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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Roll out those lazy crazy days of summer, July 2015 edition!

I really like the parsiburgers, green curry, and seared ginger raita.

about 7 hours ago
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July 2015 COTM: The Cooking of the Eastern Mediterranean, Chapters 9-13

You seem to be having bad luck lately with perpetually unreturned COTMs!

about 7 hours ago
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June 2015 COTM: DEATH & CO

Rubee, your coupes are beautiful, love the detail on the stems.

about 7 hours ago
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June 2015 COTM: DEATH & CO

So, you made their orgeat? That's terrific; it sounds complex and delicious. I've only ever had commercial orgeat syrup, but since I was young I've always loved an orgeat Italian soda (orgeat and sparkling water). But then, I love all things almond.

about 10 hours ago
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July 2015 COTM: THE COOKING OF THE EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN by Paula Wolfert

Absolutely!

July 2015 COTM: THE COOKING OF THE EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN by Paula Wolfert

This is apparently all too common! Same thing happened on my last cross-country move, back to my native west coast; had to camp out at my mother's house (luckily only for a week or so) because the furniture was all on a truck somewhere.

Saffron . What should I make ?

Excellent quality saffron at good prices: http://www.theposter.com/saffron2.html

Same company has great information about saffron: http://www.saffron.com/

Jul 02, 2015
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Cooking from People's Pops

TJ's has a pretty abbreviated liquor selection, but what they do have is often a little cheaper than BevMo.

Jul 01, 2015
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Cooking from People's Pops

Even more than Campari and soda, I love an Americano—Campari, sweet vermouth, and soda. Kind of splits the difference between the lighter Campari and soda (while still being lower in alcohol) and the more potent Negroni, which is one of my favorite drinks.

If you need to unload that bottle of Campari, walker...or if, on the other hand, you find yourself embracing it, Trader Joe's has the best price I've seen in the Bay Area (under $20).

Jul 01, 2015
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy early summer, June 2015 edition! [Old]

You will find a lot of confirmation from the COTM thread on this book and the Diana Henry cooking-from thread, in which the majority of reports are from this book.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/984351
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/895953

Cooked Flour Frosting - I'm scared

It's my go-to frosting for iced cakes when cream cheese frosting isn't in order, and I've flavored it several ways (fruit, coffee, chocolate). I cook the sugar with the milk and flour, and I have to say I've had the best results using the Cook's Country proportions, with cornstarch in addition to flour.

I really like the light texture of this style, and that is neither too sweet nor too rich.

Jun 30, 2015
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What are you baking these days? Sumer is icumen in, June 2015 edition! [Old]

I've been out of the kitchen this whole month, and the same is likely true in July, so I haven't been baking. But this last day of the month, the opportunity arose, along with a bag of farmers' market apricots. Originally planned on some kind of cake, but was tuckered out and so went for easy with a crisp. No recipe or measurements, just mixed together some flour, rolled oats, sliced almonds, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, and melted butter for the topping. Didn't add sugar or thickener to the fruit, just a little splash of amaretto. The apricots were a nice balance of sweet and tangy on their own. Not as transcendent as the annual batch of roasted apricot and almond ice cream, but pretty darn nice.

December 2014 & February 2011 Cookbook of the Month: THE ESSENTIAL NEW YORK TIMES COOKBOOK Chapters 13-14

Just thought I'd link to a whole subthread about David Eyre's Pancake that lives on a different ENYT thread (may have been misplaced?): http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7632...

Jun 29, 2015
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What are you baking these days? Sumer is icumen in, June 2015 edition! [Old]

Wow, what an intriguing recipe!

http://leitesculinaria.com/535/recipe...

January 2011 Cookbook of the Month: STIR-FRYING TO THE SKY'S EDGE

Your photo is mouthwatering, Joan. I want that for dinner!

June 2015 COTM: DEATH & CO

Neat!

Jun 25, 2015
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June 2015 COTM: DEATH & CO

There's a store here that sells Japanese barware and is craft-cocktail oriented, and they've got two coupes on their website, both listed as 4.75" tall with a 3.5" width and holding 4.5 oz, which seems about right for Death & Co's drinks (and similar to what I've been served in various Bay Area bars and restaurants).

http://umamimart.com/search?q=coupe

Jamming, Canning and Preserving 2015

You might take a look at Tart and Sweet. Includes pickles and such in addition to jams, preserves, etc. The recipes don't use pectin.

Jun 25, 2015
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What are you baking these days? Sumer is icumen in, June 2015 edition! [Old]

Looks identical to her famed East 62nd St Lemon cake:

http://www.saveur.com/article/Recipes...

http://www.food.com/recipe/maida-heat...

Jun 24, 2015
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What are you baking these days? Sumer is icumen in, June 2015 edition! [Old]

Oh, what a bummer! Was that baked in the Heritage bundt pan?

Jun 24, 2015
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy early summer, June 2015 edition! [Old]

I know that MelMM has said she buys a lot of cookbooks in iBook format for her iPad, and it sounds as if she's been pretty happy with their formatting and organization in that platform. Perhaps she'll chime in.

What is bread cheese?

Ran across this piece explaining bread cheese: http://www.bonappetit.com/test-kitche...

Jun 22, 2015
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May 2012 COTM: Food of Spain and Moro The Tapas and First Courses Thread

Looks lovely, BC. You might want to update your opening line to specify that this is from Moro for clarity, since the thread also covers recipes from Food of Spain.

Jun 22, 2015
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy early summer, June 2015 edition! [Old]

The COTM Archive page is here: http://www.chow.com/cookbook_of_the_m...

There's also a link to it under the little 'i' at the top of the Home Cooking board (if you're on a computer; unfortunately, it's not visible on mobile devices). I have the archive page bookmarked to make it easier to find older COTM threads.

Does anyone else not like chocolate chips?

See's uses Guittard chocolate. I'll usually just chop up bittersweet chocolate, but like some other posters, when I use chips I use Guittard.

Cookbook Challenge

I've made that cake many times. Never from BFC, but her Beatty's cake IS the classic Hershey's Black Magic Cake to the letter (except for her use of extra-large eggs in everything). It's simple to make (you don't need a mixer, just a whisk), moist, chocolaty, and always a crowd pleaser. Her frosting recipe looks pretty good, I might have to try that sometime with bittersweet chocolate.

Please help- need meatless mains for eater with sensory issues

You might see if you can get Trader Joe's Mediterranean hummus in your area. It's really smooth, almost fluffy in consistency, so eliminates the graininess factor.

Jun 19, 2015
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June 2015 COTM: VERDURA and DEATH & CO

Welcome to the dark side! (Absolutely no pun on the book name intended.)

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy early summer, June 2015 edition! [Old]

I'd start with Pure Simple Cooking. It's slim and organized in a very accessible way, and is chock-full of great recipes. A Change of Appetite is also a great book, but is organized by season, so requires a bit more effort to ferret out what's most appealing. You can't go wrong either way, but just a heads up that there seem to be some conversion errors in a few recipes in the US edition of A Change of Appetite.

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread-June 2015 [OLD]

It's not two bucks in California anymore, either. I think it's now $2.49 or something (I don't buy it, so not sure of exact price).

Jun 17, 2015
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