(This is a giveaway post. The prizes are pictured above, the right image, courtesy of Delight.com.)
**Update: Friday night, the winners were chosen using a random number generator, and now that they’ve both responded and accepted, I can announce the two prizes are going to Lainey and Rhonda! Congratulations and thanks, everyone, for participating!
I like to hear people’s stories. (And I’m going to presume you do, too, or you wouldn’t be reading this site, which tends towards the autobiographical as much as the culinary.) It seems to me that we were made this way, or, at least, made to need the things stories are made of—relationships, experiences, plot, purpose.
In the 1940s and 50s, my grandma cooked for her husband and then later, for my mom, in a small brick bungalow in the Chicago suburb of Maywood. That was part of her story. She lived in an era when women married young and raised families; she survived the depression in an Italian family of five children. Today, I cook for pleasure, because I want to and I like to and, sometimes, because it reminds me of her. That’s part of mine.
What about you? Why do you cook, or why don’t you? When? How? Do you cook for yourself or for others? Do you enjoy it or hate it? What were your favorite food memories? Your least favorite? What is your great pleasure in eating?
Because they are tied to who you are, these questions are not just about food—they are about your history, your values, your story. M.K. Fisher said, “It seems to me that our three basic needs, for food and security and love, are so mixed and mingled and entwined that we cannot straightly think of one without the others.”
On that theme, and to mark the six-month anniversary of this blog that occurred earlier this month, it’s time for a giveaway. I’ve shared 88 (!) stories with you since August, and you’ve been nice enough to listen. Now I’d like to return the favor.
This is all in good fun, so I reserve the right to change anything necessary; but I really want to give something away, so please enter!
How to Enter:
- Leave a comment in this post that answers any of the questions in bold above, and you are automatically entered.
- To double your chances, subscribe to this site by clicking here. (***UPDATE: The codeword wasn’t working, so here is the new rule – subscribe by e-mail to receive an automatic second entry. Or, subscribe via RSS, and just shoot me an e-mail to [email protected]. I’ll take your word for it.
As for the prizes:
- Penguin books has sent me two copies of The Ungarnished Truth, a cooking-contest memoir by Ellie Matthews, winner of the Pillsbury Bake-Off in 1998. The book is an easy read, a behind-the-scenes look at goes on inside the head of someone who wins a million dollars (!) for Salsa Couscous Chicken. For those of us who enjoy a good story, it’s delightful. Each winner will receive one copy.
- Delight.com sells these wildly popular RuMe bags (more info here). I keep a black one in my purse at all times, and it’s great for picking up groceries without wasting paper or plastic. Each of the two winners of this giveaway will also receive one RuMe bag—one is black, and one is gray.
When Will There Be Winners:
The winners will be chosen by a random number generator this Friday, February 20, 2009. After both prizes have been claimed, I will announce the winners here.
Other Important Info:
- All winners must be 18 years of age or older and live in the United States.
- No purchase is necessary to participate in this giveaway.
- I will choose the winners from the qualified participants. I am the sole judge of adding entries to the list. Plagiarized content, trackback from splogs, spam and comments containing abusive or inappropriate languages will not be considered.
- To award the prizes, I have to be able to contact you. Please leave a valid e-mail address with your comment, or make sure I can contact you through your Web site. Your contact information will not be shared with anyone else.
- Winners will be required to submit a physical address to ship the prize. Again, your contact information will never be shared with anyone.
- Prizes are provided as-is, and substitutions may be made at my discretion.
- Winners must reply within 1 week from the time notified to claim their prizes. Otherwise, they forfeit, and an alternate will be contacted.