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Mar 9, 2010 11:50 AM

April 2010 Cookbook of the Month Nominations

Please suggest cookbooks for us to cook from collectively next month. Here are all the cookbooks that have been done in the past, and how COTM works: http://www.chow.com/cookbook_of_the_m...

Please type your nominations in ALL CAPITALS, so they're easier for me to pick out from the discussion. Discuss nominations through Sunday, March 14, Midnight EDT.

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    This book just came out, the recipes seem exciting and delicious, and the pictures are dreamy.

    1. I would love to do THE DUMPLING: A SEASONAL GUIDE by Wai Hon Chu. I am a sucker for anything remotely dumpling-like.

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      1. re: ElenaRose

        Have you made any recipes out of this one? I have the book and really like it, but haven't made anything so far.

        1. re: emily

          No, I'm looking for an excuse to buy it and cook from it! The list of recipes I've seen online look amazing.

        2. re: ElenaRose

          Elena, any thoughts on how that book compares to Andrea Nguyen's Asian Dumplings: Mastering Spring Rolls, Gyoza, Samosas... I notice Nguyen's was just nominated for an IACP cookbook award.


          1. re: The Dairy Queen

            TDQ -
            I have the Nguyen dumpling book and it's great, but it's very specific - just dumplings, whereas the other book seems to have soup recipes, dessert recipes etc, and they do use the term dumpling much more loosely which I think makes it a better option for COTM.

          2. re: ElenaRose

            I'm a dumpling novice, but I'd love to be in the company of others who are trying new dumpling recipes. Maybe Nguyen's ASIAN DUMPLINGS could be used along with THE DUMPLING.

            1. re: CindyJ

              oooh, I'd love to do a dumpling month!

              1. re: ElenaRose

                I've never participated in a cookbook of the month but I'd love to start. Nguyen's ASIAN DUMPLINGS is my vote as well. Yeah, its just dumplings, but there is a lot of variation within that topic. Her basic wheat-based dumpling dough never fails, especially when you use Gold Medal AP flour. Alas, I've only tried a few things out of the book and want to get motivated to try more.

                1. re: CoconutMilk

                  I'm reading it and am struck with the fantastic precision and accuracy of her instructions, both for making the doughs and fillings and for the various types of pleating and folding. No small job translating actions like that to words. ASIAN DUMPLINGS gets my vote.

            2. re: ElenaRose

              I'd be into THE DUMPLING: A SEASONAL GUIDE by Wai Hon Chu - got it, haven't worked with it. It's wonderfully broad on what it takes as "dumpling" <-- very international

              How about FAT? It won a Beard award. Full title is "Fat: An Appreciation of a Misunderstood Ingredient, with Recipes", Jennifer McLagan. I like it. I took it out from the library and made one very delicious dish from it.

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              1. Maybe this is too obscure, but I love VEGETABLES EVERY DAY by JACK BISHOP (he's the Cooks Illustrated guy who does the tastings on America's Test Kitchen). It's alphabetic according to the vegetables, and he has wonderful ideas for all of them. They're mostly side dishes although some can easily become a main course. There's a roasted beet salad with goat cheese and walnuts that's wonderful, squash with orange zest and allspice, rutabaga fries (don't laugh, they're good!), and much more. I turn to this book regularly and have always been happy with the results.

                This book would be a great choice for anyone who wants to eat more healthy, tasty vegetables. Also great for folks with CSA boxes, gardens, or farmers markets with more vegetables than you know what to do with.


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                1. re: Karen_Schaffer

                  Also, I should mention that while it's about vegetables, it's not a vegetarian cookbook. He calls for things like bacon or pancetta sometimes.

                  1. re: Karen_Schaffer

                    Love the idea of a vegetable book but the timing is awful for those of us in the NE (and, i imagine, other cold northern climates). There are so few fresh veggies around now, most of the CSAs are closed for the season, and it'll be June before we start getting much more than lettuce in our farmer's markets. We don't even see ramps (first sign of spring) until the end of April.

                    1. re: Westminstress

                      Oh, good point. Maybe I should bring it up again in July or August?

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