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Vote for the January 2014 Cookbook of the Month!

Welcome to the voting thread for the January 2014 Cookbook of the Month. The nominations slowly trickled in and ultimately eleven books were suggested, but two books emerged as the front-runners. Which one will take us into 2014?

The first book has made it to a previous voting round, but not yet achieved COTM status. GRAN COCINA LATINA: THE FOOD OF LATIN AMERICA by Maricel E. Presilla was released in October 2012. This book is said to “unif(y) the vast culinary landscape of the Latin world, from Mexico to Argentina and all the Spanish-speaking countries of the Caribbean…She’s gathered more than 500 recipes for the full range of dishes, from the foundational adobos and sofritos to empanadas and tamales to ceviches and moles to sancocho and desserts such as flan and tres leches cake.” http://tinyurl.com/ln956eq

The second nominee is BILL’S EVERYDAY ASIAN by Bill Granger. “Bill has simplified his favourite classics to create the very best that Asian food has to offer, drawing on his own colourful and varied experiences: from a home-cooked dinner in Singapore to a businessman's breakfast in Japan, along with his most memorable flavour encounters at beach shacks, restaurants and roadside stalls. Beef rendang, pad Thai, satay chicken and bibimbap have all been given the Bill makeover to tantalise the tastebuds and fit our busy lives.” http://tinyurl.com/pls4t27

To view the nomination thread, please click here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/926927

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, December 21st at 10 am Central Time.

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      1. OK. So now we wait. Although I wish we were in a sound proof room. Big time snow is expected over night and everyone on my street is out either priming their snow blowers of else they just like the noise. It sounds like the battle of the jet engines out there. Grrr.

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        1. re: Gio

          Would a pitcher of bloody marys or sakitinis help? Someone maybe put a pot of chili on?

          1. re: LulusMom

            OHnow... Bloody Marys please. That will do nicely. Except, I like gin not vodka in mine. Thank you very much. I haven't had a saketini yet. I have the sake but not vodka. Wonder if gin would do.

            1. re: Gio

              I am an all purpose alcoholic, erm I mean alcohol provider. Gin it will be for you.

        2. I'm just shovelling a pathway to the grandstands in my warmest winter gear.....don't want to miss this show!

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          1. re: Allegra_K

            I'll bring the blankets and some spiked hot cider...digging out here as well Allegra (soooo horribly cold!) but keen to sit in and watch the action unfold!!

          2. Own both of these. Doubt I'll pull it together to cook from either, but a gal can dream!


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              1. re: smtucker

                I shall, thank you for the encouragement! One of these days I'll get my cooking mojo back!


            1. Either cookbook sounds great! "Bueno" or "oisii" (whichever the case may be). I will cook along with the winner if websites are provided for some of the recipes, as I did this month.
              I'm LOL at the posts about cold weather…I lived 40 some years in NYS and moved 600 miles south to escape the cold. I still feel it isn't warm enough (central Virginia). I'm thinking Puerto Rico really sounds nice.

              1. GRAN COCINA LATINA: THE FOOD OF LATIN AMERICA by Maricel E. Presilla

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                1. re: equinoise

                  For your vote to be counted, you need to go above to the "Vote here for GRAN COCINA" and click on the recommend button.

                  1. re: smtucker

                    So I've gathered, thanks. Was not hip to the protocol.

                  1. re: Westy

                    Westy, just click on the recommend link for "vote here for Bill's Everyday ..." for your vote to count.

                  2. Another great job BigSal!

                    I am going to hold off on voting for the moment as I am not too sure how much time I will have in the first few weeks of January.

                    I also feel tremendously guilty for my failed participation in December's COTM. I had the best of intentions but some crises at work have had me extremely busy and I just can't seem to get caught up.

                    I may sit out the voting on this one for fear I can't participate and hope that my preferred book wins.

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                    1. re: delys77

                      We've all had those kinds of months delys - don't sweat it.

                        1. re: LulusMom

                          Goodness, no, there are things to feel 'tremendously guilty' about, but not participating in COTM is not one of them! You were all over Marcella's recipes in November if I remember correctly. Just cook along when you can- it'll be fun!

                          1. re: foodcompletesme

                            Thanks Foodcompletesme.

                            Most definitely, usually I have no problem getting into things. I think most of my guilt stems from the fact that the voting was soooo close in December and I voted for the winning choice but haven't had time to cook yet.

                            That said, all the encouragement from the group has absolved me of my guilt ha ha.

                            1. re: delys77

                              I too, voted for the current COTM, excitedly tried one recipe and found it was a lot of work (compared to what I have time for these days) and not very interesting. Totally took the wind out of my sails. :(


                              1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                Well you up one on me TDQ, haven't had time for anything yet. Oh well, a new year approaches.

                        2. re: delys77

                          I wonder how many of us are doing this very same thing? Not that many votes this month.

                          1. re: delys77

                            Happy Christmas Delys. Life happens... we're all rowing the same Long Boat.

                            1. re: delys77

                              Every month I hope to participate and haven't managed yet. Pregnancy, working OT, newborn, hard to get to supermarket!! It's amazing the excuses. Lol.

                              If gran cocina Latina wins I have the book and regally determined to make at least one dish (or at least write up the dish I made a few months ago from it)

                              1. re: Siegal

                                Those all seem like perfectly reasonable reasons you haven't been able to participate, if you ask me. I think vowing to try one dish is a very good goal. Achievable and it might actually encourage you to cook more!


                            2. Wow. I missed the nominations entirely and here we are voting, and I haven't even gotten started on this month's COTM, which I just received about a week ago. I will get to it, eventually. Hey, we have 11 days left!

                              Well, January might be better. I will be traveling in the early part of the month, but that still leaves plenty of time to cook from a book I want to cook from anyway. That would be Gran Cocina.

                              1. The January COTM has been selected. Join us in the announcement thread. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/928644

                                1. We are now taking nominations for the February COTM. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/930519