Giveaway Time: The Taste of Home Cookbook, Cooks who Care Edition

Heather says:

taste-of-home-cookbookOnce in a while when someone blogs about food, menus, saving money and all that fun stuff that happens here on Home-Ec 101, you get noticed. A few weeks ago I was contacted by the folks running PR for Taste of Home. They have just launched a new cook book, The Taste of Home Cookbook, Cooks who Care Edition and wanted to know if I was interested in doing a review. I love food, I enjoy reading about food, and I’m always happy to drool over pretty pictures of said food. (I kept my drool to myself, thank you very much.)

I’ve been a fan of ToH for years, in fact long before Home Ec 101 was even a twinkle in my eye, I gave Ivy a subscription to the magazine as a Christmas gift. I can tell y’all are just riveted, hang with me this is called disclosure. I was sent the cookbook for review, but I asked for permission to use it as a giveaway. Sometimes there are weird rules and I wanted to make sure everything was on the up and up.

Here goes the review:

The cookbook starts off with a section on cooking basics to help novice cooks get a feel for the kitchen, then it’s off and running into 600+ pages of recipes. I am happy to report that almost all of the recipes have what I refer to as attainable ingredients. One of my big peeves with many recipe books is the ingredients can be difficult or impossible for someone to find who doesn’t live in a big city. I live in a small town, but it’s not that small, if I have a hard time finding something, I can’t recommend the recipe.

After giving it a once over, my only beef with the whole book was a recipe for gravy. But, let’s be real here, gravy techniques are passed down and we’re all going to feel as if the way we learned is the only way.  Don’t forget we chefs are notoriously picky and temperamental.

The recipes are clear, suitable for families, and not overly adventurous. While it’s sometimes fun to try out exotic ingredients, there is a welcome place, especially for those just finding their rhythm in the kitchen for recipes that don’t stray too far from the expected. There are narratives at the beginning of each section, highlighting a -wait for it- cook who cares!

To review this copy, I did have to open the plastic wrap.  Because life is what it is one of my kids had to take off with it, but don’t worry, it still has that new car smell and the recipes were not altered. They can be devious, but they haven’t gone so far as to figure out rearranging typesetting. Along with the previously opened cookbook, you will receive one full year of Taste of Home magazine and premium access to their recipe collection at TasteofHome.com and anyone is welcome to join their Cooks Who Care forum.

It’s a great cookbook and would sit on my shelf -if I weren’t giving it to one of you. There are three ways to enter:

  1. Comment and promise you’ll come back, even though you’ll have lots of new recipes on your own bookshelf.
  2. Tweet -sorry folks, Twitter isn’t going away any time soon- about this contest and place the url of the tweet in a new comment.
  3. Post about this contest on your blog, your favorite message board, Facebook, or whatever fabulous social media site floats your boat. I’m not picky, I’m just giving you an extra chance. Just make sure you put the url in a new comment.

This giveaway will end Friday night October 9th 2009 at 9pm Eastern, because I don’t stay up late. The winner will be chosen by random drawing.

Have fun!



98 Comments

  1. Lisette on October 10, 2009 at 2:10 am

    Oh I'd love to enter!



  2. HeatherSolos on October 10, 2009 at 1:09 am

    Congrats Valerie, you're the winner 🙂 I'll be contacting you for shipping info.



  3. NancyRob on October 9, 2009 at 10:48 pm

    I just found your website tonight–and I will definitely be back!! I've added you to my feed reader, which really is a place of honor because I substantially limit
    how many of them I can realistically keep up with. 🙂

    Looking forward to looking around!

    P.S. ( found you when searching how to make a white sauce for a gluten-free friend.)



  4. Mary Guillory on October 9, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    WOW!!! I love this website!!! I will be back for sure and I signed up for the newsletter!! I saw Good morning America today and heard about this cookbook!! Would love to add it to my collection!! I posted on facebook about your contest and listed your website.l I have 992 friends on FB so hopefully some will come here also! http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/profile.php?id
    Thanks for the offer!!!



  5. Carolyn Hudnall Sellito on October 9, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    Posted to FB



  6. Carolyn Hudnall Sellito on October 9, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    Taste of Home has some amazing cookbooks, great simple ideas using easy to find ingredients, and meal plans that are affordable. Would LOVE to win!



  7. Michael Carnell on October 9, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    Only one thing to say… Pumpkin Muffins!!!!



  8. Kathy T. on October 9, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    Have posted on facebook. I can use all the help I can get when I cook. 🙂 http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/profile.php?id=



  9. Gypsie on October 9, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    I dont know how i missed this contest as I read your blog almost daily but I would love to win this book. My DH loves cookbooks!



  10. Carol Shive Mirek on October 9, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    I would love a new cookbook to keep me busy this weekend. And don't worry, I will always come back for your tried and true recipes 🙂



  11. Marsha on October 9, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    Thanks for the contest. And of course I'll come back! This is a great site and I try to visit every day.



  12. Janelle on October 9, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    Seems I'm always on their website looking for a recipe (sounds like I'll have to come here more often, too ;)). Would love a TOH cookbook.



  13. GEORGETTA on October 9, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    I LOVE TASTE OF HOME.JUST WENT TO ONE OF THEIR COOKING SHOWS HAD A FABULOUS TIME.WOULD LOVE TO TRY THIS COOKBOOK



  14. Mary Beth on October 9, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    I've never done this before. Stumbled upon your site – great BTW – when I searched on the book title. I would love to receive this book. I am undergoing surgery in a month and am in the process of stocking my freezer for the hubby and kids for my recuperation time. I would love to have some new things to offer them and their diverse tastes. Hope you consider me. I will definitely be back to check out your site again.



  15. Idaho Jill on October 8, 2009 at 11:25 pm


  16. Idaho Jill on October 8, 2009 at 11:24 pm

    I am an email subscriber, so I won't be going anywhere! I love new cookbooks – thanks for the chance to win this one!



  17. NewDomGoddess on October 8, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    I just stumbled across this website today and LOVE IT! I would also LOVE a Taste of Home Cookbook as I am a recently new stay at home mommy who is still feeling her way around a kitchen! And I will definitely be bookmarking this site!



  18. Cathy on October 8, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    I just found your blog and I am loving it. Taste of Home is one of my favorite cooking magazines. Thanks for the chance to win the cookbook.



  19. KCcat on October 8, 2009 at 1:53 pm


  20. Christy on October 7, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    Of course I'll be back! I love this place! Please sign me up for the contest.



  21. @morelucy on October 7, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    Oh yeah. I'm entering again…because this is a cool giveaway. And I've never won anything before EVER. So, I am therefore, entering yet again!
    http://twitter.com/morelucy/status/4690896332



  22. Jeannine on October 7, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    I come back all the time!

    Cheshiresmile at gmail dot com



  23. Joyce on October 7, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    I read daily but only comment occasionally.

    I've used Taste of Home recipes for years so I'd love to have the cookbook.



  24. April Vereb on October 7, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    I promise, promise, promise I'll come back! How could I not?? I LOVE this newsletter!! 🙂



  25. ktaylor on October 7, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    The same as all the rest I would love to win the TOH cookbook snce the only way I can cook is to follow a recipe…lol…and I promise to keep coming back to you site,not that I haven't already wore it out since I discovered it…ktaylor



  26. Dawn Womble on October 7, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    I would love to win! I buy ToH magazines all the time! Love your blog and am a subscriber. Thanks!



  27. Kim on October 7, 2009 at 9:14 am

    I check your site several times a week. I love the helpful information and the humor. I'd love to win this cookbook and don't mind a bit that it's just a wee bit used.



  28. Valerie on October 7, 2009 at 8:53 am

    I just went to the Fall TOH cooking school and crossed my fingers the whole time that I would win a cookbook. Of course, I didn't. Oh well, here's another shot at it! I've been a follower for a long time and will definitely not be going away!



  29. julie on October 7, 2009 at 8:27 am

    LOVE ToH and Home Ec 101–I visit both sites on a regular basis-can't beat either one of them-they ROCK!

    julie
    meridian,ms



  30. The Chatty Housewife on October 6, 2009 at 10:30 pm

    Of course I’ll come back! I’m a subscriber. I’d love this cookbook!



  31. bashtree on October 6, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    I’ll come back, even if I win! I love this site!



  32. Vickie on October 7, 2009 at 12:59 am

    Great giveaway anytime it involves a cookbook – thanks!



  33. Greta on October 7, 2009 at 12:15 am

    Hello! I've just found your blog and I will definitely be back! I'm a cook book addict– so I have a few– but I could certainly use a good source for simple, tried and true, recipes. Thanks for the offer!



  34. PrincessP on October 6, 2009 at 11:00 pm

    I read every day – you're bookmarked! My birthday is later this month, so . . . : )



  35. texasaggiemom on October 6, 2009 at 10:07 pm

    Love taste of home! And I love your blog! Thanks for the giveaway!



  36. lesleymac on October 6, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    That sounds like a great cookbook. I promise I'll be back; I love this site!



  37. nicole on October 6, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    I would love to win this cook book! Now that I'm cooking more from scratch I need new ideas.



  38. Nina on October 6, 2009 at 7:14 pm

    Wow, you're amazing. I'm a newlywed of 3 months, 22 years old, and Clueless in the Kitchen. 🙂 This would do me some good. I follow your cleaning plan religiously! I would love to add this cookbook to my home!



  39. Amy on October 6, 2009 at 6:41 pm

    I love, love, love your website and will of course come back. The knowledge you share is great.



  40. Tina on October 6, 2009 at 6:34 pm

    I'm alwasy reading you…I just rarely click out of the feed reader to comment because I never I feel I have anything to add in the comments! 🙂 We were given a copy of "ToH's Year's Best Recipes" for the year we were married as a wedding gift. I enjoyed the basic recipes and need to pull that out again. I'd love to try their newer one!



  41. @notdiyheather on October 6, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    sign.me.up! Love ToH.



  42. tinkerschnitzel on October 6, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    I ALWAYS need a new cookbook!



  43. CJ McD on October 6, 2009 at 6:06 pm

    I am a regular commentor and you KNOW I'll be back. You are on my RSS feed and I enjoy your blog immensely. Just made the lentil pilaf for the family and it was a bit.

    Thanks Heather! And good luck to all.



  44. Victoria on October 6, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    I love this site and winning this book would not stop me from coming back again and again.



  45. CarolinaDreamz on October 6, 2009 at 5:45 pm


  46. CarolinaDreamz on October 6, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    My past Relationship with Taste of Home and how I'll share the book with you, if I win! 🙂
    http://bit.ly/29xTBA



  47. Billie on October 6, 2009 at 5:15 pm

    I love ToH, it always has such great recipes!!! I of course I will come back here..



  48. Kate on October 6, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    Ooh, what a great contest! I don't comment often, but I read almost daily, so I promise to come back. 🙂



  49. CarolinaDreamz on October 6, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    oh the dreams I've had, in Taste of Home, honor! 🙂

    IF this post wins this book. I will random generate a new winner for the book, after my grubby hands peruse it, for a day or two. 🙂 The subscription.. well, you can have my first born child.. 😛

    ~Heidi



  50. Leigh on October 6, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    I am beginning to hate blogs. I've read 4 today alone that are selling or giving away stuff like this. Blogs are just becoming another extended commercial instead of being windows into peoples lives or sites to get new info… Is no place sacred these days? Are corps chasing the almighty dollar EVERYWHERE? I hope that the new FTC rules will limit this blantant marketing somewhat. I stopped reading one blog because of her incessant hocking of products



  51. Stacie Fontinell on October 6, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    I would love to try this cookbook!



  52. Leigha Baer on October 6, 2009 at 11:57 am

    Hey Heather, nice give-a-way! Stumbled that for you along with a good pitch for Home Ec 101. I don't need the cookbook but my daughter would sure enjoy it. As always, love your site and always telling people about it. You're the bomb when it comes to homemaking info.



  53. NGS on October 6, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    Well, of course I'll come back. You post all kinds of handy tips other than cooking tips!! Who would want to miss those?!



  54. Tammy C on October 6, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    Enter…Enter…Enter!



  55. Lee on October 6, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    I'd love a chance at a Taste of Home cookbook! And a regular visitor to you blog via Google Reader, so you know I'll be back.



  56. Andrea on October 6, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    Love Taste of Home–it gives me tons of great ideas and tends to keep things on the do-able side. Nice of you to give away your copy to one of us. Don't worry, though. I'm sure we'll all still come back even if we end up with the cookbook. 🙂



  57. Stacy on October 6, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    Taste of Home is one of my fave resources! This would be awesome to have 🙂



  58. Cee on October 6, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    This sounds like a great cookbook. I love their magazine, and often purchase their holiday editions. I'd like to have their recipes in one place, and I like the format! Thank you so much for this giveaway!!



  59. Princess Leia on October 6, 2009 at 1:07 pm

    You're on my blogreader, so I'll definitely be back! And I'd _love_ a whole cookbook of non-exotic recipes! I've got a slightly picky husband and can't seem to think of ideas for meals. He's willing to experiment…but not too much. From your review, this sounds like the perfect amount of "normal" (for him) with just a taste of "new" for me!



  60. Stacy on October 6, 2009 at 12:24 pm

    I love anything Taste of Home. Their cooking school is going to be in our area of WV this month. I haven't been to one of their sessons in years! Everythign they have is great!



  61. Courtney on October 6, 2009 at 12:23 pm

    Taste of Home is one of my absolute favorites. I would LOVE this! (And of course I'll be back.)



  62. minj on October 6, 2009 at 12:20 pm

    I am just aching for some new recipes ( and my son is too- he is spending more time with friends to eat!) I will come back and let you know about my success with the new recipes if only I could get 600 pages to refresh my cooking life!



  63. minj on October 6, 2009 at 12:20 pm

    I am just aching for some new recipes ( and my son is too- he is spending more time with friends to eat!) I will come back and let you know about my success with the new recipes if only I could get 600 pages to refresh my cooking life!



  64. Heather on October 6, 2009 at 11:54 am

    You are posted on facebook and I would love to win a new cookbook!
    Thank you for the chance to win.
    I visit your site often and have enjoyed it for some time now.



  65. Tater on October 6, 2009 at 11:48 am

    I posted on FB too!



  66. Kari on October 6, 2009 at 11:25 am

    I'm another Google reader subscriber, so you know I'll be back 🙂 Although my inbox still has several of your posts, but that's because I often click "mark as unread" so that I can look over a post over and over while deciding if I should print the recipe/tip. My 2 year old and I made your blueberry muffins for the first time two weeks ago. They tasted great, we loved them. Thanks. I also liked that the batch wasn't huge. We can't eat two dozen muffins before they go stale and not all muffins freeze well, so thanks for the great small recipe.



  67. Heather from GA on October 6, 2009 at 11:21 am

    I read this blog often, and I do promise to come back! 😀



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  70. Leigh on October 6, 2009 at 2:30 am

    Hey, Heather! I read daily, though I've dropped off the face of the earth in so many other ways… and some of my favorite recipes come from old Taste of Home magazines… LOVE IT!



  71. Gator Pam on October 6, 2009 at 2:30 am

    Not a tweeter-er here, but here's my comment…
    …and you know I hang around. 😉



  72. Phillip Guyton Jr. on October 6, 2009 at 2:06 am

    Being a bachelor; i don't think i actually own a cookbook; usually I just bug my friends (thx heather for all the great tips) I was thinking maybe How To Cook Everything: Simple Recipes for Great Food by Mark Bittman; however maybe i'll give this some thought. thx for the tip! 🙂



    • Caroline on October 6, 2009 at 1:55 pm

      Phillip – I have the Mark Bittman and I rarely use it. I havne't used TOH, but I used my good housekeeping and my joy of cooking more often. A good 'bachelor' one depending on how long you've been surviving, is also called Help! My Apartment Has a Kitchen. I gave that to my brother when he was newly single and he loved it. Also i used to work in a bookstore and it was real popular with moms who's sons were moving out.



  73. ErinfromLongIsland on October 6, 2009 at 5:47 am


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  75. ErinfromLong Island on October 6, 2009 at 5:43 am

    HEY! I am here all the time, just never say much. I guess you could say I am the strong, silent, femanine type ; )

    As great as I am sure the cookbook is, there is way more stuff to return to your site for then just recipes!



  76. Katherine on October 6, 2009 at 5:39 am

    And…put it on my blog! 😉 http://sassykat1213.xanga.com/713906568/taste-of-



  77. Katherine on October 6, 2009 at 5:27 am


  78. Katherine on October 6, 2009 at 5:24 am

    Love Taste of Home! Thanks for the opportunity to win!
    🙂



  79. Angela on October 6, 2009 at 4:51 am

    I heart ToH!



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  81. Susan on October 6, 2009 at 4:02 am

    What a great giveaway!!



  82. jennifer w. on October 6, 2009 at 3:56 am

    I love Taste of Home – and I love this blog!!



  83. Karen on October 5, 2009 at 11:51 pm

    I usually read you through your email feed–and will continue to do so–but I had to come and comment for a chance to win this cookbook. I used to subscribe to ToH and enjoyed it.

    By the way, I’m liking the looks of the website–maybe I should come to you more often!



  84. Kaytee on October 6, 2009 at 3:43 am

    I LOVE ToH cookbooks! Since moving to TN, I've gotten more adventurous in my cooking. Granted the kids don't always like it. LOL I may not reply often, but I am always here reading. I love all the tips I've gotten since you and Ivy started this.



  85. Need A Nap2 on October 6, 2009 at 3:39 am

    I don't have a ToH cookbook either, but have a few magazines that were given to me. I would love a copy with the new car smell even if the plastic is gone. And I'll be back! 🙂



  86. Michelle on October 6, 2009 at 3:36 am

    Sign me up! And don't worry, I'll still come back if I win 😉



  87. Max on October 6, 2009 at 3:33 am

    I am a former lurker commenting here, I love ToH magazine & website. But in my obscenely extensive cookbook library, I cannot believe I have NO ToH Cookbook, and I would dearly LOVE to own THIS ONE.



  88. Deanna on October 6, 2009 at 3:13 am

    My favorite cook in the entire world, my grandma, has a subscription to Taste of Home. How can I resist? (and I always come back)



  89. Susan on October 6, 2009 at 3:05 am

    I love Taste of Home – please ente me in the contest. And I subscribe on google Reader so you know I will be back!



  90. Kathy O on October 6, 2009 at 2:49 am

    I would love to win the book, but I promise I will always come back to the site! (Well, technically you would come to me, since I read you on my Google Reader!). Yay for fun contests!



  91. ThatBobbieGirl on October 6, 2009 at 2:47 am

    Hi, my name is Bobbie and I love your site
    Just thought I'd introduce myself since I come here a lot but havent commented since…uh…this afternoon….

    Heather, do you read cookbooks for fun, like I do? (They're better than novels, and have better endings!)



  92. Sara on October 6, 2009 at 2:34 am

    Of course I'll come back! There's more to your site than just cooking, and I would love this book!



  93. Tater on October 6, 2009 at 2:17 am

    Comment, Comment, Comment! 🙂 I love you site, visit often but I don't comment. I don't think I have a TOH cookbook. Would LOVE to have one though. 🙂



  94. JRae on October 6, 2009 at 2:15 am

    Taste of Home FTW!



  95. JRae on October 5, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    Taste of Home FTW! 🙂



  96. @morelucy on October 6, 2009 at 2:02 am

    Well, I don't want to seem too eager since I'm the first comment and all, but hey, I love Taste of Home. And I'm all about a good give-away.
    So, you know I love your site. And I visit often. I even bookmarked it…I don't bookmark much. 🙂