Hi all, a day or two late here...but better late than never.
I got the books I ordered from TGC -- first impressions, the Medrich Seriously Bittersweet is very good (except for the introduction, in which the fact that higher cocoa mass percentages in chocolates demand different techniques and work differently in recipes that were written for the lower-percentage chocolates that used to be the only ones available is stated about 20 times more than necessary)...Patisserie at Home looks useful...haven't looked at the Vietnamese one yet, will report...and Payard Desserts is interesting but the recipes are quite demanding and not terribly clearly written in places. The photos are also a bit amateurish-looking to me considering the high level these are pitched to. I love his first, Simply Sensational Desserts, but this one is not going to be nearly as useful.
How about you? What books are keeping your bedside lamp lit, keeping you padding about with your iPad, and/or keeping your Kindle kindle-ing?