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Saturday, November 12, 2011

I Wrote a Cookbook, Here is Your Chance to Win a Copy

I patiently waited (ha!) for the Fed-Ex man to arrive at my doorstep with this cookbook yesterday.  At 4:00 p.m. he finally came.

I am coming on 2 years of food blogging next month.  Since I started this process I cannot count how many times people have asked if I'm writing a cookbook.  Well, up until last month, I hadn't.  I submitted several cookbook proposals last summer only to be denied more times than I care to mention.  Then I realized I needed to get my butt in gear and write one on my own so friends, family and blogging friends could have it before the holidays came.

Enter in a toddler. a seven month old, a husband, a part-time job, many mouths to feed, laundry to be done and oh did I mention two dogs?  I didn't think I would find the time nor the patience to tackle this feat, but I did.

There were times I was sitting at the computer when I should have been tending to a dirty diaper, and times when I'd get all situated only to type out one sentence when some catastrophic event would come crashing down in the little man's room and my writing/editing for that day was shot.

But, in the end I finished it.  It's no Paula Deen, Bobby Flay or Rachael Ray production.  I didn't have an agent or book editor for that.  It is a simple 40-page, full color with photos, cookbook showcasing everything from appetizers to main dishes to desserts.

Since the holidays are now in full force with Halloween past us, here is your chance to purchase or win a copy for yourself, or if you are feeling generous give it to a family member or friend.

If you'd like to purchase, it is available in an iPAD/iPhone version, soft cover and hard cover.  You can buy it here.  If you purchase before November 30th, enter in the discount code: HOLIDAY to receive 15% off.

I will pick one random winner next Saturday, November 19th, to receive a free soft cover copy!  Many ways to enter so get commenting!
  • Tell me why you'd like to win a copy of Ally's Sweet & Savory Eats.
  • Tell me how long you've been reading my blog.
  • Become a follower of my Facebook page.
  • Become a follower of my blog via Google Reader (on right side of page).
  • Become a follower of my Twitter page.
  • Tweet this: "I want to win a copy of @sweetsavoryeats new cookbook, http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/2643986!"
Count 'em.  That is 6 different ways to enter.  Each entry is counted separate.  Good luck!

Would you like to comment?

  1. I'd like to win this cookbook so I can try out the recipes when I'm "cooped up" inside this winter.

  2. This is so fun Ally!! I have had people ask me too, but I never took them seriously! I'm not even a mom with a job and I can't believe you found the time and energy for this!! It's terrific! :)
    I've been reading your blog since the beginning, when you stopped by mine after you saw me in TOH. I can't believe it's already been 2 years and you have 2 kids now! Time flies!

  3. Hi Ally

    I've been a silent follower and so excited to see that you have a cookbook to your name.. Congrats = )

    Hope to win your book so that I can try out all your recipes and if I win... your book will be my first book in my brand new iPad 2 = )

    Congrats again
    Christine T

  4. I love your recipes and would love to win this cookbook!

  5. I have been reading your blog for about a year.

  6. I'd love to win it! I just love cookbooks, to me they are like stories into people's lives.

  7. I just came to your blog for the first time today, so I've been reading one day!

  8. I'm following on GFC now.

  9. I'm following you on twitter - FrugalGreenMom1

  10. I tweeted!

  11. I love cookbooks and I really want to add this one to my collection

  12. I would like to win your cookbook so that I would have all your recipes close at hand.

  13. I have been reading about 3 months now.

  14. I love cookbooks. To me there is no better reading material!

  15. I would like to receive a copy of this cookbook for several reasons:
    1) You know I'm all about convenience and having your recipes in a handy book will be priceless to me
    2) I offered to proof the darned thing for you
    3) I bought the eBook for my iPad, and would like the softcover version
    4) I'll show it to others and tell people to order their own copy
    5) I miss you
    6) I made you a scrapbook, now give me a cookbook


  16. Jolene (Everydayfoodie)November 14, 2011 at 11:01 PM

    Congrats on writing a cookbook!! I would love to win a copy because all the food you make looks SO good, and I will have a lot more time on my hands to cook in about 2.5 weeks when I am done all classes for my masters!!!

  17. Jolene (Everydayfoodie)November 14, 2011 at 11:02 PM

    I can't remember how long I have been reading, but it has been quite a while.

  18. Just found your blog and I'm so glad I did - congratulations on your lovely cookbook! It must be an enormous accomplishment to write a book - I'm signing up now to follow you - your recipes look wonderful
    Mary x

  19. I have been reading your blog for over 1 year!

  20. I follow you on twitter now @beccabsh

  21. I "liked" your page on FB!

  22. I tweeted about the giveaway here: https://twitter.com/#!/beccabsh/status/136468538432045056

  23. I'd love to add your cookbook to my collection, your recipes always look so good!

  24. I've been reading your blog for almost a year now

  25. I follow you on google reader as well

  26. Congrats on finishing your cookbook!! How exciting!

  27. Tami@NutmegnotebookNovember 18, 2011 at 3:20 PM

    I'm new to your blog. I love to collect cookbooks and recipes. I'm always trying new recipes to keep our menu exciting and to discover new foods.

  28. Tami@NutmegnotebookNovember 18, 2011 at 3:20 PM

    I just became a follower of your blog.

  29. Tami@NutmegnotebookNovember 18, 2011 at 3:22 PM

    I just became a follower of your Facebook page.