Cookbook Giveaway: D.I.Y. Delicious

by Sarah Henry on September 30, 2010 · 39 comments

in food book giveaways,food books

If you stopped by yesterday, you know I’ve already had a lot to say about this new book. If you haven’t, may I strongly suggest you take a look?

Here’s all you really need to know: I don’t want to give this book away. I really don’t. I want it to be mine.

It’s lovely to look at, there are loads of recipes I haven’t attempted yet and want to, and this hard cover feels nice to hold.

I really like both the main players responsible for creating it too. They would be author Vanessa Barrington and photographer Sara Remington. Plus pals food stylist Nani Steele and recipe whiz Molly Watson played supporting roles.

Did I mention I don’t want to part with this book? It’s like saying goodbye to a new friend.

Enough about me. Before we get down to business, it would be an oversight if I forgot to note that clothing and lifestyle mecca Anthropologie have seen fit to include D.I.Y. Delicious: Recipes and Ideas for Simple Food from Scratch (Chronicle Books, $24.95) in its carefully curated book department. It’s not hard to see why: This is one gorgeous gift book.

Oh, and I should mention urban farming author Novella Carpenter‘s back cover blurb — where she lauds Barrington for leading the charge in the homemade food revolution. Sold?

If you’d like a sneak peek, check out this recipe on Barrington’s blog and this video promo, these clips are currently all the rage among publishers (this one is inspired and hilarious.)

To win a copy of D.I.Y. Delicious leave a comment below telling me about a D.I.Y. dish you’d like to learn how to cook — and why.

Entries must be received by Thursday, October 7, by 10 pm PT.

Winner chosen at random.

My job: I’ll announce the winner on Friday, October 8 and contact this lucky person via email.

Your job:  You’ll have exactly one week to claim your prize. After that, I’ll find an alternate home (also at random) for this book.

Update: The winner of D.I.Y. Delicious, selected at random, is Leigh. Thanks to all for entering and check back later this month for another giveaway.

If you’re in the Bay Area, Vanessa Barrington is among the participants at next week’s Spice of Life Festival in Berkeley.

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Melanie @ Frugal Kiwi September 30, 2010 at 9:15 am

I love to DIY and would love to have a new resource to help me DIY around the kitchen. Come on Gods of Random Giveaways, let me win!
Melanie @ Frugal Kiwi´s last [type] ..Fit for a Queen


MarthaAndMe September 30, 2010 at 9:17 am

I want to learn how to make yogurt and butter myself. I think that these basic ingredients can actually have a lot of flavor variation that you can’t find in stores and would love to try them myself.


Stephanie - Wasabimon September 30, 2010 at 9:23 am

I am ALL about the DIY cheese. I want to win a copy! Then I’ll promo it on my blog too!
Stephanie – Wasabimon´s last [type] ..Modernist Cuisine – The Upcoming Book and A Tour of the Labs


Rachel September 30, 2010 at 9:34 am

I’d love to DIY cheeses, butter, and other dairy products. Yum!


Casey@Good. Food. Stories. September 30, 2010 at 11:46 am

I still haven’t DIY-ed my own ginger beer – what a tragedy!
Casey@Good. Food. Stories.´s last [type] ..GUEST POST- Love- Italian-style at Il Vigneto


Viki September 30, 2010 at 11:47 am

Oh this book sounds like so much Fun!
I have made my own kefir, bread, butter, and have canned and frozen foods from the garden. The pizza crust I made last night was pretty good too.
I want to make my own yogurt, cheese, and fermented veggies. I also would like to make my own crackers.
Keeping my fingers crossed!
Viki´s last [type] ..My Food Revolution


Joy September 30, 2010 at 11:58 am

How many hours do we have to discuss DIY stuff I want to make in the kitchen? Haha. I’d love to DIY ketchup and taste the difference between the one made with a few real ingredients and those that come in bottle from the store. Another one would be croissants…that is my holy baking grail!
Joy´s last [type] ..Mighty Make-From-Scratch List or Mondo Beyondo Cooking Edition


Faith Kramer September 30, 2010 at 12:53 pm

I’ve done a lot DYI — yogurt, ricotta cheese, pickles and more. I have wanted for a very long time to create my own sourdough starter. I’ve seen this book and you are right, it is wonderful.
Faith Kramer´s last [type] ..Fig-Almond Tart in Cornmeal-Olive Oil Crust Adds Up to Harvest Time Treat


Amber G September 30, 2010 at 4:00 pm

I had an amazing Pot Pie at Market House in Chicago last week and I’d love to learn how to make a pot pie!


Courtney Boswell September 30, 2010 at 4:17 pm

I haven’t done much D.I.Y. I have made jam, pickles and tomato sauce (which I love), But would love to try beer or wine making, also cheese would be interesting. :)


Carol Harrity September 30, 2010 at 6:14 pm

My favorite reading material is a cookbook. The DIY Delicious Cookbook sounds great. I would really like to try making my own yogurt.


Melanie B September 30, 2010 at 9:00 pm

Definitely would like to be able to make specialty breads and do some canning. I live in PHX though and pretty much hate the produce I have access to :( The why is because I love homemade things and the actual “art” of the preparation.
Melanie B´s last [type] ..Wordless Wednesday-Honolulu Parade


MyKidsEatSquid October 1, 2010 at 4:47 am

DIY ricotta–I’ve heard it’s easy and yet I still haven’t tried it–maybe this would give me the excuse!


Suzanne K October 1, 2010 at 11:21 am

I’d love to make DIY cheese and butter! How cool would that be! Might even inspire me to get a goat again…. maybe not.


M'Lisa Kelley October 1, 2010 at 11:49 am

I would love to learn to make my own goat cheese and of course pickles!!!!


Christine October 1, 2010 at 4:25 pm

want to learn how to make yogurt because it’s so good for you


Joan October 1, 2010 at 5:39 pm

I’d love to learn how to make my own cheese because my family and I LOVE cheese.This sounds like a great cookbook.


Shari October 1, 2010 at 8:11 pm

I would love to be able to offer DIY cheeses along with the my truck-made pickles.


Doug October 2, 2010 at 9:08 am

am currently aging DIY vanilla and coffee liquour, but breads are the preference


Bob Branstrom October 2, 2010 at 10:41 am

Other than cooking a mean stir-fry, the only cooking I do is steaming veggies. Which is a downright shame, since I grow a huge chunk of my own fruits and veggies. I now have a freezer full of blackberries, summer squash, string beans and pesto (all right, someone did give me a recipe for that which I tried). I’m out of freezer space, so I borrowed three dehydrators and am now drying my tomato and apple surpluses. I also fermented up a batch of dill pickles from my excess cucs. But, what else am I going to do with all this food? Baking–that uses an oven, right? I spend so much time growing food and learning how to preserve it that I’m pretty clueless about how to actually cook it. My potluck buddies are getting tired of the same old fresh-food salads and steamed veggies. Surely, I could learn to do more with my produce! That’s why I’d love the cookbook.


angie October 2, 2010 at 6:21 pm

Knowing how to make cheese would be very useful.


Connie October 3, 2010 at 12:50 am

I’d love to learn how to make cheese and yogurt!


Judith (from Israel) October 3, 2010 at 6:08 am

I’d like to try the Potato Salad and Hard-Cooked Eggs because I love to come home from work to find an already-made salad waiting for me in the refrigerator.


Kris Bordessa October 3, 2010 at 1:16 pm

I just tried my hand at homemade chai and it was a success. I’m already fairly DIY in the kitchen, but next up is cheese!
Kris Bordessa´s last [type] ..Thinking About Halloween


Francine October 3, 2010 at 3:55 pm

The Spicy Pickled Green Beans sound yummy


sherri October 3, 2010 at 6:58 pm

There is no doubt that I it’s the diy cheese that has captured my imagination. I have even listed making my own cheese on a profile as a desired cooking goal. I admit it’s a Wisconsin childhood thing, but I swear I never wore a sponge cheese wedge on my head. And I’ll further admit that I was on a waitlist for 15 yearold Hooks cheddar from Wis. that I paid $75/lb and my 10 yearold son ate it without knowing….sorry, but when I read Vanessa’s cheese recipe, I was motivated and empowered. Cheese will be made here.
sherri´s last [type] ..bloody mary turns sunny with heirlooms


Barbara October 4, 2010 at 7:11 am

I’d love to D.I.Y. cheeses!
Please count me in only if your giveaway is international (I live in Italy you know! ;-)) )
Barbara´s last [type] ..Ciambellotte al vino rosso e nocciole


Leigh October 4, 2010 at 3:26 pm

I’d love to make DIY mozz to top the DIY pizza dough I make. And DIY yogurt as a home for the DIY granola that I turn out every week. And I’d really like to learn to make butter b/c my 8 year old keeps insisting it’s “so easy” after his 2nd grade class made a batch.


Amanda S. October 4, 2010 at 9:11 pm

I’d like to learn how to make homemade cinnamon rolls, because they taste so much better than store bought!


Kate October 5, 2010 at 9:51 am

I need this cookbook to keep up with my D.I.Y husband! He seems to have been born with talents as wide-ranging as baking bread, making pickles and salsa and pesto and marinara…,building + maintaining a chicken coop and 10 chickens, and converting our 0.2 acre lot into the “Urban Ton Project” where he hopes to grow 2,000 lbs. of fresh food in Minnesota no less! (Story on our blog The D.I.Y cookbook sounds like the perfect crash course for me in becoming a better D.I.Y. wife! :O)


Daniel M October 6, 2010 at 12:44 pm

want to make my own yogurt, bet it’ll be healthier than the over sweetened stuff in the stores


Ed Nemmers October 6, 2010 at 1:50 pm

I would like to learn how to prepare Crown Roast; this would be magnificent for a family feast!


Jammie October 6, 2010 at 2:12 pm

I would love to learn how to make breads, and flavored butters. You know my favorite place to eat is Ryans there rolls and honey butter are so yummy.


Leslie Price October 6, 2010 at 5:48 pm

I can cook many things, but one thing that has always stumped me is homemade bread. I’d love to be able to make that at home.


Erin E October 6, 2010 at 6:18 pm

I would love to learn how to make yogurt from scratch because I am constantly eating it. Plus I think it would be very interesting! Thank you for the lovely giveaway.


Melanie October 7, 2010 at 12:29 pm

I’d love to make my own butter. I eat it with everything.


Viki October 7, 2010 at 12:45 pm

Melanie, butter is actually pretty easy…while I do have an old paddle crank butter churn (which was great to take in to my daughter’s class for demo’s)
A food processor should work too.

I allowed heavy whipping cream to come to room temp. then it was just the agitation that turned the cream to butter. I let each child turn the crank and they made butter before all 24 had a turn, so some got to help press the butter with a spoon to get all the “buttermilk” out. It wasn’t real buttermilk, because it hadn’t soured.

Try it with a food processor…the key is to let the cream be at room temp.


Geri Nyland October 7, 2010 at 6:05 pm

We are a family that loves yogurt along with other things…I would love to learn how to make our own yogurt and save money. Looks like a great book that our family can get great use out of.


Gianna October 7, 2010 at 9:15 pm

I’d love to make my own crusty sourdough bread.


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