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

Wow - had not heard of several of those books. Food of Taiwan and Teff Love are going into my cart.

about 3 hours ago
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What cookbooks have you bought lately or are you lusting after? October 2014 Edition. [old]

I've made several things from Simple Thai Food.

Tom Kha Khai - delicious. Galangal, lemongrass and kaffir limes are steeped in a mixture of coconut milk and chicken stock and then oyster mushrooms, fish sauce and chicken go in. Lime juice, chiles and cilantro are added off the heat. So good.

Beef Matsaman Curry - made this with a new brand of curry paste I've switched to (Mae Anong). I had to add a bit more sugar than the recipe called for to get what I considered a perfect balance. We loved this one.

Phanaeng Curry with Chicken and Kabocha Squash - this one was disappointing but may have been because I was using Mae Ploy curry paste that was past its prime. My kabocha squash was flavorless, as well (I seem be having problems getting good specimens). I kept trying to get the final dish balanced, but wasn't able to.

Sweet Dry Curry of Pork and Long Beans - I used the suggested substitute of green beans. Really liked this one, too. Definitely sweeter (as the title suggests) but it really worked.

Feb 25, 2015
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy Valentine's Day 2015 edition! [OLD]

Colwin's recipe looks like a variation on the River Road Spinach Madeleine recipe (which I have bookmarked, but have never made). I added Edna Lewis's Taste of Country Cooking to my basket; for some reason, I've never been inspired to buy it before, but the writing looks lovely.

Feb 25, 2015
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Why are sticks of butter long and skinny in the East, but short and fat in the West?

Interesting - my mom used to buy Land O Lakes butter when I was growing up (in California) and the sticks were the long, skinny kind. I still find the stubby variety weird.

Feb 20, 2015
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - February 2015 [old]

I agree - I eat a lot of Chuao dark chocolate bars (peppermint is my recent favorite) and the chocolate in the TJ's bar does not taste the same (nor nearly as good as Chuao's).

Feb 20, 2015
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy Valentine's Day 2015 edition! [OLD]

This has been my problem with the Piglet in the past - I feel like the judge should cook something from the books (or several things) in a "tournament" like this. Fine to have an opinion from a read-through, but I expect more if you're signing up to judge.

Feb 18, 2015
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Nominations Thread: Cookbook of the Month, March 2015

GROWING UP IN A KOREAN KITCHEN

Feb 15, 2015
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A Proper New York Corn Muffin Recipe

Well, the milk was still very liquidy, not thick at all like buttermilk, so would that make a difference in the end product? I bake a lot, but really don't know the answer.

Feb 12, 2015
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Nominations Thread: Cookbook of the Month, March 2015

I'll third A KITCHEN IN FRANCE.

Feb 11, 2015
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A Proper New York Corn Muffin Recipe

Yes, thanks for posting this. When I read the original post, it made me think of the corn muffins I buy at Whole Foods in Miami Beach - they are a bit rustic and crumbly and sweet, but not too sweet. This recipe is quite close! The WF ones are a bit more dense, so I might try increasing the ratio of cornmeal to flour a bit. I used milk soured with vinegar instead of buttermilk, which may have changed the results, too.

Nominations Thread: Cookbook of the Month, March 2015

PLEASE TO THE TABLE

Feb 11, 2015
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Nominations Thread: Cookbook of the Month, March 2015

I've also pre-ordered it. I like the idea of a Korean month, but only own "The Korean Table". Was not taken with "The Kimchi Chronicles"...

Feb 10, 2015
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What are you baking these days? Happy Valentine's Day February 2015 edition! [OLD]

(Dutch) Gingerbread Loaf from "Warm Bread and Honey Cake" - this is my first recipe from this lovely book and it was very well received. It has a nice mix of spices, including cardamom, mace, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. Has anyone else cooked out of this book? It has such a unique mix of recipes.

Sesame Oil: Love It or Leave It

Glass.

Feb 07, 2015
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy Valentine's Day 2015 edition! [OLD]

I'm pretty sure you can no longer print recipes from the site without first registering/logging in, which I find incredibly annoying.

Feb 04, 2015
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What are you baking these days? Happy Valentine's Day February 2015 edition! [OLD]

Grasmere Gingerbread from Richard Sax's "Classic Desserts" - good with a similar taste profile to the real thing, but not the same.

Feb 03, 2015
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - February 2015 [old]

Meh on the Cookie Butter Sandwich Cookies. The cookie part is a nice, rich shortbread cookie, but I'm still not a fan of cookie butter, and I'd much rather eat the shortbreads with the chocolate dot in the middle than these.

Feb 02, 2015
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have you had any luck with Food52 recipes?

I love these chocolate cookies, but I leave out the spices. I think the almond extract is key:
https://food52.com/recipes/15402-sout...

(They are apparently just a riff on a Bon Appetit chocolate mint cookie, though...)

Feb 02, 2015
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy New Year January 2015 edition! [OLD]

I love the Baked books, though I haven't baked much out of them - their CC cookie recipe is my favorite, though. Here is a blog I follow that has baked extensively out of their books, with what seems to be generally great results: http://ipso-fatto.blogspot.com/

I haven't looked at Yigit Pura's book, but his latest Tout Sweet Patisserie opened up near me and I have to say that I haven't been impressed with taste of the pastries over multiple visits.

COTM (Cookbook of the Month) Recipes So Good You've Made Them at Least Three Times: Quick and Easy/Weeknight Edition

The Numbing and Hot Chicken from Dunlop's RCC has recently become a favorite. Instead of 1 T vinegar and 3 T water/stock in the sauce, we use 3 T vinegar and 1 T of water.

Jan 19, 2015
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What are you baking these days? Happy New Year January 2015 edition! [OLD]

I wish I could butter my butt off.

Seductions of Rice: White Rice, Black Rice, Congee: The Chinese Way

I really like the Quick and Easy Chinese Greens - I've been using bok choi and the sauce adds a very nice flavor.

Jan 16, 2015
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy New Year January 2015 edition! [OLD]

I think so, but I haven't gotten past the first chapter yet. Lots of introductions to the recipes, though I have found the detailed historical info a bit of a snore (and I'm a history major).

Jan 16, 2015
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What are you baking these days? Happy New Year January 2015 edition! [OLD]

Chewy Sugar Cookies from Cook's Illustrated - these are excellent! I overbaked a batch until they were a golden brown and thought they might be even better that way - crunchy and caramelized. Also added some coarse sanding sugar to some of the cookies which made for a prettier cookie.

Jan 15, 2015
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy New Year January 2015 edition! [OLD]

"The Silk Road Gourmet" (mentioned here earlier) - I love the fact that the author provides a list of her favorite recipes from the book in the introduction - more authors should do this!

Jan 14, 2015
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Hot Sour Salty Sweet: noodles and noodle dishes/ mostly vegetables

I made the Chinese Greens, Thai Style last night with gai lan. Dish was ok, but won't be repeated since we prefer other preparations. I did use Thai fish sauce (Golden Boy) and much prefer the Red Boat fish sauce which tastes more refined and less fishy to me. Also used a jar of fermented soybeans that I mashed up. The jar is pretty old (I bought it from Kasma Loha-Unchit, who I took a cooking class from several years ago), so that may have contributed to the lackluster flavor...?

Jan 14, 2015
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January 2015 COTM "THE HAKKA COOKBOOK" Reporting thread for Chapters 5 & 6

Stir Fried Cumin Chicken
Not much to add - we thought this was very good. My 6 month old even had some ground up. I do like the addition of onion (which I sliced, rather than chop) which isn't in Dunlop's version. I added a bit of salt at the end along with some sesame oil.

Jan 13, 2015
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Nominations Thread: Cookbook of the Month February 2015

JAPANESE SOUL COOKING

Jan 11, 2015
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January 2015 Cookbook of the Month: "THE HAKKA COOKBOOK: CHINESE SOUL FOOD FROM AROUND THE WORLD" by Linda Lau Anusasananan

I love the fact that you have a Buttery. I have an old copy of "The New England Butt'ry Shelf Cookbook" that I'm very fond of.

Jan 06, 2015
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy New Year January 2015 edition! [OLD]

Tanoshii Wagashi
Flavor Flours
Persiana
Cakes: River Cottage Hanbook
1,000 Foods to Eat Before You Die (by Mimi Sheraton)
German Baking Today

Jan 02, 2015
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