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December 2010 Cookbook of the Month Nominations (Through Mon., 11/15)

It is almost impossible to believe that it is time to think about cookbooks once again. Personally, I have hardly had the time to read through this month's books. But, the calendar doesn't lie.

It is time for the Chowhound Cookbook of the Month nominations. The Cookbook of The Month is open to anyone who wants to participate. Simply make a nomination, then vote and cook. There are no dues to participate; no secret handshake to learn. Join us!

Please note that nominations are counted and only the top vote getters make it to the voting round. If you want your choice to advance, make sure you participate in the nomination round.

But please type the title of the book you are nominating in ALL CAPITALS, if you want your nomination to be counted. Nominations will be open until 10pm, EST on Monday, NOVEMBER 15.

Here is a list of the previous COTM selections:
http://www.chow.com/cookbook_of_the_m...

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  1. I'd like to nominate DESSERTS OF LAPLAND and COOKING WITH YOUR HAIRDRYER.

    Sorry, can't stand to start thinking about another COTM so soon....but of course smtucker is correct and I was almost always late getting my nominating messages posted.

    Good job, kiddo!

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    1. re: oakjoan

      I had a very good laugh from this one oj, thanks.

    2. I saw a dessert recipe once from Iceland, I think, -- it was Cream of Wheat with berry juice and sugar. Which might be quite nice in Iceland (or Lapland) for a winter night ??

      Anyway, haha I too saw this December COTM invitation and thought--how to justify skipping a month? There are 4 books going now -- South-West France, The World, a 3-books-in-one cookie book, and David Dessert's Paris Favorites! So far I have...checked my poppyseeds for freshness, little else.
      But skipping a month might dampen enthusiasm for COTM? Or break the momentum?
      Maybe a good idea would be to revisit a book this time.

      1. With the holidays so frantic, I would love some easier/familiar recipes.

        REVISIT ITALIAN EASY AND ITALIAN TWO EASY AND/OR GOURMET TODAY (which has some quick recipes).

        (PS--in past years, when we've revisited books, we've not revisited books from the most recent year, but that's what I feel like nominating, nevertheless.)

        Another alternative is to just extend the Nov book into Dec, but that's not my personal preference.

        ~TDQ

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        1. re: The Dairy Queen

          I've been revisiting past COTMs *this* month since I'm just not as excited about The World of Food as I've been other books. A Jamie Oliver book might be interesting next...or Around My French Table.

          1. re: Gio

            I'm totally in favor of doing a Jamie Oliver month sometime, and I'd favor doing all cookbooks/all on-line recipes. But later, not December!

          2. re: The Dairy Queen

            I'd gladly revisit Italian Easy/Italian Two Eay or Gourmet Today and maybe combine Gourmet - the yellow book. (I believe it was dubbed Gourmet Yesterday). Italian Easy was great because there were few ingredients and the recipes were easy enough to execute after work and the results were good. Gourmet Today was successful for me because there was such a variety of recipes to choose from depending on my mood. I think I cooked something Japanese, Korean, and Italian that month.

            And like Gio, I would welcome cooking from a Jamie Oliver book. I purchased a few based on previous COTM nominations. And I've already been cooking from Around My French Table, but there are many more recipes that I have yet to try.

            1. re: BigSal

              I loved Gourmet Today and the 2 River Cafe books. GT has many recipes that could be used either for Holiday cooking or quick-in-a-hurry weeknight meals. If we were to revisit I could very easily endorse them. In fact...

              Revisit:
              ITALIAN EASY & ITALIAN TWO EASY
              GOURMET TODAY

              1. re: Gio

                Revisit:
                ITALIAN EASY & ITALIAN TWO EASY
                GOURMET TODAY

                and looking forward to the possibility of a Jamie Oliver March.

                1. re: BigSal

                  Why March for JO (just curious), and not Jan or Feb? I, too, would love to do a JO book one of these days, though, am still unclear which is considered his "best".

                  ~TDQ

                      1. re: BigSal

                        Thanks Big Sal - I owe you one!

                      2. re: The Dairy Queen

                        I'm ALWAYS suggesting Jamie Oliver and yet we've never had any of his books as CTOM.

                        I don't think there's a "best"one. My most recent purchase is his Jamie at Home, which combines veg. growing tips with recipes. It has some great recipes in it, but I'd like to stick to his earlier works.

                        I'd suggest that we do two books (ala Italian Easy, etc...which, btw, were written by Oliver's mentors at the River Cafe.

                        I really like the idea of THE NAKED CHEF or THE NAKED CHEF TAKES OFF combined with JAMIE'S KITCHEN.

                        1. re: oakjoan

                          OJ, if I were in a different frame of mind right now, I'd def second your JO nominations. But, I can't honestly feel confident I'd cook along if JO were to hit in December. I just feel bad nominating a book I might not be in a position to cook from.

                          Sometimes takes awhile for a book/author to reach a critical mass of support or hit on the right timing. I am confident JO will hit one of these days! Nigel Slater's name has come up a couple of times in this thread. He's another author I'd love to try. It's funny how books pick up and then lose momentum. For instance, what happened to all of the Ottolenghi support? A redo+plenty seemed imminent for awhile. It's funny how people's moods and priorities shift based on what's going on the season and what's going on in their lives. Plus, a lot of people seem to be smitten by Dorie right now. So funny how this goes.

                          P.S. OJ, did you see Lulumom's plea to wait until March to cook from JO?

                          ~TDQ

                          1. re: The Dairy Queen

                            Also, I think a book will have more success if it isn't in November or December. It's just so busy that it's hard to focus. Wolfert may have easier recipes, but the perception is that it's labor intensive. I haven't even had the chance to flip through the books even though they are both sitting on the table.

                            My nomination is to RE-VISIT GREEN GOURMET BOOK.

                              1. re: oakjoan

                                Oakjoan, you'd be pleased to know I just bought my first JO book. Not one of the ones you recommended, alas, but Jamie's Food Revolution. Maybe I'll be a Jamie convert soon, too!

                                ~TDQ

                          2. re: Gio

                            If this is a serious proposal, why not broaden it out to their entire series of Gray/Rodgers books? I picked up something I think called Country Cooking or Italian country (same book diff names) by the same team last month it might motivate me to open it.

                            1. re: jen kalb

                              It is a serious proposal, Jen. If you think participation would be increased by having all of the River Cafe's books included, well, that's fine. In fact today I was contemplating mentioning cookbook author of the month, rather than just one book. Ir's just a thought...

                              1. re: jen kalb

                                I was just about to throw in a vote for the River Cafe books but its so unlilkely that I will cook from one of these books in December that I am going to opt out of proposing and voting.

                                Just going to continue with Wolfert for the time being and start into the dessert selections, too..

                          3. re: The Dairy Queen

                            I really like the idea of revisiting, and would be very happy with the Italian Easy books and/or Gourmet Today (and yesterday).

                            Please please please wait until March to do Jamie Oliver! A plea from me ... I'll be out of the country and doubt I'll have a very well equipped kitchen during that time, so plan to take along only the simplest recipes (any suggestions welcome! - no meat please - in fact, I think I'll go ahead and start a thread about it). I'd love to participate in a Jamie Oliver month and would be more than happy to vote for one from March on. Selfishly yours,
                            LulusMom

                            1. re: LulusMom

                              I'm going to go ahead and toss my vote in with the revisit the ITALIAN EASY books and GOURMET TODAY crowd.

                              1. re: LulusMom

                                I'm not keen on continuing with Wolfert as I can't see myself getting to grips with more than a couple of her South-West France recipes. There have been few reports so far and I can't see the momentum for her books building, really.

                                I'd be happy to do a Jamie Oliver book at some point in the future, and I'd also like to do Nigel Slater at some point, who one of Britain's favourite cookbook authors, renowned for his beautiful writing and accessible recipes.

                                But for December, I'm think it's a good idea to revisit earlier books due to time constraints, and am happy to throw my lot in with the ITALIAN EASY and GOURMET TODAY crew.

                                1. re: greedygirl

                                  I'd like to try Nigel Slater too. The siren came calling in a previous COTM nomination thread. I have also purchased some Rose Prince books that also seem accessible, but not ordinary.

                                  1. re: greedygirl

                                    Oh yes Nigel Slater is on my COTM agenda too. Glad I have company.

                                    1. re: Gio

                                      Mine, too, one of these days. Or months. :).

                                      ~TDQ

                                        1. re: LulusMom

                                          I'm definitely up for Nigel Slater month since I cook so much from him anyway. I haven't got the new Tender yet but have all the rest of his. The one I cook from most is Appetite but I'd like to cook more from Kitchen Diaries.

                            2. What about CONTINUING PAULA WOLFERT for December instead of selecting something new? I feel like I've just barely started to look at the books. Many of her recipes are fancy enough to be good for holiday entertaining. Plus anyone who has started their confits now will be able to use them in December.

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                              1. re: Karen_Schaffer

                                That is a very viable option indeed. Let's see what the "crowds" think.

                                1. re: Karen_Schaffer

                                  I vote for KS's suggestion CONTINUING PAULA WOLFERT for December.

                                  1. re: oakjoan

                                    well in ;reality I am going to be continueing Paula Wolfert in Dec. whether or not its a formal selection of the group so those of us who choose to do this can simply continue.

                                    1. re: jen kalb

                                      jen kalb: I agree and will be cooking along with you. There are lots of recipes that are not complicated...many don't even require confit of duck.

                                      I'm going to be making the Gratin of Potatoes in the Style of the Auvergne this weekend...it's sliced potatoes baked in milk, cream, blue cheese, jack cheese and garlic. I'm not going to use the cream...maybe a tablespoon of half and half.

                                      Another pretty easy recipe which is delicious is the Island of Lipari Spicy Bread Salad. It's just crusty bread cubed, toasted in the oven, and then mixed with tomatoes, chopped scallions, cornichons, chopped parsley and pickled peppers or pepperoncini mixed together with oregano and olive oil. She calls for the tomatoes to be peeled, but I never do that.

                                      1. re: oakjoan

                                        Even flat on my back sick looking through World of Food I found a lot of recipes I'd like to make.

                                    2. re: oakjoan

                                      Yes, for those of us participating in the Wolfert COTM at least, it makes a lot of sense as starting in on a new cookbook w/any real commitment during the height of holiday season is pretty difficult.

                                  2. Since there’s been so much discussion on what constitutes American food (United Dish of America debate: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/744771 What is American cuisine: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/700893 ) and seeing we’ve never done a JAMES BEARD book, I nominate JAMES BEARD’S AMERICAN COOKERY, or any Beard book.
                                    http://www.amazon.com/James-Beards-Am...

                                    While I understand the inclination to re-do Wolfert, it would actually be a threepeat as The Slow Mediterranean Kitchen was done in March 2008.

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                                    1. re: MplsM ary

                                      It seems JB's American Cookery has just been re-released this year. For those who are members of the Good Cook, it's available in the club.

                                      ~TDQ

                                      1. re: MplsM ary

                                        JAMES BEARD’S AMERICAN COOKERY appeals to me too so count my vote please

                                        1. re: MplsM ary

                                          I've had American Cookery for probably 35+ years. I know I've used it for reference, but I don't recall cooking from it much. I just hauled it off the shelf and tried to look at it as though it were a new-to-me book that I'd never seen before.

                                          There's a lot there that appeals to me: It has many old-fashioned recipes such as Scrapple and Welsh Rabbit. It doesn't shy away from the unusual; how many cookbooks today contain 11 recipes for sweetbreads, 7 recipes for calf's brains, and then throw in quite a few paragraphs on how to approach a calf's head? Really interesting reading. And it has recipes for pickles and candies and breads and just about everything imaginable.

                                          Quite a few of the recipes are flat-out unappealing. No, I will not be making the “Liver and Veal Loaf, to Be Eaten Cold,” or the “Cold Pig’s Feet with Rémoulade Sauce.” (Would love to read about it, though, if someone else did.) But many seem to be good (if not inspired), basic recipes for chowders and meat loaves and stews and casseroles. One recipe that caught my eye in light of this months COTM was his Cassoulet. It contains 3 lbs each of pork and lamb shoulder, 1 pig's foot, some salt pork and a big kielbasy. Almost makes you want to giggle.

                                          The book has more than 1500 recipes and it would be kinda fun to throw it open to this group to see who could ferret out the really choice morsels and to see who might be interested in experimenting with the offal and oddities. I think this would be more of a history/research project than our usual COTM selections and I doubt that people who don't have the book would feel they needed to add it to their collection. Nonetheless, I’d be interested in giving JAMES BEARD’S AMERICAN COOKERY a try just to see what might happen.

                                          1. re: JoanN

                                            Even if it isn't picked I think I'll buy it- on sale at Amazon and in my wish list- a dangerous place!

                                            1. re: JoanN

                                              I'm a vegetarian so a LOT of American Cookery is not for me. But I love the fellow's style. Recipe-wise he's all-inclusive with a bit of Beat Poet. I don't participate online with COTM but I have many of the books and have silently cooked alongside COTM-ers many times. I've had little to add. I actually think I could swing a veggie take on a couple American Cookery recipes.

                                              1. re: JoanN

                                                Oooh, Scrapple! I haven't had that for years although there's a cafe in Berkeley that serves it on their breakfast menu. I loved it when I was a kid.