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November-December DESSERT COOKBOOK of the Month - Voting Thread

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