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Cookbooks (post #62676)

I received the Over the Open Fire cookbook for Christmas and it is fantastic, great recipes with indoor instructions as well as outdoor. Has anyone else seen or tried any of the recipes in this cookbook?

Wolvie's picture

(post #62676, reply #1 of 35)

no - but now that's 2 cookbooks I have to get. :-)


I wish my local library was better stocked on this stuff. Le sigh. I have literally run out of shelf space. Now I'm in the market for some good bookcases. Aiyeeee!


 No mans error becomes his own Law; nor obliges him to persist in it


THOMAS HOBBES, Leviathan, part 2, p. 237 (1950).

 

MadMom's picture

(post #62676, reply #2 of 35)

Try Target, she says, enabling.



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Wolvie's picture

(post #62676, reply #3 of 35)

see - I tell myself I have to buy bookcases at Pottery Barn, and so am able to say no. :-)


No Target within my area anyway. le sigh


 No mans error becomes his own Law; nor obliges him to persist in it


THOMAS HOBBES, Leviathan, part 2, p. 237 (1950).

 

MadMom's picture

(post #62676, reply #4 of 35)

Okay, Staples?  (We enablers never give up!)  The ones I'm recommending are cheap, to leave more money to spend on cookbooks, LOL.



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knitpik's picture

(post #62676, reply #5 of 35)

DH got a nice one at Costco.

courgette's picture

(post #62676, reply #7 of 35)

I saw a great looking one at Costco-moving kids rooms around and thinking about that. It looks good so could go anywhere at a later date.


Mo

knitpik's picture

(post #62676, reply #8 of 35)

If it's the same one we have, most definitely. I told DH
it was the nicest piece of furniture in the living room.

hrvolson's picture

(post #62676, reply #11 of 35)

Enabling is a bit harsh, I mean we are doing it for the ones we love not because it is something we're addicted to. Of course, everytime I feel like quitting my DH cooks something and I can write it off to survival.

Glenys's picture

(post #62676, reply #12 of 35)

Harsh, not really, when you think there's no cost in calories or cash when one enables others. It's a win,win.

MadMom's picture

(post #62676, reply #13 of 35)

Amen!  Enabling is what we do best!  Thinking about a new cookbook...you neeeeed it!  Thinking about a new appliance...you want it!  Thinking about some new cooking utensil...you haaaaave to have it!



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Glenys's picture

(post #62676, reply #14 of 35)

It's just one more way that living vicariously is not envy and not a sin. Once I understand the whole sin thing better, I'll know I'll say that with more authority. Or is it morals.................

hrvolson's picture

(post #62676, reply #23 of 35)

After all, I don't just do this for myself. I have so many friends that don't enjoy cooking, I keep buying cookbooks and cooking magazines so I think enabling is very harsh. I think of it as another good deed. A random act of kindness.

a1wang's picture

(post #62676, reply #25 of 35)

I am sorry to intrude on this conversation, especially as a newcomer, but I couldn't resist. I thought I had an embarassing"problem" with my cookbook habit but now I see that I am not alone! I have outgrown two bookshelves in my dining room, a smaller one in my kitchen (to stash the ones I turn to frequently) and of course have a small pile of them next to my bed.

As to the question regarding Thai cookbooks. Have you looked at any by Nancie McDermott? She was a peace corps volunteer in Thailand and all her books are well- and clearly- written, adapted for American kitchens, but not "dumbed down."

I have her "Curry Book" which is good for basic curry paste recipes (not as hard as you might think) also a killer squash soup/cashew recipes. I recently got her "Quick and Easy Thai" book which is true to the title and amazingly flavorful. Full of recipes you can spin out after a busy day at work.

hrvolson's picture

(post #62676, reply #28 of 35)

Thanks, I am going to Powells this weekend and I have my new list of Thai cooking.There are no decent Asian recipes here, great ones in Portland but that is 60 miles away. Isn't it nice to have a support group that thinks you can never have too many cookbooks or too big a kitchen.Welcome, I am new here to and have had a great time and learned lots.

Wolvie's picture

(post #62676, reply #32 of 35)

ahhh Powell's. Only there twice, but love the place.

 No mans error becomes his own Law; nor obliges him to persist in it


THOMAS HOBBES, Leviathan, part 2, p. 237 (1950).

 

hrvolson's picture

(post #62676, reply #35 of 35)

Their online service is incredible. Free shipping if you dn't mind the bookrate. Best thing is they have books at other stores and in the warehouse that aren't on the shelves. I love that place. Three stories of books.

Lword's picture

(post #62676, reply #30 of 35)

No intrusion at all, and welcome a1 (love that sauce) and as for collecting cookbooks, breathe easy as they are worthy of collecting for any number of reasons including reading to fall asleep with culinary dreams. When space becomes a problem you could cull some, or not, and there's sometimes space on, under or in furniture, just as an example ;)   


It's a goal of mine to page through every one I think I should donate, just in case I've missed some unique something or other. Pathetic in a way, I suppose, but I enjoy it.


Those very few I "loan" I know in my heart I may have to buy again and it is a reason to haunt used book stores for replacements or something else to fill the void. It's ok though because all these people are eating better than they did before :)


All the enablers and the need-to-be-frugal folks like me will be happy to know that Cracking the Coconut is on its way to me, a book that has been on my wish list for a while. It's a library edition otherwise pristine and was $14.00 including shipping. You know what hooked me? The table of contents listing the Chili Water chapter - 20 pages? yes!  http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/0688165427/ref=sib_dp_top_toc/102-9627379-9345736?%5Fencoding=UTF8&p=S003#reader-link


Anyway I love all the suggestions and questions here and thank everyone!


L.
"If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one." Mother Teresa
L.
"If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one." Mother Teresa
Ricks503's picture

(post #62676, reply #33 of 35)

Get one of those big flat storage boxes on wheels that can go under the bead, stash extras in there and store under the bed(s)

1 - measure the board twice, 2 - cut it once, 3 - measure the space where it is supposed to go        4 - get a new board and go back to step 1

 

 

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beebuzzled's picture

(post #62676, reply #34 of 35)

One idea I've been toying with is a bookcase headboard for the bed. Just think - all those lovely cookbooks within easy reach for a good night's read.

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Syrah's picture

(post #62676, reply #16 of 35)

Ikea.

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MadMom's picture

(post #62676, reply #17 of 35)

True!  But I bought my bookcases before they opened an Ikea in our area, so got them at Target.  They really are pretty good, and very reasonable.



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Not One More Dime! Not One More Life! Not One More Lie!

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pamilyn's picture

(post #62676, reply #6 of 35)

Try IKEA

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Wolvie's picture

(post #62676, reply #9 of 35)

you guys are terrible! :-)


All of those stores are 2 - 2 1/2 hours away from me. Shipping is key. Unless I feel like hauling it back in the blazer. Maybe.


I have been looking at the IKEA website. But I'm in love with some stuff from the 'Barn' - but then - who isn't? ;-)


 No mans error becomes his own Law; nor obliges him to persist in it


THOMAS HOBBES, Leviathan, part 2, p. 237 (1950).

 

unbaked's picture

(post #62676, reply #18 of 35)

I haven't looked there, but I just bet that Amazon has those 4 shelf folding ones, which are kind of handy and of course, shipping is usually free.


I used to find neat wrought metal ones in places like Ross, TJMaxx, etc.


I think that solutions catalog online has a good selection of them, too.


I have cookbooks in my bedroom, too :) Ran out of space in the kitchen bookcase long ago :D


 

'The desire to make an effort to improve the lives of those around you does not yet live in everyone, but it does live in everyone who cooks.' -Bill Penzey, one magazine

Jean's picture

(post #62676, reply #19 of 35)

I'm trying to find room for all of mine too, besides leaving them sitting around in piles on the floor. The bookshelves in the dining room are full, there's not much more space on the living room shelves.  I actually dreamed last night that I found more space in the kitchen (it wasn't my kitchen!) I guess I'll just have to stop buying books. sigh



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Ricks503's picture

(post #62676, reply #20 of 35)

What about putting a bracket on either side of a door frame and a shelf across that, if the height to ceiling would allow it?

1 - measure the board twice, 2 - cut it once, 3 - measure the space where it is supposed to go        4 - get a new board and go back to step 1

 

 

" There'll be no living with her now" - Captain Jack Sparrow

Jean's picture

(post #62676, reply #21 of 35)

Good idea, but that space is already occupied by a plate rail. I'm just going to have to get rid of some books, I'm sure my children will rise up and bless me. :)



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hrvolson's picture

(post #62676, reply #10 of 35)

I buy cookbooks that interest me, copy down the recipes I want to try, donate the book to my library as most of their books are from the 60's.  Occasionally, I have christened a cookbook so I keep it.  Having run out of shelf space am now putting cookbooks on shelves in my bedroom (next stop bathroom), as  I am one of the only people I know who reads cookbooks at bedtime or while taking a bath. That could be why, I would need a larger dress size than the actresses I saw at the Oscars.

Wolvie's picture

(post #62676, reply #15 of 35)

heh - I have an entire bookshelf (big one, too) in my bedroom with only cookbooks on it. Bathroom is indeed next, although for guest reading materials, a few cooking mags are already present. ;-)


 



 No mans error becomes his own Law; nor obliges him to persist in it


THOMAS HOBBES, Leviathan, part 2, p. 237 (1950).


Edited 3/13/2006 5:51 am ET by Wolvie

 

hrvolson's picture

(post #62676, reply #22 of 35)

Anyone who quotes Hobbes will have lots of shelves. Consitutional History major here. Do you have a Thai cookbook you like?