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December 2008 Cookbook of the Month: Your Suggestions Needed [Ends 11/14]

Just realized I needed to put this up! Sorry for the delay.

Once again it's time for your suggestions for COTM! When you recommend a book, please try to mention if you've cooked from it or not, why you recommend it, etc. , I don't mind lots of chatter on books - in fact, I think it is good and helpful - but please use all CAPS for your actual suggestion. One thought that I'll throw out there - since December is a busy month for people usually, this might be a good month to go back and cook from previous books as was discussed in an earlier month's suggestion thread.

PLEASE NOTE: In order to make it easier for participants to scan others’ suggestions and for me to tabulate the results, I’d appreciate it if you would make your recommendations in the following format:

TITLE (in all caps), Author: Description of the book or reason you are recommending it (optional but preferred)

If you want to second or third a title that someone else has already mentioned, please repeat the title, typing it in capital letters. Just saying “I agree with Stewpot” may well get lost and your choice might not get counted. And the more often a particular title is mentioned, the greater the chance it will be among the finalists.

I'll leave this thread up until November 14th, and plan to do what I did last time, which is not to have a run-off vote, unless two books are hopelessly tied. My thought is to keep the voting period itself limited, so that posters will have more time to get the books. I’m looking forward to seeing your suggestions.

And, as always, thanks for participating.

P.S. I'm going to repeat my comment from last month:

"I want to make one observation, as posters think about their suggestions for November. It seems to me - and I've gone back and reviewed many of the COTM threads - that the most successful months have been those where we've ended up using books that some posters have used a lot and love, rather than those when we've tried a book that may sound interesting, but that posters who've made the initial recommendations for them haven't actually used (which I know I've done - no finger pointing here!). This isn't meant to impede posters from making recommendations, but just food for thought, so to speak. "

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  1. A list of past COTM:

    **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 Chinese 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

    July – Deborah Madison, Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/534325

    Aug. - Diane Kochilas, The Glorious Foods of Greece
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/544541

    September - Pleasures of the Vietnamese Table by Mai Pham and Into the Vietnamese Kitchen by Andrea Nguyen
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/553813

    October - Mario Batali: Babbo, Molto Italiano & Simple Italian Cooking
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/561501

    November - Alice Waters, The Art of Simple Food
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/568869

    2 Replies
    1. re: MMRuth

      Hmmmm...not a lot of suggestions so far, though pikawicca's sounds intriguing to me. I would love to explore some former COTM's (I would love an excuse to buy "All About Braising!" ) particularly those from 2006 and 2007, before I started participating. I worry a little about losing the cohesive feeling of cooking in community if we're all scattered over 2 1/2 years worth of books. Maybe I'm over-thinking it (as usual).

      ~TDQ

      1. re: MMRuth

        I'm going to go for the COTM-Revisited, and love the idea of doing it for two months. I haven't had much time to cook these past couple of months (I'm back in school), but should in December and definitely in January when I'm on break. My nominations for authors are DUNLOP, GOIN, RODEN and RODGERS

      2. We haven't done an Eastern European book. Now that hearty eating season has begun, I'd be up for Polish, Hungarian, etc.

        1. I'd like to nominate Ina Garten's BAREFOOT CONTESSA'S BACK TO BASICS. I know it's a new book, so maybe we could also include one or two of her other books. The book seems to have some great recipes that would work well in the weeks leading up to the big holiday rush. And to be honest, I can't believe we haven't done any of her books yet.

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          1. re: CeeBee

            I'm surprised too that CH has never done a Barefoot cookbook because I have been steered by this board to her recipes so many times. I think her style is perfect for the Decebmer holiday parties and so I'm nominating BAREFOOT CONTESSA PARTIES (as it is available in my library- Back to Basics wasn't on their list.)

          2. JULIA AND JACQUES COOKING AT HOME

            I've had this book since publication in 1999. It's a book written by two friends who respect each other and the food they cook. It's not so much a book of recipes as it is a book of suggestions. Yes, the recipes are there but for each dish J & J have their own methods and techniques.

            There are classic French dishes and some "down home" comfort food. The he said - she said format is both fun to read and intriguing in it's individual description of each dish. They do not always agree on everything. I've made a few dishes from the book - one is a sensational eggplant and zucchini gratin for which I used Jacques' recipe. I think there are many recipes which would be perfect for the upcoming holidays...and beyond.

            The photographs are memorable: there's one of just their hands.... Julia's hand resting on the table and Jacques' hand covering hers. It's so evocative. I love this book!

            1. I'm all for the idea of doing PREVIOUS BOOKS during December. I know that things get crazy around here, and there isn't that much time for cooking. but it would be fun to have a chance to look at some of the older threads and check out the books I missed.

              1. Picawicca's idea sounds good, if anyone has a particular Eastern European cookbook in mind. Is there a really great one out there? Russian? Georgian? Something that might be in libraries? Otherwise, I could go along with the new Ina Garten book. I don't really like her on-air persona but her recipes usually look good. Alternatively, does anyone else have "Crazy Water, Pickled Lemons: Enchanting Dishes from the Middle East, Mediterranean and North Africa" by Diana Henry?

                1. My suggestions:

                  AQUAVIT by Marcus Samuelsson
                  Modern Swedish food. I've eaten at his restaurant many years ago and would like to try gravlax and other dishes in his book. It's been a while since I looked at the book, but seems like there would be some holiday-friendly recipes.

                  SOUP, STEWS AND ONE-POT MEALS by Tom Valenti
                  This book was suggested by someone many months ago and has been on my radar ever since. I'd be all for this type of cooking during Dec.

                  BAREFOOT CONTESSA (either Parties or The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook pub. 1999) by Ina Garten
                  My library has Back to Basics (which I just requested) but the title strikes me as too similar to this month's cookbook theme.

                  Thanks, MMRuth!

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                  1. re: Carb Lover

                    I have to say, I'd love to dive into all those books you've listed Carb Lover. Especially Soup, Stews and One-Pot Meals in the cold months. But I want to be able to have the time to really cook a lot, and I just worry that December means so much other cooking or going out to parties, etc. (you'd think I lead an amazing social life, from what I'm typing here!) that we wouldn't get that much chance to do so.

                    1. re: LulusMom

                      I know what you mean, LM. It seems like there's a general concern that whatever gets chosen will be shortchanged given the time of year.

                      Another possibility that I'll throw out there is having the next selection be for both Dec. and Jan. That way we won't have to deal w/ suggestions and voting again during the middle of Dec. when things are hectic. Just a thought...

                      I do want to say that I'm up for PRIOR COTM'S too. I especially want to revisit Sunday Suppers and Arabesque. I don't know how to narrow it down from there since there are many others that are worthy.

                      1. re: Carb Lover

                        Not a bad idea, the making this one for Dec. and Jan. I really just don't want a new book to get short changed, and I think it would in Dec.

                          1. re: jen kalb

                            I like the two-month, plan, especially combined with prior COTM.

                            ~TDQ

                        1. re: Carb Lover

                          I agree. Good idea, Carb Lover, to consider having the December selection run for two months--especially if it's visiting past COTMs and even more so if it's more than one book. In fact, I think it's such a good idea, and now that COTM is more than two years old and we've had so many outstanding selections, I wouldn't mind if revisiting past selections became a Dec/Jan tradition. In the past, we'd aim for a baking book for the holidays, but now the Dessert COTM seems to fulfill that need.

                          1. re: JoanN

                            I would like to vote for PRIOR COTM'S. Since I am new to COTM, I have missed so many great selections and would really like to visit Hazan and Rick Bayless from 2006.
                            I really like the idea of having a Dec/Jan COTM. This will take the pressure off the ones who get more involved in the holiday season.

                            1. re: cpw

                              So, I'd like to make my official vote PRIOR COTM (2 MAX) FOR DEC+JAN

                              ~TDQ

                              1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                Me, too. But I'm going to vote for 2 max, which--whatever is chosen--I think will be easier to deal with. So . . .

                                PRIOR COTM (2 MAX) FOR DEC + JAN

                                1. re: JoanN

                                  I can amend my vote to 2 max... :)

                                  EDIT [Done]

                                  ~TDQ

                                2. re: The Dairy Queen

                                  MMR, if we are voting for prior COTM, do you want us to specify which specific books we want to revisit, or do you want to do that in some kind of voting/run-off thread?

                                  ~TDQ

                        2. re: Carb Lover

                          Well, if her new show, Back to Basics, is any indication of the book, I would not consider it all that basic! I hardly consider Chicken Bouillabaisse w/ Saffron Mayonnaise- with a total of 1 1/2 t. saffron for the whole recipe- to be basic! Maybe I just can't get past the cost of saffron to consider that a basic recipe, but it seemed fairly complicated to me.

                          Anyway, I would love to do either:
                          SOUPS, STEWS, AND ONE POT MEALS
                          or
                          THE BAREFOOT CONTESSA COOKBOOK

                          And just for the record, I would not mind re-visiting former COTM either... not sure how to officially vote for that. I'll just put...
                          RE-VISIT FORMER COTM

                          1. re: Katie Nell

                            I didn't know that Back to Basics was based on a TV show. On what network does it air?

                            1. re: Carb Lover

                              Food Network... it's just sort of a reincarnation of Barefoot Contessa... it's called Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics.

                              1. re: Katie Nell

                                Thanks, I'll have to check out when it airs.

                        3. PLEASE TO THE TABLE by Anya von Bremzen

                          THE SOUTH AMERICAN TABLE by Maria Baez Kijac

                          14 Replies
                          1. re: Chimayo Joe

                            Just wanted to note that Please to the Table is a Russian book, so might fit into Pikawicca's thought of doing something Eastern European (though I realize they aren't quite the same).

                            http://www.amazon.com/Please-Table-An...

                            1. re: MMRuth

                              I like the idea of Please to the Table but Im not going to vote for it right now, because I think it will be wasted on a holiday month when many of us wont have time to cook from it.

                              Maybe we all could just take a break from designating any particular book and and revisit/add to the the existing COTM threads - is that what is being proposed as as an alternative? If so, I would vote for that, not a particular book but any of the priors that tickles our fancies.

                              1. re: jen kalb

                                Yes, the idea of revisiting COTMs is one alternative - though some have suggested that opening it up all of them might be less fun, and that we might want to cull the list a bit. Someone else has suggested to me, off the boards, that they love the idea of revisiting past COTMs, but don't want to do it in December, when many posters' schedules are so full. Just throwing that idea out there as well. Another very vague thought that I had is that we don't have a specific COTM, but various threads that encompass categories of food, and we just post about what we cook in December, paraphrasing the recipes in some way.

                                1. re: MMRuth

                                  I love the idea of revisiting past COTMs and think it would be great fun if we each listed a few of our favorites and chose among the most popular. But I’d prefer to see it limited to no more than two, or at the most three, titles. I think more than that would be unwieldy and make it very difficult to follow along—especially threads to which we haven’t contributed during the revisit--given the way My Chow postings are prioritized.

                                  I agree that December might not be the best time to be doing this. Assuming that high on the lists would be Zuni; Lucques; Braising; Hot, Sour (which I missed); Slow Med—most of these contain recipes that require planning and some serious time in the kitchen. I think it would be much more fun to be cooking from these books when most of us will be shut in for a while and happy to putter about in our kitchens—like January, February, or even March—rather than during the holiday season when many of us are running around to parties of one sort or another and preparing foods and meals that are often prescribed.

                                  1. re: JoanN

                                    BTW - the 'My Chow' thing is much better now ....

                                    1. re: MMRuth

                                      Indeed, but only for those threads to which you've contributed recently. I'm always surprised, even though it seems I comb hotposts with unhealthy frequency, when I go back to pages 5, 6, and 7 and find posts to comparatively recent COTM threads that I'd contributed to with new updates that I'd somehow missed. I'm just afraid that trying to keep up with six or seven different threads for each of six different books would be a nightmare.

                                      1. re: JoanN

                                        What if we had a rule that one could only attach new posts for this COTM to the END of the responses?

                                        1. re: oakjoan

                                          I don't think the issue is so much where in the thread the post is located as it is whether or not what you want to see is easy to locate. For example, you recently posted a comment regarding eggplants on a Dunlop thread. I only found it because I was clicking methodically through My Recent Posts pages. Your post was on my page 14. Dunlop wasn't all that long ago. You have to be pretty dedicated to scroll through 14 pages of posts to see if there's anything new. And that's a recent book. Imagine if it were Hazan!?!! The mind boggles!

                                          1. re: JoanN

                                            Agreed. What if there were posts called December CoTM: blah, blah and blah (whatever the cookbooks chosen were). That way they'd be new posts, and could have links in the new post to the old, original threads.

                                            I do think limiting the number of old favorites is a good idea. Maybe the main point here is to keep in mind that no one is going to have as much time for cooking in December.

                                            1. re: JoanN

                                              Oh, I guess I was wrong about how the new stuff would be laid out...I figured all the comments, recipes, etc. would just be added on to the end of the main categories in each thread. I never thought of folks commenting on things deep inside the thread. I wasn't even thinking people would mention anything old in the thread, just try recipes they hadn't before, etc.

                                              The threads pop up to the front of the line each time somebody posts, so they probably wouldn't be lost 300 pages deep into the Home Cooking board in any case.

                                              Maybe it'd be a good idea if we chose only a few former COTMs rather than having it be every book we've ever done.

                                              1. re: oakjoan

                                                I think chosing just a few is probably the best idea. And if it works out, we can do it again in a year or whatever.

                                              2. re: JoanN

                                                dang! I thought new posts on old threads bumped them to the top of My Posts.

                                                I love old COTM threads because the one month schedule doesn't fit my eating and cooking habits, but still lets me enjoy the collaboration.
                                                yet I am utterly confused by the proposal here, so I will just watch for what happens next
                                                : )

                                      2. re: MMRuth

                                        MMR: I think this is a very good idea! The recipes could be paraphrased or there could be a link or book and page number.

                                  2. re: Chimayo Joe

                                    I don't have "Please to the Table" but my mother does, and I've enjoyed leafing through her copy. I could definitely go along with it as a choice if people think it's available in their libraries.

                                  3. Barefoot in Paris, The Barefoot Contessa Parties and The Barefoot Contessa cookbooks should be in the running.

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                                    1. re: gardencub

                                      I do like CL's suggestion of Marcus Samuelsson's Scand. c'book. There's even one copy at my local library as well as several copies of his African cookbook. Didn't cap yet because I haven't totally made up my mind. I'm also leaning toward the South American book.

                                      Re: Revisiting prior COTMs seems to be very unwieldy to me, even if we stuck with the threads that already exist somewhere. It would mean scads of separate posts. It's intriguing, but seems too difficult. Maybe somebody could come up with a plan to organize it.

                                      1. re: oakjoan

                                        I really like the idea of re-visiting a COTM. However, my preference would be that there be a consensus as to which month. This way, we can still all cook together. Maybe, COTM is the front runner, then we can have a vote on which previous month to focus on. Or more specifically, it can be a book from the six months - year of COTM.

                                        1. re: beetlebug

                                          Yes - my thought was that we'd somehow cull the list in a 'run-off' when we do it - maybe posters can list their top six books, and I'd use a spread sheet to calculate!

                                          1. re: MMRuth

                                            Holy moly this sounds like a lot of work for you, but I would love this approach as it would still enable us to have that experience of cooking in community.

                                            I wouldn't suppose we could pick the top two or three winners?

                                            ~TDQ

                                            1. re: MMRuth

                                              P.S. Excel is my life. (Sad life, I know). If you need help with (or just want me to do) the Excel spreadsheet, let me know.

                                              ~TDQ

                                              1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                Thanks - not to worry - excel was a big part of one of my previous lives! I thought six over the two year span would be workable, but maybe that's too much. Hopefully others will chime in.

                                                1. re: MMRuth

                                                  Six wouldn't be bad, unless one of the six is Casas or Julia Child. HAHAHAHA!

                                                  ~TDQ

                                                  1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                    Yikes! Casas! Multi-Casas! Julia Child I could see doing if Mastering The Art of French Cooking was the choice.

                                                    1. re: oakjoan

                                                      Yes, you see my point! ;) "Casas", with four books, was a little scattered, I thought.

                                                      On the other hand, I so badly want to revisit Cocina de Mama (which I do not own)--lots of wonderful stews and comfort food-type recipes in there, as I recall. Perfect for chilly winters.

                                                      ~TDQ

                                                  2. re: MMRuth

                                                    I think top 3 would be good... overlapping would be more likely with 3, I think.

                                                    1. re: Katie Nell

                                                      Reading through all the thoughts about revisiting past COTMs, 3 books seems less unwieldy. We each choose our top three then have a run-off vote.

                                                      Psychologically, past books are like old friends, whereas choosing a new book would mean we'd have to start from square one, so to speak.

                                                2. re: MMRuth

                                                  How about grouping together several COTMs that are similar, i.e., Asian, Mediterranean, etc?

                                          2. BAREFOOT CONTESSA COOKBOOKS (her first one is the one I use the most, but I have Paris, Parties, Family, and At Home also). I like her recipes especially for entertaining since there are a lot of do-ahead or served room-temp recipes.

                                            or

                                            PREVIOUS COTM

                                            I'd also love to do Aquavit one of these days, but a non-holiday/entertaining month where I can really focus on it.

                                            1. BAREFOOT CONTESSA AT HOME

                                              1. THE BREAD BIBLE by Rose Levy Beranbaum. This book will tell you everything you have ever needed to know about making various kinds of bread at home. Everything from basic country white bread to challah to pizza dough is represented. The recipes are in an easy to read format and the book gives you options as far as what method will be used; by hand, food precessor, stand mixer etc.

                                                Before I bought this book I had never tried baking bread from scratch but now I am able to bake things that are better than a lot of bakeries I have been to.

                                                This book is great for people on a budget, most ingredients are already present in the pantry of anyone who does a fair amount of cooking; AP flour, yeast, salt, water.

                                                1. REVISIT OLD COTM - Were there some past COTMs that had more online recipes than others? Batali was my first month, but it seemed like almost ALL his recipes were online in some form or another. For those of us who don't own all the past COTM and don't want to blow our Christmas $$/library book allowance on 3 books, it would be great if we could trend towards CB's with lots of recipes that we can find online, and treat it as a sampler month to figure out which cookbooks to ask Santa for.

                                                  Did some quick Googling and it looks like Bayless, Goin and Wolfert do have a lot of online recipes, so my official vote is

                                                  REVISIT OLD COTM, to include BAYLESS, GOIN and WOLFERT

                                                  And to plant a future seed...can we start the A New Way to Cook train going again in 09 sometime? I love it:)

                                                  3 Replies
                                                  1. re: yamalam

                                                    If we're going to make the next COTM a two monther, Dec/Jan, then I would LOVE to do A New Way to Cook for Feb. Just in time for NY's resolutions and such! I like Sally Schneider's emphasis on making foods healthy without satisfying flavor. It's not "diet-y" at all. And for people who are finding Alice Waters too simple this month, I think they'll find Schneider sufficiently interesting. I only wish the book had color photos to draw you in more...

                                                    ~TDQ

                                                    1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                      I would like to do A New Way to Cook in Feb. too... I reserved it at the libray and then forgot to pick it up, so back to the main library it went. :-(

                                                      1. re: Katie Nell

                                                        OK I'll go this way too since ANWTC is on my shelves.

                                                        But as for Dec. & Jan. I'll change my nomination to:
                                                        VIETNAMESE
                                                        DUNLOP
                                                        BAYLESS.
                                                        Tanto Tanto Affeto, MMR!

                                                  2. I vote for OLD COTM and suggest LUQUES, ZUNI or WOLFERT
                                                    A WAY TO COOK would also be good.

                                                    1. Coming late to this thread as our broadband at home is broken and blimey, it's confusing!

                                                      Anyway, I also like the idea of COTM REVISITED - especially interested in Arabesque, Lucques and Hazan.

                                                      I'm also not averse to doing BAREFOOT IN PARIS as I was given it as a present and have barely opened it.

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                                                      1. re: greedygirl

                                                        COTM REVISITED - LUQUES, WOLFERT and LEITE'S CULINARIA

                                                      2. I was out most of yesterday, and see there was lots of discussion about doing the 'previous COTMs' as an option. A couple of thoughts:

                                                        1. I like the idea of doing December/January for this. It also gives more time to get books from the library, possibly add them to holiday gift lists, etc.

                                                        2. I'm fine with limiting the number of books we do. I'm not sure logistically how we'll do set up the threads/use old threads, but I figure I'll worry about that and ask for more feedback after we vote. Though, if you have any more suggestions about that, please feel free to post them.

                                                        3. I'd suggest that we cull the list from the first year of books (lots of great ones there), and then maybe do this again next year from the second year of books.

                                                        4. In terms of culling, my thought, if 'previous COTM' is one of the options in the voting thread, and wins, is that we have a very quick selection period for the actual books. My suggestion is that posters would post their top three books, and I would give 3 points for someone's first choice, 2 for the second, and 1 for the thirds, and then tally them up and announce the two books (I'd also be ok w/ doing three - but there seems to be some in favour of each number).

                                                        So, let me know what you think of this plan. Thanks!

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                                                        1. re: MMRuth

                                                          Just a little clarification, please, MM...
                                                          The first "year" was 2006, but there were only 4 months of COTMs. The first full year was 2007. Which year are you thinkng of, and would you include those 4 months of 2006 plus 2007?
                                                          Thanks!!

                                                          1. re: Gio

                                                            I meant the first twelve months of books - thanks for clarifying:

                                                            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

                                                            1. re: MMRuth

                                                              Oh that's great! Many super options there. Thank you MM!!

                                                              1. re: MMRuth

                                                                Just my opinion, but I think we should just go ahead and include all of 2007... that way, next year, will just be all of 2008.

                                                                1. re: MMRuth

                                                                  As some one entering that rush-up-to-Christmas craziness, I also approve of the 2 month plan. Dec. is always nutso, and January turns into the "time to chill and cocoon at home with lots of cooking" month.

                                                                  REVISIT PREVIOUS COTM:

                                                                  CHOICE 1: EDNA LEWIS (an excuse to make lots of fried chicken again...)

                                                                  CHOICE 2: LEITE'S CULINERIA (Portuguese food is very satisying!)

                                                                  CHOICE 3: JUDY RODGERS, ZUNI CAFE COOKBOOK (just because everyone keeps raving about the recipes)

                                                              2. re: MMRuth

                                                                Sounds like a great plan to me! Thanks, as always,

                                                                ~TDQ

                                                                  1. re: LulusMom

                                                                    Contrary to what everybody else is suggesting, I would prefer to include only the first 12 months and excluse the last 3 months for revisiting prior months. The reason is that those last 3 months have been really solid books (Julia Child, Martha Stewart and Silver Palate) and they will just take over the voting (or maybe it is not such a bad idea, because I would love to do these books). The second point in favor of dividing in 12 months is, there have been 25 months total COTMs so far, so 12 is a fair number.

                                                                    1. re: cpw

                                                                      If I understand correctly, cpw, what you are recommending is exactly what MMRuth has proposed.

                                                                      1. re: JoanN

                                                                        Yes, that is my suggestion - thanks!

                                                                    2. re: MMRuth

                                                                      A small favour - please wait to post your list of three until we're sure it's the choice. I know it looks like it is, but this thread will get awfully cluttered and make it harder for me to discern what should go in the voting thread. Plus, if we later have everyone's lists of three books in another thread, it will be a lot easier for me to tabulate.

                                                                      Thanks!!

                                                                    3. In that case I would vote for REVISITING COTM, and I would prefer THE ART OF BRAISING and ESSENTIALS OF CLASSIC ITALIAN COOKING since I already have them and I wasn't hanging out at chowhound when they were COTM. And they both have lots of recipes I would want to make in the winter. (I have "Forever Summer" too but that would only be a good Dec.-Jan. choice in the Southern Hemisphere.)

                                                                      1. Let me put in a vote for PREVIOUS COTM. Maybe I'll get my act together enough to stop lurking and actually do some posting!

                                                                        1. I'll join the chorus is saying I like the idea of REVISITING PAST COTM BOOKS for DEC/JAN. I agree that a December book will likely get short shrift and that voting in the middle of December could be crazy making. Also, since I only started participating this past year, I'd love the incentive to go back and read the old threads, then try out the books myself.

                                                                          1. Although I did nominate a book up thread, I now would like to revise my choice to::

                                                                            PREVIOUS COTM

                                                                            1. I know that this is a food COTM, but despite that, I would think that this would be an excellent time to feature a holiday baking book, and damn the rules! I always pull out an old Mimi Sheraton book, VISIONS OF SUGARPLUMS, and this year I plan to make great use of Carol Walters GREAT COOKIES book. With the hustle and bustle of the holiday seasons, regular meals often get left behind, but the one kind of cooking that everyone seems to do is baking. Just an idea. Don't yell at me....

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                                                                              1. re: roxlet

                                                                                Hi roxlet.

                                                                                The COTMs of the last two December were books about baking:

                                                                                Dec '06 - Dorie Greenspan, Baking from My Home to Yours
                                                                                http://www.chowhound.com/topics/347476
                                                                                Dec.'07 – Martha Stewart’s Baking Handbook AND Martha Stewart’s Hors d’Oeuvres Handbook
                                                                                http://www.chowhound.com/topics/465358

                                                                                Now we have a dedicated thread COTM solely for Desserts/baking: So those of us who would rather cook apps, entrees etc. are choosing to go in that direction.

                                                                                BTW: I wouldn't dream of yelling at you....I hate yelling.

                                                                                1. re: Gio

                                                                                  No yelling from here either! Here's the link to the current dessert COTM:

                                                                                  http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/568851

                                                                                2. re: roxlet

                                                                                  Roxlet: Our Dessert Cookbook of the Month this month and next is Nigella Lawson's How To Be A Domestic Goddess. There are lots of good holidayesque cakes, cupcakes, cookies, pies, etc., as well as a separate chapter for Kids and one for Christmas. C'mon over.

                                                                                  1. re: oakjoan

                                                                                    Yes, thanks. I've been cooking from it. Somehow I missed the holiday books the other times... must've been too busy cooking!

                                                                                3. Just a reminder that I'll be doing the voting thread tomorrow morning, so, if you haven't made suggestions and want to, or want to change your suggestion, or want to check your suggestion to see if it's in all caps or that I'll figure out what it is, this is time!

                                                                                  Thanks - have a great weekend.

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                                                                                  1. re: MMRuth

                                                                                    Hi - sorry I've not put up the voting thread yet - I'm in the middle of a cooking marathon and need to head back to the kitchen. Will do it tomorrow morning!

                                                                                    MMR