Blogaversary: The Cassoulet Saved Our Marriage (Giveaway)

The fun continues this week as I celebrate the 5th anniversary of Kitchen Gadget Girl with another book review and giveaway. Last week’s was fun, we talked about meals we take to others who need a little support. This week, we are going to talk about food, family and learning to eat, courtesy of the new book The Cassoulet Saved Our Marriage, an anthology edited by Caroline M. Grant and Lisa Catherine Harper.

With the hubby out of town last week, I found a moment to start this lively selection of stories and recollections about my favorite topic of food. The essays start out with the adventures of a couple who moved from California to Tallahasee, Florida, and finally discovered the joy of their new home in freshly shucked oysters from Apalachicola Bay. I read about Blackaroni and Cheese and the longing for family favorites within the new construct of healthy eating. And I learned about pumpkin pie and sexual stimulation. Good stuff.

These are all original pieces collated from 29 writers, some of them here in the Bay Area. And the book includes recipes at the end of every chapter, the kind of recipes with the accompanying stories, that make you want to get up out of your easy chair and hit the kitchen with your chef knife flying. The 3-day Cassoulet looks daunting, but I always appreciate a good pie crust recipe and would love to tackle the Potato and Asparagus Salad with Creme Fraiche and Poached Eggs with the potatoes from my next box from Mariquita Farms. Really a wonderful book to read and enjoy!

Now, the contest!

There is a copy of this book with your name all over it, and here is what you need to do to have a chance to win:

1. Leave a comment about your first food memory.

That’s all. Hope you win!

Small print: One entry per person. Be sure to include your email address (which is not visible on the blog) so that I can contact you if you win. Sweepstakes runs from May 8-11 at 12midnight, winner announced on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 12. Winners have 48 hours to respond before the next winner is announced. Winners will be selected using, a random number generator, from all the qualified entries. Open to residents of the United States only.

Disclosure: Dena sent me a copy of this book for my birthday, and Caroline approached me about offering the book as a giveaway to my readers. I would not have accepted if I did not think it was an interesting and fun book to share, and I am not being compensated for this review. 

The contest is now closed, thank you to all of you who stopped by and submitted your favorite kitchen memory!

The winner of the contest is:

Congratulations to Carolyn G, who remembers being in the kitchen baking a cake with her mother!



  1. My cousin throwing up carrot cake all over my hand. That count’s right, it’s food? lol

  2. My Grandma and Aunts “trying” to teach me to peel hard boiled eggs. They were making deviled eggs for my Mom and Stepdad’s wedding reception, I must have ruined a dozen eggs, fortunately they were also making potato salad so they weren’t a complete waste.

  3. Making cookies with my mom

  4. SItting in the kitchen watching my mom bake a cake.

  5. I remember eating mom’s baked chicken every day for like 15 years.

  6. My maternal grandmother, God bless her, was widely loved. But it certainly wasn’t for her cooking. I spent my formative years tearing up every time my father took me over to her house for breakfast because I knew what that meant–all but raw “scrambled eggs” that were so runny that you could (and I did) pour them into a glass.

  7. watching my grandmother make homemade chocolate pudding.

  8. I remember being in the kitchen as my Grandmother was cooking and tasting what she cooked.

  9. My first food memory is mac n cheese. my mom made the best and i loved it as a child!

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