A very, very late Cinco de Mayo giveaway or a very early 2017 giveaway

I had wonderful intentions, I did…but words only hold weight when honest intentions are behind them. I think that quote was on a poster in grade school right next to the kitten hanging on a rope or just believing poster. My intentions are honest – my timing is flawed. We’ll just call this an almost 29,000 member celebration in The Cookbook Junkies giveaway or a really early 2017 Cinco de Mayo giveaway! Ole!

What I have for you is this IMUSA Granite Mortar and Pestle for your guacamole needs and those needs beyond guacamole.


Also included are two of Rick Bayless’ books that I picked up Authentic Mexican and Mexican Kitchen. I have these books in my collection and when I spotted them at the thrift store – I grabbed them for you.

GIVEAWAY:  To enter this giveaway please leave a comment on this post telling me your favorite Mexican dish. You may leave a comment every day until June 10th when a random winner will be chosen. The giveaway is open to U.S. addresses only and sponsored by me. When we reach 30,000 I have a huge Italian cookbook and tools giveaway for you!  Good luck.



Food Swap – Review and #Giveaway

I love the idea of food swaps, progressive dinners and cookbook clubs. Sharing the love of good food with friends and community is fun and beneficial: we are able to try new recipes and ideas with the bonus of meeting new people and possibly lifelong friends. The whole idea of The Cookbook Junkies was to share – ideas, recipes, cookbook thoughts and support each other’s “habit” as well as a sense of community for me when my son, Andrew was a toddler with autism. It was incredibly lonely during those first years and truthfully, continues to be.

Emily Paster, who I met through my group, is the author of the blog, West of the Loop, and co-founder of the Chicago Food Swap. Her debut cookbook, Food Swap, is devoted to sharing her secrets to starting a swap community as well as her specialty recipes for bartering, sharing and giving. Bonus: the book includes the world’s best salted caramel sauce which I am making today and can be downloaded here: Caramel Sauce.


While reading Emily’s book, I was inspired to post a notice in my community’s Facebook group to see if my neighbors would be interested in starting a swap. I’ll update you with my progress.

Roughly, the first portion of the book is devoted to her vast experience in developing a swap, using social media and the press to spread the word, finding a swap locally as well as throwing themed swaps – harvest, holiday and more. It truly is a wealth of information with the plus of being a great read. Often times guides can be stuffy and academic in nature, Emily’s narrative is as if a friend is across the table giving us advice.

The second half contains recipes (including packaging and shelf life information), ideas, and gorgeous photos to boot. Sweets, breads, a variety of vinegars and condiments, soups, spice blends and so many more delicious recipes are shared. Even if you aren’t planning to start a swap or attend an established event, the recipes are great for your own consumption and are perfect for gift giving. The book ends with recipe swap cards and cute labels for our use!

GIVEAWAY:  Thanks to Emily and Storey Publishing, I have two copies of Food Swap to give away to two readers! If time permits, I may throw a bonus in with the books for the winners – either one of the finished recipe – or some recipe cards of my own. It will be a surprise. The giveaway is open to U.S. residents. To enter, leave a comment telling me if you’ve ever attended a food swap. For a second entry, please share this post making sure to leave a second comment. You may return once a day to leave any comment you like until the giveaway expires. On June 9th two winners will be chosen. Good luck.

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A La Mode, Review, Recipe, and Perfect Pairings Giveaway!

Bruce and Mark are to the cookbook world as James Patterson is to the thriller genre. This is not to say that Bruce and Mark’s books aren’t thrilling – they are – especially to those of us who love creating food and have a fondness for (addiction to) cookbooks. Their latest title, À La Mode –  120 Recipes in 60 Pairings: Pies, Tarts, Cakes, Crisps, and More Topped with Ice Cream, Gelato, Frozen Custard, and More will be hitting the shelves in time for summer entertaining.



How does Peanut Brittle Tart with Frozen Popcorn Custard, Sour Cherry Cobbler with Cannoli Cream Ice Cream, Pear Brown Betty and Grape-Nuts and Turbinado Frozen Custard and Chocolate Chip-Hazelnut Scones with Chocolate Semifreddo grab you? These tempting dessert pairings and more await us in À La Mode! No more plain vanilla ice cream to accompany our desserts this summer. Beautiful photographs, detailed instructions and little tidbits about the recipes themselves fill this book.

Courtesy of St. Martin’s Press and Bruce and Mark, you can try the delicious combination of Blueberry-Ginger Slump and Frozen Bavarian Cream by downloading the recipe at this link. I have it on good authority that the Bavarian Cream is to die for.


GIVEAWAY: St. Martin’s Press along with Bruce and Mark are feeling generous – two of will receive an autographed copy of this fantastic book. But that is not all, accompanying each book will be an antique ice cream scoop that was used in the photography in the cookbook (oh I wish I could enter!). Talk about a perfect pairing.


To enter: Leave a comment on this post telling me your favorite flavor of ice cream. You may leave one comment per day until a winner is chosen. Sharing the post is appreciated and you may leave one extra comment when you do. The contest is open to U.S. addresses only. Two winners will be chosen on June 1st. Good luck! While you are here – be sure to enter the other giveaways still open.

Special thanks to St. Martin’s who provided me a copy of this book for review. The Amazon links are affiliate links and help to support this website. By making your Amazon purchases using the Amazon prime link on the right side bar, you help keep The Cookbook Junkies running. Thank you.