Eat Boutique Fall Market: Meet the Authors {big giveaway}



** This giveaway is now closed – Winners will be announced on our Facebook page on Friday, September 14th (in the evening) **

If you have spent any time here on Eat Boutique, you know that we love food. A lot. But we are also voracious readers, consuming cookbooks and great food writing in the same way that we devour a bowlful of gooey salted caramel.

So when Maggie started pulling together food makers for the Eat Boutique Markets, it soon became clear that these Markets would also be a fantastic venue to bring together some of our favorite food writers: those putting out cookbooks, memoirs, and food-driven narratives, all while sharing their love for great food.

We are lucky to have four amazing women joining us at the Eat Boutique Fall Market on Atlantic Wharf  on September 22, 2012. They will sign and sell their books, and also chat with readers and fans from near and far. To celebrate these great writers, we’re giving away these four cookbooks. That means there are FOUR potential winners: each will receive a cookbook {you’ll receive one of these books, we’ll choose because they’re all awesome!}

First, a bit about these wonderful writers:

Alana Chernila | The Homemade Pantry

Alana Chernila has this incredible ability to make you feel like you’re in her kitchen, working some sort of culinary magic creating store bought food from scratch. It may feel like magic but it’s also very easy, something that Alana has conveyed quite beautifully on her popular blog, Eating from the Ground Up, and now in her  indispensable  cookbook, The Homemade Pantry: 101 Foods You Can Stop Buying & Start Making.

The book is filled with inspiring prose, short vignettes that introduce each set of recipes while also introducing us to Alana’s homegrown life, where pop tarts are made from scratch with fresh jam and amaretto is ready for cocktail hour in mere minutes. This DIY book will encourage you to reconsider your approach to stocking your pantry. With every recipe made, you feel both economical and luxurious.

Molly Birnbaum | Season to Taste

When Molly Birnbaum lost her sense of smell in a single, horrible accident, she also lost her sense of the future. About to embark on a journey towards becoming a chef, Molly could no longer fully taste food, felt awkward and unsure in the kitchen, and had to put her dreams on hold. In Molly’s new world, she could no longer detect danger through scent, fully enjoy the smell of a home-cooked meal, the taste of coffee or wine, and was even unsure about her ability to fall in love again.

In Season to Taste, Molly tells us her story while explaining all that she learned through the science and literature of scent, cleverly weaving together prose and fact. Fair warning: this book might just change you forever. You will find yourself isolating smells, thinking about scents, inhaling deeply while cooking and eating. As I read this endlessly fascinating book, I felt my own senses reach a heightened level, becoming more aware about the kinds of information, the memories and the vast emotion associated with the sense of smell.  A must-read for cooks and food lovers.

Leigh Belanger | The Boston Homegrown Cookbook

From her perch as the program director of the Chef’s Collaborative, Leigh is able to survey the food landscape of Boston and New England in a truly unique fashion. Not only does she know the chefs of some of our very favorite restaurants, but she also connects them to the amazing people who produce the spectacular meat, vegetables, fruit, cheese, and seafood that show up on our plates.

It is that connection between the farmers and chefs where the magic truly occurs.   The Boston Homegrown Cookbook celebrates those relationships, all while featuring seasonal recipes using locally grown and produced ingredients. We were thrilled to see recipes from some of our favorite Boston/Cambridge kitchens (Hungry Mother, Erbaluce, Bondir) as well as some superlative New England farms and producers (Blue Heron Farm, Fiore di Nonno, and Island Creek Oysters to name a few) spread out on the pages on this book. Sharing a bit of history about each of the producers, restaurants and the local food movement, this cookbook provides context for local food lovers and helps us better understand how chefs are making the most out of the food produced in New England, so that we might do the same in our own kitchens.

Christine Chitnis | Markets of New England

Christine Chitnis has written a guide to the very best part of New England.

From May to October, the entire region lights up with fresh produce. In her pocket-size book, Markets of New England, Christine highlights the most vibrant farmers markets and art events. She tells a lovely story of craft and artisan goodness from Maine to Connecticut and celebrates the fact that New England may very well be one of the most artisan-focused areas of the country.

Eat boutique has followed Christine around markets in the past  (she makes a wonderful rhubarb muffin!) and is delighted to feature her at the upcoming Fall Market.

Now let’s get to the GIVEAWAY!

** This giveaway is now closed – Winners will be announced on our Facebook page on Friday, September 14th (in the evening **

There are three FOUR ways to enter to win a cookbook. Try all three FOUR!

1) Enter once by leaving a comment on this post answering this question: Which vintage or new cookbook do you cook from the most during the Fall season?

2) Enter again (two times could be your charm!) by following @eatboutique  on Twitter and tweeting:  I just entered to win 1 of 4 cookbooks from authors attending the @eatboutique Fall Market on Sept 22! Enter here:

3) Enter a third time by “liking”  Eat Boutique on Facebook  and leaving a comment on the post marked “{big giveaway}” that showcases this blog post.

4) Enter a fourth time by subscribing to the Eat Boutique email list at the very end of this post or in the right hand column and leave a message here to say that you did!

All entries must be made by Thursday, September 13, 2012 at 11:59pm, and a winner will be chosen and notified by Friday, September 14, 2012. Winners can pick up their cookbook in person at the Eat Boutique Fall Market on Atlantic Wharf on Saturday, September 22 – we’ll hold your cookbook at the door for you. ** If you cannot attend the Fall Market, we’ll ship the book to you. US residents only please.  There’s not much time so leave your comment now!

Eat Boutique discovers the best small batch foods by boutique food makers. We share recipes, maker stories and city guides to eating boutique. We host tasting events and markets for food makers, cookbook authors and food fans.  We craft seasonal, regional gift and tasting boxes and sell individual items that you can  order today. Meet makers and small batch food fans in person at the  Eat Boutique Fall Market  on September 22, 2012 — the event is free but please RSVP so we can plan accordingly – thank you!  

Eat Boutique is an award-winning shop and story-driven recipe site created by Maggie Battista. After hosting pop-up markets for 25,000+ guests, Maggie is now focused on opening her first permanent Eat Boutique​–​a food​-​retail concept space ​with a new way to the very best food. Her second cookbook, A New Way to Food: Recipes That Revamped My Pantry & Made Me Love Me, At Last, will be published by Roost Books/Penguin Random House in 2019. Her first cookbook, Food Gift Love, features more than 100 food gift recipes to make, wrap, and share and is available wherever you find favorite cookbooks.

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  • Kerry

    Although I didn’t appreciate it when I was young and my mother cooked from it I am still a fan of the Moosewood Cookbook!

  • Nkpelt

    We are new to New England and loved the last boutique! This time my husband and I are making a date out of the afternoon!

  • LostInCheeseland

    Actually, I tend to cook from random recipes I find online which isn’t practical for organization so I’m eager to score a NEW cookbook this season! All of the books above sound fantastic!

  • LostInCheeseland

    Already following on Facebook (and liked the post!)

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  • Molly

    From Concord grape pie to a warm, creamy corn pudding, I find myself reaching for Deborah Madison’s The Vegetarian Table: America, over and over during this season.

  • Jennifer

    In Fall I most often refer to an extremely dogeared, food stained, hand-me-down copy of The Art of Jewish Cooking by Jennie Grossinger.

  • what an awesome giveaway! i love scouring food blogs for recipes and finally picked up super natural cooking by heidi swanson, so i can’t wait to give it a try this fall 🙂

  • amy

    My favorite fall cookbook is an old one, Soups of Maine. Love all the warm chowders and stews.

  • drsmith

    My standby favorite is Joy of Cooking

  • Erin

    I love cooking from La Tartine Gourmande by Beatrice Peltre. Her clafoutis is the best!

  • Erin

    I love cooking from La Tartine Gourmande by Beatrice Peltre. Her clafoutis is the best!

  • Erin

    Just subscribed to the mailing list. Can’t wait for more updates!

  • Gail

    Around My French Table by Dorie Greenspan tops my list. The Stuffed Pumpkin recipe is a particular favorite.

  • Bryan

    I always get really comfort-foody in the fall, so I go with Joy of Cooking. Also subscribed!

  • Tanya

    I read cookbooks more than using them… If that makes sense. Iam, however looking forward to adding soups to my repertoire by using Love Soup

  • Andrea

    I frequently look into the Flavor Bible, it has changed the way I cook/bake.

  • Andrea

    I’m on the mailing list!

  • Angela

    the Joy of Cooking!

  • jenn

    I’m on the mailing list!

  • Anastasia

    I’m on the mailing list tooOOoooo!!

    • Anastasia

      Oh! and my best fall cookbook I know this year is going to be Plenty by London’s Ottolenghi — I mean it was my summer cookbook this year too but I’m so not done with it! I can not WAIT to do all the squash recipes in there, every page is bliss

  • JL

    The Mozza Cookbook – Nancy Silverton – her crostinis are great for the holidays!

  • Mary Ann D

    I turn to any of my Mario Batali cookbooks for inspiration.

  • Mary Ann D

    I am on the mailing list.

  • Mary Ann D

    I liked Eat Boutique on facebook.

  • Leigh

    I love the Fall recipes from Simply in Season!

  • Caitlin

    Love Super Natural Every Day by Heidi Swanson in the Fall

  • Babs

    Molly Stevens “All About Roasting”. My favorite time of year.

  • Babs

    I am on the mailing list.

  • Caitlin

    I subscribed to your mailing list!

  • Sara

    Autumn calls for anything Nigel Slater. His writing and his food embody the perfection of autumn – cozy, warmth, and simple abundance.

  • Brittany

    All of these cookbooks look amazing! I’d love to be the proud owner of one of them!

  • Brittany

    AND I am a new subscriber!

  • The Classic Betty Crocker for comfort foods

  • MGalli

    Country Cooking of France by Anne Willan!!!!

  • MGalli

    Just subscribed to the newsletter!

  • hrbeck

    The Best Slow Cooker Cookbook Ever comes in handy in the fall.

  • hrbeck

    I already subscribe to the Eat Boutique by email. 🙂

  • I personally love Super Natural Every Day. Great great cookbook.

  • And I already liked your page (and just commented on the {big giveaway} post)…

  • I also subscribe to your email blast (do you need my email address for proof?)…jaysus, I’m looking like such a stalker. I have everything Eat Boutique!

  • KatB

    Fields of Greens by Annie Sommerville is always a favorite. Lots of delicious recipes…Yum! Oh, and Moosewood is always good for fall.

  • KatB

    I’m already subscribed to the mailing list as well. 🙂 Love the photographs!

  • Jo @ The Hungry Crafter

    Hard question! I don’t know that I use cookbooks seasonally..I guess I go through one time phases more…right now I am working my way through “The Ploughman’s Lunch and the Miser’s Feast” Yum!

  • Jo @ The Hungry Crafter

    And I am onthe mailing list (thank goodness! That’s how I found out about this:) !)

  • Fall = Soup Time, so my go-to book for fall cooking is The Daily Soup Cookbook. I’m already on your mailing list. Love it!