Win A James Beard-Nominated Cookbook

Thirty cookbooks were just named finalists in this year’s prestigious James Beard Foundation Awards.

Now, here’s your chance to win one of them, courtesy of

The recipe site, of which I’m an adviser, will be doling out the free cookbooks through May 2, when the James Beard winners will be formally announced.

To win a cookbook, just go to, and leave a comment about why that particular cookbook attracts you or why you think it is award-worthy. The most memorable or clever answer will win that cookbook.

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  • All the cookbooks sounds really interesting, so it’s hard to pick which one I would like to read most (and is award-worthy). Honestly, I am more thinking about which one I would like to read and use most. And I guess therefore I think it’s award-worthy…

    I think I’d have to pick Lidia Cooks from the Heart of Italy as I really enjoy her show on PBS (on the rare occasion the toddler lets me watch it…). I like that she uses simple ingredients to create memorable dishes. I also love that she has kept her Italian heritage alive through cooking. She exudes a love for food and good, fresh ingredients, and I feel like I’d be welcome at her table anytime (one can dream…). 🙂

    Okay, this is answer is neither memorable nor clever, but it’s all I’ve got… And I think Lidia does a great job… 😉

  • I want the Henry’s Farm one. It isn’t on the Foodie Project list yet to win though..not yet anyway..or so it seems.

    I got the knife and I love it sooo much!

  • Melly: Glad you got your prize of the Global knife and are loving it. ProjectFoodie wasn’t able to get give-away books for all the nominated ones, but there’s still quite a few worth winning. 😉

    Andrea: Don’t forget to add your wonderful entry to the actual ProjectFoodie site to qualify for the Lidia Bastianich cookbook. A very good choice, too.

  • We’re be giving the books from all of the categories except those in the Beverages; Reference and Scholarship; and Writing and Literature categories. That’s over 20 cookbooks As our profile of each cookbook posts we’ll update the Guide ( with the link to the profile post where you can add your comment to enter the contest.

    Andrea, we will be giving away a copy of Lidia Cooks! It’s a great book and your post would be a wonderful entry to the contest.

    Melly, unfortunately we’re focusing on the cookbooks so we won’t be giving away Henry’s Farm, but there are plenty of others if you’d like to take a chance at winning one of those.

  • Aw, I’m addicted to cookbooks…I really hope I can win one!
    I most certainly want the MOMOFUKU cookbook! Asian fusion, and gosh I’ve been hearing about this place for so long and so much, that the guy is practically a legend to me.

  • i can’t wait to get my hands on the momofuku book! =P and the credit goes to you!

  • Ooh, thanks for the heads up! I want one! 🙂

  • Great give-away! I’ll have to ponder a bit in hopes of working up some cleverness.

  • I would love to participate in this. Thanks for the opportunity!

  • I love your challenges, always making us think. My New Orleans deserves to win. I’ve been exposed to its contents from newspaper write ups to blog posts, to perusing the pages while waiting on hubby at the bookstore. All close encounters only have me wanting more. Any book that has the power to draw readers in like this has some exceptional qualities going for it – making it a winner in my book world.

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