my favorite cookbooks of 2011 – and a giveaway! December 5, 2011

As a food blogger, stacks of cookbooks are an occupational hazard. We’re sent quite a few of them throughout the year. Some of your friends put out books, so you have to get those, too. Then there are those that just grab your attention while surfing the Internet – Amazon Prime is the best/worst thing that’s ever happened to me. Picking one favorite book that was published this year would be impossible – there really were a plethora of great books in 2011. I wanted to highlight my favorite books of the year and limiting it to nine was a tough – this could easily be a list of 30 books. There were works of art like Eleven Madison Park that, while visually stunning, is more special event than everyday cooking. The Macy’s Culinary Council Holiday Cookbook is going on the cookbook stand for the upcoming Christmas season – more on that later in the week. Virginia and Lisa have books out this year, too…and I haven’t even gotten to those yet! My Top 9 are the books I keep going back to because of the stunning photography, ease of cooking for vegetarians and meat-eaters alike, and the inspirational nature of the contents year round.

  • Momofuku Milk Bar – I’m not a dessert person, really…and I’m not a baker. However, I had to have the Momofuku Milk Bar cookbook just for inspiration alone. The cereal milk. The crack pie. All of the bizarre & off the wall flavor combinations and techniques that somehow end up seeming really cozy and familiar. Christina Tosi is an evil genius.
  • The Family Meal by Ferran Adria – While you might think this cookbook is going to be another El Bulli tome of inspiring but impractical recipes for the home cook, it’s not. It’s “real food” inspired by communal meals at his acclaimed restaurant. Solid interpretations of classics like Caesar Salad and Pasta Bolognese are served up alongside easy soup and dessert recipes.
  • Canal House Cooking – For those who aren’t familiar with Canal House Cooking, it’s a periodically produced volume full of wonderful recipes and photos. The heirloom nature of it means that it’s always a keeper – a subscription is also available, which would make an amazing holiday gift. This will be on my favorite cookbooks list every year.
  • Mourad: New Moroccan – I’ve heard of Aziza, the San Francisco restaurant but didn’t know much about its owner, Mourad Lahlou. When I received this book, I was blown away. The photos are lovely, the stories have such a personal tone, and the food is a modern take on classic Middle Eastern recipes. After one pass through the book, I had a dozen recipes marked to try.
  • Tender by Nigel Slater – While picking one favorite cookbook all year was a bit like picking your favorite child, the fact that this cookbook sat on the stand in the kitchen for months speaks volumes. It’s epic at over 600 pages but it’s a must-have, for vegetarians and carnivores alike. The design and photography of the book are mind-blowingly simple and inspiring.
  • Paella by Alberto Herraiz – I don’t often buy cookbooks specifically about one dish/technique but the graphic design of Paella nabbed my attention. Spot-on paella is something I’ve rarely experienced and certainly want to try and create at home. If anyone could teach you how to do that, it’s Herraiz, whose quest to perfect paella has won him a Michelin star.
  • Vegetables from an Italian Garden – After Tender, this is the book that’s most inspired me this year. Broken up into seasons, there are ideas in each chapter on how to use every vegetable that grows those months. There are some recipes with meat involved and plenty to cook for vegetarians. Not particularly fussy, the photos are stunning in their simplicity.
  • Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams At Home – Ice cream is something we just started making at home this year, largely thanks to this cookbook. Jeni’s ice creams are available for purchase here in Atlanta but making them at home – with their kooky flavor combinations and seasonal influence – has been much more rewarding than eating them out of the container.
  • A New Turn in The South by Hugh Acheson – With its matte paper, loose styling and conversational style…Hugh Acheson’s book is more culinary journal than it is a cookbook. You’ll find recipes for classics like Pimiento Cheese as well as twists like Boiled Peanut Hummus. Regardless of which recipe you make, you’ll never look at Southern cuisine quite the same again.

To say thanks for an amazing year and everything that ya’ll have given back to me through the blog in 2011, I’m giving away part of my Top 9 list. You can choose any three books that you’d like – maybe you’ve had your eye on one but it seems like a splurge or maybe I’ve introduced you to a book here that you’d like to see more of. Whatever the case, this is a pick-any-three prize. To enter, leave a comment on this post with the three books you’d like to win. One winner will be chosen at random from the comments below – you need to have your short list posted here by 8 pm on Wednesday, December 7th, 2011. Please make sure your email address is available as I’ll be dropping the winner a line. Since this is my gift to you and not a sponsored post, I’m only able to ship to the US and Canada – sorry overseas friends. Enjoy and good luck!

Comments

Jasmine Dec 5, 2011 09:12 am

I would love to cook from:
Tender
Vegetables from an Italian Garden
Canal House Cooking

Thanks! You’re always inspiring me in the kitchen :)

EA -The Spicy RD Dec 5, 2011 09:12 am

Love this roundup! I’m looking for new cookbook inspiration so this is perfect timing! I’d love to win any of these books, but my top 3 are The Family Meal, Tender, and Milk Bar (I think my kids would like this one the most :-)

Andrea Dec 5, 2011 09:12 am

I love all of these – one of the best things about cookbooks is the food styling in the photos and you have great taste!
I would love to read more of:
Vegetables from an Italian Garden
Tender
& Canal House Cooking. Thanks so much for sharing!

patti davis Dec 5, 2011 10:12 am

Tami, I just have to have the Paella cookbook. Tender and the Macy’s cookbook both sound like tomes I would just devour.

JoVonn Dec 5, 2011 10:12 am

I would love to have:
Tender
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home
A New Turn in the South

Nic Jayne Dec 5, 2011 10:12 am

I’ve been eyeing Yotam Ottolenghi’s new book Plenty. Have you checked it out? Thoughts?

Of course, I’d love to win these here selections. I’d pick:
– A New Turn in the South {doodling on photos? yes.}
– Jeni’s Ice Cream
– Mourad: New Moroccan

Elana Dec 5, 2011 10:12 am

This is an excellent giveaway! My favorites of the above are: Tender, Momofuku and Canal House.

Happy holidays to you too!

Melissa @ Soul on a Platter Dec 5, 2011 10:12 am

Such a thoughtful, well edited list.
Would love to add Tender, Vegetables and Family Meal to my shelf.

Wynn Dec 5, 2011 10:12 am

I think my top 3 would be: Momofuku Milk Bar, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home and A New Turn in the South. Thanks!

Vanessa Dec 5, 2011 10:12 am

Great list of cookbooks! So hard to choose but I’d have to pick, Canal House Cooking, A New Turn in the South and Family Meal

Silver7789 Dec 5, 2011 10:12 am

Mourad: New Moroccan
Tender
The Family Meal

Amanda Dec 5, 2011 10:12 am

Your blog is inspirational – you make me want to go cook everything that you make. I’d love some new special cookbooks – it’s a splurge I can’t justify at the moment =)
I’d love to receive: Tender; A New Turn in the South and Canal House Cooking. Thank you so much, Tami!

Angharad Dec 5, 2011 10:12 am

Wow what a lovely giveaway! My top three:
Tender by Nigel Slater
Momofuku Milk Bar
Canal House Cooking

Wayfaring Wanderer Dec 5, 2011 10:12 am

What a terrific list! Thanks for sharing.

Here are the ones I’d like to add to my collection:

• The Family Meal
• Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home
• A New Turn in the South

Thank you for hosting this giveaway :D

Arielle Dec 5, 2011 10:12 am

I would looooove:
Momofuku Milk Bar
Canal House Cooking
Vegetables from an Italian Garden

Thanks!

Cat Dec 5, 2011 10:12 am

Amazing list of cookbooks! I’d love to own Vegetables from an Italian Garden, Mourad: New Moroccan and Canal House Cooking :)

Chris Dec 5, 2011 10:12 am

I’d Love to try:
A New Turn in The South
Mourad: New Moroccan
The Family Meal

Rebekah G Dec 5, 2011 10:12 am

I love….
-A new turn in the south
-Vegetables from an Italian Garden
-Tender!

All look so great, I have been eyeing them myself!

Emily Dec 5, 2011 10:12 am

I’d love The Family Meal, Vegetables from an Italian Garden, and Tender!

Kristina Dec 5, 2011 10:12 am

Excellent choices! I’d LOVE to have: Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams At Home (my husband makes great ice cream, but we’re always searching for more inspiration), Momofuku Milk Bar, and A New Turn in The South. Thanks!

Amy Dec 5, 2011 10:12 am

I would love to win! My favs would be:
Canal House Cooking
Mourad: New Moroccan
The Family Meal

Sofie Dittmann AKA German Foodie Dec 5, 2011 10:12 am

PICK ME! PICK ME! LOL no seriously, this may be my fav giveaway of the year, b/c it feeds one of my obsessions. cookbooks.

i would just die to have “canal house cooking”, “the family meal”, “mourad new moroccan”…

Anne Dec 5, 2011 10:12 am

I would be definitely interested in Vegetables from an Italian Garden, Tender and Canal House Cooking. Those all seem right up my alley!

Erin Dec 5, 2011 10:12 am

I’ve been looking for some new cookbooks to try and some of these look fantastic (like Mourad: New Moroccan, Canal House Cooking, and Tender by Nigel Slater )

Thanks for such a great list!

Marika Dec 5, 2011 10:12 am

I would LOVE to add Momofuku Milk Bar, Tender, and Vegetables from an Italian Garden to my kitchen bookshelf. What a wonderfully generous giveaway.

Jennifer Walker Dec 5, 2011 10:12 am

Tender
A New Turn in the South
Vegetables from an Italian Garden

Liz Dec 5, 2011 10:12 am

I would love to cook from….
Vegetables from an Italian Garden
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams At Home
The Family Meal by Ferran Adria

Happy Holidays!!

andy Dec 5, 2011 10:12 am

Great give-away… I can always use more cookbooks!
My 3 choices are:
1) Mourad: New Moroccan
2)A New Turn in the South
3)Tender

Hannah Dec 5, 2011 10:12 am

Thank you for sharing your favorites list with us. And what a thoughtful, generous offer you’ve made! I would love to cook from Canal House Cooking, Tender and Vegetables from an Italian Garden.

Thank you, too, for all your inspirations on your lovely blog! Happy Christmas to you!

ladywild Dec 5, 2011 10:12 am

Tender
Momofuku Milk Bar
The Family Meal!

Carrie Neal Walden Dec 5, 2011 11:12 am

A New Turn in the South, Tender, and Canal House Cooking!!! Fingers and toes crossed!
Carrie Neal
cneal.walden@gmail.com

MikeVFMK Dec 5, 2011 11:12 am

Lovely selection and giveaway. I’d start with Nigel Slater’s Tender because I love anything and everything he does. Second? A new turn in the south (heard some incredible things about it) and lastly, the family meal. Always need new inspiration for meals around my family table. Thanks!

Jason Riedy Dec 5, 2011 11:12 am

I’ll have to look into “Mourad: New Moroccan” and “Vegetables from an Italian Garden” regardless. Adria’s “The Family Meal” sounds wonderful, as well.

However, I have to admit that I still am wading my way through my first reading of “Mastering the Art of French Cooking”. Kinda embarrassed to admit I haven’t read it already.

Ellen Dec 5, 2011 11:12 am

Momofuku
Canal House
The Family Meal

Jewel at Eat.Drink.Shop.Love Dec 5, 2011 11:12 am

I would love to have:
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams
Paella
Tender

Sherri Dec 5, 2011 11:12 am

How very generous!

Tender, Vegetables from a Italian Garden and A New Turn in the South would be lovely to have!

Sonya Dec 5, 2011 11:12 am

ooooo…Milk Bar (I am obsessed with David Chang), Tender, and Mourad.
Thank you for this opportunity!

martine Dec 5, 2011 11:12 am

So Thanksful
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home
The Family Meal
Mourad: New Moroccan

Shannon Dec 5, 2011 11:12 am

Ooh us Canadians usually cannot enter giveaways, so this is especially exciting!

I would choose:

(1) Tender by Nigel Slater – this one has been on my list for a while, now.

(2) The Family Meal by Ferran Adria – what is there to say, really? It’s a must.

(3) Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home – I love making home made ice cream, but need to do more of it. This would inspire me!

Thanks, Tami. This is a wonderfully generous giveaway.

Michele Dec 5, 2011 11:12 am

I’d love Tender, The Family Meal, and Mourad. (I already have Milk and LOVE IT!) What a great idea for the holidays! Cheers!

Tracy Dec 5, 2011 11:12 am

Great giveaway! I’ll pick Tender, Canal House and… I’m torn between Momofuku and Vegetables from an Italian Garden. I’ll be strong and choose Vegetables over Crack Pie. Thanks!

Laurel Dec 5, 2011 11:12 am

Wow – what a great list – thanks for the recommendations! I think my top three would be Tender by Nigel Slater, Vegetables from an Italian Garden, and Mourad: New Moroccan.

Celia Dec 5, 2011 11:12 am

So hard to choose!
The Family Meal
Tender
Vegetables from an Italian Garden

Lana @ Never Enough Thyme Dec 5, 2011 11:12 am

Wow, Tami, what a generous gift from you to your readership. If selected, I’d love to receive Vegetables from an Italian Garden, Tender, and of course, A New Turn in the South

Meghan Dec 5, 2011 11:12 am

Wow! What a generous contest! The winner could totally hoard the loot or have a nice gift or two. Cookbooks are certainly one of my favorite things to give and receive!

I’d love Milk, Jen’s Splendid Ice Cream, and Tender.

meridith Dec 5, 2011 11:12 am

after scanning the thumbnails and noting my selections i was pleased to see that some of them were among the favorites of your list. i choose: tender, vegetables from an italian garden and jeni’s splendid ice creams at home. pretty please and thank you for your blog and recipes. xo

Holly Dec 5, 2011 12:12 pm

The Family Meal, Vegetables, and Ice Creams, please. Awesome giveaway!!!

Kirsty Dec 5, 2011 12:12 pm

I would love to add these to my collection and cook from them:

The Family Meal
Canal House Cooking
A New Turn In The South

Jyotsna Dec 5, 2011 12:12 pm

If I had to choose I would select Tender, A New Turn in the South and Vegetables from an Italian Garden. Thanks!

Stephanie Dec 5, 2011 12:12 pm

oh my, I’ve been eyeing some of these books every time I’m at the bookstore this year:

Paella
Jeni’s
Tender

Anne Dec 5, 2011 12:12 pm

Would absolutely LOVE:
Tender
The Family Meal
Vegetables from an Italian Garden.

Natasha Murphy Dec 5, 2011 12:12 pm

Would love to own some of these!!

My top picks are:
Tender by Nigel Slater
Vegetables from an Italian Garden
Mourad: New Moroccan

Genevieve Dec 5, 2011 12:12 pm

What a great selection! I’ve had my eye on Mourad, and I would also love to get a copy of Momofuku Milk Bar and Vegetables from an Italian Garden

Carla Dec 5, 2011 01:12 pm

Its been a great year. I would love books from:
•Momofuku Milk Bar
•The Family Meal by Ferran Adria
•Canal House Cooking

Allison Dec 5, 2011 01:12 pm

A New Turn in The South by Hugh Acheson
Tender by Nigel Slater
Momofuku Milk Bar

jordan Dec 5, 2011 01:12 pm

wow, these all look great :) my top 3 would be:

-momofuku milk bar
-the family meal
-canal house cooking

thanks for such a great giveaway!

Laura Dec 5, 2011 01:12 pm

Love this! I can sit in bookstores and read cookbooks like most people read novels.

My 3:
Tender
Vegetables from and Italian Garden
New Moroccan

Dimitra Alexakos Dec 5, 2011 01:12 pm

Because my cookbook collection needs some love – I would pick :

1. Mourad : because he looks so hot !!!

2. Tender : because those beans look perfect
3. Vegetables from an Italian Garden : because I belong to a garden club and we need to become more in touch with the seasons and the produce from our garden .

thank you for the generous giveaway !!

dawn mcbeth Dec 5, 2011 01:12 pm

Hello,
Just 3 is hard, but here goes
Momofuku
Mourad: New Morocco
A new turn of the South
Have a great holiday! Thanks for a great year. dawn

Angela Bortone Dec 5, 2011 02:12 pm

Would love to have Jeni, canal house or tender!

Julie @ Willow Bird Baking Dec 5, 2011 02:12 pm

OH DEAR, what an amazing giveaway! I’d have to choose:
Momofuku Milk Bar
A New Turn in the South
Mourad: New Moroccan

Jenny Dec 5, 2011 02:12 pm

Definitely Mourad: New Moroccan – I had dinner at Aziza a few months ago and it was pretty much the most amazing thing ever. And then Vegetables from an Italian Garden and Tender, since they look the most vegetarian friendly. Thanks!

Lucy@acookandherbooks Dec 5, 2011 02:12 pm

Ah, let’s see, Canal House Cooking, Tender, and New Turn in the South for me. Love your choices! acookandherbooks at gmail.com

Leah Gregory Dec 5, 2011 02:12 pm

Love the cookbooks! I knew some of them and some of them you introduced!They make me feel hungry! I would love to share with my mom these 3:
Vegetables from the Italian Garden
Tender
Mourad : New Moroccan
Thank you!!

Ardala Dec 5, 2011 02:12 pm

I own Tender and Vegetables from an Italian Garden and love those books.
My favorite thing is to crack open a new cookbook and I would like to peruse through:
-Canal House Cooking
– The Family Meal
-A New Turn at the South
Thank you!

Beth Dec 5, 2011 03:12 pm

How cool! I’d love to try out Momofuku Milk Bar, Mourad, and Tender.

Thanks so much for a wonderful blog!

Cindy Elsenheimer Dec 5, 2011 03:12 pm

Love following you on twitter and checking out your blog! They all sound great, but if I had to choose only 3 they would be –
A New Turn in The South by Hugh Acheson (always looking to learn more about cooking in my new Southern home!)
Vegetables from an Italian Garden (can’t wait to get my 1st real garden setup this year!)
and
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream at Home -not much in the way of decent ice cream in the far southern ATL suburbs…so would love to make my own!
Thanks for doing this giveaway!

Lynn Dec 5, 2011 03:12 pm

What a lovely post. I love reading about these favorite cookbooks of yours and am delighted you want to give some away.

I would choose:
1. A New Turn in The South by Hugh Acheson.
2. Tender by Nigel Slater.
3. Vegetables from an Italian Garden.

Ashley Mc. Dec 5, 2011 03:12 pm

Wish I could leave work and head home to cook! (1) Mourad: New Moroccan, (2) Vegetables from an Italian Garden and (3) Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams At Home

Shiobhan Bradbury Dec 5, 2011 03:12 pm

oh what to choose it is very hard to decide! After much consideration, I would like tender, family and milk bar for the kids, many thanks shiobhan

Lia Dec 5, 2011 04:12 pm

oooh, love some of these cook books. Visiting my SIL in Canada so that counts!
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream
Monofuku Milk Bar
A New Turn in the South

thanks..

Kate Dec 5, 2011 04:12 pm

What great cookbooks! I would love to have Milk Bar, Tender, and Vegetables from an Italian Garden, though it’s a hard choice. Thanks!

Russell Dec 5, 2011 04:12 pm

Exciting and Thank you!

Tender, Pealla, and A New Turn…

Edward Dec 5, 2011 04:12 pm

Milk, The Family Meal, and Tender for me, please.

Great giveaway. Thanks for the opportunity!

Kirsten Dec 5, 2011 04:12 pm

Oh man, you don’t make this easy, do you?

Vegetables from an Italian Garden
Mourad

and… Canal House.

(But Jeni’s Ice Cream just went on my wish list.)

Shannon N. Dec 5, 2011 04:12 pm

A New Turn in the South, Milk Bar, and Tender. I really am dying for Hugh’s the most.

Brad Dec 5, 2011 04:12 pm

How do you pick just 3??

I’d trim it down to the following:

THE FAMILY MEAL
JENI’S SPLENDID ICE CREAMS AT HOME
A NEW TURN IN THE SOUTH

Tripp Warren Dec 5, 2011 04:12 pm

Hard to pick! They all look great.

Mourad
The Family Meal
A New Turn in the South

Anne Peck Dec 5, 2011 04:12 pm

I already have three of these books; we must share the same taste! I still would like:

Tender by Nigel Slater
Canal House Cooking
Paella by Alberto Herraiz

lisa Dec 5, 2011 04:12 pm

Wow, how amazing! All of the books sound great. I think I would like:
Mourad
Vegetables from an Italian Garden and
Momofuku Milk Bar
Thanks!

Art Dec 5, 2011 04:12 pm

I have had my eyes on “A New Turn in the South” and “The Family Meal,” and am really intrigued by “Paella.”

Thanks for offering this giveaway!!!

Kelsey Dec 5, 2011 04:12 pm

I’m amazed that I only own one of these (!!). Tender gets high marks in my collection too. I have been known to read the volume in bed from time to time. Exciting stuff. Great list. Three choices? Momofuko, Canal House, and Tender again because I would like to give it as a gift!

Whirn Dec 5, 2011 04:12 pm

A New Turn in the South
Momofuku Milk Bar
The Family Meal

Thanks for the list Tami, you now have me craving paella, but not sure I’d want a whole book about it!

Marianne Dec 5, 2011 04:12 pm

I’d love to own:
A New Turn in the South
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home
Vegetables from an Italian Garden

Thank you so much!

Seth Diamond Dec 5, 2011 04:12 pm

My first choice is easily “A New Turn in the South” by my favorite chef, Hugh Acheson. I have loved his work since I was a student at UGA in 2000-2003, and Five & Ten still sets the standard.

I would also choose Momofuku Milk Bar and Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home, because I have been trying to make more desserts lately. Homemade desserts (especially ice cream) have been really satisfying both in taste and in the experience.

Lauren Dec 5, 2011 04:12 pm

My three:

1. Hugh Acheson, because I love him
2. Mourad: New Moroccan, because my boyfriend is half-Lebanese and we both love North African/Middle Eastern cuisine
3. The Family Meal, because Ferran Adria is kind of my hero.

Thanks for the great list! If I don’t win, I know I’ll be asking for/buying several for Christmas!

Kirsten Hindes Dec 5, 2011 04:12 pm

Tender! I love Nigel Slater’s approach.
Also, Hugh’s book, as I keep giving my copies away as gifts.
Third, the Family Meal. I got to flip through this one- great recipes and techniques for classic dishes.

Molly Dec 5, 2011 04:12 pm

I would love to have A New Turn in the South, The Family Meal and Momofuku Milk Bar in my kitchen!

Ashley K Dec 5, 2011 05:12 pm

My boyfriends a cook, I think he’d love:
Tender by Nigel Slater
A New Turn in The South by Hugh Acheson
Canal House Cooking –

Jacqui Dec 5, 2011 05:12 pm

So many great ones to choose from, and a few new ones to me! I’d love to cook from Tender, Canal House Cooking, and Vegetables From an Italian Garden. Thanks so much for such a great giveaway!

Buzzy Dec 5, 2011 05:12 pm

Yay Food!

1. A New Turn in the South
2. Tender
3. Paella

Sloan Dec 5, 2011 05:12 pm

I work with victims of trauma and abuse as an art therapist at a non-profit. After a particulary hard day, I decided I would try to create a meal that could some how restore my spirit. Until your recipes, food rarely turned out right for me. Your blog has some magic to it, and by some miracle, I can now bring amazing meals to our potlucks. This giveaway prompted me to send the thank you I have been meaning to write. Reading and cooking from your blog is one of my favorite self care methods.
Books
Tender
Vegetables from an Italian garden
Momofuku Milk Bar

Jule Dec 5, 2011 05:12 pm

Ooooooh, I see we have similar tastes! Choosing only three? Hmmm..

Momofuku
Tender
A new turn …

Maureen Dec 5, 2011 05:12 pm

These look wonderful.
1. Canal House Cooking
2. Tender by Nigel Slater
3. A New Turn in The South by Hugh Acheson

Terry Helstrom Dec 5, 2011 06:12 pm

Love the blog and the books. Have a great next year!

-Momofuku Milk Bar
-The Family Meal
-A New Turn in the South

Tanya Dec 5, 2011 07:12 pm

I would LOVE: A New Turn in the South, The Family Meal, and Tender. Thanks!!

Iris Dec 5, 2011 07:12 pm

These all look pretty excellent. Because it’s Christmas time, I have my eye on plenty of new cookbooks, but it’s often hard to justify buying them. I would love to cook out of:
Canal House Cooking
Tender by Nigel Slater
Vegetables from an Italian Garden

Thank you!

Nicole Franzen Dec 5, 2011 07:12 pm

Love this Tammy! And the choice is easy for me!!

1. Vegetables from my Italian Garden
2. Canal House Cooking
3. Tender by Nigel Slater

Yes please! in fact all of those books are on my xmas wish list this year. I have been eyeing them at the bookstores for some time.

Please pick me!!!

Justin Ide Dec 5, 2011 07:12 pm

What a great give away!

Would love to have The Family Meal by Ferran Adria, A New Turn in The South by Hugh Acheson or Canal House Cooking. Thanks so much!

Justin

Laura Shain Dec 5, 2011 07:12 pm

All of these sound great – I’ve been meaning to pick up Hugh’s book – we live in Athens and eat at his restaurants as often as we can. So I’d love ‘A New Turn in the South’, ‘Mourad: New Moroccan’ and ‘Tender’. Thanks

Ariel Welch Dec 5, 2011 07:12 pm

Excellent choices! I’d LOVE to have: Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams At Home, Momofuku Milk Bar, and A New Turn in The South. Thanks!

Denise Dec 5, 2011 08:12 pm

yes please! I face the same dilemma but really enjoy them laying around randomly in the house as inspiration. When I’m waiting for the hot water to boil or after doing yoga and wonder what to have for dinner, I pick the first recipe from any page.

Family Meal, he has been a big motivation towards modern cuisine but this has brought a personal touch to his exquisite talent.

Milk Bar, I love to bake!

Vegetable from An Italian Garden, I love Nigel Slater. So if this is your second favorite after Tender, then I am curious to fall in love with this book.

Thank you for doing this giveaway (:

Mariah Dec 5, 2011 08:12 pm

I would love to cook from Mourad, A New Turn in the South, and The Family Meal. I’m particularly interested in the one about southern cooking as I moved to Alabama a little over a year ago and still do not fully grasp southern cuisine.

Celeste Dec 5, 2011 08:12 pm

What a sweet way to end the year!! I’ve been eying a few of these for some time… My favorites are:

Tender
Paella
& Momofuku Milk Bar

I’m sad that I’ve only found your blog just now but am excited to dig through your archives and follow you during future adventures!

B Thompson Dec 5, 2011 08:12 pm

A New Turn in The South; Vegetables from an Italian Garden and Paella – sound grand to me. Thanks for the fun of trying and the thought.

Bst/Atlanta

anth Dec 5, 2011 08:12 pm

Tender
Momofuku
Hugh Acheson

Great list.

robin Dec 5, 2011 09:12 pm

Been eyeing so many of these! But would have to choose: Momofuku Milk Bar, Jeni’s and Vegetales from an Italian Garden. Thanks for the reviews!

Adrienne Dec 5, 2011 09:12 pm

Great giveaway! I’d love Canal House Cooking, Tender by Nigel Slater and Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams At Home. Thank you!

Paula- bell'alimento Dec 5, 2011 09:12 pm

Oh my gosh what an incredible list: Here goes: Vegetables from an Italian Garden, Tender & Momofuku Milk Bar… xoxo

Heather Dec 5, 2011 09:12 pm

I’d love to win “The Family Meal,” “A Turn in the South,” and “Tender.” What a great giveaway!

art and lemons Dec 5, 2011 09:12 pm

Terrific roundup & giveaway!
Tender
Vegetables from an Italian Garden
Momofuku Milk Bar

Cookie and Kate Dec 5, 2011 09:12 pm

I absolutely love the Canal House series and The Italian Garden! If I had to pick just three, I’d say:
Tender
The Family Meal, and
Mourad!

Julia Dec 5, 2011 09:12 pm

These all look beautiful :). The 3 books I would most love are: (1) Vegetables from an Italian Garden, (2) Tender, (3) Canal House Cooking.
Thanks so much for this and for your blog!

Barbara | Creative Culinary Dec 5, 2011 09:12 pm

I just met with the owners of Eleven Madison Park as they came through Denver on a book tour. I have to say…their book is absolutely gorgeous and the food photos are like art. Take a peek:

http://www.elevenmadisonpark.com/

licorous Dec 5, 2011 09:12 pm

I’d love to have Family Meal, Mourad and Tender! Thanks

Mike Dec 5, 2011 09:12 pm

I can’t wait to cook from Mourad, Tender and Family Meal.

Rachel Acheson Dec 5, 2011 10:12 pm

Tender
New Turn in the South
Momofuku

And that was a tough set of choices!

Denise @ We Like To Cook Dec 5, 2011 10:12 pm

SOoo hard to choose! After much consideration, I settled on:
1. A New Turn in The South
2. Vegetables from an Italian Garden
3. Momofuku Milk Bar
Thanks for the chance to win these amazing books!

Nelly Rodriguez Dec 5, 2011 10:12 pm

I’d love the Ferran Adria, Paella and Mourad. They look amazing!

Gabrielle Dec 5, 2011 10:12 pm

What a lovely post and enticing give-a-way.
‘Vegetables from an Italian Garden’ sounds like an absolute darling of a book, and the mention of gorgeous photographs makes ‘Canal House Cooking’ all-the more lustrous.
Your attachment to ‘Tender by Nigel Slater’ speaks for itself really, marking this book as an essential member of my top-three, and of course the last.
Thank you and Merry Christmas darling!

Gabrielle

Scott Craig Dec 5, 2011 11:12 pm

I’ve been enjoying your blog for awhile and my favorite three would be Milk Bar, A New Turn in the South and Canal House. Thanks!

DessertForTwo Dec 6, 2011 12:12 am

The best giveaway I’ve ever seen!!
Eeeep!

I’ve been drooling over Momofuku, A New turn in the South, and Tender. Or maybe Jeni’s instead of tender. Can’t decide! :/

Tammy Dec 6, 2011 01:12 am

Amazing giveaway! I am in love with my copy of Tender and I have one other Canal House. Both great and reliable.
OUt of the choices left I would love the Vegetables from an Italian Garden, Mourad and A New Turn in the South.
Thanks.

Kathy Goldman Dec 6, 2011 06:12 am

What an incredible giveaway! I’ve been eyeing some of these. Would love to have:
Tender
Mourad
Family Meal

Heather Dec 6, 2011 07:12 am

All of these cookbooks look amazing! The three that I would like the most are the following:
-Mourad: New Moroccan
-Momofuku Milk Bar
-Tender by Nigel Slater

Todd Mussman Dec 6, 2011 08:12 am

A New Turn In The South
Vegetables from the Italian Garden
Momofuku Milk Bar

Thanks and happy cooking!

marla Dec 6, 2011 08:12 am

Tender
Jeni’s
Momofuku
I am really quite speechless with your generosity. Wonderful book choices and an amazing holiday giveaway :)

Julia C Dec 6, 2011 08:12 am

Tender by Nigel Slater, A New Turn in The South by Hugh Acheson, and Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams At Home

Jancie Ter Louw Dec 6, 2011 08:12 am

Some of these I’ve seen, some are absolutely new to me. I’d pick one familiar and two new:
Mourad: New Moroccan
Paella by Alberto Herraiz
A New Turn in the South by Hugh Acheson

Thank you!

Deeba Rajpal (@vindee) Dec 6, 2011 09:12 am

You are simply the best. Glad I ‘intercepted’ this tweet. Love the crisp review you gave each book. Never easy to review a book in few words, and you did it beautifully. You make me want each… but to pick 3 is tough. My choice would be Tender, Vegetables From an Italian Garden, and The Family Meal. Thank you for the giveaway!

Cheryl Casperson Dec 6, 2011 09:12 am

I would love to win;
1- Jennis Splendid Ice Cream at Home
2- Momofuku Milk Bar
3- The Family Mean by Fernan

I’ve had my eye on Tender and Milk. Any of the other choices look/sound lovely — I think I’d go with Vegetables From My Italian Garden. So many wonderful cookbooks out this year!

Bunkycooks Dec 6, 2011 09:12 am

What a lovely giveaway! I would choose Momofuku Milk Bar, The Family Meal and Tender. Happy Holidays!

Monika Dec 6, 2011 09:12 am

It is a great giveaway!

I would like to win and cook from:
– Milk
– Vegetables from an Italian Garden
– Mourad: New Moroccan

eric gold Dec 6, 2011 09:12 am

I would love to have, use, and learn from:
Hugh Acheson A New Turn in the South (Hugh and I both trained under Gary Danko, and while I no longer cook full time, Hugh has become a huge inspiration through his food as an activist on many levels and a chef)

Mourad Lahlou’s Mourad: New Morroccan (I have read several reviews of this book and am very interested in middle eastern and meditteranean cookery; I am also intrigued by what I understand of his writing and personal relation to his food)

Canal House Cooking (“peasant food” and heirloom/family/tradition in food are all vital in my mind)

The first two were no brainers for me…the last was difficult. Food revolves around family, so was interested in Ferran Adria’s book, and I find I can never learn enough about vegetables, plus the name “Tender” is too good to be true, but… In any event, arguments can be made for each book. I would not want to have to do this on a regular basis.

Thank you for the opportunity…

Anna Dec 6, 2011 11:12 am

I would love to win these cookbooks. My three favorites are Tender, paella and vegetables from an italian garden

Jessica Dec 6, 2011 12:12 pm

I’d love to cook from these books and I love this blog (especially since I live in Atlanta!). Thanks for all the tips and recipes.

A New Turn in The South
Vegetables from an Italian Garden
Tender

Connie Dec 6, 2011 12:12 pm

Wow – what an exciting giveaway! I would LOVE to have Mourad: New Moroccan (as Aziza is my favorite restaurant!)…Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams At Home (Jeni’s ice cream is so delicious!)…and Momofuku Milk Bar (as I have read that Christina Tosi is awesome!) Thanks for the chance to win!!

heather Dec 6, 2011 01:12 pm

Generosity abounds this time of year! To choose three: “Vegetables from an Italian Garden”, “Tender” and “Canal House Cooking”.

Cheers,

*Heather*

tanya Dec 6, 2011 02:12 pm

wonderful opportunity!
i’d love the canal house, mourad, and new turn in the south books.
thanks!

katy Dec 6, 2011 02:12 pm

I would love:
A New Turn in the South
Vegetables from an Italian Garden
Mourad: New Moroccan

Annmarie Dec 6, 2011 04:12 pm

Your blog is such an informative and inspirational source for me; thank you! I would love to win:
Tender
Vegetables From An Italian Garden
Canal House Cooking

Miss T Dec 6, 2011 04:12 pm

In case I randomly get pulled out, I am here to tell you that I will pay for shipping. Yes, I will.
so I need to have ‘Milk’
I need to have ‘vegetables from an italian garden’ as Im giving this whole vegetarian thing a crack and I need to have ‘mourad’ because I am currently obsessed with pashmak. oh my, the chocolate flavour. Please note the word ‘need’.
Now, if you think that I am ignoring your message re: US and Canada, Im not – but a girl has to have a go, right? regardless. Have a most merry christmas – cant wait to see your goodness in 2012.
T x

Lynn Dec 6, 2011 04:12 pm

So nice to hear favorites from people out there! I’ve had Mourad: New Moroccan on my list but am also intrigued by Canal House and Tender. Earlier this year I read Toast and loved it. Be fun to venture into one of his cookbooks!

Alley Killian Dec 6, 2011 05:12 pm

Fantastic list and so hard to pick…
but, I would have to go with Canal House, Vegetables from an Italian Garden, and Tender.
Yum! and Thanks!

Chris Dec 6, 2011 05:12 pm

love this…..no need to include me in the give away…but, love this. :)

Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen Dec 6, 2011 06:12 pm

Great choices! My top picks would be (1) Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams (2) Canal House Cooking (3) Mourad: New Moroccan

Louis Dec 6, 2011 07:12 pm

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams At Home, Mourad: New Moroccan, Canal House Cooking.

Lena Dec 6, 2011 07:12 pm

Love all of these :)
Let’s say:
Canal House Cooking
The Family Meal by Ferran Adria
Mourad: New Moroccan

Thanks so much !

Jake H Dec 6, 2011 09:12 pm

Great contest idea! I’d love Hugh’s book, Vegetables from an Italian Garden and Jeni’s Ice Creams at Home. Thanks!

Mike Dec 6, 2011 09:12 pm

The Family Meal
Mourad: The New Morocco
Tender

Thanks!

Matt Dec 6, 2011 10:12 pm

What a great contest!

Canal House Cooking
The Family Meal
A New Turn in the South

Stefani Dec 6, 2011 10:12 pm

I’d love to try recipes from:
Canal House Cooking
Momofuku Milk Bar
The Family Meal!

AndreaSomething Dec 6, 2011 11:12 pm

Oh my goodness- they all look lovely but I HAD to choose (and I do!) I would say: The Family Meal, Tender, and Canal House.

Arlene T. Dec 7, 2011 01:12 am

I would love these 3 cookbooks:
Momofuku Milk Bar
The Family Meal by Ferran Adria
Mourad: New Moroccan

Thanks so much for sharing!

Diane Dec 7, 2011 01:12 am

What an amazing list you’ve curated! Thank you! I am what one might call a cookbook “whore” – I have, let’s say, more than 20, less than 100, and I read them cover to cover (and sometimes even cook from them!) There are a few on here I have been dying for, particularly The Family Meal by Ferran Adria, Tender by Nigel Slater, and Vegetables from an Italian Garden. Great giveaway! Thank you!

Thu Dec 7, 2011 02:12 am

Momofuku Milk Bar, A New Turn, and Tender are my top 3!

Amanda@EasyPeasyOrganic Dec 7, 2011 05:12 am

You get *sent* books like this?? I am running in the wrong food-blog circles ;)

I’d love to cook The Family Meal, New Morrocan, and Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams.

Oh, and I have a US mailing address (just in case!) xx

Ben Ostrowsky Dec 7, 2011 09:12 am

I think Vegetables from an Italian Garden and Tender would be immediately useful, and Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams At Home would give me the confidence to try my own weird combinations (homemade version of Athena’s Feta from Morelli’s, I’m looking at you). Thanks!

Michael Dec 7, 2011 09:12 am

Great idea! My 3 picks: “A New Turn in the South,” “The Family Meal” and “Canal House Cooking.” Thanks for all you do to keep our mouths watering all year long!

Ellie Delancey Dec 7, 2011 09:12 am

Tender, Canal House Cooking, and The Family Meal sound amazing. I’ve been trying to scout out some awesome cookbooks and this is a great start.

nicole @ I am a Honey Bee Dec 7, 2011 09:12 am

awesome giveaway!
I’d love Momofuku Milk Bar, Vegetables from an Italian Garden, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams At Home.

Lena H. Dec 7, 2011 09:12 am

There’s so much I want to explore in my kitchen as I head into the new year.

My “Top 3” would be:
Vegetables from an Italian Garden
Tender
Canal House Cooking

Kathy Dec 7, 2011 09:12 am

Of you list Canal House Cooking, Milk, and Tender are right at the top of my wishlist this year as well! *Cookbookswoon*

Brian Dec 7, 2011 09:12 am

I love all of these but the ones I am dying to get are Milk, Tender, and Begetables from an Italian Garden. Great giveaway, Tami!

Jennifer Dec 7, 2011 09:12 am

I already have A New Turn in the South (LOVE IT!), so my picks would be Mourad, The Family Meal and Tender. Fingers crossed that I’ll be adding to my cookbook collection. :)

Dave Gibson Dec 7, 2011 09:12 am

Would love to win these three:

* Tender by Nigel Slater
* A New Turn in The South by Hugh Acheson
* Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams At Home

Elizabeth Dec 7, 2011 09:12 am

Love this list!! I am so excited about building my cookbook collection this year, and this list provides some great ideas! I would love to add:

– Canal House Cooking
– Mourad: New Moroccan
– A New Turn in the South

Thanks! ;)

Rajeev Nair Dec 7, 2011 10:12 am

These look like fantastic books! I would love to win Momofuku, Mourad & Tender. Thanks for such an inspiring site.

EM. Halliburton Dec 7, 2011 10:12 am

Yowza. I’d have to go with Milk Bar, Tender, and Vegetables From an Italian Kitchen. Though you aren’t making it easy to keep my list to three! There’s a paella they served in my college cafeteria I’ve been trying to replicate ever since.

EM/H

Rob Dec 7, 2011 10:12 am

A New Turn in The South
Tender
The Family Meal

Help inspire me!

Jess Dec 7, 2011 10:12 am

Oh my goodness- picking just three is so hard! But I would love A New Turn in The South as my husband is from Tennessee and (somehow) my overenthusiasm for vegetables doesn’t always appeal to him. I’d also love to have Tender and Canal House Cooking! Thanks for doing this!

Sarah Dec 7, 2011 11:12 am

A New Turn in the South
Momofuku Milk Bar
The Family Meal by Ferran Adria

lis Dec 7, 2011 11:12 am

oh WOW!
Canal House, I love you. Tender, I want you. Vegetables from an Italian Garden, I need you.

Love,
Lechow

Suzi Dec 7, 2011 11:12 am

What a wonderful give-away you are doing. How nice. Everybody loves cook books.

Vegetables from an Italian Garden
New Turn in the South
Paella

Cubalibre Dec 7, 2011 11:12 am

My husband and I had the good luck to get a table at Aziza when we were in San Fran this past November, and I can attest that the food and the cocktails were absolutely spectacular. I don’t usually gush about food, but it was so delicious, and beautifully presented, that we actually took pictures of it with my husband’s phone! Will definitely buy the Mourad Lahlou cookbook, now that I know there is one (thanks to you)!

Britton Dec 7, 2011 11:12 am

Love this list. I collect cookbooks & recently started gifting them to people who I know would love them. I make notes on the recipes that I have tried and think it makes it a little more personal. My most treasured are the ones that my grandmother wrote notes in- those recipes just taste better. Thanks for sharing!

KrugtheThinker Dec 7, 2011 11:12 am

Thank you for this great giveaway! I would love to have Tender, Vegetables from an Italian Garden, and Mourad!

Deb Dec 7, 2011 11:12 am

On my cookbook want list and waiting to explore these: Canel House, Tender & Momofuku.

Susan Watson Dec 7, 2011 02:12 pm

canal house…Jenis….new turn in the south

Krista Dec 7, 2011 03:12 pm

What wonderful selections! I would love to have:
•Canal House Cooking
•Tender by Nigel Slater
•Vegetables from an Italian Garden

Ann Dunaway Teh Dec 7, 2011 04:12 pm

So hard to choose just three but:

The Family Meal
Tender
Vegetables from an Italian Garden

Thanks!!

Dustin busby Dec 7, 2011 05:12 pm

Family meal, canal house and vegetables from an Italian garden would love to use these with our new local farm/ private chef company!!

Kel Dec 7, 2011 06:12 pm

canal house
tender
a new turn in the south

thanks!!

Ashley Putnam Dec 7, 2011 07:12 pm

Awesome giveaway from an awesome blog!

The three I would choose:
– A New Turn in The South by Hugh Acheson
– The Family Meal by Ferran Adria
– Tender by Nigel Slater

Snippets of Thyme Dec 7, 2011 07:12 pm

I cannot wait to take time over the holidays to check out your favorite cookbooks. I am just getting familiar with some of them.

nancy/n.o.e. Dec 7, 2011 07:12 pm

Yay, a contest! I’d love:
Milk Bar
Family Meal
A New Turn in the South

Tricia Dec 7, 2011 07:12 pm

Eeeking in at the last min! Um, all of them? Tender, for sure. Then…Vegetable from an Italian Garden. Next…hrmmm, a three way tie, I suppose, eeee, crap…um, The Family Meal, no, yes, no, yes…errr, all of them?

Cyn Dec 7, 2011 07:12 pm

Gah, last minute, that is my name! I would so love Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home and A New Turn in the South and will end buying it even if I don’t win this. Paella sounds interesting also because it’s something I wouldn’t buy though I love eating and cooking it.

tami Dec 7, 2011 08:12 pm

Stopping the entries for the giveaway here – 189 comments! Woo!

Lexi Dec 7, 2011 10:12 pm

I hope it is 8:00 pm west coast time. I would like to winthe Hugh Acheson book, Canal House Cooking, and the Nigel Slater book.

Kathy - Panini Happy Dec 8, 2011 02:12 am

Jeni’s, Momofuku and A Turn in the South – I’ve heard so many great things about all of these!

Jennifer Walker Dec 8, 2011 11:12 am

Who won the books? Saw Turn in the South was on Nate yesterday.

Magic of Spice Dec 9, 2011 06:12 pm

What a great list…I recently heard a few wonderful revues on New Moroccan and will now want to look further. They all sound wonderful :)

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