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Oct 10, 2012 09:20 AM

November 2012 Nomination Thread for Cookbook of the Month

I know, I know, another untimely intrusion into a month just underway. (Underway in a big way I’d say, with curries galore (which I adore, bring more, encore!)

But now November needs nurturing -- a germ, a pod, a sprout,

a cookbook suggestion for the month, please.

For me, (western USA) November will re-introduce cool weather, and

the Thanksgiving holiday will gobble up some attention in the fourth week. The rest of the month is up to you!

Absolutely everyone and everybody is welcome to join in. Please look here for more information:

That link explains our purpose and process, and shows earlier book choices.

Nominations will be open until Monday, October 15th at 9 p.m. EDT.

Please put your choice(s) in ALL CAPITAL LETTERS, and use this thread to discuss them. Lots of people find this the best part of COTM!

Here’s my stated feeling about multiple nominations:

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

The books with the most nominations will progress to the voting stage.

So, cooking plans for November begins @now!

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  1. BURMA-Naomi Duguid




    THE JOY OF PICKLING-Linda Ziedrich

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    1. re: jpr54_1

      jpr54_1, this is the Burma cookbook by Naomi Duguid, right? and the Vietnamese book is by Charles Phan?

    2. Selfishly, I'm going to nominate AD HOC AT HOME, by Thomas Keller.

      I've had the book for quite some time and have only made the infamous brownie recipe, so I'd love to have a fire lit under me to cook from it more. There seem to be a lot of fall-friendly recipes, hearty meat dishes, things that require the oven, etc., so hopefully others will find it a good fit as well!

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      1. re: biondanonima

        I did not like this book at all, and quickly re-gifted it to Candy. Don't know if she's cooked from it yet.

        1. re: pikawicca

          Bummer. What did you cook from it that you didn't like? I've cooked 2-3 things from it--a ribs recipe, a toasted walnuts recipe (nothing earth shattering but still good), and a broccoli rabe recipe--and was quite pleased. But, that's just a few recipes, alas, definitely not a thorough testing of the book.


          1. re: The Dairy Queen

            I've made the fried chicken recipe from AHAH and it was magical. Would love to hear if there are any other gems in it.

            1. re: dkennedy

              My husband loved the herb-toasted walnuts. They didn't blow my mind, but I thought they were good and easy. We both really loved the rubbed and glazed pork spareribs over our grill.


              1. re: dkennedy

                It has been a long time since we made anything from the book, I remember enjoying the pan-seared duck breast and the caramelized sea scallops. Both were very easy to make.

            2. re: pikawicca

              Yes, you've mentioned that before but never said what it was about it that you didn't like or whether or not you'd tried any of the recipes. As I, too, have said before, I've only made three things from the book--the Chocolate Chip cookies, the Herb-Crusted Rack of Lamb, and the Buttermilk Fried Chicken--and all three were right up there in the just about best ever category. I'd be thrilled, if not now sometime soon, to have a COTM nudge to see how many more equally wonderful recipes there might be in this book.

              1. re: JoanN

                Sorry, but I really don't remember. I got the book right when it was published, made half a dozen recipes and decided the thing wasn't worth the shelf space. I do remember that I had an overall criticism of the book, but what that was escapes me now.

                1. re: pikawicca

                  I wish we all had EYB back then so we could have captured the detailed comments about any of the recipes you tried so we could avoid those recipes.


                2. re: JoanN

                  I've made the brownies, which are LIFECHANGING. I mean, unbelievably good. I also made a chicken and fennel dish a couple of nights ago that was good - not great, but tasty enough and plenty quick/easy for a week night.

                3. re: pikawicca

                  I got the Ad Hoc cookbook as a present and attempted to trade it in at Moe's Books in Berkeley because it didn't interest me much. They said they'd take it, but wouldn't give me any money for it since they had so many already. I

                  1. re: oakjoan

                    Well, that's totally unfair. :( Didn't you have a very similar experience when you tried to get rid of your copy of TFL, or did they just refuse you altogther with that one?


                4. re: biondanonima

                  I actually really like this book, but to me it is a 'special occassion' book, or a 'I-have-lots-of-free-time' book. Everything I have made from this book has been excellent. But many of the entrée recipes require a fair amount of planning and prep.

                  The salad dressings are delicious when I am willing to eat that many calories on a salad.

                  1. re: biondanonima

                    Infamous as in not good? I don't know anything about that recipe but had the impression from other references that it is beloved. I'll have to take a look at it.

                    1. re: nomadchowwoman

                      Infamous as in AMAZING. Perhaps I should have just said they were famous. Or fabulous. Or evil, since they call for 3 sticks of butter and you will want to eat the whole pan even though you KNOW how bad they are for you.

                      1. re: biondanonima

                        Oooh, please, I sooo don't need anything else bad for me! (Now, I really have to look at the recipe.)

                  2. I will try once more......UNION SQUARE CAFE COOKBOOKS.

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                    1. re: angelsmom

                      for a change I actually bought the book from suggestions

                    2. I would like to nominate two different books for November:

                      THE FOOD OF MOROCCO by Paula Wolfert
                      BISTRO COOKING AT HOME by Gordon Hamersely

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                      1. re: JulesLP

                        I could definitely get behind BISTRO COOKING AT HOME by G. Hamersely (sp?).

                        1. re: LulusMom

                          that would be HAMERSLEY. and it's a wonderful book. ;)

                          1. re: ChefJune

                            Had a strong feeling I wasn't spelling it correctly. Thanks.

                      2. It's holiday time from November on. I say stick with the theme and thus nominate:


                        I've already reviewed it in the "Cookbook a week" thread for anyone interested in learning more about it. Great friggin' book. I still can't believe how few people had heard of it, given the guy has 2 JB awards - aside from it never appearing on The Good Cook (which seems to be a kiss of death these days if you don't market with them, heh).

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                        1. re: Quintious

                          Okay, okay. I ordered it. For $.17 on Amazon for what they claim is a new book, how could I not? I just hope it's half as good as "Thanksgiving Dinner" by Anthony Dias Blue or "John Clancy's Christmas Cookbook," two books that have been helping me through the holidays for years.

                          1. re: JoanN

                            I have the Clancy book, yes, it's a good one!

                          2. re: Quintious

                            I ordered it too just because of your glorious review, Quintious - it better deliver!:)

                            1. re: herby

                              You're gonna love it :). If you don't, I'll Paypal you the .17. Course, Paypal will take it all in fees, but that's life.