Cookbook giveaway - 2-book bundle: Canal House Cooks Every Day & Pronto!

Canal House Cooks Every Day













For our latest cookbook giveaway, we're very pleased to be able to offer 5 free bundles of two cookbooks from the Canal House folks:  Canal House Cooks Every Day & Pronto. For those of you who may not be familiar with the Canal House collection, here's a brief history: In 2006  two women: Christopher Hirsheimer, the founding editor of Saveur,  & Melissa Hamilton, who was a director of Saveur's test kitchen, began a new business - Canal House - which was originally a photo and design studio for cookbooks and magazines. However, with cooking as their first love, they inaugurated a series of  seasonally themed cookbooks for the home cook, with new books being published three times a year. Pronto is the eighth issue, reflecting their emphasis this year on Italian cooking.

In addition, they write a food blog - Canal House Cooks Lunch and  earlier this year also published a standalone cookbook, Canal House Cooks Every Day, which won the 2013 James Beard Foundation Award winner for General Cooking.  Their food has been described as "a synthesis of rustic European classics and American standards ."  To give you a flavor of what you might win, here's an essay from the two women that describes a recent lunch they planned.

This contest is for five lucky posters to win a bundled collection of Canal House Cooks Every Day and Pronto. To win one of the cookbook sets, just post a comment below answering the question:  Tell us which food best represents the season you're currently experiencing, i.e. in the Northern Hemisphere, late Autumn; and down under, late Spring. Living in New England, I'd have to go with apples.

Additional rules are:

  • Please make certain you have signed in to the EYB website (you don't have to be a paid member). This ensures that we have your email address and can get in contact with you. 
  • The giveaway will expire in 4 weeks on December 15, 2013.

This contest is now closed - the winners, selected by random number generator, are CCF4, Brandeemk, jaburg, dvajefink, and Susan_F.


  • geniemcp  on  11/17/2013 at 2:46 PM

    Just came from the farmers' market and in November we see the arrival of the Macomber turnip which is a variety unique to the south coast near Little Compton RI and Westport, MA. The frost gives the Macomber a nice sweetness and cut, roasted or puréed, is wonderful on the Thanksgiving table.

  • kalex426  on  11/17/2013 at 2:58 PM

    Here in the Piedmont region of central North Carolina we're in the "sweet spot" of seasonal transition to more root vegetables (sweet potatoes especially) and winter squash, but still have plenty of greens at local farmers markets.

  • wester  on  11/17/2013 at 3:06 PM

    I think this is the right season for sauerkraut with bacon and sausages. Nice and warming, and this is the season for preserving vegetables (and fruit). And for slaughtering the pig, although there's not that much seasonal about that nowadays...

  • kbennall  on  11/17/2013 at 3:44 PM

    In San Diego it's still sort of early autumn, so we have a mix of fall foods like pomegranates and greens with the end of the tomatoes and peaches.

  • Rebelgirl  on  11/17/2013 at 3:50 PM

    Apples is the only option in Southern Ontario, and I would specifically go with a stellar apple pie.

  • vickster  on  11/17/2013 at 3:59 PM

    I'm in Santa Barbara, Calif. and I feel the season is represented by kale, persimmons, pomegranates and winter squash.

  • Zosia  on  11/17/2013 at 4:37 PM

    All things cruciferous in southern Ontario. Picked up some beautiful local cabbage yesterday.....

  • Aggie92  on  11/17/2013 at 5:58 PM

    Down here on the Gulf Coast it's time for sweet potatoes, pecans, collard greens and fresh oysters.

  • dvajefink  on  11/17/2013 at 6:41 PM

    Northern Michigan,we have apples, squash, pumpkins, deep colored kale! I live in the middle of farm country! Blessed!

  • Soccermom  on  11/17/2013 at 6:49 PM

    apples, pumpkin, and squash

  • monkfish  on  11/17/2013 at 7:52 PM

    Massachusetts: frost sweetened Brussels sprouts and parsnips

  • Vergilia  on  11/17/2013 at 7:55 PM

    Southern California: autumn eggplants and squash.

  • pokarekare  on  11/17/2013 at 8:02 PM

    I live in the southern highlands of NSW and recently arrived home from an extended holiday Europe to find that the only edible things left in my vegetable garden were broad beans, asparagus, globe artichokes and strawberries! What a feast to come home to, so what to choose? It has to be strawberries actually as they are still producing and the others have just finished!

  • FuzzyChef  on  11/17/2013 at 8:03 PM

    Since I live in San Francisco: cracked dungeness crab. It's the second day of crab season, yay! Together with a bottle of verdiccio, a big caesar salad, and a loaf of sourdough bread.

  • chawkins  on  11/17/2013 at 8:57 PM

    Here in the Mid-Atlantic, I'll say apples, pears, cranberries, chestnuts, walnuts, pumpkins, butternut and acorn squashes, brussels sprouts, napa cabbages and daikons.

  • hillsboroks  on  11/17/2013 at 10:05 PM

    It is late fall in Oregon and we have an abundance of apples, pears, hazelnuts, squashes, plus the cabbages, root vegetables and mushrooms. Luckily they all blend wonderfully together in many wonderful dishes.

  • mschefkitchen  on  11/17/2013 at 10:41 PM

    My fave ingredient in this late spring season is pomegranate. It's delicious in desserts, salads and cous cous. I love how it pops in my mouth when you bite into it, and it gives everything a lovely spring colour!

  • tcjanes  on  11/17/2013 at 10:48 PM

    Here in Michigan it's winter squash for me-especially Sweet Dumpling and Delicata.

  • GillB  on  11/17/2013 at 10:51 PM

    NZ- fresh garden produce and summer salads.

  • Margaretsmall  on  11/17/2013 at 10:59 PM

    Late spring in Northern NSW, at our elevation (1000m) asparagus grows well in my garden. I wait anxiously each year for the first spear to emerge, asparagus always says spring is here, winter is gone, get out the swimming costume! Even though it's now a available almost year round (imported from Peru of all places) fresh from the garden, grown organically is still the best, and what a luxury to eat night after night.

  • Beckiemas  on  11/18/2013 at 12:23 AM

    It's late spring here in Brisbane, and I've just ordered from farmhouse direct a 5kg box of cherries to preserve for the coming year. Cherry season is always a welcome part of the heat.

  • Melanie  on  11/18/2013 at 12:37 AM

    It's late Spring in Melbourne and the temperature is fluctuating wildly. A light soup made with fresh vegetables is perfect for nights that still have a chill to them.

  • aliceinbakingland  on  11/18/2013 at 12:55 AM

    Late spring in New Zealand and at the moment Asparagus and strawberries are perfect. I love using asparagus spears as "sippers" for soft boiled eggs followed up by a bowl of strawberries fresh from the garden smothered in cream.

  • dbielick  on  11/18/2013 at 6:17 AM

    Minnesota - winter squash

  • decklededges  on  11/18/2013 at 8:31 AM

    Of course, with it being fall and heading into Thanksgiving here in the US, everything is all about the pumpkins, sweet potatoes and winter squashes!

  • sir_ken_g  on  11/18/2013 at 8:34 AM

    Sadly the farmers markets are closed now where we are. it's supermarket veggies until spring. But we do good apple cider from nearby.

  • jenniesb  on  11/18/2013 at 9:27 AM

    Here in Boston we're celebrating squash and apples at this time of year.

  • nikkihughes78  on  11/18/2013 at 10:02 AM

    Here in london, united kingdom, chard and butternut are abundant this time of year, and the perfect heartwarming but not too heavy dish to ease us into winter is a butternut and chard risotto. Divine!!!

  • khknoll  on  11/18/2013 at 10:21 AM

    Here in North Florida it's time for winter squash, greens, and kale.

  • kedmiston  on  11/18/2013 at 10:43 AM

    Living in Georgia, I would have to say pecans! Just in time for holiday baking, too. Thank you for the chance to win!

  • madamepince  on  11/18/2013 at 11:07 AM

    Apples, yes -- and venison!

  • Astrid5555  on  11/18/2013 at 11:28 AM

    Here in Austria it's apples and root vegetables for the next few months.

  • ssgrod  on  11/18/2013 at 11:52 AM

    New York state apples. Apple sauce and apple pie.

  • MCDForm  on  11/18/2013 at 12:43 PM

    Fall is about pomegranates for me and this year had the added bonus of sharing them with my children for the first time. They remind of the pop rocks of nature, each bite exploding with a crisp tartness that is so awakening.

  • KarinaFrancis  on  11/18/2013 at 5:54 PM

    For me in Australia its Asparagus at this time of year, I will never buy imported out of season asparagus, so I celebrate the spring arrival in pasta, salads, paired with sweet scallops in a risotto and just steamed with a bit of butter with a steak.

  • kayanelson  on  11/18/2013 at 8:39 PM

    I like pomegranates in the fall. They're different and I can only get them for a few months.

  • krobbins426  on  11/18/2013 at 9:29 PM

    Northern Virginia - it's winter squash season.

  • vinochic  on  11/18/2013 at 9:45 PM

    Vancouver, BC- kale, cabbage, squash, hazelnuts, apples, brussel sprouts... Yum!

  • JCBaldassare  on  11/19/2013 at 10:05 AM

    New York--can't get away from apples, but they're not my favorite. I prefer brussels and romanesco cauliflower.

  • dsgeorge  on  11/19/2013 at 10:56 AM

    Squash and Pumpkin in my part of Kentucky

  • Carecooks  on  11/19/2013 at 11:42 AM

    Here in Healdsburg, California it's kale, pomegranates and particularly persimmons. Not only do they make wonderful eating but those bright orange orbs on trees that have lost their leaves are really beautiful.

  • Gunnygoo  on  11/19/2013 at 2:39 PM

    I am in upstate New York (Syracuse area) so I would have to say apples rule our season right now, but squash (butternut, pumpkin, acorn) and potatoes are abundant.

  • Sarabclever  on  11/19/2013 at 4:03 PM

    I feel like it's been tons of winter squash--butternut,, kuri, kabocha, pumpkin....great giveaway, I'm crossing my fingers!

  • amc  on  11/19/2013 at 4:58 PM

    I think of November as the beginning of "soup season."

  • priyamaine  on  11/19/2013 at 8:33 PM

    Here in Maine, I'm cider! Warmed with a bit of rum, or as part of the liquid in a squash soup, or reduced for vinaigrette...yum!

  • madicolin.cushman  on  11/19/2013 at 9:43 PM

    We're up in Boston, and my husband got excited about sweet potatoes, in a casserole all spiced up. I personally love to start (and end) the season with some homemade apple cider...simmering on the stove with the wafting smell of cinnamon fused with apple in the air.

  • Diabolical_DrZ  on  11/20/2013 at 12:40 AM

    jumping on the pomegranate bandwagon in San Francisco. Also starting to have good mandarins in the farmers market

  • Susan_F  on  11/20/2013 at 1:42 AM

    We've just had the first snow in parts of the UK, so it's time to think of warming stews and soups.

  • DFed  on  11/20/2013 at 8:18 AM

    Kentucky is starting to cool down and the best of the season is fresh apple cider from one of the many local orchards!

  • Queezle_Sister  on  11/20/2013 at 10:52 AM

    Here in Utah I would have to say fall squash -- turban, butternut, you know. Their orange flesh mixes with so many wonderful flavors.

  • moinfrance  on  11/20/2013 at 11:10 AM

    Fall here in Alsace ( France) means pumpkins and apples everywhere. Everybody starts to bake brioches for the Saint Nicholas night. They will be followed by an assortment of cookies that will be offered to friends and family a few days before Christmas. There is no better place to be during this season!

  • CStone  on  11/20/2013 at 12:45 PM

    It's a great time of year in Michigan for butternut squash. I'm getting ready to make some delicious squash bisque for Thanksgiving.

  • DKennedy  on  11/20/2013 at 11:27 PM

    Persimmons for Los Angeles, California

  • suzdibbs  on  11/21/2013 at 9:41 AM

    Celery root, celery root, celery root! I think its unique flavor tastes like fall--earthy, crisp, and a little spicy.

  • jenmacgregor18  on  11/21/2013 at 11:20 AM

    Here in Erie, PA, it's a butternut squash & swiss chard & rabbit season.

  • mamuller  on  11/21/2013 at 4:38 PM

    Butternut Squash is in season in new England and it's so versatile....sweet or savory it's always a winner!

  • jaburg  on  11/21/2013 at 5:42 PM

    In Oregon, chanterelle mushrooms are plentiful and delicious!

  • merstar  on  11/21/2013 at 6:20 PM

    Pomegranates - my favorite!

  • maisie_grn  on  11/21/2013 at 7:07 PM

    Its all about Kale in Colorado!

  • boardingace  on  11/22/2013 at 12:05 AM

    We can get just about everything in Southern California, so I'm going to go with pumpkin just because this is the perfect month (plus next month) to cook January it seems like it's time to move on from pumpkin, yet apples still seem appropriate. So for a very specific choice, that's my pick :) I LOVE all of the fall spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, etc. (spice cake, pumpkin desserts, apple desserts) so this is a very special month for me!

  • sipa  on  11/22/2013 at 7:33 AM

    In Northern Virginia it's apple season.

  • Ordinaryblogger  on  11/22/2013 at 10:23 AM

    Pumpkins for me here in New Jersey.

  • cambridgecook  on  11/22/2013 at 12:15 PM

    New England cabbages are sweet and crunchy now after the frost.

  • JaneC  on  11/22/2013 at 1:12 PM

    Northeast Ohio--apples, winter squash, and potatoes

  • tagubajones  on  11/22/2013 at 2:25 PM

    I'm in Jordan where it's cooled off quite a bit and about to start raining. The olives have just been harvested...

  • Siegal  on  11/22/2013 at 3:37 PM

    Miami = coconuts

  • ritchiegal  on  11/22/2013 at 10:55 PM

    Here in Texas, fall means new harvest pecans and pears.

  • Emily Hope  on  11/23/2013 at 12:50 AM

    Here in the SF bay area the winter squashes at the farmer's market have been beautiful!

  • pgarcia  on  11/23/2013 at 6:48 AM

    All types of winter squash!

  • rlmiller  on  11/23/2013 at 9:02 AM

    Here in Northern New Mexico we are having our first snow. It is definitely roasted root vegetable time. I am reacquainting myself with rutabagas and pulling out the recipe for smashed rutabagas with roasted gingered pears.

  • sgump  on  11/23/2013 at 9:35 AM

    Iowa -- winter squash

  • donascott  on  11/24/2013 at 1:22 AM

    It's pecans,sweet potatoes,winter squash and (my favorite) Brussels sprouts...good eats here in Texas.

  • Sandylen  on  11/24/2013 at 5:53 AM

    in SE AL it's pecans, greens, and root vegetables.

  • ae.bell  on  11/24/2013 at 7:47 PM

    Late autumn for me is all about pumpkin, I don't care if it's a cliche!

  • lsgourmet  on  11/24/2013 at 10:05 PM

    New Jersey in November for me is all about pumpkins and cranberries. Pumpkin pie, cranberry sauce, pumpkin ravioli, salads with roasted pumpkin & fresh cranberries, cranberry scones, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin soup, cranberry chutney ... and the list goes on.

  • BarbaraM48  on  11/26/2013 at 6:07 PM

    pumpkin,kale,squash in chicago

  • Secondmates  on  11/26/2013 at 6:16 PM

    Coastal British Columbia. I'd have to say, once it gets cold, it's Brussels Sprouts, which shred and stir fry, adding some nuts at the end. People don't recognize them.

  • Dcotter  on  11/26/2013 at 6:21 PM

    In Pennsylvania, kale is in season right now. The cooling temperatures makes it taste sweeter.

  • ellenklutz  on  11/26/2013 at 6:35 PM

    NYC: butternut squash.

  • wanda72  on  11/26/2013 at 6:39 PM

    Turkey represents both autumn around here, plus Thanksgiving!

  • CarsonWyler  on  11/26/2013 at 7:34 PM

    Since we grow pinot noir grapes in the Russian River Valley of Sonoma County, California, our autumn air is full of the sounds and fragrances of harvest and fermentation of this year's vintage. We lift a glass to you all in celebration!

  • HelenB  on  11/26/2013 at 8:26 PM

    In the Northeast of the US, nothing says autumn to me more than the winter squash and the gorgeous apples at the farmer's market. Kabocha, Butternut, Delicata...Ginger Gold, Honeycriso, Staymam Winesap...we are so spoiled.

  • imaluckyducky  on  11/26/2013 at 8:26 PM

    I'm digging all the squash varieties that I've been getting at the market - northern IL!

  • mainereader  on  11/26/2013 at 10:24 PM

    Late Autumn in Maine is all about apples for me.

  • lemoneater  on  11/26/2013 at 10:52 PM

    Winter in the Midwest is about squash... all kinds of colorful, thick-skinned, bumpy squashes.

  • ljskop  on  11/26/2013 at 11:04 PM

    Honeycrisp apples, in the Mid-Atlantic region.

  • Julia  on  11/27/2013 at 1:13 AM

    Winter is beginning here in the Midwest. Pumpkins, persimmons, winter squash, apples, pears, Brussels sprouts, the colored cauliflower and sweet potatoes are in the market.

  • corsika  on  11/27/2013 at 2:35 AM

    Here in Pennsylvania we are reveling in the natural sweetness of winter squashes! Delicious!

  • hwbookworm  on  11/27/2013 at 2:44 AM

    Pumpkin (it's late autumn here).

  • Smuz90  on  11/27/2013 at 3:42 AM

    Panfryed cauliflower with garlic and turmeric!

  • RobinCR  on  11/27/2013 at 5:28 AM

    In the south (US) the day before thanksgiving, it's got to be Corn Bread Dressing.

  • TooManyBooks  on  11/27/2013 at 9:17 AM

    It's a toss-up between fresh Dungeness Crab and home grown tomatoes still appearing on the vines.

  • ballen  on  11/27/2013 at 9:33 AM

    Late autumn here in New England ... it's a toss up between brussels sprouts and nice crisp apples!

  • JenPDX  on  11/27/2013 at 10:43 AM

    Oregon, squash soup with ginger and pear.

  • infotrop  on  11/27/2013 at 12:41 PM

    Soup, risotto, just about anything that will showcase the beautiful wild mushrooms of Oregon.

  • dririvera  on  11/27/2013 at 12:53 PM

    Brazil - spring - peaches!!!

  • danceral  on  11/27/2013 at 1:12 PM

    Seattle - squash, lentils, apples, and always salmon!!

  • DBChef  on  11/27/2013 at 5:42 PM

    In Melbourne Australia it's Spring. Asparagus is a great accompaniment or component with soooooo many beaut dishes especially anything salad, seafood, chicken or veal.

  • Thaichile  on  11/28/2013 at 5:56 AM

    Love the Canal House cookbooks . Tis the season to braise and stew-shanks, and shoulders in the NE.

  • sabrina7  on  11/28/2013 at 5:12 PM

    I love to cook with pumpkin, cider, and apples in the fall and winter. apple crisp; sausage, apples, potatoes, and sauerkraut in cider; pumpkin chocolate chip cookies; pumpkin pie, wassail…. the list is endless!

  • AnneG  on  11/29/2013 at 11:39 PM

    Here in Northern California, the grape harvest is over and we're using verjus. Great for adding flavor to anything to which you'd add vinegar, but with more flavor.

  • slowens  on  11/30/2013 at 1:31 PM

    squashes, squashes and more squashes. Sure there are carrots and other root V's, but many are multi seasonal presences in the Pacific Northwest's farmers' markets.

  • CCF4  on  12/1/2013 at 3:12 PM

    This time of year, it's Thanksgiving and Christmas - Turkey and Dressing (Bread, not cornbread even though I live in the South!). Christmas - all the great treats, cookies, peppermint bark, roast, etc.

  • redhairing  on  12/2/2013 at 2:57 PM

    Delicata squash is our fall favorite this year.

  • Brandeemk  on  12/2/2013 at 7:13 PM

    Roasted Brussels with Meyer Lemon Pesto and freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano.

  • lgibson99  on  12/3/2013 at 9:27 AM

    Butternut squash and a creamy butternut squash soup - we love getting them in our CSA!

  • Kimberly62  on  12/3/2013 at 12:52 PM

    Roasted Root Vegetables and Brussels Sprouts with roasted fresh nuts, like pecans

  • srushton  on  12/4/2013 at 10:24 PM

    I'm living in Dubai right now (but don't worry because I do have a US mailing address for when I win) so we are technically northern hemisphere and headed into winter. Locally grown crops include herbs and lettuces so we are eating a bunch of lovely fresh salads right now.

  • paulabucharles  on  12/7/2013 at 10:55 PM

    In Vancouver, we have lots of squash and quince, among others. Making tons of roasted squash, squash soups, squash custard, quince jam, poached quince, quince tarts...

  • crandall57  on  12/8/2013 at 1:11 PM

    Here in upstate New York we're enjoying Brussels Sprouts, Acorn Squash, and Apples. Perfect fall fare.

  • AMbaby56  on  12/9/2013 at 11:34 AM

    pears and crabs - here in the Sacramento area! :) I have been making loads of things with them!

  • Lmeyers520  on  12/9/2013 at 12:41 PM

    Here in the Northeast, NY we in the midst of late fall. We are enjoying cranberries, sweet potatoes, brussel sprouts and wonderful tastey treats like pies and cookies.

  • rahiscock  on  12/11/2013 at 12:32 AM

    Being in Australia, we are getting towards the end of asparagus season - this is the week for it I think!

  • xntrek  on  12/12/2013 at 5:56 PM

    In the cool climate area of North Central Victoria (Australia) we are in-between seasons with the last of the Autumn brassica bounty (broccoli & cabbage) being dug, the last of the Asparagus spears are showing their yellow tails and the first of the Summer bounty of tomatoes and peas are springing onto the plate. A perfect time for a garden fresh veggie salad - grab a scooped out sourdough cobb, line it with lemon-zest and fresh garlic stir-fried pea pods, mix in some lightly steamed broccoli florets, strips of fermented cabbage, oven toasted salted tomatoes, crumbed danish fetta and a dash of extra virgin first crop olive oil.

  • MattBoundy  on  12/14/2013 at 7:14 PM

    Here in Melbourne, Australia we've just finished pulling peas and broad beans out of the garden.

  • mfriedrich  on  12/14/2013 at 8:18 PM

    In NJ here and have been picking up a lot of different types of squash. So good as we enter the cold, winter months.

  • olav  on  12/15/2013 at 6:56 PM

    pumpkin, generally in north america, and persimmons in NorCal

  • Jane  on  12/23/2013 at 8:34 AM

    This contest is now closed - the winners, selected by random number generator, are CCF4, Brandeemk, jaburg, dvajefink, and Susan_F.

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