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July 2011 Cookbook of the Month VOTING: THROUGH WEDS., 6/22

Caitlin McGrath Jun 17, 2011 08:42 PM

Greetings, fellow cooks! I'm stepping in for bayoucook as coordinator for the remainder of the July voting and COTM posting cycle because she is jetting off to Europe, lucky duck that she is.

Please vote for ONE of the following three choices:


by Rozanne Gold

Info at: http://www.amazon.com/Radically-Simple-Brilliant-Breathtaking-Award-Winning/dp/1605294705


by Mario Batali

Info at: http://www.amazon.com/Molto-Gusto-Easy-Italian-Cooking/dp/0061924326

and http://www.amazon.com/Italian-Grill-Mario-Batali/dp/0061450979


by Madhur Jaffrey

Info at: http://www.amazon.com/Madhur-Jaffreys...

IMPORTANT VOTING NOTES: One hound, vote. In order for your vote to count toward July 2011 COTM selection, you must type your vote IN ALL CAPITAL LETTERS, for the sake of the coordinator.

Please cast your vote no later than WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22 at 5 P.M. PDT.

A word on how these books were selected for your consideration (because I know there has been some disgruntlement in the past regarding how many selections there have/have not been subject to a vote, and whether or not there has been a vote in any given month): The three books open to a vote herein were the only ones in the nominating thread that received more than two (2) nominations, and thereby distinguished themselves from a varied and [slightly] contentious field.

Let the voting begin!

  1. Caitlin McGrath Jun 22, 2011 05:19 PM

    July is going to be another Batali kind of month here in COTM-land. Here's a thread in which to talk about it until we get there: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/791763

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    1. re: Caitlin McGrath
      smtucker Jun 22, 2011 05:23 PM

      Thanks Caitlin!

    2. s
      smtucker Jun 22, 2011 04:49 PM

      * tick tock *

      1. L.Nightshade Jun 21, 2011 09:37 PM

        I just received my copy of Italian Grill (no caps, I've already voted). This will be a no-lose month. It looks fabulous! I'm very excited!

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        1. re: L.Nightshade
          dkennedy Jun 21, 2011 09:45 PM

          I am anxiously awaiting my copy of Italian Grill to arrive. We are really split down the middle this month, it will be interesting to see which way it goes....

          1. re: dkennedy
            L.Nightshade Jun 21, 2011 10:41 PM

            I'm anxiously awaiting the outcome, but I'll be very happy with either of the current frontrunners.

            1. re: L.Nightshade
              dkennedy Jun 22, 2011 03:29 PM

              Just checking in re our winner. I thought we were going by eastern time, but now I see it is set to PDT, which I believe is western standard time, or 3:35 currently. Am I right?

              1. re: dkennedy
                L.Nightshade Jun 22, 2011 03:33 PM

                The OP says 5pm PDT.
                I think the count is Batali 11, RS 8 (a couple votes "retracted"), and WV 5.

                1. re: L.Nightshade
                  dkennedy Jun 22, 2011 03:40 PM

                  I am biting my nails in suspense!!!

                  1. re: dkennedy
                    L.Nightshade Jun 22, 2011 03:47 PM

                    I hate to admit it, but I find this at least as exciting as national elections.

                    Much more fun, anyways.

                    1. re: L.Nightshade
                      JoanN Jun 22, 2011 03:52 PM

                      Except that if we decide we don't care for our selection we need wait only one month, not four years, to change it.

                      1. re: JoanN
                        L.Nightshade Jun 22, 2011 04:13 PM

                        Are you suggesting that the country move to a President of the Month format?

                        1. re: L.Nightshade
                          MelMM Jun 22, 2011 04:44 PM

                          Too funny!

                          I was fairly neutral about this vote at first, as I have, and like, all the books. But I just got a Big Green Egg for my birthday, so now I really, really want the Batali books to win

                          1. re: MelMM
                            L.Nightshade Jun 22, 2011 04:47 PM

                            Oh, I miss the Big Green Egg. Mr. Nightshade used it regularly, but it broke, cracked like the egg it was. Lucky you!

                            1. re: L.Nightshade
                              Breadcrumbs Jun 22, 2011 04:49 PM

                              That made me laugh out loud LN!!! But wow, those eggs are "egg-spensive" ... will they replace it? I got mr bc a Weber charcoal grill a couple of years ago and the gas grill has almost been cast aside without regret since then. He'd love a green egg!

                            2. re: MelMM
                              Breadcrumbs Jun 22, 2011 04:50 PM

                              Wow, that's an amazing gift Mel. I hope it's Batalli too, I'd love to hear what you make!

                              1. re: Breadcrumbs
                                MelMM Jun 22, 2011 05:18 PM

                                Mr. MM is a generous guy. Actually, he's a guy who likes to eat well, and doesn't like to cook. I like to grill a lot already, but with this... it's going to be a very grill-heavy summer for us.

          2. NYchowcook Jun 20, 2011 07:08 PM

            I own the book and it's high time I got back into the COTM!

            1. j
              JulesLP Jun 20, 2011 08:23 AM


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                JaneEYB Jun 19, 2011 07:37 PM

                Much as I love Madhur Jaffrey, for the sake of a peaceful month I'm going for a book I know my kids will enjoy too, RADICALLY SIMPLE.

                1. waver Jun 19, 2011 06:51 PM


                  1. beetlebug Jun 19, 2011 03:43 PM


                    mostly because my CSA just started and my library has this.

                    Thanks Caitlin and sorry for making this a bit more difficult.

                    1. m
                      MelMM Jun 19, 2011 06:52 AM

                      This is a great month for me since I own all the books already! Two of them I have in the iBooks version on my iPad (Radically Simple and Molto Gusto). I haven't cooked anything from Radically Simple yet. The two Batali books I have cooked from with excellent results. And the Jaffrey book is a long-time favorite... one of my "desert island" cookbooks. So it is really hard to pick one, and I know I'll be pretty happy with any of the choices.

                      That said, it's the time of year when I prefer to do as much cooking outdoors as possible, so I'm going to go with MOLTO GUSTO and ITALIAN GRILL.

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                      1. re: MelMM
                        Berheenia Jun 19, 2011 12:16 PM


                      2. L.Nightshade Jun 18, 2011 02:54 PM

                        RADICALLY SIMPLE; I've had such great success with this book, and I'd love to be cooking from it with all the COTM hounds.

                        That said, I'd also be excited to cook from the Batali selections. I purchased both of then at a deep discount . . . just in case!

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                        1. re: L.Nightshade
                          italy531 Jun 18, 2011 03:54 PM

                          RADICALLY SIMPLE

                        2. BigSal Jun 18, 2011 02:17 PM


                          1. JoanN Jun 18, 2011 01:21 PM


                            By default, even though I don't have a grill, since those are the only books I'll be able to get from the library in time to cook along.

                            1. g
                              Goblin Jun 18, 2011 01:20 PM

                              RADICALLY SIMPLE

                              1. LulusMom Jun 18, 2011 12:51 PM

                                I can see the appeal in all these books. But my vote goes to RADICALLY SIMPLE. I'm so excited to be home and am itching to cook.

                                1. s
                                  sarahcooks Jun 18, 2011 12:40 PM

                                  MADHUR JAFFREY'S WORLD VEGETARIAN

                                  1. Gio Jun 18, 2011 09:02 AM

                                    MOLTO GUSTO: EASY ITALIAN COOKING and ITALIAN GRILL

                                    1. s
                                      smtucker Jun 18, 2011 08:22 AM

                                      MOLTO GUSTO: EASY ITALIAN COOKING and ITALIAN GRILL by Mario Batali

                                      Thanks Caitlin for taking on this month's tasks!

                                      1. pikawicca Jun 18, 2011 06:14 AM

                                        RADICALLY SIMPLE

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                                        1. re: pikawicca
                                          dkennedy Jun 18, 2011 07:31 AM

                                          Both my kids had playdates yesterday so I got to spend a wonderful afternoon paging through books at Diesel, the sole independent bookstore left in my area. Unfortunately, their cookbook section is woefully small, so I wasn't able to preview all the titles. I miss The Cook's Library.

                                          They did have Radically Simple so I spent some time perusing it. I will say it had some very appealing sounding recipes in it. I could see how it would make a good COTM selection. The recipes are fairly straight forward and of the type one could cook on a weeknight after work. I have 1 2 3 by the same author and it has a similar feel. But, and yes, I am sure you could sense a "but" was coming, I am afraid it falls into the category of books that I will probably never cook out of. Don't get me wrong, the recipes look solid, I just wasn't excited to cook out of it. t need a cookbook to seduce me. Having said that, if it is selected I am sure I will buy it, if only for the group experience.

                                          As I said in the nominations thread, I am really motivated to do some summer cooking. I think Italian Grill will offer the kind of recipes I would look forward to making this July. We recently invested in a really good grill and it has motivated me to expand the grilling section of my cookbook collection. I just spent some time on Amazon reading the reviews for Mario's books (I don't own any at this point) and the reviews for Italian Grill really swayed my vote. It's available used from about $6.00

                                          MOLTO GUSTO and ITALIAN GRILL.

                                          1. re: dkennedy
                                            dkennedy Jun 18, 2011 07:36 AM

                                            FYI- I just bought my copy of Italian Grill at Amazon for $5.50.

                                        2. Breadcrumbs Jun 18, 2011 06:08 AM

                                          MOLTO GUSTO: EASY ITALIAN COOKING and ITALIAN GRILL

                                          1. v
                                            vickstersb Jun 18, 2011 06:06 AM

                                            MOLTO GUSTO

                                            1. Jay F Jun 18, 2011 05:26 AM

                                              RADICALLY SIMPLE

                                              1. k
                                                Karen_Schaffer Jun 17, 2011 09:36 PM

                                                MADHUR JAFFREY'S WORLD VEGETARIAN

                                                (And thank you, Caitlin, for wading through that morass of nominations!)

                                                1. herby Jun 17, 2011 09:30 PM

                                                  Radically Simple thread has been up and running for a while - why not post to it instead of starting its COTM?

                                                  My vote goes to MOLTO GUSTO

                                                  1. blue room Jun 17, 2011 08:44 PM

                                                    MADHUR JAFFREY'S WORLD VEGETARIAN

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