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November 2007 Cookbook of the Month: Cast Your Votes Here

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I know, I know. About a third of the United States is in the midst of a heat wave and we don’t even want to *think* about Choucroute Garnie no less prepare it. But there are no expiration dates for postings to any of the Cookbook of the Month threads and, whether it feels like it or not, Thanksgiving is less than six weeks away. So here we go.

Quite a few people suggested a compendium cookbook for one of our selections. Since many of us, from many different traditions, will be either preparing or contributing to a Thanksgiving dinner, this seemed like a good month to be able to choose among a wide variety of essentially North American recipes.

Please vote for one of the following four choices for November Cookbook of the Month

The Dean & DeLuca Cookbook by David Rosengarten

The Gourmet Cookbook edited by Ruth Reichl

The Silver Palate Cookbook by Julee Rosso & Sheila Lukins

How to Cook Everything by Mark Bittman

by posting your vote to this thread. Voting will be open until Monday, October 15th and I'll post the November Cookbook of the Month on Tuesday, October 16th.

  1. Silver Palate is my go to book. I have the others, but I've had my Silver Palate book for a long, long time and I trust their recipes!

    1. I have How to Cook Everything and have not cooked from it in a while, it has lots of simple and great things. It gets my vote

      1. I may pass in November - I don't have any of them, and am behind on my Julia Child cooking (and posting!). Also my husband is travelling a lot (which means I don't cook much!) and still have lots of Lucques recipes I want to try.

        All great choices from what I've read about them though - and I used to cook quite a bit from a friend's Silver Palate cookbook. I like their last book together, the name of which is currently escaping me.

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        1. re: MMRuth

          I'll probably pass November as well. I'm way behind with TAOFC ... instead of her stuffed pumpkin that I planned for this past weekend, I ended up cooking something entirely different. I wish I knew what everyone liked about Silver Palate though. It's been sitting on my cookbook shelf since it was first published. None of the recipes within ever appealed to me. Guess I'll have to re-read and try to find some redeeming factors.

          1. re: Gio

            Which recipes did you try? I've had great success, especially for entertaining. My experience is that since most of the recipes are favorites from their gourmet catering business, I haven't had a clunker yet. I do cook more out of their "Good Times" cookbook, though.

            1. re: Gio

              I've had the Silver Palate since I had my first apartment in NYC in 1989. Back then, I found the book inspirational -- the recipes were fresh and interesting, especially compared to something like The Joy of Cooking. However, over time I've found that while they sound good, many of the recipes need tweeking to *taste* good -- I think this is the reason I rarely consult either the Silver Palate or The New Basics these days. One foolproof recipe is the one for zucchini bread, which is excellent (p. 250).

            2. re: MMRuth

              Was it The New Basics? That's the only one of theirs I have. My sister says that Silver Palate is low on her list - too much sweet and savory stuff for her. I haven't ever seen it, but I trust my sister's instincts in recipe like/dislike.

              Also have developed a prejudice against Reichl. She's gotten too cutesy and Gourmet is even more luxe and flashy than before.

              I voted for Dean & DeLucca somewhere in this thread, but any of the others (with exception of the 2 above) are fine with me. I must say, however, that all the choices seem sort of unexciting to me.

            3. Silver Palate. The Silver Palate Good Times cookbook has great recipes also, especially for the holidays; the Grand Marnier Apricot Stuffing is the one I serve at Thanksgiving.

              1. I'm going to vote for The Dean & Deluca Cookbook, since it's the one I'm least familiar with and they have it at my library. It sounds more appealing to me to explore something new this month, since the month of October is old favorite, Julia Child, and the other books up for the vote this month are all books I've cooked out of before.

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                1. re: DanaB

                  Dean and Deluca! I've made many recipes from this book and everything has been really good. I don't even LIKE D&D in person....waaay overpriced! However, cookbook is great.