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June Cookbook of the Month Voting Thread

Voting has closed and it was yet another busy month of nominations with 8 separate books nominated, with 26 votes spread amongst them. In the end we had a three way tie again, with The New Persian Kitchen, My Paris Kitchen, and Hakka all generating equal interest.

I haven't nominated this go around and given the three way tie I am not super keen to interject as I don't want to eliminate any of the three books that the other participants are enamoured with. Hakka and The New Persian Kitchen have both been nominated in the past, but if you would like to familiarize yourself with them please visit the following sites:


The New Persian Kitchen

With regards to My Paris Kitchen by David Leibovitz our friends at Amazon advise us that "In My Paris Kitchen, David remasters the classics, introduces lesser-known fare, and presents 100 sweet and savory recipes that reflect the way modern Parisians eat today. You’ll find Soupe à l’oignon, Cassoulet, Coq au vin, and Croque-monsieur, as well as Smoky barbecue-style pork, Lamb shank tagine, Dukkah-roasted cauliflower, Salt cod fritters with tartar sauce, and Wheat berry salad with radicchio, root vegetables, and pomegranate. And of course, there’s dessert: Warm chocolate cake with salted butter caramel sauce, Duck fat cookies, Bay leaf poundcake with orange glaze, French cheesecake...and the list goes on. David also shares stories told with his trademark wit and humor, and lush photography taken on location around Paris and in David’s kitchen reveals the quirks, trials, beauty, and joys of life in the culinary capital of the world."

There we have it all.

To vote please click on recommend next to the relevant post below. Voting will remain open till 8 pm pacific (GMT -8) on May 20th.

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        1. Guess I'll sit back on the couch and twiddle my thumbs for a while.

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          1. re: Gio

            I'll join you on the couch, Gio. But where are the drinks that we use to have that kept those thumbs occupied? :)

            1. re: herby

              Sorry, sorry, just woke up. What can I get you ladies?

              1. re: LulusMom

                There's nothing quite like a breakfast martini!

          2. not sure yet on what book to choose
            waiting for library copy of My Paris Kitchen

            1. I have taken both Hakka and The Persian Kitchen out from the library when they were in prior run offs and though both are interesting, they just don't pique my interest, not in the way a book needs to to sustain my interest for COTM.

              My Paris Kitchen, on the other hand, is the kind of book I could read and cook out of over and over without getting board. And I hope that turns out to be true, because I have already read it cover to cover before it was nominated. So, if selected, I will really be in a position to eat my words!

              1. Urgh. My local library doesn't have My Paris Kitchen yet. Neither does my husband's university or the U across the street from me. However, I have found a few recipes online, so I'll at least have those if it wins. That lady chicken looks very good.

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                1. re: LulusMom

                  I know you are trying not to buy any new books right now, LLM, but if MPK wins you will probably be able to find many of his recipes (or variations thereof) on his blog. I don't read his blog often, but I have looked up a few of the recipes, and have noticed that variations were covered. It is definitely a book you will want to eventually add to your collection, (it's so delightful), but I think using the blog and sitting down at a bookstore with the book for a 1/2 an hour or so will set you up nicely.

                  1. re: dkennedy

                    I do have a few of the recipes already bookmarked, so I'm preparing. It seems like it might be a bit meaty for my bookshelf at home, but I'm happy to cook as much as I can from it.

                    Of course all of this is somewhat moot - once June rolls around I'll have Lulu underfoot most of the day, and be wanting to spend my afternoons at the pool as much as possible - not in the kitchen : )

                    1. re: LulusMom

                      It's actually a good mix of things. The first chapter is all bready, which I am not into. I remember thinking when I was thumbing through it at the store, "oh, too many bread centric dishes" but then I got through that chapter and soon I was "oohing" and "ahing", finding all kinds of things I needed to make. I'll look again when I get back from drop off, but I don't think it is meat centric. Everything I have made so far has been easy so I think it is esp. appealing for summer.

                      1. re: dkennedy

                        Great news. And it does seem like lots of recipes are online. Just saw three that I want to make.

                        1. re: LulusMom

                          Reporting back re the meat-centric question. It contains surprising little meat. I am sure that is due in large part to the way David eats. He strikes me as being more about a good cocktail, a sweet dessert, a beautiful slice of cheese and so on. I really wish I had more people to entertain because this book really lends itself to wowing people with the simplicity of the recipes.

                          First section: Mis En Bouche - contains 2 dishes with meat, all the rest are without. One is for ham and cheese crackers, the other meatballs spiced with srircaha.

                          Second section: First Courses - One dish (duck terrine) could arguably fall into the meat category. I am not checking for recipes that might use lardons as an ingredient, this is a french cookbook after all, and those can always be omitted.

                          Third: Main Courses - A good mix. Vegetarian options, chicken, duck, pasta, eggs, fish, and yes, some pork (3), lamb (2) and beef (1) recipes.

                          Fourth: Sides - No meat.

                          Fifth: Cheese Course - very brief. More of an essay than a chapter.

                          Sixth: Dessert: No meat except for duck fat in one recipe.

                          Seventh: Pantry - No meat.

                          It is also worth mentioning that I think this would be a good option for a kindle book. Each chapter has it's own table of contents, including page numbers. I have another books like this (A Girl and Her Pig) and it makes it very easy to refer back to recipes and search for things. BTW, AGAHP is on special right now for something like $2.98 on kindle - in case anyone is interested. It is also an excellent book.

                          Hope this helps.

                          1. re: dkennedy

                            That helps me a lot. Between having to eat gluten-free and preferring not to eat a ton of meat, I was concerned about this book. If it wins, and I can't get a library copy, I'll just order the iBooks version.

                            1. re: dkennedy

                              Great Summary dkennedy, I have looked at the ibooks sample and it also seems to render well on the iPad. I am grudgingly making the switch to ebooks for my cookbooks. I do somewhat miss the tactile experience of cookbooks, but the ebooks are just so portable and practical. I have 6 or 7 now and I have found they have begun to dominate my menu planning as I don't have to haul cookbooks around and rifle through them, I can just plan and review recipes all from my iPad. If My Paris Kitchen wins I will definitely be getting the ebook.

                              1. re: dkennedy

                                Great summary, dk. I have been so busy I've been sitting on the sidelines with this one. But I did just buy kindle version of a girl and her pig. Thanks for the tip! Couldn't pass that by!

                                1. re: greeneggsnham

                                  I made the radish and parmesan salad from A Girl and Her Pig last night. It is a wonderful salad, perfectly balanced - she really has a knack for putting unlikely pairings together. My garden is in full bloom. That, coupled with my CSA box, always has me looking for great ideas for using up my produce. Last night the arugula, red leaf lettuce and basil came from my garden, the radishes and lemon came from my basket, and wallah, I had dinner!

                        2. re: dkennedy

                          That's good to hear that recipes are available on his blog. This book is on order at my library but has not arrived and there is a long waiting list. Likewise a long waiting list for the ebook, so I don't think I would be able to get the book for June. I don't want to buy the book without testing it first since I'm not convinced it's a good fit for me. I'd be willing to cook along from online recipes though.

                          1. re: Westminstress

                            I'm in the same boat--my library only has four copies of My Paris Kitchen but nothing of The Persian Kitchen (so many Kitchens these days!) and the waiting list is so long that it would likely be autumn by the time the book was ready for me.

                      2. I'm done. After careful consideration I'm more apt to cook from Hakka than the Leibovitz. However if his does win I can squeeze in a few recipes from the book. I think G's interest in cooking is waning so I have to be very selective with the recipes I choose even though I'm still prepping the vegetables.

                        On another note, I think it's just about time for a spicy Bloody Mary, don't you? With gin for me, please and thank you. Oh, and no straw. There's a restaurant in Connecticut that slides a jumbo shrimp onto the glass. Pretty decent lunch that.

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                        1. re: Gio

                          Here on the Canadian prairies the big thing is a Bloody Caesar, and I must say that I am partial to the gin variation more than the vodka one. The perfect summertime beverage! Tonight I shall herald the arrival of autumn with this very thing (since it seems unlikely that spring or summer will actually make an appearance this year); thanks for the reminder.
                          I hope Hakka makes it so that you can post once again, Gio! It's so unusual to have these cotm's without your voice in the party.

                          1. re: Allegra_K

                            I need to hear more about this Bloody Caesar.

                            1. re: Allegra_K

                              My husband is Canadian and he drinks a ton of Caesars during the cooler months. Clamato!

                              1. re: Allegra_K

                                Allegra, Thank You! We did manage a couple of COTM recipes early on this month and I'll choose more this week-end. Do tell about that Bloody Caesar. Sounds intriguing.

                                1. re: Allegra_K

                                  "Over 350 million Caesars are consumed each year in Canada. There are only 34 million people living in Canada."


                                  1. re: Gio

                                    The recipe is at that site, BTW.

                                    1. re: Gio

                                      That's less than one Caesar per month! Well, there is beer, of course :)

                                  2. re: Gio

                                    I had two lovely, very spicy blood Marys for Mother's Day. I have them infrequently, but they're always a treat when I do!

                                    1. re: roxlet

                                      I had two very lovely bottles (well, I shared) of champagne for Mothers Day. My husband reminded me "there is never a bad time for champagne." Is it any wonder I married him?

                                      And to address the point, Bloody Caesars have a little clam juice in them - that is really the only big difference between them and a Bloody Mary. That little bit of clam juice is a very nice touch.

                                    1. re: Sfspicegirl

                                      Sfspicegirl, to vote you need to go up to the post that says "vote here for My Paris Kitchen" at the beginning of this thread and click on RECOMMEND.

                                    2. Both Persian and Paris kitchen came today in Mail.

                                      They both look great but I'd like to work on Paris Kitchen for some new dinner party. recipes.

                                      1. As I'm in France right now for the weekend, it seems rude not to vote for the Lebovitz, which I bought for my iPad. I'm away for a couple of weeks in June, but never mind!

                                        1. For those of you in Los Angeles, I just found a new bakery in Beverly Hills that makes the Merveilleux David Leibovitz blogs about here:


                                          and shares the recipe for on page 281 of his book. I was very excited to make these but now I am doubly excited to be able to enjoy them whenever I like. The bakery is Le Mervetty @ 319 N. Canon Drive. I now have 6 in my freezer for tomorrow night.

                                          1. Thanks for voting all. The announcement thread is up here: