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Cookbook of the Month for September 2013: Smoke and Pickles

BigSal Aug 22, 2013 05:22 PM

SMOKE AND PICKLES has been selected as September’s Cookbook of the Month. This book had a lot of momentum from the nomination thread and it carried through into the voting thread, but in the end it only won by two votes.

On September 1st, I'll post individual threads for reporting your experiences from this book. In the meantime, you can use this announcement thread for general discussion about the book.

The voting thread that got us here:

and the nomination thread is here:

A general explanation of Cookbook of the Month, and a list of past books:

What a variety of foods we have in store next month…everything from bourbon, rémoulade, kimchi, pickled foods, rice bowls, grits, pork and lamb.

Interested in participating, but don’t have the book? Don’t despair-- there are many recipes available online.

Eat Your Books (EYB) has links to all of the recipes below. http://www.eatyourbooks.com/library/1...

Imperfect Bowl of Rice
Master Recipe for Perfect Rémoulade
Rice Bowl with Beef, Onions, Collards, Fried Egg, and Corn Rémoulade
Rice bowl with lamb and aromatic tomato-yogurt gravy
Orange lamb-liver pâté
Darkly braised lamb shoulder
Simmered lamb shanks with cashew gravy
Pulled lamb BBQ
Cinnamon-honey roast leg of lamb
Roti with sliced lamb leg (or a recipe for using leftover lamb leg roast
)Clarified butter/ghee/drawn butter
Vietnamese lamb chops
Fried Shallots
Rice bowl with beef
Lime beef salad
Miso-smothered chicken
Fried trout sandwiches with pear-ginger-cilantro slaw and spicy mayo
Panfried catfish in bacon vinaigrette
Yellow squash soup with cured strawberries
Collards and kimchi
WTF potato salad
Jalapeño spiked bourbon julep
Jalapeño syrup
Bourbon sweet tea
Tobacco cookies
Tobacco water
Chess pie with blackened pineapple salsa
Sweet spoonbread soufflé
Cornbread sorghum milkshake (or, "breakfast")

And one more for fans of Korean grilling; Grilled Kalbi http://www.savorsa.com/2013/07/griffi...

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  1. Gio RE: BigSal Aug 22, 2013 06:16 PM

    A well rounded and inclusive intro to September, Sal. I have every confidence we'll sift through the enticing recipes and find some we'll love. Thanks very much for pulling it all together.

    1. jpr54_1 RE: BigSal Aug 22, 2013 06:48 PM

      i have found several recipes to make
      pulled pork shoulder
      braised brisket
      roasted okra
      pickled garlic
      pickled coffee beets

      1. alliegator RE: BigSal Aug 22, 2013 07:58 PM

        Yay! I'm excited. Just ordered it.

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          smtucker RE: BigSal Aug 22, 2013 08:04 PM

          BigSal, Well done!!!!

          1. greedygirl RE: BigSal Aug 22, 2013 08:09 PM

            Thanks BigSal! Just a heads up that some of the links on EYB give you pages that aren't in English.

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              BigSal RE: greedygirl Aug 22, 2013 08:23 PM

              Strange. They are all in English for me. My apologies for those that can't access them in English. Hopefully, Google Translate will help those that see them in a different language.

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                greedygirl RE: BigSal Aug 22, 2013 11:30 PM

                Maybe it's because I'm not in the US? It seems to be an issue specifically with the Scribd website - I'm not sure it's even a foreign language. It just looks like gobbledygook to me.

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                  BigSal RE: greedygirl Aug 23, 2013 03:59 AM

                  That must be it. Bummer as there are quite a few recipes on Scribd, but I'll gladly summarize any of the recipes for you.

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              Westminstress RE: BigSal Aug 22, 2013 08:25 PM

              nice intro, bigsal! Thanks for those links....

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                qianning RE: BigSal Aug 23, 2013 04:39 AM

                Great job Big Sal, thanks.

                1. LulusMom RE: BigSal Aug 23, 2013 05:06 AM

                  Well done, BigSal, thank you.

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                    Siegal RE: BigSal Aug 23, 2013 07:06 AM

                    I was kind of dissapounted that gran cocina Latina didn't win bc that's the book I have but now that BigSal posted the link with recipes for Smoke and Pickles I am excited I can join! I hope I get a chance to make a few things as I'm extremely pregnant and I have to will myself to heat up fish sticks for my toddler ! Haha

                    1. Breadcrumbs RE: BigSal Aug 23, 2013 09:42 AM

                      Thanks so much BigSal.

                      I didn't vote since I'll be travelling a fair bit in September. That said, I do own this book and I'm excited to cook from it!

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                        dkennedy RE: BigSal Aug 23, 2013 12:57 PM

                        Wow, that is a lot of recipes with online links. How wonderful! I a really excited for my book to arrive....hopefully today or sometime this weekend. Crossing my fingers.

                        1. delys77 RE: BigSal Aug 24, 2013 01:38 PM

                          Just ordered and it will be home before me. Looking forward to getting back to my kitchen.

                          1. biondanonima RE: BigSal Aug 25, 2013 05:34 PM

                            Although a lot of the recipes look interesting, I hadn't planned to buy the book - I thought I might just cook along with some of the recipes available online. Imagine my delight when my DH surprised me with an autographed copy for our anniversary! Looking forward to cooking with you this month!

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                              Breadcrumbs RE: biondanonima Aug 25, 2013 05:54 PM

                              How wonderful biondanonima, what a wonderful birthday surprise. Happy Anniversary & Happy Cooking!!

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                              smtucker RE: BigSal Aug 25, 2013 06:21 PM

                              My library system has had a run on Smoke & Pickles, but there are still enough copies available that it should be here by September.

                              1. tcamp RE: BigSal Aug 27, 2013 07:18 AM

                                Just got my copy from the library system in the county next door to mine - much bigger than my own.

                                The first recipe to catch my eye was little curry pork pies. Oh, and here is a link!


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                                  The Dairy Queen RE: tcamp Sep 1, 2013 01:22 PM

                                  That goes on my list!


                                2. Gio RE: BigSal Aug 29, 2013 02:30 PM

                                  The following Link has 12 recipes, plus directions for making a home stove-top smoker, from Smoke and Pickles. It's a free sample of the book. The Table of Contents, Preface, Introduction, and photographs are included:

                                  Recipe for an Imperfect Bowl of Rice
                                  Master Recipe for Perfect Remoulade
                                  Rice Bowl with Lamb Aromatic Tomato-Yogurt Sauce
                                  Orange Lamb-Liver Pate with Braised Mustard Seeds
                                  Darkly Braised Lamb Shoulder
                                  Simmered Lamb Shanks with Cashew Gravy
                                  Pulled Lamb BBQ
                                  (Make a Smoker on the Cheap Directions)
                                  Cinnamon-Honey Roast Leg of Lamb
                                  Roti with Sliced Lamb Leg (or, A Recipe for Using Left Over Lamb Leg Roast)
                                  Clarified Butter/Ghee/Drawn Butter
                                  Vietnamese Lamb Chops
                                  Fried Shallots


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                                    Gio RE: Gio Aug 29, 2013 04:02 PM

                                    Jasmine Pickled Peaches with Star Anise


                                  2. beetlebug RE: BigSal Aug 29, 2013 03:04 PM

                                    For those who have made the peach pickles, any idea how large of a jar one needs? I think it's 2 lbs of sliced peaches.


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                                    1. re: beetlebug
                                      Gio RE: beetlebug Aug 29, 2013 04:01 PM

                                      Is this the "Jasmine pickled peaches with star anise"? If so the recipe makes 2 quarts.


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                                        beetlebug RE: Gio Aug 29, 2013 05:17 PM

                                        Thanks. Looks like I missed the forest for the trees.

                                    2. gingershelley RE: BigSal Aug 29, 2013 05:07 PM

                                      Big Sal,
                                      Thanks for the thorough intro to next months book!

                                      I actually checked it out from the library a couple months ago, but had too much going on to get very into it, and nothing jumped out. It is on order again for reserve....

                                      So with your handy link to the scribd pages, have been reading part of the intro and the recipes included.

                                      I can't wait to make Cashew gravy and dark-braised lamb shanks!!!!!!!

                                      1. Gio RE: BigSal Sep 4, 2013 05:12 AM

                                        It's disappointing to note that all the recipes that are supposed to available on-line at Scribd. are actually Not available. Only those on the first page can be viewed. The next pages cannot be turned.

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                                          mebby RE: Gio Sep 4, 2013 08:55 AM

                                          On my computer, it doesn't page turn -- you have to scroll down for additional pages. But I tried looking for the Vietnamese lamb chops recipe on there yesterday (as listed on EYB) and it wasn't there. JoanN pointed me toward the Amazon Look Inside to pull that one.

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                                            Gio RE: mebby Sep 4, 2013 10:01 AM

                                            Thanks Mebby! I was able to see all the recipes the first time I looked, but maybe I missed it this time.

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                                            The Dairy Queen RE: Gio Sep 4, 2013 09:25 AM

                                            Lots of this book is available via Google books, too, for those of you who are frustrated with other interfaces.


                                          3. jpr54_1 RE: BigSal Sep 4, 2013 08:02 AM

                                            to all those who celebrate Rosh Hashonah-

                                            l'shanah tova!!

                                            No recipes from this book for dinner tonight-

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                                              JoanN RE: jpr54_1 Sep 4, 2013 09:28 AM

                                              Whaddya mean? Didn't you see his recipe for Braised Brisket? ;-)

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                                                qianning RE: JoanN Sep 4, 2013 10:32 AM

                                                Not being brave enough to do so myself, I was really hoping someone would mention the Brisket....

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                                                  jpr54_1 RE: JoanN Sep 4, 2013 03:49 PM

                                                  yes I did see it

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