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Nominations for May 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 May 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 Tuesday April 15th.

I'm sure we will see the return of many great nominees from past nominations, as well as the usual round of newcomers. Looking forward to an active thread.

Cheers all!

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    1. re: Becca Porter

      Way too new for COTM. Plus, it wasn't too long ago we did her first book.

    2. MY PARIS KITCHEN by David Lebovitz
      Yes, I know it is brand new but I also know I'm going to end up buying it (no matter how hard I try to resist), so I might as well just get the book and enjoy it. I love his blog, I loved The Sweet Life in Paris, I'm just giving in.

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      1. re: stockholm28

        I am also really excited about My Paris Kitchen (and The Cheesemonger's Seasons), both are too new to stand a chance as a COTM contender. I would happily vote for either if I could get more on board this early on.

        1. re: dkennedy

          I had not heard about the Cheesemonger's Seasons. Thank you for mentioning it! It looks great. We made the fontina and mushroom pizza from his other book Monday night and it was outstanding. It would be nice to have them as a pair for COTM once they've been out a bit longer.

          1. re: TxnInMtl

            I would love to see both of Chester's books become COTM in the future. I am waiting for it to finish being indexed on EYB before buying but it will be on my shelf by mother's day at the latest.

        2. re: stockholm28

          I'm awaiting arrival of my copy of My Paris Kitchen which I pre-ordered last October! This book might be an option for me. Thanks Stockholm.

        3. I'm going to throw out THE NEW PERSIAN KITCHEN. It's been out for a while, it won the Piglet... a lot of us have it, I think, but haven't cooked from it. I'd like to get motivated to explore this book.

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          1. re: MelMM

            I could go for THE NEW PERSIAN KITCHEN

            1. re: MelMM

              May is going to be another month when I won't have as much cooking time (lots of travel planned for LulusDad), but I did happen to find a library copy that should be coming my way later this month and I'd love to have motivation to do more than just look at it. I'll third THE NEW PERSIAN KITCHEN.

              1. re: MelMM

                I love this idea. THE NEW PERSIAN KITCHEN.

                1. re: MelMM

                  My library system has it, and what little Persian food we've cooked we've liked, so THE NEW PERSIAN KITCHEN.

                  1. re: MelMM

                    I know very little about Iranian cuisine and I have been toying with the idea of buying Najmieh Batmanglij' book, A Taste of Persia. I hear it is a classic. For those of you who have both, can you let the rest of us know how it compares with The New Persian Kitchen. Having just returned Balaboosta to the library (not Iranian, obviously, but a lot of overlap in their spice palate) I am not sure this is the right month for me for any of these books, but I'll play along.

                    1. re: dkennedy

                      I have the Batmanglij book, "New Food of Life". It is an excellent book, definitely worth owning. It's all traditional Persian food. Another I like, perhaps even more, is Nesta Rmazani's "Persian Cooking: A Table of Exotic Delights". The latter, however, is a paperback with no pictures. I've cooked from both books with great success. They both have pretty much the same repertoire of recipes, so I usually look at both books, compare the recipes, then choose the one that sounds best to me or make a hybrid. I guess if you were only going to have one book, The New Food of Life would be the one to choose, since it's good to have some pictures when starting to cook an unfamiliar cuisine.

                      The New Persian Kitchen is a different animal. It presents a more modern, global, version of Persian cooking. Plus more creative recipes using American ingredients. I haven't cooked from it yet, but it's one of those books where I want to make almost everything in it. If you want a bible of traditional Persian cuisine, this is not your book. But if you want creative, fresh, fun recipes with a Persian flair, this looks to be quite a nice book.

                        1. re: MelMM

                          Indeed, very helpful.

                          I think I could get behind NEW PERSIAN KITCHEN. Has anyone actually cooked from it? I read some of the Piglet reviews which made the book sound great, but didn't know if any of us had actually cooked from it. I've never even seen it, but it's cheap enough on amazon ($14.12), I would be willing to buy it for COTM.

                          1. re: greeneggsnham

                            The one recipe I've made from it, Turmeric Chicken with Sumac and Lime, which was posted on Serious Eats, is one of my favorites. http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/20...

                            I'm moving house in May so I'm out, but I think New Persian Kitchen sounds like a very interesting choice.

                          2. re: MelMM

                            I have the food of life too. Since that is not being nominated THE NEW PERSIAN KITCHEN will have to be my second choice. Hopefully there are some online recipes

                      1. THE NEW PERSIAN KITCHEN

                        1. It may be too soon for another Asian book but I'll still nominate JAPANESE SOUL COOKING to see if there is any interest.

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                          1. re: delys77

                            Mind reader! I have the book and we're making the Tomato Salada on page 80 tonight. A simple start, as usual these days. I have to think about nominating it though because I'm not so certain it should be a COTM now either. Then there's still Hakka to think about.

                            1. re: Gio

                              Oh that's true I had forgotten about Hakka, if there is interest I could get behind that as well.

                                  1. re: emily

                                    Emily, if that's your nomination it has to be in CAPS.

                                1. re: Gio

                                  either would appeal, but especially HAKKA.