Summer 2024 Cookbook of the Month nominations - Jul, Aug, Sept

I hope we can save it too, but that’s kind of why I’m asking this question. I feel like if this book can’t get any traction, can anything? It’s not an Asian book, btw. There are a fair number of Asian recipes, but there are also pasta dishes, middle eastern dishes, and tonight I’m making an enchilada casserole from the book.

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I ordered Israeli Soul for this quarter. I made the hummus recipe from it and didn’t like it. So, I didn’t make too much more from it. I say all this because now I am wanting to get Tenderheart and try a recipe from there. I just can’t focus on more than one thing at a time and many times that one thing falls by the wayside lately. When I get it, I will cook from it.

I tried to explain a while back why I have dropped out of participating. My family situation has not improved since then. There have been multiple service provider failures for our adult son and other stresses have accumulated.

I can’t participate now. While I hope for the future, that’s a dream.

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From when it was nominated for Sep 2023:

I don’t know this one, but I’d be up for combining it with Andrea Nguyen’s
EVER-GREEN VIETNAMESE

I love the ease and accessibility of her recipes, and her books are usually available at the library, with many recipes online as well.

Or we could do
ANDREA NGUYEN QUARTER
to provide more breadth — there are a lot of things that would appeal over the summer, given use of fresh produce, grilling, sandwiches and salads, and so on.

Or if it’s too many books (she has 7), then I’d propose her 4 Vietnamese cookbooks.

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With a few days left to go, here is a collation of the noms so far.

I’ve grouped them by my own assessment of everyday vs project vs crossover (which may not be accurate for books I’m not familiar with, but it’s an attempt to help people see how things might fall out).

(These are NOT nominations from me — I’ve just copy-pasted from above so things were already in caps)

Everyday

  • SALAD FREAK
  • GRAINS FOR EVERY SEASON
  • BON APPETIT FAST , EASY, FRESH
  • HEIDI SWANSON QUARTER

Project

  • SILVER PALATE Cookbooks
  • THE IMMIGRANT COOKBOOK: Recipes that Make America Great
  • HEIRLOOM KITCHEN: Heritage Recipes and Family Stories from the Tables of Immigrant Women
  • KRISTINA CHO QUARTER — EatChoFood blog and Milkbread and Mooncakes cookbook
  • L.A. SON — Roy Choi
  • VIANA LA PLACE QUARTER
  • STEVEN SATTERFIELD QUARTER
  • VEG-TABLE — Nik Sharma
  • ERIC TUCKER QUARTER
  • THIS WILL MAKE IT TASTE GOOD
  • THE VEGAN CHINESE KITCHEN & CHINESE HOMESTYLE

Crossover (both easy/everyday and more involved/project recipes):

  • PATI JINICH QUARTER
  • MAANGCHI QUARTER
  • DISHOOM: From Bombay with Love
  • MARY SUE MILLIKEN AND SUSAN FENIGER (Mesa Mexicana and Too Hot Tamales)
  • NIGELLISSIMA
  • BON APPETIT COOKBOOK
  • MARCELA VALLADOLID QUARTER
  • VEGAN VIETNAMESE (alone or & EVER-GREEN VIETNAMESE)
  • ANDREA NGUYEN QUARTER
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I haven’t been a participant for awhile, but aspire to be! These suggestions by others appeal to me for summer cooking:

SALAD FREAK (or JESS DAMUCK to include her new HEALTH NUT)
GRAINS FOR EVERY SEASON
VIANA LA PLACE
MICHEAL SOLOMONOV QUARTER
HEIDI SWANSON QUARTER

Michael Solomonov is one of the current COTMs / COTQs so you can jump right in:

I like the idea of pairing Vegan Vietnamese with Ever-Green Vietnamese. I’ll count my own nomination as one for the pair.

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I wouldn’t classify Joshua McFadden’s grain book as easy. It has a mix of recipes, some are quite involved. Maybe in the crossover category.

I wouldn’t classify the Vivian Howard book as a project book. Yes, some of the condiments require a waiting period. But that’s hands off. Once those are made, the recipes are straightforward. This book is not as cheffy as her first book was. I would put it in the crossover category. I’d say the recipes are on the average easier than the McFadden book. You just have to have the appropriate condiment made and on hand, so a bit of advance planning.

I have three Viana La Place books, and I would categorize all of them as easy/everyday. It’s very simple Italian food.

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I am in a the mood for Vietnamese (just ordered EVER-GREEN VIETNAMESE, so I 'd be up for that and/or ANDREA NGUYEN QUARTER

Sorry I have missed so much, just traveling a lot–Mel, I hope to join you in cooking from Tenderheart, but it’ll be sporadic, and delayed.

I’d be up for an ANDREA NGUYEN month.

“her combinations just haven’t caught me — which is odd because I cook/eat a lot of asian-inspired dishes, which are her wheelhouse.”
“Seems everyone loves Hetty McKinnon but every time I look through her recipes I don’t pick one.”

I second both of these statements. I feel the same about Diana Henry. People love her food and her writing, but neither really speak to me. That said, it’s definitely a “me” thing; both McKinnon and Henry are talented and well-deserving of their success.

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I feel that way about Melissa Clark.

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ANDREA NGUYEN would be a good option for a quarter

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Another aspiring participant here….

I just picked up Ever Green at the library and own a couple other Nguyen books. I’d be up for an ANDREA NGUYEN quarter. Or EG combined with the vegan book

Yes, her too. In fact I may have been thinking of Melissa Clark; Diana Henry is same to a slightly lesser degree.

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ANDREA NGUYEN QUARTER
THE VEGAN CHINESE KITCHEN & CHINESE HOMESTYLE
VEG-TABLE — Nik Sharma
PATI JINICH QUARTER

ps appreciate the broader grouping since I dont intend to buy more of her books and have several

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Thank you!

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