I have a confession to make. I’m an incurable cookbook addict. I love books; especially cookbooks. All kinds of cookbooks – new, old, vintage, All-purpose, specialty, celebrity, healthy, fancy, plain, hardcover, paperback. I just can’t seem to help myself. I read them the way most people read novels.
I even bought more bookshelves recently to house my ever-expanding collection.
But in the name of simplification and organization, I’m always trying to thin them out too; holding onto my favorites and letting others go (to make room for more). I usually trade them in at our local used book store or donate them to Goodwill. Then I saw that Gina over at Skinnytaste was giving hers away and I thought, “What a great idea. I can do that too.”
So, giveaways of my gently and barely used cookbooks is something I plan to do regularly this year.
The first up is , a wonderful guide to smart cooking techniques for healthy everyday cooking.
As soon as I saw it at Costco, I knew I wanted to bring it home with me. It’s so visually appealing, packed with more than 850 photos that show you how to prepare more than 200 recipes and hundreds of cooking tips.
The first 70 pages are devoted to defining the Cooking Light Way to Cook Healthy, with information on selecting ingredients, stocking a pantry, selecting cooking tools, using herbs and spices, and answers to tons of kitchen “how-tos.”
The remaining chapters are organized by cooking technique: assemble, steam, saute, stir-fry, pan-fry & oven-fry, broil, boil & simmer, braise, caramelize, grill, and bake.
The Assemble chapter includes all the ways to prepare food that don’t require cooking, including beverages, ice-cream, salads, sandwiches and uncooked fruit and vegetable dishes.
Lots of the recipes utilize flavors from around the world – Greek lamb and red onion kebabs; grilled salmon with korean barbecue glaze; sage risotto with fresh mozzarella and prosciutto; cambodian summer rolls; easy schnitzel; sizzling shrimp with corn relish; tropical muffins with coconut macadamia topping.
Everything from making a tasty marinara sauce to the perfect omelet and souffle, are covered in this comprehensive collection. It’s a great resource for anyone serious about learning to cook healthfully and tastefully.
Have I enticed you? I need to stop here, before I decide to put it back in my bookcase!
To enter the contest, just leave a comment below and mention why you want the cookbook. The contest ends Sunday (1/22/12 at midnight and one winner will be randomly selected from the entries. Don’t forget to fill in your e-mail on the comment form (it will not be made public), as that is how I will contact the winner, and good luck! This giveaway is open ONLY to US residents.