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Apr 30, 2014 04:48 PM

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:

                      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 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.