Cookbook Giveaway!

I have been given a copy of Cooking Jewish by Judy Bart Kancigor to give away to one of my readers. Although it is a book of Jewish recipes, don’t worry if you’re not Jewish because really, who doesn’t love matzo ball soup and all of the yummy desserts I can’t wait to try!

All you have to do is leave a comment by April 14 and tell me something about yourself, kinda like we did last year. A winner will be drawn at random via a very scientific method of writing everyones name on a piece of paper and sticking all the names in a bowl and choosing one. The winner will then be contacted by email so please make sure your email address is in the comments. Also, this is only open to people who live in the US and Canada, unless you want to pay for the shipping yourself. (Sorry!)


35 Responses to “Cookbook Giveaway!”

    Ehme on 1 April 6th, 2008 11:57 am

    I think I told you every thing in the world about me last year! I remember being embarrassed about my super long comment.

    Sooo…i am Ehme, I live in Maine, I am from Montana, I am a bookkeeper/bar nanny/ baker for hire. Married. No kids. Not one bit Jewish, but I was a nanny for a Jewish family for years, went through Hebrew School with them, and have actually looked in to cooking. Oh and when I go “home” to my Jewish house, they ask ME to make the Matzoh Ball Soup!

    Also (sigh…I cannot leave short comments) I have spent a good portion of my morning trying to draft an email regarding your last post on your other site that does not make me sound like a crazy stalker. I am not, but both of your blogs are fantastic and I appreciate them greatly!

    Thank you!

    Alana on 2 April 6th, 2008 12:44 pm

    I LOVE Matzoh Ball Soup…would love to know how to make it myself.
    Maybe this book can help with that!

    TheAngelForever on 3 April 6th, 2008 1:15 pm

    Thanks for the fun giveaway! I love your recipes and always look forward to when you put some Jewish favorites. I am mommy to two little boys (4 and almost 1). We are getting ready for Passover and did our shopping today. New recipes are something my husband and I are always on the look out for.

    Merav on 4 April 6th, 2008 1:49 pm

    I speak 5 languages fluently!

    Aaaand I’m Jewish and would love the book! Pleeeeeease?

    Elisha Lynn on 5 April 6th, 2008 2:17 pm

    I am a third-year college student at Ohio University. I am currently studying middle childhood education with specializations in English and social studies. When I’m not in Ohio during the school year I am working as a counselor at a Jewish summer camp for girls called Camp Louise. If teaching doesn’t work out after college, I want to open a restaurant or a bakery. Some of my favorite things in life are: movies, short fiction, dark chocolate, mermaids, naps and pen pals.

    judi0044 on 6 April 6th, 2008 2:40 pm

    I’m a (early retiree) former property mgr. and bank v.p. I lived for a long time on the west coast and now re-settled in the hills on the east coast where my hubby was raised. We have a dearth of good, gourmet food or grocery resources; however, I still manage to cook and bake as often as I can. I found some missing family members after 50 years through my other hobby of genealogy. I also collect cookbooks.

    Karen on 7 April 6th, 2008 2:41 pm

    Hello, I love your blog, I am into Jewish food and all types of baking. I am from LA but have lived in the Bay Area for the past 20 years.

    Keesha aka PrissyCook on 8 April 6th, 2008 3:58 pm

    Hi! I love cupcakes and hate frosting!

    Jennifer on 9 April 6th, 2008 5:22 pm

    Love your blog! I’ve been getting lots of yummy recipes to try. I use my Grandmother’s recipe for great Matzo Balls but am always looking for great new Jewish recipes! I live in the Boston area and split my time between educational research and designing jewelry – keeping both sides of my brain busy!

    Lauren on 10 April 6th, 2008 6:07 pm

    My name is Lauren, I regularly read your other blog and stop by here when you post about recipes. I am a speech pathologist at a school for children with emotional behavioral and psychological disorders!

    I am jewish and have grown up with everyone around me being amazing cooks. I guess at some point I will have to take the reigns and maybe this will help!

    phyllis on 11 April 6th, 2008 6:40 pm

    i don’t remember what i said last time, but i am a regular reader of your blog, jewish cook, and happy to find jewish food blogs out there….hope i win:-)

    Roberta on 12 April 6th, 2008 7:02 pm

    I, too, read your blogs (don’t comment much, though)…Jewish, love to cook and bake and love Jewish food πŸ™‚

    Liz on 13 April 6th, 2008 7:29 pm

    This is such an awesome idea. I’ve been trying the recipes that you’ve been posting for a while now. I’m a high school science teacher who loves baking. The only problem is that I usually find a totally awesome sounding recipe and make it for some major occasion, without test running it first. Luckily (*knock on wood*) nothing has bombed out too terribly yet!

    Daveda on 14 April 7th, 2008 6:11 am

    More about me: recently married, step mother to two amazing girls with very mature eating habits {salmon, split pea soup w/flanken, roasted chicken – just not all at the same meal}, Jewish, professional, regular reader of both of your blogs, amateur match-maker, enjoy cooking and baking and would love to add this book to my large collection of cookbooks. Oh, I forgot the most important current thing ……. I am seriously dreading “making Pesach” for my family. I am frightened by this whole process and find myself waking up in the middle of the night with visions of matzah pizza and matzah brei on my mind.

    Hallie on 15 April 7th, 2008 7:37 am

    Hi! I’m Hallie. You’re blog is one of the first that I started to frequent and inspired me to create my own blog. I’m not on my 4th month of having a blog and am loving every minute of it. I would love to add a cook book to my small collection so to expand my recipes. I’m from Massachusetts and work as a mapping analyst here, and I’m 22. Hope thats enough information!

    Thanks for posting those passover desert recipes. They look really good. My mother is the head of the kitchen for our seders, but I think this year we are doing chocolate chip cookies (the bought usual chocolate mint candy) and maybe one other non-chocolate thing.

    Sarah on 16 April 7th, 2008 8:30 am

    Hi Hilary.

    About me…
    – I know your family (and think they are fabulous!)
    – I’m Jewish
    – Love to cook and bake
    – Live in London
    – Miss the warm weather
    – My mother makes the worst Matzo ball soup ever (they are small and hard)
    – You should give me the book so that I don’t have use her recipe
    – My boyfriend isn’t Jewish, but has happily gone to a Bat Mitzvah, and an Jewish Orthodox wedding this year. I would love to have a sedar for him this Passover as we can’t make it home to be with my family.
    – I’ve already made your flowerless chocolate cake, and your red velvet cup cakes on multiple occasions.

    P.s. As much as I love reading your other blog, I think it is great that you are putting it on hold until you feel inspired.

    jami on 17 April 7th, 2008 10:31 am

    I’m Jami, I hate brisket, and I have a new recipe for Kosher-for-Passover chocolate chip cookies that my best friend swears by (but I still don’t believe her). I will post it for you here:

    1 pound (4 sticks) margarine, softened (guessing you could use butter)
    2 cups brown sugar
    1 Β½ cups granulated sugar
    4 eggs
    2 tsp vanilla
    2 Β½ cups matzah cake meal
    5/8 cup (10 Tbsp) potato starch
    2 tsp baking soda
    2 tsp salt
    3 ΒΎ cups chocolate chips

    Use parchment paper on cookie sheets. Cream margarine and both sugars together until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla, and mix well. In a separate bowl, sift dry ingredients together 3 times (maybe 4). Stir into wet ingredients, mixing thoroughly. Add chocolate chips. Drop by spoonfuls (about a walnut size each) onto prepared cookie sheets. Refrigerate at least 4 hours.

    After refrigerating, heat oven to 325 degrees. Bake on the middle rack for 20 minutes, or until light brown. Cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

    * Makes about 80 cookies! It looks like basically a double batch to me…

    Jenn on 18 April 7th, 2008 6:36 pm

    Not Jewish, long time reader and had an adventure and a half tonight to make a cake that I thought I needed for Wednesday but really needed for tomorrow. I am bad with dates (boys and days of the year). hahahaha

    Christina on 19 April 7th, 2008 6:41 pm

    I’m a Catholic girl married to a Jewish boy. My Cath-ewish son will be raised in both traditions, so we’re hosting our first Passover seder this year. I am a girl without a clue.

    Amy on 20 April 7th, 2008 11:23 pm

    I’m a frequent reader of your blog and my boyfriend is Jewish.. which gives me so many more reasons to bake rugelach/babka/you name it. πŸ™‚ What a fun offer for readers, thanks!

    chrissi on 21 April 8th, 2008 8:26 am

    Hi! Love your blog, I’m a total foodie at heart πŸ™‚ I started cooking when I was 12 and have a collection of cookbooks that could make a person drool. I bake to relax (strange to most folks) and I’m a full time teddy bear artist (it’s like baking, but with fur *lol*)

    Good luck to all!!

    Tracy on 22 April 8th, 2008 8:35 am

    Hi! I am a preschool teacher and I was looking for a recipes for my little ones during Passover for our coking class and thanks to you I have found some that look Great!! I can’t wait to make them, we will let you know how it goes!
    I am off to explore your site!

    PinkDevora on 23 April 8th, 2008 7:36 pm

    I just found your blog, courtesy of Urban Kvetch.

    I’m married, no kids, trying to adopt (see my other blog,, rarely updated due to the lack of adoption progress). I’m Jewish, love cooking when I have time, and love new good cookbooks. I’ll be perusing your Passover recipe links after this post ;). I’m desperate for new recipes for Pesach…

    sarah on 24 April 8th, 2008 11:40 pm

    i’m sarah. i look asian, but i’m jewish on the inside πŸ™‚

    Colleen on 25 April 9th, 2008 11:38 am

    I’m Colleen and I’m a fan of the University of Kansas Jayhawks – 2008 Men’s Basketball National Champions and 2008 Orange Bowl Champs. I bleed crimson and blue. Rock Chalk Jayhawk Go KU!!!!!!!!!!!

    Melissa on 26 April 9th, 2008 3:24 pm

    My husband would fall in love with me all over again if I started making Matzo Ball soup and brisket.

    Sandy Weil on 27 April 10th, 2008 9:28 am

    Hello: First off, I hope you won the lottery in love and life to open your own bakery!
    I found your site and wanted to let all of you know about some delicious recipes available at The two chocolate desserts listed under sample recipes can be for Passover and The Linzer Torte you would substitute the flour with 1/2 c. potato starch and 1/2 c. plus 2 TBSP passover cake meal (and you may want to leave out the rum). My Dad, Ernest Weil, was founder of Fantasia Confections and creator of the famous “Blum’s Coffee Crunch Cake”, wrote LOVE TO BAKE, a pastry cookbook in which he shares the secrets of more than 150 of the bakery’s most popular recipes including the Sacher Torte and Florentine Cookies. For over forty years, San Francisco bay area residents were pampered with Fantasia’s mouth-watering cakes, pastries, and cookies.

    100% of the proceeds from LOVE TO BAKE go to organizations serving children and youth in the SF Bay Area and beyond. The first printing of this magnificent, 248 page cookbook sold out. The family decided to make the book available as a download. See for the list of organizations supported.

    Fantasia sweets were enjoyed by, Herb Caen, Dianne Feinstein, Robin Williams, Beverly Sills, and othercelebrities.

    To quote Joseph Schmidt (of Joseph Schmidt Confections), San Francisco, 2005
    β€œThis cookbook is full of the creations I baked everyday at Fantasia for 12 years, a great education for my future success. As someone who loves fine chocolates and desserts, I am sure this pastry book will delight former Fantasia customers and new connoisseurs. Those who love to bake are lucky that Ernest has published these magnificent recipes. He is one of my mentors, such a talented konditor, and above all a wonderful human being.”

    mrszippy on 28 April 10th, 2008 10:31 am

    I am married

    I have 4 kids ages 22, 21, 19 & 17 (3 boys last one a girl)

    I love to cook & bake

    I love to entertain

    I live in Connecticut

    I am very thankful for the wonderful life I have

    Amy on 29 April 10th, 2008 5:46 pm

    Delurking to join in:

    Married, 3 children (2 /12 yr old daughter, and twin boys–3.5 months)
    love to cook–and finding more time to do it now, live in FL

    this sounds like a great book!
    can you get the book to me before Passover begins next week?

    MysterHK on 30 April 11th, 2008 12:03 pm

    My name is Henry.

    I’m not Jewish.

    I love sampling different ethnic cuisines.

    I love Matzo Ball Soup and gribbenes.

    I work in a machine shop as a profession.

    I live in the Southbay area of Los Angeles County.

    I wonder if I even have a chance to win that cookbook.

    Kindra on 31 April 11th, 2008 8:00 pm

    My name is Kindra.

    I am 24, married to an amazing man, and have a gorgeous 8 month old baby girl.

    I love art.

    I love cooking.

    I love to make art and eat food.

    My husband and I get together with 2 other couples once a month and make a different countries cuisine. This month we are doing Korean.

    I hope I win the cookbook.

    stella on 32 April 11th, 2008 11:12 pm

    i love jewish food. it reminds me alot of my grandmother’s cooking. who i don’t know if she was or was not jewish. but she sure cooked alot like a jewish grandmother.

    i would love this cookbook because it would bring back so many memories πŸ™‚

    Natasha Chudyk on 33 April 13th, 2008 12:00 pm

    My name is Natasha and I have never tried matzo ball soup but I would love too! πŸ™‚

    Abigail on 34 April 13th, 2008 1:18 pm

    Hi, I’m Abigail

    I love to cook, like everyone else. And I’m obsessed with making scones.

    mary on 35 April 14th, 2008 9:40 am

    Hi! I love Jewish traditions and food….my best friends in the whole world are Jewish…I am not, but I have participated in so many celebrations that I should probably convert…..My friend just bought 12 dozen eggs this morning to get ready!