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May 10, 2012 02:43 PM

June 2012 Cookbook of the Month Nominations Are Now Open!

Welcome to the nomination thread for the June 2012 Cookbook of the Month!
We're all immersed in Spanish cuisine, but it's time to start thinking of June.

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:

Please use this thread to discuss the merits of a book, ask questions, and nominate books you would like to see advance into the voting round. 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 5pm Pacific Time on Tuesday May 15 (8pm May 15th on Eastern time, and 12 midnight GMT). At that time the books with the most nominations will advance to the voting thread.

I look forward to reading a new round of nominations!

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    1. I cann't believe we are at it again already! I have not had the time to post about Roden dishes that I made and have a long list of recipes to make...

      June is the month when we get lots of wonderful fresh seafood including lobster, fresh young greens, radishes, herbs, asparagus, strawberries.... Not a true grilling month for me but some outdoor cooking for sure.

      I do not have a book to suggest, just thinking out loud. Maybe a seafood book or a vegetable book?

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      1. re: herby

        I will be out of the country for the first 10 days of June and I am guessing there will be very little in the way of home cooked meals going on in our house during the following weeks. For this reason, I am going to sit this one out. I'll enjoy living vicariously through all of you while I read the discussion.

        1. re: herby

          I agree with your comments. June is a time for market cooking, but not Italian or Mexican, since those cuisines really benefit from waiting until the full range of summer produce is available. Here are a couple of ideas to throw out there:

          Food52 book and website (accessible and something for everyone)
          Something vegetable focused, maybe Heidi Swanson books and website?
          Something else I've been interested in since reading An Everlasting Meal is Edna Lewis' The Taste of Country Cooking.

          1. re: Westminstress

            Taste of country cooking was a cotm 5 years ago. I can't believe we've been cooking together for that long.


            My memory is that month was a slow cotm. Not a lot of participation for some reason.

            1. re: beetlebug

              Oh, that's so interesting. I looked through old threads but missed this somehow. I'll have to check out the old threads.

        2. Also just thinking out loud, would there be any interest in Joan Nathan's books?

          Her most famous is probably "Jewish Cooking in America".

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          1. re: blue room

            I think Jewish Cooking - in any or all countries would be good. Even though "... in America" would no doubt encompass a lot of background recipes from other countries, perhaps an extra thread for all countries. But.. that would be quite a thread to manage.

            A book, The Complete Guide to Traditional Jewish Cooking" by Marlena Spieler


            includes "... dishes from Russia, Poland, Ukraine, Germany, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Morocco, Egypt, Iran, Israel, the Middle East, India, the United States and Latin America."

            Looking pretty-much like food we eat here in America, too.
            In this book, there is no history - just recipes and pictures; 1400 pictures, each beautifully tempting.

            1. re: blue room

              I've been thinking of Jewish books as well, Blueroom. The two books I have and like very much are:

              >The Book of Jewish Food: An Odyssey from Samarkand to New York by Claudia Roden

              >Arthur Schwartz's Jewish Home Cooking: Yiddish Recipes Revisited by Arthur Schwartz: he has a terrific recipe for Chinese-American chow mein.

              I also have his The Southern Italian Table and love it. Here are some recipes from his many other books...

              1. re: Gio

                I also like the idea of Jewish cooking-
                there is both ,Sephardic and Ashkenazi

                1. re: Gio

                  I have had Claudia Roden's Book of Jewish Food for a long time but have rarely cooked from it. I have spent some time reading various parts. In addition to lots of recipes (both Sephardic and Ashkenazi). The recipes come from all over the world and there's lots of info and wonderful old photos.

                  I'd be happy to vote for it as a COTM.

                  1. re: Gio

                    Finally tried the Arthur Schwartz Chinese-American chow mein last Sunday --

                    very happy with it -- thanks, Gio.

                    1. re: blue room

                      I'm so glad you liked it BR. For others who may be interested here's the on-line recipe...

                2. It is always so much fun to start out on the quest for the *next* book. The discussion that leads to the choice, and the one-by-one trickle of votes at the end--so exciting! The problem is, my enthusiasm for the current book immediately wanes, and I hate that. Must remember there are 20 more days left in this month!

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                  1. re: blue room

                    So true. Although this month is proving the exception to the rule for me, as I'm really enjoying these books.

                    1. re: blue room

                      Blue Room, I hear you, I haven't even used the chorizo or the Jamon Serrano yet.... Hold on!

                    2. Not nominating yet but here are three newish booksworth considering:

                      1. James Petterson updated Vegetables - 30 new veggies and 50 new recipes
                      2. The Farm by Ian Knauer
                      3.Fresh and Easy by Jane Hornby is focused on spring fruit and vegatables