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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Roll out those lazy crazy days of summer, July 2015 edition!

Are these out of Pure Simple Cooking or A Bird in the Hand. I saw Bird today, wow, it is beautiful and it is going on my list!!!!

about 3 hours ago
dkennedy in Home Cooking

Go-to cookbooks for "must impress" dinner parties

No, I never do a whole menu from any book. I usually paste menus together from various books, adopting the Ina Garten strategy of some things made ahead, some last minute, and sometimes something store bought.

Splendid Table favorites:
The entire ragu section
I haven't made all the risottos, but the Imola's Risotto of the Vigil on p. 214 is my standout favorite from the group
Erminia's Pan Crisped Chicken on p. 270
Maria Bertuzzi's Lemon Chicken on p. 273
Frozen Hazelnut Zabaione with Chocolate Marsala Sauce on p. 436

about 3 hours ago
dkennedy in Home Cooking

Go-to cookbooks for "must impress" dinner parties

Great question! The first title that popped into my head was also Sunday Suppers.

Other titles that really inspire me are:

Zuni
The New Wine Country Cookbook
Buvette
Simply French
Mozza
The Splendid Table
A Menu for All Seasons by Pascale Beale (4 books in this series, really beautiful pictures)

ETA: I can't wait to hear what everyone selects. I have a feeling this question is going to end up costing me a lot of money.

about 4 hours ago
dkennedy in Home Cooking

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Roll out those lazy crazy days of summer, July 2015 edition!

Great question! I think it deserves it's own thread. The first title that popped into my head was also Sunday Suppers, followed by Zuni, The New Wine Country Cookbook, Buvette, Simply French, or Mozza.

ETA: I have a feeling this question is going to end up costing me a lot of money.

about 5 hours ago
dkennedy in Home Cooking
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August 2015 COTM Announcement: THE NEW SPANISH TABLE and MY KITCHEN IN SPAIN

I bought The Heritage of Spanish Cooking based on your recommendation, MeIMM. I figure at that price it was worth adding to my shelves. Plus, I keep my beautiful series in a stack on top of my entertainment unit/bookshelves in the great room so this one won't technically take up any shelf space. I often buy books based on the "too cheap to pass up" criteria and they end up being culled, which leads me into your question....

Re my cull, this is what I do: I have a bookmark on EYB labeled considering discarding. Those titles get put in a cabinet in my laundry room, out of sight and out of reach. I leave them there for a year or so. If, in that year, I never have the need to go pull them out, they get culled. The criteria for discarding is 1) I never cook out of them, 2) the recipes are unreliable, 3) the book is uninspiring, 4) the book was bought on another's recommendation or given to me as a gift/hand me down and once I got it home I realized it wasn't really for me, and or I have too many in this category and this title really doesn't add to my collection in any meaningful way.

I hosted an Afternoon tea for 20 over the weekend and I used it as an opportunity to give away a bunch of these titles to those who would likely use them. Included in the pile were things like Spain (Mario Batali and Gweneth Paltrow) - criteria 3 and 4; an old Israeli Cookbook - criteria 1; The Best of American Test Kitchen - criteria 1, 3, and 4; Splendid Table's How to Eat Supper - criteria 3; Modern Southwest Cuisine - criteria 5, etc. etc.

I probably have 30 more or so that I could cull without missing them but those will now enter the closet phase.

August 2015 COTM Announcement: THE NEW SPANISH TABLE and MY KITCHEN IN SPAIN

Well, I don't own either of these books and I am having a hard time rationalizing adding one of them to my ever growing collection. Which, for me, is unusual. I don't own any Spanish cookbooks, other than Olives and Oranges (excellent, a favorite in fact, but not really a book on Spain) and a Tapas book that I never cook out of. Oh, and Moro, but again, not truly a comprehensive book on Spain.

Once, I checked out The New Spanish Table from the library but after cooking one dish (rabbit and chocolate, I think) I returned it and never had the urge to try anything else. I do want to add a true Spanish title to my collection, I am just not it is one of these two books.

I have been reviewing the books on EYB and just bought The Basque Table. Again, a book about a subsection of Spanish food, but not a book on Spain. I mainly bought this one because I will be going to the Basque region in May (the Spanish side) and I want to be more familiar with the food when I get there. I also bought it because it sounds to be very much in keeping with the way I cook and eat.

For those of you with a large Spanish collection, can you weigh in? The Claudia Roden book seems a logical place to start. Or Penelope Casas. There is also a title about the Markets of Spain that caught my attention. I can participate this month via online recipes and blogs, but if I add a book on Spain to my shelves, I want it to be the perfect fit.

In other news, 11 new books added to my shelves due to my London trip. Culled approximately 40 yesterday so my shelves are only full, not overflowing anymore.

1 day ago
dkennedy in Home Cooking

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Roll out those lazy crazy days of summer, July 2015 edition!

I wasn't aware of the blog, must have missed it if it was discussed before. Thank you for pointing it out and for the link. This is what I will be using to participate this month.

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Roll out those lazy crazy days of summer, July 2015 edition!

I am finally in a position to report further on my trip, long overdue, but I am not sure what thread to do it in. It will mostly be focusing on COTM restaurants I got to experience first hand, and a few noteworthy farmer's markets. Do you think it belongs in this thread, as it is cookbook adjacent, or someplace else???

Jul 27, 2015
dkennedy in Home Cooking

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Roll out those lazy crazy days of summer, July 2015 edition!

When I teach basic cooking classes to students, this is the recipe I always use. I no longer strain the sauce when I make it at home, I just serve it with the pan juices.

Jul 25, 2015
dkennedy in Home Cooking

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Roll out those lazy crazy days of summer, July 2015 edition!

Simply French is one of my favorites. The roasted chicken in this book is absolute perfection.

August 2015 COTM - Voting Thread

Thanks for these suggestions. I was eyeing Pintxos and also his first book. Have you cooked much from Pintxos?

Jul 20, 2015
dkennedy in Home Cooking

Basque Country Cookbooks?

Bumping this thread to find out if anyone has any other suggestions for a good Basque cookbook.

Jul 19, 2015
dkennedy in Home Cooking

August 2015 COTM - Voting Thread

Looks like we are settling in for a Spanish month, one way or another. I was eyeing a Basque book, as I have a trip to that region looming in the not too far off future. Any suggestions for a good Basque book to accompany which ever titles win?

Jul 19, 2015
dkennedy in Home Cooking

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Roll out those lazy crazy days of summer, July 2015 edition!

I had eyed that title as well. Is it written in Spanish or Ladino? I am not aware of any lLaino cookbooks, and I'd love to get my hands on one for my mom!

Jul 18, 2015
dkennedy in Home Cooking
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Roll out those lazy crazy days of summer, July 2015 edition!

Very helpful! Thank you so much!

Jul 18, 2015
dkennedy in Home Cooking
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Roll out those lazy crazy days of summer, July 2015 edition!

Bluntlust, I am really enjoying your blog. You have some fascinating books on your shelves ( so far I am on page 9 of your EYB booklist). Nosh On This, in particular, caught my attention. Have you baked from it yet? I am thinking of adding it to my collection, but I can't seem to find any reviews online that gave actually tested the recipes.

I have a book on my shelf you may enjoy. It is a Sephardic Cookbook focusing on Rhodes. Out of print but still accessible, I'll see if I can find a link.

Jul 18, 2015
dkennedy in Home Cooking
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Roll out those lazy crazy days of summer, July 2015 edition!

Stockholm,

I would love to hear more about the cookery classes you took at the shop when you have time.

Jul 17, 2015
dkennedy in Home Cooking

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Roll out those lazy crazy days of summer, July 2015 edition!

They are quite light!

Jul 17, 2015
dkennedy in Home Cooking
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August 2015 COTM - Nomination Thread

I am so glad to hear I am not the only one who has an issue with his TV personality. I probably won't get the book for that reason, but I am guessing there will be more than enough recipes floating around online.

Jul 15, 2015
dkennedy in Home Cooking

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Roll out those lazy crazy days of summer, July 2015 edition!

Just finished dinner. The duck salad was very good. I am not sure I managed to make the dressing as it was intended. My caramel hardened at the bottom of the pan and never fully merged with the rest of the dressing. Having said that, it was still very well balanced, especially when mixed with the duck confit renderings.

Jul 14, 2015
dkennedy in Home Cooking
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Roll out those lazy crazy days of summer, July 2015 edition!

Yes, Stockholm, they are leading me in that direction. I've already bought two referenced in their pages, but I am not ready to report on them as they are still en route. Please do tell me your favorites from the series when you've had a chance to look.

Jul 14, 2015
dkennedy in Home Cooking
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Roll out those lazy crazy days of summer, July 2015 edition!

My son is on his way to the grocery store to see if he can find grapefruits. I also couldn't find breasts so I will use my confit'd legs and modify the recipe to add the honey and soy to them allowing them to glaze in the oven just before serving.

Jul 14, 2015
dkennedy in Home Cooking

Cookbook Challenge

French cooking camp, can I go too mom?

Jul 14, 2015
dkennedy in Home Cooking

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Roll out those lazy crazy days of summer, July 2015 edition!

They are right there on the front counter as you go to check out. I am not sure I would have noticed them either except we were talking about their cooking their books and then I saw these paperbacks and made the connection.

I have duck confit rendering on the stove right now and I hope to get some duck breasts this afternoon. If I do, I plan on making my first recipe from this series. The recipe I've tabbed is Two Fat Ladies Honey Glazed Duck with Grapefruit and Ginger Salad, included in Favorite Recipes from Books 1-3 at page 42. I don't own any Two Fat Ladies books (yet) so this will be a good introduction.

One thing I didn't mention up above is that many of the titles I've seen referenced within their covers are UK books - English, Australian, etc., which makes sense as the store is in London. They started putting their books out in 1995, and this particular recipe was included in the 3rd book in the series. It's interesting to see authors I am familiar with being highlighted for the first time (their first book came out 20 years ago).

Jul 14, 2015
dkennedy in Home Cooking

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Roll out those lazy crazy days of summer, July 2015 edition!

Back from my very decadent European vacation (Edinburgh, London, Paris) and I am finally ready to post about the many delicious tastes and treats I brought home with me. Suitcase room was at a premium this trip as I shared a suitcase with my two teenagers, but I still managed to secure room for a few treasures. This entry on books will be my first installment of what I hope to be a full report.

Though I was able to eat at several of our COTM restaurants, I couldn’t fit any of their books in my bag. Those purchases will have to come via Amazon down the line. I did manage to bring home 4 thin paperback cookbooks, all from Books for Cooks in Notting Hill. I couldn’t resist.

We spent the day wandering around Portobello Road and on the way back up the hill I was lucky enough to spy The Spice Shop off a side street. Though my crew was already out of patience I knew I had to go in there. I just had to! So I parked them at a nearby Starbucks (hang my head in shame as I admit this) and I darted inside for a quick look around. The store is all I’ve heard of and more. Teensy, tiny, with floor to ceiling shelves bulging with spices and herbs. I was very restrained. I came home with only two mixes, one for making a wild mushroom ragout, the other for mussels and shellfish. It was as I left the store that Books for Cooks came in to view. For those of you taking notes, they are directly across the street from each other, on Blenheim Crescent, directly off Portobello Road.

The store is small and homey, just as I imagined. Unfortunately, I had missed their daily test kitchen serving (they test and serve up recipes from the books every day) but I could still see the serving vessels in the back of the store. I didn’t have much time, so I don’t know what other treasures I left behind, but I did snag a copy of each of their Favourite Recipes Books. Here are two links that show a pretty picture of the front of the store and then an article on the test kitchen: http://www.loulies.com/favourite_reci...
http://www.jancisrobinson.com/article...

Our trip was fairly hectic, (we packed a lot into our itinerary), so I didn’t have time to crack the covers on these books until I got home. Boy, what a treat it was to go through these four books!

Each year the store puts out a Favourite Recipes book. It includes the highlights of meals they made over the last calendar year. The book includes a summary of what cookbook the recipe came from, and why it was noteworthy. This is followed by the recipe itself. Some of the recipes are the shops recipes, not from books, which I consider an added perk. Some of the book recipes have been tweeked. There are no photos, but they do contain some black and white illustrations. For year one, it probably included more than one year’s worth of recipes, because they had never compiled one before. The first yearly summary book was so popular with their customers they started doing it every year and they are now on book 10. Ultimately, they further summarized the first 3 volumes into a one volume for a highlights book called Favourite Recipes from Books 1, 2 and 3, then 4, 5, and 6, and 7, 8, and 9.

I bought FAVOURITE RECIPES from Books 1, 2 and 3; FAVOURITE RECIPES from Books 4, 5, and 6; FAVOURITE RECIPES from Books 7, 8, and 9; and Books for Cooks 10. When I got home, I sought out a copy of the first book and ordered it online. That one is still en route. So far the book covering 1-3 is my favorite, but they all are wonderful. If I had looked through these before I left England, I might have opted for the full versions, (still available at the store for volumes 6 through 10) but I am very happy with what I came home with. Each volume cost 5.99 pounds at the shop. Much more here in America, if you can even secure a copy.

As I said earlier, the intro to each recipe makes reference to the book it came from, which of course delighted me to no end. I have been busy looking up (and acquiring) books ever since. More on those later.

In terms of EYB, they are not indexed and 2 of them weren’t even in the system until I contacted Jane a few days ago. Each book does contain a recipe list at the back of the book so that will help me make use of them down the line. If any of you own these books, BC?, please let me know your favorites.

If you happen to be in London, I would highly recommend you seek out this treasure of a store and treat yourself to a copy of these books. Then report back so we can cook through them together.

I am a terrible cook!

Pinterest is a great source for inspiration, try looking on their for recipes.. Green kitchen diaries is another amazing site for inspirational vegetarian meals. If you like what you see, they put out two cookbooks. http://www.greenkitchenstories.com

Jul 14, 2015
dkennedy in Home Cooking

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Roll out those lazy crazy days of summer, July 2015 edition!

Echo these thoughts LN. Sean's book is so beautifully photographed, and written, it really drew me in. I am not a great fan on Southern Cooking (you'd be surprised to learn this if you saw my shelves) but this is one southern book I am so glad I own!

Jul 13, 2015
dkennedy in Home Cooking

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Roll out those lazy crazy days of summer, July 2015 edition!

So excited for Gjelina too!!!

Cookbook Challenge

Thank you for the tutorial BC!

Jul 13, 2015
dkennedy in Home Cooking

Cookbook Challenge

Currently 1/2 way through bookmarking my EYB shelves as cooked from/not cooked from, and it occurs to me that if my husband ever got a hold of this list he could use it as evidence of my frivolously wasting our assets! How could there be so many uncooked from books on my shelves when all I ever do is obsess over food???

Unrelated, does anybody know how to take a bookmark off a particular book once it is on there? In other words, if I ever get around to cooking out of one of these books currently labeled "Not cooked from yet" - how will I remove it's stigmatic bookmark?