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Cookbook of the Month July 2013: The Voting Thread

Lots of nominations this month - I hope I've counted right because it was a tad confusing at times with nominations for both the author and one of her books, and for pairs of books!

Anyhow, I've narrowed it down to three books, although a couple of others narrowly missed the cut. I also decided to count Mediterranean Harvest and Two Greedy Italians separately, as only a couple of people suggested them as a pair. Yes, this month was tricky!

The three books with the most nominations are:

TWO GREEDY ITALIANS by Gennaro Contaldo and Antonio Carluccio
BIG SMALL PLATES by Cindy Pawlcyn
COOK SIMPLE/FOOD FROM PLENTY by Diana Henry

Please note that the Diana Henry books have slightly different titles in America, which are Pure, Simple Cooking and Plenty, respectively.

As in previous months, please vote by checking the "recommend" box by your chosen title.

Voting will close at 0800GMT on Saturday, 15th June. Something tells me this is going to be tight!

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    1. re: greedygirl

      I can't recommend my own post so am voting here for TWO GREEDY ITALIANS.

      1. re: greedygirl

        There's nothing to keep you from voting for a book you recommended, in fact it seems odd not to IMO.

        1. re: pikawicca

          I think she meant since she can't click the "recommend" button on her own post, she's just adding her vote below.

        2. re: greedygirl

          How interesting that you can't use your own vote button!

          1. re: dkennedy

            I think that she just can't recommend her own post, as julie said.

        1. Vote here for:

          COOK SIMPLE (PURE SIMPLE COOKING)

          and

          FOOD FROM PLENTY (PLENTY)

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          1. re: greedygirl

            just a thought
            change your votes for the 2 leaders

            1. re: jpr54_1

              I don't want to vote for either of the two leaders because the likelihood of me cooking from either one is pretty low. My July is kind of crazy and I won't have a lot of time for cooking, especially on weekends, so that's why I voted for Cook Simple since it seemed to have a lot of quick weeknight meal stuff in it.

              I also don't think it's fair to vote for a book I'm not super interested in just to boost votes. I looked at some of the recipes online for TGI and they didn't seem that exciting to me, and there don't seem to be a ton of recipes online for Big Small Plates.

                  1. re: herby

                    Thanks, I did do some searching yesterday, and found the google books one, but a lot of the recipes I looked at had various pages of the recipes omitted, as is common w/ google books. In the link above, pages 97-381 are omitted. Or, there's the 2nd half of the recipe on page 95, but pages 93 and 94 are omitted.

                    The project foodie link only gives ingredients, not full recipes, like EYB does.

                    I seriously did search for awhile yesterday, probably for 20 minutes or so, but didn't find much in the way of actual full recipes for the book, other than the few that are included in full on the google book.

                    1. re: juliejulez

                      Surprisingly, there are actually quite a number of full recipes viewable via Amazon's look inside feature.

                      http://www.amazon.com/Big-Small-Plate...

                      1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                        Thanks, it appears they are....mostly the same ones as the google book, but a few extra pages added in. 95-360 are still missing. Should the book win maybe I can try out a few from the earlier pages if I have the time and it wins.

                        But, I still don't feel right voting for a book that I can't commit to cooking from. This may be silly, but when I vote for a book I really feel committed to cook from it, and I just can't commit to either of these books, like I said above. There was a whole hullabaloo about people voting and then not participating a few months ago and as a newer member here, I don't want to be that person. Reminds me, we actually haven't seen blue room since then....not sure if she was upset about that or if something else is going on in her life. But anyway, I'm still refraining from changing my vote.

                        1. re: juliejulez

                          I don't think you're being silly at all juliejulez. I didn't vote last month because I knew my commitment would be minimal due to being away for half of June. I do worry slightly that this system of voting lends itself slightly to tactical voting, but I also like the transparency of it.

                          1. re: juliejulez

                            I understand completely. I don't vote all that often, for the same reason. I may get the winning book from library or cook from online sources in a given month or not regardless of whether I nominated/voted, but I do feel I should only vote when I have intention to commit to participating in some way.

                            1. re: juliejulez

                              I totally understand Julie. I'm travelling a lot lately so I'll vote for a book if I think I can commit to cook a few things during the month. I make Italian food so frequently that I'm confident I can make a few dishes no matter how tight my time is because I'll likely have all the ingredients in my home or freezer and, I have the skill to execute them. So, for the last 2 COTMs that's where I've cast my vote.

                              I can only imagine that folks vote with the very best of intentions of cooking from the book but let's face it, sometimes life gets in the way. I feel for them, the COTM is a lot of fun and I'm sure they wish they could participate. I love that the threads live on in perpetuity though. It's great to have the ability to learn from and add to them months and even years later.

                1. Well I'm done, now I'll just hang out here and watch the show. Thanks as always, GG!

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                    1. re: Gio

                      Joining you on the couch, Gio. You can have charge of the remote.

                          1. re: greedygirl

                            Don't know how to make 'em any other way, darlin'.

                            1. re: LulusMom

                              Any room for one more on that couch? I'd love to join you and watch the show...if I can keep my wits about me after one of LlM's cocktails that is!!

                              1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                It's a big couch- plenty of room for all of us. Our version of the playoffs.

                                1. re: LulusMom

                                  Good thing this is a nice long couch. You have any bubbly behind the bar there, LLM?

                                  1. re: MelMM

                                    Why Mel, it looks like I do! Could someone pass this flute down to Mel please?

                                    1. re: LulusMom

                                      Ah, thanks. And this is the good stuff! Looks like we have a very well-stocked bar here in the voting room.

                                  2. re: LulusMom

                                    This seems to have turned into a soccer match (and by that I mean not a lot is happening).

                                    1. re: LulusMom

                                      I'm not used to these long delays. More time for the cheesy commercials I love to hate... I hope this isn't an omen for 2016.

                                      1. re: Gio

                                        Well I just stepped out to pick up this fabulous bottle of Brunello and some amazing prosciutto. I was hoping we might invite some of the folks sitting on the Cook Simple couch to join us over here for a wonderful taste of Italy....

                                        1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                          Hey, BC, move over to our Big Small Plates couch and bring your wine to enjoy with an amazing array of small plates all with big yummy flavours :))

                                          1. re: herby

                                            Yoo Hoo...herby, LlM just pulled an amazing looking pizza out of the oven and we're serving it on small plates! Why not bring all your friends over here...we'd love to have you!

                                            1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                              (nudge nudge) tell her about the champers and pizza!

                                          2. re: Breadcrumbs

                                            Waves to Breadcrumbs and the gang from the real Italy, where I've just had my first (of many, no doubt) gelato. I am going to vote this time, btw. Am still wavering slightly though...

                                              1. re: Gio

                                                I'm going to love it even more after tonight's dinner, hopefully! Arrived too late for lunch, and woman cannot live on gelato alone.

                                                  1. re: greedygirl

                                                    Buona sera. Have a delightful time. I bet the weather is significantly better than your home base. Low 90s here today.

                                                    May I second the others in suggesting you vote based on name and location?

                                                    1. re: LulusMom

                                                      It's hot, hot, hot, and i've just eaten some of the best pasta I've ever had in a simple place where they just tell you the menu. I don't eat pasta that often, really, but now I want to run out and buy a machine! Incredible.

                                                      1. re: greedygirl

                                                        Oh. Pasta. Now there's a thought...

                                                1. re: greedygirl

                                                  Buonasera gg! Just think, you can pick up all sorts of Italian ingredients to cook with during your stay!!

                                                  ...and I'd be remiss if I didn't point out the "family" connection you have to this book:

                                                  "Greedy" girl . . . Two "Greedy" Italians - the book has your name all over it!!!!

                                                  1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                    Shameless marketing you're employing, BC & Gio!! Tsk, tsk... :)

                                                    1. re: Allegra_K

                                                      All is fair in the COTM voting thread...

                                        2. re: Breadcrumbs

                                          as a non alcoholic choice-
                                          I have plenty of fresh coconuts-
                                          all invited to S.E. coast of Florida for drinks

                                    1. re: JoanN

                                      Scootch over, my copy of Stir just arrived (bought based on another thread) and I am going to snuggle up here on the cushy part of the couch and drool immerse myself until the votes are counted. LLM, can you make me a drink?

                                        1. re: LulusMom

                                          Not dk but given that it's Friday I'd like a cocktail LlM...bartender's choice - it's been a busy week and I'll be happy to indulge in anything you might be so kind as to pass my way.

                                          1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                            Perhaps a nice dry Hendricks martini?

                                            1. re: LulusMom

                                              Sounds good. Believe it or not, I've never had a gin martini!! Happy to rectify that though!

                                              1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                I got put off gin after an incident in college that we don't need to discuss here. Just last week, at a very small wedding dinner, one of the party ordered a Hendrick's martini. "Make that two" popped out of my mouth rather unexpectedly. Man, was that good. Maybe 50 years of denial makes you appreciate something more.

                                                1. re: JoanN

                                                  How funny Joan, I too had an "incident" (yeah, let's call it that) with gin!

                                                  1. re: JoanN

                                                    Hendricks is really nice gin ladies. Only the best for those of us on the couch.

                                                    1. re: LulusMom

                                                      The friend who ordered Hendrick's described it as "cucumbery," which I thought an excellent description once I tried it. In the spirit of Chowhound, I bought a bottle of Beefeater. (Note in self defense that the pork chop recipe in "Smoke & Pickles" calls for the chops to be marinated in a cup of gin (plus other good stuff). All this gin tasting is in pursuit of a recipe, I assure you.

                                                      1. re: JoanN

                                                        My usual evening drink is a Beefeater martini (Noily Pratt or Martini Rossi) on the rocks with a twist... sometimes a slice of peeled ginger if I'm prepping it for a recipe. Henrtick's makes a fine martini w a slice of cucumber.

                                                        1. re: Gio

                                                          I've never had a martini made with Martini Rossi before - must try. I like Martini Rossi on the rocks with a twist of orange which is a traditional aperitif in Madrid. Last night I had a Spritz for the first time which may be my new favourite aperitif - aperol, prosecco and soda on the rocks.

                                                          1. re: greedygirl

                                                            I meant the Dry vermouth... not the sweet. Although that Is a very nice aperitif, my favorite is Punt e Mes w a slice of lemon peel. Spritz is so continental...

                                                            1. re: Gio

                                                              Isn't Martini Rossi the red one?

                                                              1. re: greedygirl

                                                                They make both sweet and dry, and lots of other stuff. Huge company. They also own the French Noilly Pratt.

                                                          2. re: Gio

                                                            I've been serving mine with cucumber slices. Loverly.

                                              2. re: dkennedy

                                                Oh dk, what fun! One of my absolute favourite Italian cookbooks!

                                                1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                  I am reviewing your notes on EYB right now!

                                                  1. re: dkennedy

                                                    Ahhh, memories of deliciousness past! Enjoy! I'm excited for you dk!!

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