Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving AND A Special Cookbook Giveaway!

I hope you'll have a wonderful day and that your turkeys come out beautifully, nothing burns and your family members all behave.

I promised you a nifty giveaway and here it is – two books by the great Maida Heatter - Maida Heatter’s Cakes and Maida Heatter’s Cookies.

In the days before the explosion of food television and celebrity chefs, cookbooks were a much more vital part of foodie culture in general. I remember pouring over my precious cookbooks and keeping them right alongside me as I cooked with lots of notations on the pages that became sticky from constant use.

Maida Heatter’s books were definitely among my all-time favorites. She was famous for her wonderful desserts in the days when caramels were salt-free and foam was what guys shaved with. She’s also known for the great precision in many of her recipes. You never have to wonder what she means in one step or another, because she tells you.

She's very distinguished too. Maida Heatter is a member of the James Beard Foundation Hall of Fame; she's been named to Cook’s Magazine’s Who’s Who in Cooking and was one of the first people inducted into the Chocolatier Hall of Fame.

I’m thrilled that Andrews McMeel has released new additions of her books. Maida Heatter’s Cakes is a collection of her best cake recipes from two previous cookbooks and Maida Heatter’s Cookies contain recipes from three of her cookbooks. And I'm happy to be sharing these books which one lucky person will win.

I’m going to make it easy for you too. Just tell me your favorite cake or cookie in a comment, email or tweet and I will enter you to win. Enter as many times as you wish - with a separate favorite cake or cookie in each entry - and that’s it.

Maida Heatter’s Cakes and Maida Heatter’s Cookies Giveaway contest open until Friday, December 2nd, 2011, 11:59 pm eastern time.

Enter these ways:
1) Send a comment to this post, including your favorite cake or cookie. (Include your email address, if your name doesn’t link to it.)

2) Send me an email with Maida Heatter in the subject line telling me your favorite cake or cookie at

3) Tweet your favorite cake or cookie to me at with the hashtag #MaidaHeatterGiveaway

Enter as many times as you wish with a separate favorite cake or cookie in each entry. Each comment, email or tweet counts as one entry. The more times you enter, the greater your chances of winning. Contest open to US residents 18 years old and above.


Teslaca said...

A flourless chocolate cake is always a favorite with me!

Teslaca said...

Chocolate chip cookies are my favorite drop cookie. Crisp at the edges and chewy in the middle.

suburban prep said...

At the moment my favorite cookie is a white chocolate chip cherry cookie. So so so good.

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Magi said...

My favorite is usually the one in my hand. We made a peanut butter oatmeal cookie with peanut butter filling a few days ago that was amazing.

Anonymous said...

My favorite Maida Heatter recipes are her lemon cake (to which I sometimes add blueberries) and her Texas Fruitcake, which I make every year for our eggnog party. People say they've never had a fruitcake they really like, but hers is great. My mom first made it back when MH's Book of Great Desserts was published. I'm on my second copy, the first one fell apart!

Hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving!

Meryl said...

My favorite cookie is chocolate chocolate chunk.

Z said...

I love pecan sandies and coconut cake - this is my first visit to you blog. Love it!

Bizzy B. Bakes said...

My favorites are chocolate chip cookies.

Bizzy B. Bakes said...

Favorite - flourless brownies

Bizzy B. Bakes said...

black and white cookies

Barb K. said...

I like chocolate chip cookies. Still a favorite after all this time.

Anonymous said...

Just ONE cookie? The one I make more often is a tie between my Cruzan (formerly Captain Morgan) chocolate chip cookies or my mexican chocolate cookies. The lemon ricotta ones from Giada are a close second. See - can't pick just one!

Anonymous said...

I don't really like cake, though I did once have a lemon meringue cake from Food & Wine that I loved (lemon meringue pie is my fave). As for cookies, I like ginger.