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January 2007 Cookbook of the Month: Cast Your Votes Here

It's that time again, believe it or not. We had a runoff for December's title, so it seems like we just voted on it. The January selection highlights two cookbooks from acclaimed West Coast restaurants.

For January, please select one of the following cookbooks:

SUNDAY SUPPERS AT LUCQUES by Suzanne Goin and Teri Gelber
THE ZUNI CAFE COOKBOOK by Judy Rodgers and Gerald Asher

Voting will be open until midnight on Thursday, December 14th, 2007 (Pacific Standard Time). I'll announce the winner at the end of this thread on Friday the 15th.

Thanks for participating!

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  1. I'll vote for Zuni because I really need to get back into this book.

      1. Zuni for me, please. I haven't cooked from it in months and was looking at it longingly the other day...

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        1. re: Carb Lover

          I didn't think there was anything in the book left for you to try. ;-) Eagerly awaiting your roundup on the picks and pans page.

          1. re: JoanN

            Are you kidding??! I still haven't made that savory panade!! Or the gougeres...or the burger...or the espresso granita.........

            January is going to be a delicious month; no post-holiday dieting for me!

            1. re: Carb Lover

              Hee! I had forgotten that I had made the panade and the gougeres. The panade is FANTASTIC. And the gougeres are a great basic gougere recipe. Maybe I'll make them for Christmas eve.

              1. re: Amuse Bouches

                I was just looking at the gougeres last night and wondering if it (the little sandwiches) would be an appropriate appetizer for a sit down dinner. Or are they more of a pre-dinner hors d'oeuvre? If I do do them as an appetizer, how many per person? Hard to tell from either the recipe or the text.

                1. re: JoanN

                  I would say they're more of an hors d'oeuvre, but a substantial one. It depends on how big you make the gougeres, but they're definitely more finger food than fork food.

            1. Zuni. Although I promised myself that if the January book wasn't a Weight Watchers one I was going to bow out. ;-)

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              1. re: JoanN

                Me too!:) I thought January's choices would definitely be health conscious/low-fat or something like that. I'd have suggested A Spoonful of Ginger by Nina Simonds (but then, I adore Asian food).

              2. Zuni. One of the few books I bought (an autographed copy from the actual restaurant!). I just haven't had a chance to cook anything (other than the granita, and is that really cooking?) from it.

                1. I vote for Sunday Suppers.
                  However, for a change I don't have a strong opinion either way -- I will happily cook from either book (if I can get Zuni out of the library; I own SS)
                  Thanks redwood!

                  1. I have both (and prefer Zuni), but will dissent from the others, and vote for Sunday Suppers. It's been much harder to get into, but I've learned from the book, and enjoyed what I've made. Maybe using it with others will help motivate me.

                      1. how about one followed by the other . . .
                        Zuni chicken and mock porchetta have both been pretty well discussed as huge winners on this board; it'd be nice to get further into the book.

                        1. Zuni because I own it already

                          1. Zuni, I've been looking forward to cooking from this book.

                            1. Sunday Suppers...I've had it for months and would love the excuse to use it!

                                1. Zuni. I keep meaning to participate and haven't had the chance, but I already own Zuni and have made a grand total of 4 recipes from it. All 4 of those recipes have been repeats though -- they're very good. And some of them have become standards.

                                  1. I really want both.
                                    But maybe Zuni wins by a hairsbreadth.
                                    Would love to do Sunday Suppers another month.

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                                    1. Another vote for Zuni! I'd love to move beyond the few recipes I've tried.

                                      1. I have them both, and either would be okay by me.

                                          1. Sunday Suppers because I've already looked all through Zuni and have made a few things (borrowed from a friend)...but have cooked only one thing from Sunday Suppers and it was so good I want more! More! I tell you! More!

                                            1. Like some others, ZUNI, only cause I've already got it and have not made anything from it yet!

                                              1. Zuni...there's so many things I'd like to try. Her seasonsing diatribe is an excellent lesson alone.

                                                1. Zuni, because January is a great "slow cooking" month, and many of Wolfert's recipes would give a warm glow to a frigid night.

                                                  1. SORRY--I was thinking of SLOW MEDITERRANEAN COOKING. I'm a dingbat today. I like Zuni a lot, though, and the recipes are more "wintry."

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                                                    1. re: Tom Steele

                                                      Maybe Slow Med. cooking next month or February?

                                                      1. re: oakjoan

                                                        I have Slow Med too and have been wanting to try it. Maybe that for next month? And then Sunday Suppers in spring/summer since the recipes are seasonal?

                                                        1. re: Rubee

                                                          I would love to cook from Slow Med with you guys! I've been on a big Paula Wolfert kick, and I keep mystifying my friends by saying, "I wish I worked from home so I could braise all day."

                                                            1. re: jen kalb

                                                              I ditto Slow Med as well! Just ordered my copy yesterday, it's in the mail!

                                                              1. re: morebubbles

                                                                I have already made a few recipes and ditto the above!!

                                                            2. re: AppleSister

                                                              Mme ZoeZ and I DO work at home and its hell because I am
                                                              enjoying the braising thing so much. Going out the next three nights and already planning Sunday's repast.

                                                        1. I have both - Zuni - I have made 7 or 8 things from the book and been there numerous times. Great book. Wasn't overly intrigued by Sunday Suppers.

                                                          1. Cruel choice, Solomon. I have and like both.

                                                              1. I checked both books out of the library this year and Sunday Suppers was the one I ended up cooking from and subsequently buying, so that gets my vote.

                                                                1. Zuni, because I have it, but also because I've owned it for a few years but haven't cooked from it much.

                                                                  1. I just realized you guys were doing these cookbooks of the month. What a great idea. Anyway, my vote is for ZUNI!

                                                                    1. I don't have either cookbook but based on the consensus of my fellow cookists, I vote for Zuni.

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                                                                      1. re: ZoeZ

                                                                        How else would a double Z poster vote!? ;+)

                                                                      2. First choice Zuni but agree wholeheartedly with Sunday Suppers in a later month and Wolfert's Slow Mediterranean as well.

                                                                        1. By a landslide, the January 2007 Cookbook of the Month is the Zuni Cafe Cookbook. But votes for the other two later are duly noted. Thanks for participating!

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                                                                          1. re: redwood2bay


                                                                            Thanks, as always, Redwood2bay, for taking the time to do this.

                                                                            1. re: Rubee

                                                                              I am a first timer with the Cookbook of the Month. I just placed my online order for Zuni Cafe .... now what?

                                                                              1. re: dragonfly

                                                                                When you get the book, just start cooking ;-). Sometime later this month redwood2bay will post on the homecooking board separate threads for each of the chapters in the book. Those of us participating will relate our experiences with a particular recipe in the appropriate thread saying yea or nay and posting photos when possible. Take a look, for example, at one of the All About Braising threads


                                                                                and you'll see how it works.

                                                                                1. re: dragonfly

                                                                                  It's a lot of fun and there is no pressure at all. It's amazing how reading about other people's cooking experiences will inspire me to try a dish, a think about trying a dish. Looking at the pictures first thing in the morning is difficult because I instantly become really hungry.

                                                                                  Welcome to the board!

                                                                                  1. re: beetlebug

                                                                                    Thanks for the support. We learn as we go ... cook often, eat well.

                                                                                    1. re: dragonfly

                                                                                      It's also fun to see how tastes differ, e.g., "I really thought this cookie was bland and boring" "Really? I thought it was tasty and wonderful. Took it to work and everybody loved it."

                                                                            2. Zuni -- the chimichurra sauce is alone worth the price of admission

                                                                              1. i vote sunday suppers, but i've heard so much great stuff about both that i'll be very happy either way, if i can get a copy (I'm STILL on hold for the baking book.)

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                                                                                1. re: BKchompchomp

                                                                                  I officially change my vote to Zuni (I found a copy!)

                                                                                2. THE ZUNI CAFE COOKBOOK