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The True Blood Cookbook: Southern Bites From Bon Temps

After an epic season finale, what’s a True Blood fan to do for next 10 months until the Season 6 premiere? While you watch reruns and catch up on the DVR’ed episodes you missed, why not get a bit campy and invite friends over for a feast of recipes from the newly released True Blood cookbook?

The Merlotte’s Bar and Grill table of contents is filled with “Drinks to Die For,” “Home Cookin’,” and even a “Maenad Feast.” Creator Alan Ball grew up in the south and much of the show does really revolve around food; from a slice of pie in Sookie’s kitchen to one of Lafayette’s creations at Merlotte’s. So in between oggling pictures of Bill, Eric or whichever supe gets your attention, you can make this classic southern menu fit for the inhabitants on Bon Temps.

True Blood Dinner Party Menu:

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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: Food in Jars

Use summer's best blueberries to make Slow Cooker Blueberry Butter from the cookbook Food in Jars.

With summer in full swing and farmers’ markets overflowing with ripe produce, this is the time of year when people in the know go canning-crazy. And with this must-have summer cookbook, Food in Jars, by canning-blogger and FN Dish contributor Marisa McClellan, you could be one of those people this year. Marisa likens preserving to investing in the stock market, where you buy low and sell high: You buy in-season fruits and veggies when they’re at their peak and relatively cheap and then reap the rewards year round with jars of can’t-be-beat preserves. All it takes to get started is Marisa’s precise, easy-to-follow instructions and no-fail recipes.

In Food in Jars Marisa includes all the basics, like jams, fruit butters, jellies and marmalades, and also savory preserves like pickles, salsas and relishes. Also not to be missed is the chapter on preserving tomatoes — who doesn’t long for the taste of summer tomatoes all winter long? And then there are recipes for whole fruits, like peaches, apricots and plums. Plus, with Marisa’s friendly voice, stories and helpful tips, you’ll feel like you’re canning along with a friend.

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Cookbook Giveaway: Brother Jimmy’s BBQ

Carolina-Style Pulled Pork from Brother Jimmy's BBQ makes a great summer cookout party food.

Sure, barbecue is about technique and meat, rubs and sauces, but the restaurant Brother Jimmy’s BBQ goes one step further to capture the Southern soul of barbecue: They embrace the party! Along with recipes for standout ribs, brisket and mac-and-cheese, their cookbook, Brother Jimmy’s BBQ: More Than 100 Recipes for Pork, Beef, Chicken & the Essential Southern Sides, includes tons of crowd-pleasing appetizers and specialty cocktails along with music playlists and drinking games. It’s everything you’ll need to get your own party rolling, Brother Jimmy’s-style.

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Cookbook Giveaway: Martha’s American Food

Mix up a big bowl of Classic Potato Salad from Martha's American Food for the 4th of July. This all-American picnic salad is an iconic summer staple.

There’s no better way to celebrate America then to explore the amazing culinary diversity we enjoy across the nation. We’ve delved into regional traditions in-depth here at Cooking Channel, crowd-sourcing favorite dishes and developing them into our feature Across the Country in 50 State Dishes. Martha Stewart’s new cookbook, Martha’s American Food: A Celebration of Our Nation’s Most Treasured Dishes, from Coast to Coast, runs with this same idea, uncovering treasured local specialties and delivering classic recipes for iconic dishes. Along the way, through food, she uncovers interesting nuggets of American history, stories of immigration and beloved regional flavors.

Martha’s American Food begins with recipes for all-American favorites like blueberry pancakes, hamburgers, meatloaf and peanut butter cookies – you can never have too many recipes for these standbys, and Martha’s versions look fantastic. And then she divides the country into five regions: Northeast, South, Midwest, Southwest and West, with recipes, stories and fabulous photography capturing the uniqueness of each – it’s a culinary road trip!

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Cookbook Giveaway: Slow Fire

Barbecue like a pro with this recipe for Barbecue Championship Ribs from Slow Fire.

If you’ve ever aspired to cook championship ribs, homemade pastrami or other smoke-kissed, slow-cooked meats, this is the cookbook to get you started. In Slow Fire: The Beginner’s Guide to Barbecue, cook-off champion, food writer and cookbook author Ray “Dr. BBQ” Lampe shares simple no-fail recipes tailored for beginners.

Ray covers all the basics, starting with tools and techniques for great barbecuing; devoting a whole chapter to spice rubs and sauces; and then delving into recipes for ribs, pulled pork, beef brisket, smoked chicken and more. Whether you’re planning a backyard barbecue or just looking for a last-minute Father’s Day gift, Slow Fire is a great new cookbook for all barbecue lovers.

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Cookbook Giveaway: Savory Sweet Life

Celebrate Sunday mornings with this make-ahead French Toast Casserole from Savory Sweet Life.

The charming, friendly writing and vivid photography of the popular blog Savory Sweet Life translates beautifully to print in Alice Currah’s new cookbook, Savory Sweet Life: 100 Simply Delicious Recipes for Every Family Occasion. Alice, a blogger, wife and mother of three, shares easy, fuss-free meals and treats meant for enjoying with friends and family.

I adore how recipes in this cookbook are organized by everyday occasions, like Father’s Day, a Tween Birthday Bash, Snow Day, Family Game Night and, my favorite, Sunday Mornings. The recipes in each section are meant to serve as inspirations rather than complete menus, but you’ll be tempted to make them all. These are the dishes that family food traditions are made of – simple and delicious recipes that will make any day special.

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Cookbook Giveaway: Sweet Home

Make Mom's Banana Cake from Sweet Home for your Mom this Sunday.

In Sweet Home: Over 100 Heritage Desserts and Ideas, food writer Rebecca Miller Ffrench shares how baking sweet treats can be nurturing, loving and caring, recalling and creating lasting memories. Her family has a long dessert-loving tradition, from her grandparents’ remembered nighttime sweets routine to her mother who always had an after-dinner treat waiting. And she carries the tradition on, making dessert for her own children regularly. Sweet Home is a collection of Rebecca’s family recipes, along with ideas and inspiration for preserving your own family’s recipes and starting your own traditions. It’s a beautiful and sentimental cookbook everyone (especially Mom!) is sure to enjoy.

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Cookbook Giveaway: Weight Watchers One Pot Cookbook

Mix all your vegetables in one pot and cook quickly to make this simple Farmers' Market Vegetable Soup. Serve with a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese.

To keep working towards those 2012 healthy-eating resolutions, the new Weight Watchers One Pot Cookbook is a great tool for busy cooks wondering what to make for dinner every night. It includes over 300 recipes (and more than 100 beautiful photographs) organized by the type of pot required – skillets, casseroles, Dutch ovens and, of course, slow cookers, to name a few. Every chapter begins with cooking tips for the featured kitchen appliance or tool and every recipe includes full nutritional data and Weight Watchers Points Plus values. Whether you’re trying to shed a few pounds or just eating healthier, this cookbook will help you get good-for-you foods on the table every day.

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Cookbook Giveaway: Get Your Comfort Food Fix

Ellie's lasagna hits all the right comfort food flavor notes, but it's easy on the waistline.


Yes, you can eat healthy without depriving yourself of lasagna, meatloaf, chicken pot pie and other comfort food favorites that are so appealing this time of year. Ellie Krieger, host of Healthy Appetite, shows you how in her latest cookbook, Comfort Food Fix. With some simple substitutions and a few healthy tricks, Ellie serves up 150 classic, hearty dishes full of flavor and low in calories and fat. She includes full nutritional information for every recipe, along with a before and after, classic vs. made over, comparison (classic lasagna has 800 calories per serving, while Ellie’s weighs in at only 550). So go ahead and indulge in your favorite foods, guilt-free.

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