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Aug 9, 2014 05:13 AM

Nominations Thread: Cookbook of the Month September 2014

Fellow hounds, it is once again time to submit nominations for the next Cookbook of the Month (COTM). Please use this thread to discuss the books you would like to cook from in September 2014.

Indicate you are nominating a book by writing the title of the book in ALL CAPITALS.

For more information on past selections and how the Cook Book of the Month process works, this link will take you to the very helpful COTM Archive:

Nominations will close at 8 PM Eastern Time on 14 August 2014.

Meanwhile, enjoy the discussion!

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      1. re: qianning

        Indeed, welcome to the newest coordinator

    1. Hello, hello, Q! Off to a good start I see. Smart to announce that nominations are open on several boards. As for cookbooks, as far as I'm concerned we'll still be getting Summer produce so I'll have to do some deep thinking on this.


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        1. re: Candy

          Also known as Veggiestan in its UK, hardback incarnation.

          1. re: Candy

            I could get behind THE NEW MIDDLE EASTERN VEGETARIAN (aka VEGGIESTAN).

            I have the UK hardbound edition called Veggiestan. I've been wanting to cook from it for quite a while and haven't gotten around to it.

          2. I’d like to nominate “AVEC ERIC,” the book based on Eric Ripert’s PBS Show of the same title.

            The book was published in 2010, so should be available in most libraries (in fact, that was how I first came across it) and is available both used and new quite inexpensively on Amazon. This isn’t restaurant cooking; many (probably most) of the dishes could be considered for week-night meals. There are many recipes that emphasize fresh-from-the-market fruits and vegetables, so it would be a good transition book from late summer to early fall. One of the recipes I tried was the Ratatouille, and it was the best I’ve ever made. Another was Fennel Pollen-Dusted Branzino with White Wine, Tomatoes and Fennel Broth and it was excellent.

            I’ve barely begun to explore the book and am excited about delving further into it. Would love to have you all join me.

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            1. re: JoanN

              I've been in grudging denial that September will happen, so I kind of resent this thread for reminding me!

              Anyway, Avec Eric is indexed on EYB (, and from what I see there, it does look to have some interesting and fresh recipes. My library has a copy, so I may need to take a look.

              1. re: JoanN

                This book piqued my interest so much that... you guessed, I ordered it. Thank you JN. And Caitlin.

                1. re: JoanN

                  JoanN, I've been curious about this book for awhile. Are any of the get toasted (toasted oven) recipes in the book? I can't really tell by looking at the TOC or index on Amazon or by looking at EYB.


                  1. re: The Dairy Queen

                    The book is a companion to the TV show, "Avec Eric." If I'm not mistaken, the "Get Toasted" videos on his Web site were begun sometime later. I'm sure some of the recipes could be prepared in a toaster oven, but none that I've come across specifically call for it.

                    1. re: JoanN

                      I don't own a toaster oven, and really don't want to make space for one, so I hope to heck this book isn't all toaster oven recipes.

                      eta: rereading JoanN's response has calmed me down a bit. Phew!

                      1. re: LulusMom

                        No. Not about toaster ovens. Eric was hired by Cuisinart to be their spokesperson and to create recipes and videos to help people learn to cook. I have referred a number of single friends to the video series when they have found someone they wish to feed and impress. All the video recipes work equally well in a real oven and the recipes are all delicious. He cooks with the same products that we do. As fresh as possible, with herbs, etc, not a canned soup to be found!

                        One friend proposed after being served his salmon for two from the series.

                        1. re: smtucker

                          Just bit the bullet and bought a used copy.

                          1. re: LulusMom

                            Two days later my (used!) copy has arrived and is in wonderful condition. Print is a bit small but my quick peek made me happy I'd gone for it. Can't wait to have a sit with it.

                            1. re: LulusMom

                              Having a small dinner party tonight and all dishes but dessert are from "Avec Eric." I've finished two of three so far, just read what you wrote about the print being small, and had to go take a look--even though I've been reading it all day. You're right; it is small. That's what I get for reading the boards instead of working in the kitchen as I should be.

                              1. re: JoanN

                                Not a problem - I'll be over in a few to help (in other words, I wish I was coming to dinner).

                                If I can somehow sneak a glass of wine during Monday's playdate, I'll just sit in the kitchen with the book and hold it as far from my face as possible and have a lovely time.

                                1. re: LulusMom

                                  In my case, as close to my face as possible!

                                    1. re: blue room

                                      Ha! We have opposite problems. My arms aren't long enough to read the directions on my prescription bottles.

                        2. re: JoanN

                          Thanks JoanN and smtucker. Thanks for the info. I have a toaster oven and would actually love to use it more, especially in summer when it's so darn hot and I don't want to heat up the house. Even in winter, though, I'd love to use it for "quick meals"--our oven takes forever to heat up. So if Avec Eric wins, I might cook alongside with the get toasted series.


                    2. SOUL OF A NEW CUISINE by Marcus Samuelsson.
                      Yep, I'm giving this one another go. I've had great success with the few dishes I've made from this book, and I'd love a month to focus on it.