Report on “Fish Without a Doubt,” July’s Cookbook of the Month

Each month Chowhounds choose a book to cook from collaboratively, then they report on their experiences. It's a fun, interactive way to explore cookbooks and cuisines, and everyone's welcome to participate. Check out the Cookbook of the Month archive for all the details and links to past discussions.

In July, Chowhounds were cooking from Fish Without a Doubt by Rick Moonen and Roy Finamore, a book so popular it's been chosen as Cookbook of the Month twice. The book's a comprehensive collection of information and flavor-packed recipes for fish and shellfish, plus sauces and sides—Chowhounds say it's changed their approach to seafood. They love innovative techniques such as dropping buttered fish filets in a cast iron skillet preheated for 15 minutes under the broiler, resulting in a beautiful crust and perfectly cooked flesh without turning. It's a "life-altering" method, smtucker says.

Little twists turn even familiar preparations into unqualified hits. Chicken-fried trout elevates fried fish to new heights, nomadchowwoman says, and hounds universally praise fresh, piquant sole piccata and "killer-good" Thai-style mussels.

This month, Chowhounds celebrate summer by cooking from Planet Barbecue! by Steven Raichlen and Raising the Salad Bar by Catherine Walthers. Join the conversation!

Discuss: July 2012 Cookbook of the Month: Fish Without a Doubt (Revisit)

Photograph of sautéed salmon with beets and skordalia by JoanN