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Cookbook of the Month July 2013: The Nomination Thread

greedygirl Jun 4, 2013 02:08 AM

Good morning, Chowfriends.

As promised, the nomination process for July is starting a little earlier than usual, for no other reason than to accommodate my holiday plans!

Recent books that have excited us, but not quite made the cut, are Soul of A New Cuisine, Two Greedy Italians and Cook Simple/Food from Plenty by the British cook Diana Henry. For further information on COTM, and for previous picks, see here:


Nominations must be made in CAPS, and you can nominate more than one book, should you wish.

Nominations will close at 0800GMT on Monday, 10 June. By July, we're getting much of summer's bounty - so choose carefully!

  1. jpr54_1 Jun 4, 2013 05:34 AM


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        jpr54_1 Jun 5, 2013 08:14 AM



      2. LulusMom Jun 4, 2013 05:58 AM

        I'm going to go with TWO GREEDY ITALIANS for now. Thanks gg, and hope you enjoy your trip.

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          dkennedy Jun 4, 2013 06:03 AM

          Since someone raised the subject during last nomination cycle, I haven't been able to stop thinking about this one:



          1. pikawicca Jun 4, 2013 06:37 AM

            Am loving MALOUF, NEW MIDDLE EASTERN FOOD by Greg & Lucy Malouf. Everything I've made from this gorgeous book so far has been a success.

            1. herby Jun 4, 2013 07:02 AM

              I would for us to cook together from JAPANESE FARM FOOD by Nancy Singleton Hachisu.

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              1. re: herby
                emily Jun 4, 2013 01:48 PM

                I have flagged SO many recipes from this book.

                1. re: herby
                  emily Jun 5, 2013 12:13 PM

                  I'll second JAPANESE FARM FOOD and also throw out:

                  VIETNAMESE HOME COOKING (though I doubt Asian will be repeated the month after Burma)

                  OLIVE TREES AND HONEY: A TREASURY OF VEGETARIAN RECIPES FROM JEWISH COMMUNITIES AROUND THE WORLD (I have been wanting to dive into this book, which has a lot of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern recipes that sound fabulous)

                  1. re: emily
                    BigSal Jun 5, 2013 06:27 PM

                    I would support all three of these books. So far, I have only tried a few recipes from Japanese Farm Food, but the recipes have been successful and well-written.

                2. Gio Jun 4, 2013 08:47 AM

                  MEDITERRANEAN HARVST: VEGETARIAN RECIPES FOR EVERYONE FROM THE WORLD'S HEALTHIEST CUISINE by Martha Rose Shulman is by far the best vegetable cookbook I cooked from all last Summer. I plan to do so this year as well.




                  TWO GREEDY ITALIANS

                  buoni viaggi...

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                  1. re: Gio
                    MelMM Jun 4, 2013 09:09 AM

                    Are you suggesting these as a pair? Because I think that would be a great idea.


                    1. re: MelMM
                      Gio Jun 4, 2013 11:28 AM

                      Actually, I was nominating each book individually , but could very well see them combined. There would be more recipes to choose from: the vegetable book has 422 recipes and the greedy boys book has 106.


                    2. re: Gio
                      Westminstress Jun 4, 2013 09:13 AM

                      Gio, what have you liked? I often find her NYTimes recipes to be a bit needlessly complicated and slightly underwhelming. But I was wrong on Melissa Clark so I'm not putting too much weight on that.

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                        Gio Jun 4, 2013 11:45 AM

                        I don't have the book in front of me and cannot get it now but I'll make a survey tonight and reply later with a list of dishes I've made.

                        One reason I like Shulman's book is that the recipes seem very different from her NYT column. Not complicated, easily found ingredients, clear instructions, and above all really fine outcome. The book includes traditional and contemporary food from France, Spain, Italy, the Balkans, Greece, Turkey, North Africa, and the Middle East. The blurbs say she researched and traveled these countries "for years." There's something for everyone.

                        I misspoke on the cookbook thread when I said it was strictly a vegetarian cookbook. It's not but the meat recipes can be avoided or tweaked using mushrooms instead. I've found lately that they are a fine substitute.

                        1. re: Gio
                          Westminstress Jun 4, 2013 02:46 PM

                          Oh this sounds promising Gio. I certainly think Mediterranean food is great for summer. I know I plan to be spending time with Jerusalem and Arabesque this year.

                          1. re: Westminstress
                            Gio Jun 5, 2013 05:32 AM

                            Here are a few recipes that we've made from Veg. Harvest that we've enjoyed.. Nothing earth shattering but quite nice for Summer fare. Mind, these were side dishes for grilled or outdoor roasted meats of various kinds.
                            Basic Strata
                            Strata Variation: basil & thyme
                            Strata Variation: tomatoes & green beans
                            Eggplant w tomato & feta
                            Heart of Romaine salad
                            Fava beans and greens
                            Ikarian Summer vegetables stew
                            Potatoes w green beans & garlic

                            1. re: Gio
                              BigSal Jun 5, 2013 06:30 PM

                              I've avoided buying new cookbooks based on the COTM nominations this year...until now. MEDITERRANEAN HARVEST sounds like a great book to enjoy the summer's bounty.

                              1. re: BigSal
                                herby Jun 6, 2013 07:12 AM

                                Just looked up MEDITERRANEAN HARVEST and going to buy it since some copies are very reasonably priced. Not that I need another vegetarian book but...

                      2. re: Gio
                        JoanN Jun 4, 2013 09:34 AM

                        I'd be happy to cook from either and will second both, individually or combined.

                        MEDITERRANEAN HARVEST

                        TWO GREEDY ITALIANS

                      3. Allegra_K Jun 4, 2013 08:52 AM

                        THE COOKING OF THE EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN-Paula Wolfert

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                          Westminstress Jun 4, 2013 09:03 AM

                          COOK SIMPLE/FOOD FROM PLENTY, Diana Henry

                          Lots of great summer recipes in here.

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                            greedygirl Jun 6, 2013 06:26 AM

                            I'll second this - really hoping to be able to participate in July after a few months of not having the book/not being interested in the book!

                            COOK SIMPLE/FOOD FROM PLENTY

                            1. re: greedygirl
                              Caitlin McGrath Jun 6, 2013 10:05 AM

                              Just wanted to note, to avoid cross-the-pond confusion, that these books have slightly different titles in North America: Pure Simple Cooking/Plenty

                              1. re: Caitlin McGrath
                                Gio Jun 6, 2013 10:19 AM

                                If we're talking about Diana Henry books in the US they are titled:
                                1. Pure Simple Cooking: Effortless Meals Every Day
                                2. Plenty: Good, Uncomplicated Food for the Sustainable Kitchen

                                In the UK the titles are:
                                1. Cook Simple: Effortless Cooking Every Day
                                2. Food from Plenty: Good Food Made from the Plentiful, the Seasonal and the Leftover with Over 300 Recipes, None of Them Extravagant

                            2. re: Westminstress
                              lilham Jun 7, 2013 07:11 AM

                              I know I don't participate much. (Still meant to cook along using online recipes for Burma). But I have cook simple and would love to cook more from it. And I know a lot people like food from plenty too.

                              COOK SIMPLE/FOOD FROM PLENTY

                              1. re: Westminstress
                                geekmom Jun 7, 2013 08:07 AM

                                I've got PLENTY (aka food from plenty) and would love to cook from it as COTM with the bounty of seasonal vegetables in July.

                                1. re: Westminstress
                                  limoen Jun 7, 2013 01:09 PM

                                  As I own in and have nominated it before, I will throw my hat in the ring for COOK SIMPLE/FOOD FROM PLENTY (I only own the latter but the former is not very expensive, used, in the UK)

                                  1. re: Westminstress
                                    Caitlin McGrath Jun 8, 2013 01:36 PM

                                    I've had great success with Pure Simple Cooking/Cook Simple, and Plenty/Food from Plenty seems as if it's good for seasonal cooking, so I'll get behind:

                                    COOK SIMPLE/FOOD FEOM PLENTY

                                    1. re: Westminstress
                                      LulusMom Jun 8, 2013 01:46 PM

                                      Pure Simple Cooking really has been wonderful to me in the past few months. Things have been busy and this book helps me get things on the table without much fuss. But don't let that stop you and make you think this is all the book is about. It really does have some delicious meals in it. I took Plenty from the library too, but was having so much fun with Pure Simple Cooking that it got returned unused. But I would have no problem trying to get it out again.

                                    2. juliejulez Jun 4, 2013 10:07 AM

                                      MY GRILL: OUTDOOR COOKING AUSTRALIAN STYLE by Pete Evans

                                      I bought this book recently at the recommendation of Geekmom over in the thread I started looking for good grilling cookbooks. I admit I bought it mainly because I thought the author was cute LOL But, after receiving it I've been really impressed with the looks of the recipes so far (haven't made one yet) and I think a grilling cookbook is great for summer. It is indexed under "My Grill: Food for the Barbecue" on EYB: http://www.eatyourbooks.com/library/4... and it's very affordable both new from private sellers, and used, from Amazon.

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                                      1. re: juliejulez
                                        dkennedy Jun 4, 2013 10:28 AM

                                        Can you post a link to the grilling thread you started please.

                                        1. re: dkennedy
                                          juliejulez Jun 4, 2013 10:34 AM

                                          Sure, here you go! http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/901840 I ended up purchasing the Pete Evans book, and The Barbecue Bible as a result of the thread.

                                        2. re: juliejulez
                                          geekmom Jun 7, 2013 07:59 AM

                                          I've tried several of Pete's recipes from this book and can confirm that it's a lovely book with great, robustly-flavoured grilling recipes that can help you really stretch beyond the standard burgers, steaks and sausages fare on the BBQ. Take a look at the EYB link shared by juliejulez and you'll see this book takes a very broad and creative approach to using your grill.

                                          Pete himself is easy on the eyes and the food photography is gorgeous too.

                                          I'd love to see this book as COTM for July!

                                          MY GRILL by Pete Evans

                                          1. re: geekmom
                                            lilham Jun 7, 2013 08:19 AM

                                            I've just ordered this book yesterday after following that very dangerous thread linked by juliejulez. I have only two bbq books, one by the Australian women's weekly and the other bbc good food. Mr lilham and I both really love the AWW one. (It might have something to do with us being kiwis). Seeing such glowing reviews of a bbq book by an aussie, I just can't not own it. However I don't really see this winning, given he's fairly unknown outside of Oz? I wouldn't mind cooking along with it though if the weather in England stays up.

                                            MY GRILL by Pete Evans

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                                          angelsmom Jun 4, 2013 01:23 PM

                                          TWO GREEDY ITALIANS, thanks.

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                                          1. re: angelsmom
                                            greedygirl Jun 6, 2013 06:27 AM

                                            I'll go for this one too.

                                            TWO GREEDY ITALIANS

                                          2. pikawicca Jun 4, 2013 03:37 PM

                                            Any interest in the EPICURIOUS COOKBOOK? I've been cooking from it a lot lately, and every dish has been at least very good, some outstanding. I've been hitting the vegetarian recipes mostly ( Summer Rolls, Mushroom Kasha Burgers, Greek Salad with Orzo and Black-Eyed Peas, Roasted Squash, Chestnut and Chicory Salad), but there are plenty of recipes to please the carnivore, as well. I assume that ALL of the recipes are available online, which would be a huge plus.

                                            Might be nice to do a general-interest book, for a change.

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                                            1. re: pikawicca
                                              delys77 Jun 4, 2013 04:03 PM

                                              I may not participate in July as we have a busy month, but I'm quite curious about the Epicurious book. I have heard good things from a friend.

                                              1. re: pikawicca
                                                Breadcrumbs Jun 5, 2013 04:55 AM

                                                Definitely interested in that one pika. I've made a number of the recipes in there and all have been a great success. As you say, there's an advantage with this one in that the recipes are online and, I might add, all reviewed and highly rated (the latter being the reason they made it into the book in the first place).

                                                There are numerous recipes in there I'd like to try so I'll definitely join you in a nomination.

                                                1. re: pikawicca
                                                  LulusMom Jun 5, 2013 05:08 AM

                                                  I certainly wouldn't grumble if the Epicurious book won.

                                                  1. re: pikawicca
                                                    BigSal Jun 5, 2013 06:26 PM

                                                    EPICURIOUS COOKBOOK.

                                                  2. herby Jun 4, 2013 07:43 PM

                                                    TURKEY by Leanne Kitchen slipped under the radar and I have not heard anything about it since a bit of a flurry shortly after it was published. I made many tasty dishes out of the book and have many more tagged but with arrival of new books it was pushed aside and forgotten. As I flip through it, I want to make those zucchini fritters, and beans with okra, and several eggplant dishes again and try new ones. There are lots of vegetables, good grains, seafood - many things that I want to cook when the days are long and the temperatures are high :)

                                                    1. Njchicaa Jun 4, 2013 07:55 PM

                                                      SALT SUGAR SMOKE

                                                      1. Breadcrumbs Jun 5, 2013 04:55 AM

                                                        TWO GREEDY ITALIANS

                                                        EPICURIOUS COOKBOOK

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                                                          Breadcrumbs Jun 5, 2013 12:01 PM

                                                          I wonder how much interest there would be in a Bobby Flay month? His recipes seem perfect for summer and his books seem to be on a lot of shelves in EYB. Even if for August...anyone else interested in this?

                                                          1. re: Breadcrumbs
                                                            jpr54_1 Jun 5, 2013 12:10 PM

                                                            that is a good idea!

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                                                              jpr54_1 Jun 5, 2013 12:44 PM

                                                              BOBBY FLAY MONTH

                                                              1. re: jpr54_1
                                                                Musie Jun 6, 2013 05:45 AM

                                                                I'm also on board with a BOBBY FLAY MONTH

                                                            2. re: Breadcrumbs
                                                              juliejulez Jun 5, 2013 12:14 PM

                                                              I think that's a great idea. Lots of his recipes are online, and a quick glance at Amazon shows that his older books are very cheap (some even a penny).

                                                              1. re: Breadcrumbs
                                                                Njchicaa Jun 5, 2013 12:18 PM

                                                                I am! Just received Barbecue Addiction on Saturday.

                                                                1. re: Breadcrumbs
                                                                  Allegra_K Jun 5, 2013 01:10 PM

                                                                  There seem to be a lot of books by Bobby Flay out there....are there any specific ones that you would recommend?
                                                                  I would love to do some kind of grilling book again! It's turning into a summer tradition...

                                                                  1. re: Allegra_K
                                                                    jpr54_1 Jun 5, 2013 01:25 PM

                                                                    BOBBY FLAY'S BBQ ADDICTION
                                                                    BOBBY FLAY'S GRILL IT

                                                                    1. re: Allegra_K
                                                                      Njchicaa Jun 5, 2013 06:22 PM

                                                                      I just got the Barbecue Addiction cookbook which is his newest. It is all about things to make on the grill, in a smoker, in the Big Green Egg, etc. I have a gas grill, a charcoal grill, and a smoker so I'm totally going to dive into this book.... COTM or not.

                                                                      1. re: Njchicaa
                                                                        sedimental Jun 5, 2013 08:54 PM

                                                                        I would love for a BBQ book to win. I don't have any Books from Bobby Flay but would like to cook with others using his recipes from anywhere..... So BOBBY FLAY MONTH sounds swell.

                                                                        1. re: sedimental
                                                                          greedygirl Jun 6, 2013 06:28 AM

                                                                          Bobby Flay has so many books - is there any chance you narrow this nomination down a bit?

                                                                          1. re: greedygirl
                                                                            sedimental Jun 6, 2013 11:30 AM

                                                                            No. I don't know his books and I am not interested in buying or renting one. I would be interested in cooking off the internet recipes. That is why I thought a Bobby Flay month would be good.

                                                                            If there is a Bobby Flay book that has lots of recipes already on the net, I would vote for that. Anyone know?

                                                                            1. re: greedygirl
                                                                              Breadcrumbs Jun 6, 2013 04:25 PM

                                                                              That's a very good point gg. I didn't realize how many he had. I'll take a look at EYB and see which ones are on most folks shelves.

                                                                              I too just purchased Barbecue Addiction however I'd worry about it as a COTM since many folks wouldn't have had an opportunity to purchase it yet and, even if it is in the library systems, it will likely be in high demand.

                                                                              That said, no reason we couldn't narrow it down to 2 books then have an adjunct thread for BF's "other books and www recipes" we did this with good success with Mario Batali month (one of my all time favourite COTMs!!).

                                                                              1. re: Breadcrumbs
                                                                                Breadcrumbs Jun 6, 2013 04:53 PM

                                                                                Ok so looking at EYB and Amazon I'd suggest we pick one of BF's restaurant books Mesa Grill or Bar American plus a grilling book. Both restaurant books have a good variety of veggie and grilling recipes plus they can be purchased used at a very good price (under $1 plus shipping in the US) Boy Gets Grill is a good grilling book and is also available used at a very reasonable price. What do the BF nominators think of these suggestions? All books have been around long enough that they should be available in libraries.

                                                                  2. gingershelley Jun 5, 2013 10:26 AM

                                                                    MEDITERRANEAN HARVEST

                                                                    SMOKE AND PICKLES; EDWARD LEE'S NEW BOOK

                                                                    My library has both - and they look fun for warm weather!

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                                                                    1. re: gingershelley
                                                                      tcamp Jun 6, 2013 10:55 AM

                                                                      These look appealing to me too. My library has Med Harvest and I'm going to pick it up tonight.

                                                                    2. juliejulez Jun 5, 2013 12:56 PM

                                                                      BOBBY FLAY MONTH

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                                                                      1. re: juliejulez
                                                                        greedygirl Jun 6, 2013 06:29 AM

                                                                        Bobby Flay has so many books - is there any chance you narrow this nomination down a bit?

                                                                        1. re: greedygirl
                                                                          juliejulez Jun 6, 2013 09:43 AM

                                                                          Well I didn't really come up with the idea, I just liked the idea of it :) I don't actually own any of the books, I was planning on just buying one of the cheaper used ones from Amazon should it win, but perhaps someone w/ more knowledge of all the books can narrow it down.

                                                                          I'm basically just wanting a grilling cookbook, that's why I nominated the one I own above (My Grill by Pete Evans).

                                                                          1. re: juliejulez
                                                                            jpr54_1 Jun 6, 2013 09:46 AM

                                                                            I have posted 2 of Bobby Flays books

                                                                      2. Musie Jun 6, 2013 05:47 AM

                                                                        SMITTEN KITCHEN BOOK & BLOG

                                                                        TWO GREEDY ITALIANS

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                                                                        1. re: Musie
                                                                          dkennedy Jun 6, 2013 02:25 PM

                                                                          I like the idea of SMITTEN KITCHEN.

                                                                          1. re: Musie
                                                                            juliejulez Jun 6, 2013 02:34 PM

                                                                            SMITTEN KITCHEN BOOK & BLOG I don't have the book but I like the idea of cooking from a blog since that's free and available for everyone :)

                                                                            1. re: juliejulez
                                                                              sedimental Jun 6, 2013 02:52 PM

                                                                              I like the idea of SMITTEN KITCHEN BOOK AND BLOG too.

                                                                            2. re: Musie
                                                                              lilham Jun 7, 2013 07:12 AM

                                                                              I also like the idea of SMITTEN KITCHEN BOOK & BLOG

                                                                            3. Candy Jun 6, 2013 11:07 AM

                                                                              ORIENT EXPRESS by Silvena Rowe

                                                                              I've had it out of our public library for 3 weeks and am ready to order it from Amazon.

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                                                                                Frizzle Jun 6, 2013 11:54 PM

                                                                                I'll second ORIENT EXPRESS. I have it and would lie to cook from it more.

                                                                              2. L.Nightshade Jun 6, 2013 07:35 PM

                                                                                Well, I haven't given up on soul of a new cuisine, and I do think it would be a nice book for a summer month, but maybe I'll give it a break for the moment and suggest...
                                                                                CINDY PAWLCYN MONTH
                                                                                THE FOOD OF MOROCCO (Paula Wolfert)

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                                                                                1. re: L.Nightshade
                                                                                  sedimental Jun 6, 2013 07:44 PM

                                                                                  If we are going to go with Moroccan...what about ........MOURAD NEW MOROCCAN.

                                                                                  It is truly an excellent book, causes you to think, with something for everyone :)

                                                                                  IMO heads and shoulders above Paula Wolfert. Mourad's food makes me swoon. I use his cookbook for many different ideas, not just Moroccan tastes.

                                                                                  1. re: sedimental
                                                                                    L.Nightshade Jun 6, 2013 08:01 PM

                                                                                    I like the book too, though I would never say over Wolfert. His is a modern chef take on Moroccan. Not to dismiss it, I'd be happy to cook from it. What about a pairing? The traditional and the innovative?

                                                                                    1. re: L.Nightshade
                                                                                      sedimental Jun 6, 2013 08:27 PM

                                                                                      That would be something!
                                                                                      I think I would choose it over Wolfert (or any " traditional" cook) because I prefer non tradition in my daily meals. It is just a
                                                                                      "been there, done that" issue, I love fresh ideas...and all kinds of Moroccan food!

                                                                                      I still like the innovation of Soul of a New Cuisine, but it appears to have lost steam.

                                                                                      1. re: sedimental
                                                                                        L.Nightshade Jun 6, 2013 08:33 PM

                                                                                        Have you tried the Mourad recipe for Dungeness crab with harissa butter? So simple, and just wonderful! We've been getting some big crabs from Taylor Shellfish, perfect for grilling, which is what is called for in the recipe.

                                                                                        1. re: L.Nightshade
                                                                                          sedimental Jun 6, 2013 08:40 PM

                                                                                          No...but I will now!
                                                                                          I haven't bought crab in ages. Not sure why. I go by Taylor's several times a week. duh. :)

                                                                                  2. re: L.Nightshade
                                                                                    dkennedy Jun 6, 2013 08:22 PM

                                                                                    CINDY PAWLCYN MONTH would be fantastic!!!!!!!

                                                                                    1. re: dkennedy
                                                                                      dkennedy Jun 7, 2013 05:35 AM

                                                                                      In response to greedy girls request, I am nominating

                                                                                      BIG SMALL PLATES (which I have and love) and
                                                                                      CINDY'S SUPPER CLUB (which I will happily add to my collection)


                                                                                      ETA: Just bought myself a used copy for just under $14.00

                                                                                      1. re: dkennedy
                                                                                        sedimental Jun 7, 2013 07:09 AM

                                                                                        The nomination of Big Small Plates brings up another issue, has there ever been an appetizer only cookbook on COTM before? Kind of a neat idea for summer, IMO. I don't own either of those books but would like both :)

                                                                                        1. re: dkennedy
                                                                                          nomadchowwoman Jun 7, 2013 09:48 AM

                                                                                          BIG SMALL PLATES

                                                                                          The only Cindy Pawlcyn book I own is The Fog City Diner Cookbook, one of the relatively few restaurant cookbooks I've actually cooked from successfully. But I adore Mustard's Grill and often make a MG pork chop recipe I found online. So Pawlcyn sounds great--and so do small-ish plates. (Lots of cheap copies of BSP available on Amazon.

                                                                                          EPICURIOUS COOKBOOK also sounds good, especially w/recipes available online.

                                                                                          1. re: nomadchowwoman
                                                                                            sedimental Jun 7, 2013 06:35 PM

                                                                                            I think BIG SMALL PLATES would be good for summer...with cocktails and wine on the patio ;)

                                                                                            1. re: sedimental
                                                                                              dkennedy Jun 7, 2013 09:19 PM

                                                                                              FYI, copies of BIG SMALL PLATES are available on Amazon starting at $1.56.

                                                                                          2. re: dkennedy
                                                                                            L.Nightshade Jun 8, 2013 01:30 PM

                                                                                            Alright, I'm in for BIG SMALL PLATES.
                                                                                            Or... MUSTARDS GRILL.

                                                                                            1. re: L.Nightshade
                                                                                              pikawicca Jun 8, 2013 02:13 PM

                                                                                              Have both BIG SMALL PLATES and MUSTARDS GRILL, so would be happy to cook from either.

                                                                                              1. re: pikawicca
                                                                                                dkennedy Jun 8, 2013 02:18 PM

                                                                                                I already nominated Big/Small but I am happy to add MUSTARDS

                                                                                                1. re: pikawicca
                                                                                                  BigSal Jun 8, 2013 02:36 PM

                                                                                                  Just caved and bought BIG SMALL PLATES. All of the enthusiasm for Cindy Pawlcyn made me curious and after looking at the recipes on EYB, I'm excited to try some of her recipes.

                                                                                                  1. re: BigSal
                                                                                                    dkennedy Jun 8, 2013 02:47 PM

                                                                                                    Your going to love it BigSal. My favorite recipe from this book so far is the rabbit tostadas (the cover recipe). My family loves them! You can substitute chix thighs for the rabbit if you want, but it definitely is best as written. The beans, salad, and the dressing called for in this recipe are all outstanding.

                                                                                                    I just bought her Supper Club book sight unseen but haven't received it yet so I can't comment. I have an ecopy of Mustards out from the library and I am combing through it right now.

                                                                                                    1. re: dkennedy
                                                                                                      BigSal Jun 8, 2013 02:56 PM

                                                                                                      Thanks! I'll definitely try the rabbit tostadas.

                                                                                                      1. re: dkennedy
                                                                                                        greedygirl Jun 8, 2013 04:14 PM

                                                                                                        I think I remember you talking about this recipe, and raving! I also seem to remember it being quite involved, which is my concern about this book, that it might be quite "cheffy ". Is this the case?

                                                                                                        1. re: greedygirl
                                                                                                          dkennedy Jun 8, 2013 04:24 PM

                                                                                                          Some of the recipes are, some aren't. This one is a bit cheffy in the sense that you have to make the salad topping and dressing (both easy) and the beans (also easy) and then the rabbit. It is more planning rather than cheffy. Maybe plan on making the meat and freezing it for later use. Then when you want to make this, defrost the ready made meat and make the beans and salad dressing.

                                                                                                          1. re: dkennedy
                                                                                                            L.Nightshade Jun 8, 2013 04:37 PM

                                                                                                            Besides, aren't we all a little bit cheffy? We did do Thomas Keller after all. If we weren't a bit cheffy, we'd be getting our recipes from Betty Crocker and Ladies Home Journal!

                                                                                            2. re: L.Nightshade
                                                                                              qianning Jun 7, 2013 05:23 AM

                                                                                              I know this has been answered before, but somehow I can't keep it straight, is "the Food of Morocco" an update of "Couscous" or an entirely different book?

                                                                                              1. re: qianning
                                                                                                JoanN Jun 7, 2013 06:11 AM

                                                                                                Yes, "The Food of Morocco" is an update of "Couscous," a very extensive one with significantly more recipes. She explains in the intro of FoM that far more ingredients are now readily available, as are tagines, she has developed techniques for making warqa at home whereas she previously recommended using fillo, and that the new book concentrates less on "refined palace food" and more on the food of peasants and fisherman "made of simple ingredients and simply prepared."

                                                                                                1. re: JoanN
                                                                                                  qianning Jun 7, 2013 06:12 AM

                                                                                                  thank you.

                                                                                                  1. re: JoanN
                                                                                                    Candy Jun 7, 2013 09:41 AM

                                                                                                    I have that book and enjoy it very much. I could like it for a month

                                                                                              2. greedygirl Jun 7, 2013 01:11 AM

                                                                                                I don't wish to damp down on debate, but please can people think about the implications of nominating an author rather than a specific book. IMHO COTM works best when it has some focus. The only time an author was chosen - Julia Child - it wasn't a huge success. Apart from anything else, it presents logistical problems - do we have a thread per book, for example - as well as diluting the aim of COTM, which is to cook along together.

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                                                                                                1. re: greedygirl
                                                                                                  juliejulez Jun 7, 2013 09:00 AM

                                                                                                  Sorry GG, I get excited :) I can pull my Bobby Flay month nomination, since I do realize he has a TON of books, and I'm not familiar with any of them.

                                                                                                  1. re: juliejulez
                                                                                                    jpr54_1 Jun 7, 2013 10:38 AM

                                                                                                    I did post 2 of his books

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                                                                                                      juliejulez Jun 7, 2013 10:46 AM

                                                                                                      Yes, I know, you mentioned that already :) I was saying, for me personally, I am not familiar with any of his books, so I don't feel comfortable with nominating an individual book.

                                                                                                  2. re: greedygirl
                                                                                                    L.Nightshade Jun 7, 2013 12:11 PM

                                                                                                    greedygirl - do you think that those problems exist for an author who has fewer cookbooks (and compared to Bobby Flay, relatively obscure cookbooks)? It seems to me when an author has only four books out, we'd get better participation when people can cook from the book they already have, or can easily obtain. And that the author would lose steam if we had to isolate one book.

                                                                                                    1. re: L.Nightshade
                                                                                                      LulusMom Jun 7, 2013 12:25 PM

                                                                                                      I think maybe narrowing it down to 2 and then having an adjunct thread would make more sense than doing 4 books. Julia Child month, which should have been incredible, just ended up being a bit overwhelming and sad.

                                                                                                      1. re: L.Nightshade
                                                                                                        MelMM Jun 7, 2013 12:27 PM

                                                                                                        I think you have a good point, LN. In the case of Bobby Flay, who has something like a dozen (maybe more) cookbooks out, it is too broad to just designate "Bobby Flay month." On the other hand, we had Grace Young month, covering two books (granted, she had written a couple of books before), and it was a big success.

                                                                                                        1. re: L.Nightshade
                                                                                                          greedygirl Jun 8, 2013 12:03 AM

                                                                                                          I think that one or two books works best. We can always have an adjunct thread for other books, as we have done in the past.

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                                                                                                          dkennedy Jun 7, 2013 12:25 PM

                                                                                                          Bobby Flay is not my cup of tea, to say the least, so I have no books to recommend. I did try watching one of his many shows for a while there and I was just never wowed by anything he had in his offerings. Clearly I am in the minority as he appears to be wildly popular.

                                                                                                          Having said that, I think that if we do a Food Network personality, it makes sense to have an adjunct thread for all his/her online recipes and other books because they are so prolific.

                                                                                                          One more point, I hate that our adjunct titles are not included in our COTM archive. It makes it impossible to find things later on. How do we go about fixing that, do you think?

                                                                                                          1. re: dkennedy
                                                                                                            JoanN Jun 7, 2013 12:52 PM

                                                                                                            Gio's been doing a yeowoman's job of keeping up to date the thread entitled "Links To Non COTM Cookbook Report Threads" which contains links to all the adjunct COTMs. If you bookmark that thread, you'll have the archive without messing up the actual COTM archival thread.


                                                                                                            1. re: JoanN
                                                                                                              dkennedy Jun 7, 2013 12:57 PM

                                                                                                              Thanks Joan, I do consult that from time to time but it would be nice if they came up on the actual COTM thread.

                                                                                                              1. re: dkennedy
                                                                                                                JoanN Jun 7, 2013 01:06 PM

                                                                                                                My preference would be to keep it separate. I consult the COTM archive thread regularly; the adjunct thread not so much. Would you want the adjuncts listed with the COTMs they accompanied? I'd be afraid that would make the main thread, which is now very easy to navigate, unwieldy.

                                                                                                                1. re: JoanN
                                                                                                                  dkennedy Jun 7, 2013 01:13 PM

                                                                                                                  Yes, I was thinking the adjuncts would be listed below or alongside the COTM they accompanied.

                                                                                                          2. re: greedygirl
                                                                                                            L.Nightshade Jun 8, 2013 12:20 AM

                                                                                                            I can see why Julia Child wouldn't work, she has thousands of recipes. We did do four books for Jamie Oliver month, which seemed to work OK, as I recall. I certainly won't argue with whatever limitations you think work best, but I doubt that someone like Pawlcyn will ever get enough votes behind a single book. (My first choice would be the Mustard's book, which hasn't even been nominated in the Pawlcyn suggestions.)

                                                                                                            1. re: L.Nightshade
                                                                                                              greedygirl Jun 8, 2013 06:46 AM

                                                                                                              Honestly, I'm not trying to proscribe anything here, just asking whether people really want to go down the route of cooking from an author's entire works. I don't recall quite how we decide on the Naked Chef books plus Jamie's Italy, but as he's a very well-known and popular author on both sides of the pond, I suppose it seemed likely that people would own one of the Naked Chef series.

                                                                                                          3. Gio Jun 8, 2013 07:10 AM

                                                                                                            In my mind Cookbook of the Month means just that. One book through which we all cook reporting the recipes we made and our experience with those recipes, vis a vis ingredients, adjustments, alterations, variations, etc.

                                                                                                            Adjunct threads are alternatives if people want to participate but don't own the *elected* COTM. Lord knows I've enjoyed and contributed to those alternate threads many times in the past, and continue to do so. However, I truly believe Cookbook of the Month should remain cooking from just one book.

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                                                                                                              L.Nightshade Jun 8, 2013 10:13 AM

                                                                                                              Yeah, I guess I've always kind of felt the same way. I just got interested in doing Pawlcyn, and felt that not enough people had any one of her books. But one book does work better, in my historical opinion anyway.

                                                                                                              1. re: L.Nightshade
                                                                                                                geekmom Jun 8, 2013 10:19 AM

                                                                                                                I think it helps a lot when people (like yourself!) bring up the names of particular cookbooks and authors frequently on these nomination threads. That way more of us get a chance to go and check out the books over the months, and it sort of builds momentum. That's what I noticed with "Bistro Cooking at Home", for example. You have certainly piqued my interest in Cindy Pawlcyn's books, and I'm going to go see what they've got at the library!

                                                                                                                1. re: L.Nightshade
                                                                                                                  Gio Jun 8, 2013 10:53 AM

                                                                                                                  Well, LN, if it weren't for you I never would have known about Cindy Pawlcyn... She just never came up in any search for information I've done.

                                                                                                                2. re: Gio
                                                                                                                  Westminstress Jun 8, 2013 10:40 AM

                                                                                                                  I basically agree with this, but we have also had very successful months cooking from a pair of thematically related books.

                                                                                                                  1. re: Westminstress
                                                                                                                    Gio Jun 8, 2013 11:05 AM

                                                                                                                    This absolutely true, Westminstress. Also, we've had successful months with Vietnamese and India cookbooks where two books were reported on and more or less became a comparison between the two. However, having a "body of work" rather than a singular cookbook defeats the purpose and dilutes the meaning of Cookbook of the Month.

                                                                                                                    I'm quite happy with the choice of Burma: River of Flavor this month. Gives me a chance to concentrate on one presentation of one cuisine.

                                                                                                                3. greedygirl Jun 9, 2013 02:47 PM

                                                                                                                  A reminder that nominations will close in around 10 hours time at the time of writing.

                                                                                                                  1. greedygirl Jun 10, 2013 12:16 AM

                                                                                                                    Nominations are now closed. Voting thread to follow, once I've taken my friend's assistance dog to the vet's!

                                                                                                                    1. greedygirl Jun 10, 2013 04:42 AM

                                                                                                                      Voting thread:


                                                                                                                      1. greedygirl Jul 9, 2013 01:29 AM

                                                                                                                        Nominations for August are now open:


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