Why not just re-customize the recipe?
You probably had skipped the 0.9.16 version of calibre that had made changes to one of the functions used by recipes so when you did the update to 0.9.17 it broke, as opposed to breaking the previous week.
Originally Posted by nickredding
You can customize the recipe to use your title format by setting
title = 'New York Times'+strftime(' [%a, %d %b %Y]')
Put it in right before decode_url_date but AFTER the other tests that are setting title according to other parameters.
I think a lot of people like the standard recipe to not include the date in the title because that way different issues of the same publication get stacked on their e-readers instead of appearing as distinct documents.