Tis better to give than receive.

Today has been the day of Becky. 
I heard the mailman come by and when I looked in the box, there was this:
A very fun creatively packaged treat from my friend Lesa.

Just a small, clear plastic box she had re-purposed.  Perfect.

Inside was a new apron pattern, a pickle recipe and a few butterfly and bee trinkets that I can’t wait to make into something – probably for Edie’s room, since she has a bit of a butterfly theme in there.  Thanks Lesa!
A few hours later, a UPS truck pulled up and dropped this off:

A new cookbook I’ve had my eyeball on. Thanks Michele!
I can’t wait to sit down with it.
They say it’s better to give than receive though. 
When I pulled out all my cookbooks this week in the name of biscuit research, I couldn’t for the life of me get them all back in.  Which meant one thing – time to purge.  I thought I’d share them with all of you out there in the world. 
I have 5 books I’m getting rid of.  Instead of sending the entire lot to one person, I thought I’d send 5 books to 5 of you.  Simply leave a comment telling me which cookbooks you’d like – you can choose more than one (and win more than one!).  I know sometimes the Internet can make it tricky to leave comments, so you can also email me.  I’ll leave the giveaway open until October 25.  And then I’ll dump all the names in a hat and pull them. 
All of these are good cookbooks, with at least one recipe that’s a regular part of my repertoire.  But they don’t get used nearly enough to warrant the space they take up.  So, out they go.
First up for grabs:

Breadtime Stories by Susan Jane Cheney.
Bread and things to put on bread.  She’s baked for Moosewood, that legendary vegetarian collective in upstate NY, so there’s lots of whole grain bread recipes.  This cookbook taught me how to make english muffins.  
The Vegetarian Epicure by Anna Thomas. 
A classic vegetarian cookbook, my enchilada sauce is based on a recipe in here.  
Vegetarian Pleasures by Jeanne Lemlin
This cookbook is set up in menu format, easy to use for those who love to have a menu.

The Great Vegetarian Cookbook The Chef’s Secret Recipes by Kathleen DeVanna Fish.
Some very lovely chef recipes, including ones from Emerile Lagasse and Alice Waters.

Chef Paul Prudhomme’s Lousiana Kitchen Cookbook.
Cajun AND Creole and the difference explained between the two in this essential cookbook.
Also contains hands down, the best, quite possibly the most decadent oyster stuffing you’ve ever had. 
So, fire away.  Leave me comments, shoot me emails, drop me a line on Facebook and tell me which one of these gems you want before I change my mind and find more room for cookbooks.

7 thoughts on “Tis better to give than receive.

  1. GabbyB says:

    If Ian does not win the draw and I do I would love the Paul book. As a back up may I go for the The Great Vegetarian book please. And yes I love giving too as it brings me joy. I love that you are doing this.

  2. vikki says:

    i'd love a crack at that louisiana cookbook.that's a style of cooking i'd like to explore in the near future. wouldn't mind checking out the bread time stories, either.

  3. Lesa says:

    Hey! Glad the package arrived. I kept one of the metal butterflies: spray painted it gold, glued on a magnet and stuck it to the front door beside the fall wreath. Hope you're having a glorious fall week!

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