Monday, October 27, 2008

Grandmothers Cookbook Giveaway

As part of the Bloggy Giveaway Carnival I am thrilled to be giving away a copy of Grandmother's Cookbook


Carrie Gamble has been a friend for quite some time now and she very generously offered us this cookbook for the giveaway.
To enter, visit Carrie's site at http://www.grandmotherscookbook.com/ Take a look at the family love letter and post here something you learned from the love letter.

For an additional entry, follow me on twitter, http://twitter.com/audreyokaneko then post another comment letting me know your user name and that you're now following me.

For a third entry, blog about this contest and post a comment with the URL to the post.

This contest closes at midnight October 31st, 2008, pacific time. Contest is open to anyone with a U.S. mailing address and over the age of 18.

More giveaways at the Bloggy Giveaways Quarterly Carnival!

Good luck to everyone!!

Audrey :)

141 comments:

Angela said...

After her father died she was inspired to have her grandmother write down her recipes. I've been in this situation before with my own mother and my mother in law-all of their recipes were lost when they died. I now take the time to write down my family's favorites so they can be passed down to my own daughter. This cookbook sounds wonderful and I would love to win it. Thank you for the giveaway!

elizabeth p said...

As I was reading I realized just how much I miss the family dinners. Tables laden with southern food, prepared with love...nothing can be better. I am queenesperfect at yahoo.com

Dee said...

I am trying to cook more for my family! I think it is so important to share meals with your family!
At fifteen Elizabeth moved from the family farm in Bucks County, Pennsylvania to live and work at a doctor's residence in Philadelphia.

Holly said...

I love that she wanted to preserve the recipes that she knew and loved. I think family dinners are something a lot of people take for granted. I think it's so important to come together and share your day's experiences with each other as you share a delicious meal. I have recipes that I grew up with, and the ones in my mom's writing, I will cherish.

Awesome giveaway. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

To take the time to spend with your loved ones and learn about their life. monk5@charter.net

PisecoMom said...

Oh, this makes me miss my Polish grandmother - and my mother - and our holidays together cooking in one kitchen. Thank you for the link to the letter, and for the contest.

chappyandalexa [at] earthlink [dot] net

Becca said...

Grandma lived in Bucks COunty! Thats where my grandmother's family lived (back in the late 1700s before they moved out west.) And I really liked the cooking together because the mom didn't know enough english.

Erin said...

The Love Letter made me long for the Christmas Eve's when my great grandmother, grandmother, mother, and I would all cook for the rest of the family. Soups, stews, sandwiches, desserts, etc...all made with love. My great grandmother has since passed and my grandmother suffered a stroke that has left her unable to help, but my mother & I continue to cook and one day, I hope to include my own daughters.

Megret said...

Many of the recipes are inspired by her Austrian-Hungarian heritage. Delightful cookbook! Thanks for the chance!
Megret
musesofmegret (at) gmail (dot) com

toohotforturtle said...

I learned about "Feather Bed" rolls. I know it says all grandmothers made them, guess someone forgot to tell my grandma...lol. They sound yummy though

piece of me said...

It made me look forward to our upcoming family Holiday Dinners together. And it made me want to make "Grandma's Sugar Cookies".
livlifelov at yahoo dot com

cdziuba said...

Reading it reinforced my beliefe in the importance of having your family sit down and eat together. Lovely giveaway. cdziuba@aol.com

Kristan said...

makes me think i need to cook more! i have a lot of family in PA, too.
andrewandkristan(at)hotmail(dot)com

Hil'Lesha said...

t details the creation of Grandmother's Cookbook and describes Elizabeth's fascinating life and love of family, cooking and nature.

lilacbutterfly [at] earthlink.net

Alaina said...

I love that it includes watercolors of flowers Elizabeth loved and Carrie painted. What a beautiful picture!

Lisa said...

I love the fact she says a meal(soup) is complete with huge cinnimon buns or apple cakes, how cool is that, I loved loved loved the pictures included it makes you feel like you are there with her.
stormy5475@aol.com

Audra said...

I thought that it was so sweet that her daughter hand wrote the cookbook because having it typed just didn't fit.

Thanks so much for the AWE-some Give-oh-Way!
audrajjensen(at)msn.com

eyeslikesugar said...

I love homemade cookbooks! I hope I win :)

eyeslikesugar said...

I also added you to my Twitter. My name is Roweena on there. :)

Jennifer said...

A family cookbook is like a love letter to one's family. What a great line, it really makes me want to start something like this for my family. The recipes sound really good, I really want to try Lemon Sponge Pie! Thanks so much for the giveaway!

mattandjen[at]gmail.com

Mudpies and Mary Janes said...

I learned how important it is to keep family recipes in the family. My DD and I love to cook together. It builds wonderful memories.

elizardbreath said...

I learned that there is an entire chapter devoted to Dumplings and Noodles...which I thought was very cool. I'd love to have some of those homemade recipes!

elizardbreath8@hotmail.com

jayedee said...

"a family cookbook is like a love letter to your family"
what a great line.....says it all, doesn't it?
please throw my name in the hat for this awesome giveaway! good luck everyone!

Jodi said...

I have so many memories of PA, spending time with family and friends,and this gorgeous letter made me long for those times.

purehrt555(at)yahoo(dot)com

mannequin said...

I learned that she grew up nearby ! I know Doylestown. It makes it so much easier reading that and being able to picture it. It is quite an idyllic town in a sense.
What a lovely cookbook this would be. I miss my mothers cooking and my grandmothers. I need to pass some special dishes down to my boys.

mannequin said...

I'm now following you on Twitter. My name is imabrat.

kamewh said...

I love the fact that it is hand-written!

Thank you for the giveaway!

kerin0874 (at) yahoo (dot) com

Rip Curl Mom said...

It just reaffirmed for me how important family is and those special memories you make.

Becky N. said...

Her mother never heard of a pie?! Their first pie was butterscotch, but before that they made tarts made with lots of eggs and leavening. And here I thought pie had been around forever!

The cookbook sounds wonderful. Thank you for offering it!

her5boys said...

I love how the book not only has yummy recipes but the memories that come with them...like she says "nestalgic"

Cherie J said...

I loved the recipe for the Hungarian Peasant Meal. It sounded delicious and I will have to try it out. The Feather Beds recipe sounded delidious as well. The family history was interesting as well.

cherierj(at)yahoo(dot)com

Anonymous said...

KawaiiNeko2008 (at) aol (dot) com
The importance of love and family :-)

Molly C. said...

I love that she is preserving her families recipes. Would love to win this one.

blueviolet said...

It was inspired by a desire to live life the old-fashioned way preserving the feel-good foods and memories associated with them.

I just love this endearing cookbook!

doot65[at]comcast[dot]net
Elizabeth

blueviolet said...

I follow you on Twitter. (blueviolet)
doot65[at]comcast[dot]net
Elizabeth

blueviolet said...

I blogged here
doot65[at]comcast[dot]net
Elizabeth

Tyna said...

I love that Elizabeth's birthday was April 1st!!!

Carol said...

I like that it's handwritten. I would love to win this prize. Really nice prize to give. Thanks for the chance.

actsm(AT)hotmail(DOT)com

jesusluvsu2005 said...

It made me think of how close families once were. And that many aren't that way anymore. We're texting or emailing but that personal touch is just lost in things. I also think it's a good idea to keep a running family cookbook. Jot down those favorite recipes from family members. It helps relive those wonderful memories.
Thanks!
God bless,
Amanda
jesusluvsu2005 at gmail dot com

Deborah said...

Elizabeth had an Austrian-Hungarian mother.

Deborah
dbstout{at}juno{dot}com

Rebecca Graham said...

This has inspired me to have more sit down dinners with my entire family in attendance!! Thanks for the inspiration!!

Amity said...

Carrie, a commercial
artist and illustrator, together with her grandmother, Elizabeth
von Hohen, wrote the
Grandmother's Cookbook.
Many of the recipes are inspired by her Austrian-Hungarian heritage. I think I would love this cookbook..very touching!!

jnmacdonald said...

Carrie handwrote Elizabeth's recipes which I can only imagine was tedious work, but a great gift.

Reeva said...

it made me realize just how distant families are now, despite the fact that some live in the same house hold. i'd love to have this, it sounds very heartwarming :)


Thanks for a generous giveaway. I hope I'm the lucky winner.

Julie said...

We are so fortunate to have most of our family reasonably close by. Just the same, we don't get together as often as I would like. I am trying to write down all of our favorite recipes to have for the future generations.

Kristy said...

Very generous giveaway! Thanks for the chance. Its pages are embellished by the watercolors of the wildflowers Elizabeth picked with her child's hands, lovingly painted by Carrie's steady ones. A small story or reminiscence written by Elizabeth accompanies each one.

deb126 said...

I've always loved reading great cook books and this looks like a winner, thanks for the wonderful giveaway and would love to win

karen and co. said...

I love that she thought her hubby looked like her favorite actor. So cute.

jenny said...

wow sounds like a grate cook book i love to try and win this thanks

Geri said...

Thanks for the great giveaway!!! Please count me in!

gerijones64@hotmail.com

It makes me realize how much we miss by skipping that whole sitting down to dinner together thing!!

Debi said...

My grandmother was the one that taught me to cook!! I just wish I would have paid more attention to all of her recipes!! (They were all in her head... and no one took the time to write them down) so if it wasn't one I made more than once... it is lost!! O how hind site is 20/20!! Terrible what we take for granted!! I have started a cookbook of my own! I write down every recipe... so my great great grands can know what I cooked... which ones were my favorites!! (because of all the food stains!!) lol. But there will not be anymore lost recipes here!! I think it great that she took the time!!
Thank you for sharing!! :D And I would love to win one too!! Thanks dear!

http://whatscookninjunk.blogspot.com/

Jackie B. said...

Elizabeth was an April Fool's baby!
I would love to win this cookbook.

Jenn said...

Hi there! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity. I'm giving away a rhinestone cluster ring on my blog. Feel free to come drop your name in the hat. :) I'm having giveaways all week, actually!

Jenn said...

I'm following you on twitter now, too! jennvincent

Storm said...

I think it's pretty neat that she had her grandmother write them all down.

Karen said...

Boy, did the letter hit home. I have been meaning to get family members to write down recipes and now I know I have to do it!

crystal said...

I think it's interesting that they did not make pies & that the 1st one they made way butterscotch (my favorite)!

janetfaye said...

a steaming bowl of potato or vegetable soup makes a wonderful
one-dish meal when followed by a hearty dessert of "cinnamon
buns, apple cakes, or strawberry shortcake."

Thank you!

janetfaye at (gmail) (dot) com

janetfaye said...

I follow you on Twitter.

My username is janetfaye

janetfaye at (gmail) (dot) com

Jinxy and Me said...

I learned that family recipes are special!

semtaylor said...

What I learned - I liked reading about the fresh raspberry jam and
butter. This reminded me of my grandmother who made homemade jam and churned butter. Thanks for the giveaway. semtaylor(at)yahoo.com

Sandy said...

I learned that even recipes hold alot of memories- of course alot of love too thanks mrs.mommyyatgmail.com

noreen said...

her daughter hand wrote the cookbook because having it typed just didn't fit

Shasta said...

Wow, this makes me miss my grandmother so much, when I think of her, I think of her cooking, and I like to think I got my love of cooking from her, I'm pretty positive that I did, and I wish she was still here so we could cook together.

Anyway, great giveaway, and thanks for the chance to win!

thewondermomma @ gmail.com

Mrs. McB said...

A person's cooking "sharpens" as more practice is done with cooking.

Anonymous said...

ohhh...i love cookbooks.
reinforcing the importance of having your family sit down and eat together. nice giveaway.
thanks,
debi
djohnson@catcrew.com

itsahumanzoo said...

I thought it was very sweet that her cookbook has flowers pressed between the pages! Thank you for this giveaway, this sounds like a wonderful cook book.
Angela
itsahumanzoo at hotmail dot com

Katrina said...

I definitely plan on having "family sit down dinners" at least several times a week when we have a family. It is such an important time! I would love to win! Thanks!

Nancy @ Homemade Blessings said...

Grandmother was one of 8 siblings - a fact I noticed having 9 children of my own! This looks like a lovely cookbook - I would love to win!

Thanks so much!

fancyfeet48 said...

To take the time to spend with your loved ones and learn about their life

~TAMY 3 Sides of Crazy~ said...

Wow, what a great book. There are so many wonderful attributes to the love letter, but I think most importantly is the love of family and tradition.

I don't twitter, but you are in my google reader.

msrodeobrat said...

I learned that I really miss being with my family and its so important to take advantage of that while you can

mommyjen99 said...

Cooking is getting to be a lost art, I can relate to this post from the book " Her hope is that "all of these special old fashioned recipes will not become a lost art."
thanks
jen62728@aol.com

Michelle B. said...

Carrie hand letter the book herself which she self published.
I would love to win this I love cookbooks.
Please enter me in your contest. manyblessing@gmail.com

Jessica said...

I love and can really relate to how much her grandmother means to her. Also the importance of getting copies of family recipes really hit home to me.

sundaygirl at gmail dot com

momofmhasr said...

f it was first published in 1990 amd is still in rint it must be good.

Alaina said...

To take the time to spend with your loved ones and learn about their life.

Thanks so much for the chance...the cookbook sounds fabulous! I also have a giveaway on my blog so come check it out!

Have a great week!

ahiltz said...

My Mother-in-law is a fabulous cook and I am always after her to write her recipes down to pass down to us. Certain dishes she makes are her signature dishes that she is known for, but they are all in her head and not on paper. It reminded me to hound her again to write them down so we can pass them down to the next generation before they are lost. Thanks so much for doing this for us!
ahiltzy@yahoo(dot)com

sherri419 said...

When Eliabeth was little, her mom could not read English so they did all the cooking together, thus igniting her interest in cooking. This is such a great giveaway. I have been after my mom to put her recipes down on paper but she tells me she does everything by taste, so how do you put that on a recipe card?

sherri419 at gmail dot com

Lindsey said...

If only I was able to get all of my Grandmothers recipes before she passed on. This recipe book looks AMAZING!!

Bonnie in FL said...

This letter made me miss my parants and grand parents so much There is only 1 brother and me and he has no children sounds like a wonderful cookbook and family

Bonnie in FL
blday50@gmail.com

Pam's Pride said...

As I was reading it reminded me of my DH's grandmother who used to save every recipe she came across! And I thought about the time that is just slipping by and how important it is to sit down to the table and have dinner with my own family!

Becky said...

I loved that she stood her ground and had the cookbook printed in handwriting instead of typed. I think this gives the recipes a more authentic feel.

I too miss the family gatherings with all of the children running and playing outside and the adults chattering away in the living room and kitchen. We used to do this every Sunday after church and I would love to have my children experience that family unity.

purplepassion126 said...

I learned how to be creative and to improvise when cooking and baking and to adapt to new things by depending upon what I currently know. Elizabeth's mother was unfamiliar with many American recipes and dishes, but she used what she knew to try making some of the unknown, including cakes and pies. She was not afraid to try new things.

Janell said...

I always knew that having my family sit down together for the evening meal was very important, but the love letter just reenforced that idea more.

Erica said...

I learned that the cookbook is done in Carrie's handwriting of Elizabeth's words to preserve the warmth and family feel.Carrie is a typesetter, but type seemed too cold for the warmth of this project.

babychooch (at) gmail {dot} com

Stacy said...

Wow, she started cooking for her family when she was 9. I have an 8 year old and I cannot imagine her cooking our family a meal. Thanks for the great giveaway.
mcginnis135 at bellsouth dot net

Nicole said...

Family meals-they are sooo important!

shoreview3(at)hotmail(dot)com

photoquest said...

I like that it's hand written makes it feel personal. i would love to win this cookbook, I kinda need all the help i can get!
photoquest(at)bellsouth(dot)net

The Lady Riposter said...

I learned that she started writing these down after her father died.

It looks like there are some fantastic recipes here.

Jen said...

This cookbook is wonderful. Makes me remember to cherish each moment with mmy family.

Charlotte said...

I love that Elizabeth wanted to learn to make the things that her schoolmates brought for lunch.

charlotte(dot)evard(at)comcast(dot)net

Brooke<3 said...

Thats rly awesome.
I'm going 2 college 2 b a chef.


=-]


~Peace Out!

Rebecca said...

I love the simplicity of grandma's recipes--simple ingredients, prepared with love. We tend to make everything so complicated these days--even have test kitchens and cooking shows. But what we all really need is a grandma to show us the basics and fill us up with love, as well as yummy food. What a keepsake!

Anonymous said...

This is a wonderful giveaway that I hope very much to win. I downloaded the love letter and learned some advice given in the cookbook: "that a steaming bowl of potato or vegetable soup makes a wonderful one-dish meal when followed by a hearty dessert of "cinnamon
buns, apple cakes, or strawberry shortcake."

Valerie
mgvhmassey at comcast dot net

Sherrylinn said...

In the late 1960s, when Carrie Gamble
was still sporting a pixie, The Homestead, the farmhouse where her grandmother grew up, was torn down to
build a ranch house.

This book looks wonderful, and has such a wonderful story behind it. Thank you not only for the chance to win it, but for leading me to it.

Sherrylinn said...

Just joined twitter. My username is Sherylinn.

Tammy W said...

It made me miss my grandmother! She was the bestest cook in the world!

Tammy W said...

I'm a Twitterer: svrmomof6

Deborah said...

What a loving child Elizabeth was. Precious that she would send money home to 'purchase' all the love that could be sent in an envelope back to her.

As a grandma, I would truly LOVE this cookbook!

Thanks,
Deborah in NC

Sweetpeas said...

She hand lettered the type because regular type seemed too cold.

Lori said...

Grandma lived in Bucks County. I lived in Bucks County as well.

Brandy said...

A family cookbook is like a love letter to a family. I love it!

The Straka's said...

Gotta love cookbooks!! What a great idea to have someone write them all down!!

Deborah said...

I thought it was sweet that her mother would send her wildflowers by mail so she'd know she was remembered. My son is living in Japan...I think I'll send him some autumn leaves. asthenight at gmail dot com

Julianne said...

I enjoyed the part about being inspired to ask her Grandmother for the family recipes. My husband's grandmother passed without anybody getting her favorites and I still cannot figure out how to make cornbread the way she did!

Anonymous said...

I think preserving one's family history and identity through cooking is a sentiment most of us share. I'd love to add some of these recipes to my family's kitchen since my own mom did not cook much and I have had to start from scratch.

Jen
mariettaseller(aT)yahoo(dot)com

Kathy said...

a family cookbook is like a love letter to your family...i love that!!!

Peggy said...

I just gave my daughter her first cookbook and she was so happy. Cookbooks are the best ,because the memories will be made along with the food.Count me in to win this awesome contest
matternu@aol.com

"Hello... It's Me Again..." said...

a family cookbook (recipes) is like a love letter to your family....

Nina said...

To take the time to spend with loved ones and learn about their life. In my case you never know what tomorrow will bring. Thanks for the chance to win.

Nina
NinaGonzalez0430@yahoo.com

Lauren said...

I didn't know there was such a thing as a roll called a "feather bed." Sounds like a must-try!

burrhippie said...

I learned that a "feather bed roll" is a food item and not just a place to sleep!

Mommyhood is Thankless said...

A feather bed is apparently a food?

mommyhoodisthankless{AT}gmail.com

Mommyhood is Thankless said...

I blogged about this giveaway: Here

mommyhoodisthankless{AT}gmail.com

Mommyhood is Thankless said...

I am following you on Twitter.

Username: wastebasket

mommyhoodisthankless{AT}gmail.com

Summer Pendry said...

I am the only one who can make one of my grandmothers traditional holiday dishes. I understand how important it is to pass them down

Kelly said...

It made me realize how much I miss getting together with my family for dinners, I am looking forward to the holidays to have a big dinner with them.

loves2shop712@earthlink.net

deb8able said...

Oh I loved the watercolors - simply beautiful and the fact that she wrote the recipes - what an undertaking of love. Thanks for the great giveaway!

bison61 said...

she wanted to preserve the recipes that she knew and loved-eating meals together as a family is so important

tiramisu392 (at) yahoo.com

ladymeme123 said...

Not only is it a cookbook, it is a family history.

ladymeme123@aol.com

Bethany said...

What a beautiful family history. I thought "feather beds" were for sleeping:) They sound delicious. Thank you for the great read and for the chance to win such a wonderful cookbook.
bethany.hollander@us.army.mil

donna444444 said...

I want to "Experience "living life the old fashioned way" "
donna444444@yahoo.com

forestcrow said...

I realized how each person in a family can touch the lives of all the other members, even long after they are gone.

Anonymous said...

this love letter so reminded me of my mamaw's (great aunt)...I grew up hearing stories of "the farm"...I was blessed and got to visit a couple of times...mamaw would make chicken n dumplins for me as I would snap the green beans we had just harvested...I would so be blessed by this book...I have also marked the page so that I can pick up some for my family.
you can contact me at cvdmvega@yahoo.com

mub said...

I thought it was so interesting that the first pie her mother had eaten was a Butterscotch one!

Theresa N. said...

Wonderful site, she use to live in Bucks Co. Penn.
Theresa N
weceno(at)yahoo(dot)com

Rebecca said...

I found it interesting that she has a recipe for Sausage Bean Chowder that is ver similar to mine. It is not a common recipe, at least not in this area.
beccaj73 AT hickorytech DOT net

Renee said...

I thought it was interesting how the death of her father inspired her to request that her grandmother write down her recipes. I wish I had asked my grandmother to do that! I am now typing out my recipes for my little blessings! I have many of my mother's recipes, but not my grandmothers!
This would be a wonderful giveaway to win!
Sweet blessings!

Lisa said...

I ha actually been trying to put together recipes from my grandmother so that my sisters and I would all have them. I would have loved for my grandmother to be able to write stories to go with the recipes.

us said...

This is amazing! I'm a cookbook fiend anyway, but throw in some geneology/family history and you've got me hook, line and sinker! I'm hoping to work with my mother on a project like this soon as well!

Toiling Ant said...

I think I must try the "Feather Bed" recipe... it sounds yummy!

Jen said...

I found that I'm going to read this to my husband to talk him into buying me a new kitchen table for us to eat at as a family :)

contestlover1983@gmail.com

Annie and Lyla's Mom said...

I love that she turned down the publishers and published the book herself in her own handwriting.

Tamara said...

I learned that us as a family need to spend more time together and appreciate each other and what we have to offer each other. Time for family dinners without the darn tv going in the background.
tamben7996(at)aol(dot)com

Virginia said...

Loved that she published the book in her own handwriting!

daisy said...

Her grandmother did something that I want to do for my (eleven) children: write little notes or stories to go with treasured family recipes, and make a cookbook for each one of them.

This book sounds like it would be just as much fun to sit down and read as it would be to cook from.

Thanks for the chance!

daisy said...

Following you on twitter, now...my name is daisyaday.

Nice giveaway!!

caseykelp said...

love the idea. I was able to get the recipes from my one grandmother but missed the chance to get the ones she knew and didn't write down. wish i could turn back the clock and get those as well.

DaiseyB said...

I am just now learning how important family history is and that includes the recipes passed down from generation to generation. This cookbook is a testament to her family history and a love letter in itself to her grandmother. I sure do hope I win, if not I intend to buy a book.

PennyWise Taximom said...

I learned they shared the same belief as my grandmother about the importance of a family eating meals together. I also learned her grandmother did what mine did, press flowers between pages of books.