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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? August 2014 Edition!

I have and love A Girl and Her Pig. It is available on Kindle for $2.99 so it is a good way to decide if it is deserving of actual shelf space. She has a radish salad that has become one of my go to recipes. But everything I've made from this book is great and it is a really enjoyable read too. She has another book in the works, A Girl and her Vegetables, out next year.

about 14 hours ago
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? August 2014 Edition!

Yes, if I buy this, it will be for the photos, not the recipes, though the recipes appear to be solid. The photos are so amazing, especially when you couple them with how she lays out the recipes on contrasting backgrounds.

Aug 25, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? August 2014 Edition!

TDQ,

Your post, it seems, really struck a cord with a lot of us. Me especially. Like you, I have somewhere between 3 and 4 hundred cookbooks. Quite a lot by anyone's standards, but not as many as some on this board. I have a dedicated space set aside for my cookbooks - the bookshelves in my kitchen and my adjoining great room. This has always been ample space for my books, until recently. Now they are spilling off of the shelves, into baskets, piles and some are even living in the empty space behind the books on my bookcase. I feel incredibly disorganized and my books no longer are sorted by region, cuisine, size or any other system. Even with EYB I feel like I have to do something so I can effectively start using them again.

I definitely don't find myself using the books the way I used to. But I still rely heavily on them for inspiration and that is what keeps feeding my addiction. If I don't have new sources of inspiration, I stop cooking and that doesn't work for my family. So, as the new come in, I have to find a way to let go of the less used friends on my shelves.

Your decision to pack up some of your lesser used books has prompted me to do the same. I have cleared off 16 books from my shelves and have tucked them away. I am taking them off my EYB shelves too so the recipes won't to pull me back to them. Putting them away but not giving them away was far less difficult for me to do. Books I hang onto because of COTM but I never use (like my Madhur Jaffrey book) were easy to part with. I could probably pull another 30 easily knowing that they weren't really going anywhere (at least not for a while). Thanks for motivating me.

Now, as for your decision to pack off Arabesque........

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? August 2014 Edition!

Australian blogger. Let me know how the cake compares to the Diane Henry one.

Aug 25, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? August 2014 Edition!

Coveting, but not yet acquired, WHAT KATIE ATE. How is it that no one on Chowhound has reported on this unbelievably beautiful book? I can not be the only CH to have discovered it....

The other day I came upon a report by someone for a rhubarb dessert and thought, that sounds interesting. Then, as if by fate, I was at the Hollywood Farmer's Market and saw someone walking by with rhubarb. I haven't seen rhubarb at my market in some time so I set off to find the vendor. I'd almost given up home when I found him, just before the market shut down. Once home, I went to work retracing my steps to find out who had reported on it and where. It took forever for me to find the post (it was a August COTM recipe, btw) but by the time I found it I had also discovered several other rhubarb recipes. The one by Katie won out. Here is a link to the recipe: http://www.whatkatieate.com/recipes/b...

I made it last night. WOW. That was my family's reaction. Easy. Fool proof. Delicious. Intrigued, I checked out the book from the library (along with Avec Eric) and I am totally smitten with it. I have the US edition but I am guessing many of you will have the UK version. Who else has this book and what are your thoughts?????

Aug 24, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? August 2014 Edition!

I have a Considering Discarding bookmark on EYB with about 35 contenders, but still they stay on my shelves, virtual and real.

Aug 24, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? August 2014 Edition!

I have been trying for some time to cull with very little success. So far I've managed to let go of something like 5 books. I need to go back on the purging thread and reread it. I need some inspiration in that department.

Aug 24, 2014
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Announcement Thread: September 2014 COTM "Avec Eric"

The show is on Amazon Prime? Great to know....I have that and have never watched anything. Time to put it to use.

Aug 21, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? August 2014 Edition!

I would love a Derrick for helping me lift my Le Crueset in and out of the oven. Please let me know when you find a website that sells a Derrick, or rents him out.

Aug 20, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? August 2014 Edition!

I keep seeing Yucatan being added to so many shelves. I must remind myself every time, "I do not need this book, I do not need this book, I do not need this book."

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? August 2014 Edition!

Having accomplished the majority of my grocery shopping on Sunday at the Hollywood Farmer's Market, I am carving out a day for myself - and I don't feel guilty about it. Well, maybe a little... The kids are back in school, and though I miss their presence, it is so nice to have the house to myself for a few sweet hours. I snagged 8 lbs of over ripe tomatoes on Sunday and so I am busying myself while a sauce reduces on the stove. Later, a tortilla soup base will replace it. Last night, it was tomato sauce that’s already been devoured.

Meanwhile, I have my copy of OLIVE OIL AND VINEGAR FOR LIFE, by Theo Stephan in hand (it arrived yesterday), so I am tucking in for a good read. As I mentioned above, Theo owns Global Gardens, a charming olive oil store in Los Olivos, California. In her book she walks you through her personal journey where she transitioned from a thriving Graphic Design career to owning a farm, growing, harvesting and selling olive oil. I know this is a path many of us have fantasized about, in one way or another. Maybe not the olive oil part, but definitely the food sector part.

In case you are thinking about this book for yourself, be warned, she spends a fair amount of time talking about her brand of oils and vinegars. This book was marketed with her Global Garden's loyal customers in mind so it isn't as offensive as it seems. But if you are not in central California, and have never heard of Global Gardens, you will probably find this off putting. I didn't, I knew what I was buying. As an aside, this was a TGC title some time back so a number of you might own it. Other things to mention about the book in terms of layout and content: It is a coffee table style book. Beautiful pictures, large pages. On the heavy side. 227 pages and no index. Let me repeat that one, NO INDEX! To be fair, the chapter by chapter table of contents does reference page numbers, recipe by recipe, but it is not alphabetical order. I opened the book last night and saw a cocktail recipe I wanted to try with dinner. When I went back to find it, it took me 10 minutes to re-find the recipe. Grrrrr. And this book is not indexed on EYB so no help there. Another somewhat annoying thing about this book is that she describes her recipes as Caliterranean. In a similar spirit, some of her recipes are named Calitini, Caliterranean Syrup, etc. Another grrr. In the era of TV chefs I know that branding yourself makes good business sense, but I don't like it. I don't like to wear labels and I don't like to eat them either. Alright, enough complaining.

I am currently on page 38 and no where near getting to the recipe section. I have come across a lot of useful information so far, and have learned a few things about making reductions, freezing oil for baking, storing vinegar and oil, etc. All things I thought I knew, but clearly my memory or my info needed tweaking. She also makes recommendations where to source some really interesting products, such as locally sourced seaweed, smoked sea salt, etc. In other words, so far, a worthy read….A little further into it, just finished the celebrity chef section. Again, not my thing. I could have done without any of these recipes. Now I am into the meat and potatoes of this book. The first recipe chapter is for breakfast. Only 7 recipes, starting at page 81, but each one is a keeper. My favorite: GF pumpkins doughnut. Ding, ding, ding! I just ordered the GF flour she suggested (Bette’s Four Flour Blend, and another cookbook, thank you very much). Next up, Beginnings, 17 recipes. Popcorn popped in Meyer lemon olive oil. Yum. I am making that one tonight. Seafood: 4 recipes. Frying: 2. Main: 13. Campsite: 9. This section includes a trail mix. I have purchased a wonderful trail mix from her store, I wonder if this is the same one? I hope so. Desserts: 10. Mmmm. The crust for her tart is made from ground pistachios, I love this idea. Last section: Pet treats! Oh for Pete’s sake. Well, I’ve reached the end of what was a very fun day. Kids should be walking in the door soon. I’ll report back again after I have tested some of these recipes.

Aug 19, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? August 2014 Edition!

I will keep everyone updated as my books arrive.

Aug 17, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? August 2014 Edition!

Darn you Gio, I just went onto EYB and reviewed the index for Avec Eric. Now I want it....

- Just placed a hold on it at the library.

Aug 16, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? August 2014 Edition!

Like roxlet, most of my recent purchases are pre orders. I just ordered Rachel Khoo's newest book, MY LITTLE FRENCH KITCHEN, (on sale this weekend at TGC). I don't own her first book, but I've paged through it at my sister's house - lovely pictures, good voice - and I know I would make use of it if I did own it. I also have enjoyed her show the few times I caught it on preview.

The second book I ordered from TGC to qualify for the sale, BUVETTE, is not a pre order, so it should be here in a few days. Another beautiful book with great photos. I paged through it the other day at my local book store, but couldn't justify the steep price. But for $12, I couldn't pass it up. The oatmeal brûlée sounds particularly enticing....

Another preorder from TGC that I am particularly excited about (bought with my points last month), is HUCKLEBERRY, by Zoe Nathan. Zoe is a local chef in L.A. and I love her approach to cooking and baking. She sources locally, makes everything from scratch the day of, and really seems to understand how to tweak a recipe to make it her own. Every online recipe I have tried of hers has come out beautifully so I have high hopes for the cookbook. I am hoping the book includes her soup recipe from Milo and Olive. Can't wait for this one!

NOBU, I bought for a good price used after reading about it somewhere. I did not need it and I regret the purchase but I will hold onto it until I have tried out a recipe or two. Ditto for SPAIN, by Mario Batali. This one goes directly into my giveaway pile.

Still coveting a few other titles but I am hoping these three new titles will hold me over to 2015. Or at least until my birthday - November.

ETA: I forgot to mention OLIVE OIL AND VINEGAR FOR LIFE, by Theo Stephan. Theo owns Global Gardens, a charming olive oil store in Los Olivos, California, and I have been thinking about acquiring this book for some time. I stumbled into her store again last week on my way back from Cambria, and it reminded me that I'd never bought it. Bought a $40 bottle of olive oil while I was there, and then ordered the book used when I got home. Will report back when it arrives.

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

The book is just very visually appealing. I think I saw some kind of carrot cake, and a ricotta fritter, and the entire breakfast section....

Just not a lot of reviews to go by.

Aug 14, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? July 2014 edition! [OLD]

Now that you've had this book for a while, I was hoping you could report back and tell us if your opinion has changed. I just spent the afternoon paging through this beautiful book at a bookstore today, and I'm sorely tempted.

Aug 14, 2014
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Voting Thread: Cookbook of the Month September 2014

Voting thread time, already? I completely missed the nomination thread which is my favorite and my most expensive part of COTM. I don't own either of these books, nor do I have any interest in buying them so I will sit by the sidelines and watch this month.

Aug 14, 2014
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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.

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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