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February 2014 Cookbook of the Month — ASIAN DUMPLINGS: Mastering Gyoza, Spring Rolls, Samosas, and More

It started as a close race, but ASIAN DUMPLINGS: Mastering Gyoza, Spring Rolls, Samosas, and More by Andrea Nguyen pulled away and was selected as February’s Cookbook of the Month.

On February 1st, I'll post individual threads for reporting your experiences from this book. I will also post a companion thread for those who wish to cook from Nguyen’s Asian Tofu to help prevent dumpling fatigue. In the meantime, you can use this announcement thread for general discussion about the book.

The voting thread that got us here:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/931366

The nomination thread is here:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/930519

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

An earlier Cooking from Asian Dumplings thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/855251

Andrea Nguyen’s Dumpling Tips and many more dumpling recipes that are not in the cookbook.
http://www.asiandumplingtips.com/dump...

Join in on the fun even if you don’t have the book! Here a few of the recipes available online.

Basic Dumpling Dough
http://www.acornadvisors.com/2013_Kne...

Char Siu Pork Bun Filling http://www.foodgal.com/2010/03/how-i-...

Baked Filled Buns http://www.foodgal.com/2010/03/how-i-...

Gyoza http://rasamalaysia.com/gyoza/2/

Gyoza in Smoky Chicken Soup http://webcache.googleusercontent.com...

Shanghai Soup Dumplings http://kitchenmusings.com/2009/09/10/...

Pork and Napa Cabbage Water Dumplings (Shuijiao)
http://www.acornadvisors.com/2013_Kne...

Spinach and Pork Wontons http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/sp...

Fried Wontons http://www.npr.org/templates/story/st...

Sweet and Sour Sauce http://www.npr.org/templates/story/st...

Tibetan Beef and Sichuan Peppercorn Dumplings ('Sha Momo') http://www.npr.org/templates/story/st...

Spicy Roasted Tomato Sauce http://www.npr.org/templates/story/st...

Fish and Chinese Chive Dumplings http://www.splendidtable.org/recipes/...

Beef, Sweet Potato, and Raisin Turnovers (Empanadas) http://www.fromargentinawithlove.type...

Siu Mai Open-Faced Dumplings (Shāomài) http://newasiancuisine.com/4237-steam...

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  1. We are still in need of a volunteer to assume the coordinator duties for the next six months.

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    1. re: BigSal

      Question for you all on this topic, does the coordinator typically participate each month in the cooking? I recognize that the coordinator will facilitate voting etc, but what about the actual cooking during each COTM.

      1. re: delys77

        Having taken a turn at it, I can tell you that it is no different for the coordinator than for any other CH. In other words, she or he cooks along or doesn't in any given month, as she or he desires/is able, with absolutely no obligation one way or another.

      2. re: BigSal

        Is there anyone willing to assume the coordinator duties for the next six months?

        1. re: BigSal

          If you don't get an answer I can do a month. Maybe some other former coordinators can also pitch in. But I do hope someone volunteers.

          1. re: BigSal

            I am so sorry BigSal, this is a really busy time for me and I don't think I can volunteer to step forward at this time. My situation might be different by March but I can't make the commitment until things slow down. Hopefully someone else will step forward. If not, I'll get back in touch with you once I know my situation.

            What happens if no one steps forward? Does COTM cease to exist?

            1. re: dkennedy

              Life can be hectic and better to volunteer when you have the time. delys77 has agreed to help March-May, so we have a little time.

              I'm not sure what would happen if no one else volunteers, it hasn't happened before.

            2. re: BigSal

              Hi Big Sal

              I have been toying with the idea of doing it as well, but February will be a tough month for me and I'm not sure of my holiday plans this summer. If anyone wants to tag team it I could do March, April, and May.

              1. re: delys77

                Thank you delys77!

                I can help out for one more month in February. So I'll post the nomination, voting, and announcement threads and you can begin with the official cookbook of the month thread on March 1st.

                Is anyone able to take on June, July and August?

                1. re: BigSal

                  Those are tough months for me with Lulu home from school. I could maybe do one of the months if we really can't find a volunteer by then.

                  Adding my thanks to delys.

                  1. re: LulusMom

                    Thanks LLM. I'm hoping we'll have another volunteer by then.

                  2. re: BigSal

                    Sounds like a good plan. I've never done it before but I am sure I can sort it out. Maybe when we get closer to the date you can give me some pointers since you have done such a great job of it.

                    1. re: delys77

                      I'd be glad to give you a quick overview, feel free to send me an email (in my profile). You'll be a great coordinator, your posts are always so eloquent.

                      1. re: BigSal

                        Thanks BigSal, you are too kind!

            3. What a great resource just this one link is!!! We travel a lot so I don't always have access to the book. This is terrific. Thanks.

              1. One word: Dang. But, we will survive.

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                  1. re: c oliver

                    It think it is in reference to Gio having voted for the other book...

                1. Finally, an excuse to gorge myself on dumplings. I'm looking forward to exploring this book!

                  1. Thank you for an amazing 6 months BigSal. And thanks for all the links and the promise of a Tofu companion thread.

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                    1. re: LulusMom

                      Thanks LLM. I have to say that I am looking forward to trying additional recipes from Asian Tofu, more so than dumplings, but my husband is firmly in the dumpling camp.

                      1. re: BigSal

                        I'm sure my husband and Lulu will be more firmly in the dumpling camp too. But then again, they're not the ones doing the cooking ; )

                        1. re: LulusMom

                          Now YOU have the right attitude! Bob and I have been eating a lot more tofu out but I've cooked perhaps ONE recipe from that book. Looking forward to lots of inspiration.