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#1 MelissaH

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    Posted 01 March 2008 - 09:55 PM

    I'm a huge cookbook junkie...I'm always on the lookout for new ones.

    What are some of your favourites?

    Mine have to be;
    - The Silver Palate Cookbook - it's my go-to book for dinner parties or when I'm really stuck for something new
    - Eat, Shrink & Be Merry, Looneyspoons & Crazy Plates - these books are freaking amazing - the recipes are so delicious and easy and super healthy!
    - The Joy of Cooking - EVERYONE should have a copy of this...even non-cooks because when you need to know how to do something fast it's guaranteed to be in there! Whenever I'm having a food crisis it's the first place I go :P

    #2 -Kate-

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      Posted 01 March 2008 - 10:21 PM

      How to Cook Everything is one of our faves.

      #3 ErinB

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        Posted 02 March 2008 - 12:12 AM

        I agree Melissa, everyone should have the Joy of Cooking! I use it all the time. I also love the Joy of Baking.

        Martha Stewart Hors D'oeuvres is a good one too.

        The new Betty Crocker cookbook is good.

        My favorites for home cooking are the church/junior league/school cookbooks. I have one from my grandmothers church that is seriously 60+ years old!

        #4 MikkiStreak

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          Posted 02 March 2008 - 12:50 AM

          I gotta say.... my favorites are actually the ones I inherited from my mom and grandmother---- they're the local cookbooks from the community I grew up in. It's so cool to see the family names I grew up with from 1-2 generations back.

          If I had to pick a favorite that is more widely distributed, I can't even remember the actual name of it---- but it's an Italian cookbook.

          #5 MelissaH

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            Posted 02 March 2008 - 12:52 AM

            Is it a Marcella Hazan book, Maria? I have 2 of hers and love them as well!

            #6 Leia78

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              Posted 02 March 2008 - 12:55 AM

              I love Ina Garten. I've made many of her recipes, and they are all really delicious. Her Barefoot Contessa cookbooks are one of my favorites...i have all of them. Not only great recipes, but beautiful pictures that make your mouth drool. I love her style...so clean, so fresh, so classic.
              I dragged John with me to her book signing. BTW, I also met Chef Morimoto in New York!!!

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              #7 MikkiStreak

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                Posted 02 March 2008 - 12:57 AM

                I don't think so- that name doesn't ring a bell.... it's a black cover book that I picked up at a book fair at work back in 98.... the binder is destroyed and it's completely falling apart because I've used it so much and it's fallen down from the shelves so often when I try to pull it down.... has some really great, simple Italian dishes in it....

                #8 MikkiStreak

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                  Posted 02 March 2008 - 12:59 AM

                  the other ones I like are the cookbooks published for Williams-Sonoma. They have a bunch of them focusing on Grilling, Mexican, Seafood, Italian, etc....

                  #9 Leia78

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                    Posted 02 March 2008 - 01:00 AM

                    Quote:
                    Originally Posted by MikkiStreak
                    the other ones I like are the cookbooks published for Williams-Sonoma. They have a bunch of them focusing on Grilling, Mexican, Seafood, Italian, etc....
                    I really like their books too. Great entertaining ideas.

                    #10 TammyWright

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                    Posted 02 March 2008 - 01:01 AM

                    the basics are great to have for everyone...
                    • joy of cooking
                    • betty crocker cookbook

                    then i love certain recipes from:
                    • barefoot contessa(ina garten). her recipes are simple and easy to make
                    • michael chiarello -also simple italian flavors
                    • and this vietnamese cookbook i got from cost plus

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