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Dec. 2008 - Jan. 2009 Cookbook of the Month: Sunday Suppers at Lucques [May 2007 COTM revisited]

Welcome to the general discussion thread for the May 2007 cookbook of the month, Sunday Suppers at Lucques, by Suzanne Goin. 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.

Here's the thread for recipe planning, links, and previous picks and pans: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/397078

Here are the links for full length recipe reviews. Please select the appropriate one.

For Spring menu items: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/397077

For Summer menu items: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/397075

For Fall menu items: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/397074

For Winter menu items: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/397072

Happy Cooking!

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  1. Ooh, boy, I agonized over how to organize this month's threads... I hope this ends up making sense! I just thought it would be really fun if someone did an entire menu to be able to post it in one thread. Looking forward to the reviews!

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    1. re: Katie Nell

      This is a VERY good idea. I put my entire Arabesque menu last month on one of the threads and was worried it'd be confusing...not enough to actually put the posts in their correct threads, though.

      But this should be easy, eh? It's all SUPPERS, no? ;+)

    2. Thank you so much for organizing this!

      1. This is just perfect. I have had the book quite a while and not cooked from it, so this is good motivation. A friend is having cancer surgery in late May, so that is a wonderful opportunity to cook a dinner before that happens. I will go to the farmers market and check out what is local right now. There will not be much, since it feels like winter ended last week, here in Toronto.

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          1. I must be odd, but I have taken the book out of the library twice and returned it with out making anything from it. There were a couple of things that interested me but nothing that is in season or readily available.

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            1. re: Candy

              I can see there being something about the book that can be off putting for anyone not living in Los Angeles.

              I bought it for my friend and she's made a few things, but isn't terribly excited about it.

              I, on the other hand, recognize my local farmers' market in the photos, and all the seasons for the produce are spot on for me, and am absolutely thrilled by it.

              1. re: Pei

                I'm not in LA, and I've found it quite inspiring - though alot of her desserts seem focused on custardy dishes, which don't appeal to me. My only gripe - albeit small - is that it's not the kind of cookbook that, assuming you have all the ingredients at hand, you can just whip up most of the recipes on a week night. But, I've gotten raves from guests (and the most important critic, my husband) on all the dishes I've prepared from the book.

                1. re: MMRuth

                  I agree - after just the two salads, here in Boston I'm looking forward to getting deeper into the book.

                  I do agree on some of the recipes not being do-able for weekdays. I was all set to make the bass with black rice and farro this week for dinner until I read through the recipe for cooking the rice and farro alone. Definitely a weekend meal. So now I have a nice piece of bass to cook up. However, it will be a quick dish, drizzled with leftover Green Goddess 'sauce'.

                  1. re: Rubee

                    Hey, Rubee... have you been eating that green goddess on rubber tires too?!? ;-)

                    1. re: Katie Nell

                      hmmmmm...now that you mention it... ; )

                      1. re: Katie Nell

                        Well, it's better than eating the tires without any dressing at all!