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 Post subject: new cookbooks
PostPosted: Mon Nov 28, 2016 9:22 am 
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What cookbooks are on your wish list for the holidays & why? thanks Kathy


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 28, 2016 7:55 pm 
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Not *just* a book, but a whole "kit":

https://www.ranchogordo.com/collections ... et-sampler

On my wish list because I'm a cassoulet addict, and a huge rancho gordo fan too.

I really really want a great italian cookbook. I remain convinced italian food has more to it then grandma food. I could be wrong. My current leaning is the Del Posto cookbook, but that is just because I heard about it on "Cooking Issues" It is probably just dressed up italian food. With so much coast, sea food should really be playing a starring role one would think.


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 Post subject: Re: new cookbooks
PostPosted: Tue Nov 29, 2016 11:52 am 
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Kathy,

Here's the cookbooks which I was thinking of getting, and might still receive as a gift, depending:

  • Deguid's Taste of Persia: it's Deguid. Excellent coverage of less-common ME cuisine, and as always her recipes are impeccable.
  • Dorie's Cookies: it's Dorie. Kris didn't get enough time with it from the library.
  • Big Flavors from a Small Kitchen: see review in "Random Cookbook" thread.
  • Koreatown: see review in "Random Cookbook" thread.

I found a bunch of other cookbooks I liked this year, but none of them are published in 2016. So many new cookbooks coming out every year that I'm still working on 2010.

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Paul,

Hmmm, that's a good one. I don't know what I'd call a "great" Italian cookbook. The ones I particularly like are the regional ones, but you'd want more than one; I can recommend The Splendid Table (Emilia-Romagna) and Cooking the Roman Way, but I haven't see a Tuscan, Sicilian, or Venetian one I really like.

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Paul:

Wait, I take it back: Pulpo is a pretty good Venetian cookbook, for Venetian bar food.

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I also like Cooking the Roman way. From Nonna's Kitchen is also good but a bit more rustic. I also like the Rao's cookbook and all things Lidia. Mario Batali's bolognese is my favorite version of this recipe too. I don't have any of his books though.

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I'm going to try out The Splendid Table. Sounds still pretty peasant-y, but also pretty interesting (and not entirely peasant-y).


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Paul,

If you remember the potato bread recipe I posted on the old Board, which like 18 different people made, that was from The Splendid Table.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 30, 2016 9:10 am 
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TheFuzzy wrote:
Paul,

If you remember the potato bread recipe I posted on the old Board, which like 18 different people made, that was from The Splendid Table.


Fuzzy, searched the board for your recipe but came up empty. Can you point to it for me, pls?
I'm probably the world's worst searcher.


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 30, 2016 11:38 am 
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First, please some other folks suggest cookbooks for Kathy!

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Linda,

It was on The Old Board, not here.

Recipe follows:

Pagnotta di Patate da Fabio
(Venetian Potato Bread, adapted by the Fuzzy)

1 lbs Potatoes (2 med. russet)
3 tsp. Active Dry Yeast
2 lbs all-purpose flour (7 cups?)
1 tbs sea salt + pinch.
1 tbs olive oil.
2 1/2 cups water
Spritzer full of clean water.

Warm 1/2 cup water, and mix with yeast and 1/2 cup of the flour. Leave to bubble while you do the potatoes.

Peel, de-oculate, and slice the potatoes. Boil for 10-15 min, until soft. Remove from water, allow to cool (10 min) and mash in a large mixing bowl.

Using hands, mix the flour with the mashed potatoes and the salt. When well mixed, add the yeast mixture and 1 1/2 cups of the potato water. Mix until all sticks.

Turn dough out onto lightly floured board. Knead 12-15 times, but not too much. Coat a clean bowl with the olive oil and put in a warm place to rise for 1 hour (45 min at 90 degrees). Punch down, and divide in half, shaping into two oval loaves. Place on parchment on cookie sheet and rise again for the same period (45 min - 1 hour).

20-25 min before the 2nd rising is complete, place a baking stone in the oven and pre-heat to 400 degrees. Make sure oven has been at 400 degrees for at least 10 minutes before you put the bread in.

At the right time, slash both loaves, and slide the cookie sheet on top of the baking stone. At 15 min and again at 20 min, spritz the loaves with water. At 25 min, you should be able to lift the loaves off the cookie sheet and onto the baking stone. Spritz them, and spritz them again at 30 minutes. They should be done by 40-45 minutes; you can tell by an oak-brown upper crust, and a bottom that sounds hollow when thumped. Place on a rack to cool for at least 20 min.

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