Monday, June 08, 2009

Giveaway: Memorable Recipes

This week's cookbook giveaway is Memorable Recipes to Share with Family & Friends by Renee Behnke with Cynthia Nims. There's a lot of eye candy here thanks to full-color photos, but this cookbook is also a primer on simple, elegant entertaining.

Recipes range from comforting classics like corn chowder and rack of lamb with rosemary and garlic to international favorites like chiles rellenos and gazpacho. There is also a chapter of menu ideas complete with cocktail recipes and wine notes. As the president of the Sur La Table, I'm guessing author Renee Behnke had plenty of experience to pour into this book.

To enter to win, all you have to do is leave a comment to this post. Lost for words? Tell me what your favorite dish or menu for entertaining is by Sunday, June 14 when I'll pick a winner at random and contact you. If you don't have a website, or don't want to leave your email address, just leave your first name and I'll announce it in an upcoming post (of course you'll have to check back and email me to get your prize, but I want to make sure everyone can maintain as much privacy as they want to.) Good luck!

29 comments:

Katie said...

That sounds like a great book! The corn chowder especially got my attention - I love that stuff!

Lynn said...

I have a love/hate relationship with entertaining. The preparation stage? Hate it! The actual dinner part? Love it! The best way to avoid the stress is to make something simple and serve it with a bottle of wine and a great do-ahead dessert.

Kathy said...

I love cooking for people. I'm always looking for new things to prepare for guests. So this book looks like something I'd enjoy reading:)

Melvyn said...

Count me in! I make a mean baked salmon with cherry tomatoes, pineapple, ginger, and green onions. It's quick, goes well with cous cous (also quick and easy) and always a winner.

Stephen R. Richards, EdD said...

I love trying new recipes and find that my family and friends love the results (usually). My family's favorite seems to be Christmas dinner with ham, my special orange salad, cheese grits, and my super special(made only once a year) chocolate and pecan pie.

sconelady said...

Sounds like a great addition to any cookbook library!

Donnamarie said...

For entertaining I love Giada's recipe for pork roast covered with a paste of fresh thyme, rosemary, garlic and olive oil and covered with a "rectangle" of pancetta. It's easy and smells great and always comes out tender. Served with roasted asparagus, a special salad and roasted seasoned potatoes, it's always a hit!

Wendy said...

I have a penne a la vodka with sausage recipe that is one of my favorites for entertaining ... it's so simple and tasty, but it sounds like something impressive!

Jill said...

I've actually made your pear cornbread masterpiece several times for company--- it's great for brunch or even after a light dinner!

Kim said...

My favorite is meal for entertaining standing rib roast. We use Alton Brown's method - low and slow, then hot to sear the outside. It can stand literaly for hours in between, so it's ready when you are. Put it back in, mash the potatoes (with fried shallots or wasabi), start the broccoli, and it's ready.

Barbara said...

I love to entertain. The entire process; including preparation which I have learned is great fun if I am organized with the menu, shopping, cooking and serving. While the actual menu changes every time, the one item that is always served are the Boozy Bloddy Mary Tomatoes. They're a great conversation starter and literally fly off the plate! I would love to receive the Memorable Recipe book as we're always looking to add to our entertaining repertoire.

Txeizs said...

So many familiar recipe names, it looks like a wonderful cookbook.

ktucker@charter.net said...

Book looks really good! I will be looking for it in a bookstore!

Moni said...

Awesome cookbook! All these comments are making me hungry, too... :P

Cherry Blossoms said...

I love shrimp, linguine and arugula with lemon oil. This cookbook looks amazing!

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msteahr@sbcglobal.net said...

I love to cook for my family. If only I would do a better job of cleaning up my mess in the kitchen when I get done cooking! Matthew

Renee G said...

I like to be able to make up most of the meal ahead of time when I entertain, so lasagne is always one of my favorites. I also make an Italian bean dish to go with it that is great. It has green beans, an onion, a tomato, and carrots all simmered together with basil and a touch of olive oil. Yum.

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Ally M123 said...

What an awesome and diverse cookbook. I would have a lot of fun with it. My favorite recipes are anything spicy and any new way to use garlic.

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Amanda said...

Looks wonderful to me, especially with summer entertaining right around the corner.

Anonymous said...

I love to entertain and do so regularly...this cookbook looks like it would be a wonderful addition to my collection!
You have a great site; very enjoyable to read.

Denise from denibar@canada.com

denibar@canada.com said...

Ok, I don't think I did this right. Trying again.
Would love, love to win this cookbook.

Jaya said...

My favourite menu is butternut squash and spinach lasagna with a fennel and mixed greens salad with an orange-olive oil-red wine vinegar dressing. It's ridiculously easy to make, feeds a crowd and looks elegant and high-effort. For dessert--pumpkin chocolate bars and mixed fruit.
Still, I can always use new and novel ideas for entertaining!

Leigh R of Kansas said...

I love making stuffed shells for guest. People thin they are too time consuming and intimidating. But they really are not...and they are so good!
Thanks! Leigh

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Tiffany Lange said...

That looks like a GREAT cook book!

My favorite meal for entertaining, hands down, is a pan of home made lasagna (time providing, of course). The recipe for my sauce changes each time I make it-all depends what's handy, and preferably fresh (I like to load it with veggies). It spends a day in the slow cooker the day before I bake the dish, and is ready to go the following day.

Katrina said...

Sounds like a great book.
When we have company for dinner, my favorite thing to make is my lasagna, homemade rolls, a great salad and yummy dessert.

Amy said...

My favorite dish for entertaining is a bbq salmon fillet cooked in its skin until it is medium rare in the middle. Perfect summer entertaining.

4fish said...

I don't have one particular dish that I use for entertaining, but I quite often use some type of oven-baked pasta as a main dish. It can be done well ahead of time and just popped in the oven, making it easier to focus on the rest of the menu.

cheril said...

I just discovered your site, from Smitten Kitchen. I envy that you're leaving FL and heading to Chicago. The book sounds great.

Archgarth said...

My favorite dish for entertaining people is french onion soup. 6 large onions, cooked to a deep, rich brown in a dutch oven, simmered with reduced beef stock, white wine, bourbon and a little butter, finally served with toasted garlic bread topped with melted Gruyere cheese. It's fantastic, especially for those people who think they don't like onions or onion soup. :)