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May 2012 Cookbook of the Month, Including Post Mortem Discussion: "Food of Spain" and "Moro: the Cookbook"

Welcome to the May 2012 Cookbook of the Month! This month we will be cooking from Claudia Roden's Food of Spain, and Sam and Sam Clark's Moro: the Cookbook.

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:
http://www.chow.com/cookbook_of_the_m...

If you are curious about the selection process, and the accompanying discussion, the nominating thread is here:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/843409
And the voting thread is here:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/844307
Also, there is quite a bit of information, and links to recipes, to be found in the announcement thread here:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/844918

For enhanced camaraderie, and for ease of comparing dishes, this month our books are divided into only four threads, based on types of food. You can report on recipes from either book in these threads, and compare and contrast similar dishes. The page numbers for Moro are from the 2011 paperbound edition, if your pagination is different, please go by the chapter titles. I believe there is only one edition of Food of Spain, so we should all be on the same page with that one, so to speak.

I tried to keep the contents of the threads aligned as much as possible. For example, FOS's chapter on egg dishes went under the tapas thread, because Moro includes the tortilla under tapas. But do expect that there will be some overlap, and some contradiction in these threads, because the divisions in the books are not identical.

Here are the links to the reporting threads:

The Tapas and First Courses Thread is here:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/846987
Including:
Food of Spain - Tapas, pages, 147 - 167
Food of Spain - Egg Dishes, pages 195 - 205
Food of Spain - Savory Pies and Tarts, pages 207 - 223
Moro - Tapas and Mezze, pages 21 - 52
Moro - Fish Starters, pages 11 - 106
Moro - Meat Starters, pages 107 - 134
Moro - Vegetable Starters, pages 135 - 158

The Soups, Vegetables, Starches, and Legumes Thread is here:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/846988
Including:
Food of Spain - Soups, pages 169 - 193
Food of Spain - Salads and Vegetables, pages 225 - 295
Food of Spain - Rice and Pasta, pages 439 - 481
Food of Spain - Beans and Chickpea Stews, pages 483 - 499
Moro - Soups, pages 53 - 76
Moro - Rices, pages 159 - 176
Moro - Vegetables, pages 227 - 246

The Fish, Poultry, and Meat Thread is here:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/846989
Including:
Food of Spain - Fish and Seafood, pages 297 - 347
Food of Spain - Poultry and Game, pages 349 - 391
Food of Spain - Meat, pages 393 - 437
Moro - Fish Main Courses, pages 177 - 200
Moro - Meat Main Courses, pages 201 -226

The Miscellaneous Thread is here:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/846990
Including:
Food of Spain - Stocks and Basics, pages 123 - 131
Food of Spain - Dressings and Sauces, pages 133 - 145
Food of Spain - Desserts and Pastries, pages 501 - 577
Food of Spain - Drinks, pages 579 - 588
Moro - Bread, pages 9 - 20
Moro - Sauces and Dressings, pages 247 - 260
Moro - Puddings, pages 261 - 279

As an adjunct to the above threads for the COTM, BigSal has kindly posted a Spanish Month Companion Thread for cooking from other Spanish cookbooks. Please visit that thread here:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/846970

In addition to using the above threads to report on specific recipes, please feel free to use this thread for general impressions, menu ideas, ingredient sources, and links to online recipes. Also, please come back to this thread to share some of your general impressions and opinions of these books. Your input can be very helpful to future COTM members and cookbook shoppers!

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.

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  1. Thanks so much LN and what a thoughtful approach to organizing the threads. When I looked at the books I thought they were fairly dissimilar so kudos to you for pulling this off. As I said on the adjunct thread, having gone through each of these books page by page, I definitely found far more dishes that appealed in Moro. That's why I love these COTM's though because often others find hidden gems you'd otherwise miss.

    Big thanks to you for making this month happen in such a responsive way. I truly feel that ther's something for everyone this month.

    1. Thanks for the tremendous job of sorting through the two books for our posting efforts.
      I was looking online for any recipes from the "Moro: the Cookbook." I looked through the discussion thread and didn't see any links to any recipes - I may have overlooked any links.

      Here is a recipe link to Bulgur, Celery and Pomegranate Salad Recipe

      http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives/...

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      1. re: Rella

        JoanN provided this link to many Moro recipes (or at any rate, their names and the site where they can be found via a search) in that thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8449...

        1. re: Caitlin McGrath

          I had good luck in finding both the recipes I have made so far on the web. Because I very much appreciated other people adding links they found to specific recipes last month, I'm going to try to do the same when possible (please, memory, let me remember to do this). It was so helpful to me when others did it - thanks to all who did.

        1. If anyone in the NYC area is looking for a copy of Moro, I ordered it through interlibrary loan but got it from another source. I just heard that the book came in, but I no longer need it. Maybe someone else would like to check it out if that's allowed? Let me know and I can give you more details.

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          1. re: Westminstress

            I have a question about how to cook frozen butter beans that I will be using in a salad out Moro. No directions on the package are given and I don't want to over or undercook them. Thoughts?

          2. Here's a link to this month's companion thread for other Spanish cookbooks (so it can be found after this month): http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/846970

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            1. re: Caitlin McGrath

              It's also in the body of the main text above. I thought it might get hard to find if it was down in the response posts!

              1. re: L.Nightshade

                Oops, thanks L.Nightshade, I missed that.