Giveaway Time: The Taste of Home Cookbook, Cooks who Care Edition

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Heather says:

taste-of-home-cookbookOnce in a while when someone blogs about food, menus, saving money and all that fun stuff that happens here on Home-Ec 101, you get noticed. A few weeks ago I was contacted by the folks running PR for Taste of Home. They have just launched a new cook book, The Taste of Home Cookbook, Cooks who Care Edition and wanted to know if I was interested in doing a review. I love food, I enjoy reading about food, and I’m always happy to drool over pretty pictures of said food. (I kept my drool to myself, thank you very much.)

I’ve been a fan of ToH for years, in fact long before Home Ec 101 was even a twinkle in my eye, I gave Ivy a subscription to the magazine as a Christmas gift. I can tell y’all are just riveted, hang with me this is called disclosure. I was sent the cookbook for review, but I asked for permission to use it as a giveaway. Sometimes there are weird rules and I wanted to make sure everything was on the up and up.

Here goes the review:

The cookbook starts off with a section on cooking basics to help novice cooks get a feel for the kitchen, then it’s off and running into 600+ pages of recipes. I am happy to report that almost all of the recipes have what I refer to as attainable ingredients. One of my big peeves with many recipe books is the ingredients can be difficult or impossible for someone to find who doesn’t live in a big city. I live in a small town, but it’s not that small, if I have a hard time finding something, I can’t recommend the recipe.

After giving it a once over, my only beef with the whole book was a recipe for gravy. But, let’s be real here, gravy techniques are passed down and we’re all going to feel as if the way we learned is the only way. Β Don’t forget we chefs are notoriously picky andΒ temperamental.

The recipes are clear, suitable for families, and not overly adventurous. While it’s sometimes fun to try out exotic ingredients, there is a welcome place, especially for those just finding their rhythm in the kitchen for recipes that don’t stray too far from the expected. There are narratives at the beginning of each section, highlighting a -wait for it- cook who cares!

To review this copy, I did have to open the plastic wrap. Β Because life is what it is one of my kids had to take off with it, but don’t worry, it still has that new car smell and the recipes were not altered. They can be devious, but they haven’t gone so far as to figure out rearranging typesetting. Along with the previously opened cookbook, you will receive one full year of Taste of Home magazine and premium access to their recipe collection at and anyone is welcome to join their Cooks Who Care forum.

It’s a great cookbook and would sit on my shelf -if I weren’t giving it to one of you. There are three ways to enter:

  1. Comment and promise you’ll come back, even though you’ll have lots of new recipes on your own bookshelf.
  2. Tweet -sorry folks, Twitter isn’t going away any time soon- about this contest and place the url of the tweet in a new comment.
  3. Post about this contest on your blog, your favorite message board, Facebook, or whatever fabulous social media site floats your boat. I’m not picky, I’m just giving you an extra chance. Just make sure you put the url in a new comment.

This giveaway will end Friday night October 9th 2009 at 9pm Eastern, because I don’t stay up late. The winner will be chosen by random drawing.

Have fun!

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98 thoughts on “Giveaway Time: The Taste of Home Cookbook, Cooks who Care Edition”

  1. Well, I don't want to seem too eager since I'm the first comment and all, but hey, I love Taste of Home. And I'm all about a good give-away.
    So, you know I love your site. And I visit often. I even bookmarked it…I don't bookmark much. πŸ™‚

  2. Comment, Comment, Comment! πŸ™‚ I love you site, visit often but I don't comment. I don't think I have a TOH cookbook. Would LOVE to have one though. πŸ™‚

  3. Hi, my name is Bobbie and I love your site
    Just thought I'd introduce myself since I come here a lot but havent commented since…uh…this afternoon….

    Heather, do you read cookbooks for fun, like I do? (They're better than novels, and have better endings!)

  4. I would love to win the book, but I promise I will always come back to the site! (Well, technically you would come to me, since I read you on my Google Reader!). Yay for fun contests!

  5. I love Taste of Home – please ente me in the contest. And I subscribe on google Reader so you know I will be back!

  6. My favorite cook in the entire world, my grandma, has a subscription to Taste of Home. How can I resist? (and I always come back)

  7. I am a former lurker commenting here, I love ToH magazine & website. But in my obscenely extensive cookbook library, I cannot believe I have NO ToH Cookbook, and I would dearly LOVE to own THIS ONE.

  8. I don't have a ToH cookbook either, but have a few magazines that were given to me. I would love a copy with the new car smell even if the plastic is gone. And I'll be back! πŸ™‚

  9. I LOVE ToH cookbooks! Since moving to TN, I've gotten more adventurous in my cooking. Granted the kids don't always like it. LOL I may not reply often, but I am always here reading. I love all the tips I've gotten since you and Ivy started this.

  10. I usually read you through your email feed–and will continue to do so–but I had to come and comment for a chance to win this cookbook. I used to subscribe to ToH and enjoyed it.

    By the way, I’m liking the looks of the website–maybe I should come to you more often!

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  12. HEY! I am here all the time, just never say much. I guess you could say I am the strong, silent, femanine type ; )

    As great as I am sure the cookbook is, there is way more stuff to return to your site for then just recipes!

  13. Being a bachelor; i don't think i actually own a cookbook; usually I just bug my friends (thx heather for all the great tips) I was thinking maybe How To Cook Everything: Simple Recipes for Great Food by Mark Bittman; however maybe i'll give this some thought. thx for the tip! πŸ™‚

    • Phillip – I have the Mark Bittman and I rarely use it. I havne't used TOH, but I used my good housekeeping and my joy of cooking more often. A good 'bachelor' one depending on how long you've been surviving, is also called Help! My Apartment Has a Kitchen. I gave that to my brother when he was newly single and he loved it. Also i used to work in a bookstore and it was real popular with moms who's sons were moving out.

  14. Hey, Heather! I read daily, though I've dropped off the face of the earth in so many other ways… and some of my favorite recipes come from old Taste of Home magazines… LOVE IT!

  15. I'm another Google reader subscriber, so you know I'll be back πŸ™‚ Although my inbox still has several of your posts, but that's because I often click "mark as unread" so that I can look over a post over and over while deciding if I should print the recipe/tip. My 2 year old and I made your blueberry muffins for the first time two weeks ago. They tasted great, we loved them. Thanks. I also liked that the batch wasn't huge. We can't eat two dozen muffins before they go stale and not all muffins freeze well, so thanks for the great small recipe.

  16. You are posted on facebook and I would love to win a new cookbook!
    Thank you for the chance to win.
    I visit your site often and have enjoyed it for some time now.

  17. I am just aching for some new recipes ( and my son is too- he is spending more time with friends to eat!) I will come back and let you know about my success with the new recipes if only I could get 600 pages to refresh my cooking life!

  18. I am just aching for some new recipes ( and my son is too- he is spending more time with friends to eat!) I will come back and let you know about my success with the new recipes if only I could get 600 pages to refresh my cooking life!

  19. I love anything Taste of Home. Their cooking school is going to be in our area of WV this month. I haven't been to one of their sessons in years! Everythign they have is great!

  20. You're on my blogreader, so I'll definitely be back! And I'd _love_ a whole cookbook of non-exotic recipes! I've got a slightly picky husband and can't seem to think of ideas for meals. He's willing to experiment…but not too much. From your review, this sounds like the perfect amount of "normal" (for him) with just a taste of "new" for me!

  21. This sounds like a great cookbook. I love their magazine, and often purchase their holiday editions. I'd like to have their recipes in one place, and I like the format! Thank you so much for this giveaway!!

  22. Love Taste of Home–it gives me tons of great ideas and tends to keep things on the do-able side. Nice of you to give away your copy to one of us. Don't worry, though. I'm sure we'll all still come back even if we end up with the cookbook. πŸ™‚

  23. I'd love a chance at a Taste of Home cookbook! And a regular visitor to you blog via Google Reader, so you know I'll be back.

  24. Hey Heather, nice give-a-way! Stumbled that for you along with a good pitch for Home Ec 101. I don't need the cookbook but my daughter would sure enjoy it. As always, love your site and always telling people about it. You're the bomb when it comes to homemaking info.

  25. I am beginning to hate blogs. I've read 4 today alone that are selling or giving away stuff like this. Blogs are just becoming another extended commercial instead of being windows into peoples lives or sites to get new info… Is no place sacred these days? Are corps chasing the almighty dollar EVERYWHERE? I hope that the new FTC rules will limit this blantant marketing somewhat. I stopped reading one blog because of her incessant hocking of products

  26. oh the dreams I've had, in Taste of Home, honor! πŸ™‚

    IF this post wins this book. I will random generate a new winner for the book, after my grubby hands peruse it, for a day or two. πŸ™‚ The subscription.. well, you can have my first born child.. πŸ˜›


  27. Ooh, what a great contest! I don't comment often, but I read almost daily, so I promise to come back. πŸ™‚

  28. I am a regular commentor and you KNOW I'll be back. You are on my RSS feed and I enjoy your blog immensely. Just made the lentil pilaf for the family and it was a bit.

    Thanks Heather! And good luck to all.

  29. I'm alwasy reading you…I just rarely click out of the feed reader to comment because I never I feel I have anything to add in the comments! πŸ™‚ We were given a copy of "ToH's Year's Best Recipes" for the year we were married as a wedding gift. I enjoyed the basic recipes and need to pull that out again. I'd love to try their newer one!

  30. Wow, you're amazing. I'm a newlywed of 3 months, 22 years old, and Clueless in the Kitchen. πŸ™‚ This would do me some good. I follow your cleaning plan religiously! I would love to add this cookbook to my home!

  31. Hello! I've just found your blog and I will definitely be back! I'm a cook book addict– so I have a few– but I could certainly use a good source for simple, tried and true, recipes. Thanks for the offer!

  32. I just went to the Fall TOH cooking school and crossed my fingers the whole time that I would win a cookbook. Of course, I didn't. Oh well, here's another shot at it! I've been a follower for a long time and will definitely not be going away!

  33. I check your site several times a week. I love the helpful information and the humor. I'd love to win this cookbook and don't mind a bit that it's just a wee bit used.

  34. The same as all the rest I would love to win the TOH cookbook snce the only way I can cook is to follow a recipe…lol…and I promise to keep coming back to you site,not that I haven't already wore it out since I discovered it…ktaylor

  35. I read daily but only comment occasionally.

    I've used Taste of Home recipes for years so I'd love to have the cookbook.

  36. I just found your blog and I am loving it. Taste of Home is one of my favorite cooking magazines. Thanks for the chance to win the cookbook.

  37. I just stumbled across this website today and LOVE IT! I would also LOVE a Taste of Home Cookbook as I am a recently new stay at home mommy who is still feeling her way around a kitchen! And I will definitely be bookmarking this site!

  38. I've never done this before. Stumbled upon your site – great BTW – when I searched on the book title. I would love to receive this book. I am undergoing surgery in a month and am in the process of stocking my freezer for the hubby and kids for my recuperation time. I would love to have some new things to offer them and their diverse tastes. Hope you consider me. I will definitely be back to check out your site again.


  40. Seems I'm always on their website looking for a recipe (sounds like I'll have to come here more often, too ;)). Would love a TOH cookbook.

  41. I would love a new cookbook to keep me busy this weekend. And don't worry, I will always come back for your tried and true recipes πŸ™‚

  42. I dont know how i missed this contest as I read your blog almost daily but I would love to win this book. My DH loves cookbooks!

  43. Taste of Home has some amazing cookbooks, great simple ideas using easy to find ingredients, and meal plans that are affordable. Would LOVE to win!

  44. WOW!!! I love this website!!! I will be back for sure and I signed up for the newsletter!! I saw Good morning America today and heard about this cookbook!! Would love to add it to my collection!! I posted on facebook about your contest and listed your website.l I have 992 friends on FB so hopefully some will come here also!
    Thanks for the offer!!!

  45. I just found your website tonight–and I will definitely be back!! I've added you to my feed reader, which really is a place of honor because I substantially limit
    how many of them I can realistically keep up with. πŸ™‚

    Looking forward to looking around!

    P.S. ( found you when searching how to make a white sauce for a gluten-free friend.)

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