The Delicious Life Birthday Month Cookbook Giftaway
A Love Affair with Southern Cooking
The Short Version: Click to leave a comment with your favorite Southern food to possibly receive A Love Affair with Southern Cooking by Jean Anderson, this year's James Beard Foundation Book Awards winner in the Americana category.
You have until some time just before the next giveaway post goes up, which might be in an hour, or might be next Thursday. Also, as I mentioned when this whole crazy Birthday Month Cookbook Giveaway kicked off, if you win, you are under no obligation to make anything from the book, blog about it, post pictures to flickr or email me about it -- What am I going to do? Come to your house and threaten to beat you with a balloon whisk? -- but it would be a really nice way to show your appreciation, since that's all I ever ask in this lifetime, you know. A little appreciation.
The Long Version: The Oscars/Emmys/Grammys -- but not the Tonys, because really, does anyone actually care about the Tonys? -- of the food world was held last night in New York. Food magazines, journalists, writers and bloggers will be all abuzz for the next few days about who won what in the James Beard Foundation Awards. I, on the other hand, am disappointed that there was no awards "show" that was televised, and that Ryan Seacrest and Mrs. First Apprentice were not doing a pre-awards show. I am not disappointed however, that Joan and Melissa were not doing an opposing telecast from the Red Carpet on a different channel.
Actually, awards show make my body convulse in a way that might alarm the natives.
The truth is, the James Beard Award nominees this year in all of the categories from chefs to restaurants to books were not all that interesting to me until one of the nominees arrived on my doorstep. Unfortunately, it wasn't a hot chef in just an apron; I received a review copy of A Love Affair with Southern Cooking. I flipped through the book, loved the definitions, short stories, and timelines of Southern history, and couldn't wait to try the recipes before giving the book away. Who knew I'd be giving away a winner?
I also wans't paying very close attention to my external life, so the announcement of the winners being today came as a tiny bit of a surprise to me.
Incidentally, I gave away a cookbook earlier this year, Lee Bros. Southern Cooking, which won the very same award last year. Two award-winning cookbooks, and I give them away! My dear, sweet, cookie-coated The Delicious Life readers, that's how much I love you.
Yes, there are now multiple giveaways happening at the same time here on The Delicious Life. Can you believe the controlled chaos?! I love it, and it could possibly get even more frenzied because that's just how insanely generous I am feeling these days (let's just ignore the fact that a shelf is about to crack under the weight of a shi-ton of cookbooks, so I actually have to give the books away). I have faith that you will be able to keep up. You multi-task. You manage competing priorities. Those were salient points on your power resume.
Oh, and for the rekkid, my favorite Southern food is a buttermilk biscuit, with or without a battered, deep-fried chicken breast.