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Voting Thread December 2012 for Cookbook of the Month

blue room Nov 15, 2012 06:31 PM

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. herby RE: blue room Nov 15, 2012 06:42 PM

    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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      jen kalb RE: herby Nov 16, 2012 05:46 AM


    2. LulusMom RE: blue room Nov 15, 2012 07:24 PM

      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
        Gio RE: LulusMom Nov 16, 2012 03:04 AM

        You're welcome, LLM. Bon Voyage!

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        JaneEYB RE: blue room Nov 15, 2012 07:28 PM

        HOW TO EAT

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          pavlova RE: blue room Nov 15, 2012 07:33 PM

          HOW TO EAT

          1. Allegra_K RE: blue room Nov 15, 2012 07:40 PM

            FOOD FROM PLENTY

            1. jpr54_1 RE: blue room Nov 15, 2012 08:32 PM

              FOOD FROM PLENTY

              1. The Dairy Queen RE: blue room Nov 15, 2012 09:17 PM

                HOW TO EAT

                Thank you, blue room.


                1. lilham RE: blue room Nov 15, 2012 10:06 PM

                  HOW TO EAT

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                    limoen RE: blue room Nov 16, 2012 12:15 AM

                    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. greedygirl RE: blue room Nov 16, 2012 12:53 AM

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

                      1. Gio RE: blue room Nov 16, 2012 03:26 AM

                        PLENTY (FOOD FROM PLENTY)

                        1. JoanN RE: blue room Nov 16, 2012 05:46 AM

                          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. geekmom RE: blue room Nov 16, 2012 06:15 AM

                            FOOD FROM PLENTY for me.

                            1. Breadcrumbs RE: blue room Nov 16, 2012 06:56 AM

                              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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                                geekmom RE: Breadcrumbs Nov 16, 2012 07:11 AM

                                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.

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                                  lilham RE: geekmom Nov 16, 2012 07:25 AM

                                  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
                                    greedygirl RE: lilham Nov 16, 2012 09:47 AM

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

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                                      limoen RE: greedygirl Nov 16, 2012 11:33 AM

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

                                  2. re: geekmom
                                    Allegra_K RE: geekmom Nov 16, 2012 08:33 AM

                                    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
                                      Breadcrumbs RE: Allegra_K Nov 16, 2012 12:44 PM

                                      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
                                        Allegra_K RE: Breadcrumbs Nov 16, 2012 12:48 PM

                                        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
                                          Breadcrumbs RE: Allegra_K Nov 16, 2012 12:53 PM

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

                                        2. re: Breadcrumbs
                                          geekmom RE: Breadcrumbs Nov 16, 2012 01:49 PM

                                          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
                                      The Dairy Queen RE: Breadcrumbs Nov 16, 2012 07:26 AM

                                      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
                                        LulusMom RE: Breadcrumbs Nov 16, 2012 08:42 AM

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

                                        1. re: LulusMom
                                          Breadcrumbs RE: LulusMom Nov 16, 2012 12:46 PM

                                          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.

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                                        Westminstress RE: blue room Nov 16, 2012 07:20 AM

                                        HOW TO EAT

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                                          MelMM RE: blue room Nov 16, 2012 07:38 AM

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

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                                            The Dairy Queen RE: MelMM Nov 16, 2012 09:34 AM

                                            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
                                              greedygirl RE: The Dairy Queen Nov 16, 2012 09:48 AM

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

                                          2. Tom P RE: blue room Nov 16, 2012 12:32 PM

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

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                                              Breadcrumbs RE: Tom P Nov 16, 2012 04:51 PM

                                              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
                                                Tom P RE: Breadcrumbs Nov 18, 2012 12:17 PM

                                                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. blue room RE: blue room Nov 16, 2012 01:08 PM

                                              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
                                                The Dairy Queen RE: blue room Nov 16, 2012 05:47 PM

                                                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
                                                  lilham RE: blue room Nov 20, 2012 05:15 AM

                                                  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....

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                                                  angelsmom RE: blue room Nov 16, 2012 01:34 PM

                                                  HOW TO EAT

                                                  1. g
                                                    greeneggsnham RE: blue room Nov 16, 2012 04:46 PM

                                                    HOW TO EAT

                                                    Thanks, blue room!

                                                    1. Berheenia RE: blue room Nov 17, 2012 12:53 AM

                                                      HOW TO EAT

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                                                        soccermom13 RE: blue room Nov 17, 2012 03:22 AM

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

                                                        1. b
                                                          blinknoodle RE: blue room Nov 17, 2012 03:57 AM

                                                          HOW TO EAT

                                                          1. BigSal RE: blue room Nov 17, 2012 06:30 AM

                                                            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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                                                              greedygirl RE: BigSal Nov 17, 2012 10:17 AM

                                                              I love the Simple Cooking book.

                                                              1. re: greedygirl
                                                                BigSal RE: greedygirl Nov 17, 2012 12:27 PM

                                                                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
                                                                  greedygirl RE: BigSal Nov 17, 2012 01:11 PM

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

                                                                  1. re: greedygirl
                                                                    BigSal RE: greedygirl Nov 17, 2012 01:22 PM

                                                                    Thank you!

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                                                              panthera RE: blue room Nov 17, 2012 04:13 PM

                                                              FOOD FROM PLENTY

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                                                                dkennedy RE: blue room Nov 18, 2012 03:56 PM

                                                                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
                                                                  lilham RE: dkennedy Nov 19, 2012 12:55 AM

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

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                                                                    jpr54_1 RE: lilham Nov 19, 2012 04:59 AM

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

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                                                                      The Dairy Queen RE: jpr54_1 Nov 19, 2012 06:19 AM

                                                                      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. blue room RE: blue room Nov 20, 2012 05:43 AM

                                                                  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. roxlet RE: blue room Nov 20, 2012 08:55 AM

                                                                    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. blue room RE: blue room Nov 20, 2012 06:06 PM

                                                                      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

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