First, my apologies for not putting this up yesterday, but I was cooking!
Secondly, I've decided, after much contemplation while cooking, to go ahead and announce that revisiting previous COTMs is the December 2008/January 2009 COTM. This is because there were 17 suggestions for that option, compared to 8 for various Ina Garten books (some of which were made by posters who also suggested doing previous COTMs), and then some single votes for other books. I sincerely hope that this doesn't seem too autocratic! My secondary reason is that otherwise the voting thread would have been between this option, and some grouping of Ina Garten books. Four of those, I think, were suggested (out of her six books), but with all the discussion about how to do the previous COTM, there was really little or no discussion of the actual books, whether people wanted to do all of them or not - and even putting up the group of four of them might lead to a rather unwieldy COTM. So, my thought on that is that if posters remain interested in doing Garten's book, resuggest another month and let's have more of a discussion about them, which ones to include, etc.
So, on to the voting. Please post your top three selections from the first 12 books that we did (list below) in order of preference and in ALL CAPS - the author's name is sufficient. I will then tabulate the results, giving 3 points for the first choice, 2 for the second, and 1 for the third, and pick the top two choices. Here's the list of books from which to choose:
Sept - Marcella Hazan, Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking
Oct - Molly Stevens, All About Braising
Nov - Rick Bayless, One Plate at a Time
Dec - Dorie Greenspan, Baking from My Home to Yours
Jan - Judy Rodgers, Zuni Cafe Cookbook
Feb - Jeffrey Alford & Naomi Duguid, Hot Sour Salty Sweet
March - Leite's Culinaria
April - Claudia Roden, Arabesque
May - Suzanne Goin, Sunday Suppers at Lucques
June - Edna Lewis, Country Cooking
July - Nigella Lawson, Forever Summer
August - Chris Schlesinger & John Willoughby