Best Fall Cookbooks + A Giveaway

So. Let me paint you a picture. A few weeks back when I should have been making pretty things for my wedding and baking cookies to put into gift bags for our guests, I decided I should check out Amazon and see what kind of cookbooks were due to come out this fall. Little did I know that I basically added every other book to my shopping cart and spent 2 hours reading about the fabulous cooks that are publishing books in the next few months.

I’m jazzed to say the least. Now that the wedding planning is over, and I can eat whatever I want again because I don’t need to fit into my dress, I’m so excited to get back into the kitchen and cook up a storm!

So, here’s the deal. I picked my 10 most favorite titles that are due out this fall. Some of them were just released, and others are coming out in the next month or so. And I love each and every one of them. And can’t wait to get my hands on them too! And I feel like you should have them too. So let’s do a little giveaway shall we? Just peruse the books that are below, and pick your most favorite one or the one that looks the most like you, leave a comment telling me which cookbook is totally your jam and when I get back from my honeymoon on September 10th, I’ll pick 3 winners and mail ya the books of your choice!!

Sound good?

Okay go!

Aida Mollenkamp’s Keys to the Kitchen: The Essential Reference for Becoming a More Accomplished, Adventurous Cook

Here’s the deal. I love Aida. She is one heck of an amazing person and a dear dear friend of mine. So you should totally have her book. Not to mention her recipes are spot on and I’m not just saying that. I was cooking her recipes way before we were friends. And I trust her recipes to a T!

Weelicious: 140 Fast, Fresh, and Easy Recipes by Catherine McCord

Have a family? Look no further. Catherine, another wonderful friend of mine, has got ya covered! Her recipes will please even the pickiest eater and turn them into an adventurous one! Plus she’s gorgeous. So it’s another must have!

 

Muy Bueno: Three Generations of Authentic Mexican Flavor

Don’t mind me while I disappear into this book for the next 3 months. It’s another gorgeous book with to die for recipes! With 3 generations of recipes going into this book, it’s sure to be a winner in your kitchen!

 

Jerusalem: A Cookbook

I’m obsessed with Yotam. I’m pretty sure if we met in real life we would be great friends. I mean, I love all of his food, so I would just assume that we’d be friends in real life too. Don’t ya think? :) His last cookbook, Plenty, was the inspiration behind so many of my pre-wedding meals. His food is clean, healthy and always flavorful! I can’t wait to dig into his latest!

 

The Sprouted Kitchen: A Tastier Take on Whole Foods

Based on one of my all time favorite blogs, this cookbook dives into the whole grains, whole foods and whole lotta vegetables. Plus the photography is breathtaking!

 

The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook

I mean, who doesn’t know Deb and her fab recipes!! I can’t wait to get this one into my hot little hands and start cooking and baking up a storm a la Deb!

 

Hugo Ortega’s Street Food of Mexico

I think I was meant to spend half of the year in Mexico. I’m just obsessed with Mexican cuisine. (I mean, guacamole in particular – but I love everything else too!) This cookbook, by Hugo Ortega just screamed my name when I came across it on Amazon. I think a street food adventure in Mexico sounds like something I was meant to do!

 

True Food: Seasonal, Sustainable, Simple, Pure

Have you guys ever been to True Food Kitchen? It’s one of my favorite restaurants here in Santa Monica. Want to know why? Because the food is fabulous and you actually leave feeling good! You’re not weighed down in greasy foods or stuffed to the brim with oversized portions. It’s just perfect. And this book is going to fit perfectly in my kitchen.

 

The Picky Palate Cookbook

Have you guys had those life changing oreo stuffed chocolate chip cookies? Well, those are the genius brainchild of my friend Jenny Flake!! And she’s got a new book to go along with her fabulous blog! Jenny’s recipes are fun, playful, delicious and totally good for families! And the photos are gorgeous. Especially because my BFFs, Matt Armendariz and Adam Pearson did the photography and food styling! I worked on set as a food styling assistant too… and let me tell ya, I taste tested each recipe after it came from from it’s beauty shot. Soooo good!

 

Pure Vanilla: Irresistible Recipes and Essential Techniques

And last, but certainly not least, let’s end with something super sweet from my girl Shauna, she’s a total doll! :) With recipes like Honey-Vanilla Granola Clusters, Vanilla Sea Salt Caramels, and Vanilla Mojitos, I think this is going to fit perfectly into my cookbook collection!

 

 

And there you have it. 10 cookbooks. 10 awesome cookbook authors. And a whole lotta new recipes for your Fall season! So what do you think? Which one stands out the most? Leave your thoughts below and I’ll pick winners once I’m back from soaking up every ounce of sun Mexico has to offer!!

 

p.s. if the book you pick is not yet released…. I’ll have it shipped out to you the second it is up for sale!!!

**Update** This contest is now closed. Winners please email me at gaby@whatsgabycooking.com so we can order your books and have them delivered as soon as they come out!!!

And the winners are……

Linda “I’d love Weelicious. My formerly adventurous toddler is becoming a picky preschooler! I’d love some more ideas for dinner.”

Eryn “What a tough pick, those all look amazing. I’d love Muy Bueno for the Mexican side of my family & Jerusalem: A Cookbook for the Israeli side of my family! You should then come over for a potluck, our food is amazing. ;) Congratulations on your wedding. I will give you the advice that was given to me on my wedding day, by my favorite aunt: Love each other deeply. Even when it’s difficult, just love each other deeply. It will carry you through anything that comes your way.”

Ashley @ Wishes for Dishes “I would love Picky Palate cookbook! I am a picky eater, after all :)


432 thoughts on “Best Fall Cookbooks + A Giveaway

  1. I love the idea of the Mexican street food, Hugo Ortega’s Street Food of Mexico. How fun! I love Mexcian cuisine, well, I love what passes here for Mexican cuisine and would love to check out something more authentic.

  2. I love Smitten Kitchen, Picky Palate, and Weelicious so this was a hard one! However, with a little one on the way I think Weelicious would be most helpful :) Congratulations on the wedding and thanks for a great giveaway!

  3. If I could win one of these, I’d pick Weelicious! My 14 month old is becoming a little foodie like his mama, so I want to encourage those eating habits while I can. :)

  4. ‘True Food: Seasonal, Sustainable, Simple, Pure.’ My roomies and I have been trying to learn to live by this mantra for the past year and half since graduating from college! We pursue the local farmer’s market, discovered how to get involved in a local Farm share for the summer and are trying to learn new ways of whipping up tasty, local, good-for-you meals as we navigate the world of adulthood far away from our college caf! Looking at this book, I think Andrew Weil could really teach us a thing or two :)

  5. What an awesome and generous giveaway! Although they all sound amazing, I would love to have a copy of Andrew Weil’s book. I love cooking seasonal and local as I believe that is when you can really taste the true flavors of food, as his title suggests!

  6. I would love the smitten kitchen cookbook! I’ve tried several of Deb’s recipe, always with huge success!

  7. What an amazing collection of cookbooks. The Pure Vanilla cookbook really stands out to me for some reason. Maybe it’s that delicious cupcake on the cover:)

  8. so hard to pick just one…but I’m really excited about Jerusalem! I loved his book Plenty and I bet this will amazing too. Enjoy your honeymoon!!

  9. First, congratulations! I’m looking forward to the photos. Second, wow what a giveaway! It is so hard to choose just one. I don’t think I would be sad to get any one of them, but I will say The Sprouted Kitchen.

  10. Congrats on your wedding you were a beautiful bride. I will be cooking great and tasty meals for my family this fall.

  11. Oh wow … these all sound great, but I have to try to limit my cookbook collection new additions to things that I either do not have or will use a lot. I narrowed the list down to Hugo Ortega’s Street Food of Mexico.

    Congratulations on the wedding and I hope that you are having/will have an AMAZING honeymoon!

  12. That’s a hard one – they all look good! I think I’d have to pick Aida’s, but could curl up and read any of them and be happy.

  13. Uh oh! I counted no less than 5 cookbooks I must own. If I have to pick one above all others, I would select Jerusalem. You got me with clean, healthy and flavorful. That is exactly the style of cooking I have been embracing to teach and nourish my teenage daughters. Thank you!

  14. Yowza – fantastic giveaway. I always love adding cookbooks to my collection. I think I’m going to have to go with fellow food blogger Deb’s Smitten Kitchen Cookbook. Thanks so much for the opportunity to enter, and enjoy that honeymoon!!

  15. Have an awesome honeymoon!
    It is a toss between Smitten Kitchen and Picky Palate for me. I love both their blogs and would really like either cookbook!

  16. Tough call! I guess Hugo Ortega’s Street Food of Mexico tops the list as my favorite of the 10 books listed. I love your blog. Keep up the great work.

  17. Wow! These cookbooks are amazing! I would love them all, but I reallly want to get my hands on the Picky Palate cookbook!

  18. S.O.S. Gaby! I’m a Colorado native living in Eastern PA and my absolute favorite cuisine is Mexican!! … not a popular choice here … MUY BUENO looks delightful and might be the perfect answer to help me satisfy my cravings!

    Best of luck wishes for your wedding and honeymoon!

  19. Hola! I love the name “Muy Bueno!” I love the pictures and I love the recipes! Today is my birthday and I am asking for this cook book! Much continued success and blessings!

    Buen Provecho!
    Maria

  20. I subscribed to your blog first, because it is literally mouthwatering, and second, because I’ve just made a mid-year resolution to learn how to cook things a little more interesting than my current kind of sad list of go-to meals. Aida’s book looks perfect for me, with its focus on the foundation of good cooking! :)

  21. Oh, this is hard! I guess I will pick Smitten Kitchen – love that blog. All of these books look awesome! What a difficult choice. Thanks for offering the giveaway.

  22. Oh! I would love to have Hugo Ortega’s Street Food of Mexico! My husband and I were married in Mexico, and we’re in love with everything about the country … especially the food!

  23. Love the Smitten Kitchen site, can’t wait for the book. Muy Bueno is a close second! Enjoy your holiday weekend!

  24. Can’t wait to have you back into the kitchen to cook up a storm. Cos that also means I can get inspired by your wonderful recipes. The book Muy Bueno is my top pick. I have many cookbooks but not one with Mexican recipe. I would definitely love to learn more.

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

  25. Keys to the Kitchen… I think it would be a great gift for my daughter, who is not adventurous at all in the kitchen!

  26. Dying to read Smitten Kitchen — have been loving Deb’s blog almost as long as she’s been writing it. I always know I can count on her for a recipe that works.

  27. I already have the Muy Bueno Cookbook on pre-order. I have cooked a LOT of their recipes featured on their blog, and every one is a winner and very popular at our family gatherings! So – of all the others, I would have to choose the other Mexican cookbook – Hugo Ortega’s Street Food of Mexico. Congratulations on getting married soon! VERY EXCITING! :)

  28. I have seem some of the recipes from Muy Bueno cookbook. Those take me back to when my Grandmother and my Mother were alive.
    Happy memories, thanks!

  29. I know there are a lot of mexican cookbooks out there, but Muy Bueno cookbook really has to be one of the tastiest and the only one on my list!

  30. Ohhh I am so excited for all the books coming out this fall. I truly can’t wait to get my hands on Smittens and Picky Palates masterpieces and now I too have to head over to Amazon to see what I can see! Thanks for sharing!!

  31. Oh man, soooo many great choices! I have to say, though, I absolutely love Smitten Kitchen, so that’s my vote. Thanks so much for the giveaway, and Congratulations!

  32. I have been waiting for the Smitten Kitchen cookbook ever since it was announced! Smitten Kitchen is the first food blog I stumbled upon when I was out of college. I think I was Googling around for cupcakes and found Deb’s carrot cake cupcakes with maple cream cheese frosting. Ever since, it’s been one of my go to food blogs and I can’t wait for the cookbook! Have fun in Mexico!

  33. I would not know which to decide between Muy Bueno Cookbook and ….. Muy Bueno Cookbook ! I have already tried a bunch of these recipes through their blog http://www.muybuenocookbook.com and it would be hard to believe that i was never quite the chef in the kitchen. If i would rate it, i would give it 10 stars!

  34. I’ve known about a few of these, but thanks so much for making me aware of the others!! All of these are great choices, but if I had to pick… I’d say I’m definitely interested in the Muy Bueno cookbook. Why? I love the idea of a multi-generational recipe cookbook and I really want to learn how to make dishes other than the typical enchiladas, tacos and quesadillas!

  35. OMG-
    Th Sprouted Kitchen I guess if If I have to pick one! They all look amazing!!!!! AMAZING!
    Thanks for the information & for this giveaway! So exciting.

  36. Weelicious looks perfect for our family… So tired of cooking two different meals to entice the young one to eat…

  37. First, Felicidades from Tucson on your wedding! This is so hard to just pick one as they all look great. I think the one that would most represent me would be Hugo Ortega’s Street Food of Mexico but would also like Aida’s Keys to the Kitchen to share with my daughter who is starting to get into the kitchen and experiment. I love your blog. Keep up the good work.

  38. First off, let me just say I totally get what you mean about being “besties” with Hugo Ortega – after reading your post, I feel the same way about you! I just posted on Instagram about cookbooks wondering what everyone’s favorites are and now here YOU are talking about cookbooks too. It’s internet friendship bliss :) (See the cookbook responses if you like…I’m @bakesweetlove on IG).

    Now, which to choose?! I love them all! I love the idea of Weelicious and the “One familly One meal” thing because that is sort of our rule in this house….mom doesn’t run a restaurant. New recipes and inspiration are always needed! But then again, Muy Bueno sounds perfecto since I think in another life I was Mexican and have just totally forgotten how to actually cook Mexican food. I could eat Mexican for breakfast, lunch and dinner!! And then, there is anything that has to do with baking…Pure Vanilla sounds wonderful! But I couldn’t leave Jenny’s Picky Palate off my list! I adore her blog as well! So I’d say….I’d be happy with any of them. They all look wonderful! I may just have to do a bit of Amazon “window shopping” myself!

  39. Man! How do I chose just one? I already pre-ordered smitten kitchen and plan to get Sprouted Kitchen, so I think I would chose Jerusalem. They all look great!

  40. I would choose True Food: Seasonal, Sustainable, Simple, Pure. This basically sums up the way I want to eat everyday! Not to mention that cover photo is gorgeous. Sprouted Kitchen caught my eye as well…I just might have to order that one for myself! :)

  41. All of these sound wonderful, but I love the sound of Aida’s cookbook. I really enjoy cooking and would love to become more adventurous with it.

  42. I can’t wait for Aida Mollenkamp’s new cookbook to come out. I actually have it on pre-order through Amazon! I would love to read, Muy Bueno: Three Generations of Authentic Mexican Flavor….we cook Mexican food about 3 times a week in my house and I don’t have a Mexican cookbook! :)

  43. I can’t pick, really! But I’ll say Mexican Street Food as I hadn’t heard of it before this post. The others are in my cart already at amazon. I have to narrow it down somehow.

  44. I’m a fairly new subscriber to your blog and I just love it! Your recipes and photos always have me drooling. My husband and I have tried a number of them in the last month or two :) Yum! I’d totally be into the Weelicious cookbook. My 3 kids are pretty good about trying new foods, but sometimes I find myself lacking the inspiration–not to mention it can be difficult finding fast and easy recipes in order to reduce my time wielding a knife with a two-year-old around! I’d especially love it if it means they could be involved in the cooking process a little more. What a fun blog :)

  45. So hard to choose! I guess I would pick Muy Bueno. I would love to have authentic Mexican recipes to make at home!

  46. I would definitely have to say the True Food one looks right up my alley. I’m trying to eat healthier without feeling restricted (aka not a “diet”) so this looks perfect! Enjoy your honeymoon :)

  47. I would love the chance to win: Aida Mollenkamp’s Keys to the Kitchen: The Essential Reference for Becoming a More Accomplished, Adventurous Cook; and the other ones that I would love to delve into would be: The Sprouted Kitchen: A Tastier Take on Whole Foods; Jerusalem: A Cookbook: The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook; and True Food: Seasonal, Sustainable, Simple, Pure. It was hard to choose just one, but maybe you can help me make that decision!!! :)

  48. Weelicious, Muy Bueno, and Street Food of Mexico look like they would be really good, but if I had to pick only one it would be Muy Bueno.

  49. Not gonna lie, this was hard to chose the one that stood out the most. But I give it to Aida! This is exactly what I need to step things up in the kitchen. I need to get away from my regular 5 dishes I make. And it would make a perfect gift since I’m getting married on 9/15! My future hubby will thank you ;)

  50. This is a tough choice, but Keys to the Kitchen would be great!

    I think I’m pretty good in the kitchen, but would love some tips to get better. I probably need Weelicious more (with my squirmy little 2 1/2-year old), but Keys to the Kitchen would be something just for me. :)

  51. You get married and we get a gift! :) Weelicious is totally on my list – I have the most difficult eater ever on my hands and can use all the help I can get!

  52. Oh my goodness . . . how to choose just one that stands out?! The Sprouted Kitchen has been on my Wish List since I first saw it . . . but the rest look just as intriguing — True Food, especially! Thanks for the chance!

  53. I am going to have to go with Muy Bueno! I am obsessed with Mexican food as much as you are if not more! And I love their blog!!

  54. What a delicious lineup of cookbooks to launch us into fall! I have ‘Plenty’..and have loved every recipe in it! This time around I will choose something new… The Sprouted Kitchen is my pick. Thank you and congratulations on your new marriage! Cheers!

  55. This is the best Mexican cookbook. The recipes are so close to my mother’s cooking. I was not able to copy all of my mother’s and family’s recipes before leaving Mexico. I can honestly say this is real Mexican home cooking. Thanks for the chance for the give away.
    Adios!

  56. Street Foods of Mexico or Muy Bueno, being Mexican American and wanting to learn more of my own culture and foods and keeping the traditions alive is important.. thank you for the giveaway.. Good luck all.

  57. They all look fabulous! The Smitten Kitchen is my pick! I love Deb’s blog and would love to add her cookbook to my wonderful collection….cooking, baking are what “jams” me!
    Thank you!

  58. Pure Vanilla looks like pure delight for me!!! I love the simplicity and richness of anything vanilla. Ithis book couldn’t be any more perfect for me! :0) Enjoy your vacay!

  59. Definitely the Weelicious cookbook. I have been following Catherine’s site since I became a new mom 3 years ago and use her recipes all the time for my family. My son loves everything I make of hers. I get so many great ideas and love her easy and wholesome food approach. Would love to have her cookbook in my collection!!!

  60. Aida book looks right up my alley: Aida Mollenkamp’s Keys to the Kitchen: The Essential Reference for Becoming a More Accomplished, Adventurous Cook. Becoming a better cook and cooking more interesting meals was a new year’s resolution of mine that I’m still working on. :-)

  61. What a great giveaway! I would love to win the Jerusalem cookbook. The hopeful story behind the book, with Yotam from the Jewish side and Sami from the Arab side is so inspiring and I bet the recipes are amazing!

  62. They all sound so enticing but I have to go with “Jerusalem” because I fell in love with Yotam’s food with “Plenty”.
    Fingers crossed for sure.

  63. I want them all, I have yours on order and since I LOVE Mexican Food so I choose:
    Hugo Ortega’s Street Food of Mexico
    I love street food and if I had my way there would be some on every corner in Woodstock, Georgia!
    I know, I know, wishful thinking but maybe one day!

  64. They are all standouts, but I truly yearn for Jerusalem. Ottolenghi is amazing and I would love to spend days cooking with him – in person preferably, but for now, I’ll settle for cooking with one of his books. PS – Congrats on your wedding and best wishes for a joyous honeymoon.

  65. Wow this is generous and confusing:)!!! I of course want all of these, they are all on my “going to buy” book list. But if I had to choose one right now, it would be Muy Bueno! Thank for the giveaway, and have a wonderful honeymoon.

  66. I would love to have so many of these but especially the Weelicious cookbook. I’m dying for more inspiration to feed my growing family healthy meals.

  67. My pick is Jerusalem. And why? Because Yotam Ottolenghi is a culinary genius! I’ve been working my way through Plenty and even featured it on my blog. I’m constantly amazed at the flavors and textures in his recipes. Am anxiously awaiting the release of Jerusalem. Can’t wait to see what he’s cooking up.

  68. I use to go to Cabo San Lucas once a year for an all girls vacation. A few of us have lost our job so, I haven’t been there in 4 years. I miss the hot weather and laying out by the pool but, what I missed most is the food. I would love to have the Mexican Street Food cookbook.

  69. I want them all! lol but I could narrow em down to two. I would love to have the Pure Vanilla Cookbook cause I love baking and finding good vanilla recipes. I also love Muy Bueno cookbook… my husband loves mexican food and out where we live we don’t have a good mexican restaurant so I think it would be awesome to make his mexican cuisine dreams come true! haha (:

  70. Wow. It’s a 4-way tie for me! Jerusalem or True Food or The Sprouted Kitchen or Pure Vanilla. I may have to buy them anyway!!

  71. This is a tough call but I have to go with Muy Bueno!
    I happened upon their Fiesta Bruschetta recipe a few years ago, and somehow accidentally subscribed to the blog : ) After receiving a few e-mails I came to adore the unique recipes, with authentic ingredients and watched their online presence grow. I can’t wait to add this one to my cookbook collection and try the recipes!

    http://www.muybuenocookbook.com/2010/11/fiesta-bruschetta/

  72. I have Pure Vanilla on my wishlist already being a huge fan of Vanilla. I was always the odd one out when I was a kid and would choose vanilla ice cream over chocolate!
    However I really like the looks of the Weelicious and Picky Palate being a mom of two adorable girls who don’t always eat or even want to try what we’re having! I think I may be adding them to my wishlist!! ;0)
    This is a great giveaway! Thank you!

  73. Muy Bueno!! I have had my eye on that cookbook ever since I saw Matt’s video. Oh me, oh my! Love their blog, too. Have a fabulous honeymoon!!!

  74. I would have to go with Hugo Ortega’s cookbook. His restaurant is in Houston and everything he makes is fantastic. You will really enjoy his cookbook!

  75. The Sprouted Kitchen would be my favorite! I have been wanting to use more sprouts in my cooking…just don’t have many recipes or know how besides bean sprout.

  76. Love Pure Vanilla …. Have been looking at that book . Work in a Cafe at a sheila k-12 and I am trying to teach them what good food taste like. The school lunch program in our country is horrible and we need real cooks to show the kids another way . Thanks for your blog , I get many ideas I share with the kids .

  77. I would love Aida Mollenkamp’s Keys to the Kitchen: The Essential Reference for Becoming a More Accomplished, Adventurous Cook. I’m getting married next year and need some great new recipes for my hubby-to-be! :)

  78. Well, I’ve already pre-ordered the Weelicious cookbook. I would love to try the Picky Palate to make meals my whole family will eat, including my picky 4 year old. The Smitten Kitchen book looks awesome too!

  79. Oh, this is hard…I love cookbooks! I have 4 shelves of them in my kitchen, with more in the cupboards and in boxes. But, if I had to pick one, I’d say The Smitten Kitchen. Thanks for such an awesome giveaway!

  80. I am obsessed with all foods with a Mexican flavor, so i vote for Muy Bueno! Besides, you are honeymooning in Mexicao–you can’t go wrong because the food is always great!

  81. Muy Bueno looks amazing but so does the weelicious… and the vanilla one… yah that’d fit in my collection too! Thanks for the low down on what’s comin’… Looks like I’ll be browsing Amazon too. Enjoy Mexico :)

  82. This is a great giveaway idea! Happy to see someone loves to try new foods and recipes too. I try to eat as healthy and as “natural” as I possibly can on a budget — which means a lot of making my own food. Thankfully I really enjoy it! The Sprouted Kitchen or True Food cookbooks are right up my alley, and it would be a lovely surprise to get either of these.

  83. Such a great giveaway and such great choices you made.. But as I have been looking forward to the Sprouted Kitchen cookbook ever since they announced it one and a half years ago, it would have to be that one :) (It has not yet been released here in Europe!)

  84. Keys to the Kitchen looks like a great book to add to my collection. Thanks for the giveaway & I hope your honeymoon was blissful!

  85. I love mexican food so my favorites-1st-Muy Bueno: Three Generations of Authentic Mexican Flavor and 2nd-Hugo Ortega’s Street Food of . Thank you for this wonderful givaway!

  86. All the books look amazing…

    Pure Vanilla: Irresistible Recipes and Essential Techniques
    can’t live without desserts….:)

    The Picky Palate Cookbook looks just awesome…:)

  87. I must admit that Smitten Kitchen has always been more than inspiring to me… so it’s my choice by default LOL

    I’ve discovered a few in that list so I will look them up when they come up…Amazon is our modern day window shopping!

    Thanks for the giveaway.

  88. Oh my goodness! Pick just one? I would have to choose Smitten Kitchen. Love Deb’s blog. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  89. I think that Sprouted Kitchen looks fantastic (but I added a whole bunch of them to my cart on Amazon so I’d be happy with any of them!)

  90. So many of these books look amazing, but my first pick would have to be Shauna’s Pure Vanilla! Have a wonderful time on your honeymoon! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  91. I am already a fan of Weelicious as my husband loves every recipe I try and my daughter…well, she’s getting there. I really need this book of yumminess.

  92. Pure Vanilla for me. I always order fresh beans online and am always looking for new ways to use them. The cover of the book looks gorgeous. Happy honeymooning!

  93. Wow, it’s so hard to choose just one! I think I’ll have to go with the Picky Palate Cookbook, though.

    Enjoy your honeymoon :)

  94. May Bueno’s Authentic Mexican cookbook sounds superb! I took a trip last year with my oldest and dearest girlfriends to Mexico. We found a restaurant that made the most delicious Huevos Rancheros and I could not get enough! I have since added “making killer Huevos Rancheros” on my food bucket list! My husband and children LOVE to eat Mexican food. This would be a winner for us!

    Congratulations on your wedding! My husband and I celebrated 21 years this past June. Wishing you many years of happiness, health and love!

  95. Jerusalem: A Cookbook looks superfabulous! I would so love to learn about it, and ohgoodgolly Yotam is a genius! Plenty is one of my favorite cookbooks. :)
    Many thanks!

  96. Muy Bueno! I live in what I consider the Southwest and am always looking for more authentic cookbooks to try. Looks fantastic!

  97. Street Food of Mexico just jumped out at me!!! I love eating street food everywhere I go, and the insights that you get into a culture and their relationship with different ingredients and foods when you snack at food carts, markets, and cantinas. I’ve always loved Mexican food, but after living in Guatemala where there are so many culinary influences similar to those found in Mexican cuisine (and eating at least one meal or snack a day on the street !), I became enthralled by it. I mean, ceviche and elote are just the beginning! I’m so excited about this book!

  98. I like The Picky Palate cookbook, i love how Jenny Flake has the family friendly recipes. I also love how she makes the cooking fun. I would love to have this cookbook and share all the great recipes with my family and friends. Thanks :)

  99. You have three cookbooks on that list that are must buys when I have the spare money.

    I’m a chemistry graduate student and a vegetarian, which is not really an unheard of combination, but it is one that lends itself to wanting to eat and cook a lot of delicious vegetables without much time to prepare the food.

    Recently, I spent two weeks with my Turkish friend during a time turmoil for her. She had me there for moral support and insisted on cooking for me (eventually, I did get her to allow me to help with the cleaning and cooking, yay, small victories). Previously, I had enjoyed her cooking over shared lunches and a dinner party that featured amazing although complicated dishes, but spending time with her in that apartment, I got a much different impression of Turkish food. Yes, it can be really involved, but there are also incredibly quick ways to prepare filling and delicious meals made from fresh ingredients. It seemed more like a skill set than knowing recipes. My friend easily altered meat centric dishes for my dietary preferences. I saw her make yogurt, cheese, and simit with little effort. She inspired me, and I’ve expanded my cooking. Breakfast has opened up into a new world where I can have eggs with some bread with figs and cheese alongside cucumbers and tomatoes speckled with sumac. Lunch and dinner can be delicious and fast. Of course, she left me wanting to know more, and I’ve been seeking out other sources from which to learn.

    Jerusalem caught my eye when I was on Amazon one day. It combines the flavors of Jerusalem and its history into one cookbook. I love reading about food as well as preparing it. Jerusalem is a melting pot of different culinary heritages, one of which is Turkish. I think that this book would be a lovely point to jump off into other cultures while expanding on something that I’ve already learned about.

    Best of luck with your wedding!

  100. The Picky Palate was right up my alley. My family calls me the pickiest eater and I think I have given birth to two picky eaters as well. I think the cheesy chicken pot pie and the nutella-banana stuffed french toast looked great. I would love to try all these recipes. Enjoy your honeymoon!

    • She’s not lying, she’ unbelievably picky. Putting sauce on pasta was a big leap for her. Forget any kind of seafood. Throw out any meal with meat cooked below charcoal level. Any kind of spice in food…not a chance.

  101. I would go for Jerusalem: A Cookbook, its a mix of food I enjoy but don’t really make and would love to add it in. Maybe even find something different that the picky eater wife would enjoy.

  102. Keys to the Kitchen sounds right up my alley. I love to cook and have the basics+ mastered. This book sounds like it would be great to getting to the next level of cooking !!
    Also congrats on your wedding and hope the honeymoon was awesome !!

  103. they all sound amazing! I would have to say smitten kitchen as Deb’s blog besides yours of course is the one i use the most! thanks!

  104. Can’t wait for Deb’s Smitten Kitchen cookbook! It will save me having to search her blog for my fave recipes when I have the wonderful hard copy in my hands to splatter ingredients upon and dog-ear away!!!

  105. Either True Food or Essential Keys to the kitchen. Both look very good. I have tried Aidia’s recipes before with much success however the True Food seems to mirror the way I have been trying to cook lately!!

  106. Enjoy Mexico! I’d love any one of those books, but I’m glad you did this post – there are a few great ones that I didn’t even know were coming out!

  107. I just can’t get enough Mexican…recipes, instruction, history…this cookbook is full of it all and so beautiful! I would love a copy in my kitchen!

  108. I wouldn’t even know where to start…Street Food of Mexico but then i’d have to get distracted and fall into Smitten Kitchen because I love her blog. I “met” her blog through her gateau de crepes and I never looked back. Then again, Pure Vanilla?
    Any one of these 10 would make me happy!!!

  109. Food is one of the great connectors of people and culture. It’s one of the things that invokes great memories and connections and friendships. So what could be better than a book on street food from the great culture to our south. Street Food of Mexico sounds perfect for just that kind of experience….invite your friends to share a meal with a story and they’re guaranteed to remember it.

  110. Wow, tough choice! The Sprouted Kitchen cook book, Smitten Kitchen, and Jerusalem are my top pics. If I had to choose just one of those (probably I’ll end up buying all three…) I think I’d go with Sprouted Kitchen. I’m seeing so many beautiful recipes from it popping up on the blogosphere, and I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of my own! I hope you’ve had an amazing honeymoon!!!

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  112. I would love to have Weelicious…I am constantly making two dinners, one for the adults, and one for the kids. It has to stop!! :)

  113. True Food … sounds good. Simple … pure … natural … these are the words that come to mind. Since I’m a minimalist by nature, this books resonates with me. Would love to check it out !!

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  115. “Pure Vanilla” sounds like a great cook book! I just bought 25 vanilla beans online, so I need some new recipes to try with them! :)

  116. Since I am a passionate nut about mexican food, I choose Muy Bueno: Three Generations of Authentic Mexican Flavor ….yum! thank you!

  117. The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook, it was the first food blog I ever followed or attempted recipes from so it will always have a special place in my kitchen.

  118. I’d love to have the Smitten Kitten Cookbook, thank you. I’m glad you’ve had fun in Florida. We spent the Labor Day weekend in Seaside Beach. We are native Floridians and can’t live without the humidity. Our falls are great here so come back soon!

  119. Oh Picky Palate or Smitten Kitchen both make my tummy growl no doubt. Enjoy this special and marking time in your life.
    You are blessed

  120. Oh my — All of these look so amazing! I’ve already pre-orderd the Smitten Kitchen cookbook. If you pick my name, I’ll have trouble deciding on 3, but I know I will….

  121. There were three which called my name, Jerusalem, Street Food of Mexico, and Pure Vanilla. But, having to just pick one, I would pick Jerusalem. I love cookbooks which have a heavy ethnic bent to them. Gastronomical delights!

  122. Oh my goodess, I want them all!! I guess if I would hav to choose though, the Keys to the Kitchen book would be a great one to have on hand!

  123. Ugh, too many choices for a total cookbook junkie like me. I love Picky Palate but Plain Vanilla and Weelicious look great too and of course I love smitten kitchen.

  124. The Pure Vanilla cookbook looks so good! I love making my own vanilla but can never come up with enough ways to use it.

  125. Gee whiz! A girl has to CHOOSE?!?!? I NEED True Food….. (But I want Muy Bueno and Smitten Kitchen!! I guess I’ll have to buy at least two either way, then, right?!?!? Dang that Amazon wish list…..)

  126. Why have you made this so hard?!?!? :) It’s a tough choice between Picky Palate and Smitten Kitchen but, if forced to choose one…I have to go with Smitten Kitchen. Deb has never done me wrong so I’m certain I would wind up making and loving every single recipe in that book!

  127. Congratulations! Hope you’re having a blast on your honeymoon :) I think Key’s to the Kitchen would be an outstanding read for me as I try to delve more into cooking often! Thanks!

  128. They all look wonderful. I think I would choose The Sprouted Kitchen as I am trying to eat healthier, but Smittten Kitchen is a close second. Congratulations on your marriage!

  129. I recently discovered your blog and I love it. This is a terrific giveaway idea!! I might have to borrow it, giving credit where it’s due, of course. :) I would love Street Food in Mexico, I think (though they all look fantastic). I’m obsessed with all things Mexican and Tex-Mex food, I can’t ever get enough.

  130. Wow…awesome selection and really hard to pick one. After much thought and a quick eeny-meeny-minee-mo, I pick The Sprouted Kitchen. Please and thank you.

  131. True Food looks like my favorite! I love to cook with local food – Simple dishes can be so flavorful and quick. As a mom on the go all the time that is essential!

  132. Wow! Thanks for the list of cookbooks – I’ve now joined three new cooking blogs. Pure Vanilla looks phenomenal – particularly for my daughter who loves to take deep whiffs of Penzey’s Mexican Vanilla. I think it has healing properties. And an author who names a recipe Blueberry Boy Bait? I want to party with her!

  133. Aida Mollenkamp’s Keys to the Kitchen! I’ve just really started cooking and baking in the past year and this book sounds like an amazing tool for branching out and becoming a better cook :)

  134. I’d love Weelicious. My formerly adventurous toddler is becoming a picky preschooler! I’d love some more ideas for dinner.

  135. Hi Gaby:

    How generous and gracious of you!

    I’m hoping that this contest is open to Canadians!

    There are two I’m torn between “Jerusalem” and “Smitten Kitchen”.
    It been a tough decision but I decided to go with

    Deb Perlman’s “Smitten Kitchen”. I’m on her blog and trust and love her recipes.

    Have a Joyful Day :~D
    Charlie

  136. Wow. These are great cookbooks. My top three are Jerusalem, Weelicious, and Keys to the Kitchen. To choose just one, I think I’d go with Jerusalem.

    Have an awesome honeymoon!!!!

  137. Oh goodness, what a decision you will have to make, Gaby! I just read all the descriptions and reviews on Amazon, and I think that “Aida Mollenkamp’s Keys to the Kitchen” is at the very tip-top of my list. I know my way around the kitchen when it comes to baking, but it’s the savory cooking that I struggle with!! Which is why I make the same things over and over again! I could totally use the how-to tips to make me feel more confident and at ease when cooking dinner!!!

    Hope you are having a fabulous honeymoon!!!

  138. I would love the smitten kitchen cookbook! (Or the Picky Palate cookbook…choices…I’ll stick with the other one, though, I think.)

  139. Oh no! you just added at least 4 or 5 new books to my wish list and it was long enough as it is :)
    I’m torn between a few but have been following Deb at Smitten Kitchen for a while and love her yummy recipes and the way she writes so that one is a must have. Congratulations on your wedding hope you have a fabulous honeymoon. I must go update my amazon wishlist now…..Cheers, J

  140. I enjoyed reading about all of these cookbooks, but the one that really stands out for me would be the Muy Bueno!! I have LOVED (seriously…. LOVE!!!) Mexican food ever since I was a kid… and have lived in TX most of my adult life, and I STILL can NOT get enough of Mexican food!! The description of this book had me from the very beginning with the invitation of “Sientate a comer”!! That just REALLY makes me want to sit down & dig in! :) And how can you possibly go wrong with 3 generations of family cooking up some of my all-time FAV yumminess??!? I don’t think that’s at all possible!! ;) LOL

    Thank you so much for offering this amazing giveaway!! And Congratulations on the wedding!

  141. Whoa I’m smitten with the Smitten Kitchen cook book! I’ll be looking for the Pure Vanilla book too. Wow. Now I want a cupcake.

  142. I would absolutely love Keys to the Kitchen or True Food… and of course would never turn down Pure Vanilla, either! I love a good dessert cookbook :)

  143. I can’t believe you are doing all of this right before your wedding! Thank you for sharing with others. I loved the entire collection but think Keys to the Kitchen is my favorite because it would help me with technique and the last section called Riff is so me–love to riff in the kitchen unfortunately it does not always work but I love to try. Have a wonderful wedding celebration!

  144. I would love the Smitten Kitchen cookbook!!! I started following Deb when I was in college and didn’t have any idea what I wanted to do with my life… Thanks to her, I’m pursuing a career in the food industry!!

  145. I pick Jerusalem, mainly because it’s not something I would normally order, but Deb of smitten kitchen just made something from his previous book, so I’m excited to see what other recipes are in the new one.

  146. My number one favorite would be the Picky Palate cookbook by Jenny Flake. Who could compete with Oreo stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies?

    My second favorite would be Street Food of Mexico.

  147. Oh, it’s all about the Smitten Kitchen book for me. I discovered the blog last year, and I’m still working my way through the archives. I can’t WAIT for this cookbook!!!

  148. The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook! I’ve been following Deb for years and I’m so happy her cookbook is FINALLY coming out! I can’t wait to see what she invented in there.

  149. Wow. This is an AMAZING list of cookbooks! The Sprouted Kitchen appeals to me most because it appears to take simple ingredients and make them into decadent masterpieces! Healthy cooking can be so bland (a grilled piece of chicken and a side of broccoli) and I’d love to learn how to use fresh, healthy ingredients to make more interesting meals. I’d also like to try some new vegetables and what better way than with a fun recipe from a great cookbook!?!

  150. I am so, so excited for the Smitten Kitchen cookbook. Almost everything that I make and subsequently get requests from the family to make again is from her website. I’m sure I will love the book just as much!

  151. The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook would be my first choice because I love Deb, her writing and her recipes. Aida’s Keys to the Kitchen and the Pure Vanilla cookbooks also speak to me. Can you tell that I love cookbooks? It would be absolutely wonderful to win any one of them!

    maggie

  152. Cannot express how excited I am for the Smitten Kitchen cookbook, I’ve followed the blog for years. Deb gets dinner on my table!

  153. Without a doubt the book I covet is Deb Perelman’s, The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook. Her blog was one of the first food blogs I ever visited. Her pictures render even food I don’t care for, drool worthy…

  154. I awaited with so much anticipation Deb’s recipes as soon as they are posted as much as I long for another picture of Jacob <3

  155. Pure Vanilla… I love that vanilla is so common yet you can do so much with it! I want to get *good* vanilla, nad this book would be the perfect excuse!

  156. I would love to have a copy of The Smitten Kitchen! Her website is fabulous and I’ve never made a recipe of hers that wasn’t fantastic. Thanks!

  157. Smitten Kitchen!! I’ve been following her blog for years, ever since a friend made Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes- mmmmmm they were good! Her blueberry boy bait is a summer staple in my kitchen, and I wouldn’t even know about shakshuka if not for her.

  158. been reading smitten kitchen for a few years and every single cake i’ve made since has come from that site. that book is a must-have in my apartment. congrats on the wedding, btw.

  159. What a tough pick, those all look amazing.

    I’d love Muy Bueno for the Mexican side of my family & Jerusalem: A Cookbook for the Israeli side of my family! You should then come over for a potluck, our food is amazing. ;)

    Congratulations on your wedding. I will give you the advice that was given to me on my wedding day, by my favorite aunt:

    Love each other deeply. Even when it’s difficult, just love each other deeply. It will carry you through anything that comes your way.

  160. Love love love Ottonlenghi. I have heard great things about Jerusalem and can’t wait to get my hands on it and start cooking.

  161. true foods , spourted kitchen and smitten kitchen would all be near the top of my list – but really they all look interesting for different reasons.

  162. Aida Mollenkamps’s cookbook, “Keys to the Kitchen” is rocking!:) I love everything about it! Her style of cooking is simple yet complex in taste. The combinations she puts together, makes me want to get into the Kitchen and cook. To me her book is the winner hands down! I could go on and on! Go, Aida! :)

    Thanks for letting us into your world and providing it to us food lovers in the world! :)

  163. The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook would be the ultimate prize for me. I stumbled upon her blog a few months ago and I was enjoying it so much I went back and read the entire thing from the beginning! This would just be the icing on a very delicious self baked (possibly monkey shaped) cake.

    -Sequoia

  164. I would love the Keys to the Kitchen cookbook. I tend to cook the same things all the time and would love to master new cooking techniques. Pure Vanilla looks wonderful too!

    Congratulations on getting married! Thanks for a great giveaway!

  165. I visited my sister, who recently moved to London, and was enchanted by Ottolenghi while I was there. His restaurants were a delight for every sense. I am just finishing my degree in education and my life is turning the corner from student to independent adult. I would love to have Jerusalem. It is a cookbook unlike anything I have in my meagre collection of Joy of Cooking and Rachael Ray. Thank you for all your lovely recipes and congratulations on your nuptials!!

  166. I’d love the Smitten Kitchen cookbook! Smitten Kitchen is the very first food blog I ever read! Congratulations on your wedding and thanks for the giveaway :)

  167. True food sounds amazing! We also visited the restaurant in our honeymoon and it was amazing! We live in Spain so it would be wonderful to get a little taste of santa monica on the other side of the world :)

  168. All these books look great, but the one I would most like to WIN is Jerusalem. I know I will buy The Smitten Kitchen to support Deb, but Jerusalem would be an extravagance for me to buy in spite of the fact that I have the other two Ottolenghi books and adore them

  169. Oooh I would lurve The Picky Palate cookbook! I have such a huge sweet tooth and just the cover of that book makes me hungry!

  170. Pure vanilla looks so yummy! I am late to the vanilla bean band wagon, but now that i am on, i am embracing them wholeheartedly!!

  171. hmmm. they all look good–and the smitten kitchen one is currently sitting in my amazon cart–but i think i have to say jerusalem. i’m intrigued. and love yotam.

  172. Jerusalem The Cookbook, if its anything like Plenty I just know I will love!!! I drool. I daydream. I salivate over cookbooks.

  173. I would LOVE Aida Mollenkamp’s Keys to the Kitchen: The Essential Reference for Becoming a More Accomplished, Adventurous Cook. I love to cook and love recipes. I want to get better at creating dishes :)

  174. I am looking forward to Smitten Kitchen, Picky Palate and one that isn’t listed here – the new Ina Garten Barefoot Contessa book. I just adore her recipes. They are easy to make and so impressive to look at.

    Enjoy your honeymoon! Congratulations.

  175. I lovelovelove Picky Palate! Jenny’s recipes are so amazing and it inspires me that she’s just an average mom that has a way above average kind of humor and creativity. I would love the Picky Palate cookbook!

  176. Wow! This is hard because they all look amazing but if I had to pick one I would start out with Aida Mollenkamps…looks the most versatile!

  177. Oh, I want “Jerusalem”!!!! One of my favorite places in the whole world, with some seriously good food…would love to be able to recreate some of it at home.

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  179. I would love the Muy Bueno: Three Generations of Authentic Mexican Flavor…it sounds great….three generations of cooking!

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