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Oct 31, 2012 11:37 PM

November 2012 Cookbooks of the Month: The Union Square Cafe Cookbook and Second Helpings from Union Square Cafe

A new month, COTM folks, and two new books. Both by Danny Meyer and Michael Romano, they contain recipes from New York City's Union Square Cafe, which opened in 1985! According to the Facebook page for this restaurant, it was not damaged by hurricane Sandy, and will be open again soon (probably by now.) I found a very recent review of the place too, full of compliments!

So, very good for them *and* for us -- a month of fine eats beginning and ending with thanks.

Much more information about this Cookbook of the Month group can be found in the archives,
and in the nominating thread,
and in the voting thread,
and the winner announcement thread

Please use these threads to report.

The Union Square Cafe Cookbook

Appetizers 1 - 68
Salads 69 - 88
Soups 89 - 108
Sandwiches, Eggs, Lunch Salads 109 - 130

Main Courses 131 -214
Vegetables, Side Dishes, Condiments 215 -266

Desserts 267 - 308
Pantry Staples 309 - 320


Second Helpings from Union Square Cafe

Appetizers 3 - 22
Soups 23 - 44
Salads 45 - 62
Pasta and Risotto 63 - 108

Main Courses 109 - 198
Vegetables 199 - 230

Side Dishes and Condiments 231 - 264
Desserts 265 - 314
Pantry 315 - 322

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  1. Isn't it curious that there's been no discussion of these books this month. I got rather a late start myself but plan to pick up the pace as we move along through the month. For a while I was in a kind of cooking ennui state but feel a renewed energy edging forward. Oh well... on to the Pasta thread to report on my latest recipe.

    1. I wish my copy had arrived so that I *could* discuss at least the first book. I'm so bummed! I emailed the seller on Thursday and they shipped another copy on Friday, but by the time I finally get it, November could be over.

      1. It's been mentioned elsewhere that the US election, the hurricane, and probably Thanksgiving coming have dampened zeal / muffled conversation about these books. There have been a few reports of disappointment with these books as well -- from me and others. (To be fair, my cooking is limited, just two of us and he's not that interested.) So I don't know if we're giving this month's selection a just look or not. But so far (to me) it seems like an excellent and popular restaurant decided to publish a cookbook, but the book quality and accuracy was not a priority.

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        1. re: blue room

          I like the books. Maybe don't love them, but like them. I've got a fairly good list of things I'd like to make from each, but my husband has been gone for a week, and we're leaving to join him tomorrow, so my chances of cooking from the USC books during USC month have been pretty limited.

        2. I just got the book last week. I too have been diverted by hurricane/election/thanksgiving but I've looked through the book and marked a few recipes to try.

          1. I haven't received my book yet either.

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            1. re: greedygirl

              It's finally arrived and looks like it's been chewed by a dog on the spine!