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November 2009 COTM Nomination Time!

It is nomination time for November's COTM selection. We'll gather ideas here until SATURDAY OCTOBER 10th (midnight EST), then hold a vote and have next month's book chosen by the 15th or so.

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:

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

HOW TO POST:

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 Gio” 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.

Also, feel free to nominate and discuss multiple books, you can wait for the voting thread to make your final decision.

Thanks for participating!

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    1. I'm really enjoying cooking from Jose Andres' TAPAS, A TASTE OF SPAIN IN AMERICA. I made the Pan-Fried Angel Hair Pasta with Shrimp the other day and absolutely loved it. I think tapas may be the next big thing here in the U.S. There's something for everyone: carnivore, pescatarian, vegetarian. And it's fun, cooking these small plates.

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      1. re: pikawicca

        I love his show, and bought two of his books, but for some reason, they sit there unused. There is nothing wrong with the books. The pictures are lovely, the dishes all sound lovely and yet.... nothing.

        I think sometimes it feels like a lot to make 5 small plates for one meal. Yet, I just spent 3 hrs making a korma and two vegetables, so I need to just get over it, eh?

        1. re: smtucker

          I think you just have to be in the mood.

          1. re: pikawicca

            I have his MADE IN SPAIN book and dvd and really like them, but I also haven't really cooked much from them. But I want to! I'm headed to DC in November, maybe I need to eat at one of JA's restos to get excited.

            1. re: yamalam

              Oh, what a treat that would be. I admit, that if/when I eat in one of his restaurants, I want it to be tomato season. This guy seems to love tomatoes, and does the most creative things I have ever seen to these fruits.

              1. re: smtucker

                I'm from DC and just love his places, especially Jaleo, his tapas place. That said, I have to agree that the idea of making 4-5 small plates each night sort of exhausts me. Possibly it wouldn't be any bigger deal than the kind of thing we normally do, but just the thought of it. Still ... I DO love Jaleo, and the food there is great, and to be able to cook something like that is appealling. Feeling conflicted.

                1. re: LulusMom

                  Also we've done tapas before, haven't we, with Penelope Casas?

                    1. re: greedygirl

                      Yeah, 2 Penelope Casas: Tapas and Mother's cooking.

        2. This might be a little "out there" but I'd like to propose for the November COTM a Native American cookbook. I've had "SPIRIT OF THE HARVEST: NORTH AMERICAN COOKING" for a long time now and find it to be not only a beautiful book to look at and read, but a pretty good compilation of researched and tested Native American recipes. There may be others of the same ilk somewhere, if so I'd like to know about them... and perhaps they would be better. But there it is. Something I think would be an interesting for November given that it is the month when we focus on giving thanks for the harvest.

          Here's a link to the Amazon blurb, but my copy is older than this:
          http://www.amazon.com/Spirit-Harvest-...

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          1. re: Gio

            Interesting, I'll have to check that out. I've had great Native American food at Kai in Phoenix, and fun NA food in DC at the Smithsonian museum, so I'm definitely a fan

          2. I'm still interested in DIANA KENNEDY's books.

            1. Diana Kennedy's ESSENTIAL CUISINES OF MEXICO