Wednesday, September 3, 2014

September Book Giveaway!

Ah, books!  I love, love, love a good book.  The amount of cookbooks in my house at this point might just land me on an episode of Hoarders.

I have SO many books to share with you this month...including a giveaway or two of Decorating Cookies Party (read more here)...that I am declaring September:
THE MONTH OF BOOKS!!!

 

Here are 7 cookbooks that have really impressed me lately, along with 4 fiction books that have had me enthralled all summer.

new favorite cookbooks and fiction!
1. Irish Country Cooking: More that 100 Recipes for Today's Table by The Irish Countrywoman's Association 
You know those fabulous Junior League cookbooks where the members share their best recipes?  Well, picture that, but featuring a group of tried and true recipes from Ireland. Beef and Mushroom Pie, Blackened Salmon with Citrus Yoghurt, Coffee Mud Cake...

2. Chocolat: Seductive Recipes for Baked Goods, Desserts, Truffles, and Other Treats by Eric Lanlard
This book had me at "seductive recipes." ;) Hello, it's a cookbook about chocolate...what's not to like? Chocolate and Banana Tarte Tartin, Chocolate Waffles, Honey and Milk Chocolate Bars...

3. Eat More Dessert: More than 100 Simple-to-Make and Fun-to-Eat Baked Goods from the Baker to the Stars by Jenny Keller
Do you love a themed party?  Cute desserts?  Let Jenny inspire you with her recipes and darling decor. Throw a farm-themed bash, decorate cakes and cupcakes like a spring garden, set a beautiful North Pole bakery table...

4. Modern Pioneering: More than 150 Recipes, Projects, and Skills for a Self-Sufficient Life by Georgia Pellegrini
Georgia is an outdoor adventurer and chef.  This books is filled with delicious recipes and fun projects that will really make you feel like a modern pioneer and all-around domestic goddess.  Try making Pink Pickled Eggs, Jalapeno-Infused Vodka, or make Beeswax Candles...

new favorite cookbooks and fiction!
5. The BTC Old-Fashioned Grocery Cookbook: Recipes and Stories from a Southern Revival by Alexe Van Beuren and Dixie Grimes
Recipes and stories in the book come from the BTC Old-Fashioned Grocery in Water Valley, Mississippi.  I found myself reading this a bit like a novel, picturing the locals coming in for breakfast or meeting for lunch.  I want to make every recipe in this book, including: Hotty Toddy Beer Chili, Banana Bread, and Sweet Potato Pie with Rosemary Crust...

6. Beach House Baking: an Endless Summer of Delicious Desserts by Lei Shishak
No wonder the recipes in this book look so delectable, the author is a pastry chef.  If I can't be at a beach house, at least I can pretend with her recipes. Tropical Carrot Cupcakes with Ginger Frosting, Buckwheat Wafflecakes, Chocolate Pillow Pie...

7. Kitchen Workshop Pizza: Hands-on Cooking Lessons for Making Amazing Pizza at Home by Ruth Gresser
Almost as much as I love dessert, I love pizza.  There's really not much better...plus, all of your food groups covered in one bite!  This book is filled with tips and recipes for making the ultimate pizza at home.  These are at the top of my list: Birreria Pizza Sauce (yes, made with beer), Deep Dish Pizza Dough, and the perfect Pizza Quartto Formaggi...
 

Here's what has been keeping me up reading late at night.  (If you consider 10:30 late.):

new favorite fiction reads ... plus favorite new cookbooks, too!
1. The Good House by Ann Leary
I literally *just* finished this book. Loved the characters and the story in this one.  From Amazon..."Hildy Good is a townie. A lifelong resident of a small community on the rocky coast of Boston’s North Shore, she knows pretty much everything about everyone. And she’s good at lots of things, too.  A successful real-estate broker, mother, and grandmother, her days are full. But her nights have become lonely ever since her daughters, convinced their mother was drinking too much, sent her off to rehab.  Now she’s in recovery—more or less."

2. A Dangerous Inheritance by Alison Weir
If you love historical fiction, especially royal dramas and stories, you'll love this one.  From Amazon..."When her older sister, Lady Jane Grey, the Nine Days’ Queen, is executed in 1554 for unlawfully accepting the English crown, Lady Katherine Grey’s world falls apart. Barely recovered from this tragic loss she risks all for love, only to incur the wrath of her formidable cousin Queen Elizabeth I, who sees Katherine as a rival for her insecure throne."

3. Someone Else's Love Story by Joshilyn Jackson
One of my favorite authors and this book keeps her in that category for me.  From Amazon..."Shandi Pierce is juggling finishing college, raising her delightful three-year-old genius son Nathan, aka Natty Bumppo, and keeping the peace between her eternally warring, long-divorced parents. She's got enough complications without getting caught in the middle of a stick-up and falling in love with William Ashe, who willingly steps between the robber and her son."

4. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
Do you ever read one book by an author and love it so much that you obsessively read everything else he/she has written?  That's how I feel about Liane Moriarty.  I was so excited for this new book and I think it is my favorite of the group.  Couldn't put it down.  From Amazon..."Big Little Lies follows three women, each at a crossroads: Madeline is a force to be reckoned with. She’s funny and biting, passionate, she remembers everything and forgives no one. Her ex-husband and his yogi new wife have moved into her beloved beachside community, and their daughter is in the same kindergarten class as Madeline’s youngest (how is this possible?). And to top it all off, Madeline’s teenage daughter seems to be choosing Madeline’s ex-husband over her. (How. Is. This. Possible?)."

There you have it...a kickoff to Book Month!!!

If any of these books sound intriguing to you, leave a comment telling me which one.  I'll choose 3 winners and each can pick the book of their choice. 

(US addresses only, please.)

Entries accepted through 11:59CST Saturday, September 6th.  Good luck!



142 comments:

  1. Irish Country Cooking! My Irish husband probably wouldn't mind me winning that either....! :)

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  2. Big Little Lies looks interesting!

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  3. Great giveaway! Modern Pioneering definitely caught my eye!

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  5. I'm really intrigued by Modern Pioneering and Irish Country Cooking. I think if I had to choose, I would go for the Pioneering book, as right now I make most all my sweaters and a lot of dresses. I still purchase my jeans and tees and such, but I love knitting interesting sweaters!

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  6. The Beach House Baking looks fun! As does Eat More Dessert. I'm always a fan of desserts. :)

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  7. I would love the Modern Pioneering cookbook, but really any of the cookbooks sound amazing!

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  8. That BTC cookbook looks awesome! I've been missing home (North Carolina) recently after moving to California, and Southern food is right up my alley. :0)

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  9. Fun giveaway! The Modern Pioneering book caught my eye - looks interesting!

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  10. Little Big Lies and Modern Pioneering...pick me and I'll make a final decision... And thank you!!!

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  11. I have Eat More Dessert by Jenny Keller on my Amazon Cookbook Wish List. I would love it!

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  12. Someone Else's Love Story sounds fun!

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  13. A Dangerous Inheritance sounds like an interesting read! Thanks for the recommendations!

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  14. Eat More Desserts looks like just the kind of book I need!

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  15. Hard to chose just one with the options given...but anything chocolate always catches my eye...so I'd love a copy of chocolat!

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  16. I love dessert so the Eat More Desserts looks intriguing. I also have been eyeing the Modern Pioneering book.

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  17. How can I choose??? If I must, it would be Modern Pioneering, only because my mid-aged waistline doesn't need me to "Eat More Dessert."

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  18. Beach House Baking sounds fun!

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  19. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty, sounds great!

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  20. All the books sound awesome. I'd have to say my favorite would be Chocolat: Seductive Recipes for Baked Goods, Desserts, Truffles, and Other Treats. Who can resist chocolate?

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  21. I would love to try the BTC cookbook!

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  22. Oh my goodness...I LOVE books! I also love Liane Moriarty and have read three of her books, including Big Little Lies. For the giveaway, I'd choose the pizza book.

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  23. Irish Country Cooking sounds interesting because it is different from the usual cookbooks I buy. All these sound great.

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  24. Big Little Lies has been on my list a while so that's an easy pick!

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  25. Kim - Chocolate of course! I too have a problem with cookbooks!

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  26. Eat more dessert is of course gorgeous and Ive been dying to get it. Big little lies is supposed to be good too, but in a different way ;) Thanks for the chance, love your blog!!

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  27. Being from Irish decent, I am always trying to find different Irish food recipes that I can try so I'd definitely love the "Irish Country Cooking: More that 100 Recipes for Today's Table!" Cookbook.

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  28. Love, love, love cookbooks, AND fiction. I have already pre ordered your new book, and I would love to read Eat More Dessert or Beach House Baking. Thanks for your blog, always my go to when I need a new idea!

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  29. Modern Pioneering! Beeswax candles sound fun :) jsfinnell5 AT yahoo DOT com

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  30. It's got to be Chocolat - what's better than a chocolate dessert? (rhetorical question :) way2kul1 at yahoo dot com

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  31. Big Little Lies was just up on my Amazon page and I skipped past it, but after reading your synopsis I might have to go back and download it.

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  32. Eat More Dessert, sounds like a great book.

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  33. I've really been wanting to read Big Little Lies!

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  34. The Doctor just said that I am fine. No signs of anything. I need to "Eat More Dessert".

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  35. The BTC Old-Fashioned Grocery Cookbook looks like it would be a great read! I'd love to try out some tasty southern recipes!

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  36. I love cookbooks, and I read them as if they were novels! I would be thrilled to add Beach House Baking to my collection.

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  37. Sorry I'm NO help............I want them all!

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  38. Both the Irish Cooking and Modern Pioneering sound so interesting! Either one would look great on my cookbook shelf!!

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  39. The Good House looks so awesome! Thank you for the recommendation!!

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  40. The BTC grocery cookbook sounds interesting!

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  41. They ALL look great, but I'm especially drawn to the BTC Old-Fashioned Grocery Cookbook. Thanks for the great recommendations!

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  42. The BTC for sure! All of my southern relatives have passed, I would love to cook like them and share with my daughter. Keep the southern nummies flowing in the family!

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  43. I like the looks of the Modern Pioneering one.

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  44. Would love to have a copy of Beach House Baking.

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  45. Beach house baking looks awesome! Thank you!

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  46. Cookbooks are so pretty--love them too. The Irish Country cooking sounds interesting! :)

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  47. Kitchen Workshop Pizza looks awesome. We love homemade pizza in our house.

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  48. Definitely the Chocolat, would love a cookbook based on my main food ingredient ;)

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  49. The BTC Old-Fashioned Grocery Cookbook has grabbed my attention - sounds fascinating! Thanks for the opportunity at this give-away! Debbie the NY Baker

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  50. I would pick Someone Else's love story. She is one of my favorite authors.

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  51. I would love the BTC old fashioned grocery cookbook!

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  52. Chocolat and Eat more dessert!

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  53. A dangerous inheritance sounds great

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  54. Big Little Lies sounds reallllly intriguing!

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  55. Kitchen Workshop Pizza: Hands-on Cooking Lessons for Making Amazing Pizza at Home.
    what is better the pizza my favorite food, can never say no to it

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  56. Eat More Dessert looks amazing!

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  57. Oh my heck! All of those cookbooks sounds intriguing! If I were to be lucky enough to win one, any of them would make me happy! Especially the Irish cookbook, Modern Pioneering, Eat More Desserts, Beach House Baking, or BTC Old Fashioned Cookbook! Thank you for the opportunity to win one of these books!

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  58. The Irish Cookbook - brings back good memories.

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  59. Beach House Baking and Chocolat sound amazing! Thanks for a fun giveaway!

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  60. The Workshop Cookbook. I read cookbooks like they are a novel! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  61. I'm in the middle of "Someone Else's Love Story" and am enjoying it a lot! Her style reminds me of a couple of other authors whose books I've loved. Besides that, the Chocolat book caught my eye...

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  62. The BTC Old-Fashioned Grocery Cookbook: Recipes and Stories from a Southern Revival sounds interesting! I love southern food and cooking. :)

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  63. "Eat More Dessert" all the way baby!

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  64. The BTC Old-Fashioned Grocery Cookbook: Recipes and Stories from a Southern Revival because Hotty Totty beer chili is just intriguing me

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  65. A Dangerous Inheritance Sounds interesting to me! So does Eat More Dessert!

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  66. Beach House Baking sounds good!

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  67. i love cookbooks, almost any kind!! hard to choose, maybe Modern Pioneering: More than 150 Recipes, Projects, and Skills for a Self-Sufficient Life .....thanks

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  68. Eat More Deserts sounds delicious, and looks lovely!

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  69. Kitchen Workshop Pizza looks delicious!

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  70. Beach House Baking: an Endless Summer of Delicious Desserts by Lei Shishak I want summer to last forever!

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  71. I have been wanting to read the BTC cookbook for a while now... and A Good House sounds awesome!

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  72. The BTC Old-Fashioned Grocery Cookbook: Recipes and Stories from a Southern Revival sounds really interesting to me. I have so many cookbooks already--mostly desserts--otherwise, I'd definitely go for one of them. They all sound great!

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  73. Kitchen Workshop pPizza sounds interesting

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  74. kitchen workshop pizza! It's another reason for pizza!

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  75. I love historical fiction! A dangerous inheritance sounds intriguing!

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  76. Historical fiction is my favorite genre, a dangerous inheritance sounds like a book I'd enjoy!

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  77. Oh nice! I think the Beach House Baking book sounds great! I love to bake and my husband and I LOVE the beach! :) Thanks for the opportunity!

    Seasidesmitten@aol.com

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  78. They all look wonderful! I would especially love Modern Pioneering!

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  79. I'd love a copy of Eat More Dessert (though Chocolat is a close second) ....simple to make and fun to eat sounds perfect to me!

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  80. Since chocolate is my favorite food, I would love Chocolat!!

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  81. I am a bit of a bibliophile myself so I would be tickled to receive any new (or old) book, but, Modern Pioneering really sticks out. I am going to have to find that one.

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  82. I like chocolate very much...so do my kids...i need this book just because of my kids... serve them mire chocolate desserts as much as i can......chocolat book....pls

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  83. Irish cookbook, because I can't decide which dessert cookbook to pick!!!!!!!!


    Leia
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  84. I love Modern Pioneering! I've tried out so many of the recipes in it already. Georgia P. is one of my favorites!

    I'd love to try out the Chocolat book however. I love to bake and who can resist chocolate? Although the Irish Country Cooking sounds delightful as well. I bet the food is really cozy and perfect for fall.

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  85. I love historical fiction, so I'd choose A Dangerous Inheritance. A close second is the BTC Old Fashioned Grocery Cookbook. Thanks for sharing!

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  86. Big Little Lies! I've enjoyed everything she's written. I, too, kept reading her work. Can't wait to read this one!

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  87. Irish Country Cookins looks like so much fun! Honestly, it's so hard to choose, it looks like you have wonderful taste in literature (and food!)! ;)

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  88. I'd love to have a look inside 'Eat more dessert', it looks as if it is full of things for future girl's nights! Because a party without a cake is just a meeting.. :) Great post!

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  89. I love the idea of the Old Fashioned Grocery cook book, and how you mentioned it reads like a novel. Julia Child writes very readable cookbooks that are so engaging, you don't just look for a recipe but read to see what happens next! Sounds like this one is similar.

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  90. I think I'd have to go with Chocolat.

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  91. Thank you so much for introducing me to these new authors. I need to add the following three books to my need to read list! The Good House, Someone Else's Love Story and Big Little Lies. Good Luck everyone on winning the book of your choice :)

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  92. Irish country cooking. We honeymooned there and I'd love to try to recreate some of the food!

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  93. Modern Pioneering sounds like something I could really get some use out of.

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  94. Henry : " Pick one ( a book ) "
    Danielle : " I could no sooner choose a favorite star in the heavens . "
    from Ever After

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  95. Oh, I have been wanting to read Modern Pioneering ever since I heard it was coming out!

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  96. The pizza one - I hope my library has it.
    flgirl1987 AT yahoo DOT com

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  97. I've been intrigued by Modern Pioneering for a while now, but just haven't bought it!

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  98. Any book about chocolat must be good! Thanks for the chance to win! Love your cookies and your blog:)

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  99. Modern Pioneering sounds very interesting!

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  100. The BTC Old-Fashioned Grocery Cookbook: Recipes and Stories from a Southern Revival!! Mmm. Southern food! :o)

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  101. Very hard decision but I guess the Old-Fashioned Grocery Cookbook would be most appealing.

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  102. Oh lordy! What a giveaway. My heart skipped a beat when I saw "Modern Pioneering" by Georgia Pellegrini. I was going to gift that one to my neighbor, but I am afraid I may have to keep it all to myself. It looks amazing. Thank you for the recommendations.

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  103. Difficvult to choose, but I do love Weir's books - fiction and non - and that Chocolate CKBK. NOM NOM NOM

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  104. The BTC Old-Fashioned Grocery Cookbook. You can't beat good ol' fashioned southern cooking :)

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  105. because you cannot go wrong with chocolate, Chocolat. i had a chocolate cookbook before.. have no clue who I loaned it to but i regret everytime i think about it

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  106. Modern Pioneering sounds interesting.

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  107. Oh my! I am so excited to see some new cook books that I have not seen before! I may have to update my collection really soon(: The covers of Chocolat and Eat More Dessert are especially beautiful. I can't wait to get my hands on some of these!!

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  108. Someone Else's Love Story sounds really good. Also, Beach House Baking looks great!

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  109. The B.T.C. Old Fashioned Cookbook sounds really interesting!

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  110. Big little lies has been on my queue at the library for months. I loved the husbands secret.

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  111. Modern pioneering! Just finished the little house cook book! Thanks for the chance!

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  112. My choice is A Dangerous Inheritance - I have loved the Tudor period for years and novels about this period. Recently I am reading War of the Roses books and the end of the Middle Ages - about Henry VIII ancestors and parents. We live in crazy times now but image living then!

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  113. Beach House Baking would be my first pick. Would go great in my FL beach house!

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  114. I'd like to read Big Little Lies. Debbiek

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  115. Eat more dessert!!
    ajstreufert at yahoo dot com

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  116. Chocolat and Eat More Dessert are at the top of my list!

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  117. Wow, what a great selection of books. I'd seriously have a hard tom choosing, but perhaps the dangerous inheritance would be my first choice. l-parnell at earthlink dot net

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  118. Oh, I think I'd love Eat More Dessert! :)

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  119. A Dangerous Inheritance by Alison Weir sounds like a book I would enjoy!

    tcrowley122 at hotmail dot com

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  120. oh my gosh, those cookbooks look amazing! the Irish one really intrigues me-- whenever I think of Ireland, I think of cozy recipes; perfect for this coming season :)

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  121. Irish cookbook - or big little lies please

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  122. Irish Country Kitchen or Modern Pioneering!

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  123. Modern Pioneering would be great for me!
    805chick7@gmail.com

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  124. I Love cookbooks...I can Always "Eat More Deserts" Steve- steve.stephens55@yahoo.com

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  125. I would LOVE The BTC Old-Fashioned Grocery Cookbook: Recipes and Stories from a Southern Revival!

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  126. These books sound great! I think that Modern Pioneering is especially intriguing.

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