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November-December DESSERT COOKBOOK of the Month - Voting Thread

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Okay, I've finished winnowing...well, I've done the best winnowing I could. If you see that something has been excluded, just let me know and I'll get it added into the voting thread.

The cookbook with the most votes got only 4 and none of the rest got more than 2 votes....SO... I'm going to put them ALL out- all that got votes, I mean. Sorry Carb Lover, m'dear.

I do have a comment and a suggestion regarding the book that got 4 votes, i.e., GREAT COFFEE CAKES, STICKY BUNS, MUFFINS, etc. Since the book(s) for these 2 months are especially popular due to baking for the holidays, I do NOT think we should have a single book that does not include cakes, cookies, pies and other standard holiday fare. This is just my opinion. We could choose that book and another with a wider range of recipes....Let me know what you all think.

(ordered by most votes to fewest)

GREAT COFFEE CAKES, STICKY BUNS, MUFFINS, etc (Carole Walter)

NEW BOOK OF GREAT DESSERTS and THE BEST DESSERT BOOK EVER (Maida Heater)

HOW TO BE A DOMESTIC GODDESS, BAKING AND THE ART OF COMFORT COOKING (Nigella Lawson)

THE BETTY CROCKER COOKY BOOK (sp? is it just a typo?)

ROSE'S CHRISTMAS COOKIES (Rose Levy Birnbaum)

BAKING FROM MY HOME TO YOURS (Dorrie Greenspan)

MAIDA HEATER'S COOKIES (Maida Heater)

DESSERTS BY THE YARD and SECRETS OF BAKING (Sherrie Yard)

THE SWEET LIFE (Kate Zuckerman)

THE ROSE BAKERY COOKBOOK (Breakfast, Lunch, Tea) (Rose Carrarini)

THE GOOD COOKIE by Tish Boyle

I will leave this thread up until FRIDAY OCTOBER 24 (extended date).

Please feel free to make comments ONLY IF you have made them in a way that will NOT make the book you vote for difficult to find in long paragraphs.

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  1. HOW TO BE A DOMESTIC GODDESS, BAKING AND THE ART OF COMFORT COOKING (Nigella Lawson)

    Guess I should vote for it, since I suggested it. It does, for the record, have a wide range of pies, cookies, cakes, pan loaves, scones, muffins, breads, even savory crackers, a whole chapter on Christmas (not to mention a whole chapter on Chocolate). Also, with all her books and TV presence, she has a lot of recipes online, at FN's site and her own site, amongst others.

    1. GREAT COFFEE CAKES, STICKY BUNS, MUFFINS, etc (Carole Walter)

      I just requested this from my library and the reviews on Amazon look good. I'm not sure how narrow the focus is, but I don't mind if this is our only book for the next two months. I believe one Amazon review mentioned cookies.

      Truthfully, the main reason I'm voting for this book is because I'm hoping that it will have an excellent cinnamon roll recipe. I've been craving homemade cinnamon rolls like mad ever since I went to the local county fair and flipped over their rolls w/ cream cheese icing. Soooo goooood...

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      1. re: Carb Lover

        cinnamon buns, sticky buns . . . holiday stollen(!) and plenty of cakes.

      2. GREAT COFFEE CAKES, STICKY BUNS, MUFFINS, etc (Carole Walter)

        I don't really mind that it's mostly morning goodies either. I'm sure it's not going to stop people from making their usual holiday baked goods. Our family has so many opportunities to make brunch-y type foods over the holidays, that I think this book will be very useful. I would consider giving baskets of muffins/ biscuits/ whatever with a flavored butter away for Christmas, or something like that... I think that could be fun.

        And FYI... The Good Cookie received two votes in the suggestion thread, but I think we have enough choices as it is.

        1. THE ROSE BAKERY COOKBOOK (Breakfast, Lunch, Tea) (Rose Carrarini)
          the quixotic vote, tilting at stick buns...
          : )

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          1. re: pitu

            Pitu: We're like those folks who still have record players and TV sets with rabbit ears on top....we'll NEVER GIVE UP! :+)

            1. re: oakjoan

              Yes, thank you. I received your reply on the telegraph machine.
              All mod cons!

              1. re: oakjoan

                Maybe the next Pony Express rider will bring a packet of votes for Rose. When I was there last year, the ladies at another table were commenting that they didn't have any of the cook books for sale.

            2. MAIDA HEATTERS COOKIES (including the cookies from all her other books.

              I regret the rejection of my suggestion (it was really a nomination) of two cookie books.
              I just think its really difficult to get much participation, month after month if a single book has to be agreed upon.

              ps what happened to THE GOOD COOKIE as nominee? It was nominated and "seconded" - and I ordered it.

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              1. re: jen kalb

                jen kalb: Sorry, but I missed it. I've asked the mods to put it on the above list and will extend the voting period until Friday, October 24th.

                PLEASE NOTE that "THE GOOD COOKIE" by Tish Boyle IS NOW UP FOR VOTING

              2. Rose's Christmas Cookies! If not that, any other book that includes lots of great cookie recipes-I'm not a coffee cake and muffin fan (though I do love me some caramel rolls) and agree with OP that they aren't the most ideal pre-holiday topics.

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                1. re: girlwonder88

                  girlwonder.....if you don't put your vote IN CAPS, it won't be counted. It looks as if I forgot to put that in this post, although I did put it into the earlier one.

                  So I will count your vote this time, but in future...ALL CAPS it is!!

                2. MAIDA HEATER- any of hers

                  partially selfish, since i happen to own her books, but also, i've never made anything from them that wasn't great. her instructions are beautifully precise and she is truly a home baker, which i appreciate in this day of celebrity chefs. there are so many recipes in those books that i would like to get to try - this would be a great excuse.

                  i like the nigella book well enough, but it's so . . . british.

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                  1. re: pigtails

                    MAIDA HEATTER - COOKIES

                    Thanks
                    Arika
                    http://rawforamonth.blogspot.com

                  2. HOW TO BE A DOMESTIC GODDESS, BAKING AND THE ART OF COMFORT COOKING

                    1. Here is my vote for HOW TO BE A DOMESTIC GODDESS.

                      1. My vote is for DOMESTIC GODDESS, 'cos I am one, obviously....

                        1. DOMESTIC GODDESS (this is assuming that after over 2 months of not working, someone will finally be able to fix my oven).

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                          1. re: LulusMom

                            Still broken? :-(

                            1. re: greedygirl

                              Grrrrr. I talked to the people at Viking yesterday, and they assured me that the part is available. Now to just get the parts distributor to agree with them, and the guy who fixes it to show up when he's supposed to ...
                              Can you imagine living without an oven for this long?

                              1. re: LulusMom

                                It would drive me round the bend - but at least you have a working hob, no? And you have a Viking, albeit a broken one - I'm jealous!

                                1. re: greedygirl

                                  Erm, not sure what a hob is ... the stovetop is working, if that is what you mean. And we do have a nice big grill outside, which helps. But still, planning is a lot more work when you suddenly realize "oops, can't make that."

                                  From my point of view so far (4 years, numerous service calls) having a Viking is nothing to be jealous about.

                                  1. re: LulusMom

                                    Sorry, yes, hob is British for stovetop. It is kind of a strange word I suppose - I've no idea where it comes from.

                                    1. re: greedygirl

                                      Didn't you hang your pots on a hob in the fireplace?

                                      1. re: yayadave

                                        You're right! A little googling reveals that it is a shelf beside an open fire where something can be kept warm. Who knew?

                                        1. re: greedygirl

                                          I could tell you that "the shadow knows" but you're probably to young to get it.

                                          1. re: yayadave

                                            Either too young, or too British!

                          2. THE ROSE BAKERY COOKBOOK (Breakfast, Lunch, Tea) (Rose Carrarini) :)

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                            1. re: morebubbles

                              : )

                              1. re: pitu

                                pitu, that's not a second vote on your part, is it?

                            2. GREAT COFFEE CAKES, STICKY BUNS, MUFFINS

                              I own this and it looks great. I can't get Rose Carrarini's book out of the library.
                              I don't want Maida Heatter because though she was Queen Baker in her day, most of her books are out of print so I can't purchase after enjoying from the library. (I bought a second bookcase for my cookbooks since the piles around my dining room were growing from the wood stove to chairs)
                              If folks want to bake from Dorie Greenspan (my hero), I would encourage posting to the old threads when Baking was COTM.

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                              1. re: NYchowcook

                                Amazon is showing Maida Heatter used books and, surprise, they are showing NEW Rose Carrarini books. Since there's new shelf space available.

                                1. re: NYchowcook

                                  NOT TRUE - Maida's books have been reissued (including the nominated Cookie Book) and there are plenty of old ones out there too. http://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&...

                                2. Lots of good choices here. I'm going with DESSERTS BY THE YARD and SECRETS OF BAKING (Sherrie Yard). They do have cookies, cakes, pies. The full range.

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                                  1. re: karykat

                                    ATTENTION: I will be posting the results of the initial voting thread TOMORROW MORNING, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 24!

                                    So far it looks as if we'll need a runoff because only one book got 5 votes and there are a couple of 3s. I just don't think it's right to choose a book with 5 votes. Soooo. There'll be a SHORT runoff period...say from Friday, 10/24 through Monday 10/27? I'll post the final results on Tuesday morning, October 28.

                                  2. DESSERTS BY THE YARD

                                    1. Seeing as how I just picked up ROSE'S CHRISTMAS COOKIES, it gets my vote. As I moved away from my friends and family for work, I thought it would give me a great idea of what I could send as presents during the holidays!