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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

Oct - Molly Stevens, All About Braising

Nov - Rick Bayless, One Plate at a Time

Dec - Dorie Greenspan, Baking from My Home to Yours

Jan - Judy Rodgers, Zuni Cafe Cookbook

Feb - Jeffrey Alford & Naomi Duguid, Hot Sour Salty Sweet

March - Leite's Culinaria

April - Claudia Roden, Arabesque

May - Suzanne Goin, Sunday Suppers at Lucques

June - Edna Lewis, Country Cooking

July - Nigella Lawson, Forever Summer

August - Chris Schlesinger & John Willoughby

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  1. My votes are for (1) ZUNI
    (2) LUQUES

    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!



      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!


          1. 1. STEVENS
            2. HAZAN
            3. GREENSPAN

            Thanks MMRuth!

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

              1. 1. GOIN
                2. RODEN
                3. STEVENS

                Not autocratic at all! I appreciate your distillation and approach to the voting. Thanks for tabulating all these responses.

                1. Not autocratic at all. Made sense given the way the voting thread was going. Thanks as always.

                  1) STEVENS
                  2) ALFORD & DUGUID
                  3) GOIN

                  1. 1. HAZEN
                    2. BAYLESS
                    3. ROGERS

                    1. Oy gevalt! This is too hard. I've already changed my mind five times in the past two hours. When will voting end? How much more time have I got to change my mind some more?

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                      1. re: JoanN

                        Too funny! Let's say Wednesday the 19th.

                      2. 1. MOLLY STEVENS
                        2. MARCELLA HAZAN
                        3.CLAUDIA RHODEN

                        1. (1) RODEN
                          (2) GOIN
                          (3) RODGERS

                          1. STEVENS - ALL ABOUT BRAISING
                            GOIN - SUNDAY SUPPERS
                            RODGERS - ZUNI CAFE

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                            1. re: Rubee

                              Oops - sorry, I didn't put them in order


                            2. 1. BRAISING
                              2. ZUNI
                              3. LUQUES

                              Good decision to cut out an extra round of voting, imho. Thanks, as always, for organizing this!

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                              1. 1 - STEVENS, Molly -- Braising
                                2 - GOIN, Suzanne -- Lucques
                                3 - RODGERS, Judy -- Zuni

                                1. 1. LEITE'S CULINARIA
                                  3. JUDY RODGERS, ZUNI CAFE COOKBOOK

                                  1. 1. GOIN - SUNDAY SUPPERS
                                    2. STEVENS - ALL ABOut BRAISING
                                    3. RODGERS - ZUNI

                                    Thanks MMRuth!

                                    1. 1. Goin
                                      2. Rodgers
                                      3. Stevens

                                      1. in no particular order:
                                        LEITE'S CULINARIA
                                        GOIN- SUNDAY SUPPERS
                                        STEVENS- ALL ABOUT BRAISING

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                                        1. re: yamalam

                                          Well, no particular order is fine, but just so you know, you'll add 3 points to Leite's, 2 to Goin and 1 to Stevens. So, if you want to change, let me know!

                                          1. re: MMRuth

                                            Aha, the devil really is in the details, shame on me for skimming. I'll stick to that order, thanks for checking:)

                                          1. re: jsaimd

                                            (1) ZUNI
                                            (2) LUQUES
                                            (3) HAZAN ESSENTIALS

                                          2. BRAISING, ZUNI, ARABESQUE That was easy!

                                            1. Darn! I can't remember what I voted for on the old thread, and I can't find the old thread. Anyhoos, here I go:

                                              1. LEITE'S CULINARIA
                                              2. EDNA LEWIS
                                              3. ZUNI

                                              1. 1) Judy Rodgers, Zuni
                                                2) Marcella Hazan, Essentials
                                                3) Rick Bayless, One Plate

                                                1. My top three are: BAKING FROM MY HOME TO YOURS, SUNDAY SUPPERS AT LUCQUES, AND ZUNI.

                                                  But ALL ABOUT BRAISING is a close fourth! So hard to pick just three! I'm really excited that we're doing it this way, this will be fun.

                                                  1. 1. HAZAN
                                                    2. LEITE
                                                    3. STEVENS

                                                    1. Leite


                                                      1. 1. ZUNI
                                                        2. GOIN
                                                        3. HOT SOUR . . . .

                                                        1. 1. GOIN
                                                          2. RODGERS
                                                          3. HAZAN

                                                          Thank you!

                                                            1. So excited. *waiting waiting waiting* for the results hoping we don't have to have an arduous and lengthy recount like we do for the Minnesota senatorial race.

                                                              Actually, nerd that I am, I did my own tally. I'm so excited to cook from the books chosen, assuming MMR arrives at the same count I did. Actually, even if I tallied wrong, I don't think we can go wrong with everyone's most favorite past COTM's. Woo hoo!

                                                              Oh, but wait, there's still a week or two left for Alice Waters, which I am also loving (but not getting enough time to cook from, sadly, due to sudden additions to my schedule and, now, with Thanksgiving out-of-townness approaching. Still, it's not like I have to stop cooking from it or posting about it on Dec 1.). So many cookbooks, so little time. And shelf-space.


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                                                              1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                TDQ - do you mind emailing me with your results, so that I can double check mine against yours?


                                                              2. I'm so excited to learn which books were chosen I can't even count the votes. But, what a great selection we'll have no matter what the outcome will be. You're right TDQ, "so many cookbooks, so little time.

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                                                                1. re: Gio

                                                                  Such suspense! I'm waiting to finish my first cup of coffee to make sure I do the calculations correctly!

                                                                  1. re: MMRuth

                                                                    RECOUNT RECOUNT. HAHAHAH! Happy spreadsheeting.


                                                                    1. re: MMRuth

                                                                      Remember... no hanging chads. Unless it's Shad, of course.