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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!

Jan 31, 2014
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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!

Dec 31, 2013
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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.

Nov 29, 2013
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What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? November 2013 edition! [through 11/30/13]

Hi roxlet. I have browsed the book and I find the selection of recipes very appealing and not too odd. One unusual ingredient that is added to a lot of the pie fillings is Angostura Bitters which I find intriguing. Maybe it is a gimmick or maybe it really adds a unique flavor component. I am curious enough to want to try it(I have a bottle of bitters sitting in my bar cabinet anyway). A few recipes include things like lavender oil(food grade!) or Chamomile tea or chilies but those are the minority. And, in some cases could probably be left out. I plan to make the pumpkin pie today(includes carrot juice) with their butter crust and will report back in the "what are you baking" thread. I hope this is helpful and if you want any more specifics just ask. n

Nov 28, 2013
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What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? November 2013 edition! [through 11/30/13]

Just received my copy of The Four and Twenty Blackbirds Pie Book yesterday and it looks very promising. I have a number of pie baking books and pie is one of my favorite desserts to bake. I have tasted their pies(Salted Caramel Apple and Sweet Potato) when I was in NYC and they are very good. This is well laid out by season, has clean crisp black font on a white background and has beautiful photographs of the finished pies and includes step by step images of making and forming pie crusts. The recipes look tempting with interesting twists on Classic Recipes. I will be making their Brown Butter Pumpkin Pie for T-day to test drive a recipe.

Nov 26, 2013
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What are you baking these days? November 2013 edition! [through 11/30/13]

I needed a birthday cake for my Dad's 87th and I had a bunch of bananas in the freezer so I made Joy the Baker's Banana Rum Cake with Brown Butter Icing. Absolutely delicious and Dad loved it. FWIW I split it into 4 layers and tripled the frosting recipe(I know but I love frosting and learned this generous frosting technique working in a bakery in the ATL) That Fanny Farmer Banana Bread is delicious and the cream cheese spread sounds yummy!

Nov 26, 2013
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What are you baking these days? November 2013 edition! [through 11/30/13]

Really good buttery sweet cornbread to go with a big pot of spicy chili! My parents have recently moved in with us and I pretty much do all the cooking and baking( my mom always cleans up so it is a pretty good deal!) This one is a keeper.

http://www.purewow.com/entry_detail/r...

Nov 18, 2013
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What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? November 2013 edition! [through 11/30/13]

I am sucker for those bundle sales but trying hard to resist. I have a cart full of baking titles but we are finishing our new home build(closing is right before Christmas), decided to upgrade our wood floors and we are going to Australia in 2 weeks. I have bought a couple of baking books recently(CI Baking and Dessert of the Day) but $10 per book is so tempting. I do not need more books to pack and move(or so I keep telling myself)

Nov 16, 2013
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What are you baking these days? October 2013 edition! [Through 11/2/13]

Thank you Midwesterner. Baklava is not as hard as it might seem - it feels a bit like a cheat since I do not make the dough. Confidence and patience is required since phyllo can be delicate, but in the end it is brushing and layering. I love baking and making pastry and I still want to master croissants!

Nov 05, 2013
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What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? November 2013 edition! [through 11/30/13]

Me too. This Caramel book is on my wishlist for the next TGC bundle sale. I am a sucker for anything caramel and if it happens to be combined with dark chocolate so much the better. Don't even get me started on lemon...we recently moved back to California and immediately planted a Meyer lemon tree. A Eureka lemon is next. BTW easy and really good caramel sauce.
http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/...

I use unsalted butter and add some sea salt - about half a teaspoon.

Nov 05, 2013
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What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? November 2013 edition! [through 11/30/13]

I picked up Dessert of the Day at Costco the other day. I have a hard time resisting dessert and baking cookbooks. I had seen this one at WS and liked the format(probably a repackaging of dessert recipes I already have in numerous other cookbooks....) and Costco pricing is pretty reasonable. I like that it is arranged by month - a dessert for every day with a seasonal bent. Each chapter starts with a monthly calendar with one dessert listed on each day. Although honestly, many of the recipes would work in any month. The recipes are formatted so that the entire recipe is on the same page(usually 2 recipes per page) and the font size is fairly easy to read(larger font would be better but then the recipes would probably not fit on the page) and at least the ink is black. The index font is quite small and is organized by ingredient and dessert type. The color photographs that are included are very appealing but most recipes do not include a photograph. I can see myself trying out a lot of these recipes - reaching for it when I need a quick idea. Most are for simple straightforward desserts and baked goods.

Nov 05, 2013
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What are you baking these days? October 2013 edition! [Through 11/2/13]

I made Baklava from the new Cook's Illustrated Baking cookbook. I did the walnut/almond version and it came out great. It was for a surprise birthday party for a friend who had just gotten back from a vacation in Turkey so I thought it was fitting. I used a few extra sheets of Phyllo between the layers and on top and clarified 4 sticks of butter instead of 3 but otherwise followed the recipe(I had some butter left over). My sheets were 12 x 17" so I cut them in half crosswise to use in my 13 x 9" pan. The pastry turned out crisp and flaky and buttery with just enough syrup to be moist and sticky but not cloying. Next time I will try the pistachio rosewater variation.

Nov 02, 2013
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Food names for pets

I have a cat named Kona for the same reason(and another cat named Basil). Our pets always have food names!

Oct 14, 2013
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GOOD-BYE COOKBOOKS: It’s not you…it’s me. The unopened, un-loved, under-used books in my collection and how I plan on getting rid of them!

This really resonates with me. Like the many others who have posted on this thread I have amassed a huge(1500+) cookbook collection over many years, periodically culling to maintain a reasonable inventory and keep it relevant to me. I also use EYB which has proven to be extremely useful.

Due to a recent cross country move, I managed to donate or sell a couple hundred titles and still feel a need to do more.
We are currently living in a rental while we build a house so most of my books are in the garage in boxes(dry climate!) which are hard to access, with a couple of bookshelves inside the house. I feel compelled to reduce even more, all the while adding new and exciting books to my collection(part of the vicious cycle, I suppose) I have been casually putting books aside and sorting through boxes, with the intention to get rid of more as we make the move into the new house. I do have a lot of shelving and try to display my cookbooks aesthetically throughout the home and keep it all organized and categorized. I am passionate about baking so a huge part of my collection are pastry and dessert books which are the hardest for me to part with. Not that I have to, but as I bring new books in, I try to let some go and realize I do not need 5000 brownie recipes....especially now with all the online resources, but I do love books!
Someone commented that this is like a support group for cookbook addicts and I suppose it is. I enjoy reading about how you decide which books to let go and what your criteria is .
See you over at the "What cookbooks are you lusting after...." thread! nadia

Oct 14, 2013
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What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? October 2013 edition!

I like these also and I looked at The Dessert of the Day at WS. It looks interesting although truthfully may not offer anything particularly new but the format is appealing.

Oct 12, 2013
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What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? October 2013 edition!

I caved on this one too, as well as Martha Stewart Cakes and Against all Grain (ironic combination, don't you think?). Darn Costco! I am really trying to be good but Fall is such a hard time, since so many cookbooks are released. Then there is TGC sales....

Oct 12, 2013
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What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? August 2013 edition! [through August 31, 2013]

I have the original CI Baking Book and the Dessert Bible. I wonder how this one differs? None the less, this just made it to my Amazon wish list!

Aug 14, 2013
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What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? August 2013 edition! [through August 31, 2013]

Oh Boy! Now I have to get this one - I have her other cookbooks as well and my birthday is at the end of the month and I am a baker and caramel is my favorite flavor and I collect cookbooks, especially baking. I am in that place between culling cookbooks and buying new ones - over 1500 and that is after some serious culling due to a recent move. Trying to be choosey when adding anything new. It is not a perfect system....

Aug 11, 2013
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What are you baking these days? August 2013 edition! [through August 31, 2013]

roxlet - I love lemon and lemon pound cake and I want this pan. I have a Meyer Lemon tree and I am waiting for the lemons to turn yellow. My birthday is this month and that pan is on my list. I appreciate your feedback on it. My experience with Nordicware is that the crusts tends to get dark and a lower temp and shorter time are often best. That Ina Garten recipe is a good one.

Aug 07, 2013
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