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Eat, drink, and be

~scary, for soon appears the thin new moon, and October nominations are due.

~ It’s frightful, but the need to decide witch book to cook is upon us.

~It’s creepy, but the grave decision we must make fast approaches, as if on eight lively legs …

Come and welcome, all. Each month COTM participants choose a cookbook to evaluate. Cook or just comment -- everyone is invited, ghosts can post, and the undead shall be read.

If you wish, you can channel our past (and passed) authors by visiting the musty archives here:

http://www.chow.com/cookbook_of_the_m...

And then, please put your skulls and skills together to unearth some Edgar Allan Pie-worthy nominees for October.

The dead-line for nominations will be 9 p.m. EDT Saturday, September 15, 2012.

The books most nominated will advance to the voting thread.

Please put your nomination(s) in ALL CAPITAL LETTERS like this:

BOO!

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  1. Seriously defrightful puns you've got there, blue room! Thanks for the cackle.

    1. Super great intro you've given us Blueroom. Now we have to put on our bewitching caps and come up with a cookbook that gets us through October and on to Fangsgiving.
      Bone Appetit...

      1. I'm going to throw a couple books out there and see if anyone bites. With autumn fast approaching my mind travels to starches and spicy foods. There has been talk in the past of some of these books, so here's hoping there's enough interest this time to get them selected.

        THE SOUTH AMERICAN TABLE- Maria Beaz Kijac

        THAI FOOD-David Thompson (or something else thai, any other reccomendations? Real Thai? It Rains Fishes?)

        THE COOKING OF THE EASTERN MEDITTERANEAN-Paula Wolfert

        I hope that's not too many.....

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        1. re: Allegra_K

          I'll second THE SOUTH AMERICAN TABLE. I considered nominating it for September, but decided it might be better to wait a month. I think this is a book that will have a nice variety of dishes that will suit those of us in the South still working on late summer produce, and those further North, who are starting to think of heartier, cool weather fare.

          1. re: Allegra_K

            I received THAI FOOD a few months ago as a gift but I haven't had much of a chance to cook from it yet - I'd love to see it made a COTM to light a fire under me!

            1. re: Allegra_K

              I would love to cook from THE SOUTH AMERICAN TABLE for COTM. It's so diverse and it's just the sort of book that would be fun to explore with fellow 'hounds. And I've been away to long from COTM oh, dieting and now baking :)

            2. In October there will still be tomatoes and peppers in the market, at least for the first half of the month. So I would like to nominate TRULY MEXICAN.

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              1. re: Westminstress

                I'd be interested in TRULY MEXICAN.

                1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                  Third for TRULY MEXICAN. Another good choice would be Rick Bayless's MEXICAN KITCHEN.

              2. October, scary indeed....i'm still working my way through recipes i wanted to make in August....

                1. I'd love to do the Union Sq. Cafe Cookbook but I'm guessing that 2 Italian cookbooks back-to-back won't fly... with or without a broomstick.

                  ETA: although the USqCC isn't totally an Italian ckbk.

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                  1. re: Gio

                    All righty then, spellbound by angelsmoms post I scream:
                    UNION SQUARE CAFE

                    1. re: Gio

                      just curious, amazon view doesn't give access to the index for the union square books, are they pasta centric?

                      1. re: qianning

                        At the moment I only have the Union Square Cafe Ckbk #1. Their second book is on its way to me as I type. In my opinion, qianning, the book I have is not pasta centric. I've counted 8 macaroni recipes out of 160 recipes (Bk. 1)

                        There's are 10 chapters with little bit of everything: from appetizers to soups & salads, mains & condiments, through to desserts, and even a conversion chart...

                        http://www.eatyourbooks.com/library/1...
                        http://www.amazon.com/The-Union-Squar...

                        (Actually, I've been able to access the TofC etc at the Amazon site, Q.)

                        1. re: Gio

                          thanks. i'll try again on amazon...the preview sent me to the kindle version, maybe there are separately entries for different editions....

                          1. re: qianning

                            no idea why, but no matter what i do amazon preview only let's me look at the kindle introductory notes....anyway, thanks for the eyb link, that gives me a better feel for the book.

                    2. THE WHOLE BEAST
                      nose to tail eating
                      by
                      Fergus Henderson

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                      1. re: jpr54_1

                        or 660 CURRIES

                      2. UNION SQUARE CAFE says this witch.

                        1. I'm new at this, so my apologies if there is a protocol I've overlooked, but I thought I'd throw out a suggestion. Something befitting fall produce and chilly nights....How about the book 660 CURRIES? It's by Raghavan Iyer and it's been on my wish list for a while...

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                          1. re: bkieras

                            Hello bkieras, very glad to have you here.
                            Please put that 660 Curries nomination in ALL CAPITAL LETTERS, so it will be counted.

                            1. re: bkieras

                              That's an excellent suggestion bkieras and... Welcome ! 660 Curries has received a lot of love during these nomination periods. (too bad it isn't 666 Curries - sorry, I can't help myself)

                              1. re: Gio

                                That would be perfect for October!

                              2. re: bkieras

                                That's one of my favorite cookbooks, but it can be a bit overwhelming with so many recipes and I think cotm would be great for identifying gems I've skipped over. It's a good mix of quick weeknight meals and more involved recipes. I should finally be settled and have time to cook in October, so I will second 660 CURRIES.

                                1. re: bkieras

                                  I would love to cook from 660 CURRIES.

                                  1. re: bkieras

                                    I love the idea of 660 CURRIES as the October COTM! It would make a fabulous COTM and would be perfect for the fall. This is a big book and no doubt full of treasures. I have only scratched the surface, but the things I've made so far have been wonderful, adaptable and fairly easy.

                                    1. re: bkieras

                                      I could get behind 660 CURRIES. Thus my second nomination. (Two are allowed)

                                      1. re: Gio

                                        Gio, I won't balk at more than two, but keeping it around that manageable number will be appreciated!

                                        1. re: blue room

                                          Oops, apologies......I'll keep that it mind next time!

                                          1. re: blue room

                                            Oh, OK Blueroom. I guess I thought that was the consensus...

                                            1. re: Gio

                                              I'm of two minds (and nobody asked me) about this. First, if you really think about a book you'd be willing to commit to, cook from, and communicate about for a month, it seems like one or two suggestions at a time would suffice.

                                              On the other hand these are just nominations, and every/any choice should be out there so that nothing good will be missed.

                                      2. UNION SQUARE CAFE COOKBOOKS 1 & 2

                                        1. Thanks and boo to you too blue room! It sure is scary how quickly these months fly by!!

                                          October = Thanksgiving here in Canada then, after Thanksgiving, Halloween too!

                                          A month of celebration and gratitude. My favourite month of the year!

                                          That said, I will be traveling in Oct, perhaps up to 40% of the month but I'll definitely contribute when I can so I'll mull this over. I have The Union Square cookbook so I'll dust it off and have a look. I know I made a delicious bean recipe from there. I also have most of the others mentioned here so it looks like I have some research to do!!

                                          1. UNION SQUARE CAFE COOKBOOKS 1 & 2

                                            1. I, for one, am SHOCKED, shocked I tell you, that October is close enough to be nominating a cookbook. Still reading through My Calabria. What is the phrase? I am dancing as fast as I can.

                                              1. What about something African? There's a cuisine that's never been looked into before in a cotm, minus maybe a touch of North African.
                                                The Africa Cookbook by Jessica Harris, or Soul of a New Cuisine, Marcus Samuelsson...any reviews/opinions on those books?

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                                                1. re: Allegra_K

                                                  the Samuelsson is intriguing...

                                                  1. re: qianning

                                                    I think so also

                                                  2. re: Allegra_K

                                                    MARCUS SAMUELSSON has been on my wish for a while and I would be very interested in his or other African book. Have not explored African cusines at all (not countring the North) aside from an occasional meal in an Ethiopian restaurant.

                                                    1. re: herby

                                                      herby, you've got Marcus Samuelsson's name in caps. His book "Soul of a New Cuisine" has been mentioned, but he has 4 other books too, so please guide me to your intentions.

                                                      the blue room must be kept tidy :)

                                                      1. re: blue room

                                                        In order to keep the blue room tidy, I looked into the books available on the subject of African cookery and there are not many. The Soul of a New Cuisine has the most reviews, many are positive, and .appears to cover more than 2-3 countries. Considering TxninMtl experience with the book, I would rather take it from the library when I have time and play with it on my own.

                                                        1. re: herby

                                                          Ok, thanks :)

                                                      2. re: herby

                                                        I'd love to do the MS's Africa book, but my husband will be away a lot in October. Still and all, I'd have him around enough that I could easily put in a vote for UNION SQUARE CAFE.

                                                      3. re: Allegra_K

                                                        I haven't had much luck with Soul of a New Cuisine. I've tried a half dozen recipes from it. None have wowed and two just didn't seem to work for me. I'm not sure if it's because it's a cuisine I'm less familiar with, the recipes I've been choosing aren't good ones (I haven't dived in fully, so I usually try the ones that don't require much planning), or just general issues with the book. I'm (hopefully) giving the book one last shot to wow me tonight before it gets put in the pile to be given away before moving.

                                                        1. re: TxnInMtl

                                                          .....oh-oh, that sounds less intriguing.....i'm hoping to look at a physical copy of the book over the weekend. i have aquavit (gift from a friend), as restaurant/celebrity chef books go, it's pretty down to earth. that said i'm not drawn to it all that often, as much as anything because it is coffee table sized.

                                                          1. re: TxnInMtl

                                                            ooooh. This is not good news. I had high hopes for that book. Eeek.

                                                            1. re: TxnInMtl

                                                              I have absolutely loved the things I've tried from Soul of a New Cuisine. Don't have it handy, so don't remember what all. Except for one marvelous salad with sardines.

                                                              1. re: L.Nightshade

                                                                Phew, this is good to hear. I have the book, haven't spent much time with it but do look forward to doing so.

                                                                1. re: L.Nightshade

                                                                  This is great to hear (read), LN! I had my eyes on the book for a while. I love that he covers many cuisine of Africa, not just Morocco, Egypt and Ethiopia as most do. Nothing wrong with those but I'd like to cook and learn about other cuisines. Maybe we'll do Africa during one of the end-of-winter months when we had enough of stews and braises but not ready yet to move onto the spring dishes:)

                                                                  1. re: L.Nightshade

                                                                    I need to add my impression here, that this is probably not a traditional African cookbook. I see this as a chef's cookbook, a chef who has explored, and been influenced by African cuisines. So, while some of the recipes may be traditional (I don't know enough about sub-Saharan cuisine to say), there are a lot of recipes that feel like a chef's adaptation of African dishes. Again, I've had good luck with this book (I got it from the library, and after a few sock-knocking-off successes, I bought it), but I do think it's modern and interpretive.

                                                                    1. re: L.Nightshade

                                                                      Would you happen to know of any traditional African cookbooks? My repertoire in those cuisines is solely lacking. I've heard of The Africa Cookbook by Jessica Harris, though have no experience with it. Would love to hear of others' experiences with it.

                                                                      1. re: Allegra_K

                                                                        I missed this question Allegra, but, sadly, I have no recommendations for you. I have a few obscure Ethiopian and Eritrean cookbooks, a book called Flavors of Africa Cookbook, that I haven't cooked from, and a bunch of North African cookbooks. Mr. NS has some series of cookbooks (Time-Life maybe) that has a couple books on Africa that I've cooked from. Those books are pretty dated however. I do like Soul of a New Cuisine, even if it has some interpretive recipes. I'd love to see it as a COTM, but it doesn't look like there is enough energy behind it this month.

                                                                        I just did a search in the EYB library, just using Africa in the ethnicity filter, and minus "north" and minus Morocco/Moroccan. I was impressed with how many African books came up, a few of which are even indexed. Will have to investigate further.

                                                                        1. re: Allegra_K

                                                                          I have the Jessica Harris book. I've had it since it came out, in 1998, and if I've cooked from it, it would have been over a decade ago. It is definitely more traditional, home cooking, than the Samuelsson book. It covers the whole continent, including the North, so there won't be an in-depth exploration of any country. I also have a couple other books by Harris, and they are all very well-written, with a lot of background information.

                                                                          In addition to the Harris and Samuelsson books, I have A Taste of Aftrica, by Dorinda Hafner. The author is from Ghana, but the book covers all of Africa, and some of the African diaspora, with chapters for each country. It's not a large book, so once again, it doesn't go in depth. I have South of the Sahara, by Elizabeth Jackson, which concentrates on Western Africa. And I also have A West African Cook Book, by Ellen Gibson Wilson, which was published back in 1971. All of these are pretty traditional, as far as I can tell.

                                                                        2. re: L.Nightshade

                                                                          Based on the discussion, I just bought a copy of Soul of a New Cuisine used from Amazon. I had checked it out of the library when it was brought up in a previous nomination thread, but felt I didn't need it if it wash't a COTM selection. I agree with LN, this is not a traditional African cookbook, but probably close enough for my purposes. I have a few cookbooks that fall loosely under the African heading (Kwanza, Soul, and International) but none truly African. If someone can find a more approachable one, I'd be interested.

                                                                          1. re: L.Nightshade

                                                                            Well, Samuelsson *is* Swedish . . . :)

                                                                            1. re: NYchowcook

                                                                              Yes. Aware of that, but not sure how it pertains to the discussion.

                                                                              1. re: L.Nightshade

                                                                                Maybe the "modern and interpretive" part?

                                                                                1. re: LulusMom

                                                                                  Perhaps? But it also seems completely possible that someone might be born in Africa, raised in Sweden, and decide to do a book on authentic, traditional African cooking. His book just happens to have some modern and interpretive twists.

                                                                                  1. re: L.Nightshade

                                                                                    Totally agree with you. Just trying to figure out what the Swedish thing might mean. I mean, he could be considered the Ikea (or fancier) chef of the world, right? I have friends from African and from Sweden, and they don't tend to do their cooking in a modern or interpretive style. But that is just them - they are wonderful cooks.

                                                                          2. re: L.Nightshade

                                                                            When you have more time, it would be great to hear what's worked for you. I want to like this book, but it's just not clicking for me.

                                                                      2. That we're contemplating October cookbooks is frightful indeed. Still, I'd love an excuse to buy 660 CURRIES (if for no other reason than the lamb meatball recipe reported onby Gretchen S in the meatball thread has put a spell on me), but also be happy to take a crack at the UNION SQUARE cookbooks.

                                                                        1. Has anyone cooked from: Bisto Cooking At Home by Gordon Hamersley? Evidently it won an IACP award in 2004. I was reading about it in EYB and the recipes sounded wonderful - somehow this type of cooking appeals at this time of year.

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                                                                          1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                            I have not cooked from it, but did buy it when it was brought up in a previous nomination thread. I agree that it would be great for October. Although I would be interested in some of the iother books nominated, I'll nominate BISTRO COOKING AT HOME.

                                                                            1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                              love his restaurant....

                                                                              1. re: qianning

                                                                                I don't know why I haven't bought this book yet as the restaurant is wonderful. I also went to a demo he did for the Culinary Guild of New England and he was a great guy - very funny and down-to-earth. So I would be happy if this was chosen (even though it means another cookbook purchase). I've already nominated the Union Square books, but I'm happy to lend weight to this one too. BISTRO COOKING AT HOME.

                                                                                1. re: qianning

                                                                                  I love his restaurant too but I'd rather not have to buy a new Ckbk in October. I just cannot cook from a library book since I use cookbooks more or less like workbooks. I'd love to cook from Hamersley's book in Nov., however...

                                                                                  1. re: qianning

                                                                                    It's funny, I really want to love his restaurant. I really like GH, his generosity and his dedication to the restaurant. But, every time I've gone, I'm always a little disappointed. I like it fine, but it's not on my love scale. I really have to request his cookbook from the library.

                                                                                  2. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                    I've cooked a few things from it (exactly a few: I believe 3) and loved them all. I have been to his restaurant once and loved it too. I'd be thrilled to have an excuse to cook a few more from BISTRO COOKING AT HOME.

                                                                                    1. re: LulusMom

                                                                                      Just got Bistro Cooking at Home, what were your favorites please?

                                                                                    2. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                      Yes, I have cooked from it, and it has some terrific recipes. (Wonderful restaurant, too.) But it says dead-of-winter to me; I'm not quite ready for those hearty recipes in October. (But of course I'm in New Orleans, where we'll just be starting to cool off a bit.)

                                                                                      1. re: nomadchowwoman

                                                                                        This makes total sense to me. There are definitely a lot of cozy, cold weather recipes.

                                                                                        1. re: nomadchowwoman

                                                                                          ncw, i took a look tonight and there are quite a few salad recipes and lighter dishes in the book along w some grilling recipes and lots of vegetable dishes.

                                                                                          Even up here in the great white north (or at least Toronto anyway!!) we still get pretty nice weather in Oct so I thought I'd take a look as I wouldn't be ready for super-hearty dishes either but I actually think this book would be fine. I'm also much hungrier now then when I started!! ; - )

                                                                                          1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                            Oh well, I like the cookbook a lot so am not really against it, but the dishes, even the salads, strike me as mostly hearty, probably perfectly fine fall fare for most folks here, but more wintery to me. (But curries are pretty hearty, too, I guess. )

                                                                                        2. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                          BISTRO COOKING AT HOME BY GORDON HAMERSLEY

                                                                                        3. I think I have been at this too long, everyone's suggestions sound intriguing! Most of the nominations so far have made their way in here time and time again and I would love to explore any one of them. Before I toss my hat in the ring I'd like to ask if any of you own or have seen Forks over Knives? I just saw the documentary yesterday and it's pretty compelling. The F over K cookbook would be a nice way to try our hand at scrumptious vegan cooking. I looked through the index and it seems like the kind of book I would enjoy cooking out of, especially as a group. Please speak up if you love or hate this idea. I am not Vegan nor do I intend to become Vegan, but the 5% animal protein concept seems livable to me.

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                                                                                          1. re: dkennedy

                                                                                            I'd be all for it. I haven't heard of Forks over Knives, but I'm all for a vegan book (I'm guessing lots of husbands would kick and scream at this).

                                                                                            1. re: LulusMom

                                                                                              For any spouse who kicks and screams, they can always pick up Planet Barbecue! and grill themselves a hunk of meat to round out their meal.

                                                                                              I do not intend to become vegan either, but I wouldn't mind a vegan COTM at all. For whater reason, my appetite for meat has been low lately. And since I'm mostly cooking for just me, I find it kind of a pain to cook it - I always have more than I can eat, the leftovers pile up, and I don't really like reheating meat anyway. As far as Mr. MM goes, when he's around, he'd love more vegan meals. When left to his own devices, he'll eat mostly vegetarian.

                                                                                              1. re: MelMM

                                                                                                My understanding is that the recipes in Forks Over Knives are veggie-centric. I find that very appealing. I would love to find a way to make my meals, on a whole, more plant based. If we did this book I would absolutely include a protein with most meals because my kids would probably lose their minds if I didn't. I have a vegan book which I love but it has a lot of protein alternative recipes using tofu, seiten, and the like.

                                                                                                1. re: dkennedy

                                                                                                  There are Forks over Knives books; one by Gene Stone and another by Thomas Allen. The first one has more possitive reviews here: http://www.amazon.ca/s/ref=nb_sb_noss...

                                                                                                  I would also be interested in exploring plant-based dishes.

                                                                                                  1. re: herby

                                                                                                    I think only one is billed as a cookbook, the other has more "theory," but still with some recipes. I've read some of the theory book, and was not impressed. I have no problems with a vegetable book, or even a vegetarian book, but this one has too much preaching and junk science for my taste.

                                                                                          2. ONE POT OF THE DAY- 365 RECIPES FOR EVERY DAY OF THE YEAR by KATE MCMILLAN

                                                                                            I have the Salad of the Day and Soups of the Day also and really like them.

                                                                                            new cookbook that comes out Oct 2nd and features one pot meal recipes for every day of the year. So we get one recipe a day for October plus every other day. I love one pot meals in fall and November and December seem to get taken over with holiday cooking and recipes.

                                                                                            1. Absolutely wonderful intro blue room!
                                                                                              I'm feeling a little contemplative about nominating right now. There seems to be a trend toward limiting to two noms, or at least a small number, so I'm going to be a little stingy. Sometimes the thread gets going and I think, "Oh, yes! That book would be great, I never thought of it!" I'm liking the South American or Mexican theme, but no caps yet.

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                                                                                              1. re: L.Nightshade

                                                                                                (Thanks, I adore Halloween.)
                                                                                                It's funny, before I began setting up the threads for COTM I was fine with any book the vote produced. Now, though I'll never tell, I've got all kinds of raging preferences and fierce opinions.

                                                                                              2. I've never participated in COTM before, but I'll be home all month and ready to cook in October! Mexican and Indian are 2 of my favourite cuisines to cook so I second (third, fourth?) the nominations for:
                                                                                                TRULY MEXICAN and
                                                                                                660 CURRIES

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                                                                                                1. re: pavlova

                                                                                                  Thank you pavlova, and welcome.

                                                                                                  "...home all month and ready to cook..." I'll bet a lot of people would love to be able to say that!

                                                                                                2. BISTRO COOKING AT HOME BY GORDON HAMERSLEY

                                                                                                  1. THE COOKING OF THE EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN by Paula Wolfert

                                                                                                    (Would give me the incentive to get hold of it to compare with Sonia Uvezian's RECIPES AND REMEMBRANCES FROM AN EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN KITCHEN, which I have and want to cook from this fall and winter; the Uvezian book would make an excellent companion/supplemental book if Wolfert's TCOTEM were to be chosen COTM).

                                                                                                    THAI FOOD by David Thompson

                                                                                                    (Because I own it and would like to be pushed to cook more from it. Truthfully, though, I don't think October would be the best month for it. On the other hand, no Thai cookbooks have ever been COTM, is that right?)

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                                                                                                    1. re: ellabee

                                                                                                      The book "Hot Sour Salty Sweet" (February 2007 COTM) has Thai food, but not exclusively. Here's a link to all the COTM cookbooks:
                                                                                                      http://www.chow.com/cookbook_of_the_m...

                                                                                                      1. re: blue room

                                                                                                        Also, Charmaine Solomon's Complete Asian Cookbook would have included Thai food but, again, that was not exclusively Thai.

                                                                                                        ~TDQ

                                                                                                        1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                                          I love the idea of Thai Food and Thai Street Food but probably not for October (in my mind). October, with the weather hopefully cooling off means stews and braises making their way into my freezer. Maybe a hearty soup or two.

                                                                                                          1. re: dkennedy

                                                                                                            You could always do a nice Thai curry to warm you up!

                                                                                                            ~TDQ

                                                                                                    2. I'm trying to work out what time 9pm EDT will be here in Turkey where we're GMT+3 ATM I think. Is EDT GMT-5? Sorry for the dumb question but this stuff makes my head hurt!

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                                                                                                      1. re: greedygirl

                                                                                                        greedygirl, when it's 9 p.m. in New York (EDT), it's 4 a.m. the next day in Turkey.
                                                                                                        So 4 a.m. Sunday September 16 would be the deadline for you.

                                                                                                        I hope that's correct!

                                                                                                        1. re: blue room

                                                                                                          Thanks blue room. Must get my thinking cap on then!

                                                                                                      2. Well, it is the 15th and there is no clear consensus so far. As I posted earlier, everyone's suggestions sound great. I think our Homesick Texan Cookbook was too similar to Truly Mexican to do them so close together, but if it is chosen, I'll probably bite because I love cooking Mexican. I don't know anything about this particular book so I have some research to do.

                                                                                                        I own Union Square Cafe, The South American Table, and now, The Soul of a New Cuisine, so I'd be well situated to participate if any of them are selected. I checked Marcus Samuelsson's books out of the library last time around and they seemed really promising. I bought one earlier this week and am awaiting it's arrival. I don't think it has been officially nominated yet, so I am going to throw it in the ring.

                                                                                                        I don't have 660 Curries, and my kids are not very open to Indian Cuisine (unfortunately!), so I'd probably sit by the sidelines. My go-to Indian Cookbook is The Bombay Cafe Cookbook. I also have Curries without Worries and a lovely Indian Cookbook that was a gift from a friend loaded with pictures. Before I add another Indian Cookbook to my shelves, I really need to explore these.

                                                                                                        THE SOUL OF A NEW CUISINE by Marcus Samuelsson

                                                                                                        UNION SQUARE CAFE COOKBOOK

                                                                                                        I am not clear on the nomination policy. I saw someone say only 2 nominations per thread but I never understood there to be a policy about this before. Can you clarify this for me? If I am allowed a third blue room, I'd also like to see this next book make it to the run offs. I'd be happy to cook from any of these. If not, confine my nominations to the ones listed above.

                                                                                                        THE SOUTH AMERICAN TABLE

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                                                                                                        1. re: dkennedy

                                                                                                          I just bought UNION SQUARE CAFE COOKBOOK and happy to cook from it, though 660 Curries (nominated already up the thread) is my preference.

                                                                                                          1. re: herby

                                                                                                            Just to clarify, I have a book called Second Helpings from the Union Square Cafe, but that is not the book being discussed here, correct? It looks like there is another book that came before that.

                                                                                                            1. re: L.Nightshade

                                                                                                              Yes, there are two, but I believe at least one of the nominations were for book 1 and 2. If it makes it to the run off, I am sure there will be a request to have it be both books. I don't have the second, so I didn't feel like I could nominate it.

                                                                                                          2. re: dkennedy

                                                                                                            dkennedy, I can only clarify so far as it is clear to me, which is muddy. In an earlier post I said this:

                                                                                                            "... if you really think about a book you'd be willing to commit to, cook from, and communicate about for a month, it seems like one or two suggestions at a time would suffice.
                                                                                                            On the other hand these are just nominations, and every/any choice should be out there so that nothing good will be missed."
                                                                                                            A policy formed by consensus isn't really fair because the group changes (size and members) every month.
                                                                                                            And a past coordinator has told me "each coordinator has put her own stamp on things and there's no reason not for you to do the same."
                                                                                                            So, I'd say one or two choices is perfect, so three is certainly close enough.
                                                                                                            If someone wants to *discuss* 18 (or 80!) books that's great,
                                                                                                            but to me, that discussion is what leads to a
                                                                                                            smaller pool of actual nominations.

                                                                                                            1. re: blue room

                                                                                                              Thank you for the clarification.

                                                                                                              BTW, to add to my post above I just read up on Truly Mexican. It is a book of sauces, salsas and moles that you can use in a variety of ways. A book that has no place on my shelves but now I totally want it! Oy! Bad influences you all!

                                                                                                              1. re: dkennedy

                                                                                                                dk it's a wonderful, beautiful book. I purchased it after reading about it on The Piglet's Tournament of Cookbooks (where it eventually lost out to Tender). Here's a link to that in case you're interested:

                                                                                                                http://www.food52.com/the_piglet/judg...

                                                                                                                1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                                                  Thank you BC, I enjoyed reading the review of the book. Hope to not have a reason to acquire it, but if it is selected, purchase it I must! The restaurant is on my to do list for our next trip to New York.

                                                                                                                  1. re: dkennedy

                                                                                                                    Per eating at the USC.. we loved it there and here is a tip that may be cheating but I thought I would share. I had trouble deciding what to order and would have liked to substitute part of the dish I had chosen but was not comfortable asking. However my husband ordered a dish with grapefruit as a minor ingredient but he could not eat grapefruit due to a medication he was on so he asked for a sub and they cooked to order for him! I was a tad jealous although both meals were stellar his was better.

                                                                                                              2. re: blue room

                                                                                                                Per the CH mods, there are no real rules about how COTM runs. Each coordinator can set it up the way it works best for her or him. If anyone is not happy with how the current six months is going, they can volunteer and change it the next time around. I didn't have a limit on number of nominations, but I can tell you, it makes for complicated counting, and adds some slant to the outcome, when one person nominates 8 -10 books!

                                                                                                              3. re: dkennedy

                                                                                                                For my second vote THE UNION SQUARE CAFE COOKBOOK. Because I will be housebound and bored for part of October and love this kind of cooking as the ingredients are usually available at the local store and because I am itching to put a cookbook on the kindle I got for a birthday present.

                                                                                                              4. Everyone please note
                                                                                                                today is Saturday, September 15, so the nominations will close tonight at 9 p.m. EDT (a little over 11 hours away as I write this.)
                                                                                                                Please put your choice(s) in ALL CAPITAL LETTERS.

                                                                                                                1. I'm going in for
                                                                                                                  660 CURRIES, with a second nom for
                                                                                                                  SOUTH AMERICAN TABLE.
                                                                                                                  Those are my official nominations. I'd also be happy with Truly Mexican, and be willing to do Union Square if we included the second book. But I've used up my noms, so there it is.

                                                                                                                  1. In a rush, so keeping this short, but of those in contention my preferences are either, BISTRO COOKING AT HOME or
                                                                                                                    THE SOUTH AMERICAN TABLE.

                                                                                                                    1. I'd be happy with THE UNION SQUARE CAFE COOKBOOK or BISTRO COOKING AT HOME.

                                                                                                                      1. I would like to nominate UNION SQUARE CAFE COOKBOOK

                                                                                                                        1. Okay, this thread of nominations is closed. I'll put up a voting thread and will link to it here in a few minutes.

                                                                                                                          You can now vote here:

                                                                                                                          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/869146