Return to Sunday Dinner

New Year Cookbook Giveaway

I really can’t think of a better way to start the year than with a giveaway. I get really excited about them. I enter almost every giveaway I come across. I expect Publishers Clearing House to show up at my doorstep with a check any minute. I’ve also expressed my fondness for the cookbook, Return to Sunday Dinner, in the past. It was such a nice surprise when I came across it. I love the sentiment of slowing down and taking the time to enjoy a meal with your family and loved ones. The idea of working hard all week and taking the time to stop and celebrate life on at least a weekly basis is a notion I can appreciate. And then there are the recipes! The author, Russell Cronkhite, worked as the chef to the White House for many years and multiple administrations. His mastery of American cuisine is obvious, but his esteem for the history of the dishes and their diverse multicultural origins was insightful. It’s a winner and I am excited to give one away!

To enter, simply tell me the name of your favorite cookbook in the comment section of this post here or on Facebook (and please note that to not mess up the count, I will not be responding). Only 1 entry per person please. Entries accepted until 11:59 pm EST Monday, January 4, 2016.


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Loving Lately: Cookbooks

Reading cookbooks is my favorite leisurely pass-time. I love that people share their recipes, old and new. It’s like this universal connection. People all through time and around the world can relate to feeding their family and the satisfaction it brings when they really enjoy it. I’m a long time fan of The Pioneer Woman, before she had a show on Food Network. I just appreciate her no frills approach to good food. She cooks family style with ingredients that seem to fit my family’s palate. Her new book, Dinnertime continues her trademark step-by-step photographs, homestyle meals and endearing family stories; just what I want out of one of her cookbooks. I also am enjoying her tips on meal planning, stocking the pantry and ideas for prepping ahead. And I can’t wait to make her Orange Chicken Cashew Chicken French Dip Sandwiches…


Return to Sunday Dinner is not a newly released cookbook, but it is relatively new to me. I found it really inspiring. Russell Cronkhite was a long time chef for various White House Administrations. I love his simple elevation of American classics. From the north, south, east and west, he highlights traditional dishes across the U.S. and credits the countries of origin and inspiration from which they came. While the recipes are valuable and interesting, what I loved even more was his admiration of a Sunday family gathering. It’s a celebration of gratitude for working a hard week and cherishing loved ones. I am honestly moved to get my wedding china dishes out of the hutch and set the table, at least once a week, because what am I waiting for? It’s not something pretentious or highfaluting, it’s about using your best (whatever that is), giving thanks and making memories. I love that! (And I think I know my next giveaway!)