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Cookbook of the Month Nominations for June 2014

Hello all

Busy day for me but I wanted to get this up this morning before the day gets away from me again. Please use this thread to nominate for the cookbook of the month for June 2014. In order for your nomination to be counted please make sure you type the name of the book in all capital letters.

Nominations will be open till 8pm pacific time (GMT -8) on Wednesday May 14th.

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  1. Where is everyone? I will kick things off with a couple of nominations that have garnered interest in the past but never made it to the finish line:

    THE NEW PERSIAN KITCHEN, Louisa Shafia

    VEGETABLE LITERACY, Deborah Madison

    Personally I would love to cook from either of these books.

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    1. re: Westminstress

      I like VEGETABLE LITERACY, Deborah Madison

      1. re: Westminstress

        Have you cooked from her "Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone". I have it and have always found it a little underwhelming. That might just be me, as I believe the book has won a James Beard award. I wonder if Vegetable Literacy would be more to my taste?

        1. re: delys77

          I agree about VCFE, and I think Vegetable Literacy is a much better book. It's not as comprehensive, but it's more interesting. So far, the recipes I've tried have worked, and some have been really excellent. A couple have become "go to" preparations that I make over and over again because they are easy and very good. There aren't a lot of "main dish" type recipes in the book. More like salads, vegetable sides, soups, also drinks and desserts. I've entered notes into EYB if you want to take a look at some of the things I've made.

          1. re: Westminstress

            Thanks westminstress that's very encouraging.

        2. re: Westminstress

          I have DM's The Savory Way and it contains the very best Cold Noodles with Peanut Sauce I've ever tasted!

          1. MY PARIS KITCHEN by David Lebovtiz.

            Come on, we are all going to get this one eventually, it might as well be sooner, rather than later!

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            1. re: dkennedy

              This arrived a few weeks ago but I've only breezed through it so far.

              1. re: dkennedy

                MY PARIS KITCHEN

                I said the same thing last month after I succombed to temptation and bought the book.

                1. re: dkennedy

                  Just back from two months out of the country and MY PARIS KITCHEN was waiting for me. I should be doing laundry, going through mail, trying to find the kitchen utensils that the friends who were staying here put back in places they don't usually live--but I'm reading this book cover to cover instead. And have already given up with the Post-Its. I want to make everything!

                  1. re: dkennedy

                    This one gets my vote too - MY PARIS KITCHEN

                    1. re: playingwithfood

                      I am glad to see MPK picking up speed. It strikes me that it is the kind of book everyone will get more out of when it is new, rather than when they have had it a while, because David Leibovitz' writing style makes for such a pleasurable leisurely read. I enjoyed reading it, from cover to cover, and now I am enjoying cooking out of it.

                      Tonight we are trying his Sardine Spread alongside the Pancetta Salad from a former COTM by Patricia Well's. Every recipe I have tried so far (4) has been a hit, and all things I would never consider trying from another cookbook. I think it is because I feel like I know him, (from his other books), and if he tells me this is going to be good, I trust his judgement.

                  2. What? How is it this time already--I have hardly cracked open My Bombay Kitchen!

                    Oh, what the HAKKA....

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                    1. re: Allegra_K

                      try the parsiburgers, gio. i think you'll like them.

                      1. re: Westminstress

                        Will do, WM. Thanks for the recommendation.

                        1. re: BigSal

                          I kind of feel like we need to get out the bridesmaid dress for this book ...

                          1. re: LulusMom

                            You know, I'd be up for this book next fall or winter, but in the summer I want to be able to use what I get from the farmer's market, so for the next 3 months I want something different.

                            have faith that Hakka will eventually make it to the altar :)

                      2. I guess I"m going to go with my two choices from last month: HAKKA and THE NEW PERSIAN KITCHEN.

                          1. re: emily

                            JAPANESE FARM FOOD has been nominated many times but never makes it to the finish line - I'd love to cook from it.

                            1. Any interest in THE NEW MIDWESTERN TABLE by Amy Thielen?

                              I must admit that the idea of midwestern cooking wasn't that exciting to me, but I loved her show and the eclectic food that she prepared. I thought her show was a breath of fresh air amongst the mess of Food network programming. I'm intrigued by her book and the positive reports here.

                              In any case, she just won a James Beard award and there are a lot of recipes posted on the FN site.
                              http://www.foodnetwork.com/shows/hear...

                              I'm assuming that many of the FN recipes are from her book, so this could make the book approachable to those who don't want to purchase.

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                              1. HAKKA
                                NEW PERSIAN KITCHEN
                                VEGETABLE LITERACY

                                1. Well I guess it's actually time for me open My Paris Kitchen and look at the recipes. Not to mention the information within.

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                                  1. re: Gio

                                    Well, I did go through the book on the week-end and found 13 + recipes that probably would work for us, considering our present state of encroaching decrepitude. LOL It's a lovely book and nicely presented. The division of chapters is succinct. I found the appetizers and vegetable chapters appealed to me the most, with some chicken and pork recipes thrown in.

                                    Lebovitz's blog has held my attention for quite some time now and this book gives us more of his insightful, descriptive feelings about Paris and its environs. Yeah, I like the way he writes. Not ready to nominate just yet though. (I suspect no one is hanging by a thread on that)

                                    1. re: Gio

                                      I am. :-) Well, actually not. Starting to cook from it anyway. Just brought home a chicken for Chicken Lady Chicken. Needs to marinate for one to two days. Wonder how long I'll be able to hold out.

                                      1. re: Gio

                                        I am also hanging. I am utterly charmed by it and I think everyone will love it so am anxious to get more people on the bandwagon.

                                        1. re: dkennedy

                                          I'm more interested in My Paris Kitchen than anything else that's been mentioned on this thread - I love Lebovitz in general, and the book really sounds great. So, why not?

                                          MY PARIS KITCHEN!!!!!!!

                                        2. re: Gio

                                          I'm reading The Sweet Life In Paris right now and I'm really enjoying it. I'm working my way through some of the books that Santa left for me and with so much business travel, I'm making great progress!! I'm really enjoying DL's writing style. His passion for food and cooking transcends the pages and makes me wish I was right there with him. Even the quality of the paper the (paperback) book has been printed on has impressed me and made me love the book more.

                                          By contrast, prior to this I read Julia Child's My Life In France and I truly wish I didn't. I'm likely among the minority but even given the time and place, I found her to be far more judgemental than I'd ever had imagined and there was a lack of self-awareness that I found to really annoy me as the book played out. I'm not sure I would have liked her and that came as a big surprise to me as I loved her on tv!

                                          I don't have DL's cookbook yet but I'll definitely buy it. Unfortunately I'll only be home for 4 days in June so this won't be a COTM month for me though!!

                                      2. TRULY MEXICAN by Roberto Santibanez

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                                        1. TOQUE by Norman Laprise which is up for an award as best cookbook in the world as per link below:
                                          http://life.nationalpost.com/2014/01/...

                                          1. Has anyone here cooked out of "The Asian Grandmothers Cookbook-Home Cooking from Asian American Kitchens" by Patricia Tanumihardja? I bought it a few years back and promptly lent it to a friend. Having just gotten it back, I've been paging through the recipes and it looks pretty intriguing- Filipino dishes, Japanese, Indonesian, and others make up the book. Its breadth would likely make for a good cotm contender, but I have yet to actually eat anything cooked out of the book. Curious to see if it tastes as good as it looks.

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                                            1. re: Allegra_K

                                              I have made one dish out of it. It was a curried rice noodle soup (I want to say Burmese, but I'm not 100% on that). It was quite good, but not stunning. I have also turned to the book for some tips on ingredient substitutions (as I recall, I posted on the Pok Pok thread a way to improvise sweet soy sauce, that I found in this book). I think it's a worthwhile book that I wouldn't mind exploring further. I believe the author used to work for Sunset, which would imply (to me) that she knows how to write a usable recipe.

                                            2. Oh, what the HAKKA, to quote Allegra, and MY PARIS KITCHEN

                                              1. Hello all, just a quick reminder that voting closes at 8pm pacific tomorrow evening.

                                                1. I nominate VEGETABLE LITERACY because I also am looking forward to spring and summer and the pleasures of vegetables. . .
                                                  But I could be happy with My Paris Kitchen.

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                                                  1. re: Goblin

                                                    I would also like VEGETABLE LITERACY for the same reason as Goblin.

                                                    1. re: DGresh

                                                      I think voting closed yesterday.

                                                      1. re: dkennedy

                                                        delys77 note from yesterday says tonight midnight

                                                        1. re: DGresh

                                                          If you read the heading, it closed at 8 p.m. on the 14th. The voting thread should be up soon.

                                                    1. re: MidwesternerTT

                                                      thanks Midwesterner, forgot to post the link

                                                    2. For those a who don't know there is a "Cooking From" thread for Deborah Madison's Vegetable Literacy:

                                                      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/893928

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                                                      1. re: Gio

                                                        Thank you, Gio! I've bookmarked the link and know that I can get suggestions/recommend recipes even though it won't be COTM this time. I appreciate your post.

                                                        1. re: Goblin

                                                          You're welcome Goblin! I've done the same thing many times. Especially for side dishes to go w the current COTM.