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October 2013 Cookbook of the Month Voting is Now Open!

BigSal Sep 14, 2013 05:01 PM

Welcome to the voting thread for the October 2013 Cookbook of the Month. This month 18 books received nominations, many of them highlighting a particular country’s or region’s cuisine. Portuguese food broke away from the pack with the most nominations, leaving a three-way tie for second place. Which book will earn the most votes and reign in October?

The first nominee includes a pair of books, THE FOOD OF PORTUGAL and THE NEW PORTUGUESE TABLE. Jean Anderson’s THE FOOD OF PORTUGAL was originally released in 1986. These recipes are said to “…depend on simple ingredients, often in unusual combinations (‘pork and clams may sound like a new low in surf 'n' turf dinners, but it is in fact a Portuguese classic’), subtly seasoned with olive oil, bay, tomatoes, garlic and the spices of the East introduced to Portugal by explorer Vasco da Gama at the turn of the 16th century. Meat, fish and chicken, often marinated, and soups are emphasized…” http://tinyurl.com/kp8wulg THE NEW PORTUGUESE TABLE: EXCITING FLAVORS FROM EUROPE’S WESTERN COAST from 2009 by David Leite “…takes you on a culinary journey into the soul of this fascinating nation and looks at its 11 surprisingly different historical regions, as well as the island of Madeira and the Azores. This book also showcases Portugal's pantry of go-to ingredients, such as smoked sausages, peppers, cilantro, seafood, olive oil, garlic, beans, tomatoes, and bay leaves—all beloved by Americans and now combined in innovative ways…(including) the beloved classics he remembers from cooking at his grandmother’s side, such as Slowly Simmered White Beans and Sausage, as well as modern dishes defining the country today, like Olive Oil–Poached Fresh Cod with Roasted Tomato Sauce.” http://tinyurl.com/kdgrnf6

THAI FOOD by David Thompson was originally released in 2002. “THAI FOOD (is) the most comprehensive account of this ancient and exotic cuisine ever published in English.” “It uses robustly flavored ingredients--garlic, shrimp paste, chilies, lemongrass--and yet when they are melded during cooking they arrive at a sophisticated and often subtle elegance… (H)is book presents hundreds of recipes that celebrate the Thai meal while exploring its historical and cultural context. Readers will delight in the wide selection of authentic dishes like Duck and Spring Onion Soup, Grilled Beef Salad, and Green Chicken Curry with Baby Corn, and relish Thompson's vast appreciation of his subject.” http://tinyurl.com/mr7lkov

Published in 2013, THE NEW PERSIAN KITCHEN BY Louisa Shafia ”…explores her Iranian heritage by reimagining classic Persian recipes from a fresh, vegetable-focused perspective. These vibrant recipes demystify Persian ingredients like rose petals, dried limes, tamarind, and sumac, while offering surprising preparations for familiar foods such as beets, carrots, mint, and yogurt for the busy, health-conscious cook. The nearly eighty recipes—such as Turmeric Chicken with Sumac and Lime, Pomegranate Soup, and ice cream sandwiches made with Saffron Frozen Yogurt and Cardamom Pizzelles—range from starters to stews to sweets, and employ streamlined kitchen techniques and smart preparation tips.” http://tinyurl.com/l7lvqyd

Bucking the trend of a cookbook about a country's cuisine, this book is about technique. Published in 2011, ALL ABOUT ROASTING: A NEW APPROACH TO A CLASSIC ART by Molly Stevens “feature(s) the full range of dishes from beef, lamb, pork, and poultry to seafood and vegetables. Showstoppers include porchetta ingeniously made with a loin of pork, a roast goose with potato-sage stuffing, and a one-hour beef rib roast-dishes we've dreamed of making, and that Molly makes possible with her precise and encouraging instructions. Other recipes such as a Sunday supper roast chicken, herb-roasted shrimp, and blasted broccoli make this an indispensable book for home cooks and chefs.” http://tinyurl.com/oe4u2jr

To view the nomination thread, please click here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/916065

To view the history of COTM and how it works, please visit this link:

Please cast your vote by checking the "recommend" box underneath your chosen title (one vote per hound please).

Voting will close on Saturday, September 21st at 7pm Central Daylight Time.

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  1. BigSal Sep 14, 2013 05:02 PM

    Vote here for THE NEW PERSIAN KITCHEN by Louisa Shafia

    1. BigSal Sep 14, 2013 05:02 PM

      Vote here for THAI FOOD by David Thompson

      1. BigSal Sep 14, 2013 05:02 PM


        1. BigSal Sep 14, 2013 05:03 PM

          Vote here for ALL ABOUT ROASTING: A NEW APPROACH TO A CLASSIC ART by Molly Stevens

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            smtucker Sep 14, 2013 06:25 PM

            Oh my BigSal! You are REALLY good at this!

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            1. re: smtucker
              BigSal Sep 14, 2013 07:23 PM

              Thanks to everyone for the support. I was a little trepidatious about taking on the coordinator role.

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                herby Sep 14, 2013 08:00 PM

                Doing very well!

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                  The Dairy Queen Sep 14, 2013 08:35 PM

                  You're doing great! Thanks for taking it on!


                  1. re: BigSal
                    Gio Sep 20, 2013 04:32 PM

                    I just came back to read the current results and re-read Big Sal's response to our endorsment of her inaugural voting post. Has the word "trepidatious" ever appeard on Chowhound? I think not. Another first.

                    1. re: Gio
                      Caitlin McGrath Sep 20, 2013 06:37 PM

                      Can't say how many times it's been used overall, but I'm afraid our (needlessly trepidatious) leader is not the first: the site's less-than-stellar search engine returns 33 threads wherein it is used, going back to 2002.


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                  debbiel Sep 14, 2013 06:51 PM

                  Oh my. I am crossing my fingers that I can participate in October. I would love to cook from any of these! (Tho this non-voter's fingers are crossed for The New Persian Kitchen)

                  1. herby Sep 14, 2013 06:57 PM

                    Many thanks BigSal for taking time to describe the books we are to vote on in detail! It helps a lot to decide what kind of dishes appeal for October and in general.

                    1. Goblin Sep 15, 2013 05:06 AM

                      Boy BigSal, those notes you included are really helpful-- actually, they make me want to run out and purchase all four books! -- If not VOTE for all four of them! (just kidding!)

                      Anyway, thanks for all your work in presenting these detailed descriptions. It will help me make a much more informed decision on what I want to cook out of in October!

                      1. LulusMom Sep 15, 2013 07:28 AM

                        Just going to take a seat and watch.

                        1. Gio Sep 15, 2013 08:36 AM

                          Fantastic job, Big Sal! I'll just hang around to watch how it all turns out.

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                            MelMM Sep 15, 2013 09:04 AM

                            Taking my seat on the couch. It's a football Sunday, so I've brought chili and beer. Help yourselves!

                            Great selection of books this month. I'd be happy with any of them.

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                            1. re: MelMM
                              LulusMom Sep 15, 2013 10:47 AM

                              Thanks Mel, I'll have some of both!

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                              greeneggsnham Sep 15, 2013 11:48 AM

                              You really ARE good at this BigSal. Thanks for all your hard work.

                              Tough choice this month. I own none of the books, and my library only has All About Roasting. May need to try to stop by a book store and see if I can take a look at some of these.

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                                herby Sep 15, 2013 06:54 PM

                                I do not own any of the books either. Luckily my library has them and just put a hold on both Portuguese books and All About Roasting.

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                                dkennedy Sep 15, 2013 12:58 PM

                                Voted earlier but forgot to mark my spot so I am doing so now.

                                1. delys77 Sep 15, 2013 01:56 PM

                                  Super summary Big Sal.

                                  With so many options I'm going to have to really think about this one.

                                  1. L.Nightshade Sep 15, 2013 01:58 PM

                                    Just chiming in on the accolades here; stellar job BigSal!
                                    And pulling up a chair to watch the action.

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                                      pavlova Sep 15, 2013 06:43 PM

                                      I am hoping to have time to cook this month, now that I am home and slowly getting settled in to the school year. I think I missed the whole nomination process! I voted for David Leite's book, as I had it from the library once and thought it was gorgeous, though I don't think I got around to making anything from it.

                                      1. Breadcrumbs Sep 15, 2013 06:57 PM

                                        I'm on the road again with no business voting but I'm popping in for one of LlM's amazing cocktails and a quick peek at the action unfolding.

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                                          debbiel Sep 15, 2013 06:59 PM

                                          I'm feeling sorry for The New Persian Kitchen. I would cast a vote for it, but I'm just not good about participating in COTM. I am a lurker. As a lurker I will not vote. But...come on y'all! :)

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                                          1. re: debbiel
                                            The Dairy Queen Sep 15, 2013 07:06 PM

                                            No one will begrudge you a pity vote, lurker or no. :)


                                            1. re: debbiel
                                              stockholm28 Sep 15, 2013 07:08 PM

                                              I think there are four really good choices this month. I'd love to cook Persian food sometime, but right now my library doesn't yet have "The New Persian Kitchen". It just came out in April, so I'm hoping it will be available in a future month... and I'm also hoping that the 3 runner-ups get nominated in a future month.

                                            2. tcamp Sep 16, 2013 07:13 AM

                                              Frankly, they all sound good. Roasting and both Portugal books are in my library so I favor those. I'd love to do the Persian one in the future, once the library catches up.

                                              1. JoanN Sep 16, 2013 07:26 AM

                                                I’m almost disappointed, now, that I’ll be either out of the country or out of commission nearly the entire month of October. I’ve had both the Jean Anderson and the Molly Stevens books since they were first published and have cooked little from either. Won’t have much down time, but I’ll continue to linger in the doorway and try to follow along knowing it’s going to be a great month whatever the decision.

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                                                1. re: JoanN
                                                  The Dairy Queen Sep 16, 2013 07:40 AM

                                                  It won't be the same, of course, but at least you can take comfort in knowing that you can always post to the threads even after the month has passed. And we will certainly miss your participation in October. Both the Anderson and Stevens books will have staying power, I'm sure, after the month is over and well into winter. I tried to find a copy of the Anderson book at the used bookstore yesterday and was a little surprised they didn't have one.

                                                  Maybe Thai Food or the Persian book will pull ahead at the last minute. :)


                                                  1. re: The Dairy Queen
                                                    JoanN Sep 16, 2013 07:49 AM

                                                    Yes, indeed. On all counts.

                                                2. jpr54_1 Sep 16, 2013 10:13 AM

                                                  I like both New Persian Cooking and All /About Roastimg-
                                                  I voted for All About Roasting but may changed my vote

                                                  1. Aravisea Sep 16, 2013 10:22 AM

                                                    I voted for Roasting but any of these look good to me - I especially hope the Portuguese books come up in another month if they don't win October. PS - Thank you for organizing, BigSal!

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                                                    1. re: Aravisea
                                                      herby Sep 16, 2013 03:51 PM

                                                      I am the opposite - would love to cook from Portuguese books in October and later, in the winter months cook from the Roasting. But what happens happens and all nominated books this month are great. I am scared of David Thompson though :))

                                                      1. re: herby
                                                        Aravisea Sep 16, 2013 05:47 PM

                                                        I'd be very happy cooking from either! Almost had to flip a coin to pick one. Since both appear to be frontrunners I went ahead and requested all three books from the library. :)

                                                        1. re: herby
                                                          The Dairy Queen Sep 18, 2013 07:07 AM

                                                          Totally scared of Thompson. Plus, it's Street Food that I own.

                                                          Nevertheless, the scariest books often make the best COTMs because we're all learning together!


                                                          1. re: The Dairy Queen
                                                            lilham Sep 18, 2013 07:34 AM

                                                            I'm totally scared of Thai Food too. I've owned it for years and I don't think I've cooked from it. I think I need a COTM to give me a kick in the butt.

                                                            1. re: lilham
                                                              herby Sep 18, 2013 07:55 AM

                                                              That would actually be a very good book to cook from in November. An antidote to Thanksgiving overindulgence and all.

                                                              1. re: herby
                                                                biondanonima Sep 18, 2013 08:12 AM

                                                                I agree. I also think that if Thai Food ever wins, we should make it a David Thompson month so that Thai Street Food is included, since so many people seem to own it.

                                                                1. re: biondanonima
                                                                  alliegator Sep 18, 2013 10:43 AM

                                                                  Though I'd always be happy to see a David Thompson Thai month anytime, I think the best month would be January. We'll all be tired of stuffing ourselves silly with holiday food, and lighter fare with bright, clean flavors might be a welcome change.

                                                                  1. re: alliegator
                                                                    Allegra_K Sep 18, 2013 12:14 PM

                                                                    Okay, I've marked it in my calendar. David Thompson month for January!

                                                              2. re: lilham
                                                                BigSal Sep 18, 2013 05:16 PM

                                                                I'm intimidated by it too and I realize that my fear is totally irrational. I tried my first recipe last night and I'm still here to tell the tale. :) I'd be on board for Thai Food/Thai Street Food as a COTM any month.

                                                              3. re: The Dairy Queen
                                                                Westminstress Sep 18, 2013 08:34 AM

                                                                I would love to do Thai Food one day. I'm just not quite ready for it yet. Maybe next year!

                                                                1. re: Westminstress
                                                                  biondanonima Sep 18, 2013 12:23 PM

                                                                  Sounds like a New Year's resolution to me, Westminstress! ;)

                                                                2. re: The Dairy Queen
                                                                  dkennedy Sep 19, 2013 10:08 AM

                                                                  I just wish Thompson would win already so I would be forced to buy the book. And by the book I mean Street Food, not Thai Food. I don't cook enough Thai to justify buying both and Street Food is much more my style.

                                                            2. Allegra_K Sep 17, 2013 06:52 AM

                                                              Just marking my place. All of these selections sound pretty good!

                                                              1. The Dairy Queen Sep 18, 2013 07:05 AM

                                                                I keep coming back to check the votes in this thread to see which book is winning. So far, it appears BigSal is winning, with 15 votes to the next highest vote-getter, AAR with 13 votes.



                                                                1. pagesinthesun Sep 18, 2013 12:56 PM

                                                                  I haven't voted (yet) because I still do not have an intact kitchen after my ongoing remodel. Yesterday brought counter tops and today a sink with running water in the kitchen! Hoping for appliance installation tomorrow and then I'm in business!! It's been a long summer and I'm worried I've lost my cooking mojo.
                                                                  Although I know which book I'll vote for, for now I'll watch from the couch, but may be able to get my vote in by tomorrow evening and participate in October!! Whoot Whoot!

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                                                                    smtucker Sep 20, 2013 05:50 AM

                                                                    Close voting this month..... Too close to order any books.

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                                                                    1. re: smtucker
                                                                      dkennedy Sep 20, 2013 05:54 AM

                                                                      I just bought The Food of Portugal for $3.75 in anticipation. I already own All About Roasting. Looking forward to it either way.

                                                                      1. re: dkennedy
                                                                        Aravisea Sep 20, 2013 06:35 AM

                                                                        I had requested both the Portuguese books and AAR from the library, but your post made me check out Amazon and wow, FOP really is available for that cheap! Might just grab a copy....

                                                                      2. re: smtucker
                                                                        qianning Sep 20, 2013 06:31 AM

                                                                        You think? I went ahead and put a book or two on hold at the library yesterday for late Sept, hope I guessed right, although it wouldn't be the first time that I had to change an hold request.

                                                                        1. re: qianning
                                                                          smtucker Sep 20, 2013 06:53 AM

                                                                          :-) Guess my life needs a bit of drama!

                                                                      3. geekmom Sep 20, 2013 07:38 AM

                                                                        I'm home from my epic family holiday, and Smoke & Pickles was waiting for me at the library -- a clear signal for me to jump right back in to COTM. I'm very excited by the choices you all came up with this month! I voted for Portuguese cooking since I know almost nothing about this cuisine & my library has both books on the shelf. :-)

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                                                                        1. re: geekmom
                                                                          delys77 Sep 21, 2013 12:30 PM

                                                                          Welcome home Geekmom, hope you had a great trip.

                                                                          1. re: delys77
                                                                            geekmom Sep 21, 2013 12:44 PM

                                                                            Thanks delys, it was pretty awesome and we had cream teas almost every day :-) How was your summer - hope the wedding & honeymoon were everything you were hoping for.

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                                                                              delys77 Sep 21, 2013 12:54 PM

                                                                              Cream teas, not familiar, where did you go?

                                                                              France was amazing and the wedding was beautiful, thanks so much for asking.

                                                                              Attaching a quick photo if everyone will permit the self indulgence. I'm the one with no hair, ha ha.

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                                                                                Breadcrumbs Sep 21, 2013 12:58 PM

                                                                                Stunning photo delys...a beautiful moment in an enchanting setting. Congratulations once again!

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                                                                                  delys77 Sep 21, 2013 01:08 PM

                                                                                  Thanks Breadcrumbs!

                                                                                  There are a few of the similar shot with smiles, but I really liked this more pensive shot. The drama in the sky adds to the effect. It was a great day.

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                                                                                    meatn3 Sep 21, 2013 01:22 PM

                                                                                    Sounds like a perfect celebration! Best wishes for many happy, healthy, loving years together filled with joy and good eating!

                                                                                2. re: delys77
                                                                                  L.Nightshade Sep 21, 2013 01:10 PM

                                                                                  That is absolutely beautiful!
                                                                                  Very best wishes to you both!

                                                                                  1. re: delys77
                                                                                    smtucker Sep 21, 2013 01:21 PM

                                                                                    Thank you so much for sharing!

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                                                                                      delys77 Sep 21, 2013 04:26 PM

                                                                                      Thanks so much all, very kind of you to say.

                                                                                    2. re: delys77
                                                                                      LulusMom Sep 21, 2013 01:22 PM

                                                                                      Absolutely lovely and romantic. Congratulations and best wishes - and many happy meals together.

                                                                                      1. re: delys77
                                                                                        geekmom Sep 21, 2013 01:23 PM

                                                                                        Cream tea = a big strong pot of tea served next to a large scone with clotted cream (or sometimes whipped cream) and jam. Delicious!

                                                                                        That is a beautiful photo - is it at VanDusen? You both look great :-) Congratulations!

                                                                                        1. re: delys77
                                                                                          geekmom Sep 21, 2013 01:25 PM

                                                                                          Oh and you asked where we went - we spent 2 1/2 weeks in Yorkshire visiting my family, four days in Edinburgh, four days in London and two in Bath. We made some great memories for our kids and they both had a fabulous time.

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                                                                                            LulusMom Sep 21, 2013 01:36 PM

                                                                                            Was one of your teas at Betty's in York??

                                                                                            1. re: LulusMom
                                                                                              geekmom Sep 21, 2013 01:44 PM

                                                                                              Yep! We had the full afternoon tea experience there as it was my daughter's 18th birthday. She also tried the Betty's location in Northallerton with my aunt, and said it was much less crowded. We hoped to hit the Harrogate Betty's, too, but ran out of time. :-)

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                                                                                              delys77 Sep 21, 2013 04:25 PM

                                                                                              Sounds scrumptious thanks Geekmom. That photo was taken near the rose garden at Stanley Park.

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                                                                                              JoanN Sep 22, 2013 08:52 AM

                                                                                              Exactly the kind of OT photo that's most appreciated. Thank you for sharing. Just visited Stanley Park for the first time about a year ago. What a spectacular location for a wedding. May you have many happy years together.

                                                                                              1. re: JoanN
                                                                                                delys77 Sep 22, 2013 12:36 PM

                                                                                                Thanks Joan, glad you were able to enjoy Stanley Park while were here last.

                                                                                              2. re: delys77
                                                                                                Gio Sep 22, 2013 10:32 AM

                                                                                                I absolutely Love the photograph, Delys! (I'm just able to see it now after some sort of glitch prevented me last night.) What a lovely place that rose garden is. Congratulations! I wish both of you many many years of happiness and happy cooking.

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                                                                                                  delys77 Sep 22, 2013 12:37 PM

                                                                                                  Very sweet thanks Gio.

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                                                                                                  The Dairy Queen Sep 22, 2013 06:34 PM

                                                                                                  Congrats. What a fantastic photo! Thank you for sharing.


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                                                                                                    herby Sep 22, 2013 07:50 PM

                                                                                                    Many happy days and awesome meals for the two of you - congratulations! I used to live in Vancouver... love Stanley Park... beautiful spot for the wedding picture and the sky conspired to make it even more special, just for you :)

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                                                                                                      delys77 Sep 23, 2013 11:32 AM

                                                                                                      Thanks guys, and yes the sky was quite dramatic and luckily there was no rain.

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                                                                                              debbiel Sep 20, 2013 04:26 PM

                                                                                              I'm loving that emtucker's "Oh my BigSal!" post is currently tied for #1 post on this thread (with The Food of Portugal).

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                                                                                              1. re: debbiel
                                                                                                herby Sep 20, 2013 04:33 PM

                                                                                                That is just not allowed to happen - Sally has to remain No. ONE :))

                                                                                              2. BigSal Sep 20, 2013 06:30 PM

                                                                                                Less than 24 hours left. Voting closes tomorrow at 7 pm Central Daylight Time.

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                                                                                                  L.Nightshade Sep 20, 2013 07:57 PM

                                                                                                  Exciting! My finger is hovering over "buy now" buttons!

                                                                                                2. herby Sep 20, 2013 08:59 PM

                                                                                                  I have both contenders out of the library and do not think renewing will be an issue. If Portuguese food wins I have to buy a cataplana :)

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                                                                                                    rasputina Sep 21, 2013 02:51 PM

                                                                                                    I guess I'm off the hook this month. I was going to pick up All About Roasting if it won.

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                                                                                                      smtucker Sep 21, 2013 05:03 PM

                                                                                                      My comment is still tied in first place. ;-0

                                                                                                    2. BigSal Sep 21, 2013 05:06 PM

                                                                                                      Voting is now closed. See October's COTM here. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/917692

                                                                                                      1. BigSal Oct 7, 2013 05:53 PM

                                                                                                        The nomination thread for November is now open. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/919575

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