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Nominations for May 2014 Cookbook of the Month (COTM)

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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.

                                  1. It's been a year since I last was able to participate in COTM as none of the selections since then have interested me. I've seen some interest in this one before, so I'll nominate:

                                    SMITTEN KITCHEN COOKBOOK

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                                    1. re: Njchicaa

                                      I'll also throw PATI'S MEXICAN TABLE into the ring as I am sure I will be wanting to cook lots of Mexican after our trip to Cozumel next week. I really love this cookbook.

                                      1. re: Njchicaa

                                        I get definitely get behind PATI'S MEXICAN TABLE. Made two simple dishes from it last weekend and WOW!

                                        1. re: Njchicaa

                                          My library has PATI'S MEXICAN TABLE so I could do that.

                                          1. re: Njchicaa

                                            I don't own it, but I have heard good things about it so I will jump on the PATI'S MEXICAN TABLE bandwagon. The others are just not calling out to me

                                            I just sent Smitten Kitchen back to the library. I mentioned it last nomination go round, no one seemed interested. But it would easy to cook out of. Lots of approachable recipes.

                                            1. re: Njchicaa

                                              I could get behind PATI'S MEXICAN TABLE, I cooked from it last weekend, it was good and approachable. Plus I have it still!

                                              1. re: Njchicaa

                                                Plus a bunch of her recipes are available on her website from her cooking show.

                                              1. THE BRISKET BOOK-STEPHANIE PIERSON

                                                JEWISH CUISINES IN AMERICA- JOAN NATHAN

                                                THE EXOTIC KITCHENS OF PERU:THE LAND OF THE INCA-COPELAND MARKS

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                                                1. re: jpr54_1

                                                  You have my full attention on the Peruvian book. What can you tell me about it?

                                                  1. re: jpr54_1

                                                    I have the brisket book. It is a great read but a month of brisket? I am not sure I could get behind that. Maybe paired with another book? Or a side thread?

                                                    1. re: jpr54_1

                                                      JPR, The Peruvian book looks interesting. Have you cooked anything from it?

                                                      1. re: Gio

                                                        yes 2 cerviche recipes and a chicken recipe
                                                        the book is older but interesting for me bcz I live in Broward County, Florida and there is a growing Peruvian population and restaurants

                                                        1. re: jpr54_1

                                                          Thanks. I'll check it out. I did look to see if it's in the Eat Your Books data base and it's not. In fact no one owns it so it's not indexed either. Unusual.

                                                          1. re: Gio

                                                            I found it in the EYB Library [twice], but not one person owns even one of the two versions. Seems almost impossible!

                                                            1. re: smtucker

                                                              [Crazy] Using the ISBN# this time I did find it - once! 12 people own this one but it's not indexed:

                                                              1. re: Gio

                                                                I found 2 copies by searching for "Peru + Exotic". On 37 bookshelves it seems. Not indexed. I think the threshold is 50 shelves...


                                                      1. re: sandylc

                                                        I'm curious to dig into that one, too.

                                                        MAKE THE BREAD, BUY THE BUTTER

                                                      2. Would there be any interest in My Bombay Kitchen? (not a nom, just feeler....)

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                                                        1. re: Allegra_K

                                                          I'm always interested in this book for COTM. It never seems to generate enough interest here though.

                                                          1. re: Allegra_K

                                                            Also interested and my library has the book! Just put a hold on it in case it is in the running. I want to look at it any way and Persian cuisine is something that I would like to explore.

                                                            1. re: Allegra_K

                                                              I really like this book! I had it from the library a while ago and I think I made every dessert in it, but I'd love to try some of the savoury recipes too.

                                                              1. re: pavlova

                                                                I made the cardamom cake for Christmas ... It was really good!

                                                                1. re: Westminstress

                                                                  Yes! And the cardamon creme caramel? Amazing!

                                                              2. re: Allegra_K

                                                                Yes! I've always wanted to do this book. MY BOMBAY KITCHEN.

                                                                1. re: Allegra_K

                                                                  Oh no, a surfeit of riches this month. over the limit on nominations for me, but I have & love My Bombay Kitchen. And think it would be a very good COTM, because 1) the recipes work 2) she gives lots of ideas for variations--don't like protein "x"? well here's how to make a similar dish with protein "y" or veggie "a", "b" or "c" and 3) the spicing is wonderful, somewhere between middle eastern/iranian and "indian". Really tasty interesting food.

                                                                  1. re: qianning

                                                                    Officially convinced. MY BOMBAY KITCHEN.

                                                                    1. re: qianning

                                                                      I've had this book sitting around for a few years, and I've heard many good things about it. I could definitely get into cooking from it.

                                                                      MY BOMBAY KITCHEN

                                                                      1. So many great suggestions. Trying to decide if I can commit to cooking enough recipes from a given book to justify voting, let alone purchasing another cookbook!
                                                                        The farmer's market is just getting interesting again, and I may just cook from some Dennis Cotter books I already have. But Hakka, and My Bombay kitchen both sound very interesting. And I'm dying to get the Lebovitz book too.
                                                                        Think I'll wait and see :-)

                                                                        1. I just placed holds on two books from the library. The first, The New Persian Kitchen, seems to be generating a lot of interest. The second, My Bombay Kitchen, seems more my speed. It has wonderful reviews and that cake is calling my name. It looks like they will both make it to the run offs this time. I am anxious to get my hand on them so I can make a proper decision come voting time.

                                                                          MY BOMBAY KITCHEN

                                                                          1. hello all! Just a quick reminder that nominations will close later this evening.

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                                                                            1. re: delys77

                                                                              I am going to make the Cardamom cake tonight and it comes out,it will be part of my Passover spread (modifying to be gluten and leven free, of course).

                                                                              1. re: dkennedy

                                                                                Which Cardamom cake are you making, DK?

                                                                                1. re: herby

                                                                                  The cardamom cake out of My Bombay Kitchen. Someone mentioned the recipe upthread so I googled it and found that someone has blogged about it (naturally) so I thought I'd give it a go.

                                                                                  I am having an Indian themed Passover seder this year: Indian chicken matzoh ball soup inspired by (One Spice, Two Spice); chickpea fritters with cucumber yogurt sauce, (same book); lamb shanks ala Jamie Oliver, and cardamom cake with star anise spiced poached pears. Not exactly traditional, but it keeps me inspired. Will report back.

                                                                                  1. re: dkennedy

                                                                                    Interesting, I just googled the recipe and it looks very similar to a Swedish recipe I make for cardamom cake. Cardamom cake is a really typical Swedish dessert and one of my favorites.

                                                                                    Your meal sounds delicious.

                                                                                    1. re: stockholm28

                                                                                      The first time I heard of cardamom, 30+ years ago, was when my cousin made a "Swedish cake," recipe courtesy of a neighbor of hers. It was another few years before I discovered it as an Indian ingredient. Now I have several kinds (white, green, black, plus seeds in the freezer). Such a beautiful flavor.

                                                                                      1. re: nomadchowwoman

                                                                                        I also remember well the first time I had cardamom. A college boyfriend invited me over for the holidays, and his mother had made Pulla (?) bread - she was Finnish. It was absolutely delicious. I wish I had thought to get the recipe!

                                                                                      2. re: stockholm28

                                                                                        I think it is a Swedish recipe. The author mentions in the headnotes that she received the recipe from a Swedish friend and ever since has made the cake for every occasion on which a cake might be required -- so it's not traditional Parsi food at all, but it is a very good cake.

                                                                                      3. re: dkennedy

                                                                                        Lovely Seder menu :)

                                                                                        I have no place to go this year - was planning to go to NYC as usual but found out that my contract will be up on May 9th and decided to stay and get some urgent work done since I'll have all time in the world for a visit soon. I love Passover and have not missed many; it is kind of sad...

                                                                                        1. re: herby

                                                                                          That's too bad. Do you have a congregation nearby that can hook you up? Our seder will be very low key. A glance at the prayer books, if you will. Mostly just eating and hopefully good conversation...

                                                                                          1. re: dkennedy

                                                                                            Yes, of course there are congregations :) I really like the family aspect of the holiday - the story, the kids, the songs. I am OK, though, there will be another one next year.

                                                                                          2. re: herby

                                                                                            sorry to hear you had no place to go.
                                                                                            you are always welcome in my home on any occasion

                                                                                            Chag Sameach!!

                                                                                            1. re: jpr54_1

                                                                                              Thank you for the invitation! Too bad you are so far away :)

                                                                                            1. re: dkennedy

                                                                                              Eager for the report, especially the soup.

                                                                                              1. re: tcamp

                                                                                                The entire menu was super yummy. The cardamom cake really being the highlight of the meal. Looking forward to getting my hands on the book.