Tuesday, December 14, 2010

I *heart* Good Books! (a giveaway x 2)

I love a good book.  Just ask my local library, where my fines are currently....$11.70.

Since it's so close to Christmas, I'm giving away TWO fabulous books today. Both would make wonderful gifts for the holidays!
ONE:  The Reluctant Entertainer : Every Woman's Guide to Simple and Gracious Hospitality by Sandy Coughlin
You've probably heard of Sandy before.  She blogs over at, big surprise, Reluctant Entertainer. {Isn't she adorable?}

I needed this book.  I love the IDEA of entertaining.  I dream, I make plans....and then I think, "I don't like my kitchen curtains. The grout in the bathroom needs resealing. If only the backyard were landscaped. There's a red wine stain on the rug....and on and on...."  {Do you do this, too?}
Well, Sandy has made me a changed woman.  Entertaining is not about being Martha Stewart (love you, Martha); it's about hospitality.  It's about the people you'd like to invite into your home and get to know better. It's ok to entertain even if you don't have 8 matching soup bowls.

Reluctant Entertainer is filled with entertaining tips, advice and even easy recipes. You'll love it! And I think you will be inspired to open up your home and your heart. ♥

Two: 1,000 Ideas for Decorating Cupcakes, Cookies & Cakes by Sandra Salamony and Gina Brown

I had heard a lot about this book because so many of my favorite bloggy friends are featured in it: Meaghan from The Decorated Cookie, Amanda from i am baker and Marian from Sweetopia to name just a few.
Well, if you want some baking inspiration, this is the book for you!  It is PACKED with gorgeous, inventive cookies, cupcakes and cakes.  I was wowed on every page.
The book doesn't have step-by-step instructions, but in the back of the book, it does list the elements used, such as fondant, royal icing, etc.

This is another QUICK giveaway....the winners will be picked Thursday, December 16th at 8pm CST.
Giveaway closed.


To enter: tell me your current favorite entertaining or cookbook (...and whether or not you already have one of these books at home.)


Extra entry: tweet it! (Leave a separate comment, please.) 

***Giveaway now closed.***

804 comments:

  1. Great giveaway! My favorite entertaining book is Pam Anderson's Perfect One Dish Dinners...but I'd love to add these books to my collection. :-)

    ReplyDelete
  2. I love my Better Homes and Garden Cookbook, but lately get most of my recipes from blogs. I would love to learn about entertaining and get over my fears of it!!

    ReplyDelete
  3. I don't own many cookbooks but the one on my counter is Pioneer Woman's. Most of the time I google for recipes.

    ReplyDelete
  4. My favorite entertaining book is Williams-Sonoma's Entertaining. I love when a book shows you not only recipes, but how to tie it all together in a pretty way.

    ReplyDelete
  5. My favorite cookbook is America's Test Kitchen Family Cookbook (I also love their Baking cookbook!)

    I have neither of these books!!

    ReplyDelete
  6. The good housekeeping newly wed cookbook!

    ReplyDelete
  7. I am a reluctant entertainer as well! I feel like my place is always a mess and that my slobbish ways will be judged and therefore nobody will eat the food because I am a slob! Haha!
    My current favorite cookbook is RLB's Bread Bible (an oldie) because it has given me the courage to make bread!

    ReplyDelete
  8. My favorite entertaining is our weekly game night with a few of our still single friends every Wednesday. My husband had game night before we got married 9 1/2 years ago and we have kept it up, only missing a dozen or so nights. I like to make treats that day because they will help me eat them.

    ReplyDelete
  9. my current favorite cookbook is Pioneer Woman's - she makes the kind of down home food I grew up with!

    ReplyDelete
  10. I don't have ANY cookbooks. But I do love to frequent Allrecipes.com and find some new recipes. I think of it as a rated cookbook. I'd love LOVE L-O-V-E to have a copy of 1000 cookies though! It's a picture book for entertainers.

    ReplyDelete
  11. I honestly dont have any!! =( I totally need these!

    ReplyDelete
  12. I currently don't have a favourite entertaining book! I could definitely use one in my life

    ReplyDelete
  13. I don't own an an entertainment book yet. Right now, i'd have to say my favorite cookbook is the one my grandmother's homemade book that she put together over the years, it's got a bit of everything.

    ReplyDelete
  14. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  15. I love any of the Gooseberry Patch or Paula Deen cookbooks!!!

    ReplyDelete
  16. I love my Cooking Light "year-in-review" cookbooks - they have a recipe for almost anything I could need, and I don't have to feel guilty!

    ReplyDelete
  17. I only started my foodie adventure 4 months ago and still have yet to acquire any cookbooks. I know, sad. Much of what I do comes what I find on the net or in magazines.

    I'd love to be able to learn to bake and decorate better as well as how to entertain. Both of those books would be a real treat to add to my home.

    ReplyDelete
  18. Mine is Kulinarya. It's a collection of the best the Philippine Cuisine has to offer :)

    I tweeted @i_am_bakehappy

    ReplyDelete
  19. I have been downsizing my CB collection, but still use the one from my kids' grade school for simple, fast, tried-and-true recipes. Mostly looking online these days! Have a spot saved for these already!

    ReplyDelete
  20. Oh my, I don't have either of these books but want them both! I love to entertain and can always do better.

    ReplyDelete
  21. The Magnolia Bakery cookbooks are my all time favs!

    ReplyDelete
  22. I don't have either of these books. My favorite entertaining cookbook is Paula Deen's "The Lady and Sons Just Desserts" b/c everything I have tried has been great and they are always big hits!

    ReplyDelete
  23. It may be dated, but my hand-me-down (from Mom) copy of Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook is my favorite, and still the starting point for many recipes. :)

    ReplyDelete
  24. My favorite cookbook is Ina Garten's Barefoot Contessa at Home. LOVE it!
    What a great giveaway! :)

    ReplyDelete
  25. My favorite is Barefoot Contessa Back To Basics. Her recipes are very well written and always delicious. Plus I love all the tips and menus throughout the book. I'd like a copy of reluctant entertainer b/c I don't always have the time to do a fancy martha style event.

    ReplyDelete
  26. My favorite cookbook is Pirate's Pantry by the Junior League of Lake Charles.

    ReplyDelete
  27. I don't have any entertaining books, my favorite cookbook right now is "Taste of Wyoming" I got it at a family reunion auction and have made several of the recipes.

    ReplyDelete
  28. Like so many others, I get most of my recipes from bloggers like you. The first cookbook I ever bought was a Betty Crocker cookbook, though, and I still use it alongside my Better Homes & Gardens book.

    ReplyDelete
  29. I'm currently working my way through Williams-Sonoma's "Comfort Food." The Lasagna Bolognese sauce literally (figuratively) blew my mind. So good, it almost didn't make it into the pan and has officially replaced my other recipe.
    For entertaining, Amy Sedaris' "I Like You: Hospitality Under The Influence" is hilarious. Good/cheap/insane ways to keep dinner parties fresh. I got it as a gift a few years ago and still go back to it now.
    I don't have either of the books that you've mentioned in your giveaway.

    ReplyDelete
  30. My mother-in-law recently gave me the Pioneer Woman's cookbook and it has become a fast favorite. As a novice baker I really appreciate all the great photos. I don't have either of these books but would love their expertise! I found your blog after your cookie retreat with the Pioneer Woman - made your cookies (well... one giant cookie) for my daughters first birthday... turned out amazing! THANKS!

    ReplyDelete
  31. Those cookbooks look great! I use 125 Best Cupcake Recipes by Julie Hasson a lot. Tons of great ideas and they're all pretty easy to whip up.

    ReplyDelete
  32. My favorite all-time cookbook is (don't laugh at me!) "Clueless in the Kitchen." Even though I'm no longer a teenager and no longer "clueless," the recipes are just so easy and delicious, I can't give it up!

    (Also, I work in a library, and saw someone with fines at $157.60 last night. Of course, we'll only charge $10. but still. Don't feel badly.)

    ReplyDelete
  33. I don't have any books on entertaining specifically, and I need one. I'm currently on the South Beach ditt, so that's my go to cookbook at the moment. I also consider allrecipes.com my cook book :)

    ReplyDelete
  34. I am not the best entertainer but am trying to do better! I live by Paula Deen! I don't think I've gotten a bad recipe from her!

    ReplyDelete
  35. I don't actually own any entertaining books yet but both of these look fabulous. I did buy Bakerella's book for my sister for Christmas and can't wait to borrow it:)

    ReplyDelete
  36. Looks like two great books. I have the reluctant entertainer and can't wait for a quiet moment to dive into it :) December is so hectic, it's sitting on my desk just patiently waiting for me. I'd love the 1,000 ideas book-it looks right up my alley!

    ReplyDelete
  37. I love my new Best Recipe cookbook! I just got it around Thanksgiving and already it's a favorite.

    ReplyDelete
  38. My favorite is one my mom made for me with all the family recipes in it!

    ReplyDelete
  39. Right now I'm using Cookie Craft for inspiration and fun Plus, their nutty cookies taste like Pecan Sandies!

    ReplyDelete
  40. I tweeted :)
    http://twitter.com/#!/createdbydiane/statuses/14720330920632320

    ReplyDelete
  41. I love all my martha stewart baking cookbooks, but I get great recipes from the internet.

    ReplyDelete
  42. Most of the time I just use recipes from our collection of family favorites, but I l.o.v.e. Cook's Country magazine. I would love to entertain more if I could figure out how to pull everything together to look really nice.

    ReplyDelete
  43. Christy Jordan's Southern Plate is my current cookbook of choice. Working my way through all the good southern recipes!

    ReplyDelete
  44. I'll have to say this year my favorite book is Serena's "Farm Chick's Christmas". It's so fun to look through, as well as get ideas from. Thanks for the chance to win!
    Christmas blessings, Heidi

    ReplyDelete
  45. Krystina Castella's Crazy about Cupcakes is my favorite. I don't have either of your giveaway books, but I'd like to add them to my collection.

    ReplyDelete
  46. I love the Pioneer Woman's cookbook. It is my absolute favorite! I also use the internet a lot to find fun recipes.

    ReplyDelete
  47. I'm a fix and forget it cookbook girl, OR i have a binder full of recipes that I've found online. Those are my two go to recipe books. I do NOT have either one of these books, but would LOVE the decorating idea book!!!

    ReplyDelete
  48. I don't have either of these books, so until then, my favorite entertaining book is this Tapas/small bites book that I can't recall the name of. The name isn't important, the fact that it's full of delicious, generally easy-to-make things and useful tips on putting them together with other dishes and themes, that's what's important!

    ReplyDelete
  49. I get most of my recipes from blogs these days, but the Better Homes and Gardens is what I started out with in college.

    ReplyDelete
  50. Bridget, I don't have either of these books, but they both look fantastic! I love Sandy's entertaining philosophy! I need to adopt such a philosophy, and let go of my humble home's many imperfections! :)

    Right now I am utilizing my Gooseberry Patch Christmas book, and enjoying it!

    ReplyDelete
  51. I love the America's Test Kitchen cookbook I have, but always am wanting more cookbooks! I don't have either, but they both look fabulous.

    ReplyDelete
  52. Right now, my favorite cookbook is a book my family gave me as a wedding shower gift with a collection all kinds of recipes from my mom, grandma and aunts! a family cookbook!

    ReplyDelete
  53. I love having my friends over for dinner. However my boyfriend tells me I over do it. My favorite cook book right now is Mosh Potatoes. Full of recipes from rock bands.

    ReplyDelete
  54. What a wonderful giveaway. I love Reluctant Entertainer. My favorite entertaining books are by Susan Branch.

    ReplyDelete
  55. My favorite entertaining books are the Southern Living Christmas series. My mother-in-law has given me one every year since our first in 1995. They are full of decorating ideas. Home made gift suggestions, and delicious recipes.

    ReplyDelete
  56. I am loving last years Taste of Home Christmas cookbook right now. Last week my husband and I attempted the soft pretzels--they were delicious! I would love to add either of the featured books to my still small collection of cookbooks.

    ReplyDelete
  57. My go to book this season has been my Christmas With Southern Living 2005. I don't have your giveawy book, but would love to receive it!
    Cindy Sherritt
    j.sherritt@tx.rr.com

    ReplyDelete
  58. William Sonoma Entertaining is my go to!

    ljyoung85 at gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  59. I can't get enough of Pioneer Woman Cooks! It's my go to book for any ideas I need from breakfast to dinner parties!

    ReplyDelete
  60. I am a recent newlywed so I don't have too many cookbooks to choose from, but I would have to pick the one my mother in law gave me (all her recipes). She is a great cook and best of all, I will never have to hear... my mom's is better... cause it will be her recipe (unless I mess it up ;))

    I have neither of these, but would LOVE either!!

    ReplyDelete
  61. I don't really have any good entertaining books but both the books you mentioned look amazing. I would love to win!

    ReplyDelete
  62. Thanks for the giveaway! My new favorite entertaining book is one I found in the Barnes&Noble bargain bin last week actually (whose name of course I can't remember). Such a steal!

    ReplyDelete
  63. My favorite entertaining book is Celebrations by RealSimple. It has a little bit of everything for every occasion/holiday!

    ReplyDelete
  64. My favorite cookbook right now is "Bite Me" ~ full of great recipes and lots of snark! :)

    ReplyDelete
  65. I dig into my Food Network magazines when I am looking for something new to cook! I do not have either book--they both look great!

    ReplyDelete
  66. I have many cookbooks, but when it comes to cooking, my mum is actually the best source! haha... But if I have to choose one book... I think "The Australian Women's Weekly: Afternoon Tea" is one of my favourites right now

    ReplyDelete
  67. I love the Flour Pot Cookie Pot for cookie inspiration!

    ReplyDelete
  68. I have neither of those books, they look fantastic! My favorite baking book is (duh) "Baking", by James Peterson. So many great little tips!

    ReplyDelete
  69. How does anyone pick just one?? Better Homes and Gardens is the basic one that I always fall back on. But I love them all!

    ReplyDelete
  70. My favorite cookbook is the one my mother put together for me as a wedding shower gift. It's full of my favorite family recipes.

    ReplyDelete
  71. I have a few good cookbooks, but none are as good as the handy dandy internet.

    The Reluctant Entertainer sounds like a great Christmas gift for my mother, she used to love entertaining, and this might be just the trick to get her hosting parties again.

    ReplyDelete
  72. My favorite cookbook is America's Test Kitchen Family Cookbook (I also love their Baking cookbook!)

    I would love either of these new books!

    ReplyDelete
  73. I love all of Ina Garten's books! They are great for entertaining.

    ReplyDelete
  74. Most of my recipes are from the internet, but my latest new cookbook is Pioneer Woman's. Would love to have these!

    ReplyDelete
  75. Southern Living Entertaining......It's tattered and torn and splattered all over.

    ReplyDelete
  76. I'm currently loving Cakepops by Bakerella. Just made my first batch last night!!

    ReplyDelete
  77. To be totally honest I don't really have any great cookbooks :( I have a Better Homes and Gardens book that I look to for all the techniques but then I just go on the internet to find recipes and ideas. I'd love one of these books!

    ReplyDelete
  78. My current favorite is Simply Salads by Jennifer Chandler. Quick salad recipes are life savers! I do not own the two giveaways but would love to add them to my collection :)

    ReplyDelete
  79. My current favorite cookbook is Ree's The Pioneer Woman Cooks I love it!

    ReplyDelete
  80. Awesome giveaway! My favorite cookbook as of late has been one made by my niece. So fun!

    ReplyDelete
  81. My current favorite cookbook is Cookie Craft Christmas! It has been fantastic inspiration for my holiday cookies this year. I don't have either of the giveaway books and would love either!

    ReplyDelete
  82. my current favorite isn't even a cook book, but a magazine! i know, for shame. i picked up a magazine filled with Appetizers so i could get new ideas for our Christmas party this year.

    ReplyDelete
  83. So Excited about this giveaway! Just finished Hosting two parties-so much fun! I love http://www.hostessblog.com/
    recently I discovered a party planner on pottery barn.com http://www.potterybarn.com/shop/holiday-decor/holiday-party-planner/?cm_type=gnav
    would love to win these books and have a hard copy close at hand when planning!

    ReplyDelete
  84. I don't have a favorite cookbook mainly because I use so many! I love PW's cookbook and my Paula Deen cookbooks. But I use blogs for inspiration too.

    ReplyDelete
  85. I am not sure I have a favorite cookbook although my standard is the Fanny Farmer. I do have a couple of favorite un-cookbooks. Matthew Kenney's Everyday Raw and Ani Phyo's Ani's Raw Desserts.

    I do not have either of the books you have there. Would love either but especially the dessert decorating one!!

    Thanks for the chance to win!

    ReplyDelete
  86. I don't have any entertaining books yet, but my favorite cookbook is "How to Cook Everything Vegetarian." Very helpful for me!

    ReplyDelete
  87. Currently, my favorite cookbook is Pioneer Woman's cookbook. I love her recipes and her attitude about feeding her family... it is definitely a keeper!

    ReplyDelete
  88. I do enjoy my Martha Stewart cooking school cookbook, but that does take effort to put a meal together worthy of guests! These cookbooks sound amazing!

    ReplyDelete
  89. I tend to use the internet for recipes more than cookbooks, but would love both of these cookbooks!! If I had to choose a favorite cookbook it would Pioneer Woman's!

    ReplyDelete
  90. My favorite cookbook? Hmmm... I have to choose? LOL. I'm going to go with Anyone can Cook by Better Homes and Garden

    ReplyDelete
  91. I don't have either of these... I mostly rely on blogs like yours and pioneer woman to help me with my food choices... but decorating for entertaining is beyond me!

    ReplyDelete
  92. Tweeted here: http://twitter.com/Melissa_M80

    ReplyDelete
  93. My current favorite is Downhome: Downtown, A Sonoma County Cookbook. I purchased it while visiting in Sonoma and it has lovely photograhy and delicious recipes using seasonal ingredients. Would enjoy adding these books to my growing cookbook collection...I especially need the encouragement on entertaining!

    ReplyDelete
  94. I really don't have an entertaining book, which is why I need one of these! :)

    ReplyDelete
  95. I don't have either of these books. But right now I'm loving Hello Cupcake and What's New Cupcake. Plus every edition of Martha's Christmas Cookie Magazine from the last 6 years.

    ReplyDelete
  96. I don't have either of these books. But right now I'm loving Hello Cupcake and What's New Cupcake. Plus every edition of Martha's Christmas Cookie Magazine from the last 6 years.

    ReplyDelete
  97. My favorite is my trusty old Better Homes & Gardens cookbook. I use it the most often, out of all of the cookbooks I've ever had! If I'm looking for something new, I generally look on the internet. :-)

    ReplyDelete
  98. What a wonderful giveaway! I love my Baked Explorations book. I would love to add either of these fabulous books to my collection!

    ReplyDelete
  99. Gotta be honest - my absolute favorite cookbook is the one I put together from over a hundred friends and family. It's a simple thing, just pages we print out for ourselves from the file, but the recipes are all tried and true and we update the book every few years.

    I don't have a lot of cookbooks (or either of the two you've shown), but I would love to get my hands on these! They look great!

    ReplyDelete
  100. I do not own either of these but right now my favorite cookbook is The Pioneer Woman cookbook. Love the step-by-step pictures!

    angelamsawyer at yahoo dot com

    ReplyDelete
  101. I just tweeted it. I did it twice!;) hope I win one:)

    ReplyDelete
  102. My favorite cookbook at the moment is "All About Braising" by Molly Stevens, and I don't have either book, but they both look delightful!

    ReplyDelete
  103. I don't have either of these books and I would love the one on cakes and cookies. It looked great. My favorite most useful cookbook is probably the Better Homes and Garden cookbook. I also like the Taste of Home bakesale cookbook.

    franksmelanie@yahoo.com

    ReplyDelete
  104. I don't have an entertaining book, which says to me that I could really use this. :)

    ReplyDelete
  105. Awesome giveaway! My current favorite cookbook is the Pioneer Woman's cookbook. I love it. I collect cookbooks and would love to add these to my bookshelves!

    ReplyDelete
  106. My current favorite are Bakerella's cake pop book and Hello, Cupcake. Such fun ideas!!

    ReplyDelete
  107. I don't have either of these books, and I don't really have any 'entertaining' books at all. I do like cooking just about any dish from The Pioneer Woman's cookbook, though, because everyone always loves it.

    ReplyDelete
  108. My red & white Betty Crocker cookbook from the 1980's.

    ReplyDelete
  109. I love my Paula Deen cookbooks. Paula Deen Celebrates is one of my favorites.
    I do not have either of these books. :)

    ReplyDelete
  110. I do not already have one of these books. My favorite entertaining book is Vegetarian Celebrations by Nava Atlas. Thanks!

    ReplyDelete
  111. If I have to turn to a book, my favorite is Taste of Home. As far as the entertaining part, I have been a college student for a year and nine months. When I entertained for Thanksgiving, my welcome speech was: "Come in, eat hearty, enjoy yourself, and don't pay attention to the house that has been ignored for a year and nine months." It worked!!

    ReplyDelete
  112. I have been using PW's recipe book for quite a few dinners, although one of my standbys when I need a recipe for a get-together is Joy of Cooking!

    ReplyDelete
  113. My Better Homes and Gardens cookbook is my favorite. But I'm starting to get into cookie decorating so I'd love that book!

    ReplyDelete
  114. I have many of Southern Living's cookbooks and I love them.

    ReplyDelete
  115. These books both look fabulous! I'm in the process of building my cookbook library after relying on the internet years and I just might have to add these if I don't win! I love hosting intimate dinner parties. A few friends and good food is an foolproof recipe for a good time!

    ReplyDelete
  116. I don't own it yet, but hope to after Christmas - it is Pam Anderson's Perfect One Dish Dinners. I would love to add 1,000 Ideas for Decorating Cupcakes, Cookies & Cakes to my collection!

    ReplyDelete
  117. My current favorite cookbook is Rose's Heavenly Cakes. I'm currently baking through it (as part of Heavenly Cake Bakers) and am on cake No. 50 (out of 93).

    I don't have either one of the 2 cookbooks. The 1,000 ideas one looks so good!

    ReplyDelete
  118. I LOVE Williams Sonoma Holiday Entertaing book too! It's filled with great table setting and decor ideas as well as elegant and easy recipes!
    I currently have the 1000 ideas book in my Amazon shopping cart! But haven't made the purchase yet, I am too busy spending all my money on gifts for everyone else :)

    ReplyDelete
  119. My current favorite book is Holiday Cookies by America's Test Kitchen. Love all the cookie recipes in it!

    ReplyDelete
  120. I have the In Style entertaining book. Not to mention recipes from Boy Meets Gril, cant beat that.

    Kelly

    ReplyDelete
  121. Right now I'm kind of into slow cooker cooking, but I'd love to entertain more (why is entertaining so terrifying for so many of us????) and that cookie/cupcake book is adorable. I'd love to win either one of these. Thanks for a fun, fun contet

    ReplyDelete
  122. I love to get most of my ideas from blogs. I don't have any entertaining books, but this one looks great. My favorite cookbook is one from the women in my church congregation when I was growing up. All the recipes are tried & tested!

    ReplyDelete
  123. My favourite cookbook is Dorie Greenspan's Baking, From My Home to Yours. Because in my mind, every great dinner party end with a fantastic dessert (the guests remember the chocolate fudge cake and not the kitchen curtains!).

    Love your blog!

    ReplyDelete
  124. I have so many favorites but I would have to say the Sur la Table baking book. Its HUGE and has so much good information in it!

    ReplyDelete
  125. My favorite right now is Gluten Free Girl and the Chef's book/cookbook, but both of these look wonderful!!

    ReplyDelete
  126. our fave (hubby & i) cookbook to refer to when entertaining is: "America's Test Kitchen Family Cookbook". I don't have that 2nd book on 1000 Decorating ides and would LOOOVE to win it :)

    ReplyDelete
  127. I don't have either of those books but they look great! My favourite is a cookbook on soups and the good ol' Betty Crocker cookbook.

    ReplyDelete
  128. I don't have a cookbook, just one that I've pieced together from favorite recipes!

    ReplyDelete
  129. My current favourite... The Pioneer Woman Cooks. {I just borrowed it from my library, and almost didn't return it on time!!}

    ReplyDelete
  130. My fave cookbook is the traditional Better Homes and Garden cookbook!

    ReplyDelete
  131. Both of these books look really nice!

    I love my Gooseberry Patch Christmas books.

    ReplyDelete
  132. One of my favorite cookbooks is Betty Crocker's Ultimate Cake Mix Cookbook - All of the recipes use a box of cake mix! Super easy and super delicious.

    ReplyDelete
  133. I either use my tried & true recipes or use those from my Cook's Illustrated Baked good cook book. I don't have either of those but would love to have them

    ReplyDelete
  134. I also tweeted! http://twitter.com/RandomArchivist/status/14738194402648064

    ReplyDelete
  135. GREAT!
    Thanks for hosting this! The one cookbook I have to have in my kitchen it the Joy of Cooking; because if I don't know how to make something(i.e. Artichokes or eggplant), I can look it up there.

    cowgirl _ creations (At) hotmail (dot) com

    ReplyDelete
  136. Twittered about this lovely givaway here: http://twitter.com/ChipmunksCorner/status/14738856448368640

    I am really interested in the reluctant entertainer. That looks great!

    ReplyDelete
  137. My favorite book right now is my cakepop book my mom just got me :)
    I am in love with pretty much anything that has to do with baking.
    pickleandcupcake@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  138. i always stop and drool over cook books, but I never buy them. Its hard on a student budget :( I usually print off recipes I like from the internet, but I dream of having cook books galore one day!

    ReplyDelete
  139. I love the Southern Living cookbooks-they have so much variety!

    ReplyDelete
  140. I really like my Sandra Lee Semi-Homemade slow cooker recipes. I love slow cooker recipes, and she has a lot that aren't just the same soup, chili, and stew like every other book.

    Those two books sound awesome! I don't have them yet, but I think it would be really neat to win (and if not find them on Amazon).

    ReplyDelete
  141. My current favorite is the Junior League of Houston's newest, "Peace Meals"! I'm a wanna be entertainer, and don't that often, but picture are inspiring and recipies are different from the basics I find elsewhere!

    ReplyDelete
  142. I'm not sure if I have a favorite entertaining book but I do enjoy reading "Real Simple" magazine.

    ReplyDelete
  143. My favorite cookbook is the old standby "Joy of Cooking". It normally has what I am looking for.

    ReplyDelete
  144. Costco gave out a cookbook one year, I think 2-3 years ago. I love it, it has so many wonderful recipes in it. I do not have either one of the books you have listed, but I am an avid baker and I was drooling over the pics in the 1000's book. :)
    ARFuller@cfl.rr.com

    ReplyDelete
  145. I love any cook book from the Cake Mix Doctor! Who doesn't love being able to pick a box up at the store, add a few things and make something delicious!

    ReplyDelete
  146. Honestly, my favorite "cookbook" is comprised of my favorite recipes from my family and from all the blogs I read. :) I do not currently own either of these books, but they both look lovely!

    ReplyDelete
  147. I don't have a favorite - which may be why we don't entertain very often. I would love to entertain more for sure!

    ReplyDelete
  148. My absolute favorite book is the 2007 Taste of Home Christmas Cookie recipe book. It's actually one of the $4.99 paper books that sit next to the checkout counter at the grocery store...but it has the BEST variety of Christmas cookies, and I use it every year...not just during Christmas time, but all year round! Several of the recipes have become regulars in my household. BTW, I am buying that decorating book, whether I win this or not! My mom would LOVE that, so thank you for posting about it!

    ReplyDelete
  149. Better Homes and Gardens! Such a good classic! Thanks for the chance!

    ReplyDelete
  150. My go-to cookbook is The Best of Cooking Light. The Angel Biscuits in that cookbook have become the must-have item at every holiday dinner!

    ReplyDelete
  151. My favorite cook book is Rose Levy-Berenbaums' Cake Bible. Not only does it gives the "hows" but it also gives the "whys". I would love to win one of the books your giving away! I don't have either :(

    ReplyDelete
  152. I love the 'wichcraft book I just received. So yummy!

    ReplyDelete
  153. I just got Artisan Bread in 5 minutes a day for my bday and I can't wait to bake so fresh bread for my next dinner party!

    ReplyDelete
  154. my favorite go-to party book is the Real Simple CELEBRATIONS! I do not have either of these and would LOVE them!

    ReplyDelete
  155. My favorite is the Pioneer Woman's Cookbook. And both of your giveaway books look great - I don't have either one!

    ReplyDelete
  156. I don't currently have an entertaining book, but this looks like a great way to start that collection.

    Side note... I won 1st place for 'appearance' at a work 'cookie smackdown' contest. I learned my decorating tips from your blog... so THANK YOU!!!

    ReplyDelete
  157. My Cookie Craft book is my favorite book right now. I just got into decorating cookies and this book is oh so fabulous. I do not have either one of these books at home....they would be great to have!!

    ReplyDelete
  158. I love my PW cookbook, have almost made everything in it!!

    ReplyDelete
  159. I have several favorites but the 2 I look at the most are Cookie Craft and River Road Recipes.

    ReplyDelete
  160. I love my Pioneer Woman Cookbook :)

    ReplyDelete
  161. I love my "Martha Stewart Cookies" book. Every time I make one of the cookies I put a little note about who it was for and when I made it. I hope to pass it on in my family some day!

    ReplyDelete
  162. Sadly I don't have any cook books. I call my mom every time I need a recipe. I'm not a great cook and I try my hardest. I am improving though. I rarely invite people over to eat because I'm too scared they will hate my cooking lol I am a much better baker and that is thanks to you! I love your recipes! I just made your gingerbread & royal icing recipe to make gingerbread houses. My kids loved it!

    ReplyDelete
  163. My favorite cookbook is the one my sister and I put together about 5 years ago. We added all our favorite recipes... I have a lot of new recipes I would love to add to it, but I still use that cookbook at least twice a week! I LOVE all types of books and would love to win either of these :

    ReplyDelete
  164. I don't have any books like either of these and would LOVE to learn more about entertaining and decorating baked goods. My current favorite a a homemade cookbook that my husband's family made - I love the tradition and stories behind favorite recipes.

    ReplyDelete
  165. I have my Better Homes & Gardens cookbook, the breast cancer one that I go to for lots of things. I am a recipe junkie though, and love to get recipes and ideas off the blogs that I follow.

    ReplyDelete
  166. I have a William Sonoma Christmas book that I love to use for holiday entertaining.

    ReplyDelete
  167. I don't really have an entertaining book, but I would love one. Thanks!
    mellisa.willis@sbcglobal.net

    ReplyDelete
  168. I love Pioneer Womans cookbook. Although, I have just discovered your blog and am loving all your stuff and university of cookie. I would love to have this cookbook.

    ReplyDelete
  169. I don't have any entertaining books or a favorite cookbook other than the one I put together with printed recipes from blogs. I am a reluctant entertainer for exactly the same reasons you listed. I am getting a bit better about it though...

    ReplyDelete
  170. I mostly use blogs for recipes, but I love my Better Homes & Gardens cookbook...It's a classic! I love entertaining and I just recently took cake decorating classes so I would LOVE to have more design ideas!

    ReplyDelete
  171. I don't have an entertaining book, per se, but have enjoyed the tips that the Barefoot Contessa provides through some of her books.

    ReplyDelete
  172. I don't have an entertaining book, per se, but love the tips provided by the Barefoot Contessa. Of course, I want her house, cookware and linen collection....

    ReplyDelete
  173. My favorite cookbook is an 80's Chinese Cooking by Leann Chin (its a Betty Crocker) I found it at a used book store and have made tasty take-out dishes at home ever since! Kung pao chicken anyone?? I love the looks of the 2nd book, decorating cupcakes and cakes is one of my favorite things to do. Thanks! Malorie maloriecooks.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  174. My favorite cookbook right now is the Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook because my sister has Crohn's disease and that cookbook has all the best recipes for her! But I would LOVE these cookbooks!

    ReplyDelete
  175. I don't really do any entertaining...well, except for two kiddos. But I like my Joy of Cooking because it's a great starting point for ideas.

    ReplyDelete
  176. I really don't have a favorite cookbook yet.
    I don't have those books, but they like like really amazing.
    Thanks for the giveaway! :)

    ReplyDelete
  177. I have used a couple of the recipes from Deliciously Deceptive, and they have been pretty good. I do not have this book, but looks like it is right up my alley!

    ReplyDelete
  178. I have gotten alot of use out of the Martha Stewart cookie recipes book! Do not have either of these books already, would love the cookies, cupcakes, and cakes book!!!

    ReplyDelete
  179. Bittman's How to Cook Everything ~~ what a great source book for the dilemma of "i don't know what i want!"

    ReplyDelete
  180. i love my vintage early 60s BH&G "new cook book"
    *kelly
    kelly-tillotson@hotmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  181. My current favorite book is "Little Cakes" from the Whimsical bake house. I currently do not own either of these books, but they both look amazing!

    ReplyDelete
  182. I love my Better Homes and Garden cookbook. But, these days I mainly check out food blogs. One of my other favorites is The Pioneer Woman! She is so funny.

    ReplyDelete
  183. Right now I am very much enjoying Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution cookbook. I used it last night to make Bhajis for Kidlet's birthday! :D

    I'm glad you posted about library fines, reminding me that I need to get that stack of books by the door back to the library asap! I call fines my yearly contribution to the welfare of the library :P

    ReplyDelete
  184. I turn to Martha's book. Always look there first. She seems to know everything!

    ReplyDelete
  185. I always turn to Martha first. She seems to know everything, but I pull from Williams-Sonoma's entertaining book and some online sites.

    ReplyDelete
  186. My favorite cookbook is the Pioneer Woman's!

    ReplyDelete
  187. My current fave cookbook is Bakerella's Cake Pops. Can't wait for my next birthday party!

    ReplyDelete
  188. what a great giveaway!!!! I have the book 1,000 Ideas for Decorating Cupcakes, Cookies & Cakes in my cart to buy. I don´t have a fav entertaining book, but do follow a few blogs where I get my inspiration and recipes

    ReplyDelete
  189. I'm always referring to the Neiman Marcus cookbook- the recipes and photos are amazing!

    ReplyDelete
  190. I tweeted about this! @mkgresham

    ReplyDelete
  191. I am loving the Farm Chicks books right now. Totally gets me in the festive mood and so many ideas for decorating, spiffying up for guests, cooking and baking. LOVE em. I don't have Sandy's book or the 1000 ideas. But both look fabulous! Would totally love to win the 1000 ideas. Thanks for the chance!

    ReplyDelete
  192. PW Cookbook. I have neither of these books but would like either one.

    ReplyDelete
Related Posts with Thumbnails
Pin It button on image hover