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What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? June 2014 edition! [OLD]

It's already June in at least three cities I would dearly like to be in right now, so here we go with the new thread. That temptress roxlet told me TGC was having a $13 sale, so I preordered the Malgieri and the Beranbaum, and ordered 2 others that looked good: "The Best Asian Noodle Recipes" and "The Way We Ate". Then I looked at the NYT's supplemental list to their Summer Reading article, and bought "Bold Flavors" for Kindle.
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/01/boo...
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/01/boo... (I want that Steinhauer, I love her muscular prose).
Color me weak-willed and easily led down the garden path...how about you?
PS I finally saw "Yucatan" the other day. Wowie...zowie!

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  1. An old friend to many here arrived on my doorstep this afternoon - "The Bread Baker's Apprentice". It's probably been close to ten years since I've bought any cookbooks; until I found this monthly thread some time back, I thought I was a cookbook collector. I'm a piker, having less than 40.

    I have neither the finances nor shelf space to own hundreds, so I choose them very, very carefully. The Reinhart book was a natural choice, as my recent retirement rekindled my interest in making truly good bread; this, coupled with the near-constant drumbeat on CH about this book, made it a must-have.

    Its close to coffee table book size is a bit daunting, but I love the heaviness both of the book and of the paper stock; it's a hold-in-your-lap volume, and commands the reverence an apprentice should have. Instead of flipping through to "the good parts", I'm reading deliberately everything Reinhart has to share. It was all I could do, after seeing the list of formulas in the first few pages, not to jump ahead to Kaiser rolls, pain a l'ancienne, NY Deli Rye!

    I restrained myself, only going to later pages as he referenced them to make a point. I stopped reading at page 62 where Reinhart begins to discuss fermentation. Class dismissed for the day. :)

    I can only imagine where this is going to take me...

    1. Now you're the temptress -- The Best Asian Noodle Recipes? That sounds great!

      1. I just got Talk About Good and River Road Recipes. My collection of cookbooks is getting out of hand....but I love it!

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        1. re: AmyLearnsToCook

          What? No "Pirate's Pantry"? From the Lake Charles Junior League. I have all three marked on my Amazon Wish List, that's why I ask. Or perhaps you already own it.

          1. re: mcsheridan

            I have never heard of that one. It is in my cart now! :) actually I just realized that the one I ordered was River Road II so I guess the first one is going in the cart as well!

          2. re: AmyLearnsToCook

            Who's Your Mama, Are You Catholic, and Can You Make A Roux? by Marcelle Bienvenu are great too. There are two books with that title.

            I like River Road and Pirate's Pantry also.

            1. re: rasputina

              Oh my! Another one to add to my cart! :)

            2. re: AmyLearnsToCook

              I would LOVE a good Cajun / Creole book. My experience has been, though, that most recipes take forever. I have:

              1. Mr B's Bistro
              2. Metrolpitan Cafe
              3. Trout Point

              all are beautiful, just not how I cook.

              Matt
              PS http://www.jackmillers.com/ Is simply he best sauce ever. Their rub is completely underwhelming, but that sauce....good gracious. Wonderful

              1. re: Westy

                Peruse Donald Link's "Real Cajun" at your local library and I think you'll find what you're looking for. Those books from bistro/cafe are more complicated, naturally.

                I'd already made one recipe from Real Cajun that I found online, Smothered Pork Roast over Rice. He's the real deal, and now I *have* to have this book. It's on my list.

                1. re: mcsheridan

                  Real Cajun is great as is Louisiana Real and Rustic by Emeril Lagasse.

            3. Just brought Delights from the Garden of Eden by Nasrallah - a wonderful textbook of Iraqi Cuisine. Superbly researched, fascinating and the recipes both simple and enticing. I had never come across it before - its a shame. I dont think the book has the attention it deserves. Up there with Thompson!

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              1. re: borisabrams

                I've had this one in my cart for a while but never pushed the button on it.

                1. re: borisabrams

                  I have this book and have been perusing it the last few days again. I have made the spicy sesame sticks and dipped them in a tehini mixture. When they first came out of the oven they were doughy and gross and I was concerned the book was a loser. But once they cooked they were crisp and crumbly as expected. I also made the saffron rice but it's not really a recipe or anything. I need to make more things. The black eyes pea curry is staring at me

                  1. re: borisabrams

                    Have you read 'Food of Life: Ancient Persian and Modern Iranian Cooking and Ceremonies' by Najmieh Batmanglij by any chance?

                    How does this stand up to that? I've got the 25th anniversary reprint of Food of Life sitting next to Thai Food - I get that much use of it.

                    1. re: LiamF

                      I do have that one too! They Are two very different books IMO. The iraqi one is more academic but the persian one had better pictures. The persian one really takes it's time teaching you how to make perfect rice and tahdig step by step with details. The iraqi book is not as detailed in that section. The recipes are surprisingly different. So far I like them both

                      1. re: Siegal

                        Now I feel old, I remember when the Persian one came out very well because friends who had done anthro fieldwork in northern Iran cooked for us from it when it came out ;-)

                    2. re: borisabrams

                      Nawal Nasrallah, the author of Delights from the Garden of Eden, has some enjoyable writing and recipes online: http://nawalcooking.blogspot.com/ (link to the book's official site also somewhere on there).

                    3. I've had Yucatan on my wishlist since I first saw it posted here. I'll have to see if my library has it. They did not last time I checked.
                      Not a "cookbook", but Craftsy has a free grains class online. Order and watch anytime.
                      PS You are all temptresses... Every single one! ;-)

                      1. "The Grand Central Oyster Bar & Seafood Cookbook" is a great resource for seafood recipes. Many are more than 75 years old and proven winners from a restaurant that is an American institution. Highly recommended.

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                        1. re: Leper

                          What have you made from it. I gave that book to my husband, who loves the GCOB, but he hadn't cooked from it yet.

                          1. re: roxlet

                            I made the Lobster Cocktail for Christmas Eve dinner. The cocktail sauce recipe is amazing. I also made the New England Clam Chowder and really enjoyed that as well. That's all I've made from it thus far.

                        2. How did the Yucatan look in comparison to diana kennedy?? Having been eyeing the book up...

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                          1. re: borisabrams

                            I've just barely begun to delve into "Yucatan." There are many significant differences between it and the Kennedy books. "Yucatan is a much (much!) larger book loaded with gorgeous color photos. It concentrates solely on the Yucatan and does not address cuisines of other parts of Mexico, such as Oaxaca, for example. And it goes far deeper into the history of both the food and the ingredients.

                          2. I just got "In the Kitchen with a Good Appetite" by Melissa Clark

                            This is one I never would have bought had it not been for the COTM threads. A couple of months ago I bought "Cook This Now" and have really been enjoying it. It has a lot of "high value" meals ... by that I mean, meals that take little time to prepare but yield interesting flavors. I like the seasonal focus of the book a lot (just made the pasta with garlic scapes pesto). I decided to go ahead and get "In the Kitchen with a Good Appetite because I also think I will make good use of it and it was available as a bargain book from Amazon for $11.

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                            1. re: stockholm28

                              Your response to the books pretty much mirrors mine - initially no interest, then when they became COTMs I decided to try one, then had to have the other because I got so much use out of the first one. They're definitely high value cookbooks - great way of putting it.

                              1. re: LulusMom

                                Yes ... this is one that I would not have looked twice at in a book store. In fact, early on I checked Cook This Now out of the library and returned it. After I kept seeing it pop up on threads, I checked it out again and really went through it. I've probably made at least half a dozen things from it and I've liked them all. There are many dishes that are easy for a weeknight.

                                1. re: stockholm28

                                  You might already be doing this, but if not, it would be great if you could post results on COTM threads. I know various of us are still actively cooking from these books and we always like to see new reports!

                                  1. re: Westminstress

                                    I should start doing that; I've tended to only do it when there are no reviews already for a dish, but I know that it is interesting to see the old threads pop up.

                                    1. re: stockholm28

                                      It really is great to see old threads pop up. Although it is against my better time usage, I sometimes find myself lost in a thread, remembering old meals, or being reminded that there is something I had really wanted to try.

                              2. re: stockholm28

                                I love the pasta with garlic scapes pesto! No garlic scapes yet in my neck of the woods, but I love to make that pasta every year. I've had ITWAGA out of the library for a couple of months now, I keep taking it in and out of my amazon cart. It is so cheap used but I just haven't felt like purchasing any cookbooks lately. There are tons of great ideas in that book though, if I ever have to return it to the library I'll probably buy it.

                                1. re: Westminstress

                                  I was pleasantly surprised by the cilantro garlic scape pesto. I'm generally ambivalent about cilantro, but I really liked this. The farmer's market had cilantro, sugar snaps, garlic scapes, and ricotta so it was a good choice.

                                  I had renewed ITWAGA the max number of times and just decided to buy it. I've made a couple of dishes from it, I know I will use it, and thought it was worth the $11.

                                2. re: stockholm28

                                  I love Melissa Clark, and loved reading this book, though I haven't tried any recipes from it yet. Is it just me or are they not that appealing? I was thinking about whether I should get Cook This Now.

                                  1. re: pistachio peas

                                    I think these two books elicited a funny sort of reaction from a bunch of us. Sort of a shrug in the beginning, then a slight interest, then the realization that the recipes were turning out well for others (they were Cookbook of the Month selections one month), and then deep affection and frequent use. My first read through my first one (Cook This Now, I think) was a bit blase; now I use both books all the time, and find them especially useful for quick, delicious family meals. (sorry everyone who has already heard this from me a thousand times.)

                                    1. re: LulusMom

                                      Thank you for this response! That's really helpful.

                                3. I was shopping Amazon yesterday shopping for a friends birthday gift and came across The Johnny Harris Cookbook and promptly ordered that for myself.That restaurant in Savannah is probably my favorite since childhood.

                                  I decided to look at Amazon.UK for the gift and found a new book ( 4/14) by Simon Hopkinson that will not be available in the US until Sept/Oct. Simon Hopkinson Cooks. I ordered it and will be ordering a copy for my self very soon.

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                                  1. re: Candy

                                    If you are, by any chance, buying a kindle version you can already get the Simon Hopkinson book. I got it months ago.

                                    1. re: LulusMom

                                      No, I cannot imagine using a Kindle for cookbooks

                                      1. re: Candy

                                        It is a serious PITA. However, with SH's book, because it is so readable and chatty, I thought it was worth it.

                                  2. The Homemade Flour Cookbook: The Home Cook's Guide to Milling Nutritious Flours and Creating Delicious Recipes with Every Grain, Legume, Nut, and Seed from A-Z by Erin Alderson

                                    I'm glad Amazon finally got a preview up, I've been wanting to flip through this before ordering. It looks great and will be here Thursday.

                                    1. Received:
                                      A Change of Appetite
                                      Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream Desserts

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                                      1. re: emily

                                        How do you like "Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream Desserts" - I looked at it the bookstore and was quite underwhelmed compared to her regular ice cream book

                                        1. re: emily

                                          I have Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream, so I would be curious to hear your response to the Desserts book. Here roasted strawberry ice cream, in particular, was fabulous.

                                          1. re: roxlet

                                            I actually bought it because a number of the cake and biscuit recipes appealed to me.

                                        2. GOOD MORNING PALEO by Jane Barthelemy

                                          According to the bookstore, this book just hit the shelves today. I usually don't buy books on the spot, but go home and research what everyone things of them before taking the plunge. But this book looks to be the real deal and since we try to eat grain free at our house, or at the very least, gluten free, I think I will find this book very inspirational. Just in time for summer and daily breakfasts at home!

                                          I have been living paleo-adjacent for quite some time and find it to be a very livable lifestyle. It really doesn't require any special cookbooks, just using the recipes out of your existing pile that are on the healthy side.

                                          If I miss eating the way I did when I was young at all it is during the morning. My breakfast cravings are for things like a bagel and cream cheese, or a chocolate croissant and a latte. Both are no-nos now that I blow up like a balloon when I eat carbs. This book will allow me to cook and eat breakfast food that I crave while staying away from refined sugar and grains.

                                          It is not yet indexed on EYB, but to give you an idea, here are a few of breakfast recipes that are included:

                                          blueberry pancakes
                                          chocolate brownie superfood waffles
                                          blueberry chia jam
                                          peach shortbread crumble
                                          caramel chocolate superfood bars (the most nutrient dense food in this book)
                                          cinnamon apple sour cream coffee cake muffins
                                          pumpkin muffins
                                          various quick breads such as chocolate pumpkin, cranberry orange cardamom, and sweet potato pecan
                                          paleo crepes made with arrowroot
                                          etc. etc.

                                          I am very excited! I will report back when I have some results to share with the group.

                                          1. I just got "Brassicas" and "Whole Grain Mornings", in addition to "Short and Sweet" by Dan Lepard, and "Love Bake Nourish" by Amber Rose.
                                            All look great....the Lepard book looks exceptional.
                                            I've already made recipes from Brassicas and WGM that were good.

                                            1. Though I may not have been in one of bt's desired cities when she posted this thread, I was definitely in the same timezone and relishing in the wonderfully diverse cuisine of China.

                                              Though I was only home for a handful of days in May and it's my first day back in June, I have managed to acquire a cookbook!!

                                              Actually it was one I ordered before I left and though it isn't for the Chinese cuisine I already miss, it does look like a wonderful book.

                                              MY PARIS TABLE - by David Lebovitz

                                              I'm currently reading David's book The Sweet Life in Paris and I really enjoy his writing style so I was pleased to see his cookbook is peppered with notes and stories, not to mention many enticing photos. With so few days at home again in June it's questionable whether I'll be able to participate in the COTM but if nothing else I can live vicariously through those threads and create a "Dishes to Try" list in EYB for a time when I am home.

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                                                1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                  Jealous of anyone's trips to China, here!

                                                2. In the past month, I have acquired these books, all from a local thrift store! All of them $6 or less.

                                                  Cooking in the Moment - Andrea Reusing (loved reading this)
                                                  Kitchen Diaries - Nigel Slater
                                                  Breads from La Brea Bakery - Nancy Silverton
                                                  The Art of Mexican Cooking - Diana Kennedy
                                                  Super Natural Everyday - Heidi Swanson

                                                  I just finished re-reading Tamar Adler's An Everlasting Meal. You'd think the above books are enough to sustain me but I really want the Zuni Cafe Cookbook and some Laurie Colwin. I'm also really excited about the upcoming release of the memoir/cookbook by Amelia Morris from the blog Bon Appetempt.

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                                                  1. re: pistachio peas

                                                    "You'd think the above books are enough to sustain me"

                                                    No, no I wouldn't, and that is why I (and many others!) are on this thread!!!

                                                    1. re: roxlet

                                                      Hahahaha! Good point. And one of the reasons I was so excited to find this thread (and COTM, which I also didn't know about).

                                                    2. re: pistachio peas

                                                      I absolutely love Kitchen Diaries. In fact I love all Slater's cookbooks. It too was a COTM... here's the main thread:
                                                      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/804904

                                                    3. Can I just say how happy I am that I have found this "section" of Chowhound? I feel like I have found my people!!!

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                                                      1. re: pistachio peas

                                                        Welcome! This has been going on for quite some time.

                                                      2. I bought the Extra Virgin cookbook recently to help get my husband and I out of our strictly Mexican food rut. We've never really been huge fans of Italian (even though my mother was raised in Italy and would kill me for saying that) but I thought we'd give it another shot.

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                                                        1. re: Andi1986

                                                          I hope you enjoy your meals from the book. I received it as a gift, but haven't cooked from it yet. It seems as if the recipes are good, basic Italian food.

                                                          1. re: Andi1986

                                                            I just made their duck ragu last night for dinner. It was off the Cooking Channel website, but I imagine it must also be in their book. It was very good.

                                                            1. re: Andi1986

                                                              I got this recently, as well. Have yet to cook from it, but it's a beautiful book, with simple but wonderful-sounding recipes.

                                                              1. re: Andi1986

                                                                The Pesto Lasagna is very good as is the "All'Aglione" red sauce and the Porchetta. I haven't made anything else out of the book yet mostly because I've been trying to use up what is in the freezer rather than buying more stuff.

                                                              2. 50 Chowders/Jasper White ($0.01) and Think Like A Chef/Tom Colicchio ($0.24) Now I ask you, how could I resist? The Colicchio arrived yesterday and the other is on its way. Flipping through it quickly last night gave me the pan-roasted asparagus recipe we'll make tonight. There's also a scallop & mushroom recipe that looks good to me. The Chowder book speaks for itself. All kinds of different chowder recipes, not just seafood, and all the basics as well.

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                                                                1. re: Gio

                                                                  Tom Colicchio's asparagus from that book was my go-to for many years. I usually make it at least once a year but haven't done it this year yet. I also love his technique for the pan-roasted mushrooms that are incorporated into the scallop dish. Pretty sure I've done the scallops with good success also. Let's see.... I've made the roasted tomatoes and the roasted tomatoes with sea bass dish is delicious but too complicated for me these days. The creamless creamed corn is absolutely brilliant during corn season. Lastly, there are a bunch of recipes near the end of the book involving potatoes, leeks and bacon and I'm pretty sure I've made and liked all of them. The potato leek and bacon soup is the one I've made most often, I make a batch of this soup in the fall almost every year.

                                                                  1. re: Westminstress

                                                                    This is terrific to know, WM! Many thanks. I'll have more time today to go through the book today and will note all your suggestions.

                                                                    1. re: Westminstress

                                                                      Just to let you know that I made both the asparagus and the mushrooms and you are so right! They were Delicious. Thank for the recommendation, WM.

                                                                      1. re: Gio

                                                                        Oh, so glad to hear it! Try the corn too when the season arrives - I think you'll like it.

                                                                  2. Bought Carole Walter's Coffeecake book as a birthday present for myself. Don't know how I missed it when it first came out but kept meaning to buy it when I saw it mentioned on the baking threads.

                                                                    Who wrote "the Best Asian Noodle Recipes"? Is it new?

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                                                                    1. re: AGM_Cape_Cod

                                                                      The World's Best Asian Noodle Recipes: 125 Great Recipes from Top Chefs – October 15, 2013
                                                                      by Kirsten Hall

                                                                      http://www.amazon.com/Worlds-Best-Asi...

                                                                      1. re: Gio

                                                                        Thanks Gio. I am going to put that on my wish list.

                                                                    2. SALADE, BY PASCALE BEALE

                                                                      This gem of a book is hot off the presses.

                                                                      I went to her cooking demo/book signing today and she made 4 salads out of the book (roasted kale, herb, fig and heirloom tomato, and a pluot mache salad (for this last one we subbed white and yellow nectarines for the pluots and purslane for the mach b/cuz that is what was available at the Farmer's Market). All the salads were stunning and delicious!

                                                                      Not only did I buy the book, I bought 4 other of her books.
                                                                      All hard bound, stunning books. They are: Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter. Each one had me salivating. All her books seem to be produce driven. She has a blog on her website (link in my prior post), so you can get an idea what her recipes are like.

                                                                      http://www.pascaleskitchen.com

                                                                      For those of you in LA, she will be doing another book signing at the SM Farmer's Market next Wednesday.

                                                                      FWIW, it does not appear her books are available on Amazon, or any other discount sites, and few of her other books are available for resale. I take that as a good sign that all available copies of her books are being coveted by their owners. The books are not indexed on EYB. If any of you have her books, I'd love to hear your thoughts.

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                                                                      1. re: dkennedy

                                                                        Reporting back to say I have now made 4 recipes from the various Pascale Beale books discussed above and I am very much enjoying this extravagant purchase. I posted notes on EYB discussing the recipes, but briefly, I have tried the kale salad, quiche, grilled figs, and the lavender ice cream.

                                                                      2. NOT impressed with the Asian noodles book, it's a collection of restaurant recipes.

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                                                                          1. re: buttertart

                                                                            Just curious whats wrong with that? Kind of implied as it says "125 Great Recipes from Top Chefs" on the cover. Was it just not practical and more of a coffee table cookbook like many restaurant cookbooks tend to be? Some people are actually turned off by that, but restaurant cookbooks tend to be a favorite of mine so this book is starting to interest me. Or was it the expectation of more authentic, traditional recipes?

                                                                            1. re: GOJIRA

                                                                              I expected more traditional recipes. A lot of these are quite fusion-y.

                                                                          2. I bought two:
                                                                            1. What's a Cook To Do? by James Peterson; not a recipe book but a collection of "how tos" - tips, techniques, etc. Have not read it yet and might find it too simplistic in which case will happily pass it along on one of the young ones.
                                                                            2. On The Noodle Road by Jen Lin-Liu; also not a recipe book but rather a travelogue with a handful of recipes from China, Italy, Turkey, Iran and Central Asia. I hope it is an enjoyable read.

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                                                                            1. re: herby

                                                                              On The Noodle Road is a terrific book! I think that you will like it.

                                                                              1. re: nikkihwood

                                                                                Good to hear as I bought it just because it sounded good :) Looking forward to reading it as soon as I clear the way - too many books, too little time!

                                                                                1. re: herby

                                                                                  If you do enjoy reading it, she has two other books:

                                                                                  Serve the People

                                                                                  And her newest book:

                                                                                  On The Noodle Road

                                                                                  both also great books. Happy reading!

                                                                                  1. re: nikkihwood

                                                                                    Thank you for the suggestion! On The Noodle Road is the book I bought. Does she have two other books or just Serve The People?

                                                                                    1. re: herby

                                                                                      I thought the name sounded familiar. I loved "To Serve the People" (a quotation from Mao, by the way).

                                                                                      1. re: buttertart

                                                                                        Oy, sorry, should not post when tired. It's just the two books.

                                                                            2. Not a recent purchase, but I'm finally getting around to reading John Lanchester's "The Debt to Pleasure." A total delight.

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                                                                                1. re: JoanN

                                                                                  I love him. His other novels are also wonderful.

                                                                                2. I got the Gramercy Tavern cook book today. I've not had a chance to sit down and go through. I'll have to report back later. I also bought Simon Hopkinson's book, Simon Hopkinson Cooks for a friend's birthday. It is not yet available in the US. I ordered it on Amazon UK.After going through it carefully I decided I need to have the book too.

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                                                                                  1. re: Candy

                                                                                    Candy, what did you like about SH book? Have you seen Diana Henry's latest book? Just wonder they compare.

                                                                                    1. re: herby

                                                                                      I have both (not Candy, but figured I'd jump in) and like them both. I like the SH book more for its chatty companionship, if that makes sense. The DH book is one that I will cook from more. But that is just me - I don't eat a lot of red meat, or make a heck of a lot of desserts. But SH's meals sound wonderful, and I just love being in his company on the page.

                                                                                      1. re: LulusMom

                                                                                        Are you wearing your red dress today, LLM ? :) I am trying very hard to curb my purchases and have been lusting after DH book for a while. And now you say that SH book is a wonderful read to someone who could spend her days reading! What am I to do? Check the library, I suppose...

                                                                                        1. re: herby

                                                                                          Have quickly switched to my white dress (and halo) and thoroughly back up your library plan.

                                                                                          That said, I tried my first recipe from the new Diana Henry book last night and it was met with raves ...

                                                                                          1. re: LulusMom

                                                                                            Tell more! Please! What did you make?

                                                                                            And completely off the subject... have you ever bought those lights to grow herbs indoors? Did it work for you?

                                                                                            1. re: herby

                                                                                              I made the chicken shawarma (sp?) - you can read the review (a rave) on the DH thread.

                                                                                              Funny that you brought up that herb thing! Yes, I did buy one, and was *just* about to have Lulu and me do it as a project last week when I realized we'd be away for 6 days in about a week or two. So ... I figured it might make more sense to wait until we get back. I'm very much looking forward to trying it. We have so much shade (huge trees surround our yard - our gardener works very hard at finding spots where things will grow) and so many hungry squirrels digging things up that this was the only way herbs were going to work. Ask me again in a month or so and I'll let you know how it went.

                                                                                              1. re: LulusMom

                                                                                                Thank you, great review. From all recipes that I've seen on line, I think I would enjoy the book a lot. Maybe in the fall. Right now I want to focus on my neglected books - Canal House, Radically Simple, Asian Tofu, Around My French Table - all great books with many outstanding recipes.

                                                                                                Have you tried growing herbs in pots? I planted some on my balcony and they are doing well and looking happy - not a lot of sun there but lots of light. I finally got a charming community garden allotment and since I am new, my little beds are very shady surrounded by big trees. I planted a bit of everything and would evaluate in the fall to be more strategic next summer :)

                                                                                                1. re: herby

                                                                                                  Herby, are you in Ottawa? The biggest reason that my mother has for not selling her house is giving up her garden... didn't realise they had allotments there..

                                                                                                  1. re: rstuart

                                                                                                    Yes, I am in Ottawa. We have many allotments here and even more just across the river, in Gatineau. There are a few large ones - 100+ plots - and plots are large 20' x 30'. I tried one of these and did not like it. Finally, after being on the waiting list for four years I got four tiny raised beds in a garden with 10 other people - small and cute :) The garden is on the top of a heating plant. I've attached the picture - not sure how it will come through.

                                                                                                    ETA: It worked!

                                                                                                     
                                                                                                    1. re: herby

                                                                                                      Thanks so much Herby: that's good to know for the future.. that's quite the wait! I'll have to do some research..

                                                                                                      1. re: rstuart

                                                                                                        Good idea! And put your mom's name on the waiting list for those that she might like.

                                                                                                  2. re: herby

                                                                                                    We had a bit of luck one summer with some tarragon, then it died. Ditto some Chinese chives. And I cannot stress enough the my gardener doesn't believe we'll have success. Between the lack of sun and the squirrels (which pulled up two potted elephant ear bulbs last week despite heavy stones being laid on top of each) it is darned near impossible. We can't grow grass in the backyard - we have moss cover. Very pretty and green, but no direct sunlight.

                                                                                                    1. re: LulusMom

                                                                                                      Squirrels love bulbs. It's too bad that nothing would grow. Maybe your gardener could find a light spot for a pot of herbs? You could put a wire thingy over it to protect young plants - I think squirrels stay away from established plants.

                                                                                                      1. re: herby

                                                                                                        That is part of the problem though - no spot has enough light through even a few hours of the day. But I am very excited about my hydroponic (sp?) herb grower.

                                                                                        2. re: herby

                                                                                          I liked the SH book and am going to order a copy for myself. I am reading through the Gramercy Tavern book right now. I'm taking my time with it but I like it. I have not found anything so far that made me get up and start cooking. Maybe it is the weather in the upper 90's. I kind of don't feel like cooking much of anything.

                                                                                      2. Here's one that I'm putting on my fall wish list:

                                                                                        http://www.amazon.com/Dominique-Ansel...

                                                                                        And there is a recipe for flourless chocolate cookies that was released by the publisher:

                                                                                        http://www.startribune.com/lifestyle/...

                                                                                        And for those of you who might not recognize the name, Dominique Ansel is the inventor of the cronut...

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                                                                                          1. I just found Northern Italian Cooking by Francesco Ghedini at a thrift store for .89 cents. Does anyone have any experiences with this cookbook?

                                                                                            http://www.amazon.com/Northern-Italia...

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                                                                                            1. In my shopping cart I have "Roberta's Cookbook", "Down South", & "Smoke & Pickles"- any opinions on these? Borisabrams, thanks for mentioning "Delights from the Garden of Eden"- read that last night, & had to run downstairs & dig it out of the bookshelf-it's definitely a keeper.

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                                                                                              1. re: thistle5

                                                                                                Smoke & Pickles was Cookbook of the Month last September. Definitely some winning recipes. Here's the master thread, if you want to see what Chowhounds thought: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/915282

                                                                                                1. re: thistle5

                                                                                                  "Smoke & Pickles" was COTM this past September and many of us really enjoyed some of the recipes. Take a look at our reviews starting here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/915282

                                                                                                  1. re: JoanN

                                                                                                    Thanks, I think it's a good fit for me-I'm Southern, & I love Korean food (& soccer-SKorea/Russia, 1-1, just ended). It just looks like it's skewed towards pork (& I like pork, but I just smoke it) & not as many seafood recipes (my recent passion). The other one on my wish list is the "Lee Bros. Charleston Cookbook".

                                                                                                    1. re: thistle5

                                                                                                      I wussed out, & only bought, "Down South", but it's awesome, other than a couple of recipes (guinea hen & frog legs, hard to get ingredients), I'd cook everything in this book. & I have a lot of cookbooks...

                                                                                                2. Recently purchased:

                                                                                                  Fried & True - the fried chicken book mentioned on the July COTM nomination thread - looks great!

                                                                                                  The Bar Book: Elements of Cocktail Technique

                                                                                                  Sweet Cream & Sugar Cones (Bi-Rite Creamery's ice cream book - not as interesting as I had hoped; plus, I can get their ice cream delivered by Good Eggs to my front door)

                                                                                                  1. Just got an email from TGC informing me that they are finally tallying up our old points (which they took off our accounts more than a year ago). Well my points are back, but only for a couple of months. They will become null and void as of September 2014. What kind of a customer service policy is that? I am more than a little bit irritated. Luckily, I have always spent my points as I went along, but for those who haven't, I guess it will be time to stock up on holiday gifts.

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                                                                                                    1. re: dkennedy

                                                                                                      Yeah. Time to spend my points and deactivate. Was never crazy about either their prices or their selection. They seem never to have a book I'm looking for.

                                                                                                      1. re: JoanN

                                                                                                        JoanN, if you see any good books on TGC, please share the titles. I am planning to exit as well and would like to use up my points (36) before I do. So far I am considering One Good Dish and possibly The New Midwestern Table. Thoughts?

                                                                                                        1. re: herby

                                                                                                          A month or so ago I pre-ordered “The Baking Bible” by Rose Levy Beranbaum and “Nick Malgieri's Pastry,” both due out in the Fall. I’ve written to them asking if I can apply my points to books that had already been ordered but not yet delivered, but I haven’t heard back from them yet.

                                                                                                          I don’t have either of the books you mentioned. I know a lot of people here seem to like the Tanis, but I figure I can get most of his recipes on the NYTimes Web site; could be wrong about that, though. You do know, don’t you? that there’s a cooking from thread for “Midwestern Table.” http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9214... Take a look and see what you think.

                                                                                                          1. re: JoanN

                                                                                                            Thanks for the link to "Cooking from..." thread - I forgot that there is one. Just looked through the thread and not sure that this book is for me. Nick Malgieri's book sounds interesting and I do not have any of his. Off to TGC to investigate :)

                                                                                                              1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                I hope to love him too and just ordered his Pastry and Caramel by Carole Bloom. That and a craft book took care of my points leaving 1P behind which is equal to $1 and nothing to worry about :) I'll wait for the order to ship and can my membership.

                                                                                                                1. re: herby

                                                                                                                  I can't see my points on the site so I emailed them.

                                                                                                                  1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                    My points were showing in the cart but I also got an email from them about the points. Hope you will have your points back quickly!

                                                                                                            1. re: JoanN

                                                                                                              So, I finally heard back from TGC that they will not allow me to apply points to the books I pre-ordered. That's it. I'm done with them. The books probably won't ship until October, but the minute they're in my hot little hands, I'm cashing in my points and saying bye-bye. Maybe by then they'll have something I want; they so rarely do.

                                                                                                              1. re: JoanN

                                                                                                                Joan. Can you cancel the shipment and re-order using points?

                                                                                                                1. re: Siegal

                                                                                                                  I probably could, but I ordered the books when they were offering a twofer deal and I don't have enough points to make up the difference in price.

                                                                                                                  1. re: JoanN

                                                                                                                    I have a book suggestion for you Joan - It is a pre-order (coming soon section book): Huckleberry, by Zoe Nathan. She is an up and coming chef around my parts (Los Angeles). Co-owns a bunch of restaurants with her hubby, all of which are highly successful. The book is going to focus mainly on her baked goods, but I am hopefully some of her other recipes will be in their as well because she makes wonderful salads, soups and meatballs. If you live in LA, the restaurants are Milo and Olive, Huckleberries, Sweet Rose Creamery (now a chain), and one other, the name of which escapes me. I think it will also include a few gluten free options, because she has a few of those on offer at her various storefronts.

                                                                                                                    ETA: A link to a favorite recipe of hers.
                                                                                                                    http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/blue...

                                                                                                                    1. re: dkennedy

                                                                                                                      Ooooh. Like the look of that cake. Will make a note of the title. Thanks for the recommendation.

                                                                                                            2. re: herby

                                                                                                              I recently bought Tyler Florence's Fresh from the TGC sale section. I also have and like (not love) One Good Dish. That is to say, I am glad I own it, but I haven't made good use out of either book - yet. The other book that is calling to me is Buvette. I see that one is in the coming soon section.

                                                                                                              1. re: dkennedy

                                                                                                                Thank you, DK! I quickly looked at Buvette and it appears that I have many of the same recipes in other books and this, I must say, is becoming my problem with new books.

                                                                                                        2. 50 Chowders by Jasper White finally arrived yesterday and I flipped through it quickly. I want to make every one of the recipes. Curiously, he includes Christopher Kimball's buttermilk baking powder biscuits recipe as an accompaniment for many of the chowders.

                                                                                                          http://www.eatyourbooks.com/library/1...

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                                                                                                            1. re: JoanN

                                                                                                              (It was on--ly a pen--ny from Am-a--zon, she sings lightly)

                                                                                                              1. re: Gio

                                                                                                                Damn! I had to pay a quarter for it. And I'm sure it will be worth every centavo. (Love you, Gio!)

                                                                                                                1. re: JoanN

                                                                                                                  Me too you. Let's hope we won't regret it. But it's Jasper White, after all.

                                                                                                          1. I'm probably the last person on Earth to get it, but I finally picked up Mighty Spice. It's a great book! Lots of meals that look like they can come together pretty quickly, and great for those times when you find that you need to restock your spices, but want a flavorful dish that uses only 3 or 4 spices.

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                                                                                                            1. re: alliegator

                                                                                                              I really really like Mighty Spice! There is a cooking from thread on it if you need inspiration or want to add a review.
                                                                                                              Here is a link: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8052...

                                                                                                              1. re: LulusMom

                                                                                                                Thank you! I had never come across the thread before :)

                                                                                                            2. Somewhat relevant: I recently lost a couple of eBay auctions, one for Anne Sophie Pic's "Le Livre Blanc" and the other for David Chang's "Momofuku". This is generally how I buy cookbooks. I got Mai Pham's "Pleasures of the Vietnamese Table" for $6 and Aduriz's "Mugaritz" for $15 this way. The "Le Livre Blanc" loss was especially annoying. The book looks gorgeous.

                                                                                                              1. America's Best Pies by the American Pie Council ( 1.99 on kindle right now)
                                                                                                                Backyard Foraging: 65 Familiar Plants You Didn't Know You Could Eat by Ellen Zachos (2.51 on kindle )
                                                                                                                Culinary Herbs : Their Cultivation, Harvesting, Curing and Uses (Illustrated) by M. G. Kains 2014 edition ( .99 on kindle)

                                                                                                                I'm all about my vegetable garden at the moment. Picked an arm full of radishes today and I have some zucchini I need to do something with. I think they are going in a curry.

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                                                                                                                1. re: rasputina

                                                                                                                  If you have the Gourmet Today book (the green one) it has a wonderful recipe for Zucchini Curry.

                                                                                                                  1. re: LulusMom

                                                                                                                    I don't but thanks for posting about it.

                                                                                                                2. Got caught in a downpour, ducked into the library, and pulled "Avec Eric" off the shelf. I started CamScanning, but gave up after about five pages and just started reading. Two hours later, I came home and bought the book. $3.26 for a new copy on Amazon. And this way, I get to own all those photos of Eric. Hubba hubba.

                                                                                                                  1. Just got "Falling Cloudberries - A World of Family Recipes" by Tessa Kiros. I've been intrigued by the concept of this book for a while, but had never actually seen it. I finally broke down and bought an inexpensive used copy.

                                                                                                                    I've only spent a little time looking through it, but it is a lovely book. The author's mother is Finnish, her father is Greek Cypriot, she grew up in South Africa, and her husband is Italian. She has chapters with family recipes from Finland, Greece, Cyprus, South Africa, Italy, and the "World" (mostly recipes from friends). There are many little vignettes in the book with family stories and memories. The recipes are mostly traditional home cooking. It looks like it will be an enjoyable cookbook to read through.

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                                                                                                                    1. re: stockholm28

                                                                                                                      I have had my eye on that one for a while. Please report back when you have had a chance to cook from it.

                                                                                                                      1. re: stockholm28

                                                                                                                        I think the food photography in that book is spectacular. You feel as if you're looking at the food itself, not a photo.

                                                                                                                        1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                          It is really gorgeous ... not only the food photos, but the scenery from the different countries.

                                                                                                                      2. Never thought I'd get another cookery book til I recently tracked down Germany and Hungary Culinaria (http://tinyurl.com/qyklau6)

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                                                                                                                          1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                            I don't have a one. Can you tell me what makes them so wonderful?

                                                                                                                            1. re: dkennedy

                                                                                                                              They cover a lo of the aspects of a cuisine, with recipes -- which I've never used -- and gorgeous photos.

                                                                                                                        1. I got Honey & Co for my birthday -- it's a middle Eastern book from a London restaurant of the same name. The owners are Isreali and have worked in all sorts of top London restaurants, including Ottolenghi. It's full of interesting recipes, including some great cured and pickled stuff. The pickled cucumbers were the surprise hit of a meal I prepared on Saturday while spending the weekend with friends in France. So good I'm making them again soon!

                                                                                                                          Also succumbed to a TKMaxx bargain - Three Good Things on a Plate by Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall. Lots of simple but enticing recipes. I made a salad of baby spinach, mushrooms and blue cheese at the weekend (but with lamb's lettuce instead of spinach which they do not seem to sell in France for some reason). I also made and enjoyed a pasta recipe involving asparagus (last of the season - sob) and chorizo.

                                                                                                                          1. After dining at Annisa last night, I decided to purchase Anita Lo's book, Dining Without Borders, which was less than $7 new on Amazon.

                                                                                                                            1. Two more to report: I finally picked up a copy of FONDA SAN MIGUEL. It has been on my wish list for some time, and an inexpensive copy finally became available. Just finished paging through it, and though it is beautiful, and every recipe sounds enticing, I realize, I did not need this book. I have to remember that for future reference. It must become my mantra: I do not need this book. I do not need this book. I do not need this book. Sigh. But now that I own it, I will have to make use of it.

                                                                                                                              HUCKLEBERRY by Zoe Nathan. This one is on preorder. Bought it with my points from COTM. Zoe is a local chef and I buy something from one of her shops at least one time a week so I am sure I will make use of this one. It has been hinted that it will be filled with mainly baking recipes (I am not a baker) so I really do not need this book. But, another sigh, I bought it. And I can't wait for it's release day (September).

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                                                                                                                              1. re: dkennedy

                                                                                                                                I have Fonda San Miguel also. I picked it up at the Austin Costco about 2 years ago but never managed to make it to the restaurant sadly.

                                                                                                                                1. re: dkennedy

                                                                                                                                  I am hosting a Ladies Tea in a few weeks so I made a test run of a recipe I was thinking of serving on that day. I pulled Zoe's jam filled scone recipe off the internet and if this is an indication as to how the recipes in her book are going to come out, this is going to be a great book.

                                                                                                                                  The link I used:
                                                                                                                                  http://www.foodandwine.com/chefs/zoe-...

                                                                                                                                  ETA: I substituted GF flour for the regular flour, and cut out my dough using a square biscuit cutter. I froze my dough briefly (10 minutes) before attempting to cut it up, to firm up the dough. The recipe specifies baking for 30 minutes, mine were done in 23 minutes. Delicious!

                                                                                                                                  1. re: dkennedy

                                                                                                                                    dkennedy, I didn't see a scone recipe among the links at the bottom of that page. Am I missing something?

                                                                                                                                      1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                        Thx, I must have attached the wrong link.

                                                                                                                                        1. re: dkennedy

                                                                                                                                          They do look fabulous, and I love that you HAVE to freeze them before baking. Makes it a great thing to have on hand!

                                                                                                                                  2. re: dkennedy

                                                                                                                                    I have Huckleberry sitting in my cart on Amazon. I am a baker and I still probably don't "need" it - but when has that ever stopped most of us? ;)

                                                                                                                                  3. I just ordered a used copy of Jacques Pépin's La Technique on ABEbooks. I've decided that I want to get back to a few basics. Looking forward to receiving it!

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                                                                                                                                      1. re: pistachio peas

                                                                                                                                        This might be the moment to mention for those who are members of The Good Cook that Jacques Pepin's New Complete Techniques is now $13. there (hardcover).

                                                                                                                                        1. re: ellabee

                                                                                                                                          Is the "New" significantly different from the original?

                                                                                                                                          1. re: qianning

                                                                                                                                            I was wondering as well. Is it worth replacing my old one? I realize it's been nearly 40 years, but has technique really changed all that much in that time?

                                                                                                                                            1. re: JoanN

                                                                                                                                              No, there are some new pictures, some even in color, but it's probably not the thing for people who have one of the originals.

                                                                                                                                              But it's an outstanding gift for new cooks, or a reference for one whose interest is deepening...

                                                                                                                                      2. I too have "Food of Life" Just got "From Persia to Napa"
                                                                                                                                        also by Najmieh Batmanglij. Beautiful!
                                                                                                                                        My husband is Persian, born in Tehran. God bless my mother-in-law for teaching me to make such delicious food!

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                                                                                                                                        1. re: uneed2eat

                                                                                                                                          I love people discovering Persian food.

                                                                                                                                        2. I finally got around to purchasing a Fannie Farmer for myself. 13th edition (as I do so love Marion). I'm in traditional home-cooking Heaven right about now. Please, don't wake me up.

                                                                                                                                          1. I just ordered Bourdain's Les Halles cookbook. I'm such a big fan and am surprised at myself that I don't have it yet.
                                                                                                                                            In other cookbook stuff, my neighborhood B&N is closing :( But there will be clearance, I'm sure. And they have some good stuff :)

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                                                                                                                                            1. re: alliegator

                                                                                                                                              Another brick and mortar store closing down. :( I remember going to browse bookstores on a date. This is sort of sad.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                It is sad. I love books. And my pap and I spend a lot of hours in there browsing. Le sigh...
                                                                                                                                                The only thing that would make it ok is if a nice place to eat or a good market takes over the space. No word yet.

                                                                                                                                              2. re: alliegator

                                                                                                                                                I love that cookbook. His text is in the same manner as his speaking. It adds to the fun when a cookbook makes you laugh while you cook.

                                                                                                                                                1. re: alliegator

                                                                                                                                                  I love the beef bourguignon recipe in that book.

                                                                                                                                                2. For laughs, I am dying to see the My Drunk Kitchen cookbook. I am hoping I might get it for Hanukkah from the same person who gave me my Amy Sedaris cookbook.

                                                                                                                                                  1. I just got Radically Simple in preparation for next month's COTM - it looks interesting. I've flagged about 20 recipes, mostly in the soup and salad chapters - I don't make a lot of soup, and I tend to get stuck in a rut with salads, so there were a lot of fresh ideas there.

                                                                                                                                                    I also got Fish Without a Doubt, which I know is a big favorite on these boards. I love fish and don't cook it nearly often enough, so hopefully this book will inspire me. DH isn't a huge fish/shellfish fan but he has recently expressed a desire to eat more of it, so a little more fish knowledge should come in handy.

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                                                                                                                                                    1. re: biondanonima

                                                                                                                                                      FWAD is probably the best used cookbook on my shelves. And I’ve given it as a gift to a number of friends. In fact, just the other night I was Skyping with a friend in Seattle to whom I had given the book about a year ago and we both, coincidentally, had made the Tuna au Poivre the night before. We’ll be sharing a condo in Hawaii this Fall and agreed that even if it meant having to bring less other stuff, one of us would have to bring this book.

                                                                                                                                                      You're gonna love it. Guaranteed.

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: JoanN

                                                                                                                                                        Wow, that's some high praise! I actually just finished reading it and while there are a few recipes I want to try, I think the techniques are by far the most valuable lessons in the book. Lists of which fish to sub for which are also super helpful. Now to find a good and not-TOO-expensive fishmonger...

                                                                                                                                                    2. James Villas' Southern Fried is on sale on Kindle right now for 2.99 if anyones interested.

                                                                                                                                                      1. TGC bundle sale, if anyone is interested!

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                                                                                                                                                        1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                          The Good Cook club is totally f***ed! Tried to take advantage of the holiday bundle sale. I put four books in my cart, went to check out, and nothing happened when I clicked on “place order.” Went to live support, and see there are “23 visitors waiting to be served.” Evidently I’m not the only one. I don’t understand how these people stay in business.

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: JoanN

                                                                                                                                                            Hmmm. I got two bundled books, and didn't have any problems.

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                              I waited an hour to get someone on line, and once I did it took nearly another hour for them to put through my order. They kept asking me the same questions over and over again and I must have gotten at least eight messages apologizing and saying they were having technical difficulties. In the end, they finally did put my order through manually, but it was all in all a painful experience.

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: JoanN

                                                                                                                                                                Which books are you guys ordering? I only ever order when they have a bundle/$13-any-title sale, and I haven't found much to order for ages, it seems, other than pre-ordering RLB's Baking Bible. But I have points to use so am interested in digging up anything they've got that's worth shelf space (shelf space is beyond limited, so I'm picky!).

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                                                                                                                                                                  I pre-ordered both RLB's and Nick Maglieri's books, due out in the fall, and ordered "Caramel" and "Buvette." (I just cleaned out two shelves of novels; guess I just can't stand to see all that empty space.)

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                                                                                                                                                                    I ordered Buvette, RLB and Nick Maglieri's new ones, and Huckleberry.

                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: JoanN

                                                                                                                                                                    Maybe they were just having technical difficulties....it happens on occasion

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Siegal

                                                                                                                                                                      Yes, that was what they said. Over, and over, and over again. I'd be more sympathetic if there hadn't been so many problems with both the Web site and the club structure for nearly a year now.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: JoanN

                                                                                                                                                                        Yea I was considering ordering from them
                                                                                                                                                                        But I hear mixed reviews on here. Maybe if they ever have 4 books I REALLY want

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Siegal

                                                                                                                                                                          That's always been my problem, too. I can't say I REALLY wanted all the books I just ordered, but I did want two of them and the other two sounded quite appealing. Once those books arrive, and I've cashed in my points (which you can't do when you're taking advantage of one of their bundle offers), I'm done. I can nearly always buy what I really want less expensively used on Amazon.

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: JoanN

                                                                                                                                                                            I gave up on them years ago when I did some comparison shopping with amazon and included the shipping that TGC would have added. Given that TGC had so few books that were interesting to me it was a no-brainer to do what you're planning to do and quit once I had gotten my freebies.

                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: JoanN

                                                                                                                                                                      I've had an experience like this with TGC more than once. It is incredibly frustrating, and I share your view that it is surprising they have managed to stay in business.

                                                                                                                                                              2. Just received Honey & Co. (British Edition) today, and have marked many recipes to try.

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                                                                                                                                                                1. re: pikawicca

                                                                                                                                                                  I highly recommend the pickled cucumbers and carrots, and the cherry and pistachio cake.