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  1. Host's note: By popular demand, and in light of the ephemeral nature and prevalence of e-book (mostly Kindle) deals, this topic has been split from the Current sales, deals, and bargains (Part 2) topic. All deals that are not electronic-format books should go there, not here. I am surprised at how quickly the cheap prices/deals on Kindle cookbooks come and go. That being said...I am a US Prime member so the price you see may vary. M. F. K. Fisher's "Consider the Oyster" Kindle Edition $2.51US Chef Yoshio Saito "Okonomiyaki: Japanese Comfort Food" Kindle Edition $3.99US Top Chef's Padma Lakshmi's "Love, Loss, and What We Ate: A Memoir" Kindle Edition $1.99US
  2. Host's note: this topic grew too large for our servers to handle efficiently, so it has been split into more manageable segments. The previous segment is here. Today I was surfing on eGullet and snacking on Keebler Town House Focaccia Tuscan Cheese crackers (leftover from a Super Bowl party). They're a thick cracker and have a nice subtle flavor. The bad thing is that they made me wish I had some cheese or dip to go with them. DOH! [/Homer Simpson]
  3. Amazon/WF 'update' NYTimes

    Walmart tries to compete: "In latest Amazon jab, Walmart to expand grocery delivery to more than 100 cities" And then I received a Costco email touting their delivery service: The competition is heating up...
  4. Some of these may have been posted before...some of the titles sound familiar to me: "The Sprouted Kitchen Bowl and Spoon: Simple and Inspired Whole Foods Recipes to Savor and Share" Kindle Edition $1.99US Winner of the 2018 International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) Cookbook Award for "Baking" category: Jami Curl's "Candy Is Magic: Real Ingredients, Modern Recipes" Kindle Edition $1.99US From the San Francisco Ferry Plaza Farmer's Market food stand, "Tacolicious: Festive Recipes for Tacos, Snacks, Cocktails, and More" Kindle Edition $1.99US Two cookbooks that don't have what I would consider to be bargain-basement prices: Chef Paul Kahan's "Cheers to the Publican, Repast and Present: Recipes and Ramblings from an American Beer Hall" Kindle Edition $3.99US Internationally acclaimed food and travel writer Colman Andrews "The Country Cooking of Ireland" Kindle Edition $3.00US Unfortunately, the "Look Inside" feature shows no content for this cookbook...pages and pages of nothing. Alas, no index. I am a US Prime member and the price you see may vary.
  5. Best First Cookbook

    There's always "Essential Pépin: More Than 700 All-Time Favorites from My Life in Food"...it comes with a DVD of videos where he shows his techniques. Or my very first cookbook at 10 years old..."Peanuts Cook Book" by Charles M. Schultz.
  6. When do you over tip?

    The pessimist in me thinks "someone" (the banks? Credit card companies?) put that money that is being "held" into an overnight escrow account that earns a very low interest. But multiply that "very low interest" by millions of consumers and...someone is making a lot of money off these transactions and it isn't the cardholder or restaurant.
  7. I get the big-ass bottles of POM pomegranate juice from Costco. It's far cheaper than what you can buy in grocery stores. It's quite tart so it's a good mixer for cocktails, or added to Canada Dry ginger ale or iced tea.
  8. "Top Chef" Season 15

    I was surprised to see that season 15 is starting tonight. It starts at 10 P.M. and is an hour and 15 minutes long (info for those of you who record the show). Whoever is in charge of Bravo promos should be fired as I haven't seen any promos regarding this new season of the show. From the Bravo web site, it looks like this season starts in Colorado. Here's a link to an "Introduction to Season 15" video: click
  9. St.Patrick , AKA CornedBeef 2018

    I've posted about this before. Corned Beef and Cabbage is my New Year's Day "good luck" meal (it's no Hoppin' John and Ham, but you eat what you want to eat for good luck and I'll eat what I want to eat for good luck ). I wait to buy my corned beef until the grocery store coupons for corned beef come out. Usually there's a limit of two packages per coupon. I put one package in the freezer for my eventual New Year's Day meal. I cook my corned beef in a slow cooker that looks sort of like this - click. My slow cooker's heavy glass lid has a glass knob on it. The corned beef usually comes with a package of the spice mixture included (one year it didn't have a package of spices so I bought some pickling spices and used waaay too much with my corned beef...it tasted like a cross between corned beef and bread and butter pickles! ). I never trim the fat off before cooking the beef. I put the beef in my slow cooker, fat side up, add the spice mixture, then add water until it covers the beef. Put the lid on, turn the slow cooker on high, and come back in an hour to turn the cooker down to medium (it will have come to a boil by then). I never "peek" (remove the lid) until it's done cooking...about 4 to 5 hours or so later. Usually the last hours I turn the heat of the slow cooker down to low. Then remove the corned beef from the water. Although I can use the slow cooker pot on my stove top, I have found I like a bigger pot to cook my potatoes and carrots. I pour the corned beef water into the larger pot. I take about a cup or so of the water and put it in a smaller pot in which I will steam/boil my cabbage. In the larger pot, I add the red rose potatoes (you don't have to peel them), and a bag of baby carrots (already peeled and cut down to size so there's no work there either). Add more water to the large pot if needed. Bring both pots to a boil and cook the respective veggies. When the veggies are close to being done, slice up your corned beef. It takes about a half hour for everything to be cooked and ready to eat. At dinnertime, I like to slather prepared horseradish on my corned beef.
  10. "Top Chef" Season 15

    Just a reminder that the Top Chef finale is airing tonight.
  11. Silly question...but who says you have to use gluten-free whatever when making the recipes in the Tartine book? Why not use AP flour if it pleases you? Just asking...
  12. Two more this afternoon: Gonzalo Guzmán (Author) &‎ Stacy Adimando (Author) "Nopalito: A Mexican Kitchen" Kindle Edition $1.99US Elisabeth Prueitt's "Tartine All Day: Modern Recipes for the Home Cook" Kindle Edition $2.99US I am a US Prime member and the price you see may vary.
  13. Amazon/WF 'update' NYTimes

    More news about WF/Amazon: "Prime Members In San Francisco And Atlanta Get Free Whole Foods Delivery"
  14. eG Cook-Off 76: Consider the Schnitzel

    Corn Flake crumbs were what my mom used to coat round steak (pounded out) when she'd make her Chicken Fried Steak. The Corn Flake coating has a slightly sweet taste to it when compared to a flour mixture/coating.
  15. An older cookbook this morning: Mark Bittman's "The Minimalist Cooks Dinner: More Than 100 Recipes for Fast Weeknight Meals and Casual Entertaining" Kindle Edition $1.99US I am a US Prime member and the price you see may vary.
  16. Amazon/WF 'update' NYTimes

    I discovered that if I go to the local Walmart Neighborhood grocery store on Saturday before noon, the shelves are empty. So I started doing my shopping around 12:30pm or so and found everything restocked. Kinda weird but I make it work for me...
  17. And bacon is my spirit vegetable...er, I mean, animal. Some carbs this time: From Seattle's Top Pot Doughnuts shop, "Top Pot Hand-Forged Doughnuts: Secrets and Recipes for the Home Baker" Kindle Edition $2.99US Heidi Gibson's "Muffins & Biscuits: 50 Recipes to Start Your Day with a Smile" Kindle Edition $2.99US I am a US Prime member and the price you see may vary.
  18. Satay from scratch

    Really? They couldn't "suck it up" for one meal? In the future, said friend would be better served dining out instead of eating in my home. Da nerve of da guy!
  19. Found this morning... Mary-Frances Heck's "Sweet Potatoes: Roasted, Loaded, Fried, and Made into Pie" Kindle Edition $1.99US I am a US Prime member and the price you see may vary.
  20. I also thought that way in the past. The problem was I kept buying Brut Champagnes and they're dry and sometimes bitter to the palate. Who needs that? I bought a bottle of Dom Perignon from Costco for the Millennium New Year back in 2000. It completely changed my outlook on Champagnes. I now gravitate towards the sweet Champagnes. My local Costco stocks Wilson Creek Almond "Champagne" during the holidays which I am a fan of these days. It's relatively inexpensive and it's a sweet "Champagne" that we enjoy when gathering for holidays dinners.
  21. Their idea of a sale price and my idea of a bargain basement price ($2.99US or lower) are nowhere near each other. Still, any source of a sale listing is better than none at all.
  22. From this afternoon's stumblings...some may have been posted before... Paula Wolfert's "Couscous and Other Good Food from Morocco" Kindle Edition $1.99US This was on sale about 2 years ago: Rose Levy Beranbaum's "Rose's All-Original All-American Pie Recipes" Kindle Edition $2.99US Ken Haedrich's "Pie Zero to Pie Hero: How to Ditch Your Fears, Master the Crust and Bake the Perfect Pie" Kindle Edition $0.99US I am a US Prime member and the price you see may vary.
  23. I confess I stumble on to them. I do use the daily Bookbub email notification but have found they only recommend a single cookbook per day (Pikers! ). I look at the info pages for cookbooks I am considering (but often bypass) and down below the main info section of the cookbook is a listing called "Customers who bought this item also bought". I peruse those cookbooks (use the side arrows to zip through about 15 pages of other cookbooks offered) and often find the proverbial "diamond in the rough"...meaning a cookbook on sale for a bargain-basement price. Note that I skip the "Sponsored Products related to this item" section as I don't need shilled items thrown at me, please. The two cookbooks I posted above were discovered in this manner.
  24. A couple others for this morning: James Beard-nominated food writer Sarah DiGregorio's "Adventures in Slow Cooking: 120 Slow-Cooker Recipes for People Who Love Food" Kindle Edition $1.99US From the chef, restaurant owner, and author of the critically lauded A Girl and Her Pig April Bloomfield's "A Girl and Her Greens: Hearty Meals from the Garden" Kindle Edition $1.99US Use the "Look Inside" feature on this book to see the extensive recipe index contained in the book. I am a US Prime member and the price you see may vary.
  25. Homemade Corned Beef and a plea for help

    And the next step is...Pastrami from the Corned Beef! (click)