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

buttertart Jun 1, 2013 06:14 PM

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. Breadcrumbs RE: buttertart Jun 1, 2013 07:01 PM

    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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      buttertart RE: Breadcrumbs Jun 2, 2013 07:21 AM

      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.

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        Breadcrumbs RE: buttertart Jun 2, 2013 07:57 AM

        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.

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          buttertart RE: Breadcrumbs Jun 8, 2013 04:02 PM

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

    2. roxlet RE: buttertart Jun 2, 2013 06:01 AM

      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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        buttertart RE: roxlet Jun 2, 2013 07:22 AM

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

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          Breadcrumbs RE: roxlet Jun 2, 2013 07:58 AM

          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.

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            roxlet RE: Breadcrumbs Jun 2, 2013 08:03 AM

            I certainly will.

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            kimeats RE: roxlet Jun 11, 2013 12:08 PM

            This is one of my favorite bread cookbooks.

          3. JoanN RE: buttertart Jun 2, 2013 06:12 AM

            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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              Breadcrumbs RE: JoanN Jun 2, 2013 06:28 AM

              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!

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                JoanN RE: Breadcrumbs Jun 2, 2013 12:58 PM

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

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                  naturelle RE: JoanN Jun 26, 2013 08:53 AM

                  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.

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                    JoanN RE: naturelle Jun 26, 2013 09:36 AM

                    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.

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                      naturelle RE: JoanN Jun 26, 2013 10:00 AM

                      Thank you so much for replying.

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                buttertart RE: JoanN Jun 2, 2013 07:27 AM

                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...)

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                  roxlet RE: buttertart Jun 2, 2013 07:58 AM

                  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.

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                    JoanN RE: buttertart Jun 2, 2013 12:59 PM

                    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.

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                    rasputina RE: JoanN Jun 2, 2013 10:41 AM

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

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                      Gio RE: rasputina Jun 2, 2013 10:50 AM

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


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                        flourgirl RE: rasputina Jun 4, 2013 03:28 PM

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

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                        dkennedy RE: JoanN Jun 9, 2013 06:51 AM

                        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.

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                          dkennedy RE: dkennedy Jun 14, 2013 03:50 PM

                          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!

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                            JoanN RE: dkennedy Jun 14, 2013 04:49 PM

                            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.

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                              dkennedy RE: JoanN Jun 14, 2013 05:22 PM

                              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!

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                                buttertart RE: JoanN Jun 14, 2013 05:25 PM

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

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                                  LulusMom RE: buttertart Jun 14, 2013 06:00 PM

                                  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.

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                                    JoanN RE: LulusMom Jun 14, 2013 06:32 PM

                                    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.)

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                                      LulusMom RE: JoanN Jun 15, 2013 05:24 AM

                                      Why thank you JoanN!

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                                      kaymbee RE: LulusMom Jun 15, 2013 08:24 PM

                                      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.

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                                        buttertart RE: kaymbee Jun 16, 2013 04:42 PM

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

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                                          LulusMom RE: kaymbee Jun 17, 2013 12:52 PM

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

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                                            JoanN RE: LulusMom Jun 17, 2013 01:03 PM

                                            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.)

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                                              The Dairy Queen RE: JoanN Jun 17, 2013 03:58 PM

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


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                                                JoanN RE: The Dairy Queen Jun 17, 2013 04:09 PM

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

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                                                  kaymbee RE: JoanN Jun 17, 2013 06:07 PM

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

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                                                    Gio RE: kaymbee Jun 18, 2013 06:04 AM

                                                    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...

                                                    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

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                                                      herby RE: Gio Jun 18, 2013 06:23 AM

                                                      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.

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                                                        dkennedy RE: herby Jun 18, 2013 06:38 AM

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

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                                                          Gio RE: dkennedy Jun 18, 2013 07:09 AM

                                                          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.

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                                        The Dairy Queen RE: buttertart Jun 14, 2013 09:14 PM

                                        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!


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                                      emily RE: dkennedy Jun 14, 2013 06:45 PM

                                      Lynch's ricotta gnocchi are delicious!

                                2. Njchicaa RE: buttertart Jun 2, 2013 06:55 AM

                                  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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                                    buttertart RE: Njchicaa Jun 2, 2013 07:29 AM

                                    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.

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                                      rasputina RE: Njchicaa Jun 2, 2013 10:45 AM

                                      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.

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                                        cstout RE: Njchicaa Jul 14, 2013 05:07 PM

                                        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. Gio RE: buttertart Jun 2, 2013 07:45 AM

                                        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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                                          Breadcrumbs RE: Gio Jun 2, 2013 08:00 AM

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

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                                            roxlet RE: Gio Jun 2, 2013 08:04 AM

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

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                                              rstuart RE: roxlet Jun 4, 2013 06:44 PM

                                              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..

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                                                meatn3 RE: rstuart Jun 4, 2013 09:42 PM

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

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                                                  rstuart RE: meatn3 Jun 5, 2013 07:12 PM

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

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                                                  roxlet RE: rstuart Jun 5, 2013 04:28 AM

                                                  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!

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                                                Gio RE: Gio Jun 16, 2013 09:30 AM

                                                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.

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                                                  roxlet RE: Gio Jun 16, 2013 10:01 AM

                                                  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.

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                                                    buttertart RE: roxlet Jun 16, 2013 04:43 PM

                                                    That does sound exciting, LOVE cilantro.

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                                                      Gio RE: buttertart Jun 18, 2013 06:46 AM

                                                      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

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                                                        herby RE: Gio Jun 18, 2013 08:38 AM

                                                        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.

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                                                          buttertart RE: Gio Jun 18, 2013 09:53 AM

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

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                                                            roxlet RE: Gio Jun 18, 2013 10:32 AM

                                                            Thanks, Gio!

                                                  2. LulusMom RE: buttertart Jun 2, 2013 07:52 AM

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

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                                                      Breadcrumbs RE: LulusMom Jun 2, 2013 08:00 AM

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

                                                    2. Breadcrumbs RE: buttertart Jun 2, 2013 08:21 AM

                                                      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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                                                        angelsmom RE: Breadcrumbs Jun 2, 2013 05:02 PM

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

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                                                          Breadcrumbs RE: angelsmom Jun 2, 2013 05:08 PM

                                                          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.

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                                                          Ruthie789 RE: Breadcrumbs Jun 2, 2013 07:17 PM

                                                          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.

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                                                            Breadcrumbs RE: Ruthie789 Jun 5, 2013 11:08 AM

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

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                                                            rstuart RE: Breadcrumbs Jun 4, 2013 06:51 PM

                                                            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?

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                                                              Breadcrumbs RE: rstuart Jun 5, 2013 11:12 AM

                                                              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!

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                                                              buttertart RE: Breadcrumbs Jun 8, 2013 04:04 PM

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

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                                                                Breadcrumbs RE: buttertart Jun 9, 2013 03:49 AM

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

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                                                                dkennedy RE: Breadcrumbs Jun 9, 2013 06:54 AM

                                                                That sounds like a fun day out, BC!

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                                                                  cstout RE: Breadcrumbs Jul 14, 2013 05:15 PM

                                                                  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!

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                                                                    Breadcrumbs RE: cstout Jul 14, 2013 05:44 PM

                                                                    Thanks cs, I was pretty excited about my day!

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                                                                  brooktroutchaser RE: buttertart Jun 2, 2013 09:30 AM

                                                                  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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                                                                    herby RE: brooktroutchaser Jun 2, 2013 09:32 AM

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

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                                                                    rasputina RE: buttertart Jun 2, 2013 10:40 AM

                                                                    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. LulusMom RE: buttertart Jun 2, 2013 12:19 PM

                                                                      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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                                                                        The Dairy Queen RE: LulusMom Jun 3, 2013 09:40 PM

                                                                        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...)


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                                                                          LulusMom RE: The Dairy Queen Jun 4, 2013 05:54 AM

                                                                          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.

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                                                                            The Dairy Queen RE: LulusMom Jun 4, 2013 06:01 AM

                                                                            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.


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                                                                              LulusMom RE: The Dairy Queen Jun 4, 2013 06:04 AM

                                                                              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.

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                                                                          pikawicca RE: LulusMom Jun 4, 2013 06:12 AM

                                                                          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.

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                                                                            LulusMom RE: pikawicca Jun 4, 2013 06:18 AM

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

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                                                                            Gio RE: LulusMom Jun 4, 2013 07:58 AM

                                                                            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.



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                                                                              The Dairy Queen RE: Gio Jun 4, 2013 08:02 AM

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


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                                                                                LulusMom RE: Gio Jun 4, 2013 08:19 AM

                                                                                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.

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                                                                                  Gio RE: LulusMom Jun 4, 2013 08:38 AM

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

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                                                                                    LulusMom RE: Gio Jun 4, 2013 09:01 AM

                                                                                    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.

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                                                                                      JoanN RE: LulusMom Jun 4, 2013 09:22 AM

                                                                                      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.


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                                                                                        LulusMom RE: JoanN Jun 4, 2013 10:05 AM

                                                                                        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.

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                                                                                        Gio RE: LulusMom Jun 4, 2013 11:32 AM

                                                                                        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.

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                                                                                          pikawicca RE: LulusMom Jun 4, 2013 12:35 PM

                                                                                          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.

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                                                                                            LulusMom RE: pikawicca Jun 4, 2013 01:08 PM

                                                                                            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.

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                                                                                              pikawicca RE: LulusMom Jun 4, 2013 01:44 PM

                                                                                              If you haven't already, take a look at this:

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                                                                                                LulusMom RE: pikawicca Jun 4, 2013 02:01 PM

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

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                                                                                                  pikawicca RE: LulusMom Jun 4, 2013 02:10 PM

                                                                                                  My pleasure.

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                                                                                                    Breadcrumbs RE: LulusMom Jun 5, 2013 11:19 AM

                                                                                                    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:


                                                                                                    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.

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                                                                                                      LulusMom RE: Breadcrumbs Jun 5, 2013 03:05 PM

                                                                                                      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.

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                                                                                                        Breadcrumbs RE: LulusMom Jun 5, 2013 03:10 PM

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

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                                                                                                          pikawicca RE: LulusMom Jun 5, 2013 03:24 PM

                                                                                                          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.

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                                                                                                            LulusMom RE: pikawicca Jun 5, 2013 03:52 PM

                                                                                                            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.

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                                                                                                              TrishaCP RE: LulusMom Jun 5, 2013 04:44 PM

                                                                                                              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.

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                                                                                                            Ruthie789 RE: LulusMom Jun 5, 2013 03:39 PM

                                                                                                            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:

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                                                                                                              LulusMom RE: Ruthie789 Jun 5, 2013 03:53 PM

                                                                                                              Thanks ruthie! I'll give that a look.

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                                                                                                              Breadcrumbs RE: LulusMom Jun 5, 2013 03:47 PM

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

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                                                                                                                Ruthie789 RE: Breadcrumbs Jun 5, 2013 03:51 PM

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

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                                                                                                                  LulusMom RE: Breadcrumbs Jun 5, 2013 03:55 PM

                                                                                                                  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.

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                                                                                                                    herby RE: LulusMom Jun 6, 2013 07:17 AM

                                                                                                                    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 :)

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                                                                                                                      LulusMom RE: herby Jun 6, 2013 09:51 AM

                                                                                                                      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.

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                                                                                                                      dkennedy RE: LulusMom Jun 9, 2013 07:08 AM

                                                                                                                      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.

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                                                                                                                        LulusMom RE: dkennedy Jun 9, 2013 08:17 AM

                                                                                                                        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!

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                                                                                                                          dkennedy RE: LulusMom Jun 9, 2013 09:57 AM

                                                                                                                          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.

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                                                                                                                            LulusMom RE: dkennedy Jun 9, 2013 11:43 AM

                                                                                                                            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
                                                                                                                      Caitlin McGrath RE: Breadcrumbs Jun 5, 2013 06:46 PM

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


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                                                                                                                        Breadcrumbs RE: Caitlin McGrath Jun 5, 2013 07:18 PM

                                                                                                                        Interesting Caitlin. I used the Vegan filter as well:


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                                                                                                                          Caitlin McGrath RE: Breadcrumbs Jun 5, 2013 08:56 PM

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

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                                                                                                                            Breadcrumbs RE: Caitlin McGrath Jun 6, 2013 02:53 AM

                                                                                                                            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
                                                                                                    roxlet RE: Gio Jun 9, 2013 03:33 AM

                                                                                                    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

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                                                                                                      dkennedy RE: Gio Jun 9, 2013 07:01 AM

                                                                                                      Oh that Vermont book is calling my name!

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                                                                                                    Westminstress RE: buttertart Jun 3, 2013 07:30 AM

                                                                                                    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.

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                                                                                                      jammy RE: buttertart Jun 3, 2013 07:45 AM

                                                                                                      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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                                                                                                        buttertart RE: jammy Jun 8, 2013 04:06 PM

                                                                                                        That sounds great.

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                                                                                                        LEsherick2007 RE: buttertart Jun 3, 2013 10:49 AM

                                                                                                        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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                                                                                                          DeeCee RE: LEsherick2007 Jun 27, 2013 10:04 AM

                                                                                                          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.

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                                                                                                            roxlet RE: DeeCee Jun 27, 2013 03:56 PM

                                                                                                            What's in it?

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                                                                                                              DeeCee RE: roxlet Jun 28, 2013 02:20 PM

                                                                                                              Here's a link.


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                                                                                                                roxlet RE: DeeCee Jun 28, 2013 02:55 PM


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                                                                                                          sedimental RE: buttertart Jun 3, 2013 08:21 PM

                                                                                                          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. meatn3 RE: buttertart Jun 3, 2013 08:40 PM

                                                                                                            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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                                                                                                              sr44 RE: meatn3 Jun 4, 2013 08:05 PM

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

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                                                                                                                meatn3 RE: sr44 Jun 4, 2013 09:46 PM

                                                                                                                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.

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                                                                                                                maplesugar RE: meatn3 Aug 18, 2013 12:30 PM

                                                                                                                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. jpr54_1 RE: buttertart Jun 4, 2013 06:21 AM

                                                                                                                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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                                                                                                                  buttertart RE: jpr54_1 Jun 8, 2013 04:07 PM

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

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                                                                                                                    Ruthie789 RE: buttertart Jun 8, 2013 05:51 PM

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

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                                                                                                                      JoanN RE: Ruthie789 Jun 8, 2013 05:57 PM

                                                                                                                      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.

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                                                                                                                        Ruthie789 RE: JoanN Jun 8, 2013 06:13 PM

                                                                                                                        I would have thought knives would be off limit.

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                                                                                                                          JoanN RE: Ruthie789 Jun 9, 2013 03:00 AM

                                                                                                                          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.

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                                                                                                                            flourgirl RE: JoanN Jun 10, 2013 09:51 AM

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

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                                                                                                                        buttertart RE: Ruthie789 Jun 13, 2013 05:45 PM

                                                                                                                        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.

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                                                                                                                          Ruthie789 RE: buttertart Jun 14, 2013 05:20 PM

                                                                                                                          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.

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                                                                                                                            buttertart RE: Ruthie789 Jun 14, 2013 05:27 PM

                                                                                                                            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
                                                                                                                              Ruthie789 RE: buttertart Jun 14, 2013 05:32 PM

                                                                                                                              The sharpening seems to be an art.

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                                                                                                                                JoanN RE: buttertart Jun 14, 2013 05:32 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                  buttertart RE: JoanN Jun 15, 2013 03:22 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                    Ruthie789 RE: buttertart Jun 15, 2013 06:14 PM

                                                                                                                                    Tsk, tsk!

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                                                                                                                                      buttertart RE: Ruthie789 Jun 16, 2013 04:44 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                        Ruthie789 RE: buttertart Jun 17, 2013 03:00 PM

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

                                                                                                                    2. Gio RE: buttertart Jun 4, 2013 07:52 AM

                                                                                                                      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...

                                                                                                                      And for Autumn publication:

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                                                                                                                        Westy RE: buttertart Jun 4, 2013 08:07 AM

                                                                                                                        chuck's day off.

                                                                                                                        1. juliejulez RE: buttertart Jun 4, 2013 02:36 PM

                                                                                                                          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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                                                                                                                            lilham RE: juliejulez Jun 5, 2013 01:35 AM

                                                                                                                            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.

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                                                                                                                              The Dairy Queen RE: lilham Jun 5, 2013 02:25 AM

                                                                                                                              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?


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                                                                                                                                lilham RE: The Dairy Queen Jun 5, 2013 02:37 AM

                                                                                                                                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!

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                                                                                                                                  LulusMom RE: lilham Jun 5, 2013 04:53 AM

                                                                                                                                  These were from the Bill Granger book?

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                                                                                                                                    lilham RE: LulusMom Jun 5, 2013 05:36 AM




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                                                                                                                                  lilham RE: The Dairy Queen Jun 5, 2013 02:38 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                    LulusMom RE: The Dairy Queen Jun 5, 2013 02:38 AM

                                                                                                                                    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.

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                                                                                                                                      lilham RE: LulusMom Jun 5, 2013 02:55 AM

                                                                                                                                      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!

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                                                                                                                                        The Dairy Queen RE: lilham Jun 5, 2013 03:38 AM

                                                                                                                                        Thanks for the recommendations! Just in time for summer!


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                                                                                                                                    juliejulez RE: lilham Jun 5, 2013 11:35 AM

                                                                                                                                    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.

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                                                                                                                                    lilham RE: juliejulez Jun 5, 2013 01:40 AM

                                                                                                                                    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".

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                                                                                                                                      Westy RE: juliejulez Jun 5, 2013 05:39 AM

                                                                                                                                      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.

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                                                                                                                                        lilham RE: Westy Jun 5, 2013 05:53 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                          juliejulez RE: Westy Jun 5, 2013 11:32 AM

                                                                                                                                          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.

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                                                                                                                                          lilham RE: juliejulez Jun 13, 2013 01:29 AM

                                                                                                                                          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.

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                                                                                                                                            lilham RE: lilham Jun 13, 2013 01:44 AM

                                                                                                                                            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 :)


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                                                                                                                                              juliejulez RE: lilham Jun 16, 2013 10:43 AM

                                                                                                                                              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.

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                                                                                                                                              sr44 RE: juliejulez Sep 26, 2013 07:07 PM

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

                                                                                                                                            3. Bonnybasu RE: buttertart Jun 5, 2013 04:36 AM

                                                                                                                                              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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                                                                                                                                                Gio RE: Bonnybasu Jun 5, 2013 05:38 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                  rasputina RE: Bonnybasu Jun 5, 2013 05:41 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                    buttertart RE: Bonnybasu Jun 8, 2013 04:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                    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.

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                                                                                                                                                    Westy RE: buttertart Jun 5, 2013 05:40 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                      dkennedy RE: Westy Jun 9, 2013 07:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                      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).


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                                                                                                                                                        Westy RE: dkennedy Jun 10, 2013 06:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                        Her book Fog City Diner is also very good.

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                                                                                                                                                          dkennedy RE: Westy Jun 10, 2013 06:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                          I plan on moving onto this one next!

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                                                                                                                                                          flourgirl RE: dkennedy Jun 10, 2013 09:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                          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.

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                                                                                                                                                            Westy RE: flourgirl Jun 11, 2013 10:42 AM

                                                                                                                                                            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.

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                                                                                                                                                              dkennedy RE: Westy Jun 11, 2013 11:17 AM

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

                                                                                                                                                      2. Breadcrumbs RE: buttertart Jun 5, 2013 07:32 AM

                                                                                                                                                        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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                                                                                                                                                          JoanN RE: Breadcrumbs Jun 5, 2013 08:03 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                            Breadcrumbs RE: JoanN Jun 5, 2013 10:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                            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!

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                                                                                                                                                              JoanN RE: Breadcrumbs Jun 5, 2013 10:42 AM

                                                                                                                                                              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.

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                                                                                                                                                                Breadcrumbs RE: JoanN Jun 5, 2013 10:59 AM

                                                                                                                                                                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:


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

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                                                                                                                                                                  JoanN RE: Breadcrumbs Jun 5, 2013 11:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                                  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.

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                                                                                                                                                                  buttertart RE: JoanN Jun 8, 2013 04:11 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                              Njchicaa RE: Breadcrumbs Jun 6, 2013 01:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                              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.

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                                                                                                                                                                The Dairy Queen RE: Njchicaa Jun 6, 2013 01:24 PM

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


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                                                                                                                                                                  LulusMom RE: The Dairy Queen Jun 6, 2013 01:52 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                    The Dairy Queen RE: LulusMom Jun 6, 2013 01:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    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.


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                                                                                                                                                                  JoanN RE: Njchicaa Jun 6, 2013 04:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  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.

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                                                                                                                                                                    Breadcrumbs RE: Njchicaa Jun 6, 2013 04:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    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!!

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                                                                                                                                                                      Njchicaa RE: Breadcrumbs Jun 6, 2013 04:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      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.

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                                                                                                                                                                        Breadcrumbs RE: Njchicaa Jun 6, 2013 04:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        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!)

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                                                                                                                                                                          roxlet RE: Njchicaa Jun 7, 2013 11:28 AM

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


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                                                                                                                                                                            Gio RE: roxlet Jun 7, 2013 01:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            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?)

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                                                                                                                                                                              JoanN RE: Gio Jun 7, 2013 01:39 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                Gio RE: JoanN Jun 11, 2013 11:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                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)

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                                                                                                                                                                                Breadcrumbs RE: Gio Jun 7, 2013 01:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  Njchicaa RE: Breadcrumbs Jun 7, 2013 02:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  Ooh what are you going to try?

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                                                                                                                                                                                    Breadcrumbs RE: Njchicaa Jun 7, 2013 02:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                    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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                Breadcrumbs RE: roxlet Jun 7, 2013 01:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                Great article roxlet, thanks for sharing!!

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                                                                                                                                                                          Breadcrumbs RE: Breadcrumbs Jun 8, 2013 08:10 AM

                                                                                                                                                                          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.

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                                                                                                                                                                            roxlet RE: Breadcrumbs Jun 10, 2013 06:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                                            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!

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                                                                                                                                                                              Njchicaa RE: roxlet Jun 10, 2013 07:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                                              I hope you love it!

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                                                                                                                                                                                Gio RE: roxlet Jun 10, 2013 07:34 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                  roxlet RE: Gio Jun 10, 2013 09:42 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                    Breadcrumbs RE: roxlet Jun 10, 2013 04:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                    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!! ; )

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                                                                                                                                                                                Breadcrumbs RE: Breadcrumbs Jun 10, 2013 04:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  Njchicaa RE: Breadcrumbs Jun 10, 2013 04:27 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                  Breadcrumbs RE: Breadcrumbs Jun 16, 2013 08:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                  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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    roxlet RE: Breadcrumbs Jun 16, 2013 10:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                    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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      Breadcrumbs RE: roxlet Jun 16, 2013 10:26 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                      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. jpr54_1 RE: buttertart Jun 5, 2013 12:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  I just purchased this book without checking recipes
                                                                                                                                                                                  zainabus african cookbook

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. jpr54_1 RE: buttertart Jun 6, 2013 12:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                    My newest cookbook Smoke and Pickles arrived this afternoon

                                                                                                                                                                                    I have already marked several recipes to make

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Ruthie789 RE: buttertart Jun 6, 2013 04:56 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                        buttertart RE: Ruthie789 Jun 8, 2013 04:13 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                          Ruthie789 RE: buttertart Jun 8, 2013 05:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                          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. roxlet RE: buttertart Jun 7, 2013 11:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                        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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                          Bunson RE: buttertart Jun 7, 2013 01:55 PM

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

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Breadcrumbs RE: buttertart Jun 9, 2013 04:00 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                            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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                                                                                                                                                                                              JoanN RE: Breadcrumbs Jun 9, 2013 06:14 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                              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."

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                                                                                                                                                                                                Breadcrumbs RE: JoanN Jun 9, 2013 06:31 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                rstuart RE: Breadcrumbs Jun 9, 2013 05:54 PM

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

                                                                                                                                                                                              3. Breadcrumbs RE: buttertart Jun 9, 2013 05:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  dkennedy RE: buttertart Jun 9, 2013 06:40 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  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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                                                                                                                                                                                                    dkennedy RE: dkennedy Jun 9, 2013 08:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    kaymbee RE: buttertart Jun 10, 2013 05:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    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. pikawicca RE: buttertart Jun 11, 2013 03:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      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. Allegra_K RE: buttertart Jun 12, 2013 10:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        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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                                                                                                                                                                                                          LulusMom RE: Allegra_K Jun 12, 2013 12:36 PM

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                          You have GREAT librarians.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            Ruthie789 RE: Allegra_K Jun 12, 2013 02:53 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              flourgirl RE: Ruthie789 Jun 12, 2013 04:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              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. honkman RE: buttertart Jun 12, 2013 01:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            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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                                                                                                                                                                                                              JoanN RE: honkman Jun 12, 2013 03:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Showoff! (Actually, just jealous.)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                honkman RE: JoanN Jun 13, 2013 02:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                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. emily RE: buttertart Jun 12, 2013 05:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                Caitlin McGrath RE: emily Jun 12, 2013 10:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                dkennedy RE: buttertart Jun 13, 2013 09:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  flourgirl RE: dkennedy Jun 14, 2013 08:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    dkennedy RE: flourgirl Jun 14, 2013 11:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      emily RE: dkennedy Jun 14, 2013 02:53 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        dkennedy RE: emily Jun 14, 2013 03:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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. herby RE: buttertart Jun 15, 2013 01:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Ruthie789 RE: herby Jun 15, 2013 06:15 PM

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Ruthie789 RE: buttertart Jun 15, 2013 06:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      buttertart RE: Ruthie789 Jun 16, 2013 04:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Ruthie789 RE: buttertart Jun 17, 2013 03:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          buttertart RE: Ruthie789 Jun 18, 2013 09:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      JudiAU RE: buttertart Jun 16, 2013 08:27 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Gio RE: JudiAU Jun 16, 2013 09:18 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Breadcrumbs RE: Gio Jun 16, 2013 09:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            buttertart RE: Breadcrumbs Jun 16, 2013 04:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Is it British? Sounds v good.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Breadcrumbs RE: buttertart Jun 16, 2013 04:56 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                buttertart RE: Breadcrumbs Jun 16, 2013 05:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Breadcrumbs RE: buttertart Jun 16, 2013 05:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    buttertart RE: Breadcrumbs Jun 16, 2013 05:21 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      rstuart RE: Breadcrumbs Jun 16, 2013 05:53 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Breadcrumbs RE: rstuart Jun 16, 2013 06:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          rstuart RE: Breadcrumbs Jun 16, 2013 07:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I live 10 minutes away.. which is dangerous!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Breadcrumbs RE: rstuart Jun 16, 2013 07:24 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Ruthie789 RE: buttertart Jun 17, 2013 03:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            rasputina RE: buttertart Jun 16, 2013 10:42 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Lihinggummybear RE: buttertart Jun 16, 2013 03:29 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Breadcrumbs RE: Lihinggummybear Jun 16, 2013 03:52 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  herby RE: Breadcrumbs Jun 16, 2013 08:26 PM

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

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Lihinggummybear RE: herby Jun 16, 2013 09:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Lihinggummybear RE: Breadcrumbs Jun 16, 2013 09:01 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  rasputina RE: buttertart Jun 21, 2013 08:04 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    herby RE: rasputina Jun 21, 2013 08:46 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      rasputina RE: herby Jun 21, 2013 09:31 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        herby RE: rasputina Jun 21, 2013 12:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          rasputina RE: herby Jun 21, 2013 02:47 PM


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I did

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Westminstress RE: buttertart Jun 21, 2013 02:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Gio RE: Westminstress Jun 21, 2013 02:19 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Breadcrumbs RE: Gio Jun 21, 2013 02:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Gio RE: Breadcrumbs Jun 21, 2013 02:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          It's #20 of the Guardian UK's 2010 list of the 50 best cookbooks ever:

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Breadcrumbs RE: Gio Jun 21, 2013 02:56 PM

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


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              JoanN RE: Breadcrumbs Jun 21, 2013 03:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Breadcrumbs RE: JoanN Jun 21, 2013 03:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  JoanN RE: Breadcrumbs Jun 21, 2013 03:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Breadcrumbs RE: JoanN Jun 21, 2013 04:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      JoanN RE: Breadcrumbs Jun 21, 2013 04:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Breadcrumbs RE: JoanN Jun 21, 2013 04:51 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        herby RE: Breadcrumbs Jun 21, 2013 05:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Caitlin McGrath RE: herby Jun 21, 2013 08:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            herby RE: Caitlin McGrath Jun 21, 2013 08:55 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Caitlin McGrath RE: herby Jun 21, 2013 09:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                herby RE: Caitlin McGrath Jun 21, 2013 09:30 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            JoanN RE: herby Jun 22, 2013 04:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              herby RE: JoanN Jun 22, 2013 04:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The Dairy Queen RE: herby Jun 23, 2013 05:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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...


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Breadcrumbs RE: The Dairy Queen Jun 23, 2013 06:05 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    rstuart RE: Breadcrumbs Jun 23, 2013 11:56 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Breadcrumbs RE: rstuart Jun 23, 2013 12:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Will do rstuart!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Gio RE: Breadcrumbs Jun 21, 2013 03:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Goddess help me, I just pre-ordered.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Breadcrumbs RE: Gio Jun 21, 2013 03:25 PM

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Ruthie789 RE: buttertart Jun 21, 2013 04:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                buttertart RE: Breadcrumbs Jun 23, 2013 08:46 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Breadcrumbs RE: buttertart Jun 23, 2013 09:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  : )

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                dkennedy RE: buttertart Jun 23, 2013 06:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  jpr54_1 RE: dkennedy Jun 23, 2013 07:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  alice b. toklas cookbook is one of my favorites

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    dkennedy RE: jpr54_1 Jun 23, 2013 07:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Thanks jpr54_1.

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    buttertart RE: dkennedy Jun 23, 2013 08:47 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Breadcrumbs RE: buttertart Jun 23, 2013 09:25 AM

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  3. Njchicaa RE: buttertart Jun 23, 2013 07:26 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      buttertart RE: Njchicaa Jun 23, 2013 08:48 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        roxlet RE: Njchicaa Jun 23, 2013 09:14 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Breadcrumbs RE: Njchicaa Jun 23, 2013 09:35 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            rasputina RE: Njchicaa Jun 23, 2013 03:43 PM

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. herby RE: buttertart Jun 26, 2013 11:06 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              buttertart RE: herby Jun 26, 2013 11:10 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Lihinggummybear RE: buttertart Jun 26, 2013 06:27 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  herby RE: Lihinggummybear Jun 26, 2013 09:44 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Chowshok RE: buttertart Jun 26, 2013 12:53 PM

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Firegoat RE: buttertart Jun 27, 2013 09:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Westy RE: buttertart Jun 27, 2013 12:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    LulusMom RE: Westy Jun 29, 2013 11:38 AM

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. lilham RE: buttertart Jun 28, 2013 12:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    This link has a preview of a few pages from the Spring chapter of the book

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Ruthie789 RE: lilham Jun 28, 2013 03:28 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        lilham RE: lilham Jun 28, 2013 03:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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)!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Westminstress RE: lilham Jun 28, 2013 07:21 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            rstuart RE: lilham Jun 28, 2013 07:32 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              LulusMom RE: rstuart Jun 29, 2013 11:40 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                rstuart RE: LulusMom Jun 30, 2013 04:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            sedimental RE: buttertart Jun 28, 2013 10:12 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              JoanN RE: sedimental Jun 28, 2013 10:32 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                sedimental RE: JoanN Jun 28, 2013 07:43 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                herby RE: sedimental Jun 28, 2013 11:19 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  buttertart RE: herby Jun 28, 2013 11:20 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    herby RE: buttertart Jun 28, 2013 02:08 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        herby RE: buttertart Jun 28, 2013 08:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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. buttertart RE: buttertart Jun 28, 2013 11:21 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Siegal RE: buttertart Jun 28, 2013 02:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    herby RE: Siegal Jun 28, 2013 08:18 PM

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Hope you will participate!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Breadcrumbs RE: buttertart Jun 29, 2013 03:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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. meatn3 RE: buttertart Jun 30, 2013 05:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        roxlet RE: meatn3 Jun 30, 2013 05:58 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Wow! Now that's what I call lucky!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          meatn3 RE: roxlet Jun 30, 2013 11:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        dkennedy RE: buttertart Jun 30, 2013 04:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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:


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          dkennedy RE: dkennedy Jul 15, 2013 03:47 PM

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          So far I have made two recipes out of this book and I have been really pleased with the results:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Las week I made the Fennel and Garlic Crusted Roast Chicken on p. 104. This chicken is dry brined in the style of Zuni Cafe, seasoned under the skin, then roasted at a high temp (450) for the first 20 minutes (turning it over after 12 minutes) and then reducing the temperature to 300 for the remaining cooking time. I was skeptical that the chicken would be cooked in the recommended time, so I ended up with dry chicken breasts, but otherwise, the meal was delicious.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Last night I made the Rhône Wine and Fig Braised Pork Chops on p. 170. I bought 2 gorgeous heritage pork chops at the farmer's market which were marinated for 6 hours in a fig wine puree. A 1/2 hour before cooking, the chops were dried off, then a pork fat, salt, rosemary, garlic puree was spread over both sides of the the chops. They were grilled in a smoking hot pan for 2 1/2 minutes per side. The fat causes the meal to get an incredibly yummy looking crust. Next, the marinade is adding to the pan, and then the chops are then finished in the sauce. . I started the meal with Baked Goat Feta with Olive Oil and Herbs served with toast and accompanied the main dish with Cherry Tomatoes with Créme Fraîche and Chives out of Molto Gusto and Pancetta Green Beans out of Around My French Table. Restaurant quality results.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          dkennedy RE: buttertart Jul 11, 2013 09:01 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I've been on such a book buying binge lately my head is spinning from the dizzying amount of recipes. I really feel like an addict that has fallen off the wagon. I was good for the first 1/2 of the year, then decided to treat myself to a new title and that was all it took. Suddenly, I was hunting down classics, collecting all the goodies I had been denying myself for so long. Now I have so many new titles - or new to me - that I scarcely have time to read through them all!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I was at the Ferry Building this weekend, (and I mean all weekend), I went back three times! Bought all kinds of lovelies to take home with me...Frogs Hollow jams, lavender massage oil, Huckleberry syrup, Acme Bread, orange chocolate balsamic, Cap'n Mike's smoked fish, and homemade cream cheese, raspberry tea, oh, and of course, a cookbook...Beginnings, by Chris Cosentino.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Beginnings, Chris Cosentino's cookbook, is visually stunning. I want to make every recipe in it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Here are all the others. I have posted about some of these before, but here is the complete list of my sins:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          -A Girl and Her Pig (Kindle edition $2.99) Bought this one after reading a review comparing and contrasting Beginnings to A Girl and Her Pig. The writer opted for the later. Me, I needed both. Read it cover to cover as soon as it downloaded. A fun read and does have quite a few recipes I have tagged on EYB to try. Made the lentil and garbanzo bean salad, the tahini sauce was very good and the flavors married nicely. Think really good pub food.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          -The New Wine Country Cookbook - this is one you are going to want to get. Every recipe had me saying oh and ah. I think I will cook my way through it, cover to cover. Plus, if you live in Southern California, you likely know most of the wineries, farmers, and other food professionals featured in it from your trips to the farmer's markets. So far, I've made the dry brined chicken which came out great. See my earlier post for a more complete review.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          -In the Hands of a Chef - checked this out of the library after reading about it on Chowhound, and quickly ordered myself a copy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Radically Simple - Everyone else has been touting this one for so long, I had to see why. Once I paged through it, decided it was something I wanted to own. Will make great use of this for week night fare.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          -Cindy's Supper Club - I was not as impressed with this one as I had hoped to be. Should have checked it out of the library first. Just not inspired by it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          -The Alice B. Tolkas Cookbook - Felt like I need to read through this at some point in my life.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          -Marie Claire - Been hearing about this one for so long from across the pond I felt like I needed to check it out. TBD.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          -Frog Commissary - Another classic, felt like I needed to own it. It is also a fun read, reminicent of Silver Palate, which I still love.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          -Stir - oh, I really like this one. I have the feeling that the chef who wrote this included only recipes she felt really shined. I can't wait to devote myself to this one.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          -Food Path: Cuisine along the Grand Trunk Road from Kabul to Kolkata - The title drew me in. Plus, I know virtually nothing about this region of the world, foodwise, so I figured it would teach me something.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          -Paris In a Basket - Exploring the farmer's markets of Paris and getting recipes ta'boot. This is my idea of a great beach read. This book was photographed in a book I really value so I figured it was worth seeking out.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          -Markets of Provence - Same reasoning as described above.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          -Northwest Bounty - This is a boring looking little book that I never would have bought except that I made a recipe out of it that was posted online (oatmeal griddle cakes). The griddle cakes are fantastic btw and have become a standard in our house so the book deserves a space on my shelves for this reason alone. I haven't had time to get through this one yet, but it sounds like those that own it really think it is a treasure.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          -Cakewalk - I don't bake much and I bake cakes even less often. But this book is so sweet looking and tiny, I hope it will make me want to bake cakes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          -Secrets of Cooking: Armenian, Lebanese, Persian - Another Chowhound recommendation. I don't have any other books covering these regions, and this book is said to be tried and true. Hopeful it will make me explore this cuisine. Note that the pictures are less than appealing.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            roxlet RE: dkennedy Jul 11, 2013 02:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Wow. That's an impressive haul!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Westy RE: dkennedy Jul 15, 2013 05:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Let me know how you like Cindy's Supper Club.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I have (and love) Frog Commissary. Great book. Very user friendly.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                cstout RE: Westy Jul 15, 2013 06:42 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Frog Commissary - be sure & try the Chicken Satay.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  herby RE: Westy Jul 15, 2013 08:07 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Not DK but though I'll comment on my experience with Cindy's books. I have Big Small Plates (the current COTM) and however many times I flipped through it, nothing inspired me to go in the kitchen and cook. I took Supper Club out of the library and the same thing happened. I find that it is important to have similar food/spice preferences as the recipe developer to like the book and Cindy and I are not in sync.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Hope your experience is more positive than mine!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    dkennedy RE: Westy Jul 15, 2013 08:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I really love Cindy's style and I have had great success with Big Small Plates. So far, I have not found the same "wow" feeling when paging through Cindy's Supper Club. I do really like her other three books (Fog City, Big Small Plates and Mustards) so I am sure I will like these recipes too, just have to get into the book. I bought in on the heels of about a dozen others and that always means some get ignored. Right now, I seem to be most enamored with The New Wine Country Cookbook (see above). Made my second recipe last night, will report soon.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    flourgirl RE: dkennedy Jul 15, 2013 07:22 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I have that Cosentino book, got it on a great sale at WS & i agree, it looks great. Haven't had any time to play with it yet.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Disneyfreak RE: dkennedy Jul 15, 2013 09:59 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Also try the black bean chicken wings. They are outstanding.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. rmarisco RE: buttertart Jul 11, 2013 11:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      new persian kitchen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      just got from the library: Alton Brown's I'm just here for the food. i know it's an old book, but i don't know anything about alton brown, except that he has a corgi so must be an alright kind of soul... i don't watch him on tv, so this is a new discovery for me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      i've actually been going through old cookbooks as part of house cleaRing... finding that there is a reason i have not used some of them forever and, yes, they do deserve to be gotten rid of. However, i have rediscovered: sweetie pies and victory garden - two favorites, that usually come out for summer: it's fun to find new things to cook!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        cstout RE: rmarisco Jul 14, 2013 05:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Alton Brown, I have watched a couple of his videos, but do not have any of his cookbooks. Have been thinking of purchasing one, but just don't know which one is the best. Don't want to go hog wild & get all of them & not like this crazy person's recipes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Can anyone suggest a great "starter" book? Let us know how you liked your book.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Firegoat RE: cstout Jul 15, 2013 07:08 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I have Alton's "Good Eats 2" and "I'm just here for more food - baking." I didn't care for the baking cookbook. I'm not sure why. Maybe too basic? For some reason it wasn't a hit with me and I never use it. Good Eats 2 had a DVD of amusing clips in the back. If you are a fan of the show you will enjoy it as around each recipe it has a lot of discussion of what went on behind the scenes. It obviously directly correlates with his Good Eats show. I enjoyed that book and refer to it fairly regularly.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            cstout RE: Firegoat Jul 15, 2013 08:40 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I think I will start with Good Eats 2.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Thank you for pointing me in the right direction.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. emily RE: buttertart Jul 11, 2013 04:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The Kimchi Cookbook: 60 Traditional and Modern Ways to Make and Eat Kimchi

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Quick & Easy Tsukemono: Japanese Pickling Recipes

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          buttertart RE: emily Jul 12, 2013 05:58 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          That's one thing I found when we were in Japan, you are never very far away from a pickle. I'd love to know how that book is.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            meatn3 RE: buttertart Jul 12, 2013 12:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            "Japan, you are never very far away from a pickle..."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I'd wear that on a tee-shirt!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            qianning RE: emily Aug 4, 2013 09:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Just saw this, many thanks for pointing out the Tsukemono book....based on a quick amazon gander it looks great. Have you tried any of the recipes yet?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              emily RE: qianning Aug 4, 2013 10:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              No, it's been out of stock since I bought it. I've got my Japanese pickle pot ready to go, though!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                herby RE: qianning Aug 4, 2013 01:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I checked it out too and wonder why is it so expensive? Looks very interesting.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              dkennedy RE: buttertart Jul 13, 2013 06:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              You know you have a problem when a cookbook arrives in the mail weeks and weeks after you ordered it and you didn't even notice it was late because you forgot you ordered it in the first place! That is what happened to me today.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The book, I WAS NVER HERE AND THIS NEVER HAPPENED, by Dorinda Hafner, is a real find. I have only made my way through the first few pages but so far, a most enjoyable read. I am told Dorinda is a bit of a celeb in Australia, but I have never heard of her before this. Originally from Ghana, West Africa (I almost wrote West Hollywood!), she has lived in Australia for some time and has a television show there, A Taste of Africa....have any of you heard of it?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I don't have any authentic African cookbooks, so this one went right in my cart. Not sure what the recipes will turn out to be like but she certainly is funny.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Any of you who know of her, I'd love to hear your thoughts.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                buttertart RE: dkennedy Jul 14, 2013 04:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I suppose the title is a propos....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  dkennedy RE: buttertart Jul 14, 2013 07:32 PM


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                rstuart RE: buttertart Jul 14, 2013 03:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I got Cake Simple out of the library, and despite a firm vow not to acquire any more cookbooks, i am weakening. It is exactly the kind of cookbook that I love.. simple cakes. One of which is in the oven right now..

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  buttertart RE: rstuart Jul 14, 2013 04:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I shall investigate this book of which you write...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    rstuart RE: buttertart Jul 14, 2013 04:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I do love a good bundt..

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Caitlin McGrath RE: rstuart Jul 14, 2013 05:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Which cake did you bake, and how is it? I've had Cake Simple for a while, and I haven't used it for a bit, but the things I've made from it (Saffron Almond, Cherry Almond, Vanilla Pink Peppercorn, slightly tweaked coconut minis) have all been excellent. I bought it after perusing the index on Amazon's Look Inside feature and seeing the interesting flavor combinations.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        rstuart RE: Caitlin McGrath Jul 14, 2013 05:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Peanut butter and preserves.. mostly as a way to use up some jam. Seems good, and what I ate out of the pan (it stuck, so clearly I had to eat it so it didn't go to waste).. tasted great.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          buttertart RE: rstuart Jul 15, 2013 08:33 AM


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I've toyed with getting this similar one for quite a while...I checked Amazon.ca but seems not to be there. Off to the library!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            rstuart RE: buttertart Jul 15, 2013 07:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I have that one, and also love it!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. jpr54_1 RE: buttertart Jul 15, 2013 06:07 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  July 2013 is due

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Allegra_K RE: jpr54_1 Jul 15, 2013 06:14 AM


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    naturelle RE: buttertart Jul 24, 2013 04:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Has anyone tried recipes in Clotide Dusoulier's latest cookbook, The French Market Cookbook, and if so, do you recommend this cookbook?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      lilham RE: naturelle Jul 24, 2013 06:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      It's on my lust list but I haven't got it yet. Would love to hear if others have good results from it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        buttertart RE: lilham Jul 24, 2013 08:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Love the "lust list".

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Breadcrumbs RE: naturelle Jul 24, 2013 08:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I don't have it but Eat Your Books is currently running a contest and if you respond to their post you're eligible to win one of 3 copies. It's only open to US residents though...and I'm Canadian... : (

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          lilham RE: Breadcrumbs Jul 24, 2013 09:04 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Sadly I don't live in the US either :(

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          rstuart RE: naturelle Jul 24, 2013 04:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I like her blog (chocolate and zucchini)..

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            naturelle RE: naturelle Aug 9, 2013 10:32 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            So...has anyone checked out The French Market Cookbook (Clotide Dusoulier)?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Gio RE: naturelle Aug 9, 2013 11:15 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Here's The Book... a few recipes and all:


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Firegoat RE: buttertart Jul 24, 2013 08:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Okay, I'm going to report back in on the cookbook I bought this month, "This is a cookbook Recipes for Real Life" by Max and Eli Sussman.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            It is slick looking, which I admit probably influenced my impulse buy. It's a big paperback but nicely done with tons of photos and graphics. Once you get past that, the recipes are pretty basic. Which is fine. I just feel like the recipes don't have a lot to offer to experienced cooks. However, I feel like the recipes lack the instruction needed for inexperienced cooks which I think are more the target of this book. It's an attractive book. It was fun to read. But I'm not sure who it should be marketed too.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The Dairy Queen RE: Firegoat Jul 24, 2013 09:12 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              On the topic of too basic vs. not enough instruction spectrum, I think that can happen with very experienced cooks or chefs writing for beginnings. I think Alice Waters did that with Art of Simple Food, for instance. I think she intended that book to be a primer for non-cooks, but there just wasn't enough detail in there. I recall one recipe for pork chops that said, "Cook until done." Anyway, then she followed it up with "In My Green Kitchen" which really is for beginners.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              So, what are recipes for real life? Fast ones? Basic ones? Healthy ones?


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Firegoat RE: The Dairy Queen Jul 24, 2013 09:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                It is divided up into six sections: Brunch, Backyard Grub, Night In, Dinner Party, Midnight Snacks and Sweet Stuff.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                One of the backyard grub recipes is grilled whole fish. Which is basically, put the fish on the grill. Turn it over. No advice on how to fillet or serve etc. However 1 trout will apparently serve 4-6 people.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The midnight snack section is a throw away. Fried egg sandwich. Cutting up a russet potato to make fries for one person. It's a pretty book. Unfortunately I can see me making maybe one recipe from it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Gio RE: Firegoat Aug 4, 2013 02:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Sounds a waste of trees and printers ink to me...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The Dairy Queen RE: Gio Aug 5, 2013 04:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Yeah, agreed. Thankfully firegoat saved us all from having to buy it.


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      JoanN RE: The Dairy Queen Aug 5, 2013 06:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I’ve said, or at least implied, this so often that I’m sure some of you are ready to say “shut up already.” But I would never buy a cookbook sight unseen without checking first who published the book. There are fewer than a dozen publishers here in the U.S. that publish good cookbooks and know how to publish them. In no particular order they are Artisan, Norton, Wiley, Ten Speed Press, Knopf, Wm. Morrow, Workman, Houghton Mifflin, and for vegetarian and/or healthy eating, Rodale. That’s not to say that you won’t find excellent books from other publishers: older books from Scribner, some books from Chronicle, Junior League and local publishers of regional books. But as a rule of thumb, assuming the book is of interest to you, you can trust books from those publishers. They have great editors who have been in the business for a long time and know how to edit and publish a cookbook.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      "This Is a Cookbook: Recipes for Real Life" was published by Olive Press. Out of curiosity, I just spent nearly half an hour Googling to see what I could find out about that publisher. It took a while. There’s one company called Olive Press in California that sells olive oils, but not books and a publisher called Olive Press that says “We publish your books that glorify Yeshua /Jesus . . . .” I got a funny feeling they didn’t publish this book either.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Eventually I discovered that on their blog the authors say the book was published by Wendell Owen, a book packager recently turned publisher who specializes in branded books and those kinds of general non-fiction books that more often than not go straight to the remainder table. But there’s no mention of either Olive Press or this book on the Wendell Owen Web site, so I’m guessing the book was actually privately published and just distributed by WO.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      This may be TMI and too publishing geeky for many of you. But it’s just a personal heads up to suggest that when buying a cookbook you haven’t yet had in your hands, you take a look at who the publisher is. You can glean a lot from that information alone.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Breadcrumbs RE: JoanN Aug 5, 2013 07:09 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        It's very helpful context Joan. I remember once before you commented about Norton Maria Guarnaschelli's work there. It's stuck with me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I know when I hit the cookbook shelves at thrift stores I see a lot of books from mass-market publishers and while I like DK books Eye-Witness Guides for travel, I have no interest in their slick tomes of recipes...and it seems many others feel the same way since those books seem to sit on the shelves the longest...along with the Rachel Ray, Moosewood, Microwave Cooking and In The Kitchen With Rosie books!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          buttertart RE: Breadcrumbs Aug 8, 2013 05:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The DK baking encyclopedia is bloody useless.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Gio RE: JoanN Aug 5, 2013 07:16 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          This is excellent advice for we who are cookbook collectors/buyers/curators, and we can't hear it enough. Many thanks for the research and list of respected publishers you consider worth seeking out.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Sometimes I feel less like a cookbook addict and more like a jewel thief, though, since I buy mostly well recommended authors from re-sellers for very little money and consider them to be jewels on my shelves or in my hands. They are quite precious to me.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            JoanN RE: Gio Aug 5, 2013 07:32 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I do the same, Gio. Although on occasion I will get sucked into buying a COTM nomination or selection that hasn't yet hit the 50% or more off threshold. Must say, too, that some of those are the ones I most regret buying. Thank goodness there aren't too many.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Westy RE: Gio Sep 27, 2013 06:12 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              That is exactly how I buy mine! I almost never get a book when it is firstr eleased, I just wait a bit and find it for pennies on the dollar.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The Dairy Queen RE: JoanN Aug 5, 2013 07:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Oddly, I think this is the first time I'm reading this from you, or maybe it's the first time it's finally making an impact on me. Maybe I'm just finally ready to hear this. I need to find a place to keep this list so I can refer to it. I've bookmarked this thread, but who knows if I'll ever be able to find this again or remember why I bookmarked it.


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                JoanN RE: The Dairy Queen Aug 5, 2013 11:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Look into an App called "Evernote." It allows you to clip something from a Web page (or clip the entire page or just a link, for that matter) and allows you to save it to your own personal database which is then available to you anywhere you have access to the Internet. You can put your clips in separate folders and tag them so you can find them easily. For instance, if I find a tip here I want to try to remember, I clip it to Evernote, put it in a folder named "Food" and tag it "CH Tips." Or, if someone recommends a recipe and I don't have the time to go searching for it just then, I'll clip it, again put it in the Food folder, and tag it "CH Recommended Recipe." It's a great little program for storing all sorts of odd and ends of info that you'll want quick and easy access to later.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The Dairy Queen RE: JoanN Aug 15, 2013 12:15 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Thank you (again), JoanN! I've just signed up for EverNote and saved your cookbook publishers tip in there. I haven't yet figured out how to set up folders, but I'm sure that will come in time!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Eta: oh I see that tagging your notes creates little folders that you can drag around in order to create subfolders, etc. Is that what you mean?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  It's like a very robust web-based bookmarking tool.


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    JoanN RE: The Dairy Queen Aug 19, 2013 03:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sorry, TDQ. Just now seeing this.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Folders are called "Notebooks" and you set them up by clicking File > New Notebook. I read somewhere that it's easier to keep things organized if the number of Notebooks is kept to a minimum, so I have one for Food, one for Travel, one for Household, and one General Notebook with everything else. I just create tags on the fly, depending on how I'll want to remember something.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Evernote had a major upgrade a few weeks ago and I haven't had a chance to explore some of the new capability so, to tell you the truth, I'm not even sure what you're talking about when you say you can drag tags to create subfolders. I've never had difficulty finding what I was looking for by just clicking on Tags and searching from there.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                herby RE: JoanN Aug 5, 2013 07:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Great information and advice Joan! Thank you for sharing it with us.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Caitlin McGrath RE: JoanN Aug 5, 2013 11:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Spot-on assessment, Joan. My cookbook collection is much smaller than those of many here, but I can say that the majority of my absolute keepers were issued by these publishers.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  As an aside, like Judith Jones at Knopf, Maria Guarnaschelli at Norton is best known as an exemplary editor of cookbooks, but also edits an impressive roster of novelists and general nonfiction authors.

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