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Mar 13, 2014 08:30 PM

Vote for the April 2014 Cookbook of the Month

Well it was a busy week of nominations. All tolled we had a total of 13 nominees and some 38 total nominations. In the end we had 3 nominees, one which was the front runner, and the next two which garnered an equal number of nominations.

Making a return appearance for yet another round we have The Hakka Cookbook: Chinese Soul Food from Around the World by Linda Anusasananan. As per our friends at Amazon, Ms. Anusasananan's work likens:
"...Hakka cooking to a nomadic type of "soul food," or a hearty cooking tradition that responds to a shared history of hardship and oppression. Earthy, honest, and robust, it reflects the diversity of the estimated 75 million Hakka living in China and greater Asia, and in scattered communities around the world—yet still retains a core flavor and technique. Anusasananan’s deep personal connection to the tradition, together with her extensive experience testing and developing recipes, make this book both an intimate journey of discovery and an exciting introduction to a vibrant cuisine."

Our next nominee also deals with an Asian cuisine, leading the pack in nominations was Pok Pok: Food and Stories from the Streets, Homes, and Roadside Restaurants of Thailand by Andy Ricker. The author:
"...tackles head-on the myths that keep people from making Thai food at home: that it's too spicy for the American palate or too difficult to source ingredients. Fifty knockout recipes for simple and delicious Thai dishes range from Grilled Pork Collar with Spicy Dipping Sauce and Iced Greens to Andy's now-famous Vietnamese Fish Sauce Wings. Including a primer in Thai techniques and flavor profiles, with tips for modifying local produce to mimic Thai flavors, Pok Pok makes authentic Thai food accessible to any home cook."

Our third nominee is Isabel's Cantina: Bold Latin Flavours from the New California Kitchen by Isabel Cruz. Another popular restauranteur, Ms. Cruz:
"...shares the deceptively simple recipes that make her five West Coast restaurants so popular, as well as many of her own personal favorites. By relying on the boldly flavored ingredients common to both Latin and Asian cuisines—like mangoes, limes, chiles, mint, ginger, coconut, and cilantro—Isabel’s healthful dishes are never bland. Blending fresh flavors with an eye for health, Isabel’s signature Latin food with Asian accents is not only good for you but—most important—it’s delicious."

To view the nomination thread please click here:

In order to vote please click the recommend box under the relevant selections below. Once again, one vote per hound please.

Voting will close at 8 pm pacific time on Thursday the 20th of March.

Happy voting all

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          1. re: magiesmom

            Magiesmom, if you're wanting to vote for Isabel's Cantina (or any of the books), you'll want to click recommend on the post that says "Vote here for [book you're voting for]" for your vote to be tallied.

        1. My, my, interesting choices this month. I think I know which one is going to make it as the front runner, but my vote is going to Isabel's Cantina. I took Hakka out of the library in anticipation of last months vote, and decided it is not for me. Pok Pok looks fascinating, but I know it is one I will rarely cook out of, so I probably will sit by the sidelines this month, assuming it wins. It does look like a great read...I just don't think I want to add it to my collection. But that could change.....

          1. I'm going to have to think about this.

            I really want to try some dishes from Pok Pok (especially now that I have a large supply of Thai soy sauces). On the other hand, I own Isabel's, have liked the dishes, and it is definitely Weight Watchers friendly.

            I hope the runners up get nominated in a future month.