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New Cookkbooks on Wish List?

favorablyimpressed's picture

I love to wait to see the list of new cookbooks that come out this time of year.  Usually, I have quite a few on my wish list.  Unfortunately, I haven't found too many that flipped my skirt this year.  I may consider the revised edition of Paula Wolfert's Cooking of Southwest France.  I'll take a look at The Silver Spoon, but I'm not sure that I'll want to add it to my collection.


Have I missed some good ones?

SallyBR1's picture

(post #62666, reply #1 of 145)

Paula Wolfert's arrived yesterday - I am so glad I got it (thanks, Glenys....)

it is a wonderful book, and you NEED to have it.

I also got Giada's first cookbook - I am very pleasantly surprised. The book is just like her show, simple recipes for the most part, but you feel like cooking them all. THe foreword by Mario Batali makes me wonder.... it reads almost like a love letter to her....

Finally, I got BOurdain's Les Halles - haven t browsed through it yet, but seems promising.

I need help.

tcurda's picture

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I want to get Giada's cookbook. I've made a couple of her recipes from the TV show and they have turned out wonderfully. I've also tried a couple of Mario's; I think his book should be on my list also.

I'm not familiar with Paula Wolfert. I'll have to do some searching...

Tom aka tomcatt

Live today like there's no tomorrow.

Smile - People will wonder what you're up to.


Tom aka tomcatt

Live today like there's no tomorrow.

Smile - People will wonder what you're up to.
Wolvie's picture

(post #62666, reply #6 of 145)

I'm not familiar with Paula Wolfert. I'll have to do some searching


Oh my - are you in for a treat - any book of hers is worth having. :-)


If, 2 1/2 years in, you don't control the only road linking your military airport to your headquarters, you don't control much of anything


Lewis Simons

 

butterscotch's picture

(post #62666, reply #3 of 145)

If I were Mario Batali's wife, I would be concerned. DH showed me a magazine pic of him a few days ago in which he was holding hands with Michael Stipe of REM. Giada or Michael... either way, it doesn't seem promising for his spouse. 

KyleW's picture

(post #62666, reply #5 of 145)

I can;t speak to the Gaida issue, but the Stipe thing probably stemmed form a new TV show, on The Sundance Channel, called Iconoclasts.

http://www.iconoclaststv.com/

Famous people hangin' out talkin'.

 


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At weddings, my Aunts would poke me in the ribs and cackle "You're next!". They stopped when I started doing the same to them at funerals.

butterscotch's picture

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You're right, Kyle. The pic was part of a mammoth ad for the show in last week's New Yorker.

Glenys's picture

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I don't think Mario's wife is the least bit worried about anything. She's a dynamo, shifting gears from the family's Coach business when it sold to the Coach cheese business her parents developed. Holding hands, he's just a confident, ebullient guy.

favorablyimpressed's picture

(post #62666, reply #4 of 145)

I'm glad to read your endorsement of the Wolfert book.  Since we still don't have cable TV, I've yet to see either Giada or Mario Batalia, although I like the looks of both of their books. 


So, yes, I will be ordering The Cooking of Southwest France, based on your report.  Thanks!


BTW, have a great trip.  Write everyday!

Poohzti's picture

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If you can get it in the US (I live in England) I would highly recommend NIgel Slater's "Kitchen Diaries". He kept a diary of everything he cooked (pretty much) for a year and so the recipes are mostly in season with what is available and also really fun to read...I had it by my bed to read at night for a few weeks. Needless to say, I woke up hungry a lot!

favorablyimpressed's picture

(post #62666, reply #10 of 145)

Thanks, Poohzti.  It sounds like a fun read, the kind of book I like to take to bed.  I'm going to look for that one.

ghcook's picture

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I'll be getting Rick Bayless's new Mexican cookbook when I take a demo class at the Milwaukee Public Market this Saturday.  I'll report back.


http://www.milwaukeepublicmarket.org/guestchef.shtml

FitnessNut's picture

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I'm dying to get my hands on Jeffrey Alford and Naomi Duguid's new book, "Mangoes and Curry Leaves: A Cook's Pilgrimage". They did a special about six months ago for the Canadian Food Network about the trips to India that inspired the book and I've been anxiously awaiting publication ever since. Chapters tells me that I should have my book in about two weeks. I've no doubt that it will be excellent, as all their other books have been.

Follow your bliss ~~ Joseph Campbell

Follow your bliss ~~ Joseph Campbell
favorablyimpressed's picture

(post #62666, reply #11 of 145)

I have a few of their books.  They always do a nice job.  That reminds me that I should devote more time to those that I have, but I will check out their new book.

courgette's picture

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I saw it here in London at Chapters last week......


Mo

FitnessNut's picture

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The god of internet orders was watching me type over my shoulder.....Chapters shipped my book today ;-)

Follow your bliss ~~ Joseph Campbell

Follow your bliss ~~ Joseph Campbell
wisekaren's picture

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The last time The Good Cook begged me to rejoin and started throwing free books at me, I got two Nigella books, the Giada book, the newest Tyler Florence book, and one of the CI books (can't remember right now and am too lazy to run downstairs). I haven't used any yet, but Giada and the Nigellas look very promising.
Karen

favorablyimpressed's picture

(post #62666, reply #15 of 145)

Rather than considering new books, I really should start concentrating on some I haven't used . . . like the latest Tyler Florence book.  I do like his books.  I hope that when we do finally get cable TV, I like his personality as much. 


I wonder if anyone is considering Vegetable Love: Vegetables Delicious, Alone with Pasta, Seafood, Poultry, Meat and More
by Barbara Kafka. 

KarenP's picture

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I wonder if anyone is considering Vegetable Love: Vegetables Delicious, Alone with Pasta, Seafood, Poultry, Meat and More
by Barbara Kafka. 


  Glenys recommended it in the last week some time.  I braved Costco at lunchtime today after MadMom said she found it there.  Oddly, our Borders did not have it. I'm looking forward to going through it tonight.
  http://forums.taunton.com/tp-cookstalk/messages?msg=25185.1


Edited 11/30/2005 5:33 pm by KarenP

Glenys's picture

(post #62666, reply #26 of 145)

I hope that everyone read my additional reviews and, like reading a menu, looked into the fine print. I have nothing bad to say about the book BUT it extends the use of vegetables far beyond side dishes and salads but not into the creative vegetarian realm. The book is thorough, well written as always, but it's not for vegetarians, side dish seekers or salad lovers. If you have more questions, just email me.

Wolvie's picture

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oh - I'll have to look at my Cost Co today - braving it for the last time until after the holidays.

If, 2 1/2 years in, you don't control the only road linking your military airport to your headquarters, you don't control much of anything


Lewis Simons

 

favorablyimpressed's picture

(post #62666, reply #28 of 145)

Cookbook maven that I am, I'm wondering how I missed this thread!  Thanks for pointing it out to me.

knitpik's picture

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If you don't like Tyler you better not watch the rest of FoodTV. Not only is he very good looking but he has a very nice personality.

ICDOCEAN1's picture

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I have to laugh!  I know that Tyler is available in Potomac, I mean cable is available! 


I did order Zuni and I have so many other choices.  I might add that I have had pretty good luck with used books.  Some were never used while others just thumbed through. 


Vegetable Love...that has been a long time consideration.  I have so many vegetable books that I just do not want another at this time.


My head is just crazy new book selections...I just knew you would start this!


 

favorablyimpressed's picture

(post #62666, reply #29 of 145)

Oops . . . I should have said, "when we sign up for cable TV."  We never watch daytime TV, and, although we have it on in the evenings, we tend to do other things, so we've just never had an interest in cable TV.  I am getting interested in HDTV, however, and I'm going to start looking in the next few months.  Right now, it's a redecorating issue that's holding us back, like where to put the thing, and I have to convert a room into a "media center."  More than you wanted to know, right?


Yes, the majority of my books have been bought "used," although 90% of them have been in brand new condition.  BTW, selling books on half.com is very easy and productive.  I posted about 60 books a few weels ago and the sales keep trickling in. 

whatscooking's picture

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It's on my x-mas list.

Chicago-style deep-dish:  "Pizza for people who just aren't fat enough"
Anthony Bourdain
http://theoutdatedkitchen.blogspot.com/

wisekaren's picture

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Has anyone seen the Suzanne Goin book?
Karen

Lee's picture

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I read a review of it somewhere, which included what appeared to be a very good recipe for a braise.  The book sounds like something I'd enjoy having.  I'm going to look through it next time I'm near a bookstore.


I've got the Spiaggia cookbook on my list.  The restaurant is in Chicago and is one of the finest Italian restaurants in the country, if not the world.  The chef won a Beard award (or maybe F&W award) for best chef in the Midwest a year or so ago.  We had a divine dinner there last week.  I'm considering Kafka's book on vegetables, The Spanish Table, and Mangoes and Curry Leaves.  I've enjoyed Hot Sour Sweet Salty by the same author.


Edited 12/1/2005 8:42 am ET by lee

knitpik's picture

(post #62666, reply #25 of 145)

Breath of a Wok is by Grace Young. I was quite deceived by this one.

Lee's picture

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Oops!  I meant Hot, Sour, Salty, Sweet: A Culinary Journey Through China.  I haven't cooked anything from it, but it was an interesting read.


I was quite deceived by this one.


How so? 

knitpik's picture

(post #62666, reply #33 of 145)

The recipes from Breath of a Wok never appealed to me. Nothing special.
I suppose they'd be ok for someone who doesn't own any Chinese cookbooks but I have quite a few so this one was just so so for me. Did you make anything from this book that was outstanding? I might have overlook.