Hunky “DORIE” Giveaway

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This giveaway is officially closed as of November 8, 2010.  A big CONGRATULATIONS goes out to Maranda Medina for being the winner of this most fabulous cookbook.  Happy cooking Maranda.  Hope you’ll love this book as much as I do!!!

I’d never been to a book signing before, so when I found out that Dorie Greenspan was going to be at Anderson’s Book Shop  in Naperville, IL signing copies of her new cookbook “Around My French Table”,  I knew I had to go, and I knew my sister Lynn needed to be right there with me.  We’ve both been huge cookbook lovers for as long as I can remember so this was certainly going to be a great treat!


I purchased my copy of “Around My French Table” a few months back for the purpose of joining the online cooking club:  French Fridays With Dorie.  Here is the actual blog badge (also shown on my side bar) and the trivet I painted for myself  to coordinate and celebrate my participation in this wonderful new club. I’m a proud member indeed!!  Blog badge:

The trivet:  LOL. Just in case you couldn’t tell. 
By the way, anyone interested in information regarding a custom hand painted tile can email me at: 

Since joining “French Fridays With Dorie”, this past month has found me blissfully cooking and baking away in my kitchen with Dorie sitting sweetly on my counter, all the while whispering steps, techniques and charming French stories and recollections in my ear.


As you can see, I don’t keep a pristine cookbook. I like my cookbooks well worn and broken in, like a good pair of blue jeans. They’re all dog eared and written on with my personal notes and comments.  For anybody who ever gets a hold of one of my cookbooks, they know exactly which recipes I’ve made and how, or if I’d made any of my own changes to it (come on, you know I can’t help myself with that).

Yesterday was the day I made Hachis Parmentier on page 258.  If you’re wondering how it turned out, you’ll just have to wait until I post my finished dish this Friday, October 22nd.  Heck, they don’t call it French FRIDAYS for nothing you know 🙂  What I will tell you though … I wasn’t disappointed!!!

Here are my FFWD posts to date if you’d like to see my finished dishes so far for the month of October.  Gougeres (recipe on page 4) and  Gerard’s Mustard Tart (recipe on page 154)

Well now, back to my story:

Walking into Anderson’s that night was exciting, to say the least!  As if meeting Dorie wasn’t enough, I knew I was also going to have the distinct pleasure of meeting two food bloggers I totally admire:  Amanda of “Amanda’s Cookin'” and Michelle of “Big Black Dog’s” .  Here we are, all together at the signing.  It was wonderful finally getting to meet them in person.  I felt as comfortable with them as if I had known them a long, long time. Amanda even brought cookies for us! How sweet is she??? 
From left to right:   Me, Amanda and Michelle.  (Special thanks to Lynn for taking the picture)

Dorie was as charming and as engaging as I had imagined she would be.  I’ve been lucky enough to have had the distinct pleasure of corresponding with her a tiny bit on twitter and a few short emails when I painted the following trivet for her to commemorate the launch of  “French Fridays With Dorie”

In one of her emails to me after she’d received the trivet she wrote back simply to say:  “Every time I catch a glimpse of it in the kitchen, it makes me smile!”  I can’t tell you how much it meant to me that she took the time out of her own busy schedule to let me know that.  From that moment forward, Dorie Greenspan holds a special place in my heart.  Not only as an award winning cookbook author, but as a wonderfully warm and caring woman.  It was my honor and pleasure to meet her that night at the book signing.

Here is what she wrote in my book:

Priceless!!! Thank you SO much Dorie.  I love your cookbook and loved getting to meet you in person even more!  Thanks for sitting on my kitchen counter while I cook and I’m thrilled that a little piece of me is sitting on yours as well 🙂

And now, for the moment you’ve all be waiting for (I’ll bet you think I’ve forgotten, haven’t you?)… The giveaway that you’ve drooling for…what can it be you ask??? A hand painted tile?  A plate of Hachis Parmentier?  Nope.

Wait for it…………………………….TA DA!!!!!

There, now you can cook just like Dorie Greenspan too 🙂  This charming cookbook has wonderfully heart warming stories, deliciously enticing photos with mouthwatering recipes that are easy to recreate in your own home kitchen (even if you don’t live in France). They all taste like you’ve traveled abroad and are seated in the finest French restaurant  or the quaintest French sidewalk cafe.

To enter for your chance to win Dorie Greenspan’s new cookbook “Around My French Table” here are the  steps you need to follow:

1.  Leave your thoughtful comments here on my blog about why you’d like to win. Multiple comments, multiple entries.
2.  Tweet and re-tweet about this exciting Dorie cookbook giveaway.  @Kudoskitchen on twitter.
3.  Visit my tile portfolio pages on the right hand side bar of my blog (comments are always welcome and encouraged).
4.  If you’re on facebook, *like* my hand painted tile page (if you don’t already), where there are occasional special offers plus fun interactive games with prizes for the winners.

Special note to all who enter and the lucky person who will eventually win:  Your copy of this excellent cookbook won’t be signed by the author.  I encourage you to meet up with Dorie in person one day and do that for yourself.  You’ll be glad you did 🙂

This special giveaway offer expires 3 weeks from today, Monday November 8, 2010 and the winner will be notified shortly there after for regarding a shipping address specification. No charge for shipping either! Can this get any better??? Nope! I think not 🙂

Enter early, enter often and tell your friends!  Good luck and thanks for stopping by!!!

Fondly yours,


  1. Why would I like to win Dorie Greenspan's new book? Because she's one of the most wonderful people in the whole world! A lovely post… definitely Stumble-worthy 😉

  2. What a lovely experience to meet Dorie in person! I'd like to win specifically bc of your post. I've been reading about French fridays with Dorie, but your post about what a caring person she is makes me want to win the cookbook to participate.

  3. I absolutely love her Baking with Dorie book, and would love to have this in my kitchen too!

  4. I'm so pleased to read these comments. I can totally understand why everybody would love to have this book in their collection. It's definitely needed!
    Mindy, when you said you'd like to win specifically bc of my post, I can't tell you what that means to me. TY for that!
    Good luck everyone!

  5. I have to admit, I have never read/looked at a Dorie Greenspan cookbook, but I know of her because of the Tuesdays with Dorrie cooking club so many bloggers participate in. I would love to get know what Dorrie is all about and would love this cookbook.

  6. I've heard so many wonderful stories about Dorie. I love that you sent her a tile. I have also heard great things about this cookbook and would love to win it.

  7. What a great great experience Renee. It feels like Julie and Julia, only it's Dorie & Renee here. Love it, and loved the fcat that you met here, and she signed your book with such a special message! WOW!! I'd love to be entered for Dorie's book … and hope she'll come to India one day to sign!! {PS I do have a US address for shipping!}

  8. Dorie taught me how to bake, her baking with dorie book is my bible of baked goods, her simple conversation and ammendments to recipe ideas have shaped how I bake!

    I have this book on my christmas wish list and would love to have it sooner!!!

    thanks for the chance to win!

  9. I'd love to win this book so I can dog ear it and wear it out making these delicious recipes!!

  10. Hi Renee ~ I'm not entering the contest but I will re-tweet. This post is just too good to miss. So happy that your evening out went so well, that you met Amanda, Michelle and Dorie(OMG!) in person. Such a lovely sentiment she wrote in your (latest prized possession) book. You look absolutely wonderful(bold underline)and beaming in your photos! Your Hachis Parmentier is eagerly anticipated.

  11. I'd love to win this book, to enable me to join French Fridays with Dorie. Great post and glad you finally met Dorie. Love your tiles 🙂

  12. I LOVE cookbooks – big, small, country, small-town, grilling, etc. But alas, I don't have a Dorie cookbook and would LOVE one! GREAT post! Enjoyed reading every word and now that I've found you on FB, I "Like" you, too!! 🙂

  13. Everyone has left such great comments about why they would love Dorie's cook book. I'm on the edge of my seat with anticipation to see who will win. Alas, it's still three weeks away from when the winner will be chosen so I'd better sit tight.

  14. OMG! You should pick me because I'm cute!!! LOL! Just kidding. I really want to win this. That would be amazing! I've been drooling over this book since before it was published! I would love to have this book sitting on my counter as well. I recently checked out her baking book from the library and I definitely need to own that one as well.

  15. I already like you on facebook!

  16. I also retweeted about this giveaway earlier today when I saw it! So excited! My twitter handle is @mannadonn

  17. Oh and I would also love to join the French Fridays but (as you know) I kind of have a cheapo for a hubby so I don't get to buy cookbooks as often as I would like (which is like every day!).

  18. I think I might just keep leaving comments so it will be way hard not to choose me! LOL! I also really would love to win this book from you because I loved your story about being able to meet Dorie. I love your enthusiasm for this book and the book's author. You have made me want this book even more than I did before and it would be wonderful to get it from you!

  19. Okay. Here's another reason. I'm really hungry right now and trying to plan my menu for this week and am having a really hard time for some reason. I have no inspiration right now and I think this book would definitely help me with that!

  20. I've heard so much about this book, I think it's a must have!!! Also, I heard Dorie on the Splendid Table broadcast and she just seems like the *nicest* person!

    PS….I love broken-in cookbooks, too. They're loved! 🙂

  21. I have devoured her Baking cookbook and enjoyed participating in TWD for quite some time. I am in love with her work. What a gift you are giving!

  22. Because it looks incredible! My cookbooks are "loved" too.

  23. I'm glad that I'm not the only one with written in, well used cookbooks! I've been looking in on Fridays with Dorie, thinking it would be fun-the cookbook would be great to get me going!

  24. I am the proud owner of Paris Sweets (though we will not discuss what happened to my beloved copy the Dorie/Pierre Herme book) so I would adore having this book.

    Besides, who doesn't love food and Dorie Greenspan? I dunno!

  25. I love seeing you all here. Some people I recognize, some I don't. What I do know however, is that we all love to cook and we all love a great cookbook when we see one. This giveaway cookbook by Dorie Greenspan is a great one!!! I'm happy to make it available.

  26. I want one! I love to cook new things! So please, may I?

  27. I absolutely love her Baking with Dorie book, and would love to have this in my kitchen too! Thanks for the chance!
    ricettebarbare at gmail dot com

  28. I already like you on facebook as Barbara P.!
    ricettebarbare at gmail dot com

  29. I would like to win, because I love cookbooks, cooking and baking. I like to go through a book and make all the recipes.

  30. What a post, Renee! I'm late to the gate, obviously – this cookbook looks like a treasure. Love French cooking, and usually end up tweaking Julia's recipes. Your "French Fridays with Dorie" group sounds really enticing – thanks for letting me know about it.
    And how cool that Michelle was there with you at the signing!

  31. I'd love to get this one. I just got her baking book and can't understand how I resisted for so long! Charming lady, and great post!

  32. Because I want one ! That's why. Now may I please have one?

  33. Dorie is amazing! I would love to win this book!

  34. I'd like to win this cookbook because this seem to be a great cookbook.

  35. I ADORE her Baking Book and would love to win her newest! I'm missing her in my town tonight – – family commitments come before decadent fun!

    Shawnee in Oregon

  36. Renee, that is such a great experience. You know what, that is now a must in my shopping list. Would love to get a hold of that book as well. Awesome blog you got here btw.

  37. So…I also tweeted about this giveaway…

  38. Today I think I need to win this book because I just received a wonderful gift of a mini muffin pan in the mail. That has whetted my appetite for getting fun prizes in the mail. I would definitely jump for joy if this book came in the mail for me!

  39. Also…I am having a typical Wednesday. My run time this morning was wicked slow. I was short a lap and that makes me sad. But winning this book would make me happy!

  40. I have the book already, so I don't want to be in the running, but I wanted you to know your post made me smile. I met Dorie at BlogHer Food, and I agree with your assessment of her 100%.

  41. Today I need this book because I just read your post (and drooled over your pictures) of the hachis parmentier and I must make it! More importantly…I must EAT it!

  42. Also, I would really like to buy a copy of this book for my sister for Christmas…I would feel much better about buying a copy for someone else if I had my own copy. Then I could part with the one I buy for her (instead of keeping it for myself).

  43. Because the recipes you post from it are so good!

  44. ohhh I need to win this book so I can finally make some food for my family that doesn't involve the words "cookie" or "cake". 🙂

  45. I think I should win this book because you will be sending me a tile soon. If you send this book and the tile together you can save on shipping! It's a no brainer! Right???

  46. Maybe this contest should be based on number of comments one person can make on a single post. I think I would definitely win then!!! LOL! Am I annoying yet??

  47. Okay! I want it.

  48. I want it some more.

  49. I'm probably getting annoying, but I WANT THAT COOKBOOK!!!!

  50. I don't have much else to say… except I would like the cookbook, please????

  51. I still would like it! I probably have have a much better chance with all these comments!!!

  52. Pleeeeeaaaaaaassssssseeeee?????!!!!!! May I have it????

  53. Ha ha! I still want it! Sooooo bad!

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