COTM: Which one was your most successful?
Just curious if you have a favorite COTM?
One where almost every recipe you made came out successful?
Or maybe one that pleasantly surprised you?
Or really got your cooking juices flowing.......
Okay........ maybe your top 5 COTM then ;-)
I haven't participated in a ton but out of the ones I've done, "Mexican Everyday" by Rick Bayless was by far my favorite. I still use recipes from it, whereas I haven't really from other books.
re: c oliver
Ottolenghi just might not be for you, then. What have you tried that you didn't like and what was the one you thought was really good? I haven't tried any Ottolenghi recipe (from any of his books) that I didn't love except for the black pepper tofu from Plenty that was too peppery for me...
Oh ! forgot about Young! And AMFT! Still, they would have to be in my top ten, not my top five. Hmmm...actually, no, I might have to nudge Casas down below Young and AMFT. :( I loved reading CoF, but didn't cook a darn thing from it. Must revisit that, I think.
My list is heavily skewed towards books I cooked a lot from that I had success with. There are many worthy books I didn't cook as much from so those can't make the top 5, sadly.
NEW TOP FIVE:
Dunlop -- books I keep turning to again and again.
Ottolenghi--loved everything I tried. Really crave-worthy.
Vietnamese month--can't think of any losers. Lots of quick, light recipes, too.
Gourmet Today--so many winners and something for everyone.
Grace Young--Really taught me how to stir fry and I loved her stories.
AMFT (I didn't cook from this much, which is why it isn't in my top 5, but what I made, I loved.)
Casas (cooked a lot from this, loved it all, but, well, not every book could be in the top 5!)
ENYTC--opps, I just remembered Amanda Hesser! Similar to AMFT, I didn't cook much from it, but what I cooked I loved. I loved reading this book, too.
Also, Flexitarian Table (lots of crave-worthy recipes from this book).
Completely forgot to list mine!
Although most of them were years ago I find I constantly revisit these books:
Sunday Suppers at Lucques
Around my French Table
Oh and a surprise for me :
I found I loved 660 Curries.
Here are some of my favorites, which are not necessarily my favorite cookbooks, but my most memorable months (My first COTM was in February of 2010).
Grace Young- Breath of a Wok and Stir-Frying to the Sky's Edge- I learned so much this month and continue to use those skills today.
Italian Grill- maybe it was because it was the summer, but I had a lot of fun cooking from this book. I still make his chicken under a brick which was my first introduction to fennel pollen.
World of Food and the Cooking of SW France- this was a very quiet COTM, but I was cooking up a storm. I learned to make duck confit and cassoulet this month. It was also my first time cooking from Wolfert's cookbooks.
660 curries- although I have not made anything from the book since then, it forced me to go outside of my comfort zone.
Jerusalem- again, this book stretched me outside of my comfort zone. Discovering the falefel recipe alone (thanks Allegra_K) made this month very memorable.