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What's Cooking?

Do you love the culinary arts as I do?  Interested in cooking, baking, and reading cookbooks?  Yes, I'm one of those who reads cookbooks with the same intensity and concentration as I do a novel or a nonfiction title.  That's why it is my good fortune to have the joy of ordering and maintaining the cookery collection.  One of my goals is to provide the latest cookbooks as well as a diversified collection, a little bit of something for everyone.  Check out our cookbook display by the new nonfiction in the Adult Service area. 

We welcome feedback so please share your culinary experiences or comments.  I hope you will be excited as I am with the following newly acquired cookbooks:

Baking by James Peterson - This is a simple title for a very comprehensive guidebook for all bakers with lots of step-by-step instructions, recipes, photographs, and how-to-techniques.  This impressive classic book is the sequel to Peterson's highly acclaimed book Cooking, a James Beard Award winner for 2008

Asian Dumplings: Mastering Gyozas, Spring Rolls, Samosas, and More by Andrea Nguyen

Have you eaten those delicate soup dumplings or succulent crispy potstickers or mini buns at dim sum restaurants?  Now you can make these tasty morsels at home!  Ms. Nguyen includes the recipes for making the doughs, skins, and wrappers as well as the versatile fillings from various Asian cuisines.  You will be surprised at how easy it is to make some of these "bit of the heart" treats (translation of dim sum).

Ratio: The Simple Codes Behind the Craft of Everyday Cooking by Michael Ruhlman

Did you ever wonder how these chefs create dishes without memorizing the exact measurements?  The secret is out...it's not magic!  It's all in the proportions, that is, culinary ratios.  This astute award-winning author illuminates us in the use of ratios for doughs, batters, stocks, sauces, sausages, and custards.  Maybe we won't need to follow recipes anymore!

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ordering cookbooks

I have had a couple of conversations with Ms. Phillips who advised that you will follow-up.  I am sincerely hoping that you can purchase the Canal House cookbook series.  From much that I have heard, they are beautiful little books, published three volumes a year thus far, available at www.thecanalhouse.com.  I would greatly appreciate if you are able to bring them in for everyone's enjoyment. 

Hi, Thank you for your

Hi, Thank you for your interest in our collection. If you would like to make an offical purchase request and are a New City Library cardholder, please use the form located under the "Find an Item" menu at the top of our website.  


Thank you again!

New Cookbooks

From the new cookbooks, I checked out Simply Mexican by Lourdes Castro. I liked it so much a bought a copy for myself. I've cooked about 12 items so far and only 1 I didn't like enough to do again. Lots of recipes that can be done in advance tool

Anne's trial recipes

As a lucky beneficiary of Anne's recipe testing, I also endorse this cookbook of Mexican cuisine! Now I'd like to know the name of the book she used to create her Indian feast...

Simply Mexican Cookbook

Hi Anne:

The library is a great resource to examine new books before making personal purchases.   I do exactly as you do.  I borrow from the library to view and test the recipes in cookbooks before deciding to purchase them for my personal library.  It saves lots of money and disappointments.  I really appreciate your comment on Simply Mexican by Lourdes Castro since I love to know whether certain cookbooks are "cook-friendly."  Wow, cooked 12 items already...sounds like this cookbook is a big hit.