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January 2010 COTM: Patricia Wells

yamalam Jan 2, 2010 03:46 PM

Welcome to the general discussion thread for the January 2010 Cookbook of the Month, featuring two books by Patricia Wells-

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

We will use this thread for general commentary, recipe planning, links, and any other issues related to this COTM.

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  1. yamalam RE: yamalam Jan 4, 2010 02:57 PM

    I found a few more online recipes:

    Bouillabaisse de Poulet Chez Tante Paulette:
    Chicken Stew with Fennel and Saffron
    http://www.culinate.com/books/collect...

    Pate Sucree
    http://www.culinate.com/books/collect...

    French Onion Soup
    http://simplycooking.wordpress.com/20...

    Macaroni Gratin
    http://bitten.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/...

    1. yamalam RE: yamalam Jan 4, 2010 03:07 PM

      And here's the previously compiled list of internet recipes-
      Roast Lamb with Monsieur Henry's Potato, Onion and Tomato Gratin
      http://www.headbutler.com/books/food-...
      Gratin Dauphinois
      http://homecooking.about.com/od/veget...
      Chicken Stew with Fennel & Saffron
      http://homecooking.about.com/od/soups...
      Pan Bagna - “Bathed” Provençal Sandwich
      http://www.labellecuisine.com/archive...
      Salad of Fresh Spinach and Sautéed Chicken Livers - La Salade d’Epinards aux Foies de Volailles
      http://www.labellecuisine.com/archive...
      Restaurant Lou Marquès’ Monkfish Soup with Garlic Cream
      http://www.labellecuisine.com/Archive...
      Jacques Collet’s Fennel and Saffron Bread
      http://www.labellecuisine.com/Archive...
      Marie-Claude Gracia's Chocolate Cake
      http://www.nytimes.com/1989/12/10/mag...

      From Trattoria:

      Saffron Risotto
      http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/20...
      Lemon Risotto
      http://www.amateurgourmet.com/2006/12...
      Penne alla Bettola - Penne w/ Vodka and Spicy Tomato-Cream
      http://www.online-cookbook.com/goto/c...
      Arugula, Pine Nut And Parmesan Salad
      http://recipes.chef2chef.net/recipe-a...
      Tomato Sauce
      http://recipes.chef2chef.net/recipe-a...

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        Westminstress RE: yamalam Jan 15, 2010 02:11 PM

        I am currently without a kitchen so I can't cook along, but I really enjoy Bistro Cooking, so I've been following these threads with interest. Since folks have been having a hard time with the pear cake, I wanted to put in a plug for the lemon tart. It is so easy, and so delicious! I have also made the raspberry tart with good results.

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          Karen_Schaffer RE: yamalam Jan 30, 2010 12:49 PM

          Much as I love Bistro Cooking and wanted to explore Trattoria, it just didn't happen this month. Between holiday recovery, travel, work, colds, and, yes, wanting to eat lighter after all the heavy holiday meals, this didn't seem to be the month for these books, at least not for me. Also, I realize now that I turn to Bistro more for company cooking than for just the two of us, and I was worn out from holiday entertaining, so that wasn't happening either.

          I know I can post to the threads in the future, but I'm sorry I didn't get to engage in that COTM excitement when several of us are making the same recipes one after another. C'est la vie.

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          1. re: Karen_Schaffer
            LulusMom RE: Karen_Schaffer Jan 31, 2010 12:35 PM

            I definitely understand. January, coming right after the holidays, is so much not the time when you feel like eating lots of rich food (and if you're like me, you're sort of worn out too). I didn't end up doing much out of BC, which surprised me since it was the book I voted for and suggested. But, surprisingly, we did eat a lot from Trattoria, and I enjoyed almost everything. Because my bookshelves are already sagging, I'm just going to copy the favorites I made, but buying is tempting.

            1. re: LulusMom
              The Dairy Queen RE: LulusMom Feb 1, 2010 03:25 AM

              Like Karen, I didn't cook much from either book. And, looking ahead, I don't think my schedule is going to ease up for "exploratory cooking" for the next several months. I'm mostly going to be doing quick and easy old standby favs.

              I try do one dish out of BC, but I did it in the crock pot and made at least one ingredient sub. It was only meh, so I didn't bother to report back on it .

              However, I just don't think Trattoria seems that labor intensive, so, I hope to find time to dig in and report back, especially with such encouraging reports back!

              ~TDQ

              1. re: The Dairy Queen
                LulusMom RE: The Dairy Queen Feb 1, 2010 06:21 AM

                Trattoria (at least what I tried) was anything but labor intensive. And perfect for cold months when those carbs really stick to your ribs (and, unfortunately, other parts!).

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