Monday, December 15, 2014

Make a Head Bread: Santa's Coming to Town

I'm still laughing at the typo that called my book Make a Head Bread instead of Make Ahead Bread. In that case, I would have been baking breads shaped like famous people or animal heads, I guess.

So in honor of that silly typo, I decided to make a Santa-head bread, just for the fun of it.

I saw something similar on Pinterest, but used one of my basic bread recipes and used my own methods for making his face, hat, and beard. To get some color variation, I egg-washed some of the dough and sprinkled rice flour on other parts.

I kind of like the way it turned out.

But I digress!

I like playing Santa, so I joined up with the past and present members of Virtual Potluck to do a giveaway featuring my book as well as fantastic prizes from a whole lot of generous sponsors.

I chose to do this first big giveaway with Virtual Potluck because they're some of the first bloggers I got to know well. We "met" while doing a book launch event for Emeril, and we decided to hang around together and do some group posts on our own.

Over time, some of our members branched out to other ventures, and some temporarily stepped back from blogging. They left Virtual Potluck, but every one of them said "yes" when I asked them to help promote my book. I was touched by their response.

You'll find all of the Virtual Potluck posts here:

Theresa from Foodhunters Guide to Cuisine
Rachel from Rachel Cooks
Marnely from Cooking with Books
Shelby from Diabetic Foodie
Heather from Farmgirl Gourmet
Milisa from Miss in the Kitchen
Vanessa from Groovy Foody
Matt from Thyme in Our Kitchen
Tara from Foodie
Susan from 30a Eats
Donna (that's me) from Cookistry
Jay from Bite and Booze

Make sure you check out their blogs! I love them!

Where to buy Make Ahead Bread

My book, Make Ahead Bread, is available for sale on Amazon. If you'd like an autographed copy, you can order one from Barbed Wire Books. The price from Barbed wire is similar to what Amazon charges (they change the price often, as you know) but you'll save money on mailing a book to me to sign, and me shipping it back to you.

For the giveaway, I'd like to thank our sponsors who generously offered some fantastic prizes:
There will be a total of 12 winners, with three bigger prizes and nine more really great prizes. And yes, all winners get a copy of my book. You'll find even more details about the prizes here.

In addition to supplying items for the giveaway, a special thanks to Taunton Press, Silverstone, Microplane and WÜSTHOF for supplying products for all the bloggers to work with.


Do you want to know more about the sponsors? You can find them on their websites and social media, here:

Taunton on Twitter and Facebook.
Magimix on Twitter and Facebook.
WÜSTHOF on Twitter and Facebook.
SilverStone would like you to follow Pots and Pans on Twitter and Facebook.
Duralex on Twitter and Facebook.
GIR on Twitter and Facebook.
Harold Import Company on Twitter and Facebook.
Microplane on Twitter and Facebook.
King Arthur Flour on Twitter and Facebook.
Walker's Shortbread on Facebook.

This event is sponsored by multiple companies, all listed above. I want to sincerely thank them for their amazing generosity.