the cookbook shelf: savory sweet life by alice currah (a giveaway!)

I’m happy to announce a new recurring series, The Cookbook Shelf. In this column, I will review a cookbook that has landed on my desk, found its way into my kitchen, and taken up prime residence on my cookbook shelf.

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The Book

Today’s cookbook is Savory Sweet Life: 100 Simply Delicious Recipes for Every Family Occasion.

The Brainchild

Alice Currah is a pretty amazing woman. She began the wonderful food blog, Savory Sweet Life, in February 2009. On SSL, she shares family recipes along with stories and photographs that tell of her everyday life. I feel fortunate to have met Alice in Seattle at the first food blog conference I ever attended. She was – and is –  just as sweet as I imagined she would be. You can connect with Alice on Twitter or Facebook.

This Book is Best For…

Alice’s cookbook is great for all home cooks. Through the headnotes of each recipe, it’s as if Alice is talking to you. The recipes use common, easy-to-find ingredients, and the recipes are organized around typical events in a family’s life – Sunday Mornings, Father’s Day, Game Day, and so on.

Attention-Getting Recipes

Dad’s Carrot Cake immediately caught my attention, and it was the first thing I baked when I returned from our California trip last week. I’ve also got my eye on the Smoky Corn Chowder and her Watermelon Feta Salad, especially since it is prime sweet corn and watermelon season here in northern Florida. And since Alice lives in Seattle, maybe the best location for fresh salmon, I believe her Sesame Ginger King Salmon Fillets will win over my entire family.

The Bottom Line

The Savory Sweet Life cookbook is a beautiful and practical addition to the cookbook shelf. Written with a family in mind, Alice shares her favorite kid-friendly, family-friendly, and company-worthy dishes for all occasions. My copy is already dog-eared.

Stock Your Bookshelf

You can buy Savory Sweet Life through Amazon by clicking through that link. You can also find through local, independent booksellers near you.

Or, you can win a copy here, courtesy of the publisher, William Morrow.

Here’s how…Alice has a section on Potlucks in her cookbook. To enter the giveaway for a copy of her book, leave a comment answering this question:  What is your favorite dish to bring — or to eat — at potlucks? 

Fine Print:

I’ll choose the winner at random on July 19, 2012. Comments are open until July 18 at 6pm EST (i.e, New York time). And please, only one comment per person!

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Full Disclosure: I received a free review copy of said cookbook from the publisher, with no obligation on my part. The opinions expressed here are my own.

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And, the time is up! The winner of the book giveaway is…

Congratulations, Barbara! You’ll love Alice’s book, I’m sure of it.

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36 Responses to “the cookbook shelf: savory sweet life by alice currah (a giveaway!)”

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    Sofya — July 10, 2012 @ 5:43 pm

    I love to bring Ree Drummond’s baked fudge or choc sheet cake – people go bonkers. Thanks for the giveaway! Very exciting!!

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    Jenny — July 10, 2012 @ 7:40 pm

    I bring my macaroni and cheese — or brownies! I have Alice’s cookbook – and if I win this one – I’ll share with a friend! Thanks MJ.

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    Maureen — July 10, 2012 @ 10:47 pm

    Greek pasta salad is a favorite to bring to any pot luck.

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    amy marantino — July 10, 2012 @ 11:18 pm

    i like to bring my Mom’s chicken, broccoli, and noode casserole

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    Kate W. — July 11, 2012 @ 12:41 am

    I usually make baked beans or potato salad

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    Lisa D. — July 11, 2012 @ 12:54 am

    It isn’t a potluck unless my friend brings her delicious corn spoon bread. I love to bring fruit salad with a hint of fresh mint. Thanks!

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    Sara P. — July 11, 2012 @ 1:27 am

    I have had very good luck with this:

    It has become my potluck staple!!!

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    Mb — July 11, 2012 @ 1:43 am

    bean salad!

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    Jefferson Svengsouk — July 11, 2012 @ 2:17 am

    Our favorite dish to bring to a potluck is flan.

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    Barbara P. — July 11, 2012 @ 5:14 am

    Greek salad is my favorite to bring to any pot luck.

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    Janis — July 11, 2012 @ 10:14 am

    I always am asked to bring “Cornbread Salad” It is just like this one here:

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    Jan — July 11, 2012 @ 11:05 am

    My requests are for potato salad in the summer and chicken pot pie in the winter.

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    Angies Southern Kitchen — July 11, 2012 @ 11:46 am

    When ever I go to a pot luck I love to bring my 3 layer brownies. They are great to make ahead and everyone loves them. A brownie layer with nuts yum ~ Then a cream cheese layer yum and then top it off with chocolate icing yummy!! I make them a day or so head cut into pretty shapes and serve on a nice cake stand and they disappear.

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    Lauren — July 11, 2012 @ 12:14 pm

    I like to bring desserts! Cakes or cupcakes are always a fave! Love your site!

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    Winnie — July 11, 2012 @ 12:21 pm

    Depends on the time of year, but in the summer I often bring cold tortellini salad with lots of chopped cucumber, tomato, basil, and fresh mozzarella 🙂

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    Allison Nelson — July 11, 2012 @ 12:31 pm

    I like to bring a carmelized onion dip when I attend a potluck. Would love to win a copy of this fantastic cookbook!

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    Jillian Camwell — July 11, 2012 @ 1:08 pm

    I have become the go-to salad girl. I love bringing fresh fruit salads at the right time of year, but mostly my yummy crunchy coleslaw with an Asian vinaigrette.

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    Melanie — July 11, 2012 @ 2:10 pm

    Oh…my most requested potluck item is Ugly Dip and I usually relent and become the super slicer/dicer and make it. : ) It’s basically homemade salsa with the regular suspects (tomatoes, jalapeños, onions, cilantro) plus diced olives, diced roasted chilis, grated pepper jack, and Good Seasons Italian Dressing (has to be that brand…has to). Ugly and addicting. Yummy on tortilla chips and baked potatoes and hot dogs and salmon and …

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    Brian @ A Thought For Food — July 11, 2012 @ 9:26 pm

    I completely agree… the book is stellar. Just wanted to share my mutual love for it. I already have a copy, so no need to enter me in the giveaway.

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    Kim K. — July 12, 2012 @ 7:12 am

    I love to experiment with new recipes I’ve seen, so I don’t have a set item I bring. Friends know me well enough to trust I will bring something good! I do prefer to do something sweet so it’s now around the house for days. Less temptation that way.

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    Christina — July 12, 2012 @ 6:00 pm

    Pasta salad with mozzarella, basil and lots of vegetables.

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    Kathy — July 12, 2012 @ 6:05 pm

    I have a black bean and corn salad recipe that I usually turn to for potlucks.

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    Elizabeth — July 12, 2012 @ 6:10 pm

    Usually, a dessert…featuring chocolate. Or sometimes, rolls fresh from the oven.

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    Betsy — July 13, 2012 @ 11:02 am

    I love bringing the Barefoot Contessa’s Orzo salad to Potlucks it has lot of roasted eggpant, pinenuts, feta. To lighten the recipe we use quinoa instead of orzo.

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    Emily g — July 13, 2012 @ 1:46 pm

    Gotta be cheesecake or a creamcheese taco like dip. (I have a ridiculous fondness for cream cheese!)

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    Sam H — July 13, 2012 @ 4:15 pm

    I always love to bring my homemade salsa to potlucks!

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    delia — July 14, 2012 @ 6:00 pm

    Before I got into baking, I would bring defrosted edamame to potlucks. Now I bring baked goods.

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    marissa @ the boot — July 15, 2012 @ 2:55 pm

    i love to bring a mediterranean style orzo salad to potlucks – you can make it ahead of time, it holds up well and tastes great!

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    Krisla — July 15, 2012 @ 5:26 pm

    Strawberry summer salad with a honey lime vinaigrette!

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    Ken — July 15, 2012 @ 5:38 pm

    Bite-size brownies – everyone goes gaga over chocolate desserts especially when it’s bite-size. The perfect finger food for a potluck.

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    Victoria — July 15, 2012 @ 6:31 pm

    My favorite item to bring to a pot luck is either cupcakes or a tuna/macaroni/potato salad! Thanks so much for hosting such a fantastic giveaway! Love the cookbook reviews!

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    Meryl — July 16, 2012 @ 4:54 am

    Tuna/White bean Salad.

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    gail — July 17, 2012 @ 10:35 am

    any type of salad

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    Di — July 17, 2012 @ 3:35 pm

    Starters….Antipasto, cheese board, or sliced ciabatta with fresh mozzerlla, sliced tomato and a dolop of pesto….I love snacks!

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    Merry-Jennifer — July 18, 2012 @ 8:35 pm

    Comments are now closed! I’ll be choosing the lucky recipient of Alice’s book tomorrow. Stay tuned!

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    Barbara P. — July 20, 2012 @ 3:21 am

    THANKS!!! 🙂

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