Building the Perfect Cookbook

The Building the Perfect Cookbook Contest

The winner takes home a package of three cookbooks!

America loves cookbooks.  We can’t get enough of them.  As many as 18,000 of them are published each year.  Many people treat the recipes like algebraical formulas, never a deviation.  Others, like myself, rarely cook by a recipe at all but use cookbooks for inspiration.

But something that none of us who produce cookbooks have ever asked those who consume them is what exactly would you like to see in a cookbook?  Is there a certain format you prefer?  How about nutritional information, is that important?  What is it you wish every cookbook included?  Clearly pictures are something that everyone has expressed a desire for – you like food porn, we get it – but what else?  Help us build the perfect cookbook.

If you leave your suggestion in the comments below you will be entered to win not one cookbook, not two cookbooks but three cookbooks!  The winner (chosen at random) will receive one copy each of Amigeauxs: Mexican/Creole Fusion Cuisine, Third Coast Cuisine – Recipes from the Gulf of Mexico (both by Chef Stuart Reb Donald) and Substitute Yourself Skinny (by Susan Irby, the Bikini Chef), three cookbooks total.

CONTEST RULES: Just leave your idea for the perfect cookbook in the comments section.  Enter as many times as you like but please leave a different idea with each comment.  The winner will be chosen at random from valid comments to this post.  Approximate value of prize package is $45 (American).  Contest ends June 30, 2010.  You must enter a valid e-mail address.  You will NOT  be added to any mailing lists, period. Your email address will not be saved, recorded or used for any reason other than notifying the winner.

Third Coast CuisineSusan Irby the Bikini ChefAmigeauxs

58 Responses to Building the Perfect Cookbook

  • Gladys says:

    a list of herbs and spices that compliment each other well, and on what type of meat, poultry or seafood they work best with (for those of us who like to experiment without the help of a recipe)

  • Gladys says:

    maybe on some recipes you could say how many times it took the chef to get the recipe just right for our tasting satisfaction, so that we know even the best chefs sometimes don't get it right the first time! Sort of a boost for our own culinary experiments :)

  • Diane Kroese says:

    my favorite cookbooks have recipes that showcase different cooking methods and flavor profiles that work well together, or represent common flavors for different cuisines.

  • Nancy says:

    My perfect cookbook would have recipes for salads and vegetable side dishes.

  • Tom Betz says:

    I'm always looking for the backstory of any given dish. Frame it through the lens of history, cultural anthropology, and the Arts. Write about the process of creating said dish. Omit the minutia of measuring. I want an Arts Project- not a Science Experiment.

  • Chrysa says:

    The perfect cookbook to me is categorized by ingredient so that I can find a great recipe for what I have on hand.

  • Sand says:

    The perfect cookbook for me has a variety of ethnic recipes, describes a bit of history behind the dish and includes pictures of all the dishes included.

  • Gianna says:

    All homemade Italian recipes

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Stuart is a celebrity chef, food activist and award-winning food writer. He penned the cookbooks Third Coast Cuisine: Recipes of the Gulf of Mexico, No Sides Needed: 34 Recipes To Simplify Life and Amigeauxs - Mexican/Creole Fusion Cuisine. He hosts two Internet cooking shows "Everyday Gourmet" and "Little Grill Big Flavor." His recipes have been featured in Current, Lagniappe, Southern Tailgater, The Kitchen Hotline and on the Cooking Channel.

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Stuart’s Honors & Awards
2015 1st Place Luck of the Irish Cook-off
2015 4th Place Downtown Cajun Cook-off
2015 2nd Place Fins' Wings & Chili Cook-off
2014 2015 4th Place LA Gumbo Cook-off
2012 Taste Award nominee for best chef (web)
2012 Finalist in the Safeway Next Chef Contest
2011 Taste Award Nominee for Little Grill Big Flavor
2011, 12 Member: Council of Media Tastemakers
2011 Judge: 29th Chef's of the Coast Cook-off
2011 Judge: Dauphin Island Wing Cook-off
2011 Cooking Channel Perfect 3 Recipe Finalist
2011 Judge: Dauphin Island Gumbo Cook-off
2011 Culinary Hall of Fame Member
2010 Tasty Awards Judge
2010 Judge: Bayou La Batre Gumbo Cook-off
2010 Gourmand World Cookbook Award Nominee
2010 Chef2Chef Top 10 Best Food Blogs
2010 Denay's Top 10 Best Food Blogs
2009 2nd Place Bay Area Food Bank Chef Challenge
2008 Tava: Discovery Contest Runner-up
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