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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:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/924335

The nomination thread:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9234...

A general explanation of Cookbook of the Month, and a list of past books:
http://www.chow.com/cookbook_of_the_m...

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...

Straight Up Roast Beef http://www.cookstr.com/recipes/straig...

Steakhouse-Style Sear-Roasted Strip Steak http://www.cookstr.com/recipes/steakh...

Oven Roasted Hamburgers http://www.amateurgourmet.com/2011/10...

Tri-Tip Roast http://www.kitchendaily.com/recipe/pe...

Basic Roast Chicken http://mollystevenscooks.com/recipes-...

Roasted Chicken Pieces with Apricots, Olives, and Orange http://www.sweetpotatoandbacon.com/20...
Sunday Supper Roast Chicken with Bacon and Root Vegetables http://www.projectfoodie.com/cookbook...

Crispy butterflied roast chicken http://www.cookstr.com/recipes/crispy...

Ginger Roast Chicken and Elbow Macaroni with Tomatoes and Pan Sauce
http://www.splendidtable.org/recipes/...

Tandoori-style roasted chicken legs http://www.cookstr.com/recipes/tandoo...

Basic Sear-Roasted Pork Tenderloin http://www.amy-tobin.com/recipes/basi...

Oven-Roasted Porchetta http://www.projectfoodie.com/cookbook...

Roasted Whole Fresh Ham http://www.sweetpotatoandbacon.com/20...

Cuban-Style Slow Roasted Pork Picnic Shoulder http://www.cookstr.com/recipes/cuban-...

Whole roast duck with hoisin sauce (aka lazy person's Peking duck) http://www.cookstr.com/recipes/whole-...

Slow- Roasted Duck Breast http://projects.washingtonpost.com/re...

Basic Roasted Sausages http://www.culinate.com/books/collect...

Basic Roasted Rack of Lamb http://www.cookstr.com/recipes/basic-...

Roasted Rack of Lamb with Spiced Honey Glaze http://penandfork.com/book-product-re...

Mechoui Roast Lamb http://www.tastingtable.com/entry_det...

Slow-Roasted Goat Leg with Harissa, Tomatoes and Onions http://www.cookstr.com/recipes/slow-r...

Basic whole roasted rainbow trout http://www.cookstr.com/recipes/basic-...

Butter-Roasted Cabbage Strips with Caraway and Mustard Seeds http://www.sweetpotatoandbacon.com/20...
Maple-Roasted Butternut Squash and Apples http://www.amateurgourmet.com/2011/11...

Roasted Lemon Chutney http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives/...

Roasted Parsnips with Bacon and Rosemary http://app.stonebarnscenter.org/molly...

Maple-Roasted Apples with Candied Nuts http://kathdedon.wordpress.com/2012/0...

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Capers and Lemony Browned Butter http://blog.seattletimes.nwsource.com...

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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

              1. 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.

                ~TDQ

                1. Thanks, BigSal! I just put a hold on the book at the library, and I have to say I'm pretty excited about this one. A lot of these recipes seem very appealing and roasting is a great cooking method for December.

                  1. 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....

                    1. 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.

                      1. Thanks for the links. I might try the lemon chutney and the Brussels sprouts.

                          1. I won't have a ton of time to cook, but I have to say, this sounds like the perfect book for this time of year. Hoping to pick up my copy at the library this afternoon for a good read tomorrow morning.

                            1. I got my library copy yesterday and leafed through to mark recipes I'd like to try. I have to say, perfect weather for this book!

                              1. I coincidentally received an email from craftsy.com over the weekend offering Molly Stevens video tutorial about roasting following our COTM book.

                                http://www.craftsy.com/class/roasting...

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                                  1. Thanks for all of the links to recipes, BigSal! I don't have the book but will cook along with two of the above recipes tonight.

                                    1. Just picked up the book at the library yesterday! I have to go out of town for a few days so I won't get to cooking from it right away, though.