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Aug 9, 2009 10:04 PM

September 2009 COTM: Suggestions please!

Hello all, it's my turn with the proverbial clipboard and whistle for the next few months, thanks to MMRuth and all who helped with the transition:)

To start things off, it is suggestion time for September's COTM selection. We'll gather ideas here until SATURDAY AUGUST 15, then hold a runoff vote if necessary.

Feel free to make suggestions even if you have not previously participated in Cookbook of the Month, as we're always excited to welcome new cooks to our community! For more information on what the heck COTM stands for and how to participate, plus a list of past books we've covered, check out our archive at:


In order to make it easier for participants to scan others’ suggestions and for me to tabulate the results, please 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 Oakjoan” 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.

Thanks for participating!

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  1. To get the juices flowing, I'll remind you of a handful of popular suggestions from the past few months.

    Bon Appetit Y'all

    Jaime Oliver

    a NOLA book, most menioned were Prudhomme, Emeril's Delmonico, Cresecent City Cooking, and Real Cajun

    Madhur Jaffrey or another Indian book

    I wonder what the suggestion process will be like post-Ottolenghi...

    1. I love "VEGAN BRUNCH: HOMESTYLE RECIPES WORTH WAKING UP FOR -FROM ASPARAGUS OMELETS TO PUMPKIN PANCAKES" BY ISA-CHANDRA MOSCOWITZ. My omnivore husband has devoured everything I have made from this book. Also HOME BAKING: THE ARTFUL MIX OF FLOUR AND TRADITION AROUND THE WORLD" by JEFFERY ALFORD and NAOMI DUGUID which is so rich in scope and has te most interesting collection of recipes.

      1. Because of the recent movie, something by Julia Child would be nice, but I know she was the focus of an earlier COTM.
        However, as near as I can tell there has not been much in the way of baking as COTM, so I suggest BAKING WITH JULIA.

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        1. re: margshep

          If I recall correctly, Julia Child was cookbook author of the month, so, technically, all Julia Child books were covered under that umbrella. But, I missed Julia Child month, alas. I would love to do a more focused look at Julia Child, although, I'd be more interesting in The Way to Cook or Mastering the Art of French Cooking, I guess, than a baking book as I have to get three meals out every day, but I don't need to bake every day. That's just my two cents.

          It would be kind of fun to read My Life in France. Is that book any good and are there any recipes in it?

          (thank you Yamalam!)


          1. re: The Dairy Queen

            My Life in France is very good and highly recommended to Juliaphiles but I don't recall recipes being included in it.

            1. re: buttertart

              No recipes, but a number of photos, lots of food description, of course, and fun to read, even if you're not a "Juliaphile" (I'm not, but really enjoyed My Life in France).

        2. While I'd love to do an Indian cookbook and Jaimie or Chef Paul, I'm going to nominate BON APPETIT Y'All by Virginia Willis for the sheer number of fantastic recipes which produced one after another truly delicious meals. Since starting in late March and continuing through August so far I have made more than 32 recipes from this book and have made many more than once! Others here have cooked from the book as well. It's a cinch to prepare an entire meal from the book on a week night, the recipes are that well thought out. Ms. Willis has taken food she grew up eating at her Grandmother's and mother's table and given them a unique French twist referencing her French culinary education. And, from time to time Ms. Willis popped into the threads unannounced to give us her insights, encouragement and tips.

          Paraphrased recipes can be found at these 2 threads:

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          1. re: Gio

            I'll second BON APPETIT Y'All by Virginia Willis, assuming people are finding it to be more readily available in libraries.

            When it came up earlier, I think it was too new to be in libraries. I'm assuming it's in libraries now? It wasn't in mine before, but it's in mine now... Do others have the same experience?


            1. re: The Dairy Queen

              TDQ: Ms Willis has a blog in which she posts recipes from the book from time to time....

              In that link they appear after the J & J review.

              1. re: Gio

                There are quite a few recipes from the book on her website, too. But, I know there are a lot of people who prefer to cook from the book itself, rather than from online recipes (I know I do!



                1. re: The Dairy Queen

                  Oh I prefer the book too, TDQ. That's why I *had* to buy the Ottolenghi book after I said I wouldn't. I just thought some folks would like to read the recipes and decide if they like them or not. That's how I decided after reading so many glowing reports here and the online recipes.

                  1. re: Gio

                    Well, color me bad, but I bought both Ottolenghi and BAY'A after I swore I wouldn't (due to already sagging bookshelves...) HA!

                    Would there be any interest in doing a combo BAY'A and "Screen Doors and Sweet Tea: Recipes and Tales from a Southern Cook by Martha Hall Foose"? Here's a link where roxlet describes the differences between the two...

                    "Screen Doors and Sweet Tea" won the James Beard award for American cooking this year. It might be fun to compare and contrast, kind of like Vietnamese month...


                      1. re: The Dairy Queen

                        If you swore you wouldn't buy anymore cookbooks, you should stick to it. Be like me. I swore no more too, so this month only bought 5.
                        It's a start :-)

                        1. re: The Dairy Queen

                          I love the idea of doing Bon Appetit, Y'all & Screen Doors and Sweet Tea. I bought Screen Doors a couple of months ago and have had great success with the recipes I've tried.

                  2. re: The Dairy Queen

                    Yamalam, I think I would like to officially change my "second" to a nomination for a COMBINATION SOUTHERN MONTH with

                    BON APPETIT Y'ALL by Virginia Willis *PLUS*


                    1. re: The Dairy Queen

                      Me, too, Yamalam. COMBINATION SOUTHERN MONTH with

                      BON APPETIT Y'ALL by Virginia Willis *AND*

                      Maybe Ms. Willis will join us again, and maybe Ms. Foose as well!?

                      1. re: The Dairy Queen

                        After continuing to read this thread it kind of seems like I need to put in my vote for the combo southern month with:
                        BON APPETIT Y'ALL by Virginia Willis *PLUS*
                        I assumed there would be a voting thread but I'm not sure anymore. :)

                    2. re: Gio

                      I'm amending my original nomination to read.....

                      COMBINATION SOUTHERN MONTH with:
                      BON APPETIT Y'ALL by Virginia Willis *and*

                      1. re: Gio

                        Yay! I'm so glad you like this idea. I would be doubly glad to do a "Southern month" while CSA vegetables are still in summerish mode... But, of course, we have to wait until the nominations process closes and the voting is done!

                        Don't count your biscuits until they're baked!


                        1. re: The Dairy Queen

                          I don't know if this is allowed, but since no one is interested in a baking book this month I would like to change my vote to a strong second choice. SOUTHERN MONTH Y'ALL :-)

                          1. re: margshep

                            Hips - Hips - Hurray... Y'All.

                        2. re: Gio

                          I'm going to be away for half of September (in the South of America - yay!) so SOUTHERN MONTH would be a good introduction! I've already got BON APPETIT Y'ALL as well.

                      2. wistfully, I feel like sticking with Ottolenghi for a while longer.

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