|Cookbooks needing company. Lucy Mercer/A Cook and Her Books|
Chronicle Books has been one of my favorite publishers since the days of "Griffin & Sabine," and their volumes continue to fill my bookshelves. In addition to fiction, art and children's books, they just so happen to produce some of the loveliest cookbooks around, and well, I have a thing for cookbooks.
Again this year, Chronicle Books is sponsoring "Happy Haul-idays" a contest designed to fill more bookshelves - yours, mine and a charity of my choice. All I have to do is list how I would spend $500 for Chronicle titles and all you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post. If my entry is selected, I win the list, and one lucky commenter chosen at random wins the books on the list, too. And this year, a charity of my choice will win their choice of $500 worth of Chronicle's list!. I'm crossing fingers & toes and hoping that all of us win - my charity of choice is the new library in my town - what a blessing this would be to fill up their bookshelves!
Here's my list, topped by a book from one of my favorite food writers:
1. Ruhlman's Twenty by (you guessed it) Michael Ruhlman. This is the blurb:
"Rare is the cookbook that redefines how we cook. And rare is the author who can do so with the ease and expertise of acclaimed writer and culinary authority Michael Ruhlman. Twenty distills Ruhlman’s decades of cooking, writing, and working with the world’s greatest chefs into twenty essential ideas—from ingredients to processes to attitude—that are guaranteed to make every cook more accomplished. Whether cooking a multi-course meal, the juiciest roast chicken, or just some really good scrambled eggs, Ruhlman reveals how a cook’s success boils down to the same twenty concepts." At $40, it promises to be more than just some pretty words...
2. Rustica: a Return to Spanish Home Cooking by Frank Camorra and Richard Cornish $35.00
3. Country Cooking of Italy by Colman Andrews (photography by Christopher Hirsheimer) promises to be a beautiful book. $50.00
4. Tartine Bread by Chad Robertson $40.00
5. Cake Pops by Bakerella $19.95
6. Whoopie Pies by Sarah Billingsley $16.95
7. Flour by Joanne Chang. $35.00
8. Saveur the New Comfort Table $35.00
9. Milk & Cookies by Tina Casaceli $25.00
10. Fairy Parties $19.95
11. Commonsense Kitchen by Tom Hudgens $35.00
12. Fast, Fresh & Green by Susie Middleton $24.95
13. Southern Pies by Nancie McDermott $22.95
14. Southern Cakes by Nancie McDermott $19.95
15. Very Merry Cookie Party By Barbara Grunes and Virginia Van Vynckt $19.95
16. Fast Bread by Elinor Klivans $19.95
17. Baking for All Occasions by Flo Braker $35.00
I think I'm pretty close to $500, but if there's room, I'd like to toss a few Moleskines in the kitty, you know, "the legendary notebooks of Picasso, Hemingway and Chatwin."
Leave a comment and let me know what books on the Chronicle list you would like for Christmas. If my post is chosen at random from the list of participating bloggers, then I win the list of books (don't worry, I'll share!) & one commenter on this post will be chosen at random to receive the list of books, too! (+ my local libraries will receive their choice of $500 in Chronicle Books). So, it's win-win-win! Please be sure to leave an email address so that I can notify you if you win. Entries without a valid email address will not be a part of the drawing if I win the Happy Haul-idays contest.
* Disclaimer: I have not been compensated for this post. I just really really like books, especially cookbooks.
Comments are now closed for this post. Sorry my blog didn't win the contest - maybe 2012 will be our year!