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September Cookbook of the Month 2011: Tender and Kitchen Diaries by Nigel Slater

Welcome and a big, happy 5th birthday to Chowhound’s Cookbook of the Month! September 2011 COTM’s are Tender and Kitchen Diaries by Nigel Slater.

New to Cookbook of the Month? This page explains how it all works: http://www.chow.com/cookbook_of_the_m...

We will use this thread for general discussion about the book, menu planning, and online links to the book's recipes.

There was no logical way to organize combined threads that would make it clear what to post where, so we'll have separate threads for Kitchen Diaries and Tender, as well as a single thread for Tender Volume II. For those of you with the UK edition of Tender, please post in the thread with the US name of the vegetable. Please post full reviews in the appropriate threads linked below.

Kitchen Diaries: Winter (December, January and February): http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/804901

Kitchen Diaries: Spring (March, April and May): http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/804900

Kitchen Diaries: Summer (June, July, August): http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/804899

Kitchen Diaries: Autumn (September, October, November): http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/804898

Tender: Asparagus through cauliflower: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/804897

Tender: Celery through Jerusalem artichokes: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/804896

Tender: Kale through potatoes: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/804895

Tender: Pumpkin through zucchini: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/804893

Tender Volume II: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/804892

The Chowhound Team has asked me to remind you that verbatim copying of recipes to the boards is a violation of the copyright of the original author. Posts with copied recipes will be removed.

Let the games begin!

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  1. You're going to make me call a courgette a zucchini? Discrimination! ;-)

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    1. re: greedygirl

      Darling, you can call it whatever you want.

    2. Good work, LLM. I'll call a courgette a courgettte if it will make Her feel better....(^_~)

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      1. re: Gio

        The way I see it, y'all missed out on an opportunity to go British for the month. ;-)

      2. Nice job! My books are waiting for me. Just need to go by the library tomorrow to pick them up.

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        1. re: smtucker

          GG: We won't make you say "zucchini" if you don't make us say "pudding"

        2. Has anyone noticed: The page opposite the title page of the book has a lovely photograph of green beans on the vine. On the right side of the photo there's a leaf that looks for all the world like it's infested with white fly, a gardener's nemisis... Also, on page 176 there's a picture of Swiss chard with insect holes on a few leaves. Truly natural ....Love That.

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          1. re: Gio

            I sent away for both books yesterday from Amazon after vowing not to buy ANY MORE COOKBOOKS. Yeah, like that lasted more than 2 hours.

            1. re: oakjoan

              Hey Joan... should we start a No More Cookbooks club? Or a Procrastinators club?

          2. Nicely done LulusMom! You had a daunting task this month, between the l-o-n-g nomination and voting threads, and the unusual breakdown of chapters in these books. The next five months should be a breeze!

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            1. re: L.Nightshade

              A public thank you to you, L. Nightshade, for helping me out by faxing me the table of contents for Tender. That helped me tremendously. Now ... start cooking! : )

            2. Still no books from the library! Someone has turned the switch here in New England and we are suddenly in Fall. Maybe we will get a reprieve once I have the books to cook from.

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              1. re: smtucker

                There's always online recipes, smtucker, if you want to try them. There are several links posted in greedygirl's Slater companion thread.


              2. I just got Tender in the mail from Amazon. I have only spent about 20 minutes looking at it but I'm totally in love already! The photos alone are worth it. Wonderful bruss sprouts' with cheese recipe already caught my eye. This looks like a real keeper, even though my urban living space doesn't have enough room for a real garden - only a few pots of herbs....I plan to raid my friend's garden in Berkeley.

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                1. re: oakjoan

                  I have Kitchen Diaries from the Library - it seems to be an American Edition, insofar as the measurements are concerned, but the recipes for September are driving me mad, all the British plum and apple varieties as well as local cheeses. They look delectable, and the writing of course is very nice., but I dont feel confident of accurately rendering the recipes using our local produce..

                  1. re: oakjoan

                    You love the photos in Tender? I hate the photos in Tender! Or rather, I hate how they printed the photos in Tender -- dark, dull, matte, low-contrast, a huge disservice to the author and photographer. The photos in Kitchen Diary, while also printed on matte paper, are so much better.

                    Also, much as I'm enjoying the recipes and text from Tender, I find the book as a whole far too heavy and unwieldy. This is the second time I've had it out from the library, and it hasn't changed my mind.

                    1. re: Karen_Schaffer

                      Oh gosh I agree with you, Karen, about the heft of Tender. It's Sooooo heavy! Curiously, I also find Kitchen Diaries very heavy even though it's less than half the size as Tender. It must be the paper used.

                  2. My requested copy of Tender just became available so I'll be able to join in after all! I have only glanced at it so far but I like what I see. I love books that combine cooking and gardening since I do both. That's what I love about Jamie at Home.

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                    1. re: sarahcooks

                      Welcome aboard, Sarah. Get cracking...er...I mean cooking.

                    2. The orange and lemon cheesecake (might be a citrus cheesecake, don't have my book to hand) in Kitchen Diaries is utterly divine and has NEVER cracked on me once. The citrus makes it feel fresher and lighter than a vanilla cheesecake, even if it is baked.

                      I also rate his simple miso salad dressing - I think he credits Nigella Lawson with it, but it's basically miso paste with hot water. Brilliant.

                      1. I make have overlooked it, but I think don't think anyone has included a link to the Slater companion thread. Just in case, here it is: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/804902