Our Favorite Cookbooks Giveaway


My friend Jennifer over at Savory Simple asked me what my favorite cookbook was.  Now, mind you I have over 300 different cookbooks from Vegan to Decadent and everything in between.  It really wasn’t a hard decision, I bet if you look at the graphic you will be able to tell right away which is my fave.  No?  It’s the Gardeners’ Community Cookbook.

Now wait a minute…

Don’t think this is all zucchini bread and carrot soup, because it’s definitely not.  This is a book filled with beloved hand-me-downs to uber creative and beautiful food.  When I need a quick idea, this is always the first book I hit.  Seriously.  (sorry to all 299 other book writers – I still love you too)  Here are a few of my go-to’s that never disappoint.

  • Tri-Color Sweet Pepper Quiche – Don’t let the Q word scare you, this is so easy and blow your face off good!
  • Classic Potato Salad – I’ve made this so many times that the page is forever stained and rumpled.  Everyone has a recipe for this classic – but this one will make you the star of the barbecue.  Be prepared….everyone will ask for the recipe.
  • Mayonnaise – yep, homemade and so easy.  You’ll chuck the store stuff once you taste how great homemade is.  6 ingredients in the food processor (or you can use a whisk) and you’ve got glorious mayo that keeps up to a week.  Not that it will last that long.

My all time fave – drum roll please!

  • Pear Honey – Oh to the Em to the Gee.  This stuff is danger Will Robinson.  I’ve made my own variation of this recipe here (please disregard the awful pics – I was learning about light).  I make this EVERY SINGLE YEAR.  We devour it on toast, top ice cream with it, eat it right off the spoon (when no one’s looking of course) and serve it with cheese and crackers.  It’s so easy and beyond delicious.  So decadent.  I can’t glamorize it enough.  Really.  Make it.  Ok, I’m done.

So now that you’re juiced up on my book….have you taken a gander at the other 11?  Holy moly!  Your library is about to explode with deliciousness.  I personally own each one except Melt which looks insane!  I happen to love the authors Stephanie Stiavetti from The Culinary Life & Garrett McCord from Vanilla Garlic and admire their work tremendously.  So, you know…301 never hurt anyone, right?  🙂

Alright – enough chatter.  Here’s the scoop:

The contest will run from October 13 at 12am EST through October 20 at 12am EST.  We will use rafflecopter to select a winner and that person will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is selected.  You must be 18 years old to enter and we can only ship to an address in the US.  There is additional disclaimer information in the widget but that’s the important stuff!

Good luck!

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Favorite Cookbooks Giveaway

Savory Simple
The Culinary Life
Pineapple and Coconut
Bakeaholic Mama
Pass The Sushi
Cooking with Books
Farmgirl Gourmet
Foodness Gracious
Tammilee Tips
CopyKat Recipes
Crunchy Creamy Sweet
The Grommom

  • Jill Stokes Hartley
    October 16, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    I love anything that will suffice my pregnancy cravings!! Lydia Bastianich is one of my favs!

  • Julia
    October 15, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    The Pioneer Woman’s cookbook right now!

  • Taylor
    October 15, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    Authentic Mexican is the only Rick Bayless cookbook I haven’t read. His food is phenomenal!!! Completely changed my perception and preparation of Mexican food!

  • Elizabeth
    October 15, 2013 at 9:13 am

    I love Not Your Mother’s Slow Cooker! Such flavorful recipes

  • amyjo1920
    October 15, 2013 at 9:07 am

    My favorite Cookbook is Gourmet Meals in Crappy Little Kitchens by Jennifer Schaertl. It’s by one of my best friends and it focuses on Gourmet Cooking in less than ideal kitchens!

  • pattipanuccio
    October 15, 2013 at 8:45 am

    What a great collection

  • Delia J.
    October 15, 2013 at 7:49 am

    I love the Flavor Bible, and an older Shaker cookbook with a killer recipe for Chicken Pot Pie.

    October 15, 2013 at 4:42 am

    Simply Organic, a cookbook for sustainable, seasonal, and local ingredients.
    For a change from the norm, this book has wonderful recipes for all the seasons.

  • Betsy
    October 14, 2013 at 10:52 am

    When I have time I enjoy preparing dishes from Julia’s cookbook and use Joy as a reference. I like the simplicity of Ina Garten, but my go to is a magazine Cuisine at Home. The recipes have never failed.

  • Debra
    October 14, 2013 at 9:46 am

    Simple Bites Holidays is my new go to cookbook.

  • Kate
    October 14, 2013 at 9:37 am

    I really love the America’s Test Kitchen 30 Minute cookbook. Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

  • Marlene
    October 14, 2013 at 8:34 am

    Gardeners Community cookbook is my pick., Thank you.

  • Sondra
    October 14, 2013 at 8:31 am

    I love all of Jacques Pepin’s books.

  • Deb
    October 14, 2013 at 8:26 am

    This is so wonderfully awesome! I have Joy, used to have Betty’s (and miss it) and love so many of the others but don’t have them. My favorite right now is a The Bread Book by LInda Collister. Not afraid of carbs in my house.

  • Shirley Moore
    October 14, 2013 at 8:20 am

    They all look awesome, but you so had me at the Pear Honey description!

  • Linda
    October 14, 2013 at 7:56 am

    What a great giveaway. One can never have too many cookbooks! Thanks for the chance

    • Linda
      October 14, 2013 at 7:58 am

      Forgot to add that the Betty Crocker Picture Cookbook is my all time favorite. It saved me when I was a new cook/bride in 1964!

  • Lisa
    October 14, 2013 at 7:34 am

    I really like Joy of Cooking and How to Cook Everything.

  • Alicia K
    October 14, 2013 at 7:16 am

    Anything from Cooks Illustrated!

  • Betty
    October 14, 2013 at 7:09 am

    So many good cookbooks! Right now my favorite is The Smitten Kitchen cookbook…but I would love to check out some of the ones you listed!

  • mommamorton
    October 14, 2013 at 6:58 am

    These cookbooks are positively drool worthy!!!

  • Denise Fedor
    October 14, 2013 at 6:24 am

    Betty Crocker’s Picture Cook Book.
    I’m on my second copy of this 1950’s book!

  • Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective
    October 14, 2013 at 5:32 am

    Great cookbooks! Fun giveaway, Heather!

  • Sheila @Eat2gather
    October 14, 2013 at 4:23 am

    I have alot of cookbooks but I only have two of the ones you listed. I love Rick BAyless…I need that one!!

  • Alesha oster
    October 13, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    Great cookbooks! Love Betty Crocker

  • Gigi
    October 13, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    What a great selection!

  • Gigi
    October 13, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    What a great selection of cookbooks!

  • Samantha G
    October 13, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    Oh, goodness, it would be a DREAM to win this collection of cookbooks! Just moved back home to the US after having a tiny Euro kitchen and it would be lovely to get reacquainted with my oven with these go-tos!

  • Julie
    October 13, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    My favorite cookbook…. is anything by Ina Garten.

  • sara
    October 13, 2013 at 2:39 pm


  • Elaine Syth
    October 13, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    I would love to have any/all of those cookbooks! Possibly the one I would most like to have-and don’t-is “Authentic Mexican” by Rick Bayless. I love to watch is cooking show and think that cookbook would be awesome to have!

  • Kris - Sugar Cookies to Peterbilts
    October 13, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    Betty Crocker

  • Shelby
    October 13, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    Right now my favorite cookbook I have is the Pioneer Woman’s 2nd one. I love the 1st and 2nd such great recipes!

  • Renae Meredith
    October 13, 2013 at 11:26 am

    My Christmas list could be checked off in one fell swoop!

    • FarmgirlGourmet
      October 13, 2013 at 11:44 am

      Ha…don’t forget me on your list. 🙂

  • Brittany R.
    October 13, 2013 at 11:14 am

    My favorite cookbook is Cooking Up a Storm. It’s a fantastic collection of New Orleans style recipes from the Times Picayune after Katrina.

  • Cortney S
    October 13, 2013 at 11:09 am

    This is an amazing giveaway–several of these are on my wishlist!

  • Janet T
    October 13, 2013 at 11:01 am

    My favorite is “The Joy of Cooking”. It is my weekly go to menu planner helper.

  • amy
    October 13, 2013 at 10:59 am

    I love Bittman’s How To Cook Everything.

  • Patty
    October 13, 2013 at 10:32 am

    My go to cookbook for healthy recipes has been “The New American Diet” by Sandra and William Connor. Published in 1986 but never out of style!

  • Rebecca Moose
    October 13, 2013 at 10:01 am

    Love reading Julia’s cookbooks, but I use Better Homes for quick references the most often. I would love America’s Test Kitchen cookbook!

  • Jess Z
    October 13, 2013 at 9:59 am

    I love my Joy of Cooking and my mother’s old Better Homes and Garden cookbook circa 1976.

  • AmandaK@whatthebobbin
    October 13, 2013 at 9:33 am

    Joy of cooking! Fun giveaway -thanks!

  • Ally
    October 13, 2013 at 9:31 am

    I absolutely love my mother’s copy of Pillsbury Kitchens’ Family Cookbook.

  • Trisha
    October 13, 2013 at 9:29 am

    The most used is my Betty Crocker cookbook… basic stuff about meat and temperatures.

  • Kenny
    October 13, 2013 at 9:16 am

    What a fine collection of cookbooks for a giveaway!

    • FarmgirlGourmet
      October 13, 2013 at 9:18 am

      Definitely will make someone’s cookbook library a whole lot better. 🙂 Thanks for commenting Kenny.