14 November 2010

Chronicle Book's Happy Haul-iDays Giveaway

I'm sure you've seen this fabulous holiday giveaway sponsored by Chronicle Books. I just love their books and have reviewed several of their cookbooks as part of my Weekend Cooking feature.

Here's how the giveaway works: I simply make a list of Chronicle Books that I'd like to own -- up to $500 in value -- and submit my link to the Chronicle site and I and one of my readers will then have a chance to win every single book listed here in this post.

How's that for a holiday treat! Here are the books I'm hoping to win. Look over the list and see how you too can be entered to win all of these books and journals and stationary.

For more information about each title, click the links.

Michael Chiarello's Bottega ($40), Skinny Dips ($19) The Commonsense Kitchen ($35), The Country Cooking of Ireland ($50)

New Vegetarian ($20), Slow Cooker ($25), Wine Lover's Cookbook ($25), Savory Baking ($25)

Cooking for Two ($20), Sunday Soup ($20), Big Night In ($25)

Lace Knitting to Go ($17), Gift of Wine (this is a craft book; $15)

Beatles Anthology ($60), The Life and Love of Trees ($50)

Repro Notebooks ($13), Mini Journals ($15), Book Journal ($11), Mix and Match Stationery ($9)

There you have my list -- a whooping $495 worth of books and notebooks and one craft kit. Wow!

Here's how you can have a chance to win these books. First the contest is sponsored by Chronicle Books and is open only in the United States (full rules here). Second you must leave a comment here (Chronicle will pick someone from the comments) -- I'd love it if you told me if you will keep all the books yourself or will give some away as gifts. Third you must provide a valid email address (or make sure it's in your profile). Winners will be announced on December 13.

Good luck to us all! And thank you to Chronicle Books. Oh and don't forget to look around at other blogs for different books and more chances to win.


Jen - Devourer of Books 11/14/10, 4:41 PM  

I would keep all of the cooking books, but I'd probably give away all of the rest, because I'd like to think that I would use them, but I really wouldn't ever.

Lori L 11/14/10, 4:43 PM  

Great list! We share a couple titles, Trees and Sunday Soups.

Kelly 11/14/10, 4:44 PM  

Nice selections!

Aarti 11/14/10, 4:46 PM  

Oooh, I'd keep all the books except the Beatles anthology, which I'd give to one of my friends. I would also probably give away some of those very pretty notebooks :-)

Sheltiemama 11/14/10, 4:50 PM  

I'd give some, like the wine books, to friends I know would enjoy them. But the Beatles book would be mine!

cruzed at knoxnews dot com

Linda 11/14/10, 5:03 PM  

What great books you selected!! I would love all those wonderful cook books, mostly for myself, but would share with a granddaughter who is just beoming interested in cooking. Another granddaughter likes to write and I would share notebooks and the mini journal set with her. What fun it would be!

Julie P. 11/14/10, 5:04 PM  

So excited about the cookbooks!!! Skinny Dips looks good!

Lenore Appelhans 11/14/10, 5:08 PM  

Great picks! I have to do this too. I am visiting Chronicle this friday, so I'll do it after that :)

Lynne Perednia 11/14/10, 5:28 PM  

My SIL and I could have joint custody of the cookbooks and take turns having the other family over for dinner.

DarcyO 11/14/10, 5:34 PM  

What a great list! There's plenty for me and my family to love on it. I like the cooking and wine books and the Beatles book would be great for my sis.

dlodden at frontiernet dot net

christina 11/14/10, 5:40 PM  

Your selections have made me hungry. Yum!

Kristen 11/14/10, 5:41 PM  

Great list and the cookbooks are mouthwatering. I'd probably keep most of them myself but since I already own a few of them, I'd pass those along to friends or family.

Anonymous,  11/14/10, 5:46 PM  

I would keep some and pass on some to spread the love around. What is the most fun is picking who would get each give-away as well as leaving some for a blog give away. I haven't done that yet and it would be exciting to start.

JulieC,  11/14/10, 6:04 PM  

So many wonderful books! I can think of the perfect person /family for almost everyone on my list, but I would have to keep Sunday Soups and the journals for myself!

Gwen@ChewDigestBooks.com 11/14/10, 6:32 PM  

Oh, I hadn't seen The Country Cooking of Ireland before when I looked through their books!

On a semi-unrelated note, I love how you organized this post. I did one and struggled with it so much that I didn't end up even near the $500.

Linda Henderson 11/14/10, 7:34 PM  

I would keep a few of the cooking books then give some to my daughters so they could learn some new recipes for their families. I'd give the knitting book to my sister, she's very good with crafts.

seriousreader at live dot com

Kathy 11/14/10, 7:37 PM  

What a great list! If I won I'd (read thru them all!)keep a couple and give the rest away on my blog - bookdiary2010.blogspot.com

Thanks, Kathy

email = kathleenglackinATgmail.com

Suburban prep 11/14/10, 7:49 PM  

I think that most of these books would be kept by me. I am always looking for good cookbooks and these look wonderful. I also love to do crafts such as knitting. All of it appeals to me.
msgb245 at gmail dot com

Anonymous,  11/14/10, 7:56 PM  

What a super list! I would keep some and give several as gifts. I have a friend who is a cook book junkie and is getting married Christmas Eve. Several would go to her.

Shanyn 11/14/10, 8:08 PM  

I really want that tree book. How beautiful it is, I bet!!

caite 11/14/10, 8:29 PM  

Does it count as 'giving away' if I give them away after I look at them...maybe copy some recipes from the cookbooks? I think so...
And of course I will have to keep a few for myself. That Irish one will be staying...and the Slow Cooker and maybe Chiarello's...

bermudaonion 11/14/10, 8:53 PM  

Wow, what a fabulous giveaway! I would probably share the cookbooks with my sister and I would definitely give the craft books away. milou2ster(at)gmail.com

Emily Rogers 11/14/10, 9:29 PM  

What a great giveaway! I would keep most of them, especially the 'Cooking for Two'. The Lace Knitting book would have to go to my mom, Trees to my dad and Beatles Anthology to my cousin, they would love all of those ones. Thanks again!

seriously [dot] reading [at] gmail [dot] com

Natasha @ Maw Books 11/15/10, 12:21 AM  

I am SALIVATING!! Would it be selfish of me to want to keep them all?!

ashley 11/15/10, 12:29 AM  

woohoo! love your list! here's a link to mine, if you wish!

Vasilly 11/15/10, 12:31 AM  

Oh my God! Your choices look so good! Good luck!

Margot 11/15/10, 1:09 AM  

What a super list of books. I'll bet you had a ball putting your list together. You picked The Best cookbooks. I'm amazed at each title. But, I also like your craft books and the journals. If I were to win, I'd read and share them on my blog. But then I'd share them with others as gifts and giveaways.

Anonymous,  11/15/10, 2:25 AM  

Wow. Nice selection of books.

Anonymous,  11/15/10, 3:26 AM  

I'm a huge Giver! And have so many friends and family that love to read, I would give alot away but keep my favorite books for myself!

debbie 11/15/10, 6:19 AM  

I would keep all the cookbooks. What a treasure it would be. I have been collecting cookbooks since I was 12 years old. I love them. The lace knitting would go to my son. He learned to knit, because it helps him with dexterity problems he has. He would really like it.The journals would be great, because I encourage my son to write what he has gone through. Thanks for this really generous giveaway.

Michelle 11/15/10, 6:24 AM  

Dang that's a whole lot of cook books! It all looks fantastic. Good luck! :)

JoAnn 11/15/10, 7:43 AM  

Wonderful selections! Of course I'd love to keep them all but, If I won, I'd share the bounty.

Alea 11/15/10, 10:17 AM  

Someone bought me Books to Checkout as a gift once! I just love Chronicle Books, their wonderful sense of design and wonderful ideas for books always make me stop and look and usually buy when I see one of their books! I love that they started in on YA books last year too!

Leslie (Under My Apple Tree) 11/15/10, 11:05 AM  

We must have similar tastes because I would want to keep almost every one of those books. I'd let people borrow them of course!

I have a few cookbooks on my list too along with gardening and bird books.

Reniazen 11/15/10, 1:40 PM  

Great selections! You can see more here: http://reniazen.blogspot.com

Best of luck to you all!

Shooting Stars Mag 11/15/10, 1:52 PM  

woah, fun collection you have!!

lauren51990 at aol dot com

Meghan Finley 11/15/10, 1:58 PM  

What a great contest! I would keep some of the cookbooks because I couldn't help myself but I'd probably share the rest with friends and family. Especially the crafting books with my mom.

Erin 11/15/10, 2:41 PM  

Mmm, great cookbook choices! I could stare at those covers for hours!

Word Lily 11/15/10, 2:42 PM  

Such a lovely list of books!

Ms. Yingling 11/15/10, 2:42 PM  

I think that everyone I've seen wants that Beatles book!

Gina Ruiz 11/15/10, 2:43 PM  

Really great list! How did I miss the lace knitting one on mine? Good luck!

Amy 11/15/10, 2:43 PM  

I want want want!!! Love all your choices, except the Beatles (LOL). Especially loving the cute notebooks. All those cookbooks look fantastic!

gingercatranch at gmail dot com

Heather 11/15/10, 2:49 PM  

Mine, mine, mine! No, I would probably share them, but would keep most of them.

Cori 11/15/10, 4:50 PM  

I just realized I didn't give you my email: wickdsmaht[AT]gmail[DOT]com.

Maia McDonald 11/15/10, 5:34 PM  

Scrumptious list, I want all of these cookbooks

Beth 11/15/10, 8:28 PM  

I would probably keep all of the books, except for the slow cooker cookbook, because I already own (and love!) it!

Elizabeth 11/15/10, 11:03 PM  

Love this list AND your header....beautiful place...love bridges.

Great books.

silversolara AT gmail DOT com

Linda Kish 11/16/10, 1:18 AM  

I would keep these for myself.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Anonymous,  11/16/10, 3:56 PM  

hmmm savory baking book love this..delicious :)



Amy 11/17/10, 9:14 PM  

Marvelous list! Cookbooks galore, Beatles, journals and list books -- delightful!

Happy 11/18/10, 11:20 AM  

Wow! This is the motherload of all giveaways! How nice of Chronicle books and you to do this, thank you.
I would give all of the beautiful cookbooks to my brothers and sisters. I am the odd man out in a family of foodies so they would love these books and I will love their using them! All of the journals and the lace book would be for me. I am a paper hound and a devoted knitter. The Beatles and Trees? I have all the good intensions of gift giving but will I be able to put it into practise with such gorgeous books? We shall see.

Serena 11/18/10, 1:07 PM  

What a great list of cookbooks...that country cooking in Ireland and the slow cooker cookbook caught my eye from this list.


savvyverseandwit AT gmail

Heather 11/18/10, 2:29 PM  

What a terrific selection of books. I'd feel guilty if I were to keep such an excess of amazing books. As much as I love ccokbooks, I would definitely have to share with some of my friends' hubbies who are wonderful cooks. They do invite us to dinner every so often, so I would still benefit from the win.

alas, I don't live in the US, but I still wanted to comment. Congrats to Chronicle Books for being so generous in their sponsoring of contests.

Melissa§,  11/18/10, 4:08 PM  

I would keep the journals, but would definitely pack up the cook books and send them to my mom!
I can't cook to say my life...

Dawn @ sheIsTooFondOfBooks 11/18/10, 9:10 PM  

I'd keep the kit to try, share the journals with my daughter, and split the cookbooks with my sister (she doesn't eat meat, so I'd divide the cookbook loot based on content).

Happy haulidays!

Hannah 11/18/10, 10:39 PM  

This is a great list. I would keep many, especially some of the cookbooks and journals and spread the wealth. I know someone who would be thrilled with each of these titles.


Molly 11/20/10, 7:57 AM  

Yummy! You have a great list going! Good luck!

Mollydedwards AT yahoo DOT com

corrin 11/21/10, 7:16 PM  

Great list. Love the selection of cookbooks. Good luck!

Gaby317 11/22/10, 2:11 AM  

Great list - I would keep the journals, the cookbooks, the book on Trees. I'd share the book on the Beatles with my mom and the book on crafts with my mom's school for girls.

I love Chronicle - this is such a generous giveaway. If you'd like to see my list (many cookbooks and children's books), drop by


Thanks for the entry.

gaby317nyc at gmail.com

Gretta 11/22/10, 9:45 AM  

I love your cooking selection and the rest look great too! Thanks for the entry.

bamagv at aol dot com

Lauren 11/22/10, 11:23 AM  

Your cookbook selection has my mouth watering! Great list. Good luck!

Come on over and check out my short list:

jhitomi 11/22/10, 11:53 AM  

I love this gorgeous list. GOod luck to us all.
jhbalvin at gmail dot com

Unknown 11/22/10, 1:29 PM  

I love your list of books. The cook books are great and I love the Trees book!
Chronicle has so many wonderful choices that I keep editing my list. In the next day or two I'm going to stop and post what I have!

Good luck to you! (and me!)
~ Amy

Jamie 11/22/10, 3:40 PM  

I love your list! I hope you win!!! Stop by my blog to check out my list too!

jamie.l.torres at gmail dot com

Bri Ahearn 11/22/10, 4:54 PM  

I know my roommate and I would put those cookbooks to use! Plus I love the book journal, it's on my list too!

briheartsbooks at gmail dot com


TRAN! (www.thinktran.com) 11/23/10, 5:24 PM  

Love this list.. great cookbook picks!

ncnguyen514 [at] gmail [dot] com

vvb32 reads 11/23/10, 6:53 PM  

i like colors of the repro notebooks.
vvb32 at yahoo.com

Anonymous,  11/26/10, 3:11 PM  

I simply adored this contest! I chose a lot of the cookbooks as well... Love your list.

stilettostorytime at gmail dot com

Carol M 11/26/10, 6:24 PM  

I would keep some of the books. I especially want New Vegetarian and Slow Cooker. Some I would give to my daughter and some I would give to my daughter-in-law. My son would get The Beatles. He is a big fan!
This is a great selection of books!

mittens0831 at aol dot com

MurderMysteryMayhem 11/27/10, 1:32 PM  

Would love a chance to win these titles and they would provide hours of fun poring through recipes. I would keep as many as I could fit on my shelves and share the rest.

Thanks for the chance. I love Chronicle books.

Aimée Goggins 11/27/10, 3:56 PM  

Great list - though all the cookbooks are making me hungry!!! A nature gal myself, 'The Life & Love of Trees' really appeals too. Good luck!

Amanda 11/27/10, 10:57 PM  

Isn't this so much fun?! It's nice to dream about all of these books under the tree!

Teresa Thomas Bohannon 11/28/10, 11:14 AM  

I'm a terrible cook...but we both selected the trees book. Still, a wonderful list. Very different--for the most part--from the ones I selected See My List Here but a really delightful list nevertheless. I would absolutely love to win either one.

April 11/28/10, 2:48 PM  

What a great list of selections, Beth! Just looking at all those cookbook covers has made me hungry, lol!! Please feel free to check out my list as well:

Joanne 11/28/10, 5:38 PM  

This is a great list of books! I think I'd want to keep them all for myself!


Tracey C. 11/29/10, 2:37 AM  

You made a really great list! I would keep most of it, especially the food and craft ones! You can check out the list I made HERE and comment for a chance to win mine!

munchiema (at) yahoo (dot)com

Ginny 11/29/10, 9:16 AM  

Wonderful list! I want that Irish Cookbook, I missed that. My family was born there, that would be great just to have :)

Michele 11/30/10, 2:16 AM  

Oh, I would love to win your list. Good luck!

Unknown 11/30/10, 1:39 PM  

Would be divine to win
from Our Lady of the Fin....


Unknown 11/30/10, 6:25 PM  

I especially like the Skinny Dips cookbook! Great list!

Unknown 11/30/10, 11:06 PM  

Hi! You have a great list of books but I just won the Michael Chiarrelo (sp?) Bottega book last week (YAY!) so I'd donate that one to Mom - LOL. I picked out a lot of kids books but also added some for me. I'd love to have you come comment on my blog when you get a chance, my list is at:


I also have a family friendly book review/giveaway linky Sat - Monday and you are welcome to add your (fiction/non-fiction) books at the same blog. It's usually up either Friday night or Saturday AM.
Thanks! Tina "The Book Lady"

ashley c 12/3/10, 4:52 AM  

your list is amazing! I have the New Vegetarian and Lace Knitting books on mine too!
good luck!

ashley c.

Chris 12/4/10, 1:13 AM  

I'd give some away as I do have some of them. Good luck!

malleycc 12/6/10, 2:44 PM  

WOW I love this contest. Thanks for the chance to win.

I don't have any of these books so I would read them first and then pass them on.

moonsword 12/8/10, 7:01 AM  

great list! best of luck!

nfmgirl 12/9/10, 8:40 PM  

What fun! Isn't this the coolest contest?

nfmgirl AT gmail DOT com

jcamp2020 12/10/10, 1:32 PM  

Good selection of titles. Good luck to both of us. And Thank You to Chronicle Books.

jcamp2020 at aol dot com

beautiful selection of titles!

Joanne 12/10/10, 4:41 PM  

What a great list of books!


Lily 12/12/10, 12:07 AM  

Fabulous choices, especially the Beatles book!
Lilyhoot at gmail dot com

Julie 12/12/10, 12:02 PM  

I wish I'd seen that Lace Knitting to Go book when I was making my own list! You have wonderful choices! Good luck!


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