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

Well, it's May some places in our reading audience...
That new Lebovitz is a must-have, and I'm reading through the New Midwestern Table, finally. Very nice.
What have you been hearing about or acquiring that have rocked the part of your brain permanently devoted to the cookbook hunt?

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  1. Honey & Oats: Everyday Favorites Baked with Whole Grains and Natural Sweeteners by Jennifer Katzinger will be delivered tomorrow.

    I tried to buy it locally yesterday when it was released but B&N didn't have it in stock. So Amazon Prime to the rescue. I can't wait to get it, the strawberry oat scones look incredible as do a bunch of the cakes.

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    1. re: rasputina

      My copy of Honey & Oats arrived and it's just beautiful. Every recipe was one I want to try. There are a handful of yeast bread recipes and the rest are other baked goods like scones, muffins, cookies, cakes and crackers. oh pie too

      The red velvet chocolate beet cake looks wonderful with kamut flour, maple and honey for the sweetener and maple whipped cream for the frosting. There is also a honey spice cake with cream cheese honey frosting that has no butter in it. I've never seen a cream cheese frosting without butter so that is intriguing.

      She has a recipe for chocolate sweetened with maple syrup. I never thought about making my own sweetened chocolate before.

      She notes which recipes are gluten free and vegan. Most of the recipes don't use wheat flour but instead spelt, kamut and teff flours are prominent which do contain gluten.

      I think I'm going to have to start a cooking from thread for this cookbook because I plan on spending some time baking from it.

    2. I love Midwestern Table! We have a cooking from thread if you're interested.


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        1. re: buttertart

          I just read through this as well - it's delightful. Lots of interesting recipes as well as essays and anecdotes.

        2. re: rasputina

          I'm only half way through it but thanks for the link. I did make the beer cheese soup from it and liked it.

        3. My acquisition of books has slowed significantly but there are two as yet-unreleased titles that have piqued my curiosity enough to place the pre-orders:

          "Sake: The History, Personal Stories and Craft of Japan's Artisanal Breweries" by Hayato Hishinuma (okay, not really a cookbook)

          "Home-Style Taiwanese Cooking" by Tsung Yun Wan

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          1. re: wattacetti

            Agggggggghhhhhhh I have to have the Taiwanese book!!! Is it a US publication???

            1. re: buttertart

              Listed on Amazon for an August 2014 release.

              1. re: buttertart

                I take it that pushed all of your instant gratification buttons.

                MelMM is right on the August 2014 release, but since you're south of the 49th you get it for $10 less than what Canadian Amazon currently lists for.

                1. re: buttertart

                  My book is being published in Singapore/Malaysia (where it's already on sale) initially then will be available in Europe this June and then the US from August.

                  Hope you like it if you do pick up a copy.

                  1. re: buttertart

                    Please, a full report when you get to see it.

                    1. re: qianning

                      The book looks really good. I received a few copies about 10 ten days ago. With the book I wanted everything to be colourful, look fun and the recipes easy to follow and ingredients easy to source.

                      Out of all the ingredients I think there were just one or two that I couldn't source here in Edinburgh. Overall with it being my first book really happy with it.

                      I've put some photos on my blog here of the book: http://eggwansfoododyssey.com/2014/04...

                      1. re: livwan

                        Based on what I saw in your blog, I want to purchase it. I like the style of the book and the simplicity of the food.

                        1. re: livwan

                          Thank you for the link. What a sweet happy blog it is, and the peek at the cookbook was very appealing. I love your illustrations. Good Luck!

                      2. re: buttertart

                        If Taiwanese is your thing - have you looked at Blue Eyed Dragon?

                    2. Last month was a busy one for me, acquiring wise. I hope to only have one or two at the very most to report by the end of May....it is going to be Mother's Day so it won't be zero.

                      1. Well it seems Garage Sale season is upon us and a quick stop at a fundraising yard sale yesterday yielded a bag of books for $10. In addition to the novels and a couple of business books I scored an eclectic mix of cookbooks. Not sure whether I’ll keep them all but for the price they were certainly worth a look:

                        THE FOSTER’S MARKET COOKBOOK – Sara Foster

                        THE QE2 COOK BOOK - Gretel Beer

                        THE HERBFARM COOKBOOK – Jerry Traunfeld

                        SAVORING FRANCE – G. Brenan for Wilillams Sonoma/Time Life

                        THE CLASSIC ZUCCHINI COOKBOOK – Ralston – Jordan – Chesman

                        AMERICAN GAME COOKING – Ash & Goldstein

                        CHEESE GLORIOUS CHEESE – P. Lambert

                        TURN UP THE HEAT WITH G GARVIN

                        HOW TO COOK A TURKEY – Fine Cooking

                        THE MYSTIC SEAPORT COOKBOOK – Langseth-Christensen

                        RUM FEVER & CARIBBEAN PARTY COOKBOOK – B. Currie Dailey

                        FOOD FOR THOUGHT – The Junior League of Birmingham

                        CREME DE COLORADO COOKBOOK – Junior League of Denver

                        HOT VEGETABLES - H. Carpenter

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                        1. re: Breadcrumbs

                          What an eclectic mix!

                          About 10 years ago, I took a cooking class with Paula Lambert (author of "Cheese Glorious Cheese"). Her enthusiasm for cheese was infectious and she has a really interesting story. She fell in love with insalata caprese and fresh buffalo milk mozzarella while studying in Italy. She came back to Dallas; it was the early 80s and there was pretty much only pre-packaged mass production cheese. She went back to Italy and studied cheesemaking and returned to Dallas and started making cheese in the early 80s. She did a lot of knocking on restaurant doors trying to get people to buy her cheese and gradually grew her artisan cheese making business.

                          Anyway, I loved her story and the food she made in the class I took. I haven't seen the book, but I bet it is interesting.

                          1. re: Breadcrumbs

                            Keep Herbfarm! Some great recipes as well as useful tips on storing and cooking with herbs.

                            1. re: ellabee

                              Agreed! Herbfarm is great. His newer book, Herbal Kitchen, is also very good and benefits from a more enticing layout.

                            2. re: Breadcrumbs

                              I'm sure that my mother has the Creme de Colorado ones: her sisters used to get the Junior League Colorado ones. But I think that she got it about 30 years ago!

                              1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                The G Garvin book has proven a suprise winner. Everything works. There ar a couple of soups that are a staple for me. usually TV chef books are kinda hit or miss. I like his.

                              2. I picked up The Chile Pepper Book by Carolyn Dille and Susan Belsinger at a church book sale. Twenty years old but has a couple of intriguing recipes making it well worth the $.50 I paid.

                                On a more costly note, I'm about to cave on the Lebovitz book. He'll be in town on May 18th signing copies at a farmers market so that will probably push me over the purchase cliff.

                                1. I purged two books yesterday (I am hoping this will be the start of a new trend for me) Harvest to Heat and Ruhlmans 20. Both EYB purchases that never inspired me.

                                  1. Cake Bible (one of the reference works we were still missing)
                                    My Paris Kitchen (really like his other books)
                                    Normally we don't like any cookbooks from FN, Top Chef etc. chefs as they have normally dumped down recipes often geared towards beginners but two recent books are different as they have very creative, unusual flavor combinations, ingredient driven and use all kinds of techniques including sous-vide or sphereication but not just to showcase the technique, ingredient or flavor but to present very well thoughtout dishes - Try this at home (Richard Blais) and Fresh (Tyler Florence)

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                                    1. re: honkman

                                      I have been wondering about Fresh. Can you tell we what you think of it so far?

                                      1. re: dkennedy

                                        It just arrived yesterday so that I didn't have a chance to cook anything but the book looks very promising - some recipes should be doable during the week but some of them are not extremely complicated but have several smaller components which are better done for a weekend. The book in general reflects a lot about his interest in California produce and it shows in all the recipe. Since we live in San Diego, arguably the best place for produce in the country I can see us making a lot of the dishes. I looked at other books from him before and wasn't impressed but this book feels like he developed the recipes without any compromise but what he really wants to cook and I can imagine that his regular readers won't be thrilled by the recipes and will criticize them as too complex and unusual. The book presents in alphabetic order a number of (37) key ingredients with each having a few recipes, ranging from salads, appetizers, entrees, desserts. Each of the recipes has one great photo of the dish and each recipes describes the preparation of each component and how to plate the finished dish. As I said before great often unusual flavor combinations (something we always look for in restaurants) ranging from "white spanish anchovies, hearts of palm, quail eggs and lemon aioli" (1st recipe) to "whole wheat pasta, zucchini puree, summer squash, tomatoes, and oregano" (last one). Overall if you are not looking for your standard "celebrity chef" cookbook but some serious yet approachable "chef" cookbook - this might be a good option.

                                        1. re: honkman

                                          I have his Family Meal book and I really like it. It is divided into 3 sections, the first section section has approachable, simple dishes, the second harkens back to his roots, so Southern, the third is a nod to his SF restaurants. I mostly cook out of the 1st and 3rd sections but everything I have made has been excellent.

                                          1. re: honkman

                                            Just order Fresh from TGC Memorial Day sale.

                                            1. re: dkennedy

                                              Report back about your first impressions

                                      2. In no particular order;

                                        1. Thug Kitchen (pre-order)
                                        2. Homemade Summer - Not sure why, as I have the original homemade and never use it. But wow....what a lovely book
                                        3. Ride or fry
                                        4. Gotta find an Indian slow cooker book

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                                        1. re: Westy

                                          I had to pre-order Thug Kitchen. I follow them on the fringes, but like their concept. We shall see.

                                          Funny, it seems like pre-ordering is always easier than ordering on the spot...it's like lay-away! LOL

                                        2. I am interested in purchasing, The Nourished Kitchen: Farm to Table recipes, by Jennifer McGruther. As well love her blog:

                                          1. I got a good score of bargain, author note of note type books and B&N today. One on Caribbean food and the other one is Mediterranean.
                                            And I just pre ordered Home Style Taiwanese Cooking. Love Taiwanese food. So lucky to have a great Taiwanese place in my city, but I would love to be able to try some things out at home. Still awaiting "Thailand: The Cookbook". Amazon sent a notice of delay, it should show up Thursday.

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                                            1. re: alliegator

                                              I recently got that Caribbean book as a gift for my daughter. I haven't given it to her yet but looked through it. From the description or reviews on Amazon it was supposed to be easy recipes, but after looking through it I wasn't so sure how easy they'd be. It looked like they left out a lot of key instructions, like how hot to get the oil for frying. I'm worried that as a beginner cook she'll have trouble. Well, I'll try cooking a few things with her so she can learn.

                                              1. re: AmyH

                                                I think for anyone that's a competent home cook, the recipes seem like something you can easily piece together, and tweak to your liking. I haven't cooked from it yet, but cooking with your daughter sounds like a lot of fun :D Enjoy.

                                              2. re: alliegator

                                                I've had the Mediterranean cookbook for ages, and have loved it. We/I've made many recipes and not one was a disappointment. I think you will enjoy it.

                                              3. A Chapters run involved checking out the sales rack and to my delight Big Bowl of Love by Christina Ferrare was on sale for $9.99. She is a great home cook and have tried some of her recipes so a purchase was necessary.

                                                1. I got my copy of Thailand:The Cookbook a few days ago and have had a chance to look through it. It's a wonderful book. Ina way, it's similar to Thompson's Thai Food, in that it's very encyclopedic. Stunning photos, nice bits to read about how the history of certain meals and there are some great looking recipes that I've never seen before. I highly recommend if you're looking for a book like this!

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                                                  1. re: alliegator

                                                    What would you say is better; this or Thompsons? I haveThompson's so dont really feel the need to buy this one necessarily

                                                  2. I finally bought Radically Simple by Rozanne Gold. I saw Patricia Wells Salad as a Meal cookbook in a shop in Berkeley and resisted buying it new. I found it online used for about $5 including shipping. I am lusting over Maximum Flavor by Aki Kamozawa.

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                                                    1. I picked up The Big Fat Duck Cookbook with a voucher I got given through work :)

                                                      I'm currently hunting good African books - I'm covered for North Africa, but would like to pick up something covering Eritrea, Ethiopea, and Kenya. Anyone have any thoughts?

                                                      I'm only aware of 'The Soul of a New Cuisine: A Discovery of the Foods and Flavors of Africa' by Marcus Samuelsson, and have a couple of Dorina Hafner's books.

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                                                      1. re: LiamF

                                                        I am looking for similar books. Look forward to hearing responses

                                                      2. 2 go out, 2 more come in:

                                                        Honey from a Weed
                                                        Chocolate and Zucchini

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                                                        1. re: dkennedy

                                                          I think you will enjoy Honey from a Weed, DK. Penelope Gray led a peripatetic life with her sculptor. I don't think I could do it but I couldn't put the book down. Sweet illustrations, and a few recipes every so often too.

                                                          1. re: Gio

                                                            This review certainly caught my attention and I had to look it up on Amazon. Want, want, want.

                                                            1. re: Gio

                                                              I am currently reading An Everlasting Meal and the authors makes reference to Honey from a Weed. This is not the first time I have heard others bring up this book, so I looked it up and started reading the reports and reviews. It sounds like it is something I will want to devour so on to the shelf it goes!

                                                              1. re: dkennedy

                                                                I need a reason to spend the money. Trying to save for a couple of different vacations right now and so pinching pennies a bit more than usual. But let's say something like having no a/c for 3 89 degree days in a row happens ... that might merit a little gift to myself, right? RIGHT? (sorry, the tension of being so darned hot is getting to me.)

                                                                1. re: LulusMom

                                                                  Sweet tea w lots of ice and a fan. Sit still and sip. Now.

                                                                  1. re: Gio

                                                                    We've got all the ceiling fans going. Just downed a bottle of seltzer. Weather supposed to break tomorrow. If it doesn't, I may need a special treat ...

                                                                      1. re: Gio

                                                                        It's brutally hot here too. I have gotten a lot of reading done as a result. The DL book, three books in the Divergent series (I am the parent of two teens) and now An Everlasting Meal.

                                                                        1. re: dkennedy

                                                                          I love that book, An Everlasting Meal. Her version of minestrone is the best. I've made lots of good things from that book, learned a lot too.

                                                                          1. re: Westminstress

                                                                            I am really enjoying An Everlasting Meal. It feels to me like I am putting on a pair of cozy socks, straight from the dryer, every time I turn a page. I just finished the section on rice. Basic, risotto, arancini, fried rice and finally rice pudding. I never make rice, mostly because I try to avoid eating all that starch, but when I do I make a very good version of all of these - and now I want to make them all!~

                                                                            1. re: dkennedy

                                                                              I am too afraid to check this out on amazon right now...

                                                                              1. re: LulusMom

                                                                                I'm sure you can find at the library if you can't resist. I originally checked my copy out from the library, but found myself wanting to make too many notes in the margin so I decided to buy my own copy!

                                                                                1. re: dkennedy

                                                                                  Bingo! Everlasting Meal just put on hold at the library. Thanks for the idea!

                                                                                  1. re: LulusMom

                                                                                    Picked up Everlasting Meal today - excited to get started on it. Looks very interesting.

                                                                                  2. re: dkennedy

                                                                                    There is "Cooking from" thread for An Everlasting Meal - love the book too :)

                                                            2. Josey Baker Bread. I'm starting the cinnamon raisin loaf tonight. The recipes look good.

                                                              1. Obviously the publication date is not clear yet (and most likely 2015/6) but the new Modernist Cuisine book on bread (especially with the new team members) is quite interesting

                                                                1. Eating With the Chefs by Per-Anders Jorgensen caught my eye. Some of these restaurants I've dreamed to eat at so im really curious to hear about what the staff eats.

                                                                  A Girl And Her Pig by April Bloomfield. Cant wait to try this one as I love her Spotted Pig Restaurant. Shes supposed to be coming out with a second book next month, A Girl and Her Greens, though that date is really unclear. There are conflicting reports that its actually coming out next year. If so, Amazon and Barnes&Noble need to correct the preorder dates.

                                                                  Anyways, I just bought an Iwachu takoyaki pan and im trying to find a cookbook with a great takoyaki recipe. Couldn't find one but in looking for one, I stumbled upon Okonomiyaki: Japanese Comfort Food. Okonomiyaki is often compared to takoyaki so im hoping its recipes will inspire me in making my own takoyaki. Would love to get this one soon too.

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                                                                  1. re: GOJIRA

                                                                    You will love A Girl and her Pig, I have it on kindle and am thinking I need a hard copy too. And her next book, now that I know about it!

                                                                    1. re: GOJIRA

                                                                      I have enjoyed several recipes from a Girl and Her Pig, so I am happy to hear about A Girl and Her Greens. Is it on Amazon UK?

                                                                      You can also try Cooking with Dog's (You Tube) takoyaki recipe as a starting point.

                                                                      1. re: BigSal

                                                                        Looks like its slated for a 2015 release. Amazon U.S. just removed their preorder link. Plus she hasn't released the cover.

                                                                        I love watching Cooking with Dog. I was really hoping to buy a Japanese street food cookbook though.

                                                                      2. re: GOJIRA

                                                                        I think A Girl and Her Greens is supposed to be released in 2015. But maybe that is only the US date? I am making her radish and parmesan salad tonight. So simple and so friggin good! She is a genius!

                                                                        1. re: dkennedy

                                                                          Amazon coincidentally removed the preorder link shortly after my post. someone here must work for amazon.....Seems to me that the release date must be for 2015.

                                                                          However, barnes and noble still has it up for a june 17th release and you can still preorder it. Well, since no cover has been revealed, it must be 2015.

                                                                          And she'll likely release it in the U.S. first as she's pretty much based here in nyc.

                                                                          You've convinced me to buy her book. What was your favorite recipe from her so far? Cant wait to cook from it.

                                                                          1. re: GOJIRA

                                                                            I made the radish, basil and parmesan salad last night and it was pretty spectacular. The lentil and chick pea salad is also fantastic. Plus it is a fantastic read. Plus-plus, it is currently $2.98 on kindle!

                                                                            1. re: dkennedy

                                                                              Sounds delicious. I'll give those a try. I think i'll buy the hard copy so I can get it signed when she goes on a book tour for her next book.

                                                                      3. I just bought a lovely book about the Slow Food movement which is called, Green Market Baking Book, authored by Laura Martin. The recipes are from numerous sources, fifteen to be exact, contributors such as Alice Waters, Molly Stevens etc. The baked goods do not use white sugar, but sweeteners such as honey, maple syrup and different grains. I am anxious to do some baking from this book. It is very educational as well.

                                                                        1. I bought Maximum Flavor by Aki Kamozawa and H. Alexander Talbot, and Josey's Bread for Kindle (primarily on iPad). I love the first, can't wait to get going on some of those recipes. Haven't read the second, but based on the seeded bread David Lebovitz posted on his blog, it looks like a goodie. Also got the Anja von Bremzen New Spanish Table for $2.98. I wish there were a way to keep track of the really exciting books that Kindle is selling so cheaply these days...

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                                                                          1. re: buttertart

                                                                            So is the Anja von Bremzen currently selling on amazon for kindle at $2.98??

                                                                            eta: no, I just got it for $2.30 - those of you who are interested should jump.

                                                                          2. Thailand: The Cookbook - lots of interesting and tasty sounding recipes, but I now have 4 Thai cookbooks and haven't cooked a thing out of them. Not sure why I'm having such a hard time getting into Thai. Seems like there are so many ingredients that will take some effort to get, but I know there are lots of simpler recipes, as well. My local Japanese shop was able to order the 3 soy sauces I needed since I couldn't find them at the 99 Ranch Market, so at least I'm moving in the right direction.

                                                                            Beachbum Berry's Potions of the Carribean - looking forward to being able to have a cocktail in a few months!

                                                                            Also bought Annie Bell's Baking Bible from Amazon UK and the UK version of Dan Lepard's Short & Sweet since I've heard so many bad things about the American version's conversions (would be nice if they'd just put both measurements in).

                                                                            1. I just received the Extra Virgin cookbook by Gabriele Corcos and his actress wife Debi Mazar. I love love love their show on Cooking Channel.

                                                                              I found a "used, never read" copy on sale for $16 and I had an Amazon credit so I wound up only paying $8 for it including shipping. The corners of the book are bent a bit but I could care less.

                                                                              I've only read the introductory and pantry essential pages thus far but I can't wait to go through it this week!

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                                                                              1. re: Njchicaa

                                                                                I'm interested to know what you think of the book, NJ. Every now and then I catch their program on Cook Channel and wonder just how the food matches what they are presenting. They're cute though.

                                                                                1. re: Gio

                                                                                  I'm about 30% through it and am already in love with this cookbook. I'm Italian and love Italian food, so this book is right up my alley. I think the only thing that I thought "absolutely not" about was a risotto with canteloupe and speck.

                                                                                  I made the "All'aglione" sauce tonight which is described as a "garlic-loaded" red sauce and served it with a container of homemade meatballs from the freezer. The sauce starts with whole garlic cloves cooked in olive oil with a chopped hot pepper. I didn't have one on hand so I just used red pepper flakes. It was simple but different and delicious. I loved getting the whole cooked garlic cloves in with the occasional bite of pasta. They were soft and the flavor was mellow.

                                                                                  I can't wait to try some more recipes from this book in the coming weeks.

                                                                                  1. re: Njchicaa

                                                                                    Thanks so much for your response. I'll have to investigate further.

                                                                                    1. re: Njchicaa

                                                                                      I know it sounds odd, but an Italian friend was wary but tried a cantaloupe pasta (maybe from Hazan's son's cookbook??) and raved about it. I've been meaning to try it myself ... but I hear you that it sounds wrong.

                                                                                      1. re: LulusMom

                                                                                        It doesn't sound that wrong to me. I don't like cantaloupe, but last year I was getting a large one every week in my CSA box. I had to get inventive! I found that if I roasted the cantaloupe and used it in savory dishes, or pureed it into a soup, I liked it just fine. Cooked, the cantaloupe tastes quite a lot like a winter squash.

                                                                                        1. re: MelMM

                                                                                          I love having it with fresh tarragon, a bit of salt and pepper and some olive oil. But the first time I saw the recipe I thought egads. Then I thought OK, I'll give it a try.

                                                                                          1. re: LulusMom

                                                                                            Sadly, I wouldn't be able to try it all. The foodstuff I'm allergic to is... cantaloupe.

                                                                                          2. re: MelMM

                                                                                            As a fruit it is much better when it is firm, too ripe=mushy texture. I have seen it paired with Italian ham quite often.

                                                                                            1. re: Ruthie789

                                                                                              Yeah, I've had all the variations, including with prosciutto or speck. I really just don't like the stuff raw. And less ripe is not better to me than more ripe. I am from the South, where they are grown locally and we get them at their peak, and I have eaten/been served them my entire life, in every way imaginable. I can pick a good melon, I just don't like them. Interestingly enough (or not) I test as being allergic to them, but I don't actually have an allergic reaction when I eat them. I feel the same way about other melons, such as watermelon, or honeydew melon. Just not my thing.

                                                                                              1. re: Ruthie789

                                                                                                I love it raw and somewhat firm on its own. I'm not a fan of fruit in my food anyway...... I tried a slice of cantaloupe wrapped in proscuitto as part of a wedding appetizer last year and I just didn't get it. To me the flavors didn't go together at all. I like both cantaloupe and proscuitto but definitely not together.

                                                                                                1. re: Ruthie789

                                                                                                  I love it soft and juicy. One of the things I dislike about breakfast buffets is that they always seem to serve it before it is soft (and they serve it over-refrigerated).

                                                                                        2. re: Njchicaa

                                                                                          I got that book for Mother's Day, but I haven't sat down with it yet. I'm not familiar with the show, but I'm so jealous of their lifestyle!

                                                                                          1. re: roxlet

                                                                                            I love the show. I thought it was going to be a disaster when it debuted but I think it is great!

                                                                                          2. re: Njchicaa

                                                                                            I really enjoy their show as well. I'm interested to hear how you like their cookbook...not that I need another one... ;-)

                                                                                          3. I saw the book "Rebel Chef" at Tatnuck booksellers in westboro, MA.


                                                                                            Beautifully photographed. I usually have low expectations when I see a cookbook by a non-cook, but this one looks like it has possibilities.

                                                                                            1. I bought the Southern Pie Book and preordered the Southern Cake book which comes out in a week. Both by Southern Living.

                                                                                              1. Pati's Mexican Table is 3.49 on kindle right now. I love her show.

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                                                                                                1. re: rasputina

                                                                                                  I love her cookbook :-). It makes Mexican approachable and doable, which isn't always the case.

                                                                                                  1. re: rasputina

                                                                                                    It is an excellent cookbook! I love it!

                                                                                                    1. re: rasputina

                                                                                                      Thanks for the heads up on that. It's also $3.99 on iBooks. I just downloaded a copy.

                                                                                                      1. re: MelMM

                                                                                                        Her recipe for Chilorio is really good and very versatile

                                                                                                        1. re: DiningDiva

                                                                                                          The Ancho-Orange Pork and Chicken Tinga recipes are amazing as are the cowboy beans, beans from the pot, refried beans, and so many other things that I've tried.

                                                                                                            1. re: Njchicaa

                                                                                                              Her refried beans are now my go to - the best I've had. Pati's recipes work much better for me than Rick Bayless'; everything I made was tasty and I am really lousy at Mexican food.

                                                                                                              1. re: Njchicaa

                                                                                                                Glad I bought this for my iPad! The chicken tinga jumped out at me, and now I will definitely make it!

                                                                                                            2. re: rasputina

                                                                                                              I couldn't resist that price, and I am anxious to try more iPad cookbooks. I also got the Back in the Day baking book for a very cheap price as well.

                                                                                                            3. Yesterday, I ordered Extra Virgin (to satiate my inner "I'd like to live in Tuscany" urges) and Mighty Spice because I keep a lot of spices around.
                                                                                                              Anxiously awaiting the UPS guy :)

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                                                                                                              1. re: alliegator

                                                                                                                Definitely my favorite new cookbook in the past year!

                                                                                                              2. After a mostly successful 2013 moratorium on cookbook purchases, this year has seen a new onset of cookbook creep. Recent acquisitions--

                                                                                                                Polpo: a really beautiful book, romantic and dreamy, the sort of book from which I’ll be able to take pleasure even if I’m simply leafing through it. I have not cooked a thing from it, but it did transport me back to Venice (via London).

                                                                                                                Pok Pok: mostly complicated recipes, but with careful shopping and planning, I got very good results from almost all the recipes I have tried.

                                                                                                                Modern Thai Food: 100 Fabulous Thai Recipes for Contemporary Cooks: easier recipes. I’ve marked several.

                                                                                                                Cowgirl Creamery Cooks: I succumbed easily, as one of the authors was at our Farmer’s Market, signing books and sampling the fabulous cheeses, of which I’ve been a fan since first visiting the shop soon after they opened. I probably didn’t need another cheese-centric cookbook, but . . . .

                                                                                                                Treme: I bought this because I wanted a “souvenir” from the HBO series, but what I got is a really wonderful cookbook. Once you get around the gimmicky organization (by TV character), you’ll find a treasure trove of New Orleans recipes, high and low. Favorites from current restaurants as well as those from beloved departed chefs coexist with many for everyday food from home cooks. I was delighted to find recipes for my favorite Jazz Fest nosh and the decadent fried kale at Domenica, our favorite Italian restaurant. Lolis Eric Elie, who wrote for Treme, has previously written another excellent food book (on barbecue) and is reputed to be an excellent cook himself so I shouldn’t have been surprised at how good the book actually is.

                                                                                                                A Girl and Her Pig: I blame you folks—or I should thank you.

                                                                                                                My Paris Kitchen: on order.

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                                                                                                                1. re: nomadchowwoman

                                                                                                                  Sweet collection, Nomad. I'm on self imposed cookbook hiatus this month because I bought a new computer and joined yet another share of our Community Supported Fishery. For the entire year. Oh yes. Hod to, don't you see.

                                                                                                                  1. re: Gio

                                                                                                                    99 problems and two of them are space and money.

                                                                                                                    1. re: LulusMom

                                                                                                                      Space... my place has a large built in bookshelf, and I make it my personal mission to fill it. I could do vases and candles and whatnot, but I like my clutter to be entertaining and informative :)
                                                                                                                      Money's the not so easy one.

                                                                                                                      1. re: alliegator

                                                                                                                        How I loathe seeing photos of so-called bookcases in decorator's projects with Doo Dads, read Objets d'art, or better yet books covered with ever-so-stylish craft paper or spectrum colored paper. How do they know what the titles are? I suspect they don't give a care.

                                                                                                                        1. re: Gio

                                                                                                                          I have a friend who imports antique home furnishings from Europe--every shipment includes leather bound books from Scandinavia. Designers use them to "fill" book shelves...with 19th C. Danish treatises on farming & etc.

                                                                                                                          If only there were some cookbooks in there!

                                                                                                                          1. re: Gio

                                                                                                                            That's what is so fun about collecting cookbooks! The bindings are colorful and inviting, and it's a great conversation topic when company is over.
                                                                                                                            Also, very easy to dust. Just run that Swiffer majigger over the tops and bindings... done!

                                                                                                                            1. re: alliegator

                                                                                                                              All very true! Also books are more valuable with their original dust jacket.

                                                                                                                  2. Made the sweet rice. Persian Corn and saffron corn soup from My Persian Kitchen. ( delivered Sat). All simple and great

                                                                                                                    1. Tony and Giorgio by Giorgio Locatelli and Tony Allan

                                                                                                                      Just arrived and I can't remember I when ordered it or why, it's been such a long time coming from the UK. I suspect my decision was based on Nigel Slater's recommendation and the recipes he provides as proof.


                                                                                                                      They do look like a couple of cool dudes however, and have enormous cuisine cred. We shall see.

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                                                                                                                      1. re: Gio

                                                                                                                        Let us know. I worry ... I am afraid of a rave review.

                                                                                                                        1. re: LulusMom

                                                                                                                          So sorry, LLM. I'm afraid that might just happen from what I've been reading on EYB.


                                                                                                                        2. re: Gio

                                                                                                                          I have Locatelli's "Made in Italy" and "Made in Sicily", and they are excellent. In particular, "Made in Italy" has an obsessive quality to it that puts Marcella Hazan to shame. I think his chapter on risotto is something like 80 pages of mostly text talking about every aspect of the dish.

                                                                                                                        3. I got Original Local from the library and it's a great read. The author, Heid Erdrich, is Louise Erdrich's sister, and she can write! It's about foods eaten by Native Americans in my part of the world (MN) and in North Dakota. I will probably not buy this book because it uses a fair number of ingredients I can't easily get (venison, chokecherries, and some fish, to name a few) but it was a great read. I copied several recipes that looked heavenly. It a way, this book reminded me of Amy Theilen's New Midwestern Table--probably because they both use local ingredients from the same area--and because both authors write very well.


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                                                                                                                          1. re: soccermom13

                                                                                                                            I had to have that as soon as I saw who had written it. Wow. I love Louise Erdrich...how fun to "meet" her sister.

                                                                                                                            1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                              Heid, Louise, and perhaps a couple other sisters all live in Mpls. Let me know what you think of the book, please, Ms. Buttertart. Thanks.

                                                                                                                          2. I scored a cheap copy of Pulse by Jenny Chandler at TKMaxx. Lots of great looking, and healthy, recipes.

                                                                                                                            1. 7,000 Islands: A Food Portrait of the Philippines

                                                                                                                              Asian Pickles: Sweet, Sour, Salty, Cured, and Fermented Preserves from Korea, Japan, China, India, and Beyond

                                                                                                                              The Breakfast Book by Marion Cunningham

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                                                                                                                              1. re: emily

                                                                                                                                Please report on the Asian pickles... Sounds terrific!

                                                                                                                                1. re: emily

                                                                                                                                  I just received word that my pre-ordered copy of 7,000 Islands has shipped.

                                                                                                                                  1. re: MelMM

                                                                                                                                    Received my copy - lovely book (though it smells like paint thinner).

                                                                                                                                    1. re: emily

                                                                                                                                      Hot off the press. I'm interested in hearing what you think.

                                                                                                                                      1. re: Gio

                                                                                                                                        Mine is here, and it is beautiful. If you've ever seen books like Luke Nguyen's, for example, the style is similar. I think the Australians are producing the finest cookbooks lately.

                                                                                                                                        1. re: MelMM

                                                                                                                                          Thanks Mel. Now I'll have to investigate further.

                                                                                                                                  2. re: emily

                                                                                                                                    I do love 7,000 Islands...although personally I find a lot of the recipes lack in some regards. There is also very little fish recipies, which I was slightly disappointed with. Would have liked more main dishes and less deserts. As a book though, I do nevertheless love it. So well put together!

                                                                                                                                  3. I just bought a little paperback called Potluck Cookery by Beverly Pepper written in 1955. It has some unusual recipes one of them being a Sardine Envelope, sardines engulfed in a pie crust, interesting to say the least. I also purchased Pillbury's Bake Off Cookie Book written in 1967. I am interested in the high quality of food from this time, no skimping on butter and the like.

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                                                                                                                                    1. re: Ruthie789

                                                                                                                                      I have the bake off booklet from my birth year. Interesting stuff in it.

                                                                                                                                    2. My wonderful DH got me Thomas Keller's Ad Hoc at Home and Bouchon Bakery for my bday! Both are beautiful and very fun to read. I have not been able to decide what to tackle first.

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                                                                                                                                      1. re: Aussieshepsx2

                                                                                                                                        What a wonderful, thoughtful gift! Enjoy and happy birthday!

                                                                                                                                        1. re: Aussieshepsx2

                                                                                                                                          Great gift. Both of those books were COTM a few months back, http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/895097, you might enjoy posting about your cooking once you start cooking from them.

                                                                                                                                          1. re: qianning

                                                                                                                                            Thanks. I'll definitely check it out.

                                                                                                                                          2. re: Aussieshepsx2

                                                                                                                                            I enjoyed the chocolate cake (palet d'or) from Bouchon when I was visiting a friend recently,.. so, so good!

                                                                                                                                          3. Impulse buy, I purchased A bird in the Oven and then Some. It was super cheap on amazon used. I think this summer it is going to be a lot salads and chicken for me. I am still lusting after Williams Sonoma Salad of the day.

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                                                                                                                                            1. re: free sample addict aka Tracy L

                                                                                                                                              The Peruvian chicken from A Bird in the Oven is fantastic.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                It looks like the recipe is posted here:


                                                                                                                                                I am bookmarking it to make next week.

                                                                                                                                                1. re: dkennedy

                                                                                                                                                  And the avocado salad is fantastic with it.

                                                                                                                                                2. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                  I'll second the Peruvian chicken recommendation. Really good.

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                    Thanks roxlet, I saw the Peruvian recipe on Leite's web site and looked at the index on Amazon. After reading the offerings and the full recipe for Peruvian chicken I bought the book.

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: emily

                                                                                                                                                    Have you cooked anything out of it yet? I have the Aeri cookbook and Maangchi's and use them off as jumping off points especially if they differ from my mothers recipe. :)

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: emily

                                                                                                                                                      How do you like it? Korean cooking is a major hole in my cookbook collection, but I'm at a loss on what book(s) to add.

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: qianning

                                                                                                                                                        Funny, I was thinking the same thing this morning as I was running. That was right when you posted. We must have psychicly sent mental notes to each other.

                                                                                                                                                    2. I picked up a pristine used copy of Bernard Clayton's Complete Book of Soups and Stews for 4 bucks.

                                                                                                                                                      1. Dear lord.. this doesn't actually fit with cookbooks that you'd want.. but a good friend of mine just gave me "The wheat belly diet recipe book". I can't think of a cookbook that I am less likely to use!

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                                                                                                                                                        1. re: rstuart

                                                                                                                                                          I'm so sick of Adkin's and his minions like Paleo infecting the cookbook best sellers lists. I wish I could browse Amazon cookbooks and exclude such books so I would quit spending so much time having to scroll past them.

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: rasputina

                                                                                                                                                            Yes, I'm guess that I'm just uncomfortable with any way of thought that demonizes one food or food group.. and in general, cookbooks based on a diet plan are very good. Anyway, I must admit that I was shocked and wondered if she was giving me a message? But she told me to ignore the name, she loves the recipes..

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: rstuart

                                                                                                                                                              FWIW, I have the wheat belly book, but not the cookbook (I am carb sensitive) and I will say it does have some good recipes.

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: rstuart

                                                                                                                                                                I was thinking "maybe ex-friend"??

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: LulusMom

                                                                                                                                                                  Ha ha.. no, she's very sweet, and she gave it to me because she has it and loves!
                                                                                                                                                                  DKennedy: maybe I should give it a chance!

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: rstuart

                                                                                                                                                                    I'll try to look at my copy this weekend and jar my memory about what I liked. I did think it was an interesting read.

                                                                                                                                                                2. re: rstuart

                                                                                                                                                                  And I'm thinking "wheat belly" does not sound very tasty ; 0

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: rstuart

                                                                                                                                                                    Oops.. I meant to say "not very good"..

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                                      It's a very old-fashioned idea too: my recently departed grandmother (who was 97 when she died, and had probably been dieting or watching her weight for 85 of those years) treated bread and pasta like it was the devil.. she'd always tell me "no bread for me, it goes straight to my hips!". These things go in cycles, I guess...

                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: rstuart

                                                                                                                                                                    I buck that trend, most diet books are for profit anyways.

                                                                                                                                                                  3. Just got My Italian Kitchen by Luca Manfe from Masterchef. Not tons of recipes, but everything I've made has been good so far and easy to follow. Wish there were more food photos though! (But I always want that.)

                                                                                                                                                                    1. I haven't bought any because my wife will not allow it. I have over 200 books, many of which have been given to me as gifts. Our daughters are not allowed to gift me with any more cookbooks.

                                                                                                                                                                      I use cookbooks as guides and usually do not follow a recipe exactly as written. I belong to the "What if...?" school cooking specializing in "Cucina improvvisato" (Italian rather than the French "Cuisine impromptu").

                                                                                                                                                                      1. Lots of interesting food courses are on sale at Crafty: Grace, Nguyen, Chan, etc. - http://www.craftsy.com/classes/food-a...

                                                                                                                                                                        1. I just ordered the Farm Journal pie cook book I have been lusting after that book for awhile. I also ordered the Book of Miso. I am currently lusting over: My paris kitchen, Delights from the garden of Eden, Jerusalem, Ad hoc…hmmm okay the list is getting too too long. *sigh* My pocket book needs a break unfortunately. :( :)

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                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: milgwimper12

                                                                                                                                                                            Excellent choice on the Farm Journal Pie cookbook it's great.

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: rasputina

                                                                                                                                                                              Do you have the book and have you any recommendations? I have been wanting that book and hinting friends and family. I finally grabbed it for myself, and now waiting for it to be delivered. *sigh*

                                                                                                                                                                          2. The Hoosier Mama Pie Book has come up as lusted after a few times in recent Cookbook threads. CHOW writer Leena Trivedi-Grenier recently reviewed that cookbook (http://www.chow.com/food-news/151383/... ) and I'm curious if anyone else has bit the bullet and bought the book?

                                                                                                                                                                            (That felt a bit like a tongue twister, but I tried saying it three times fast, and had no trouble.)

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                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Jacquilynne

                                                                                                                                                                              I have it and I think it's very good. The recipe for all-butter pie crust is exceptionally well-written, and good too.

                                                                                                                                                                            2. This might get moved, because there are no actual recipes in these books.

                                                                                                                                                                              1. 50 Foods - Edward Behr. The author does not admit it but it is obvious that these are his 50 favorite foods, and he details varieties, processes, methods, purchasing options for them all. The cheese chapters - including Gruyere, are fascinating. There are several bread chapters. Each chapter has a 'companion' food and a wine pairing discussion. It's a great book!

                                                                                                                                                                              2. The Prophets of Smoked Meat: A Journey Through Texas Barbecue - Daniel Vaughan.

                                                                                                                                                                              This book is describes a series of road
                                                                                                                                                                              trips to discover/rediscover the various Texas 'styles' of barbecue. The Amazon reviews are a little harsh, I think because the author and his co-travelers ran into some bad bbq, and didn't hesitate to say so. But it's a fun and informative read. Also, it's the first Anthony Bourdain/Ecco book, but that's not why I checked it out of the library! It just sounded interesting, and it really is. A lot of fun to read.

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                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: nikkihwood

                                                                                                                                                                                But they are books about food. I think that counts. Food writing is interesting to people who cook.

                                                                                                                                                                              2. I pre-ordered Nick Maglieri’s “Pastry,” due to ship September 11th, and Rose Levy Berenbaum’s “The Baking Bible,” due to ship November 4th, for $13/each on the TGC sale.

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                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: JoanN

                                                                                                                                                                                  This could be dangerous (for my wallet). I didn't know that RLB had a new book coming out and I love the detail in her recipes. And Dorie Greenspan also has a new baking book due out in October.

                                                                                                                                                                                2. From the TGC $13 sale I ordered the New Midwestern Table, and David Tanis's One Good Dish.

                                                                                                                                                                                  I also pre-ordered Nick Malgieri's Pastry, and Rose Levy Berenbaum's The Baking Bible.

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. I thought I saw there was going to be a followup to Ottolenghi's Plenty, but can't fin anything about it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: stockholm28

                                                                                                                                                                                        I also read he is coming out with a 5th book "Nopi"