Win A Signed Copy of My New “East Bay Cooks” Cookbook

Flourless chocolate cake from Old Towne Danville Bakery. (Photo by Eva Kolenko)
Flourless chocolate cake from Old Towne Danville Bakery. (Photo by Eva Kolenko)

Remember when you were a kid, and beamed with pride and happiness the first time you donned a snazzy new pair of red cowboy boots?

That’s how I feel about my newest cookbook, “East Bay Cooks: Signature Recipes from the Best Restaurants, Bars, and Bakeries” (Figure 1), which debuts this week. Thanks to a lot of hard work by a lot of people, it turned out more beautiful than I could have ever imagined. Just get a load of the images here from the book, all of them shot by the incredibly talented Bay Area photographer Eva Kolenko.

Chorizo sourdough toast from Sabio on Main in Pleasanton. (Photo by Eva Kolenko)
Chorizo sourdough toast from Sabio on Main in Pleasanton. (Photo by Eva Kolenko)

Whether you’re a Bay Area native or not, this book will have you enthralled with the East Bay, the most populous region in the Bay Area. It spotlights 41 restaurants and bakeries, some brand new, and others that have endured for decades — no easy feat in this challenging and competitive market.

The Baconslut sandwich at The Gastropig in Oakland. (Photo by Eva Kolenko)
The Baconslut sandwich at The Gastropig in Oakland. (Photo by Eva Kolenko)
Chocolate chip cookies made with leaf lard from Local Butcher Shop in Berkeley. (Photo by Eva Kolenko)
Chocolate chip cookies made with leaf lard from Local Butcher Shop in Berkeley. (Photo by Eva Kolenko)
Pav Bhaji from the Bay Area's Curry Up Now. (Photo by Eva Kolenko)
Pav Bhaji from the Bay Area’s Curry Up Now. (Photo by Eva Kolenko)

If you think the East Bay is just Oakland and Berkeley, this book will open your eyes to establishments worth trekking farther afoot for in Danville, Pleasanton, and Livermore.

Take a deep dive into the East Bay — and prepare to get very, very hungry.

CONTEST: I’ll be doing a number of book signings around the Bay Area. Find the complete list under my “Personal Appearances’‘ tab. But I wanted to give one lucky Food Gal reader the chance to win a free copy of “East Bay Cooks.” I will personally sign it, too.

The contest, open only to those in the continental United States, will run from now through midnight PST Sept. 14. The winner will be announced on my blog on Sept. 16.

How to win?

It couldn’t be easier. Just tell me why you most want to win this cookbook. Best answer wins.

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10 comments

  • You serve as a true inspiration to me and to have the opportunity to cook so many recipes from a diverse community would be magical for me. I look forward to sharing these dishes with my family and friends. I wish you great success with your cookbook. You truly deserve it. xo

  • I think the new book would be a perfect companion to your other awesome cookbook that occupies a treasured spot on my active cookbook shelf!

    I live in Marin so .. any book that would demystify the East Bay food scene would be a blessing.

    Looking forward to finding new dining spots beyond the Berkeley city limits!

    Best of luck with this new book, Carolyn!

  • Congrats on your new book!!! It looks stunning. 🙂

  • Just looking at those photos makes my mouth water!!! Would love to try them out! Thanks for having the give away!

  • I attended college in the East Bay but never had a chance to really explore restaurants in the area due to living on a college student budget. Now that I’ve graduated and have become more interested in home cooking, it would be great to check out some of these recipes.

  • I’ve lived my entire life in the East Bay and have eaten in many East Bay restaurants, I would love to try to make some of the dishes from your new cookbook, read the stories, and look at the beautiful food pictures.

    Congratulations on your new cookbook!

  • Traveling via cookbooks is absolutely the most magical experience! So maybe I have never been in the East Bay area, but I can now thanks to you! Through making the amazing food from around the area, all of those beautiful pictures, and hearing the words you write that have made it such an enchanting place for you!

  • Well! I was going to say I’d love a copy of this SIGNED book as I miss my 17 years of “home” in the South Bay now that I’ve moved to Oregon, but I think I might be rooting for Joanna to receive this. I remember well those budget years longing to try new restaurants and recipes that matched my Champagne tastes but were sadly out of reach. Looks great Carolyn, and congratulations on book No. 2!

    P.S. -All, I interrupted the author once at DSW (sorry Carolyn, but I’m a fan) so I’ve met her in person; jealous now?!?

  • I most want to win this cookbook because I want to challenge myself with more recipes/cooking techniques; and because you’re awesome and I love our correspondence over so many years!

  • I’d love to have a signed copy because I feel like I know you via your blog and the kind e-mails we’ve exchanged. Your passion to share new recipes and places makes all of us better cooks and diners. Your new book looks fantastic and I’m so proud of you for such a beautiful book!

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