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December 2017 COTM: Voting Thread

MelMM | Nov 16, 201708:11 AM

Choosing a December COTM always sparks interesting discussions of strategy. Should we do a revisit? Quick and easy recipes? Healthy to balance against all the rich holiday food? Or embrace the holiday food? Our nominees for this month reflect all those options.

To vote, click on the heart at the lower right of the post corresponding to the book you wish to select. Only vote for one book. If you wish to change your vote, you click again on the heart to remove your "like", then click the heart for your new choice. Please vote with the intention of cooking along and participating in our reporting threads.

A MODERN WAY TO EAT - by Anna Jones. The nominations were split 50/50 on including her second book, A Modern Way to Cook. I think fewer of us have that one. I decided to make the nomination just for the first book, however I will include an adjunct thread for the second one. Both books are healthy vegetarian recipes, and the second focuses on the weeknight-friendly sort.

From Amazon: "A beautifully photographed and modern vegetarian cookbook packed with more than 200 quick, healthy, and fresh recipes that explore the full breadth of vegetarian ingredients--grains, nuts, seeds, and seasonal vegetables--from Jamie Oliver's London-based food stylist and writer Anna Jones.

"How we want to eat is changing. More and more people cook without meat several nights a week and are constantly seeking to push the boundaries of their own vegetarian repertoire. At the same time, people want food that is a little lighter, healthier, and easier on our wallets, and that relies less on dairy and gluten. Based on how Anna likes to eat day to day--from a blueberry and amaranth porridge, to a quick autumn root panzanella, to a pistachio and squash galette--A Modern Way to Eat is a cookbook for how we want to eat now."

MORE MEXICAN EVERYDAY - by Rick Bayless. We've had two successful COTM Bayless books in the past. This follow-up to Mexican Everyday (our May, 2013 COTM) provides strategies for building weeknight-friendly meals.

From Amazon: "More Mexican Everyday teaches home cooks how to build tasty meals with a few ingredients in a short amount of time. Cooking Mexican couldn’t be easier, or more delicious. Rick generously reveals the secrets of his dishes—the salsas and seasonings, mojos and adobos he employs again and again to impart soul-satisfying flavor. He explains fully the classic techniques that create so many much-beloved Mexican meals, from tacos and enchiladas to pozole and mole. Home cooks under his guidance will be led confidently to making these their go-to recipes night after night.

"Everyday" Mexican also means simplicity, so Rick dedicates individual chapters to illustrate skillful use of the slow cooker and the rice cooker. Also included are a special variation of the classic chicken-and-rice pairing, Arroz con Pollo, with an herby green seasoning, and an addictive roasted tomatillo salsa that’s flavored with the same red chile seasoning brushed on his lush Grilled Red-Chile Ribs."

MARTHA STEWART'S HORS D'OEUVRES HANDBOOK (1999) and MARTHA STEWARTS APPETIZERS (2015) - by (you guessed it) Martha Stewart. The Hors D'oeuvres Handbook was COTM way back in December, 2007, so this is a revisit. We're combining it with something new in the appetizer book. Perfect for party season!

From Amazon: "Everything about Martha Stewart's Hors d'Oeuvres Handbook has been considered to create a book that is easy to use. The size was chosen to comfortably fit in the hand, in the cookbook holder, or on the kitchen counter. Color photographs in the front of the book help cooks select which hors d'oeuvres to combine for their own parties; the cross-referenced recipes in the back have been tested in Martha's own kitchen and in the test kitchens of Martha Stewart Living; and two place-marking ribbons keep track of both picture and recipe. And every detail has been covered--tips on techniques and ingredients, serving ideas, menu suggestions, recipe variations, advice on party planning, and even a glossary of equipment, special ingredients, and supplies, with a guide to finding them. With its range of recipes, its wealth of ideas, its lavish photography, and its innovative format, Martha Stewart's Hors d'Oeuvres Handbook is simply the most instructive, inspirational, and indispensable guide to hors d'oeuvres ever compiled."

And, "Hors d’oeuvres made modern: Today’s style of entertaining calls for fuss-free party foods that are easy to make and just as delicious as ever. With more than 200 recipes for tasty pre-dinner bites, substantial small plates, special-occasion finger foods, and quick snacks to enjoy with drinks, Martha Stewart’s Appetizers is the new go-to guide for any type of get-together."

To see the nomination process, visit the thread here:

Voting will close at 9am EST on Tuesday, November 21.

A Modern Way to Eat,
More Mexican Everyday,
Martha Stewart's Hors d'Oeuvres Handbook
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