What cookbooks have you gotten / added to your wish list - 2022

I’ll be a contrarian, even though I’ve always had it as a NYT subscriber.

It’s a good resource, but there are lots of good/better recipes to be had elsewhere. If you haven’t used it yet, I don’t know that you’re missing anything. And it’s still $36 for the year.

I used to use Epi much more, and even since their paywall, I’m more likely to reference it than NYT (there are a few free views and then you can clear the cache) than NYT. I browse NYT for interest / ideas, but rarely cook from it.

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A second endorsement for Epicurious. Even if it is my #2 go-to, I still treasure it as a resource and think it is miles above the fray.

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Update - so far, I’ve made one recipe - the rye bread. I didn’t find it to taste rye enough, but this is a common issue I have and the bread came out tasty and has a great crumb, so I’m definitely calling it a win.

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If you’re into rye bread, I fully recommend “The Rye Baker” by Stanley Ginsberg. I’ve made many breads from that book and all have been good. You’ll definitely get your rye fix from his recipes.

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Thank you! Will check it out!

not a a cookbook per se, but looks fascinating — just requested from library.

serendipity : a history of accidental culinary discoveries.

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Great rec! Thanks. Rec’d it yesterday.
A really lovely book with illustrations rather than glossy pics and her personal intros to the recipes. Haven’t yet but the visitandines will be my first try - odd that they were not in the index?

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I think it’s because the French names are not indexed, only the English.

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To cookbooks that I had preordered have arrived. One is “Eat Plants, B*TCH” by Pinky Cole, founder of The Slutty Vegan restaurants, food trucks, and food company. The other is “Vegan Africa” by Marie Kacouchia, a Parisian woman of African heritage. Haven’t had time to dive in to either yet, but from a cursory browse, the African book is appealing to me the most.

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And speaking of cookbooks, our Cookbook of the Month nominations are going on through the 19th. If you’re interested in cooking along, come on over and join the nomination process.

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Inspired by the HO thread on " Restaurants you dearly miss?" (LA) Veal Oscar! (Scandia), Chasen’s Chili! From 1971.

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At a second-hand store today I found a copy of ATK’s Bread Illustrated. On the recco of a friend it came home with me. It looks like it includes a lot of fun bakes. Anyone have any favorites from this book?

I signed up last year (seem to think it was a Black Friday or holiday deal of $20 for the year?) and I think I’ve found maybe 10-20 recipes that I’ll keep, but won’t renew at full price. I think it depends on your tastes/palate, and I find their recipes skew towards main ingredients or cuisines we don’t all like.

FYI - EYB has an Amazon link for buy three for the price of 2 cookbooks. Says to type COOKBOOKS to get list. This will be a short list. If you leave off the S (cookbook) you will get more books. The irritating thing about this is you never see all the applicable books. It keeps showing same books, throwing in a new one here and there. If there are books you are interested in, look them up. You may never see them on the list.

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Deb at Smitten Kitchen just came out with her 3rd cookbook: Smitten Kitchen Keepers. I was surprised to not have a long wait for the ebook from my library.

I’ve browsed through it and there really are a lot of enticing recipes. Great photos! She posted one on her blog and I made it, certain I would love it; I didn’t. It was roasted garlic, butter, fresh spinach, angel hair pasta (I used thin spaghetti). I prefer pasta with Hazan’s pesto sauce.

Again, many recipes in the book look great! I really love her “voice”

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Gateau is on its way

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I recently received the new Smitten Kitchen Keepers cookbook. It is meh. If I had borrowed it from the library first I probably wouldn’t have bought it. I’ve also gotten Christina Tosi’s All About Cookies. Haven’t made anything from it yet but a lot of stuff looks good. I thought I pre-ordered Ina Garten’s newest book but apparently not. I’ll have to fix that.

I’m an avowed Italophile and Katie Parla has a book devoted to the islands of Italy coming in March (even the wee little islands). Interestingly, she has decided to self-publish, and you can preorder through her website. I have her other two books but honestly because I have so many Italian cookbooks I have not cooked straight from either yet, but they are gorgeous books. I get them for the research for travel as much as anything.

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I was planning to buy Masa by Jorge Gaviria and Drinking Lightly, but both sold out at the bookstore I was going to buy from while they sat in my cart. Now I’ve just dropped a chunk of money on an animal hospital bill, so both of these will go back to my wish list for now.
I did buy a shopworn copy of Bagels, Schmears, and a Nice Piece of Fish from said bookstore. I haven’t received it yet, but an interview with the author on KCRW’s Good Food podcast convinced that I could and must learn to make excellent bagels at home.

Are you going to use lye?