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**June 2009 COTM** suggestion thread! NOMINATE UNTIL MAY 7.

Hi again, COTM-ers!

Welcome to the suggestions thread for our June 2009 Cookbook of the Month. Everyone has a chance to make suggestions here until the END OF THE DAY MAY 7(Pacific time, midnight). That's a week for suggestions, and then we'll hold a quick runoff. Again, THIS SUGGESTIONS THREAD WILL BE UP UNTIL MIDNIGHT MAY 7. Feel free to make suggestions even if you have not previously participated in Cookbook of the Month. We're always excited to welcome new cooks to our community!

HOW TO POST:

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 mention if you have 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.** This is imperative for me when I count up the votes for the runoff thread. Just saying “I agree with So and So” may well get lost and your choice might not get counted. 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:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/608575

The Chow Team recently treated us by creating the very cool Cookbook of the Month archive page, including guidelines for participation and a detailed list of all previous cookbooks we've used, including kind of cuisines. Check it out here:

http://www.chow.com/cookbook_of_the_m...

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! Keep in mind that we've often enjoyed the opportunity to cook with lots of fresh produce during the summer months, celebrating the season!

*foxy fairy*

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  1. BON APPETIT Y'ALL.

    1. THE BACON COOKBOOK by James Villas. Lovin' it.

      1. I've thrown this suggestion in the ring before without much success, but I'll give it another shot. How about THE RIVER CAFE COOKBOOK and ITALIAN TOO EASY. Nice to follow up asian with something fairly different, and going with easy recipes (so far everything I've made from ITE has been simple and delicious) just as summer starts makes sense.

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        1. re: LulusMom

          As with LulusMom above, I've also nominated JAMIE OLIVER (any or all of his books and/or online stuff), and am doing it again.

        2. MIAMI SPICE by Steven Raichlen

          4 Replies
          1. re: Erinmck

            I've never heard of this book. Can you please describe a little more?

            ~TDQ

            1. re: The Dairy Queen

              Yes, it's an older book (1993), and it's floridian cuisine influenced by Latin America, Cuba, and the Caribbean (from what I understand). My mom gave it to me about a month ago because it's one that she has and uses because it's where she was raised. I'm mostly excited about trying the desserts because they remind me of what my mom makes. Here's a link that'll better explain it:

              http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Miam...

              It's also on amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Miami-Spice-New...

              1. re: Erinmck

                Ooh! It does sound interesting, and very summer-y. And i realize that this guy wrote the beer can chicken book I like so much (but have never cooked from!) I wonder how the search for ingredients will go (in Minnesota), but, that's never stopped me!

                As a total aside--wow the book is reviewed on Amazon by someone named Captain Katie Osborne. She appears to be a chef (or at least an avid cook) who has done up hundreds of "lists" and book reviews on amazon, and has paraphrased some of her favorite recipes. Fascinating. I wonder if her recipes are any good? And what an odd place to go in search of recipes!

                ~TDQ

                1. re: The Dairy Queen

                  Raichlen's book came out at the beginning of the burst of interest in latin/caribbean cooking that became Nuevo Latino. It could be a good summer choice.

          2. We're renting a house for a week in June in the Dordogne (yay!), and I'd really like to do some classic French cooking to take advantage of all the local produce.

            So I'm nominating BISTRO COOKING by Patricia Wells, which is an old favourite of mine. It's been out for ages and everything I've made from there has been delicious. I haven't used it in a while though.

            I'd also like to suggest ELIZABETH DAVID CLASSICS: MEDITERRANEAN FOOD, FRENCH COUNTRY FOOD AND SUMMER COOKING. We haven't done Elizabeth David yet, and this anthology is great value for money and contains some of her best work. She's a joy to read, and was a true revolutionary back in post-war Britain. but I haven't cooked from her much. I'd like to remedy that.
            http://www.amazon.com/Elizabeth-David...

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            1. re: greedygirl

              I will second the nomination for ELIZABETH DAVID CLASSICS. And anything else that could be called "summery."

              1. re: jmckee

                Third ELIZABETH DAVID, especially SUMMER COOKING or IS THERE A NUTMEG IN THE HOUSE, both of which I've recently acquired and am anxious to delve into.

                ~TDQ

              2. re: greedygirl

                I'd love to do ELIZABETH DAVID CLASSICS. I've cooked some from Mediterranean Food in the past months and have enjoyed everything. I have read the other two (separate volumes) and they are both lovely. I would imagine, also, that it should be easy to get 2nd hand copies of these.

                http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/Searc...

                1. re: MMRuth

                  A quick question: I have a three-in-one volume of Elizabeth David's Classics and wonder if all the "recipes" are included. I have, in fact, bookmarked several recipes I thought I could follow given her vague instructions.

                  1. re: Gio

                    Ha! thats the same volume I have.

                    1. re: jen kalb

                      I bought it for a song at Jessica's last year and haven't coooked anything from it yet. But I think her descriptions of the ingredients and finished dishs are enough to go on considering all the cooking I/we've done through the years.
                      At least I hope so. We shall see.....

                    2. re: Gio

                      That's the one I'm talking about, and which is on the link (there's been more than one edition I thihk). She doesn't give detailed instructions, it's true, but I think we can all deal with that.

                      1. re: greedygirl

                        I must have been sleep reading when I originally read your post gg. ok then,
                        I'll nominate ELIZABETH DAVID CLASSICS.... It will be an adventure in cooking month.

                        This is the copy I have:
                        http://www.ecookbooks.com/p-13305-eli...

                        1. re: Gio

                          ELIZABETH DAVID

                          And I promise, I'll actually cook something for once:)

                          Thanks for the link Gio, David has been on my used bookstore "to buy" list forever, but at $14 for three books, I think I'll just buy new, woohoo.

                        2. re: greedygirl

                          Yes, regarding the instructions - I have found that cooking from her books has actually given me more confidence as a cook. I have to make certain judgement calls, and that requires me to call on my previous experiences as a cook. For example, I made a receipe for bacalao/salted cod fish, and while she has amounts for all the other ingredients, there weren't amounts, if I recall correctly, for the fish. But I made a decision and it worked out well.

                    3. re: greedygirl

                      I too would be very excited to cook together from ELIZABETH DAVID CLASSICS: MEDITERRANEAN FOOD, FRENCH COUNTRY FOOD AND SUMMER COOKING.
                      She was way ahead of her time, and I have only read some of her, and not yet cooked. (And she was an inspiring force for Alice Waters who I love, and others do not)

                      It would be interesting to have as COTM since her directions and measurements are guides more than detailed (eg teacup of flour) so it would be great to have 'hounds by my side.

                      1. re: NYchowcook

                        Should Elizabeth David win, and it seems there is a lot of support here, I am going to be interested to see if I can see some of the influences on Alice Waters. So much talk about the French influences on Waters, so, this would be interesting. And not to re-open other probably-best-left-closed discussions, but I am most definitely a fan of Ms. Waters cooking and recipes and even her general philosophy about cooking and ingredients. :).

                        ~TDQ

                    4. I'll toss in a nomination for Donald Link's Real Cajun: Rustic Home Cooking from Donald Link's Louisiana. Link is the chef/owner at Cochon & Herbsaint in New Orleans. His book just came out late last month and I happened to pick up a copy while at Cochon Butcher last week. PLenty of great southern/Cajun recipes in there.

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                      1. re: SQHD

                        SQHD: we have not done a NOLA cookbook, per my memory and a quick scan of COTM's to date
                        http://www.chow.com/cookbook_of_the_m...

                        So I would endorse doing one at some point. Real Cajun looks good -- it got a good Publisher's Weekly review, and who can object to his love of bacon and the rest of the pig?!
                        Also, Susan Spicer's Crescent City Cooking, Cooking the Gullah way, Galatoire's, and Paul Prudhomme all seem worthy contenders.

                        We generally steer clear of very new cookbooks, to give folks a chance to get them out of the library. Since Real Cajun just came out in April, it's probably too new for COTM in June, though hold that thought! And also, I would encourage you to post a new thread on the Home Cooking board to report on your foray into that book. I'm sure 'hounds would find it interesting, and it also stirs up interest for future COTM's.
                        Welcome to COTM!

                        1. re: NYchowcook

                          Point taken! It is VERY new!

                          1. re: NYchowcook

                            I have so enjoyed Susan Spicer's cookbook - everything I've made out of it has been exceptional and the book itself is pure delight.

                        2. THE SWEETER SIDE OF AMY'S BREAD: CAKES, COOKIES, BARS, PASTRIES AND MORE FROM NEW YORK CITY'S FAVORITE BAKERY by Amy Scherber and Toy Kim Dupree

                          I just picked this up today, because I really like the texture of the muffins at Amy's bread, made the muffins, and I'm very pleased that the home recipe was true to the product from the bakery. Skimming through it, it seems like a very sensibly written book with lots of attractive recipes and emphasis on techniques and principles of good baking. The recipes are all given in table form with ingredients in grams, ounces, and cups, so they can be made by weight or by volume, with the caveat that weight will produce more consistent results.

                          1. THE RIVER CAFE COOKBOOK, ITALIAN TOO EASY or JAMIE OLIVER

                            1. Perhaps I'm a bit late but I would love to nominate the frog commissary cookbook. Ive made a few dishes from it that turned out fantastic and would love to really explore more recipes.

                              2 Replies
                              1. re: pamelo

                                Pamelo: The books nominated ought to be typed all in Caps so the organizer can find the titles easily..... The instruction is in her header notes.

                                1. re: Gio

                                  ELIZABETH DAVID CLASSICS ( I don't have this book, but I think I've got all the books it contains). Sorry foxy! I want to change my vote from Jamie Oliver to Ms. David. I thnk there are probably already enough votes, but just in case.

                                  Thanks for putting up with us....er, me.

                              2. I'd like to suggest MEDITERRANEAN GRILLING by Diane Kochilas as we head into that outdoor cooking and eating season we can enjoy these healthful dishes without heating up our kitchens, only our taste buds.

                                1. Hi:

                                  We've split off foxy fairy's post announcing the winner:

                                  http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/618666

                                  "Well -- we don't need a runoff this month! The winner is clear:

                                  ELIZABETH DAVID CLASSICS: MEDITERRANEAN FOOD, FRENCH COUNTRY FOOD AND SUMMER COOKING by Elizabeth David.

                                  The early decision should give us all ample time to get the book! I already checked mine out of the library and started peeking. Thanks for nominating, everyone! Looking forward to this.

                                  *foxy*"