Giveaways

10th Anniversary Giveaway #6: Twelve-Month Membership to the Stonesoup e-Cooking School

Stone Soup

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of C&Z, I am hosting 10 giveaways throughout the month of October. Keep checking back for chances to win wonderful products I’ve discovered and loved over the past decade!

Our sixth giveaway prize is a 12-month membership to Jules Clancy’s Stonesoup Virtual Cookery School. I have told you about Jules before when her wonderful 5 Ingredients 10 Minutes cookbook came out*: she’s the Australian author of the blog The Stonesoup, a talented food writer and entrepreneur who specializes in minimalist cooking.

For a while now she has been running a successful e-cooking school that gives you online access to carefully crafted programs on different themes (meal planning, stress-free entertaining, simple bread-making…) with tools, techniques, email motivators, recipes, and e-books, all designed to boost your confidence in the kitchen and strengthen your culinary skills. Jules’ approach is a rare mix of the practical and the inspiring, appealing to the budding as to the seasoned cook, and I am delighted that she has agreed to offer a one-year membership for this giveaway.

To participate, leave a comment below (in English or in French) sharing with us the biggest challenge you face in your everyday cooking. And if you’re on Facebook, please consider liking the Stonesoup page (and the C&Z page, too!).

You have until Thursday, October 24, midnight Paris time to enter; I will then draw one entry randomly and announce it here. Jules’ school welcomes students from all around the world (note: all classes and material are in English), so you can play regardless of your location. Please make sure you enter your email address correctly so I can contact you if you win.

Good luck! And check back on Monday for a new giveaway.

WE GOT A WINNER!

I have drawn an entry at random using random.org (see screen capture below), and I am pleased to announce the winner is Ivana, who wrote: “My biggest challenge is getting fresh, good-quality fruit and vegetables for cooking throughout the week. Farmers’ markets here are only open on the weekends, and I haven’t managed to find a way to keep the stuff I buy during the weekend fresh all the way through Friday. And the supermarket fruit and veg is all “plastic”, even when it is marked organic.”

Congratulations Ivana, and thank you all for entering!

Stonesoup draw

* And don’t miss the incredible collection of 140 five-ingredient recipes you came up with then!

10th Anniversary Giveaway #5: A Bundle of My Three Books

A Bundle of My Three Books

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of C&Z, I am hosting 10 giveaways throughout the month of October. Keep checking back for chances to win cool prizes that have left a mark on me over the past decade!

Our fifth giveaway prize is a bundle of my three books:
– my latest book, The French Market Cookbook, celebrates the love story between French cuisine and vegetables,
– my first cookbook, Chocolate & Zucchini, illustrates the way Parisians cook today,
– my book on Paris restaurants and food shops, Clotilde’s Edible Adventures in Paris, provides invaluable tips on how to navigate the Paris food scene and make the most of your stay.

My publisher Clarkson Potter is offering to send you one copy of each of those three books. I myself will mail you signed bookplates in the name(s) of your choosing, so you can place them inside the books to personalize them. (Remember you can order signed bookplates at any time.)

To participate, leave a comment below (in English or in French) telling me about your favorite recipe from C&Z, whether it’s from the site or one of my books. And if you’re on Facebook, please consider liking the Crown Publishing page (and the C&Z page, too!).

You have until Monday, October 21, midnight Paris time to enter; I will then draw one entry randomly and announce it here. My publisher has generously agreed to ship internationally, so you’re welcome to play regardless of your location; please make sure you enter your email address correctly so I can contact you if you win.

Good luck! And check back on Thursday for a new giveaway.

WE GOT A WINNER!

I have drawn an entry at random using random.org (see screen capture below), and I am pleased to announce the winner is Rachel D.J., who nominated my Lentil Kohlrabi Salad as her favorite.

Congratulations Rachel, and thank you all for entering! It’s been gratifying and fascinating to hear about all of your favorites.

Giveaway winner

10th Anniversary Giveaway #4: Fresh Cinnamon Sticks and Wooden Grater from Cinnamon Hill

Original Cinnamon Lovers Pack

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of C&Z, I am hosting 10 giveaways throughout the month of October. Keep checking back for chances to win wonderful products I’ve discovered and loved over the past decade!

Our fourth giveaway prize is an Original Cinnamon Lovers Pack from Cinnamon Hill, which includes:
– one box of Ceylon cinnamon (contains five 5-inch sticks),
– one box of Saigon cinnamon (contains five 5-inch sticks),
– a beautiful honey oak cinnamon grater,
– a hand-made ceramic cup to keep the grater and a couple of sticks of cinnamon on your counter or table.

Cinnamon Hill is a British company based in Lancashire that specializes in sourcing and selling the highest-quality, freshest cinnamon from Sri Lanka and Vietnam — ordinary cinnamon usually comes from China or Indonesia. Each pack is marked with the harvest date of the cinnamon, and the cinnamon sticks are individually wrapped (in biodegradable cellophane) to preserve their vibrant flavor.

Original Cinnamon Lovers Pack

For this giveaway, Rupert Beeley of Cinnamon Hill is offering this beautiful gift pack that allows you to sample and compare both kinds of cinnamon, grated fresh on the special cinnamon grater that they designed — the grater is a unique tool, entirely made in England from sustainably cultivated wood and laser-etched stainless steel.

To participate, leave a comment below (in English or in French) telling me about your favorite use for cinnamon. And if you’re on Facebook, please consider liking the Cinnamon Hill page (and the C&Z page, too!).

You have until Thursday, October 17, midnight Paris time to enter; I will then draw one entry randomly and announce it here. Rupert has generously agreed to ship internationally, so you’re welcome to play regardless of your location; please make sure you enter your email address correctly so I can contact you if you win.

Good luck! And check back on Monday for a new giveaway.

WE GOT A WINNER! I have drawn an entry at random using random.org (see screen capture below), and I am pleased to announce the winner is Michelle of Boulderneigh, who said her favorite carrier for cinnamon is a really good cinnamon roll.

Congratulations Michelle, and thank you all for entering with such imaginative cinnamon uses! I’m so inspired I will compile them into a list to share with you very soon.

Cinnamon Hill draw

* Disclosure: Rupert has sent me samples of both kinds of cinnamon for tasting, with no obligation to write about them. All opinions expressed are my own.

10th Anniversary Giveaway #3: French Cooking Class at La Cuisine Paris

French Cooking Class at La Cuisine Paris

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of C&Z, I am hosting 10 giveaways throughout the month of October. Keep checking back for chances to win wonderful products I’ve discovered and loved over the past decade!

Our third giveaway prize is the cooking class of your choice from La Cuisine Paris.

La Cuisine Paris is a wonderful cooking school located in the center of Paris, right by the Seine. It is run by a French-American couple who have created a warm and inviting space for home cooks to learn about French cuisine and French pastries through hands-on cooking classes taught by professional chefs. They also organize market classes, tasting classes, and food tours.

For this giveaway, owner Jane Bercht is offering a gift certificate for the class of your choice (taught in English), whether you want to learn about croissants, macarons, or soufflés, prepare a three-course gourmet dinner, learn to shop at a French market, or go out to Versailles to visit the King’s Vegetable Garden (see class details).

The prize doesn’t include transportation to Paris (I wish!) and the certificate is valid through the end of 2014. If you win, Jane will get in touch with you so you can discuss dates and class choices.

To participate, leave a comment below (in English or in French) telling me about the most memorable cooking class you took, or the one you dream of taking someday. And if you’re on Facebook, please consider liking La Cuisine Paris’ page (and the C&Z page, too!).

You have until Monday, October 14, midnight Paris time to enter; I will then draw one entry randomly and announce it here. You are welcome to play regardless of your current location, as long as you intend to be in Paris sometime before the end of 2014. Please make sure you enter your email address correctly so I can contact you if you win.

Good luck! And check back on Thursday for a new giveaway.

WE GOT A WINNER!

I have drawn an entry at random using random.org (see screen capture below), and I am pleased to announce the winner is Aly, who wrote, “My mother, grandmother, sister in law, and I took a cooking class at Mama Agata in Ravello, Italy. It was wonderful to all be together and my grandma (just shy of 90) came from that area and so enjoyed speaking with Mama Agata. The food was delicious and the landscape absolutely stunning. It’s a lovely family-run business and I treasure the memories.”

Congratulations Aly, and thank you all for entering with such wonderful cooking class memories and ideas!

La Cuisine Paris Draw

10th Anniversary Giveaway #2: Black Cherry Super Peel

The Black Cherry Super Peel

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of C&Z, I am hosting 10 giveaways throughout the month of October. Keep checking back for chances to win wonderful products I’ve discovered and loved over the past decade!

Our second giveaway prize is a Super Peel baking peel, as recently featured on America’s Test Kitchen as one of four must-have tools for serious pizza lovers.

The Super Peel is a beautifully crafted wooden peel with a cloth conveyor belt that wraps around it, making it very easy to transfer your pizzas and breads onto a hot baking stone or baking sheet.

I bought my own four years ago, and have been using it happily — with a little thrill every time, so well it works — for many of the breads and pizzas I’ve since featured on Chocolate & Zucchini.

The Super Peel is made in the US at a woodworking facility in upstate New York that employs people with disabilities. Over fifteen steps are required to make each peel from raw lumber, and most are done by hand or with hand-operated power tools.

For this giveaway, Gary Casper, the passionate inventor of the Super Peel, is offering the deluxe peel made with local black cherry hardwood, sanded smooth and hand-sealed with a food-safe cutting board oil. It will be fitted with one of the brand new flax linen transfer cloths he has just special-ordered.

To participate, leave a comment below (in English or in French) telling me about your most successful bread or pizza experiment. And if you’re on Facebook, please consider liking the Super Peel page (and the C&Z page, too!).

You have until Friday, October 11, midnight Paris time to enter; I will then draw one entry randomly and announce it here. Gary has generously agreed to ship internationally, so you’re welcome to play regardless of your location; please make sure you enter your email address correctly so I can contact you if you win.

Good luck! And check back on Monday for a new giveaway.

WE HAVE A WINNER!

I have drawn an entry at random using random.org (see screen capture below), and I am pleased to announce the winner is PlumGaga, who says she’s loved teaching her grandchildren to turn out loaves of good bread. Congratulations PlumGaga, and thank you all for entering with such cool baking experiments!

Super Peel Draw

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