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July 2007 Cookbook of the Month: Cast Your Vote Here

Slightly late again, sorry! :-(

Please cast your vote for ONE of the following:

-- CHEZ PANISSE FRUIT and CHEZ PANISSE VEGETABLES, by Alice Waters

-- FOREVER SUMMER, by Nigella Lawson

-- VEGETARIAN COOKING FOR EVERYONE, by Deborah Madison

Please add your votes to this thread. Voting will be open until June 15th. I'll announce the July cookbook of the month on June 16th.

Thanks for participating!

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  1. Vegetarian cooking for everyone - because I have that one, and it includes a very wide variety of food - could be used equally well by lots of different people.

    1. For the first time, I own all of them... I vote for Nigella, only because it is the one I use the least and will encourage me to pick it up.

      1. Chez Panisse Veggies!

        1. Forever Summer is my vote, since I own it and the recipes I've made from it have been great (including the CH fave - watermelon and feta salad).

          1. I have Forever Summer. outside of the Watermelon salad, I rarely use it...her fried Hloumi is good too. But my vote is for NONE OF THE ABOVE!!!!! To me Alice Waters so over, you at least 3-4years ago, old and tired. After the Greens cookbok I've never had much iterest in Deborh Madison. I gues I will be pasing again

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            1. re: Candy

              I agree. These books, in their time, were exciting. Now, they're old. There are many new and exciting vegetable-based and seasonal cookbooks that we could be considering. Why aren't we?

              1. re: pikawicca

                Either you or Candy are more than welcome to e-mail me if you would like to help with the organizing of the cookbook of the month... I would welcome the help, honestly. I simply went by what had the most suggestions in the suggestion thread this month. My e-mail is katie_nell@hotmail.com I look forward to your suggestions!

                1. re: Katie Nell

                  Katie - I just wanted to say you've done, and are doing, a FANTASTIC job putting all this time into going through threads and choosing the nominees for each month. And I think you've picked great choices - Arabesque and Sunday Suppers are two of my favorites. Great job!

                  1. re: Katie Nell

                    I'd love to help, and I'm sure Candy will too. We're both cookbook junkies and tend to snap up new ones if they look good.

                  2. re: pikawicca

                    I don't think that a new cookbook would necessarily mean that it would be a better choice. Personally, I enjoy perusing through older cookbooks OR re-acquainting myself with a cookbook that I've owned but haven't cooked from in awhile. It's like catching up with an old friend (which most of the time, is more enjoyable than making small talk with a new acquaintance.)

                    Lastly, both Marcella Hazan's Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking and Hot Sour Salty Sweet were "older" cookbooks and huge hits on the HC board. Moreover, newer cookbooks can sometimes be difficult for library users (myself included) to access.

                    1. re: beetlebug

                      I'n not suggesting that we limit ourselves to new cookbooks, just that Candy and I read a lot of them. We both also have large collections of older cookbooks, and some of them are favorites. Candy also frequently checks cookbooks out of our local library, so she's up on what's available. As to vegetable books, specifically, I can think of three newish ones that I find exciting: " Vegetable Harvest" by Patricia Wells, "Vegetable Love" by Barbara Kafka, and "Fresh Food Fast" by Peter Berley. I think the main reason I like newer books is that cooking is evolving all the time: New ingredients become available, and new techniques are introduced; I enjoy exploring and discussing these. However, your point is taken about how enjoyable it can be to discuss old favorites. Perhaps each month we could have a mix of old and new to choose from.

                      1. re: pikawicca

                        One problem with newer cookbooks is that they may not yet be at local libraries, and, if they are, there may be waits to get them. I don't have the resources or inclination to buy the cookbooks of the month, so the library is my source for them. Hence, I'm reluctant to do anything too new.

                      2. re: beetlebug

                        Also, Katie has been doing it the same way for months - she takes the time to go through the thread for ideas from the Chowhounds from the previous month, and then she narrows it down to the three that garnered the most interest. These aren't random choices, but actually what have already been suggested by the majority of Chowhounds. I think it's a fair way for a wide range of CHs of varying levels of experience, access to ingredients and books (library inventory varies), and personal tastes to suggest what they would like to do, and have input on the choices.

                        I too own hundreds of cookbooks, and add (too many) to my collection every year. In the last few months, the three most recent were Edna Lewis, "Biba's Italy", and Vincent Price's 1965 edition of "Treasury of Great Recipes" (thanks for the rec CH!). But then again, I don't consider Alice Waters "old and tired" ; )

                        1. re: Rubee

                          I have never been a fan of Alice Waters, either her cookbooks or her restaurant: way overrated IMO. The Inn at Little Washingtonl was doing the local thing, producing much better food at the same time, in Virginia. Alice is good at self-promotion, but her cooking is mostly hype. I ate three meals at Chez Panisse years ago and felt like I'd been orderd to consume a bland diet for medical reasons. I absolutely do not understand the raves.

                      3. re: pikawicca

                        Both the books for April and May were either brand new or on the newer-side -- Arabesque came out in October 2006 -- only six months before we picked it for the April book --and Sunday Suppers came out the previous Christmas.

                        Personally, I like the mix of old and new books and think the balance has been great.