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Sep 14, 2010 09:09 PM

October 2010 Cookbook of the Month Voting [Primary] [through 9/18/2010]

COTM October 2010 Primaries

The October Cookbook of the Month nominations may go down in history as the month of no consensus.

There were 28 votes by 17 unique screen names. No one book or combination of books garnered a true majority and hstory has shown that participation declines when there isn't a clear winner.

So this month we will have a Primary comprised of the books that received more than two voites a piece and hope that at least one book gains some momentum.

If there is a clear majority, this book will be the winner. If there is no obvious majority, then we will go into a run-up vote which will be short and sweet so that we can all get the books before the beginning of the month.

Please vote by option number or by book name in CAPITAL letters.

Option 1:

Option 2:

Option 3:
SWEET MYRTLE AND BITTER HONEY: The Mediterranean Flavors of Sardinia - Farris/Eber

Option 4:
PLENTY - Yotam Ottolenghi
OTTOLENGHI COOKBOOK - Yotam Ottolenghi/Sami Tamimi

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  1. Thanks, SMT -- we posed you a bit of a challenge with our meandering ways this month, but you clearly rose to it. I'm holding off on my primary vote for now, as there is more than one option that appeals, but I appreciate your effort to keep our cookbook addiction going.

    1. Hmmm...I like the idea of Sweet Myrtle and Bitter Honey, but will go with BAREFOOT CONTESSA, especially since I have (as always) a batch of her mango chutney-Dijon ham glaze in the freezer.

        1. Option 4:

          1. Thank you, smtucker. I'd be happy to cook from any of these and, frankly, am very much looking forward to FINALLY getting to do some cooking (other than survival cooking) in the near future, when my schedule should free up. Strange that Sugar Mill made the cut for voting when it was only nominated by one person (per my very flawed method of counting before coffee kicks in) and, as far as I can tell, has no synergy with the barefoot contessa. Normally, when we do a "duo", there's some connection between the books chosen--same cuisine or same author.

            Before we get too far into voting, could someone less dense than me explain why Option 2 makes sense as a duo? Was breadcrumbs even trying to nominate them as a duo or just trying to nominate two books?

            Options 1 and 4 are books that have been indexed on EYB.

            All books are available on Amazon (US) at a reasonable price ($20 give or take a few), except for Plenty, which is almost $30 and Sugar Mill, which has some cheap used copies around $5.

            My library has options 1 & 3. It doesn't have Sugar Mill or either of the Ottolenghi's. Not that everyone's library is stocked the same as mine...but, maybe that gives a general sense of availability.


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              1. re: Gio

                Excellent point! I own both books, so, it's not a problem for me, but for those who don't own both, that is a very valuable link! I assume many of Barefoot Contessa's recipes are online, too. I wonder about the other two books?


              2. re: The Dairy Queen


                It was hard to tell if it was submitted as a coupling [the word and is there], and then if others were voting for one of the couplings, so I erred on the side of "it could go either way." As to how it makes sense, I can not help you since I don't own either. Don't have time to review, but I thought that the idea presented was that one book was a new cuisine, and coupling it with a more traditional cookbook would make it easier to participate more fully.

                1. re: smtucker

                  Oh, I was hoping someone familiar with the books might explain the synergy of the duo, not necessarily you, smtucker, though your theory does make sense. Sorry for any confusion.


                  1. re: The Dairy Queen

                    smtucker, thanks for clarifying.

                    Let me first say, I’m new to Chowhound and, COTM. As a matter of fact, it took me a little while to figure out what COTM actually stood for!! Once I’d figured it out, the notion of partnering with a community to sample new recipes from my ever-increasing cookbook collection immediately appealed to me.

                    That said, indeed I did nominate the two books as a coupling – not because there were synergies, but because I thought it might be helpful to pair a specialized book (Caribbean focus) with a general one.

                    I’d noted that throughout the nomination thread folks had commented about what I’ll call “culinary fatigue” - either they were tired of cooking a certain cuisine (Italian was one that came up) or, their friends and family had grown weary of the “exotic”.

                    For me, it doesn’t matter at all whether there are synergies between the books, in fact, I’d embrace diversity as it would give me more meal options to serve to my friends and family and that would translate into increased opportunities to use recipes from the books. It also made sense to me to nominate a book that most folks would be likely to have on hand so I used EYB data as a proxy and came up w Barefoot Contessa figuring many folks would own this.

                    To me accessibility of the books is critical. I’m always open to buying another book (goodness knows my hubby will attest to this!!!) but I can't justify paying top dollar to have it shipped overseas (with no assurance it would even arrive on time) because its out of print or not widely available.

                    I recognize some books have recipes available online but for me, that defeats the purpose of my personal participation in COTM….I want to use cookbooks from my own collection.

                    It's really interesting to learn how others use COTM and what everyone else is looking for from the forum.