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#1 GrantK

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Posted 19 June 2009 - 08:48 AM

40% off coupon and a gift certificate, what should I get? It's going to depend on what they have in stock, of course, but some books on my wish list or just look interesting are (not in any particular order):

Bobby Flay's and Hubert Keller's burger books (it's summer! but do I really need a burger book? I'm dubious)
Seven Fires Grilling the Argentine Way
Tacos by Mark Miller
Ratio by Michael Ruhlman
The Perfect Scoop by David Liebovitz
Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day
Big Bob Gibson's BBQ Book
Modern Spice by Monica Bhide
Baking from My Home to Yours by Dorrie Greenspan
Izakaya the Japanese Pub Cookbook by Mark Robinson
the Fuschia Dunlop books on Szechuan and Hunan
Diane Kennedy's Art of Mexican Cooking (I have the other two, might as well complete the trifecta)

Any recs on a Vietnamese cookbook? I don't have one yet. There are several that look interesting including Secrets of the Red Lantern by Pauline Nguyen and Into the Vietnamese Kitchen by Andrea Nguyen. Bourdain's buddy Bobby Chinn has a book out now too.

Is the revised McGee On Food and Cooking that different from the old one?
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Posted 19 June 2009 - 12:09 PM

QUOTE(GrantK @ Jun 19 2009, 04:48 AM) View Post
40% off coupon and a gift certificate, what should I get? It's going to depend on what they have in stock, of course, but some books on my wish list or just look interesting are (not in any particular order):

Bobby Flay's and Hubert Keller's burger books (it's summer! but do I really need a burger book? I'm dubious)
Seven Fires Grilling the Argentine Way
Tacos by Mark Miller
Ratio by Michael Ruhlman
The Perfect Scoop by David Liebovitz
Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day
Big Bob Gibson's BBQ Book
Modern Spice by Monica Bhide
Baking from My Home to Yours by Dorrie Greenspan
Izakaya the Japanese Pub Cookbook by Mark Robinson
the Fuschia Dunlop books on Szechuan and Hunan
Diane Kennedy's Art of Mexican Cooking (I have the other two, might as well complete the trifecta)

Any recs on a Vietnamese cookbook? I don't have one yet. There are several that look interesting including Secrets of the Red Lantern by Pauline Nguyen and Into the Vietnamese Kitchen by Andrea Nguyen. Bourdain's buddy Bobby Chinn has a book out now too.

Is the revised McGee On Food and Cooking that different from the old one?

Let me guess - you got the 40% off Borders coupon.
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Posted 19 June 2009 - 12:22 PM

You won't regret getting Dorie's book.

Andrea Nguyen's Into the Vietnamese Kitchen is my top pick for Vietnamese cooking.

I'd be more likely to make something from The Perfect Scoop than others on your list, even though they are good choices, but what really sings to you?
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Posted 19 June 2009 - 12:28 PM

I bought and then returned Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day. It's a great concept, but the more I read I realized I was never going to actually make the bread. YMMV.
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Posted 19 June 2009 - 12:35 PM

What memesuze said about Dorie and Andrea.

If you like to grill, Seven Fires is a must.
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Posted 19 June 2009 - 01:02 PM

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Posted 19 June 2009 - 01:06 PM

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Any recs on a Vietnamese cookbook?


Grant, I highly recommend The Asian Kitchen by Lillian Wu.

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Posted 19 June 2009 - 01:13 PM

I agree with those who suggested the Dorie book. And, I'd add The Perfect Scoop. Mmmm, homemade ice cream to go with all those freshly baked cookies and brownies wink.gif .

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Posted 19 June 2009 - 02:26 PM

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Modern Spice by Monica Bhide


BUY IT BUY IT BUY IT!!!!!!!!




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laugh.gif Mine too, and as I may have mentioned, I worked on this one.

Even so, wink.gif it's the kind of cookbook I love to have -- recipes I would actually cook, and marvelous stories. She takes the approach that now, even in India, the "traditional" (i.e., authentic but difficult mixing of spices, grinding ingredients, etc.) ways of doing things are being replaced by good-quality convenience products, about which she give you helpful buying information. And I know that she tests and tests and tests her recipes, so they work. She makes cooking Indian food much easier but no less delicious.

Ratio is good if you want to be able to do things on your own, without slavishly following someone else's recipes.

And yes, the updated McGee has a lot more information than the original.

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Posted 19 June 2009 - 03:17 PM

Probably Marcella's Essentials of Italian Cooking or Marcella Cucina.

Zuni Cafe cookbook as well.

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Posted 20 June 2009 - 06:41 PM

I love The Perfect Scoop and use it all the time. In fact, I just got rid of two, shall we say, lesser quality ice cream books (gifts from people who don't cook) since I never use anything but The Perfect Scoop.
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Posted 20 June 2009 - 06:52 PM

the dunlop sichuan book is great. as is the kennedy.

it's worth looking on the amazon marketplace--i've picked up some excellent books for a few dollars apiece (new).

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Posted 20 June 2009 - 08:22 PM

Thanks! Yes, both the gift certificate and 40% off coupon were for Border's. I'm forcing myself to buy things only when there's a coupon.

I ended up getting The Perfect Scoop, the hot day was inspiring. wink.gif The French Laundry dessert book (can't remember the title) almost won out though. Next time. wink.gif Too many books!

Which books are you considering?
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Posted 20 June 2009 - 08:46 PM

QUOTE(GrantK @ Jun 19 2009, 04:48 AM) View Post
40% off coupon and a gift certificate, what should I get? It's going to depend on what they have in stock, of course, but some books on my wish list or just look interesting are (not in any particular order):

Bobby Flay's and Hubert Keller's burger books (it's summer! but do I really need a burger book? I'm dubious)
Seven Fires Grilling the Argentine Way
Tacos by Mark Miller
Ratio by Michael Ruhlman
The Perfect Scoop by David Liebovitz
Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day
Big Bob Gibson's BBQ Book
Modern Spice by Monica Bhide
Baking from My Home to Yours by Dorrie Greenspan
Izakaya the Japanese Pub Cookbook by Mark Robinson
the Fuschia Dunlop books on Szechuan and Hunan
Diane Kennedy's Art of Mexican Cooking (I have the other two, might as well complete the trifecta)

Any recs on a Vietnamese cookbook? I don't have one yet. There are several that look interesting including Secrets of the Red Lantern by Pauline Nguyen and Into the Vietnamese Kitchen by Andrea Nguyen. Bourdain's buddy Bobby Chinn has a book out now too.

Is the revised McGee On Food and Cooking that different from the old one?



I just got the Bobby Flay burger book as a gift. Nothing much new in there.
The Perfect Scoop is an excellent excellent book.
I worked on Ratio, so I'm biased, but takes cookbooks in a different direction
Modern Spice is awesome. I reviewed it and Monica is also one of my favourite people.
I have Artisan but have never used it. I prefer to bake bread the old fashioned way.
Dorie's book is good also, but I don't bake as much as I cook so don't use it that often.

Or you could wait for Ad Hoc to come out in the fall.

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Posted 20 June 2009 - 09:48 PM

I want the fuschia dunlop books.

Since nobody else has mentioned it, I have and love the Izakaya book. I cook from it sporadically (what I've tried has been very good) but it has lots of interesting information and is beautifully produced.
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