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July 2012 Cookbook of the Month Nominations are Now Open!

Welcome to the nomination thread for the July 2012 Cookbook of the Month.

I know it's a little bit early, I've been posting on the 10th, but I'm going to be working out of town, and may not have a chance to get online the next few days. So it's time to start thinking about the book we'd like to cook from in July. We'll have plenty of time to discuss, chose, and locate a winning book by July 1st.

If you're new to the COTM, or if you've been curious and 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...

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.

I'll be away much of the week, and I'm keeping the nomination thread open until 5pm Pacific Time on Friday, June 15 (8pm on June 15th Eastern time, and 12 midnight GMT). At that time the books with the most nominations will advance to the voting thread.

We'll be in the full swing of summer, many of us will have garden, CSA, and market bounties to play with. There are great meals to come, so let's start nominating!

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  1. Just returned from Paris and I haven't adjusted to the time change so I am catching up on my Chowhound reading. I can't believe it is already time for nominations! I'd like to start the discussion off by asking a question: what kind of food comes to mind when you think of Summertime cooking? And as a follow up question: what cookbook would you turn to if you were making that kind of food?

    I hope this is ok with you L.Nightshade, I don't want to make the nomination thread unbearable but I think it will help fine tune a great summer pick. We all have such diverse collections and I would love it if we could find that perfect summer read, even if it means I have to buy a new book.

    For me, Summertime cooking brings to mind fried chicken. I don't know why... maybe it's because it is so versatile - in a picnic basket, eaten on the beach, taken to the Hollywood Bowl (outdoor concert). That, and lemonade. My go-to recipe for fried chicken is from Thomas Keller's book, Ad Hoc at Home. But my summertime favorite read is The Blackberry Farm Cookbook by Sam Neal. I also really love Summertime, Anytime by Dana Slatkin.

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    1. re: dkennedy

      Welcome back! Hope you had a great time. I'll be checking the France board to see how it went food-wise.

      1. re: LulusMom

        Hi LLM! It will be some time before I am organized enough to post about my trip. Both my kids had tons of school work to take with us, and we are in the throws of finishing everything up. But I will get around to it eventually.

      2. re: dkennedy

        DK, do you know that Sam Neal is publishing another book this fall - The Foothill Cuisine of Blackberry Farm? Maybe for the next summer?

      3. Thanks once again LN, these things do come up fast and furious don't they!!

        Good question dk! For me, summertime means grilling, dining al fresco on fresh from the market ingredients. Definitely lots of meals heavy on vegetables and fruits of the season.

        I have lots of market/produce/veggie/farm-to-table and grilling cookbooks, many of which are far too under-utilized. I'll be looking to those for inspiration in the months ahead and will return here w some ideas to toss out for potential COTM-worthy nominees.

        1. grilling and bbq would be great for the summer

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          1. re: jpr54_1

            SUMMERTIME GRILLING GUIDE
            by the Splendid Table

            or any of Steve Raichlen books
            bbq or grilling

          2. Summertime cooking for me is a lot of group eating - picnics in the park and grilling in people's backyards, so I make a lot of dishes that are easy to transport and don't need to be served warm. Drinks of choice in the summer are usually roses and sangria. I also tend to spend a lot of time visiting Jean-Talon market in the summer and coming home with entirely too many fruits and vegetables, so dinner is often vegetarian or nearly meat-free if it's just me.

            For July, we'll be in the Yukon for the first half of the month, followed by the bf starting the relocation process to SF, and then I'll have houseguests for a week, so I'm not sure that I'll have any time for cooking. I may have to sit next month out, but I'll be reading along.

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            1. re: TxnInMtl

              You're moving to SF?? You must be thrilled (not that Montreal isn't wonderful too, but coooooold).

              1. re: LulusMom

                I'm extremely excited. It's been on my list of places to live for a while now. I'm also happy that I'll get to spend the rest of the summer here (bf moves out there first) for all of the festivals and then move before the snow resumes.

                1. re: TxnInMtl

                  TxnlnMtl - a third welcome - I live about half way down the peninsula (@ 15 miles south of SF).
                  You're going to love the restaurants, the farmer's markets and the weather ( native city dwellers become experts in the art of dressing in layers). San Fran is a beautiful city, though you're going to need all your parallel parking skills - and good parking 'Karma' too!

                  1. re: Blythe spirit

                    Thanks. I am so excited for the restaurants and farmer's markets. I love Montreal's restaurants and markets, but the cuisine leans heavily French, whereas I usually crave Asian and Mexican, and the growing season here is incredibly short. I can't wait to have both of those issues solved. Hmm, it sounds like from what you're saying, Montreal's been good preparation for SF. I have mastered layering while here and have had to parallel park the entire time while dealing with parking shortages. It's good to know those skills won't go to waste!

                    1. re: TxnInMtl

                      TxnlnMtl,
                      The availability and diversity of food stuff here (as well as the mild weather )may spoil you forever... My parents recently retired and moved further north/inland and practically all they do is complain how much they miss the bay area (food and weather wise). Although I'm close to SF, I don't get up there as much as I'd like because, well... driving in the city is not for the faint of heart or those who feel most comfortable following driving rules :-)
                      When I do go up there, I love to go to the Ferry Building. They have the most amazing array of little food shops.

                2. re: LulusMom

                  TxninMtl: Well, as one who lives across the Bay from SF, I can vouch for nice warm summers and never snowing winters in Oakland. We are having a bit of a drought right now, but remember the brilliant statement by Mark Twain - "The coldest winter I ever spent was one summer in San Francisco."

                  Welcome to NoCal!

                    1. re: TxnInMtl

                      Welcome from me, too. Oakjoan and I have occasionally had to compete for library copies of COTM books (I am also in the East Bay), but hopefully if you're in SF we won't make it a three-way brawl! After you're relocated, give a shout if you want to get together for a market-exploration jaunt or anything.

                      P.S. I have heard that that Mark Twain quip is apochryphal.

                      1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                        I'll try to avoid three-way brawls! Thank you so much. Market-exploration is very high on my list of things to do as soon as I get into the city.

                        1. re: TxnInMtl

                          Oh lucky you TxninMtl. FYI, I picked up the San Francisco Ferry Plaza Farmers' Market Cookbook from the Book Passage (a wonderful book store btw!!) on a recent visit to Ca. and what's nice about this book is it's organized by months of the year so you quickly get a sense of the Ca. growing season. It might be worth a look.

                          We love Marché Jean-Talon and Marché Atwater in Mtl - especially for the amazing cheeses but that San Francisco Ferry Plaza market is something else. On one visit there we were so excited about the amazing ingredients on offer we cancelled our dinner reservations at Spago and opted to dine-in at our vacation rental on all the stunning ingredients we'd picked up earlier! We still laugh about that to this day!

                          1. re: Breadcrumbs

                            Oh the Ferry Building! How I envy SF's access to the Ferry Building, it's markets, and all the bounty you have access there. Enjoy!

                            1. re: Breadcrumbs

                              Thank you for the book suggestion. It sounds lovely and the recipes on EYB look good as well. Your description of Ferry Plaza market sounds like it's going to be a dangerous place for us! We always leave Jean-Talon with entirely too many things, but even overspending at the market is cheaper than expensive dinners out.

                              1. re: TxnInMtl

                                Great point TxinMtl! I'll have to live vicariously through your visits there!

                                1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                  If I lived in SF I would frequent the Ferry Bldg every day!!!! On Saturdays it is the setting for the most amazing Farmer's Market. You will have to try the french bread with homemade cream cheese and locally cured lox (it is beyond words); the porchetta; and the healthy vegan shakes sold in glass bottles. Those are the three stand outs from the Farmer's Market that take me back in time when I think of them. Inside the bldg itself visit the mushroom vendor (fresh and dried): Cowgirl Creamery; Acme Bread; and Blue Bottle Coffee. The list goes on and on and I am only listing the highest of the highlights. You are going to L-O-V-E I-T!

                                  1. re: dkennedy

                                    You had me at homemade cream cheese. Sounds fantastic!

                3. Welcome back DK.. good question indeed. It's funny that although Summer does bring all the wonderful seasonal fruit and vegetables some of us in the Northeast dream about during the Winter and Spring the food I most think of during Summer is seafood. even though we eat it all year round. It's just that lobsters, fried whole-belly clams, bluefish, clambakes on the beach mean Summer to me. I suppose it's because I grew up quite near the ocean and even now live about 3-ish miles, as the crow flies, from the Atlantic.

                  I think a cookbook that focuses on typically warm weather foods, either year round or seasonal, would be appropriate for July. It's actually August and September here when the full seasonal bounty starts appearing in gardens and farm markets but there's much to look forward to in July as well. I'll have to see what I have on my shelves that speaks to these coming lazy days of Summer...

                  I don't have any Summer centric cookbooks at present but here's a good place to start, I think:
                  http://www.npr.org/2012/05/14/1526945...

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                  1. re: Gio

                    Fried whole belly clams - YUM!

                    1. re: Gio

                      I'm with you, Gio. Summer to me is fish and shellfish--especially since I don't have access to an outdoor grill.

                      I know this doesn't have a chance in hell, but I'm nominating it anyway: LOBSTER AT HOME by Jasper White.

                      Don't know about the rest of the country, but here in NYC lobster is cheaper than most beef and nearly all organic, free-range poultry. Last New Year's Eve I made his Baked Stuffed Lobster with crabmeat, and it was the best lobster dish I'd ever had--in a restaurant or out. So if a grill book wins, I'll probably be exploring this anyway. Anyone care to join me?

                      1. re: JoanN

                        I agree with you Joan, it probably does not have a chance of winning, but I love it! I just bought myself a used copy of Lobster at Home. I have made lobster only a handful of times, one of which was during culinary school. It is crazy expensive out here, so usually only the tails and only on a very special occasion.

                        1. re: JoanN

                          I Love Jasper. and... I Love Lobster. and... I Love Baked Stuffed Lobster. and... I have the book. and... I haven't made his Baked Stuffed Lobster ...yet. I'll meet you at the dock.

                          LOBSTER AT HOME by Jasper White.

                          1. re: JoanN

                            I'd be up for Lobster at Home. If it is a stand alone book for the month that would be fine with me, but if it were paired with something I'd rather see it paired with another protein centric book (Fish without a doubt, a grilling book, or a bbq book, for instance).

                            1. re: qianning

                              I think lobster is way too expensive for some (definitely for me) to be a stand alone book.

                            2. re: JoanN

                              I do love that book, JoanN, but Maine lobster is so expensive here--and in many other places (oddly, in Atlanta. my sister can almost always get it cheap)--that I/others probably wouldn't try too many recipes. But I've tried a few over the years and would love to try a few more so it would be great if this could be paired with something else like Fish Without a Doubt (which would give me a great excuse to acquire it).

                              1. re: nomadchowwoman

                                If this is a repeat forgive me, I had a post that "disappeared".

                                How about: LOBSTER AT HOME + FWAD RE-VISIT? (for FWAD, I'm agnostic about starting new threads versus agreeing to add to the old threads)

                                1. re: qianning

                                  AFAIK. revisits have always added to the original threads; makes sense to keep it all together.

                                  Neither lobster or grilling are possibilities for me, but since I wasn't able to cook from it first time around, I'd be in favor of a FISH WITHOUT A DOUBT REVISIT.

                                  1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                                    In full agreement on revisits posting to the original threads. Especially for FWAD for which there was a pre-COTM thread as well. It's so helpful having all reports on a recipe together in one place, preferably one following another, and being able to reap the benefits of previous reviewers' experiences.

                                2. re: nomadchowwoman

                                  I don't have Fish Without a Doubt, and I don't think my shelves could hold another stand alone fish book - unless you all convince me otherwise. Last season I acquired For Cod and Country which is pretty spectacular. If the vote goes in favor of LOBSTER AT HOME and a revisit of FWOAD, perhaps we could add another adjunct fish cookbook thread?

                                  1. re: dkennedy

                                    Take a look at the FW/out threads and see if stuff appeals to you. My guess is that it will, and that you'll find space. It is a really really good book.

                                    1. re: dkennedy

                                      I didn't think I needed FWAD either. I had James Peterson's Fish & Shellfish, Jane Brody's Good Seafood Book, Shirley King's Fish: The Basics, a book from The Hunting and Fishing Library by a Field & Stream editor called Cleaning & Cooking Fish, A. J. McClane's The Encyclopedia of Fish Cookery, and Creole Gumbo and All That Jazz (a New Orleans seafood book). I don't have For Cod and Country (although I'm sorely tempted by it). I put all those other books aside once I started reading the Moonen book and am quite certain I've made at least double the number of recipes from that one book in the past two years as I have from all the other books combined. It's one of my top ten favorites. Throw something out if you have to.

                                      1. re: JoanN

                                        "Throw something out if you have to."

                                        Love it Joan, you cracked me right up w that comment!! Thanks for a good chuckle.

                                        1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                          Oh dear, you enablers are going to cause my house to fall through its foundation!

                                3. re: Gio

                                  Mmm fish & seafood! So delicious. Now you've inspired me Gio. I'm thinking about pairing a produce/farm mkt cookbook with a Fish Without A Doubt re-visit.....

                                  I'm actually supposed to be working right now (brought some stuff home w me this weekend) but couldn't resist taking a quick peek here while I break to make a tea!

                                  1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                    I could definitely wrap my head around doing a revisit of Fish w/out a Doubt.

                                4. There was a lot of talk about Fried Chicken and Champagne months ago - anyone still interested in that? And I expect there aren't many of us interested, but I'll toss out the idea ASIAN TOFU by Andrea Ngyuen (many thanks to the COTM regular who suggested I'd like this book). We had a lot of success with her Vietnamese book.

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                                  1. re: LulusMom

                                    I've been looking at ASIAN TOFU and this will give me an excuse to buy it:) My other suggestions are:
                                    TAPAS by Joyce Goldstein and LATIN GRILL by Rafael Palomino - both are small books and will give people grill and no-grill options - I did not cook from either of these books
                                    MAIN CLASSICS by Clark - I bought this book last summer and really need a good nudge to start cooking from it

                                      1. re: Gio

                                        Yes, Gio, this is the book. I do not remember what attracted me to it in the first place but would relly like to give it a go this summer.

                                      2. re: herby

                                        I have LATIN GRILL and would love an excuse to cook out of it. Bought it last summer along with several other grill books.

                                        1. re: dkennedy

                                          I thought if we combine Latin Grill with Tapas, there would be lots of variety for everyone. I am going to cook a lot in July and need simple, seasonal, kid-friendly dishes along with a bit of taste complexity for the grown ups.

                                      3. re: LulusMom

                                        If by any chance the Asian Tofu book advances in the process, any chance of pairing it with her Asian Dumpling book?

                                        1. re: qianning

                                          I think that's a great idea, qianning. I've had the dumpling book for a while now and would love a nudge to get into it.

                                            1. re: LulusMom

                                              OK, then ASIAN TOFU + ASIAN DUMPLINGS, both by Andrea Ngyuen.

                                              1. re: qianning

                                                and go ahead and add ASIAN DUMPLINGS to my nomination.

                                                1. re: LulusMom

                                                  ASIAN DUMPLINGS seconded, fingers crossed.

                                                2. re: qianning

                                                  Gosh, all worthy nominations to be sure. Here, north of Boston, lobsters are insanely cheap so I can sympathize with those for whom it's not. I could do Ngyuen's tofu book, a revisit of Fish Without A Doubt, or a bbq book (we have a Weber book, a Raichlen book and a Schlesinger book).

                                                  For the record, I heartily agree with those who said FWOD is a favorite...and I say practically indispensable, too. Also, I'm in full agreement on revisits being posted to the original threads.

                                                  Here's the pre-COTM thread for FWOD...
                                                  http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/584841

                                                  1. re: Gio

                                                    Gio, are you nominatiing or just putting the abbreviated title for "Fish Without..." in caps?

                                                    1. re: blue room

                                                      Just abbreviating, not nominating, Blueroom.

                                                      1. re: Gio

                                                        You know, that is as plain as clear light to me now--don't know what I was thinking.

                                                  2. re: qianning

                                                    Great idea to pair Asian Tofu and Asian Dumplings. I hope to try to make fresh tofu again soon.The taste is so much better than store bought, but the texture of mine needs some work. For me, dedicating time to Asian Dumplings would be better suited to a little cooler weather (September or October or during the winter). So for now I'll nominate LOBSTER AT HOME + FWAD RE-VISIT.

                                                    1. re: BigSal

                                                      to clarify my nomination LOBSTER AT HOME + FISH WITHOUT A DOUBT

                                                3. re: qianning

                                                  I'd be very enthusiastic about cooking from the Asian Dumpling book. Take a look here
                                                  http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1580...
                                                  Lots of variety.

                                                  1. re: blue room

                                                    Oh yes!! I have Asian Dumpling and love it. I make a mean momo, thanks to Andrea's videos!

                                                    ASIAN TOFU + ASIAN DUMPLINGS

                                                  2. re: qianning

                                                    I am all for it!

                                                    ASIAN TOFU + ASIAN DUMPLINGS

                                                    1. re: herby

                                                      couldnt we pair asian dumplings with something else asian like a Thai maybe? I just dont see myself making dumplings any time soon. this feels very specialized

                                                      1. re: jen kalb

                                                        I'd struggle with the tofu, personally. I don't mind it once in a while, but it would be a tough sell for Mr GG.

                                                  3. Yikes -- both grilling and lobster out of my league/reach/comfort zone. No problem. We do have a propane grill thingy (pictured) which might work -- used for steaks once in a while, I'll dust it off.
                                                    As for lobster, I see online that Alaskan halibut and monkfish are the most acceptable subs for lobster -- what you need is a firm-fleshed sweet white fish. (Would you agree?)

                                                    1. BEAN BY BEAN by Crescent Bandwagon
                                                      THE FARM by Ian Knauer
                                                      EAT WITH YOUR HANDS by Zak Pellachio

                                                      these three looked interesting-

                                                      maybe also a cookbook on parts of animal- pig head, snout, heart, lung,. feet,etc
                                                      not just pig-veal, beef, sheep

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                                                      1. re: jpr54_1

                                                        JPR54_1

                                                        I would be very interested to hear about your experience with Eat with Your Hands. I loved Fatty Cue when I was in New York and his book is on my wish list. Have you cooked out of it yet? How approachable are the recipes?

                                                        1. re: dkennedy

                                                          No I haven't cooked from it-
                                                          it looked interesting and fun
                                                          It was rec. on Kitchen Arts and Letters

                                                          1. re: dkennedy

                                                            I looked into this book (Eat With Your Hands) when I heard all the buzz. When I looked on EYB, I saw that there are a few recipes online ( the crispy pork belly and watermelon salad looked intriguing). Also thought the fried chicken with curry leaves looked like something fun to try.While surveying the ingredients list for the indexed recipes, I saw many items that looked quite esoteric (sauces I've never heard of, cuts of meat I've never seen at the butcher, etc). Don't have the book but the online recipes were very involved, and would definitely require special shopping and extensive prep. Definitley special occasion , 'restaurant type' dishes.

                                                        2. thinking about summer, I think light - southest asian, salads, fruits, etc. - since the farmers markets really dont start coming in with tomatoes, peppers corn etc here til August I am less enthusiastic about a garden related book for July.

                                                          We dont grill so a grilling book is not very interesting.
                                                          Id be most interested in thai or fish related cooking at this point, or another hot-climate book maybe a latin book with an emphasis on salsas etc.. id also be happy to do middle eastern or moroccan cooking, because of the light and cool orientation, but recognize that we have had a lot from that region lately.

                                                          1. Thinking out loud (well, in type) for now...

                                                            To me summer cooking means more cooking outdoors. I live in the South, so I grill all year, but the longer daylight hours of summer make me more likely to cook outside on a weeknight. Also trying to keep the kitchen cool. It also means I am almost a slave to the produce from the garden. I go through the squash with every meal stage, and then add the tomatoes with every meal plan to that. At least I didn't plant eggplant this year. And then there is the fruit. Strawberries have already come and gone around here, but there will be summer blackberries and of course, peaches.

                                                            I'd like to see Steven Raichlen's Planet Barbecue be a COTM. Paired with a veggie book, because I know there are some loyal COTMers who don't eat much meat. I've cooked quite a bit from Planet Barbecue, and I just love the variety of dishes, and most everything has been quite good.

                                                            I'd also be up for Latin Grill, once again paired with something else. I think almost any grilling book is going to need to have a partner to up the veggie quotient.

                                                            dkennedy's comment about summer bringing fried chicken to mind, made me think in another direction. Andrew Carmellini's book, American Flavor, has been out for a while now, and should have broad appeal. I've only made one recipe from it, for a "Korean" steak, but it was really good. And yes, there is a fried chicken recipe in there. Also several pies, for that fruit.

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                                                            1. re: MelMM

                                                              I have three Raichlen's bbq books and just bought the Planet Barbecue book today. It has 309 recipes from 60 countries.

                                                              I'm not very fond of meat, but many recipes look quite exciting.

                                                              1. re: Rella

                                                                I could get my head around Planet BBQ, via Rella's desription - 309 recipes from 60 countries to try outdoors in July? What could be better than that in summer?

                                                                LOVE to make other cuisines than American BBQ when grilling, so this intreagues the most so far.

                                                                I know some COTM's don't have outdoor grilling, but here in the NW, we sure don't have any sort of cheap lobster. That seems WAY to pricey as a topic for any off the Eastern seaboard...

                                                            2. A bad cold and post-school year exhaustion has kept me from full participation this month - so not sure I should even have a say and will probably sit out the voting for July. Nonetheless, thought I'd mention that I'd be thrilled with a fish/vegetable theme. My copy of Fish Without A Doubt arrived yesterday ( thanks for the suggestion from LuLus mom, Breadcrumbs and Joan N) and I
                                                              can hardly wait to try some of the recipes. I know the Jasper White books are supposed to be fabulous too - though I'm not sure my love of eating lobster could overcome my squeamishness at the thought of... the preparations that must precede this. In any event, I hope to do a little cooking no matter the outcome of the vote.

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                                                              1. re: Blythe spirit

                                                                Oh Blythe S. I do hope you love it as much as some of us did. That book has some truly great recipes, and I need to get back into cooking from it. But be sure to check out the reviews from when it was COTM: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/600185 - I can remember trying things I read about that it hadn't occurred to me would be good and being knocked out by them. Hope you feel better soon. Those summer colds are no fun (it is summer here, not sure about where you are).

                                                                1. re: LulusMom

                                                                  Thanks for the link, LuLus Mom. I had taken a peek after I heard such glowing recommendations and I saw that there were more than a few 'winners' that month. After looking thru a few more of the previous months I also ordered the Dunlop book! It seems that book was a great favorite as well. Reading the older COTM posts is turning out to be more informative than online cookbook reviews - though more dangerous to the budget!
                                                                  I live in the SF Bay area and have access to all kinds of seafood, though it's not cheap. The fear of mercury, making an expensive mistake and eating something non-sustainable has really made me averse to cooking fish. But I think the Moonen Book will be the right vehicle to
                                                                  get me started. So thanks again :-)

                                                                  1. re: Blythe spirit

                                                                    You're going to love Fish W/out and you're going to love Dunlop! I'm almost jealous that you're getting to try them for the first time.

                                                                    And I also love those old COTM threads. I love to go back and reread them every once in a while.

                                                                    1. re: Blythe spirit

                                                                      Giggling a bit at the thought of a FWAD revisit because I never stopped visiting it in the first place. I think my most recent post was barely a week ago. I agree with LLM that for those of you to whom the book is new, I almost envy your initial exploration of it. Official revisit or no, at least a few of us will continue to cook from this marvelous book. Come join us on the old threads.

                                                                      1. re: JoanN

                                                                        I use Fish Without A Doubt at least three times every two weeks as well. A revisit would just be life as usual, just like JoanN. I do think that there needs to be a fish book if something like Lobster is chosen. I am allergic to almost everything in that book.

                                                                        1. re: JoanN

                                                                          You're all making it awfully hard for me to resist the siren call of Amazon - and Fish Without a Doubt!

                                                                          1. re: greedygirl

                                                                            keep your pants on there greedygirl. You've just inspired me. Lets hope the post is fast.

                                                                        2. re: Blythe spirit

                                                                          I have the same problem with the older COTM posts. They're incredibly helpful, but I feel like I've ended up buying half the books! Dunlop's book have become some of my favorites. I just wish I had been around for the initial rounds of cooking!

                                                                    2. Per my post up-thread, I checked my bookshelves last night and looked for produce books I loved or that I'd love to cook more from. I did a quick EYB search and eliminated ones that weren't on many bookshelves. I'd love to pair one of these books w a Fish Without A Doubt re-visit. Here's what I came up with:

                                                                      Stephanie Alexander’s Kitchen Garden Companion by Stephanie Alexander

                                                                      Vegetable Love by Barbara Kafka

                                                                      Seasons by Donna Hay

                                                                      The Victory Garden Cookbook by Marian Morash

                                                                      Smith & Hawken The Gardener’s Community Cookbook by Victoria Wise

                                                                      Eating Local: 150 Recipes from the Farm to Your Table by Janet Fletcher & Sur La Table
                                                                       
                                                                      Newer books that I also think would be COTM-worthy some day once folks have a chance to acquire them:

                                                                      The Farm: Rustic Recipes for a Year of Incredible Food by Ian Knauer

                                                                      The Sunset Edible Garden Cookbook by Sunset Magazine (so many amazing looking dishes and great variety)

                                                                      and a book that I’m loving (it often comes up in my EYB searches when I’m looking for recipes for a certain item of produce) but it doesn’t seem that popular in EYB:

                                                                      Cooking From the Garden by Ruth Lively

                                                                      Does anyone have an interest in any of these books...thoughts?

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                                                                      1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                        Breadcrumbs, I just have to put my two cents in ( I'm not voting this month ) and mention that The Victory Garden Cookbook is one of my all time favorite cookbooks. Every recipe I've tried from that book has been good! It's too bad it's out of print. My copy is falling apart from use - and I can't say that about many of my books.

                                                                        1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                          Marian Morash has another book that I've used often over the years - Fish and Vegetables Cookbook. Anyone else has it? It is also an old book and everything I made out of it always turned out well.

                                                                          1. re: herby

                                                                            I have that book and I agree it is excellent. Maybe it would satisfy those looking for a fish or lobster COTM? Seems much more accessible and flexible than what has been suggested so far.

                                                                            1. re: MelMM

                                                                              The book might be old and hard to get for those who do not have it and there is always an excitement to cook from a new book which I share and buy yet another cookbook:)

                                                                              I do not understand the need to re-visit. I just bought Fish Without a Doubt and look forward to cook from it and wasn't a part of COTM when it was The Book but there are threads full of information, experiences, etc. that are being constantly added to - what is the point of re-visit? I must be missing something...

                                                                              I love hot weather cuisines - Indian, Vietnamese, Thai - and would love to do Asia Tofu and Asian Dumplings combo (I already seconded up-thread) - I do not have either book but very willing to buy if chosen (at least buy one of them and borrow the other).

                                                                              We still have four nominating days left - many exciting things could happen:)

                                                                              1. re: herby

                                                                                Herby,
                                                                                You are correct, as it is out of print unfortunately. Agree that it is fun to cook no matter what is chosen. I love that I'm challenged to try things I ordinarily wouldn't. It's also eye opening to see the differences in what is seasonally available in different areas. Feeling just a tad jealous of those with access to plentiful, inexpensive lobster.

                                                                                1. re: herby

                                                                                  Herby, I am with you on the revisits. With so many unexplored books out there, it seems a shame to do a repeat. Plus we can always go back and add to the old threads.

                                                                                  1. re: herby

                                                                                    The Victory Garden Fish and Vegetables Cookbook by Marian Morash is alive and well and available at Amazon...I have it and love it.
                                                                                    http://www.amazon.com/Victory-Garden-...

                                                                                    1. re: Gio

                                                                                      Gio, I just looked on Amazon and could not believe how reasonably priced it was! $1.40 is a bargain. When I looked at replacing it's predecessor (as I said, my copy of Victory Garden is falling apart) the new hardback version was selling for $740.00 on Amazon last month. It looks like they have some more reasonable prices now, but only for used; as new copies are still very expensive (@$90.00 ) .I'd love to know what you've tried (from fish and vegetables) and liked as I've not had a chance to explore that one yet.

                                                                                      1. re: Blythe spirit

                                                                                        Are you sure you are looking at the Victory Gardens by Marian Morash? I don't think that one is so reasonably priced, even used.

                                                                                        1. re: dkennedy

                                                                                          The Victory Garden is expensive, but The Victory Garden Fish & Vegetable Cookbook is available for cheap used. The latter is the one suggested. I have it, and have only made a few things, but they have been superb.

                                                                                          1. re: dkennedy

                                                                                            The link Gio provided looks like its a different cookbook. It's by Marian Morash but it's titled "The Victory Gardens Fish and Vegetables Cookbook" and not simply "Victory Gardens." The front cover of the book also says it's by the author of "Victory Gardens" further suggesting its not the same book. Might still be a steal for a couple dollars but it appears to me that it's not the same exact book.

                                                                                            1. re: bg90027

                                                                                              They are two different books. But I was surprised that the second one was going for so cheap... As the first one was not! Marian Morash and her husband worked with Julia Child on her first show, and Marian is a superb cook in her own right. Her first book, ( not the cheap one) is perhaps my most reliable cookbook.

                                                                                            2. re: dkennedy

                                                                                              I think you can get a used paperback edition for about $30.00.
                                                                                              But the spine will probably crumble. I bought a used copy for my best classroom volunteer last year ( she's also an avid gardener) and alas, the glue on the spine was so old it gave way right away.

                                                                                    2. re: herby

                                                                                      Herby, I have that book too, but I've not used it yet.

                                                                                    3. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                      I'm not getting involved in nominating or voting for obvious reasons, but has anyone tried Chez Panisse Vegetables and Chez Panisse Fruits? I've never tried them but am intrigued. These seem like they would be good resources for anyone wanting to cook out of the garden/farmer's market.

                                                                                      1. re: Westminstress

                                                                                        No, but I do have the Chez Panisse Menu Cookbook and don't think I've ever cooked a thing from it. Would love it if someone here could give me a reason to remedy that.

                                                                                        1. re: JoanN

                                                                                          I've had the Chez Panisse Vegetable book forever, and it has long been a resident of cookbook purgatory, but perhaps it is only me?

                                                                                        2. re: Westminstress

                                                                                          I had to check EYB to see if I had it which is never a good sign! Turns out I have 2 CP books. Cafe & the Pasta book. I made one recipe out of the latter when the book first arrived and evidently I was quite pleased with it but seemingly, I've never revisited the book. But that doesn't say much since I have so many though.

                                                                                          1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                            I have the Chez Panisse Menu book and the Fruit book. I would be thrilled if either were selected.

                                                                                            1. re: dkennedy

                                                                                              Talk to me about the Menu book. Why shouldn't I trade in the shelf space?

                                                                                              1. re: JoanN

                                                                                                Hmmm. Hard to put into words. To me, Alice Water's recipes are the essence of simplicity. Maybe not so simple to make, but recipes that the natural flavors shine through. For me, reading over her recipes helps me conjure up a seat upstairs at Chez Panisse in my mind. The menu set forth on p. 23 is a perfect example:

                                                                                                Whole Baked Garlic w/ Cheese and Peasant Bread
                                                                                                Spit-roasted Squab with Anchovy-Olive butter
                                                                                                New Potatoes in Parchment
                                                                                                Garden Salad
                                                                                                Linda's Chocolate Cups

                                                                                                I would be happy to make this menu tonight.

                                                                                                1. re: JoanN

                                                                                                  I love making the coulibiac of salmon from the Menu book. Very labor intensive, but fun, tasty, and impressive.

                                                                                            2. re: Westminstress

                                                                                              I have C.P. vegetables and have cooked a few things from it with good success. It's organized alphabetically by ingredient and there are maybe 3-7 recipes per ingredient along with directions on how to pick and prep and store the vegetable. My impression of the recipes is that for each vegetable there is one fairly unique non-day-to-day recipe, one idea that is so simple that it's barely a recipe, and a few in between. It's one of those books I turn to when I just need a quick non-recipe.

                                                                                              ~TDQ

                                                                                          2. I have a month of cooking on my own in July as my daughter is off at summer camp so I would love a fish book to be chosen as she refuses to eat fish and I love it. The idea of a month of fish and seafood sounds heavenly. I don't own Fish Without a Doubt but I'd be glad of the excuse to buy it since you've all given it such praise. So FISH WITHOUT A DOUBT.

                                                                                            I think it 'would be a good idea as Breadcrumbs suggested to combine it with a seasonal vegetables book. Of the ones she suggested, I own and like Local Harvest by Janet Fletcher. I don't own The Victory Garden Cookbook but keep hearing good things about it. I really like Raising the Salad Bar by Catherine Walthers which I don't think I have ever seen nominated. Since it includes meat and poultry salads it would be a good alternative for those who want a change from fish so I'll nominate that too for a combined month - RAISING THE SALAD BAR.

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                                                                                            1. re: JaneEYB

                                                                                              This book looks great and I immediately wanted it (even if it does have avocado on the cover) - so I'm going to second the FWAD and RAISING THE SALAD BAR combo.

                                                                                              1. re: JaneEYB

                                                                                                Just reserved FWOAD from the library. Also intrigued by Raising the Salad Bar.

                                                                                              2. I'm going to throw Mighty Spice into the mix - I love spicy food at any time of year and this book has been an also ran on a couple of occasions. I know quite a few of us own it. Any interest? Oh yeah, and it's pouring with rain right now and has been for the past ten days - hardly feels like summer!

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                                                                                                1. re: greedygirl

                                                                                                  I love Mighty Spice. I think we're getting some great ideas here.

                                                                                                  1. re: LulusMom

                                                                                                    MIGHTY SPICE

                                                                                                    I think I'll participate if mighty spice is chosen. I don't own as many books as most of you, and I buy maybe 3-4 new cookbooks a year. But I like all the things I've cooked from mighty spice a lot, and many are suitable as worknight dinners. (That's most of my cooking nowadays)!

                                                                                                    1. re: lilham

                                                                                                      I said I was going to stay out of this one, but I know I'd find the time to participate some if MIGHTY SPICE was selected. The recipes are quite workable for weeknights and busy weeks.

                                                                                                      1. re: lilham

                                                                                                        If you keep hanging around with this crowd your buying habits may well change ...

                                                                                                    2. re: greedygirl

                                                                                                      Just a double check greedygirl. I counted your nom for Mighty Spice, as it came in my email in all caps. It looks like you've edited it to lower case to rescind the nomination, correct?

                                                                                                      1. re: L.Nightshade

                                                                                                        I did edit it because I decided to second Breadcrumbs' nomination, but as it seems to have traction I will go ahead and reinstate my nomination. MIGHTY SPICE.

                                                                                                    3. L. Nightshade, I am going to be away on vacation starting on June 15th. I'm able to use my phone for email, but while it sometimes lets me read chowhound (sometimes) it never lets me reply or log in. Would it be ok if I had someone (designated in advance) put my vote in for me? And is anyone willing to email me the choices and be my proxie?

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                                                                                                      1. re: LulusMom

                                                                                                        Sure, LLM... I'll do that for you,,,

                                                                                                        1. re: LulusMom

                                                                                                          Sure LulusMom, I'll just assume Gio will cast a vote for you in addition to her own, unless I hear something different from you.

                                                                                                          1. re: L.Nightshade

                                                                                                            Thanks LN. Now we have to hope that my phone email works ...

                                                                                                            The good thing is that it sounds like every choice is one I'd be happy with for next month.

                                                                                                        2. Does "Fish Without..." have only fish recipes, or are there sides, etc.?

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                                                                                                          1. re: blue room

                                                                                                            It does have side dishes, sauces, rubs and desserts as well blue room. Here's a link to the full recipe list in EYB if you're interested. The non-fish recipes appear towards the bottom of the 12 pg list.

                                                                                                            http://www.eatyourbooks.com/library/1...

                                                                                                            1. re: blue room

                                                                                                              Yes, sides, salsas, etc., etc. And they're really, really good. Take a look here:

                                                                                                              Salsas & Relishes and Sauces, Vinaigrettes, Spice Mixes
                                                                                                              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/600179

                                                                                                              Essential Sides
                                                                                                              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/600180

                                                                                                              So many of them are really easy to make and all are, of course, excellent accompaniments to fish and shellfish.

                                                                                                            2. FISH WITHOUT A DOUBT which I'd love to spend a month with no matter what but all the better if it were paired with a produce book so I'll toss out a nomination for:

                                                                                                              VEGETABLE LOVE by Barbara Kafka as well.

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                                                                                                              1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                                                I could get down with vegetable love instead of Victory Garden BC... perhaps we have to form voting blocks, or caucus groups to support the books we are into?

                                                                                                                I do love Barbara K, do tell why Veggy Love is one to get behind? I am all ears to fall in love with this..

                                                                                                                I like the rising tide of a fish book and a veggie book. Seems like a natural for July:)

                                                                                                                1. I understand the objections to a revisit but I am just not great at keeping up with cookbooks that are out there. Some of you have such marvelous collections that I have come to rely on you to identify these special books.

                                                                                                                  During the summer, we grill a lot and eat lots of produce as it is in season. The one book that lives on my counter in the summer is Ottolenghi, since I mostly cook things without recipes.

                                                                                                                  I would love any book that used vegetables from our local farms but is logical about it. So many of these books couple ingredients that don't grow at the same time. Would some of the folks who have mentioned creative vegetable cookbooks would be willing to elaborate on how these books are special and what new approaches they might bring to the everyday kitchen?

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                                                                                                                  1. re: smtucker

                                                                                                                    smt I'd be happy to elaborate on some of the one's I've suggested (up thread) if you have any interest. I'd also be happy to talk about some I didn't include as COTM suggestions because they are new-ish or, just weren't on many bookshelves in EYB.

                                                                                                                    Here in my neck of the woods, fresh produce is most abundant in August, Sept and Oct however, I rejoice in all fresh ingredients as they become available so even though we don't have a huge variety of veggies & herbs harvesting now, there are still some to take advantage of and I love trying them in new preparations. I find EYB to be a great help but, unfortunately very few Canadian books have been indexed so I have to go through those the old fashioned way...pull from shelf and list "recipes to try" in excel spreadsheet.

                                                                                                                    1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                                                      Since I am rather far North by US standards, our produce is also later, but we do start getting a variety of items by the second week of July. Our asparagus season is already over, but those lovely little English peas are coming in. We already have lettuces, herbs, and spinach.

                                                                                                                      The books that drive me nuts combine things like peas [June] with tomatoes [August.] What climate has those two items at the same time?

                                                                                                                      1. re: smtucker

                                                                                                                        That drives me nuts too. And a big problem we face with COTMs, especially in the summer months, is this disconnect on produce availability. July will say one thing to me, in the South, and another thing altogether to a northerner. Here, asparagus came and went the first two weeks of March. Strawberries are long gone. We're onto peaches now. We're getting tomatoes. Peas? English peas? We don't get those at all. It's the only thing I miss from my time up north. I think when you look at vegetable-centric books, the ones aimed at gardeners tend to be the best for getting the seasons right.

                                                                                                                        1. re: smtucker

                                                                                                                          smtucker, I have the same issue being in SEA; I think all of those books must be for - uhm, WHAT climate?

                                                                                                                          peas now, tomatoes in August (if lucky) but more like september if their from my garden. Realistically, tho, I can get great produce in July and August from Farmer's market or truck stands that bring items in from Eastern WA... I would LOVE a produce book to be COTM.

                                                                                                                    2. I would be very up for making the original Victory Garden cookbook be the COTM, since we all have veggies in abundance; home gardening is up - or a farmer's market can do that for you. And, well, what's not to love about revisiting the idea of Veggies A-Z in mid summer?

                                                                                                                      Or, per some later posts (I confess I must read still) I see there is another Marian Morash 'fish and vegetables" cb that would probably also be awesome.

                                                                                                                      I do vote for VICTORY GARDEN COOKBOOK for COTM:)

                                                                                                                      One of the reasons I vote for this, for those that don't own it so you have some insight; The book is arranged with veggies up A-Z. There is growing info, yield per pound, prep info for various end uses. Altogether some truly great 'get your head around a rutabaga and why for the first time" that I think helped me to eat some new-to-me veggies for the first time in the 80's.

                                                                                                                      Marian Morash single hand-edly introduced me the the humble Turnip, the vastly underrated jerusalem artichoke, and the kholrabi. When years ago I used to be guest-chef at our tiny fledgling farmers market - I had it at the booth every weekend so people could leaf thru it and find ways to use what they found. It's pretty cool, and alot of the recipes are still extremely current, lasting across fads. Just my little ol' 2 cents....

                                                                                                                      1. EYB indicates that lots of people own "Local Flavors: Cooking and Eating from America's Farmers' Markets" by Deborah Madison. It is a James Beard winner. Amazon reviews are somewhat mixed. Does anyone own this book? And what do you think of it?

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                                                                                                                        1. re: smtucker

                                                                                                                          I just bought this book a few weeks ago and made a recipe, p. 148, Short Term Cucumber Onion Pickles. I posted about it somewhere here on chowhound, I'm not sure under which thread-topic.

                                                                                                                          I've made cucumber-onion pickles from numerous recipes over the years - probably mostly Asan short-term pickles. Tthere is nothing that I know that could've gone wrong in this recipe except my own modificaitons, but it is the only cucumber onion recipe I've ever thrown out; we were both sort of stunned.

                                                                                                                          Looking back, I think I probably went wrong slicing the onions too thin - on the mandolin. This seemed an omen for this book and I've not opened it since.

                                                                                                                          Looking through the book now, I'm starting to think this book is not my style, but there are a few recipes, that I might try. Some seem a strange combination, and others are so simple one would wonder why they are included.

                                                                                                                          1. re: Rella

                                                                                                                            That is just the type of observations I was hoping for. Okay.... back to Dr. Google.

                                                                                                                        2. Fish Without A Doubt nominators - There are several posts where people have written FWAD. It is difficult to tell if that is a nomination, or just in all caps because it's an abbreviation. If you are nominating Fish Without a Doubt, please come back on the board and write it in all caps. I won't be counting FWAD if it is not completely clear that it is a nomination, not just an abbreviation.
                                                                                                                          Thanks!

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                                                                                                                          1. re: L.Nightshade

                                                                                                                            FISH WITHOUT A DOUBT. And just to make things crazy, I"ll nominate MIGHTY SPICE too (and yes, I nominated asian tofu above).

                                                                                                                          2. MIGHTY SPICE is my nomination as it seems to come up often but never quite makes it, so I am curious to see what it is all about. Plus, it would seem that many of the recipes are weeknight winners which is always much appreciated during a busy summer.

                                                                                                                            1. I guess I'd better nominate something. Maybe more than one thing, but I'll start with this:

                                                                                                                              PLANET BARBECUE, by Steven Raichlen

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                                                                                                                              1. re: MelMM

                                                                                                                                PLANET BARBECUE, by Steven Raichlen

                                                                                                                                1. re: Rella

                                                                                                                                  Some great choices have been thrown into the mix for consideration. I already put in a nomination for Lobster at Home, but I agree it needs to be paired with something much more available, if we are to have full participation. So I am going to second the nominations for:

                                                                                                                                  FISH WITHOUT A DOUBT and
                                                                                                                                  RAISING THE SALAD BAR

                                                                                                                                  1. re: dkennedy

                                                                                                                                    Looking at "Raising the Salad Bar" recipes on EYB reminds me that I should pull out of my stash, "Mollie Katzen's Vegetable Heaven" for summer veggie cooking - both indexed on EYB.

                                                                                                                                    http://www.amazon.com/Mollie-Katzens-...

                                                                                                                                    1. re: Rella

                                                                                                                                      FISH WITHOUT A DOUBT
                                                                                                                                      RAISING THE SALAD BAR

                                                                                                                                      Thanks!

                                                                                                                                  2. re: Rella

                                                                                                                                    I can get behind PLANET BARBECUE and at $4.53 + free shipping for a new book at Abe, just put it into my basket:)

                                                                                                                                2. MIGHTY SPICE

                                                                                                                                  or

                                                                                                                                  FISH WITHOUT A DOUBT

                                                                                                                                  TWo books which I have but have not yet explored, despite knowing that they are filled with Great recipes.

                                                                                                                                  I agree that a veggie book would be great, if paired with FWAD, but don't have a book to recommend, per se.

                                                                                                                                  1. This book was mentioned before and I just bumped into it again on line:

                                                                                                                                    A YEAR IN MY KITCHEN by Skye Gyngell

                                                                                                                                    I do not have the book but it has a lot of praise and what attracted me this time is the following review:

                                                                                                                                    “Arranged seasonally, it takes nature's bounty and, with a few surprising spices and sauces, presents simple, sophisticated dishes. The recipes are easy, and the beautifully photographed edition is compact enough to carry to the market to help you figure out what's for supper.”
                                                                                                                                    —The Wall Street Journal, 1/29/11

                                                                                                                                    1. FISH WITHOUT A DOUBT revisit, coupled with a primarily vegetable book like VEGETABLE LOVE by Barbara Kafka.

                                                                                                                                      But PLANET BBQ would be good too. [I am so darn fickle!]

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                                                                                                                                      1. re: smtucker

                                                                                                                                        Not a good sign when nominations are not even closed and I've purchased two new books! Lobster at Home (I seconded a nomination for it above therefore not capitalizing it here) and now Fish Without a Doubt. Both for good prices but still-sheesh!!!!

                                                                                                                                        1. re: dkennedy

                                                                                                                                          And I bought Planet BBQ and soon will buy either Asia Dumplings or Tofu, but most likely both - all nominated up-thread! There were other very interesting books mentioned, who knows what else I will soon acquire. We are just a bunch of addicts:)

                                                                                                                                          1. re: herby

                                                                                                                                            Just bought FISH WITHOUT A DOUBT after all the positive recommendations, and already love it, so I'm nominating it. But I would also love to nominate MIGHTY SPICE, since I bought that a few months ago, hoping it would become a COTM. Can one nominate two books?

                                                                                                                                            1. re: Goblin

                                                                                                                                              Yes, I believe that's allowed Goblin.

                                                                                                                                              I've resisted nominating mighty spice and planet bbq because ms has had it's own vibrant thread for a long time. and planet bbq is represented in the "grilling books" thread... I'd be happy to cook from either or both and considering that I've never stopped cooking from fwad I'll just let those nominations work their magic.

                                                                                                                                              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/798256

                                                                                                                                        2. re: smtucker

                                                                                                                                          In case it was not linked on this thread:

                                                                                                                                          Original visit @

                                                                                                                                          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/600185

                                                                                                                                          March 2009

                                                                                                                                          1. re: Rella

                                                                                                                                            You've inspired me to cook fish tonight. Since my copy of Fish Without A Doubt has not yet arrived, I will be cooking from my beloved, Cod and Country. I am making Wild Striped Bass with Cilantro Onion Salad and Yogurt Avocado Puree with a few alterations. Couldn't get wild so mine is farmed Mexican sea bass, no skin, even though the recipe calls for skin. This is my pet-peeve when cooking from recipes - can't always get what you want.

                                                                                                                                            1. re: dkennedy

                                                                                                                                              Definitely one cannot get what one wants; so this book is not one that I will probably cook from; "HOWEVER," the excitement over this book encourages me to pick it up later just to see what it is all about. Who knows what may happen!

                                                                                                                                              Yogurt Avocado Puree sounds so good; but then, how could it not be :-))

                                                                                                                                              1. re: Rella

                                                                                                                                                Yes, I'll report back with a note about how it tastes.

                                                                                                                                        3. Last night I found myself faced with a huge bag of reduced price peas, along with some garlic scapes I had picked up at the market. A google search found Bucatini with Fresh English Peas and Garlic Scape Pesto here: http://blogs.kcrw.com/goodfood/2012/0...

                                                                                                                                          This dish was really good. It is from "Grow Cook Eat" by Willi Galloway. I won't nominate this book since it is so very new, but it might be something to consider next year.

                                                                                                                                          Here is her website. I haven't read it yet, but companion websites are always useful.
                                                                                                                                          http://www.digginfood.com/

                                                                                                                                          1. Nominations for the July COTM are now closed. Thanks to everyone for your enthusiastic participation. Stay tuned for a link to the voting thread.

                                                                                                                                            ETA - The voting thread is now up here:
                                                                                                                                            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/854221

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                                                                                                                                            1. re: L.Nightshade

                                                                                                                                              Enthusiastic (for the participants) = Problematic (for the coordinator)

                                                                                                                                              Have fun L.Nightshade. You've been doing a great job in spite of the fact that we've made your tenure more challenging than most.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: L.Nightshade

                                                                                                                                                I would like to comment on nomination process of cotm
                                                                                                                                                I think that books should not be revisited-
                                                                                                                                                There r so many new cookbooks that r coming out-
                                                                                                                                                maybe a committee should be set up to review new cookbooks or at least look at them b4
                                                                                                                                                nomination process has begun.

                                                                                                                                                1. re: jpr54_1

                                                                                                                                                  I don't think we are the type of group that would benefit from a committee-driven approach. Everyone here gets an equal say. Anyone can participate, nominate, and vote.

                                                                                                                                                  I must admit that I personally probably agree with you about revisits, as people can always add to the older threads, but sometimes people want to breathe new life into an older thread, so that is what we do if that is how the vote goes. I'd say it's a pretty pure democratic decision!

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: L.Nightshade

                                                                                                                                                    I didn't mean to say that committee would have final say-
                                                                                                                                                    just that they would explore new cookbooks and post
                                                                                                                                                    how can i get list of new cookbooks going to be publlsihed

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: jpr54_1

                                                                                                                                                      <"how can i get list of new cookbooks going to be [published]">

                                                                                                                                                      Amazon has a "Hot New Release page" for newly published cookbooks that is updated hourly...
                                                                                                                                                      http://www.amazon.com/gp/new-releases...

                                                                                                                                                      Also, the Eat Your Books site has a listing for their recently indexed books that will introduce you to some new-to-you books, if not the most recently published. Currently they have over 100,000 indexed books in their library...
                                                                                                                                                      http://www.eatyourbooks.com/library

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Gio

                                                                                                                                                        Thanks for the Amazon link - coming up in the 100 new cookbooks shows that paleo diet books are jumping on the bandwagon, and a cookbook listed Wheat Belly.

                                                                                                                                                        I have more-or-less given up grains except rice (Wheat Belly), but I will never eat like a cave-man (paleo). More new eating trends.

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Rella

                                                                                                                                                          I also appreciated the link-I didn't know about paleo diets-
                                                                                                                                                          searched on google and read more about the diet and cookbooks.

                                                                                                                                              2. p.s. This is supposed to be fun!

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                                                                                                                                                    1. re: qianning

                                                                                                                                                      what makes u all think that i am not having fun-or want to make others not enjoy cooking-
                                                                                                                                                      my suggestions were just that-suggestions to improve your experience cooking

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: jpr54_1

                                                                                                                                                        Not to worry. It seems a couple of times a year people want to revisit the COTM rules, which results in an intense, passionate, opinionated discussion. None of it is personal.

                                                                                                                                                        Some people think we shouldn't be allowed to cook from new (published in the past year) books, some people think we shouldn't be able to cook from a "pair" of books, some people think we shouldn't be able to do revisits, and so on.

                                                                                                                                                        These discussions are always interesting, but I have to say, it seems to me many of us seem to be against all of these things in principle, but are willing to support them or go along with them or make an exception when a wave of excitement about a particular book comes crashing through.

                                                                                                                                                        To me, it's best to cook from a book or books that the majority of people are passionate about that worry too much about enforcing rules about which kinds of books shouldn't be allowed. If people aren't excited about a book, even if it complies with all of the rules, no one will cook from it and it will be a boring month. But, if most people really, really want to cook from a particular new/former COTM/pair of books, it's going to be a great month.

                                                                                                                                                        ~TDQ

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                                                                                          Very well said, TDQ. What we are as a group is passionate. Passionate about the books, about the ingredients, about the food, about the recipes that excite us and about sharing that passion with our friends and family... and the COTM cooks.

                                                                                                                                                          What makes the COTM group so fascinating is that we are very different people from all regions of the planet, and all different cooking experiences. In a sense it's All for One and One for All in spite of our differences...

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Gio

                                                                                                                                                            I stopped by the library yesterday and picked up a copy of FWAD and RAISING THE SALAD BAR. Both look great, and I plan on cooking out of them both this month. I am waiting for my own copy of FWAD to arrive in the mail, so this library copy will be going back into circulation pretty quickly.

                                                                                                                                                            Today I spent the better part of the afternoon reading through the FWAD threads from 2009. Old posts, but new to me! I can't wait to find out what all the fuss is about. I have made notes to myself about various techniques to try, compound butters to make, and accompaniments. If I am as enthusiastic about this book as the rest of you, it should make for some pretty healthy meals. Can't wait to dig in!

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: dkennedy

                                                                                                                                                              Do any of you have THE YOUNG MAN AND THE SEA on your shelves? This is yet another fishery cookbook I own and haven't cooked out of. Would love someone to tell me where all the gems are int his book.