Bon Appetit, Y’all – The Best Way to Manage Holiday Stress is…to Give it Away!

Bon Appetit Y'all Cookbook

The giveaway entry period is now closed, but please don’t let that keep you from sharing your favorite Southern dish! Check back in a few days for the winner, and in the mean time, we have even more Holiday giveaways and Gift Guides!

Someone once told me that the most stressful experiences in life are death, taxes, and moving.

Hm. I may have mixed something up there with the death and taxes part, but you know what I’m getting at right?

I am still deep in the throes of moving which is stressful enough, but for some reason, instead of moving the normal way — taking three all-nighters in a row to filter out the junk, clean the old house, and hire professionals to move the material representation of my life to the new house in one single stressful shot — I have stretched and pulled and dragged the process out to a long, painful, black, blue, tear-streaked six weeks.




At this point, we’re physically all “moved.” We are not however, mentally moved, and are now facing the real-time nightmare of unpacking, putting things away, cleaning and the most detestable task of my life, contact papering shelves. This, of course, on top of the (ab)normal Holiday chaos this time of year, has stressed us so much to the point that we are now schizofrenetically referring to ourselves in both the single and personal plural forms in the same post, but we have forced ourselves to take a breather and just…

give stuff away so we don’t have to put it away.

What We’re Giving Away

No, we aren’t giving away stained clothes, shoes we’ve worn or the partially complete set of Corningware dishes in the ever-so-Korean Gold Butterfly pattern. At least, not giving those away to you.

You’re getting cookbooks! (Our special friend Craig S. List is getting the other stuff.)

Over the last two years, the TasteSpotting Kitchen’s cookbookshelf has been stacking up books that authors, publishers, and PR reps have sent us to review and test. We meant to review/test the cookbooks as they came in, but you know how life gets…

So what better reason than this once in a lifetime moving opportunity (because we really don’t think we can handle this kind of stress ever again) to finally give those cookbooks away? We might also love our TasteSpotting community and want to thank both contributors and readers for this past year, but don’t let that get to your head.

Check back every day. And we’re not saying we have more than just cookbooks, we’re just…

Okay, and we have more than just cookbooks, too.

Bon Appetit, Y’all

But those are later!

First up, we have this kind of very much amazing cookbook, Bon Appetit, Y’all. The Southern-cooks-French collection of recipes from Virginia Willis is the perfect combination of all the flavor and fun of Paula Deen with the finesse and beauty of Giada de Laurentiis. If Giada were French. And didn’t overpronounce (is that even a word?) non-English words.

All of the usual Southern suspects are there. We love that there are recipes for Coca-Cola Baby Back Ribs, Fried Chicken and Gravy, and Buttermilk Cornbread, but what makes this book special is that these recipes are right alongside Boeuf Bourguignonne, Coq au Vin and Gougeres. From a font/type/design-geek perspective, we can’t help but love the fonts and how pages are laid out.

How to Enter this Giveaway

This is a quick and easy giveaway. There is one step:

Leave a comment on this post with your favorite Southern dish.

Don’t worry if you don’t have a favorite Southern dish; just make something up. It doesn’t actually matter what you say since we’re going to pick the “winner” randomly, it only matters that you do comment, and that you do by the deadline, midnight Friday December 3. Make sure to enter your email address in the space provided address so we can contact you if you’re chosen!

Just to get things started, we’ll go first.

We love buttermilk biscuits. So much so that sometimes, we find ourselves sneaking out of a KFC drive-thru with a box of just biscuits in our lap at 1 am.

Good luck!

by Sarah J. Gim on December 1, 2010 · 253 comments


Previous post:

Next post: