Just over two years ago I embarked on a journey to write and photograph first cookbook. When I started the process I did not realize how this process would challenge me to grow as a writer, recipe developer, and photographer – yet it did. The book itself began as a creative seed, growing organically without a clear vision of what it would become years later.

As I poured myself into the manuscript, the book started to take form into a work I could be proud of. From the beginning I knew I wanted to write a cookbook I myself would want to cook from. I wanted each and every recipe to be accessible, easy, and build culinary confidence in the kitchen. Now, with the finished cookbook in my hands, it is far more beautiful and wonderful than I could have ever imagined and hoped for. It is said that writing a book is like being pregnant – pregnancy weight gain and all. It’s hard to imagine what the book will look like and understand the depth of how it will change your life until the book is actually released on publication date – just like delivering a baby. But now that I have it in my hands, I’m wrecked with the kind of pride and love a mother has for her newborn baby.

Separated by chapters themed around everyday life moments, I wanted readers to be able to look at each recipe and find inspiration in the everyday happenings like birthdays, game days, or what to make on Christmas morning as the kids are just waking up. The recipes are personal and comforting yet memorable and joyful. Each recipe is also accompanied by a color photo photographed by me.

You will not find glamorous party or table settings in this book or picturesque scenes out of a trendy magazine or catalog. No, not in this cookbook. Instead, you will see glorious family-centered food like Banana Cream Pie, Thumbprint Jam Scones, Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Cookie Frosting, Chicken Marsala, Hearty Beef Stew, and so many other wonderful recipes. There is even a visual step-by-step photo tutorial on how to frost a cake because as simple as frosting a cake may seem, there is a right way to do it so you don’t have crumbs showing everywhere and have cake pulling off.

Tuesday, June 5th, is the official publication date of the book. I’m so eager to share my cookbook with you and the world. Excited by the anticipation of hearing the special everyday moments people will celebrate with the recipes in the book, my hope is that the book will be a blessing to you and your family.

To celebrate the release of the cookbook, William Morrow (my publisher) is partnering with Kitchen Explorers to give copies of Savory Sweet Life: 100 Simply Delicious Recipes for Every Family Occasion to 3 of our readers.

To enter the giveaway, all you need to do is share a recipe you made to celebrate an everyday life moment. Contest is open to US residents 18 and over, one entry person. Winners will be chosen at random and will be contacted by email. Contest closes on June 5, 2012 at midnight, PST.

And for those of you who prefer to buy the book, you can support PBS and order the book through the PBS Store and have it delivered by June 5th!

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138 Responses to “Cookbook Giveaway : Savory Sweet Life: 100 Simply Delicious Recipes for Every Family Occasion”

  1. Sandra

    Tomato Basil Mozzarella Salad from Sweet Savory Life. All time favorite salad and make it all the time!

  2. sara

    What a great giveaway! My boyfriend and I just made burgers and potato salad for Memorial Day to celebrate moving into our new apartment!

  3. wenders

    Restaurant Style Salsa. We love it. Made it over the Memorial Day weekend and we’ve been enjoying it over our flat iron steak sandwiches and of course with tortilla chips! Yum!

  4. thu

    my favorite thing to make is a lovely tres leches cake with lots of beautiful fruits on top!

  5. Beth G from SJ

    I made Pam Anderson’s famous baked beans! Sooo good!

  6. Lisa

    Candy Bar Krispie Treats
    1 stick butter
    2 regular size caramel/nougat candy bars
    1 bag marshmallows (about 40 marshmallows)
    5 cups crisped rice cereal

    Lightly butter 9×13 pan using butter stick. Melt remaining butter and candy bars over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir over low heat until melted. Add crisped rice cereal, stir gently. Press into buttered pan. enjoy!

  7. Lauren

    I make cupcakes for family special occasions. Everyone loves them!

  8. kristin g

    always savory sweet life’s best chocolate chip cookies – anyday, whether bad or good, will be better with these cookies!!

  9. Sandi D

    I like to make blueberry muffins. The kids love them with eggs and fresh fruit for breakfast. Thanks for the giveaway!

  10. Lynsie

    I love your Strawberry Almond Stuffed French Toast! It makes everyday mornings into extraordinary mornings!

    • Bobbie Roy

      I would love to try some of these recipes everyone is mentioning. If they are in this cookbook, I would love to have one. If I win it, GREAT. If not, where can I buy it.

  11. Miss McBooty

    Any house guest of ours deserves a memorable meal upon their first night’s stay, especially when that guest is a CAT! Yes, I made a lemon-tarragon roasted chicken for a friendly kitten who was staying with us while he recovered from surgery. You could tell that he was very uncomfortable in his “cone of shame” but I like to think he forgot all about the vet once the chicken came out of the oven.

    You can see photos and the recipe here: http://foodiemcbooty.com/how-to-roast-a-chicken/

  12. brighteyedbaker

    I just made a Chocolate Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting and a Chocolate Glaze on top to celebrate a birthday!

  13. Sally

    Every year on vacation, we make this special dessert — for no other reason than to celebrate the everyday (and, okay — the fact that we’re at the beach!)

    In a pan (size of your choice) layer: ice cream sandwiches, fudge sauce, cool whip, and your favorite topping (i.e. toffee chips, mint chocolate chips, etc.). Make early in the day, cover with foil, and freeze. It will be set-up by dinner time! Delicious! Enjoy!

  14. Lucy

    My favorite go-to recipe when we just want to celebrate the simple things in life is homemade macaroni and cheese (with LOTS of cheese).

  15. dorothy

    My Husbands’ Mothers” Irish mac and cheese..
    Family love’s it…

  16. sharon k.

    My kids consistently ask for The Pioneer Woman’s Cinnamon Rolls, whenever asked what special treat they would like for their birthday breakfast, Easter brunch, Christmas morning, etc.

  17. Amber

    In my family, we always celebrate with a homemade dessert – usually my mom’s cream puff cake or one of my grandma’s fresh baked pies.

  18. MaryB

    We made Meyer Lemon Risotto for my birthday dinner. So good!

  19. CarolinaGirl

    My go to, just because, celebration recipes are chocolate sheet cake or carrot sheet cake. My family loves both! Can’t wait to see your cookbook!

  20. Carrie

    Since Father’s day is coming up…we make my husband breakfast burritos on Father’s day. They are his favorite and are easily customizable for every member of the family!

  21. Jessica

    Made pico de gallo to celebrate the last day of school and kickoff summer <3

  22. Daisy

    Russian potato salad. Quick to make, and tastes delicious!

  23. Jennifer

    Thin Mint Brownies for my Girl Scout troop bridging

  24. Kelly E.

    Brown butter chocolate chip cookies!! I just made two batches today. Thank you so much for the chance to win!

  25. Maria in NJ

    when it is one of the family members birthday I always let them pick what they want me to make them for dinner…my kids always picked something Italian…so I am going to say a big pot of meatballs and sausage with a side of pasta…me I would go with cupcakes! thank you for the chance to win Alice’s cookbook!

  26. Florence S

    I love making a blueberry lemon bread as a reward for taking walks.

  27. Amy

    I make my mom’s family famous dip recipe for Mother’s day and it was gone in a flash!

  28. Jill

    I made a pineapple upside down cake for my husband’s birthday!

  29. Julie Pietras

    I love to make my Grandma and Mom’s hummus recipe. Now my Polish husband is the number taste tester of the hummus.

  30. LisaL

    Celebrated the sun shining in Seattle this past weekend – grilled copper river salmon with lemon herb butter.

  31. Cellabella

    I always make homemade pizza for special occasions as well as an every day treat – I make the dough the day before, let it rise, and then top it was tomato sauce or pesto, and whatever seasonal goodies are available!

  32. Alice J.

    For every birthday (well, mom and dad’s birthdays), Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, I always make a rum cake. It is my parents’ favorite type of cake because it is fragrant and moist and not too sweet. I love it because it is easy to make and always turns out beautifully! I usually omit the traditional rum glaze to avoid the extra sweetness and make a seasonal fruit salad to go with it.

  33. Diane

    I always make 3 chip Chocolate Chip cookies for special days and /
    Or Chocolate Cheese cake!

  34. Roseanna

    I just made a vegetable quiche for a work party. There was a contest and winners got a home-made breakfast. So yummy!

  35. sandra

    I made rib eye steak on a cast iron pan and finished off in the oven to celebrate the close of our escrow last week!

  36. Laura M

    We made dumplings to celebrate a good week at school last week!

  37. stacey

    For potlucks I’m asked to bring guacamole and I’m always asked for the recipe to Alice’s chicken curry salad, yum!

  38. Kate

    I make a my mother-in-law’s garden pizza. Cresent roll dough baked on a cookie sheet, then spread with a cream cheese/mayo/dill mixture and topped with small bite-sized pieces of broccoli, cauliflower, carrots and radishes. It’s colorful, healthy, makes a ton, and everyone loves it.

  39. Cindy M

    I love to make croissant french toast w/ fruit sauce – so easy and so good. Especially good on the weekends. YUM!

  40. Daisy

    I love your drop cracked sugar cookie recipe! It’s my go-to recipe whenever I’m in the mood for something sweet 🙂

  41. Shannon

    Indian lentil and cabbage stew. Perfectly hardy and delicious, my favorite meal for whenever it’s cool or damp.

  42. Herlin

    I bake whole wheat breads every weekend

  43. Wilma

    A dish that a few of my friends always ask for on their birthday is flan. Sweet, creamy & delicious!

  44. Becca Smith

    I love making Zucchini Bread to celebrate summer!

  45. Bic Nguyen

    I love to make Alice’s chocolate chip cookies. I always get rave reviews when I make them. I started putting mint chips in them & fell in love with the recipe all over again. Thank you so much for sharing that recipe!!!!

  46. Naj Abdullah

    I recently made meatballs and home made Mac and cheese to celebrate some family visiting us for the first time.

  47. Kat

    I can’t wait for corn to be in season to make a roasted potato salad with fresh corn I made for a family birthday party last year – can’t stop thinking about it.

  48. Joan

    I used to only make Colcannon for St. Patrick’s Day but my family love it so much we sometimes make it just because we love it and can’t wait for March.

  49. Teslaca

    For a friend’s birthday I always make chocolate eclairs using three recipes in The Joy of Cooking. They always come out great!

  50. Nancy

    I like to make spicy pumpkin pancakes on Saturday’s after a long week. They are easy and the real pumpkin makes them moist and delicious. Plus they make my house smell like fall anytime of the year!

  51. JessicaKW

    We make Cornell chicken kabobs every time we get our whole family together in the summer. They are so good and just enough work that it feels like a special occasion whenever we make them.

  52. Nancy

    I like to make spicy pumpkin pancakes on Saturday’s after a long week. The real pumpkin, I use canned, makes them moist and delicious. And they make my house smell like fall anytime of year!

  53. Ilana

    I make Korean Hot Wings for my family’s everyday special occasions. It’s a very easy recipe but it is time consuming to make so I save it for “special” occasions such as when my older kids come home from college. For my family, this dish turns any day into a special occasion.

  54. Kel

    Yah! Congrats! In the summer I make homemade ice cream to celebrate the good fruit coming in.

  55. Susan

    It’s been too long since we celebrated something, but one treat we all like is chocolate cake with strawberries and sour cream chocolate frosting.


    Every Tuesday is ‘Taco Tuesday,’ and my favorite is when we have my husband’s simple guacamole with the meal…..3 avocados, about a Tbsp fresh lime juice, and salt and pepper to taste. DELISH!

  57. Jennifer S

    I made my son’s favorite BBQ to celebrate his accomplishments at school!

  58. Ramya

    As an Indian, my favorite go to recipe to celebrate something is Kesari (semolina pudding).

    1 cup semolina (dry roasted for 2-3 mts), 1-1\2 cup sugar, 3 cup water, around 1/4 cup clarified butter, handful of cashews & raisins roasted in little clarified butter, 1/2 tsp ground cardamom & a pinch of yellow food colour(optional)

    In a thick bottomed vessel, boil the water. when it comes to boil, add semolina & stir so no lumps are formed. when all the water is absorbed, add sugar, cardamom and food colour if using & stir until the sugar is dissolved. add the clarified butter, cashews & raisins. stir & remove from stove. Enjoy.

  59. michele

    Hi Alice, I really appreciate your entries. Thank you for offering your cook book as a gift. One of the things I like to make to celebrate fall is a big pot of hot chocolate for all of us. I got the recipe off of a cocoa box. I had to alter it to give to all my kids. The other bonus to the recipe is the chocolate makes a really good syrup so we use it on ice cream too! So we use it to celebrate summer 🙂 Here’s the recipe http://snackattacks.blogspot.com/2011/03/chocolate-syrup.html