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Recommend me some good cookbooks!

I'm going to Powell's this weekend (yay!) and having recently come to face the fact that I'll never make any recipes out of at least half the cookbooks I own and that I'm really simply a cookbook collector more than anything else, I may as well go all in and buy a bunch more. Please give me your favorite cookbook recommendations! Specifics inside. [more inside]
posted by skycrashesdown on Jul 3, 2014 - 32 answers

Dreaming of Ottolenghi and Amada; stuck on frozen gyoza

I love cooking, but it's been a while since I've cooked on a regular basis (besides throwing together ingredients for salads and pastas) and even longer since I put together a proper meal with courses. I'm a pretty decent cook (and I have a list of favorite blogs, like Smitten Kitchen and 101 Cookbooks) but nothing's clicking, and I want recipes that are complicated and fun and delicious for a change of pace! And so I turn to you, AskMetafilter: help me find awesome, vegetarian, delicious, adventurous dishes to usher in 2014. [more inside]
posted by jetlagaddict on Dec 29, 2013 - 14 answers

Help me find a vaguely remembered, possibly imagined, cookbook?

I could have sworn I once saw a cookbook which was less about recipes and more about learning to create your own recipes. Cannot find it anywhere, though! [more inside]
posted by AmandaA on Dec 4, 2013 - 7 answers

Delicatessen for Dilettantes & Greenhorn Cuisine

Please recommend outstanding recipe books and resources for clueless cooks! [more inside]
posted by byanyothername on Feb 26, 2013 - 11 answers

The Authority on Asiatic cooking methods...

Larousse Gastronomique and Julia Childs cookbooks are in some sense considered reputable authorities on French Cooking, similarly The Silver Spoon is a reputable encyclopedic study of Italian cuisine and cooking. Are there similar reputable and exhaustive books for various Asiatic Cuisines such as; Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Indian, South East Asia etc? [more inside]
posted by mary8nne on Aug 21, 2012 - 21 answers

Ok, it's possible I am just grasping at straws to find an excuse to own an iPad.

I'm trying to figure out if a iPad is what I'm looking for to help me reduce my physical books, particularly cookbooks and printed (from the internet) recipes. I want to know first whether iPad is the way to go for my specific needs (details within) and then, if an iPad is what I want, which generation iPad & apps would help me do what I want. Or maybe there is a better solution? [more inside]
posted by pupstocks on Jun 9, 2012 - 22 answers

Can you tell me the title and author of this book?

Help me ID a book about food! (More below.) [more inside]
posted by laskagirl on May 11, 2012 - 2 answers

Counting the Elderly

"Fewer persons alive at 70 today survive until 90 than forty years ago." True or False? [more inside]
posted by jrb223 on Mar 1, 2012 - 13 answers

Imagine if Alton Brown or Mark Bittman wrote an Indian cookbook

MisterBen needs recommendations for a very specific kind of Indian cookbook – one that’s organized by technique, not by course or ingredient. Imagine if Alton Brown or Mark Bittman wrote an Indian cookbook. The idea is to learn reusable techniques and general concepts of what flavors are used together. What he already has: Madhur Jaffrey’s classics, Raghavan Iyer’s “660 Curries”, and Vikas Khanna’s “Flavor First”, which are used as bibles. Almost all Indian ingredients can be found in our area, and he is comfortable at making his own masalas, so feel free to recommend books you might think of as advanced.
posted by matildaben on Feb 6, 2012 - 6 answers

Working backwards from the tools...

What should I cook with all these kitchen tools? [more inside]
posted by Buffaload on Nov 22, 2011 - 15 answers

My body decided it hates food. My mouth disagrees.

Food allergies have taken away my staples. Please help me eat! Gluten, dairy, and grain free (maybe Paleo) people, this means you. [more inside]
posted by Neekee on Oct 28, 2011 - 20 answers

Giftable Cookbooks for Beginners?

What's the best wedding-present cookbook? I'm looking for a nice, practical cookbook to give my sister & her fiance as a wedding gift (along with a starter set of quality knives), but I'm a little stumped, because the cookbooks I love are not really their style. [more inside]
posted by rhiannonstone on Oct 24, 2011 - 65 answers

Come To Me, Red Cookbook!

Help forgetful me locate this red, science-heavy cookbook! [more inside]
posted by lonefrontranger on Oct 4, 2011 - 7 answers

Cooking for one

I'd like to start cooking for myself more, and cut back on the takeout. Please recommend your favourite cookbooks that feature quick, easy single-serving meals. [more inside]
posted by smilingtiger on Aug 21, 2011 - 16 answers

One Pot, One Love?

I'm looking for cook books that present easy to follow, one pot rice cooker recipes for complete cooking novices. Shopping and freezing guides would also be nice. [more inside]
posted by codacorolla on Jun 29, 2011 - 10 answers

Cook's Illustrated/America's Test Kitchen: Which book(s) to buy?

Help me decide which cookbook(s) by Cook's Illustrated and/or America's Test Kitchen to buy. Too much consumer choice has left me paralyzed! [more inside]
posted by yankeefog on Jan 6, 2011 - 27 answers

Ones and zeroes in the kitchen?

Do you use digital media as a reference while cooking? [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama on Nov 27, 2010 - 68 answers

What Recipes Should I Digitalize?

I'm culling the (cookbook) herd from a certain era (mainly 70s-mid-90s). What are your favorite recipes from my canon of James Beard, Marcella Hazen, Silver Palate, et al that I should digitalize? [more inside]
posted by Elsie on Nov 27, 2010 - 14 answers

Simple and beautiful cookbook layout examples?

I'm writing an Asian cookbook. The recipes are mostly finished, and I'm currently testing and narrowing them down to the truly tasty. It'll be self published for friends and family, so won't need to look truly fancy. But I'm stuck for inspiration as to design and layout. So I'm looking for examples of simple but beautiful cookbook page layouts. Preferably viewable online. Suggestions?
posted by Ahab on Sep 13, 2010 - 16 answers

Bake me a cake as fast as you can.

I can't afford Pastry School, but I can afford Pastry Textbook School. What should I buy? [more inside]
posted by santojulieta on Apr 20, 2010 - 10 answers

Cookbooks that explain the entire process?

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]
posted by archagon on Mar 14, 2010 - 32 answers

International standard cookbooks?

When a friend online noticed Joy of Cooking referred to as "one of America's standard cookbooks" and wondered about internationally analogous "standard cookbooks," I immediately thought, "What a great question for AskMe!" And here we are.
posted by cgc373 on Dec 11, 2009 - 47 answers

Help I need pretty food pictures

Help for the food-imagining-impaired: cookbooks and sources of recipes with pretty pictures? [more inside]
posted by bookdragoness on Nov 6, 2009 - 15 answers

Searching for roast saint recipe

I once read an old cookbook that, at the end, had a recipe for saint. I want to find it again. Any clues? [more inside]
posted by kenko on Oct 4, 2009 - 3 answers

Where can I find a database of cookbook indexes?

Where can I find a database of cookbook indexes? [more inside]
posted by chefscotticus on Oct 3, 2009 - 4 answers

I need a serious, simple, general-purpose cookbook.

What is an example of a cookbook wherein the recipes have had the hell tested out of them? [more inside]
posted by BostonTerrier on Aug 20, 2009 - 32 answers

The Rest of the World, One Plate at a Time

Rick Bayless' Mexican Everyday is my go-to cookbook. Can anyone recommend any other cookbook authors that can teach me about other traditional world cuisines? Who's the Rick Bayless of Indian food? The Asian Rick Bayless? Who's the Mediterranean's answer to Rick Bayless? [more inside]
posted by chrchr on Jun 28, 2009 - 17 answers

Looking for some healthy recipe resources

Looking for cookbooks, blogs, websites, and forums that specialize in simple, healthy recipes. [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco on Jun 2, 2009 - 20 answers

Bittman & Bittman

Overlap between Mark Bittman's cookbooks? [more inside]
posted by Bezuhin on Feb 15, 2009 - 9 answers

Which is the meatiest Indian cookbook?

Lamb and chicken, pork and beef... which is the meatiest Indian cookbook? [more inside]
posted by vorfeed on May 30, 2008 - 10 answers

Help this impatient person learn how to cook from a book.

Help this impatient person learn how to cook from a book. [more inside]
posted by mintchip on Dec 19, 2007 - 24 answers

Patricia Wells for Latino food?

Latin American cookbook recommendations? [more inside]
posted by AceRock on Sep 27, 2007 - 9 answers

What to do with review copies of books?

What are the ethics and conventions surrounding review copies of books? [more inside]
posted by climalene on Sep 12, 2007 - 29 answers

Cooking the books

I'm looking for blogs where people are cooking their way through all the recipes in a particular book or by a particular chef e.g. Kathryn Cooks with Jamie and The Next Nigella. Do you know of any others?
posted by janecr on Feb 17, 2007 - 11 answers

Ice Cream Cookbook?

I'm looking for some great ice cream cookbooks... [more inside]
posted by Marky on Nov 6, 2006 - 6 answers

Are American cookbooks stupid?

Why do American cookbooks give ingredient measurements by volume and number instead of weight? [more inside]
posted by betterton on May 3, 2006 - 35 answers

Collective recipe index?

Is there a website that contains a recipe directory for printed cookbooks? [more inside]
posted by chefscotticus on Mar 28, 2006 - 2 answers

help me get pukka

I like to cook, but I'd like to know more of the theory of how and why to do things. [more inside]
posted by synecdoche on Feb 3, 2006 - 30 answers

Let's take a vegan culinary trip through Asia

I'm searching for some good vegan cookbooks that focus on Asian cuisine. Japanese, Korean, Indian, Thai, etc. A vegan Indian cookbook would be especially nice. [more inside]
posted by luneray on Nov 9, 2005 - 10 answers

Layout software for a cookbook?

Book writing software: specifically for a cookbook... [more inside]
posted by Atom12 on Nov 8, 2005 - 13 answers

Cookbooks!

I need some suggestions for cookbooks with really odd recipes. Cookbooks that have colorful themes or contain recipes that always seem to list canned peaches or SPAM in their ingredients are good for starters but anything really bizarre, unique, or old-timey will do.
posted by rokabiri on May 23, 2005 - 18 answers

Grilling Cookbook

I'm looking for a cookbook on grilling that has a decent coverage of grilled food from all parts of the world. Do you have any recommendations?
posted by madman on Jan 13, 2005 - 2 answers

Supportive in the Kitchen

My beloved fiancee is trying to improve her cooking, with a course and by diving into cooking books. As the guinea pig, it is in my interest to help her on her way. [more inside] [more inside]
posted by Frasermoo on Nov 17, 2004 - 18 answers

Recommend inspirational and reliable cookbooks

Continuing the food theme: what cookbooks would you recommend that you find both inspirational and reliable? Inspirational, as in the recipes just beg to be tried, or the photographs look so mouthwatering. And reliable, as in you've learned to trust that the recipes will turn out well - if not every time - then much more often than not. We have shelf-full of cookbooks already, but I'd still like to add a few more…
posted by misteraitch on Sep 29, 2004 - 25 answers

Reference Cookbooks

I'm looking for recommendations for a reference cookbook to supplement my current bible, The Joy of Cooking. Your thoughts? [A list of what I've got already will greet you inside.] [more inside]
posted by me3dia on Mar 7, 2004 - 38 answers

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