Secret Ingredient Beef Stew & The Food52 Cookbook Review and Giveaway

I’ve been excited about this cookbook release for awhile now and when asked to review it was overjoyed to say the least. If you aren’t aware of Food52 yet, it is an on-line food community created by Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, successful cookbook authors and noted women in the food world. They created a place to give “people from all over the world a way to exchange their ideas and to celebrate each other’s talents.” was such a success that Amanda and Merrill created The Food52 Cookbook released recently and published by William Morrow.

The Food52 Cookbook: 140 Winning Recipes From Exceptional Home Cooks captures the amazing talent from the community. For 52 weeks, recipe contests were run on the website and the winning 140 recipes create this book. The collection itself is impressive but not at all overwhelming. I think inspiring is a better word to describe the collection because every time I have opened its beautifully photographed pages I want to jump in the kitchen. The recipes are simple to follow but not “dumbed down” and I love that it includes tips for each recipe, an insight to the recipe creator, and a community review of each recipe. Living up to the name, The Food52 Cookbook is organized by seasons, an idea that is not found often in today’s cookbooks. This is how we should cook. Not by what was made and frozen five months ago but what is in season now.

This is not your average “home cook” collection of  recipes but more of an extensive collection of real, whole, and simply beautiful food. With recipes such as Ciabatta Stuffing with Chorizo, Sweet Potato, and Mushrooms; Wishbone Roast Chicken with Herb Butter; Double Chocolate Espresso Cookies; Ricotta and Chive Gnocchi; and Lazy Mary’s Lemon Tart, this is a cookbook for everyone that really loves food and knows the value of cooking a good meal for their friends and family. The Food52 Cookbook: 140 Winning Recipes From Exceptional Home Cooks is definitely one of my favorites that I will be sucked into for a long time.

The Giveaway is now closed and winners have been notified. Thanks for participating!  I’m so in love with this book I want to give you a copy! I have two books, courtesy of William Morrow, to giveaway to two lucky people. This is a must have for the holidays. The giveaway will end at noon (central) on Monday, November 28, 2011. Two winners will be chosen by

To enter do one or all of the following:

  • Leave a comment at the end of this post telling me what your favorite dish to cook for the holiday is.
  • Tweet the following: “A must have for the holidays! Enter to win the new Food52 Cookbook from @smonkeyslippers ” Leave a separate comment saying you did
  • Like InSockMonkeySlippers on Facebook. If you already do that works too! Leave a separate comment

Good Luck!

I recently made Secret Ingredient Beef Stew from The Food52 Cookbook: 140 Winning Recipes From Exceptional Home Cooks and it’s one that all of you have to try! Sinfully savory and delicious this stew is rich and memorable and going into permanent rotation this winter! This savory, rich stew may be named after one secret ingredient, but it’s because of a complex mix of components that it succeeds so well. Tomatoes and tomato paste give it a sunny sweetness, diced veggies lend texture, and red wine and vinegar brighten everything up. Anchovies, the “secret ingredient,” are briny and buttery, giving the sauce a smooth, complex finish. We recommend using beef with generous marbling for the best results. – A&M


  • Kristi

    This book looks lovely! I love to make fancy peppermint bark for the holidays…

  • Kristen Pyle

    My favorite dish to make during the holidays is Posole. I learned to make it at Christmastime while I was living with my cousin, Laura, in Albuquerque, NM. She showed me how to make a traditional Posole with pork and red chile. It is awesome! It’s perfect for family gatherings because you can make so much. I can’t wait to make it this year!

  • Katy Dennison

    My favorite thing to cook for the holidays is bean and ham stew. I also like to make cookies and hot chocolate! mmmmmmm….

  • Jennifer Counseller

    I love making the turkey and mashed potatos. But I really enjoy using the leftover turkey for pot pies and soup!

  • sara

    I love to make a brownie pumpkin pie! So delicious!

  • Shelly

    I love to bake my Grandma’s pumpkin bread. It doesn’t feel like the holidays without it!

  • Shelly

    I Tweeted the giveaway.

  • Shelly

    I like you on FB.

  • Kim O

    I love making my grandmother’s cornbread dressing…it just brings back wonderful memories.

  • Sarah

    I enjoy baking the pies! Pumpkin and blueberry are my favorites to make!

  • Priya

    I love making cranberry sauce with fresh-squeezed OJ and fresh cheese biscuits!

  • Priya

    I like you on FB!

  • Judith

    I love to make my Step-Mother’s Cheesecake, the best in the world!

  • Sherie

    Corn bread dressing……it just isn’t the Holidays without it.

  • AMA

    I love to make my grandmother’s Swedish meatballs for Christmas. We serve them with wide egg noodles. It smells and tastes like my childhood.

  • Carrie

    I like to make crawfish dressing for our holiday dinners.

  • Jennifer @ Mother Thyme

    What a fantastic cookbook! I have so many favorite recipes I love during the holidays, probably one of our favorites in prime rib!

  • Jennifer @ Mother Thyme

    I already like you on FB! :)

  • Jennifer @ Mother Thyme

    I tweeted this:!/MotherThyme/status/140529208043638786

  • Kelli

    I love to make a ribeye roast for Christmas day with all the trimmings! I love the holidays. My son and I just made a gingerbread house today and I love baking cookies and treats to share with my friends and family.

  • Kelli

    I already “like” you on fb! (:

  • Teslaca

    I make several special recipes for the holidays, but one of my favorites (and everyone else’s) is a cinnamon strudel coffee cake made with a yeast dough. It’s beautiful and really delicious.

  • Teslaca

    I tweeted about your giveaway:!/teslaca/status/140783975684775937

    This looks like one of the best cookbooks out this season. It’s always great to have a collection of cooks’ best recipes.

  • Lynne

    I feel it just isn’t Christmas for me unless I have Tourtiere, a traditional French Canadian meat pie.
    My Memere (grandmother) made the best Tourtiere and I try very hard to dulpicate her recipe. Unfortunately all of her recipes were in her head & never written down by anyone.
    Affter grinding the meats and cooking with herbs and spices it is a matter of tasting and adding until it is just right :)
    Now that I am a Memere (two grandbabies this year!!) I am looking forward to carrying on the tradition and perhaps making them with the grandchildren as they get older.

  • Lynne

    I already ‘like’ you on fb!

  • Andrea @ Recipes For Divine Living

    My moms famous stuffing.

  • Andrea @ Recipes For Divine Living

    I tweeted this.

  • Andrea @ Recipes For Divine Living

    I like you on fb.

  • Grace

    I love making Christmas cookies and toffee!

  • Grace

    Tweet! @ourarmswideopen

  • Tasha

    I love cooking turkey for the holidays!!!

  • Tasha

    I already like you on FB!!!!

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