Giveaway: Win a Copy of The James Beard Foundation’s Best of the Best!

The James Beard Foundation's Best of the Best, featuring recipes from every chef who won the James Beard Award for Outstanding Chef


After 25 years of celebrating James Beard and American cuisine inside his Greenwich Village townhouse, we’re thrilled to give fans of great food a way to celebrate in their own kitchens. Our first cookbook, The James Beard Foundation’s Best of the Best: A 25th Anniversary Celebration of America’s Outstanding Chefs, honors Beard’s impact on the way we eat and spotlights the accomplishments of the 21 incredible chefs who have earned our coveted Outstanding Chef Award, from Wolfgang Puck to Tom Colicchio. Featuring intimate profiles written by author Kit Wohl, a foreword by Martha Stewart, gorgeous photography, and plenty of mouthwatering recipes (think smoky peanut mole with grilled quail from Rick Bayless; Thomas Keller’s elegant caviar with brioche and... Read more >

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Giveaway: Win a Lenox Chip n Dip Set!

Lenox Chip n Dip
Even if you couldn’t care less about football, chances are you’re totally game for this weekend’s other popular ritual: getting your annual fill of wings, nachos, and beer. And now that the Super Bowl is under a week away, it’s time for game-day hosts everywhere to start mapping out what their spreads will offer.

To get into the football spirit, we’re giving away a Scoop Chip n Dip Set from Lenox, one of our generous house purveyors. This space-saving, two-piece service set guarantees that your guests will enjoy plenty of effortless dipping between plays. For a chance to win it, tell us your favorite chip-and-dip combo in the comments section of this blog, on our Facebook page, or on Twitter (use hashtag #jbfsuperbowl) by the end of the day on Monday, January 30. We’ll pick a winner at random on Tuesday, January 31.*

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Giveaway: The Food Lover's Guide to Wine

Food Lover's Guide to Wine

When Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg published The Flavor Bible three years ago, they gave home cooks the know-how they needed to graduate from by-the-book recipes to assured improvisation. And now with the JBF Award–winning duo’s recent release of The Food Lover’s Guide to Wine (Little, Brown), which is just as thorough and informative as its predecessor, home cooks can now match wine and food with equal aplomb. This essential guide includes a clearly organized list of flavor profiles for more than 250 grapes; a fascinating timeline of the history of wine in America; and valuable tips dispensed by the country’s best sommeliers, like Monkey Bar’s Belinda Chang and Barbara Lynch Gruppo’s Cat

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Giveaway: Win a Lenox Cheese and Cracker Set!

cheese
Did you know that October is National Cheese Month? We're celebrating by giving away a Scoop Cheese and Cracker Set from Lenox, one of our generous house purveyors. This 11 1/2-inch cheese service set (pictured below), which features a contemporary design and includes cheese-and-cracker tray and cheese knife, will help you get your fill of fromage any time of the year. For a chance to win it, tell us about your ideal cheese plate in the comments section of this blog, on our Facebook page, or on Twitter (use hashtag #JBFcheese) by the end of the day on Tuesday, October 25. We’ll pick a winner at random on Wednesday, October 26.* UPDATE: this giveaway is now over. Congrats to L. Jeske of New York City for winning the Lenox cheese-and-

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Giveaway: Get an Artisan Tea Sampler from Beard House Purveyor Mighty Leaf Tea!

Mighty Leaf Tea
As our schedules return to revved-up status after the easygoing weeks of summer, we’re called back to the pleasures of sipping on a mellow mug of tea after a long day. To help you maximize these relaxing moments, we’re teaming up with our fine tea purveyor, Mighty Leaf Tea, to give away 500 free samples of their amazing artisan teas!

Mighty Leaf recognizes that the purest, most natural ingredients deliver the richest tea flavors and unforgettable sensory experiences. Their artisan-crafted blends of whole leaf tea touch all the senses, blending together whole tea leaves, fruit, spices, and blossoms—flavors too big for ordinary tea bags. Mighty Leaf teas are always whole leaf teas, never cut, torn or crushed, and are wrapped in simple, artisan-crafted tea pouches, which are made from fully biodegradable materials.

The San Francisco–based company is giving away the following sampler to 500 members of the JBF community: 1 iced

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Giveaway: illy Coffee Trivia Winner

espresso So, what's the ideal extraction time for the perfect espresso? If you guessed 20–30 seconds, congratulations! You're probably drinking a better cup of espresso than most. To fully explain the nuances of preparing this complex coffee drink, we turn it over to the master barista himself, Giorgio Milos. Thanks to everyone for playing!

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Giveaway: Know Your Coffee

illy giveaway Ready for more coffee trivia from illy’s Master Barista Giorgio Milos? This week we’re talking espresso. Here’s our latest question: What is the ideal extraction time to make a perfect espresso? As always, all you have to do to be in the running for a fabulous prize from illy is to put your answer in the comments below. One person with the correct answer will be chosen at random as our winner! Today’s prize? An illy Espresso Lover’s Gift Set. It includes two cans of medium roast ground espresso coffee, an illy red metal espresso tamper, four illy logo espresso cups,

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James Beard and the Art of Picnicking

Michael White Picnic Recipes Perhaps we’ve said it before, but James Beard loved picnics. “Since my earliest recollections of food, I have fancied picnics and eating out of doors more than any other fashion of eating,” Beard writes in his memoir, Delights & Prejudices (our blog’s namesake), “It is perfectly true that under these circumstances food tastes better. One relishes the fresh air and the escape from crowds, and delights in being simply oneself.” Jim goes on to reminisce about a picnic that coincided with an important first. “I can recall my first automobile ride, we drove in a huge touring car…it was an exciting day for all of us, for picnicking in a car was relatively rare, and to drive out of town with a hamper of food was a great adventure. I remember this picnic especially, because it had been suggested at the spur of the moment

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Giveaway: illy Coffee Trivia Winner

Coffee Plant Flowers We have a winner! Maybe this question was too easy—almost all of our commenters had the correct answer. JoAnn Lesh was randomly selected to take home our big prize from illy. As you can see from the photo above, coffee plant flowers are white. We thought we'd direct you over to the experts for details on the answer—illy's website has great information on how coffee travels from the ground to your cup. Thanks to everyone who participated! We'll be back with more illy coffee trivia after the 4th of July.

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Giveaway: Know Your Coffee

illy giveaway It’s time for another round of coffee trivia from illy’s Master Barista Giorgio Milos. Here’s our next question: A coffee plant’s flowers are what color? To win a fabulous prize from illy, simply put your answer in the comments below and a commenter with the correct answer will be chosen at random! Today’s prize? An illy Cappuccino Lover’s Gift Set. You’ll be drinking cappuccinos at home everyday when this great set lands in your kitchen. It includes two cans of medium roast ground espresso coffee, a latte art steaming pitcher, four illy logo cappuccino cups, and four demitasse stirrers. You have until today at 6:00 P.M. EST to get your answer

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