Sunday, December 7, 2008

Giveaway: The Flavor Bible

Thanks to Anna at Hatchette Book Group I have three copies of this wonderful resource to give away. See my review of the book here.

To Enter the Giveaway:

1. Leave a comment on this post telling me about your most creative cooking experiments. Or you can e-mail your entry to:

2. For a second entry, become a follower of my blog. If you are already a follower that counts.

3. Sorry, as the book ships from the publisher, only US and Canada mailing address' are accepted. No PO Boxes.

4. Contest ends Monday, December, 15, 2008, Midnight, MST.

Good Luck


janepriceestrada December 7, 2008 at 3:26 PM  

I would love this book. I guess my most creative experience would be Shrimp Stuffed Eggplant for my husband's birthday this year. It was my first time working with eggplant and turned out very well.

Janel December 7, 2008 at 5:01 PM  

I think I get the most creative with different kinds of hash. Fried potatoes with all kinds of vegetables and meat like bacon, sausage or chicken. Sometimes I add eggs and make it into a frittata. Not exactly elegant, but lots of fun to play with the basic recipe and this book would make it even more fun. Thanks for another great giveaway!

Janel December 7, 2008 at 5:01 PM  

I already follow your blog!

elaine,  December 7, 2008 at 7:20 PM  

I don't experiment much with cooking-I think I'm afraid the dish will turn out just awful! I'm hopeful the Flavor Bible would help me to try more dishes and flavors.

Elaine R

Julie December 8, 2008 at 12:27 AM  

I am not much of a creative cook, I am more of a follow the recipe & hope it tastes OK kind of cook! I did try a new beef stew recipe & it turned out delicious! I am already a follower:)
julyso@grandecom DOT net

ihchicky December 8, 2008 at 12:54 AM  

I really don't experiment that much because I am kinda clueless when it comes to combining different flavors. Generally, I prefer to follow a recipe. Maybe this book would help. Thanks for the chance!

cali December 8, 2008 at 10:52 AM  

My most creative experience...hmm, I'm creative in other areas of my life but not in the kitchen! This book would give me a needed nudge in that direction.

I already follow your lovely blog.

nite-swimming at hotmail dot com

BTW - I just tried a new recipe last night that involved sweet potatoes (I liked the example you gave in your review). It was so easy and so good. Your can find the recipe at sidewalk shoes.

bookoholic December 8, 2008 at 12:54 PM  

Great give-away! Please enter me! I'll share a recent "fail" rather than an experiment...

From my (other) blog...

So I was up late last night making meatballs for Xmas, and they ended up looking normal, but they tasted very weird and the texture was off. I couldn't quite figure out what was wrong since I made them the same way I always do, but thought maybe I had been a little tired and made some peculiar mistake. As it turns out, I hadn't.

I went by Whole Foods today to get some more ground beef and pork to remake them, and realized that in the spot where the ground pork usually is, was something else (and I guess neither I nor the guy in the meat counter had realized it had been moved). What was it? Well, it was ground buffalo.

So, the "sum of the cardamom" (Swedish idiom, literally translated), don't make Swedish Meatballs out of buffalo meat!!!

I'm a follower.

Wrighty December 8, 2008 at 2:35 PM  

My husband loves to cook and he's very good at it. I'm more of a baker. He's always trying new things or tweaking an old thing. He is especially fond of spices and buys new ones every chance he gets. Whenever he makes a meal we have to ask what he put in it. He usually says nothing but a few seconds later will say, there's nothing in it except a little pepper, garlic, lemon butter.... He calls that nothing? He would love this book!

I follow your blog and thanks for your contest!

nuttbutts December 8, 2008 at 5:51 PM  

well, I would love to be entered into this drawing as well. I enjoy cooking and would love a book about flavors! Thanks Sara

Kaye December 9, 2008 at 5:40 AM  

One time we were having company so I thought I would make a different appetizer and made stuffed clam mixture, put it on triscuits under the broiler. of course, we got talking and I forgot to look at them soon enough. You guessed it! We had burnt clam and triscuit, which my hubby fondly remembers as "clam crap". Needless to say, I have never made that again. Please enter me in the contest.

Wanda December 9, 2008 at 7:48 AM  

Rabbit Pie is a Christmas tradition where I'm from but one year (my first one as a new wife) rabbits seemed to be quite scarce. I did manage to get my hands on one pair of rabbits and substituted pork steak for the other pair. My father donated a deer steak and my father-in-law sent us a couple partridge. It was the best "rabbit" pie I've ever made!

Sara December 9, 2008 at 10:35 AM  

I'm new to cooking so almost anything I attempt is creative. But I made the Pumpkin Pie from scratch this year, de-gutting the pumpkin and all.
Please enter me, I have blogged about it at Thanks!

Renee G December 9, 2008 at 7:14 PM  

I guess I need this because I can't think of too many creative cooking ideas I have. I guess I would say that when I make soup, I like to check the fridge and freezer and wait for inspiration to strike.

rsgrandinetti@yahoo (dot)com

Jessica,  December 9, 2008 at 8:20 PM  

I am so glad I found this giveaway this book looks amazing. As for cooking the first time I made fish was scary not wanting it to be over or undercooked. My parents being Hungarian onion, tomato and peppers are a staple. So I chopped these threw them in a pan once they became soft I placed the fish on top allowing the fish to be steamed. It worked out so well it's now a go to recipe. Thanks for the great contest.

Minute December 9, 2008 at 11:31 PM  

My most creative experience is to replace the onions in stew with onion powder. My son and husband hate onions, but for some reason onion powder is okay with them

Kay December 10, 2008 at 11:47 AM  

My most creative cooking moments are trying new vegetable recipes. I am thrilled the kids are finally broadening their food horizons!!

Jaclyn December 10, 2008 at 1:07 PM  

My husband and I recently started cooking out of cookbooks more. We were getting tired of always doing the same thing so we spent some time buying cookbooks with wonderful pictures and started picking new recipes on the weekends. We have made some amazing things and it has been quite adventurous for us. Sometimes we even *gasp* substitute ingredients. This book would be perfect for us.


PS I'm also a follower

ElleVee December 10, 2008 at 1:29 PM  

I'm pretty sure my most creative experience was when I put mayonnaise on dark chocolate, and served it to my friends, insisting it was an exotic treat.

What's bad is they ate it. What's even worse is that it's one of my favorite snacks.

cdziuba December 10, 2008 at 2:56 PM  

Most creative cooking experience happened when I first made spaghetti sauce. I put in 5 types of meat, and the sauce was spectacular.

m@t December 11, 2008 at 9:28 PM  

Found you from LT. I'll have you linked on my blog no later than Saturday (starting a new book-related blogroll).

As for the "real" comment: My wife actually did a great job in the kitchen when we got married, (although I did have to teach her how to doctor up everything "breakfast-y"). She learned to cook following cookbooks, but after a few "flops" (mostly tasteless recipes she followed too closely) she now asks me to "fix" any dish that looks bland.

I don't really have any training or experience other than watching Mom & Dad in the kitchen. "Fixing" consists of spinning the 2-tier lazy-susan spice rack, taking off whatever I think will go well with the dish, adding liberal amounts of those spices, then topping them off with any one (or any combination of) something more liquid: honey, salad dressings (catalina, ranch, honey mustard, Asian sesame, etc.), mojo sauce, mustard, bull-dog sauce, whatever fruit juice is open, etc.

We've never had company that didn't rave about the resulting flavors, but I'd be hard-pressed to duplicate anything. =) She did watch me and write down one recipe a few years ago. It was for chili, but I'm not sure where she stashes it. She digs it out around February -- when it's finally cold in south Florida.

The Giveaway Diva December 11, 2008 at 11:39 PM  

the most creative thing i did was to add ketchup and mustard and relish to my fries, and it made them taste like hot you can tell i'm awful at cooking!

Katelin,  December 11, 2008 at 11:43 PM  

i get creative with soup! I just throw whatever i can find into the soup pot and for some strange reason it always turns out yummy! guess i'm just lucky!!


Lynne December 13, 2008 at 3:13 PM  

I get most creative with stews. It's hard to go wrong, although I did find out that cream of chicken soup added to pork stew was not a shining moment. Hey, eveyone still ate it.

Thanks for the contest!

alexandrea December 13, 2008 at 8:45 PM  

I think my most creative cooking experience was creating a 5 course meal for a friend from crab souffles to herb infused took a couple of days but it was worth it!

Elenadc December 14, 2008 at 9:44 PM  

This book looks great! I loved seeing your experiment following the book's instructions, a great addition to your review.

I don't think I've ever done anything that could be considered creative in the kitchen, but I bet this book would inspire me.

I'm also now following your blog.


Anya December 15, 2008 at 10:08 AM  

My most creative would be the peppermint marshmallows I just made this weekend! Thanks for the chance.

aajacques December 15, 2008 at 11:38 PM  

My most creative cooking experience was when I tried making chicken tikka masala. I messed up with all the spices but it turned out okay. My favorite dish on earth.

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