Cookbook Giveaway - A Recipe for Cooking

Cal Peternell's second cookbook, A Recipe for Cooking, was released last month. This new title delivers seasonal recipes designed to elevate home cooking and help us relish our time in the kitchen whether we're cooking for family and friends or just ourselves.

His first title, Twelve Recipes, taught the essentials of cooking, and this book takes the reader to a whole new level of challenging recipes to create memorable dining experiences. Have no fear, there are options for simplifying dishes as well.

Peternell has a number of events scheduled to promote A Recipe for Cooking and for more information on this title and the author, please read our review and author interview.

We are pleased to offer ten copies of this title to our EYB Members in the U.S. One of the entry options is to answer the following question in the comments section of this blog post:

What is your favorite meal to serve when entertaining family and friends?

Please note that you must be logged into the Rafflecopter contest before posting or your entry won't be counted. If you are not already a Member, you can join at no cost. The contest ends December 18th, 2016. 



  • lhudson  on  11/15/2016 at 7:33 AM

    Anything that can be done on the grill!

  • camtncook  on  11/15/2016 at 7:44 AM

    I like lasagna because it can be made ahead...

  • JulesLP  on  11/15/2016 at 8:34 AM

    Love making manicotti for family; as it was something my Grandmother always made.

  • annmartina  on  11/15/2016 at 8:49 AM

    A make your own buffet for something like ramen or bahn mi

  • alirov  on  11/15/2016 at 8:54 AM

    Steaks, pork chops or kebabs and veggies on the grill.

  • madamepince  on  11/15/2016 at 9:39 AM

    Mozzarella-stuffed meatballs from the slow cooker.

  • Missdith34  on  11/15/2016 at 11:13 AM

    Italian Sunday gravy

  • joanhuguet  on  11/15/2016 at 11:23 AM

    lasagna, enchiladas, or homemade pizza

  • kimtrev  on  11/15/2016 at 11:32 AM

    I like doing a soup party

  • meggan  on  11/15/2016 at 1:22 PM

    Brunswick Stew!

  • JulieG1002  on  11/15/2016 at 2:40 PM

    Appetizers: humus, baba ganouj, stuffed grape leaves, pita Salad: Romaine, tomato, cucumber, red onion, radish, fresh herbs, lemon vinaigrette Entree: leg of lamb au jus Sides: oven roasted sweet potatoes, pan roasted Brussels sprouts, braised kale Dessert: Flourless chocolate truffle cakes w/vanilla bean ice cream

  • mcrimmins  on  11/15/2016 at 4:56 PM

    Roast Beef, mashed potatoes and gravy.

  • rchesser  on  11/15/2016 at 5:14 PM

    Roast chicken, mashed potatoes and broccoli.

  • gjelizabeth  on  11/15/2016 at 6:24 PM

    I love to feed my guests casseroles and bundt cakes.

  • sgump  on  11/15/2016 at 9:04 PM

    I agree with camtncook: lasagne it is (always vegetarian, always with spinach)!

  • Rinshin  on  11/15/2016 at 9:33 PM

    Depends on the season but most likely will have one noodle dish from Asia

  • lgroom  on  11/15/2016 at 10:56 PM

    Roast chicken with roasted veggies and garlic buttermilk mashed potatoes.

  • tcjanes  on  11/15/2016 at 11:10 PM

    A roast-pork, beef or lamb.

  • vickster  on  11/16/2016 at 7:02 AM


  • Siegal  on  11/16/2016 at 12:17 PM

    I like going bake bread

  • lselke  on  11/16/2016 at 6:05 PM


  • Emily Hope  on  11/17/2016 at 5:05 PM

    Lately for big crowds I've been making pulled pork and smoked chicken.

  • Lyndaherman  on  11/17/2016 at 6:29 PM

    I love to serve soup.

  • sarahawker  on  11/18/2016 at 2:54 PM

    I tend to go for more rustic, if it's summer then skewers of bread and pork on the grill, if it's winter than a french stew.

  • pandapotamus  on  11/18/2016 at 11:05 PM


  • nadiam1000  on  11/20/2016 at 10:12 AM

    A big pot of soup like Chili, Posole or Beef Barley or hearty casseroles that can be made ahead like mac and cheese, lasagna or enchiladas. Including a hearty salad or grilled/roasted vegetables for non meat eaters.

  • echilt5  on  11/20/2016 at 11:13 PM

    Turkey chili

  • bfg67  on  11/21/2016 at 7:32 AM

    burgers (home ground)

  • ccav  on  11/21/2016 at 12:10 PM

    I love to go for a Mediterranean theme in the summer and in colder months go for a more Scandinavian theme.

  • dbielick  on  11/21/2016 at 12:52 PM

    Wow, that varies hugely. Quite often something we have had while on vacation.

  • ElaineMM  on  11/21/2016 at 7:02 PM

    Mexican outdoor buffet. Fajitas, tacos, guacamole, salsas, chips and margaritas.

  • Dmartin997  on  11/21/2016 at 7:24 PM

    Capone, Pasta. And fruit crisp

  • Katiefayhutson  on  11/21/2016 at 10:15 PM

    Pulled pork, shrimp and grits, and dessert

  • PennyG  on  11/22/2016 at 5:29 PM


  • matag  on  11/22/2016 at 7:36 PM

    Homage pasta

  • ballen  on  11/22/2016 at 8:29 PM

    Baked salmon

  • rosiekitty  on  11/25/2016 at 10:31 AM

    Depends on the guests and season, but I like to make things I can mostly make ahead.

  • t.t  on  11/26/2016 at 9:51 PM

    anything that can be made in a crockpot or on a grill

  • cocecitycook  on  11/27/2016 at 2:34 AM


  • djoh437938  on  11/27/2016 at 9:39 AM


  • petunia59  on  11/27/2016 at 2:31 PM

    Roasted portobello mushrooms stuffed with brown-rice risotto with sun-dried tomatoes and parmesan cheese!

  • Deneenm  on  11/28/2016 at 8:58 AM

    I love serving sheet pan meals for a few reasons - they're easy as hell, there is next to no clean up & they look pretty impressive when you put the pan in the middle of the table.

  • HerBoudoir  on  11/28/2016 at 12:00 PM

    I tailor it to the visitor...generally though I try to make it a familiar food but more upscale - for example, if it's a pasta dish, I make homemade pasta with fresh made sauces.

  • thecharlah  on  11/28/2016 at 8:22 PM

    I love a good casserole...

  • FieenaZ  on  11/29/2016 at 2:08 PM

    Everyone loves my potato mushroom o'graten

  • Teruska  on  11/30/2016 at 3:00 PM

    We like to try new recipes with family and friends. We don't really have a "go-to" except as specific folks respond to the new recipes.

  • jillsharaf  on  11/30/2016 at 10:19 PM


  • JanScholl  on  12/3/2016 at 1:58 AM

    pizza. not ordinary pizza tho. This one has risen crust, fresh rings of colored peppers, and 5 cheeses.

  • ravensfan  on  12/3/2016 at 4:36 PM


  • Lynled  on  12/5/2016 at 6:36 AM

    Love to challenge myself to create new and different recipes and themes depending on the occasion.

  • lauriesk  on  12/7/2016 at 7:56 PM

    I serve anything from the grill when I entertain family and friends.

  • scotchgrrl  on  12/9/2016 at 4:10 PM

    Lasagne or Chicken Tikka Masala or slow roasted pork roast.

  • Schout  on  12/9/2016 at 10:30 PM

    Roasted chicken is a frequent request.

  • JMS  on  12/10/2016 at 12:26 AM

    Pulled pork is always a favorite that everyone likes.

  • BethanyMeira  on  12/10/2016 at 5:50 AM

    Thanksgiving dinner!

  • Waderu  on  12/10/2016 at 9:20 AM


  • christineleong  on  12/10/2016 at 9:23 AM

    Apple pie!

  • rejcooks  on  12/10/2016 at 4:25 PM

    Zahav's lamb shoulder: something special.

  • infotrop  on  12/10/2016 at 8:03 PM

    Dungeness crab cakes (when in season of course)

  • ckbks  on  12/14/2016 at 8:26 PM

    What a wonderful concept to teach the basics of cooking a variety of important dishes!

  • Teruska  on  12/15/2016 at 10:22 AM

    We like to serve seafood in some way. Currently we are on a squid kick.

  • catmommy9  on  12/15/2016 at 1:49 PM


  • Sfgordon  on  12/16/2016 at 1:42 AM

    if a vegetarian crowd, I've had great success with pumpkin gratin (the pumpkin is the container...pretty impressive :) ). For meat eaters, a good brisket is always fun.

  • mpdeb98  on  12/16/2016 at 6:02 PM

    I have two version of lasagna--one with meat and one vegetarian

  • nomadchowwoman  on  12/17/2016 at 6:34 PM

    Like so many others, I often fall back on lasagne since it can be made ahead and almost everyone loves lasagne. Gumbo is also a go-to.

  • Marcia1206  on  12/17/2016 at 8:31 PM

    My favorite is duck. We have a family recipe and its is so good!

  • rchesser  on  12/22/2016 at 7:20 PM

    Woo hoo I won !! I just saw this today, thank you!

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