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Jan 1, 2014 07:09 AM

What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? January 2014 edition! [Through January 31, 2014]

Once again I have been fairly good (although I did nail an Irish baking book on Kindle for 99¢ last week, on impulse) about you? Is TGC doing a blowout sale? Have you been travelling and picking up gems here and there that will inspire possession lust in some or all of us? Please share...

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  1. People! We are already almost 10 and a half hours into the new year. Surely you've bought something!

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    1. re: LulusMom

      Amazon and that siren Amazon UK are ready and willing to put out!

      1. re: buttertart

        Well.. I bought this yesterday.. Deborah Madison's Seasonal Fruit Desserts for only $3 at Chapters! I was in the bargain section looking for a calendar for the office when I saw it. I'll stash it as a Mother's day gift..

        1. re: rstuart

          for yourself, I hope. And good job - we have a winner!

          1. re: LulusMom

            ha ha.. no, for my lovely mother.. who definitely deserves it! She loves to bake.. that is who I got my love of baking from!

          2. re: rstuart

            Wow! You did good,

            I bought it a few days ago for $4.99 at Ollies (similar to Big Lots) and was happy at that price!

      2. I bought Polpo, A Venetian Cookbook of Sorts (it's in transit)


        Savory Pies: Delicious Recipes for Seasoned Meats, Vegetables and Cheeses Baked in Perfectly Flaky Pie Crusts
        by Greg Henry. This one arrived, and it looks quite good. Plan to make something out of it over the weekend.

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        1. re: flourgirl

          I'm excited about Polpo. I don't think I'll buy it, but I'm excited about it and the restaurant. Would love to hear what you think once you get a look at it.

        2. Happy New Year Everyone! No new book yet but been having some good eatin' from a book recently arrived at Casa G & G: Recipes from the Root Cellar by Andrea Chessman. Perfect for these past gripping cold nights.

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          1. re: Gio

            Since the cold is unrelenting almost a month later, I might have to take a look at this.

            1. re: pikawicca

              I am so viking sick of this weather. Babysitter probably won't come because we'll get like 2 inches of snow. My daughter claims to be Scottish but even she is getting chilled by this sh#%.

              Didn't plan for a meal babysitter night so it'll be one of those pantry meals. And for that, I thank this board, because I have a heck of a lot more experience at making a good one of those because of it.

              1. re: LulusMom

                It's times like these that having a well-stocked pantry is a God-send. (A neighbor went to the store last week to buy potatoes, slipped on the ice and broke her leg. She's now on crutches and can't even make herself a cup of coffee and transport it to a chair.) Be careful out there!

                1. re: pikawicca

                  Yes - people sometimes laugh at my insistence that everything be put on the grocery list the moment it is half finished, but because of that I'll be able to make a few dinners I wasn't planning to make.

                  I'm sorry about your neighbor - yikes. And sorry I got so mad about the weather. Really am sick of it (obviously!).

              2. re: pikawicca

                Pika, let me tell you this book is a wonder! Chessman seems to know just which ingredients to combine to produce the tastiest finished dish. Not that most of us don't know, it's just so easy to follow her lead and augment as you see fit. We're loving it during these Winter months.

                1. re: Gio

                  Okay, you are an evil influence, Gio. Just ordered it. Anything to get me through this awful winter.

                  1. re: pikawicca

                    Well I can only hope you like it as much as we have. Let me know.

            2. A few new titles have been added to my collection. My sister gave me LEMONADE for my birthday. Though I would not have bought it for myself, there are a ton of interesting vegetable dishes in it and I hope it will inspire me to make more use of my veggies this year (one of my many lofty resolutions).

              A girlfriend gave me THE COWGIRL CREAMERY for my bday, but so far none of the recipes have inspired me. I am sure I just need to be in a cheesy mood to get into this one.

              My mother in law gave me her copy of Marion Cunningham's of LOST RECIPES. I would love some advice about this book, as I am sure it contains some gems.

              Finally, yesterday I gifted myself a copy of the original BAREFOOT CONTESSA Cookbook, long overdue to be added to my shelves.

              I am eyeing POLPO and PITT CUE and hope to have an excuse to buy one or both soon. POLPO is on the expensive side and that is really the only thing holding me back. But I am trying desperately to only buy books that I can't live without, eg. David Lebovitz' new book, out later this year or AOC, which I am loving.

              Another plug for AOC: my daughter is currently in the midst of raising $ for Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation for her Bat Mitzvah project. AOC generously donated a book to our cause (Suzanne throws a fundraiser for this cause every year) and the autographed copy of the book will be raffled off on February 1, 2014. I would post a link, but I am not sure if it is allowed???? If any of you want to be entered into the raffle, you can send me an email (listed on my profile page) and I can provide you the link to donate. To qualify, you need to donate $5 or more to the cause on our webpage. Anyway, I thought you all would want to hear about what a wonderfully generous person Suzanne is!

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              1. re: dkennedy

                Lost Recipes is a total gem. Anything from that book is terrific. Truly Just pick a page and cook. Marion Cunningham was an intuitive, smart cook.

                I am not a fan of Lemonade, the restaurant, and am now interested in what vegetable dishes you find interesting ... !

                1. re: nikkihwood

                  Thanks for letting me know about Lost Recipes. I had a feeling it was a real gem.

                  Re Lemonade, the thing I like least about the restaurant is that everything is heavily dressed. I like all the flavors. So I am thinking I will be much more into the homemade versions where I can monitor the amount of dressing myself.

                  I made their plain lemonade last weekend and it was really delicious. My all time favorite dish on their menu is the Israeli couscous with wild mushrooms, parmesan, and lemon truffle vinaigrette. So I will make that as is. But if it motivates me to include cabbage, long beans, beets, brussel sprouts, kohlrabi, celery root, or parsnips into my weekly rotation, I will be very pleased.

                  1. re: dkennedy

                    I wish you success with "Lost Recipes."

                    Oh yes, the excess 'stuff' thing is what annoyed us the most about Lemonade. We made several visits, the carnivore in the family was not pleased by much, so we just gave up. However, the couscous recipe sounds terrific - could you please paraphrase? With your additions? Gracias!

                  2. re: nikkihwood

                    Oh, I remember a recipe from Lost Recipes! Saltines soaked in ice water and topped with butter, and baked. Sadly, my library no longer has a copy, and I never bought it but did enjoy looking at it occasionally.

                  3. re: dkennedy

                    I looked through Lemonade just today, but didn't buy it because I realized for a quarter of the price it would take to make something, I could just go down the street and buy it already made. Great book for an out-of-towner who has been there before, though.

                  4. Maida Heatter's Cookies
                    Sauces & Shapes: Pasta the Italian Way

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                    1. re: emily

                      Maida Heatter's Cakes is on my wish list. (Fortunately, the library has it in the meantime.)