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Aug 20, 2012 06:20 PM

Cookbook of the Month for September 2012 : My Calabria

"My Calabria: Rustic Family Cooking from Italy's Undiscovered South" has won, by one timely vote.
The authors are Rosetta Constantino and Janet Fletcher. Shelley Lindgren is listed as a contributor.
These three ladies have written a book I know nothing about, (Italy has an undiscovered south?) so I'll be opening it for the first time in a few days when it arrives. Hoping it's a knockout!

On September 1st, I'll post threads for specific reporting from this book. Until then, post your thoughts about the new volume to be explored in this thread.

The voting thread that got us here is

A general explanation of Cookbook of the Month, and a list of past books, can be found here

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  1. Great work blue room! Looking forward to cooking from My Calabria.

    1. Great work blue. Now I can order from the library!

      1. Awesome job br...a nail-biter right down to the wire! I'm excited to cook more from this book and mr bc is elated to have an Italian COTM.

        1. Put a hold on it at the library - so little cooking time this September that not sure what I will be able to make out of it. I like italian food but it is not my so very favourite that I need a book on every region of the country. I spent six month in Italy at one point in my life and had memorable meals that no cook book yet replicated for me... maybe it is just a nostalgia thing:)

          Hope we'll cook out of PW "Morroco" this fall! Or Turkey that is three out of three so far for me.

          1. Glad because this is the only contender that I own. I'm currently vegan, but I think I can find/adapt many recipes that will work for me.

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            1. re: pikawicca

              I just did a perusal and a bookmarking of recipes. I think there are a quite a lot of all-vegetable recipes, and perhaps even more that can be converted. EYB counts 48 vegetarian recipes, with 34 of them vegan.

                1. re: pikawicca

                  I'm curious if your vegan adventure is inspired by health, or by animal benevolence/protection. Not really any of my business, so don't apologize if you don't want to talk about it. I'm interested in the pathway: I was a vegetarian (rarely vegan) for many years. Started adding some fish in slowly for social situations. I got tired of being the one who needed the annoying dinner items. That was a long time ago though.

                  1. re: L.Nightshade

                    I used to be Macrobiotic, many, many moons ago. Talk about needing annoying dinner items. It was completely socially ostracizing but I never felt better.

                    1. re: dkennedy

                      I used to be vegetarian, then pescatarian and now mostly don't eat red meat (eat it maybe 4 times a year). And *still* I end up feeling like a PITA at a lot of restaurants. I'm very strict about not eating pork (after so many years my body responds very badly if it sneaks into something), and around here (NC) bacon and lard find their way into a lot of things.

                      1. re: LulusMom

                        I am very strict about not eating pork and feel as I am the last person in NA that does not eat it. Bacon has been the "flavour of the month" for the last couple of years and so many recipes now call for bacon. I've been using chicken and turkey bacon since LLM mentioned it somewhere but the other day was checking ingredients because a friend with many food allergies was coming for dinner and was horrified to see what's in it... sigh...Guess I'll go back to using plain smoked turkey instead or look for duck bacon that is suppose to be more natural.

                        1. re: herby

                          Yeah, you definitely have to check. A lot of the turkey and chicken sausages out there are made with pork casings (so I don't order those out), and some of the turkey bacon is as well. Always check the ingredient list.

                    2. re: L.Nightshade

                      Health reasons. (Gave it a 2-week trial last January to see if it would relieve some of my husband's digestive issues. It didn't but unexpectedly returned my long-time grotesquely swollen ankle to normal and got rid of my arthritis.) Cooking vegan is a challenge, but an interesting one.

                      1. re: pikawicca

                        Wow, that is an impressive result, and certainly incentive to stay with it!