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February 2007 Cookbook of the Month: Hot Sour Salty Sweet

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Welcome to the general discussion thread for the February 2007 cookbook of the month, Hot Sour Salty Sweet by Jeffrey Alford and Naomi Duguid. Use this thread to make general comments about this cookbook or to discuss the whole cookbook-of-the-month idea.

You may wish to bookmark this thread, as it contains links to all the other threads on this cookbook. Because this cookbook again has so many sections-- 12 in all which contain recipes-- I've posted one thread for every two sections. The first thread, for example, covers the section on sauces, chile pastes, and salsas and the section on simple soups. In addition, I've started one thread for recipe planning, links, and previous picks and pans.

Here's the thread for recipe planning, links, and previous picks and pans:
http://www.chowhound.com/topics/366666

Here are the links for full length recipe reviews. Please select the appropriate one.
For sauces, chile pastes, and salsa or simple soups:
http://www.chowhound.com/topics/366668
For salads or rice and rice dishes:
http://www.chowhound.com/topics/366669
For noodles and noodle dishes or mostly vegetables:
http://www.chowhound.com/topics/366670
For fish and seafood or poultry:
http://www.chowhound.com/topics/366671
For beef or pork:
http://www.chowhound.com/topics/366673
For snacks and street food or sweets and drinks:
http://www.chowhound.com/topics/366674

Stay tuned for the announcement of a new cookbook of the month organizer, coming soon. Happy cooking!

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  1. Thanks, as always for all your hard work!

    1. Wha?? It's February already??!! Where does the time go...

      Thanks for all your hard work around organizing these past months, r2b. Look forward to this continuing...

      1. I'm really enjoying cooking out of this cookbook. The few recipes that I've used have been delicious. The great thing is that there are many recipes that are not that labor intensive and can be pre-prepped and then a quick stir fry. The ingredients, overall, have been accessible.

        I've enjoyed the cookbook of the month, but despite my best efforts, my clothes were starting to feel it. With this cookbook, I feel like I am eating lighter and healthier. I feel like I have the best of all possible worlds. I just wish the cookbook were a tad smaller and the print a tad bigger to make it easier for me to read.

        1. Though I am late to the party I would like to give a hearty thanks to all of you who posted reviews. Just bought a digital copy of the book today and plan on starting with the recipes you all have raved about.

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          1. re: dkennedy

            Please post your experiences. I am a fan of this book but haven't cracked it open in a long time. I should bring it out again. My "to cook from" pile is just too big !

            1. re: dkennedy

              I bought a digital copy too and do not know what to do with it :) DK, please share your digital journey and I'll follow with my attempts.