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!

Jessica K said...

The Sweet Set please!

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

Sweet, for sure! Thanks for the great book ideas!

November 15, 2012 11:31 AM
Andrea said...

It’s hard to choose, but I choose savory.

November 15, 2012 11:33 AM
Gena@BakeAllTheThings! said...


November 15, 2012 11:34 AM
Connie said...

Definitely the sweet! With all those holidays coming up we’ve got lots of baking going on!

November 15, 2012 11:36 AM
Austin said...

The cheesemongers and newlywed cookbooks tipped me over the edge (as I’m getting married soon)!

November 15, 2012 11:37 AM
Jamie G said...

Both are great, but the winner has to be savory! Happy Thanksgiving and beginning of the holiday season!

November 15, 2012 11:38 AM
Laura P. said...

Sweet set because it includes the Cake Pops book!

November 15, 2012 11:39 AM
Chanie said...

Those cookies and cupcakes sure look yummy! I’d go for the sweets!

November 15, 2012 11:39 AM
Chanie said...

There’s no such thing as too much chocolate! I’d love the sweet selection! Thanks so much!

November 15, 2012 11:41 AM
Carolina Fernandes said...

I need the sweet please!

November 15, 2012 11:43 AM
Ryan said...

I think i would definitely prefer the savory.

November 15, 2012 11:45 AM
Laura Brown said...

I have to pick one?!?! Both look luscious – but I think I may choose the savory ones…but the sweet is great too!

November 15, 2012 11:46 AM
Vivian said...

Savoury all the way!!!

November 15, 2012 11:47 AM
Tracy Stats said...

Something sweet to make jury duty better!

November 15, 2012 11:50 AM
Jen W said...

Oooh – it’s a toughie. They all look wonderful! I think I’d have to opt for the sweet, though… :)

November 15, 2012 11:50 AM
Catheryne said...

Both sets look absolutely wonderful but I would have to pick sweet…just looking at the covers are inspiring me to bake delightful treats!:)

November 15, 2012 11:52 AM
Amanda said...

I would definitely pick the sweet!

November 15, 2012 11:53 AM
Ruthy said...

Love them all! Just took a bite of my screen…

November 15, 2012 11:55 AM
Adriana said...

Definitely the SWEET!

November 15, 2012 11:56 AM
Sandy Sayers said...

Savory please! They look amazing. I wouldn’t get any housework done for a year!

November 15, 2012 12:05 PM
Carey said...

Sweets! I’m trying out gluten-free living, so the gluten-free baking excited me.

November 15, 2012 12:07 PM
Rachel said...

Would love the savory.

November 15, 2012 12:07 PM
Shannon said...

Oh wow, this is so awesome! I’m torn, but gonna go for SWEET!

November 15, 2012 12:08 PM
Hannah said...

Oh goodness… either would be great, but I think I have to go savory as I constantly buy the sweet ones. Variety is the spice of life!

November 15, 2012 12:12 PM
Cathleen said...


I love using your blog for all my baking needs, so would love a set of your savory cookbooks. (As a college grad, I think it’s about time that I stop eating out and substituting cookies for dinner!)

Thanks for your wonderful recipes and blog entries!

November 15, 2012 12:17 PM
Maggie said...

Sweet. Since I read all cookbooks like novels and I actually use more savory recipes, it makes me love the sweet recipes all the more. Thanks for the offer!

November 15, 2012 12:17 PM
Nicole said...

Sweet!! These would come in handy for holiday parties!!

November 15, 2012 12:19 PM
Megan M. said...


November 15, 2012 12:19 PM
Ying said...

Oolala i’d go for sumthin’ sweeeeet

November 15, 2012 12:23 PM
Michelle said...

i love to get books as gifts

November 15, 2012 12:23 PM
Lene said...


November 15, 2012 12:23 PM
Nancy T. said...

Sweet selections, please. What a great giveaway, thanks!

November 15, 2012 12:25 PM
Denise said...

I would love to give The Cheesemonger’s Kitchen as a gift – I have a friend who would adore it!

November 15, 2012 12:25 PM
Aimee said...

Sweet, no question!

November 15, 2012 12:27 PM
Kaitlyn said...

Oh man…this is so hard to choose between the two! Can we do like a half and half deal? Haha. Both sets look amazing, but I guess I would say the sweet set. <3

November 15, 2012 12:28 PM
Jaana said...

Since I should probably eat less “sweet”, I’ll pick savoury! Great giveaway!

November 15, 2012 12:30 PM
Aimee said...

I would love the sweetsssss..

November 15, 2012 12:36 PM
Amanda said...

Savory! I’m a cupcake fanatic but since I’m a brand new wife (4 months!) I could probably use a little help from the Newlywed book :)

November 15, 2012 12:43 PM
jennifer said...

Sweet, please! But they all look SO good! And now I’m hungry. :)

November 15, 2012 12:45 PM
Julie said...

Definitely the sweet set. I love to bake!

November 15, 2012 12:45 PM
Jess B said...

Savory! Yum (though really 5 and 5 would make the perfect meal…)

November 15, 2012 12:51 PM
Stephie said...

Sweet, definitely. They all look like a great collection.

November 15, 2012 12:52 PM
Jackie Keck said...

Though I do love my sweets, I gotta go with the savory collection of books.

November 15, 2012 12:54 PM
Will said...

Sweet. Only for my wife :)

November 15, 2012 12:55 PM
Caitlyn said...

I think I’d have to say Savory, as much as I love to bake… but what an awesome giveaway!

November 15, 2012 12:56 PM
foo @ foobella designs said...

I am definitely a savory kind of girl, please. =)

Not that I don’t drool over your cakepops. I mean, they do keep me coming back time and again! ha.

November 15, 2012 01:00 PM
Jason said...

Sweet. Please and thank you.

November 15, 2012 01:06 PM
Samantha S said...

Sweet please!!! They look amazing!

November 15, 2012 01:08 PM
Wendy said...

Both look marvelous but if pressed I’d have to choose savory. Thanks!

November 15, 2012 01:09 PM
Kirstin said...

sweets! :)

November 15, 2012 01:10 PM
Joel said...

My wife would want sweets!

November 15, 2012 01:10 PM
Morgan said...

Sweets! :)

November 15, 2012 01:11 PM
estefania said...

I love love sweet stuff!!!….. so uhmmm…. ill go with sweet

November 15, 2012 01:14 PM
Joan B said...

What a great giveaway. I’d love to win the savory set.

November 15, 2012 01:20 PM
Amy said...

Oh my, what great books! I’d have to go with the sweet set :)

November 15, 2012 01:23 PM
Jessica DuMouchel said...

Ahh…such a tough decision…I would love both sets but if I had to pick one it would probably be Sweet…the hand held pies and cake simple one look amazing!

November 15, 2012 01:26 PM
Kate said...

SWEET! I will never be able to get enough dessert cookbooks in my repertoire.

November 15, 2012 01:32 PM
Deanna said...

Sweet please! Such fun!

November 15, 2012 01:32 PM
Ashley Addison said...

I would absolutely love to have the sweets group. That would be awesome!!!

November 15, 2012 01:37 PM
Janine said...

I would have to go savoury, I already have most of the sweet as I have a baking recipe book addiction!!

November 15, 2012 01:37 PM
Nancy R. said...

They both look wonderful, but I’d chose savory.

November 15, 2012 01:39 PM
Janine said...

Savoury this time as I already have most of the sweet as I have a baking recipe book addiction!

November 15, 2012 01:40 PM
Dava said...

I’d love the sweet set!

November 15, 2012 01:43 PM
Kerry said...

I’m thinking the sweet set!

Happy Holidays and thanks for being YOU!

November 15, 2012 01:44 PM
Jessica said...

Savory would be fun, but I have the biggest sweet tooth!! So sweet it is!! :D

November 15, 2012 01:45 PM
Noelle Konsbruck said...

So hard to choose! All the covers look so pretty and interesting. I’ll go with Sweet, since I am wanting Bakerella’s newest book under my tree.

November 15, 2012 01:45 PM
Doris said...

I will tell you if I win :)

November 15, 2012 01:48 PM
dls_in_il said...

The savory was tempting but I’d go with the Sweet – I could have so much fun!

November 15, 2012 01:50 PM
Jean said...

Sweet is my favorite.

November 15, 2012 01:51 PM
Lorraine Hurd said...

Would love to be entered,…as you can see from my email addy–I AM very crafty!! Happy Turkey day!!

November 15, 2012 01:52 PM
Carlijn said...

The sweet set looks delicious!! So that would be the one for me!

November 15, 2012 01:54 PM
Akemi said...

What a fun and great idea for gift giving. :)

Savory, please!

November 15, 2012 01:57 PM
Melissa H said...

Wow, choosing is tough….ummmmm sweet it is!

November 15, 2012 02:04 PM
Julie said...

Would definitely have to be SWEET!

November 15, 2012 02:05 PM
Michal said...

Both sets look great, but I have to choose – sweets!

November 15, 2012 02:09 PM
Mary said...

Either would be great but I would have to go with sweet.

November 15, 2012 02:10 PM
Jerri Patton said...

I would love to win the savory books. Thank you so much for having this giveaway.

November 15, 2012 02:12 PM
becky wuerfele said...

Hard to decide, loving to bake, i would have to choose
the sweet collection. How amazing of you to give us a chance to win!

November 15, 2012 02:12 PM
Lani said...

Such a tough choice but….Savoury. Literally drooling looking at the covers

November 15, 2012 02:15 PM
Elleno said...

I love the looks of the sweet books, but while I feel somewhat accomplished in Sweets, Savory is an area I want to CONQUER! I say – Savory!!

November 15, 2012 02:17 PM
Seema S. said...

Sweet, sweet, sweet all the way! :)

November 15, 2012 02:23 PM
Violetta said...

I have such a sweet tooth, but the savory also looks delicious.
I think I’ll go with sweet :)

November 15, 2012 02:23 PM
Therese R said...

Sweet of course!!

November 15, 2012 02:24 PM
melissa mcmurtry said...

It’s so hard to choose, but I’m A sweets girl through and through! so i pick sweets!!!

November 15, 2012 02:24 PM
se7en said...

Oh the Savory stack has piqued my interest!!! Off to check them out!!!

November 15, 2012 02:26 PM
Kristi said...

Wow – both sets look terrific. I would like the Sweet set a bit more ;)

November 15, 2012 02:27 PM
Janis said...

Oh my, this was a hard decision. I love to cook and I love to bake. But I have tons of savory cookbooks and not enough sweet ones, sooooo… SWEET it is!
(Still a very hard decision.)

November 15, 2012 02:29 PM
Tiffany said...

Savory all the way! Yum yum!

November 15, 2012 02:29 PM
Eren said...

The first one because PIE. HANDHELD PIE. Mmmm.

November 15, 2012 02:33 PM
Rocio S.E. said...

Oh my god!!I need any of them!! Sweet one, i´d like any, they are awesome!


November 15, 2012 02:34 PM
Faith said...

Both look amazing…! I would normally go for sweet, but today was my first day of working out in a long time, so I think I will have to say Savory;o).

November 15, 2012 02:34 PM
Lizzie said...

Sweeeet please! Plus my mums gluten free so that cookbook would be a greaat christmas present :D

November 15, 2012 02:35 PM
Sheri G said...

What a tough choice! But, I’ll take Savory please :))

November 15, 2012 02:38 PM
Courtney said...

Sweet please! I’m a total sweet tooth… *blush*

November 15, 2012 02:43 PM
Ruthie said...

Sweet!! What an amazing group of cookbooks. Drooling… :)

November 15, 2012 02:43 PM
Dawn said...

Totally torn but I think I’ll go with Sweet!

November 15, 2012 02:45 PM
Lindsay G. said...

Wow, I’d love the Savory Set! I’m getting hungry and inspired just looking at the covers…..

November 15, 2012 02:46 PM
Lexi said...

Sweet! I’m absolutely all about the sweets! All day every day :) Fingers crossed!

November 15, 2012 02:47 PM
Chelsea b said...

As much as the sweet is tempting I’m going to pick the savory :)

November 15, 2012 02:47 PM
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