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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? August 2014 Edition!

For the most part, my purchase of cookbooks has been focused on pre-purchases for the coming fall releases. I'm eagerly awaiting the new books by Yotam Ottolenghi, Rose Levy Beranbaum, Nick Malgieri, and Dorie Greenspan. (Note to the files: Make room on the bookshelves!) In the meantime, I am enjoying my recent purchases including my fiirst Diana Henry and Anita Lo's Cooking Without Borders.

What is new on your bookshelf, and what are you looking forward to this fall?

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  1. I also purchased my first Diana Henry book (A Change of Appetite), in hopes of joining this months COTM. AND, I also pre-ordered Ottolenghi's Plenty More. I have to keep the collection going...

    I wanted to share a "new to me" feature on Amazon. (I haven't read all of the July "cookbooks" postings, so excuse me if this is a repeat.) Amazon is offering a new membership for Unlimited Kindle books. For $10 per month you can have as many as 10 Kindle books in your library. Return one and check out another, unlimited. Now, not ALL books are part of the program, but there are many that have many cookbooks that are worth a look. I just downloaded Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams and 25 Tomatoes. I have't spend time sifting through other available books yet, but thought it was worth a mention on this thread. I have mentioned before that I'm not the biggest fan of Kindle cookbooks, but I couldn't resist this.

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    1. re: pagesinthesun

      Very interesting, although I've yet to fall in love with cookbooks on my iPad.

    2. Just an FYI the Lodge Cast Iron Cookbook is the kindle deal of the day today ( August 3rd) at 1.99

      no endorsement implied.

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      1. re: rasputina

        Thanks, I am thinking of buying a cast iron skillet.

      2. Here are some oldies but goodies. Pillsbury and Gold Medal Flour Cookbooks from 1911 and the Ryzon Baking Powder Cookbook from 1917 that you can read online or download in PDF format for free:
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        1. I had to stop reading these threads as my resolve has just melted away. I've pre-ordered and acquired several in the past few months.

          Like roxlet (and many others, no doubt) I've pre-ordered the new Malgieri and Berenbaum.

          "Fried and True" (on a whim after some discussion about it on CH; I'll probably hardly use it as I almost never fry chicken).

          "My Italian Kitchen" (because I'm desperately in need of another Italian cookbook! Ha.)

          "A Change of Appetite" (August COTM. I had to.)

          "The Way We Ate: 100 Chefs Celebrate a Century at the American Table": a strange book. I've enjoyed reading it, it is full of lovely photos and interesting recipes, many of which I've marked (including some very good-sounding cocktails), but the title is entirely misleading. The book is organized according to decades and within those units, chefs (and that designation is loosely applied) "interpret" given years and their events, and the connections made are often quite a stretch. 1977, for example, is associated w/the release of Fleetwood Mac's "Rumors." The corresponding recipe for schlutzkrapfen (which looks delicious) connects to said event because of "multiple voices or flavors, and a prevailing smokiness reminiscent of Stevie Nicks's lead." If you can get around that kind of thing, the book seems to contain several gems. It's not at all what I expected, but I don't regret buying it.

          A few days ago, I ordered another four books from TGC and can't even remember what they are right now. Someone needs to ban me from the Internet.

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          1. re: nomadchowwoman

            Love this! I feel like a masochist for always getting myself onto these threads (although I've been doing pretty darned well). My favorite: "I had to". I certainly know that feeling.

            1. re: nomadchowwoman

              I love that there are others out there that collect cookbooks like I do! You make me feel normal :o)

              1. re: CMCooks

                I have a recollection of a CH, who shall remain unnamed and isn't on this thread btw, who has over a thousand cookbooks. And there are certainly plenty who have hundreds.

                1. re: c oliver

                  I'm not sure who you're referring to but I have well over a thousand at this point! It's crazy, I know. And I don't have a large home. I'm facing the fact that a serious culling is in my near future, I just don't have room for all of them anymore.

                  1. re: flourgirl

                    I spent a bunch of time last summer culling, and to be honest, I was really glad it happened. I can honestly say that I haven't missed one of those books (yet) and I took a LOT of them to the library - something like 6 big grocery bags. And I've been mostly good about not ordering a book the moment it crosses my radar.

                    1. re: LulusMom

                      I have been trying for some time to cull with very little success. So far I've managed to let go of something like 5 books. I need to go back on the purging thread and reread it. I need some inspiration in that department.

                      1. re: dkennedy

                        I didn't get the culling gene either. At least, not for cookbooks. About a year ago I put nine books on the floor under my bookshelf. Haven't looked at any of them since, and I still can't bring myself to get them out of the apartment. I did, however, manage to throw out a couple of shelves of novels and old reference books. Those shelves are now about half full. With cookbooks, of course. It's a disease. And I can't decide whether or not I'm pleased that there seems to be no cure.

                        1. re: JoanN

                          I have a Considering Discarding bookmark on EYB with about 35 contenders, but still they stay on my shelves, virtual and real.

                      2. re: LulusMom

                        I've done a couple of major culls and, still, I have an overwhelming number of cookbooks in at least 4 rooms of the house. And my system of organization has broken down because I've run out of room --again. It used to be I kept all of my Asian books in one area, British books in another, appliance cooking in another, desserts in another and so on...but now almost every section has gone to overflow shelving, which means I can't find anything. And I continue to acquire more. It's gotten to the point where I feel so guilty about having them, that it's hard to cook from them. Like cooker's block!

                        So, yesterday, I literally boxed up almost 5 boxes of books with the intention of just holding them for awhile, until I'm ready to cook from them again until stop feeling guilty about them. Basically, I've regained my overflow space, plus one shelf.

                        I cut really deep. From Arabesque to Zuni Cafe--and that's not even a joke, both of those beloved books went in boxes. I haven't cooked from them in a long while and I just don't see a change in cooking habits on the horizon. Art of Chinese Cooking, all my Simon Hopkinsons, both of my 3 inch thick books on Latin American Cooking, Roden's Spain. Pok Pok and Smoke and Pickles (neither of which I cooked from even when they were COTM), David Thompson (that book is just too big!) and so on. I'm going to photograph each box (so I can find the books if I need to) then put them in the basement.

                        Basically, I asked myself: am I holding onto this book out of sentimentality? Do I have a book on this cuisine I prefer? And cook from more often? Or that is thinner? Or do I cook only 1-2 recipes from this book that I have copies online or elsewhere? If the answer was yes, into the box it went.

                        The sad thing is, I don't feel that good about it yet. Maybe it's because the boxes are still sitting around the house (waiting to be photographed) and, therefore, still feel like a burden? Maybe it's because I haven't really yet had the opportunity to experience the benefit of less crowded shelves? I'll have to see how I feel after a month or two.

                        Here's my thread on boxing up books for storage (a link to my cull thread is in that thread, too): http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/983924

                        ETA: For the most part, I haven't missed any of the books I've actually culled, though I recently did buy another copy --for a mere $4-- of one I got rid of. Only one. So I feel great about the cull.

                        ~TDQ

                        1. re: The Dairy Queen

                          Oh, TDQ, I'm so sorry you're having boxer's/culler's regret about this. Sit on it for a while and make sure you're ready. Everyone is different - it is hard to give up things you've loved or expected to have a wonderful relationship with. It wasn't easy for me to do my culling, but I felt that I had to. I was getting grief from my husband and I had no more space for more books. And it was only in thinking back that I realized - Hey, I haven't missed a single one of those books! (and that has been a nice realization.) That said, given some things that have happened in my life, I may have gotten used to (sadly) having to say goodbye to things I loved or cared about more often and earlier than I would have liked.

                          1. re: LulusMom

                            Thank you, LLM. Don't feel too sorry for me! I have a great life and I've had the incredible luxury of being able to acquire as many books as I want. It's just that I've experienced a couple of major life changes in the past few years, a couple of really amazing, wonderful ones and another couple not so great, but hopefully only temporary ones.

                            I just need to acknowledge that my life is a little different and allow myself to adapt. I think I'll be able to cook more in a few years.

                            ~TDQ

                            1. re: The Dairy Queen

                              Definitely allow yourself to adapt. Give yourself time.

                            1. re: pikawicca

                              No! I didn't get rid of it. I just boxed it up for long-term storage with the expectation that my life will be a little more sane in a year or two. And, of course, if I suddenly decide I MUST cook from it now, I can always dig it out.

                              ~TDQ

                              1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                Both arabesque and Zuni are books that are on my wishlist. Too funny. I think I'm still in the collecting point of my life. I haven't counted but I think I have like 50 cookbooks maybe more? I need a real bookshelf . They are all over

                                1. re: Siegal

                                  Do you buy all of the COTMs? If so, I'll bet you have more than 50, because it only takes 4 years if participating to hit 50! And then reading these threads...It happens really quickly if you're not disciplined... I need more discipline, I guess.

                                  ~TDQ

                                  1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                    No I don't buy them unless they Interest me. Plus I only discovered this website like a year ago! I have a bunch of the old COTMs though by chance and love to read old threads. I'm going to count my cookbooks soon

                                    1. re: Siegal

                                      Seriously? It's only been a year? Time flies. Well, then you've only been tempted by about a dozen'ish books or so, then.

                                      ~TDQ

                                    2. re: Siegal

                                      I visit used bookstores and benefit book sales. Sometimes I get lucky. I think I paid $1 for Zuni Café. I read thru threads like these to see what's popular so I have an idea of what titles to keep an eye out for. My favorite independent bookstore just had a 25% off sale but I passed on some cookbooks I've been thinking about. Something about all the books I already have on my shelf and what cuisines I haven't been exploring.

                                  2. re: pikawicca

                                    That was my response too when I saw "Arabesque to Zuni Cafe" *wince*

                                    1. re: CMCooks

                                      Oh, I winced, too. I really love those books. But I haven't cooked from them in a long, long time. Arabesque for the most part requires a lot of special ingredients I don't have time to shop for--and the seasons that are best suited to cook from it in terms of local ingredient availability (in Minnesota) line up to the part of the year where my husband is doing most of the cooking on the grill and when we keep everything as simple as possible. Or the very early fall when we are just slammed with too much to do much cooking other than old standbys.

                                      And Zuni, God bless Judy Rogers, but I don't have time to read her exacting 3 page directions for how to roast a chicken (or anything else), instructional and foolproof though they may be. And I have to say, right now that book makes me extra sad because I passed up a couple of visits to Zuni Cafe, formerly a fairly regular haunt of mine, on my last couple of visits to San Francisco because I thought it was the kind of place that would always be there.

                                      So, time to put that book away for awhile.

                                      Every book I put into the box has some kind of reason for surviving all the culls and why I'm just boxing them up instead of selling them or giving them away. They may not suit me right now, but I know/hope/expect to eventually come back to them.

                                      ~TDQ

                                  3. re: The Dairy Queen

                                    Our culling got us down to a more manageable 60 or so books. We used to have about twice that (having had minor culls in the past). Every supermarket cycle, we picked a new book off the shelf - decided if there was nothing we actually wanted to cook, or cooked something and didnt find it memorable and, if so, they were culled. It general it's meant we've kept books by cooks, rather than books by celeb chefs.

                                    1. re: Harters

                                      That's a great way to do it! Cook from a different book every supermarket cycle and decide what to keep.

                                      ~TDQ

                                      1. re: Harters

                                        I recently decided that this fall I am going to focus on one of my cookbooks every month in order to get through them. The only sad thing is that a lot of the books I've recently acquired have already been COTMs. Boo. The problems of being a newbie...

                                        1. re: pistachio peas

                                          Oh, but we love reading new reviews on the old threads! Please, please do post on them when you make something from one of the old COTMs.

                                          1. re: pistachio peas

                                            No, that's fantastic news! You can always post to those old COTM threads! And definitely lean on them for reference.

                                            ~TDQ

                                            1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                              Thanks for the support TDQ and LulusMom. I have been posting little updates on some Marcella recipes I've done lately. I'm glad there is still room to contribute.

                                        2. re: The Dairy Queen

                                          TDQ,

                                          Your post, it seems, really struck a cord with a lot of us. Me especially. Like you, I have somewhere between 3 and 4 hundred cookbooks. Quite a lot by anyone's standards, but not as many as some on this board. I have a dedicated space set aside for my cookbooks - the bookshelves in my kitchen and my adjoining great room. This has always been ample space for my books, until recently. Now they are spilling off of the shelves, into baskets, piles and some are even living in the empty space behind the books on my bookcase. I feel incredibly disorganized and my books no longer are sorted by region, cuisine, size or any other system. Even with EYB I feel like I have to do something so I can effectively start using them again.

                                          I definitely don't find myself using the books the way I used to. But I still rely heavily on them for inspiration and that is what keeps feeding my addiction. If I don't have new sources of inspiration, I stop cooking and that doesn't work for my family. So, as the new come in, I have to find a way to let go of the less used friends on my shelves.

                                          Your decision to pack up some of your lesser used books has prompted me to do the same. I have cleared off 16 books from my shelves and have tucked them away. I am taking them off my EYB shelves too so the recipes won't to pull me back to them. Putting them away but not giving them away was far less difficult for me to do. Books I hang onto because of COTM but I never use (like my Madhur Jaffrey book) were easy to part with. I could probably pull another 30 easily knowing that they weren't really going anywhere (at least not for a while). Thanks for motivating me.

                                          Now, as for your decision to pack off Arabesque........

                                          1. re: dkennedy

                                            Well, I'm glad I inspired you!

                                            Arabesque hasn't gone anywhere. In fact, it's still in a box in the kitchen. I can get it back anytime.

                                            ~TDQ

                                            1. re: dkennedy

                                              P.S. Your state-of-cookbook-affairs, as you describe them, sound very similar to mine, although I have a different thing going on, I think.

                                              I have some kind of magical belief that cookbooks will solve all of my problems in the kitchen--and then some. They will make me a better cook, help me lose weight, help me prepare food that my preschooler will eat, help me find enough time in the day, help me save money, help me be more organized, help me streamline my shopping and pantry, help me eat more "locally" and in season, expose me to new cuisines, and, of course, knock my socks off with delicious meals.

                                              If only I could find the right cookbook.

                                              I haven't found it yet. Obviously, some books will help with one or two of these things, but I need to stop searching for the perfect one and just use what I have. No cookbook is a magic wand.

                                              ~TDQ

                                              1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                Could there be there a service that would allow you to look through a book online and choose which recipes you'd like to have?
                                                Then, print those recipes, send them to you in a folder, or bound?
                                                I'd pay for this, would anybody else? I'm already paying for (and storing) a lot of bookspace!
                                                I randomly chose a book that I've never cooked from, a Joan Nathan book I bought years ago. Went through 180 pages and have just 16 recipes I might try.

                                                1. re: blue room

                                                  I think TasteBook was initially going to allow you to do something like that. Basically, the idea was that you would buy, say, an ecopy of Jerusalem, through TasteBook and you could pull recipes from Jerusalem into a custom cookbook of your design. No need to dispose of the book since you own it digitally anyway, though I believe you could only access it through TasteBook software (what if they go out of business?)

                                                  My recollection was that the books were pretty expensive relative to other means of purchasing them and the selection of cookbooks was pretty limited.

                                                  I don't think that's how it works now, though, though I haven't really explored that feature lately.

                                                  ~TDQ

                                                  1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                    Ok, I just looked at TasteBook, that's the idea, maybe combined with Eat Your Books, or..
                                                    just plain renting ecopies of cookbooks would work too.

                                                    1. re: blue room

                                                      You can do this for free through your local library .... or at least I can through mine :)

                                                      1. re: Westminstress

                                                        You can do what for free? I get that you can borrow books for free, even digital ones, but how does that help you copy recipes? (What secret am I missing?)

                                                        ~TDQ

                                                        1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                          sorry, i just meant "rent" the ebook -- i don't know of any easy way to transfer the content! short of printing it out or retyping it.

                                                        2. re: Westminstress

                                                          Checking into this, I'm sure we'll see the day that all books are available this way. I'm in Utah, ebook rental is here but limited.

                                                  2. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                    TDQ, I think we all have a bit of this problem, or at least I know I do. :) Good luck with your storage project. I moved Arabesque to the kitchen about a year ago because I *really* wanted to use it more ... and one year later I don't think I've cooked from it at all! Though the recipes look amazing and I really want to try more of them.... meanwhile I seem to have less time than ever and my kids only get pickier ... haven't used Zuni in many moons either though it is a sentimental favorite and also stored in the kitchen.

                                                    1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                      I'm currently doing research for an upcoming column focused on getting healthy meals on the table in a hurry. Take a look at MinuteMeals "Quick & Healthy, Tasty, Good-for-you Dinners in
                                                      20 minutes." This just might fill the bill.

                                                      1. re: pikawicca

                                                        Hey, thank you so much! I just found a "like new" copy on Amazon for a penny. :) If you feel comfortable sharing, I'd love to see your column when it's done, too! (New rules and all!)

                                                        ~TDQ

                                                        1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                          You're welcome! The column will be published 2 weeks from today, but it will be behind a pay wall. I guess I could publish the unedited copy, however (believe I might have done that once or twice before).

                                                  3. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                    TDQ, I've been reading your posts with interest. Culling definitely seems to have struck a cord with many on this thread (Interesting for a thread dedicated to just the opposite!!) I'm travelling so much that my past method for getting to know my cookbooks better to help me decide which to keep or chuck (CAWC) is no longer practical.

                                                    I was in a real bricks and mortar book shop this week and of course I gravitated to the Cookbook section immediately. I have over 2000 cookbooks now so when I head for the cookbook section, I expect to see very few books I "don't own" but guess what? I couldn't have been more wrong. I was simply overwhelmed with how many cookbooks I saw that actually interested me that I did NOT own.

                                                    Crazy as it sounds, this was a real "AHA" moment for me and since then I've been reflecting on my own cookbook collection. I started out by simply trying to understand what it was about "new or newly released" cookbooks that was so appealing. (I'm a sucker for a newly released cookbook) but then I got to thinking even more deeply about my collection and how I choose my books when making decisions to cook.

                                                    To help me think about which books it might make sense for me to part with, I've started to create a list of questions for myself about my cooking, cookbook preferences, cooking habits etc. with a view to using the questions as a filter to assist me in making decisions about which books I should keep and which books I likely won't regret parting with.

                                                    If you (or anyone else here) thinks this might be helpful, I'd be happy to post my questions in an new thread. I'd love it if others could assist by adding questions or, sharing their answers!

                                                    1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                      I think you should definitely share your list in one of the culling threads. But here's the thing that kind of shocks me. Looking back at our previous culling discussions. Most of that is dated...August 2013. Yep, we were having this same discussion almost a year ago.

                                                      I made great progress a year ago, but somehow lost most of that ground. Which means I need to be more judicious about my acquisitions, or I'll find myself in the same, overwhelmed, cramped place in August 2015.

                                                      Or, maybe I need to come to the realization that if I want to have the joy of acquiring a lot of new cookbooks (which, clearly by my participation in this thread, I do), an annual cull (or, as blueroom said in more culinary terms "skimming") of my collection just needs to be part of the package.

                                                      Your culling thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/912083

                                                      My culling thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8835...

                                                      And, yes, you point out the irony of talking about discarding books in a discussion about acquiring books. Funnily enough, if you re-read my culling thread from the beginning, you'll realize it's as much about acquiring books as discarding them! Maybe what we're learning is that culling (ahem, skimming, clarifying) goes hand in hand with acquiring.

                                                      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/883555

                                                      But, here's the bottom line about culling. If you can come up with a way to come up with that lightning bolt of realization I describe in my rummage sale post (4th paragraph: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8835...), you'll be halfway there.

                                                      One thing about boxing up books for storage rather than boxing up books for discard. I found that it helped to do it super quickly. In other words, just as I acquired a bunch of book on impulse, I can "discard" a bunch of books on impulse. Then I let them sit there for a couple of days --still open-- and let myself marinate on the decision. Some books get rescued. Some more books get discarded. But during that marinate period, you get to have the experience of feeling what it's like to have space on your bookshelves, which can be motivating.

                                                      If you're going to employ this impulse discard method, you'll need to start with some nice, fresh storage boxes, a sharpie to number the boxes, a camera to photograph the contents of the boxes so you can find books later if you need to.

                                                      ~TDQ

                                                      1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                        It has occurred to me that I'm going through this with Lulu and her books. The situation in her bedroom had gotten beyond insane, and I told her it was time to get rid of some of the books before she could get any more (thank goodness we got her a kindle for christmas). No, no, no! She didn't want to give up any books. So ... thinking about how tough this has been for so many of us, I said "how about if we box them up and store them someplace other than your bedroom?" This made it easier (although still not a total sell), and we now have something like 5 full boxes of her books waiting to go into storage. I have to say, it was the psychology of the culling threads that helped me figure out a way to deal with her bedroom situation. Somehow knowing they're still accessible makes it easier for everyone, I guess.

                                                        1. re: LulusMom

                                                          I have a friend who is a compulsive hoarder of books and other printed media. The fact that she is a journalist and reviewer makes it worse since she gets sent virtually everything that comes out. She so completely ran out of places to put books, that she started storing them in her car. That is until the axle of her car broke, and she was forced to buy a new car. Her brother refused to hep her shop for one unless she promised that she wouldn't store any more books in the car. Since she lives in another city, I have no idea if the promise holds. I just keep telling her, "Remember the Collyer Brothers!"

                                                          1. re: roxlet

                                                            Ha!!! I love this. And it reminds me of my ex-husband. He is obsessed with music, always has to have the newest/obscurist/coolest stuff. And he ran out of space. One day I looked in the freezer and he had filled one shelf with CDs. I kid you not.

                                                    2. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                      I had my cookbooks in three rooms of the house. Yesterday I bought a library and moved them to one area. Cookbook collecting is going to stop for me, to some extent. I just do not have the room. I was amazed at the books I bought and had forgotten about them. Having them in one place is functional, practical. I will be going through mine and giving some away as well.

                                                      1. re: Ruthie789

                                                        When you say you bought a library, what do you mean exactly?

                                                        1. re: roxlet

                                                          I meant bookshelves which I put in only one area of my house. I had cookbooks all over the place and now that they are in one place reality is setting in. I have a lot of cookbooks. It's great that they are in one place but I do not want to have more than what is in that particular bookshelf. Just gave three books to my nephew and will continue to do some purging. However I love my cookbooks.

                                                          1. re: Ruthie789

                                                            Putting them all in one place/bookshelf really helps..

                                                    3. re: LulusMom

                                                      I really really love my books. I don't know how I'm going to part with any of them. In a perfect world, my solution would be to buy a bigger house with a dedicated library!

                                                      1. re: flourgirl

                                                        Well, my problem with my situation is that I can't really honestly say I'm using them. I would have no problem with the books if I really felt I was getting good use out of them. But, let's say I have 400 cookbooks (which is approximately what I own), that means I need to cook from one book each day to use most of my books in one year.

                                                        More realistic is to assume I cook from one of the books per week, which means it would take me 4 years to get through my books.

                                                        And the problem for me is that the sheer number of cookbooks I have is making it difficult for me to use the ones I have because I can't find them. I don't have a big house and don't plan on buying a bigger house in the near future.

                                                        So, I really need to get honest with myself.

                                                        I'm hoping this temporary solution of boxing a bunch of books up will help me feel less overwhelmed.

                                                        In the meantime, I just received a notice from Amazon that a book I had on preorder has shipped... :)

                                                        ~TDQ

                                                        1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                          Laughing about the pre-ordered book! Been there, done that.
                                                          Is a rented storage space a possibility? That way they're out of sight and you don't have to feel any guilt about not using them (not that you should be feeling that anyway) but you also don't have to really give them up, just in case.

                                                          1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                            I don't feel like I have to cook out of all of them to justify keeping them. Some I just use for inspiration or reference.

                                                            1. re: flourgirl

                                                              I certainly count that as "using" them, although, I still don't thinking I'm using them once a day or even once a week right now.

                                                              ~TDQ

                                                        2. re: LulusMom

                                                          The word “culling” has not made it into my vocabulary yet...and to my husband’s dismay I keep re-decorating the house and looking for more ways to incorporate more “decorative shelving”. I think he knows now that re-decorating = new bookshelf!

                                                        3. re: flourgirl

                                                          I cull on a regular basis. Probably at least yearly. If I didn't I'd easily be where you are in cookbooks instead of the 300+ I'm at now. For the last 4-5 years my cull prospects get moved into boxes while I decide if I want to keep them before they go out the door. I culled probably 4 boxes worth last year.

                                                        4. re: c oliver

                                                          I passed a thousand many years ago. I've probably gotten rid of a thousand over the years, and still have... well, the last I counted, it was about 1,500, but I have not counted in a few years. Plus, the ones I get for the iPad "don't count". I think I have about 300 or so on there. Uh, last I counted, which I haven't for a while.

                                                          I definitely need to cull them, but I have a hard time doing it, because I have a lot of really great books, and I love them. Even if I don't use them, I love having them, and I love being able to look up multiple versions of almost any recipe imaginable. I've started buying more books for my iPad, and fewer hard copy books, so that helps with the space. EYB has helped me use them more effectively, but many of the books I have are not indexed or even in the database.

                                                          1. re: MelMM

                                                            Why do you feel you need to cull? I know by reading your posts that you (and flourgirl) really love and really use your cookbooks. In my mind, unless it's a problem for you, it's not a problem!

                                                            In my case, I'm not using them as much as I feel I should, I'm out of space, and it's frustrating my husband. It's a problem. But, I don't put you and flourgirl (and many others of course) into the same category as me!

                                                            ~TDQ

                                                            1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                              I would never cull a book that I have really used, but I have so many that I have had for years and never used at all! And I am out of space. What's more, we are planning on moving in the next couple years, and it might entail downsizing. I will always have a very large collection, but it needs to be a more carefully curated collection! Electronic books + EYB are going to be my salvation.

                                                              1. re: MelMM

                                                                That makes sense! I did a big move about a decade ago and, honest to God, there are boxes I still haven't unpacked. I thought I culled deeply before I moved (and I did) but I wish I'd culled even more.

                                                                ~TDQ

                                                                1. re: MelMM

                                                                  Exactly why I do it. Although I was looking at the built in hutch I have that's currently storing dvd's, blu-rays and video games and wondering where I could move them so I could take it over for books.

                                                                  1. re: MelMM

                                                                    Moving is the very best thing for culling, in my experience. You have to pick up and pack every single object you own, so it's the perfect opportunity to ask yourself whether you need each thing, whether it's of use to you, whether you want to be unpacking it at the other end. I've done two major moves in the past 10 years, and in each case I did a pretty major culling of books (cookbooks and others).

                                                                    1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                                                                      But, wouldn't it be great if you could cull without the hassle of moving?

                                                                      :)

                                                                      ~TDQ

                                                                      1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                        It certainly would! I do find it much easier when moving; I guess I just adopt a certain, more ruthless (or maybe just honest) mindset as part of the process that I have a hard time reaching at other points. I've been pretty good about not acquiring a lot the past year or two, because I have a finite space that's already filled. Now I need to lose some of what I have to make way for the new or upcoming acquisitions, and I've been dithering.

                                                                        1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                          It would, but I seem to need a (metaphorical) gun to my head to do any serious thinning.

                                                                          1. re: ellabee

                                                                            You know, not to be all melodramatic, but that's the point I was pretty much at when I made the decision to pack up a bunch of books.

                                                                            ~TDQ

                                                                        2. re: Caitlin McGrath

                                                                          I've moved 17 times in the last 28 years, but that has not been sufficient to keep the collection from growing. There have been some major culls, but of all the things I own, the cookbooks are more likely than other things to make the cut and get packed. And most of those moves, I've done the physical labor of hauling the boxes myself, so I seem to really be attached to those books!

                                                                          1. re: MelMM

                                                                            Wow. That's dedication! As an experienced cookbook boxer and box-lifter, what would you say is the optimal size box for packing cookbooks? The boxes I packed a couple of days ago are a little too heavy and I'm wishing I'd chosen smaller boxes...

                                                                            ~TDQ

                                                                            1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                              The small-sized boxes from U-haul or most movers are the maximum size to use for books. Even smaller is better.

                                                                              1. re: MelMM

                                                                                Thank you. According to uhaul's site, the small boxes measure Box dimensions: 16-3/8" x 12-5/8" x 12-5/8" (1.5 cu/ft).

                                                                                It's good to have this as a benchmark. I'm certain my boxes were bigger than that, but I didn't pack them full, either. I only did one layer. They are still too heavy.

                                                                                And, P.S. I also moved ALL of my books on the last move (very few of which were cookbooks, actually, since I caught the cookbook bug more recently than that). Yes, they are heavy, but they are relatively easy to pack! So, good for you for trying to cull now.

                                                                                ~TDQ

                                                                                1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                  Yep, that's the size I meant. And other movers/box sources have similar sizes. Bigger boxes get heavy and awkward fast when books are involved!

                                                                                  1. re: MelMM

                                                                                    I have used the small boxes filled 1/2 to 3/4 with cookbooks, then tightly packed the rest of the way with kitchen towels, oven mitts and aprons. Makes for a lighter box without compromising the stackability.

                                                                                1. re: herby

                                                                                  Ditto. And as an academic, books are the largest part of my "cargo," wherever I go.

                                                                                2. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                  I find the standard size Banker's Boxes are perfect for books. They are a bit on the heavy side when packed but you can almost fit a single shelf in a box. It really helps keep them organized if you're moving.

                                                                                  When we moved, our (regular) library took up close to 100 of those boxes. I moved every single one of them. Don't ask me if they've been unpacked yet. Hubby has bookcases to finish staining before that can happen (and the project started 7 years ago).

                                                                                3. re: MelMM

                                                                                  17 times in 28 years! I'm feeling stressed just thinking about it!

                                                                  2. I just ordered Yucatan! I hope it has lots of pictures. I love armchair travel

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                                                                    1. re: Siegal

                                                                      "Yucatan" is loaded with gorgeous photos, but most of them are of food or people preparing and enjoying food, not so many of the peninsula itself.

                                                                      1. re: JoanN

                                                                        Can't wait to report back. Amazon have me free 1 day shipping to compensate me for earlier error so I will have my hands on the book tonight!

                                                                        1. re: Siegal

                                                                          I just made my first recipe from the book. Sopa de Lima. OMG it was sooo good. It is pretty much chicken broth, shredded chicken, sofrito, a Yucatan spice blend, and lime juice and zest. I served it with some French Bread I made from the Betty Crocker site (go figure it was amazing) and some white rice I made with a little garlic and some of the stock from the soup. You serve it garnished with chopped cilantro, lime slices, and crispy tortilla strips (the last two I left out). The best part about the soup was the super simple hot peppers thinly sliced steeped in lime juice. I added a little of the spicy lime juice to the soup and it was just amazing.
                                                                          I can't wait to try something else from the book.

                                                                          1. re: Siegal

                                                                            Sounds amazing! And simple.

                                                                            Would you mind providing a link to the bread recipe, too?

                                                                            ~TDQ

                                                                        2. re: JoanN

                                                                          my son was looking at the book for purchase at the library

                                                                          1. re: jpr54_1

                                                                            I haven't cooked from it yet, but I spent some time in the Yucatan and knew I had to have it. The only word to describe it, other than beautiful, is authoritative. Just from the reviews it struck me as a must have for any serious collector.

                                                                        3. re: Siegal

                                                                          I made my second and third recipe. I made plain rice - which is not exactly plain. Onions, garlic, stock, lard! Came out great with the interesting cooking method (cooked uncovered then steamed).
                                                                          But the main dish was the empanizado. Breaded cutlets. My husbands fav dish ever is schnitzel so this was a must. My husband chose a crappy cut of veal but otherwise it was great. It was marinated in citrus juice and a yucatan spice blend and you could really taste the marinade when it was cooked. I really liked it

                                                                          1. re: Siegal

                                                                            So impressed that you're cooking from this book. I'm still quite intimidated by it. I look at the list of ingredients, don't understand what half of them are, and just trying to figure it all out and locate the sub-recipes turns into a research project. This sure does sound good, though. For the time being, I'll just follow you around and take notes.

                                                                            1. re: JoanN

                                                                              Maybe the intimidation is the author lists as an "ingrediant" something with A crazy name like recado de escabeche and your like ??? But then you flip to the back and it's really just some spices ground together. Or a flour mixture. Take a look!

                                                                          2. re: Siegal

                                                                            My copy just arrived - what a gorgeous book, I can't wait to dive into it.

                                                                          3. My latest acquisitions: A Change of Appetite/Diana Henry. Yes, I know, I joined the club a long time ago. And, The Dean and De Luca Cookbook/David Rosengarten. Actually, I think I mentioned these on the previous thread. Oh well, they're here now. The Henry book arrived yesterday and so far does look pretty good. I'll know better when we cook something from it.

                                                                            1. I just picked up Rick Bayless' SALSAS THAT COOK and Diana Kennedy's MEXICAN REGIONAL COOKING at the thrift store for $1.99 each. It's my first Bayless. I was torn about Kennedy since I have the ART OF MEXICAN COOKING but haven't made anything from it yet. However, I stood in the aisle furiously looking up CH discussions on Kennedy's books and decided I wanted it (especially for that price). I was recently on vacation in Palm Springs and saw Barbara Kafka's ROASTING: A SIMPLE ART at a thrift but calmly left it there to justify purchasing a vintage 5 qt yellow enamel Dutch oven from the Danish brand Copco. It was in perfect condition. I couldn't leave it behind. Shipped it to myself for $17...

                                                                              1. I caved and bought Roxanne Gold's Radically Simple. No will power. None.

                                                                                I also got Persiana by Sabrina Gayour.

                                                                                (((Bookshelves)))

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                                                                                  1. re: greedygirl

                                                                                    Ooh, PERSIANA looks great. I wonder if there will be a North American edition.

                                                                                    1. re: greedygirl

                                                                                      You've just taken away one of my excuses for having to go to London!

                                                                                      1. re: LulusMom

                                                                                        Darn! I'm sure we can come up with another one...

                                                                                      2. re: greedygirl

                                                                                        Radically Simple was exactly that and all the recipes I have tried thus far have been excellent!

                                                                                        1. re: CMCooks

                                                                                          I love Radically Simple. That said, whatever you do, don't try the Sardine Bolognese or whatever it is called. The absolute worst recipe I've ever made. But everything else I've made from the book I have loved.

                                                                                          1. re: LulusMom

                                                                                            I look upon your castigations of this recipe as a personal challenge. Admittedly, it doesn't sound good, but I believe I have to try it, as I have faith in this author's recipes. Will report back.

                                                                                            1. re: pikawicca

                                                                                              I'd love to hear about it! Seriously - The Worst. And I love sardines. But ... oh boy, it was horrible. We tossed it. If you make it and it turns out well I'm going to wonder what the heck I did wrong.

                                                                                      3. Picked up the Kindle version of "Charred & Scruffed", Adam Perry Lang's last book for $2.50. Really like the approach to grilling in there.

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                                                                                        1. re: swoll50

                                                                                          Hope you get more use out of it than I do. Mine's a dust-collector.

                                                                                        2. For Diana Henry fans, she has a new cookbook coming out in the the spring - A Bird in the Hand: Chicken Recipes for Every Day and Every Mood:
                                                                                          http://www.amazon.com/Bird-Hand-Chick...

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                                                                                          1. re: emily

                                                                                            Interestingly, I cannot find a listing for it on Amazon UK. There has been some discussion on the August 2014 COTM nomination thread of the fact that there appear to be a number of conversion errors in Mitchell Beazley's North American editions of her recent books, which have been changed from metric weights and liquid measures to American-style volumetric measures. From now on out, I'll stick with the UK editions of their books.

                                                                                            1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                                                                                              I just read that she'll be in the US in April [2015] "with the global chicken recipes cookbook, Bird in the Hand." That probably means the book may be published before that in the UK. Mentions briefly after that the next book having to do with fast food! I'm looking forward to both books! Very last paragraph.

                                                                                              http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by...

                                                                                              1. re: Gio

                                                                                                I assumed that it would come out first in the UK, as have her previous books, and given her publisher is British, which is why I thought it odd that it's not listed on Amazon UK. It's also not listed on the publisher's website, and the sole mentions a google search turns up are the amazon.com listing, the PW article you linked, and this thread. Very mysterious!

                                                                                          2. I forgot to mention I also got MAKE THE BREAD, BUY THE BUTTER by Jennifer Reese. I like the everyday bread recipe a lot. Right now my second attempt at it is rising. Has anyone worked with this book?

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                                                                                            1. re: pistachio peas

                                                                                              I've read it, and thoroughly enjoyed it. Got all excited about making my own cheese. Told my husband, he laughed, and I deflated. Pfffft.

                                                                                              1. re: LulusMom

                                                                                                Aw! That's funny. My partner had the opposite reaction - it's one of the only cookbooks I've brought home that he is excited about! Strange. The other one is Marcella's Essentials. He made it his 2014 goal to learn 12 recipes from it. So far he's done 5.

                                                                                                1. re: pistachio peas

                                                                                                  Five out of 12 and he still has 5 months to go - pretty impressive!
                                                                                                  Not sure what it was about me making cheese that made him grumble ... he can be a bit of an Eeyore sometimes (but I love him!).

                                                                                                    1. re: LulusMom

                                                                                                      LlM, tell your husband that you pal Mel from chowhound also read the book and got excited about making cheese, but her husband didn't laugh. Now he's eating homemade mozzarella, feta, haloumi, cheddar, and more. Last night we cut into a wheel of caraway gouda that I've been aging for the past few months.

                                                                                                      You might want to leave out the part where this necessitated me buying four books on cheesemaking, plus about $200 worth of equipment, including a huge cheese press which now lives on the counter. And the part where an average of $21 per week for local raw milk is now a part of our food bill.

                                                                                                      1. re: MelMM

                                                                                                        Oh, and you should also leave out the part where before buying the behemoth cheese press, I tried to improvise one, and it collapsed and the weight I was using hit my glass cooktop and cracked it. The hundred bucks plus shipping for the cheese press is chicken feed compared to the cost of the replacement glass for the cooktop.

                                                                                                        1. re: MelMM

                                                                                                          I think LulusDad would more than just grumble under his breath at something like that. I shudder to think about how mad he'd be. Hoping Mr. Mel was reasonably ok about the whole thing.

                                                                                                        2. re: MelMM

                                                                                                          Fantastic! Yes, I'll leave out the necessary parts (I think the part that might bother him the most is the huge cheese press residing on the counter). Can you give me a list of the 4 additional books you bought? Maybe I can find one or two at the library to see just how much I'm willing to push the envelope with him on this one. Thanks!

                                                                                                          1. re: LulusMom

                                                                                                            I started with Ricki Carroll's "Home Cheese Making", which came with one of the kits from New England Cheesemaking Supply Co. This book is probably the most accessible for starting out, and a really good place to start. I am less enthusiastic about the kits. It was a flimsy plastic mold from the kit that led to my cracked cooktop disaster, the first time I tried to make a hard cheese that required pressing.

                                                                                                            The next book that I've gotten a lot of use out of is "Artisan Cheese Making at Home" by Mary Karlin. This is where I've been taking my recipes for feta, haloumi, cotija, and more. This book is a bit more advanced than Carroll's, but still very user-friendly. I think if I were to recommend just one, this might be it.

                                                                                                            Another book I've been using and exploring is "Mastering Artisan Cheesemaking" by Gianaclis Caldwell. I really like this book. It is quite a bit more advanced than the other two, and very well-written and thorough. It would probably be a bit overwhelming, though, to start with. The recipes, for example, give you a number of options for your starter cultures, and you need to cross-reference to make sure you understand how they work and how your choices will influence your results.

                                                                                                            Well, that's three books. I think I have a couple more lying about, but these are the ones getting the use around here. Keep in mind, I'm still a novice at this. It's pretty easy and it's fun and rewarding.

                                                                                                            1. re: MelMM

                                                                                                              Um, listen, don't tell my husband, but I just put that first book on my amazon wish list. Next time I need some retail therapy while still in my pajamas ...

                                                                                                              1. re: LulusMom

                                                                                                                And I quietly put the second one into my Amazon cart :)

                                                                                                  1. re: pistachio peas

                                                                                                    I've not read the book but (as I think I've mentioned before) I just love her blog.

                                                                                                    1. re: Westminstress

                                                                                                      I love her blog too. She has a really refreshing take on things and I love how thoroughly she reviews cookbooks.

                                                                                                    2. re: pistachio peas

                                                                                                      I have that book, and I think I have read it cover-to-cover four times. I can't recall if I have actually made any of the recipes in the book, but it did inspire me to start making cheese, curing meats, and other projects.

                                                                                                    3. I have 2 couples coming for dinner in a week, both are vegetarians. I have been going back and forth for a menu. I was in our public library yesterday and The New Middle Eastern Vegetarian cookbook caught my eye. When I got home and read through it I ordered it promptly. We are not vegetarians but there were so many recipes that caught my eye and made me want to cook them I had to have it.

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                                                                                                      1. re: Candy

                                                                                                        It appears that this is Veggiestan by Sally Butcher, but renamed rather confusingly for the paperback edition. Sally is somewhat of a local celebrity in my part of South London. She runs an amazing shop called Persepolis.

                                                                                                        1. re: greedygirl

                                                                                                          This book is hard bound and is available in paperback too. I am definitely putting her shop as a must see next time we are in London.

                                                                                                          1. re: Candy

                                                                                                            I'd happily take you there myself! Peckham is definitely not your average tourist destination... She's usually serving behind the counter.

                                                                                                      2. I just got my reserved copy of 5 in 5 by Michael Symon from the library and I love it. I wish I had had this book 20 years ago when I was feeding 4 people every night after working all day. It is really appealing and as the title suggests each recipe involves 5 ingredients that can be put together in about 5 minutes. With prep it would often be 15 minutes but that would have worked for me. Even today with lots of time on my hands I found over half of the recipes something I would like to eat. I am a big Michael Symon fan and having acclimated to his manic giggle I think he is a very skillful chef especially in the protein dept. I also thought the few desserts in the book were worth the extra calories and I rarely eat dessert.

                                                                                                        1. I subscribe to Culture Magazine and the most recent issue had a short review of a book called Cheese and Microbes by Catherine Donnelly. The price made me cringe but I find the subject endlessly fascinating and I just had to have it. (Fortunately I picked up a used copy for a pretty good price on Amazon.)

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                                                                                                          1. re: flourgirl

                                                                                                            I want that book, but ouch, it is pricey. I may have to ask for it for Christmas.

                                                                                                          2. Just a few to report this month but I made up for it today when I had a little free time on my hands to catch up on some reading (including CH posts) so I'll have even more to report on soon. Until then:

                                                                                                            THE BANH MI HANDBOOK by Andrea Nguyen

                                                                                                            MINNESOTA LUNCH: FROM PASTIES TO BANH MI - by James Norton (former video columnist and writer here @ Chow)

                                                                                                            THE HIGGIDY COOKBOOK: 100 RECIPES FOR PIES AND MORE (saw this in London and couldn't resist)

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                                                                                                              1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                                                You're going to love the Banh Mi cookbook BC. I've made 6 0r 7 recipes thus far from the book and they have been fab. Plus, not all within 2 slices of bread. Go forth and savor.

                                                                                                                ETA: If you're are on FB Andrea has a vibrant page worth signing on to.

                                                                                                                1. re: Gio

                                                                                                                  Hi Gio, you are so right...this book looks wonderful! I had a day off today and indulged in a little cookbook browsing. I'm so hungry after looking through this book. I can't wait to get started!!

                                                                                                                  1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                                                    We had the Grilled Hanoi Chicken a few days ago and I tell you... I can't wait to make it again. It really can stand on its own with a vegetable and rice.

                                                                                                                    1. re: Gio

                                                                                                                      That's great to know Gio! I'd actually tabbed that one because it sounded pretty straight-forward and I thought perhaps mr bc might be able to make it since he gets home before me each evening. I'm glad to hear you say it can stand on its own as time is not on my side to bake my own rolls at the moment but a salad I can definitely manage!!

                                                                                                                2. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                                                  James Norton writes for Chow????? Pls tell me more about this! Thanks!

                                                                                                                3. This one I bought for .50 cents. First edition!

                                                                                                                  1. Like roxlet, most of my recent purchases are pre orders. I just ordered Rachel Khoo's newest book, MY LITTLE FRENCH KITCHEN, (on sale this weekend at TGC). I don't own her first book, but I've paged through it at my sister's house - lovely pictures, good voice - and I know I would make use of it if I did own it. I also have enjoyed her show the few times I caught it on preview.

                                                                                                                    The second book I ordered from TGC to qualify for the sale, BUVETTE, is not a pre order, so it should be here in a few days. Another beautiful book with great photos. I paged through it the other day at my local book store, but couldn't justify the steep price. But for $12, I couldn't pass it up. The oatmeal brûlée sounds particularly enticing....

                                                                                                                    Another preorder from TGC that I am particularly excited about (bought with my points last month), is HUCKLEBERRY, by Zoe Nathan. Zoe is a local chef in L.A. and I love her approach to cooking and baking. She sources locally, makes everything from scratch the day of, and really seems to understand how to tweak a recipe to make it her own. Every online recipe I have tried of hers has come out beautifully so I have high hopes for the cookbook. I am hoping the book includes her soup recipe from Milo and Olive. Can't wait for this one!

                                                                                                                    NOBU, I bought for a good price used after reading about it somewhere. I did not need it and I regret the purchase but I will hold onto it until I have tried out a recipe or two. Ditto for SPAIN, by Mario Batali. This one goes directly into my giveaway pile.

                                                                                                                    Still coveting a few other titles but I am hoping these three new titles will hold me over to 2015. Or at least until my birthday - November.

                                                                                                                    ETA: I forgot to mention OLIVE OIL AND VINEGAR FOR LIFE, by Theo Stephan. Theo owns Global Gardens, a charming olive oil store in Los Olivos, California, and I have been thinking about acquiring this book for some time. I stumbled into her store again last week on my way back from Cambria, and it reminded me that I'd never bought it. Bought a $40 bottle of olive oil while I was there, and then ordered the book used when I got home. Will report back when it arrives.

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                                                                                                                    1. re: dkennedy

                                                                                                                      The Buvette cookbook looks awesome. You'll have to let us know how it is.

                                                                                                                      I just ordered Alice Medrich's PURE DESSERT, and it's arriving tomorrow! I have made a few of her recipe from Food52 and they are always great. Excited about this one. Kicking myself for not picking up COCOLAT when I saw it at the thrift store a few weeks back.

                                                                                                                      Dumb question: what is TGC? Is it like the old Columbia Music House for cookbooks? (Remember that?!)

                                                                                                                      1. re: pistachio peas

                                                                                                                        The Good Cook. Yes, pretty much the the same model except this club is mainly online Every now and again the club has a "bundle sale" with good deals, but I don't find the selection to be all that great most of the time.

                                                                                                                        1. re: nomadchowwoman

                                                                                                                          Thanks! I did a quick search and none of the titles I wanted are available. It's a really great idea though and it seems to be a good deal, if the selection works for you.

                                                                                                                          1. re: pistachio peas

                                                                                                                            Bummer on Cocolat! Never pass up the chance to buy a Medrich! Pure Dessert was a COTM or DCOTM awhile back, I think. ETA: Here's a link http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/5148... I wish I'd bought a copy of Pure Dessert then!

                                                                                                                            TGC is exactly like Columbia Music House! They do have a slightly better selection for members than you can see for non-members, but generally it's new, mass-market cookbooks you get the best deal on.

                                                                                                                            ~TDQ

                                                                                                                            1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                                                              I went back to the thrift store today and combed the shelves three times looking for Cocolat, but no luck. However, I did pick up a book called SECRETS OF COOKING: ARMENIAN/LEBANESE/PERSIAN by Linda Chirinian. I have several Persian cookbooks but no Armenian or Lebanese. A quick search showed that people seem to like the results from the book. I really enjoy Armenian cuisine which has a lot of similarities to food from the north of Iran, where I'm from, so I'm looking forward to trying some new things.

                                                                                                                              1. re: pistachio peas

                                                                                                                                Armenian? Will have to look into that one. Thanks for pointing it out.

                                                                                                                        2. re: pistachio peas

                                                                                                                          I will keep everyone updated as my books arrive.

                                                                                                                        3. re: dkennedy

                                                                                                                          Having accomplished the majority of my grocery shopping on Sunday at the Hollywood Farmer's Market, I am carving out a day for myself - and I don't feel guilty about it. Well, maybe a little... The kids are back in school, and though I miss their presence, it is so nice to have the house to myself for a few sweet hours. I snagged 8 lbs of over ripe tomatoes on Sunday and so I am busying myself while a sauce reduces on the stove. Later, a tortilla soup base will replace it. Last night, it was tomato sauce that’s already been devoured.

                                                                                                                          Meanwhile, I have my copy of OLIVE OIL AND VINEGAR FOR LIFE, by Theo Stephan in hand (it arrived yesterday), so I am tucking in for a good read. As I mentioned above, Theo owns Global Gardens, a charming olive oil store in Los Olivos, California. In her book she walks you through her personal journey where she transitioned from a thriving Graphic Design career to owning a farm, growing, harvesting and selling olive oil. I know this is a path many of us have fantasized about, in one way or another. Maybe not the olive oil part, but definitely the food sector part.

                                                                                                                          In case you are thinking about this book for yourself, be warned, she spends a fair amount of time talking about her brand of oils and vinegars. This book was marketed with her Global Garden's loyal customers in mind so it isn't as offensive as it seems. But if you are not in central California, and have never heard of Global Gardens, you will probably find this off putting. I didn't, I knew what I was buying. As an aside, this was a TGC title some time back so a number of you might own it. Other things to mention about the book in terms of layout and content: It is a coffee table style book. Beautiful pictures, large pages. On the heavy side. 227 pages and no index. Let me repeat that one, NO INDEX! To be fair, the chapter by chapter table of contents does reference page numbers, recipe by recipe, but it is not alphabetical order. I opened the book last night and saw a cocktail recipe I wanted to try with dinner. When I went back to find it, it took me 10 minutes to re-find the recipe. Grrrrr. And this book is not indexed on EYB so no help there. Another somewhat annoying thing about this book is that she describes her recipes as Caliterranean. In a similar spirit, some of her recipes are named Calitini, Caliterranean Syrup, etc. Another grrr. In the era of TV chefs I know that branding yourself makes good business sense, but I don't like it. I don't like to wear labels and I don't like to eat them either. Alright, enough complaining.

                                                                                                                          I am currently on page 38 and no where near getting to the recipe section. I have come across a lot of useful information so far, and have learned a few things about making reductions, freezing oil for baking, storing vinegar and oil, etc. All things I thought I knew, but clearly my memory or my info needed tweaking. She also makes recommendations where to source some really interesting products, such as locally sourced seaweed, smoked sea salt, etc. In other words, so far, a worthy read….A little further into it, just finished the celebrity chef section. Again, not my thing. I could have done without any of these recipes. Now I am into the meat and potatoes of this book. The first recipe chapter is for breakfast. Only 7 recipes, starting at page 81, but each one is a keeper. My favorite: GF pumpkins doughnut. Ding, ding, ding! I just ordered the GF flour she suggested (Bette’s Four Flour Blend, and another cookbook, thank you very much). Next up, Beginnings, 17 recipes. Popcorn popped in Meyer lemon olive oil. Yum. I am making that one tonight. Seafood: 4 recipes. Frying: 2. Main: 13. Campsite: 9. This section includes a trail mix. I have purchased a wonderful trail mix from her store, I wonder if this is the same one? I hope so. Desserts: 10. Mmmm. The crust for her tart is made from ground pistachios, I love this idea. Last section: Pet treats! Oh for Pete’s sake. Well, I’ve reached the end of what was a very fun day. Kids should be walking in the door soon. I’ll report back again after I have tested some of these recipes.

                                                                                                                        4. My latest purchases:
                                                                                                                          >The Way to Cook/JuliaChild
                                                                                                                          >Pleasures Of The Good Earth/Edward Giobbi
                                                                                                                          >Avec Eric/Eric Ripert
                                                                                                                          The first two books I simply wanted in my collection. I do plan to cook from both, though. Eventually. When looking through the index of the Ripert cookbook at EYB I wanted to cook every recipe. I'm hoping it wins the September COTM.

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                                                                                                                          1. re: Gio

                                                                                                                            Darn you Gio, I just went onto EYB and reviewed the index for Avec Eric. Now I want it....

                                                                                                                            - Just placed a hold on it at the library.

                                                                                                                            1. re: dkennedy

                                                                                                                              Laughing.... and I won't even apologize. I think you'll like the recipes, DK. The book arrived yesterday so I haven't really had a chance to look through it but I'll do that later today.

                                                                                                                              1. re: dkennedy

                                                                                                                                I succumbed after reading a discussion on the COTM nom thread. (I think Gio was the culprit there too.) Mine arrived yesterday (cost me $7; looks as though it has never been touched). I hope to have some time to sit with it today.

                                                                                                                                1. re: nomadchowwoman

                                                                                                                                  My used copy of Avec Eric arrived yesterday too - can't wait to sit with it (unfortunately won't happen today: 2 playdates, lots of driving, blah blah). Hoping Monday.

                                                                                                                                  1. re: LulusMom

                                                                                                                                    Too bad Lulu's not old enough to drive! You could read in the car ; )

                                                                                                                                    No time yet to really sit with it, but the photos are gorgeous.

                                                                                                                                    1. re: nomadchowwoman

                                                                                                                                      Oh holy cow - what a day with the playdates. Mama needs an adult beverage and some mindless tv. Tomorrow though - I really do think tomorrow. That playdate is 6 hours (!!!) long here at our house, so I am hoping the girls can entertain each other while I veg with the book.

                                                                                                                                  2. re: nomadchowwoman

                                                                                                                                    Seven dollars was the cost of my used copy too AE too. In perfect condition even though it was marked "very good". I've been lucky with the used sellers so far on Amazon. Knock on wood.

                                                                                                                                    1. re: Gio

                                                                                                                                      I've bought literally hundreds of used cookbooks on Amazon over the last 12 yrs or so and have very rarely had any kind of problem or issue with the transaction - and of those problems, not one so far hasn't been resolved to my satisfaction.

                                                                                                                                2. re: Gio

                                                                                                                                  I have cooked from The Way to Cook a lot, though not recently. It's an excellent book.

                                                                                                                                  1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                    Good to read that Roxlet. Searching for a recipe to cook night I came across a recipe of Julia's for corn chowder that sounded fab. It was from WTC. It didn't take me long after reading the index at EYB for me to decide.

                                                                                                                                    1. re: Gio

                                                                                                                                      The first time I ever made pie dough in a food processor was after following her very explicit directions in TWTC. Perfect every time!

                                                                                                                                  2. re: Gio

                                                                                                                                    The Way to Cook is a great book, so much more approachable (for me) than her classic MAFC. Whenever I want a really decadent side, I go straight for her Scalloped Potatoes Baked in Cream (and gruyere). Swoon worthy.

                                                                                                                                    I'm ignoring the part of your post that mentions a book I do not own. Completely.

                                                                                                                                    1. re: Gio

                                                                                                                                      "The Way To Cook" arrived today. So why didn't anyone tell me that I'd need a derrick to lift it? Preferably a tall, dark, and handsome Derrick. Yes, that will do. As long as he can also lift a heavy Dutch oven I'll be saved. Thanks very much.

                                                                                                                                      1. re: Gio

                                                                                                                                        MMRuth taught herself to cook using that book! I have a copy that a friend got for us at the SF Fancy Foods Show back in the early 90s. Inscribed "to Bob and Catherine, Bon Appetit, Julia Child." That's pretty special plus I really do like the book.

                                                                                                                                          1. re: LulusMom

                                                                                                                                            Am I right? Don't these publishers know that not everyone lifts weights? How is one to even get it into the kitchen? It's going to crush my cookbook stand if I can even get it hoisted onto the stand. I can just see myself pulling the book on a skateboard. Once in the kitchen... that's when I'll need my Derrick. OK, maybe before.

                                                                                                                                            1. re: Gio

                                                                                                                                              Out of curiosity I just weighed Around My French Table and it's over 4#. How much does TWTC weigh?

                                                                                                                                                1. re: Gio

                                                                                                                                                  I'm betting Best Recipes is probably even heavier. We should have a thread about the heaviest :) And I have one from a Sonoma Portuguese place that would take best of show in my house. It's borderline coffeetable book.

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: c oliver

                                                                                                                                                      3.9 pounds = Mark Bittman's Best Recipes, if that's the book you're referring to.

                                                                                                                                                2. re: Gio

                                                                                                                                                  I would love a Derrick for helping me lift my Le Crueset in and out of the oven. Please let me know when you find a website that sells a Derrick, or rents him out.

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: dkennedy

                                                                                                                                                    I'm lucky to have a "Bob" who does MY heavy lifting. The cookbooks are fine but CI anything with a chicken or pork shoulder is murder.

                                                                                                                                          2. We have a collection of Cook books.I have no need to buy a cook book

                                                                                                                                            with so many recipes on the web.My mom has a collection of Country

                                                                                                                                            Cooking Cook Books.We have the Joy of Cooking.Now the Joy of cooking

                                                                                                                                            is a good Oldie.We have ordered Betty Crocker and other recipes.

                                                                                                                                            Once my mom got angry because she requested a recipe order by

                                                                                                                                            stopped.I guess the Company was hard up on adhering to request.

                                                                                                                                            They continued to send the recipes.I told my mom,hey when you

                                                                                                                                            tell them no more recipes,the recipes get better and better.

                                                                                                                                            My mom said well I am not paying for them.That was so funny.

                                                                                                                                            1. I have been neglecting Chowhound for a while now. Been busy working and all. checked in to see this and thought I'd share my recent finds.

                                                                                                                                              The French Laundry/Keller - $8 at an antique mall
                                                                                                                                              The Moosewood Restaurant Low Fat Recipes - $1 at a flea market
                                                                                                                                              Louisiana Tastes/Prudhomme - $6 signed at a used book store.
                                                                                                                                              A Treasury of Great Recipes/Mary and Vincent Price - $4 at a flea market. It's in perfect condition. GAH! The holy grail!!!
                                                                                                                                              Cooking with Craig Claiborne and Pierre Franey - $1 at a flea market.

                                                                                                                                              I've been doing a lot more healthy type cooking so I've been using Eating Well and Marcella Hazan lately. We have a lot of veggies now so it's mostly salads and veggie dishes. Except tonight we are having a jalapeno and cream cheese stuffed pork tenderloin wrapped in bacon with Cajun seasoning for dinner.

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                                                                                                                                                1. re: rstuart

                                                                                                                                                  The French Laundry was sitting there staring at me, whispering "take me home". I didn't....then I looked up how much it was going for. When I went back, it was still there but they have marked it UP to $15. I said "Hey" and they fixed it so I got it for $10.

                                                                                                                                                  I also got Too Hot Tamales (new) for #2.

                                                                                                                                                  No....I don't have a problem with cookbooks....or any books. Just ask the 3,000 of them (books; cookbooks are < 100) and they'll tell you!

                                                                                                                                                2. re: Dee S

                                                                                                                                                  As I recall there's a good chocolate cake recipe in the Price.

                                                                                                                                                3. I had this:

                                                                                                                                                  http://www.amazon.com/The-B-T-C-Old-F...

                                                                                                                                                  The BTC Old Fashioned Grocery Cookbook

                                                                                                                                                  from the library last week. It is a charming book, with plenty of narrative, and many delicious-looking recipes.

                                                                                                                                                  There is nothing earth-shaking in this book, but there are some great soups and salad recipes, and plenty of good 'ole Southern recipes.

                                                                                                                                                  BTC [Be The Change] Grocery is in a small Mississippi town, and serves breakfast and lunch in addition to running a small market featuring fruit, veg, specialty items, as well as regular groceries. A small-town success. !

                                                                                                                                                  I just ordered it from Amazon. I want to cook from it.

                                                                                                                                                  1. "Save with Jamie" - Jamie Oliver.

                                                                                                                                                    Oliver's guide to cutting food costs. It's got some decent ideas for leftovers - he takes an idea of a "mothership recipe" - say a roast pork Sunday lunch and then suggests using the leftovers in various ways. But, generally, it's not that thrilling a book.

                                                                                                                                                    And, frankly, it's badly edited. By page 50, I had become annoyed by the constant use, in virtually every recipe of the irritating and meaningless phrase "season to perfection". It meant, ever time I turned the page, the first thing I started looking for was the phrase. I lost count of the number of times it's used but it really is virtually every recipe. Good editing would find different ways to tell you to season - just look in most cookbooks. There is other repetitive phrasing but none that "did for me" like this one.

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                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Harters

                                                                                                                                                      Thank you for this! I was really intrigued at first...but you've saved us all a lot of irritation!

                                                                                                                                                      ~TDQ

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                                                                                        I get suckered in to Oliver's books every time. There's the cookery programme on TV where the food seems really good. So I buy the book and it's just a let down. I don't think we've ever cooked anything twice from one of his books, with the exception of the very first two Naked Chef ones, where there are some damn good recipes.

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Harters

                                                                                                                                                          I'm going to step in and stand up for JO. I have some favorites that get made over and over again. But then again, I very rarely watch his shows so maybe my expectations aren't the same?

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Harters

                                                                                                                                                            Oh no! Really? Everything of his I've made I've always thought was worth the effort. Most of the time, though, I'm making one of his quick recipes so I kind of go into the situation knowing that there might be a trade off between speed and deliciousness.

                                                                                                                                                            Funnily enough, after you posted this, I went and looked at the recipes on EYB. I love the concept of "mothership" recipes. Several of them are online, so I might try a few. If you weren't across the pond, I'd maybe buy your book off of you!

                                                                                                                                                            ~TDQ

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                                                                                              I have an older book of his, JAMIE'S DINNERS, and everything I've made from it has been good. His roast chicken in particular is great. There is also another recipe of his (from another book) that I love called Jools' Favourite Sunday Night Pasta or something like that. It's a tuna, penne, tomato, basil thing that is fantastic, cheap, and quick.

                                                                                                                                                              But the constant repetition of that phrase sounds super annoying.

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: pistachio peas

                                                                                                                                                                You know, I clicked around for the recipes in Save with Jamie that I could find online. The problem (for me) is that none of the "children" recipes seem to be especially expedient. Since these recipes rely on planned leftovers, I was hoping they would be on the quicker side, but, based on what I could tell, that's not necessarily the case. I sure wish my library had a copy so I could take it out for a test drive...

                                                                                                                                                                ~TDQ

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: pistachio peas

                                                                                                                                                                  Jamie's Dinners didnt make the cut when we had our book cull a while back. That'll have meant that there was nothing we wanted to cook from it.

                                                                                                                                                                  His roast chicken from Naked Chef is good and has been our normal way of doing it since the book came out. Perhaps a similar recipe.

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Harters

                                                                                                                                                                    It involves poking holes in a slightly boiled lemon and stuffing that in the bird.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: pistachio peas

                                                                                                                                                                      Not similar then. The original involves chopping your choice of soft herbs and shoving up in between the skin and the flesh. really is good.

                                                                                                                                                                      The lemon stuffed inside is hardly a revelation. It's a pretty much classic British way with roast chicken or turkey. I remember Mum doing it when I was still in short pants ( and that's really a long time ago - back in the days when a roast chicken was a celebration meal, like Easter Sunday)

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Harters

                                                                                                                                                                        Interesting that roast chicken used to be thought of as a celebration meal. It's still something I serve company, but I would consider it to be regular Sunday supper at my house these days.

                                                                                                                                                                        ~TDQ

                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: pistachio peas

                                                                                                                                                                    We are big fans of his Blokes pasta. If I goes more than a month without making it I start hearing complaints.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: LulusMom

                                                                                                                                                                      Cook with Jamie is by far the most used cookbook in this house. Probably the only one used by us both. One good thing about the weather getting cooler is it will be time for the pork belly with fennel.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Londonlinda

                                                                                                                                                                        You all are enablers, you realize that right?

                                                                                                                                                                        Now I have to find Cook with Jamie. And I've seen several of his books at those places I find bargains. I've overlooked them in the past....GAH!

                                                                                                                                                            2. re: Harters

                                                                                                                                                              Forgot to also mention "The Gaza Kitchen", Laila el-Haddad & Maggie Schmitt.

                                                                                                                                                              Came as a birthday present from Mrs H. Bought over the internet, it's an American publication, so I'm going to have to try and remember how much a pound is and see if I can find a conversion of American cups to metric. Presumably I'm also going to have to deal with eggplants instead of aubergines.

                                                                                                                                                              A book which seems particularly poignant at this time - which is exactly why Mrs H bought it for me.

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Harters

                                                                                                                                                                I've heard great things about this one.

                                                                                                                                                            3. Yesterday I ordered Dunlop's Land of Plenty and her memoir: Shark's Fin and Sichuan Peppercorns. As an add on to get free shipping, I got a tin of Sichuan peppercorns, haha! You see the theme...

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                                                                                                                                                              1. re: alliegator

                                                                                                                                                                Nice! Those are both on my wish list, though I might start with Every Grain of Rice.

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: pistachio peas

                                                                                                                                                                  I prefer both "Land of Plenty" and "Revolutionary Chinese Cookbook" to "Every Grain of Rice," but that's because I like spicy food and some of the dishes in EGoR are a little on the mild side for me. Don't get me wrong; I like the book a great deal. Just not as much as her other two.

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: JoanN

                                                                                                                                                                    Thank you, Joan. This is really helpful. What would you recommend out of the two? I don't have any Chinese cookbooks other than the Time Life book from the Cuisines of the World series. And...I've never cooked from it.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: pistachio peas

                                                                                                                                                                      That's too hard for me. I have favorite recipes from both books and wouldn't want to be without either. Guess if I HAD to choose only one, it would be LoP. That's probably because it was my first. But the Beef with Cumin in RCC is one of my favorite recipes of all time. I can't choose. You need both. Maybe someone else could step in here and make an argument for one over the other. I seem unable to do so.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: JoanN

                                                                                                                                                                        HAHA. I feel the same way. It's hard for me to separate the two books, actually, since I've always known them as a set, vol 1 and vol 2, of sorts.

                                                                                                                                                                        I do think that LoP somehow edges RC out for its firstness, her first love. Somehow, I remember the stories being a little more touching or maybe I felt I was discovering alongside her somehow and I was sharing in her sense of wonder.

                                                                                                                                                                        But trying to look at them objectively, I seem to recall thinking some of the ingredient glossary stuff as being better in RC, perhaps because I had that sensation of feeling like questions I had in the first book were answered by the second.

                                                                                                                                                                        It might also come down to whether you have a preference for Sichuan vs. Hunan cookery. I suppose if I had to buy only one, I'd personally buy RC because I can get good Sichuan food where I live but I don't have access to good Hunan. (Oh, pistachio peas--aren't you also in MSP? Then you might consider buying RC for that same reason. On the other hand, if you like trying your hand replicating dishes you've had at restaurants so you have a basis for comparison, maybe you do want to try LOP).

                                                                                                                                                                        But, this is a thread about buying cookbooks. So buy them both. :) I'd definitely say you need to have these two in your collection before acquiring her memoir (which I've read but haven't cooked from) and EGOR.

                                                                                                                                                                        You could also get them both out of the library and compare.

                                                                                                                                                                        P.S. The beef with cumin has become one of my favs also, though I struggled with it the first time out, if you read my report in the COTM thread...

                                                                                                                                                                        ~TDQ

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                                                                                                          Hi TDQ, I am indeed in MSP. I am surprised you guys are saying to get LoP and RCC before EGOR. It seems like all the bloggers are obsessed with EGOR. I wonder why...
                                                                                                                                                                          Anyway, I don't need much convincing. :) thanks for the advice.

                                                                                                                                                                          This is a little off topic but since you brought it up, where do you like to go for Sichuan in MSP?

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: pistachio peas

                                                                                                                                                                            EGOR is newer and more accessible to the home cook. That's my guess anyway.

                                                                                                                                                                            My fav up until a few months ago was Little Szechuan on University in St. Paul but they now only do hot pot. I've never been to their location in Stadium Village. I hope it's as good.

                                                                                                                                                                            We also go to Tea House a lot.

                                                                                                                                                                            Grand Szechuan also gets raves on the MSP board, but I've never been. Szechuan in Roseville is okay in a pinch, but not my fav.

                                                                                                                                                                            ~TDQ

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: pistachio peas

                                                                                                                                                                              I think it might have to do with EGOR being newer too.

                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: JoanN

                                                                                                                                                                            Beef with Cumin is also one of my favorite recipes - but I use the simpler recipe (that doesn't involve as much oil) given in Every Grain of Rice.

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: emily

                                                                                                                                                                              I used to make the Beef with Cumin from RCC using a lot less oil, but discovered that I really preferred the texture of the beef (soft and silky) when made with the full amount of oil. Most of the oil gets tossed out anyway.

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: JoanN

                                                                                                                                                                                I agree that it is tastier with the full amount of oil...

                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: JoanN

                                                                                                                                                                              Haha...wow, that is a great endorsement for both of them.

                                                                                                                                                                            3. re: pistachio peas

                                                                                                                                                                              Another person who'd have a darned hard time choosing between those two books, but if pressed would probably go with LoP (again, because it was the first one I had - but once I had it I immediately wanted RCC). I know it sounds excessive but I say buy both (and wait on the other two).

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: pistachio peas

                                                                                                                                                                                I'm in the camp of those who would advise you buy all three, because I like each for different reasons, most of which TDQ and others has mentioned. It might be a good idea to see some of the reviews of recipes we cooked when the books were COTM:

                                                                                                                                                                                REVOLUTIONARY CHINESE and LAND OF PLENTY
                                                                                                                                                                                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/494660

                                                                                                                                                                                EVERY GRAIN of RICE:
                                                                                                                                                                                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/852298
                                                                                                                                                                                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/892286

                                                                                                                                                                                Just for the sake of giving you a good book for beginner's techniques Stir-Frying to the Sky's Edge by Grace Young is a great introduction to Chinese cooking.

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: pistachio peas

                                                                                                                                                                                    Get them both, they're masterworks. I am fond of EGOR too but the others take the cake.

                                                                                                                                                                        2. As I mentioned up-thread, I recently went on a bit of an online buying spree. Call it cookbook-withdrawl due to too much business travel or just an utter lack of willpower! Whatever the case may be, the postman has started delivering my stash and I have a few to report in addition to some books I picked up at a thrift shop last weekend:

                                                                                                                                                                          Online Purchases:

                                                                                                                                                                          LULU'S PROVENCAL TABLE by Richard Onley - I ordered this after reading somewhere that this was one of Ina Garten's favourite books. Since she never lets me down when it comes to recipes, I thought I'd give this one a try.

                                                                                                                                                                          VEGGIESTAN by Sally Butcher - I purchased Snackistan on a recent trip to London and fell in love with it as I read it on the plane. It made me wish I'd purchased Veggiestan at the same time so I quickly rectified that by purchasing it online. I did see the US version but I prefer the metric measures and the beautifully designed UK book covers.

                                                                                                                                                                          DELICIOUS SOUPS FRESH AND HEARTY YORKSHIRE PROVENDER FOR ALL OCCASIONS by Belinda Williams - I love soups and it was love at first sight when I saw this book in London. The recipes seem innovative and enticing. This book is staying right here in my kitchen awaiting fall's arrival!

                                                                                                                                                                          YUCATAN by David Sterling - Yes, I caved to the pressure of such good reviews here and couldn't resist this tome. I haven't read the recipes yet but the photos of food and otherwise are simply stunning. This is getting plunked down on the coffee table right in front of "my spot" on the couch!!

                                                                                                                                                                          PROPER PUB FOOD by Tom Kerridges. I saw this chef on tv while I was in England and immediately wanted to buy this book. The recipes definitely do not seem to be for traditional pub food at first pass. The jury's still out on whether this was a good addition to my collection. Maybe I should have just brought the chef home instead!!! ; )

                                                                                                                                                                          From a Thrift Shop:

                                                                                                                                                                          THE MODERN BAKER by Nick Malegieri - I have a couple of his other books and have come to rely on him for solid recipes. I hope this is no exception.

                                                                                                                                                                          THE COMPLETE BOOK OF PASTRY by Bernard Clayton Jr. - at $1.99 I couldn't resist

                                                                                                                                                                          ZUPPA! by Margaret and G. Franco Romagnoli - The book explores the country's soups by region. Though there are no photos in the book, the recipes certainly sound enticing.

                                                                                                                                                                          TRADITIONAL PORTUGUESE COOKERY, English Edition - Collaborators: Isabel Dias, Joao Estevens, Carla Gomes, Emanuelle Oliveira and Filipa Duarte - I can't find this book anywhere online. It was published in Portugal. I've added the ISBN to EYB and hope it eventually shows up there.

                                                                                                                                                                          COFFEE CAKES SIMPLE SWEET AND SAVORY by Lou Seibert Pappas

                                                                                                                                                                          THE GREEK COOKBOOK by Sophia Skoura - According to the book jacket, this book is an English translation of Greece's top-selling cookbook. There's an extensive variety of recipes and the book does look promising.

                                                                                                                                                                          MARY MAC's TEA ROOM by John Ferrell - The fried chicken, meatloaf and pecan pie on the cover did me in!!

                                                                                                                                                                          THE TROUT POINT LODGE COOKBOOK - This looks like a good one. Evidently covers Creole cooking from New Orleans to Nova Scotia!

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                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                                                                                                            I keep seeing Yucatan being added to so many shelves. I must remind myself every time, "I do not need this book, I do not need this book, I do not need this book."

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: LulusMom

                                                                                                                                                                                I keep buying books on Amazon and then, remembering how little I've actually cooked from my books lately (unlike all of you), coming to my senses and canceling my order 5-10 minutes later. So, I haven't been buying a ton of books, but I should really stop reading this thread!

                                                                                                                                                                                ~TDQ

                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: dkennedy

                                                                                                                                                                                Yucatan's been gnawing at me, too. I keep telling myself that with the hot summer we've had, I haven't been cooking from my books enough. But I do get so much pleasure from reading them. I give myself until Labor Day on this one...

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: alliegator

                                                                                                                                                                                  I'm trying very hard to save this for my Christmas wishlist. I should see if my library has a copy...they don't focus on new cookbooks very often.

                                                                                                                                                                              3. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                                                                                                                I can't stop either. I just picked up:
                                                                                                                                                                                THE COMPLETE WINE COURSE - Kevin Zraly

                                                                                                                                                                                FOOD FROM MY HEART: CUISINES OF MEXICO REMEMBERED AND REIMAGINED - Zarela Martinez - this was .99 so I couldn't resist.

                                                                                                                                                                                THE CUISINE OF HUNGARY - George Lang (this one is for a friend)

                                                                                                                                                                                THE ART OF PERSIAN COOKING - Forough Hekmat (didn't really "need" another Persian cookbook but I'm trying to build deep knowledge in one national cuisine and expand outwards, as Ottolenghi suggested in an interview...)

                                                                                                                                                                                TIME FOR DINNER: STRATEGIES, INSPIRATION, AND RECIPES FOR FAMILY MEALS EVERY NIGHT OF THE WEEK - Pilar Guzman (a gift for my partner's sister)

                                                                                                                                                                                These were all used copies, so I feel a little less guilty...I also just became a member at my local thrift store, which has really astounding benefits. I smell trouble in my future. I also met a woman in the cookbook aisle today who tipped me off to another great source nearby.

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                                                                                                                  "TRADITIONAL PORTUGUESE COOKERY, English Edition"
                                                                                                                                                                                  ----------------------------------

                                                                                                                                                                                  May I ask which Portugese cookery book it is exactly? http://cookbookslist.com/sorted_by/be... here?

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                                                                                                                    I like your style! Excellent choices. Makes me want to go to amazon....like now! ...Ugh! This thread is dangerous!

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                                                                                                                      Nick Malgieri can do no wrong. Check the recipe for blueberry pie for the best method of thickening fruit pies ever. (This was meant as a reply to Breadcrumbs.)

                                                                                                                                                                                    2. 1.Two Greedy Italians- Carluccio & Contaldo.

                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Two Greedy Italians Eat Italy - Carluccio / Contaldo.

                                                                                                                                                                                      In English, Amazon.UK, as both reside in the UK.

                                                                                                                                                                                      Both cookbooks mirror the BBC series of the same name.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: SWISSAIRE

                                                                                                                                                                                        I have Two Greedy Italians and have liked what I've made so far (maybe 2 things?). I nominated it for COTM about a year ago. Maybe we can start working on a groundswell ...

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: LulusMom

                                                                                                                                                                                          I have it too. But, I rather like Pleasures of the Good Earth by Edward Giobbi which arrived yesterday. Very approachable recipes and not all extremely Italian. There are a handful of recipes I want to make ASAP.

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Gio

                                                                                                                                                                                            I'm trying to look away from this post, Gio. Trying very, very hard.

                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: SWISSAIRE

                                                                                                                                                                                          Havnt bought either of these. Both programmes were good fun though.

                                                                                                                                                                                          I'm a big fan of both chefs. Got several other Carluccio books and Contaldo's "Passione" (the name of his then London restaurant which was, while it lasted, perhaps my favourite place in the capital).

                                                                                                                                                                                          The story is that Carluccio used to employ Contaldo at the Neal Street Restaurant but they had a falling out and didnt speak for years. If memory serves, it's touched on in the first episode of the first TV series.

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Harters

                                                                                                                                                                                            A friend and I stumbled into Passione many moons ago without realising it was one of the best Italian restaurants in London at the time. I still remember the meal we had. Lamb cutlets and prosecco!

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: greedygirl

                                                                                                                                                                                              It was a time before I kept notes of meals but I recall a braised rabbit that may just have been the best rabbit I've ever eaten. Closed soon after and Contaldo went off to work for Jamie Oliver as his "Italian mentor" - I think he had an involvement in the early stages of his Italian restaurant chain (although I may be doing him an injustice as I reckon the restaurants are shite)

                                                                                                                                                                                              Hope you're keeping an eye on my Cheadle area posts on UK/Ireland for new places, if you're still visiting the area to see your chap's family. Couple of very good Indians.

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Harters

                                                                                                                                                                                                I have already drawn his attention to the new Indian in Cheadle! I only get up to Manchester a few times a year, but he's there more often - including this weekend I think.

                                                                                                                                                                                        3. Arabesque arrived today and I've been pondering a meze style meal for a Friday get together with a friend, just the two of us. Here is what I am contemplating, please comment as many of you cooked from this book when it was COTM and most likely continued after. I know there are threads but facing 7-hour drive tomorrow (by myself) and perusing threads is not in the cards. Thank you 'hounds! :)

                                                                                                                                                                                          Lebanon: chicken pie (will make individual pies with 1/2 recipe), stuffed eggplants (will serve as they come, no bread base but with yogurt sauce on the side), hummus with pita wedges and veggies; and Turkey: zucchini fritters just because I love them.

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                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: herby

                                                                                                                                                                                            Just off the top of my head two mezze things I remember loving are the eggplant/tomato salad and the cheese pies. And I seem to remember liking the zucchini fritters too. Afraid I can't remember right this moment whether I made those other things on your list. Hope others will chime in with more helpful info.

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: herby

                                                                                                                                                                                              I love her zucchini fritters!

                                                                                                                                                                                              Haven't tried the stuffed eggplant, but we liked her version of the eggplant slices with pomegranate, yogurt & tahini.

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: herby

                                                                                                                                                                                                Thank you LLM and Q! At home finally, tired from the drive but my fingers are itching to check out Arabesque threads. I just might spend a bit of time there :)

                                                                                                                                                                                              2. I'll echo your sentiment regarding Dorie's new one. I'm also lusting after Sean Brock and Flour + Water's. And possibly Ovenly.

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Picked up a used copy of Deborah Madison's VEGETARIAN COOKING FOR EVERYONE yesterday and spent a good hour on the COTM archive. I'm not vegetarian but I'm looking forward to working with this book.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. I'm currently in love with North African cuisine, the French Algerian kind, so I just ordered the Momo Cookbook by Momo Mazouz and also Avec Eric for the COTM.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: CMCooks

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Good on you! You're doing very well so far. LOL

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: CMCooks

                                                                                                                                                                                                        If you're having a N. African thing right now, I highly recommend Wolfert's The Food of Morocco. Lovely pictures and failproof recipes.
                                                                                                                                                                                                        http://www.amazon.com/The-Food-Morocc...
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Just make sure you've got an extra 5K or so laying around, because then you'll want the actual trip to Morocco.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: alliegator

                                                                                                                                                                                                          See, I'm sort of thinking we need to get a group of us together to do a Morocco or Vietnam trip. All about eating, drinking, yakking about cookbooks, blah blah blah. How much fun would that be?? I could be talked into the south of France too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: LulusMom

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Absolutely! It will be so much fun. Chowhounds are a special group of people and I believe that even if we've never met, we'll become fast buddies and have great time together. I only met one chow person face-to-face and it feels like we've known each other for years. Right? Is that your experience too?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: herby

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I'm lucky to have met a few - quite a few local 'hounds, and a few on the Home Cooking board. And I have to say, wonderful people. People who like to cook and feed people seem to me to be people who like making other people happy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: herby

                                                                                                                                                                                                                We're going to Vietnam next spring, as well as Thailand, Laos and Cambodia.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: c oliver

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  "We" as in a ground of chowhounds? Great destination - I have not been in either of these countries if do not counts Bangkok stop-overs (I do not).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: herby

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    "We" as my husband and I.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    We're going to be gone 27 days. It's escorted by with LOTS of free time for meals. If anyone really is interested, even in part of it (Vietnam) will be the final leg of the trip, email me and I'll put you in touch with my tour operator.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: LulusMom

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Sounds like it, doesn't it? See what you started, no backing out now :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Seriously speaking, this could be an amazing trip. We could ask Andrea Nguyen if she is interested to be our "food guide" and teacher. What a wonderful way to experience street food and refined food, learn about influences - French is the obvious but there must be others - and cook with local ingredients.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      We need to start a dedicated thread!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: c oliver

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I was in Cambodia and Vietnam this spring.. I LOVED the food! except for the crickets: I couldn't bring myself to eat them..

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: rstuart

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Oh, goodie re Cambodia. I could do at least ONE crickets. LOTS of research to do between now and then. And I'm planning on picking on Andrea Nguyen :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: c oliver

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I posted reports from Cambodia back in 2009. I know some of the restaurants are still there (for Siem Reap and Phnom Penh

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7696...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/623024

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I love Thailand, esp the northern regions (Chiang Mai). We biked from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai the landscape and food was breathtaking.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          BTW, we ate fried crickets in Cambodia. I loved them. There were deep fried with soy sauce. They were crunchy and salty, kind of like popcorn. The bike guide (we biked a good part from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville) offered some to us thinking we wouldn't like them. He was really surprised that we just chowed down on them. I couldn't eat the tarantulas though. They were still fuzzy and looked like mini acromantulas.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          It's been way too many years since Vietnam but I loved Hanoi. Esp Franny's ice cream on the lake.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: beetlebug

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            You are so incredibly kind to share this with me. Not sure I could do the tarantulas wither cause of the "fuzzy factor" :) Thanks tons.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: LulusMom

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I'm in for Vietnam. Did Morocco and S. France, but only did a pathetic skim over Vietnam :/

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: alliegator

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I've done S. France too (more than once) but it wouldn't stop me from going again. Doesn't it sound like fun?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: LulusMom

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I think to do a true CH trip, we'd need to hit the mother lode. The true food mecca. Singapore.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: alliegator

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        YES. I was also there this spring visiting friends, and did not have one bad meal. Or even one "so-so" meal.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: alliegator

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Any place that doesn't allow durian on public transpo and no gum chewing - I might be wrong about the gum thing :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: alliegator

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Really? I've been in Singapore several times and the food is great but it is a mess of regional flavours which is enjoyable while you are there. But if I want Indian food, I would rather go to India and the region (Hyderabad for biryani, Chennai for dosa/iddli, etc.). The same with Vietnamese - I want to go to the source :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: herby

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I've not even been to Asia but I'd gathered that Singapore wasn't the be all and end all for food. Non-Singaporean food.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: alliegator

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              But Singapore is really boring apart from the food - and expensive. Penang is really where it's at.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: greedygirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Glad to hear that I am not the only one who finds Singapore boring :) My daughter is considering moving there - temporarily, but still - sigh...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: herby

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Sympathies. We only went because some good friends are living there for a couple of years. And then we went to Malaysia, which was great.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: greedygirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Thank you! I've been there many times while I lived in Asia. Have not been to Malaysia, just India and Bangladesh.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: greedygirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  You're right about Penang. I has it all food-wise and is lovely, too. I'm going to Bangkok for the holidays, and am bummed to have to miss a quick run down to Penang.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: greedygirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I've got to admit.. I was only there because friends live here, so I had free accommodation, and used it as a base. But I found the sheer variety of food (and low prices in the Hawker markets) fantastic.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Wouldn't want to live there though..

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                3. re: LulusMom

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  You could do Morocco and Spain in the same country (so to speak) - going to the Spanish occupied parts of Morocco :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Harters

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    That is a very good idea. Did Seville last year with a friend and loved it, but didn't have enough time to go across to Morocco. Solo trips for moms have to be spaced out and not too long (funny how solo trips for dads don't work that way ...).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: LulusMom

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Says who???? My daughters and nieces regularly have their own getaways.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: c oliver

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I have my own getaways too. But no where near as many as my husband has. And not all of his are for work.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: LulusMom

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I've no idea what the two Spanish occupied enclaves are like. I suspect that the border crossing between them and Morocco might be tricky as I assume they are regarded as European Union territory which would mean that immigrants, once in, could travel to any other part of the EU with relative impunity. By the by, my brother in law's father did his military service in one of the enclaves (presumably in the 1950s).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        In truth, I'd mentioned it somewhat tongue in cheek, as I always mention the enclaves when the Spanish relatives suggest that Gibraltar is really part of Spain.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      3. re: Harters

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Hmmm, a very wise recommendation, Mr. H.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      4. re: LulusMom

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I would so love to join all of you. I don't think that's where I am in my life right now, though. :(

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ~TDQ

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: LulusMom

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I'm not sure about bringing TDP to Vietnam, alas. The traffic in Saigon scares the living daylights out of me. It's really I was there for 10 days before I was willing to even to attempt to cross the street "by myself" and even then, I would wait on the corner until a local wanted to cross and I'd walk directly behind in their footprints... One time I tried to cross on my own and two shopkeepers came running frantically out and walked me across!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Spain, no problem. Infinitely more walkable!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ~TDQ

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Good point about the traffic. I'd probably be scared too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: LulusMom

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Traffic in larger Asian cities scares the living daylights out of me. I also do the find a group and cross with them thing. Hue and Hoi An in Central Vietnam are on the coast and apparently have fantastic food.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      5. re: alliegator

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Great recommendation, thank you! She appears to be like a Diana Kennedy for Mediterranean cooking :o)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: CMCooks

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I think she shares the spot with Claudia Roden :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. My most recent acquisition is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Island Kitchen: an Ode to Newfoundland
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      http://www.creativebookpublishing.ca/...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: prima

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Most cool Prima -

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        How would you describe or characterize Newfoundland cooking ?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: SWISSAIRE

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I'd characterize it as a distinct Atlantic Canadian cuisine with a strong Irish and English influence. Lots of cod, cod cheeks, cod tongues, fish cakes, toutons (fried dough served with molasses) and snow crab were featured on menus around St John's on my recent visit. Various desserts, sauces and cocktails featured partridge berries or cloudberries. Fish and chips came with dressing (stuffing) and gravy (I've included a photo of my order at The Club in St John's), which one doesn't see in other Atlantic provinces. Molasses, screech and Newfoundland port were also used in quite a few sauces and desserts. When I ate at The Club, the rolls (one of the recipes in Island Kitchen) were served with molasses butter- comprised of whipped butter, molasses and sea salt, which was surprisingly tasty (recipe for the molasses butter is also in the book!)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The cookbook I bought is contemporary Newfoundland cuisine, from a chef whose restaurants are sort of a St John's equivalent to Montreal's Joe Beef.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: prima

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Your post sent me on a 2 hour cyber tour of Newfoundland. Now I want to move there...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Gio

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Of topic, but you can start here and begin a culinary journey through the Faroe Islands. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/honest-...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: emily

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Uh, oh. Managed to put "Prune" on the wish list as opposed to pre-ordering it. Let's see how long that resolution holds.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: JoanN

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              In addition North, Sepia and Historic Heston sound interesting.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: JoanN

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Oh, my. I've been waiting for Gabrielle Hamilton to put out a cookbook for a few years now, and it is finally happening. I will definitely be buying this one!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: emily

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Thanks for sharing that list emily/enabler!! ; )

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Added to my Wishlist:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  America Farm To Table - Batali (I have and love all his other books)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Carmines Celebrates - If it's half as good as the first one it'll be wonderful

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Jamie's Comfort Food - because I can't resist a little J.O. & I've been happy w dishes I've made from his other books

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Plenty More was already on my list, I'm still debating whether to go w the US or UK version...leaning towards the latter.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I was also intrigued by The Cookbook Book though I wouldn't pay the hefty price Amazon.ca is charging, it would be fun to take a look at it and see what books have been covered

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    :: also intrigued by The Cookbook Book ... it would be fun to take a look at it and see what books have been covered ::

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    It would, but based on other Phaidon books I'll probably want to do that via someone else's coffee table or in a bookstore.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    This one's put together by an art director, so I'd expect more artiness and less cooking / cookbook wisdom than from the one that came out two years ago from the Fales Library, '101 Classic Cookbooks: 501 Classic Recipes'. Which I haven't laid eyes on, either, but want to. In fact, I'm not confident that this new Cookbook Book actually reproduces any recipes, so a somewhat meta project...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: ellabee

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Yeah, that was one that definitely caught my eye. Reminded me a bit of the Best American Recipes series.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: LulusMom

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        That's what I thought of right away, too!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ~TDQ

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          And you know, not a single one of those got tossed in the great cookbook cull of 2013.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                3. Not exactly a traditional cookbook as such, but I love the new "Joy of Cooking" app on my iPad. It's the complete cookbook, very easy to skim or search, and simple to print a single recipe from (either via a wireless enabled printer, or by emailing the recipe to yourself). Oh...and it creates a shopping list too! Like this basic cookbook a lot!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Coveting, but not yet acquired, WHAT KATIE ATE. How is it that no one on Chowhound has reported on this unbelievably beautiful book? I can not be the only CH to have discovered it....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The other day I came upon a report by someone for a rhubarb dessert and thought, that sounds interesting. Then, as if by fate, I was at the Hollywood Farmer's Market and saw someone walking by with rhubarb. I haven't seen rhubarb at my market in some time so I set off to find the vendor. I'd almost given up home when I found him, just before the market shut down. Once home, I went to work retracing my steps to find out who had reported on it and where. It took forever for me to find the post (it was a August COTM recipe, btw) but by the time I found it I had also discovered several other rhubarb recipes. The one by Katie won out. Here is a link to the recipe: http://www.whatkatieate.com/recipes/b...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I made it last night. WOW. That was my family's reaction. Easy. Fool proof. Delicious. Intrigued, I checked out the book from the library (along with Avec Eric) and I am totally smitten with it. I have the US edition but I am guessing many of you will have the UK version. Who else has this book and what are your thoughts?????

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: dkennedy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I vaguely remember seeing it in a shop once, but otherwise it wasn't on my radar. She's a British blogger, yes? I do have rhubarb, though, and a rainy day off today. So thanks for the recipe!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      If you're talking about the Diana Henry Rhubarb Cake from Simple Cooking, btw, I've made it several times and love it. Fancy trying something different today though.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: greedygirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Australian blogger. Let me know how the cake compares to the Diane Henry one.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: dkennedy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          It was really good! I think I may slightly prefer the DH one but this is also very nice. I will ask my panel of tasters (workmates) what they think.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: greedygirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          She's an Australian blogger who is quite a good photographer and a pretty good writer as well. I was smitten with her 5 week sojourn to Italy, England, and Ireland so began to read her blog. Excellent.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          http://www.whatkatieate.com/

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        3. re: dkennedy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I have the book, but have never made anything from it. I have to admit I bought it more for the photos than the recipes. Just taking a look through, nothing is jumping out at me to make. Maybe I should make a COTW challenge out of it? If any other CH'ers have cooked from it, I'd like to hear recommendations.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: MelMM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Yes, if I buy this, it will be for the photos, not the recipes, though the recipes appear to be solid. The photos are so amazing, especially when you couple them with how she lays out the recipes on contrasting backgrounds.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: dkennedy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Be aware - there's a set of corrections for this book:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            http://www.penguin.com.au/products/97...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I'm not sure how to feel about this - I guess at least there's a set of errata?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: LiamF

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Thanks for that link! I've gone through and made notes in my book of the corrections. While it would be nice if cookbooks didn't have errors, most of them do, so I'm glad the publisher has listed the errata.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: MelMM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I -was- tempted by this book, but I'm worried it falls into the Phaidon style of cookbook (pretty, looks like the food is good, but editing of the recipes is pretty shocking and instructions are missing). How've you found it?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: LiamF

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  It's pretty, that's for sure. I'm not sure it is Phaidon-style in it's editing. Sure, there are errata, but the book has a bit more detail around the recipes than the typical Phaidon tome. I originally said I had not made anything from the book, but that was not true. I have made one recipe - a variation on patatas bravas, made in a single serving dish with ham and egg. It was good. I haven't made anything since - to me, the dishes in the book are not quite interesting enough, and don't quite match the way I eat (I like more vegetables and less meat). But if the food looks good to you and is the kind of stuff you'd make, I wouldn't shy away from it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          3. I bought The Canadian Heritage Cookbook, Madi Heatter's Book of Great Desserts, Favorite Recipes from Old New Brunswick Kitchens, and Carolyn Coggin's Company Cookbook, all for eight dollars at a second hand bookstore.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Ruthie789

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              That's a good haul Ruthie! I would for sure buy Maida Heatter's book of great desserts if it was that cheap.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I bought Ellie Krieger's Comfort Food Fix at the bargain bin at Chapters last week..

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: rstuart

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Chapter's is oh so dangerous. I was looking at a book by Sam Stern but logic prevailed for once!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. I was at Green Apple books in San Francisco last week, and found a remaindered copy a "A Day at El Bulli" for $25, still in shrink-wrap. That made for a heavy suitcase coming home from the West coast!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Also, I picked up a used copy of "The Art of Russian Cuisine" by Anne Volokh, a nice thick paperback.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I received as a gift a copy of "The Mediterranean Table" by Joyce Goldstein, always a reliable author in my experience.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              And from Amazon, I got a copy of "Healthy Venezuelan Cooking" by "The Nomad Cook", and "Mi Cocina (30th Anniversary revised ed.) by Armando Scannone (another Venezuelan book, this one in Spanish).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              And some electronic goodies:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              "Classic Venezuelan Recipes" by Jose de Silva (sense a theme here?)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              "Salad Samurai" by Terry Hope Romero (I'm not a big salad person, but these look really good).
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              "Ceviche: Peruvian Kitchen" by Martin Morales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              "The Great Ceviche Book, revised", but Douglas Rodriquez
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              "The Southern Vegetarian Cookbook" by Justin Fox Burks & Amy Lawrence (I heard about this one here on CH - maybe this very thread or last month's - and it looks great)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              "Mr. Wilkinson's Spring and Summer Vegetables", by Matt Wilkinson (this was a Blue Plate Special from Workman Press)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Enough damage for now!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. I'm in Pakistan at the moment, and have gotten 4 cookbooks last Thursday in Islamabad:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                - A Taste of Pakistan by Zainab Jafari
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                - Kashmiri Cuisine Through the Ages by Sarla Razdan.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                - Wazwan, Traditional Kashmiri Cuisine by Rocky Mohan Book Club.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                - The Masala Art, Indian Haute Cuisine by Hemant Oberoi

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: klyeoh

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I love Pakistani food! Please tell me if any of the books are amazing ( and have lots of pictures - requirement for my husband)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Siegal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    One of them - the one by Sarla Razdan - was truly amazing: great food photos interspersed with vintage black-and-white photos pics of beautiful Kashmir and the Kashmiris.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    All the cookbooks have great pics. The only "meh" was Wazwan.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. So, what is Dorie's new book? Another baking one? (Back to her roots?) What do you think of the Anita Lo book so far?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ~TDQ

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    It's Baking Chez Mois, apparently what she makes with her friends in Paris, if her blog is to be believed ;)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Presently awaiting arrival:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    >The Best of Thailand/Grace Young. Who knew? $0.01. How could I resist that tempting offer?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    >Smashing Plates: Greek Flavors Redefined/Maria Elia. Because I Needed another Greek cookbook. Really. I did.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Not a cookbook, but a good read for people that like food.. "The Tastemakers" by David Sax. I learned a lot about food trends (and how and why they come and go!), and the development of new products..

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. I thought this was interesting article and will be reading some of these book recommendations from food writers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        https://food52.com/blog/11167-summer-...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. So my preorder copy of Jenny Rosenstrach's Dinner: The Playbook arrived yesterday. Interesting book (for strategies and recipes for getting young families inspired to cook and eat dinner). Will try to report on it later.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ~TDQ

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I found the recipes to be similar to those in DALS - useful, but not really inspiring.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Savour

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Yes, but the organization, editing, and distillation of content into useful information is 1000 times better! This book I've actually already read despite having it for less than 24 hours (I'm a very fast reader and I was up for a couple of hours--as usual--in the middle of the night). I've had DALS several years and can't force myself to get through it. I keep hearing there's great content in it, but I'll be darned if I can find it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Of course, the proof's in the pudding (cooking). I haven't done any cooking from it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ~TDQ