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New Cookbooks (post #62951)

I've been ignoring a stack of new cookbooks that I haven't had time to even really look through, much less use, but I'm enjoying a few days off and have finally begun serious perusing.


Joyce Goldstein's Mediterranean Fresh has lots of delicious-sounding main dish salads.  The recipes from Persia, North Africa and Turkey are particularly intriguing.


I made Tandoori Salmon last night from Rick Moonen's book, Fish Without A Doubt.  The salmon is slathered with a mixture of yogurt, ghee and STORE BOUGHT tandoori paste (he recommends Bombay brand which I was lucky enough to find at my regular market).  The fish is quickly seared in a smoking hot cast iron skillet and finished in the oven.  It's garnished with mint leaves and served with tzatziki and was really good.  I recently made his baked fish (I used Mahi Mahi) with his topping for clams oreganata, and that was delicious.  I don't usually like broiled fish, but he uses a method which calls for heating a cast iron griddle under the broiler for 15 minutes until it's sizzling hot before placing the fish on it.  I'm going to try that this weekend with halibut steaks.  He smears the halibut with basil butter and pats on a spoonful of bread crumbs before broiling. This looks to be a really good book.


I bought Ghillie Basan's slim little book, Tagines, last year and have enjoyed it very much.  Her new book, Flavors of Morocco, includes some tagines that are not in the first one as well as other types of dishes.  The veggie salads, soups and sides look delicious.  Great photos.


Others in the stack are Susan Spicer's Crescent City Cooking; The Seventh Daughter; The Kitchen Garden; Rick Bayless's Mexican Kitchen (I made a great turkey dish with mole colorado from that one over the winter); The Perfect Scoop; Breath of a Wok; Cucina Del Sole; James Petersen's Cooking; Sally's project book, The Secrets To Success (love the salmon with Thai red curry sauce); a big book on Greek cooking that I just found at Costco (purchased primarily for the photos and text); and the Complete Book of Indian Cooking.


I may have used up my yearly quota for new cookbooks.       


   

Marie Louise's picture

(post #62951, reply #1 of 96)

I really enjoyed reading The Seventh Daughter.

Marcia's picture

(post #62951, reply #4 of 96)

I enjoyed The Seventh Daughter, also, and mention of it reminds me that Fuschia Dunlop's memoir of her China sojourn, Shark's Fin and Sichuan Pepper, is reviewed in tomorrow's NYTimes. The review is favorable and makes the book sound quirky and interesting.


Edited 7/19/2008 10:42 am ET by Marcia

Heather's picture

(post #62951, reply #2 of 96)

Amazon has a lot of books with "Kitchen Garden" in the title. Which one do you have?
I have that new Goldstein book too--I'll be using that a lot this summer.

Marie Louise's picture

(post #62951, reply #5 of 96)

I finally did it...

after years of being tempted...

I joined the Good Book Club. When you sign up, you can select to have all correspondence done online. One of my big concerns was always that I'd miss their mailings and end of w/ all sorts of unwanted books.

I ordered these four:

MEDITERRANEAN FRESH

THE SPLENDID TABLE'S HOW TO EAT SUPPER (Got good reviews, and sounds like a good read.

MARTIN YAN'S CHINA (The book has a collection of make ahead sauces that look good-although I'm sure I have other versions of the same sauces elsewhere, LOL. Anyway, this will be a good Sunday afternoon project for quick weeknight dinners.)

THE SPICE BIBLE (I saw this book in a bookstore a few months ago, it looks like a good read.)

Marie Louise's picture

(post #62951, reply #37 of 96)

Well, I guess I am joining MadMom on the we-don't-need-you-as-a-customer list....

Books from The Good Cook never arrived. I emailed them a week ago, and were told they had been shipped and should be "arriving shortly." They never did.

I emailed them again today. Sigh...

Gretchen's picture

(post #62951, reply #38 of 96)

I keep getting emails BEGGING me to come back.


I hope your books arrive--'cause you picked them out and obviously wanted them.   ;o)


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(post #62951, reply #39 of 96)

Sorry.  You must have mentioned you knew me.  Or perhaps the government agency which monitors the internet mentioned that we post at the same place.



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Marie Louise's picture

(post #62951, reply #40 of 96)

And yet those who know us, know we both love to spend money. How could any business not want us to join?

MadMom's picture

(post #62951, reply #41 of 96)

When I think of all the cookbooks I've bought since my three attempts to join the Good Cooks bookclub, I realize they really missed out.



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Marie Louise's picture

(post #62951, reply #48 of 96)

Well, the plot thickens, and I am not impressed.

I ordered the books on 7/19.

On 7/22 I had not received any notice that they'd received my order, nor did my account page note anything, so I sent them an email asking when they'd arrive.

I got this response on 7/23:

"Thank you for contacting us. We have checked our records and have found that your order is on the way to you now. You should receive it shortly."

When they still didn't come as of yesterday, I sent them another email. (No toll-free #.)

Today I came home to this response:

"Your order has been received and was shipped on 07/28/2008. Generally, we ask our members to allow up to fifteen business days for delivery time of books, music and video products, and slightly longer for other merchandise items; but chances are you'll receive your order before this time. If you have not received your order after the above time period mentioned, please email us and we will be happy to assist you at that time."

So the statement "your order is on the way to you now" did not mean they'd shipped it, and since when is taking fifteen business days to get a delivery equal "you should receive it shortly."

I am so sorry I gave these losers my contact information; now they will be hounding me for life.

Amazon 2 day shipping has spoiled me forever.

"

Marie Louise's picture

(post #62951, reply #49 of 96)

The next installment-today's email:

Thank you for contacting us.

You would not have received the order yet as it was shipped on 07/28/2008. You should receive it no later than 08/18/2008.

I ordered these on 7/19. It takes more than a month to get these books! Is Zooba the same way?

dorcast's picture

(post #62951, reply #50 of 96)

No, Zooba is much quicker.

I had similar problems with the Cookbook club. When I inquired about an order, I got the email that said they had been sent, but when I inquired again later by phone, would get a different date. Books took a long time to come. I cancelled.
Zooba sends the next book on your list within a few days of the date.
Thanks to your posts, Splendid Table is the now the next book on my Zooba list.
I need it, right??

Marie Louise's picture

(post #62951, reply #53 of 96)

Heather had already piqued my interest. I took a quick look at their website a few weeks ago and found it too confusing.

I will have to look again.

It is amazing to me that The Good Cook is still in business.

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(post #62951, reply #54 of 96)

Seeing that their introductory offer is practically a give-away, I never minded the wait.




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Marie Louise's picture

(post #62951, reply #55 of 96)

You have a point. But when you throw in the shipping costs as compared to amazon's free shipping and deep discounts, the price difference shrinks. I ordered books that I wanted to cook with this summer-Goldstein's book on main-dish salads for one. At the rate I am going, I will be lucky if these things arrive before the end of tomato season.

Oh well, live and learn. Hopefully someone else can learn from my experience.

Heather's picture

(post #62951, reply #57 of 96)

That Goldstein book is very good--I got that from Zooba too.

I know what you mean about the Zooba website, it's a pain. And there are so many bad books! But I spend some time once a month or so going through the cookbooks and a few other categories and add to my queue, then just forget about it.

What else did you order from Good Cook? Or can you remember after all this time? LOL

Marie Louise's picture

(post #62951, reply #59 of 96)

I posted this earlier-and you are right, I had to go back and read my original post to remember. Except for the Spice Bible, all books to use w/ summer vegetables. I was assuming that I'd get to read them on my 5 day weekend LAST week. Grrrrr....


 


Here's what I ordered:


I ordered these four:


MEDITERRANEAN FRESH


THE SPLENDID TABLE'S HOW TO EAT SUPPER (Got good reviews, and sounds like a good read.


MARTIN YAN'S CHINA (The book has a collection of make ahead sauces that look good-although I'm sure I have other versions of the same sauces elsewhere, LOL. Anyway, this will be a good Sunday afternoon project for quick weeknight dinners.)


THE SPICE BIBLE (I saw this book in a bookstore a few months ago, it looks like a good read.)

Heather's picture

(post #62951, reply #61 of 96)

Sounds like a good set of books--I hope you get them soon. I have #1 and #2 and #3 is in my Zooba queue. I guess I'd better check out that spice book too. LOL

Heather's picture

(post #62951, reply #56 of 96)

I made the Splendid Table Green Bean Tagine last night and it's delicious. Although I think my fresh-from-the-garden beans are best just as they are with a little olive oil drizzle, s&p. I should remember to do this dish with my beans from the freezer in the winter.

Marcia's picture

(post #62951, reply #58 of 96)

Do I need this new Splendid Table supper book, Heather? It sounds very user friendly, but I don't generally use recipes - I get ideas from them. I'd value your opinion, and any others, for that matter.

This is probably impossible for you to answer, so sorry if I made things difficult.

Heather's picture

(post #62951, reply #60 of 96)

You never make things difficult. ;-)

I've only had the book for a few days and only made one of the dishes. But there are many that I want to try.
I was a bit put-off by the format, there are lots of food quotes, chatty bits and pages which are fun and informative, but the design elements--color, font styles and sizes (many of each)--are distracting for me.
The recipes look very good for week-night, healthy cooking and there are lots of variations that encourage improvisation and MadMomming.
I don't know what you like to eat/cook, but I think you'd enjoy this book--it's a fun read even if you don't cook from it.

Marcia's picture

(post #62951, reply #62 of 96)

You are most kind, Heather. My family might disagree.

It's hard to say what I cook nowadays, but it's a variety of things and I need some new week-night meals since I seem to be in a rut.

The fact that the book is a good read only encourages me to purchase it, and I think I just might. Thanks for your input.

peachkala's picture

(post #62951, reply #73 of 96)

I had to quit The Good Cook for exactly the reason you mentioned. The shipping takes way too long. Also, their new books have usually been out for at least a month. Have you thought about Amazon?? They have a premium membership where you can get "free" two day shipping, which is a godsend. Good luck.

Gretchen's picture

(post #62951, reply #51 of 96)

I don't think of this as too long. I usually order and then forget about it--no matter where, and then I am pleasantly surprised when it shows up.  ;o)

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Marie Louise's picture

(post #62951, reply #52 of 96)

You don't think a month is too long to get something? Wow, I think it is ridiculous.

As I said earlier, I am spoiled by amazon's 2 day shipping. Plus, patience is not my long suite. I was an ER nurse, remember. :-)

kathymcmo's picture

(post #62951, reply #63 of 96)

Not to mention how persuasive you are re: enabling others to spend money ;-)

Marie Louise's picture

(post #62951, reply #64 of 96)

I'm even more persuasive in person. :-)

Heather's picture

(post #62951, reply #65 of 96)

You've been warned!

Marie Louise's picture

(post #62951, reply #66 of 96)

Let's just say I'm enthusiastic, or we'll scare her off.

Really, that's it. It has been a useful skill in my professional life.

Heather's picture

(post #62951, reply #67 of 96)

OK, whatever you say.

See, you did it again! You can convince me of anything. ;-)