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Savory Sweet Life Cookbook Giveaway

Savory Sweet Life Cookbook Giveaway

This pasta is delicious. It’s perfect for summer. It has tomatoes. Garlic. Butter. Basil and sweet fresh Dungeness crab. But, and don’t hate me for this, I’m not sharing the recipe with you here. Instead I’m giving you the opportunity to win a copy of Alice Currah’s new cookbook Savory Sweet Life that includes this delectable pasta and 99 other mouthwatering recipes.

During the 3+ years that I have been blogging, I have had the opportunity to meet a lot of people. Bloggers from my community, bloggers from around the US and even a few from other countries. It’s really a great community and when one of my fellow bloggers, one whom I consider a friend, releases a cookbook well that is just pretty darn cool.

If you have never visited Alice’s blog you should check it out now. One of the reasons that I enjoy reading her blog, and one of the reasons I’m absolutely head over heels with this cookbook is that she cooks how I like to cook: simply. One look at her recipes and it is obvious that she too feels that food doesn’t have to be complicated or gourmet to be good. I think that is something we can all relate to.

There are 100 recipes in this cookbook. But unlike some more traditional cookbooks that are divided into appetizer, soups, entrees etc… this book is divided into occasions like Sunday Mornings, Game Day, Summer Fun in the Sun and Holiday Get Together to name a few. Each section is full of simple, down to earth recipes like Banana Cream Pie, Spicy Bacon Spinach and Artichoke Dip, Breakfast Pizzas, Grilled Top Sirloin with Herb Butter and Hawaiian Plate Lunch Macaroni Salad. And each recipe is accompanied by a gorgeous photo that Alice took herself. Really, you want this cookbook. Trust me. You need it. And I’m going to give you a chance to win one of four copies. All you have to do is leave a comment below telling me what your favorite summertime food is. Ice Cream? Macaroni Salad? Potato Salad? Grilled Corn? Whatever it is, I’d like to know. My favorite is tomatoes. Nothing beats a perfectly sun ripened tomato simply seasoned with a little salt, pepper and olive oil.

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this book. The opinions are my own. The 4 copies I am giving away I purchased personally.

The Details:

One entry per person.

Giveaway ends 5pm PST on Friday June 8.

Shipped to US mailing addresses only.

Winners notified by email. If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new winner will be chosen.


  • Joyce
    June 8, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    Watermelon! I could subsist on nothing more than bowls of watermelon cubes all summer long.

  • Lizvc
    June 8, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    Corn on the Cob! And Potato Salad.

  • Michele W
    June 8, 2012 at 1:39 pm


  • Monica S
    June 8, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    Hi there,
    my favorite summertime food is Pacific Northwest blackberries any way, anytime!

  • Greg
    June 8, 2012 at 10:35 am

    Caprese salad with basil grown outside our kitchen window compliments any summertime meal!

  • V Estridge
    June 8, 2012 at 8:39 am

    I love grilled Chiavetta’s chicken and my homemade pasta salad. So light, healthy and not overly creamy nor oily!

  • Lisa
    June 8, 2012 at 8:31 am

    Blueberry Pie with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream!

  • ShannonW.
    June 8, 2012 at 6:23 am

    Homemade Strawberry Pie and Ice Cream!

  • Alyson Harju
    June 8, 2012 at 12:27 am

    That is really hard! Definitely corn on the cob but also watermelon. Anything fresh!

  • Yael
    June 7, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    Hands down- ice cream!

  • Michelle
    June 7, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    pasta salad

  • Alex
    June 7, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    Heirloom tomatoes with sweet basil vinaigrette!

  • Michelle
    June 7, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    I love ceviche and fresh corn salsa!

  • Larry
    June 7, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    I enjoy corn on the cobb

  • Leslie
    June 7, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    My favorite summertime dish is homemade ice cream.

  • Andrea
    June 7, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    My favorite summertime food is grilled rainbow Kabobs, using a vegetable from every color of the rainbow and a delicious meat (chicken, shrimp, or beef) in a citrusy marinade.

  • Shannon
    June 7, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    Watermelon and cantaloupe!

  • Tori
    June 7, 2012 at 11:11 am

    Gilled peaches, corn on the cob and salmon!

  • Cellabella
    June 7, 2012 at 10:13 am

    My favorite summertime foods are all the fresh fruits available, particularly watermelon, mangoes, and white nectarines!

  • Lisa
    June 7, 2012 at 9:29 am

    My fav would be corn on the cob with lime-cilantro butter!

  • Ardi
    June 7, 2012 at 9:05 am


  • Jennifer
    June 7, 2012 at 9:04 am

    I love peaches and rainer cherries!

  • Natalie D
    June 7, 2012 at 8:35 am

    My favorite summer time food? Corn on the cob, for sure. I can be seen purchasing several dozen ears at a time from our local farmers, just to come home and blanch the ears and freeze the sweet little kernels! I haven’t purchased frozen corn from the supermarket for over 2 years. GO ME! :)

  • gail
    June 7, 2012 at 6:48 am

    grilled corn

  • Kim A
    June 7, 2012 at 6:43 am

    Cucumbers from my garden (it’s the only thing I plant).

  • Rachel
    June 7, 2012 at 6:32 am

    My Nana’s homemade strawberry icecream! Yummm!

  • Ilana
    June 7, 2012 at 6:16 am

    The cherries and peaches which grow in my area.

  • Lynsie
    June 7, 2012 at 5:29 am

    Summer fruits! Watermelon, berries, mangos, guavas, and more!

  • Wendi @ Bon Appetit Hon
    June 7, 2012 at 5:17 am

    Nothing say summer to me like potato salad.

  • Jen Blacker
    June 7, 2012 at 4:59 am

    Fresh corn on the cop bought from a roadside stand in August. Loaded with butter and salt. That is my absolute favorite thing to eat in the summer.

  • Pat
    June 7, 2012 at 4:03 am

    A summer tomato! Straight from the garden with a sprinkle of salt and lots of freshly ground black pepper. Yum.

  • amy
    June 7, 2012 at 12:49 am

    Ice Cream

  • Cyndi
    June 6, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    Peaches! Pie, grilled, salsa… any way!!!

  • Tanja Fussell
    June 6, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    Any kind of seafood for the summer with a gin and tonic WITH lime. Those definitely say summer to me!!

  • Grace Schroeder
    June 6, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    Hands down, watermelon. i go all the way through the white rind until i hit skin

  • Barbara Jacobs
    June 6, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    My favorite summer time recipe is simply a fresh green salad straight from the garden. Walk out about 4 pm and pick fresh lettuce of several varieties, spinach, radishes, cherry tomatoes, kale, and small green onions. Mix up a dressing of mustard, lemon juice, olive oil, and your favorite herbs-delicious alone or with chicken or steak.

  • Sherri
    June 6, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    Fresh garden tomatoes w/ crushed garlic on top drizzled with olive oil! Yumm-o!

  • Donald C Hasson
    June 6, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    I’m with you. I love tomatoes. When I was much, much younger, i was able to grow beautiful tomatoes. Then, I tried to grow them at my home in southern Delaware and failed every year. This year, I managed to get some aged horse manure and the plants are going bananas (I mean, Tomatoes). I expect to have my first fully grown Better Boy by the 4th of July.

  • Kathy
    June 6, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    Green beans, tomatoes, and more green beans !!!

  • Maurina
    June 6, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    Fresh-picked Strawberries … over homemade strawberry shortcake!

  • Carmen
    June 6, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    My fave summer salad: a big bowl of Leon Salad! simply the best.

  • Heidi
    June 6, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    All local ingredients, even fresh crab from pacific ocean! Yum!

  • Angie T
    June 6, 2012 at 11:59 am

    Caprese salad with fresh tomatoes!!

  • Sarah
    June 6, 2012 at 11:31 am

    Anything from the farmers market is great, but especially the local corn on the cob!

  • Jessica C
    June 6, 2012 at 11:15 am

    Anything off the grill – shrimp, burgers, pineapple, you name it!

  • Betsy
    June 6, 2012 at 11:00 am

    One of our favortie summer foods are salads with greens from our garden.

  • Ally
    June 6, 2012 at 10:53 am

    Fresh watermelon…we loved having seed spitting contests as kids.

  • MassachusEATS
    June 6, 2012 at 10:22 am

    Oh man, its hard to pick just one but I definitely LOVE my mom’s potato salad!

  • mike r
    June 6, 2012 at 10:11 am

    Homemade Ice Cream! Made with love, not electricity.

  • millie
    June 6, 2012 at 10:10 am

    Hot grilled corn with salt, pepper, lemon, a dash of paprika, and whatever herbs I can find! Perfect!

  • Mary Devine
    June 6, 2012 at 9:51 am

    Summer time means outdoor grilling…veggies, potatoes, chicken, fish, beef…you name it as long as it can go on the BBQ!

  • Deeli
    June 6, 2012 at 8:59 am

    Yakitori fresh off the grill and Raspberry Granita!

  • Gwendolyn
    June 6, 2012 at 8:41 am

    Sorbet! I have recently or should i say finally got an icecream machine and i make fresh fruit sorbet all the time! my favorite so far is fresh watermelon with a lil lime zest!. fresh ight and deliciously cool for those hot summer days.

  • Rebekah Smith
    June 6, 2012 at 8:23 am

    Rootbeer floats. They are the BEST IN THE SUMMER!!!!!!

  • Maureen
    June 6, 2012 at 7:45 am

    Summer is short here in the upper peninsula of Michigan, so summery foods are a necessity to enjoy fast and furious. PESTO in any form or in a salad is my favorite taste sensation. The format of this cook books sounds awesome, helping with the meal or occasion start to finish is a time saver. Great idea. Look forward to having this cookbook.

  • Milna R.
    June 6, 2012 at 7:39 am

    My favorite summer food is watermelon! So sweet and juicy to quench your thirst on a hot day.

  • Jennifer Lachman
    June 6, 2012 at 7:32 am

    My favorite summer time recipe is Shish Kabobs, heavy on the red peppers.

  • Cindy B.
    June 6, 2012 at 7:13 am

    My favorite summertime food are juicy sweet cherries!

  • Cynthia
    June 6, 2012 at 7:02 am

    My favorite summer recipe is a juicy grilled Hawaiian burger: One tasty sirloin beef patty topped with a slice of deli cheese & a slice of grilled pineapple. Add a kick of flavor with spicy mayo (half mayo/half sriracha) and you’re in paradise!

  • Sue Clark
    June 6, 2012 at 6:59 am

    “By far and away my favorite food for summer has to be tomatoes, tomatoes and more tomatoes!” I have ten plants now producing every day in my small patio home garden. Must list another though, fresn strawberries dipped in sour cream and then in brown sugar, YUM!

  • Renee B
    June 6, 2012 at 6:42 am

    My favorite food for summer is something light like a great salad with fresh fruit and veggies from the garden.

  • Natalie
    June 6, 2012 at 6:25 am

    My favorite summer time food would have to be strawberry and spinach salad. Tossed in a sweet and tangy vinaigrette with goat cheese and toasted walnuts. Yummy! :)

  • Martha T
    June 6, 2012 at 6:24 am

    Nothing beats fresh “from the garden” tomatoes!

  • Ashley
    June 6, 2012 at 6:22 am

    watermelon, definetely a refreshing crisp summer staple that never fails to hit the spot :-)

  • BMG
    June 6, 2012 at 6:19 am

    My favorite summer time food is this dessert my mother makes with blueberries and graham crackers it’s amazing!

  • Tashieka
    June 6, 2012 at 6:11 am

    my favorite summer time food is BBQ ribs *drool*
    i’m a cookout kind of girl

  • Amy
    June 6, 2012 at 6:07 am

    Tostadas piled high with pork tinga and smothered with cheese, lettuce, avocado, and sour cream. Best served outside, surrounded by family and with a beer in hand : )

  • Latoya
    June 6, 2012 at 6:04 am

    I have so many Summertime favorites and it’s really hard to choose just ONE :-( I love freshly-picked strawberries, chilled, juicy, watermelon, and ANYTHING off the grill…throw a salad on the side with fresh tomatoes and a light vinaigrette dressing and you’ve got and INSTANT SUMMERTIME DINNER! Homemade ice cream with fresh strawberries is oh so delicious as well!

  • Kesha
    June 6, 2012 at 5:54 am

    My favorite summertime food is easily a good old fashioned Italian Ice. It is as if summer in Chicago doesn’t begin until the small neighborhood Italian Ice stands open and lines form. :)

  • Carmen
    June 6, 2012 at 5:50 am

    It would be so lovely to have this delicious-sounding cookbook. I would try everything in it all summer long! Farmer’s Market, look out, I’m on my way!

  • Steven
    June 6, 2012 at 5:46 am

    My favorite summertime food has to be all that can be made from all the wonderful summertime produce!

  • Imane
    June 6, 2012 at 5:08 am

    My favorite summer dish is Grilled Halloumi cheese with cold water melon slices and some torn basil mixed together and enjoy, it’s so refreshing in a hot day…

  • Jessen
    June 6, 2012 at 3:58 am

    A Greek Salad with Light Balsamic Dressing without Feta and . . . With or Without Chicken. Simple, Light, and Delicious! =)

  • Kim K.
    June 6, 2012 at 3:35 am

    Tomatoes. I’m just beginning to see a few small tomatoes on my plants. I can’t wait!!!
    Nothing beats a warm tomato fresh from the garden.

  • ryan
    June 5, 2012 at 11:35 pm

    any food from disneyland during the summer. churro, corn dog, ice cream, cotton candy, bbq even the grilled chicken.

  • Heidi
    June 5, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    Grilled salmon and veggies

  • Larry
    June 5, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    Corn on the cobb

  • Raechelle
    June 5, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    I absolutely love a big old salad with as many veggies as I can get from the garden with some chicken, pasta and a bit of shredded cheese added to it then topped with some home made ranch dressing. Definitely a fave!

  • Kay Noble
    June 5, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    Hard to pick just one! A very simple favorite is cubed and seeded watermelon, the juice of a fresh lime, salt to taste but what makes this stand out is to add ground red chile powder, of course to taste! Gently toss and chill in the fridge and snack on it all day long!

  • Poopsey Marie
    June 5, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    My fave summer food?? Do I have to pick just ONE?? I can’t do it!! I love fresh summer veggies! Sliced homegrown tomatoes, skillet fried yellow squash, fresh picked green beans cooked with new potatoes & seasoned w/onions. Oh, and a cucumber & onion salad made with vinegar, salt, pepper & a lil sugar!! I’m a southern girl and these are all traditional southern favorites. When the garden comes in, these are the things we look forward to!

  • debra zafarullah
    June 5, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    I love mediterranean salads; cucumber, tomatoes, and red onion with balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and red wine vinegar! I can eat it with anything!

  • Carly Byfield
    June 5, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    Avacado + pretty much anything is deliscious!

  • Jeanne
    June 5, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    It is so difficult to pick just one! Tomatoes – still hot from the sun; or maybe corn on the cob; or my grandmother’s cucumber salad! But I will say fresh, sweet peas, freshly shucked but still uncooked!

  • Mary
    June 5, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    Nothing can compare to a vine-ripened tomato sandwich, especially heirloom tomatoes!!!!!

  • Emily
    June 5, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    My favorite summertime food is tomatoes picked off the vine and eaten right then and there. Warm from the sun–it’s heaven!

  • Erica
    June 5, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    Fresh chilled cucumber salad with sour cream & fresh dill… I’ve loved this since I was a little girl. Reminds me of picking the ingredients right out of the garden as a kid.

  • laurel
    June 5, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    I’m in a rut and need some new recipes to add to my family’s menu. I’ve rediscovered farmer’s markets and love the organic freshness of everything sold there. I can’t wait for the Northwest summer to finally get here so I can make meals from stuff in my garden!

  • Stephanie
    June 5, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    My favourite summer food would be watermelon. We tend to go through one every two to three days! Yum :)

  • Alyssa
    June 5, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    Anything farmers market. It tastes so much better because the people growing it care about the product more than the profit. It doesn’t have to look perfect, just taste spectacular.

  • Carole
    June 5, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    My favorite summertime salad is Caprese … home-grown tomatoes, fresh mozzarella cheese and fresh basil with a light balsamic dressing … what could be more satisfying than that!!

  • Stacey
    June 5, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    My favorite summer food is pulled pork sandwiches and homemade fries!

  • Allison
    June 5, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    I love strawberries!

  • Lisa
    June 5, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    My favorite summer foods are ripe berries! I love the abundance of sweet fruit in the summer

  • Karina
    June 5, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    I love lentil sala with green beans, kale, shredded carrot, and red onion AND grilled sustainable (:p) salmon

  • Lindsey
    June 5, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    sandwiches made with homemade bread. summer makes me want to bake bread for some reason!

  • Heather
    June 5, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    Warm summer tomatoes tossed with cool, mozzarella pearls, basil, olive oil and balsamic with a little s+p. I was born in Jersey so therefore I was spoiled by the best tomatoes on EARTH, I tell you. Dreaming of them now with a very large 37 week belly. I bet my son would appreciate them too!

  • Cassie
    June 5, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    I love ice cream. I would eat it every day if I could.

  • Melissa C.
    June 5, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    I LOVE Macaroni Salad!!

  • Kim N.
    June 5, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    My favorite summertime food is a fresh fruit salad!

  • Katie Rose
    June 5, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    Definitely all the fresh fruit!! Watermelon, Peaches, Cherries, you name it!

  • Jen
    June 5, 2012 at 11:34 am

    I love being able to eat tons of fresh vegetables from the farmer’s market (or garden, if I’m lucky!) I also love being able to get fresh fruit from all of the orchards nearby

  • Teresa Grimm
    June 5, 2012 at 11:25 am

    My favorite summertime food has got to be fresh raspberries or maybe cherries! Any recipe, even savory recipes, with fresh raspberries or cherries has my vote.

  • Tina W.
    June 5, 2012 at 11:02 am

    My favorite summertime food is either fresh, sliced tomatoes or macaroni salad with tuna fish and green peas.

  • Buffy
    June 5, 2012 at 10:49 am

    gazpacho made with fresh vegetables

  • Sara
    June 5, 2012 at 9:51 am

    Chicken and veggie kabobs!

  • Amanda B.
    June 5, 2012 at 9:40 am

    This is really hard, but I’m gonna have to go with ice cream. I love all forms of it- sorbet, frozen yogurt, soft serve especially! Very close runner up: fried seafood. YUM.

  • Fernando
    June 5, 2012 at 9:28 am

    Anything off the grill, with a giant side of avocado or guacamole!

  • Jenny
    June 5, 2012 at 9:28 am

    Im with Laura above, your Creamy Bacon Tomato and Avocado Pasta Salad is beyond amazing and easy to prepare! It’s my go to side dish where ever I go! Also, very glad to be checking out Alice’s website as well now!! Thanks!!!

  • amy
    June 5, 2012 at 9:28 am

    grilled corn on the cob

  • StephenC
    June 5, 2012 at 9:13 am

    Simple, my favorite food for summer is potato salad. It can be made a thousand different ways, and I never make it the same way twice.

  • Melissa L
    June 5, 2012 at 9:12 am

    Definitely garden tomatoes!

  • Cheryl W.
    June 5, 2012 at 9:08 am

    My favorite summertime food is cantaloupe. We pick them from our garden and place them in the deep freezer for about 2 hours. Then slice and eat with a few shakes of salt. Ice cold goodness on a hot summers day.

  • Laura
    June 5, 2012 at 8:49 am

    Your avocado blt pasta salad is my automatic summer go to- I just add some roasted chicken to make it a complete meal in a bowl! Every picnic I go to, I always have to bring it with me- or else! haha

  • Chelsi
    June 5, 2012 at 8:45 am

    My favorite summertime food is Tomato, Cucumber, Avocado salad with balsamic dressing. :)

  • Jessie O'Connor
    June 5, 2012 at 8:45 am

    Anything off the grill! Grilled Corn, Sausage and Pepper Sandwich, Bacon-Wrapped Hot Dogs – ANYTHING!

  • Taylor
    June 5, 2012 at 8:42 am

    My favorite summertime recipe is my grandmother’s tomato cucumber vinegar salad!

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