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January 2011 Cookbook of the Month VOTING (Through Wed 12/15)

Another unusual month indeed. Please vote for one of the two options below.

Option 1:
THE BREATH OF THE WOK: Unlocking the Spirit of Chinese Wok Cooking Through Recipes and Lore & STIR-FRYING TO THE SKY'S EDGE: The Ultimate Guide to Mastery, with Authentic Recipes and Stories
Grace Young

Option 2:
THE KITCHEN DIARIES: A Year in the Kitchen with Nigel Slater

VOTING: One Chowhound, one vote. You can cast your vote in the form of book title, author name, or option number but you MUST type your vote in ALL CAPITALS if you want it counted.

Voting will be open through Wednesday, December 15th, 10pm EST.

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  1. OPTION 1 - Thanks smtucker!

    1. THE BREATH OF THE WOK & STIR-FRYING TO THE SKY'S EDGE

      1. Ohhh! Can't go wrong with either of these options, I don't think. Will someone who is familiar with Kitchen Diaries describe it a little more please? I've got 2-3 of his books, and I've heard of K.D. of course, but I would love to know more about it, before I take the plunge. I mean, is it mostly a cookbook or is it food writing with some recipes thrown in?

        ~TDQ

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        1. re: The Dairy Queen

          TDQ, to give you an idea of how Slater writes recipes here's the recipe page from his website. The four seasons are represented with 6 recipes per season:
          http://www.nigelslater.com/recipes.asp

          Kitchen Diaries is exactly that. A log of what he cooked for himself and others during the course of one year. And, sometimes what he didn't cook. Nights when he just didn't feel like a big kitchen production but simply foraged in the fridge for left overs. We've all had that kind of night, I'm sure.

          One of the best reviews of this book I've read is at Culinate.com with 2 recipes included:
          http://www.culinate.com/books/book_re...

          1. re: Gio

            Thanks, Gio. Here's an interview with Grace Young for Weight Watchers and a couple of recipes from Stir Frying from the Sky's Edge in case people want to try them before voting casting a vote: https://signup.weightwatchers.com/uti...

            ~TDQ

            1. re: The Dairy Queen

              And Thank You for that link. I have a head of broccoli that's going to get that ginger stir-fry treatment this week.

              1. re: Gio

                That ginger stir-fry recipe looks super easy. Hopefully, it's delicious, too!

                ~TDQ

        2. Option 1:
          THE BREATH OF THE WOK: Unlocking the Spirit of Chinese Wok Cooking Through Recipes and Lore & STIR-FRYING TO THE SKY'S EDGE: The Ultimate Guide to Mastery, with Authentic Recipes and Stories
          Grace Young

          1. THE KITCHEN DIARIES: A Year in the Kitchen with Nigel Slater, but I will happily participate with Option 1 (I really do need to break in my wok).