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Nov/Dec Dessert COTM runoff voting

Okay, only two cookbooks got a large enough number of votes to be in the runoff:

How To Be A Domestic Goddess, Nigella Lawson - 5 votes

Coffee Cakes, Sticky Buns, etc, Carole Walter - 5 votes

I'll leave this thread up until Tuesday noon (PST)


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    1. re: JasmineG

      *pssst* JasmineG I think oakjoan would say your vote will only count if it is IN CAPS.

      1. re: JasmineG


        I think I may have given the impression that you should NOT make comments or discuss gripes or favorite things about the books under consideration.

        I certainly think we can have lots of discussion here on the final voting thread (as well as in the original voting thread). I just need the name of the book to be in caps and separated from the rest of your writings.

        It is extremely important to get all the opinions we can about the books under consideration because, of course, that helps us to decide.

        Again, sorry if I gave the impression that you couldn't discuss or state opinions on the voting thread.

      2. DOMESTIC GODDESS please.

          (pound cakes, biscuits, scones, struedel, streusels, brioche, croissants, danish . . .and what look to the the ultimate cinnamon buns!)
          Oh, did anyone mention it won a Jeames Beard Award!

          1. DOMESTIC GODDESS for the win!

            1. COFFE CAKES, STICKY BUNS........

              1. Definitely HOW TO BE A DOMESTIC GODDESS. I've made several things in it and there are lots more I want to make. I'll be bringing cakes in to work for two months.


                  1. DOMESTIC GODDESS....several recipes I was hoping to try!


                      Thanks, oakjoan!

                      1. DOMESTIC GODDESS gets my vote. Just got the book last month and haven't made anything from it yet.

                        1. I am sorry not to be participating since I do not have these books and WILL be doing a lot of baking - but only holiday baking, I sincerely hope that the loser here becomes the choice for the following period - Im sort of feeling that if we planned more than one month ahead or offered themes for voting, we would get a better focussed COTM.. These two books are not seasonal and have both generated a lot of enthusaasm, so why not allow the loser (whichever it is) to be the choice for Jan-Feb rather than starting at 0 all over again. Just a thought.

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                          1. re: jen kalb

                            jen kalb: Although I haven't actually bought Domestic Goddess, I have looked at it and seen that it has a Christmas chapter, and has lots of baking recipes, so don't give up yet. I found a copy in my local library.

                          2. DOMESTIC GODDESS please.

                            1. DOMESTIC GODDESS please!

                              1. Hi everyone, just a quick comment I've been asked to share. I was intrigued by Nigella's Domestic Goddess and was reading up a little on Amazon. Several folks on Amazon mentioned that a lot of mistakes were made in the conversion from metric to standard measurements in the U.S. edition and that some of the proportions in the recipes are really out of whack. They also mentioned that it was difficult to know which edition of the book you're getting when you're buying it online or used. Someone mentioned they thought they got the measurements corrected in a later U.S. printing... I honestly don't know any of this from a reliable source or from first-hand experience, but I thought I'd mention it in case it was helpful to anyone.

                                If Nigella wins, you might try getting the UK version, if you don't mind doing the conversions yourself, or do a little more research on the U.S. version.


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                                1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                  I was a bit bummed to find that I have the first edition, but I still want it to win. Looking it over there is just so much I'd love to make (and the oven is *supposed* to be fixed today!).

                                  1. re: LulusMom

                                    Bummer. I kind of want to get my hands on the UK version and do the conversions myself. The truth is, I'm not a very experience/confident baker, so, this may not be the book/project for me right now as I'm not sure if something goes awry whether it's because I've done something dumb or whether it's a problem with the conversions. I have enough challenges! HAHAHAHA!


                                    1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                      I am not a very experienced baker either, which is partly why I'd like to try some of Nigella's recipes...they seem very simple and straightforward, presented in an un-intimidating way. :-)

                                      1. re: poptart

                                        Which version of the book do you have poptart?


                                        1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                          I own her book "Forever Summer" but only have checked "Domestic Goddess" out from the library. I plan to buy a copy if this wins, though, because I did like the book. And when I do, I will pay attention to the version! Got a few books on my list for ecookbooks.com!

                                          1. re: poptart

                                            Well, you're in luck-- it looks like it won! Just make sure to get a version of the book where the recipes work--either the UK version and convert them yourself or once of the later US Editions (I don't actually know how many there are...) Sounds fun! :)


                                  2. re: The Dairy Queen

                                    I'm not sure about editions but I got my (U.S) copy a couple of years ago and I haven't had many problems. If something is unclear you might be able to e-mail Nigella or her staff at nigella.com. I have gotten responses from her in the past. A yes, there are lots of Christmas recipes.

                                    1. re: NYCkaren

                                      I'm thinking of trying to find it in my library, and see what kinds of differences there are. I've always had great luck with baking from her other books, website, etc.

                                      1. re: LulusMom

                                        I've got the UK edition, obviously, and I'd be happy to check any recipes for you. :-)

                                        1. re: greedygirl

                                          Thanks GG! I may take you up on it.

                                          On a less helpful note, the oven guy is here right now. The part he thought would fix it isn't working. Grrrrrr.

                                            1. re: greedygirl

                                              He's currently on the phone yelling at Viking ... doesn't seem to be helping.

                                  3. DOMESTIC GODDESS please!