Winner Announced: “The Commonsense Kitchen” Cookbook Giveaway and Blackberry Ice-Cream Recipe

August 10, 2012

in Appetizers & Misc., Desserts, House & Home, Recipes

Gosh, what a fun poll this was. Thank you all so much for pitching in and sharing your favorite cookbooks! I am always curious to see what people use over and over.

It doesn’t come as a surprise that people mentioned the time-tested classics Better Homes and Gardens, Betty Crocker, and Mastering the Art of French Cooking the most, but it was especially interesting to hear about all the new, unfamiliar titles. Do take a moment to browse through the entries.

Now for the fun part. The random winners of Tom Hudgens’ The Commonsense Kitchen “Deep Springs” Cookbook are:

#5 Alyssa T “So tough to choose a favorite, but I really really have been enjoying a recent one:
An Everlasting Meal: Cooking with Economy and Grace by Tamar Adler. More of a manifesto than a cookbook, really, and I just love people who can wax poetic on the simpler parts of food and cooking.”

#19 elizabeth jeanne “How to cook EVERYTHING by Mark Bittman, which we refer to as “the cookbook.”

Congratulations, winners! You will soon be receiving an email asking for your mailing address so I can ship your book to you.

Once again, many thanks to everyone who participated!



I am so excited about this giveaway, I don’t know where to begin.

This cookbook, written by our friend Tom Hudgens – a former Chez Panisse chef and Deep Springs College cook, is one of the very best in my (extensive) collection. Straightforward instructions, stellar recipes with a Southern touch, elegant prose, and comfortable layout quickly made it one of my favorites.

Not surprisingly, this book is dedicated to Tom’s time in DS – an academically elite, then-all-male college of only twenty-five students, situated on a working cattle ranch next to Death Valley. This unorthodox institution of higher learning is known for its rigorous schedule of classes and ranch work, as well student self-governance and free tuition (Tom himself once went there as a student).

A lot to take in? Let me break it down for you:

Boys read Aristotle.

Boys slaughter cows.

Boys milk cows too.

Boys cook.

Boys maintain the grounds.

Boys run faculty and admissions committees.

Boys can easily get into Ivy League after. Many do.

Boys don’t shower all too often.

There’s only twenty-five of them total.

After nearly one hundred years as an all-male college, DS will admit girls for the first time starting 2013.

Which begs the question, will it cause the boys to become clean or the girls to become dirty?

Jacob thinks the girls will become dirty.

He went there, you see, he and his brother both.

Let’s have a peek inside the book now, shall we?


The book is printed on this nice, thick paper, and I love the artwork.

Thematically, the book is divided into the following chapters:

Breakfast: Oats, Grits, Bacon, and Eggs
Pancakes, Biscuits, and Cornbread
Bread, Butter, Crackers and Cheese
Great Lunches
Hot Vegetables and Vegetable Soups
Salads and Dressings
Beef, Pork, and Lamb
Chicken and Turkey
Fish and Shellfish
Pasta, Dumplings, Rice, and Stuffing
Sauces and Relishes
Pies and Fruit Desserts
Cookies and Candy

It is a thick, substantial volume, just what I like in a cookbook.

And then there’s this:


My personal favorite! This is the section I’ve used the most, with Tom’s baked custard, snow ice-cream (that’s right), and blackberry ice-cream recipes becoming my personal staples.

Because it’s August and wild blackberries are in season, I’d like to share the latter with you to give you a little taste of what Tom’s recipes are like:


I love the writing, by way, which reads almost like a love story, as Tom is clearly in love with cooking and food. The wild berries I used in this recipe came from just such a hillside.

Here is my version of Tom’s recipe:


Start by placing three cups of blackberries (or other soft, juicy berries) into the bowl of a food processor.


Puree the heck out of them until they are as liquid as they could possibly be.


Place a sieve over a bowl.


Pour in the berry puree and use a spatula to push the juice and the pulp through the holes. Discard the seeds.


You will end up with this nice, thick, seedless blackberry mass.


Add sugar and a tablespoon of lemon juice to the puree to keep the color and the flavor bright (Tom’s original recipe also calls for vanilla extract, but I opted to skip it to keep the blackberry flavor straight).



Pour in the heavy cream or the mixture of cream and half-n-half.

Mix everything together, and either chill in the fridge before churning, or, if you are impatient like me, go ahead and churn right away according to your ice-cream maker’s instructions.


I like to eat this and other non-custard ice-creams freshly-churned because I love the airy, soft-serve consistency, but you can also let it freeze hard first.

Here’s the short version:

Now for the fun part:

The Giveaway:

Two random winners will win a copy of The Commonsense Kitchen: 500 Recipes + Lessons for a Handcrafted Life.

To enter:

Just name your favorite cookbook and you are good to go!

For a second chance to win:

Share the link to this giveaway on Facebook or Twitter, then leave another comment here stating that you did.

The contest ends at midnight CST on Sunday, August 19, 2012. The winner will be announced here the following day.

Disclaimer: This giveaway is sponsored by Chronicle Books and The Girls’ Guide to Guns and Butter.  I have not received any compensation for hosting – I just love Tom and his book. All opinions are my own.


1 Kat August 10, 2012 at 4:09 pm

I have a vintage Betty Crocker Cookbook from the early 1950s which instructs me to lay down on the kitchen floor and take a brief rest when I’m tired – I can only imagine my husband’s reaction if he were to find me doing just that! The artwork is fun, the housewife suggestions are quite vintage, and the best recipes start with lard. It’s my go-to any time I want something with a good tuck-in, warm-the-soul, & know-your-mama-loves-you flavor.

2 Tammy B August 10, 2012 at 4:13 pm

The Spunky Coconut Dairy-Free Ice Cream by Kelly Brozyna

3 Katie August 10, 2012 at 4:17 pm

I really can’t pick one…
For more of the everyday cooking I really love The Zen Monastery Cookbook compiled by the monks at The Zen Monastery Practice Center with help by Cheri Huber – which I adapt to the tastes of who is eating
For the times I am feeling nostalgic for my childhood I run to The Fannie Farmer Cookbook
For another view of the everyday cooking my favorite Moosewood is the Moosewood Restraunt Cooks at Home (not the new version – but the original since it has ‘easier’ to find ingredients and a more ‘make it work’ kind of recipes…)

4 Katie August 10, 2012 at 4:20 pm

just an FYI – I shared your post on FB
thanks for the chances to win what looks to be a fabulous cookbook – that recipe looks great, too!

5 Alyssa T August 10, 2012 at 4:29 pm

So tough to choose a favorite, but I really really have been enjoying a recent one:
An Everlasting Meal: Cooking with Economy and Grace by Tamar Adler. More of a manifesto than a cookbook, really, and I just love people who can wax poetic on the simpler parts of food and cooking.

6 Sara August 10, 2012 at 4:35 pm

You know this is a really hard question right?! Favorite…well one of my favorites to just sit back with is Darina Allen’s Forgotten Skills of Cooking–and I’ve made plenty of things from it too. I remember reading about DS when I read the college guides in high school. When you read the entry for a school that admits only 25 students (and is all male when you’re not) it sort of makes an impression! I’ve been seeing this book on display at the Williams Sonoma so I’m crossing my fingers!
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7 coralee August 10, 2012 at 5:11 pm

That’s a tough one.

8 Ron Adams August 10, 2012 at 5:14 pm

My favorite cookbook is my first one, “The Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook” circa 1975. It’s a loose-leaf binder full of simple, (dated) “all-American” recipes in all categories. My copy is melted (too close to the stove), annotated, full of clippings from other publications and, these days, pretty much ignored. But it convinced me that cooking is a good thing.

9 gail August 10, 2012 at 5:14 pm

i have an old better homes and gardens cookbook that is my favorite

10 sauertea August 10, 2012 at 5:20 pm

Joy the Baker and Italian Grill.

11 Nadeanne August 10, 2012 at 5:53 pm

Just the good ol’ Better Homes and Gardens Cook Book…it’s my go-to reference when i want to make something i’ve never made before.

12 Amber Ross August 10, 2012 at 5:58 pm

My favorite has got to be the one passed down from my mother, better homes and gardens new cookbook. It’s the one I remember her always pulling out when I was younger and she would let me help out. Now I can call it mine, and I love it for its nostalgia; all the recipes I grew up with and all of moms notes to make them better :)

13 Anna Ritter August 10, 2012 at 6:17 pm

“How to cook everything” by Mark Bittman is great since it has pretty much “everything” in it ;) But recently I found a 1977 edition of Rodale’s Naturally Great Foods Cookbook; Definitively a new classis here!

14 Marielle Rutherford August 10, 2012 at 7:07 pm

My favorite cook book is The Gluten Free Girl and the Chef- A Love Story….because it’s about love and love of food.. Evident in all the wonderful recipes!

15 Anne-Marie August 10, 2012 at 7:18 pm

I go through phases; I’m currently still very into An Everlasting Meal by Tamar Adler.
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16 April Poulter August 10, 2012 at 7:43 pm

My all time favorite cookbook belongs to my mom. The poor thing is coming apart at the seems, has plenty of stains in it, and is loaded with old recipes. It was the 1961 Betty Crocker cookbook. :)

17 Rebecca B August 10, 2012 at 9:25 pm

I love The American Woman’s Cook Book, edited by Ruth Berolzheimer. It was first published in 1938, and is more than 800 pages long! I got my copy from Goodwill about 10 years ago, and just adore thumbing through the pages and finding handwritten notes like “Very good!” and “Favorite” from its previous owner. It also has some neat chapters for the beginning housewife of 1938, complete with sample menus and how to set up your first kitchen. The sour milk chocolate cake recipe on page 460 is to die for!

18 Amelia August 10, 2012 at 9:55 pm

I love all of Jamie Oliver’s cookbooks, especially the early ones, and the pioneer woman’s book also!

19 elizabeth jeanne August 10, 2012 at 10:00 pm

How to cook EVERYTHING by Mark Bittman.
which we refer to as “the cookbook”
Thanks Sofya!
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20 J Michael Eugenio August 10, 2012 at 10:30 pm

My favorite cookbook isn’t just one. Its the twenty-eight volume series The Good Cook, published by Time Life. It teaches you how to cook *anything* from scratch, such as a gelatin from calves’ feet, with exquisite pictures and detail. And the recipes are all impeccable and thorough. It is my go to for reliable standards of any dish. Plus the rainbow spines look so beautiful on my shelf!

21 Kim L'Hote August 10, 2012 at 10:52 pm

My very favorite cookbook at this moment is “The Garden-Fresh Vegetable Cookbook, Andrea Chesman’s Harvest of Home-Grown Recipes” I love it!
I also look forward to seeing what wonderful ideas you pop up with everyday on FB! Thanks!

22 John August 10, 2012 at 10:52 pm

Other than your blog, you mean? My wife’s Good Housekeeping Illustrated Cookbook. It has great pictures, instructions on lots of cooking terms, and a ton of recipes. It’s my go-to book when I know what I want to do but need to know how. Blogs like yours are my inspiration for new recipes to try.

23 Kim L'Hote August 10, 2012 at 10:55 pm

I shared your link on FB too! :)

24 Ann P August 11, 2012 at 6:29 am

I have many cook books, but when I am looking for good basic information I turn to Joy of Cooking.

25 Mary Jo Vick August 11, 2012 at 7:52 am

i have a zillion cookbooks… but my ab~fav is a local cookbook from Pandale, Texas… west of Del Rio. The recipes are contributed from local ranching families… most of which i know, or may be related to… it’s really a piece of west Texas history. Love it!

26 Tech Sam August 11, 2012 at 7:53 am

A new favorite is The Lost Art of Real Cooking by Ken Alba. Aall recipes are in narrative form, much like they were before the last century. Wonderful cookbook.

27 Mary Jo Vick August 11, 2012 at 7:56 am

I tweeted about your give away… thanks, darlin!!

28 Greg August 11, 2012 at 9:19 am

My favorite cook book(s) would be ‘I’m Just Here for the Food’ by Alton Brown, paired up with ‘I’m just here for MORE Food’ by Alton Brown.

They are just as much science books as cook books. Occasionally with an Alton Brown recipe, you might look at something and think ‘Doing it his way is a pain in the butt’….but I have found that it is ALWAYS 100% worth it. More than once I have done everything 100% as written the first time, before taking artisitic license the 2nd time…and the result is never as good as following his instructions. Luckily, while sometimes time consuming, the directions are detailed and easy to understand.
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29 Lynn August 11, 2012 at 10:19 am

I’ll name a traditional cookbook and a recipe blog that is out-of-this-world.

Cookbook: The Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking by Marcella Hazan. She’s the Julia Child of Italian food and her recipes are so simple and so, so good.

Recipe blog: Afghan Cooking Unveiled — THE BEST collection of Afghan recipes anywhere, very well tested and photographed. I make something from here at least once per week.

30 Nicole August 11, 2012 at 10:33 am

I could rattle off about a dozen but I have to say its currently ” Clara’s kitchen” I found her on you tube and reminded me so much of my own grandmother who also grew up in that time(depression) in this country I had to pick up a copy! Its very worth checking out :)

31 Erin August 11, 2012 at 11:47 am

favorite cookbook right now would be the homemade pantry, it has reminded me and gotten me to do so many things i knew how to do and had fallen out of the habit of doing in the kitchen!

32 Sam August 11, 2012 at 12:58 pm

Right now I’m trying to make one successful batch of cheese, so id have to say the favorite is Artisan Cheese Making at Home by Mary Karlin .
Still waiting for a cheese my three kids will gobble down!!

33 Melissa August 11, 2012 at 12:59 pm

Lately my favorite cookbook has been the heartland cookbook. Can’t wait for the weather to cool to try a few recipes involving the oven!

34 Christina August 11, 2012 at 1:12 pm

Hmmmm, I tend to hunt online and quilt recipes together but Im a big fan of The Kripalu cookbook and

I just found your blog today though an have to say, cookbook winner or not, I have a new favorite ;)

35 Maureen August 11, 2012 at 2:12 pm

I like the Susan Branch books like from the Heart of the Home

36 Daire August 11, 2012 at 4:58 pm

Alice Waters, The art of simple food.

37 Gayle Asburry August 11, 2012 at 5:33 pm

One of my favorite cookbooks is: Feeding Body & Soul. It was put together by the Women of Wesley United Methodist Church on their 50th anniversary (Eugene, Oregon).

38 Jenny August 11, 2012 at 7:36 pm

Alice Waters, “The Art of Simple Food” is becoming my go to cookbook. I use more online resources, now, though, than I have ever before. It’s so easy!

39 Natasha August 11, 2012 at 8:01 pm

Right now, my favorite cookbook is Mark Bittman’s “How to Cook Everything.” But I think I’m starting to branch out, and want to play with a few others in my collection. I’m not a hot cook, so I’ve turned to Bittman a great deal in the past few years. I’m getting oddly tired of it.

So, we’ll see.
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40 Amy August 11, 2012 at 8:41 pm

My current favorite Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home.
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41 circulating August 11, 2012 at 9:43 pm

I have so many cookbooks for so many favorite recipes, but the one sentimental cookbook I treasure is Out of Kentucky Kitchens… old time favorites that are so hard to find any more… thanks for the chance at your giveaway… :))

42 Jennifer August 11, 2012 at 11:05 pm

I love the Martha Stewart Baking Handbook

43 Julie August 12, 2012 at 12:57 am

My favorite is the Ben & Adel Family Cookbook. My families recipes compiled by my aunt.

44 Shaina August 12, 2012 at 9:19 am

A16 food and wine!

45 Joan August 12, 2012 at 9:20 am

I love cookbooks both to read and to cook from. I can never choose a favorite for long since it’s always the last one I’ve added to my collection and am currently cooking from. At the moment it’s my copy of Joy the Baker Cookbook but I know if The Comensense Cookbook landed in my lap it would become my new favorite just from reading your description of it. The blackberry ice cream sounds devine but our wild blackberries have already come and gone in early July. No problem I’ll just save the recipe until next year. I’m sure it’ll be worth the wait. Thanks for the oppoturnity to win a copy of this lovely cookbook.

46 Joan August 12, 2012 at 9:22 am
47 April P August 12, 2012 at 9:42 am

Shared your link on facebook.

48 Amy S August 12, 2012 at 10:02 am

Just one fave cookbook?!? Tough. That’s gotta be a tie between the BH&G cookbook, and my own personal scrapbook-style collection of recipes in a photo-covered binder.

I also shared your link on my FB wall. :)

49 Elisabeth August 12, 2012 at 1:45 pm

The cookbook I use the most is Joy of Cooking. So I guess in one way that’s my favorite. I love all Ina Garten’s cookbooks. I know I can rely on her recipes to turn out great. The one I like to look at most is Martha Stewart’s new Entertaining cookbook. But it’s not terribly practical. If nothing else, because of its size.

I like that you left the vanilla out. So many people stick vanilla into recipes where it has no business being. It doesn’t always enhance the flavor. Sometimes it just mutes it, as in this case.

50 Masara August 12, 2012 at 2:14 pm

My favorite is betty crocker. She never leads me wrong.

51 Sandra August 12, 2012 at 3:47 pm

My favorite cookbook is are family homemade cookbook. Besides that one I would say Dining on a Dime Cookbook by Tawra Kellam and Jill Cooper.

52 Heather :) August 12, 2012 at 5:58 pm

I am a cookbook reader…I can sit down and just read a cookbook like any other book! I love my cookbook collection which is very extensive! Two of my favorites right now, just because it is summer and my nose is buried in these books, are Preserve It! and The Cook’s Herb Garden. When I am not busy canning, gardening or taking care of animals, I am checking out these two cookbooks!

53 Misha Hoekstra August 12, 2012 at 9:58 pm

This is actually my favorite cookbook, having experienced Tom’s cooking firsthand at DS, and enjoying the prototype (The Deep Springs Cookbook). Ah yore!

(also posted to FB)

54 Faith August 12, 2012 at 11:33 pm

The most used book in our household is the 1981 printing of the Betty Crocker Cookbook. Basic but lists lots of variations to many recipes. And extras like which spices go best with which foods.

55 bruin August 13, 2012 at 12:28 am

definitely alice water’s the art of simple food!

56 DeAnna August 13, 2012 at 2:12 am

Mark Bittman’s How to Cook Everything. It’s what I learned to cook from, and even though I now have an enormous cookbook collection, I keep coming back to it.

57 Barbara P. August 13, 2012 at 6:36 am

Great cookbook, fantastic giveaway, thanks!
My fav is Joy of Cooking, by Irma S. Rombauer
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58 Barbara P. August 13, 2012 at 6:37 am

Also shared the link to this giveaway on Facebook
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59 Imma August 13, 2012 at 6:53 am

Fantastic giveaway and difficult question: my favorite cookbook among the too many I have? Said that I love all like my children, my favorite has to be : “The seventeen cookbook” 1964 by the editors of Seventeen magazine. It’s the first book of recipe in English that I got when I moved in the States and I was trying to learn English!

60 Ella August 13, 2012 at 10:06 am

My favourite Cookbook is Wild Fermentation. Or Classic Sourdough. There are so many it was hard to choose! Nourishing Traditions is fun, although I tend to modify a lot of her recipes.

61 Julie August 13, 2012 at 10:45 am

My favorite, right now anyway, is Medina Kitchen by Fiona Dunlop. I love North African food and I love how this cookbook presents recipes, the stories of the women who cook them and the culture of each area in the book.

62 Jillian August 13, 2012 at 12:14 pm

My favorite cookbook is the Tassajara Bread Book that has been passed down to me by my father. It’s pages are worn from many years of bread baking and his notes are scribbled in the margins. When I’m not making your no-knead bread recipe, I’m making a lovely loaf of Tassajara yeasted bread.

63 Andrea August 13, 2012 at 6:27 pm

It’s gotta be my “Mennonite Cookbook”, especially poignant at this point in my life as I raise small children, bring the garden in, tend to livestock while thinking of and visiting my Granny, the epitome of a stoic, strong Mennonite farm woman who is entering the final months of her life.

64 Jessica@The Literary Foodie August 13, 2012 at 9:22 pm

The one that got me going at the beginning, “How To Cook Everything”. It was perfect for when I was trying to figure everything out, and still a great reference.
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65 Jessica@The Literary Foodie August 13, 2012 at 9:24 pm

I tweeted also :)
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66 Heidi C August 14, 2012 at 12:21 am

More-with-Less Cookbook, got it when first married and still love it!

67 Barbara August 14, 2012 at 12:39 am

More with less, by the mennonites.

68 Alex August 15, 2012 at 4:32 am

I think my all time favorite cookbook has to be the handwritten notebook I inherited from my grandmother, along with a local church women’s group from my grandmother’s peers. They have loose pages and are sort of crammed together and both are notated in my grandmother’s neat script. They contain recipes that I looked forward to eating every time I went to my grandmother’s house to visit. The best pound cake in the world. ever. Recipes for game that we don’t commonly eat anymore, but I still find intriguing. Brunswick stew with squirrel and rabbit? Absolutely. There are recipes for just about everything she grew in her garden, or that her neighbors grew in theirs. I can remember my father telling me that he often delivered baskets of her fresh baked rolls to neighbors and they in turn, often dropped off baskets of produce from their gardens.
I do so love cookbooks and had shelves of them. Alas, I have moved to Germany and have had to leave all of my cookbooks behind. I would love a new start on a collection though. I miss baking terribly, my partner currently has no baking necessaries at all. I have managed to get a few baking forms and a single metric measuring cup. I am currently hunting for a kitchen scale, so that I can resume making recipes that require a little more exactitude. I would love to start baking some of these wonderful German breads as well as making a few good ole’ southern cake and bread recipes that I grew up on and enjoy making from my grandmother’s recipes.

69 Alex August 15, 2012 at 4:34 am

totally just shared on FB too!

70 Carolsue August 18, 2012 at 4:09 am

I like The Way to Cook by Julia Child
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71 Carolsue August 18, 2012 at 4:09 am

I shared on Facedbook
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72 Jessi August 18, 2012 at 3:38 pm

Yotam Ottolenghi’s Plenty is a frequent mainstay on my counter.

73 Jessi August 18, 2012 at 3:38 pm

Shared on Twitter! (@rhoticity)

74 colleen gilgenbach August 18, 2012 at 3:42 pm

My favorite go-to gal, Betty (Crocker). I use lots of different cookbooks and seem to have a favorite in each. but if I am just looking for general info or how to it is Betty I turn to.

75 Erica Brown August 18, 2012 at 3:51 pm

My favorite cook book doesnt have a name, I lost the cover many years ago. I know it is from the 50′s and from Dallas, Tx. A collection of recipes from a lot of women. The poor book is tattered and splattered, but I love the recipes it has.

76 Cecilia August 18, 2012 at 4:08 pm

Well, OF COURSE, my copy of Tom’s Deep Springs Cookbook 2001 with a fancy paper cover he hand lettered himself is my favorite cookbook. It’s raining and now I completely want his chicken pot pie. And his chicken soup. And a big pile of his goat tamales. And…aw, shit.

“Soup Suppers” by Arthur Schwartz is also a great one. But I learned a ton about soup from Tom, even after having had the Schwartz book for years.

77 Jess August 18, 2012 at 4:23 pm

It’s really more than just a cookbook, but I’m finding a new love of bread and all of the bread recipes in Country Wisdom and Know-How (Storey Books) have been very helpful.

78 Jess August 18, 2012 at 4:24 pm

I also tweeted the link to the giveaway for a second entry.

79 Whiterock August 18, 2012 at 4:58 pm

Smokehouse Ham, Spoon Bread, And Scuppernong Wine by Joseph Dabney.

80 Whiterock August 18, 2012 at 5:04 pm

I shared on Facebook.

81 Kate. August 18, 2012 at 6:39 pm

My favorite cookbook is pretty much any cookbook. But my most favorite is Herb Cookery by Alan Hooker, founder of The Ranch House in Ojai, CA. Love, Love, LOVE IT!

82 Kate. August 18, 2012 at 6:41 pm

I just shared on Facebook. :D

83 Pamela August 18, 2012 at 7:43 pm

I have so many cookbooks it really is hard to choose. Off hand I would say my 2 volume set of Mastering the Art of French Cooking / Julia Child. I would love to conquer the books one day.
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84 Pamela August 18, 2012 at 7:47 pm

And I just shared your giveaway and blog on my personal Facebook @
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85 Beth August 18, 2012 at 7:53 pm

Favorite Cookbook…..My kitchen is in the middle of construction….unfinished. So right now, it’s Fix it and Forget it.

86 Kim August 18, 2012 at 9:46 pm

More With Less. It’s a reminder that life used to be simple.

87 Kim August 19, 2012 at 1:34 am

I posted this to facebook too, but forgot to let you know.

88 Samantha Remington August 19, 2012 at 9:20 am

I love my collection of vintage Betty Crocker cookbooks. My favorite modern cookbook would have to be The Kind Diet.
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89 Toni August 19, 2012 at 9:08 pm

I’m not sure if I can pick one and I get many others out from the library. I use my Joy of cooking often as my basic reference but I love the book that has family recipes in it. There are just so many excellent cookbooks!

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