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Voting Thread October 2012 for Cookbook of the Month

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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  1. I vote for 660 CURRIES.



              1. re: pavlova

                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

                  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

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

                    1. re: L.Nightshade

                      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. BISTRO COOKING AT HOME by Gordon Hamersley

                1. BISTRO COOKING AT HOME

                    1. BISTRO COOKING AT HOME. Thank you blue room.

                      1. 660 CURRIES. Many thanks!

                        1. 660 CURRIES

                          Thanks, blue room!

                            1. THE UNION SQUARE CAFE COOKBOOK

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

                                1. 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

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

                                  2. THE UNION SQUARE CAFE COOKBOOK, many thanks.

                                    1. THE UNION SQUARE CAFE COOKBOOK by Danny Meyer and Michael Romano

                                      1. THE UNION SQUARE CAFE COOKBOOK

                                          1. BISTRO COOKING AT HOME

                                                1. 660 CURRIES. I like that the "curries" here cover a huge range of dishes. (And want an excuse to buy the book!)

                                                  1. 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.

                                                      1. 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

                                                          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

                                                            There is always a library option:)

                                                            1. re: herby

                                                              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

                                                                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

                                                                  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

                                                              I think we need a chapter of " Cookbooks Anonymous"

                                                              I need to become a member myself

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

                                                            1. 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

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

                                                                1. 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

                                                                    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

                                                                      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?

                                                                  2. 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. 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

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