Thursday, November 18, 2010

The 12 Days of Christmas Cookbook (giveaway)

The 12 Days of Christmas Cookbook is pretty. Very pretty. It has been beautifully presented in a hardback, glossy package with raised lettering. For a gift/cookbook, this is tops. The presentation is, quite simply, lovely.

When I saw the title come through Barbour Publishing's new releases, I was definitely interested in checking it out and sharing it with you all!

Jonathan and I love hosting events and gatherings around the holidays and I'm always eager to pick up new ideas or recipes to make our entertaining a little bit easier (and a lot more yummy!) It's fun to lay out a spread of delicious looking food and have our friends join in the celebration (and the feasting!)

I've earmarked quite a number of these recipes to try during the season. What I particularly love is how straight forward the recipes in this book are and how easy they look to accomplish! (I'm all for ease, especially when the group we've invited over is quite large and I'm handling the menu!)

Divided up into twelve sections, this book is subtitled and professes to be "The Ultimate in Effortless Holiday Entertaining." The twelve sections of recipes include the following:

  1. Appetizers
  2. Beverages
  3. Breads
  4. Breakfast Dishes
  5. Candies
  6. Cookies
  7. Desserts
  8. Recipes for Kids
  9. Main Dishes
  10. Salads
  11. Sides
  12. Soups
As I said, the recipes are all straight forward and the ingredients familiar throughout the book. One particular note about this book is that it assumes the cook will take the shortcut of adding ready-made ingredients to the dishes. (For example, some of the soups and breads assume that you will start with some canned good of varied types.) I rather appreciate that because I dislike when I read, "vegetable stock" in a recipe and then read "go to page X for recipe." I like baking and cooking, but I do appreciate the shortcuts and typically use canned and prepared foods as I'm putting things together. I most especially do that when I'm cooking for 40+ people so I find this book to be particularly useful and full of great promise as far as I am concerned!

There are also lovely photographs scattered liberally throughout so that you can always tell when you've succeed (or not) with any given recipe!

It's fun. It's festive. It's yummy.

I am now happy to say that Barbour Publishing has generously offered a copy of The Twelve Days of Christmas Cookbook to one of you! In order to win, simply leave a comment below (including a valid e-mail address!) This contest is open to U.S. Residents only and will be open through Thursday, November 25th! (Which is, of course, Thanksgiving Day -- when you'll no doubt be tired of cooking and/or will be in need of further inspiration!)

THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED. THE WINNER (as selected by IS #20 - Stephanie's Mommy Brain! Congrats, Stephanie!

Happy Thanksgiving AND Merry Christmas to you all!


Jennifer said...

I love cooking; any kind of cookbook is wonderful to me. And this one looks really good! Thanks for the chance to win it!


Dani said...

Looks like a great cookbook ... I would love to add it to my collection (or give it to my mom to add to her extensive collection of cookbooks). Thanks for sharing (I might have to find it on my own).

Ticia said...

I love to cook, especially baking, this looks like such a great resource.

pucktricks6802 at

Amy @ Hope Is the Word said...

I LOVE to bake (and eat, unfortunately!) !!! Sign me up!

ibeeeg said...

I am not in love with cooking, that is for sure, so every bit of help is needed for me to stay motivated. This book sounds like it could help add that bit of motivation.

ibeeeg (at) gmail (dot) com

Katie said...

Looks like a wonderful way to get in the Christmas spirit! I would love to win!


Angel said...

Sherry said...

Lovely, Christmas and workable...sounds like a good combination to me! Hope you have lots of fun trying new recipes.

Buffie said...

This sounds like a cookbook I would like to try out

nafyboocs (at) gmail (dot) com

Lisa said...

I would love to win this cookbook!


Annette W. said...

Hmm...I wonder if I would keep this or give it as a gift? It looks absolutely delightful, but I definitely like the shortcuts.

How often do you cook for 40 people? Where do they all sit??
derekannette at gmail dot com

jen said...

Great giveaway!!!
Thanks and Happy Thanksgiving

artandjen at juno dot com

Alison said...

Yummy! :-)

Heather VanTimmeren said...

Reading cookbooks is just as fun as a novel sometimes! I'd love to win.

Lisa said...

Christmas is about the only time I like to cook. Once a year, I like to go all out, and bake the things my mom used to make.
Please enter me.

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debbie said...

I have been collecting cookbooks since I was 14. I would love to add this to my collection. Christmas cookbooks are my favorite.

apple blossom said...

cool. My daughter loves baking. she'd love it if I won this book. Looks good. thanks

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Sarah M. said...

Count me in! I love cookbooks that are creative or connected with holidays. This looks like a fun one.

Stephanie Kay said...

What a fun cookbook!! I think I'm addicted to cookbooks. :)

bekahcubed said...

A cookbook? For Christmas?


Count me in!

karenk said...

a lovely cookbook :)
thanks for the giveaway.

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Lisa said...

I would love to win a Christmas cookbook and just in time for the holidays too. rhisomers(at)gmail(dot)com

Krista said...

This would be nice! We always go to family for the holidays, but I have to bring some side dishes and I'm getting kind of sick of the same couple things I make all the time... :)

Stumbeline said...

Sounds like a fabulous cookbook. Thanks for offering this giveaway.


justpeachy36 said...

Please enter me in the giveaway. I love to cook, and especially to bake.

Cindy Swanson said...

I LOVE cookbooks, and this one looks lovely! Please do enter me..

By the way, I just added you to my blog list and am following you on Google friends. Terrific blog!

Jen @ Happy Little Homemaker said...

I love to cook and I especially love finding new holiday favorites. Count me in!

jensteed dot 08 at gmail dot com

wmmahaney said...

I would love to win a copy of this. It looks absolutely lovely.

Unknown said...

I really enjoy your blog. I have requested a number of books from the library based on your reviews! Keep up the great work!

cahanbury gmail dot com

SF said...

I love cookbooks! And cooking, too. And the best kind are the ones that are full of page markers :-)

You know my e-mail address...

Anonymous said...

I would love to add this cookbook to my collection.

uncashbug6 at aol dot com

Amy DM said...

I'd love to win this for my two daughters.

Joan said...

Sounds like a fun book. I love cookbooks and cooking from them.
joosbornenc at yahoo dot com

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