Happy New Year!
Once again it's time for your suggestions for COTM! When you recommend a book, please try to mention if you've cooked from it or not, why you recommend it, etc. , I don't mind lots of chatter on books - in fact, I think it is good and helpful - but please use all CAPS for your actual suggestion.
PLEASE NOTE: In order to make it easier for participants to scan others’ suggestions and for me to tabulate the results, I’d appreciate it if you would make your recommendations in the following format:
TITLE (in all caps), Author: Description of the book or reason you are recommending it (optional but preferred)
If you want to second or third a title that someone else has already mentioned, please repeat the title, typing it in capital letters. Just saying “I agree with Stewpot” may well get lost and your choice might not get counted. And the more often a particular title is mentioned, the greater the chance it will be among the finalists.
I'll leave this thread up until January 12th, and plan to do what I did last time, which is not to have a run-off vote, unless two books are hopelessly tied. My thought is to keep the voting period itself limited, so that posters will have more time to get the books. I’m looking forward to seeing your suggestions.
Also, this is the sixth month that I've been doing this, so, while I've very much enjoyed it, it's time for us to rotate to another COTM organizer. If you are interested in doing this, please email me at the address in my profile. It's really not much work - the most time consuming part really is setting up the threads, and, once you've figured out how to organize them, which is usually pretty straightforward, it doesn't take more than 30 minutes, I'd say. One thing I would note is that, so far, the organizer never makes suggestions or votes for a book. I've been comfortable with that (and, as a lawyer, somehow just thought that recusing is the best course!), but others have suggested to me that they think that is sort of a silly rule. So, if you have any thoughts on that, please mention them as well.
And, as always, thanks for participating.