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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy Spring has finally sprung, May 2015 edition!

Thank you for the heads up! I got this one on Kindle for my iPad. I already have the hard copy but had to do it anyway. i mean it is free and takes up no space...

May 21, 2015
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy Spring has finally sprung, May 2015 edition!

YasmineAB, I love baking pies and I have all those pie books you mention. I have made the Pumpkin and the Strawberry Rhubarb from Four and Twenty Blackbirds and both were very good. I had a chance to visit the shop last time I was in NY so it is nice to be able to recreate their pies at home. The salad book sounds like a good balance for all that pie!

May 15, 2015
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy Spring has finally sprung, May 2015 edition!

I just bought Oatrageous on Kindle for my ipad for 0.99. I also purchased The Southern Pantry and Mrs Wheelbarrow's Practical Pantry, and My Little French Kitchen all for my ipad. All were deeply discounted and books I had my eye on. I am being more selective in my cookbook purchases both for money and for space and these solve both those issues. I am enjoying the convenience and although they are not the same as an actual book, it is a useful option. I also have A Girl and Her Pig and Me, Myself and Pie on Kindle from last month. Based on some of the comments here, I really need to make time to dive into A Girl and Her Pig!
I have several books on TGC that I am waiting to purchase at the next bundle sale(including JoAnne Chang's latest, Butter Baked Goods, Honey and Jam and Eating up the West Coast-although this might actually be a good one for Kindle)

May 13, 2015
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy hurry up and be Spring already, April 2015 edition! [OLD]

Greedy girl- happy to hear that you like this one so much- just picked it up in London and anxious to delve into it once I get back from vacation.

May 03, 2015
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy hurry up and be Spring already, April 2015 edition! [OLD]

I have been in Europe for the past 10 days with the last few in London. Of course, I had to shop for cookbooks despite the luggage weight issue. I am sucker for British and Australian cookbooks and found a few to add to my collection. A Slice of Britain-Around the country by cake-I found for £4 in a used bookstore. Charming and will be a great read for the flight home. I managed to scour 2 lovely book shops here as well. Foyles, a beautiful a big bookstore, recently relocated from it's original location, has a huge cookbook selection on the lower level and 5 glorious levels above including a cafe. I could have spent all day in that store but we are only here for 2 nights! Made a trip to Notting Hill to visit Books for Cooks, a small bookstore devoted to cookbooks, across the street from THAT bookshop. They have a pretty decent selection of cookbooks and a kitchen in the back where they prepare recipes from cookbooks they carry. I had a hard time limiting my purchases but between cost and weight, I did have to restrain myself although several books I plan to order from Amazon when I get back to California.
Foyles: Violet Bakery and Sesame and Spice
Books for Cooks: Vanilla Black - brand new release, vegetarian cookbook from a London restaurant with very appealing recipes and layout
Given more time, I am sure I would have browsed longer and found additional books but weight may be an issue and we are supposed to buy a car when we get home so I need to take it(somewhat) easy for a little while.
Not to mention that before we left I had received some books from TGC including Flavor Flours, Back in the Day Bakery, Little French Bakery, The Kitchn, Sweet Alchemy and Let Them Eat Cake. Damn those bundle sales...guess it's time to spend time actually cooking and baking from these books. Damn my full time job...haha JK.
Nadia

Meyer Lemon Freezer Marmalade

I live in the central valley of CA and I almost laughed out loud at your post - my family makes fun of my foraging(sounds better than stealing). I love lemon everything - we have 3 lemon trees that are not yet producing(1 Lisbon and 2 Meyer) and on my morning walks I see Meyer lemons literally falling off the trees and to your point the owners seem not to appreciate them so I do help myself. I have also benefitted from people giving them away at work and even at the local library. I have made Shaker lemon pies, lemon curd, lemon pound cake and lemon bars. We have a Kumquat tree that is producing well for it's first year and so far we have just mostly been eating them. Next year I may need to get more creative. I have enjoyed Frog Hollow Farms Meyer Lemon Marmalade(at the farmers market in SF) and I gotta say, it might be worth the effort to make some, mason jars and all, but I love canning. I am considering making preserved lemons with salt as well.

Feb 22, 2015
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Sticky Toffee Pudding

Sticky Toffee Pudding was one of the desserts I made for Christmas dinner (along with rib roast and Yorkshire pudding). I used Jamie Oliver's recipe - doubled it and baked in a bundt pan. I was inspired after seeing him present it on the Colbert Report. It was a huge hit and includes spices and Ovaltine. I added a little salt to the sauce.
http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/fr...

Roxlet, I am intrigued by your recipe and the story behind it. I will try it the next time - I like the idea of the tea and espresso (Maida Heatter has a date loaf recipe that includes espresso and it is mighty good) Nadia

Jan 03, 2015
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What cookbooks have you bought lately or are you lusting after? December 2014 edition! [Old]

Okay, so I have added quite a few to my collection - mostly due to gifts. Darling daughter sent me a package from The Strand, very New York, with Blood Bones and Butter and Prune by Gabrielle Hamilton. Amazing I did not have either one - great choice on her part - I am very intrigued by Prune. Hubby gifted me several from my wish list - Ovenly, Sugar Rush, Bill's Sydney Food, Mastering the Art of Baking and Straight From the Earth. I bought myself a few from Bookoutlet: Bouchon, Sticky Fingers, Mad Hungry, Smoke and Pickles, Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams, Pieography, An Everlasting Meal, Pretty Delicious and Desserts by Michael Roux. Ironically, the less time I have to cook and bake the more books I purchase. In 2015 I resolve to use my books more, I have so many and need to make time for them. I want to take on some weekend cooking and baking projects that challenge me. This long weekend coming up, I plan to reorganize my shelves to make room for the newcomers and see if any culling is in order. My body needs a diet right now - maybe my bookshelves do too(coincidence, I think not...) nadia

What cookbooks have you bought lately or are you lusting after? November 2014 edition! [old]

I bought this one when I visited Sydney last year - mine is a bright yellow paperback. I also have several Australian Women's Weekly smaller baking collections. I also have several books by Bill Granger and Donna Hay - there is something about Australian cookbooks that I find very appealing...

Nov 14, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought lately or are you lusting after? October 2014 Edition. [old]

Thank you for the update; the bread looks delicious. Sounds like a great class - as a food scientist myself I appreciate his background and how it applies to baking. I maintained a starter years ago from Jackson Hole, WY and I would love to try again. Good luck with yours and enjoy your month in Italy! I already have my eye on the Della Fattoria book - I have purchased their breads at the Ferry Plaza farmer's market including that Meyer lemon.... SF has such great bread, I always bring some home when I am in the city (my brother lives near Tartine...)

Oct 07, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought lately or are you lusting after? October 2014 Edition. [old]

Please post a follow up to your bread workshop. I'd love to hear what you made. We're feeling the heat too (about 90 miles E of SF) and yet I still made meatloaf, mac and cheese and apple pie squares. It's Fall somewhere...
I love that line in NM's new book and agree it is a beautiful book full of appealing recipes with lots of photos. Plus, he is a great teacher and his recipes work.

Oct 06, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought lately or are you lusting after? October 2014 Edition. [old]

Well. I finally received Nick Malgieri Pastry from TGC and it looks promising - I have a cherry almond tart picked out to bake this weekend. I have all his books, except Bread (Yes, I want it...)and I took a baking class with him years back. Placed another order with TGC - those darned bundle sales get me every time:
Baking Chez Moi
Flourless
The Book of Buns
Pollan Family Table (recently found out Tracy is Michael's sister)
Baked Celebrations

From Amazon recently received the Bhan Mi Handbook and Blue Ribbon Baking from a Redneck Kitchen. Waiting on Josie Baker Bread to arrive - ordered a used copy.

I really should stop! but I know I won't. I have a box of books in the garage ready to go to Goodwill or Half Price Books, which ever comes first. I am sure I could let a few more go as the new ones arrive - that is a whole other topic :)

Oct 03, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? September 2014 edition! [old]

I received an email that mine shipped on 9/17 and I still do not have it. Here's hoping yours is on the way.

Sep 28, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? September 2014 edition! [old]

I am intrigued by this one too and I have it in my cart at TGC. Amazon has a look inside feature and I think the recipes sound very appealing - I am not GF, just love baking and desserts. I am planning to get this one, along with Baking Chez Moi, The Pollan Family Cookbook, The Book of Buns and Baked Occasions during the bundle sale. I really should cull a few books, in light of all my recent acquisitions...luckily, I have the space but I still like to pare down now and then to maintain some balance. It is hard to resist $10 cookbooks!

Sep 28, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? September 2014 edition! [old]

So my recent experience with TGC has been frustrating. I am a long time member and they are not responding to my inquiries. I have 4 pre-ordered books and 3 are available now, but I still have not received them (NM Pastry, Huckleberry and Brown Sugar Kitchen)I have been trying to find out when they will ship but all I get is the automatic reply. Hopefully, the books will just show up. This is the worst customer service I have ever received from them.

Sep 21, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? September 2014 edition! [old]

I have been on quite the buying spree this summer and since August was my birthday month, well, I certainly treated myself well and I cannot seem to resist cookbooks, especially baking. During a visit to NYC to see my daughter, I made my obligatory trip to the Strand and picked up
Seasons Donna Hay (AU version)
Desserts for Every Season

At an Anthropologie sale, also in NYC, I found First Prize Pies and A La Mere de la Famille, a beautiful candy book from a shop in Paris.

At Half Price Books 20% off Labor Day sale I found
What Katie Ate
Turkey - would love to go there and this book is great motivation
Teeny's Tour of Pie
American Masala - have wanted this one for a long while

And then I found some on clearance and all were $2 less 20% - I mean c'mon how could I resist?? The Scoop, Thoroughly Modern Milkshakes, Make the Bread Buy the Butter, Fresh Food Fast(Peter Berley), Yummy (UK version) and Secret Ingredients (The New Yorker)!

A couple from Amazon - More from Macrina, Hoosier Mama Book of Pie and Sweet.

Pre-ordered several books from TGC last bundle sale - Huckleberry, NM Pastry, Baking Bible and Brown Sugar Kitchen.

I picked up Bountiful at Costco last month(birthday month!) and it is one of the most beautiful books and the recipes are very inspiring - I found out they have a blog - White on Rice Couple

Fall is a dangerous time as so many great cookbooks are released. I am interested in the Dominique Ansel Book(waited in line for Cronuts while in NY and did not get one!) as well as Baking Chez Moi, Ovenly, and The Slanted Door(I have never eaten there except take out Papaya Salad which was delicious. I need to go next time I am in the city, I am only about 90 mins away and the Ferry Building Farmers Market is insanely good. And then there is Tartine which is walking distance from my brothers apt...)

At the same time as I am adding to my collection which is well over 1500 books strong! I am trying to let some books go. It is a constant battle between good(you have enough cookbooks to last a lifetime and you don't even use them half the time) and evil(you work hard, you deserve new cookbooks, this one is different, you are in the food industry and the price is so good). I have culled hundreds over the years, we have moved cross country many times, most recently last year, but most of them come with us. It is a great hobby, I do love my collection and they are organized, but I still get overwhelmed by the sheer numbers at times when trying to decide what to make. Thankfully, there is eatyourbooks.com and of course, Chowhound and all you like minded individuals(enablers???).
I received an ipad for my birthday but I do not know if I want to put any ebooks on there - I am old school and love holding a book. Do any of you use them on your tablet and what do you think? Nadia

Sep 05, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? [Through April 30, 2014]

I have my eye on this one and David is doing a book signing in a couple of weeks in San Francisco @ Omnivore Books so I am planning to get a signed copy. I am a fan and have several of his other books. Hard to wait but I am excited to meet him and anyway the bookstore is great too.

Apr 25, 2014
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Have you ever made Croissants?

$29 is a fair price- it was $60 in AU. I bought the paperback version at Book Outlet for a great price last year before we went to Sydney for vacation. Of course, I visited the bakery in Surry Hills. It is a tiny place but their baked goods are awesome and a must visit if you are ever in Sydney. I must try their croissants and the raspberry and pear cake sounds delicious.

Mar 26, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? March 2014 edition! [through March 31, 2014]

My mom had a huge Jehane Benoit cookbook with a yellow cover, when we were growing up, maybe it was that one. I loved it. Mom moved in with us and I was going through all her cookbooks but could not find that one. I asked about it and she said she sent it to my sister. I was so disappointed since that was one of her cookbooks that I really coveted, if for nothing else than nostalgia. I am trying to figure out how to get it back from said sister but she lives in Boston and I am in CA. To be continued......

Mar 02, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? February 2014 edition! [Through February 28, 2014]

I recently purchased Isa Does It(January), made the Mango Fried Rice and it was delicious. My mom made the Vegetable Soup(with alphabet pasta) and also very good. I have always wanted to go to Angelica Kitchen when I have visited Manhattan and now that my vegan daughter has moved to NYC I may get my chance. She will definitely want to go and try it out.

Feb 02, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? January 2014 edition! [Through January 31, 2014]

hi buttertart, I was, I mean I am, Canadian, but now living in US(California) but I do have a lot of Canadian cookbooks in my collection. That JOC edition is a classic!

What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? January 2014 edition! [Through January 31, 2014]

Hi lulusmom. But, do you have his cookbook? He seems like a nice guy but I would not have bought his cookbook. Who knows, it might have some great recipes. Thanks for sharing that story

Jan 29, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? January 2014 edition! [Through January 31, 2014]

So, I have just acquired dozens of new(to me) cookbooks from my Mom since my parents recently moved in with us. I went through about 8 boxes of her cookbooks to narrow it down to about 2 big boxes of keepers. I removed duplicates, of course, and then sorted through and kept the ones that interested me the most. I tried not to overthink it since I have so many cookbooks already and went through the boxes fairly quickly. I still have to review all the "keepers" since some may end of going but a few of note are: More Heart Smart Cooking by Bonnie Stern - already made the Vietnamese Chicken Salad and we really enjoyed it. In the Kitchen with David(Mom is a QVC hound - don't even get me started on all the cookware and lock n lock she has from there) - - some of the recipes look to be appealing but the QVC factor is a bit cheesy, Joy of Cooking 1975 edition - I have the 90's edition so I am happy to add this classic as a reference. Looneyspoons collection - again from QVC and a bit cheesy but it has pretty good reviews on Amazon - not a fan of all the cutesy punny recipe names - maybe it will grow on me. Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook from 1953 - what can I say, another Classic - and one I did not have. Julia Child and Company, a Julia book that I didn't own, love her and not as familiar with this one. Several grilling books(along with their practically new Weber grill!!!), tons of booklet types like Pillsbury, etc and too many more to mention. I still need to add all the books I am keeping to my Eat Your Books library but this was a fun and cheap way to get a cookbook fix!

Jan 29, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? January 2014 edition! [Through January 31, 2014]

I have gone all month without a new cookbook but succumbed to Isa Does It on sale at Marshall's. I am not Vegan, my daughter is, but I find Isa's recipes to be reliable, accessible and delicious, vegan or not(I also own her dessert series - vegan cupcakes, cookies and pies as well as Veganomicon) I was not sure I should keep this one but I made the Mango Fried Rice last night and it was really good and actually better than most traditional fried rice recipes. Mind you, I served it with chicken meatballs and made lettuce wraps, but the rice really made it. I am looking forward to exploring more of this book and trying some of the homemade seitan.
I am now cooking for my family and my meat loving parents who recently moved in with us. Vegan meals make sense, health wise, as we all need to eat more plant based meals and with Isa's recipes everyone eats better.

Jan 23, 2014
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What are you baking these days? January 2014 edition![Through January 31, 2014]

I made the Baklava recipe in the New Cook's Illustrated Baking Book back in October and it was a great success. I did the traditional version with Walnuts and cinnamon.

Jan 22, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? January 2014 edition! [Through January 31, 2014]

I have several Bert Greene books including Grains and Greens and I agree they are really good and interesting reads. His recipes are rich but it was the 80's.....

No new books in January for me - I did a lot of damage in December and we are in the process of moving into a brand new house this weekend. I do plan to cull some books as I unpack and load up my shelves to make room for my new acquisitions.

Jan 03, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? December 2013 edition! [to 12/31/13]

Hello LulusMom - first of all your daughter Lulu sounds adorable and so bright! Love your postings about her.

Here is the link: http://www.cookerybook.com.au/home

Store is located in Northbridge(my daughter is in Cremorne Pt) Looks like they are closed for the first 2 weeks in Jan.

Dec 31, 2013
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Everyday Dinnerware

We are moving into a new house and I am replacing my old beat up dinnerware(do not want to move it into new house). I have looked at everything from PB Great White Traditional and Cambria to WS Brasserie and Pantry dinnerware(like the pantry ware not sure of mug handles - they look like ears to me...) and C and B Aspen, BB and B everyday white dishes and also including Ikea, Fiestaware and everything in between. I originally thought I wanted stoneware with a slight rustic feel but am now leaning towards white porcelain as being more versatile to use with all manner of serving pieces. The food looks better on it and it is easier to replace or add to down the road. I think 12" plates are too big(and hard to store) and want 10-11 inch dinner plates. This will serve all our dining needs as I do not have formal China.

I am on research overload and want something classic but modern and durable. Anyone love their dishes and how did you decide on them? Thank you for your input - I want to take advantage of the white sales going on right now and need to make a decision! nadia

Dec 31, 2013
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What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? December 2013 edition! [to 12/31/13]

So in spite of getting ready to move into our new house and living in the rental while it was built, I have managed to amass quite a few books in December. I have been on a bit of a buying spree!

From TGC sale:
Pastry by Richard Bertinet
Beekman House Heirloom Desserts
Tartine 3
Model Bakery

Brought home from Trip to Sydney, AU:

Women's Weekly BAKE
The Blue Ducks

Half Price Books post Christmas 20% off sale:

Earth to Table
Mad Hungry Cravings
Steamy Kitchen Healthy Asian Favorites
Not So Humble Pies
Liddabit Candy book
Homemade Winter
Williams Sonoma Good For You

Amazon:
The Art of the Dessert
When Baker's Cook
Sweet on Texas

Post Christmas sale at WS:
Momofuku Milk Bar

Xmas Gift from Mom:
Ad Hoc at Home

On the plus side I did donate several cookbooks as I was packing up for the move and will likely cull more books as I am filling up my bookshelves in the new house. On the downside, when I list all the books in one place it does seem a tad excessive....
Side note: While we were visiting my daughter in Sydney, somehow, I managed to miss a dedicated cookbook store 10 mins from where she lives in the north of Sydney. What???? I (jokingly)gave her a hard time about it but she was not aware of it at the time. She enables my addiction so I am certain of she knew about it, we would have gone there! bummer
I think I need to look at a New Year's resolution to go on a (cookbook) diet. We will be in the new house and need to save my shopping dollars for other things(like new dishes....)

Happy New Year to all!

What are you baking these days? November 2013 edition! [through 11/30/13]

Brown Butter Pumpkin Pie from Four and Twenty Blackbirds. Made their all butter crust and followed the pre-baking directions. This is a delicious pumpkin pie - smooth and creamy with a mild spicy flavor and a caramel undertone. I will definitely make this recipe again and can't wait to try out some other pies from this collection.