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KHenry14
09-29-2011, 04:44 AM
BrokenAnkle and I have at least 70 different cookbooks of all types. She's the baker in the family so she's got a fair amount of bread/cookies types of books, while I lean to the outdoors cooking books. BTW, I got my copy of Julia back in the early 80's and cook from it all the time....though I didn't think much of the Braised Cucumbers that were raved about in the movie. :lol:

BTW, don't let a "Themed" cookbook deter you. Mario Batali authored this cookbook http://www.amazon.com/Mario-Tailgates-NASCAR-Style-Batali/dp/0892048468/ref=sr_1_11?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1317267568&sr=1-11 which has a NASCAR theme to it. Don't let that turn you off. This is a great little grilling cookbook with a ton of good recipes.

Aussie Willy
09-29-2011, 04:57 AM
Haven't brought one in years because I know I will never use them (and I do have a few). However we do get booksellers dropping books off at our workplace and I will occaisionally photocopy a good looking recipe that doesn't look too difficult nor take a lot of time.

Although thinking about it I lie because I brought a brownie cookbook from the booksellers at work just because it was a lovely looking book and it made me crave for brownies. But it was cheap. Will I ever use it - hmmmm not sure.

See this just proves my point why I don't "normally" buy cookbooks.

Civic
09-29-2011, 05:02 AM
...he likes Thomas Keller's French Laundry cookbook and the CIA Professional Chef for basics...

Hold on! The Central Intelligence Agency published a cookbook? Why? What kind of recipes does it contain.

Vash01
09-29-2011, 05:57 AM
The funny thing is when I was in graduate school, I used to buy cook books and cook international dishes, invite friends over, etc. After I got my first job, I stopped cooking; started eating out frequently. Now I cook once or twice a week, without following a cook book. All my cook books from my graduate student days are sitting on my bookshelf. It's been years since I used any of them, and now I am thinking of writing a cook book myself....go figure.:lol:

Nomad
09-29-2011, 06:25 AM
Rarely. Cookbooks are my "food porn". I love to look at the photos; I'll make some of the dishes but I usually follow the actual recipe the first time and afterwards I just "riff" on it.

allezfred
09-29-2011, 01:01 PM
Growing up, my mother was an avid cookbook collector as well as being, in her own words :lol:, a great cook. The ones she used most/preferred were the ones published by the Allen family of Ballymaloe Cookery School (http://www.cookingisfun.ie/index.php).

She always used to write a little note inside the cover about how she was feeling or what was going on at the time whenever she bought a new cookbook which made for some :rofl: and :eek: reading at times.

Jenny
09-29-2011, 01:39 PM
I have both Julia and Joy ... unfortunately my Joy of Cooking was very well used for a certain few recipes -- the spine broke and it now automatically opens to "Brownies Cockaigne (http://freeingmymartha.blogspot.com/2010/03/my-favorite-brownies.html)". :o I regularly used the excuse that I didn't have the right size baking pan and would double the recipe and then eat about 1/3 of the batter. :slinkaway

I know that recipe! As a kid it was one of the first things I made, when I graduated from boxed cake mixes :)

Did you see Julia + Julia or read My Life in France? According to Julia, when she met the author of Joy of Cooking, she confessed she hadn't tested most of the recipes!

Did anyone have the Betty Crocker Recipe Card File circa 1972? I saved my mom's from the back of a cupboard, put all the cards back in order and have enjoyed going through them and remembering the dishes. I made the meatloaf for my dad when I was quite young, and I remember a friend's mom made her the ladybug cake for a birthday slumber party. A couple of years ago, I brought the Waikiki Meatballs to an office potluck - who remembers Nanette Fabray in the commercials??


I love a well-used cookbook :)

I pounce on those - love the little notes, stars and when there are snipped out recipes slipped between the pages. You can almost start to imagine the people who owned it before you.

If anyone is in the LA area, one of the best used cookbook stores is in Pasadena - I'm going next month. :)

Rex
09-29-2011, 01:52 PM
Hold on! The Central Intelligence Agency published a cookbook? Why? What kind of recipes does it contain.

Civic, that is Culinary Institute of America, I think.

halffull
09-29-2011, 01:53 PM
I rarely buy a cook book. However, I just bought a kindle so I think I'll be adventurous and buy a couple good cook books thru that :)

Jenny
09-29-2011, 01:58 PM
Civic, that is Culinary Institute of America, I think.

Indeed. My husband loves that book - the recipes themselves are bland, but he consults it all the time for technik.

GarrAarghHrumph
09-29-2011, 02:29 PM
Hold on! The Central Intelligence Agency published a cookbook? Why? What kind of recipes does it contain.

Yeah. You can buy it, but all the pages are blank. ;)

As others said, it's the Culinary Institute of America, in Hyde Park, NY; probably the most prestigious culinary school in the US. They have restaurants on site that you can eat at, and they also offer short cooking classes, for those interested.

paulac
09-29-2011, 02:40 PM
I love cookbooks & buy them all the time, but hardly ever use them :shuffle:
The one I use the most is Darina Allen's Ballymaloe Cookery Course (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ballymaloe-Cookery-Course-Darina-Allen/dp/1856267296/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1317303366&sr=8-1). I got Larousse Gastronomique in TK Maxx recently, but haven't even opened it yet :yikes:

Rob
09-29-2011, 03:54 PM
I got Larousse Gastronomique in TK Maxx recently, but haven't even opened it yet :yikes:

My husband used that too for teknik and it has some great classic recipes.

Rex
09-29-2011, 04:28 PM
Indeed. My husband loves that book - the recipes themselves are bland, but he consults it all the time for technik.

I'd be interested in that book. How do I find a copy?

I have a Nigella Lawson cookbook, cookbooks on soul food, Latin, slow-cooker, and a Food & Wine year-end cookbook. I love that one and have made several dishes from it for my buds.

GarrAarghHrumph
09-29-2011, 04:34 PM
I'd be interested in that book. How do I find a copy?



This should be the latest edition:
http://www.amazon.com/Professional-Chef-Culinary-Institute-America/dp/0470421355/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1317310210&sr=8-1

This is an older edition that's cheaper:
http://www.amazon.com/Professional-Chef-Culinary-Institute-America/dp/0764557343/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1317310210&sr=8-2