Cookbook Week – Day 1! Plus a giveaway

by Irvin on August 18, 2014 · 186 comments

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Cookbook Week Day 1

I swear every year that I am going to stop with the cookbooks. But honestly I can’t help it. In fact, on my desk right now is a stack of cookbooks that is threatening to topple over, right on top of my shiny new Macbook Air. Which normally I would be horrified at the prospect, but I love my cookbooks and my Macbook Air is under warranty right? Though I guess explaining to the genius bar guy that a mountain of books fell on the computer would be a little awkward. That said, instead of doing my usual MASSIVE cookbook roundup like I’ve done in the past, I’m going to do something a little different. I present to you Cookbook Week here on Eat the Love. For the next five days I’ll be featuring five cookbooks per post, for five days in a row. 25 books in all. Yeah, that’s a lot of cookbooks, but trust me when I said I tried to whittle them down to less and I couldn’t. BEST OF ALL, each post will include a giveaway for one of the cookbooks I feature in the post. So swing by and visit this here blog each day this week for a chance to win a cookbook. For today’s giveaway, stick around to the end of this post for a chance to win David Lebovitz’ My Paris Kitchen. [This giveaway is closed!].

David Lebovitz' My Paris Kitchen

Of course, I’m not one to play favorites with cookbooks, but David Lebovitz has always been a long time favorite cookbook author (and blogger) of mine, even before I started this blog. Funny, witty and intelligent, his recipes are rock solid and his personality shines through in each story. My Paris Kitchen doesn’t disappoint with warm anecdotes, beautiful photography and sage advice on how to navigate the craziness of living in Paris. I immediately made his caramel pork ribs recipe when I got the book (they were as fantastic as they sounded) and can’t wait to dive into some of his other classic French dishes like cassoulet, croque-monsieur and steak frites. Completely with stories and side trips interjected between recipes and chapters, as well as gorgeous photography of Paris and France, this is the sort of cookbook that belongs both in the kitchen as you cook your way through it, and in the bedroom, as you’re curled up under the covers reading it before you fall asleep dreaming of your French adventure.

Under the Shade of Olive Trees

Journeying beyond the French kitchen to Arabic cuisine, Nadia Zerouali and Merijn Tol’s Under the Shade of Olive Trees is a whimsical cookbook with a lighthearted design that belies the strength of its content. Focusing more on ingredients and the pantry items needed for Arabic cuisine, the recipes are grounded in accessibility and ease. Though the recipe occasionally need a specific ingredient that can only be found at specialty grocery store (harissa, rose water or sumac), most of the ingredients and recipes can be made with common household ingredients or ones that can be found at the well stocked grocery store. The recipes aren’t fussy nor are they groundbreaking but they are solid and approachable without be intimidating, the perfect introduction to this sort of cuisine.

Asian Pickles by Karen Solomon

I can’t talk enough about how much I adore my friend Karen Solomon. Sure she’s the queen of the DIY aesthetic, making her own kimchi and canning her own jam, but let’s face it, I live in San Francisco. EVERYONE I know does that sort of thing. But Karen does it with such aplomb and down-to-earth appeal that I can’t but help want to shake my head in agreement when I run into her at a local acclaimed restaurant and she says “the kimchi here is good…but you know…mine’s better.” Her latest book Asian Pickles is a testament to her working knowledge of preserving food, with chapters broken down into countries like Japan, Korea, China, India and Southeast Asia. Not only are there recipes for various version of pickles and preserved vegetables from all over Asia but Karen gives recipes for various sauces, pastes and other ingredients used in making these pickles, like gochuchang (Korean spicy fermented red chile paste), xo sauce and Huy Fong’s chili garlic sauce (which she affectionately calls “cock sauce”). And yes, there are a dizzying array of kimchi recipes (Napa, Stuffed Cucumber, Water, Rolled Mustard Greens and more) included in the book.

Dim Sum: a Flour Forward approach

When I talked to the publicity person about the book Dim Sum by Janice Wong and Ma Jian Jun she told me she wish her fingers were nimble enough to make the folds in the dim sum. She was only sort of joking, as most of the recipes look totally doable, though a number of them might need more flexible fingers (or some good old fashioned practice). What sets this book apart from other dim sum books out there though is how the dim sum is categorized and broken down by the skin and flour used to wrap each dumpling or bun. The subtitle to the book is “a flour-forward approach to traditional favorites and contemporary creations” and it couldn’t be more accurate. Too many books out there have you using prepackaged dumpling wrappers or rice sheets to make dim sum. This book tells you exactly how to make the dumpling skin from scratch, what ingredients are necessary and precisely how it should be made. The book is NOT for the lazy or for those looking for a shortcut however. Some of the ingredients may be difficult to source if you don’t have access to an Asian grocery store. But if you are looking for a book that delves deeper into contemporary dim sum, and how to make professional level dumplings this is the book for you. One more thing, all the ingredients listed are in grams and milliliters so be sure you have an accurate scale, as volume measurements are not included at all.

Charcuteria: The Soul of Spain

The charcuteria of Spain tends to be overlooked compared to Italian and French but Charcuteria, the Soul of Spain is here to rectify that. An extensively researched book that not only explores and explains Spanish butchery and meat-curing, but also gives recipes for dishes as well as instructions on preparation techniques. With lavish photographs, adorable illustrations and a culinary history of curing meat and butchery in Spain, Charcuteria is one of those books chocked full of stories AND information. A large book, one that could easily be viewed as a coffee table kind, it had me plotting on how I can start hanging legs of pork and building a curing chamber in my tiny one bedroom apartment. Somehow I don’t think my partner would approve however. So I’ll just read about making Jamon Ibérico and just dream of a day when I’ll have my own curing room. Right next to my walk-in closet filled with my bakeware and kitchen equipment and the library room with organized by subject cookbooks.

Ten Speed Press has generously offered to give away a copy of David Lebovitz’ My Paris Kitchen to one lucky reader. To enter the giveaway, just leave a comment below and tell me what city or country you’d love to visit and eat your way through! Personally I’ve never been to Paris (I’m still awaiting that personal invite David, hint hint) so that’s top of my list. [This giveaway is closed! Thanks for participating!]

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Special thanks to Agate Surrey, Gatehouse Publishing, Stewart Tabori & Chang and Ten Speed Press for review copies of the books in this post. Though they provided the books complimentary, I was not monetarily compensated for this post and all opinions above are my own.

This blog currently has a partnership with Amazon.com in their affiliate program, which gives me a small percentage of sales if you buy a product through the links above (with no added cost to you). If you are uncomfortable with this, feel free to go directly to Amazon.com and search for the book yourself and purchase it that way.

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Katherine August 18, 2014 at 5:37 am

I would love to visit Israel and eat my way through that country, especially after reading about David Lebovitz’s trip there. Everything was so beautiful and delicious looking!

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Nic August 18, 2014 at 6:07 am

I would love to eat my way through India. I don’t think I could pick a single city.

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Tiffany August 18, 2014 at 6:13 am

I’ve always wanted to go on a lighthouse road trip, so spending my time driving down the Eastern seaboard eating ALL THE SEAFOOD while visiting lighthouses would be amazing!

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Katharine August 18, 2014 at 7:02 am

I’d start in Rome, then pick up a flight to Athens… mmm!

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Lacey August 18, 2014 at 7:16 am

I’d love to visit & eat my way through spain!

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Scott_D August 18, 2014 at 7:27 am

Paris! Can’t wait to go back and eat.

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Tommy August 18, 2014 at 7:30 am

I’d love to go to Paris too. So much delicious food to try!

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Mary Mihaha August 18, 2014 at 7:44 am

I would love to start in Rome and then eat my way through Italy. Pasta, pizza, gelato…yum!

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The Suzzzz August 18, 2014 at 7:50 am

Hong Kong (but seriously how can anyone really only pick one city?!?)

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Thomas August 18, 2014 at 8:08 am

Having read a number of David’s posts about Israel, Lebanon, etc. I’d love to visit a middle-eastern area and discover all those flavors. I do worry about my wife’s food allergies though.

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Stephanie August 18, 2014 at 8:59 am

I’d love to go to Paris someday and eat ALL THE THINGS!

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Erika August 18, 2014 at 10:11 am

I followed a bunch of David’s suggestions for what to see in Paris, and had a fabulous trip! Would love to read more.
Now I’m planning a trip to St Louis–need your recommendations!

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Jym August 18, 2014 at 11:03 am

I’d love to visit and eat my way through Malta

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Gina Brown August 18, 2014 at 11:05 am

OMG! I don’t know where to start! I’d love to go across this country and discover all the different regional cooking. Then, Italy, France, Greece…and then all the Asian countries….

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Judy August 18, 2014 at 11:21 am

New York City where you can get the best food in the world from a deli to a four-star restaurant.

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Camilla @ Culinary Adventures August 18, 2014 at 11:41 am

If I hadn’t lived – and eaten – in Rome for 13 months, that would be the top of my list. At this point, I would say Spain. What a great giveaway!

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Sarah August 18, 2014 at 12:22 pm

I have to say Italy. Or Mexico. Mmmm.

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Di Larson August 18, 2014 at 12:48 pm

Oh my goodness! I would love a copy of My Paris Kitchen. I so enjoy cookbooks with great photos, great story telling and, of course, great recipes! Thank you!

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Manette Gutterman August 18, 2014 at 12:52 pm

I’d love to go to Paris! Anywhere that honors wine, bread, cheese, and pastry is my kind of hang.

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Nancy August 18, 2014 at 12:52 pm

Looks like a beautiful book!

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Kerrey De Paoli August 18, 2014 at 12:57 pm

I’d love to try to eat my way through Paris too. Did my best to eat my way through Barcelona and Italy and would love to try to complete that mission as well!

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Aaron Rishell August 18, 2014 at 12:58 pm

I started to think maybe it should be somewhere in Italy. Then I thought about it and San Francisco is where I would love to work my way through.

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Andy August 18, 2014 at 12:59 pm

Paris….. Would love to eat My way through French cuisine!

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Paula August 18, 2014 at 1:04 pm

I love David Lebovitz! I have his icecream cookbook and use it often!

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Karen F August 18, 2014 at 1:10 pm

I’ve been lucky enough to travel all over Europe and have eaten some amazing food.. So I now would love to eat my way through Asia..

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Jessie Metz August 18, 2014 at 1:10 pm

I would loooove to visit and eat my way through New Orleans. Jambalaya, po’boys, cornbread, collards, tons of crawfish, Southern desserts… Mmmmmmm.

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Anne August 18, 2014 at 1:11 pm

I’d love to visit Italy and eat my way through there!

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Cindy Lehrer August 18, 2014 at 1:14 pm

I would love to eat my way through Armenia!

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Marjorie Briggs August 18, 2014 at 1:18 pm

I’ve been to Italy, but only for a short visit. The food there is so varied from region to region, that it would be such a treat to eat my way all the way through Italy.

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Jane Hallman August 18, 2014 at 1:22 pm

Ahh – France – would love to eat my way through France and end up in Paris.

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Devon Hernandez August 18, 2014 at 1:24 pm

It’s so hard to pick just one place but after reading the current Saveur magazine, I’ll say India. I love how they divided the issue into regional cuisine style, and that left me wanting to eat my way around the country! Thank you so much for the generous giveaway. Your blog is great, really enjoying reading your posts and can’t wait to read the upcoming book profiles. :)

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Maureen C. Berry August 18, 2014 at 1:28 pm

Paris! of course. Right after I win David’s book so I can meet him for coffee and toast!

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Allison August 18, 2014 at 1:31 pm

So many places I’d love to eat my way through. I’d start with NYC, for now. When I have more vacation/leisure time, I would love to explore Spain. And I know my husband is chomping at the bit to get to Belgium, for the beer.

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Wendy Read August 18, 2014 at 1:33 pm

Greece, Greece and more Greece :)

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Lara August 18, 2014 at 1:33 pm

Spain, Italy and France… I can’t decide!!!

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Laura Tabacca August 18, 2014 at 1:48 pm

India–except I am desperately afraid I would get sick. Also, despite having been to Mexico, I cannot say I have properly eaten my way through it so that is up there too. Also Vietnam makes the list. And Cambodia. Mmmmm yummy culinary vacation daydreams….

Great list! One of my favorite things about Charcuteria was some of the unexpected nonmeat recipes!

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Dana August 18, 2014 at 1:50 pm

I would love to cook through this book!

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jacqui August 18, 2014 at 1:54 pm

I’d love to eat my way through Okinawa, Japan!

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Lei August 18, 2014 at 1:59 pm

New Zealand: many vineyards with a lot of ethnic cuisines represented.

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Keri Hardwick August 18, 2014 at 2:45 pm

Really hard to choose! I’ll throw one out that hasn’t been mentioned yet (though I agree with all the previous suggestions too!) – Chicago.

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Eileen August 18, 2014 at 2:51 pm

What a great giveaway! I would choose India, hands down, as the country I most want to eat my way through. And lucky for me, India is huge enough that it would take months and months of delicious dinners to do so. :) Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

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Sue August 18, 2014 at 3:02 pm

I would definitely eat my way through Paris!

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Sarah August 18, 2014 at 3:03 pm

Hmmm…I’d have to say Israel. I’ve lived in Spain twice, French Canada twice, and Japan for six months, took cooking classes abroad (including Paris and Japan) and have more than 300 cookbooks, but Israel’s cuisine has always captured my imagination with its wide blend of immigrant cuisines from the Diaspora. Would love to take some hands-on cooking classes there and visit the local markets!

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lori reilly August 18, 2014 at 3:12 pm

Italy…is on my bucket list. I want to eat and drink my way thru the Italian countryside.

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Christine August 18, 2014 at 3:24 pm

I am looking forward to eating my way through Madrid in November! Tapas and Rioja are hard to beat.

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Lynda Herman August 18, 2014 at 3:29 pm

Hard to choose, but I think Florence. I’ve been eyeing this book in the bookstore, and would love to win it!

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Dominique Sweeney August 18, 2014 at 3:32 pm

Would love to visit Paris and try all the yummy food. :)

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Linda Mire August 18, 2014 at 3:34 pm

I would love to eat my way through San Francisco. Dim Sum to Prime Rib, Chinatown to Fisherman’s Wharf, Gary Danko to Tyler Florence… the list can go on and on.

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Lawrence Collett August 18, 2014 at 3:43 pm

i would love to eat my way through PARIS, to vist such places as Le Cinq and see my friend Ched Eric Briffard , continue then to L Astrance and have a beautiful Poulet in wine with Master Chef Pascal Bourbot, if luck is on my side continue then to the NEW RITZ if open ? oh the delights of FRENCH CUISINE , in one city how many master chefs , a gourmets delight oh , not just eat my way through but with all those fantastic great french wines DRINK my way through also . Happy Cooking

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Rian N. August 18, 2014 at 3:52 pm

Japan. I’d love to cruise through Europe, but I’ve always adored all the simplicity and tradition that surrounds Japanese food.

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Tracy August 18, 2014 at 4:03 pm

I’d happily join you in Paris!!

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Joani August 18, 2014 at 4:05 pm

Italy and Greece are the next places I’d like to visit – love both cuisines!

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kathy August 18, 2014 at 5:13 pm

The Azores! Sao Miguel specifically. YUM!!!!

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Linda K. August 18, 2014 at 5:13 pm

I’d love to hang out with a native and eat my way through Vietnam.

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Joan August 18, 2014 at 5:31 pm

Paris would be right up there for me too as I’ve never had the pleasure but I love korean food too so that would also be a choice. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of the book.

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carolien bell August 18, 2014 at 5:36 pm

One cookbook I still need is one that focuses on French food!

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Tess August 18, 2014 at 5:48 pm

What a wonderful job you have! Do you have a favorite on making sausages? That is something I’d like to try. I mainly bake, but love to try new things.

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Jen August 18, 2014 at 6:24 pm

i’d love to visit Italy!

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Laura @MotherWouldKnow August 18, 2014 at 6:27 pm

Wonderful reviews. I would love to eat my way through China – having recently learned to stir-fry with Grace Young, I am amazed at how versatile that cooking technique is and I’d love to learn – and eat – more Chinese cuisine.

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Jessica August 18, 2014 at 6:34 pm

It would definitely be Paris, but there are so many others I’d also love. Madrid? Athens? Rome?

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Brenda August 18, 2014 at 6:37 pm

Italy from the top all the way to the toe of the boot!

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Lisa * August 18, 2014 at 6:43 pm

Picking just one city I would say Paris…but then would want to eat through the regions all the way to Nice!

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Melissa August 18, 2014 at 6:56 pm

Italy! I’m pretty sure it would take me years to do so adequately, but I’m up for the challenge! Yum……

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Allison Day August 18, 2014 at 8:00 pm

There are oh so many places… but currently the top two places Son and I want to visit (that we haven’t been to yet) are South Korea and Singapore. They both sound like such fantastic food cities! :D

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Jessica Lothrop August 18, 2014 at 9:03 pm

I like cookbooks and I cannot lie!

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Katie Rutledge August 18, 2014 at 9:23 pm

Italy!

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Nowal August 18, 2014 at 10:15 pm

Nice cookbook collection!

There are so many countries with delicious cuisine, this is a hard one :-) O.K, Turkey is where I’d start though.

Thanks!

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Susanne Hindle Kher August 18, 2014 at 10:42 pm

Can’t believe you haven’t been to Paris! I’m choosing Lebanon, a country I have yet to visit, for my choice of a country to eat my way through.

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jenny hartinht August 18, 2014 at 10:42 pm

Italy

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Sue McClure August 18, 2014 at 11:16 pm

Need, love bread. Would love to go anywhere in Germany to eat bread!

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Sarah Antico August 19, 2014 at 2:56 am

PARIS all the way, you know that’s really why they call it the city of love. So foodies like us can wander the cobbled stone streets, stumbling across Parisian delights and delicacies and falling in love with French food over and over and over again. Now that is a love story!

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Lyn M. August 19, 2014 at 3:53 am

Love your reviews! Love the cookbooks!

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Marisa Franca @ All Our Way August 19, 2014 at 4:12 am

Please tell me that the books are stained from use! I have had David Lebovitz books on my Amazon wish list for a long time. I am a student trying to learn from you and David what it takes to make a great blog and raconteur. I read cookbooks like novels. I savor and study and the books become friends. I can imagine how difficult it is to part with them and I am pea green with envy over your Macbook Air.

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Renee Gershman August 19, 2014 at 4:22 am

I have been a lot of places, but I would like to EAT PRAY LOVE, and do a tour of the three countries of Italy, India, and Thailand. These are the three places I have never been :)

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Beth Wang August 19, 2014 at 4:27 am

It’s hard to choose just one, but I think the top of my list would be Hong Kong

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Lorraine Healy-Smith August 19, 2014 at 4:29 am

Italy! Although I’m of Irish-French descent, I must have been Italian in a past life. I want to eat & drink my way through Italy…THEN France

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Jeanne The Baker August 19, 2014 at 4:39 am

I LOVE David Lebovitz and I so, so, so want this book!
To answer the question…there are two vying for first…one is San Sebastian Spain and sharing one is the entire Emilia Romagna region of Italy and coming in a close second it Tokyo.

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Janice August 19, 2014 at 4:45 am

I would like to eat my way and gather inspiration along the US. eastern coast from Maine to Florida and then head to the west coast top to bottom. I love road trips ! Your posts and recipes are so much fun. Thank you

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Susan August 19, 2014 at 4:52 am

Take me to Italy! I could eat and drink my way through every city!

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Arlene Silikovitz August 19, 2014 at 5:23 am

I would love to eat my way through Paris! I have wanted to go there for a long time but I haven’t gotten there yet.

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LZRandall August 19, 2014 at 5:25 am

I’ve been to Paris and Jerusalem, but the only way I’ll get back to either any time soon is to re-create their local color in my kitchen.

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Jean August 19, 2014 at 5:46 am

My Paris Life is on my wish list & I wish I would win it !!! And I could so eat my way through Paris.

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Eri August 19, 2014 at 5:48 am

Paris is definitely my number one choice!!! I have been wanting to go for way too long.

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Debbie D August 19, 2014 at 5:51 am

How about the US first? Would start with San Fran and then the Napa area. Then I would go to Italy and then Sicily. YUM!

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YN August 19, 2014 at 6:43 am

I would love to go to Japan and try authenticate Japanese food in the country-side. In addition, I would like to go to Jiro’s Sushi Restaurant.

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kimberly w. August 19, 2014 at 7:46 am

Japan would be at the top of my list. Fresh fish along with Michelin star rated restaurants – I would love it.

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Amy Bui August 19, 2014 at 8:15 am

I always wanted to eat my way through Paris. I was there as a poor student so I could only afford the pastries from the grocery stores and would spend hours just looking at the pastries at the little shops from outside the store window. I would love to go back with a bit of cash and eat EVERYTHING with extra butter!

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Rebecca August 19, 2014 at 8:25 am

We’re planning a honeymoon in Switzerland – watch out chocolate and cheese…here I come!

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Kelly Payton August 19, 2014 at 8:45 am

I would love to visit, live ,travel or belong in Paris. My dream is everlasting but David Lebovitz’s My Paris Kitchen would do very nicely as a starter book. I also want to go everywhere else Hawaii, Italy etc.. Awesome giveaway!

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Helen August 19, 2014 at 9:01 am

Italy, Greece, France – in that order.

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Holly August 19, 2014 at 9:22 am

A personal tour of Paris from David Lebovitz would be a dream come true, but since I could never afford the places he would recommend, creating those kinds of dishes in my own home is the next best option. I’ve been wanting this cook book for a long time, and it would be so exciting to win a copy. Thank you for the opportunity.

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Ja August 19, 2014 at 9:48 am

I’m a bread & dessert gal, so I would love
to do a pastry sampling tour in Paris. In the
meanwhile I would love to win a copy of David’s
cookbook and bake something yummy, dreaming
of living in Paris.

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Alison McCulloch August 19, 2014 at 9:50 am

After reading Julia Child’s books I am enamored with France and the food. I would love to add this book to my collection. Thank you. :-)

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Sam P August 19, 2014 at 10:53 am

I’d love to visit Mexico to sample all the sweets, including all the paletas I could get my hands on!

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Michael Flanagin August 19, 2014 at 11:05 am

I’d love to visit France and eat my way through Paris!

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Mary August 19, 2014 at 11:26 am

I’d love to visit Provence in France, any city. The wine and food sound like what I’d love to eat and drink. I’ve read books about that area and drooled!

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julianne August 19, 2014 at 12:20 pm

i’d love to eat my way through Greece! my mouth is watering just thinking about it!

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Mac C August 19, 2014 at 12:27 pm

Makes me want to pack my bags
With spoons and forks
of course.

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edward ang August 19, 2014 at 12:50 pm

David’s the best! Witty, self deprecating, and full of wonderful stories and trivia. I’m in!

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Chelsea August 19, 2014 at 12:59 pm

I would love to visit Thailand and experience authentic Thai food alongside all the beautiful scenery and culture :)

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Jill August 19, 2014 at 2:00 pm

As much as I love European cooking, I’d like to eat my way across Taiwan.

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Chelsea August 19, 2014 at 3:37 pm

Oh man, Jerusalem is currently at the top of my list (thanks to Ottolenghi), but Paris is a close, close second…

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Nina August 19, 2014 at 4:44 pm

I own over 3,000 cookbooks and I adore each and every one of them. Heaven is a rainy day, sitting by the fireplace, sipping wine, coffee, or tea and a stack of cookbooks to inspire my next meal. Thank you for the recommendations.

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Kim Porter August 19, 2014 at 8:28 pm

I have two countries I’d love to eat my way through…France and Spain. What a dream vacation that would be!

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Katrina August 19, 2014 at 9:05 pm

I would love to go eat my way through Italy someday.

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rachel August 20, 2014 at 7:22 am

tough choice! at the moment i’d say Japan.

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Amy August 20, 2014 at 8:23 am

I would happily eat my way through Mexico.

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claudia harris August 20, 2014 at 11:40 am

LOVED eating my way through Paris, even though in my student days it was mostly street food–the most amazing falafel in the Jewish quarter! Maybe Casablanca, no Singapore, no Phnom Penh–I can’t decide!!!

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Hannah M. August 20, 2014 at 5:58 pm

I only get to choose one? Greece, I think, is pretty high on the list, but there are so many places…

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Kimberly C. August 20, 2014 at 7:51 pm

I would absolutely Love to eat my way through Paris!!

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Donna Currie August 21, 2014 at 12:09 am

I’d love to travel and eat my way through all the regions of Italy.

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Joanne August 21, 2014 at 5:56 am

Provence! Between the landscape and the fresh food I would be in heaven.

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Rose August 21, 2014 at 10:38 am

I am an adventuresome eater and I would love to travel to Vietnam and try all the good foods they have to offer. I am a huge Pho fan, so a big homemade pot of Pho would do my soul wonders.

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barbara n August 22, 2014 at 5:25 am

I would love to visit and eat my way through Germany….yum beer and brats!

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Dana August 22, 2014 at 11:00 am

I am in love with David Leibovitz’s cooking and would cherish that book!

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Peri August 22, 2014 at 11:02 am

The current issue of Saveur has me salivating for India. Having been in Spain and Japan and viewed countless cookbooks, I would would welcome the opportunity to go back and eat my way through those two countries. Also, my hometown of Lagos, Nigeria goes unnoticed for its culinary dishes that I love so much and I would happily go back to eat my way through there!

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Karen Wilger August 22, 2014 at 11:06 am

I loooove David Lebovitz’s writing! I can’t believe I don’t own this one yet.
My dream vacation is to go on one of David’s chocolate and cheese tours in Paris and Switzeland. I hope I can someday cross this offh bucket list.

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Angelina August 22, 2014 at 11:07 am

I don’t think I could pick just one city but I would absolutely love to eat my way across Spain. My father’s family is from there originally and I’d love to tour the coastal regions, basque country, so many cultures and cuisines!

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Grant August 22, 2014 at 11:15 am

Kyoto is at the top of a very long list. I wouldn’t turn down Paris but I was fortunate enough to live in Germany for seven years so I’ve been to Paris and a fair amount of the rest of Europe. I’ve never been able to set foot in Japan, the closest was sitting in the plane on the runway in Tokyo to and from Hong Kong.

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Marie Nicoletti August 22, 2014 at 11:18 am

Hi! I am from Paris so I would LOVE to eat my way through the United States!

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Tina August 22, 2014 at 11:19 am

I couldn’t possible pick a single country, but my Irish roots always lead me back to her beautiful emerald hills…a pint of Guinnnesss, a piping hot Shepherd’s Pie…Heaven!

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Denise Aliment August 22, 2014 at 11:22 am

FRANCE!

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Brenda Whiting August 22, 2014 at 11:27 am

I agree. It would have to be Paris!

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Bev August 22, 2014 at 11:37 am

Paris!!!!! :-)

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Lori Flesher August 22, 2014 at 11:39 am

Paris of course! And use David’s Paris Pastry app to explore all the best pastry shops!

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Cynthia August 22, 2014 at 11:39 am

I love Lebovitz’s book & borrowed it recently from our public library – the photography! I’m a photographer and fell in love with all the shots. I intend to visit Rome on my first ever solo international trip in a couple of years and cannot wait to sample ALL the pasta and gelato! I’m looking forward to seeing the next 20 books!
~fellow Cookbook collector

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Jorge Zaldivar August 22, 2014 at 11:54 am

I wouldn’t have to go far from Miami to visit Cuba, but boy would it be different. I would enjoy visiting all the provinces and tracking down the perfect Mojito and cafecito after every meal.

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dawn mcbeth August 22, 2014 at 12:14 pm

Montreal is where I would love my culinary journey to start!

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Victoria Miller August 22, 2014 at 12:14 pm

Pick any country – I’d love to visit any country and “eat my way through”….but top of my list are France, China, and Morocco!

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Linda August 22, 2014 at 12:25 pm

Paris is my favorite place to eat, but Italy runs a close second!

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Monica Cribbs August 22, 2014 at 12:54 pm

Everywhere in Italy!

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Ashley August 22, 2014 at 1:15 pm

Barcelona!

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Mary Loring August 22, 2014 at 1:32 pm

Provence or Sicily!!!

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Caroline August 22, 2014 at 1:40 pm

I’m a huge fan of David’s as well. I own several of his books and keep them on a shelf with my favorites! I love so many cuisines, it’s hard to choose one country, but if push came to shove, I’d have to say, Italy. I’d probably gain twenty pounds doing it…but it would be so worth it!

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Tere August 22, 2014 at 1:51 pm

Japan and the french influence on young Japanese chefs.

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Lori Lynn Burgess August 22, 2014 at 2:15 pm

My dear husband went to heaven but before he left we visited San Francisco…I would LOVE to return as it was our best vacation….we enjoyed every single second. In my heart always Steve.

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Beverly Bowers August 22, 2014 at 2:26 pm

Mmmm….favorite genre. ..cookbooks. ..especially with memoirs…so much more delicious!!

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Carolyn Decasse August 22, 2014 at 2:56 pm

I already have My Paris Kitchen! Thanks David Lebovitz. Love it! I am sure I could find a wonderful home for another. Paris is my next European vacation . I cannot wait to visit. Eating my way though and savoring the flavors of the city of lights.

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Laura August 22, 2014 at 2:56 pm

I recently moved to central Illinois, so Chicago is on my mind. I can’t wait to eat my way through the city.

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Beth August 22, 2014 at 3:07 pm

I’m a huge fan of Korean and Vietnamese food, so it’s a toss-up between the two. Would LOVE to visit each one day!

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beth.goldsworthy August 22, 2014 at 3:18 pm

Love to eat my through Spain,have made a bite into it and its amazing.

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Rebecca August 22, 2014 at 3:18 pm

I’d like to return to Ireland to sample “new” Irish cuisine.

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Tanya August 22, 2014 at 3:28 pm

Looking forward to heading to France and eating my way through new-to-me areas of the Loire Valley while exploring all those magnificent chateaux! Thank you for the opportunity to win; I’m looking forward to reading future blogs!

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Diane Egelston August 22, 2014 at 3:51 pm

I would like to eat my way through Morocco, and then on to the rest of the world.

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diana lim August 22, 2014 at 4:00 pm

I’d love to cruise and eat my way from the Greek islands through Istanbul!

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Jane August 22, 2014 at 4:54 pm

I would love to eat my way through Vietnam! My favorite Vietnamese food is really from central Vietnam, but I think Saigon would be a good bet if I had to pick a city.

<3 DL!

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Francine August 22, 2014 at 5:48 pm

After eating my way through Italy a swing by Paris sounds like a deal.

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Princellar Bland August 22, 2014 at 6:05 pm

Outside of Paris, the city I would love to spend my day sampling the local food would have to be New York, the place has everything….I could stay a month there and not eat everything on my bucket list.

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Kelly Gramlow August 22, 2014 at 6:22 pm

Thailand and then through the middle east and ending in spain…is that too may? Lol :) my paris kitchen has been on my wish list forever!

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Michelle Wong August 22, 2014 at 6:56 pm

I’d love to eat my way through France. Already started but haven’t visited much of the west side of the country – must return!

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Michelle August 22, 2014 at 7:24 pm

I would love to visit Osaka and eat my way through there! I always see gorgeous photos of okonomiyaki and takoyaki from Osaka and it always looks so amazing, especially the ones sold from food stalls during festivals!

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Aruna Sambandam August 22, 2014 at 7:29 pm

I would love to visit France, and enjoy the cuisine region by region.

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Babs August 22, 2014 at 8:44 pm

The regions of France are very appealing with their own regional specialties and beautiful markets. But, I’m also drawn to cities with a diversity of great ethnic food choices like Vancouver and San Francisco. Oh, never mind – I can’t choose!

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Benjamin Jordan August 22, 2014 at 10:22 pm

North America, I would love the opportunity to eat my way across this diverse country of mine. All the way from an oyster farm in Maine to a fish taco joint in southern Sandiego County.

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Hannah August 22, 2014 at 10:24 pm

I’d love to eat my way through paris or one of the towns on the south of France :)

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MelissaW August 22, 2014 at 10:54 pm

I’d like to go to Oslo and see if I could have survived if my ancestors never left! Maaemo is about $650 per person for dinner, so I need to save my money…

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Vesna August 22, 2014 at 10:58 pm

There’s no place like home and my Serbian mama’s kitchen is always a good idea.I warmly recommend Serbian food, it’s amazing! That doesn’t mean I don’t like to travel and always explore local foods.

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Linda August 23, 2014 at 12:06 am

I’d love to eat my way through Italy. I’ve been a few times and always come back wanted to learn how to cook more Italian dishes. However, I’d love David’s book if only to read about his take on Paris and French food. Thanks.

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mandy August 23, 2014 at 2:31 am

I want to eat my way through Bhutan! My grandmother went there in the 1950s and I’ve always wanted to follow in her footsteps.

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Elizabeth August 23, 2014 at 4:17 am

We just moved to Lyon and have started eating our way through this amazing city. I would love Lebowitz’s cookbook! I’m ready to start cooking some of my own French dishes.

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Christine August 23, 2014 at 6:38 am

I’d love to visit and eat through Thailand! Chiang Mai would be my first stop!

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Barbara August 23, 2014 at 8:17 am

Italy!

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Aly August 23, 2014 at 8:56 am

I would love to go back to Paris, and eat my way through that wonderful city…yum!

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stuart itter August 23, 2014 at 9:47 am

For my soul, Italy continues to be a magical place: so many insights into brilliant, simple meals. For my brain, I favor Turkey , which I have not visited: so many ways to eat imaginative meals and dishes,

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stuart itter August 23, 2014 at 9:48 am

For my soul, Italy continues to be a magical place: so many insights into brilliant, simple meals. For my brain, I favor Turkey , which I have not visited: so many ways to eat imaginative meals and dishes,

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foodwanderings August 23, 2014 at 10:14 am

I usually don’t leave comments on giveaways, but you won’t believe how many times did I picked up DL My Paris Kitchen in the bookstores, only to say I will buy it later. I want! It’s faith! hahah :) In any event Santorini is on my bucket list!

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Kathrynn August 23, 2014 at 10:24 am

I’d love to visit Paris again and eat my way around that lovely city.

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jessicaisbaking August 23, 2014 at 11:17 am

I would love to eat my way through paris but this book is a close second!

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Julie Marie Eilenberg August 23, 2014 at 3:01 pm

I was just in Rome, and I am not sure what I will eat when I get home that could even come close to that.

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Kartik @ Bakeology 101 August 23, 2014 at 5:12 pm

Paris without question. And I’m going there next March, so yeah, that will happen.

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Nanci Courtney August 23, 2014 at 5:49 pm

Viet Nam – I have been to Hong Kong and I love Japan – but I think I need to check out Viet Nam. I have a feeling the street food scene is truly great!

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bren August 23, 2014 at 7:25 pm

Definitely Paris. All that pastry, so little time!

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Vickie August 23, 2014 at 8:11 pm

How can I pick just one city to eat through???? OK–it may sound too ordinary but I’m really dying for a chance to go to LA to eat. Especially because of all I hear about the food truck scene. Also because I follow The Amateur Gourmet and his stories about eating around LA make my saliva run.

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Erin August 23, 2014 at 8:57 pm

I would love to eat my way around Spain during the winter holidays.

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Dana August 23, 2014 at 10:05 pm

I’m obsessed with eating me way through New Orleans someday soon!

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Joan Anderson August 23, 2014 at 11:32 pm

I would love to travel through Burgundy and learn more about the cuisine and wine.

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Jeanette August 24, 2014 at 12:40 am

I would love to eat my way through Italy!!!

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Jeffrey August 24, 2014 at 5:51 am

Definitely Italy! Through Genealogy research I was able to connect with my 4th Cousin who resides there.

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Nasreen August 24, 2014 at 6:28 am

I would love to eat my way through Italy.

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Christine August 24, 2014 at 7:21 am

I’d love to visit and eat through Peru! Beautiful place and great food!

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Katie Oppenheim August 24, 2014 at 8:09 am

I recently (FINALLY) got a taste of northern Italy, which had been at the top of my list – so now, I would have to say anywhere and everywhere in Spain!

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Koko @ Koko Likes August 24, 2014 at 8:20 am

Italy!

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Janet Miller August 24, 2014 at 10:17 am

Greece, Turkey, Italy, Spain….basically the entire Mediterranean :o)

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Jennifer August 24, 2014 at 11:25 am

I would love to eat my way through Italy. Never been and want to go soon!

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Jason Wheles August 24, 2014 at 7:01 pm

I would love to visit and eat my way through Morocco.

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Paula August 24, 2014 at 11:50 pm

My pick would be to eat my way through either Italy or Mexico! Such great food in both countries. :)

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