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oakjoan | Jun 10, 200810:49 PM     53

I'm trying to start a bit earlier this month so that the voting doesn't take place a week before the the next month starts. Actually, it's already too late to have this happen.

Let's please have even the suggestions in CAPS this time to make it easier for me to make up the voting thread. If your suggestion is NOT in CAPS, I'll still count it if I see it, but only in the suggestion phase.

I think that the July book should reflect the bountiful produce available this time of year. It's perfectly okay to re-suggest a book that has been part of the voting thread for another month.

I'll leave this up until Saturday morning, i.e., June, 14th, and post the voting thread that same day. It'll be up until June 19th. The runoff will be June 19th to June 24th. Well, it turns out that we AGAIN won't have the COTM until the last week in June. Sorry, sorry, sorry. It's hard to start thinking about the next book when we're all just starting out with the current one.

I'm open to suggestions....maybe have the COTM be for 2 months?

I'm also open to anybody else wanting to take over the duties of running the COTM. That's NOT to say that I'm weary of it. Just the opposite. It's not that much work, but anybody who wants a crack at it should let me know...let us all know for that matter.


I have been thinking that there needs to be an introductory paragraph or two each month so that people who come across this for the first time understand what the set-up is. So here goes.

The cookbook of each month is chosen in a two-part election (1st round and runoff), then the book with the most votes (duh, eh?) becomes the COTM for the next month.

Anyone can join in with comments, descriptions, stories, pitfalls, etc. No need to join anything, just get the book (most of our COTMs have been available in many libraries) and start cooking and posting. We also post links to recipes online in case you don't want to or can't get the COTM. This makes it easy to cook along.

You may substitute ingredients because you're following a diet or because you forgot to buy, e.g., cloud ear mushrooms, or just because you want to see what happens when you add cement instead of corn starch to a pudding recipe.

The folks on this thread are quite charming and funny and smart. We all enjoy discussing the recipes and locating unusual ingredients.

What are you wating for? Start by suggesting a favorite or untried cookbook or by commenting on one discussed in the suggestion thread.

Don't be scared! We've all had, shall we say, less than perfect experiences cooking from the various books.


Best, Oakjoan (Joan Mocine)

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