HOME > Chowhound > Home Cooking >


Cookbook of the Month June 2013: The Voting Thread

We have 3 contenders for June. They are:


SOUL OF A NEW CUISINE by Marcus Samuellson

TWO GREEDY ITALIANS by Antonio Carluccio and Gennaro Contaldo

The original discussion and nomination process can be found here:


Please vote by going to the post below this one which features your selected book, and checking the "RECOMMEND" box.

Voting will close at 0800GMT on Thursday, 23rd May. Thank you and happy voting!

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
        1. Thanks for doing such a good job Greedygirl.

          Haven't decided on vote yet, but wanted to reserve a ring-side seat to watch the action.

          5 Replies
          1. re: qianning

            Sharing the couch with quianning...

            1. re: qianning

              Scoot over everyone, I want a ring-side seat too!

              1. re: L.Nightshade

                Me too. I have been cooking from the online recipes by Samuelson lately and really enjoying his style. burma also looks tempting. I don't own any book nominated though. I really ...shouldn't.....buy any more books!

                1. re: L.Nightshade

                  I'll just sit on the floor. Is there a beer vendor around here?

              2. Like to watch the action too :)

                1. I'd be pretty happy to cook from any of these. Decisions, decisions...

                  1. Time for voting already? I'm so far behind!

                    Thanks, GG.


                    1 Reply
                    1. re: The Dairy Queen

                      It will be earlier next month - because I'm on holiday with only an ipad for the second half of June and want it done and dusted before then. And it's impossible to do this kind of thing on an ipad (or it is for me, anyway)!

                    2. I'll just wheel in beside the couch. Merci, GG!

                      1. Just sitting down this morning to look at the May book again and pick out some recipes for end of month. It's really already time for June? :)

                        I've been interested in Soul since it came up a couple months ago. Italian doesn't much interest me right now. Will take a look at Burma online. That might be if interest, too.

                        1. Thanks so much gg!

                          I must say I love this part...just sitting back and watching the action unfold. Which country will we visit in June....

                          1. Well I am really in the mood for Champagne and Fried Chicken, since it was raised so late in the nomination process, but since it is not an option, my vote goes to Soul. I thnk it will make for a great discussion. I also reserved Burma from the library as it is my runner up option, but I am # 6 on the waiting list, and if the vote goes to TGI, i will rely on online recipes and read along with all of you as buying it is not an option for me right now.

                            1. I told myself I would vote for Burma since I already own it, but soul of a new cuisine is just to tempting.

                              1. I would, i'm thinking, happily cook from any of these. But since I will have very little cooking time next month I will hold off from voting. Can you all scoot down so I have space on the couch? I brought popcorn!

                                1. Hard to choose- I own all three books.
                                  need alittle time to choose.

                                  1. Just went to put a hold on "Soul of a New Cuisine" and discovered that the only copy available in the NYC library system is at the Schomburg Research Library and is "for in-library use only"; you can't take it home. I have "Burma," and would love for it to be COTM at some point, but it's not what I'm going to want to be cooking in June. Ordered an inexpensive copy of TGI, but it might not arrive for another month. Oh, well. TGI for me, by default.

                                    23 Replies
                                    1. re: JoanN

                                      FWIW, used copies of Soul can be found on Amazon for a pretty good price. If it is selected as COTM, it won't cost too much to get your own copy. I borrowed mine from the LAPL and after having it a few days decided I had to have my own copy.

                                      1. re: dkennedy

                                        A while back I reviewed Soul of a New Cuisine on The Weekly Cookbook Challenge thread. I will try to find it and post a link here so people who are on the fence will be able to get a sense of this book.

                                        1. re: dkennedy

                                          Here is a link to the Weekly Cookbook Challenge thread where I posted my experience with A Soul of a New Cuisine. My posts start fairly close to the top (look for my name). I don't know how to link directly to my post. Maybe someone else can do that below. I think I posted my experience with 3-4 recipes.

                                          ETA: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8699...

                                          1. re: dkennedy

                                            Here's a link to your exact post in that thread, DK: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8699...

                                            For future reference, to link to a specific post within a thread, just look at the red lettering at the bottom of your post: recommend, LINK, flag, etc... Click on the word link and the url to that exact post should pop up in the address bar of your browser. You can just cut and paste from there...

                                            I own this book and would love to cook from it, by the way. I'd love and excuse to buy Burma. TGI i'll just cook from online recipes.


                                            1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                              Yes, I hate to say this out loud, because I have been so good this year, but I would love an excuse to buy Burma too. Although if I buy another Asian influenced book any time soon, I would like it to be Adobo Road. It was just reviewed on NPR and I can't stop thinking about it!

                                            2. re: dkennedy

                                              Thanks for linking to that DK! Such a well written report, and I loved reading about your son adopting the project of cooking from it. It's delightful that he had an immediate interest in SOANC, and followed through with cooking from the book.

                                              OT, but a bit further down you mention going to an Ethiopian restaurant that charges extra for gluten-free injera. I think that's a marketing trick. Teff is gluten free, so really, all injera should be OK.

                                              Also, I haven't looked at the Cookbook a Week thread. Is it still going? I'm impressed with people who can do that and COTM too. I'm having such difficulty these days making time for many recipes from the COTM, but I think the cookbook a week is a great idea.

                                              1. re: L.Nightshade

                                                Teff is GF but most recipes for injera add another flour component to the recipe. I am not sure why, if it is for texture or perishability, but it is worth it so my son. An stuff his face with bread!

                                                1. re: dkennedy

                                                  Hmm. I've never seen injera with anything but teff. Interesting.

                                                  1. re: L.Nightshade

                                                    The recipe in SOANC calls for 2 to 1 ratio of teff to flour.

                                                    1. re: dkennedy

                                                      But that is very unusual, I think. Check the other Ethiopian restaurants in your area. Those geared toward American tastes might use wheat flour. Traditionally, it is only teff.

                                              2. re: dkennedy

                                                I do hope this book wins! I have it and could use a nice push to cook from it.

                                                Did you and your son ever make the Zanzibari Pizza recipe you mentioned on the weekly cookbook thread?

                                                1. re: meatn3

                                                  It doesn't look like you've voted for it. Did you mean to? You know you have to click the recommend button by the listing of the cookbook you're voting for, up at the top of the thread in order to vote?

                                                  1. re: L.Nightshade

                                                    Thank you for checking. No, I didn't vote.

                                                    Due to past discussions I feel I should abstain. Health and family issues make my participation iffy so I'll let it be decided by those who feel more confidant about following through.

                                                    Even though I seldom participate I do enjoy reading along. When the stars are aligned and the gods are smiling I get to pop in and play too!

                                                    1. re: meatn3

                                                      I can relate to that sentiment. I think that sporadic participation is always welcome, but I completely understand what you are saying about the decision-making process. And I've been in that same position myself.

                                            3. re: JoanN

                                              Joan FYI most of the recipes from TGI are online. I pasted a link in the nomination thread and will add it to the reporting thread if the book wins.

                                              1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                If that is the same link I looked at, it is only accessible to Canadians. Someone said they were able to access the recipes, but I couldn't see anything but the pop up box stating it was Canadian only.

                                                  1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                    Yes! Thanks BC, I see 24 recipes!
                                                    (Living so close to the border, I do consider myself partly Canadian in spirit!)

                                                      1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                        That link works for me. Are all of those recipes from the actual book or just from their show in general?


                                                        1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                          I'm pretty sure they're the ones from the book TDQ but I'll pull the book when I get home just to be sure.

                                                        2. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                          Thanks again for another link. I'm on a cookbook buying fast, and my library doesn't have this. You know how much I love Italian, so I'm happy to have the resources if it wins!

                                                1. re: JoanN

                                                  If Soul wins, maybe I can mail it to you for the month and then you can mail it back at the end of June. An option to keep in mind. Welcome home!

                                                2. All three books hold special interest for me but after a long discussion with G I voted for Two Greedy Italians. G was the motivating force, however. This month's recipes don't appeal to him very much, even though he says he "likes Mexican food" and we have had a few winners. Both Burma and Soul are on my shelves and I'd like to cook from them as well as a few other books we haven't considered here, but all in due time, I suppose.

                                                  Italian is the favorite cuisine here and Lord knows how often it's cooked. But it's always interesting to see how others interpret the same dishes especially native born Italians from different regions of the country. I'm hoping to get a sense of how the two greedy Italians present the food. Secretly I wonder how the two became friends at all because if I remember correctly they are former foes... I'd give anything to see their TV shows.

                                                  1 Reply
                                                  1. re: Gio

                                                    I, too, let my family guide my vote. :-) My resident picky eater looked through my library copy of TGI and she told me that I simply HAD to vote for it, even though I was leaning toward picking Burma. She sees so many recipes in TGI that she would love to eat, and it would be great to have a month where it's easier to find things that she likes.

                                                    I haven't got any Italian cookbooks (?!) and haven't really explored regional Italian cuisines much. I'm going to start correcting that tonight, actually - I've got a full menu planned from TGI. :-)

                                                  2. I was leaning towards TGI even though the copy I ordered through Amazon may not arrive till mid-June (knowing that in the meantime I can find recipes online using the links), but when I told my son a Marcus Samuellson book was in the running he asked me to vote for it as he has been to (and enjoyed) Chef Samuellson's Red Rooster in Harlem. So, I will vote for Soul.

                                                    1. I cooked the dubiously named "Housewives' Chicken with white wine and vinegar" from TGI last night, and if this is a preview of things to come from this book it would be a really lovely COTM. Ridiculously simple - just put all the ingredients in a pot, bring to a boil, simmer until the chicken is cooked & the sauce is mostly absorbed. This is one of the most flavourful chicken dishes I've ever made - fruity, slightly peppery and tangy from the white wine vinegar - with absolutely no marinating required. My son loved the sauce so much he ladled it into a bowl and drank it. ;-)

                                                      3 Replies
                                                      1. re: geekmom

                                                        Is there a link to this recipe online, by chance? If not, could someone paraphrase.

                                                        1. re: geekmom

                                                          So good to read that recipe produced such a happy ending, Geekmom. I saw it as I initially read through the book and tabbed it to make later. Now I think it's going to be sooner... thanks!

                                                        2. Only around 12 hours left to vote, folks, and there's all to play for!

                                                          1. I just switched my vote to Burma. I was able to read more reviews of Samuelson's book, as well as go through the recipes listed in EYB and I think Burma is more up my alley right now. Coming out of Mexican Everyday with its slightly different approach to things, I think I'm more in the mood for a slightly more traditionalist take on a cuisine. Not to say that "The Soul of a New Cuisine" wouldn't be excellent, but I get the distinct impression that Samuelson is interpreting dishes, which likely results in some great dishes, but that's not where my mind is at right now. Hopefully I executed the vote switch correctly.
                                                            Sorry for flip flopping all.

                                                            1. oh it's going to be a close one!

                                                                1. mr bc asked if he could vote...Italian food-lover that he is. I told him to go right ahead...provided he's willing to cook and report. Needless to say, that put an end to that idea!!

                                                                  This truly is a close one. Must be one of the closest I've seen, especially with 3 choices.

                                                                  1. I will be out of town most of the month, cooking in my mother-in-law's kitchen in a town where Bon Appetite Y'All would be more practical. Simply can't commit this month to anything, much less Burma or Soul.

                                                                    And since I can already hear the question, oh yea. I am bringing back Lily flour.

                                                                    3 Replies
                                                                    1. re: smtucker

                                                                      Where are you going to be sm? If you're nearby, I would be thrilled to take you out for a drink or something. I'm in Chapel Hill, NC. That said, we'll be gone the second half of the month, so it would have to be before that.

                                                                      1. re: LulusMom

                                                                        Wouldn't that be fun? Sadly, I will be about eight hours south and just slightly west of there.

                                                                        Driving home, we will cut north on I77 in Charlotte so we can avoid I95 which is the devil-road incarnate. Plus, I love the mountains.

                                                                        1. re: smtucker

                                                                          Too bad! Totally agree with you on 95. Whenever we drive back to DC the part of the trip between DC and Richmond is all 95, and I feel like I'm gripping the seat (or steering wheel) way too tightly.

                                                                          Enjoy your foray into the land of fried everything and sweet tea!

                                                                    2. Oh my goodness! Nail-biting just got critical. Can't wait to see the outcome.
                                                                      Good luck greedygirl!

                                                                      1 Reply
                                                                      1. re: L.Nightshade

                                                                        Oh wow...c'mon Italian fans...let's tie this right up!! (sorry gg!!)

                                                                      2. I just got Burma from the library for the second time and I want to make absolutely everything! Lime, cilantro, shallots, chiles...all the stuff I love. Not that I'm trying to influence anyone...

                                                                        1 Reply
                                                                        1. re: pavlova

                                                                          Lol your a better person than me pavlova, I'm tempted to launch a pr campaign for Burma.

                                                                        2. Will there be a run off?

                                                                          1. Voting has now closed and it's a dead heat!

                                                                            So we'll have a short run-off with THREE choices. You may vote for either Burma, Soul of a New Cuisine OR to do one book in June and the other in July.

                                                                            If we get a dead heat again, I will have the casting vote, I guess. I haven't actually voted yet, btw.

                                                                            1 Reply