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Nov 10, 2011 02:19 AM

December 2011 Cookbook of the Month Nominations

I realize this is early, but I will be going out of town (likely with no computer access) on Nov. 18th so I’m moving the process forward a little. 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. For more on how Cookbook of the Month works or to see an archive of books we’ve already cooked from this link can give you lots of information:

As always, when nominating, please remember to put the title/s in ALL CAPITALS if you want your nomination to be counted. Nominations will be open until midnight (eastern time) Monday, November 14th. Have fun, and nominate away!

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  1. Good Morning! I am new to the boards, have lurked for sometime and have finally decided to jump in the pool! My nomination would be for the UNION SQUARE CAFE COOKBOOK. I have been a huge fan of this classic restaurant cookbook and have rarely been dissapointed in the few dishes I have made. The cooking is a beautiful mingling of Italian and French cusines with a little Mediterranean thrown in. And you have to try the bar nuts!

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    1. re: thebadsleepwell

      Lurkers are very welcome here. I am intrigued by your nomination of Union Square Cafe Cookbook. The reviews on Amazon are pretty compelling, so I just bought a used copy. Can you tell me more about the dishes you have made out of this book? Other than the bar nuts, which recipes are your favorites?

      1. re: dkennedy

        Well in the few I made there was not a bomb in the butch. I am definitely partial to the Penne with Asparagus and Red Peppers, and the Grilled Swordfish. Also the desserts look so delectable (I have not attempted one yet). All in all it does not look like it will happen this month, but maybe in a future month. I love reading everyone's thoughts on food in whatever we decide to do for December! And thank you for making me feel so welcome in my first posts.

      2. re: thebadsleepwell

        Yes, I am interested in your favorite recipes too! I love the restaurant, and I have the book, but I think I haven't cooked from it for a very long time.

        1. re: thebadsleepwell

          Welcome to the fun, tbsw. I do not own that cookbook at the moment (lost it in a particular disaster a few years ago) but do own the second one, which has a few fantastic (if involved) recipes as well. But were it to win (probably not this month, I'm guessing, but maybe in another), I'd gladly buy another copy
          I've had many wonderful meals at the Union Square Cafe. My favorite was a tagliatelle with rabbit ragu on a blustery January day . . . But I digress.
          Hope you enjoy COTM.

          1. re: thebadsleepwell

            I have both USC cookbooks and they are wonderful. It is also one of my favorite places to eat in all the world! It would be a great book for Cookbook of the Month, if not Dec then some other time.


            Let me go ahead and say that their version of a tuna fish sandwich, if you follow the recipe, is one of the culinary wonders of the world :)

            1. re: Tom P

              Is this the tuna burger, or something different.

              1. re: Tom P


                I am assuming this is the recipe?

                Hold the mayo, please -- just kidding! I mean 'aioli'.

                1. re: Rella

                  Not the tuna burger (which is not my favorite.) Rella's link is indeed the recipe (thanks Rella). Wow. Is it good. The restaurant is known for many things but this sandwich is one of the main ones. I've had it there and at home and it is so so good. It is hard to convince people to order a tuna sandwich at such a lovely place but it really is that terrific.

                  1. re: Tom P

                    Great, thanks to you and Rella. I, too, love the restaurant. Cozy and delicious.

                    1. re: LulusMom

                      My copy of The Union Square Cafe Cookbook came in today's mail and I hope to make the Creamless Mushroom Soup (recommended by an EYB user) and the tuna sandwich (recommended by Tom) for tomorrow's dinner.

                      1. re: dkennedy

                        I ordered this book two days ago.from Bargains in Canada. It probably will take a long time to get here in Virginia. But I couldn't resist the $7.50 price.

                        (Also ordered:

                        Heart of the Artichoke

                        Marcella Says - a Marcella book I didn't own

                        Encyclopedia of Sauces recommended by a chowhound

                        However, $10.28 shipping eats into the price per book, but still a good buy $40 for 4 including the shipping.)

            2. 150 BEST AMERICAN RECIPES

              Since I was one who asked we hold off on this book until December, let me be the first to nominate it.

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                1. re: JoanN

                  150 BEST AMERICAN RECIPES.

                  I bought this book on the enthusiasm of chowhounders, so I'm interesting in getting into the meat of it.

                2. 150 BEST AMERICAN RECIPES

                    1. 150 BEST AMERICAN RECIPES