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December 2010 Cookbook of the Month: REVISIT GOURMET TODAY

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smtucker Nov 15, 2010 06:13 PM

We will be revisiting Gourmet Today for the Month of December. I have directly copied Caitlin McGrath's original announcement since it was so well done!

Welcome to the May and June 2010 COTM! Our cookbook for these two months is GOURMET TODAY: MORE THAN 1000 ALL-NEW RECIPES FOR THE CONTEMPORARY KITCHEN.

New to Cookbook of the Month? This page explains how it all works: http://www.chow.com/cookbook_of_the_m...

We will use this thread for general discussion about the book, menu planning, and online links to the book's recipes.

The Chowhound Team has asked me to remind you that verbatim copying of recipes to the boards is a violation of the copyright of the original author. Posts with copied recipes will be removed.

Please post full reviews in the appropriate threads linked below.

Drinks; Hors D'oeurves and First Courses; Soups
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/705557

Salads; Vegetables
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/705559

Pasta, Noodles, and Dumplings; Grains and Beans; Vegetarian Main Courses
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/705561

Fish and Shellfish; Poultry
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/705562

Beef, Veal, Pork, and Lamb
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/705567

Breakfast and Breads; Sweets
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/705568

NOTE: I have elected not to create a thread for the chapter Grilled Dishes. Instead, please post reports on those recipes in the most appropriate thread, e.g., Vegetables, Fish and Shellfish, etc.

As M. Jacques Pepin says, Happy Cooking!

ADDED: Here is a link to the original discussion thread which contains quite a huge number of recipe links to online sources.
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/705571

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  1. roxlet RE: smtucker Nov 16, 2010 02:54 AM

    I think that's great. It's the perfect book for the holiday month since there is so much in there and you don't have to get specific with a cuisine or track down exotic ingredients for every dish.

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      The Dairy Queen RE: roxlet Nov 16, 2010 03:12 AM

      Agree! Plus, with more than 1000 recipes and now that we're in a new season (winter instead of summer), there should be plenty of things to try that people won't have to repeat if they don't want to. And, lots of online recipes. Even though I cook and plan my menu from the actual book, sometimes it's great to be able to look-up a recipe online from the office or something.

      ~TDQ

    2. Gio RE: smtucker Nov 16, 2010 03:41 AM

      Oh I'm so happy about this! I agree... there's a wealth of very good recipes in this book some of which are much better suited to colder weather. IIRC we liked everything we made first time around.

      1. LulusMom RE: smtucker Nov 16, 2010 04:45 AM

        Count me among the happy ones. Dec. is usually so crazy, and having a book with fairly easy but reliable recipes is great. Yay!

        1. blue room RE: smtucker Nov 16, 2010 06:27 AM

          It's nice that the set-up is a little less involved for smtucker this time.
          I just opened the book last night, very impressed, glad I got it.

          1. Berheenia RE: smtucker Nov 16, 2010 06:52 AM

            Yippee! Per the library my copy is "IN TRANSIT" plus I put it on my wish list for xmas.

            1. eperdu RE: smtucker Nov 16, 2010 04:51 PM

              Very nice. I just picked up my copy of this today, it's quite a behemoth of a book isn't it? I'm looking forward to trying some new recipes and expanding my mad cooking skills.

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                Karen_Schaffer RE: smtucker Nov 16, 2010 08:02 PM

                I'm happy too, because I'm one of the few who didn't get excited by Gourmet Today, so now I'm off the hook, as it were, for December!

                Not that there's ever an obligation to participate, of course, but I'm happy to take a break.

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                  eperdu RE: Karen_Schaffer Nov 17, 2010 05:29 AM

                  After looking through it, I'm not sure there are too many recipes in here I'll actually try! I'm happy I have a very well-stocked library so that I don't have to buy these books.

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                    buttertart RE: eperdu Nov 17, 2010 06:08 AM

                    Most of the people here who have and love the book have extremely well-stocked libraries and still find the book very useful. I own easily 700+ cookbooks and there were at least 50 things that jumped out at me as being original and exciting in this book.

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                      The Dairy Queen RE: eperdu Nov 17, 2010 06:36 AM

                      A good share of the recipes are on Epicurious, but not all of them and not always exactly the same. But, people are good about posting links for the recipes they try if the links are available. Even without a copy of the book, if someone posts about something that sounds good to you, you can always jump in. And if not, there's always the BAKING COTM!

                      Not every book is for everybody, as always. I personally really like Gourmet Today, but not everyone has to! What I like about it is that the recipes are really well edited and well tested. They almost all work exactly as expected.

                      ~TDQ

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                        LulusMom RE: eperdu Nov 17, 2010 06:57 AM

                        Funnily enough, I took the book and looked through it yet again yesterday, and a huge number of the recipes I marked to try were different from the ones I'd marked the first time. Of course part of this is that I actually made a lot of the ones I wanted to try last time, but ones that I had overlooked before suddenly sounded interesting to me.

                        I've had great success with this book. Not sure how many things I've made, but at least 4 have already gone into rotation. Maybe 1-2 were bombs (the only one I can think of right now is the "spicy" indonesian noodles). As TDQ said, the recipes are well edited and you can feel pretty secure that if you follow the directions, you'll get something good. I also like that there is so much variety so that using the same book we can have Italian one night, Korean the next, and mexican the night after.

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                          bayoucook RE: LulusMom Nov 21, 2010 08:14 AM

                          I do that with a cookbook all the time! Pick it up for a recipe I'm looking for and get re-involved with it. Especially with some of my older cookbooks - I have changed a lot since I got my first cookbooks in my twenties (thank God). We're going to be out of the country half of the month (hello Christmas in Paris!!) - but want to join in as much as I can. PS - so enjoying the cookbook you gave me - will post on that when I have time.
                          Paula

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                            LulusMom RE: bayoucook Nov 21, 2010 08:42 AM

                            Oh yeah, happens to me all the time too, but not normally so quickly! I was really surprised by how many new things caught my eye.

                            Wow - Christmas in Paris. Lucky, lucky you! I hope you have a wonderful time, and am glad you're enjoying the book. From reading the posts, I'm thinking how delicious most of it sounds, but also how much work it is (and I just plain don't have the time).

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                              dkennedy RE: LulusMom Nov 28, 2010 11:41 AM

                              Just got my copy from the library, it is huge!!!! I hope to crack it open but I just received 9 new cookbooks for my bday, one of which is David Leibovitz's baking book in preparation for the Baking COTM selection, so I am not sure how committed I am going to be to perusing this monster book. I will enjoy the discussion.

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                                The Dairy Queen RE: dkennedy Nov 28, 2010 12:29 PM

                                Happy Birthday! Which nine books?

                                ~TDQ

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                      smtucker RE: smtucker Dec 1, 2010 05:43 AM

                      Today is December 1st. Time for the revisit of GOURMET.

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                        smilingal RE: smtucker Dec 1, 2010 08:30 AM

                        Sale for Gourmet Today going on right now: the price at 12:30 am EST is still $18.50 - NEW - and I believe it includes free shipping (not entirely sure on that one) - it is an AMAZON CYBER SALE!
                        I am using the library's book - but I think this is a great sale.

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                          greeneggsnham RE: smilingal Dec 1, 2010 06:46 PM

                          Thanks for the tip! Ordered it earlier today before the sale expired. Now I don't have to make a detour to the library. Looking forward to hopefully joining in :)

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                            smilingal RE: greeneggsnham Dec 2, 2010 06:21 AM

                            so happy to have helped!

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                            sarahcooks RE: smilingal Jan 2, 2011 07:00 PM

                            It's down to $16 on Amazon!

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