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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? August 2014 Edition!

Thank you! I've been there many times while I lived in Asia. Have not been to Malaysia, just India and Bangladesh.

about 1 hour ago
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? August 2014 Edition!

Glad to hear that I am not the only one who finds Singapore boring :) My daughter is considering moving there - temporarily, but still - sigh...

about 2 hours ago
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? August 2014 Edition!

Really? I've been in Singapore several times and the food is great but it is a mess of regional flavours which is enjoyable while you are there. But if I want Indian food, I would rather go to India and the region (Hyderabad for biryani, Chennai for dosa/iddli, etc.). The same with Vietnamese - I want to go to the source :)

about 14 hours ago
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Announcement Thread: September 2014 COTM "Avec Eric"

My library copy just arrived at my branch. Very curious to browse through the book (will pick it up tomorrow) since I've never even heard about Eric - imagine that! :))

about 15 hours ago
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? August 2014 Edition!

Sounds like it, doesn't it? See what you started, no backing out now :)

Seriously speaking, this could be an amazing trip. We could ask Andrea Nguyen if she is interested to be our "food guide" and teacher. What a wonderful way to experience street food and refined food, learn about influences - French is the obvious but there must be others - and cook with local ingredients.

We need to start a dedicated thread!

about 16 hours ago
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? August 2014 Edition!

"We" as in a ground of chowhounds? Great destination - I have not been in either of these countries if do not counts Bangkok stop-overs (I do not).

about 17 hours ago
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? August 2014 Edition!

Thank you LLM and Q! At home finally, tired from the drive but my fingers are itching to check out Arabesque threads. I just might spend a bit of time there :)

about 17 hours ago
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? August 2014 Edition!

Absolutely! It will be so much fun. Chowhounds are a special group of people and I believe that even if we've never met, we'll become fast buddies and have great time together. I only met one chow person face-to-face and it feels like we've known each other for years. Right? Is that your experience too?

about 17 hours ago
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? August 2014 Edition!

Sign me up for Vietnam! :)

about 17 hours ago
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Home Cooking Dish of the Month (September 2014) Nominations

STUFFED VEGETABLES - love that for September when so many stuffable vegetables are available at the farmers markets. Incidentally, making stuffed eggplants from Arabesque tomorrow :)

about 17 hours ago
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? August 2014 Edition!

Arabesque arrived today and I've been pondering a meze style meal for a Friday get together with a friend, just the two of us. Here is what I am contemplating, please comment as many of you cooked from this book when it was COTM and most likely continued after. I know there are threads but facing 7-hour drive tomorrow (by myself) and perusing threads is not in the cards. Thank you 'hounds! :)

Lebanon: chicken pie (will make individual pies with 1/2 recipe), stuffed eggplants (will serve as they come, no bread base but with yogurt sauce on the side), hummus with pita wedges and veggies; and Turkey: zucchini fritters just because I love them.

1 day ago
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Voting Thread: Cookbook of the Month September 2014

Can't imagine any edition to be more beautiful.. the photos of ceremonies, food, and art - breathtaking!

Aug 16, 2014
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Voting Thread: Cookbook of the Month September 2014

FoL has been on my lust list for a long time; I was hoping the price will go down as new editions came out but no such luck. Finally, this COTM pushed me to bite the bullet and buy the book, win or not! And today we were united :) What I bought was "used, very good" and what I got is brand new (as far as I can tell), with a satin ribbon to mark pages, 25th edition (printed in Korean of all places!)and wrapped in a cotton shopping bag with the book name printed on (so cute).

The book is heavy that I usually do not like but the paper is silky, the photos are magnificent and the recipes seem very enticing - love at the first flip:)

It is not just a recipe book; there are stories, and a chapter about Persian ceremonies, another on preserves and pickles, very interesting breads and kebabs, no pork but lots of poetry!

I have a friend over for dinner next Friday and plan to make a meal out of this book - will post the results if I end up cooking from it (most likely).

Aug 15, 2014
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Cookbooks that are more than just cookbooks.

thank you for such detailed reply, Amy! Since I wanted FoL for a long time and it looks to become a contestant of COTM, I bought it and can't wait for it to arrive. Maybe some recipes are repeats? I'll look for the Persian ones that you mentioned.

Aug 13, 2014
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Nominations Thread: Cookbook of the Month September 2014

NEW FOOD OF LIFE
I've been lusting after this book for a long time waiting for the price to drop. Not happening even with used copies and finally tonight I caved in :) I won't be able to cook for the first half of Sep but will catch up during the second half.

Aug 11, 2014
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Cookbooks that are more than just cookbooks.

Amy, you mentioned this book before, haven't you? Which recipes stood out for you? I've been thinking about adding a Persian book to my collection for a while and should really look at these two books. OK, of to Amazon :)

Aug 11, 2014
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What's for Dinner #317 - Yes, it's Summer, Summertime is here... [Through August 9, 2014]

Ina has a nice recipe for mango chutney.

Aug 05, 2014
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Weight Watchers Foodies -- The August 2014 Challenge Edition!

Go to a good sports store not necessarily to buy if it is too expensive but for an advise. And if the ball is too big for your desk follow Berheenia's advise - raise the desk to accommodate.

Aug 05, 2014
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Weight Watchers Foodies -- The August 2014 Challenge Edition!

People I know that use a ball instead of a chair do not need to be on WW - could that be a reason? :) A couple of years ago there was a discussion about stand-up desks on our public radio (CBC) that mentioned research that was not favourable - something to do with poor blood circulation in legs. I do not remember exactly, just stored it as "not good, do not do it" piece of information.

Aug 05, 2014
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Cookbooks that are more than just cookbooks.

I want a DK book for a long time but didn't think I'll cook from it as Mexican is not really my favourite cuisine. I have a couple of Bayless books and aside from Salsas do not care for them. But made a few dishes from Pati's and really liked them. I think it is time to own a Kennedy, not just borrow from the library to read :)

Started reading On the Noodle Road today - enjoyable little book.

Aug 04, 2014
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Cookbooks that are more than just cookbooks.

Yes it does; three blocks of photos - possibly not to disturb the original layout and keep the cost down.

You got many wonderful suggestions and because of this thread I ordered My Mexico and the Georgian book and Honey from Weed. No self-control! Really! LOL

Aug 04, 2014
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Cookbooks that are more than just cookbooks.

Strange about Roden updating Middle Eastern book as I have her The New Book of Middle Eastern Food published in 2010. It is an update of her 1972 Book of Middle Eastern Food. Maybe it is Mediterranean book that she is updating?

Aug 04, 2014
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Cookbooks that are more than just cookbooks.

The Carolina Rice Kitchen by Karen Hess is full of history with a sprinkling of recipes throughout.

Aug 04, 2014
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August 2014 COTM - Diana Henry Month: Food from Plenty

I wonder if pomegranate would've made a difference - it is very assertive compared to plums plus another textural note.

Aug 04, 2014
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Weight Watchers Foodies -- The August 2014 Challenge Edition!

Once I fix my scale and start weighing and charting, I'd be happy to share my chart.

I was talking to someone who lost weight and has been maintaining a beautiful healthy and fit body. Her weight loss formula is weight x 15 = calories (150lbs weight x 15 = 2250 cal); from that number subtract 600 cal and this is your weight loss daily calorie consumption (2250cal - 600 = 1650cal per day). To make sure you are not loosing muscle, in addition to training consume amount of protein quantity that equals your weight in grams (150lbs weight = 150g protein = 5oz). I am going to try this since healthy eating is not an issue for me but the amount sure is.

Aug 04, 2014
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August 2014 COTM - Diana Henry: Pure Simple Cooking

I always salt cut eggplant for 1/2 hour or so, rinse and dry. It looses its sponge qualities and absorbs much less oil after this treatment

Aug 04, 2014
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Weight Watchers Foodies -- The August 2014 Challenge Edition!

Would your hips let you sit on a ball? I think it is even better than a stand up desk because you move most of the time.

Aug 04, 2014
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Weight Watcher's Foodies -- The H H H Edition! July 2014 [OLD]

Love your idea, TDQ! But... can we possibly start in September? I am starting my vacation on Monday and will be travelling, eating out, etc. No scale and eating with others that is not always easy to control. I will be mindful and try not to gain but loosing is not going to happen.

Maybe we could set a group goal - loose x # - to which everyone will contribute? And post meals, recipes, ideas, etc.

Jul 30, 2014
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My Chowhound Wedding

This is a dream wedding, intimate yet spectacular, and exactly as it was at first intended - to come together with the community to announce the union. Love everything, especially the presentation!

May your life together be as delicious and chic as your wedding day!

Are you up to posting recipes? Would love squid and cauliflower ones :)

Jul 29, 2014
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Weight Watcher's Foodies -- The H H H Edition! July 2014 [OLD]

You are not alone, Kontxesi! I have fallen of proverbial wagon and just can't clime back on :( My latest excuse is that I can't get my scale to work and I need to know what I weight before I get started again.. sigh... Very proud of you for tracking again and need to learn from your example!