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bayoucook Feb 12, 2011 08:41 AM

We seem to all be in agreement about March being Jamie Oliver month, now we need to get down to the nitty-gritty. Please vote on two or three of the choices listed below. The two books or collections with the most votes will be the main COTM, the others will all be contained in a seperate thread for us to share and discuss. VOTING WILL END ON MONDAY FEBRUARY 14 AT 5 PM CENTRAL TIME:

THE NAKED CHEF COLLECTION (to include all titles with Naked Chef in the title)
NAKED CHEF - not as part of above collection
NAKED CHEF TAKES OFF - not as part of above collecition
THE RETURN OF THE NAKED CHEF - not a part of above collection
+++any other JO book you would like to nominate

I just knew this was going to be an interesting month! Happy voting! -Paula

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  1. Gio RE: bayoucook Feb 12, 2011 08:55 AM


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      dkennedy RE: Gio Feb 12, 2011 09:19 AM

      Boy, there are a lot of options in the Jaime arena. I only have one, which is THE NAKED CHEF TAKES OFF, so my vote is for:


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        Breadcrumbs RE: Gio Feb 12, 2011 02:55 PM




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        JaneEYB RE: bayoucook Feb 12, 2011 09:55 AM

        Paula - the list above is slightly wrong. The Naked Chef Takes Off (USA) and The Return of the Naked Chef (UK) are the same book. The third Naked Chef title is Happy Days With the Naked Chef.

        My choices are:
        THE NAKED CHEF COLLECTION and JAMIE'S DINNERS. But I'm going to be happy whatever the choices!

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          bayoucook RE: JaneEYB Feb 12, 2011 10:01 AM

          Thanks, Jane. I went on three websites to get the titles and got confused with the American and English versions. That's why I added the part about voters submitting their own titles. My lack of experience with JO is showing, I'm afraid, but looking forward to learning more in March.

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            Breadcrumbs RE: bayoucook Feb 12, 2011 01:04 PM

            Hi Paula,

            What an amazing Chief COTM Officer ("CCO") you are!!

            I find that Eat Your Books is a great site for searching for cookbooks and, getting additional book details. I've pasted a link below that will take folks to the search results for all JO cookbooks. If you want further info about a book, click on the book title and you'll be taken to another page where you can see all the recipes that are in the book and, if you select the "more detail" button you'll be taken to another page with all the publishing info including whatever description the publisher provides about the book. Very helpful in providing context if anyone is interested.

            Here's the link:


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              bayoucook RE: Breadcrumbs Feb 12, 2011 02:59 PM

              Thank you Breadcrumbs! I thought you had to be a member to access that one. This is great.

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                Breadcrumbs RE: bayoucook Feb 12, 2011 03:17 PM

                No problem bayoucook! I hope everyone finds it useful and you don't have to be a member to look at that info. I was just using that link read to through all the info on the individual books to help me decide which books to vote for.

                If you are an EYB member you can then create bookmarks for all the recipes you want to try which is really great! I print those lists and then use them to help me plan menus (mr bc even gets in on the act marking ones he likes!!). Once I'm done I can then go back in EYB and print my grocery list. The less time I spend planning the more time I have to actually cook!

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                  bayoucook RE: Breadcrumbs Feb 13, 2011 08:51 AM

                  I just joined it! I had had a trial use of it some time back but didn't join. All the books i had entered are still there. That is so great. I've already spent an hour on there and plan to really utilize it. I was about to add new books when I saw they wanted the ISBN numbers - I thought I remembered entering by titles - did this change? No problem, I worked as a librarian before I retired so I know how to do it, I just wondered. This is neat - thanks for reminding me about it.

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                    JoanN RE: bayoucook Feb 13, 2011 09:07 AM

                    I don't think that the ability to add titles by ISBN is particularly new, but it does have distinct advantages. If a book is not yet in the EYB library and you try to add it to your library by title, the book just won't be added to your library. If, however, you add the book using the ISBN, the book will automatically be added to *your* library as soon as it's been added to the EYB library. This was a particularly useful feature in the the earlier days of EYB before the library was expanded significantly, but can still be useful if you have many old, out-of-print, or regional titles among your collection.

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                      Breadcrumbs RE: bayoucook Feb 13, 2011 09:18 AM

                      Hi bayoucook. You need to be in the "Library" to add new books that are in the EYB database. So if you select Library then start typing in your book title, you'll see the book match(es) appear in a list below. Sometimes there are multiple editions of the same book so be sure to look at the ISBN number that appears directly beneath the "Categories" info for each book to select your edition. Here's a link to the EYB results for The Joy of Cooking" to demonstrate what I mean:


                      Once you've found your book, just hit the blue "+Bookshelf" button to add the book to your shelf. But don't move on just yet!! Be sure to note whether or not your book has been indexed (noted below the photo of the book cover) and if it hasn't been, make sure you "Request Index" right away as books get prioritized based on popularity and # of requests.

                      If your book doesn't happen to be in the EYB library, then you can use the ISBN number to import but if they're more recent books, its likely EYB has them already.

                      Hope this helps bayoucook.

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                        bayoucook RE: Breadcrumbs Feb 13, 2011 09:50 AM

                        Breadcrumbs and JoanN - thanks - i'm working on it now, really enjoying it. It's been so long since I had my trial I just forget stuff I guess.

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            smtucker RE: bayoucook Feb 12, 2011 10:16 AM

            Was fooling around on Netflix and noticed that Seasons 1 and 2 of Oliver's Twist will be available for streaming on February 15th.

            1. greedygirl RE: bayoucook Feb 12, 2011 10:51 AM


              1. LulusMom RE: bayoucook Feb 12, 2011 11:02 AM

                JAMIE'S ITALY and COOK WITH JAMIE. Thanks Bayou!

                1. JoanN RE: bayoucook Feb 12, 2011 12:54 PM

                  I absolutely swore I was NOT going to buy another cookbook! Did you know that you can buy an "almost new" hardbound copy of The Naked Chef Takes Off for $.36--yes, you read that right--on Amazon.com?

                  I guess I'm voting for THE NAKED CHEF COLLECTION. Happy to go with the majority on what the other will be

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                    oakjoan RE: JoanN Feb 12, 2011 02:53 PM

                    I haven't had time to read the lead-up to this or even the whole thread here. So my vote may be out of line but I have some chores, etc. that must be done instanter, so here goes:


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                      LulusMom RE: JoanN Feb 14, 2011 03:51 PM

                      A quick look at Amazon - didn't see anything called The Naked Chef collection. I had somehow gathered (my mistake) that they'd put all 3 books together as a collection. Is this the case and it just isn't on Amazon somehow? Or am I so crazed with excitement that I can't find it?

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                        smtucker RE: LulusMom Feb 14, 2011 04:37 PM

                        bayoucook/Paula grouped them together.... there is no such collection except in our small COTM world.


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                          LulusMom RE: smtucker Feb 14, 2011 04:41 PM

                          Thank you. every little bit of proof that I'm not losing my mind helps!

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                            Jay F RE: smtucker Feb 15, 2011 04:32 AM

                            COTM in this case means Collection Of The Mind.

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                              LulusMom RE: Jay F Feb 15, 2011 11:05 AM

                              Nicely done Jay!

                              He who formerly could not be named was extremely kind to me last night, and ordered all three of the Naked Chef books to be delivered to his office back home. I'll need to wait a day to see them once we get home, but I'll have tons to do anyway. Yay!

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                                Jay F RE: LulusMom Feb 15, 2011 11:24 AM

                                How nice, Mere de Lulu. I've always liked Jamie, partly because he is one of the biggest non-Italian lovers of Italian who aren't me. I hope you like him, too.

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                                  LulusMom RE: Jay F Feb 15, 2011 11:42 AM

                                  Il es molto bene (hope I haven't totally mangled that - years since I took Italian).

                      2. Breadcrumbs RE: bayoucook Feb 12, 2011 03:46 PM

                        Interesting there's no mention yet of Jamie's America. Has anyone cooked from this? I picked mine up at Costco but haven't even looked through it yet.

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                          bayoucook RE: Breadcrumbs Feb 13, 2011 08:53 AM

                          Me again. I saw it listed but didn't add it since no one had mentioned it, and I left an opening for un-mentioned books. I took an instant dislike to it: who is he to tell US how to cook our own food?haha - I'm sure it's a fine cookbook, but it's true no one has mentioned it yet.

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                            The Dairy Queen RE: bayoucook Feb 13, 2011 08:57 AM

                            I had the same reaction. But, I suppose that's how the Italians feel about Jamie's Italy!


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                              Breadcrumbs RE: The Dairy Queen Feb 13, 2011 09:34 AM

                              I pulled it off my shelf and had a look through it this morning. When I saw it at Costco I'd actually wondered if the UK and/or Canada were the target markets for this book.

                              Looking through it this morning I thought it was as much travelogue as it was cookbook. It reminded me a little bit of One Big Table in that it documents Oliver's visits w folks across the US. In this case though, he's taken inspiration from the dishes he tasted and, created his own recipes. Rarely did I think he was trying to re-invent the classics (though there are a few like that), mostly he's taken an existing dish and "Jamie-ized" it.

                              As I pulled the book off my shelf I was thinking, "I don't know why I bought this book" and if I truly want an American recipe I'm far more likely to seek out the expertise of some of America's best chefs and cookbook writers. That said, in the end I flagged 14 recipes "to-try" because I was intrigued with how Oliver had interpreted the dishes he'd tasted and the end result was something innovative that really appealed to me. A few examples would be: Egyptian Stuffed Flatbread, Chicken on Chickpeas, Mountain Meatballs, Cornish Cowboy Pasties and Chili con Jamie.

                              While I definitely flagged far more recipes in the NC books and Italy, I was also left feeling that America deserved a place on my shelf . . . at least until I've tried some of the recipes that had immediate appeal.

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                                The Dairy Queen RE: Breadcrumbs Feb 13, 2011 02:39 PM

                                14 recipes to try are about as many as I've flagged from any of the five JO books I have (mine+checked out from the library) so, that's pretty good! Can't wait to hear how they go for you. I'm sure there will be some winners in the bunch, hopefully all winners! :).


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                                  smtucker RE: The Dairy Queen Feb 13, 2011 03:18 PM

                                  Another reason to love COTM: Hope Springs Eternal each and every month.

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                                    The Dairy Queen RE: smtucker Feb 14, 2011 09:40 AM

                                    True. I always ended up learning SOMETHING even from the months where I end up not liking the book. (And I'm not suggesting I won't like the JO books, I'm just saying, even under the worst of circumstances, it's always useful!)


                        2. Jay F RE: bayoucook Feb 12, 2011 03:51 PM

                          1. JAMIE'S ITALY
                          2. COOK WITH JAMIE

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                            greeneggsnham RE: bayoucook Feb 12, 2011 07:56 PM

                            JAMIE'S DINNERS


                            JAMIE'S ITALY

                            thanks Paula!

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                              qianning RE: bayoucook Feb 13, 2011 05:00 AM

                              NAKED CHEF +
                              JAMIE'S ITALY

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                                sarahcooks RE: bayoucook Feb 13, 2011 06:47 AM

                                JAMIE AT HOME

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                                  sarahcooks RE: sarahcooks Feb 13, 2011 11:54 AM

                                  And JAMIE'S DINNERS

                                2. sgogo RE: bayoucook Feb 13, 2011 11:56 AM

                                  JAMIE AT HOME

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                                    herby RE: sgogo Feb 13, 2011 12:31 PM

                                    JAMIE AT HOME
                                    JAMIE'S DINNERS

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                                      dkennedy RE: herby Feb 13, 2011 03:31 PM

                                      I already put in my vote above for all NAKED CHEF COLLECTION.

                                      I just finished paging through my copy of THE NAKED CHEF TAKES OFF and I think this is going to be an amazing month of cooking. The recipes are so straight forward and many of them are downright simple. I could easily see myself cooking out of this book for 30 days straight!

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                                        oakjoan RE: dkennedy Feb 13, 2011 08:04 PM

                                        I voted for the Naked Chef collection and Jamie's Kitchen but really wanted to vote for Jamie at Home. I got the book cheap on Amazon last year and have really liked it. It's actually a book with lots of info about gardening, butchering, etc. but it does have a bunch of good recipes. I figured that few people were as Oliver-obsessed as I am and that few would have Jamie at Home. I did, however, see at least one vote for it.

                                        Don't mind me, I'm just rambling.

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                                          The Dairy Queen RE: oakjoan Feb 14, 2011 03:05 AM

                                          My library has Jamie at Home but not Jamie's Kitchen!


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                                          greedygirl RE: dkennedy Feb 14, 2011 02:46 AM

                                          I haven't got the Naked Chef books off the shelves for years - looking forward to the rediscovering. I do love Jamie's enthusiasm, and his genuine desire to get everyone cooking.

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                                            Breadcrumbs RE: greedygirl Feb 14, 2011 03:09 AM

                                            I agree gg. I've always enjoyed Jamie but for some reason, rarely pulled his books off my shelf (turns out I have 9!!). I took some time over the weekend to work through them and flagged recipes I was interested in. By far, the NC books had the most recipes that appealed . . . there seem to be some real gems in there and I'm keen to get cooking. Another book that has a LOT of bookmarks is Italy.

                                            For me, "Cook with.." and "Dinners" had the least appeal. Part of my issue w those books was how the recipes were formatted. The formats shift throughout the books so in some cases recipes are simply two or more blocks/paragraphs of text w no independent ingredient list . . . you have to read through the paragraph(s) to figure out what you need, even if ingredients were printed in bold text it would have been helpful however no such care was taken in formatting the recipes. Others had all the ingredients listed in paragraph format vs a list but although the ingredients sections are separate, they're just lines of text w several ingredients on each line. I find it very easy to miss something and just can't be bothered with either format of recipes. Also, in one of the books, Dinners I think, where the recipes do have the traditional list format for ingredients, placement of the list varies from page to page so on one page ingredients are listed on the left hand side and in others, ingredients are listed on the right, which makes them difficult to see unless you "flatten" the book. I just seemed to me that the editors elected to prioritize aesthetics over function. In hindsight I wouldn't have purchased those 2 books if I'd noticed and, in future I'll take a closer look before buying his books.

                                    2. rabaja RE: bayoucook Feb 13, 2011 05:25 PM

                                      THE NAKED CHEF C0LLECTI0N
                                      JAMIE'S ITALY

                                      I am excited f0r these, had n0 idea his b00ks w0uld be s0 appealing. Thank y0u!
                                      ...stupid br0ken keyb0ard...:(

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                                        Breadcrumbs RE: rabaja Feb 13, 2011 05:35 PM

                                        rabaja I love your broken keyboard, you make me smile every time I see y0ur p0sts!! ; - )

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                                          rabaja RE: Breadcrumbs Feb 13, 2011 05:59 PM

                                          0h, thank y0u f0r saying that Breadcrumbs! I've truly felt like I've bec0me the m0st an0ying thing 0n CH the last c0uple 0f days.
                                          I res0rted t0 p0sting 0n my iph0ne a c0uple times, but THAT is tedi0us.
                                          Realized p0sting my n0minati0n here that it's barely n0ticable when I use all caps. 0f c0urse, then I'd be yelling at all 0f y0u, which is hardly an impr0vement.

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                                            smtucker RE: rabaja Feb 13, 2011 06:04 PM

                                            oh no.... your keyboard issues, well to be honest, first post I noticed, I thought perhaps you had consumed a large glass of wine with dinner which was endearing, but since then, it has begun to look vaguely like an anglicized version of some imaginary Scandinavian language. Much prefer the 0s to SCREAMING. G00d luck t0 y0u!

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                                              rabaja RE: smtucker Feb 13, 2011 06:21 PM

                                              It cracks me up that several pe0ple have menti0ned they th0ught I must be drunk p0sting.
                                              Y0u pe0ple all kn0w me better than I th0ught p0ssible!
                                              >She says as she g0es t0 fix a gin martini<

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                                                LulusMom RE: rabaja Feb 13, 2011 07:10 PM

                                                It really is very endearing. Enjoy those martinis!

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                                              BangorDin RE: rabaja Feb 13, 2011 07:31 PM

                                              A little dec0rum please, ch0wh0unds. En0ugh is en0ugh. St0p f00ling around. g0 c00k s0mething.

                                        2. mebby RE: bayoucook Feb 14, 2011 08:41 AM

                                          I'm not even sure I should be allowed to vote any more given my poor follow through on all my good intentions the last few months, but I'm making myself promises once again and throwing down for:
                                          NAKED CHEF COLLECTION
                                          JAMIE AT HOME

                                          1. jen kalb RE: bayoucook Feb 14, 2011 09:52 AM

                                            Not going to vote on this. My library has a lot of jamie books so there should be something. Its hard for me to look at this huge oeuvre and make any selection without someone selling the merits of a particular book to me.

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                                              The Dairy Queen RE: jen kalb Feb 14, 2011 10:06 AM

                                              I'm kind of in the same boat, Jen. Most of the books I can get. A couple I cannot. The one book I own (Food Revolution) is one I don't think anyone (but me) will want to cook from, so a better choice for the adjunct thread.

                                              It seems to me (if the thread keeps going the way it has) that we're going to end up with four books (the 3 NC's plus another, probably Italy), which seems a little scattered to me, but I have confidence in the COTMers. Overall, I'm finding his recipes to be heavy on refined carbs, hardly any whole-grain type recipes, so I will probably be focusing on the main dish and vegetable side dish recipes, which means having multiple books chosen will work pretty well for me.

                                              I have been spending a little time clicking around his website (lots of recipes, particular from his 2-3 most recent books 30 Minute Meals, Jamie's America, Food Revolution(US)/Ministry of Food(UK)) , which I'm going to stop doing, because it appears he's become a bit of a brand, which I find unappealing. I'd rather think of him as just a guy. :).

                                              Anyway, here's a link to the "books" section of his website which may or may not be helpful to you. http://www.jamieoliver.com/books/


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                                                sarahcooks RE: The Dairy Queen Feb 14, 2011 11:29 AM

                                                I just hope there's a thread for posting about his other books because I just bought Jamie's Dinners and it's unlikely that'll be chosen. I already have a grocery list written for it since ENYTC needs to go back to the library today. Still, I can get the Naked Chef books and Italy at the library easily enough.

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                                                  The Dairy Queen RE: sarahcooks Feb 14, 2011 11:37 AM

                                                  Sarah, in the past (ie., Indian month), the "adjunct" thread hasn't always been part of the official COTM threads, although smtucker chose to make it part of the official COTM threads when we did Barefoot Contessa. So, even if it's not part of the official COTM threads (which is entirely up to bayoucook), we can always put up our own "Other JO Books" thread and post in it.

                                                  I will certainly want to post in it for "Food Revolution" and whatever I end up trying from his website for "30 Minute Meals", so there would be at least two of us posting in it. If I really end up loving whatever I try from 30MM, I might go ahead and purchase a copy before the month is out.

                                                  Not to worry!


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                                                    LulusMom RE: The Dairy Queen Feb 14, 2011 03:33 PM

                                                    Sorry to be a pest, but only have a spare moment while Lulu has lunch. Is there a link (knowing you, I feel sure there must be) upthread with the 30 minutes recipes on it? Those would be very helpful to me in the coming months.

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                                                      The Dairy Queen RE: LulusMom Feb 14, 2011 05:42 PM

                                                      Hey there, sorry I didn't post this sooner, but here are the links to the 30 minute meals. Notice they are actually 30 minute menus: http://www.jamieoliver.com/jamies-30-...


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                                                        LulusMom RE: The Dairy Queen Feb 14, 2011 08:30 PM

                                                        Fantastic TDQ. You're truly goddess-like! Thank you so much. There are some good looking recipes on that site.

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                                                          sarahcooks RE: The Dairy Queen Feb 15, 2011 11:21 AM

                                                          Very helpful, I want this book! (But I want it with imperial measurements). I have gotten so much in the habit of doing all my prep first after stir fry month that I've been standing around doing nothing while things cook. Looks like it would be very helpful in managing my time better.

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                                                            The Dairy Queen RE: sarahcooks Feb 15, 2011 12:52 PM

                                                            I kind of want it too, but my husband went pale at the thought. "Another cookbook????" I tried to order it via interlibrary loan but no one has it yet.

                                                            So, I'm going to cook from the online recipes first. (There are 14 of them.) If I really love those, I'm just going to bite the bullet and buy it.


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                                                              herby RE: The Dairy Queen Feb 18, 2011 04:13 PM

                                                              Thank you for posting the link to 3MM - I am going to try it too during the JO month in addition to whatever books are chosen provided that I could get them at the library. Interestingly, I do not own any of his books but love his various shows and recipes.

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                                                    Katie Nell RE: The Dairy Queen Feb 14, 2011 11:35 AM

                                                    I would cook from Food Revolution with you... it's the only one I have!

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                                                      Breadcrumbs RE: Katie Nell Feb 14, 2011 11:44 AM

                                                      I have 9 books and have picked recipes in all (including Dinners Sarah) so I'm hoping we'll have the main COTM thread and then another JO-OtherBooks thread as well as I plan to cook whichever dishes appeal most as the month progresses.

                                                      Revolution is one that I don't have Katie, it would be great to hear how you like it. I've picked up JO's recent books at Costco but never saw that one there.

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                                                        Katie Nell RE: Breadcrumbs Feb 14, 2011 12:27 PM

                                                        Wow, 9 of them! I need to come over and cook at your house!

                                                        Food Revolution was one of my The Good Cook book club purchases. :-)

                                                        JO related, I loved, loved, loved Jamie's Family Christmas on the Cooking channel.

                                                        1. re: Katie Nell
                                                          Breadcrumbs RE: Katie Nell Feb 14, 2011 12:38 PM

                                                          Sadly we don't yet get the Cooking channel in Canada so I didn't see that show. I'm sorry I missed it, I somehow imagine that his little girls might have him wrapped around their fingers!!

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                                                            Katie Nell RE: Breadcrumbs Feb 14, 2011 12:40 PM

                                                            Oh, completely and totally! The girls told him that 'mummy' made eggs much better than daddy! :-)

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                                                              Breadcrumbs RE: Katie Nell Feb 14, 2011 12:42 PM

                                                              Hah! That's great!! I'll keep my eye out for it next year on The Food Network Canada!!

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                                                              herby RE: Breadcrumbs Feb 15, 2011 05:06 AM

                                                              BC, we had this show in Canada - it was on Food Network and run several times leading up to Christmas. Very enjoyable and his girls are really cute and not camera shy.

                                                            3. re: Katie Nell
                                                              The Dairy Queen RE: Katie Nell Feb 14, 2011 12:55 PM

                                                              My library has some JO DVDs so I'm going to try to get ahold of those, too. Might as well get into the spirit of it!


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                                                                sarahcooks RE: The Dairy Queen Feb 14, 2011 03:22 PM

                                                                I've been watching on youtube! I have definitely changed my opinion of him after watching some Jamie at Home episodes. He's not nearly as obnoxious as I remember and I love the food and philosophy he presents.

                                                          2. re: Katie Nell
                                                            The Dairy Queen RE: Katie Nell Feb 14, 2011 11:58 AM

                                                            Oh funny! Well, I'm glad to have someone cook along. I had a peek at it at the bookstore before I bought it, so I know how basic it was, but I am in need of delicious, reliable, "basic" dishes for weeknights that are family friendly.


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                                                              sarahcooks RE: The Dairy Queen Feb 14, 2011 12:14 PM

                                                              I really like the look of Food Revolution too - I liked that it had a bunch of British style Indian recipes.

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                                                            greedygirl RE: The Dairy Queen Feb 15, 2011 12:37 AM

                                                            TDQ: on the wholegrains issue, I just bought this book from an Australian author in a closing down sale. I've got a couple of his other books and really like them - this one is really good too.


                                                          4. re: jen kalb
                                                            roxlet RE: jen kalb Feb 15, 2011 04:55 AM

                                                            I'm completely with you on this, jen kalb! I think that this might also be the reason I've never bought a JO book -- his oeuvre is so large that I never know what to buy. Maybe I'll get an idea from this COTM.

                                                            1. re: roxlet
                                                              The Dairy Queen RE: roxlet Feb 15, 2011 05:23 AM

                                                              He's very prolific. We was "discovered" by the BBC in 1999. I guess he's been averaging about a book a year...


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                                                                Gio RE: The Dairy Queen Feb 15, 2011 05:32 AM

                                                                JO was very prominent in several programs of the TV documentary about the River Café. I can't remember the year of that production, but that was when I first noticed him. Then every so often when Rose and Ruth had their shows he was seen in the kitchen. He worked there for 3 1/2 years.

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                                                                  The Dairy Queen RE: Gio Feb 15, 2011 07:24 AM

                                                                  That's consistent with what I read on wikipedia, that he was working as a sous chef at River Cafe when the BBC "discovered" him in 1999.


                                                          5. Jay F RE: bayoucook Feb 14, 2011 12:34 PM

                                                            How does this work? Everyone cooks the same dish on the same day?

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                                                              smtucker RE: Jay F Feb 14, 2011 12:37 PM

                                                              Nope. Over the course of a month, we all cook from the books selected. Take a look here to see the guidelines, along with all the books we have selected over the past 50+ months. Hope you will join us!


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                                                                blue room RE: smtucker Feb 14, 2011 01:37 PM

                                                                Oh can you imagine trying to coordinate "everyone cooks the same dish on the same day" ?

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                                                                  Jay F RE: blue room Feb 14, 2011 01:44 PM

                                                                  That's what I thought would be the fun part. Much more of a shared experience, at least.

                                                                  1. re: Jay F
                                                                    The Dairy Queen RE: Jay F Feb 14, 2011 02:09 PM

                                                                    While it sounds fun on the surface, I think that would be a nightmare, especially considering differing ingredient availability and different seasons. We have people from all over the US and at least 3 different countries participating. I mean, we can even narrow it down to ONE book after we've narrowed it down to ONE author. I can't imagine trying to get consensus on the recipes.

                                                                    The ground has been frozen where I live since November and it will remain so until April/May. My local CSA doesn't start kicking out fresh produce reliably until mid-June and even then, it's mostly greens for about 6 weeks. I'm not going to necessarily want to cook the same thing on the same day as someone who lives in Oakland is going to want to cook.


                                                                    1. re: The Dairy Queen
                                                                      Jay F RE: The Dairy Queen Feb 14, 2011 02:16 PM

                                                                      You're right.

                                                                  2. re: blue room
                                                                    The Dairy Queen RE: blue room Feb 14, 2011 01:59 PM

                                                                    Thank goodness it doesn't work that way, where we all cook from the same recipes on the same days! I could never get that organized, even if someone planned it all out for me. Okay, maybe if someone planned it all out and did all of the prep and shopping for me, then maybe I could get that organized.

                                                                    In fact, one of the most useful things about COTM is that you have other hounds cooking from and reporting on recipes that you didn't even notice or that you'd crossed off your list for some reason. And, oftentimes, those recipes turn out to be winnners and you're so glad someone pointed them out to you!


                                                                2. re: Jay F
                                                                  The Dairy Queen RE: Jay F Feb 14, 2011 12:51 PM

                                                                  Nah, cook whichever recipe you want, whenever you want, and, as long as the recipe you've chosen is from the book we've collectively chosen as COTM, report on it in the applicable thread. We're voting on Jamie Oliver for March COTM, which means bayoucook (the COTM organizer for the next 6 months or so) won't put the March threads up for another couple of weeks, March 1.

                                                                  The threads stay open forever, so even after the month has ended, you can continue to post about your experiences with the COTM books in the applicable threads.

                                                                  If you make modifications to the recipe, intentionally or otherwise, remember to mention those in your post. Otherwise, we're pretty flexible. Because there will be several JO books for March, bayoucook will probalby give some instructions out along the lines of, please mention which book and, of course the name of the recipe, you're reporting on so people can follow along.

                                                                  There are more "rules" and "procedures" to the nominations and voting process than there are to the actual cooking and reporting process. Once we get to the cooking and reporting part, we're surprisingly flexible.

                                                                  P.S. it's still not too late to join us for February, Essential New York Times Cookbook by Amanda Hesser. You can jump in at ANY time, even if you only try a couple of recipes. If you don't have a copy of the book, not to worry, lots of the recipes are online. Here are some links to recipes: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7632...


                                                                  1. re: The Dairy Queen
                                                                    Jay F RE: The Dairy Queen Feb 14, 2011 01:57 PM

                                                                    Thanks. I've reserved it at my library, but it's not available. But they do have JAMIE'S ITALY.

                                                                    1. re: Jay F
                                                                      The Dairy Queen RE: Jay F Feb 14, 2011 02:04 PM

                                                                      RE: ENYTC--if your library won't surrender the book to you in February, you can always cook from the online recipes I linked in my post above.

                                                                      In addition, you can review a listing of all of the books recipes (and their ingredients) on EYB, EVEN IF you aren't a member of EYB. Then, once you find a recipe that intrigues you, do a google search on it. Many of the newer recipes are floating out there in cyberspace, usually on the NYT website. Sometimes Hesser tweaked the recipes, but usually not too dramatically.

                                                                      Here's a link to the recipe listing on EYB:

                                                                      And, if you go manage to get ahold of a copy AFTER February, remember, you can post to the COTM threads forever!


                                                                      1. re: The Dairy Queen
                                                                        Jay F RE: The Dairy Queen Feb 14, 2011 02:21 PM

                                                                        I've now saved Amanda Hesser's NYT Cookbook, the New NYT Cookbook from the early '80s (which I was looking for recently), and Jamie's Italy.

                                                                        When I'm going through a cookbook, is there no search function available? The only function I see is the ability to click "next 25 recipes."

                                                                        1. re: Jay F
                                                                          Breadcrumbs RE: Jay F Feb 14, 2011 02:33 PM

                                                                          Hi Jay, you shouldn't have to enter the ISBN on EYB, I posted some info up-thread that should walk you through it. You'll love EYB, its such a HUGE help w the COTM and, will generally just change the way you cook. I love how all my cookbooks now have a new life!! Instead of always resorting to EPI to search for a recipe, I can look at my own bookshelf!!

                                                                          Here you go:


                                                                          1. re: Breadcrumbs
                                                                            Jay F RE: Breadcrumbs Feb 14, 2011 03:31 PM

                                                                            Thanks, Breadcrumbs. I entered three cookbooks a little earlier.

                                                                            Then I re-opened the program and clicked to:

                                                                            My Bookshelf >
                                                                            Books >
                                                                            Jamie's Italy >
                                                                            Show Next 25 Recipes (apparently no search function) >
                                                                            Basic recipe for fresh egg pasta dough >

                                                                            And all it tells me is the Ingredients, eggs and pasta flour. It doesn't even tell me how many or how much.

                                                                            Am I doing something wrong?

                                                                            1. re: Jay F
                                                                              Breadcrumbs RE: Jay F Feb 14, 2011 04:00 PM

                                                                              Hi Jay, no you're not doing anything wrong. EYB doesn't provide the quantities of ingredients/recipes, as you suggest, it does tell you what ingredients you'll need to make the recipe though.

                                                                              That said, tell me what you want to do. For instance, I like to search my recipes by ingredients I have on hand or, something I'm craving. In EYB you can create bookmarks for your books and your recipes. W the COTM's I create a bookmark in "Books" for the COTM so this month I have a Jamie Oliver bookmark in "Books" and have flagged all my JO cookbooks. I can now go into

                                                                              My Bookshelf >
                                                                              Recipes >

                                                                              and from the "Look In Books" pulldown menu, I select
                                                                              Jamie Oliver

                                                                              all my JO recipes will show. Now you can type any ingredients into the search box and EYB will zero in on all the JO recipes on my shelf that meet the criteria I've set.

                                                                              Once I've established a "book" bookmark, I tend to do most of my searching in "Recipes"

                                                                              I hope this helps somewhat, also, check out the Forum on EYB for tons of tips and info. Jane and Fiona are super-helpful and the level of site-support is unprecedented in my experience.

                                                                              Happy Cooking!!

                                                                              1. re: Breadcrumbs
                                                                                Jay F RE: Breadcrumbs Feb 15, 2011 11:33 AM

                                                                                Hi, Breadcrumbs. I got confused about what EYB is. I was expecting to be able to browse through recipes that are in Amanda Hesser's NYT Cookbook, since what I posted was that I'm unable to get a copy from the library yet. But EYB isn't a substitute for having the cookbook in hand.

                                                                                I'm going to wait until I get JAMIE'S ITALY before I start to take part in COTM.

                                                                                Thanks for all of your help, though. Everyone else, too, including DQ and JaneEYB.

                                                                                I stayed home today to receive some pkgs from UPS, some new dinnerware and a few other things, and I broke my new pasta bowls in first, with some cavatappi, Tomato Sauce # 2, and Parmigiano-Reggiano. I'm very much about the pasta this month, so I'm eagerly awaiting JAMIE'S ITALY which is "in transit" to my branch of the library.

                                                                                1. re: Jay F
                                                                                  Breadcrumbs RE: Jay F Feb 15, 2011 12:45 PM

                                                                                  Hi Jay, on the ENYT cookbook, many of the recipes are on line so if you're reading through any of this month's COTM reviews and something strikes your interest it may be worth Googling or, asking other Hounds as someone may have a source for you.

                                                                                  Jamie's Italy is wonderful, I can't tell you how many recipes I've tabbed for next month!! Your dinner last night sounded wonderful and its always better when you get to use something new as well!!

                                                                                  Looking forward to cooking w you next month! Buon appetito!

                                                                                  1. re: Jay F
                                                                                    The Dairy Queen RE: Jay F Feb 15, 2011 12:58 PM

                                                                                    Alas, on EYB you can only browse through a listing of the recipes and see what ingredients those recipes call for (but not quanties.) If based on that information, the recipe appeals to you, you can then do a google search on Hesser+recipe name. If it's a newer recipe, you'll likely find it online.

                                                                                    I realize that's a poor substitute for having the actual book in hand, but it can be better than nothing if you really want to join in. Actually, I use this process all the time. Usually from the office when my book's at home and I'm trying to figure out what to cook for dinner.


                                                                            2. re: Jay F
                                                                              The Dairy Queen RE: Jay F Feb 14, 2011 03:00 PM

                                                                              Jay, are you a member of EYB? If NOT, I think you can only see the listing of recipes (yes, 25 at a time), the ingredients included in the recipes, and user comments on the recipes. You can also change how the recipes are sorted.

                                                                              If you ARE a member, the quickest way to search on a recipe is go to "My Bookshelf" (from the menu on the left) and type into the "search" box hesser + whatever key ingredient you want, say hesser+chicken. You can also drill down on recipe types using the "only show" menu on the right--by ethnicity, ingredient, course, and so on.

                                                                              It takes a bit to get the hang of it, but not to worry, you'll figure it out!

                                                                              Welcome to COTM! You'll have a blast!


                                                                    2. The Dairy Queen RE: bayoucook Feb 14, 2011 02:12 PM

                                                                      Announcement thread is up! http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7661...

                                                                      WOOHOO! I hope my copy of "Italy" comes in soon! I've got my paws on the Naked Chefs ones already!


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