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November 2013 Cookbook of the Month Nomination Thread

BigSal Oct 7, 2013 05:52 PM

Although the cooking has just begun with THE NEW PORTUGUESE TABLE AND THE FOOD OF PORTUGAL, we are now taking nominations for the November 2013 Cookbook of the Month (COTM). Please use this thread to discuss the books you would like to cook from in November. Indicate you are nominating a book by writing the title of the book in ALL CAPITALS.

This thread will be open until 7 pm Central Time on Monday, October 14th. At that time the books with the most nominations will advance to the voting thread.

To view the basics of the COTM, and to review all of the previous winners, please visit this link: http://www.chow.com/cookbook_of_the_m...

Which book will inspire our cooking next month? I can’t wait to find out. Let the nominations begin!

  1. pikawicca Oct 7, 2013 05:54 PM

    MIGHTY SPICE EXPRESS Lots to love in this book.

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    1. re: pikawicca
      LulusMom Oct 8, 2013 02:26 AM

      My copy of MIGHTY SPICE EXPRESS arrived in the past week, but I haven't had a chance to open it yet (just got back from vacation). Even without looking at it I'd like to second the nomination.

      Also interested in Bill Granger's EVERYDAY ASIAN (hope I have that title right).

      1. re: LulusMom
        lilham Oct 8, 2013 02:47 AM


        1. re: LulusMom
          Westminstress Oct 8, 2013 07:21 AM

          I am curious about this book. I seem to remember that a lot of the recipes are "express" because they are only made in quantities for two. When you get a chance to look through it, could you comment on whether the recipes are still "express" if doubled to feed a leftover-loving family of four?

          1. re: Westminstress
            LulusMom Oct 8, 2013 07:51 AM

            Absolutely. I remember that conversation and that I was a little put off by that too. We need to feed 3 and everyone fights over leftovers, so things that are only quick because they're small don't really cut it as quick. That said, the original book is one of my favorites, and even though many of those recipes are quick, that isn't why I love it. Most of the recipes I've made have been delicious.

            I'll be having a guest in town for most of the next week, but after that should have a chance to sit down and have some fun with the book. I'll let you know then.

            1. re: LulusMom
              The Dairy Queen Oct 8, 2013 09:12 AM

              I think that info was from me--where he has 3 chapters devoted to recipes cooking for 2 people and then 3 chapters devoted to recipes for cooking for 4 people. I recall one very annoying thing is when he said that a certain dish would be a good party dish and that recipe was for 2 people.

              I can't remember where I posted it. Let me see if I can find it and link it.

              But, yeah, you may have to multiply some of the recipes...


              1. re: The Dairy Queen
                The Dairy Queen Oct 8, 2013 09:38 AM

                Aha! Here is that discussion of Mighty Spice Express: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9115...

                Note to self: abbreviating a book title as MSE makes your post hard to search on in the future.


                1. re: The Dairy Queen
                  dkennedy Oct 8, 2013 12:09 PM

                  I love your use of the word crap-tacular. I think I will steal it!

                  1. re: dkennedy
                    The Dairy Queen Oct 8, 2013 12:21 PM

                    Feel free. I was apparently in a bit of a snit the day I wrote that, though I no longer remember why. :)

                    Bottom line was, despite some of the writing, which was a little too breezy (and boozy!) for me, and despite the fact that I may have to double some recipes, everything in the book looked really appealing and delicious.


                2. re: The Dairy Queen
                  LulusMom Oct 8, 2013 11:57 AM

                  While I've certainly had some fantastically good parties for just two, that makes very little sense. Pfffft.

                  1. re: LulusMom
                    The Dairy Queen Oct 8, 2013 12:08 PM

                    It was a strange comment!


              2. re: Westminstress
                pikawicca Oct 8, 2013 11:28 AM

                I'd estimate that about 40% of the recipes serve two, the remainder 4. The ones that serve two all look like they could easily be doubled.

                1. re: pikawicca
                  The Dairy Queen Oct 8, 2013 12:10 PM

                  That's what I think, too. It's just that when you look at a recipe that serves two that claims it only takes 20 minutes, you'll just have to tack on a little extra time for chopping and cooking. Not a big deal, I don't think, just something to be aware of.


                  1. re: pikawicca
                    The Dairy Queen Oct 8, 2013 12:22 PM

                    pika, have you cooked anything from MSE yet? (I have not, sadly).


                    1. re: The Dairy Queen
                      pikawicca Oct 8, 2013 03:35 PM

                      No. I am, sadly, reduced to cooking for one. It's hard to get motivated, but one of these days I'll get my mojo back.

                      1. re: pikawicca
                        The Dairy Queen Oct 8, 2013 04:04 PM

                        I'm very sorry. Some things just take time. Though, hopefully not any of the recipes in Mighty Spice Express. ;-)

              3. re: pikawicca
                dkennedy Oct 8, 2013 07:51 AM

                If we are going to doing Mighty Spice Express, I would love to see it paired with Mighty Spice, since it never got its day in the sun.

                MIGHTY SPICE paired with
                MIGHTY SPICE EXRESS

                1. re: pikawicca
                  greedygirl Oct 9, 2013 05:29 AM

                  I can definitely get on board the MIGHTY SPICE EXPRESS and am up for cooking from MIGHTY SPICE too.

                  1. re: greedygirl
                    The Dairy Queen Oct 9, 2013 06:23 AM

                    Duo! Duo! Plus, website: http://www.mightyspicekitchen.com/


                    1. re: The Dairy Queen
                      emily Oct 9, 2013 08:16 AM

                      MIGHTY SPICE and MIGHTY SPICE EXPRESS

                  2. re: pikawicca
                    herby Oct 26, 2013 07:26 PM

                    I received Mighty Spice Express and there is not one thing in there that is calling my name :( I liked a lot of recipes in Mighty Spice and had doubts about Express and was right. It is going back to where it came from - Amazon.

                    I finally figured it out. I do not like fake foods; if I want a veg meal I would much rather have a dish that was intended to be veg and not a veg burger, for example. The same applies to foods - there are dishes that are quick to make and this is what I'll make when I am short on time. The "express", "30 minutes", and other such collections of recipes try to make dishes that are inherently more time consuming quickly and for me this doesn't work.

                    1. re: herby
                      LulusMom Oct 27, 2013 03:53 AM

                      Funnily enough, I finally got a chance to finish looking at my copy of MSE in the past few days too. I saw a lot that interested me. Not thrilled with the first half of the book being only enough for 2 people, and not sure why someone would put out a cookbook with that (or if they did, why they wouldn't market it as such). There was, for me, a lot to like in the second half of the book. I really like that these are basically whole meals (sort of like the JO books Meals in Minutes, etc.), that he gives a time, and that they seem like they'd be easier recipes to follow than the way JO has written his similar books. I have yet to try anything from the book yet, so can't verify that these will work well, etc., but given that I like MS so much, I have high hopes. Not sure how this will be in terms of leaving leftovers for us though, which could be a bummer.

                      1. re: LulusMom
                        herby Oct 27, 2013 06:45 AM

                        LLM, I would love to hear how you like the dishes once you start cooking from MSE. You could probably double most of the recipes to have leftovers from the second half of the book and enough for your family from the first half.

                        I got Vietnamese Street Food at the same time and love it :) Have to use up what's in the freezer before cooking new things.

                        1. re: herby
                          LulusMom Oct 27, 2013 08:05 AM

                          I'm thinking I might ask the mods to change the Mighty Spice thread title to include MSE, and then start posting on that thread once I make stuff from the book. I do plan on doubling those things from the first half (the ones that are for 2 people) that I'm interested in, definitely.

                          I *love* Vietnamese food and was really hot on getting that book (or was it Vietnamese Home Cooking - yes, I think it was that one - someone I trust on this board wasn't hot on it at all). I'm trying very hard not to buy books, and have to say that so far I'm not loving cooking from my kindle, but I'll look and see if my library has it.

                          1. re: LulusMom
                            herby Oct 27, 2013 11:28 AM

                            I had Vietnamese Home Cooking for a long time on my Amazon wishlist and glad that I didn't buy it. Vietnamese Street Food by Tracey Lister and Andreas Pohl is charming and full of recipes I want to make. It is organized by cooking method that I usually do not care for but here it works. There are chapters like roll, grill/roast, baguettes/salads, etc. I think you might like it too because sometime we do like the same books and foods :) My family loves Vietnamese rolls and there are many appealing ones here. Many include pork which used to stop me but since Andrea Nguen said that ground chicken thighs are good substitute for ground pork I do that and so far liked the results.

                            I am also trying not to buy books - my bookshelves are groaning and I recently added a fourth one to house my craft books and it is almost full! I also find cooking from Kindle awkward and even reading cookbooks on Kindle is quite cumbersome. Technology doesn't always work for me :)

                            1. re: herby
                              LulusMom Oct 27, 2013 01:19 PM

                              You're making this *very* hard to resist herby! Do you have your little red devil outfit on this afternoon?

                              Yeah, the pork thing is definitely an issue for us (at least me and Lulu), but I've also had good luck with subbing ground turkey, or, when it is something like roast pork, just using roast chicken slices (this is how I make my banh mi). My fingers are tickling to go over to amazon. Babysitter will be here in about 40 minutes ... need to try to keep myself in check until then and sleep on this. Maybe ask for it for Christmas? That solves two problems: I am not seen as buying more for my overloaded shelves and I'm able to come up with something for the always asked for list of things I want! Yes yes yes!

                              1. re: LulusMom
                                herby Oct 27, 2013 02:29 PM

                                You came up with perfect solution and Christmas is almost around the corner :) In the mean time see if your library has it. Must say that I find Amazon return policy generous and easy - register return online, print labels, ship for free.

                  3. Gio Oct 7, 2013 06:17 PM

                    Noooooooooo. Not now. Can't be.

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                    1. re: Gio
                      pikawicca Oct 7, 2013 06:49 PM

                      And why not?

                      1. re: pikawicca
                        Gio Oct 7, 2013 07:38 PM

                        Too early. I'm still in Portugal.

                        OTOH, I would give MIGHTY SPICE EXPRESS a go.

                      2. re: Gio
                        qianning Oct 8, 2013 08:57 AM

                        exactly....i'm just starting to get portugal lined up....

                        1. re: qianning
                          smtucker Oct 8, 2013 10:05 AM

                          Yup. I am surprised by the lack of vegetables recipes, so searching for some frozen favas. But I guess I should be posting this on the general Portugal thread.

                      3. s
                        stockholm28 Oct 7, 2013 06:34 PM

                        ALL ABOUT ROASTING by Molly Stevens.

                        Let's give it another try.

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                        1. re: stockholm28
                          Aravisea Oct 8, 2013 03:32 AM

                          Yes! I grabbed this book from the library when grabbing New Portuguese Table. I've been flipping through it and it looks really delicious. So I'd also like to nominate ALL ABOUT ROASTING.

                          1. re: stockholm28
                            meatn3 Oct 9, 2013 11:47 AM

                            If a roasting book is elected perhaps it could be paired with another? Roasting by Barbara Kafka or Falling Off The Bone by Jean Anderson would mesh well. I've really enjoyed months when two similar books are focused on. Plus it opens up the number of people who might have access to a book.

                          2. d
                            dkennedy Oct 7, 2013 06:38 PM

                            Suzanne Goin's new cookbook, AOC is coming out on October 29th! I don't know about the rest of you, but that is going to be the focus of my attention for some time.

                            A.O.C. Cookbook

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                            1. re: dkennedy
                              BigSal Oct 7, 2013 06:42 PM

                              @dkennedy, if you meant to nominate the AOC Cookbook (which I am also anxiously awaiting), please let me know or edit the book title so it is in all caps. Thank you.

                              1. re: BigSal
                                dkennedy Oct 7, 2013 07:53 PM

                                Yes, I am nominating:

                                AOC COOKBOOK

                            2. k
                              kaymbee Oct 7, 2013 06:41 PM

                              I picked up A GIRL AND HER PIG by April Bloomfield a couple months ago and all the recipes I have tried have been perfection.

                              I would love to explore it some more.

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                              1. re: kaymbee
                                BigSal Oct 7, 2013 07:02 PM

                                I have this book too. I'd love to hear about some of the recipes you've tried.

                                1. re: BigSal
                                  kaymbee Oct 7, 2013 08:07 PM

                                  Oh where do I start!

                                  Let me start by saying that April's recipes are meticulously written. I read the book cover to cover in one go. She had me searching out pequin chiles and salt packed anchovies the next day.

                                  The most frequently made recipe is one of the simplest - her method for a bowl of porridge. I've often made a batch for a lazy Monday night dinner. The mix of old fashioned and steel cut oats is at the same time creamy and hefty and the salt and sugar perfectly balanced. The leftovers reheat beautifully.

                                  The baked eggs with anchovy and cream are a delicious meal with hunks of toast and have been repeated several times. Really delicious combination.

                                  The chopped chicken liver on toast is another quick and simple favourite.

                                  The lentil and chickpea salad was as involved as you can get for a salad. I made it just as directed - April asks that you try her recipes her way first, before you start tinkering, and she's so exact in her instructions that I've done it. And this recipe when I put together the components in her way was so perfectly balanced I realize there is no way to change it so as to make it better. It's delicious served on its own with homemade pita and grilled merguez sausage, as she suggests.

                                  The leftover chickpeas from the recipe, made according to her instructions, were so delicious I ate them with a spoon one night for dinner. I intended to do something else to them but kept going back for just one more bite and before I knew it they were all gone. Really delicious on their own and would make a perfect side dish for almost any meal.

                                  Summer succotash made a delicious side to grilled steak but would be equally delicious as she suggests, just on its own.

                                  Her Bloody Mary is my new standard. It is heavy on fresh horseradish but adds celery leaves and lemon zest to the equation, 2 things I hadn't ever seen before but add something extra.

                                  Soft oatmeal cookies have three types of raisins - Thompson, golden and currants. They're just a touch sweet and stay soft and chewy. Really tasty.

                                  I got this in the summer and my recipe selections so far have reflected my taste for lighter foods in the summer, but there are so many great fall choices in the book too. I haven't even tried any if the mains yet, and none of the soups. There are plenty more veg recipes and salad recipes I would like to try as well.

                                  That was a much longer post than I intended but I just love this book! I have so many cookbooks but this has shot right to the top of my "must have" list.

                                  1. re: kaymbee
                                    BigSal Oct 7, 2013 08:24 PM

                                    I sense your genuine enthusiasm for the book and the descriptions are tantalizing. The lentil and garbanzo salad sounds especially delicious. Thanks for sharing.

                                    1. re: kaymbee
                                      BigSal Oct 15, 2013 06:43 PM

                                      Just wanted to pop in and say thank you to kaymbee and roxlet for sharing their favorites from A Girl and Her Pig. I've only tried the lemon caper dressing and the porridge thus far, but have enjoyed them both. I am planning on making the lentil and chickpea salad this weekend followed by the baked eggs with anchovy and cream, chopped liver on toast and the Bloody Mary soon thereafter.

                                      1. re: BigSal
                                        kaymbee Oct 16, 2013 05:02 AM

                                        I hope you enjoy those recipes as much as I have!

                                        1. re: BigSal
                                          emily Oct 16, 2013 06:43 AM

                                          I highly recommend her gnudi.

                                          1. re: emily
                                            hambone Oct 16, 2013 04:22 PM

                                            Oh behave!

                                          2. re: BigSal
                                            BigSal Oct 26, 2013 08:27 AM

                                            Wow, I am really loving this book! We had the gnudi for dinner and they were wonderful and light as clouds. Bloody Mary...very nice and horseradishy. I've made the recipe twice already. The lentil and garbanzo salad was also good, but I am crazy about her simple chickpeas recipe. I've been making garbanzos for many years, but the addition of garlic, olive oil and fresh hot red peppers made them over the top good. I barely had enough left for the lentil and garbanzo salad because I kept sneaking bites of the garbanzo mixture while it cooled.

                                            I am impressed by how flavorful everything has been, but still uncomplicated to make. Looking forward to exploring more from this book.

                                            1. re: BigSal
                                              emily Oct 26, 2013 10:34 AM

                                              I need to get more into this book. The recipes so far have really exceeded my expectations - her porridge recipe is excellent, too (but has a bit too much salt for my taste).

                                        2. re: BigSal
                                          roxlet Oct 8, 2013 04:22 AM

                                          Her lemon caper dressing is fabulous. Here's a link to it on Food52 -- they refer to it as a "Genius" recipe, and it is!


                                          1. re: roxlet
                                            BigSal Oct 8, 2013 04:51 AM

                                            Wow! If I were to have read the recipe by itself, I might have overlooked it, but they way they describe it...must try! Thank you.

                                        3. re: kaymbee
                                          geekmom Oct 7, 2013 07:20 PM

                                          I've enjoyed the recipes I've tried from this book, too!

                                          1. re: kaymbee
                                            dkennedy Oct 7, 2013 07:54 PM

                                            I bought A Girl and Her Pig for kindle for $2.99 and read it cover to cover. Not sure if that is still the price but either way It would make a great COTM!

                                            1. re: kaymbee
                                              geekmom Oct 8, 2013 12:21 PM

                                              I'll throw in votes for A GIRL AND HER PIG too, as well as ALL ABOUT ROASTING.

                                              These are two slightly less new books that will hopefully be easier for people to obtain from libraries.

                                              1. re: kaymbee
                                                Westminstress Oct 8, 2013 12:37 PM

                                                That's interesting. I took this book out of the library and returned it without having made a single thing. It seemed like a Smoke and Pickles sort of book to me -- everything looked interesting enough but between recipes being too complicated or exacting, taking too much time or being too unhealthy, it just didn't fit into my lifestyle. And it didn't capture my imagination enough to force me to stretch, as some other books have done (Ottolenghi and Suzanne Goin, I am looking at you!). That said, we all have different lifestyles! The fact that it didn't work for me doesn't mean it wouldn't work for you.

                                                1. re: kaymbee
                                                  L.Nightshade Oct 26, 2013 12:32 PM

                                                  What a bunch of sirens you all are! I had to "look inside" on Amazon, and this book looks wonderful!

                                                2. Allegra_K Oct 7, 2013 07:22 PM

                                                  The weather is cooling of quickly around here. The leaves are crunching underfoot, the frost is near, and I pulled out the woolly sweaters and mittens. Time for hearty food, root veggies, starches, soups, and lengthy braises. GRAN COCINA LATINA fits this bill nicely.

                                                  THAI FOOD (and heck, THAI STREET FOOD) is another that could spice up my life right about now!

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                                                  1. re: Allegra_K
                                                    biondanonima Oct 9, 2013 09:29 AM

                                                    I will support THAI FOOD (and THAI STREET FOOD) until they finally win!

                                                    1. re: biondanonima
                                                      qianning Oct 9, 2013 10:11 AM

                                                      I don't think it is this month's trend, but, when and if we ever get there, and considering Thai Food's always an usher never a groom status, perhaps CLASSIC THAI CUISINE by D. Thompson would be a better book for a COTM. Here's what I think it has going for it:

                                                      -Much more concise book than his other two, and organized in a way that makes selecting recipes and menus easier.
                                                      -Far more new-to-cooking-Thai-food friendly recipes.
                                                      -Fewer strange sounding, "exotic" sounding dishes.
                                                      -Excellent easy to follow directions.
                                                      -Great results, not at all "dumbed" down food.
                                                      -Really strong salad chapter and an equally strong soup chapter (folks who enjoyed the salads from "Burma" will like these dishes), less emphasis on the complicated curry pastes and relishes.

                                                      My only hesitance in nominating it is access, but a quick look at Amazon, and it seems that it is available new or used for reasonable money.

                                                      1. re: qianning
                                                        The Dairy Queen Oct 9, 2013 10:29 AM

                                                        I think that is an excellent idea. It's a much smaller, affordable book. It's also less unwieldy in the kitchen and on the bookshelf. I have both Classic Thai and Street Food and the former is just a whole heck of a lot easier to manage than the latter.


                                                        1. re: qianning
                                                          biondanonima Oct 9, 2013 10:32 AM

                                                          Classic Thai Cuisine sounds great - but since so many on the board already own the other two, I think we should do a David Thompson month, whenever we get around to it.

                                                          1. re: qianning
                                                            Aravisea Oct 9, 2013 11:55 AM

                                                            In the October nominating thread, I believe someone suggested the Thai books might be nice for January as a way to recover from the excess of the holidays and dive into the new year doing something bold and fresh. I'd be on board for Thai January, if these books are nominated again in a few months.

                                                            1. re: Aravisea
                                                              alliegator Oct 11, 2013 10:21 AM

                                                              I'm the culprit. I would love, love, love to see these books win anytime, but I think with fall and the lead-up into the holidays, people will be in to heavier food.
                                                              Can't wait to start cooking from this month's books. I just returned from Portugal last night to find that magical little box from Amazon waiting for me :)

                                                            2. re: qianning
                                                              MelMM Oct 9, 2013 12:43 PM

                                                              Great idea. I've had that book for years, and it somehow has fallen off my radar. But it is a great little book, and would be far less overwhelming to those who are new to Thai cooking than his more recent works.

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                                                          Westminstress Oct 8, 2013 07:15 AM

                                                          In honor of Marcella Hazan's recent passing, I propose that we revisit ESSENTIALS OF CLASSIC ITALIAN COOKING

                                                          A wonderful book for those that don't know it yet. And for those that do, I'm sure I'm not alone in having a list as long as my arm of recipes that I'd like to try "one day." Would love the excuse to cross a few off the list, and maybe discover a few new favorites along the way.

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                                                          1. re: Westminstress
                                                            Aravisea Oct 8, 2013 07:22 AM

                                                            I can get behind ESSENTIALS OF CLASSIC ITALIAN COOKING. I have the book, but for whatever reason haven't cooked much from it.

                                                            1. re: Westminstress
                                                              MelMM Oct 8, 2013 09:18 AM

                                                              It was a COTM in 2006.

                                                              1. re: MelMM
                                                                Westminstress Oct 8, 2013 12:29 PM

                                                                That's why I proposed it as a revisit. :)

                                                                1. re: Westminstress
                                                                  MelMM Oct 8, 2013 02:28 PM

                                                                  Sorry, didn't catch that in your post!

                                                              2. re: Westminstress
                                                                haiku. Oct 8, 2013 09:41 AM

                                                                Would also like to see a revisit of ESSENTIALS OF CLASSIC ITALIAN COOKING.

                                                                1. re: Westminstress
                                                                  geekmom Oct 8, 2013 09:51 AM

                                                                  I love this idea of a revisit. I've heard so many of you rave about Marcella Hazan and have never had a chance to cook from her books, so I will also nominate ESSENTIALS OF CLASSIC ITALIAN COOKING.

                                                                  1. re: Westminstress
                                                                    hambone Oct 8, 2013 11:34 AM

                                                                    Glad I read through befor eposting my clever idea of throwing Marcella Hazan into the ring.

                                                                    I love this idea!

                                                                    ESSENTIALS OF CLASSIC ITALIAN COOKING

                                                                    1. re: Westminstress
                                                                      delys77 Oct 8, 2013 01:47 PM

                                                                      I don't own it as yet but I have heard good things and could definitely get behind ESSENTIALS OF CLASSIC ITALIAN COOKING. As I understand it the book is quite the compendium, which after the relatively sparse options I found doable in Smoke and Pickles, I think that would be welcome for many of us.

                                                                      That said, I could also get behind GRAN COCINA LATINA.

                                                                      1. re: Westminstress
                                                                        greeneggsnham Oct 8, 2013 03:47 PM

                                                                        I think ESSENTIALS OF CLASSIC ITALIAN COOKING is a great idea! I don't have the book, but it seems like that is something that should be remedied.

                                                                        Let's do a revisit!

                                                                        1. re: greeneggsnham
                                                                          greedygirl Oct 9, 2013 05:30 AM

                                                                          Great idea - especially as I wasn't around for the first one. ESSENTIALS OF CLASSIC ITALIAN COOKING gets my second nomination.

                                                                          I'd love to do Eat by Nigel Slater at some point too. I've made three recipes in a week from this gem.

                                                                          1. re: greedygirl
                                                                            LulusMom Oct 9, 2013 05:35 AM

                                                                            Should I be looking for the recipes/reports on the Nigel Slater thread?

                                                                            1. re: LulusMom
                                                                              greedygirl Oct 9, 2013 05:36 AM

                                                                              When I get round to it!

                                                                              1. re: LulusMom
                                                                                Gio Oct 9, 2013 05:40 AM

                                                                                LLM, The Guardian has published a whole bunch of recipes from Eat in 4 separate installments. Maybe upwards of 20? Find them here:

                                                                                1. re: Gio
                                                                                  lilham Oct 9, 2013 06:42 AM

                                                                                  I've made the green minestrone and the lemon and tarragon burgers from either the guardian's preview or the amazon look inside. Both are very good and very fast.

                                                                                  Edit: I made the lemon and tarragon chicken burgers from minced chicken, instead of the thigh/breast called fro the in the recipe. So it's simply toss everything in bowl and fry.

                                                                                  1. re: Gio
                                                                                    JoanN Oct 9, 2013 06:57 AM

                                                                                    Uh-oh. Just took a look at that link. I think my Slater collection is about to get a new addition.

                                                                                    1. re: JoanN
                                                                                      JoanN Oct 27, 2013 06:19 AM

                                                                                      My copy of "Eat" arrived yesterday and although I've barely had a chance to flip through it, it looks to be a must-have for those looking to get weekday meals on the table in little time with minimal fuss. I don't have any of the "Real Fast" books or the "30 Minute" one, so don't know how this differs or to what extent it might repeat. And a caveat for those for whom it might be of concern: here, too, some of the recipes serve three or four, but most serve only two.

                                                                                      1. re: JoanN
                                                                                        greedygirl Oct 27, 2013 06:29 AM

                                                                                        I really love this book, and have cooked about half a dozen recipes already. As you say, great for weekday meals, and I like the fact that most recipes only serve two.

                                                                                    2. re: Gio
                                                                                      LulusMom Oct 9, 2013 07:20 AM

                                                                                      Thanks so much Gio. I guess I was more looking to see what particularly gg had made, etc. And gg, I can wait - totally understand.

                                                                                      1. re: LulusMom
                                                                                        greedygirl Oct 9, 2013 08:14 AM

                                                                                        I made a wasabi-miso steak recipe with greens (cabbage), Nigel's quick version of chicken pho and chicken with porcini mushrooms and marsala (madeira). I will do proper reports later this week, but all were very well received by Mr GG. And pretty easy!

                                                                              2. re: Westminstress
                                                                                stockholm28 Oct 8, 2013 05:43 PM

                                                                                ESSENTIALS OF CLASSIC ITALIAN COOKING would be great! I wasn't around back in 2006 and I own the book.

                                                                                1. re: stockholm28
                                                                                  ChefJune Oct 11, 2013 12:50 PM

                                                                                  ESSENTIALS OF CLASSIC ITALIAN COOKING.

                                                                                  I have the 2 originals. and would love to join in for this excursion. November is a great time for Marcella. :)

                                                                                  For those of you who might not be aware, October 26 is the date for a Marcella Memorial Dinner. Friends of the Hazan Family have proposed it. In case folks here want to "participate."

                                                                                  1. re: ChefJune
                                                                                    Gio Oct 11, 2013 02:21 PM

                                                                                    Is there going to be a menu online? I haven't been able to find anything. TIA

                                                                                2. re: Westminstress
                                                                                  Berheenia Oct 9, 2013 05:00 AM

                                                                                  Let me on this bandwagon! ESSENTIALS OF CLASSIC ITALIAN COOKING.

                                                                                  1. re: Berheenia
                                                                                    LulusMom Oct 9, 2013 05:07 AM

                                                                                    For those not wanting to add to their bookshelves, I've just looked on amazon and this book is available for kindle at $19.95.

                                                                                    1. re: LulusMom
                                                                                      Gio Oct 9, 2013 05:43 AM

                                                                                      I have her "Marcella's Italian Kitchen". If there's a groundswell and it wins, I simply cook from that. I'm not as big a fan as many here, although I have cooked a few from that book.

                                                                                      1. re: Gio
                                                                                        The Dairy Queen Oct 9, 2013 06:24 AM

                                                                                        I have that book, too, and would love company cooking from it.


                                                                                        1. re: Gio
                                                                                          JoanN Oct 9, 2013 06:53 AM

                                                                                          There are a few people who hang out around these parts who think "Italian Kitchen" the best of all her books. Although there is an adjunct thread for that title, it's more general discussion than reviews of recipes. If we do revisit Hazan, I'd love to see both "Essentials" and "Italian Kitchen" combined. I have both, but tend to reach for "Essentials" just from force of habit. I'd be happy to have an excuse to change that habit.

                                                                                          1. re: JoanN
                                                                                            The Dairy Queen Oct 9, 2013 06:59 AM

                                                                                            I love that idea.

                                                                                            ETA: I've heard that more than once about Italian Kitchen, around these parts, and not only from you!


                                                                                            1. re: JoanN
                                                                                              greedygirl Oct 9, 2013 08:15 AM

                                                                                              I have Marcella Cucina but haven't used it much. Would like to explore it more!

                                                                                              1. re: greedygirl
                                                                                                buttertart Oct 12, 2013 05:37 PM

                                                                                                Marcella Cucina is a different and much later book, it's "Marcella's Italian Kitchen" that I'm mad for. Came out in the late '80s. According to Amarcord it was her fave as well. (I had the chance to tell her face to face how much i loved it at a NY Fancy Food Show booksigning ca. 1992 -- she said "Thank you, dahling, that gives me courage to write a new book" -- in that killer accent.)

                                                                                              2. re: JoanN
                                                                                                biondanonima Oct 9, 2013 09:30 AM

                                                                                                I don't own any of Marcella Hazan's cookbooks but I'd be interested in trying one out - I'll support ESSENTIALS, ITALIAN KITCHEN and/or MARCELLA HAZAN MONTH, if that isn't too broad a category.

                                                                                                1. re: JoanN
                                                                                                  buttertart Oct 12, 2013 05:32 PM

                                                                                                  Classics I and II and Kitchen. Kitchen is the best, it's MY favourite (as in "Who is the best Italian painter, gels? Giotto, of course. He is MY favourite." Miss Jean Brodie).

                                                                                                2. re: Gio
                                                                                                  Gio Oct 9, 2013 10:44 AM

                                                                                                  I meant to say, "a groundswell for Marcella month."

                                                                                              3. re: Berheenia
                                                                                                Berheenia Oct 10, 2013 10:51 AM

                                                                                                I would prefer a MARCELLA HAZAN MONTH.

                                                                                              4. re: Westminstress
                                                                                                lesliej Oct 9, 2013 06:44 AM

                                                                                                Out of curiosity, is Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking a compilation of recipes from both The Classic Italian Cookbook (which I have) and More Classic Italian? I thought it was, but when I did some digging I read that "Essentials" revised many of the recipes in those two books. Regardless, I'd love to do more cooking from my "Classics" but would also be willing to search out "Essentials".

                                                                                                1. re: lesliej
                                                                                                  The Dairy Queen Oct 9, 2013 07:31 AM

                                                                                                  I've always been confused by that, but I think the answer is yes. Hopefully someone who knows for certain will chime in.


                                                                                                2. re: Westminstress
                                                                                                  pagesinthesun Oct 11, 2013 01:01 PM

                                                                                                  I'm waiting for my ESSENTIALS OF CLASSIC ITALIAN COOKING to arrive. I had been contemplating buying it and the passing of Marcella Hazan inspired me to order it.

                                                                                                  My new kitchen is 90% intact, so I'm ready to jump into COTM!

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                                                                                                  MelMM Oct 8, 2013 09:18 AM

                                                                                                  GRAN COCINA LATINA

                                                                                                  1. jpr54_1 Oct 8, 2013 10:20 AM

                                                                                                    A GIRL AND HER PIG
                                                                                                    GRAN COCINA LATINA
                                                                                                    THAI COOKING

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                                                                                                    1. re: jpr54_1
                                                                                                      dkennedy Oct 8, 2013 10:21 AM

                                                                                                      Some very interesting ideas are being mentioned.

                                                                                                      1. re: jpr54_1
                                                                                                        dkennedy Oct 8, 2013 12:10 PM

                                                                                                        I could get behind A GIRL AND HER PIG

                                                                                                        1. re: jpr54_1
                                                                                                          BigSal Oct 8, 2013 05:27 PM

                                                                                                          @jpr54_1 Is Thai Cooking a specific book you are nominating or are you nominating a Thai cooking month? If it's a book please indicate author to help me find it on Amazon. Thank you.

                                                                                                          1. re: BigSal
                                                                                                            jpr54_1 Oct 9, 2013 11:29 AM

                                                                                                            THE THOMPSON BOOK

                                                                                                          2. re: jpr54_1
                                                                                                            emily Oct 9, 2013 08:15 AM

                                                                                                            A GIRL AND HER PIG

                                                                                                          3. r
                                                                                                            rasputina Oct 8, 2013 10:28 AM

                                                                                                            THE NEW MIDWESTERN TABLE: 200 HEARTLAND RECIPES by Amy Thielan

                                                                                                            It just came out last month, she has a cooking show on Food Network so even people without the book can cook along with the recipes posted online.

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                                                                                                            1. re: rasputina
                                                                                                              The Dairy Queen Oct 8, 2013 10:49 AM

                                                                                                              I love her and I love her show (so bummed I missed the first episode) but both the show and the book are new. and I worry that there might not be enough recipes online.. There have been four episodes (I think) so far, which has yielded only 15 recipes. .http://www.foodnetwork.com/heartland-...

                                                                                                              One thing I was wishing about the show is that they'd air the episodes in the appropriate season. For instance, rhubarb is most certainly out of season here in Minnesota, as are tomatoes and blueberries. How can a cooking show about the Midwest ignore the seasons?

                                                                                                              Still, I'd be willing to purchase this book just to cook from it. Says the poster from Minnesota.


                                                                                                              1. re: The Dairy Queen
                                                                                                                limoen Oct 9, 2013 11:05 AM

                                                                                                                I'm not even from the US and this cookbook really appeals to me! Possibly because I have a very dear friend from Ohio

                                                                                                              2. re: rasputina
                                                                                                                The Dairy Queen Oct 10, 2013 08:57 AM

                                                                                                                I wish this book were indexed on EYB. Have you made anything from it or from the Food Network site so far? What recipes do you have marked to try?

                                                                                                                A decent chunk of the book is available on Amazon preview. Very appealing!


                                                                                                                1. re: The Dairy Queen
                                                                                                                  rasputina Oct 10, 2013 01:07 PM

                                                                                                                  I've only had the book about a week or so and I haven't cooked from it yet. I don't think fried ring baloney counts lol. I haven't cooked much myself in the last week. I do have a want to try list though

                                                                                                                  homemade Braunschweiger
                                                                                                                  cracker crust pizza ( haven't tried this type of pizza at home yet)
                                                                                                                  fried onion dip, I've made homemade before and I'd like to try hers
                                                                                                                  7 layer Russian salad never eaten it
                                                                                                                  herb soda, what a great idea
                                                                                                                  black maple glazed pork belly
                                                                                                                  wild boar sloppy joes, I have a ton of wild boar in my freezer
                                                                                                                  Nebraskan runzas, never eaten them but my paternal grandparents are from Nebraska so I want to try these
                                                                                                                  new potatoes with grilled onion butter, looked so good
                                                                                                                  rhubarb baked in raspberry syrup
                                                                                                                  peanut maple fudge bars
                                                                                                                  peanut butter granola
                                                                                                                  Icelandic pancakes

                                                                                                                  1. re: rasputina
                                                                                                                    The Dairy Queen Oct 10, 2013 01:13 PM

                                                                                                                    From just flipping through the Amazon "search inside" the Braunschweiger and cracker crust pizza were the two things that jumped out at me right away. DIdn't get as far as the runzas but would be curious about those, too.

                                                                                                                    She did the rhubarb on one of the episodes I watched and it looked great, but we are a good 6-8 months away from fresh rhubarb where I live in MN.

                                                                                                                    If this book isn't chosen for COTM and you wanted to set up a "cooking from" thread for this book, I might even go buy a copy of the book to join you.


                                                                                                                    1. re: The Dairy Queen
                                                                                                                      rasputina Oct 10, 2013 02:13 PM

                                                                                                                      Sounds like a great idea.

                                                                                                                      1. re: rasputina
                                                                                                                        The Dairy Queen Oct 11, 2013 06:49 AM

                                                                                                                        My copy is on its way.


                                                                                                                        1. re: The Dairy Queen
                                                                                                                          rasputina Oct 11, 2013 03:16 PM

                                                                                                                          Wonderful, I can't wait to discuss this book.

                                                                                                                          1. re: rasputina
                                                                                                                            The Dairy Queen Oct 12, 2013 01:05 PM

                                                                                                                            Oh no! She's only signed on for six episodes. She's also a James Beard award winner for a series of essays that appeared in the Star Tribune. http://www.startribune.com/lifestyle/...


                                                                                                                2. re: rasputina
                                                                                                                  The Dairy Queen Oct 16, 2013 07:15 PM

                                                                                                                  More http://www.twincities.com/localnews/c...

                                                                                                                  My copy of the book got delayed but should be on its way now!


                                                                                                                  1. re: rasputina
                                                                                                                    The Dairy Queen Oct 22, 2013 08:42 AM

                                                                                                                    My copy arrived! I didn't even crack the cover, but it seems thick, to me, for a 200 recipe book. Can't wait to have a look at it. Thick paper? Lots of photos? Detailed instructions? Lots of stories? Misguided sense of how thick a 200-recipe book really should be?


                                                                                                                    1. re: rasputina
                                                                                                                      The Dairy Queen Oct 22, 2013 07:06 PM

                                                                                                                      OK, I've gone through my copy. I'm SO in love with this cookbook. I want to try everything. My first pass list is here. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9186...

                                                                                                                      Thank you, rasputina, for giving me the nudge to look at this book sooner rather than later. It really is a gem.


                                                                                                                    2. emily Oct 8, 2013 11:31 AM

                                                                                                                      Lots of great suggestions on this thread...

                                                                                                                      1. Njchicaa Oct 8, 2013 12:08 PM

                                                                                                                        CARMINE'S COOKBOOK

                                                                                                                        1. L.Nightshade Oct 8, 2013 09:43 PM

                                                                                                                          Although I hesitate to nominate anything, as my performance has been so paltry lately, I am going to put in a couple of emotional and heart-motivated nominations. One for anything by MARCELLA HAZEN, whether it's a revisit or not.
                                                                                                                          And another for FOOD OF MOROCCO, firstly because I think it's a book worth cooking from, and secondly because I'm so wildly impressed with Paula Wolfert's bravery for coming forward with her diagnosis of Alzheimer's.

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                                                                                                                          1. re: L.Nightshade
                                                                                                                            rasputina Oct 9, 2013 05:59 AM

                                                                                                                            I'll go for Food of Morocco. I have the cookbook already and need an excuse to delve into it. For some reason I tend to cook from her other cookbooks I have instead of that one. I hadn't heard about her dx.

                                                                                                                            1. re: rasputina
                                                                                                                              BigSal Oct 9, 2013 10:45 AM

                                                                                                                              @rasputina, Please confirm you are nominating Food of Morocco. Thank you. I don't want any votes to be missed.

                                                                                                                              1. re: BigSal
                                                                                                                                rasputina Oct 10, 2013 05:17 AM

                                                                                                                                I'm not nominating it, I already nominated the cookbook I'm most interested in.

                                                                                                                            2. re: L.Nightshade
                                                                                                                              herby Oct 9, 2013 06:11 AM

                                                                                                                              I second both:

                                                                                                                              MARCELLA HAZAN MONTH or FOOD OF MOROCCO

                                                                                                                            3. l
                                                                                                                              lesliej Oct 9, 2013 10:56 AM

                                                                                                                              MARCELLA HAZAN MONTH

                                                                                                                              1. jpr54_1 Oct 9, 2013 11:13 AM

                                                                                                                                MARCELLA HAZAN MONTH
                                                                                                                                is an excellent idea

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                                                                                                                                1. re: jpr54_1
                                                                                                                                  jpr54_1 Oct 9, 2013 11:39 AM

                                                                                                                                  cancel one of my posts recommending Marcella Hazan month

                                                                                                                                2. alliegator Oct 12, 2013 07:53 AM

                                                                                                                                  MARCELLA HAZAN MONTH and MIGHTY SPICE EXPRESS

                                                                                                                                  1. buttertart Oct 12, 2013 05:38 PM

                                                                                                                                    MARCELLA HAZAN MONTH and yes I will participate and not just throw in my oar on it. Promise.

                                                                                                                                    1. BigSal Oct 13, 2013 06:03 PM

                                                                                                                                      This a reminder that the nomination thread closes tomorrow at 7 pm Central Time.

                                                                                                                                      1. BigSal Oct 14, 2013 05:04 PM

                                                                                                                                        Nominations are now closed. Please join us in the voting thread. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/920400

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