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Subject: ISO a great seafood cookbook
Date Posted: 7/28/2010 5:25 PM ET
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I thought that this would be the place to get some recommendations on a really good seafood cookbook. I have never been real confident of my skills when it comes to cooking fish/shellfish. Can any of you help me out with this?

Date Posted: 7/30/2010 1:51 PM ET
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Jane Brody has a great seafood cookbook---maybe 10 years old, but still excellent. Also, the Bob Appetit and Gourmet cookbooks have great seafood chapters. I looked---the name is "Jane Brody's Good Seafood Book." But mostly I use the bigger, general-interest cookbooks; Bobby Flay also has some good ones.

John Besh's "My New Orleans" cookbook also has tons of great shellfish and fish recipes.

We live on the coast so we eat lots, especially shelfish. The biggest issue with shrimp and scallops is that most people way overcook them, which makes them tough and rubbery. Boiled shrimp should only stay in the water about 2 minutes; scallops maybe not that long, depending on size.

Overcooking fish is very easy, too...we usually just bake it for maybe 7-10 minutes (again depending on how thick) and then top with a sauce. Often we wrap it in parchment, aluminum foil or banana leaves, it helps keep it moist. But I have to have a sauce or salsa, something, on top!



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Date Posted: 7/30/2010 6:00 PM ET
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Thank you Betty! I will check these out. I've always done pretty well cooking shellfish, but the others??? Ah...hit or miss. lol!

Date Posted: 7/31/2010 12:07 PM ET
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There's another great cookbook that has lots of terrific seafood recipes---but I think it's out of print. I have found used copies without any trouble on amazon, inexpensive. The trick is to get a search engine to "find" it because the title is weird. YOur library might have it---I get tons of cookbooks at library.

Its "MMMMMiami," sort of a tropical/Carrib cookbook. But the seafood recipes are truly fabulous; I see quite a few that are very similar to what Bobby Flay does---and this book was first!!

Date Posted: 7/31/2010 9:24 PM ET
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Thank you Betty, I will order one of these either from amazon or e-bay!

Mary (mepom) -
Date Posted: 8/14/2010 12:37 AM ET
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JEANNE,

WE MUST HAVE ALOT IN COMMON. I FIND YOU ON LOTS OF MY FAV LISTS.

I LIVED IN BIRMINGHAM, AL FOR 10 YEARS AND LEARNED LOTS ABOUT COOKING FISH AND CAJUN ESPECIALLY. MY FAV IS:

JUSTIN WILSON, CAJUN COOK.

HE HAD A TV SHOW ON PBS FOR YEARS. HE IS NOW DECEASED. I HAVE ALL OF HIS COOK BOOKS. YOU MIGHT FIND HIS SHOWS ON TV ON PBS OR ON VIDEO AT THE LIBRARY.

MARY

Date Posted: 10/8/2010 11:10 AM ET
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Thanks Mary - I will look into that. Yep, we are truly sisters who've never met!

Betty - I got a copy of MMMMMiami and it looks wonderful. Thanks very much!

Mary (mepom) -
Date Posted: 10/8/2010 10:37 PM ET
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OK, I have to go to Amazon and find MMMMMMIami. It sounds good girls/ladies.

Mary