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Irresistible Cookbooks?

butterscotch's picture

Thanks to the great cooks on this site, my subscriptions to FC and other mags, and the inexhaustible resources of the web, I have not bought a cookbook in 3 years! Not sure how I've held out this long--but now there are a few I want. The books that are making me want to fall off the wagon are Suvir Saran's Indian Home Cooking and Greg Patent's Baking in America. Enablers out there, what are your opinions about these two?

KathiM's picture

(post #62634, reply #1 of 48)

I just got China Moon. WOw- where to begin thats the question.  I'm expecting all about braising soon.

CookiM0nster's picture

(post #62634, reply #2 of 48)

I really like Baking in America.

butterscotch's picture

(post #62634, reply #3 of 48)

I'll take that as high praise, coming from a real pro. (BTW, your baby pictures are lovely and make me long for a baby in the house again.)

ashleyd's picture

(post #62634, reply #4 of 48)

I thought you were Baking in Canada?


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Glenys's picture

(post #62634, reply #7 of 48)

No, she's baking in the Republic of Alberta, which often confuses itself with Texas. Odd though that they refer to their premier as King Ralph.

CookiM0nster's picture

(post #62634, reply #9 of 48)

"No, she's baking in the Republic of Alberta, which often confuses itself with Texas. Odd though that they refer to their premier as King Ralph."

ROFL. Besides, I'm only an hour's drive from Montana, where Greg Patent lives. It's right neighborly of me to use his book.

CHandGreeson's picture

(post #62634, reply #5 of 48)

I love Baking in America - the recipes are clear and well-written and (apparently) infallible, I've yet to have a recipe turn out wrong.

butterscotch's picture

(post #62634, reply #6 of 48)

That's good to know. I've been knocked out by the recipes Greg Patent has been publishing lately in magazines. But when I looked at the Amazon reviews of this book, I found a few that were really virulently negative. Since I know that Amazon reviewers are not always knowledgeable and sometimes even have ulterior motives for negative reviews, I thought I'd get better insights from cooks on this board. 

CookiM0nster's picture

(post #62634, reply #8 of 48)

The only weak point I've found in that book are his chocolate cakes. Everythign else I've tried from there has been terrific.

butterscotch's picture

(post #62634, reply #10 of 48)

I looked at the book's index on line and was more interested in the non-chocolate recipes myself. And that was also my reaction to an article of Patent's that appeared in Food & Wine a few months ago.  All of the recipes in the article made me want to throw down the magazine and start baking immediately except the chocolate ones. I'm curious, though--what do you think was lacking in the chocolate recipes you tried?

CookiM0nster's picture

(post #62634, reply #11 of 48)

There isn't anythign lacking tha I can identify. It's just that I have better recipes than the ones he published.

His potato doughnuts and the boston cream pie are worth the price of the book alone, though.

butterscotch's picture

(post #62634, reply #12 of 48)

That Boston cream pie is on my list to try soon. I've just been trying to find a block of time as it looks like quite a project.

mangiaFagioli's picture

(post #62634, reply #13 of 48)

So, did you ever get Suvir Saran's Indian cookbook? Any comments? I've been tempted by it.

butterscotch's picture

(post #62634, reply #14 of 48)

Yes, I did get it, and in fact was just looking at it this morning for a chutney recipe.  I'm embarrassed to say I've had it about a year now and it's just been mellowing on my shelf. I haven't cooked a thing from it. But I do plan to, and I don't regret buying it at all.  The recipes look tasty, and it's profusely illustrated with gorgeous full-page color photos.

mangiaFagioli's picture

(post #62634, reply #15 of 48)

Who here doesn't have at least a dozen cookbooks they haven't cooked from? Two dozen, three? hardly reason to be embarassed

MadMom's picture

(post #62634, reply #16 of 48)

I'm sure I have more than that, but I do usually cook at least one recipe from a book when I get it.  Mostly though, I just love to read cookbooks, especially the beautiful ones...they're like novels to me.  I run in cycles, making a really good recipe several times, then I might go several months before I make it again.  Of course, if I made one recipe a day from each cookbook I own, I'd probably be dead before I got through them all, LOL...and I keep buying more.



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Ricks503's picture

(post #62634, reply #17 of 48)

I'm probably a piker in the cookbook dept - I probably only 20-30.  I also have a stack of magazines and clipped recipes from wherever - glued on paper and put in a binder, along with 3-5 various recipe software programs and then the file in the computer with recipes scoured from all over the web.


I have cooked from all but 4-5 of the cookbooks, probably about 30% of the magazines, 15 - 20% of the clipped recipes and the web scrounged ones and at least 1 item from each of the programs.


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Marcia's picture

(post #62634, reply #18 of 48)

I have at least a zillion cookbooks (come on, you can count them), and seldom cook from any of them now. I do get ideas from them, however, and love to read them.

Jean's picture

(post #62634, reply #19 of 48)

Does that mean I'm normal?  I keep buying them too.



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Marcia's picture

(post #62634, reply #20 of 48)

I don't buy nearly as many as I used to. My stash is getting old, but you're normal for around here. Just how normal that is, I am unable to say with any assurance. I'm a little odd, myself.


Edited 7/13/2006 5:26 pm ET by Marcia

Marcia's picture

(post #62634, reply #21 of 48)

Please. I've heard other good things about Conroy's book.

JaneRose's picture

(post #62634, reply #29 of 48)

The Conroy cookbook is good... there are recipes and a lot of food talk, but it is essentially an autobiographical chunk of his life. I love his way with words and this one had me laughing out loud more than a few times.

Marcia's picture

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Oh, dear. Your recommendation is a good one, and I am weak.

courgette's picture

(post #62634, reply #22 of 48)

I have Baking in America. I think the only thing I've made is the Boston Cream Pie. I was unimpressed, But I think that maybe I just don't care for BCP, not being 'Merican, you know!!!!!


Have made some of his other recipes from mags that I liked but can't remember what they were. Really need to start a file of what I make and where things are. I used to remember, but no more.


I wish I could say I hadn't bought a cookbook in three years! Recently I've become addicted to Homesense (TJ Maxx) They have great hardcovers for less than a magazine. Most recent was Waldy Malouf's Heat or High Heat, I forget the exact title. Before that Ash's Cooking one on One and David Lebovitz's Ripe for Dessert.


I really need to stay away from that place-I can resist the $40 books, but when they are $5-7, I'm a sucker!


Mo

CookiM0nster's picture

(post #62634, reply #23 of 48)

Try the ginger cupcakes. You'll love them.

courgette's picture

(post #62634, reply #24 of 48)

I was wanting to make a dessert today so that's it! This WW is getting to me, so many things I want to make are just not smart choices, but sometimes you just gotta do what you gotta do.


Mo

pamilyn's picture

(post #62634, reply #28 of 48)

Hey Mo, are you going to post pictures from Toronto Fest? LOL

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beebuzzled's picture

(post #62634, reply #31 of 48)

Homesense is the devil. Oh my gosh, I cringe when I think of how many cookbooks I have added to my stash from there. The latest is Anne Willan's Cooking With Wine. It is a good book, but there is no way I needed it. None. The sad thing is that every time I go into that store, I make a beeline to the books. Extreme bibliophilia. I wonder if there's a cure? I bet there's a book I could read about the subject. *shudder*

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Heather's picture

(post #62634, reply #32 of 48)

Has anyone seen Italian Two Easy (I know, stupid title) up close? I was reading about it in a magazine in the dentist office today and they raved about it.

Ballottine's picture

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It was my most recent selection from Zooba.  Recipes look very easy, but I have not tried them yet.  Bal


 


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