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April 2017 COTM: DINNER by Melissa Clark

pistachio peas | Mar 31, 201704:02 PM     101

Have we ever been so prepared, cookbooks in hand, and raring to go?! There has been so much energetic enthusiasm for our upcoming COTM:


I doubt anyone needs it, but to refresh your memory, here is the book's description from Amazon:

Each recipe in Dinner is meant to be dinner—one fantastic dish that is so satisfying and flavor-forward it can stand alone—or be paired with a simple salad or fresh bread on the side. This is what Melissa Clark means by changing the game. Dinner is all about options: inventive, unfussy food with unexpected flavor. Clark’s mission is to help anyone—whether a novice with just a single pan or the experienced home cook—figure out what to make any night of the week without settling on fallbacks. These inherently simple recipes can turn anyone into a better and more confident cook. Organized by main ingredient—chicken, meat, fish and seafood, eggs, pasta and noodles, tofu, vegetable dinners, grains, pizza, soups, and salads that mean it—Dinner covers an astonishing breadth of recipes. There is something for every mood, season, and the amount of time you have: sheet pan chicken laced with spicy harissa, burgers amped with chorizo, curried lentils with poached eggs; and if you want just a little something else, you’ll find green beans with caper vinaigrette, coconut rice, and skillet brown-butter cornbread, to name just a few dishes in this indispensable collection. Here, too, are easy flourishes that make dinner exceptional: stir charred lemon into pasta, toss creamy Caesar-like dressing on a grain bowl, add fresh ricotta and demerara sugar to stovetop mac and cheese; lavish a dollop of chile paste just about anywhere.

Please use this thread for general discussion of the book, including questions and ingredient sourcing. This is also a good place to post links to recipes from the book that are available online.

Please use the appropriate reporting threads below to report on recipes:

CHICKEN (p. 22-61) and MEAT: PORK, BEEF, VEAL, LAMB, DUCK, & TURKEY (p. 64-95)

THE GRIND (p. 99-112) & FISH & SEAFOOD (p. 116-145); and EGGS (p.150-171)

PASTA & NOODLES (p. 175-205); and TOFU (p. 209-228)

BEANS, LEGUMES, & VEGETABLE DINNERS (p. 234-273); RICE, FARRO, QUINOA & OTHER GRAINS (p. 278-297); and PIZZAS & PIES (p. 301-311)

SOUPS (p. 314-330); SALADS (p. 334-349); and DIPS, SPREADS, & GO-WITHS (p. 353-385)

To see the nomination thread for this month, look here:

and the voting thread is here: https://www.chowhound.com/post/voting...

The announcement thread, which contains some early discussion can be seen here:

To learn more about COTM in general, visit the archive:

Finally, I'd encourage you, at the end of the month, to return to this thread to discuss summations, opinions, and overall views of the book. Happy cooking!

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