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April 2015 COTM Announcement: POLPO

And to me 24 degrees is just barely starting to feel like spring, so maybe I can remove my sweater and open the windows.

about 12 hours ago
MelMM in Home Cooking
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April 2015 COTM Announcement: POLPO

A healthy attitude! I do enjoy reading even when I'm not participating much. And sometimes I do go back and add to the threads later. Most months I manage to participate a fair amount, but there have been a few where I had too much going on, was away from home for an extended period, or the book just wasn't appealing to me.

about 17 hours ago
MelMM in Home Cooking

April 2015 COTM Announcement: POLPO

I have to confess, I've neglected this month's COTM and moved on. I feel bad about it, but for much of the month I was working in a temporary kitchen with limited equipment and ingredients, so it was hard to delve into that book the way it deserved.

I've already made 6 recipes from Polpo, and I've barely scratched the surface. I can't wait to be able to report on them tomorrow. I also just hit the "one-click" button on Amazon for a brand spanking new copy (I think the price has dropped a bit in the past few weeks).

about 18 hours ago
MelMM in Home Cooking
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I'm the turtle at the table .

That's pretty funny. I doubt there is any real truth to it, but my mother is really slow, and she's 91.

1 day ago
MelMM in Not About Food

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy scrag end of winter March 2015 edition!

Ya gotta do what ya gotta do to get through the day.

1 day ago
MelMM in Home Cooking

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy scrag end of winter March 2015 edition!

I've been good for the past week or so, so I indulged in Root to Leaf, by Steven Satterfield. It's been on my wishlist since before it was released. Reviewed in the NYT today:
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/01/din...

1 day ago
MelMM in Home Cooking

Cooking from Isabel's Cantina

Wow. I find the avocado salsa cruda quite salty, but pleasantly so. If the flatbread made it seem unsalty, the flatbread must have been incredibly salty! Sorry it ruined the meal for you.

BTW, I have a problem, because I loooovvvee that avocado salsa cruda, but Mr. MM does not. So it's become a treat for myself when he's not around. And sometimes, I make it when he is around and he just has to live with it. As my mother said, the rule is that the cook makes the rules.

2 days ago
MelMM in Home Cooking

April 2015 COTM Announcement: POLPO

Yeah, I already placed an order for a substantial number of those vegetable tabby-things. Last thing I need to know right now is that they have other good stuff. But I am going to keep it all in mind when the holiday baking rolls around next year.

Mar 28, 2015
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April 2015 COTM Announcement: POLPO

Love those!

Mar 28, 2015
MelMM in Home Cooking

April 2015 COTM Announcement: POLPO

I've never seen that be the case. I wasn't able to find that seller that GG mentioned on the US site. A lot of the UK sellers are listed on both the UK and US sites - so sometimes I can buy from UK seller off the US site, and it comes out cheaper that way, even though it's shipping from the UK.

Mar 28, 2015
MelMM in Home Cooking

April 2015 COTM Announcement: POLPO

I order a lot from the UK - usually a new release of someone like Nigel Slater, where I don't want to wait 9 months for a US edition. And, to tell the truth, I don't want the US edition, because I'd rather have the metric measures. Shipping really isn't that bad, it just doesn't get here as fast. I always compare between the cost of ordering on Amazon US (often from a UK seller) and Amazon UK. I'd say it's a 50/50 split on which works out to be cheaper.

Mar 27, 2015
MelMM in Home Cooking

April 2015 COTM Announcement: POLPO

I don't know, but now I'm going to look into buying from Amazon UK!

Mar 27, 2015
MelMM in Home Cooking

April 2015 COTM Announcement: POLPO

I know that Amazon has some protection for the buyer if the seller does not provide adequate service. So, if you purchased through Amazon, even from a third-party seller, and the book arrived defective, and you returned it, or tried to return it, but did not get a refund or replacement, you could go directly to Amazon and they would you a refund. At least, I THINK that's how it works. You might try to return the book and contact Abe's if the seller doesn't cooperate. Maybe Abe's will make you whole.

Mar 27, 2015
MelMM in Home Cooking
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April 2015 COTM Announcement: POLPO

I have a library copy, and it has definitely seen some use, but the binding is fine. I actually like the binding because unlike a traditional hardcover binding, it lays flat when you open the book. A great help when cooking, so you don't come back to the book and find it's on a whole other recipe. Sorry to hear that your copy wasn't as sturdy.

Mar 27, 2015
MelMM in Home Cooking

April 2015 COTM Announcement: POLPO

I got my library copy on Wednesday afternoon. Looked through the book and found so much that I'd like to make. It's just one of those books where every dish says, "make me". Tabbed about two dozen recipes to make in the next month, and I didn't even tab the ones that called for high summer ingredients. I'll have to revisit the book in July for those. But there's a difference between a recipe looking good in a book, and tasting good on the plate, as we all know. I've made two recipes already, and I'm happy to say they were both fantastic. I'm thinking this is going to be a very good month. Sorry, you'll have to wait until April 1 for the reports! While I'm working from a library copy right now, if the other recipes turn out as delicious as the two I've tried so far, I'll be buying my own copy before the month is out.

Mar 27, 2015
MelMM in Home Cooking

April 2015 COTM Announcement: POLPO

I really don't know why you wouldn't be seeing them, but try this: when you open the "look inside" book, on the menu on the left, click on index. Then click the blue arrow on the left side of the book image to scroll backwards. That will take you right into recipes without so much scrolling through the introduction to the book.

Mar 26, 2015
MelMM in Home Cooking

April 2015 COTM Announcement: POLPO

Glad to see you here, Russell! I hope when the "cooking from" threads go up on April 1, you'll check in on us now and again. It's always great to have the author around to guide us through the occasional difficulty.

I'll have my hands on a copy this afternoon, and I'm very excited to actually be able to see it and handle it.

Mar 25, 2015
MelMM in Home Cooking
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Over 50 dogs rescued from South Korean meat farm

The "in our culture" being the point. But the OP says, "Part of the goal is to begin changing attitudes and culture." So how do we feel about people from certain countries, or adherents to certain religions, that say do not eat beef, or pork, or any meat at all, trying to change OUR "attitudes and culture" about what we eat? Why is our idea of what foods are taboo the right one?

April 2015 COTM Announcement: POLPO

One of these days... or maybe at some point we should just do a cooking from thread for it.

April 2015 COTM Announcement: POLPO

Online recipes from Polpo:

Stracchino, fennel salami & fig bruschettehttp://www.foodandtravel.com/food/recipes/st...

A number of recipes here (list follows, you have to scroll through the book):
http://issuu.com/bloomsburypublishing...
Grissini, pickled radicchio & salami
Fried stuffed olives
Pork & beef polpette
Galani cherry 'sandwich'
Panna cotta with blackberries
Saffron pears with meringue
Zucchini shoestring fries
Asparagus, Taleggio & speck pizzetta
Goat's cheese, roasted grape & walnut bruschette
Linguine vongole

Recipes from The Guardian:
http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandsty...
Pizzetta bianca
Warm octopus salad
Broad bean, mint and ricotta bruschette
Pork belly, radicchio and hazelnuts
Prosciutto and butternut squash with ricotta salata
Zucchini, basil and parmesan salad

Biscotti & Vin Santo
http://leitesculinaria.com/87786/reci...

Goat's Cheese, Roasted Grape & Walnut Bruschette
https://www.waterstones.com/book/polp...

The "look inside" at Amazon contains some recipes:
http://www.amazon.com/POLPO-Venetian-...
Aubergine & Parmesan Wrap
Grissini
Carta di Musica
Pilgrim Scallops with Lemon and Peppermint
Fegatto alla Veneziana
Ox Tongue with Balsamic Vinegar

Pork and Pickled Pepper Pizzetta
http://www.foodandtravel.com/food/rec...

Prosciutto, mozzarella & rocket panino
http://www.foodandtravel.com/food/rec...

April 2015 COTM Announcement: POLPO

While the nomination thread was a real horse race, the voting thread was a runaway victory for Polpo: A Venetian Cookbook (Of Sorts), by Russell Norman. To see the nomination thread, go here:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1007459

And the voting thread is here:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1007459

From the Amazon description of Polpo:
"Tucked away in London's edgy Soho district, Polpo is one of the most irrepressibly buzzing restaurants in town. Critics and food aficionados have been flocking to this understated bacaro where Russell Norman serves up small dishes-think tapas-from the back streets of Venice. A far cry from the tourist-trap eateries of the famous floating city, this kind of cooking is unfussy, innovative, and exuberantly delicious. The 120 recipes in this book range from salads and snacks to small main courses, drinks, and desserts, including asparagus with Parmesan and anchovy butter; warm duck salad with beets and walnuts; crispy baby pizzas with zucchini, mint and chilli; scallops with lemon and peppermint; soft-shell crab in Parmesan batter with fennel; fizzy bellinis and glasses of bright orange spritz; panacotta with poached rhubarb; and warm autumn fruits with amaretto cream.

The recipes are accompanied by luminescent photography within a dazzling design, including a distinctive stripped-away spine to reveal colorful Japanese stitching--a feature that also allows the book to lie open flat on a chef's workstation. Polpo captures the unfrequented corners, bustling bacari, and sublime waterways of Venice as they've never been seen before."

If you are curious, the restaurant web site is here:
http://www.polpo.co.uk/

Use this thread for general discussion of the book, and your preparations for the coming month. Reporting threads will be posted on April 1.

Mar 24, 2015
MelMM in Home Cooking

April 2015 COTM Voting Thread

Voting is now CLOSED. Announcement thread will be up shortly. Thanks to all of you for your participation.

Mar 24, 2015
MelMM in Home Cooking

March 2015 COTM Adjunct Thread: Cooking from other Korean Books and Web sites

If it was anywhere near as good as it looks, it must have been fantastic!

Mar 23, 2015
MelMM in Home Cooking

April 2015 COTM Voting Thread

Just a reminder - less than 24 hours left on voting. If you haven't decided yet, now is the time!

Mar 23, 2015
MelMM in Home Cooking

Over 50 dogs rescued from South Korean meat farm

There might be people in some parts of the world, or of some religions, who would like to change OUR culture about eating pigs. Or cows.

Mar 22, 2015
MelMM in Food Media & News
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April 2015 COTM Voting Thread

Just go back to the post you voted on, and click the blue heart again. It "undo" your vote. If you have a problem with that, I'll keep an eye out when I count the votes and "uncount" yours.

Mar 20, 2015
MelMM in Home Cooking

March 2015 COTM Adjunct Thread: Cooking from other Korean Books and Web sites

That looks so good. I have to try it. The problem is I have to eat gluten-free, so I need to come up with a substitute for the wheat noodles (easy enough), and I have not found a GF black bean paste. It would be good if I could figure out a way to make that at home.

Mar 20, 2015
MelMM in Home Cooking

April 2015 COTM Voting Thread

EYB shows 23 recipes online for Polpo. If it wins, I'll post the complete list in the announcement thread.

April 2015 COTM Voting Thread

I just put a hold on Polpo at the library. It's coming in from another branch, so it will take a couple days to get here, but there was no wait on it, so I should have a copy in my hands soon. I was pretty excited to be able to get this one from the library, as it is not a cheap book.

Mar 20, 2015
MelMM in Home Cooking
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April 2015 COTM Voting Thread

I'll help you any way I can.

Mar 19, 2015
MelMM in Home Cooking
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