I love to eat sweets. I love to bake. (Which came first, the chicken or the egg?)
My older two girls have inherited my sweet-tooth I am proud (and horrified) to say. So when the publishers of “Bon Appetit Desserts” asked if they could mail me their new 689 page cookbook full of only (you guessed it) desserts to review, I said, “Heck YEAH!!!” The deal was sealed when they agreed to send an additional cookbook to pass on to YOU. (Just comment – gotta play to WIN!)
Described on the cover as the cookbook for “all things sweet and wonderful”, I’d have to agree. A forty dollar value and I don’t know how many pounds heavy, you’ll want to sit down with a cup of coffee and flip through this eye-pleaser thanks largely to award winning photographer and frequent Bon Appetit contributor Con Poulos.
This 50 second video from when the kids and I took it on a “test run” this past Thanksgiving holiday weekend will give you a good look at what you could win! (Did I mention 689 pages?) We poured over our new, easy to follow and pretty-to-look-at cookbook and picked three non-fussy recipe to make. The winners? Pumpkin-Butterscotch Pie (page 231), Apple-Berry Pie (page 209) and Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies ( page 530) minus the chips in one dozen for my eldest child who somehow does not like chocolate. (Is that even possible?)
This is where I teach you how to make Spoon Pie, which became the fate of our pies long before they were photographed for the end of the above video. My mother-in-law, who bakes a mean cherry pie, taught me this recipe which she learned growing up on a farm in Northeast Arkansas.
Step One: Make a great pie.
Step Two: Serve it to your family.
Step Three: Set what’s left on the kitchen counter with a few spoons.
Step Four: Your beautiful pie is now fair game to anyone walking by. (It won’t last long— trust me.)
If you like non-fussy baking, what I consider classics with a twist, and you want a book you can someday pass down to your children full of what will soon become family favorites… you will L-O-V-E this cookbook. For a chance to win this baker’s dream cookbook, simply share a memory with me of baking with your mom or dad or your kids. (I love a good story!!!) I’ll pick a winner randomly from the comment section below from stories received through midnight Wednesday, November 30th.
WINNER UPDATE: December 1st is HERE and the winner is… comment number SEVEN!!! not counting mine of course as I already HAVE the book. That’s you EMMA. We’ll email you the details and you can expect your copy of Bon Appetit Desserts to arrive soon!
Thanks to everyone who opened their hearts to share their stories of connection — baking — and love. (That was the best contest ever from where I sit… I really enjoyed your entries.)
Suzanne Tucker, aka Zen Mommy
Suzanne is the Co-creator of My Mommy Manual and the online parenting course, Yoga Parenting. Ready for parenting to help make your life more a-parent to you? Sign up for free weekly parenting tips from Ria and Suzanne by joining the MyMommyManual community.