Editor’s Note: On December 29th, my 36th birthday, I asked our fabulous Facebook community to get us to 1500 “likes” by January 1st. We had, I think, 11 to go. I said if we made it to 1500, we would host 4 giveaways on 4 consecutive weeks to celebrate. Did we hit 1500? Yes yes yes- within the hour of my birthday plea! How cool is that?! I’m going to be a little selfish and secretly wish to hit 2000 by the time these giveaways end on February 11th. We’re at 1586. That’s A LOT of likes. A girl can dream right?
In the meantime, let’s get back to business! I’d like to official announcement that this is giveaway 1 of 4, which will END at MIDNIGHT FRIDAY, JANUARY 20th. Our next giveaway will debut one week from today. As a matter of disclosure, all four giveaway items will be purchased by FSC. The authors or makers or distributors of giveaway items are not aware we exist. -Christina
So I’ve just recovered from the worst case of food poisoning or the stomach virus that I’ve ever had. I was without solid foods for 3 and a half days. The first 36 hours, I could barely keep ever a glass of water down. There were moments I thought I would never recover- my own personal ‘end times‘.
IT WAS THAT BAD. Add to the mix a toddler at my pant leg.
Help. Me. Now.
Did I already mention I felt like it was my very own ‘end times’?
I’m sharing my not-so-pleasant experience because the last day, while my son was at daycare, I got to finally crack open “An Everlasing Meal: Cooking with Economy and Grace” by Tamar Adler that I had bought myself before the holiDAZE. I have been wanting to read this book since I read a brief review awhile back. A home cook’s manifesto: part memoir, part instructional manual, part cookbook with an approachable, no-nonsense, simple and passionate narrative about how to not only understand some basic kitchen skills and recipes but also how to become an intuitive cook, comfortable in the kitchen with simple pantry ingredients and maybe, just maybe, take pleasure in the process.
Now, truth be told, I haven’t gotten that far into the book, as I was a little too nausea to read for long period of time, but I’ve loved what I’ve read. The passion for simple cooking and the “you can do it” tone of the book really reminds me of Mark Bittman’s writing style. And you know how much we all love Bittman here on FSC.
I finished the first chapter, How to Boil Water, and the way Ms Adler lovingly narrates the act of bringing a fresh whole chicken home from the farmers market, and how to simply prepare it for cooking, how to use all the parts of the chicken inspired me. Honestly, cooking 20 meals a week (1 meal at Chipotle a week) with a very limited “safe food list” can be a bummer. Plain & simple. It can suck the life out of me some weeks. Other weeks, I’m on fire and fine my goove and bang out some winners. Other weeks, I cry for a break (take out tonight? impossible)…but that break doesn’t come. Its a constant mirage in the distant. So I feed off the FSC community, my favorite food blogs, the food swaps, my farm job and books like The Everlasting Meal to help keep my head above water. And maybe even, get me excited to hit the kitchen running again tomorrow…
I’m excited to read the rest of the book, and I want you to read with me! I’m thinking FSC Book Club. What do you think? Wanna join?Because this book #1. I’m thinking we could discuss monthly via our Facebook page. Let me know what you think in the comments…Now, the giveaway!
- This giveaway is for 1 hardcover copy of ‘The Everlasting Meal’ by Tamar Adler.
The author nor the publisher is aware of this giveaway, we are purchasing the book ourselves.
- Open to US residents only (sorry!)
- Giveaway ends at midnight Friday, January 20th, 2012
The winner will be announced next Saturday, January 21st at the beginning of the “giveaway #2 post.
- We will pick the winning comment randomly via random.org.
- All entries will be in the form of a comment BELOW. You can comment up to 2 times by doing the following:
1st comment: answer one of these questions, What was the first recipe that you ‘mastered’, that you felt comfortable making for your loved one or friends or family? OR What about that book club idea?
2nd comment:“friend” us on Facebook or post this giveaway on your Facebook page, then comment below that you did so.
Again, ALL entries (up to two total) need to be in the form of a comment below. Other comments on other blog posts will not count towards this giveaway.
THANKS FOR ENTERING AND GOOD LUCK!