Saturday, September 22, 2012

Huge Autumn Giveaway - Five Bestselling Cookbooks (and a bonus round!)

Reader Reader Cookbook Reader,

Welcome to fall!   Today is the Autumn Equinox, and to celebrate this changing of the seasons I am excited to announce not one, not two, but five book giveaways here on the blog!  These books have rapidly made a home on my "favorites" shelf, and I want your family to benefit from them as much as I have.  And may I remind you, Christmas is just a few months away ...

Generously sponsored by Chronicle Books, Storey Publishing, Da Capo Press, and NewTrends Publishing, we will feature a major book review on the blog every two weeks along with an accompanying giveaway (by random selection).  But watch closely, because I'm going to sneak another giveaway in there, too, and it's not for a book!  Here's your hint: I found a wonderful brand of coconut oil I'd love to share with you ...

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Who features in this book merry round-up, you say?  I'm glad you asked ...

Use the slow cooker more than you use your face! 
Slow Cooker: The Best Cookbook Ever by Diane Phillips
This giveaway is now over. Congratulations to Britni, who won the book!  Click here to see the review and pictures of my fat baby holding the book.
Brought to us by the excellent folks at Chronicle Books, the first delicious folio to go will be a book that has me addicted to that ceramic plug-in gadget you keep forgetting to use.  With a title less an exaggeration and more of an understatement (and modeled here by our lovely little man), this book is "chuck" full of beautifully laid out recipes that will bring home the meaning of dinner to your family.  With fall classes starting and schedules filling with school projects, college classes, Christmas concert rehearsals and long days of canning and cookie-baking, the slow cooker will be your newest and bestest friend.  Many of these recipes feature a slow version (cooking on Low) and a faster version (cooking on High), so you can start it before breakfast or just after lunch.  Watch for the review coming to a blog near you (this one!) in October.    

"Float" away without a care in the world - and feel better for it! 
Homemade Soda: 200 Recipes for Making and Using ... fruit sodas and fizzy juices, sparkling waters, root beers and cola brews, herbal and healing waters, sparkling teas and coffees, shrubs and switchels, cream sodas and floats, and other carbonated concoctions by Andrew Schloss
This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Jo at The Hungry Crafter for winning!  Click here to read the review and be dazzled.
The next book flying off the shelf comes to you courtesy of the fabulous purveyors at Storey Books, another name we all know and love.  I personally love the refreshing sparkle of a bubbly, fizzy drink, but I can't stand conventional soda.  This book gives you the tools and the cred to make your own fantastic brews, free of ingredients you don't appreciate and full of the ones you can't get enough of.  Energy drinks, meals prepared using your own sparkling drinks, and absolutely ridiculous and bizarre recipes come alongside familiar cream sodas, root beers, and all the things we know and love about the fizzy.  This review will magically appear in November.

Bake yourself into a tizzy and rule the world from your kitchen! 
Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World: 75 Dairy-Free Recipes for Cupcakes that Rule, by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero
Click here to read the review. 
Brought to you by the very generous world of Da Capo Press, an imprint of the Perseus Books Group, this book will rock your little sweet-tooth world with confections designed to hook you for life, and give you the leverage to control your family with a flip of the oven switch.  Delectable desserts that are so wildly wonderful that nobody will suspect for a moment that they contain any vestige of nutrition (your secret is safe with us ... all of us!), these little treats will set you up for a lifetime on the "good" list, and soon you will rule the family gatherings like your own private cupcake cartel.  This review should hit your screen in November.  

Sustain with a traditional, holistic diet! 
Nourishing Traditions, by Sally Fallon

Published by the food insurrection group at NewTrends Publishing and generously offered to you the reader, this book has rocked the worlds of good-food, sustainable-living, natural- and holistic-healthing, all-around beneficial-being people.  Stuffed with goodness like a squab at a holiday dinner, this book never fails to surprise and never ceases to amaze.  Anecdotal and scientific information line the margins and so every recipe is prepared by you with a growing knowledge of Why, How, and What For.  Not just a manual on good cooking, this book brings an education to your kitchen that will change and improve the way we all see food.    Keep your little eye on the horizon for a review in December.  

Travel around the world in vegan style! (Not pictured)
Vegan Eats World: 250 International Recipes for Savoring the Planet, by Terry Hope Romero
Another book from Da Capo guaranteed to climb the bestsellers list, this winning title from Terry Hope Romero has yet to be released and is still in the reviewing stage!  We are proud to have been offered one of the early reviews for this book and will be bringing you our fabulous opinion in December! 

And what of our super-secret, super-nifty, you'll-never-guess-it giveaway?  
What, do you think I gave it away with the whole "favorite new coconut oil" thing?  OK, maybe I did ... but we can all pretend it's still a secret and you can watch the blog for the bonus round somewhere between all these fabulous new reads.

All of these books have brought me no end of delight and filled our house with exciting and fresh food - I can't tell you how happy I am to be able to bring them to you!

What a haul! 
The publishers have honored me with these giveaways because they know you, the Interested Reader, want to read them!  Would you share this link with another friend that you think would be Interested?  These fabulous books are just too good to keep to myself, and I know you will feel the same way!

I trust you exhibit more interest than this guy?!
Fall fashion/drool catcher, what can I say ... 

Follow us on our Facebook page and don't miss a single giveaway - you can enter as many as you like, I am not limiting wins for this special giveaway!   Which book do you want to win the most?  I await your opinion with bated breath (really, I do!  You have no idea how cool it is to get comments on the blog!).

Eager with anticipation,

Mrs H
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