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Jul 18, 2012 05:12 PM

August 2012 Cookbooks of the Month: Planet Barbecue and Raising the Salad Bar!

The Cookbooks of the Month for August 2012 will be:

Planet Barbecue by Steven Raichlen,
with the companion book,
Raising the Salad Bar by Catherine Walthers.

The race for the companion book was very close. Only a couple of votes today kept us from going into a runoff race.

On August 1st, I will be posting the individual threads for reporting your experiences cooking from Planet Barbecue and Raising the Salad Bar. In the meantime, you can use this announcement thread for general discussion about the books.

If you are curious about the selection process, and the accompanying discussion, the voting thread is here:
and the nomination thread is here:

If you've never participated in the Cookbook of the Month discussion, we hope you'll give us a try in August. We have a lot of fun, and we learn from each other's experiences. The basics of COTM, and the archive of past books, can be found here:

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  1. Wow-hoo! So pleased Raising the Salad Bar was chosen. And it's light enough that I can take it to England with me for the time I'll be at my parents house and can cook. Planet Barbecue will have to wait until I am back mid-August - and England isn't having BBQ weather anyway, is it greedygirl?

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    1. re: JaneEYB

      I am pleased to report that summer is on its way, Jane, according to today's weather report! Unfortunately I've been on holiday this week, which has been somewhat indifferent here in northern France.

    2. I was going to be happy no matter how this turned out. I have been rooting for Planet Barbecue! for some time now, and I'm glad to see it paired with a more veg-centric book, because I realize that grilling will not be practical for everyone. I voted for Vegetable Love, even though I don't own it, but I do own Raising the Salad Bar, so this result is actually very fortunate for me and my wallet.

      1. Like MelMM, I would have been happy however things turned out with any of the three vegetable-cookbook options, but I'm glad that Raising the Salad Bar will be our new COTM because I just feel like salads in the summertime!

        1. I'm looking forward to trying the Planet Barbecue! recipes -- outdoor grilling at my house is rare, but I'll jam all the ingredients and flavors into my oven (and broiler) and make 'em work.
          Hope to come across some unique salads too.
          Thank you, L.Nightshade -- believe me, now more than ever I appreciate how well you navigate these negotiations!

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          1. re: blue room

            Blue Room, we don't grill outdoors at my house either, but I do want to try some Planet Barbecue recipes, so I will be very interested in reading about your oven/broiler modifications of recipes!

            1. re: Goblin

              I am going to also do most of the recipes in oven/broiler

          2. WhoooHooo... This is going to be great. Any of the books would have been fine with me but I think both the area formerly known as my waistline as well as my wallet will benefit from these COTMs. Below I've referenced a grilling book thread with a lively discussion not only of methods and other grilling books but several Planet BBQ! recipe reports too...


            Many thanks for everything, LN... Quoth Mr Grace, "you've done very well."

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            1. re: Gio

              I'm with you on the waistline. This will be perfect for me post-holiday. 1 week in France = 1 month of salads.