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Besides Rose’s amazing cookbooks, what are some of your favorites?
Posted: 20 November 2007 09:26 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 16 ]
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Cookwise is a really great resource. I heard she was coming out with a Bakewise some years ago, has anyone heard anything of this?

Rose’s Christmas Cookie Book is a favorite of mine, as is the Cake Bible.  Her All Occasion Downey Butter Layer Cake is my absolutely favorite yellow layer cake, I don’t even look at another recipe.

Mrs. Field’s Cookie books are wonderful.  I also have all the Cooks Illustrated Annuals.  Even though I may not LIKE something that they have tested, I know it will be good because they do such intensive testing of their recipes.  Malgieri’s books too.  Peter Reinhart’s American Pie is, for me, the last pizza book I will ever need. And I recently FINALLY bought the Bread Bakers Apprentice, and boy, am I sorry I waited so long! 

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Posted: 20 November 2007 10:25 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 17 ]
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I had heard about Shirley O. Corriher doing a baking book too, but I haven’t seen or heard anything for a while.

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Posted: 21 November 2007 08:49 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 18 ]
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1) Baking from My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan
2) Baking Illustrated from Cook’s Illustrated
3) Cookwise by Shirley Corriher
4) Butter Beans to Blackberries by Ronnie Lundy
5) The Book of Great Chocolate Desserts by Maida Heatter
5) anything by Ina Garten or Pam Anderson

And my favorite “old” cookbooks:

1) The Store Cookbook (1974) by Bert Greene and Denis Vaughn
2) The Pepperidge Farm Cookbook (1963) by Margaret Rudkin

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Posted: 21 November 2007 02:39 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 19 ]
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Roxanne - 20 November 2007 04:28 PM

I’ve been on the look out for a decent Persian cookbook, but so far—nada. The books that do address Persian cooking, do it a short 3 pages or less, not really what I’m looking for.

How about Larousse’s Gastronomique and La cuisine de France?

I’m looking for PERSIAN cookbooks, not PARISIAN smile

I already have enough French cookbooks from cooking school. Plus, Julia Child is always my standard for French cooking.

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Posted: 21 November 2007 02:45 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 20 ]
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Roxanne - 21 November 2007 06:39 PM

I’m looking for PERSIAN cookbooks, not PARISIAN smile

I already have enough French cookbooks from cooking school. Plus, Julia Child is always my standard for French cooking.

Did you see the link in my post? (I think I forgot to address you by username, sorry about that.)

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Posted: 21 November 2007 02:51 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 21 ]
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Anna - 21 November 2007 06:45 PM
Roxanne - 21 November 2007 06:39 PM

I’m looking for PERSIAN cookbooks, not PARISIAN smile

I already have enough French cookbooks from cooking school. Plus, Julia Child is always my standard for French cooking.

Did you see the link in my post? (I think I forgot to address you by username, sorry about that.)

LOL - I’ll be 40 on my next b-day…. I think it’s time for reading glasses! (thats so funny).

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Posted: 21 November 2007 03:16 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 22 ]
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Anna - 20 November 2007 10:03 PM
Roxanne - 20 November 2007 04:28 PM

... I’ve been on the look out for a decent Persian cookbook, but so far—nada. The books that do address Persian cooking, do it a short 3 pages or less, not really what I’m looking for.

Have you seen this one? The title sounds good: New Food of Life: Ancient Persian and Modern Iranian Cooking and Ceremonies. The same author seems to have written a number of books on similar lines. HTH!


Thanks Anna! This is exactly what I’ve been looking for. For some reason, this book hasn’t popped up in my numerous internet searches.

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Posted: 21 November 2007 07:30 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 23 ]
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Without a doubt…and I know it is everywhere…but Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking…I use it constantly.  A lot of people think that the recipies are old fashioned…but….YUM

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Posted: 21 November 2007 07:32 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 24 ]
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Roxanne - 21 November 2007 07:16 PM

Thanks Anna! This is exactly what I’ve been looking for. For some reason, this book hasn’t popped up in my numerous internet searches.

Cool! glad to help. I just did a search for ‘persian cookbook’ on Amazon, and a few books by the same author popped up. That one sounded intriguing so I linked to it.

Another good resource is ‘bookfinder.com’ though you do need to know a specific title. (It doesn’t seem to do keyword searches, at least not for me, LOL!)

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Posted: 21 November 2007 10:32 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 25 ]
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My all time favorite book for holiday cooking is:
Marlene Sorosky’s Year-Round Holiday Cookbook
Everything I have every made out of this book is fantastic and I highly recommend it.
This book is about 20 years old and she also has many other cook books which are great.
Happy Holidays,
Lori V.

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Posted: 21 November 2007 11:59 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 26 ]
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Anna - 20 November 2007 10:03 PM
Roxanne - 20 November 2007 04:28 PM

... I’ve been on the look out for a decent Persian cookbook, but so far—nada. The books that do address Persian cooking, do it a short 3 pages or less, not really what I’m looking for.

Have you seen this one? The title sounds good: New Food of Life: Ancient Persian and Modern Iranian Cooking and Ceremonies. The same author seems to have written a number of books on similar lines. HTH!

This does look very good.  I wonder if it has recipes with ingredients readily available in North America.

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Posted: 24 November 2007 10:27 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 27 ]
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I like Cooks’ Illustrated Magazine too, I have a complete collection and use their web site, too. I have Rose’s three Bibles and refer to them often. Nick Malgieri is another favorite, although I only own his Perfect Pastry book. Which is kind of like a textbook for pastry chefs, actually, with great troubleshooting tips. I really want his Italian Desserts book—I’ve taken it out from the library several times. Carole Walter’s books on cakes and pies are very helpful, too. I don’t recall if the pie one has this, but the cake one has a troubleshooting section at the beginning that I’ve turned to often. (Rose, I think you need something like this in your next book!)
I’m mostly a baker. My husband actually cooks most of the meals in the house, and he rarely uses a cookbook. I, on the other hand, will read them just for fun!

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Posted: 27 November 2007 01:49 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 28 ]
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There is always at least a couple of cookbooks next to the bed as reading material.  I have - only part jokingly said that the time to read a recipe is about as long as the children will give me to myself.  I am a fan of Rose’s books and really enjoy the level of information and instruction given for each recipe.

I love the way Nigella Lawson writes about food (although a few of her baking recipes have not worked very well for me).  I also really enjoy Dan Lepards “The Handmade Loaf.”  Claudia Rodens “Arabesque” is such a stunning collection of flavours.  Bill Granger’s “Everyday” and Stephanie Alexanders’ “The Cooks Companion” are two Australian favourites. I have recently dipped into Sherry Yards “The Secrets of Baking” which is a good read but gets marked down slightly due to not giving weights just volume measurements.  I do love the Rose grid of weights and measurements.

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Posted: 27 November 2007 05:57 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 29 ]
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I’m a fan of Good Housekeeping, it’s been on my shelf for years. I’ve got the silver anniversary edition and everything turns out well every time. It’s very reliable.

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Posted: 27 November 2007 08:52 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 30 ]
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You know, there is always something very comforting in the fact that other people read cookbooks like novels just like you do! wink

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