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Cooking from and Commentary on the 2015 Piglet Contestants

I hope all the cookbook editors out there read her comment about squinting. Nothing worse than not being able to read through a recipe book without having to get a magnifying glass, asking my kids to read it to me!!!!

about 2 hours ago
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Cooking from and Commentary on the 2015 Piglet Contestants

It does sound wonderful!

about 21 hours ago
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Cooking from and Commentary on the 2015 Piglet Contestants

Yes, I think I do in fact need to own this book.

about 22 hours ago
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Cooking from and Commentary on the 2015 Piglet Contestants

about 22 hours ago
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Cooking from and Commentary on the 2015 Piglet Contestants

A link to a few of his recipes posted on NPR:
http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2015...

about 22 hours ago
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Cooking from and Commentary on the 2015 Piglet Contestants

Cantaloupe Candy??? At this time of year? I need to know more pikawicca. When you have time please. By the way, those three recipes pushed me over the edge.

about 22 hours ago
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Cooking from and Commentary on the 2015 Piglet Contestants

A very well written review. Based on the a great job he did with his own book, I am not surprised to see he took such care before rendering a decision between two such talented bakers. I do want the book, but will I ever bake out of it? And if I won't, shouldn't I safe the shelf space?

1 day ago
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March 2015 COTM Announcement: Growing Up in a Korean Kitchen

I have been eating mostly within the guidelines of a paleo diet for over a year now and I have never felt better. I agree about not wanting the stuff that imitates other food, but sometimes you long for something you can't have, like a peanut butter cup, and that is when I find those blogs come in handy. Plus, I find the books/blogs helpful for breakfast inspiration. I was always a bagel girl growing up and I have a hard time conceptualizing a breakfast that is neither sweet or bread laden.

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

Reposting this here as I just put it up in the February edition, seconds before the March thread went up. I want to be part of the current discussion!!!!!!!

I have been slightly out of control this past month. Didn't spend a lot of money, but did manage to acquire quite a few new titles. 4 real books and 2 virtual. The four hard bound books were each only around a penny so how could I say no?

I am hoping to only read two of these and then give them away. Here's the list:

HERITAGE (kindle) - this one is a keeper. It wasn't on my list, but when a kindle version went on sale for $2.99, I couldn't pass it up. The kindle version has a fantastic table of contents that lets you access and click on every recipe. I haven't had time to really sit down with this one yet, but from what little I've read, Sean has a lot of knowledge to impart. Ton's of info on Appalachian cooking. For whatever reason, this is a real draw for me. I have quite a few books on the Appalachian region even though I rarely cook this way. Sean has either done a lot of research or is very well educated. A little of both, I suspect. In any case, I expect to learn a lot from his passages. The recipes are a labor of love and I am thinking I am really going to enjoy cooking from this book, much in the same way I enjoy cooking from Zuni or Sunday Suppers. These are not throw together dishes.

GREEN KITCHEN TRAVELS (kindle) - bought this after it came to my attention through the Piglet awards. Though it lost the challenge, the recipe the judge selected (Indian dosa with two sauces) caught my attention, so I checked out their blog and then I was hooked. I am enjoying the blog and book so much I have requested their first book on loan from my local library.

The kindle version of book two is around $8.00, so I felt I could treat myself. This kindle is slightly less user friendly than Heritage. When you want to find a particular recipes you can only jump to the recipe from the chapter heads, so you have to go back to the table of contents each time, then move to the chapter head, then to the recipe. Still, it is pretty accessible compared to many kindle books I own.

Re the recipes, this is my kind of book. Glad I did! All the recipes are healthy, vegetarian and weekday friendly. I have earmarked more than 1/2 the recipes to make. If this sounds appealing to you, check out their blog. It will give you a good sense of the kinds of things you’ll find in their book.

SPOONBREAD AND STRAWBERRY WINE - another historical southern book. I won’t cook out of it, but I’ll enjoy reading through it.

A PIG IN PROVENCE - another beautiful read. I plan on reading this and then giving it to my mom to read on our trip to Berkeley next month.

NANTUCKET OPEN HOUSE - this one sounded promising online but I am still awaiting my copy.

TERRA - this one surprised me when I got it. It is a wine country book, so I wasn’t expecting recipes with an Asian flair. The recipes seem like a fair amount of work but I already found one recipe (miso fish) I need to make next week. Not sure I would but this one again if I'd had a chance to page through it, but I'll reserve judgment until after I've cooked out of it.

Will report back after I have worked through some of these titles and have some results to report.

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

Let me know more about Teff Love once you've spent time with it.

Re Green Kitchen Travels, you are right, they are not authentic international recipes, they are inspired vegetarian dishes influenced by ingredients or techniques they were exposed to during their travels. Their signature seems to be creating recipes that are truly healthy while managing to be incredibly yummy sounding at the same time. I am making a batch of their GF buns today (the recipe is from their blog, not the book). Yesterday I made a batch of their muffin tin frittatas (also on the blog). They were amazing, I will be making more of these for weekday mornings, but next time not veggie based to please my kid's palates.

Mar 01, 2015
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy Valentine's Day 2015 edition! [OLD]

I have been slightly out of control this month. Didn't spend a lot of money, but did manage to acquire quite a few new titles. 4 real books and 2 virtual. The four hard bound books were each only around a penny so how could I say no?

I am hoping to only read two of these and then give them away. Here's the list:

HERITAGE (kindle) - this one is a keeper. It wasn't on my list, but when a kindle version went on sale for $2.99, I couldn't pass it up. The kindle version has a fantastic table of contents that lets you access and click on every recipe. I haven't had time to really sit down with this one yet, but from what little I've read, Sean has a lot of knowledge to impart. Ton's of info on Appalachian cooking. For whatever reason, this is a real draw for me. I have quite a few books on the Appalachian region even though I rarely cook this way. Sean has either done a lot of research or is very well educated. A little of both, I suspect. In any case, I expect to learn a lot from his passages. The recipes are a labor of love and I am thinking I am really going to enjoy cooking from this book, much in the same way I enjoy cooking from Zuni or Sunday Suppers. These are not throw together dishes.

GREEN KITCHEN TRAVELS (kindle) - bought this after it came to my attention through the Piglet awards. Though it lost the challenge, the recipe the judge selected (Indian dosa with two sauces) caught my attention, so I checked out their blog and then I was hooked. I am enjoying the blog and book so much I have requested their first book on loan from my local library.

The kindle version of book two is around $8.00, so I felt I could treat myself. This kindle is slightly less user friendly than Heritage. When you want to find a particular recipes you can only jump to the recipe from the chapter heads, so you have to go back to the table of contents each time, then move to the chapter head, then to the recipe. Still, it is pretty accessible compared to many kindle books I own.

Re the recipes, this is my kind of book. Glad I did! All the recipes are healthy, vegetarian and weekday friendly. I have earmarked more than 1/2 the recipes to make. If this sounds appealing to you, check out their blog. It will give you a good sense of the kinds of things you’ll find in their book.

SPOONBREAD AND STRAWBERRY WINE - another historical southern book. I won’t cook out of it, but I’ll enjoy reading through it.

A PIG IN PROVENCE - another beautiful read. I plan on reading this and then giving it to my mom to read on our trip to Berkeley next month.

NANTUCKET OPEN HOUSE - this one sounded promising online but I am still awaiting my copy.

TERRA - this one surprised me when I got it. It is a wine country book, so I wasn’t expecting recipes with an Asian flair. The recipes seem like a fair amount of work but I already found one recipe (miso fish) I need to make next week. Not sure I would but this one again if I'd had a chance to page through it, but I'll reserve judgment until after I've cooked out of it.

Will report back after I have worked through some of these titles and have some results to report.

Mar 01, 2015
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March 2015 COTM Announcement: Growing Up in a Korean Kitchen

Good for you LN. My sister was doing a similar diet recently. I think she lasted 3 days. I am sure you are aware already that the paleo diet fits perfectly into the dishes you can safely eat. Look on some of the paleo diet blogs for inspiration.

Feb 28, 2015
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March 2015 COTM Announcement: Growing Up in a Korean Kitchen

Blue room and others,

I don't have the book so I am planning on a reading along month. At least until the urge becomes too strong and I have to buy the book. I was interested to see sweet potato noodles on your pantry list. That got my attention. I have never heard of these and have no idea how or when you would use these. Can you educate me please?

Feb 28, 2015
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Cooking from and Commentary on the 2015 Piglet Contestants

Thanks. I will look forward to your report.

Feb 28, 2015
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Cooking from and Commentary on the 2015 Piglet Contestants

I know what you mean. I need help too! Speaking of, do I need Green Kitchen if I now have Green Kitchen Travels? :)

Feb 28, 2015
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Cooking from “The A.O.C. Cookbook” by Suzanne Goin

Albacore Crudo with Avocado, Cucumber and Ruby Grapefruit, p. 137

Made this last night for dinner using both ahi tuna and sea bream, for a beautiful red and white presentation. I did not make the avocado puree, instead I chunked up the avocado along with the cucumbers and poured this over the fish. This is my first attempt serving a crudo at home (I hate spell correct, btw), and it was a huge success. While the meal was on the expensive side, it was a snap to put together and made for an impressive meal, worthy of entertaining (no surprise there). We served it with a Kenneth Volk Vineyards 2011 Verdelho. If you can get yourselves a bottle of this wine, do it.

Feb 28, 2015
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Cooking from and Commentary on the 2015 Piglet Contestants

GREEN KITCHEN TRAVELS

Well it seems this thread is going to prove very expensive for me. I just downloaded a copy of Green Kitchen Travels on Kindle. After reading the Piglet review, I started poking around online and liked what I saw and read on their blog. Their books are fairly pricey, and I couldn't get a good sense of them by looking at the reviews online or by downloading a sample on Kindle, so I decided to wait a bit. But I did hit subscribe. This morning, I woke to find a recipe for portable roasted veggie frittatas in my inbox and that pushed me over the edge. I will be making these tomorrow.

Luckily for me, it is quite definitely, my kind of book. In fact, I would say it is the exact book I have been searching for but have never found. Until now.

I'd describe myself as a healthy eater. I love veggies, eat paleo most of the time, and try to avoid refined sugar and grains as best I can. I think I am pretty creative about how I incorporate veggies into my diet, but there are days and even weeks when I barely use what is in my crisper. During those weeks, I always feel different (code: worse). I can actually feel the difference from those few days of eating an imbalanced diet.

This book is filled with easy to prepare vegetarian fare that I could see myself making every day - and not out of obligation. It is inspiring. The recipes are simple yet creative, the pictures are alluring, and the writing is good. I can't wait to go shopping this week! As always, I'll report back about how the recipes measure up.

Feb 28, 2015
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Cooking from and Commentary on the 2015 Piglet Contestants

I own both these books and I'm ashamed to admit I haven't baked out of either of them yet. Both were TGC titles, too good to pass by, but them came in a bundle and went straight to the shelf. Maybe this is the motivation I needed to pull them back down.

Feb 27, 2015
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Cooking from and Commentary on the 2015 Piglet Contestants

Interesting. He has posted quite a few restaurant reviews for Los Angeles, many for restaurants I have never been to/heard of. I plan on trying a few out and see what I think of his opinions. I'll report back.

Feb 27, 2015
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Cooking from and Commentary on the 2015 Piglet Contestants

I read up on him too (his blog) and I really like the sound of his writing. I am going to try to get a copy of his book out of the library before deciding.

Feb 27, 2015
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Cooking from and Commentary on the 2015 Piglet Contestants

I absolutely LOVED this response. Thank you for sharing it. It made me chuckle and made me want to know about Mr. Roberts.

Feb 26, 2015
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Cooking from and Commentary on the 2015 Piglet Contestants

I'd love to find that dosa recipe online, with the filling and chutney. Who owns this book? Are there a lot of recipes this appealing????

Feb 26, 2015
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Cooking from and Commentary on the 2015 Piglet Contestants

Good review. I don't own either title but will be reviewing both on EYB soon. The veggie one is calling my name right now.

Feb 26, 2015
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Cooking from and Commentary on the 2015 Piglet Contestants

I just finished reading Mimi's response, and it didn't hit me the way it hit you, MeIMM. It is a tad defensive, which does not surprise me. I think it takes a very secure person to hear those things about your work and not want to respond. Of course, it is healthier not to, IMO, but I am not sure I could hold back if I were in her place.

What I got out of her blurb about moving to Médoc is, we won't regret the choice we made. We will treasure these experiences and memories. And let's face it, they are, charming and photo worthy experiences and memories. As for all the photos of her in her book and on her blog, her husband is a professional photographer. They are art. I rather enjoyed the playful photo of her apron filled with apples and the snail on her shoulder.

Feb 26, 2015
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Cooking from and Commentary on the 2015 Piglet Contestants

Yes, I feel the same way. When I see a fellow chowhounder's comments, I know I am on the right track!

Feb 25, 2015
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Cooking from and Commentary on the 2015 Piglet Contestants

That's great to know. Thank you MeIMM.

Feb 25, 2015
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Cooking from and Commentary on the 2015 Piglet Contestants

Just logged into EYB and noticed that almost every comment for Buvette is mine. I am not sure what that says about what the rest of you think about this book. Maybe you just haven't spent time with it yet? I really like it. I don't love, love, love it, the way I do Huckleberry, but it has earned a place on my shelves. The best recipe I have tried out of the book would have to be the waffles, p. 42. Truly exceptional. Next best, the ratatouille, p. 179. The toasted oatmeal brûlée, p. 44, met mixed review in my house (I loved it, my family did not); and the choucroute garnie, p. 198, was better as components, not all together, and second best the second day. It will not be repeated. The risotto, p. 189, was wonderful.

There is a lot to this book, above and beyond the shared recipes, which are pretty solid. The quality of the cover, pages and photos are noteworthy in and of themselves. I love the cover photo. I'd paint it and hang it on my wall if I could.

I haven't even scratched the surface of the recipes I want to make out of this book. A lot of them are simple, easily conquered on a weeknight. It is a book I could see cooking out of, from cover to cover. There are not a lot of books in my collection I would say that about.

I'd be interested to hear what the rest of you think....

ETA: I forgot to mention one of my favorite sections of this book is the Chapter on Jamon Et Fromage. Brilliantly done, IMO.

Cooking from and Commentary on the 2015 Piglet Contestants

Need I post again how fabulous Huckleberry is? I think I have posted more recommendations about this book than any other I own. It has quickly risen to my top 5 books of all time and I don't see that changing.

Feb 25, 2015
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Cooking from and Commentary on the 2015 Piglet Contestants

This was a hard round for me because I have My Paris Kitchen and I really, really like it for many reasons. (1) Obviously, his voice. (2) The pictures - great. (3) His tweaking of recipes. Though I will agree with others that David's spin on how to change up a recipe isn't always in keeping with mine, he really has a way of making you look at things a new. I really don't think it is fair to compare any book it his with the hope of it coming out the winner.

Having said that, Bar Tartine is so intriguing to me! It will end up in my collection at some point, but it is not there yet, mainly because I can't imagine having the time to make any of the fabulous pantry recipes needed to proceed with the regular recipes. I will be visiting Bar Tartine in April with the hope of tasting first hand what all the fuss is about.

Feb 25, 2015
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Cooking from and Commentary on the 2015 Piglet Contestants

I think the review was a little harsh. While she is beautiful and the photos are stunning, and many of us would like to imagine we are not pining for a similar existence, the truth is that most of us would look that good for photos if it was physically possible. I know I would. Maybe she is really ugly on the inside? If nothing else it is a reminder to clean up my house a bit for company.

I own A Kitchen in France and I will admit I haven't cooked anything out of it - yet - but, I think that has more to do with the fact that it got delivered with a bunch of other books that trumped it. The recipes look solid. And, there are a fair amount of new or different recipes that I don't think I've ever tried before such as bunges, p. 73; blancmange, p. 143; violet meringues,p. 202; sarah bernhardt cakes, p. 272 (I really want to make that one). Plus, I love the nod to her Chinese heritage in the last chapter. I would make/eat that entire menu tonight.

For certain the Fancy Dessert endorsement has made me want to seek out this book. Like I need another dessert book, but maybe there is room on my shelves for just one more.