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Jun 11, 2011 06:17 AM


Hello cooking friends. I'm starting this a little early because I have only through this Friday the 17th to complete it (going to Europe for a couple of weeks). IF it's not finished to everyone's satisfaction by then, our friend Gio has offered to take it over. I'll be back by first of the month posting.

A few recent nominations include Radically Simple, 660 Curries, My Bombay Kitchen, The Splendid Table, and The Olive and The Caper. There also has been talk about nominating summer cooking/grilling books. There are several new offerings out there that should be interesting as well.

Please nominate your choices ALL IN CAPS, please. Let's get started!

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    1. I nominate RADICALLY SIMPLE. It's a lovely cookbook.

      Tonight I'm making scallops with a petit pois puree. I hope it's alright with Rozanne Gold that I post this recipe, which is in the book.

      Seared Scallops on Sweet Pea Puree

      10 ounces frozen petits pois, thawed
      4 tablespoons unsalted butter
      20 medium-large sea scallops
      3 tablespoons dry vermouth
      handful of pea shoots, mache, or microgreens

      Put the peas in a saucepan with water to cover. Boil 2 minutes. Drain well and save 6 tablespoons cooking liquid. Put the peas, 2 tablespoons butter, and the cooking liquid in a blender. Puree until very smooth and thick. Add salt and pepper. Return to the saucepan. Keep warm. Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a large skillet. Season the scallops and sear over high heat 2 minutes per side until golden and just cooked through. Spread the warm pea puree in the center of 4 large plates. Arrange the scallops on the puree. Add the vermouth and the remaining butter to the skillet. Cook over high heat until syrupy, 30 seconds. Pour over the scallops and top with pea shoots. Serves 4

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      1. re: Jay F

        I just got my copy of the book yesterday and I'm loving it, too. The mods may zap your recipe if it's an exact rendering of the recipe (copyright laws). Wish we could do a cookbook where the author joined us, like what happened a few months ago Bon Appetit, Y'all.

        1. re: bayoucook

          Well, Rozanne Gold posted yesterday in a thread about Radically Simple, so she may not mind. I hope not.

          It's the kind of book I carry around with me so I can shop from it at a moment's notice.


          I've been cooking from this book, very happy with the results so far. Many of the recipes seem appropriate for a hot summer month. A lot of dishes that can be done quickly with a few ingredients, but have complex flavors. If you're interested in reading some reviews, there are a few people posting in this thread:

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          1. re: L.Nightshade

            I would be really excited to cook from a summer themed cookbook this month. I haven't seen radically simple, though it is getting a lot of good press here on Chowhound. What I am hearing reminds me a little of In the Kitchen with Good Appetite, which, btw, is a very good bedside read. Does anyone who has both care to chime in?

            I just bought The Big Texas Steakhouse Cookbook from TGC's $10.00 sale. This book has so many great BBQing recipes, it would be worth a look. It would also be a great month to explore a Farmer's Market cookbook, such as the Santa Monica Farmer's Market Cookbook.

            1. re: dkennedy

              I have lots of recipes dog-earred in Good Appetite. Just got RadSimple and already dog-earring away, but not nearly finished with it. So happy to see the author here!!

          2. <"There also has been talk about nominating summer cooking/grilling books.">

            Although my personal preference is for one COTM per month, I can certainly see the reasoning behind a grilling cookbook or a cookbook that focuses on Summer meals. So in my mind an adjunct thread for grilling sounds logical, keeping the COTM for a seasonal or other general cookbook. This would give voice to those who Love to grill and get grilling reports on the board and in the archives.

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            1. re: Gio

              Gio: great idea! When are you gonna start it?!

              1. re: bayoucook

                If there's any interest an announcement thread would appear after the July COTM noms and votes are finished.

                1. re: Gio

                  I've been surfing the boards and found this thread already started, "What's On Your Grill?" Looks like a good grilling thread to me...


                  1. re: Gio

                    I would love a grilling book as I have a weber charcoal grill for 2 weeks in July and am on vacation with internet access!