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RUNOFF MAY COOKBOOK OF THE MONTH

Okay. It's 11:11 p.m. I lied about leaving this up until midnight. Just can’t stay up any longer after a hard day. So here are the books in the running for COTM of May.

VOTE FOR ONLY ONE BOOK!!! THIS THREAD WILL STAY UP UNTIL APRIL 19TH.

I’m including all the books that got 2 or more votes since we’d only have the Indian and Mexican books and Jamie Oliver to vote on otherwise. Please note that Madhur Jaffrey is listed in 2 separate categories: in Indian cookbooks and specifically for her World Vegetarian Cookbook. Number of votes are in parentheses.

FLEXITARIAN COOKBOOK (6)

ANY INDIAN COOKBOOK (1), BOMBAY KITCHEN (3), MADHUR JAFFREY (4), JULIE SAHNI (1). This is difficult because only ONE book is actually named, i.e. Bombay Kitchen. Please vote for ONLY ONE and be specific about which JAFFREY book. Is it An Invitation to Indian Cooking, Flavors of India or a Taste of India? .JULIE SAHNI's book is Classic Indian Cooking.

I'm also including CURRY CUISINE by THOMPSON, SREEDHARAN, et al.even though it got only 1 vote since I think it'd include Indian cooking. Actually, I don't know if it's curry from all over S.and S.E. Asia.

MEXICAN COOKBOOK (2 authors listed - KENNEDY and MORGAN - please vote for one) (6) Please also set out the name of the book you're choosing, as it's not "Mexican cookbook".

JAMIE OLIVER (Jamie at Home and generic “Jamie Oliver” (3)

WORLD VEGETARIAN COOKING - Madhur Jaffrey (2)

TAPAS by P. Casas (2)

BATALI (BABBO and MOLTO ITALIANO - Last month this was suggested as a duel choice for COTM so please vote for both) (2)

CRADLE OF FLAVOR Note that this book was mentioned other times, but as something to do in summer, I think...in any case, not this month.(2)

SWEET MYRTLE AND BITTER HONEY (Sardinian cooking) (2)

SPICE by Sartun (2)

RIVER CAFÉ COOKBOOKS (duel choice) ITALIAN EASY and ITALIAN TWO EASY (2)

These books received only 1 vote each and so are NOT ELIGIBLE for the runoff.

SPICES OF LIFE, SIMPLE & DELICIOUS RECIPES FOR GREAT HEALTH by Simonds (1)
CRESCENT CITY COOKING by Spicer (1)
INTO THE VIETNAMESE KITCHEN by Nguyen (1)
WHOLE GRAINS EVERY DAY EVERY WAY, by Lorna Sass (1)
WASHOKU, Recipes from Japanese Home Kitchen, by E. Andoh (1)
JEAN GEORGES (Don’t know if this is name of book or just a vote for anything by JGV) (1)

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  1. Thank you oakjoan for all your efforts on our behalf ... not sure if I'm going to vote myself but I love reading the COTM threads even if I don't get to participate. btw it might not be midnight on the west coast but it is well past midnight elsewhere. I don't think anyone should dare give you flack about a few minutes...they've had all week :)

    1. A sizable chunk of Curry Cuisine is Indian(and Pakistani) but it does include curry recipes(and accompaniments) from other regions. Curry Cuisine is a good cookbook, but I'm casting my vote for MY BOMBAY KITCHEN by Niloufer Ichaporia King. My Bombay Kitchen's emphasis is on the food of the Parsis(Persian Zoroastrians who fled to India in the 7th century to escape persecution.) Since Persian and Indian cuisines are some of my favorites, this book is a natural choice for me. And My Bombay Kitchen is a 2008 James Beard Award nominee.

        1. For everyone's convenience during voting, here is a link to this month's nominations thread: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/507198

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          1. re: The Chowhound Team

            Thanks to the Chowhound Team for posting the link to the discussion. All books voted on, including those which didn't receive a sufficient number of votes to move on to the runoff, are posted in the into to this thread, above.

            1. FLEXITARIAN TABLE. Thanks oakjoan, hope you're currently sleeping ...

              1. DIANA KENNEDY (ESSENTIALS, MY MEXICO, allathat)
                : )

                1. MY BOMBAY KITCHEN!!!

                  Thank you Oakjoan, for dealing with all of these random votes!

                  1. WORLD VEGETARIAN COOKING - Madhur Jaffrey

                    1. Well, I know this won't win, but I vote for SPICE: FLAVORS OF THE EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN. From the chef at Oleana -- it has some great recipes!

                      1. CRESCENT CITY COOKING.
                        I don't mean to give oakjoan a stress headache, but it actually by my count got 2 mentions.
                        We had such fun w/ Suzanne Goin, Zuni and Molly Stevens. I think Susan Spicer will be in that vein.
                        (If oakjoan disqualifies this, I'll opt for Tapas in the runoff)

                          1. FLEXTARIAN

                            Thanks as always for the work

                              1. re: mc22

                                You might want to go in and edit that to FLEXITARIAN so that Oakjoan is sure to count it! ;-)

                                1. re: MMRuth

                                  Well, mc22, since you said "please", I'll count your LOWER CASE vote this once. In future, however, HARSH PENALTIES WILL BE EXACTED!!

                                  1. re: oakjoan

                                    YOU ARE TOO KIND! And thanks for all the work!

                              2. FLEXITARIAN TABLE! thank you!

                                1. FLEXITARIAN TABLE

                                  Thank you, oakjoan!!

                                  1. FLEXITARIAN, please!

                                    :-)

                                    1. WORLD VEGETARIAN -- Jaffrey

                                        1. re: saltwater

                                          JULIE SAHNI CLASSIC INDIAN COOKING

                                            1. thx for your work oakjoan
                                              : )
                                              a suggestion for the future: don't use the final vote thread to recap what happened on the previous thread. Too much information, causing the casual reader to vote for books that are no longer in the running. Just give the choices: vota acqi!
                                              If you want to sum up what happened for transparency (as I suspect you do)
                                              put it at the end of the thread you are summarizing, with the link to the voting.
                                              You're fabulous. Thx again.

                                              1. Thanks, Oakjoan! I vote for FLEXITARIAN TABLE

                                                1. I vote for SPICE, but see where this might be headed so just ordered another book to add to my out-of-control collection - Flexitarian Table ; )

                                                  1. CRADLE OF FLAVOR

                                                    But whatever it is I just received my copy of BEYOND THE GREAT WALL, Duguid and Alford it is exciting and claims to be the simplest of their books ingredient-wise to cook from. I'm enjoying the read, as with all of their books, and look forward to dipping into the food.

                                                    1. DIANNA KENNEDY

                                                      Incidentally, since it looks like anything not flexitarian is heading for the reject bin, for those who have cooked from Kennedy what is your reccomendation for which of her book's to buy?

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                                                      1. re: vmorgan

                                                        ESSENTIAL CUISINES OF MEXICO by DIANA KENNEDY

                                                        I have Cuisines of Mexico by her but have never cooked from her. I'd be open to doing any of her books.

                                                        1. re: vmorgan

                                                          Get Essential Cuisines of Mexico. It's largely a compendium of her first three books with some new recipes included.

                                                        2. I vote for SPICE. Thanks!

                                                          1. DIANA KENNEDY'S THE ESSENTIAL CUISINES OF MEXICO

                                                            1. I've been out of the loop on this for a bit, but since I just picked it up after reading some posts: FLEXITARIAN TABLE

                                                                1. re: RWCFoodie

                                                                  I vote for FLEXITARIAN TABLE. Thanks much.

                                                                2. DIANA KENNEDY, MY MEXICO

                                                                  1. Bombay Kitchen has my vote. For the next month, I hope you will consider the new Alford and Duguid book, Beyond the Great Wall.

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                                                                    1. re: Father Kitchen

                                                                      I do hope we do their new book soon, as well.