I always get at least one cookbook for Christmas and last year one of my favourites was the Earth to Table cookbook by local chefs Jeff Crump and Bettina Schormann.
Jeff’s the one who let me print their Pizza Dough Recipe last year. Which is a pretty perfect pizza dough. Jeff is executive chef at several restaurants in our area, but I would venture to say his pride and joy is the Earth to Table Bread Bar. A casual place for eating really, really good, in season, food.
Their cookbook, as a matter of fact, was one of the inspirations for My Front Yard Vegetable Garden.
If asparagus isn’t in season, it won’t be on the menu. As chef Crump says, “Nature writes the menu. Not me.”
The cookbook is the same. It’s divided into Spring, Summer, Winter and Fall with recipes based on what’s in season. The book also has subcategories before the seasonal recipes including a How-to, Spotlight and a Profile.
Bettina, the pastry chef, decided to grow her own wheat for making her bread at the restaurant for instance. So, each section of the book starts with The Wheat Story.
She grew her own wheat. To make flour. To make bread.
Remind me if I ever bump into her not to go on about growing my own tomatoes. Seems kindda lacklustre now. Although I’m pretty sure she doesn’t grow her own eggs, so I’ve got her trumped there. Also as far as I know it’s not illegal to grow your own wheat, so I have the criminal element on my side. Basically you don’t wanna mess with the chicken mafia.
So when I got the book last year I immediately contacted the publisher to see if I could get some copies to give away. I was told no. NO. Are you kidding me? NO? Rumour has it the hard cover version did so well, they didn’t have enough copies to give out willy nilly. So they told me to contact them near the end of last year when the soft cover would be on shelves.
It is, I did, and the publisher came through.
I’m giving away 10 copies of this beautiful cookbook, filled with delicious, honest recipes, written by two talented chefs who’s only downfall seems to be the fact that neither one of them appear to have any ties to organized livestock crime.
All you have to do is leave a comment telling me you’d like a copy.
The contest closes January 27th at midnight, and I’ll announce the winners a week from today, on January 30th.
8 winners will be randomly drawn. 2 will be chosen by the fella.
This contest is open WORLDWIDE. Thanks to Random House of Canada.
This contest is no longer taking entries.