Sunday, April 18, 2010

Giveaway: Copy of "Spiced"

I am a foodie. I love food. In fact, for part of my freshman year of college my major was Hotel & Restaurant Management. I quickly changed that when I realized that loving to cook & loving food were one thing, but loving the idea of standing in a blazing hot kitchen for 12 hours a day was another thing. So when I was asked to read & review a book written by a pastry chef, I jumped at the chance.

"Spiced: A Pastry Chef's True Stories of Trials by Fire, After-Hours Exploits, & What Really Goes on in the Kitchen" is Dalia Jurgensen's memoir detailing how she left her day job to pursue her dream of becoming a chef. She ended up working in some of the most prestigious restaurants in NYC including Nobu, Layla, & Veritas & even worked in the test kitchen for Martha Stewart's television show.

While I was excited to read the book, at the same time I was also a bit worried that it might be well....somewhat boring. I couldn't have been more wrong. It is funny, inspiring, & eye opening. I had no idea about the drama that goes down in the kitchen of a restaurant! It was very easy to read, & I found myself not wanting to put it down. Always the sign of a good book, in my opinion.

I was graciously given two copies of "Spiced" by the publisher; one for me to read & one for me to giveaway. I think anyone who loves food, cooking, or is addicted to the Food Network will enjoy this book. Really, even if you're not a foodie, I think you'd enjoy it. I love the idea of how this woman did what so many of us are afraid to: She decided to follow her dreams, no matter what the outcome was. Pretty gutsy, if you ask me.

To enter this giveaway, leave a message here (with a way to contact you). If you'd like a second entry, become a Facebook fan of BMIM, come back & leave another comment saying you did so. For a third entry, become a Google follower (public please!), come back, & leave an additional comment. For a fourth entry, blog about this giveaway or post about it on Facebook & come back, leave another comment & a link to your posting.

That's it! The winner will be determined at random by Random.org. The contest will end Wednesday, April 21st at 9pm PST. Enter now for a great book to read on your spring or summer vacation. Good luck!


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18 comments:

  1. The book sounds awesome...I'd love to win it! :`)

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  2. Sounds great! I love food network.

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  4. I am a google follower.

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  5. This is soooo a book I'd read!

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  6. Does it count if I am already a Facebook fan?? An adoring fan that used the Macy's coupon you posted to save on a very cute pair of capri pants this weekend!

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  7. Sounds like a great book! hpb157@yahoo.com

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  9. I'd love to read it and I'm a google follower :)
    -Annie

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  10. I'm a foodie to this sounds great sperrysad at yahoo dot com Thanks-Angie

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  14. I'm an FB fan!

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