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I was just wondering if any of you have any favorite cookbooks that you would recommend. I just recently got the cookbook that was published by the chef at Verbena in New York. (I'll have to thank Ojeffso and Gigi for introducing me to that restaurant.) The recipes look awesome!

Just for amusement, and if you are ready to kick up your cholesteral, check out Patti LaBelle's cookbook. The macaroni and cheese recipe is clearly one of the highlights.

Joy of Cooking has always been an enigma.
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River Road Recipes I. Baton Rouge's Junior League bible. It is fabulous. Spinach Madeline, yum. Gotta go with I though, II and III are not as good.

Thomas Keller's French Laundry - prettiest book ever, tough stuff, good read.

Tom Douglas' Seattle Kitchen (named
Best Americana Cookbook by the James Beard Foundation, 2001.) Tom's narratives are fascinating and very informative. Think Pan-Asian meets the Northwest meets a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. (Mac ' Cheese to die for here too)

Emeril's Kids Cookbook is the best kids cookbook since my childhood favorite "Mud Pies and other Recipes."

I agree with Whiner15 on the Essentials of Italian Cooking by Marcella Hazen - that is probably the cookbook I use most! Some of my other favorites include:
- The Cook and The Gardener by Amanda Hesser if you love cooking with fresh produce, and it's a great read as well
- Mostly Mediterranean by Paula Wolfert....I've never been disappointed in one of her recipes
- Weber's Big Book of Grilling .... this has an interesting repertoire of ethnic grilling dishes in addition to great advice on how best to cook specific cuts of meat/fish/poultry
For those who are interested in cooking techniques in the style of the show, Good Eats on the Food Network (why things are done the way they are and why specific ingredients make a difference such as cane sugar versus beet sugar), look at "The Best Recipe" from the editors of Cook's Illustrated. I would also concur with the suggestion for Marc Bittman's book above as another technique resource.
Even though I collect cookbooks and subscribe to a couple of magazines, I get most of my recipes off the web. Use the books more to get ideas.

I'll second QOH with the French Laundry Cookbook. Don't have the time or ingrediants most of the time, but the book always inspires me. One day I'll do an entire meal from the book just to see if I can.

Blobby - the Creme de Colorado and Colorado Cache cookbooks are great. Never had a bad meal from either. Good food straigforward.
--Better Homes & Gardens red and white cookbook (3 ring binder), absolute best for basics!

--Mastering the art of french cooking. I have the new edition, but all are good. Definitions are essential.

--Cooks Illustrated Best Recipe. Fun to read through all the steps they go through to get the "best recipe." Too big though.

--My personal favorite is Private Colllection (first book) by the Palo Alto Junior League. I think I've made just about everything in the little cookbook always with great results.
any book that emphasizes technique and fresh ingredients; for me the science of cooking is so important because if I understand what is happening in the mixing bowl, on the stove, in the oven, etc., I can adjust any recipe to make it the best it can possibly be for its time and its intended audience

How to Cook Everything is certainly a good place to start

and there's a short book called Prime Cuts by a female chef from England that has drastically improved my knowledge for cooking with beef
I have an old cook book translated from French dating back to 1953.

Long before anybody had heard of "cholesterol" "heart disease" "low fat". My arteries harden just reading it, but some of the most exquisite things I've ever cooked have come out of it.

Too much ambition results in promotion to a job you can't do
Maybe I missed it, but Cooks Illustrated is a great read full of information. Second to the book would be their monthly newsletter, the Consumer Reports of cookbooks.

Corkage - River Road had three editions, try to find #1. Baton Rouge Junior League. You can find it most almost anywhere in New Orleans (tourist shops, bookstores), or maybe call the BRJL Confused

i was thinking about this last night after i got home from a night of drinking... Big Grin for me...

Favorite book:
How To Eat - Nigella Lawson Wink

Rounding out the top 5, no order:
City Cuisine - Mary Sue Milliken & Susan Feniger

The New McCall's Cookbook (circa 1973) - Mary Eckley

New Cookbook - Better Homes & Gardens

Soprano's Family Cookbook

Tom Douglas' Seattle Kitchen (named
Best Americana Cookbook by the James Beard Foundation, 2001.) Tom's narratives are fascinating and very informative. Think Pan-Asian meets the Northwest meets a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. (Mac ' Cheese to die for here too)

One of my Chefs is the cowriter of that book. Beat out Hiro Sone's Terra that year.

AIM: Drunken Mariachi
Hard to find, but the Scorcese family cookbook (Italian American) is a lot of fun. I got it 10 years ago. Catherine Scorcese (Martin Scorcese's Mother - she dies a few years ago) co-wrote it. Some of you may know that she would cook for all the food scenes in Scorcese's movies and cook for the actors.

She tells stories and has 40 or so old fashioned Italian dishes. Good fellas scenes are written out. Her Italian cookies are great and the pasta dishes, Fritatta, soups. We use it all the time. Good stuff.
Originally posted by DJ Hombre:
One of my Chefs is the cowriter of that book. Beat out Hiro Sone's Terra that year._

Well, well!! Well done!

Since the initial posting of this thread, Tom Douglas has published yet another cookbook: TOM'S BIG DINNERS, Big Time Home Cooking for Family and Friends.
I don't have it but I'll bet it's good. And big.

I just received this notice for any Northwesterners hanging around Edmonds this weekend:

"The Taste of Edmonds 2004, a popular annual event featuring local restaurants and artisans, welcomes special guest, chef Tom Douglas, to host his live, weekly radio show from downtown Edmonds. On Saturday, August 14, 2004, Chef Douglas will broadcast, from Noon to 2:00 p.m., from the Wine & Cheese Garden at the 2004 Taste of Edmonds. Join Tom at the Wine and Cheese Garden. Tom will also be available to greet guests of the Taste of Edmonds, sign cookbooks, and answer questions after the show, from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m."

Should be fun.

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A little gem we picked up in a local bookstore ten years ago called The Best of France - a cookbook - published by Colllins - food editor is Evie Righter - everything we've tried in it - from Soufles to Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic to Cherry Caflouti has been easy to prepare and tasted absolutely great. Really recommend it - but be warned it's less than 100 pages .

For BBQ's - The BBQ Bible - HOW TO GRILL - Raichlen - of course

And on that note - we are heading to PEI in two weeks and our host has requested Beer Can Chicken - I know there was a thread here about it not long ago - can someone point me towards it - I know several of you had tried it and want to reread your tips ...


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