Do I need more? Honestly, no.
But do I want more? Most emphatically yes.
There are always new cookbooks coming out from authors I love, and new authors I want to get to know, and older books that I'm just hearing about now. New techniques, interesting cuisines ... books from restaurants and bakeries and bloggers. Lots and lots of books that would look good on my book shelves.
So, yes, although I already have a lot of cookbooks, there are more that I'd love to look at. So how about this? Chronicle Books is giving away up to $500 worth of their books to one lucky blogger (and I hope it's me!) and one person who comments on the winning blog will also receive $500 worth of books. AND they're giving another $500 worth of books to a charity chosen by the blogger. That's a lot of books!
So, if I was lucky enough to win, this is what I'd choose:
Tartine Bread by Chad Robertson
Flour by Joanne Chang with Christie Matheson
The James Beard Foundation’s Best of the Best by Kit Wohl
D.I.Y. Delicious: Recipes and Ideas for Simple Food from Scratch by Vanessa Barrington
The Cheesemonger’s Kitchen by Chester Hastings
Sweet Miniatures by Flo Braker
Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey by Jill O'Connor
Masala Farm by Suvir Saran with Raquel Pelzel
Nuevo Tex-Mex by David Garrido and Robb Walsh
Luscious Chocolate Desserts by Lori Longbotham
The Bread Bible by Beth Hensperger
Southern Cakes by Nancie McDermott
Deep Dark Chocolate by Sara Perry
Cake Simple by Christie Matheson
Top Pot Hand-Forged Doughnuts by Mark and Michael Klebeck with Jess Thomson
Handheld Pies by Sarah Billingsley and Rachel Wharton
The Tra Vigne Cookbook by Michael Chiarello with Penelope Wisner
Lobel's Meat Bible
The entry form didn't require that I list the charity I chose, but I'll most likely support our local library - there are also a number of charitable resale shops in the area, but given that they sell books so cheap, the $500 book value wouldn't earn them much at all. On the other hand, $500 worth of books for the library is $500 they don't have to spend for their own acquisitions.
So ... if I win, one of YOU might win. Feeling lucky? Do you think I'm lucky? Leave a comment here, and we could BOTH be hauling home a whole lot of books! Contest is limited to US residents, 18 years or older. Deadline for posting about this event is Dec. 2, and Chronicle will choose a winner some time in December. If I win, I'll pick a winner right after I am notified.