I’m spending a fortune on NYC takeout and want to start cooking. I know NOTHING. Like can't even cook an egg. So I’m wondering if you kind folks might suggest a) some basic resources on cooking fundamentals and b) some really easy vegetarian cookbooks. Thanks so much.
I am looking for the name of an old cookbook, perhaps British, that has no text but just illustrations, like the ones from Popular Mechanics that showed you how to make thing with illustrations, or the wordless illustrations that tell you how to evacuate an airplane. Note: This is an older book, so it's not Picture Cook or the IKEA cookbook.
I'm reading/skimming the new cookbook/notebook Prune by Gabrielle Hamilton, which is printed to mimic the binders full of recipes from her restaurant. As such, it contains lots of marginalia. Awesome! But I can't figure out what she means by "wax." [more inside]
Giftfilter: What's a good introductory book to Sous Vide Cooking? [more inside]
I'm in a cooking rut and have a toddler who eats a medically-necessary low-protein diet. Any ideas on how I can most easily find cookbooks that have nutrition facts listed for each recipe and are non-meat-centric? I've browsed through a bunch cookbooks of libraries but seem to have a 6% success rate at finding ones with nutrition facts. Those that do seem to be low-fat or low-calorie-focused books, and fat and calories are very much A-OK for my toddler. [more inside]
I'm in my early twenties and new at cooking, but can follow directions so that's a start. I'm just wondering whether I should buy a kindle version of a cookbook or stick with the paperback. I have limited storage space, which makes a kindle version very appealing. On the other hand, slightest slickness of the finger might not mix well with flipping pages on an iPad, not that I'd be handling my paperback slick with meat juice or something either. Veteran homemakers/cooks/chefs/etc. what are your thoughts?
We want to be great at fish and seafood dishes. The last question was on UK cookbooks, and the US fish books don't match the fish we have available in Singapore - pomfret and snakehead for example. I'd prefer a cookbook with lots of photographs that focuses on skills rather than specific recipes. An iPad app would be fine too.
My boyfriend is an amazing cook and has been making delicious, bacon-fat-heavy dishes from Thomas Keller's cookbook. My waistline and tummy prefer lighter, semi-vegetarian fare, but I don't want to discourage his wonderful cooking. Is there a cookbook the two of us might be equally happy with?
My bestest friends host a New Year's Eve party each year with the caveat that everyone bring an appetizer they've never made before to share. It's great fun and each year we've found a new favorite recipe and one that gets scrapped into the garbage after the first taste. That said, I'd love to bring them an appetizer cookbook as a thank you for hosting AND bring the best damn appetizer ever. Cookbooks with great appetizer sections are okay, but I'd prefer a full-on appetizer cookbook recommendation. No restrictions to ethnicity or ingredients. Thanks!
I would like to once again own a cookbook I used to enjoy. Problem is I don't know who it was by or what it was called. Yes, I know this is a long shot, everything I remember is contained within. [more inside]
I need to cook a lasagna by Friday for a large party. But in the great book purge, the cookbook that has the best lasagna recipe got removed! I am prepared to buy it new on Amazon, but I can't remember the title, and my fuzzy memory is supplying only generic terms. Please help me either find this cookbook, or recommend an even more awesome lasagna recipe! Clues follow. [more inside]
I'm trying to identify a cookbook I once had. Difficulty: I remember almost nothing about it. [more inside]
What is the best, most orderly way to add and organize recipes on my Kindle Touch for optimal viewing? [more inside]
Help name my local Humane Society's benefit cookbook. You know those cookbooks assembled from local folks' recipes? My local Humane Society is soliciting a title for the collection. I'd like to submit potential titles, and am turning to you for your witty, pithy and well-worded suggestions. [more inside]
I am trying to identify a woman from a cookbook. "The only thing I know about her is two pictures from a cookbook printed by the Maryland Seafood Marketing Authority (Department of Economic and Community Management) in the mid-1970s." [more inside]
I'd like to suggestions for 1-2 interesting (not necessarily exhaustive) cookbooks that feature vegetables/beans prominently with gorgeous photography that I can work through this summer and next year. [more inside]
Any recommendations on an Afghan cookbook? I love Afghan food and would like to recreate my favorites at home. [more inside]
Good (English-language) Chinese cookbooks? [more inside]
Please recommend good books that discuss the theory of food taste and design—analyzing flavors and textures, figuring out pairings, that sort of thing. Either savory or dessert-centered would be fine. [more inside]
Help me find a grooved wooden shelf to hold an open cookbook! [more inside]
Does a vegetarian “cook’s illustrated” book exist? Recipes that I can follow exactly with guaranteed results. Help my head stop spinning in deciding between Deborah Madison, Madhur Jaffrey, Moosewood, etc. Personal experience with these authors appreciated. [more inside]
What surreal work of fiction details the increasingly adventurous menus of two obviously pseudonymed authors? I've lost my copy, the name, the author's names, and possibly part of my sanity. [more inside]
What is the best UK cookbook for fish and seafood? [more inside]
What are some awesomely useful appendices, charts, and references that I can add to my home-grown cookbook? [more inside]
Help! I used to have a cookbook I bought at Target and I'd like to find another copy of it. I bought it around 2004 or 2005. It was wirebound and the most notable feature was that it was divided into three 'sections': the top was starters, middle was main course, bottom was desserts. You flipped the various sections open and mixed-and-matched your own menu. It had a lot of international recipes and I'm pretty sure it was originally published in England (based on language and measurements)
Recommend a Pakistani cookbook. [more inside]
What's the best general gluten-free cookbook? [more inside]
I need a cookbook recommendation. My mum would like to buy me one for Christmas, but I'm having problems choosing. I'm pretty picky. [more inside]
Where can I find a good book on the preparation and cooking of ramen in English? [more inside]
What do I use to make a cookbook? [more inside]
I have a small collection of cookbooks that I'd like to digitize with the goal of making them searchable. I am fine with destroying the physical books in the process, e.g. cutting off the binding to make the book easier to scan. What is the best way to go about this? My initial idea is to scan the books with an auto-sheet feeder (hence losing the binding) and use OCR (Acrobat Pro) to yield searchable PDFs. I use a Mac, but have access to PCs. I tried this suggestion but the results weren't thorough or viewable enough for me.
The cookbook of my dreams may or may not actually exists, but if it does, I bet MeFites can help me find it! [more inside]
We love Thai food! What's your favorite Thai cookbook? [more inside]
For me, the most satisfying part of learning a new recipe is figuring out why a particular step is needed. Are there any recipe books that explain the function of each step and ingredient? [more inside]
Sending an American cookbook to Europe: what do I need to include? [more inside]
Recommendation Filter: I'm looking for a great Indian cookbook! [more inside]
Anyone using an Amazon Kindle e-book reader primarily for cookbooks? [more inside]
I would like to publish a cookbook as a community service project. Am I delusional? [more inside]
Recommend some cookbooks that are also history books. [more inside]
Give me your favourite vegetarian cookbook that has illustrations of simple but delicious meals, and offers the nutritional information for each meal. [more inside]
Where can I find a database of cookbook indexes? [more inside]
If I want to publish Obama's recipe for chilli in my cookbook, do I need Obama's permission? How about Elvis Presley's Peanut Butter Sandwich? You can find all these recipes on internet for free, do I need permission if I want to include them in my cookbook?
Recommendations for authoritative cookbooks intended for a Western audience? [more inside]
Cookbook recs needed: I'm an amateur cook so I need simple recipes, it would be nice if the books worked from a common and not-too-large set of ingredients, and I like food that's garlicky, oniony, and/or spicy. Oh, and healthy is a plus but not required. Finally, I'm a vegetarian (not vegan).
Can the Hive recommend some good cookbooks? [more inside]
Help me find the authentic persian cookbook, potentially written in farsi... [more inside]
Need great gluten- and lactose-free cookbook [more inside]
I'm looking for a recommendation for a microwave cookbook. I want it to be about what the microwave is best at, not just how to hack normal stuff to work in the microwave. Perhaps a book on how to do things that are only possible with a microwave.
What's a good cheese-making book for me? [more inside]
What resources will help me move from a proficient to a (one day, hopefully) great cook? [more inside]
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