In the past year I have been given or bought some of the newer cookbooks. Bouchon (my library was never going to get a copy and the copies in the stores were plastic wrapped so I went to Amazon for it) is okay. I have not cooked anything out of it yet, it has been too hot. Bourdain's Les Halles, I like it and have used it before it got too hot it is fun to read too. Nigella's Forever Summer worth it for the watermelon salad and there are some other yummy things in there too, I got it at Half Price Books and it is worth every penny. I also got Indian Home Cooking there, I'd seen discussion on CH about it and got it out of my library and made a couple of things and when I saw it at HP Books I bought it. I am really disappointed in it. Week before last I had some lamb shanks and decided to use his recipe for lamb curry with coriander, garam masala and coconut and his eggplant raita-Chilled Smoky Eggplant with Yogurt and Cilantro and to go along with it his stir fried green beans with cumin. It was all totally blah. I was really disappointed. We nearly got up from the table and went out to eat. Frank Stitt's Southern Table has been super, I have had only one dish from it that was less than stellar, it was the Chicken in Watercress Sauce. It was not bad, just uninteresting. I got Tyler Florence's Eat This Book out of the library this weekend and there are some interesting things in it I will try and then decide whether that goes on my aquisitions list. I read Liz Smith's Dishing last week and it was a fun gossipy read. I was not bowled over by her recipes but I was interested to see that she had encountered watermelon salad in a similar reciped to Nigella's in the Bahamas where she said it was pretty traditional.
Anyone else have any new cookbooks you are crazy about or luke warm or disappointed in?