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Nov 24, 2009 06:12 AM

January 2010 COTM: Patricia Wells *Bistro Cooking* and *Trattoria*

And the votes are in! Post holidays, we will be digging in to two books by Patricia Wells-

Bistro Cooking
Trattoria: Simple and Robust Fare Inspired by the Small Family Restaurants of Italy

Available on Amazon for $25 for both books new, plus lots of used copies as low as $2!

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  1. Many thanks Yamalam! I've been going through the book and choosing recipes that at first glance look promising. I'm just cooking from the Bistro book, though. My cookbook shelves are groaning, but it's been fun renewing my interest in cooking from books since for the last few years I was just relying on past cooking experiences. I still do from time to time but this cook-along has been a unique experience for me. So thank you for continuing and thanks to all the past COTM coordinators as well.
    BTW: The COTM archive is a terrific resource.

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    1. re: Gio

      Don't tell me your Christmas list doesn't have ANY cookbooks on it? Ignore the groans!

    2. YAY! This is awesome. Thanks yamalam!


      1. Bistro Cooking is an excellent book that I use often The recipes are authentic and not very difficult.

        Trattoria, not so much. Italian cooking is not Pat's forte, even though it is well written, as are all her books

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        1. re: Fleur

          I too use Bistro a lot (as well as The Paris Cookbook), so I'll probably concentrate on Trattoria to assess it. Maybe it won't stay on my shelves after this round, since I have many other Italian cookbooks already.

          1. re: Karen_Schaffer

            I'm in a similar boat, Karen. I've had Trattoria for years and haven't really cooked from it, so, I'd like to spend some time with it. Maybe it's a keeper, maybe not, but it would be nice to know, once and for all. I have the Paris Cookbook and my copy of Bistro arrived yesterday (woohoo!)

            If you've got any favorites from Bistro or Paris, I'd love it if you would list them.

            Thank you!


            1. re: The Dairy Queen

              TDQ, the Braised Red Cabbage (Choux Rouges Braises) in Bistro knocked my socks off.

              1. re: BangorDin

                My copy of Bistro Cooking is really thrashed - pages stained, corners dog eared, a real well-used mess! I've tried to love Trattoria as much, but it's just not the same level. But Bistro Cooking, now that's really wonderful! In honor of COTM, I'm going to give Trattoria another shot.

                1. re: dtm323

                  Can you tell us some of your favorites from Bistro Cooking?

                  1. re: dtm323

                    Funny,I could have written your posting myself. I love Bistro and use it all the time. My copy is also a mess. The lamb with the potato, onion and tomato gratin was our New Years Day dinner. I am also going to try to enjoy Trattoria. Just thought I would share.

          2. When I voted for this, I didn't realize that I already had it on my shelves. Looking forward to January.

            1. Here's a link to the COTM archive, for those who haven't participated before and are wondering how the whole thing works:


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