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Please recommend a newly published cookbood for my friend who has a large collection

I would like to get my friend a cookbook for her birthday.

My friend owns a lot of cookbooks, so she could likely have anything that is not new.

She is a very accomplished cook and entertains a lot.

Her palate is mostly American with some French influence. She likes to use butter and cream :<), likes Julia Child, is not a huge dessert lover, cooks a lot of beef, not terribly fond of fish, likes to serve more courses than some.

I think Asian and Indian are not her favorits.

I would appreciate your help! Thanks.

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  1. Suzanne Goin's (Sunday Suppers at Lucques) The A.O.C. Cookbook. It is good to cook from and to read.

    1. Have a look at the 'Top Ten' list assembled by Eat Your Books from many lists around the world. There are 'best' overall and by various categories.

      Personally I do not have a favourite book this year. From the recent ones I love Jerusalem by Ottoleghi.

      Let us know what you choose.

      1. I don't own it (yet), but I've heard and read great things about "Latin American Street Food" by Sandra Gutierrez.

        1. Many thanks to each of you.

          I look forward to researching your good suggestions when I have some leisure minutes, herby and chefjune.

          I had to make an immediate decision in order to get something delivered by Saturday, so looked at Susan Goins books.

          Although I asked for a "newly" published cookbook, I thought the Sunday Suppers might be the best. Crossed my fingers and ordered it. I think it will be well received and I thank you for the suggestion, candy.

          BTW, how do you pronounce "lucques?" Could not find a good answer.

          Thanks to all!

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          1. re: laredo

            Great question; I'm looking forward to the answer. In my head, I pronounce it "loo - KESS".

            [ If your friend already has Sunday Suppers, you could trade it in for AOC. ]

            1. re: laredo

              I believe it is the French Lucques so I always say it similar to Luke's

              1. re: laredo

                The answer is "Luke", apparently:

                :: "Lucques" is a variety of French olive, pronounced "Luke" ::


              2. I quite like Anabel Longbein as a cookbook author.

                1. Not really a cookbook per se..but a gastronomic encyclopedia with recipes. "Larousse Gastronomique" is the title. I received this wonderful reference book this Christmas from my son's girlfriend..she made MAJOR brownie points--I've been just reading it most every night. It is a great gift!

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                  1. re: jarona

                    Ohh good suggestion.

                    Also, as a cook "newer" may not be "better" as you are racing her ability to read reviews and type in her CC# (gods bless the internets!).

                    Another cool tome many cooks would like to own would be Le Guide Culinaire by Escoffier.

                    1. re: pedalfaster

                      Right??? The Le Guide Culinaire is another great suggestion. Reference books with recipes really are great reads and help you to actually "understand" about the food you are cooking. Plus...it's just a tad out of the box when you think of an actual cookbook. Nice choice!