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! 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!

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4,336 comments on “Give Books”

  1. Savory please. I love to bake and and pretty decent. However , I cannot cook my family a tasty meal!

  2. Savoury for me…. although sweet is soooo tempting!

  3. Sweet!! For sure!! All that ooey-gooey goodness…

  4. Saaaaaavory! I love sweets but that collection you have for savory made me salivate profusely!

  5. Sweet for sure! Great choices!

  6. Sweet, no doubt about it!

  7. I’ll go for Sweet as I have lots of “savory books”.

  8. Loving the sweet set!

    And I love Chronicle. Such creativity there…

  9. Do I have any chance? Because I’m from Poland :(

  10. Sweet, of course!!!!

  11. Sweet, please. :)

  12. OMG amazing giveaway! At first I thought I would choose sweet without a second thought, but then i scrolled down and wow, SAVORY all the way!

  13. Such a hard decision! While I love the idea of the “Sweet” books, I’m afraid I’ll have to go with “Savory” so I don’t cook up too many sweets, especially over the holidays!

  14. This is so generous – I’m a mad keen recipe hoarder and would love sweet or savoury … but savoury would be my first choice!

  15. Would love to win the savory! As a newlywed, I’m still getting my feet wet in the kitchen… new cookbooks would help improve the process! Happy holidays! Xo.

  16. What a better give away than a book can be when there is no end to education and as life get sweet after a smile of a child in your arms my journey continue now in the sweet world of baking from home and with my kids, please I would love the collection of sweet books. Thanks.

  17. I’d love to have both!! :) Kidding aside, I think I would have SAVORY this time.

  18. Going for the savory! great books!

  19. the sweet for sure!!

  20. The savory look super yummy, but the sweets are calling my name! Thank you for doing all of these fun give aways!

  21. Love books…period! But if I have to choose, savory please. Thank you for sharing about this wonderful campaign!

  22. I’d have to choose sweet even though I think “eat like a man” might be a good book for my sons:@)

  23. The sweet set would be my wish as it contains the coveted Cake Pops Holiday book =)

  24. Oh, definitely sweet! Sugar runs in my veins LOL. The two big draws are the Holiday Pops and Gluten Free baking! Thank you very much for the wonderful opportunity!

  25. I would definitely love the sweet group. Baking is what i love to do, especially with the holidays already here! :D

  26. Definitely sweet for me….

  27. Sweet for the sweet!!!!

  28. Sweet, those cookbooks look like their full of yummy recipes

  29. I’m already sweet so bring on the savory!!

  30. Sweet! Definitely sweet, I have such a sweet tooth! Though my partner is more savory so either would be fantastic!

  31. Definitely sweet!

  32. Sweet defiantly, I do have to say though I will have to put the Trueblood cookbook on my wish list for Santa.

  33. I’ll go for sweet too…

  34. Sweet please :)

  35. I love giving books too! I like giving classic children’s books as a gift for new babies :)
    (and savoury, please – the sweets look great, but if I’ll make them I’ll eat them… all of them.)

  36. The Sweet ones look AMAZING!!

  37. Love both selections… sweet wins though!!! :)

  38. Definitely sweet for me, please :-)

  39. Sweet collection definitely! Love your picks…such great books and authors.

  40. Definitely sweet! Much more fun to do with my 3-year-old boy who’s just starting to love cooking! :-)

  41. Savory it is, without a doubt.

  42. Sweet please!

  43. Will definitely pick the sweet series. I’m an avid foodie and would appreciate sharing cook books to my friends. Whew, the savory collection is awesome as well.

  44. Savoury please. Thank you for putting your selections up – I love a little book inspiration.

  45. Both options look so good, but I definitely have to choose sweet. :)

  46. I love to bake so gotta go sweet!

  47. Those sweet books look fantastic!!

  48. Savory please :)

  49. SWEET!! Yeah, sweets please.

  50. mmmmm yummayyy!! SWEET!

  51. Both? But I’ll take sweet anyday of the week!

  52. Definitely sweet :)

  53. Beautiful post. Sweet, definitely :)

  54. Definitely sweet :)

  55. definately the SWEET! love to bake

  56. Sweet, sweet, sweet baby!

  57. Sweet!! Miam^^

    Thanks so much!

  58. I think I’d say the savoury set!

  59. decisions decisons!
    Whilst I am such a sweet and pretty kind of girl I love the selections in the savoury including the true blood book eek will have to go savoury!
    I think this is a great idea I love to give books for presents x

  60. Ah they all look amazing!! I gotta say the pint sized pies are too cute though so I gotta go for the sweet set!

  61. Sweet for sure! I love sweets heaps!!

  62. The sweet set please!

  63. Now this is a difficult one… But it has to be the sweet collection for me!

  64. I’d have to say Sweet. Love gifting books!! Thank you for the chance to win and also for inspiring us to get creative.

  65. Sweet!!! No doubt

  66. I would LOVE to win savory! I think that would be awesome to try savory things for a change :)

    Thanks for the chance to win…

    Mrs. DeLo

  67. Love the Sweet Collection. I’m always a fan of giving books, such a great give away!

  68. Savory looks amazing (the True Blood book oh my god!) but with the way I cook, I’m going to have to go with Sweet :D

  69. Sweet ….sweet give-away! Sweet definetly is the set for me.

  70. Ummm…Savory!

  71. Savory! Plenty has been on my wish list for a year!

  72. Sweet please!

  73. Sweet!! :)

  74. AS much as I should probably say savoury I’m going to have to go with SWEET!! Thanks so much for a chance to win! HUgsxx

  75. The Sweet set for sure!

  76. I would have to go savory. The vegetable book got me.

  77. Oh my!!! This is a real treat! If I win I will choose the sweet set, there’s your holiday cake pops book too! Fingers crossed…

  78. Sweeeet please! Thank you for this great giveaway!

  79. Sweet … no, savory … no, wait!, sweet! ..

    Argh … Okay, I’ll go with savory! :P

  80. I think I would prefer sweet.

  81. Sweet… I love cookbooks of any sort. Thanks for the give-away.

  82. FANTASTIC BOOK SELECTIONS! I’ve got to say “savory”… I’m all about the sweet, but I need to tweak my savory skills. I’m intrigued by all the books, and anyone of them would be a great addition to my little cookbook library. It’s also a good list to leave about in case my man is wondering what to get me for Christmas!

  83. I sure am a sweet tooth person!there are too many choices! can’t wait for the results :)

  84. Sweet, for sure!!

  85. Hmmm… I make way too much sweet.. so savoury for me please!!

  86. Sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet!!!! With those books, I could bake for years!

  87. Baking a SWEET treat from scratch brings along more smiles than one…Winning the SWEET group of ten would help me continue to do what I love most…Bake, Eat, Share, and Smile:)

  88. I would love them all but I have to go with sweet.

  89. SWEET!!! SWEET!!!! that’s just the bets gift to get for christmas….

  90. All of the books look amazing, and I really want the Newlywed cookbook, but I’m going for “Sweet” on this one! :)
    Fingers crossed ;)

  91. Even though I would love the Savory set, I think I would prefer the Sweet one.

  92. Books are always on my Christmas list, both to give and receive. Especially SWEET ones!

  93. This is tough! I would have to go with sweet, but I would be tickled pink to win either!

  94. hmmm, hard choice but I’d choose Savory! I have a USA address if I win, so you won’t have to ship out of country, even though I’m not there physically. Thanks for the chance.

  95. So hard to choose, but because I have some of the sweets already, I’m going to say savory!

  96. Sweet, definitely sweet! I have far too many baking books already, but then again, can you ever really have too many baking books?

  97. SWEET set please!!!
    I am a huge fan and love all that you do and bake! Cool stuff like this don’t happen in the Asia area! I would love to win that for sure :DD it would be fanastic!!

  98. Sweet, most absolutely sweet.

  99. I would love to win the sweet books, when i finish my studies i’m keen to start my own little bakery!

  100. Sweet, sweet,sweet for sure! ^_^

  101. Sweet!! Thank you

  102. Can’t we pick half and half ? ; )
    I want sweet, but I think I’d pick savory.

  103. Oooooo! Savory please!

  104. Sweet!! But the True Blood one looks so good too!

  105. I would love both groups, but if I have to choose, I’ll go with the sweet books :o)

  106. Both sets are awesome! Savory looks delicious!

  107. This is awesome! I’d love both but I teach Food and Nutrition so I guess Savoury would cover more bases for my kids. Thank youuuu!

  108. I love to bake so I would have to say SWEET!!

  109. So hard to pick. But I must go with Savory. Yum!

  110. SWEET all the way!!!! Although I would love a good Italian cookbok.

  111. Savory, no doubt.
    Especially “Plenty” and “Keys to the kitchen”.

  112. Hard pick! But I’ll pick savory. Yum!

  113. These look amazing!! I def have a sweet tooth, so I’d say the sweet collection pretty please, with sugar on top ;)

  114. oh! it’s so hard to choose! Sweet, please)

  115. Sweet most definitely! Tartine box set, what a bonus.

  116. I’m all for sweet!

  117. I’m so much better at making sweet things than savory things so I would love to win the sweets books.

  118. SAVORY obviously…although I love SWEET

  119. I’d love to have the sweet set, but wouldn’t mind the savory either ;)

  120. Tough choice but the Savory collection is tempting me the most this morning.

  121. These look amazing!! I def have a sweet tooth, so I’d say the sweet collection pretty please, with sugar on top ;)

  122. Love them all, but sweet please!!

  123. Hmmm, I just moved to another country and my cookbooks are left behind in Canada, so I’d like to replenish my savoury stack!! Thanks for the contest! So sweet of you :)

  124. Wow that is a tough one!! But I think I’ll go with savory.

  125. sweet! would love to make all those little goodies for christmas time!!

  126. Sweeeeeeeet !
    Everything looks delicious…

  127. I would love the savory set! just because there is a true blood book in there :-D

  128. Who wouldn’t love any of these books?! But gotta go with savory. The newlywed cookbook is super cute!


  130. Sweet anytime!!

  131. Def SWEET for sure!! I collect baking cookbooks and all these are MUST HAVES!!!

  132. Who wouldn’t love any of these books?!! I gotta go with savory. I think the newlywed cookbook is super cute!

  133. I would have to go with the sweet set!

  134. Most def SWEET for sure!!! I collect baking cookbooks!!

  135. Sweet! Definitely sweet, oh yesss.

  136. I love reading new books and finding new favorite recipes! Especially when they satisfy my sweet tooth! :0)

  137. I would love sweet =)

  138. Both sets look wonderful, but I’m a sucker for sweets and baked goods – and I’ve got a coworker who’s been wanting pies, so that Handheld Pies book is calling my name.

    So definitely the sweet set!

  139. Sweet for sure! Fingers crossed…

  140. Sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeet!

  141. Sweet sweet sweet :):):)

  142. Sweet sweet sweet!!! thanx :)

  143. Sweet, please!!!

  144. What a great idea! I would love that Sweet set.

  145. SWEET!!! OH YEAH, SWEET!!!!!

  146. Ooh, this is tough! I’m normally more into savoury, but I already own Plenty (it is fabulous, everyone) and I’m a vegetarian so I have a feeling there wouldn’t be much in the Esquire one for me, so it’d be sweet!

  147. Sweet, every time!

  148. All those books look amazing! I’m definietly going with sweet tho (:

  149. How cool! I would love to win the savory books… just because I spotted a true blood book in there :-)

  150. OOoh, i love both batchs, but i love the sweet one because there is the bakerella´s new book! ^^

  151. What a wonderful selection! Sweets, please :-D
    Thanks Bakerella ;-)

  152. I’m a sugar baby so it’s gotta be sweet for me!

  153. I would have to go for savoury because I own most of the sweet ones already! I would give The Newlywed Cookbook to my sister and her husband (only newly wed themselves) and Plenty to my best friend. The rest I would cook delicious dinners from and share with them of course :)

  154. It’s harder to choose but I have to say sweet!!

  155. Wow, these are amazing books. I would definitely go for the sweet ones! Thanks so much

  156. Sweet please :) !
    Greetings from Belgium !

  157. Oh my gosh, best giveaway ever! I would love love love to win the Sweet ones, they’d make for a tasty Christmas!

  158. Savory, please!

  159. all the books look great! but sweet for sure! thanks for setting this up!

  160. Ooh that is a tough choice, but I’d go with the Sweet set :D

  161. hello from switzerland ! i like both sets a lot !!
    but still i prefer the sweet set :)

  162. Thanks for doing this giveaway! I am surprising myself by saying savory as I typically prefer baking over regular cooking. It is high time that I tried to become a better cook:)

  163. I would go for the Savory, I for sure want the True Blood cookbook. Gumbo and Po Boys? Umm yes please!

  164. What an awesome idea, I know I could pay it forward too! I would love the sweet set, but they all look awesome!

  165. SWEET….please!

  166. Even thought that “Plenty” vegetable book looks REALLY amazing, I’m a vegetarian and there seems to be a LOT of meat in those savory cookbooks, sadly. I’ll have to say SWEET! :D

  167. Savory for me. But both sets are great choices.

  168. Sweet for sure!

  169. These look AMAZING :)
    I would love the Savory ones!

  170. I’d Love Either Set because i LOVE cookbooks of all kinds but if i was forced to pick i would have to go with the Sweet! I Love Baking, Plan on going to school for baking and Work in a bakery so i would get more use out of the sweet i think.

  171. I eat too many sweets, so I’d say savory!

  172. Those books are a true work of art. To choose between sweet and savoury would just be so wrong….like having a favourite child.

  173. *drools* Oh, the choices, the choices… Either one would be good by me, but I think SWEET wins by a pinch!

  174. Sweet it would be :)

  175. I’m al up for savory…!

  176. Sweet please.
    Thank You and greetings from Poland :)

  177. Wow, tough choice! I’m usually all about the sweet – but this time, I think I HAVE to go with that mouthwatering savory collection!

  178. Hold on a sec, let me just clean up the drool from my keyboard.

    Due to the fact that I have not one sweet tooth but my whole mouth lives for sweets, I’d have to go for the sweet books! A no-brainer for me ahahaha! Especially “Desserts for the Serious Sweet Tooth,” that book looks like it’ll make me cry.

  179. Decisions, decisions……I would like both but as I am forced to choose I will pick sweet please.

  180. the sweet set for sure. I already have who would get most of them.

  181. I have such a sweet tooth that I think my teeth are literally made of sugar and it’s fabulous

  182. Sweet of course !!!!

  183. Great giveaway =D definitely SWEET for me :)

  184. SWEEEEET! Because if it won’t work out like expected it is still sweet :) Gooey or messy, but still sweet!

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