQ

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Thanks to everyone for all this great info about Pepperplate. I most definitely will take a look at it. We have a long weekend coming up so that should provide me with some time to myself.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Let me know what you think BC.. I still haven't set up my EYB, and Pepperplate also sounds interesting..

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Gio

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I was going to but it's over $20 on amazon.ca so it doesn't pay to pre-order.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. I am trying to make some lifestyle changes. I am interested in purchasing healthy in a hurry by Karen Ansel and Charity Ferreira. Took it out of library so reviewing and liking it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Yesterday was Vindication Day at cucina bc! You see, while I collect cookbooks, mc bc's vice is vinyl record albums. Whenever he bugs me about my little "habit" I always toss back "well you collect records!" to which he musters up his best smug face and ever so smugly says "yes, but I only buy 1 or 2 at a time and they take up less space." Up until yesterday, he was right (though I would never admit that to him!)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              What happened yesterday you ask? Well, while I was trolling my favourite thrift stores he headed off to a used album store and met a fellow shopper who was looking to unload his album collection but wanted it to go to someone who would appreciate it. So off to this guy's house mr bc goes and guess what...he comes home with almost 200 albums!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Now, as you all know, I've been known to bring home a nice haul of cookbooks every now and again but never, ever did I bring home 197 cookbooks. I must say, I'm walking a little taller today!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              So what did I get yesterday? Here goes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              From Costco:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              CHUCK'S DAY OFF - by Chuck Hughes for $19.99 - this looks amazing. Highly recommend it if you're a fan.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              From Winners (our TJ Maxx):

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              THE TUCCI COOKBOOK - by Stanley Tucci for $7.99

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              From Thrift Shops ($12.70 for all):

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              LA TECHNIQUE by Jacques Pepin

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              BELLA TUSCANY by Frances Mayes (some recipes in this book that isn't a cookbook though she did come out w one)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              RIVER ROAD RECIPES THE TEXTBOOK OF LOUISIANA CUISINE by The Junior League of Baton Rouge

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              JAMBALAYA by The Junior League of New Orleans

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              THE MODERN ART OF CHINESE COOKING - Barbara Tropp

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              AS EASY AS PIE by Susan G. Purdy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              CANADA COOKS! COOKIES & SQUARES by Angela Nilsen
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              (This looks really interesting with lots of recipes I haven't seen elsewhere like "Singin' Hinny, Chinese Almond and Ginger cookies, Yorkshire Fat Rascals,Red-Eyed Coconut Currant Squares)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              GRAZIE - A cookbook by a Toronto Restaurant that mr bc & I love. This was exciting because I didn't realize they had a cookbook.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                BC for the win! (I'd like that cookies and squares book). The Tropp is interesting but not my favorite Chinese book, by far.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  : )

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  That cookies & squares book definitely has an interesting mix of recipes. There's a British slant which undoubtedly comes from the author herself who was trained as a cooking instructor in the UK. I usually don't give these older, spiral bound little books a second look but this one was sandwiched between the 2 New Orleans books so I decided to flip through it. The first recipe I saw was for Ginger Pecan Cream Scones and the next was Scottish Oaties. She also provides metric and imperial measures which I always appreciate.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. I've been up to no good again. This time I picked up some classics:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Alice B. Toklas Cookbook
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Marie Claire Cooking
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Frog Commissary

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                This is what comes from reading over other member's booklists on EYB!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: dkennedy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  alice b. toklas cookbook is one of my favorites

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: jpr54_1

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Thanks jpr54_1.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Is it a favorite to cook out of or to read? If it is to cook out of, any recommendations?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: dkennedy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Didn't Nigel Slater or someone else famous write the Marie Claire?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Yes bt, that's right. Nigel Slater, Jill Dupleix and Donna Hay were all food writers for MC.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  3. We moved my parents yesterday and my mother was ready to throw out all of her cookbooks. I went through them and took First there must be Food (awesome chocolate mousse torte), Emeril's Every Day's a Party, Silver Palate Cookbook, The New McCall's Cookbook, Test Kitchen Favorites, Recipes: The Cooking of Italy, and Mrs. Wilkes Boardinghouse Cookbook.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I grabbed the McCall's Cookbook and the Cooking of Italy ones because my mother has had them my whole life and there are all sorts of recipes jammed into them on index cards and scraps of paper as well as ones she had written in them. I've already found a recipe for cheesecake hand-written by my grandmother and the recipe was her sister's (who has been gone for 15 years now). So those got taken for the sentimental value. Not sure if I will wind up keeping the others but I didn't have time to really sit down and go through them as we had to pack the whole house before moving everything.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I have no idea where I'm going to fit them in this tiny kitchen.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Njchicaa

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      You did the right thing by grabbing the sentimental value books. I have my mom's.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Njchicaa

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        No saying cookbooks HAVE to be in the kitchen, njchicas! Just as long as YOU know where they are :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Njchicaa

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I have that Mrs Wilkes Boardinghouse Cookbook Njchicaa and though I can't recall making anything from it I do remember purchasing it on the strong recommendation of someone...perhaps someone here but I can't say for certain.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Njchicaa

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Mine aren't in the kitchen and never have been. They are on the bookcases in another room.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Flour, Too - got a book at the cooking class that I didn't care for and exchanged for this one. Lots of appetizing salads among other sweet and savoury offerings.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: herby

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I want that one, there really are a lot of wonderful ideas in it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Just made the chicken pot pie! Super easy (not quick however) and delicious! I would highly recommend!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Lihinggummybear

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Thank you Bear! I'll put a sticky on that page to try when the weather is a bit cooler.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Truly Mexican: Essential Recipes and Techniques for Authentic Mexican Cooking by Roberto Santibanez

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Hello I just got redirected here and can't wait to look at what everyone is reading. I just bought "This is a cookbook recipes for real life" by Max and Eli Sussman and have Smoke and Pickles on order. Can't wait to read through and see what everyone has found!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. I just ordered:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Beekman boys cookbook

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The Daily Soup

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Patricia Yeo's Everyday Asian

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Jesuit Soupmaking

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Raji cuisine

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Hot and Hot Fish cookbook

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Westy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I'd be interested to hear how the Beekman Boys and Hot and Hot Fish cookbooks work out for you.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. I'm really lusting after the French Market Cookbook by Clotilde Dusoulier. It's an unusual book in that it's a farmers market book on cooking sesaonal produce, all vegetarian, and French. It's a lovely time for vegetable books, and I don't think I've seen one with a French twist. The author is the Paris based blogger behind Chocolate & Zucchini.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Here's a review from TheKitchn
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    http://www.thekitchn.com/the-french-m...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    This link has a preview of a few pages from the Spring chapter of the book
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    http://www.scribd.com/doc/136943182/R...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: lilham

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Oh, oh, now I am in trouble, the book is calling.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: lilham

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Oh dear, I noticed that Amazon has more pages of the book available on its 'look inside'. It's very very tempting. (I've got too many books already this year)!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: lilham

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Oh, I love the look of the pink pasta in the preview, and I bet my kids would love it too!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: lilham

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Love Chocolate and Zucchini, and when I was in Paris about 4 years ago, her "Clotilde's Edible Adventures in Paris" was so useful!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: rstuart

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I have Chocolate and Zucchini but have never gotten around to making anything from it (not because I don't want to - just hasn't happened). I'd love to hear what some of your hits from the book have been.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: LulusMom

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Oh, I like her blog, but don't have her cookbook. I am pretty sure that I did take it out of the library at point though...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. I found two books at the thrift store yesterday. Complete Vegetarian Kitchen by Lorna Sass and Fancy Pantry by Helen Witty.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I think I might have had this Sass book before. I have her Cooking Under Pressure book and really like it. Who knows....I might have just bought my own book back! ha!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The Fancy Pantry book looks fascinating. Really nice sounding recipes for homemade pantry items like pickles, vinegars, jams, brandied things, spice mixes, seasoned oils, etc. I love making things like this! If anyone has this book, I would love to hear how things turned out.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: sedimental

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I've had Fancy Pantry for years and have made her Fresh Ginger Jelly and Ginger Marmalade often. I tried her recipe for Cyrstallized Ginger once, but it's hard to find the stem ginger called for and I find it's just easier to buy than to make it. I also used to make her Corn Relish with Sweet Red & Green Peppers whenever corn was plentiful and inexpensive, but I've since discovered Trader Joe's corn and chili salsa which is similar, although not quite as good. I know I've made other recipes from the book, but have never tried either the vinegars or the pickles. It's a terrific book. I think you'll be very pleased with it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: JoanN

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Thanks much JoanN and herby. Can't wait to try some things from it now.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: sedimental

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                As JoanN I had Fancy Pantry for years and still love it. Do not have the book with me but of the top of my head her lemon curd and cranberry relish (the one you bake in the oven) are outstanding. Also made vinegars - four fruit and others - and several other things. Great book!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: herby

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Their "Better than Store-Bought" is great too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I do not this one. Have a few preserving, pantry books and will not even ask the evil question - "do I need it?" :))

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Oh, Buttertart, you are such a BAD influence ! Now I had to look :) but happy to report that I do not really need it - satisfied with Fancy Pantry and half a dozen or so other ones on the same subject. What I really need to do, is have a good look through The Homemade Pantry and start cooking.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              3. Here's your cookbook pics from Kinokuniya bookstore Roppongi branch...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. I just ordered Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking. I love ethnic cookbooks and being a NYer the south is pretty ethnic for me- haha. Excited to see what's in there. Any reviews?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Siegal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Not many but here is a thread that Rasputina started recently - http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/906448

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Hope you will participate!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Four new-to-me books to report today:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    THE GRILLING BOOK by Bon Appetit - looks great! Lots of terrific sounding recipes. Found this at Costco for $24.99

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    THE COUNTRY COOKING OF GREECE by Diane Kochilas. $14.99 at HomeSense - seemed like a good buy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    THE NATIONAL TRUST BOOK OF TRADITIONAL PUDDINGS by Sara Paston-Williams - a real gem, especially for $1.99 (thrift store purchase)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    THE ULTIMATE BROWNIE BOOK - by Bruce Weinstein - another thrift shop purchase for $1.99 - I tabbed 7 recipes on the car ride home! (No, I wasn't driving!).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. I popped in to a Church thrift shop the other day. Every thing was 60% off. Picked up two Giuliano Hazan books which appear to have never been cracked open.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      How To Cook Italian and Every Night Italian, both hardbacks at 40 cent each!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: meatn3

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Wow! Now that's what I call lucky!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Finds like that keep me a thrift store junkie! These two were buried under a mound of microwave cookbooks.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The woman ahead of me at the cash wrap scored a dozen Norman Rockwell collectors plates made by Gorham for 2.40 each!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. The New Wine Country Cookbook, Recipes from California's Central Coast, by Brigit Binns

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Disclaimer: do not read on unless you are ready to buy another cookbook. This one is hard to resist.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        My mother, daughter and I just got back from a three day farmstay at the Rinoconda Dairy Farm in Santa Margarita, California. We woke to the sound of the rooster crowing, helped with the farm chores (feeding the pigs, lambs, and goats), made our own goatachinos by milking fresh goat milk straight into our coffee, and even observed some of the cheesemaking process. Our hosts, Jim and Christine McGuire, couldn't have been more welcoming or more interesting, for that matter. At night, we gathered around their rather large kitchen island, shared a drink and listened to their fascinating stories.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Thoroughly enchanted by everything I saw, touched, and ate, I was anxious to take some of it home with me. As luck would have it, on one of the nights, I spied her cookbook collection and started looking thorough it. It always surprises me how many cookbooks there are out there that I don't already own. One thing led to another, and I found out that a new cookbook had just been released featuring several of Christine's cheeses, so of course I asked to see it. Once I had it in my greedy little hands, I knew I would have to buy it. It is a compilation of recipes and ingredients found and/or made on California's Central Coast. For anyone on the west coast, you will probably recognize many of the wines, farmers, and products. Each section starts with a back story about a local icon, most of whom I know or at least know of from my visits up and down the coast.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I'd like to say what really swayed me were the recipes. But really I scarcely scratched the service before blurting out, "can I buy it?" because I thought it would make a wonderful keepsake. It was not until I brought it home and started looking through it that I realized what a treasure I had found. The recipes are outstanding. The photos are gorgeous, and the backstories are comprehensive and really well written. So, let's get to the recipes, shall we? It is already indexed on EYB so you can judge for yourselves, but here are a few that really caught my eye:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        http://www.eatyourbooks.com/library/1...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Radicchio and Monterey Jack Quesadillas with Fresh Fig Salsa, p. 37
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Pinquito Bean and Farro Soup with Arugula and Pancetta, p. 58 (you should see the picture
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        )Rose and Lemon Verbena Granita p. 69
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Dandelion Salad with Soft Boiled Eggs and Crispy Bacon, p. 82
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Fennel and Garlic Crusted Roast Chicken, p. 104 (dry brined in the style of Zuni Cafe) - I have this one brining in my fridge right now
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Skewered Tuscan Cowboy Quail with Red Grape Jus, p. 108
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Muscat Zabaglione over Fresh Berries, p. 119
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Red Wine Risotto with Scallops and Bacon, p. 127 or Bucatini Simmered in Sangiovese with Aged Parmesan, p. 236
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Steamed Mussels with Goat Butter, p. 137 (I bought goat butter at Sprouts today)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Three Hour, Bone In, Berkshire Pork Shoulder with Brandy and Black Pepper Apples, p. 174
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Brined Pork Porterhouse with Smoky Lentils and Vineyard Dried Tomatoes, p. 178
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Spicy Sausage on a Bed of Braised Red and Green Grapes, p. 181
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Vine Leaf Wrapped Sheep's Tomme with Roasted Olives and Lemon, p. 273

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        As always, I'll report back after I have tried some of these recipes.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Update re The New Wine Country Cookbook, R