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What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? November 2013 edition! [through 11/30/13]

Hi all, a day or two late here...but better late than never.
I got the books I ordered from TGC -- first impressions, the Medrich Seriously Bittersweet is very good (except for the introduction, in which the fact that higher cocoa mass percentages in chocolates demand different techniques and work differently in recipes that were written for the lower-percentage chocolates that used to be the only ones available is stated about 20 times more than necessary)...Patisserie at Home looks useful...haven't looked at the Vietnamese one yet, will report...and Payard Desserts is interesting but the recipes are quite demanding and not terribly clearly written in places. The photos are also a bit amateurish-looking to me considering the high level these are pitched to. I love his first, Simply Sensational Desserts, but this one is not going to be nearly as useful.
How about you? What books are keeping your bedside lamp lit, keeping you padding about with your iPad, and/or keeping your Kindle kindle-ing?

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  1. I have been on quite a cookbook buying binge lately, and what I have is mostly first impressions. I, too, have the Payard Desserts book, and it's a book I wish I had looked at before buying. I fell victim to TGC's 4 books for $40, so I don't feel too bad about it. The complaint that I will add to buttertart's is that every recipe seems to include some sort of ice cream or sorbet, something I might want to have with a dessert in a restaurant, but not something I'm anxious to make all the time to go along with a whole, big complicated recipe. Sadly, this book will be donated somewhere since I find it extremely unlikely that I will cook from it.

    Another book that I found somewhat disappointing is the A.O.C Cookbook, the follow-up to Sunday Suppers at Lucques. My main complaint here is that too many of the recipes include a sweet component, something that neither I nor my husband is that fond of. That being said, there were a few other recipes that I look forward to trying, but had I perused the book in a store, I think I would have been unlikely to purchase it. (Hmmm. Seems to be a theme here...)

    I gave my husband the new Patricia Wells book for his birthday since he is a huge Patricia Wells fan, and sadly, I must say that this book disappointed me too. It just seems very thin, as if she were scraping the bottom of the recipe barrel in order to come up with enough material to put together a cookbook. The recipient of this this book hasn't weighed in yet, so maybe he'll find something here to get excited about.

    I also gave my husband the new Grand Central Oyster Bar Cookbook, which he described as being fun, but somewhat basic. I haven't looked at this one yet.

    The real stand outs for me in my recent haul are Southern Italian Desserts, by Rosetta Costantino, and Caramel by Carole Bloom. I have several Italian Dessert cookbooks, but few have gotten me as excited as this one. There are old favorites here, but there are also some desserts that were entirely new to me, and a few cookies that will definitely make it to the Christmas table this year. Likewise, Caramel is filled with recipes that I want to make. Caramel is one of my favorite flavors (I'm probablyly alone in liking caramel more than chocolate!), so I am definitely biased here, but I can tell that this book will be well-used.

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    1. re: roxlet

      I'm with you on the caramel. Unfortunately the opinion is not shared here.

      1. re: buttertart

        Oh, I'm a heap big fan of caramel (added treat for old Monty Python fans out there).

      2. re: roxlet

        Please report back about your experiences with "Caramel". I can resist most sweets except anything with caramel in it!

        1. re: meatn3

          Ditto---I would love to hear your comments about any and all recipes you make from Caramel. Another I-love-caramel-more-than-chocolate fan here :0)

        2. re: roxlet

          Southern Italian Desserts has so many interesting recipes that I'd never heard of. Really happy with it.

          1. re: roxlet

            Love caramel! Love chocolate - dark and bitter - and lemon is the third flavour I love. How can I say which is better when they all are :)

            1. re: herby

              Me too. This Caramel book is on my wishlist for the next TGC bundle sale. I am a sucker for anything caramel and if it happens to be combined with dark chocolate so much the better. Don't even get me started on lemon...we recently moved back to California and immediately planted a Meyer lemon tree. A Eureka lemon is next. BTW easy and really good caramel sauce.
              http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/...

              I use unsalted butter and add some sea salt - about half a teaspoon.

              1. re: nadiam1000

                What are Eureka lemons?

                1. re: roxlet

                  Your standard supermarket lemon.

            2. re: roxlet

              Roxlet, have you made anything from Southern Italian Desserts yet? This book has been on my radar for a while and my library does not have it.

              1. re: herby

                No, I haven't, but I will soon. I'm still in birthday cake mode, so I'm making the Momofuku Milk Bar chocolate chip cake again today for a friend's birthday on Sunday. He had it here last week for my son's birthday, so when his wife invited us for his birthday on Sunday, I said I'd make it for him. I'm also making additional pie crusts, which I'm taking to San Diego with me to make pies at my SIL's house. She has a terrible kitchen, so it's just much easier to make the pie crust here. After I get back home a week from today, I plan on turning my attention to both the Southern Italian Desserts book, and Caramel, the other book I bought at the same time. I'll be starting to plan my Christmas/New Year's Day baking then, and I think there will be many things in both that I'll be making.

                1. re: roxlet

                  You are an amazing baker! I read your post on the baking thread this morning about teaching pie making and was super impressed. My quilting teacher was like you, always went way beyond what was expected of her.

                  Please post about your experience with SID either or on the baking thread. I'll wait to hear what you have to say before buying the book. I think I need the Momofuku book but will bake a few things out of the library copy before succumbing :) I have to make that chocolate chip cake but before I do I need to find a ring and acetates - will check Cnd Amazon but it usually does not have much.

            3. I purchased several the other day.

              Momofuku, after lusting after it forever.

              The New Midwestern Table - I love this book.

              Pok Pok - my favourite of the bunch.

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              1. re: kaymbee

                Please tell more about Pok Pok! The book is in my Amazon basket since I first heard about it but reluctant to buy without either flipping through at a store or have strong chow endorsement :)

                1. re: herby

                  I haven't yet done a deep dive into the book, but what I have read has been fantastic. I love the layout and there are so many gorgeous photos. It's quickly moving up the rankings of my must-have list.

                  I have made several of Ricker's recipes in the past and they have turned out perfectly so I'm excited to try my hand at a few more. I will report as I go!

                  1. re: kaymbee

                    Can't wait for your report :)

                    1. re: herby

                      Another way to get a sneak peak: JJ Goode, who cowrote the cookbook, is guest editor on Food52 this week. I just saw his first article, they will be sharing recipes from the cookbook and interviews with Ricker all week. :)

                2. re: kaymbee

                  Those are on my list too.

                  1. re: kaymbee

                    kaymbee, Have you had a chance to cook anything from The New Midwestern Table yet? rasputina has set up a thread for us to talk about our experiences cooking from the book. Please do join us! http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9214...

                    ~TDQ

                    1. re: The Dairy Queen

                      I haven't yet although I have bookmarked so many recipes. I've been following the thread though and will definitely post about the recipes I try! I'm excited to dive in - its a great cookbook for the winter.

                  2. I broke down and bought Maida Heatter's Cookies - found a used copy for something like $3. Lulu and I have decided to do it up cookie-wise for Christmas this year, so I'm hoping this will come in handy. We're taking a Christmas Cookie making/decorating class together, but it doesn't take place until something like 12/23, which sort of takes away from its usefulness (except, of course, to Santa).

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                    1. re: LulusMom

                      LLM, you might want to cruise through the Maida Heatter cookie threads here (not a ton of reports, but worth a look): http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/744140

                      1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                        Thank you so much Caitlin - I had no idea that there was a thread (and don't even remember this special dessert COTM happening!). Any tips on what was good (or bad) will definitely help.

                        1. re: LulusMom

                          Maida is above reproach. i love her recipes.

                          1. re: buttertart

                            I'm so used to almost instant gratification with amazon, but buying used from an outside seller means I'm having to wait ... and wait .. and wait. Tapping my foot with impatience here.

                      2. re: LulusMom

                        Maida Heatter's cookie recipes are excellent, but I also must recommend Alice Medrich's Chewy Gooey Crispy Crunchy Melt-in-Your-Mouth Cookies to anyone who wants to do it up cookie-wise. Medrich is absolutely reliable and has very interesting recipes and flavor combinations.

                        http://www.amazon.com/Crispy-Crunchy-...

                        http://www.eatyourbooks.com/library/8...

                        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/766879

                        1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                          Both of these are on their way to me now! I really have been on a bit of a spree lately. Glad they come highly recommended.

                          1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                            The kindle edition just went on my wish list, likely will be bought this afternoon.

                            1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                              I have Chewy Gooey and made a few cookies from it including excellent ginger cookies. Planning to make her lemon bars. Previously was making Ina's and wonder if I should stick to them or try AM's?

                              1. re: herby

                                Her ginger cookies are fabulous. The first time I made them, my husband said, "These are the best cookies you've ever made." Naturally, I have made them many times since.

                                1. re: herby

                                  herby, I haven't made Ina's lemon bars, so I can't offer a comparison, but I find most lemon bar recipes far too sweet to my taste, and AM's is tart and well balanced. I also really liked her apricot lemon bars (but be sure to use a not-too-sweet apricot preserve).

                                  1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                                    Thank you Caitlin! I do not find Ina's lemon bars too sweet and this is one reason I like them. Will try AM's this time :) Apricot lemon sounds intriguing - will consider them for sure. Have to mark them up in the book right now otherwise I'll forget as I have a tendency to be forgetful at times ...

                                    1. re: herby

                                      Here is what I had to say about the apricot lemon bars in that linked thread in my post above/EYB note:

                                      A nice twist on standard lemon bars with apricot preserves added to the topping and some chopped hazelnuts added to the typical shortbread crust. The topping is tangy and sweet, but not too (the preserves I used weren't super-sweet), the lemon and apricot work well together, and it's a pretty pale-peach color. The hazelnuts didn't register much, so I'd either use more or skip them.

                                      Another CH made these and posted somewhere (maybe one of the what are you baking threads) that she found them too sweet, but she had used a standard preserves, whereas I had used a less-sweet brand, hence my note in my post above.

                                      1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                                        What brand of apricot preserves do you use?

                                        1. re: walker

                                          When I made these bars, I used the apricot fruit spread from Mountain Fruit Co. It's got a high percentage of fruit vs. sugar. It's a bit runny and not chunky, but worked really well in the recipe. It's this: http://mountainfruit.com/index.php

                                  2. re: herby

                                    adore those ginger cookies.

                                  3. re: Caitlin McGrath

                                    Definitely, the Medrich books are great.

                                2. I am a huge fan of La Farm Bakery in Cary, NC:
                                  http://www.amazon.com/Passion-Bread-L...

                                  I would also like to pick up the Indian Slow Cooker cookbook that came out a few years back.

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                                  1. re: Westy

                                    Westy, sorry I can't find our original conversation about this, but I thought I should let you know that I saw octopus at the Harris Teeter today! It was the Chapel Hill one at U Mall, and I almost pee'd myself I was so excited. You might want to call before heading there if you're not close to this particular HT, or try calling whichever one is closest to you, but ... wow.

                                    1. re: LulusMom

                                      Wow! Thanks!

                                  2. I finally bought David Lebovitz's Ready for Dessert, new at a bargain price. I know there are some repeats from the books of his I already own (Ripe for Dessert and The Perfect Scoop), but I'm looking forward to the rest. He has a slightly different method for candying citrus, where you simmer whole peels until tender, then scrape out the pitch and slice before cooking in syrup, instead of repeated blanchings. That'll be the first thing I try.

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                                    1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                                      Please report on how it works!

                                    2. I love claudia roden. I have: the book if Jewish food and the food of Spain. I was thinking of getting arabesque or the new book if middle eastern food. I'm leaning towards arabesque bc I'm concerned there will be a lot of overlap between the book of Jewish food and middle eastern one

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                                      1. re: Siegal

                                        I absolutely love Arabesque. One of my favorite cookbooks.

                                        1. re: LulusMom

                                          Thanks! Does it have pictures?

                                          1. re: Siegal

                                            Yes, it does, although not one for every recipe. But still plenty. It was Cookbook of the Month (and repeated along with Book of ME Food), here is a link to the master thread. Maybe reading through the reviews will help you decide which one sounds more appealing to you: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/731358

                                            1. re: LulusMom

                                              Thanks so much im looking through it. So many pages!

                                              1. re: Siegal

                                                I hope it helps. Reading those old threads often reminds me of things I want to make again, or that I never got around to be wanted to make.

                                          2. re: LulusMom

                                            One of mine too!

                                        2. I haven't bought any cookbooks the last 2 months-
                                          watching my finances

                                          1. I am really enjoying the new AOC cookbook. Based on my experience eating at the related restaurants I doubt that the component will actually be too sweet. Really enjoyable to read, so personal.

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                                            1. re: JudiAU

                                              I'd love to hear your results cooking from it!

                                              1. re: JudiAU

                                                I'd love to hear more about AOC before I take the plunge! Two raves so far, and one not so much.... I doubt I'll be able to find a copy to peruse before I buy so I'm relying on the collective wisdom of Chowhound here before I part with my hard-earned £££s (no pressure!).

                                              2. Has anyone read this new cookbook?
                                                L.A. Son: My Life, My City, My Food by Roy Choi-Tien Nguyen

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                                                1. re: jpr54_1

                                                  Nope. it is on my holiday list, though.

                                                  1. re: jpr54_1

                                                    Article on him in the Sunday New York Times mag this past Sunday.

                                                    1. re: buttertart

                                                      I heard him on Fresh Air with Terry Gross and am going to request the book from the library .. the show Anthony Bourdain did with him .. Koreatown, LA .. was one of the best ever.

                                                  2. I picked up Dessert of the Day at Costco the other day. I have a hard time resisting dessert and baking cookbooks. I had seen this one at WS and liked the format(probably a repackaging of dessert recipes I already have in numerous other cookbooks....) and Costco pricing is pretty reasonable. I like that it is arranged by month - a dessert for every day with a seasonal bent. Each chapter starts with a monthly calendar with one dessert listed on each day. Although honestly, many of the recipes would work in any month. The recipes are formatted so that the entire recipe is on the same page(usually 2 recipes per page) and the font size is fairly easy to read(larger font would be better but then the recipes would probably not fit on the page) and at least the ink is black. The index font is quite small and is organized by ingredient and dessert type. The color photographs that are included are very appealing but most recipes do not include a photograph. I can see myself trying out a lot of these recipes - reaching for it when I need a quick idea. Most are for simple straightforward desserts and baked goods.

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                                                    1. re: nadiam1000

                                                      I am drooling over that series. I'll have to ask a friend to check Costco for me.

                                                    2. I recently got Annie Rigg's Sweet Things, which is a little cookbook of sweets, chocolates and other little treats that would make lovely gifts. Everything looks lovely and there are some original and more involved projects like making crystal sugar coffee stirrers from scratch. I want to make some homemade gifts at Christmas so this will come in handy.

                                                      Also, the new Hummingbird Bakery cookbook, Home Sweet Home. Here in London, Hummingbird is one of the bakeries which kick-started the trend for cupcakes and American-style sweets in the UK, and I really like this cookbook, though all the recipes are very rich - lots of butter, sugar, cream. I usually reduce the sugar content when I make Hummgbird recipes (I have their two other cookbooks!).

                                                      A secondhand copy of Friends at my Table, by Alice Hart, a cookbook focusing on alternative entertaining (e.g. Vietnamese bridal shower, wedding cateirng for 20)

                                                      1. Les Halles by Bourdain and company.

                                                        Pretty much every recipe I've tried has be en missing key steps....

                                                        It's a great book but I think they needed to edit a bit more.

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                                                        1. re: Kleraudio

                                                          Can you elaborate on the issues with the book? It's on my wish list but I only but a few books a year so if it's not that great I would perhaps do another

                                                          1. re: Siegal

                                                            If you are on the fence, it is often very cheap if you buy a used copy....

                                                            1. re: Westy

                                                              I usually order from amazon. Do u have any other suggestions? I saw a website ecookbooks and Abe but don't know how reliable they are. Thanks!

                                                              1. re: Siegal

                                                                I bought many books from Amazon re-sellers and only once got a smelly (moldy) book, the rest have been at least as described and often better. I had very possitive experience with Abe and a few others but names escape me at the moment.

                                                                1. re: Siegal

                                                                  Ecookbooks is the online version of what used to be Jessica's Biscuit. They've been in business for a number of years and are very reliable. Abe is a collection of used booksellers, now owned by Amazon.

                                                              2. re: Siegal

                                                                Not to turn you away from the book at all, it really does have some awesome looking recipes, but if you don't "think like a line cook" then you'll miss important things.

                                                                The rilletes I made for example. I made a post about it here, and a response I got was that the recipe looks like a recipe one line cook would give to another. Some fat, a few pounds of belly, a pound of shoulder. Fine, but it doesnt say that you shouldn't use the fat on the belly, or that you should skim the water to leave yourself with only some fat. This, most line cooks would know, however, I've never cooked on a line in a French restaurant, and this is my first time making this dish, not my 300th... so I NEED to know the things that are automatic for a cook.

                                                                But yea, besides that, the recipes do look fantastic. I'll have to make a few more. I did the duck a l'orange, and it was really really fatty, most of the fat didn't render out as it should have. Why? I have no clue, a line cook would know.

                                                                I guess he should have realized he was writing for home cooks and not pro's. Anyways, I still think if you are looking to get it you should. It really is a nice book. It'll definitely make you think deeper about the recipes, which I bet in time will make you a better cook :)

                                                                My 2 cents. Hope that helped :)

                                                            2. I'm interested in that TGC site but it hasn't really worked all day. Is this normal for them?

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                                                              1. re: Kleraudio

                                                                they recently revamped their site and it has been spotty.

                                                                1. re: buttertart

                                                                  It drives me crazy that you get all these other book subjects when you search for new books. I was hoping they would have filtered that when they revamped.

                                                                  1. re: roxlet

                                                                    @Kleraudio, buttertart, roxlet--
                                                                    I find the new website (rolled out in mid-July) just awful. Do you all have problems? They can't tell you about bonus points, there's no order or account history, nothing. And what roxlet said is a major turn-ff. I've written four or five times, and all I get back is a canned response that never answers my specific question(s), just says they're sorry, but they are working on the website.

                                                                    The upside is that it's kept me from buying cookbooks.

                                                                    1. re: nomadchowwoman

                                                                      It is annoying, I want my dang points.

                                                              2. I bought Mr. Sunday's Soups for a Christmas present for a friend that I found at Tuesday Morning. While I was perusing their selection I found Slow Cooker Quick fixes from Southern Living, it has lots of great ideas in it ~ not a fan of the recipes w/soup mixes, but the other recipes looked good. I also saw Steve Raichlen's Indoor Grilling book there that I might pick up for myself. All books were about $6-$8. It was a good reminder for me to check back there more often.

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                                                                1. re: free sample addict aka Tracy L

                                                                  I recently bought Mr. Sunday's Soups for myself. I haven't tried any of the recipes yet but they all sound delicious.

                                                                2. My next purchase will be Paltrow's "It's All Good". Two of my good friends, both excellent cooks, had high praises for this book. The recipes seem to incorporate healthful, tasty dishes that aren't complicated. The design of the boom is pretty attractive as well.

                                                                  1. I finally got around to buying the Complete Nose to tail by Fergus Henderson...... not sure I have half the ingredients but it is fun tothink about

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                                                                    1. re: dundy

                                                                      Try the cured beef tenderloin to start. Wonderful.

                                                                    2. I had to run away from TGC after several years, it was bad for me - financially.

                                                                      I just bought 2 yesterday, haven't cooked from either yet but they are beautiful (flipped through both).

                                                                      Daniel, My French Cuisine (Daniel Boulud)

                                                                      Eleven Madison Park

                                                                      I can't wait for the holidays to really get into them!

                                                                      1. I got the Kinfolk Table as a birthday present - haven't had a chance to do a deep dive but my first response is that it is very precious - focusing on hipsters in Brooklyn, Copenhagen, the English Countryside and Portland.

                                                                        I really want the Great British Book of Baking but I'm trying to figure out if it's worth sucking up the Amazon UK shipping costs.

                                                                        Have been cooking more out of Keepers and so far two thumbs up.

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                                                                        1. re: Savour

                                                                          Maybe buy a couple of books available only in UK and spreading the shipping costs out that way (shipping per book should drop, but still be a little high).

                                                                          I am collecting a list of Australian cookbooks (Matt Moran, When I Get Home, Bistrode, etc) and will buy all at once.

                                                                        2. I have 2 new Kindle cookbooks, Mighty Spice Express and Quick-Fix Indian. There are recipes I plan to try but I find it frustrating that there is no index or table of contents with which to bring up a specific recipe. I bookmark the ones I like, but I can't navigate to any of the bookmarks, so what's the point? I end up having to scroll through the book, page by page. BAH!

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                                                                          1. re: elegraph

                                                                            Hmm - I'm a frequent Kindle Reader and you should be able to navigate to your bookmarks. You can also use the search function.

                                                                            1. re: Savour

                                                                              Thanks for replying!

                                                                            2. re: elegraph

                                                                              Not all publishers put in navigational table of contents in their books. It's obnoxious. Amazon has a 7 day return policies on ebooks. If you buy one and determine the quality isn't acceptable, go to Manage Your Kindle on your Amazon account and you can return the book for refund. The return reason should be about the content errors. I also write a review for the book indicating specifically that the Kindle version is lacking features/formatting. :)

                                                                              1. re: eperdu

                                                                                Thank you, that's good to know!

                                                                              2. re: elegraph

                                                                                Have you also got a iPad? I found the iOS version of the same title often has a navigable table of content. It's madness why one e-version has it and the other doesn't.

                                                                                Like eperdu says, you can return the kindle book to Amazon easily. (Can't say that about Apple. They are a major pain when you want to return a book).

                                                                                1. re: lilham

                                                                                  No iPad. I will return the next book I have problems with. I thought it was due to a Kindle issue or maybe user ignorance (me). I have to admit there's something satisfying about holding a hard copy book in my hands that is sadly missing with my e-books. Thanks for replying.

                                                                              3. I'm more interested in the several re-issues and revisions coming out this fall than in most of the new cookbooks.

                                                                                Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone is a revision, after 15 years. There are also updated editions of Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes (incorporating a lot of the information from the ABin5 site) and Charcuterie by Michael Ruhlman and Brian Polcyn.

                                                                                VCFE is one of my bibles, so I'm interested to see how much is changed, including the physical format. Will be sad if it's scaled up to match Vegetable Literacy.

                                                                                Then there are reissues of older books I haven't read but have been interested in for a while: Elizabeth Luard's European Peasant Cooking, Anna del Conte's Gastronomy of Italy, and My Mexico from Diana Kennedy. Any comments on these from chowhounds who have read them long since?

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                                                                                1. re: ellabee

                                                                                  None of these are in the local library, or I'd have read at least one of them by now. Would very much value thoughts of chowhounds who have:

                                                                                  European Peasant Cuisine - Eliz. Luard

                                                                                  Gastronomy of Italy - Anna del Conte

                                                                                  My Mexico - Diana Kennedy

                                                                                  1. re: ellabee

                                                                                    Elizabeth Luard is very good in general, and I love Diana Kennedy. I don't know the Italian book -- maybe roxlet does?

                                                                                    1. re: buttertart

                                                                                      Nope. Sorry, don't know it at all.

                                                                                      1. re: roxlet

                                                                                        If it's Italian, Breadcrumbs will either have it or know about it :)

                                                                                        1. re: herby

                                                                                          Where's she been?

                                                                                          1. re: roxlet

                                                                                            I think she mentioned traveling for work.

                                                                                2. Maximum Flavor (Kamozawa / Talbot) - This book looks more interesting than their first one. Each recipe highlighting some kind of new technique, flavor combination, thought process.

                                                                                  AOC (Goin) - Always liked the Lucques cookbook and now a similar one for her better restaurant. Many interesting recipes

                                                                                  Ottolenghi (Ottolenghi) - I liked his two other books already and this one also doesn't disappoint.

                                                                                  Smoke & Pickles (Lee) - I always like "fusion" type cookbooks and there are recently some of them with interesting Southern influences. This book will be a good start.

                                                                                  Molecular Gastronomy at Home (Youssef) - Very technique focused book. Good explanations and introductions to many different "modern" techniques but each chapter only has basic recipes. I was hoping that the book would also include full plated dishes

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                                                                                  1. re: honkman

                                                                                    Honkman, have you had a chance to flip through (or even try recipes from) Maximum Flavour? I saw it was featured in Serious Eats 'cook the book' and am very tempted.

                                                                                  2. I was doing an amazon order (Christmas gifts) and snuck in a cookery book for me, Sally Butcher's Snackistan. Only I got the US version which is called New Middle Eastern Street Food: Snacks, Comfort Food, and Mezze from Snackistan as now I'm here I'm loving recipes with cups etc, it means I no longer have to have scales on my worktop! I love her other two books and cook from them a lot, so I have high hopes!

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                                                                                    1. re: helen_m

                                                                                      Ooh this one is right up my alley. Let us know how it goes

                                                                                    2. I've been avoiding this thread since it tends to get me into trouble, but I do have a number of recent purchases worth mentioning.

                                                                                      Pickles, Pigs & Whiskey, by John Currence - another Southern book that takes some liberties. Unlike Smoke & Pickles, this guy is a Southerner who incorporates external influences. I liked Smoke & Pickles a lot. This looks to be as good, or more likely, better.

                                                                                      Southern Italian Desserts, by Rosetta Costantino - her book, My Calabria, is a favorite of mine. This books looks to be just as good, with meticulously written recipes. Many gluten-free options as well. I've made a couple things so far, which were fantastic.

                                                                                      The Cornbread Gospels, by Crescent Dragonwagon - this was the Workman publisher's deal of the month on the iPad for something like $2.99. A steal.

                                                                                      Mighty Spice Express - no comment so far.

                                                                                      Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking - have not explored yet.

                                                                                      Simon Hopkinson Cooks - I just love Simon Hopkinson, so I couldn't resist. Haven't tried anything yet.

                                                                                      America's Test Kitchen D.I.Y. - a do-it-yourself cookbook from the perfectionists at ATK. Many of their recent books have been boring - oh, heck, many of their books, recent or not, are boring. But this one is very well done. So far I've made the cultured butter, and the instructions could not have been more clear.

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                                                                                      1. re: MelMM

                                                                                        MelMM, I'd love to hear about the things you've tried from Southern Italian Desserts.

                                                                                        1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                                                                                          There are some candied orange peels, which are unbelievably good, and a recipe for dried figs with an almond and a bit of candied orange peel stuffed inside, then dipped in chocolate. Both recipes are rather fussy, but worth the effort.

                                                                                        2. re: MelMM

                                                                                          I'm not sure if I had mentioned it when I did it, but I also bought SH Cooks and Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking for kindle. I figured they might be reading books more than cooking books (certainly the second one for me). Haven't had a chance to look at them yet, but I like having them there.

                                                                                          1. re: LulusMom

                                                                                            Started reading Simon Hopkinson Cooks the other day. I just love the way he writes. I don't even care if there are things I want to make (although so far I have come across a few things I'll definitely be trying). I thoroughly enjoy his voice; charming and cozy.

                                                                                            1. re: LulusMom

                                                                                              Agreed. Good food writing is a treasure. I saw Edward Behr's new book: "50 Foods" (or something like that). Wonderful. Going on my christmas list.

                                                                                              I think Nigel Slater is in the same vein, especially with his "Year in a Kitchen" books.

                                                                                        3. I just ordered Stella's Sephardic table - recommended to me on a previous cookbook thread here. Free shipping so I must be patient

                                                                                          1. Long time lurker and first time poster... Here goes!

                                                                                            I went on a bit of a cookbook buying binge lately and came home with: Save with Jamie, Mighty Spice Express - haven't had a chance to look through but v excited about this one, love Mighty Spice - and Fast, Fresh and Unbelievably Delicious by Matt Preston.

                                                                                            Still waiting on Susan Feniger's Street Food and Sara Foster's Southern Kitchen to be arrive in the mailbox. This should keep me busy for a while (but I doubt it will stop more purchasing in the near future!)

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                                                                                            1. re: monbakes_downunder

                                                                                              I just tonight tried my first recipes from Mighty Spice Express. It was absolutely fabulous. Review on the Mighty Spice thread (which I'll have to ask the mods to change to include this book I guess).

                                                                                              1. re: LulusMom

                                                                                                Thanks for the review, LLM! I'll be sure to post a review of the dishes I make on that thread :)

                                                                                                1. re: monbakes_downunder

                                                                                                  Fantastic- I'll look forward to reading them. I've been chomping at the bit for this book to come out, so it is about time I started cooking from it.

                                                                                                  1. re: LulusMom

                                                                                                    I tried my first recipe tonight! Review is going up on the Mighty Spice thread now.

                                                                                            2. Vietnamese Street Food. Actually bought it last month but misplaced it and got around to it this past week. Lots of delicious options in it.

                                                                                              1. Just bought the Four & Twenty Blackbirds Pie Book last week while at the Chelsea Market here in nyc. The Elsen sisters had a table set up along with a tray of samples. Tried their salty honey pie and just had to have their book. Got it signed and read it on the way home. The pies are organized according to season but it might be hard to resist trying the other recipes. They recommended that I try their Bourbon Pear Crumble Pie first but part of me is still unsatisfied with the few bites I've had of their salty honey pie. Luckily the last of my exams are tomorrow and I will finally have time to try this book out.

                                                                                                atm Im looking for a good Portuguese cookbook. I tried some Bacalhau Espiritual at a Portuguese restaurant a few months ago and would love to make it. Food of Portugal by Jean Anderson looks great to me. Im also looking for a cookbook with a great skillet cornbread recipe.

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                                                                                                1. re: PrinceZuko

                                                                                                  I have Crescent Dragonwagon's Cornbread cookbook. I've made one of the cornbread recipes and enjoyed it. (sorry I don't recall the recipe I chose)

                                                                                                  1. re: pagesinthesun

                                                                                                    I bought Kindle version for a buck or so recently.

                                                                                                    1. re: pagesinthesun

                                                                                                      This was Workman Publishing's deal of the month recently. I guess for last month, since the price seems to have gone up now. I bought it for iPad while it was on sale, and it's a good book, with many different styles of cornbread.

                                                                                                    2. re: PrinceZuko

                                                                                                      I have just purchased The Food of Portugal used in abebooks.com. Only $1 for a copy in 'very good' condition. Very excited for its arrival (everything takes so long to ship to aus, though!) Last month they had two Portuguese cookbooks as COTM (the one you've mentioned and The New Portuguese Table by David Leite). Maybe reading this thread will help the decision making for a new book?
                                                                                                      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/918719

                                                                                                      1. re: monbakes_downunder

                                                                                                        The thread should -- the Jean Anderson is the classic. Here's a sample of her writing (she's another personal long-time favorite): http://www.saveur.com/article/travels...

                                                                                                        1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                          This makes me even more excited for the arrival of my copy! Thanks, buttertart.

                                                                                                    3. In last month's thread someone mentioned Jacque Pepin's New Complete Techniques book. I borrowed it from the library and it looks to be a great resource. While cruising around Amazon, I saw that the Kindle edition was only $3.82!

                                                                                                      http://smile.amazon.com/Jacques-Pépin...

                                                                                                      Edited to add: Essential Pepin Desserts (a whopping 700+ pages!) is also $3.82:

                                                                                                      http://smile.amazon.com/Essential-Pep...

                                                                                                      (the link is for Amazon's new Smile program, so please feel free to swap out www for smile if you'd like. I use the smile link to encourage people to let Amazon donate money to their favorite charity. I receive nothing from the link and neither does my charity. It only works if YOU sign on your account with your charity of choice)

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                                                                                                      1. re: eperdu

                                                                                                        I'm very pleased to hear your report and the enthusiasm of others elsewhere in the thread for the e-versions of New Complete Techniques, because it makes the book an even more excellent gift for young, starting-out cooks.

                                                                                                        1. re: ellabee

                                                                                                          The photos are dated which is a bit disappointing but good photography isn't cheap. I don't honestly know what was updated in this version over the previous. But it is a good reference and one I'm pleased to now own.

                                                                                                      2. Hello Friends! While business travel has kept me from these boards and has put a damper on my cookbook culling, I have to report that it doesn’t seem to have curbed my ability to purchase cookbooks…in fact I’ve become quite adept at ordering from abroad and having books shipped home!

                                                                                                        So here I am, back from Europe and days away from my Asian adventures so I wanted to stop in here and confess to my cookbook purchasing sins!!

                                                                                                        While in the UK I quickly became addicted to RICK STEIN’S INDIA series airing on the BBC. I ordered the dvd and the book and look forward to spending some time at home enjoying both at some point! SAVE WITH JAMIE was another book that enticed me in the UK so I picked that up at Costco yesterday. That book has so many weeknight friendly meals I’m sure it will become a fast favourite.

                                                                                                        The Emerald Isle offered some lovely culinary pursuits but it was the gourmet take-away at AVOCA that had me craving more. I believe Avoca started out as a weaving mill and has now evolved into a magical little shop that sells a little of everything in addition to it’s wool and stunning knitted products. It’s part kitchenware shop, accessories boutique, bookstore, women’s clothing store, restaurant, cooking studio and gourmet take-away. I found myself in need of all 3 of their books: AVOCA CAFÉ COOKBOOK 1 & 2, A YEAR AT AVOCA COOKBOOK.

                                                                                                        Awaiting me at home was the A.O.C. COOKBOOK I’d pre-ordered some time ago. I haven’t even had a chance to crack the spine on this so I can’t offer any insights.

                                                                                                        Finally a trip to the thrift shop yesterday yielded 2 books. GOURMET WEEKDAY, a hardbound book from the folks who used to produce Gourmet Magazine. This book was published in 2012 and is chock full of delicious-looking meals for weeknight dining. Finally, EILEEN YIN-FEI LO’S NEW CANTONESE COOKING called out to me and seemed like such a coincidental find given that my travels will be taking me to Guangzhou in the weeks ahead.

                                                                                                         
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                                                                                                        1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                                          I'm really interested in Rick Stein's India. Can't wait to hear what you (and others) think. And I have an old Gourmet book, although I think mine is called Gourmet Everyday, and I love it. Fairly thin book but some great little recipes in there, and my go-to Asian salad dressing is from it - that alone was worth the price (which was really cheap when renewing my *sob* Gourmet subscription).

                                                                                                          Where are you going in Asia? I've really had a hankering lately to make it that direction.

                                                                                                          1. re: LulusMom

                                                                                                            I haven't looked at the book, but the Rick Stein India TV series was great and looked gorgeous.

                                                                                                            1. re: greedygirl

                                                                                                              Once again, jealous. LulusDad is making his way to Scotland later this month - if you get a chance to look at it and think it is "ask for" worthy, lemme know. I'd love to see the show. Wonder if it will show up on BBC America. One of his other shows did and we loved it (maybe even two?).

                                                                                                              1. re: greedygirl

                                                                                                                All Rick Stein's programs that have been aired in the states have been fabulous. His shows have the best photography I've seen anywhere.

                                                                                                                1. re: Gio

                                                                                                                  Agree - they are gorgeous. And he's so personable. I just checked the BBCAmerica website and they show no matches for Rick Stein's India. Pffft.

                                                                                                                  1. re: LulusMom

                                                                                                                    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b033rhzh

                                                                                                                    1. re: jpr54_1

                                                                                                                      Thanks jpr. Unfortunately that is the UK BBC, so we can't see it here in the US.

                                                                                                            2. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                                              I've never been to GZ, will be interested to hear about it...

                                                                                                              1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                Ah! Guangzhou! Guess I missed that last sentence. Thanks for tipping me off bt.

                                                                                                            3. I have to say .. I did purchase the Kindle edition of Jacque Pepin's "New Complete Techniques" (see above). I'm incredibly picky about my Kindle cookbooks. I find most publishers just too lazy to do them well.

                                                                                                              I'm thrilled with this book! The main table of contents is a single link per segment of the book (Intro, Equipment, Basics, etc) and then when you navigate to each section, it has a table of contents of its own. It is fully indexed and linked as well.

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                                                                                                              1. re: eperdu

                                                                                                                I've never even thought of buying a Kindle cookbook but may have to try. This may be the one. I have a 1st edition of this one as a keepsake, would be nice to have a copy I don't worry about using.

                                                                                                                1. re: thimes

                                                                                                                  My library has a ton of cookbooks in Kindle format, so I usually check out my cookbooks digitally and that helps me decide if I want to buy them (in any format).

                                                                                                                  If you have an eink kindle, the cookbooks won't look so great because they do have pictures. If you've got a Kindle reading app on your tablet or a Kindle tablet, you'll be good to go.

                                                                                                                  1. re: eperdu

                                                                                                                    Thanks - have eink and tablet app - gonna give it a try tonight.

                                                                                                                2. re: eperdu

                                                                                                                  I have "Essential Pepin" for the iPad, and it's very well done. The hard copy book came with a DVD, and the iPad version has all the video embedded with the appropriate recipe. Nice.

                                                                                                                3. Sauces and Shapes: Pasta the Italian Way

                                                                                                                  Flipped through this at the bookstore and at first glance looked very interesting. Covers most of the basic Italian pastas I'm interested in (carbonara, cacio e pepe, amatriciana, alfredo, etc.) plus a lot more. I still have a pile of new cookbooks on my coffee table that I haven't gone through, though, and have completely run out of bookshelf space, so I'm wondering whether I should really indulge myself or not.

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                                                                                                                  1. re: emily

                                                                                                                    It's also available in Kindle ... :-)

                                                                                                                  2. I bought 1000 Vegan recipes, couldn't pass up the deal as I used to be vegan and I still eat vegan occasionally.

                                                                                                                    Roots by Diane Morgan

                                                                                                                    Cooking Jewish: 532 Great Recipes from the Rabinowitz Family I lost my favorite kreplach recipe so maybe this will have a great one.

                                                                                                                    Silver Palate I remember cooking from this years ago and I'm not sure what happened to my copy so I couldn't pass up the kindle deal.

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                                                                                                                    1. re: rasputina

                                                                                                                      I have Roots and like it; nominated it for COTM but no one was interested. Made the best ever roasted turnips from the book and I do not even like them turnips :)

                                                                                                                      1. re: herby

                                                                                                                        Thanks, I haven't even had a chance to really give it a good look at yet.

                                                                                                                    2. Has anyone else been buying the e-book series called "Eating In" put out by Lynne Rossetto Kasper? The third one just came out. I believe they are only available as e-books, for iPad and Kindle, I'm not sure about other formats. They are short books, and fairly inexpensive. $3.99 on iPad or Kindle. I have the iPad versions, and just downloaded the third book in the series, which is called "Italian Holidays". These have all been very well done, and the current one looks to be as well. The text is interspersed with some audio clips from her radio program, "The Splendid Table".

                                                                                                                      1. I'm really enjoying the Kindle version of "A Passion for Baking", by Marcy Goldman. Lots of interesting and unusual recipes and tips. Have a look.

                                                                                                                        1. As spoken about on a recent thread about biscotti, I bought a little biscotti book called, not coincidentally, Biscotti.

                                                                                                                          1. Just got an email that TGC is having their bundle sale again (4 books for $40, etc.) I am trying to decide what to get.

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                                                                                                                            1. re: esjro

                                                                                                                              I saw that too. Thinking about Xmas gifts, but they don't seem to have many of the titles I'm interested in. Not that I personally need any books, you understand. :)

                                                                                                                              1. re: esjro

                                                                                                                                I am sucker for those bundle sales but trying hard to resist. I have a cart full of baking titles but we are finishing our new home build(closing is right before Christmas), decided to upgrade our wood floors and we are going to Australia in 2 weeks. I have bought a couple of baking books recently(CI Baking and Dessert of the Day) but $10 per book is so tempting. I do not need more books to pack and move(or so I keep telling myself)

                                                                                                                                1. re: nadiam1000

                                                                                                                                  Just bought my last required book at The Good Cook, so now I can quit while pretty much ahead.

                                                                                                                                  There wasn't much there that really called to me over the last few months, despite my being eager to get this last purchase out of the way. But after seeing a few recipes/reviews of Mollie Katzen's Heart of the Plate, I took a 'look inside' and was won over.

                                                                                                                                  The subtitle 'recipes for a new generation' is funny, because I'm part of Mollie Katzen's generation. And back then, I was not in the Moosewood/Enchanted Broccoli camp. But we've traveled toward each other somewhat in the last thirty-plus years.

                                                                                                                                  1. re: ellabee

                                                                                                                                    I am so weak...... ended up buying:

                                                                                                                                    My Vietnamese Kitchen by Uyen Luu

                                                                                                                                    The Art of Simple Food II by Alice Waters

                                                                                                                                    The Southern Slow Cooker by Kendra Bailey Morris

                                                                                                                                    The Heart Of The Plate by Mollie Katzen

                                                                                                                                    One Good Dish by David Tanis

                                                                                                                                    Taste Of Home Recipes Across America

                                                                                                                                    Morocco by Jeff Koehler

                                                                                                                                    Turkey by Leanne Kitchen

                                                                                                                                    Oh well. With the free shipping, it is a great deal, right? (I am practicing that line to use on my husband when the books arrive, LOL!)

                                                                                                                                    1. re: esjro

                                                                                                                                      Please let me know what you think of One Good Dish by David Tanis after you've had a chance to look through it. I have it but haven't cooked anything yet. TIA

                                                                                                                                      1. re: Gio

                                                                                                                                        Will do. I bought it after reading some good reviews and because (clearly) I am weak, LOL. One review had a soup with a garlic based broth and poached egg that looked really simple but tasty......

                                                                                                                                        1. re: Gio

                                                                                                                                          I haven't cooked anything from it yet, but I hope to soon because it is a beautiful book. I like how most of the recipes do not have a lot of ingredients, though that also means that if crummy ingredients are used the dishes will be crummy as well.

                                                                                                                                          The pictures that accompany each recipe are nice (I struggle with presentation), and the tone of the writing is casual and encouraging.

                                                                                                                                          I want to try the garlic soup!

                                                                                                                                        2. re: esjro

                                                                                                                                          Love Turkey; everything I made turned out very well and different enough from recipes to warrant shelf space.

                                                                                                                                          1. re: esjro

                                                                                                                                            How do you like the Southern Slow Cooker book?

                                                                                                                                            1. re: Westy

                                                                                                                                              I have not made anything from the book yet, but in retrospect it probably was not a wise purchase for me. I have a lot of slow cooker books, and a lot of southern cooking books (my husband is from South Carolina), and my other cookbooks have variants of the recipes in this book. Many of the recipes are slow cooker cook book standards (ribs, potato soup, pork sandwiches). There are a few such as blue crab and corn chowder that I have not seen in other slow cooker cookbooks.

                                                                                                                                              I would recommend this book to someone who does not have a large collection of slow cooker cookbooks, but for me (and the cookbook-obsessed here at CH) it is not a must-have book....... unless TGC is running their bundle specials. ;-)

                                                                                                                                            2. re: esjro

                                                                                                                                              I'm thinking about signing up. I don't really like the "mass market" cookbooks. I looked and I liked the turkey, morrocan, and a french cookbook. How do U like the turkey and morrocan book?

                                                                                                                                              Do you know how often they have turnover - I need a few more books to sign up I think

                                                                                                                                              1. re: Siegal

                                                                                                                                                I have not received the books yet, just ordered so hopefully they will come soon!

                                                                                                                                                I have been in TGC for years, and it does seem that the number of cookbooks offered has decreased. There are a LOT of craft, gardening, etc, books to weed through now, at least on the website.

                                                                                                                                              2. re: esjro

                                                                                                                                                Tanis and Waters are totally on my radar ... Not that I need more books of that ilk ! But so hard to resist...

                                                                                                                                        3. I bought the Momofuku Milk Bar cookbook.... have to say that it was totally not what I was expecting. My fault for not researching it more. Fruity-pebble-flavored ice cream? A chocolate chip cake with passion fruit curd and coffee frosting? No thank you.

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                                                                                                                                          1. re: Njchicaa

                                                                                                                                            Lol! I just made that chocolate chip cake as one of a quartet of cakes for a birthday party tonight. I couldn't find passion fruit, so I made strawberry curd. It smells fabulous, but tonight will tell the tale!

                                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                            1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                              it looks gorgeous! I hope it tastes delicious.... definitely let me know!

                                                                                                                                              1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                Looks amazing, Roxlet, even to a person who is never ga-ga about desserts :) What are the other three?

                                                                                                                                                1. re: herby

                                                                                                                                                  The Momofuko cake was amazing, and I think that the sub of strawberry for passion fruit was so good that I'd do that again. The cake was delicious, and was so special-looking that it was the first cake to go. It is on the small size being assembled in a 6" form. There was so little of the coffee frosting that I just put it on the top and not between the layers as had been specified. It was such a small component of the cake, that you could sub anything for it. A chocolate buttercream would not be amiss here.

                                                                                                                                                  The other cakes were a coconut cake, a dacquoise, and the epicurious double chocolate cake made with flour frosting between the layers instead of ganache.

                                                                                                                                                  Here are pics of the coconut cake and the dacquoise. I don't seem to have a pic of the chocolate cake, but then again, it's a chocolate cake!

                                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                                  1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                    What a spectacular selection of cakes! I hope your son is super grateful :) Roxlet, do you think Momofuku is a necessary edition to a cookbook library? I do not have tons of baking books - my new ones include Flour (both books), Chewy, Gooey and Baker's Apprentice. I do not bake often but when I do I like it to be special and tasty. I recently took a bunch of books to a charity store including Cake Bible which I actually never used though loved the idea of it. My favourite baking book has been for years Dessert Lovers Cookbook but it is so dated that would be nice to get something contemporary. So, is Momofuku it?

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: herby

                                                                                                                                                      Momofuku is really one of a kind. The recipes and techniques seem to be unique to this book, and you do need to buy some special ingredients in order to make the recipes. For all the cakes, you need a 6" cake ring and acetate strips. Both are available on Amazon, so now that I have them, I can make this recipe again, as well as the other cakes. Since the cakes are baked on a half sheet pan, and the layers are punched out of that, it would be hard to do without. And the way that the cake is built really does require the acetate strips to stack it. This cake was so successful both in terms of how it looks, and the response from the tasters (many said it was their favorite cake of the night), that I was looking at the book again to see what other cake I might try. The pistachio cake immediately attracted me since I adore it and have pistachio paste in my cupboard, but I see that I need to get pistachio oil, so I'm not sure if I would make it or just use the grapeseed oil that the chocolate chip cake called for, and which I happened to have around. I read on one of these threads that the blueberry and cream cookies are delicious, so I bought dried blueberries and glucose, which several of her recipes require. Then, I looked at the recipe again, and I see I need to get milk powder. So, it's like that. You really have to invest some money in her specified ingredients if you want to bake from this book.

                                                                                                                                                      Can you find it in a library to look at before you buy? I've had this book for a while, and I am just now getting excited about baking from it, so it's a very personal thing I think, and it also depends on how much you want to invest in special equipment and ingredients.

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                        Thank you so much for your comments, Roxlet! I thought about the library too and there is a copy of the book at my branch! Going to stop by tonight and get it. I might even copy a few recipes to try and if it is something that I will be interested in pursuing further I'll buy the book. I have half-sheet pans (two) and lots of other baking equipment but not the ring and strips and do not mind buying a few specialty things as long as I'll use them more than once!
                                                                                                                                                        Glad you mentioned cookies. I am looking for unusual and tasty cookies to make for small gifts this year and other home made gifts too - blueberry cream cookies sound wonderful; wonder if they keep, probably not long but they would be great for a cookie tasting that a friend is having in a couple of weeks. I need to look at that baking thread of buttertart...

                                                                                                                                                      2. re: herby

                                                                                                                                                        I would say that Momofuku is a specialty cookbook rather than part of the canon. It's completely unique, but also hard to build on, since so many of the recipes and techniques are specific to Tosi's style of baking. Her recipes are also very, very sweet.

                                                                                                                                                        My absolute favorite, failsafe go-to dessert book is Classic Home Desserts by Richard Sax.

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Savour

                                                                                                                                                          Really? I have that book, and have never baked from it. I guess that it must be that I am less and less fond of compendium books!

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                            I love the historical anecdotes, and the recipes are always spot on.

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Savour

                                                                                                                                                              What in particular have you tried and liked? I'm making a Boston Cream Pie for a friend's birthday on Sunday, and maybe I should look at Sax's recipe. I was going to use Cook's Baking Book's recipe...

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                                Let's see - it's my go-to for general recipes. I've made the mixed fruit cobbler, the cranberry crumble, the honey-stewed quinces, the baked apples, the forgotten pudding, the cannoli cream, the diner style rice pudding, the Indian pudding, the fresh grape pie, the dried apple half moon pies, the buttermilk silk pie, the dried peach pie with custard and meringue, the lime chiffon pie, the rice pie, the maple walnut pie, the pecan pie, the grasmere gingerbread, the Eliza Acton gingerbread, Ligita's apple cake, cranberry upside down cake, quintessential coffee cake, jam cake, the quince and almond tart. I think going through eatyourbooks has given me about 7 more on my list. It's just a very appealing book to me - all of the different types of fruit desserts, puddings, creams, and with so much more personality than the Cook's books, which tend to be my last resort for recipes...

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Savour

                                                                                                                                                                  Is that the jam cake with burnt sugar glaze? I've contemplated that recipe (when I had a lot of jam around), so definitely good to have an endorsement if you've made and liked it.

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                                                                                                                                                                    I did, though I don't think I made the glaze. I used blackberry, I think, and liked it a lot. A teatime cake, rather than a birthday cake, for me.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                                                                                                                                                                      wait a minute ... this is reminding me of a jam cake with crumble topping that I made once. Might be another option with the jam I was talking about in a different thread. Thanks for jogging my memory.

                                                                                                                                                                      eta: here is a link in case anyone else is interested. Incredibly easy cake to make and nice for having when someone comes over for a cup of tea, etc: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: Savour

                                                                                                                                                                      I will need to try the Grasmere Gingerbread - have the book, but never noticed that recipe before.

                                                                                                                                                              2. re: Savour

                                                                                                                                                                Savour, so glad you mentioned Richard Sax's Classic Home Desserts! He has the absolute best pumpkin pie I've ever had or made. It's not thanksgiving without it!

                                                                                                                                                                For my son's birthday this year, I made the Hoover Toffee Ice Cream Pie -- omg! unbelieveable! (see photo) That ice cream pie/cake has jumped to legendary status.

                                                                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                                      3. re: Njchicaa

                                                                                                                                                        Momofuku Milk Bar just arrived here, too. You're right it is very different to the baking books I'm used to, but I'm excited to try quite a few of the recipes. Exams are all over for the year now, so hopefully I'll get some time to play with my new book soon!

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: monbakes_downunder

                                                                                                                                                          Several people who have called to thank me for the party have said that the Momofuko Chococolate Chip cake was their favorite. It looks so enticing too. The only thing is that you do need special equipment to make it, but now that I have the cake ring and acetate strips, I can make it any time!

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                            I still can't wrap my mind around that combination of flavors. I probably just need to make it and try it myself.

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Njchicaa

                                                                                                                                                              I have no idea whether I would like it -- or if it would have been as well-liked -- with the passion fruit instead of the strawberry curd. The coffee icing turned out to be such a minor component of the cake (it was really a tiny amount and only enough for the top), that it would easily be switched with a chocolate buttercream, which I might do.

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                                I think passionfruit would be good with coffee, even if it's just a little bit.

                                                                                                                                                      4. Has anyone seen or bought "The French Kitchen Cookbook" by Patricia Wells? It just recently was released. It is billed as a collection of her favorite recipes and lessons from her cooking classes. I'm interested in it, but need to exercise some restraint when it comes to buying cookbooks so I'm hoping my library will get it in soon.

                                                                                                                                                        If you have it, I'd love to hear your reviews.

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                                                                                                                                                        1. re: stockholm28

                                                                                                                                                          I bought it for my husband for his birthday (he loves Patricia Wells's Bistro Cooking), and I have to say that I wasn't terribly impressed. It seemed to be rather thin, as if he publishers said, "Time for another book, Patricia," and she cobbled this together. If you don't have Bistro Cooking, I would highly recommend it.

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                            I just ordered Bistro Cooking on amazon..it's been on my wish list.

                                                                                                                                                            I also recently bought Gordon Ramsay's Ultimate Cookery Course. Even though I'm familiar with a lot of basic info he describes in the book, so many of the recipes look great and I'm looking forward to trying them.

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                              Thanks for the feedback roxlet. That's disappointing, but it did push me to order "Bistro Cooking" as I've checked it out of the library many times. I was hoping this new book might be "better", but guess not.

                                                                                                                                                          2. Just bought the Kindle version of "Veganomicon".
                                                                                                                                                            I've already tabbed several recipes. As a beginner Vegan and amateur cook, I appreciate the authors' lists of kitchen staples.
                                                                                                                                                            Still holding out for Paltrow's latest cookbook; "It's All Good."

                                                                                                                                                            1. On their way: The Art of the Chocolatier by Ewald Notter, and Peter Greweling's Chocolates and Confections AND Chocolates and Confections at Home.

                                                                                                                                                              It's going to be a sweet, sweet December.

                                                                                                                                                              1. I went a bit crazy (I think it was post-exam induced euphoria... Yep, we'll go with that excuse).

                                                                                                                                                                On their way to me in the next few days will be:

                                                                                                                                                                Vietnamese Home Cooking - Charles Phan
                                                                                                                                                                The Bread Baker's Apprentice - Peter Reinhart (I've been really wanting to have a go at making my own bread and this seemed a good starting point)
                                                                                                                                                                Pok Pok
                                                                                                                                                                The Hakka Cookbook: Chinese Soul Food From Around The World

                                                                                                                                                                And a couple of Nigel Slater's, including his new one:
                                                                                                                                                                Eat - The Little Book Of Fast Food
                                                                                                                                                                The Kitchen Diaries: A Year In The Kitchen

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                                                                                                                                                                1. re: monbakes_downunder

                                                                                                                                                                  The new Nigel is already one of my favourite cookbooks.

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: greedygirl

                                                                                                                                                                    Do you have his Real Fast Food? How does it compare?

                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: monbakes_downunder

                                                                                                                                                                    I would be interested to hear a report if anyone actually tries recipes from pok pok and the Hakka book.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Westminstress

                                                                                                                                                                      I will report back when I get around to it, westminstress. Can't be sure when that will be as they are both shipping from the US.

                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: monbakes_downunder

                                                                                                                                                                      On my shelves are three of the books you've bought: Vietnamese Home Cooking, The Hakka Cookbook, and The Kitchen Diaries. I haven't cooked anything from the first two, but that Slater book is absolutely wonderful. Actually, I have three Slater books. There isn't one thing we cooked from Diaries that we didn't enjoy. It and other books of his were CsOTM...
                                                                                                                                                                      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/804904

                                                                                                                                                                      Also there's a Non-COTM thread for his other books:...
                                                                                                                                                                      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/804902

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Gio

                                                                                                                                                                        I'm seriously considering ordering Eat from Amazon UK based on the preview. I loved The Kitchen Diaries, but sent back The Kitchen Diaries II - just did not appeal to me in the same way at all.

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: emily

                                                                                                                                                                          I've saved several recipes from Eat that were printed in The Guardian three or four weeks ago. If I know me I'll probably break down and buy this book too. I really don't need much encouragement, in fact. For some reason I wasn't too interested in KD II from the start.

                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: Gio

                                                                                                                                                                          That's so good to hear, Gio. I've got four Slater books on my shelves now (Tender I & II, KD II and Real Cooking). I love his writing - and cooking! BF's favourite dish is one from Real Cooking - a lemongrass/ginger/chilli sticky chicken dish. Always excited for a new Nigel Slater :)

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: monbakes_downunder

                                                                                                                                                                            I think I am most influenced as a cook by his book "Appetite."

                                                                                                                                                                            I might like Bill Granger, Bittman, et al, but the one book that made the biggest difference was "Appetite."

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Westy

                                                                                                                                                                              As he says about how "Appetite" came to be written:

                                                                                                                                                                              “If you decide to go through life without cooking you are missing something very, very special. You are losing out on one of the greatest pleasures you can have with your clothes on.”
                                                                                                                                                                              Nigel Slater

                                                                                                                                                                      2. I just got Keepers from the library for a test drive. Not terribly exciting, perhaps, but I could use to expand my repertoire of kid friendly, weeknight meals. So far I'm pleasantly surprised. I'll be trying a few recipes, and I'll report back.

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                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Westminstress

                                                                                                                                                                          Can't wait to hear more! I keep forgetting I have this book!

                                                                                                                                                                          ~TDQ

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                                                                                                            I should update - everything I've made has been tasty and easy - worthwhile additions to the repertoire. The exception was the pork chops with citrus glaze - I couldn't find blade chops and made it with loin chops, which were kind of a failure - the chops were way too dry and tough. The same recipe with chicken thighs was really good, though. It's not inspiring, weekend cooking, but the recipes are a nice mixup of my weeknight repertoire.

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Savour

                                                                                                                                                                              Oooooo, could you elaborate more? What else have you tried?

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Westminstress

                                                                                                                                                                                I made the mushroom and broccoli toasts, the deviled panko-crusted chicken thighs, the Asian pork sliders, the pizza salad, and the Japanese style meat and potatoes. None of them were revolutionary, and honestly you don't NEED a recipe for some of them once you have the idea (pizza salad) but all were good, the recipes worked, and I'll probably make them again.

                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: Westminstress

                                                                                                                                                                            Update on Keepers .... I tried two recipes and then had to return the book to the library.

                                                                                                                                                                            Pork Tenderloin with Double Apple Sauce -- this was a pork tenderloin seared and then braised in the oven with onions, apples, sage and apple cider. I liked the dish but my family wasn't enthusiastic, so not a keeper for us.

                                                                                                                                                                            Penne with Broccoli Rabe, Garlic and Red Pepper Flakes -- not something I really need a recipe for, but this was a huge hit. Easy to execute with lots of flavor, my kids loved it and ate lots of the veg along with their pasta. I could see making this one frequently. Definitely a keeper.

                                                                                                                                                                            I haven't decided yet whether to purchase the book. I reserved it again so I can try a few more recipes before committing.

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Westminstress

                                                                                                                                                                              Also borrowed this from the library. It has great family-friendly ideas, but not so much for us. I am, however, putting the red-leaf lettuce salad [with maple candied walnuts and blue cheese crumbles] together for Christmas dinner. This recipe is online.

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: nikkihwood

                                                                                                                                                                                Nikki, what about it didn't appeal to you?

                                                                                                                                                                                ~TDQ

                                                                                                                                                                          3. That Marcy Goldman book (A Passion for Baking) is very good. The more I read of it, the more I like it. There are a lot of casual cakes that sound very appealing (an apple and raspberry one is calling my name since I have both in the house at the moment), interesting muffins (not words I generally use in the same sentence), a bread with garlic slather that has me slavering, and a number of other fun things. It was very reasonable for Kindle. AND she's Canadian, yay!

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                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                                              Didn't realize that she was Canadian! Will have to check that book out..

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                                                There"s a recipe for a Richemont apple cake that sounds amazing...it's in a pastry crust, made in a springform, and filled with 12 big apples, sliced, some raisins, sugar and whatnot. Baked and then you pour a vanilla sauce/custard on top, and bake for 20 minutes more. Think I'll make this for our Thanksgiving potluck at work.

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                                                  Yum! That sounds great!

                                                                                                                                                                              2. In re baking books, if I had to get rid of all of mine but one, I'd keep Marion Cunningham's Fannie Farmer Baking Book. It came out in the 80s and my copy has the well-loved blankie look. You can bake just about anything you'd want to from it, with the exception of the schmantzy stuff.

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                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                                                  I have that, too, buttertart. Another good one. Don't know why the Sax appeals to me more except that I love marginalia. Like the old Silver Palate cookbooks.

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Savour

                                                                                                                                                                                    I have the Sax and everything I've made from it has been swell too.

                                                                                                                                                                                2. http://us1.campaign-archive2.com/?u=a...
                                                                                                                                                                                  there are several books in this newsletter that I would like to buy

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                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: jpr54_1

                                                                                                                                                                                    Really enjoyable set of reviews. Thanks so much for posting the newsletter. I can see that a visit to Kitchen Arts & Letters would be a real hazard to the credit card balance...

                                                                                                                                                                                  2. not cookbooks, but memoirs (with recipes) of two culinary legends: "One Souffle at a Time," by Anne Willan and "Amarcord," by Marcella Hazan.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: ChefJune

                                                                                                                                                                                      I loved Amarcord and have the Willan on Kindle, but haven't read it yet.

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: ChefJune

                                                                                                                                                                                        I started "One Souffle at a Time' today. It is terrific. and the recipes look great!

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: nikkihwood

                                                                                                                                                                                          Oh good, just asked for this as a gift.

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: LulusMom

                                                                                                                                                                                            Factoid: Steve Raichlen, the Grill King, was one of her early apprentices. [Along with a whole other host of food stars.] Who knew? This book is fascinating.

                                                                                                                                                                                      2. The description of Fancy Pantry by Helen Witty on the discussions re: Dec. COTM sent me on a little Amazon shopping spree! I ended up with 6 books - the three cooking ones are all by Witty. The Discover Points payment option just makes this waaaay to easy.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: meatn3

                                                                                                                                                                                          So, what are the five books ?!

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: herby

                                                                                                                                                                                            By Witty: Better Than Store Bought and The Good Stuff Cookbook. The other three were motivated by my non-cooking obsessions!

                                                                                                                                                                                            I'm interested in comparing The Good Stuff with Fancy Pantry - reviews seem like The Good Stuff has many of the recipes from Fancy Pantry but it isn't really clear how much.

                                                                                                                                                                                            Hard to resist .26 cent used copies - even with p/h they are under $5! *sigh* I have no will power with books!

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: meatn3

                                                                                                                                                                                              I love Better Than Storebought, I think it's more useful than Fancy Pantry.

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                                                                It does sound like it will have a wider practicality. Can't wait for the packages to arrive!

                                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: meatn3

                                                                                                                                                                                                "I'm interested in comparing The Good Stuff with Fancy Pantry - reviews seem like The Good Stuff has many of the recipes from Fancy Pantry but it isn't really clear how much."

                                                                                                                                                                                                The Good Stuff has many recipes from Fancy Pantry, but not all of them. The Good Stuff has many recipes which are not in Fancy Pantry.

                                                                                                                                                                                                I prefer the format of Fancy Pantry - seasonal recipes are easily identified. There is also a seasonal list at the back of the book which is quite handy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                That's all I've got from a quick comparison!

                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Was at Costco yesterday and as always at this time of the year there are lots of books including cookbooks but only one - Save with Jamie - spoke to me. I do not have any Jamie books. Made a few dishes from his site, always with great results, and cooked from a couple of his books visiting children who have them, again successfully. I have not cooked from the book yet and just started reading it. It reads well and hopefully will cook well too :)

                                                                                                                                                                                            And from the library three rather brilliant books:

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Modern Thai Food by Martin Boetz - very appealing book and I want to make everything
                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Salt Sugar Smoke by Diana Henry - lots of boozy things, unusual jams such as Eggplant, Cardamom and Pomegranate Jam, various mustards and in general good selection of savouries.
                                                                                                                                                                                            3. Momofuku Milk Bar is amazing! Complex for sure and not only because of equipment and ingredients but there are many recipes within recipes in Sunday Suppers fashion. I am not a big dessert lover, like to bake but not too often and this book has me itching to get started - Carrot Cake Truffles anyone?

                                                                                                                                                                                            The plan is to cook from the library books as long as possible before deciding to buy all or one or none of these books - let the force be with me :)

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Picked up Cooks Illustrated Baking cookbook at Costco today. I flipped through it when we got home. Looks comprehensive although I have quite a few of the recipes in it already. It's so big and heavy I kind of wish I'd bought the kindle version.

                                                                                                                                                                                              Oh I just noticed that if I'd bought the hardcover on Amazon ( 2 dollars more than Costco) I could have got the kindle version also for 2.99, I think I might have to return it and get the Amazon deal.

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                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: rasputina

                                                                                                                                                                                                Are cookbooks worth buying on Kindle or do they lose anything in electronic form?

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: jammy

                                                                                                                                                                                                  I think so I have over 100 and I cook from my iPad using the kindle app.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: jammy

                                                                                                                                                                                                    I personally feel that the eform cookbooks are lacking in the ease of finding a recipe and are not as easy to peruse. That said I buy them for the price and the fact that they don't take up space. And, I do cook from them. If space (and $$) weren't an issue I would only buy hard copies.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: pagesinthesun

                                                                                                                                                                                                      You can flip pages, just like any other book. They have a TOC that takes you directly to the chapter and sometimes they even list all the recipes in the chapter in the TOC and they are linked. Most of the time the index has a direct link to the recipe, you don't even have to look for the page. Additionally you can highlight the names of your favorite recipes and then just go to your notes and use the link to get to the recipe. It's faster, easier and lighter than a print book. Although I do have a couple hundred of those too and use them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: jammy

                                                                                                                                                                                                      It depends on how you use cookbooks. For me, they're fine to cook from and use if I KNOW the recipe I want, but if I'm looking for inspiration I'd rather flip through an actual book

                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Just received my copy of The Four and Twenty Blackbirds Pie Book yesterday and it looks very promising. I have a number of pie baking books and pie is one of my favorite desserts to bake. I have tasted their pies(Salted Caramel Apple and Sweet Potato) when I was in NYC and they are very good. This is well laid out by season, has clean crisp black font on a white background and has beautiful photographs of the finished pies and includes step by step images of making and forming pie crusts. The recipes look tempting with interesting twists on Classic Recipes. I will be making their Brown Butter Pumpkin Pie for T-day to test drive a recipe.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: nadiam1000

                                                                                                                                                                                                      I was considering that book since I also bake a lot of pies, but it seemed that there were quite a few odd flavor combinations. Have you had a chance to look through the book? What is your thought on the recipies?

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Hi roxlet. I have browsed the book and I find the selection of recipes very appealing and not too odd. One unusual ingredient that is added to a lot of the pie fillings is Angostura Bitters which I find intriguing. Maybe it is a gimmick or maybe it really adds a unique flavor component. I am curious enough to want to try it(I have a bottle of bitters sitting in my bar cabinet anyway). A few recipes include things like lavender oil(food grade!) or Chamomile tea or chilies but those are the minority. And, in some cases could probably be left out. I plan to make the pumpkin pie today(includes carrot juice) with their butter crust and will report back in the "what are you baking" thread. I hope this is helpful and if you want any more specifics just ask. n

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: nadiam1000

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Yes, thanks!

                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Okay. Finalized my holiday list:
                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Hairy Bikers
                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Chelsea Market
                                                                                                                                                                                                      3. Fast Food
                                                                                                                                                                                                      4. Arthur Avenue
                                                                                                                                                                                                      5. Tassejara
                                                                                                                                                                                                      6. Southern Slow cooker
                                                                                                                                                                                                      7. Real Fast Food (Slater)
                                                                                                                                                                                                      8. When I Get Home (Moran)
                                                                                                                                                                                                      9. Dinner at Matt's (Moran)
                                                                                                                                                                                                      10. Nanny Ogg's cookbook

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Westy

                                                                                                                                                                                                        How is #3 different than #7?

                                                                                                                                                                                                        ~TDQ

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Thanks. 1 was to be "Fasty Food" and the other the sequel.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Westy

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Got it, thank you!

                                                                                                                                                                                                            ~TDQ

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Westy

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Do you mean the Little Book of Fast Food? Also, there are lots of Hairy Biker books.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: greedygirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                did not know there was more than one. i saw one ina local (US) book shop and assumed it was all there was. Have to renew my research.....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Westy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Until then you might find this website useful: http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/programmes/...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: LulusMom

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I call The Two Hairy Bikers the male version of Clarissa Dickson Wright and Jennifer Patterson, The Two Fat Ladies. In fact The Guardian UK has reported, "...the nearest thing to competition for the Hairy Bikers are repeats of the Two Fat Ladies and a new series featuring Antonio Carluccio and Gennaro Contaldo."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I'd love to be able to see their show,.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Gio

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Someone on another thread recommended some internet channel that allows you to see all sorts of great British cooking (cookery?) shows. Gosh I wish I could remember what it is ...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Does anyone know if the Jamie Oliver annual magazine is out yet? Husband is in the UK and I'd love to have him bring me home a copy if it is.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: LulusMom

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I will have a look for you tomorrow.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: greedygirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          thanks greedy! Emailed LulusDad and he said "I think they stopped making it a few years ago." I was able to clear that issue up by mentioning that you so kindly gave me a copy of last years!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: LulusMom

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            No sign of it in my local branch of WHSmith. There was just the Christmas issue. Will keep an eye out.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: greedygirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Thanks gg. I *think* he'll be in Canada in January (definitely in February) and I'm pretty sure they get copies too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: LulusMom

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                There is an app for that :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/jamie...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: herby

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Thank you herby. I'm looking for pulp though.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: LulusMom

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I'm in Canada, so I will take a look when I am at Chapters next LulusMom.. I don't recall seeing the annual magazine, but will check it out!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: rstuart

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Thank you so much rstuart. Woohoo!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Grateful to have such kind, interesting people to talk about my food obsession with.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: LulusMom

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      No problem. Heading there tomorrow for Christmas research purposes... ;)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: rstuart

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      There was a publisher out of Ottawa that was going to take over NA publication and the content was to be geared more towards NA audience whatever that means but didn't happen. I have not seen the magazine either.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: herby

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I do wonder what that means. I assume it doesn't mean just converting measurements. Very interesting thought.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: LulusMom

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I think measurements and terms would've been changed but it also sounded as the content would be NA-ised - too bad it didn't happen but maybe there is another publisher in the wings.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: herby

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I'd just love to know what North American-ized means, wouldn't you?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: LulusMom

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I would, definitely! :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: LulusMom

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Just got an email from my husband who is in Glasgow. He *just* nabbed a copy of the JO yearbook magazine. Yippeee!!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: LulusMom

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                LLM, congratulations :) Btw, what is a yearbook magazine? All I've seen on Jamie's site are regular monthlies to which one could subscribe.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: herby

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  It is still a magazine, but I gather from the one I have that it is a collection of the best recipes that have been in the magazines that year. How they decide which are best is a big question, but I'm very pleased with the one I have (lets face it - I like JO's food a lot).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: LulusMom

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  That is great LulusMom.. I couldn't find it here at Chapters!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Take an extra 30% off any one (1) book offered by Amazon.com from now until December 1st. Enter code BOOKDEAL at checkout.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  (I believe the max savings is $10 so you might be careful with that.)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ~TDQ

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Wow thanks!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Thank you so much - just saved me some $$!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Thanks from me too! Just used it to get Modernist Cuisine Made Easy: The Whipping Siphon. Probably should have chosen a pricier book.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: MelMM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Decisions decisions what to get.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          660 curries ?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Wolferts food of morroco ?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The new book of middle eastern food?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Siegal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Wolfert.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Siegal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              new book of middle eastern food

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Siegal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I have so many middle eastern and Indian books already since they are my fav I decided to try a genre I am unfamiliar with and got

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The illustrated Encyclopedia of british cooking

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Wow, thank you for posting.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I finally broke down and bought The New Best Recipe. Despite my love hate relationship with the CI people I have loved many a recipe from them and I've been eyeing this one for ages.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            3. I ordered John Besh's Cooking from the Heart and the Grand Central Oyster Bar and Restaurant Cookbook yesterday. The Good Cook's buy 1, get 1 free got me!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Njchicaa

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Let me know how u like the grand central oyster bar book. I love that place.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Siegal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I finally looked through it this morning and I was a bit disappointed. I guess I was expecting more complicated seafood dishes instead of mostly oysters on the half shell, clams on the half shell, fried shrimp, fried fish, etc.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  My fault for not checking it out before buying it. That being said, I will definitely try the recipes for shrimp cocktail, fried seafood, and clam chowder as I get in the mood to have them. My consolation is that I bought this with the buy 1, get 1 free Good Cook sale. So I'll just consider this one my "free" book.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Njchicaa

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    You like John Besh's book then? Is it family friendly weeknight cooking book?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: herby

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I haven't had a chance to sit down and look through that one yet. Hopefully I can tomorrow.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Happy December!!! New thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9263...