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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 Pépin 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.

                    1. I lust for "My Calabria" by Rosetta Costantino, but my wife won't let me have any more cookbooks. I only have about 200 cookbooks just because I like to read them. I had to borrow this book from our local library.

                        1. re: ARenko

                          Me Too, mine did not come today it was pre ordered from amazon:(

                        2. "Mighty Spice Express" just showed up at my front door, and it looks WONDERFUL.

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                          1. re: pikawicca

                            I made the Goan chicken the other night and it was a big hit.

                            1. re: pikawicca

                              I've pinned it to my wishlist so hopefully someone will buy it for me. Can't wait to get my heads on this.

                              Also lusting after Nigel Slater's Eat.

                              1. re: lilham

                                I already succumbed and it should be with me tomorrow or Friday. Yay!

                                1. re: greedygirl

                                  It arrived yesterday and I haven't even finished paging through it yet. I love it though - I think it's his best book for ages.

                                  1. re: greedygirl

                                    My copy arrived 2 days ago and I've only read about a third of the book but everything looks great so far. It's not yet indexed on EYB though.

                                    1. re: Gio

                                      I made my first recipe tonight and it was a hit. Maximum flavour for minimal effort. I will report in the general Nigel Slater thread.

                              2. re: pikawicca

                                I've just gotten my copy too. I think the fact that I lasted until October without buying myself any cookbooks (aside from the one for my kindle) is pretty impressive. Of course mother's day brought a small bonanza and my husband's trips abroad and friends added to my collection ... but that doesn't count, rightt?? Anyway, very excited about MSE.

                                  1. re: rstuart

                                    Ordered and on its way to moi as I type.

                                    1. re: Gio

                                      October looks to be a very dangerous month.

                                      1. re: roxlet

                                        Oh yes... all the books I pre-ordered seem to be shipping now. Just more birthday gifts for me to open!

                                      2. re: Gio

                                        Do you have some magic going on, Gio? The Amazon page for Lebovitz's My Paris Kitchen says it's released April 8, 2014 and it's on its way to you already?

                                        1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                                          OK. I think I better take a furlough from life for a while.
                                          I totally misread the advisory. This is what it said,
                                          " Your estimated delivery date is:
                                          Friday, April 11, 2014 -
                                          Tuesday, April 15, 2014"

                                          I have several books arriving soon I got confused. Sorry, yet again. Thanks Caitlin.

                                          1. re: Gio

                                            Oh, goodness, no need to apologize, Gio! It's just that, when I'd taken a look at the link before, I thought, well, no need to think about this just yet with release so far off; but then when I saw your post I wondered if there was something I was missing and needed to know about...

                                            1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                                              Too bad. I was hoping there was a secret, magic way we could all get our hands on the book sooner. It will be interesting to compare it to Dorie's. Around My French Table.


                                            2. re: Gio

                                              No-no-no, don't take furlough from life - we'll miss you terribly and you'll get no compensation :) April sounds like October after a glass of wine, doesn't it ?

                                              1. re: herby

                                                What's the title? I didn't see it on Amazon? (BTW Ready for Dessert is on clearance at TGC for $5.99 or something.)

                                      3. Twist of the Wrist just arrived today, but I haven't really had a chance to look through it yet.

                                        1. Well, for $15 on Amazon, I couldn't resist getting Martha Stewart Cakes. I'll have it on Friday.

                                          1. Just spent an hour in the cookbook section at B&N in Union Square (they have a great selection) and a few piqued my interest:

                                            The New Midtwestern Table

                                            Amalia's Guatamalan Kitchen (the chapter on stews looks fantastic!)

                                            Gran's Kitchen: Recipes from the Notebooks of Dulcie May Booker (beautiful and the majority of the recipes seem to be focused on New Zealand baking)

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                                            1. re: emily

                                              I bought New Midwestern Table last month and I really like it. I sat down and went through every page the first day. Now I just need to plan a menu and cook from it.

                                              1. re: rasputina

                                                That does look like a good one. I'll have to take a look at it in a bookstore. I'm thinking this would be a good one to put on my Christmas Wishlist for mr bc.

                                              2. re: emily

                                                Union Square was a past COTM emily and you'll find lots of inspiration in those threads.

                                                Coincidently I just made mr bc's favourite antipasti ever from that book....The Fagioli alla Toscana is outstanding and a dead ringer for an exceptional version of the dish that first won us over in Rome.

                                              3. No plans to buy anything this month. I still have plenty of newer cookbooks that I need to explore more. I'm going to take another look at Pati's Mexican Table and Barbecue Addiction this weekend before I make my shopping list for the grocery store. I'm also continuing my weekend baking series and working out of the Bouchon Bakery cookbook. That's more than enough to keep me busy for a long time!

                                                I might buy something new later in the month if the COTM interests me. Haven't participated in that since May.

                                                1. I bought Scandinavian Christmas by Trine Hahnemann, just waiting for it to be delivered.

                                                  1. We pulled over for a church rummage sale and I was delighted to pick up the following 2 books for $1 :

                                                    THE CAKE BIBLE by Rose Levy Beranbaum - first edition in pristine condition. Looks like it was never used.

                                                    MORNING GLORIES - RECIPES FOR BREAKFAST, BRUNCH AND BEYOND FROM AN AMERICAN COUNTRY INN - by Donna Leahy

                                                    Actually one of the lovely ladies at the sale also tucked another book into my bag. It's a Tailgating cookbook by Taste of Home Magazine. Old me would have kept it but new me plans to give it to my God daughter who is a big sports fan and just learning to cook.

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                                                    1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                      WOW. The Cake Bible for $1. You have the best thrift store/rummage sale mojo ever BC!

                                                      1. re: rstuart

                                                        Actually it was 50¢ rstuart...I got the pair for $1 !!! - both books are hardcover as well. I also got a beautiful antique pedestal glass fruit bowl for $1 and 2 old English ironstone hotel ware fruit nappy-sized bowls for 25¢ a piece. It made me wish we'd arrived earlier. I think the threat of rain scared people away!

                                                      2. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                        Even if you're downsizing your cookbook collection, the Cake Bible is very much worth having! We'll forgive you this time :)

                                                          1. re: buttertart

                                                            Part of me is excited about the day when I have time to bake from all my wonderful books and the other part of me just hopes that at that point in my life we still want to eat baked goods or know others that do!!!

                                                      3. My copy of Martha Stewart Cakes arrived, and I like it very much. I'm not sure what I will make from it, but I found many of the recipes to be very appealing, plus I love that each recipe had an accompanying photograph. I'm happy I got it.

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                                                        1. re: roxlet

                                                          Great, since it was one of my Kindle buys.

                                                          1. re: buttertart

                                                            How does that book look on the Kindle/iPad? Does it have the photos next to each recipe?

                                                          2. re: roxlet

                                                            I'm enjoying my MS Cakes very much. I made the Walnut Olive Oil cake with Apple Compote and Cream Fraiche this past weekend for a dinner party and it was a big hit among our guests. The cake itself was moist, not too sweet. I added sugar, however, to the apple compote and the home made cream fraiche.
                                                            Looking forward to doing more baking from this book. I pulled out MS Pie and Tarts for holiday planning. It is a keeper, as well.

                                                            1. re: pagesinthesun

                                                              That blood orange and chocolate pound cake looks divine.

                                                              1. re: buttertart

                                                                How does the book look on the iPad?

                                                                1. re: roxlet

                                                                  The pics appear as a separate page before each recipe mo portrait view and beside each on landscape. Very satisfactory.

                                                          3. Krazy 'bout Kindle, which is essentially replacing TGC for me. In the past few weeks:
                                                            A Passion for Baking, Marcy Goldman
                                                            Martha Stewart's Cakes: Our First-Ever Book of Bundts, Loaves, Layers, Coffee Cakes, and more
                                                            One Bowl Baking: Simple, From Scratch Recipes for Delicious Desserts, Yvonne Ruperti
                                                            The New Midwestern Table: 200 Heartland Recipes,
                                                            Amy Thielen
                                                            And food writing:
                                                            Blue Plate Special: An Autobiography of My Appetites,
                                                            Kate Christensen
                                                            One Soufflé at a Time: A Memoir of Food and France
                                                            Anne Willlan, Amy Friedman
                                                            Food and Social Media: You Are What You Tweet (AltaMira Studies in Food and Gastronomy), Signe Rousseau
                                                            Stop me before I 1-click again :)

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                                                            1. re: buttertart

                                                              It is also easy to forget crap buys when they don't take up real shelf space. It also comes as a shock to me when I look back at my iTunes/amazon account how much I have spent.

                                                            2. I just got a new 1/2" thick baking steel so i've been looking around for a good pizza book. Pizza: Award-Winning Pies for the Home Kitchen by Pete Evans came in for me but I have yet to cook from it (part of the hesitation is I feel like im intruding in my aunt's territory if I were to make a pizza.) Pizza: Seasonal Recipes from Rome's Legendary Pizzarium by Gabriele Bonci is about to be released tomorrow and im probably going to buy that as well.

                                                              Other than that...baking-wise, im just waiting for Four & Twenty Blackbirds.
                                                              Daniel:My French Cuisine and The Gramercy Tavern Cookbook is on my list as well.

                                                              Then theres Pok Pok but I dont really plan to buy it. David Thompson is my go to for Thai food but im willing to check it out of the library to see if he includes the real fish sauce chicken wings recipe they use in their restaurant. The recipe Andy Ricker gave to Food&Wine isn't it and hes obviously withholding a secret. >:(
                                                              He needs to give it up already.

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                                                              1. re: PrinceZuko

                                                                Pizza: Seasonal Recipes from Rome's Legendary Pizzarium and Southern Italian Desserts are waiting on my doorstep.

                                                                1. re: emily

                                                                  emily and PZ, have either of you been to Pizzarium? We love Rome, we love pizza and we especially love pizza in Rome but I hadn't heard of this place. I'm curious now...

                                                                  To me, what makes pizza in Rome so special is a wood fire oven. I'd love to get mr bc one some day...when the prices drop here in the Great White North.

                                                                  1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                    Here's what Elizabeth Minchilli has to say about Pizzarium:
                                                                    "Most famous pizza place in Italy? Possibly."




                                                                    Via della Meloria 43 (near Vatican, metro Cipro

                                                                    1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                      No, I've eaten pizza in Rome that was a similar style, but not at Pizzarium...

                                                                      I am loving Southern Italian Desserts. So many interesting recipes and beautiful pictures.

                                                                      1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                        Haven't eaten there but would love to. Anyone called "the Michelangelo of pizza" must be good. Like Gio mentioned, the Pizzarium has an extremely high reputation. Both CNN and Vogue have said his pizza is the best.

                                                                        And actually, in Rome, pizza isn't made in a wood fire oven. The pizza in Rome is Pizza al Taglio which is normally made in an electric oven.

                                                                    2. re: PrinceZuko

                                                                      We bought a baking steel this summer, as well. It makes some amazing pies!
                                                                      My all time favorite pizza cookbookbook is American Pie by Peter Reinhart. It's a must have for home pizza bakers.

                                                                      1. re: Westy

                                                                        Me too! Mouth watering. Can't wait to start cooking.

                                                                        1. re: elenacampana

                                                                          I am looking forward to it, but I must admit, I wonder how I am going to get the ingredients they will use here in NC.

                                                                          1. re: Westy

                                                                            Not sure which ingredients you're talking about (don't have the book, trying to look away while typing this), but I've had good luck with WFs ordering in some things special for me, and there is always Southern Season. Now do i get invited to dinner ; )

                                                                            1. re: LulusMom

                                                                              You might just.

                                                                              When i think of Venice and its food, I tend to think more interms of octopus and other fish that may not find their way over to Raleigh (actually....Morrisville).

                                                                              We have a hard enough time with Asian ingredients (we mostly cook Chinese/Thai).

                                                                              1. re: Westy

                                                                                I feel like once or twice I've seen octopus at the CH WFs, but yeah, it is fairly rare. I'll likely be stopping by there tomorrow and will look, and if it isn't too busy will ask if they'd be able to get it if asked in advance.

                                                                                1. re: Westy

                                                                                  So I did stop by WFs yesterday and asked about octopus. He says that they used to carry it, but given that it is in the red zone (endangered) they don't so so any more. Have you tried any of the Asian places in the area? Might be worth a shot, although i can't remember having an Asian octopus dish.

                                                                                  1. re: LulusMom

                                                                                    Thanks for the update.

                                                                                    I am pretty sure I can ask over at Ocean Depot. I am less a fan of the big Asian markets over in Cary.

                                                                                      1. re: lilham

                                                                                        I'm happy to be proven wrong, and those look delicious.

                                                                                        Westy, have you tried the Durham Asian store - that big one that opened a couple of years back? I haven't, but it might be nicer than the Cary stores. And we can keep our fingers crossed for the new mall.

                                                                                        1. re: LulusMom

                                                                                          I've seen frozen octopus at grand Asia market in cary.

                                                                          2. I stopped into Williams Sonoma and perused the "of the day" series. I liked the offerings in One Pot of the Day, but I have several books that cover similar recipes. I'll most likely wait until it is cheaper in the used section of Powell's. OTOH, Salad of the Day is calling my name. I don't have a salad cookbook.

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                                                                            1. re: free sample addict aka Tracy L

                                                                              I've had the salad and the veg "of the day" books on my wishlist for a few weeks now. I wouldn't mind having the whole series.

                                                                              1. re: free sample addict aka Tracy L

                                                                                I like these also and I looked at The Dessert of the Day at WS. It looks interesting although truthfully may not offer anything particularly new but the format is appealing.

                                                                              2. The CI new Baking Book just arrived. When can I go to bed?

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                                                                                  1. re: buttertart

                                                                                    Oh it's out? I knew it was being released but forgot the date. Please post a review, I have a love/hate relationship with them.

                                                                                    1. re: buttertart

                                                                                      I caved on this one too, as well as Martha Stewart Cakes and Against all Grain (ironic combination, don't you think?). Darn Costco! I am really trying to be good but Fall is such a hard time, since so many cookbooks are released. Then there is TGC sales....

                                                                                      1. re: nadiam1000

                                                                                        "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds."

                                                                                    2. On my "to get" list:
                                                                                      1. Nora's dinners
                                                                                      2. Susan Spicer's cookbook (forgett eh name). Will wait until I can get a good, used cheap copy
                                                                                      3. Bistrode
                                                                                      4. Thinking about getting "treme" Not so much because I like the show, but i would really, really like to cook more NO recipes. I have Mr. B's cookbook, but it is a little more complicated than i am apt to make.
                                                                                      5. The Eagle. Gotta love gastropubs
                                                                                      6. John Besh's Family cookbook. Will wait for Christmas unless I see a great deal.

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                                                                                      1. re: Westy

                                                                                        Have you had a chance to look at that John Besh book? I wrote about it in one of Breadcrumb's cookbook of the week challenge threads. (Maybe thread #2 or #3??? Not sure).


                                                                                        1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                          Just what i saw in a bookstore. it looks very good.

                                                                                          1. re: Westy

                                                                                            It does, just be forewarned that the serving sizes tend to be very large, typically six, but it's not unusual for the serving sizes to be 8, 10, or 12.


                                                                                            1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                              Do you (or anyone else) have a good NOLA cookbook in mind?

                                                                                              1. re: Westy

                                                                                                I'm definitely not the best person to answer that question, but if you want a John Besh NOLA one, you want "My New Orleans" not "My Family Table." My family table isn't especially regional...

                                                                                                Here's a pretty comprehensive (albeit older) thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/688279


                                                                                                1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                                  I strongly agree with the My New Orleans recommendation over My Family Table. I love the former and have yet to find an occasion to make anything from My Family Table.

                                                                                                  The Folse Encyclopedia listed by Rasputina below is probably overkill for most people but it is a beautiful and thoroughly comprehensive tome.

                                                                                                  1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                                    My appetite for cookbooks last year well surpassed my time to cook from them so I've made a concerted effort to not buy many new ones until I get around to cooking at least one dish from every book I bought last year.

                                                                                                    I think I am going to have to break down and buy Valerie Gordon's Sweets though soon:


                                                                                                    which is easily worth the price if only to read the recipe for the Blum's Coffee Crunch Cake.

                                                                                                    1. re: bg90027

                                                                                                      I was looking at that earlier, but it seems there are some flavor combinations of which I am not terribly fond. Let us know how it is if you get it.

                                                                                                  2. re: Westy

                                                                                                    "Do you (or anyone else) have a good NOLA cookbook in mind?"

                                                                                                    The Picayune's Creole Cook Book
                                                                                                    Who's Your Mama, are you Catholic and can you make roux? books 1 and 2 by Marcelle Bienvenu
                                                                                                    Louisiana Real and Rustic by Emeril Lagasse
                                                                                                    The Encyclopedia of Cajun and Creole Cuisine by John Folse
                                                                                                    After the Hunt by John Folse
                                                                                                    Hooks, Lies and Alibis by John Folse
                                                                                                    The New Orleans cookbook by Richard Collin
                                                                                                    Besh's My New Orleans is also good as is
                                                                                                    Real Cajun by Donald Link and
                                                                                                    Pirates Pantry by the junior league of Lake Charles

                                                                                                    Obviously I added some cajun cookbooks in there

                                                                                                    1. re: Westy

                                                                                                      My mother's family is from Abbeville, LA. The only Louisiana or Cajun cookbook she uses is Alex Patout's Cajun Home Cooking. She always has a home made dark roux in the fridge. We made an okra/eggplant/tomato casserole last weekend. It was great!

                                                                                                      I need to get a copy of this for myself.

                                                                                                      1. re: Westy

                                                                                                        LOVE "Real Cajun" by Donald Link - and it's the one I've ended up cooking from the most with a few older NO books to choose from; Spicer's Crescent City book comes out of the library pretty often, but I haven't yet cooked from it.

                                                                                                  3. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                                    I have it, but I prefer his My New Orleans cookbook.

                                                                                                    1. re: rasputina

                                                                                                      I have "My Family Table" and haven't been wowed by it, which is why I was wondering if Westy had actually taken a good look at it. It's not a bad book, by any means, it would be a great , for instance, book for a big family.


                                                                                                  4. re: Westy

                                                                                                    The Susan Spicer book is Crescent City Cooking. I made a dish from it just the other week which was very well received.

                                                                                                  5. I'm looking seriously at the Balaboosta cookbook. Don't know if it would be overkill with my Ottolenghi collection...

                                                                                                    1. Just finished Rick Stein's "India".

                                                                                                      Sits alongside his recent TV series which I had a sense was as much travel programme as cooking programme. Book is OK and I'm sure I'll cook from it - if only as a change from Madhur Jaffrey's "Curry Bible"

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                                                                                                      1. re: Harters

                                                                                                        I pre-ordered this because I loved the program. I feel the book is a great collection of his found recipes from the program.

                                                                                                        I learned quite a bit.

                                                                                                        1. re: Harters

                                                                                                          Funnily enough, I have a guest visiting from Australia, and he is currently reading Rick Stein's memoirs. He says he's met him a few times because he (apparently) spends half the year in Australia now with his new wife. I got all excited about the connection and I think my friend was a *little* weirded out.

                                                                                                          1. re: LulusMom

                                                                                                            Just a note to say that my visiting friend gave me his copy of the Rick Stein memoirs, which I thought was very kind. Not sure this counts in any serious way for this thread, but he is a cook ...

                                                                                                          2. re: Harters

                                                                                                            Fun. Hi Harters! Hope all OK at your end, long time no communicate!

                                                                                                            1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                              Hi, there. Things good with me. Better for you than when we last chatted?

                                                                                                          3. I was at Costco today and there sat winking at me Fresh and Light by Donna Hay - very nice looking and sounding recipes at a first glance and so it came home with me. It is indexed on EYB which is always a bonus.

                                                                                                            Going to make Crispy Lemon Fish (cod) with yogurt tartar tomorrow - sounds delicious and will be a good test of how my expectations are met:)

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                                                                                                            1. I gave in to the temptation to buy Simon Hopkinson Cooks. I saw it was available on kindle, and since he's just as fun to read as to cook from I went for it. I can definitely see cozying up to it.

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                                                                                                              1. re: LulusMom

                                                                                                                It accompanied his Channel 4 series. I usually like Hopkinson (he comes from my part of the world, by the way) but I found the series surprisingly disappointing and havn't bought the book.

                                                                                                                1. re: Harters

                                                                                                                  Nerts. Well, at least I feel fairly sure that he'll be good company, even if the recipes aren't that appealing. And yes, of course he's from your part of the world - you have similar charms ...

                                                                                                              2. thegoodcook.com is having a sale this weekend. All books are $12.99, including unreleased titles. I bought two for my husband's upcoming birthday -- the new Patricia Wells (her bistro book is one of his all time favorites), and the Grand Central Station Oyster Bar Cookbook, which is one of his favorite places to stop for a meal when he's between town and his train. I think he'll enjoy both. For myself, I got the Payard Pastry Book. I'm mulling a couple of others, but I may stop here.

                                                                                                                1. Using up an Amazon gift certificate:
                                                                                                                  The Viennese Kitchen (lots of Austrian baking)
                                                                                                                  66 Square Feet
                                                                                                                  A Girl and Her Pig
                                                                                                                  Mighty Spice Express
                                                                                                                  The Cultural Revolution Cookbook
                                                                                                                  Amalia's Guatamalan Kitchen
                                                                                                                  British Baking
                                                                                                                  Mastering the Art of French Cooking
                                                                                                                  The New Midwestern Table
                                                                                                                  Gran's Kitchen

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                                                                                                                  1. re: emily

                                                                                                                    Wow. Someone was really nice to you!

                                                                                                                    1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                      Just an iPhone sale to Gazelle - they give you a bit extra if you choose an Amazon GC.

                                                                                                                    2. The siren call of The Good Cook sale (and roxlet) led me to get the new Payard (I love the first one), Seriously Bittersweet by Medrich, My Vietnamese Kitchen, and Patisserie at Home.

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                                                                                                                      1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                        I'm making the Potato + Chicken Curry from My Vietnamese Kitchen for lunch today.... extremely tasty.

                                                                                                                      2. I just picked up All About Braising and The Kinfolk Table.

                                                                                                                        Next month I'm limited to one purchase! Tartine No. 3, which I'm so excited for.

                                                                                                                        1. Re the CI Baking book: I think anyone who had any interest whatsoever in baking but never tried it could have excellent results with this. The recipes are great, and include most of the baking recipes from the last few years, as far as I can see.

                                                                                                                          1. Also received Bill's Everyday Asian which shipped from the UK. Looks great at first glance... hope the recipes are tasty.

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                                                                                                                            1. re: emily

                                                                                                                              I have that and I thought tons of stuff looked good in it too, but I haven't managed to make anything yet. Am seriously considering starting a "cooking from" thread on it just to kick myself in the behind.

                                                                                                                            2. Just bought "The French Market Cookbook" for my brother..
                                                                                                                              Looks really good (and fellow Canadians: I got it for $15 at Homesense!
                                                                                                                              )Also got Elinor Klivan's Slice and Bake cookies for my mother; will give it to her at Christmas. I may need to test it...

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                                                                                                                              1. Yesterday I snagged the last copy of the Cook's Illustrated Baking Book at Costco. Like most of the Cook's various tomes, this seems to be largely a rehash of material covered in their other books. Despite that, it's great to have the baking recipes all together in one place. Today I made the Almond Biscotti, and they were a hit with my son.

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                                                                                                                                1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                  My Costco just replaced their book table with Christmas items. I'm sad...

                                                                                                                                2. I am deciding between

                                                                                                                                  In the charcuterie: the fatted calf


                                                                                                                                  Charcuterie by ruhlman

                                                                                                                                  Any thoughts?

                                                                                                                                  1. On Andrea Nguyen's suggestion I bought "Vietnamese Street Food" It is delightful. My copy arrived this afternoon. It was written by Tracey Lister and Andreas Pohl. She runs a cooking school in Hanoi. Originally published in 2008 in Australia and then London, Measurements are in metrics so get your scales out.

                                                                                                                                    The book is broken in to 5 different chapters Rools (wrapped rolls like spring rolls, Grilled and Roasted, Boil Steam, Fry, Baguettes/Salad,Sweets, Sauces and Condiments.

                                                                                                                                    My only problem is what to make for dinner tonight. Everything is so inviting. If you like Vietnamese food you are going to want this book.

                                                                                                                                    1. After checking it out from the library ... twice ... I bought Pure Simple Cooking by Diana Henry. Only $6 on Amazon (including shipping) and it's in pristine condition! Yay!!!!

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                                                                                                                                      1. re: Westminstress

                                                                                                                                        Great deal! I did the same thing - twice out of the library and then I realized I really needed to own it. Haven't regretted it for a moment.

                                                                                                                                        1. re: LulusMom

                                                                                                                                          Add me to the same twice-checked-out-then-bought-and-glad-I-did club!

                                                                                                                                          1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                                                                                                                                            Is there a list for "bought it on everyone's recommendation without even checking it out"? Cuz, I'm on that list.


                                                                                                                                            1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                                                                              I'm right beside you, TDQ. Although, I had her Plenty already and liked those recipes too.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                                                                                Check it out first, TDQ. I took it out of the library too and returned without making Thing One!

                                                                                                                                                1. re: herby

                                                                                                                                                  Too late. :) I haven't made anything from it but that's just my general lack of having it togetherness more than anything.


                                                                                                                                                  1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                                                                                    The balsamic chicken we made a few weeks ago was very good and everything fit on a single sheet pan.

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Westminstress

                                                                                                                                                      Oh I love anything that results in fewer dirty dishes.


                                                                                                                                                      1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                                                                                        Me too, and there are a bunch of (especially chicken) recipes that fit the bill in this book.

                                                                                                                                        2. Pleasures of the Vietnamese Table (thought I'd expand my repetoire beyond Nguyen's book)

                                                                                                                                          The Complete Asian Cookbook

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                                                                                                                                          1. re: emily

                                                                                                                                            Both good choices! I still make the Indonesian Grilled chicken (from the Complete Asian Cookbook) fairly often - made it last week in fact. I need to branch out a bit and try some of the other stuff on my "want to try" list.

                                                                                                                                            1. re: emily

                                                                                                                                              Great choices, Emily. Both were COTM you know.

                                                                                                                                            2. The Three Davids:

                                                                                                                                              >Classic Thai Cuisine - David Thompson (awaiting arrival)

                                                                                                                                              >The New Portuguese Table: Exciting Flavors from Europe's Western Coast - David Leite (for COTM)

                                                                                                                                              >One Good Dish - David Tanis (Looks Really Great!)

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                                                                                                                                              1. re: Gio

                                                                                                                                                Recently got the Tanis book and am really liking it so far.

                                                                                                                                                1. re: emily

                                                                                                                                                  Tonight we made his Vegetable Pot-au-Feu on page 177. Not for everyone but we are absolutely enthralled. So delicious.

                                                                                                                                              2. i'm sure a bunch of people have mentioned these already but i'm currently loving Jersulame and Plenty by Ottolenghi. I'm currently coveting Ottolenghi which is now available in the U.S.


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                                                                                                                                                1. re: wontonfm

                                                                                                                                                  I just got Ottolenghi as a birthday gift - I will say that of the three, Jerusalem is still my favorite, but Ottolenghi has some very intriguing recipes, too.

                                                                                                                                                  I also bought Keepers on Kindle - my first Kindle cookbook. Nothing groundbreaking (especially if you've been cooking out of Ottolenghi) but lots of recipes that look appealing and fit into my lifestyle.

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Savour

                                                                                                                                                    Please let us know if you try anything out of keepers. I have that book too and am very excited by it, but haven't cooked anything out of it yet.


                                                                                                                                                    1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                                                                                      I was going to make the deviled chicken thighs last night, but my mom offered to feed me her homemade stuffed cabbage instead, so I accepted. Will probably make it some time this week.

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                                                                                        OK, I buckled down and cooked out of Keepers - nothing fancy - just the deviled chicken thighs (chicken thighs dipped in an egg/mustard/spice mixture and then breaded with panko/parmesan and baked) and two of the "toasts" - the mushroom, where you cook mushrooms with shallots, deglaze with wine, add a bit of cream, and fresh tarragon, and the broccoli, which is basically cooked broccoli with lemon and cheese. Both were great - very good versions of dishes I've had before. I actually love the idea of the toasts for dinner - they looked like appetizers on the plate but ended up being a surprisingly satisfying meatless Monday meal.

                                                                                                                                                        I can see myself turning to this pretty often for ideas, although I wish I had gotten the hardcover - it was my first Kindle cookbook purchase that I've really tried to use and I prefer flipping through a book. The recipes lend themselves well to variations.

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Savour

                                                                                                                                                          Thank you for reporting back! The deviled chicken thighs are on my list, actually. Were they too spicy for an adventurous toddler?


                                                                                                                                                          1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                                                                                            Not spicy at all. I was a little light on the cayenne, probably, but both kids (6 year old who thinks raisins are spicy, and 18 month old who eats everything) gobbled them up.

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Savour

                                                                                                                                                              Savour, could you share the spice mixture recipe? The rest seems self-explanatory. We love chx thighs, and I'm always looking for new ideas. Thanks.

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: pine time

                                                                                                                                                                Off the top of my head, it was some herbs (I think dried tarragon but I used herbes de provence), dijon mustard, garlic powder and cayenne plus s+p. Just threw pinches in with the eggs, dunked the chicken, and then mixed with panko, parmesan and a little melted butter.

                                                                                                                                                    2. The New Midwestern Table, Amy Thielen

                                                                                                                                                      LOVE LOVE LOVE this book. It arrived yesterday and I just got a chance to look at it tonight. So smart and beautiful and real. I kept calling out recipes to my husband (born and raised Minnesotan) as I flipped though the book and he was so excited to have some of these.

                                                                                                                                                      Thank you to rasputina to encouraged me to have a look at this book sooner rather than later. Here's what I have marked so far. Most of it leans very seasonally in the winter/fall direction, but there is a lot of nice spring and sumer stuff, too.

                                                                                                                                                      Sweet and sour potluck meatballs (a Hmong recipe) pg 45
                                                                                                                                                      Corn fritters and green chile buttermilk dip page 60
                                                                                                                                                      Rhubarb tarragon sangria p g66
                                                                                                                                                      Herring salad with horseradish and apple pg 64
                                                                                                                                                      Muskmelon ginger cooler pg 68
                                                                                                                                                      Wild rice and smoked chicken soup pg 81
                                                                                                                                                      Double chicken soup with rolled noodles pg 86
                                                                                                                                                      Wild rice crusted sturgeon (halibut) pg 130
                                                                                                                                                      Classic chicken and wild rice hotdish page 139
                                                                                                                                                      Classic beef pot roast with pistachio salt pg 163
                                                                                                                                                      Deluxe baked beans with a crumb top pg 195
                                                                                                                                                      Grilled asparagus with one-morel dressing (out of season now, but I can't wait until spring!) pg 203
                                                                                                                                                      Crispy cabbage with poppy seeds pg 213
                                                                                                                                                      Buttercup squash with ricotta and fried sage pg 229
                                                                                                                                                      Chestnut, wild rice and pistachio stuffing pg 231
                                                                                                                                                      Pan roasted cauliflower with salt pork and capers pg 233
                                                                                                                                                      Wild rice and brown rice pilaf pg 235
                                                                                                                                                      Spaetzle with brown butter pg 237
                                                                                                                                                      Potato skins with smoked cheddar bacon pg 259
                                                                                                                                                      Rhubarb-lime icebox pie pg 312
                                                                                                                                                      Baked apples and sour cherries, rosemary and yogurt whip pg 321
                                                                                                                                                      Pear and honey cake pg 326
                                                                                                                                                      Lemon bars pg 337
                                                                                                                                                      Curried shaker squash bread pg 349
                                                                                                                                                      Honey Dutch baby pg 372
                                                                                                                                                      Breakfast wild rice pg 381
                                                                                                                                                      Egg dish with bacon and spinach pg 388

                                                                                                                                                      And I've often been hard on my fellow Twin Citean Andrew Zimmern, but I love what he says about this book "Thielen has done the impossible, breaking new ground on a well-worn food meme and defining the food of our "place" in a way that's never been done before. Beautifully written, culturally meaningful, and loaded with brilliant cookery..."


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                                                                                                                                                      1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                                                                                        P.S. when I said above that "most of it" leans towards winter, I meant most of what I selected and listed above. The book has recipes from all seasons.

                                                                                                                                                        Her blog:

                                                                                                                                                        Wild rice recipes (I don't think all of these are in the book):

                                                                                                                                                        Food Network recipes:

                                                                                                                                                        On Food.com (take care--the title says 20 recipes, but it's actually only the first 6 or 7 that are hers):

                                                                                                                                                        On MPR:

                                                                                                                                                        Food & Wine:

                                                                                                                                                        In the Mpls Star Tribune:

                                                                                                                                                        And if you want to see the pieces for which she won the James Beard Award (on beans, walleye, and mortar and pestle) plus read a quick snippet about her second book on, here: http://www.startribune.com/lifestyle/...

                                                                                                                                                        Star Tribune archives with some of her essays here:


                                                                                                                                                        In the St. Paul Pioneer Press:


                                                                                                                                                        And, darn, she was speaking just a few miles from my house about a week ago and I missed her. :(


                                                                                                                                                        1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                                                                                          I posted a Cooking From thread for it http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/921430

                                                                                                                                                          I hope you don't mind I added the very useful info you posted, in this thread, to it

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                                                                                            I am going to keep an eye for your posts on this cookbook. Sounds really good.

                                                                                                                                                          2. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                                                                                            I'm glad you are loving it too. We need a "cooking from" thread for this cookbook!

                                                                                                                                                            I've spent the last few weeks reading her blog and copied some recipes and enjoyed her posts about pig butchering. Especially since we just went through this a few months ago when my husband, step father and nephew went hog hunting and came back with I think it was 6 hogs?

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: rasputina

                                                                                                                                                              That's a lot of hogs! Thank you for starting the thread. I'm glad you found the links helpful and hope others will, too.


                                                                                                                                                          3. AOC, Pok Pok and The Four & Twenty Blackbirds Pie Book arrive next week!

                                                                                                                                                            From the Eater preview of Blackbirds:
                                                                                                                                                            And these are (mostly) not your grandmother's pie recipes: the Elsens make strawberry balsamic pie, sweet corn custard pie, salted caramel apple pie, and green chile chocolate pie...

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                                                                                                                                                            1. Just received a couple of old commercial baking books that I've been going through. "Cookies and Crackers Old and New" $12 and "A Treatise on Cake Making" $8, and I am truly impressed by both these oldie but goodie-makers.

                                                                                                                                                              Every wonder how they make that chocolate coating for snack cakes like Hostess Ding Dongs? It's in CCOAN! Graham Crackers, Cheese Crackers, Ginger Snaps, Chocolate Chip Biscuits, Cream and Jelly Fillings!!!

                                                                                                                                                              Treatise is written for the retail cake baker of yesterday, which means the recipes and formulas are easily translatable/scalable for home use.

                                                                                                                                                              I would highly recommend picking up both these books as they contain a wealth of information on baking that is not always so easily attainable.

                                                                                                                                                              1. Lard: The Lost Art of Cooking with your grandmas secret ingredient.

                                                                                                                                                                Couldn't pass it up as I love fish and chicken fried in lard, lard pie crust and biscuits.

                                                                                                                                                                1. OMG! OMG! OMG! "The A. O. C. Cookbook" just arrived a few minutes ago. My hands were practically shaking as I flipped through it. I don't think there's a recipe in it that I don't want to make RIGHT NOW. Is it too early to nominate it for COTM?

                                                                                                                                                                  "A Girl and Her Pig" arrived at the same time. Oh, embarrassment of riches! Where to start?

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                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                                                                                                      I've barely had a chance to flip through it. It's not a menu cookbook as Lucques is. Chapters are Cheese, Charcuterie, Salads, Fish, Meat, Vegetables, From the Wood-Burning Oven, and Desserts. All but the first two and the Wood-Burning Oven chapter are further divided into seasons. Each recipe serves 6. Many of the recipes are compound, as they are in Lucques, but they seem, at least at first glance, less involved than the recipes in her first book. She says the Wood-Burning Oven recipes have been tested for the book in a hot oven, and although they don't have the smokiness factor, she says she thinks "you will be pleased." Could be the understatement of the month.

                                                                                                                                                                      I wouldn't even know where to begin to try to list some of the recipes. Every single one of them sounds spectacular. Atlantic Sea Scallops with Saffron Potatoes and Blood Orange-Meyer Lemon Salsa. Lamb Paillards with Risotto Carbonara, English Peas, and Chanterelles. Coq Au Vin with Bacon, Potato Puree, Cipollini Onions, and Black Trumpets. Chocolate Mascarpone Tart with Pistachios in Olive Oil. Really. I could just go through page by page and type out every single recipe.

                                                                                                                                                                      Gotta turn away or I'll start hyperventilating again.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: JoanN

                                                                                                                                                                        Interesting method of organization! That Coq Au Vin is calling me, as is the tart. I wonder if there are recipes floating around out there now that the book is out?


                                                                                                                                                                        Eater's blurb: http://eater.com/archives/2013/10/25/...

                                                                                                                                                                        Not many out there yet, it seems. Here's one:
                                                                                                                                                                        Fattoush salad with fried pita, cherry tomatoes, crumbled feta and sumac



                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                                                                                                          A very quick perusal isn't turning up any online recipes from the book. Probably too new for the bloggers to have delved into it yet. There are a handful of recipes on Epi that are from the restaurant ( http://www.epicurious.com/tools/searc... ), but although one or two are similar, none are exactly the same as the recipes in the book.

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                                                                                                            Oh, I've been wanting to try Coq Au Vin at home! I think she has a pork rillette recipe in there, as well.

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: emily

                                                                                                                                                                              Yes, she does. Contains 1-1/4 pounds of fatback, 2-1/2 pounds of pork shoulder, and 2-1/2 pounds of pork belly. She says it's "a bit of work." Sounds worth it.

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: JoanN

                                                                                                                                                                              I had a wonderful fattoush salad at Lucques earlier this year and the recipe is in AOC. IMO she is a salad master.

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: emily

                                                                                                                                                                                Just looked it up. I see she uses a bit of heavy cream in the dressing. Very unusual. Will have to try it ASAP.

                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: JoanN

                                                                                                                                                                            My copy of AOC should be delivered today too, I was excited already but even more so after your post!

                                                                                                                                                                          3. I saw the paperback "ATK 2013"-episodes cookbook at Costco, so added it to my on-line wish list. Wow, received it in the mail today as a gift, and it's the 99 lb. hardback.

                                                                                                                                                                            I've already marked a bunch of stuff. Finally getting a KA tomorrow (also at Costco, no I don't work there), so all set for a baking frenzy.

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                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: pine time

                                                                                                                                                                              Someone loves you (as of course, they should) to both notice your online wish list and act on it!


                                                                                                                                                                            2. I just bought Jerusalem too! like a lot of the readers. I LOVE this book. I just made this Roasted eggplant dish. Changed it up a bit because I had quinoa on hand and not bulgur

                                                                                                                                                                              Roasted Eggplant + Quinoa
                                                                                                                                                                              adapted from 'Jerusalem' by Ottolenghi
                                                                                                                                                                              makes 2 servings

                                                                                                                                                                              2 clove garlic, minced
                                                                                                                                                                              1 tsp paprika
                                                                                                                                                                              1 tsp chile flakes
                                                                                                                                                                              1 tsp cayenne
                                                                                                                                                                              1 tbsp lemon zest
                                                                                                                                                                              Salt + pepper
                                                                                                                                                                              1 large eggplant

                                                                                                                                                                              1 cup cooked quinoa
                                                                                                                                                                              3 tbsp cilantro, chopped
                                                                                                                                                                              1/2 stalk green onions, chopped
                                                                                                                                                                              1 tbsp lemon juice
                                                                                                                                                                              Salt, pepper
                                                                                                                                                                              1/4 cup greek yogurt

                                                                                                                                                                              Mix first 5 ingredients in 2 tbsp of olive oil. Add salt and pepper
                                                                                                                                                                              Cut eggplant lengthwise, score deep crisscrosses but don't puncture skin!
                                                                                                                                                                              Spoon herb mixture on the flesh and roast cut side-up at 400F for 30-40 minutes
                                                                                                                                                                              Mix chopped cilantro, green onion with the cooked quinoa and season with lemon juice, salt and pepper
                                                                                                                                                                              When the eggplant is done, serve quinoa on top, spoon some yogurt, sprinkle some cilantro and a drizzle of olive oil

                                                                                                                                                                              pictures here!

                                                                                                                                                                              1. I was recently gifted a copy of this cookbook:

                                                                                                                                                                                and to my great surprise it's pretty darn interesting.
                                                                                                                                                                                An entertaining cookbook from the vendors and personalities surrounding this landmark food emporium.

                                                                                                                                                                                Not a must have, but a fun off the beaten path kinda cookbook.

                                                                                                                                                                                1. I bought America's Test Kitchen Pressure Perfection. It is not my most interesting book culinary wise, but it answers many of my pressure cooker questions. I still need a better guide, but it is a nice start.