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*NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2010 BAKING COTM: Voting Time

Welcome to the voting thread for the November/December 2010 Baking COTM. Please vote for up to two of the following selections. The books chosen will be the highest two vote getters [three if there is a tie]:

THE SECRETS OF BAKING, SIMPLE TECHNIQUES FOR SOPHISTICATED DESSERTS
Sherry Yard

THE SWEET LIFE: Desserts from Chanterelle
Kate Zuckerman

MAIDA HEATTER'S COOKIE RECIPES NO MATTER WHAT BOOK OR WHERE ONLINE THEY MIGHT BE

READY FOR DESSERT: My Best Recipes
David Lebovitz

For your vote to count, it must be typed in ALL CAPITALS.

Voting will remain open through MONDAY, October 18, Midnight EST.

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  1. You are amazingly prompt smtucker! Dead on the stroke of midnight up go the finalists.

    My votes are for READY FOR DESSERT and MAIDA HEATTER'S COOKIES, WHEREVER THEY MAY BE

    1. THE SWEET LIFE: Desserts from Chanterelle
      Kate Zuckerman

      MAIDA HEATTER'S COOKIE RECIPES NO MATTER WHAT BOOK OR WHERE ONLINE THEY MIGHT BE

      Thank you, smtucker!

      ~TDQ

      1. THE SWEET LIFE: Desserts from Chanterelle
        Kate Zuckerman

        MAIDA HEATTER'S COOKIE RECIPES NO MATTER WHAT BOOK OR WHERE ONLINE THEY MIGHT BE

        Great job, smtucker!

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        1. re: JoanN

          MAIDA HEATTER'S COOKIE RECIPES NO MATTER WHAT BOOK OR WHERE ONLINE THEY MIGHT BE

          READY FOR DESSERT: My Best Recipes
          David Lebovitz

        2. MAIDA HEATTER'S COOKIE RECIPES NO MATTER WHAT BOOK OR WHERE ONLINE THEY MIGHT BE

          READY FOR DESSERT: My Best Recipes by David Lebovitz

          It's about time Maida Heatter got explored in this forum. She's been the queen of desserts since the middle 1970's when her first book came out.

          1. THE SECRETS OF BAKING, SIMPLE TECHNIQUES FOR SOPHISTICATED DESSERTS
            Sherry Yard (By the way did anyone see her on TC Just Desserts last night? I saw her in a pink sparkly blouse and with her angelic face, I thought she looked like the Good Witch Glenda from Wizard of Oz. Oh...and she would always smell like cookies...I want her to be my fairy godmother!)

            MAIDA HEATTER'S COOKIE RECIPES NO MATTER WHAT BOOK OR WHERE ONLINE THEY MIGHT BE

            1. I know this may be a bit laborious, but can you provide a list of the past nominees. I'm asking this as a favor for someone like me who wants to add to their collection and looking for a little guidance in a small space rather than creating a thread about it.

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              1. re: burgeoningfoodie

                Are you looking specifically for baking books we've done, or regular cookbooks? For a while there was a Baking Cookbook of the Month, but it sort of died out.

                1. re: LulusMom

                  Technically, it was a dessert COTM (ie., included ice cream books, but didn't include bread or other savory thing type books), not a baking COTM. Here's a link to a list of all of the DCOTMS http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7351...

                  For burgeoningfoodie, here is a link to the nominations thread for the Nov/Dec 2010 baking COTM.

                  As far as I know, no one has ever put together a listing of the past nominations threads of any of the COTMs (primary, dessert, or baking), but maybe you can forge trails in this area if you think it would be helpful! http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7389...

                  ~TDQ

                  1. re: The Dairy Queen

                    Oops, my bad on the baking/dessert thing.

                    1. re: LulusMom

                      It hardly matters, I don't know why I care! HA! I think it's because DCOTM made a better acronym than BCOTM. Plus, I like ice cream.

                      ~TDQ

                  2. re: LulusMom

                    Well I seem to lean towards baking vs. cooking and within baking I'm doing desserts and bread more than say baking meat. Thank you to the providers. I think will be interesting to see what tickles my fancy.. eeerrrr.... you know what I mean.

                  3. re: burgeoningfoodie

                    burgeoningfoodie, this is a list that poster "The Dairy Queen" compiled:

                    May/June 2008 Dessert COTM: PURE DESSERT
                    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/5148...
                    May/June Dessert COTM: CHOCOLATE AND THE ART OF LOW FAT DESSERTS
                    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/5148...

                    July-August DESSERT COTM THE PERFECT SCOOP
                    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/5386...

                    Sept.-Oct.2008 DESSERT Cookbook of the Month - THE SWEET SPOT
                    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/5541...

                    Nov/Dec DESSERT COOKBOOK OF THE MONTH - HOW TO BE A DOMESTIC GODDESS
                    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/5688...

                    Feb-March Dessert COTM: ART AND SOUL OF BAKING
                    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/5962...

                    Feb-March DESSERT COTM: February-March, THE MODERN BAKER
                    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/5962...

                    ~TDQ

                    1. re: blue room

                      smtucker, please forgive me for putting this huge list of *all caps* titles here that have nothing to do with the business of this post! I was trying to be helpful and realized too late the confusion it might cause.

                    1. Any MAIDA HEATER COOKIE BOOK
                      THE SECRETS OF BAKING

                      1. OK, I don't really know much about these books, but I have to say that instinct and interest (at least title wise) leads me to vote for:

                        MAIDA HEATTER'S COOKIE RECIPES NO MATTER WHAT BOOK OR WHERE ONLINE THEY MIGHT BE
                        and

                        THE SWEET LIFE: DESSERTS FROM CHANTERELLE

                        I'd love the opportunity to bake some cookies for Lulu.

                        1. MAIDA HEATTER'S COOKIE RECIPES NO MATTER WHAT BOOK OR WHERE ONLINE THEY MIGHT BE

                          READY FOR DESSERT: My Best Recipes
                          David Lebovitz

                          1. THE SWEET LIFE
                            MAIDA HEATTER'S COOKIES

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                            1. re: maxie

                              I was confused at the voting for The Sweet Life, as I thought that was David Lebovitz' book about living there. Now I see it's a different book - from Chanterelle.

                              1. re: oakjoan

                                I think his book is called The Sweet Life in Paris.

                            2. MAIDA HEATTER'S COOKIE RECIPES NO MATTER WHAT BOOK OR WHERE ONLINE THEY MIGHT BE

                              READY FOR DESSERT: My Best Recipes
                              David Lebovitz

                              Many thanks for sorting it all out, smtucker!

                              1. MAIDA HEATTER'S COOKIES

                                READY FOR DESSERT

                                1. My votes are for:

                                  SECRETS OF BAKING by SHERRY YARD
                                  and
                                  THE SWEET LIFE by Kate Zuckerman

                                  I'm set for cookie recipes myself. Usually make the old favorites for the holidays with maybe one or two new things. But I noticed that Secrets of Baking has thirty-nine (39!) cookie recipes. To see what they are, check the index here: http://www.amazon.com/Secrets-Baking-...

                                  When I was looking for that index online, I came across this and thought everyone might be interested: David Lebovitz (who I would also love to bake from) interviewing Sherry Yard:
                                  http://www.davidlebovitz.com/2007/02/...

                                  1. MAIDA HEATTER COOKIES WHATEVER

                                    happy to explore whichever other book the group selects

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                                    1. re: jen kalb

                                      If this gets reinstated as a shadow COTM kind of thing (2 months along w the "real food" COTM, and there's plenty of interest in baking on the HC board), I think "The Italian Baker" would be a brilliant choice.

                                      1. re: buttertart

                                        Do you mean Malgieri's book? I want it but the used prices I have seen are prohibitive.

                                        1. re: roxlet

                                          No, the Carol Field. I got the Malgieri for $12 or so at the Strand a few months ago. Mentioned the Field because jen kalb had put it out there during the discussion.

                                          1. re: buttertart

                                            Lucky you on the Malgieri! If you ever see another one at that price. I love the Carol Field. I turn the rosemary bread into rolls and make them for parties to go with smoked turkey and ham.

                                              1. re: buttertart

                                                Thanks! And try that rosemary bread recipe.

                                            1. re: buttertart

                                              buttertart:

                                              No Fair!!! All mentions of The Strand should be immediately expunged from any Chowhound list due to the jealousy factor. I, for one, can hardly keep myself from jumping up and down, screaming "It's not fair!!!!! How come THEY have The Strand? Huh? Huh? Huh?" and "Why don't WE have The Strand!?" This is coming from somebody who lives near Moe's in Berkeley....it's so puny compared to the you-know-what.

                                              1. re: oakjoan

                                                Turnabout is fair play, my dear, we got the books but not the Bowl...Moe's has a good selection, no? Used to haunt it, Cody's, and Black Oak (the closest to us, we were on Berk Way nr Shattuck).

                                                1. re: buttertart

                                                  Sad to say Black Oak is no more and neither is Cody's. Moe's is the only landmark bookstore around...oh yeah, Pegasus and Pendragon are still hanging on by a thread.

                                                  1. re: oakjoan

                                                    We noticed (sadly) the last time we were back. The Cody's closing was covered in the NYT I believe. Rather preferred Cody's to Moe's.
                                                    Overdue for a visit...

                                      2. READY FOR DESSERT

                                        MAIDA HEATTER

                                        1. MAIDA HEATTER'S COOKIE RECIPES NO MATTER WHAT BOOK OR WHERE ONLINE THEY MIGHT BE

                                          Mostly because I already have her books sitting on my shelves.

                                          Thanks for organizing, smtucker!

                                          1. Voting is closed, and the discussion thread has been posted: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/741445