Abby Dodge, Fine Cooking Magazine and Taunton Press have been extremely generous and agreed to donate to my one year blogiversary giveaway. I have been raving about Fine Cooking magazine prior to my food blog days, way before I encountered the fantastic staff at Fine Cooking Magazine and one of their contributing editors and multiple cookbook author, the lovely and talented Abby Dodge on twitterverse. If Paula Wolfert was my first American cookbook author love then Fine Cooking Magazine was my first American food and cooking magazine crush! My long lasting crush is quite unusual as I tend to lose interest faster than a lightening bolt. Impressive how Fine Cooking and Abby Dodge managed to keep my interest up for so many years. You can read three of my archived posts featuring recipes from Fine Cooking and giving you a window to which corner of the world did I have Fine Cooking magazine shipped to. First, Blizzard's Chocolate Chip/Banana and Meyer Lemon/Blueberry Muffins post, second, the ever so popular Fine Cooking Rich Chewy Brownies post and lastly the decadent Fine Cooking Deeply Rich Chocolate Brownie Cookies post. Please visit Fine Cooking magazine site for innovative and brilliant create your own Thanksgiving and Holiday menu, create your own, ice cream, muffins and much much more
. Let's fast foward to this lady named Abby Dodge, first we bonded on twitterverse over our Leo Power, when we discovered we were born in the same month.
She is quite different, or so it seems, than I, but don't let that calm, collected, and serene facade fool you she is a classic Leo and she roars! A strong leader, over achiever, extremely successful and a multiple cookbook author. Her most recent book Desserts 4 Today by Taunton Press, released in Sep, is the latest buzz and I suspect for years to come. Perfect, delicious, quick desserts with only
four ingredients and interchangeable ingredients as substitutes for a busy family and single people alike. I am a champion of complex dishes, mostly cooking, when baking, I will take on challenges of baking rolls that take hours to rise, knead and re-knead and creamy desserts that more often than not will curdle, unless you use precision and keep a delicate balance. So when I saw Abby's new book, knowing her refined pastry chef training background and experience, I knew it took talent to be such a minimalist, exercise such restraint and be almost an abstract baker and pastry chef to come up with Desserts 4 Today which is a science. As Abby says in the introduction section of her Desserts 4 Today,
'4 is the magic number'. Please visit Abby at her site. Desserts 4 Today holiday cookie videos are also up and running on Fine Cooking site. Lastly, we are giving away a newly released book, October 2010, Harvest to Heat : Cooking with America's Best Chef's, Farmers and Artisans written by Darryl Estrine, Kelly Kochendorfer and a forward by Alice Waters, published by Taunton Press. Amazing find! Harvest to Heat just won accolades from Epicurious, The Best Cookbooks of 2010, best overall at number one! You can review the entire six cookbook list here. We have converted our diets to mostly organic, sustainable and locally resourced when possible for a healthy lifestyle living since our son was two. Looking through my blog you will see I frequent farmers markets so I can't wait to dig into this book. Thank you Taunton Press for your generosity!