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Cookbook of the Month August 2013: The Nomination Thread

greedygirl Jul 9, 2013 01:27 AM

Roll up, ladies and gentleman, and welcome to the August nomination thread. Summer has finally arrived in the UK - and with it a veritable feast of vegetables.

So let's be having your ideas for August. Please feel free to discuss as many books as you like, but when you actually make a nomination, please do in in CAPITALS.

If you've never participated before, please do join us. You can find out more about Cookbook of the Month, and see previous picks on this thread:

Nominations will close at 0800GMT on TUESDAY 16th JULY. That's 0100 in California, I believe, and three hours before than in New York.

It's also my last month as co-ordinator, so please also think about whether you're willing to pick up the baton for the next six months or so. It's really not an onerous task!

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  1. Gio RE: greedygirl Jul 9, 2013 03:41 AM

    Shouldn't that read:
    Nominations will close 16th July?

    Welcome home!

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      greedygirl RE: Gio Jul 9, 2013 04:34 AM

      Well spotted, eagle eyes. Will edit.

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      Frizzle RE: greedygirl Jul 9, 2013 03:46 AM

      You've done a great job GG, can't wait to see the nominations for this month start rolling in.

      1. jpr54_1 RE: greedygirl Jul 9, 2013 05:08 AM

        PICKLED PANTRY by Andrea Chesman

        1. Njchicaa RE: greedygirl Jul 9, 2013 05:16 AM


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            Gio RE: Njchicaa Jul 9, 2013 05:31 AM

            Carmine's Family-Style Cookbook: More Than 100 Classic Italian Dishes to Make at Home ?


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              Njchicaa RE: Gio Jul 9, 2013 05:38 AM


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              greedygirl RE: Njchicaa Jul 9, 2013 05:50 AM

              Could you tell us why you like it?

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                Njchicaa RE: greedygirl Jul 9, 2013 09:44 AM

                I like it because it is full of just good "red sauce" style Italian-American food. I've said before that if I had to get rid of every cookbook I own except one, it would be the one that I'd keep.

                It generated some interest in June's "what cookbooks have you bought?" thread and I know that a couple of people bought it. It could just as easily be done in January as in August. There aren't any grilling recipes or many things involving summer vegetables. I just thought that people might consider it because it was discussed last month. There also are some great pictures of the things one of the members made from it.

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                  juliejulez RE: Njchicaa Jul 9, 2013 09:45 AM

                  I think it sounds great in the winter, that's when I do a lot of italian cooking.

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                    roxlet RE: Njchicaa Jul 9, 2013 03:18 PM

                    It's a really great book of Italian-American classics. It's the one cookbook that I've bought recently that I've used and that my husband also likes. Highly recommend.

                  2. re: greedygirl
                    Breadcrumbs RE: greedygirl Jul 13, 2013 04:57 PM

                    I just recently purchased this book and it was love at first sight. I can honestly say that I've never purchased a book and cooked so much from it so quickly. Literally everything in this book appealed to us right away. I've reported on a number of the dishes on the Cookbooks Purchased thread here:


                    I think I've recorded most reviews in EYB though I know I haven't added a couple yet, including their Caesar. While I wouldn't have called it a caesar dressing, we absolutely loved it and have made it 3 times in the past 2 weeks!

                    Though I have hundreds (eeek!) of Italian cookbooks, this is unlike any other. I'd likely describe it as family-style Italian American.

                    We've loved everything I've made from the book so far. I'd say that if you're a fan of Italian food you must add this book to your bookshelf.

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                  dkennedy RE: greedygirl Jul 9, 2013 06:45 AM

                  RADICALLY SIMPLE

                  I have been on a book buying binge lately; as a result, I have a dizzying array of new-to-me titles. One such treasure is Radically Simple. I resisted buying this one for so very long, but once I checked it out of the library, it suddenly flew into my cart. Tons and tons of us have it, and I think August would be a perfect month for its ease of putting wonderful dishes on the table.

                  Though I am nominating Radically Simple, I'd I'd like to bring two other titles to your attention for future consideration: A Girl and Her Pig (available on Kindle for $2.99) and Beginnings: My Way to Start A Meal by Chris Cosentino (available on Amazon used for a good price). Both books are beautiful and good reads, but its their recipes that make them COTM worthy.

                  Cosentino's book is visually stunning. I stumbled upon it during my recent visit to the Ferry Bldg and knew it had to be mine. Mine! mine! mine! The author is owner of the salamaria in the Ferry Bldg and Incanto in SF and despite the fact that the first few pages are devoted to cured meats (serving them, not making them) and the last few to cheese plates, the majority of the recipes are for creative veggie plates. Describing it really can't do it justice, you need to go into a store and page through it. Did I mention it was visually stunning? Well it is! I am not sure why it hasn't been indexed on EYB yet but trust me, this is a not to be missed stand out.

                  The Pig book's title is misleading, it is not devoted to pig recipes. The author is famed owner of The Spotted Pig In New York, a Brit, and the majority of her recipes are very simple, focusing more on the quality of ingredients than fancy techniques. The other interesting thing about this book is that it also contains recipes for things like pig ears, whole suckling pig (done in the oven on a sheet pan), sheep's head, and sweet breads, recipes I might not attempt to make but I certainly enjoyed learning about.

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                  1. re: dkennedy
                    JoanN RE: dkennedy Jul 9, 2013 06:59 AM

                    There's a very solid adjunct thread for "Radically Simple" in case anyone wants to check it out: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/786040

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                      pikawicca RE: dkennedy Jul 9, 2013 10:37 AM

                      I whill enthusiastically jump on the RADICALLY SIMPLE bandwagon. What a wonderful book!

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                        LulusMom RE: dkennedy Jul 9, 2013 01:20 PM

                        I'd be thrilled to have a push to get back to RADICALLY SIMPLE.

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                          Gio RE: LulusMom Jul 9, 2013 01:51 PM

                          I've had Radically Simple ever since the thread that JoanN linked to was started and have yet to cook anything from it. Seems to be my MO, now that I think about it. I'd need a push just to get started.

                          Oddly, I'm not motivated to nominate any book for August, at least not right now. I already see two camps gathering though. I hope that folks consider that many home cooks cannot use an outdoor grill for various reasons, mostly their condo or apartment laws etc. We had the same issue when Planet Barbecue! was COTM.

                          1. re: Gio
                            LulusMom RE: Gio Jul 9, 2013 01:57 PM

                            I agree on the whole grilling thing. We've done it a couple of times and there are numerous regulars who have to skip the month (of course we all have to sometimes, for various reasons) because of this. I have a grill, but not everyone does.

                            I really love Radically Simple. I've made one really bad thing from it (oh please stay away from the sardine bolognese) but I've been very pleased with pretty much everything else.

                            1. re: LulusMom
                              JoanN RE: LulusMom Jul 10, 2013 05:34 AM

                              As one of those with only very rare access to a grill, let me pipe up here and say I really don’t mind particularly if a grilling book is chosen for COTM, although I don’t agree that many grilling recipes can be easily transferred indoors. I bought Planet BBQ last year in the hope that I might be able to do just that and ended up giving it away. Just too frustrating not to be able to make a recipe the way it’s supposed to be made. You just don’t get the characteristic and all-important char and flavor with a grill pan or a broiler that you do with an outdoor grill. In fact, I was disappointed once I got Big, Small Plates home from the library to see that so many of the recipes that appealed to me called for a grill. I sort of lost enthusiasm for it and set it aside. (Although I’m still considering trying the Mongolian Lamb Chops on a grill pan; just haven’ gotten around to it yet.)

                              I’m always perfectly happy to take a month off and revisit past COTMs. There are now so many, and such good ones. Or, as happened this month, I’ll get sidetracked by a new acquisition. I’ve made seven dishes so far from "Smoke & Pickles" and am finding everything about the book enchanting.

                              1. re: JoanN
                                Gio RE: JoanN Jul 10, 2013 05:49 AM

                                "Smoke & Pickles" is getting so much air time here that I've just ordered it. Couldn't resist after reading all about Chef Lee. Wouldn't it make a good COTM?

                                1. re: Gio
                                  JoanN RE: Gio Jul 10, 2013 06:23 AM

                                  I’m conflicted as to whether or not “Smoke & Pickles” would make a good COTM and have been waiting to see if anyone else chimes in on it.

                                  On the plus side: His writing, both in the intros and in the directions, is simply delightful. He was an English major at NYU and you can tell. You feel as though you’re either sitting across the table from him having a beer and listening to his wonderful stories about how he got into this business or that he’s right there with you in the kitchen telling you what to do next and how to do it. The recipes are bold, exciting, different, many with intense flavors. This is not food you’ve had before. And the instructions are spot on. Everything I’ve made so far has come out just as he said it would and looks just as it does in the photo. This is a very exciting book from an important chef at the beginning of his career.

                                  On the minus side: The book is definitely meat centric. Although there are a number of shellfish dishes, there are very few fish or vegetarian dishes. The recipes are not difficult, but ingredients lists can be long because of the accompanying sauces or dressings. And the flavors, exciting though they are to me, are often unusual, as with the Collards and Kimchi (which I just adored) or the Vietnamese Lamb Chops (ditto). These are not dishes for a family of picky eaters nor are they (for the most part) meals to get on the table after coming home late from work.

                                  I’ve hesitated to start a cooking from the book thread. I know many feel it can give a book the impetus it needs to become a COTM. I always think it takes the wind out of it’s sails. But if it looks as though, for reasons noted above, “Smoke & Pickles” is unlikely to achieve COTM status, I’d be happy to start a thread on it.

                                  1. re: JoanN
                                    Gio RE: JoanN Jul 10, 2013 06:33 AM

                                    Well, that's a pretty darn good review of the book, Joan. Thank you! Now I'm excited about the possibilities. Long lists of ingredients used to bother me only in that dinner on a week-night is usually wanted, almost demanded, tout de suite and I no longer have the capability of starting earlier in the day. I simply use the week-ends for those sorts of recipes these days.

                                    1. re: Gio
                                      JoanN RE: Gio Jul 10, 2013 06:39 AM

                                      P.S., Gio. The book is indexed on EYB and I've posted short reviews of what I've made there.

                                    2. re: JoanN
                                      LulusMom RE: JoanN Jul 10, 2013 06:36 AM

                                      If a "cooking from" thread picks up enough steam, then I really kind of don't care if it becomes COTM (gasp - heresy!) because I still end up having that feeling that I've got a pal or two or more cooking along with me. I do understand that others will not agree with this. I didn't always feel this way.

                                      1. re: JoanN
                                        jpr54_1 RE: JoanN Jul 10, 2013 07:20 AM

                                        SMOKE & PICKLES

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                                          jpr54_1 RE: jpr54_1 Jul 13, 2013 10:09 AM

                                          page 116
                                          just prepared the black bbq sauce for the pulled pork shoulder

                                          the shoulder roast has been in refrigerator with rub for 4 hours.

                                          hope it turns out well-the sauce smells great

                                        2. re: JoanN
                                          beetlebug RE: JoanN Jul 10, 2013 07:34 AM

                                          I have Smoke and Pickles from the library. It was an instant love. Now, I haven't made anything but random flips of pages has me drooling. His flavor combinations are so interesting. I am also not one to read the stories, but the recipes are so intriguing. There is something about this book I find really appealing.

                                          1. re: JoanN
                                            MelMM RE: JoanN Jul 10, 2013 09:15 AM

                                            I also have Smoke & Pickles, and like JoanN, I was taken with the writing. He really writes very thoughtfully and eloquently, and gives you a lot of background on each dish. I love that.

                                            I think it might be a good COTM at some point, but for August, only if paired with another book. I would really, really like a book that allows me to participate in COTM and eat down the produce in my CSA box at the same time. The current COTM is no help at all. Smoke and Pickles is better, in this regard - actually much, much better - but not to the extent that I think it would make a great book for August, at least, not on its own. September or October, it might be just right.

                                            The food in Smoke and Pickles is in some ways more traditional, but in many ways feels more contemporary than in the current COTM.

                                            Actually looking through the book as I write, I am finding a lot more, vegetable-wise, than I thought and a few things are going onto my list for this week. There are not a ton, but still a fair number, of spectacular-looking stand-alone vegetable dishes. So maybe not such a bad idea for August after all. Or September, when I will still be getting summer veggies from the garden in abundance, and some of the rest of you start talking about braises.

                                            1. re: MelMM
                                              MelMM RE: MelMM Jul 10, 2013 05:57 PM

                                              I made my first recipe from Smoke and Pickles tonght. It was the Curried Corn Griddle Cakes with Sorghum-Lime Drizzle. A cornmeal buttermilk pancake with fresh corn and scallions mixed in, with a syrup of sorghum (or molasses), butter, lime zest and lime juice. It was pretty straightforward to make and the flavors went together absolutely brilliantly. Delicious. Completely Southern, and yet also had an Asian feel to it. The okra tempura is also high on my list to make.

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                                                pikawicca RE: MelMM Jul 10, 2013 07:24 PM

                                                That just sounds amazing. I love sorghum. As a veganish person, I was not going to buy this book, but now I might have to. (I can handle a little buttermilk.)

                                            2. re: JoanN
                                              Breadcrumbs RE: JoanN Jul 10, 2013 09:52 AM

                                              Joan, your eloquent, engaging review has inspired me to order this book. Thank-you!

                                            3. re: Gio
                                              L.Nightshade RE: Gio Aug 4, 2013 02:53 PM

                                              I just picked up Smoke and Pickles from the library because of the chatter here, and I think it would definitely be a fun COTM. Mr. NS is even more enamored of the book than I am! Haven't tried anything yet, and will have to send it back in two weeks, but Mr. NS has already volunteered to purchase it, so I'd be in!

                                              1. re: L.Nightshade
                                                JoanN RE: L.Nightshade Aug 4, 2013 04:10 PM

                                                I'm hoping it will make it as COTM, since I've been slapping my fingers to try to keep from starting a thread on it. But I'm putting everyone on notice right now: Don't you DARE make it an October selection when I'll be away for the first half of the month. It would just kill me.

                                                I've now made 10 recipes from the book and only one was a moderate fail and another had problems that had nothing to do with the recipe itself. I have company coming week after next who will be staying with me for nearly two weeks and maybe that will give me an excuse to try one or more of the big meat dishes that make no sense to do for just one.

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                                                  L.Nightshade RE: JoanN Aug 4, 2013 04:26 PM

                                                  OK, nix on October. But soon, soon.
                                                  I'd love to hear what you've made from the book, but I can wait until it comes up for discussion.

                                                  1. re: JoanN
                                                    Breadcrumbs RE: JoanN Aug 4, 2013 04:43 PM

                                                    I'm with you Joan, I'll be away for most of October so I'd be very sad indeed if this was the COTM at that time.

                                                    1. re: JoanN
                                                      herby RE: JoanN Aug 4, 2013 05:37 PM

                                                      My copy is on its way because of all the love you guys gave it :)

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                                                        L.Nightshade RE: herby Aug 4, 2013 06:20 PM

                                                        I'm feeling a groundswell here.

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                                                          herby RE: L.Nightshade Aug 4, 2013 07:47 PM

                                                          The ground is indeed swelling :)

                                                          Once I had a chance to spend time with it and if I love it as much as all of you do (very likely!), it would be awesome to have it as COTM.

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                                                            Gio RE: L.Nightshade Aug 5, 2013 03:44 AM

                                                            "I feel the earth move under my feet
                                                            I feel the sky tumbling down, tumbling down
                                                            I feel my heart start to trembling
                                                            Whenever [that book's] around..."

                                                            1. re: Gio
                                                              qianning RE: Gio Aug 5, 2013 05:17 AM

                                                              love it when you start with the quips early in the morning.

                                                  2. re: JoanN
                                                    beetlebug RE: JoanN Jul 10, 2013 07:32 AM

                                                    You want to try a lamb chop recipe? Color me shocked...

                                                    Now, I have to look up that recipe as well.


                                                    1. re: beetlebug
                                                      JoanN RE: beetlebug Jul 10, 2013 07:38 AM

                                                      It's embarrassing to be so predictable!

                                                2. re: Gio
                                                  dkennedy RE: Gio Jul 11, 2013 07:04 AM

                                                  As promised, here is my wish list of recipes to conquer out of Radically Simple:

                                                  Strata, p. 26
                                                  Tortellini with Yogurt, Mint, and Smoked Paprika Oil, p. 116 (made and loved this one!)
                                                  Figs with Halvah, p. 297
                                                  Ginger Cake, p. 311
                                                  Maple Walnut Expresso Torte, p. 314
                                                  Vietnamese Coffee, p. 321
                                                  Buttery Oatcakes, p. 100

                                                  Recipes Inspired by the Existing Thread:
                                                  Runny Eggs on Bacon Grits, p. 11
                                                  Summer Tomatoes with Za'atar Pesto, p. 45
                                                  Poulet au Creme Fraiche, p 198
                                                  BLT, 181
                                                  Radish pasta,122
                                                  Prosciutto Halibut, p. 156
                                                  Mac and Tomatoes, p. 120

                                                  1. re: dkennedy
                                                    LulusMom RE: dkennedy Jul 11, 2013 07:24 AM

                                                    Those runny eggs on bacon grits are heavenly. I also love the chicken BLT and the Poulet au Creme Fraiche. And the tomatoes with za'atar pesto sounds odd, but tastes delicious.

                                                    1. re: dkennedy
                                                      greedygirl RE: dkennedy Jul 11, 2013 07:34 AM

                                                      The tortellini with yoghurt sounds like a riff on one of my favourite Turkish dishes - manti. Am off to see if I can find the recipe on the interweb.

                                                      1. re: greedygirl
                                                        LulusMom RE: greedygirl Jul 11, 2013 10:36 AM

                                                        I believe someone reviewed it (a rave, I think) on the RS thread, and that might have enough info in it that you can make it.

                                                  2. re: LulusMom
                                                    dkennedy RE: LulusMom Jul 9, 2013 03:30 PM

                                                    When I get home I'll post the list of recipes I've bookmarked as "recipes to try" in an effort to sway the nominations...

                                                  3. re: dkennedy
                                                    TxnInMtl RE: dkennedy Jul 9, 2013 03:35 PM

                                                    RADICALLY SIMPLE would be perfect for me in August. The trick will just be finding the time to report dishes! I found myself cooking from this again a few weeks ago and was extremely pleased with both the results and the speed (cod with chorizo, smoked salmon creme fraiche pasta).

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                                                      Siegal RE: TxnInMtl Jul 9, 2013 03:53 PM

                                                      I have been looking for a weeknight cookbook. Like 45 - 1hr or less to prepare and cook. Is this book that type of book or is the prep simple but the cooking still take hours?

                                                      1. re: Siegal
                                                        LulusMom RE: Siegal Jul 9, 2013 04:08 PM

                                                        Every recipe is different. Some are actually fairly involved considering they only have a few ingredients, but I can't say that I've ever spent 2 hours on any one recipe (really, most are significantly quicker than that to put together). Most are fairly easy (the chicken in creme fraiche and the pasta with pesto rosso both come to mind as extremely easy but delicious recipes).

                                                        1. re: Siegal
                                                          TxnInMtl RE: Siegal Jul 9, 2013 04:22 PM

                                                          Off hand, I think there may be a recipe or two that I've made from there that involve roasting larger cuts of meat, but most of the ones I've tried are perfect for the weeknight. I second the recipe LM pointed out and would add the warm sesame noodles to that list. I work from home currently and when I'm out of leftovers, I can put that together for lunch in the time it takes to cook the noodles (using whatever vegetables I have on hand).

                                                          1. re: Siegal
                                                            dkennedy RE: Siegal Jul 9, 2013 04:35 PM

                                                            Another good choice for weeknights is Mighty Spice (which would also make a great COTM, btw).

                                                            1. re: dkennedy
                                                              lilham RE: dkennedy Jul 9, 2013 05:50 PM

                                                              Diana Henry's cook simple would be yet another great choice for weeknight meals.

                                                            2. re: Siegal
                                                              juliejulez RE: Siegal Jul 9, 2013 06:17 PM

                                                              I've been liking Donna Hay's Instant Cook for weeknight meals.

                                                          2. re: dkennedy
                                                            L.Nightshade RE: dkennedy Jul 9, 2013 06:27 PM

                                                            RADICALLY SIMPLE
                                                            I've yet to have a failure from this book, and the simplicity sounds perfect for August. Especially if the heat from July continues. Based upon what I've made thus far, I'd happily work my way through this book, cover-to-cover. (Although I won't promise to do that with my new work schedule!)

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                                                            Siegal RE: greedygirl Jul 9, 2013 07:43 AM

                                                            AROMAS OF ALEPPO
                                                            I just love this book so much but most people haven't heard if it. It has beautiful pictures.

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                                                            1. re: Siegal
                                                              dkennedy RE: Siegal Jul 9, 2013 02:06 PM

                                                              I just looked up Aromas of Aleppo. Looks beautiful, I am going to attempt to get it from the library to see what it is like. I know very little about Syrian cooking and would love to learn more.

                                                              Siegal, if you like this one, you might also want to check out Stella's Sephardic Table. It focuses on Sephardic recipes from the Isle of Rhodes. I just bought it for my mother and it transported her back to her childhood. The recipes are solid, BTW. Both titles are very expensive I'm afraid, so probably not serious contenders for COTM, at least not until used copies become available or them develop a larger following. But thank you for bringing it to my attention.

                                                              1. re: dkennedy
                                                                LulusMom RE: dkennedy Jul 9, 2013 02:08 PM

                                                                You enablers are killing me.

                                                                1. re: LulusMom
                                                                  dkennedy RE: LulusMom Jul 9, 2013 02:12 PM

                                                                  Sorry, I have been especially corrupt lately. Do not check my up and coming post on What Cookbooks have you bought lately. It will be a very longggggg post!

                                                                  1. re: dkennedy
                                                                    LulusMom RE: dkennedy Jul 9, 2013 02:23 PM

                                                                    I'll do my best to avert my eyes. I'm obviously a problem child, since I keep attaching myself to those threads.

                                                                2. re: dkennedy
                                                                  Siegal RE: dkennedy Jul 9, 2013 02:25 PM

                                                                  Thanks I will! In love israeli cooking.
                                                                  Jana Gurrs book of Israeli food is great too.

                                                                  When u get a hold of either book let me know I can tell you what recipes I made and which are great

                                                                  1. re: Siegal
                                                                    herby RE: Siegal Jul 10, 2013 07:56 AM

                                                                    I just put a hold on Aromas of Aleppo I my library. Is it indexed on EYB? Siegal, have you posted any reviews on EYB?

                                                                    1. re: herby
                                                                      Siegal RE: herby Jul 10, 2013 08:13 AM

                                                                      It is indexed. I just learned how to use EYB. I did post I think 1 or 2 reviews. MY fav recipe is the rice with flanken and peas. I put some tips up on EYB to make it perfect as I made it so many times.

                                                                      1. re: Siegal
                                                                        herby RE: Siegal Jul 10, 2013 07:55 PM

                                                                        Thank you! I will look up your reviews when I get the book and will try to make a few dishes - very interested in dishes of that part of the world.

                                                                      2. re: herby
                                                                        Siegal RE: herby Jul 11, 2013 07:49 AM

                                                                        I have written notes. I can't figure out how to write a review? Maybe bc I'm using the free version

                                                                        1. re: Siegal
                                                                          herby RE: Siegal Jul 11, 2013 08:01 AM

                                                                          Sieal, I am sorry I used wrong terminology. "Review" is from external source (magazine, newspaper, etc.) but "Note" is a comment or review by EYB member. If you are not a member you probably can't review. You do not have to be a paid member but you need to register.

                                                                          Then go to book, click on recipe, click on note and you'll see a small + sign to the right; click on it and there is a frame for you to write in your note = review of the recipe.

                                                                          Hope this works!

                                                                  2. re: Siegal
                                                                    pikawicca RE: Siegal Jul 9, 2013 03:34 PM

                                                                    Aromas of Aleppo is a lovely book, but I'd still rather see Radically Simple have its well-deserved month in the sun first.

                                                                    1. re: Siegal
                                                                      rmarisco RE: Siegal Jul 11, 2013 10:56 AM

                                                                      i recommended that book ages ago.... i am SO GLAD that someone else found it besides me. The photos are top notch but it's the food i keep going back to. everything i have made is SO GOOD!

                                                                    2. juliejulez RE: greedygirl Jul 9, 2013 09:11 AM

                                                                      MY GRILL: OUTDOOR COOKING AUSTRALIAN STYLE by Pete Evans

                                                                      Trying this one again :) It really is an interesting grilling book, going beyond just the basic stuff with really interesting flavors. Great photography too. Plus, it's available used for pretty cheap http://www.amazon.com/My-Grill-Outdoo...

                                                                      The EYB index is here (listed using the UK or Australian title): http://www.eatyourbooks.com/library/4...

                                                                      And, I think it would be fun to do a grilling cookbook!

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                                                                      1. re: juliejulez
                                                                        lilham RE: juliejulez Jul 9, 2013 09:33 AM

                                                                        julie, have you tried the pancakes on the grill? If so, are you using your normal frying pan on the bbq? Or do you have a special griddle for outdoor cooking?

                                                                        1. re: lilham
                                                                          juliejulez RE: lilham Jul 9, 2013 09:35 AM

                                                                          I have not tried those yet. I have them tabbed though, and would probably use my cast iron skillet. We're going camping this weekend and there's a small chance I can try them over a fire with the skillet but I'm not sure if that'll happen or not.

                                                                        2. re: juliejulez
                                                                          greeneggsnham RE: juliejulez Jul 9, 2013 09:54 AM

                                                                          I think a grilling book would be great for August. Not familiar with this particular one, but I really enjoyed Planet BBQ last summer. We grill a lot in the summer, so this idea definitely appeals

                                                                          ETA: I was actually going to mention Seven Fires as a grill book. I don't have it, but have heard great things about it. ANyone have first hand experience with this book? It has been sitting in my cart, but I haven't pulled the trigger yet...

                                                                          1. re: greeneggsnham
                                                                            dkennedy RE: greeneggsnham Jul 9, 2013 12:48 PM

                                                                            I checked Seven Fires out of the library a while back, and though I enjoyed paging through it, it wasn't something I wanted to own. I remember returning it to the library without cooking one thing out of it.

                                                                        3. Allegra_K RE: greedygirl Jul 9, 2013 11:34 AM

                                                                          I'd like to throw Steven Raichlen's THE BARBECUE! BIBLE into the mix....I know we did one of his cookbooks last year, but his recipes are so consistently good that I would have no qualms with it being a repeat author. This book appears to be just as wonderful and diverse as Planet Barbecue, with plenty of dishes from around the world, and no overlapping. There are even cocktail recipes in this one, with a huge salad/appetizer section, a vegetable as well as vegetarian section, plus as non-barbecue sides, relishes, pickles, sauces, rubs, bread, etc. The first section of the book goes into great detail about the whys and hows of grilling technique. It's just an all-around great book to have on hand, and as soon as I took it out from the library, it was added to my wish-list. As a plus, it's readily available inexpensively for used copies, even the paperback new edition won't break the bank.
                                                                          Even if this book doesn't take, I'd urge you all to check it out--it is a must for the barbecue repertoire.

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                                                                            juliejulez RE: Allegra_K Jul 9, 2013 02:37 PM

                                                                            I'll second BARBECUE BIBLE. I actually already have it!

                                                                            And, for the folks who are not into grilling books because you can't have a grill where you live (I've been there too!), you can still do many of the recipe indoors on a grill pan. The Barbecue Bible also has tons of spice rubs and sauce recipes that you don't even need to use with grilling. I personally only have a gas grill so a lot of traditional "low and slow" BBQ stuff doesn't work so well for me either.

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                                                                              lilham RE: juliejulez Jul 9, 2013 02:55 PM

                                                                              What I find interesting is the difference in bbq between the uk and nz. Brits seems to think it is not a bbq unless it is on charcoal. I grew up with gas grills and most have hot plates. A standard bbq is sausage with fried onions in a roll. You can't fry onions on the bbq in the uk. Hence my struggle on getting a pancake done on the bbq too.

                                                                              With the rubbish British summer, we often just cook bbq style meals indoors. Burgers, meat, salad kind of thing. I use either a griddle pan, a normal frying pan, or the oven to substitute the bbq.

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                                                                                pagesinthesun RE: lilham Jul 9, 2013 03:59 PM

                                                                                I heard an interview on a podcast a few days ago. The interviewee retold a story of a conversation with Steven Raichlen after BBQ Bible was published. It turns out Raichlen originally named the book "Global Grilling". Raichlen knew the book was about grilling not barbecuing, but the publisher insisted on the name change. I thought that was interesting.

                                                                                That said I love this book and would nominate THE BARBECUE BIBLE

                                                                          2. delys77 RE: greedygirl Jul 9, 2013 12:16 PM

                                                                            I won't be participating in August unfortunately, but I wish you all a pleasant summer and happy cooking.

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                                                                              Gio RE: delys77 Jul 9, 2013 12:29 PM

                                                                              Happy Days to you too, Delys!!

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                                                                                delys77 RE: Gio Jul 9, 2013 03:44 PM

                                                                                Thx Gio

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                                                                                geekmom RE: delys77 Jul 10, 2013 11:05 AM

                                                                                delys77 - do I recall correctly that there's a particularly important reason why you're taking a month off?

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                                                                                  delys77 RE: geekmom Jul 10, 2013 02:20 PM

                                                                                  Aw that is sweet Geekmom, important to us at least.

                                                                                  Yes my partner and I are getting married in August and then we are off on our honeymoon so both July and August are light cooking months for me given the prep and then our absence. I hope to be back with a vengeance in September though.

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                                                                                    geekmom RE: delys77 Jul 10, 2013 02:27 PM

                                                                                    Yeah!!! Hope it's everything you want it to be, and that the honeymoon is glorious. :-) All the best.

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                                                                                      delys77 RE: geekmom Jul 10, 2013 02:33 PM

                                                                                      Thanks very much Geekmom! I'm sure it will be great, but at this point I am looking forward to all the planning being over.

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                                                                                      Allegra_K RE: delys77 Jul 10, 2013 02:40 PM

                                                                                      That's great, Delys--congratulations and best wishes for all!

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                                                                                        delys77 RE: Allegra_K Jul 10, 2013 04:27 PM

                                                                                        Thanks very much Allegra!

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                                                                                        LulusMom RE: delys77 Jul 10, 2013 04:47 PM

                                                                                        Best of luck to you both! smooches and champagne all around.

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                                                                                          delys77 RE: LulusMom Jul 10, 2013 07:44 PM

                                                                                          I'll definitely have a glass for all of you. Just one forthe lot though, early flight the next morning.

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                                                                                          L.Nightshade RE: delys77 Jul 10, 2013 05:11 PM

                                                                                          Oh, very best wishes to you! Hope you can bear up under the prep and have a fabulous time!

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                                                                                            delys77 RE: L.Nightshade Jul 10, 2013 07:47 PM

                                                                                            Thanks LN, approaching the finish line on the planning thank goodness.

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                                                                                            herby RE: delys77 Jul 10, 2013 07:58 PM

                                                                                            Congrats Delys77 and best wishes for long and happy coupled life! Enjoy the wedding day as if you are a guest at your party :)

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                                                                                              delys77 RE: herby Jul 10, 2013 08:11 PM

                                                                                              That is excellent advice, thanks Herby.

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                                                                                                herby RE: delys77 Jul 10, 2013 09:34 PM

                                                                                                You are welcome.

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                                                                                              nomadchowwoman RE: delys77 Jul 11, 2013 06:37 AM

                                                                                              All the best to you delys! May you and your partner have wonderful food and lots of champagne to wash away all the planning memories. Do enjoy the party!
                                                                                              We'll be looking for you and your lovely cooking in September.

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                                                                                                dkennedy RE: delys77 Jul 11, 2013 07:01 AM

                                                                                                Congratulations delys! We all look forward to hear about your wedding and honeymoon when you get back. May your life together be filled with delicious moments! We will raise a virtual glass to your bliss while you are away.

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                                                                                                  The Dairy Queen RE: delys77 Jul 11, 2013 07:46 AM

                                                                                                  Congrats and have a wonderful time!


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                                                                                                    delys77 RE: The Dairy Queen Jul 11, 2013 12:08 PM

                                                                                                    You are all too kind. Thanks so much for the best wishes.
                                                                                                    I miss contributing but I look forward to getting back to it in September.

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                                                                                                      BigSal RE: delys77 Jul 11, 2013 05:26 PM

                                                                                                      Congratulations! Enjoy your wedding and honeymoon. We'll look forward to you joining us again in September.

                                                                                                      P.S. I love the new avatar.

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                                                                                                        delys77 RE: BigSal Jul 11, 2013 08:50 PM

                                                                                                        As thanks in both counts. I figured the dog needed more exposure ha ha.

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                                                                                                    Breadcrumbs RE: delys77 Jul 12, 2013 12:46 AM

                                                                                                    What wonderful news Delys! Warm wishes for a lifetime of love, laughter and many delicious dishes together.

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                                                                                                      delys77 RE: Breadcrumbs Jul 15, 2013 10:43 AM

                                                                                                      Thx BC, you are very kind.

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                                                                                                dkennedy RE: greedygirl Jul 9, 2013 01:00 PM

                                                                                                Assuming Radically Simple does not make it to the runoffs, I would gladly get behind a grill book. I have quite a few on my shelves:

                                                                                                Marinades, Rubs, Brines, Cures and Glazes (Jim Tarantino)
                                                                                                Planet BBQ (Steven Raichlen) former COTM
                                                                                                The Japanese Grill (Tadashi Ono and Harris Salat)
                                                                                                Italian Grill (Mario Batali) another former COTM
                                                                                                Latin Grilling (Loureds Castro)
                                                                                                The Big Book of Backyard Cooking (Betty Rosbottom)

                                                                                                Of these, Italian Grill gets pulled off the shelf way more than the rest. With so many others on my shelf, it would be hard to justify buying another one unless it offered something really different or, it would really have to wow me.

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                                                                                                  Njchicaa RE: dkennedy Jul 9, 2013 01:48 PM

                                                                                                  I have Italian Grill and would be interested in focusing on that next month.

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                                                                                                    JoanN RE: Njchicaa Jul 9, 2013 02:14 PM

                                                                                                    Italian Grill, along with Molto Gusto, were CsOTM for July 2011.

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                                                                                                      Gio RE: JoanN Jul 9, 2013 06:51 PM

                                                                                                      July 2011 Cookbooks of the Month, BATALI II: MOLTO GUSTO and ITALIAN GRILL


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                                                                                                        L.Nightshade RE: Gio Jul 9, 2013 09:12 PM

                                                                                                        I can never keep my molto Batalis straight, so I'm not sure about that, but haven't we done Italian Grill?

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                                                                                                          Gio RE: L.Nightshade Jul 10, 2013 03:52 AM

                                                                                                          LN... see my post just above this one...

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                                                                                                            L.Nightshade RE: Gio Jul 10, 2013 08:22 AM

                                                                                                            Oh sorry. I read it quickly, since they were in all caps, I thought you were nominating!

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                                                                                                              Gio RE: L.Nightshade Jul 10, 2013 09:18 AM

                                                                                                              That was just a "copy & paste" job...sorry to mislead you! I hope greedygirl will over look it.

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                                                                                                          Breadcrumbs RE: Gio Jul 13, 2013 04:39 PM

                                                                                                          You know, I think that was my absolute favourite COTM. We continue to enjoy so many delicious meals from MB's books.

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                                                                                                            LulusMom RE: Breadcrumbs Jul 13, 2013 04:43 PM

                                                                                                            Here is a little secret: one time I was out of town with another COTM regular and we saw MB and one of his sons while we were having cocktails. We (on my immature suggestion) sneaked off to find him after that. We saw him, but (sagely) didn't bother him. But it *was* kind of fun and neat.

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                                                                                                              Breadcrumbs RE: LulusMom Jul 13, 2013 05:02 PM

                                                                                                              I LOVE that story LlM!! You are a better woman than I....I likely would have scared him... and his children!!

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                                                                                                                Nikki NYC RE: LulusMom Jul 14, 2013 08:01 PM

                                                                                                                Was he wearing the signature orange crocks? My sister and I saw him standing at the bar at Otto (his restaurant) and he was wearing them. We also saw him riding a Vespa! Maybe we should start a thread regarding MB sightings. Lol

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                                                                                                                  LulusMom RE: Nikki NYC Jul 15, 2013 02:38 AM

                                                                                                                  Well, it has been a few years now, but I *believe* he was wearing the orange crocks. And it wasn't in NYC, which made it especially surprising.

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                                                                                                            Njchicaa RE: JoanN Jul 10, 2013 02:48 PM

                                                                                                            Yes it was. I do believe that Fish Without a Doubt was done twice so I thought that doing something twice was a possibility.

                                                                                                            I am not really interested in buying any more new cookbooks at the moment. I still have Pati's Mexican Table, Barbecue Addiction, Fish Without a Doubt, Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics, The Grilling Book, Frontera, the Chevy's Fresh Mex Cookbook, and Flour Water Salt Yeast to get into.

                                                                                                            I don't really care for Asian food so I skipped the Burma month. I didn't want to buy a new book so I skipped this month's Small Plates book. I suggested one book that several members either recently bought or expressed an interest in and supported the idea of a grilling book that someone else mentioned. If neither of those ideas go anywhere (which is what it looks like), I'm fine with that. I can skip August too. I certainly have plenty of other cookbooks to work on this summer.

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                                                                                                          pagesinthesun RE: dkennedy Jul 9, 2013 04:01 PM

                                                                                                          I have Italian Grill, as well. I could get behind that book.

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                                                                                                            pikawicca RE: dkennedy Jul 15, 2013 12:10 PM

                                                                                                            We might just get lucky this time.

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                                                                                                            TxnInMtl RE: greedygirl Jul 9, 2013 03:40 PM

                                                                                                            As an alternative to grilling if Radically Simple doesn't make it through, I wonder if there'd be any interest in the Herbfarm Cookbook. It seems to be a good time of year with the abundance of herbs. Most of the recipes I've tried have been on the simpler side and so far I haven't had any disappointments with the book. Last night's salad was from it. A simple tomato salad topped with roasted squash blossoms stuffed with a goat cheese, basil, and marjoram mixture. It was excellent.

                                                                                                            1. Breadcrumbs RE: greedygirl Jul 10, 2013 09:51 AM

                                                                                                              More than anything, I'd like a book that has lots of vegetable options for August. August and September are the months where our farmer's markets and stands come into their own as our summer growing season gets into full swing. I tend to plan my menus around what vegetables I get from the market. The Batali COTM mentioned up-thread was ideal because both books had lots of veggie options and, of course we had grilling recipes for those so inclined. I must say, with all the rain we've had this spring and summer, I'd hesitate to commit to a grilling book unless it was paired with something else.

                                                                                                              I also have some "Summer" themed books that I'd like to take a closer look at. I made a salmon dish from one last week and it was terrific.

                                                                                                              So, no nominations yet...I'll pull a few books from the shelf on the weekend and see if there's anything COTM-worthy.

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                                                                                                                MelMM RE: Breadcrumbs Jul 10, 2013 10:22 AM

                                                                                                                I couldn't agree more. I am getting more zucchini, cucumbers, tomatoes, corn, green beans, broad beans, and okra than I can use. I have to make an effort every day to figure out how to use them up. The current COTM is not working for me in this regard (zero zucchini recipes).

                                                                                                                Mediterranean Harvest, by Martha Rose Shulman, was mentioned last month, so I'll throw that out as an option. It's vegetarian, so some people won't like that, but it could be paired with a more meat-centric book.

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                                                                                                                  Gio RE: MelMM Jul 10, 2013 11:05 AM

                                                                                                                  Med. Harvest was the book I recommended last month. I love it, in fact I keep it by my chair and refer to it daily. I think there are a few instances where meat is mentioned. But certainly anyone who has been cooking for any length of time can ad lib a chicken, fish or meat inclusive menu.

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                                                                                                                    Breadcrumbs RE: Gio Jul 10, 2013 11:37 AM

                                                                                                                    Mel & Gio, you've convinced me to order MH. I have a couple of MRS's many books and have been pleased with them. Not that I need another veggie book!! It was just under $10 on Abe's including shipping though (for a "like new hardcover" edition) so that seemed very reasonable for a book recommended by two esteemed COTM cooks!

                                                                                                                    If you get a chance, do take a look at Eat Your Vegetables by Arthur Potts Dawson. It's a beautiful book with so many interesting and innovative recipes. I believe anyone who likes Ottolenghi will love this book.

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                                                                                                                      MelMM RE: Breadcrumbs Jul 10, 2013 11:45 AM

                                                                                                                      I've had my eye on that Dawson book for a while now. Just pulled the trigger. Thanks for the reminder.

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                                                                                                                      MelMM RE: Gio Jul 10, 2013 11:37 AM

                                                                                                                      Speaking only for myself, I have no problem skipping the meat altogether. I can always add meat if I want, but with the quantity of vegetables I have to use up, I'd pretty perfectly happy with a vegetable-only book. When I look in the index of Mediterranean Harvest and see 17 zucchini recipes, it gives me great joy.

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                                                                                                                        herby RE: Gio Jul 10, 2013 09:31 PM

                                                                                                                        Gio, I bought MEDITERRANEAN HARVEST based on your review but have not cooked from it yet and would love to. What are your favs?

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                                                                                                                          Gio RE: herby Jul 11, 2013 06:36 AM

                                                                                                                          You know Herby, I don't think I have a favorite. I use the book to search for vegetables we get in our CSA basket... I've made the stratas, salads, there's a tasty caponata we like, eggplant and red pepper panini, in fact I plan to make the arugula pesto tomorrow night since we have so much from the farm. Swiss chard stalks and tahini dip is on the menu 2 days from now.

                                                                                                                          There aren't many vegetables she omits if any. She has a nice collection of beverage recipes great for a sip on the terrace. Breads from a bunch of various cuisines, love the salads, gratins...

                                                                                                                          Here's the index on EYB:

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                                                                                                                            nomadchowwoman RE: Gio Jul 11, 2013 06:45 AM

                                                                                                                            You folks are murder to my resolve. I've now added "Smoke and Pickles" AND "Mediterranean Harvest" to my shopping cart. So much for my "no more cookbooks" rule this year. All my slips have been "facilitated" by this thread.

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                                                                                                                              Gio RE: nomadchowwoman Jul 11, 2013 07:01 AM

                                                                                                                              Hah! I'm murder to my own resolve. Let's see. It's 11 July and I've only bought 1 cookbook so far. The infamous Smoke & Pickles. Wondering how long I can go in abstinence.

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                                                                                                                                qianning RE: Gio Jul 11, 2013 07:14 AM

                                                                                                                                one cookbook since the nominations opened?

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                                                                                                                                  Gio RE: qianning Jul 11, 2013 07:28 AM

                                                                                                                                  Yes, I'm ashamed to say...

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                                                                                                                                  dkennedy RE: Gio Jul 11, 2013 07:19 AM

                                                                                                                                  Smoke and Pickles:

                                                                                                                                  I am on the waiting list for this one from the library. It sounds like a great read, but I am not very good on following through with utilizing cookbooks that are Asian driven. The idea of marrying Korean flavors with southern dishes is really appealing....

                                                                                                                                  All my pan-Pacific cookbooks just sit unused, even when they are COTMs. So I am hoping to resist this one after I have had a chance to read through it but it is not looking good....

                                                                                                                                  Just hope I can hold out until there are used copies available at a reasonable price.

                                                                                                                                  ETA: Uh oh. I just read all of Joan's notes on EYB and now I am convinced I will have to buy this one. Maybe I can at least wait til it is selected as a COTM!

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                                                                                                                                    Gio RE: Gio Jul 11, 2013 11:24 AM

                                                                                                                                    Apparently I can only go 6 minutes in abstinence. After posting the above I went immediately to Amazon re-sellers and bought "Never-ending Summer" by Julie Biuso.

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                                                                                                                                  MelMM RE: Gio Jul 11, 2013 06:58 AM

                                                                                                                                  She omits okra and corn. But most other summer vegetables are covered in abundance.

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                                                                                                                                    Gio RE: MelMM Jul 11, 2013 07:12 AM

                                                                                                                                    Thanks Mel. We haven't cooked okra yet but I'm not too keen on it anyway, as for corn we have our own tried and true few that we look forward to each year.

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                                                                                                                                      pikawicca RE: Gio Jul 11, 2013 08:17 AM

                                                                                                                                      Make the Charred Okra from "Jerusalem" and you'll be a convert.

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                                                                                                                                        Gio RE: pikawicca Jul 11, 2013 08:29 AM

                                                                                                                                        Thanks, pikawicca! I'll look it up.

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                                                                                                                                          Frizzle RE: pikawicca Jul 11, 2013 02:17 PM

                                                                                                                                          I'll second that. The charred okra from Jerusalem is fantastic.

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                                                                                                                                          BigSal RE: Gio Jul 11, 2013 05:23 PM

                                                                                                                                          I'd love to hear your tried and true recipes for corn.

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                                                                                                                                            Gio RE: BigSal Jul 14, 2013 01:44 PM

                                                                                                                                            Hi Ho Sal ! We really like a baked corn recipe by Michael Ruhlman utilizing end-of-season corn, but we make it with fresh corn as well. Then there's a Mario Batali recipe that roasts the corn "in the coals" of a Weber over wood chips, for instance. The so-called Mexican Street Food roasted corn with a large dose of grated cheese. Finally there's the unadulterated, almost raw fresh from the garden corn on the cob, hardly seasoned at all, no butter either.

                                                                                                                                            Recipe for Baked Corn... 5 paragraphs down:

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                                                                                                                                              BigSal RE: Gio Jul 14, 2013 05:46 PM

                                                                                                                                              Thanks for the reply, Gio. The Ruhlman recipe looks great and will look into the Batali corn in the coals recipe too.

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                                                                                                                                                Gio RE: BigSal Jul 14, 2013 05:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                Batali corn COTM report:

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                                                                                                                                                  BigSal RE: Gio Jul 14, 2013 06:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                  Thank you!

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                                                                                                                                        LulusMom RE: Gio Jul 11, 2013 07:27 AM

                                                                                                                                        Grrrrr, my library does not have Med Harvest. I'd be up for it, but would *really* prefer not to have to buy a book.

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                                                                                                                                          smtucker RE: LulusMom Jul 11, 2013 07:32 AM

                                                                                                                                          My library network has 15 copies, of which 11 are available. Always hard when you can't take a book for a "test drive" before committing.

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                                                                                                                                            LulusMom RE: smtucker Jul 11, 2013 10:37 AM

                                                                                                                                            Totally agree, especially when you ran out of cookbook space about a year ago.

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                                                                                                                                    Siegal RE: MelMM Jul 11, 2013 05:31 AM

                                                                                                                                    Aromas of Aleppo has many veggie recipes....

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                                                                                                                                      MelMM RE: Siegal Jul 11, 2013 06:53 AM

                                                                                                                                      You are correct. I was just looking through it this morning to how it would work for August, and the answer was "dern well". A number of vegetable fritters and frittatas. Some nice salads, stuffed vegetables, fried vegetables, and even the meat dishes are vegetable-heavy. Cucumber, tomatoes, eggplant, favas, green beans, okra and zucchini are all covered, just off the top of my head.

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                                                                                                                                  MelMM RE: greedygirl Jul 10, 2013 02:55 PM

                                                                                                                                  Review of The New Persian Kitchen in the Boston Globe:

                                                                                                                                  I have this on my iPad, but haven't cooked from it yet. Interesting book with some good summer recipes, but not a lot of recipes overall, so might worked best paired with another book.

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                                                                                                                                    Siegal RE: MelMM Jul 10, 2013 04:38 PM

                                                                                                                                    Perhaps you would like "food of life".
                                                                                                                                    It is also persian cooking but a rather large book with plenty of recipes

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                                                                                                                                      L.Nightshade RE: Siegal Jul 10, 2013 04:42 PM

                                                                                                                                      I love "Food of Life," and I like that it seems so traditional, even historical.

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                                                                                                                                        MelMM RE: Siegal Jul 10, 2013 05:28 PM

                                                                                                                                        I have owned "Food of Life" for many years now, and I do like it very much. I have several Persian books that I have cooked from in the past. The New Persian Kitchen is just a bit different.

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                                                                                                                                        qianning RE: MelMM Jul 14, 2013 12:38 PM

                                                                                                                                        I'd love to do a Persian/Irani month sometime. My one and only Persian focused cookbook "In a Persian Kitchen" and this is one area where my library could use at least one more book.

                                                                                                                                        Along similar lines, Parsi food is also wonderful, and I'd love to see us do "My Bombay Kitchen".

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                                                                                                                                        smtucker RE: greedygirl Jul 10, 2013 04:32 PM

                                                                                                                                        Jumping in.... MEDITERRANEAN HARVEST

                                                                                                                                        The EYB index convinced me. I mean Turkish bread and more bean recipes than I can count? Sounds perfect for August.

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                                                                                                                                          BigSal RE: smtucker Jul 10, 2013 07:06 PM

                                                                                                                                          I'll join in on MEDITERRANEAN HARVEST. I bought this and the Mediterranean Vegan (this one looks great too) inspired by the last nomination.

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                                                                                                                                            Allegra_K RE: smtucker Jul 11, 2013 11:17 AM

                                                                                                                                            Picked up MEDITERRANEAN HARVEST from the library, and spend part of the morning sitting in my half-grown garden in the early morning sunshine with a cup of coffee, flipping through the enticing recipes that will no doubt come in very handy in August. Everything sounds just wonderful, and I bet it would make a glorious summertime COTM with the upcoming arrival of The Bounty. Very glad to have had this book brought to my attention!

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                                                                                                                                              Allegra_K RE: Allegra_K Jul 11, 2013 08:38 PM

                                                                                                                                              aaaannnnd......I just bought this book through biblio.com, in 'like-new condition', for under $5, ($7 if you include shipping!)....quite the steal.

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                                                                                                                                              MelMM RE: smtucker Jul 12, 2013 06:04 AM

                                                                                                                                              I'm going to jump on the MEDITERRANEAN HARVEST bandwagon.

                                                                                                                                              Made the summer squash risotto from p. 322 last night and it was delicious. Most of the other books nominated would work for me, but I think this one is the most practical for August, and will readily available for those who don't have it yet.

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                                                                                                                                                dkennedy RE: smtucker Jul 12, 2013 10:08 AM

                                                                                                                                                I just took a long, hard look at the index for Med Harvest on EYB and I don't think this is a book I need or want to add to my collection. I already have quite a few veggie centric books that I underutilize and that showcase these same types of flavor combos.

                                                                                                                                                While I also want to use up my farmers market bounty, I am more concerned with finding recipes that keep me motivated to cook. This book will not do that for me.

                                                                                                                                                I do have it on order from the library, so I'll be set to participate either way. But for COTM, I would rather go with a title that offers new and inventive ways to put things together, such as Mighty Spice, Radically Simple, or Smoke and Pickles.

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                                                                                                                                                angelsmom RE: greedygirl Jul 10, 2013 07:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                RADICALLY SIMPLE, thanks.

                                                                                                                                                1. Gio RE: greedygirl Jul 11, 2013 06:01 AM

                                                                                                                                                  I've been reading a bit about a cookbook out of New Zealand, Julie Biuso's "Never-ending Summer". Has anyone seen it? Bought it? I may be interested...


                                                                                                                                                  On-line recipes:



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                                                                                                                                                    MelMM RE: Gio Jul 11, 2013 07:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                    There you go again... I just ordered (I mean right now, thanks to you), but it has to come from the UK, so it will be a while before I can comment. I love to grill, and the recipes looked interesting.

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                                                                                                                                                      Gio RE: MelMM Jul 11, 2013 07:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                      Well. how can you resist an endless summer? Her web site has some very tempting recipes... just sayin'.
                                                                                                                                                      Should I apologize?

                                                                                                                                                      ETA: There goes my fantasy resolve. Actually, there went...

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                                                                                                                                                      lilham RE: Gio Jul 11, 2013 07:35 AM

                                                                                                                                                      I am curious why MelMM immediately ordered the book. (I'm a kiwi so always interested in books from NZ too).

                                                                                                                                                      But work has it barred because
                                                                                                                                                      "This Websense category is filtered: Sex."

                                                                                                                                                      Couldn't help but lol!

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                                                                                                                                                        MelMM RE: lilham Jul 11, 2013 07:45 AM


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                                                                                                                                                          LulusMom RE: MelMM Jul 11, 2013 10:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                          Mel, you scamp!

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                                                                                                                                                          Gio RE: lilham Jul 11, 2013 08:12 AM

                                                                                                                                                          Very funny, Lilham. The Endless Summer is an iconic 1960s surfer cinema. Two guys traveling all over the world following the Summer season and looking for the biggest bestest ultimate Wave. And yes, they travel to Australia and New Zealand.

                                                                                                                                                          The theme song, plus:

                                                                                                                                                      2. greedygirl RE: greedygirl Jul 11, 2013 07:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                        I haven't participated since March for various reasons, so I'm going to nominate some books I actually own! Starting with MIGHTY SPICE, which I need to use more.

                                                                                                                                                        I'm also interested in getting some use out of my SKYE GYNGELL books, which are very seasonally orientated. In fact, I'm going to make a recipe from A YEAR IN MY KITCHEN this very night! Skye Gyngell is an Australian cook who has spent a lot of time in the UK. She's left now, but she used to be the chef at the renowned Petersham Nurseries Cafe in South London.

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                                                                                                                                                          lilham RE: greedygirl Jul 11, 2013 07:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                          I can definitely get behind MIGHTY SPICE.

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                                                                                                                                                            The Dairy Queen RE: lilham Jul 11, 2013 07:59 AM

                                                                                                                                                            As an aside, I think Mighty Spice Express comes out in the UK on Aug 1... It would be great to have the nudge to explore MS so I can decide if I also want Express...


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                                                                                                                                                            herby RE: greedygirl Jul 11, 2013 07:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                            I have A YEAR IN MY KITCHEN and will happily cook from it. Mighty Spice, on the other hand, has vibrant and long "cooking from..." thread and I made many dishes from the book, most of which were successful and repeated with equally good results. I think, GG, you'd enjoy reading the thread and it will inspire you to cook from the book. Just do not see the value of it being COTM - it is a slim book.

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                                                                                                                                                              greedygirl RE: herby Jul 11, 2013 07:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                              Well, you could say the same about Radically Simple, or Every Grain of Rice. I'm not sure it matters that much if there's a "Cooking from" thread but I know some people disagree.

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                                                                                                                                                                herby RE: greedygirl Jul 11, 2013 07:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                                I think some threads cover many recipes and version of and other are not elaborate enough to be a useful reference. Personally, I would rather cook from a book that does not have a thread of its own and that interests me at this point in time. But this is just me and I do not mind sitting out a month or three if the chosen book doesn't interest me :)

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                                                                                                                                                              LulusMom RE: greedygirl Jul 11, 2013 10:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                              I could also get behind MIGHTY SPICE.

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                                                                                                                                                                limoen RE: greedygirl Jul 14, 2013 03:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                While I don't own A Year in My Kitchen, I have Skye Gyngell's two other books and I could get behind cooking from them, although August is set to be busy...

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                                                                                                                                                                  geekmom RE: greedygirl Aug 2, 2013 11:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                                  GG, thank you for championing Skye Gyngell's books here. I just travelled to a distant library to pick up a copy of Mediterranean Harvest and as I was browsing I noticed they had TWO of Skye's books on the shelf -- clearly someone there is passionate about picking up interesting cookbooks. I notice they are US editions published by ten speed press so this suggests that our US members may be able to track these down if we can ever get enough votes to have a Skye Gyngell COTM. Very excited and would love to hear your recommendations for particular recipes you enjoyed. I can't wait to try these out, assuming I can find time while getting ready to head your way for a family holiday. :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                  thebadsleepwell RE: greedygirl Jul 11, 2013 11:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  I know I am a little late to the game here but I would love to nominate David Tanis' book HEART OF THE ARTICHOKE and/or A PLATTER OF FIGS. I love his fresh, simple and tasty meals (and stories) which are very Chez Panisse (is that even an adjective?????)

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                                                                                                                                                                    Westminstress RE: thebadsleepwell Jul 15, 2013 07:01 AM

                                                                                                                                                                    I just got A Platter of Figs and it looks lovely. I would love to delve into it in August. I will second the nomination for HEART OF THE ARTICHOKE and PLATTER OF FIGS.

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                                                                                                                                                                    sedimental RE: greedygirl Jul 13, 2013 10:48 AM

                                                                                                                                                                    I already own RADICALLY SIMPLE so that would be nice because I really love that book and sometimes forget about it. I also am really intrigued by Smoke and Pickles.

                                                                                                                                                                    Can we only nominate one book? I forget.

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                                                                                                                                                                      Caitlin McGrath RE: sedimental Jul 13, 2013 10:58 AM

                                                                                                                                                                      You can nominate more than one.

                                                                                                                                                                    2. Breadcrumbs RE: greedygirl Jul 13, 2013 06:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      This morning I got up an hour before the sun arose and, after making myself a latte I headed to our office and snuggled up in a big puffy chair with a stack of cookbooks. Yes folks, I took one for the team in the name of research!! I spent a wonderful and unprecedented 2 ½ hours with my cookbooks, a very rare treat indeed.

                                                                                                                                                                      I started out looking for some COTM-worthy books but before I knew it I became overwhelmed with the quality and number of incredible cookbooks on my shelf that I couldn’t even remember looking at. It was a bit of a revelation for me. I felt bad for the incredible books whose spines I’d barely cracked. Yes, all the while recognizing that my books are inanimate objects I also acknowledged that for me, they are objects of affection and unless I start making a concerted effort to cook from books I do own, I’ll likely run the risk of never doing so.

                                                                                                                                                                      So, what does this mean for my COTM nomination? Well, I think Eat Your Vegetables by Arthur Potts Dawson would make for an incredible COTM. In fact, I was inspired to cook 2 dishes from the book tonight. That said, if EYB is a gauge, I realize few of us own the book so I won’t nominate that.

                                                                                                                                                                      I have more Italian books on my shelf than any other genre of cookbooks. I’d love to have another Italian month and I have tons of Italian books with tons of vegetable dishes that would be perfect for August. Regardless of whether or not we choose an Italian book, I now know I’ll be doing a lot of cooking from my Italian books in August.

                                                                                                                                                                      That said, I’m going to cast a nomination for an author rather than a book. (Sorry, I know some folks don’t like this). I’m nominating:

                                                                                                                                                                      EDWARD GIOBBI MONTH

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                                                                                                                                                                        Njchicaa RE: Breadcrumbs Jul 14, 2013 01:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        I do a lot of Italian and Italian-American cooking every month. January.... July..... it is all the same to me!

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                                                                                                                                                                        qianning RE: greedygirl Jul 14, 2013 01:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        Lot's of great ideas in this thread. It will be interesting to see how it all works out.

                                                                                                                                                                        MEDITERRANEAN HARVEST, looks great and my library owns it, and August is as Mediterranean as NH ever gets, so I'm in on this one.

                                                                                                                                                                        Smoke & Pickles is really intriguing me, hope it has its turn sometime soon.

                                                                                                                                                                        I'd love a grilling book, since we bbq/grill all the time; but I'd rather we'd try a new-to-cotm author, not knowing much about either author I'm agnostic between the Pete Evans book or the Julie Biuso--would she be the first Kiwi who's book made it to cotm-land?

                                                                                                                                                                        And I'd also be interested in an Ed Giobbi month, although when you come down to it he didn't write that many books, just two but each with different editions, or am I confused? For us this would be better suited to fall cooking, but I know what works best at what time of year varies widely for each of us, so que sera sera.

                                                                                                                                                                        And finally, Aromas of Aleppo looks wonderful too....honestly I think this is one of the best nomination threads in ages, just too much to consider!

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                                                                                                                                                                          greedygirl RE: qianning Jul 14, 2013 01:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          Not that many actual nominations though. :-)

                                                                                                                                                                          Just a few hours to go folks.

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                                                                                                                                                                            geekmom RE: greedygirl Jul 14, 2013 01:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            I'm lurking here, reading along and watching with interest. I haven't nominated anything due to travel plans for August, and I'm sad to say that very few of the frontrunners in this thread so far are available in my library system... nor is the current July COTM... so I may not participate till October, but I'll keep checking in to see what you are all up to. :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                              qianning RE: geekmom Jul 14, 2013 02:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                              As a library dependent cotm-er, I feel your pain geekmom.

                                                                                                                                                                              Just wondering, are you traveling for August and September? Sounds like a big trip.

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                                                                                                                                                                                geekmom RE: qianning Jul 14, 2013 02:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                Thanks, qn! Yes, it IS a big trip and it promises to be pretty epic. My older child is going away to university in a year & we wanted to splurge on one last family holiday before she grows up and goes off to live her own independent life.

                                                                                                                                                                                I am greatly looking forward to getting back into COTM more seriously this fall, when we return, though! I've missed it!

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                                                                                                                                                                                  LulusMom RE: geekmom Jul 14, 2013 04:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  I hope you're going somewhere with wonderful food. It sounds like a really really nice trip.

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                                                                                                                                                                              greedygirl RE: greedygirl Jul 15, 2013 02:10 AM

                                                                                                                                                                              My mistake! Nominations actually end tomorrow. I need to read my own posts....

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                                                                                                                                                                              dkennedy RE: qianning Jul 14, 2013 01:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                              Agree with you qianning, that this is one of the best nomination threads in ages. Very few contenders I wouldn't want to become COTM at some point down the line.

                                                                                                                                                                              And BC, thank you for taking one for the team. When you have time would love to hear which of your lovely books you spent time with. It always motivates me to open my own books when I hear what it is others are reading and cooking out of.

                                                                                                                                                                              Tonight I am making Rhone wine and fig braised pork chops out of my new Wine Country Cookbook. They are marinating right now. Hope to accompany it with something out of our current COTM selection.

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                                                                                                                                                                                Gio RE: qianning Jul 14, 2013 01:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                As you can tell from my previous posts I like each of the books you've mentioned. Not sure about the Pete Evans or Persian. I'll have to investigate Persian cuisine further. I'm all for Giobbi, however, and the Chef Lee book Smoke & Pickles...

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                                                                                                                                                                                  herby RE: qianning Jul 14, 2013 04:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  I enjoyed this nomination thread too! Smoke & Pickles sounds intriguing though not sure how much I'll actually cook from it. Aromas of Aleppo or any other good Persian book would be wonderful and I would love to learn about this cuisine that I know very little about.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    Gio RE: qianning Jul 15, 2013 01:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                    Qianning, Edward Giobbi wrote 6 books...

                                                                                                                                                                                    1.) Italian Family Cooking by Edward Giobbi/1971
                                                                                                                                                                                    2.) Eat Right, Eat Well-The Italian Way by Edward Giobbi and Richard Wolff/1975
                                                                                                                                                                                    3.) Count Out Cholesterol Cookbook by Edward Giobbi, Art Ulene, Richard Wolff, Mary Ward/1989
                                                                                                                                                                                    4.) Pleasures of The Good Earth by Edward Giobbi/1991
                                                                                                                                                                                    5.) Eat Right, Eat Well: The Italian Way by Edward Giobbi and Richard Wolff/1998 Revised Edition
                                                                                                                                                                                    6.) Italian Family Dining: Recipes, Menus, And Memories of Meals With One Of America's Great Food Families by Edward Giobbi and Eugenia Giobbi Bone/2005

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                                                                                                                                                                                      qianning RE: Gio Jul 16, 2013 05:11 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                      thanks Gio...somehow I thought it was 4 books, two of which were revisions.

                                                                                                                                                                                  2. nomadchowwoman RE: greedygirl Jul 15, 2013 03:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                    I'll go ahead and nominate, sight unseen, SMOKE AND PICKLES.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      dkennedy RE: nomadchowwoman Jul 15, 2013 03:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                      I am sticking with my earlier nomination but if this one makes it to the voting thread, I am going to have a very hard time not voting for it! If it doesn't make it this time around, I hope it gets nominated again next month.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        nomadchowwoman RE: dkennedy Jul 15, 2013 04:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                        I've now read quite a bit about it so can't wait for it to arrive. I don't think I own any that have been nominated so far. I'll probably end up buying yet another book. Sigh.

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                                                                                                                                                                                          dkennedy RE: nomadchowwoman Jul 15, 2013 04:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                          I've been reading up on it too and I think it is inevitable that it will end up in my cart one day soon.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      lesliej RE: greedygirl Jul 15, 2013 05:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                      RADICALLY SIMPLE and SMOKE & PICKLES Both my library and my bookshelf are woefully inadequate as far as cookbooks go, so either of these would be great additions and fun to cook from (most everything on this nominating thread would, actually; just trying to narrow it down!).

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. greedygirl RE: greedygirl Jul 16, 2013 01:19 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                        Nominations are now closed. Voting thread will be up shortly.

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                                                                                                                                                                                          dkennedy RE: greedygirl Jul 16, 2013 06:00 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                          heres the link:


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