For those of you interested in participating in our chowhounds cooking together (see other thread), please cast your votes here for our September 2006 cookbook.
Since we're just getting started-- and a late start at that, this month-- I'd like to suggest that we begin with a "classic" cookbook, something that folks may already have in house. I think next month, October, would be a great month to focus on braising (several people have suggested all about braising), November a focus on more complex meals (maybe Sunday Suppers?), December on baking, etc. But this month I'd like to suggest we begin with something a little more tried and true, something folks may have cooked from a bit before.
I went to two farmer's markets this weekend, and in this part of the country (CA Bay Area), I'm seeing gorgeous tomatoes and corn, but also wonderful peppers, eggplants, squash, and herbs. The last of the peaches and plums are still in season, as well as a few figs. Apples are just beginning.
The two types of cooking that come to mind for me, given the fresh food plentiful now, are Italian and Mexican. So here are my votes for the next two-three weeks of cookbook exploration:
1. Marcella Hazan's Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking
2. Rick Bayless' Mexico One Plate at a Time
Please list at one to three cookbooks you would like to cook from for this month. (My list next month might be totally different-- in fact, next month I think I'd vote for either All About Braising or Tom Valenti's one pot cooking book.)
Okay, hounds, what do you think?