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September 2006 Cookbook of the Month: Cast Your Votes Here

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For those of you interested in participating in our chowhounds cooking together (see other thread), please cast your votes here for our September 2006 cookbook.

Since we're just getting started-- and a late start at that, this month-- I'd like to suggest that we begin with a "classic" cookbook, something that folks may already have in house. I think next month, October, would be a great month to focus on braising (several people have suggested all about braising), November a focus on more complex meals (maybe Sunday Suppers?), December on baking, etc. But this month I'd like to suggest we begin with something a little more tried and true, something folks may have cooked from a bit before.

I went to two farmer's markets this weekend, and in this part of the country (CA Bay Area), I'm seeing gorgeous tomatoes and corn, but also wonderful peppers, eggplants, squash, and herbs. The last of the peaches and plums are still in season, as well as a few figs. Apples are just beginning.

The two types of cooking that come to mind for me, given the fresh food plentiful now, are Italian and Mexican. So here are my votes for the next two-three weeks of cookbook exploration:

1. Marcella Hazan's Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking
2. Rick Bayless' Mexico One Plate at a Time

Please list at one to three cookbooks you would like to cook from for this month. (My list next month might be totally different-- in fact, next month I think I'd vote for either All About Braising or Tom Valenti's one pot cooking book.)

Okay, hounds, what do you think?

    1. Not to be indecisive but . . . I could go for either of these. I have Marcella but have been wanting to buy Bayless. Both great chefs with great recipes. I'm in once we decide.

      HAF

      1. I have Rick Bayless' and Marcella's books, so I think either of your suggestions are great for this month. I've already cooked a lot out of "Mexico", so might lean towards Marcella (but the Bayless recipes I've tried were delicious). I also like your ideas of "Braising" next month, "Suppers", and then baking for December..

        1. Good choices...but could we consider The Classic Book of Home Cooking by Marlena Spieler and Mary Berry? It is wonderful. It has 1,000 recipes with full color illustrations, it is well put together, easy to follow. It can be bought used on Amazon for 3.00 bucks.

          It has everything in it from Thai chicken Satays to all-american food recipes.

          I'd rather do that and have a choice of many cultures/recipes to choose from.

          1. Marcella Hazan's Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking is my vote.