in the kitchen with: quadrille cookbooks giveaway


We put great thought into making the In the Kitchen With column full of quick, easy and even impromptu recipes both savory and sweet. Our greatest hope is that you actually try a recipe or two, and as the good weather rolls in, we thought it would be great if you got some inspiration from our archives for your next picnic or outdoor entertaining opportunity.

This week we’ve teamed up with Quadrille Books to offer a mega cookbook giveaway to supplement our archives.  Here’s all you have to do:

Using the In the Kitchen With archives, come up with a menu for your ideal picnic! The winner will receive the ten books featured here in this post (nine cookbooks + one book on wine). Two runners up will receive four cookbooks plus the wine book. We’ve tried to include diverse cuisines to keep it interesting!

To enter, just leave a comment (in the comment section) with:

  • Your ideal picnic or outdoor entertaining menu using recipes from the D*S archives
  • Include a minimum of three dishes, including savory and sweet (can’t forget dessert!)

By clicking here, you can easily choose the courses you’re looking for from the side menu. Quadrille will decide which picnic they’d most like to attend, and we will announce the winners Friday, May 4th. The cut-off for providing your menu is Wednesday, May 2. The contest is open to participants worldwide.

We look forward to seeing what you choose! You can see my menu, and find out more about Quadrille Books, after the jump. — Kristina

Kristina’s Menu

When having friends over, I love abundance and choice, so my picnic would be ample. I’d make Matkonation’s perfect schnitzel for the meat eaters. As side dishes, I’d have Alyson Fox’s carrots, avocado and cumin, and Gena Knox’s apple, kale, and pecan salad. For a lighter option, I’d have Giao Trac’s Chinese chicken salad, and for substantial vegetarian options, I’d offer Gaby Dalkin’s spicy roasted broccolini quinoa salad, House of Brinson’s pimento cheese sandwiches, and the Pie Truck’s zucchini, mushroom and dill pies. For dessert, Nigel Slater’s apple zucchini walnut cake, Lena Corwin’s pumpkin cranberry loaf and Jennifer Martine’s chocolate chip cookies. Now, that sounds like a LOT of food. And it would be. But it would be so good that you’d be talking about it for months, begging to come back for more! Lucky for you, the archives are up 24 hours a day, so you can make it at home any time!

About Quadrille Books: London-based publisher Quadrille Books is home to many great authors like Gordon Ramsey, Antonio Carluccio and Gennaro Contaldo (Two Greedy Italians), Bill Granger, Anissa Helou, Skye Gyngell, Peggy Porschen and Anjum Anand. In 2010, they launched the New Voices in Food series to give up-and-coming foodies the opportunity to showcase their recipes in print. Their catalogue is not limited to food, however. They also boast a vast collection of home, garden and craft titles from well-known designers like Tricia Guild, Kelly Hoppen and Cath Kidston. Their new catalog can be found online here. Their blog, which features previews of upcoming books, can be found here.

  1. Ana says:

    Mmmm

    I would start with Cyd’s Pickled Fig and Ricotta Tartines
    http://www.designsponge.com/2013/01/in-the-kitchen-with-leela-cyds-ricotta-and-pickled-fig-tartines.html

    Then move on to Rigetta Klint’s roasted beet pesto
    http://www.designsponge.com/2011/03/in-the-kitchen-with-rigetta-klints-beetroot-pesto.html

    and Camille Becerra and Nicole Franzen’s gnocchi with wild mushroom http://www.designsponge.com/2013/03/in-the-kitchen-with-camille-becerra-and-nicole-franzens-gnocchi-with-wild-mushrooms.html

    I wold also lay out some of Yotam ottolenghi’s taleggio roulade
    http://www.designsponge.com/2010/10/in-the-kitchen-with-yotam-ottolenghis-taleggio-roulade.html

    To round out the meal I would end with another fig dish, Ming Thompsons Layer cake
    http://www.designsponge.com/2010/09/in-the-kitchen-with-ming-thompsons-layer-cake.html

    I am a huge chocolate fan, and believe no meal is complete without chocolate I would lay out some of Jennifer Martines’s bourbon balls. So when you have finished eating and are sitting there talking for hours there is something to munch on.
    http://www.designsponge.com/2012/12/in-the-kitchen-with-jennifer-martines-bourbon-balls.html

    Drinks would be
    French lavender Lemonade mmm
    http://www.designsponge.com/2009/09/behind-the-bar-lavender-lemonade.html

    and if you want a little zing I would go with Elizabeth Morrow’s Rosemary Gin Rickey
    http://www.designsponge.com/2013/03/behind-the-bar-eilzabeth-morrows-rosemary-gin-rickey.html

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