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Fev 13, 2008, 5:21 pm

Picked up Vegan Italiano by Donna Klein. Recipes look good.

Fev 14, 2008, 3:56 pm

I had read about this author in a magazine article years ago, and tried some of her recipes with great success, but I lost her name until the other day, so I bought Oaxaca: the Food and Life of by Zarela Martinez.

Fev 17, 2008, 4:18 pm

I bought Arabesque by Claudia Roden. I have made a number of the recipes and they are wonderful. ( but you need time! )

Editado: Fev 17, 2008, 4:51 pm

I told myself I'd not buy any more cookbooks.

Sooooo.... among the *four* I bought this month (!) is Wake Up & Smell the Coffee: Lake States edition, collected by Laura Zinn. (Down to Earth Publications, St. Paul, Minnesota). It's a collection of some favorite recipes of bed and breakfasts in the Lake States region of the U.S. The few recipes I've tried so far are fabulous. I'm getting hungry thinking of them.

Fev 17, 2008, 4:56 pm

I picked up Charcuterie by Michael Ruhlman and am hoping to hear back on ordering pork belly to make my own bacon shortly.


Fev 17, 2008, 4:58 pm

I just found Not Your Mother's Slow Cooker Cookbook at B & N just now and have been meaning to get with my slow cooker (new appliance in my house). So I bought the book, of course.

Fev 17, 2008, 5:07 pm

>5 stephmo:, that's my latest, too. I'm completely obsessed!

Editado: Fev 17, 2008, 5:46 pm

A funny cookbook story...

My daughter and her boyfriend share a townhouse near their university with another roommate but none of them cook. For a holiday present, I decided to give my daughter's boyfriend a book called How to Boil Water. When I presented the gift to him, he told me that *his* mother also gave him a cookbook as a gift - along with a slow cooker! Are we trying to tell these young people something?! :-)

Fev 17, 2008, 6:00 pm

>7 sabreuse: I know!

I was just a little bummed to see how advanced the salami-making was...

I am going to cheat and set aside a bit of the pork belly for some flat-out braised pork belly. I understand that it's supposed to be quite good. Really, is there anything that pork doesn't make better?

(Apologies to poster #1!)

Fev 17, 2008, 6:09 pm

I'm pretty sure Ruhlman would say that there's no such thing as cheating when you're using all the odd bits of the hog!

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Fev 22, 2008, 10:03 am

I keep telling myself I'm going to lay off buying any new cookbooks - I'm good for about 2 or 3 weeks or so, sometimes a slong as a month and then I succumb to the obsession once again. It's an addiction. (And I am seriously running out of room...) Anyway, my most recent purchases have been "A World Of Dumplings", "Mod Mex", "Authentic Mexican", "Great Coffee Cakes" and "The Art of Simple Food".

Abr 9, 2008, 7:02 am

I suffer from that addiction too. I was on a shoppingtrip to Sweden (from Norway) last week and happend to find some really cheap books on sale.
Among them some nice cookbooks.
"Snabblagat indiskt (Stylish Indian in minutes) by Monisha Bharadwaj." (http://www.librarything.com/work/435324)
"Husmanskost 2.0 : kan nån ta bort grädden från mormor? by Petter Stahre"
"Ett kök i Languedoc, by Nathalie Besèr"
I need more space or fewer books (very likely).

Abr 9, 2008, 8:32 pm

I just got the "Lite & Easy" version of Frozen Assets Lite and Easy: How to Cook for a Day and Eat for a Month by Deborah Taylor-Hough today in the mail - the recipes look like they're worth trying. I also subscribe to a recipe service at relishrelish.com -- I get a new week's worth of recipes every single week!

Abr 10, 2008, 10:12 am

Today I found a very spesial book.
"Hvalstrand bad : maten, arkitekturen, historien by Bucher-Johannessen, Bernt"
(Hvalstrand Bath: the food, achitecture, history)
This is an ultimate book for me, both Arcitecture and food.
This funtionalistic seabath was buildt about 70 years ago and the good restaurant made it popular. It was reopned i 1997 and in this book the new chef gives us 30 of his best recipes.

Abr 10, 2008, 10:16 am

This is the link to # 14.
How do you make the link with only the title ???

Editado: Abr 10, 2008, 10:26 am

>15 IaaS:

Two ways - you can use touchstones. Basically you type the title and but square brackets around it. So if you wanted to do it for {The Joy of Cooking} and used the square brackets instead, it would look like The Joy of Cooking.

Touchstones fail sometimes.

So you can always do a direct link. This is done by using the greater than and less than signs. For your work, you could do {a href=exact copy of link}Click Text Here{/a}. Basically, your link would look like this: Click Text Here (or whatever you'd like to say).

This user has a great tutorial on all kinds of html markup on their profile.

Editado: Abr 10, 2008, 2:28 pm

I just got Veganomicon so far I am loving it!

karen- A World Of Dumplings thanks for the mention, that is so going to be my next purchase!

Abr 10, 2008, 5:09 pm

I just got Good Things by Jane Grigson

Abr 12, 2008, 4:46 am

Today's mail brought Russian Cooking, Time Life by George and Helen Papashvily. I love these authors and hope their humor comes across in the cookbook. Glancing through it shows many color pictures of food and ethnic groups in the Russia of the 60's or 70's. Many of the now independent countries are featured. There also seems to be a lot of background and culture in the chapters. Sadly, it smelled a bit of cigarette smoke, so I'm working to get the smell out of it. Nothing ruins my appetite like stale cigarette smoke.

Abr 15, 2008, 6:54 am

I just ordered Aromas of Aleppo: The Legendary Cuisine of Syrian Jews. I have yet to receive it, though.

Abr 15, 2008, 7:28 am

The last cookbook I bought was Cooking; 600 recipes, 1500 photographs, one kitchen education by James Peterson. I haven't tried any of the recipes yet, but it looks excellent for learning technique.

Editado: Abr 15, 2008, 10:45 pm

Things Cooks Love. Really packed full of helpful info. Great info about cookware, how to care for it, recipes using the cookware described etc. Also includes information about international "pantries", cookware from the international area plus recipes and descriptions of ingredients common to the area. It would be appealing to foodies and also those who are interested in cooking but are slightly intimidated or just starting out.

Abr 16, 2008, 10:56 am

I just picked up The Tomato Festival Cookbook by Lawrence Davis-Hollander.

I've decided to plant a better garden this year and it includes 6 different Heirloom tomatoes in addition to the normal craziness. I figured I needed something better than fried green tomatoes and tomato sauce to fall back on. The book is very promising so far (with exactly the kind of oven-dried olive-oil packed tomato recipe I was looking for!) with excellent illustrations and tips. It even gave us a way to go on our little seedling that has gotten monstrously long!

Abr 19, 2008, 4:15 pm

I swore I would stop, but I couldn't resist a cookbook from one of our favorite restaurants, Bayona Crescent City Cooking by Susan Spicer. And then there was Food: The History of Taste that was recommended to me by a friend. Unfortunately it is pretty dry and academic.

Editado: Abr 26, 2008, 7:37 pm

It does not help to say enough books, when they just lay there in the shop. I could not resist on a new trip to Sweden ( another place) where I found Jamies Italien by Jamie Oliver, {Desserter by Jan Hedh}, Klassiska tårtor på mitt sätt by Monika Ahlberg and Annas svenska kök : en bok by Anna Bergenström. All theese book was for sale and together the price was the half of what they take for just the Jamie Oliver book in Norwegian. I prefer to read Sweedish when I get 4 books for the same price than 1/2 book in Norwegian. My husband carried the books for me, so I think he hopes for some good desert.

3 Touchstones show up as loading to the right, one as red, non of them shows. A bug ?

Editado: Abr 24, 2008, 10:46 pm

I picked up a little cookbook today called Simply Salads - I'm not really all that fond of salad but it had several nice varieties, some cold, some warm. It had great illustrations too!

Abr 24, 2008, 11:41 pm

I bought the Williams Sonoma Vegetarian cookbook today. It is beautiful. I left it at work so that I can look through it tomorrow and pick out some dishes to make next week.

Abr 29, 2008, 9:16 am

The problem with a thread like this is that immediately I head over to Amazon. #26, I was just thinking of a salad cookbook. Thanks for the tip.

Abr 29, 2008, 10:21 am

Picked up The Healthy Hedonist at Half Price Books last night.

Editado: Abr 29, 2008, 6:19 pm

I found "Spekemat, levende Norske tradisjoner". Its about Cured Meat, history and recipes. For 100 Nkr I got as many books I could get into one bag. They had only one cookbook, but I found altso some childrensbook (for gifts) and some other goodies.

Abr 29, 2008, 7:03 pm

I recently found, to my delight, a copy of Basic French Cooking by Len Deighton in a charity shop. It has cartoon strips of recipes and techniques originally published in The Observer - very clear and to the point.

I would rather have had Action Cook book or the Penguin Ou est le garlic for real nostalgia but this was a good second best.

Maio 10, 2008, 2:07 pm

I bought a copy of The Working Cook: Fast and Fresh Meals for Busy People by Tara Duggan today. Nicely laid out, and most meals can be prepared in 30 minutes or less.

Maio 15, 2008, 12:16 pm

I just recently fed my addiction with {American Home Cooking} by Cheryl and Bill Jamison, {The Cookie Bible}, and {Weight Watcher's Favorite Homestyle Recipes}.

Editado: Maio 18, 2008, 4:39 am

I was at Kiwanis Charity-Shop last week because I needed a "new" cabinet for coffie set, tablecloth, glass and books. I found the perfect cabinet which I shall paint white, very cheap.
They also had a lot of books. I found notebooks and cookbooks I wanted and bought for a very good price.Then I was asked if I could take all the cookbooks from a series "Hjemmets kokebokklubb" that was placed on top of a shelf, for 50 Nkr, they had no space for it. I thougt about it for a moment, but my husband said: why not ?, so he paid for it.
It was 92 books, but it shows up that it was 48 different books. The rest my family will get as gifts.

Maio 31, 2008, 8:17 pm

Crescent City Cooking by Susan Spicer who runs my favorite New Orleans restaurant, Bayona. Also bought Food: The History of Taste, but am finding it slow going.

Maio 31, 2008, 9:25 pm

Flavours by Donna Hay -- really neat, simple recipes from what I've read so far and the photos are beautiful, as with her other books.

Editado: Jun 2, 2008, 3:25 am

AsI have said before, I don't actually collect cookbooks, I just seem to often need a new one. As when visiting a garden exhibition of Friday I ran into a really good vegetable book with all sorts of ideas for rare vegetables to grow and cook : Fascination Gemüse : Spezialitäten für Garten, Küche & Gesundheit I think you will agree that I need that now that I am trying to get our new garden into shape.

Then yesterday I was at another place where there were all sorts of new plants to buy, and there was a stand with books. There was a book on using wild plants Wildkräuter und Wildgemüse: erkennen - sammeln - genießen that was obviously useful, as I think several of the weeds I am constantly pulling might be useable, and Schlaraffenland & Gaumenlust : so schmeckt Niederösterrreich about using the products of our area in the kitchen. Since I'm buying our vegetables (the ones I don't grow) at the local farm stands, that will be a big help in how to use things.

(That brings the number of entered cookbooks up to 249. Probably another 100 or so to do still. Amazing how often I see a new cookbook that I need!)

I have to go now and pick and freeze the peas that have grown since Saturday.

Jun 15, 2008, 8:21 pm

Bought A Passion for Tapas today at Barnes and Noble. Looks delicious and easy!

Jun 16, 2008, 6:00 pm

Well, I didn't exactly buy these, but I tried to sell Fruit Recipes by Riley M. Fletcher Berry on eBay, it's supposed to be rare. Since it didn't sell, I decided to keep it for now. It does look interesting, published in 1907, it has much more tropical fruit than I would have thought available at that time.

My SIL also loaned/gave me All Around the World Cookbook by Sheila Lukins.

Jun 17, 2008, 2:02 pm

Beyond Nose to Tail: More Adventurous Recipes for the Omnivorous Cook by Fergus Henderson and Justin Gelltaly.

I'm a fan of FH's first book and FH's London restaurants. I bought this last fall, have yet to cook from it, though.

Jun 26, 2008, 11:50 am

Yesterday I picked up 101 Things to Do With a Salad, given that it's that time of year. I tend to not be as creative with salads, so I'm hoping this will provide inspiration.

Jun 27, 2008, 3:45 pm

As the BBQ season comes into full swing, I ordered a copy of Just Grilling by Peter De Clercq, when I organised a BBQ workshop with him for my company. He is a former BBQ World Champion (Yes, they exist! :-)) with his own line of BBQ tools & herbs (like the genius Q-bags!). The Chef graciously offered the book to me in the end, for which I am really grateful because it is really really spectacular and not at all the simple garden variety of BBQ menu we're used to! A real challenge!

Jun 29, 2008, 12:00 pm

Yesterday I found a copy of The Talisman Italian Cook Book by Ada Boni, which, in Italy, is one of the most used cookbooks (my mother, who is 88, has a very very old copy), and also a copy of Sacramental Magic in a Small-Town Cafe` by Peter Reinhart.

Jul 15, 2008, 6:56 am

Adding to the collection by adding books from the top restaurants (as defined by me!) I be happy to get recommendations of great books from peoples local restaurants.

The latest are New Zealand and Australian based. Kylie Kwong's My China and Philip Johnson's classic ecco

Editado: Jul 15, 2008, 8:46 am

I just got almost all of Giuliani Bugialli's books because of aluvalibri's recommendations: Classic Techniques of italian Cooking, The Food of Italy, Pasta, etc.

I got the dessert book by Gina La Palma Dolci. She is the dessert chef at Babbo, Mario Batali's restaurant.

I got Artisan Baking by Maggie Glezer, and the one by Nancy Silverton Breads from La Brea Bakery.

I got a bunch from my library's yearly used book sale:
Among others:
About adozen Time-Life books, mostly duplicates, for my Florida winter kitchen including the Russsian one mentioned above, the Chinese, Pacific and southeast Asian ones, and individual types of food ones like Pork, Beef and Veal, Eggs and Cheese, Cookies and Crackers, etc.
Irene Kuo's Key to Chinese Cooking
Edna Lewis The Taste of Country Cooking
another Joy of Cooking
Laurel'sl Kitchen
The Enchanted Broccoli Forest
French cooking by Gourmet magazine
Chinese Regional Cooking by Kenneth Lo
Cakes by Southern Cooking
Three by the Farm Journal
They are all listed in "books recently added".

Jul 22, 2008, 3:46 pm

Birthday presents.
(Just One Pot - Lindsey Bareham)
(The Organic Meat Cookbook - Frances Bissell)
Happy Birthday to me!

Editado: Jul 24, 2008, 12:00 pm

I got Veneto cuisine: typical recipes and flavours from tradition during our recent trip to Venice.

Jul 28, 2008, 3:06 am

I got a book about chilli and its history and a book about Swedish food for many guests "En smak av Sverige"

Jul 29, 2008, 8:19 am

I just picked up Mama Nazima's Jewish-Iraqi Cuisine by Rivka Goldman.

Jul 30, 2008, 3:01 pm

Just got Taste of Home's Baking Book. I'm going to be baking till my arms fall off!!!!. Oh well! What a way to go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I will say however, my husband has graciously volunteered himself for quality control. Also known as head taster!! After this book, I'm gonna have to get the man a treadmill! LOL

Editado: Ago 9, 2008, 2:20 am

I bought every Bugialli book I could get hold of, and I agree with my Italian friend Paola that he is wonderful. She thinks he is the best = better than Marcella Hazan and Lynne Rosetto Kasper!. Hazan is Bolognese and Bugialli is Tuscan. However, the book Giuliano Bugialli's Classic Techniques of Italian Cooking is marvelous and so well illustrated that it is like having a course from him in Italy. Bugialli On Pasta is another story. It is more about making your own pasta, and it has a lot of historical recipes: some with nineteen inch noodles, and whole wheat flour. You would have to be very dedicated to cook from it very much, but it is fun to read. His Fine Art of italian cooking has historical recipes, and menus, and variations on a theme - like three recipes for spaghetti with anchovies. There is a recipe for pork liver with a sage leaf inside, enclosed in caul fat that is both economical, and richly flavored. Another budget item is a sauce made of chicken gizzards that are chopped fine after braising, and made into a smooth sauce that tastes like game (according to him). Giuliano Bugialli's Foods of Italy: Traditional recipes from the regions of Italy are recipes from all over Italy. If you are a serious student of Italian cuisine, I heartily recommend his books.

I also added to my Elizabeth David books with Is there a nutmeg in the house and With an omelette and a glass of wine. She is my major heroine. Those of us who cooked in the 50's and 60's didn't have the great cookbooks and great chefs that we have now. She and Julia were my mentors. They may have been superceded, but not in my heart.
Edited because I left out some of the Bugialli books.

Ago 4, 2008, 12:28 pm

Almigwin, I love Is There A Nutmeg in the House, especially for her suggestions on Christmas food.

I don't think anyone has superceded Elizabeth David. She is the best writer on food the English speaking world has produced so far, and people who disagree are hereby sentenced to spending a few hours each week looking for "cooking wine" and drinking lemon juice that comes out of a plastic container.

Ago 4, 2008, 9:02 pm

ortolan, I just got Spices, Salt and Aromatics in the English Kitchen by our heroine the great Elizabeth David. I agree she is the very best.

Ago 4, 2008, 9:54 pm

The only thing I DO NOT LIKE about Elizabeth David is the fact that she despises rosemary, one of my favourite herbs....:-(

Ago 4, 2008, 10:56 pm

I love rosemary too, especially with lamb and garlic, but i hate tarragon, so Elizabrth and I are even. i love her for her relaxation, her high standards, her ease with measurements, her exquisite refinement, her appreciation for the culture she is studying. she is just my cuppa.

Ago 6, 2008, 6:19 pm

Aluvalibri, Elizabeth David not only hates rosemary, but she was also an enthusiastic Nescafe drinker. Maybe she had clay feet after all? (J/K)

I don't think people were as nerdy about coffee then as they are now, however.

Tarragon, I can take or leave. It's nice with chicken.

Also, ED looks down on my favorite French dish of all time, Blanquette de Veau, and she hates poussins, which I think are great for poule au pot, or stuffed under the skin with an herbal ricotta cheese mixture.

Still she remains the best. My favorite is Summer Cooking

While we are talking about new acquisitions, my last find from a few weeks ago was Eat at Pleasure, Drink at Measure by Olof Wijk who was a London wine merchant, and many of the recipes were provided by ED. Great illustrations, and full of charming narrative. I read it all in one night like it was a novel.

Ago 6, 2008, 11:33 pm

New at home (sadly, from the library, so they will have to go back... I look at it as an audition):
Nigella Express: 130 Recipes for Good Food Fast by Nigella Lawson. I love Nigella. I've already found 20 recipes I want to try immediately.

Barefoot Contessa at Home by Ina Garten

Ago 7, 2008, 1:55 am

Just bought Good Tempered Food by Tamasin Day-Lewis (Daniel's sister) after perusing a library copy. It is full of hearty British fare like steak and kidney pie, unusual and imaginative dishes such as "Pheasant and Pomegranates with Jeweled Bulgur" or a herring dish called Sillsalad, plus lots of pudding recipes.

I am a big Elizabeth David fan and like rosemary, too.

Ago 7, 2008, 7:47 am

Well, I am glad to see that most of us like rosemary!!! I just love it!
Nescafe??? YUCK!
BUT, all of this said, ED was great!

Ago 7, 2008, 3:02 pm

Nescafe is a European thing. My husband is from Cyprus, where Nescafe Frappe is THE afternoon drink (combine Nescafe with sugar and milk, shake vigorously until frapped, serve over ice). Nescafe made with milk is, in my opinion, the only way to drink it. With water (as "coffee") it's ghastly.

Editado: Ago 7, 2008, 3:12 pm

#56 " I don't think people were as nerdy about coffee then as they are now, however."

From what I remember of the 50s in the UK we didn't have a whole lot of choice. Nescafe then was a fine powder which tasted to me something between iron filings and beef extract. It was somewhat better to the earlier instant coffee - Camp coffee and chicory essence - just the thing for the rulers of the British Empire with a picture on the bottle of a sahib in a solar topee sitting under a small Union flag over his tent with a bearer bringing him a steaming cup.

There was ground coffee (although I dont think I saw a coffee bean until well into the 60s) which was usually boiled up vigorously in a saucepan, or if you were a bit posh, a percolator, rather like John Wayne did over the campfire in the Western movies.

But then the English drink was tea ;-)

Ago 7, 2008, 5:07 pm

Thanks to AMQS and Abbottthomas for the Nescafe anecdotes and tips. Very interesting!

Editado: Ago 8, 2008, 8:54 pm

I flunked a terrible math comprehensive at the U of Chicago when you could take the exam again for five dollars. (Not worth doing unless you studied for a semester or so. Comps were six hours long, and VERY HARD). This was 1949. It was about what is now called 'Modern Math". Truth tables, set theory, symbolic logic, Boolean Algebra, creation of new mathematical systems, number theory, etc.

So I stayed up on Nescafe and hot sink water for a whole summer, studied the syllabus until I was cross eyed, took the comp again, and passed it with very drooping colors, but passed it just the same, and therefore graduated. I owe my career in computer programming and my B.A. from the University of Chicago to Nescafe. But I wouldn't drink it now on a bet.

Ago 8, 2008, 11:26 pm

Blue Eggs and Yellow Tomatoes by Jeanne Kelley finally found its way into my home today. I've been coveting this book for a few months now - it has to be the most gorgeously photographed cookbook I've ever seen. (And, yes, the recipes sound really good, too!) Also in the bag when I left the bookstore was The Art of Simple Food by Alice Waters. Both of these will keep me busy this weekend!

Editado: Ago 9, 2008, 2:40 am

I added an ARC of Dolci by Gina DePalma, the book on Italian desserts by the pastry chef of Babbo, the restaurant of Mario Batali : and his Mario Batali's Simple Italian Food: Recipes from my two villages. I haven't been to his restaurants Babbo or Po but I have enjoyed his tv shows. I love his enthusiasm, and the recipes are often fairly straightforward.

Also because of tv and reviews, and my love of Bistro cooking : Anthony Bourdain's les Halles Cookbook: strategies, recipes and techniques of Bistro cooking. He talks about hangar steak and the perfect french fry for steak frites. My cholesterol goes up just thinking about it.

Ago 10, 2008, 11:45 am

I found a wonderful cookbook called Organic Marin a week or so ago. Has anybody else tried it?

Organic Marin looks at Marin County's organic movement profiling 16 organic farms in the Marin area. It talks about their philosophy that food fosters community, family and hope. The best part though is the recipe sections. Everything I've made so far has been wonderful. The recipes are separated by season and each has a gorgeous page-sized photo. The recipes come from a Bay Area organic restaurants.

I also found a widget which has a couple of free recipes from the cookbook. http://www.widgetbox.com/widget/andrews-mcmeel-cookbooks

Ago 16, 2008, 3:05 pm

Went to a yard sale today and bought these:

Mexico one Plate at a Time by Rick Bayless
The Gourmet Garage Cookbook by Sheryl London
Biba's Taste of Italy by Biba Caggiano
The Basque Kitchen by Gerald Hirigoyen

They were inexpensive enough that I didn't examine the recipes closely, did I do good? Any comments?

Ago 25, 2008, 6:22 pm

I just added these:

Fanfare Desserts by Time/Life


The Horizon Cookbook: an illustrated history of eating and drinking through the ages

Question: any other members of Cooking Clubs of America here?

Ago 25, 2008, 8:47 pm

I have more cookbooks than I can ever hope to use...yet I still buy more.

The latest to hit the shelves are Small Bites by Jennifer Joyce and Simply Salads by Jennifer Chandler.

Now that summer's winding down, my weekends should be less hectic and I can concentrate on preparing one or two new recipes a week.

Editado: Ago 25, 2008, 8:49 pm

Culinary Artistry by dornenbeurg and Page because of recommendations in LT. Has great recipes and menus, but very

Set 9, 2008, 6:20 pm

Hi, all you cookbook lovers! I`m late to join this group, but would enjoy comparing info with lots of you. The Best American Recipes series by Fran McCullough and Molly Stevens is terrific. I just bought 2005-2006 on e-bay. I have three others, also. These gals check through all the leading sources of recipes for the year. Some of them I have caught, but many missed. They hit upon the new trends each year. I hope to find the whole series. I don`t know how long they have been doing these books. An English muffin strata,tamale pie and and grits souffle struck my fancy. Many more, of course, but plan to try these recipes soon.

Jan 16, 2013, 11:57 pm

Jerusalem by Yottam Ottolenghi
Sugar, Salt, Smoke by Diana Henry
You're All Invited by Margot Henderson
I just need one or two more cookbooks, at that point I will have enough." Oh yes I will" I keep trying to tell myself...

Jan 17, 2013, 7:00 pm

OK, just ordered "Prashad". Then that's it for a long time, unitil my personal coffers have a chance to refill!!

Jan 18, 2013, 6:08 pm

I found the OLD old new new can-opener cookbook on the internet after seeing it mentioned in one of my cooking magazines. Poppy Cannon was really quite clever. It will be fun to use these easy recipes. My original intent was for a joke for my daughter, who doesn't like to cook, but it is really helpful.

Jan 23, 2013, 11:26 am

I just purchased Super Natural Cooking by Heidi Swanson. Loved her Super Natural Every Day so I thought I'd give it a shot!

Jan 24, 2013, 11:13 am

My sister gave me a copy of Desserts in Jars with a set of jelly jars because she loves the book herself. There's a surprising number of things that can be made in jars- cakes, cheesecakes, pies, puddings and granitas.

Jan 25, 2013, 8:09 am

Just found the american gothic cookbook. With Iowa roots and loving Grant Wood, I couldn`t resist. Many good recipes from the ethnic mix in Iowa.

Jan 25, 2013, 1:43 pm

Marshmallow Madness by Shauna Sever

Editado: Mar 1, 2013, 9:03 am

Just joined today. I have all of The Best American Recipes and absolutely love the recipes from them. Great reads for traveling, etc. when I find them @ goodwill, dav etc, I always purchase and give to grandchildren etc. for first cookbooks. I found a copy of their the 150 Best American Recipes , it has Monte's ham, Heavenly connection buns, AND garlicky baked chicken.

Mar 1, 2013, 9:46 am

I have those also and love them. WE have used the Monte`s ham for years. Can`t be beat. The authors may have stopped producing The Best...I wish they would keep on.

Mar 1, 2013, 4:46 pm

I fell in love with Arabesque very quickly. Good blend of recipes, personal food memories and a dab of history. Cooking at the Kasbah was also good for both traditional and modern Middle Eastern cooking.

Mar 1, 2013, 4:52 pm

My slow cooker gets used soooooooo much! If it's your first one then I think you're going to love it. The Fix It and Forget It series is a good start if you need some inspriation.

Mar 1, 2013, 7:46 pm

MIL God love her sent me $50 for my birthday so, being keen on Middle Eastern food, I lashed out and bought Jerusalem which I probably wouldn't have otherwise. It's similar in style to The Food of Spain by Claudia Roden - lots of beautiful photographs and historical and cultural background. The recipes are considerably less intimidating than in Ottolenghi's other books.

Mar 2, 2013, 4:34 am

I juast bought Jerusalem, too. Fell in love with it so fast that it was home before I realized that I probably should have tried to get it in English instead of German.

Mar 10, 2013, 2:47 pm

I received The Drunken Botanist from the ER program. Not really a cookbook, although it has quite a few cocktail recipes. I love how she describes the characteristics of the various plants involved in making the alcohol though. It gives insights into flavors and such for cooking.

Mar 17, 2013, 7:54 pm

Recently spent £1.99 on the Northern Cookbook - a book of recipes from Northern Canada which I found in a charity shop in Harrogate of all unlikely places. It's full of recipes I couldn't cook even if I wanted to (Jellied Moose Nose and Roast Polar Bear, to name but two) but is an interesting read - and if I am ever called upon eg to skin and cook a lynx, I shall have the necessary information at my fingertips.

Editado: Mar 21, 2013, 2:55 pm

I've been very curious about The Drunken Botanist. Would you recommend it?

Mar 21, 2013, 3:20 pm

I have a thing about making cookies and cheesecakes so my recent acquisition is Cheesecake by Hannah Miles. I've put a moratorium on buying books, but it hasn't seemed to apply to cookbooks.

Mar 24, 2013, 1:27 am

#87 - I would definitely recommend it. Not so much for the recipes as for the insights into the ingredients and the methods of production. There are probably more in depth treatises on the subject, but this is perfect for someone who loves plants, gardening, history and alcohol. The author has a light touch with humor. In fact, I bought the hardcover version so I could have the index and a lasting copy of it. Also bought two of the author's other books.

Mar 24, 2013, 3:25 am

OK. MrsLee, you have sold me. I have added it to my Amazon wish list.
It does indeed sound intriguing :-) 'hic'

Mar 31, 2013, 12:40 pm

I recently purchased Sweet Serendipity, written by the owner of NYC's Serendipity. Has the Frrrozen Hot Chocolate recipe, one of the most delicious desserts I've ever had.
I also bought the Totally Lemons Cookbook because I have been receiving bags and bags of lemons over the past month from a friend with a tree and a citrus allergy. It's a small book but has many recipes I've never seen before.

Editado: Abr 5, 2013, 10:40 am

I, too, got Drunken Botanist from the ER program. I love it! The botany is top notch, many of the recipes are intriguing, and the history is fascinating. The book is very well written and engaging. Before receiving the ER book, I had pre-ordered the book on Amazon. Since the publisher supplied an ARC (advanced reading copy), the book was not complete. I didn't cancel the pre-order because I wanted a copy with an index.

Editado: Maio 27, 2013, 2:35 pm

I bought several ayurvedic cookbooks, but started reading The Ayurvedic Vegan Kitchen: Finding Harmony Through Food first. Author is Talya Lutzker. Let me also mention that that title is produced in 2012 by the Book Publishing Company in Tennessee, since the LT touchstones for title and author are not working. Here is the Amazon link:


I plan to use these cookbooks as a supplement to the health-oriented cookbooks by Caldwell Esselstyn MD, T. Colin Campbell, PhD, Rip Esselstyn, and others.

Maio 27, 2013, 7:58 pm

>85 MrsLee:, 92 I bought The Drunken Botanist too. Fascinating! And it's got me drinking Kir Royales.

I bought Jamie's America this weekend and I know it become a favorite. Oliver's recipes work well for me.

Maio 30, 2013, 5:19 pm

American Cooking:Eastern Heartland (Touchstone not working, but it's the Time-Life series) from a used-book store in an obscure village almost on the Lesotho border.

Editado: Maio 31, 2013, 7:31 am

Whee, hic ° °, Just ordered The drunken Botanist too.
I wonder if I will ever be 'sober' again. Hic! ° ° °

Jun 5, 2013, 10:45 pm

Just received tradtional swedish cooking by caroline Hofberg. Lovely book purchased reasonably from Daedelus Books.

Jun 8, 2013, 10:08 am

Cooking with Elizabeth Craig - a nice old-fashioned copy with comforting signs of being in the kitchen. Not sure of the date but it has a short section on war-time cooking - eggless, fatless cake, sugarless jam, emergency salad cream and the like. Horrified to see the instruction to steam asparagus for 45-60 minutes.

Jun 9, 2013, 11:01 pm

Picked up The Madhur Jaffrey Cookbook (the 1992 single volume version) for $4 at an "Op Shop" in Ballarat last week. Looks interesting!

Editado: Jun 16, 2013, 1:46 am

A Taste of Venice - At Table with Brunetti by Donna Leon and Roberta Pianaro

Editado: Jun 21, 2013, 1:18 pm

My latest buy was The Lebanese Kitchen by Salma Hage...it is a huge volume and probably has all the recipes I'll ever need. The publisher has a book on Greek, Italian, Indian food too...they shall be mine eventually.

Editado: Jun 21, 2013, 1:18 pm


Jun 21, 2013, 2:32 pm

I love my new Ina gar ten back to basics. Ina`s books are all so common sensical. The baked blintzes with fresh blueberry sauce will be my first try. This dish is baked in ONE pan. A great brunch idea.

Jun 28, 2013, 7:55 am

I just got This Classic for $1.00

Jul 7, 2013, 11:49 am

guido - I use that frequently, especially when I have an ingredient I am not familiar with, such as venison. Depending on which version, some of the more exotic fruits and veggies are not present, but it is still great for ideas. I use more as guidelines than a recipe book. :)

Jul 7, 2013, 7:02 pm

MrsLee, some time ago you bought "The Basque Kitchen".... did you use it, and do you like it?

Editado: Jul 7, 2013, 7:08 pm

I am working my way through The Abascal Way which is a book and cookbook for a program called "To Quiet Inflammation". A local woman has developed a diet plan which she swears will help with health, weight, and generally avoiding "bad" stuff. The doctors do seem to be talking about inflammation being a culprit for many ills. I'm looking for some help in keeping my Rheumatoid Arthritis quiet.

So far, so good. I am not following her plan 100% as it is very strict and I'll wait until I can take her class in September; however, I'm trying to avoid wheat and wheat related stuff, dairy, sugars, and oils other than Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Her recipes are very helpful and I do feel better. I am not hungry. I do not limit how much I eat. And I have lost about 4 pounds over a couple three weeks.

Jul 7, 2013, 10:16 pm

106 - maggie, I read it and found it very interesting, but many of the ingredients were difficult to get here. I gave it to my sister as an inspiration book. I've never heard if she uses it.

Jul 8, 2013, 8:14 am

I find that the shopping and using new ingredients to be challenging and I am glad I have given myself permission to ease into the program and to wait for the class to find s support. I think some of the ingredients can be found by "mail order". Let me know if there is anything you would particularly like to use and I'll see if I can find a local source who could supply you.

Editado: Jul 15, 2013, 4:55 am

Today, three new (to me) books among them Turkish Cookery by Kut, Inci. Looks interesting.

Jul 16, 2013, 3:48 am

I don't think I will ever cook from Lobscouse and spotted dog, but if you like Patrick obrian you will love this book.

Jul 18, 2013, 4:14 am

I just bought an Australian cookbook, too, though it has been around for a few years: Maggie's Feast by Maggie Beer. If you like dessert, I highly recommend the sumptuous Treats from Little and Friday by Kim Evans.

Jul 18, 2013, 4:15 am

I just bought an Australian cookbook, too, though it has been around for a few years: Maggie's Feast by Maggie Beer. If you like dessert, I highly recommend the sumptuous Treats from Little and Friday by Kim Evans.

Editado: Jul 18, 2013, 5:59 am

Err. #112 & 113, maggie beer didn't write 'Maggie's Feast'. I am rather fond of Maggie Beer!

Going by your recently added, I'm guessing Maggie's harvest A truely marvelous book.

ETA. You can delete one of your duplicate messages :-)

Editado: Jul 29, 2013, 7:41 am

Maggie Beer is great
She has a number books and has done TV programs shown here is Australia.
I like Her work and She is IMHO practical in Her approach to Food & Cooking.

Editado: Jul 18, 2013, 7:14 am

Yep, remember #115, she always called herself a cook, not a chef!
I guess I love her for just for that.

ETA. commas are important!

Jul 29, 2013, 3:16 am

Easy Pasta: 222 Recipes, Academia Barilla; just picked it up for $10 (Australian). Looks interesting

Maio 1, 2014, 3:40 am

# 114: you are correct re: Maggie's Harvest. Indeed it is a marvellous book. I have cooked several recipes from it with success. The book is essentially divided into 4 major chapters (one for each season), and further divided into sub-chapters that illustrate an ingredient. Each of the sub-chapters provides useful notes about the ingredient showcased, including its appearance, the best time to buy it and methods of preparation.

I elect not to delete the duplicate commentary above at #113.

Editado: Maio 1, 2014, 7:01 am

Off topic a bit, but anyone in Vienna who wants to come and pick a bag or two of spinach, just let me know. I've got spinach and cheese muffins in the oven right now, and I think it's spanacopita for supper. http://www.deliciousmagazine.co.uk/recipes/spinach-and-goats-cheese-muffins

I'll pull it out in a week or so to plant tomatoes, but right now it's growing faster than we can eat it.

Editado: Jul 14, 2014, 8:03 pm

I brought home The Fannie Merritt Farmer Boston Cooking School Cookbook by Fannie Merritt Farmer from a used book sale.
Published 1959 but new to me.

I had recently read Fannie in the Kitchen by Deborah Hopkinson, a biographical account for young readers.

Speaking of Australian cookbooks - I just finished Devil's Food by Kerry Greenwood, a novel with a few recipes included, set in Melbourne.
Some of the ingredients were in grams and mls and I had not heard of silverbeets till I looked it up!

Jul 14, 2014, 9:18 pm

Forgotten skills of cooking arrived today. Looking forward to reading it.

Editado: Jul 30, 2014, 1:48 pm

I purchased a sort of anti-cookbook today, Raw and Simple: Eat Well and Live Radiantly with 100 Truly Quick and Easy Recipes for the Raw Food Lifestyle, by Judita Wignall.

Now, I don't intend to have a Raw Food Lifestyle, but it sounded interesting enough to purchase from Amazon on their Daily Deal for Kindle. Besides, it is full on summer here, weeks and weeks of over 100 degree F. here, so raw food and not cooking sounds pretty good at the moment.

Jul 30, 2014, 8:35 pm

That is so funny. I just saw that cookbook displayed at my grocery store, along with the Le Creuset cookware. Is that the right spelling of the cookware? Any way, I was tempted but I had just decided to buy myself a steak for dinner, so I decided the Raw cookbook could wait.

Jul 30, 2014, 11:18 pm

I haven't purchased anything recently because I am slowly (torturously) getting my mother's cookbook collection. It has been a lot of fun looking through the books, finding recipes, and talking to Mom about the books.

Ago 1, 2014, 10:05 am

Browsing through a local antique/thrift store, I noticed an older cookbook. When I picked it up, I could see that there were recipes from a previous owner as bookmarks. I'm always pleased when I see something that seems so odd to be in the libraries of other LT members (A World of Good Eating).

The recipes themselves are much better than you'd expect, considering that it was written and published in 1951. It covers only the parts of the world that the author had recipes for, but the real surprise is China. There are several recipes there, and they're accurate, with a real attempt to have proper names (phonetically) for the dishes.

The illustrations are lovely (and part of the reason I brought it home), with a sweetness that was often in children's books of that era. According to the introduction, the illustrator also contributed the Scandinavian recipes. Not a bad little find, for four dollars.

Ago 1, 2014, 10:46 am

>125 Lyndatrue: I love finding cookbooks in thrift shops. I usually don't take them home because they are in terrible shape; but I like looking at the recipes. Also, I like looking through the library sale cookbook donations. It's amazing what ends up there.

Editado: Ago 1, 2014, 12:13 pm

My favourite exotic supermarket has come out with a book. I tend to stop in when I am at the main library to either eat at the Indian lunch counter, or to take samosas and Indian sweets home, but are also lots of weird and wonderful things on the shelves I don't know how to use.

Prosi Exotic Kitchen : the perfect reason to cook

It looks like great fun, and I know where to get the ingredients! It is in both English and German, and less than 100 pages long, so not really very big. I expect I'll have fun experimenting.

Ago 1, 2014, 3:56 pm

Just came home from the used bookstore with a copy of
Dining at Great American Lodges: Recipes from Legendary Lodges, National Parks Lore & Wilderness Landscape Art by Sharon O'Connor.
With beautiful full-color illustrations and it was on the $1 table. Now I want to go stay at all these wonderful places!

Editado: Ago 1, 2014, 4:08 pm

>122 MrsLee: "weeks of over 100 degree F. here, so raw food and not cooking sounds pretty good at the moment"

Lee, on this side of the world there are many places where that would be a dangerous non sequitur; clearly you live in a First World country ;) . At that temperature raw food spoils quickly if not refrigerated, and so (ETA: in the Third World) you cook it before it goes off. Though you may then eat it cold.

Set 21, 2014, 1:57 am

>129 hfglen: When my friend who lived in Sudan told me she had to soak her lettuce in Clorox water before they could eat it, I knew I was onto a good thing, living here in sunny California! :)

As for cooking, well, it's still pretty warm, but I began missing soups, stews, curries and all things simmered, so I'm back to a bit of a mix.

Set 25, 2014, 1:39 pm

Fix-it and Forget-it: Slow-cooker Magic by SPC
Oxmoor House (2005)

I'm not sure where this book came from. I found it in my car! Maybe it came from my mom's books; she recently moved to a smaller apartment.
I have 112 cookbooks and probably don't need another BUT it's hard to resist. I have a vintage Rival crockpot that my husband had before we got married. I use it often but only when I'm home to monitor it. It's so old I fear a meltdown if the thermostat should expire! How old is it? I was fascinated to see the same model in the Smithsonion American History Museum's exhibit of American cooking through the decades. My pot dates from the 70s.

Set 27, 2014, 4:06 pm

Purchased - Waters (great), Spain and First Prize Pies. My favorite is Waters as every recipe has a photograph. Tried 3 of the recipes and were all very good. Next to try are some of the pies.

Set 28, 2014, 12:04 pm

>133 MarthaJeanne: Thanks for those touchstones. I thought Waters was referring to Alice Waters.

Set 29, 2014, 11:53 am

sorry about that - didn't mean to confuse - new to this - still trying to figure things out.

Editado: Abr 3, 2016, 12:11 pm

Putting square brackets around a title should create a link (touchstone). If the link is the wrong one you can look at 'others' or change the way you have typed the title. I based the touchstones in >133 MarthaJeanne: on the recently entered books on your profile.

Editado: Set 30, 2014, 12:01 pm

Ok thanks - I think I understand that - will do in the future.

But what did you mean by the last sentence? Did I forget to do something when I entered those 133 books?

Nov 5, 2015, 3:34 am

Well, I haven't actually bought it yet. I borrowed it from the library, but intend buying it next week. Wiener Küche: Wirtshausgulasch & Topfenpalatschinken is a new cookbook published by DK, and if you have been looking for a good Viennese cookbook in German, this is the one to buy. I won't repeat my review here.

Nov 6, 2015, 7:49 am

The Paleo Foodie Cookbook from Costco. A $28 book cost me $18. Now I need to use it. I have a bad habit of buying cookbooks, and then admiring them on the shelf. Ha! I will turn over a new leaf....

Abr 3, 2016, 11:54 am

I just succumbed to temptation, even though I rarely cook from a recipe anymore, I like to have inspiration on my shelves. Today I purchased the wildly incompatible duo, The Redwall Cookbook and nom nom paleo. Both are very visual and lovely books.

Abr 3, 2016, 12:10 pm

I bought Haya's Küche. My third by her.

Abr 5, 2016, 7:51 am

I have nom nom paleo and find it to be interesting, informative, and fun!

Maio 20, 2016, 4:00 am

This sounds like a great book. Thanks for providing publisher's information also, SqueakyChu.

Jun 24, 2016, 6:06 pm

our Friends of the Library book sale is always a bonanza! Found three basic tomes for my grandsons girl friends. Best of allBetter Homes and Gardens heritage cookbook in a lovely slipcase. Also, the blue willow Inn Bible of Southern Cooking What luck! I need more cookbooks like a hole in the head, but i can never resist.

Jun 25, 2016, 3:24 pm

Today I received Betty Crocker's Cooky Book in the mail. My mom has the original cookbook in her collection and I remember baking cookies from it as a child. My version is the facsimile. I remember my mom making candy cane cookies on page 37, I know I made chocolate crinkles from pg 23 and the butterscotch lace cookies on pg 80. I have always wanted to make the cooky house--basically a gingerbread house made from store-bought cookies. Maybe this will be the year.

My husband keeps telling me that I don't need any more cookbooks (I've got 292 in LibraryThing so far, plus even more magazines.) The problem is that while I may only have 1 or 2 or 3 keeper recipes in each cookbook, sometimes I eat a dish in a restaurant and I love it and then I dig through my cookbooks to find a similar recipe which will then become a keeper. I also am having to cook for more and more specialized diets (more and more food sensitivities for my daughter and I, plus my husband is on a weightloss diet), so I need more recipes to find something we can all eat. At least that's how I rationalize buying more cookbooks!

Jun 8, 2017, 10:39 am

Babette's is a cookbook and spice store in Vienna. I go downtown once a week for shopping and exercise, and Babette's is far enough from the other shops I visit to make the whole thing somewhat more credible in terms of exercise. And I swear I was just intending to browse a bit as a rest from the walk. I sat down first with one cookbook, then with another. Then I decided that resting was getting too expensive and it was time to get back to walking.

How to Eat

Hymns from the Soil

Jul 9, 2017, 4:43 pm

Finished reading L.A. Mexicano by Bill Esparza. Pretty neat book, it is much a restaurant/food truck guide as it is a cookbook. Makes me wish I lived close enough to L.A. to try out some of the places highlighted.

Ago 12, 2017, 5:48 am

Does Modern practical cookery count? No date in it, but it seems to be from the 30s.

Similarly, I just added Cooking with wholegrains to my Amazon basket. I made muffins for breakfast, and have to admit that my current copy won't survive many more uses. I think this one already replaced my first one, and of course, I grew up with my mother's copy.

Fev 4, 2018, 12:34 pm

I’ve bought many books, they’re all under the ‘cookery’ tag in my librarything account. Basically, I only ever buy from 4 specific French publishers these days: Marabout, Mango, La Plage and Tana.

My recent additions include:
Tartes rustiques

Editado: Mar 18, 2018, 12:28 pm

I've done it again!
La cuisine Hygge

Abr 10, 2018, 10:00 am

Abr 11, 2018, 11:13 am

Food: What the Heck Should I Eat by Dr. Mark Hyman, MD

I have Rheumatoid Arthritis and am very concerned about not eating foods which trigger my inflammation. Dr. Hyman has written this mostly as explanation of what foods are considered safe considering all the research he was able to understand, read, and accept as legit over a 30 year career as a doctor. I think his ideas end up being very practical, and do-able. He includes some recipes so I though you cookbook fans would be receptive.

Abr 13, 2018, 9:16 am

>152 maggie1944: Sounds interesting!

Abr 13, 2018, 10:35 am

It is. The reason I was drawn to it is the simple and easily accomplished meal plans. The emphasis is on reasonable sized protein servings (meat, fish) paired with nicely and appetizingly prepared vegetables. Fruit for sweetness if needed, and limited. Coffee is allowed. (yay)

I recommend the book for information about recent research, and good suggestions for what to eat.

Editado: Abr 16, 2018, 8:50 am

Gifts from my husband (I think there’s a message behind this):
‘Easy Vietnam’ by Nathalie Nguyen
‘Mon livre de cuisine Thaïe’ by Tom Kime

Maio 11, 2018, 1:49 pm

I bought Coyote Cafe by Mark Miller at my library sale. Recipes are from a restaurant in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Maio 13, 2018, 6:05 pm

My latest is Deb Perelman`s second book, Smitten Kitchen Every Day. This girl cooks in a mini new york apartment. Also, have her first one, Smitten Kitchen cookbook. She has a good sense of humor and creates great recipes.

Maio 14, 2018, 6:45 am

That sounds like a fun read.

Out 21, 2018, 1:17 pm

At a yard sale yesterday for $2, Chez Panisse Vegetables, first edition. I will enjoy reading this, although for the most part I like my vegetables either lightly sauteed, roasted or raw in salads. Always good to have inspiration though.

Dez 11, 2018, 5:53 am

New member here. I've purchased two cookbooks in the last two weeks, Ottolenghi Simple by Yotam Ottolenghi, which may end up being my favorite and most used cookbook, and Indian Instant Pot Cookbook by Urvashi Pitre, since I purchased my first Instant Pot last week.

Dez 11, 2018, 9:38 am

>160 kidzdoc: Sounds like some good food is in store for you and yours!

Dez 11, 2018, 12:15 pm

Dez 11, 2018, 1:38 pm

A week or so Better Half and I bought ourselves a Magimix (long desired). The manual takes the form of a cookbook with some quite decent recipes, Ma Cuisine.

Dez 12, 2018, 3:45 am

>162 torontoc: Your friends have got excellent taste.

Editado: Dez 15, 2018, 11:49 am

>161 MrsLee: Thanks!

>162 torontoc: Excellent, Cyrel! I've already made Sweet Potato Fries and Roasted Asparagus with Almonds, Capers and Dill from Ottolenghi Simple, which were both superb, and I plan to make Gigli with Chickpeas and Za'atar this weekend.
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