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Jan 1, 2007 03:52 AM

February 2007 Cookbook of the Month: Your Suggestions Needed

Voting for February is a mere ten days away, and I'm in need of some suggestions. This is the last month I'm planning to organize this (see other thread), and although hounds have suggested many wonderful cookbooksin the past, I'd like to field some new suggestions for a small, elegant cookbook.

Our January 2007 choice, after all, is a great reading cookbook with recipes that are often time-consuming and complex. Zuni offers a lot of cooking knowledge and covers a lot of ground. It's suitable for the long month after the holidays, when we have more time to cook.

February is a short, dark month. Is there a small cookbook that you turn to, knowing that although the recipes are few, they are all gems? Perhaps a single subject cookbook? We are looking for brilliance within a small realm. Something folks could pick up and cook from quickly, without spending a lot of time trying to deliberate among alternatives.

As always, classics that are easily available in libraries are welcome suggestions. Please post your suggestions here-- I look forward to the discussion and to exploring your choices!

Thanks for participating.

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  1. How to Cook Without a Book
    by Pam Anderson (not of Baywatch)

    There are basic dishes with variations on a theme.

    1. Think Like a Chef by Tom Colicchio (Gramercy Tavern) -

      I love this book - it has lots of variations on a theme and many of the recipes are well suited for winter (at least for those of us in cold climates).

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      1. re: MMRuth

        I do like this cookbook - I've been itching to make that gorgeous duck terrine for quite some time.

        1. re: MMRuth

          Good idea! I haven't cooked from it yet, but just flipped through it - the recipes look great.

          1. re: MMRuth

            The Colicchio books are not available in my library, which has a vast cookbook collection, so I fear this may not be widely available.

          2. Julia's Kitchen Wisdom or Nina Simonds Asian Noodles. 2 small but precious cookbooks in my kitchen.

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            1. re: shaebones

              Julia's Kitchen Wisdom was my first thought as well. A great cookbook and very maneageable. I find myself turning to it first before "Mastering" or "The Way to Cook" even though all 3 are on my shelf because of its simplicity and ease of use.

            2. Parisian Home Cooking by the late Michael Roberts. An excellent book. Also I just got two new chocolate books and with Valentine's day in mind I'd like to suggest the new Essence of Chocolate by Sharffenberger and Steinberg or Unwrapped Green and Blacks Chcolate cokbook. Both have a variety of recipes both savoury and sweet. The recipes in the G&B have been collected by many different sources. Both books are great reads.

              1. how about "the silver palate cookbook" ?

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                1. re: ceeceee

                  That's a good one too. I've only cooked from the Silver Palate Good Times book, but all the recipes have been great. Another resource I use for something simple and consistently tasty are the Barefoot Contessa books.