what’s your favorite cookbook?

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After seeing this great post on Letters to Marc Jacobs the other day, we’ve been trying to decide which cookbooks are our favorites. It seems the right time of year for this debate, like our version of back-to-school books. Professionally, this a subject we have written about in print (like in last November’s Budget Living) (sniff), but personally we know there are a few more classics we should to our own collections. Here’s a few of our answers to the question: What’s Your Favorite Cookbook? What is yours?

Erica P. says:
Cookbooks — now this is something I can talk for hours about. My never-fail is still The Joy of Cooking (duh) but currently I’ve been in a baking mood and Big Fat Cookies by Elinor Klivans is proving to be a huge hit. I’ve made a few of her recipes and always receive rave reviews. Of course, as the name suggests, these cookies are HUGE and since I can never eat just one cookie I find myself tweaking the instructions a bit and making twice as many smaller cookies. The ginger chewies were my most recent endeavor and they were fantastic (just ask Ashley and Jeff!).

Of course my favorite book to turn to is my own collection that I’ve filled with my tried and true recipes (most from my grandmother). If i try a new recipe and it turns out well I’ll write it out on a recipe card and put it in my book. That way I have my own “ultimate collection.”

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what's your favorite cookbook?

cookbooks.jpg

After seeing this great post on Letters to Marc Jacobs the other day, we’ve been trying to decide which cookbooks are our favorites. It seems the right time of year for this debate, like our version of back-to-school books. Professionally, this a subject we have written about in print (like in last November’s Budget Living) (sniff), but personally we know there are a few more classics we should to our own collections. Here’s a few of our answers to the question: What’s Your Favorite Cookbook? What is yours?

Erica P. says:
Cookbooks — now this is something I can talk for hours about. My never-fail is still The Joy of Cooking (duh) but currently I’ve been in a baking mood and Big Fat Cookies by Elinor Klivans is proving to be a huge hit. I’ve made a few of her recipes and always receive rave reviews. Of course, as the name suggests, these cookies are HUGE and since I can never eat just one cookie I find myself tweaking the instructions a bit and making twice as many smaller cookies. The ginger chewies were my most recent endeavor and they were fantastic (just ask Ashley and Jeff!).

Of course my favorite book to turn to is my own collection that I’ve filled with my tried and true recipes (most from my grandmother). If i try a new recipe and it turns out well I’ll write it out on a recipe card and put it in my book. That way I have my own “ultimate collection.”

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shop-n-surf: which is the best food processor?

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Ok. I have a confession to make. I don’t own a food processor. The mini one I bought about ten years finally died, and since I’ve been making due with either my Wusthof Chef’s knife or the blender. But there have been many occasions when I knew I was missing a vital piece of equipment (like the other night when I was trying to make pesto out of hazelnuts!). I’m ready to invest in a food processor, but in quick trip to Bed & Bath Beyond I learned there are more choices than I thought. And they can be really expensive! Here’s a few I’m considering. Any advice? — Angela M.

Cuisinart’s 7-cup version, $150, seems pretty basic but perhaps it’s all I need. The eleven-cup is a bit bigger, but then I wonder, should I go with the Stainless Steel 14-cup, above?

Cuisnart really seems to hold monopoly in this category — but is there another brand that’s just as good? This one from KitchenAid, also looks good for $120.

Another appealing option is a blender/food processor combo (we have a blender, but’s it’s pretty lame). Here’s one at from Cuisnart that I like, but the workbowl for the processor only holds three-cups. Will that help me make pie crust? Help! Please share your food processing knowledge! — Angela M.

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trend we’re digging: “unbreakable” drinkware

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Let’s get smashed! There’s some funky glassware out there right now, like these tumblers made by Robert Brandt available at Conran’s, $10 each. Rosenthals Vases of Phases (above right, $120), are killer. I was beside myself when I saw they made them into Martini glasses. How much fun are these? Come on! The wine glasses below, The Sommeliers, are by Maxim Velcovsky and are available at conduitgroup.org, $30 each. The clear glass tumblers (below right) are also at Conran’s. Cheers! — Allison R.

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trend we're digging: "unbreakable" drinkware

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Let’s get smashed! There’s some funky glassware out there right now, like these tumblers made by Robert Brandt available at Conran’s, $10 each. Rosenthals Vases of Phases (above right, $120), are killer. I was beside myself when I saw they made them into Martini glasses. How much fun are these? Come on! The wine glasses below, The Sommeliers, are by Maxim Velcovsky and are available at conduitgroup.org, $30 each. The clear glass tumblers (below right) are also at Conran’s. Cheers! — Allison R.

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