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Aug 5, 2008 05:08 PM

September 2008 Cookbook of the Month: Your Suggestions Needed - ENDS TOMORROW!

Yes, it seems too soon - to me at least - but it's time to come up with ideas for September, and I wanted to post this early in the month, so that participants will have time to get the chosen book from the library, ordered via snail mail from the U.S. (that's for greedygirl and other non-U.S.-based posters), etc. One idea that I want to throw out there - not necessarily for this month - is to have a month where we cook from past COTMs - a chance for us to use books that we may already have, and to try recipes from them that perhaps we've not tried before. So, if you love or hate this idea, please post about it as well. My initial thought on that would be that I'd set up threads with general categories, such as appetizers, soups & salads, main courses (maybe broken down in some way), side dishes, desserts, etc., and that posters could either post their reports there, or post on the original COTM threads and then link to them. Might be a nice idea in December, when we're all busy with other things ....

PLEASE NOTE: In order to make it easier for participants to scan others’ suggestions and for me to tabulate the results, I’d appreciate it if you would make your recommendations in the following format:

TITLE (in all caps), Author: Description of the book or reason you are recommending it (optional)

If you want to second or third a title that someone else has already mentioned, please repeat the title, typing it in capital letters. Just saying “I agree with Stewpot” may well get lost and your choice might not get counted. And the more often a particular title is mentioned, the greater the chance it will be among the finalists.

I'll leave this thread up until August 12th, and plan to do what I did last time, which is not to have a run-off vote, unless two books are hopelessly tied. My thought is to keep the voting period itself limited, so that posters will have more time to get the books. I’m looking forward to seeing your suggestions. And, as always, thanks for participating.


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  1. Here's the link to last month's suggestion thread, in case that inspires any one! There was some interest in doing a Vietnamese book.

    Edit: Guess it would help if I included the link:

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    1. re: MMRuth

      Last minute effort to drum up votes for INTO THE VIETNAMESE KITCHEN. (I've already voted, so please don't double-count this, Ruth).

      Reason: Carb Lover posted the associated website in her August post. It includes plenty of text recipes, sufficient for participation amongst those of us who aren't able to come up with a hard copy of the book.

    2. CRADLE OF FLAVOR: Home Cooking from the Spice Islands of Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore by James Oseland.

      This was published in 2006 and won the James Beard award that year in the Asian cookbook category. I took this out of the library when it was in the running a month or two back and was so enchanted with it I ended up buying it. I haven't had a chance to cook from it yet and am eager to do so. Lots of info on ingredients and where to buy and how to store them. Well-written and interesting introductory text and what seems like a very thorough index.

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      1. re: JoanN

        CRADLE OF FLAVOR looks very interesting, and I too purchased the book, but haven't yet cooked from it. (I'm with Stewpot, er JoanN!)
        Same for
        THE SOUL OF A NEW CUISINE by Marcus Samuelsson. African cooking by an Ethiopian man raised in Sweden(!).

        Ruth, I like your idea of somehow making it accessible and easy to go back and cook from the old COTM's. In my ideal world I would have listed or tabbed all the recipes that people raved about. Maybe we could do a collection like that online for each COTM, and then report in the original COTM thread. Just thinkin'

        1. re: NYchowcook

          THE SOUL OF A NEW CUISINE by Marcus Samuelsson

          I'd be into this. I bought it recently but have not had time to cook from it. Fall would be a perfect time for some of the hearty spicy stews.

          1. re: moh

            September is not exactly "fall" here in the Midwest; we'll still be up to our eyeballs in corn and tomatoes, with temperatures in the 80's.

        2. re: JoanN

          CRADLE OF FLAVOR, please. It looks like I'm going to be swamped through about the first week of September, which means I'll have to continue my COTM hiatus through August, but I hope to be able to resume participation in September. YAY!

          Also, I recently checked ART OF SOUTH AMERICAN COOKING by Felipe Rojas-lombar out of the library and was thoroughly enchanted. I'd love to cook from it one of these months.


          1. re: JoanN

            Ditto CRADLE OF FLAVOR. My garden is still full of thai and lemon basil to use and all of the recipes I have tried from this book thus far have been wonderful. Id love an incentive to cook more of them, in season.

          2. Referring to your first paragraph, MM.....

            I've been considering this and my thought is to continue to have a single COTM for those who do like to collect new cookbooks, along with cooking from an old one each week, changing books each week or not. I have returned to several previous choices on alternate nights while keeping true to the current book.

            Regarding my nomination for September, I'm still in deciding mode. (p_q)

            1. For those who may be new to Cookbook of the Month or would simply like to see a list of past titles in considering MMRuth's proposal to cook from past selections, here's a list with links to the master threads.


              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 & Naomi Duguid, Hot Sour Salty Sweet

              March - Leite's Culinaria

              April - Claudia Roden, Arabesque

              May - Suzanne Goin, Sunday Suppers at Lucques

              June - Edna Lewis, Country Cooking

              July - Nigella Lawson, Forever Summer

              August - Chris Schlesinger & John Willoughby

              Sept – Patricia Wells, Vegetable Harvest

              Oct – Julia Child

              Nov – Julee Rosso & Sheila Lukins, The Silver Palate Cookbook

              Dec. – Martha Stewart’s Baking Handbook AND Martha Stewart’s Hors d’Oeuvres Handbook


              Jan – Paula Wolfert, The Slow Mediterranean Kitchen

              Feb – Frank Stitt’s Southern Table

              Mar - Fuchsia Dunlop, Revolutionary Cinese Cookbook and Land of Plenty

              Apr – Simon Hopkinson, Roast Chicken and Other Stories

              May – Peter Berley, The Flexitarian Table

              June - Penelope Casas

              July – Deborah Madison, Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone

              Aug. - Diane Kochilas, The Glorious Foods of Greece

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              1. re: JoanN

                Thanks Joan - forgot to do that!

              2. Just picked up Heidi Swanson's SUPER NATURAL COOKING and am curious to try that one..

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                1. re: poptart

                  I would love to try SUPER NATURAL COOKING as well. And I believe that a lot of Heidi's recipes are also available on her website.