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June 2015 COTM and Cocktail Companion Announcement: VERDURA and DEATH & CO

MelMM | May 25, 201507:36 AM

Vegetables are definitely where our minds are for June! Our Cookbook of the Month will be VERDURA: VEGETABLES ITALIAN STYLE, by Viana La Place.

From our friends at Amazon:
"Named to Cooking Light magazine's list of the Top 100 Cookbooks of the Last 25 Years. Since its first publication in 1991, Viana La Place's Verdura has become a much loved classic. And with good reason: Its 300 irresistible recipes represent the best of the Italian approach to vegetable preparation, an earthy yet spirited technique that celebrates fresh ingredients simply treated. ...La Place presents recipes for antipastos, salads, soups, sandwiches, pasta, risottos, pizzas, and much more. The vegetables she explores run from the familiar - artichokes, aubergines, radicchio - to the more exotic, such as chayote, cardoons, and brocciflower. (La Place saute's this cauliflower-broccoli hybrid in garlic and oil, then tops it with pungent provolone.) Other recipes, such as Soup of Dried Fava Beans with Fresh Fennel, Fettucine with Peas, Green Onions, and Mint, Grilled Bread with Mushrooms and Herbs, and Baked Red Pepper Fritatta, give further evidence of La Place's original yet thoughtful way with the earth's bounty.Desserts are also included, among them Watermelon with Bittersweet Chocolate Shavings, Grilled Figs with Honey and Walnuts, and Lemon Granita and Brioche. With a vegetable and herb guide and an ingredient glossary, Verdura provides comprehensive information while exciting the palate."

Lots of used copies available for next to nothing.

And as an added bonus to celebrate the coming of summer, we will have a COTM Cocktail Companion: DEATH & CO.: MODERN CLASSIC COCKTAILS, WITH MORE THAN 500 RECIPES, by David Kaplan and Nick Fauchald:

"The definitive guide to the contemporary craft cocktail movement, from one of the highest-profile, most critically lauded, and influential bars in the world. ... Destined to become a definitive reference on craft cocktails, Death & Co features more than 500 of the bar’s most innovative and sought-after cocktails. But more than just a collection of recipes, Death & Co is also a complete cocktail education, with information on the theory and philosophy of drink making, a complete guide to buying and using spirits, and step-by-step instructions for mastering key bartending techniques. Filled with beautiful, evocative photography; illustrative charts and infographics; and colorful essays about the characters who fill the bar each night; Death & Co—like its namesake bar—is bold, elegant, and setting the pace for mixologists around the world."

Use this thread for general discussion about the books until the first of the month. On June 1, reporting threads for both books will be posted.

To see how we got here, you may visit the COTM nomination thread:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1013034

COTM voting thread:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1014131

Cocktail Companion nomination thread:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1013776

Cocktail Companion voting thread:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1014297

And the COTM archive including a list of all past books:
http://www.chow.com/cookbook_of_the_m...

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