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Australian Cookbooks

But I haven't found a crowd pleasing recipe in her cookbook, which I attribute to my poor skills. I've found more keeper worthy recipes from Julia Child and Jacques Pepin cookbooks, which are also written as the basic reference book. Would you mind sharing an excellent recipe from it?

Nov 28, 2012
pearlyriver in Australia/New Zealand

Momofuku Milk Bar Cook book

Are there any worthy recipes from this book? It seems like most of the negative reviews are about desserts being oversweet and too buttery.

Nov 21, 2012
pearlyriver in Home Cooking

Australian Cookbooks

What's her specialty? What are her must-try recipes? I have the Cook's Companion but most of her desserts are OK and no exceptional. Her meat, soup and salad recipes seem to be better.

Nov 21, 2012
pearlyriver in Australia/New Zealand

Ratio for creaming butter with sugar

I have a recipe for upside down pineapple cake by Stephanie Alexander where she called for 175g butter and 150g sugar to cream. I only used 2/3 of the sugar and the cake still comes out soft and moist (although perhaps not as fluffy and lightweight as her recipe). Is there a ratio for creaming butter and sugar? I'm quite concerned with the amount of sugar intake and I don't like oversweet treats and I find my cake a little too sweet for my taste. Could I cut down more sugar

Nov 14, 2012
pearlyriver in Home Cooking

Anyone read dated cookbooks?

Gosh thank you so much. This site is crazy. Must be the brown sauce.

Nov 10, 2012
pearlyriver in Home Cooking

Anyone read dated cookbooks?

The cookbook I mentioned features New Century Sauce which is used as a base for fish sauce, sauce piquante, sauce for roast pork, masking cutlets etc. The author noted that this sauce could be purchased in XYZ street. What can the New Century Sauce be?

Nov 10, 2012
pearlyriver in Home Cooking

Anyone read dated cookbooks?

I came across a public-domain cookbook called "The Cook's Decameron: A Study in Taste, Containing Over Two Hundred Recipes For Italian Dishes" and it seems good. It covers all the building blocks of Italian cuisine and the recipes sound good, although exact measurement of ingredients is not provided. Does anyone read or use out-of-fashion cookbooks?

Nov 10, 2012
pearlyriver in Home Cooking

Anyone cook daikon?

I often make Asian-style daikon salad or pickled daikon to serve with banh my. Not sure how to incorporate daikon in western dishes though.

Nov 02, 2012
pearlyriver in Home Cooking

What's the best cookbook for learning a cuisine from the ground up?

If you're into Japanese cuisine,try Washoku by Elizabeth Andoh. For Chinese, Fuchsia Dunlop book and for Vietnamese, Mai Pham or Angela Nguyen.

Nov 02, 2012
pearlyriver in Food Media & News

Jamie's 15 minute meals

It's being aired on Channel 4. Have any watched this and what's your opinion? Jamie is a celebrity chef who I have no particular feeling for. I've cooked some of his recipes and it's good but not outstanding.

Nov 01, 2012
pearlyriver in Food Media & News

February Cookbook of the Month 2012: Japanese Month

I'm surprised that this thread is a little bit quiet, and not many people cook from Washoku. I'm reading it right now. She's like the Julia Child of Japanese cuisine. I never read a cookbook word by word but this one is so interesting. But I'm not sure if I'll be able to cook any recipe. Many ingridients are inaccessible for me.

Oct 31, 2012
pearlyriver in Home Cooking

Best Cooking TV Shows from Around the Globe

Any Greek cooking shows recently?

Oct 31, 2012
pearlyriver in Food Media & News

Savoury dishes using greek-style/natural yoghurt

Can you share the recipe for yogurt marinade? I'm afraid I'll add too much yogurt and kill the meat.

Oct 31, 2012
pearlyriver in Home Cooking

Baking soda in Germany

Thank you. I finally bought it. So the bastard is called natron.

Oct 29, 2012
pearlyriver in Europe

Baking soda in Germany

Yes, I'm pretty sure that backpulver is baking powder, not what I'm looking for.

Oct 29, 2012
pearlyriver in Europe

Baking soda in Germany

Thank you.

Oct 29, 2012
pearlyriver in Europe

Baking soda in Germany

I asked my father to buy me baking soda on his trip to Germany (well, the quality of baking soda in Vietnam is not to be trusted) but he didn't find it in the supermarket. I know this sounds silly, but does German use baking soda for baking?

Oct 29, 2012
pearlyriver in Europe

Wanted: good kabocha squash recipe

I scoop out the seeds and stuff pork mixture inside (marinated ground pork, shimeji or shitake mushroom, scallions) and steam the whole pumpkin. Yum and hearty. The sweetness of kabocha pairs so well with pork.

Oct 28, 2012
pearlyriver in Home Cooking

How to keep yolks centered in hard-boiled eggs?

I feel embarrassed to ask, but how do i do that when I steam the eggs/

Oct 28, 2012
pearlyriver in Home Cooking

How to keep yolks centered in hard-boiled eggs?

It usually doesn't bother me that much, but sometimes the off-center yolks create a very thin spot in the white and it is way too easy to tear the white when popping out the yolk. Advice is much appreciated.

Oct 28, 2012
pearlyriver in Home Cooking

What makes pancakes light/fluffy?

Maggiesmom, can you share us your recipe? It sounds interesting.

Oct 27, 2012
pearlyriver in Home Cooking

The perfect chewy brownie

At first I thought the second recipe was Stephen Fry's and I'd eat anything he recommends. Thanks for the links. I'm turning into a brownie junkie :)

Oct 27, 2012
pearlyriver in Home Cooking

Japanese "Gurume Doramas" (gourmet TV dramas) - what others are out there?

Not Love But Delicious Foods is a one shot manga. Was it adapted into a TV series?

Oct 25, 2012
pearlyriver in Food Media & News

Japanese "Gurume Doramas" (gourmet TV dramas) - what others are out there?

Thanks for the tip. Shinya Shokudo is good beyond my expectation. I see a lot of indie material here. Slice-of-interesting-life films are not often on TV.

Oct 25, 2012
pearlyriver in Food Media & News

Food stories on radio - David Chang, Adam Gopnik, et al

Thanks for sharing. I enjoy David Chang's cookbook and his food journal.

Oct 25, 2012
pearlyriver in Food Media & News

Food in Fiction

Is that a short story? I've only read his novels, but he must be a chow hound.

Oct 25, 2012
pearlyriver in Food Media & News

Sourdough Starter and Hooch

I was looking for sourdough recipes and many call for both sourdough starter and commercial yeast. I've made one with success but I don't understand why yeast is added. If sourdough is not to perform the rise, what's its purpose?

Oct 22, 2012
pearlyriver in Home Cooking

What some good books about food production, science and history?

I'm not so smart about science or aquaculture, but I'm especially interested in food history, its evolution and the way it enriches our life. Any recommendations?

Oct 21, 2012
pearlyriver in Food Media & News

What are some foods you have to make homemade becuse you cannot find it comparable in a store or restaurant

Homemade yoghurt, tomato sauce,bread and pesto. I'd make stock if my fridge were large enough and mozzarella cheese, creme fraiche, sour cream (basically many cream types) if I had all the required ingredients. The store bought mozzarella here is awful but that's all I can get.

Oct 20, 2012
pearlyriver in General Topics

Your favorite food memoir?

This is a great thread. I live in Vietnam and it's always hard to stay motivated to cook international cuisines due to the scarcity of 'Western' ingredients. I often turn to sth like food memoir or culinary film/documentary/TV show to reinforce my love affair with food. Please keep them coming. Thanks all of you.

Oct 20, 2012
pearlyriver in Food Media & News