¡Damas y Caballeros!
Get out your castanets, and don your mantillas; one way or another, we'll be cooking Spanish food in May!
First, let me walk you through the wild ride that was the nomination thread. With over 150 responses, we had 23 individuals, casting 51 nominations for 30 books, websites, and themes. Individuals posted as few as one, and as many as 10 separate nominations. Any of you who did informal counts might have come up with different numbers than I did, because a few people wrote titles in caps when discussing a book, after they had already cast a nomination for that book. So I counted nominations by person, not by the number of times the book was in caps. There were quite a few people nominating groups of books under a thematic head, and there were a few nominations for a theme (Spanish) with no suggested book titles. But, in the end, there were three books that had seven or more nominations; the other books and themes garnered between one and five nominations.
The three books with the most nominations were:
MORO: THE COOKBOOK by Samantha and Samuel Clark
THE FOOD OF SPAIN by Claudia Roden
THE NEW SPANISH TABLE by Anya Von Bremzen
The New Spanish Table and Food of Spain were frequently paired together; Moro was not frequently paired with either of the other two books. I know some people like to do a group of books, and some prefer to work from a single book, so here is what I'm going to try:
When you cast your vote, put your first choice in ALL CAPS. After you've entered your first choice, please write, in lower case, if you'd like to cook from that book alone, or if you would like to have that book paired with one or both of the other books. I know I'm running the risk of confounding the results, but I think that the one-book people, and the multiple-book people, should all have their say. Hopefully, a clear trend will emerge in this process. If it doesn't, we run the risk of a brief runoff, but, fingers crossed.
So let's start voting! ONE first choice in ALL CAPS, combos and further thoughts in lower case. Voting will close on Wednesday, April 18th, at 5pm Pacific time, 8 pm Eastern time, and 12 midnight GMT.