Cookbook Contest Winners Announced: Organic Marin, Berghoff Cafe, Cooking the Cowboy Way

November Cookbook Giveaway - finally - I have three winners as promised. Sheese you wouldn't think it's so hard to track down a prize winner but two subscribers never got back to me. Maybe they thought my email notification of their prize was connected to a Nigerian banker...

Anyway, if you're reading this and thinking "Oh! That's why that email I deleted sounded a teensy bit familiar..." contact me, I have great cookbooks in search of good homes.  You know that random number generator is really a fun tool, here's what it helped me find from my last 30 subscribers: Jeffrey, Karie, and Carol. Books are on their way shortly. Enjoy! (Titles are links to Andrews McMeel website for each title.)

Organic Marin - Recipes from Land to Table
by Tim Porter & Farina Wong Kingsley

50 recipes from 16 of America’s most esteemed organic farms, organized by season. Recipes from 25 of the Bay area’s most beloved restaurants. Recipes for the vegetarian table (Tunisian Vegetable Tagine) and Braised Short Ribs with Candied Meyer Lemon Gremolata for the meat eaters in your family. Side bars throughout this book introduce you to the farms and restaurants that make Marin such an enchanting place.

"Organic Marin gives you a taste of what has become one of America's most vibrant local food scenes; indeed, this beautiful book is the next best thing to eating there."
--Michael Pollan, author of The Omnivore's Dilemma and In Defense of Food

Congratulations Jeffrey!

Berghoff Cafe Cookbook - Berghoff Family Recipes for Simple, Satisfying Food
by Carlyn Berghoff with Nancy Ross Ryan

A slice of Chicago culinary history from the fourth generation of this Chicago restaurant family. Carlyn shares recipes from the cafe founded by her great-grandfather more than 110 years ago. Many are reworked to address the time constraints and nutritional goals of busy families today. See for example, Five Dishes - Ten Ingredients.

Check the Berghoff website for great old pictures and family restaurant story. And don’t skip Carlyn’s tips for a hassle free Thanksgiving. Good tips for entertaining on any holiday.

Congratulations Karie!

Cooking the Cowboy Way Recipes Inspired by Campfires, Chuck Wagons, and Ranch Kitchen

by Grady Spears with June Naylor

The smell of fresh cut hay, the creak of a leather saddle, simple food and starry skies; if these appeal to you, this book is for you. Cowboy turned chef Grady Spears with June Naylor cover cowboy culture and the cuisine that both reflects it and nourishes it. From Canada to Mexico, Florida to Texas the range of cowboy lifestyles are captured in these simple, straightforward recipes.

No matter how much we like sustainable fish or turkey, we all (almost all of us, anyway) love a good steak now and then. Here's a recipe from the Cooking the Cowboy Way.

Congratulations Carol!


John’s Ancho Strip Steaks
From Cooking the Cowboy Way: Recipes Inspired by Campfires, Chuck Wagons, and Ranch Kitchens

by Grady Spears and June Naylor
Serves 4

Like every rancher I’ve ever met, John Elick loves to grill a big steak for supper. We had some ancho chiles—those are dried poblano chiles—on hand, so we added them to the steak rub we made up when we were cooking together. It added a great smoky flavor.

  • 4 (10-ounce) New York strips
  • 3 to 4 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 1 dried ancho chile, seeds and stem removed
  • 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup kosher salt

Wipe the steaks dry with a paper towel, then rub them with the vegetable oil. Place the ancho chile in a food processor and pulse until the chile is shredded as finely as possible. Combine the shredded chile with the brown sugar and kosher salt in a bowl to create a rub. With your hands, coat the steaks with the rub. Prepare a charcoal, gas, or wood-burning grill; over medium-hot, ash-covered coals, grill the steaks to desired doneness, 11 to 13 minutes for medium rare, or an internal temperature of 145°F. Turn the steaks once during cooking.