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Apr 1, 2009 07:20 AM

**May 2009 COTM** suggestion thread! NOMINATE UNTIL APRIL 7.

Hi, COTM-ers!

Welcome to the suggestions thread for our May Cookbook of the Month. We're offering everyone a chance to make suggestions here until the END OF THE DAY APRIL 7(Pacific time, midnight). That's a week for suggestions, and then we'll hold a quick runoff if necessary. Again, THIS THREAD WILL BE UP UNTIL MIDNIGHT APRIL 7. At that point, hopefully a clear winner will have emerged for us. That way, participants can order the book and access it via library or bookshop in time for May 1.


Feel free to toss out any book that you think would be a hit for Cookbook of the Month here at chowhound! When you recommend a book, please try to mention if you've cooked from it or not, why you think it would work for COTM, and feel free to add in your own critique of the book ---- but please, please use all CAPITAL LETTERS FOR THE TITLE for your actual suggestion. I'm excited to see the ideas!

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 but preferred)

**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 So and So” 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.

If you'd like to take a peek, here are lots of other ideas from last month's suggestions thread:

Again, it's truly a pleasure to moderate COTM and I'm always eager to see what turns up among the nominations! I will be online each evening, so I will respond each night to any questions or concerns.

Thanks so much for participating!

*foxy fairy*

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  1. Hi - just to clarify "At that point, hopefully a clear winner will have emerged for us." Will we have a voting thread as well though? Thanks.

    2 Replies
    1. re: MMRuth

      Yes, we will have a voting thread. I think I borrowed that line from a previous suggestions thread months back -- LOL. We will certainly vote. thanks for clarifying! :)

      1. re: foxy fairy

        It was probably one of mine - I kept screwing that up!

    2. A list of past COTM, for your perusal:


      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 Chinese 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

      September - Pleasures of the Vietnamese Table by Mai Pham and Into the Vietnamese Kitchen by Andrea Nguyen

      October - Mario Batali: Babbo, Molto Italiano & Simple Italian Cooking

      November - Alice Waters, The Art of Simple Food

      December '08/January '09 - Revisiting Sunday Suppers at Lucques and The Zuni Cookbook


      February -- A New Way to Cook by Sally Schneider

      March -- Fish Without a Doubt by Rick Moonen and Roy Finamore

      April -- Breakfast, Lunch, Tea: The Many Little Meals of Rose Bakery by Rose Carrarini
      (this thread will go up later today; see top of Home Cooking page!)

      1. Around Christmas, someone suggested THE JOY OF COOKING (although, I know, which edition?). I stopped collecting cookbooks a while ago, this is one of the few I never got rid of, but I just use it for roasting meat guidelines mostly. I'd love to know what else is in there as everyone seems to love it so.

        1. BON APPETIT, Y'ALL by Virginia Willis.Have had it since June 08 and it is well used and well loved. Have cooked many things from it - will get to those later. Great book.

          1. I second BON APPETIT, Y'ALL. Just got it and it looks wonderful. I am gonna gain 20 lbs. :-)

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            1. re: margshep

              Personally the last thing I need is a book that will make me gain 20 lbs :)

              I'd like to nominate VEGANOMICON by Moscowitz and Romero

              I'm not a vegan, nor even a vegetarian, but I have recently been *really* trying to change the way we think about "main courses" in our house. This book has a lot of very interesting recipes that are not at all like you are starving yourself or giving up something. I've just started really hitting this book hard (I had my recently-become-vegetarian daughter go through it to give me a list of things she'd like-- she gave me about 50 recipes!) and had some real successes. For example we loved the quinoa with cashews and pineapple. It has plenty of recipes that don't rely on "fake meat" like seitan (though it has that too)-- I prefer grains and veggies that aren't trying to be something else.

              BTW this was published in 2007, so I would hope it would be relatively widely available in libraries--my library system (Westchester County NY) has 9 copies, which is quite a lot for a cookbook.

              Also, I know people have not wanted to do vegetable oriented cookbooks anytime other than summer, but I don't think that really applies here-- these recipes really span the year.