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Cookbook 101: List Some Fundamental Cookbooks (Suggestions Needed)

Afraid not - I'm not much of a baker, because then I eat it all.

Jan 31, 2012
localtalent in Home Cooking

Cookbook 101: List Some Fundamental Cookbooks (Suggestions Needed)

I find them to occasionally be under-seasoned. Nevertheless, that book got me cooking: a thoughtful gift from my mother when I moved into my first apartment and got sick of take-out. He has an excellent and thorough discussion of almost any ingredient you'll come across, and you never wonder 'why the hell did he put ______ in there?'. Also helpful are the variation suggestions: simple tweaks that usually significantly alter the dish but use the same basic ingredients and techniques.

I use it quite frequently, probably the most out of my tiny collection. His 'best recipes in the world' is a handy intro to international cooking: shallow but broad.

Jan 30, 2012
localtalent in Home Cooking

Chowish, labor-Intensive Low-Carb recipes?

Lots of great suggestions here! You're on the right track IMO - try to avoid 'substitutions', they almost never measure up and just make you miss the original.

Others:

Soups are a vast landscape. Mexican chicken tomato (cumin, chili powder, ancho, cilantro) or pumpkin carrot curry are two favorites. Adding nuts to soups adds some good fats and makes them much more filling. Or borscht, depending on how well you tolerate beets.

Stir fries get much less bland when you put nam pla, lemongrass, etc in them - have a look at Stir-Frying to the Sky's Edge and hack some of the recipes.

Just had a dinner of pork carnitas (from http://theclothesmakethegirl.com, excellent resource) with bell pepper and mango salsa over spring mix.

Eggs are a great base - frittatas, omelets, country scrambles, or with root veg hash.

Don't forget seafood! Even easy meals from canned pantry staples, like crab cakes or wasabi tuna salad are a great break from grilled meat and greens.

And when you really crave a substitution/cheat meal, almond flour with some mashed banana fries up very, very well.

Basically, look for cuisines that are already heavily meat and veg based and use them as inspiration. Latin American, Vietnamese, even some Indian or Chinese work.

Jan 30, 2012
localtalent in Special Diets

Why doesn't my oolong tea taste like the bottled ones?

Thanks for the tips, everyone! Love this board.

Will head down to Wing Fat and see if I can track down some Dan Cong. I got one of those mug-with-strainers at Pearl River, which is improving my life considerably at work. No more bags!

Feb 09, 2011
localtalent in General Topics

Online Sources for Japanese Tea [Split from Manhattan board]

One other option (although definitely expensive) is Ippo-do, a great shop in Kyoto. Also useful for brewing instructions, etc. They do ship to the US.

http://www.ippodo-tea.co.jp/en/

Feb 09, 2011
localtalent in General Topics

Why doesn't my oolong tea taste like the bottled ones?

I lived in Japan for a while and got completely addicted to the bottled oolong tea drinks, Suntory in particular. I keep buying oolong tea here in Chinatown (having absolutely no idea what the hell I'm doing), brewing it with boiling water, and it tastes completely different.

I know there's a lot of different kinds of oolong, have I just not hit on the right one yet? Or is there a different process for brewing it?

Feb 07, 2011
localtalent in General Topics