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Jun 9, 2012 06:21 PM

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:

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

              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

                        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!