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What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? July 2014 edition! [OLD]

Also a favorite of mine.

Jul 30, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? July 2014 edition! [OLD]

I have and love Superfood Kitchen. You will learn a lot for reading this book and yes, you do have to source a lot of ingredients, but they are all things you should be eating anyway. I can find everything it asks for at my local Co-op, and most of it in the bulk food section. Amazon is also another great source for these ingredients. If you are interested in eating healthier, do give this book a try. My favorite recipe is for the Acai Berry Truffles, on p. 180. They make a great alt. snack when I am craving something sweet and they are actually loaded with antioxidants so I don't feel too bad about eating them, as long as I don't eat the whole tray at once.

Jul 30, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? July 2014 edition! [OLD]

Nobu finally arrived and I can see why it is so cheap on Amazon. Though it is a beautiful book, the recipes are not for the faint of heart. I am a pretty accomplished cook, but I will only try a few recipes out of this book. If they are 1/100th as good as the ones he makes at his restaurant, it will be worth the shelf space.

Jul 20, 2014
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Voting Thread: Cookbook of the Month August 2014

Yes, this is the thread. Thank you Caitlin and thank you L.Nightshade for your help. Will report back if I learn anything re Fresh Fast Food.

Jul 19, 2014
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Voting Thread: Cookbook of the Month August 2014

Question fellow shoppers, I have been trying to find the link to a thread started by one of you COTMers, but I can't remember who it was or what it was called. It focused mainly on acquiring a cookbook focused on easily put together weeknight fare. I think it was for a mother with young kids. Does this sound familiar to any of you? If so, can you post the link here....maybe by Dairy Queen or LLM or L.Nightshade? I am specifically trying to find out what people had to say about Fresh Food Fast...so if you have any input that as well, please share your thoughts. Thanks for your help!

Jul 19, 2014
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Voting Thread: Cookbook of the Month August 2014

LN, I didn't respond to your post re One Good Dish. I bought this book on a lark. I had an order from TGC that wasn't fulfilled and ended up with a credit. The only book that looked remotely interesting at that time was OGD so I bought it. I have to say, I am a big fan of the books put out by the disciples of Alice Waters. Not always for the recipes, but for their tone and sheer readability. I wonder if it is her nurturing nature or a knack for spotting talent? In any case, this book reads a lot like David Leibovitz' and Tamar Adler's, to me anyway. The recipes, for the most part, are simple. Recipes that allow the freshness of the ingredients to shine. Not always what I am looking for when I go to cook, but very much so when I am looking for inspiration.

Jul 19, 2014
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Voting Thread: Cookbook of the Month August 2014

Yes, that's it!

Jul 19, 2014
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Voting Thread: Cookbook of the Month August 2014

I don't have time to look right now. Thanks for all the suggestions, I have decided to serve the snap peas raw, along with cherry tomatoes from my garden with a fresh dip made out of goat cheese, olive oil and fresh garlic. I think that will make a nice little snack out poolside.

Jul 18, 2014
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Voting Thread: Cookbook of the Month August 2014

I think it was on her website. It was about her divorce and how it was linked to her cookbook obsession. I'll try to find the exact page later. For now:

http://dianahenry.co.uk

Jul 18, 2014
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Voting Thread: Cookbook of the Month August 2014

Thanks for the suggestions herby. My friends aren't much into meat so I am going to play it safe and stick to the veggies. But those lamb chops sound wonderful. Will have to check it out next week when I am back home.

Jul 18, 2014
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Voting Thread: Cookbook of the Month August 2014

Looks like Diana Henry has taken the lead. I am both excited and dismayed by this. I don't own any Diana Henry books (yet) and my library card is on suspended status because I let my daughter check out way too many books last time we were there and we didn't get them back on time. Fines add up quickly so until I get back in their to clear my name, no placing holds for me. So although this will require my buying yet another cookbook, I just finished reading a DH article, and found it very well written. (I will need some help deciding which book to start with).

On the other hand, I was really looking forward to exploring One Good Dish. It is the kind of book to sit down with over coffee or a glass of wine and tab a page to try. And the recipes are perfect for summer entertaining. Things like quail eggs with flavored salt, fried bread or radishes a la creme. Simple dishes offering a perfect balance of flavor. Will one of you please invite me over for a cocktail and one of these smart, uncomplicated dishes? Or just a cocktail?

On that note, we are going over to a friends house tonight to visit around their fire pit (how civilized)! I am supposed to bring a salad and a starter. I am bringing a radish and arugula salad from A Girl and Her Pig (a favorite recipe), and a cherry tomato mozzarella spin on the caprese salad, this one served in cocktail glasses or maybe something featuring sugar snap peas? Some inspiration please!

Jul 18, 2014
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Voting Thread: Cookbook of the Month August 2014

Tom, you have to hit the recommend button under the book you are voting for or your vote won't count.

Jul 16, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? July 2014 edition! [OLD]

Well don't leave us wondering...what are they?

Jul 15, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? July 2014 edition! [OLD]

Now this one caught my attention. Please report back what you think of Beekeeper's Kitchen.

Jul 15, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? July 2014 edition! [OLD]

I will...it hasn't arrived yet!

Jul 15, 2014
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Book Recommendation

Heat is brilliant. You will love it.

Jul 14, 2014
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Nominations Thread: Cookbook of the Month August 2014

ONE GOOD DISH

Jul 13, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? July 2014 edition! [OLD]

You are right. It is too good to be true that we have all abstained from buying cookbooks for a whole week. I know that is not the case for me. I have two new ones to report but they are still enroute so not much to say yet.

The first is NOBU. Someone posted a report on EYB and it piqued my interest. I looked it up on Amazon and then down the rabbit hole I went, right after it! Ah, well, at least I can say I don't have many Japanese books so this is a worthy addition to my ever growing collection. And it is indexed on EYB, a great plus. Finally, we love his restaurants and rarely go because of the expense.

The second is TEA TIME AT THE INN. My temple had this wonderful tradition of throwing a lady's high tea as a fundraiser. In recent years, the person who threw these teas has fallen off it, so I took it on. My tea will take place on the 27th. Though I had many ideas swimming around my head, I realized I didn't have an actual afternoon tea book, or rather I didn't have one that I found useful.

I do own CRUMPETS and SCONES, but this is not illustrated and not indexed in EYB and I've never even once been motivated to make anything out of it the many years it has been on my shelf. Or so was my justification. I bought tea time used on Amazon therefore it may not be here in time to be of much help, but I am sue I will get use from it next year.

I pretty much have this year's menu settled at this point anyway. Many of my ideas came from Pinterest of all places! I will be making a gluten free blueberry cornmeal quick bread and a jam filled buttermilk scone (both Huckleberry's recipe). Chocolate madeleines, various tea sandwiches, Parsi deviled eggs (from a past COTM), strawberries and creme fraiche, and a frittata, crostata or quiche to round out the menu. It has been a lot of fun testing recipes!

Jul 08, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? June 2014 edition! [OLD]

I've had an experience like this with TGC more than once. It is incredibly frustrating, and I share your view that it is surprising they have managed to stay in business.

Jul 03, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? June 2014 edition! [OLD]

Thx, I must have attached the wrong link.

Jun 28, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? June 2014 edition! [OLD]

I am hosting a Ladies Tea in a few weeks so I made a test run of a recipe I was thinking of serving on that day. I pulled Zoe's jam filled scone recipe off the internet and if this is an indication as to how the recipes in her book are going to come out, this is going to be a great book.

The link I used:
http://www.foodandwine.com/chefs/zoe-...

ETA: I substituted GF flour for the regular flour, and cut out my dough using a square biscuit cutter. I froze my dough briefly (10 minutes) before attempting to cut it up, to firm up the dough. The recipe specifies baking for 30 minutes, mine were done in 23 minutes. Delicious!

Jun 28, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? June 2014 edition! [OLD]

Two more to report: I finally picked up a copy of FONDA SAN MIGUEL. It has been on my wish list for some time, and an inexpensive copy finally became available. Just finished paging through it, and though it is beautiful, and every recipe sounds enticing, I realize, I did not need this book. I have to remember that for future reference. It must become my mantra: I do not need this book. I do not need this book. I do not need this book. Sigh. But now that I own it, I will have to make use of it.

HUCKLEBERRY by Zoe Nathan. This one is on preorder. Bought it with my points from COTM. Zoe is a local chef and I buy something from one of her shops at least one time a week so I am sure I will make use of this one. It has been hinted that it will be filled with mainly baking recipes (I am not a baker) so I really do not need this book. But, another sigh, I bought it. And I can't wait for it's release day (September).

Jun 25, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? June 2014 edition! [OLD]

I don't have a one. Can you tell me what makes them so wonderful?

Jun 25, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? June 2014 edition! [OLD]

I have a book suggestion for you Joan - It is a pre-order (coming soon section book): Huckleberry, by Zoe Nathan. She is an up and coming chef around my parts (Los Angeles). Co-owns a bunch of restaurants with her hubby, all of which are highly successful. The book is going to focus mainly on her baked goods, but I am hopefully some of her other recipes will be in their as well because she makes wonderful salads, soups and meatballs. If you live in LA, the restaurants are Milo and Olive, Huckleberries, Sweet Rose Creamery (now a chain), and one other, the name of which escapes me. I think it will also include a few gluten free options, because she has a few of those on offer at her various storefronts.

ETA: A link to a favorite recipe of hers.
http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/blue...

Jun 24, 2014
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June 2014 COTM - My Paris Kitchen: Main Courses (Plats)

I found it neither too salty or two greasy. I used a half of a package of Trader Joe's bacon, cut into lardons.

Jun 24, 2014
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June 2014 COTM - My Paris Kitchen: Main Courses (Plats)

Chicken with Mustard, p. 169

This is another recipe I would have likely passed by as I am not a great fan of dark meat or braised skin on chicken. I made it last night for dinner, and loved it.

This dish is surprisingly quick to prepare. I loved how the skin crisped up after the first cooking, and will have to find a way to keep that crisp skin after going on with the rest of the recipe. Either that or add some skinless breasts into the mix for me. But even with the limp skin, I can't deny this is a perfect recipe. The sauce was perfect in consistency and the flavors so well balanced. Yum is right!

We served this over wide noodles.

Jun 23, 2014
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July 2014 COTM Voting Thread

I am 100% onboard for cooking from this book. It's a perfect choice for summer, with so many easy options. Hopefully that will translate into good participation.

Jun 20, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? June 2014 edition! [OLD]

I have had my eye on that one for a while. Please report back when you have had a chance to cook from it.

Jun 19, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? June 2014 edition! [OLD]

I recently bought Tyler Florence's Fresh from the TGC sale section. I also have and like (not love) One Good Dish. That is to say, I am glad I own it, but I haven't made good use out of either book - yet. The other book that is calling to me is Buvette. I see that one is in the coming soon section.

Jun 19, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? June 2014 edition! [OLD]

Just got an email from TGC informing me that they are finally tallying up our old points (which they took off our accounts more than a year ago). Well my points are back, but only for a couple of months. They will become null and void as of September 2014. What kind of a customer service policy is that? I am more than a little bit irritated. Luckily, I have always spent my points as I went along, but for those who haven't, I guess it will be time to stock up on holiday gifts.

Jun 18, 2014
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