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RUNOFF VOTING - June Cookbook of Month

So I’m going to put all of the books that got more than one vote into this month’s runoff, since there were only 3 books that got five or more votes. Most got 1 or 2.

Here goes (in vote-getting and then alpha order):



RIVER CAFÉ EASY BOOKS, Rogers & Grey, 4 votes

BATALI (Babbo, Molto Italiano), M. Batali, 3 votes

BEYOND THE GREAT WALL, Alford & Duguid, 2 votes

INDIAN BOOK (Sahni and Jaffrey mentioned), 2 votes

WHITE HOUSE CHEF (Schaub), 2 votes

(Books getting one vote were Washoku, Passione, Crescent City Cooking, Spledid Table, and Italian Cooking in the Grand Tradition - these are NOT in the runoff and are set forth for informational purposes only)

OKAY, WE’LL VOTE UNTIL SATURDAY, MAY 24TH unless anybody feels that’s just not enough time. It’s gotten so late this month (Mea culpa! Mia maxima culpa) since I was out of town twice.

Anything wrong? Missing? Let me know and I’ll correct/insert it.

Vote away!


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    Thank you!


        Thanks oakjoan!

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        1. re: Rubee

          THANKS FOR THE CAPS!. Didn't remember to remind about that.

        2. Actually, CRESCENT CITY COOKING by Susan Spicer received two votes. I nominated it and NYchowcook also voted for it on May 18. So I would vote for that one.

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          1. re: karykat

            KARYKAT: I went back to the original post to check out the Crescent City votes. I didn't count it because I didn't see it. The name of the book does not appear in the post, just the author's name. It's difficult enough for me to sift through all the other comments to find the book each person wants. Although caps are not required, mention of the book must be.

            I count the votes by using the search feature to find each cookbook name, not the author.

            Don't mean to be snippy, but I want to get my point about mentioning the COOKBOOK NAME in the voting posts across.

            I will allow the 2 votes this time only. So folks can vote for CRESCENT CITY COOKING.


            I've been wanting to host a tapas party for ages, so this would be perfect for me! Foods & Wines of Spain sounds great too.

            1. RIVER CAFÉ books please. Thanks.

              1. BATALI (either of his books), please!

                1. FOODS AND WINES OF SPAIN/TAPAS, P. Casas

                  Thank you!


                  1. FOODS AND WINES OF SPAIN/TAPAS, P. Casas

                    1. FOODS AND WINES OF SPAIN/TAPAS

                      1. RIVER CAFÉ EASY BOOKS, Rogers & Grey
                        Thank you oakjoan!

                        1. RIVER CAFE EASY, please and thank you.

                          1. FOODS AND WINES OF SPAIN/TAPAS please. :o)

                            1. I vote for Beyond the Great Wall

                              1. SWEET MYRTLE & BITTER HONEY

                                1. FOODS AND WINES OF SPAIN/TAPAS, P. Casas.

                                  1. CRESCENT CITY COOKING

                                      1. FOODS AND WINES OF SPAIN/TAPAS


                                        1. It's a touch choice, but I'm voting for
                                          CRESCENT CITY COOKING
                                          her recipes look fab.

                                          I will be very happy cooking from Tapas or Sweet Myrtle (or White House chef), but I hope we'll keep all of these in the running for later months. since i'm in lower case i would request that Casas be limited to tapas. food and wine of spain is old; she has a newer book slightly less recent than tapas if it's going to be more than one of casas.

                                          thanks oakjoan -- hope I didn't give you a headache or make you grumpy!

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                                          1. re: NYchowcook

                                            Re: Casas, is it La Cocina de Mamá: The Great Home Cooking of Spain? I've been wanting to buy that one too.

                                              1. re: NYchowcook

                                                Oh nice.

                                                Queen Oakjoan, if Casas wins, can we do that one too? ; )

                                                1. re: Rubee

                                                  Hmmm, "Queen Oakjoan", hmmm, has a nice ring to it.

                                            1. re: NYchowcook

                                              I'm going to be in town this month, and cooking. so I'll add my vote for CRESCENT CITY COOKING -- it's a great book.

                                              1. re: NYchowcook

                                                I've not made up my mind yet, so this is just an aside. I'd rather cook from a book with a variety of Spanish recipes, that's not "just" tapas, much as I love tapas. I like being able to do a full meal from a book. I've used Delicioso for years, and really like it:


                                                La Cocina de Mama is the newer one, I think - do you have it?

                                                1. re: MMRuth

                                                  For Penelope Casas, maybe we should consider doing an "author's" month instead of a cookbook month, like we did with Julia Child. It's been two years and this is the first time we've even gotten close to doing a Spanish/Tapas book, so I don't think we'd be limiting our future options if we did the author rather than a particular book, and since it seems like people in favor of Casas are divided more on the book not the author, it could be a good compromise/solution.

                                                  1. re: MMRuth

                                                    I kind of agree with that. I was initially quite keen on Casas but having borrowed the book from a friend I struggled to see how I would work the recipes into regular weeknight meals.

                                                    1. re: MMRuth

                                                      I also agree - if we end up doing Casas, please lets not limit it to tapas. Sort of makes dinner planning hard ...

                                                      1. re: MMRuth

                                                        Excellent idea! I did not vote for the CASAS tapas book, precisely because cooking tapas as a meal is too laborious and fussy for an everyday thing. If we could do a general "Casas" book of the month, I'd happily switch my vote fro BATALI to CASAS!

                                                        1. re: mielimato

                                                          Just to clarify since there seems to be some confusion. The Casas listing above is for two books: "The Foods and Wines of Spain" and "Tapas." "The Foods and Wines of Spain" is organized by course and includes everything from tapas and other appetizer-type dishes through breads, desserts, and drinks. There's no question that a full meal can be prepared from that one book alone. In fact, I've done it quite often.

                                                      1. re: ErikaK

                                                        Thank you Joan N. (lovely first name, by the way), you are indeed correct that the vote for Casas includes 2 books. I'm not aware of her other books, but am certainly not against having an author rather than a specific book....unless, like Paula Wolfert, e.g., she/he has many, many books or books on totally different subjects..

                                                        REMEMBER! TOMORROW IS LAST DAY FOR VOTING.

                                                        1. re: oakjoan

                                                          I have Delicioso by Casas. That's her book on regional cooking of Spain. I'll vote for CASAS as author of the month.

                                                      2. FOODS AND WINES OF SPAIN/TAPAS

                                                        1. RIVER CAFÉ EASY BOOKS, Rogers & Grey,

                                                          1. FOODS AND WINES OF SPAIN/TAPAS, P. Casas


                                                            1. Penelope Casas's Tapas. A wonderful book!