You Own Countless Cookbooks. Criteria to Purchase New One

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Post  Sun, Apr 03 2011, 8:13 am
What do you look for when buying a new cookbook.

Me first: Well written . Source for new category of food (Sephardic cooking ) . Deals with a personal interest . For example, new ways with vegetables. Chatty with interesting tips
Also like to "read" good pictures! Clear detailed descriptions.

And you?

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Post  Sun, Apr 03 2011, 9:27 am
I don't buy too many cookbooks. A lot are garage sale or book sale finds that are just fun to have, like the popcorn cookbook, hot dog cookbook, a sixties sisterhood cookbook, etc.

Every now and then I get cookbooks from the library and some I'd be tempted to get if they were cheap on Amazon. I found myself photocopying a LOT of recipes from a cookbook that IIRC is called Casserole Crazy (not that I made too many of them yet). The America's Test Kitchen cookbooks are fun and great too.

I haven't bough a kosher cookbook in a long time. My major criteria would be readability and accessibility. I've found that my favorite recipes tend to come from "institution" cookbooks - schools, community efforts, etc. Well-tested recipes made by real people.
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Eva Apple


Post  Sun, Apr 03 2011, 11:09 am
I love cookbooks...
There are some cookbooks that are easily workable with, tried, decent ingredients - those are the ones I go for.
I also like food decorations, any cookbook that has any decorative ideas.
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Post  Sun, Apr 03 2011, 11:39 am
I like books with nice pictures because they motivate me to cook when I'd otherwise not fee like it. I also like simpler recipes without a lot of hard to get ingredients.
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Post  Sun, Apr 03 2011, 1:16 pm
Simple1 wrote:
I also like simpler recipes without a lot of hard to get ingredients.

I've been looking for that lately because I can't get all ingredients now because of where I live. I bought my dd, kids in the kitchen and the teen one, but a lot of the ingredients we can't get. It's a little disappointing, but we make do.

I also like prefer a cookbook with a spiral.
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chocolate moose


Post  Sun, Apr 03 2011, 1:18 pm
Just bought Persian cookbook. Takes a lot for me ti give up shelf space.
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Post  Sun, Apr 03 2011, 2:54 pm
I like when they have pictures that show me how to present the food, but even more important is when the directions are clear and most of the recipes are made out of common ingredient. (Meaning not using weird or expensive ingredients.)
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Post  Sun, Apr 03 2011, 3:18 pm
I don't! Chocolate moose always posts recipes lol
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chocolate moose


Post  Sun, Apr 03 2011, 4:51 pm
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Post  Mon, Apr 04 2011, 9:17 pm
Pictures of what the food is supposed to look like is a must.

Easy, step by step directions

Easu to find ingredients
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