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Voting Thread October 2012 for Cookbook of the Month

blue room Sep 15, 2012 06:22 PM

This month's nominations produced three standout vote getters. Choose, if you can, among

BISTRO COOKING AT HOME by Gordon Hamersley

660 CURRIES by Raghaven Iyer

THE UNION SQUARE CAFE COOKBOOK by Danny Meyer and Michael Romano

One vote per voter, and the voting will be open 'til September 20 at 9 p.m. EDT.

Please put your vote in ALL CAPITAL LETTERS.
Here is a link for the nomination thread that brought us here:
Thanks everyone, I'm really enjoying this!

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    bkieras Sep 15, 2012 06:34 PM

    I vote for 660 CURRIES.

    1. herby Sep 15, 2012 07:45 PM

      660 CURRIES

      1. honkman Sep 15, 2012 10:12 PM

        660 CURRIES

        1. Berheenia Sep 16, 2012 05:36 AM


          1. Gio Sep 16, 2012 05:41 AM


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              pavlova Sep 16, 2012 06:08 AM

              660 CURRIES

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              1. re: pavlova
                dkennedy Sep 16, 2012 06:26 AM

                I am relieved Truly Mexican did not make it to the run offs. Now I will not be tempted to buy it at least for one more month!

                Changing my vote! Just bought this for $7.99. I know it is the kind of book I will cook from.

                BISTRO COOKING AT HOME

                1. re: dkennedy
                  pavlova Sep 19, 2012 05:52 PM

                  I was really disappointed that Truly Mexican did not make the list! I thought it had enough votes. I don't actually have any of these cookbooks, but all of them (and Truly Mexican) are on hold at the library and will be in next week. I was most eager to find new ways to use my tomatillos. Also I'm having 7 people over for Mexican on Sunday so I could have cooked a lot from it! Ah well, I'll be happy with whatever is chosen. :)

                  1. re: pavlova
                    L.Nightshade Sep 19, 2012 05:55 PM

                    I'd also like to cook from Truly Mexican! Maybe it will get another chance in a future month.

                    1. re: L.Nightshade
                      dkennedy Sep 19, 2012 06:14 PM

                      I ordered Truly Mexican from my library in anticipation and have the feeling I am going to want my own copy. I wish I didn't, but I know myself.

              2. Breadcrumbs Sep 16, 2012 06:53 AM

                BISTRO COOKING AT HOME by Gordon Hamersley

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                  qianning Sep 16, 2012 07:25 AM

                  BISTRO COOKING AT HOME

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                    MelMM Sep 16, 2012 08:04 AM

                    660 CURRIES

                    1. BigSal Sep 16, 2012 11:28 AM

                      BISTRO COOKING AT HOME. Thank you blue room.

                      1. Allegra_K Sep 16, 2012 11:35 AM

                        660 CURRIES. Many thanks!

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                          greeneggsnham Sep 16, 2012 12:03 PM

                          660 CURRIES

                          Thanks, blue room!

                          1. jpr54_1 Sep 16, 2012 12:18 PM

                            660 CURRIES

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                              JulesLP Sep 16, 2012 01:59 PM

                              THE UNION SQUARE CAFE COOKBOOK

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                                painperdu Sep 16, 2012 02:14 PM

                                BISTRO COOKING AT HOME. Something to look forward to as fall approaches.

                                1. LulusMom Sep 17, 2012 06:04 AM

                                  Aarrrggh, this is really hard. I'll be just as happy if Union Square Cafe wins, but I'm going to toss my vote to BISTRO COOKING AT HOME.

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                                  1. re: LulusMom
                                    Berheenia Sep 17, 2012 06:16 AM

                                    I feel your pain- either one would be fine with me.

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                                    angelsmom Sep 17, 2012 07:00 AM

                                    THE UNION SQUARE CAFE COOKBOOK, many thanks.

                                    1. Tom P Sep 17, 2012 07:33 AM

                                      THE UNION SQUARE CAFE COOKBOOK by Danny Meyer and Michael Romano

                                      1. bigfatbroad Sep 17, 2012 09:42 AM

                                        THE UNION SQUARE CAFE COOKBOOK

                                        1. emily Sep 17, 2012 11:05 AM

                                          BISTRO COOKING

                                          1. snix Sep 17, 2012 12:50 PM

                                            BISTRO COOKING AT HOME

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                                              Byrdy Sep 17, 2012 03:23 PM

                                              660 CURRIES

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                                                TxnInMtl Sep 18, 2012 04:52 AM

                                                660 CURRIES. Thanks!

                                                1. nomadchowwoman Sep 18, 2012 09:05 AM

                                                  660 CURRIES. I like that the "curries" here cover a huge range of dishes. (And want an excuse to buy the book!)

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                                                    pluralofcow Sep 18, 2012 03:39 PM

                                                    I'm new here (been reading along for a while). But if you don't mind, I'm going to vote for 660 CURRIES. I cook from it pretty frequently, but with 660 recipes...well there's a lot more to discover.

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                                                      soccermom13 Sep 19, 2012 02:52 AM

                                                      BISTRO COOKING AT HOME

                                                      1. L.Nightshade Sep 19, 2012 12:29 PM

                                                        660 CURRIES
                                                        I'm intrigued by the others too, but I have this one! Plus it seems appropriate for fall weather. Hope we can do all three in time. So many cookbooks out there!
                                                        Thanks blue room!

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                                                        1. re: L.Nightshade
                                                          dkennedy Sep 19, 2012 01:03 PM

                                                          Every time I think another book is going to squeak ahead and overcome, 660 gets another vote. It's the only book of the three I don't own and I can't possibly buy another one anytime soon (I can't tell you how many I have ordered recently, I'm too embarrassed). I am holding my breath hoping I don't have an excuse to buy it!

                                                          1. re: dkennedy
                                                            herby Sep 19, 2012 05:49 PM

                                                            There is always a library option:)

                                                            1. re: herby
                                                              dkennedy Sep 19, 2012 06:17 PM

                                                              Yes, it is on order from the library but my m.o. is to participate far less if I have a library copy. So.....

                                                              1. re: dkennedy
                                                                L.Nightshade Sep 19, 2012 06:30 PM

                                                                Well, you never know. My first COTM was the NYT cookbook. I got it from the library, did about 10 recipes, then I knew I had to buy it, and I just kept on cooking. It's a great way to decide if you "need" to own it.

                                                                1. re: L.Nightshade
                                                                  dkennedy Sep 19, 2012 08:07 PM

                                                                  Yes, I agree. If it turns out it is my kind of book, I am sure I will buy it. But on months, like this month, where the book is either too similar to books I already own and not appealing enough for me to add to my collection, or if the book doesn't appeal to me altogether, I end up sitting and watching or at most trying just a few recipes.

                                                            2. re: dkennedy
                                                              jpr54_1 Sep 20, 2012 06:27 AM

                                                              I think we need a chapter of " Cookbooks Anonymous"

                                                              I need to become a member myself

                                                              1. re: jpr54_1
                                                                blue room Sep 20, 2012 06:30 AM

                                                                Too bad we can't eat paper...

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                                                            honeybea Sep 19, 2012 05:59 PM

                                                            I'd like to vote for THE UNION SQUARE CAFE COOKBOOK.

                                                            1. blue room Sep 20, 2012 06:12 AM

                                                              Everyone please note --

                                                              today is Thursday, September 20. This voting thread will close at 9 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (a little under 12 hours away as I write this.)

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                                                              1. re: blue room
                                                                Tom P Sep 20, 2012 08:52 AM

                                                                Pitching for Union Square! :) Remember, we can use both books!!

                                                              2. biondanonima Sep 20, 2012 09:20 AM

                                                                660 CURRIES

                                                                1. delys77 Sep 20, 2012 09:27 AM

                                                                  While I love Indian food, I spent nearly 2 months in India this year and my significant other is a little off Indian cuisine right now. I vote for BISTRO COOKING AT HOME.

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                                                                  1. re: delys77
                                                                    dkennedy Sep 20, 2012 09:44 AM

                                                                    I just reread the Nomination Thread to remind me why I became so enamored with Bistro Cooking at Home so quickly. It looks like it might not make it this time around, but for those who are riding the fence or for future nomination purposes, I spent some time cataloging the recommend dishes out of the book (things other have made with excellent results) and it was enough to change my vote, and order it online sight unseen. I also thought those who already own the book would enjoy seeing the list. Here are the dishes others raved about:

                                                                    Pear Cranberry Crumble -OMG "so good"
                                                                    Risotto with Butternut Squash and Maple Syrup
                                                                    Beef Short Ribs Braised in Dark Beer and Bacon and Red Onions
                                                                    Leek and Potato Gratin
                                                                    Avocado and Orange Salad
                                                                    Souffled Lemon Custard
                                                                    Roast Pork (2 recipes)
                                                                    Beef Borguinon
                                                                    Warm Apple Tart
                                                                    Wild Mushroom Risotto with Red Wine
                                                                    Seared Scallops
                                                                    Onion Soup au Gratin
                                                                    Peach Gallete
                                                                    Wild Mushroom Salad
                                                                    Lemon and Parley Chicken
                                                                    Roasted Chicken on p. 182 (this got several write ups)
                                                                    Lemon Lavender Sugar Cookies
                                                                    Curried Zucchini Risotto
                                                                    Orange and Ginger Glazed Roasted Swordfish
                                                                    Lemon Braised Endive
                                                                    Garlicy Cherry Tomato Confit

                                                                    1. re: dkennedy
                                                                      nomadchowwoman Sep 20, 2012 11:20 AM

                                                                      This IS a good book, DK--and nice list. I hope this cookbook will be COTM at some point.

                                                                      Is there a discussion thread about it in CH somewhere?

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                                                                    Hungryhughy Sep 20, 2012 11:09 AM

                                                                    Newbie here, but I have been following these COTM discussions for some time. I am not a great cook, but I really want to get better. Based on your discussions, I'm building a small collection. Since I love Indian food and find Indian culture and cuisine fascinating, I'm going to vote for the first time and jump in the cooking and try to learn a few things.

                                                                    660 CURRIES.

                                                                    1. blue room Sep 20, 2012 06:03 PM

                                                                      This voting thread is now closed.

                                                                      Announcement thread to follow.

                                                                      Link here to the announcement thread for October 2012 --

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                                                                      1. re: blue room
                                                                        dkennedy Sep 20, 2012 06:52 PM

                                                                        Here is a link to a discussion thread re favorite dishes from 660:


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