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Holiday Cookbook Grab Bag! {giveaway}

Holiday Cookbook Giveaway on

Every day is such a treat! I have been receiving the BEST cookbooks in the mail.

So many of my friends have published STUNNING books that you need to have in your hot little hands.

I have a giveaway copy of each for you ~ I highly recommend these for holiday gifts. I mean, who doesn’t LOVE a great cookbook?!

Desserts in Jars by Shaina Olmanson on

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Desserts in Jars by Shaina Olmanson, Food For My FamilyΒ (this book is also available at Target)

I am loving the trend of making recipes in jars! In this book sweet Shaina has 50 Sweet Treats that Shine. She teaches you how to make amazing treats in jar. These ideas are Β super fun for gifts and entertaining guests. You will be tempted by:

  • Tres Leches Cakes
  • Pumpkin Cheesecake with a Gingersnap Crust
  • Vanilla Bean Cupcakes
  • Frozen Banana Splits
  • Some dry mixes for holiday gifts too!

Decorating Cookies by Bridget Edwards on Decorating Cookies by Bridget Edwards, Bake at 350

Bridget is a GENIUS when it comes to cookie decorating. She is such a fun spirited, amazing gal that I am happy to know. In Decorating Cookies Bridget will empower and put you in the comfort zone to create cookie designs you never thought possible. There are 60 + Designs for Holiday Celebrations and Everyday. In this cookbook you will find…

  • Cookie Decorating Basics
  • Basic Cookie Recipes
  • Cookie Decorating Step by Steps for every occasion you can think of!

An Edible Mosaic cookbook by Faith E. Gorsky on An Edible Mosaic by Faith E. Gorsky, An Edible Mosaic

Have you ever wondered how to re-create all of those amazing flavors you enjoy at Middle Eastern restaurants? I sure have! Faith has amazing amounts of knowledge about this cuisine. You will learn the basics that you can apply to her gorgeous dishes. The recipes are great for any time of the year and most have a light and healthy twist. A few stand-outs:

  • Hummus with Several Variations
  • Middle Eastern Pancakes
  • White Coffee
  • Lamb & Barley Soup
  • Rice Pilaf with Smoked Chicken

Mini Donuts by Jessica Segarra on Mini DonutsΒ by Jessica Segarra, The Novice Chef

Happily I got to spend time with Jessica this Fall in Idaho. She is so much fun and it is no surprise that her first book Mini Donuts is too! Learn how to make 100 Bite-Sized Donut Recipes! If you have kids or grand kids they will go crazy for these little treats. In the book you will find cocktail inspired, fruity nibbles, candy-aisle donuts and more. A few that tempt:

  • Butterfinger Mini Donut
  • Banana Bread Mini Donut
  • Chocolate-Bacon-Maple Mini Donut
  • Cranberry-Orange Mini Donut
  • Cinnamon-Marshmallow Fluff Mini Donut

Savory Pies cookbook by Greg Henry on

Savory Pies by Greg Henry, Sippity Sup

Who says pie needs to be sweet? My pal Greg always thinks outside the box, and I love that! What could be more tempting than Delicious Recipes for Seasoned Meats, Vegetables and Cheeses Baked in Perfectly Flaky Crusts. These recipes provide comfort food at it’s finest. There are recipes for crusts, appetizer pies, main course pies (meats, seafood & vegetarian) and hand pies. A few stand outs:

  • Tuna Wonton “Poke Pies”
  • Pesto Trapanese Muffin Tin Pies
  • Tuscan Kale and Pancetta Pie
  • Penang Vegetable Curry Pot Pie
  • Crawfish and Corn Turnovers


I have a copy of each of these cookbooks for you! This will be open until Sunday, December 16th, 2012 midnight PST. Remember this is a grab bag giveaway ~ I cannot guarantee which of these books you will get if you win. You need to be open to surprises, OK?! Books will ship to USA entries only.

To Enter (up to 3 entries per person)

  • Mandatory: Leave a comment telling me which book(s) you want the most!

Extra Entries: Leave a Separate Comment for Each

Disclosure: I was sent review copies of these books. These bloggers are personal friends…..I am thrilled to support them in their endeavors. This post contains affiliate links.

~ Marla Meridith

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298 thoughts on “Holiday Cookbook Grab Bag! {giveaway}

  1. What a great giveaway! An Edible Mosaic by Faith E. Gorsky looks like a great cookbook to add a healthy variety to our meals.

  2. All of them look AMAZING, but the mini-donut book would be a hit with my toddler, and the savory pies would be a hit with my husband. I would be happy with any of them. πŸ™‚

  3. I would love love love “The edible Mosaic” cookbook! I love her site and cannot get enough of her food! And who doesn’t love anything and everything pies!

  4. I have to pick? Um, the edible mosiac…no wait, the mini donuts, No, the Cookies….oh my! Seriously, they all look spectacular! (I have a thing for fabulous cookbooks! Thank you for the opportunity and happy Christmas!

  5. Sorry for all of the “!” on the last comment…I’ve had copious amounts of coffee this morning πŸ˜€ I happily follow you on Pinterest little island studios

  6. I would Love Desserts in Jars. This is what I am making for Christmas gifts this year. Decorating Cookies and Savory Pies would be nice to have,,

  7. All of these books look fabulous, but my favorites would have to be the Mini Donuts because I bought one of thos mine donuts gadgets last Christmas and have never used it. Also the Desserts in Jars sounds wonderful, and I like the Savory Pies just because it sounds different thatn any other cookbook I’ve seen.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  8. I’d love the Savory Pies & Edible Mosaic. The others sound interesting but other than the mini donut one, they’d probably be pretty unused after the initial read through.

  9. I love all cookbooks! My husband thinks its funny that I “read” cookbooks the same way he reads novels. They all look good, but I’m most intrigued by An Edible Mosaic.

  10. The Desserts In A Jar intrigues me. I want to try some, but don’t know where to start and this would help a great deal. Great gifts, too!!

  11. I would love the Edible Mosaics book and the Mini Donuts Book! I also liked your Facebook page and followed one of your boards on Pinterest

  12. Oh my gosh! Cookbook love! These are all amazing! But I think if I had to pick… then it would be Desserts in Jars! I love making things in jars!
    But then I could also use a few cook books that have actual meal-type recipes in them, instead of all sweets, so then I’d have to say I would probably pick An Edible Mosaic, too!
    They are all something I would use, though! πŸ˜€ Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  13. I would love the Desserts in Jars book. So clever and now that I lost 100 lbs. I can use help eating smaller portions to keep it off. Thank you!

  14. I already liked you on facebook. Love that your daughter asked about Daisy Dukes. LOL Glad to see that your son likes to dance. πŸ™‚

  15. I would love the Savory Pies by Greg Henry, Sippity Sup to gift to my daughter who has mastered fruit pies and now is moving on to other kinds.

  16. I think Savory Pies sounds awesome! I love trying new recipes for my family and they are great sports & try pretty much anything! Thanks for posting this – I always put cookbooks on my Christmas list & just added a few more! πŸ™‚

  17. I would LOVE to have Greg Henry’s Savory Pies book. I am in love with his Table Set podcast and I’m excited to try his recipes.

  18. An Edible Mosaic and Savory Pies. My collection is screaming out for these two titles to join them. Hehe. What? Your cookbooks don’t talk to you and vise versa?

  19. I have been a pie maker since I was 14. I think the Savory Pies would be right up my ally! Thanks for the chance at your giveaway!

  20. Oh they all look so nice! It’s a tough choice, but I would love to experiment the savory pies or miny dounuts πŸ™‚
    I follow you on pinterest and facebook!

  21. I would love either the edible mosaic or desserts in a jar. The edible mosaic being close to the cuisine i am used to and the dessert jar just coz those are so cute and such fun treats

  22. Savory pies?!? That is AMAZING! My family would love to have pie every night, lol. The Edible Mosiac one looks great, too, but I know I’d use the pie one more πŸ™‚ Thanx for sharing!

  23. Edible Mosaic. I absolutely love Middle Eastern food and would rather make it than go out and pay for someone else to!

  24. They all look great, but “Decorating Cookies” is the one I’m most excited to check out. I love baking cookies but I’ve never been very good at decorating them.

  25. I would love to receive a copy of the desserts in a jar recipe book! Who can resist a dessert in a petite little jar?! Not me!

  26. They all look good but with so many children and grandchildren, I think I would like Decorating Cookies best.

  27. 1. desserts in a jar
    2. decorating cookies
    3. mini donuts
    4. savory pies
    5. an edible mosaic
    But i would love any of them

  28. thanks for the giveaway.
    My favorite books are:
    An Edible Mosaic by Faith E. Gorsky.
    Desserts in Jars by Shaina Olmanson.
    Decorating Cookies by Bridget Edwards.