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September 2011 Cookbook of the Month Nominations

LulusMom Aug 10, 2011 02:20 AM

Hi Everyone. It is time for the Chowhound Cookbook of the Month nominations. COTM is open to anyone who wants to participate, and we’d love to have you join us. September will mark the 5th anniversary of Cookbook of the Month, which is pretty impressive. Break out the champagne! I’m new to this - feel free to give me a gentle nudge if I forget something or you feel that I’m not doing things the way they should be done. But let’s get this party started!

Books that made it down to the wire last month were The New Spanish Table and The Food of Portugal. But don’t limit yourself to these books – if you have some other book you’re itching to have us try, nominate it. We learn a lot from these nomination threads.

Please remember to type the title of the book/s you are nominating in ALL CAPITALS if you want your nomination to be counted. Nominations will be open until midnight eastern time on Sunday, August 14.

Here is a link to previous COTM selections: http://www.chow.com/cookbook_of_the_m...

  1. The Dairy Queen Aug 15, 2011 04:53 AM

    bayoucook, re: FC&C, how would you say this book compares to BAY'A and Screen Doors & Sweet Tea, both very popular COTMs. (And Willis with its own pre-COTM thread?).

    ~TDQ

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      dkennedy Sep 13, 2011 11:17 AM

      Running out right now to get 1 1/2 cups coffee to make the chocolate cake recipe in 150 Best American Recipes. I was trying to find upthread where someone recommended it, but this thread has become too long for me to sift through. If you have any advice re this recipe, I'd love to hear it in the next 1/2 hour or so. Will post back with my results. I am going to try making it with the new C4C flour mixture from Ad Hoc, as my son is gluten free. I am very hopeful based on all the good things I have heard about this flour. At $20.00 a bag, it better come out great.

    2. LulusMom Aug 15, 2011 02:27 AM

      Nominations now closed, and the voting thread is up at: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/801727

      May the best book win!

      1. herby Aug 14, 2011 08:19 PM

        I enjoy nominations threads very much but at times find the breadth of suggested books overwhelming and wonder what do the folks think about a geographic, regional, technique-wise, etc. approach. I am thinking that the leader will pick a theme, region, country, technique or whatever and the others will chime in with book suggestions; we discuss through the nominations thread and make a decision on the voting thread.

        1. The Dairy Queen Aug 14, 2011 03:50 PM

          SOUL OF A NEw CUISINE, SAMUELSSON

          Here are the main dishes from the book:

          Barbecued oxtail
          Barbecued pork ribs
          Barbecued roast beef with plum sauce
          Barbecued snapper
          Berbere-crusted rack of lamb
          Bobotie
          Boerewors sausage patties
          Boharat beef skewers
          Callaloo
          Cassava-stuffed shrimp
          Char with sakay
          Chermoula-roasted bass
          Chicken mofongo
          Chicken stew (doro wett)
          Chicken-peanut stew
          Curried trout with coconut-chili sauce
          Dark-spiced turkey legs
          Duck skewers
          Duqqa-cured venison loin
          Egyptian-style salted squab
          Foie gras-date chutney with toasted spiced dried fruit bread
          Fried catfish
          Harissa-roasted turkey breast
          Jerk chicken
          Jollof rice
          Kofta meatballs with okra tomato sauce
          Lamb curry
          Lamb stir-fry
          Lamb-stuffed tomatoes
          Lemon-olive chicken
          Lobster skewers with couscous-avocado salad
          Malata
          Merguez sausage
          Moroccan-style duck breasts
          Oysters with green tomato water
          Plantain-crusted yellowtail
          Rice-crusted hake
          Roasted veal shanks with apricots and almonds
          Salmon skewers with tamarind sauce
          Seafood and rice
          Seared cured yellowtail
          Shrimp piri piri
          Snapper wrapped in banana leaves
          Spiced bass with crunchy rice and watercress salad
          Spicy tilapia stew
          Steak tartare
          Stir-fried beef stew
          Tomato roasted shark
          Trout spaghetti
          Warm tuna "tartare"
          Za'atar-roasted leg of lamb

          ~TDQ

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          1. re: The Dairy Queen
            L.Nightshade Aug 14, 2011 03:58 PM

            You are really getting me confused now. I'd *love* to do this book!

            1. re: L.Nightshade
              The Dairy Queen Aug 14, 2011 04:30 PM

              Well, so far I've only seconded nominations initiated by others this month. But, I thought I'd offer one of my own. The people of Somalia (and their neighbors who are under significant stress as well) have been much on my mind of late, with the famines and drought. While it may sound perverse to offer solidarity to a starving people by saying you're going to explore their cuisine for a month, food happens to be my entree into most cultures. So, I decided to nominate this book. I have to admit: I haven't cooked from it more than once or twice, so I can't really vouch for the successful of the recipes.

              But as someone said above, the nominations process is meant to be an exploration. I don't think we've done a book entirely focused on Africa yet.

              ~TDQ

            2. re: The Dairy Queen
              Allegra_K Aug 14, 2011 04:29 PM

              I'd be very happy to cook out of this book! I've had it for a few years, but haven't made anything out of it yet. It's high time I start.

              1. re: The Dairy Queen
                LulusMom Aug 14, 2011 04:50 PM

                I've suggested this book numerous times. Very interested.

                1. re: LulusMom
                  herby Aug 14, 2011 05:04 PM

                  Have you made anything out of it, LulusMom? I am sceptical how a small book (+/-200 recipes) could possibly cover the continent - Africa might be somewhat simple but still diverse cusine-wise... There is a bad review on Amazon UK, though other reviews (very few) are over the top. A few notes on EYB are not very exciting either.

                  1. re: herby
                    The Dairy Queen Aug 14, 2011 05:19 PM

                    It can't cover the entire continent in depth. The same way every chapter in Charmaine Solomon's book didn't completely exhaust and document the cuisine of that particular country the chapter featured. It's just scratching the surface. An introduction. It's also Samuelsson's personal exploration of the cuisine. But, it's a surface we haven't scratched at all, really. Some African cuisines are difficult to document due to the oral tradition of passing recipes down. Also, some of these countries haven't had written languages until relatively recently. There are also some gender issues in terms of what's considered worthy of writing down.

                    ~TDQ

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                      herby Aug 14, 2011 05:25 PM

                      You make an excellent point, TDQ. I wonder if there are other books on African cooking that are more favourably received. In principle, I would be very excited to cook from an African book - I have not been to Africa (if you do not count Egypt) but work with African collegues and some of their lunches smell amazing:)

                      1. re: herby
                        The Dairy Queen Aug 14, 2011 05:27 PM

                        I have done a fair amount of exploration into Somali cuisine. Some African cuisines are well documented. The cuisine of Morocco, thanks to Wolfert. Some Ethiopian. A smattering of Kenyan. Very little Somali. (And there's little Somali in this book, by the way). This is a book that is relatively widely available due to the reputation of the chef.

                        ~TDQ

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                          herby Aug 14, 2011 05:33 PM

                          Interesting... Morocco for sure if well covered and I imagine so is South Africa (should ask my SA friends for recommendations), Ethiopia might be too just because of a pletoria of restaurants accross NA. Must research!

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                            Breadcrumbs Aug 14, 2011 05:40 PM

                            I recently purchased The Peppers, Cracklings, and Knots of Wool Cookbook: The Global Migration of African Cuisine by Diane Spivey at a charity book sale.

                            http://www.sunypress.edu/p-3073-the-p...

                            Spivey is a scholar who invested 15 years in the making of this book that I'd describe as part history, part cookbook. Undoubtedly the recipes are authentic. I haven't had a chance to read it yet but I do know it documents African cuisine.

                            1. re: Breadcrumbs
                              The Dairy Queen Aug 14, 2011 05:43 PM

                              Yes, we've discussed that book before and I've read it. It's not widely available enough to be COTM, in my mind. And doesn't have that many more recipes than the Samuelsson if I recall.

                              ~TDQ

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                                Breadcrumbs Aug 14, 2011 05:48 PM

                                No suggestion that it be a COTM on my part DQ. Up thread you'd wondered whether there was a book covering the continent.

                                1. re: Breadcrumbs
                                  The Dairy Queen Aug 14, 2011 06:11 PM

                                  I don't really consider that book to be primarily a cookbook to be honest. It's a fascinating book, but, as you say, it's more of a history. I wasn't really wondering, as much as herby was wondering and I was saying I didn't think there really was one. And I was thinking along the lines of Rodens Book of Middle Eastern Food, which genuinely thoroughly covers an entire cuisine. It's pretty impossible I think to thoroughly cover the cuisine of an entire continent. Personally, I don't think there's an African equivalent to Roden's Book of Middle Eastern Food. Really, it's pretty impossible to cover an entire continent well, and it's amazing Roden did what she did.

                                  Anyway, Soul of a New Cuisine is the Book I've nominated. Have a good evening.

                                  ~TDQ

                              2. re: Breadcrumbs
                                herby Aug 14, 2011 06:14 PM

                                This is very interesting book, BC! Not an African cookbook per se as it is focused on how the African food influenced other cuisines around the world, particularly those of Central and South America.

                                I need to start going to garage, church and other such sales!:)

                            2. re: herby
                              L.Nightshade Aug 14, 2011 05:33 PM

                              I don't see that this book has such negative reviews. Amazon UK has one 5 star and one 1 star review. Amazon US has over 30 reviews with a high percentage of 5 star ratings. Professional reviews I've read also rate it highly.

                              1. re: L.Nightshade
                                The Dairy Queen Aug 14, 2011 05:36 PM

                                There appears to be some consistency in the Amazon and EYB reviews in that the consensus seems to be that the bread recipes don't seem to work...

                                ~TDQ

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                                  Caitlin McGrath Aug 14, 2011 06:46 PM

                                  Soul of a New Cuisine is definitely something I'd like to look at, so thank you for reminding me of it.

                                  I wonder, have you looked at The Africa Cookbook: Tastes of a Continent by Jessica B. Harris, which similarly seems to be a sampling of recipes from various regions and countries, and if so, what are your thoughts on it?

                                  http://www.amazon.com/Africa-Cookbook...

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                                    dkennedy Aug 14, 2011 07:06 PM

                                    It is so funny you mentioned this book, I just read about this chef. I can't remember where, but he is terribly interesting. Born in Ethiopia, rasied in Switzerland (I believe) and now the chef of a cutting edge restaurant.

                                    The men TDQ mentioned sounds mouthwatering. I would love to cover his book as a COTM. I am really invested in Fried Chicken and Champagne so that is the only reason I am not seconding the nomination tonight. Please, please, please say we will nominate it again if it doesn't make it for this month.

                                    http://marcussamuelsson.com/

                                    Check out his website!

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                                      dkennedy Aug 14, 2011 09:11 PM

                                      I hate auto correct! It was not the men TDQ mentioned but the meals.

                                      1. re: dkennedy
                                        The Dairy Queen Aug 14, 2011 09:13 PM

                                        Samuelsson was raised in Sweden, I think. And he's everywhere. He won season II (or III? not sure) of Top Chef Masters, I think and he had something to do with a recent state dinner for the Obama administration. Being a great chef doesn't make him a great cookbook author, necessarily, but I still want to try his book!

                                        ~TDQ

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                                          dkennedy Aug 14, 2011 09:16 PM

                                          Yes, maybe it was an interview related to the Obama dinner that stuck with me.

                                      2. re: Caitlin McGrath
                                        The Dairy Queen Aug 14, 2011 08:04 PM

                                        Argh! I don't know what I clicked on, but my post just disappeared.

                                        I haven't spent much time with Harris book, Caitlin, because my primary interest in African cuisine is Somali cuisine (the Twin Cities have the highest concentration of Somalis of any metro area in the U.S.) and Harris seemed to equate Eastern Africa with Ethiopia and (to a lesser extent) Eritrea. This is actually pretty typical of the African cookbooks I've read. (And I'm not excusing the Samuelsson book by the way.) Also, her book (and many others) seems to focus on ancient food history and neglects the relatively more recent impact of European colonization which has had a huge impact on local foodways. As you know the Brits, French, Italians, Belgians, Portuguese and Dutch influenced different parts of Africa.

                                        I have more thoughts, but I hear a baby crying and gotta go. But, it's okay if we wait until another month to cook from this (or another) African book, of course. I just want to get it on the table. More later.

                                        ~TDQ

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                                          Caitlin McGrath Aug 14, 2011 08:29 PM

                                          Thank you for your thoughts so far, TDQ, and I look forward to reading more of them when you have time to post. I haven't had an opportunity to look at Harris's book, only read a bit about it, so your perspective interests me. At some point when I have more time, I'll request both her book and Samuelsson's from my library.

                                          1. re: Caitlin McGrath
                                            The Dairy Queen Aug 14, 2011 09:18 PM

                                            I just checked my local library and they only have the original version of the Harris book. Still, like you, maybe I'll request it and have a look.

                                            ~TDQ

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                                            The Dairy Queen Aug 14, 2011 09:10 PM

                                            OK, I'm back. I don't really know if I have much more to say, actually, or maybe I've just forgotten it.

                                            I will say that it looks like the Harris book has recently been re-released (Aug 2010) so maybe it's worth my having another look at. But, once again, similar to the Samuelsson book, it's just impressions of African cooking, snippets here and there, instead of a comprehensive look. (Again, I think a comprehensive look could be a massive, perhaps impossible undertaking). They both have about 200 recipes (Samuelsson has 204 per Amazon and Harris has 217 per EYB), so they seem to go into similar depth is my point.

                                            Maybe it would be worth doing Africa as a combo month to see if we could get more coverage. Or, maybe we just have to break it down country by country--or region by region-- just like we do with any other continent's cuisine.

                                            Oh, I think the Samuelsson book reflects his spin on the cuisine, whereas Harris' book is probably true to tradition.

                                            ~TDQ

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                                              jen kalb Aug 15, 2011 07:04 AM

                                              I have the Africa Times cookbook on my shelf - which attempts to cover te continent.. And Rosamund Grant's very good books also cover some african territory - mostly in W. Africa where she has ties. But Id be much more interested in cooking Moroccan food than any of these.

                                              1. re: jen kalb
                                                The Dairy Queen Aug 15, 2011 07:27 AM

                                                Whose the author on that Africa Times cookbook? I can't get it to come up on Amazon or in a cursory Google search.

                                                The thing about Morcoccan food is that I've tried it and cooked it, so I don't have as much curiosity about it as I do other African cuisines I've been less exposed to, hence the appeal of a pan-African book like the Samuelsson. The recipes sound delicious (just by scanning the titles.) Too bad Grant's books have so few recipes in them (about 70 per book). That's about 1/3 of the Samuelsson book and the Africa Cookbook.

                                                ~TDQ

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                                                  jen kalb Aug 15, 2011 09:06 AM

                                                  Sorry, its the Africa News cookbook, 25 years old now.
                                                  http://www.amazon.com/dp/0140467513/?tag=googhydr-20&hvadid=7874285351&ref=pd_sl_6gxf8ywdtg_b

                                                  I agree that the Samuelsson book is interesting, mainly because he has a discerning palate and may be willing to tweak and expand upon traditional recipes to create interesting dishes.

                                                  this is the Rosamund Grant book I particularly like - the caribbean recipes are delicious and authentic.
                                                  http://www.amazon.com/Caribbean-Afric...

                                                  the reality is that I havent been that interested in most of the sub-Saharan African cooking Ive tasted over the years so its not high on my list of cuisines to explore.

                                                  1. re: jen kalb
                                                    The Dairy Queen Aug 15, 2011 09:40 AM

                                                    Thanks for thatI I might see if I can pick up a cheap used copy. My library doesn't have it, unfortunately. An interlibrary loan might be a possiblity, too.

                                                    I hate to say it, but Samuelsson does have experience cooking for the American palate, so I wouldn't be surprised if he chose his recipes carefully with that in mind and maybe eschewed, or adjusted, dishes he didn't think would appeal to his audience. But, that's okay with me as an introduction to the cuisine of this continent!

                                                    ~TDQ

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                                                Rella Aug 15, 2011 08:47 AM

                                                " will say that it looks like the Harris book has recently been re-released (Aug 2010) so maybe it's worth my having another look at."

                                                My version is 1998. Just to give a small overview of the book:

                                                Just looking at the "Vegetables" section, each recipe mentions the country. Included are recipes from Sudan, Kenya, South Africa, "all africa" Ghana, Nigeria, North Africa, Ethiopa, Egypt, Benin, Algeria.

                                                In the main dishes section, countries' recipes are Cote d'Ivoire, Mozambique, Senegal, Benin, Togo, Nigeria, Kenya, Morocco, North Africa, Congo, Ethiopa, West Africa, Ghana, Algeria, Sudan, Cape Verde Islands, Madagascar, Cape Verde Islands, South Africa, Egypt.

                                                My copy was bought somewhere that still has a sticker price of $1.00 (U.S. retail price $25.)

                                                Although many of the recipes could now be considered traditional American, for instance, recipes including peanut butter, Hass avocado and Boston lettuce, lemon, corn, eggplant. [pimento-stuffed olives, carrots, Dijon-style mustard, and so on. I mention this because many of the ingredients seem like they would be easy to find.

                                                1. re: Rella
                                                  The Dairy Queen Aug 15, 2011 09:48 AM

                                                  Still no Somalia. :( Bummer, because the Somali population is almost entirely Muslim, its cuisine has some limitations that its neighbors don't necessarily share.

                                                  So, it looks like about 18 countries are covered (per wikipedia, there are 54 sovereign states in Africa). With approx 220 recipes in the book, that's about a dozen recipes per country. Of course, some countries/regions might have dishes in common. Again, not really possible to do a comprehensive look at the entire continent. Could certainly be a nice introduction/overview though similar to Charmaine Solomon's Asia book.

                                                  ~TDQ

                                  2. re: herby
                                    LulusMom Aug 15, 2011 01:55 AM

                                    No, I don't even have the book. I just like the idea of trying a few things that are so far outside anything I've cooked before. I love Ethiopian food, and would like to at least trying making it, although the very thought of making injera is giving me flop sweat.

                                    1. re: LulusMom
                                      The Dairy Queen Aug 15, 2011 04:54 AM

                                      If your particular interest is in Ethiopian cuisine, I'll bet there's a book that goes more in depth than the Samuelsson book, though I'm not personally that familiar with them or even aware of particular titles to suggest.

                                      As for me, I'm pretty familiar with Somali and Ethiopian food, but honestly not that familiar with the cuisines of the rest of the continent. I love the idea of getting a surface view so that I can decide what appeals or doesn't and how I might dive in further. That's why I like the concept of the Samuelsson book.

                                      ~TDQ

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                                        LulusMom Aug 15, 2011 05:47 AM

                                        That's why I like the idea of Samuelsson too - to get a sort of polished overview of the continent. I have a good friend from Ghana, and I've eaten her cooking (and tried a recipe or two) and I just feel like there is a lot there (heck, it is a huge continent!) that we have never tried, heard of, etc. We may end up hating it, but it would certainly stretch us, and I always think that is a good thing.

                                        1. re: LulusMom
                                          The Dairy Queen Aug 15, 2011 07:04 AM

                                          I have friends, co-workers in about a 8-9 African countries (I had no idea how many until I started to list them here and decided it was just silly to do so) and it would be so great to just have a smidge of exposure to the cuisine beyond the exposure I already have to Somali, Ethiopian, and Moroccan. I suppose I could cook from this book myself, but Lord knows I won't! Ha! On another unfortunate note, my library wants Jaffrey back! I've never had to return a book in the middle of COTM! :( So, maybe I can get a jump start on Sept.

                                          ~TDQ

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                                            dkennedy Aug 15, 2011 07:52 AM

                                            I just ordered all three of Samuelsson's cookbooks from my library so I can decide which, if any, I need to acquire.

                                            I have a Kwanzaa cookbook which some of you might be interested in. It is titled Kwanzaa An African-American Celebration of Culture and Cooking by Eric V. Copage. Based on the title, it is obviously more than a cookbook. It explains the holiday and offers recipes to go along with the celebration. While it is not a comprehensive guide, it does offer "a sumptuous collections of recipes from cook pots from the African diaspora." I am quoting from the back of the book. This is the closest thing I have in my collection to an African Cookbook and it is high time I remedy that oversight so I am very open to an African month. I would classify this book as more like Southern soul food.

                                            1. re: dkennedy
                                              The Dairy Queen Aug 15, 2011 08:10 AM

                                              I don't much about his books on Chowhound. I don't know if they just aren't appealing to people, if they aren't good, or what. The only one I've even looked at is the Soul of a New Cuisine. Would be interested in hearing what you think.

                                              ~TDQ

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                                                herby Aug 15, 2011 08:18 AM

                                                What do you think about starting an African foods thread? We would likely to involve others who are interested in this subject and discover some interesting cookbooks and other information. I feel that this thread is mostly visited by those interested in COTM. Just a thought.

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                                                  dkennedy Aug 15, 2011 08:31 AM

                                                  Herby,

                                                  I don't know how everyone else feels but I always put more effort to seek out the book and cook from it when it is a COTM selection. I would like to see us try to do an African month first and if we can't sustain the interest, then do the adjunct. JMO.

                                                  1. re: dkennedy
                                                    LulusMom Aug 15, 2011 08:51 AM

                                                    I agree totally re: an Africa month.

                                                    1. re: LulusMom
                                                      The Dairy Queen Aug 15, 2011 09:32 AM

                                                      Agree, dkennedy. I'd rather pick a book or combination of African books to do as COTM if there is sufficient interest. With all of the adjunct and side threads, I find that I personally get spread too thin and end up neglecting either COTM or the "side-thread." I need more focus. :).

                                                      ~TDQ

                                                    2. re: dkennedy
                                                      herby Aug 15, 2011 09:13 AM

                                                      I found a few old discussion threads:
                                                      Ethiopia - http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/382320
                                                      Equatorial Guinea - http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/781370
                                                      N. African cookbooks - http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/788552

                                                      1. re: dkennedy
                                                        L.Nightshade Aug 15, 2011 09:43 AM

                                                        I would love to do an African month, just not North African. Want to try something different. I'd like to do a book that covers several countries, to get more of an idea of the different cuisines. I've had a lot of Ethiopian and Eritrean, not much else. Although my go-to winter comfort dish is groundnut stew, definitely sub-saharan.
                                                        Speaking out of total selfishness, I hope it's not October, as I won't be around for that month!

                                                        1. re: L.Nightshade
                                                          LulusMom Aug 16, 2011 09:20 AM

                                                          People were so nice to me, holding off on Jamie Oliver month until I was back home. I know I'd be happy to return the favor, and I'm sure most feel happy to hold off a month or two.

                                                          1. re: LulusMom
                                                            L.Nightshade Aug 16, 2011 09:26 AM

                                                            You are too sweet! I don't really expect people to change their nominations for any one person's schedule. If you do Africa in October, I'll probably read about it when I return in November, and join in the cooking after the fact.

                                                            1. re: L.Nightshade
                                                              LulusMom Aug 16, 2011 09:30 AM

                                                              Just remind us. I think you'll find the comradery (ack - sp?) here is pretty wonderful.

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                                                                greedygirl Aug 16, 2011 11:47 AM

                                                                Camaraderie. And I agree.

                                                                1. re: greedygirl
                                                                  LulusMom Aug 16, 2011 01:46 PM

                                                                  Thank you - serious brain f*rt there on the spelling.

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                                                      dkennedy Aug 15, 2011 08:18 AM

                                                      I will report back once my copies come in. I am most interested in the title you mentioned but figured I'd page through it before buying.

                                    2. L.Nightshade Aug 14, 2011 01:23 PM

                                      FRIED CHICKEN AND CHAMPAGNE
                                      I see some people are making more than two nominations, this is my third, so hope that is OK.
                                      Thanks to bayoucook for mentioning Jessica's Biscuit. I always forget to check that site. I usually make out better there (even if the price is the same as Amazon's) as they don't charge me tax. All the talk has got me going on this book. (That is saying something, considering I like neither fried chicken or champagne!) Looking forward to receiving it, win or not!

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                                        bayoucook Aug 14, 2011 01:39 PM

                                        I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Like you, I am (right this minute) going to cook from it on my own. I wish you could smell my Cuban Citrus Braised Pork right now! Don't have a Cuban bakery here, so going to use kaiser rolls for the sandwich.

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                                          dkennedy Aug 14, 2011 01:49 PM

                                          I can't wait to get my copy!

                                        2. re: L.Nightshade
                                          LulusMom Aug 14, 2011 01:45 PM

                                          Nominate away! Still at least 7 hours ...

                                          1. re: LulusMom
                                            The Dairy Queen Aug 14, 2011 02:19 PM

                                            Are you looking for a broader field? I have at least one of two others up my sleeve that would completely muddy the waters. (and mix metaphors).

                                            ~TDQ

                                        3. greedygirl Aug 14, 2011 11:21 AM

                                          Very OT, but what's happened to Rubee - haven't seen her post recently and she was always a great asset to COTM?

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                                          1. re: greedygirl
                                            Gio Aug 14, 2011 11:45 AM

                                            Check your inbox...

                                            1. re: greedygirl
                                              LulusMom Aug 28, 2011 11:09 AM

                                              I'm concerned about Rubee's absence too. I hope she is ok. We're thinking of you Rubee, and missing your mouth-watering reports.

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                                                smtucker Aug 31, 2011 06:24 AM

                                                Rubee's posts are what drew me into COTM. I miss her contributions tremendously.

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                                                  Rubee Aug 31, 2011 08:55 AM

                                                  Oh thanks so much guys! I appreciate such kind thoughts. Nothing too bad - just started a new job that keeps me busier but hoping things will settle down for the fall. I guess I better look into buying the September COTM. : )

                                                  1. re: Rubee
                                                    The Dairy Queen Aug 31, 2011 09:37 AM

                                                    We'll keep your spot in the COTM threads warm for you. :).

                                                    ~TDQ

                                              2. Breadcrumbs Aug 14, 2011 10:37 AM

                                                Well I thought I'd pop by and see how the nominations were going this month. Seems like there are some great options! (nothing new here of course!)

                                                The discussion around Fried Chicken & Champagne definitely piqued my interest enough for me to check it out on Amazon. Unfortunately it doesn't appear to have been released in Canada as yet and w a current price of $84.88, it looks like I won't be adding this to my shelf any time soon!! I did look at the Spain book in the store last month when it was mentioned and immediately took a liking to it. If that were to win, I wouldn't hesitate to buy it.

                                                As I mentioned up thread, work has been taking far more of my time these days so I've only been able to cook a few dishes from the COTM this month. With little assurance September will be any different, I may not participate in the voting thread but I can't resist making a nomination or two.

                                                I'm going to pull both the Slater books off my shelf and see which of them I'd be most likely to use if time is of the essence and, in the interim, I'm going to throw out a nomination for a book I've had for a while but hadn't really paid any attention to until this week:

                                                NIGELLA EXPRESS by Nigella Lawson

                                                I just made the Warm Potato Salad on p. 122 and it was wonderful w our toasted ham, swiss and tomato sandwiches on rye. True to her promise, Nigella had me pull this together in no time.

                                                 
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                                                  LulusMom Aug 14, 2011 10:46 AM

                                                  I've made some great stuff from Nigella Express. It is perfect for busy people who like good food (aka moms). She also has a chapter on stuff for lunchboxes (or something like that) that will come in handy for those of us with school age children or who work and like to take a lunch.

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                                                    dkennedy Aug 14, 2011 10:47 AM

                                                    HI BC, how is your new job?

                                                    I am not sure if you saw it upthread or if they deliver to Canada but I just got my copy of FC&C from Jennifer Buiscut for$25.08 with free shipping.

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                                                      Breadcrumbs Aug 14, 2011 11:16 AM

                                                      Thanks dk, I'll check that out . . . quite a price difference!! Thanks for asking about work as well. Just a new project really but very involved w many mtgs so it's been making for very loooong days!

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                                                        dkennedy Aug 14, 2011 11:42 AM

                                                        Just checked and they charge for shipping to Canada - but still far less than what you quoted....

                                                        Where are you in Canada? Any chance you can ship to a border address in US and pick up there? My inlaws live in New Brunswick and that is what they do. Only worth it if you are a quick trip to the border, obviously.

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                                                          Breadcrumbs Aug 14, 2011 11:54 AM

                                                          We're a bit too far from the border for a quick trip but if JB ships to Canada then I'll definitely order it. Thanks so much for checking dk, that was very kind of you. I'm just catching up posting my COTM dishes.

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                                                      greedygirl Aug 14, 2011 11:07 AM

                                                      Fried Chicken & Champagne not available in the UK either atm.

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                                                        beetlebug Aug 14, 2011 11:24 AM

                                                        While fc and c is available in the US, my extensive library system has ZERO copies.

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                                                          qianning Aug 14, 2011 12:47 PM

                                                          Unfortunately FC & C does NOT seem to have made its way into library systems very much if at all....my personal back up plan is Plenty which finally made it to our systems here, x months too late...but I'm still interested in Plenty so, for me at least, even if I can't get next months book it wouldn't be so bad.

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                                                            Gio Aug 14, 2011 12:52 PM

                                                            It's not in the North of Boston (noble) system either. However a delectable sounding book titled Fried Neckbones is...

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                                                              qianning Aug 15, 2011 04:22 AM

                                                              Just saw this early Monday morning, always good to start off the week with a giggle, thanks Gio.

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                                                              LulusMom Aug 14, 2011 01:43 PM

                                                              I kind of feel as if there is always this great chunk of books to choose from, even if the COTM doesn't thrill me. I just go back to a book I've used before and find a couple of things I still hadn't tried yet. Win-win situation, imo.

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                                                          Jay F Aug 14, 2011 12:31 PM

                                                          Is $84.88 what you'd have to pay to order it from amazon.com? If you want to pre-PayPal me the money, I'd send you FC&C from Amazon. It's $31 plus whatever the shipping would be (and I don't think it would be $50).

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                                                            bayoucook Aug 14, 2011 12:36 PM

                                                            It's 25.08 at Jessica's Biscuit.

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                                                              Jay F Aug 14, 2011 12:37 PM

                                                              Then I would be willing to send it from there. Or maybe Jessica ships to Canada?

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                                                                Breadcrumbs Aug 14, 2011 12:49 PM

                                                                Jay thank-you so much, that's so kind of you and I sincerely appreciate it. I just ordered it from Jessica's Biscuit as they do ship directly to Canada. Thanks once again.

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                                                                  Jay F Aug 14, 2011 12:53 PM

                                                                  Why, you're very welcome. I'm glad you were able to get it.

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                                                            Breadcrumbs Aug 14, 2011 01:03 PM

                                                            I'm really torn. There are simply so many great books on the table (so to speak) this month. I've looked at the two Slater books and could easily cook from either. Since they seem to be the favourites as far as nominations go, I think I'll cast my second vote for another book I'd like to cook from. It was tough to choose between One Big Table and In the Kitchen w a Good Appetite. I've kept In the Kitchen on my kitchen shelf since I got the book and have slowly been reading through it. I love Melissa Clark's writing style. That said, since One Big Table has a larger number of recipes to choose from I'm going to cast a vote for:

                                                            ONE BIG TABLE

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                                                              dkennedy Aug 14, 2011 01:34 PM

                                                              Just made my first batch of Jeni's Awesome Dirt Road Ice Cream (page 689, One Big Table) this morning and ran into some techincal difficulty. The recipe, as reproduced by OBT, leaves out an entire paragarah as to how and when to reincorporate the slurry back into the base before putting it in the ice cream machine. But for the fact that she has subsequently written her own cookbook, I would never been able to figure my way around this omission. I looked online to see if a page of corrections exists, but found nothing. Very frustrating. So, if we go with OBT may end up becoming editors in the process. The ice cream, BTW, is very good.

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                                                                L.Nightshade Aug 14, 2011 01:39 PM

                                                                I think I remember reading that about OBT when I was considering buying it, that the recipes don't seem to be well edited and well tested.

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                                                                  dkennedy Aug 14, 2011 01:50 PM

                                                                  I am going to make a note on EYB for prosperity but that doesn't help anyone who isn't looking for the tip!

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                                                                  Breadcrumbs Aug 14, 2011 01:55 PM

                                                                  Very interesting dk. I'd also wondered about the book. I gave it a good look through when I got it and remember there were some comments on CH about the recipes not translating through execution but I never tried to cook from it. Also, I always wonder about "treasured family recipes" that people share. I wonder if they do in fact provide all the right info so recipes will turn out as they make them. This isn't an issue if the recipes are tested before publishing but I've chucked a few books over the years because the recipes just didn't work properly.

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                                                                    bayoucook Aug 14, 2011 02:07 PM

                                                                    speaking of....just saw this website where this used-book store owner had collected many old handwritten recipes in the books on all kinds of paper. It's called handwritten recipes.com and it's pretty cool.

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                                                                      dkennedy Aug 14, 2011 02:07 PM

                                                                      Yes, i was one of those who made comments on CH back when the book first came out. I think we ended up going with TENYTC instead (which I reluctantly added to my collection and ended up liking). I have made 2 other recipes out of this book which came out fine, but not to my personal taste. I have notes on both to make serious changes next time i make them. But this is the first recipe I have tried which actually contained an error or omission. Since it is from a professional kitchen (and a subsequently published author) I take it as a bad sign as to the editing of the book. Having said that, I have plenty of recipes tabbed and will have no problem participating if this book is chosen. I just have my sights set elsewhere.

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                                                                        pikawicca Aug 14, 2011 02:13 PM

                                                                        I haven't run into any problems with OBT so far, but I've not cooked from it extensively. Errors and omissions seem to be cropping up more and more in cookbooks these days. Publishers cutting costs? Hate it when an otherwise good book suffers due to poor editing.

                                                              2. Gio Aug 12, 2011 01:59 PM

                                                                KITCHEN DIARIES.

                                                                I'm not buying one more gardening book. I have more gardening books in my library than cookbooks...including vegetable gardening. I'm sure there are recipes from Tender on-line, so if Slater wins I'll concentrate on KD and get on-line recipes... I haven;t cooked from KD yet and I've had it for a long time... so this will be a good incentive.

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                                                                  dkennedy Aug 12, 2011 03:34 PM

                                                                  Oh dear, looks like this will be two months in a row when I will be an observer and not a participant. I am just not excited about Tender or Kitchen Diaries. I don't know what it is....I checked all of Slater's books out of the library last time his name was mentioned. I looked over the books, and for some reason I didn't end up cooking, not one thing.

                                                                  Based on how the nominations are coming down, I have ordered both from the library. I am second on the list for Kitchen Diaries and 13th for Tender. Maybe I'll see them differently this go round.

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                                                                    The Dairy Queen Aug 12, 2011 03:44 PM

                                                                    Not every book is for everyone, of course, but it's a bummer when it happens two months in a row. Remind me why you aren't cooking along this month?

                                                                    ~TDQ

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                                                                      dkennedy Aug 12, 2011 03:55 PM

                                                                      I've been reading along this month but not cooking. Last selection process, I took out all three books from the library that were in the running. I didn't have a firm position one way or another so I abstained from voting.

                                                                      Since I didn't feel inspired by the winner, I have continued working my way through the Mario books (which I love) and I started a thread on grilling which I have also been working through (Planet BBQ, Latin Grilling). Haven't posted much but have also been teaching my daughter (a soon to be CH) and working up the energy to master the art of ice cream making.

                                                                      I suppose one could look at it as a good thing because I have not felt the need to buy any of the contenders.

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                                                                        bayoucook Aug 12, 2011 04:18 PM

                                                                        Yeah, I don't want to buy certain books and our library has a sad and small cookbook section. But I'll still follow the thread and see if I can pick up anything. I'll be back to working full-time and getting adjusted to that, as well.

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                                                                          The Dairy Queen Aug 12, 2011 04:19 PM

                                                                          Well, at least you're cooking from something!

                                                                          I don't find WV that inspiring, either. I've tried two recipes: one a winner, one just okay. Maybe I'll try a couple of more this weekend. We'll see.

                                                                          ~TDQ

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                                                                            Breadcrumbs Aug 12, 2011 05:40 PM

                                                                            Like you dk, I loved Mario. Work has been keeping me so busy I've barely had time to cook let alone post here. This evening I'm posting for the first time since Sunday! A record for me I think.

                                                                            Not sure that its Madhur's fault but I've found it tougher to plan my meals from this book w few photos. My time is so tight and this is one of those books I need to really read to figure out what we'd enjoy and, might be do-able for a weeknight. I did make 2 or 3 dishes from the book this week and hope to post about them on Sunday.

                                                                            I've been cooking from similar books to Gio this month because dishes that appeal seem to pop up when I pop my market ingredients into an EYB search.

                                                                            So what to do for September? If my work schedule maintains its current pace, I'll likely abstain from voting. As for the nominations though, I'll give it some thought and may throw some ideas out there.

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                                                                              L.Nightshade Aug 12, 2011 09:10 PM

                                                                              I noticed your unusual absence, Breadcrumbs, sorry that it's work keeping you away, and not an exciting holiday!

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                                                                                Gio Aug 13, 2011 04:54 AM

                                                                                I've wondered where you were this month, BC. Sorry it's work but glad it's not something more dire...

                                                                                I've found it easy to choose Madhur's recipes. I go by what we've bought at the farmers' market. This is one of the rare months that I've managed to cook one or two MJ recipes each night. Plus we've eaten much less meat then ever before, which we both like. I did get a late start, however, shipping was extremely slow this time. But all in all this has been a good COTM for us.

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                                                                                  Breadcrumbs Aug 14, 2011 10:15 AM

                                                                                  Thanks LN & Gio, with so many folks looking for work, I certainly won't complain however I do miss my Chowhound friends and cooking at a more leisurely pace!

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                                                                            bayoucook Aug 12, 2011 03:46 PM

                                                                            I'll probably take a pass, too. For whatever reason, he just doesn't inspire me, and I hate gardening. Will likely wait and hope next month's selection is Slendid Table or something that interests me.

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                                                                              The Dairy Queen Aug 12, 2011 04:29 PM

                                                                              Don't give up yet. It ain't over 'til it's over.

                                                                              ~TDQ

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                                                                              LulusMom Aug 12, 2011 04:12 PM

                                                                              Still two full days of voting, everyone. All sorts of craziness can happen in that amount of time.

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                                                                                bayoucook Aug 12, 2011 04:19 PM

                                                                                Yep, and we well know anything can happen!

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                                                                                  dkennedy Aug 12, 2011 08:20 PM

                                                                                  ONE BIG TABLE

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                                                                                    The Dairy Queen Aug 13, 2011 12:35 AM

                                                                                    Ah, yes, One Big Table, another book I own I would love to cook from more. I could get behind this one for sure! I really like reading this book. I've not cook from it (or anything lately) much, but there are a lot of intriguing recipes in it.

                                                                                    ~TDQ

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                                                                                      bayoucook Aug 13, 2011 05:28 AM

                                                                                      I really like that book and would love to cook from it more!

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                                                                                  herby Aug 12, 2011 08:22 PM

                                                                                  I've had Slater's Real Food for years, picked it up many times but it never inspired me to make a single thing out of it - so sad...

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                                                                                    The Dairy Queen Aug 13, 2011 12:40 AM

                                                                                    I notice above Gio said she has Real Fast Food. I have RFF and 30 Minute Cook (in addition to Tender). You've got RF. We could set up an adjunct thread to cook from these various and sundry Slater books during the month.

                                                                                    I'll say my problem "getting inspired" by Slater is his works are very meandering, and the actual recipes are just scattered in and amongst his thoughts almost as asides. It just seems to me these are books to spend time with, not just to cook from, which is unfortunate for the two "quick" cookbooks I have because, by definition, when I pull one of those off the shelves, I'm in a hurry and not in the mood to spend any amount of time meandering. I don't own KD, but I've heard so much about it, and I expect it to be even less cookbook-y than his other cookbooks.

                                                                                    Nevertheless, whenever I sit down and spend time with Slater, I am enriched. He does have a great passion for food. I find his writing very comforting.

                                                                                    I have the feeling that if you're used to more conventional cookbooks as I am, Slater might be harder to get drawn into, but once you're in, you're glad you're there.

                                                                                    ~TDQ

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                                                                                      Gio Aug 13, 2011 04:46 AM

                                                                                      An alternative to the books is Slater's recipe section in The Guardian... 669 recipes...!

                                                                                      http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyl...

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                                                                                        The Dairy Queen Aug 13, 2011 06:54 AM

                                                                                        Oh yes, these should be included in the adjunct or primary thread for sure, should Slater win.

                                                                                        I wonder if EYB is going to index those? They've been indexing blogs and magazines...

                                                                                        ~TDQ

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                                                                                        bayoucook Aug 13, 2011 05:30 AM

                                                                                        I think you nailed it - what it is that bothers me about him and I've only read excerpts and reviews.

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                                                                                          The Dairy Queen Aug 13, 2011 06:55 AM

                                                                                          I think Slater is a writer who happens to love food, not a food-writer, if that makes any sense. Maybe EYB would be a good way for you to approach Slater, since EYB is all about the recipes.

                                                                                          ~TDQ

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                                                                                            dkennedy Aug 13, 2011 07:17 AM

                                                                                            It's weird for me not to like books written in this format. I always feel like I am missing something when everyone else is on board about how great a book/author is and I don't know about him or her or can't get into the book. If chosen, I will give the old college try.

                                                                                            I threw One Big Table into the ring (above) because I know we talked about it a while back and it is one of those books, IMO, that would be hard to weed through on one's own. I have tabbed, no more than 1/8 of the recipes and I am sure that amounts to well over 100 recipes. Lot's of gems - three that come to mind: Thomas Keller's mother's pasta recipe; and a best selling ice cream or two from mom and pop ice cream establishments.

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                                                                                              bayoucook Aug 13, 2011 07:32 AM

                                                                                              Yes, I'll do that. Love my EYB!

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                                                                                            herby Aug 13, 2011 07:15 AM

                                                                                            You are right, TDQ, about Slater. I am sure he loves food and wants to share his passion. I like to read RF but it does not inspire me to cook like, say, Seductions of Rice does or Marcella or a number of other books and authors.

                                                                                            I am going to put another book out there for those who want to make the best of September bounty - HARVEST TO HEAT. I just bought it and have not cooked anything. Lots of beautiful pictures of food and farmers, recipes come from all major US regions - should be something for everyone. Equivalency chart gives US = metric conversion. And it is indexed on EYB: http://www.eatyourbooks.com/library#q...

                                                                                            I would love to cook from it and should have sufficient time in September to participate.

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                                                                                              L.Nightshade Aug 13, 2011 02:32 PM

                                                                                              Harvest to Heat is an odd book, it seems to me. I had it in my wish list, but the closer I looked, the more unrealistic it seemed to me. With fewer than 100 recipes, and many ingredients that are not readily available, I felt there was very little I'd be able to cook from it. I know people have varied access to different ingredients (I've got a standard supermarket and not much in the way of specialty or ethnic shops, or even a decent butcher), but does it seem to you like there are a lot of do-able recipes?

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                                                                                                herby Aug 13, 2011 03:32 PM

                                                                                                Nightshade, I spent some time going through the recipes to answer your question. There are not many unusual ingredients and some recipes contain more then one recipe, not sure if these are counted separetely. It is an odd book, you are right. I think the idea was to introduce recipes from well know restaurants/chef from accross the country that use local ingredients and then discuss the people (farmers) that produce these ingredients. There is information about halal meat producers, chese makers, etc. I love lamb and noticed a few unusual lamb recipes some using not very common cuts (i.e. sandle). Have a look at the ingredient list for the recipes on EYB to see if it will be dificult for you to obtain these. I just finished baking gold beets and will make a salad from the book that calls for balsamic vinegar, tarragon, mint and honey. Never used mint and tarragon in beet salad and curious to see how it turns out.

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                                                                                                  L.Nightshade Aug 13, 2011 03:53 PM

                                                                                                  Thanks herby, I didn't mean to put you to work! The premise certainly sounds interesting, I'd be willing to work with it. I did check EYB, and filtered by main course. Right off the bat I found recipes that contained pork belly, duck breast, ground duck, merguez, quail, squab, crawfish, none of which I've so far been able to find around here. I can usually get lamb chops or leg of lamb from Trader Joes or the supermarket, but not much in the way of other cuts. Probably could get some things frozen from online sources, but I'm less likely to do that.

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                                                                                                    herby Aug 13, 2011 06:32 PM

                                                                                                    I started to reply to your message but went elsewhere for a bit and my message dissapeared... oh, well, start all over.

                                                                                                    You are right, there are some unusual proteins in the book because the farmers raise these and famous chefs cook them, maybe? But there are many "normal" meats - beef cuts that are available everywhere, several chicken recipes, lots of fish/shellfish, lamb leg and chops, etc. Vegetables are mostly common.

                                                                                                    I am suprised that you are limited in your selection. I used to live in Vancouver, Canada and had been to Bellingham many times. Lots of oyster/seafood shacks along the coast, amazing veg farms... Has it changed that much, I wonder - I left in '98 and have not really been back.

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                                                                                                      L.Nightshade Aug 13, 2011 06:48 PM

                                                                                                      I think it probably has changed. I have a good CSA farm, and there is a good farmers market. We can certainly get plenty of salmon and oysters. Haven't seen seafood shacks, and there is not a decent butcher in town. We have a nice little cheese shop in fairhaven, and a fun deli downtown. We've also come down to a very few restaurants due to the economic pressures. All of my favorites are now closed. Which means I do a lot more cooking!

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                                                                                                        herby Aug 13, 2011 07:09 PM

                                                                                                        This is sad:( Do you still have amazing fields of tulips?

                                                                                                        Check this site out just in case - http://www.eatwild.com/index.html

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                                                                                                          L.Nightshade Aug 13, 2011 07:32 PM

                                                                                                          Still wonderful tulips and the tulip festival in Skagit county.

                                                                                                          Interesting stuff on eatwild. We do get our meat and chicken delivered from an organic, grass fed, free range ranch in Skagit. Limited cuts and everything arrives frozen, as is often the case. I'll look further into the places mentioned on that website. Thanks!

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                                                                                                            herby Aug 13, 2011 07:59 PM

                                                                                                            Vancouver, BC is only an hour drive away with fabulous Chinese and Indian groceries - ever venture across the border? Seattle is a bit further but a lot of wonderful foods at the Pike market and elsewhere.

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                                                                                                              dkennedy Aug 14, 2011 08:14 AM

                                                                                                              Morning Everyone,

                                                                                                              Woke up and checked to find out if we have a clear front runner yet and it doesn't appear so. At this pointt it looks like we have one book with 3 nominations (Fried Chicken and Champagne); two books with 2 nominations (Sara Foster's and Spain) and Tender/Kitchen Diaries at around 6 votes.

                                                                                                              So here's my question: When so few books have more than 1 vote, and no book has a clear majority, what is the determining factor as to whether we take this to a voting thread? I have seen many months where the winner is just announced at the end of the nomination thread and others where it is taken to a voting thread.

                                                                                                              Could someone clarify the policy?

                                                                                                              Second question: Lulu's Mom - isn't it killing you not being able to chime in?

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                                                                                                                bayoucook Aug 14, 2011 08:36 AM

                                                                                                                I took all 6 months of mine to a separate vote and also posted the results at the end of the noms thread. Took the top 3 or 4 and sent them to voting thread. I really wish fried chicken and champagne or Sara's book would win, but if not we could start a separate thread or hope to have them in the future. As much as I love Sara Foster's Southern Kitchen, I am really falling for fried chicken and champagne. The author was somewhat raised in the South, and that combined with her other experiences and living in the NW adds so much to her cooking style.

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                                                                                                                  The Dairy Queen Aug 14, 2011 08:38 AM

                                                                                                                  I think we've always just left that decision to the discretion of the organizer. It's a hard job!

                                                                                                                  ~TDQ

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                                                                                                                    dkennedy Aug 14, 2011 08:45 AM

                                                                                                                    Agreed. A very hard job.

                                                                                                                    Bayoucook, I have Fried Chicken and Champagne in my cart - I've been hoping this hysterical feeling that I must have this book RIGHT NOW would pass, but it hasn't. I can't decide if I should pre-order Mozza at the same time. It is 40% but i was holding out hope it would be a TGC title and then I could buy it with my points. What to do, what to do....

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                                                                                                                      The Dairy Queen Aug 14, 2011 08:59 AM

                                                                                                                      Where are you finding FC&C at 40%?

                                                                                                                      ~TDQ

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                                                                                                                        dkennedy Aug 14, 2011 09:06 AM

                                                                                                                        No I am sorry if I wasn't clear. The preorder of Mozza is 40%. FC&C is $31.00 on Amazon, a little less if you buy it used (one copy available) but I am thinking I will opt to pay retail so I can preorder Mozz without incurring a shipping charge.

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                                                                                                                          The Dairy Queen Aug 14, 2011 09:10 AM

                                                                                                                          Oh, got it!

                                                                                                                          ~TDQ

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                                                                                                                            bayoucook Aug 14, 2011 09:47 AM

                                                                                                                            dk, it's 25.08 (fried chicken) at Jessica's Biscuit. I pre-ordered my Mozza on The Good Cook to fulfill my membership obligation before they charged my account 29.00 for nothing. But I would've had it either way. 40% sounds good to me, I'd probably order it. I think it'll be a great one.

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                                                                                                                              dkennedy Aug 14, 2011 09:48 AM

                                                                                                                              Thank you bayoucook! I just ordered Mozza on TGC with my points (yea!) and I am going to jessica biscuit next.

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                                                                                                                                bayoucook Aug 14, 2011 11:03 AM

                                                                                                                                Welcome. Am making Havana Braised Sour Orange Pulled Pork, p 130, from FCAC this afternoon. Pork butt 1.49 at the store. For the sour orange, she uses a regular orange paired with a Meyer lemon. Will make Cuban sandwiches with it tomorrow after work and then freeze the leftovers. Just looking at the fish section - wow! Two on my cook soon list are Grilled Wild Salmon on Cilantro Coconut Rice with Watermelon Salsa - drool - p. 158. The other is pine nut- crusted halibut with Semolina Gnocchi Cakes, p. 162. I am really impressed with this book. Gonna get the pork to braising then continue to read this book. Did you order it?

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                                                                                                                                  dkennedy Aug 14, 2011 11:17 AM

                                                                                                                                  I did order it! Come what may with the voting, it is mine and I know I won't have buyer's remorse based on all the delectable things you have listed. It just sounds like a "me" cookbook. I do hope it wins (either this month or in the future) because I always get so much more out of a cookbook once it makes it to the rank of COTM.

                                                                                                                                  1. re: dkennedy
                                                                                                                                    bayoucook Aug 14, 2011 12:13 PM

                                                                                                                                    Already my kitchen smells like heaven. Browned the pork on all sides and added orange and lemon peels and juices, onion, garlic, thyme, bay leaves, cumin, white wine and chicken stock and Mexican oregano. The juice will be strained and reduced by half, and the pork will be pulled. Can use it for a dinner meal - with what? and make sandwiches out of it, Cubanos. Mmmmmmm- mm. Happy.

                                                                                                                    2. re: dkennedy
                                                                                                                      pikawicca Aug 14, 2011 09:20 AM

                                                                                                                      Seems to me that 6 votes as opposed to 2 and 2 is a clear majority.

                                                                                                                      1. re: pikawicca
                                                                                                                        L.Nightshade Aug 14, 2011 09:30 AM

                                                                                                                        I can look at it two ways. The six votes are indeed a pretty clear majority. But so far, there are 13 people casting nominations. If the same six voted for Tender, but all of the other 7 voted for another book, Tender would no longer be the winner. So I can understand it working either way.
                                                                                                                        (Besides, I feel myself tilting over into the Fried Chicken and Champagne camp. It just sounds so different from my usual.)

                                                                                                                        1. re: L.Nightshade
                                                                                                                          bayoucook Aug 14, 2011 09:49 AM

                                                                                                                          L.N - that was the way I always figured it. Nominations are pretty well discussed and minds can change by voting time.

                                                                                                                          1. re: L.Nightshade
                                                                                                                            pikawicca Aug 14, 2011 12:28 PM

                                                                                                                            Although I believe that 6 nominations is a majority, I don't mean to suggest that there not be a voting thread; I believe that there should ALWAYS be a voting thread. (To boost the chance that we'll have a book that I'll want to cook from next month, I will second the nominations for IN THE KITCHEN WITH A GOOD APPETITE and
                                                                                                                            ONE BIG TABLE, both of which are excellent cookbooks.)

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                                                                                                                            dkennedy Aug 14, 2011 09:31 AM

                                                                                                                            I disagree. It is 6, 3, 2 and 2 (at this point) and the point of the nomination thread is to get ideas flowing, not vote. I for one nominated two books (neither of which got seconded) and then seconded CandFC. If it doesn't go to an actual vote then all the people who made suggestions and are waiting for the voting thread to cast their vote really miss out. Personally, I think it would be helpful that we always go to a voting thread. So often the front runner of the nominating thread ends up losing on the voting thread.

                                                                                                                            1. re: dkennedy
                                                                                                                              Gio Aug 14, 2011 09:38 AM

                                                                                                                              <"Personally, I think it would be helpful that we always go to a voting thread. So often the front runner of the nominating thread ends up losing on the voting thread.">

                                                                                                                              Me too. Sorry, LLM...

                                                                                                                              1. re: dkennedy
                                                                                                                                LulusMom Aug 14, 2011 09:39 AM

                                                                                                                                This conversation is very helpful for me. There have been (to my mind) very few actual nominations so far, and I wasn't really sure how I should play it. Go to a voting thread or just make the call that 6 (so far) trumps 3 (so far)? Anyone else want to weigh in on what they'd like to see done? My gut is telling me a voting thread, but I'm not totally convinced.

                                                                                                                                1. re: LulusMom
                                                                                                                                  bayoucook Aug 14, 2011 09:53 AM

                                                                                                                                  LM - you know that whether or not to participate and vote is a personal decision, right? I decided not to, but I don't know what I may have done had I had strong feelings about any of the noms.

                                                                                                                                  1. re: bayoucook
                                                                                                                                    LulusMom Aug 14, 2011 10:31 AM

                                                                                                                                    I have voiced the opinion in the past that I think the organizer should have the right to vote and nominate, but it seems that pretty much everyone who has done this before has held back. And so, I will hold back. If it comes down to a tie at voting time, I will vote.

                                                                                                                                    1. re: LulusMom
                                                                                                                                      The Dairy Queen Aug 14, 2011 10:35 AM

                                                                                                                                      I also believe the organizer should get to nominate, discuss and vote, but they never seem to. I understand the desire not to dominate the conversation, but if our most passionate COTM hounds take a turn at being the organizer, then we lose their voice for six months. Kind of a bummer. I've never been an organizer though, so maybe this custom of holding back is born out of something I just don't fully understand.

                                                                                                                                      ~TDQ

                                                                                                                                      1. re: The Dairy Queen
                                                                                                                                        LulusMom Aug 14, 2011 10:46 AM

                                                                                                                                        I love a little push in the direction I want to go. I will vote in the voting thread without guilt. Thank you TDQ.

                                                                                                                                        1. re: LulusMom
                                                                                                                                          The Dairy Queen Aug 14, 2011 10:58 AM

                                                                                                                                          Brava!

                                                                                                                                          ~TDQ

                                                                                                                                      2. re: LulusMom
                                                                                                                                        bayoucook Aug 14, 2011 10:54 AM

                                                                                                                                        Good decision!

                                                                                                                                    2. re: LulusMom
                                                                                                                                      The Dairy Queen Aug 14, 2011 09:53 AM

                                                                                                                                      I would go for a voting thread, if it were me, unless the "clear majority" were 11 noms for one book and just one or two other noms sprinkled over other book or something along those lines (which I've seen before). I don't really think there's a consensus around even Slater, even though it obviously has a lot of support. Plus, you're going to have to decide which Slater or which combination of Slaters to put up for voting. And if it turns out there is a clear Slater majority, it will win in the voting. So, if you don't mind the extra work of the voting thread, I'd go for it. Let it shake out in the voting.

                                                                                                                                      The only thing I wish is that people would vote for the book they are most passionate about and not the "lesser" evil book that appears it could win. I think we end up with a lot of books people feel lukewarm about that way. Vote your passion! You may not love the book that wisn every time, but at least a core of people will love the book we end up with every time. Plus, I think if people see a glimmer of support for a book they are passionate about, they are more likely to step-forward with a vote in support of that book. I think things can snowball that way, but only if people vote their hearts, rather than pragmatically.

                                                                                                                                      ~TDQ

                                                                                                                                      1. re: LulusMom
                                                                                                                                        bayoucook Aug 14, 2011 09:54 AM

                                                                                                                                        I vote for a voting thread. But I would.....

                                                                                                                                        1. re: LulusMom
                                                                                                                                          herby Aug 14, 2011 12:18 PM

                                                                                                                                          I agree with DK and Gio - we should always go to voting thread. This gives people who's monination did not make the cut to cast their votes for one of books that are being voted on.

                                                                                                                                        2. re: dkennedy
                                                                                                                                          bayoucook Aug 14, 2011 09:50 AM

                                                                                                                                          I was instructed to always go to a voting thread.

                                                                                                                                      2. re: dkennedy
                                                                                                                                        LulusMom Aug 14, 2011 09:23 AM

                                                                                                                                        Killllllling me!

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                                                                                                                                          qianning Aug 14, 2011 09:56 AM

                                                                                                                                          fwiw, much prefer a voting thread if there's any question at all....many who participate in the hashing things out discussion don't actually nominate, and some like to nominate several books, so i really think a voting thread helps clarify a truer majority. But its certainly is/would be extra trouble for LLM, so if you chose otherwise, can certainly understand.

                                                                                                                                          1. re: qianning
                                                                                                                                            LulusMom Aug 14, 2011 10:34 AM

                                                                                                                                            Thanks to all of you for your comments. I will definitely go with a nomination thread, and it is in no way extra trouble. Lulu will just have to stop tugging my arm for 10 minutes ; )
                                                                                                                                            and she'll be in kindergarten starting next month (sob!), so things should be much easier then.

                                                                                                                                            1. re: qianning
                                                                                                                                              Caitlin McGrath Aug 14, 2011 02:20 PM

                                                                                                                                              I agree with qianning; in my experience, more people cast votes in the voting threads than actually nominate the books. Also, people sometimes nominate one book and then vote for another, even if the one(s) they nominate are in the running, because they've taken time to think about it. In other words, nomination threads are a process of discovery and discussion, rather than of decision, and that's why there's a separate voting thread. And I have observed that participants are very unhappy when there is no voting thread, for that very reason.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: Caitlin McGrath
                                                                                                                                                LulusMom Aug 14, 2011 04:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                Thanks for the input. I think if it had been something like 15 votes to 3 and 2, I'd have forgone the voting. But given how things have worked out, there will be a voting thread up tomorrow morning sometime. Weehaw! Get those nominations in now, cooks.

                                                                                                                                        2. re: herby
                                                                                                                                          L.Nightshade Aug 14, 2011 09:39 AM

                                                                                                                                          Posted in response to herby, above somewhere.
                                                                                                                                          Of course, we've gotten way off-topic here...
                                                                                                                                          But yes, I buy all my spices and non-perishables in Seattle, and sometimes buy Asian ingredients around Van. But, one is 90 minutes away, the other involves a border crossing (usually easier with Nexus) and frequently paralyzing traffic, so neither one is a viable option for regular after-work shopping!

                                                                                                                  2. re: Gio
                                                                                                                    greedygirl Aug 14, 2011 11:27 AM

                                                                                                                    I wouldn't call Tender a gardening book, tbh.

                                                                                                                    1. re: greedygirl
                                                                                                                      Gio Aug 14, 2011 11:37 AM

                                                                                                                      Hah... how did I know you'd say that... if not you, then someone else. I reread that post and thought I sounded cranky too. But somehow I do equate Tender with "Jamie at Home: Cook Your Way to the Good Life", another supposedly non-gardening book...LOL

                                                                                                                  3. L.Nightshade Aug 12, 2011 01:33 PM

                                                                                                                    TENDER and KITCHEN DIARIES
                                                                                                                    Bought Tender not too long ago, haven't had a chance to cook from it yet, would be happy to have that "assignment." Curious about Kitchen Diaries, reports are positive, so just ordered a used copy.

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                                                                                                                      jpc8015 Aug 11, 2011 07:59 PM

                                                                                                                      With the end of summer how about preserving some of those summer fruits and vegetables?

                                                                                                                      TART AND SWEET: 101 CANNING AND PICKLING RECIPES FOR THE MODERN KITCHEN

                                                                                                                      http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1605293822/ref=s9_wishx_gw_g14_ir04?ie=UTF8&coliid=I2S0PJNSPYUK7A&colid=2XJNW9PTTZTXI&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-6&pf_rd_r=1DD73RYS798ZH73GYFPV&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=470938731&pf_rd_i=507846

                                                                                                                      or

                                                                                                                      CANNING FOR A NEW GENERATION: BOLD FRESH FLAVORS FOR THE MODERN PANTRY

                                                                                                                      http://www.amazon.com/Canning-New-Gen...

                                                                                                                      1. pikawicca Aug 11, 2011 12:51 PM

                                                                                                                        TENDER -- great recipes, extremely well-written.

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                                                                                                                          The Dairy Queen Aug 11, 2011 08:20 PM

                                                                                                                          TENDER and KITCHEN DIARIES

                                                                                                                          ~TDQ

                                                                                                                        2. Gio Aug 11, 2011 07:36 AM

                                                                                                                          Well the push is really on in many areas of the food industry for eating less meat and more vegetables and grains. It makes such sense. The Food Matters cookbook by Mark Bittman is one such that has many variations on the theme of his individual recipes that it's sure to please many who want their pound of flesh while eating healthful food.

                                                                                                                          http://www.amazon.com/gp/search/ref=s...

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                                                                                                                          1. re: Gio
                                                                                                                            The Dairy Queen Aug 11, 2011 07:46 AM

                                                                                                                            But, it's not really a pound of flesh in most cases, but more like a few ounces, right? ;-) I would like to cook from this book, too. My one attempt from this book (and, technically, it was an online recipe, from Bittman's blog I think) was disastrous (turkey in red wine or something along those lines, avoid, avoid, avoid) but I know you and pikawicca have both had good results, so I would be happy to give it a go. With my luck, I picked the only disappointment in the book. Or maybe something was lost in translation to online? Or user error? Don't know.

                                                                                                                            That, or Slater!

                                                                                                                            ~TDQ

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                                                                                                                              dkennedy Aug 11, 2011 07:54 AM

                                                                                                                              Who has In the Kitchen with a Good Appetite by Melissa Clark? I bought this about 6 months back and cooke out of it fairly often for a while there. I really enjoyed everything I made. Most of the recipes are very approachable and it would be a do-able book for back to school September, when suddenly, many of our schedules get a lot busier.

                                                                                                                              1. re: dkennedy
                                                                                                                                The Dairy Queen Aug 11, 2011 08:03 AM

                                                                                                                                I see the "member" price for this book on the Good Cook is only $9 right now. I can't believe I don't have it, having gone through a giant shopping spree right around the time this book came out... It doesn't seem like it would be that hard to get our hands on, though.

                                                                                                                                ~TDQ

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                                                                                                                                  dkennedy Aug 11, 2011 08:20 AM

                                                                                                                                  I bought my copy back when the first Borders by me closed its doors. Here are some of the recipes I have tabbed from With Good Appetite.

                                                                                                                                  10 polenta, eggs and swiss chard
                                                                                                                                  37 homemade granola
                                                                                                                                  44 Leeks mustard vinaigrette
                                                                                                                                  54 broiled striped bass with brown butter corn sauce - this one I made and it was fabulous
                                                                                                                                  61 raw kale salad
                                                                                                                                  70 roasted spiced cauliflower
                                                                                                                                  75&76 lentil soup variations-made, did not love
                                                                                                                                  91 late nite swordfish chunks
                                                                                                                                  99 grilled clams
                                                                                                                                  106 one pan shrimp and broccoli
                                                                                                                                  112 squid w snail butter
                                                                                                                                  118 thai fish stew
                                                                                                                                  128 crispy tofu with peanut sauce
                                                                                                                                  140 another roasted chicken recipe

                                                                                                                                  205 short rib chili
                                                                                                                                  226 cheesy baked pumpkin
                                                                                                                                  263 quesadilla
                                                                                                                                  282 fried chickpeas
                                                                                                                                  359 loaf cake
                                                                                                                                  371 bundt cake
                                                                                                                                  375 chocolate trifle
                                                                                                                                  438 coconut hot chocolate and nog 440 for our dairy free friends

                                                                                                                                  Edited to add the rest of my list

                                                                                                                                  1. re: dkennedy
                                                                                                                                    The Dairy Queen Aug 11, 2011 08:23 AM

                                                                                                                                    Hmmm...I'm very curious about that raw kale salad!

                                                                                                                                    ~TDQ

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                                                                                                                                      dkennedy Aug 11, 2011 08:30 AM

                                                                                                                                      Now that you mention it, most of these recipes are probably available online since they were pulled from the pages of her NY Times columns. Here's a link to the recipe:

                                                                                                                                      http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/24/din...

                                                                                                                                      1. re: dkennedy
                                                                                                                                        The Dairy Queen Aug 11, 2011 09:01 AM

                                                                                                                                        Thanks for that. I was going to look it up myself, but the phone rang! Wow, I've never eaten kale raw that I can recall. That is an interesting recipe indeed. I wonder if it's any good?

                                                                                                                                        I notice this book is indexed on EYB, too, which means it would be easy to peruse the recipes titles on EYB, then do a google search to bring up the from from the NYT archives.

                                                                                                                                        I will point out, though, that it's a small book. I think some people complained during Batali month that the books were too small and they ran out of fuel before the end of the month.

                                                                                                                                        ~TDQ

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                                                                                                                                          dkennedy Aug 11, 2011 09:49 AM

                                                                                                                                          DQ,

                                                                                                                                          It's not too small, 431 pages, though I'll admit a lot of that is text as she has a pithy story that goes along with each recipe, or in some cases, sets of recipes. It is really an enjoyable read. I do not read the NYT regularly so I was not familiar with her column. It might be repetitive for those who follow the column on a weekly basis.

                                                                                                                                          RE the raw kale salad, this is a huge trend out her in California. Lots of interesting variations. The key is to chiffonade the kale and almost marinate in an acidic dressing. I especially like it with black kale.

                                                                                                                                          1. re: dkennedy
                                                                                                                                            The Dairy Queen Aug 11, 2011 10:29 AM

                                                                                                                                            When I said small, I was referring to the number of recipes, but I had no idea it was 431 pages. I still think 150 recipes isn't a lot, but it is more than the 90 that appeared in Italian Grill and quite a bit less than the 332 that appears in Molto Italiano (per EYB, can that be right? 332 is a lot of recipes. I wonder why people felt like there weren't a lot of recipes that month.)

                                                                                                                                            I am definitely going to try the kale salad!

                                                                                                                                            ~TDQ

                                                                                                                                            1. re: The Dairy Queen
                                                                                                                                              Caitlin McGrath Aug 11, 2011 12:18 PM

                                                                                                                                              TDQ, people felt there weren't a lot of recipes last month because we were cooking from Molto Gusto, which has 153 recipes, not Molto Italiano. So the total was under 250, and definitely fewer if you weren't grilling or making gelato.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: Caitlin McGrath
                                                                                                                                                The Dairy Queen Aug 11, 2011 12:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                That makes a lot more sense. So, Batali month had about 250 recipes between the two books...

                                                                                                                                                ~TDQ

                                                                                                                                          2. re: The Dairy Queen
                                                                                                                                            jen kalb Aug 11, 2011 10:52 AM

                                                                                                                                            my daughter makes the Times recipe and its very good
                                                                                                                                            here is another similar popular recipe with a sweet and sour quality I make, tho I use less sweetening find soaking the currants raisins in vinegar to be overdone - I just throw them in with the rest.

                                                                                                                                            http://www.bonappetit.com/recipes/200...

                                                                                                                                  2. re: dkennedy
                                                                                                                                    bayoucook Aug 11, 2011 08:39 AM

                                                                                                                                    I do and I love it. That would make a good choice, too.

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                                                                                                                                      dkennedy Aug 11, 2011 08:43 AM

                                                                                                                                      IN THE KITCHEN WITH A GOOD APPETITE by Melissa Clark

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                                                                                                                                        bayoucook Aug 11, 2011 08:56 AM

                                                                                                                                        Yay! I will almost certainly second that!

                                                                                                                                        1. re: dkennedy
                                                                                                                                          bayoucook Aug 11, 2011 09:15 AM

                                                                                                                                          I've made only three things from it so far:
                                                                                                                                          Sweet and Sour Salmon - 308 - really delicious
                                                                                                                                          Pan Bagnat - 252 -
                                                                                                                                          Spiced Chipotle Honey Chicken Breasts with Sweet Potatoes 147
                                                                                                                                          and tonight I'm making:
                                                                                                                                          Garlic and Thyme Roasted Chicken With Crispy Drippings Croutons 140 -

                                                                                                                                          Have many, many more tagged.

                                                                                                                                          1. re: bayoucook
                                                                                                                                            The Dairy Queen Aug 11, 2011 10:45 AM

                                                                                                                                            That spiced chipotle honey chicken breasts with sweet potatoes is calling my name, as is the cauliflower on sarahcooks mentions...

                                                                                                                                            ~TDQ

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                                                                                                                                            sarahcooks Aug 11, 2011 10:37 AM

                                                                                                                                            I don't have it, but I have made the Roasted Spiced Cauliflower with Almonds several times and love it. If that recipe is any indication of what the rest of the book is like I'd definitely be on board. I can always use more easy and flavorful recipes.

                                                                                                                                            Roasted Spiced Cauliflower with Almonds (http://www.aldenteblog.com/2010/10/a-...)

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                                                                                                                                              dkennedy Aug 11, 2011 10:55 AM

                                                                                                                                              Not an attempt to sway the vote, but she is apparently quite accomplished. I am embarrassed to say I didn't recognize her name before I bought W/ Good Appetite but now I see her name everywhere. She has co-authored 29 cookbooks, by that I mean she was the recipe tester and name behind the name of numerous cookbooks before she put this one out under her own name. For this reason alone, I would think her recipes would work fairly well. She has a blog (I won't link it for fear of having my reply deleted) and then of course are her online recipes of her column.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: dkennedy
                                                                                                                                                The Dairy Queen Aug 11, 2011 11:07 AM

                                                                                                                                                I think Melissa Clark often serves as the writer/recipe expert for celebrity chefs who don't have a lot of experience writing cookbooks. She is the co-author of a Peter Berley book I like a lot (and another of his that I wish I owned) as well as Fleming's "The Last Course" which has a pretty active thread here on the home cooking board. I think she defintely knows how to write a recipe!

                                                                                                                                                P.S. is this her blog? http://www.melissaclark.net/ I wonder if she does her own photography. It's very striking. I don't think there's a problem linking to blogs as long as it's not your own or that of a friend. She could use a little copyediting on her blog...but I'm sure the recipes are fantastic. :).

                                                                                                                                                ~TDQ

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                                                                                                                                                  dkennedy Aug 11, 2011 11:15 AM

                                                                                                                                                  Yes, that is the blog.

                                                                                                                                        2. re: dkennedy
                                                                                                                                          Katie Nell Sep 12, 2011 07:33 AM

                                                                                                                                          I checked this out from the library and am REALLY loving it! At first, I was a bit put off by all of her past boyfriend/ husband stories (I mean, how many can one girl have?!), but I've gotten over it. I find her family stories charming, and her family reminds me a lot of my family (ordering all different dishes at a restaurant and switching plates after they've eaten a 1/4). I think I dreamed about the spaetzle last night! :-)

                                                                                                                                          And P.S. received my 150 Best Recipes on Friday, so I'm ready to go!!

                                                                                                                                      2. re: Gio
                                                                                                                                        The Dairy Queen Aug 12, 2011 07:19 AM

                                                                                                                                        Gio, apologies if someone's already done so, but if you wanted to start a FM thread, I'd endeavor to post in it. I'm a little less productive lately, but if you're patient, I'll gradually contribute to that thread.

                                                                                                                                        ~TDQ

                                                                                                                                        1. re: The Dairy Queen
                                                                                                                                          Gio Aug 12, 2011 08:16 AM

                                                                                                                                          DQ... I for one think you've been enormously productive lately. I don't think there's a dedicated thread for FM, however, Im really not driven to cook through the FM book right now. I'm having a good time with the current COTM. Bittman's book covers a lot of ground both in cooking methods and ethnic sensibilitles so it too may be better suited to a fall/winter-ish month like The Spendid Tables books... which I'm itching to cook from in Oct.

                                                                                                                                          You just keep on doing what you're doing and you'll catch up soon enough.

                                                                                                                                          1. re: Gio
                                                                                                                                            The Dairy Queen Aug 12, 2011 08:21 AM

                                                                                                                                            Works for me!

                                                                                                                                            I'm also still holding out hope for Food of Portugal this fall or winter, too.

                                                                                                                                            ~TDQ

                                                                                                                                      3. greedygirl Aug 11, 2011 01:33 AM

                                                                                                                                        TENDER: A Cook and his Vegetable Patch by Nigel Slater and/or KITCHEN DIARIES by Nigel Slater

                                                                                                                                        Although I will be away for the second half of September (in Sicily - yay!), it's a good time of year to do TENDER as lots of stuff will be in season. KITCHEN DIARIES is organised seasonally, so those who want to do more autumnal dishes will also be well served.

                                                                                                                                        We have to do Nigel at some point - he's one of Britain's best home cooks!

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                                                                                                                                        1. re: greedygirl
                                                                                                                                          The Dairy Queen Aug 11, 2011 01:40 AM

                                                                                                                                          I would love to do a Slater, and, as you say, now before everything goes out of season.

                                                                                                                                          ~TDQ

                                                                                                                                          1. re: greedygirl
                                                                                                                                            Gio Aug 11, 2011 05:10 AM

                                                                                                                                            Kitchen Diaries and Real Fast Food (is that the title?) are in my home library so I'd be willing to cook from them. I agree that sooner or later Slater must be a COTM. It's in the (recipe) cards.

                                                                                                                                            1. re: Gio
                                                                                                                                              bayoucook Aug 11, 2011 05:52 AM

                                                                                                                                              Then maybe we could use two of his books; we just did a veg one, which I admittedly did not participate in (no Indian seasonings available), and it seems we do a lot of veg books what with Ottolenghi and such. Just my view, no need to post past COTM selections....

                                                                                                                                              1. re: bayoucook
                                                                                                                                                The Dairy Queen Aug 11, 2011 07:08 AM

                                                                                                                                                Not trying to persuade you one way or the other, but I don't think Kitchen Diaries and Real Fast Food are veg at all... Tender is "vegetable focused" but not vegetarian. I got about 300 recipes on EYB, about 100 of which call for meat, poultry or fish.

                                                                                                                                                ~TDQ

                                                                                                                                                1. re: The Dairy Queen
                                                                                                                                                  bayoucook Aug 11, 2011 07:17 AM

                                                                                                                                                  Oh no, not at all! I knew those two weren't.

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                                                                                                                                                  MelMM Aug 11, 2011 07:16 AM

                                                                                                                                                  bayoucook, Tender is about vegetables, but there are lots of meat recipes in there. Not a vegetarian book by any stretch of the imagination.

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: bayoucook
                                                                                                                                                    pikawicca Aug 14, 2011 12:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                    "Ottolenghi" is not a vegetarian book; "Plenty" is, however.

                                                                                                                                                  2. re: Gio
                                                                                                                                                    oakjoan Aug 14, 2011 09:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                    Gio: I can vouch for Nigel Slater's REAL FAST FOOD (and nominate it for next month). It's simple and uncomplicated, but still contains loads of deelish recipes.

                                                                                                                                                    I just sent an email to greedygirl and it was returned. I imagine that my constant yammering about how great Stalin was has made her shy away.

                                                                                                                                                    If she sees this and wants to win $2,000,000 worth of roofing tiles and a free time share in Antarctica, she must respond immediately as time is running out and this offer WILL NOT last!

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                                                                                                                                                    MelMM Aug 11, 2011 07:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                    I will second TENDER and/or KITCHEN DIARIES. I think these books have a lot to offer for both those of us who will still be in full Summer mode, and those who are starting to feel like Fall. While Tender is vegetable book, it has a wide variety of dishes, including hearty meat dishes and desserts.

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                                                                                                                                                      Allegra_K Aug 11, 2011 10:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                      Yes!! I am in love with TENDER. I adore Nigel Slater's writing style. (Plus, then I would have a good excuse to purchase it, instead of checking it out from the library again and again!)

                                                                                                                                                    2. bayoucook Aug 10, 2011 09:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                      SARA FOSTER'S SOUTHERN KITCHEN
                                                                                                                                                      .....I'm lovin' it.

                                                                                                                                                      http://www.amazon.com/Sara-Fosters-So...

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                                                                                                                                                        dkennedy Aug 10, 2011 01:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                        Just found this thread. For me, September means fall. I know it is still bountiful at the farmer's market, but in my head I am already ready to head on to stews, braises and roasts. My meat guy came over today and I was asking him about stew meat, so you can see, I am already moving in that direction.

                                                                                                                                                        What does everyone think of a fall book this coming month? I know we have kicked around the idea of The Splendid Table and put it off until the weather cools, well...is everyone ready for some cool weather? This is my all time favorite cookbook on my shelf for bedside reading. I just bought The Italian Country Table based on everyone's recommendation. I see it is 170 EYB bases, so....

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                                                                                                                                                          dkennedy Aug 10, 2011 09:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                          Wow, just reread my last post and it is poorly written.

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                                                                                                                                                            Gio Aug 11, 2011 05:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                            Here if it's September it's still Summer. I'm just not ready for stews, braises and the like. The only Summer "soup" I'll eat is good ole New England clam chowdah. The middle of October is when I'll start thinking about heavy warm-the-cockles food... The Splendid Table is a good choice though and I'm ready for that when the time comes.

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                                                                                                                                                              The Dairy Queen Aug 11, 2011 05:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                              September isn't still summer in MN, but squarely early fall and, yes, I agree, too soon for braises. Winter is long here, let's not rush it. Check back with me in mid Oct. :). I don't know much about the Splendid Table book (though I've heard so much about it here on CH that I look forward to cooking from it as COTM someday), but I'm kind of surprised it's mostly about braises and stews. I assumed it was all-season cooking. That show is broadcast right out of St. Paul MN, so LRK gets the same weather I do, with four distinct seasons. I suppose I should look on EYB to see what the recipes are.

                                                                                                                                                              I notice she has another book coming out this fall... I hope it's as good as everyone says the first is!

                                                                                                                                                              ~TDQ

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                                                                                                                                                                dkennedy Aug 11, 2011 05:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                                DQ,

                                                                                                                                                                I was referring to her first Splendid Table Cookbook, not the second one. The first is a regional Italian Cookbook focusing on the Emilia Romanga region (spelling?). It is a fantastic book, I just really turn to it for heavier dishes like ragus, polenta,risotto, etc.

                                                                                                                                                                The second ST cookbook is not worth the money, in my opinion. I really was disappointed in it when I got my copy and I have yet to cook from it. I would not recommend it as a COTM title.

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                                                                                                                                                                  The Dairy Queen Aug 11, 2011 06:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                                  Just to be clear, the book you recommend is "The Splendid Table: Recipes from Emilia-Romagna, the Heartland of Northern Italian Food", NOT "The Splendid Table's How to Eat Supper: Recipes, Stories, and Opinions from Public Radio's Award-Winning Food Show" right?

                                                                                                                                                                  Hmmm...the new book looks like a continuation of the second book.The new book is called " The Splendid Table's How to Eat Weekends: New Recipes, Stories, and Opinions from Public Radio's Award-Winning Food Show..."

                                                                                                                                                                  I just put the new book in my cart at The Good Cook. Am I making a giant mistake? What didn't you like about the second "How to Eat Supper" book? It's well-rated on Amazon, but I always (of course) trust COTMers' over Amazoners!

                                                                                                                                                                  ~TDQ

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                                                                                                                                                                    bayoucook Aug 11, 2011 06:34 AM

                                                                                                                                                                    I have both and prefer the first one but really like the second one. It has a mildly spiced chicken curry in it that is the only curry DH will eat (he's a native Nre Orleanean, not picky at all, just not into curries). I've made several keepers out of it. Will look at the new one.

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                                                                                                                                                                      The Dairy Queen Aug 11, 2011 06:42 AM

                                                                                                                                                                      Oh, interesting. I was looking at some of the negative reviews on Amazon (still talking about How to Eat Supper, just for those trying to follow this conversation) and many, many of the negative comments were on the poor indexing and "overproduced" nature of the book, with weird fonts and weird colors, etc.

                                                                                                                                                                      ~TDQ

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                                                                                                                                                                        bayoucook Aug 11, 2011 06:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                                        I can see where those things could be annoying, but a cookbook review should be about the recipes, IMHO. When I encounter editor-type reviews I mark them as not helpful.

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                                                                                                                                                                          The Dairy Queen Aug 11, 2011 06:59 AM

                                                                                                                                                                          If the recipes are amazing, I can usually over-look the production and editing issues. The font color thing is a real issue, though, if you share your cookbooks with someone who is color-blind.

                                                                                                                                                                          ~TDQ

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                                                                                                                                                                            bayoucook Aug 11, 2011 07:16 AM

                                                                                                                                                                            I thought maybe my memory had gone - went and got the book and I don't see any font or color problems at all! The recipes are listed in an easily readable green, the recipes are in regular dark font...hmmmm..maybe my copy is different. I already nominated a lovely book up thread, so it doesn't matter, but was curious. And I wasn't familiar with everything in there due to being raised in a rural area. I just don't get the dislike of this book. Would happily cook from it or my more favorite Italian Splendid Table.

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                                                                                                                                                                    Gio Aug 11, 2011 06:05 AM

                                                                                                                                                                    The book is:

                                                                                                                                                                    The Splendid Table: Recipes from Emilia-Romagna, the Heartland of Northern Italian Food by Lynne Rossetto Kasper

                                                                                                                                                                    http://www.amazon.com/gp/search/ref=s...

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                                                                                                                                                                      The Dairy Queen Aug 11, 2011 06:11 AM

                                                                                                                                                                      Yes, thank you.

                                                                                                                                                                      ~TDQ

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                                                                                                                                                                        dkennedy Aug 11, 2011 06:23 AM

                                                                                                                                                                        DQ, I will pull my copy of the stories today and get back to you about what I didn't like.

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                                                                                                                                                                          The Dairy Queen Aug 11, 2011 06:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                                          Thank you! I'll hold on my TGC order.

                                                                                                                                                                          ~TDQ

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                                                                                                                                                                            dkennedy Aug 11, 2011 06:59 AM

                                                                                                                                                                            Have both books out right now, side by side, in an effort to figure out why one is an all time favorite and the other is in the discard pile. Please excuse the James Joyce voice:

                                                                                                                                                                            Emilia Romagna: charming format, matte pages, lots of lore about the villages and the origin of the recipes, very few pictures, except a grouping 1/3 of the way through the book, really, really appealing recipes - things I haven't found elsewhere such as a one pot main dish risotto incorporating cabbage and beef into the body of the dish (p 214), not sure how I settled on this dish in the first place but it has a permanent following in my home, things she describes as farm food, food that easily reheats, the ragu section is not to be missed, each one better than the next, I think it is safe to say I learn something every time I open this book. Opening this book is like turning to a trusted friend for advice and parting with a warm feeling, knowing you can return the next day or the next year for the same experience, that your friendship will never fade.

                                                                                                                                                                            How to Eat Supper: ordinary is the word that comes to mind, newer (2008 vs. 1992), shiny pages, still not a lot of pictures, but these are scattered throughout, the recipes are nothing new, things all of us have compiled in our other cookbooks, it would be a great first cookbook for someone getting their first apartment, assuming their mother/father didn't expose them to a lot at home, things like cheater's homemade broth, brining, a two page spread explaining summer tomatoes, and recipes that go along with it like a ripe tomato stack with pine nuts and mozzarella - a solid recipe, just nothing that hasn't been covered, and covered well, a 1,000 times over the last 5 years, making your own salad dressing, one worthwhile perk - cookbook suggestions are scattered throughout, I remember looking up a lot of them as I read through the book the first time, I am sure many of the recipes are keepers, just not inspiring to my mind.

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                                                                                                                                                                              The Dairy Queen Aug 11, 2011 07:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                                              Thank you for your very detailed comments. It sounds like these books were almost written for two completely different audiences!

                                                                                                                                                                              ~TDQ

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                                                                                                                                                                                The Dairy Queen Aug 11, 2011 07:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                P.S. The first book sounds lovely... I can really see it as a COTM someday!

                                                                                                                                                                                ~TDQ

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                                                                                                                                                                                  Rella Aug 13, 2011 12:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  re your:

                                                                                                                                                                                  "things she describes as farm food.."

                                                                                                                                                                                  I have her book "The Italian Country Table, Home Cooking from Italy's Farmhouse Kitchens." Although a nice book, it is certainly not the comprehensive book that "Emilia Romagna" is.

                                                                                                                                                                                  Between these two books I have, and after trying to decide to buy the "Supper Book," I just couldn't find enough reason. Just my opinion.

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                                                                                                                                                                            jen kalb Aug 11, 2011 10:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                                            Id Support the Splendid Table (the Emilia Romagna book)'
                                                                                                                                                                            Kasper's second book, the Italian Country Table is also very good , since it follows up on the approach of the first, tho expanding the territory somewhat.

                                                                                                                                                                            The subsequent books seem related to her TV show and maybe arent as focussed on her areas of special knowledge

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                                                                                                                                                                              dkennedy Aug 11, 2011 11:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                                              Jen Kalb,

                                                                                                                                                                              I am eagerly awaiting the arrival of The Italian Country Table, please let me know if you have any favorite gems. If it is anything like the Emilia Romagna one, I am in for a real treat!

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                                                                                                                                                                                jmckee Aug 12, 2011 08:08 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                The crust for pizza from Italian Country Table is one I use over and over. You don't even have to have a rise if you're strapped for time -- just let it rest. The Potato Gatto is outstanding -- a casserole of mashed potatoes seasoned with peas and garlic and salame layered with fresh mozzarella and topped with garlic bread crumbs. Roasted red onion wedges. Farmwoman's risotto. On and on and on.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  Jay F Aug 12, 2011 08:26 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                  jmckee: "Roasted red onion wedges."

                                                                                                                                                                                  It seems there is no ingredient LRK loves more than red onions. I've only read "How to Eat Supper," but apparently how you eat supper is to put red onions on whatever you're eating.

                                                                                                                                                                                  I've just reserved the Emilia-Romagna book at the library. I hope I like it more than "Supper."

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                                                                                                                                                                                    The Dairy Queen Aug 12, 2011 08:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                    You're not the only one to like Emilia-Romagna, but not "Supper". Here's dkennedy's take (earlier in this thread): http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8008...

                                                                                                                                                                                    ~TDQ

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                                                                                                                                                                                      Jay F Aug 12, 2011 08:37 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                      Yeah, and I'm someone who doesn't mind as much that, yes, we've been making this stuff (in my case) for 30+ years now. I can always find something to love in reading about Italian cooking. But "Supper" was practically a paean to the red onion.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      dkennedy Aug 16, 2011 07:04 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                      Jay,

                                                                                                                                                                                      When you get your copy from the library, don't be put off by the absence of pictures. Read it like a novel and you won't be disappointed.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        Jay F Aug 16, 2011 07:35 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                        That's good, D. The printing chemicals used to make picture books give me a headache. I'm going to pick it up today.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      dkennedy Aug 22, 2011 07:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                      My copy of The Italian Country Table by Lynne Rossetto Kasper came in the mail. I ripped off the packing and dove right in. Initially, I was a little disappointed. After all, I was expecting something along the lines of The Splendid Table. So I put it down for a while and the next time I picked it up I tabbed all the dishes that had been recommended to me by others, many of them were things I probably would have skipped over so I am really appreciative of the input everyone has given me. Then, I started paging through the recipes, cover to cover. While doing this, I slowly began to appreciate the book's appeal. Though it is nothing like The Splendid Table, the recipes are simpler, and once I had the right frame of mind, I found each one is a gem. I tabbed some of my own and then settled on the following menu as my first try cooking out of this book:

                                                                                                                                                                                      The Brescia Garlic Bread and Green Bean Salad, p. 45 to start the meal;
                                                                                                                                                                                      The Garlic Capers Grilled Pork Chops, p. 246 served with Sicilian Sauce, p. 248: and
                                                                                                                                                                                      The Roasted Red Onion Wedges, p. 290 (which Jmckee had suggested)

                                                                                                                                                                                      The meal was homey and delicious. A little too much work for a weekday meal, but only because I hadn't planned ahead. If I had marinated the chops the night before and made the Sicilian sauce in advance, then all that would have been left would have been a bit of chopping, blanching and grilling. I was hoping to make The Chocolate Polenta Pudding Cake, p. 360 for dessert, but didn't get that far.

                                                                                                                                                                                      Since I was going to be in the kitchen all day anyway, I decided to also make a pot of Mother's Broth to have on hand for future recipes. It was brewing on the stove until a few minutes again (where it stayed overnight, as it is supposed to cook for 14 hours). I can tell by the beautiful, rich, brown color it is going to be magnificent.

                                                                                                                                                                                      Thanks again for bringing my attention to this wonderful book. I can't wait to try some of the other recipes suggested by Jen and Jmckee and other CHs.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        Rella Aug 22, 2011 07:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                        I'm glad you like the book and I like your review. I'm interested in the roasted red onion wedges p.290, as I usually do nothing more than cut my red onions into wedges and roast with nothing more than a liberal amount of olive oil, so now I'll have something new to try - thanks.

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                                                                                                                                                                                          dkennedy Aug 22, 2011 09:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                          They were surprisingly delicious.

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                                                                                                                                                                                          LulusMom Aug 22, 2011 10:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                          That was one of the first cookbooks I got, after my first husband (or first ex-husband, as I like to joke) and I broke up. he wouldn't let me cook dinner, since he "might not like what you're making" so I never really had a chance to experiment in the kitchen until then. So ... freedom! And I can remember making a chicken and mushroom dish with it, and just being so thrilled that I was able to produce something like this. It's a good, fairly easy recipe, and wonderful tasting. Another book I got around this time was the first of the Best American Recipes books, and boy, I cooked the heck out of that one, and loved it. I still love it, and have bought all the others.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            dkennedy Aug 22, 2011 11:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                            Wouldn't let you cook? That alone is a good reason to have moved on!!!! Glad to hear you found your inner cook since then.

                                                                                                                                                                                            I don't have enough easy recipe books (that inspire me to cook) so I am happy to have added this one to my collection. I will have to look at Best Am. Recipes, since I don't have any of those either.

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                                                                                                                                                                                              LulusMom Aug 22, 2011 02:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                              I really love those books (the Best American Recipes ones) although not many people talk about them. See if you can find one in the library.

                                                                                                                                                                                              I found myself a wonderful guinea pig of a husband this time around!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                buttertart Aug 28, 2011 04:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                The best of the best one they put out a few years ago is super. http://www.amazon.com/150-Best-Americ...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  LulusMom Aug 29, 2011 03:24 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Yes, I have that one too, and love it. There are some real gems in those books. And thanks for reminding me of that one in particular. I have a whole list stuck in it of things I still haven't made and want to.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    dkennedy Aug 29, 2011 06:42 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Thanks for the suggestion. Just bought it. Any must make dishes I should put on my list?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      LulusMom Aug 29, 2011 08:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Can I come back to you with a more complete list? My brain is so frazzled right now - school starts tomorrow, and 5 year old defiance has sprung full grown from the body of my daughter. But two that I remember loving where the parsi deviled eggs (I know, who gets excited about devilled eggs, right? But I loved these) and the rigatoni alla toto (pasta with sausage - calls for sweet but I'm guessing I used spicy, although not sure), wine, basil, fennel seeds, cream. Whats not to like? I sure hope you enjoy the book.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        buttertart Aug 30, 2011 08:11 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        I read through it when I was sick as a dog with a terrible cold, and everything sounded so appealing. Even under those circumstances!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    pikawicca Aug 30, 2011 11:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    One of my all-time favorite cookbooks! Wouldn't it make an excellent COTM?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      buttertart Aug 30, 2011 11:35 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Yes a thousand times YES!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        dkennedy Aug 30, 2011 11:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        I'd vote for it!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          pikawicca Aug 30, 2011 11:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          This is definitely my most dog-eared cookbook. Made the luscious Double Corn Polenta a few nights ago, and I make the Vodka-Spiked Cherry Tomatoes throughout the summer.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        The Dairy Queen Aug 30, 2011 11:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        OK, I'm losing the plot. Which book are we talking about right now? The best of the best book?

                                                                                                                                                                                                        ~TDQ

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          buttertart Aug 30, 2011 11:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_...

                                                                                                                                                                                                          This puppy. It's remaindered and cheap as dirt to boot.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            dkennedy Aug 30, 2011 12:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            When I bought mine off Amazon there were a slew of comments, all filled with their favorite recommendations out of the book. I am making a note of everyone's suggestions.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              buttertart Aug 30, 2011 12:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              I'll definitely have a look at that, thanks for pointing it out.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              Katie Nell Aug 30, 2011 02:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Enablers!!! :-) I just purchased it! I can't resist when the used ones are under $5!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                The Dairy Queen Aug 30, 2011 03:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                What Katie Nell said.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                I hope this becomes a COTM soon...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                ~TDQ

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  pikawicca Aug 30, 2011 03:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I think we have enough votes right here -- let's make it happen.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  buttertart Aug 31, 2011 06:08 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I just like bringing more joy to the table. And enabling! ;-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  roxlet Aug 31, 2011 05:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Yes, you are an enabler. I just bought it. $10 for a new book seems just about right!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                LulusMom Aug 30, 2011 02:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                I'd LOVE that! I thought I was alone in loving that whole series.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  qianning Aug 31, 2011 04:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  it looks wonnderful...but i'm really hoping we can do the splendid table next month.....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    dkennedy Aug 31, 2011 07:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I am up for Splendid Table too. Hopefully, one of the two of these will make it next month. It would be nice to have a book that everyone is really excited about and is easily accessible.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                Breadcrumbs Sep 10, 2011 07:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Hello Friends, I must say I'm so looking forward to my work schedule easing up so I can spend more time cooking with all of you here and, reading all your wonderful reviews.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                This morning I was up very early and I thought I'd use a bit of that time to write an EYB review of a wonderful recipe I tried for the first time last night. I recently purchased The 150 Best American Recipes cookbook based on the buzz on this thread. So after finding some wonderful Italian Sausage at the market, I just had to give this dish a try. I thought I'd post the results here as well in case others were interested in the book/recipe:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Rigatoni alla Toto – p. 107

                                                                                                                                                                                                                As the authors of this book are quick to point out, no . . . this isn’t a dish inspired by Dorothy’s dog!! In fact, this sauce has it’s origins in Rome and although we weren’t fortunate enough to sample it there, we’re delighted to be able to prepare it at home with this wonderful, simple recipe.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                This really is an outstanding pasta dish, so aromatic and surprisingly flavourful given how quickly it comes together. Onions are sautéed until translucent before adding Italian sausage meat to brown. Wine is then added prior to stirring in basil, ground fennel (fennel pollen in my case) and cream. The dish simmers for 20 minutes before plating over rigatoni w some parmesan on top.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                I had a gigantic, Old German Heirloom Tomato that was damaged en route home from the Farmer’s Market so I decided to toss that into the sauce just prior to serving. I did photograph and taste the sauce prior to doing this as I wanted to see how the dish was intended to be served. What I found particularly striking was the phenomenal flavour of the fennel-infused white wine cream sauce. I struggled to resist the temptation to dip a larger spoon into the pan and scoop up a much more generous “sample” of this luscious liquid!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                That said, the addition of the super-sweet, juicy tomato chunks only served to further enhance this already scrumptious dish. This truly was delicious and, a dish I’d be happy to serve to company. The addition of the tomatoes did add to the visual appeal of this otherwise grey-ish dish. I’d highly recommend this one.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  pikawicca Sep 10, 2011 07:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Sounds great! I made the Cornbread Salad from this book last night, and it was scrumptious. Will have to make the pasta dish next week.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Breadcrumbs Sep 10, 2011 08:11 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Thanks pikawicca, I just looked at that cornbread salad recipe and it looks wonderful! We'll most definitely give it a try and if I can manage to get to the grocery store today and pick up an avocado, we'll have it this week.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    pikawicca did you use the full 1/4 cup of the chiles in adobo? We tend to find those quite hot (even though we love hot foods) and that sounds like a LOT of heat.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      pikawicca Sep 10, 2011 12:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      No, indeedy, to the full amount of chipotles -- 1/4 cup is crazy. I used about 1 1/2 T.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Breadcrumbs Sep 10, 2011 03:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Thanks pikawicca, that sounds more our speed as well!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    LulusMom Sep 10, 2011 08:26 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I'm thrilled that this book is getting this kind of attention. I always thought I was alone in being excited about it. And I too loved this pasta recipe. Easy and absolutely delicious and homey. Going to have to look into the cornbread salad recipe. What did you serve it with, Pikawicca?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The Dairy Queen Sep 10, 2011 08:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I ordered this book used on Amazon a day or two after people raved about it in this thread and it just shipped yesterday. I hope it arrives soon!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ~TDQ

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Gio Sep 10, 2011 09:18 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Hah... so did I. It arrived here on Wednesday. I'm loving everything I've read so far... A future COTM?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          L.Nightshade Sep 10, 2011 09:35 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Gio, TDQ, L's Mom: I'm trying to follow this thread, but the posts are jumping around a lot. I think you are talking about 150 Best American Recipes, correct? Or is it the Splendid Table?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I've vowed no cookbook purchases, at least until November, but that won't stop me from adding to my wish list!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Gio Sep 10, 2011 09:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            LN.. 150 Best American Recipes... That's what I'm talkin'. about.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            It was all of 6usd including shipping from Amazon resellers or I wouldn't have bought it. It's used but in absouitely perfect condition..

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              L.Nightshade Sep 10, 2011 10:01 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Thanks Gio. It's now on my wish list, waiting for the end of my moratorium!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                LulusMom Sep 10, 2011 10:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                That's why I'm talkin' bout too!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The Dairy Queen Sep 10, 2011 10:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Would love it as a future COTM. Maybe Nov since everyone seems to want the Spendid Table for Oct.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              L.Nightshade--yes, I think we're all talking about 150 Best American Recipes!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              All, this thread keeps freezing my browser. Please stop saying interesting things I need to read! HA!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ~TDQ

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            pikawicca Sep 10, 2011 12:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I served it on it's own; was sufficient for 3 diners.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ETA: This is in response to LulusMom.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              dkennedy Sep 10, 2011 06:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Speaking of The Splendid Table as a contender for the October COTM, has the nomination thread been posted?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                herby Sep 10, 2011 06:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Are you thinking "Weekends" or "Supper"? My library system has one copy of "Weekends" with 80 (!) holds on it and five copies of "Supper" with no holds. Guess, this is the difference between an older and brand-new books.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  dkennedy Sep 10, 2011 06:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I was referring to The Splendid Table that focuses on the Emilia Romagna region of Italy. That and The Italian Country Table were mentioned up thread (or down thread) as (hopeful) shoe-ins for the October slot. Of course that was what people were saying in August. Anything can change in a month! I would be very excited to cook out of either of these or my newly acquired 150 Best American Recipes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  BTW, finally cooked my first Slater recipe last night....Chicken Stew. Will post later.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    jen kalb Sep 12, 2011 08:58 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    made a roasted red onion wedges recipe from Italian Country Table last night - scrumptious. Hoping for Splendid Table/Ital Country as a COTM. Also picked up a copy of 150 best in Ohio last month and think it would be an enjoyable COTM as well

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    JoanN Sep 10, 2011 06:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I hope we're talking about the original: The Splendid Table: Recipes from Emilia-Romagna, the Heartland of Northern Italian Food. A very personal observation, but I'm nearly always disappointed when we choose a secondary (or tertiary, or what is fourthiary) book. I realize it's not true in every case (Rozanne Gold may be a prime example), but I'd rather cook from the seminal work.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      herby Sep 10, 2011 06:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      My library does not have it at all....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        JoanN Sep 10, 2011 07:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        That's rather shocking. But lots and lots of used copies on Amazon. Not for pennies, but not very expensive either.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          herby Sep 10, 2011 08:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I have to have a moratorium on buying books - taking three large boxes, mainly from Borders and TGC, home with me tomorrow; not all cookbooks but many. I am starting to see many repetitions in the recipes, mainly minor... The next couple of months will be reading and evaluating time for me....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The Dairy Queen Sep 11, 2011 01:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I agree that we've been talking about : The Splendid Table: Recipes from Emilia-Romagna, the Heartland of Northern Italian Food as being a strong contender for October. (And while the Italian Country Table was indeed discussed, I think most of the discussion re: October has been around: TST).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I would stop short of calling it a shoe-in, though. Our COTM process doesn't have an official mechanism for a "pre-choosing" of future month's book, even when a book has an enthusiastic cluster of supporters. We've successfully" pre-chosen" once or twice (JO month comes to mind) just through our casual discussions, but there have been many more occasions when the tidal wave of opinion has changed even when there was a strong front-runner. Who knows who= has been out of town or is new to Chowhound or whatever who might want to participate in the nominations and voting when the month actually arrives and might have differing opinions to offer. A lot of minds can change just between the nominations and voting in a one month alone, let alone across month in our crazy rollercoaster of a selection process.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Nevertheless, a lot of people seem enthusiastic about this book, which makes me think that The Splendid Table: Recipes from Emilia-Romagna, the Heartland of Northern Italian Food will eventually become COTM, whether it's October after rising through the full nominations and voting process, or some other month. I am definitely looking forward to cooking from it when it's time comes, assuming I can get my act together.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        herby, have you consider an interlibrary loan? I end up getting a lot of COTMs that way. It's a little bit of additional hassle, but (at least the way my library does it) not that bad. In MN, you still get to pick up and drop off ILL books from your local branch. It does take a little longer to arrive, of course. The biggest drawback is that in MN, you can't renew an ILL book. You get your 3 weeks, then you have to turn it in, period.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ~TDQ

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          herby Sep 11, 2011 03:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          TDQ, I am a regular library user but libraries in Canada work a bit diffrent. I can't borrow from other regions and my library system does not have any copies of The Splendid Table as I mentioned above. I took JO books out of the library but couldn't get Ottolenghi, for example, or there are too many holds on too few books. Seems to be hit and miss:(

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            LulusMom Sep 11, 2011 03:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I have to say, my normally wonderful library has let me down. Only one of the Nigel Slater books, and the one copy of Splendid Table is out until mid-month Oct. Before this, I'd never had a problem getting any of the COTMs I was interested in trying without buying. To paraphrase the movie Airport "guess I picked the wrong week to be COTM coordinator." (apologies to those of you who haven't seen the movie.)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The Dairy Queen Sep 11, 2011 04:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Oh, that's right. I think you've explained that before. Well, I have my fingers crossed that the book that is chosen is one that you can get access to!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ~TDQ

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                LulusMom Sep 11, 2011 04:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Everyone has been so kind and helpful that I'm not a bit worried about it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                And please don't misunderstand - I was totally kidding about picking the wrong week to be COTM coordinator. It was just that I love that line (repeated in various ways) in the movie. I'm enjoying this!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        pikawicca Sep 10, 2011 06:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Not yet -- it's a tad early.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          LulusMom Sep 11, 2011 02:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Just posted the nomination thread. You'll find it here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/806546

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Voting ends mid-day on Thursday. Have fun!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            dkennedy Sep 11, 2011 05:10 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            thanks for posting the link.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Jay F Aug 28, 2011 11:26 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Wouldn't let you cook? You poor thing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I took THE SPLENDID TABLE out of the library, and I liked it enough to order a copy. I'm going to make some of her ragus first things. This is my kind of cooking.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              jmckee Sep 6, 2011 10:05 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              This is a wonderful description of your experience with the book. Did you read her introduction about going to the wine harvest at her cousin's house in Italy? One of the best pieces of pure writing I've read in a cookbook.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            jen kalb Aug 14, 2011 07:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            we enjoyed Seafood Saute with Stubby Pasta (p.84) from Italian Country Table this weekend, an oddly labeled dish from Siracusa. diced onions, cut up black olives,zucchini and celery are sauteed with a garlic clove until the onions are golden - then squares of fresh tuna, currants and roasted pine nuts are added, finally some water with a little tomato paste. This blend (Id hardly call it a sauce) is mixed with ditali, small stubby pasta, I did it in the sautee pan and then some fresh mozzarella cubes (optional) are blended in and the whole is sprinkled with chopped mint. It was suprisingly delicious, easy and unusual in the blending of flavors .

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            jmckee Aug 12, 2011 08:06 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I love both of these books. I cook from Italian Country Table all the time.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        bayoucook Aug 11, 2011 05:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Here, too, no cooler weather until late October. But we eat stews and braises year round. We don't have much cold weather and we love them too much to forego them. We have had the most miserable hot, dry,long summer ever!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          dkennedy Aug 11, 2011 05:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          i am here in sunny California where it is rarely anything except Summer weather so I have to move on in my mind. Nothing is hitting me so far, I'll sit and watch how this plays out til I have a firm opinion.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            qianning Aug 12, 2011 06:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            somehow October for The Splendid Table sounds right to me....after the heat, schools back in & settled down, while there are veggies that don't look too plastic available, and before the holiday craziness.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              jen kalb Aug 12, 2011 06:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              agreed

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                bayoucook Aug 12, 2011 06:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Agreed +1

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  dkennedy Aug 12, 2011 07:08 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  OK, I'll nominate it next month. Meanwhile, September....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The Dairy Queen Aug 12, 2011 07:08 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  If this were October, I'd throw in a vote right now for The Splendid Table: Recipes from Emilia-Romagna, the Heartland of Northern Italian Food. The recipes as listed on EYB sound so comforting and my library has a couple of copies. I'm so in! http://www.eatyourbooks.com/library/1...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ~TDQ

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            tcamp Aug 12, 2011 07:22 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I second

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            SARA FOSTER'S SOUTHERN KITCHEN

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I spend 2 days with a library copy while on vaca with no kitchen access and I was itching to cook from it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              bayoucook Aug 12, 2011 10:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I am really enjoying my copy. Hope it gets chosen eventually.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                qianning Aug 13, 2011 08:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I'd love to do a "southern" book (missed the earlier onths that were in that vein), but I have no sense of Sara Foster's book. Looking at the link on Amazon, the only sections that came up were the preface and the appetizers, no index or main meal dishes. Can anyone give me a better feel for her book?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  bayoucook Aug 13, 2011 09:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I've had it for a month and I am really enjoying it. Another one (a prize winner, I think) is fried chicken & champagne by Lisa Dupar, plus Frank Stitt's books of course. I love love love Real Cajun by Donald Link - it lives in my kitchen. Back to Sara Foster's Southern Kitchen: I have made and enjoyed the following so far: Pot Roast Potato Cakes with Poached Eggs, Fresh Greens, and Horseradish-Mustard Vin. p. 89; shrimp and crawfish (used only shrimp) etoufee - made the way I like it with tomato and red sweet pepper; Country Captain Chicken with Dried Fruits . 140; Baked Rosemary Sweet Potatoe Halves with lime and sea salt. Seems like I'm missing something. Great cookbook, got many more tagged recipes. Be back re fried chicken and champage....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    bayoucook Aug 13, 2011 11:08 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    re: fried chicken and champagne by Lisa Dupar (not your mama's southern cookbook!) - only up to page 149 so far - which is Kaffir Lime Leaf Braised Lamb Shanks - uses coconut milk, etc., sounds lovely - like I said, not in your mama's....
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Anyway, my short list: Lisa's Shrimp and Grits p. 30 - I make shrimp and grits all the time but this one is divine, using shrimp shells for a stock and adding a shrimp butter.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Caramalized Onion Rolls p. 83, and love the southern gougere recipe nearby.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Angel Food French Toast with Summer Raspberries p. 42. Jerry's Muffulette Mix (better than mine!?) and a vegetarian Muffuletta ! p. 61; Albondigas - a good one, page 77; Rich man's Gazpacho (with Dungeness crab) p. 80. Day After Turkey Day Soup and Dumplings (sage-ricotta dumplings) p. 84. Salads and dressings entire chapter. Pulled bourbon braised beef short ribs p. 138. Pomegranite Grilled Pork Chops p. 143, and Commitment Cassoulet p. 146 - two pages and lots of work = commitment! Can't wait to go thru the rest of it!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The Dairy Queen Aug 13, 2011 11:23 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I'm intrigued by the idea of a vegetarian muffuletta! That french toast and those sage dumplings sound very appealing, too. I wish the book weren't so expensive OR were available at my local library, though. :(

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ~TDQ

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        qianning Aug 13, 2011 11:40 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Exactly my thoughts...in all NH no Dupar in the library system (yet) and only one copy of Foster's book.....more or less the same hang up I have with the new Roden book, alas.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The Dairy Queen Aug 13, 2011 11:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Not very many people on EYB have the Dupar book, either. What a shame. It sounds like an interesting book. I'm going to check the entire MN library system for it now. In the meantime, bayoucook, is that veggie muffuletta recipe too involved to paraphrase? I'm very intrigued.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The Roden book is still pretty new. I would love for it to be COTM, but maybe next year to give people time to get their hands on it?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          EDIT: there are 2 copies in Minneapolis library system. THey are both checked out. And that is it! Geeze. I'm going to see if I can get on the wait list. My local library has 3 copies of the Foster book. It seems to be more widely available. Weird, since the Dupar book was an award-winner.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ~TDQ

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            bayoucook Aug 13, 2011 12:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I'd love to paraphrase it for you. Be right back....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              bayoucook Aug 13, 2011 01:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I would like to paraphrase the Muffuletta recipe from Lisa Dupar's fried chicken & champagne:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Seasoning salt:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1 tsp. each, dried: tarragon, rosemary, marjoram, thyme, Mex. oregano
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              3 1/2 cups salt
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              3 TB. each: paprika, finely ground pepper, celery salt, nutmeg
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1 1/2 tsp. each: Madras Curry Powder and garlic powder
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Mix well. Stores in airtight container for six months.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Jerry's Muff. Mix:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1 cup each diced sweet onions and diced celery
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1/2 cup each diced red bell pepper and diced yellow bell pepper
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1 cup each: pitted and diced green olives, same with kalamata olives
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              3/4 cup evoo
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1/2 cup lemon juice
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              10 smashed garlic cloves
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2 cans (2 oz. each) chopped anchovies, oil included
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              12 oz. chopped marinated artichoke hearts, plus 2/3 cup of the marinade
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1/2 tsp each: dried oregano, dried thyme, dried marjoram, dried savory
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1 TB. minced rosemary
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2 tsp. capers, plus 1 tsp. caper liquid
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1 tsp. worcestershire sauce.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              MIX AND MARINATE IN FRIDGE FOR AT LEAST FOUR DAYS.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Muffuletta Sandwich
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1 zucchini, thinly sliced
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1 small eggplant, thinly sliced
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1 yellow squash, same
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Lisa's seasoning salt
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              olive oil
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1 10-12 inch soft focaccia round (we have muff. bread here)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              4-6 cups Jerry's muff. mix
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              4-6 slices provolone
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              4-6 oz. fresh mozzarella, drained and sliced
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1 cup whole basil leaves.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Sprinkle the veggies with seas. salt and toss in some olive oil to coat. Grill to your taste and set aside. Slice the bread in half lengthwise. On the bottom, spread the muff. mix, and arrange the grilled veggies on top of that. Top with the cheeses and the basil. Spread some muff. mix on top of all and put the top half of the bread on. Wrap in plastic wrap. Refrig. for at least 30 minutes to let all the oil soak into the bread (we weight the sandwiches here) - Slice and serve with chips and pickled onions. 4-6 sandwiches. Can do pickled onions recipe if you want. YUM!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The Dairy Queen Aug 13, 2011 01:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Wow, that sounds like quite the sandwich. I'm having some girlfriends over for lunch in a couple of weeks. I think this would be fun for that! Thank you so much!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                What would you serve it with, bayoucook, if you were doing a ladies lunch? Sweet tea?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ~TDQ

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  bayoucook Aug 13, 2011 01:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Yes, unless I could get away with serving it with a nice Rioja red. My friends love their wine.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  pikawicca Aug 13, 2011 01:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  You'd have to leave out the anchovies for this to be vegetarian. Sounds good, though.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The Dairy Queen Aug 13, 2011 07:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Good catch, pika! Do you think there's something I should put in in lieu of anchovies? I would say capers or olives, except there are already capers and olives in there. What else is sufficiently salty?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    My gals love their wine, too. Good suggestion, thank you bayoucook. I'm so excited!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ~TDQ

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      pikawicca Aug 14, 2011 07:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I'd use a mix of finely minced fresh and reconstituted dried mushrooms, sauteed in olive oil and plenty of salt. (BTW, better check the ingredients of your Worcestershire.)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The Dairy Queen Aug 14, 2011 08:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Great idea, thank you. You're basically adding bulk and umami and a little bit more salt? And, yes, i do need to get the vegan or vegetarian W sauce, don't I?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ~TDQ

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              bayoucook Aug 13, 2011 12:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I got my copy for *free* using my Amazon Reward Points. Got 4 for free! Am loving this book even more - the recipes and photog are amazing. Will post on it again later on.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                qianning Aug 13, 2011 12:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                sorry, loving the dupar or the foster more?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  bayoucook Aug 13, 2011 01:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  both, but right this minute, the dupar!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The Dairy Queen Aug 13, 2011 12:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  What are Amazon reward points? I spend a fortune on Amazon! Maybe I should be getting some free books, too!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ~TDQ

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Rella Aug 13, 2011 01:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I believe it is for those who apply for an Amazon Card and pay for their purchases by using the Amazon card. AFAIK, you will get points for 'anything' you buy from 'anywhere' when using the Amazon Card.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Within the last month I got over $100 points = $100 toward the purchase of anything on Amazon. I've used it all except about $3-4.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Both times, I was surprised when asked at the end of my purchase if I wanted to apply points to my purchases. Usually with other credit cards, they will send you a check, but Amazon has really made this convenient.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      bayoucook Aug 13, 2011 01:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      see rella's post re. - TDQ that's why I had so many points! If they hadn't sent me an email about how many points I had, I never would've known!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    bayoucook Aug 13, 2011 12:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    recipe for muffuletta still to come, but look what I found:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    http://www.duparandcompany.com/classe...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The Dairy Queen Aug 13, 2011 12:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Lots of good recipes in that bunch, thank you!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ~TDQ

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        dkennedy Aug 13, 2011 01:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I have to say the Dupar book looks very enticing. I looked it up on my library system, but no luck.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          bayoucook Aug 13, 2011 02:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          It's a little cheaper at Jessica's Biscuit, 25.08.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    LulusMom Aug 13, 2011 01:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Wow, bayoucook. I had no interest in this book previously, but you have my mouth watering with some of those recipes.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      dkennedy Aug 13, 2011 03:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Just got through re-reading the conversation about Fried Chicken and Champagne. Is any one going to nominate it? With this much interest, it seems a shame not to have it in the run off election.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        bayoucook Aug 13, 2011 04:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Would anyone who hasn't nominated a book yet like to do this one? If not, I will.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          dkennedy Aug 13, 2011 05:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Please nominate it bayou, I would love an excuse to buy it. It sounds soooo good. I will second it immediately!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            bayoucook Aug 13, 2011 06:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            FRIED CHICKEN AND CHAMPAGNE BY LISA DUPAR. Go girl!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              dkennedy Aug 13, 2011 06:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              FRIED CHICKEN AND CHAMPAGNE BY LISA DUPAR.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                dkennedy Aug 13, 2011 08:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                On Amazon if you pull up Lisa Dupar's web page you will find links to her restaurant menu (apparently lots of the recipes from the menu are in the book, and she has two blogs. Here is the link to one:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                http://friedchickenandchampagne.blogs...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Looks like I will be acquiring this book one way or another, regardless of the votes.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The Dairy Queen Aug 14, 2011 06:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                FRIED CHICKEN AND CHAMPAGNE BY LISA DUPAR.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I'll support that.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ~TDQ

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            3. Allegra_K Aug 10, 2011 09:24 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I would love to see Claudia Roden's new book, THE FOOD OF SPAIN make it into the archives. I picked it up from the library a couple of weeks ago, and knew instantly that I had to have it. It has a large collection of traditional recipes from throughout the country with a lovely intro preceding each one. There is also a wealth of information about the history of food in Spain, and it's just a great read.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                herby Aug 12, 2011 07:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I'll second THE FOOD OF SPAIN - just got it and it looks delicious.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  jen kalb Aug 14, 2011 07:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Third FOOD OF SPAIN since I succumbed to buying it - even tho I have buyers remorse, I need to turn this purchase to good use.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    GardenFresh Aug 15, 2011 10:14 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I would also nominate the FOOD OF SPAIN; just got it through The Good Cook and it would be fun to explore it with other Chowhounders as past of COTM.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The Dairy Queen Aug 15, 2011 10:16 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Nominations have ended and voting has begun! http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/801727

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ~TDQ

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Rella Aug 13, 2011 12:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I'm not nominating any book, but Allegra's recommendation remiinded me of the Phaidon book, "1080 recipes" by Simone and Ines' Ortega.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    "Spain's best-selling cookbood for over 30 years" "The bible of authentic Spanish cooking"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    http://www.amazon.com/1080-Recipes-Si...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Looking through the book, the recipes and ingredients look very "do-able."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Although many recipes perhaps may be too simple, as "Red Cabbage with apple" in which the first paragraph' sentence begins, "Put the onions into a large microwave-safe dish, add the butter, cover......"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    For those not using a microwave, there is a "Red cabbage with apple and red wine." - that's my style. :-))

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  3. bayoucook Aug 10, 2011 09:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Hi LulusMom, so glad to see you here! It'll be fun for me to participate now. Am considering 3 or 4 books, will decide and nominate soon. How fun!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      LulusMom Aug 10, 2011 09:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Blessed freedom, huh bayoucook? Take full advantage - you've earned it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. jmckee Aug 10, 2011 09:04 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      THE SOUTHERN FOODWAYS ALLIANCE COMMUNITY COOKBOOK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      VEGETABLE LOVE

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Gio Aug 10, 2011 06:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Thank you, LulusMom. I'm looking forward to the discussions of favorite cookbooks. We've been all over the globe the past few months both with nominations and final selections. September is the month when most fruit and vegetables are coming into fruition here in the northeast so there's still quite a lot of produce to choose from.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        A few books I've been cooking from this summer are:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Red, White, and Greens: The Italian Way with Vegetables by Faith Heller Willinger
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Eat Right, Eat Well: The Italian Way by Edward Giobbi and Richard Wolff, 2nd. ed.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The New Spanish Table by Anya Von Bremzen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Not surprisingly they're Mediterranean centric. I have no idea where I want to go in September or what I want to cook...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The Dairy Queen Aug 10, 2011 10:19 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Oh, I love Red White and Greens, purchased, of course, on the recommendations of Chowhounds. Haven't cooked from it much, but always find it inspiring.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ~TDQ

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            bayoucook Aug 10, 2011 10:35 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            See, Gio, we got our tomatoes and produce early, now it's all but gone! oh well...still plenty of cooking to do. I do hope, that if not this month or even the next, that we can have a COTM that is a general cookbook, offering lots of choices, and not requiring a trip to a nearby city for exotic or hard-to-find ingredients. Heartland cooking, I guess. Hope to participate in whatever is chosen, even though I'm going back to work full- time this Monday (librarian).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Gio Aug 10, 2011 10:48 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Hi bayou... there must be some vegetables and fruit in season down on the bayou at this time of the year... One book I bought last year, or maybe earlier this year, was the new

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              James Beard's American Cookery by James A. Beard. "... includes more than fifteen hundred of his favorite and most successful recipes, as well as advice on dozens of cooking questions..."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              http://www.amazon.com/James-Beards-Am...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I've only cooked one or two recipes so far but each was quite well recieved.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                bayoucook Aug 10, 2011 10:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                That looks good. On my wish list. We never had bumper crops this year due to drought and heat. We still have squash and a few other veggies, and second-crop tomatoes. I can't even find a watermelon! sob

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Gio Aug 10, 2011 10:59 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Oh... heat & drought. Y'all have been hit badly this year. I don't know how you cope. The Beard book is really an All American general book, although I know some COTMers don't like compendium-type cookbooks, they do offer a tremendous variety of culinary choices.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The Dairy Queen Aug 10, 2011 11:18 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I've heard that some people don't like the compendium-books, but Gourmet and ENYTC were both pretty successful months! Gourmet so much so that it was selected for a re-do.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I will say that WV is essentially a compendium book, so it might be rough to do two compendium months back to back.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ~TDQ

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      LulusMom Aug 10, 2011 11:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I am constantly making things I found in the Gourmet book, and still have a list of "want to makes" from it. I love it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The Dairy Queen Aug 10, 2011 11:23 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I'm telling you, every one of those recipes works. It is a great collection.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ~TDQ

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          LulusMom Aug 10, 2011 01:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          If I remember correctly, you also have Gourmet Yesterday (your brilliant coinage, right?). Is that one as good?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I'm making the tilapia with chili lime butter on Saturday.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The Dairy Queen Aug 11, 2011 12:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I have Gourmet "Yesterday" (the yellow book), yes. But, as usual, I've never cooked from it. I have several recipes marked, including these recommended by JoanN: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7055...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I think GT is supposed to be overall lighter and drawing on more ethnic ingredients, compared to the past. For instance, GT has 4 quinoa recipes and Gourmet has only one... GT has more than 300 vegetarian recipes; Gourmet has only 60...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Still, Gourmet might be a fun COTM if people could get their hands on it. Not sure how hard that would be. I'm sure glad I have my copy now that Gourmet is no longer with us. Thank goodness for Epicurious!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ~TDQ

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The Dairy Queen Aug 10, 2011 11:04 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Speaking of general cookbooks, has anyone done any cooking from The Sunset Cookbook? I have a million pages tagged, but have only cooked one thing. (Don't even remember what it was.) Reviews on Amazon are mixed, mostly having to do with the way the book is organized and indexed (I do agree that some of their choices for font colors are not the best ), but I'm dying to cook from this book. It's not heartland cooking, but "western" cooking. It's also got some great history and sidebars, etc.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I see the book will be "Indexed Soon" per EYB, but in the meantime, you can get a peek at the book here: http://www.sunset.com/food-wine/kitch...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                My copy of the book came with a free 6-month subscription to the magazine. I'm not sure how long that deal lasts, though. (I think the book was released in Oct 2010, so maybe a year? It could be worth checking.)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                P.S. I HAVE been cooking from this month's books. I just haven't had time to post yet.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ~TDQ

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                greedygirl Aug 11, 2011 01:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Gio: Thanks to you I bought an ancient used edition of Eat Right, Eat Well for about £3 from Amazon - just received it and am looking forward to diving in! It's part of my project to help Mr GG lose weight deliciously. The bonus being that I eat well, too (and am now only 4lb from my ideal weight). Would love to hear your favourites.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Gio Aug 11, 2011 05:07 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Hi GG... Brava to you for making it only 4 more pounds to go till goal.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Hope you like that book as much as I do. In the earlier edition Giobbi and Wolff use various oils with discretion. The food does not suffer, but in the 2nd ed. he brings oilve oil back and while the dishes remain very tasty there's that extra something that really makes the food sing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  As for my favorites, I'd say that all the vegetable, chicken and pasta dishes are top notch. As it happens tonight I'm making his Lean Chicken Canznese recipe. His Canzanese chicken was first published in the NYT magazine food section years ago and was republished in Gourmet Today. Buon appetito to you and Mr. GG.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    greedygirl Aug 11, 2011 05:22 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I noticed that "safflower" oil is sometimes used and I thought I'd replace that either with olive oil or cold-pressed rapeseed oil.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Funnily enough, my ideal weight is exactly the same as what Woolf says it should be. I've lost less than 10 lbs but it's made a big difference.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The Dairy Queen Aug 11, 2011 05:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Wow, I missed the part about being only 4 lb from your goal weight. Congrats! Maybe I should have a look at that book, too!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ~TDQ

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      greedygirl Aug 11, 2011 06:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Thanks! Actually the one that's helped the most is a low-carb one that's not widely available any more.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The Dairy Queen Aug 11, 2011 06:37 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Wait, which one is that? Is that a Giobbi, too?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ~TDQ

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          greedygirl Aug 11, 2011 09:57 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          No, it's this one:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          http://www.amazon.co.uk/Big-Book-Low-...

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