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

    1. 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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      1. re: Ruthie789

        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.

        1. re: pagesinthesun

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

      2. 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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        1. re: GH1618

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

          1. re: GH1618

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

            1. re: GH1618

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

            2. 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.

              1. 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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                1. re: ellabee

                  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. 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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                  1. re: Ruthie789

                    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..

                    1. re: rstuart

                      Thank you!

                      1. re: Ruthie789

                        Ruthie, looks like her favourite is Lucy's Kitchen..
                        She said that she likes them all though!

                        1. re: rstuart

                          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.

                          1. re: rstuart

                            Thank you again!

                            1. re: Ruthie789

                              No problem!

                      2. re: Ruthie789

                        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...

                        1. re: herby

                          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.

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

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                        1. re: rasputina

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

                          1. re: roxlet

                            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.

                            1. re: LulusMom

                              I think many people here would agree!

                          2. re: rasputina

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

                            1. re: Nocturnalbill

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

                          3. 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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                            1. re: dkennedy

                              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

                              1. re: Sfspicegirl

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

                                1. re: Sfspicegirl

                                  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. 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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                                1. re: MidwesternerTT

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

                                  1. re: MidwesternerTT

                                    My copy of Radically Simple is on it's way. I still have sticky-notes on 2-dozen pages of the library's book - no way I'll be done cooking from it before July's over.

                                  2. 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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                                    1. re: KateBChi

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

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

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                                      1. re: Barbara76137

                                        Looked on Amazon for Guido's cookbook & there were several good reviews but none of them told me what kind of recipes are in the book. Is it all fish/seafood or what?

                                        I collect Texas cookbooks & am curious about this one. No "look inside" option on Amazon.

                                        Thanks for any tidbit you can provide.

                                        1. re: cstout

                                          It's not just fish & seafood, but everything from cocktails to dessert from the restaurant. I'll try to take a picture of the table of contents.

                                          The recipes are pretty confusing. I tried the gumbo and it seemed to not make much sense.

                                          1. re: cstout

                                            Saw that you collect Texan cookbooks. Do you have "The Texas Food Bible" by Dean Fearing? Or "The Mansion on Turtle Creek"? Thinking about buying these.

                                        2. 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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                                          1. re: Candy

                                            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.

                                            1. re: Candy

                                              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.

                                              1. re: Candy

                                                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!

                                                1. re: Candy

                                                  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)

                                                  1. re: honkman

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

                                                    1. re: Candy

                                                      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

                                                      1. re: honkman

                                                        Seems to be fine for David Lebovitz:


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

                                                        1. re: honkman

                                                          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.

                                                    2. re: Candy

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

                                                    3. 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. 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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                                                        1. re: Savour

                                                          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?

                                                          1. re: roxlet

                                                            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.

                                                            1. re: Savour

                                                              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.

                                                              1. re: Savour

                                                                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.

                                                              2. re: roxlet

                                                                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. 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

                                                              Our dining car recipes / Southern Pacific - Published 1940

                                                              Our dining car recipes / Southern Pacific - Published 1930

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                                                              1. re: Antilope

                                                                I love how inexact those 1930 Southern Pacific recipes are!

                                                                1. re: roxlet

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

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

                                                                1. 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. 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. 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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                                                                      1. re: sockii

                                                                        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.

                                                                        1. re: LulusMom

                                                                          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-...

                                                                          1. re: sockii

                                                                            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.

                                                                        2. re: sockii

                                                                          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. 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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                                                                          1. re: Jay F

                                                                            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?

                                                                            1. re: pistachio peas

                                                                              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.

                                                                              1. re: Jay F

                                                                                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. 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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                                                                            1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                              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)

                                                                              1. re: Breadcrumbs

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

                                                                                1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                  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.

                                                                                  1. re: roxlet

                                                                                    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.

                                                                                2. 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. This afternoon two new cookbooks arrived:

                                                                                    >Heart of the Artichoke and Other Kitchen Journeys by David Tanis
                                                                                    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

                                                                                    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. 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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                                                                                      1. re: roxlet

                                                                                        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).

                                                                                        1. re: roxlet

                                                                                          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?


                                                                                        2. 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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                                                                                          1. re: RavaIdli

                                                                                            Thanks for posting

                                                                                          2. 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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                                                                                            1. re: rasputina

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

                                                                                              1. re: dkennedy

                                                                                                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.

                                                                                                1. re: rasputina

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

                                                                                              2. re: rasputina

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

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

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

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                                                                                                1. re: cristina

                                                                                                  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.

                                                                                                  1. re: Siegal

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

                                                                                                2. 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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                                                                                                  1. re: madeliner

                                                                                                    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. 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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                                                                                                    1. re: herby

                                                                                                      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.

                                                                                                      1. re: beetlebug

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

                                                                                                        1. re: herby

                                                                                                          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.

                                                                                                          1. re: beetlebug

                                                                                                            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 :)

                                                                                                      2. re: herby

                                                                                                        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.

                                                                                                        1. re: KateBChi

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

                                                                                                      3. 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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                                                                                                        1. re: shoes

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

                                                                                                          1. re: shoes

                                                                                                            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.

                                                                                                          2. I'm kicking myself for not picking up Ellie Krieger's Weeknight Wonders when I saw it for a good price at Homesense.. I got it from the library, and there were quite a few recipes that I bookmarked.. will have to keep an eye out for it.

                                                                                                            1. I have signed copies of Sunday Suppers at Lucques and the A.O.C. Cookbook getting shipped to me straight from the restaurant.

                                                                                                              Thinking about getting the Zuni Cafe Cookbook next. Also looking for a nice tapas cookbook and up for consideration is José Andrés, Penelope Casas, and Pintxos: Small Plates in the Basque Tradition.

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                                                                                                              1. re: GOJIRA

                                                                                                                I just got a "used" (apparently never used) copy of the Zuni Cafe Cookbook and am thoroughly enjoying it. Judy Rodgers conveys a lot of wisdom about the many little ways to bring out the best in food, which is making it productive as well as a pleasure to read every evening.

                                                                                                              2. Japanese Soul Cooking by Tadashi Ono and Harris Salat should arrive today. I enjoy Japanese food but usually leave cooking it to the experts. Hopefully, I
                                                                                                                l'll be able to crank out some of my own :)
                                                                                                                I also pre ordered Heritage by Sean Brock. It'll be released in October.

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                                                                                                                1. re: alliegator

                                                                                                                  I have Soul Cooking too, Alliegator. Not cooked anything yet. But, I have a feeling that Andrea Nguyen's new Bahn Mi book will inspire me to at least read a little in the Japanese book. I hope so anyway.

                                                                                                                  1. re: alliegator

                                                                                                                    I have Japanese Soul Cooking, and it looks nice (plus, I've liked the other books by the authors), but I haven't gotten around to cooking from it yet. I'd like to hear what you make and what you think.

                                                                                                                    I have also pre-ordered Heritage. I'm very excited about that book!

                                                                                                                    1. re: MelMM

                                                                                                                      The book is very nice! It might be a week or two before I cook anything from it--extreme heat in my neck of the woods is taking the fun out of cooking for now :/
                                                                                                                      Also very excited from Heritage. I used to live in Charleston where Sean Brock works. Everything that man touched has turned to gold :)

                                                                                                                  2. Now that we have a Diana Henry month coming up for COTM, I think I will finally cave and buy Plenty (at the very least).

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                                                                                                                    1. re: LulusMom

                                                                                                                      It didn't take me long - I ordered both Plenty and Crazy Water, Pickled Lemons by Diana Henry last night. Glad I finally had an excuse to do so.

                                                                                                                    2. I would like to order the new Dorie Greenspan book, available on preorder, Baking Chez Moi.

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                                                                                                                      1. re: Ruthie789

                                                                                                                        Yes.. I am going to order it from the library first, but Dorie is very popular with Torontonians!

                                                                                                                        1. re: rstuart

                                                                                                                          My library only has donated books and they never purchase anything on trend.

                                                                                                                          1. re: Ruthie789

                                                                                                                            Oh no! I really rely on the Toronto Public Library.. so many great resources!

                                                                                                                            1. re: rstuart

                                                                                                                              Suburbia is my where my humble abode is, the city has better libraries.

                                                                                                                      2. This one


                                                                                                                        What attracted me is the "healing recipes" part.

                                                                                                                        Here is one

                                                                                                                        Portobello mushroom and grilled onion burgers (vegan):
                                                                                                                        Marinade for the mushroom is essential – 2 tablespoons Balsamic vinegar; 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil or avocado oil; 1 tablespoon wheat-free Tamari or organic Nama Shoyu soy sauce; 1/8 teaspoon smoked sweet paprika; 1 peeled garlic clove (grated or minced); 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper; 2 teaspoons organic maple syrup – grade B.
                                                                                                                        * The burgers include 4 large Portobello mushrooms – cleaned and patted dry
                                                                                                                        * 1 large white onion (peeled and cut into thick slices
                                                                                                                        )* Olive or avocado oil to cook mushrooms and onions
                                                                                                                        * 2 sprouted whole grain hamburger buns –toasted
                                                                                                                        * Dijon mustard
                                                                                                                        * ¼ cup baby romaine lettuce – washed and patted dry.
                                                                                                                        Marinate mushrooms and onions for 30 minutes. Drizzle with oil and cook on medium heat for 15 minutes, turning mushrooms halfway through. Serve immediately

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                                                                                                                        1. re: foodisto

                                                                                                                          What makes this recipe (or any other recipe in the book) particular "healing" ?

                                                                                                                        2. So today, I broke down and ordered A Change of Appetite/Diana Henry... and pre-ordered Plenty More/Ottolenghi. If that isn't positive thinking what is?

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                                                                                                                          1. re: Gio

                                                                                                                            I think you will greatly enjoy ACOA. Nothing wrong with positive thinking!

                                                                                                                            1. re: pikawicca


                                                                                                                          2. As I posted the other day, Pickles, Pork and Whiskey by John Curance. This is a terrific cookbook for lovers of Southern food. It arrived on Sunday and I've already put up fresh okra for his pickles. It is quite a fine book.

                                                                                                                            1. I posted about Pickles, Pork and Whiskey by John Currance who has a restaurant in Oxford, Miss. The Central Grocery. He is a Beard award winner and is a must for anyone who likes or loves central South food. It took me just an hour of leafing through it, I had it out from my public library, to set me to ordering it. Love it.

                                                                                                                              1. My mom had two copies if SUPERFOOD KITCHEN so I took one. I'm not sure how likely it is I may "cook" from it though. You need a lot of very odd ingrediants from places like whole foods and I just don't get there very often. Anyone have the book and think it's worth it?