Saturday, November 12, 2011

Happy Haul-idays from Chronicle Books

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!
 

42 comments:

Marilyn said...

I love cookbooks , collect me a few of them from time to time. I love to share them as well. Im going to a cookie swap so the cook book Cookies and Milk caught my attention . I have a friend that cooks a lot of Italian dishes and they are always so good. Marilyn

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linda @spiceboxtravels said...

Hi Lucy, I have the Griffin and Sabine books, too! That was fun composing your wish list, wasn't it? I have already run out of space for cookbooks but that doesn't t stop me from wanting more. Bonne chance!

Judy said...

While I love all cookbooks, the two in this group that really speak to me are the Southern Cake and Southern Pie cookbooks. The Whoopie pie cookbook also sounds quite interesting.

walker88@bellsouth.net

Katherine Martinelli said...

What a great list!! I love that they do this, and that you're doing this! I want them all...

Angela said...

This is the best contest! I love this idea. I love your list, and would especially like to win Rustica, which I have been wanting to check out. Good luck!

Lizzy said...

What a great giveaway! I'd love to add #1 and #17 to my cookbook collection. Fingers crossed for you!

katiez said...

500 worth of books? Wonderful - but it could / would go awfully fast. I'm afraid I'm rather addicted to books (esp cook books) myself.

Felicia said...

Awesome idea for a post--you have some lust-worthy cookbooks there! I hope Santa and Chronicle Books both treat you generously this year!

Jeanette said...

What a nice selection of books - I think the Michael Ruhlman book sounds especially interesting, although I would also love to take a peek at Saveur the New Comfort Table.

bbqchick said...

What a fun contest! I am a savory comfort food cook and never really bake sweets. I would love the Southern Cakes or the Southern Pies to help me learn to bake sweet things.

DessertForTwo said...

I've been dying for that Southern Pies cookbook!

Fun giveaway! Thanks for the offer :)

Kathy - Panini Happy said...

I have Flour, that's an excellent book. I'd love to have Ruhlman's book as well as the Southern Cakes and Southern Pies.

Mandroid said...

My list is full of cookbooks as well. I really need some books about pie. My kitchen is severely lacking in pie.

Leslie
workingforthemandroid at gmail dot com
Working for the Mandroid

FashioNatalie said...

Looks like a great list! Fash, Fresh, and Green looks good to me, but of course I'll also take the sweet baking ones, too :-)

Craftinomicon said...

What a tasty list! I could always use more cookbooks as well and would love to share these with my mom and sister too!

craftinomicon@gmail.com

Melinda said...

Whoopie Pies and Milk and Cookies sound so cool!

Jasmine Marie said...

Chronicle Books has the best cookbooks! Now if only I could make my meals look as nice as they look in the cookbook... :)

Feel free to comment back on my post:
the bookish mama

Kathy said...

Oh I hope you win! Good luck.

Nelly Rodriguez said...

I'd love Flour by Joanne Chang. Good luck!

ape2016 said...

I would like Miette for me and Olive the other reindeer for my daughter
ape2016(at)aol(dot)com

jcamp2020 said...

Love them all! Love cookbooks. And the Ruhlman appears to be one to read cover to cover!

good luck to both of us

jcamp2020 at aol

Ai said...

If these were in my kitchen, I'd be a pretty happy gal! Good luck!

Bavarian Erin said...

A whole book of whoopie pies...that is dreamy! Best of luck to you!

Rhianna said...

Happy Haulidays!

Around my house Milk & Cookies and Fairy Parties would really go over well. :D

Good luck!

Carolyn said...

oh, great choices :)

throuthehaze said...

Southern Pies looks like a great book :) Good luck
throuthehaze at gmail dot com

Scott at the Blue Nickel said...

Whoopie pies and Rustica would be at the top of my list! Here's to winning!

TRAN! (www.thinktran.com) said...

great list! good luck!

mary van note said...

I'd love a new load of cookbooks. The Country Food of Italy one looks good.

Mere said...

Love your list and your beautiful blog! I would love to have the Country Cooking of Italy book. Happy Haulidays! :)

Kika said...

Tartine Bread keeps grabbing my eye! I'd love to own a copy of it.

Cricket said...

Thank you for stopping by my blog and saying hi :) I could definitely benefit from the cooking books! Your list looks like loads of fun and resourceful.
Good luck!
langleylove at gmail dot com

ps. love the name of your blog too

nfmgirl said...

I collect cookbooks, and I haven't eaten meat in over a year and a half. So I love things like A Beautiful Bowl of Soup: The Best Vegetarian Recipes, Rice Pasta Couscous, Fresh from the Farmers' Market, and Simply Organic. Good luck!

nfmgirl AT gmail dOT com

ann said...

What a great collection of cookbooks. I collect cookbooks. Love it
amhengst at verizon dot net

jennapeyton said...

Maybe if I collected more cookbooks I'd be more motivated to be a better cook! Good luck to you!

Rosemary said...

I know that I am near-certifiable when it comes to books, especially cookbooks! Why I haven't got any Splendid Table cookbook myself is a mystery! But that's topping my list. Your list is just great. I could take them all!

Julie @ Knitting and Sundries said...

Chronicle has such a lovely selection of cookbooks! Tartine Bread is on my own list (and moleskines too! - actually, already ordered for Christmas for my poetess daughter) - Love your list! I also chose a library as my charity - they are all so dreadfully underfunded! Good luck!

knittingandsundries(at)gmail(dot)com

hsw said...

The fairy book sounds adorable! Good luck!

Vintage Love and Photographs said...

Good luck!!

Rebecca said...

I need to know the answer to the life question in "Chicken & Egg", then curl up this winter warming up to "The History of Surfing", and start my bucket list with "52 Things to Do Once in Your Life". I'm going to France in 2012 and know Parisians love salt and caramel, "Miette" has a good take on that. And...when I return flat broke, I am going to need "The Liberty Book of Home Sewing". I have a great collection of cook books and some of the best I compiled by my Aunt Deda-Bless her pies and curse my thighs!

Amy Powell said...

Great list! Good luck :)

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

Kelly Robinson said...

Southern Pies would be my most coveted title on your list. I had fun making my own list at Book Dirt.