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Of the 50 COTM's of the past, which is your all-time favourite?

Wow, can you believe there have been 50 COTM's? Being relatively new here, I have to say, the COTM feature is my absolute favourite feature of Chowhound. I love the idea of being able to refer to the experiences of fellow hounds as I'm trying a new recipe or, considering the purchase of a new book. Its also great that these threads continue to be updated as folks try recipes from these books long after they were featured as COTM's.

So, this got me wondering, of all 50 COTM's past, which book or books are your favourites? Here's a link to the list:

http://www.chow.com/cookbook_of_the_m...

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  1. Bon Appetit, Y'all - it was fun AND we had imput from the author.

    1. Can't choose just one...I have three favorites:
      Fuchsia Dunlop, "Land of Plenty"
      Yotam Ottolenghi & Sami Tamimi,"Ottolenghi: The Cookbook"
      Virginia Willis, "Bon Appetit Y'All"

      But then there's:
      Madhur Jaffrey, "Indian Cooking"
      Ruth Reichl, "Gourmet Today"

      Oh dear...and my new favorite:
      Dorie Greenspan, "Around My French Table"

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      1. re: Gio

        Gio, my dear, I'm not sure AMFT counts, as it was not a COTM!

        1. re: Caitlin McGrath

          Of course you're correct, Caitlin. Wishful thinking on my part...

      2. No contest,

        Dunlop (don't make me choose between LOP & RC, though, please)--this was my first COTM, so, I can't comment on the ones before that.

        Next: Vietnamese, Ottolenghi.

        After that: Casas and Flex Table

        Here's a thread of favorite COTM recipe favorites "Recipe so good you've made it at least 3 times: COTM Edition" : http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6609... It's about a year old, so, perhaps we need to refresh it!

        ~TDQ

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        1. re: The Dairy Queen

          I just bumped 'er. More input would be great.

        2. I have favorites and dudds in my mind for sure, but I look forward to it every month regardless.
          Strangely, some months I will enthusiastically source out the book and then not post re; a single recipe. I guess that's just life, but the most memorable COTM for me were:
          Zuni
          Sunday Suppers at Lucques
          Flexitarian Table
          I really enjoyed exploring these books, and I'm not sure I ever would have discovered FT if not for Chowound. And now some of his recipes are constants in my repertoire.
          I'm sure part of what made these favorites was actually getting involved in the COTM process. Reading, shopping, cooking, taking photos and then getting to discuss it all with you great people. What's not to like?
          And I reassure myself that yes, SOMEDAY we will do My Bombay Kitchen ;).

          1. Oh holy cow, I could never ever name just one, but I"ll say

            Fish without a Doubt
            Dunlop
            Vietnamese month

            probably were my favorites and the ones that have made the most impact on my cooking.

            But ... I'd hate to leave out Zuni, Arabesque, Hopkinson, Flexitarian and Gourmet today from my list of favorites.