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SallyBR1's picture

I am going back to Cookbook Club. They sent me the usual "we want you back", "4 books for 1 buck each" - I tossed the invitation twice, this is the third time, so I caved. (please, don t say anything mean)


My question for all the enablers of the forum - I hesitate between Les Halles Cookbook (by Anthony Bourdain) and Bouchon Cookbook, would appreciate some feedback.


I am also tempted by "Feast" by Nigella - anyone has it?


(I hate to admit this, but here we go: I think I will get Rachael Ray 30 minutes for my stepson's girlfriend, as they are kind-of-sort-of-trying-of-thinking-about-considering" starting to cook)


 

AmyElliesMom's picture

(post #62660, reply #1 of 17)

I got Les Halles, and really have liked the recipes I've made from it. And, his descriptions are riotously funny.

Too bad the only people who know how to run the country are busy driving cabs and cutting hair. ~ George Burns

 

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Adele's picture

(post #62660, reply #2 of 17)

I have Bouchon and liked the recipes I did from it, pretty sure I reported here on them, did rabbit pate & frogs legs & cold leeks & something else.

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

SallyBR1's picture

(post #62660, reply #4 of 17)

Aren t they a bit too involved?  I am afraid that it would be a cookbook with maybe 5% of recipes that I would really try to make, and the other just read and drool...


What do you think?  Of course, I could drop "Feast" and get Les Halles AND Bouchon instead

schnitzel's picture

(post #62660, reply #3 of 17)

I placed an order two days ago for:

The Cooking of Southwest France, by Paula Wolfert
and
Anthony Bourdain's Les Halles Cookbook


20% off plus $1.99 shipping.
Yup.


   ~Amy      Cooks Talk T&T Recipes  
Glenys's picture

(post #62660, reply #5 of 17)

I just did the class for the revised Cooking from the SW of France. You must understand I adored the first book, and everything Paula does, but this new book is such understated brilliance, I can't say enough. She's wittled down the technique to a certain degreee, the ingredients (she's lost over 50 lb just in modifying classic recipes) and she's introduced some of the brainy brilliant techniques that I'm so enamoured with.
Once again, if you don't like this kind of food, it's not for you. If you love to read about process blended with history and back again with a modern twist, it's for you.
She is a goddess, and damn if all the food I cooked from the book for class wasn't perfect. Try the choclate cake with sea salt, if nothing else.

KarenP's picture

(post #62660, reply #6 of 17)

 just did the class for the revised Cooking from the SW of France. You must understand I adored the first book, and everything Paula does, but this new book is such understated brilliance, I can't say enough. She's wittled down the technique to a certain degreee, the ingredients (she's lost over 50 lb just in modifying classic recipes) and she's introduced some of the brainy brilliant techniques that I'm so enamoured with.
Once again, if you don't like this kind of food, it's not for you. If you love to read about process blended with history and back again with a modern twist, it's for you.
She is a goddess, and damn if all the food I cooked from the book for class wasn't perfect. Try the choclate cake with sea salt, if nothing else.


   You are more dangerous than the lure of any free book coupon..I keep saying I'm not going to buy anymore cookbooks.  I'd had myself convinced that her slow mediteranean was going to be enough.

schnitzel's picture

(post #62660, reply #9 of 17)

Thanks for sharing that, Glenys.
I've been reading such good things about this book on eGullet:


http://forums.egullet.org/index.php?&act=calendar&code=showevent&eventid=591


http://forums.egullet.org/index.php?showtopic=75554&hl=Cooking%20Southwest%20France&st=0

I just know I'm going to love it.


   ~Amy      Cooks Talk T&T Recipes  
SallyBR1's picture

(post #62660, reply #11 of 17)

They don t have the Paula's book on the dollar sale (Sally furiously pouts)

Oh, well - as the Rolling Stones would put it: You can t always get what you want

Jean's picture

(post #62660, reply #12 of 17)

Sally, go to their web site and see if you can get it there. You have lots more options than they give you on the mailer.

Veni, vidi, velcro        I came,  I  saw,  I stuck around.


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SallyBR1's picture

(post #62660, reply #13 of 17)

I GOT IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yes, in the website - oh, I am such a happy woman now!

Jean's picture

(post #62660, reply #14 of 17)

Whoopeeeeee!

Veni, vidi, velcro        I came,  I  saw,  I stuck around.


http://www.thebreastcancersite.com

A  clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/
help to provide free mammograms for women in need
schnitzel's picture

(post #62660, reply #15 of 17)

That's great, Sally.


And good thinking, Jean!


   ~Amy      Cooks Talk T&T Recipes  
Sondra's picture

(post #62660, reply #17 of 17)

Don't you love it when a plan comes together??  What fun you're having today.  Makes me want to order half dozen cookbooks!   lol

DJ's picture

(post #62660, reply #7 of 17)

I just rejoined the Good Cook club;what was I thinking?  After the big fiasco where they sent the Gourmet cookbook to many people who hadn't been given an opportunity to refuse it, I swore I would never join again. They offered a percentage off the first purchase, so I have only one more book to buy already and I can quit again.


I have Nigella's Feast book. Great to read. I've only made the rhubarb mincemeat from it(it was delicious), but do plan to try many more recipes. It is international in  the range of recipes-Morrocan, Middle Eastern and more.

If you eat pasta and antipasta, are you still hungry?

Biscuit's picture

(post #62660, reply #8 of 17)

Us?!  Snide remarks?!  How dare you...


(G)


I think that I shall never budge from this cake of frosted fudge; O' chocolate taste I love so true, Nothing else will ever do!

"When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty."  - George Bernard Shaw

Sondra's picture

(post #62660, reply #10 of 17)

Of the cookbooks authored by Nigella, I think Feast is the most useful.  Not a huge Nigella fan, but I liked this one.


Enjoy your new cookbooks, feel no guilt, only pleasure.

Pomona's picture

(post #62660, reply #16 of 17)

I caved as well.  I got Les Halles and also the Baltazar cookbook.  Friend has the Baltazar book(he works there as a host) and we made the most wonderful mushroom soup and duck shepherds pie out of it this weekend.  I also got a Rick Bayless cookbook for SO, Lidia Bastianich's newest book, and Debra Madison's quick vegetarian meals book.