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August 2012 Cookbook of the Month Voting is Now Open!

L.Nightshade Jul 15, 2012 05:08 PM

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
Verdura

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:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/857970
If you would like to read about how the COTM works, and view the prior selections, please click here:
http://www.chow.com/cookbook_of_the_m...

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. Breadcrumbs RE: L.Nightshade Jul 15, 2012 05:12 PM

    Thanks so much LN and I love your approach!

    Planet Barbecue & Verdura

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      JoanN RE: Breadcrumbs Jul 15, 2012 05:16 PM

      Psssst. BC. All caps.

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        Breadcrumbs RE: JoanN Jul 15, 2012 05:51 PM

        Oh oops! Thanks Joan!

        PLANET BARBECUE & VERDURA

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      smtucker RE: L.Nightshade Jul 15, 2012 05:20 PM

      Brilliant! Well done.

      PLANET BARBECUE plus Vegetable book with the most votes.

      [Yea, I drew outside the lines in kindergarten]

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        qianning RE: smtucker Jul 15, 2012 05:56 PM

        Brilliant!

        DITTO.

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          L.Nightshade RE: qianning Jul 15, 2012 06:07 PM

          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?

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            qianning RE: L.Nightshade Jul 16, 2012 07:06 AM

            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!

      2. blue room RE: L.Nightshade Jul 15, 2012 05:51 PM

        PLANET BARBECUE!

        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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          L.Nightshade RE: blue room Jul 15, 2012 06:09 PM

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

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            blue room RE: L.Nightshade Jul 15, 2012 06:22 PM

            I'm excited, thank you -- !

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            Breadcrumbs RE: blue room Jul 15, 2012 06:12 PM

            Sincere thanks blue room, cheers to you!

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              Blythe spirit RE: blue room Jul 16, 2012 12:36 AM

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

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              MelMM RE: L.Nightshade Jul 15, 2012 06:02 PM

              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

              PLANET BBQ & VEGETABLE LOVE

              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. blue room RE: L.Nightshade Jul 15, 2012 06:24 PM

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

                1. herby RE: L.Nightshade Jul 15, 2012 07:59 PM

                  PLANET BBQ & VEGETABLE LOVE

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                    ecclescake RE: L.Nightshade Jul 16, 2012 01:49 AM

                    PLANET BARBECUE & VERDURA

                    1. BigSal RE: L.Nightshade Jul 16, 2012 04:35 AM

                      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. jpr54_1 RE: L.Nightshade Jul 16, 2012 04:51 AM

                        PLANET BBQ!

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                          jpr54_1 RE: jpr54_1 Jul 16, 2012 10:19 AM

                          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. Goblin RE: L.Nightshade Jul 16, 2012 05:37 AM

                          PLANET BARBEQUE! and RAISING THE SALAD BAR

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

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                            JulesLP RE: L.Nightshade Jul 16, 2012 05:40 AM

                            PLANET BBQ & VEGETABLE LOVE

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                              dkennedy RE: L.Nightshade Jul 16, 2012 07:38 AM

                              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
                              VERDURA

                              Does that make sense?

                              1. Gio RE: L.Nightshade Jul 16, 2012 07:58 AM

                                PLANET BBQ!
                                RAISING THE SALAD BAR

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                                  Gio RE: Gio Jul 16, 2012 08:03 AM

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

                                2. blue room RE: L.Nightshade Jul 16, 2012 09:51 AM

                                  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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                                    jpr54_1 RE: blue room Jul 16, 2012 10:15 AM

                                    good luck with coordinating

                                  2. greedygirl RE: L.Nightshade Jul 17, 2012 12:21 AM

                                    (PLANET BBQ) and RAISING THE SALAD BAR.

                                    Thanks.

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                                      JaneEYB RE: L.Nightshade Jul 17, 2012 07:17 AM

                                      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. lyndak RE: L.Nightshade Jul 17, 2012 07:20 AM

                                        PLANET BARBEQUE! and RAISING THE SALAD BAR

                                        1. Blythe spirit RE: L.Nightshade Jul 17, 2012 08:00 AM

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

                                          1. gingershelley RE: L.Nightshade Jul 17, 2012 07:27 PM

                                            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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                                              herby RE: gingershelley Jul 17, 2012 07:37 PM

                                              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.

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                                                Gio RE: herby Jul 18, 2012 04:18 AM

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

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                                                  herby RE: Gio Jul 18, 2012 06:49 AM

                                                  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. peppermint_sky RE: L.Nightshade Jul 18, 2012 08:56 AM

                                              PLANET BARBECUE! and VERDURA

                                              1. nomadchowwoman RE: L.Nightshade Jul 18, 2012 03:31 PM

                                                PLANET BARBECUE! and
                                                VEGETABLE LOVE

                                                1. JoanN RE: L.Nightshade Jul 18, 2012 04:04 PM

                                                  (PLANET BARBECUE) and RAISING THE SALAD BAR

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                                                    Caitlin McGrath RE: JoanN Jul 18, 2012 04:07 PM

                                                    (PLANET BARBECUE) and RAISING THE SALAD BAR

                                                  2. L.Nightshade RE: L.Nightshade Jul 18, 2012 05:06 PM

                                                    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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                                                      L.Nightshade RE: L.Nightshade Jul 18, 2012 05:13 PM

                                                      The announcement thread for August is now up here:
                                                      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/859310

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