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

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-Simpl...


by Mario Batali

Info at: http://www.amazon.com/Molto-Gusto-Eas...

and http://www.amazon.com/Italian-Grill-M...


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!

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    1. 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


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


                1. re: pikawicca

                  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

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

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

                  Thanks Caitlin for taking on this month's tasks!



                      1. 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. MOLTO GUSTO: EASY ITALIAN COOKING and ITALIAN GRILL

                            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. MOLTO GUSTO: EASY ITALIAN COOKING and ITALIAN GRILL

                              1. 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. 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

                                    MOLTO GUSTO: EASY ITALIAN COOKING and ITALIAN GRILL

                                  2. MADHUR JAFFREY'S WORLD VEGETARIAN

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

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

                                    1. MADHUR JAFFREY'S WORLD VEGETARIAN

                                      1. 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. MOLTO GUSTO: EASY ITALIAN COOKING and ITALIAN GRILL

                                          1. RADICALLY SIMPLE
                                            I own the book and it's high time I got back into the COTM!

                                            1. 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

                                                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

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

                                                  1. re: L.Nightshade

                                                    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

                                                      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

                                                        I am biting my nails in suspense!!!

                                                        1. re: dkennedy

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

                                                          Much more fun, anyways.

                                                          1. re: L.Nightshade

                                                            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

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

                                                              1. re: L.Nightshade

                                                                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

                                                                  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

                                                                    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

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

                                                                    1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                      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.

                                                  1. 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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