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]