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    I am also a lover of the cookbooks with the large saucy looking food photos! My friend calls it food porn and I have to agree with him.
    My very favourites are Donna Hay's cookbooks and magazines, especially Flavours. Each recipe has a picture which is awesome and all the recipes I have tried actually work.
    My other favourite cookbook is Sunday's at Moosewood which has sections from all over the world. A lot of my standards come from here. Also, How it all Vegan is a really good cookbook. A little heavy on the deserts though for my liking.
    As for websites I second epicurious. They have great suggestions and great searches. I could spend my whole day on there.

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    I have to say that allrecipes is one of my favorite. I like verybestbaking.com. I also check out the Eagle brand website and the Bisquick website too.

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    it seems like i get a lot of my recipes from either cooking light, gourmet, or bon appetit. a favorite cookbook is called intercourses, which is broken into sections like figs, strawberries, oysters, etc, all foods that get you in the mood. the recipes are very fresh and creative.

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    My favorite cookbook ever that I still use is called the New Junior Cookbook (better homes and gardens, 1979). All of the pages are falling out, some stick together and I swear I'm going to get a new copy - exact same edition. Then inside it says, "Happy 7th birthday love mama." Hee-hee.

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    "How It All Vegan" & "The Garden of Vegan

    My absolute favorite cookbooks are by Tanya Barnard & Sarah Kramer, authors of "How it All Vegan!" and "The Garden of Vegan." Even if you aren't vegan, almost all of the recipes I've tried have been very yummy, pleasing many of my non-vegan friends!
    New to these books? Try my favorites- I've made each of the following recipes more than 3 times, and they're a hit each time :)

    from "How it all Vegan":
    'anything goes' fruit muffins, p 49 (great when I have fruit that is about to go bad... just add it to a batch of muffins!)
    Perfect Pesto, p. 80
    Fragrant Garlic Parsley Pasta p. 106 (gggggggreat!)
    Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies, p. 137 (I've made this recipe 10+ times. My friends and family LOVE this recipe- they can't even tell they're vegan. I use a little more than the recommended chocolate chps- I use a little over 1 1/2 cups choc chips.)
    Flax Eggs, p.157 (Ok, so this is just an egg-substitute recipe, real simple... but it has been the best egg-replacer I've used in baking- and it's very cheap! I hope they don't mind me sharing: It's this easy- Blend 1/3 cup of whole flax seeds to an even meal. Then slowly add 1 cup of water while blending. Blend until mixture resembles a thick milkshake. Transfer to a selable container and store in the fridge (will keep for 3-6 days). Makes the equivalent of 6 eggs. Now, how to use in yer recipes? 3 tablespoons of flax eggs equals 1 egg. Use this to bind in baking; not for use in an egg-based dish, such as scrambled eggs....)
    Out of this whole book, the only recipe that turned out awful for me was Big Ben's Lentil Burgers, p. 110. Anyone tried this? I don't know what I did, they just falled apart... probably could have used some flax eggs....

    From "The Garden of Vegan": I haven't tried as many recipes in this book, but from what I have... rilly good!
    Sesame Ginger Dressing, p. 99 (awesome!!!)
    All-Purpose Spice Nuts, p. 111 (good for parties)
    Zoe's Grandma's Roasted New Potatoes, p. 113
    Chickpeas & Swiss Chard, p. 117 (one summer I was growing lots of swiss chard at my parents' house and didn't know what to do with it... this recipe is sooooooo good! Yes, garnish it with flax oil and Bragg's)
    Green Goddess Bowl, p. 153
    Anne's molasses Cookies, p. 187 (so simple and so good.)
    One recipe I tried in this book that turned out seriously !@#$-ed up was Sonia's Falafels, p. 107. Maybe my blender is a piece of crap, but the recipe was so thick that I couldn't even blend it and ended up throwing the whole thing out, frustrated.

    I can't recommend these books enuf- when I was *new* to cooking, i found them very user-friendly and with helpful references in the front and back of each book, I learned about all the different kinds of flour and beans, and a million things to do with baking soda, and ideas for bath and body treats, and party theme ideas... If I could live off of just two cookbooks, these are all I'd need. The authors are too cute, to boot!

    Mine were given to me as a gift from friends who visited the "People's Co-op Bookstore" in Vancouver, BC (we're from Chicago), but you can get them off Amazon.com for real cheap, i'm sure. If you have the opportunity, you might want to order them from your local bookstore and support an indie business!
    Anybody want to share likes/dislikes about recipes in these books?

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    cookbooks galore

    I love cookbooks and swapping recipes. My faves are:

    -- How To Be A Domestic Goddess: Baking and the Art of Comfort Cooking by Nigella Lawson: yes, great photos, fun commentary and anecdotes preceding each recipe, and everything I've made has come out moist, tasty, and many other positive adjectives. Fave recipes include: Rosemary Loaf Cake, Double Apple Pie, Dense Chocolate Loaf Cake, Molten Chocolate Babycakes, Cream Chees Brownies, Fresh Gingerbread with Lemon Icing, and Edith Afif's Lime Pickles. Next try: Rhubarb Schnapps!
    -- Beard on Bread by James Beard: My mother uses this book and James went to my alma mater, so it must be good. Great recipes for egg, battered, filled, flat, fried, sweet, and whole-meal breads including a stellar pizza crust, a zucchini bread and 2 killer banana bread recipes.
    -- To All My Grandchilden: Lessons in Indonesian Cooking by Leonie Samuel-Hool: My mother is Dutch-Indonesian and this cookbook author was instrumental in my grandparents hooking up (yay for Leonie!). The book covers the basic, Western world favorites like gado-gado, sate ayam, and nasi goreng, as well as some traditional items you don't see in restaurants here in the US such as telur pindang (spiced eggs), tahu goreng (deep-fried beancake), sayur lodeh (vegetables in coconut sauce), and ikan pepes (wrapped fish). Also provides intro to Indonesian ingredients, often similar to those used in Thai, Vietnamese or Phillipine cooking.
    -- The New Basics Cookbook by Julee Rosso and Sheila Lukins: My best friend swears by this cookbook; I recently replaced her paperback version b/c she'd overused it! My personal favorite is Mediterranean Rice with blanched almonds.
    -- Laurel's Kitchen by L. Robertson, et. al: This is a great vegetarian cookbook. I went to school with someone who grew up as one of the "recipe testers"; he claimed a "charmed" upbringing. My favorite: Diana's Apple Crisp.

    Happy cooking, y'all!

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    i love the professional chef textbook, a bit pricey, but has many useful tips. all of the recipes are restaurant size, so you do have to do a bit of planning unless you want to make a meal for a large group. i tend to check out cookbooks from the library frequently and i have to say that the williams-sonoma line of cookbooks has very satisfying recipes.

    the best places to get good cookbooks are used bookstores, i always have great luck with independently owned small used bookstores. There was a really nice used/new bookstore in Eugene, Oregon that I bought tons of stuff from, and plenty of them around Minneapolis.

    Cookbooks are therapy. The beautiful photography, the words, and the stories that people have to tell entice me into the kitchen.

    Has anyone seen 101cookbooks.com's cookbook Cooking v1.0?

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    best cookbooks

    I too am cookbook obsessed. Also recipe website obsessed (check out www.recipesource.com).

    I love "The New Basic Cookbook" by Russo and Lukins.

    But my best tried and true recipes come from community cookbooks. You know, the ones put together by volunteers from schools, civic groups and churches. I know the contributors are putting in their best recipes.

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    favorite cookbooks

    My favorite cookbook of all times is A Piece of Cake by Susan Purdy. A novel by Isabel Allende, Aprodite, includes some great recipes also. One of my favorite books of all times. A good book for veggies is The Victory Garden Cookbook, by Marian Morash. I like the books from the PBS series, Ciao Italia also. I love cookbooks. I've considered joining a local cookbook club, but I have so many books now. The vintage ones are the fun ones. I always choose recipes with real butter, real sugar, real eggs. No substitutes.

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    What a great thread!

    Quote Originally Posted by bacontogo
    what are some good cooking websites? i get overwhelmed when i visit allrecipes...any other suggestions?

    I suggest visiting recipezaar.com ("Where the recipes are"), it's quite friendly and very well tended, if I may say so. Lots of members. Healthy and delicious recipes. The comments from users are often funny and realistic.

    To come back to books, you can find the best ones on eBay. They don't have to be new to be good!!! The Betty Crocker Picture Cookbook I got as a present from my Maman is always at hand... Yes :-), it's the vintage 50's binder with ugly food presentation colour combined with zany and zesty illustrations - full of advice, short on ingredients, I could rant for hours cause I love it, even though I don't always find everything there.

    The frugal gourmet cooks american is a book I check for cross references... Mr Smith's humor is sure to keep me going when the recipe seems "laborieuse" (fussy?).

    Mrs Nigella Lawson I met in the pages of english Vogue, as alive in her texts as the dishes are tasty. I still have to make a kind of collection of all these Vogue Food pages (1989-2004), but without tearing the magazines to shreds. Any crafty idea?

    Happy cooking to you all!


 
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