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**October 2009 COTM: Voting Thread - Vote by Wednesday Sept16th** [Follow up posts - please read!]

There has been a lot of wide-ranging discussion on the nomination thread this month, to say the least, so our ballot is a little larger in scope than usual. In order of least nominated to most nominated, we have the following cuisines to consider.

1. Korean
2. Japanese
3. Mexican
4. Thai
5. Indian

Thai and Indian have many books nominated, so if necessary, once we narrow it down to one cuisine we can do a tie-breaker between books. Please cast your vote for one of the following:

EATING KOREAN by Cecilia Haei-Jin Lee

WASHOKU, RECIPES FROM THE JAPANESE HOME KITCHEN by Elizabeth Andoh

THE ESSENTIAL CUISINES OF MEXICO, Diane Kennedy

CRACKING THE COCONUT: CLASSIC THAI HOME COOKING, Su-Mei Yu

THAI FOOD, David Thompson

THE TASTE OF THAILAND by Vatcharin Bhumichiter

THAILAND: THE BEAUTIFUL COOKBOOK by Panurat Poladitmontr

660 CURRIES: THE GATEWAY TO INDIAN COOKING, Raghavan Iyer

CLASSIC INDIAN COOKING, Julie Sahni

INDIAN COOKING, Madhur Jaffrey

Please remember to vote in ALL CAPS, so your choice may be easily counted. The voting will run until Wednesday, September 16 (midnight EST).

Thank you for participating!

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  1. just a comment-- it might be better to ask for votes by country of origin rather than for specific books, since otherwise Thai or Indian might have the problem of vote-splitting. Just a thought; I know that typically voting is done for a specific book; but your comment sounded like you were kind of trying to narrow it down by cuisine, which might be hard with multiple books for some of those cuisines (unless you're planning of "aggregate" votes by cuisine in any case) Of course it's been proven that there is no perfect voting system, for cookbooks or democracies!

    1. the silence is deafening. I think you might want to consider a country vote followed by cookbook nominations. For example if Japan got it, not everybody might want Andoh's book - there are other possible candidates in that and some of theother cuisines.

      1. INDIAN COOKING, Madhur Jaffrey

        I would be game for any of the other Indian books as well. Perhaps, when you tally things up, you might tally up both books, and cuisines, and do a run-off if needed. Up to you, of course!

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        1. re: MMRuth

          INDIAN COOKING, Madhur Jaffrey.

          I'm also open to other books by Jaffrey. Many of her books are available in libraries. I have done a random search of a bunch of cities and found them in every one.

          1. re: oakjoan

            I actually meant to vote for another book (although I'll be satisfied with whichever Jaffrey wins...if Jaffrey wins). A TASTE OF INDIA is a wonderful book and there are numerous copies available on Amazon (used mostly) from $8.

            This book would be a perfect intro because it contains recipes from the different regions of India, e.g., Gujarat, Kerala, etc. The Boatman's Curry alone is worth the price.

            I have had this book for ages and continue to use it regularly, but then I'm a Jaffrey idolater...or is it idolatress?

        2. Though I did get excited about Thai and all the others - in fact, just ordered "Washoku" - due to husband's request (and my Mexican in-laws visiting us in October!), I'm going to vote:

          THE ESSENTIAL CUISINES OF MEXICO, Diane Kennedy

          1. It does seem like you're looking for an initial vote by cuisine. If so, my vote is: INDIAN

            for the book, I vote for CLASSIC INDIAN COOKING, Julie Sahni