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Cookbook of the Month June 2013: The Nomination Thread

Welcome to the discussion thread for June! Sorry for the slightly tardy post, but I've been enjoying myself in la belle France.

Summer is fast approaching so it's time to get thinking about what we want to do with all that lovely fresh produce. I just bought asparagus at the farmer's market for the first time this year so I'm definitely excited!

For more information on COTM, and to see previous choices, click here: http://www.chow.com/cookbook_of_the_m...

For nominations to be counted they must be in CAPS. There are no other rules, really, so discuss away! Nominations will close at 0800GMT on Saturday 18th May.

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  1. Glad you're back. Hope you had a great time. Now to gather the possibles on my list and make a few choices.

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    1. re: Gio

      Happy u r back-hope u had a good time

    2. :: just to keep track of this thread ::

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      1. THE GAZA KITCHEN by El-Haddad & Schmidt
        NEW FOOD OF LIFE by Najmieh Batmanglij
        HOMEMADE -WINTER OR SUMMER by Yvette Boven
        ROOTS by Diane Morgan

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          1. re: jpr54_1

            Hey jpr54_1 -- I have "New Food of Life" and am ashamed to say I've never cooked from it.

            I doubt it could ever be a COTM because it's pretty pricey - there are only a few reasonably cheap used copies available online (my new copy cost $76!! wish I'd thought to look on ABE before I bought it...) but if you wanted to start a "cooking from..." thread for this book, I'm totally in.

            1. re: jpr54_1

              I would love 'Roots' in early fall - which seems like more of a 'root veggie' time of year.....?

            2. Welcome home and happy Mother's Day to all that it applies to. One more try:


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              1. re: dkennedy

                Seconding THE SOUL OF A NEW CUISINE

                1. re: Musie

                  Thirding THE SOUL OF A NEW CUISINE

                  Welcome back!

                2. re: dkennedy

                  I'm very interested in doing Soul of a New Cuisine but one or the all of us will be away for pretty much all of June. Of course I could always read later and add to the threads ...

                  1. re: dkennedy

                    Fourthing THE SOUL OF A NEW CUISINE

                  2. I would be curious to try BURMA

                    1. I'll toss in another vote for BURMA.

                      1. TWO GREEDY ITALIANS, perfect for upcoming summer produce

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                        1. re: MelMM

                          I've been trying to decide which books I'll nominate and TGI has been one of the books I've been considering. Here's the list of recipes at EYB if anyone is interested in the book:


                          1. re: Gio

                            Gio, it looks like your link takes it to your individual bookshelf, so nothing comes up if you have a membership. This one might work though: http://www.eatyourbooks.com/library/8...

                            1. re: juliejulez

                              Thanks Julie! I hadn't realized I didn't go to the main library page...

                              1. re: juliejulez

                                That recipe list looks GREAT!
                                I would do TWO GREEDY ITALIANS

                                Stuffed pasta with asparagus sauce? Sounds great!

                              2. re: Gio

                                Again, Two Greedy Italians is a book I'd love to do.

                                  1. re: Gio

                                    Nothing more comforting that Italian food, and this one looks like a good one. If it gets picked I will happily read the threads when I get back and post as I cook along later.

                                    1. re: LulusMom

                                      I went husbandless for a bit over a week for mine ; )

                                      1. re: LulusMom

                                        Ah yes, the comfort food aspect. Also, Italian food is truly home cooking at it's finest, considering how many variations on the theme there are and can be. I'm not sure I'd say there's nothing more comforting than Italian food however. For example currently I find myself wanting to go back to the Casas book, La Cocina De Mamá: The Great Home Cooking of Spain.

                                        1. re: Gio

                                          For me, Italian all the way. Now, there are other cuisines that I absolutely adore, like Moroccan and most Asian ones, but there is something really homey about Italian food.

                                          1. re: LulusMom

                                            I love italian too. If only they could make pasta that was low calorie :)

                                            1. re: juliejulez

                                              You come up with that and you will soon be a millionaire!

                                              1. re: juliejulez

                                                Now Julie... Italian food isn't just about the macaroni... (~_^)

                                  2. re: MelMM

                                    which of their books are u nominating?
                                    it might be nice to do the 2 of them.
                                    what r the differences between them?

                                    1. re: jpr54_1

                                      JPR.. the book is "Two Greedy Italians: Carluccio and Contaldo's Return to Italy." Authored by Antonio Carluccio and Gennaro Contaldo


                                      1. re: Gio

                                        Did you notice that it isn't available directly from amazon? Only other sellers (not that this should stop us). Least expensive is $7.48.

                                        1. re: LulusMom

                                          Yes... I think I only paid 7.00 for it. It took ages to get here, though.

                                      2. re: jpr54_1

                                        I am nominating the book Gio links to, but I would also be open to a nomination of this one plus the one (I think) you have, Two Greedy Italians Eat Italy. Or, the first TGI book, and an adjunct thread for other books by Antonio Carluccio and Genaro Contaldo. I have, for example, Contaldo's Passione, which I wouldn't mind cooking from in an adjunct thread.

                                        1. re: MelMM

                                          ...and I have another of Carlucchio's books, "Antonio Carluccio's Italia: The Recipes and Customs of the Regions" so I'd be open to an adjunct thread as well...

                                          Mel, the only problem I actually have with the Two Greedy Italians is the dearth of vegetable recipes. There are some tasty sounding salads but I only chose 3 veg recipes out of a small handful... What do you think?

                                          1. re: Gio

                                            That *is* sad-making. Maybe save this for the fall or winter?

                                            1. re: Gio

                                              Funny you should mention the dearth of vegetables, when the recipes I'm most looking forward to trying are precisely that. It's certainly not a vegetable cookbook, and it isn't a summer cookbook, so it does have it's share of braises. But there are lots nice recipes using spring and summer veggies. Some I've noted, but not a complete list:

                                              Involtini di Zucchini (Roasted Courgette/Zucchini Rolls)
                                              Insalata di Porcini
                                              Insalata Caprese
                                              Panzanella Agli Ortaggi in Agrodolce (Sweet and Sour Bread Salad) - not the usual, this features pepper, zucchini, carrots and celeriac
                                              Fresh Borlotti Bean Soup
                                              Canavese Cabbage Soup
                                              Nettle Soup
                                              Fresh White Wine Pasta Ribbons with Mushrooms
                                              Spaghetti with Raw Tomatoes and Peppers
                                              Filled Pasta Tubes with Asparagus Sauce
                                              Orecchiette with Broccoli and Anchovies
                                              Pizza e Menesta (Braised Greens with Polenta Cake)
                                              Risotto with Courgett(Zucchini) flowers
                                              Polpette di Melanzane (eggplant dumplings)
                                              Green Beans, buttered breadcrumbs, and pine nuts
                                              Jewish Fried Artichokes
                                              Sauteed broccoli
                                              Carrot and Celeriac Puree
                                              Fried Zucchini
                                              Potatoes roasted with tomato, oregano and basil
                                              Fennel Gratin
                                              Baked, stuffed eggplant
                                              Pumpkin chips with tangy breadcrumbs
                                              Fennel and Scamorza Cheese Salad
                                              Broad Bean and Walnut Pesto
                                              Courgette Salad with Fresh Mint and Rocket
                                              Raw Asparagus Salad with Parmesan

                                              1. re: MelMM

                                                You and I have these in common:
                                                Panzanella Agli Ortaggi in Agrodolce (Sweet and Sour Bread Salad)
                                                Orecchiette w Broccoli and Anchovies
                                                Green Beans, buttered breadcrumbs, and pine nuts
                                                Sauteed broccoli

                                                Also, I listed these:
                                                Tomato Sauce w herbs
                                                Braised Greens w Polenta Cake
                                                Courgette w Cheese Bake
                                                Cod w Olive & Sun-Dried Tomatoes (plan to sub the cod)
                                                Gennaro's Sea Bream (Sub for this too, I think)
                                                Sweet & Sour Marinated Trout
                                                Stuffed Squid (I don't know if it's the season here tho)
                                                Pollo Casalinga (Housewives Chicken)

                                          2. re: MelMM

                                            On the strength of everyone's enthusiasm about this book here on CH, I've requested this one from the library & would love to cook from it with you all. So I will vote for TWO GREEDY ITALIANS, too.

                                          3. Definitely count me in with a nomination for:

                                            TWO GREEDY ITALIANS

                                            I've had the book for a little while and love it. I posted about a dish I made and there was some good discussion about the book here (for anyone who isn't yet convinced they need this book!!):


                                            Two other books, both recent purchases, that I think would make great COTMs are:

                                            EAT YOUR VEGETABLES by Arthur Potts Dawson - this is a UK book now available here in Canada. Though this isn't a vegetarian book, it is mostly vegetarian. These have to be some of the most appealing vegetable recipes I've seen.

                                            The Epicurious Cookbook - Epi has produced a cookbook w "more than 250 of their best loved 4 fork recipes". I love the idea that these recipes have already been reviewed extensively online and would be available there for anyone who didn't have the book. As I flipped through it I recognized some T&T favourites we've been making for years from old Gourmet magazines and most every recipe in the book appealed. I picked this book up at Costco for a song.

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                                            1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                              That potato casserole looks luscious - and I'm now tempted to order TGI regardless, but does anyone know how long it may take for an Amazon order from the UK to arrive to the states?

                                              1. re: lesliej

                                                it doesn't take too long 14-21days

                                                also depends on seller
                                                books I have ordered from UK always arrive in good shape and as described


                                                1. re: lesliej

                                                  I've ordered directly from Amazon UK and from other sellers. About 2 weeks, is what I expect to wait. I do this regularly and have had no problems. Amazon UK makes it easy with a currency converter, so you know exactly what you are paying in US dollars.

                                                  1. re: MelMM

                                                    Just be aware that forever after, they will send you enticing emails advising you of other wonderful British cookbooks that you might like to buy. This can be a very hard thing for those of us who are trying to be a little more frugal with our cookbook shopping. ;-)

                                                    1. re: geekmom

                                                      I've been dealing with that for several years now. That's why I have ordered many times :-)

                                                      I'm sure there must be some setting we can change, but I haven't bothered. I think it is funny that I get more email from Amazon UK than from the US Amazon.

                                              2. TWO GREEDY ITALIANS...I just ordered it and appreciate everyone's feedback on UK sellers. Hopefully it will arrive by early June; if something different is chosen I will at least own a cookbook that came highly recommended, as well as the winning COTM for June because I will seek that out as well.

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                                                1. re: lesliej

                                                  All you enablers are tempting me to buy TGI. I do not need another general Italian Cookbook. I could conceivably buy another regional Italian Cookbook, but not a general one. Please stop tempting me!

                                                2. TGI not in the New York Public Library system. If we’re considering Italian, why not Ed Giobbi? I have both “Family Cooking” and “Family Dining.” I know he has fans on this board and his time is past due. Anyone?

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                                                  1. re: JoanN

                                                    I'm here Joan. I have the following books:

                                                    Italian Family Dining: Recipes, Menus, And Memories of Meals With One Of America's Great Food Families by Edward Giobbi and Eugenia Giobbi Bone, 10/20/2005

                                                    Eat Right, Eat Well: The Italian Way by Edward Giobbi and Richard Wolff, Revised, 6/16/1998

                                                    Eat Right, Eat Well-It Well: The Italian Way by Edward Giobbi and Richard Wolff, First Edition, 4/12/1985

                                                    Italian Family Cooking by Edward Giobbi 1/1/1971

                                                    The first Edward Giobbi cookbook I bought was Italian Family Cooking and I loved everything about the book so much that I couldn't wait till he wrote another. That was Eat Right Eat Well. It was a "heart healthy" book and although the recipes did produce some wonderful dishes it just didn't have the same verve. Then came the revised edition in which Giobbi and the good doctor reversed their adherence to a strict low fat diet and revised the recipes to reflect a true Mediterranean cuisine. This my very favorite cookbook of the 4 I own.

                                                    None of the books are indexed on EYB but that shouldn't stop us because In The Beginning there was no EYB...

                                                    1. re: JoanN

                                                      I'm in the same quandry vis a vis tgi; no copy statewide in NH's library system.

                                                      On the other hand the 1985 version of Eat Right Eat Well is available.

                                                      Gio how big are the differences 1985 versus 1998 editions?

                                                      1. re: qianning

                                                        While I have not read nor compared every single recipe in both editions, Qianning, according to the reviews every recipe in the revised edition was reworked, retested, then published. So that means that the 560 recipes in the 1985 book that used vastly reduced amounts of fats and avoided using olive oil have been rewritten in the 1998 version with the understanding that olive oil is actually healthful when used in judicious amounts but a strict low fat diet can actually be harmful.

                                                        I've cooked quite a few recipes from both books and I think the second book is more to my liking because the recipes seem to create unadulterated Italian food whereas in the revised, although the food produced is tasty, there always seems to be something lacking.

                                                        Both books present a huge range of mainly southern Italian recipes. The ingredients are readily available practically everywhere, the dishes produced are full of the flavor that recalls Italian home cooking.

                                                        Mr. Giobbi is a word renowned award winning painter and is an icon in the Fine Art community. His charming pen and ink drawings are scattered throughout both books and he includes drawings made by his children as well.


                                                          1. re: qianning

                                                            Decided Damn the Expense! and went ahead and bought the revised "Eat Right Eat Well" in "very good" condition for $.28 rather than settling for one of the ones in only "good" condition for $.01. Sometimes you've just got to indulge yourself.

                                                      2. re: JoanN

                                                        Good news for folks who don't have the book. Looks like many of the recipes from this book are online as it is a tv series:


                                                        1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                          When I click on that link, I get a pop-up box every minute or so that says "for Canadian viewers only". Funny thing is, it doesn't make the page go away and I can still click through to the recipes (where I continue to get the pop-up). So if one could stand the annoyance (and it is pretty dang annoying), it seems one could still use the recipes.

                                                          1. re: MelMM

                                                            BBC UK has almost all the recipes from the Two Greedy Italians TV show available:


                                                            You can click through to see other series episodes of the show there as well.

                                                        2. re: JoanN

                                                          How about Frank Stitt's Bottega Favorita?

                                                          1. re: Candy

                                                            Oooh, or for that matter, a Frank Stitt month, since he only has one other book, Frank Stitt's Southern Table.

                                                              1. re: qianning

                                                                How do I keep missing all these old cotm's? I had not a clue...hmm, wonder what else I'm overlooking....

                                                                1. re: Allegra_K

                                                                  Here... I'll put you out of your misery. LOL
                                                                  COTM archive:

                                                                  Non-COTM & "Cooking From" archive:
                                                                  Open the first reply box for the list.

                                                                  1. re: Gio

                                                                    Funny thing, Gio, is I even have the archives bookmarked, and I look through the list regularly! I guess I just have to give a more thorough gander at the selections. Either that or get my eyes checked!

                                                        3. If we're considering Italian, what about Barbara Lynch's excellent book, "Stir?"

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                                                          1. re: pikawicca

                                                            Hmmmm.... not a bad choice either. It's a recent purchase but haven't cooked anything from it yet. Will have to take a serious look.

                                                            1. re: pikawicca

                                                              I have Stir and would like to cook from it at some point, but it seems even less vegetable-friendly than TGI. I mean, there are some vegetable sides and vegetarian dishes, but they tend to focus more on cold-weather vegetables like beets, lettuces, mushrooms, and starchy vegetables like potatoes.

                                                            2. EDWARD GIOBBI MONTH

                                                              This nomination would include:
                                                              >Italian Family Dining: Recipes, Menus, And Memories of Meals With One Of America's Great Food Families by Edward Giobbi and Eugenia Giobbi Bone

                                                              >Eat Right, Eat Well: The Italian Way by Edward Giobbi and Richard Wolff

                                                              >Italian Family Cooking by Edward Giobbi

                                                              >Plus any other cookbook he wrote that I'm unaware of, and on-line recipes.

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                                                              1. re: Gio

                                                                Seconding ED GIOBBI MONTH. After all, I have a $.28 investment riding on it.

                                                                1. re: Gio

                                                                  My library system has Italian Family Dining and Pleasures of the Good Earth, which looks to be a grow it-can it-cure it book, along with recipes: http://www.amazon.com/Pleasures-Earth...

                                                                2. Since you're talking about Italian and vegetables, have you ever cooked from Faith Willinger's "Red White and Greens?" It's all about the Italian way with vegetables.

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                                                                  1. re: ChefJune

                                                                    There is also Vegetables from an Italian Garden. I have it on my bookshelf and haven't cooked from it much, but the few things I have made have generally been very good.

                                                                    1. re: delys77

                                                                      Well that's an interesting book, Delys! Sounds like the Italian version of Nigel Slater's Tender, Volume I: A Cook and His Vegetable Patch. By the same folks who published The Sliver Spoon. Is that a good thing or not so good?

                                                                      ETA: It's worth noting that the book is sectioned by seasons and is not totally vegetarian but has meat and seafood recipes as well.

                                                                      1. re: Gio

                                                                        Hi Gio

                                                                        Very good point about the book not being entirely vegetarian. Most of the recipes are vegetarian, but there are a good number that include meat or fish. That said the book does include a little icon of a pig or a fish so that a reader can quickly skim without having to read the whole recipe.

                                                                        I would say Iike the seasonal layout, the matte finish of the pages, and the somewhat retro looking pictures. I also own The Silver Spoon and I much prefer this book to the former. I don't regret buying the Silver Spoon because I have found a few gems in there, but in general I find it tries to cover far too much territory. Vegetable from an Italian Garden is still quite broad but not so much that there are a lot of superfluous or very weak recipes.

                                                                        I'm not nominating it per se, but thought it might be relevant to the discussion.

                                                                        1. re: delys77

                                                                          Thanks very much Delys! It is relevant to the discussion, I think, and to me as a home cook with third generation Italian heritage. I'll have to look into this book more thoroughly, but for now it holds keen interest for me.

                                                                          1. re: Gio

                                                                            Thanks Gio, I'm pretty religious about posting my findings on EYB so you can see my thoughts on any past or future recipes I try.

                                                                    2. re: ChefJune

                                                                      Love Faith Willinger. Love Red, White, and Greens! Have had the book for years and love everything we've cooked from it.

                                                                      1. re: Gio

                                                                        I also have Red, White and Greens and love it. Great book. I just made a recipe from the book last night, the kale pesto, except that I used collards. That recipe is a staple in my house when I have a bunch of kale or collards to use up.

                                                                      2. re: ChefJune

                                                                        I have this one, but have never cooked from it.

                                                                      3. Popping in from my vacation to say ... I love Italian (my favorite cuisine) but don't want to purchase TGI. I would be interested in the Willinger or Giobbi, both of which are readily available from the library or as cheap used books.

                                                                          1. Still not that thrilled by any of the contenders. Any interest in a produce centric book? Something summery? My personal favorite is The Santa Monica Farmers Market Cookbook but there are so many others out there that are of a similar ilk.

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                                                                            1. re: dkennedy

                                                                              one of the reasons I nominated Roots
                                                                              nice cookbook and good recipes.
                                                                              it doesn't have to be winter to enjoy root vegetables.

                                                                              there r also many pickling/preserve books which are produce centric.

                                                                              1. re: dkennedy

                                                                                A while back (last year? the year before?) there was some discussion of doing The Victory Garden book. I could certainly go for that.

                                                                                1. re: dkennedy

                                                                                  While I'd love a produce centric book I can't see us doing two during the summer so, selfishly, I'd prefer such a book in July or even better, August when locally grown produce is abundant here.

                                                                                  For me, TGI seemed like a good interim option since there seems to be a good mix of recipes with some lighter dishes that suit my cooking mood as it finally warms up here!

                                                                                  Like you, I really love the SMFM book dk and The Farm is another favourite. Eat Your Vegetables, that I mentioned up-thread is also a fabulous-looking new book from the UK that I can't wait to cook from this summer!

                                                                                  1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                    I like the idea of a produce centric book too, but I agree, selfishly also, that it would be better a bit later in the summer. The farmers markets here in CO are just barely opening right now and the good stuff doesn't really show up for another month or two.

                                                                                    But, I don't have any alternatives either. None of the nominated books are striking my fancy but that's OK. I probably won't participate this next month since I've been doing a lot with the current one (10 recipes so far) and I need a COTM break I think :)

                                                                                    1. re: juliejulez

                                                                                      Yes, I forget how fortunate I am to have so many more choices at the Farmer's Market. We are flush right now: cherries, apricots, donut peaches, grapes....and on and on.

                                                                                      1. re: juliejulez

                                                                                        Nothing interests me much either. TGI might have if it wasn't so hard to obtain. Burma and SONC have no legs here with me though.

                                                                                        I'll just sit back and check out some of my newer cookbook purchases in June.

                                                                                        1. re: Njchicaa

                                                                                          Yeah I wish I had a larger collection so I could just nominate something I already have. But most of what I have, other than stuff I've bought for COTMs, is Food Network folks books... Ina Garten, Tyler Florence, Ellie Krieger. I don't think most folks here are into most of those (I know one of Ina's was a COTM a long time ago though). My other books were all from the bargain bin at the now defunct Borders :)

                                                                                    2. re: dkennedy

                                                                                      JAPANESE FARM FOOD mentioned above has lots of vegetable recipes. It is a lovely book that I keep looking at but not cooking from. Need a COTM kind of push!

                                                                                      1. re: herby

                                                                                        Japanese Farm Food sounds like a great book, but alas, my library does not have it, and I really need to stop purchasing cookbooks without first giving them a test run....

                                                                                    3. SOUL OF A NEW CUISINE - It's a cuisine and a continent we really haven't explored in this forum.

                                                                                      I'd also go for BURMA.

                                                                                      1. If it has not already been a previous selection, My Calabria by Rosetta Costantino.

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                                                                                        1. re: ChiliDude

                                                                                          Great book! But yes, it has already been a COTM.

                                                                                        2. Burma
                                                                                          Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking
                                                                                          Tender(Farmer's Markets are open and lots of young and tender veggies are available)

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                                                                                          1. re: Candy

                                                                                            September 2011 COTM, Slater/Tender

                                                                                            Asparagus through Cauliflower:

                                                                                            Pumpkin through Zucchini:

                                                                                            Candy, if you're nominating those books the titles have to be in CAPS...

                                                                                          2. Another book that seemed to generate interest a while back but then fell off the radar is:

                                                                                            Fried Chicken and Champagne.

                                                                                            I was reminded of it today as it just hit EYB's Indexing Now list.

                                                                                            Imdon't recall cooking from it but I remember tabbing a lot of recipes. Must pull it off the shelf this long weekend.

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                                                                                            1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                              Ooh, I've cooked a couple things out of that book. While I don't consider it my regular style of cooking, the results were wonderful!

                                                                                              1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                                I'd be pleased to cook from this as COTM as I just picked up a copy a couple of weeks ago at the author's bistro near Seattle. Do you think you'll nominate, BC? I've already nominated two books so I feel like I shouldn't put any more titles forward...

                                                                                                1. re: geekmom

                                                                                                  Ack. So many cookbooks, and only 12 months in a year!

                                                                                                  1. re: L.Nightshade

                                                                                                    I know LN, I know!! Glad to hear your turbulent month seems to have resulted in some positive outcomes. Fingers crossed that you love your new job. Here's to a fun-filled June!

                                                                                                  2. re: geekmom

                                                                                                    I've already nominated 2 books but 1 hasn't gained any support (no surprise its a relatively new UK book) so I'll toss out a nom for:

                                                                                                    FRIED CHICKEN AND CHAMPAGNE

                                                                                                    just for fun...though I'd love to cook from TGI too!!

                                                                                                  3. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                                    It is being indexed? That is great news! I love FRIED CHICKEN AND CHAMPAGNE and I have only made one nomination so far so I will throw it in the ring. I think I was the one who nominated it a while back but it was still really new and used copies were not to be found. Not sure if that has changed, but I know that quite a few of us have it on our shelves now as a result of it being talked about on CH.

                                                                                                    Not too long ago, I pulled a southern brunch menu from its pages for my super club and everything we made was a big hit. The stand outs being Pulled Bourbon Braised Beef Short Ribs (p. 138) served on Savory Blue Cheese Biscuits (p. 60). I would love to see this become a COTM, if not this month, then soon.

                                                                                                    1. Nominations are now closed. The voting thread will appear shortly.