Monday, September 11, 2006

September 2006 Cookbook Giveaway

I was thinking of ways to shake things up around here for my second year. I thought it was kind of serendipitous that there was a mix up in one of my cookbook orders and I ended up with two copies of the same book and they told me to keep the extra copy with their compliments. I immediately knew what I was going to do with it - give it to one of you!

I think a cookbook giveaway is very much in keeping with the spirit of this blog. You can find recipes anywhere and everywhere but you know very well that I favor cookbooks. They're sturdy, portable and available for duty 24/7 regardless of power outages or computer viruses. They'll still be sitting on your bookshelf long after your computer crashes and you lose all your favorite food blog links.

Here's how it works - just leave a comment on the giveaway post pledging that you'll use the cookbook for your own pleasure (cooking, reading, staring at it on your bookshelf) and you won't turn around and sell it on E-bay, at a yard sale, etc. No, you don't have to write that out - if you comment, I'll assume your motives are pure. I just need an e-mail address (if your profile links to an e-mail, you don't need to type it out, I'll find it). Entry is open until the last day of the month. First chance I get after that, I'll put all the names in a hat and pick two names. The winner will have a week to give me their address after I contact them. If I don't hear from that person, the book goes to the second name I picked. I'll pay the shipping, of course.

It pains me to say this, but I'll have to limit this first giveaway to readers in the USA since as far as I can tell from the postal service site, it would be too expensive for me to ship this book outside of the USA. Some months I may have smaller, pamphlet type cookbooks to give away that I afford to send anywhere but not this 2+ pound monster.

So what cookbook am I giving away this month? Lidia's Italian-American Kitchen. Many of you probably know the author, Lida Matticchio Bastianich, from her PBS show. She also owns several restaurants. I have not had a chance to cook from this book yet but the reviews on Amazon are quite postive. The recipes are pretty standard Italian-American fare but if you don't have an Italian Nonna in your kitchen, this cookbook might be for you. Even if you already cook these dishes, it's always interesting to see someone else's take on them, especially when that someone is Lidia Bastianich.

This isn't the most visually stimulating cookbook I've come across but there are a couple of sections of color photographs. She also has family pictures dispersed throughout the book and instructional black and white photographs accompanying some of the recipes (if you don't know how to clean squid - here's your chance to learn.)

So, just a leave a comment if you're interested. Again, I can only ship within the US this time.

****Update: Tina was the lucky winner.******

30 comments:

dotMacX said...

Sounds like a plan! I'll be the first to sign up.

anette said...

just wanted to say i enjoy your blog. dont sign me up, i am living low carb and the last thing i need is pasta recipes, lol. i will watch for a low carb cookbook and sign up then.

Stacy at Exceedingly Mundane said...

Oh my, I'd love to sign up! :) What a sweet gesture!!!!

(email: stacy@hambones.org)

wendyb532 said...
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wendyb532 said...

I would love to have that cookbook. Sign me up ,please.

wendyb53@cox.net

Wendyb532

H0kie Erin said...

Oooooo...I love Italian food. Sign me up!

(miners_angel_erin[at]yahoo[dot]com)

mjpuzzlemom said...

Hey...love the blog....also live in Pa.

ellen said...

hot diggity, did someone say italian food?

:)

(ellen[at]absolutelycuckoo[dot]net)

chrispy said...

a cookbook with a cuisine that I don't have, that would be a great addition if it pleases the hand to grab my name.

rchrispy at gmail dot com

Annie said...

What a nice gesture and great idea. I'm in since I love Lidia and Italian Cooking! You have my email.

Jennifer said...

Me, me, me....pick me.

marxteam at yahoo dot com

Tina said...

As a fellow cookbook addict, I have to admit that the offer of another book was too strong to resist! As a silent follower of the site, all I have to say is keep up the good work!

girlrossell@hotmail.com

Randi said...

I'm throwing my name in too.

dallimomma said...

Thanks for your site. I really like your detailed reviews of the recipes you include. I'd like to sign up for the giveaway. Thanks again.
kanddallison@yahoo.com

Miasys said...

Count me in, please! I have a giant Fat Bastard of a binder that I print recipes to put in, or tear out of old magazines, laboriously copy out of library books... until I have what I guess is my own ultimate compilation cookbook. The only books that I buy anymore are cookbooks, as a matter of fact. I would never in a million years have the diligence to post a blog about my misadventures with cooking, but I get great ideas from other creative people who do. Kudos, and thanks.

diddy said...

hi there! I would love to sign up too! I am at:
guineapigwithawok@hotmail.com

mrsminik said...

Sign me up! I'm enjoying your blog....I'm a "cookbook junkie", too; also from PA. I have Lidia's newest cookbook, but not this one...I'd love to add it to my collection!
(germanyfein@aol.com)

Lauren said...

I would love to be in the drawing.

lrandall79@comcast.net

Alaine said...

Include me in the drawing. My husband and I just went to Becco in New York which is Lidia's restaurant and it was delicious!! I would love to pretend that I can cook some of her recipes!

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Rene said...

What a great idea (and since it's a cookbook I don't own, I'll toss my hat into the ring).

hkydiva at yahoo dot com

Tracy said...

I just stumbled upon your blog. What a great idea.

I also love the idea of your giveaway. I don't have an Italian cookbook so please sign me up.

Amanda said...

I moved around the world from Australia to New Jersey. I bought my bookcase, and my 500 plus cookbooks and cooking magazines.

And yet, I don't own a Lidia Bastianich book!

I've just started working on a new recipe a week over at amandasrecipes.com, I'd love to add some Lidia to my repetoire.

Princess of Everything (and then some) said...

Oh please sign me up!

I promise you that I will use this cookbook for good and not for evil. And if you vote for me, I will use it for world peace.

*grins*

princessandthebeads@yahoo.com

Marigene said...

Please consider adding my name to your list of people wanting one of the great Italian Chef's cookbook. Thank you, for the opportunity.

Marigene said...

Oh, forgot my email, I got so excited! marigenepurcell@hotmail.com

Gail H. said...

This cookbook wants to be on my shelf!~Great blog, I found you on Sweetnicks...where are you in PA? I now live in South FL, but PA is my home! gab@spillage.net

Melissa said...

I'm in!

melitami at gmail.com

Yay for cookbooks!

Hilary said...

Count me in!

Dani said...

Ooo, I hope I'm not too late!

de.larc.en.ciel@gmail.com