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June 2012 Cookbook of the Month Voting is Now Open!

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Welcome to the voting thread for the June 2012 Cookbook of the Month. The June nomination thread was much quieter than May's thread, and the nominations were more evenly split between many books.

There were two books with four nominations, and several books with two or three nominations. I am narrowing the field to the top two books, because if I include the next few contenders, the votes could be as spread out as the nominations.

The two books with the most nominations were:
A Year in My Kitchen by Skye Gyngell, and
The Homesick Texan Cookbook by Lisa Fain

To view the nomination thread, please click here:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/848648
To view the history of COTM and how it works, please visit this link:
http://www.chow.com/cookbook_of_the_m...

When you cast your vote, put your choice in ALL CAPITALS.
Voting will close on Friday, May 18th, at 5pm Pacific time, 8 pm Eastern time, and 12 midnight GMT.

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  1. A YEAR IN MY KITCHEN please. Thanks.

    1. A YEAR IN MY KITCHEN. Thank you, LN.

      1. A YEAR IN MY KITCHEN. Thanks very much, LN...

        1. THE HOMESICK TEXAN,
          muchos gracias!

          1. THE HOMESICK TEXAN. Thanks.

            1. THE HOMESICK TEXAN please! Thanks again LN

              1. A YEAR IN MY KITCHEN, please L.Nightshade.

                1. are there differences in A Year in My Kitchen--publisher-country where published?
                  are the recipes the same? ingredients listed in grams or oz.

                  1. HOMESICK TEXAN

                    7 Replies
                    1. re: emily

                      MUST.....CHIME....IN.....

                      I know I vowed to keep out of this race, but I just have to vote for HOMESICK TEXAN. Love, love, love this book. Plus, the blog is indexed on EYB so pretty much everyone will be able to access the recipes.

                      1. re: dkennedy

                        I'm wondering, too, if I'm going to keep out of this month's race as I've not been contributing too much. My excuse? Ongoing teeth surgery and continuing; however, Mr. Rella also eats, so I've not totally excused myself in good conscience.

                        I love to guess who is going to vote for which book, before I read their post; so, I, for one, am glad you voted.

                        1. re: Rella

                          I have felt funny about voting, then not cooking/posting as much as others. I'm trying to get over that. Even a one-sentence comment adds to the whole! I'd love to know what Mr. Rella has to say -- I'm sure Mr. blue room would find it more relevant than *my* frequent pronouncements on how-food-should-be.
                          This month's choice was very hard -- beloved Tex-Mex against the Michelin star famous foodie. I chose "A Year in my Kitchen", hoping that I'll enjoy learning something new. (I always do!)

                          1. re: Rella

                            I do the same thing Rella, I find the voting to be such fun!

                            1. re: Rella

                              Ongoing teeth surgery? Yikes. That takes a lot out of you, so I'm not surprised you're not cooking up a storm.

                              I would really encourage people to partake in voting (especially regulars like you), even if they feel like they haven't participated enough. (Unless someone knows for sure they won't be around, or won't be cooking for the month, of course.) One never knows what will happen. I was so excited about Spanish month, but my schedule has gotten impossible, and I've only cooked a very few dishes. But it's still fun to post those few, and to read others' posts.

                              1. re: L.Nightshade

                                Thanks for your encouragement to me and everyone else. It would seem an impossible task to cook as some do with small children, heavy work schedules. The love of cooking always shines through the posts I read.

                                Even when I don't cook, I read most all, and my computer files reflect the recipes I've saved entitled "Recipes from COTM to cook later" are loaded. No lack of enthusiasm here.

                                Nowadays everyone new I meet, in the first 5 minutes, I always ask, "Do you like to cook? :-)

                            2. re: dkennedy

                              I'd so very much love to cook from Homesick texan (note: not a vote) but I know I'll do more of it if I do it along with you all. And since I won't be doing much cooking aside from simple stuff in June, I'm going to abstain.

                          2. A YEAR IN MY KITCHEN please.

                            1. THE HOMESICK TEXAN

                              1. A YEAR IN MY KITCHEN

                                1. A YEAR IN MY KITCHEN please.

                                  I was super excited about Moro but sat out because I knew we would be in India for much of May. Looking forward to jumping back in with this one.

                                  2 Replies
                                  1. re: delys77

                                    Don't forget that you can cook from Moro, and post in the threads anytime in the present or the future!

                                    1. re: L.Nightshade

                                      I may well do so, thanks LN.

                                  2. A YEAR IN MY KITCHEN

                                    Thank you for making a choice simpler, LN!

                                    1. HOMESICK TEXAN. This will probably be my last COTM for a while. I'm expecting baby #2 at the end of June, and who knows how long it will take to get my groove back. Meanwhile I'm trying to stock my freezer at least a little bit, and I'm sure Homesick Texan will provide good fodder for that!

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                                      1. re: Westminstress

                                        Oh my goodness congratulations Westminstress, how wonderful! We'll miss you and look forward to your return ...with an extra little cook in the kitchen!

                                        1. re: Westminstress

                                          Congratulations!!

                                          1. re: Westminstress

                                            Thanks all!!

                                            1. re: Westminstress

                                              Congratulations, Westminstress! That's great! With my youngest, I did a ton of cooking while I was home on maternity leave-- and a lot of it with her in a sling or baby bjorn. Your plan to stock the freezer is smart, though. Always wish I had the planning ability to accomplish that.

                                              1. re: greeneggsnham

                                                Believe me, I am acting out of fear! Last time I didn't stock the freezer and it took me about 6-7 months before I could manage any real cooking. I think it all depends on the baby, I'm hoping #2 will be easier but am trying to prepare for the worst. I really don't want my son to eat take-out for six months as my husband and I did the last time around!

                                                1. re: Westminstress

                                                  Definitely depends on the baby. You are right about that. And will depend on big brother/sister too! How old is your little one? My third was colicky and didn't want to be put down ever. But she was quite content being strapped to me if I was standing up and moving around and would spend hours that way during the day. In the kitchen I could generally entertain the other 2 by talking to them or letting them help, (or letting them destroy the tupperware drawer). Getting the shopping done was the major challenge for me, but luckily I had help.

                                                  I know what you mean about the take out. When I went back to work, we would have starved if it weren't for Trader Joe's frozen food and take out! I still am not able to organize enough to really stock the freezer, but I am reassured by knowing there is always mac and cheese and frozen meatballs in there for a busy night.

                                            2. Well, it is difficult to decide. I already own Homesick Texan, but had assumed it was not going to be an option. I don't own ' a year in my kitchen' but have been waiting for an excuse to buy it. What a conundrum ... I think I'll cast my vote for Homesick Texan, and hope I'll not have to purchase yet another book :-).
                                              So here goes: HOMESICK TEXAN

                                              1. Im going to sit this voteout most likely since my library system doesnt have either book availabel (3 holds on the one copy of Homesick Texan) and I have enough on my hands with Moro still.

                                                2 Replies
                                                1. re: jen kalb

                                                  If Homesick Texan wins, I am planning on cooking from the many recipes available online on the author's blog. A similar strategy worked out very well for me during Melissa Clark month.

                                                  1. re: Westminstress

                                                    Her blog is pretty comprehensive. You will have no problem only cooking off the blog.

                                                2. Just a reminder to anyone who has yet to cast a vote. A bit under 24 hours remain. Voting closes at 5pm Pacific time on Friday. It's a dead heat right now, so get your vote in!

                                                  4 Replies
                                                  1. re: L.Nightshade

                                                    L.Nightshade, can you break a tie by voting?

                                                    1. re: blue room

                                                      Gad. I'd hate to alienate half the group by my vote! I hope someone else breaks the tie.

                                                      1. re: L.Nightshade

                                                        Just got home from food shopping. Here it is 7:20 EST (4:20 Pacific time) and I believe it is close, but no cigar - a tie? I haven't voted and, I don't want to alienate at this point either -- perhaps it's a two-book month.

                                                        1. re: Rella

                                                          It is very, very close, and there is not much crossover of opinion
                                                          I have wondered about the possibility of a two book month. But looking at the COTM history, two book months are usually two related books.
                                                          Just vote your heart!

                                                  2. HOMESICK TEXAN would be my choice.

                                                    Thanks,

                                                    Teresa

                                                    1. HOMESICK TEXAN. I own it and could use a nudge to delve into it.

                                                      1. A YEAR IN MY KITCHEN

                                                        1. HOMESICK TEXAN.

                                                          Thanks, LN!

                                                          1. Voting for the June 2012 Cookbook of the Month is now closed.
                                                            I will be posting the results very shortly. Stay tuned...

                                                            And here is the announcement thread:
                                                            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/849928

                                                            1. FYI everyone, the July COTM nomination thread has been posted here:
                                                              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/853254