Cookbook GIVEAWAY - How to Feed a Family


Time for a cookbook giveaway! Ceri Marsh and Laura Keogh over at the yummy food blog Sweet Potato Chronicles have a new cookbook out called How to Feed a Family (published by Appetite by Random House) and you're getting a chance to win a copy right here.

My first thought when I got a copy in the mail was just how super darn pretty this cookbook is. The use of colour, the simplicity and use of white space that's in keeping with their blogging style, and the photos by the ultra-talented Maya Visnyei are playful and perfect. It even just feels good in my hands; that soft, powdery paper cover that hints at all the magic you'll find between the pages. The recipes are approachable and adorable, and the chapters span breakfast, lunch, snacks, dinner and desserts.

To truly get a sense of a cookbook I like to go deep. I'm talking about those recipes in the middle of a book, the ones that didn't get the full-page photograph or a mention on the back cover. Because if those recipes are good you know the rest of the book is a pretty sure thing. I chose to make the OMG Chicken Parm on page 151. The breaded chicken was tender and nicely seasoned, but the shining star for me was the sauce. The addition of cider vinegar to the smashed tomatoes and garlic was a breakthrough and brought vibrant flavour to the whole dish. Next up I'm going to try the Maple Corn Bread.

Now it's time to WIN your very own copy of How to Feed a Family. You didn't think I was giving away mine, did you? Entering is simple and fun.

To enter, leave a comment on this blog post telling me what you look for in a cookbook!

Open to readers in Canada and the U.S. only. 
Contest closes at 9 p.m. Eastern on Thursday, September 26th, 2013.
Winner will be selected randomly and announced on Friday, September 27th, 2013.

40 comments:

  1. Oh, this book looks great! What I look for in a cookbook: recipes that use ingredients I'm likely to have on hand or can get at a regular grocery store.

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  2. Pretty pictures always draw me to a book. Simple ingredients. Stuff that isn't so complicated that you have to run out to the store every time before trying to make something new. Recipes that are inspiring. I may not make it exactly as in the book every time, but the recipes inspire me to try something new and to make it my own!

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  3. Hi Amy?
    the first thing when I buy a cookbook are the pics, of course, because I want them to make me dream I could make this dish and it will look like this. Second, the ingredients shouldn't be a pain to find or too expensive. Then, the recipe would be creative and with inspiration of different cultures. Finally, the ingredients will be written in order you need them.
    When are you going to publish your own cookbook ?!!!

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  4. Well, as much as I'd love to win a new cookbook, I have to ask, first and foremost, "When will I be able to win a copy of YOUR cookbook Amy?" (Of course, this question presumes that you will be writing one - which you SHOULD!)

    What do I look for in a cookbook? Clear instructions and ingredients that I know my family will eat.

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  5. I like family cookbooks that have recipes that have healthy recipes that both my husband and I and my teenage daughters will eat.

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  6. Pictures are important! They draw you in and make you want to make the recipe. I also like recipes that my entire family will enjoy, nothing to fancy with weird ingredients!

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  7. I need simple ingredients, simple instructions and a meal that will please at least 3/4 of my family. (Can't please them all, but I sure try!). Oh and a pretty picture, so I know what to aim for.
    Mercedes

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  8. i like recipes that my Kids will like with out all the fancy ingredients that the normal cook doesn't have in our pantry and frig.

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  9. I like yummy, simple, easy-to-follow recipes. Plus pretty pictures are a bonus so I at least have a visual to compare it to ...^.^ It looks like a fabulous book!

    Good luck all!

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  10. I look for a cookbook that uses basic, healthy ingredients and that I can adapt to be gluten free (for my allergy) but will still satisfy my family who can have all the gluten they want.

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  11. i love cookbooks that are easy on the eyes. clear, simple instruction, and beautiful photos! nothing like a mouth-watering picture to get you inspired for dinner! xo

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  12. I look for a cookbook that is recommended to me by someone who knows a whole lot more about cooking than I do!

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  13. Clear instructions, interesting ideas, ingredients that aren't hard to find. Here's hoping... :-)
    ~Colleen

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  14. Looks like a great book! I want recipes that use everyday ingredients. Stuff I likely have in my cupboard already. If I have to make special trips to the store, it is likely not going to happen. Also, with a 1 year old, I am always looking for stuff she can eat with us so I don't need to make something different.
    SarahG

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  15. When looking for a cookbook I want recipes that recognize most family cooks are short on time and need to get meals to the table fast.

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  16. What I look for in a cookbook is consistency! I like the same recipe layout for every page. I like to see tips and tricks. I also love when I cookbook features everyday normal food but still ventures out and gets me to try more exotic foods too! I picky about cookbooks, they have to have everything! lol. ~Barbie D.

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  17. I look for really nice, colorful, illustrations of the dishes. A picture really is worth a thousand words

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  18. Oh my GOSH! I've been drooling over this cookbook!!! It is exactly what I look for in a cookbook, which is yummy recipes that both my four year old and I will love, and that will provide a high level of nutrition.

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  19. I look for ingredients that are either already in my kitchen or easy to find at my usual grocery store.

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  20. I'm a cookbook collector. My sister always says that I read cookbooks like others read novels. I look for ingredients that I have on hand and that are nutritious.

    debi.beeuwsaert@yahoo.com

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  21. Reasonably healthy recipes, not too fiddly or time consuming to make, fresh ingredients! Thanks Amy!

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  22. Recipes with simple ingredients and pictures so you know what it will look like in the end.

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  23. Hello from a fellow Victoria Mom! This book looks fantastic :) I always look for cookbooks that use spices and seasonings confidently. I cook lots of curries and Nepali food so I am usually looking for more than a pinch or dash of spice :)

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  24. I look for clear instructions, bright pictures, whole foods, and a reasonable number of steps. Thanks!

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  25. I am a sucker for pretty pictures, but it's got to have some interesting ideas to back it up.

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  26. I love cookbooks. What I look for first is a picture to go with the recipe. If there is no picture then chances are I will blow right by that page and not try it. I like ingredients that are easy to find and are not super expensive. I also find if a recipe is too fussy I probably wont try it. And finally a larger print helps.Yes.... I'm getting old.LOL
    Tressa P

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  27. Honestly, I look at the pictures! I like the inspiration and to see what the finished product should look like

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  28. The things that I look for in a cookbook are colorful and bright photos and easy to find ingredients! I also enjoy when the recipe turns out really good!

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  29. For me a good cookbook has great pictures or clear descriptions so I know what to expect from the recipes. I also appreciate a recipe which is well laid out and easy to follow.

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  30. I loooovvvvvvvvveeeeeeeee cookbooks!! They have to have pictures and a good organization of the recipes and of the instructions.

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  31. I'm always on the lookout for one dish meals and meals all four of us will enjoy... Plus I love beautiful pictures in cookbook.

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  32. I look for recipes that have ingredients that I already have or I can easily get!

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  33. I look for simple recipes so that I can cook in a jiffy!

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  34. I like a cookbook that has a gorgeous picture for each recipe and that teaches me something new. I love learning about new food cultures and am happy to go hunting in the ethnic markets for interesting ingredients.

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  35. I like cookbooks that have beautiful and bright pictures! I also love it when they use ingredients that you can find in Canada! My two favorite food blogs that I love reading every day are Family Feedbag and Sweet potato chronicles!

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  36. The number one thing that I look for in a cookbook is easy weekday recipes to feed a family!

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  37. I look for recipes that can be made with ingredients I'm likely to have on hand. I'm a sucker for nice pictures too, though.

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  38. Would love a copy of this book! Three things I look for are: a short intro to each recipe, easy to follow instructions with easy to find ingredients and lots of photos! It also doesn't hurt if the recipes can be made in 30 minutes.

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