By now you might have heard me mention once or twice that the Austin Food Blogger Alliance has been working on a community cookbook. Well, it is finally here, and I must say, it is gorgeous. The book was professionally published by the History Press and features beautiful color photos, a sturdy binding, and best of all, loads of really delicious recipes.
I tested two recipes from the book earlier this year during the recipe testing phase, Hilah Johnson's Zucchini Pancakes, and Josh Kimball's Goat Cheese-Stuffed Hatch Chiles. Both were very tasty, and easy to make. The AFBA threw a potluck during this phase of production. At the event, recipes were tested and tasted by everyone in attendance. A few dishes that I've been dying to taste again since then were Michelle Nezamabadi's Ginger Cookies and Monica Riese's Dreamsicle Tart.
I feel honored to have my work appear in the book several times. I share two recipes: one for Rainbow Soba Noodles, and one for my Creamy Chipotle Sweet Potato and Quinoa Casserole. The AFBA also asked me to do a little vignette on food photography. When asked, I looked over my shoulder a few times, like "Who? Me?!". I guess my work has come a long way. It seems like just yesterday when I hated every photo I took. Now I'm writing tips! Look for me on page 51. The vignette is titled, "Manipulating Light: Five Tips for Better Food Photography".
I bought an extra copy of the book so that I could host a giveaway after it came out. One of you lucky readers will be treated to a free copy, straight from me to you, once the giveaway has ended. I can't wait to cook from our beautiful book again and again.
WHERE TO PURCHASE A COPY
The Austin Food Blogger's Community Cookbook is available online at Amazon.com
and BarnesandNoble.com. You can also find it locally at the following Austin locations:
HOW TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY
So, here's the skinny on the giveaway. I'll be picking a random winner from the comments list. To enter, simply leave a comment on this blog post telling me about another Austin Food Blogger that you love (besides, ME, of course.) Here's a list of our members to check out, in case you don't have one in mind already. I also feature a rotating list of my own Austin favorites about 2/3 of the way down my sidebar.
Look that-a-way to find my Austin Blog Roll ———>
HOW TO GAIN EXTRA ENTRIES IN THE GIVEAWAY
That's one way to enter the contest. Want more? Your wish is my command. Here are several other ways to enter. Be sure to leave a new comment on this blog post letting me know that you've completed an extra step.
- Pin this post! I'll be extra grateful if you mention the cookbook and the giveaway in your pin.
- Tweet about the giveaway, or about the cookbook coming out. It would be great if you could also tag me at @MaryMakesDinner when you tweet. You could even get really fancy and use the hashtag #AFBACookBook.
- Share a link to this post on Facebook!
- Instagram a photo of your favorite food (extra kudos if it is inspired by Austin or food blogging). Tag your post with #AFBACookBook and @MaryMakesDinner.
- Share this post on Google+! Tagging and hashtagging is strongly encouraged there too.
GIVEAWAY ENDS MAY 31!
Comment, tweet, and share as much as you like between now and May 31, 2013. Comments will close at midnight CST. After that, I'll pick a random winner from the comments list and contact them by email. Please make sure to include your email or contact info with your comment so that I can let you know you've won. If I can't contact the winner within a week, I'll move on to another. Also, with international shipping costing what it does, this contest is limited to folks in the U.S.A.
THE WINNER IS LORENA!
Lorena, I randomly picked your comment as the winner of the giveaway. I'll be contacting you by email abotu your prize. Thanks to everyone who left a comment or shared this post on social media!
Just a small peek at some of the gorgeous recipes tucked inside our book!
P.S. There are lots of other AFBA bloggers hosting giveaways this month. Keep an eye out for the #AFBACookbook hashtag on Twitter, Instagram, and G+.