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Aug 18, 2011 03:50 PM

September 2011 Cookbooks of the Month will be Tender and Kitchen Diaries by Nigel Slater

The winners of the September 2011 Cookbook of the Month vote are Kitchen Diaries and Tender by Nigel Slater. This marks our 5th anniversary. This has grown into such a wonderful part of Chowhound over those five years. A special tip of the hat to all the cooks who have made this past 5 years so exciting and fun. And if you’ve been lurking, please join us, we’re a welcoming bunch. If you're new to Cookbook of the Month, the COTM archive thread explains how it all works:

If you’re interested in finding out how we picked these books (and have a few hours) here are links to the voting ( and nominating ( threads.

Please use this thread to discuss techniques, ingredients, meal planning, along with interesting tidbits about these books and recipes.

If you discover any online sources for recipes from these books, please feel free to post them.

On September 1 I will post the official threads for reporting.

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  1. Note for those who may have difficulties acquiring copies of these books. All of these books are indexed on EYB. You do not need to be a member of EYB to see the listing of recipes on EYB:

    Tender: A Cook and His Vegetable Patch

    A chunk of this book is available via Google books:

    Tender Volume II: a Cook's Guide to the Fruit Garden

    The Kitchen Diaries: A year in the kitchen with Nigel Slater

    Many of Slater's recipes are online on blogs and such. I've had good luck finding out the exact recipe title on EYB, and googling "Name of recipe" slater tender OR "Name of recipe" slater "kitchen diaries"

    Remember that sometimes the US version of the recipe is online; sometimes the UK version. If you can't find the recipe under the US title, change the recipe to the UK title, ie., change "Zucchini" to courgette; fava beans to broad beans; eggplant to aubergine, etc. For Tender Vol I, you can search directly on Google books.

    Also, unless someone beats me to it, I will post a Slater "adjunct" thread to discuss recipes from all OTHER Slater books and the Guardian's online recipes.


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    1. re: The Dairy Queen

      Thanks for the links TDQ. You really are a queen.

    2. Great job LulusMom! What a thread you had to slog through.
      Looking forward to cooking from Slater.

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      1. YAY!!! I love Nigel Slater. He is so comforting.

        Also, thinking of planning a blog around The Kitchen Diaries.

        Can I please say "yay" again?

        1. Wow! What a month you have had LulusMom for your initiation. Nicely done. Now to the library website to order up my books. Thank you so much.

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          1. re: smtucker

            LulusMom, you have been an amazingly patient and cool-headed trouper through very difficult nominations and even tougher voting exercise. Hats off to you! I have a suspicion that Lulu trained you for that, didn’t she?:)
            Sad that I won’t be participating in the next COTM while I have an opportunity to cook for my daughter’s family (as opposed to just for me) during the first half of September. I do have Nigel’s Real Food and had it for years. Pick it up now and then, enjoy the read but it never once inspired me to go to the kitchen and cook a dish, a meal, a something. However, I am in love with Food of Spain and Radically Simple is growing on me - this is what will inspire our cooking for now with a recipe or two from Harvest to Heat thrown in.
            I will be following your Slater results with an anticipation of an inspiration!

            1. re: herby

              Real Food is actually the weakest of his books, imho. It was based on a TV series many years ago which was also a bit of a failure and put Nigel off the whole TV cooking experience for a long time.

              1. re: greedygirl

                gg: I agree that Real Fast Food is the weakest, but it's one of my all time favorites for last-minute meals. I use it all the time. This probably shows me up for the last-minute-omigodwhatarewehavingfordinnertonight bad planner I am.

                1. re: oakjoan

                  Real Food and Real Fast Food are actually different books, oj. Real Fast Food was one of his first, and is rightly considered a classic. I really like it too.

                  1. re: greedygirl

                    I have Appetite, which I bought sight unseen. I haven't cooked a thing from it. Not totally sure why, but I *think* I ended up finding it too meaty for my tastes. Obviously not a problem for most people, and it may all be a figment of my imagination.

                    *edit* Oh, and I have Toast, which I loved.

                    1. re: greedygirl

                      D'OH! I certainly wish Mr. Slater would stop naming his books almost the same as his earlier books! I think he should change the name to REAL FOOD NOT REAL FAST FOOD. What does he think? That we know how to read? Sheesh.

                      1. re: oakjoan

                        At least he's not as bad as Molto Mario Batali!


              1. re: greedygirl

                Thanks to everyone for the kind words. And thanks to greedygirl for the wonderful links.

                1. re: LulusMom

                  Baptism of fire, are the words that spring to mind for this month. Good job, LLM! (This is my favourite Americanism and I like to use it whenever and wherever I can!)

                  1. re: greedygirl

                    second that - grueling start LM, fantastic job!

                2. re: greedygirl

                  Great links. Good job, GG! ;-).

                  I notice there are several videos on the Amazon UK pages for Tender and Tender II.


                  1. re: The Dairy Queen

                    Did I mention it has to be said in the style of Jillian Michaels, with whom I have a love-hate relationship?

                    1. re: greedygirl

                      Like this, GOOD ((*&%4!@# JOB?

                      Biggest Loser has crossed the pond? Actually, Jillian has one of my favorite recipes, shocklingly. I have bastardized this quite a bit and it's a great breakfast on the go.


                      1. re: The Dairy Queen

                        I think there is a UK version of The Biggest Loser, sans Jillian. I was referring to her DVDs though, which "kick my butt" on a regular basis. Thanks for that recipe. I am not a huge lover of yoghurt unless it's a dip/condiment, but Mr GG would like it I think.