Three (3) most recent cookbooks you've used.

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ppl: best indian cookbook?

cozwn, Saturday, 31 January 2009 10:38 (eleven years ago) link

Madhur Jaffrey?

Safe Boating is No Accident (G00blar), Saturday, 31 January 2009 11:43 (eleven years ago) link

best for what?

The most authentic? Even if this may entail your having to move to a south-asian village in order to obtain the correct ingredients and learn to cook over a dung fire?

The tastiest recipes? Even if this may require you to learn very elaborate techniques and purchase gold leaf with which to wrap tiny morsels of expensive whatnot flown in by overnight express?

The simplest recipes? Even if this may suggest that opening a can of Heniz beans and mashing them with a fork makes a perfectly good substitute for dal?

Nicest pictures? Even if this results in a coffee table book that no one could conceivably cook from?

Most comprehensive? Even if this turns out to be encyclopedic in scope, comprising 16 volumes, available only from an obscure publisher in Dehli, replete with typos and costing 100,000 rupees, C.O.D.?

One wonders what criteria to apply.

Aimless, Saturday, 31 January 2009 19:43 (eleven years ago) link

i have gotten these out of the library:
julie sahni "savoring india" (hueg, i liked it)
smita chandra "cuisines of india" (easier than ^, still good)

Schwwww (harbl), Saturday, 31 January 2009 19:47 (eleven years ago) link

savoring india is a coffee table book i guess but can be cooked from. i usually don't go for stuff w/ a lot of pictures but i was happy with it.

Schwwww (harbl), Saturday, 31 January 2009 19:48 (eleven years ago) link

i never use my cookbooks! occasionally i browse to make sure i'm not forgetting key ingredients, but most of the time i just look up a basic recipe online and then riff on it. considering starting to work with books though, so i can make fancy things.

but r u seriosu (tehresa), Saturday, 31 January 2009 19:55 (eleven years ago) link

i did consult an eating well cookbook last weekend for poaching techniques.

but r u seriosu (tehresa), Saturday, 31 January 2009 19:57 (eleven years ago) link

one year passes...

I got a copy of Yotam Ottolenghi's Plenty yesterday - so beautiful, and all the recipes sound delicious.

Jaq, Friday, 29 October 2010 17:16 (nine years ago) link

btw, Julie Sahni's Classic Indian Cooking is a good all-around Indian food cookbook.

Jaq, Friday, 29 October 2010 17:19 (nine years ago) link

I made baked duck eggs on a bed of arugula w/chili butter and garlic sour cream for dinner last night, slightly adapted (sour cream instead of greek yoghurt, duck eggs instead of chicken eggs) from Plenty - so tasty and also very beautiful.

Jaq, Monday, 1 November 2010 19:23 (nine years ago) link

one month passes...

my sis got me COOKING FOR GEEKS for xmas and it is the best cookbook i own, hands-down

kanellos (gbx), Tuesday, 28 December 2010 06:00 (nine years ago) link

nb i haven't actually tried any of the recipes yet, but that isn't the point---it just sorta explains cooking, in general, which is great cuz i'm the kind of person that looks up five recipes for the same thing and then tries to make it

kanellos (gbx), Tuesday, 28 December 2010 06:03 (nine years ago) link

one year passes...

is that blood tofu on the front of that

thomp, Sunday, 8 April 2012 22:56 (eight years ago) link

i think mine are ottolenghi, rick bayless, and the gd veganomican

thomp, Sunday, 8 April 2012 22:56 (eight years ago) link

The Georgian Feast - Darra Goldstein
The Cuisine Of Armenia - Sonia Uvezian
Roast Figs And Sugar Snow - Diana Henry

Une semaine de Bunty (ShariVari), Sunday, 8 April 2012 22:58 (eight years ago) link

Which Bayless? I have had .. not a lot of luck cooking from Bayless. Many of his recipes seem fussy, and I've messed them up more badly than p. much any other book I've cooked from.

fka snush (remy bean), Sunday, 8 April 2012 23:01 (eight years ago) link

the mexican cooking tome. it works alright but i think unless you yourself execute them with bayless' own weird robot precision you could probably be using a recipe half as complex for any given thing and taking a quarter of the time and coming out just as well? - the last time i looked at it was just to see what he said about epazote when cooking a pot of beans, though, it's a long time since i did anything real from it

thomp, Sunday, 8 April 2012 23:08 (eight years ago) link

one year passes...

I got a copy of Yotam Ottolenghi's Plenty yesterday - so beautiful, and all the recipes sound delicious.

― Jaq, Friday, October 29, 2010 1:16 PM (2 years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

i decided to treat myself to a cookbook on friday and ended up buying jerusalem. it's gorgeous and i can't wait to start cooking from it. how was plenty?

call all destroyer, Sunday, 12 May 2013 19:20 (seven years ago) link

I still love it - though I don't cook from it much, it's great to look at and think over. Everything I've tried has been quite good.

Jaq, Sunday, 12 May 2013 21:38 (seven years ago) link

totes sleepin on this yo but
1 jaq pepin's complete techniques
2 how to cook everything (bittman)
3 mastering the art of french cooking (child, et al)

also if muy serioso read on food and cooking cover to cover

six years pass...

oh, i've looked at and drooled over that Jerusalem cookbook. my evil step-mother has it and i shoulda taken it when i had the chance.
Just picked up a inexpensive copy of Classic Indian Vegetarian and Grain Cooking by Julie Sahni (1985). Looking forward to making things out of it obvs. But was just casually flipping through pages in reverse order and came across Sunflower Seed Fudge, or the Road to Nirvana and she writes:
The intoxicants primarily consist of bhang, or hashsish, ganja, and charas from the hemp plant. . . and affeem from the opium plant, Papaver somniferum.

probably shouldn't attempt to source these but omigod, India!

one charm and one antiup quark (outdoor_miner), Friday, 1 November 2019 21:49 (nine months ago) link

my mum has a couple ottolenghi ones which i really like. i think she's never cooked from them. i just take photos with my phone of the best looking recipes.

i should probably start actually buying myself cookbooks tho, there's something very satisfying and useful to me about leafing through something looking for dinner inspiration. more than browsing websites or googling for me

ت (jim in vancouver), Friday, 1 November 2019 21:57 (nine months ago) link

xp. that sunflower seed fudge sounds good!

ت (jim in vancouver), Friday, 1 November 2019 21:57 (nine months ago) link

i've had a ottolenghi recipe bookmarked for a few weeks and just haven't bothered yet. it sounds at once weird and interesting, beet, caraway, and goat cheese bread. i'm missing nigella seeds for that but think i'll forgo those

one charm and one antiup quark (outdoor_miner), Friday, 1 November 2019 22:14 (nine months ago) link

I made the Momofuku bo ssäm yesterday and it was terrific
Then Lucky Peach and Malaysia by Ping Coombes

L'assie (Euler), Friday, 1 November 2019 23:00 (nine months ago) link

mary berry baking bible
charmaine solomon’s complete asian cookbook
california ranchero cooking by (cant remember)

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 2 November 2019 01:59 (nine months ago) link

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