Win Four Delicious Food Books!

I've spent the past few weeks cleaning out my apartment and trying to do away with as much clutter as possible. I've donated bags and bags of clothing, and sold off a ton of stuff at a stoop sale. I even joined a fantastic site called that lets you trade books with strangers from all over the country. I guess that's not really helping since I'm getting books back, but at least I'm not spending any more money!

To further help these efforts, I've decided to do a little book giveaway. On my other blog I'm giving away four fantastic novels and memoirs, but here I figured I'd do something a little bit more edible. I've collected four yummy food-related books that I know you guys will love. The books are:

Broccoli, and Other Tales of Food and Love, by Lara Vapnyar (Fiction. A clever collection of sad and funny short stories about Russian immigrants who seek solace in food. Great recipes with each story and the directions are probably the most entertaining part!)

Climbing the Mango Trees, A Memoir of a Childhood in India, by Madhur Jaffrey (Memoir. A luscious tale by the brilliant cookbook writer and actress that will send you running to the kitchen. With delicious traditional recipes.)

Toast, by Nigel Slater (Memoir. Nigel Slater’s truly extraordinary story of a childhood remembered through food. In each chapter, as he takes readers on a tour of the contents of his family’s pantry—rice pudding, tinned ham, cream soda, mince pies, lemon drops, bourbon biscuits—we are transported....)

The Adventures of Food, Edited by Richard Sterling (Essay Anthology. Wonderful collection of essays from great food writers about adventures encountered while traveling around the world.)

To enter to win them, all you have to do is one (or all 3!) of the following:

1.) Leave a comment telling me either what book you're reading now or what you like to do when it's time to organize your shelves. That will get you one entry.

2.) Follow me on twitter (@nandita) and tweet a link about this contest then come back here to say you did it (with a link so I can see it). If you're already following me, just tweet about the contest and then leave another comment telling me you did. That will get you a second entry.

3.) Post about this contest on your blog, website, or Facebook page (and then let me know you did). That will get you a third entry.

The winner will be chosen randomly using a random number generator. You must include your email or twitter name with your entry so that I can contact you. If I can't find a way to contact the winner, then a second entry will be chosen. Contest is open to everyone who is not related to me. It's OK if you live outside the US--we'll find a way to get the books to you if you win. Maximum 3 entries per person. All entries must be in by July 4th, 11:59 PM EST.

Good Luck!!


  1. Right now I'm reading Martha Stewart's's sad I really haven't been able to get into any books since Andrew was diagnosed with an autistic disorder - most cookbooks, magazines and books about his disorder. I use to read a book or two a week -- but I especially loved food related books! I've been doing a major purge of my house - so much stuff - so little space.

  2. I'm reading Martha Stewart's Cooking School, and Ice Cream by Robert Marshall. I tend to enjoy learning about the science behind the food and such. Hence the ice cream book.

  3. I'm reading pretty much all my cookbooks at the moment, my latest is How to cook everything vegetarian by Mark Bittman, good to get some new meal ideas!

  4. The next time I have time to organize my bookshelves, I'm going to move all my boys' books to the shelves in their room so I can actually see my books.


  5. I am reading three books at the moment. Would that get me three entries? ;) No? Oh, well, I had to try! :) I am reading Kafka's Soup -A Complete History of World Literature in 14 Recipes by Mark Crick(I think you would love this book. Do check it out, if you have not read it already.), The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters, and Stillness (a collection of short stories about life in war-torn Yugoslavia in the 1990s') by Courtney Angela Brkic.


  6. I am currently reading The sharper your knife, the less you cry. I love how happy, funny, touching and motivating the book is. I'm almost at the end of the book but I will read it again in a few months!


  7. Right now I am reading "Love the One You're With" by Emily Giffin. I would love to have these books/book to add to my collection!!!

  8. I'm just finishing up "The Girls Guide to Hunting and Fishing" so I'd love to have a food book to read after this!


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  10. I just finished reading "Luscious Lemon," a chick lit book about a chef. Lots of yummy descriptions of food that made me very hungry... :-) Now, I'm reading Silas Marner. The books look delicious!

  11. I'm breaking up my physiology textbook reading with Joanne Saltzman's Romancing the Bean. Her cookbooks are amazing.

  12. I just finished up Candy Freak, by Steve Almond. Loved reading about his trips to different candy factories. I picked up Bernard Clayton's Complete Book of Pasties at a booksale over the weekend, and Steingarten's It Must Have Been Something I Ate.

    Lovin' your blog!

  13. I'm loving "The Best Casserole Cookbook Ever" right now... has some really great stuff.

    I also posted a link to your site on my facebook page letting people know I'm currently making blueberry muffins :)


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