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September 2013 Cookbook of the Month Nominations Thread

Welcome one and all to the September 2013 Cookbook of the Month (COTM) nominations thread! Please use this thread to discuss the books you would like to cook from in September. Indicate you are nominating a book by writing the title of the book in ALL CAPITALS.

This thread will be open until 7pm Central Standard Time on Thursday, August 15. At that time the books with the most nominations will advance to the voting thread.

To view the basics of the COTM, and to see the books that have already had their moment in the spotlight, please visit this link: http://www.chow.com/cookbook_of_the_m...

I look forward to both new and familiar nominations, the lively discussion that ensues and hearing about cookbooks that will inspire our cooking in September. Let the nominations begin!

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  1. Buon giorno, Big Sal. Off to a good start I see. We might have to get a larger couch this month considering how crowded it got in here last month.

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    1. re: Gio

      plopping down on the couch. Scones anyone?

      1. re: smtucker

        I'd love one, thank you. And I'm taking drink orders.

        Welcome to hosting the party BigSal, and thanks!

        1. re: LulusMom

          A little late to the couch, but if you don't mind, LLM, I'll have some of that bubbly in the fridge behind you.

            1. re: MelMM

              How come everyone is on the couch already? I thought we only gathered there to watch the voting. Never mind, please move over a bit, Mel. LLM, could I have one of your gimlets? Or was it gilbert?

              ETA: Many thank, BigSal, for taking the reins! I am looking forward to the next six months. Isn't it amazing that we had so many great leader? Ever since I started participating, all coordinators were different and equally fabulous.

              1. re: herby

                Gimlet, gilbert, gibson ... you want it, I'll figure out how to make it.

                1. re: LulusMom

                  And I am sure it will be delicious and refreshing whatever you make :)

                2. re: herby

                  I think we like the couch so much, we decided to set it up for the nomination thread, too. Why not?

                  (Thanks, LLM, the champagne is excellent!)

          1. re: Gio

            Good luck Big Sal, and many thanks for taking over the co-coordinator duties. If anyone has the tact to handle this crowd its you.

          2. Well, since I'm cooking from it anyway, I'll just go ahead and nominate

            SMOKE & PICKLES

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            1. re: JoanN

              Joan, I just read a bunch of your notes on this book on EYB and between that, the EYB recipe list and the Amazon Look Inside pages, I am feeling pretty enthusiastic!

              1. re: mebby

                Oh, I'm so pleased to hear my notes were of use to someone. I still have loads of recipes marked to try, including the Pulled Pork Shoulder in Black BBQ Sauce which I'll be making on Monday.

            2. SMOKE & PICKLES

              or

              GRAN COCINA LATINA

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              1. re: qianning

                As much as smoke and pickles appeals to me I'm going to go with GRAN COCINA LATINA since I already own it and need motivation to cook from it after a bout of morning sickness turned me off to it....

                  1. re: qianning

                    I like both suggestions, so I'm going to jump on your bandwagon.

                    SMOKE & PICKLES
                    or
                    GRAN COCINA LATINA

                    I've cooked a fair amount from S&P this summer, as reported on other threads, and the food works for me. I'll still be getting summer produce and experiencing hot weather, and there are lots of recipes that will work seasonally for me. For those in cooler climates, there are also a good amount of heavier, meat-based dishes. This is non-traditional food, a very playful take on Southern and Korean cooking. To me, recipes like this are more about inspiration than following to the letter, because it's not like they are "authentic" to begin with. They encourage one to play with them and adapt to local ingredients. The Southern Fried Rice is a great example that I've made a few times now, and it is quickly become more my recipe than Mr. Lee's. And that is what an inspiring book does for you - gives you a springboard from which you find your own arc.

                    Gran Cocina Latina has been out for a while now, and is such an encyclopedic volume that you can find recipes for all seasons, which will work well for those of us in the South who are still in summer weather and those in the North where things are chilling down. It's one of those reference works that you just need to have if you have any interest in the cooking of the Southern two-thirds of the Americas.

                    1. re: MelMM

                      It's nice to hear that Smoke & Pickles has heavier dishes too. The name is a bit misleading... I don't like pickles so this book didn't sound appealing to me! :) My new job is way more fast paced than my old one so I don't think I'll have the time this next month to devote to a new book (which is why I nominated one I already have where I'm familiar with the recipes), but if it wins I think I'd enjoy reading the reports. I have a few recipes of his saved from old issue of Saveur (I think it's Saveur, could be Food & Wine or Bon Appetit too). I'll have to find the clippings and see if they're available online to share.

                      Gran Cocina Latina is on my wishlist on Amazon but I know I definitely won't have time for it this next month!

                    2. re: qianning

                      GRAN COCINA LATINA

                      With a newborn chowpup in tow I wasn't planning on nominating for September, given how unpredictable and precious time has become these days. However, with the momentum gaining for Presilla's book, and since I have actually managed to cook and even review some recipes from this month's selection, (and knowing that school commences soon enough for the elder offspring!) I would definitely be making time to cook from this one if it were to win. Plus, I think I *need* the COTM and the resulting writing/cooking/camaraderie for my sanity!

                      As for Smoke and Pickles....currently awaiting its arrival at my local library. I'm excited to see what all the hype is about.

                        1. re: Allegra_K

                          Ooh maybe in like 7 months or so we can start a baby food thread! :)

                          Unless its an actual pup?? Like the woof woof kind?

                          1. re: Allegra_K

                            Congrats on the chowpup! And well-done with the cooking and reviewing this month! Quite a feat with a newborn.

                            1. re: greeneggsnham

                              Seriously! I remember having to have Lulu in a bjorn and completely disregarding the rules about not using a knife while doing so. But .... I HAD to cook. You rock Allegra. Congratulations.

                              1. re: Allegra_K

                                Congratulations, Allegra... ! Should I have typed that in pink or blue?

                                1. re: Allegra_K

                                  Excellent news, Allegra--and all the more impressive that you can take on COTM, pup in tow!

                                  1. re: Allegra_K

                                    Congrats, Allegra, and hat off to you for finding time to cook and even participating in COTM! CHOW family indeed :)

                                    1. re: Allegra_K

                                      Congratulations. I don't know how you do it either. (I mean participating in COTM with a newborn). I'm in awe!

                                      1. re: Allegra_K

                                        Thanks, you guys! It took a couple of weeks to get my sea legs back, and in that time of convenience food, the lack of kitchen experimentation was driving me crazy! If it weren't for the multitude of pouch slings that I have to carry the little guy in (I'm forever the lone female in the house, haha), I still wouldn't be able to do much, but like LLM, I HAVE to cook. That urge runs deep in my veins. Even though it may take the better part of the day (or sometimes two) to get one meal together, it's worth it. The laundry can wait, however!

                                        1. re: Allegra_K

                                          Congrats Allegra! My first chowpup just started high school and I still get a pang when I hear of a brand new one!

                                          1. re: Allegra_K

                                            Congratulations, Allegra_K and family :-)

                                        2. SMOKE & PICKLES

                                          SMITTEN KITCHEN BOOK & BLOG

                                          THE JAPANESE GRILL

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                                          1. re: Musie

                                            Funny, I just got the Japanese Grill out of the library yesterday, very intriguing book.

                                            1. re: qianning

                                              Japanese Grill is a great idea, wish I'd seen it earlier so I could have seconded it.

                                            2. re: Musie

                                              SMITTEN KITCHEN BOOK & BLOG I'll second this one. Funds are yet again tight so no new books for me, but I'm happy to cook off the blog!

                                              1. SMOKE & PICKLES

                                                (Also interested in Vietnamese Home Cooking, Japanese Farm Food and Gran Cocina Latina)

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                                                1. re: emily

                                                  You can nominate more than one :)

                                                  1. re: emily

                                                    I am very interested in Smoke and Pickles, but don't yet have it. I was thinking it might still be a little new and unavailable for COTM. That said, I'd be willing to buy this one if it ends up winning.

                                                    1. re: greeneggsnham

                                                      My library system has it, one of the reasons I'm interested in it as a cotm to be honest, but don't know if that's the norm for other systems.

                                                      1. re: qianning

                                                        Our system owns 14 copies with 2 available. It is a very recent book however, and I bet there are a lot of libraries that don't own it yet.

                                                        1. re: smtucker

                                                          Fair enough, will look forward to seeing what others who use libraries as their cookbook source have to say. I'm certainly OK with waiting if it is an issue.

                                                          1. re: smtucker

                                                            I have Smoke & Pickles out from the library now, so I hope to be able to renew if it's selected. Most of the time I'm down with waiting a while on voting in newer books, but in this case I'm with the S&P groundswell because I think it would be a great choice for late-summer produce (even as meat-centric as it is, there are lots of recipes using summer fruits and vegetables).

                                                            1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                                                              I've just put in a hold request on Smoke and Pickles at my library. I'm first on the list and it is due 8/22, so this could actually work out.

                                                              1. re: LulusMom

                                                                I just did the same, LLM. There were three holds ahead of me on eight copies. I'm hoping I'll get the book around the end of August.

                                                                1. re: Westminstress

                                                                  Three holds ahead but eight copies seems to mean the odds are on your side. Can you not look up the due dates? That always helps me feel more comfortable. I'll keep my fingers crossed for you.

                                                                2. re: LulusMom

                                                                  A coupla recipes from Chef Lee:
                                                                  http://www.npr.org/2013/05/02/1805882...

                                                                  I'm especially interested in his Jalapeño-Spiked Bourbon Julep. I have a feeling that if this book wins we'll have some mighty good parties in September...

                                                                  Adobo-fried chicken and waffles
                                                                  Dipping sauce
                                                                  Adobo broth
                                                                  Fried chicken

                                                                  http://www.today.com/food/fried-chick...

                                                                  Chicken Fried Pork Chop with Aromatic Marinade
                                                                  Braised Red Cabbage
                                                                  Chocolate Bourbon Balls with Candied Ginger
                                                                  http://www.cbs.com/shows/the_talk/top...

                                                                  1. re: Gio

                                                                    OK Gio, don't think I don't realize that you're trying to bribe me by mentioning bourbon a few times in your response. And don't think it doesn't help your cause.

                                                                    1. re: LulusMom

                                                                      I've been off hard liquor (mostly) in the hope of dropping a pound or two and I actually had to go out and buy more bourbon to continue cooking from the book. I wanted to say to the salesperson, No, no, you don't understand. I have to. It's for a recipe.

                                                                      1. re: JoanN

                                                                        I use that at my local liquor store too. Sometimes they buy it.

                                                            2. re: qianning

                                                              My library system doesn't have it. Although it's a pretty good system, they are a bit slow to add cookbooks (unless they are special diet books, it seems).

                                                            3. re: greeneggsnham

                                                              The Los Angeles library system has one copy, which is in transit somewhere (dkennedy, is that you?), but I'm next in line. They also have an e-book version available.

                                                              1. re: mebby

                                                                I have the kindle version & find it really easy to use

                                                                1. re: mebby

                                                                  No, not me though I am on the waiting list for both the hard copy and the ebook....

                                                                  1. re: dkennedy

                                                                    Well, turns out I'm #14 on the waiting list for the hard copy, so in about 7 months or so...but my birthday is Monday and I'm tempted to get myself a little gift!

                                                                    1. re: mebby

                                                                      go for it! Better than a broken toe.

                                                                  2. re: mebby

                                                                    mebby, we should talk...do you have any interest in joining a supper club? Next meeting is this Sunday so too soon for this round but if you think it is something you'd be in to, contact me via email (on my profile page).

                                                                    1. re: dkennedy

                                                                      That could be really fun -- thanks for asking! I'll email you.

                                                                2. MY GRILL: OUTDOOR COOKING AUSTRALIAN STYLE by PETE EVANS

                                                                  Last ditch effort for this one before the weather gets too cold :)

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                                                                  1. re: juliejulez

                                                                    Ditto or should I say OUTDOOR COOKING AUSTRALIAN STYLE by PETE EVANS.

                                                                    our grilling experience was hindered by "operator error" so now we have identified the problem I'd like to get back in the saddle before it gets too cold/dark out to grill WFD.

                                                                    1. I should be able to participate again in September so I'll throw THAI FOOD (or DAVID THOMPSON MONTH) into the ring - I know it has to win someday!!!!!!!!

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                                                                        1. re: biondanonima

                                                                          I would love to see it win someday, too. I'm not going to nominate it for Sept. as I'll be away for about half of it.
                                                                          But in case it's too large or expensive, the Pok Pok cookbook comes out in October! An I'll be nominating the crap out of that one after it's been out a few months and if it's any good :)
                                                                          http://ny.eater.com/archives/2013/02/...

                                                                          1. re: alliegator

                                                                            As I think I mentioned elsewhere, I ate at Pok Pok a couple of years ago and was blown away (in a good way). My oldest girlfriend lives nearby and so each time i go we have a meal there. I'd love to at least look at their cookbook.

                                                                            1. re: LulusMom

                                                                              Oooh, I'm jealous! I would love to eat there, but other than eating, I have no real reason to head to Portland.
                                                                              Though eating may have to be reason enough, someday.
                                                                              I've made the famous fish sauce wings at home (fabulous!), and am really excited for the book to come out.

                                                                              1. re: alliegator

                                                                                It is truly a great eating town. Reason enough, I promise! And if you rent a car, the drive along the Columbia River Gorge is beautiful.

                                                                                1. re: alliegator

                                                                                  Another reason, no sales tax there. My brother lives there and I shop my heart out when I'm there.

                                                                                2. re: LulusMom

                                                                                  Oh, how did I miss this Pok Pok conversation? One of my top five restaurants. I can't wait for the cookbook. Some the dishes there won't be duplicatable for me, such as my favorite, the Muu Paa Kham Waan: boar's collar rubbed with garlic, coriander root, and black pepper, glazed with soy and sugar, grilled over charcoal and served with iced mustard greens (where can I buy boar's collar?). And drinks at the Whiskey Soda Lounge? Wonderful I've been using salted plums in cocktails ever since having their Salted Plum Vodka Collins.

                                                                                  Lots of great food and doings in Portland.

                                                                                  1. re: L.Nightshade

                                                                                    LN, where do you buy salted plums?

                                                                                    1. re: herby

                                                                                      herby - I've found them in any Asian store. Believe me, our local Asian store is extremely limited, but I can always find them there, and any other Asian store I've ever been to. They are mouth-puckering, good for drinks, and a big help for nausea or carsickness!

                                                                                      1. re: L.Nightshade

                                                                                        Thank you for great info! I have a visitor that I was planning to take to our large Asian store and now that plan moved up the agenda :)

                                                                            2. I know I'm a glutton for punishment, but I will once again nominate COOK SIMPLE/PURE SIMPLE COOKING and PLENTY/FOOD FROM PLENTY by Diana Henry.

                                                                              And here's my pitch: September, at least for me, is a time when the farmers market is still filled with wonderful produce that I want to cook! So I am still looking for books with recipes for tomatoes, eggplants, peppers and all the wonderful summer vegetables .... as well as the squash, broccoli, cauliflower, greens that start to come in as the weather cools. A vegetable-centric book but not a vegetarian one. A book that has recipes for cool salads for a hot day, and some soups and roasts and stewy things for when the cooler weather creeps in. September is also a busy month with work picking up after the August lull and kids heading back to school, starting new activities and establishing new routines, so a good arsenal of quick, weeknight-friendly recipes is especially welcome at this time.

                                                                              I do submit that the Diana Henry books fulfill all this criteria and more. Here's the existing thread if you haven't explored it lately: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/895953

                                                                              I've made two simple vegetable dishes from Plenty that were magnificent, a cabbage and lentil dish reported here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8959...
                                                                              and a radish, olive and anchovy salad reported here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8959...

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                                                                              1. re: Westminstress

                                                                                Another glutton for punishment, I'll second Westmistress' nomination of COOK SIMPLE/PURE SIMPLE COOKING and PLENTY/FOOD FROM PLENTY. This assumes that my oven/stove will be working by September. Right now we're looking at sometime after August 20th.

                                                                                1. re: LulusMom

                                                                                  If those two books happen to win I could certainly have a good time cooking from either or both. I've been doing it for some time now and still have many recipes to try. Good luck WM & LLM..

                                                                                  1. re: Gio

                                                                                    Thanks Gio. I'm not holding my breath, and will do what I can to get Smoke and Pickles from the library if I can (if it wins, which is looking like it wil).

                                                                                2. re: Westminstress

                                                                                  Normally I'd third this nomination,but I'm away for half of September so am selfishly hoping that Smoke and Pickles wins as I'd really like to participate in Diana Henry month - if it ever happens!

                                                                                  1. re: Westminstress

                                                                                    I have cook simple and love it. I would love an excuse to buy plenty. So I'll second

                                                                                    COOK SIMPLE/PURE SIMPLE COOKING and PLENTY/FOOD FROM PLENTY by Diana Henry.

                                                                                    1. re: Westminstress

                                                                                      Fully agree with what you say in your pitch, WM. Don't happen to have the Diana Henry books, but they sound like ones that may find a happy home in my collection. The cabbage and lentil dish in particular sounds great. Cabbage is one of my favorite vegetables, and I feel, generally under-appreciated.

                                                                                      1. re: Westminstress

                                                                                        As I have Food from Plenty I will join you in COOK SIMPLE/PURE SIMPLE COOKING and PLENTY/FOOD FROM PLENTY. I haven't been able to join many COTMs (not a book I wanted to buy/couldn't get in the library, or too busy) but I already own this and September should be okay, time-wise.

                                                                                      2. Despite my lack of COTM participation in some time, I'm going to be so bold as to nominate this month, if nothing else to give myself a kick in the pants to commit to participating no matter what wins (assuming I have access). I've missed hanging on the COTM couch and I need to change that. Still hoping to get in on Mediterranean Harvest this month as well -- it's in transit to my library.

                                                                                        So, SMOKE AND PICKLES.

                                                                                        My kids are huge Top Chef fans and loved him, so I think they'll be on board. Plus, being big lamb lovers in this household, all the recipes for lamb are right up our alley. My local butcher actually carries lamb belly, so I think some home-cured lamb bacon may be in order (after all my son is wearing a "I heart bacon" t-shirt today, haha).

                                                                                        1. I will be really bummed if I can't participate in COTM yet again next month. Based on the nominations, though, it isn't looking good. I'm not buying any new cookbooks and my library's selection is basically Julia Child, Bobby Flay, Paula Deen, and Emeril.

                                                                                          Maybe this winter we can get some momentum for Italian-American food or Mexican food again.

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                                                                                          1. re: Njchicaa

                                                                                            My goodness! It is early yet.... nominate a book you own and believe in, post the reasons you are advocating the book, and maybe you will start a groundswell of support. There are lots of people who haven't thrown their hat[s] in the ring yet and might be persuaded by your enthusiasm!

                                                                                            I would love to hear more book ideas.

                                                                                            1. re: smtucker

                                                                                              I agree with smtucker. The nomination thread is always one of my favorite and most dangerous posts (I've purchased a book, or two or three based on nominations). I have learned about so many new books and authors. Plead your case and you may be surprised by how many listen. Cindy Pawlcyn's Big Small Plates is a recent COTM winner that was a dark horse.

                                                                                              1. re: angelsmom

                                                                                                I could definitely get behind that one.

                                                                                                1. re: angelsmom

                                                                                                  I second the nomination for TWO GREEDY ITALIANS.

                                                                                                  I have had this book for a few months and have probably cooked 4-5 things. All successful, one fabulous. I have only scratched the surface and picked out the easy weeknight doable options. Would really like to explore this book more!

                                                                                                2. MY GRILL: OUTDOOR COOKING AUSTRALIA STYLE by PETE EVANS
                                                                                                  Agree with juliejulez that people can enjoy the last of the nice weather, and for me, it'll finally cool off enough to grill.

                                                                                                  1. A nearly scary thought just popped into my head... Has anyone suggested doing a COTM with, dare i say it, Chow On-line Recipes. I know how we just love to have a book in our hands, but it's here, it's available, and it's Free...!

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                                                                                                    1. re: Gio

                                                                                                      No, I don't believe anyone has, Gio. And with trepidation I ask, Is there a good reason for that? Have you ever made a CHOW recipe? I know I haven't.

                                                                                                      1. re: JoanN

                                                                                                        Absolutely no good reason for that wild and crazy thought. I'm just stuck up here in my ivory tower in an RA rut while G is downstairs whipping up a roast chicken & augmented L/O watermelon salad for dinner. I don't think I've ever made a Chow recipe but perhaps it's time to vet them. On the other hand, there are some chefs recipe collections in the archive.

                                                                                                        As Roseanne Roseannadanna would say, "Never mind."

                                                                                                        1. re: Gio

                                                                                                          and "you have a lot of opinions for someone from New Jersey." I hope to heck I have that quote right.

                                                                                                          1. re: LulusMom

                                                                                                            Close enough. It was "Mr. Fader, you sure ask a lot of questions for someone from New Jersey!"

                                                                                                            You do know I'm from New Jersey, don't you?

                                                                                                          2. re: Gio

                                                                                                            I'm so sorry, Gio, to read that you're stuck in your tower. You know, whenever you want company you can just let down your hair. We're all here for you.

                                                                                                            1. re: Gio

                                                                                                              Every once in a while I search google for a recipe and a chow one pops up. I have never, even once, chosen one of them. Have I become a recipe snob?

                                                                                                              I want a fully vetted recipe. I want it to be from a source that has a history that I know and understand. And, I don't want loads of mayo.

                                                                                                              _sigh_ now you know I have to try one.

                                                                                                              p.s. sorry about the tower to be sure.

                                                                                                              1. re: smtucker

                                                                                                                I just looked at the Recipes tab on my CH profile page and counted ~80 Chow recipes I've saved; of those, 23 are drinks (20 alcoholic), and a bunch of others are sweets. I see six I've actually tried: Three cookies, two of which I'd repeat (though in both I changed up the spices/flavorings to use combos I was wanting to use), a salad and a dressing that were fine but not memorable, and the big winner, the Corsican Cocktail (http://www.chow.com/recipes/11268-the...), which was completely delicious, and instantly became my new fave warm-weather drink.

                                                                                                                1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                                                                                                                  Just went to take a look at that cocktail, Caitlin, and directly beneath the recipe is a headline reading “You May Also Like.” The first listing under that is a link to “12 Dogs Inappropriately Humping (Everything).” May not be trying that cocktail after all. I kinda lost my appetite for it.

                                                                                                                  1. re: JoanN

                                                                                                                    Well I Did say never mind... (falling on the floor laughing.)

                                                                                                                    1. re: JoanN

                                                                                                                      Ugh. Well, let me recommend to all taking a few deep breaths, ignoring those lists entirely, and then making the cocktail - drinking a few should take your mind off dogs doing inappropriate things, if not make you forget it entirely. Lillet, limoncello, elderflower (I recommend D'Arbo brand), lemon - what's not to like?

                                                                                                                    2. re: Caitlin McGrath

                                                                                                                      Immediately had to look up the Corsican - I'm intrigued but worry that with the elderflower, lillet and limoncello it might be a little on the sweet side - is it not? With the possible exception of the limoncello I think we have everything to make this.

                                                                                                                      [ETA: I just noticed your note about decreasing the amount of elderflower - that would definitely make a difference. May be trying these tonight. Thanks Caitlin!]

                                                                                                                      1. re: LulusMom

                                                                                                                        I've never come across Lillet before - it is very different to ordinary vermouth? I love the design of the label!

                                                                                                                        1. re: greedygirl

                                                                                                                          That would be a great question to ask on the wine board. I just took a quick pop over there and if the question has been asked before, I couldn't find it. I may be wrong about this, but I believe the formulation for Lillet has changed in the past twenty years or so and that vermouths available in the EU can be different from those available in the States--even those with the same brand brand name.

                                                                                                                          1. re: greedygirl

                                                                                                                            There is a red version and a white version. I'm a fan of the white version chilled with an orange twist in it (if possible, it isn't necessary though). It is a popular aperitif in France, sort of sweet.

                                                                                                                            1. re: LulusMom

                                                                                                                              I'm not a great fan of the red Lillet, but love the white, and there's now also a rose version, which was introduced last year. That one is also very nice, a bit fruitier than the white. They are kind of sweet, but not as sweet as sweet (red) vermouth.

                                                                                                                              1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                                                                                                                                Here is a similar drink using lemon syrup and Lillet from Gourmet and they are addictive and not too sweet.
                                                                                                                                http://www.gourmet.com/recipes/1990s/...

                                                                                                                                1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                                                                                                                                  It's funny, I go to France all the time but I've never come across Lillet Blanc or Rouge. I will have to look out for it next time I'm across the Channel.

                                                                                                                                  I actually like red vermouth on the rocks with a twist of orange. I got into it in Madrid, where it's a common (and cheap!) aperitif often found on draught.

                                                                                                                                    1. re: LulusMom

                                                                                                                                      Indeed an interesting entry! I have a bottle of Lillet on hand, both for an aperitif and for cocktails (especially the Corpse Reviver #2, one of my favorites), but I didn't know the Lillet ingredients were so complex.

                                                                                                                                      1. re: L.Nightshade

                                                                                                                                        Hannibal Lecter's favourite drink (sort of)!

                                                                                                                                    2. re: greedygirl

                                                                                                                                      I looked for it during my last trip to France, and did not find it anywhere. My cousins thought that my best bet would have been one of the large department store food departments, but by then I had lost interest and no longer had my own kitchen.

                                                                                                                                      1. re: smtucker

                                                                                                                                        I've only ever bought it in France as part of a meal, not as a bottle (because I can buy it here at the grocery store - yay!).

                                                                                                                                      2. re: greedygirl

                                                                                                                                        Oh the vermouth in Madrid! Such a lovely early evening ritual to fall into!

                                                                                                                                      3. re: Caitlin McGrath

                                                                                                                                        Just plain old Rose Lillet with a twist of lemon is a pretty fantastic summer drink.

                                                                                                                                    3. re: greedygirl

                                                                                                                                      I love white Lillet! If you try it, remember it is best served ice cold and it pairs well with oysters and clams.

                                                                                                                                      1. re: dkennedy

                                                                                                                                        Here is a description of Lillet from our Liquor Board that sums it up nicely:

                                                                                                                                        "This classic French aperitif wine from Bordeaux is a blend of sauvignon and semillon grapes with an addition of 15 per cent liqueurs obtained by macerating sweet and bitter oranges in brandy. Matured up to a year in oak vats, it's mellow and elegant with uplifting orange peel notes and a touch of bitterness that stimulates the palate."

                                                                                                                                  1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                                                                                                                                    I'd like to send a giant thank you to Caitlin. We adults are currently enjoying a couple of Corsican Cocktails. A really refreshing and delightful drink.

                                                                                                                                      1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                                                                                                                                        And I liked it just enough, not too much (if you know what I mean). Now I can say I have made a Chow recipe.

                                                                                                                                2. re: Gio

                                                                                                                                  Sorry to hear that the RA is keeping you from the kitchen, Gio. I can imagine how frustrating that must be. But you're still always an inspiration to all of us, both in the kitchen and beyond.

                                                                                                                                3. re: JoanN

                                                                                                                                  I haven't either. I'm a little nervous about this suggestion.

                                                                                                                                  1. re: JoanN

                                                                                                                                    I think a Chow recipes month would be fun! I like anything where all the recipes are available online :) I've made a handful of them, most have been pretty decent.

                                                                                                                                    Here's what I've made along w/ the notes in Pinterest I wrote:
                                                                                                                                    Sauteed Zucchini (as mentioned above, a staple for me). No notes but I make it literally at least once a week during the summer.

                                                                                                                                    Easy Baked Pork Chops with White Wine & Mustard Sauce - "made this 8/2/12. REALLY good. Pork chops were juicy... I cooked in oven a bit longer than recipe because my chops were the super thick Costco kind. Also used rosemary and thyme instead of the parsley."

                                                                                                                                    Grilled Skirt Steak with Mushrooms, Blue Cheese, and Bacon - "made 8/5/12... really delicious. Probably won't make too often only because bacon, beef, and blue cheese isn't exactly the healthiest. But, it was very good and could use the topping even on other cuts of steak. Lots of flavor."

                                                                                                                                    Asian-Marinated Baked Chicken - "made 8/6/12. This is probably the best thing I've made this year. So flavorful and delicious and EASY. I prepared the marinade and started it Sunday night, so all that was required on Monday night was to put in the oven and cook it. It didn't need to go the whole 40 minutes. Made w/ sugar snap peas and rice and used a whole cut up chicken that I got for less than 5 bucks on manager's special. A great and economical weeknight meal!"

                                                                                                                                    Crispy Baked Chicken Breasts - "made 7/20/12. They were fine, not that much different than any other "crispy" baked chicken I've made. Despite cooking on a rack, the bottom was still a little soggy. Next time I might add some kind of spicy seasoning to it."

                                                                                                                                    Easy Teriyaki Chicken - "made 3/28/13. This was pretty good, and very very simple to make (hence the name I guess). The only thing I didn't do was add the scallions at the end, and I served w/ steamed broccoli and rice, and only used a bit of the sauce."

                                                                                                                                    Orange-Honey-Mustard Baked Chicken Breasts - "made 2/7/13 These were very tasty. I didn't have an oven safe frying pan large enough, so I made the sauce on the stove, then put the chicken in a baking dish and just poured the sauce on top. So, I didn't do the pan sauce at the end. Still lots of flavor. I also took my large chicken pieces and cut in half lengthwise"

                                                                                                                                    Easy Apple Crisp with Oatmeal Streusel - "made 11/4/12. This was very tasty and easy to put together. I used 5 medium sized granny smith apples. It makes 8 servings and each serving is 204 calories."

                                                                                                                                    Pork and Apple Burgers - "made 7/24/13. These were quite tasty, sort of had a breakfast sausage vibe, in a good way. I made them as full size burgers vs sliders"

                                                                                                                                    I've also made the basic chicken fajitas, but the recipe was pretty basic, similar to other ones online. Good though.

                                                                                                                                    I also made the Easy Glazed Carrots but didn't care too much for them. Not sure it was a recipe issue, but more of a I don't like cooked carrots issue.

                                                                                                                                    Oh, and I made the Creamy Pasta with Chicken Sausage and Broccoli. I put it on my "didn't like" board, and don't really recall why. I think it was because it was just sort of boring and not something I'd make again. Oh and I don't think it was "creamy".

                                                                                                                                    1. re: juliejulez

                                                                                                                                      I think a Chow month would be good too. I've tried a few different recipes that have all come out well. The pork loin with the spicy apricot glaze is one of my favourite ways to prepare loin. I've also tried;

                                                                                                                                      Chocolate pots de creme
                                                                                                                                      Braised leeks
                                                                                                                                      Cheesy baked rice
                                                                                                                                      Meringue mushrooms
                                                                                                                                      Roasted shrimp with romesco sauce
                                                                                                                                      Chicken stuffed with spinach and feta (mine was feta free for the SO)
                                                                                                                                      Grace Youngs stir-fried ginger beef
                                                                                                                                      Wild mushrooms a la creme
                                                                                                                                      Parmesan kaiser rolls - the only recipe here that I didn't care for.

                                                                                                                                    2. re: JoanN

                                                                                                                                      I've made the buffalo chicken tenders with blue cheese cole slaw. Delicious!

                                                                                                                                    3. re: Gio

                                                                                                                                      I have a couple bookmarked so it might be fun to do them all together, and no difficulty in getting hold of them. I'm trying to cook through all my bookmarked recipes, get rid of the ones that aren't keepers and store the good ones more permanently, so this appeals to me...

                                                                                                                                    4. Thanks everyone. I take everything personally. That's how I am. BTW The chicken was perfect!
                                                                                                                                      "Good night, and have a pleasant tomorrow." Jane Curtin...

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                                                                                                                                      1. re: Gio

                                                                                                                                        I think it was Emily Littella who said "Never mind," not Roseanne Roseannadana.

                                                                                                                                      2. SMOKE AND PICKLES
                                                                                                                                        Got it from the library and I'm ready to buy.

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                                                                                                                                        1. re: L.Nightshade

                                                                                                                                          You are not making it easy for me!
                                                                                                                                          I have been trying to avoid buying this one, but it calls my name!
                                                                                                                                          Tonight I am making 2 recipes from it (off the net). If they are fabulous, I am sure Amazon will be happy with me once again :)

                                                                                                                                          1. re: sedimental

                                                                                                                                            My copy is due back at the Bham library this weekend. If I get my Amazon book earlier, maybe you can check it out! I'm not sure you are in Bham, but I know you're somewhere around here.

                                                                                                                                            PS how can I buy pastured chicken eggs from you?

                                                                                                                                            1. re: L.Nightshade

                                                                                                                                              So it's YOU that has it!

                                                                                                                                              Just kidding..... :)

                                                                                                                                              PS I will send you an email on the supper club address?

                                                                                                                                              1. re: sedimental

                                                                                                                                                Actually, I have one of the three copies. Mine is being returned asap. Are you in line for it? if you're on a waiting list , I'd be happy to paraphrase any recipe in which you are interested!

                                                                                                                                                1. re: sedimental

                                                                                                                                                  And yes, do email me at that address!

                                                                                                                                          2. SMOKE & PICKLES
                                                                                                                                            THE JAPANESE GRILL

                                                                                                                                            Thanks bigS

                                                                                                                                            1. Oh my goodness...I'm so late to the party!! Is there any room for me on the couch?? It's still morning here so I thought I'd bring a pot of spiced rum-spiked chai tea and some fresh from the oven croissants. Any takers?!!

                                                                                                                                              Now, onto the noms! As much as I adore Smoke and Pickles I can't help but feel we should take advantage of all the bounty the summer has to offer by celebrating a book that's more produce-focussed. S&P only has few veggie dishes and though there are some pickling recipes too and I have my eye on a few of them, to me it seems like a meat-centric book better suited to the fall or even the winter months.

                                                                                                                                              I'm going to throw caution to the wind and nominate 3 books that have made my "Books That Excite Me" list on my great cookbook downsizing exercise:

                                                                                                                                              1,000 ITALIAN RECIPES by Michele Scicolone

                                                                                                                                              SIMPLY THE BEST by Tasamin Day-Lewis

                                                                                                                                              VEGETABLE LOVE by Barbara Kafka

                                                                                                                                              ...and a small shout out to Wine Bar Food by Cathy Mantuano and Tony Mantuano...what a great little book chock full of delicious sounding recipes!! I think this might make for a fun COTM.

                                                                                                                                              Cheers!!

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                                                                                                                                              1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                                                                                Just looked up 1,000 Italian Recipes...I think I'm going to need to buy this one - it looks wonderful!

                                                                                                                                                1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                                                                                  I think a vegetable centric book would be an excellent idea.

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: delys77

                                                                                                                                                    The only drawback to that idea, is that we're doing a completely vegetable-centric book this month. I'd rather see different types of books in adjoining months.

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: L.Nightshade

                                                                                                                                                      Ah my bad, I had forgotten what the COTM was for this month since I'm not participating. Am looking forward to getting back into it next month though so will likely try and cook from whatever is selected.

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: delys77

                                                                                                                                                        I've been out of COTM since June and it looks like Sept will be another loss. Very disappointing.

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Njchicaa

                                                                                                                                                          Why will it be a loss? I'm not sure what you're saying, but no matter what book we're concentrating on, everyone is welcome.

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Njchicaa

                                                                                                                                                            I don't see a nomination from you, Njchicaa. Go ahead and put something out here before feeling disappointed. I don't see how you can feel you've lost because the nominations don't suit you if you haven't made one. Jump in!

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Njchicaa

                                                                                                                                                              And even if the book that wins isn't really up your alley, you can always play around with the old COTM threads. I do that often, and I really love seeing those threads come up. I end up looking through them and remembering meals I wanted to make again. Trust me, if you do that, you'll make a lot of us very happy.

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: LulusMom

                                                                                                                                                                I will do that. I've been trying other new cookbooks (Pati's Mexican Table and Barbecue Addiction) this summer but have been meaning to try some more stuff from Union Square Cafe and Ad Hoc at Home.

                                                                                                                                                              2. re: Njchicaa

                                                                                                                                                                What do you like to cook other than Italian, Mexican, and grill-centric recipes? I see that you were enthusiastic about “Ad Hoc at Home,” but tried just three desserts from it, two of which you hated. That must have been a bummer. There have been three Mexican COTMs, three grilling COTMs (one of which was comprised of three different titles), and six Italian COTMs (again, some selections comprised of multiple titles). I would say that the majority of COTM participants continue to post actively in the older threads. As others have suggested, it’s not as though you’d be alone if you chose to cook from one or more of those books. And since you're comparatively new to COTM, I would think there's a lot there that would be of interest to you and would be exciting for you to explore.

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Njchicaa

                                                                                                                                                                  I think I represent another point of view in that there were months when I was not particularly thrilled nor inspired to cook from the newly elected COTM. However, if I had the book in my personal library or found for cheap-o I plunged in half-heartedly and found I had just needed to focus and choose recipes I thought would suit us.. For the most part we ended up liking the formerly unloved book, sometimes it even became a favorite. Most recently this was the case with Burma...

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Gio

                                                                                                                                                                    Gio, you are an inspiration to all of us and with such attitude as yours you are expanding your culinary horizons further and further! I wish I could overcome lack of interest in a book and just plunge in. I will think of you next time I flip through a cookbook thinking that there is nothing of interest to me. Because it is very possible that there are amazing dishes there that my mind refuses to see :)

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: herby

                                                                                                                                                                      Seriously Gio, you're majorly inspirational. I cannot believe how much you manage to try.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: LulusMom

                                                                                                                                                                        Oh heavens, thank all of you for your encouraging support.. as always. "I love you madly."

                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: herby

                                                                                                                                                                        To be sure, Herby, there are the occasional cookbook duds that remain duds for me but as we're constantly told everywhere, "best to keep an open mind"... at first, I add.

                                                                                                                                                                      3. re: Gio

                                                                                                                                                                        I have had this experience more than once myself, most recently with this months COTM. I bought the book only because it was so cheap, wasn't particularly enthused at first glance, but I have loved pretty much everything I've made. I never would have cooked from this book without COTM, and I would have been missing out!

                                                                                                                                                                      4. re: Njchicaa

                                                                                                                                                                        My father would always tease me and sing the Rolling Stones "you can't always get what you want" to me when I would get in moods like that. it would make me laugh or cry depending on how cranky I was

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Siegal

                                                                                                                                                                          I sing the same to Lulu. She wants to know WHY she doesn't always get what she wants (don't we all).

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: LulusMom

                                                                                                                                                                            Haha. I've caught myself doing it to my toddler a few times also. It's funny how we turn into our parents

                                                                                                                                                              3. I'd love to have the incentive of COTM to cook more seriously from:

                                                                                                                                                                SMOKE AND PICKLES
                                                                                                                                                                or
                                                                                                                                                                THE JAPANESE GRILL, a book I own but have barely cracked except to make one recipe last summer.

                                                                                                                                                                1. OTTOLENGTHI: THE COOKBOOK

                                                                                                                                                                  It's being released in the US Sept 3rd. I know it was COTM in 2009 but isn't it worthy of a repeat? Plus we still have lovely fresh veggies from the garden or farmers market available in Sept that this book will put to good use in tasty combinations.

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                                                                                                                                                                  1. For those interested in the Japanese Grill, please check out our Grilling Books thread from a couple summers ago. I posted a couple of reviews from that book, the first of which is here http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7982... and the second of which is just below.

                                                                                                                                                                    I think it's a nice book, but I'm not sure it's substantial enough to be a COTM on its own. It would be great if people who cook from it added to the the Grilling Books thread. I'm all in favor of keeping these old threads alive.

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                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: MelMM

                                                                                                                                                                      thanks for the reminder on the grilling thread, it had completely skipped my mind. i got the japanese grilling book out of the library last week on lark, and am just getting ready to try a few things from it this weekend.

                                                                                                                                                                    2. GRAN COCINA LATINA...as I'm extremely excited (and quite surprised) that my tiny district library has it.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. With the growing support for Gran Cocina Latina I thought I'd share a link to this article that appears in today's Globe & Mail (Cdn Nat'l newspaper):

                                                                                                                                                                        "Buckle up for the Latin American revolution"

                                                                                                                                                                        http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/f...

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                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                                                                                                          Thanks for sharing that, BC. I hadn't heard of the San Antonio campus of CIA before. I'd be very happy to cook from Gran Cocina. It, along with Stir, is one of a number of COTM contenders that got shoved unceremoniously aside for me when I started cooking from Smoke & Pickles.

                                                                                                                                                                        2. Just reminder that this thread will close tomorrow at 7:00 pm CST. Get your nominations in before it's too late.

                                                                                                                                                                          1. With regard to the discussion about posting to old COTM threads, I just posted a review of a recipe from Marcella Hazan, our first ever COTM back in September of 2006. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/3256... Yes, next month will be the seventh anniversary of COTM. It was surprising to me to see how few original posters from that thread are still active, both with COTM and otherwise on CH. I was also surprised that the last post before mine was in October of 2010. It was a great review by beetlebug of a lentil soup recipe that sounds marvelous. I’d forgotten about it, and wouldn’t have found it again had I not been adding to that thread. And I thought how sad it is that such a great resource is lying fallow (and that no one is going to see my report of an outstanding Potato Soup with Smothered Onions because it’s not going to come up on anyone’s Profile Page). :-( Here’s one of the classic cookbooks of all time with innumerable gems yet to be discovered (at least in a COTM context). It would be so satisfying to see those threads active again.

                                                                                                                                                                            I’m not really suggesting anything here. I don’t necessarily want to see Hazan “revisited” formally. I don’t think that’s necessary. The threads are already there for all of us. Perhaps I’m just indulging in a little nostalgia (I hear it happens once you start collecting social security checks), but what fun to read those reviews from seven years ago and how rewarding to have found, in a book I’ve owned for years and years, a recipe I’d never even noticed before that I'd make again in a heartbeat.

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                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: JoanN

                                                                                                                                                                              I had the same experience last night reading a review by Westminstress of a dish from Arabesque. Not only was I suddenly interested in making that dish, but it made me want to reread all the other posts (making me slightly late getting Lulu up - and I heard about it!) and reliving some great meals. A good reminder to get that book out again - it has been one of my favorites. I haven't been around since the beginning but probably for about 6 years of it, and it has been great.

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: JoanN

                                                                                                                                                                                The old threads are an incredible resource, but I wouldn't assume that they are lying fallow just because no one has posted for a while. I do look back at them pretty often.

                                                                                                                                                                                One thing that might help is if the link to the COTM archive were placed as a "sticky" link at the top of the Home Cooking board, like our regular COTM link is. I have the archive bookmarked in my browser, but for those who don't, searching for it is just enough of a pain that they might not bother.

                                                                                                                                                                                Or.... here's a radical idea. What if the COTM threads were spun-off from Home Cooking into their own board? That would mean, when someone posted to an old thread, it would stay visible on the first page for longer, and more of us would see it. The downside might be that some non-participants wouldn't visit that board. On the other hand, a separate board that shows up on the list of boards, and shows up on the main Chowhound page, might even draw more people in.

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: MelMM

                                                                                                                                                                                  I'm fairly sure before the forum facelift, there's a sticky for the archived COTM. I remember looking through them, with their little book covers next to each entry.

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: lilham

                                                                                                                                                                                    That page still exists, here:
                                                                                                                                                                                    http://www.chow.com/cookbook_of_the_m...

                                                                                                                                                                                    There just isn't a sticky for it anymore.

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: MelMM

                                                                                                                                                                                      How do we get it stickied again? If there's support for it?

                                                                                                                                                                                      Because of the archives, I bought all of Grace Young's books, Deborah Madison's Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone (which I didn't like), and probably other books that I can't recall at the moment.

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: lilham

                                                                                                                                                                                        Liliham, glad to hear that I am the only one who bought Madison book and didn't like it.

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: herby

                                                                                                                                                                                          And here's another. I like vegetarian food, and eat many vegetarian meals. But that book just seems dull to me. Actually, on another thread (the Good-bye Cookbooks one, I believe), I was trying to articulate why the Thomas Keller books don't thrill me. Well, I'm not sure I'm any closer to articulating the reason, but whatever it is, the same applies to this Madison book.

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: MelMM

                                                                                                                                                                                            I think you got it right: the recipe are dull. No exciting new flavour combinations or unusual cooking methods. I look at it, flip through but nothing inspires. I am going to start my own "good-bye books" process in late September along other chores that I keep putting off in favour of cooking, crafts and other enjoyable things :) I do not get Bayless either...

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: MelMM

                                                                                                                                                                                              I'm glad I'm not the only one who doesn't like the Madison book. It's hailed as some kind of must have for vegetarians. We eat a lot of vegetarian meals so I'm always after good vegetarian books. I think you are right it is dull. It just never inspire me to cook anything from it.

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: lilham

                                                                                                                                                                                                i agree, i have never loved that book. i do like some of her other books though. the savory way is good, and i really like vegetable literacy so far.

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Westminstress

                                                                                                                                                                                                  I think this is really funny... a book we're all "supposed" to love, but once a couple people 'fess up to not loving it, the rest of us come out of the woodwork!

                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: MelMM

                                                                                                                                                                                      <"What if the COTM threads were spun-off from Home Cooking into their own board">

                                                                                                                                                                                      Second, "and I am unanimous in that"... (Mrs. Slocombe)

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Gio

                                                                                                                                                                                        I wish I could hit "recommend" 1,000 times!

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Gio

                                                                                                                                                                                          You never cease to amaze me, Gio, with your encyclopaedic knowledge of British culture!

                                                                                                                                                                                          I refer to the Chow COTM archive page all the time and would love for it to be stickied.

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: greedygirl

                                                                                                                                                                                            I'm so glad you think "Are You Being Served?" is indicative of British culture... [insert sound of canned laughter here]

                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: MelMM

                                                                                                                                                                                          That's a good point, Mel, that just because there are no recent additions to a thread it doesn't mean no one has been looking at them.

                                                                                                                                                                                          I, too, have the COTM archive bookmarked on my browser and consult it often but I still think it would be helpful to have it stickied again at the top of the Home Cooking board. I think the POB were making a concerted effort to cut back on the number of stickies, but perhaps we could urge them to reinstate this one.

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: MelMM

                                                                                                                                                                                            I think the spin off board is a great idea, but I would also recommend there still be a sticky for at least the current COTM on the home cooking board. That would help draw new people into COTM (I think).

                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: JoanN

                                                                                                                                                                                            I saw your post Joan! And was really taken by both soups, which I've never made even though Marcella's essentials is probably my most favorite cookbook. I personally would love a hazan revisit. I know we can go back to old threads (and I do) but its fun when everyone is focusing on the book at the same time.

                                                                                                                                                                                            Oh and believe it or not I've been a CH regular since the old, pre-chow days. I well remember the first COTM though I was just a lurker back then.

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Westminstress

                                                                                                                                                                                              I too saw your post, which lead me to discover that Let the Flames Begin was a COTM, which led to me writing one review of a chutney I made from that book last week when a friend pulled some beautiful bluefish out of the ocean. I just bought this book earlier this month. $2.99 on a discount table. how could I resist?

                                                                                                                                                                                              Dots have been mentioned as part of a cookbook culling process. I think I need dots to mark which books have been COTM's, even if I wasn't participating then.

                                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: JoanN

                                                                                                                                                                                              Joan, I may be unusual in that I don't primarily navigate off of my Profile Page -- I just follow the Home Cooking board. And I actually read your potato soup review last night! This morning alone, Gio and MelMM have posted to the Stir Fry to the Sky's Edge thread and someone who I don't think has previously participated in COTM posted a question to a Dunlop COTM thread. So for my two cents, I think keeping them on Home Cooking (as opposed to spinning off on their own board) is a good way to get new people interested and to have older COTMs come up for those of us who only participate intermittently and/or have been here since the beginning.

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: mebby

                                                                                                                                                                                                Actually me too on following the Home Cooking board.

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: mebby

                                                                                                                                                                                                  I follow the HC board as well (instead of my profile page). I'm going to have to take a look at the soup. I have a ton of potatoes from my farm share but unless it's chipped or fried, I'm not a huge potato eater. This may help use up a couple of pounds of potatoes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  ETA: wow, 7 years. Look how we've grown.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: mebby

                                                                                                                                                                                                    You may not be unusual. I am pretty much the same way. I save threads to my profile, or better yet, post something, then mainly check my profile page for updates. I will take a peek at the home cooking and a few other boards now and then. If there were a separate COTM board, I would probably check it more often than I do Home Cooking or any other board, just because the COTM threads are of the greatest interest to me. I think it's hard to tell whether a spin-off would lead to more or less traffic on the COTM threads.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: mebby

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Thanks for reminding me, mebby, that I don't open the Home Cooking board anywhere near as often as I ought to so I, too, miss COTM threads I haven't participated in. Time to try to change my habits.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: JoanN

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Thanks for the reminder, JoanN. I don't always open up old COTM threads when they resurface. That soup sounds yummy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Nominations are now closed. Please join us in the voting thread at http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/913375.