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May 2012 Cookbook of the Month, Including Post Mortem Discussion: "Food of Spain" and "Moro: the Cookbook"

L.Nightshade | Apr 30, 201209:25 PM

Welcome to the May 2012 Cookbook of the Month! This month we will be cooking from Claudia Roden's Food of Spain, and Sam and Sam Clark's Moro: the Cookbook.

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:
And 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:

For enhanced camaraderie, and for ease of comparing dishes, this month our books are divided into only four threads, based on types of food. You can report on recipes from either book in these threads, and compare and contrast similar dishes. The page numbers for Moro are from the 2011 paperbound edition, if your pagination is different, please go by the chapter titles. I believe there is only one edition of Food of Spain, so we should all be on the same page with that one, so to speak.

I tried to keep the contents of the threads aligned as much as possible. For example, FOS's chapter on egg dishes went under the tapas thread, because Moro includes the tortilla under tapas. But do expect that there will be some overlap, and some contradiction in these threads, because the divisions in the books are not identical.

Here are the links to the reporting threads:

The Tapas and First Courses Thread is here:
Food of Spain - Tapas, pages, 147 - 167
Food of Spain - Egg Dishes, pages 195 - 205
Food of Spain - Savory Pies and Tarts, pages 207 - 223
Moro - Tapas and Mezze, pages 21 - 52
Moro - Fish Starters, pages 11 - 106
Moro - Meat Starters, pages 107 - 134
Moro - Vegetable Starters, pages 135 - 158

The Soups, Vegetables, Starches, and Legumes Thread is here:
Food of Spain - Soups, pages 169 - 193
Food of Spain - Salads and Vegetables, pages 225 - 295
Food of Spain - Rice and Pasta, pages 439 - 481
Food of Spain - Beans and Chickpea Stews, pages 483 - 499
Moro - Soups, pages 53 - 76
Moro - Rices, pages 159 - 176
Moro - Vegetables, pages 227 - 246

The Fish, Poultry, and Meat Thread is here:
Food of Spain - Fish and Seafood, pages 297 - 347
Food of Spain - Poultry and Game, pages 349 - 391
Food of Spain - Meat, pages 393 - 437
Moro - Fish Main Courses, pages 177 - 200
Moro - Meat Main Courses, pages 201 -226

The Miscellaneous Thread is here:
Food of Spain - Stocks and Basics, pages 123 - 131
Food of Spain - Dressings and Sauces, pages 133 - 145
Food of Spain - Desserts and Pastries, pages 501 - 577
Food of Spain - Drinks, pages 579 - 588
Moro - Bread, pages 9 - 20
Moro - Sauces and Dressings, pages 247 - 260
Moro - Puddings, pages 261 - 279

As an adjunct to the above threads for the COTM, BigSal has kindly posted a Spanish Month Companion Thread for cooking from other Spanish cookbooks. Please visit that thread here:

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. Also, please come back to this thread to share some of your general impressions and opinions of these books. Your input can be very helpful to future COTM members and cookbook shoppers!

The Chowhound Team has asked me to remind you that verbatim copying of recipes to the boards is a violation of the copyright of the original author. Posts with copied recipes will be removed.

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