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Vote for the March 2014 Cookbook of the Month!

Welcome to the voting thread for the March 2014 Cookbook of the Month. 19 different books received nominations this month. Making a return appearance to the voting round this month is THE HAKKA COOKBOOK by Linda Lau Anusasananan. This book is joined by Barbara Lynch’s STIR which is making its voting round debut. Which of these two very different books will garner the most votes?

Our first nominee is THE HAKKA COOKBOOK: CHINESE SOUL FOOD FROM AROUND THE WORLD by Linda Lau Anusasananan. “Even if you have other Chinese cookbooks, it’s worth getting to know Hakka cuisine, because it’s mostly home style cooking, ideal to try in your own kitchen. In the book Anusasananan traces her roots and shares stories from the people she meets on her journey into her past…There are classic recipes for Fried Pork Hash Wontons, Salt Baked Chicken…and lots of vegetable dishes including Braised Mountain Mushrooms, Pickled Carrots and Radishes and Stir Fried Lettuce and Garlic.

“According to Anusasananan, the Hakka are like the ‘Jews of China,’ nomads who migrated from North-Central China to the South… Their cuisine is the food of the working person, robust and sometimes fatty. They use a lot of salt-preserved ingredients such as preserved vegetables, cured meats and soy sauce. The food is related to Cantonese, but more rustic. Famous Hakka classic dishes include Steamed Pork Belly with Preserved Mustard Greens, Stuffed Tofu, and Salt-Baked Chicken.”http://cookingwithamy.blogspot.com/20...

The second nominee is STIR: MIXING IT UP IN THE ITALIAN TRADITION by Barbara Lynch. “…In Stir, I share my passion and my hard-earned knowledge. And of course, I give you my recipes, which the regulars in my restaurants have been clamoring for over the years. Some are almost embarrassingly easy, like Gorgonzola Fondue, Baked Cheese and Tomatoes, and Slow-Roasted Beef Tenderloin with Thyme. Others are a little more involved but oh-so-worth-it, like Chicken and Vegetable Soup with Caraway Gnocchi. There's plenty of weekday cooking, including Green Bean and Seared Shrimp Salad with Spicy Curry Sauce, which I eat all the time, and Lemony Breaded Chicken Cutlets, which my daughter Marchesa loves. Then there are my pastas, which are my very favorite things, such as Chicken Meatball Lasagnettes (a favorite of Julia Child's) and sauces that pair well with both fresh and dried pasta, such as my signature Bolognese (I share my secret ingredient).All of my recipes are written with the home cook in mind and so are full of the details that make a difference. I hope Stir will inspire you. Enjoy! Barbara Lynch” http://tinyurl.com/lsel4os

To view the nomination thread, please click here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/963192

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Voting will close on Wednesday, February 19 at 7 PM Central Time.

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  1. Vote here for THE HAKKA COOKBOOK: CHINESE SOUL FOOD FROM AROUND THE WORLD by Linda Lau Anusasananan

      1. Thanks, BigSal, for a great job with yet another messy nomination session. Such a hard choice this month! While I would like Hakka, I know that many of my fellow COTMers are ready for a departure from Asian. I have both books, and will be happy to cook from whichever wins. I'll have to think about this.

        1. Oh my! Both of my books made it out of nominations. What to do? [I can be bribed with pork belly. :-) ]

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          1. re: smtucker

            I make a mean Dong Bo Rou, so, now where do I send it?

            1. re: qianning

              You can send it to me for safe keeping (tee hee hee)!

          2. Thanks again, Big Sal.

            I had no idea what books would make it to the finals as the nominations were all over the map. I'm torn. My library has neither of these books and I've been trying to limit my purchases. I'm going to have to peruse the recipe list on EYB, but I see Amazon has some inexpensive used copies of Stir so I may default to that ... but I do so love Asian cuisines ...