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The Foodista Best of Food Blogs Cookbook Prize Giveaway!

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Remember some time ago I wrote about our recipe being published in the Foodista Best of Food Blogs Cookbook? Well, I received my copy of the book the other day, and now I finally believe our recipe is in it! Although it was still pretty hard to believe. You see, after having worked for 5 years as a press officer, I get super excited about anything hand-made and tangible. That’s why I so much love to cook - and to experience different textures, smells, and flavours.

Foodista Prize GiveawayMuch as I prefer hardbacks, this paperback book really doesn’t count like a paperback :) it’s so imposing and fashionable and I love the square format. It’s colourful and well-organized, there’s  a very helpful index in the end and a metric conversion table (including oven temperatures) which is worth copying and posting on your fridge as a reference for daily use! I was excited to see a lot of my fellow bloggers’ names in the blog list. It’s a shame I have so little time to go through each page of this fabulous cookbook right now, but I’m reading it page by page every time I have a spare minute. What I enjoy the most about the Foodista book is that all recipes are “live” and tested . I also know that the Foodista team had cooked some of the winner recipes to test them… which makes the whole cookbook really trustworthy!

If you would like to buy a book with 100 great, original and authentic recipes from all over the world, you should really order your copy on November 3, 2010 between 10 – 11 am PDT (see time zone converter). Because there will be a fantastic prize giveaway going on, and you might win some cool prizes such as an Amazon or a MadWine gift card, a Zojirushi Rice Cooker, or a Andrews McMeel cookbook! All you have to do to enter the competition is forward your purchase confirmation email to (see complete info here).

Meanwhile, Ivanka has learned to smile. She now greets me with a trusting smile every morning. She knows it’s her strongest weapon to make my heart melt even after a very sleepless night!

Thank you for all your congrats on our new baby - I just haven’t had the time to reply to each of them, but I’ll do so later!


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11 Responses

  1. Well firstly, congrats on your recipe in that fabulous looking cookbook!! And also congrats on your new baby!! Life must be pretty good :)

  2. Alli says:

    I never though of caraway in a drink, I love caraway so will certainly try this. I love Ikea too but we don’t have it here in NZ….boo…hoo

    • Alina says:

      Alli we actually don’t have it here either! It’s just a tiny store that sells odd IKEA items and you can also order stuff via that store. I always thought The Baltics were the only place on Earth with no IKEA!!

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  6. Cindel says:

    I love chimichurri sauce and use it all the time. The pork looks great reaotsd with it as does the vegetables. I started to say that I have not had the red variety but knowing how many dishes I have eaten in the many restaurants that Norman Van Aken has owned over the years, I probably have.

  7. Lucero says:

    Quick question about the iuoirncttsns, as this sounds like a fabulous gifty. When you say Cover the dish tightly with plastic wrap and set a pan on top of it, with some weights (about 4-8 pounds) on top of that, do you mean the plastic wrap gets set on the fish, and the pan+weights pressing down on the fish?Thanks!Bonnie

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