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Start a Foodie Book Club

Enter the GIVEAWAY in honor of my 1000th post!  The deadline has been extended until Dec. 15.

I’m not in a book club, but I want to be.  I love all kinds of books, but I think it would be fun to start a foodie book club and make a treat that accompanies the book.  I’d like to do this with fiction and nonfiction foodie books.  Here are some of my ideas for fiction books and recipes:

Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel–This is one of my favorite books.  Quail in rose petal sauce is not something I would normally eat, but in this book, it sounds divine!

Chocolat by Joanne Harris–This is a close second.  Of course, I’d have to serve some kind of chocolate with chili pepper.

Brownies and Broomsticks series by Bailey Cates–A fun mystery series with a lot of recipes of bakery items to choose from.  You could win one of these to start your own book club this month!

Some Enchanted Eclair

Delicious! by Ruth Reichl–I’ve wanted to read this book by Ruth for some time.  I’d have to make something that Ruth reviewed.

The Dinner by Herman Koch–I’ve read differing reviews of this book, so I’d like to read it and see what I think.  How about a book discussion over dinner?

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender–I love the idea of food evoking emotion, so I’m sure I’d love this book.  I’d have to serve lemon cake.

Aftertaste: A Novel in Five Courses by Meredith Mileti–Always interested in a NYC story.  I’d serve something you’d find at a NYC trattoria.

Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg–I remember the movie, but I’ve never read the book.  Of course, fried green tomatoes would be on the menu.

Mangoes and Quince by Carol Field–A novel of a woman finding herself through cooking.

What foodie books would you want to read for your book club?


Giveaway Extended!

Enter the GIVEAWAY in honor of my 1000th post!  The deadline has been extended until Dec. 15.

Foodie Mysteries + A GIVEAWAY

Contest closed. Congratulations Natasha!

Some Enchanted Eclair

To celebrate my 1000th post, mystery author Bailey Cates has graciously offered to send one copy of her latest mystery novel, Some Enchanted Eclair, to one lucky reader of Hunting for the Very Best!

I love anything that has to do with a bakery, so when I saw the cover art for the first novel in this series, Brownies and Broomsticks, with its shades of pink, its magical swirls, and its pastry case filled with cakes, cupcakes and pies, I had to buy the book.  I’m glad I did because I fell in love with the characters and stories.  The novels follow Katie Lightfoot who moves to Savannah, Georgia, to open a bakery with her aunt and uncle.  Here, she learns that she is a hedge witch.  Before reading this book, I had no idea what a hedge witch was.  I’ve since found out that a hedge witch is a witch who uses herbs to create spells or for medicinal purposes.  Turns out, Katie’s aunt is a witch and Katie becomes part of the coven, a group of very colorful and interesting ladies.  Murder follows Katie wherever she goes.  With her special powers, she winds up being better than the local police at solving crimes.  Katie also has some romantic love interests who vie for her attention.

There are four books in the series so far , each as delightful a read as the first.  They are perfect for foodies like us!  Each book contains recipes of some of the goodies Katie bakes up in between sleuthing.  I love these books and am so happy to share them with you.

To enter the giveaway, leave a comment answering What is your favorite Hunting for the Very Best post? 

Don’t forget to like like Hunting for the Very Best on Facebook here and follow me on Twitter here though doing so will not count as another entry.  Winner will be contacted via email, so please be sure to include your email address in the field when you leave your comment (it will not be visible to the public).

Contest closes on December 15, 2014 November 30, 2014, at 12 Noon EST.  One winner will be chosen randomly.  Winner will be announced on December 16, 2014.  Open to residents of continental US only.  Winner will be mailed a copy of Some Enchanted Eclair by Bailey Cates.  Not responsible for lost mail.

Good luck and thank you for following me as I go hunting for the very best!

Food Bloggers Cannot Require Facebook “Likes” for Giveaway Entries

Facebook has banned “like-gating,” a practice that involves requiring a contestant to “like” a Facebook page in order to enter a contest, sweepstakes or giveaway or otherwise participate in a promotion.  The new Facebook terms will go in effect November 5, 2014.

Key West Key Lime Pie Cookbook Winner


I recently won a giveaway of The Key West Key Lime Pie Cookbook by David L. Sloan from Curly Girl Kitchen.  The cookbook features Curly Girl Kitchen blogger Heather’s photo of key lime tartlets.  How cool is that?  If you haven’t checked out her blog, you must.  Her photos are gorgeous and her recipes are beyond tempting.  I mean, don’t you just drool over this blueberries and cream cake?  Congratulations, Heather, for having your photographic talent recognized in this lovely cookbook!

Having lived in Florida, I’m a big fan of all things key lime.  So I’m very excited about this cookbook.  The cookbook has a lot of history on key lime pie, including news clippings of different recipes.  The book focuses on four components of a pie:  crust, filling, sauce and topping.  For each category, it gives you many variations, including traditional graham cracker crust or Papa’s pretzel crust (named so for Key West resident Ernest Hemingway), mango tango filling to makin’ bacon filling, Caribbean coconut sauce to Cuban coffee sauce and agave cream topping to saffron meringue topping.  You can mix and match the components to come up with your favorite version of key lime pie.  How fun!

Southern Living’s The Southern Cake Book


Yay!  I won Southern Living‘s The Southern Cake Book in a giveaway on Cookbooks365Cookbooks365 is a very cool blog by Fran and Shelly who feature recipes from new cookbooks on many different subjects.  This one is all about Southern cakes.

I want to make one of the cakes in the book for an upcoming birthday.  The cover cake is ambrosia cake and it looks pretty fabulous.  The strawberries-and-cream  cake is also a contender, as is the most requested Southern Living recipe, the hummingbird cake.  Having spent much time in the South, I love red velvet cake, caramel cake and pound cake.  The book has traditional recipes for each of these.  There’s a recipe from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Mama Dip’s carrot cake.  So I look forward to trying a recipe!

196 Flavors Contest Winner

Yes, that’s me.  I was one of the winners of a contest recently held by the food blog 196 Flavors.  196 Flavors has a great concept–to feature recipes from the 196 countries of the world.  The recipes also have stories pertaining to the recipe’s origin.  The blog is the only bilingual blog written in both English and French.  Its End of the World giveaway celebrated the 196th recipe on the site.  I won a fabulous gift basket of Italian and Mediterranean products from Bella Sun Luci. It included olive oil, pasta, sun-dried tomatoes, tomato sauce and more in this gorgeous colander.  I also got some coupons for and recipes using Bella Sun Luci products.  I shared this lovely basket with my mother, who has been gravely ill, and it had just the right ingredients to brighten the spirits of a little old Italian lady.


196 Flavors is such an interesting site.  I’m very excited to see what it will feature in the future. I love learning about food and culture from different parts of the world.  And 196 Flavors leaves no stone unturned, showcasing rare and interesting recipes from countries that are often underrepresented in food blogs.