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What are you baking these days? November 2014 edition (part two)!

How did the tart taste?

Nov 23, 2014
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What are you baking these days? November 2014 edition (part two)!

Beautiful cake - do you mind sharing your piping technique?

Nov 21, 2014
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What are you baking these days? November 2014 edition (part two)!

I've got his latest book in my cart. Wish it had the look inside feature...

Nov 21, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought lately or are you lusting after? November 2014 edition, part 2!

I love her blog, but I definitely don't always agree with her reviews. She did not like Dunlop's Hunan book from what I recall. :(

Nov 18, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought lately or are you lusting after? November 2014 edition! [old]

This one wasn't on my radar - perhaps because of the title? The Best of Saveur or something like that probably would have caught my attention more. But after taking a look at it today, I've got it in my basket. Looks like a great compilation of Saveur recipes.

Nov 14, 2014
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Nominations Thread: Cookbook of the Month December 2014

I'd love to see a baking book added - perhaps one of the new ones like "The Baking Bible" or "Baking Chez Moi".

Nov 10, 2014
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - November 2014 [Old]

YAY for the Mini Chocolate Covered Mint Stars - I missed these last year. Like someone said on the other thread, they are like Thin Mints but better.

What cookbooks have you bought lately or are you lusting after? November 2014 edition! [old]

I feel for you - I moved to the Bay Area from SoCal a few years ago and can't get used to the (much, to me) colder weather up here.

Nov 10, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought lately or are you lusting after? November 2014 edition! [old]

The recipes just didn't appeal that much when I really read through them and I don't think I'm likely to get into Greek cooking. I haven't even made a spanakopita recipe that I love in 6 years. At the bookstore, I skimmed and liked the various bean and pie dishes and was probably in a more positive buying mood. After I'd bought it, I was in more of a do-I-really-need-this-many-new-books mood and decided on "no". :)

It makes me a little sad that I haven't spent more time with so many very appealing books that are sitting on my shelves. I just pulled down "Caramel" (which I believe someone mentioned upthread) and there are so many delicious-sounding recipes I haven't made.

Nov 10, 2014
emily in Home Cooking

What cookbooks have you bought lately or are you lusting after? November 2014 edition! [old]

Received "The Baking Bible". I'm sure I don't need another baking book, but there is a lot in here I'd like to try. I marked the following recipes:
Cream Cheese Butter Cake
Honey Cake for a Sweet New Year
White Christmas Peppermint Cake
Red Velvet Rose
Marble in Reverse with Custom Rose Blend Ganache Glaze
Coconut Cupcakes with Milk Chocolate Ganache
Coffee Crumb Cake Muffins
Banana Split Chiffon Cake
Lemon Posset Shortcakes
The Polish Princess
Irish Cream Scones
Mud Turtle Pie
Chocolate Hazelnut Mousse Tart
Almond Coffee Crisps
Kourambiethes
Pepparkakors
Molasses Sugar Butter Cookies
Hazelnut Praline Cookies
The Dutch Pecan Sandies
Lemon Jammies
Giant Jam Cookie
Mini Gateaux Breton
Luxury Chocolate Buttercrunch Toffee (already a favorite from her cookie book)
Dattelkonfekt (date confections)

Unfortunately, "Ikaria" is going back. After spending more time with it, I just don't think I'd make any of the recipes. I'm pretty sure it would go onto my shelf and likely stay there.

Also received "Puerto Rico True Flavors". I have fond memories of my college roommate's mom driving up from NYC and bringing various Puerto Rican goodies for us to eat (Bistec Encebollao, a plantain/picadillo casserole, flan) and there are some tasty-looking recipes in the book.

Not sure about "Japanese Cooking: A Simple Art". I already have "Washoku," "Japanese Farm Food," "Japanese Soul Cooking" and "The Japanese Table" and haven't cooked anything out of them... Do I need this one? Are the recipes better?

Nov 10, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought lately or are you lusting after? November 2014 edition! [old]

You can look at the index on the US Amazon site.

Nov 09, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought lately or are you lusting after? November 2014 edition! [old]

Just looked at the Baking Bible and Ikaria in person and think I need both.

Do-it-yourself recipe kits to mail to family with a new baby?

Never heard of this place, but I may have to order the sausage bread!

Nov 05, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought lately or are you lusting after? November 2014 edition! [old]

I did like parts though it didn't live up to expectations. The whole drug/badass thing doesn't appeal to me. I would like to share that I didn't like Anya von Bremzen's memoir which everyone else seemed to love! Couldn't even finish it.

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - November 2014 [Old]

I pretty much stick to the scallions, boxed spinach and Sky Valley oranges.

Nov 04, 2014
emily in Chains

What cookbooks have you bought lately or are you lusting after? November 2014 edition! [old]

Do you have any specific recommendations for The Tex-Mex Cookbook? I own it and would love to know if there are any favorite recipes. It has a recipe for puffy tacos, which I fondly remember from childhood in southern California but can't find up here in Silicon Valley.

Nov 03, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought lately or are you lusting after? November 2014 edition! [old]

My thoughts on A Kitchen in France: my initial impressions after a quick flip through were that it's a gorgeous (and huge - matches Dorie Greenspan's recent books in size and heft) but wasn't sure how many recipes I'd be interested in making. I'm also not fond of her writing style - much of it sounds a bit trite and doesn't really resonate with me. However, after actually reading through the recipes, I've reconsidered. Lots of classics in here that sound good after looking through the actual recipe with some new ones, as well. Here's a list of recipes I marked:
Fava Bean Soup (recipe has you cook pancetta and garlic toasts and crumble both to add to the bottom of the bowl along with mint - interesting)
Onion Tart
Artichoke Souffle
Roast Chicken with Creme Fraiche and Herbs
Garden Cake (apparently what started it all after she posted a pic online)
Caneles
Bugnes with Orange Flower Water (though the recipe lists rum, not OFW)
Tomato Tart (with basil oil, mustard and honey)
Cepe and Parsley Tart
Chocolate Tart (after baking the shell, you mix the batter and return to the oven that you've turned off and leave it in for 15 min)
Apple Tart with Orange Flower Water
Calvados and Creme Fraiche Apple Tart
Galette Perougienne (lemon-scented brioche topped with butter and sugar and caramelized in a hot oven)
Potato Tart with Comte
Winter Vegetable Cocotte (with chestnuts)
L'Ami Jean Parmesan Soup
Coq Au Vin
Blanquette de Veau
Sarah Bernhardt Cakes (a recipe from her Icelandic mother-in-law)
Kouign Amann
Mustard Roasted Poussins
Lyonnaise Sausage Roll
Hazelnut Blancmange
Pistachio Sabayon with Strawberries and Meringues
Mont Blanc

What cookbooks have you bought lately or are you lusting after? November 2014 edition! [old]

I noticed that the US Postal Service has been delivering Amazon packages on Sundays around here.

Nov 02, 2014
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - November 2014 [Old]

Is this a TJ's prepared dish that came with bacon or did you cook the greens and add bacon?

Nov 02, 2014
emily in Chains

What are you baking these days? November 2014 edition (part one)! [old]

No bonus points, but both of these recipes from Smitten Kitchen are well loved here. Not sure if they're freezable:
http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2008/0...
http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2014/0...

Nov 01, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought lately or are you lusting after? October 2014 Edition. [old]

Also received Baking Chez Moi, which I think is a keeper, though many of the recipes seem like a snore to me (which I often find with Dorie's books). I feel like she could pare down the size a bit. Still, enough interesting and different recipes are included that I'm interested in trying.

Oct 31, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought lately or are you lusting after? October 2014 Edition. [old]

I received it earlier this week. Lots of pretty pictures (like her blog). Still have to spend more time with it.

Oct 31, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought lately or are you lusting after? October 2014 Edition. [old]

I've got to get my hands on a copy of Ikaria. I haven't been wowed enough by any of Kochilas's books so far to buy one, so I want to flip through this one before ordering.

Oct 30, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought lately or are you lusting after? October 2014 Edition. [old]

It's a magazine/glossy newsletter Costco sends out.

Also available online:
http://www.costcoconnection.com/conne...

Oct 30, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought lately or are you lusting after? October 2014 Edition. [old]

I've tried several times to pull all my cookbooks out and organize them properly. I get through about 40 books, get overwhelmed, give up and back on the shelf they go.

Oct 28, 2014
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - October 2014 [old]

I thought they were OK. Not fishy.

Oct 26, 2014
emily in Chains

April 2014 COTM - Pok Pok: Grilled Foods pg. 122-145, Curries and Soups pg. 146-171

Wanted to note that I wasn't all that impressed, though, with the Arroy-D boxed coconut milk. Seemed pretty thin and not really any better than the canned varieties I've bought (Chao-ko, Mae Ploy, Thai Kitchen) and much worse than frozen Hawaiian Sun coconut milk (which is amazing).

Oct 24, 2014
emily in Home Cooking

Hot fudge sundae, what flavor ice cream?

Vanilla Bean
Peppermint Stick

But I can't remember the last time I had a hot fudge sundae. I prefer homemade "magic shell".

Oct 24, 2014
emily in General Topics

OMG, Williams Sonoma

You might already know this, but the frozen croissants at Trader Joe's are the same product. I used to order WS's until I found them at TJ's.

Oct 24, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought lately or are you lusting after? October 2014 Edition. [old]

I admit the recipe for Swede Doggy Dogs with Shrimp Salad got my attention (and not in a bad way)!
http://g-ec2.images-amazon.com/images...

Oct 24, 2014
emily in Home Cooking