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April 2012 Cookbook of the Month winner: Melissa Clark Month!

L.Nightshade Mar 18, 2012 11:01 AM

By a wide margin, Melissa Clark Month won COTM for April. We will be cooking from:
In the Kitchen with a Good Appetite, and Cook This Now.

We had a great list of books to choose from this month. If your book didn't win in April, don't give up hope! There's always next month, and many more to come.

If you are curious about the selection process, and the accompanying discussion, the nominating thread is here:
and the voting thread is here:

On April 1st, I will be posting the individual threads for reporting your culinary experiences with these two books. In the meantime, you can use this thread for general discussion, and for posting any online links to recipes from these books.

If you haven't ever participated in the Cookbook of the Month discussion, we hope you'll give us a try in April. We have a lot of fun, and we learn from each other's experiences. The basics of COTM, and the archive of past books, can be found here:

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  1. jpr54_1 RE: L.Nightshade Mar 18, 2012 12:34 PM

    I saw that there was discussion of her cookbooks in another thread-
    will u incorporate these

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      Breadcrumbs RE: jpr54_1 Mar 18, 2012 02:29 PM

      jpr54_1, you're quite right, beetlebug started a thread for Cook This Now by Melissa Clark. Some very delicious-sounding dishes have been reported on there so I think we're in for an excellent COTM!

      Here's the link to that thread:


      LN thanks so much for a smooth process!

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        dkennedy RE: Breadcrumbs Mar 18, 2012 02:34 PM

        So ,I am trying to decide if I need COOK THIS NOW if I already own IN THE KITCHEN WITH GOOD APPETITE. Can someone who owns both let me know if I really need to add this one to my collection. I am considering it because Jane of EYB rated it her favorite cookbook of 2012!!!!! What do you think?

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          JaneEYB RE: dkennedy Mar 18, 2012 06:54 PM

          I have both and they have completely different recipes. I have cooked a lot from Cook This Now and not much from In the Kitchen With a Good Appetite - no reason for that just that I think I was overwhelmed with new books when ITKWGA arrived whereas CTN somehow grabbed me and I couldn't stop cooking from it. I'm really looking forward to cooking from ITKWGA. Also with Melissa it's not just her gorgeous recipes but she also is a great writer and tells lovely stories with each recipe. So yes dk, I think you should splash out.

          1. re: JaneEYB
            dkennedy RE: JaneEYB Mar 19, 2012 09:44 AM

            Thanks Jane, I think I will indulge!!!

            1. re: dkennedy
              L.Nightshade RE: dkennedy Mar 19, 2012 10:07 AM

              dk - I got mine from the Good Cook, if you happen participate, and have some points to spend.
              For anyone who doesn't have ITKWAGA, there are some amazingly inexpensive copies around. I ordered one from Better World Books, a new copy, for under $6, shipping included.

              1. re: L.Nightshade
                gingershelley RE: L.Nightshade Mar 26, 2012 11:35 AM

                Thanks for the tip LN, I just ordered a copy from Better World - for only $8! Had not used that seller before, and was pleased with their whole basis of business.

                Look forward to joining in on COTM for a change; provided it doesn't actually take 17 days for the book to arrive - I took the free shipping option;)

                1. re: gingershelley
                  L.Nightshade RE: gingershelley Mar 26, 2012 11:44 AM

                  I got it with free shipping too, as my books have always arrived very quickly from BWB. I'm not too nervous yet, but sure hope it comes before April 1st so I can set up the threads!
                  So happy you'll be joining us in April!

                  ETA: My book was in the mail today!

              2. re: dkennedy
                Breadcrumbs RE: dkennedy Mar 31, 2012 02:14 PM

                dk I'm sorry I somehow missed your post. Did you indulge? I just spent a couple of hours reading through CTN and I love it. I would definitely recommend the book.

                I remember when I first rec'd ITKWAGA and I was captivated by Melissa Clark's writing style. She really cares about food and her meals. Regardless of whether the dish starts out sounding like something we'd love, I end up wanting to try it after I read her introduction. I've only made it to page 120 in CTN but I'm guessing I've tabbed 80% of the recipes thus far. 3 I'll be making tomorrow so we'll have them for weeknight meals. Even if I weren't to make one dish at all, I believe I've already got my money's worth just reading MC's stories and interesting tidbits of info. (I had no idea that Lite Coconut milk was just regular coconut milk w water and sometimes thickening agents added). Keen to hear if you took the plunge dk.

      2. blue room RE: L.Nightshade Mar 18, 2012 04:04 PM

        Melissa Clark also has a website, with what looks like hundreds (?) of recipes.

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          Caitlin McGrath RE: blue room Mar 18, 2012 05:23 PM

          I think the recipes and text in In the Kitchen with a Good Appetite originated in her NY Times column, so they're probably available there.

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            Breadcrumbs RE: blue room Mar 19, 2012 02:34 AM

            It looks like MK's blog is indexed in EYB:


            Also EYB has links to online versions of some of the recipes in her books so that should help folks who may not have either/both books.

          2. The Dairy Queen RE: L.Nightshade Mar 19, 2012 07:00 PM

            So excited about Melissa Clark month. I was hoping it would win, even though some of the other nominees sound very intriguing, too. I've unfortunately lost enthusiasm for the current COTM after my attempts with two recipes. I need a little more clear directly and certain outcomes (I'm just not in a tinkering, second-guessing mood) I guess. I'm hoping Melissa Clark's recipes are a little more precise.


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              JaneEYB RE: The Dairy Queen Mar 19, 2012 09:16 PM

              Yes they are precise TDQ and in my experience they all work. I'm sure Melissa's experience co-writing many cookbooks for chefs has helped her in making sure her recipes are intelligible to the home cook.

              Talking of co-writers, have you all seen the article from last week's New York Times about ghostwriting cookbooks?

              There was some follow-up today about the number of cookbook authors who have contacted them to insist they write their own books. http://dinersjournal.blogs.nytimes.co...

              1. re: JaneEYB
                Caitlin McGrath RE: JaneEYB Mar 19, 2012 09:26 PM

                There is a thread about that article on the Food Media and News board: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/838777

                I just added a link to the followup blog to that thread; thanks for bringing it to my attention.

                1. re: JaneEYB
                  The Dairy Queen RE: JaneEYB Mar 20, 2012 04:03 AM

                  I am hoping and expecting so from Melissa Clark.

                  That's kind of a mea culpa from Moskin, isn't it? To say that "ghostwriting" really means things like measuring out ingredients and putting them in order and preparing the glossary and index? Didn't we all expect that someone else was doing that for Batali and the likes anyway?


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                    jpr54_1 RE: The Dairy Queen Mar 20, 2012 10:17 AM

                    received this morning copies of 2 of her books-
                    will look at them on the jet to newark airport.-thursday 3/22

                    1. re: jpr54_1
                      Rella RE: jpr54_1 Mar 20, 2012 11:02 AM

                      traveling light, I see :-))

                    2. re: The Dairy Queen
                      jen kalb RE: The Dairy Queen Mar 20, 2012 01:05 PM

                      the NYT under pressure and its not pretty. the way Julia had to back off for the Company from the assertions of the writer.
                      Have never been a fan of chef or celebrity cookbooks - its just not likely that the chef's special spark (if any) will be captured in recipes there.

                      1. re: jen kalb
                        The Dairy Queen RE: jen kalb Mar 21, 2012 08:07 AM

                        Jen, I know you aren't a fan of chef or celebrity cookbooks (I'm not much of a fan of the latter, for sure, I don't know if I own any), but I do think there are some chef cookbooks that are exceptional, including Ottolenghi, Zuni Cafe and Sunday Suppers at Lucques. I don't know if they've captured the chef's special spark, but these books sure are favorites of mine.

                        As far as Rachael Ray is concerned, she's kind of a weird middle ground. Not really a celebrity and definitely not a chef, but pretty much at the center of this whole ghostwriter storm, my understanding (and my memory is pretty sketchy, but I think I have the essence of the story though some details may not be perfect) is that she actually got her start in recipe writing when she was working at a grocery store or similar, when she realized that customers didn't know how to use some of the ingredients. So, she started teaching classes. And she basically boiled it down to you can take combination "A" of flavors and do the following 6 things with them: 1) pizza, 2) pasta, 3) soup, 4) sandwich, 5)... and so on. And then she assembled a combination "B" of flavors and show that you could do the same 6 things. And so on. It was kind of a mix and match thing. Eventually, someone asked her to do her class on TV (local public television I think) and a cookbook was born of that. Sometime after that, the food network discovered her.

                        As far as her original mix and match concept, I actually think it's a brilliant way to teach people who are intimidated in the kitchen to cook without a recipe. I wish I could see her original concept...

                        But, overall, my favorite cookbooks tend not to be the chef/restaurant books. They tend to be books by the people who have a passion for and have devoted a good chunk of their lives to understanding a certain cuisine and have a gift for distilling their widsom into books for us. Dunlop, Kennedy, Hazan, and so on.

                        There was a point in my life, maybe 5 years ago, where I started acquiring chef/restaurant cookbooks under the theory that I might not be able to dine at all of these restaurants, but for about the price of a meal, I could acquire the cookbook and replicate the experience at home. I've since abandonned that philosophy but have quite an inventory of books I have a hard time parting with because I paid "too much" for them. :( .


                        1. re: The Dairy Queen
                          heidipie RE: The Dairy Queen Mar 21, 2012 11:11 AM

                          TDQ, you should check out another Melissa Clark book called "Chef, Interrupted." She's worked with all these whoop-dee-do chefs, and in this book she takes their signature recipes--Laurent Tourondel's Foie Gras BLT, Mario Batali's Mint Love Letters, etc.--and simplifies them very intelligently, so that you can cook them at home in an hour or so without dirtying every pan in your house. What I've made from here has been a lot of bang for the time commitment. I got it remaindered for $10.

                          1. re: heidipie
                            Caitlin McGrath RE: heidipie Mar 21, 2012 12:01 PM

                            heidipie, will you tell me what you've made and enjoyed from Chef, Interrupted? I have this book and very much like the concept (and that there are comments and suggestions with each recipe from both Clark and the chef whose dish it is), but I haven't really used it yet, save for one recipe: I was thrilled to discover that it contains the recipe for a restaurant dish I loved and had dreamed of for years (Mark Ladner's pasta with spicy cauliflower ragu - paired with farro instead of pasta in the book). I posted about that last year: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/792875

                            1. re: heidipie
                              The Dairy Queen RE: heidipie Mar 21, 2012 01:45 PM

                              "Melissa Clark Month" sounds like the perfect time to check out this book. Thanks for the tip. I'll look into it!


                            2. re: The Dairy Queen
                              jen kalb RE: The Dairy Queen Mar 21, 2012 02:11 PM

                              thanks for the thoughtful response. Perhaps I was too broadbrush, since these are among my favorite cookbooks too. and I can think of a few others that have integrity and have also been rescaled to be accessible to a home cook.. Maybe Mario Batali could have written a book with the same kind of integrity when he was starting out, but once books become a major income source these "writers" have about as much integrity as the best selling fiction writers who turn out fatter and fatter novels each year with the help of research staffs.

                    3. The Dairy Queen RE: L.Nightshade Mar 21, 2012 07:15 AM

                      I just wanted to mention that The Good Cook seems to be having a $10 sale right now where if you buy 3 books they are $10 each. If you buy one or two books, they are $12.50 each. I believe MC's "Cook This Now" is in TGC's eligible inventory...


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                      1. re: The Dairy Queen
                        herby RE: The Dairy Queen Mar 21, 2012 08:56 AM

                        DQ, I just checked TGC site and the only special that I see is buy 2 and get the 3rd for $1.99. I have a few books in my cart in unticipation of $10/book sale. Please look again and let me know how I can find this sale - thanks!

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                          The Dairy Queen RE: herby Mar 21, 2012 09:10 AM

                          Gah! For whatever reason, I can't login to TGC right now. I know about it because I received an email entitled "Our Sale Just Blossomed" announcing this "site wide" sale this morning.

                          Here is the fine print: 1 book for $12.50 or 3+ for $10 each is valid for a limited time only! This offer applies to books each with a minimum Member's Edition price of $10 and maximum price of $35. Combos, Featured Selections, Audio, Merchandise, Savings Plan Plus, BookSearchPLUS and other specialty priced selections are not eligible for this special offer. Your total savings will appear when you add your books to your shopping cart. Only items purchased at Member's Edition price count toward your Membership Commitment. Orders are shipped via regular delivery. Express shipping, gift-wrapping, sets and heavy/bulky items may incur additional surcharges. This offer supersedes other advertised offers and may not be combined with other offers. We reserve the right to limit the purchase of multiple quantities of each title. Catalog offers and online offers may vary. Other exclusions may apply.

                          I suspect you have to be a member, and perhaps even one who has met the member commitment, to receive this email. I've noticed sometimes in the past they email different members on different days. For instance I remember buttertart mentioned an email she received announcing a bundle sale that I didn't get. I got my email the next day.

                          Usually there's a "code" that goes with the sale. If I could login to the site, I could see the code, I think, and give you that. I'll try later.


                          1. re: The Dairy Queen
                            The Dairy Queen RE: The Dairy Queen Mar 21, 2012 09:25 AM

                            Coupon code: 20120320SCST1


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                              Rella RE: The Dairy Queen Mar 21, 2012 10:09 AM

                              Just curious - on the aforementioned 3 books - $10 each - about what is the shipping charge for those 3 books for members.

                              1. re: Rella
                                The Dairy Queen RE: Rella Mar 21, 2012 10:33 AM

                                I believe it's $2.50 because you're spending more than $25 (or whatever that limit to get the $2.50 shipping is...)


                                1. re: Rella
                                  The Dairy Queen RE: Rella Mar 24, 2012 07:00 AM

                                  Free shipping now!


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                                  herby RE: The Dairy Queen Mar 21, 2012 01:50 PM

                                  Thank you DQ! I think there was a message in my mailbox at home this morning from TGC. I didn't open as was in a hurry and will chack once I get home. I can't get my personal email at work but looked at my cart and it only gives my $1.99 for the cheapest book in it.

                                  1. re: herby
                                    The Dairy Queen RE: herby Mar 21, 2012 01:53 PM

                                    Yes, I'm pretty sure you can only access it by the email link. You might also be able to type in the code, but I can 't be sure.


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                                      herby RE: The Dairy Queen Mar 21, 2012 05:14 PM

                                      You are brilliant and absolutely right, DQ! As soon as I clicked the link from the email (and I received the same email as you did), all my basket items were $10 each:) Now to decide to buy all or some.... Wonder how long the sale will last.

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                                        herby RE: The Dairy Queen Mar 21, 2012 05:19 PM

                                        On a different subject: DQ, did you see a thread that Westminstress started on Evalasting Meal? I ordered the book and will get it once I am in US at my daughter's in a couple of weeks but the book sounds perfect for busy people and moms in particular. Keep your eyes on the thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/835444

                                        1. re: herby
                                          The Dairy Queen RE: herby Mar 21, 2012 05:51 PM

                                          Thank you, herby! I wonder if TGC has Everlasting Meal? Then I could get Homesick Texan and one other book for only $10 each!


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                                            herby RE: The Dairy Queen Mar 21, 2012 05:59 PM

                                            Unfortunately they do not; this is why I got it from amazon instead of waiting for the TGC sale. It was not too bad - $15 or so.

                              2. delys77 RE: L.Nightshade Mar 22, 2012 10:36 AM

                                Oh I wish you all luck. I'm sure it will be a great month for all those who participate. I will be away much of the month but I am sure to avidly read all your posts.

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                                  Westminstress RE: L.Nightshade Mar 23, 2012 07:51 AM

                                  I'm not a huge fan of Melissa Clark generally but last night I made the cabbage pasta from last week's NY Times, and it was excellent! I put Cook This Now on hold at my library, so I will cook along a bit if it comes in before the end of the month (there is a long waiting list).

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                                    LulusMom RE: Westminstress Mar 24, 2012 03:54 AM

                                    Glad to hear that pasta was so good. I saved the page - I thought all three recipes looked like they'd be worth a try, and lord knows we eat a lot of pasta around here. Thanks for the happy report.

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                                      Breadcrumbs RE: Westminstress Mar 24, 2012 06:05 AM

                                      Thanks for pointing this out Westminstress, after reading your post and, LM's noting there were 3 recipes I just had to check them out as I happen to have a cabbage-without-purpose in my fridge right now!

                                      Did you use a Napa cabbage for your pasta? That salad looks amazing too!

                                      For those who are interested, here's the link to the pasta:


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                                        LulusMom RE: Breadcrumbs Mar 24, 2012 09:52 AM

                                        The salad looks spectacular. And I have a real thing for cabbage in soup, so I'm looking forward to trying that too.

                                        I got my MC book last week, and took it out to dinner with me. After a couple of drinks and some good conversation (kidding) I found that the recipes either really appealed to me a lot, or left me totally cold. Not much in between, which seems rare in a book. One thing I loved was the bit at the end of each recipe (I think she calls it something like "what else") she gives suggestions of other ways to make the recipe, if you don't like or can't find a particular ingredient, etc. I thought that was extremely helpful.

                                        1. re: LulusMom
                                          The Dairy Queen RE: LulusMom Mar 24, 2012 11:11 AM

                                          Which book did you get , LLM? I've had a copy of Cook This Now for awhile. I"ve started to flip through it and I think it's interesting, though not amazing. But, ITKWAGA just arrived and I think I want to cook every recipe, just based on the index. I've haven't really looked at any of the recipes themselves, but on the surface they sound appealing.


                                          1. re: The Dairy Queen
                                            LulusMom RE: The Dairy Queen Mar 24, 2012 01:30 PM

                                            I got Cook This Now. Interesting that your preference is for ITKWAGA. If I'd known, that might well have effected (affected?) my decision, but I remember someone saying that she liked CTN much better, so I impetuously went for it. I'm not at all unhappy that I did, but it is definitely meaty enough that there will be a lot that I won't cook.

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                                            Breadcrumbs RE: LulusMom Mar 24, 2012 11:56 AM

                                            I got a good chuckle reading about your dining partner LM!! If you end up making that soup or salad, be sure to let us know what you think & I'll do the same.

                                            1. re: Breadcrumbs
                                              LulusMom RE: Breadcrumbs Mar 24, 2012 01:33 PM

                                              The salad is *really* calling out to me (as is the pasta). Glad you got a chuckle ... I seriously sat there with my book and a glass of wine, going through each recipe and lazily enjoying myself. Gosh, I love my babysitters, even when my husband is away!

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                                                Breadcrumbs RE: LulusMom Mar 24, 2012 03:14 PM

                                                Good for you LM...nothing like a little "me wine & a cookbook" time!! Truly.

                                      2. Berheenia RE: L.Nightshade Mar 24, 2012 01:06 PM

                                        To whoever proposed "In the kitchen with a good appetite", thank-you! I have been in a slump cooking wise for days now- living on leftovers and burgers- and now am saved! Just got my copy from the library and already sent a copy to my son who cooks and pregnant daughter in law who eats. They will love it plus they live in Manhattan, diligently go to the Farmers Market every weekend and hope to move to Brooklyn and did I mention they are having a baby?
                                        At first glance I want to make a lot of these recipes. I love her chapter names - "I was never a vegetarian", " Learning to love fish" and "Things with Cheese" - Looking forward to participating this month.

                                        1. Caitlin McGrath RE: L.Nightshade Mar 24, 2012 01:49 PM

                                          I'm fourth in line at the library for CTN, so might not even get in April, but I'm next in line for ITKWAGA, which is due April 1, so I hope to have it at the beginning of the month. Just looking at the recipe index on Eat Your Books makes me hungry, so I am looking forward to April!

                                          I just wanted to note for anyone wanting to sort through and consider what to make, that both books have a number of notes on EYB, which anyone, member or not, can view. So it might be of use to scroll through the indexes and click on the balloons in the recipe lists.

                                          ITKWAGA: http://www.eatyourbooks.com/library/7...

                                          CTN: http://www.eatyourbooks.com/library/9...

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                                            Goblin RE: Caitlin McGrath Mar 25, 2012 02:41 PM

                                            Thanks, Caitlin, this is good to know.

                                          2. jpr54_1 RE: L.Nightshade Mar 26, 2012 07:45 AM

                                            food52 Digest
                                            has article on a program by Melissa Clark for This Thursday

                                            1. L.Nightshade RE: L.Nightshade Mar 27, 2012 09:26 AM

                                              A pleasant surprise that bodes well for April:
                                              Last night I made one of my favorite cold weather dishes, a ratatouille and sausage pot pie with cornmeal crust. It's distinctive in that vegetables are roasted before joining the ratatouille, and sausage is added. I have it on a recipe card, but I googled it this morning because gingershelley asked about the ingredients on the WFD thread. Lo and behold, it's a Melissa Clark recipe! This is the fourth time I've made it since publication.

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                                                LulusMom RE: L.Nightshade Mar 28, 2012 02:54 AM

                                                I had a very similar experience. My husband is finally back in town, and last night we invited a visiting colleague of his to dinner. I served the Roasted Cremini Mushroom pasta with Chive Oil from 150 Best Recipes. While having the book sitting open I noticed that the second author on the recipe is none other than Melissa Clark.

                                              2. greedygirl RE: L.Nightshade Mar 29, 2012 06:22 AM

                                                I'm on holiday and late to this party but I'm wondering which book to get if any. I was hoping to find them in the bookstore here on Grand Cayman as it's so close to America but no luck. Any views?

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                                                  beetlebug RE: greedygirl Mar 29, 2012 06:56 AM

                                                  I would say Cook This Now. I haven't really looked at her earlier book, in the kitchen. But, in Cook This Now, she has a number of recipes from in the kitchen (maybe 20 bonus recipes?)

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                                                    LulusMom RE: greedygirl Mar 29, 2012 07:20 AM

                                                    Both get 4 and a half stars on (US) amazon, but In the Kitchen has almost twice as many reviews. But that probably has a lot to do with the fact that it has been out longer. I believe TDQ said that she liked In the Kitchen better. I only have Cook This Now, so other than giving you those stats I'm pretty unhelpful.

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                                                      The Dairy Queen RE: LulusMom Mar 29, 2012 08:23 AM

                                                      Of course, I haven't actually COOKED anything from either book. Hope to try tonight!

                                                      ITKWAGA was nominated for a couple of awards, too, which is encouraging. IACP, I think.


                                                    2. re: greedygirl
                                                      jpr54_1 RE: greedygirl Mar 29, 2012 07:40 AM

                                                      www.booksandbooks.com is a great retail book shop based in Miami but has shop in Grand Cayman Islands

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                                                        greedygirl RE: jpr54_1 Mar 29, 2012 02:33 PM

                                                        I went there but they didn't have any books at all by Melissa Clark.

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                                                          jpr54_1 RE: greedygirl Mar 29, 2012 03:00 PM

                                                          there is also book nook

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                                                            jpr54_1 RE: greedygirl Mar 29, 2012 03:03 PM


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                                                          jpr54_1 RE: greedygirl Mar 29, 2012 07:44 AM


                                                          they r based in Miami area and have good authors and signings

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                                                            Gio RE: jpr54_1 Mar 29, 2012 10:00 AM

                                                            Here's Clark's Cook This Now
                                                            at Books & Books... the info is half way down the page (in between all the Paula Deen & family books...! And In the Kitchen is further down.

                                                          2. re: greedygirl
                                                            nomadchowwoman RE: greedygirl Mar 30, 2012 08:07 AM

                                                            I don't have CTN, but I love ITKwaGA. Also, many, if not most, of these recipes are available on line, gg.

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                                                              Gio RE: nomadchowwoman Mar 31, 2012 07:27 AM


                                                          3. LulusMom RE: L.Nightshade Mar 31, 2012 04:32 PM

                                                            I've made 3 things from CTN in the past two days, and we liked everything. Will post tomorrow, but must say, I am impressed so far. And the family is happy, which is always good news.

                                                            1. L.Nightshade RE: L.Nightshade Mar 31, 2012 10:35 PM

                                                              Amazingly, we are now entering April. I still have a bottle of Metaxa with only 2 spoonfuls removed from it! But it's time to move on…
                                                              I'm jumping right in and cooking an MC dinner on April 1st. Can't wait to read everyone's forthcoming reports!
                                                              I've posted the index thread for Melissa Clark month here:

                                                              1. L.Nightshade RE: L.Nightshade Apr 6, 2012 09:42 AM

                                                                NEWS FROM MELISSA CLARK
                                                                (I posted this notice also in the index thread, but I don't know if anyone is actually reading to the bottom of that one, so I'm posting it here also.)
                                                                Melissa Clark has generously offered to answer our questions by email! She can be contacted at this address:
                                                                melissa at melissaclark dot net
                                                                At this time she is not planning to get involved with the threads, as she thinks there may be more honest discussion and critique if she is not present.
                                                                If you contact her with questions, please share your results with us!

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                                                                  Breadcrumbs RE: L.Nightshade Apr 6, 2012 09:45 AM

                                                                  That's wonderful LN, how nice of Ms Clark. I always enjoy it when we have an author join us and an arm's length involvement as Ms Clark suggests seems to provide us the best of both worlds! Very exciting, I hope folks share their interactions with her here. Thanks LN!

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                                                                    Gio RE: L.Nightshade Apr 6, 2012 09:46 AM

                                                                    Oh that's terrific of her. Thanks very much for telling us, LN. I wonder if she'll come back when her COTM month is over just for a little summation or such.

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                                                                      Breadcrumbs RE: Gio Apr 6, 2012 10:02 AM

                                                                      That's a wonderful idea Gio! I'd love that!

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                                                                        dkennedy RE: Breadcrumbs Apr 16, 2012 07:41 PM

                                                                        Someone mentioned Chef, Interrupted during the voting thread so I ordered it from the library. This is a collection of chefs' recipes deconstructed and simplified by Melissa. I was drawn to Suzanne Goin's recipe for The Arugula Mint Salad with Apricots and Cumin. I am hoping someone who has the book can tell me if I can substitute dried apricots for the fresh ones suggested in the recipe.

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