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cookbook help, please!

To welcome summer, I'd like to buy myself one (maybe two if I'm feeling flush) new cookbook.

please give me some guidance and help narrow it down from this list:

new vegetarian cooking for everyone - deborah madison
tender - nigel slater
canal house cooks every day - christopher hirsheimer & melissa hamilton
canal house cooking volume 1 (summer) - CH & MH
franny's - andrew feinberg et al
roberta's - carlo mirarchi
river cottage veg - hugh fearnley-whittingstall

your input is much appreciated! thank you.

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  1. I'm not familiar with any of these, but lately, before buying a cookbook, I'll check it out of the library and try out a few recipes. If I like them, and there are a lot of similar ones, I'll consider buying.

    1. I have River Cottage Veg and like it a lot. I bought it in the fall and all dishes I made were winter ones - roasted ratatouille is amazing, I'll never make it any other way.

      I also have Canal House Cooks Every Day but have not cooked from it; not sure why. I accidentally acquired two books and will be happy to gift one to you if you want it. It is brand new, still shrink-wrapped. I live in Canada but will be in NYC area during the second half of May and could mail it then - email me. I have their vol 1 too; it looks really good and I keep reading it but have not cooked a thing.

      I did not care enough for other books you mentioned to explore with the exception of Franny's which I have not heard about.

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      1. re: herby

        Very kind of you to offer, but I don't want to inconvenience you in any way. Also, I think it might be rather telling that you haven't cooked anything from it!

        1. re: china_cat

          It would be easy to mail - let me know if you change your mind. And I do want to cook from it ! - it is just "too many books, too little time" issue and I get easily distracted with new COTM every month, etc. :)

      2. River Cottage Veg is one of my favourite cookbooks. Constantly always flipping through it, finding new inspiration each time. Here's my version of the kale pizza in it - http://karyosmond.com/kale-pizza/ Best Pizza EVER!

        1. Assuming you don't already have the original edition of Madison's Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone, that would be my top pick. It's full of sound, general cooking information, and none of the recipes have disappointed, in more than a decade's use.

          1. I really like Canal House Everyday.

            I can't speak for River Cottage Veg, except to say it looked intriguing. If I had to pick one from RC, I like RC Evey Day.

            I don't think Ternder is NS's best work - Appetite is his finest, with Real Fast Food a close second.

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            1. re: Westy

              Westy, please share your favourites from Canal House Everyday.

              1. re: herby

                Try the rolled flank steak with basil ( a sort of pinwheel). Awesome hot or cold.

                1. re: Westy

                  Thank you for the suggestion. Sounds delicious - will definitely try!