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Nov 21, 2013 05:03 PM

Cookbook of the Month for December 2013: ALL ABOUT ROASTING: A NEW APPROACH TO A CLASSIC ART by Molly Stevens

It was a close race, but in the end ALL ABOUT ROASTING: A NEW APPROACH TO A CLASSIC ART by Molly Stevens will close out 2013’s Cookbook of the Month. Published in 2011, ALL ABOUT ROASTING “feature(s) the full range of dishes from beef, lamb, pork, and poultry to seafood and vegetables. Showstoppers include porchetta ingeniously made with a loin of pork, a roast goose with potato-sage stuffing, and a one-hour beef rib roast-dishes we've dreamed of making, and that Molly makes possible with her precise and encouraging instructions. Other recipes such as a Sunday supper roast chicken, herb-roasted shrimp, and blasted broccoli make this an indispensable book for home cooks and chefs.”

On December 1st, I'll post individual threads for reporting your experiences from this book, but until then you can use this announcement thread for general discussion about the books.

The voting thread that got us here:

The nomination thread:

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

Don’t have the book, but would like to cook along? Below you will find a number of recipes from the book.

Slow-Roasted Herbed Turkey Breast

Straight Up Roast Beef

Steakhouse-Style Sear-Roasted Strip Steak

Oven Roasted Hamburgers

Tri-Tip Roast

Basic Roast Chicken

Roasted Chicken Pieces with Apricots, Olives, and Orange
Sunday Supper Roast Chicken with Bacon and Root Vegetables

Crispy butterflied roast chicken

Ginger Roast Chicken and Elbow Macaroni with Tomatoes and Pan Sauce

Tandoori-style roasted chicken legs

Basic Sear-Roasted Pork Tenderloin

Oven-Roasted Porchetta

Roasted Whole Fresh Ham

Cuban-Style Slow Roasted Pork Picnic Shoulder

Whole roast duck with hoisin sauce (aka lazy person's Peking duck)

Slow- Roasted Duck Breast

Basic Roasted Sausages

Basic Roasted Rack of Lamb

Roasted Rack of Lamb with Spiced Honey Glaze

Mechoui Roast Lamb

Slow-Roasted Goat Leg with Harissa, Tomatoes and Onions

Basic whole roasted rainbow trout

Butter-Roasted Cabbage Strips with Caraway and Mustard Seeds
Maple-Roasted Butternut Squash and Apples

Roasted Lemon Chutney

Roasted Parsnips with Bacon and Rosemary

Maple-Roasted Apples with Candied Nuts

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Capers and Lemony Browned Butter

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  1. Wow, just wow. How did you do that so fast? Great job, as usual.

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      1. re: L.Nightshade

        Like the papers, since it was such a close race, I had two versions ready to go. :)

        1. re: BigSal

          Maybe we should use your other version for a separate thread? It seems like a lot of us were into the holiday gift aspect of that book.

          1. re: L.Nightshade

            Regardless of BigSal's contribution (which would be welcome, of course!), I was going to suggest on the voting thread that a "cooking from" thread might be in order. Perhaps an inclusive cooking from Helen Witty thread, as her other, similarly focused, books are also popular?

            1. re: Caitlin McGrath

              I'd be glad to post something. I have a number of recipes from the book (although many may be out of season.

      2. That's fantastic, Sal. Why did I even bother buying the book? Hah! Actually, reading the recipe titles on EYE helped me enormously to decide. The recipes sound perfect for Winter and the non-meatr/poultry recipes are right up my culinary alley.

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        1. re: Gio

          The first time I opened the book I saw that both the front and back covers were detached from the binding, but still hanging on. I don't think it's anyone's fault except the dumba$$ mail deliverer we have. He's the one who stands on our front walk and throws packages onto the porch. They land with a thud and a slide and sometimes a crash into the front door. This is not the first time this happened. I'm keeping the book though, just venting.

        2. So anxious to see what all of you make out of this book. It has been on my shelf for the longest time, and though I take it down again and again, it always ends up getting put back unused.

          1. Wow thanks for the links! This book sounded great to me but I can't buy any extras right now...cookbooks included. Now maybe I can participate this month!

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            1. re: juliejulez

              Hey - don't forget your library has books you can borrow for free -- cookbooks too!

            2. fantastic job Big Sal

              this cookbook is a definite keeper