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20 Oct 2017, 09:38
I love cookbooks.

Love them.


Anyhoo, I was looking for cookbooks and saw one I thought I might get, but figured I'd check in with our resident fan of all things Japanese and see if Jem was familiar with Harumi Kurihara and if she'd read any of her books...

And then I was thinking, we have people from all sorts of places here...and people who like food. I'm sure other people might be interested in recommendations for cookbooks covering different types of cuisine. Like, what's up down under? How to make poutine and all foods my Northern friends? What's a good German cookbook? Etc...

20 Oct 2017, 10:32
Nice idea. We do have the essential go to cookbook that any young person moving away from their parents seem to be gifted, it's called "God mad, let at lave", but it's in Danish... So unless you speak Danish that's not really gonna be a help. I started looking around, and the only one I can find that seems like it's actual traditional Danish food is one called "dining with the danes" by Lynn Andersen, that looks pretty good.

B. de Corbin
20 Oct 2017, 10:40
How does one cook a book?


I cook a lot, but don't read cookbooks. Usually, I ad lib, and when I do actually do something I've never done before, I generally get a recipe from the internet. Alton Brown, Food Network (http://www.foodnetwork.com/profiles/talent/alton-brown/recipes) is usually good.

My sister, however, who also like to cook, collects cookbooks - Last i heard, she like the James Beard (https://www.jamesbeard.org/recipes) books.

20 Oct 2017, 13:20
I have quite a few. I have certain dishes I want to be exactly the same every time. I did the ad-libbing decades ago and now I know how I want them to be! I remember back in the early '80s, people would compliment my rice and say theirs always either sticks or is watery. I never figured out, until fairly recently, that they simply weren't following the instructions on how much water to use. You can't just throw some stuff together! Someone once wanted my baked ziti recipe and they they used jarred sauce - YUCK - it tasted like school lunch. LOL

Prickly Pear
20 Oct 2017, 16:45
Ooo! I love cookbooks! I read through them like normal books.

If you are considering dabbling in vegan cuisine, it might be good to start with Isa Chandra Moskowitz's and Terri Romero's books- mostly written together. They are classics, and fun to read. They have a series on vegan baking that is good. If you are already seriously vegan, then you have probably read at least some of them already.

Also, not books, but the Food Wishes channel on Youtube is really good for people who are already comfortable cooking. You never get the measurements, which is why I hesitate for newer cooks, but I have made some really good food based on those videos. My family will steer me towards the ones they want me to try.

21 Oct 2017, 19:17
My mother in law compiled a cookbook of family recipes. She shipped everyone two copies. One functional one and one as a backup/clean copy in case the functional one gets lost, dirty, breaks, or disappears. I haven't used it yet but I know there are several awesome recipes in there including a delicious artichoke dip that tends to be a party favorite when I bring it to potlucks.

22 Oct 2017, 17:34
Our library has two full rows of cookbooks. I got some awesome recipes from what I think was parents need to eat too. It had some recipes already broken down into stages to make ur easier to find the time. And i think that's where I got my sweet potato chili recipe that everyone loves. I'll return to the library and find some more of my favorites. Cause I don't remember titles well.

23 Oct 2017, 17:51
As I am originally from Louisiana, I would recommend "Talk About Good!" (https://www.amazon.com/Cookbook-Louisiana-Lafayette-Junior-League/dp/0935032029/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1508809572&sr=1-1&keywords=talk+about+good) by the Junior League of Lafayette (Louisiana) as a good go-to cookbook for Cajun, Creole and Soul Food. Only recipe it doesn't cover is beignets.

My grandmother used this book a great deal - first print was 1969 and she had the original. I was surprised to see it was still in print and ordered a copy not long ago. Cooking Cajun food Down Under is always a big hit with the Aussies. :cool:

Tylluan Penry
27 Oct 2017, 13:19
How does one cook a book?


I've managed it on occasion by dapping down my cookbook on a hot hob.... still have the scorch marks on them to prove it!

B. de Corbin
02 Nov 2017, 17:55
I've managed it on occasion by dapping down my cookbook on a hot hob.... still have the scorch marks on them to prove it!

In American, does that mean you set the book on the stove?


Tylluan Penry
03 Nov 2017, 14:22
In American, does that mean you set the book on the stove?


Umm... yes. Sorry, didn't stop to filter the way I talk. ;)

29 Nov 2017, 04:14
I am now looking at getting this one,now that I need to watch my diet due to being Diabetic.
Book Here, (https://www.amazon.com/Diabetes-Comfort-Food-Diet/dp/0778805182/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1511957417&sr=8-4&keywords=diabetic+comfort+food+cookbook)


05 Dec 2017, 16:21
I like cookbooks of all cuisines. I especially love the classics. Julia Child is a favorite of mine. I like Alton Brown, he is just so hilarious. I also like Mark Bittman. I recommend getting his books because he just has a way of writing that makes you feel that he is talking directly to you. All of his books that I have are so simplified. I do collect cookbooks and pretty much a lot of books anyway. Cookbooks are a love of mine as well.