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

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

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

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

    Welcome home!

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    1. re: Breadcrumbs

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

      1. re: buttertart

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

        1. re: Breadcrumbs

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

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

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      1. re: roxlet

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

        1. re: roxlet

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

          1. re: roxlet

            This is one of my favorite bread cookbooks.

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

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            1. re: JoanN

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

              1. re: Breadcrumbs

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

                1. re: JoanN

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

                  1. re: naturelle

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

                    1. re: JoanN

                      Thank you so much for replying.

              2. re: JoanN

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

                1. re: buttertart

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

                  1. re: buttertart

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

                  2. re: JoanN

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

                    1. re: rasputina

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

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

                      1. re: rasputina

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

                      2. re: JoanN

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

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

                        1. re: dkennedy

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

                          1. re: dkennedy

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

                            1. re: JoanN

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

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

                              1. re: JoanN

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

                                1. re: buttertart

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

                                  1. re: LulusMom

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

                                    1. re: LulusMom

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

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

                                      1. re: kaymbee

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

                                        1. re: kaymbee

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

                                          1. re: LulusMom

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

                                            1. re: JoanN

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

                                              ~TDQ

                                              1. re: The Dairy Queen

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

                                                1. re: JoanN

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

                                                  1. re: kaymbee

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

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

                                                    1. re: Gio

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

                                                      1. re: herby

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

                                                        1. re: dkennedy

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

                                      2. re: buttertart

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

                                        ~TDQ

                                    2. re: dkennedy

                                      Lynch's ricotta gnocchi are delicious!

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

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                                  1. re: Njchicaa

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

                                    1. re: Njchicaa

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

                                      1. re: Njchicaa

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

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

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

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

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                                        1. re: Gio

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

                                          1. re: Gio

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

                                            1. re: roxlet

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

                                              1. re: rstuart

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

                                                1. re: meatn3

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

                                                2. re: rstuart

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

                                              2. re: Gio

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

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

                                                1. re: Gio

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

                                                  1. re: roxlet

                                                    That does sound exciting, LOVE cilantro.

                                                    1. re: buttertart

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

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

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

                                                      1. re: Gio

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

                                                        1. re: Gio

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