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July 2007 Cookbook of the Month: Vote here for the Runoff!

July 2007 Cookbook of the Month: Vote Here for the Runoff!

We had a tie for the July 2007 Cookbook of the Month- I decided to go ahead and count the "I vote for either ____ or ____" votes, because it was so close. So, we are having a runoff vote here.

Please vote for ONE of the following two books:
-- FOREVER SUMMER by Nigella Lawson

These are the only two books up for consideration this month, so please limit your responses to one of these two. If you voted on the original thread, you need to cast a vote here again.

Voting will be open Monday, July 17th. I'll tally up the votes and announce the cookbook on Monday evening, July 17th, so everyone can get the cookbooks in time. Hopefully this time we won't have another tie! Thanks for participating!

*** Thank you everyone for the positive support- I truly appreciate it. Remember, if you didn't like the choices this month, then please provide suggestions in the suggestions thread when that comes around. This is a democracy, and hopefully will always be a democracy, no matter who takes over next. ***

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  1. Hi Katie Nell--Just a suggestion. You might want to put a brief version of this in the first July vote thread, with a link to this thread, and then have that thread locked. I think the first thread is still a sticky, so folks might continue to vote there.

    1. FOREVER SUMMER by Nigella Lawson

        1. FOREVER SUMMER by Nigella

          1. Vegetarian cooking. Unless there are a bunch of forever summer recipes online.

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            1. re: jsaimd

              Not that I'm trying to sway your vote, but here are a few Forever Summer recipes online. Plus, I love that it is the first COM that has cocktails ; )


              1. re: Rubee

                Can somebody please let me know if the Coconut Marzipan Cake is in the Forever Summer book? If so, I can post it with some other Nigella recipes I have squirreled away.

                It's not on her website but I found it online and it's too good to miss for those of us who don't have the CBOM.

                1. re: oakjoan

                  It's not in "Forever Summer", but I'd love if you post it - it sounds great!

                  1. re: Rubee

                    Since it's not in the Forever Summer book, I'll post it here later today. It is great.

                  2. re: oakjoan

                    I don't think it is, but there are also several recipes on Nigella.com

              2. Forever Summer. I just checked it out from the library. I'm new to Nigella.

                1. Vegetarian Cooking (although I'll be happy enough with the Nigella too).

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                  1. re: LulusMom

                    The cocktails arguement below has convinced me to change my vote to Nigella!

                    1. Nigella. Thanks Katie Nell!

                      1. Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone (which I found at Half Price Books for $20)

                        1. VEGETARIAN COOKING FOR EVERYONE by Deborah Madison
                          (curious to see if more of the CPVeg people go that way...)

                          1. Nigella, not all of the recipes are great, but there some which make the book worth owning. If you have never had the watermelon salad you have missed something spectacular.

                            1. -- VEGETARIAN COOKING FOR EVERYONE by Deborah Madison

                                1. Nigella. Some of the recipes in there have become standards in my household.

                                  1. Veg cooking for everyone

                                          1. re: Carb Lover

                                            Forever Summer. I like the idea that there are far fewer recipes than the Madison book (we will more likely cook the same dishes and be able to trade ideas), and there are LOTS of gorgeous and inspiring pictures. A quick flip through left me wanting to make many recipes. And you're right about the cocktails, Rubee. Fresh Green Gimlet or Kiwitini, anyone?

                                            1. re: onefineleo

                                              I was eyeing the Lemon Drop myself. Watermelon salad is chilling in the fridge right now.

                                              1. re: onefineleo

                                                onefineleo has convinced me to get off the sidelines and vote for Forever Summer. I have VCFE on my counter, and it *is* a big book, and more like Bittman's HTCE-- and I've got to try that watermelon salad (maybe for a potluck I'm going to next weekend)

                                                1. re: onefineleo

                                                  Just made the White Lady to get a head start on the book ; )

                                                  Similar to a sidecar but gin instead of brandy (along with cointreau, simple syrup, and fresh lemon juice). Very good. And now I have a big batch of simple syrup stored in the 'fridge. Too bad I'm making Sangria (not Nigella's) when I see you Thursday, or I would have tried this out on you, onefineleo!

                                                  1. re: Rubee

                                                    Getting a head start on the cocktails, now are we?! Now I may just have to follow suit...

                                                    1. re: Rubee

                                                      Just one of life's cruel blows, and yet we trudge on!

                                                    1. Well, it looks like a losing cause, but I'll go ahead and cast a vote for VCFE.

                                                      I had a chance to look through Forever Summer today. It looks like a nice book, but frankly I didn't see it as a vehicle to help me showcase the wonderful produce I expect to find in my CSA box and farmers' market in July.

                                                      1. Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone.

                                                        1. Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone!

                                                          Wow -- I'd be thrilled with either, so this was a tough one~! I adore both books and I've used VCFE quite a bit (with fantastic results) since receiving it for Christmas. I can't rave enough about that book, and at the same time Nigella is a culinary magician and it's an utter treat to read her prose.

                                                          I'd like to thank you, Katie, for compiling and organizing. This will be my first month participating in the book club and I can't wait --- and I must say that I was thrilled by the choices!

                                                            1. Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone...I have it so that's one reason. The other reason - and I know I might get my eyes scratched out - but I'm left with this feeling that Nigella is only a media creation and not truly a cook. Agree? Disagree? Why? Guess that discussion should be brought to a different board.

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                                                              1. re: KingsKetz

                                                                You know, that's one of the reasons I want to do Nigella this month. I have her cookbooks and I like them a lot -- I'm very much in tune with her philosophy of food and cooking, though a few of her recipes just plain don't work and some of them are genius. I do feel like a lot of Nigella detractors haven't really delved into her cookbooks, and I'm interested to see if they will become converts or if I just have amateurish tastes.

                                                                1. re: Amuse Bouches

                                                                  I agree with you. She is one of the best out there in TV land and having been a restaurant critic and food writer she knows her stuff. I also like that she is not and is not trying to be fashion model thin. She seems to be a real person, not just a personality.

                                                                2. re: KingsKetz

                                                                  I also vote for Veg Cooking for Everyone.

                                                                  I do, however, disagree about Nigella being just a media creation. BIG TIME! I love so many of her recipes from both books and shows and they've become part of my general rep. I make them all the time. Cakes, salads, mains, all great.

                                                                  However, I have Deborah M's Veg Cooking and don't have this partic Nigella. I feel I haven't really explored DM's book enough and need a push to start doing so.

                                                                  I found that I use Madhur Jaffrey's Veg cookbook more.

                                                                  How's that message for confusing, eh? Top that!

                                                                3. VEGETARIAN COOKING FOR EVERYONE by Deborah Madison, please!

                                                                      1. If it is not too late, my vote goes to Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone. If it is too late, no worries.

                                                                            1. Wow, still very close, but Forever Summer squeaks by as the cookbook of the month for July!

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                                                                              1. re: Katie Nell

                                                                                Thanks for tallying up all the votes. I'm looking forward to exploring Forever Summer. I just picked up it from my library and am excited to try a number of the recipes. Having alot of zaatar left over from the Arabesque month, her zaatar chicken and fattoush salad are high on the priority list!

                                                                                1. re: Carb Lover

                                                                                  Carb Lover - that recipe is really, really good! Or should I say "those recipes"?

                                                                                2. re: Katie Nell

                                                                                  Oh, I notice the typo now. Didn't really pay attention and thought the deadline was "July 17". Should have realised that it COULDN'T be that date...this being the July book of the month, etc. Duh.

                                                                                  Could we please in future have a separate message in CAPs that the voting is about to end? It'd be greatly appreciated.

                                                                                  1. re: oakjoan

                                                                                    Also, a two day run off? Just a reminder that lots of us don't check the site every day...

                                                                                    Glad Nigella has so many recipes online, tho!

                                                                                    oakjoan, I need the push on DM's books too . . . and the Rose book, ahem. We should do something about that...
                                                                                    : )

                                                                                    1. re: pitu

                                                                                      That's why I usually have a longer voting period than we had before, but if I made the runoff voting too long, then people would complain that they weren't able to get their libray books in time, so I don't know what to do to make everyone happy? I'm doing the best I can!

                                                                                      1. re: Katie Nell

                                                                                        and you're doing a fantastic job. Trust me, you are VERY appreciated.

                                                                                      2. re: pitu

                                                                                        In Response To Pitu:

                                                                                        Yeah! Solidarity forever!

                                                                                        I made the Rose Baker savory tarts for a dinner last weekend - one friend is veg and the other is picky eater...they worked out great. Picky was fooled and loved them. Mwahahahahahahaha.

                                                                                  2. Vegitarian Cooking. No bad experiences yet!