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Mar 21, 2013 03:06 AM

Cookbook of the Month April 2013 is AD HOC AT HOME/THOMAS KELLER MONTH

Chowhound has spoken. After a voting period only marginally less exciting than the race for the White House, Thomas Keller has been chosen as this month's choice.

If you want to relive the voting experience, the thread is here:

I don't have any of the books, so feel free to point out any errors! To minimise the number of posts, I've split Ad Hoc at Home into three separate threads, Bouchon Bakery has its own thread, and the three remaining books, which I think people are less likely to cook from, are sharing a thread. I hope this works!

AD HOC AT HOME: Poultry, Meat, Fish:

AD HOC AT HOME: Soups, Salads, Veggies and Sides:

AD HOC AT HOME: Lifesavers, Breads, Crackers and Cheese, Dessert:

BOUCHON BAKERY: All recipes:


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  1. Well, I certainly plan to bake from Keller's latest book, "Bouchon Bakery."

    1. The TOC is viewable in Amazon. I don't have the book either, otherwise I would email you the info. My suggestion would be to combine some of topics together, i.e. Poultry and Meat, pgs. 12 - 77. This way the thread doesn't become unwieldy early on.

      Thanks for organizing gg.

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      1. re: beetlebug

        I did see that, but I'm a bit confused about some of the chapters. For example, what is The Accidental Restaurant and Lifesavers. Do they have recipes? Ditto for Becoming a better cook.

        1. re: greedygirl

          Ah, I see what you mean, some of the chapters might not apply.
          Someone who already has the book will surely post here soon.

          I think gummy Lifesavers (do they have Lifesavers candies in the UK?) can be soaked in vodka to great and delicious effect. That's the only Lifesaver recipe I know ;-)

          1. re: blue room

            Funny, when I read the chapter title "Lifesavers" I immediately thought of recipes one could pull together effortlessly, Very quickly, for a last minute guest or extra dish. Recipes that would save the meal, so to speak... recipes everyone should know how to cook.

            1. re: Gio

              Yes, that's what I thought too -- or maybe helpful hints and fixes, that kind of thing. Being silly about preparing the Lifesavers..
              By the way, I'm happy to send any Ad Hoc recipe your way once my copy arrives, just ask. Tho' I know, it's not the same as leafing through a book at your leisure.

              1. re: blue room

                Many thanks for that BR. I don't think I'm able to "leaf through" just yet so your offer is welcome!

                BTW: I guess I was being too literal... I can't wrap my mind around gummy lifesavers in vodka, never mind my teeth.

            2. re: blue room

              No Lifesavers in the UK, but I get the general idea. In fact, I could sink one right now.

                1. re: LulusMom

                  Funnily enough, I'm not surprised!

            3. re: greedygirl

              The Accidental Restaurant is just a story about how they opened Ad Hoc - no recipes. Becoming a Better Cook has instructions on how to - you guessed it - improve your cooking skills. No recipes there either.

              Lifesavers does have recipes. It's all about preserving - chutneys, marmalades, etc.

          2. If helpful, here is a list of the chapters:
            Intro, Becoming a better cook, Poultry, Meat, Fish, The Accidental Restaurant, Soups, Salads, Veggies and Sides, Lifesavers, Bread Crackers Cheese, Desserts, Basics.

            1. Thanks again, greedygirl! These months go fast, don't they?

              And yes, you can see the actual page you need from the book at Amazon. Click through a few to see it.


              1. Thanks GG! In addition to the threads for the main book can we have more than one thread for the others? I think bouchon bakery should have its own thread, and French laundry and sous vide can go together. Not sure about bouchon - I plan to cook from that some - does anyone else?

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                1. re: Westminstress

                  I do plan to cook from Bouchon, have just this morning ordered the book, along with Ad Hoc.
                  (Shocking lack of desserts in Every Grain of Rice!)

                  1. re: Westminstress

                    I do plan to cook from Bouchon & Bouchon Bakery. Probably not from TFL although I will be getting it from the library.

                    1. re: Westminstress

                      Ad Hoc and French Laundry are backed up in my library--it seems doubtful that I'll receive them by the end of April, darn it! Web recipes just don't strike my fancy.
                      Bouchon (& Bakery) are available, however, so I would definitely be attempting at least a few recipes. I've given myself a 'rule' to cook--and review--at least three recipes from any given COTM, even (and perhaps especially) if it's not one I would normally go for. I've definitely found gems that I never would have tried otherwise by doing it this way (Plenty comes to mind) so who knows what I might be missing out on by not participating!
                      Very glad to have adjunct threads for these circumstances!

                      1. re: Allegra_K

                        My "rule" or goal, maybe is 10 per book, in a month that's one every three days. (I'm retired, have more time than breadwinners/parents/students etc.)
                        They don't have to be dinner, as in a main meat. A plate of cookies or salad dressing is OK.

                        1. re: blue room

                          blue room,

                          I'm in the same situation but am much less ambitious than you! I look forward to your posts. There are people here with full time jobs and little ones who just amaze me!

                          1. re: ItalianNana

                            "There are people here with full time jobs and little ones who just amaze me!"

                            Hey, I have no job, no kids, no responsibilities,
                            and I can't keep the living room floor vacuumed! I DO NOT know how they do it!

                            1. re: blue room

                              Well, for one thing, I never get around to vacuuming the living room floor. Far more interesting to invest that time and energy in the kitchen. Hah! ;-)

                              1. re: geekmom

                                Agreed. Vacuuming, what's that? You should see my kitchen floors when I'm finished working in there. Yikes.

                                1. re: geekmom

                                  My mother has a pillow crocheted with "Boring women have clean houses." Never have to worry about her seeing the state of my house!

                                    1. re: LulusMom

                                      My mother is obsessed with cleaning and her house is always immaculate. Me, I employ a cleaner!

                                      1. re: greedygirl

                                        But even with maids you have to pick up before they come. I dread maids day because of it (if you have a little one you'll see what I mean - stuff *everywhere*).

                                        1. re: LulusMom

                                          Our cleaner is lovely, but she tells me what to do!

                                  1. re: blue room

                                    Laughed out loud at that! I could make a long list of "things I just can't mange since I retired" but it would force me to admit I simply do a lot more of what I enjoy and a lot less of what I don't and that doesn't jibe with the image I'm trying to create! :-D

                                2. re: blue room

                                  My goal, with a book I'm excited about, is two a week. Don't usually end up doing that much, but I do try. Unfortunately LulusDad goes away a lot, and not a lot of cooking gets done then.

                                3. re: Allegra_K


                                  That's a very positive method. I have a hunch you have found gems in many areas of your life with that attitude.

                                4. re: Westminstress

                                  If nobody plans to cook much from French Laundry and Sous Vide, then I think it would be fine to put Bouchon in with them, so there would be 2 adjunct threads, one for Bouchon Bakery and one for all other Thomas Keller books. I think lots of people are likely to want to cook from BB, since it seems it is an *excellent* baking book, and over time we will be glad for that book to have its own thread.