Thursday, December 18, 2008

Announcements (Winner and next Selection)

Hello Cook The Books Members!

We have two very important announcements for you today. First off, we have the announcement of our winner for La Cucina, selected by the wonderful author herself, Lily Prior.

Ms. Prior had a difficult time choosing from all the wonderful recipes but we'll let her tell you and announce the winner!
"First of all thank you to everyone who took part in this event. All the dishes looked incredible, honestly, and what a difficult task to decide the winner. I read, and reread the entries, and my tastebuds really did start to twang at the photographs of these succulent dishes, and I began to think it was almost lunchtime, and time to wander into the kitchen... However, at long last I have to say the sight of the glossily melting caciocavallo cheese on rustic bread made with love by Foodycat takes first prize. Congratulations, and well done, and thank you all. Warmest wishes, and Happy Christmas"
-Lily Prior
Congratulations Foodycat! I think we are all still dreaming about your antipasto platter and that wonderful cheese! You will be receiving the coveted Cook The Books Winner's Badge for your blog, as well as be added to the upcoming "Winner's Circle" on the Cook The Books site. But wait that's not all! Rachel will be carefully choosing a cookbook from her store and sending it along to you. Spectacular job Foodycat and everyone else, we had great participation and some delicious book interpretations for our first book!


That brings us to the second announcement...

Our next book choice for January/February, hosted by Deb, is The Language of Baklava, by Diana Abu-Jaber, a culinary memoir and journey full of incredible food and the cultural differences and difficulties of being raised both Jordanian and American.
The author, Diana Abu-Jabar has written several novels, is a wonderful storyteller and the recipes in the book sound delicious and will be a good starting off point for everyone's creativity.
From the book jacket:
"Diana Abu-Jaber’s vibrant, humorous memoir weaves together stories of being raised by a food-obsessed Jordanian father with tales of Lake Ontario shish kabob cookouts and goat stew feasts under Bedouin tents in the desert. These sensuously evoked repasts, complete with recipes, in turn illuminate the two cultures of Diana's childhood–American and Jordanian–while helping to paint a loving and complex portrait of her impractical, displaced immigrant father who, like many an immigrant before him, cooked to remember the place he came from and to pass that connection on to his children. The Language of Baklava irresistibly invites us to sit down at the table with Diana’s family, sharing unforgettable meals that turn out to be as much about “grace, difference, faith, love” as they are about food."
The Submission Deadline for this book is February 15th
Happy Holidays to all of you and thank you for being a part of Cook The Books!

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