The Great Minnesota Cookie Book

Last weekend, I wrote that there were two cookie books that bakers needed this year. Today, I'm here to tell you about the second: The Great Minnesota Cookie Book: Award-Winning Recipes from the Star Tribune's Holiday Cookie Contest by Lee Svitak Dean and Rick Nelson. This book is one of our Eat Your Book Cookbook Club titles later this year.

There is something magical about the holiday season when even the baking challenged feel the call to don aprons and pull out cookie sheets. Personally, I scour newspaper sites for their annual cookie contests looking for the one. You know, the one cookie that no one else will have on their cookie trays. That unique cookie will make me the star of the cookie exchange. Folks share some incredible recipes that they have perfected or that were handed down for ages for these contests. Thankfully, bakers sell out their family secret recipes for the chance to win a contest!

The Star Tribune has been running a cookie contest every year for the last fifteen and have compiled eighty of the best of the best cookies chosen by the contest's judges. (Note to self, apply to be a cookie judge). One can never have too many cookie recipes and particularly contest winning recipes. Thankfully, The Great Minnesota Cookie Book is filled with unique, one-of-a-kind recipes as well as twists on the classics that everyone needs in their arsenal. The book's index provides a listing of the variety of these tasty morsels. I recommend starting with the Ricotta cheese cookies, my favorite.  

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The publisher is offering three copies of this book to EYB Members in the US and EYB is supplying one copy worldwide, outside the US. One of the entry options is to answer the following question in the comments section of this blog post.

Which recipe in the index would you try first?

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. 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 November 29th, 2018.

Together - Annabel Langbein

Beloved author, Annabel Langbein and her daughter, Rose, have joined forces to deliver A Free Range Life: Together which brings together Annabel's years of kitchen wisdom and commitment to garden-to-table eating, with Rose's youthful enthusiasm for living and cooking sustainably and affordably, to create a guidebook for a fresh new approach to food. Delicious modern vegetarian recipes are accompanied by succulent burgers, ideas for cooking with sustainable fish species, meals for one, fruit-based desserts, picnic baking and on-trend recipes for fermented and pickled foods.

 

The seed of the idea for this book was sown when Annabel and her family were on holiday in Greece, and Annabel realised what a confident, creative cook her daughter Rose had become during her years of studying and flatting. They decided it would be fun to work on a project together, and A Free Range Life: Together was born!

A four-week meal planner offers simple solutions for weeknight meals, while menu suggestions throughout take the guesswork out of every entertaining occasion. Each week shares international dishes, meat-free options, easy oven bakes and more to keep your meals varied, fun and fresh. 

Annabel and Rose share their top tips for tweaking recipes to suit special diets, eating for wellness, saving money at the checkout, preventing food waste and living more sustainably. This inspiring new recipe collection is backed up by shopping lists, blogs and bonus content on Annabel's website.

I was able to review an electronic version of this beautiful offering. It is apparent that Annabel is as lovely a mother as she is a cook and author. The photography is stunning and the recipes are a perfect combination of both Langbein women. Recipes are designated throughout to highlight which are suitable for a vegan or vegetarian variation as well as gluten- or dairy-free substitutions with "take it free range" tips to boot.

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Annabel is offering two copies of this book to EYB Members in New Zealand and Australia. One of the entry options is to answer the following question in the comments section of this blog post.

Which recipe in the index would you try first?

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. 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 November 22nd, 2018.

Home Cooking with Kate EYBD Book

Now with EYBDigital, if you buy a print book within the promotional period, for the first time you will have access to the full EYBD cookbook wherever you can access EYB - on vacation, at work, in the grocery store, etc. In addition to the digital book, all the features of EYB will be included in the access, at no cost to the book purchaser.

•            Recipe search
•            Bookmarks
•            Recipe ratings and reviews
•            Photo upload (personal photos of dishes cooked)
•            Shopping lists

We are pleased to share a promotion for our next EYBD Book Home Cooking with Kate McDermott by Kate McDermott. Most cookbook lovers are familiar with the author, whose first book Art of the Pie was a triumph. We have baked Kate's pies in our Eat Your Books Cookbook Club and Home Cooking is one of our selections for January, 2019. Kate is touring in support of her book and her events are shared on our calendar. 

Satisfying, mainly one-dish meals fill Kate's latest, from roasted chicken and veggies for Sunday supper to batches of hearty soup to reheat when there's no time to cook. This practical cookbook focuses on staple recipes for people who aren't looking to spend a great deal of time in the kitchen but still want to nourish their families. Using ingredients that can be found in any supermarket and techniques that every home cook needs, this will be a go-to for easy, but delightful, weeknight meals.

The recipes are surrounded by Kate's anecdotes of single motherhood to building a home in the foothills of the Olympic mountains. Andrew Scrivani's stunning photographs appear throughout and make this book shine. If you have Kate's titles in your arsenal, dinner and desserts are covered.

In combination with our promotion of Home Cooking, I reached out to our friends at Le Creuset about their latest color, a seductive shade called indigo. This beautiful cookware will add class and sophistication to your kitchen. Le Creuset is a beautiful investment that will be handed down to generations of future cooks.

I've had this cookware for years and have never had a problem with staining as I have heard a few others mention. I have been accused of treating my pots better than I do my husband (only somewhat true).  I do use Bar Keeper's Friend when I need to, and each pot I own is as good as new.

To christen this gorgeous Dutch oven that Le Creuset sent me for review, I made the Hearty cheddar and potato soup from Home Cooking and it was delicious. I had to make a few adjustments such as pureeing the celery and onion and mashing the potatoes in the pot as I had cut them a little too big, but it turned out perfectly. My husband is a huge rice fan so I added a cup of rice to one quart of the soup and he loved it. I have a quart of the soup in the freezer and another quart that will be repurposed as a base for a pot pie

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If you have pre-ordered or order Home Cooking before December 31st, 2018, register here (be sure you have a photo of your receipt or screenshot from your online order ready to upload). Once your purchase has been verified, this button   will appear on the book on your Bookshelf next to the title and will take you to the digital access for this gorgeous book.

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Special thanks to the publisher The Countryman Press for working with us to bring this exclusive incentive to our members as well as for providing three copies in our giveaway below. Our gratitude is extended to Le Creuset for offering one grand prize winner a 7 1/4 quart Dutch oven in their newest color indigo.


The publisher is offering three copies of this book to EYB Members in the US and Le Creuset is offering one grand prize winner a 7 1/4 quart Dutch oven in their newest color, indigo. Two of the entry options are to answer the following questions in the comments section of this blog post.

Separately, Eat Your Books is offering one copy of Kate's book worldwide outside the US. 

Which recipe in the index would you try first?

Which product at Le Creuset is on your holiday wish list?

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. 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 November 28th, 2018. 

 

Pasta, Pretty Please EYBD Promotion & Anolon Giveaway

Now with EYBDigital, if you buy a print book within the promotional period, for the first time you will have access to the full EYBD cookbook wherever you can access EYB - on vacation, at work, in the grocery store, etc. In addition to the digital book, all the features of EYB will be included in the access, at no cost to the book purchaser.

• Recipe search
• Bookmarks
• Recipe ratings and reviews
• Photo upload (personal photos of dishes cooked)
• Shopping lists

We are pleased to share a promotion for our next EYBD Book, Pasta, Pretty Please: A Vibrant Approach to Creative Handmade Noodles by Linda Miller Nicholson, today on its publication day.

Over the last few years, Linda, the voice behind the Salty Seattle blog, has become a viral sensation. Her amazing techni-color pasta made naturally with vegetables, herbs and superfoods, has popped up everywhere. The hosts of The Chew discussed her pasta prowess, she made the rounds at Home & Family and Saveur magazine, and even at 35,000 feet - in an airline magazine on a flight to New York - there she was with her rainbow of pasta greatness inspiring me to dust off my pasta maker.

The "Lady Gaga of Noodles" has shared all of her secrets in her debut cookbook, Pasta, Pretty Please which is equally stunning in content and photography. The recipes are approachable and the resulting dishes are spectacular. Step-by-step photographs are coupled with Linda's detailed instructions from "pasta dos and don'ts" to "how to choose the correct ricotta". As you will garner from the index, the range and uniqueness of her creations are inspiring but are not limited just to dough recipes. For instance, Bacon-peanut tomato sauce, Golden milk ragu, and Burrata-speck pea sauce are genius and shared to gild the delicious pasta art.

Linda's book tour has been shared on our calendar with a kick off celebration at Eataly in New York tomorrow. If you purchase a book at one of her events, you also qualify for digital access on EYB. See more information below.

Our takes you inside this book and features the following :

If you have pre-ordered or order Pasta, Pretty Please before December 31st, 2018, register here (be sure you have a photo of your receipt or screenshot from your online order ready to upload). Once your purchase has been verified, this button will appear on the book on your Bookshelf next to the title and will take you to the digital access for this gorgeous book.

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Now that Linda has enlightened us to the magic of her stunning pasta, Anolon would like to help us create them in one their stunning pieces of cookware, the  Tri-Ply Clad Stainless Steel 5-Quart Covered Dutch Oven. 

From Anolon's website: With the professional-quality of Anolon, making delicious gourmet-class dinners at home has never been so enjoyable. The cookware's durable three-ply construction features an aluminum core between layers of stainless steel for excellent, efficient heat distribution all the way up the sides of the pan. This cookware is suitable for use on all stovetops, including induction, and the polished, sophisticated stainless steel exterior is easy to clean. Comfortable, stylish handles are dual riveted for strength, and the deep-seated coordinating stainless steel lid seals in heat and moisture for a clean, professional look and performance. The cookware is dishwasher safe for convenient cleanup and oven safe to 500°F.

Anolon provided the technical facts above, I will add that Anolon's cookware is stellar and works as well as cookware three times the price. I often take the pieces from stovetop to table for serving because, yes, it is that gorgeous. They clean up beautifully and are stylish. You may remember I have a thing for cookware - good looking, hard working cookware, that is.

Special thanks to the publisher, for working with us to bring this exclusive incentive to our members and providing three copies of this book in our giveaway below. We also extend thanks to Anolon for their generosity in providing three Dutch ovens in our contest. 


The publisher is offering three copies of Pasta, Pretty Please to EYB Members in US and Anolon is offering three of their Tri-Ply Clad Stainless Steel 5-Quart Covered Dutch Oven to those winners! 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 Anolon product would you like to own?

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. 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 November 26th, 2018.

The Cookie Book - Rebecca Firth

Rebecca Firth knows cookies. She knows much more than cookies which is evident if you follow her blog Displaced Housewife, but the woman gets brownie points (pun intended) for her showstopping cookie recipes. Her debut cookbook, The Cookie Book: Decadent Bites for Every Occasion is spectacular and a must have for every baker. Two cookie books this season have me excited about holiday baking and her title is one of them - I'll have a promotion up soon for the second book. Trust me, you need both.  

You may think "I have plenty of cookie recipes or books", but you would be wrong, so wrong. It's okay to be wrong. I'm here to keep you on the straight and narrow. The Cookie Book is not only beautiful and filled with photographs that will inspire you, but the recipes are exciting and interesting.

These sweet treats are unlike any you've come across. Chocolate espresso cream bars, Dark rye midnight cookies, Vanilla bean thumbprint cookies with dulce de leche, and Peanut butter cup meringues are calling to be made. Rebecca also shares her version of classics along with truffles, brownies, blondies and more. 

It is snowing here in Colorado and I am planning to bake one of Rebecca's recipes tonight or tomorrow. My only issue is that I'm not sure which one because I want to make them all. I'll report back later this week to keep you all on the edge of your seat. Maybe the Everything chocolate chip cookie below will be the winner!

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Rebecca has events planned and her dates are on our calendar, go see her if she is in your area. This title is one of our baking selections in our Eat Your Books Cookbook Club this fall. Special thanks to Page Street Publishing for providing EYB with the materials for the preview above and for sharing three copies of this title in our giveaway below. 

The publisher is offering three copies of this book to EYB Members in the US. One of the entry options is to answer the following question in the comments section of this blog post.

Which recipe in the index would you try first?

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. 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 November 18th, 2018.

The Staub Cookbook

The Staub Cookbook: Modern Recipes for Classic Cast Iron pays tribute to the enameled cast-iron cookware of Staub, with 100 achievable, modern recipes from top chefs and bloggers from around the country.

 

The beautiful photography that fills this book will surely tempt you to try the recipes as well as purchase more cookware. I had a difficult time choosing which recipes I wanted to try first as they all are appealing and perfect for weeknight dinners and lovely enough for entertaining. I ended up making the Chocolate babka rolls last weekend and the Gingery Vietnamese chicken this week.

The rolls are now my son's favorite thing ever. They were easy to make and came out wonderfully. Be sure to follow the instructions and use all the sugar syrup as it does add shelf life to these coiled treats. I saved them for my son who couldn't get enough of them and even by day four they were great. My husband and I loved the chicken dish. The ginger, garlic and fish sauce in this recipe packs a punch and the marinade resulted in tender, juicy meat (even the chicken breast I tossed in with the thigh meat).

As I have mentioned before, my passion for cookbooks extends itself to other cooking related items, including French cookware. Staub cookware is sturdy, will last a lifetime and their colors are gorgeous making oven to table serving not only efficient but beautiful. Plus, Staub's black interior prevents discoloration and every piece I own looks as new as the day I purchased it.  

For this promotion Staub provided me with a 12-inch skillet in basil (one of my favorite colors). In my photo below, you will see how pretty the rolls presented. These rolls are perfect for Sunday morning brunch or holiday breakfasts.

I also used this pan to sear the chicken in lieu of a grill pan. The grill pan would have made lovely markings but the dish was delicious with or without the grill marks. 

 

Our   provides a look inside The Staub Cookbook and highlights the following   

Special thanks to Ten Speed Press for providing the materials for our preview as well as three copies of this book in our giveaway below. And much appreciation to Staub for their generosity in providing one of their skillets to a grand prize winner. 


The publisher is offering three copies of this book to EYB Members in the US and Staub is offering one of those winners a Staub 12 inch skillet.  Two of the entry options is to answer the following questions in the comments section of this blog post.

Which recipe in the index would you try first?

Which Staub product would you most like to own?

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. 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 November 20th, 2018.

 

 

Thanks to Staub for providing me with a skillet to make a few recipes from their new book as well as Ten Speed Press for the review copy.

The Pie Book - Worldwide Giveaway

Baking books are my downfall. While I can sometimes pull away from a cookbook (like a piece of metal from a magnet), I do not have much restraint when facing a title devoted to baking. Today, we have a worldwide promotion for The Pie Book: Over 400 Classic Recipes by Louis P. De Gouy and it is brilliant.

Here, master chef Louis P. De Gouy (former chef at the Waldorf Astoria) presents more than 400 tasty pie recipes. De Gouy, a founder of Gourmet magazine, is an expert at concise instruction. In addition to his carefully chosen recipes, he offers advice on flour selection, fruit preparation, and baking procedures, including the secrets to turning out a flaky, golden-brown crust every time.

Here a few examples of the unique recipes in this title: Frozen orange pie, Prune molasses cream pie, Prune nut cream pie, White House pecan pie, Green tomato mincemeat, Frozen maraschino pie, and Orange cream meringue pie. In addition, throughout The Pie Book, De Gouy provides various "methods" such as "the Southern method" or "the Florida method" because every region of the world puts their spin on recipes. The thoroughness of the contents will amaze you - for example the Marzipan meringue border and Boiled meringue topping recipes have over a dozen variations from angel food. coffee, pineapple to ginger meringue.

There are eight versions of pumpkin pie and more than 25 varieties of apple pie. A special section covers the use of toppings and glazes, with complete recipes for meringues, glazed cherry topping, almond paste, cheese topping, and many other finishes. This treasury of recipes puts all the essentials of good pie baking at the fingertips of amateurs and professionals alike. Our EYBD Preview showcases three recipes: Apple crumb pie, Pecan custard pie and Frozen chocolate pie. 

Thanks to our friends at Dover Books we are pleased to share a worldwide giveaway for The Pie Book below. If you are planning your holiday shopping, Dover is offering our members 25% off of their cookbook collection using this link and the code: WRBY.

 

Coming soon we will have an interview with baking guru, Nick Malgieri including a giveaway of his best selling How to Bake, being reissued by Dover Books. Anolon is joining us in this promotion and providing a set of their springform baking pans (round and square)! 

The publisher is offering two copies of this book to EYB Members worldwide. One of the entry options is to answer the following question in the comments section of this blog post.

What is your favorite pie to make or to eat?

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. 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 November 17th, 2018.

Simply Vibrant - Promotion

Simply Vibrant: All-Day Vegetarian Recipes for Colorful Plant-Based Cooking by Anya Kassoff shares simple, everyday recipes in the signature style that the popular blogger is known for. Her debut cookbook, The Vibrant Table, is a stunning book that laid foundation work with staple recipes such as Homemade ricotta, Almond milk and Sesame Tahini. In addition to those staples, she delivered a total of 100 recipes from breakfast to dessert in her first offering. 

In her latest, Anya puts an emphasis on easy-to-find ingredients and simple preparations. With practicality in mind, she presents ways to make cooking easier and makes those meals go farther by focusing on using in-season produce, teaching us how to use the parts of produce often are tossed in the compost, and providing ways to give new life to leftovers. 

I particularly love the internationally-flavored dishes such as Smoky cauliflower and black bean hummus burritos and Chilled Thai coconut soup with zucchini and carrot noodles. These are the type of recipes that we can insert into our menus during the upcoming food-laden holiday months. By keeping the balance of our meals fresh, we keep a handle on our health so that we can indulge on those special occasions.

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The publisher is offering five copies of this book to EYB Members in the US and Canada. One of the entry options is to answer the following question in the comments section of this blog post.

Which recipe in the index would you try first?

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. 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 November 15th, 2018.

Northern Hospitality - Promotion

Northern Hospitality with The Portland Hunt + Alpine Club: A Celebration of Cocktails, Cooking, and Coming Together by Andrew and Briana Volk is the debut cookbook from the owners of the The Portland Hunt + Alpine Club. The Volk's restaurant is a two-time James Beard semi-finalist in the Outstanding Bar Program category. This couple takes care of their guests as if they were welcoming them into their own home - making them comfortable with cocktails that are as carefully crafted as the main entrees themselves.  

Northern Hospitality shares Andrew's cocktail recipes and lessons on batching cocktails, warm drinks, and Mezcal as well as recipes that are inspired by Portland and Scandinavia.  Bar snacks include green chile popcorn, cured venison, and house-made pretzels and Smorgasbords feature smoked fish, cheese, and house-made cider pickles. Classic to lesser known plates range from Swedish meatballs with spaetzle and nutmeg cream to nori hashbrowns and trout roe.

Features on ice fishing, shucking oysters, how to build a bonfire, and après-ski provide an experience as unique as the club itself. Through beautiful photography, cocktails and recipes, you too can celebrate the seasons the way those in the north do: with warmth, fun, and a sense of wonder. 

Our   takes you inside the pages of this beautiful book and shares   for the following:

The publisher is offering three copies of this book to EYB Members in the US and Canada. One of the entry options is to answer the following question in the comments section of this blog post.

Which recipe in the index would you try first?

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. 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 November 13th, 2018.

Comfort: Food to Soothe the Soul

Like most bakers, I am a huge fan of The Great British Bake Off and so much so that I must have all the  cookbooks released by the contestants. One of my favorite contestants is John Whaite who won the coveted cake plate in 2012, Season 3 of the show. 

Comfort: Food to Soothe the Soul is John's latest title and is the balm needed to heal whatever ailment might present itself - a hard day, a broken heart or frustration that we can't watch the latest bake-off for another year!

All of the author's titles are beautiful and happily on my bookshelf and Comfort is no exception. Stunningly photographed and filled with dishes that are approachable and cozy, this book is a keeper. It feels like home - I know that might be a strange description of a cookbook, but it is how I would describe the contents. A steamy bowl of soup or a plate of creamy risotto enjoyed by the fire watching a favorite show or movie all feels like home. Comfort, safety, feeling cared for and loved, that is what home means to me and that is how this book makes me feel. 

The following recipes are available for our members to try now:  

When my friend, Ron at Kyle Books, asked if I would like to interview John for our members, I jumped at the chance. I had just watched Season 3 and John's talent and charm were still fresh in my mind. I hope you enjoy John's responses below. 

Thank you, John, for taking time to answer a few questions for our Eat Your Books members. We are 200,000 cookbook lovers and many of us are fans of GBBO and yourself. Of all the contestants, you made me laugh the most.

That's very sweet - thank you. I guess that's better than making you cry the most ;)

So many exciting things have happened since your GBBO win! Forgive me if I ask a question or two about GBBO. Besides winning, of course, what was your best experience while competing?

It's all a huge blur now, because it was over six years ago and at the time I was in the middle of law degree so I was utterly focused. With that focus, I think, came short term memory loss. I guess the most fun part (aside from winning - which actually wasn't all that fun because it signaled the end of the experience) was the social aspect to it all. Cathryn and I would spend our evenings drinking prosecco and having a good laugh - which was such a welcome respite from the craziness of degree and competition.

What dish made in the tent failed that you thought was going to succeed and which dish was successful that you thought would be an utter failure?

My Torte Noir, which Mr. Hollywood dubbed as the 'chocolate breezeblock'. I thought it was going to be a masterpiece, but it resembled nothing other than a giant chocolate slab from the builders' yard. It tasted amazing, even Paul said so (and let's face it, he doesn't mince his words). But it was aesthetically challenged.

I didn't think my gingerbread colosseum would ever come into being. I imagined it being as derelict as James' barn, but I think something switched in me that week - my sense of competition outran my very reactive emotional side - and I just kept my head down and got on with it. It's important to try and maintain emotions in competitions - I wish I had known that from the start.

I have all your books and find them inspirational. Your latest, Comfort, is filled with dishes that warm the soul and many of them have international flavors - Korean disco fries and Korean popcorn chicken - amazing. Do you enjoy using global influences in your recipes? What is your favorite international cuisine?

I do. I don't feel at all tethered to the cuisine of my motherland, which probably says a lot about me. I am a traveler at heart, and food is an extension of who we are. So I suppose my tastes reflect, if not flow from, my sense of adventure. I'm not a nomad - I love my creature comforts - but I can't hang around a place for too long or I get very twitchy.

I want to make every recipe in Comfort (and truthfully all your books) do you have an absolute favorite dish from Comfort? - Favorites from your other titles?

I always say: asking a cookbook author to pick a favorite dish is like asking a mother to pick her favorite child - we all know she has one, but it's impertinent to ask. Though, to be honest, I seldom have time to revisit my recipes. By the time I've put one book to bed, I'm either developing recipes for the next, or for my cookery school. I do enjoy that side of the career, it's ever changing, and while I hate the idea of food having trends, it does, so my ideas have to constantly evolve with those of the society as a whole. But I think, if I had to choose a recipe from Comfort, it would be Korean Fried Disco Chips, and my Marmalade and Tea Puddings to follow.

Which do you enjoy more - cooking or baking and why? Does one come easier to you than the other?

Baking I enjoy most because it's therapeutic. It's not mindless, and so it has a wonderful way of consuming my thoughts - which, as a deep-thinker, is something I'm in constant need of. It is my Prozac. But when I cook for my family (two hairy blokes and a scruffy mutt) I can't help but feel grateful for them, and the fact I can nourish them with food is symbolic - food is the ultimate conveyor of love.

What are you plans for the next book?

Now that is round of cards I have to keep close to my chest… but it's based on convenience with class.

How many cookbooks do you have in your collection? Which books are your favorites?

Well I've just had to put a load in the shed to make room for my law books - I've started training as a barrister just this week, and have been given a suitcase full of very heavy, boring books. I have about 1300 cookery books, some of them I never open, but I wouldn't be without their spines shining down on me as I write my own.

Lastly, since we are cookbook lovers, what authors do you turn to for inspiration?

Oh the lot: Diana Henry, David Tanis, Ottolenghi, Bertinet, and Nigella. Claudia Roden is one of my favourites.

Special thanks to John Whaite for his time and to Kyle Books for arranging the interview as well as providing three copies of this wonderful book in our giveaway below.  

The publisher is offering three copies of this book to EYB Members in the US and UK. One of the entry options is to answer the following question in the comments section of this blog post.

Which recipe in the index would you try first?

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. 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 November 11th, 2018.

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