Cookbook Reviews: Sweet Invention, Cook Like A Rock Star- You Can Win! -ENDED

Whether it’s rocking out or keeping sweet, our reviews allow you to learn the history of dessert in the aptly-named Sweet Invention: A History of Dessert by Michael Krondl and delve into the culinary secrets of chef Anne Burrell in her book Cook like a Rock Star. Keep reading to learn how you can win these titles!

Anne Burrell’s book, with a forward by Mario Batalli, is dedicated to her mother. She credits her mom as ‘the original free spirit’ and anyone who has seen Anne cook (Secrets of a Restaurant Chef)  knows what a free spirit she herself is! Her book includes a list of her favorite tools and pantry staples along with tricks she’s learned along the way. Her handwritten notes give the book a personal touch, like notes in the margin of a grandma’s much-loved and well-used cookbook. Whether it’s a seasonal beet and herb salad or a zesty sea scallop, Anne takes it on with equal fervor in her 125  (‘rustic, yet elegant’) recipes, which are are vibrant and reflect the idea that chefs are ‘the new rock stars’! I personally can’t wait to try the risotto with rock shrimp.

Who is the book for? Foodies, gourmands and casual eater alike. There is something for everyone, from newbies to kitchen masters.

In his book Sweet Invention: A History of Dessert, Michael Krondl, author and award-winning cooking instructor, provides a world tour of dessert throughout the ages. Each chapter begins with a travelogue of shorts (one chapter entitled ‘Let Them Eat Cake’ is about- where else?- France). Along with well-researched history, Krondl also provides readers with a recipe that represents the region- in this case, a Gâteau Saint-Honore a l’orange, a delightful French pastry. Krondl also explores food traditions and assumptions, such as the American love of ice cream and the correlation between sex and chocolate.  We are provided with a look into Krondl’s travels along with a look into the history of our favorite dessert items.

Who is the book for? This dessert book is terrific for those who love sweets, travel and learning about food origins.

Three (3) winners will be chosen to win a copy of Anne’s book, and we will be holding a Twitter contest for a copy of Michael’s Sweet Invention.

In order to win Anne’s book, we ask you: What makes YOU a rock star in the kitchen? One entry per email. This giveaway will run until Friday, October 7th, at 9:00AM CDT.  The winners will be chosen at random and contacted via email.

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  • Sonia Ferrante

    I am rock star in my kitchen because of sirius radio and 6 hungry kids plus a husband! My kitchen never closes!! I need to rock out to get the energy to keep going and going!!!

  • April Kofler

    I guess it would be my cookies I am trying to think what my family likes the most. Some always ask for cookies, come pies, some cheesecake..But I think the cookies win.

  • Jennifer

    I am a rockstar in my kitchen because sometimes I dance around with a whisk and use it as a microphone!

  • Ann Freier

    This would be such a good opportunity to show my adult age children I’m still a rock ‘n’ roller at heart!

  • sylvia

    I AM A ROCKSTAR in my kitchen. My family members(which includes various friends)refer to themselves as my guinea pigs. Mostly because I try new things from my cookbooks alot. Don’t need any music because I have plenty of that in my head…… ROCK ON!!!!

  • Shannon Baas

    I like to try new things.

  • Valerie Mabrey

    I rock in the kitchen when I make pizza
    vmkids3 at msn dot com

  • Brooke R.

    I am a rock star in the kitchen when I turn on the tunes and have a great time!

  • Jenn S.

    I am a Rock Star in the kitchen when everyone loves me because they have just eaten a wonderful meal. There tummies are full and their palate happy.

  • shawna

    I’m a rockstar cuz I like to have fun with my kids in the kitchen.

  • Tarah

    I’m a rockstar in the kitchen because I’m willing to try new recipes, styles, tips, tricks and ingredients. Sometimes it’s a hit, sometimes it’s a miss. But it’s always a lesson!

  • Diane Baum

    I’m like a rock star in my kitchen-cause with the radio blaring to funky music , I’m dancing around my kitchen creating daring, new cuesine.

  • Deborah Rosen

    I’a a rock star in the kitchen because I cook everything from scratch, and I’m always trying new recipes, techniques and ingredients.

  • Molly K

    I am a rock star in the kitchen because I am always trying new recipes and trying to make up my own unique recipes.

  • Mary C

    I am a rock star because I have tons of cookbooks and I actually read them to find new things to cook.

  • angie

    I try different things all the time.

  • Colleen S

    I rock as an improve cook. Jut give me a list of ingredients and the jist of what its supposed to turn out to be and I’m off. Some of my best dishes have come from a bare pantry!

  • Sand

    I’m a rock star in the kitchen because I cook everything from scratch and can put together a meal with few ingredients in just minutes.

  • susan smoaks

    i am a rock star in the kitchen because i am able to whip up something good with very little time and resources

  • Melanie

    I’m a rockstar in the kitchen because I make my kids’ favorite meals, and they even love the new dishes we try!

  • Christine

    I am a rockstar in my kitchen because I am fearless, I’ll try any recipe

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