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Jan 13, 2011 06:06 PM

February 2011 Cookbook of the Month WINNER

The winner of the February 2011 COTM is The Essential New York Times Cookbook: Classic Recipes for a New Century by Amanda Hesser.

Please use this thread to discuss techniques, ingredients, meal planning, along with interesting tidbits about these books and recipes.

If you discover any online sources for recipes from these books, please feel free to post them.

And just a reminder: If anyone is interested in guaranteeing the continuation of COTM by taking over coordination as of either the March or April nomination cycle (each book cycle takes about 1-2 hours total), please let me know; email in my profile.


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  1. What??? I thought this was just the nomination thread. I'm happy with the NYT book, but don't we have to have a vote among the front-runners? Am I missing something?

    6 Replies
    1. re: pikawicca

      The vote wasn't even close. NYT = 9 vs 5 for all the Slater combinations. Consider volunteering to be the next coordinator. I think you would be terrific!

      1. re: smtucker

        I agree that there should have been a vote among the front-runners. But, I'm not volunteering here either.
        Just seems odd not to have a final vote when the previous thread was for NOMINATIONS.

        1. re: rabaja

          I thought that the discussion showed there was a lot of interest in at least three books. I think we should have had a vote as well.

          Looking back at the thread, I see that oakjoan forgot to put her nomination for Slater in capitals, and JaneEYB nominated both Slater and NYT!

          1. re: greedygirl

            I don't think there's ever been a prohibition against multiple nominations by one person, especially if you're "seconding" or "thirding" a nomination tossed out by someone else.


            1. re: The Dairy Queen

              No, but it will skew the results if we're not having a voting thread.

    2. YAY! That's just the kick I need to get cooking from this book. Thank you, smtucker!

      I hope we can do a Slater someday.


      1. If a nomination period is going slow, with few people taking part, maybe we should have an all caps warning or nudging post saying something along the lines of "HEY!!! BOZOS!!! What? Are you sitting on your hands? Let's see some nominations you lazy bunch of slackers!!!!!!

        I think I voted for Slater. I certainly hope so since it'd be verrrry embarrassing to post this when I hadn't voted. Well, actually that's never stopped me before.

          1. In the past, when there is a clearer winner through the nominations thread, the coordinator makes the call and doesn't hold a vote. It's less work and it makes getting the book for the rest of us, much easier. And, it's not like we're running out of months for nominating books.

            Thanks smtucker for coordinating COTM.

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            1. re: beetlebug

              "And, it's not like we're running out of months for nominating books."

              Or books to be nominated...

              Maybe the next coordinator can just tally up the "What were your last 3 cookbook purchases" thread" and those can be our next COTMs! That should keep us going for awhile.


              1. re: beetlebug

                I just don't think there was a particularly clear winner this month but never mind. In the past when we've had that kind of nomination thread, the run-off has thrown up a surprise. But never mind, it's not that big a deal.