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Cook this menu and win these books!

Of course there’s a giveaway…

This is, however, not one of those easy giveaways that you just need to leave a comment and then you’re eligible. Sorry. It’s a big prize, so you’ve got to work for it. What’s the prize, you asked?

The winner will get a copy of Dorie’s new book, Around My French Table, and a copy of her last pastry book, Baking: From My Home to Yours (both courtesy of Dorie Greenspan). Plus, there’s more. From me, you’ll also receive two of my favorite pastry books, Desserts by Pierre Hermé, and Paris Sweets, both also by Dorie.

I just adore Paris Sweets, it’s quite possible the cutest pastry book ever, and everything I’ve made from it turned out stellar too. As for the Desserts by Pierre Hermé, I wanted to add that book to this package because it’s very important to me. That book is a milestone in my baking life. I baked my very first serious cake from it, the Carioca, page 241. It was daunting, I can tell you, but Dorie, in her usual manner, broke down the entire complicated cake into each element, and laid it all out in a way that made it seem imminently doable. So I did it, I followed her instruction one step at a time, and I baked a fabulous Carioca even Pierre Hermé himself would be proud. My copy of the book is a bit worse for wear now, it’s so often in my kitchen with me, but I love every bit as much today as I did that day I accomplished my first composed cake. I’m so happy to be able to share this book with you, and I’m sure you’ll love it as much as I do.

That’s $150 worth of books, and they will be priceless once they are signed and personalized to you by Dorie herself.

To win them, you must go to Dinner @ 8 and cook the Dorie’s French Supper menu. You don’t have to serve it at 8, eat at 7 or whenever you want, by all means. Just make sure you follow the steps and see if you could do it within the 3-hr time frame, more or less. You know, even if you’re 15-20 minutes behind schedule, you would still finish that meal faster than if you were to go at it by yourself.

So, go forth and cook, and don’t forget to enjoy yourself. You have until Monday December 6 to post evidence of that meal somewhere online. Your blog, your Foodbuzz, your Flickr, your Facebook page, anywhere you want. Go start a thread on Serious Eats if you must. Just post about it somewhere online, and then leave a comment and a link on the Dorie’s French Supper post to let us know. Dorie and I will pick our favorite 10, and will draw the winner from those 10 names.

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11 Responses to “Cook this menu and win these books!

  • Carol Peterman/Tablefare said:
    November 15th, 2010 at 10:28pm

    Love the design of your new site and I’m looking forward to participating in Dinner @8!

  • ProvenceLife said:
    November 24th, 2010 at 8:15am

    Cooked the menu ( plus a cheese course! ) on Saturday night and am now off to Cavaillon with my shopping list as we are doing it again tonight. I think this will become a winter ‘go-to’ menu because the ingredients are so readily available, even in our small Provencal village.

  • ProvenceLife said:
    November 25th, 2010 at 9:45am

    Second time serving this menu this week and it was just as good as the first time! I made a few small changes – cut the apples into thick slices as well as some chunks, sweated the leeks before adding the potimarron ( just seems right to me ), and instead of leaving the grapes on the vine I separated them ( made for easier cooking and they ended up being nicely browned all over). Such an easy menu and it comes together nicely.
    And again, leftover cake to have with tea this afternoon and pork roast for a sandwich….with some for the dog!

  • FabFoodLover said:
    November 29th, 2010 at 6:58pm

    I had so much fun making this meal on Saturday night! The recipes were really simple & delicious. I had never tried any of Dorie Greenspan’s recipes before, but I am definitely going to try her more often. The flavors were so spectacular there were moments of utter silence around the table while we all just enjoyed what we were tasting. What’s more, not only did I get everything done in under 3 hours, I had time to tweet and take photos throughout the process. You can see my journey on my twitter feed:

  • Kate Parham said:
    December 6th, 2010 at 11:45pm

    Challenge accepted, Pim. Check out my results:

    Thanks for creating such a fun, delicious challenge!

  • Kathy Besser said:
    December 9th, 2010 at 11:20pm

    Hi Pim, I’ve checked all over but can’t find my entry comment. I received confirmation after I posted it but can’t find it… any idea where it might be? It linked to my contest entry ( I’m so excited to see who has the winning entry! Thanks, Kathy

  • FabFoodLover said:
    June 9th, 2011 at 11:41pm

    Hi Pim,

    Did you ever post the winner of the cookbook giveaway? I think it would be fun to know who won.


  • Kelly said:
    October 11th, 2011 at 4:21am

    A bit late for the contest, but thanks for this fabulous dinner, loved the format too. With two young children “helping” and running around while I cooked, I was truly amazed to be serving dinner at 8:15!!! Kitchen was clean too!
    Will you be posting more menus in this format?
    Thanking you kindly,

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