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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Kevin Chen said...

I love your blog, I hope I win a cookbook so I create some of my own wonderful confections!

MegT said...

Excellent giveaway!

Rachael, Pistachio Press said...

Both of these cookbooks look amazing!

Anonymous said...

Pleeeeease, dear B. piiiiick me and send me one of these great books!That would be an honor...
Merci ;)
Elise

Deb said...

What a lovely blog! And your photos are beautiful! :)

Jas. said...

Well, better late than never on the resolution front! I find they keep better if made after New Years Eve anyway... and might I add that I simply adore your photos!

Neha said...

Love your site, and sure love the giveaway! :)
Thank you!

Linda J said...

Would love to win one of the books. Thanks!

Linda J said...

Would love to win one of the cookbooks. Thanks!

Stephanie said...

I love reading your blog! Thanks for sharing not only the wonderful recipes and pictures, but the heartfelt stories that accompany the beautiful food you make.

Linda said...

Love the site. And the macaron tutorial although I still c=have not made a successful one.
Also...
Cookbookcookbookcookbook!!

e_susan94 said...

I am a lover of bread and desserts. :)

Mands said...

I love you, I love you, I love you! I just found your blog and love it!
You are great, keep up the good work!

Mariana said...

Love your website, your recipes never fail!

Robin C said...

Your photos are amazingly beautiful and captivating! I'm glad I found your blog.

boysnbiscuits said...

I just LOVE looking at your beautiful photos! Thanks for the cookbook giveaway.... I'd love to add them to my collection! :)

Annie R said...

miam, un livre :D
merci de nous en offrir !

ryan's grane said...

Would love to have a new cookbook!!

Amy said...

Love your blog :)

Anonymous said...

Beautiful pictures and delicious dessert ideas! Thank you for sharing all of your creations!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing all of your beautiful photos and creations!

Tegan said...

That unforgettable dessets book sounds fabulous! I would most certainly use that a lot!!! :D xx

chocoholic_babyy@hotmail.com

laura said...

oooooh - a cookbook - one of my favorite gifts!! Love the beautiful photos and recipes. THANK YOU for sharing so we can share with others we love :)

Frosted Sensations said...

I would love a cookbook - I'm a complete cookbook junkie. =)

jie an said...

You never fails to inspire me! Beautiful pictures and great recipes.

Cakelaw said...

How fun to be working on a cookbook with Carrie! Many hands make the work a little lighter.

Jacqueline said...

I enjoy reading your blog daily...when I should be studying...I read your blog and am inspired to bake! I would love love love either of the cookbooks...however I'm a sucker for desserts.

caroline said...

I love the strawberries shot! It's gorgeous! I'd love the win the books - they look great!

おいしいイチゴ said...

I love your photography of desserts! Thank you for such great recipes for the macarons :)

Lou said...

Both books sound great!

Meryl said...

A great giveaway, especially the dessert book!

Alexia Parada said...

Your blog is speechless!! I love to cook and bake, its just relaxing..! and a new challenge everyday!

Mona said...

Great giveaway. Sounds like a great resolution to me :)
monamhassan at hotmail dot com

Anonymous said...

Everything looks so delicious!!!!

Jaime said...

Those books look great!

Carol Chung said...

I just love everything about your site, the recipes, the insights and the photos you take... cause i just love making desserts and recently also taken up photography too hahaha so your site has given me the extra motivation to create beautiful things.... and i would love to get that dessert book =)

btw Thank you for replying to me on fb about the macarons..heheh it turned out much better after your advice.

cheers Carol~

Elaine said...

i love reading your blog! you inspire me to be creative with my baking. you should write a cookbook, i would definitely buy a copy (:

Sandwich Cookies & Cakes said...

Would love to add some reading material to my night time reads! Like the 800+ others who commented, I love your blog!

Sarah said...

I would love to win both of them! I just adore bread baking, and desserts...

Alicia said...

Hang in there..writing isn't easy and much harder than most people think. Take a breathe and relax...every thing will be ok. You are helping all of us realise the complexity behind these delicious looking desserts that you write about on your blog.

spoonforkladle said...

Oh...I'd love either one of those books!

Karin said...

Hi! I would love to win one of thoose books!

Ugocrazy said...

I always like to read this blog and now - again - a chance to win a cookbook!

VertAnge said...

I'm a beginner in the world of cooking and your blog gives me lots of inspiration.Thank you!

Amy said...

I totally agree with you. It's not easy to be that organized! Good luck on your 2010 goal! ^^ "Unforgettable Desserts" sounds great! I love desserts and all recipes you've posted so far. Thank you.

Anat said...

I love your pictures!
Hope you'll pick me :)

Misty said...

I just made macarons for the first time in my pastry class!

I found you because of the post on bakerella about the macaron class.

:)

Yippee for macarons!

Meeri said...

I think the dessert book in particular sounds awesome. And compliments on your gorgeous work for the cookbook you're working on! Keep it up!

rebecca said...

Love the pics!!!! Mmmm.... Count me in!

christina said...

What an exciting giveaway! Thanks for the generosity, I love your recipes!

Carla said...

I just recently discoved your blog and love it. Recipes and photos are amazing! thanks!

Esther said...

We collect cook books.
Some of my favourites are those from WWII aimed at helping housewives manage on rations.

And a quick question: Which camera do you use? Those strawberries are mouthwatering.

Lisa said...

I'd love to win either of these books, yay giveaways! :)

Rikke said...

It seems you are the epitome of the saying "if you need something done, ask a busy woman". Thanks for always making my way past your blog an inspiring one.

Inger said...

Oh I love cookbooks. But I am all the way down under....fingers crossed anyway.

Kali said...

YAY cookbooks. I work in a library so I'm always looking through our cookbook section.

Elodie said...

Pick me :-) I'd love to receive one of the books.

Your blog is great!
Elodie

Caryn Oxford said...

Looking forward to the finished product! The giveaway is a great idea!

deirdrespeak said...

my first time visiting your blog... i love your food photographs!

Shae said...

I am just starting to bake yeast breads and would love to learn some tips on bread baking. I love your blog by the way! One of my favorites to find in my inbox. =)

Christy said...

Well, as excited as I am to read your blog every time a new one is posted I reckon I can summon some patience and wait for your return. Go, have fun. I will certainly be here when you get back and looking forward to the amazing photo's and witty post's.

Jennifer Klaussen said...

I'd love a new cookbook!

Future Grown-Up said...

I'm lucky if I am still semi functional at 11 pm much less 2 am...most important thing is to take care of yourself now. The Baking (and we) can wait a bit.

callalily - Van Nguyen said...

The strawberries look yummy! =D

I love the recipes you post on here. I just need more time to try them all!

dinazad said...

This is definitely an incentive to de-lurk! I'd love to have one of the books, but if it shouldn't work out, let it be said that your blog is one of my dearly beloved daily reads.

Vanessa said...

Bread and desserts! Two things I could never live without!

Amanda said...

Thanks for the giveaway!! I would love to win...cookbooks are my weakness!

Amanda said...

Thanks for doing giveaways and sharing!
I love your photography!

Natalie said...

I came across this blog by accident today and realized that I had not read it in ages - what an oversight! Well, at least now I have a huge backlog of recipes from you that I can enjoy!

I would love to be the owner of a new cookbook - and both bread and dessert are categories of choice for me. :)

macky said...

Will I get lucky this time? :) Couldn't resist leaving a comment when I saw you were willing to ship internationally.

...and p.s. you photos inspire me in composition and food styling...love how delicious they always turn out.

Pauline said...

I'd love to be one of the winners!

I can't wait to see the finished product from the collaboration between two extremely talented individuals!

JB from Ontario said...

Look like gorgeous cookbooks - a welcome addition :)

Lori Gail said...

Don't worry - we all have days like that. You do an amazing job with it all!

I would put either cookbook to good use for sure!

Emilie in Minnesota said...

I completely understand what happens to your energy at 2am and how a brain can be unorganized...trust me!
Have a nice week!

soft coeur said...

I just got into Google Reader and I added your blog! Looking forward to reading your posts. Seems like I picked a good time to start following... I'd love to win a book!

rhea[dot]kappa[at]gmail[dot]com

tanya said...

me me 870!

Lamya said...

Awesome, new cookbooks to try out recipes on my friends!

lynnorosz@yahoo.com said...

Your photos are beautiful. Thanks for the opportunity to recieve a give-away.

Anonymous said...

What a lovely give away! Your desserts and food styling are always such an inspiration. Either book would make me swoon and be a welcome addition to my collection!
Love
Sara Brown
curlymcfreckle@yahoo.com

Jess said...

I hope B. picks me!

...but if not, thank you for having such a wonderfully accessible and applicable blog. You give us wannabe-baker-bloggers hope :)

Waverly said...

Your photographs are gorgeous. The books sound wonderful! What a fun give away - over 800 people agree!!

Natalie said...

I love your blog, and you always have such gorgeous photos! I want to make EVERYTHING!

Marianevans said...

Wow is this bunch of comments - then again, these books both look gorgeous and mouthwatering. Thank you for posting and offering, even when you're exhausted!

Anonymous said...

I admire your energy Helen. I don't know how you do all that you do. I bought a new larger bookshelf and told my hubby that now I need more books to fill it up. He just rolled his eyes.
Martha lrice5241@att.net

Anonymous said...

I LOVE your site! Thanks so much for the oppurtunity to win those great cookbooks!

wemiwa1@aol.com

Mary Anne Zivnuska said...

Sound wonderful!~ When you get back to writing, how about something for the snowed-under set in DC?

DUSBAHCESI said...

Just discovered you website! Very nice :) Would like to win a book too:) I'm writing you from The Netherlands.

Michelle said...

have a good rest, helen. can't wait to see what good stuff you bounce back with. =D

Katalin said...

I really like your site, I follow it every day.
Greetings from Luxembourg.

Rachel Franklin said...

All of your creations are truly inspiring. Thanks for posting such beautiful and delicious works of art!

Ann said...

Just recently stumbled upon your site, and I love it already. One of my roommates eats gluten free, so we are enjoying your recipes and plan to make one soon. Thank you! :)

Aubrey said...

I love reading your blog each week and would enjoy adding either of those books to my collection.

Vicki said...

Worthy endeaver! We will all be here when you return.

Tonita said...

Thanks for the tart ring source!

Tonia

Rhonda said...

Nice of you to give away cookbooks. Was hoping for something decadent for Valentine's Day, but rest up and I'll look in past posts...ah chocolate.

Gretch said...

Baking, when the snow drifts, is never bad. Having another resource for ideas - would be great!

Jenny Tan said...

I'm sure you aren't the only one who flips through cookbooks and not having the time to bake/cook. Have a great weekend!

Laurel said...

You make me hungry!

Our Porch in Hillsborough said...

What beautiful strawberries! I'm keeping my fingers crossed for the giveaway! Thanks

Rodney and Erin said...

Love your site. I would also love those cookbooks! haha have fun!

Maru said...

Mmmm.... strawberries. You make my mouth water.

Sweet Lilly said...

I love your blog! Your ideas and photographs provide endless inspiration!

Marie + January said...

i would love one of these...and my husband would appreciate them as well ;)

Ruby said...

Good luck organizing your thoughts!

Nicole said...

Ohh!!! Beautiful books! Would love to have a look at either one!

Tamara M. said...

Adore your site. It's a daily visit.
-Tamara

Kitchen Harlot said...

Love your Blog. It always makes me hungry. The photos are brilliant.

qjamanka said...

Wow! I see a lot of people want to do you a favor and take those books away ;) and yes...I am one of them :) Have a good time working with Carrie!

Gulsen said...

shall i be the lucky one please?

Chickadee said...

Crossing my fingers!

bilingualandmore said...

Both those books sound so wonderful. I love to bake bread and desserts and my family and friends love to eat them all up so I can start all over again.

Puppydogs said...

Hi, I would not call this empty handed. You inspire me all the time. The creations you have are wonderful. Thank you.

jzp said...

I miss having a kitchen, :(
But love the blog!

Zebbie said...

Thank you so much for your beautiful blog...I enjoy coming here for a visit every now and then to be motivated to create in the kitchen! Be sure to make some time for yourself and recharge!

Anonymous said...

These books look great! Both look like great resouces. I hope I'm a lucky winner.

Dawn
swtspie@yahoo.com

carly_weil said...

this is my favorite blog!

delimoon said...

En français, on dit: "une chose après l'autre et chaque chose à sa place".
Je ne t'apprends sûrement rien! ;-)
Mais pour aller de la théorie à la pratique il faut passer par la case organisation. Je pense que c'est le même problème pour tout le monde.

Merci de plus tard nous reparler de ce livre quand il sera sorti de presse.

Au fait, j'adore les desserts ...

Ina said...

Well, you are not the only one having lots of unfinished posts ;) I'm lacking a proper dessert book in my collection so I'll keep my fingers crossed ...

Francesca said...

As Marie Antoinette wisely said once:

"let them eat cake"

............and leave the book to me!!!!

Patryce said...

mmm, bread. mmmm, desserts. Not sure they can compete with Helene's desserts, but I'm willing to try them...

Tara @ Geek Baker said...

Both books look right up my alley. Amen to being too busy to bake or cook.....sometimes its enough work just to survive!

Macamia said...

I love cookbooks! I especially love settling in on the couch with a new one and some fresh coffee.

Woo & Francine said...

mmm...amy's bread

Heather said...

Awesome giveaway! Thanks for the opportunity :)

Lori said...

Wow- its like a Pioneer Woman giveaway. Are you shootin' for a thousand? Whoa!

Allie said...

Thanks for the giveaway! Such a bad feeling to have recipes going to waste.

Danielle said...

I love baking!! But I have never attempted bread!

Just found your blog! Can't wait to read more of it!

Laura USA said...

Hope I win!!! awesome pitures and blog!!!!

Barbara said...

It's good to be busy Helene. I wish I was as organised as Jen too. I have not baked anything in a month. We are at the height of our summer and I spend too much time in the water. I'm coming back as a fish in my next life.

Natalie said...

Love your site. :) Love your photos.

Becs said...

Yummy!

PL said...

Enjoy your time away from your blog! There's plenty to feast on and appreciate while you're gone. Such a generous spirit to your blog! Love that. :-)

Nina said...

The pictures on your blog are beautiful!

brown eyes said...

Your food photography is always amazingly beautiful! Hopefully I get to add one of those books to my little collection.

Karolina said...

I've never won anything so maybe this is my lucky day...
Love your blog!

angel said...

I would love getting either of the cookbooks!

cindy* said...

oh those strawberries! we won't have decent ones here for many months...

MJ said...

One can never have too many cookbooks!

Joann said...

My cookbook collection just keeps growing and growing.....but I really use them! would love these two!

Tamari said...

count me in :)

nash said...

Baking, my passion.
Those books look amazing, I hope I'll be the lucky one! :)

Fruzsi said...

I just found you!!And I like your blog!!!Good working!!FRuzsi

jb said...

i love amy's bread!

denise said...

Love your blog :) Always looking forward to your next post!

RecipeGirl said...

Both cookbooks look lovely!

Josie Chow said...

Either would be very nice to have!

Nesi said...

These books are worth a shot:)
N.

apk said...

i enjoyed looking at the videos of your macaron baking workshop! yum.

Monika said...

Have fun working on the cookbook. We'll be here, patiently awaiting your new recipes and photos :)

Best wishes,
Monika

CookTeen said...

Gorgeous pictures!

with love and cupcakes,
cookteen

Sonia said...

Recently stumbled upon your blog. I love your pictures.

Either of the books would be a welcome gift. Thanks for offering this giveaway to your readers!

efrain gomez said...

Awesome. I'd love some books ;)

Thought: I've never tried making Macarons; is it possible to use other kinds of nuts instead of almonds?

:: efrain

Kristin Long said...

Oh, I'm also so inspired by what you make! I'm on here all the time for macaron inspiration!! Thank you!

ChichaJo said...

Yay! Giveaway! :) That's a beautiful photo...we all have those busy times, thanks for taking the time to leave us with that lovely strawberry image :)

Rennie said...

Those strawberries look incredible! Your photos are amazing!

Stephenie said...

I love your website. I found out about it from Bakerella. Thanks for sharing your cookbook wealth.

Mary Martha said...

Thanks for the chance! I love reading the blog.

stephaniestempinski said...

I love cookbooks - I would love either of them!

Cindy. Lo. said...

How nice! I stumbled upon your blog and I'm in love with all the food pics at the first sight!

beth said...

oh me, please!

Christina said...

umm ... 1. GORGEOUS shot. Makes me really crave fresh picked strawberries!

2. I LOVE cookbooks!! :o)

mila said...

Bonsoir,

I just found your yummy blog a few days ago :-) I love how crisp the site looks. It is a great site to view and read :-) I love food, photography and travel and your site does all these justice! I can't wait to try your recipes!

Merci,
Mila

Alex said...

I love cookbooks...if they have some sort of dessert or dessert possibility in it. I'd love to have hundreds of dessert cookbooks one day. We'll see if that comes true!

Young said...

They look amazing! Strawberry's are always my favorite.

Ana said...

Two fabulous books! :) I'd be thrilled to receive either!

Jessica said...

Another beautiful photo!

Cookbooks are my favorite thing to purchase - even if I only make one or two things from each!

travelingwilbury said...

Hello Helene!
I enjoy reading your blog enormously, thanks for the giveaway! My email address in case you need to contact me is gaviota_uk2@yahoo.co.uk

Gabriela

showes said...

I would love either cookbook

Marcela G. said...

I love your blog.
I love your photos.
I love cookbooks.

Meghan said...

I'm just beginning to explore bread baking and would love a good guide! I wouldn't say no to a cookbook full of fabulous desserts, either!

Catherine Chen :) said...

Aww, I love your blog! Everything you make looks so beautiful! (And inspiring)

And bread and dessert? YUM! :)

Sharlene said...

I love your blog! I just started my own and am actively working on finding a French macaron recipe to work for me. A new cookbook wouldn't hurt :)

Sara-Jayne said...

I love your blog!! And I know what you mean about being too tired to bake at 2am. I had to flake out of baking treats for my kids to take to school for Valentine's Day. So, I will be more than making up for it this weekend!

Heidi said...

Both those cookbooks would go to good use in my house!

Heidi
h-angulo@hotmail.com

Amelia PS said...

j'adore you :)
reading food books in bed is my daily luxury.
Amelia from www.ztastylife.com

Elizabeth said...

You have a WONDERFUL blog and deserve a short break!!! =) You are the sweetest for offering two book giveaways. xoxo

Ho Ho Ho said...

Hiya
Your photos... as always...amazingly beautiful...

thehungrypanda said...

awesome! i was looking at Amy's Bread the other day and it is definitely on my wishlist of cookbooks i must have. i checked out The Sweeter Side of Amy's Bread from the library and there are great recipe.

delaudela said...

holy cow! i've never seen SO many comments on a posting! awesome. I'm going to be making your salted caramel, vanilla and chocolate mousse for Valentine's day. I'm QUITE excited! I'll let you know how it turns out! check out my blog for my updates: baconveggie.blogspot.com

as always, love your posts, keep 'em coming!

<3 Allison

sherry said...

Greetings from Mumbai, India.You make the most beautiful desserts! Would love to win your book.

Best wishes,
Sherry

sherry.mukim@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Love your blog. Please enter me in your contest.

JB in Texas

Laura B. said...

I'm making your goat cheese cheesecakes for valentines this weekend. i hope they're as tasty as your goat cheese tarts (which are DEVINE!)

berry lovely said...

I am really looking forward to your behind the scenes pictures, when you get the time. Your styling and pictures are always so gorgeous.

Esme said...

I would probably enjoy the dessert cookbook-those strawberries look delicious.

chocolate and croissants at yahoo dot com

sook said...

comment! yay! :)
btw - really like your blog.

kiwigirl said...

I would love to be in the draw for a cookbook ... I've been an avid watcher or your blog for a long time ... all the way from New Zealand!

laura said...

I totally sympathize with the busy feeling and hope you return soon! I would love to win either cookbook, they sound fantastic.

Roo said...

The giveaway sound great. I'd love a chance to win.

Heather M said...

As always, lovely! Cookbooks, such a delightful escape...

Prathibha said...

very nice shot...lovely strawberries...

Soare said...

Hello! :)

Nutrition to Kitchen said...

My chances are bad, but I'm going to try anyways! :)

Rachel said...

Both books sounds fantastic! Love your site: it's my main object of procrastination!

nemisbéka said...

Lovely photo, lovely idea :).

Sharon said...

What a wonderful giveaway!

jeneaevan said...

How generous, thank you!

Carmen RSA said...

Your photos are inspirational!

jkoplin said...

Yes, it's true -- so many cookbooks, so little time; but that never seems to dim my enthusiasm upon finding still another one . . .

maria said...

Great site, i love the way you picture the food, so real so sensational.
i'd love to have any of the books, and add it to my library.

leanne said...

I have just arrived here but look forward to checking in regularly.

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