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Jul 6, 2009 02:27 PM

**AUGUST 2009 COTM Suggestion Thread** [Ottolenghi Chosen]

**AUGUST 2009 COTM** suggestion thread! PLEASE NOMINATE UNTIL JULY 12.

Hi again, COTM-ers! Hooray for gorgeous summer days and nights and vibrant summer flavors!

Welcome to the suggestions thread for our August 2009 Cookbook of the Month. Everyone has a chance to make suggestions here until the END OF THE DAY SUNDAY JULY 12 (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 JULY 12. 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! Join us!


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 Iook forward to seeing your ideas! I always discover some great new titles during the monthly suggestion process.

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 know, we now tend to mention if the book might be library-accessible too.

**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.

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 chosen for COTM. Check it out here:

Again, it's truly a pleasure to moderate COTM and I'm always eager to see what turns up among the nominations!

Thanks so much for participating! Keep in mind as you nominate books for August that we've often enjoyed the opportunity to cook with lots of ***fresh produce during the summer months in celebration of the season!

*foxy fairy*

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  1. Oh My, a day has gone by and there isn't a nomination? I'm surprised.

    I'm currently reading and cooking from Jean Anderson's "Jean Anderson Cooks: Her Kitchen Reference and Recipe Collection." (1982) Made her braised pork chops and a wok-fried eggplant dish tonight. Very tasty indeed. Anyone interested? I know some folks have her books and like them.

    6 Replies
    1. re: Gio

      I have this book! I'd be interested, although, I don't expect my schedule to lighten up until Sept, which means almost no chance of participation. Then again, I'd go for GG's Ottolenghi suggestion below, too.


      1. re: Gio

        Ooooh! Gio. That book is a real favorite of mine. Her Moules Mariniere is the best. She has you remove the mussels from the pot as soon as they open and then cook down the sauce before putting the mussels back in. It really concentrates the flavor. And I adore her Ragout of Venison with Chestnuts and Mushrooms, which I've made most often with chuck but also with lamb shoulder as well as venison. Like her Homemade Egg Spaetzle to accompany it, too. (Not exactly an August dish, I realize.) I could get behind *anything* by Jean Anderson, but "Jean Anderson Cooks" would probably be best for Fall.

        1. re: JoanN

          As I read through this book I realize that the Autumn probably would be a better time for many of her recipes. They're are not light fare but the results are very satisfying, with, explosions of flavor. I'll wait....

        2. re: Gio

          Are you sure this is still in print? A quick google suggests not - definitely not available in the UK, although there are lots of used copies on

          1. re: greedygirl

            My copy Does come from Amazon/used copies. $5.99 with 3.99 shiping. Brand new hardcover with plastic protector cover! The only problem: It smells old. LOL

            1. re: Gio

              In anticipation of fall, I just snagged a copy of Jean Anderson Cooks off Amazon used for $1.28. I am going to look up the Moules Mariniere recipe and the Ragout as soon as it arrives. Thanks for the tip!

        3. At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I'm going to nominate OTTOLENGHI: The Cookbook by Yotam Ottolenghi (plus online recipes). This is a wonderfully creative book which is perfect for summer's bounteous produce. The flavours he creates are fabulous and unique. Successes that I've made already include:

          Radish, broad bean and preserved lemon salad
          Chicken with sumac and za'atar
          Marinated rack of lamb with coriander and honey
          Marinated turkey breast
          Couscous and mograbiah with oven-dried tomatoes
          Butter beans with chilli sauce
          Pistachio and rosewater meringues

          Previous thread here:

          2 Replies
            1. re: jen kalb

              Me three. OTTOLENGHI

              Btw, if you see any of us who vote for OTTO on the street, please ignore our vacant, unfocused staring eyes and the fact that we walk with our arms stretched out straight in front of us.


              Oak "Proud Zombie for Ottolenghi" Joan

          1. Triumph of hope over experience: OTTOLENGHI.

            1. OTTOLENGHI! maybe the time has finally come ... fingers crossed.

                1. re: emily

                  I should clarify my should be OTTOLENGHI and OTTOLENGHI On-line recipes from the Guardian U.K. website.

                  I've also made the following with great success:

                  Chicken with sumac and za'atar
                  Marinated turkey breast
                  Carrot and walnut cake
                  Caramel and macadamia cheesecake - one of the most delicious cakes I've ever eaten.
                  Salmon with red pepper and hazelnut salsa
                  Marinated turkey breast with cumin, coriander and white wine
                  Turkey and sweetcorn meatballs with roasted red pepper sauce (amazing! this is a staple)
                  Roast chicken with sumac, etc. (as gg describes above) - another amazingly deelish recipe
                  KOSHERI!! A new favorite - lentils, rice, vermicelli, onions, cin., nutmeg, butter, all cooked together and served with a spicy tomato sauce (apparently Egyptian street food)
                  Chickpeas with Honeyed Sweet Potato - yum
                  The famous red rice and quinoa salad with oranges and pistachios
                  Crushed new potatoes with horseradish and sorrel (great stuff)
                  Cauliflower and cumin fritters with lime yoghurt
                  Cucumber and poppy seed salad

                  Am I going on too long? Yes? NO!