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Geoffchef's picture

This month's The Good Cook catalogue has arrived. I'm trying to ration myself to one new book per month, so I'm hoping you all can help me select. Here are the titles I am considering for this month:


I'm Just Here for the Food - Alton Brown
Lemongrass & Sweet Basil, Traditional Thai Cuisine -  Khamtane Signavong
Quick and Easy Thai - Nancie McDermott
The Asian Grill - Corinne Trang
Bobby Flay's Grilling for Life - B. Flay


Any reviews? Good, bad, indifferent?


TIA


 


ADAM'S APPLE, n.
A protuberance in the throat of man, thoughtfully provided by Nature to keep the rope in place.
Ambrose Bierce - The Devil's Dictionary


 

 

ADAM'S APPLE, n.
A protuberance in the throat of man, thoughtfully provided by Nature to keep the rope in place.
Ambrose Bierce - The Devil's Dictionary

 

a1wang's picture

(post #62691, reply #1 of 8)

I am a newcomer to this forum and own Quick and Easy Thai, which I highly recommend. I met Nancie McDermott at a cooking class when she still lived in the San Diego Area. She was a peace corps volunteer in Thailand and while her recipes are adapted to American kitchens, they are not "dumbed down" or lose their authenticity. I also own her Curry Book and both are extremely well and clearly written. The Quick and Easy Thai book is exactly that. It is not an authoritative tome, but a small, practical book that you can open when you get home from work and need to get dinner on the table. with a jar of red curry paste (if you don't make your own, she does provide a pretty easy recipe) and a can of coconut milk, you can spin out amazingly flavorful dinners.

Geoffchef's picture

(post #62691, reply #4 of 8)

Thanks a1, and Lee and Heather. When the recommendations are unanimous it makes it easy.

 


ADAM'S APPLE, n.
A protuberance in the throat of man, thoughtfully provided by Nature to keep the rope in place.
Ambrose Bierce - The Devil's Dictionary


 

 

ADAM'S APPLE, n.
A protuberance in the throat of man, thoughtfully provided by Nature to keep the rope in place.
Ambrose Bierce - The Devil's Dictionary

 

Gretchen's picture

(post #62691, reply #5 of 8)

If you need a tipping point, I also like the Thai book.

Gretchen

Gretchen
Lee's picture

(post #62691, reply #2 of 8)

Check the current "Cookbooks" thread for a post regarding "Quick and Easy Thai."

Heather's picture

(post #62691, reply #3 of 8)

The only one I've looked through is the Quick and Easy Thai--we had a brief discussion about it here recently and a couple of people have it and like it. The recipes look very good, simplified but not too westernized. Ms. McDermott has apparently spent quite a bit of time in SouthEast Asia.

dlish's picture

(post #62691, reply #6 of 8)

I have the Alton Brown book and I really like it! It is kind of like a text book in that it has a lot of illistrations. The book is similar to his show, "Good Eats," in that he explains some of the science behing the cooking. The book is broken up into cooking methods (braising, grilling, roasting, etc.) and gives some master recipes for technique as well as more specialized ones.
I learned how to make my own microwave popcorn from this book!

He does not cover any baking in this book. That is in the follow-up, "I'm Just Here For More Food."

Ricks503's picture

(post #62691, reply #7 of 8)

I have AB's 3 major books


I'm Just Here For The Food


I'm Just Here For More Food


Alton Brown's Gear for Your Kitchen


I also picked up his Kitchen User's Manual on cleance for $1.99 (the only reason I bought that one)


I have enjoyed all the first 3


 


 



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Edited 3/14/2006 4:22 pm ET by Ricks503

 

 

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Geoffchef's picture

(post #62691, reply #8 of 8)

I've heard a lot of good things about this book; it will definitely be on the future acquisitions list.

 


ADAM'S APPLE, n.
A protuberance in the throat of man, thoughtfully provided by Nature to keep the rope in place.
Ambrose Bierce - The Devil's Dictionary


 

 

ADAM'S APPLE, n.
A protuberance in the throat of man, thoughtfully provided by Nature to keep the rope in place.
Ambrose Bierce - The Devil's Dictionary