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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.