THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED! Congratulations to Natalie on winning the cookbook!
I have another very exciting giveaway for you guys today. Being the Food Network junkie that I am, I have been a huge Tyler Florence fan for years. From Food 911 to Tyler’s Ultimate and now The Great Food Truck Race, I have loved all of his shows. I remember one of the highlights of staying home from school was being able to catch one of his shows, such a great treat that always made my day. When I heard Tyler had a new cookbook coming out, I was super excited.
Fresh focuses on using fresh ingredients, which, as you know, is one of my goals in everything I make and eat. The book talks about how we all eat way too much processed foods and how we need to get back to eating real foods. I pretty much always use real foods in my baking here on the blog. I don’t feel guilty about eating the sometimes super decadent treats I make because I know they were made with wholesome ingredients instead of the store bought desserts with ingredient after ingredient of which I can’t begin to pronounce the name.
The photographs in the book are also stunning. The food is presented beautifully, looking more like a work of art than a meal. The dishes almost look too good to eat, but I bet they taste amazing too.
When I requested a cookbook to giveaway, I also requested an interview with Tyler. You might remember that when I gave away Giada de Laurentiis’ cookbook, she was kind enough to do an interview with me, even if it was only via email. I was immediately told by Tyler’s publicist that an interview would be no problem. A phone interview. I would be able to talk with Tyler Florence by phone! In only a few hours! OMG! So I wrote my questions, tried not to be crazy nervous and waited . . . and waited . . . and waited some more.
Tyler’s schedule had changed. How about the next day? Sure. More waiting, jumping every time the phone rang. Hoping, wishing. But his schedule changed again. The next day? Sure why not. Tyler’s a busy guy on a book tour, I get that. I’m a blogger and this is a huge break – it was a no-brainer. So my schedule had to be rearranged again with more waiting and jumping and crazy nerves. No phone call again.
The possibility for a phone call over the entire next week kept hope alive, but even after his publicist said she would make it happen, it was becoming very clear it would not. Both Mom and I heard her promise she would make it happen, though she denies this. She said maybe an email interview could still be possible, but yeah, that didn’t happen either.
I want to be clear, I don’t know if Tyler knows a single thing about this whole ordeal. About one of his biggest fans sitting by the phone for literally over a week just waiting for it to ring. About getting said fan so excited and then so disappointed. I am still a fan and this cookbook looks fantastic. I only wanted to share this experience with you. I know one of you will still really enjoy this cookbook. I also received a signed and personalized copy of the cookbook that will forever be a prized part of my growing cookbook collection.
So, on to the giveaway! One person will win an autographed copy of Tyler Florence Fresh.
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The giveaway ends Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 11:59 pm EST.
The winner will be chosen via the Random Number Generator on random.org. The winner will be notified by email and will have 24 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond, a new winner will be chosen. Good luck!
Disclaimer: Tyler Florence provided this giveaway, but all opinions, as always, are my own.