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Aug 14, 2014 06:12 PM

Voting Thread: Cookbook of the Month September 2014

As usual there was a lively discussion of books that might be of interest for our next Cookbook of the Month (COTM) selection, with several titles receiving multiple nominations. But the two that by far garnered the most attention, and the most capitalized nods, were:

"AVEC ERIC" by Eric Ripert. For a sense of Mr. Ripert's background here's a link to his bio: And for a sense of the recipes in the book, here's what EYB (great idea Delys!) lists as available on-line: And finally, for those who'd like to watch the TV program that this book was written to accompany here's a link:

"NEW FOOD OF LIFE" by Najmieh Batmanglij. For a sense of Ms. Batmanglij's background, here's a link to her bio: And for some of her recipes: and (note: not all of these in the second link are from the nominated book) And for a sense of Ms. Batmanglij in the kitchen, here she is giving a demo on two techniques:

To make your selection please click on the delightful blue heart in the post below which names your preferred book.

Voting will close at 8 PM Eastern time on 20 August 2014.

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    1. re: qianning

      Do we have to click the heart? I had a personal heart-boycott going! :-)
      Yes, I am being silly.

      1. re: smtucker

        Lol I know many others were quite annoyed with the heart. That said, I still think it makes the voting very easy.

        1. re: smtucker

          I feel your pain! Wish I could figure out a way around the, of all colors, blue heart; but alas not unless we go back to the old, old system (CAP'S), which was after all a tad cumbersome.

          1. re: smtucker

            Yes, you have to click the tiny pale blue pair of curved lines. One faces east one faces west enclosing your important vote!

            1. re: blue room

              Ah right! Not a heart at all, just slightly distorted parentheses!

          2. re: qianning

            and now it is a square. There are squares EVERYWHERE reducing their meaning to nothing!

            1. re: smtucker

              Square? I still have the deformed circle.

              1. re: Gio

                Take a look. They are EVERYWHERE. If you want more screenshots let me know.

                They are now missing from my lists. Someone is "playing" with code as we speak.

                1. re: smtucker

                  Weird, looks as if little squares are replacing all the buttons on your CH page. Everything appears as status quo for me - hearts, photo icon in the upload field, 'x' to delete, etc. - all the places you've got squares. So many variables (OS, browser, extensions, versions, etc.) seem to affect appearance and functionality on CH, especially in the midst of all these ongoing tweaks.

                  1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                    Yeah, I don't have any of those squares or other bugs either. Really weird.

                    1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                      Wish I knew what I did so all of you could share.

                      1. re: smtucker

                        And here I thought You were the expert... LOL I'd love to see a bunch of squares. Guess I'm just too square for squares.

                        1. re: Gio

                          Me square too, I never understood whether hip or hep was the correct word..

                          I don't mind the heart, but if it morphs I won't care either. I am glad we are able to agree/recommend/appreciate a post without moving it back up to the top.

                          1. re: blue room

                            Honey it's Hip. Hep is square. Man.

                                1. re: smtucker

                                  !!! Do you know I got in a wee bit of trouble just this week for using that word to describe a local school to another mom?? Eeek. I didn't mean any harm, promise!

              1. re: qianning

                FoL has been on my lust list for a long time; I was hoping the price will go down as new editions came out but no such luck. Finally, this COTM pushed me to bite the bullet and buy the book, win or not! And today we were united :) What I bought was "used, very good" and what I got is brand new (as far as I can tell), with a satin ribbon to mark pages, 25th edition (printed in Korean of all places!)and wrapped in a cotton shopping bag with the book name printed on (so cute).

                The book is heavy that I usually do not like but the paper is silky, the photos are magnificent and the recipes seem very enticing - love at the first flip:)

                It is not just a recipe book; there are stories, and a chapter about Persian ceremonies, another on preserves and pickles, very interesting breads and kebabs, no pork but lots of poetry!

                I have a friend over for dinner next Friday and plan to make a meal out of this book - will post the results if I end up cooking from it (most likely).

                1. re: herby

                  Awesome! I suggest the rice with fava beans.

                  1. re: herby

                    herby, you make me want to get the new edition! can you post a photo of the tote bag? And I agree with Siegal, the Sabzi Polo is awesome.

                    1. re: pistachio peas

                      I dont think the new edition is nearly as beautiful, though

                      1. re: jen kalb

                        Can't imagine any edition to be more beautiful.. the photos of ceremonies, food, and art - breathtaking!

                  2. re: qianning

                    I like to see this finally win, I've had the cookbook for years and could use an excuse to use it.

                    If it doesn't win again, I vote for a cooking from thread.

                  3. Nice job qianning! I'm taking a place here to watch. On the fence: I've got New Food of Life, but I also have heavy time constraints, which concerns me still. Don't have Avec Eric, neither does my library, but I might splurge...

                    1. Voting thread time, already? I completely missed the nomination thread which is my favorite and my most expensive part of COTM. I don't own either of these books, nor do I have any interest in buying them so I will sit by the sidelines and watch this month.

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                      1. re: dkennedy

                        Just think - missing the thread may have saved you time and book shelf space. Silver lining.

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