"The Cook's Cook" sounds neat, jfain.
Samuelsson's "Aquavit" is a lavish volume- just as I hoped it'd be!
Final update to this thread is below in GREEN.
I've received a few of the books I ordered and my first impressions of them are in red, below...
Received a wonderful surprise yesterday... Arturo gave me an Amazon gift card for Valentine's Day... (Golly I miss that guy!)
Here are the FIVE used cookbooks his gift enabled me to get... I can hardly wait to get my "new" books!
Which leads to this question... what cookbook are ya'll lookin' at lately?
Amazon.com: Lee Bailey's Portable Food: Lee Bailey: Books It's OKAY, but I was slightly disappointed when I saw that it was a tiny volume- inconsistent with the uniform size/style of all the other Lee bailey books I have. The 8-10 others are all of the same size and dimensions and look to be a nice "series" of books- this one is a tiny, thin volume and sticks out as "not quite belonging".
Amazon.com: Sophia Loren's Recipes and Memories: Alison Harris: Books An absolute treasure of a book! Large, beautifully photographed and chock-full of extensive recipes and juicy "Sophia" trivia! This is the type of book I will give as a gift to others...
Amazon.com: Aquavit: And the New Scandinavian Cuisine: Marcus Samuelsson: Books A handsome, extra-large coffee-table book full of exotic, yet simple Scandinavian cuisine- inventive mixed w/ traditional. A book I would consider gifting to other fellow-foodies...
Amazon.com: Bouchon: Thomas Keller: Books Haven't received this one, yet... Finally received this book. VERY PLEASED! If you've seen Keller's "The French Laundry Cookbook"- this volume is every bit as lavish and stunning as FL is. "Bouchon" is Keller's second, slightly more casual restaurant- it's a bistro, not nearly as formal as French Laundry, yet still pretty upscale- and the cuisine refelcts that too... A very, very nice book.
Amazon.com: Lee Bailey's Southern Food And Plantation Houses: Lee Bailey: Books This book is exactly what I was expecting. Very much similar in quality to Bailey's many other volumes. A large book full of not only recipes and photos of beautiful food-styling, but also pieces and photos on beautiful southern homes, gardens, history and lifestyle. Lee Bailey is, in my opinion, one of the food-world's best-kept secrets! Many aren't familiar w/ his work, but his books are absolute gems!
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Been covered up in books lately. Several came from a friend, formerly living in Alaska (won't mention anyone's name, Kevin), some from publishers sent for review, and some I've bought.
I'd have to say my new best friend is Pintxos, Gerald Hirigoyen's exploration of small plates in the basque tradition. Some really great sounding recipes, and some great tasting ones that we've already tried.
For a small plates nut like me, this is a great addition to the collection.
Did you ever catch the movie "Mermaids" starring Cher yet? You will only have to watch the first few min.'s of it to see how she cooks for her family, it cracked me up!!!
(well, looky there! :-) Damn, I'm about to tear-up! )
I did an Amazon search of Pintxos and it sure does look like a winner, Brook!
And Cathy- yes- "Mermaid's" is not only a fantastic movie- but Cher's character was indeed one helluva cook! Hee-Hee!
Sorry, Guys, I haven't seen it.
Last film I saw with any sort of cooking in it was a rerun of the Zeta Jones flick, in which she played a chef. One before that was Queen Letefa in that Last Holiday, or whatever it was called.
I'm not really a film buff. Could you tell?
From Pintxos (which, btw, is pronounced peen chos) we've made two dishes so far. First was marinated baby octopus with fennel & tomato salad, which was absolutely fantastic! Then made the lamb loin with kumquat chutney. Also a winner.
Next on the list, I think, are his cold melon shooters with serrano ham crisps.
RE: "Next on the list, I think, are his cold melon shooters with serrano ham crisps. "
Brook, have you been able to catch any of Mario Battali's "new" PBS series- the one where he and NYTimes food-writer mark Bittman travel across Spain w/ actress Gwynneth Paltrow? We get the show here on Saturday afternoons...
I'm not a serious Mario fan, but I dig the show. They try all sorts of bites at l'il hole in the wall places, and Serrano Ham plays a huge role in most regions there. One can hardly watch them dine in any city/village without partaking of the pig in some manner! I think you'd like the show, if you haven't seen it. I think it's like 2-3 dozen episodes- I've seen roughly half of them over the winter...
Been following discussions of that series on several forums, Kevin, but haven't seen it myself.
Our local affiliate doesn't show any cooking shows to speak of. Instead it's top heavy with needle arts stuff. For awhile they were showing Lidia, but dropped her.
As to Serrano, what ticks me off is the people who describe it as a Spanish version of prosciutto. With all respect to my Italian friends, they are totally different in taste, as the cures are different. Plus Serrano is a bit saltier.
But, then again, there are people who describe Speck as a German version of prosciutto, so what can you do.
RE: "what ticks me off is the people who describe it as a Spanish version of prosciutto"
Exactly, Brook... Which, BTW Mario/Bittman also refer to it as a Spanish "prosciutto". I know- I know! Baztardos! (Hee-Hee!)
My very own husband born and raised in Germany calls Speck sort of like the German version of proscuitto. I've had speck many times and I know it's different but what are you going to use to describe it to a person who has never seen it in their life? At least when he describes it that way people know they are looking for a thinly cut non smoked pork product.
Originally Posted by KYHeirloomer