For The Food Obsessed [GIVEAWAY!] – NOW CLOSED

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You know I’m addicted to Pinterest, right?

You know I have 15 Boards dedicated to food and drink, right?

You know I stalk food blogs, right?

Well, I’m combining my love of Pinterest, food blog stalking, baking and giving stuff to people into one big cray-cray giveaway. Just because.

Food Obsessed Giveaway

I’m giving away NINE cookbooks written by some very talented food bloggers!

Congratulations to all the ladies for getting published – and just to think, not so long ago, you thought, I think I’ll just start a blog and share some recipes. Sort of mind-blowing.

So here are the super duper awesome food bloggers/ published authors who have generously agreed to sponsor one copy each of their books for the giveaway. You should absolutely go visit their blogs and check out their yummy recipes.

In no particular order…..

Mini Donuts cookbook

The most repinned recipe on my Pinterest board is a Garlic Brown Sugar Chicken (142 times!) that I found on Jessica of The Novice Chef‘s blog. It is DELICIOUS. And so is her new cookbook, Mini Donuts: 100 Bite-Sized Donut Recipes to Sweeten Your ‘Hole’ Day. Can you imagine if you just tried one donut recipe every week? How awesome would your days be? I love, love, love this cookbook.


The Picky Palate cookbook

Jenny Flake, author of The Picky Palate Cookbook offers 128 delicious and crowd-pleasing recipes, which promises to entice even the pickiest eaters to chow down. Jenny writes the popular blog, Picky Palate, a go-to resource for parents who need some easy, fast recipes for their picky eaters. I NEED this cookbook, I’m the mother to the world’s pickiest eater.


Gluten-Free Baking Book Cover

Jeanne of Art Of Gluten-Free Baking has been gluten-free baking since 2000, when the birth of her daughter triggered her gluten-intolerance. Her daughter has a life-threatening allergy to peanut and is sensitive to soy. Her husband reacts to almonds and lemons. Yet, this talented lady is able to come up with meal after meal of yummy delicious food, and is now sharing over 60 recipes of gorgeous gluten-free desserts for the holidays in her new book, Gluten-Free Baking For The Holidays. 


Homemade Pantry book cover

Alana of Eating From The Ground Up, is a mother of two, and started her blog in 2008 when she realized, while working at a farmer’s market, that she wanted to chronicle her love of recipes and giving out advice on what to do with ingredients like escarole and garlic snapes. Over the last few years, Alana started making basic food items that she previously thought she could only get at the supermarket, and lo and behold, has turned that knowledge into her first book, Homemade Pantry: 101 Foods You Can Stop Buying & Start Making. I absolutely love the concept of this book, as I’ve started making a lot of food from scratch.


Gretchen of Kumquat, is a registered dietician, recipe tester and food stylist. Is that not a perfect combination for a cookbook author? Several years ago, Gretchen battled some health issues and decided to stop eating gluten, and immediately felt better. And now, she has a book, Fast & Simple Gluten-Free, that has 100+ delicious gluten-free recipes for the family that you can make in half an hour or less!


An Edible Mosaic Book Cover

I met Faith through Bonbon Break, just as she was launching her book, An Edible Mosaic (she writes a blog of the same name). The cookbook is packed with over 100 Middle Eastern recipes with a focus mainly on dishes from the Levant (i.e., Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, and Palestine). The recipes are authentic Middle Eastern, mostly taught to Faith by her my mother-in-law, but Faith has streamlined them slightly, to adapt to the way we cook today, with unique ingredients demystified and cooking techniques that anyone can follow. I love, love, love this book.


Food in Jars Book Cover

Marisa of Food in Jars, has been canning and preserving since 2006. I’ve never canned food but have always been fascinated, so her cookbook, Food In Jars: Preserving In Small Batches Year Round is perfect. Marisa also teaches canning classes, how cool is that? Jam anyone?


Dinner: A Love Story cookbook

Sitting down together as a family for dinner is one of my favorite memories of my childhood. Dinner: A Love Story is a book filled with 120 recipes and is for anyone reaching a life milestone – just moving in together, just married, just had children – the idea is to get together, sit down and eat. Jenny’s blog, Dinner: A Love Story is a great inspiration for parents fighting to get your wits together to put together a meal on the table for the family, day in, day out.

Decorating Cookies Cookbook cover

I’m very good at eating cookies, but not so much at decorating, so I am absolutely in awe of Bridget of Bake at 350. Her cookies are almost too gorgeous to be eaten. For those of us who are cookie decorating novices, her book Decorating Cookies is a must-have. I think this will also make a great gift for Christmas! There are more than 60 delicious cookie-designs in the book for all occasions. Yum!

There is something for everyone here, and so many chances to win, so what are you waiting for? (I did a spontaneous poll a couple of hours before this post and found that many did not like the various ways they have to follow people and so on – well, this giveaway doesn’t require you to, but if you want your chances of winning to increase, then you do have to like and follow. But it’s not mandatory. Up. To. You.)

Enter the Food Obsessed Cray-Cray Giveaway here!

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This giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents only, and is open from December 2 (9pm Eastern) to December 7 (closes at 5pm Eastern). Winners will be chosen via There will be a total of nine winners, one winner per cookbook. Cookbooks will be randomly assigned to winners.

* This giveaway is not a sponsored post, or a review of any kind, and I have not been compensated to mention these books or the authors and their blogs. All prizes are generously sponsored by the authors themselves and I’m doing this for fun. 

Alison Lee is a former PR and marketing professional turned work-at-home mother. After a 10-year career in various PR agencies, and of the world’s biggest sports brands, Alison traded in product launches and world travel, for sippy cups, diapers, and breastfeeding. Alison's writing has been featured on Mamalode, On Parenting at The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Everyday Family, Scary Mommy, and She is one of 35 essayists in the anthology, My Other Ex: Women’s True Stories of Leaving and Losing Friends. In 2012, she founded Little Love Media, a social media consultancy specializing in blog book tours, and because she doesn’t sleep, is an editor at BonBon Break, an online magazine. Alison lives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with her husband and four children (two boys and boy/ girl twins).

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  • December 3, 2012 Kerstin

    I love your Pinterest boards 😉
    Also, if I win I’m sure my husband will cook something good out of the book…
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    • December 7, 2012 Alison

      Your husband cooks? Lucky girl. 🙂

  • December 3, 2012 Laura at Mommy Miracles

    My go-to dish to cook is a quinoa roasted veggie dish. Really delicious and healthy!
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  • December 3, 2012 Kate

    WOW Alison! Such an awesome idea!

    All of these would be great at my house, even the gluten free ones (I have a TON of gluten free eaters in my fam!)
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    • December 7, 2012 Alison

      Thanks Kate, good luck!

  • December 3, 2012 Brittany

    My sweet and spicy chili. The whole family loves it!
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    • December 7, 2012 Alison

      Brittany, you know I’m going to ask you for a recipe right?

  • December 3, 2012 Natalie

    This is seriously the most awesome giveaway ever. I LOVE cookbooks and always need more great ones to add to my collection.
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    • December 7, 2012 Alison

      I love people who love cookbooks!

  • December 3, 2012 By Word of Mouth Musings

    i have to grab a snack before i can do anything else here 😉
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    • December 7, 2012 Alison

      I’ll bring a pot of tea. 🙂

  • December 3, 2012 Lexi

    I love Cookbooks!!! I have a little bit of an addiction. My favorite go-to dish is a macaroni dish my grandma makes.
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    • December 7, 2012 Alison

      Grandma’s recipes are the best!

  • December 3, 2012 Ewa "Mom Photographer"

    OMG! They all looks like great books… something I definitely wouldn’t mind to have on my cookbook shelf 🙂
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    • December 7, 2012 Alison

      These books are awesome, I picked them after all, hehe. 🙂

  • December 3, 2012 Rach (DonutsMama)

    Oh this looks AWESOME! I’m always looking for new cookbooks.

    My go to recipe is a broiled sweet/spicy chicken thigh dish that literally cooks in under 10 minutes!
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    • December 7, 2012 Alison

      Yum! Easy and delicious, my favorite type of recipe.

  • December 3, 2012 Tara

    My fave go-to dish is up for grabs right now. I’m between homemade chicken taquitos (Weelicious), or a quick “stir fry” of peppers, onions, cherry tomatoes and turkey smoked sausage, usually served with pasta.
    Tara recently wrote…A weekend at home…My Profile

    • December 7, 2012 Alison

      I like the pasta idea!

  • December 3, 2012 Nina

    My go-to dish is turkey chili. I make a BIG pot a month and freeze in smaller portions.
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    • December 7, 2012 Alison

      Recipe, Nina! Recipe!

  • December 3, 2012 Mamaintheburbs

    Great giveaway!! My favorite dish I make is a lemon butter chicken with pasta.

    • December 7, 2012 Alison

      I think a recipe is required – send it to me!

  • December 3, 2012 Christine

    What an incredible giveaway! I think that I started drooling as I looked at all those cookbook covers! Fav go-to dish? Risotto.
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    • December 7, 2012 Alison

      That is one thing I haven’t dared try to cook – too afraid to screw it up. 🙂

  • December 3, 2012 AnnMarie

    This is an AWESOME giveaway! I LOVE a good cookbook. I am somewhat a hoarder of them. When you were talking about a giveaway, I had no idea it was this! Good one, Alison…good one.
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    • December 7, 2012 Alison

      Heh. Only awesome giveaways on this blog, my friend.

  • December 3, 2012 Kasey Shuler

    What an amazing giveaway!!! My favorite go-to-dish to cook would probably be quesadillas or Amy’s Mac n’ Cheese with spinach and turkey bacon 🙂
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    • December 7, 2012 Alison

      I love twists on classics like Mac’n Cheese.

  • December 3, 2012 Elaine A.

    This is wonderful giveaway, Alison! WOW!!!

    My favorite is my Italian meatballs and sauce that I eat with sauteed veggies and the kids eat with spaghetti! 🙂
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    • December 7, 2012 Alison

      You’re sharing the recipe, right?

  • December 3, 2012 Kimberly

    Mine is lasagna…boom

    • December 7, 2012 Alison

      I love lasagna!

  • December 3, 2012 Ana Gaby

    My go to dish is quinoa- roasted pumpkin salad! What a great giveaway!
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    • December 7, 2012 Alison

      That sounds delicious Ana! Recipe?

  • December 3, 2012 MamaCassie

    I’m still amazed of how you can be so food obsessed and still look at good and in shape as you do! Seeing you on Pinterest always makes me hungry! haha

    Any of these yummy food cookbooks will look great in my kitchen 🙂
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    • December 7, 2012 Alison

      You’ve only seen me neck up 😉

  • December 3, 2012 Jessica

    This is an amazing giveaway, Alison! I really hope I win. In response to your question, I like to make flat breads because that I can make them now and make them taste good is a strong testament to how far I’ve come as an at-home cook!
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    • December 7, 2012 Alison

      Yum, I love flat breads. My mother-in-law makes awesome flat breads.

  • December 3, 2012 thedoseofreality

    I just had a friend send the Dinner: A Love Story blog to read! So exciting to see it here, too! 🙂

    • December 7, 2012 Alison

      It’s a great blog, isn’t it?

  • December 3, 2012 Tanya

    Hi Alison, thanks for the opportunity for the giveaway, these all look great! I have a self-proclaimed cookbook collecting addiction and I am sure I can find great recipes to make for my picky family from any of these. Congrats to the flood bloggers for publishing and making their way to print! How rewarding for all the hard work it takes to blog!
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    • December 7, 2012 Alison

      It’s like a food blogger’s dream come true to have a cookbook published, isn’t it?

  • December 3, 2012 Tanya

    Did I forget to post my gave go to dish? French toast is the meal I can make anytime and my kids devour it. Small victory.
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    • December 7, 2012 Alison

      A victory is a victory!

  • December 3, 2012 Caitlin MidAtlantic

    Just last night I made one of my go-to dinners: Beef with Broccoli. It’s quick and easy, and I am guaranteed that Laura will eat her all (mostly) up! Flank steak isn’t overly expensive, and it freezes well, so that’s a huge bonus for me!
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    • December 7, 2012 Alison

      Who could refuse beef and broccoli? 🙂

  • December 3, 2012 tabitha vos

    I make a killer pea salad!
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    • December 7, 2012 Alison

      Sounds awesome, Tabitha!

  • December 3, 2012 Natalie

    I love to make a ham and tomato pie!
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    • December 7, 2012 Alison

      You talented one 🙂

  • December 3, 2012 Susan

    OMG. Are those homemade pop tarts? Pop tarts are my cryptonite. And how am I not following you on pintrest? Really. The shame. ::opens new window to remedy the situation immediately::
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    • December 7, 2012 Alison

      Hee! I hope you don’t regret following me on Pinterest – I Pin a lot of fattening desserts. 😉

  • December 3, 2012 Susan

    Also, I adore that I have amazing new folks to stalk on pintrest!
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    • December 7, 2012 Alison


  • December 3, 2012 Amanda Jillian

    Funny enough it I don’t read it off my iphone I won’t do it. Tons of cookbooks in the house that I never use lol.
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  • December 3, 2012 Carolyn

    Fun giveaway. I love cooking and cookbooks!
    Go to dish? Hard to choose one…
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    • December 7, 2012 Alison

      I am OBSESSED with cookbooks.

  • December 4, 2012 lisacng

    What a cray cray and wonderful giveaway! I love all the books featured and especially that they all started as bloggers and now all have books. Now that is cray! My go-to dish is fried rice. I love that it’s simple, has vegs and proteins.
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    • December 7, 2012 Alison

      I cannot fault fried rice, I love it too!

  • December 4, 2012 Simplicity Interrupted

    what a great giveaway!!! entering now!
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    • December 7, 2012 Alison

      Yay thank you!

  • December 4, 2012 Eva Fannon

    Oh my goodness… just made me hungry looking at the beautiful pictures from these cookbooks!

    My all time favorite cookbook was given to me as a gift from a friend in college – the Junior League Centennial Cookbook. I don’t know if it’s still around since that was about 15 years ago. It doesn’t have any beautiful pictures, but there hasn’t been one bad recipe I’ve tried so far! My favorite go-to recipe in that book is for a cranberry apple crisp. It’s a huge hit at the holidays and makes a great potluck dessert.

    • December 7, 2012 Alison

      Ooh that sounds delish!

  • December 4, 2012 Lady Jennie

    Too bad! Such a great giveaway! I was pulled by the GF, but then I saw the canning in small batches. So appropriate for us!
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    • December 7, 2012 Alison

      Jennie, if you have a US address, you can still enter! Just 1/2 a day left!

  • December 4, 2012 My Inner Chick

    My go to recipe is ALWAYS Spaghetti w/ Prego! Xx
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    • December 7, 2012 Alison

      Yummy, Kim!

  • December 4, 2012 Ann Mc

    This is a COOL giveaway! I love that they are blogger cookbooks and a few of them are on my Christmas list! Thanks SO much Alison – you are MADE of awesome!

    • December 4, 2012 Ann Mc

      Sorry I forgot to put my go to dish changes….depending on my mood!

    • December 7, 2012 Alison

      I love that food bloggers wrote these…. and I missed you! Good luck!

  • December 4, 2012 Tracie

    This giveaway makes me hungry!

    My favorite thing to cook is probably cookies. Not that I do it very often.
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    • December 7, 2012 Alison

      Mmmmm cookies……

  • December 4, 2012 Andrea

    My go-to recipe is usually a crockpot chicken of some sort. Most likely a salsa chicken but usually BBQ because I always have that in the house!
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    • December 7, 2012 Alison

      I love my crockpot.

  • December 4, 2012 Not a Perfect Mom

    turkey and black bean chili….
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    • December 7, 2012 Alison

      You’re smokin’ hot AND can cook?? Lucky Eric.

  • December 4, 2012 Jackie

    Pasta & tomato sauce! The sauce was made over the summer with fresh, home grown tomatoes from my yard.
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    • December 7, 2012 Alison

      Mmmm, homegrown and homemade sauce? Can’t go wrong.

  • December 4, 2012 Sarah

    wowee! I’ll take one, please 🙂 I can ALWAYS use some help in the cooking department!

    • December 7, 2012 Alison

      I hope you win, I really do! 🙂

  • December 4, 2012 Natalie

    How awesome! What a great giveaway, Alison. I love it. My go to meal is pasta–my husband makes homemade sauce on the weekends, and I just defrost it. 🙂
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    • December 7, 2012 Alison

      Pasta is totally our go-to favorite too!

  • I want that mini donut book! We have a maker. Ellen
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    • December 7, 2012 Alison

      I’ve always wanted a mini donut maker. *jealous*

  • December 4, 2012 Maggie S.

    I can make my incredible spaghetti sauce in my sleep. When I say incredible, I mean cheap. We love it, but a real foodie would probably be offended.
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    • December 7, 2012 Alison

      Eh, whatever works! 🙂

  • December 4, 2012 Jen Burden

    Count me in, Alison!!


    Jen 🙂
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    • December 7, 2012 Alison

      Yay thanks for playing, Jen!

  • December 4, 2012 Raquel

    My go to dish is pasta! What an awesome giveaway! So happy to find your blog! New follower!
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  • December 4, 2012 Greta

    My go-to meals are….bbq chicken, meatballs, breakfast for dinner, and tacos.
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    • December 7, 2012 Alison

      I LOVE breakfast for dinner!

  • December 4, 2012 Susi

    Wow. These are some amazing cookbooks. I love cookbooks and trying new recipes. The mini donut one sounds delectable.
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    • December 7, 2012 Alison

      Right?? I so want one for myself.

  • December 5, 2012 Jessica

    My favorite cookbook is actually an app on my iPad called Epicurious.
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    • December 7, 2012 Alison

      Why am I not surprised that it’s an app that’s your favorite?

  • December 5, 2012 Elizabeth Kane

    Gotta say, I cook a mean plate of eggs. Thanks for the giveaway!

    • December 7, 2012 Alison

      Thanks for playing!

  • December 5, 2012 Kimberly

    Awesome giveaway! I could use any of these to kick up my skills in the kitchen.
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    • December 7, 2012 Alison

      I hope you win!!

  • December 5, 2012 JJ - 84thand3rd

    What a brilliant giveaway and perfect for this time of year! My favourite go to dish is Chocolate Cake – every.single.time 😉
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    • December 7, 2012 Alison

      Oooh did someone say CHOCOLATE?

  • December 5, 2012 Katie E
    • December 7, 2012 Alison

      Mmm, cinnamon cheesecake!

  • December 6, 2012 Alexa

    I can’t believe I wasn’t already following you on Pinterest! Oh and by the way – I tried to click your button for your new business, and it wasn’t working. 🙁
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    • December 7, 2012 Alison

      Thanks for the heads up on the button, I fixed it!

  • December 6, 2012 Victoria S.

    My go to recipe is Korean Beef…I found the recipe on Pinterest, and it’s fast, cheap and unbelievably delicious!

    • December 7, 2012 Alison

      That sounds yum!

  • December 7, 2012 Jackie

    My go to dish is meatballs. It’s my mom’s recipe, and we eat them with some rice. Delicious!

    • December 7, 2012 Alison

      Mom’s recipes are always winners!

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