October brings shorter days, cooler weather, and the end of the autumn harvest. Since in many parts of the country it's still nice enough to be outdoors during daylight hours, I thought we could choose a cookbook that emphasizes one-pot cooking. These recipes are hearty, filling choices that reheat well and can simmer on the stove for a long time without a lot of checking. Cleanup is minimal.
Both books employ braising as a technique: one focuses on it more while the other employs it in some recipes. Even those cooks who are experts at braising will, I hope, be encouraged to try some combinations they haven't before. (And personally, I have a brand new enameled dutch oven I can't wait to break in.)
Our choices are:
-- ALL ABOUT BRAISING by Molly Stevens. This cookbook goes into great detail about the technique of braising, and also includes a wide range of recipes (not only meats, but vegetables and seafood as well).
-- SOUPS, STEWS, AND ONE POT MEALS by Tom Valenti. This cookbook focuses on one pot cooking and includes soups, stews, chilis, pastas, etc. A lot of traditional recipes (such as macaroni and cheese or beef borguignon) are updated with more modern ingredients and streamlined to be cooked in one pot.
So there you have it, folks. Please post your votes here until midnight (PST) Thursday the 28th of September. I'll announce the October cookbook on Friday and begin setting up the threads.
And one final note-- since we got a late start in September, if some hounds would like to continue cooking from Marcella Hazan's Essentials, please feel free to do so. We'll leave those threads open for now.