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Dec 28, 2013 05:46 PM

Your top go-to, essential cookbooks that were published in the last decade

New chow poster who is trying to decide how to best use a lovely christmas gift card.

we all have our all time, favorite cookbooks. i have an overabundance of these from 25 years of loving/learning how to cook. for example: the joy of cooking & the new basics cookbook would be in my all time esssential library.

i am interested in which of the "newer" cookbooks chow posters consider to be their go-to's.

my essential, more modern list would include: frank stitt's southern table; dorie greenspan's around my french table; the essential new york times cook book--amander hesser & sara foster's southern kitchen.

thanks in advance for your suggestions

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  1. You may want to peruse this thread which is an archive for all the Cookbooks of the Month (COTM) threads. There's an incredible amount of information on each book which can help you decide.

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    1. re: c oliver

      thank you! still learning the in's and out's of this site

      1. re: rasputina

        i have read great reviews about jerusalem!

        1. re: rasputina

          Just got this for Christmas and I am dying to cook my way through it. So many recipes that I potentially want to make.

          1. re: melpy

            This was the January 2013 Cookbook of the Month. Here's a link to the reporting thread.

            I was pleasantly surprised by the new and unexpected flavors. Here are some of my favorites from the book (so far).

            Roasted Butternut Squash and Red Onion with Tahini and Za'atar

            Roasted Cauliflower & Hazelnut Salad

            Barley Risotto with Marinated Feta


            Chicken with Caramelized Onion and Cardamom Rice

            Roasted chicken with Clementines & Arak

            Braised eggs with Lamb, Tahini and Sumac

            Salmon Steaks in Chraimeh Sauce

            1. re: rasputina

              I never ever buy cookbooks and recieved this as a gift, can't say enough good things about it!

            2. For a big collection along the lines of ENYT, I've had a lot of success with Gourmet Today.

              This is a former Chowhound Cookbook of the Month, and you can see what people thought of the recipes by perusing the threads linked in this one:

              And while it depends how you like to cook, for me two essentials of recent years are Ottolenghi and Tamimi's two books, Ottolenghi: The Cookbook and Jerusalem.

              Again, both were Chowhound Cookbooks of the Month, so there's lots of reporting to look through if you wish.

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              1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                many thanks for your reply! jerusalem seems to be a chow favorite!

              2. The Zuni Cafe Cookbook - Judy Rodgers
                Chez Panisse Vegetables - Alice Waters
                Mexican Everyday - Rick Bayless
                Sunday Suppers at Lucques - Suzanne Goin
                Arabesque - Claudia Roden
                Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day - Hertzberg/Fran├žois
                Plenty - Yotam Ottolenghi, Jerusalem - YO and Tami Samimi
                The Gift of Southern Cooking - Edna Lewis and Scott Peacock

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                1. re: ellabee

                  I'm betting that 50% of these were COTMs :)

                    1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                      damn, i own three of these and three more are on my amazon wish list. impressive.

                  1. re: ellabee

                    Meant to include Waters' The Art of Simple Cooking also. And screwed up the name of Ottolenghi's co-author on Jerusalem: Sami Tamimi.

                  2. "Fish Without a Doubt" (not newer at five years old, but definitely essential; also a Cookbook of the Month)
                    "Smoke and Pickles"
                    Anything by Fucshia Dunlop; and Grace Youn; and Andrea Nguyen (all COTMs)

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                    1. re: JoanN

                      Oh, yes, how could I forget Fish Without a Doubt - essential, indeed, if you cook seafood or want to.

                      1. re: JoanN

                        Second Fuchsia Dunlop's books.