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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy scrag end of winter March 2015 edition!

I'll pick up the Sal Scognamillo's new cookbook - Patsy's at home. I really like the original. Total red sauce excellence.

about 7 hours ago
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy scrag end of winter March 2015 edition!

For very good Taiwanese cooking (and more polished than WeiChuan), try Blue Eyed Dragon. A Taiwan-centric book from Australia. Excellent.
Also good, but harder to come by is an English-language cookbook put out at a local (Taipei) cookbook. A complete classic, but no pics. Everything in it though, is outstanding. I have only seen it at cave's books in Taipei.

about 7 hours ago
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ISO Reference Cookbook(s) - Good and Bad?

Nice call! I second Ferran Adria's cookbook.

I'd also plug http://www.amazon.com/Darina-Allens-B...

Feb 20, 2015
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All this talk about quality cookware . . .

I am not anything close to the cooks on this board in terms of experience or talent, but....I think some cooks use that uneven heating to their advantage. I have watched Chinese cooks in Taiwan (both on the street and in high-end places) sear the food in the "hot spot" at the bottom, move it back up the comparatively cooler sides, and then back down into the hot spot. I think it allows for a little more control than if the whole thing were exactly the same high temp. Just my 2 cents.

Feb 18, 2015
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What are you lusting after?

What type of wood cookstove? Like the ones Lehman's sells?

https://www.lehmans.com/p-3442-bakers...

Feb 17, 2015
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Where do you buy your seeds?

http://www.growitalian.com/ for Italian (Franchi) seeds.
Kitazawa for Asian seeds.

Feb 09, 2015
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Essential North Carolina Cuisine (besides BBQ)

If you really want unique/great restaurants, Crooks Corner is really good and distinct.

Feb 09, 2015
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ASIAN DUMPLINGS! Home Cooking Dish of the Month (February 2015)

Really? Never heard that pronunciation. More Taiwanese/Fujian-hwa?

Feb 09, 2015
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ASIAN DUMPLINGS! Home Cooking Dish of the Month (February 2015)

I really like Ming Tsai's gyoza.

When I visit my in-laws in Taiwan, I get some called "guotieh" for breakfast -very tasty. Cooked on a street cart using a heavy cast iron griddle. Dumplings are open at both ends. Served with a hot dipping sauce and then also a soy-sauce/ginger/garlic (and maybe citrus).
12 dumplings: about $2.50.

Feb 06, 2015
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What are you lusting after?

1. Steak Locker
2. A cookbook I was reading referenced an Italian wood burning oven that is accessible from inside the house and outside as well. Not even sure what it would look like
3. Amish-built wood burning oven. My ideal kitchen would have one (in addition to a regular oven).

Feb 04, 2015
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy Valentine's Day 2015 edition! [OLD]

Yes. And it is very, very good.

I also got the "Simply Italian" book from Harry's Bar. Have not come to a conclusion on it.

I will definitely buy the upcoming Patsy's Italian home cooking cookbook. Looks promising. I really like the first one. Great food I know I can get on a table mid-week. Reminds me of the "Sicilian Gentleman's Cookbook."

Feb 03, 2015
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy Valentine's Day 2015 edition! [OLD]

eat by Nigel Slater. Looks great. Always like his stuff
Blue Ribbon. A little "chef-ier" than I normally get
Some Italian men's social club cook book. Like it. Very straightforward
Bill's Italian - Yup. Another Bill Granger book
Matt Moran's "Dinner at Matt's." A little daunting, but looks promising.

Feb 02, 2015
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Best BBQ sauce and rub from a supermarket?

This is great! Any recs for best BBQ in Westlake area? will be staying at the Dallas-Ft. Worth Marriott.
Would like something I can't get up in NC.

Jan 26, 2015
Westy in Dallas - Fort Worth

Best BBQ sauce and rub from a supermarket?

Hello - Will be in TX this week and was wondering if there were any great local BBQ sauces (like the thin brisket sauce you can get over in Lockhart). I know- real TX bbq does not have sauce, but I really liked it. Was hoping to pick some up in a supermarket.

Jan 26, 2015
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Investing in kitchen knife...which to buy??

Agree. I have and love my Victorinox chefs knife. I am also a fan Dexter. Their Chinese cleaver is excellent.

Jan 23, 2015
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Smokey's BBQ

I eat there often (2 or three times a month).

I like it. The brisket is okay, but the wings and pulled pork are very good. Sides are nothing special but pretty solid. I like the onion rings.
It has been awhile, but the owner occasionally makes a batch of peach-flavored bbq for sale. Very good. Sweet (as you'd imagine), but nice.

Also nice - they serve very good fried fish on Fridays during Lent. They offer that only during that time. Generous portions and very tasty.

Jan 22, 2015
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Chicken Cacciatore?

Not saying it is "foreign" or not authentic ,only that one recipe (sans tomatoes) might predate one with it.

Jan 21, 2015
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Chicken Cacciatore?

Ummm....how do you figure? As far as I am aware, the tomato is from what is now Mexico. And how preposterous would it be that one recipe predates one updated (with tomatoes) later?

Jan 21, 2015
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beans again

I have more success just putting them in cold water to cover overnight.

Jan 20, 2015
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Chicken Cacciatore?

Ethan Stowell includes 2 cacciatore recipes in his book. One has tomatoes and one does not. He comments that, in fact, tomatoes are a "new world" addition tot eh recipe. interesting take:

Ethan Stowell's New Italian Kitchen: Bold Cooking from Seattle's Anchovies & Olives, How to Cook A Wolf, Staple & Fancy Mercantile, and Tavolàta

Jan 20, 2015
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The Best Recipes of Kosher Cookbooks (2015)

Don't keep kosher, but I do like Jeff Nathan's books (library has a copy of "adventrues): http://abigaels.com/products.html

Jan 20, 2015
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Cookbook recommendation for a REAL beginner. I mean, a REAL beginner.

A few more:
1. feeding men and Boys: Surprisingly good, very clear instruction
2. feed me now: Bill Granger
3. cooking for the Roommate Impaired: http://www.amazon.com/Recipes-Roommat...

#3 is the book i used when i very first learned to cook. I still use it fora few items (the roast pork is especially good).

Jan 20, 2015
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Under $30 in North End?

Looking for a great place for dinner in the North end. Would like to keep the meal (salad/entree, I don't drink, so wine list is not an issue) under $40. Most interested in red sauce-ish joints.
Matt

Jan 14, 2015
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Next Knife

Which one? They had some using old, old blanks (like pre-WW1) awhile back. Tempting.
I think my next knife will be a berti of some sort. Saw one and it is absolutely stunning. I was completely not interested in flashy tools/knives (my pots and pans are largely from my grandparents, and my knives/utensils are from a restaurant supply place), but my goodness, that knife was awork of art.

Jan 12, 2015
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Brining Pork chops resulting in 'porkle" What am I doing wrong?

They were double thick bone-in Nieman Ranch (so i am guessing no injection).

I could have sworn I used kosher salt, but....maybe that was it.

Jan 05, 2015
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Brining Pork chops resulting in 'porkle" What am I doing wrong?

So I made a pork chop recipe by Todd English ()of olives fame).
It started with brining the chops in salt water with maple syrup, rosemary, peppercorns, bay leaves, thyme. You leave them int eh brine for 24 hours. You also make a crust (panko/butter/crushed almond/bleu cheese) and add that at the end under a broiler to finish after searing the chops and then putting them int eh oven for about 8 minutes or so.
The crust was fine, but the chops were somehow way, way, way salty. Like pickled salty. Dreadful. I recall having made brined chops before and gotten similar results from a different recipe. What am I doing wrong? it did not say to rinse the chops, but I would think that that step would not have made a difference,a s the salt was int eh chop itself, not the surface.

Jan 05, 2015
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What's for Dinner #341 -- It's on to 2015 Edition! [through January 4, 2015]

hey this looks wonderful. I was out in ohio early last year, and one place had something caleld "sauerkraut balls." Ar these the sdame thing? I grew up with lots of sauerkraut (my dad's side of the family owned a sausage factory called 'Weigert's'), but never heard of such a thing.

Dec 31, 2014
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What's for Dinner #341 -- It's on to 2015 Edition! [through January 4, 2015]

Making maple-brined pork chops with almond/blue cheese/panko crust from "Cooking in Everyday English" for New Years.

weekend looks good - thinking of a few Chinese dishes from Ken Hom's American-Chinese cookbook.

Yes. I buy most of my cookbooks used......

How to make crispy chinese duck breast?

During #3, I slowly add heat. cranking up the stove only burns the skin and the fat doesn't render.
I would also add that the first cookbook (Gotham) I used for this recipe used a great reduction sauce. The sauce was as big a hit as the duck itself.
I think Barbara Tropp's first book also had a couple of recipes for this type of dish.

Dec 29, 2014
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Chinese cookbook recommendations?

Nearly forgot - if you have a long, lazy afternoon and really want to stretch yourself, Martin Yan's Chinatown is a great resource. if I have guests I really want to cook for, and they like Chinese food, this is an absolute winner.

Dec 19, 2014
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