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Mar 7, 2014 11:00 AM

Nominations for April 2014 Cookbook of the Month (COTM)

Hello Chowhounds

I hope this post finds you all well in your respective corners of the globe!

We are now taking nominations for the April COTM. Please use this thread to discuss and nominate any cookbooks that you may be interested in cooking from throughout April. Please indicate your nomination by including the book title in CAPITAL LETTERS. Nominations will remain open till 8 pm pacific time (GMT -8) on Thursday March 13th.

Many of us are still in the grips of winter, but I am sure others will be turning the corner into better weather in April, it will be exciting to see what everyone feels like cooking. Will it be more comfort food or will we see the first suggestions of lighter fare from some?

Until then, happy nominating all!

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  1. I'm going to get the ball rolling with JAPANESE SOUL COOKING. I've just recently acquired it and there is lots of interesting stuff in there, plus there is a good deal of variety. I think it has been nominated before, but in case some people aren't familiar with it I would say it is meant to be Japanese home cooking with a comfort food angle.

    There are chapters on, Ramen, Gyoza, Curry, Tonkatsu (breaded cutlets), Japanese style croquettes, Kara - Age (deep fried proteins), Tempura, Okonomiyaki (savoury pancakes), Donburi (Rice bowls), Soba, Udon, Fried rice, and Yoshoku which is the Japanese take on some western style preparations.

    I've only made the Dashi and the Gyudon thus far but I was pleased with the results from both. Plus I'm taken with the style and tone of the book.

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    1. re: delys77

      I have this book! Must make time to actually read it rather than scan quickly.

      1. re: delys77

        I would like to nominate JAPANESE SOUL COOKING as well. We are moving into a new house next week; and can't wait to start cooking again. We have been living at my Mom's house for the last 5 months, so looking forward to having our own space and kitchen again.


      2. ISABEL'S CANTINA by Isabel Cruz

        Since so many of you expressed an interest as of late in this little known book I've decided to nominate it. Copies were available on Amazon for mere pennies but it looks as if a lot of you bought recently so the current price is looming at about $8.00. The book is not yet indexed on EYB.

        Here are some links so you can familiarize yourselves:

        There is also a fairly long discussion about this book on A Cookbook a Week Thread. Link to follow.

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        1. re: dkennedy


          So now that I ended up buying the book and have made a few things, it is a good weeknight book. I think I could easily cook a number of things from this book. Hopefully we won't have snow next month because there are some recipes for the grill I'd like to try.

          1. re: dkennedy

            Definitely game for ISABEL'S CANTINA. I'm making something from it tonight and one of the sauces (cilantro/cucumber/lime) was roundly cheered when made and tasted yesterday.

            1. re: dkennedy

              Isabel's Cantina is in my neck of the woods. I've eaten there many times and can honestly say it is one of the best breakfast spots in San Diego. When my nephew comes to visit I have to take him there at least once :-)

              I've also eaten at most of the other restaurants and they are solid. Barrio Star is very good for Mexican in a city consumed by taco shops on every other corner.

              The Bhudda Bowls, Power Breakfast Bowls, Dragon Potatoes, Blackberry Pancakes are all delicious and easy to make.

            2. POK POK
              I've been reading the thread that MelMM started, and now I want to cook something from this book. I just got notice that the copy I reserved at the library is in. YIPEE!

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              1. re: stockholm28

                Also inspired by MelMM's thread, and emboldened by a successful execution of the Kai Kaphrao Khai Dao (Stir-Fried Chicken With Hot Basil) tonight. I will try to get my hands on a copy of the book to see how many of the recipes look doable. But I am leaning towards also nominating this one. Just don't want to do it sight unseen.

                1. re: greeneggsnham

                  POK POK
                  Got the book. Totally inspired to cook from it.

                1. POK POK

                  I've been enjoying the thread and ordered the book. It's sitting in my kitchen tempting me.