**UPDATE ON 10/9/12 @ 10:15 pm: THE GIVEAWAY IS OVAH! CONGRATS TO CICHLISUITE!**
I’m going to let you in on a secret: When I’m too lazy to take food photos and throw together a new blog post, I host a giveaway. Win-win! (Well, unless you don’t actually win.)
Kidding aside, one lucky reader will receive THREE great cookbooks that run the gamut from Whole30-approved to not Paleo at all (but awesome nonetheless!).
First up: My pal Melissa Joulwan's ridiculously great Well Fed.
I’ll say it ‘til I’m blue in the face: Well Fed is one of my all-time favorite cookbooks. Your life isn’t complete ‘til you’ve tasted her Bora Bora Fireballs or The Best Chicken You’ll Ever Eat. Mel’s book is crammed with so many great tips, antidotes, and tantalizing dishes that you won’t even notice that you’re eating Whole30-compliant meals. If you haven’t gone Paleo yet, Well Fed’ll convince you to make it a lifestyle.
Next up is Tammy Credicott’s new cookbook, Paleo Indulgences.
I rarely make or eat dessert these days — “Paleoized” or otherwise. But when I’m in the mood for some sweet off-roading, Tammy’s been a great source for foolproof recipes that deliver the goods without the usual gluten gut punch. I made her blueberry crumble muffins the other day, and my decidedly non-Paleo parents inhaled ‘em. Not in the mood for sweets? There are plenty of savory indulgences in her cookbook, too.
Last but not least: Thomas Keller’s Ad Hoc At Home.
This cookbook wasn’t written for Paleo eaters, though you’ll find plenty of Paleo-friendly recipes in there. I’m including this gorgeous hardcover ‘cause it’s beautiful and inspirational, and authored by one the best and most acclaimed chefs in the known universe. I mean, the guy’s the only American chef to have been awarded simultaneous three-star Michelin ratings for two different restaurants.
Beginning in the late ’90s, I’ve enjoyed mind-blowing (and wallet-blowing) meals at all of Chef Keller’s restaurants, from The French Laundry (in California’s wine country) to Per Se (in New York City). Ad Hoc's one of their more casual cousins, but it's equally worthy of an off-the-rails splurge. Don't believe me? Just ask Mrs. Whole9 (a.k.a. Melissa Harwig), who visited Ad Hoc earlier this summer.
I still look at Henry's photo of Ad Hoc's famous fried chicken (taken in the summer of 2009 using our old point-and-shoot!) and fondly remember the days when I'd fall headfirst into this platter of awesomeness:
Ready to join Cookbook Hoarders Anonymous with me?
Simply leave ONE comment at the end of this post by Tuesday, 10/9/12, at 9 p.m. PST letting me know your all-time favorite cookbook. Yep — that’s all you gotta do to enter for a chance to win this prize package (worth $110)!
(Sadly, Tumblr — which hosts my site — restricts this contest to U.S. residents over the age of 18. Apologies to my super-awesome international readers!)
Good luck, and be sure to tell your friends!