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Cook, Bake, Blog ... You could win $500 worth of cookbooks!

by Siobhan
Food & Drink / October 15, 2010

Cook Bake Blog

You could win $500 worth of cookbooks from Chronicle Books, Quirk Books and Gibbs Smith!

It's easy ... and delicious!

There are two ways for Canadian foodies to enter:

1) Cook, Bake ... Blog!
Make a recipe from any cookbook published by Chronicle Books, Quirk Books or Gibbs Smith, then blog about it. Photos are encouraged! To enter, comment below and leave us a link to your blogpost about your culinary adventures with the recipe or cookbook. (This option counts as two entries!)

2) Share your faves.
To enter, comment below and leave a comment about your favourite cookbook published by Chronicle Books, Quirk Books or Gibbs Smith. Which cookbook is your favourite and why? What's the one recipe that everyone definitely needs to try out? (This option counts as one entry.)

You have until January 1, 2011 to enter!
The contest is open to Canadian residents only.

Contest Details: Winners will be drawn at random on January 5, 2011. Winners must live in Canada. Multiple entries (with different recipes!) are accepted. Prize will be $500 CDN retail worth of cookbooks published by Chronicle Books, Quirk Books or Gibbs Smith, as selected by the Winner from a list provided by Raincoast.

Be inspired ... at the market, in the kitchen, and at the table!

Here are a few new cookbooks — with some videos and sample recipes! — to get your tastebuds fired up. Click on the covers to learn more about each book.


FlourBlackbird Bakery Gluten-Free BakingEveryday Raw Desserts

Recipe for Leo's Classic Sugar Cookies from Blackbird Bakery Gluten-Free Baking


Cake PopsCake Pops

Recipe for Cupcake Bites from Cake Pops


Tartine BreadTartine


Michael Chiarello's Bottega The Homesteader's Kitchen: Recipes from Farm to TableThe Commonsense Kitchen: 600 Recipes Plus Lessons for a Hand-Crafted Life

Recipe for Baked Beets with Fresh Citrus and Herbs from The Homesteader's Kitchen
Recipe for Pear Sherbet and Chocolate Chip Hazelnut Shortbread Bars from The Commonsense Kitchen


The Winemaker CooksThe Winemaker Cooks

Recipe for Kadota Fig Tart with Mascarpone Cream  from The Winemaker Cooks


Fast Breads: 50 Recipes for Easy, Delicious BreadSkinny DipsSouthern Pies


From Seed to SkilletFrom Seed to Skillet


DIY Delicious DIY Delicious

Recipe for Ajvar from D.I.Y. Delicious


Time for Dinner200 Slow Cooker Creations200 Cake Mix Creations

Recipe for Wagon-Wheel Pasta and Goat Cheese from Time for Dinner
Recipe for Sweet and Sour Chicken with Plums from Time for Dinner
Recipe for One-Pot Coconut Chicken Curry from Time for Dinner


The Geometry of PastaThe Geometry of Pasta

Listen to an interview with the creators of The Geometry of Pasta on  NPR.
Recipe for Penne All'arrabbiata (Spicy Tomato Sauce) from The Geometry of Pasta
Recipe for Gnudi Al Ragu D'Agnello (Lamb Sauce) from The Geometry of Pasta
Recipe for Gemelli Al Fagiolini (Green Beans) from The Geometry of Pasta


Little Monsters CookbookVery Merry Cookie PartyNo Bake Gingerbread Houses for Kids

Recipes for Bloody Sundae and Mummy Pops from Little Monsters Cookbook

Cook Bake Blog


On October 17, 2010 at 04:37 PM, Monica (aka monnibo) said:

What an awesome contest! I totally want to pick up copies of Skinny Dips and A Beautiful Bowl of Soup (Vegetarian).

On October 26, 2010 at 12:15 AM, Tara Saracuse said:

I’m in! This was a great excuse to buy one of the cookbooks I’ve been dreaming about: Blackbird Bakery Gluten-Free by Karen Morgan. Check out my first blog post about baking popovers from the book at the URL.


On October 27, 2010 at 12:39 PM, Muckymoo said:

One Pot Coconut curry is a recipe everone should try from the cookbook, “Time for Dinner”.  This is a great cookbook for a family and the photos of the meals are scrumtious!

On October 27, 2010 at 01:17 PM, Mo said:

My favourites are the cake pops-they’re so adorable! They look like they’d be perfect for a fun, whimsical party, especially with kids! Maybe I’ll make some pumpkin ones for my halloween party this weekend!

On October 27, 2010 at 05:41 PM, Chalbe said:

I grew up in Europe and I love hardy, crusty bread and there’s no better choice than Tartine Bread to indulge me in my passion. I’m on that never ending quest to bake the perfect loaf of bread and I’m getting close. I love to try a new bread recipe and once it has been perfected, build a whole meal around it. Add a bottle of wine and the world is in order.

On October 28, 2010 at 11:28 PM, Rose Ardanaz said:

Crusty Breads, has an wonderful recipe for Sticky Buns. Who would not love them with that aroma coming out of my oven & filling the whole kitchen!!! Simply irresistible

On November 02, 2010 at 10:30 PM, Annemarie said:

I made the Frankenstein Creature Cupcakes from the Little Monsters Cookbook (Gibbs Smith) as per my daughter’s request for her 7th bday soiree and it turned out to be a bit of a palaver: http://blog.yoyomama.ca/2010/10/frankly-frankensteined-out/ But they turned out right in the end and you can see the pix of my monstrous creations on my blog.

We also made Bloody Sundaes from the same book for the party, if my daughter had had her way the menu for her Halloween-themed birthday party would have included almost every sweet recipe in the book, she and her sister were enthralled by the pictures.

On November 05, 2010 at 12:14 AM, Tara said:

My new favourite recipe from Blackbird Bakery Gluten-Free: Deep Dish Apple Pie. I will never use another recipe for apple pie. Simply amazing. Read about it in my blog post: http://tarasaracuse.squarespace.com/pancakepark/2010/11/5/blackbird-bakery-gluten-free-pie.html

On November 10, 2010 at 06:15 PM, Diane Pollock said:

We made the Bloody Sundaes from the Little Monsters Cookbook for a cool Halloween treat!  It was a lot of fun!

On November 16, 2010 at 02:21 PM, Suzie Ridler said:

I really enjoyed making this broccolli farfalle dish while recipe testing for doing the book review:

The Geometry of Pasta’s Farfalle Con Broccoli E Alici by Quirk Books


Here is my book review of The Geometry of Pasta by Quirk Books:


My husband even dressed up for testing this Halloween foodie treat and did a video from a recipe in Little Monsters by Gibbs Smith

Halloween Treat: Mad Scientist Mix-Up


On November 17, 2010 at 10:43 PM, Kim Dougherty said:

My fav is the Cake Pop book by Bakerella.  They are so cute to make for kids parties!!  Love it!!!

On November 20, 2010 at 05:21 PM, laurel jones said:

ONE POT CHICHEN CURRY “time for dinner”
MMhMMh good. I love curries
Love cooking and trying new recipes

On November 23, 2010 at 11:17 AM, Aliya Daya said:

I really love ‘The Big Book of Breakfast: Serious Comfort Food For Anytime of the Day’ by Maryana Vollstedt published by Chronicle Books. I’ve had this book in my collection for over 8 years now and love the simple delicious recipes that always give me a warm sense of comfort… My favourite recipe is the Luscious Hot Chocolate which reminds me of being a kid…

Aliya D.

On November 23, 2010 at 09:58 PM, Pat Battles said:

I’ve gotten a little away from bread-making, but am interested once again. Fast Breads 50 Recipes has all that I need to get going again.  I would recommend the crusty artisanal bread.  A friend has been telling me how wonderful her breads are left in the refrigerator overnight and then baked in the morning, and she’s absolutely right about that!

On November 24, 2010 at 05:12 PM, Aliya Daya said:

I have a whole set of recipe and cook books published by Chronicle Books… Another one of my favourites is ‘The All-American Christmas Cook Book: Family Favourites From Every State’. I love it because it’s a wonderful compilation of North American traditions and Christmas ideas “from sea to shining sea”, all harmonized under one cover; the retro drawings and colourings remind me of my own childhood… The recipes are great with “Posole” from Arizona, “Stollen” from Wisconsin, “Roast Turkey With Herb Stuffing” from Minnesota, “Christmas Flan” from Florida being standouts! But I loved all the recipes!

Aliya D.

On November 26, 2010 at 05:56 PM, Aliya Daya said:

I really like Chronicle Books’ publication of ‘The Big Book of Chicken’ by Maryana Vollestedt. This series of books showcases and teaches the basics, but my favourite recipe is the Chicken Tortellini Soup because it’s delicious!

Aliya D.

On November 27, 2010 at 11:52 AM, Aliya Daya said:

‘DIY Delicious’ by Vanessa Barrington is a great book! It allows me to go beyond cooking and into learning the basics of food (AMAZING BOOK - making my own Marscapone Cheese!). There are so many recipes I love, but the standouts are the Fresh Cheese Crepes, Real Ketchup, Potato Salad with Spicy Pickled Green Beans and Hard-Cooked Eggs, and Fig-Rosemary Jam. Delicious book! Thanks!

Aliya D.

On November 28, 2010 at 04:42 PM, Aliya Daya said:

I borrowed ‘Skinny Dips’ by Diane Morgan (published by Chronicle Books) from the public library and have tested a few recipes in the hopes of making them for this Christmas Party Season… I really liked the Mango Guacamole, Salsa Italiano, Chipotle Black Bean Dip, Tex-Mex Hot Beef Chili Dip and the Baked Feta Spinach Dip… Thanks!

Aliya D.

On November 29, 2010 at 08:44 PM, Aliya Daya said:

I love cookbooks! One of my favourites is ‘The Homesteader’s Kitchen’ by Robin Burnside and published by Gibbs Smith. I love the pictures and the recipes and the wholesome, back to basics theme in the book. I’ve personally tried Agua Fresca, Indonesian Chicken Soup and the Huevos Rancheros. Yummy… Thanks!

Aliya D.

On November 30, 2010 at 05:49 PM, Aliya Daya said:

I borrowed the ‘200 Slow Cooker Creations’ published by Gibbs Smith from a friend and really liked the Creamy Black Bean Salsa recipe… I loved this book because of the slow cooker aspect.

Aliya D.

On December 03, 2010 at 06:52 PM, Aliya Daya said:

With Christmas upon us, I borrowed ‘A Very Merry Cookie Party’ published by Chronicle Books from the library and tried my hand at come yummy treats for my company’s Charity Bake Sale (Calgary Emergency Womens Shelter)... The Pistachio and Cranberry Biscotti and the Malted Milk Chocolate Cookies were so delicious, I practically melted into a ooey-goeey pile of bliss.

Aliya D.

On December 05, 2010 at 02:48 PM, Aliya Daya said:

Another in a whole series of books published by Chronicle Books is ‘The Big Book of Easy Suppers’ which has over 270 lovely recipes that are easy to make and taste yummy. I really liked the Alphabet Soup, Hamburger Noodle Soup, Grown Up Pizza, Apple-Berry Crisp and the Black Bean and Corm Casserole.

Aliya D.

On December 06, 2010 at 02:40 PM, Danielle Beatty said:

I’m been waiting for an excuse to buy the new cookbook Flour. I just tried the Lemon Poppyseed Pound Cake last night and it was delicious!

On December 06, 2010 at 03:50 PM, Danielle Beatty said:

I’ve been looking for an excuse to buy the new cookbook Flour. The cover alone is making my mouth water. I tried making the Lemon Poppyseed Pound cake last night. Amazing!

On December 06, 2010 at 09:05 PM, Aliya Daya said:

‘The Big Book of Casseroles’ published by Chronicle Books ROCKS! There is nothing yummier, nor more comforting than a warm casserole… My favourite recipes from this book are Baked Beef Brisket With Vegetables, Cheesy Mashed Potatoes With Garlic and Onions, Seafood Broccoli Strata and Italian Potato Casserole… Thanks!

Aliya D.

On December 07, 2010 at 04:32 PM, Sophie G said:


On December 08, 2010 at 03:58 PM, jaxiejax said:

I want to win From Seed to Skillet.
Here is the You Tube video about the Book.
Very Cool.  Jimmy Williams recently had a book signing in Los Angeles.
This book is on my contest list too!

On December 13, 2010 at 09:47 PM, Aliya Daya said:

I LOVE bread and ‘Fast Breads’ by Elinor Klivans published by Chronicle Books is bliss… The book is simple and the recipes are delicious! My favourite recipes are Toasted Pecans & Chocolate Chunk Scones, Hush Puppies, Christmas Morning Belgian Waffles and Gorganzola Focaccia. Thanks!

Aliya D.

On December 14, 2010 at 10:35 AM, Danielle Beatty said:

I recently borrowed Beth Hensperger’s The Bread Bible from the library and tried The Easter Bread. It was wonderful! So I tried a few more recipes from the book and it is now one of my favourite bread cookbooks. There are so many delicious sounding recipes in it - I just wish I didn’t have to return the book so soon.

On December 20, 2010 at 02:36 PM, may georgina delory said:

Blackbird Bakery Gluten-Free Baking by Karen Morgan is right up there with what’s popular today.  Only yesterday my family was discussing gluten-free foods.  Thanks Karen!

On December 31, 2010 at 11:32 AM, Genevieve Franklin said:

The Big Book of Casseroles’ published by Chronicle Books is my favorite.  Any time saving casserole for my family is awesome!

On January 01, 2011 at 03:58 AM, Carol Mccreery said:

Brioche au Chocolat and Lemon Raspberry Cake , perfect croissants in the book Flour sound so yummy. This is the book for me!

On January 01, 2011 at 02:19 PM, Camelot said:

I love to bake for my neighbours and friends and one of them was diagnosed with Celiac disease a year ago so I had to stop baking for him.  However, he has a sweet tooth so I was buying him loaves at a local gluten free store.  The items were good but lacking in excitement. When I saw the recipe for the sugar cookies in the Blackbird Bakery Gluten Free Baking by Karen Morgan, I just had to try them.  I had great fun decorating them for Christmas and the best part was the huge smile that appeared on my friend’s face when he tried them.  I think the Blackbird book is heaven sent!

On January 14, 2011 at 01:31 PM, Siobhan said:

We just announced the winner!  Read all the details here:

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