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Dec 1, 2013 04:39 PM

What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? December 2013 edition! [to 12/31/13]

Hello all, I haven't been buying too awfully many books these days, but there are certainly some very interesting-looking ones out there, as always. How about you? Whispered any titles in Santa's ear? Going to treat yourself? Spill the beans...

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  1. Well, someone spilled in my ear about a Sicilian cookbook, and then someone else on the previous thread spilled about an Amazon discount deal, and, well, for $14 I'm not waiting for Christmas! Coming Home to Sicily will be coming home to me on Tuesday.

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    1. yay! I'm first. I bought Balaboosta by Einat Admony today and B&N. I love Israeli food but wasn't going to buy it when I saw it on Amazon - the front picture just didn't turn me on. But my Israeli husband flipped through it at the store and wanted it for me too cook from.

      We made the Shakshuka tonight - it was great. He said the best he had in a long time.

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        1. re: Siegal

          Have you tried Ottolenghi's Shakshuka? Not to temp you, just curious :)

          1. re: herby

            Have not made it yet. I have plenty and Jerusalem i remember seeing it in one of them. I will have to try. Husband loves shakshuka and it's really healthy

            Have you made it?

            1. re: Siegal

              It is in both, Plenty and Jerusalem. I tried Jerusalem version as written and would love to try variations - winter with potatoes and spring with eggplant. The version in Plenty also sounds interesting.

              1. re: herby

                The version in Plenty, imo, is hard to beat. It's become a dinnertime (anytime, really) staple around here. I'd recommend that you give it a whirl!

                1. re: Allegra_K

                  This is the version with saffron, right? I have not tried it but wonder if the delicate flavour of saffron would be at all noticable among other strong flavour, i.e. cumin. What is your experience, Allegra?

                  1. re: herby

                    The saffron is definitely detectable in the dish, and somehow works so well with all of the other spices and herbs, like nearly every other unusual combination of ingredients to come from the mind of Ottolenghi. I have seen many other recipes of shakshuka, but haven't tried more than one because I think I've found the best version already.

                    1. re: Allegra_K

                      Thank you! I have to try it soon :)

              2. re: Siegal

                You don't need a recipe for shakshuka; indeed a recipe limits.

                1. re: Vinnie Vidimangi

                  Indeed, Vinnie. However, if one has never cooked Shakshuka a recipe is necessary to get started. After that, I agree, you're on your own.

                  1. re: Gio

                    Isn't this the truth for any dish one is not familiar with? We need a recipe to start and after that we could do a variation quite successfully. Requires good memory that not all of us have; I very often refer to a recipe even if I know how to make a dish.

                    Baking is another story :)

            2. re: Siegal

              Heres a picture of me making more shakshuka with the leftovers

              My husband saw it and it was so dark he was scared but it tastes good. I think the dark color is from the paprika I have that is like a burgundy color not bright red.

            3. Computer on the blink but sticking my toe in here while I have the chance ...

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              1. re: LulusMom

                Yippee, was just gifted with a kindle edition of One Souffle at a Time. Unfortunately because of the bug in my computer I'm going to have to wait to download it.

                1. re: LulusMom

                  And once my husband unpacks I'll have that JO recipe annual in my grubby paws.

              2. Just ordered Mexico's Feasts of Life by Patricia Quintana

                1. On the lookout for good used cookbooks:
                  1. Its All American
                  2. Rao's. Any of them
                  3. Harry's Bar and Grill