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HEY! TIME FOR JULY COOKBOOK OF THE MONTH SUGGESTIONS!

I'm trying to start a bit earlier this month so that the voting doesn't take place a week before the the next month starts. Actually, it's already too late to have this happen.

Let's please have even the suggestions in CAPS this time to make it easier for me to make up the voting thread. If your suggestion is NOT in CAPS, I'll still count it if I see it, but only in the suggestion phase.

I think that the July book should reflect the bountiful produce available this time of year. It's perfectly okay to re-suggest a book that has been part of the voting thread for another month.

I'll leave this up until Saturday morning, i.e., June, 14th, and post the voting thread that same day. It'll be up until June 19th. The runoff will be June 19th to June 24th. Well, it turns out that we AGAIN won't have the COTM until the last week in June. Sorry, sorry, sorry. It's hard to start thinking about the next book when we're all just starting out with the current one.

I'm open to suggestions....maybe have the COTM be for 2 months?

I'm also open to anybody else wanting to take over the duties of running the COTM. That's NOT to say that I'm weary of it. Just the opposite. It's not that much work, but anybody who wants a crack at it should let me know...let us all know for that matter.

TO NEWBIES:

I have been thinking that there needs to be an introductory paragraph or two each month so that people who come across this for the first time understand what the set-up is. So here goes.

The cookbook of each month is chosen in a two-part election (1st round and runoff), then the book with the most votes (duh, eh?) becomes the COTM for the next month.

Anyone can join in with comments, descriptions, stories, pitfalls, etc. No need to join anything, just get the book (most of our COTMs have been available in many libraries) and start cooking and posting. We also post links to recipes online in case you don't want to or can't get the COTM. This makes it easy to cook along.

You may substitute ingredients because you're following a diet or because you forgot to buy, e.g., cloud ear mushrooms, or just because you want to see what happens when you add cement instead of corn starch to a pudding recipe.

The folks on this thread are quite charming and funny and smart. We all enjoy discussing the recipes and locating unusual ingredients.

What are you wating for? Start by suggesting a favorite or untried cookbook or by commenting on one discussed in the suggestion thread.

Don't be scared! We've all had, shall we say, less than perfect experiences cooking from the various books.

Welcome!

Best, Oakjoan (Joan Mocine)

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    1. re: Chimayo Joe

      My CSA is finally here! Summer is finally here! YAY! How about

      VEGETARIAN COOKING FOR EVERYONE, D. Madison

      EDIT: P.S. oakjoan, I think you're doing a terrific job and we're in the groove now. Unless someone else is very excited to step up or you have gotten your fill of being the organizer, I encourage you to continue. Personally, I like the idea of switching books every month, just in case the cookbook doesn't work for someone for some reason. And since we can continue to post to the threads even after the month has ended, we can continue to cook from the book and share with the community if we want to. I do like when you try to start the selection process early, as you are doing now--we know you're doing your best, and it's working fine.

      The only change I might suggest, and I'm a relative newcomer so maybe this idea has been explored and abandoned, is have the suggestions and voting threads be say, for the next two or three months. Everyone votes for their top two or three choices and as long as the top two (or three) vote getters aren't too similar, then have the number 1 vote getter be next months (ie., July in our scenario) and the number 2 vote getter be the COTM for (ie., for August). I think this would require some judgment on your part, oakjoan, in case the two vote getters were a similar cuisine or something (say, "Italian" and "More Italian" were the winners), you might have to choose a book that didn't get as many votes in order to ensure some variety. Or you might have to rearrange the order so that, even if it were the #1 vote getter, the book called "500 ways to roast a turkey" falls in November or the book called "Great recipes for Christmas and Hanukkah" falls in December. Just a thought. Thank you again.

      ~TDQ

      1. re: Chimayo Joe

        Chimayo_Joe, I actually have that book and have seldom used it. Have you cooked from it much? A quick glance suggests I might prefer to do this book in the fall or winter, but that's because I'm drawn towards the braising and oven cooking recipes.

        1. re: Karen_Schaffer

          I used to cook from it quite a bit, but over the past several years I've been on a spicy binge of various Asian(east and west) and Mexican cooking, and thought it would be a nice time for me to revisit the Loomis book. I think you're right though; it's not as summery as I was remembering, so I withdraw my suggestion of the French Farmhouse Cookbook.

      2. For those who may be new to Cookbook of the Month, here's a list, with links to master threads, of all selections since inception:

        **2006**

        Sept - Marcella Hazan, Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking
        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/325712

        Oct - Molly Stevens, All About Braising
        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/330177

        Nov - Rick Bayless, One Plate at a Time
        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/339027

        Dec - Dorie Greenspan, Baking from My Home to Yours
        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/347476

        **2007**

        Jan - Judy Rodgers, Zuni Cafe Cookbook
        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/355995

        Feb - Jeffrey Alford & Naomi Duguid, Hot Sour Salty Sweet
        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/366679

        March - Leite's Culinaria
        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/376081

        April - Claudia Roden, Arabesque
        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/387069

        May - Suzanne Goin, Sunday Suppers at Lucques
        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/397079

        June - Edna Lewis, Country Cooking
        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/406983

        July - Nigella Lawson, Forever Summer
        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/416938

        August - Chris Schlesinger & John Willoughby
        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/427007

        Sept – Patricia Wells, Vegetable Harvest
        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/437177

        Oct – Julia Child
        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/446374

        Nov – Julee Rosso & Sheila Lukins, The Silver Palate Cookbook
        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/456241

        Dec. – Martha Stewart’s Baking Handbook AND Martha Stewart’s Hors d’Oeuvres Handbook
        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/465358

        **2008**

        Jan – Paula Wolfert, The Slow Mediterranean Kitchen
        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/474978

        Feb – Frank Stitt’s Southern Table
        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/485291

        Mar - Fuchsia Dunlop, Revolutionary Cinese Cookbook and Land of Plenty
        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/494660

        Apr – Simon Hopkinson, Roast Chicken and Other Stories
        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/505153

        May – Peter Berley, The Flexitarian Table
        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/514822

        June - -Penelope Casas
        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/524513

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        1. re: JoanN

          TO NEWBIES:

          I have been thinking that there needs to be an introductory paragraph or two each month so that people who come across this for the first time understand what the set-up is. So here goes.

          The cookbook of each month is chosen in a two-part election (1st round and runoff), then the book with the most votes (duh, eh?) becomes the COTM for the next month.

          Anyone can join in with comments, descriptions, stories, pitfalls, etc. No need to join anything, just get the book (most of our COTMs have been available in many libraries) and start cooking and posting. We also post links to recipes online in case you don't want to or can't get the COTM. This makes it easy to cook along.

          You may substitute ingredients because you're following a diet or because you forgot to buy, e.g., cloud ear mushrooms, or just because you want to see what happens when you add cement instead of corn starch to a pudding recipe.

          The folks on this thread are quite charming and funny and smart. We all enjoy discussing the recipes and locating unusual ingredients.

          What are you wating for? Start by suggesting a favorite or untried cookbook or by commenting on one discussed in the suggestion thread.

          Don't be scared! We've all had, shall we say, less than perfect experiences cooking from the various books.

          Welcome!

          Oakjoan, COTM Moderator and Mistress of All She Surveys (yeah, right)

          1. re: oakjoan

            Oakjoan - you make a number of great points, and the more the merrier. Happy to have you continue to do this, but if you get tired of it/fed up/tired of being Mistress of All She Surveys/She Who Must Be Obeyed a la Mortimer, I'd be willing to do a couple of months, or whatever is required.

            Signed, one who aspires to be quite charming and funny and smart (and who just got her computer back after a six day crash).

            1. re: oakjoan

              And I thought you were The Queen.....

              1. re: Gio

                Of course I am, my dear. It's just that, as Queen, I can be anything else I want to be. I merely have to wave my scepter! Where is that danged scepter anyway?

          2. Surely it's time for VEGETARIAN COOKING FOR EVERYONE, D. Madison, either for July or August. I would be open to the idea of including ANY DEBORAH MADISON COOKBOOKS, partly to force myself to branch out from VCFE.

            Has anyone else cooked from THE GLORIOUS FOODS OF GREECE by Diane Kochilas? It's full of lots of intriguing recipes. She has several other books on Greek cooking out too, so it might be fun to do ANY DIANE KOCHILAS COOKBOOKS.

            http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?...

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            1. re: Karen_Schaffer

              I would add my vote for VEGETARIAN COOKING FOR EVERYONE it is my go to book for soups, seasonal vegetable cooking.

            2. I've been reading the Summer cookbook lists at the James Beard, NPR, and NYT sites and several books popped out at me. In no particular order:

              SCREEN DOORS & SWEET TEA, by MARTHA HALL FOOSE

              SIMPLY ORGANIC: A COOKBOOK FOR SUSTAINABLE, SEASONAL, AND LOCAL INGREDIENTS, by JESSE ZIFF COOL

              MEDITERRANEAN FRESH, by JOYCE GOLDSTEIN

              I wouldn't mind a DEBORAH MADISON book, however. I've had The Savory Way (1990) since it's publication and love it!

              1. I'd vote for ANY DEBORAH MADISON BOOK since I have several.