Last year Chronicle Books held a giveaway where bloggers posted a wishlist of $500 worth of Chronicle Books, and one of those blogs as well as one of the people who commented on the winning blog post both won the entire wishlist. And $500 can buy a lot of books. In my case, it can buy 24 books. Because Chronicle Books publishes a lot of cooking related books, this was a big deal in food blog circles last year, but I don’t know how much it crossed over into the other blog worlds.
This year Chronicle Books is doing it all over again, but also adding in a donation of $500 worth of books to a charity of the winner’s choice. So essentially three people get $500 worth of Chronicle books EACH. How can I skip past a contest like that?
If you’re a blogger and want to enter, you can find all the information here on Chronicle Books’ website. If you’re not a blogger but still want to enter to win, you should comment on this blog and then go comment on other blogs who’ve entered the contest. You can find a list of them here. The contest just started, so there aren’t any listed yet, but give it time. You can also search on Twitter for the hashtag #happyhaulidays.
If I win, I would want $500 worth of books to go to Bookspring, which supports childhood literacy in the Austin area. I was really lucky growing up – my brother and I had plenty of books around the house and parents always willing to take time to read with us until we were able to read on our own. I know a lot of kids don’t have that and it might prevent them from discovering a love of reading that I developed very early on. I think Bookspring would do a lot of good with $500 worth of free books and help families support their children in developing an addiction to reading.
So what would I choose out of everything released by Chronicle Books? Well, I have a not-so-secret secret. I bake. A lot. I eat baked goods even more. Fernando and I cook more often than we don’t and we’re always looking for great ideas. You know what Chronicle Books releases a lot of? Yep, cookbooks.
Miette: Recipes from San Francisco's Most Charming Pastry Shop by Meg Ray
I have been drooling over the cover of this book since before it came out. Yummy.
Milk & Cookies: 89 Heirloom Recipes from New Yorks Milk & Cookies Bakery by Tina Casaceli
There’s no such thing as too many cookie recipes.
Farmers' Market Desserts: Gorgeous Fruit Recipes from First Prize Peach Pie to Chocolate Cherry Cupcakes by Jennie Schacht
Every other Thursday we get a bucket of fruits and veggies from a lunch farm delivery service. I’m actually waiting on one now. This would help me out of a baking rut and who doesn’t want Chocolate Cherry Cupcakes?
Killer Pies: Delicious Recipes from North America's Favorite Restaurants by Stephanie Anderson
Just in case Dean Winchester drops by, I’ll be prepared.
The Star Wars Cookbook II: Darth Malt and More Galactic Recipes by Frankie Frankeny & Wesley Martin
Words cannot justify the awesomeness that is this cover.
Cath Kidston Jam Jar Kit: Wrappings and Recipes for Delightful Jams and Preserves by Cath Kidston
The idea of making jam scares me and I have no idea why. Perhaps this would help with my phobia.
Sweet Miniatures: The Art of Making Bite-Size Desserts Completely Revised and Expanded by Flo Braker
I love anything in miniature form, but it’s hard for me to accurately alter recipes for smaller portions. With this book, I can make small desserts and my nephew can have a dessert all his own instead of a piece of someone else’s.
Handheld Pies: Pint-Size Sweets and Savories by Sarah Billingsley & Rachel Wharton
Itty bitty pies ALL FOR ME! *Rampages like a Dinosaur*
D.I.Y. Delicious: Recipes and Ideas for Simple Food from Scratch by Vanessa Barrington
By Wednesday night, we don’t feel like cooking anymore, so something easy and fast would be nice.
Fresh from the Farmers' Market: Year-Round Recipes for the Pick of the Crop by Janet Fletcher
See previous note regarding box of local veg and need for seasonal recipes.
The Big Book of Appetizers: More than 250 Recipes for Any Occasion by Meredith Deeds & Carla Snyder
My love of teeny tiny things is not regulated to just desserts. I love nibbles too.
Martin Yan Quick and Easy by Martin Yan
Martin Yan used to have a cooking show on PBS every Saturday that my brother and I used to watch growing up. I think that show is one of the things that started my brother’s love of adventurous cooking. I would get this book for him.
This is the point where I realize a person can eat only so much food before they explode and move on to spoiling my baby nephew just a little.
The Dinosaurs' Night Before Christmas by Anne Muecke
All two-year-old boys love dinosaurs. Monkey* is no different.
Penguins, Penguins, Everywhere! By Bob Barner
The very first movie Monkey sat through was Happy Feet. After that, every time someone said “penguin”, he would stomp his little feet like he was tap dancing.
Frank Was a Monster Who Wanted to Dance by Keith Graves
Who doesn’t want a book about a dancing monster?
And then for an assortment of other random non-fiction titles.
The Jedi Path: A Manual for Students of the Force by Daniel Wallace
Fernando has always wanted to be a Jedi.
What Would Wonder Woman Do?: An Amazon's Guide to the Working World by Suzan Coln
Perhaps Wonder Woman can help me navigate the business world better.
Paris Out of Hand: A Wayward Guide by Karen Elizabeth Gordon
If we can afford it, Fern and I plan to go to Paris next fall. This will not even remotely help in planning the trip, but it sounds like a lot of fun.
Dead Inside: Do Not Enter: Notes from the Zombie Apocalypse
I like how this is listed under Nature & Science. Ha!
Zombies: A Record of the Year of Infection by Don Roff & Chris Lane
I think I could rationalize this fulfilling the Mad Scientist section of the 2012 Sci-Fi Reader Challenge.
Copywriting: Successful Writing for Design, Advertising, and Marketing by Mark Shaw
I’m trying to change careers, ideally into some form of copywriting or editing position. This could be helpful.
The Writer's Toolbox: Creative Games and Exercises for Inspiring the "Write" Side of Your Brain by Jamie Cat Callan
I used to write a lot before I got tied up with college papers and ran out of free time. I never regained that fiction writing mojo, but I’d like to.
What's Next?: Follow Your Passion and Find Your Dream Job by Kerry Hannon
See previous note regarding change of careers.
Living Out Loud: Activities to Fuel a Creative Life by Keri Smith
And that’s what I would get with $500 to spend on Chronicle Books. If that sounds like a box of goodies you’d like to receive in the mail too, tell me which book sounds most interesting or which one you’d most like to get your hands on. If I win, so does one of you! I think I would be most excited about the miniature pie one because I would be prepared if the Winchesters dropped by AND I could make baby pies to take to work for lunch. Mmm, lunch pies.
* “Monkey” is what I call my nephew.