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Jul 1, 2013 07:45 AM

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? July, 2013 edition (through July 31, 2013)

Hello all and HAPPY CANADA DAY! Nice that it fell on a Monday this year. I haven't been buying books for a bit, I've been catching up with my oldies. That "From a Southern Oven" by the magnificent Jean Anderson is one. It's impossible to pick that up without getting extremely hungry. How about you, what's on your bedside table, kitchen counter, or on your mind these days?

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  1. I bought gran cocina Latina a few months ago. I got it just when morning sickness kicked in but read it cover to cover 3 times anyway. Now 4 months later I try to cook from it but can't!!! I get nausea flashbacks so it just sits by my bed as I will myself to make some rice and beans....sigh...maybe next month

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    1. re: Siegal

      I found the only cure for morning sickness was having a baby. I did get a lot of reading done though!

    2. I was just in the Museum of the American Indian (I think I have the name right) which has a pretty highly regarded restaurant and saw that there was a cookbook for it. I had to make myself walk by it very, very quickly. But part of me is still saying "ok, next time I'm in DC ..." Has anyone cooked from this book?

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      1. re: LulusMom

        The Mitssitam Cookbook:

        I've been wavering on this for a few months now. I've had the Spirit of the Harvest: North American Indian Cooking by Beverly Cox and Martin Jacobs for years and don't remember if I've ever cooked from it. Lately, though, I've been thinking it, or another, would make a fine COTM one of these months.

        1. re: Gio

          I've had Spirit of the Harvest for about 20 years. It is a beautiful book but I don't think I've cooked from it either. Initially many of the ingredients were hard to source for me. I should reassess since 20 years has changed the ease of finding most items.

          I think a Native American COTM, highlighting several books, would be great! Nice idea Gio!

        2. re: LulusMom

          The Mitsitam Café Cookbook is really good! I've borrowed a friend's copy several times and made pork tacos, a quinoa salad, and the squash blossom soup.

          Sorry, I'm not helping:

          1. re: LulusMom

            This has been on my radar for some time. Hmmmm.

            1. re: dkennedy

              I have it on order from the library but alas I bought the Smithsonian Cookbook One Fish, Two Fish, Crawfish, Bluefish. I am always game for another fish book.

              1. re: dkennedy

                I should see if my library has it. I ended up joining the Smithsonian so I'll get a discount on it if I end up loving it and needing it. That does not, however, help on the whole bookshelf space problem.

                1. re: LulusMom

                  Just picked up my copy of The Misitam Cafe Cookbook from the library. I checked it out along with 3 others. This one is far and away the best one of the lot. I must own this book. As I paged through it, I literally wanted to make each and every recipe. I will be spending more time with this one over the next 3 weeks and will report back how the actual recipes fare compared to the way they sound on paper.

                  The other 3 books are Med Harvest (which is currently a contender for COTM); Ploughman's Lunch, and Bread Baker's Apprentice. I am glad I checked those other ones out, because though they are interesting, I do not need to own any of them.

                  1. re: dkennedy

                    Of Reinhart's books, the one I love is Crust and Crumb.

                    1. re: buttertart

                      I don't have that one, but I think I keep Breadbaker's Apprentice because there is just something about the cover photo that I love!

                      1. re: roxlet

                        It is nice. I must have another look at it.

                        1. re: roxlet

                          The Breadbaker's Apprentice is an amazing book. I am not a baker, and I am def. not a bread baker so this is way, way, above my comfort zone. But I do plan on reading it cover to cover b4 returning it so I learn something. I may attempt to make my own epis, but that is about it.

                      2. re: dkennedy

                        Not sure whether to be happy with this news or not dkennedy (kidding). I will look forward to hearing about what you make from the book and how it turns out.

              2. Barbecue Crossroads: Notes and Recipes from a Southern Odyssey (Robb Walsh)

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                1. re: emily

                  Robb Walsh is always worth reading.

                  1. re: buttertart

                    Just ordered Texas Eats- on sale at The Good Cook.

                  2. re: emily

                    I recently purchased this as well, and also his new hot sauce book . I love Robb Walsh's writing and recipes, and have all of his books. Every time I read something of his or hear him interviewed, I always find myself nodding my head in agreement. He gets it right.

                  3. I preordered the Picayune's Creole Cook Book ( 1901 second edition reprint hardcover) that comes out in 2 weeks.

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                    1. re: rasputina

                      Oh my gosh! I have this on my shelf! I don't think it's a 1901 edition though.. i'll have to look. It was my mom's so I inherited it. Never even THOUGHT to actually cook from it!

                    2. just bought:

                      Nordic Bakery (drooling reading that one!)
                      Best Quick Breads by Beth Hensperger
                      Balanced Plate by Renee Loux