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Please recommend a newly published cookbood for my friend who has a large collection

I believe it is the French Lucques so I always say it similar to Luke's

Jan 20, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? January 2014 edition! [Through January 31, 2014]

I purchased Japanese Soul Cooking this month as well. It is fantastic, I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Jan 18, 2014
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February 2014 Cookbook of the Month Nominations

So Japanese Farm Food is definitely a more simplistic way of cooking Japanese food than Japanese Soul Cooking. More like the Alice Waters of Japanese flavours - simple recipes and delicious flavour combinations.

Japanese Soul Cooking is Japanese comfort food. The stuff that isn't as good for you but you crave. I like and use Japanese Farm Food but I will use Japanese Soul Cooking more often.

Jan 14, 2014
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February 2014 Cookbook of the Month Nominations

I also have Japanese Farm Food, I will do a comparison tonight and post it.

Jan 14, 2014
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February 2014 Cookbook of the Month Nominations

This book filled a void for me. It's all the Japanese things I love and want to make at home - tonkatsu, okonomiyaki, udon, soba, donburi, tempura, Japanese salads and curries. It's japanese home cooking rather than sushi. Everything I've made has been wonderful - I've looked for a book like this for ages and it was exactly what I was looking for.

Jan 14, 2014
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February 2014 Cookbook of the Month Nominations

It's probably too late to get any traction here, but I would love to see JAPANESE SOUL COOKING as COTM.

Jan 13, 2014
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January 2014 Cookbook of the Month, GRAN COCINA LATINA: THE FOOD OF LATIN AMERICA: Cebiches; La Olla; Salads

Havana Style Black Bean Soup, p507

Black beans are simmered with water, green pepper, onion and bay leaf until tender; the seasonings are removed.

For seasoning sauce, garlic is sautéed in olive oil. Onion, green pepper, Cubanelle pepper, bay leaf, cumin and oregano are added and cooked until soft, the whole lot is then added to the beans.

Red wine vinegar, salt, pepper, roasted red pepper and sugar are added and the soup simmered until creamy.

This soup was delicious. I added a touch more salt and served with cilantro, queso fresco, crema and a scoop of white rice. I love Goya black bean soup (my dirty little secret) and have been looking for something homemade to replace my habit - I think I've finally found it.

Leftovers were wonderful as a topping for huevos rancheros.

Jan 07, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? November 2013 edition! [through 11/30/13]

I haven't yet although I have bookmarked so many recipes. I've been following the thread though and will definitely post about the recipes I try! I'm excited to dive in - its a great cookbook for the winter.

Nov 10, 2013
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What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? November 2013 edition! [through 11/30/13]

Another way to get a sneak peak: JJ Goode, who cowrote the cookbook, is guest editor on Food52 this week. I just saw his first article, they will be sharing recipes from the cookbook and interviews with Ricker all week. :)

Nov 04, 2013
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What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? November 2013 edition! [through 11/30/13]

I haven't yet done a deep dive into the book, but what I have read has been fantastic. I love the layout and there are so many gorgeous photos. It's quickly moving up the rankings of my must-have list.

I have made several of Ricker's recipes in the past and they have turned out perfectly so I'm excited to try my hand at a few more. I will report as I go!

Nov 04, 2013
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What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? November 2013 edition! [through 11/30/13]

I purchased several the other day.

Momofuku, after lusting after it forever.

The New Midwestern Table - I love this book.

Pok Pok - my favourite of the bunch.

Nov 03, 2013
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Pok Pok Cookbook anyone got theirs yet??

I got mine yesterday and I love it. He says he has at least 2 more cookbooks worth of material and I hope so, I already can't wait for his next one!

Nov 02, 2013
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winter squash soup

I love that soup too and have made it before with other types of squashes. Most recently, a blend of acorn and buttercup.

Nov 02, 2013
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What's for Dinner #251 - The "Final Blaze and Annihilation of Fall" Edition [Through Oct 25, 2013]

Tonight a girlfriend and I did our weekly dinner and a movie.

Dinner was singapore noodles (so, so very delicious) and Thai hot and sour soup.

Movie was ridiculous - Pain and Gain with the Rock and Marky Mark.

Plenty of wine as well.

Good apples

The ones I've had this year are kind of sweet-tart. Not Granny Smith tart but more than just sweet.

where to buy 100% buckwheat soba noodles (japanese style)?

Sanko is great for everything japanese. You might pay more than the korean grocery but they will have the largest selection of Japanese imported goods

Good apples

I'll add that I was just there last week. I am an apple enthusiast and can eat pounds and pounds of them - if you like tart and crisp try jona gold. I love this apple! You can tell they are fresh when they're still crisp, they go mealy quickly.

Good apples

IVe found some great apples at some of the fruit markets in Kensington. Particularly the one on Kensington ave south of seven lives- they had macouns, honey crisps, ginger golds, and delicious jona golds to name a few but at least 10 varieties I bet. Most varieties for only $0.99/lb. honey crisp were $1.29. Delicious and fresh ontario apples.

Fiesta farms often has great ontario produce but I haven't been to check it out lately.

November 2013 Cookbook of the Month Nomination Thread

I hope you enjoy those recipes as much as I have!

Oct 16, 2013
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What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? October 2013 edition!

I just picked up All About Braising and The Kinfolk Table.

Next month I'm limited to one purchase! Tartine No. 3, which I'm so excited for.

Oct 12, 2013
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Cooking week's worth of food.

What about slow cooker meals that you can start before you leave? Also frozen rice holds up well but if you have a rice cooker with a timer that is even better. Fresh rice > frozen. Leftover rice makes a good base for fried rice, whih takes all of 15 minutes to prepare.

Omelettes are a good quick meal. I suggest making one big dinner on Sunday which will provide leftovers one day, and one extra meal you prepare Sunday for another midweek meal. Then add 2 easy meals like sandwiches or eggs, Leftovers get tired when that's all you're having.

Oct 09, 2013
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November 2013 Cookbook of the Month Nomination Thread

Oh where do I start!

Let me start by saying that April's recipes are meticulously written. I read the book cover to cover in one go. She had me searching out pequin chiles and salt packed anchovies the next day.

The most frequently made recipe is one of the simplest - her method for a bowl of porridge. I've often made a batch for a lazy Monday night dinner. The mix of old fashioned and steel cut oats is at the same time creamy and hefty and the salt and sugar perfectly balanced. The leftovers reheat beautifully.

The baked eggs with anchovy and cream are a delicious meal with hunks of toast and have been repeated several times. Really delicious combination.

The chopped chicken liver on toast is another quick and simple favourite.

The lentil and chickpea salad was as involved as you can get for a salad. I made it just as directed - April asks that you try her recipes her way first, before you start tinkering, and she's so exact in her instructions that I've done it. And this recipe when I put together the components in her way was so perfectly balanced I realize there is no way to change it so as to make it better. It's delicious served on its own with homemade pita and grilled merguez sausage, as she suggests.

The leftover chickpeas from the recipe, made according to her instructions, were so delicious I ate them with a spoon one night for dinner. I intended to do something else to them but kept going back for just one more bite and before I knew it they were all gone. Really delicious on their own and would make a perfect side dish for almost any meal.

Summer succotash made a delicious side to grilled steak but would be equally delicious as she suggests, just on its own.

Her Bloody Mary is my new standard. It is heavy on fresh horseradish but adds celery leaves and lemon zest to the equation, 2 things I hadn't ever seen before but add something extra.

Soft oatmeal cookies have three types of raisins - Thompson, golden and currants. They're just a touch sweet and stay soft and chewy. Really tasty.

I got this in the summer and my recipe selections so far have reflected my taste for lighter foods in the summer, but there are so many great fall choices in the book too. I haven't even tried any if the mains yet, and none of the soups. There are plenty more veg recipes and salad recipes I would like to try as well.

That was a much longer post than I intended but I just love this book! I have so many cookbooks but this has shot right to the top of my "must have" list.

Oct 07, 2013
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November 2013 Cookbook of the Month Nomination Thread

I picked up A GIRL AND HER PIG by April Bloomfield a couple months ago and all the recipes I have tried have been perfection.

I would love to explore it some more.

Oct 07, 2013
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What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? October 2013 edition!

I'm planning to pick up a copy of All About Braising this week.

I am very excited about Tartine No 3 in November. I might preorder that one while I'm at it.

September 2013 Cookbook of the Month, SMOKE AND PICKLES: Birds & Bluegrass and Seafood & Scrutiny

Warmed Oysters with Bourbon Brown Butter

I had purchased some oysters for cocktail hour this weekend and was left with a couple dozen that were particularly stubborn to open. These fit the bill perfectly.

Butter is heated and browned, then bourbon and a hint of lemon is added.

A cast iron skillet is lined with rock salt, then heated in a 500 degree oven for 15 minutes. Scrubbed oysters are placed in the pre warmed pan and cooked until bubbling, 4-6 minutes.

The warmed oysters are shucked (on the half shell) and dribbled with the brown butter bourbon sauce, some diced speck (I used crisp proscuutto) and lime zest.

These were absolutely delicious. They would make a delicious appetizer with friends but were wonderful on their own with some nice toast and salad as a meal for 1.

Sep 30, 2013
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A Call for the difficult, the labor intensive, and the cheapest recipes

The momofuku bo ssam recipe is fairly cheap and time consuming though not labour intensive... The result is very impressive. You could make your own kimchi to up the ante.

Jun 25, 2013
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fried calamari

Terroni is hit or miss on their calamari but when they hit it it can't be beat. So delicious - tender not rubbery, light crispy coating, thick cut rings and nicely salted.

King Street Belly Busters Opens Thursday!

I walked by and it was open today. Popped in to grab a sub but they are cash only and the ATM was on the fritz... A pity. I will try again this weekend.

Blueberry cake?

Smitten kitchen has a strawberry cake recipe whih uses fresh strawberry purée to flavour the cake batter. I made it before with great success (cream cheese frosting!) and I bet the method would work with any fruit purée.

Jun 19, 2013
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What's for Dinner #225-Sumer is Icumen in (Thru Jun 18, 2013)

Tonight was roasted asparagus, the pepper and bulgur pilaf from Ottolenghi's Plenty (a favourite recipe) and seared halibut with lemon butter pan sauce. Very tasty.

Jun 18, 2013
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