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July 2014 Cookbook of the Month - Radically Simple: 325 Inspiring Recipes from Award Winning Chef Rozanne Gold

Welcome all to the Cookbook of the Month thread for July 2014! This month we will all be cooking from Radically Simple By Rozanne Gold.

To view the history of COTM please click here:

If you are interested in viewing the threads that got us here please see the following:

Nomination Thread

Voting Thread

To view the announcement thread please click here:

This thread may be used for all general discussions with regards to Radically Simple and the COTM process this month. I look forward to the lively discussion as per usual.

In terms of posting your thoughts on individual recipes please use the links below. Remember when posting to verify if the recipe you are commenting on has already been reviewed, if so please reply to the original poster so that all comments on a specific recipe are together.




10 Minute Salads
Vegetables and Side Dishes


Happy cooking all!

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  1. Hi all, I know I'm a touch early as it is still the 30th but tomorrow is Canada day and I will be away from my computer so I thought I would put them up now.

    1. Anyone else finding the index a little lacking? I'm excited to try many recipes and have sticky-noted more than a dozen, some found while leafing through the book others via the cooking-from discussion.

      But looking for a recipe that uses a specific ingredient (e.g., tortellini) or for a salad-course via the index gave nothing for tortellini (just generic pasta entry in the index) and then simply a referral to the in-chaper table of contents page for the pasta section or the entire salad chapter. I eventually found what looks like a fine recipe using tortellini, it just took some extra looking to get there.

      1. The older Cooking From discussion is http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7860...

        Noted here for quick-reference

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        1. re: MidwesternerTT

          Thanks Midwesterner, I always forget those cooking from threads.

        2. The reports are making me want to buy this book! Sitting on my hands here...

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          1. re: greedygirl

            Surely one of us must be going to London soon??? Help gg out with a copy?

            1. re: LulusMom

              It's too long, LLM. Remind me when you''re next due a visit? xx

              1. re: greedygirl

                Sad to say, I don't have one set up. If you don't have the book before my next one, I'll bring you a copy though.

            1. I would just like to thank those who voted for this book. I've had it for ages and had already cooked a fair number of things from it (much more than from most of the books I own) but I'm still managing to find a lot of new things to try. It has really shown me just how much there is in this book, and most of the new stuff I've tried I have liked very much. Just feeling kind of "Yippee!" about how this has worked out.

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              1. re: LulusMom

                I'm liking the recipes too. I bought it June 11, 2011 just 8 months after it was published. The condition was, "Used - Like New". Several recipes were made during the intervening years. Now the pages are actually falling out of the book. It seems the binding consists of just glue and groups of pages were adhered to the binding board, for lack of a better term. It's upsetting.

                1. re: Gio

                  Yep, mine is falling apart in places too. I assumed it was because I've used it so much, but if yours is doing the same you must be right - just shoddily made.

                  1. re: LulusMom

                    The sad thing is this is not the first cookbook this has happened to. Other books in our home library have lasted in perfect condition for decades. Jaffery's World Vegetarian: the entire Index section fell out and is held in place by a small bullnose clip. Around My French Table: several pages at once have fallen out. LOL It looks like I don't know how to care for a book and I assure you that's not the case.

                2. re: LulusMom

                  I have succumbed to the lure of Amazon--the book is due back at the library, and there are still things I want to try. This COTM could get to be an expensive and space-consuming effort, but I have really enjoyed it this month. I do hope my book hangs together.

                  1. re: LulusMom

                    I like this book too. I'm late to the party as I just got it from the library but already I've tried two recipes and have a bunch more tabbed. It may be my own COTM for august.

                    1. re: tcamp

                      Oh I do hope that you post your thoughts and reviews as you work through some of the recipes. One of the great things about COTM is once there is a thread, it is alive forever!

                      1. re: tcamp

                        I'll probably join you in continuing. I returned my library copy and am eagerly awaiting delivery of my (used copy) purchase. I wrote down the 2-dozen pages I'd tabbed but not made yet, and keep adding more while reading comments from others.