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August 2012 Cookbook of the Month Voting is Now Open!

Welcome to the voting thread for the August 2012 Cookbook of the Month.

Voting will be a little bit different this month. In our nomination thread, an overwhelming majority of posters named Planet Barbecue. There were also several vegetable-oriented books nominated. Most, but not all, of these nominations specified the vegetable books to be paired with Planet Barbecue. Some people want to do two books, some people want to have a single COTM. So here is what I'm going to do…

Please vote for either:

Planet Barbecue - a single book COTM, or

Planet Barbecue - paired with a vegetable book. If you vote for this option, please specify which book you would like as a companion:
Raising the Salad Bar
Vegetable Love, or

I will count votes for a single book month vs. votes for a two book month first. If the majority of voters prefer a two book month, the vegetable book with the most votes will be the companion book.

If you only want to cook from a vegetable book, and not from Planet Barbecue, I suggest you vote for your preferred book in the pairing, and then just plan on posting to the thread for the winning vegetable book.

If you would like to view the nomination thread and the accompanying discussion, please click here:
If you would like to read about how the COTM works, and view the prior selections, please click here:

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

Although we've had some discussion about volunteers assuming the VERY REWARDING ROLE of the COTM coordinator, we've yet to have a volunteer. To those of you considering: it's time to throw your hat in the ring!

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  1. Thanks so much LN and I love your approach!

    Planet Barbecue & Verdura

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      1. re: JoanN

        Oh oops! Thanks Joan!


    1. Brilliant! Well done.

      PLANET BARBECUE plus Vegetable book with the most votes.

      [Yea, I drew outside the lines in kindergarten]

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        1. re: qianning

          Just to make sure qianning, as this may be a tight race, you are dittoing the vote for Planet Barbecue and the top-voted vegetable book?

          1. re: L.Nightshade

            yes. i'd like to see a veg book included, but have no preference among the three contenders. sorry for any confusion or extra work....we indulged in beer w/ dinner last night, i should know better than to post after beer!


        I'd like to officially volunteer to coordinate through February 2013. (Blythe spirit expressed interest too, but "blue room" beats "Blythe spirit" alphabetically, right? ;-)

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        1. re: blue room

          A toast to blue room! I will be passing you the coordinator's crown right after I post the reporting links on August 1st.

          1. re: blue room

            Sincere thanks blue room, cheers to you!

            1. re: blue room

              Just by a smidge... Blue Room :-)
              Another toast to you for taking the plunge!
              Still undecided on the vote... be back soon.

            2. I've been a big proponent of Planet BBQ over the past year, so I'm really thrilled to see it become a COTM. That said, because I know we have regular participants who either don't eat much meat, or don't have access to a grill, I do want to see it paired with a vegetable book. I'm going to go with


              I think this veggie book is the most versatile of those suggested, and will go best with the very diverse recipes in Planet BBQ.

              1. Why is everyone ignoring the exclamation point in the title "Planet Barbecue!" ?

                1. PLANET BBQ & VEGETABLE LOVE

                  1. PLANET BARBECUE & VERDURA

                    1. PLANET BBQ! (! is for blueroom :)) and VEGETABLE LOVE (I think the variety in VL may pair better with Planet BBQ, but happy to cook from Verdura).

                      Thanks to L.Nightshade for a great 6 months and to blue room for volunteering to be the next coordinator.

                        1. re: jpr54_1

                          i didn't vote for the AND bcz i would like to make a pickle or salsa side dish-

                          I might buy vegetable love since it is not too expensive
                          and recipes seemed interesting

                        2. PLANET BARBEQUE! and RAISING THE SALAD BAR

                          And thanks to L. Nightshade for an elegant "solution" for the voting this month.

                          1. PLANET BBQ & VEGETABLE LOVE

                            1. Another toast to Blue Room for stepping forward. On behalf of all COTMers, thank you for making another 6 months possible.

                              PLANET BBQ!!!!! paired with a vegetable book (whichever gets the most votes).

                              As for the pairing, my first choice would be
                              RAISING THE SALAD BAR
                              followed by

                              Does that make sense?

                              1. PLANET BBQ!
                                RAISING THE SALAD BAR

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                                1. re: Gio

                                  Thanks very much for everything L.Nightshade....!
                                  Cheers to you BlueRoom...!

                                2. Thanks for all the kind words about my coordinating for a while; I will both take it seriously *and* have a ball.

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                                  1. (PLANET BBQ) and RAISING THE SALAD BAR.


                                    1. PLANET BARBECUE and RAISING THE SALAD BAR

                                      Thanks to blue room for taking us on - I hope you do have a ball, and we'll try to make sure it is.

                                      1. PLANET BARBEQUE! and RAISING THE SALAD BAR

                                        1. PLANET BBQ and VERDURA
                                          I have Raising the Salad bar and would be happy to cook from that as well.

                                          1. Ok, after reading the posts, and checking out the 'look inside' feature on Amazon, I am in for COTM for these;

                                            PLANET BARBECUE! (with the exclamation, as requested:), and

                                            VEGETABLE LOVE; this one I must comment on. Barbra Kafka is one of the most tireless testers and researchers out there, for any book she does. Just check out the index if you have any questions on this. I think any CH'er would learn LOTS from this book. I have 3 of her books already, and she is a go-to on practical advice not just in the recipe, but on no-nonsense ideas about pairing dishes, getting things on the table if you have a busy life (who doesn't!) and like to cook. This book looks fascinating. And if you have to buy it, as I do, over 400 pages for $23 bucks? Bargain!

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                                            1. re: gingershelley

                                              GS, I bought Veg Love recently - used and very inexpensive; I think on Abe or bookclouseouts.com - check it out. My copy is definitely used but decent. In a way it is nice to have a book that someone used.

                                              1. re: herby

                                                Herby, my copy of VL on;y cost 5.31 from an Amazon reseller...

                                                1. re: Gio

                                                  I am at loss what veggies to make for the kids - will pull VL off the shelf for inspiration. Hope your copy is in good shape!

                                            2. PLANET BARBECUE! and VERDURA

                                              1. PLANET BARBECUE! and
                                                VEGETABLE LOVE

                                                1. (PLANET BARBECUE) and RAISING THE SALAD BAR

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                                                  1. re: JoanN

                                                    (PLANET BARBECUE) and RAISING THE SALAD BAR

                                                  2. Voting for the August 2012 Cookbook of the Month is now closed.
                                                    Whew! Close one! I'll double check the count and post the announcement thread.
                                                    Back soon.

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