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Dec 10, 2012 10:22 AM

Nomination thread -- January 2013 Cookbook of the Month

Hello and good cheer, it's soon a new year.
(And it's 20 *thirteen*, how lucky can we get?)
Celebration and preparation = exhilaration (mostly) but please take a break from baking that cake and make instead
...a nomination.
I'd love to see a street cart / food truck book find its way here.
Or maybe something sparse and specific, like cooking with cheese, or a sauces-only book. Learn new things, eat new things.
Here is a link explaining the process which also shows all the past books

Everyone is invited to participate -- put your nomination(s) in ALL CAPITAL LETTERS. This is also the place to discuss these nominations. Defend yours with conviction and certitude!
Nominations will be open until Saturday, December 15, at 9 pm, EST.
Thanks to all of you, and enjoy yourselves as much as possible this month!

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  1. I can't believe I get to be the first one to nominate after 7 hours!

    I'd love to do a soup book.



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    1. re: pagesinthesun

      Great Idea - a soup book! I will think on this, and reply back again....

      Happy nominating!

      1. re: gingershelley

        I like a soup book too. Not sure if NEW ENGLAND SOUP FACTORY COOKBOOK by Marjorie Druker has been COTM in the past but I have a copy and have loved everything I've ever made from it. Of course I am prejudiced living in the same town where Marjorie started her restaurant. Wish my office was still on that side of town!

        1. re: Berheenia

          New England Soup has not been a COTM Beheenia. I have the book and love it too... The sides are good too.

          1. re: Gio

            You would love the restaurant . So I wrote it in caps so I guess I nominated it!

      2. re: pagesinthesun

        I've never participated in a COTM but I was planning on doing the January one, depending on the book. I like the idea of a soup book too, especially since soups are so great when it's cold.

          1. re: The Dairy Queen

            I will if the book is something I can 1) afford 2) afford to buy the ingredients for :) I'm on a pretty limited budget so I tend to not be able to cook a lot of asian foods because of the extra ingredients they require, and I don't have access to an asian market....just the basic supermarkets. I couldn't even find rice wine!

            1. re: juliejulez

              You know, I understand how expensive specialized ingredients can get. A lot of authors will recommend substitutions, (sherry for shaoxing wine, that sort of thing) which can be a good way to go.

              As far as the book itself, you might consider taking the book out of your local library, if possible, to save on the expense of buying the book outright. Sometimes, if you're lucky, you might be able to pick up an affordable used copy of a book on Amazon.

              But why wait until January to jump in? The current book, How to Eat, has a good chunk of the book available via google books and lots of recipes available online. And many of the ingredients are available at your typical grocery store.

              Why not join us now?


              1. re: The Dairy Queen

                How To Eat is pretty much up my alley, I even have it on my Amazon wishlist. I haven't had the time to go sign up for a library membership when they're actually open... I just moved to this area at the beginning of summer....I know, lame excuse :) I've been enjoying reading the reviews in that thread though!

                    1. re: The Dairy Queen

                      Thanks TDQ for encouraging JulieJ to join in. Great encouragement through helpful information!

                      1. re: The Dairy Queen

                        Looks like I can't view the whole book, just the first part about the different sauces/dressings, and the index. I was interested in making the grilled chicken with pesto that is on page 165, as I already had chicken and pesto on my menu for Monday night. I found the ingredients list on eatyourbooks though and it just has like chicken and pesto... not a very exciting recipe most likely LOL

                        1. re: juliejulez

                          Oh bummer. I read quite a bit of it via Google books, but I suppose it was the introductory "Basics" section.

                          Do you want me to paraphrase the recipe for you?


                          1. re: The Dairy Queen

                            Sure, although if it's just grilled chicken with pesto on top of it or something super simple like that I don't think I'd bother writing up a "review" of that :) I'm still somewhat of a beginner cook and even that is too easy.

                            1. re: juliejulez

                              It pretty much is that easy (which, I think, is part of the difficulty people are having with the book...)

                              Slash 4 chicken cutlets (skin on). Mix 3 tbsp bottled pesto with 5 tbsp of softened butter and press this onto both sides of chicken. Cook 10 mins, perhaps longer, each side under broiler. The pesto will darken but take care not to let it burn. She says, "Cook with a less fierce heat"--I'm not sure how one does that with a broiler...


                              1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                Oye yeah, that's a bit too basic. Well, we'll see if I get the book for Christmas, it's been on my wishlist since September. If I do I'll squeeze something in before the end of the month!

                      2. re: juliejulez

                        JulieJ; I am not commenting on your not having a library card - just trying to encourage you to not let cost stop you.

                        I am on a very limited budget myself since July - most of the COTM books I have ordered through reservations from my library. Sometimes they don't have them, and the Google books help is great!

                        Please know alot of us just want to cook new things, and ideas and substitutions will be part of the fun!

                        1. re: gingershelley

                          Cool thank you! I do need to make it to the library soon as I'd like to start getting books on tape to listen on my hour long commute too. I didn't know that google books feature even existed, so that is super helpful!

            2. My goodness, this was IMPOSSIBLE to find. I was even looking for it.

              I would love to consider Stir, or any Thai or Cambodian cookbook this month. I need a new and exciting cuisine, which COTM does so very well.

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              1. re: smtucker

                <"I need a new and exciting cuisine, which COTM does so very well.">

                Me too. That is if I can cope with this horrible redesign. I like the Charles Phan "Vietnamese Home Cooking". Another I'd be interested in is "The Big Book of Noodles: Over 100 Delicious Recipes from China, Japan, and Southeast Asia" by Vatcharin Bhumichitr.



                1. re: Gio

                  Those both sound delicious!

                  (P.S. posting in this thread right now in case I can't find it again. Still getting used to the new software...)


                  1. re: Gio

                    I'd love to cook from the Phan book, but I do worry that it is too soon. That Big Book of Noodles one sounds fantastic. No problem eating noodles every night in this house!

                    1. re: LulusMom

                      I'd like to cook from Phan too, but have the same concern. I'd also love to cook from Burma (and I assume it's too soon for that one too).

                    2. re: Gio

                      Oh Gio. I've been SO good about not buying new cookbooks and you know what I just did? I clicked into that link for the Big book of noodles and ... bought it.

                      1. re: LulusMom

                        HA! Now you are practically required to nominate it. Not in my library, alas, but super cheap used on Amazon!


                        1. re: LulusMom

                          LOL LLM... I have made a pledge Not to buy any cookbooks in Dec. We've been so inundated by repairs & replacements lately that I can't even buy a shoe lace right now. I haven't cooked anything from the book yet so I need the push.

                          THE BIG BOOK OF NOODLES by Vatcharin Bhumichitr

                          1. re: Gio

                            Guess I better do the same. THE BIG BOOK OF NOODLES by V. Bhumichitr.

                            PS - been insanity around here too, with me waiting around the house for some different repair man every day. What on earth is going on?

                            1. re: LulusMom

                              If it wins I plan to augment it with another Asian book for sides...but IIRC he includes those as well. I'll check later as it's not yet indexed on EYB. (Hello, Jane, are you there?).

                              In my case it's that we live in a 112 y/o money pit.

                              1. re: Gio

                                Ours turned 80 this year. But there really wasn't any excuse for the washing machine. Or the alarm system. We won't even talk about the snake ...

                                1. re: Gio

                                  Checked the Noodle Book and No, there are no side dishes. The Noodles seem to be a stand alone dish, as far as I can tell. Although, the recipes are chock-full of ingredients, most fairly easily procured.

                              2. re: Gio

                                I'll get on board with THE BIG BOOK OF NOODLES too. Have had it for a while and not used it much.

                            2. re: Gio

                              This redesign is going to take some getting used to for sure. I feel adrift even though I speak the language.

                              Both of those books looks wonderful. So do the Thompson books.

                              1. re: Gio

                                My library doesn't have a copy of The Big Book of Noodles, and I just came across (and passed by) the very same in a thrift shop, darn it! But a book all about Asian noodles sounds positively wonderful.

                                I have "The Noodle Shop Cookbook" by Jackie Passmore, which is in a similar fashion, but haven't cooked anything out of it....anyone have experience with this one?

                                1. re: Gio

                                  THE BIG BOOK OF NOODLES sounds great! I have 2 of Vatcharin Bhumichitr's books and his recipes always turn out really well.

                              2. I lost track of this thread myself for a while! We'll get used to the changes soon, I'm sure.

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                                1. re: blue room

                                  I took me ages to find how to reply on the phone! The reply arrows are hidden until you tap on a post.

                                2. I'd like an excuse to buy Charles Phan Vietnamese Home Cooking. I've heard nothin but raves on this board. Will it be too new to be considered?

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                                  1. re: lilham

                                    My guess is that it is too new, but then again a bunch of us may have gotten it for Christmas/holidays, etc. I just checked, and my library doesn't have it yet (and it doesn't seem to be on order either).

                                  2. No nominations yet. Among the books I'm excited about for this year are Jerusalem, Burma and the new Fuchsia Dunlop once the U.S. edition comes out. I thought the Diana Henry proposed for last month (plenty) looked good too. I'm going back to work next month though so I'm not sure how much I'll be able to participate.

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                                    1. re: Westminstress

                                      I know "Burma" is new, but I think quite a few of us already have it (or will be getting it for X'mas?). Show of hands?

                                      1. re: JoanN

                                        Yup, I've got it.

                                        According to Amazon, Burma came out on Sept 25. The Charles Phan book was released on the same date.

                                        1. re: MelMM

                                          Didn't realize the Phan book was that new. I have too many new books I haven't cooked from yet so I'm selfishly going to nominate one I do have.


                                          1. re: qianning

                                            I'd rather get the Phan or Hakka book for Christmas, though my arm is easily twistable...


                                          2. re: JoanN

                                            It is a happy addition to my collection as well.

                                            Last month someone had suggested doing a pairing of Burma with The Elephant Walk Cookbook.....I'd be on board for that one, too.

                                            1. re: JoanN

                                              I don't have it, but had a library copy for a month & cooked a few dishes. I liked the food well enough, but nothing really jumped out and wowed me, and my family was divided about the things I did cook so I don't think I would buy it. My daughter's occupational therapist has gone home to Thailand for a month to visit her family & promised to try and bring me back some tua nao, and if she does, I'll request the book from the library again and give it another go.