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What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? July 2014 edition!

roxlet Jul 1, 2014 05:44 PM

buttertart, who has been felled by a particularly busy time at work, asked me if I would put up the cookbook thread this month.

I will confess that I have bought more cookbooks than I had planned on, but since most of them are pre-orders, I won't feel the impart of my recklessness for some time. However, a long-awaited copy of The New Midwestern Table landed on my doorstep today, and I am really enjoying looking through it.

What books have you purchased or are lusting after?

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  1. c oliver RE: roxlet Jul 1, 2014 05:57 PM

    My pre-ordered copy of Andrea Nguyen's Banh Mi book should be shipping in about a week!

    1. Ruthie789 RE: roxlet Jul 2, 2014 07:26 PM

      My cookbook purchases are often based on the number of times I return to the book at my local Chapters. I keep eyeing the OH She Glows by Angela Liddon, so a purchase is inevitable. In September Danielle Walker is releasing a book, Against all Grain, which I am very interested in. Her blog had a recent heart breaking posting on the short life of her baby daughter, it is a must read.

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        pagesinthesun RE: Ruthie789 Jul 10, 2014 09:32 AM

        I bought Oh She Glows and like it. I'm not vegan or vegetarian, but trying to incorporate this into my diet for many meals. I haven't tried any recipes, but it has been inspirational.
        I have read the post by Danielle Walker regarding her daughter, heartbreaking to say the least.

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          Ruthie789 RE: pagesinthesun Jul 10, 2014 06:33 PM

          I keep looking at Oh She Glows and know it will end of on my shelf.

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        GH1618 RE: roxlet Jul 2, 2014 07:34 PM

        Just today I bought Claiborne's "The New York Times Cook Book" (revised edition, 1990). It's pre-owned, but doesn't appear ever to have been "used." This should complete my collection of comprehensive cookbooks.

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          c oliver RE: GH1618 Jul 2, 2014 08:12 PM

          I've had that book for many years and love it.

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            MidwesternerTT RE: GH1618 Jul 8, 2014 06:13 AM

            Perhaps you got the copy I donated to a local charity. I had it for many years and used it once.

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              pistachio peas RE: GH1618 Jul 16, 2014 09:15 AM

              I just bought this at a thrift store. It's in excellent condition. Curious about where to start.

            2. tim irvine RE: roxlet Jul 2, 2014 07:41 PM

              I was given Momofuku for fathers' day. Not a lot of recipes but the ones in it are great. The interspersed stories are wonderful. The effect is sort of 21st Century James Beard. I love it.

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                ellabee RE: roxlet Jul 2, 2014 07:49 PM

                I've ordered and am waiting to get The Zuni Cafe Cookbook (used) and The Italian Cooking Course by Katie Caldesi (paperback of a book that came out in 2010 under a different title).

                Meanwhile I'm enjoying Kevin West's Saving the Season, which caught my eye at the library.

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                  ellabee RE: ellabee Jul 10, 2014 02:33 PM

                  Saving the Season is much more than a collection of recipes.

                  Kevin West is an excellent writer who reaches readers on many levels. I was especially moved by his family's foodways vignettes because of similar background (Appalachian & western South Carolina), but there's also art appreciation, world history, and a ton of little down-to-earth practicalities. Also gorgeous photos.

                  A most worthwhile book even for those without the slightest intention of putting up anything.

                2. Ruthie789 RE: roxlet Jul 6, 2014 06:06 PM

                  I would like to get a cookbook by Lucy Waverman. I often take a look at her recipes online and use them often. Not sure which one that I want.

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                    rstuart RE: Ruthie789 Jul 7, 2014 07:08 PM

                    My mother has most of them: I will ask her which she likes the most. I suspect that it's an older one that is out of print, but will check..

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                      Ruthie789 RE: rstuart Jul 8, 2014 03:34 PM

                      Thank you!

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                        rstuart RE: Ruthie789 Jul 11, 2014 04:25 PM

                        Ruthie, looks like her favourite is Lucy's Kitchen..
                        http://www.amazon.ca/Lucys-Kitchen-Si...
                        She said that she likes them all though!

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                          Ruthie789 RE: rstuart Jul 13, 2014 04:40 PM

                          It is on my list! As well America's test kitchen now has an encyclopedia type of book of all the recipes on their TV show for a number of seasons. I do like the show for its excellent and scientific approach to cooking and I might purchase it.

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                            Ruthie789 RE: rstuart Jul 13, 2014 07:59 PM

                            Thank you again!

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                              rstuart RE: Ruthie789 Jul 14, 2014 05:28 PM

                              No problem!

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                        herby RE: Ruthie789 Jul 17, 2014 07:42 PM

                        Ruthie, Globe had a Thanksgiving dinner recipes from her new book (do not remember the title) - the recipes looked great and the book idea - organized by taste - sounded interesting. I didn't cook any dishes and was meaning to check the book out but didn't get around to it...

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                          Ruthie789 RE: herby Jul 18, 2014 03:03 PM

                          Thank you Herby, I have seen it in the Globe and love her recipes that is why I would like to get one of her books.

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                        rasputina RE: roxlet Jul 7, 2014 07:09 PM

                        Eight replies in a week? What is everyone on vacation?

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                          roxlet RE: rasputina Jul 8, 2014 05:32 AM

                          Either that, or the cookbooks that are currently available aren't ringing anyone's bells...

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                            LulusMom RE: roxlet Jul 8, 2014 05:38 AM

                            I'm reading along but have to admit, right now I'm both light of pocket and happy with the cookbooks I have. Until something *really* rings my chimes I'm just going to happily sit and watch.

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                              roxlet RE: LulusMom Jul 8, 2014 05:40 AM

                              I think many people here would agree!

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                            Nocturnalbill RE: rasputina Jul 15, 2014 07:11 PM

                            I've planned my purchases for the year, but for the most part, they're all coming out in October.

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                              dkennedy RE: Nocturnalbill Jul 15, 2014 07:24 PM

                              Well don't leave us wondering...what are they?

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                            dkennedy RE: roxlet Jul 8, 2014 05:49 AM

                            You are right. It is too good to be true that we have all abstained from buying cookbooks for a whole week. I know that is not the case for me. I have two new ones to report but they are still enroute so not much to say yet.

                            The first is NOBU. Someone posted a report on EYB and it piqued my interest. I looked it up on Amazon and then down the rabbit hole I went, right after it! Ah, well, at least I can say I don't have many Japanese books so this is a worthy addition to my ever growing collection. And it is indexed on EYB, a great plus. Finally, we love his restaurants and rarely go because of the expense.

                            The second is TEA TIME AT THE INN. My temple had this wonderful tradition of throwing a lady's high tea as a fundraiser. In recent years, the person who threw these teas has fallen off it, so I took it on. My tea will take place on the 27th. Though I had many ideas swimming around my head, I realized I didn't have an actual afternoon tea book, or rather I didn't have one that I found useful.

                            I do own CRUMPETS and SCONES, but this is not illustrated and not indexed in EYB and I've never even once been motivated to make anything out of it the many years it has been on my shelf. Or so was my justification. I bought tea time used on Amazon therefore it may not be here in time to be of much help, but I am sue I will get use from it next year.

                            I pretty much have this year's menu settled at this point anyway. Many of my ideas came from Pinterest of all places! I will be making a gluten free blueberry cornmeal quick bread and a jam filled buttermilk scone (both Huckleberry's recipe). Chocolate madeleines, various tea sandwiches, Parsi deviled eggs (from a past COTM), strawberries and creme fraiche, and a frittata, crostata or quiche to round out the menu. It has been a lot of fun testing recipes!

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                              Sfspicegirl RE: dkennedy Jul 15, 2014 09:55 AM

                              Let me know about Nobu-- i received it as a gift and its been gathering dust-- I'll pull it off the shelf and revisit

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                                dkennedy RE: Sfspicegirl Jul 15, 2014 12:30 PM

                                I will...it hasn't arrived yet!

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                                  dkennedy RE: Sfspicegirl Jul 20, 2014 08:52 AM

                                  Nobu finally arrived and I can see why it is so cheap on Amazon. Though it is a beautiful book, the recipes are not for the faint of heart. I am a pretty accomplished cook, but I will only try a few recipes out of this book. If they are 1/100th as good as the ones he makes at his restaurant, it will be worth the shelf space.

                              2. MidwesternerTT RE: roxlet Jul 8, 2014 06:20 AM

                                This month's COTM, Radically Simple by Rozanne Gold is a likely purchase after my library copy must be returned. So far it's been a great summer cooking guide, yielding delicious meals with minimal effort. I'll be looking at her low carb 1-2-3 cookbook, too.

                                And I'm also really tempted by Salad for Dinner by Jeanne Kelley, which has produced winning meals for the 3 recipes I've made, so far, again using a library copy.

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                                  pistachio peas RE: MidwesternerTT Jul 16, 2014 09:16 AM

                                  I'm also tempted by Salad for Dinner. I love the "caesar" dressing from that book.

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                                  KateBChi RE: roxlet Jul 8, 2014 10:00 AM

                                  I got Michael White's "Classico E Moderno - Essential Italian Cooking" a short while ago. I've made his veal saltimbocca to great success (actually the best version I've ever made)'. His tortellini Bolognese (pork shoulder, sausage, prosciutto, mortadella and Parmesan stuffed) served with "Alla Panna" sauce was absolutely amazing! His recipe for caponata was good but not my favorite version. I loved his spaghetti with crab and sea urchin but used squid ink pasta instead of regular spaghetti. For Thursday I am trying his chicken liver crostini with Marsala braised onions and his beef carpaccio with anchovy and mushrooms (raw white and pickled enoki mushrooms) with Parmesan tuiles. Looking forward to the last two.

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                                    roxlet RE: KateBChi Jul 8, 2014 10:26 AM

                                    I'll have to look at that saltimbocca recipe. Sounds amazing, as does the tortellini Bolognese!

                                  2. Barbara76137 RE: roxlet Jul 10, 2014 09:52 AM

                                    Last Friday my mother bought me Guido's (Galveston, TX) cookbook. I can't wait to try some of the recipes!

                                    1. Candy RE: roxlet Jul 10, 2014 12:00 PM

                                      I just got Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream at Home and Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream Splendid Desserts. I am not impressed. I cannot get around adding cream cheese to the ice cream's base. I'll donate them to the fall Red Cross book sale. I had seen a nice review so I ordered them. :-(

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                                        LulusMom RE: Candy Jul 10, 2014 12:43 PM

                                        Funnily enough, Lulu and I just used this book last month for the first time after having bought it a year or two ago based on reading good things (probably on one of these threads). I found some of the instructions difficult to follow, and I hear you on the cream cheese, but you know what? Our ice cream was phenomenal. And this comes from someone who spent her youth working at a Haagen-Dazs and being very stuck up about ice cream ever since. We made the maple with candied pecans (maybe supposed to be walnuts but we only had pecans) - truly great. So at least give it a chance before chucking it.

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                                          MelMM RE: Candy Jul 10, 2014 12:49 PM

                                          I agree with LlM here. Suspend disbelief and give it a shot. I can't speak for the new book, but I have the ice cream book and the recipes come out just great.

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                                            roxlet RE: Candy Jul 10, 2014 02:26 PM

                                            Yes, I was also dubious, but all the ice cream I've made from the book has been outstanding. I agree with LLM, and MMM. Give it a shot before you donate!

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                                              honkman RE: Candy Jul 10, 2014 09:15 PM

                                              If you read a bit about her chemistry thoughts on her ice cream it makes a lot of sense why she is using her ingredients. You should just try a few of her recipes (The dessert book was underwhelming as the focus was more on cakes etc where there much better books available)

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                                                Candy RE: honkman Jul 11, 2014 10:00 AM

                                                I guess I am a purist. I can't see having corn starch in my ice cream either.

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                                                  honkman RE: Candy Jul 11, 2014 10:52 AM

                                                  Than I hope you don't eat much commercial ice cream (supermarket or independent ice shops) as many of them use some form "water absorbent" to make the ice cream smooth

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                                                    c oliver RE: honkman Jul 11, 2014 04:39 PM

                                                    Seems to be fine for David Lebovitz:

                                                    http://www.davidlebovitz.com/2011/09/...

                                                    This sounds good and interesting. I'd been thinking about getting rid of my hardly ever used ice cream maker but maybe not.

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                                                      Candy RE: honkman 2 days ago

                                                      No I don't buy much commercial stuff. I have the Cuisinart with its own compressor and it makes making home made ice cream a snap.

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                                                  rasputina RE: Candy Jul 13, 2014 05:09 PM

                                                  Cream cheese in ice cream base is incredible. I make the one from the Ultimate Ice Cream cook book.

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                                                  thistle5 RE: roxlet Jul 10, 2014 02:46 PM

                                                  I am loving my copy of Donald Link's "Down South", but we are in moving/purging mode & I don't want to part w/ a single one of my cookbooks.

                                                  1. Savour RE: roxlet Jul 10, 2014 02:52 PM

                                                    I bought the Four and Twenty Blackbirds Pie Book on a whim before a 4th of July Pie Contest (which I did not win, but I didn't use a 4&20 recipe and the judging was suspect.) It makes me want to dive into serious pie baking, and I've bookmarked a bunch of recipes to try. Also bought the Sunset Cookbook because it was so cheap used, and I've often thought it would be something I'd like in my library. I love the magazine.

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                                                      roxlet RE: Savour Jul 14, 2014 02:31 PM

                                                      I bake a lot of pie, but I wasn't sure about the Four and Twenty Blackbirds book. I'm not a huge fan of weird flavor combinations, so I'm not going to buy it unless I can look through it first. WHat's your take?

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                                                        Savour RE: roxlet Jul 15, 2014 09:32 AM

                                                        I like weird flavor combinations, and there are a lot of pies that appeal to me in the book (blueberry lavender! Plum and fig! Black bottom oatmeal!). Another one I've been eyeing that might be more your speed is the Hoosier Mama Book of Pies.

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                                                          emily RE: Savour Jul 15, 2014 10:15 AM

                                                          I have both of these + First Prize Pies and the the last one has the most recipes that appeal to me... different, but not too out there.

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                                                            roxlet RE: Savour Jul 15, 2014 01:01 PM

                                                            I also have Hoosier Mama and First Prize pies, both of which I like. I think Hoosier Mama has a wonderful method/recipe for an all butter crust, which I like, but the family prefers my usual 50/50 butter/shortening one.

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                                                            Nocturnalbill RE: roxlet Jul 15, 2014 07:17 PM

                                                            The flavors are odd, but the recipes work. I have had quite good luck with all the ones I have practiced with thus far. As soon as I make a Gaffney run for peaches, the paprika peach and peaches and cream are happening. I am particularly partial to the Grapefruit and the Cranberry Sage

                                                        2. Antilope RE: roxlet Jul 10, 2014 06:43 PM

                                                          Here are links to some interesting e-cookbooks I recently found:

                                                          Southern Pacific Railroad - Special recipes for guidance of chefs on dining cars - Published 1914
                                                          http://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id...

                                                          Our dining car recipes / Southern Pacific - Published 1940
                                                          http://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id...

                                                          Our dining car recipes / Southern Pacific - Published 1930
                                                          http://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id...

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                                                            roxlet RE: Antilope Jul 11, 2014 04:35 AM

                                                            I love how inexact those 1930 Southern Pacific recipes are!

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                                                              Antilope RE: roxlet Jul 11, 2014 05:08 PM

                                                              Well, in those days, not many families owned pyrometers. ;-)

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                                                            joycebre RE: roxlet Jul 10, 2014 10:10 PM

                                                            I just bought a used copy of Escoffier to replace the one I sold many years ago. (and regretted ever since)

                                                            1. Gio RE: roxlet Jul 11, 2014 06:28 AM

                                                              My pre-ordered copy of Andrea Nguyen's Banh Mi Handbook is due to be delivered tomorrow!!! Hip Hip Hooray! I ordered it in early December and have been awaiting its arrival with the proverbial bated breath. It seems to me this book and perhaps another salad cookbook would be a good pairing for an August COTM.

                                                              1. roxlet RE: roxlet Jul 11, 2014 08:48 AM

                                                                I received my copy of Buvette, and I'm afraid I'm a little ho-hum about it. It is certainly pretty, but on first perusal, nothing jumped out at me as being particularly special or unique. I'd love to know if anyone has gotten this, and has a different take.

                                                                1. sockii RE: roxlet Jul 11, 2014 09:47 AM

                                                                  Last cookbook I bought was Luca Manfe's My Italian Kitchen, back in June. I was hesitant -- as much as I liked Luca on MasterChef I didn't know if I needed Yet Another Italian Cookbook and if it would be worth it being, you know, MasterChef.

                                                                  I absolutely love it! I think I've already made 15 or 16 recipes from the book and they've all came out great. Kind of a nice middleground between Italian restaurant fare and Italian homecooking, with a real Northern Italian emphasis. The orecheitte with zucchini, ricotta and mint is just perfect for this time of year, for instance, when I can get young local zucchini everywhere at our Jersey farmstands. I also especially liked the risotto with beets, goat cheese and pistachios.

                                                                  A friend of mine also bought me Lidia's Italy in America as a late birthday present. I've been looking through it but haven't cooked from it yet. I tend to side-eye Italian-American food vs. Italian food, but there are a few recipes I want to learn how to make to appease my Jersey Italian sweetie who grew up on this stuff!

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                                                                    LulusMom RE: sockii Jul 11, 2014 01:38 PM

                                                                    OK, this is not something I needed to know. I, too, liked Luca a lot on that show (sort of embarrassed that I watch that show but whatever). I saw that he had a book but figured that I didn't really need another Italian cookbook. You're making me wonder if I'm wrong.

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                                                                      sockii RE: LulusMom Jul 11, 2014 02:52 PM

                                                                      Oh, do check it out! I'm not saying this just as a Luca "fan girl" but it's a very good, concise book with some topics I don't see focused on in a lot of other Italian cookbooks -- I mean, there's a whole chapter on tramezzini, of all things! It really seems based on the foods he has loved and grew up with, and learned to cook while in Italy.

                                                                      If it's ok to share here, this is a review I posted of the book with photos of the recipes from it as I've prepared so far, and I'm attaching a couple photos here as well: the beet risotto, roasted pepper crostini, and goat-cheese stuffed figs. http://food.squidoo.com/cooking-with-...

                                                                       
                                                                       
                                                                       
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                                                                        nikkihwood RE: sockii Jul 16, 2014 10:04 PM

                                                                        I have Luca's book from the library, and it's better than I expected, although I wasn't sure what to expect. Interesting risotto, crostini and tramezzini combinations - I'm about to start the pasta chapter. !. If it continues to be as entertainingand interesting as it's been so far, I may purchase it.

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                                                                      madeliner RE: sockii Jul 15, 2014 09:40 PM

                                                                      I had a chance to go to a book signing and talk with Luca and wasn't able to make it which sucked

                                                                      may look for his book tho since there is such good feedback about it

                                                                    3. Jay F RE: roxlet Jul 11, 2014 03:50 PM

                                                                      Lately I've been reading Richard Olney's SIMPLE FRENCH FOOD and David Lebovitz' MY PARIS KITCHEN. I threw together a daube using a chuck roast with Olney's ratios right before the weather got hot, and I'm going to make David's chicken with mustard next.

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                                                                        pistachio peas RE: Jay F Jul 16, 2014 09:18 AM

                                                                        I purchased the Olney book awhile ago but haven't cooked from it yet. There's something daunting about it! Any recommendations on where to start? Should I wait until fall?

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                                                                          Jay F RE: pistachio peas Jul 16, 2014 03:39 PM

                                                                          I find his treatise on daubes the single most interesting thing in the book, and that means fall for me. I made one with a chuck roast before it got hot, just adding the ingredients I wanted, following his sort of "one from column A, one from column B" premise. It was SO good. It confirmed my sense that I do know how to cook.

                                                                          For now, I ought to read up on salads and vegetables. Maybe we both could, and then hit the daubes again in the fall.

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                                                                            pistachio peas RE: Jay F Jul 16, 2014 03:45 PM

                                                                            That's a great idea. I definitely want to make a ratatouille this August so perhaps I'll do it from Olney instead of J.Child.

                                                                      2. Breadcrumbs RE: roxlet Jul 13, 2014 05:31 PM

                                                                        I think it's a record for me on CH but I've popped in so infrequently over the past months due to extensive business travel.

                                                                        That said, I returned home last night and had a bit of shopping to do today. One of my stops was at HomeSense (a TJX company...Home Goods in the US?).

                                                                        Anyway, I got 3 books at bargain prices IMHO and thought I'd post here in case others are interested since these stores seem to get the same merchandise at the same time.

                                                                        FLOUR by Joanne Chang - I have and love FLOUR TOO so to find this for $9.99 was a real treat. I've had it on my Amazon wishlist for at least a year and it's currently @ $26.99CAD so I'm a very happy camper. smtucker, I saw your review on EYB for the Oatmeal Raisin Cookies and I can't wait to try them!

                                                                        KITCHEN GARDEN by Jeanne Kelly - I actually was underwhelmed by her Blue Eggs and some sort of Tomatoes book and though her salad book was talked up a bit I don't think I actually made a thing out of that yet for some reason, I couldn't resist this book when I saw it for $9.99 . What's wrong with me???!!! Does anyone have/love this?

                                                                        LEON FAMILY & FRIENDS - I love LEON (the cafe) and had some lovely lunches there over the past few weeks but the cookbooks I currently own have failed to compel me to cook a thing for some reason. That said, when I looked through this today I wanted to make every dish I saw. It's $12.99 and if I thought I'd be home for much of August, I'd definitely be nominating a LEON COTM so I could give all these books a spin, especially this one!

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                                                                          rstuart RE: Breadcrumbs Jul 13, 2014 07:59 PM

                                                                          BC! I've missed you! I have also been looking at Homesense and Winners, but haven't found anything that I really wanted yet (I am trying to get more discriminating in my purchases)

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                                                                            Ruthie789 RE: Breadcrumbs Jul 13, 2014 08:01 PM

                                                                            I often look for books at our local Winner's the buys are great.

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                                                                              roxlet RE: Breadcrumbs Jul 14, 2014 07:52 AM

                                                                              Nice to see you back here, BC!

                                                                              As for cookie recipes from Flour, I have made the lime cornmeal cookies numerous times, and they are a huge hit. Great flavor, and a wonder crunch from the cornmeal.

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                                                                                herby RE: roxlet Jul 17, 2014 08:08 PM

                                                                                I second the lime cornmeal cookies :)

                                                                                Welcome back, BC! I also like her carrot cake, banana bread, chocolate truffle tart, pineapple upside-down cake and cheddar-scallion scones.

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                                                                              Westminstress RE: roxlet Jul 14, 2014 07:45 AM

                                                                              So I was in Anthropologie for their summer sale and walked out with 66 Square Feet for $8. Don't need another book but I couldn't resist at this price. The theme of this book is seasonal, based around a rooftop garden/terrace in NYC, with a chapter for each month. The author is a naturalist, gardener and forager and that's what really sold me on the book since there a number of recipes starring foraged ingredients many of which I have growing as weeds or landscape plants in my very own backyard. Very excited to have some ideas for what to do with these wild ingredients! Lots of nice recipes for the grill are included as well since the author is originally from South Africa where grilling is a way of life. There are not too many recipes in the book but honestly they all look delicious. Here's the book: http://www.amazon.com/66-Square-Feet-...

                                                                              For the bakers among us, they had some good looking cake and pie books on the sale shelf as well.

                                                                              1. Gio RE: roxlet Jul 14, 2014 02:12 PM

                                                                                This afternoon two new cookbooks arrived:

                                                                                >Heart of the Artichoke and Other Kitchen Journeys by David Tanis
                                                                                http://www.eatyourbooks.com/library/8...
                                                                                Although this is an Amazon resale it looks to be every bit brand new while being labeled "Very Good".

                                                                                "this work consists of 20 full menus, five for each season. Spring offerings include Vietnamese vegetable summer rolls, and "The Flavor of Smoke," featuring tea-smoked chicken salad. Summer belongs to herbs with choices like flat-roasted chicken with rosemary, and rice salad with sweet herbs. With the fall comes flatbread, a focaccia served alongside stuffed raviolone. And winter brings fragrant lamb with prunes and almonds. Tanis rounds out the book with four feasts, celebrational meals involving a suckling pig or kid goat stew." Amazon review

                                                                                >The Bahn Mi Hadbook by Andrea Nguyen (Ten Speed Press July 8, 2014) (pre-ordered December 17, 2013) Too early for EYB
                                                                                http://www.amazon.com/The-Banh-Handbo...

                                                                                50 Recipes for everyone's favorite Vietnamese sandwich. Chef Nguyen includes recipes for the sandwich breads, old traditional classic sandwiches and new concepts as well.

                                                                                1. roxlet RE: roxlet Jul 14, 2014 06:10 PM

                                                                                  A Change of Appetite by Diana Henry, and I am loving it so far! I keep on finding things I want to make. Everything seems so fresh.

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                                                                                    Caitlin McGrath RE: roxlet Jul 14, 2014 06:38 PM

                                                                                    I've really enjoyed the several things I've made from A Change of Appetite (and many more from a couple of her earlier books).

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                                                                                      pagesinthesun RE: roxlet Jul 14, 2014 06:52 PM

                                                                                      I will buy this if it wins COTM. I have read the other threads re: DH and don't own one of her cookbooks yet.

                                                                                      On another new cookbook note, I just ordered Afro-Vegan by Bryant Terry. I'm really looking forward to this book. It should arrive tomorrow. I'll post a followup. Does anyone else have this book?

                                                                                      http://www.amazon.com/Afro-Vegan-Farm...

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                                                                                      RavaIdli RE: roxlet Jul 15, 2014 10:54 AM

                                                                                      For those who live near Half Price Books stores, their coupon sale started yesterday. So 40, 30, 20 or 50% off half price books this week. They usually have many cookbooks, often very recent overstocks, too. I can rarely resist buying one or a few.

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                                                                                        rasputina RE: RavaIdli Jul 15, 2014 01:13 PM

                                                                                        Thanks for posting

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                                                                                        rasputina RE: roxlet Jul 15, 2014 01:15 PM

                                                                                        I bought The Fresh Honey Cookbook: 84 Recipes from a Beekeeper's Kitchen by Laurey Masterton and Baking with Cookie Molds: Secrets and Recipes for Making Amazing Handcrafted Cookies for Your Christmas, Holiday, Wedding, Party, Swap, Exchange, or Everyday Treat by Anne L. Watson, Aaron Shepard

                                                                                        I'm so tempted to buy that Junior's cheesecake cookbook, I've been making a lot of cheesecakes this summer and I've love to try their sponge cake crust version

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                                                                                          dkennedy RE: rasputina Jul 15, 2014 07:05 PM

                                                                                          Now this one caught my attention. Please report back what you think of Beekeeper's Kitchen.

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                                                                                            rasputina RE: dkennedy Jul 16, 2014 06:24 AM

                                                                                            I flipped through it last night and I really like this cookbook. First it's full of beautiful pictures, it's set up monthly with information about what's happening with bee hives that month and it features a specific honey in most of those recipes. The recipes themselves are seasonally focused also. It's written by one of the daughters of the original owners of the Blueberry Hill Inn in Vermont. It's also interspersed with facts about bee's.

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                                                                                              Ruthie789 RE: rasputina Jul 16, 2014 04:01 PM

                                                                                              I have been using quite a bit of unpasteurized honey for baking of late. Must be an interesting read.

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                                                                                            rasputina RE: rasputina Jul 20, 2014 05:47 AM

                                                                                            Oh I did buy the Junior's Cheesecake Cook Book and made the fabulous cappuccino cheesecake recipe last week.

                                                                                          3. cristina RE: roxlet Jul 15, 2014 09:32 PM

                                                                                            YUCATAN, by David Sterling. A true masterpiece. Get it.

                                                                                            Link: http://www.mexicocooks.typepad.com

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                                                                                              Siegal RE: cristina Jul 20, 2014 05:54 AM

                                                                                              I think this will be the next cookbook I buy which is funny bc we don't eat Mexican food. My husband is picky and Mexican is not a favorite but I'm a sucker for travelogue cookbooks or ones full of food history.

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                                                                                                herby RE: Siegal Jul 20, 2014 06:48 AM

                                                                                                I put a hold on Yucatan at the library - I am No.45 on three copies - some time next year? :)

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                                                                                              madeliner RE: roxlet Jul 15, 2014 09:41 PM

                                                                                              is this the same thread where you can nominate a cookbook of the month to cook along with?
                                                                                              I see it isn't sorry

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                                                                                                Allegra_K RE: madeliner Jul 16, 2014 02:59 PM

                                                                                                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/981904 Madeliner, you are just in time to cast a nomination for August's cookbook of the month (or COTM)!

                                                                                                Here is the link to the COTM archives http://http://www.chow.com/cookbook_of_the_m... that you can contribute to if you're so inclined. We add to the reviews all the time, though the current month is usually the most active.

                                                                                              2. herby RE: roxlet Jul 17, 2014 08:20 PM

                                                                                                I bought these books a while ago but they just arrived via my SIL:

                                                                                                The Splendid Table by Lynne Rossetto Kasper - if I am not mistaken, this was a COTM not too long ago. I'll look up the threads and make a list of dishes to start - maybe a bit later on, once the summer is over.

                                                                                                Caramel by Carole Bloom - I am sure it was discussed, possibly even on this thread. If anyone has it I would love to hear impressions, favourites, etc.

                                                                                                Marmalade by Elizabeth Field - charming little book but do I really need it? Probably not...

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                                                                                                  beetlebug RE: herby Jul 18, 2014 07:35 AM

                                                                                                  I bought Caramel this month as well. I borrowed it from the library a few months ago and was instantly enamored. I've made only one recipe (although many appealed) and it was fantastic. It was the brownie with the caramel layer and then topped with ganache. On the caramel layer, I did sprinkle a layer of fleur de del to offset the sweetness.

                                                                                                  One thing I really liked about the book was the caramel recipes didn't call for a candy thermometer. While I do have one, sometimes the extra step of using it will prevent me from making the recipe. The one caramel recipe I made, the timing and instructions were spot on. Plus, I really liked the honey and vanilla additions to give it a more floral note.

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                                                                                                    herby RE: beetlebug Jul 18, 2014 01:40 PM

                                                                                                    Thank you, BB! I'll mark the brownies recipe to try soon.

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                                                                                                      beetlebug RE: herby Jul 18, 2014 02:36 PM

                                                                                                      I would wait until it's cooler. I suspect the caramel and/or ganache layer would slide right off the brownie if it's too hot/humid outside. Although, you may be civilized and have air conditioning for those icky summer days.

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                                                                                                        herby RE: beetlebug Jul 18, 2014 03:38 PM

                                                                                                        It depends on where we are, doesn't it? I just came back from a cottage on Georgian Bay and had to lid the stove for the last two evenings - it was freezing! Now back in Ottawa the temperature is very pleasant for another day or two and then humidity moves in... I'll wait till September for the brownies :)

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                                                                                                    KateBChi RE: herby about 23 hours ago

                                                                                                    I've been cooking from "The Splendid Table" for many many years. Now I primarily use it for her brodo, sugo de carne and variations on various ragus. Several of which I really enjoy. I make the brodo recipe at least twice per year and use it as is for pasta in broth and slightly diluted for soups, sauces and other uses. The sugo de carne gets made in a double batch once per year - it is like a secret weapon of deliciousness. I like her ideas for stuffed pastas and have made some over the years but they get modified by whim and personal taste. For example her zucca stuffed pasta always gets crushed amaretto cookies thrown in.
                                                                                                    I like the simplicity of her recipe for "Erminas pan crisped chicken" and the lemon sauce for the lemon chicken as well as her oven roasted potatoes. I've been making the recipes above since her book came out.

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                                                                                                      herby RE: KateBChi about 14 hours ago

                                                                                                      Many thanks, Kate! I am making a note of all your recommendations on a sticky to keep inside the book.

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                                                                                                    shoes RE: roxlet Jul 18, 2014 02:08 PM

                                                                                                    My husband got me the five-volume Modernist Cooking set by Nathan Myhrvold. What a beautiful and amazing collection! I read the first volume and have a whole new appreciation and perspective on food safety, farming and other basics.

                                                                                                    I don't know if I will ever COOK anything from this, though.

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                                                                                                      Gio RE: shoes Jul 18, 2014 04:38 PM

                                                                                                      But the knowledge you've acquired will inform the rest of your cooking. I'm glad to read what you think. Thank you.

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                                                                                                        honkman RE: shoes 1 day ago

                                                                                                        You should use Modernist recipes similar to most other high end cookbook, e.g. French Laundry, Volt, Alinea, EMP- try a complete dish when you have enough time otherwise cook just certain components of a dish and combine it with something simpler. Also you should also buy Modernist Cuisine at Home which is much more recipe focused and many of them much simpler but still using the Modernist mindset - we just made tonight out of the book one excellent recipe - pressure cooked pork belly adobo.

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