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.
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.
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!