Cookbook of the Month: September through February 2007-2008
Hi, all. I’ll be taking over as organizer for the next six months. First, I’d like to thank Katie Nell for her patience, her good humor, her superb organizational skills, and for ensuring we had a variety of really terrific selections. I know it was a good deal more work than she thought she was signing on for and she did a simply outstanding job. Thanks, Katie! We all appreciate it.
To begin my tenure, I’m asking for suggestions for the next six months. What cookbooks, categories, and authors would you like to see for Cookbook of the Month and during which month would your selection(s) be most appropriate? Now that we have a search function with advanced capabilities, it’s easy to search “Cookbook AND Month” (delete quotes) and find threads containing past recommendations, and I have done that. Those suggestions were excellent and I’m keeping them in mind for the upcoming months. But we have many new participants since those early general discussions; we’ve already cooked from a dozen of those titles; and, of course, new cookbooks are being published all the time.
So what books would you like to be cooking from for the next six months?
Yeah JoanN and thanks Katie Nell.
No suggestions here. But, for all those viewers out there, here is a list of our all the mother threads starting with September 2006 (the first month of this project)
Sept - Marcella Hazan, Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking
Oct - Molly Stevens, All About Braising
Nov - Rick Bayless, One Plate at a Time
Dec - Dorie Greenspan, Baking from my home to yours
Jan - Judy Rodgers, Zuni Cafe Cookbook
Feb - Jeffrey Alford and Naomi Duguid, Hot Sour Salty Sweet
March - Leite's Culinarie
April - Claudia Roden, Arabesque
May - Suzanne Goin, Sunday Suppers at Lucques
June - Edna Lewis, Country Cooking
July - Nigella Lawson, Forever Summer
August - Chris Schlesinger and John Willoughby
September 2007 - Patricia Wells, Vegetable Harvest
October 2007 - Julia Child "Cookbook Author of the Month"
November 2007 - Julie Rosso & Sheila Lukins, Silver Palate Cookbook http://www.chowhound.com/topics/456241
December 2007 - Martha Stewart’s Baking Handbook *AND* Martha Stewart’s Hors d’Oeuvres Handbook
I have a new cookbook coming and, before I have seen it, I'd like to put it out there as a suggestion just for the sake of argument. It's the Culinary Institute of America's Vegetables, which I think is new. I haven't participated in these discussions in the past because I don't have any of the cookbooks featured and wasn't really all that interested in them. But if a book came up that I were interested in, I'd join in.
A classic Julia Childs book. With a younger generation cooking many have skipped over her books.
A chinese cookbook, always see mentioned Wei-Chuan and Fusha Dunlop-because I can't get good chinese food in sth florida.
A spanish/tapas cookbook.
The Silver Spoon (just becasue I need a reason to buy it!)
For January maybe a healthy eating gourmet type book since it seems to be the "diet" month.
For Februay: 50 Ways to Feed Your Lover: Top Chefs Share Their Recipes and Secrets for Romance by: Janeen A. Sarlin
Definitely a Julia book, I'd suggest Mastering the Art of French Cooking...but maybe not until October or November. I'm really interested in Patricia Wells' new cookbook, Vegetable Harvest, and that might be a good one for September. Maybe one of Mark Bittman's books, because it seems like a number of us have them.
I wholeheartedly second Suzanne Goin's Sunday Suppers at Luques. In fact, that could well be a 6 month cookbook because there are so many amazing recipes in it. Also, for November/December, I recommend Paula Wolfert's Cooking of the Eastern Mediterranean, since it has wonderful suggestions of things to do with pomegranates.
Thanks JoanN... I'm looking forward to your stint and know it's definitely in good hands! I'm looking forward to being able to just sit back and enjoy the cookbooks this time around. As always, I request a baking book around December time... maybe a Maida Heatter or The Martha Stewart Baking Handbook.
re: Katie Nell
Awww Katie...just when I was getting ready to start participating! However, I'm sure JoanN will be fantastic, as well.
I made a solemn vow to myself that I couldn't do this Cookbook thing until I worked my way through all the recipes I'd earmarked in my current library AND my recipe box. We've eaten very well (and put on more than a few pounds) and now I'm ready to join the party! I plan on exploring some of the past choices and look forward to what lies ahead.
My newest solemn vow is to conquer my fear of baking. I make a mean chocolate toffee scone and that's the extent of my repertoire. So, I'm all for a baking book.
I think someone mentioned a book on Roasting...that sounds fantastic. I just bought a nice new roaster and would love to get some use out of it this Fall.
I'd also be interested in a Julia Child book.
Or, seafood...have we done seafood?
re: Katie Nell
This is basically the recipe. I add a little vanilla and cut the dough with a cookie cutter (usually a shamrock because that's what my kids request). Try them with clotted cream - it's absolutely divine.
Katie - Next time I make a batch I'll send some in with the mister. However, they're one of his favorites so they might not make it all the way to the office!
Thank you, beetlebug, for the summary. I'd like to second the suggestion of Fuschia Dunlop for Chinese, would be happy to do either of her books, during a fall or winter month. Let everyone see what REAL Chinese food is all about. Mario Batali, The Babbo Cookbook. Julia is OK, as long as it's one of her own, earlier books. I also wouldn't mind doing a pastry book, like Lenotre, Payard, or Roux Brothers, but I know that many people are not as keen.
Julia Child's "Mastering the Art of French Cooking"
Either the "Silver Palate Cookbook" or "The New Basics Cookbook"
Penelope Casas' "Tapas: The Little Dishes of Spain" - or her "La Cocina de Mama: The Great Home Cooking of Spain" or "Delicioso! The Regional Cooking of Spain"
Ming Tsai's "Simply Ming: Easy Techniques for East-Meets-West Meals"
ETA: I'd be interested in a cookbook highlighting eastern European cooking, particularly for the colder months.
Thanks to Katie Nell for an excellent job, and thanks to Joan for taking over!
I like the idea of doing a foreign cuisine. I really enjoyed the month we did Arabesque.
In that vein, I'd second or third the request for a Chinese Cookbook. I have Irene Kuo's The Key to Chinese Cooking, which I'd recommend, but I'd also be happy to do a Fuchsia Dunlop or a Wei Chuan book as well. I'd also be into an Indian, Thai or Japanese cookbook.
I see that a French cookbook has aready been requested several times -- Julia Child, Richard Olney or Patricia Wells would be fun.
I think it would be really interesting to do recipes from a famed food writer like MFK Fisher or Laurie Colwin. Both of their books have recipes as well as writing.
We could do another website -- I like Chocolate & Zucchini -- her cookbook just came out as well.
I've always wanted to really get into one of the Julie Sahni books
for Indian food, although realistically I wouldn't do it in the next few months.
I think "Classic Indian Cooking" is the classic text, although I understand "Classic Indian Vegetarian and Grain Cooking" is as good. They are both from the 80s -- does anyone think they are outdated or still just as good, or . . . ?