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Hello all

We are just into our fabulous selection for June (My Paris Kitchen), but it is already getting to be the time for nominations again. Please feel free to nominate a selection for next month's COTM. In order for your nomination to count please ensure you write in all in CAPS.

Nominations will remain open till Friday June 13th at 4 pm pacific time.

Also, I wanted to remind everyone that my 6 months is up as of September 1st and I was hoping we could start discussing the next facilitator.

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  1. Can it really be that time again?

    I don't have a nomination to put out there, but looking over the July COTMs, and thinking about my July coming up, I'd like to see something CSA centric.

    In the past, when Farmer's Market cookbooks have been mentioned, they have been poo pooed as being too regional to be of COTM appeal. I am not sure I buy into that logic, but I do see the point.

    Some of my veggie centric books I'll be turning to for summertime inspiration include:

    The Santa Monica Farmer's Market Cookbook
    The Summertime, Anytime, Cookbook
    How to Pick a Peach
    The Cook and the Gardener
    The Cheesmonger's Seasons (and Kitchen book)
    Chris Cosintino's Beginnings
    A Girl and Her Pig (a fair amount of veggie recipe and just good solid recipes in general)

    On another note, I'd love to see a companion cocktail book or at least a cocktail accompaniment for this time of year. Thoughts?

    3 Replies
    1. re: dkennedy

      I love the idea of a cocktail companion book - two of my favorites are PDT and Speakeasy. Also just bought Potions of the Carribean that looks like it has some good recipes.

      1. re: emily

        I don't have any of these but have several others. I'm going on to Amazon next to check them out.

      2. re: dkennedy

        Love the idea of the cocktail companion book!!

      3. SMITTEN KITCHEN COOKBOOK

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        1. re: Njchicaa

          I would love to do SMITTEN KITCHEN COOKBOOK.

        2. Two books that I would love to get deep into are:

          PATI'S MEXICAN TABLE
          JAPANESE FARM FOOD

          I think both have enough CSA appropriate dishes and would be great to cook from in July.

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          1. re: herby

            I will be 100% on board with Pati's Mexican Table. It is an excellent book.

            1. re: herby

              JAPANESE FARM FOOD

              1. re: herby

                I could go for PATI''S MEXICAN TABLE as I get an abundance of peppers and tomatoes in July. A plus is the kindle version is only $3.49.

                1. re: herby

                  I'd join for Pati's Mexican Table, I have it and could use a good excuse to actually cook from it. We could also add the recipes from her PBS cooking show, their might be some not in the cookbook?

                  1. re: rasputina

                    Always welcome an adjunct thread, that is for sure.

                    1. re: rasputina

                      I just ordered it in case it makes the cut.

                      1. re: dkennedy

                        As I mentioned last night, I bought a copy of Pati's Mexican Table. I started reading through it, and it seems like the recipes are on the simple side. Went online to EYB and read what people had posted about the book and the recipes. It seems like a lot of people are getting so-so results. For those of you have the book and have cooked from it, can you elaborate about what you liked and didn't like. Do the recipes work?

                        I am all for adding more books that focus on simple meals to my collection provided they yield solid results. But I really didn't care for the last Everyday book we focused on (Rick Bayless) and the last thing any of us wants is to waste our time and resources on a book that doesn't come through for us.

                        1. re: dkennedy

                          I've made the following recipes from Pati's Mexican Table:
                          --Mexican Chicken Broth
                          --Chicken Tinga
                          --Aztec Chicken Casserole
                          --Shredded Pork in Ancho-Orange Sauce
                          --Ancho Chile Burgers with Lime Aoili
                          --Picadillo Empanadas
                          --Crazy Street Corn
                          --Blissful Corn Torte
                          --Creamy Poblano Rajas
                          --Simple Beans from the Pot
                          --Refried Beans
                          --Charro Beans

                          The only thing I didn't love was the corn torte. It wasn't bad but I wasn't crazy about it. The instructions are clear and everything was easy enough to make.

                          1. re: dkennedy

                            True, this book is not complicated, DK, and I love it for it. From time to time I like to make elaborate, time-consuming meals and on the daily basis I prefer simple but flavourful dishes. I do not like Rick Bayless books with exception of Salsas That Cook for its simplicity. However, Pati's is my now go-to book for Mexican dishes. I have not made a lot and this is the reason I nominated it - it would be great to cook from it as a group. I made Refried Beans and they were the best refritos I ever made. Green Rice was delicious and full of flavour. Mexican Frittata was surprisingly good too.

                            There is a section on vegetarian dishes in addition to sides, seafood and chicken chapters are substantial, and there is "drinks" section with recipes for sangrita, lime-mint water, etc. that would be great for the summer.

                            1. re: herby

                              Glad to hear you have both had success with this book. I own it now, so of course I will participate if it is selected. I could definitely use some more easy, go to type recipes.

                              1. re: dkennedy

                                Happy to hear these positive reviews of the recipes.

                                I downloaded “Pati’s Mexican Table” while I was living in Guatemala hoping to be inspired to go in a different direction with the wonderful produce available to me in the mercado. I flipped through it quickly at the time, but nothing read “make me NOW” and I put it aside. I just tapped through it again, and am no more inspired. Why do I have a feeling she’s talking down to me? Perhaps because her “Mexican Cook’s Tricks” are invariably something I, and I’m sure all of us, already know, but also because the introductory text for the recipes presumes you know absolutely nothing at all about Mexican food or ingredients. The feeling that she was talking to an audience that had never encountered a tomatillo before began to annoy me. As for the recipes, a surprising number of her savory dishes have a sweet element to them, something I don’t usually care for. And I kept thinking I had better versions of these dishes in other cookbooks.

                                I’m sure that if the book is selected I’ll find something to try, but not with any great enthusiasm.

                                1. re: JoanN

                                  All I thought looked good in the book were the sauces/salsas

                    2. FRIED AND TRUE just out last month. It is totally about fried chicken from all over the world. I think I am going to cook my way through it.

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                      1. re: Candy

                        My library system has only had time to order this book; looks like 9 on order. Not one received copy yet. Seems way too soon to have as a COTM.

                        Though, now I am curious. How many people make fried chicken at home more than once a month?

                        1. re: smtucker

                          Once a month????? Once a year!

                          1. re: dkennedy

                            never here

                            1. re: dkennedy

                              Twice a decade here.

                            2. re: smtucker

                              I think the last time I made SFC was 1972. The children were very young and I lost my head. LOL

                              1. re: Gio

                                What a hoot!

                                1. re: Gio

                                  So pleased that your head made its return!

                                  I actually make fried chicken about once every two months. Married a southerner and the stuff just makes him happy. This is a fairly recent addition to the menu. Alton Brown's biscuit recipe was the missing piece. Serve with green beans, or maybe a cole slaw, a garden fresh sliced tomato in season, and a glass of homemade iced tea. If he is really lucky, there is homemade peach ice cream for dessert. Better than his Mama could ever make.

                                  1. re: smtucker

                                    You make the meal sound very appealing, SMT. The best fried chicken I ever had was in a little cottage by the side of the road somewhere in either Georgia or South Carolina. This was before the zippy interstate highways of today. I was driving my mother back to Boston from Palm Beach and we stopped for lunch. As soon as we walked in we were struck by the silence, and the aroma coming from the kitchen. Bright and airy, spotless, white linens on the tables, red & white cafe curtains.

                                    It was packed with people at 4 tops eating fried chicken, biscuits, slaw, beans, greens. Slowly, deliberately, obviously enjoying everything. We were greeted, seated, and quickly presented with a huge platter of the chicken and bowls of sides. OMG I'll never forget how delicious everything was. And that was a Very Long Time Ago. Never had anything like it since.

                                    1. re: Gio

                                      What a lovely memory. Those spots are disappearing, if there are even any left.

                                      1. re: Gio

                                        Hi Gio,

                                        I think you may be thinking of:

                                        Martha Lou's Kitchen
                                        1068 Morrison Dr
                                        Charleston, SC
                                        (843) 577-9583

                                        Good news if you are: it's still there.

                                        degustateur

                                        1. re: degustateur

                                          Thank you, degustateur, but I don't think so. The place I remember was a plain natural wood cabin, unpainted, with a screen door. White china silverware not plastic. I know I'll never get to see it again but it is a very nice memory.

                                  2. re: smtucker

                                    I do. The book offers more recipes than SFC. Recipes are from all over the world and there is even a vegetarian version. I think I'll pass on that one, it uses Seitan which I really don't care for. Almost every culture fries chicken in one way or another.

                                    1. re: Candy

                                      Don't take our comments the wrong way. I love fried chicken and will check out this book, but making fried chicken from scratch for me is a rare occasion. Frying, in general, for me is a rare thing, unless we are referring to latkes and I am hosting a Jewish holiday at my home.

                                      1. re: dkennedy

                                        I'm afraid of frying. One time a couple of years ago I tried to suck it up and overcome my fear of frying and set the pan of oil on fire. Never again for me!

                                        Not that this should influence how anyone else votes or nominates. I'm just sharing. No, I'll buy a copy of the book, read it, and follow along in the threads and reminisce about the days I had my act together enough to participate. Or could have time to consult some recipes and make a grocery list before I found myself with an empty fridge and had to do my grocery shopping from memory because I was driving by the grocery store anyway on my way home from work and that would be my best opportunity to shop. I have a Jamie Oliver Swedish meatball recipe in mind from 15 Minute Meals. It has taken me 3 visits to the grocery store to get all of the ingredients, and even so I ended up with fennel seeds, instead of caraway (no worries, turns out I had caraway seeds at home already) and heavy cream instead of half and half (no worries, I can adapt).

                                        Funnily enough in the very Scandinavian Minnesota, it's not so easy to find cranberry sauce or jelly, which is what JO seems to be substituting for lingonberries. No problem finding lingonberry jam at all! Don't even have to go to a specialty market for that!

                                        ~TDQ

                                        1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                          I can see why that would put you off of frying. Most fry recipes can be modified to be pan sautéed or even oven crisped with good results.

                                          I rarely fry mainly because it is so unhealthy to eat fried foods. But just like dessert, every now and then it is a real treat.

                                          1. re: dkennedy

                                            Maybe that's what I need: a whole month to learn how to adapt fried recipes to oven crisped! That would be a skill I would absolute wish to have. For the safety (no frying while I have an active toddler running around my house), but also for the health aspect of it.

                                            ~TDQ

                                            1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                              There is a recipe we like a lot on epicurious for chipotle oven-fried chicken (not fried at all!). http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

                                              1. re: LulusMom

                                                Consider it imported to pepperplate!

                                                ~TDQ

                                                1. re: LulusMom

                                                  I agree the chipotle oven-fried chicken is tasty and no greasy mess to clean up.

                                                  For fans of Japanese food, I discovered this baked tonktasu recipe (http://www.justonecookbook.com/recipe...). It's beeen a nice substitute for the classic fried tonkatsu. for those times I am watching calories or too lazy to deep fry (LLM, you can substitute chicken for the pork). Toasting the panko in olive oil before breading the pork keeps the texture crispy.

                                                  1. re: BigSal

                                                    Thanks Big Sal, that picture is deliciously crunchy looking. I have a feeling Lulu (and I!) would be all over that.

                                                    1. re: LulusMom

                                                      Us too!

                                                      ~TDQ

                                              2. re: dkennedy

                                                Actually fried foods are not unhealthy when fried properly very little of the fat/oil is absorbed. I have had and copied Fried Chicken Skins at Husk in Charleston SC/Nashville Tn. Absolutely delicious and not a drop of fat on the plate. I am going to make a big batch for an annual 4th party. There is a recipe for them in the book, I just winged it when I made them and was pleased with my attempt.

                                                There are also many good recipes for sides too.

                                                1. re: Candy

                                                  I've heard that.

                                                  But, how can you have no fat associated with fried chicken skin which is (deliciously) exceedingly fatty even when not fried? Does the fat melt off the skin during frying? (While it may sound stupid, this is actually a sincere question!)

                                                  ~TDQ

                                                  1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                    Have you ever removed the skin on chicken parts? If you have you should have noticed all of the yellow fat on the meat and not much on the skin if any at all.

                                                    A word about fat, fats that are soft at room temperature have very little saturated fat. So compare the hard fat in beef to the soft fat in pork for instance. If you are concerned about saturated fat in your diet you go for the pork. I use real butter which is much healthier than those nasty spreads. You will find rendered lard in my kitchen too. Do a little research on your own and you may find what you have believed to be true just isn't true. One research paper was extolling the health benefits of fat, especially pork fat...lard. It is much healthier than you think. Google it up.

                                                    1. re: Candy

                                                      That's not really my experience in removing the skin on, say, chicken thighs or a chicken breast. In my experience the fat layer goes with the skin rather than staying with the meat.

                                                      ~TDQ

                                                  2. re: Candy

                                                    It's not the eating of fat that I object to, it is the frying in the vegetable or peanut oil, both of which are not ideal oils to be consuming.

                                                    1. re: dkennedy

                                                      You could use coconut oil. There is also lard.

                                                      1. re: Candy

                                                        True. As I said, I think the book is a great idea. I just was commenting about someone's comment above about making fried chix as infrequently as 1 x a month. To me, that is very frequent, as I make it far less than that.

                                                2. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                  In the back of the book there are guide lines about frying. It is quite thorough and tells you how each recipe should be fried, size and type of pan. Also temperatures and suggests sides. They have done that for every recipe in the book.

                                                  1. re: Candy

                                                    Sounds very instructive. And (so far) delicious! I will have to have a look this book for sure.

                                                    ~TDQ

                                              3. re: Candy

                                                Yummy link for one of the recipes from this book. I will be making this sometime in the next month. Thanks for bringing this book to our attention!

                                                http://www.splendidtable.org/recipes/...

                                                ETA: another link:

                                                http://www.finecooking.com/item/58926...

                                                1. re: dkennedy

                                                  Those sound really good! Here's EYB's listing of online recipes (caution--there are a few from other books that crept in there... ) http://www.eatyourbooks.com/library/r...

                                                  If you scan the entire list of recipes on EYB there are a bunch of delicious and unusual sounding recipes in there!

                                                  ~TDQ

                                                  1. re: dkennedy

                                                    I'm going to have to get this book!

                                                2. re: smtucker

                                                  I ordered a copy from Amazon and got it with in 2 days.

                                                  How many people make SFC regularly? We do. I may do every other week. I sometimes pick up fried chicken from Kroger. It is good fried chicken and use what we do not eat for Fried Chicken Salad. The recipe came from Bon Appetite in the 70's, The recipe was controversial
                                                  then because the band wagon was against anything fried. It has been recognized as invalid research now. My poor F-I-L, after by-pass surgery was slathering vegs with margarine. My M-I-L was trying to make pie pastry with oil. My F-I-L was happy with just having the filling. So sad since it has become bad nutrition research. Like my M-I-L I am a Home Ec Ed
                                                  major. (I did my student teaching and decided that teens were crazy and I was sooooo not going into teaching).

                                                3. re: Candy

                                                  I have to be totally honest, my first thought was my family would be thrilled if I cooked from this book.

                                                  Then I checked it out on Amazon. In the intro the author admits that prior to the book he had cooked fried chicken once and it consisted of opening a package and dropping the pieces in the oil and letting it cook for 12 minutes while working at a hospital. His other research was traveling to Atlanta, Nashville and NOLA to eat fried chicken.

                                                  In the end it seems to be all about restaurant food. I don't know, I grew up with a Southern mama and grandma cooking for me. This authors claim to fame is founding the Food Network South Beach Wine and Food Festival and another one in NYC.

                                                  1. re: rasputina

                                                    I don't have an issue with that. The book is good and the recipes seem to be quite sound. I like exploring all the different ways to fry chicken.

                                                  2. re: Candy

                                                    Cookbook review from the today's Boston Globe. And, the recipe for the Keralon fried chicken (looks fab).

                                                    http://www.bostonglobe.com/lifestyle/...

                                                    http://www.bostonglobe.com/lifestyle/...

                                                    1. re: beetlebug

                                                      This probably won't make COTM but that review (and the Keralon chicken) are driving me straight to Costco for the book.

                                                      1. re: beetlebug

                                                        He must think that Keralon recipe is going to sell his book (and, apparently, it is as it looks really good) because it's the same one he gave Splendid Table as noted by dkennedy above. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9781...

                                                        Splendid Table's photo is a close-up, which is even MORE tantalizing.

                                                        ~TDQ

                                                      2. re: Candy

                                                        I see that EYB has links to a bunch of online recipes from Fried and True, for the curious: http://www.eatyourbooks.com/library/r...

                                                        1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                                                          That's a lot of fried chicken! (All looking delicious of course).

                                                          I've never looked at EYB results tiled that way before. Only list view, so I learned something about EYB, too, thank you!

                                                          ~TDQ

                                                          1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                            I've never looked at them tiled before either. Now, I'm going to do that all the time!

                                                            1. re: MelMM

                                                              But, I don't understand the tiling.... I do a search in my recipes for radishes. In list view, there are 293 results. If I then view by tile/gallery, I only have 10. Is it filtering out any recipes without a photo?

                                                              p.s. AH! You only get the recipes that are online. Yea, not so very useful for everyday recipe-finding.

                                                              1. re: smtucker

                                                                Oh, thanks for investigating that. That makes a big difference!

                                                                1. re: MelMM

                                                                  It makes sense, though (20-20 hindsight), if you think about it. The "gallery view" would only work if you have photos of the recipes, which they have for the online recipes but none of the others...

                                                                  ~TDQ

                                                      3. I do feel a bit like a broken record, but I'd love to do Vegetable Literacy or the New Persian Kitchen or a Diana Henry book/books. NPK in particular has lots of recipes for the grill making it a great book for the summer. And you will find lots of uses for summer produce in vegetable literacy. DH is just an amazing recipe writer with a seasonal slant. I know there's a cooking from thread for her books, but I'm sure we'd all be eating very well during Diana Henry month.

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                                                        1. re: Westminstress

                                                          Is there a particular Diana Henry book that you think would be good for summer? I'd love to try one of her books based on what I have read on the Cooking from thread

                                                          1. re: Westminstress

                                                            I feel like the new Diana Henry book is probably too new at this point - I pre-ordered mine and it just came this past Tuesdsay (less than a week ago). I don't think many libraries will have it yet.

                                                            But I'm pretty sold on Vegetable Literacy.

                                                            1. re: LulusMom

                                                              Boy, we're all over the map this time around, aren't we? I am going to go ahead right now and make one of my nominations for VEGETABLE LITERACY.

                                                              1. re: LulusMom

                                                                Tell us more about Vegetable Literacy. There's so much buzz about it but I'm so gun-shy since VCFE...

                                                                ~TDQ

                                                                1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                  I don't have a copy, and I was gun-shy myself about this book at first. But from what I've read it is significantly better edited and written (setting the bar low there). I like the idea this sort of book in the summer when there is a lot more choice of produce, and frankly, it is the only book mentioned so far that seems really feasible (time and money-wise) and interesting to me. I'd love to hear more about it from someone who owns a copy.

                                                                  1. re: LulusMom

                                                                    I've only read good things about it and the preview on Amazon sure seems appealing. EYB lists a dozen online recipes (I'm sure there are many more available...) and I already want to make several of them! http://www.eatyourbooks.com/library/r...

                                                                    ~TDQ

                                                                    1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                      That is definitely a helpful number of online recipes. There are some for New Persian Kitchen too.

                                                                      1. re: LulusMom

                                                                        Wow! Lots of appealing online recipes for New Persian Kitchen, too! http://www.eatyourbooks.com/library/r...

                                                                        ~TDQ

                                                                        1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                          Those lamb kebabs are totally calling my name. (And I think my vegetarian dad would love the tempeh variation too)

                                                                        2. re: LulusMom

                                                                          This is a good book-- I ordered it and have made a few dishes-- but I still think of it as less summer food for those of you that have Hot summers-- im in San Francisco-- and the fog is in at this time of the year.

                                                                          1. re: Sfspicegirl

                                                                            We're already edging into the 90s here in Chapel Hill. Way more vegetables available at the farmers market these days (and way more to come).

                                                              2. re: Westminstress

                                                                I've had my eyes on A Change of Appetite for a while - it would make a great COTM (imho) but as LLM pointed out, it is too new - maybe in a few months?

                                                                1. re: herby

                                                                  Yes, please don't get me wrong Westminstress, I'm all for the new DH book. But I just think we'll have better luck pushing for it if it is more readily available in libraries and more people have had a chance to buy it.

                                                                  1. re: LulusMom

                                                                    I agree the new Diana Henry is too new, and it's probably not the best time for a DH COTM. That said, both Plenty and Pure Simple Cooking have ample great recipes for summer. Many of the dishes in pure simple cooking probably have recipe reports by now. But plenty remains largely unexplored and it's such a great book.

                                                                    1. re: Westminstress

                                                                      Plenty has been a COTM twice, right?

                                                                      1. re: smtucker

                                                                        I think they're referring to the book of the same title by Diana Henry, not the one by Ottolenghi.

                                                                        1. re: JoanN

                                                                          Oh dear. So confusing to have two beloved books with similar names. Thanks for the correction.

                                                                          1. re: smtucker

                                                                            Shame they retitled it for the US, as the DH book is called Food from Plenty in the UK, and therefore easier to distinguish!

                                                                2. re: Westminstress

                                                                  I can get behind THE NEW PERSIAN KITCHEN

                                                                  1. re: Siegal

                                                                    Can we do the book and the blog???

                                                                    1. re: Siegal

                                                                      I just checked out some of the recipes for NEW PERSIAN KITCHEN and I think it would work for me this month.

                                                                    2. re: Westminstress

                                                                      I do a lot of Persian home cooking but don't find The New Persian Kitchen very exciting. If the season were different, I'd suggest NEW FOOD OF LIFE: ANCIENT PERSIAN AND MODERN IRANIAN COOKING. That said, I'd definitely participate if NPK wins.

                                                                      1. re: pistachio peas

                                                                        I have this book! Love it. Second NEW FOOD OF LIFE: ANCIENT PERSIAN AND MODERN IRANIAN COOKING

                                                                        1. re: pistachio peas

                                                                          NEW PERSIAN KITCHEN would interest me; I'd also love it if it was coupled with or if there was adjunct thread for "Food of Life" or any of N. Batmanglij's books. It would be interesting to compare the "traditional" with the "modern".

                                                                          1. re: qianning

                                                                            You should put New Food of Life in caps if you want to nominate it!

                                                                          2. re: pistachio peas

                                                                            NPK is good-- This is one of the rice dishes with saffron, pistachios and barberries

                                                                             
                                                                        2. VEGETABLE LITERACY

                                                                          1. YUCATAN: RECIPIES FROM A CULINARY EXPEDITION. Books fresh of the press; looks wonderful! Cant wait to start cooking from it!

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                                                                            1. re: borisabrams

                                                                              Another wonderful sounding book that won't be available through library systems for a while. I hope you will nominate this again in a few months when it is more widely available.

                                                                              1. re: smtucker

                                                                                I would love this book as a COTM too. I love these types of books filled with research. But I agree maybe it should wait a few months until the price goes down and readily available

                                                                              2. re: borisabrams

                                                                                Isn't that book ludicrously expensive?

                                                                                1. re: LulusMom

                                                                                  Yes, it is. And worth every nickel.

                                                                                  1. re: JoanN

                                                                                    I've been reading about "YUCATÁN, Recipes From a Culinary Expedition" and wondering how we could manage it. It truly sounds fascinating, like the magnum opus of the author and of the cuisine.

                                                                                    Just one such site:
                                                                                    http://bookpeopleblog.wordpress.com/2...

                                                                                    1. re: Gio

                                                                                      It does look slightly intimidating...part of me wants it to be chosen so I have added incentive to bite the bullet and start cooking!

                                                                                      1. re: Gio

                                                                                        sorry Gio, is that a vote

                                                                                        1. re: delys77

                                                                                          Oh, no it's not, Delys. I copied and pasted the title from the site to which I linked. Now I'm sorry and apologize.

                                                                                          1. re: Gio

                                                                                            oh no not at all, just making sure I captured your intent. The nomination count this month is super busy. Glad to see so many different ideas.

                                                                                  2. re: borisabrams

                                                                                    It seems unlikely that people will be willing to vote in two hot off the shelves books, back to back. But if others are game, I'd love an excuse to explore YUCATAN, if not now, then soon.

                                                                                    1. re: dkennedy

                                                                                      same for dkennedy, is that a vote

                                                                                  3. Four vegetarian cookbooks I'm still trying to get around to - anyone else have / want to cook from one of these? Older books, acquired a year ago at an estate sale.

                                                                                    THE MODERN VEGETARIAN KITCHEN by Peter Berley (c) 2000
                                                                                    REGINA'S VEGETARIAN TABLE by Regina Campbell (c) 1998
                                                                                    MOLLIE KATZEN'S VEGETABLE HEAVEN (c) 1997
                                                                                    FIELDS OF GREENS: New Vegetarian Recipes from the Celebrated Greens Restaurant by Annie Somerville (c) 1993

                                                                                    1. Any appetite for "Radically Simple" or did the voting scandal knock it out for good? I bought last year but have only made one thing from it and could use a little incentive to try it out.

                                                                                      Another book I've been interested in is "Falling Cloudberries" by Tessa Kiros, but I've never actually seen the book ... anyone have it? And if so, your opinion please.

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                                                                                      1. re: stockholm28

                                                                                        what was the voting scandal?

                                                                                        1. re: stockholm28

                                                                                          I love Radically Simple and also have an interest in Falling Cloudberries. I am not sure we will ever get enough votes for Radically Simple after last year. I'd also like to put out there A Homemade Life (such a charming read but few recipes.....she also has a second book just released).

                                                                                          FYI, the voting scandal involved the author mentioning something about her book being up for COTM on her blog, and encouraging people to vote. Suddenly, all kinds of votes started coming in from non-COTMers and a lot (and I do mean a lot) of people found this to be against the spirit of the rules and many COTMers switched their votes so that the other contender won. I think I got that right.

                                                                                          1. re: dkennedy

                                                                                            oh-I didn't know that-thanks for answering my question

                                                                                            1. re: dkennedy

                                                                                              I don't really see how A Homemade Life could work as a COTM. It has just 50 or so recipes, fully half of which are for baked goods, sweets, and breakfasty dishes. It's really a memoir with recipes rather than a cookbook.

                                                                                              1. re: dkennedy

                                                                                                voting scandal or no...this is actually a very practical book with good recipes. I am tiring of books with only one or two 'keepers'.

                                                                                                1. re: Blythe spirit

                                                                                                  I always heard the rule of thumb that a cookbook really need only have one or two keeper to warrant purchasing it. Wow, I no longer believe that. I need a good dozen. I hope it hasn't been recent COTM's that have disappointed you keeper-wise?

                                                                                                  ~TDQ

                                                                                                  1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                                    Hi TDQ,
                                                                                                    It's funny - I do have books that I've kept for just one or two outstanding recipes. wasn't complaining about any recent COTM in particular - guess it's just been a while since I've come across a book which I know will become as tattered and stained as some of my favorites. Now that I have quite a few cookbooks I guess I'm getting pickier - and like you said, I want a good dozen recipes.
                                                                                                    Lately been making an effort to try out some unused/under-used in my collection and HAVE been kind of disappointed in a few books which I thought would be really great and were not. Don't you hate that? I always have high hopes with a new cookbook.

                                                                                                    1. re: Blythe spirit

                                                                                                      I really hate being disappointed by a cookbook. As you say, hopes are always high. And I always have such a hard time letting them go. I'm on a total life kick lately and I'm getting more ruthless with getting rid of cookbooks. (and other things).

                                                                                                      ~TDQ

                                                                                              2. re: stockholm28

                                                                                                I like Radically Simple a lot. I agree, though, that it probably lost its chance of becoming COTM when the voting scandal happened.

                                                                                                1. re: LulusMom

                                                                                                  what month was the voting scandal? April/May 2011?
                                                                                                  what is link to discussion?
                                                                                                  I tried to find discussion but could not find it both on chowhound and on her blog.
                                                                                                  Can I assume that it was deleted?

                                                                                                  1. re: jpr54_1

                                                                                                    August 2013

                                                                                                    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9093...

                                                                                                    ETA: I'd forgotten, but evidently this was the second time it had happened. Scroll down and you'll see a few posts about it.

                                                                                                2. re: stockholm28

                                                                                                  Just wanted to mention that Radically Simple was the subject of a non-COTM thread, starting in May 2011 and running up until January 2014.

                                                                                                  http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/786040

                                                                                                3. So I will officially nominate:

                                                                                                  VEGETABLE LITERACY
                                                                                                  NEW PERSIAN KITCHEN
                                                                                                  RADICALLY SIMPLE

                                                                                                  I was intrigued by RS last year, and I don't think the "voting scandal" should necessarily keep a good book from contention. It wasn't that bad of a scandal. Wasn't Radically Simple up against Mediterranean Harvest? If so, that turned out to be one of my favorite COTMs ever, but that doesn't mean I wouldn't cook from Radically Simple.

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                                                                                                  1. re: Westminstress

                                                                                                    Ah, good memory. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9093...

                                                                                                    Personally I don't think we should punish ourselves by not allowing ourselves to cook from a book we really want to cook from just because of ballot box stuffing awhile back. I'd be more dissuaded by the fact that RS has a well-established cooking from thread, but then again, plenty of my favorite COTMs have had active cooking from threads including Ottolenghi and Around My French Table and Flexitarian Table. Also, Bon Appetit Y'all, not a favorite of mine, but a beloved by many COTM.So, really, I'm saying nothing.

                                                                                                    Except that if we all really want to cook from a book, let's cook from it! Passion matters most, I think, in getting good participation.

                                                                                                    ~TDQ

                                                                                                    1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                                      Sold!

                                                                                                      RADICALLY SIMPLE

                                                                                                    2. re: Westminstress

                                                                                                      I also like all three
                                                                                                      RADICALLY SIMPLE
                                                                                                      already nominated Vegetable Literacy
                                                                                                      NEW PERSIAN KITCHEN

                                                                                                      1. re: Westminstress

                                                                                                        RADICALLY SIMPLE

                                                                                                        i just flipped through it and think I can find quite a few things to make with summer produce.

                                                                                                      2. While I'm all in favor of a vegetable focused cookbook any time of year I find I'm not motivated to buy another Deborah Madison book since I have two of hers that I rarely use. I have many books that revolve around vegetables that I use all the time, my newest being Serving Up the Harvest by Andrea Chesman. One I haven't cooked much from is Vegetable Love by Babara Kafka. Now that is one I would be more inclined to use. We've had some delicious meals lately from Bill's Everyday Asian, Bill Granger.

                                                                                                        Once again I'll wait and see what happens, and in which direction this COTM nomination goes.

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                                                                                                        1. re: Gio

                                                                                                          Join in your comment, once again I'll wait and see what happens, and in which direction this COTM nomination goes.

                                                                                                          1. re: Gio

                                                                                                            I agree - I rarely use my Madison books. But wish there was an out-of-the-box way to cook from the farmer's market bounty this month.

                                                                                                            1. re: Blythe spirit

                                                                                                              Have you looked at An Everlasting Meal for intuitive kind of approach? Ottolenghi's Plenty has many interesting vegetable recipes and so does very different but good River Cottage Veg.

                                                                                                              1. re: herby

                                                                                                                Thanks for the suggestions - I have Plenty but not An everlasting meal or River Cottage Veg. I have heard good things about both.
                                                                                                                I have some Dennis cotter books I have not explored much either.

                                                                                                                1. re: Blythe spirit

                                                                                                                  I ADORE the Dennis Cotter books. They are not easy weeknight recipes, in general, but they are full of creative and absolutely stunning vegetarian food.

                                                                                                                  1. re: MelMM

                                                                                                                    That was my impression too though I have yet to cook a thing from them. Do have any particular books/ recipes of his you particularly recommend?

                                                                                                                    1. re: Blythe spirit

                                                                                                                      Well, first, I would say be careful with the titles, because there are some books with different titles between US and UK editions, and I think there's one book that is a couple previous books combined. I think you could accidentally by the same book twice with different names on it. So that said, I THINK I have his complete body of work.

                                                                                                                      I'm not sure I can pick a favorite book. "Wild Garlic, Gooseberries... and Me" is a true vegetable nerd's cookbook, far more so than Ottolenghi's, IMHO. There is a recipe for eggplant wrapped around haloumi, arugula, and sun-dried tomato pesto that I've made again and again. I also love "Cafe Paradiso Seasons". There is a recipe in there for a portobello mushroom stuffed with blue cheese and sage that is the vegetarian equivalent of a rib-eye. "For the Love of Food" is probably the most accessible for the home cook, but I haven't cooked as much out of it. Not sure why. Just glanced through it and immediately found something to make for tonight's dinner: a cornmeal crepe filled with zucchini, pine nuts and roasted onions, with a gold tomato and caper salsa. That sounds pretty good to me!

                                                                                                                      1. re: MelMM

                                                                                                                        Thanks so much for the thoughtful reply MelMM !
                                                                                                                        I have the first two books you mentioned - and the recipes sound just scrumptious.

                                                                                                                        1. re: Blythe spirit

                                                                                                                          Agree - doesn't that eggplant wrapped around haloumi, etc. sound killer good?

                                                                                                                          1. re: LulusMom

                                                                                                                            It does! Was just wondering where to find that type of cheese - I've heard of it but never bought it before.

                                                                                                                            1. re: Blythe spirit

                                                                                                                              Usually middle eastern stores carry it; sometimes the label says "Haloom".

                                                                                                                              1. re: herby

                                                                                                                                Thank you Herby, I managed to find it at an upscale market. I also found holy basil at the FM so will be making the eggplant dish just as soon as I locate the recipe for which I wanted the holy basil - (can't remember now!).

                                                                                                                                1. re: Blythe spirit

                                                                                                                                  Maybe the stirfried chicken with holy basil from pok pok? That dish is awesome!!! (Though I have to admit I made it with pork). Many of us made and loved that dish.

                                                                                                                                  1. re: Westminstress

                                                                                                                                    Yes I think that's the one! remember lots of raves about it. Thank you :-)

                                                                                                                        2. re: MelMM

                                                                                                                          I just saw this and eggplant wrapped around haloumi, arugula, and sun-dried tomato pesto sounds amazing! Is this it? http://eattherightstuff.squarespace.c...

                                                                                                                          What is in the sun-dried tomato pesto? Thank you.

                                                                                                                          1. re: BigSal

                                                                                                                            Mouth watering.

                                                                                                                            1. re: BigSal

                                                                                                                              The pesto is 80g sun-dried tomatoes, softened in hot water for 20 minutes, then blended in a food processor (I think I used a mini processor or a stick blender) along with a clove of garlic, 200 ml olive oil, and a teaspoon of capers (I think I went pretty heavy on these). When I made it, I used sundried tomatoes packed in oil, and less olive oil.

                                                                                                                              1. re: MelMM

                                                                                                                                Thank you! Looking forward to trying this.

                                                                                                              2. Have we done any of David Tanis' books? They would be great for summer, beautifully simple and fresh. His latest:

                                                                                                                ONE GOOD DISH

                                                                                                                or a combo with:

                                                                                                                HEART OF THE ARTICHOKE
                                                                                                                A PLATTR OF FIGS

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                                                                                                                1. re: Tom P

                                                                                                                  I like the idea of ONE GOOD DISH.

                                                                                                                  1. re: emily

                                                                                                                    + 1.

                                                                                                                  2. re: Tom P

                                                                                                                    I have One Good Dish and have cooked a couple of recipes from it, Steamed Asian Vegetables, and the Vegetable Pot-au-Feu that we absolutely loved. Coincidentally, I have the book on my desk right now! Lemme think about this a bit.

                                                                                                                    1. re: Gio

                                                                                                                      I've cooked a couple of things from POF. Simple and delicious.

                                                                                                                      ~TDQ

                                                                                                                      1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                                                        I was so excited when I got PoF. Then I never cooked anything from it. It went out in the great cookbook surge of 2013.

                                                                                                                        1. re: LulusMom

                                                                                                                          Oops!

                                                                                                                          I think I kept mine. Not totally sure, actually.

                                                                                                                          ~TDQ

                                                                                                                          1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                                                            I'm not sad about it. Once I sat down and looked at it not much really appealed to me. This, obviously, is my weirdness, not his.

                                                                                                                            1. re: LulusMom

                                                                                                                              Aren't you relieved there is occasionally a cookbook or two that turns out not to appeal? Otherwise, you'd have to own them all!

                                                                                                                              ~TDQ

                                                                                                                              1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                                                                Yes!! And so glad that it finally sunk in that a) I don't need every single book that turns my head and b) that I can give them a test run at the library first.

                                                                                                                                1. re: LulusMom

                                                                                                                                  Unfortunately, I've gone back to buying cookbooks (unless my library has a digital copy). Life is too hectic these days and by the time I pay the library fines, I could have bought the cookbook. Now, I still have to be diligent about dumping the ones I don't want...

                                                                                                                                  ~TDQ

                                                                                                                                  1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                                                                    TDQ, you might want to try library ebooks, if your library has them. You don't have to use an e-reader, you can read them over the internet or via a kindle app on your phone. The best thing about them is that they disappear automatically from your account on the due date! You don't have to lift a finger and there's never a late fee! Also, they really satisfy that urge for instant gratification that leads us to press the "buy" button a little too often. Many older books are not available as ebooks, but my library seems to get almost all new cookbooks in an ebook format. I think they save money over buying hard copies and they get to have more copies to circulate as well, so wait lists aren't as long. (And in fact, library ebook cookbooks are so awesome you might want to suggest this to your library if they aren't already doing this.)

                                                                                                                                    1. re: Westminstress

                                                                                                                                      Yes, that's pretty much what I was saying above. I now only check out digital books, assuming my library has them. And yes, they just get whisked away on the due date! I love that. So far, they've purchased every book I've asked them to if it's available in digital form. But, as you point out, newer books only, unfortunately.

                                                                                                                                      I love the digital library books (and I know what you mean by instant gratification --wow, I could have the book RIGHT NOW if no one has it checked out). Interesting, though, that I'm still not willing to go in that direction for books I own. Partly because, you don't really "own" them in the same way that you can give them to a friend or whatever.

                                                                                                                                      ~TDQ

                                                                                                                                2. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                                                                  So true!

                                                                                                                          2. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                                                            What did you like from POF? I have it and have never used it.

                                                                                                                            1. re: Westminstress

                                                                                                                              It's been awhile so I no longer really remember, alas. I do remember some kind of corn salad that was simple and really nice.

                                                                                                                              ~TDQ

                                                                                                                          3. re: Gio

                                                                                                                            The Vegetable Pot-ua-Feu is one of my favorite dishes I've cooked in years. I make it once a week now. Delish!!

                                                                                                                            1. re: Tom P

                                                                                                                              With a recommendation like that, how can I resist having a look at this recipe? http://books.google.com/books?id=lZi-...

                                                                                                                              ~TDQ

                                                                                                                              1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                                                                This recipe made me laugh because I don't think I've ever seen a dish that would be more offensive to my son ... it's basically a combination of his least favorite vegetables all boiled together in one dish!!! I'm just dying thinking about the expression on his face if I served this to him for dinner.... Well, he is only four. That said, it does look good. No carrots and peas in my farmers market yet but I'm sure this dish would be very good with farm fresh veg in a month or so.

                                                                                                                          4. re: Tom P

                                                                                                                            I had One Good Dish from the library, didn't cook from it and didn't feel inclined to purchase it, though the recipes appealed. I have Platter of Figs which I bought used last year, was excited about it but have never used it. I have cooked some of David Tanis's recipes from his NYT column and have always had good results, never a failure with one of his recipes. So it is a mystery why I never seem to cook from his books. I would support David Tanis for COTM, maybe One Good Dish with an adjunct thread for the other books that many of us own but do not use. But I've already nominated three books, is there a limit on nominations?

                                                                                                                          5. Would anyone be interested in any of the following?

                                                                                                                            COOKING IN THE MOMENT (Reusing)
                                                                                                                            OLIVES, LEMONS, & ZA'ATAR (Bishara)
                                                                                                                            THE ART OF MEXICAN COOKING (Kennedy)

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                                                                                                                            1. re: pistachio peas

                                                                                                                              Diana Kennedy has been a COTM in the past -- not sure whether this book was part of it or not.

                                                                                                                              I am definitely interested in Olives Lemons & Zaatar, but I have been waiting for my library copy for months. There is a long waiting list. So I think the book is too new for COTM. (Availability is an issue for COTM as there is always a contingent of hounds who do not want to buy an expensive new book every month. Every so often a new book like My Paris Kitchen is COTM, that's usually because a large contingent of COTM participants have already purchased it anyway or they plan to.)

                                                                                                                              1. re: pistachio peas

                                                                                                                                I'd love to see others cook out of Olives, Lemons and Za'atar, but I returned my copy. I knew I wouldn't end up making anything out of it on my own.

                                                                                                                              2. There is a review of the New Persian Kitchen here:
                                                                                                                                http://www.tipsybaker.com/

                                                                                                                                (i love this blog, by the way.)

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                                                                                                                                1. re: Westminstress

                                                                                                                                  Wow, it took me less than 5 minutes to get completely sucked into that blog and add it to Feedly. Thanks!

                                                                                                                                  1. re: pistachio peas

                                                                                                                                    Now that's a book I'd love to have as COTM. Make the bread, buy the butter. I know it would be a pretty unconventional choice, but how much fun we'd have and how much we'd learn. (Well, how much I would learn. You all probably know this stuff already...)

                                                                                                                                    ~TDQ

                                                                                                                                    1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                                                                      What book?

                                                                                                                                      EDIT: Never mind! Figured it out.

                                                                                                                                      1. re: pistachio peas

                                                                                                                                        Sorry. Wasn't trying to be cryptic, just didn't want it to be perceived as a nomination.

                                                                                                                                        As you've since realized, I was referring to Make the Bread Buy the Butter, the book by that blogger.

                                                                                                                                        ~TDQ

                                                                                                                                      2. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                                                                        I loved that book (it was recommended to me a couple of years ago by walker). Someday ... someday ... I will make cheese. Thought of raising chickens too, but I think we travel too much for that to work out well.

                                                                                                                                        1. re: LulusMom

                                                                                                                                          Oh gosh, I hope we don't have to raise our own chickens if that ever became a COTM! Lots of other interesting things to make from scratch, though. http://www.eatyourbooks.com/library/r...

                                                                                                                                          ~TDQ

                                                                                                                                          1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                                                                            I know my building doesn't allow dogs, but I don't think they've ever mentioned anything about chickens. Hmmmm.

                                                                                                                                            1. re: JoanN

                                                                                                                                              Can't store those in your oven, Joan...

                                                                                                                                            2. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                                                                              I think you can read the book and Not own chickens, but I am getting a good (and needed) giggle out of the idea of all of us suddenly having a backyard full of chickens.

                                                                                                                                      3. re: Westminstress

                                                                                                                                        I love her blog, too. Refreshingly different.

                                                                                                                                      4. How about VIETNAMESE HOME COOKING by Charles Phan?

                                                                                                                                        1. Googled around to check out online recipes for THE NEW PERSIAN KITCHEN and some of them sounded quite appealing (so I’m trying to ignore the fact that she’s a blogger for Rachael Ray). And, my library system has it. Nomination herewith.

                                                                                                                                          1. Glad to see everyone's creative juices are finally flowing. I would love to see One Good Dish or Radically Simple selected simply because I own both and would get far more use out of them if you all steered me in the directions of the not to miss recipes.

                                                                                                                                            1. Vegetable Love by Barbara Kafka.

                                                                                                                                              Summer Cooking by Elizabeth David

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                                                                                                                                              1. re: jmckee

                                                                                                                                                Summer cooking has already been a COTM, back in 2009 as part of Elizabeth David Classics!

                                                                                                                                                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/624504

                                                                                                                                                ~TDQ

                                                                                                                                                1. re: jmckee

                                                                                                                                                  jmckee, if you want to nominate Vegetable Love, it needs to be in all caps.

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                                                                                                                                                    VEGETABLE LOVE.

                                                                                                                                                2. RADICALLY SIMPLE or
                                                                                                                                                  VEGETABLE LITERACY

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                                                                                                                                                  1. re: BigSal

                                                                                                                                                    I think I am ready to dip my toe in the pond. I'd be happy to cook from either:

                                                                                                                                                    ONE GOOD DISH or
                                                                                                                                                    RADICALLY SIMPLE

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: dkennedy

                                                                                                                                                      I've made two dishes from One Good Dish so far, a potato galette and broccoli rabe. Both were excellent.

                                                                                                                                                    2. re: BigSal

                                                                                                                                                      Oops! I typed Vegetable Literacy, but I meant VEGETABLE LOVE. Please discount the unintentional vote for Vegetable Literacy and put my vote towards VEGETABLE LOVE. Sorry.

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: BigSal

                                                                                                                                                        Will do BigSal

                                                                                                                                                    3. Finally ready to jump in:
                                                                                                                                                      ONE GOOD DISH
                                                                                                                                                      VEGETABLE LOVE

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                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Goblin

                                                                                                                                                        OK... now this is getting better. We have until Friday to decide.

                                                                                                                                                      2. VEGETABLE LOVE

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                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Gio

                                                                                                                                                          Have you cooked from it Gio?

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: qianning

                                                                                                                                                            I think I've cooked a couple of recipes but I can't remember what and I'm not in a place where I can easily get at it. Tonight I'll take a look through the book and reply ASAP, Qianning.

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Gio

                                                                                                                                                              *sigh* I have VL and have never cooked from it that I can remember. This isn't really a reflection on the book as I own many lovely books I haven't had time to cook from...

                                                                                                                                                              I use it for reference and inspiration a lot though.

                                                                                                                                                              ~TDQ

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Gio

                                                                                                                                                                thanks Gio--no hurry, just curious. the index looks good, but i didn't have a chance to peak at the actual recipes.

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: qianning

                                                                                                                                                                  It looks like we made 7 recipes from "Vegetable Love" from July 2012 to November 2012. There are probably more that I just haven't noted yet. I think I got stuck using "Mediterranean Harvest" by Martha Rose Shulman which is another wonderful vegetable cookbook. Both books arrived at about the same time so I cooked from one and the other sat on the shelf. Regardless of the COTM July outcome I'll return to "Vegetable Love" and use it this summer.

                                                                                                                                                                  It's a big book but manageable, with 750 recipes. There's a tremendous scope of recipes from all over the planet. Kafka includes under used and unusual vegetables. There are recipes that include meat and seafood as well. No detail is too small for her inspection and discussion.

                                                                                                                                                                  The recipes we've made include: Pomme a L'Huile (French potato salad), Vegetable Slaw with Asian Dressing, Cucumber Pachadi, Mushrooms with Yogurt, and more. Here's the indexed list from Eat Your Books:
                                                                                                                                                                  http://www.eatyourbooks.com/library/3...

                                                                                                                                                          2. since Vegetable Love has already been a COTM
                                                                                                                                                            why not give Vegetable Literacy a chance

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                                                                                                                                                            1. re: jpr54_1

                                                                                                                                                              "Vegetable Harvest" by Patricia Wells was a COTM, but not Kafka's "Vegetable Love."

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: JoanN

                                                                                                                                                                sorry-I stand corrected
                                                                                                                                                                I have both

                                                                                                                                                            2. SALADE, BY PASCALE BEALE

                                                                                                                                                              This gem of a book is hot off the presses. I know it has zero chances of being selected, but it seems so timely because we are smack in the middle of summer and now is the time to use this book. I am mainly nominating it because I want all of you to look it up and start reading up on it, because it is a book you will want to add to your collection someday.

                                                                                                                                                              I went to her cooking demo/book signing today and she made 4 salads out of the book (roasted kale, herb, fig and heirloom tomato, and a pluot mache salad (for this last one we subbed white and yellow nectarines for the pluots and purslane for the mach b/cuz that is what was available at the Farmer's Market). All the salads were stunning and delicious!

                                                                                                                                                              Not only did I buy the book, I bought 4 other of her books. They are all beautiful and inspiring. She has a website, so you can read up on her, her other books, and her line of products for yourselves.

                                                                                                                                                              http://www.pascaleskitchen.com

                                                                                                                                                              For those of you in LA, she will be doing another book signing at the SM Farmer's Market next Wednesday. I will also post this on the appropriate thread, but I thought since this is always the thread that makes me buy new cookbooks (I look up every single one that gets nominated) I thought other like minded COTMers might appreciate the heads up.

                                                                                                                                                              FWIW, it does not appear her books are available on Amazon, or any other discount sites, and few of her other books are available for resale. I take that as a good sign that all available copies of her books are being coveted by their owners. If any of you have her books, I'd love to hear your thoughts.

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                                                                                                                                                              1. re: dkennedy

                                                                                                                                                                "How do I love you? Let me count ways." You may be smack in the middle of Summer but here in the Northeast it's still Spring. Summer for us doesn't Begin till 21 June. Today North of Boston the temperature got as high as a blistering 61F.

                                                                                                                                                                I do love your enthusiasm though. Really. The trouble is this cookbook is so new it's not even on Amazon yet as far as I can tell. But I will say this, I'll be on the lookout for more information because a book like this is just what I love.

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Gio

                                                                                                                                                                  we don't get tomatoes in the Boston area until early August. So we are definitely not in mid summer.

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Madrid

                                                                                                                                                                    I did get my first flowers on the tomato plants this week! Summer will come. The flowers told me so.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: smtucker

                                                                                                                                                                      How geographically insensitive of me. But we are voting for the July COTM, so I was thinking ahead. By then, you should have real summer, pretty much everywhere, at least in North America and Western Europe. Right?

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: dkennedy

                                                                                                                                                                        Even in Minnesota we will be in summer by July!

                                                                                                                                                                        ~TDQ

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                                                                                                          Or so they tell us!

                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: smtucker

                                                                                                                                                                        Yesssss! I just checked and my fledgling tomato plants have some flowers too! The early ones, that is. We're on Cape Cod.

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Goblin

                                                                                                                                                                          we finally have a few strawberries on our plants in Boston. We know we are in summer when the corn and tomatoes come. Our tomatoes last until early October some years, so that's a bonus. We will be in summer in July but local produce can lag behind. Harvest season...Sept....is a big deal because we have everything then!

                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: dkennedy

                                                                                                                                                                    Which other books did you buy?

                                                                                                                                                                    ~TDQ

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                                                                                                      She has a 4 box set of her other titles, all hard bound, stunning books. They are: Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter. Each one had me salivating. I am off to read through them, and when I have thoroughly explored I will report again on the What cookbooks have you bought lately thread. All her books seem to be produce driven so I think all of us who have been clamoring for a veggie COTM may want to put these on our/your birthday wish list. She has a blog on her website (link in my prior post), so you can get an idea what her recipes are like.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: dkennedy

                                                                                                                                                                        What a wonderful discovery!

                                                                                                                                                                        ~TDQ

                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: dkennedy

                                                                                                                                                                      Is there publication date so we can Pre-order?

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Gio

                                                                                                                                                                        It looks like the list price is $29.95 and the only place to buy it is through her website or where she is doing book signings. I see on her website that she lists where she will be touring. Of the 5 books I bought, the Salad book is by far the best value, if you are looking it at it from the perspective of page to cost. The front flap of the 200 page book credits 80 salad recipes but there are several pantry recipes too and sub-recipes included within each salad for vinaigrette, and the various components.

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: dkennedy

                                                                                                                                                                          Here is a link I found to her Edible feast's articles.

                                                                                                                                                                          http://ediblefeast.com/pascale-beale

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: dkennedy

                                                                                                                                                                            Those recipes are really enticing, DK. Thanks!

                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: dkennedy

                                                                                                                                                                        What about SALAD FOR DINNER?

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: pistachio peas

                                                                                                                                                                          This one? http://www.amazon.com/Salad-Dinner-Co...

                                                                                                                                                                          ~TDQ

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                                                                                                            Yes, I've heard great things about it - and I've made one of the recipes. I think it would be good for summer.

                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: pistachio peas

                                                                                                                                                                            SALAD FOR DINNER would be a good COTM.

                                                                                                                                                                        2. The voting thread is up here:
                                                                                                                                                                          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/979015

                                                                                                                                                                          1. When it looked as though there might be some enthusiasm for "Vegetable Love," I ordered it from the library. It just came in, I've been flipping through it, and I'm surprisingly disappointed. The recipes on the whole seem very pedestrian to me; I read one that catches my eye and am sure I already have somewhere a version that is at least as good if not better. And I'm finding some things truly annoying. Every single fava bean recipe calls for dried, split beans. She says she can't find them regularly (well! they're seasonal!; isn't that what this book is supposed to be about?) and too much trouble. Arrrgh! And she has only one recipe for sugar snap peas and one recipe for snow peas. Finally, I was quite shocked to see how much of this really big book was taken up with Basic Recipes and Techniques (no, I do not need another book to tell me how to make stock, tomato sauce, or pasta) and nearly 150 pages for a Cook's Guide, which I doubt I'd ever refer to.

                                                                                                                                                                            Oh, well. At least now I know. I scanned fewer than half a dozen recipes so will be able to play along if it garners sufficient votes at some point, but this baby is going back to the library toot sweet.

                                                                                                                                                                            10 Replies
                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: JoanN

                                                                                                                                                                              Thank goodness you went the library route!

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: JoanN

                                                                                                                                                                                Thanks for taking one for the team! This is so typical of vegetable "cookery" books. Such an assumption that you have just started to add vegetables to your diet and need to be coached as a beginner. I want new flavors; ones that I have never had or even considered before. Isn't this one of the reasons we love the Ottolenghi books so much?

                                                                                                                                                                                We just need to find something similar for other cuisines besides the Middle East.

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: smtucker

                                                                                                                                                                                  Southern cooking... while it's become trendy lately, the dishes that have become popular do not in any way represent the scope of the cuisine, or it's traditional emphasis on vegetables. I was looking through an old book from the 70's the other day, and came across a recipe for stuffed corn. You get some great local corn, pull back the husk, remove the cob. Take the corn off the cob and mix with egg, a tiny bit of cream, some small shrimp or diced shrimp, bacon if you wish, season as you wish. Stuff that into the empty husks, close them back up, tie with a strip of husk, and steam. Peel back for a stunning presentation and a delicious meal.

                                                                                                                                                                                  I was impressed, looking through that older cookbook, how it did not seem dated at all. I have much older Southern books, from the 19th century, and they also have great recipes, although not written like we expect these days. What surprised me more than the older books was that one as recent as the 70's would still have such recipes in it. Weren't the 70's supposed to be the nadir of American food?

                                                                                                                                                                                  Any Southerner worth their salt knows that in a traditional meat & three type place, the best thing to order is not a meat & three, but the vegetable plate. Which will be 4-6 vegetable dishes (not necessarily vegetarian, though). Even my cattle-rancher former father-in-law always ordered the vegetable plate.

                                                                                                                                                                                  The problem is, none of this is represented in the more recent cookbooks.

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: MelMM

                                                                                                                                                                                    I married someone who has a very Southern mother, grandmother, in fact, he is the only person from his family to have left. Her vegetable cookery was just awful. She gave me many Southern Cookbooks, and I found the vegetable recipes to truly lacking. But, his family is from a small area of Georgia. For all I know you could go 50 miles in one way or the other, and the vegetable cookery gets so much better.

                                                                                                                                                                                    She is no longer with us, and I am ashamed to say, I threw out 30 years of Southern Cooking [well, gave them away.] Didn't have a place for them in my house, didn't have time while clearing out the house to sort, and my husband stated that he "hates" Southern vegetable recipes and saw no place for the magazines in his life.

                                                                                                                                                                                    So, I think region must play a large part in how one feels about vegetables.

                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: JoanN

                                                                                                                                                                                  This is a book I've owned for a long time. I bought it almost immediately when it was released. But, I've never cooked from it. Or, if I have, it wasn't memorable. I wonder if I should just go ahead and ditch it? But, it seems so comprehensiv and I ditched my copy of VCFE. Do I need at least one comprehensive vegetable book?

                                                                                                                                                                                  ~TDQ

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                                                                                                                    I don't have a comprehensive vegetable book and I'd be happy to add one to my collection if the recipes were exciting and, as smtucker says, the flavors and combinations were new and original. This one just wasn't it; at least, not for me.

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: JoanN

                                                                                                                                                                                      Yeah, that's what I'm thinking, too. It's a thick book and would free more than its share of room on my shelf.

                                                                                                                                                                                      I actually have plenty (including Plenty, Ha!) of vegetable and vegetarian cookbooks. Maybe it's just silly of me to think I need a comprehensive one for the mere sake of having a comprehensive one.

                                                                                                                                                                                      ~TDQ

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                                                                                                                        My comprehensive book is Victory Garden - it has info on many veggies - how to grow, store, buy, cook - great book and wonderful resource with good recipes to boot :)

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: herby

                                                                                                                                                                                          I love the Victory Garden cookbook. My copy is literally falling apart.

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Blythe spirit

                                                                                                                                                                                            My copy is missing in action. Don't know when it went missing. I assume during one move or the other. When we lived in Montana (1982-1986) and I had a double victory garden, it is what taught us how to grow the foods that we could live on. I don't remember any recipes which must mean I just read the gardening sections.