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Which cookbook do you use the most?
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woodstocker



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 23, 2006 2:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My family isn't all that well known for actively using cookbooks, but my grandfather would have been Julie Powell's best bud. Although he wouldn't serve anything unless it was perfect. He'd throw it all out and serve PB&J instead. Rolling Eyes All the kids got to pick a dinner for their bday- trust my mother to pick Duck a l'Orange. Apparently it was pretty darned good too.

But the old standbys most definitely include Double Day and Good Enough to Eat. My mom's friend knows one of the owners of Good Enough..., it is(was?) a vegetarian restaurant in NYC and they wrote a book with all the favorite recipes. It's definitely one of those books that you can sit and read then decide what you would like for dinner.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 10, 2006 12:26 am    Post subject: Re: Which cookbook do you use the most? Reply with quote

clotilde wrote:
Among all the cookbooks you have (and I'm sure some of you have loads) which one do you turn to most often, and which one did you make the most recipes out of?


I'd have to say "Moorish" by Greg and Lucy Malouf.
ISBN: 1-876719-98-2
Published: Hardie Grant Books , 2001

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1876719982/vikingshomeip-20

The spice mixes in the begging on the book are easy to make and add a lovely depth and exotic flavour to not only the recipes in the book.

The Tunisian Lamb and Cous Cous soup early on in the book is probably my most repeated recipe (even if I don't actually follow the recipe itself anymore).

However if I'm looking for something in particular, I'm more likely to hit Google than a cookbook (which I'm sure would change if I had all my cookbooks online and searchable).

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 10, 2006 12:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Judy wrote:
You're right, Clotilde, I do have loads of cookbooks, but the one I reach for before I look at any other book or website is 'The Cooks Companion' by Stephanie Alexander.


I've got two copies of that book (one was a wedding present), but alas both have not yet been found in the unpacking after out move.

I once heard The Silver Spoon described as the Stephanie Alexander or Italy Wink

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 10, 2006 1:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Erin wrote:
My favorite resource has to be Larousse Gastronomique, it is my bible. [snip] If you don't have it you need to drop it all and buy this book!


Easier said than done I'm afraid, it goes for $125 in Brisbane at the moment, and quite annoyingly it's sealed in plastic wrap so you can't peruse it in the shop before purchase.

Still, it's on my list of potential birthday/Christmas presents Smile

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 10, 2006 8:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Stephanie Alexander's Cook's Companion - I couldn't live without it. How awful that you haven't found yours David.

I have both editions, both signed. The first edition has stains on the most-used pages, and I tried really really hard not to do the same with the second edition, but Stephanie actually likes that. She thinks it's a sign that a cookbook has been well-used and loved.

I have a first edition Australian Women's Weekly Cookbook (1970) and it came with a clear protective sheet to lay over the pages you had open.

Can you tell that I'm a cookbook collector? Love 'em!
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 25, 2006 1:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tough question there are so many cookbooks and I might have 500 of them, or more (I am embarassed to admit)

I looked on Alibris.com and Amazon, also Ebay and there are copies of the Stephanie Alexander cookbook for sale on all of the sites but the Alibris site seems the least expensive.

Certainly the Joy of Cooking series is wonderful also Fannie Farmer' Boston Cooking School, if you like historical cook books. River Road Recipes is a fantastic Cookbook (it is available on Amazon). I often like to re-read Larousse because it gives a good background in the aesthethics of cooking as well a proved ancient recipes that you can use to make your own.

Anything by Craig Claiborne is good and you can find lots of his books still in print on the book sites.

I have a book that makes "She Crab soup" and "Jezebel Sauce" that one is from South Carolina and it's also good. Cannot recall the name.

I think the food writers who have written for the larger newspapers are usually a good bet for cookbooks.

Unfortunately, a some food writers make up recipes that they have not tested; so you are doomed to fail with their books. This is very disappointing but some very famous people got caught printing bad recipes including: Martha Stewart and Laurie Colwin. As much as I loved to read Laurie Colwin's articles and cookbooks, I cannot recommend her recipes. Ditto, Martha Stewart, who will make dishes that could be wonderful but then leaves out some important ingredients in the dish.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 25, 2006 4:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can answer for my daughter! "The Grit Cookbook"...oh how she loves that book...can smell the soup she's making at the moment...we visited The Grit Restaurant in Athens, Georgia ...friends took us...and I'll never ever forget that day...such fun and such scrumptious food.

Soph was given the book as a gift...various staff..both waiting and kitchen ..signed it for her..with very funny comments..

so this book has memories attached..all I have to do is look at the cover and I'm THERE...

since Sophie is a vegetarian...she delights in the book...not a mention of meat... Wink

soon I'll hear "Mum, soup's ready!"
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 21, 2006 12:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thought I'd bring this thread back up, seeing how it's that time of year again! My question, however, is if you had to pick a book to give to a novice cook who just moved into her own apartment, which would it be? My best friend just did so, and she's on a college budget and works full time. I was thinking Joy of Cooking as a general reference, but there's soo many other good choices that have been discussed here. Decisions, decisions. Shocked
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 21, 2006 6:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like Maida Heatter's books for baking...
Book of Great Desserts is the one I use most (she has several others, most of which I think are out of print now which is too bad because she is the best).

I also always go back to The Silver Palate and I have an old cookbook that I like even more than Joy of Cooking (the original, I don't care for the newer one either)... it's The Settlement Cookbook.
I have more than 100 cookbooks so I usually use a few at a time. I'll often look up several recipes for the same thing and then take from all of them and make up my own. Oh, and I almost forgot Barbara Kafka's The Microwave Gourmet! It's a great resource. (There's a healthy version as well)...

There are other books I really like even if I haven't yet used them as much as the ones above... I like Didi Emmond's Vegetarian Planet, Ming Tsai's Blue Ginger, Barefoot Contessa, Patricia Wells, too many more to name even! I guess I am a total cookbook junkie! A friend and I scope out great cookbooks on remainder all the time! I am running out of room for them and all the cooking magazines!
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 21, 2006 8:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've enjoyed reading through this thread, and noticing that the postings go back a couple of years!

The cookbooks I probably use the most are Patricia Wells' oft-mentioned Bistro Cooking; I also keep coming back to 'Cucina Fresca' - particularly for entertaining, and particularly in the summer. And I love Jeffrey Algord and Naomi Duguid's Rice cookbook. Another cookbook that I have made many of the recipes from is Pierre Wynants' 'Comme Chez Soi' (editions Albin Michel), which is in French. The recipes are absolutely amazing, and I've always had phenomenal success with them...but unfortunately it is hard to purchase the ingredients for many of the recipes outside France or Belgium.

...If I were buying a book for a novice cook with a college budget, I would certainly consider Cucina Fresca (because the recipes are generally very easy, and they can be prepared in advance), or a book of pasta recipes (like the Chez Panisse pasta cookbook). If your college student can read french, there is actually a wonderful book Cuisine étudiante, in the Marabout series, that would be perfect.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 21, 2006 9:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh boy, to pick a favourite... that's hard!
I guess Nigella's How to Eat would come first, though it's nog the most-used book in my library. But no book is, I like to read and read and then read some more and then combine bits and pieces into my own recipe.

Another favourite of mine is the River Café cookbook, strange that hasn't been mentioned yet.

Over the years my swiss aunt has given me some of the books of Betty Bossi, a swiss cookbookwriter (alas in German for you english-speaking crowd) who has one big advantage: if you follow the recipe, it always turns out lovely. This to me is striking as i have never found another cookbook that has no recipes whatsoever that need tweaking in some way. She's a trustworthy standby, though maybe not as adventurous as I'd like sometimes. But especially her two vegetarian books are lovely.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 21, 2006 1:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree- Joy of Cooking is usually no-fail. One of my favorites and most worn-out is Art Smith's Back to the Table. I am a southern girl, after all. His approach in this book is so loving- all about gathering around the table with friends and family and filling it with delicious food!
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 22, 2006 4:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Stephanie Alexander's "The Cook's Companion".

It is, to me, without peer.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 24, 2006 10:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hi there Jude!...imagine this...time to post on cnz!...almost home...I know this is breaking the rules..oops Wink

and the book is sooooooooooooo Stephanie, don't you agree. her writing is full of love for the topic...for the food ....she has a passion I adore...
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 24, 2006 11:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Madame! Lovely to 'see' you. Hope you've had a great time with Griffin.

Your whole trip has been amazing.

I'm just about to start making Stephanie's Sherry Trifle Semifreddo from the latest Delicious magazine. I don't have any sherry and can't decide whether to use Frangelico or Cointreau.
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