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.” http://tinyurl.com/lokdmxw
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 http://www.amateurgourmet.com/2011/11/slow-roasted-herbed-turkey-breast.html#more-6553
Straight Up Roast Beef http://www.cookstr.com/recipes/straight-up-roast-beef
Steakhouse-Style Sear-Roasted Strip Steak http://www.cookstr.com/recipes/steakhouse-style-sear-roasted-strip-steak
Oven Roasted Hamburgers http://www.amateurgourmet.com/2011/10/oven-roasted-hamburgers.html#more-6203
Basic Roast Chicken http://mollystevenscooks.com/recipes-page/basic-roast-chicken/
Roasted Chicken Pieces with Apricots, Olives, and Orange http://www.sweetpotatoandbacon.com/2013/01/cook-the-book-molly-stevens-roasted-chicken-pieces-with-apricots-olives-and-orange/
Sunday Supper Roast Chicken with Bacon and Root Vegetables http://www.projectfoodie.com/cookbook-recipes/recipe/sunday-supper-roast-chicken-with-bacon-and-root-vegetables.html
Crispy butterflied roast chicken http://www.cookstr.com/recipes/crispy-butterflied-roast-chicken
Ginger Roast Chicken and Elbow Macaroni with Tomatoes and Pan Sauce
Tandoori-style roasted chicken legs http://www.cookstr.com/recipes/tandoori-style-roasted-chicken-legs
Basic Sear-Roasted Pork Tenderloin http://www.amy-tobin.com/recipes/basic-sear-roasted-pork-tenderloin-and-all-about-roasting-with-molly-stevens/
Oven-Roasted Porchetta http://www.projectfoodie.com/cookbook-recipes/recipe/oven-roasted-porchetta.html
Roasted Whole Fresh Ham http://www.sweetpotatoandbacon.com/2013/01/cook-the-book-molly-stevens-roasted-whole-fresh-ham/
Cuban-Style Slow Roasted Pork Picnic Shoulder http://www.cookstr.com/recipes/cuban-style-marinated-slow-roasted-pork-picnic-shoulder
Whole roast duck with hoisin sauce (aka lazy person's Peking duck) http://www.cookstr.com/recipes/whole-roast-duck-with-hoisin-sauce
Slow- Roasted Duck Breast http://projects.washingtonpost.com/recipes/2011/12/14/slow-roasted-duck-breast/
Basic Roasted Rack of Lamb http://www.cookstr.com/recipes/basic-roasted-rack-of-lamb
Roasted Rack of Lamb with Spiced Honey Glaze http://penandfork.com/book-product-reviews/review-all-about-roasting-by-molly-stevens/
Slow-Roasted Goat Leg with Harissa, Tomatoes and Onions http://www.cookstr.com/recipes/slow-roasted-goat-leg-with-harissa-tomatoes-and-onions
Basic whole roasted rainbow trout http://www.cookstr.com/recipes/basic-whole-roasted-rainbow-trout
Butter-Roasted Cabbage Strips with Caraway and Mustard Seeds http://www.sweetpotatoandbacon.com/2013/01/cook-the-book-molly-stevens-butter-roasted-cabbage-strips-with-caraway-and-mustard-seeds/
Maple-Roasted Butternut Squash and Apples http://www.amateurgourmet.com/2011/11/maple-roasted-butternut-squash-and-apples.html#more-6542
Roasted Lemon Chutney http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives/roasted-lemon-chutney-recipe.html
Roasted Parsnips with Bacon and Rosemary http://app.stonebarnscenter.org/molly-stevens-parsnips/
Maple-Roasted Apples with Candied Nuts http://kathdedon.wordpress.com/2012/03/05/maple-roasted-apples-with-candied-nuts/
Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Capers and Lemony Browned Butter http://blog.seattletimes.nwsource.com...
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.
Woohoo! I'm very excited. I've already got a bunch of recipes flagged. Might even start early. I tried to flip through the two Hazans I own and, honestly, though I do not wish to speak ill of the dead and I know she has had a profound impact on the culinary culture of this country, her exacting, demanding tone is not one that motivates me in the kitchen, in fact, it's rather paralyzing. I need a little more gentle encourangement, or encouragement of any kind for that matter,in my life right now. I think I'll just put the Hazans away and dust off my Stevens. November's almost over anyway.
I didn't vote, but was secretly hoping this one would win because it was the book my library had. All the links you posted sound much better than I was expecting--so now I'm going to scurry to the library posthaste to pick up my hold! Perfect timing, too, as we've got a terrible cold snap looming.
Now if I can line my ducks up enough to actually participate is another story....
Thanks for listing the recipes, I'd been considering buying this for months but haven't been able to look inside.
I have to say I'm not really impressed with the ones I've looked at so far, which are all recipes I already have experience cooking. I'd never put a tri tip in the oven to roast without searing it first. The ingredients in the tandoori are just dumbed down basic with a limited flavor profile. Plus if you don't have a tandoor a closer way to mimic that dish is grilling the meat, not roasting it. The maple roasted butternut squash looks like it would be cloyingly sweet and lacks the savory balance of bacon or pancetta and roasted garlic which I love in the Ina Garten recipe.