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Win a Trip for Two to Paris!

by Dan
Contests + Travel / July 26, 2011

Lonely Planet Paris Contest

Psst... Do you know what this is? 

If you've got an idea about what exactly it might be, enter at Chapters-Indigo online for a chance to win a luxury trip for two to Paris (PARIS!) from Lonely Planet and Air Canada Vacations.

Not sure yet? Follow the clues through July 29th on the Chapters-Indigo Facebook page. They'll reveal more & more of the image each day!

lonely planet paris guides

(You can find the contest rules here)

Back to the Bbq Cookbook Contest!

by Danielle
Contests + Excerpts + Food & Drink / June 17, 2011

With BBQ season finally here I though it would be fun to give a couple of our cookbooks away. I'm also including a couple of spice rubs courtesy of Chef Salt. Yum!

To be entered to win 1 copy of Fire it Up, 1 copy of Eat Like a Man and a couple yummy spice rubs.

Leave a comment on this post (1 entry)

Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)

“I entered to win Raincoast Books' Back to the Bbq Cookbook Contest courtesy of #raincoastbooks #chroniclebooks!"

I will draw one winner at random from all entries on Friday, June 24th, at 12:00pm (PST). I will be in touch if I draw your name.

Gin and Juniper T-Bone with Green Olive Tapenade
Makes 4 servings

1 large T-bone steak (2½ to 3 pounds), about 2 inches thick
3 tablespoons olive oil
½ cup pine nuts
¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons drained capers
1 garlic clove, coarsely chopped
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
¼ teaspoon coarse salt
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
½ cup Juniper Rub
¾ cup gin

Juniper Rub
Best with beef, veal, pork, game birds, game meats, shellfish

3 tablespoons juniper berries
1 tablespoon whole almonds
1 teaspoon green peppercorns
2 teaspoons dried thyme leaves
1½ teaspoons ground coriander
1½ teaspoons finely grated lemon zest
1½ teaspoons coarse salt
½ teaspoon ground cloves

Put the juniper berries, almonds, and green peppercorns in
a spice grinder and grind coarsely. Or put them in a zipperlock
bag, press out the air, and crush the spices in the bag
with the bottom of a heavy skillet. Pour into a cup and mix in
the thyme, coriander, lemon zest, salt, and cloves. Store in
tightly closed container for up to 1 month.

Green Olive Tapenade:
1½ cups fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves and small stems
1 cup pitted brine-cured green olives such as Arauco, Sicilian, or Spanish olives

Spoon 2 tablespoons of the rub into a 1-gallon zipper-lock
bag. Add all but 1 tablespoon of the gin. Drop in the steak
and press the air out of the bag. Seal and refrigerate for 4 to
8 hours, turning occasionally.

For the tapenade: Combine all of the ingredients in a food
processor. Pulse until the ingredients are finely minced but
not pureed into a paste, 10 to 15 seconds.

Remove the steak from the marinade and pat dry. Coat all
over with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil, and then sprinkle the
remaining rub all over the steak. Let stand at room temperature
for 30 minutes before grilling.

Light a grill for bilevel high/low heat, about 500+/275°F
Brush the grill grate and coat with oil. Grill the
steak directly over high heat until darkly crusted, 4 to 6 minutes
per side. Reduce the heat to low on a gas grill, or move
the steak to the low-heat area on a wood or charcoal grill.

Cover and grill for another 10 to 15 minutes for medium-rare
to medium (135 to 145ºF). Transfer to a platter and let rest for
5 minutes.

Douse the steak with the remaining 1 tablespoon gin and 1 tablespoon olive oil. Make 4 servings by cutting the meat from each side of the bone and dividing each section of meat into 4 pieces. Or, you can slice the meat ¼ inch to ½ inch thick, and then divide the slices so each guest receives some tenderloin and some top loin. Serve with the tapenade.

Recipe courtesy of Chronicle Books' Fire it Up by Andrew Schloss and David Joachim.


Announcing the winner of our “Cook Bake, Blog!” contest…

by Siobhan
Contests + Food & Drink / January 14, 2011

Finally -- after siome delays trying to catch up after our move -- I'm able to announce the winner of our "Cook Bake, Blog!" contest ... drumroll please ...

Congratulations, Suzie Ridle from Nova Scotia!

Suzie, aka Susie the Foodie, will win $500 (CDN retail) worth of cookbooks of her choice, published by Chronicle Books, Quirk Books or Gibbs Smith.

Check out Suzie's test-kitchen reports from trying out recipes from The Geometry of Pasta here and here (her delicious results are pictured below) -- and also watch this video of Suzie's brave husband concocting a brew of Mad Scientist Mix-Up from Little Monsters Cookbook!

ALSO ... congrats to the fabulous Cadboro Bay Book Company in Victoria, BC, who is the winner of our bookstore cookbook display contest!


A Cookie Exhange and a Cookbook Giveaway

by Siobhan
Contests + Food & Drink / December 08, 2010

Very Merry Cookie Party

Tis the season. The season to turn up the Christmas tunes, don a festive apron and start baking.

To get you started, the little helpers at Chronicle have posted a couple of recipes from their book, Very Merry Cookie Party: Very Merry Cookie Party: How to Plan and Host a Christmas Cookie Exchange... Toffee Squares and Chocolate-Dipped Shortbread, oh my. I don't know about you, but at this point, I'm resigned to gaining that extra five pounds over the holidays.

cookbook giveawayBut here's the good news (besides the delight of ingesting all that delicious sugar), since you're baking up a storm anyway, why not take a quick break to let us know your favourite cookbook published by Chronicle Books, Quirk Books or Gibbs Smith.... You could win $500 worth of cookbooks for your efforts!

Click here to get all the details and to enter. You have until January 1, 2011 to enter.

Mad for Madeleines! A Call for Recipes…

by Siobhan
November 12, 2010

Mmmm.... madeleines. Comme je vous aime...

If you love madeleines too, get out your recipe books and warm your ovens. Chronicle Books is creating their first ever crowd-sourced book (!), and yes, it's all about  madeleines (!!). If you have a killer recipe, send it over to the fabulous food team at Chronicle and your recipe might be included within a gorgeous Chronicle cookbook.

Get all the details on how to submit over on the Chronicle blog.

P.S. Speaking of gorgeous cookbooks, check out this post on the Raincoast and enter to win $500 worth of cookbooks from Chronicle and Gibbs Smith!

Viva Argentina!

by Danielle
Contests + Events + Food & Drink / November 05, 2010

This book is my personal invitation for you to visit and experience my country, Argentina.”
-- Laura Catena, Vino Argentino

Cambie Kitchen Event
Signature Tasting Room
November 13
39th and Cambie
Vancouver, BC

Come and experience a taste of Argentina - a small bite, a sip of Malbec and a chance to make a connection. See Laura Catena's new and engaging guidebook to wine country Argentina, VINO ARGENTINO.


Make the Conection Contest


ENTER TO WIN A TRIP FOR 2 TO ARGENTINA and an exclusive guided tour and tasting at Bodega Catena Zapata.

Secondary prizes include:

  • 1 of 3 $100 gift certificates to regional, South American themed restaurants in Vancouver, and
  • Copies of Laura’s book, Vino Argentino, available NOW!

Enter here!  Good luck!!

Recipe excerpt from Vino Argentino

Quince Dessert

SERVES 4 to 6
as a dessert

3 large quince, peeled, seeded, and cut into 1⁄2-in-/12-mm-thick slices
2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
2 cups/480 ml Malbec wine
2 cups/400 g sugar
One 3-in/7.5-cm cinnamon stick
5 cardamom pods
Vanilla ice cream or crème fraîche for serving

Put the quince in a large nonreactive saucepan and add water to cover. Add the lemon juice and bring to a boil,
then reduce the heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes. Drain in a colander and set aside.

In the same saucepan, combine the wine, sugar, cinnamon, and cardamom. Bring to a boil and cook
for 5 minutes, then add the quince; the syrup should just cover the fruit. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 5 to 8 minutes, stirring gently from time to time, until the syrup has thickened. Remove from the heat. Serve warm or at room temperature, with ice cream or crème fraîche.



O Magazine named her one of the worlds top 9 vinters!!
Laura was a guest blogger for Chronicle. Take a look here.
Interview with Laura in Vintages Magazine.

Laura Catena was born in the land of sun and wine -- la tierra del sol y del vino – to one of Argentina’s most prominent wine families. In Vino Argentino, she takes you on a tour of the sights and flavors of her country, introducing you to every revolutionary winemaker along the way. An emergency room physician, she splits her time between San Francisco and Mendoza. She is also owner and winemaker for LUCA Winery, sourced from small family owned vineyards in Mendoza, and president of Botega Catena Zapata, her family’s winery.

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

Congratulations to the Mont Blanc Contest Winner… and Bon Voyage!

by Siobhan
October 08, 2010

Lonely Planet

Congratulations to Nello from Montreal — the winner of our contest to win a trip to Mont Blanc!

Nello and a guest will be soon trekking through stunning alpine scenery around Mont Blanc the highest peak in Western Europe, travelling through three countries in the European Alps. Commencing from the Chamonix Valley in France, the UTracks / Expeditions Monde walking tour route takes you through Italy and Switzerland during a horseshoe circuit around the Mont Blanc massif.

Thanks to our amazing partners at Lonely Planet and UTracks / Expeditions Monde or making this contest possble — and for inspiring us to keep dreaming about and planning our next journey and our next and our next...

Also a huge thanks to everyone who entered! Best of luck in future contests!

Click here for a full list of titles in Lonely Planet's full-colour Discover series — and start planning your own adventures!

Lonely Planet Discover

Win a Trip to Mont Blanc

by Siobhan
Contests + Travel / July 13, 2010

Black Bond Books' Lonely Planet Discover Display
Photo: Black Bond Books

When the weather is this nice, it's hard to stop thinking about summer vacations... ones I have planned, as well as ones I'd love to go on in the future... Like going to Mont Blanc!

Win a Trip to Mont Blanc

There's still a little over month or so left to enter our contest to win a trip to Mont Blanc, courtesy of Raincoast, Lonely Planet and UTracks. The trip starts in the Chamonix Valley in France and the route takes you through Italy and Switzerland, on a horseshoe circuit around the Mont Blanc massif. Sounds pretty amazing.

To enter the contest, find out more about the trip, and learn more about Lonely Planet's Discover series, click here.


Sticker Design Contest

by Siobhan
Art & Photography + Contests / July 08, 2010

Remember collecting stickers for your stickerbook? I remember having a few prized stickers in my collection. I think my favourites were a fuzzy giraffe and a puffy Care Bear sticker with sparkles on it...

Well, stickers have got way cooler since I was a kid. Waaaay cooler.

Laurence King has already published two books about today's stickers, which are essential part of the street art movement: Stickerbomb and Stickerbomb 2 collect an awesome array of stickers (that you can actually peel out of the book and use) created by artists, illustrators and graffiti writers from around the world.

Now Laurence King wants to include YOU in that list.

Want to see your very own designs in fully peelable and stickable form? Then look no further than our sticker design contest!

Just as the brilliant people at Studio Rarekwai have collected more than 500 specially commissioned stickers in their books Stickerbomb and Stickerbomb 2 we want you to send us your designs for a new piece of sticky street art.

The winner (judged by Ryo Sanada, one of the Stickerbomb authors) will not only receive a copy of both Stickerbomb and Stickerbomb 2, but also a set of 100 stickers based on their design.

Read all the details on how to enter on LaurenceKing.com. Entries are due by August 2, 2010.

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