Before I begin anything, I’d like to give a huge thank you to everyone who reached out to me and shared their support and love because of my last post. I can’t express how thankful I am for all of you and how honored I am to be trusted with your stories, as well. For those of you that haven’t received a response to your emails, I promise— I’m on it!
So today, I’m doing things a little differently… No recipe, but a big ol’ thank you celebration in the form of a giveaway. This post is to celebrate Hand Made Baking coming out on the 25th, but most importantly— it’s to celebrate literacy.
I’ve teamed up with my amazing publisher, Chronicle Books (trust me, I’m not just saying that— they’re really fab!) on their Give Books campaign. The #GiveBooks campaign is a pledge to share your adoration for reading, supporting local booksellers, and helping promote literacy around the world. I’ve compiled a list of 10 of my very favorite books and I’m giving them away to one lucky reader (more details on that in a minute)
So, here’s the deal with the campaign: For every person that pledges to #GiveBooks through twitter, facebook, pinterest, and other social media platforms this holiday season, Chronicle will donate a book to a child in need through First Book. All you have to do is take a pledge here to help Chronicle Books to donate 10,000 books.
Now, to the ten (10!) books I’ve fallen in love with that I’ll be giving away here this holiday season. All of these books can be purchased through the Chronicle Books website, and here’s a discount code (valid through December 31st; excludes personalized products) that’ll get you 30% off your purchase and free ground shipping: PROMO CODE: GIVEBOOKS
(Scroll down for the Giveaway details ↓)
It’s no secret that I can be quite the sappy romantic; I love letter writing. Letters of Note compiled by Shaun Usher is simply amazing— it’s a brilliantly eclectic compilation of letters of all kinds— romantic, hilarious, historic, lyrical, and so much more. One of my favorite letters, is Ronald Regan’s to his son Mike about marriage, “You’ll never get in trouble if you say ‘I love you’ at least once a day.” YES.
If you’ve not heard of the Huckleberry cookbook, you’re not living. This book redefines breakfast; filled with more than 140 recipes and gorgeous photographs made by Matt Armendariz, this is THE book for for bakers and all-day brunchers.
Josey Baker Bread is a must for any aspiring baker wanting to learn how to make really good bread. He guides you through the basic formula for bread making to complex loaves that you’ll really want to make at home.
Richard Bertinet is the definition of a good teacher. His book, Pastry, is a masterclass of how to make and handle different types of pastry dough, and how to make outrageous things like chocolate cherry tarts, cornish pasties, Italian cookies, and even churros. This book demystifies the craft of pastry making and in a manner that is different from any pastry book you’ll ever read. Bertinet’s instructions are clear-cut, assuring, and guiding— things that definitely make him a fantastic baker and teacher!
If you’ve been to Napa Valley, you’ve probably been to the Model Bakery; if not— GO! This book is a gem, to say the least, and I’m glad to have a little piece of Napa Valley in my home thanks to Karen Mitchell and Sarah Mitchell Hansen. The Model Bakery Cookbook is filled with clear-cut instructions that help instill confidence in any baker that picks up this book. It’s a keeper!
Meringue Girls by Alex Hoffler and Stacey O’Gorman is a book you’ll want to have— not only for their inspiring take on meringue or the great photographs, but because the book is interactive (meaning: you can use your phone to see the great videos they’ve made for the book)! So much fun! The Meringue Girls are definitely doing it right!
I know many people who suffer from celiac’s disease or just cut out gluten to simply better their health. Living a gluten-free lifestyle doesn’t meant dessert is off limits, and Flourless proves just that. Flourless by Nicole Spiridakis is a collection of naturally gluten-free desserts that are equally stunning and delicious and it’s for everyone— no fancy flours or gums needed.
If you’ve been to Paris or read about places to go in France, À La Mère de Famille is definitely one of the places you want to go to; it’s been around for more than 250 years, and the magical displays and beautiful sweet treats are just a couple reasons why. Of the 250 years in business, we can all have a bit of Parisian candy making and baking in our homes for the first time. From Madeleines to Caramels to Marshmallows and Candied Fruits, Julien Merceron and À La Mère de Famille do it right with their captivating photos, history lessons, and bewitching recipes.
The Bread Exchange is an unusually amazing book filled with great writing and lovely photographs. The Bread Exchange is Malin Elmlid’s well-documented journey of bartering her handmade sourdough bread for family recipes, objects of great meaning, and treasured experiences. The book shares these family recipes from around the globe and stories along with her recipes for the most travelled sourdough bread in the world. It’s definitely a must-read.
Rachel Khoo always does it right. UK friends, you might know of her; American friends, if you don’t— you’ve to search videos of this amazing lady on YouTube. She inspires you to want to live in Paris with a tiny kitchen to make easy and delicious French meals. My My Little French Kitchen is Khoo’s love letter to France, her adopted country, in which she chronicles her travels through the French countryside and back to her kitchen where she shares fantastic recipes she developed after visiting the four corners of France. This is the book for Francophiles looking to taste recipes that are approachable, fun, and delicious.
In the comments section below, simply tell me what’s the best book you’ve ever received.
*This giveaway is open to anyone in the US, UK, and Canada. The winner will be announced on December 10th; may the force be with you!
P.S. Check out the other great folks participating in the #GiveBooks campaign…
P.P.S. Hand Made Baking, my book, is available for Pre-Order at the following major retailers. Order your copy now to receive it by November 25th or sooner!
USA: Amazon // Barnes & Noble // Powell’s // Books-A-Million // Chronicle Books
UK: Amazon UK // Blackwell’s // The Book Depository // Waterstones // Abrams & Chronicle Books
Canada: Amazon Canada // Indigo // McNally Robinson