Monday, February 23, 2009

Foodie Freebie Friday: Cook's Illustrated

Happy Monday! Hope you all had a wonderful weekend and are ready for a new week! It was quite an eventful weekend for me and just to share a little bit of news, in about a month, I'll be cooking & baking up in a bigger kitchen! We will be moving out of our condo/apartment and into a single family home just a stone's throw from the Chicago border - literally! I'm a little sad that we will be giving up our Chicago address but the up side is that we won't have to share any walls with neighbors!

With our upcoming move, I'm dreading the painstaking task of packing. One room I'm not looking forward to packing is our second bedroom, which is where I have my vast collection of cookbooks. I have so many that to make all the dishes I've bookmarked in my cookbooks could easily last a lifetime! Sometimes it makes me wish that I didn't collect so many cookbooks and solely use recipes found online.

One cooking/baking resource I rely on is Cook's Illustrated/America's Test Kitchen. They have such informative tips, tricks and hints, as well as helpful product reviews. What I really like about Cook's Illustrated & America's Test Kitchen is that they have so many mediums to reach their audience (taken from Cook's Illustrated):

Magazines: More than 1.3 million home cooks rely on Cook's Illustrated and Cook's Country magazines to provide trusted recipes that work, honest ratings of equipment and supermarket ingredients, and kitchen tips.

Cookbooks & DVDs: From our best-selling The America's Test Kitchen Family Cookbook and The New Best Recipe, to Annual Editions of our magazines and DVD sets for each season of our television shows, we offer more than 70 cookbooks and DVD sets from the editors of America's Test Kitchen.

Television Shows: Each week, the cast of America's Test Kitchen brings the recipes, testings, and tastings from Cook's Illustrated magazine to life on our public television series. With more than 2 million viewers per episode, we are the most-watched cooking show on public television. And now you can also tune in to watch the editors of Cook's Country magazine on our new television series filmed in our Vermont farmhouse kitchen.

Websites: Our websites allow members online access to 16 years worth of recipes, menus, up-to-date equipment and ingredient ratings, and video content, including episodes of America's Test Kitchen. Members can easily search for, and print, recipes and shopping lists, build menus, watch videos, plus more.

So for this week's Foodie Freebie Friday, a lucky reader will get a 1 year gift subscription to either the Cook's Illustrated Magazine or Website!

Some guidelines:
- Giveaway is only for those who live in the United States. My apologies to my international readers!
- You must have a valid email address so that you can be contacted if you win.

To enter the giveaway, leave a comment about:
- Do you have a favorite cookbook and/or cooking/baking resource? What makes it a favorite of yours?

Deadline: Thursday, February 26, 2009 at 12 midnight CST.

One Winner will be randomly chosen by Random.Org's Interger Generator based on the number of your comment and will be announced on Friday, February 27, 2009. Good luck!