Posted: Jan 3, 2006 6:33 pm
I have about 2 dozen cookbooks. I really like Bittman too although he doesnt use enough spices for me. I usually end up doctoring the recipes with fresh herbs or bay leaves or peppercorns to get more flavor.
one thing I've really been loving is the Everyday Food magazine. It's put out by the folks at Martha Stewart Living, but the recipes are super easy and great. It's digest-sized, usually available near the check out.
recent wonderful recipes I've tried: tandoori chicken (marinated in yogurt), leek/parsnip soup (with a green apple, who knew?), chile flank steak with fresh parsley puree, white bean and bacon soup, and a fantastic cranberry sauce made with fresh cranberries and fresh ginger root.
one thing i really like about it is that every month they pick an ingredient -- some kinda cheese or veggie or meat -- that you know about but aren't quite sure how to use, then give you about 10 great recipes. they're also big on teaching you how to cook a whole chicken or something for a fancy main course then making great dishes out of the leftovers. some might be kinda obvious, like a steak salad, but then they'll make an amazing dressing out of the leftover parsley sauce and a lime.