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What cookbooks have you bought lately or are you lusting after? December 2014 edition!

Diana Henry posted her food books of 2014 list:
http://dianahenry.co.uk/journal-entri...

about 1 hour ago
MelMM in Home Cooking

What cookbooks have you bought lately or are you lusting after? December 2014 edition!

Yeah, I love avocado, lemon, capers, herbs - everything in this dish. But combined, it just wasn't there for me. How do you like Isa Does It?

about 4 hours ago
MelMM in Home Cooking

What cookbooks have you bought lately or are you lusting after? December 2014 edition!

I've made two more from the Jones book. First was the avocado and lemon zest spaghetti. This looked extremely appealing to me in the book. The finished dish was fine, but not quite as good as I expected. I'm just not sure I was crazy about the flavor combination.

And I finally got to dahl with roasted sweet potatoes and coconut chutney that lilham mentions above. That one was an unqualified success. Made it as written. The sweet potatoes just start to get crisp, and are like a hearty crouton on the soupy dhal. The coconut chutney is mild, but a nice compliment. I'd probably kick it up with more chile next time. Between the lentils, sweet potatoes, and spinach, it's a complete meal in a bowl.

about 5 hours ago
MelMM in Home Cooking

One lunch in Chicago

Great info, thanks! I think I would like to stop by there for some shopping whether I eat there or not.

about 8 hours ago
MelMM in Chicago Area

One lunch in Chicago

Thanks for all that great information. I'll have to look into each of these recommendations individually. A number of them sound excellent to me.

1 day ago
MelMM in Chicago Area

One lunch in Chicago

I will have a few hours to spend, so I'm not in a rush. I'd be good with the idea of stashing the car in a garage downtown, having a nice leisurely lunch, and walking around a bit as well.

1 day ago
MelMM in Chicago Area

One lunch in Chicago

I'll be driving from Toledo, OH to Milwaukee, WI on Monday, and would like a recommendation for a place to stop and have a really good lunch. The only non-negotiable restriction is that one of us is gluten-free (celiac). Also, while neither of us are exactly vegetarians, we are also not big meat eaters and would probably prefer a meatless meal (especially since we'll be on our way from one holiday celebration to another, and will have been fed more meat than we normally eat in a month). I don't know what our exact route through the Chicago area will be - it can be flexible and we are willing to alter the route for a good meal, but won't want to drive way, way out of the way. We're open to any cuisine, ethnicity, low-end, high-end, whatever.

1 day ago
MelMM in Chicago Area

What cookbooks have you bought lately or are you lusting after? December 2014 edition!

Just got "Indian for Everyone" by Anupy Singla. Ms. Singla wrote a slow-cooker Indian cookbook which was discussed in our slow-cooker cookbooks thread a couple years ago. Then she came out with a vegan book, which I bought for my iPad. This new book has a wealth of vegetarian recipes, but one chapter with meat (only a few with red meat). I've been happy enough with her previous books that I bought this one without hesitation. This time I bought the real hardcover! It's a slicker production than the previous two, with better photos. A really nice-looking book.

2 days ago
MelMM in Home Cooking
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Product of Mexico: Hardship on Mexico's farms, a bounty for U.S. tables

While that makes a good story, and it's important to be aware of the situation, let's not kid ourselves that it's just happening in Mexico and not in the US. The reporter did not need to cross the border to find such conditions, as the exact same thing (and sometimes worse) has occurred and is still occurring in our own country. It's important to be aware of that lest we think we are free of moral culpability just by buying US products. It's not that simple.
http://www.antislavery.org/english/wh...

What cookbooks have you bought lately or are you lusting after? December 2014 edition!

Thanks for posting about that recipe. It has been on my list to make in the next couple days. Which may or may not actually happen, as I am trying to use things up before I take off on a trip at the end of the week. But I will probably do it, as I have everything for it on hand.

So far, I've done two recipes from the book. One was the walnut and marjoram pesto with radicchio. I took a lot of liberties with the recipe (which I like to think improved it). For the pesto, instead of marjoram, I used herbs from my garden, which included oregano, sage, parsley, and chives. So this was a more intense herbal taste. Also in the recipe, the radicchio is added to the pasta raw. Instead, I roasted the radicchio with some slivers of red onion. And the last change, was that instead of using a thick short pasta, like fusilli, I used a delicate porcini mushroom egg noodle (gluten-free!). These noodles being much more delicate is why I roasted the radicchio to wilt it before adding to the pasta. So, it wasn't really the same dish, but the recipe in the book certainly inspired it, and it was delicious.

The next dish I made was "Laura's green herbed quinoa". This one I made pretty much as directed. It was fine, but not stellar. I felt there was too much water in the quinoa - next time I would make the quinoa my own way, steaming it.

Two more I hope to make before the week is out are the avocado and lemon zest spaghetti and the dhal that lilham made. I know I will get to the former, but may not get to the latter before I travel for the holidays.

My impression of the book so far is that it is mostly inspiring. I want to cook from it, but when I get into a recipe, I end up wanting to mess around with it, like I did with the radicchio and walnut pesto dish. That's fine, as far as I'm concerned, but it makes reporting on the results a bit more complicated. It is a book that is giving me lots of ideas for meatless meals and certain flavor combinations. So it is one of the more useful and exciting books I've purchased this year.

Dec 15, 2014
MelMM in Home Cooking
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Nominations Thread: Cookbook of the Month January 2015

There's a thing with January, for me. After Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the New Year are past, I've had my fill of traditional Euro-centric or American meals, and I'm ready for something different. Asian books have worked well for me at this time. So with that in mind...

HAKKA

Its time has come.

What cookbooks have you bought lately or are you lusting after? December 2014 edition!

I guess if you just count red meat, it doesn't have THAT much, but if you count all meat, it has an awful lot. There is very little that is vegetarian in there.

Dec 10, 2014
MelMM in Home Cooking

What cookbooks have you bought lately or are you lusting after? December 2014 edition!

Just got back from a week-long trip and there were three books waiting for me.

A Modern Way to Eat, by Anna Jones - ordered this from the UK. Looks fantastic.

Farm Fork Food: A Year of Spectacular Recipes Inspired by Black Cat Farm, by Eric Skokan. Surprisingly meat-heavy, and less locovore than expected (grouper in Colorado?). But still some nice-looking dishes.

Liquid Intelligence, by Dave Arnold. This is an exciting book. Perhaps more to study than anything else. Lots of modernist techniques and ingredients. Recipes that call for liquid nitrogen. But very, very interesting.

Dec 10, 2014
MelMM in Home Cooking

What cookbooks have you bought lately or are you lusting after? November 2014 edition, part 2! [old]

I took the Harvard class The Science of Food and Cooking last year, and Dave Arnold was one of the lecturers. He was great, and I've been on the lookout for a book from him ever since. I am very excited about this one.

Nov 30, 2014
MelMM in Home Cooking
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What cookbooks have you bought lately or are you lusting after? November 2014 edition, part 2! [old]

I would LOVE to do a cooking-from thread from Prune. I will be gone for about half of December, so sometime in January would be a good time to start.

Nov 30, 2014
MelMM in Home Cooking

What cookbooks have you bought lately or are you lusting after? November 2014 edition, part 2! [old]

I also recently received the GF Artisan Bread in 5 Min. book as a gift. We'll have to compare notes on our results.

Nov 30, 2014
MelMM in Home Cooking

What cookbooks have you bought lately or are you lusting after? November 2014 edition, part 2! [old]

Terrific choice. And thanks for letting us know about the discount. I took advantage of it and ordered "Liquid Intelligence" by Dave Arnold.

Nov 29, 2014
MelMM in Home Cooking

What cookbooks have you bought lately or are you lusting after? November 2014 edition, part 2! [old]

Depends upon your taste and your experience. I had the whole set of the subscription books, and ended up giving them to a friend. The food just didn't call out to me, and it was all things I already had a million (slight exaggeration, but not much) recipes for. If you have a large collection, especially of Italian and French recipes, these will offer nothing new. The books are charming to look at, though.

vegan problem - fat cravings

Learn something new every day! Thanks for that link. I'm very curious to try some.

Nov 29, 2014
MelMM in Vegetarian & Vegan

Football during Thanksgiving dinner - am I a snob?

While I agree with you in general that sports need to be watched live, as a futbol fan, I have recorded World Cup games that happened at something like 2am, and have managed to get up at 5 and watch the game without learning the score first. Still, there is just something about knowing that the game is already over that makes the recorded experience less satisfying.

Nov 27, 2014
MelMM in Not About Food

Football during Thanksgiving dinner - am I a snob?

If you think these people are so ill-mannered, don't invite them. Far better just not to extend the invitation, because once someone is your guest, you must be polite to them, and treating your guests like children who need their manners minded is the furthest thing from polite I can think of.

NYT Thanksgiving Recipes Across the United States

Yeah, but as becomes painfully clear to anyone who subscribes to a CSA box in the state, we sure do grow a lot of them. I'm not a huge fan of sweet potatoes, but I have made sweet potato cornbread and it's not bad. I still prefer a traditional Southern cornbread.

Nov 26, 2014
MelMM in Food Media & News
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vegan problem - fat cravings

Nope, 'fraid not. Salt is an essential part of the olive curing process.

Nov 26, 2014
MelMM in Vegetarian & Vegan

vegan problem - fat cravings

In addition to all the great stuff that has been mentioned - olives. Plenty of healthy fat, and they are perfect when you are craving a salty snack.

Nov 24, 2014
MelMM in Vegetarian & Vegan
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Female Sushi Chefs: do they exist?

Women having "warm hands" that will heat the fish has been used as an excuse to keep women out of the trade. But it is a bunch of BS. There have been studies done that show women actually have colder hands (and feet) than men do.

Nov 24, 2014
MelMM in Not About Food
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For whom still does Receipt = Recipe?

Not Old English. A rough timeline of English puts Old English in the period from 600-1000AD, well before there were any English settlers in what is now the US. Middle English runs from 1000-1500 or so (Chaucer was Middle English). Modern English starts around 1500 (Shakespeare is considered Modern English). There are places in the US where people speak something can could be considered a throwback to Early Modern English (from around 1600), and also places where accents persist from various times and places around the British Isles.

Here's an example from the Outer Banks of NC where you will hear what's called a Carolina brogue:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jXs9cf...

Nov 23, 2014
MelMM in Not About Food

Announcement Thread: December 2014 COTM "THE ESSENTIAL NEW YORK TIMES COOKBOOK"

I voted for the other book simply because I own it, and I never bought ENYT. Last time it was COTM, I checked it out of the library. I think it is likely that my participation will be very limited in December - I'll be traveling on two week-long trips, and might be out of my house for an additional 10 days while some repairs get done.

I might consider buying ENYT for my iPad, but it is more expensive than usual for an ebook. Has anyone used the iPad edition, and if so, can you comment on how usable/navigable it is?

Nov 22, 2014
MelMM in Home Cooking

NYT Thanksgiving Recipes Across the United States

Well, I do agree (and it was in my first sentence) that the oyster dressing might not be the best choice for Alabama, but as you have also recognized, that could be said for most of the choices in the list. They seem to be taking recipes from chefs, cookbook authors, and bloggers, not necessarily natives to the states in question, and not necessarily giving traditional recipes. I really just wanted to make clear that oyster dressing is very traditional through much of the South, particularly the Gulf Coast.

Nov 22, 2014
MelMM in Food Media & News

Nominate Your Favorite Cookbooks for "Best of 2014"

In defense of the new Samuelsson book, we cannot say because the one that is the current COTM, which is several years old, is problematic, that the new one is the same way. The new one has a different publisher, and perhaps more important, a different co-author. Surely we all know by now that the recipes are really written by the "ghostwriter", credited or not. Soul of a New Cuisine, the current COTM, gives a co-author credit to Heidi Sacko Walters. The new book, Marcus Off Duty, gives co-author credit to Roy Finamore. Roy Finamore was also the co-author on one of the most popular COTM's, Fish Without a Doubt. Plus, he has a book, Tasty, that he wrote in his own right, and I can tell you from experience with that book that it is excellent and completely reliable.

I have the new Samuelsson book, but have not had a chance to cook from it yet. From just reading it, which I have done, it is very appealing. Knowing that Finamore is behind it makes me quite confident that the recipes will not have the issues that his past books may have had.

Nominate Your Favorite Cookbooks for "Best of 2014"

The responses are just because you pointed to buzz instead of relating your own opinion and experience. Thank you for clarifying.

Nov 22, 2014
MelMM in Home Cooking