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October 2012 Nomination Thread for Cookbook of the Month

blue room Sep 10, 2012 07:21 AM

Eat, drink, and be

~scary, for soon appears the thin new moon, and October nominations are due.

~ It’s frightful, but the need to decide witch book to cook is upon us.

~It’s creepy, but the grave decision we must make fast approaches, as if on eight lively legs …

Come and welcome, all. Each month COTM participants choose a cookbook to evaluate. Cook or just comment -- everyone is invited, ghosts can post, and the undead shall be read.

If you wish, you can channel our past (and passed) authors by visiting the musty archives here:


And then, please put your skulls and skills together to unearth some Edgar Allan Pie-worthy nominees for October.

The dead-line for nominations will be 9 p.m. EDT Saturday, September 15, 2012.

The books most nominated will advance to the voting thread.

Please put your nomination(s) in ALL CAPITAL LETTERS like this:


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  1. Allegra_K RE: blue room Sep 10, 2012 07:24 AM

    Seriously defrightful puns you've got there, blue room! Thanks for the cackle.

    1. Gio RE: blue room Sep 10, 2012 07:49 AM

      Super great intro you've given us Blueroom. Now we have to put on our bewitching caps and come up with a cookbook that gets us through October and on to Fangsgiving.
      Bone Appetit...

      1. Allegra_K RE: blue room Sep 10, 2012 09:36 AM

        I'm going to throw a couple books out there and see if anyone bites. With autumn fast approaching my mind travels to starches and spicy foods. There has been talk in the past of some of these books, so here's hoping there's enough interest this time to get them selected.

        THE SOUTH AMERICAN TABLE- Maria Beaz Kijac

        THAI FOOD-David Thompson (or something else thai, any other reccomendations? Real Thai? It Rains Fishes?)


        I hope that's not too many.....

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          MelMM RE: Allegra_K Sep 10, 2012 10:41 AM

          I'll second THE SOUTH AMERICAN TABLE. I considered nominating it for September, but decided it might be better to wait a month. I think this is a book that will have a nice variety of dishes that will suit those of us in the South still working on late summer produce, and those further North, who are starting to think of heartier, cool weather fare.

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            biondanonima RE: Allegra_K Sep 12, 2012 08:49 AM

            I received THAI FOOD a few months ago as a gift but I haven't had much of a chance to cook from it yet - I'd love to see it made a COTM to light a fire under me!

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              NYchowcook RE: Allegra_K Sep 15, 2012 02:38 PM

              I would love to cook from THE SOUTH AMERICAN TABLE for COTM. It's so diverse and it's just the sort of book that would be fun to explore with fellow 'hounds. And I've been away to long from COTM oh, dieting and now baking :)

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              Westminstress RE: blue room Sep 10, 2012 09:45 AM

              In October there will still be tomatoes and peppers in the market, at least for the first half of the month. So I would like to nominate TRULY MEXICAN.

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                Caitlin McGrath RE: Westminstress Sep 10, 2012 12:48 PM

                I'd be interested in TRULY MEXICAN.

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                  JonParker RE: Caitlin McGrath Sep 12, 2012 09:00 PM

                  Third for TRULY MEXICAN. Another good choice would be Rick Bayless's MEXICAN KITCHEN.

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                qianning RE: blue room Sep 10, 2012 10:17 AM

                October, scary indeed....i'm still working my way through recipes i wanted to make in August....

                1. Gio RE: blue room Sep 10, 2012 12:05 PM

                  I'd love to do the Union Sq. Cafe Cookbook but I'm guessing that 2 Italian cookbooks back-to-back won't fly... with or without a broomstick.

                  ETA: although the USqCC isn't totally an Italian ckbk.

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                    Gio RE: Gio Sep 10, 2012 01:03 PM

                    All righty then, spellbound by angelsmoms post I scream:
                    UNION SQUARE CAFE

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                      qianning RE: Gio Sep 11, 2012 05:19 AM

                      just curious, amazon view doesn't give access to the index for the union square books, are they pasta centric?

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                        Gio RE: qianning Sep 11, 2012 06:38 AM

                        At the moment I only have the Union Square Cafe Ckbk #1. Their second book is on its way to me as I type. In my opinion, qianning, the book I have is not pasta centric. I've counted 8 macaroni recipes out of 160 recipes (Bk. 1)

                        There's are 10 chapters with little bit of everything: from appetizers to soups & salads, mains & condiments, through to desserts, and even a conversion chart...


                        (Actually, I've been able to access the TofC etc at the Amazon site, Q.)

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                          qianning RE: Gio Sep 11, 2012 06:47 AM

                          thanks. i'll try again on amazon...the preview sent me to the kindle version, maybe there are separately entries for different editions....

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                            qianning RE: qianning Sep 11, 2012 07:01 AM

                            no idea why, but no matter what i do amazon preview only let's me look at the kindle introductory notes....anyway, thanks for the eyb link, that gives me a better feel for the book.

                    2. jpr54_1 RE: blue room Sep 10, 2012 12:11 PM

                      THE WHOLE BEAST
                      nose to tail eating
                      Fergus Henderson

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                        jpr54_1 RE: jpr54_1 Sep 15, 2012 01:09 PM

                        or 660 CURRIES

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                        angelsmom RE: blue room Sep 10, 2012 12:33 PM

                        UNION SQUARE CAFE says this witch.

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                          bkieras RE: blue room Sep 10, 2012 12:39 PM

                          I'm new at this, so my apologies if there is a protocol I've overlooked, but I thought I'd throw out a suggestion. Something befitting fall produce and chilly nights....How about the book 660 CURRIES? It's by Raghavan Iyer and it's been on my wish list for a while...

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                            blue room RE: bkieras Sep 10, 2012 12:55 PM

                            Hello bkieras, very glad to have you here.
                            Please put that 660 Curries nomination in ALL CAPITAL LETTERS, so it will be counted.

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                              Gio RE: bkieras Sep 10, 2012 01:09 PM

                              That's an excellent suggestion bkieras and... Welcome ! 660 Curries has received a lot of love during these nomination periods. (too bad it isn't 666 Curries - sorry, I can't help myself)

                              1. re: Gio
                                bkieras RE: Gio Sep 10, 2012 02:19 PM

                                That would be perfect for October!

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                                TxnInMtl RE: bkieras Sep 11, 2012 04:35 AM

                                That's one of my favorite cookbooks, but it can be a bit overwhelming with so many recipes and I think cotm would be great for identifying gems I've skipped over. It's a good mix of quick weeknight meals and more involved recipes. I should finally be settled and have time to cook in October, so I will second 660 CURRIES.

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                                  herby RE: bkieras Sep 11, 2012 10:10 AM

                                  I would love to cook from 660 CURRIES.

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                                    greeneggsnham RE: bkieras Sep 12, 2012 08:13 AM

                                    I love the idea of 660 CURRIES as the October COTM! It would make a fabulous COTM and would be perfect for the fall. This is a big book and no doubt full of treasures. I have only scratched the surface, but the things I've made so far have been wonderful, adaptable and fairly easy.

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                                      Gio RE: bkieras Sep 12, 2012 08:16 AM

                                      I could get behind 660 CURRIES. Thus my second nomination. (Two are allowed)

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                                        blue room RE: Gio Sep 12, 2012 09:39 AM

                                        Gio, I won't balk at more than two, but keeping it around that manageable number will be appreciated!

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                                          Allegra_K RE: blue room Sep 12, 2012 09:47 AM

                                          Oops, apologies......I'll keep that it mind next time!

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                                            Gio RE: blue room Sep 12, 2012 09:58 AM

                                            Oh, OK Blueroom. I guess I thought that was the consensus...

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                                              blue room RE: Gio Sep 12, 2012 03:35 PM

                                              I'm of two minds (and nobody asked me) about this. First, if you really think about a book you'd be willing to commit to, cook from, and communicate about for a month, it seems like one or two suggestions at a time would suffice.

                                              On the other hand these are just nominations, and every/any choice should be out there so that nothing good will be missed.

                                      2. Tom P RE: blue room Sep 10, 2012 12:48 PM

                                        UNION SQUARE CAFE COOKBOOKS 1 & 2

                                        1. Breadcrumbs RE: blue room Sep 10, 2012 05:48 PM

                                          Thanks and boo to you too blue room! It sure is scary how quickly these months fly by!!

                                          October = Thanksgiving here in Canada then, after Thanksgiving, Halloween too!

                                          A month of celebration and gratitude. My favourite month of the year!

                                          That said, I will be traveling in Oct, perhaps up to 40% of the month but I'll definitely contribute when I can so I'll mull this over. I have The Union Square cookbook so I'll dust it off and have a look. I know I made a delicious bean recipe from there. I also have most of the others mentioned here so it looks like I have some research to do!!

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                                            JaneEYB RE: blue room Sep 10, 2012 08:43 PM

                                            UNION SQUARE CAFE COOKBOOKS 1 & 2

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                                              smtucker RE: blue room Sep 11, 2012 05:12 AM

                                              I, for one, am SHOCKED, shocked I tell you, that October is close enough to be nominating a cookbook. Still reading through My Calabria. What is the phrase? I am dancing as fast as I can.

                                              1. Allegra_K RE: blue room Sep 11, 2012 07:10 AM

                                                What about something African? There's a cuisine that's never been looked into before in a cotm, minus maybe a touch of North African.
                                                The Africa Cookbook by Jessica Harris, or Soul of a New Cuisine, Marcus Samuelsson...any reviews/opinions on those books?

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                                                1. re: Allegra_K
                                                  qianning RE: Allegra_K Sep 11, 2012 07:26 AM

                                                  the Samuelsson is intriguing...

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                                                    jpr54_1 RE: qianning Sep 11, 2012 08:01 AM

                                                    I think so also

                                                  2. re: Allegra_K
                                                    herby RE: Allegra_K Sep 11, 2012 10:11 AM

                                                    MARCUS SAMUELSSON has been on my wish for a while and I would be very interested in his or other African book. Have not explored African cusines at all (not countring the North) aside from an occasional meal in an Ethiopian restaurant.

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                                                      blue room RE: herby Sep 11, 2012 11:26 AM

                                                      herby, you've got Marcus Samuelsson's name in caps. His book "Soul of a New Cuisine" has been mentioned, but he has 4 other books too, so please guide me to your intentions.

                                                      the blue room must be kept tidy :)

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                                                        herby RE: blue room Sep 12, 2012 01:01 PM

                                                        In order to keep the blue room tidy, I looked into the books available on the subject of African cookery and there are not many. The Soul of a New Cuisine has the most reviews, many are positive, and .appears to cover more than 2-3 countries. Considering TxninMtl experience with the book, I would rather take it from the library when I have time and play with it on my own.

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                                                          blue room RE: herby Sep 12, 2012 01:09 PM

                                                          Ok, thanks :)

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                                                        LulusMom RE: herby Sep 12, 2012 12:06 PM

                                                        I'd love to do the MS's Africa book, but my husband will be away a lot in October. Still and all, I'd have him around enough that I could easily put in a vote for UNION SQUARE CAFE.

                                                      3. re: Allegra_K
                                                        TxnInMtl RE: Allegra_K Sep 11, 2012 11:54 AM

                                                        I haven't had much luck with Soul of a New Cuisine. I've tried a half dozen recipes from it. None have wowed and two just didn't seem to work for me. I'm not sure if it's because it's a cuisine I'm less familiar with, the recipes I've been choosing aren't good ones (I haven't dived in fully, so I usually try the ones that don't require much planning), or just general issues with the book. I'm (hopefully) giving the book one last shot to wow me tonight before it gets put in the pile to be given away before moving.

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                                                          qianning RE: TxnInMtl Sep 12, 2012 06:36 AM

                                                          .....oh-oh, that sounds less intriguing.....i'm hoping to look at a physical copy of the book over the weekend. i have aquavit (gift from a friend), as restaurant/celebrity chef books go, it's pretty down to earth. that said i'm not drawn to it all that often, as much as anything because it is coffee table sized.

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                                                            LulusMom RE: TxnInMtl Sep 12, 2012 12:08 PM

                                                            ooooh. This is not good news. I had high hopes for that book. Eeek.

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                                                              L.Nightshade RE: TxnInMtl Sep 12, 2012 03:50 PM

                                                              I have absolutely loved the things I've tried from Soul of a New Cuisine. Don't have it handy, so don't remember what all. Except for one marvelous salad with sardines.

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                                                                LulusMom RE: L.Nightshade Sep 12, 2012 04:51 PM

                                                                Phew, this is good to hear. I have the book, haven't spent much time with it but do look forward to doing so.

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                                                                  herby RE: L.Nightshade Sep 12, 2012 05:23 PM

                                                                  This is great to hear (read), LN! I had my eyes on the book for a while. I love that he covers many cuisine of Africa, not just Morocco, Egypt and Ethiopia as most do. Nothing wrong with those but I'd like to cook and learn about other cuisines. Maybe we'll do Africa during one of the end-of-winter months when we had enough of stews and braises but not ready yet to move onto the spring dishes:)

                                                                  1. re: L.Nightshade
                                                                    L.Nightshade RE: L.Nightshade Sep 12, 2012 06:43 PM

                                                                    I need to add my impression here, that this is probably not a traditional African cookbook. I see this as a chef's cookbook, a chef who has explored, and been influenced by African cuisines. So, while some of the recipes may be traditional (I don't know enough about sub-Saharan cuisine to say), there are a lot of recipes that feel like a chef's adaptation of African dishes. Again, I've had good luck with this book (I got it from the library, and after a few sock-knocking-off successes, I bought it), but I do think it's modern and interpretive.

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                                                                      Allegra_K RE: L.Nightshade Sep 12, 2012 07:54 PM

                                                                      Would you happen to know of any traditional African cookbooks? My repertoire in those cuisines is solely lacking. I've heard of The Africa Cookbook by Jessica Harris, though have no experience with it. Would love to hear of others' experiences with it.

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                                                                        L.Nightshade RE: Allegra_K Sep 14, 2012 10:12 AM

                                                                        I missed this question Allegra, but, sadly, I have no recommendations for you. I have a few obscure Ethiopian and Eritrean cookbooks, a book called Flavors of Africa Cookbook, that I haven't cooked from, and a bunch of North African cookbooks. Mr. NS has some series of cookbooks (Time-Life maybe) that has a couple books on Africa that I've cooked from. Those books are pretty dated however. I do like Soul of a New Cuisine, even if it has some interpretive recipes. I'd love to see it as a COTM, but it doesn't look like there is enough energy behind it this month.

                                                                        I just did a search in the EYB library, just using Africa in the ethnicity filter, and minus "north" and minus Morocco/Moroccan. I was impressed with how many African books came up, a few of which are even indexed. Will have to investigate further.

                                                                        1. re: Allegra_K
                                                                          MelMM RE: Allegra_K Sep 14, 2012 12:06 PM

                                                                          I have the Jessica Harris book. I've had it since it came out, in 1998, and if I've cooked from it, it would have been over a decade ago. It is definitely more traditional, home cooking, than the Samuelsson book. It covers the whole continent, including the North, so there won't be an in-depth exploration of any country. I also have a couple other books by Harris, and they are all very well-written, with a lot of background information.

                                                                          In addition to the Harris and Samuelsson books, I have A Taste of Aftrica, by Dorinda Hafner. The author is from Ghana, but the book covers all of Africa, and some of the African diaspora, with chapters for each country. It's not a large book, so once again, it doesn't go in depth. I have South of the Sahara, by Elizabeth Jackson, which concentrates on Western Africa. And I also have A West African Cook Book, by Ellen Gibson Wilson, which was published back in 1971. All of these are pretty traditional, as far as I can tell.

                                                                        2. re: L.Nightshade
                                                                          dkennedy RE: L.Nightshade Sep 12, 2012 08:36 PM

                                                                          Based on the discussion, I just bought a copy of Soul of a New Cuisine used from Amazon. I had checked it out of the library when it was brought up in a previous nomination thread, but felt I didn't need it if it wash't a COTM selection. I agree with LN, this is not a traditional African cookbook, but probably close enough for my purposes. I have a few cookbooks that fall loosely under the African heading (Kwanza, Soul, and International) but none truly African. If someone can find a more approachable one, I'd be interested.

                                                                          1. re: L.Nightshade
                                                                            NYchowcook RE: L.Nightshade Sep 15, 2012 02:45 PM

                                                                            Well, Samuelsson *is* Swedish . . . :)

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                                                                              L.Nightshade RE: NYchowcook Sep 15, 2012 02:48 PM

                                                                              Yes. Aware of that, but not sure how it pertains to the discussion.

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                                                                                LulusMom RE: L.Nightshade Sep 15, 2012 04:29 PM

                                                                                Maybe the "modern and interpretive" part?

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                                                                                  L.Nightshade RE: LulusMom Sep 15, 2012 04:36 PM

                                                                                  Perhaps? But it also seems completely possible that someone might be born in Africa, raised in Sweden, and decide to do a book on authentic, traditional African cooking. His book just happens to have some modern and interpretive twists.

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                                                                                    LulusMom RE: L.Nightshade Sep 15, 2012 04:39 PM

                                                                                    Totally agree with you. Just trying to figure out what the Swedish thing might mean. I mean, he could be considered the Ikea (or fancier) chef of the world, right? I have friends from African and from Sweden, and they don't tend to do their cooking in a modern or interpretive style. But that is just them - they are wonderful cooks.

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                                                                            TxnInMtl RE: L.Nightshade Sep 13, 2012 05:12 AM

                                                                            When you have more time, it would be great to hear what's worked for you. I want to like this book, but it's just not clicking for me.

                                                                      2. nomadchowwoman RE: blue room Sep 11, 2012 03:40 PM

                                                                        That we're contemplating October cookbooks is frightful indeed. Still, I'd love an excuse to buy 660 CURRIES (if for no other reason than the lamb meatball recipe reported onby Gretchen S in the meatball thread has put a spell on me), but also be happy to take a crack at the UNION SQUARE cookbooks.

                                                                        1. Breadcrumbs RE: blue room Sep 12, 2012 04:34 AM

                                                                          Has anyone cooked from: Bisto Cooking At Home by Gordon Hamersley? Evidently it won an IACP award in 2004. I was reading about it in EYB and the recipes sounded wonderful - somehow this type of cooking appeals at this time of year.

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                                                                            BigSal RE: Breadcrumbs Sep 12, 2012 04:43 AM

                                                                            I have not cooked from it, but did buy it when it was brought up in a previous nomination thread. I agree that it would be great for October. Although I would be interested in some of the iother books nominated, I'll nominate BISTRO COOKING AT HOME.

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                                                                              qianning RE: Breadcrumbs Sep 12, 2012 06:31 AM

                                                                              love his restaurant....

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                                                                                JaneEYB RE: qianning Sep 12, 2012 08:07 AM

                                                                                I don't know why I haven't bought this book yet as the restaurant is wonderful. I also went to a demo he did for the Culinary Guild of New England and he was a great guy - very funny and down-to-earth. So I would be happy if this was chosen (even though it means another cookbook purchase). I've already nominated the Union Square books, but I'm happy to lend weight to this one too. BISTRO COOKING AT HOME.

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                                                                                  Gio RE: qianning Sep 12, 2012 08:24 AM

                                                                                  I love his restaurant too but I'd rather not have to buy a new Ckbk in October. I just cannot cook from a library book since I use cookbooks more or less like workbooks. I'd love to cook from Hamersley's book in Nov., however...

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                                                                                    beetlebug RE: qianning Sep 12, 2012 09:16 AM

                                                                                    It's funny, I really want to love his restaurant. I really like GH, his generosity and his dedication to the restaurant. But, every time I've gone, I'm always a little disappointed. I like it fine, but it's not on my love scale. I really have to request his cookbook from the library.

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                                                                                    LulusMom RE: Breadcrumbs Sep 12, 2012 12:09 PM

                                                                                    I've cooked a few things from it (exactly a few: I believe 3) and loved them all. I have been to his restaurant once and loved it too. I'd be thrilled to have an excuse to cook a few more from BISTRO COOKING AT HOME.

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                                                                                      angelsmom RE: LulusMom Sep 22, 2012 11:57 AM

                                                                                      Just got Bistro Cooking at Home, what were your favorites please?

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                                                                                      nomadchowwoman RE: Breadcrumbs Sep 12, 2012 01:23 PM

                                                                                      Yes, I have cooked from it, and it has some terrific recipes. (Wonderful restaurant, too.) But it says dead-of-winter to me; I'm not quite ready for those hearty recipes in October. (But of course I'm in New Orleans, where we'll just be starting to cool off a bit.)

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                                                                                        LulusMom RE: nomadchowwoman Sep 12, 2012 01:47 PM

                                                                                        This makes total sense to me. There are definitely a lot of cozy, cold weather recipes.

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                                                                                          Breadcrumbs RE: nomadchowwoman Sep 12, 2012 04:32 PM

                                                                                          ncw, i took a look tonight and there are quite a few salad recipes and lighter dishes in the book along w some grilling recipes and lots of vegetable dishes.

                                                                                          Even up here in the great white north (or at least Toronto anyway!!) we still get pretty nice weather in Oct so I thought I'd take a look as I wouldn't be ready for super-hearty dishes either but I actually think this book would be fine. I'm also much hungrier now then when I started!! ; - )

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                                                                                            nomadchowwoman RE: Breadcrumbs Sep 12, 2012 08:47 PM

                                                                                            Oh well, I like the cookbook a lot so am not really against it, but the dishes, even the salads, strike me as mostly hearty, probably perfectly fine fall fare for most folks here, but more wintery to me. (But curries are pretty hearty, too, I guess. )

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                                                                                          Breadcrumbs RE: Breadcrumbs Sep 12, 2012 04:30 PM

                                                                                          BISTRO COOKING AT HOME BY GORDON HAMERSLEY

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                                                                                          dkennedy RE: blue room Sep 12, 2012 05:04 PM

                                                                                          I think I have been at this too long, everyone's suggestions sound intriguing! Most of the nominations so far have made their way in here time and time again and I would love to explore any one of them. Before I toss my hat in the ring I'd like to ask if any of you own or have seen Forks over Knives? I just saw the documentary yesterday and it's pretty compelling. The F over K cookbook would be a nice way to try our hand at scrumptious vegan cooking. I looked through the index and it seems like the kind of book I would enjoy cooking out of, especially as a group. Please speak up if you love or hate this idea. I am not Vegan nor do I intend to become Vegan, but the 5% animal protein concept seems livable to me.

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                                                                                            LulusMom RE: dkennedy Sep 13, 2012 02:37 AM

                                                                                            I'd be all for it. I haven't heard of Forks over Knives, but I'm all for a vegan book (I'm guessing lots of husbands would kick and scream at this).

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                                                                                              MelMM RE: LulusMom Sep 13, 2012 07:52 AM

                                                                                              For any spouse who kicks and screams, they can always pick up Planet Barbecue! and grill themselves a hunk of meat to round out their meal.

                                                                                              I do not intend to become vegan either, but I wouldn't mind a vegan COTM at all. For whater reason, my appetite for meat has been low lately. And since I'm mostly cooking for just me, I find it kind of a pain to cook it - I always have more than I can eat, the leftovers pile up, and I don't really like reheating meat anyway. As far as Mr. MM goes, when he's around, he'd love more vegan meals. When left to his own devices, he'll eat mostly vegetarian.

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                                                                                                dkennedy RE: MelMM Sep 13, 2012 09:01 AM

                                                                                                My understanding is that the recipes in Forks Over Knives are veggie-centric. I find that very appealing. I would love to find a way to make my meals, on a whole, more plant based. If we did this book I would absolutely include a protein with most meals because my kids would probably lose their minds if I didn't. I have a vegan book which I love but it has a lot of protein alternative recipes using tofu, seiten, and the like.

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                                                                                                  herby RE: dkennedy Sep 13, 2012 09:50 AM

                                                                                                  There are Forks over Knives books; one by Gene Stone and another by Thomas Allen. The first one has more possitive reviews here: http://www.amazon.ca/s/ref=nb_sb_noss...

                                                                                                  I would also be interested in exploring plant-based dishes.

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                                                                                                    L.Nightshade RE: herby Sep 13, 2012 11:27 AM

                                                                                                    I think only one is billed as a cookbook, the other has more "theory," but still with some recipes. I've read some of the theory book, and was not impressed. I have no problems with a vegetable book, or even a vegetarian book, but this one has too much preaching and junk science for my taste.

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                                                                                            rasputina RE: blue room Sep 13, 2012 08:52 AM

                                                                                            ONE POT OF THE DAY- 365 RECIPES FOR EVERY DAY OF THE YEAR by KATE MCMILLAN

                                                                                            I have the Salad of the Day and Soups of the Day also and really like them.

                                                                                            new cookbook that comes out Oct 2nd and features one pot meal recipes for every day of the year. So we get one recipe a day for October plus every other day. I love one pot meals in fall and November and December seem to get taken over with holiday cooking and recipes.

                                                                                            1. L.Nightshade RE: blue room Sep 13, 2012 11:32 AM

                                                                                              Absolutely wonderful intro blue room!
                                                                                              I'm feeling a little contemplative about nominating right now. There seems to be a trend toward limiting to two noms, or at least a small number, so I'm going to be a little stingy. Sometimes the thread gets going and I think, "Oh, yes! That book would be great, I never thought of it!" I'm liking the South American or Mexican theme, but no caps yet.

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                                                                                                blue room RE: L.Nightshade Sep 13, 2012 12:14 PM

                                                                                                (Thanks, I adore Halloween.)
                                                                                                It's funny, before I began setting up the threads for COTM I was fine with any book the vote produced. Now, though I'll never tell, I've got all kinds of raging preferences and fierce opinions.

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                                                                                                pavlova RE: blue room Sep 14, 2012 07:17 AM

                                                                                                I've never participated in COTM before, but I'll be home all month and ready to cook in October! Mexican and Indian are 2 of my favourite cuisines to cook so I second (third, fourth?) the nominations for:
                                                                                                TRULY MEXICAN and
                                                                                                660 CURRIES

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                                                                                                1. re: pavlova
                                                                                                  blue room RE: pavlova Sep 14, 2012 07:52 AM

                                                                                                  Thank you pavlova, and welcome.

                                                                                                  "...home all month and ready to cook..." I'll bet a lot of people would love to be able to say that!

                                                                                                2. Berheenia RE: blue room Sep 14, 2012 10:03 AM

                                                                                                  BISTRO COOKING AT HOME BY GORDON HAMERSLEY

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                                                                                                    ellabee RE: blue room Sep 14, 2012 11:29 AM

                                                                                                    THE COOKING OF THE EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN by Paula Wolfert

                                                                                                    (Would give me the incentive to get hold of it to compare with Sonia Uvezian's RECIPES AND REMEMBRANCES FROM AN EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN KITCHEN, which I have and want to cook from this fall and winter; the Uvezian book would make an excellent companion/supplemental book if Wolfert's TCOTEM were to be chosen COTM).

                                                                                                    THAI FOOD by David Thompson

                                                                                                    (Because I own it and would like to be pushed to cook more from it. Truthfully, though, I don't think October would be the best month for it. On the other hand, no Thai cookbooks have ever been COTM, is that right?)

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                                                                                                    1. re: ellabee
                                                                                                      blue room RE: ellabee Sep 14, 2012 12:36 PM

                                                                                                      The book "Hot Sour Salty Sweet" (February 2007 COTM) has Thai food, but not exclusively. Here's a link to all the COTM cookbooks:

                                                                                                      1. re: blue room
                                                                                                        The Dairy Queen RE: blue room Sep 15, 2012 06:21 AM

                                                                                                        Also, Charmaine Solomon's Complete Asian Cookbook would have included Thai food but, again, that was not exclusively Thai.


                                                                                                        1. re: The Dairy Queen
                                                                                                          dkennedy RE: The Dairy Queen Sep 15, 2012 06:33 AM

                                                                                                          I love the idea of Thai Food and Thai Street Food but probably not for October (in my mind). October, with the weather hopefully cooling off means stews and braises making their way into my freezer. Maybe a hearty soup or two.

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                                                                                                            The Dairy Queen RE: dkennedy Sep 15, 2012 06:50 AM

                                                                                                            You could always do a nice Thai curry to warm you up!


                                                                                                    2. greedygirl RE: blue room Sep 14, 2012 10:44 PM

                                                                                                      I'm trying to work out what time 9pm EDT will be here in Turkey where we're GMT+3 ATM I think. Is EDT GMT-5? Sorry for the dumb question but this stuff makes my head hurt!

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                                                                                                        blue room RE: greedygirl Sep 14, 2012 11:20 PM

                                                                                                        greedygirl, when it's 9 p.m. in New York (EDT), it's 4 a.m. the next day in Turkey.
                                                                                                        So 4 a.m. Sunday September 16 would be the deadline for you.

                                                                                                        I hope that's correct!

                                                                                                        1. re: blue room
                                                                                                          greedygirl RE: blue room Sep 15, 2012 09:09 AM

                                                                                                          Thanks blue room. Must get my thinking cap on then!

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                                                                                                        dkennedy RE: blue room Sep 15, 2012 06:22 AM

                                                                                                        Well, it is the 15th and there is no clear consensus so far. As I posted earlier, everyone's suggestions sound great. I think our Homesick Texan Cookbook was too similar to Truly Mexican to do them so close together, but if it is chosen, I'll probably bite because I love cooking Mexican. I don't know anything about this particular book so I have some research to do.

                                                                                                        I own Union Square Cafe, The South American Table, and now, The Soul of a New Cuisine, so I'd be well situated to participate if any of them are selected. I checked Marcus Samuelsson's books out of the library last time around and they seemed really promising. I bought one earlier this week and am awaiting it's arrival. I don't think it has been officially nominated yet, so I am going to throw it in the ring.

                                                                                                        I don't have 660 Curries, and my kids are not very open to Indian Cuisine (unfortunately!), so I'd probably sit by the sidelines. My go-to Indian Cookbook is The Bombay Cafe Cookbook. I also have Curries without Worries and a lovely Indian Cookbook that was a gift from a friend loaded with pictures. Before I add another Indian Cookbook to my shelves, I really need to explore these.

                                                                                                        THE SOUL OF A NEW CUISINE by Marcus Samuelsson

                                                                                                        UNION SQUARE CAFE COOKBOOK

                                                                                                        I am not clear on the nomination policy. I saw someone say only 2 nominations per thread but I never understood there to be a policy about this before. Can you clarify this for me? If I am allowed a third blue room, I'd also like to see this next book make it to the run offs. I'd be happy to cook from any of these. If not, confine my nominations to the ones listed above.

                                                                                                        THE SOUTH AMERICAN TABLE

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                                                                                                        1. re: dkennedy
                                                                                                          herby RE: dkennedy Sep 15, 2012 07:07 AM

                                                                                                          I just bought UNION SQUARE CAFE COOKBOOK and happy to cook from it, though 660 Curries (nominated already up the thread) is my preference.

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                                                                                                            L.Nightshade RE: herby Sep 15, 2012 07:46 AM

                                                                                                            Just to clarify, I have a book called Second Helpings from the Union Square Cafe, but that is not the book being discussed here, correct? It looks like there is another book that came before that.

                                                                                                            1. re: L.Nightshade
                                                                                                              dkennedy RE: L.Nightshade Sep 15, 2012 08:20 AM

                                                                                                              Yes, there are two, but I believe at least one of the nominations were for book 1 and 2. If it makes it to the run off, I am sure there will be a request to have it be both books. I don't have the second, so I didn't feel like I could nominate it.

                                                                                                          2. re: dkennedy
                                                                                                            blue room RE: dkennedy Sep 15, 2012 07:14 AM

                                                                                                            dkennedy, I can only clarify so far as it is clear to me, which is muddy. In an earlier post I said this:

                                                                                                            "... if you really think about a book you'd be willing to commit to, cook from, and communicate about for a month, it seems like one or two suggestions at a time would suffice.
                                                                                                            On the other hand these are just nominations, and every/any choice should be out there so that nothing good will be missed."
                                                                                                            A policy formed by consensus isn't really fair because the group changes (size and members) every month.
                                                                                                            And a past coordinator has told me "each coordinator has put her own stamp on things and there's no reason not for you to do the same."
                                                                                                            So, I'd say one or two choices is perfect, so three is certainly close enough.
                                                                                                            If someone wants to *discuss* 18 (or 80!) books that's great,
                                                                                                            but to me, that discussion is what leads to a
                                                                                                            smaller pool of actual nominations.

                                                                                                            1. re: blue room
                                                                                                              dkennedy RE: blue room Sep 15, 2012 07:19 AM

                                                                                                              Thank you for the clarification.

                                                                                                              BTW, to add to my post above I just read up on Truly Mexican. It is a book of sauces, salsas and moles that you can use in a variety of ways. A book that has no place on my shelves but now I totally want it! Oy! Bad influences you all!

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                                                                                                                Breadcrumbs RE: dkennedy Sep 15, 2012 08:06 AM

                                                                                                                dk it's a wonderful, beautiful book. I purchased it after reading about it on The Piglet's Tournament of Cookbooks (where it eventually lost out to Tender). Here's a link to that in case you're interested:


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                                                                                                                  dkennedy RE: Breadcrumbs Sep 15, 2012 08:38 AM

                                                                                                                  Thank you BC, I enjoyed reading the review of the book. Hope to not have a reason to acquire it, but if it is selected, purchase it I must! The restaurant is on my to do list for our next trip to New York.

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                                                                                                                    Berheenia RE: dkennedy Sep 15, 2012 09:21 AM

                                                                                                                    Per eating at the USC.. we loved it there and here is a tip that may be cheating but I thought I would share. I had trouble deciding what to order and would have liked to substitute part of the dish I had chosen but was not comfortable asking. However my husband ordered a dish with grapefruit as a minor ingredient but he could not eat grapefruit due to a medication he was on so he asked for a sub and they cooked to order for him! I was a tad jealous although both meals were stellar his was better.

                                                                                                              2. re: blue room
                                                                                                                L.Nightshade RE: blue room Sep 15, 2012 08:00 AM

                                                                                                                Per the CH mods, there are no real rules about how COTM runs. Each coordinator can set it up the way it works best for her or him. If anyone is not happy with how the current six months is going, they can volunteer and change it the next time around. I didn't have a limit on number of nominations, but I can tell you, it makes for complicated counting, and adds some slant to the outcome, when one person nominates 8 -10 books!

                                                                                                              3. re: dkennedy
                                                                                                                Berheenia RE: dkennedy Sep 15, 2012 09:12 AM

                                                                                                                For my second vote THE UNION SQUARE CAFE COOKBOOK. Because I will be housebound and bored for part of October and love this kind of cooking as the ingredients are usually available at the local store and because I am itching to put a cookbook on the kindle I got for a birthday present.

                                                                                                              4. blue room RE: blue room Sep 15, 2012 06:33 AM

                                                                                                                Everyone please note
                                                                                                                today is Saturday, September 15, so the nominations will close tonight at 9 p.m. EDT (a little over 11 hours away as I write this.)
                                                                                                                Please put your choice(s) in ALL CAPITAL LETTERS.

                                                                                                                1. L.Nightshade RE: blue room Sep 15, 2012 11:36 AM

                                                                                                                  I'm going in for
                                                                                                                  660 CURRIES, with a second nom for
                                                                                                                  SOUTH AMERICAN TABLE.
                                                                                                                  Those are my official nominations. I'd also be happy with Truly Mexican, and be willing to do Union Square if we included the second book. But I've used up my noms, so there it is.

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                                                                                                                    qianning RE: blue room Sep 15, 2012 12:59 PM

                                                                                                                    In a rush, so keeping this short, but of those in contention my preferences are either, BISTRO COOKING AT HOME or
                                                                                                                    THE SOUTH AMERICAN TABLE.

                                                                                                                    1. greedygirl RE: blue room Sep 15, 2012 01:37 PM

                                                                                                                      I'd be happy with THE UNION SQUARE CAFE COOKBOOK or BISTRO COOKING AT HOME.

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                                                                                                                        JulesLP RE: blue room Sep 15, 2012 05:57 PM

                                                                                                                        I would like to nominate UNION SQUARE CAFE COOKBOOK

                                                                                                                        1. blue room RE: blue room Sep 15, 2012 06:04 PM

                                                                                                                          Okay, this thread of nominations is closed. I'll put up a voting thread and will link to it here in a few minutes.

                                                                                                                          You can now vote here:


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