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January 2007 Cookbook of the Month: Cast Your Votes Here

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redwood2bay Dec 12, 2006 03:37 AM

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
or
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. King of Northern Blvd RE: redwood2bay Dec 12, 2006 04:02 AM

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

    1. ChowFun_derek RE: redwood2bay Dec 12, 2006 05:40 AM

      Zuni here....

      1. Carb Lover RE: redwood2bay Dec 12, 2006 06:18 AM

        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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          JoanN RE: Carb Lover Dec 13, 2006 01:09 AM

          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.

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            Carb Lover RE: JoanN Dec 13, 2006 01:15 AM

            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!

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              Amuse Bouches RE: Carb Lover Dec 13, 2006 06:28 PM

              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.

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                JoanN RE: Amuse Bouches Dec 13, 2006 06:40 PM

                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.

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                  Amuse Bouches RE: JoanN Dec 13, 2006 07:21 PM

                  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.

        2. akp RE: redwood2bay Dec 12, 2006 08:15 AM

          Zuni...

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            morebubbles RE: redwood2bay Dec 12, 2006 10:27 AM

            Zuni Cafe

            1. JoanN RE: redwood2bay Dec 12, 2006 10:35 AM

              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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                morebubbles RE: JoanN Dec 12, 2006 01:01 PM

                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. beetlebug RE: redwood2bay Dec 12, 2006 10:40 AM

                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. NYchowcook RE: redwood2bay Dec 12, 2006 11:07 AM

                  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. rose water RE: redwood2bay Dec 12, 2006 11:17 AM

                    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.

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                      redbird RE: redwood2bay Dec 12, 2006 11:18 AM

                      Zuni!

                      1. pitu RE: redwood2bay Dec 12, 2006 11:36 AM

                        how about one followed by the other . . .
                        mmmm!
                        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.

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                          sam21479 RE: redwood2bay Dec 12, 2006 01:13 PM

                          Zuni because I own it already

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                            jackie de RE: redwood2bay Dec 12, 2006 04:02 PM

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

                            1. heathermb RE: redwood2bay Dec 12, 2006 04:16 PM

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

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                                huruta RE: redwood2bay Dec 12, 2006 04:24 PM

                                Zuni.

                                1. Amuse Bouches RE: redwood2bay Dec 12, 2006 04:59 PM

                                  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.

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                                    Mila RE: redwood2bay Dec 12, 2006 05:49 PM

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

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                                      Rubee RE: Mila Dec 12, 2006 07:55 PM

                                      My sentiments exactly! :)

                                    2. AppleSister RE: redwood2bay Dec 12, 2006 06:04 PM

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

                                      1. pikawicca RE: redwood2bay Dec 12, 2006 06:26 PM

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

                                        1. Becca Porter RE: redwood2bay Dec 12, 2006 07:04 PM

                                          Zuni!!

                                          1. oakjoan RE: redwood2bay Dec 12, 2006 07:07 PM

                                            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!

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                                              sel RE: redwood2bay Dec 12, 2006 07:22 PM

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

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                                                ciaogina RE: redwood2bay Dec 12, 2006 07:41 PM

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

                                                1. Tom Steele RE: redwood2bay Dec 12, 2006 07:42 PM

                                                  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. Tom Steele RE: redwood2bay Dec 12, 2006 07:43 PM

                                                    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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                                                      oakjoan RE: Tom Steele Dec 12, 2006 10:30 PM

                                                      Maybe Slow Med. cooking next month or February?

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                                                        Rubee RE: oakjoan Dec 13, 2006 03:36 AM

                                                        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?

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                                                          AppleSister RE: Rubee Dec 13, 2006 03:02 PM

                                                          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."

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                                                            jen kalb RE: AppleSister Dec 14, 2006 03:00 PM

                                                            ditto on Slow Med as a followup

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                                                              morebubbles RE: jen kalb Dec 14, 2006 03:07 PM

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

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                                                                oakjoan RE: morebubbles Dec 15, 2006 05:19 AM

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

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                                                              ZoeZ RE: AppleSister Dec 14, 2006 04:07 PM

                                                              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.

                                                      2. jen kalb RE: redwood2bay Dec 12, 2006 07:44 PM

                                                        Zuni

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                                                          ptrefler RE: redwood2bay Dec 12, 2006 11:26 PM

                                                          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.

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                                                            JudiAU RE: redwood2bay Dec 12, 2006 11:31 PM

                                                            Cruel choice, Solomon. I have and like both.

                                                            1. kitchensalli RE: redwood2bay Dec 13, 2006 12:24 AM

                                                              Zuni Café.

                                                              1. jillp RE: redwood2bay Dec 13, 2006 01:21 AM

                                                                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.

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                                                                  Anya L RE: redwood2bay Dec 13, 2006 03:50 PM

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

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                                                                    Abbylovi RE: redwood2bay Dec 13, 2006 07:32 PM

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

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                                                                      ZoeZ RE: redwood2bay Dec 14, 2006 04:08 PM

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

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                                                                        oakjoan RE: ZoeZ Dec 15, 2006 05:20 AM

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

                                                                      2. farmersdaughter RE: redwood2bay Dec 14, 2006 09:24 PM

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

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                                                                          redwood2bay RE: redwood2bay Dec 16, 2006 03:13 AM

                                                                          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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                                                                            Rubee RE: redwood2bay Dec 16, 2006 04:58 PM

                                                                            Great!

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

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                                                                              dragonfly RE: Rubee Dec 17, 2006 02:36 PM

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

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                                                                                JoanN RE: dragonfly Dec 17, 2006 03:19 PM

                                                                                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

                                                                                http://www.chowhound.com/topics/330174

                                                                                and you'll see how it works.

                                                                                1. re: dragonfly
                                                                                  beetlebug RE: dragonfly Dec 17, 2006 05:10 PM

                                                                                  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!

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                                                                                    dragonfly RE: beetlebug Dec 17, 2006 08:39 PM

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

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                                                                                      oakjoan RE: dragonfly Dec 18, 2006 04:34 AM

                                                                                      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. bengoshi RE: redwood2bay Dec 17, 2006 08:41 PM

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

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                                                                                BKchompchomp RE: redwood2bay Dec 27, 2006 06:27 PM

                                                                                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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                                                                                  BKchompchomp RE: BKchompchomp Dec 29, 2006 01:40 PM

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

                                                                                2. Cynsa RE: redwood2bay Dec 27, 2006 10:10 PM

                                                                                  THE ZUNI CAFE COOKBOOK

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