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Voting Thread December 2012 for Cookbook of the Month

Hello to all! December's book to be decided here, ready or not. The nomination thread that led to this vote can be seen here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/877069
The nominations (as usual) resembled both a roller coaster and a pogo stick! We landed with three close choices, so decide which one of these will make you happy next month:

HOLIDAY THEMED BOOKS We can't presume anybody's holiday, so this would be a general round-up of books that interest you, for your celebrations.

HOW TO EAT: The Pleasures and Principles of Good Food by Nigella Lawson

FOOD FROM PLENTY (the book is also called PLENTY) by Diana Henry

Voting will be open until 9 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, November 20.
As always, votes must be in ALL CAPITAL LETTERS to be counted, and thanks to everyone.

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  1. I do not have holiday books aside from Passover ones and Nigella is not my favourite; curious to get acquainted with Diana Henry and so my vote goes to FOOD FROM PLENTY. Now off to find a reasonably priced copy as my library does not have it in hope that this book will win :)

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    1. HOW TO EAT (and Gio, this means you're off the hook, but thanks for the offer!). And thank you blue room.

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      1. re: LulusMom

        You're welcome, LLM. Bon Voyage!

              1. HOW TO EAT

                Thank you, blue room.


                  1. I will go for FOOD FROM PLENTY, but if How to Eat is chosen I will be happy as well. I don't have any holiday books so will have to pass on that one.

                    1. FOOD FROM PLENTY, but I have How To Eat as well. We've come over all British this month. Hurrah!

                      1. PLENTY (FOOD FROM PLENTY)

                        1. Not interested in a hodgepodge for COTM, the Diana Henry isn't in the New York Public Library system and I don't want to buy it sight unseen, and I just bought the Nigella for $3.95 including shipping from Abebooks so HOW TO EAT it is.

                          1. FOOD FROM PLENTY for me.

                            1. I have neither of the individual books and Food From Plenty is not widely available or reasonably priced for purchase here in Canada (even on Abes).

                              I'm wondering if Nigella's book were to win, would folks be interested in an adjunct thread "all her other books" (except Summer which was a past COTM) like w did during Jamie Oliver month?

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                              1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                I was able to buy the US edition, Plenty, at a store in Canada just this week, BC, and it's in stock at Chapters.ca so I hope you won't have too much trouble finding it if it wins.

                                1. re: geekmom

                                  It's still not widely available. Even the used copies are prohibitively expensive on amazon. The cheapest I see is £15.79 (including shipping). How to eat is in most library systems, and there are many many used copies, the lowest being just £5.

                                  1. re: lilham

                                    I got mine from TKMaxx - and I saw a copy there the other day - for less than a tenner. About £8 I think.

                                    1. re: greedygirl

                                      I bought it from Books Warehouse for about £10, which is fair for such a chunky, thick hardback (I think)

                                  2. re: geekmom

                                    It is also avaliable new on amazon.ca for $22 for the us edition, which is cheaper than a lot of cookbooks.

                                    1. re: Allegra_K

                                      geekmom and Allegra thank-you for your posts. I see the err of my ways. I was searching for the UK title vs the US title.

                                      In the meantime, having read the Amazon and EYB reviews I decided to order and will place a vote for:

                                      HOW TO EAT

                                      I probably should have waited for the results but at that point I figured the other book was too costly so what was one more book!! That's what these threads do to me!!! Did you hear my bookcase cry for mercy?!!!

                                      1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                        Tell me about it, Breadcrumbs! These threads are bad news. The cries of your overburdened unit must have been stifled by the groans of my own sagging bookshelves.....

                                        1. re: Allegra_K

                                          Perhaps our bookcases are trying to communicate with one another to plan an uprising!!

                                        2. re: Breadcrumbs

                                          Seriously, they should make bookshelves that expand to accommodate a larger and larger collection of books without ever taking up more space. We have basically run out of wall space in our house.

                                    2. re: Breadcrumbs

                                      I think a Nigella adjunct thread would be a great idea. People might especially be interested in also cooking from Nigella Christmas, given the season, or the many online recipes either from her site, food network, or elsewhere. I also have Nigella Kitchen that I'd personally love to explore.



                                      Caveat: it might not be possible to avoid the come hither when poking around the web for her recipes...


                                      1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                        I'm all for an adjunct Nigella thread, should How to Eat win.

                                        1. re: LulusMom

                                          That's great news LlM & TDQ. I just checked EYB and not counting the one I just ordered, I have 4 Nigella books, including her Christmas book which I too am excited to try. I have a friend that's a huge fan of Nigella and swears by her recipes much like I'd swear by Ina's. I'd really love to be able to take a dive into these books along w you folks here.

                                        1. FOOD FROM PLENTY. And I hope we would do an adjunct thread to explore her other books.

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                                          1. re: MelMM

                                            I've been curious about "Roast Figs Sugar Snow: Winter Food to Warm the Soul" for a while now. I see my library has it. Don't know why I've never bothered to check it out! I also see she has "Pure Simple Cooking: Effortless Meals Every Day" which I might have a peek at should Plenty win. Not sure why Plenty itself doesn't call to me.

                                            And plenty (ha! no pun intended) of her recipes are online, too http://www.telegraph.co.uk/journalist...


                                            1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                              I have the Pure Simple Cooking book - called Cook Simple over here - and have used it a lot.

                                          2. HOW TO EAT _ I love this book and it has great stuff for the holidays.

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                                            1. re: Tom P

                                              That's great to know Tom, I just ordered it today!! I have her Christmas book as well so I'm guessing I'll be well-covered!

                                              1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                It is different... not all the recipes are laid out in traditional fashion, though many are. But her writing in this particular book is splendid. I love to just read the book for fun. It's invigorating and joyful.

                                            2. You know, at some time during the 5 days of nominating I ordered one of these books, either How to Eat or Food from Plenty, and now I can't remember which one. Back and forth several times. I'll actually have to go to the site and see...

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                                              1. re: blue room

                                                That's both sad and funny. Well, I'm sure either one will be a terrific addition to your collection, and you may need to have both depending how it turns out...


                                                1. re: blue room

                                                  I looked at the 'inside' of Diana Henry's Cook Simple today during lunch break. I don't know if I could resist! It's only £7.50 on Amazon, vs £17.50 for Food from Plenty. It somehow becomes easier to justify yet another cookbook when they aren't too expensive, isn't it?

                                                  Edit: Oh dear, just noticed the Kindle edition is only £5.99. Must resist, must resist....

                                                  1. HOW TO EAT

                                                    Thanks, blue room!

                                                      1. HOW TO EAT (simply because I have this book and I'd like to delve into it.)

                                                          1. FOOD FROM PLENTY (with the hope of having a companion thread for all of her other books), but happy to cook from How to Eat as well. I had not heard of Diana Henry until the nominations thread and now own several of her books. :) The recipes in Pure Simple Cooking sound great too (Pacific lime chicken, roast catalan chicken, Greek baked chicken in yogurt, roast chicken with warm vegetables and arugula cream , chicken and chorizo in rioja). Can't wait until it arrives.

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                                                              1. re: greedygirl

                                                                Just received the book today. I'm excited to try some of the recipes. What are some of your favorites from the book?

                                                                1. re: BigSal

                                                                  Pacific lime chicken; merguez with roast peppers and cucumber tzatziki; simple gascon sausage and beans; baked potatoes with chorizo; vanilla-baked apricots

                                                              1. I have decided to abstain from voting as I don't own either of the contenders and like many here, I'm pretty unfamiliar with either author or their recipes. I am encouraged by hearing everyone else's enthusiasm but I will wait until I get my library copies to decide if I should add either of them to my collection. I have both on order from the library and will go from there.

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                                                                1. re: dkennedy

                                                                  Nigel Slater, whose book has been a COTM previously, considered How To Eat one of the most influential cookbooks

                                                                  1. re: lilham

                                                                    I have the cookbook and didn't realize it-I will definitely open it up and read some of the recipes

                                                                    1. re: jpr54_1

                                                                      HA! Funny, The good news for this month is that there are many online recipes for all three contenders... So, anyone can jump in, even at the last minute, even without the book in hand, if they wish .


                                                                2. Please note, everyone --

                                                                  Since today is Tuesday, November 20th this voting thread will close at 9 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (just over 12 hours away as I write this.)

                                                                  1. I just bought HOW TO EAT for my iPad to read on a 6 hour plane trip to the west coast. All of a sudden, reading Nigella's overblown prose on the plane appealed to me as a break from the more serious biography.

                                                                    1. Voting is closed now for the December 2012 COTM.
                                                                      I'll count carefully, and return shortly.
                                                                      Thank you all!

                                                                      Here's the announcement thread for December's winner