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Amazing competition! Win a life-time subscription to one of my favourites – Eat Your Books!

14/02/2012 | By

I’m the first to admit that I’m a little fond of cookbooks.  And food magazines.  And possibly food websites. Oh, and food blogs, too.  Okay, so I might just have a teensy, tiny bit of a preoccupation with anything to do with food.  But I know I’m not the only cookbook junkie out there and I’m also willing to bet there are more than a few of you who struggle to get the most out of the shelves of cookbooks and piles of magazines dotted around your house.  It’s one thing to just know you have a recipe for the specific dish you have in mind – finding it can be another thing altogether.   Well, read on dear fellow collector, as I’m about to change the way you use your cookbooks and magazines forever!

A couple of years ago I happened across the most wonderful website called Eat Your Books which has given my own personal stash of cookbooks an entirely new life.  At Eat Your Books they don’t publish recipes, they index the ones you already have in your own books – how good is that?!  All you need to do is to register – you can have a free membership with up to 5 books or choose a monthly ($2.50) or annual ($25) paid membership.  You then go on to build your own virtual bookshelf, adding books from Eat Your Books’ library.  When you need to find a recipe all you need to do is to select “My Bookshelf”, type in the keywords you are looking for (either a few ingredients or the name of the recipe) and the search engine will show you which books have the information you are looking for and what page it is on.  Not content with just indexing cookbooks, the splendid folk at Eat Your Books now have indexes for food magazines and food blogs and also have a handy little tool so that you can add recipes from any website onto your own bookshelf too, making finding that elusive recipe easier than ever.

Those same splendid folk have given me a lifetime subscription to Eat Your Books to give away to one lucky reader.  To enter all you need to do is to place a comment below naming your favourite cookbook and your most oft-cooked dish from it AND do at least one or all of the following for extra chances to win –

Tweet about this competition including a link back to this post and making sure to include @lambsearshoney and @EatYourBooks in the Tweet.

Follow @EatYourBooks on Twitter

Follow @lambsearshoney on Twitter

“Like” Eat Your Books on Facebook.

“Like” Lambs Ears and Honey on Facebook.

Make sure you leave an email address for contact and please ensure you notify me of EACH of the extras you do in separate comments.  This competition will run until March 13, 2012, and the prize will be one lifetime membership to Eat Your Books.  The winner will be notified by me on March 13, 2012, and the name will also be posted on this page.

Good luck my lovelies – and get Tweeting!


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  1. Tania

    Tough question! I would have to say my favourite cookbook (that I cook a lot from) is Gennaro Contaldo’s passione and the most cooked dish from it is the stuffed beef rolls in ragu.
    I tweeted this as well,

  2. Hannah

    “The Art of Simple Food” by Alice Waters, with the dish being her ratatouille. The first batch of the summer, made from farmers’ market vegetables all the way down to the garlic and herbs, is one of the finest things I can make in my kitchen.

  3. Barbara | Creative Culinary

    My favorite cookbook is from the Colorado Junior League of Denver and I think my favorite recipe is French Silk Pie. Now which version of that series is that recipe in? Hmm? See what I need?

  4. Kate

    All my Women’s Weekly recipe books are parting company with their soft covers and many, many pages are spattered !! Apricot Hedgehog and their Light Fruit Christmas Pudding are made in this household every December and I always have to go hunting for the two books where the recipes can be located. Every December I have the same made panicky search !!!

  5. InTolerantChef

    What a brilliant idea indeed! I have hundreds of cookbooks and magazines, but use them all with no real favourites.
    I would loe to enter but don’t know anything about facebook or twitter- I’m a bit of a technophobe! But I’ll be checking out the site anyway for sure!

  6. James Glucksman

    My favourite cookbook is Fuschia Dunlop’s Sichuan Cookery (called Land of Plenty for some reason in the US), and my most-cooked recipe out of it is her fantastic ma po tofu, which is so good that when I have cooked it for Chinese friends they say it’s better than what they can get in China!

  7. James G

    Hi there; I have done all your steps: liked your Facebook page, tweeted (from @jamesglu) and followed you (@penybrynlodge). I had already liked EYB’s FB page…

  8. Melanie

    My favourite book (at the moment) is Bill Granger’s ‘Bill’s Sydney Food’. It’s full of different ideas from breakfast through to dinner and dessert. My most used recipe from the book is for ricotta pancakes with honeycomb butter, delicious!

  9. AgaGirls

    sticky black ginger bread from the leiths bible. I have done all of the above things.

  10. Cakelaw

    Sounds like a great service – I can never find what I need in my books and magazines.

  11. Jennifer (Delicieux)

    What a great giveaway!!! I have signed up with Eat Your Books, but have to admit I’ve been a bit slack about getting started. I really should list all of my books. It really is a great way to find recipes in books we already have.

  12. Catrina Murray

    Tweeted about the comp as @gotcatgo1

  13. Catrina Murray

    Liked Eat Your Books on Facebook

  14. Catrina Murray

    I have done all of the entries as well!

  15. Catrina Murray

    I have liked Eat Your Books on Facebook

  16. Catrina Murray

    I have liked Lamb’s Ears and Honey on Facebook

  17. Catrina Murray

    I am following Eat Your Books on Twitter as @gocatgo1

  18. Catrina Murray

    I am following Lamb’s Ears and Honey on Twitter as @gocatgo1

  19. Catrina Murray

    My fave cookbook is Donna Hay modern classics #1 – fave recipe is Spinach and Cheddar souffle

  20. Amanda

    Catrina – Wow! You have been one very busy bee.

  21. PPoppy

    I liked the facebook’s pages 🙂
    I would say my favorite book is Pieere Hermé’s “Secrets Gourmands”
    And the recipe I’ve done the most in it are the Macarons ! (not always a success in their shape, but never disappointed by their taste !)

  22. Hannah

    I’m following following Lamb’s Ears and Honey on Twitter as @hannah_paquin

  23. Hannah

    I mentioned this contest in a retweet at hannah_paquin on Twitter.

  24. Angela

    Favourite cookbook? Would have to be Charmaine Solomon’s Asian Collection. I’ve just bought the new edition because the 1995 version I have is falling apart and curry splattered from use. The Beef Rendang page is the worst for wear and the recipe is now banned from being cooked my house. Every time I felt like curry I’d look for the most fun recipe to cook with the most ingredients and it ended up being Rendang. Husband was sick of it after a while even if it was delicious!

  25. Angela

    I am following Lamb’s Ears and Honey on Twitter as @spooky_girl

  26. Angela

    I am following Eat Your Books on Twitter as @spooky_girl

  27. Lizzy (Good Things)

    Love this idea! Wow, would love to win too. Um my favourite book? Can’t do that… love them all!!!

  28. Meg Rosenberg

    Good Things by Jane Grigson
    Favorite recipe: Membrillo

  29. Sally Cole

    I already like Lambs Ears and Honey, and now like Eat your books. Sounds like a fantastic idea!
    My most used ccokbook at the moment is FrostBite by Susan Austin. And with 2 hungry boys, the most used recipe in it is the Macoroni with ham. Or maybe it is the vanilla butter cup cakes!

  30. Jo Whitton

    Ooooh, would love to win this!! 😀 Very hard to choose a favourite, but there is an old cookbook I have that I always go back to for simple, comforting food and lovely stories and poetry – “Love and a Wooden Spoon” by Charmaine Solomon. And the recipe I’ve cooked most from that book would have to be the ‘Chicken Soup with Rice’. 🙂

  31. Jo Whitton

    Following Eat Your Books on Facebook!

  32. Mark

    My favourite book is Stephanie Alexander’s, A Cooks Companion. I have both editions and my favourite recipe is Chocolate Self Saucing pudding. It envokes so many memories of growing up.

  33. Mark

    Just followed on twitter and tweeted the competition.

  34. shaheen

    What a wonderful prize on a wonderful website. It has to be Cranks Fast Food by Nadine Abensur.

  35. shaheen

    Liking both lambs and honey and eat your books on my fb page.

  36. Jen

    My faavourite cookbook! They are like my children how to chose! … m favourite at the moment, due to Sydneys Horrid summer weather- is Spicy Pork and Pepper Goulash from Jamie Olivers Jamie at Home- may be corny, but he made me excited about growing my own veggies and herbs again!

  37. Jen

    I like Eat your Books on Facebook!

  38. Jen

    I Like LAMBS EARS on facebook!

  39. Jen

    I follow Lambs ears on Twitter!

  40. Jen

    I follow Eat your Books on Twitter~!

  41. Jen

    AND I tweeted about the Comp- @jenbaily! phew.

  42. Shannon

    Tess Kiros Apples for Jam. The first place I turn to for the best banana bread and also Potato and Leek Soup. Yum!!

  43. Amy from Appetite for Discovery

    Hard to choose my favourite but at the moment it would have to be the 1st edition (1950) Betty Crocker’s Picture Cook Book that my husband got me for our paper anniversary. Haven’t made anything out of it yet as it’s packed full of useful tips and illustrations and reads like a novel! A great insight into the 1950s American kitchen. Thanks for running this great competition!

  44. Amy from Appetite for Discovery

    Just tweeted about the competition (as @appfordiscovery) with a link back to this page mentioning @lambsearshoney and @eatyourbooks.

    Phew – DONE!

  45. Amanda

    And the winner is …
    Congratulations Amy from Appetite for Discovery, you were the lucky entrant.
    I’ll be emailing you shortly.

  46. Myrf

    I think it almost impossible to pick a favorite cookbook out of the over 100 I have, but Love The Food you Crave by Ellie Krieger and one of my go to recipes in that book is the Roasted Salmon with Shallot-Grapefruit Sauce. It is so easy but nice enough for company even on a weeknight. I also liked Eat your books ,and Lamb’s ear and Honey on Facebook