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 Post subject: Re: Random cookbook of the week
PostPosted: Wed Jun 22, 2011 8:44 am 
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TheFuzzy wrote:
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A Real American Breakfast, but Jamison & Jamison:

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0060188243/

If you wanted to own one and only one breakfast/brunch book, and you wanted that book to contain almost every single breakfast dish you might want to make, this is that book.


I checked this out of the library, and Josh, you couldn't be more right. It's the "bible" of breakfast. Some really excellent ideas in there.

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 25, 2011 11:36 pm 
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Amy,

BTW, I went ahead and bought Hirogoyen's The Basque Kitchen Especially since I've finally been able to buy some Piment d'Espalette (sp?)

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 26, 2011 2:16 am 
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TheFuzzy wrote:
Amy,

BTW, I went ahead and bought Hirogoyen's The Basque Kitchen Especially since I've finally been able to buy some Piment d'Espalette (sp?)

Let me know what else you make out it.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 07, 2011 11:40 pm 
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Two cookbooks for Middle Eastern Week up here in Oregon (for July 4th, no less):

Mediterranean Fresh by Joyce Goldstein

This is Goldstein's 20th cookbook or so. In this cookbook, she's chosen to focus on salads: Arabic, Israeli, Moroccan, Italian, Spanish, and Greek salads. The book starts with an introduction and several informational pages which are easily the most valuable part of the book, including a glossary of leafy greens, ideas about salads, and even two pages on matching wines with salads, making the first time I've ever seen that topic addressed. The final chapter with 60 pages of dressings is equally valuable. However, the salads in between are the weak part. It's fairly clear that Goldstein expected to have more time to research and test recipes than she actually spent. While the book has many good recipes (like Syrian Wheat Salad and and Parsley Salad with Walnuts and Pecorino) it also has a number of lackluster salad ideas as well as some recipes which could not be remotely considered salads and seem to be random recipes recycled from Goldstein's other books (like lamb skewers and felafel).

Overall, a 3.0 out of 5. I'd recommend it to someone who really wants to add a lot more salads to their regular diet, but it's not a must-buy, or even up to the quality of Goldstein's other books.

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Arabesque by Claudia Roden

This cookbook is in three sections: Morocco, Turkey, and Lebanon. For each of those cuisines, she presents a selection of starters, mains and desserts. The Moroccan section was quite interesting and presented a lot of recipes I hadn't seen before and didn't require a lot of special ingredients, as well as a dozen or so seafood recipes, more than I've seen in any other collection on Morocco. I have less opinion on the Turkish section, as it was very meat-heavy, and the Lebanese section was solid but didn't have a lot of recipes I hadn't seen in many other Lebanese cookbooks.

As with the Goldstein, I felt like this was not Roden's best book; if you want to learn Middle Eastern food from her you'd be better off buying The New Book of Middle Eastern Food, which is one of the best cookbooks I've seen. If you're collecting cookbooks or can find it on sale, though, Arabesque would be worthwhile for the Moroccan section alone.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 12, 2011 9:28 am 
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You guys are a bad influence. I just bought All American Breakfast and Salad as a Meal. We love breakfast for dinner so some new ideas will be great.


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I went to a Borders last week in CT and bought - Around My French Table, Sara Moulton’s Everyday Family Dinners and Pam Anderson's Perfect One Dish Dinners. All 3 for $40. :D How I wish I had all of you there with me to advise on any other must haves. Then again, hubby is probably happy that I didn't have any enablers with me. ;)


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Good haul! I am continuing my love affair with round My French Table. I made the mussels with chorizo over fettucine last night and it was awesome. I also made the apple cake again. I can't remember the last time I got so much mileage out of one cookbook. Before I had so many and certainly before the Internet!

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I just bought All American Breakfast and Salad as a Meal. We love breakfast for dinner so some new ideas will be great.



I just got this through a second party seller at Amazon, and as I flippped through, I noticed one of the pages appeared to be torn out, and realized pages 92 - 97 had been torn out! Grrrrrr. People who tear out book pages should be killed. Back it goes.

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Several more cookbooks from the San Francisco Public Library:

Paul Prudhomme's Louisana Tastes: Paul may be the grandfather of New Orleans cuisine as most of us know it, but his recipes haven't aged well. Despite being published in 2000, the cookbook feels more like 1980. Recipes are uninteresting and over-reliant on heavy sauces. Not recommended.

Crescent City Farmer's Market Cookbook: interesting take on a cookbook which is intended to be sold in NOLA rather than outside it. Recipes in general are based on fresh & seasonal, but are uneven in quality as you'd expect from recipes contributed by a variety of vendors and restaurant owners. Still, there's some useful stuff in there, and I copied a few recipes down. Recommended as a bargain buy.

Susheela Raghavan's Flavors of Malaysia: Another excellent book to get you started on SE Asian cooking. Not only is this book full of stories and explanatory boxes and glossary, but most of the recipes call for relatively few ingredients you couldn't purchase at a well-stocked supermarket. Also has every Malaysian recipe I've every heard of, except for tea salad. But maybe that's a Burmese thing. Highly recommended.

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