I have had some really good luck with recent COTMs. First, I ended up really liking Dorrie Greenspan's Around My French Table and absolutely loving Nigel Slater's Tender and Kitchen Diaries. His prose puts me off a bit - a bit precious, but the recipes are fantastic. Every dish I've made, from zucchini fritters and the carrot and cilantro fritters and little cakes of leeks and potatoes, and too many more to mention right now....Here are a few faves.
Chicken salad with watercress, almonds and orange
chocolate almond cake
Bramley Apple Shortcake
Curry of ubergines, tomatoes and lemon grass
Broad bean and dill "hummus"
Grilled monkfish with rosemary and garlic mayo
And too many more to type right now.