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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Melissa Deming said...

Who needs organization?????

sylvia said...

Oh, I'd love a copy of Amy's Bread! I've heard of it but don't have a copy.

I hope things are less hectic for you soon.

waftbyCarol said...

Please include me in the draw for the Unforgettable desserts...I hyave time to actually use it .
my sourdough is bubbling away on the counter , and needs to be used in a new recipe...

Meg said...

I love your blog. Great photos and the food is perfection!

mesa said...

Happy Wednesday :)

romance&cigarettes said...

This is the best food blog I have come across! The beautiful pictures and exquisite recipes are to die for. Can't wait attempt some myself :)

joanne! said...

thanks for entering me!
i love your photos!

Tamrah T. said...

Any new cookbook is welcome in my lil' "library". Thank you for a chance at one.

(jttso2ATgmail.com)

Elizabeth said...

What beautiful pink colors!

NikiTheo said...

Thanks for the giveaway! I love recycling cookbooks w/ other people!

Megan Pallai said...

Both books look amazing!

skimmy said...

count me in!

Kara said...

Either of those cookbooks sound great!

Clabby said...

Fingers crossed on one of these. You shouldn't punish yourself about not being around for a few days - we all know what life is like!

steph- whisk/spoon said...

it's great to be busy, but i do hope you have some relaxing moments here and there!

Yi May, Alexis said...

Hello! I have recently discovered your blog, I like your photos! Its very very pretty and professional looking.

I'm a young girl who aspires to be a pattisiere when I grow up. You inspire me more. :)

Karine said...

Ma chère Helene, the reason why you can't get things properly aligned in your head must be due to exhaustion. I learned a valuable lesson these last couple of years. I learned to say NO sometimes. We women tend to want to please everybody. We are good in multitasking, but we need to slow down and take time to relax. My advice for your New Year resolution is to take time for yourself and just do nothing for some minutes per day. I call this recharging my batteries. hehehe
Bonne chance ma belle.

Hope you can send one of these books to Canada. Between us, I would love the dessert books. Yummy. Hehehe

suzy said...

LOVE your site and your photographs are beautiful!

♥peachkins♥ said...

Oh my..stunning stunning shot. I hope I win oe of those wonderful giveaways!

beetle said...

Your recipes make me addicted, as well as my family!
Thanks for your inspiration!
I'm crossing my fingers to win any of the books, both look amazing.

Kisses

Audrey Rugari said...

J'en veux uuunnn! I want a cookboooook! Merci ;-)

Farra Cassidy said...

I would love either of the cookbooks! Collecting them has become one of my favorite things!

Farra Cassidy
maskrebel@hotmail.com

Jessica said...

You had me at "Amy's." I've been trying (with only moderate success so far) to replicate her fennel-semolina bread. Utterly delicious.

Febie said...

love your blog, beautiful pictures.

Nora said...

I would love one of the cookbooks!

alexia said...

I recently started subscribing to your blog and i totally love it! all the pictures look so so good and i feel like making all the yummy desserts! Your blog really inspires me and i wish i could quit my job and bake professionally!

alexia said...

by the way i'd love a copy of unforgettable desserts!! yummyy!!

Laura - Spain said...

I love your blog, CONGRATULATIONS!!!! And your recipes are simply PERFECT!! Besos desde España!! ;)

Clara said...

Both books look amazing! But I am excited for Carrie's cookbook as well, the photo looks really yummy (I am craving strawberries but it's just not the time for them in Germany)

claracharlotte@hotmail.de

Ashley Richardson said...

I would love to win the cookbooks. I visit your blog every day~

Ashley

met said...

delicious giveaway!

Marta said...

I love your blog!! I am in!!
Marta GM

Karen said...

There's a copy of Amy's Bread at my local bookstore with my fingerprints all over it from thumbing through...LOVE Amy's Bread down in Chelsea Market! Your photos are always fabulous!

anne said...

Your photographs are amazing! They make everything look so good.

The Lady Nomad said...

Since I'm pretty much snowed in, I have trudged to the store and now am planning to just stay home and make macarons all weekend!!!

irene said...

Thank you, love the food here! Hope anyone in the NE snow storm is warm & safe!

Alicia said...

Good idea!
Its possible to entry in the sort living out of your country? ;)
I love your blog, and I follow you since a lot months a go.
Kisses!

Barbara said...

Not exactly empty handed, my friend! The books look divine. Count me in, even if I am in the 600's!

Barbara said...

Not exactly empty handed, my friend. Count me in on those marvelous books! (Even though I am # 600 something. Yikes!)

wsake said...

this picture looks so promissing!
and of course i would be very happy about this lovely giveaway...

cdore said...

I love cook books and can't cook without one!

Terry said...

I really enjoy this site,and sometimes makes my day when I see a recipe that changes everything I had planned for the day.I would love a cookbook.

Megan said...

Get some sleep! :) Your photos are beautiful!

angela@spinachtiger said...

Even a non-recipe looks good. Thanks for the give-aways. Happy Valentine's Day.

Barbara said...

Ooh, bread AND dessert - two of my favorite things! I never win these things, but I enter anyway!!
___
Barbara
http://ifididnthaveasenseofhumor.blogspot.com

Calantha said...

I've been feeling rather apathetic about what to cook lately, so some new cookbooks would really come in handy!

mkr said...

i love your macaron recipes!!! they are always so creative and beautiful!

Ada said...

My home would welcome either one of these books. :-)

Katie Jane Parker said...

Oooh, I can never have enough cookbooks. They both sound fantastic.
And that is a beautiful photograph!

Katie[at]KatieJaneParker.com

PeanutButter said...

I would love to try dsome new recipes and improve my baking skills. Merci pour les belles idées Hélène!

balancejoyanddelicias said...

just found your blog!!
great giveaways... cookbooks are always good to have more! ;)

amylouwho said...

i love cookbooks! And baking! And you delicious photos. I can almost taste those strawberries.

Leslie P said...

Not that I need another cookbook, but...too good to pass up.

Carola said...

I enjoy reading your blog
thanks

Kimberly said...

Good luck with the cookbook and completely understand about being too busy to blog and bake!

Leslie P said...

I love cookbooks!

Stephanie said...

Who doesn't love a new cookbook?!?! I love giveaways! Fingers crossed.
steph-at-hip@hotmail.com

Margarida V said...

I have been coming to your site for quite a long time, and just love it.

jocelyn teo said...

OMG 600+ comments!! oh well, here's a shot! :) I so love cookbooks, but haven't had the cash to buy one yet. I've only borrowed from the public library to pore over the beautiful photos and illustrative words.

So let me win! :P

serena said...

mmh cookbooks... :)

Sherry G said...

Yay! This is a great giveaway! Thanks for the opportunity=)

Amber said...

I am in awe of your photos! Thank you for sharing.

Sareberry said...

Great giveaway. I can't wait for strawberries to be in season around here!

Joyce said...

Wow over 661 comments- this is fab! Have fun my friend!! xo

Raluca said...

I wish I could write on my blog as often as you do, and for my posts and pictures to look at least half as good as yours! Great giveaway!

Jenny said...

Those books sound awesome! I hope I'm lucky!

Jo said...

I would love to add either book to my current collection. Here's keeping my fingers crossed!

Irenicineri said...

How exciting! I'd love a chance to get a peek at one of your cookbooks. Your blog's incredible. :)

alisa said...

cookbook please!

girlwest said...

Would love to even just get one cookbook, two would be a special treat! Love your photos!

Nisha Krishnan said...

Wow! both cookbooks sound fantastic. I love visiting your site. great recipes and photos.

Jayme said...

Since the Chinese New Year is this weekend, I think it's perfectly acceptable to start a resolution :)

BTW, I absolutely love the table you shoot on in that shot.

Charlotte said...

wow, great giveaway! I hope I win

Amy said...

I'd love either of those books! Going to try my hand at macarons this weekend...can't wait!

Thanks!

gaby866 said...

how exiting ! I collect recipes and this would be a wonderful addition.. best .. Gaby in South Africa

gaby866 said...

I am learning the art of making macarons.. thanks so much for your tips.. Gaby in South Africa

ellen said...

I love cookbooks!

delightfullysweet said...

Yet another amazing shot. Your website is full of them.
Unforgettable Desserts looks unbelievable!
Thank you for hosting this give away.

Pastry Angie said...

Picture is so yummy. Just had a baby boy 3 weeks ago and this is my cooking outlet. The books sound great as well. Hope you have a fabulous day!

debbie said...

Will miss you while you're away! Love your photos and your desserts. I've been bookmarking your recipes, hoping to make them once I get a little bit more advanced in baking! Can't wait to have you back. Have fun!

Kim said...

Your site is such an inspiration. Your photography is mouthwatering and your writing makes me makes the food come alive. Thank you for sharing it so generously!

The Cake Faery said...

Oh...I would love to receive one of those cookbooks. I have to say since I found your blog. I have been trying new recipes and have now decided to look for a new cook book and try those recipes.

Jen said...

Both books look great!

Tracey said...

I would love a new cookbook! Those strawberries look delicious!

Kristen said...

love the blog!

LindaRayburn said...

I came across your blog last week and I am amazed by your beautiful photographs. I've just enrolled in pastry school and your wonderful creations will be an inspiration!
Linda

Maya said...

I was hoping for a nice dessert from you to beat the blizzard
Now, either of those cookbooks would make my day!

DabblingDiva said...

Ooh! Pick me! Pick me! I would love to be the owner of either of the two books!

Piszke said...

Dear Tartelette, thank you for your wonderful site, and for the macaron tutorials. I successfully baked mocca macarons, poppyseed-lemon macarons, walnut-blood orange macarons...and I'm plannnig lot more :), following your basic receipe!

Julie said...

so much inspiration from your words!

Julie said...

so much inspiration from your words!

tintin said...

Hi from sweden. I love your blog and im so happy that i found it a few months ago!
Im actually training to be a pastry chef/baker now and im loving it. You're an inspiration.
Best Wishes to you :)

simple kitchen said...

Thanks for all you do! You are an inspiration to so many! Love your photos!

Josephine said...

i would feel honored to win one of these cookbooks! love scouring them for new & inspired recipes! thanks!

Anonymous said...

I love your blog. Can't wait to see the new cookbook you are working on.

Agnes P.

Judith said...

Woot! Who could say no to a free cookbook? Also, I want your strawberries.

Dolce said...

Your photos are such an insipiration to anyone, I truly hope that Carrie loves working with you on her book :)

Chocolate Cat said...

I would love either of these cookbooks for my collection please. Probably good you didn't post a recipe today, they are all making my 'must try' list and I am way behind!! Thank you for sharing.

Lissa Brooks said...

Honestly, I don't know how you can even keep up a blog! My days aren't nearly as busy as yours and I find it hard to "remember" to post anything on my blog. I think we're all just happy to enjoy your posts and beautiful images when they're posted. It's like a little treat you appreciate more because you don't have it all the time. Cheers!

mrs.mfc said...

Oh goodness, I would love to win!! Fingers crossed!!

Betsy said...

You have such a great talent for food styling! Just drooling over your photographs!

Karen said...

Good luck with the book!

Indre said...

I love your blog!

Best wishes from Lithuania

Andrea said...

Why have I only now found your site???!!This is lovely.

veggiecath said...

Oh gosh I wish I could photograph like you :) Please keep going!

Kathryn said...

Hooray! Cookbooks!
That photo of strawberries makes me hopeful for spring...

allisonmariecat said...

Not that I have room in my kitchen bookshelf, but I'm a sucker for a good cookbook!

Helen said...

Hello from another Helen :)
Would be wonderful to win one of these book. Hope I'm lucky!

Beka said...

Courage pour les nuits blanches... & enjoy it!!
Beka xoxo

Torrie said...

Thanks for thinking of us. We'll settle in and read cookbooks and you can post whenever.

cecilia g said...

those look great!! would be nice to have new recipes for during these snow storms!

Rox said...

Hi, I would like to be chosen because I absolutely need cook books at the moment to relax myself and prepare something delicious to my parents who are always too tired to cook (especially sweets)!!!
PS:your blog is really marvellous

Loralee said...

Great books! Thanks for doing a give away.

amy said...

I love your blog, Tartelette! It makes me wish I were at home baking instead of sitting in an office.

Please enter me into your book giveaway.

Merci!
Amy

Chad said...

I love the simple purity of the photo!! The colors and lighting seem are perfect. And I would love to get those cookbooks. My wife does actually use recipes from many different books and these would be a welcome addition.

Katie said...

Great giveaway!! Both books would be wonderful additions. :)

a greener apple said...

I miss strawberries so much right now! So I am keeping your lovely photo in the background.

Sharon G said...

it's finals time at the Uni and i can't seem to dind the time to bake but at least i have the ceautiful pictures on your blog to inspire me!

Mayumi said...

I would love a cookbook! I hope I will win one! I love your website. mayumi408atgmail.com

Yolanda said...

Thanks for this generous book offer!

Susan said...

My cookbook shelves are on the verge of collapse but both those titles are absent. Even more so, I'll be looking forward to the publication of YOUR book!

Vi Vian said...

My husband told me that I have too much food porn lying around but I loooooooove them :)

amy said...

Love your blog, read it everyday and make the recipes often. Can't wait to try the chocolate banana tart!

Maren said...

My cookbook library could definitely use some fabulous new additions like these two!!

Cheppell said...

I love your site and the pictures are awesome!

I would love another cook book.

Lynnette said...

Both books sound great!!!

Gentle Reader said...

Love your blog. Would love to be entered in your giveaway. Thanks so much!

lisef said...

Organization, unfortunately, seems to be more of a personality trait than a skill. I'm just hoping its latent and late blooming in my case.

Liz said...

I never win anything but I'd love to start with a new cookbook :)

Nahieli said...

Hi, I really like your blog. The recipes look delicious and you take beautiful photos!! I'm trying the macaroons soon!
nahielig@yahoo.com

Helen said...

Hi Helen - my name is Helen too . . . and I'm a pastry chef! I've been enjoying your blog for a few weeks now - thank you for all the inspiration ... very well done. I'm thinking of including your milk chocolate lime cremeaux on my dessert composition for VDay. Thanks again!

Rhia said...

Wow, thanks for the opportunity, either of those books would be awesome :)

Anne said...

I really enjoy your blog!

núria said...

Both look great, thanks for the giveaway, it's so nice from you. Love your blog, it really makes me salivate! Thanks from Barcelona, Spain.

Roxana said...

I wish Carrie & you a nice time and work together!

Greetings from sunny Argentina

Anonymous said...

ooohhh i hope i hope i hope i hope i win the books!!!
fin ger crossed=)

Ms. K.I.M. said...

What a great giveaway. Those strawberries look so good.

The Purple Foodie said...

ooooh Amy's bread! that's been on my wishlist... *fingers crossed*

The Prudent Homemaker said...

And here I was just coming for a recipe! It would be great to win!

Rebecca said...

I'm going to have to check out those two cookbooks. Thanks for sharing!!

Mhel said...

I love visiting your site and seeing your gorgeous creations. Your photos are so vivid, I wonder what camera type or model you use. Your site is well put together. How do you keep yourself motivated? Do you do this for a living? Just curious...

Perry said...

Can't wait for a new recipe. I check your site almost every day! Thank you for all the lovely recipes and all the beautiful photos!

Andrea said...

Please pick me!

a.o. said...

I would love to win a cookbook too :D Unforgettable Sweets sounds really good!

Ah this comment is entered~ ^_^

Karen said...

Love the posts! Love the pictures! Thanks a ton!!

La mancelle said...

My resolution this year is to cook something from those books I too have just getting old on the shelves.

It's always a pleasure to read your posts.

Princesa said...

Wow! 700 comments! Thanks for the wonderful inspiration that I get everytime I visit here. So...what is left to say? "Pick me! Pick me!"
=) Have a great day!

Liisi said...

Just love that photo.

Stephanie said...

The BlogAid book is beautiful; what an honor it must be to be part of such a talented and generous community!

Sarah said...

Love your site, and the books sound awesome!

Alanna said...

I have a 4 month old and not much time for baking so I live vicariously through your gorgeous blog. I try to bake as much as possible on the weekends or at night after my little guy goes to sleep, but I have yet to tackle one of your recipes. One day...

Sandalola said...

Ohh great giveaway! Thanks for the offer! You take really lovely photos, btw.

Jon said...

Amy's Bread sounds like a fantastic book. I'd love to have it in my library.

Charli said...

I'm with you on needing to pile up recipes for when I get streched thin...

Those look like some great books!

Miss Solemnis said...

I'm drooling over both of those, but especially the Amy's!

jen said...

Oooh, I can only hope I'm a winner. :) thx for the giveaways!!!

LindsayS said...

Your site rocks! I would love to win a cookbook; I also love to pour over them. :)

Allison said...

Wow. so many comments. You are popular!

Margaret said...

I found your blog about a week ago, and I have to say that the recipes you list are quite decadent, and are definitely inspiring me to be adventurous with cooking. Thanks for the access to wonderful cooking knowledge!

Elaine said...

Wish baking was a cure for insomnia!
Elaine

TBC said...

I love a good giveaway!

Thank you!

Laura Iberti said...

thanks for sharing helen!

i so wanna see your pictures in C's cookbook!

love always..

Laura

Memaw's memories said...

I collect cookbooks. It would be fun to win one of yours.

Anonymous said...

Greetings from Iceland
I lookat your website every day - love it!
Hulda Gunnars - twitter: hug71

billet-doux said...

I only came across this site a few months ago and it gave me a flashback of when I was 11 years old and made macarons in my family's small kitchen because I had read about it in Bon Appetit Magazine's Paris edition (I had always wanted to go to France). I downloaded your macaron tutorial and plan to recreate those memories this weekend!

Kaloula said...

I would love a hand me down cookbook, those are the best!

Anonymous said...

I've only begun trying to bake bread - I decided it is worth overcoming my fear. Would really like that bread book, but I'm sure the desserts would soften the pain if I don't get it.

As usual, your blog is beautiful. Looking forward to the Haiti blog cookbook (it, too, will take away completely any residue of letdown on not being chosen).

naomi

Elinor said...

I love your site and appreciate all of your hard work!

adelle said...

bread and dessert...don't know which I love more...

paintnwiz said...

I'd love one of those cookbooks! Please enter me into the running!

Solange said...

Hello! I've just discovered your blog and I think it's great!!! The name "my tartelette" reminds me of the tasteful desserts I used to eat in the south of France... I'm crazy about macarrons, specially those from Ladurée... and those ? made from your recipe were just delicious! I would be thrilled to receive one of your books,I've discovered recently the passion of cooking and this book would be very useful to me... The picture of those strawberries remind me the charm of simple things, but tasteful...Love from Portugal, Solange

PixMix said...

I think your photography is absolutely incredible, so warm and comforting. Along with your fabulous recipes!

r.s. said...

I love cookbooks! Pick me, please :)

lauren said...

I would love to own Amy's bread- I am trying more bread recipes this year, seeing if I can make yeast my friend!

小龍貓 Spotty said...

I love your recipes!!

hds said...

oh, i'd love to win this! by the way: your photos are so gorgous!

Meg Martin said...

Strawberries make me think "summer"!!

Maria Alejandra Mendoza said...

Hello again,
After reading a lot I think I have decided to go for the Nikkon D40, it has great reviews for beginners. Just wanted you to know.
Best regards,
MAML

Hannah said...

Glad to know I'm not the only one to use books as bed time reading- And I'd love to have something new to dream about!

Michele said...

Tu es magnifique Helen, et j'adore ton blog! Thanks for the chance to win the books, my daughter and I have a fondness for cookbooks...Michele

Lauren said...

You are so great at photography! I hope to get better and you are my inspiration!
Thanks for the giveaway!

Caroline said...

I don't have very many cookbooks, I'm just starting to bake, so a cookbook be be very nice!

shanondavis said...

Mmm..strawberries...don't work too hard:)

edith said...

Been a regular reader since I started blogging. You have always been my inspiration.

Let's hope I will be the lucky one this time.

Cindy said...

I have been doing a lot of baking lately, I think because the weather has been so cold here. Both these books sound like they would be great to have.

Mel said...

Hello Hello!
I hope you find the energy to send one of those cookbooks to Mexico! haha!
Have a great weekend, Helen!

Leevelyn said...

Thanks for the chance for a cookbook!

Lisa said...

I love your blog and now love Amy's! I am in SC too further north in Greenville, but come south to wonderful Charleston as often as possible!

Jack said...

Your posts are always inspiring ... now I just need the energy boost to actually cook beyond a bowl of cereal! Some days it's hard, isn't it?!?

emily b said...

i just discovered your beautiful blog TODAY! happy baking and cooking,
emily

Lisa said...

I check your site all of the time for inspiration and a laugh; it's like visiting a friend for a chat. Love the pictures and recipes!

Jen Brannon said...

Would love to add to my cookbook collection... most recently I bought the Pioneer Woman cookbook, but since I LOVE to bake, I'd really better start building a dessert cookbook collection! YUM...

Zillah said...

I'd love one!

Jeannie said...

I love your site. The pretty pix of those yummy desserts! Wish I could make them as well as you do >x<
Thank you for posting~ x3

Ivy said...

Yes please! More cookbooks!

Betsy said...

Those strawberries look delicious!

claire said...

Beautiful photography on your site.

DJ said...

How wonderful to be able to do what you love to do! I have a feeling a 2 am bedtime does nothing to dim the satisfaction you feel at the end of the day :)

Topher said...

Thanks for the giveaway.

Love the site.


Chris

zekks at yahoo dot com

martha said...

Thanks for yours recepies, I did your Chai coffee cake, and I really enjoy it. Your photos are beatiful, they are poetry for the senses.

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