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  1. Crazy Good e-Book Bargains

    I fully admit I have a kindle cookbook addiction. I tend to go through the kindle recommendations every couple of days. And I must admit I have concluded that if I wait long enough cookbooks I am interested in will be at that nearly irresistible pricing level with very few exceptions. Recently though I have seen a few 'recommended' cookbooks that had been priced in the twelve to eighteen dollar range listed for $6.99, $7.99, $8.99 instead. Anyone else seeing this? I'm wondering if after using these price cuts to increase sales and/or get reviews, publishers including Amazon are now looking for a higher pricing sweet spot for this. Mind you it could just be that I've exhausted their generosity with my full cloud library and I will just have to be more discerning going forward. And much as that would be good for my budget, it would make me sad if I didn't get to binge on cookbooks.
  2. Crazy Good e-Book Bargains

    There are two ways to borrow books with Prime. One, the Prime lending library, lets you borrow one book per month and only one book at a time. There are not many cookbooks there that I have noticed, but a fair number of craft/gardening/amazon published fiction do seem to show up as this. Prime reading, OTOH, allows you to have a number of items at a time. I believe it is ten. You can keep them as long as you want while you are still a prime member. This is only important because some of the items you are allowed to 'borrow' are magazines issues, which are difficult to replace if they no longer exist in your library. What will happen while you are a prime member is that you can happily get the items until you reach the limit at which point you will be informed you need to return an item before you can get the newest prime reading item you were interested in. And they will get you to the place where you can pick among your prime reading items to do this if you want to return something.
  3. Evine is the post network sale version of ShopNBC. It was GE/NBC attempting to enter the home shopping network market to compete with QVC and HSN. And it has always been a distant third. And TE doesn't do much for me either. I just thought it was interesting they went in this direction. Admittedly they do seem to go for niche market items,. Their other celebrity chef Paula Deen has a knock off of the Puck pressure oven and a weird take off of a Bosch Universal Mixer. English has both a Phillips pasta machine knock off AND a vacuum sealing blender. So it may not be entirely out there for them to knock off the couple of countertop home steam ovens out there. OR it might be a sign that the steam oven is becoming more main stream and we might see a CSO, or a steam oven from another reputable brand, with a larger interior. Fingers crossed.
  4. Not the CSO, but another steam oven. One if the video (and if the dimensions listed for the up purchase accessory rack are correct it is slightly wider and taller than the CSO. So I was channel flipping and this was up on Evine. Todd English 1500 Watt Digital Multi Function Steam Oven One interesting thing claimed in the presentation is that the oven has a system to cool down the steam so you can put it under cabinet. I wouldn't count on that until reading the directions, but that would solve some placement problems for those with steam oven envy and no where to place it.
  5. Crazy Good e-Book Bargains

    Damn, I bought Cardamom Trail when it wasn't a buck. I have to learn to wait. A couple I haven't seen mentioned are: Melissa Clark's Instant Pot cookbook at $3.99 And Melissa Gilbert's Little House memoir with recipes at $2.99 (this one in case nostalgia might strike)
  6. Just a thought, but how about making the biranyi or any other recipe, but using its failings as a point of conversation for the club. This is about cooking as well as socializing, correct? Tell others about the curry seeds and mustard leaves and what they would have brought to the dish. Ask them what they think might have been used to improve their recipes. Help newbies come up with 'variations' to their recipes that might make them even better. It might make the evening even better.
  7. I Bought a Tutove – Now What?

    it got me interested. Mind you, as croissants or Kouign aman are not regularly made in my kitchen I am unlikely to purchase one at this time. (And for what it is worth, the tutove pastries did look larger and fuller to me.) Thank you for having brought it up.
  8. Crazy Good e-Book Bargains

    Pass? That price would have had me sprinting away in terror.
  9. Crazy Good e-Book Bargains

    Don't know if this is of any interest but the kindle version of Alex Guarnaschelli's The Home Cook has been marked down to $2.99 for however long. The Home Cook: Recipes to Know by Heart And add me to those whose ebook cook book collection is so large it would run me out of my apartment if I had the physical books. I still love a real cookbook, but I can't resist the chance to read and sample a wide variety of cook books from classics to the latest hot thing with little money and no need for shelf space.
  10. Lucky Porthos - Who has an even luckier friend. Congratulations to you both!
  11. Tovala Smart Oven

    Cooking Light has jumped on the marketing plan for this oven now that they have an investment deal with Tyson foods. Personally, I don't think reading labels on prepared products is that difficult that I need something with internet access setting the controls for me, not to mention that the more electronics there are in an appliance the less likely it is to survive for what I consider an acceptable length of time. http://www.cookinglight.com/syndication/tavola-oven-tyson-foods
  12. Panasonic Steam Oven

    The February issue of Delicious UK has a mini review of the Panasonic Steam Oven. Under drawbacks they say: "It's a bit pricey but you could argue it's not so expensive if it replaces a full size oven. I did find the baking results uneven and the oven is for countertop use only, which is tricky if workspace is limited. It's also hard to see what's going on inside because the oven door is tinted and the lighting inside is poor." Their verdict: "Generally well thought-out bit of kit - ideal for the single householder who is into cooking but lacks space."
  13. I'm not sure if discontinued is accurate. That listing is for the CSO-300N, Cuisinart.com has the CSO-300 discontinued, but has the CSO-300N1 on the regular part of the site with no listing of just the N. If the N1 is a newer version, it unfortunately does not appear to have an increased capacity (I admit to sometimes longing for the french door Oster largely because of its size). I do find it interesting that the click through merchants do not include Amazon, although that might not mean anything as they don't hi light a link to Amazon for another oven I know is carried there either. https://www.cuisinart.com/products/toaster_ovens/cso-300n1.html
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