An ErinCooks Contest: Win a Copy of The School of Essential Ingredients

June 22, 2009 · 77 comments · Print This Post

in Book Reviews, Contests / Giveaways

The School of Essential IngredientsHappy second day of summer! I don’t know about you but I’m a huge fan of summer reading lists. Not that we’re having much of a summer yet in New England but I fully intend to spend some quality time at the beach slathered in sunscreen and surrounded by a stack of good books, waiting for their brand new covers to be cracked open for the first time, just as soon as the sun decides to come back out. In the meantime, one of the best foodie stories I’ve enjoyed in quite some time has been named as an NPR recommended summer read and the author, Erica Bauermeister, contacted me to see if I would like to giveaway a copy of her novel on the blog. Well of course I do!

To win a copy of The School of Essential Ingredients all you have to do is leave a comment on this post.

In addition, If you share a link to this contest on your own blog, Twitter, Facebook etc… you may have one additional entry for a total of two possible chances to win. If you choose this option please leave a link to your shout out as your second comment. A winner will be selected via the nifty random number generator this Friday, June 26th at 8:00 PM EST and then I’ll promptly arrange to have the book shipped to your home.

Curious as to what the book is about? Below is my review re-posted from the original entry back in February:

Once a month an eclectic group of strangers meet in the kitchen of Lillian’s restaurant to participate in The School of Essential Ingredients. Shy and cautious at first they soon build a supportive rapport with one another, and under Lillian’s intuitive culinary tutelage blossom and grow in ways they never imagined possible.

Each chapter reveals a single participant’s story. Joy, heartache, personal failure, and successes are lovingly interwoven into the larger context of the cooking class. Some of the character’s you’ll meet inside Lillian’s kitchen include: Claire, a young woman struggling with balancing her personal identity with that of being a wife and mother; Tom, who is recovering from a seemingly insurmountable loss; Chloe, a shy and clumsy teenager desperately in need of a confidence boost; and Carl and Helen who have been married for decades, but harbor painful secrets from one another.

Erica Bauermeister’s ability to write about the human emotional connection with food is outstanding. Reading about the luscious dishes being created in class made me crave everything from roast crab to white cake. Of late, it has become popular for many books with a culinary slant to include recipes. However, as Lillian does not use recipes and encourages her students to feel, taste, and judge the timing and texture of their cooking on their own, the reader is only granted the same level of access. I definitely found myself repeatedly hoping that I’ll be able to recreate the elegant food so sensually described in the story, while also wishing that I could be a part of this amazing and personally transformative class. Where do I sign up?

1 Stacy June 22, 2009 at 7:51 am

This book sounds good! Thanks for hosting the contest.

2 Michele June 22, 2009 at 8:24 am

The book sounds really interesting. Thanks very much for the giveaway Erin! Take care, Michele

3 Felicia June 22, 2009 at 8:50 am

Sounds good! Would love to read this regardless of winning.

4 Amy June 22, 2009 at 9:12 am

Oooh, I’d love to win this book!

5 steveo June 22, 2009 at 9:28 am

Sounds like a great book. Thanks for the opportunity

6 Jeannette June 22, 2009 at 9:51 am

sounds like a good summer read 🙂

7 Bob June 22, 2009 at 9:55 am

I’m always up for more books! 😀

8 Amy June 22, 2009 at 10:17 am

Hmmmm – I may have to suggest this book for my next book club meeting as it sounds really good!

9 Rachel June 22, 2009 at 10:41 am

Oh this one sounds so good! Definitely going on my to read list!

10 Kristy June 22, 2009 at 10:46 am

Sounds great.. Hope I win 🙂

11 Ellen June 22, 2009 at 10:48 am

i’d love to win this! sounds great.

12 Ed June 22, 2009 at 10:49 am

Always on the look-out for a good summer read. Thanks.!

13 Fuji Mama June 22, 2009 at 10:57 am

Sounds like a very fun read!

14 christina June 22, 2009 at 11:05 am

This books sounds very interesting. I love to read and I love to cook. What a great combo! Thanks

15 LMT June 22, 2009 at 11:25 am

This is a great book, just haven’t gotten it yet. Cool contest!

16 kristina June 22, 2009 at 12:03 pm

Oh yes, please include me in the drawing. And I wouldn’t mind being part of that class, too! K x

17 Lizzy June 22, 2009 at 12:08 pm

I absolutely LOVED this book when I borrowed it from the Library and would LOVE to own it! Thank you!!!

18 rachel June 22, 2009 at 12:42 pm

just the cover looks delicious, sign me up!

19 Charlotte June 22, 2009 at 12:43 pm

Sounds like a book I’d enjoy reading. Wish I could send you some of our sun and heat … we’re currently having heat alerts and heat warnings and being encouraged to stay out of the sun, watch out for signs of heat exhaustion and stroke, etc.

20 Cess June 22, 2009 at 1:17 pm

Souns great I love food lit!

21 Megan June 22, 2009 at 1:52 pm

Sounds like my kind of book!

22 Rachel June 22, 2009 at 2:09 pm

I LOVE books about cooking and eating!

23 Lisa June 22, 2009 at 2:28 pm

Would love to read it. Thanks for hosting this give away.

24 Judith June 22, 2009 at 2:52 pm

It’d be awesome to win this one! I’ve heard great things.

25 Judith June 22, 2009 at 2:52 pm

I also Twittered but I use an external client so I can’t figure out how to link it. My Twittername is shroomshortcut.

26 Elyse June 22, 2009 at 3:18 pm

I love your blog! And this book sounds like a winner.

27 julesf June 22, 2009 at 4:28 pm

i would love a new book to read this summer! thanks for offering…. 🙂

28 kitchenbelle June 22, 2009 at 5:04 pm

You host the best contests! Thank you!

29 Karen@Mignardise June 22, 2009 at 5:44 pm

I’ve been wanting to read this book, so I this could be my chance.
Nice review!

30 Karen@Mignardise June 22, 2009 at 5:46 pm

I also mentioned the contest in my latest blog post – I must really want that book!

31 Ashley June 22, 2009 at 6:09 pm

if i won this book i wouldn’t have anymore excuses for not reading it


32 Carol June 22, 2009 at 8:55 pm

Another fun/great contest! Thanks!

33 Maureen Reiser June 22, 2009 at 8:56 pm

I would love to win a copy of this book!

34 Jessica June 22, 2009 at 11:03 pm

This book sounds really interesting, hope i can win!

35 Maria June 23, 2009 at 12:27 am

I would love a copy of this book!

36 Jess June 23, 2009 at 1:38 am

Sounds like a great read. And I’ll be looking for something to sink my teeth into once my exams are over in a few weeks.

37 Shawn June 23, 2009 at 2:53 am

hii…=) i love your website lol, and i would love this book!

38 Kelly June 23, 2009 at 3:02 am

Sounds like a great read! I’d love to win!

39 Kelly June 23, 2009 at 3:11 am
40 jenc June 23, 2009 at 7:24 am

me, me!

41 Lindsey June 23, 2009 at 9:01 am

I just read this book a few weeks ago, and I really liked it.

42 Kelly June 23, 2009 at 10:02 am

Yay for summer reading. I love the new look for the page. It’s making me realize I haven’t been here in quite a while. I agree with you on the weather. It feels much more like April than June.

43 Liz June 23, 2009 at 11:02 am

Not sure if I did this right – I posted a comment on my facebook… Love this blog!!! :0)

44 Liz June 23, 2009 at 11:04 am
45 Smita June 23, 2009 at 11:57 am

Would love to have a copy of this! Thanks for another chance to win!

46 michelle @ TNS June 23, 2009 at 11:57 am

have been sadly derelict in visiting others. love the look of the site! (book sounds good, too).

47 Jennifer June 23, 2009 at 1:28 pm

I’d love to win. Thanks for the giveaway!

48 Mary-Lynn June 23, 2009 at 2:25 pm

I love summer reading! Book looks right up my alley, too!

49 Additions June 23, 2009 at 2:39 pm

I really liked the book. I always wanted a copy this. Thanks alot.

50 pjamma June 23, 2009 at 2:48 pm

Always up for a new read!

51 Bibiana June 23, 2009 at 3:10 pm

I’ve been looking for a good summer read. I love all your contests! Thanks for doing this.

52 sue June 23, 2009 at 3:15 pm

Hi Erin,
I enjoy following your blog.

53 Carolyn Pluckhahn June 23, 2009 at 3:54 pm

It really sounds good I would love to win this book.

54 Amber June 23, 2009 at 4:45 pm

Yay summer and yay books!

55 joan June 23, 2009 at 4:49 pm

Fun! I would love to read this.

56 Leslie June 23, 2009 at 5:00 pm

This sounds like it would be a great summer read!

57 Jackie @ June 23, 2009 at 7:27 pm

love your blog, you always have interesting finds! 🙂

58 Kerstin June 23, 2009 at 7:49 pm

Thanks for the recommendation – it sounds like the perfect read to make the M2 ride fly by!

No need to enter me in the contest, I just requested the book from the library 🙂

59 Ann June 23, 2009 at 9:05 pm

I’ve heard great things about this book, I’ll take 1 entry please.
Thanks for keeping me connected to NE–even with the crappy weather

60 Beth G June 23, 2009 at 9:55 pm

The book sounds fab, and like something I’d dive right in to. Though it’s tough to get time to myself for reading with 2 daughters 4 & 7, I’m going to hire a sitter 2 mornings a week to read! 🙂

Oh, and about our recent weather? It is just sooooooo dreadful. The beach is only for gulls and crabs right now!

61 Dona England June 24, 2009 at 11:12 am

I read a short excerpt of that book and loved it. Can’t wait to read the whole book.

62 Anna June 24, 2009 at 12:37 pm

I’m always a sucker for a give-away!
Also…strawberry picking looked like such fun!

63 Erin June 24, 2009 at 5:44 pm

I love this book….. I have a friend that would love it, also!

64 Katie June 25, 2009 at 11:27 am

I’m so glad you included a link to the NPR summer reading list, I’m always looking for reading inspiration

65 Paige June 25, 2009 at 12:44 pm

This book sounds great!

66 Jan Alexander June 25, 2009 at 2:30 pm

Ohhhh, the book sounds good. Thanks for doing this.

67 Debbie June 25, 2009 at 6:07 pm

Love to read a good book!!!!

68 Shihui June 25, 2009 at 9:08 pm

me, me, me!!

69 Claire June 25, 2009 at 9:47 pm

The book sounds intriguing! Can’t wait to read it!

70 Priyanka June 26, 2009 at 1:56 am

I would love, love, LOVE this book! Thanks for having the contest!

71 Alex Solla June 26, 2009 at 8:59 am

I love your contests! Seems like you find the coolest stuff to give away. How do you approach folks whose stuff you later give away?

72 Carrie June 26, 2009 at 2:57 pm

I have never read a novel about food- sounds great. Thanks for hosting this contest!

73 Abbey June 26, 2009 at 3:57 pm

Oh…this is on my reading list for the summer. Along with several “girlie” books like: Dune Road, Finished Touches, and The Fixer Upper.

74 carrie June 26, 2009 at 4:13 pm

oooh ooh!! pick me! pick meeeeeeeeeeee!

75 carrie June 26, 2009 at 4:18 pm

tweetlededee, tweetlededoo….

76 Kgroovy June 26, 2009 at 4:21 pm

Oh I’ve had my eye on this book! I’d love a copy!

77 Kgroovy June 26, 2009 at 4:24 pm

Twitter it too!

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