We had a total of 26 books (with a couple "pairings") nominated! Wow. There were two clear front runners, however. One is from chef Suzanne Goin, whose Sunday Suppers at Lucques cookbook has been a Chowhound favorite in the past. The second is a pair of new Malaysian cookbooks. (By the way, for all of you who voted for a combination of the Moro books, they came in close, so keep trying in future months.)
The candidates for May 2017 COTM are:
THE A.O.C. COOKBOOK by Suzanne Goin
Here is the description from Amazon:
Since her James Beard Award-winning first book, Sunday Suppers at Lucques, Suzanne Goin and her Los Angeles empire of restaurants have blossomed and she has been lauded as one of the best chefs in the country. Now, she is bringing us the recipes from her sophomore restaurant, A.O.C., turning the small-plate, shared-style dishes that she made so famous into main courses for the home chef. Among her many recipes, you can expect her addictive Bacon-Wrapped Dates with Parmesan; Duck Sausage with Candied Kumquats; Dandelion and Roasted Carrot Salad with Black Olives and Ricotta Salata; California Sea Bass with Tomato Rice, Fried Egg, and Sopressata; Lamb Meatballs with Spiced Tomato Sauce, Mint, and Feta; Crème Fraîche Cake with Santa Rosa Plums and Pistachios in Olive Oil; and S’Mores with Caramel Popcorn and Chocolate Sorbet.
But The A.O.C. Cookbook is much more than just a collection of recipes. Because Goin is a born teacher with a gift for pairing seasonal flavors, this book is full of wonderful, eye-opening information about the ingredients that she holds dear. She takes the time to talk you through each one of her culinary decisions, explaining her palate and how she gets the deeply developed flavor profiles, which make even the simplest dishes sing. More than anything, Goin wants you to understand her techniques so you enjoy yourself in the kitchen and have no problem achieving restaurant-quality results right at home.
With more than 125 full-color photographs, The A.O.C. Cookbook brings Suzanne Goin’s dishes to life as she continues to invite us into her kitchen and divulge the secrets about what makes her food so irresistibly delicious.
Here is the EYB listing of all the recipes in AOC: https://www.eatyourbooks.com/library/...
2) A combination of the two books, THE MALAYSIAN KITCHEN by Christina Arokiasamy, and AMAZING MALAYSIAN by Norman Musa
Here is the Amazon description of The Malaysian Kitchen:
Irresistible Malaysian recipes for the American home cook, including curries, noodle bowls, stir-fries, street foods, and more.
A delicious and informal mashup of Southeast Asian and European influences, Malaysian cooking is full of flavor and easy to love. Chef and author Christina Arokiasamy brings it into the American home kitchen. This cuisine borrows from the traditions of Thailand, India, China, and Portugal for dishes as varied as Chili Prawns, Salmon Tandoori, Hainanese Chicken Rice, and Grilled Lamb with Rosemary Pesto. Christina gives recipes for authentic Malaysian favorites like Beef Rendang and Char Kway Teow Noodles, while also sharing her own modern iterations, such as Wok-Fried Spaghetti with Kale. An assortment of sambals and chili sauces-simply thrown together in a blender-get you started on your way to these dishes but are so tasty and versatile you'll find yourself using them in the rest of your everyday cooking. Vivid on-location photography takes the reader into the spice markets, coffee houses, fishing villages, and kitchen gardens that inspired each recipe.
Here is the EYB listing of the all the recipes in The Malaysian Kitchen: https://www.eatyourbooks.com/library/...
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And here is the Amazon description of Amazing Malaysian:
Malaysian food is incredible. Think vibrant, healthy dishes with dazzling flavours and textures. With over 100 recipes - using ingredients that you can find in any supermarket - this is the ultimate guide to cooking Malaysian food at home. Try an authentic satay, an aromatic curry, a laksa, or simply the perfect fluffy coconut rice.
Here is the EYB listing of all the recipes in Amazing Malaysian:
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