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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.

                                            2. GREEN GOURMET BOOK. I was in Egypt when it was done last time, and it seemed like it had a ton of interesting recipes in many cuisines. December is a bear in terms of so much going on (November is turning out that way too), and an adaptable book with many options really appeals to me.

                                              1. I've never participated - and eagerly got the two Wolfert books but they are sitting by my bedside and it is a push to find something that is calling to me. That said, I am hoping to participate in the next month - whatever is selected - but I have the CIA cookbook - and maybe by suggesting this it will prompt others to consider it. I have never cooked from it. I also have The Best of Gourmet . But Whatever !

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                                                  1. re: nomadchowwoman

                                                    Culinary Institute of America, maybe? I think they have several cookbooks, one specifically for non-professional home cooking. Could be great!

                                                      1. re: Gio

                                                        oh - yippee - maybe this could work?! Yes, it is the top selection that Gio has posted.
                                                        http://www.amazon.com/Culinary-Instit...

                                                      2. re: blue room

                                                        Thx--ok, i have one of their little paperbacks, many years old. I didn't realize they had a big book out. I'll have to look into it. Groan (or at least that's what my bookshelf will do).

                                                            1. re: nomadchowwoman

                                                              ohh - just looked to see where "here" is --- I am planning a trip for 6 of us to come to your "here" in Feb or March! Haven't started the planning yet.

                                                              1. re: smilingal

                                                                When you do, check out the NO boards--lots of knowledgeable (and opinionated) discussion goes on, and I'll be happy to pipe in. Will it be your first trip? (OK I better stop asking questions before I get kicked off this board.)

                                                  2. This is my first time participating too. I just started posting on CH, but I've been lurking for many years. Seems like a lot of the books suggested so far have been done fairly recently, so I'll throw out a couple of new suggestions. How about the CANAL HOUSE books? There are five volumes now, and I'm proposing to include the whole series. Another suggestion would be a couple by Stephane Reynaud, RIPAILLES/FRENCH FEASTS and the new one, 365 REASONS TO SIT DOWN TO EAT.

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                                                    1. re: MelMM

                                                      I love the idea of the CH books, but not for December--not just for the purely selfish reason that theyr'e on my Xmas Wish List, but also b/c we couldn't do justice--esp to all of them--in such a busy month. I'd love to see us do the CH books over a 2-month span (but I'm one of those who likes the 2-month period better, and I know lots of people here prefer the one-month period).

                                                      1. re: nomadchowwoman

                                                        just did a search for Canal House on our library's website - can you offer more info? Author?
                                                        Title of book/s?

                                                        1. re: smilingal

                                                          went on Amazon to check them out - are these a magazine series? Spoke with our library directly and they are doing some research on it - but they felt that it possibly is a magazine series.

                                                          1. re: smilingal

                                                            It's a series of volumes by Christopher Hirsheimer and Melissa Hamilton.
                                                            Canal House Cooking Vol 1- ? Maybe 6 or 7 so far?
                                                            My library doesn't have them. I think they are proving to be a little obscure, but they are just gorgeous little books.

                                                            1. re: rabaja

                                                              They are putting out three volumes per year, so you could consider them a periodical. But they are more like small books than magazines. Self-published. In addition to Amazon, you can get them direct from the Canal House web site:
                                                              http://www.thecanalhouse.com/

                                                              There are five volumes so far.

                                                                1. re: jen kalb

                                                                  JEN - thank you so much for that article - and from that I copied that delicious looking and sounding recipe of scallion meatballs with soy-ginger glaze! thanks again!

                                                                  1. re: smilingal

                                                                    Same here! Looks great, I may make those meatballs tomorrow. I think I even have everything on hand.

                                                                    1. re: greeneggsnham

                                                                      Those meatballs do look yummy, they remind me of something I was served at a cocktail party - an Asian-style turkey patty wrapped in lettuce. I think some diced water chestnuts would be nice in the meat mixture.

                                                                      1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                        I can offer a testimonial: those meatballs are wondrous; they made me start coveting those CH volumes seriously.

                                                                        1. re: nomadchowwoman

                                                                          nomad - you made them? Good for a cocktail party I would suppose? Any recommendations you would advise? I didn't put two and two together that these two women were from the books we were discussing! sometimes I could be slow!
                                                                          I say it is due to global warming!

                                                                          Breadcrumbs - water chestnuts might be a nice addition! I like them just as a standalone meatball with the glaze poured over served with toothpicks.

                                                                          1. re: smilingal

                                                                            I made these for a "girls' night in," when four or five of us get together and consume appetizer-y things and a few cocktails or glasses of wine. I followed the recipe pretty much as is, using sake as I had no mirin, and they were yummy. I am particularly fond of turkey meatballs for some reason, and these did not disappoint. I love all the ideas for changing them up a bit, too, and I especially like the idea of wrapping them in lettuce leaves. Yum.

                                                                            I know we probabay don't *need* any more cookbooks, but these CH books really are gorgeous. And the few recipes I've seen seem terrific. I'm just sayin'--not twistin' . . . : )

                                                                            1. re: nomadchowwoman

                                                                              I'll go to Williams Sonoma to check them out. I posted another thread but unfortunately no one has replied - I am looking for appetizers for a post Ny's Eve day party!

                                                                          2. re: nomadchowwoman

                                                                            I reeeeeeeely don't want to buy more cookbooks - I just had bought a cookbook rack for the kitchen a couple of months ago - and today I was contemplating giving up one shelf to buy a small TV for the kitchen - but you are really twisting my arm - OUCH - all the way from NOLA!

                                                          2. re: MelMM

                                                            I would be thrilled if the Canal House books were a future COTM, but I agree they would be better in the new year.
                                                            These books are gorgeous and would certainly warrent two months.
                                                            Oh, and they are on my Xmas list too!
                                                            ETA: it seems like Dec '10 should just be a free-for-all of ALL past COTM, especially with all the spotty participation we've had the last couple of months.
                                                            Is that just too unorganized a concept to suggest? Perhaps.

                                                            1. re: rabaja

                                                              Just to say that the Canal House books aren't available in the UK at all, and have very limited availability on Amazon.com.

                                                                1. re: greedygirl

                                                                  I was just looking at them on Amazon too. Limited, but not impossible. I guess I'd better get that list off to Santa sooner this year.
                                                                  We have a local store that carries them all, but it does get pricey.

                                                                  1. re: rabaja

                                                                    The first one is something like $135!

                                                                    1. re: greedygirl

                                                                      I think the books for COTM should be a bit more on the mass distribution side. Even Ottolenghi was only around $40 with shipping from the UK. I have yet to see it in US bookstores, by the way.

                                                                      1. re: buttertart

                                                                        It's in Kitchen Arts and Letters, but of course, that is a cookbook store and they'd be likely to have it anyway. Anyone still looking for it, can get it there...

                                                                      2. re: greedygirl

                                                                        I saw that. Ouch.
                                                                        Hey, the second one is $19.95!
                                                                        Ok, never gonna be COTM, I get it.

                                                                        1. re: rabaja

                                                                          right - I think that it won't make it --- sooooo - on that note - would those of you who are lucky to already own these send along your favorite recipes?

                                                                      3. re: rabaja

                                                                        I saw the first three volumes bundled at Williams-Sonoma. I think the set was 49.95. So you might offer that little hint to Santa.

                                                                        1. re: nomadchowwoman

                                                                          i know they are on your wish list - do you have any of them?

                                                                          1. re: smilingal

                                                                            No, but I covet them--they are gorgeous. Hope Santa is listening . . . if not I'm underlining them--at least twice--on my list!

                                                                      4. re: greedygirl

                                                                        Thanks for the Canal House recommendation. I can't wait to check it out.

                                                                        Re December, I will acknowledge I have been a little slow to respond to the November COTM discussion, but I don't think extending it for another month will help. Paula's recipes can be a little off-putting. That is, I think you really have to be in a certain mood, which apparently, I have not been in. Maybe next year, we can consider doing a Thanksgiving cookbook for November, since everyone's mind is on turkey anyway.

                                                                        I propose we select a favorite holiday cookbook - Channukah/Christmas/Kwanzaa or one of each for December???

                                                                        Some suggested titles to get the ball rolling...

                                                                        THE JEWISH HOLIDAY COOKBOOK by Gloria Kaufer Green or
                                                                        THE BOOK OF JEWISH FOOD by Claudia Roden and
                                                                        KWANZAA by Eric V. Copage

                                                                        Someone else will have to suggest the Christmas title

                                                                        If we go this route, maybe everyone can share a little about their favorite holiday meals in addition to discussing the recipes. A nice way for all of us to get to know each other a little better.

                                                                        1. re: dkennedy

                                                                          Oh - I also love hmmmmmmmm ---- Arthur Schwartz's Jewish Home Cooking!
                                                                          Good Idea!

                                                                  2. Has Alton Brown come up as a serious candidate here? Either his cookbooks or his Food Network online recipes?

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                                                                    1. re: blue room

                                                                      ohhh - I like that idea - not necessarily Alton Brown - but the idea of a specific chef on Food Network online recipes!

                                                                      1. re: smilingal

                                                                        I always think of him as the poor man's Harold McGee.

                                                                        1. re: roxlet

                                                                          Except that Harold McGee doesn't offer recipes and Alton Brown does--often some rather good ones, even though they can get a bit nerdy.

                                                                          1. re: JoanN

                                                                            Wonder if there are recipes in the new McGee. Have a bee in my bonnet about that book. The power of print advertising (yesterday's Dining section).

                                                                            1. re: buttertart

                                                                              My eyebrows shot up at that ad as well, but it sounded more like a Mythbusters for the cookbook crowd, didn't it?

                                                                              1. re: JoanN

                                                                                Yes - some of his articles in the Dining section have been not terrifically enticing, actually.

                                                                        2. re: smilingal

                                                                          I think he's on PBS not Food TV but I would like to do Ming Tsai. He has definitely changed our pantry! Everything he makes is fast and fairly easy and you get to fool around with asian ingredients.

                                                                          1. re: Berheenia

                                                                            In the US, I believe he's on the Food Network. Does he also have a show on PBS?

                                                                            1. re: LulusMom

                                                                              He can be found on "Simply Ming" on PBS and "East Meets West with Ming Tsai" on The Food Network. He's on the Create channel too.

                                                                              ETA: We've had dinner at his restaurant Blus Ginger and the food was terrific in every sense. He's regularly in the kitchen and pops out every now and then. He stopped at our table of 8 and was utterly charming. Handsone too...! Much taller than he looks on the telly.

                                                                              1. re: Gio

                                                                                Ooops, I didn't read closely enough. I thought she meant Alton Brown. My bad ...

                                                                        3. re: blue room

                                                                          I think it would be great fun to have an Alton Brown month sometime, including any/all cookbooks plus on-line recipes. But please, not December!

                                                                          I know I'm probably a lone voice in the wilderness, but I'd favor revisiting BITTMAN'S HOW TO COOK EVERYTHING for December. It's one of the few that I might actually look at during the crazy season.

                                                                        4. Any interest in revisiting All About Braising? I just received this book and have been totally taken with it. Only made one thing so far, but it was a big hit and is just the type of cooking I want to do right now (warm and comforting and the option to throw in oven ahead of time and have a relatively peaceful evening without tending the stove).

                                                                          I would rather not continue Wolfert. Actually bought World of Food, but just haven't been inspired. Between the off-limits ingredients (pregnant) and time committment, I haven't made a single thing (plus I think attention distracted by infatuation with Braising).

                                                                          Realistically, I will likely only be a peripheral participant given the crazy holiday season (made even crazier by my husband I trying to get all our call in before new baby is due at end of December). But I'd be game for some braising, or Gourmet (have the yellow book and cook from it intermittently-- would like an excuse to do more).

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                                                                          1. re: greeneggsnham

                                                                            We've revisited All About Braising once before, so, this would be the third go-round. Nevertheless, it's a great book and this is a great season for it.

                                                                            Good luck with the new baby. Are you doing a lot of advance cooking/freezing to prepare yourself?

                                                                            ~TDQ

                                                                            1. re: greeneggsnham

                                                                              Oh congratulations sweetheart! What you need is something where you can double the recipe and freeze the second half. Braising would, I'd think, work really well for that, but we've done the revisit on that one before.

                                                                              1. re: LulusMom

                                                                                My post ended up in the middle of the discussion so I am reposting here.

                                                                                I propose we select a favorite holiday cookbook - Channukah/Christmas/Kwanzaa or one of each for December???

                                                                                Some suggested titles to get the ball rolling...

                                                                                THE JEWISH HOLIDAY COOKBOOK by Gloria Kaufer Green or
                                                                                THE BOOK OF JEWISH FOOD by Claudia Roden and
                                                                                KWANZAA by Eric V. Copage

                                                                                Someone else will have to suggest the Christmas title

                                                                                If we go this route, maybe everyone can share a little about their favorite holiday meals in addition to discussing the recipes. A nice way for all of us to get to know each other a little better.

                                                                                1. re: dkennedy

                                                                                  That's an interesting proposal. I have "The Book of Jewish Food" by Claudia Roden, "Celebrations Italian Style" by Mary Ann Esposito, and "The Frugal Gourmet Celebrates Christmas" by Jeff Smith. Hmmmmmm.... I wonder....

                                                                                  1. re: Gio

                                                                                    I was impressed with Arthur Schwartz's Jewish Home Cooking after I had borrowed it from the library - that it was thus far, the only one, that made me buy it from Borders. That was before joined I CH and have now learned of all the discount sites to look at - TY! - but the point is - I LOVE THE BOOK!

                                                                                    1. re: smilingal

                                                                                      I have that book as well but haven't cooked anything from it except the Chow Mein recipe... which was pretty good, as i recall.

                                                                                    2. re: Gio

                                                                                      I have been looking for an excuse to buy Nigella Christmas...

                                                                                      ~TDQ

                                                                                      1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                        Is this the Nigella Christmas from 2009?
                                                                                        I just requested it from my library.
                                                                                        Holiday books for December would be a lot of fun. It would be a good excuse to break out my Martha too.

                                                                                        1. re: rabaja

                                                                                          I think we are on to something!!!

                                                                                          1. re: dkennedy

                                                                                            So, dkennedy, is your idea that we all just cook from a mishmash of December holiday books, whatever your particular holiday is and whatever your particular fav book is? And then smtucker, bless her patient heart, would then just set up the threads as "COTM December Holiday Books"+course?

                                                                                            So, cotm d.h.b. apps? cotm dhb soups and salads? cotm dhb vegetables and sides? cotm dhb meats, dhb fowl & seafood, cotm dhb grains, legumes, pastas? cotm dhb desserts?

                                                                                            And we all just jump in, of course, remembering to disclose the name of our book and recipe? Christmas & New Years Eve would be my particular holiday and I can totally see cooking from Nigella Christmas, Eliz David Christmas, John Clancy's Christmas Cookbook.

                                                                                            Also, David Tanis new book Heart of the Artichoke has a fantastic sounding New Years Eve menu I'd love to cook from, would that count even though it's not specifically a "holiday" book per se...

                                                                                            I'm kind of warming to this...

                                                                                            ~TDQ

                                                                                            1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                              I'm trying to figure out how we pay overtime on an unpaid position ... (for smtucker).

                                                                                              1. re: LulusMom

                                                                                                It goes into her retirement account, but Congress will probably gut it in the next few months...so smtucker, you better spend while you can!

                                                                                            1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                              If you think it would work, it would be a lot of fun. I'd love to hear about everyone else's traditions and what they serve and why. For my family, the big food holidays are Thanksgiving and Passover. Hannukah usually consists of a bagels, lox and cream cheese platter ordered in from Brent's (oh, that sounds so good...) but not very recipe friendly.

                                                                                              Now that my oldest son started middle school, we are just getting back to the stage where we can entertain at night without things ending at 8:30! I may try to incorporate a small New Year's party this year. I would love to vicariously go to some tree trimming parties or Christmas eve dinners with all of you.

                                                                                          2. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                            Funny you should bring that up. I made Nigella's quince brandy last year (actually can't remember if it's from her holiday book or from Goddess) and used, it turned out, tasteless quinces. I just tasted it again, as I do every 4 months or so, with the same result. I think I'll dump the quinces and put some other fruit into the brandy.

                                                                                            Unfortunately, a friend just gave me a whole bunch of pomegranates, persimmons and pineapple guavas....I don't know what to do with them all. Well, the persimmons can be made into cake and pudding...but the others?

                                                                                            1. re: oakjoan

                                                                                              You have the 70's Joy? There's a cake with fruit in it (near the French apple cake) that mentions someone having made it with pineapple guavas to great success. Thanks for the smell hallucination, Berk Produce Center 1974 division, had never seen them before then - they have a very distinctive smell.

                                                                                            2. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                              I bought Nigella's Christmas virtually new from abebooks, looked at it excitedly, then put it up on a top shelf. I was totally not inspired/excited by it, and I love her How to Be a Domestic Goddess...

                                                                                                1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                  I've got it and have made quite a few things from it, including two of the Christmas cakes, the cupcakes and some of the canapes. I love the poinsettia cocktail and it makes a regular appearance at my Boxing Day party - certainly makes things go with a swing! The mulled cider is also really good.

                                                                                                  1. re: greedygirl

                                                                                                    I love this book though haven't cooked a huge amount from it. Christmas lunch is the Brit quivalent of American Thanksgiving - turkey, stuffing, lots of vegetable sides followed by Christmas pudding (a dried fruit steamed pudding) and I did most of it last year from this book. It covers all the basics plus some great entertaining menus. Don't know why she missed out Frangipane mince pies from Domestic Goddess as that is her single best Christmas recipe.

                                                                                            3. re: dkennedy

                                                                                              I'm not going to nominate it because it's out of print, but a really wonderful Christmas book is John Clancy's Christmas Cookbook. I don't celebrate Christmas, but I love this book for entertaining and make a number of dishes in it for Thanksgiving. Used copies are selling for a couple of bucks on Amazon. It's a small book (won't take up too much room on the shelf), packed with good recipes and good ideas,

                                                                                              Another holiday book that I'm not nominating because it's too late and it's also out of print is Anthony Dias Blue's Thanksgiving Dinner. And this one's available for literally pennies on Amazon. Been making his Wild Rice and Toasted Pecan Stuffing for years and years. My family would have no other. Can't make Thanksgiving Dinner without it.
                                                                                              http://www.amazon.com/Thanksgiving-Di...

                                                                                              1. re: JoanN

                                                                                                I recently picked up a used copy of Thankgiving Dinner, thanks to one of your previous posts about it. I was definitely going to try a recipe or two from it this year, and now I know the Wild Rice and Toasted Pecan Stuffing is the place to start! Thanks JoanN!

                                                                                                ~TDQ

                                                                                                1. re: JoanN

                                                                                                  I just bought both those titles on Amazon for $7 and change, including shipping. I need some holiday inspiration!

                                                                                                  1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                    I really think you're going to like them. Certainly hope so. I'm running off to a meeting, but when I get a chance I'll list some of my faves. There are a lot of them.

                                                                                              2. re: LulusMom

                                                                                                Oh, didn't realize it had already been revisited. Wasn't reading the old threads too closely! Probably not good idea for a third go around.

                                                                                                May not be organized enough to do any cooking/freezing ahead-- let's be honest, still haven't figured out exactly where the baby is going to sleep! But there is still about 6 weeks to go, and there are a lot of dishes in the book I am excited about braising. Also seems like a method that is easy to make large quantities and should generally freeze pretty well. I figure even if I don't get the freezer stocked, that is also the kind of cooking I'll be best able to do on maternity leave. Get some stuff done while the baby sleeps and then not worry about exact timing at dinner time.

                                                                                              3. re: greeneggsnham

                                                                                                What about BRAISE from Daniel Boulud instead to have the same cooking style but from a different book.

                                                                                              4. smtucker speaks!

                                                                                                This month's nomination has had very few nominations and some very far reaching discussions which would be very hard to gather into a voting thread. So few capital letters; so many posts!

                                                                                                Please don't forget to nominate with capital letters, and DESSERTS OF LAPLAND does not count oakjoan. ;-)

                                                                                                If a suggestion tickles your fancy and you have already voted, feel free to use the MINUS method to recast your vote. [MINUS then your new nomination IN ALL CAPS.]

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                                                                                                1. re: smtucker

                                                                                                  OH YAY Intrepid Leader. Goodly Luck with this wayward unruly band.
                                                                                                  With a hey nonny nonny.

                                                                                                  1. re: smtucker

                                                                                                    not sure about the pluses and minuses - but .... CIA INSTITUTE COOKBOOK
                                                                                                    http://www.amazon.com/Culinary-Instit...

                                                                                                    I'd bet it can even bring us over into January!

                                                                                                    1. re: smtucker

                                                                                                      MINUS JAMES BEARD’S AMERICAN COOKERY cast earlier

                                                                                                      new vote for

                                                                                                      GOURMET TODAY

                                                                                                      It looks really good plus I miss my monthly Gourmet- I used to make something from the easy section almost every month. Amazon lets you see the entire table of contents and it seems a good book for all the December holidays. Only drawback library wise it that it's a "new" book in our system so I can only keep it for 2 weeks.

                                                                                                      1. re: Berheenia

                                                                                                        Once you get GT in hand, Berheenia, You'll want to buy it. I've been using it regularly since it was COTM during May/June of this year.

                                                                                                        1. re: Gio

                                                                                                          It really is wonderful - and the good thing about it is that a LOT of the recipes are also online (I seem to remember that Rubee was extra good at giving the link after posting about making something), so even once your two weeks are up, you'll be able to cook along.

                                                                                                          1. re: Gio

                                                                                                            I echo Gio - I think you'll want to buy it once you have it, and we have remade many of the things we made the first time around. They've already become family favorites, and there are still so many that I'm itching to try.

                                                                                                        2. re: smtucker

                                                                                                          Hey! Smtucker! Whaddya got something against Lapp cooking?

                                                                                                        3. The Culinary Institute book interests me, but
                                                                                                          Christmas at my house (just me + he) is so laid back as to be practically non-existent, and like dkennedy, I would like to look through others holiday windows, but
                                                                                                          I feel like I'm abandoning Wolfert without *really* giving it a go, and I didn't even vote last month, because I had commited to the baking books, but
                                                                                                          I don't want this this to be a chore, so
                                                                                                          GREEN GOURMET TODAY is my choice. I'm pretty sure it's got something for everyone, many people already have this book (?), I see you can get it on Amazon for less than $10, and if you simply carry it with you from room to room during the month of December you'll gain less weight than otherwise (big heavy book!) and -- it has 2 green ribbons..

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                                                                                                          1. re: blue room

                                                                                                            Can we link the voting thread here when it is posted, I always have trouble finding it.

                                                                                                          2. No reason to vote this month... Here is a link to the announcement thread.

                                                                                                            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/747399