Saturday, November 26, 2011

Cookbooks - can you have too many?

I have a lot of cookbooks.

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.

34 comments:

Nelly Rodriguez said...

Cheers to hoping one of us wins!

Sherri M said...

What a great list! Good luck to both of us!

Tupper Cooks! said...

Too many cookbooks is like too much pizza. Can't ever have enough!

Yazmin @ A Pretty Rock said...

I would love the "too many cookbooks" problem!

Amanda Thompson said...

My husband thinks I have too many but I love cookbooks ~ I read them like novels!!

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Family Foodie said...

I am totally obsessed with cookbooks. I love old ones, new ones, ethnic ones, local ones, I just can't get enough!

Steve Currie said...

I'm not much at reading books, but do you think Nelly Rodgiguez has a younger sister?

How's it Taste? said...

I ditched all my cookbooks years ago, since I never really used them much; I was always looking for recipes online instead (I'm kind of hooked on the internet). But y'know what? I would not say no to $500 worth of cookbooks, no way!

Sara said...

Ooooh, fantastic giveaway!! I could definitely put that gift card to good use. :-D Good luck to both of us! :-D

Avidan said...

Awesome. I could totally use a ton more cookbooks!

Roberta from "A Pound of Yeast" said...

With cookbooks, as with chocolate, truffles, Dom Perignon and good bread (with French butter....) too much is just right ! Keeping my fingers crossed. I want that "Tartine" book too !

The Food Hunter said...

You've got some great picks there. Good luck

Sheila Ann said...

I too, read cookbooks like novels! Of course, I do not start the day without getting caught up with Cookistry! Good luck to all three of us!

Shannon said...

That's a great list of books. I have so many cookbooks on my Christmas list it would be lovely to win!

Anonymous said...

My husband would not be thrilled but I would be.Good Luck! mtl166@VERIZON.NET

cmf said...

Great list! Melissa Clark's last two books and the new Food 52 cookbook are on my list as well.

Rehan said...

nice blog
well done
good work

Linda said...

You can never have too many cookbooks! Would love to see the Tra Vigne cookbook.

jcamp2020 said...

oh, good. Handheld Pies is on your list..yeah!

and, no, you cannot have too many cookbooks.

good luck to both of us on this thing. ;D
jeaneC from CA
jcamp2020 at aol

Rachel Blom said...

Wow! What a great giveaway. Wishing you luck in winning :)
racblom@juno.com

Anonymous said...

I'm always looking for new things to make for dinner. Those cookbooks may be just the thing. Good luck Donna.
P.S. The Peanut Butter and Banana cupcakes were delicious and easy to make.

Crystal from Make Dinner Easy said...

I read cookbooks like other people read novels, can never have enough! Good Luck!

mary van note said...

You can't have too many!! I'd love more cookbooks!

Diana said...

Aah! I LOVE cookbooks!

Meal Plan Mom (Brenda) said...

I'm with some of the others...I read cookbooks like I read novels. Have a huge stack from the library right now! I always think I have enough but then find more that I *need*--added just a couple to my hoiday wish list today!

hsw said...

Good luck!

Vintage Love and Photographs said...

Good luck!

Melinda said...

Good luck!

Craftinomicon said...

I'd be busy in my kitchen forever if I got all of these! Great picks!

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nfmgirl said...

Awesome! Good choices!

Lucy Mercer said...

Beth Hensperger's bread books are among my favorites. Hope you win! acookandherbooks at gmail.com

Amy Powell said...

Great list! Good luck :)

You can check mine out too: bit.ly/tkw600

Kelly Robinson said...

What a to-die-for list! If I can't win my own picks, I'll take yours!

JJ said...

Yum, great picks!

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