Welcome to the April 2012 Cookbook of the Month! This month we will be cooking from two books by Melissa Clark:
Cook This Now, and
In the Kitchen with a Good Appetite
If you haven't ever participated in the Cookbook of the Month discussion, we hope you'll give us a try in April. We have a lot of fun, and we learn from each other's experiences. The basics of COTM, and the archive of past books, can be found here:
If you are curious about the selection process, and the accompanying discussion, the nominating thread is here:
The voting thread is here:
Also, there is quite a bit of information, and links to recipes, to be found in the announcement thread here:
I've divided each book into four sections for reporting on recipes, so we have eight reporting threads this month. I've kept the divisions in the same sequential order as they are in the books. Cook This Now is divided into the four seasons, but I think there are enough versatile recipes, and enough people living in different climates, that we will be cooking from all four seasons.
In the Kitchen with a Good Appetite is also divided into four sections. The sizes of the book sections vary, as I've tried to keep the subjects somewhat similar where possible.
Here are the links to the reporting threads:
In the Kitchen with a Good Appetite:
Chapters 1 and 2: Waffling Toward Dinner; The Farmers' Market and Me, pages 5 - 76.
Chapters 3, 4, and 5: Learning to Like Fish; It Tastes Like Chicken; I Never was a Vegetarian, pages 77 - 212.
Chapters 6, 7, and 8: Things with Cheese; My Mother's Sandwich Theory of Life; Better Fried, pages 213 - 296.
Chapters 9, 10, 11, and 12: Holiday Food; My Sweet Tooth and Me; There's Always Room for Pie; Lessons in Imbibing, pages 297 - 430.
(Page-wise, this is a larger section of the book, but it's largely holiday and dessert recipes, so the chapters seemed to belong together.)
Cook This Now:
Winter: January; February; March, pages 7 - 94.
Spring: April; May; June, pages 95 - 192.
Summer: July; August; September, pages 193 - 286.
Autumn: October; November, December, pages 288 - 386.
In addition to using the above threads to report on specific recipes, please feel free to use this thread for general impressions, menu ideas, ingredient sources, and links to online recipes.
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