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September 2010 Cookbook of the Month Nominations (Through Wed., 8/18)

Can you believe that September is just around the corner? The days of summer are passing quickly.

The Cookbook of The Month is open to anyone who wants to participate. Simply make a nomination, then vote and then cook. There are no dues to participate; no secret handshake to learn. Join us!

Please suggest books for us to cook from in September.

But tell us in ALL CAPITALS, if you want your nomination to be counted, please. Nominations will be open until Midnight, EDT on WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 18.

Here is a list of the 48 previous COTM selections (you read that right - we've been doing this for four years!): http://www.chow.com/cookbook_of_the_m...

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  1. Whooo Hoo, SMT...! Many thanks for taking the helm for the next term of office. Let the fun begin...

    1. I'll start it off with a book I want to cook more from, Ad Hoc at Home by Thomas Keller. I'm not nominating it in caps though as it is an expensive book and may not be suitable as a COTM. Though my local library system has 36 copies of which 14 are available today. It is a beautiful book and not restaurant-focused like many chefs books.
      But I'd also be very happy for Plenty by Yotam Ottolenghi to come up again.

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      1. re: JaneEYB

        I've been looking for an excuse to buy "Ad Hoc at Home." In fact, I have the choc chip cookies from that book (got the recipe online) shaped and freezing on a baking sheet ready to be bagged as I type. And I'm hoping to try the fried chicken recipe while my grandson is here next week. You can buy new copies for less than half price on Amazon. I'm not nominating it either. Yet. But my arm would need very little twisting.

        1. re: JaneEYB

          I saw it at CostCo last month too, wish I could remember the price.
          If you two nominate it, I might too...;)

          1. re: rabaja

            My Costco has not had it. I do check that table every time I go, which is very often. Where is your Costco located?

            1. re: smtucker

              I found it at the SF CostCo last month. May check back in this week to see if it's still there.

        2. I'll run this one up the flag pole one more time (and while summer veggies are still abundant): PLENTY.

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          1. re: pikawicca

            I endorse PLENTY.

            I nominate: OTTOLENGHI; THE COOKBOOK

            ETA: I'm suggesting pairing the 2 books

            1. re: Gio

              Gio, are you suggesting a redo on Ottolenghi by itself? Or a pairing of Ottolenghi with Plenty?

              And whoa, all of this white space is wacky!

              ~TDQ

              1. re: The Dairy Queen

                TDQ: I'm suggesting pairing the 2 books as we discussed on the nominating board last month. I just edited to reflect that idea.

              2. re: Gio

                I'm getting on board the OTTOLENGHI/PLENTY train for September too. Much as I'd like to do Claudia Roden, I'm heading to Turkey at the end of September for two weeks so I'd like to do a different cuisine before my trip.

            2. I've mostly been a voyeur in COTM to date so haven't earned the right to push for my nomination much, but I am really interested in trying:
              Claudia Roden's "THE NEW BOOK OF MIDDLE EASTERN FOOD"

              http://www.amazon.com/New-Book-Middle...

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              1. re: balabanian

                Many of us lurked before joining the COTM group, Balabanian, so push all you want. Glad to have you.

                  1. re: balabanian

                    Hmmm...could we pair it with Roden's Arabesque, a former COTM, and make it a duo?

                    ~TDQ

                      1. re: The Dairy Queen

                        I cook from Arabesque all the time, so no argument from me. I think we should take a look at "Saha," at some point, another rif on Middle Eastern cuisine. (There are some truly splendid and unusual recipes in this book.)

                        1. re: The Dairy Queen

                          Love Arabesque, so my nomination is:

                          Roden's THE NEW BOOK OF MIDDLE EASTERN FOOD and ARABESQUE

                          1. re: Rubee

                            Point of interest, A Book of Middle Eastern Food (the precursor to this one) was awarded the James Beard Cookbook Hall of Fame this year.

                            1. re: JaneEYB

                              Oh, that's very cool. Do you know what makes this book the "new" book of middle eastern food?

                              ~TDQ

                              1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                Big revisions, expansions, and updates.

                      2. PLENTY - other OTTOLENGHI as per last month.