Oh, the temptations...

Discussion in 'Cookbook Reviews' started by nancya, Oct 27, 2001.

  1. nancya

    nancya

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    My new books are here!!!

    Wahoo. They look great and I have many winter evenings of interesting cookbook reading ahead of me.

    But, they also sent the new catalog and oh the temptations. I just knew this would be a mistake for my budget. :D

    It has the Sweet Kitchen which Isa recommended.

    Professional Baking -- but I may be judging the book by the cover which appears to be a lovely ganache...

    Pudding A to Z looks kind of interesting.

    Sweet Miniatures...I remember someone here liked it.

    Edible gifts looks kind of cool. I like to give homemade food gifts.

    Heavenly Chocolate by Linda Collister looks yummy.

    and I've been reading so much Greek cooking on Papa's website that I am considering -

    Foods of the Greek Islands [Aglaia Kremezi]

    or

    The Glorious Foods of Greece [Diane Kochilas]

    I guess this is the start of my new wish list. Will happily listen to comments.
     
  2. isa

    isa

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    It's torture every month or so Nancy. All those books just waiting for you.

    Don't hesitate, get In The Sweet Kitchen it has a lot more technical information than Professional Baking. You already know how much I love that book so I won't go on and on again. :)

    I love making miniature pastries, I find it very zen. As crazy as it sounds it really relaxes me. When I heard about Sweet Miniatures I couldn’t wait to get it. It was such a disappointment. In one recipe, she will go from cups to ounces than to grams. Part of a recipe will be given in grams and the other in ounces. It's hard to follow a recipe when you have to constantly adjust to new measurement.

    These last few days, I’ve been giving a lot of thought to miniature and realised that my favourites miniature are based on recipes I shrank myself or simply invented.
     
  3. nancya

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    Thank you for your insights...as usual, you are much help.

    Of the books I have received so far, I think I am liking The Professional Chef best. It is, however, also the one I have read the most of, so the others may get top billing later. I am enjoying the theory and seeing cooking through different eyes. I must admit to a fit of giggling when I read how to boil potatoes, however.

    I was at first disappointed in the 12 seasons. Many of the recipes have ingredients which it will be simply impossible to find here. However, as I read more and began to understand Portale's ideas, I liked it more and more. One thing I learned from our friend Emeril is how to substitute. Most of the time I treat recipes as jumping off points rather than destinations anyway.

    I have dreamed of having a little coffee shop that also happened to sell cookbooks and gardening books and hand thrown pottery coffee mugs. Anyone want to finance me?
     
  4. zorba the greek

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    Dear Nancy,

    If I was forced to choose one of the two books you mentioned about Greek cooking I would definetely choose Aglaia Kremezi's book.

    She knows about Greek cuisine and her recipes are relatively to other books correct.

    This was a personal opinion of course.
     
  5. isa

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    I'm so glad you're enjoying your new books and can't wait to hear more about them!
     
  6. nancya

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    Thanks for the input Zorba. Tell me, it you weren't forced to choose between those two books, what would you get?
     
  7. athenaeus

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    Both of them propose "Kitchen for Tourists" and not for normal people...
    Very insulting for the Greek Cuisine.
    I wonder for how long journalists would think that they have the right to write books on everything...
     
  8. zorba the greek

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    I think that I will agree on that with Athenaeus.
    That's why I said that I would choose one only if I was forced to.
    There is another one that Athenaeus or Papa must be well aware of that has to do with Greek Kitchen and Olive Oil.
    I saw it in a bookstore in my last visit to Athens.
    A Cretan is the writer because I remember that his name was an -akis like!
    Any ideas guys?
     
  9. w.debord

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    Isa, do you own 'Sweet Miniatures' by Flo Braker? It the best all mini. pastry books I've seen. I've made a couple items.....sometimes it's a bit more complicated reading then the reality but all and all it's a pretty solid book. Her viennese triangles are on my list of regular recipes, I adore them!
     
  10. isa

    isa

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    Sorry Nancy, it didn’t come out as intended. I was putting finishing touch to the post when my computer crashed. Didn’t think it would post the unfinished message.

    Yes I do own Sweet Miniatures, you’ll find my comments on the book a few post above. I don’t understand how such a problem could be missed. Maybe I’m just making a big deal for not much. Guess the important is that the recipes works.

    I made a few recipes, used a few as part of my miniature desserts last Christmas. I know I made the Dutch Chocolate Minicakes and the pistachio buttons without the apricots.


    What recipes have you tried?
     
  11. nancya

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    Thanks for the input Atheneaus and Zorba. That's what I'm asking. If those aren't good books about Greek cooking, what are some good ones I might check out?
     
  12. athenaeus

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    Nancy
    I will check on that because I have in mind some cookbooks that worth to owe but I don't know if they are available in the on line bookstores.
    The one Zorbas is mentioning it must be Nikos and Maria Psyllakis, the Civilization of Olive OIl.
    Excellent book, I mean EXCELLENT because in there you can find anything you want to know about Olive OIl and it contains 200 different recipes all of them very tastefull and healthy!

    :)