*The winner of this contest is #267, Amanda M, who said: “I would love a delicious (and also not grainy) recipe for Alfredo sauce… I’ve only found recipes that come out lumpy, grainy or just plain gross. Great giveaway!” Email me at mel @ melskitchencafe dot com and I’ll send your cookbook along, Amanda!*

To enter the giveaway for the awesome, brand, spanking new Cook’s Illustrated Cookbook, leave a comment on this post telling me what recipe you hope to find and love in the new cookbook. Have you been searching for the perfect snickerdoodle? Maybe it’s here! Tomato soup? Bet they’ve covered it.

Leave a comment with the recipe you hope to see in the cookbook and you’ll be entered to win a copy of the new cookbook.

It’s huge. It’s awesome.

The contest will close Wednesday, the 19th, and a winner will be announced sometime around then or maybe Thursday. How’s that for noncommital? It’s a busy week, what can I say. And actually, if you notice from the winner posted above – I completely changed tactic and announced a winner Tuesday night. Congrats, Amanda!

Good luck! And don’t worry, if you don’t win, you can go here to purchase the cookbook for yourself or for a special someone.

May the force be with you!

1,316 Responses to Cook’s Illustrated Cookbook Giveaway!

  1. Lana says:

    I have been looking for YEARS for a chocolate chip blondie recipe like the ones my mom used to make. I’ve made some very tasty ones, but have yet to find one that has the same soft brown-sugary chewiness-yet-melts-in-your-mouth that I grew up on. Could it be in there??

  2. Jody says:

    I love Cook’s Illustrated! I am still looking for the perfect Chicken Divan and a richer beef stew…

  3. Gaye says:

    There isn’t a recipe that I *wouldn’t* like to see in the cookbook…every CI recipe I’ve tried has been awesome. The New Best Recipe is my go-to cookbook for almost everything!

  4. Wendy says:

    I love Cooks Illustrated and I have a pile of their magazines. It would be great to have the cookbook with most of the recipies in it! I hope it has their stuffed pepper recipe.

  5. Jourdan says:

    to tell you the truth, i would love to see a great classic soups & stews! I have been craving them lately and can’t get enough recipes!

  6. Abigail says:

    I never enter these things, but I really respect your recommendations Mel — I love your website!! I’m a new mom looking for all sorts of recipes to add to my collection, but I’ve recently been wanting a delicious chicken tortilla soup recipe.

  7. Kim in MD says:

    Like you, Mel, I always turn to Cook’s Illustrated for tried and tested recipes. I don’t have a specific recipe that I am looking for, but having a compiled book with 2000 of their perfected recipes would be awesome! Thanks for the opportunity to win this cookbook!

  8. Karrie says:

    Love CI! I hope they have a good selection of soup recipes!

  9. Jill says:

    I am a huge fan of your site, and I love all things CI. I’d be so happy to win this book – I would hope to find some variations on fresh pasta dough such as spinach and roasted red pepper dough.

  10. Merianne Jensen says:

    I’m always looking for a good cookbook! Hope I win! Love ya Mel and so proud of you and your blog. Hope I get to see you at Thanksgiving.

  11. Maggie says:

    I have always liked this magazine so I’m sure I will find the perfect recipe in there-even if I don’t that I am looking for it yet!

  12. Leslie says:

    I’m hoping to find a lemon ice cream recipe I had once. It was SO creamy and absolutely delicious! Thanks for the great chance to have a copy of this wonderful cookbook!

  13. Kensi says:

    Awesome giveaway!!! I would love to see a perfect oatmeal raisin cookie recipe! Thanks Mel!!! 😀

  14. Tammy says:

    I would love a good chicken parmesan recipe to satisfy my ever-picky husband.

  15. Hilary says:

    I love CI as much as I love your blog! I have been on the lookout for the perfect, moist yellow cake – I have the best chocolate frosting already – just need that cake recipe to go with it! 🙂

  16. Cheryl says:

    I am always looking for more main dish recipes and ways to make chicken more exciting. So I would love to look through and find something new that my family would love.

  17. Heidi F. says:

    I would love a perfect brownie recipe!

  18. Kristen Slivka says:

    I love, love this magazine. I used have a subscription but I go to the library to read it now.

  19. Erin Harris says:

    So far, any time I’ve looked for a recipe, I’ve found it on your website! So if you get ideas from this cookbook, it must be good. I’d really like that pumpkin pie recipe you mentioned. And I can’t wait to try the mac & cheese as well.

  20. Marsha says:

    I would love a good recipe for the brown bread they used to serve at Steak & Ale Restaurants. YUM!

  21. joan says:

    the best chocolate shortbread cookie

  22. Katie says:

    The perfect pie crust has eluded me for years. I’m sure CI has it figured out for me!

  23. Jody says:

    Love Cooks Illustrated! I would love some soup recipes for this fall/winter!

  24. Sheila says:

    Would love to have a Banana Bread recipe that is moist and great banana flavor.
    Love your website!

  25. Lorie says:

    I would love to try a classic chicken noodle soup recipe! I love your blog, thanks for all you do!

  26. Kellie says:

    If this is where you’re getting your fabulous ideas from, I’d love to have a copy! I’d love to have a recipe for cream of tomato soup. They serve it at one of my most favorite resorts in Bali, and it’s so good I dream of it. : )

  27. Sarah says:

    I’d like to see some of their pie recipes – especially pie crusts. I have my go-to recipe and everyone seems to have a different idea of what makes the perfect crust, so I’d like to hear theirs. I’m sure it actually is perfect!

  28. Melissa Herrmann says:

    I’d love to try ANY of them!

  29. kandi ictorino says:

    I really hope to see a recipe for Chicken Noodle Soup. I have tried so many versions, but can’t seem to get it right. Thanks Mel!

  30. Heather Taylor says:

    I would enjoy looking for a perfect choc chip cookie in this cookbook.

  31. Tanya says:

    I would love to have some new recipes for main dishes to feed my family. I’ve never had a CI cookbook but have heard people rave about them. And I know if it is loved by you then I’ll love it too because your site is my never fail go to place for the perfect recipes. Thanks for the chance to win and thanks for your recipes!!

  32. Jessica Wilcox says:

    Thanks Mel for a great website, I have used quite a few of your recipes since discovering your blog! I LOVE LOVE LOVE Cooks Illustrated and would really like to see some yummy light casserole recipes.

  33. Meaghan says:

    I love fall vegetables, and would love to find some new ways of preparing all the different types of squash that are available!

  34. Theresa says:

    I am always looking for a great cookbook! CI sounds like the one! I would love to find a recipe for salmon. My family loves fish and I would like a recipe that is simple but tastes great.

  35. Anne Marie says:

    Sounds great – I would love to find a recipe for a thick almost creamy chicken noodle soup.

  36. Jessen says:

    Definitely could use more recipe Ideas! I would look forward to more stews/soups in the book, because it’s gonna get cccooolllldddd soon!

  37. Randi Marie says:

    I can’t get enough risotto recipes, so that’s I would would look for first!

  38. Celeste B. says:

    I love Cooks Illustrated recipes and this cookbook would be a great addition to my collection.

  39. Mynda says:

    Aloha! I love your blog and CI and always look forward to recipes from both! A couple of recipes I’d like to see a CI version of are Banana Bread and Vegetarian Chili! Mahalo! 😎

  40. Rebecca says:

    Banana Bread and Pumpkin Bread…my grandmother use to make an amazing pumpkin bread and she lost the recipe when she moved. Ugh I CRAVE that stuff this time of year.

  41. Deanna says:

    I’d love to see an open beef roast recipe, like Mom used to make, without over-cooking it. I have their pot roast recipe down, but I have a hard time with an open roast.

  42. Ryann Murphy says:

    I would love the recipe for a perfect apple pie.

  43. Sarah says:

    Good pork chop recipes. that don’ tmake everyone in my house groan!

  44. Renee says:

    I would love some new ideas for holiday side dishes. A good vegetable side dish for Thanksgiving would be wonderful. I just started getting Cook’s Country at the beginning of this year after a co-worker gave me a recipe from there for a wonderful holiday dip recipe (which my family loved last Christmas!).

  45. Amanda T. says:

    I am looking for the perfect corn chowder recipe

  46. Holly says:

    I’d go straight for the soup section! Maybe it’s because it’s finally fall, but I can’t cook enough soups lately!

  47. Marianne says:

    I would love to find the perfect chicken noodle soup recipe. Winter is fast approaching, as is the season for colds and wanting a bowl of soup to make you feel better!

  48. Amy says:

    What a great cookbook. I love trying new recipes.

  49. Emily U says:

    I’m looking for a great marshmallow-free sweet potato recipe.

  50. melissa says:

    My sisters, friends, and I love your blog. The Halloween recipes you have posted have been a huge hit with my four kids, as well! Thanks.

  51. Lakin says:

    I love trying new recipes, so having another 2,000+ at my fingertips would be amazing. I am in search for a divine souffle recipe and more pasta recipes to add to my arsenal.

  52. Barbara says:

    Mel…I never even heard of Cooks Illustrated until you! Most of my family favorites now come from you, so I guess I’d like to see yor inspiration! Fun fun!!!

  53. Kim says:

    I hope there is a good slow cooker recipe or two in there! I just bought a slow cooker and I’m trying to find a good recipe to make!

  54. Jill says:

    I would love to find recipes my kids would eat. I know I will enjoy all the recipes in the cookbook, but the kiddos are a little harder to please. That’s why I love your website!

  55. Ida Z says:

    I am in the mood for some fall weather soups! I am hoping for some mouth watering soup recipes.

  56. Rhonda says:

    I need some new ideas for appetizers to serve
    at our small group, Thanks Mel

  57. Jill says:

    I am always searching for the perfect banana bread recipe….had the BEST ever on Maui, but that could have been influenced by the ambiance! 🙂 Thanks for the opportunity to win this wonderful resource!

  58. adrienne says:

    I saw them make a glazed chicken recipe on the show last year that looked amazing… Hoping that’s in there!

  59. Sieglinde says:

    Banana Bread…as simple as it sounds, I have yet to find a PERFECT banana bread recipe

  60. Erin says:

    I would love to find a lighter feeling crustless quiche recipe in there and some new vegetable sides. Thanks, Mel!

  61. kristen maccione says:

    I am looking for the perfect potato cheddar soup recipe, without using Velveeta. yuck

  62. Tina says:

    I need a butternut squash soup recipe. I tried one yesterday and it wasn’t quite what I was looking for. The search goes on…. Thanks for the change to win!

  63. Amy V says:

    I would love to find the perfect blueberry pie recipe!! My grandmother use to make the best blueberry pie and she would always tell people that her pie was so good you would lick the plate clean! (I did!) So that would be a great find for me. Also, I’ve never really used any CI recipes, so it would be great to add some new ones to my repertoire!! Thanks!

  64. Hillary says:

    I, too, have been on the search for a delicious homemade mac and cheese for quite some time, but to no avail. I’d also love a great Boston cream pie… I haven’t had great luck with that!

  65. Kim J says:

    I am totally on the hunt for a great pesto recipe. I would also love any new recipe to help me use all my zucchini each year!! Thanks Mel!! You’re the BEST!!

  66. Amy S. says:

    I’d love to find a perfect apple pie recipe!

  67. Lindsay says:

    Pizza dough, for sure. I can’t get a consistent result and need ATK to help me out!

  68. Chicken parmesan and also a classic peanut butter cookie. You know, the kind with the criss-crosses. One that isn’t dry. 🙂

  69. Christine Hall says:

    More slow cooker recipes! I am always looking for quality recipes that we can make in the crock pot.

  70. Marci says:

    I would love to try making a stuffed french toast…maybe they have a great recipe for me!

  71. Cindy B. says:

    The recipe I hope to find in CI new book is the prefect carrot cake recipe. I love carrot cake, but most recipes I have tried, produce a cake that was too sweet, too heavy or too oily.

  72. Something I have never tried is risotto, I would love to find some good recipes for that 🙂

  73. Summer says:

    It must be the weather but I have been looking for a really good broccoli cheese soup and potato soup recipe!

  74. Sally says:

    I’ve really been into soups lately…I also love fixing pasta dishes. So I’m looking for something new and different, and relatively easy, in those catagories. I recently retired, so I have to cook at home most of the time since it’s too expensive to go out like I used to.

  75. Natalie says:

    I’d like to find the perfect biscuit recipe. 🙂

  76. Stephanie says:

    I need a great shortbread cookie recipe. I love shortbread cookies and haven’t found a recipe to make them like I like them!

  77. Dana Russell says:

    I’m looking for tried & true recipes that my daughters (10 & 8) will be able to help cook but also taste wonderful. Soups, stews, casseroles – stuff that will freeze well so we have something to eat instead of going out. And anything pumpkin.

  78. I love America’s Test Kitchen as well…..I would love to make homemade ciabatta bread. as well as some desserts that I’ve never eaten, much less tried to make….sugarcream pie and creme brûlée. 🙂 Thanks for hosting this giveaway!!

  79. Meghan says:

    I have been on the hunt for a tomato bisque recipe…tried many but to no avail:( Here’s to hoping!!

  80. Angela A says:

    I have been looking for the perfect cinnamon rolls… You know, the perfect ones with all the brown yummy tasting stuff in the middle like Cinnabon… 🙂

    angela at alexfam dot com

  81. Constance says:

    Like you, Mel, I’m always searching for the perfect macaroni and cheese. Creme caramel runs a close second. I love CI and watching Chris Kimball and crew on America’s Test Kitchen.

  82. Tasha Priddy says:

    I have been dying for a perfect, delicious rhubarb pie recipe–straight rhubarb, none of this strawberry business!

  83. Tara says:

    There are so many chocolate chip cookie and sugar cookie recipes out there. I would love to see what they deem as the perfect ones.

  84. Jackie says:

    I would love the perfect guacamole recipe! And anything pumpkin…. 🙂

  85. Danielle Marvel says:

    Beef stew- hoping it’s close to my MIL’s bc she passes away before we were able to write down her recipe.

  86. Karen M says:

    LOVE all cookbooks!! With the weather turning cold, I would love to learn some new soup recipes that my family would enjoy and with me being a novice baker, would love some tried and true sweets to enjoy!

  87. joanne says:

    ahhh, another soup maker here.
    I would love to increase my repertoire of delicious soups!
    It’s getting cold out.

  88. Haley says:

    I would love a perfect chicken and dumpling recipe!

  89. Aimee Berry says:

    I love collecting and using cookbooks and I don’t have anything from CI. One of my daughters is vegetarian so I need so delicious recipes to make for her. Thanks.

  90. Andrea F says:

    I would love a recipe for the perfect pie crust.

  91. Melanie P says:

    I would love to find some good Mexican food recipes. Nothing with can soups for the sauce. I love your site, by the way! It is so great!!

  92. Rebekah says:

    I would love to see a recipe for spaghetti sauce from scratch, I’ve never been able to find one we like.

  93. Liz says:

    I would love to find a recipe for a tender beef stew. I hate chewy meat in the stew, here’s hoping it’s in there.

  94. keri says:

    I need to find some new appetizer. I always feel like I make the same things!

  95. valerie says:

    I love HUGE cookbooks! And an illustrated one to boot. I would love to find the perfect recipe for vegetarian lasagna.

  96. melanie peterson says:

    oh Mel…I would LOVE this cookbook! and would be ever so pleased to find a perfect roast recipe in it!! 🙂

  97. Geneil says:

    Could use this for so many recipes… but if I have to choose, probably a good vegetable/beef soup.

  98. Tara says:

    I’m always looking for new recipes for our family. I’ve never purchased a cookbook. Instead I’ve made one from recipes I found on your site and a few from other people. It is small and I need help.

  99. Tania Mora says:

    I would love a great french onion soup recipe, or a nice roast recipe.

  100. Larissa says:

    I would like to see a good meatloaf recipe. I have tried a few…but none have said WOW!

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