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and I also have some unknown amount from Earthlink as a DSL subscriber.


I'm tending toward Jamie Oliver or Ina Garten, both have recipes that work at least for us they do...Any T&T books by either to recommend I don't have any by either, or is there a 'how can you not have this book' to recommend.  All suggestions/cuisines are welcomed. 

cyalexa's picture

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My favorite cookbook is The Best Recipe, a compilation from the PBS show, America's Test Kitchen.  I have the older edition and have been happy with every recipe I've tried from it (probably 20-25) except for creme brulee (probable operator malfunction).  I like it so much I toy with buying the new edition even though I'm sure a majority of recipes will be repeats.

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My major complaint is that the recipes are only good if your idea of "the best" and their idea of "the best" happen to coincide.  Agreed that sometimes you can take their failures and adapt them to meet your criteria, but who needs that hassle?  I have the cookbook, but have only made one thing from it.  The bread pudding is relatively decent.



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I don't get worked up by the title. If I'm looking through my cookbooks for ideas I look in there first, both for recipes and for the discussion that precedes the recipes. I will still look at other books and feel free to take liberties with their recipes to suit me. I roast turkeys by their method and love their flourless chocolate cake and creme caramel. I used their recipes as a springboard for my meatloaf, crabcakes, biscuits, shrimp scampi, and cornbread. This is just off the top of my head, if I looked at the book I would find several more pages marked with a paperclip. Of course, my new favorite source of recipes is this discussion board!

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I guess that the use of the word "Best" does put me off.  Sort of like Bittman saying his book is how to cook everything.  No, no, no.  I even have trouble with RLB's use of the word Bible in all her books.  Guess I'm just a cranky old lady.  I have to agree with you, though...the best source is right here!



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

End the Occupation of Iraq -- Bring the Troops Home Now!

And Take Care of Them When They Get Here!

mireillec's picture

(post #63011, reply #11 of 13)

I love watching ATK programs. We learn a lot.
I have visited their Test Kitchen in California. It's beautiful.

cyalexa's picture

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Where in California? I'm headed there on vacation at the end of next month.


Edited 4/22/2009 9:03 pm ET by cyalexa

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Hi,
In fact, I have mixed up ATK & CIA. My mistake.
It's the CIA that I have visited, at the NAPA Valley, and it's very very beautiful and interesting: http://www.ciachef.edu/visitors/gs/

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Edited 4/23/2009 8:28 am ET by mireillec

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(post #63011, reply #3 of 13)

Personally, I'm leaning towards "Jamie at Home", having watched a few episodes of the TV show. Good, simple, imaginative ways with basics - how can you go wrong?




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I absolutely love Ina.  Every recipe I have tried of hers has turned out on the first try.  Her food always gets rave reviews from my guests and the presentation is simple as she lets the food do the talking.  I have all her books except for her Paris book.

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Every recipe I have tried of hers has turned out on the first try.


Interesting, since there have been many notations here that her recipes don't work for everyone (myself included).  Don't ask me for chapter and verse, but I'm sure that others can come up with them.


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Her coconut macarons are too soupy -- I increase the coconut by 50%.

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I have seen that and I am shocked to hear that.  I really love her recipes.  It is all a matter of taste too I think, I like Jamie's cookbooks but don't find his recipes call to me.


 


Every recipe I have tried of hers has turned out on the first try.


Interesting, since there have been many notations here that her recipes don't work for everyone (myself included).  Don't ask me for chapter and verse, but I'm sure that others can come up with them.

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My husband loves all Jamie Oliver cookbooks (I'm still on the fence). Jamie's latest book, where he claims eveyone can learn to cook in 24 hours (don't know the exact title) has been my husband's latest asset and he has been cooking from it to both our liking. There's a nice recipe in there for hamburgers ;o).