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Sep 30, 2013 05:17 PM

What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? October 2013 edition!

Here we go with our new thread...trying to stay away from Amazon UK...I know I will be indulging in a number of the new crop, however. How about choo?

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  1. Essential Pepin, just waiting on delivery now.

    Jacques P├ępin New Complete Techniques

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    1. re: Sneef

      I am so happy to have the New Complete Techniques! Long ago I left behind La Technique in a move, and this is more than a replacement. Bigger, and better. And though thick, it's compact enough not to be hard to use.

      Just this week it helped me make something I haven't in decades: a classic omelet (with an omelet pan that was left behind at the same time, recently replaced via ebay. Now the SO wants to make one dinner a week omelet night; you bet. Thanks, M. Pepin.

      1. re: ellabee

        Is this the one that came out last year?

        1. re: buttertart

          Yes, it was part of last fall's torrent of appealing releases. I'd recommend to anyone as an outstanding reference, a great gift for young cooks who show signs of enthusiasm.

          The pictures are significantly improved over the original 1970s book. Given its reasonable price, I thought more members at Eat Your Books would have it by now, but think/hope it may be one of those books that will sell a healthy number of copies year after year, over a long period.

          1. re: buttertart

            I got the Pepin at a nice discount at the Good Cook during the buggy launch of their new website. I got a couple of other things that had been on my wishlist that I've really enjoyed -- The Farm, by Ian Knauer, for instance.

            But now I need to buy one more book (at a regular price) to fulfil my membership requirement so I can quit -- and I'm just not drawn to anything. A dull but useful reference like The Substitutions Bible is seeming like the best bet...

        2. re: Sneef

          Oooh oooh, fuggit The Professional Chef. I'll take Pepin's ones.

        3. I didn't have a chance to report on new acquisitions and here it is.

          Muffin Tin
          Vegan Secret Suppers

          Have not cooked from either yet - why not, you ask; and I hang my head in shame as I have no answer to this very reasonable question.

          River Cottage Veg. Flipped through it at my daughter's; made ratatouille and fell in love. Came home, ordered and made ratatouille again - still in love. Have many recipes marked and making Quinoa with Zucchini and Onion on Wednesday for lunch with a friend; it will be side dish to Joan Nathan's Honey-Coated Baked Chicken with Preserved Lemons.

          It is not a vegetarian book but a vegetable one which appeals to me as I am trying to make my daily meals more veg-centric without using fake foods that imitate animal proteins - I would rather have the real thing in moderation.

          1. I hope to stay away from amazon also

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            1. re: jpr54_1

              I work at Amazon. Imagine how hard it is for me? :(

            2. George Lang's Cuisine of Hungary. I am getting ready to give Dear Daughter her inheritance, so I have been purging doubles and never used.

              Forgot the couple of years when this was the first book to be grabbed for inspiration. Trips to Vienna tantalized, but the iron curtain kept me out. Loved reading the history and making the dishes. A blast from the 1970's. She will get this, but I only have 3 more weeks to have fun.

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              1. re: INDIANRIVERFL

                this is one of my favorites-
                it was also one of the first cookbooks

                1. re: INDIANRIVERFL

                  Funny, we had Lang's version (more or less) of chicken paprikash with dumplings last night for dinner. yum.

                  1. I'm planning to pick up a copy of All About Braising this week.

                    I am very excited about Tartine No 3 in November. I might preorder that one while I'm at it.