Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Give Books

My publisher, Chronicle Books launched a fun Give Books campaign yesterday. They are partnering with authors, artists and blogs to encourage people to give books for the holidays and I’m helping them spread the word. Books are a perfect gift don’t you think. There’s one for everyone. For every age, for every interest. They are personal and the right one can really show the recipient how much you care. They feel good to hold and they make you feel good to give.

I know because I’m giving away 10 books courtesy of Chronicle Books.

I stuck with all cookbooks and I tried to find a good mix for keeping or gift giving. It’s up to you.

Want to see which ones I picked from their website?

Good… let’s check out some sweet reads! I think these would all come in pretty handy for holiday baking.


Now since I’m an equal opportunity eater,
here’s another set of 10 books you might want more.

These are less sweet and much more savory.


Want a chance to win one of these groups of ten?

You choose which one.

  • Just leave a comment on the blog and let me know which group of ten you’d like to win. Sweet or savory?
  • The deadline to enter is 6:00 pm ET on Thursday, November 15, 2012 SORRY, TIME’S UP! Winner announced below.
  • One winner will be chosen at random and announced sometime Thursday evening on this post.

Good luck guys!

P.S. Here’s a post on Chronicle’s blog if you’d like to try and win one of the other sets of ten books chosen by others.

And now through December 31, enjoy 30% off + free ground shipping on all holiday orders at ChronicleBooks.com! Just enter discount code GIVEBOOKS at checkout.

Give Books artwork created by the amazing Julia Rothman!


We have a winner!

Yay Redheadwriter! I think I might have picked savory, too. Those covers all look amazing. Enjoy!

Krystal R {Mrs. Regueiro's Plate} said...

Oh wow, I love both sweet and savory…but in the end I have to go with SAVORY!!!!!!!!!!

November 14, 2012 08:30 PM
Amanda said...

Sweet ones sound awesome!!

November 14, 2012 08:31 PM
CEH said...

SWEET, all the way!

November 14, 2012 08:35 PM
Lisa Gatlin said...

I can’t decide! I looooove sweet, but it would be good to have a diverse group of savory books to go to for dinner…. Savory it is!

November 14, 2012 08:37 PM
Vanessa said...

Oh dear, is that a True Blood book I see? :D hahaha that’s awesome.

Although the savory books look awesome, I’m going to have to go with Sweet. I MEAN LOOK AT THOSE COOKIES :D. How could you go wrong with something like that :D

November 14, 2012 08:39 PM
Kristi A. said...

All the books look amazing, but I’d have to go with sweet! I can already see who would receive a few of them :-)

November 14, 2012 08:40 PM
Gwen said...

I have such a habit of reading books after the kids have gone to bed, and both sets of books look great, I would like the savory set if I HAD to choose! Thaks.

November 14, 2012 08:40 PM
Shoshana said...

Definitely sweet!

November 14, 2012 08:40 PM
karen said...

Decisions, decisions. My hips don’t need the sweets but I was drooling as I scrolled through. My boys would love the Savory so Savory will be my choice.

November 14, 2012 08:40 PM
Antoinette said...

I would love to have the Sweet set!! It would be a dream come true!

November 14, 2012 08:41 PM
margee said...

sweets ofcourse :)

November 14, 2012 08:42 PM
Stephanie said...

fhjgrvfyhgbfrhjbfv jblvjgblgvbjdjcbhd!!! omg. I would love to win the sweet set! no words!!! (thank you!)

November 14, 2012 08:42 PM
Becky said...

sweet.. every time.. i love savory things.. as a baking and pastry student, I’ve made plenty of savory things this past year that have been delicious… but I still have to go with SWEET!!!

November 14, 2012 08:44 PM
Stephanie said...

I’d love to win the sweet set! These look awesome!!

November 14, 2012 08:50 PM
leah g said...

ooh savory for sure

November 14, 2012 08:52 PM
katrina poole said...

S.W.E.E.T. That would be very sweet to get!

November 14, 2012 08:53 PM
Lindsey F said...

Those look great! I’m definitely for Sweet

November 14, 2012 08:53 PM
Michele said...

Sweetie tweetie, pleasy!

I think I’m gaining weight just looking at those pics :)

November 14, 2012 08:55 PM
Kimberly B. said...

LOVE both sets, but as always the sweeter the better! ; )

November 14, 2012 09:01 PM
Michelle said...

I love sweets! I’ll go with the sweets! Thanks for the giveaway! :)

November 14, 2012 09:02 PM
Valeria Adamchick said...

sweet sweet sweet!

November 14, 2012 09:02 PM
Brooke said...

I’ll go with sweets! Thanks for the giveaway!

November 14, 2012 09:03 PM
Elle said...

I’m on a diet so…SWEET!

November 14, 2012 09:04 PM
Amanda said...

I’d like to enter the sweet set please!

November 14, 2012 09:05 PM
Sami said...

Sweet!!! no doubt :)

November 14, 2012 09:06 PM
Kathy said...

Don’t have to think twice about this one…it’s gotta be sweets!

November 14, 2012 09:06 PM
Emily said...

Love me some sweets!

November 14, 2012 09:07 PM
Michelle said...

The savory would be awesome, especially for the True Blood one!

November 14, 2012 09:09 PM
Emily said...

Definitely sweet! I may have to pick up some of these myself regardless of winning or not!

November 14, 2012 09:09 PM
Alisa said...

I wish I could get a mix of savory and sweet…but I would go for sweet!

November 14, 2012 09:11 PM
Brooke said...

Savory! I actually gave the newlywed book as a wedding gift

November 14, 2012 09:12 PM
Melissa H. said...

Hard to tell!!! I probably would have more use out of the savory, but the sweet one looks yummy!! :)

November 14, 2012 09:13 PM
Amanda said...

The sweet books look amazing!

November 14, 2012 09:14 PM
sherilsl said...

You always have the best giveaways, now if I could just win one! :)

It would def be the sweets one….. mmmm chocolate!

November 14, 2012 09:16 PM
jessa said...

Oh for sure the sweet set!

November 14, 2012 09:16 PM
Naomi said...

Sweet! I can see ones I’d love to keep and ones my friends would adore!

November 14, 2012 09:21 PM
Rose said...

Savory! I’ve been meaning to eat more vegetables, so Plenty looks just about perfect– and I know a pair of newlyweds very into cooking (they make their own vegetable stock!) so I might pass on the love by giving them that book. =)

November 14, 2012 09:22 PM
Edda said...

I’m a sweet tooth so it would be awesome to win the sweet package

November 14, 2012 09:24 PM
Jenn said...

Didn’t even have to think about that one. Sweet!

November 14, 2012 09:25 PM
Sarah said...

Savory set for sure! I still have a lot to learn about cooking!!

November 14, 2012 09:26 PM
Ellie said...

Sweet for sure!

November 14, 2012 09:31 PM
vesta said...


November 14, 2012 09:32 PM
Melanie said...

I’m a baker at heart so I’m going to have to go with sweet!

November 14, 2012 09:37 PM
U'i said...

Ooh, I choose SWEET. This is a very generous give away. Thank you.

November 14, 2012 09:38 PM
Amapola Lopez said...

Oh my… definitely Sweets!

November 14, 2012 09:39 PM
Lauren said...

Sweet please!

November 14, 2012 09:41 PM
Albert said...


November 14, 2012 09:45 PM
Leigh said...

I’ll have to go with sweet!

November 14, 2012 09:46 PM
Sharyl said...

i have the biggest sweet tooth so this one’s a no brainer. SWEET please! and thank you! :)

November 14, 2012 09:46 PM
patricia co said...

sweet set please <3

November 14, 2012 09:48 PM
Jen M O said...

Sweet, oh Sweet bakerella! I would rather bake something sweet than cook something savory.

November 14, 2012 09:50 PM
tucsonali said...

Oh my goodness! They all look absolutely yummy! However, since I am a sugar addict I should probably opt for the sweets set. Yum! Baking sweets seems to be more fun too!

November 14, 2012 09:50 PM
Mattea said...

I’d love to win the savory set! What a fabulous giveaway!

November 14, 2012 09:56 PM
Randi said...

Sweet all the way!

November 14, 2012 09:56 PM
Katie said...

Wow! Savory for me! What an incredibly difficult decision.

November 14, 2012 09:56 PM
umm Sarah said...

Savoury, please!! I need something to help me stray away from my sweet tooth!

November 14, 2012 10:01 PM
Londi said...

I love to bake and I collect cookbooks. The sweet would be great additions,

November 14, 2012 10:01 PM
Sarah said...


November 14, 2012 10:03 PM
kellyA said...

I had to flip a coin… sweet won! Beautiful books. I’d be happy with either group! Thanks for the chance to win.

November 14, 2012 10:04 PM
Adrianne said...


November 14, 2012 10:05 PM
Terri Abblett said...

Wow, what a hard choice! I usually go for sweet, but I like a lot of those savory selections, so I’ll have to go with savory.

November 14, 2012 10:05 PM
Arisa said...

Savory please! :DD

November 14, 2012 10:11 PM
Stacie D. said...

I would love the sweet ones!

November 14, 2012 10:11 PM
Michelle said...

Uh, do you even need to ask? SWEET!!!!

November 14, 2012 10:14 PM
Niki D. said...

Sweet, sweet, sweet!

November 14, 2012 10:15 PM
Stacey said...


November 14, 2012 10:16 PM
Rebecca said...

So hard to choose….
Sweet. No, savory. No, wait. Hmmm.


November 14, 2012 10:16 PM
Caroline said...


November 14, 2012 10:16 PM
Kathy Lee said...

Ooooh! The sweet one of course!

November 14, 2012 10:17 PM
Laura A. said...

I cook a lot of sweet so I would like to see more recipes for savory!

November 14, 2012 10:20 PM
Beibei said...

OMG! I LOVE these books! They look awesome! Especially the gluten-free one for my friend! I’d like the sweet one please! :D

November 14, 2012 10:22 PM
Lizzy said...

Gosh! All of these look fantastic. As an English teacher I LOVE books, but I don’t own any cookbooks yet :(. I think the Sweet set looks full of absolutely delicious recipes!

November 14, 2012 10:24 PM
Mandy said...

Savory please!

November 14, 2012 10:26 PM
Shari said...

Sweets and more sweets!! I’ve been eyeing most of those dessert ones!

November 14, 2012 10:27 PM
Diane said...

Definitely sweet for me, especially like the cake pop one!!

November 14, 2012 10:27 PM
Nina said...

I’m always for the sweet. No brainer!

November 14, 2012 10:27 PM
Marisa said...

What a decision. Um……….savory. Clicking submit before I change my mind! Thanks for the opportunity. Love your blog!

November 14, 2012 10:27 PM
Christina said...

oooh… i love sweet :D

November 14, 2012 10:32 PM
Lisa said...

Sweet! Love the desserts!!!

November 14, 2012 10:33 PM
Monklin said...

I would love any of these, but I’m more on the sweet side. ;)

November 14, 2012 10:33 PM
Eric said...

both look like an amazing addition to any cookbook collection but i’m much more of a sweets baker than a savory chef. i’d love the sweet bunch!

November 14, 2012 10:36 PM
Tammy said...

Five of each? hahaha! They all look like fun, but we mostly use recipes for yummy baking so it has to be sweets!

November 14, 2012 10:41 PM
Paige Burleson said...

Sweets, of course!

November 14, 2012 10:43 PM
Paolo said...

sweet !!!

November 14, 2012 10:49 PM
Theresa said...

Definitely sweet!! I’m always looking for new recipes to try and these books would be perfect! :)

November 14, 2012 10:50 PM
Lisa S said...

sweet sweet sweet!

November 14, 2012 10:50 PM
Angie said...

I would loveee the sweet books!!!

November 14, 2012 10:50 PM
Ivory said...

They all look great but I would absolutely have to say………… SWEETS set!

November 14, 2012 10:55 PM
Abundance said...

I need to cook more
The cover for plenty makes me really want to eat my vegetables

November 14, 2012 10:57 PM
goesnia said...

Sweet sweet sweet fairy all the way,u rock bakerella!

November 14, 2012 10:58 PM
Kristi said...

Sweet! Every Christmas I buy another sweets book!

November 14, 2012 11:02 PM
greenwick said...

Definitely sweet! :)

November 14, 2012 11:03 PM
Brie said...

The sweet ones are soooo tempting but I’d have to go with savory!

November 14, 2012 11:07 PM
Aimee H. said...

The sweet set would be sweet! :)

November 14, 2012 11:08 PM
April said...

Both sets look amazing, but I have to go with the sweet..

November 14, 2012 11:13 PM
Ashley D said...

I have so many sweet cookbooks, my savory collection is lacking. So I’ll have to go with savory this time. :)

November 14, 2012 11:15 PM
Elizabeth said...

Oh what a tough decision! Both sets look delicious, but since I follow so many great dessert blogs (gotta say I love your blog and use your ideas the most) and need more dinner ideas, I’m going to go with the Savory book set. :)

November 14, 2012 11:17 PM
Amy Murphy Williams said...

Oh I could devour both! I must admit, however, that savory set is very intriguing and different than my usual buys. Mmm!!

November 14, 2012 11:19 PM
Sugar Queen said...

omgosh….i would LOOOVE LOOOVE LOOVE to have the sweets set……the savory would be nice too….but I really MUST have the sweets set!!

November 14, 2012 11:21 PM
Lindsay said...

The Sweet group! The gluten free book looks fantastic!

November 14, 2012 11:22 PM
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