Special Edition - Two Cookbooks Giveaway!

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Strawberries 'N Cream

I'm coming here empty handed today. Well almost...Looks like I won't be around here much this week and I apologize for that. I was hoping to have pictures of some of the behind the scene moment of the work for Carrie's cookbook but I got to tell you, when 2am rolls around...I have no more energy left to bake and write.

Carrie is here, staying at the house for a few days working with me on her book. It's the first time we meet in person and it really feels special to be part of making her dream come true. Above is an out take of one of the dessert for a her book. I was putting things together and wanted to check the morning light in the studio one morning.

I fall asleep flipping through pages of other people's cookbooks knowing that I am never going to have time to bake or cook anything from them. Instead of seeing them collect dust, I thought about holding a giveaway for a couple I have enjoyed reading so far. More like salivating as I read! I have two wonderful books up for grabs for you today: Amy's Bread and Unforgettable Desserts.

All you have to do is leave a comment here (one entry per person) between Tuesday February 9th and Friday February 12th midnight eastern US time. I'll ship anywhere in the world. My dear B. will pick at random a winner for each cookbook.

I really am bad at having a pool of recipes ready to go for busy times. I wish I was as organized as my buddy Jen. Sigh...I have a post in draft mode. I don't have things properly aligned in my head yet. Ha...that could be a goal for 2010 right - a sort of late resolution. Hmmmm. I promise to work on that.

Thank you for your patience!

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LeLo said...

I love, love, love your blog and I hope to win Amy's Bread Book :-)

Beatriz said...

Awesome giveaway! I would loove to win!

so good and tasty said...

I'd love to have one of those books accompany my ever growing collection! Congrats on the book, can't wait to see the finished product!

emily said...

Free stuff is a welcome replacement to a quiet blog. ;)

Hungry Rabbit said...

Since I started my new food blog, I'll need all the inspiration I can get. Bread and dessert/baking are right up my alley..... I hope I get it, I hope I get it.

Gaby said...

at least your busy doing things you love!! Have fun working on the rest of the book! Can't wait for March for the Mac class!

Anonymous said...

I am always reading your blog. You are so talented. The things I see are as pretty as pictures in any of my cookbooks. I would love to be entered in the cookbook give away but I can't seem to get the darn google acct to work. I am cp dumb.. But I will keep looking, just in case :)Sandi

Chaitali said...

OMG this is so surreal! I was just browsing Half.com yesterday trying to find a used copies of Unforgettable Desserts, Heavenly Cakes and Michael Ruhlman's Ratio. So cool that you've posted a giveaway!

rudie2shoes said...

Oh I would love to win. :) We'll wait patiently for more recipes from you when you have more time. Don't worry, your loyal readers aren't going anywhere.

noemptychairs said...

Gorgeous photo! I would love a dessert made with those ingredients. Hope you are able to get some rest. We will be here waiting when you have the time and energy to post again. You always make such beautiful food!

my little expat kitchen said...

What a wonderful giveaway.
Thank you.
Magda

Miriam said...

Yes, I know Carrie's site! She's so lucky that you're shooting her book photos...

Gabrielle said...

Those are great cookbooks!

Kim Stone said...

With a life as full and beautiful as yours, little things will be left behind. I love the work you do and am inspired nearly daily by your lovely images and charming prose. Thanks so much. Now - get some sleep!!

chocolate and chanel said...

love your site :-)

Joy said...

I love your stuff. I am currently exploring more european and american pastries. My main focus has been Filipino desserts.

Charleen said...

Mmh, cookbooks! Yummy, delicious cookbooks! I'd sure love one... to replace my now ex-boyfriend...

Opy said...

Thank you! Good luck! :)

SquashedTwinkie said...

Here's my comment to enter the contest! BTW I've been reading your blog for over a year and thanks to you recipes for the goat cheese tart and pistachio macaroons my friends think I'm a baking genius. Thanks for the blog entries!

Stella said...

Hee hee-I don't have things aligned in my head right either, and I'm not just talking organization here! I would love a cookbook. I don't have many, and would love to receive a hand me down from you. A book with a history is better than a new book anyway-it provides aura and such, so please put my name in your drawing bowl or what have you...Thanks!

Inés Castellano said...

Ohh! Id love those cookbooks :)

kerrymoon said...

i am all about cookbooks. my husband says even if i cooked 3 new recipes from them every day i would never get through them all. i know everything is available online these days, but i still really love having the cookbooks around.

Angie Hong said...

I love reading cookbooks and collecting them. Please write a cookbook! I would love to own yours.

Anonymous said...

Would LOVE to read all about those Unforgettable Desserts...YUM!

Camille said...

I would love to have these cookbooks!

Akane said...

Both books look amazing! I wish I win!

Thanks for shipping everywhere; I'm from Spain and love your blog.

Dan said...

I would love either of those cookbooks!

Fabulously french said...

Wow what a fabulous giveaway, I have everything crossed :-)

Leeann x

Miss Giny said...

Oh ouiii moi moi moi !! Random choisis moi !! ^^

Vanessa said...

I really love your stunning blog and it would be fantastic to get my hands on these books!

rghawki said...

I am new to your site but I love it. It has a very uplifting look and content.

Thanks for the great give-a-way.
rghawki@yahoo.com

Bunny said...

I enjoy reading your blog (I drool as I read it too!), but never leave comments. This seems like a good insentive!

-Erika

Kathryn said...

Your blog is beautiful!

Anonymous said...

I love your blog and photography Tartelette. :) My email is genna.lu@gmail.com.

Kristin said...

Yum! I "heart" bread! I bake a lot, but haven't really tried my hand at bread, probably because I'm so spoiled by the great bread in SF - hard to beat!

jana said...

great giveaway, thanks!!

Jeannette said...

Oh how nifty!! Both of those books look divine!

If I ever get to a point in my "career" where I can make a cookbook, I'm calling you to photograph for it :D I love your shots!!

Genna said...

I love your blog and photography Tartelette. :)

zebulon said...

Congrats to you and Carrie for what will be a great book, without the shadow of a doubt!

Looking forward to see more of the behind-the-scenes here :)

Meredith said...

I absolutely love your blog and photos!!

Gillian said...

I would love one! Esp. Unforgettable Desserts. I've got a sweet tooth.

Santie and Athina said...

I love your blog!!I'm from Greece and everyday I check your blog, your photos are fabulous!!
Athina

Jennie said...

What a nice give away!

Anonymous said...

Hi, I am not an ardent cook, I like your food styling and recipes and your blog is one of my few food blog bookmarks. Sometimes I wish the pictures could come alive and be downloaded right on my lap!

Keep up the delicious work!

Eleni from Greece

Mel said...

Mmmmm. Fresh strawberries. I remember they are in season in FL right now. Too bad I live in MT!

Sarah said...

I understand the weight of having a backlog of recipes and blog posts. There's just never enough time! Those strawberries look very tasty!

Sarah said...

Yay for give aways! Annnnnd it appears I am the first comment! What?! I love all your pictures AND recipes. Yours was the first macaron I ever made and they were delightful. I'm a huge fan of bread and really anything sweet, so I'd love either of these! Thanks for always posting delish photos AND recipes! =)

Blair said...

OH, those strawberries look yummy and I know what I am making for dinner... and I hope I get a chance at one of those cookbooks!

Tina said...

I always love reading your blog!
Two giveaways is crazy. Both books sound wonderful.
As always, your photography is beautiful.
Can't wait until your next post.

Clare W said...

My name is Clare, I'm a university student in London, Ontario. As a student I really don't have many options to cook or bake even though I love to. I follow yours (and other) blogs to satisfy my need to cook, so thanks for being there for me!

Ryan Thomas said...

I've always wanted to know - Who's your photographer? Because she has a gift.

Tina said...

....I would love to win a cookbook. I love your blog the photography is amazing! Thanks. (Exhale) Pick me pick me...she says waving her hands in the air frantically. Hee hee

velvetacide said...

Love the photos on your blog! This entry especially, since my eyes are flooded with strawberries.

Amy's Bread sounds an interesting cookbook...I received Bake Wise for Christmas and have been meaning to bake, uh, something, and was just telling my friend I'd like to try making bread. Not sure why it seems so daunting to me. I think it's a block I'll need to bust through very soon!

Cate said...

I would love a new cookbook! And that bowl of strawberries :)
Get some rest!

narelle said...

You do indeed spoil your readers, what a treat!

Jennychick said...

Hi there! I have really enjoyed reading your blog! What a great giveaway. Both books look very interesting, especially the Unforgettable Desserts cookbook.

Jen @ thebirdinboots.blogspot.com

Kirstin said...

I would love to win one of these, thanks for sharing!

Anita (Married... with dinner) said...

go easy on yourself -- we'll all be here when you're done with your project! :)

CitizenRobots said...

Absolutely beautiful food photography as always! Visiting your blog makes me instantly hungry.

leetolles said...

That strawberry shot is making me crave Strawberry Shortcake with homemade biscuits! Love to add another cookbook to my collection!

Teensy said...

Lovely blog. Very bright and cheerful, like the perfect dessert.

Tina in Baltimore (currently plotting a way to bake my way through Snowmageddon 2.0)

Rebecca Martin said...

Oooo - those both sound good!

Lovely dessert shot.

Farrah said...

How generous of you! I don't have any bread books at home at all. Would love to add it to my other collection of cookbooks. Thanx!!!

MiNDY said...

would love to win "unforgettable desserts". you're so nice doing this giveaway.

Emily R. said...

I could use Unforgettable Desserts, because mine aren't.

Sarah said...

Starting out in the food blogging world...

Now, if only I baked and took pictures like you. ;) Looking forward to posting more recipes if I'm one of the winners!

The Cochrans said...

Mmmmm... strawberries. Time for the snow to end and Spring to begin!

jingru said...

both books look great!

Darby O'Shea said...

Busy-ness is a fact of life. Sometimes it's okay to let the blog languish and take care of "real-life things."

Alessio Fangano said...

Enjoy this time Helen! We will wait you by the oven door :-)

Julia said...

My husband might think I have too many cookbooks, but clearly I don't because I don't have either of those. He would love to make room on the cookbook shelf for those :)

Dandy said...

Its amazing you bake and blog as much as you do considering your schedule!!

Sarah in SF said...

Looking forward to posting new recipes if I'm a winner!

Leanne N L said...

I've been learning to bake over the years (with the help of my skillful mother), but have lately started to be a bit more adventurous and am trying new recipes that I've never made before! Either cookbook would help me better my skills.

I love love love your photos!

Debbie said...

Yeah Cookbooks! I would love to build my collection!

Hope Wells said...

Love the site! Thanks!!

Ariana @Artarra said...

It's fantastic that you ship everywhere in the world - normaly I can't participate :-) Now all I need is a little bit luck :-)

Marguerite said...

That beautiful photo is almost recipe enough. Honestly, who needs to cook when you've got strawberries.

But i would still love a cookbook!

lily said...

You popular girl, you'll never see my comment down here! Still, it would be a privilege to have a book from you. DW about not being super organised - makes you one of us.

browniegirl said...

Empty handed? Oh no....It must be such an honor to work with you Helen. I can just imagine how it is. And the light in that photograph is stunning. Look at the colour and brightness of those strawberries!! No one would expect you to cook or bake at 2am sweetie, thats when you have to get some sleep so you can function again in a few days time with your next pearls of wisdom for this wonderful blog of yours. You are so kind to be giving away some of your books. It would be an honor and priviledge for me to be able to own one of them. Doesn't matter which but the bread one interests me greatly. Thank you and hugs xxx

anna said...

I love give aways and i love Amy's Bread--perfect!

Lauren P said...

I love this blog! My friend and I are making some of your recipes for a dinner party that we are having this weekend. We are so excited!

sarah said...

both books look fantastic! good luck with all the hectic-ness - i'm sure all of your hard work will pay off :)

Sara said...

Love your blog! I could use a great cookbook!

Calvine said...

Thanks for the giveaway! Those strawberries look so good i could eat them...

Nikki said...

I can only say that your photos and culinary skills are out of this world and they never fail to inspire many of us readers! Thank for always sharing your passions and talents with the world of food!

Hettar7 said...

I hope the book is going well. Hope you two are having a good time together too. No worries about a non recipe blog. You can't cook (or blog about cooking) 24/7.

Stacy said...

I was just looking for some new cookbooks today...something with pretty pictures so this seems perfect for me :)

kookyculinary said...

I love cookbooks. The more the better. :)

Yen Learns to Cook! said...

No one can ever have enough cookbooks! I'm just starting my collection :)

Trish said...

Lovely blog. Wish i could win one of those books. Goregeous!!

Adi said...

Thanks for the book giveaway! Have a great week!

adiluria [at] yahoo [dot] com

Lindy said...

Pick me...love new cookbooks....love cookbooks period.

Katie Spankins said...

i'd love to have either of the two cookbooks! that would be awesome!

kathryn.hankins@gmail.com

Gretchen said...

Looking forward to your return--your blog posts with pics make the urge to bake/cook that much harder to resist!

Andrew's Mom said...

I want to make macarons because of you (sounds like a line from As Good As the Cookie Gets.

tiny_feet06 said...

Your photos always bring a smile to my face. Don't get too stressed and remember to rest!

Terri said...

I, too, love to flip through cookbooks just dreaming about how wonderful the end result will be. "Cooking in my head."

Love your pics!

Mar said...

This is the time of year when life is the busiest! Or so it seems. :)

Allison said...

I love cookbooks, too!

koohiiteasheri said...

Amy's Bread is such a cute bakery in NY! I could sit there for hours... and sip coffee with my pastry. I didn't even know they had a cookbook out!

Wiosanna said...

It would be great to get book from you :) Greetings from Poland

Sarah said...

Looking forward to hearing all about the cookbook when you're back! Both of those books are on my list :)

Proverbs31MOM said...

I'm new to your blog, I found it via Pioneer Woman, but I'm really enjoying it so far!! I LOVE cookbooks, and would love to add to my meager collection :)

Rachel said...

One thing I love more than a good bread cookbook is a good dessert cookbook!

Your blog makes me so happy!

Wicked said...

That is very awesome of you!

I would love to win.

Buttercup said...

me please, love your food!

Brit said...

I would love to win either of these cookbooks! They look fantastic!

jelena said...

I love your photos as much as I love your recipes, sometimes its so hard to decide what is more tempting :) Keep up this awesome blog

Gingy Cookies said...

Yeah! I love giveaways! Cookbooks, can never have enough!

Tina said...

It's always great to have good cookbooks around for inspiration even if you don't get a chance to try their recipes.

hawkbrwn said...

yours is one of my favorite blogs to read. you have consistently beautiful food presentation via the photos, and your stories make the recipes sound both enticing and entertaining. thank you for your continued great work here!

lauramil said...

i totally relate! i always look online at recipes and tell myself i'll make them. Sometimes i do but most times i don't!

heavenlyginger said...

Thanks for the website - it's so beautiful!!

Kris said...

Would love either cookbook. Thanks!

terri said...

your blog is one of the things that brightens my day...thank you for all that you do to make the world a better place!

Anne said...

I love everything you do!!! Your food is delicious and your photos are gorgeous!!

knitaddict said...

Would have to be the Desserts book for me! I've never had a lot of luck with bread making.I'll stick with what I'm good at!!!

Have made a few of your recipies and have loved every one! Still haven't worked up the courage to try your macaroons, maybe one day!!

Thanks for the inspiration to push my boundaries.

Tia xxx

Junglefrog said...

I think I might have to join you on that belated 2010 resolution! Love the photo!!

anastasia said...

This is an awesome idea!

I am looking forward to seeing your pictures in this upcoming cookbook!

Briana said...

Oh, I am salivating for a strawberry now! How come all the ones here are so white instead of red? :/

Helen said...

Technically, I don't actually have a cookbook but it'd be great to actually win one.Great photographs! That's what i also need, a new camera.:)

Kari said...

Don't worry about being MIA lately, a little dose of one of your amazing pictures works for me! Good luck with the project, looks great!!

egidija said...

my kitchen is longing for these books...

Praneetha Sabhanayakam said...

I hope to win one of those books! To win would be awesome! Thank you! :)

Anne M said...

Good luck with your work this week! I am sure the result will be beautiful as always.

Curried Cupcakes said...

Both books look wonderful! Thanks for the giveaway.

MESmith said...

I had to give up buying cookbooks recently because I was becoming obsessed! Winning one would be a nice way to get a fix :)

Paula said...

I love your blog, thank you for sharing your wonderful art :D

Both book sound lovely!

Lilly said...

These books look fantastic... thanks for putting up this post and all your other tempting little inspirations..it's always a delight to see your words and images!

Lilly.
www.ecoburst.net

julie said...

your site is fabulous! let it be me!! keep up the pretty posts!! best!

Emily G. said...

Lovely! Thanks for the giveaway :)

YDANIS said...

Either one would be a great addition to my library! I hope I will...I never seem to have much luck with the giveaways!

emily said...

love your blog!
thank you for the giveaway.

Munni said...

Hi Hi. Love your blog.

Donna - Dishy Goodness said...

Hi, Mme. Tartelette! I would love to win a cookbook, plus I am super-excited to participate in your class on March 6th in CA!

Kee said...

Those strawberries look so luscious and ripe! Your lighting is always so beautiful.

I, too, fall asleep reading cookbooks.

<3

Jessica B. said...

Yes, please!

Kristin said...

What a great giveaway! I would love to win one of these books.

710 East Myrtle Avenue said...

I'm a breadmaker and would love to win Amy's Bread. Thank you for your lovely blog and a great give-away!

Shiriously said...

My cookbook collection could definitely stand to grow! I hope you get some down time this week!

Julie said...

As many have already said, beautiful pictures. Sounds like a great book... makes a great giveaway!

Laura said...

Ooh, both those cookbook look great!!

Mary said...

I love the strawberries and cream picture! I haven't bought a new cookbook in ages, so winning one would be great!

Tina said...

Thank you for your wonderful blog :)

squirrelbread said...

Even if your blog was all photos, I'd be satisfied. They are positively lovely, and I enjoy each and every one.

Cheers,

*Heather*

Sugardrive said...

Beautiful photography, as always!

Jodi

Doreen said...

beautiful photo ... I want to eat that! I'd love to win this giveaway ... I have a thing for cookbooks!

Carolyn said...

oh la la! great giveaway... how sweet of you to share!

Bria said...

Fantastic! I am a cookbook addict!!

Lauren said...

No worries. The strawberries look amazing! You're just trying to help our beginning of the year diets, aren't you?

We will still be here when you get back :).

Shoshana said...

The light in that shot is beautiful. It would be great to get either book!

chatnoir said...

Amy's Bread, oh my heart!

cpcjoyce said...

Just a ordinary fan of your blog, wish that i could win a giveaway. Love your recipes..

edina said...

Love your blog - thanks for the chance to win a cookbook!

Kimberle said...

Thanks for a beautiful blog filled with amazing pictures! I look forwarding to reading all your new posts! Happy Valentine's Day!

michelle said...

awesome!

La cuisine des 3 soeurs said...

Dis-moi, quel succès. Il est certain que ce que tu proposes est très tentant, même pour moi au-delà des mers. je me régale déjà de tes recettes.

Nicole Anderson said...

I have really enjoyed reading your site. You are great!

amanda said...

It would be such a blessing to receive either of them! I started baking a few years ago but have truly fallen in love with the art. :)

shez said...

Ahh mee! Your out-take photographs look stunning enough to be the printable version. Congratulations on your "day job" - it's so exciting to hear!

C said...

I love your website! Still haven't figured out how to make the macarons work consistently though...I bought a coffee grinder for the nuts and everything but somehow I keep having problems with it. I would love a cookbook.

Joanna said...

Ooo! Those sound like lovely books! I'm envious of whoever wins them ^^

You should come out with a cookbook *_* So few cookbooks out there have such luscious pictures!

Sandra Avital said...

As much as I'ld love to be picked by your dear and gorgeous B., I'ld be even more thrilled to win one of those wonderful cookbooks. Please, pick me.. :))

The People's Kitchen said...

Sign me up :) I am so excited about making macarons on Friday :) Today I made the apricot tea cakes. Thanks for inspiring me.

Laura said...

I <3 cookbooks

KarlandBethany said...

Oh, the strawberries look so fabulous and spring-y (in deep contrast to the frigid winter weather here); looking at them makes me happy! Thanks for sharing!

Hang in there... doing quality work like you treat all of us with takes time. Please cut your self a little slack... and have FUN working on the cookbook! Yeah for cooking & blog friends! Yeah for meeting in person! ;-)

Frank said...

Wow, what a cool site! A friend of mine just turned me on to it (during the Super Bowl; we talked as much about food as we did about football).

Shilpa said...

Love the recipes and the pictures. Have made your blog a daily habit!
Would love the books.

Jessica said...

Looks like it's going to be a lovely book!

Emma Krueger said...

I just found your site and I love it. Beautiful.

Kirsten said...

Your photographs are so amazing! Thank you for always inspiring me!

bedlamsbard said...

I never really considered cookbooks until this year, when I can't concentrate enough to read fiction or nonfiction for fun (I'm a sophomore in college) and now cookbooks and cooking blogs keep me sane!

Anonymous said...

You have a wonderful and beautiful blog... thanks for the giveaway!

Happy baking!
LeeYong

oneordinaryday said...

Lovely giveaway!

Sarah said...

That looks delicious, love your blog. =)

magnolia said...

pick me pick me pick me

Hillary said...

I really really hope I get picked! I would love those cookbooks!

Margaret said...

Oh hooray...I love giveaways. Maybe even more if I can win one! Sign me up please!

Margaret

Rachael said...

I would love to win either of those books!

Jeanne said...

What a beautiful out take photo! I can't wait to see all the photos that do make it into the book!

Aldara said...

I've inherited the cookbook-collecting gene from my mom - I love cookbooks, especially if they have wonderful photography like yours. I try to make at least a couple of recipes from each one, but so far I'm at least a dozen books behind. *g* The Dessert book looks awefully yummy! Also, I don't have anything on baking bread in my collection, yet...

Debbie said...

I love cook books :)

natalie said...

oh! oh! pick me pick me!

Best of luck with the cook book!

Brooke Petersen said...

I would love to win one of the cookbooks!

Lan Dien said...

I'd love to win one--I've finally gotten through my other other cookbook, but am short on the funds to buy another ~_~

Victoria N. said...

Those strawberries look absolutely delish. (:

B said...

We love reading your blog!

nancy ingersoll said...

I'd love a copy of the book - or to take a food photography class with you. Please post any plans you have to teach some food photogrpahy classes (especially on the west coast, really especially in northern california).
Nancy Ingersoll

Chew Fatt said...

I would love to have those books. Seems lovely! Hope I have a chance? haha.

Monica said...

wow there are so many comments already! this is some stiff competition, but I'll insert myself in here anyways. I would LOVE to win either of the cookbooks!!!

eikosi said...

oooh, beautiful pictures!
I would love to get either of those cookbooks. My friend has recently started experimenting with baking bread, so I'd definitely love to try making something with her later.

Monica said...

me! me! me! me! I would LOVE to win one of these cookbooks!

Mia said...

The "Unforgettable Desserts" cookbook sounds awesome! And the "Amy's Bread" looks like a great go-to bread baking book.
Your photography is inspiring!

whisk the pantry said...

Always a big fan of yours! Looking forward for many more more from you

mterasaki said...

they both like amazing! :)

Post Grad Hair Cut said...

Would love either of those books!

swagnerm [at] hotmail [dot] com

Amanda said...

Those strawberries look AMAZING! I am new to your site, but I love everything you do...someday I hope to have a batch of macarons come out successfuly!

Anonymous said...

I love your blog-always gives me ideas of what to bake/cook next

Sarah said...

We are in the middle of getting a new kitchen at the moment so I can't bake but I can read =) Thank you.

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