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Aug 8, 2013 03:42 AM

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:

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


              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
                    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!