Time to vote! There were really only two books in the nomination thread that gained any traction, and they very close in the tally. I think either book would make a terrific COTM. To take a look back at the nominations, see the thread here:
Now on to our finalists!
EAT: THE LITTLE BOOK OF FAST FOOD, by Nigel Slater. This would be a second appearance for Nigel Slater as a COTM selection, but the first time for Eat. From our friends at Amazon:
"In this little book of fast food, Britain's foremost food writer presents a wholly enjoyable ode to those times when you just want to eat. Pairing more than 600 ideas for deliciously simple meals with the same elegant prose and delightful photography that captivated fans of Tender, Ripe, and Notes from the Larder, Eat is bursting with recipes that are easy to get to the table, oftentimes in under an hour: a humble fig and ricotta toast; sizzling chorizo with shallots and potatoes; a one-pan Sunday lunch. From quick meals to comfort food, Nigel Slater has crafted a charming, inspired collection of simple food—done well."
And we also have
CHEF, INTERRUPTED: DELICIOUS CHEFS' RECIPES THAT YOU CAN ACTUALLY MAKE AT HOME, by Melissa Clark. Ms. Clark has also been a COTM selection before. This book from 2005 preceded the two earlier selections. Again from Amazon:
"For anyone who aspires to restaurant-chef-type food but not the long ingredient lists and interminable cooking directions, here’s the perfect book. Melissa Clark retains the spark of genius in the chefs’ original time-consuming recipes, but pares them down (interrupts the chefs) to their most essential, simple elements, allowing any cook to create four-star cuisine at home without a staff of sous-chefs, an unlimited budget, and an entire weekend to fritter away. Chef, Interrupted is like taking a cooking class from not one or two but more than fifty world-renowned chefs across a broad spectrum of expertise, including seafood with Eric Ripert and dessert with Claudia Fleming, American standouts like Tom Colicchio and Wylie Dufresne, and the international flavors of Norman Van Aken, Bobby Flay, and Marcus Samuelsson."
To vote, please click on the blue heart at the lower right corner of the appropriate post below. Unlike in the nomination process, you may vote for only one book. Please vote with the intention of participating in the cooking threads if your selection wins.
Voting will end at 9:00am Eastern Daylight Time, on Tuesday, April 21. To convert to your time zone, use this online tool: