Good news, hounds! I have heard back from the Chowhound team, and they are willing to let us begin our cookbook review. They are just as excited as we are to see what happens. PLEASE READ THE GUIDELINES IN THIS POST IF YOU ARE PLANNING TO PARTICIPATE.
First of all, it looks like the overall choice for September is Marcella Hazan's Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking. Several hounds have pointed out that this is a reissue of two earlier cookbooks-- Hazan's The Classic Italian Cookbook and More Classic Italian Cooking. You're free to work from any of these cookbooks, but if you're working from the two earlier ones, please mention that in your recipe review in case there are differences in the recipes.
We're trying to keep the number of threads down so that we don't overwhelm the Home Cooking board. For Marcella's reviews, we're going to follow her grouping of recipes and post five separate threads:
-- Appetizer and Soup Recipe Reviews
-- Pasta and Other Starches Recipe Reviews
-- Meat and Seafood Recipe Reviews
-- Vegetable and Salad Recipe Reviews
-- Dessert and Breads Recipe Reviews
If you have a copy of Essentials, you'll see that these five threads roughly correspond to different sections in the book. Please post your review in the correct thread, so that others may discuss similar dishes with you. I know that the threads will probably be very uneven in length-- many more folks will try pasta recipes than dessert recipes-- but at least this way they will be split up somewhat.
We're also going to start a "General Discussion" thread, where you can make general comments on the book or this process. This is very much a work-in-progress-- and the chowhound mods will be keeping a close eye on things to see how they go. Depending on how things go in the next few weeks, the mods may have changes or other suggestions for the following months.
Finally, The Chowhound Team asked me to remind you that verbatim copying of recipes to the boards is violation of the copyright of the original author. Posts with copied recipes will be removed.
Happy cooking! And thanks for your patience.