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Regional cookbooks

August’s Avid Reader is about regional cookbooks. My colleague Beth writes…. “Lemongrass, ginger, fennel and ghee, tamarind, prosciutto and so much more. The world is absolutely full of flavor, just waiting to be brought to life in any combination the human mind can dream up. For a self-confessed book junkie and culinary experimenter, cookbooks are […]

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Do you own grandma’s first cookbook?

The blog at Bon Appétit magazine asks do you have your Grandma’s first cookbook? I don’t but judging by the comments on this post a few people do. My grandmother used to jot her best (customised) recipes on down on small pieces of paper and tuck them inside the covers of a few cookery books. […]

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Modernist Cuisine: the cookbook everyone wants

It seems like people have been writing about Modernist Cuisine for months and months. Copies have been really hard to find – finally, we have a couple on the site now. Last week, The Smithsonian Magazine did a major write-up on this multi-volume cookbook. The book, written by former Microsoft exec-turned-foodie Nathan Myhrvold looks at […]

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Diana Kennedy wins at James Beard 2011 awards

Last week the James Beard Foundation announced the winners of its annual awards, which include cookbooks. Cookbook of the year was Oaxaca al Gusto by Diana Kennedy. Amanda Hesser’s The Essential New York Times Cook Book won the general cooking category. On Food and Cooking: The Science & Lore of the Kitchen by Harold McGee […]

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Video review of Heat by Bill Buford

One of my favorite ‘foodie’ books is Heat by Bill Buford. It’s a wonderful memoir where a writer on the New Yorker attempts to become a professional chef. You can imagine all the cuts, burns and humiliation! He works in the kitchen of a Mario Batali restaurant in New York, he travels to London and […]

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Lambeth Method of Cake Decoration book in demand after royal wedding

One of AbeBooks’ most searched for books over the past weekend was The Lambeth Method of Cake Decoration and Practical Pastries by Joseph Lambeth. The William and Kate royal wedding sparked renewed interest in this classic cake book from 1934. Apparently, the Lambeth Method is derived from a style of decorating that uses intricate piping […]

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Get spicy with the Sriracha Cookbook

There’s a Sriracha Cookbook now! This is very good news.

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Morbidly obese cookbooks

It seems that it’s not only us humans that are putting on the pounds but our cookbooks too. MobyLives points to a couple of interesting articles which have documented something that I always thought in the back of my mind; that cookbooks seem to be getting fatter. I have several cookbooks at home, one giant […]

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Ten most influential cookbooks on Australian cuisine

The Sydney Morning Herald pulled together a pannel of the best known foodies to nominate a list of the ten most influential cookbooks. 1. The Margaret Fulton Cookbook 2. The Cook’s Companion by Stephanie Alexander 3. The Complete Asian Cookbook by Charmaine Solomon 4. The Australian Women’s Weekly Cookbook by Ellen Sinclair 5. Sydney Food […]

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Best cookbooks of 2010

The Observer’s Food Monthly magazine listed the 25 best cookbooks of 2010 last week. I’m sorry but I’m not buying a cookery book called Eat Tweet.

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