December 22, 2009

3 more days 'til Christmas with Giveaways and Our 3 Ways to Score Free Cookbooks

In addition to the lovely Christmas cards in our mailbox,  our mailman has been very good to us by delivering three free cookbooks to our door. 

How did this happen?  In the spirit of sharing and giving, we would love to share with you how we got these books  and give you a chance to win one of them for yourself!

Our first book, Forking Fantastic, came courtesy of The Wayward Chef.  Cristina, a freelance writer and personal chef, hosts this wonderful food blog.  The book itself is a great entertaining book - especially for people like us who enjoy low-key get-togethers that do not require matching china!  Want your own free copy?  Our blogger friend Cristina has been kind enough to bring back the contest and has 2 more copies available.  Email her ( with your own story of how food brought your love and, if selected, she'll send you your own copy!

We love Jacques Pepin (as evidenced by our Pepin-inspired Ratatouille and Easy baked Salmon).  So, when we joined, we quickly added his cookbooks to our wish list.  PaperBackSwap is a great online site where members (joining is free!) list books they no longer want for other members to order.  The only charge you pay is when a member requests a book from you and you pay the nominal cost (media mail postage has been less than $3 for the books we have sent).  Anytime you request a book from someone else, you don't have to pay a cent!  We've given up many beach reads and gotten in return food books like this Jacques Pepin's Simply and Healthy Cooking and Anthony Bourdain's Kitchen Confidential.

Finally, our last find and GIVEAWAY.  We got this wonderful "cookbook without recipes" when we attended the Foodbuzz Festival in San Francisco last month.  It is filled with useful cooking anecdotes as well as helpful hints on food writing (for us, we tend to use the word "delicious" a lot in our posts, so we love the few pages with food description suggestions).  It's a great gift for food lovers and so the kind publishers of this book have provided us with a copy that we would like to giveaway to one of you.

For your chance to win a copy, please: submit a comment below, follow our blog, follow us on twitter, or tweet this post (each action entitles you to one entry for a max of 4 entries a person - just let me know in the comments section) from now until January 3rd, 11:59 pm EST.  We will announce the winner on our Jan 4th post.  Good Luck!


  1. The last book, Notes on Cooking looks and sounds quite interesting.

  2. OK, I am a follower... and frequent commenter

    What a terrific giveaway... good luck to all (but just a tiny bit of better luck to me)!

  3. Great cookbooks! Happy holidays to you!

  4. Thanks for talking about That's a good find! Love this post.

  5. I have used paperback swap for years although not so much recently...Great service though, isn't it?

    madamerkf at aol dot com

  6. count me in - look like great cookbooks!


  8. There's nothing better than a new cookbook!


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