Special Edition – Two Cookbooks Giveaway!

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!





498 responses to “Special Edition – Two Cookbooks Giveaway!”

  1. Crystal Avatar

    Have fun working and living life! πŸ™‚ We'll all be here when you get back.

  2. Rocky Mountain Woman Avatar
    Rocky Mountain Woman

    I love your site…

    Either of those two cookbooks would be a welcome addition to my library…..


  3. sprosser Avatar

    You're one of my daily inspirations. Am still trying to find time to try the goat cheese cheesecake. Would love to win either book!

  4. Lindsey Avatar

    Hello there! I love your website and I would very much like to win a cookbook to add to my rather tiny collection. I'll keep my fingers crossed!

  5. Jelli Avatar

    Ooo! I would love to win both. I just adore bread baking, and desserts…well, who doesnΒ΄t love a good postre?

  6. Erin Avatar

    I would love to have either of these to add to my collection!

  7. Anonymous Avatar

    this is a great idea – i, too, have a tendency to amass cookbooks that i know i may never cook from. but it's hard to resist glossy, colour photo, treasure tomes of inspiring and salivation-inducing recipes.
    (overindulgent bookishness seems to run in my family – across different genres)
    anyway, thanks for the giveaway genorosity!
    – joey

  8. Risa Avatar

    I am on a no buy rule until I weed through the dozens of books I have. But there's no rule on winning them!!!

  9. Jenn J. Avatar
    Jenn J.

    Those strawberries look delicious! Sign me up!

  10. larin Avatar

    oh, lovely pics of strawberries. Have a good week

  11. Jennie Avatar

    Hi! I've read your blog for a while now. I love it and check it daily for new posts…first time commenting (on this or any other blog).

  12. As receitas lΓ‘ de casa Avatar
    As receitas lΓ‘ de casa

    Well … I am leaving a comment! I am from Portugal and I love your blog! Thanks for the challenge!

  13. Nisa Avatar

    I've recently started reading your blog, and I am so impressed with all of the beautiful recipes and pictures you have. I can't wait to try some of them out!

  14. Anonymous Avatar

    I think we all could be more organized at one time or another!! Don't worry about it.

  15. Miss Moore Avatar
    Miss Moore

    There's something wonderful about a gifted cookbook. A present of promise, of potential dinner parties or breakfast pastries. I would LOVE one of your suggestions to add to my collection. (And would love Amy's Bread the very most)

  16. Nutmeg Nanny Avatar
    Nutmeg Nanny

    Mmmm I love a good a dessert cookbook. I will keep my fingers crossed πŸ™‚

  17. Nina Timm Avatar
    Nina Timm

    It must be such a treat working with you!!!! I marvel at your work!!

  18. steve Avatar

    Hi There.
    Thanks for a great site. I wonder if we realize how much work goes into having a blog, let alone a award winning blog ?
    I know the answer: A LOT !
    Happy V-day

  19. dana828 Avatar

    I think I can find it in my heart to forgive you for no recipe today… πŸ™‚ I recently became obsessed with baking bread, and would *love* an Amy's Bread book!

  20. Alexandra Avatar

    Your blog is lovely; I enjoy reading it – thanks

  21. Kate at Serendipity Avatar
    Kate at Serendipity

    I know what you mean about getting busy and behind in the cooking and photo-taking. I'm leaving for the weekend and I finally got some posts up today, but when I get back I'm going to have to scramble…

    I love the morning light in your studio!

  22. Corey :) Avatar
    Corey πŸ™‚

    I have been drooling over (ok, there has been no actual drool, but you get the idea) the Unforgettable Desserts book every time I go into B&N. I'm just starting my own blog and that book has such great ideas!! I'm also starting to make bread (and I occasionally pass Amy's Bread in Chelsea Market)…so either book would be great, really. πŸ™‚

  23. Kira Avatar

    OOO… 2 great books, Pick me!

  24. Marte Avatar

    Both books look great πŸ˜€ Count me in.

  25. Jessica Avatar

    Ooh 'Unforgettable Desserts' looks delish!

  26. Sabrina Avatar

    Hi, I'm enjoying your blog…there are a couple of recipes I'm gonna try. And I've LOVE to win a cookbook! Thanks and have a good week.


  27. be gifted Avatar
    be gifted

    both books look amazing!

  28. Juno Avatar

    I'd love to win one of these cookbooks!

  29. Amber2Zoe Avatar

    Both of those cookbooks look like they have v. delicious recipes.

  30. montague Avatar

    this is SO exciting! i've been hoping to get Amy's Bread cook book for ages, it was out of print for a while, but just saw it's back and updated! i used to eat from there nearly every day when I worked close to one!

  31. Elina Avatar

    These strawberries remind me of summer…I'm so fed up of this snow.
    And yes, I would be happy to win a copy of any of these cookbooks:D

    Greetings from Estonia!

  32. Hannah Avatar

    sometimes i feel overwhelmed by the number of recipes i have waiting to be cooked……

  33. Sarah Avatar

    Hello! I have long been an admirer of your blog and I can assure you that on every post I am drooling because it looks delicious but is also good on the eyes- great photography! I've tried my hand at making macarons a few times and I love it! I hope you'll soon get some down time from all your busy schedule. Vos photos sont superbes et j'ai bien hΓ’te d'essayer vos recettes! πŸ™‚

  34. fresh365 Avatar

    What a fun giveaway- I can never have too many cookbooks!

  35. Unknown Avatar

    Hi Helen! I love your website, appreciate your hard work, and your photography is beautifu. Hope you have a wonderful week amidst your busy schedule! πŸ™‚

  36. Kate Avatar

    Wow, I would love to win one of those cookbooks!

  37. Lisa Avatar

    Thank you for this amazing give away offer! I am a baker currently living in Morocco and would love to get my hands on such books (the nearest english bookstore is a world away).

  38. Brian Avatar

    Thanks for your blog and the giveaway!

  39. Ana Avatar

    Hi Helene,

    I love your recipies and photos. I know you're at your best with sweets but I tried all your salted recipes and they are just…yummy!!!! I think you should post more of those.

    Big hug,
    Ana from Milano

    p.s. Wow I'm the first!!!!

  40. Unknown Avatar

    Oh, I sure would like to win! Please enter me.

  41. Adriane Van Bokkelen Avatar
    Adriane Van Bokkelen

    Any comment? I've been meaning to ask, why kind of camera do you use? Your photos are amazing!

    Thanks for posting such wonderful recipes.

  42. Unknown Avatar

    I would love the Amy's Bread one, especially since my nickname is Amy, lol.

  43. Anonymous Avatar

    How nice of you!! I love the picture you used in this post.

  44. Ceren Atmaca Avatar
    Ceren Atmaca

    I would love, love, love to have one of the books and I love, love, love your blog!

  45. Unknown Avatar

    Love your blog. Cant wait to explore it more.

  46. Anonymous Avatar

    I will happily provide a new home for one (or both!) of your cookbooks looking for adoption.

  47. Sonia D. Avatar
    Sonia D.

    you can never have too many cookbooks. =]

  48. S Avatar

    i can't believe this picture is an outtake! it looks beautiful to me.


  49. lauren Avatar

    Those strawberries look amazing in the midst of all this snow I'm getting where I am!

  50. LisaB Avatar

    How great that you and Carrie finally meet in person. The preview picture is wonderful and makes me long for fresh, local strawberries.

    Please enter me in the drawing, and take good care of yourself.

  51. leseffel Avatar

    Thanks for all the wonderful inspiration, even when you say you come "empty handed." Would love to peruse those books!

  52. tammy Avatar

    Let this be known as: Tammy's Comment!

    p.s. i love your blog

  53. Bronwyn Avatar

    I absolutely adore cookbooks, and Amy's bread and everything about your website!

  54. Erica Avatar

    Great giveaway! Thanks so much. πŸ™‚

  55. Kathryn Avatar

    Oooooo, the Unforgettable Desserts cookbook looks great.

    I recently stumbled upon your blog and LOVE it.

  56. Julie @ Willow Bird Baking Avatar
    Julie @ Willow Bird Baking

    Lovely outtake there πŸ˜€ Hope you get some rest between all of that work!

  57. Architect At Work Avatar
    Architect At Work

    MMMMM. Bread or Desserts. What could be better! Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

  58. Jessica @ How Sweet Avatar
    Jessica @ How Sweet

    I would love to win that desserts book – it has my name all over it. πŸ˜‰

  59. Cheri Avatar

    Oh Helen, there is no need to worry. You are a person in high demand and we completely understand that you can't dedicate every waking moment to us.. even though we might wish it. πŸ™‚ All the best in your busy days ahead.

  60. Jennifer Avatar

    What an amazing, generous giveaway!!

    I took can browse over cookbooks all day!

  61. Leslie J Avatar
    Leslie J

    Looks like I'm the first so far. I'm an avid baker so a dessert book would get some mileage at my house!

    Thanks for the giveaway.

  62. BΓ‘rbara Lopes Avatar
    BΓ‘rbara Lopes

    I never win this giveaways, but it doesn't cost to try. Here I am! Sorry for my english, i'm from Brazil! And hope to win some of these books!

  63. Laura Avatar

    I love cookbooks and I don't a copy of these so I would love to get a chance to win one.

    I feel like you, busy and not sure what to do next….but the spring is coming so are infinite possibilities…

  64. Jami Avatar

    Post a comment on…anything? I'll post on what I'm making for dessert for Valentine's Day (possibly for myself!):

    Chocolate Macarons with (maybe) a mascarpone chocolate filling



  65. Maria Fallon Avatar
    Maria Fallon

    Hi Helen,

    I couldn't resist trying my luck for this giveaway- i could do with some new inspiration!

    Thanks for sharing all your great recipes and pictures; they're so beautiful!


  66. arajane Avatar

    wow, what a coincidence! i love both bread and desserts! (also your blog is pretty neat, too.)

  67. Hanna Avatar

    throw my name in!

  68. Lori Avatar

    I'd love to win one of these! Thanks for the giveaway!

  69. Natalie Avatar

    What a busy life you lead – good luck getting everything done (and getting some sleep in!). Thanks for offering up such a great giveaway despite all the chaos going on! Both books look like they'd be a great addition to my collection.

  70. svenja Avatar

    I love your repices! whenever I can i try to make some cakes, tartes, mousses or cupcakes!

  71. Coveted Confections Avatar
    Coveted Confections

    Hi, I just love your blog! I check it every day and really enjoy your photos and recipes. I'm a young pastry arts student at FCI in NYC.

  72. Mandy Avatar

    Oh my goodness! I would love love love to win these cookbooks! πŸ™‚

  73. Jessica Avatar

    I've love the chance to win!

    kohlerjl at missouri dot edu

  74. anphoe Avatar

    I have just started following your blog, and I am enjoying it so much! I can't wait to try your recipes!!!

  75. KTryon Avatar

    Unforgetable Desserts looks amazing!

  76. katasia_k Avatar

    I take it as a good opportunity to tell you how much I admire your blog (especially all the posts concerning macarons which I'm still learning how to make, still failing and never giving up :)).
    Best regards from the French Riviera!

  77. mom2ross Avatar

    Well, if that's an outtake – I can't wait to see the keeper! Thanks for the giveaway.

  78. Caitlin Avatar

    I love to read cookbooks too- especially when they have such gorgeous pictures!

  79. Anonymous Avatar

    I stumbled upon your blog a few weeks ago and enjoy each new post. You take beautiful pictures!

  80. Unknown Avatar

    Mmm, yum. Both of those cookbooks look just delightful and are waiting for something to be baked out of them.

  81. Erica the Ninja Avatar
    Erica the Ninja

    Sounds like a fun and busy weekend! I love how even your outtakes look amazing…you are one talented lady (:

  82. Rachel Avatar

    I love cookbooks! I can never have too many. My favorite part is looking at all of the beautiful pictures πŸ™‚

  83. Isabella Avatar

    I was just coming to look at your lemon goat cheese cheese cakes recipe (for my boyfriend's birthday dinner on friday) and I found this great giveaway! Well, count me in, those books look great.

  84. Amber Avatar

    I adore this blog, recipes included in posts or not!

  85. ahuva Avatar

    Your blog is wonderful: the recipes and photography are equally spectacular. Looking forward to hearing more about Carrie's cookbook.

  86. Unknown Avatar

    I love all your yummy photos!! I would love to win your cookbooks too, for my husband's birthday later this month!

  87. Robyn Thompson Avatar
    Robyn Thompson

    i love cookbooks!

  88. Da Bee's Knees Avatar
    Da Bee's Knees

    I definitely understand the "neglected blog" conundrum. I live it too. However, I seem to have a more severe dearth of entries.

    I always enjoy your entry posts and am more than willing to patiently wait.

  89. YJ Avatar

    I LOVE your blog, I just wish my food came out as well as yours =P Guess I'll have to keep trying!

  90. koprime Avatar

    I love your photography.

  91. Michelle Stiles Avatar
    Michelle Stiles

    I would be so grateful for a cookbook, especially sent from ya'll!
    I have just delved into the world of writting about cooking and can't get enough of it. I can hardly pry myself from the computer some nights, those lucky few nights where the words just spew from me. I have found a new passion for cooking, writting, and sharing what I make with others.
    Your blog, as with many others has been great inspiration!

  92. sarah Avatar

    I would absolutely love to win either book. Thanks for the chance!

  93. Anonymous Avatar

    I enjoy your blog very much. I also like to bake, especially bread. I am currently baking breads from Peter Reinhrt's new book, Artisan Breads Every Day. In fact, I got it as a Christmas present and there I was, Christmas morning, making biscuits from a recipe in the book.

    Keep up the good work!


  94. Anonymous Avatar

    Thanks so much! looks delicious!


    artista (dot) latina (at) gmail (dot) com

  95. Julia Avatar

    I would love to receive one of those amazing cookbooks!

    Thank you

    Julia Bell from Sweden

  96. queencake and titangirl Avatar
    queencake and titangirl

    helen, i always enjoy reading ( and looking at) your blog so much. have a good week, best,anja

  97. Anonymous Avatar

    love your blog & your pictures are always so beautiful !!

  98. liz Avatar

    oh! these look great! hang in there…

  99. Romy Avatar

    Hi Helen – I would love to win one of those cookbooks! And have no fear… we will still be here reading when you are done with your project and have time to bake again. πŸ™‚

  100. Bonnie Avatar

    I would love either of these books. I love your blog!

  101. kristin m. Avatar
    kristin m.

    i've been following your blog for only a short while now, but it's already become a daily go-to for me! I especially love your photographs as they make everything look so wonderful and inspiring and i can't wait to try your recipes at home.

    thank you for the time and effort you put into your place on the web, and for allowing us to peek in from time to time!

  102. Unknown Avatar

    I love your blog! Your photos make me so hungry!!

  103. Anonymous Avatar

    I love cookbooks!
    Enjoy some guilt-free time away from your blog….you're worth waiting for!

    -Kathleen (akprinz at msn dot com)

  104. Sara Avatar

    cool giveaway! love that gorgeous photo of the strawberries! πŸ™‚

  105. Allie Avatar

    I love your blog. Your picutres are inspiring and your recipes are delicious.

  106. The Delight of Home Avatar
    The Delight of Home

    there is only one thing better than a new cookbook. winning a new cookbook!!

  107. His Avatar

    I've only recently discovered your blog, and I love it! And when I see those beautiful pictures (and the big difference with your very first foto's on this blog) I think there's hope for me πŸ™‚
    I would love to win the Unforgettable Desserts… πŸ™‚ It looks like a lovely book.

  108. Unknown Avatar

    Dear Tartelette,
    I absolutely love reading your blog! Your photography is beautiful and makes me want to make everything I possibly can! Being a Flight Attendant makes it challenging, so I dream about my cooking/baking adventures in the sky until I'm home again. I had to comment because I would be so so happy and excited to have either of these cookbooks! I am taking a cooking class this spring from Amy of Amy's Bread herself! I have her book, The sweeter side of Amy's bread and I have baked so many wonderful things from it! The White Chocolate Cherry Chunker cookies are a favorite! Having her new book on bread would be the icing on my cake! I cannot wait for spring (like everyone!) especially to meet Amy and all I will learn from her! I live in WI so I have not yet been to any of her wonderful bakeries in NY!
    Thank you for the opportunity and for your wonderful, glorious recipes!
    Shannon Wahlstrand

  109. Cristy Avatar

    I'd love to have a copy of Unforgettable desserts! It has been on my wish list for months.

  110. Jessica Chavez Avatar
    Jessica Chavez

    Ever since I found your blog I fell in love with it! I love photography and also love baking! So finding this combination in a blog was perfect to keep myself inspired with both cooking and photography! Thanks for sharing and being an inspiration!!

  111. jessica Avatar

    Both of those cookbooks look great! I've been meaning to learn how to make bread. One of these days…

  112. April Avatar

    I always love a giveaway!! Beautiful picture!

  113. Anonymous Avatar

    That beautiful photo is a sure sign that this book is going to be magnificent and a truly sweet success ! Lots of good luck to you. I speak on behalf of all of your loyal readers, we'll be here when you're rested and ready to post again, pas de souci ! πŸ™‚

    Fingers are crossed for the generous giveaway…

  114. martina Avatar

    These strawberries look magnificent! Your pictures always capture the essence of everything, supercool!
    Enjoy the work and the company, we'll wait for you patiently. Cheers
    And thanks for the opportunity

  115. Unknown Avatar

    Yes, please! Either book would be a great addition!

  116. Susanita Avatar

    Hello Helen!

    I would be honored to get one copy of these really nice cookbooks.

    Let me know if I'm one of the lucky ones :).

    Best wishes from Portugal,


  117. Alessandra Avatar

    Strawberries and cream! Wow!
    Makes me want to go out and buy some!
    Your new posts are always a welcome break for my day!

    Alessandra from Italy

  118. BellaLovesPink Avatar

    Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

    *fingers crossed*

  119. Lili Avatar

    Two cookbooks! I'd love to win this as a prize. πŸ˜€

  120. Nicole Avatar

    I would LOVE a copy of either cookbook! I've never tried to bake bread before, and who doesn't love desserts? I love your blog; it's a fantastic read, and you make some beautiful things! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  121. Rosa's Yummy Yums Avatar
    Rosa's Yummy Yums

    A great giveaway!



  122. The Clever Pup Avatar
    The Clever Pup

    How ironic as I've just started my GI diet today.

    Both books look amazing.


  123. Randi Lynne Avatar
    Randi Lynne

    I would love to check out a new cookbook!

  124. Stacey Avatar

    Cookbooks are my collector's items. I love looking through them and choosing new recipes!

  125. Sweet Treats by Dani Avatar
    Sweet Treats by Dani

    oh i am a sucker for a good cookbook… but my self won't buckle under the weight of another dessert book πŸ™‚

  126. Christina Avatar

    oh, Amy's Bread – that must be an amazing cookbook.

  127. Jenn G. Avatar
    Jenn G.

    Consider me entered in the cookbook giveaway!

  128. Anonymous Avatar

    Your desserts are amazing as well as your photography.

  129. sprite Avatar

    What a generous thing to do.

  130. Anonymous Avatar

    i would love a bread cookbook! your pictures are beautiful!
    darcie forma

  131. Rachael Schirano  \  Rachael Schirano Photography Avatar
    Rachael Schirano \ Rachael Schirano Photography

    i would love to win, thanks for the opportunity! keep the recipes coming…love them πŸ™‚

  132. Tory T. Cell Avatar
    Tory T. Cell

    I need all the cooking instruction I can get πŸ™‚

  133. Eunice Avatar

    Yay for cookbooks! both sound amazing and the fact that you're helping someone write their own cookbook is amazing as well.

  134. Coconut and Vanilla Avatar
    Coconut and Vanilla

    Hope you will be back soon and I wish you all the best for the cookbook and a lot of energy!

  135. Janet Avatar

    You have such a lovely blog! I'm all about cooking because it's winter and there's nothing else to do… πŸ™‚


  136. Natalie (The City Sisters) Avatar
    Natalie (The City Sisters)

    Your photos are so lovely and inspiring! Good luck on the cookbook project!

  137. Fee ist mein Name Avatar
    Fee ist mein Name

    me, me, me :)!

  138. Ana Avatar

    Am I the first to comment? Well probably since Ia m across the ocean lol… Well I am writing from Europe (Croatia, small country near Italy) so it might get a bit complicated for you to ship a cookbook to me… well anyway, I found your blog looking for recipes for a cherry tart… and then I just stayed… thank you for the beautiful pictures and tasty recipes you post…

  139. larissa bree Avatar
    larissa bree

    I would love to win those books they look amazing!!
    I am leaving my comment!

  140. Heather Avatar

    Hi Helen,

    I wanted to let you know that I tried your goat cheese mini cheesecakes and they were absolutely fantastic. I had a slice of goat cheese cheesecake in a restaurant and had been wanting a recipe for it. Thanks!

  141. Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita Avatar
    Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita

    What a nice thing for you to do, especially with being so busy! Thanks for a chance to win – I'd especially love Unforgettable Desserts … delectable!


  142. nakedbeet Avatar

    Your photography is so beautiful, it makes me happy to see it.

    I'll finally be getting into more yeast breads this year and I'd love a copy of Amy's Bread!

  143. aandara Avatar

    Thank for the giveaway, and the strawberries plate looks delicious

  144. Kris Avatar

    Does the cookbook come with the guarantee that I'll be as creative and talented as you are at cooking? Or maybe even just a little?


  145. Car Avatar

    Oo lovely! One can never have too many cookbooks πŸ™‚ Thanks for the giveaway.. Love your site!

  146. Kit Avatar

    Oh getting the Unforgettable Desserts cookbook would be amazing! As a fresh graduate from Uni, I've only just started baking this year and such a book would really motivate me.

  147. Patti Avatar

    Fun giveaway . . . pick me! Please?

  148. Camila Avatar

    Ooh, sounds awesome!

  149. Anonymous Avatar

    wonderful books for the giveaway! the snow is coming down here and i'd love to be trapped inside with delicious ingredients and a fantastic recipe in hand!

  150. erin Avatar

    I don't know which one would be better!

  151. Basht Avatar

    yay! gotta love giveaways. no worries on the lack of posts, we all understand that you have a life outside of this my dear. as long as you aren't gone forever πŸ™‚

  152. le MΓ©li MΓ©lo de Val Avatar
    le MΓ©li MΓ©lo de Val

    this is generous, thanks

  153. Jan Avatar

    I LOVE your blog! ok, I'm obsessed… I check it out every day!

  154. Jason Sandeman Avatar
    Jason Sandeman

    I know what it feels like on the busy times. You sometimes get caught with nothing… and it sucks.

    Hang in there, I love your blog!

  155. β€’ friX β€’ Avatar
    β€’ friX β€’

    Good luck with the cookbook ! But I'm sure you'll do a great job πŸ™‚

  156. Annie Avatar

    Ooooh I'd love to try my hand at some of the recipes in those books. I'm always looking for something new.

  157. Tia Avatar

    Ooh, i would LOVE either of these books. *raises hand* pick me pick me please !!! πŸ™‚

    As a Canadian a lot of giveaways exclude me so I'm super excited to be able to enter this one. Thx!

  158. Taryn Avatar

    I would LOVE a new cookbook — I've been building my library lately, to motivate myself to keep baking as much as possible. And you can never have too many!

  159. Ginny Avatar

    mmm… those strawberries look yummy!

  160. kyrajane Avatar

    I've been to the library 6 times already this year to get cookbooks. Right now, I have 20 checked out and I am promising I will cook/bake at least 1 thing out of each one!!! 2 AM or not, this is my new years resolution!!!

  161. Bob Avatar

    Heh, I'm pretty bad at having backup stuff ready myself.

  162. Danielle Avatar

    Your blog is awesome and I am gearing up to make macaroons :)! Wish me luck!

  163. annie Avatar

    Bonjour Hélène,

    I love your blog…your creativity, and the sumptuous photos of the food you create. I wish you continued success in your art. Right now, it is about -20 in Montreal, Canada. How is the weather in the Carolinas?

  164. nicole Avatar

    Good luck working on the cookbook!

  165. Ana-Maria Avatar

    Hi Helen ! I've been meaning to tell you this for a long time and finally I have the chance to do so . Your works are absolutely amazing and delicious , both your photographs ( I myself am a photographer too and I am in love with the lighting and the colors of your photos ) and your recipes. This weekend I tested the recipe for chocolate truffles and it came out excellent, better than I could have ever dreamed of. I can't wait to try the taffy apples! It's the next recipe on my list. So thank you for sharing you experiences with us ! Best wishes from Romania!

  166. Zsofi Anna Avatar
    Zsofi Anna

    Oh, I would love to win a cookbook!

    Don't worry about leaving us hanging…we'll be here waiting for you when you get back. πŸ˜€

  167. Anonymous Avatar

    I too, fall asleep looking at beautiful cookbooks. I think I may dream even more about being able to take beautiful food photos than about cooking the lovely recipes.

  168. Amanda Pronko Avatar
    Amanda Pronko

    I would be the perfect person to win the Unforgettable Desserts book as I am working on starting my own pastry business!! (By the way I LOVE your blog and I just think your photography is absolutly amazing!) Thank you for doing what you do!

  169. Rambling Tart Avatar
    Rambling Tart

    Happy working!! I hope it goes beautifully for you πŸ™‚

  170. Melissa R. Avatar
    Melissa R.

    Great blog…found it through a link from Pioneer Woman.

  171. Fern Avatar

    You can never have enough cook books. I would love one.

  172. Anonymous Avatar

    I really enjoy your blog, and think that the twists you put on simple desserts make it fantastic.

    Bobbie, Canada

  173. jenniferhoiyin Avatar

    so fun!
    i'm still making new resolutions even when july rolls around..

  174. Tara Avatar

    I love nothing more than a great cookbook. I could fill my whole house with them! Sign me up. πŸ™‚

  175. Joni Avatar

    I'm always up for more cookbooks. Count me in.

  176. Jeanine - The Baking Beauties Avatar
    Jeanine – The Baking Beauties

    Wow, sounds like you could use about 48 hours per day. Make sure to take some time for you!

  177. DWR Avatar

    Well I for one appreciate your generosity in the face of your own busy times. I'd like to enter, and will be here when you have time to return.

  178. Megan Avatar

    Hi Tartlette! The way I remain sane in Ann Arbor MI is by running and baking. And so it goes, I could really use some new bread ideas. I'm thinking Amy's is a perfect fit.

  179. Tyler & Erin Johnson Avatar
    Tyler & Erin Johnson

    An entire cookbook devoted to bread sounds great. I've always wanted to learn to make really good bread and that would be a good excuse. Oh and a dessert cookbook is never a bad idea (maybe except for my hips).

  180. Sade Avatar

    I love cookbooks, and I always love your photography. When I grow up ( πŸ˜‰ ) I want to take beautiful food pics like you!

  181. KatieFrey Avatar

    Both of these cookbooks look great!

  182. Michelle Avatar

    Yay!! Love cookbooks!

  183. Rebecca Avatar

    Your pictures are so beautiful and everything looks delicious. Thanks for the chance to win!

  184. Michaela Avatar

    I'll put them to good use!

  185. Anonymous Avatar

    I love love love your blog!!

    Thanks for hosting this – it's so kind of you!

  186. Christina Avatar

    I loved going to Amy's Bread when I lived in NYC! It was my favorite bakery.

  187. The Duo Dishes Avatar
    The Duo Dishes

    Good luck keeping everything in order and maintaining your sanity. πŸ™‚ Being busy is a great thing!

  188. Julia Avatar

    oh how exciting, i always love flipping through a new book.

  189. Unknown Avatar

    Hello,I am Pinar from Istanbul,Turkey.. Nice to meet you.

  190. one hungry panda Avatar
    one hungry panda

    Cookbooks do not empty hands make πŸ™‚ Love your site. The photos are all beautiful.

  191. Karen Baking Soda Avatar
    Karen Baking Soda

    I'm first? I'm first! Naah don't think so. Just had to get out of my lurkdom to say I love the pic as well as the one below. Makes me feel summer-anticipating New England sorta.

    And yes, Amy's book is wonderful! I had a friend copy lots of the recipes but I would love to have one of my own!

  192. holly | bijou lovely Avatar
    holly | bijou lovely

    I would love to win a cookbook! Thank you for the giveaway.

  193. Alycia Hildebrand Avatar
    Alycia Hildebrand

    I just love seeing the photo's that you post! Today's is really captivating!!

  194. Anonymous Avatar

    I would love the dessert book, I've only been baking for a few months. The first time I tried to bake cake, it went all over the oven! But now I am making some good basic recipes! I have made 5 birthday cakes in as many months πŸ™‚

  195. 0_0 Avatar

    you are awesome!

  196. Mikabella Avatar

    Underbart! I sooo hope i will be one of the lucky winners! Kram frΓ₯n Sverige πŸ™‚

  197. NecessaryForce Avatar

    Absolutely gorgeous shot.
    And it's never too late to make a new resolution! πŸ™‚

  198. LeLo Avatar

    I love, love, love your blog and I hope to win Amy's Bread Book πŸ™‚

  199. Unknown Avatar

    Awesome giveaway! I would loove to win!

  200. jacqui Avatar

    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!

  201. emily Avatar

    Free stuff is a welcome replacement to a quiet blog. πŸ˜‰

  202. Hungry Rabbit Avatar
    Hungry Rabbit

    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.

  203. Gaby Avatar

    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!

  204. Anonymous Avatar

    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

  205. Chaitali Avatar

    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!

  206. rudie2shoes Avatar

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

  207. Anonymous Avatar

    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!

  208. my little expat kitchen Avatar
    my little expat kitchen

    What a wonderful giveaway.
    Thank you.

  209. Miriam Avatar

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

  210. Les Soeurs Gourmandes Avatar
    Les Soeurs Gourmandes

    Those are great cookbooks!

  211. Phoenix Ascending Avatar
    Phoenix Ascending

    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!!

  212. chocolate and chanel Avatar
    chocolate and chanel

    love your site πŸ™‚

  213. Joy Avatar

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

  214. Charleen Avatar

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

  215. Unknown Avatar

    Thank you! Good luck! πŸ™‚

  216. SquashedTwinkie Avatar

    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!

  217. Stella Avatar

    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!

  218. InΓ©s Castellano Avatar
    InΓ©s Castellano

    Ohh! Id love those cookbooks πŸ™‚

  219. kerrymoon Avatar

    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.

  220. Angie Hong Avatar
    Angie Hong

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

  221. Anonymous Avatar

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

  222. camille Avatar

    I would love to have these cookbooks!

  223. Liliana Fuchs Avatar
    Liliana Fuchs

    Both books look amazing! I wish I win!

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

  224. Unknown Avatar

    I would love either of those cookbooks!

  225. Fabulously French Avatar
    Fabulously French

    Wow what a fabulous giveaway, I have everything crossed πŸ™‚

    Leeann x

  226. Miss Giny Avatar
    Miss Giny

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

  227. Emily Avatar

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

  228. rghawki Avatar

    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.

  229. Erika Avatar

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


  230. Unknown Avatar

    Your blog is beautiful!

  231. Anonymous Avatar

    I love your blog and photography Tartelette. πŸ™‚ My email is genna.lu@gmail.com.

  232. Kristin Avatar

    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!

  233. jana Avatar

    great giveaway, thanks!!

  234. Jeannette Avatar

    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 πŸ˜€ I love your shots!!

  235. Unknown Avatar

    I love your blog and photography Tartelette. πŸ™‚

  236. zebulon Avatar

    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 πŸ™‚

  237. Meredith Avatar

    I absolutely love your blog and photos!!

  238. Unknown Avatar

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

  239. Athina(Sugar Buzz) Avatar
    Athina(Sugar Buzz)

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

  240. Jennie Avatar

    What a nice give away!

  241. Anonymous Avatar

    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

  242. Mel Avatar

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

  243. Sarah Avatar

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

  244. Sarah Avatar

    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! =)

  245. Blair Avatar

    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!

  246. Tina Avatar

    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.

  247. Clare W Avatar
    Clare W

    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!

  248. Ryan Thomas Avatar
    Ryan Thomas

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

  249. Tina Avatar

    ….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

  250. velvetacide Avatar

    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!

  251. Cate Avatar

    I would love a new cookbook! And that bowl of strawberries πŸ™‚
    Get some rest!

  252. narelle Avatar

    You do indeed spoil your readers, what a treat!

  253. Jen Avatar

    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

  254. Kirstin Avatar

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

  255. Anita (Married... with dinner) Avatar
    Anita (Married… with dinner)

    go easy on yourself — we'll all be here when you're done with your project! πŸ™‚

  256. CitizenRobots Avatar

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

  257. leetolles Avatar

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

  258. Teensy Avatar

    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)

  259. Rebecca D. Martin Avatar
    Rebecca D. Martin

    Oooo – those both sound good!

    Lovely dessert shot.

  260. Farrah Avatar

    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!!!

  261. Unknown Avatar

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

  262. Emily R. Avatar
    Emily R.

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

  263. Sarah Avatar

    Starting out in the food blogging world…

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

  264. Lisa Avatar

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

  265. chocolatine Avatar

    both books look great!

  266. Darby O'Shea Avatar
    Darby O'Shea

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

  267. AlessioFangano Avatar

    Enjoy this time Helen! We will wait you by the oven door πŸ™‚

  268. Unknown Avatar

    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 πŸ™‚

  269. Dandy Avatar

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

  270. Sarah in SF Avatar
    Sarah in SF

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

  271. Leanne N L Avatar
    Leanne N L

    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!

  272. Debbie Avatar

    Yeah Cookbooks! I would love to build my collection!

  273. Hope Wells Avatar
    Hope Wells

    Love the site! Thanks!!

  274. Ariana @Artarra Avatar
    Ariana @Artarra

    It's fantastic that you ship everywhere in the world – normaly I can't participate πŸ™‚ Now all I need is a little bit luck πŸ™‚

  275. Marguerite Avatar

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

    But i would still love a cookbook!

  276. Anonymous Avatar

    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.

  277. browniegirl Avatar

    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

  278. Anna Avatar

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

  279. Lauren P Avatar
    Lauren P

    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!

  280. sarah Avatar

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

  281. Sara McCarty Avatar
    Sara McCarty

    Love your blog! I could use a great cookbook!

  282. Calvine Avatar

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

  283. Mrs. Stoyko Avatar
    Mrs. Stoyko

    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!

  284. Hettar7 Avatar

    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.

  285. Sylvie Avatar

    I was just looking for some new cookbooks today…something with pretty pictures so this seems perfect for me πŸ™‚

  286. kookyculinary Avatar

    I love cookbooks. The more the better. πŸ™‚

  287. Yen     Avatar

    No one can ever have enough cookbooks! I'm just starting my collection πŸ™‚

  288. Trish Avatar

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

  289. Adi Avatar

    Thanks for the book giveaway! Have a great week!

    adiluria [at] yahoo [dot] com

  290. Lindy Avatar

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

  291. Katie Avatar

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


  292. Unknown Avatar

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

  293. White Toast with Butter Avatar
    White Toast with Butter

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

  294. tiny_feet06 Avatar

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

  295. Unknown Avatar

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

    Love your pics!

  296. R- Avatar

    This is the time of year when life is the busiest! Or so it seems. πŸ™‚

  297. Allison Avatar

    I love cookbooks, too!

  298. koohiiteasheri Avatar

    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!

  299. Magda  Avatar

    It would be great to get book from you πŸ™‚ Greetings from Poland

  300. Sarah Avatar

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

  301. THIShomeschoolmom Avatar

    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 πŸ™‚

  302. Rachel Avatar

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

    Your blog makes me so happy!

  303. Wicked Avatar

    That is very awesome of you!

    I would love to win.

  304. Buttercup Avatar

    me please, love your food!

  305. Unknown Avatar

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

  306. jelena Avatar

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

  307. Gingy Cookies Avatar
    Gingy Cookies

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

  308. Tina Avatar

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

  309. hawkbrwn Avatar

    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!

  310. lauramil Avatar

    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!

  311. heavenlyginger Avatar

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

  312. Kris Avatar

    Would love either cookbook. Thanks!

  313. terri Avatar

    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!

  314. Anne Avatar

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

  315. knitaddict Avatar

    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

  316. Simones Kitchen Avatar
    Simones Kitchen

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

  317. anastasia Avatar

    This is an awesome idea!

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

  318. Briana Avatar

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

  319. Helen Avatar

    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.:)

  320. Kari Avatar

    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!!

  321. egidija Avatar

    my kitchen is longing for these books…

  322. Praneetha Sabhanayakam Avatar
    Praneetha Sabhanayakam

    I hope to win one of those books! To win would be awesome! Thank you! πŸ™‚

  323. Anne M Avatar
    Anne M

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

  324. Leslie Anne Avatar
    Leslie Anne

    Both books look wonderful! Thanks for the giveaway.

  325. The Food Hippie Avatar
    The Food Hippie

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

  326. Paula Avatar

    I love your blog, thank you for sharing your wonderful art πŸ˜€

    Both book sound lovely!

  327. Lilly Avatar

    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!


  328. julie Avatar

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

  329. Emily G. Avatar
    Emily G.

    Lovely! Thanks for the giveaway πŸ™‚

  330. YDANIS Avatar

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

  331. emily Avatar

    love your blog!
    thank you for the giveaway.

  332. Unknown Avatar

    Hi Hi. Love your blog.

  333. Donna - Dishy Goodness Avatar
    Donna – Dishy Goodness

    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!

  334. Kee Avatar

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

    I, too, fall asleep reading cookbooks.


  335. Jessica B. Avatar
    Jessica B.

    Yes, please!

  336. Kristin Avatar

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

  337. 710 East Myrtle Avenue Avatar
    710 East Myrtle Avenue

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

  338. Shiriously Avatar

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

  339. Julie Avatar

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

  340. Laura Avatar

    Ooh, both those cookbook look great!!

  341. Mary Avatar

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

  342. Tina Avatar

    Thank you for your wonderful blog πŸ™‚

  343. Anonymous Avatar

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



  344. Sugardrive Avatar

    Beautiful photography, as always!


  345. Doreen Avatar

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

  346. Carolyn Avatar

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

  347. Bria Avatar

    Fantastic! I am a cookbook addict!!

  348. Lauren Avatar

    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 :).

  349. Shoshana Avatar

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

  350. chatnoir Avatar

    Amy's Bread, oh my heart!

  351. cpcjoyce Avatar

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

  352. edina Avatar

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

  353. Unknown Avatar

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

  354. michelle Avatar


  355. La cuisine des 3 soeurs Avatar
    La cuisine des 3 soeurs

    Dis-moi, quel succΓ¨s. Il est certain que ce que tu proposes est trΓ¨s tentant, mΓͺme pour moi au-delΓ  des mers. je me rΓ©gale dΓ©jΓ  de tes recettes.

  356. Nicole Anderson Avatar
    Nicole Anderson

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

  357. amanda Avatar

    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. πŸ™‚

  358. shez Avatar

    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!

  359. Unknown Avatar

    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.

  360. Josey Avatar

    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!

  361. Sandra Le Petrin Avatar
    Sandra Le Petrin

    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.. :))

  362. The People's Kitchen Avatar
    The People's Kitchen

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

  363. Unknown Avatar

    I <3 cookbooks

  364. KarlandBethany Avatar

    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! πŸ˜‰

  365. Unknown Avatar

    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).

  366. Unknown Avatar

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

  367. Jessica Avatar

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

  368. Emma Krueger Avatar
    Emma Krueger

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

  369. Kirsten Avatar

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

  370. Unknown Avatar

    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!

  371. Anonymous Avatar

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

    Happy baking!

  372. oneordinaryday Avatar

    Lovely giveaway!

  373. Sakim Avatar

    That looks delicious, love your blog. =)

  374. Maggie Hewes Adams Avatar
    Maggie Hewes Adams

    pick me pick me pick me

  375. Hillary Avatar

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

  376. Margaret Avatar

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


  377. Rachael Avatar

    I would love to win either of those books!

  378. Jeanne Avatar

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

  379. Aldara Avatar

    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…

  380. Debbie Avatar

    I love cook books πŸ™‚

  381. Natalie Avatar

    oh! oh! pick me pick me!

    Best of luck with the cook book!

  382. Brooke Petersen Avatar
    Brooke Petersen

    I would love to win one of the cookbooks!

  383. Anachronistic Essentials Avatar
    Anachronistic Essentials

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

  384. Victoria N. Avatar
    Victoria N.

    Those strawberries look absolutely delish. (:

  385. Beth Avatar

    We love reading your blog!

  386. nancy ingersoll Avatar
    nancy ingersoll

    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

  387. Chew Fatt Avatar
    Chew Fatt

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

  388. Monica Avatar

    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!!!

  389. Anonymous Avatar

    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.

  390. Monica Avatar

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

  391. Mia (Savor Everyday) Avatar
    Mia (Savor Everyday)

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

  392. whisk the pantry Avatar
    whisk the pantry

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

  393. mterasaki Avatar

    they both like amazing! πŸ™‚

  394. Post Grad Hair Cut Avatar
    Post Grad Hair Cut

    Would love either of those books!

    swagnerm [at] hotmail [dot] com

  395. Unknown Avatar

    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!

  396. Anonymous Avatar

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

  397. Sarah Avatar

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

  398. Deeva Avatar

    I always look forward to new cookbooks.Even if I wasn't picked to win I am still looking for new ones to purchase. These sound like some choices.

  399. Reya Avatar

    I recently found out about you from Bakerella! I love your photos; they're so lovely!

  400. Anonymous Avatar

    So excited I just discovered your site! Can't wait to try out all these fun recipes πŸ™‚

  401. Anonymous Avatar

    I accidently ran into your blog and am leaving a comment to see if I will get lucky. What a wonderful surprise it would be to win a cookbook!
    Greetings from the North Pole, I mean St Louis, MO!

  402. carriegel Avatar

    I would be happy to win either one of these cookbooks. Thanks for the chance.

  403. Alison L Avatar
    Alison L

    Yummy! Your blog is great. I especially love the macaron posts.

  404. Littlefoot Avatar

    THANK YOU for such an amazing food blog with to die for photos! I tried your rice pudding recipe the other night and it was deelish! My hubby loved it too of course πŸ™‚

    Keep up the great work!


  405. All That's Left Are The Crumbs Avatar
    All That's Left Are The Crumbs

    Both sound like great books. Love your blog!

  406. Mollie Avatar

    I want both!!! Please pick me!!!


  407. A Avatar

    Take your time! I can wait a little while until your next post… but not too long! You are a real inspiration for me.

    Wish to have, no, I have to TAKE time one day to do my own blog/website.

    Une chose Γ  la fois!

  408. Carol in NC Avatar
    Carol in NC

    You gotta love a good cookbook. Still one of my favorites: The Cook and the Gardener by Amanda Hesser. It's older and not a dessert book but instead a trip to France. You can just taste the fresh figs…

  409. Ellemay Avatar

    I tell you what, I'll write your blog posts for you if you analyse my data for me?!

    Payment will be given in chocolate chip biscuits.


  410. Sil BsAs Avatar
    Sil BsAs

    Good luck with the book and thanks for the chance given to us out of U.S.A!!!

  411. Silvina C. Avatar
    Silvina C.

    I adore flipping through cooking book's pages, just for the sake of it… even when i don't have time but to boil an egg..
    Any of those books would be a great addition to my book collection!

  412. IngridGrace Avatar

    Reading blogs like yours over the past year and a half has inspired me to not only cook and bake with a new passion, but also begin my own humble food blog.

    A couple of quality cookbooks would be a nice addition to augment my treasured but sparse collection.

  413. kerry.ajohnson Avatar

    I would love to win either one of those cookbooks!

  414. Sarah Avatar

    Can never have enough cookbooks whether or not you have time to cook from them. Thank you though for sharing your bounty!

  415. Tera Avatar

    Cookbook addict here… πŸ™‚ These both look great!!!

  416. Asha @ FSK Avatar
    Asha @ FSK

    Aww Helen.. hope you get enuf rest..but on the good side, the project is going well, surely! πŸ™‚

    That photo is stunning enough to keep us going for a while πŸ™‚ and the cookbooks are awesome! would love to win one! :)))

  417. Teressa Avatar

    Those strawberries look delicious.
    Would love to win the cookbooks.

  418. Julie Avatar

    Thanks for the opportunity. Both of those cookbooks are on my list. I would love to win either one.

  419. Soniya Avatar

    Thanks for posting! This is my first time commenting on your blog that I just discovered a few weeks ago. Keep up the great work, and I look forward to trying many of your recipes that I have bookmarked.

  420. Dragana Avatar

    Love your blog and combinations of unusual flavors. I am happy with just visiting – even if there is no recipe! I hope I win!

  421. Beka Watts Avatar
    Beka Watts

    Thank you for sharing your wonderful photos, and for sharing great cookbooks in this wonderful give away!

  422. Crafty Cupcake Avatar
    Crafty Cupcake

    Lovely photography as always… I think eventually you'll have the time to cook everything you want to, if you make it work. I know the feeling quite well. Thanks for the chance to win!

  423. Audra Avatar

    Love your pictures and your blog and would love, love, love to win the books!

  424. Jess Avatar

    Good luck fighting the good fight! I hope you get some time to sit and drink good hot chocolate.

  425. Emily Avatar

    Both of these books are on my wish list! Unfortunately, text books eat up too much of my cookbook budget…

  426. gaelle@whatareyoufeedingyourkidsthesedays.com Avatar

    Do you actually have a dedicated food-studio-shooting in your house? I am impressed (and jealous!).
    Good luck with the book!

  427. Madeleine Avatar

    I could use a new cookbook to get me out of my rut. Je croise les doigts!

  428. Anna Avatar

    I haven't been reading your blog for very long, but your work is so beautiful and inspiring!

  429. Unknown Avatar

    Either of the books would make for welcome reading and baking! I'm one of those folks snowed in down in DC, and I'm running out of new recipes to try!

  430. Estelle25 Avatar

    Woo my macarons worked after the 3rd go! thanks for the article πŸ™‚


  431. Emma Avatar

    Glad to hear you'll ship anywhere, as I currently am living in Japan. Thanks for sharing all your beautiful photos and sophisticated recipes!

  432. Jodie Avatar

    Those strawberries look so yummy!

  433. Cheryl R Avatar
    Cheryl R

    I'd love to win.

  434. Corinne Avatar

    I'd love either of these cookbooks. =D

  435. Angela Avatar

    Guess I'll be looking through the archives for vday inspiration

  436. Stephanie-Oh Avatar

    I love strawberries and you photo is so life like , I felt I could reach through the screen and grab the bowl! I'm a baker and love to bake sourdough bread. I have some dough raising as we speak. But either book would be a delight to win. Stephanie

  437. ash street Avatar
    ash street

    I have always admired your blog from afar, in search of creative links and inspiration as an aspiring pastry cook. I feel as I have grown in skill and experience my appreciation of your work has grown and see in it different things then before…Its funny when the things you want to aspire to in life mimic the same continual appreciation as a favorite book you read as a child.
    I don't know what compelled me to write this. As we all know jobs are scarce these days and it really makes you reevaluate the reasons why you are so passionate about things that give no tangible reward.
    This blog is one of those reason I love to bake. Times are tough in the foodery field but, I'll keep trying! Thank you!!

  438. Anonymous Avatar

    Even empty handed it was worth stopping by.

  439. Anonymous Avatar

    It must be hard to part with some of your book collection but I'm sure you will feel slightly less cluttered around you and also get pleasure from knowing that you will have made one person feel like a 'winner'!!

  440. Baked Alaska Avatar
    Baked Alaska

    Hope you're able to get some rest soon!

  441. Unknown Avatar

    I'd welcome either book in my collection. Hope your busy week goes smoothly!

  442. (rachel) Avatar

    Wow, both cookbooks look amazing! I'm always in the market for another cookbook (or two)…:)

  443. Deanne Avatar

    Love your blog. Just found it and have been reading past entries to catch up! Great find!

  444. Unknown Avatar

    that picture is so gorgeous!

  445. linda Avatar

    this sounds so exciting & what a wonderful creative journey for you tartlette!
    we will miss you but totally understand…&…
    when you are able we will be here to read your wonderful & inspiring blog! thank you for including me in this giveaway! πŸ™‚

  446. Julie Avatar

    Love your site! Hope I win!!!

  447. Kannada Cuisine Avatar
    Kannada Cuisine

    Love ur food styling and photographs!!
    love to have either of the books πŸ™‚

  448. Chrissy Farnan  Hoot Designs Avatar
    Chrissy Farnan Hoot Designs

    Your photos are grand. I would love a cookbook for new tasty creations to try. ~ Chrissy

  449. marj Avatar

    I can live on desserts alone…yummy!

  450. Mercè Avatar

    Hi Helen,
    Thanks for this great giveaway!
    Enjoy your work!

  451. Otava Avatar

    With your amazing posts and gorgeous pictures and sumptuous recipes, I'm sure no one begrudges you a little time to breathe now and then! And if it involves a give-away, then there can't possibly be any complaints!

    I've got to tell you, I used your mouth-watering pictures to make myself a little calendar…in which I keep an exercise diary. A little ironic, no? πŸ™‚

  452. Julie Avatar

    i love your site…i can't help but bookmark every recipe! can't wait until the next one. thanks for the giveaway!

  453. The Atheist Cartographer Avatar
    The Atheist Cartographer

    Those books certainly look quite fabulous! That said, I totally sympathize with you–I've been falling asleep dreaming of beautifully plated desserts when the reality is leftovers three times a day when I even have the time/energy to eat.

  454. Terri. Avatar

    I do not have either cookbook. I love, love, love your website!!!

  455. CJ {Pink Tea} Avatar
    CJ {Pink Tea}

    You take such lovely photos. Looking at today's shot just makes me smile. Now I'm daydreaming about warm days and strawberry season. Thank you!

  456. Angie Avatar

    I love cookbooks! And strawberries are a close second πŸ™‚

  457. Sweet C's Avatar
    Sweet C's

    Everyone needs a break, and you certainly deserve one. I too wish I was more organized. Love your blog. It's nice to follow someone who also lives in the Lowcountry.

  458. h. Avatar


    I love your blog. It's always so pretty and inspiring. I'm always planning ahead and bookmarking desserts that suit a particular person for their birthday. But I love your savory recipes too (mmm…roasted vegetable soup).

  459. h. Avatar


    your blog is so beautiful and inspiring. I'm always planning ahead and bookmarking dessert recipes perfect for each individual's birthday treat. But I also love your savory recipes (mmm…roasted vegetable soup).

  460. Shawn Avatar

    I love your blog! Am hoping to get lucky. πŸ™‚

  461. kbenco Avatar

    I enjoy your blog, and my whole family adores your macaroons.
    I would like to enter your give away, desserts are my favourite part of a meal!

  462. shawn Avatar

    I love your blog! Hoping to get lucky. πŸ™‚

  463. Anonymous Avatar

    I really enjoy reading cookbooks. They give me inspiration.

  464. lynnquiltsalot Avatar

    Those strawberries look scrumptious; thanks for the reminder of summer days. We're experiencing a snowstorm right now. Love your blog.

  465. Evelyn Avatar

    Hi Helen,

    Everytime I need inspiration I look towards your blog!

    As a mum of school age children, I often need to bake for school fund-raising and I always look for something other than a cupcake recipe.

    Your blog has given me heaps of ideas!!

    Thankyou and look forward to your next creative adventure in the culinary world!

  466. Debby Avatar

    Hi , love your blog and recipes! Also, I love cookbooks, any kind!!

  467. Micco Avatar

    I like that you would rather have your books go to a happy home than gather dust. I think that's the right attitude to have towards books – cookbooks or otherwise.

  468. Jessica Avatar

    Those strawberries look too red for this time of year. I can't wait til my strawberry plants start to bloom and fruit. I want strawberries really badly now!

  469. Ristina Avatar

    Unforgettable Desserts is on my wish list on Amazon! I love that book dearly… almost as much as I love you photos! Keep up the AMAZING work!

  470. Tummywise Avatar

    I would love to have either to bake or cook from. I just love cookbooks!

  471. MelissaJane Avatar

    Lovely photograph.

  472. Melissa Avatar

    What a fun giveaway! Love your blog. πŸ™‚

  473. Atidthan Sangsawang Avatar
    Atidthan Sangsawang

    I'm always a fan of your blog. Thanks for all the recipes, which give the opportunity for people in my town to taste varieties of desserts. And I love all of your photos,what an inspiration!
    Cheers, Atidthan (Thailand)

  474. Unknown Avatar

    Yes please on the strawberries! Oh, books you say? Unforgettable Desserts would be cherished and dusted in flour many times over here.

  475. Unknown Avatar

    I love cookbooks…

  476. Essie Avatar

    I would love to win a cookbook.

  477. Laura Avatar

    Yay, cookbooks! I just recently found your blog. One of my favorite food bloggers, Shauna Ahern, directed me here when she showcased the cookbook for Haiti on her blog! I'm impressed! Thank you for writing and cooking!

  478. Jen Jen Avatar
    Jen Jen

    You have an awesome blog! And it's even more awesome…awesomer? that you host free giveaways! LOVE YOUR BLOG~ SO PRETTIFUL!! =), not an actual work but very popular among us kids.

  479. Unknown Avatar

    Haven't commented in ages, but figured it was worth it to win one of those books!

  480. SF50 Avatar

    Thanks for making time for a giveaway within all the madness! Love the strawberry shot.

  481. Sara Tea Avatar
    Sara Tea

    I'm a cook book junkie!
    Those are bea-u-t-i-f-u-l strawberries!!!

  482. MommyNur.se Avatar

    Looks like two great books.

  483. Janice Avatar

    i love cookbooks… it would be awesome to win.

  484. tammy Avatar

    Let me enter!! I love cookbooks!

  485. Unknown Avatar

    i absolutely LAV your site. loveitloveit.
    recently i tried your fraise tagada macaron mystery and EPICALLY FAILED. haha, thanks for the site and everything though!

    (i would love either cookbooks!)

  486. Jif Avatar

    I'm addicted to your blog. Want to make the caramel banana tart so bad.

  487. Felicia Avatar

    I love your site! Your recipes are amazing, but I especially love your photography!

  488. Unknown Avatar

    These cookbooks look great!

  489. MeLDe Avatar

    Ohh it's great ! I love your blogsite, with great recipes and beautiful pics

  490. Tyler & Erin Johnson Avatar
    Tyler & Erin Johnson

    I'm new to your blog but I'm amazed by you macarons. They look incredible!

  491. Cathy Avatar

    Hi there
    Thanks for the opportunity to WIN
    πŸ™‚ YAY
    I agree 2am is the pittts

  492. Lindsay Avatar

    I absolutely love the photo. Makes me wish that strawberries were in season here. Yum!

  493. Anonymous Avatar

    Helen, I made your grapefruit/tea nummy again this weekend. I must have made it 15 times since November, and it is always a hit! This time was blood oranges, pummelo, and pomegranate seeds. Thank you so much for such a healthy, beautiful treat!

  494. Unknown Avatar

    bread and dessert. mmmm wonderful.

  495. Lisa | Authentic Suburban Gourmet  Avatar
    Lisa | Authentic Suburban Gourmet

    Love your site! Would love either book. Have a wonderful rest of the week.

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