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

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smtucker Dec 12, 2010 06:24 PM

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. Breadcrumbs RE: smtucker Dec 12, 2010 06:27 PM

    OPTION 1 - Thanks smtucker!

    1. Rubee RE: smtucker Dec 12, 2010 07:48 PM

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

      1. The Dairy Queen RE: smtucker Dec 13, 2010 12:35 AM

        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
          Gio RE: The Dairy Queen Dec 13, 2010 04:42 AM

          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...

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            The Dairy Queen RE: Gio Dec 13, 2010 07:47 AM

            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
              Gio RE: The Dairy Queen Dec 13, 2010 08:47 AM

              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
                The Dairy Queen RE: Gio Dec 13, 2010 08:55 AM

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

                ~TDQ

        2. beetlebug RE: smtucker Dec 13, 2010 05:00 AM

          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. BigSal RE: smtucker Dec 13, 2010 05:25 PM

            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).

            1. mebby RE: smtucker Dec 13, 2010 05:53 PM

              OPTION 1: THE BREATH OF THE WOK AND STIR-FRYING TO THE SKY'S EDGE

              Although I would happily cook from The Kitchen Diaries as well -- it looks like a very charming book that I would love to curl up with even if I didn't cook a thing out of it.

              1. greedygirl RE: smtucker Dec 13, 2010 11:59 PM

                KITCHEN DIARIES, please.

                1. Gio RE: smtucker Dec 14, 2010 03:19 AM

                  KITCHEN DIARIES

                  1. roxlet RE: smtucker Dec 14, 2010 05:26 AM

                    OPTION1: STIR FRYING ET AL

                    1. poptart RE: smtucker Dec 14, 2010 01:57 PM

                      KITCHEN DIARIES!

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                        MMari RE: smtucker Dec 14, 2010 06:55 PM

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

                        1. JoanN RE: smtucker Dec 15, 2010 06:22 AM

                          THE BREATH OF A WOK and STIR-FRYING TO THE SKY'S EDGE

                          1. blue room RE: smtucker Dec 15, 2010 08:00 AM

                            No wok! I figure I can approximate wok recipes in a large skillet, to see if I'm interested enough to get one later, but I won't actually vote this time. My copy of Slater's "Appetite" is still practically unopened. Just cooking for two, one a meat-and-potatoes-please person, is limiting!

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                              The Dairy Queen RE: blue room Dec 15, 2010 08:15 AM

                              I don't own a wok either. My copy of Stir Frying to the Sky's Edge arrived yesterday. (It's available at a "Bargain Price" for $14 on Amazon, though, mine felt less like a bargain since one of the pages is dog-eared, which makes me think the book is used--v. disappointing, but that's a problem with Amazon, not the book itself) and Young says that she wrote the book and tested the recipes for the home cook, knowing our stoves don't have high BTUs, etc. She said most of the recipes can be cooked in a 12-inch skillet or a flat-bottomed wok.

                              There are a few recipes she said she couldn't get to work properly in the 12-inch skillet and for those, she specifically says "use a wok for this one."

                              Also, for those looking ahead to their January resolutions, I found many recipes in the book that call for 2 TBSP or fewer of oil. Since these recipes serve 2 as a main dish, that's pretty diet friendly.

                              P.S. I'm not voting this month because a series of personal crises has kind of taken over my life these past couple of months and my participation continues to be pretty spotty. A person can only do so much. So, I'm hoping to cook along with whichever of these two wonderful options is chosen, assuming things settle down for me, but I'm leaving the voting to those who are more confident about their abilities to participate in the cooking!

                              ~TDQ

                              1. re: The Dairy Queen
                                Breadcrumbs RE: The Dairy Queen Dec 15, 2010 09:04 AM

                                DQ sorry to hear about that. good wishes for a positive turn and a remarkable 2011.

                                1. re: Breadcrumbs
                                  The Dairy Queen RE: Breadcrumbs Dec 15, 2010 11:02 AM

                                  Thanks, breadcrumbs, not to worry, they've all been manageable and some could have worse, so I am very grateful. Some of them have even been "good" things, it's just when things happen all at once, good and bad, it's a lot to handle.

                                  I would really, really like to do some baking this month, still. I had to return Lebovitz to the library, although I did scribble down some recipes before doing so, but I still have Maida Heatter. (It's not BCOTM, but I really want to bake from the new Medrich, too.) So, assuming things stay calm(er) for awhile, I hope to be able to contribute to the baking threads. Maybe even dip into Gourmet!

                                  1. re: The Dairy Queen
                                    Breadcrumbs RE: The Dairy Queen Dec 15, 2010 11:45 AM

                                    Well with more positive thoughts coming your way let's hope you get the time to do everything you want to. I always enjoy reading your recipe reviews, I feel like I'm right there with you!!

                            2. emily RE: smtucker Dec 15, 2010 08:10 AM

                              KITCHEN DIARIES

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                                smtucker RE: smtucker Dec 16, 2010 04:38 AM

                                The winner thread has been posted at http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/753813

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