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In the hope of attracting more entries into the competitions, I'd like to express my excitement over receiving three fantastic books for winning one of the weeks.

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The first one I've started reading and is great so far, the last two are beautifully diagrammed and bound in lovely hard-covers. Thanks Laura and SE.

Maybe others might like to post their choices too?

  • And of course, if you'd like to review some of the books you received (or explain how they've improved your cooking, or anything!), we have a blog now. No obligation, of course, we're just looking for content :-) – derobert May 9 '12 at 22:53

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I have won twice so far, once at the beginning and once after the proper waiting period.

My first prize was The Professional Chef. A great reference work with the proper technique for all important Western recipes. Gorgeous design.

The professional chef

The second time, I got both Shirley Corriher books. These are the best applied food science books I have seen. Not as all-encompassing as McGee On Food And Cooking, but they cover many common types of dishes, and go into great depth for each one.

Cookwise bakewise

Thank you StackExchange and Laura for the nice contest!

  • I like Cookwise a lot but my cover is different. I wonder if the new edition is different. – Sobachatina Apr 18 '12 at 15:17
  • @Sobachatina no, it is a reprint only - I checked before choosing. It is softcover, so the cover probably got redesigned for the "new" medium. – rumtscho Apr 18 '12 at 15:29
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I got the Professional Chef,

A passion for cheese on Rumyancheto's recommendation,
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And a random book on Indian cuisine that I haven't received yet and so can't review:

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I picked up On Food and Cooking and Cookwise.

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Thank you, Stack Exchange!

  • I think anyone interested in food should own both of these books. – Sobachatina Apr 20 '12 at 14:41
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I was the first winner, so I got these two cookbooks, both of which I'd checked out from the library and tested first:

Fish Indian Style

Fitzmorris' New Orleans Food

I just made a Briyani from Fish Indian Style last night, so both books have been very worthwhile. Thanks, SE!

Capsule review of Fitzmorris here.

  • I love getting cookbooks from the library - it saves a ton of disappointment later on down the road. – KatieK Jun 27 '12 at 18:12
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I got:

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Which has a fantastic carbonara recipe, and a great technique for cooking duck breasts, amongst many other things.

and

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Which has completely changed the way I bake bread.

Cheers, Stack Exchange!

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I just won coffee week and am going to get these two books:

The first book for my inner fatty :D

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And the second book to supplement Reinhart's Bread Baker's Apprentice that I already have.

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Thanks Lauren! :)

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I got this one... (in Spanish)

Harold McGee

Nice!

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I've got a well-worn copy of Baking Illustrated that I adore, so I went ahead and got The New Best Recipe, since it seems to be the same thing but for general-purpose cooking

Since I live with two guys who like to experiment with seasonings, I also got The Flavor Bible.

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Vegan Holiday Kitchen - Veganomicon - Vegan Diner

Vegan Holiday Kitchen really delivered on a few of its dishes and I look forward to just plopping it down once Thanksgiving comes around and going through that section with the family to figure out who's making what.

Veganomicon is a sturdy bible of recipes and information on the topic of Vegan cooking. It is my personal resource for finding the common denominator among any vegan dish. I have turned to it over and over not only for a few that are the baseline, nailed-it formulations, as well as the ones that just hammer it home with a perfect rendition. The skillet corn bread is as quick, simple, and elegant as it is nommalicious and flexible.

Vegan Diner is definitely a cookbook geared to the vegans who don't want to give up their favorite dishes. It lets them know how to not do that. Well-done, but the recipes themselves have a certain same-y quality and turn to the same tricks. But what the recipes lack individually in flair, the book itself compensates for with scope; the collection itself is a good resource for browsing and idea forming. The recipes are easy and the writing undaunting.

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For "cocktails", I selected the following books:

The Bartender's Black Book 10th Edition

The Bartender's Black Book 10th Edition

The Boozy Baker: 75 Recipes for Spirited Sweets

The Boozy Baker: 75 Recipes for Spirited Sweets

Baking Illustrated

Baking Illustrated

Thank you, Stack Exchange!

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