Cookbook Giveaway: Foodista Best of Food Blogs Cookbook

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Want to discover new food blogs for recipes and stories? Here’s a cookbook that shows you the passion and diversity of food bloggers who love to cook, from Vegan Visitor’s Cedar-Smoked Asparagus Soup in Toronto to The Suitcase Chef’s Orangette Tea Sandwiches in Vermont.

The folks at Foodista held a contest for the best blogger recipes and received 1500 entries in just three months. They counted votes from the Foodista community and announced the winners, compiling the top 100 into this large paperback, the Foodista Best of the Food Blogs Cookbook.

You’ll find a number of unusual recipes, such as Lovage Spritzers, Vegetarian Scotch Eggs, and Chef Wally’s Baked Papayas. While most entries are American, enthusiastic blogger recipes also come from Canada, England, Turkey and Germany. Each recipe includes a bio of the blogger and a link. Some headnotes tell you about the dish. Others tell stories about high school, culinary travels, and dishes inspired by restaurant meals and even Starbucks drinks.

Publisher Andrews-McMeel hired me to edit the recipes, a trying job (sorry) which resulted in two controversial posts: 7 Most Common Recipe Writing Errors, and  7 More Most Common Recipe Writing Errors. While the Foodista folks did not test every recipe, they definitely worked on those with unclear directions to smooth out the kinks.

Yes, you could print them all out, unedited, on the web, but that would be a pain. Why not apply to win this cookbook instead? Please enter by midnight PST on October 31, 2010. I’ll pick a winner at random. In appreciation of the cookbook’s international tone, this giveaway is open to everyone.

Update: The winner, chosen by, is Elyse Friedman.


  1. says

    Can’t imagine anyone wouldn’t love a cookbook from bloggers – especially one edited by “The Queen of Recipe Clarity.”
    Can’t wait to go check it out at the local bookstore. Local meaning NOT one of the chains!

  2. DB Green says

    Takes a lot of work to put something like this together… Thank you. Sounds like a welcome addition to my bookcase!

  3. says

    Awesome giveaway! I am sure it was a job indeed with so many different contributors! I’d love a chance to have this book and try some great recipes. Thanks for making it international :)

  4. Matt says

    This book sounds great. Id like to throw my name in the hat as well. haha. Im sure the work editing this book was difficult but it looks like a great product. Congrats!

  5. says

    Thanks, Dianne, for hosting this awesome giveaway. I am a food blogger and member of Foodista. I didn’t find out about the cookbook until after it was finished and I would absolutely love to win a copy of this coveted book. :>) Your book, “Will Write For Food” sounds amazing too. How exciting…congrats on your book!

  6. DeLana Smith says

    Count me in too. I love cooking and collecting cookbooks. It is my passion and stress relief. I love getting new recipes to try and I am planning on giving friends and neighbors a small cookbook of my favorite recipes for Christmas this year.

  7. Angie says

    I love cookbooks and would love to have a copy of the Foodista one! Please count me in. Thanks.

  8. says

    I’m new to both Foodista and Blogging, but I’m having a great time wandering around checking out the recipes, making edits, uploading photos, connecting with fellow bloggers, etc. The book sounds like a great idea – count me in!! :)

  9. says

    I tip my hat to you for doing the editing job. I mean, WOW! That must have been quite the undertaking. I’m very curious to see this book!

  10. Jessica says

    Just finished cooking, now dreaming of halloween snacks for the weekend. So thankful for life tonight.

  11. says

    Although I’ve taken “food writing” classes from both you and Renée (wonderful, wonderful), I need the reminders included in your “errors” and “more errors” lists. I’ve printed them out and posted them within eye distance of my computer. Thank you.

    How about a gluten-free blogger cookbook?

    Until then, I’d love to check out this Foodista cookbook. I’m good at adaptations, so no problem with switching out ingredients if the recipe contains gluten.

  12. says

    Somehow I’d missed that you edited this cookbook, Dianne. That definitely takes it up several notches in foregone quality for me! :-) I’d love to have this cookbook for my support group and my own reference. We love real food cookbooks and have no issues converting recipes. I know there are some gluten-free ones in the cookbook as well … nice.


  13. Ryan B says

    All right! I love traveling and eating and this seems a great way to do both without leaving my house. Count me in with crossed fingers!

  14. Vivian says

    In the spirit of international participation, here’s one from Singapore ;-). Thanks Dianne!

  15. says

    Don’t count me in since I’m one of the food bloggers in the book – if I come up randomly it should go to someone else who wants it. Just wanted to say thank you for your awesome support of, and work on, the book, and for mentioning my recipe ‘Chef Wally’s Baked Papaya’ in this post. I am thrilled to be a part of the book. Thanks, Dianne!

  16. says

    Please count me in!
    Even though you didn’t mention any Australian contributions in the book, I’d still love to have the chance for a “test drive”!

  17. says

    Excited about the book. Now I off to read your two controversial posts! I’m sure they aren’t necessarily controversial as much as informative :) Thanks Dianne!

  18. Marie (Food Nouveau) says

    I met many of the bloggers who were chosen to be published at IFBC. They were all very happy and, I’m sure, honored to know you Dianne edited their recipes. I know I would be! This must be a very interesting cookbook with diverse points of vue and flavors. I would love to have the chance to read it!

  19. Erinn Warton says

    You had me at “Vegetarian Scotch Eggs.” And yes, I live in Scotland and would love a shot at winning this cookbook!!