New Cookware, and a Book Giveaway

Giveaway Closed: Congratulations to Crafty Cristy!

Recently my wife and I decided we wanted to get a nice set of stainless steel cookware, and after some research we settled on All-Clad. It gets rave reviews from people who own it, and the fact it is mostly made in the U.S. and comes with a lifetime warranty were also big pluses for us. The only problem we could find is that no one locally carried it in the store, and we wanted to see it in person before committing to buy it. So, two words immediately came to mind: road trip!

After finding out that Williams-Sonoma had a store in Nashville, we started planning a day trip there. That also gave us a good excuse to have lunch with our friend Lydia and visit with her for a while. I’m not sure which was more exciting  – shopping for cookware or seeing Lydia! The three of us went together to Williams-Sonoma, which was a dangerous place for three foodies to go shopping. After plunking down a hefty chunk of change there, we had to have a gourmet popsicle from Las Paletas to rejuvenate us. I had a Chocolate Chili one, while Lynda and Lydia opted for Chocolate Raspberry and Blueberry Lime respectively. You can always count on Las Paletas for tasty popsicles with a selection of both familiar and unusual flavors, and if you’re ever in Nashville you should check them out.

some of our new All-Clad cookware

some of our new All-Clad cookware

We had a great time in Nashville, and came home with a trunk full of All-Clad cookware. The set we bought came with a free gift: some oven mitts, a lasagna pan and a copy of Marcella Hazan’s “Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking.” The cookbook is a wonderful introduction to many of the classic techniques and recipes of Italian cooking. And I should know, because I’ve had a copy of it for several years now, after my wife and I toured Italy and I came back wanting to learn more about Italian cooking. Since I already have a well-worn copy myself, I decided I would have a giveaway for this brand new hardback book.

"Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking" by Marcella Hazen

“Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking” by Marcella Hazen

You can win this book by commenting on this blog post here at Our Happy Acres. Commenting via email or other ways will NOT enter you into this giveaway. The deadline for this giveaway is Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at 8 a.m. CST. Due to postage costs and customs issues, I am going to limit this giveaway to U.S. residents only. I will use Random.org to randomly select a winner and post the results back here on this post. I will also email the winner directly, so be sure and leave a valid email address when you comment.

This cookbook would be great for anyone who wants to learn about Italian cooking from a master cook and one of the most respected authorities on Italian cooking. Craig Claiborne says “Marcella Hazan is a national treasure…No one has ever done more to spread the gospel of pure Italian cookery in America.” The 702 page book contains almost 500 recipes, including how to make everything from focaccia and frittatas to whole chapters on Italian staples like pasta, risotto, polenta and gnocchi. Good luck to all who enter!

 

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21 Responses to New Cookware, and a Book Giveaway

  1. Marcia says:

    Who can pass up a chance to win a free book? Sounds like a good one too. I’m in!

    Your cookware looks lovely! I’ll look forward to seeing some new recipes posted here that you cooked in it.
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  2. Daphne says:

    All Clad is nice. I have two pans from them that I bought on sale years ago. My favorite pan is from a set my Mom has. She got it from a friend traveling in Italy. And bought a whole set for under $200 as a promotion when they opened their professional cookware line. And oh is it good. I wish I could get more. But I don’t even know the company name as it isn’t stamped on the bottom and I’ve also been told they don’t sell in the US. So my cooking set is cobbled together over time. Good pots make cooking so much easier.
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  3. Emilie says:

    I love Italian food and would love to have this cookbook to add to my collection.

  4. Leslie says:

    What a great day……friends, cookware, and popsicles!

    Thanks for sharing the book.

  5. Emily says:

    I’d love another Italian cookbook. This one sounds like a classic!

  6. Mimzy says:

    Glad you purchased some new cookware- There is an outlet sale in the summer in Pittsburgh, someone I know that lives there, the prices are really no bargain and you have to watch for defects and it’s packed with people. At our age, it’s easier to spend the money. Great pans to caramelize onions! Fyi- there is a WS in Louisville at The Mall of ST. Matthews.

  7. Linda Bradshaw says:

    Those look like great pans. I would love to have a set like that. I love cookbooks too because I love to try new things. I love making new meals for family and showing them off.

  8. Jenny says:

    I love my All-Clad pans! I wish they weren’t so expensive, but so far they are much better than other types I’ve tried with even heating throughout, and don’t have “hotspots”. Hope you’ll have a great experience with yours!

    Also, if my entry is selected for book please use Marcia (first post) instead.
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  9. bunkie says:

    We’re looking into the clad cookware, too. So happy to hear you like it!

    That giveaway looks like an awesome cookbook!!!

  10. Barb Mason says:

    I love my All-Clad. No only does it heat evenly and help produce wonderful dishes but it cleans up easily. That”s the best part. I would love to win the book. I really need to learn more Italian dishes other than spaghetti and meatballs.

  11. Terrie Smith says:

    Congrats on your new cookware. I’ve had my All Clad set for about 10 years and love it. Though I confess I couldn’t resist getting Henckels Thermolon fry pan this year. So far the non stick is holding up.

  12. Susan Klein says:

    Hi Dave,
    Thanks for the chance to win this amazing cookbook!

  13. Kelly says:

    I love my All-Clad set! They distribute heat evenly and will last a lifetime. My set came with a promotional non-stick stock pot that has held up well over the past few years. This cookbook would be great to help me learn how to make pasta – something I have yet to venture into. Thanks for the offer and love your inspirational blog!

  14. Liz says:

    I was really sad when I heard Marcella Hazan passed away this week. Fabulous cookery writer. I do like the idea of those popsicles, next time I go to Nashville….. Actually Nashville is one of the few places in the US I have visited – really enjoyed it too.

  15. Rob says:

    Hey Dave, toss my name into the random.org hat.

  16. Norma Chang says:

    Hope I am not too late, would love the cookbook so I can learn more about Italian cooking. Glad you are enjoying your new cookware, yes, they are pricey.
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  17. I love books, and cookbooks are especially nice. Thanks for offering this.
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  18. Jeannine says:

    Great giveaway! Thanks for the chance to win!!

  19. RICHARD HAYS says:

    Nice cookware. So enjoy reading of your adventures. Thanks, keep em coming

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