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Sep 10, 2006 03:52 AM

Cookbook of the Month: Chowhounds cooking together? What do you think?


I've noticed that many of us seem to cook from the same bunch of cookbooks... Marcella Hazan, Julia Child, etc. Although I have a shelf full of cookbooks, I must admit that from many of those cookbooks, I've only made a few recipes. Sometimes it's hard for me to figure out what to make, especially if a recipe seems time-consuming. I love getting pointers from other hounds on recipes they liked in a particular book.

Then I thought, wouldn't it be great if I had a bunch of friends who cooked, and we could take turns trying out new recipes and sharing them?

So here's my idea-- what do you think about us choosing a "cookbook of the month" and different people trying out different recipes from the same book? We could post our results here, along with reviews and any changes/suggestions we made. Kind of like the comments on epicurious, but all about one book. Or, if you have already cooked extensively from that cookbook, you could just post a review/list of your favorite recipes. I'm suggesting this somewhat selfishly, because I'm hoping this would point out to me some of the great recipes I'm overlooking. We'd end up with cooks' notes on a bunch of recipes.

Of course, no one would have to participate... I'm just wondering if there's any interest in this. And we could choose cookbooks appropriate to the season. I'm sure there are regional differences in availability of ingredients which would affect people's choices.

What do you think? Interested?


  1. Bring it on! I'm def. interested in participating as a cook if I happen to own the book or can check out from library or as an onlooker/cheerleader if I don't have the book or time. I like the idea of focusing on one cookbook per month. Name the book and I'll be there...

    1. Count me in - I think it's a great idea! (BTW - was just going through "Sunday Suppers at Lucques" - there's a nice section on fall recipes).

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      1. re: Rubee

        Me too! I've been waiting for fall because my favorite recipes from that book are all in the fall section.

      2. Sounds like fun, as long as I don't have to add anything to my groaning cookbook shelves.

        1. Sounds great to me! What cookbook? Hope I have it. But, it would be a great excuse to buy another one.

          1. Count me in! Great idea.
            To keep this moving forward, can I suggest Suzanne Goin or All abut braising?
            Even if we cooked the same recipe it would be interesting to hear comments -- we could post which recipe we plan to make, and folks who've made it could give suggestions.

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            1. re: NYchowcook

              Good suggestions - I mentioned Goin's book above, and I also thought about "All About Braising" (made the halibut steak with creamy leeks last week - great as usual).