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Feb 12, 2011 08:41 AM


We seem to all be in agreement about March being Jamie Oliver month, now we need to get down to the nitty-gritty. Please vote on two or three of the choices listed below. The two books or collections with the most votes will be the main COTM, the others will all be contained in a seperate thread for us to share and discuss. VOTING WILL END ON MONDAY FEBRUARY 14 AT 5 PM CENTRAL TIME:

THE NAKED CHEF COLLECTION (to include all titles with Naked Chef in the title)
NAKED CHEF - not as part of above collection
NAKED CHEF TAKES OFF - not as part of above collecition
THE RETURN OF THE NAKED CHEF - not a part of above collection
+++any other JO book you would like to nominate

I just knew this was going to be an interesting month! Happy voting! -Paula

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    1. re: Gio

      Boy, there are a lot of options in the Jaime arena. I only have one, which is THE NAKED CHEF TAKES OFF, so my vote is for:


      1. re: Gio




      2. Paula - the list above is slightly wrong. The Naked Chef Takes Off (USA) and The Return of the Naked Chef (UK) are the same book. The third Naked Chef title is Happy Days With the Naked Chef.

        My choices are:
        THE NAKED CHEF COLLECTION and JAMIE'S DINNERS. But I'm going to be happy whatever the choices!

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        1. re: JaneEYB

          Thanks, Jane. I went on three websites to get the titles and got confused with the American and English versions. That's why I added the part about voters submitting their own titles. My lack of experience with JO is showing, I'm afraid, but looking forward to learning more in March.

          1. re: bayoucook

            Hi Paula,

            What an amazing Chief COTM Officer ("CCO") you are!!

            I find that Eat Your Books is a great site for searching for cookbooks and, getting additional book details. I've pasted a link below that will take folks to the search results for all JO cookbooks. If you want further info about a book, click on the book title and you'll be taken to another page where you can see all the recipes that are in the book and, if you select the "more detail" button you'll be taken to another page with all the publishing info including whatever description the publisher provides about the book. Very helpful in providing context if anyone is interested.

            Here's the link:


            1. re: Breadcrumbs

              Thank you Breadcrumbs! I thought you had to be a member to access that one. This is great.

              1. re: bayoucook

                No problem bayoucook! I hope everyone finds it useful and you don't have to be a member to look at that info. I was just using that link read to through all the info on the individual books to help me decide which books to vote for.

                If you are an EYB member you can then create bookmarks for all the recipes you want to try which is really great! I print those lists and then use them to help me plan menus (mr bc even gets in on the act marking ones he likes!!). Once I'm done I can then go back in EYB and print my grocery list. The less time I spend planning the more time I have to actually cook!

                1. re: Breadcrumbs

                  I just joined it! I had had a trial use of it some time back but didn't join. All the books i had entered are still there. That is so great. I've already spent an hour on there and plan to really utilize it. I was about to add new books when I saw they wanted the ISBN numbers - I thought I remembered entering by titles - did this change? No problem, I worked as a librarian before I retired so I know how to do it, I just wondered. This is neat - thanks for reminding me about it.

                  1. re: bayoucook

                    I don't think that the ability to add titles by ISBN is particularly new, but it does have distinct advantages. If a book is not yet in the EYB library and you try to add it to your library by title, the book just won't be added to your library. If, however, you add the book using the ISBN, the book will automatically be added to *your* library as soon as it's been added to the EYB library. This was a particularly useful feature in the the earlier days of EYB before the library was expanded significantly, but can still be useful if you have many old, out-of-print, or regional titles among your collection.

                    1. re: bayoucook

                      Hi bayoucook. You need to be in the "Library" to add new books that are in the EYB database. So if you select Library then start typing in your book title, you'll see the book match(es) appear in a list below. Sometimes there are multiple editions of the same book so be sure to look at the ISBN number that appears directly beneath the "Categories" info for each book to select your edition. Here's a link to the EYB results for The Joy of Cooking" to demonstrate what I mean:


                      Once you've found your book, just hit the blue "+Bookshelf" button to add the book to your shelf. But don't move on just yet!! Be sure to note whether or not your book has been indexed (noted below the photo of the book cover) and if it hasn't been, make sure you "Request Index" right away as books get prioritized based on popularity and # of requests.

                      If your book doesn't happen to be in the EYB library, then you can use the ISBN number to import but if they're more recent books, its likely EYB has them already.

                      Hope this helps bayoucook.

                      1. re: Breadcrumbs

                        Breadcrumbs and JoanN - thanks - i'm working on it now, really enjoying it. It's been so long since I had my trial I just forget stuff I guess.

          2. Was fooling around on Netflix and noticed that Seasons 1 and 2 of Oliver's Twist will be available for streaming on February 15th.


              1. JAMIE'S ITALY and COOK WITH JAMIE. Thanks Bayou!