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November 2011 Cookbook of the Month Voting

The nomination thread has closed and we have narrowed it down to the books listed below. Now is the time to decide which book will be chosen for November. Please remember to VOTE IN ALL CAPS. Voting will close at midnight this coming Wednesday (October 19th) and I will post the winner Thursday morning.

There didn’t seem to be a lot of voting, or a lot of agreement, but four books got at least 3 votes. Please choose from the books listed below, and remember to post your vote in ALL CAPS.

THE GOURMET COOKBOOK (the first, yellow one, known forever to some of us, thanks to The Dairy Queen, as Gourmet Yesterday), by Ruth Reichl, et al.

The 150 BEST AMERICAN RECIPES, by Molly Stevens and Fran McCullogh

THE FOOD OF SPAIN, by Claudia Roden


Here is a link to the nomination thread if you’d like to read more about how we narrowed it down to these books: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/811933

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  1. Well, this is a first. I was so busy with my day to day life I completely forgot about the nomination thread! Missed out on nominating, but still in time to vote. I hear a lot of us would rather hold off on The 150 BEST AMERICAN RECIPES until January but I am up for it now.The others do not appeal to me at the moment.


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      1. I have all these books and would be happy to cook from any of them so November is shaping up to be a great month! That said, my vote goes to:


        1. I'll vote for THE GOURMET COOKBOOK, simply for the scope of dishes, many suitable for holiday cooking (but I'll be just as happy w/150 BA recipes; love that series).

            1. re: MelMM

              THE FOOD OF SPAIN, by Claudia Roden

              1. re: Goblin

                Lulusmom, this might be confusing , but can I also change my vote to 150 BEST AMERICAN RECIPES (from Food of Spain above)? I think the voting is going to come down to between 150 Recipes and Gourmet, and I've got 150 Recipes and there are some really appealing recipes in it. Not a huge compendium, which maybe works for me better this month. That having been said, they both look good.

              2. I'm going with THE GOURMET COOKBOOK this time. (FOOD OF SPAIN also sounds excellent, but I won't have much time for exploratory cooking next month.)

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                1. re: lisaonthecape

                  Just so I'm clear - this is not a vote for food of Spain, right? You have it in all caps too, so I just need to be sure.

                  1. re: LulusMom

                    Sorry--this is my first time participating and didn't mean to be confusing. My vote goes to Gourmet yesterday.

                    1. re: lisaonthecape

                      No problem - happy to have you with us! Just wanted to be sure.

                2. 150 BEST AMERICAN RECIPES

                    1. re: herby

                      Lulusmom, I would like to change my vote to THE GOURMET COOKBOOK from The Food of Spain above. I would love to cook from the The Food of Spain and have it on my shelf but it will not win and my library does not have 150. Sorry for the trouble and many thanks for putting up with our mind changing:)

                    2. GOURMET. Looked into Food of Spain recently and was quite disappointed - too dumped down recipes, e.g. aioli with store-bought mayonnaise

                        1. 150 BEST AMERICAN

                          dont have Gourmet and am unprepared to dive into yet another huge book

                              1. Oh wow, the first three all look amazing and I'd love to explore each one of them. But... I suppose I'd love to start with GOURMET. This will be my first month joining you all and I'm psyched! Here's hoping the kids will eat what I serve. LOL

                                1. tHE 150 BEST AMERICAN RECIPES

                                  1. THE GOURMET COOKBOOK

                                      1. re: Allegra_K

                                        Actually, LulusMom, if it's alright with you, I'd like to change my vote to THE GOURMET COOKBOOK. Just picked it up from the library today for the first time and I am loving it!

                                      2. Tough choice. THE GOURMET COOKBOOK, but will gladly participate if any of the other was chosen, especially 150 Best American Recipes. Thanks, LLM!

                                            1. re: jen kalb

                                              Voting closes at midnight tonight (sorry if that wasn't clear that I mean Wed. night, not Tuesday night). Results will be up bright and early in the morning.

                                              1. re: LulusMom

                                                Kinda hoping it's Gourmet (already cast my vote, don't count this one!) since I just saw it's available at my library! LOL

                                                1. re: kscooley

                                                  Not to worry - it isn't in all caps!

                                              2. re: jen kalb

                                                The vote doesn't close until midnight (not sure whether that's GMT/EST or something else??).

                                                I'm not voting this time as I don't have any of the books, and none of them are available at a reasonable price in the UK. Strangely, the Roden book doesn't appear to have been published here at all. The one new copy available on Amazon is nearly £40! For that reason, I'd prefer it if we could nominate and vote again in December, but if people would prefer to choose now that's fine too. It means I have more time to get the December book from the US, if it appeals!

                                                1. re: greedygirl

                                                  I agree with you re nominating and voting again.

                                                  1. re: pikawicca

                                                    Wow, itclooks like we are tied with three hours to go.

                                                    1. re: dkennedy

                                                      Maybe we should have a candidates' debate! ;-)

                                                      1. re: Goblin

                                                        Wow-this is a nail biter!!
                                                        Maybe LulusMom will have to cast the tie-breaking vote!

                                                          1. re: Allegra_K

                                                            As of right now this isn't tie breaking, but my vote will be for GOURMET yellow. If my vote makes it a tie, we'll go down to a one day tie-breaker.

                                                    2. re: greedygirl

                                                      I've just realised that Food of Spain isn't out in the UK until next March, which is odd.

                                                      1. re: greedygirl

                                                        I'm all for voting again in December.

                                                        GG, I know you are greatly outnumbered by us in North America, but I'd love to hear about some of the books that you think would be great for COTM, but just aren't as well known here like Ottolenghi.

                                                        1. re: greedygirl

                                                          sorry - every other time I think I've managed to remember to put Eastern Time. D'oh. That gives everyone just over 4 hours.

                                                      1. GOURMET yesterday.

                                                        And thanks, TDQ, for by that moniker it shall be forever known. At least as far as I'm concerned.

                                                        1. I am GOURMET yellow, to paraphrase buttertart.

                                                            1. re: ChristinaMason

                                                              So it looks like it is Gourmet yellow. I would be interested in hearing from those of you who have it if you have the first or second edition. I hear that one has better print quality than the other. I would love to know if the lighter print quality has made a difference for you.

                                                              1. re: dkennedy

                                                                My copy of the book is from the second printing. I believe that this printing still has the "butter-yellow" recipe titles some people were complaining about. It's only the recipe titles, not the ingredients or the instructions, that were printed in a color some found difficult to read. I'd completely forgotten about that until I read your post so it obviously doesn't bother me at all. If the color of the recipe titles is the only thing that might be keeping you from buying a used copy, I wouldn't worry about it.

                                                                1. re: JoanN

                                                                  It wasn't a very smart publishing move, from all the complaints on Amazon. But I went ahead and bought a copy. Pretty cheap too - something like $15? I even indulged in Bon Appetite's Fast Easy Fresh. Figured at $14, it had to have enough good and easy recipes to make it worthwhile.

                                                            2. This one really came down to the line, but I think voting is clear enough that we don't need a re-vote. I counted 15 votes for Gourmet, 10 for 150 Best American Recipes and 3 for The Food of Spain. Voting is now closed.

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                                                              1. re: LulusMom

                                                                Ooo, I better go nab that copy from my library quick!

                                                                1. re: kscooley

                                                                  And keep in mind, you can look at the index on amazon, and then look things up on epicurious if you have problems finding the book.

                                                                    1. re: herby

                                                                      Great news (although probably not for the publishers of the book right this minute). Thanks herby.

                                                                      1. re: kscooley

                                                                        Didn't we already do the Gourmet cookbook a couple of years ago? I've been so lazy about posting lately that I don't know if it is or if it was chosen even though it was....confusing enough for you?

                                                                        Now, off to find out if

                                                                        1. re: oakjoan

                                                                          Joan, we did Gourmet Today, which is a different, later book (green cover, as opposed to yellow).

                                                                          1. re: oakjoan

                                                                            Oakjoan, we've noticed your laziness and alerted the authorities. We need oakjoan reviews here. if ....