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November/December 2009 COTM: Voting Thread *VOTE BY OCT 15*

This month we had a few nominations for Jose Andres and Diana Kennedy, but the overwhelming feeling seems to be for revisiting a past COTM selection. Last year I think we all enjoyed having two books spread over two months during the holiday season, so let's hear your votes for top two past COTM books.

Here are the books that were most discussed in the nomination thread, but if you'd like, check out the COTM archive (http://www.chow.com/cookbook_of_the_m...), and any book between September 06 and August 08 would be eligible.

*All About Braising, by Molly Stevens
*The Slow Mediterranean Kitchen, by Paula Wolfert
*La Cocina De Mama, Tapas, The Foods and Wines of Spain, & Delicioso, by Penelope Casas
*Roast Chicken and Other Stories, by Simon Hopkinson
*Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking, by Marcella Hazan
*Arabesque, by Claudia Roden

Place your votes here, by midnight October 15th (PST). Don't forget, your vote must be in ALL CAPS to be counted.

P.S. I'll put up the January nomination thread in mid November, so we can finalize the selection with plenty of time for our loved ones to do their holiday shopping!

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  1. Ok, so you don't have to follow the link, here's the list of past COTM to choose from:

    August 2008 The Glorious Foods of Greece -Diane Kochilas- Greek
    July 2008 Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone -Deborah Madison- Vegetables
    June 2008 La Cocina De Mama, Tapas, The Foods and Wines of Spain, Delicioso -Penelope Casas- Spanish
    May 2008 The Flexitarian Table- Peter Berley- General
    April 2008 Roast Chicken and Other Stories- Simon Hopkinson- General
    March 2008 Revolutionary Chinese Cookbook and Land of Plenty- Fuchsia Dunlop- Chinese
    February 2008 Frank Stitt's Southern Table -Frank Stitt- Southern
    January 2008 The Slow Mediterranean Kitchen -Paula Wolfert- Mediterranean
    December 2007 Martha Stewart’s Baking Handbook & Martha Stewart’s Hors d’Oeuvres Handbook -Martha Stewart -Baking, Hors D' Oevres
    November 2007 The Silver Palate Cookbook -Julee Rosso & Sheila Lukins- General
    October 2007 All Julia Child Recipes- Julia Child- French
    September 2007 Vegetable Harvest -Patricia Wells -Vegetables
    August 2007 License to Grill, The Thrill of the Grill, and Let the Flames Begin- Chris Schlesinger & John Willoughby -Grilling
    July 2007 Forever Summer -Nigella Lawson -General
    June 2007 Country Cooking -Edna Lewis- American
    April 2007 Arabesque -Claudia Roden- Morocco, Turkey, Lebanon
    March 2007 Leite's Culinaria -David Leite- General
    February 2007 Hot Sour Salty Sweet -Jeffrey Alford & Naomi Duguid- Southeast Asian
    December 2006 Baking from My Home to Yours -Dorie Greenspan -Baking
    November 2006 Mexico One Plate at a Time -Rick Bayless- Mexican
    October 2006 All About Braising- Molly Stevens -Braising
    September 2006 Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking- Marcella Hazan- Italian
    (I removed Zuni and Lucques, as we've already revisited them)

    There are so many great choices, I'm biting my tongue to keep from voting!

    10 Replies
    1. re: yamalam

      ALL ABOUT BRAISING
      SLOW MEDITERRANEAN cOOKBOOK

      1. re: jen kalb

        as much as I love Slow Med, Im going to switch my second vote to CASAS, since Ive never really cooked out of her books that I own.
        still all for BRAISING

      2. re: yamalam

        BAKING FROM MY HOME TO YOURS

        ALL ABOUT BRAISING

        1. re: yamalam

          LAND OF PLENTY AND REV CHINESE DUNLOP
          BAKING FROM MY HOME TO YOURS GREENSPAN
          (hope they're both working on new books...)
          Made the "15 min miracle" food processor chocolate amaretti torte from Baking yesterday...terrific.

          1. re: buttertart

            I second Dunlop's Land of Plenty, and throw my second vote to Hazan's Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking.

            1. re: vorpal

              Ooops... *slaps head*. I didn't read the caps rule. Let's try that again:

              FUCHSIA DUNLOP: LAND OF PLENTY
              MARCELLA HAZAN: ESSENTIALS OF CLASSIC ITALIAN COOKING

          2. re: yamalam

            ALL ABOUT BRAISING

            (haven't decided on my other vote yet...) THANKS YAMALAM!

            ~TDQ

            1. re: yamalam

              DUNLOP
              HAZAN

              I really love the opportunity to go back to these books. It took me about a year to figure out what COTM was! :o)

                1. re: yamalam

                  ROAST CHICKEN AND OTHER STORIES
                  CASAS

                  Thank you!

                2. Ooh, tough one. I really loved all three of Casas' Spanish books, and Arabesque too. And my husband would love it if I cooked more French with Julia Child. But I'll vote:

                  ALL ABOUT BRAISING by Molly Stevens
                  ESSENTIALS OF CLASSIC ITALIAN COOKING by Marcella Hazan

                  For me, I especially think 'tis the season with cool weather and entertaining visiting guests for braising, but did want to add that Stevens' book is not a limited braise book or all about heavy meat dishes - there are also a wide range of seafood and vegetables dishes that span the globe (like Vietnamese braised scallops or Moroccan chicken with preserved lemons), recipes using braised ingredients (like the gruyere and leek tart, or the carbonara with braised pork belly) and of course, the CH favorite "World's Best Cabbage". Hmmm..I think I'm going to make that this week.

                  5 Replies
                  1. re: Rubee

                    CASAS BOOKS...since there are 2 of them, I figure one can't vote for another month's boo.

                    1. re: oakjoan

                      Joan, (not to nitpick) just a small clarification, there were actually 4 Casas books. Foods and Wines of Spain; Tapas; Delicioso; and Cocina de Mama. I cooked from all but Delicioso. I had picked up cheap copies of Tapas and F&WoS and checked CdM out of the library. In hindsight, I wish I had Cocina de Mama instead of Tapas, since all the other books include tapas recipes. I didn't try Delicioso; I'm guessing my library didn't have it.

                      ~TDQ

                      1. re: The Dairy Queen

                        Thanks TDQ, or as I like to call you: "Hawkeye"! I won't vote again since it'd be confusing, but since the caps say "CASAS BOOKS", I figure I'm within the law.

                        1. re: oakjoan

                          HAHAHA! You crack me up. And for that, I think I shall cast my second vote towards CASAS BOOKS, too.

                          I really enjoyed those. I really regretted not purchasing a copy of Cocina de Mama. That books yielded such delicious, comfort-food type results, and fit into my weight watchers core plan with minimal adjustment. I would like an excuse to buy it now. :)

                          ~TDQ

                          1. re: The Dairy Queen

                            Her recipe for baked rice is worth the price of the book as far as I'm concerned.

                  2. ALL ABOUT BRAISING by Molly Stevens
                    ROAST CHICKEN AND OTHER STORIES by Simon Hopkinson

                    1. VEGETARIAN COOKING FOR EVERYONE

                      1. I think that is a great idea to deal w/ January in November - thanks! I'll post later about my actual past COTM thoughts.

                        Edit: I will just note, for those who have not cooked from it, that, much as I like her other books, Patricia Wells' Vegetable Harvest was a complete dud, IMHO.