Wednesday, May 6, 2009

GIVEAWAY and a great read!

I have quite a few cookbooks and I'll be honest.... very few ever get cracked open. Ever.

What can I say, I'm not a really adventurous eater, tricky recipes intimidate me, and as if that weren't enough now I have a child who is deathly allergic to eggs and peanuts so when I look thru a cookbook every great recipe has an egg... or six in it.

But when I got my copy of "The Military Wives Cookbook" I couldn't put it down. Here's the thing, its a cookbook AND a book. Great idea isn't it?

It's an amazing collection of of very personal stories, letters, and photos of the lives of military wives... over 200 years worth. Moving would be an understatement.

Moving because, despite being decades, even centuries apart, there is still something in common.

Just like those before us, we stand with, and behind, our husbands, where ever they may go. Sure we are partners in love and life, but more often then not we are the ones who stay behind. So much of their life is in constant flux, but we try our hardest, despite some unusual circumstances to keep the home life normal.

If normal is your children thinking that every family does laundry in loads of whites, darks, and Marine green and that every one's daddy wears a flight suit to work and goes away for months at a time.

But then again normal is a subjective thing right?

I found myself looking at some of the pictures, reading some of the words in the letters and being able to remember those very same emotions. Granted it was a very different war then those before, but none the less, I've kissed my husband and sent him off to war. I know the feeling of sitting by and waiting for a letter. I don't know what those military wives would think of all the 24 hr news coverage but I do know some of what they were feeling.

Despite the advancements of the day, internet, tv, central air, flushing toilets, the conveniences of life have come a long way but the emotions are still very much the same.

And this book is authored by someone who knows the trenches and those emotions well. Carolyn Quick Tillery has been both a military brat and a military wife and obviously brings her respect for the role of military wives to her writing.

Personally speaking, I think this book would be fascinating for anyone, after all it is still a cookbook and there are wonderful recipes in here, and some very interesting history. But I really do think its a must read for military folk. And would make a great "welcome to the military family" gift. I'm thinking of getting it for my mother in law for mother's day.... obviously a belated mothers day but still, its the thought that counts.

Not only did I love to read about the history of certain military customs and just the history period but I found some great egg free recipes thanks to the shortage of eggs during wars.

Something else prior military wives and I have in common, I'm dealing with my own egg free issues over here and can appreciate their problems. I found a great egg free biscuit recipe that was super simple and there is a recipe for a spice cake made without the rationed eggs and white sugar.

Now there is also a sour cream coffee cake recipe that sounds amazing but well... has eggs in it so I'll have to try that one on the down low, lest I have to try out the epi pens all because big momma is craving coffee cake. But admit it it does sound yummy doesn't it? You should go get a copy of the book. Or....

You could enter to win a copy!

Just leave a comment and you'll be entered to win a beautiful hardback copy of "The Military Wives Cookbook". If you link back to the giveaway on your blog you'll be entered twice. Like I said earlier, if you aren't military or you already have a copy, this book makes a perfect gift. And who doesn't like a free gift!

The giveaway will be open until the evening of May 9th.

47 comments:

  1. Me wants it!!! All me...I'm pretty sure no one else wants this so you might just want to go ahead and get my address.

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  2. Oooh, I'm sorry to ruin it, but I like books. And free stuff.

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  3. That sounds like a great cookbook. I love it when personal stuff is included. Thanks...great giveaway :)

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  4. I've been hearing about this cookbook and am curious. I may have to track it down even if I don't win!

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  5. I have been wanting cookbooks to get my collection going. This would be the perfect start! Please enter me in and I hope I winnnn!

    And if I don't I am going to go out and buy this. It sounds like a great book.

    I am reminded of my grandparents writing back and forth during the war. They were so in love =)

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  6. You are the second blog I read to post about this cookbook this week. I am definitely going to have to get a copy, eventually! :)

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  7. I saw this cookbook in the store the other day and almost bought it. Looks like it has some great things inside:)

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  8. Pick me!! Over here!!! I'm your "neighbor" shipping will be cheap! haha! Sounds like a great book/cookbook!

    I dont know if I missed it but are you back from your vacay?

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  9. I would love to have it!! I desperately need some help in the kitchen. Only 114 days until I become a military wife.

    I'm going to link back to you on my blog too ~

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  10. LOL I have a weakness for cook books! I bet this book has some good recipes through out the past years. I love how military wives bring so many different backgrounds into the picture, so you can get to many different dishes!

    I am definitely linking to your blog!

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  11. I heart cookbooks, me please!!!!!

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  12. I heard about this cook book, a few of my friends rave about how awesome it is. Count me in!!!

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  13. I had heard about this cookbook, vaguely, before. What a great review! And I am laughing about the laundry comment... funny! :D

    And I am linking you to my blog...

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  14. Enter me!! I love cook books!! I'm posting your giveaway on my blog!

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  15. I would love to be considered to win it! I will also post a link to it in my blog. My husband is a former Marine and I too have sent him off to war. Would love to read this!!!

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  16. YES PLEASE! I read about this book on another blog just yesterday and I was intrigued.I am in great need of a good cook book/read!

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  17. Ooh ooh... PICK ME PICK ME!!1

    PS: I'm linking back on my blog RIGHT now. So count me in twice!! :-)

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  18. I have a confession; this is the first give away I have entered. But that book sounds just too good!

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  19. sounds wonderful thanks for the giveaway

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  20. OMG i love coffee cake. Bring the boys down here again and we will put them to bed and make egg filled foods like we did last time.


    HAHA you should have mickey pick the winner.

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  21. I love this book! I've been eyeing it for awhile. Either way I'll have to end up getting a copy. I've heard so many people talk about it!!!! Me wants!!

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  22. I love history! And cooking!

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  23. Dang ipod. I think I commented but maybe not. Grrrr.

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  24. OOooh! I want this! A lot a lot! enough to write a blog post about the giveaway in the middle of house hunting.

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  25. Me please! I have not one decent cookbook!

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  26. Ooooohhh!! This would be great! I am looking for new recipes and this would be great!

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  27. I'm always looking for new recipes so I would love this.
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    Kimspam66(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  28. If Rob were still in the military I'd enter, but I don't want to take it away from any current military wives. :)

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  29. love me some cookbooks....lurve, lurve, LURVE cookin'!!!!

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  30. Woohoo! I'm in!! :) Sounds like a great book, thank you!

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  31. I flipped through this book in B&N a month or so ago while the boys played with the trains. I almost bought it, too, but couldn't rationalize it. Free, though, that is something I could do. I think I'll link back to your blog, too, just because.

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  32. As a Marine Corps wife, I NEED this...lol Thanks for the fun giveaway :)

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  33. mrs.mommyyatgmaildotcom


    count me in

    Everyone have a great week!

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  34. Ooooo...free and cookbook, I'm all about that! :)

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  35. Normal is, indeed, subjective - my son is a military husband. He does most of the cooking so I know he and my daughter-in-law would enjoy this book. asthenight at gmail dot com

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  36. I say give it to the only milwife who truly DOESN'T cook and is found in a restaurant 7 out of 7 days of the week.


    Sympathy win? :)

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  37. I would love a copy of this book! My brother-in-law is in the Army and a very dear friend is in the Air Force.

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  38. I am a cookbook fanatic, but I am also from a Military family so this would be perfect.
    digicat{AT}sbcglobal{DOT}net

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  39. I blogged about this great contest
    http://carolsbloggys.blogspot.com/2008/10/contests-from-our-bloggy-friends.html
    digicat{AT}sbcglobal{DOT}net

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  40. My Dad is retired Navy -- 21 years. I'd LOVE to win this cookbook!
    HobartsMama AT aol.com

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  41. I've been dying to read this! I'll try and post a link tomorrow, but as I am participating in one of the greatest military wifely accomplishments (the solo move during a deployment... haha), I will try once I get to the next homefront!

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  42. Ohh HAY!! Free stuff!!. And its a book.. I love me a book.. and a cook book at that!!

    WEEHOOO

    Ok going to linK!

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  43. lalalala... here is my entry.

    apparently i pissed off some readers that i didn't know i had, so i'm going to pass on the second entry. blogging feels like a chore these days.

    :P

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