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What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? February 2014 edition! [Through February 28, 2014]

Hello all, last month's discussion was lively and crave-inducing -- and there are new books coming out every day, as well as old ones remaining to be found. I do believe Asian Dumplings (Cookbook of the Month) is in my future, for example, despite being spoiled for choice in the restaurants in NYC. How about you?

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  1. My cookbook purchase is a Weight Watchers one, that I hope will inspire me to make more WW-friendly meals. It is the Under 20 book, which is all about quick meals for weeknights. I can get behind that!

    1. I picked up a copy of Isa Does It at the library yesterday. We'll see how it goes. I'm eager to add a few really good vegan recipes to dinner rotation around here. I've managed to sneak in an extra vegetarian meal each week for the past month or two without hearing any complaints. Can I sneak in a few more vegan ones as well? Will let you know. No cashew cheese for me - that much I promise.

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      1. re: LulusMom

        I just got a copy of this and am making her Chana saag for dinner tonight! I am not vegan but am all for eating that way much of the time. Not sure if I am game to try cashew cheese; perhaps if it is not called "cheese" I would be on board :-)

        Also just picked up "Angelica Kitchen" and plan to make the angelica cornbread (which I adored the time I had it at the restaurant). Hope it comes out ok.

        1. re: poptart

          Exactly! Don't call it cheese and maybe people will actually like it. I look forward to hearing how the Chana saag turns out. I've always wanted to go to Angelica but that is a hard sell when one doesn't make it to NYC often and has a meat lover along.

          1. re: LulusMom

            The Chana saag was quite good, very easy to make as well. Plenty of leftovers too.
            I've only been to Angelica a couple of times but my favorite thing there is their corn bread and spreads (so far have tried the carrot butter and the tahini spread). I understand it being a hard sell, I've only been there solo myself :-).

        2. re: LulusMom

          I recently purchased Isa Does It(January), made the Mango Fried Rice and it was delicious. My mom made the Vegetable Soup(with alphabet pasta) and also very good. I have always wanted to go to Angelica Kitchen when I have visited Manhattan and now that my vegan daughter has moved to NYC I may get my chance. She will definitely want to go and try it out.

          1. re: nadiam1000

            I'm hoping that tomorrow I get a chance to sit down with the book and go through it to see what appeals. I've been waiting for it for a while, and suddenly find myself with no free time (sob!). Husband should be back in town tomorrow and there is no chance of a snow day.

          2. re: LulusMom

            OK, I've been debating whether or not to put this recipe review online, because it is for a vegan recipe and ... well, I used chicken. I honestly meant to make a vegan meal. But the first day I was able to get out of the house after the massive snowstorm I went to a local grocery store and asked the stock guy "Do you have seitan?" Let's just say this got quite a reaction. I then had to explain to him that it was a meat substitute, but he kept looking at me suspiciously. Long story short they don't carry it, and since the recipe was for something basically like orange chicken but with seitan "chickeny cutlets" I figured I'd just go with the chicken. My husband was certainly happier. Lulu wasn't thrilled with having orange in her savory. I get that - first time and all (and it got finished as part of a packed lunch without a word said against it). Basically the good news is that this recipe works and is tasty. I would have preferred it to be spicier but that is easy enough to fix. Sorry I don't have the exact name of the dish or page number (took the book back to the library), but I did enjoy it, and made note of maybe 12 other recipes I'd like to try. If this comes out in paper I may pick up a copy.

            1. re: LulusMom

              The reaction to your seitan question ... I can only imagine. Hilarious!

              1. re: stockholm28

                The poor young guy. We're in the south here ... I can only begin to imagine what he thought I was saying to him.

          3. I am lusting after a cookbook that does not exist. Lately the PBS stations in the Boston area have been running episodes of A Chef's Life at least once a day. Vivian Howard's new twists on preparing traditional ingredients from the American South look triffic. A few recipes appear on the show's website but I *hope* there will soon be a cookbook. On today's show, she made a sort of chutney/relish from the local Scuppernong/Muscadine grapes, using it along with goat cheese, bacon, and onion to top pizza. A different version of grape conserve was used with panna cotta and crisped cornbread crumbs. I don't buy cookbooks often, nor do I tend to follow recipes faithfully, but I think I'd do both if Ms. Howard writes one.

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            1. re: greygarious

              Perhaps a road trip is in order so you can observe first hand?
              Seriously though, if you get down here and want to dine at the Chef and The Farmer I am happy to join you!

              http://chefandthefarmer.com/

              1. re: greygarious

                I have good news for you! I attended a talk by Vivian Howard tonight. She is working on a cookbook and is at the beginning stages. No publisher at this point but I'm sure that will change!

              2. Mastering fermentation : recipes for making and cooking with fermented foods
                by Karlin, Mary
                was on hold and is due at my library in a few days

                Flavours of Aleppo : celebrating Syrian cuisine / (2013)
                by KadeĢ-Badra, Dalal.
                I am also on a list for this cookbook.
                The next town to where I live(Hollywood) has a large Sephardic Jewish population-most come from Syria or Turkey.

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                1. re: jpr54_1

                  Hollywood CA or Hollywood FL? If it's FL please tell me all your fav spots. I love Jewish Syrian food. If your interested Aromas of Aleppo by Poopa Dweck is amazing and beautiful I cook from it all the time.

                2. I saw the Tartine Book 3 at the bookstore recently and am seriously jonesing for it. Porridge breads and other goodies I'd love to try (but probably shouldn't because I love bread a little too much).

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                  1. re: poptart

                    Amazon is selling the Tartine 1? Kindle e-book $ 3.99
                    Here's the link: (mostly dessert recipes, but a good price at $3.99 for the Kindle e-book edition)

                    Tartine (Kindle Edition) by Elisabeth Prueitt, Chad Robertson

                    http://www.amazon.com/Tartine-Elisabe...

                    1. re: Antilope

                      A Girl and Her Pig and Mario's Italian Grill are also insanely cheap right now on Kindle. Both are great books, so snap them up!