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December 2008/January 2009 COTM Voting Thread

First, my apologies for not putting this up yesterday, but I was cooking!

Secondly, I've decided, after much contemplation while cooking, to go ahead and announce that revisiting previous COTMs is the December 2008/January 2009 COTM. This is because there were 17 suggestions for that option, compared to 8 for various Ina Garten books (some of which were made by posters who also suggested doing previous COTMs), and then some single votes for other books. I sincerely hope that this doesn't seem too autocratic! My secondary reason is that otherwise the voting thread would have been between this option, and some grouping of Ina Garten books. Four of those, I think, were suggested (out of her six books), but with all the discussion about how to do the previous COTM, there was really little or no discussion of the actual books, whether people wanted to do all of them or not - and even putting up the group of four of them might lead to a rather unwieldy COTM. So, my thought on that is that if posters remain interested in doing Garten's book, resuggest another month and let's have more of a discussion about them, which ones to include, etc.

So, on to the voting. Please post your top three selections from the first 12 books that we did (list below) in order of preference and in ALL CAPS - the author's name is sufficient. I will then tabulate the results, giving 3 points for the first choice, 2 for the second, and 1 for the third, and pick the top two choices. Here's the list of books from which to choose:

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

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

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  1. My votes are for (1) ZUNI
    (2) LUQUES
    (3) HAZAN ESSENTIALS

    MMRUth, what happened to the December AND January concept? I thought most people were voting for a two month COTM too.

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    1. re: jen kalb

      1) STEVENS
      2) HAZAN
      3) RODGERS

      Thank you, MMRuth!

      ~TDQ

    2. JUDY ROGERS, ZUNI
      LEITE'S CULINARIA
      SUZANNE GOIN, LUCQUES

      Wondering about the 2 month span, as well.

      1. Sorry all - I've fixed it to read December and January - thanks for the reminder - too late a night, too little coffee thus far this morning!

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        1. re: MMRuth

          Ack! it's a jolt to see "2009" in the title. We're almost out of the first decade of the new millennium. Where did the time go?

          Thanks again!

          ~TDQ

          1. 1. STEVENS
            2. HAZAN
            3. GREENSPAN

            Thanks MMRuth!

            1. 1. HOT, SOUR, SALTY, SWEET
              2. ALL ABOUT BRAISING
              3. ZUNI