Recipes from an Italian Summer - a scrumptious giveaway


When my kitchen was filled with some of my favorite people in the world on Sunday, canning nature's bounty and eating delicious foods, I remember glowing with pride and showing off my bookshelves that had just been organized.  I think that over 50% of my personal library consists of cookbooks, and I decided to pull them off the shelves, dust them and reorganize them like a person who works in a library should!  I was left with "departments", really.  Italian cooking, vegetarian/vegan cooking, desserts and baking, general cooking, and The Girlfriends Shelf (which consists of Nigella Lawson, Ina Garten and Giada DeLaurentiis cookbooks, of course).  I love a good cookbook...something filled with easy, accessible recipes, good stories and even better photography or illustrations.

Sometimes, I'll sit on the sofa and read through an entire cookbook, showing Em every other page and feasting on the possibility.  The only cookbook that has moved me like that this year is Recipes from an Italian Summer by the editors at Phaidon Press heavily influence by the collection of recipes available in The Silver Spoon.  Because I interact with the publishing industry on a daily basis, I'm not naive to the fact that Phaidon is an internationally renowned publisher of books about and containing fine arts.  I knew that the recipes in this book might be obvious, to a degree, but I was excited most about the spirit of the book.  The way it made me FEEL.  And it made me feel great!  The photography is absolutely superb, weaving a story of delicious fresh food, lush gardens and cool summer breezes.  Recipes in the book come from Sicily, Sardinia, Campania, Tuscany and the mountains of northern Italy.


Because I love this book so much, and because my birthday is just around the corner, I want to share its awesomeness with my readers by offering one copy of Recipes from an Italian Summer a lucky reader!  Beginning today until 11:59pm EST on August 3rd, leave one comment here to enter the giveaway and tell me your favorite cookbook of all time.  If you don't have a favorite, tell me your favorite farmer's market summer fruit or vegetable.  Additionally, you can add an extra entry by becoming a fan of Oh Meaghan on Facebook and then leave an extra comment here letting me know that you did.  Each person can have a maximum of two (2) entries.  I will announce the winner on my birthday, Wednesday August 4th!

If you have any questions, please let me send me an e-mail at oh.meaghan(a)gmail(dot)com.  Good luck!


[Images courtesy PinkBow on Flickr]

12 comments:

  1. My fave cookbook is The Joy of Cooking! It is the only gift I got for my high school graduation that I still use. It's taken me from an intense fear of yeast breads to fancy cookies with stops at pumpkin puree and tomato sauce in between. Also, your birthday! Squee! Same as Obama.

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  2. I love the Heart of the Home Cookbook by Susan Branch.
    It is what started my love of cookbooks off.

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  3. I love the America's Test Kitchen Cookbook. They have recipes that I'd actually make and tips on which kitchen utensils and ingredients are the best - or the most economical. There are pictures for everything.

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  4. Yikes! I have so many! I love Great Good Cooking by Julee Rosso (Crown) because I just HAVE to cook seasonally and she organizes recipes by spring, summer, fall and winter. BUT, the book I go to the MOST is a collection of family recipes my mom collected from our extended family and typed up and bound as a Christmas gift years ago. Now, when her grandkids set up their own households, they get a copy, too! It's just the best.

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  5. my fave cookbook is the one that my aunt put together of my gramma's recipes. nothing is better than gramma's pasta dinner.

    xo

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  6. Does the Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving count as a cookbook? Because I've been using that like mad.

    If not, I just got Deborah Madison's Seasonal Fruit Desserts and it is lovely!

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  7. My general rule for cookbooks is that it must include pictures, and it must include nutritional info. That said, my most favorite cookbook breaks both of those rules. It's Vegetarian Planet by Didi Emmons. We still use it all the time, even though we're not vegetarians anymore. I love that she writes a blurb about every single recipe.

    We're also loving Artisan Breads Everyday, by Peter Reinhart. We got it for Christmas last year, and we've only purchased 3 bags of bread since then - 2 hot dog rolls, and 1 bag of tortillas. My husband has quickly become the baker in the house, and it's been amazing.

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  8. I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence by Amy Sedaris

    :) of course
    xo
    sylvie
    btw why wasnt i one of your favorite people at your house on sunday?

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  9. Oh, I love cookbooks so much. I've been reading Classic Indian Vegetarian and Grain Cooking as though it were a textbook- amazing stuff. I also just got Cookin' With Coolio, which doesn't have anything amazing by the way of recipes, but oh, it's hilarious stuff. Totally worth the $6.

    We discovered pattypan squash this summer via our CSA, and girl, that's my new favorite summer vegetable. It has even replaced tomatoes!

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  10. I don't have a favorite cookbook, generally i collect recipes from the internet as needed.

    my favorite veggie is broccoli and my favorite fruits are the tomato and the cherry.

    <3

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  11. My favorite cookbook is Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone by Deborah Madison. Everything in it just tastes good!

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  12. a favorite? can't be done. for pure art, i have a chocolate cookbook featuring desserts that take hours to make, but that are so beautiful and over-the-top that you actually think about making them (i only made one, poached pears in white wine with marscapone, spun sugar and gold covered leaves made of white chocolate. yes, actual gold leaf.

    i am a big fan of ina garten's "barefoot in paris," and jacques pepin's "celebration." bernard clayton's "bread book" has a permanent spot in the kitchen, along with his "soups and stews."

    i could go on all day.

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