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$200 Holiday Giveaway + My Favorite Cookbooks of 2010

Because I love my blog… and my readers… and books…and toys… I thought this would be the sort of holiday gift that would be appropriate this year. I’m giving away a $50.00 gift card to four lucky RecipeGirl readers as my holiday gift to you. These are from me- purchased by me- since Amazon doesn’t know who I am and isn’t in the business of giving away gift cards themselves. I just wanted to do something nice for my readers (give back!) at such a fun time of year.  🙂  Details for how to enter my holiday giveaway are at the end of this post (this giveaway is now closed- details on winners are at the end of this post.

My top picks for cookbooks released in 2010 include a little bit of everything.  These would make great gifts for the foodies in your lives this holiday season (or for yourself, of course!)…

The Essential New York Times Cookbook:  Classic Recipes for a New Century: Author Amanda Hesser has put together an amazing collection of recipes (1,400 of them) – it’s a compilation of the most noteworthy recipes published by the paper since it started covering food in the 1850’s. Truly interesting and inspiring, it really is the must-read, must-have cookbook of the year.

Around My French Table: More Than 300 Recipes From My Home to Yours: I’ve looked forward to the release of Dorie Greenspan’s newest cookbook since I fell in love with her last one.  Her style and choice of recipes is really appealing to the home cook, and her beautiful cookbook is full of delicious food that you want to eat.

Desserts 4 Today:  Flavorful Desserts with Just 4 Ingredients: I’ve been following Author Abby Dodge’s dessert recipes in food magazines for a number of years.  She clearly knows how to bake and she does it with ease.  Her newest cookbook appeals on so many different levels… she has taken dessert and made it so simple that it’s almost impossible to say that it’s just easier to buy it at the store.  Abby’s 4 ingredient Nutella Brownies have taken the internet by storm, and that’s only one of the delicious recipes in this book.

Ready for Dessert:  My Best Recipes: If you’ve ever spent any time with David Lebovitz, you’ve likely fallen in love with his dry sense of humor and engaging wit.  He’s an extremely talented pastry chef and ice cream connoisseur, but his recipes are accessible to bakers of all levels.  I love reading his recipe headnotes.  This is a beautifully orchestrated book.

Perfect One-Dish Dinners:  All You Need for Easy Get-Togethers: Pam Anderson does it again with another “perfect” cookbook.  This one is terrific for families who want the ease of cooking a one-dish meal.  Appetizers, side dishes and desserts are also included in the “theme” of each meal.  Pam’s cookbook makes me want to cook for my family.

Too Hot in the Kitchen- Secrets to Sizzle at Any Age: Holly Clegg wrote this cookbook especially for women- it’s a fun, whimsical and entertaining approach to healthier recipes designed for busy women.  With chapters such as, “Lovin’ No Oven” (cold recipes), Quickies (fast recipes), Effortless Entertaining (easy make-ahead recipes for a crowd), and Diva Dermatology (masks made with everyday ingredients), I just love how Holly has made this cookbook fun and useful for women of all ages.  Nutritional information is included for every recipe.


More of my favorite cookbooks released this year are from fellow food bloggers who have made the successful transition from blog to book.  I’m incredibly proud of my blog friends, and I encourage you to support these talented ladies and buy a book or two for the cookbook collector in your family this holiday season…
Southern Plate:  Classic Comfort Food That Makes Everyone Feel Like Family by Christy Jordan:  Endorsed by Ms. Paula Deen, this book is plump full of all kinds of easy, no-fuss Southern favorites.  It’s been getting rave reviews!

Cake Pops:  Tips, Tricks and Recipes for More Than 40 Irresistible Mini-Treats by Bakerella:  Cake Pops have been popping up all over the internet since Angie Dudley debuted them on her popular blog a couple of years ago.  She shares 40 adorable themed pops in her new cookbook.

The Reluctant Entertainer:  Every Woman’s Guide to Simple and Gracious Hospitality by Sandy Coughlin:  Designed to help women get past their fear of entertaining, Sandy book provides tools and perspective to make entertaining doable and enjoyable.  Mouthwatering recipes included!
The Bitchin Kitchen Cookbook:  Rock Your Kitchen and Let the Boys Clean Up the Mess by Nadia Giosia:  If you’ve ever been to the Bitchin Kitchen website (or seen their new TV show on The Cooking Channel), then you’ll understand just how wild & crazy & fun this cast of characters is.  This is not your typical cookbook!  Although the recipes look delicious, it’ s also a hysterical read.   Here are some sample chapters for themed dinners:  One-Night Stand Breakfasts, Impress the In-Laws, Break-up Bonanza, Halloween Hootenanny, Sex-Life Savers, Broke-Ass Dishes… you get the idea.  It’s a fun cookbook to have in your collection (if you have a sense of humor, that is).

Recipes Every Man Should Know by Susan Russo and Brett Cohen:  Otherwise known as The Little Black Book, this tiny stocking-stuffer of a book is for the man in your life.  Chapters include Hearty Breakfast Classics, Sandwiches- Burgers & Snacks, Meat & Potato Dinners, Beer- Bacon & Bar Food, and Chocolate- Cheesecake & More.  This book is for hungry guys who should be cooking… because women think men who cook are sexy!’s Dining Out at Home Cookbook:  Recipes for the Most Delicious Dishes from America’s Most Popular Restaurants by Stephanie Manley:  Stephanie has mastered the art of tasting food in restaurants and then going home and figuring out how to cook up the same dish with ingredients at home.  In her new book, she shares with you 200 unauthorized restaurant re-creations that have been tested and re-tested by people just like you. Each delicious dish is guaranteed to taste like the restaurant original so you can save money while enjoying all your favorite restaurant dishes.
Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef: By Shauna James Ahern and Daniel Ahern:  For the Gluten-Free person in your life who still enjoys cooking… this love-story of a book is beautifully written and photographed, and it’s full of delicious recipes.

Food Porn Daily:  The Cookbook by Amanda Simpson:  The creator of the popular food photo website Food Porn Daily stepped out of the role of photographer to compile a collection of mouthwatering recipes in her new book.  Mouthwatering photographs are included for all recipes.  This one is for people who really appreciate the art of food, cooking and photography.

The Newlywed Kitchen:  Delicious Meals for Couples Cooking Together by Lorna Yee:    Lorna took her love for cooking and created 83 recipes for newlyweds– that gradually increase in complexity and ultimately serve as building blocks for beginner cooks. It’s a fun gift for a newly married couple!

Deliciously Organic by Carrie Vitt:  I’ve followed Carrie’s blog for a long time and have always admired her recipes.  Her brand spankin’ new cookbook will be available for purchase near the end of December.  She features simple dishes and vibrant flavors that everyone will love.  Each recipe features only organic, unprocessed, whole ingredients.
Ok, so here’s the scoop on… THE GIVEAWAY…!!

I’m giving away FOUR $50.00 USD gift cards.   How to enter:

You may enter up to FOUR times- but you must leave a separate comment for each entry.
1st comment: Tell me which of these cookbooks you might like to add to your cookbook collection.
2nd comment: IF YOU ARE A SUBSCRIBED READER via email or other method, you may leave me a comment telling me so.
3rd comment: FOLLOW ME ON TWITTER & TWEET THIS “Win a $50 gift card on @RecipeGirl’s blog Comment for a chance to win!” , then come back & leave a comment telling me that you tweeted.
4th comment: IF YOU “LIKE” RECIPEGIRL ON FACEBOOK, you may leave me a comment telling me so.

This giveaway is open to everyone- anywhere- as long as I can email an gift card to you (make sure you include a valid email address). I’ll be choosing four winners via on Sunday evening, Dec. 5th, and will post the randomly-selected winners by Monday morning.  Good luck to everyone, and happy holidays to you!! 🙂

This giveaway is now closed… the randomly selected winners are:

Commenter #155: Anne, who picked Perfect One Dish Dinners.
Commenter #158: Julie, who picked The Newlywed Cookbook.
Commenter #670: Natalie, who picked Ready for Dessert.
Commenter #738: Angel, who picked The NYT Cookbook

Congrats to the winners- I’ll be contacting you via email, you’ll have until Friday to respond, & then I’ll send along your gift card!

Happy Holidays to All!    Stick around…. I’ll be hosting another fantastic giveaway toward the end of this week!

925 Responses to “$200 Holiday Giveaway + My Favorite Cookbooks of 2010”

  1. postedDec 2, 2010 11:37 AM

    I would totally add David Leibovitz’s “Ready for Dessert” to my collection – it’s already on my Amazon wishlist!

  2. postedDec 2, 2010 11:38 AM

    I’m a subscribed reader!

  3. postedDec 2, 2010 11:39 AM

    And I tweeted!

  4. postedDec 2, 2010 11:39 AM

    And I liked you on Facebook! 🙂

  5. postedDec 2, 2010 11:40 AM

    I would love to add “Bitchin Kitchen” to my collection, if only for the name

  6. postedDec 2, 2010 11:41 AM

    I subscribe through google reader

  7. postedDec 2, 2010 11:41 AM

    I Like Recipe Girl on Facebook

  8. postedDec 2, 2010 11:42 AM

    I’d love Ready for Desserts

  9. postedDec 2, 2010 11:48 AM
    Liz Brooks

    Too Hot In The Kitchen sounds awesome!

  10. postedDec 2, 2010 11:49 AM
    Liz Brooks

    I RT’d you!

  11. postedDec 2, 2010 11:49 AM

    I’d get the NY Times cookbook. I love a good tome!

  12. postedDec 2, 2010 11:49 AM
    Liz Brooks

    I liked you on FB too!

  13. postedDec 2, 2010 11:49 AM

    I subscribe via RSS.

  14. postedDec 2, 2010 11:50 AM
    Lorna E

    Just tweeted the message!

  15. postedDec 2, 2010 11:51 AM
    Victoria Double U

    I’d love Pam Anderson’s One Dish Dinners!

  16. postedDec 2, 2010 11:51 AM

    What a great collection of cookbooks! I’m hoping for Dorie’s for Christmas, but I really want David’s book, too. Very hard to choose from this great round-up 🙂

  17. postedDec 2, 2010 11:51 AM

    I want Bakerella’s book! She’s so imaginative, and though I don’t really have the patience for detailed cake pops myself, it would be a fabulous coffee table book.

  18. postedDec 2, 2010 11:52 AM

    Between those cookbooks listed it’d be a toss up between: around my french table, desserts 4 today and cake pops. All have been on my mind at one point or another.

  19. postedDec 2, 2010 11:52 AM

    I subscribe in Google Reader.

  20. postedDec 2, 2010 11:53 AM

    I follow on Twitter and I tweeted (@ladynutter)

  21. postedDec 2, 2010 11:53 AM
    Lorna E

    Perfect One-Dish Dinners would probably be my first choice of the list, but also would consider Around my French Table!

  22. postedDec 2, 2010 11:54 AM

    I like you on Facebook.

  23. postedDec 2, 2010 11:54 AM
    Lorna E

    Your blog is in my feed reader! (also follow on twitter)

  24. postedDec 2, 2010 11:54 AM

    Subscriber 🙂

  25. postedDec 2, 2010 11:54 AM

    I would like Ready for Dessert: My Best Recipes.

  26. postedDec 2, 2010 11:55 AM
    Eva Y

    I also subscribe via Google Reader. 🙂

  27. postedDec 2, 2010 11:56 AM
    Lorna E

    Just joined the over 3000 others who like you on FaceBook!

  28. postedDec 2, 2010 11:58 AM

    Thank you for putting me on your list! You are too sweet! I really want to add “Around my French Table” to my collection this Christmas. It’s gotten such rave reviews!

  29. postedDec 2, 2010 11:59 AM
    Jeannine Q

    I love Bitchin’ kithcen and anything to do with one dish meals

  30. postedDec 2, 2010 11:59 AM
    Jeannine Q

    I subscribe via google reader

  31. postedDec 2, 2010 12:00 PM
    Jeannine Q

    I am a fan on facebook

  32. postedDec 2, 2010 12:00 PM

    Sooo…here goes. Comment1: I’d love to have Too Hot in the Kitchen and The Newlywed Kitchen. I hope to add these soon to my collection and hopefully the lovely boyfriend will join me in the kitchen 🙂

  33. postedDec 2, 2010 12:01 PM

    Comment 2: I follow your feed on RSS

  34. postedDec 2, 2010 12:06 PM

    Comment 3: I follow you on Twitter, and here’s my tweet

  35. postedDec 2, 2010 12:06 PM

    Comment 4: I LIKE you on Facebook 🙂

  36. postedDec 2, 2010 12:15 PM

    Here I am!!!… comment 1…. I would love to buy the Dorie Greenspan , Around my French table!!!

    THanks for the giveaway!!!


  37. postedDec 2, 2010 12:17 PM

    I already follow your blog

    ( I am the Beatriz Roque Trigo of the previous comment!)

  38. postedDec 2, 2010 12:18 PM

    Perfect One-Dish Dinners: All You Need for Easy Get-Togethers

  39. postedDec 2, 2010 12:19 PM

    I subscribe to you on google reader!

  40. postedDec 2, 2010 12:19 PM

    I would enjoy having’s “Dining Out at Home Cookbook” to add to my library, it looks like it would have some good recipes in it.


  41. postedDec 2, 2010 12:19 PM

    The newlywed Kitchen…since I am a newlywed!

  42. postedDec 2, 2010 12:20 PM

    I have been lusting after _Around my French Table_, but, lucky me, I heard a from an Elf that I should look under the tree!

  43. postedDec 2, 2010 12:20 PM

    I think I missed a comment…. I would love to have the Dorie Greenspan, Around my French table.

    THanks for the giveaway!!!

  44. postedDec 2, 2010 12:21 PM

    Hmmmm – I have to add cake pops to my collections cuz they are so cute and fun!

  45. postedDec 2, 2010 12:22 PM

    I am a subscriber via email.

  46. postedDec 2, 2010 12:23 PM

    I have tweeted the giveaway (and have been a proud follower).

  47. postedDec 2, 2010 12:23 PM
    Laurie Jesch-Kulseth

    I’ve been wanting the New York Times Essential Cookbook and David Lebovitz’s Ready for dessert ( and about ten others)! Thanks for having such a sweet giveaway!

  48. postedDec 2, 2010 12:23 PM

    I really would like the Perfect One-Dish Dinners, sounds like it’s just what I need.

  49. postedDec 2, 2010 12:24 PM

    I subscribe to your feed.

  50. postedDec 2, 2010 12:24 PM

    i would LOVE the food porn daily one…just for the shock effect!

  51. postedDec 2, 2010 12:25 PM

    Already tweeted!!!

  52. postedDec 2, 2010 12:25 PM

    Already like you on FB!!!

  53. postedDec 2, 2010 12:25 PM

    I would have to say “Ready For Dessert”. It looks fantastic!

  54. postedDec 2, 2010 12:27 PM

    I would add food porn daily…looks fabulous!

  55. postedDec 2, 2010 12:28 PM

    I ‘like’ you on facebook!

  56. postedDec 2, 2010 12:28 PM

    you’re a like on fb

  57. postedDec 2, 2010 12:28 PM

    I love making cake pops and would love to have the cookbook! !!!

  58. postedDec 2, 2010 12:29 PM

    receive email

  59. postedDec 2, 2010 12:30 PM

    I would love to have Dorie Greenspan’s Around my French table because I LOVED her last cookbook

  60. postedDec 2, 2010 12:31 PM

    I like the Southern Plate, followed closely by the Newlywed Kitchen!

  61. postedDec 2, 2010 12:31 PM

    i like recipegirl on facebook

  62. postedDec 2, 2010 12:31 PM

    I “like” your Facebook page : )

  63. postedDec 2, 2010 12:31 PM

    The gluten free girl and the chef!

  64. postedDec 2, 2010 12:31 PM

    I follow you on Twitter

  65. postedDec 2, 2010 12:32 PM

    I am now following you on Twitter (I’m Apples2Zucchini)

  66. postedDec 2, 2010 12:32 PM


  67. postedDec 2, 2010 12:32 PM

    I “Like” you on Facebook

  68. postedDec 2, 2010 12:32 PM

    I’ve added you to my reader, too : ) Thanks!

  69. postedDec 2, 2010 12:33 PM
    Laurie Jesch-Kulseth

    I tweeted your giveaway 🙂

  70. postedDec 2, 2010 12:35 PM
    Cheryl W.

    I have been salivating over the “Southern Plate” for some time. I am a southern girl in need of some new souther dishes.

  71. postedDec 2, 2010 12:36 PM

    Thank you so much for including me in your list – I’m thrilled that you like my book and honored to be listed among so many other terrific authors and books.

  72. postedDec 2, 2010 12:36 PM

    Gluten free girl and the chef. As I recently found out I have Celiac Disease, this would be an awesome book to have to help with the transition!

  73. postedDec 2, 2010 12:36 PM

    I follow on reader

  74. postedDec 2, 2010 12:36 PM

    That ready for dessert cookbook looks great.

  75. postedDec 2, 2010 12:37 PM

    I “like” you on FB! 🙂

  76. postedDec 2, 2010 12:39 PM

    Ready for Dessert and Perfect One Dish

  77. postedDec 2, 2010 12:39 PM
    Cheryl W.

    I subscribe via email. dizzybloom(at)gmail(dot)com

  78. postedDec 2, 2010 12:40 PM
    Cheryl W.

    I follow on twitter @HeartnSoulmom


  79. postedDec 2, 2010 12:40 PM

    Follower on Google Reader

  80. postedDec 2, 2010 12:41 PM

    I like all of those cookbooks – I don’t know if I could choose just one!

  81. postedDec 2, 2010 12:41 PM

    I also follow in my Reader.

  82. postedDec 2, 2010 12:42 PM

    I like you on Facebook 🙂

  83. postedDec 2, 2010 12:44 PM

    I already have the NY Times cookbook on my wishlist. 🙂

  84. postedDec 2, 2010 12:45 PM

    Follower of FB

  85. postedDec 2, 2010 12:46 PM

    I got married last Friday, and would love to have Recipes every man should know. He cooks eggs like a pro, but needs help in MANY other areas… but he wants to cook!
    Dining out at home would be great, since we can’t afford to dine out with just paying for a wedding, my birthday and Christmas coming up! Southern Plate, of course… And I really would like to have Bitchin’ Kitchen too!!! Love your site, brand new here, and would love to win a GC!!!

  86. postedDec 2, 2010 12:46 PM
    Natalie H.

    I’d love to have the Farm Girls cookbook!

  87. postedDec 2, 2010 12:46 PM
    Natalie H.

    I subscribe 🙂

  88. postedDec 2, 2010 12:48 PM

    I just signed up to be a subscribed reader… Wish I had found this site before cooking for my wedding reception!!!

  89. postedDec 2, 2010 12:48 PM

    Oh, the Perfect One Dish Dinners cookbook looks fantastic. I think THAT might just go on my wish list.

  90. postedDec 2, 2010 12:48 PM

    I follow you in my Google Reader.

  91. postedDec 2, 2010 12:48 PM
    Hannah V.

    I would buy Around My French Table!

  92. postedDec 2, 2010 12:49 PM

    I even liked you on Facebook. 🙂

  93. postedDec 2, 2010 12:49 PM

    I follow your blog on google reader.

  94. postedDec 2, 2010 12:49 PM

    I “liked” you on facebook!!!

  95. postedDec 2, 2010 12:49 PM
    Hannah V.

    I’m also a subscriber!

  96. postedDec 2, 2010 12:50 PM

    After reading this post I texted my sister to tell her I want the Southern Plate cb.

  97. postedDec 2, 2010 12:51 PM

    I subscribe/follow you with my google reader.

  98. postedDec 2, 2010 12:51 PM

    And finally, I like you on facebook.

  99. postedDec 2, 2010 12:52 PM

    The New York times cookbook looks like it belongs inmy cookbook library.

  100. postedDec 2, 2010 12:53 PM

    I follow on google reader

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