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!

Megan said...

Yum! this is the struggle I go through every time I go out to breakfast! I’d go with savory.

November 15, 2012 08:26 AM
Debbie J. said...

I would enjoy seeing the sweet cookbooks…..so would everyone else around here! Thanks!

November 15, 2012 08:27 AM
Svenja said...

I’d so love the savory set (it was a tough choice though)! Oh so many good recipes for delicious meals <3!

November 15, 2012 08:30 AM
Veronica said...

Sweet of course….alll the books look amazing!!!!

November 15, 2012 08:36 AM
Kari said...

So hard to choose, but I think I’d pick Savory this time!

November 15, 2012 08:37 AM
Jennifer S. said...

I would LOVE to win the Sweet books. I absolutely love baking!

November 15, 2012 08:39 AM
Anita K. said...

Hard to pick! But I’d go sweet – love those beautiful covers!!

November 15, 2012 08:40 AM
SM Saldana said...

The sweet set would be great!

November 15, 2012 08:44 AM
Kiran said...

These just look so beautiful and you have chosen such a amazing collection of books that addresses all sub-sets of either savory or sweet .. I’d love to get the sweets one, if only to just keep staring at the pictures;

November 15, 2012 08:44 AM
Julia said...

Dear Bakerella,

this is a very fine collection. I can barely decide which one I like best but since I have a sweet tooth, I am going with “sweet”.

Best wishes,

November 15, 2012 08:49 AM
Ciara said...

Savory :)

November 15, 2012 08:50 AM
Trish Barton said...

I would love the sweet set. I am entranced by the handheld pies!

November 15, 2012 08:50 AM
Laurel said...

Normally I would go with sweet but the savory is way too good to pass up!!

November 15, 2012 08:51 AM
Marisela said...

Wow I would love either one of the sets. I have been collecting cookbooks for a while and my collection will never be complete, there are so many amazing cookbooks out there!
If I had to absolutely chose one it would be the sweet one – only because I’m crazy about anything sweet!
PS: I loved meeting you in Miami! thanks for coming :)

November 15, 2012 08:52 AM
Mariam said...

The sweet set looks amazing!

November 15, 2012 08:54 AM
Primi said...

Sweet! This would be soo great. :)
By the way, this is okay for international shipping right???

November 15, 2012 08:58 AM
kraftykathy said...

I’ll go with the sweet please.

November 15, 2012 08:59 AM
SalBug said...


November 15, 2012 09:01 AM
Erica R said...

Hmmm…that’s a seriously tough choice, but I think I’d have to go with SWEET! I’ve been wanting several of those books for a while, so this would be super exciting!

Thanks so much!

November 15, 2012 09:06 AM
LD said...

I would love to win one of the sweet books! I love the idea of the cookie exchange book. It is one of my life dreams/goals/ambitions to be able to host a cookie baking weekend in my home for close family and friends before the holidays in the future! sweets please!

November 15, 2012 09:08 AM
Stephanie said...

Would love the SWEET selection of books! I’m hosting my first Cookie Exchange this year and that specific book looks perfect!

By the way, I love your site! This is always my first stop when I need to bake something delicious to bring somewhere, or when I just have a sweet tooth :).

November 15, 2012 09:11 AM
Gloribell said...

Sweet, like this giveaway!!!

November 15, 2012 09:11 AM
Linda, Jennifer & Jaclynn said...

It would definitely have to be the first group. First there’s that Gluten Free baking book which I would love and then of course there’s your ‘new’ book which is a must have!! Hope you choose us!!

November 15, 2012 09:13 AM
Brenda said...

Yum! Sweet please!

November 15, 2012 09:13 AM
Lorraine said...

Great books! I’d love the SWEET ones! Thanks.

November 15, 2012 09:14 AM
Jade Ashley Carr said...

I think both sets are nice, but I’m gonna have to go with the sweet set. They just mesh with my lifestyle ha ha

November 15, 2012 09:15 AM
Kelly said...

Sweet would be great!

November 15, 2012 09:16 AM
cindi said...

Savory please! Either set would be amazing! (I would split it… keep some, gift some…)

November 15, 2012 09:19 AM
Abigail said...


November 15, 2012 09:19 AM
Anik said...

Oh my, those Sweet books look so good!! makes me feel like baking!

November 15, 2012 09:21 AM
Alexandra said...

The sweet books!

November 15, 2012 09:34 AM
Hilary said...


November 15, 2012 09:36 AM
Laura said...

Love to have the SWEET books…

November 15, 2012 09:43 AM
L&A said...

Sweet please! Thanks to L and you I have an obsession with sweet recipes.

November 15, 2012 09:44 AM
Tina said...

Most definitely sweet!! I love baking! Cooking too but baking more!…much more.

November 15, 2012 09:48 AM
Amanda said...


November 15, 2012 09:48 AM
Jessica P said...


November 15, 2012 09:49 AM
Paula said...

I think I’d say savory – much to my children’s disamay!

November 15, 2012 09:49 AM
Diana said...

Sweet please! Thanks :)

November 15, 2012 09:51 AM
mandi said...

I’d say savory, definitely! Such great books. I love the give books idea!

November 15, 2012 09:55 AM
Alisa said...

Hard choices, but the sweet books, for sure!

November 15, 2012 09:55 AM
Eliza said...

They both look amazing but I like baking more so I’d have to choose the sweets!

November 15, 2012 09:55 AM
Marissa said...


November 15, 2012 09:55 AM
Marissa Kubinski said...

I would love the savory set of books :)

November 15, 2012 09:56 AM
Steff said...


November 15, 2012 09:57 AM
Tina B said...

Sweet please !!

November 15, 2012 09:57 AM
Maggie said...

Savory! As much as I love sweets, I need more help when it comes to cooking things other than dessert!

November 15, 2012 09:58 AM
Amelia said...

If I won, I’d love you to pick one for me! A surprise is super fun, and both sets look amazeballs!

November 15, 2012 09:58 AM
Mango said...

Savory please!!!!!!!!

November 15, 2012 10:00 AM
Laina said...

Such a hard choice, but since I need more help with cooking than baking I will go with Savory please :)

November 15, 2012 10:02 AM
Meredith Taylor said...

Savory! Looks like a great selection to build my meager skills!

November 15, 2012 10:04 AM
Heather said...

Such a hard choice, but alas, I think savory would be my favorite! Great contest!!!

November 15, 2012 10:10 AM
Guadalupe Argumedo said...

sweet !please :)

November 15, 2012 10:12 AM
sabrina said...

Sweet all the way baby!!!

November 15, 2012 10:13 AM
Susan O'Brien said...

Beautiful cookbooks. ! Savory please .

November 15, 2012 10:13 AM
Becca B. said...

They both look great, but I’d go for the savory, I think…

November 15, 2012 10:14 AM
Karissa Ferguson said...

savory, i don’t need any more reasons to eat sweet! plus i’ve been eyeing chicken and eggs and that pasta one looks incredible!

November 15, 2012 10:17 AM
Mimi Pham said...

I would love the sweet set.

November 15, 2012 10:18 AM
Nicole said...

LOVE cookbooks!

November 15, 2012 10:21 AM
Eli said...

Would LOVE to look through those!!!

November 15, 2012 10:22 AM
Marissa Ann said...

I have a love for cookbooks and not always the cash to endulge….so this would be wonderful to win either set! If I have to choose – SAVORY, please?
Thank you for this wonderful opportunity.

November 15, 2012 10:22 AM
Sophia said...

How could you only choose 10!!!!

November 15, 2012 10:22 AM
Ms. Mama said...

That gluten free book looks VERY interesting! Along with your book of course!

November 15, 2012 10:23 AM
KMarch said...

What a fun idea! I’d pick savory :-)

November 15, 2012 10:23 AM
Dian said...

Would love to give those to my daughter!

November 15, 2012 10:24 AM
Andy H. said...

Guys always go for the Savory!

November 15, 2012 10:24 AM
Austyn said...

Definitely sweet!

November 15, 2012 10:33 AM
Frady said...

Definitely sweet!!! These books look amazing! I would love to win!

November 15, 2012 10:33 AM
annie said...

who could turn down the sweet books?

November 15, 2012 10:37 AM
Rose said...

SWEET! They all look fabulous!

November 15, 2012 10:38 AM
Carol Achziger said...

Wow- hard to choose for someone who already has over 100 cookbooks (obviously nothing close to you – but you give me something to aspire to while my family teases me)! I ‘d have to choose savory – that collection includes James Beard, Ruhlman – and many other choices I wouldn’t pass up!!

November 15, 2012 10:38 AM
Anonymous said...

SWEET type of chick.. specially since my son loves to help mommy bake :)

November 15, 2012 10:38 AM
Gretha said...

It would be great to win books about sweets!

November 15, 2012 10:39 AM
Mel said...

The savory books. I typically prefer sweets, but should start working on more savory dishes.

November 15, 2012 10:40 AM
Allison said...

I LOVE cookbooks and have to go with sweet! I want them all, what a great collection you have shown!

November 15, 2012 10:40 AM
Esmeah said...

Send sweets to the Netherlands please!!! :)

November 15, 2012 10:40 AM
LB said...

I am always buying SWEET baking books. So this time around I would def go for SAVORY!! Pretty pretty please!!

November 15, 2012 10:45 AM
Tanisha Valere said...

Sweets for me please!

November 15, 2012 10:48 AM
Sukanya said...

Im all in for a new cookbook anytime … sweet or savory… I love sweets and savory for hubby… Thanks for this chance to win.. Happy holidays Bakerella !! :)

November 15, 2012 10:49 AM
Steffi said...

The sweet one! How can anybody want the savory one?! ^^

November 15, 2012 10:50 AM
Michele said...

The sweet would really make my holidays brighter!

November 15, 2012 10:55 AM
Crystal Lee said...

Of course it’s the sweets!! These all look so yummyyyy~

November 15, 2012 10:57 AM
YWL said...

The sweet books! This is a baking blog, of course I want the sweets!

November 15, 2012 10:58 AM
Joan said...

I should pick savory, but it’s gotta be sweets!

November 15, 2012 10:58 AM
Jess Lee said...

Delicious sweets! I want to bake for Thanksgiving!

November 15, 2012 10:58 AM
Caitlin said...

SWEET for sure :) I need some new ideas for an upcoming cookie exchange party.

November 15, 2012 11:02 AM
Amy said...

I would love the savory group! I am doing more cooking it seems and would love some of the ideas. People will buy me sweet cook books…but I would love some savory ones!

November 15, 2012 11:02 AM
Brandy said...

Sweet, definitely!!

November 15, 2012 11:02 AM
Cassandra said...


November 15, 2012 11:05 AM
Jay said...

wow! these look amazing. I would love the “sweet” books for my family to use!

November 15, 2012 11:05 AM
Angela said...

The sweet set!!! Thank you!!

November 15, 2012 11:05 AM
michelle s said...

i would love the sweet set :)

November 15, 2012 11:08 AM
Mey said...


November 15, 2012 11:09 AM
germaine said...

sweet, for sure! :)

November 15, 2012 11:16 AM
Josh's wife said...

I would say go for the sweets, but my husband is eyeing me and shouting “SAVORY” since those cookbooks look awesome and if I can get him to cook then it will all be worth it! :)

November 15, 2012 11:22 AM
Kimmy L said...

Such a difficult decision! I love the savory ideas, but I think I’m leaning towards sweet! Can’t ignore these cravings!

November 15, 2012 11:24 AM
Zarah said...

Sweet! ?

November 15, 2012 11:25 AM
Marcia said...

The sweet set, the gluten free one in particular, Please!!

November 15, 2012 11:26 AM
Connie said...

I’m absolutely dying over these sweet selections!!! My three little girls would LOVE those adorable cupcakes!

November 15, 2012 11:30 AM
Nicolle said...


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