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    What do you look for?

    Molly53
    Mon Sep 19, 2011 3:24 pm
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    What criteria do you use when purchasing a cookbook?
    Are you attracted to the pictures?
    Do you go for niche topics? Simple recipes?
    Famous chefs?
    Price?
    duonyte
    Tue Sep 20, 2011 6:44 pm
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    I tend to buy specialty cookbooks - the Ultimate Rice Cooker Cookbook, several bread related cookbooks, a lamb cookbook. I do have some general ones - a very old Joy of Cooking, and some things I picked up on remaindered tables. I often borrow cookbooks from the library sometimes several times, before buying them.

    Also buy cookbooks when I am in Lithuania, although I need to watch that they aren't just translations from some other country. I am looking for more traditional cooking there.
    mums the word
    Fri Sep 23, 2011 9:42 pm
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    Definitely need to see some nice photos and an easy to read print with a nice layout.

    I too borrow cookbooks from the library and boy have I seen some real duds. If a library book is really good, I have been known to go buy it but it needs to have several good recipes to warrant the cost of owning the book.
    cooking for boys!!!
    Thu Oct 20, 2011 6:24 pm
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    First and foremost every recipe needs a photo - I'm a visual learner and feel completly lost without one.
    Then of course it needs to be something I'm interested in eating!
    I buy almost all my cookbooks at Costco, they are just so much cheaper there than anywhere else.
    I just got the new Michael Smith book - its Awesome!!!
    mums the word
    Thu Oct 20, 2011 8:53 pm
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    cooking for boys!!! wrote:
    First and foremost every recipe needs a photo - I'm a visual learner and feel completly lost without one.
    Then of course it needs to be something I'm interested in eating!
    I buy almost all my cookbooks at Costco, they are just so much cheaper there than anywhere else.
    I just got the new Michael Smith book - its Awesome!!!


    Ooohhh, I like Michael Smith too. I like that he doesn't believe in recipes...just go with the flow and add some of this and some of that to give it your own twist.
    Chef #1389294
    Mon Oct 24, 2011 2:51 am
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    I look at the price of the meals and the simplicity (naturalness?) of the ingredients listed. My favourite cookbook was called "The destitute gourmet" and had recipes for things like cultured buttermilk, breads, spice mixes and hot chocolate mix, all with natural, fresh, inexpensive and (mostly) unprocessed ingredients. Sadly it belonged to a flatmate and she took it with her when she left because she loved it too icon_smile.gif.
    Molly53
    Mon Oct 24, 2011 3:26 am
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    It turns out your cookbook is available at Amazon:

    www.amazon.com/Destitute-Gourmet-Sophie-Gray/dp/B005G9C0H6/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1319440913&sr=1-1

    Welcome to the forum! icon_smile.gif
    CookieWeasel
    Sun Mar 04, 2012 9:12 pm
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    I am one of those who doesn't like glossy commercial-looking cookbooks with lots of large color photographs. I guess I am just stuck in the 70's! What I look for are cookbooks that have a hand-sown home-grown look about them. Matte pages and pen-and-ink illustrations. Text that's printed in plain or funky font, or better yet, hand-written. Good examples are the original editions of Moosewood Cookbook and The Enchanted Broccoli Forest by Mollie Katzen. I haunt the used bookstores looking for more of this type, but they are getting harder and harder to find. It's probably just as well-- my shelves are on the verge of collapsing beneath the giant hoard of cookbooks I've amassed.
    Molly53
    Mon Mar 05, 2012 7:23 am
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