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March 2012 Cookbook of the Month Nominations are Now Open!

Welcome to the nomination thread for the March 2012 Cookbook of the Month! I'm posting today, as February is a shorter month, and we want everyone to have the opportunity to buy or borrow the chosen book once the voting is complete.

If you're new, or if you've been lurking, please join us! It's a friendly group and we have a lot of fun cooking together. To view the basics of the COTM, and to peruse the archive of books that have been covered in the past, please visit this link:
http://www.chow.com/cookbook_of_the_m...

This is a freewheeling thread where you can cite the merits of a book or ask questions. Feel free to discuss as many books as you like. When you are ready to nominate, please write the title of the book or books in ALL CAPITALS.

The nomination thread will be open until 11pm Pacific Time on Tuesday February 14th (2am February 15th on Eastern time, and 7am February 15th GMT). At that time the books with the most nominations will advance to the voting thread.

Bring your favorite cookbooks to the table, and let's dig in!

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  1. Wow, that was fast!!!! I can't believe it is already voting time again. Last month I checked out MIGHTY SPICE from the library because it was one of the top contenders. After reading over the adjunct thread and reviewing the book, I am convinced it would make an ideal COTM selection.

    I just made my first recipe out of it last night: the Feta, Walnut and Nigella Seed Salad, on page 21 - so yummy I will be making it again for lunch today.

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    1. re: dkennedy

      I need to try that salad. Sounds wonderful. I really love Mighty Spice and have had great success with the recipes. I'd be happy to have it as the COTM. Going to think about what else might be fun. I'm really impressed by the people doing the Japanese cooking this month.

    2. I would love FOOD OF SPAIN and THE NEW SPANISH TABLE to be contenders. I haven't tried too many recipes out of those books yet, but what I have made has been delightful.

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      1. re: Allegra_K

        Not nominating yet, just considering possibilities:)

        I have Roden's Food of Spain and make a few things out of it - all turned out well - and happy to cook from it more. I am also wondering if there is an interest in Latin American and Canadian food. Breadcrumbs has all latest Canadian authors and could make a recommendation if there is interest.

        1. re: herby

          Latin American sounds swell to me! I received The Book of Latin American Cooking by Lambert-Ortiz recently, and though I was disappointed that it focused mainly on South American recipes (I was hoping for more from central america), everything sounds tasty.
          Earlier last year I recall that The South American Table had made it to the voting round. That one also seemed tempting.

          1. re: Allegra_K

            I bought The South American Table when it came up in the voting rounds last time. I was really excited about cooking out of it as a group, but when it didn't get selected, the book ended up back on my shelf and I have scarcely looked at it since. If we go the Latin route, it would make an excellent choice. The recipes range from Patagonia to Rio de Janeiro, and I picked up the book for pennies used off Amazon.

            1. re: dkennedy

              Thanks for remindng me... I bought The South American Table then too. It is definitely one I would like to see win COTM at some point. Frankly, all of the books mentioned so far are ones I would be happy to vote for. South American would be a nice change of pace for COTM.

              1. re: MelMM

                South American, huh? Now there's a cuisine (or cuisines) I really don't know too much about. My library system has it-- just put a request on the book so I can have a look.

                Anyone know how time intensive those recipes are? Unfortunately, not going to be a ton of time for me to cook in March. Of course, it is always fun to read along with everyone else's experience.

      2. I'd love to cook from MIGHTY SPICE: that thread is intriguing, with enthusiastic participation and almost all positive reports, and I like that the book covers a variety of cuisines.

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        1. re: nomadchowwoman

          Made a second salad out of Mighty Spice tonight. Again, came out totally yummy! I am not capitalizing the title so L.Nightshade won't count my nomination twice. This one is the Pomegranate, Fennel, Orange and Watercress Salad, page 22. Will be ordering my own copy of this cookbook off Amazon tonight. Tomorrow night's dinner will be the Kandy Black Pepper and Soy Eggplant Salad, p. 34 (stir fry) served alongside Sticky Szechuan Pork (belly) with Sesame Seeds, p. 108. Will report back as to how they come out.

          Best thing about this book in my mind is that a lot of the recipes are super quick to prepare yet very exotic. Perfect for week night fare.

          1. re: dkennedy

            "super quick to prepare yet very exotic. Perfect for week night fare." That sounds about perfect for me! Must get book.

        2. Not nominating yet, but Spanish food was the first thing that came to mind for next month. But I'd also like to consider The Food of Portugal by Jean Anderson and The New Portuguese Table by David Leite. Done as pair. I'd enjoy cooking from Mighty Spice as well, so this thread is off to a good start as far as I'm concerned. But reminds me I need to get going on the Japanese stuff!

          1. I'm in for the FOOD OF SPAIN. I have never done much Spanish cooking, but I'm very intrigued and would love to give it a go in this community. That way I can share my successes (or failures as they may be ha ha).