A City Tavern Giveaway

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A few months ago...well let me go back even further. A couple of years ago I stumbled across a show one Saturday afternoon on PBS. Don't you love those weekend afternoon Public Television shows? Growing up I spent many Saturdays trying to re-create Bob Ross paintings with my dad and watching Cajun chef, Justin Wilson ("how ya'll are?"). Do you remember him?

Well back to the story at hand. I stumbled across this amazing cooking show one Saturday afternoon called "A Taste of History". I called Canaan into the room (he's my cooking show buddy) and we watched as this enthusiastic German chef cooked course after course over big hearth fire at Monticello. If you've never seen it, it really is amazing. Chef Staib steps back in time and gets to know the founders of our country through the food they ate and the recipes they prepared. Its like a great tasting History lesson!

Since that time, Canaan and I have tried to make it a point of watching A Taste of History whenever we get the chance.

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A few months ago (I am finally to that point of the story...) I had the crazy privilege of interviewing Chef Staib on the phone for an article I wrote about planting a Thanksgiving Garden. You can read that here, if you are so inclined.

First of all, I was completely blown away that this award winning chef that has conceptualized over 350 restaurants and stars in an Emmy award winning show (several times over, to boot) even had (or took!) the time to talk to this freelance writing, mama of 3 from Lexington, Kentucky. He shared with such speed and enthusiasm and German flair that my head was spinning and I wanted to jump on the next plane to Philadelphia just to absorb even an ounce of that passion he has for food and history.

After the interview, his fantastic assistant Molly (who had set up that phone interview) sent me a copy of one of his cookbooks, City Tavern. How sweet, right?!
The cookbook, aptly named after Chef Staib's famous restaurant in Philadelphia, City Tavern, is heavy and thick and full of amazing photos, stories and recipes. Everything a cookbook should be. Canaan, our avid cookbook reader, has declared City Tavern as one of his favorites.

So why do I tell you all of this? Well....I am giddy with excitement for a number of reasons.

Number one; Chef Staib is going to be competing on Iron Chef this Sunday, October 2nd! He will be battling Bobby Flay, who happens to be Canaan's favorite celebrity chef. I think my sweet 8 year old will be sitting on pins and needles the entire episode!

Number two; A Taste of History won three Emmy Awards this year! I'm not even on the Staib team and I'm pretty excited about that one.

Number three; Chef Staib has generously provided a copy of City Tavern; Recipes from the Birthplace of America to be given away this week on the blog! So from now until Sunday night, October 2nd at 9pm EST (just an hour before Iron Chef airs), please leave a comment in today's post (one entry per person, please). A winner will be chosen at random and announced here Monday morning.

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25 comments:

  1. How generous! (And I so want to steal that boy of yours. Such and ideal son for Mama's like us!)

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  2. I would love to win this book!!

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  3. Sounds like a great read. I envy you with a son who loves cooking. At this rate my dear boy will have to live on ramen once he leaves the house.

    Thanks for the opportunity!

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  4. Jessica Dowdy27/9/11 6:40 AM

    I love cooking with my 3 boys too! It's such a fun, all inclusive family event in our house. We are always eager to try new recipes!!

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  5. How wonderful...we are going to Philly this Feb. as part of our history lessons. My girl loves to cook with me, but my boy loves to do the eating.

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  6. Who doesn't love another cookbook?! My husband is from Pennsylvania and it would be a real treat to try this out.

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  7. I was married at 19 and did not have much experience in the art of cooking. But,thank goodness for cookbooks and my husband's encouragement. I think you're doing a great job with the many "hats" you wear and you keep me motivated!

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  8. Wow, what an interesting journey that article took you on. I'm so happy to discover Chef Staib and this cookbook! Of course, I would love a copy of this. It doesn't get any better than food history and culture for me. That picture of your son reading is outstanding, btw!

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  9. What an exciting story.

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  10. What a great giveaway! Thanks for the incredible opportunity. I'll try to be near a cabled tV to catch Iron chef this weekend!

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  11. Amy Lyttle28/9/11 9:53 AM

    Great post! We are avid Iron Chef fans, too! Love your blog, and how you've passed on your love for cooking to Canaan!

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  12. I am unfamiliar with this chef and his book. It does sound fascinating! I usually get teased 'cuz I go to the library to checkout cookbooks to read for pleasure. You have piqued my interest...look forward to reading it and exploring some new recipes.

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  13. Great post and I'd love to check out that cookbook. I've been really happy to see Jonas develop an interest in cooking and baking at 2 years old. I hope it keeps going! Cheers :)

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  14. I had never heard of this show (we don't have tv), but am very excited to go through the videos on the website! Thank you for this generous giveaway. It looks like this book would be my kind of book :-)

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  16. I love cookbooks and Iron Chef! I'm so glad I found your post (via facebook). I'll be sure to catch Sunday's show and I'll look for the PBS show, too. It sounds great! Thank you.

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  17. Sounds like a great book. Hope I win!

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  18. I'd love a copy of this book! My daughter and I are reading Little House in the Big Woods right now, and she is fascinated with the old-time food. I'd love to try some of this historical food out!

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  19. We also watch his show. My 10 year old daughter is an avid fan. When we visited Monticello this summer (home of her favorite president), we spent alot of time in the kitchen pondering how it might have been. Love your blog and the Homestead!!

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  20. So exciting! Love all the creativity you have, my friend. Planting a Thanksgiving Garden?! Also love seeing your gorgeous family.

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  21. I am a cookbook nut! Someday I will actually have the time to use them! :-)

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  22. How great! I love how you and your son embrace the passion for cooking in the kitchen! Something you'll share forever! Thx for the opportunity!

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  23. I love learning about food history. This sounds like a good way to learn and make some great food.

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  24. I would love to win the book and share with my son. He is 16, we have shared a love of cooking for years. LOL, he is a linebacker and about 6'3" but loves to cook. We watch alot of the same shows you do, PBS (or KET) is one of the only channels we watch. Taste of History and Katie Brown are are favorites.

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  25. i had to smile, quinn has those exact pj's.

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