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Announcement Thread: September 2014 COTM "Avec Eric"

Our selection for September 2014 is "Avec Eric" by Eric Ripert.

Here's a link to the voting thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/985935

Some information on the book & author: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/... and some of the recipes from this book: http://www.eatyourbooks.com/library/r...

Use this thread to discuss preparations for cooking from September's book. The actual COTM threads for reporting on recipes and reviewing the book will go up 1 September 2014.

If your new to COTM or just want a refresher on books we've enjoyed in the past, this link takes you to the archive, http://www.chow.com/cookbook_of_the_m...

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  1. Thank you Qianning ! Can't wait to start.

    1. q. Great job on your first month! Thanks for your efforts.

        1. Thanks all.

          Meanwhile, a housekeeping question. I'm just wondering, given the new site formatting (i.e. "sticky threads" hidden), and that we've been using the recommend/hearts for vote counting for a while, do we think that a separate announcement thread is still useful? I'm happy to do it, but was thinking it might be even better to just close the voting, and ask the moderators to change the voting thread title, and use that for "announcement". Again, I'm happy to continue with the current system, just wondering if the info is starting to get too diffuse. Thoughts?

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            1. re: qianning

              The announcement thread has often been a great place to build excitement for the actual cooking... where to find the book, ingredients, discussion about layout and font. Avec Eric is probably not a book that needs the first two, but it might want the last two.

              Over the years, I have learned quite a bit from the announcement threads. I also have recollections that the announcement thread often turned into a place where we could encourage and welcome new COTMers. That having been said, if you think that it is redundant then drop it. You are the COTM-diety for 6 months!

              1. re: smtucker

                What a hoot, no-Augustan impulses here. I think I'll continue with announcement threads.

                1. re: qianning

                  I liked it when the start of the month links were incorporated with the announcement threads. This way, the build up excitement stays in one place and more importantly, when people post links to the on line recipes, they are found in one place. At least one coordinator just added an addendum to the bottom of the announcement to show the live links to the new COTM.

                  I wish I could give more details but it's been so long since I've cooked from one of the newer COTM books. Although, I have been checking the books out from the library. Just not opening the books or keeping up with the threads.

                  Thanks to all past, current and future coordinators.

                2. re: smtucker

                  Especially when we have books with hard to find ingredients, or when there seems to be more need for useful tips on substitutions or things like that, the announcement thread is very useful.

              2. smtucker,
                "...often been a great place to build excitement for the actual cooking..."
                Do you mean a place to hang out during the tedious two weeks when the current book fades from our fickle minds, forgotten because a shiny new toy is in sight?
                ;)