A Common Table and CrateChef Box Promotion

A Common Table: 80 Recipes and Stories from My Shared Cultures by Cynthia Chen McTernan made my best cookbooks of 2018 list and is one of our May selections in The Eat Your Books Cookbook Club

This book is one of those sleepers that slipped in with all the major titles of Cookbooktober and because of that did not get the attention it deserves. When I saw the book on Amazon, I had to order it but with the rush of those busy months, I didn't have a chance to really soak it up until November.  


A Common Table is a cookbook lover's dream. If I didn't fall in love with the recipes, I would have toppled over from the stories and dreamy photographs (the author photographed her own book) weaved throughout the title. So happens that it is the trifecta of cookbooks - interesting, fresh recipes, incredible stories and photographs that will inspire and draw you in.

Cynthia grew up in South Carolina and inserts her Chinese flavors and Southern roots into her dishes. Her husband's Korean-Irish, Hawaii-born influences also make an appearance in her recipes - grilled cheese with egg and kimchi, anyone? This fusion is what makes this book special. I love a book where you can find a recipe for Cheddar-scallion biscuits on one page and then Korean barbecue beef on another.  

The following recipes are available online for you to try now:

While searching for subscription boxes, I came across CrateChef and when I saw that Cynthia was the featured chef for February and March, I had to learn more. CrateChef was founded in 2016 as a way to deliver a subscription box that felt like a personal gift from a top-name chef. Every other month, the box is filled with the featured chef's favorite products including a selection of artisan foods, kitchen tools, gadgets or cookbooks, selected recipes and a letter from the chef.

Cynthia's CrateChef box was impressive and contained: black vinegar, black sesame seeds, tapioca pearls, green matcha, a French tea towel, mochi rice flour and a copper measuring cup set. There were recipes, a letter from the author and information on each of the products within the box. I can now make the gorgeous Matcha-glazed swirl bread or any number of recipes from her book using these ingredients and I can never pass up a tea towel or beautiful measuring cup set.

CrateChef is generously offering one of Cynthia's boxes in our giveaway below and Rodale is providing three copies of the book. One grand prize winner receive a copy of the book and the Crate Chef box and two other winners - a copy of A Common Table.

The publisher is offering three copies of A Common Table to EYB Members in the US. One of those winners will also receive a Crate Chef box featuring Cynthia's favorite products. Two of the entry options are to answer the following questions in the comments section of this blog post.

Which recipe in the index would you try first?

Which CrateChef box would you like to try?

Please note that you must be logged into the Rafflecopter contest before posting or your entry won't be counted. For more information on this process, please see our step-by-step help post and this forum post. Once you log in and enter your member name you will be directed to the next entry option - the blog comment. After that, there are additional options that you can complete for more entries.

Be sure to check your spam filters to receive our email notifications. Prizes can take up to 6 weeks to arrive from the publishers. If you are not already a Member, you can join at no cost. The contest ends at midnight on April 20th, 2019.


  • littleminxgirl  on  3/7/2019 at 6:07 PM

    I'd love to make the potstickers! I love potsickers

  • lpatterson412  on  3/7/2019 at 6:29 PM

    Potstickers and of course their sauce!! Stella park's crate looks super fun also!

  • braabpro  on  3/7/2019 at 6:41 PM

    Spicy ahi poke!

  • cora429  on  3/7/2019 at 7:15 PM

    Kimchi-brined spicy chicken biscuits sounds like an amazing take on chicken and biscuits

  • MadMom  on  3/7/2019 at 7:20 PM

    I love to make the potstickers. Save me from buying the frozen ones at Costco!

  • ejsimpson  on  3/7/2019 at 7:47 PM

    Chinese Cola Chicken Wings

  • Shelley.b  on  3/7/2019 at 7:56 PM


  • Shelley.b  on  3/7/2019 at 7:59 PM

    Molly yeh

  • AlexH  on  3/7/2019 at 8:17 PM

    Crispy Fried Shallots on of 126! I just heard how difficult it is to really mail these: too fried and they’re bitter, not fried enough and they’re off. Need to get them just right!

  • AlexH  on  3/7/2019 at 8:26 PM

    Forgot to add: I’d love to try the Stella Parks ChefBox! Love her!

  • Lmocooks  on  3/7/2019 at 8:31 PM

    Simple Congee. Never had it and I would love to try it.

  • Lmocooks  on  3/7/2019 at 8:33 PM

    Brad Leone for the chef boxes

  • Maefleur  on  3/7/2019 at 8:57 PM

    I’d like to make the spicy ahi poke!

  • matag  on  3/7/2019 at 10:40 PM

    Korean fritters, three ways: bulgogi jeon

  • jr0717  on  3/7/2019 at 10:41 PM

    The Char Siu Pork, and Molly Yeh's box!

  • matag  on  3/7/2019 at 10:48 PM

    June/July Box

  • DarcyVaughn  on  3/7/2019 at 10:57 PM

    Kimchi-brined spicy chicken biscuits

  • DarcyVaughn  on  3/7/2019 at 11:02 PM

    June/July Box

  • Maefleur  on  3/8/2019 at 12:08 AM

    I really like Cynthia’s chef box

  • mjes  on  3/8/2019 at 3:05 AM

    Barter-worthy Spam musubi since I indexed a musubi book

  • mjes  on  3/8/2019 at 3:13 AM

    Cynthia Chen McTernan chef box

  • JRumi  on  3/8/2019 at 6:36 AM

    Shanghai style sweet and sour baby back ribs

  • lean1  on  3/8/2019 at 6:42 AM

    Spiced Kabocha Muffins!

  • JRumi  on  3/8/2019 at 6:49 AM

    Chef Chris Coombs cratebox

  • lean1  on  3/8/2019 at 6:53 AM

    All of the boxes are interesting but I like the current one the best!

  • ravensfan  on  3/8/2019 at 7:57 AM

    Buttermilk mochi pancakes

  • ravensfan  on  3/8/2019 at 8:01 AM

    Chef Molly Yeh's chef box

  • milgwimper  on  3/8/2019 at 8:53 AM

    Korean fritters all of them. All of the boxes. :)

  • kmn4  on  3/8/2019 at 11:56 AM

    Green beans & minced pork

  • parnassus  on  3/8/2019 at 12:12 PM

    sesame salt & pepper steak, chef stella park's box

  • kmn4  on  3/8/2019 at 12:17 PM

    The Brad Leone box.

  • meduff  on  3/8/2019 at 12:23 PM

    Kimchi chicken quesadilla. Cynthia Chen McTernan's box.

  • sarahawker  on  3/8/2019 at 1:13 PM

    Char siu barbecue pork buns, two ways: steamed and I'd love the Molly Yeh box.

  • qchu204  on  3/8/2019 at 2:42 PM

    Bulgogi burgers

  • MollyB  on  3/8/2019 at 2:59 PM

    The Bulgogi burgers look intriguing and I would love to have the Molly Yeh box.

  • Blackeyedsusans  on  3/8/2019 at 3:06 PM

    White Peach Green Tea

  • stepspior  on  3/8/2019 at 5:04 PM

    Korean spicy barbecue pork (Pork bulgogi) Mouth Watering

  • MiMi60  on  3/8/2019 at 5:25 PM

    I would like to try the Barter-worthy Spam musubi and I would LOVE the Chef Stella Parks box!!

  • mpdeb98  on  3/8/2019 at 6:30 PM

    Cheddar-scallion biscuits and the Chef Stella Parks box

  • southerncooker  on  3/8/2019 at 6:59 PM

    I've actually already made two recipes from the book, An HK breakfast and Kimcki Grilled Cheese with egg. I'd definitely love a box from Cynthia Chen Mc German and also Mollie Yeh.

  • LaurenE  on  3/8/2019 at 7:36 PM

    Spicy ahi poke

  • LaurenE  on  3/8/2019 at 7:38 PM

    Stella Parks ChefBox

  • ebs  on  3/8/2019 at 8:09 PM

    Sweet sesame skillet cornbread

  • ebs  on  3/8/2019 at 8:24 PM

    Chef Karl Worley's ChefBox

  • heyjude  on  3/8/2019 at 8:25 PM

    Kimchi Eggs

  • t.t  on  3/9/2019 at 3:24 AM

    Almost Grandma Ha's kimchi pancakes I'd love Cynthia Chen McTernan's box

  • Shana.  on  3/9/2019 at 9:59 AM

    Green beans & minced pork

  • franniez  on  3/9/2019 at 11:46 AM

    Char siu barbecue pork buns, two ways: baked sounds amazing and Molly Yeh's crate chef box

  • infotrop  on  3/9/2019 at 1:33 PM

    Spicy braised lamb with radishes and noodles & Box 6 from Chef Jim Smith

  • Dewnie  on  3/9/2019 at 2:01 PM

    The enrished bread I would try....any of those boxes w ould be welcomed.....nice

  • jodangerously  on  3/9/2019 at 7:49 PM

    Spicy gochujang eggs in purgatory and the Chris Coombs box.

  • demomcook  on  3/9/2019 at 8:18 PM

    Matcha-glazed swirl bread. The Stella Parks box looks great.

  • mcrimmins  on  3/10/2019 at 11:30 AM

    Southern Style Biscuits.

  • Laura1  on  3/10/2019 at 11:54 AM

    kimchi eggs and the june/july box

  • elsid22  on  3/10/2019 at 5:50 PM

    Cheddar scallion biscuits!

  • AnneOther  on  3/10/2019 at 7:41 PM

    Looking through the index, one recipe that really catches my attention is "sweet sesame skillet cornbread." Until I moved to South Carolina a couple of years ago (yes, to the Greenville area!), I didn't realize that sesame seeds are historically an important food here--they're called "benne" seeds locally. I'd love to try a cornbread that incorporates them, especially since I'd get to use my skillet, another Southern must-have. :-)

  • thecharlah  on  3/10/2019 at 8:17 PM

    Sesame-soy savory oatmeal ; Chef Stella Parks box

  • EmilyR  on  3/11/2019 at 12:52 AM

    Friday night kimchi fried rice + the serious eats box.

  • nadiam1000  on  3/11/2019 at 7:58 AM

    Kimchi-brined spicy chicken biscuits and Cynthia Chen McTernan box - love chicken biscuits and asian flavors and this sounds like an interesting twist.

  • Yarnia  on  3/11/2019 at 10:58 AM

    Easy braised kabocha squash

  • dbielick  on  3/11/2019 at 7:36 PM

    Char siu barbecue pork buns and Brad Leone box

  • love2chow  on  3/12/2019 at 3:49 PM

    Korean spicy barbecue pork (Pork bulgogi) Brad Leone box

  • lauriesk  on  3/12/2019 at 9:29 PM

    Friday night kimchi fried rice

  • lauriesk  on  3/12/2019 at 9:32 PM

    I would like Brad Leone's cragte

  • jupflute  on  3/13/2019 at 7:42 AM

    Condensed milk toast!

  • jmay42066  on  3/14/2019 at 5:10 PM

    Chinese Cola Chicken Wings

  • jmay42066  on  3/14/2019 at 5:12 PM

    Chef Chris Coombs cratebox

  • tennyogirl  on  3/14/2019 at 10:37 PM

    Cynthia Chen McTernan cratebox

  • tennyogirl  on  3/14/2019 at 10:49 PM

    Spicy kimchi hand-torn noodle soup (Kimchi sujebi)

  • heidimia  on  3/15/2019 at 5:25 PM

    The potstickers- yum!

  • annieski  on  3/16/2019 at 5:35 AM

    Spicy gochujang eggs in purgatory

  • annieski  on  3/16/2019 at 5:36 AM

    Spicy gochujang eggs in purgatory

  • Dannausc  on  3/16/2019 at 6:49 AM

    Simple congee; Brad Leone

  • debbiehb  on  3/16/2019 at 11:58 AM

    Ham & egg baked buns & Chef Chris Coombs box

  • Karla123  on  3/16/2019 at 2:13 PM

    Shanghainese cucumber salad, two ways: smashed cucumbers with vinegar, sesame & soy....perfect little side dish for one.

  • Karla123  on  3/16/2019 at 2:25 PM

    I'd like to try the Brad Leone CrateChef Box.

  • Silkijones  on  3/16/2019 at 5:05 PM

    I would love to try the Pot Stickers sauce since I eat so many of them!

  • edyenicole  on  3/17/2019 at 9:23 AM

    the bulgogi burger.

  • edyenicole  on  3/17/2019 at 9:25 AM

    the june box!

  • leilx  on  3/20/2019 at 9:40 AM

    Blueberry drop biscuits for the recipe. Stella Parks’ box or Mokky Yeh’s box both look fun

  • Kellyr78  on  3/20/2019 at 12:40 PM

    I would like to make the Sesame-soy savory oatmeal recipe

  • purviska  on  3/21/2019 at 8:16 AM

    Korean fritters

  • purviska  on  3/21/2019 at 8:19 AM

    Stella Parks box

  • NaomiH  on  3/21/2019 at 1:34 PM

    Kimchi-brined spicy chicken biscuits

  • NaomiH  on  3/21/2019 at 1:39 PM

    Chef Karl Worley box

  • stephntran  on  3/22/2019 at 9:22 PM

    Buttermilk mochi pancakes and kimchi egg & cheese sound SO amazing, my mouth is watering just thinking about them!

  • stephntran  on  3/22/2019 at 9:30 PM

    I'd love to try Cynthia's CrateChef box!!

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