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March 2007 Cookbook of the Month: Cast Your Votes Here

Hello, Hounds,

With our voting for a new cookbook of the month comes a new organizer...

introducing Katie Nell, who will be taking over the cookbook of the month project. I'm sure you've seen her posts-- she has a love of cooking and great enthusiasm. Take it away, Katie! And thanks!

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  1. Thanks redwood2bay!

    Well, now that redwood2bay has done the hard part and organized this glorious Cookbook of the Month Club, I will be doing the easy part and taking over the organization for the next six months! I'm certainly glad to be here and happy to continue cooking along with the rest of the Chowhounds!

    For this month, we discussed the fact that there are a lot of different climates/ seasons among all of us Chowhounds- we are definitely spread out all over the place. So, we wanted to go with something that everyone could find inspiration in. In the past months, there has been interest in cooking from a website, so here it is Hounds- a cook"book" that will be accessible to all! These websites were chosen based on their smaller compilations of thoughtful recipes.

    Please vote for one of the following:

    -- The Gilded Fork http://www.gildedfork.com/

    -- Leite's Culinaria http://www.leitesculinaria.com/index....

    -- The Splendid Table http://splendidtable.publicradio.org/

    Please add your votes to this thread. Voting will be open until February 14th, Valentine's Day. I'll announce the March cook"book" of the month on Thursday, February 15th, giving you plenty of time to start planning your menus for March.

    Thanks to everyone for participating and a special thanks to redwood2bay for the fantastic idea and wonderful organizing!

    If you are new to this process and want to join in, welcome, and here are the links to our previous discussions to get an idea of what we have been up to:

    September: Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking http://www.chowhound.com/topics/325712

    October: All About Braising http://www.chowhound.com/topics/339027

    November: Mexico, One Plate at a Time http://www.chowhound.com/topics/339027

    December: Baking, from My Home to Yours http://www.chowhound.com/topics/347476

    January: The Zuni Café Cookbook http://www.chowhound.com/topics/355995

    February: Hot Sour Salty Sweet http://www.chow.com/topics/366679

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    1. re: Katie Nell

      Another vote for Leite's Culinaria. I get their newsletter and there are always a few things I want to try.

    2. Wow Katie! You started off with a bang. They are all such great choices, this is going to be hard. I do like how the Gilded Fork also has adult beverages (hic). Thanks for taking the reins, and to Redwood2Bay for coming up with this idea.

      1. Im so excited!!! Im at work now so i could only glance through the website but for sure i know from past experice my vote will be either Leite's Culinaria or The Splendid Table- I will have to explor in greater detail... :) Thanks!!!

        1. It's hard to believe it's been six months, although my bathroom scale confirms it. Great, great job, redwood2bay. We are in your debt. And to Katie, break a leg . . . or should that be break a spatula?

          I'm going to vote for Leites Culinaria. There's such a tremendous range of great sounding recipes there, it will be easy to find things to cook no matter the weather or the amount of effort one chooses to expend.

          1. I vote for Leite's Culinaria. The recipes look great, the photos even better, and the collection seems more thought-out.

            1. Welcome Katie and big thanks to redwood2bay!
              I'm a fan of Leite's, so my vote goes there. So far haven't tried the recipes but this'd be a great chance!

              1. What a *great* idea to use websites. I appreciate it, given that I've only cooked along when I already had books at home.

                I vote for Leite's. On a quick glance, I found much more that appealed to me there. (Though I appreciated that this recipe calls for zereshk, super sour Iranian barberries: http://www.gildedfork.com/recipes/may... ).

                Many thanks, redwood2bay, for all the work you did. It's much appreciated.

                1. Leite's Culinaria. Looks like a great collection of recipes!

                  Have fun, Katie!

                  1. Another vote for:

                    -- The Gilded Fork http://www.gildedfork.com/

                    I wanted to join in the February timeframe but could not find arecipe in this months book that made Mrs Jfood smile. Gilded fork has tons of these.

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                    1. re: jfood

                      What a nice selection of recipes. I think it is an excellent choice for 'cookbook of the month'. Thanks for the link, I fowarded it to my lavender loving, beekeeping friend.

                    2. I vote for Leites, too. http://www.leitesculinaria.com Great collection of recipes. I like that they test all of them. I;ve never had a bad one yet!!!

                      1. Leite's for me too. There are many recipes that I've been wanting to try, including some Portuguese and James Beard ones.

                        Thanks for all your efforts redwood2bay and Katie!

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                        1. re: Carb Lover

                          Oh, good. I didn't have to choose a site different from that chosen by Carb Lover! Phew!
                          The minute I saw the Goin recipe for the fromage bleu and cippolino onion tart I knew I was (a) in heaven even though I'm an atheist; and (2) putting in a call for the cardiac unit at my local hospital to stand by.

                          This site looks great and what a wonderful idea for all of us cheapskates who don't want to buy the book and have trouble finding it in the library.

                          Welcome KN and thanks to you and RB for the great work!

                        2. It was a tough choice, but for me it would be The Splendid Table.

                          1. I vote for Leite's- I love the recipes they provide and the layout is wonderful. Very appealing with all the great pics :) I cant wait!!!

                            1. This will be the first time doing the cookbook of the month. I'm looking forward to it!

                              I vote for Leite's Culinaria. So pretty.

                              1. It's gotta be Leite's Culinaria. Love the recipes, the pix, and hey won the James Beard award. Can't beat that!!

                                1. A vote for Leite's Culinaria

                                  1. I vote for Splendid Table since I've been listening to her show for years, but I'll very happily cook from any of the sites chosen.

                                      1. re: MMRuth

                                        Same here. Not only am I'm always open in food experimentation, I don't think there will be a "poor" choice no matter how the voting turns out. Plus, I trust Katie Nell's ability in vetting the cooking websites themselves.

                                      2. The one site I didn't like was the Splendid Table. Is it possible to vote against a site? I like the other two and don't feel like weighing in between the two of them.

                                        Thanks, katie nell, for taking over and thanks to redwood2bay for all the hard work!

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                                        1. re: Smokey

                                          How about something in the low carb/low fat etc. I'm forever dieting (i figure I've lost over 500 lbs at this point). But I know many times I buy a 'healthy' cookbook and everything is cruddy, or great....Maybe one of the Cooking Light series?

                                            1. Great post, Katie! And a difficult choice... I think I'm going to go with Leite's as well. Glad to see they have some recipes from familiar names (such as Fuchsia Dunlop). I look forward to participating as a fellow hound.
                                              And thanks to everyone for your thanks-- you've made it worthwhile for me by participating.

                                              1. Leite's please, like the variety, thanks!

                                                1. Leite's Culinaria - I've cooked many things from here already and always are looking to try more! Had the buffalo blu burgers on Superbowl Sunday!!!

                                                  1. Leite's Culinaria it is! Look for the threads on the 1st of March and thanks for voting!