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Cookbook Giveaway: Smoke & Pickles

Pickled Corn-Bacon RelishSmoke & Pickles

This is Southern food like you’ve never imagined it, ingeniously mixing farm-to-table freshness with Southern traditions, along with homey Korean food. In Smoke & Pickles: Recipes and Stories from a New Southern Kitchen, James Beard Award nominee, 610 Magnolia chef/owner, Top Chef contestant and Iron Chef America victor Edward Lee charmingly weaves stories of his life and his food with amazing, unique recipes. He draws inspiration from his Korean-American roots, growing up in Brooklyn and training in New York City, while fully embracing the food traditions of his adopted city, Louisville, Ky. (Bonus: Watch Cooking Channel’s web-only video of Chef Lee dishing on his culinary roots with G. Garvin)

Who knew Korean food and Kentucky cuisine had so much in common? Where Edward draws the closest connection, of course, is between Korean and Southern barbecue traditions — lots of smoky flavors that he channels into recipes like Grilled Kalbi and Pulled Pork Shoulder. And then there are the homemade pickles, from kimchi for every season to pickled peaches and jalapenos. Simple, inventive rice bowls and Southern staples round out this cookbook, and a chapter of Bourbon & Bar Snacks (Kimchi Poutine!) is tons of fun.

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Twenty-Dollar, Twenty-Minute Meals: Pasta Handkerchiefs

Planning a weeknight dinner can be daunting. I usually don’t do it and decide what I’m going to cook on my way out of the office. This habit makes it easy to inadvertently choose recipes that are time consuming or expensive. In general, cooking should save you money, not the other way around. So when I was asked to test a recipe from food writer Caroline Wright’s new cookbook Twenty-Dollar, Twenty-Minute Meals for her virtual dinner party, I pounced at the opportunity.

The recipes in this book are designed for “all aspects of the busy life of someone who likes to eat well.” From zucchini ribbon salad to cast iron pan pizza to caramel pudding, each type of course and craving is covered. With so many seasonal options, choosing the first recipe to try was no easy task. I finally decided to make Pasta Handkerchiefs with Broccoli Rabe and Ricotta and was thrilled with the end result.

Fresh lasagna sheets are layered with creamy ricotta and garlicky broccoli rabe. With a bit of heat from the toasted red pepper flakes and an extra drizzle of olive oil, this dish is truly special. Since I was only cooking for myself, I halved the recipe to get one awesome dinner and one leftover lunch that tasted just as good. Thinking back on how much I enjoyed the pasta, it’s hard to believe it only took twenty minutes to put together.

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Cookbook Giveaway: Eat St.

Fried Chicken

We have good news, great news and the greatest news for Eat St. fans. Good news first: Comedian James CunninghaEat St. Coverm will be taking us on more awesome road trips around North America’s tastiest, messiest and most irresistible street food when Eat St. returns to Cooking Channel on April 16 at 8pm ET.

Now the great news: Eat St. has a cookbook coming out on April 2. It comes with  125 recipes from the best food vendors on wheels from the  Southern Fried Chicken picked above to the Chocolate Diablo Cookies pictured below. The lip-smacking full-color photographs are alone worth checking it out.

Greatest news: We’re giving away a copy of the cookbook to one lucky Devour reader. All you have to do is flip through our gallery of The Best Food Truck Dishes from Eat St. and post a comment on this post about which dish you like the best.

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Putting the ROCK in Shamrock: Recipes Inspired by Ireland’s Greatest Hits

St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner, which means it’s time for all things Guinness and green. But the Irish have given us so much more than stouts and lucky leprechauns. Since the 1960s, it’s been a nation that has marched to the beat of different (and very talented) drummers. From Van Morrison to U2, the Emerald Isle has been turning out some of the world’s greatest musical talent for decades.  This St. Patrick’s day, we’re celebrating these artists with some recipes inspired by their greatest hits. Turn up the volume and preheat those ovens, because it’s time to put the rock back in shamrock.

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Cookbook Giveaway: Nigellissima

Nigella's Mini Mac and Cheese All'Italiana

Anyone who has ever heard Nigella Lawson describe food in her unmistakable sultry accent knows that she’s a Brit, through and through. But in the kitchen, her style has always leaned Italian. “It was when I was sixteen or seventeen that I decided to be Italian,” Nigella explains in the introduction to her ninth cookbook, Nigellissima. “I simply felt drawn to it, to Italy.”

Nigellissima CoverI hear you, Nigella. Though I’m zero-percent Italian by birth, I’ve been an infatuated Italophile for as long as I can remember. After learning to cook the Italian way during my semester abroad in Rome, I, too, decided to be Italian. Most of what comes out of my kitchen today reflects my adopted heritage.

During her gap year in Florence, Nigella worked as a chambermaid at a family-run pensione and spent most of her free time in the kitchen with Nonna, an Italian grandmother “out of central casting.” Nigella’s recipes in Nigellissima are inspired by the classic techniques used by generations of Italian grandmothers, but she makes no claims of authenticity. The cookbook’s pastas, main dishes, vegetables and sweets all encompass her own personal spin on Italian food. 

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Cookbook Giveaway: Cook Yourself Sexy

Candice's Go-To Roasted Chicken

Candice's Whole Go-To Roasted Chicken is "dressed to kill" with garlic and herbs.

Cook Yourself Sexy CoverFormer model Candice Kumai admits that she starved herself back in her runway days — and she was miserable. Candice found her “inner sexy” after making a drastic life change: She got out of the modeling business and went to culinary school at Le Cordon Bleu. Now an Iron Chef judge and a regular contributor to Cooking Channel’s Unique Eats, she’s out to prove that eating great and looking great don’t have to be mutually exclusive.

Candice’s new cookbook, Cook Yourself Sexy, is full of healthy, satisfying recipes and advice on how to maintain your sexiest self. She’s not about deprivation — there are two full chapters on dessert, and she always favors “FWBs” (Foods With Benefits) over low-cal imitation foods.

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Cookbook Giveaway: Tate’s Bake Shop

Tate's Peanut Butter Cookies

Tate's Bake Shop CoverMy husband isn’t a sweets person – and it drives me crazy. An admitted chocoholic, I usually avoid keeping cookies and desserts around our apartment because, inevitably, I’m the only one who eats them (all). There are a few exceptions, thankfully, and one of them is cookies from Tate’s Bake Shop. Ever since we were introduced to the bakery on a trip out to visit friends in the Hamptons, he can’t get enough. They’re crispy, crunchy, slightly salty and irresistible.

Fortunately, you don’t need to have a place in Southampton (or nice friends out there) to enjoy Tate’s goodies. The familiar green-and-white packages are sold in gourmet stores, and Tate’s Bake Shop has finally revealed some of baker Kathleen King’s secrets in a new cookbook. Now I can bake cookies I know I won’t have to devour all by myself. Thank you, Kathleen!

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Cookbook Giveaway: The Sprouted Kitchen

The Sprouted Kitchen Cookbook

The Sprouted Kitchen CoverHealth food skeptics might expect the recipes in a cookbook titled The Sprouted Kitchen to be all sprouts and seeds, rabbit-food style. Not so in blogger Sara Forte’s new book, beautifully photographed by her husband, Hugh. Sure, Sara’s recipes highlight fresh produce, whole grains and unsaturated fats — but they’re also tempting and satisfying. Case in point: the spicy Ranchero Breakfast Tostadas pictured above.

From vibrant seasonal salads to fruit-spiked cocktails to bites of (unprocessed) indulgence in the treats section, the book’s 100 recipes are mostly original, with a few favorites from Sara’s popular blog folded in.

The Sprouted Kitchen‘s recipes are both impressive and easy, so try one for a simple weeknight meal or your next dinner party:

The Sprouted Kitchen carrot salad

We’re giving away a copy of The Sprouted Kitchen: A Tastier Take on Whole Foods to one randomly selected lucky winner. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment telling us your favorite healthy dish.

So, tell us, what’s your go-to healthy recipe?

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Cookbook Giveaway: Vintage Cakes

Stack Cake from Vintage Cakes Cookbook

Vintage Cakes Cookbook

Flipping through Julie Richardson’s new cookbook, Vintage Cakes, brings me back to my grandmother’s flour-dusted, sweet-smelling kitchen. Grandma made a cake from scratch for every birthday, and their moist layers and buttercream never disappointed — even when I turned seven and all I wanted was the Little Mermaid cake I spotted at the grocery store.

Like Grandma’s, Julie’s cakes steer clear of fancy pastry chef tricks in favor of classic American combinations. A bakery owner and collector of vintage cookbooks and recipe cards, she folds in interesting tidbits of history. Who knew that the Stack Cake, pictured above, was once a traditional wedding cake for settlers in southern Appalachia? Julie notes that wedding guests would each bring a layer for the bride’s family to assemble. Though timeless, the recipes in Vintage Cakes are all updated for today’s home baker, so go ahead and break out that stand mixer.

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Cookbook Giveaway: The Cookie Dough Lover’s Cookbook

Try these easy Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles and many more cute sweets from The Cookie Dough Lover's Cookbook by Lindsay Landis.

There’s good news for all those kitchen rebels who have ever stolen fingerfuls of cookie dough from their grandmother’s mixing bowl, or devoured store-bought cookie dough straight from the fridge or freezer (you know who you are). Food blogger Lindsay Landis has taken off with the concept behind cookie dough ice cream and turned every baker’s guilty pleasure, cookie dough eating, into this summer’s cutest new cookbook. The Cookie Dough Lover’s Cookbook uses Lindsay’s homemade, egg-free raw cookie dough to doll up classic recipes for cakes, candies and more sweet treats.

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