*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. Kerri says:

    What an awesome giveaway! I would love to find the best chicken parm. recipe! Sometime I have totally been craving, but can never seem to get that nice thick crunchy breading.

  2. Katie Fin says:

    I’d love to find the perfect recipe for boston cream pie. I’ve tried a few recipes but i’m still searching for “The One” hopefully CI has mastered that dessert :)

  3. Angie says:

    I would love to see candy recipes, Christmas is coming and we love to make homemade candies in our home!

  4. Juli says:

    I am always cooking up new recipes for my family and I love new cookbooks! This cookbook would be so much fun to have and try out. With that many recipes …I am sure to find a few more family favorites! I am looking for a good tortilla soup, eggs benedict, and anything with chocolate!!!

  5. Becky P. says:

    You made this cookbook sound so good, now I need one! I have never looked at a cooks illustrated cookbook before.

  6. Sara Barber says:

    I’m in love with the idea of cooking more than actual cooking right now, but would love to have it!

  7. n82 says:

    Looking for the perfect apple pie recipe along with a perfect crust!

  8. Emily says:

    I would love to see a slow cooker chili recipe that uses dried beans instead of canned.

  9. CJ says:

    I never can get enough soup recipes. I would love to see the news ones that I would discover in this new CI cookbook. Plus I collect cookbooks and this would be a nice addition!

  10. April H says:

    I heart mucho Cook’s Illustrated. I visit their website often for recipes, and would love to just be able to drool over the cookbook, and look for a perfect roast.

  11. Ashleigh says:

    Hi Mel!! Love your site.

  12. Christina says:

    I hope the red velvet cake is in it! I made it from the ATK’s baking cookbook and it was one of the best red velvet cakes I’ve ever tried. Their cookbooks are a must have. Thanks for the giveaway!

  13. Christine Hsin says:

    How about a true and authentic chicken tikka masala? Love, love, LOVE CI !

  14. Kelli says:

    I heart cooks illustrated. If I don’t win, you’ve convinced me to buy this cookbook. And I would love to find an awesome chicken tikka masala recipe in the book – we recently moved away from our favorite Indian restaurant!

  15. Wendy C. says:

    A new for me crockpot recipe would be awesome! It seems the best way to cook for me and not go out to eat!

  16. Andria says:

    This may sound funny but I’ve been looking for a tres leches cake recipe. Maybe there’s one in there?!

    Love your blog!!

  17. angela moulton says:

    Love your website. Would love a recipe for creamy chicken noodle soup!

  18. Jeanne Gennaro says:

    Mel, I’m sure we all love your guts too! :)
    I like making enchalada sauce, and a long time ago I had one from scratch that was really good….. where would it be? More than ABSOLUTLY NO idea! So I would like to find a recipe for that!
    Thanks, pick me, Pick Me, PICK ME!!! :O)

  19. Kristin M says:

    Once, many years ago, I had a delicious pumpkin bar with a struesel topping. Incredible smooth pumpkin middle, maybe a graham cracker crust. Haven’t been able to find a recipe like it – maybe this book has it??

  20. Lori Duncan says:

    I pick up copies from the library and was thinking maybe I should get my own copies of this publication. I am glad to hear it would be money well spent. I am always on the look out for good muffin recipes. Love to make batches to throw in the freezer for those mid morning snack attacks.

  21. maaike says:

    I’d love an easy roll or biscuit recipe to toss in the oven right before dinner.

  22. Janelle says:

    I would love a classic easy roast beef w/ veggies recipe.

  23. Alison says:

    I would love to find a recipe for some really good ham balls.

  24. Kim says:

    I’m always looking for a great recipe for bolognese sauce.

  25. Molly says:

    Living with a roommate that completely steers away from “fattening” things and sticks to a plain sandwich and low-fat ranch covered salad for dinner almost every night, I had to spice things up, being the foodie I am. She absolutely loves apple crisp, so within the last year, I’ve probably made around 30 different variations. Different apples, different cooking temps, different ingredients, different amounts. I can never seem to find one with the perfect tenderness of apples, perfect crispy, streusal-y topping, and the perfect autumny-sit-by-the-fire warmth that goes along with apple crisp. I can only imagine the wonder and glory that the chefs/bakers at Cook’s Illustrated have come up with for the perfect apple crisp recipe.

  26. Kim R says:

    I would love the best pie crust recipe. I would also love a good boston cream pie recipe! Yum!

  27. Geneve Fallon says:

    I love Cooks Illustrated! My in-laws make their recipes all the time and we love them. As a matter of fact, the Macaroni and Cheese recipe is one of our favorites, so I am super excited that it’s included! I’d also love to see their chocolate chip cookie recipe.

  28. claire says:

    Roast! My husband does not like the onion soup mix method my mom always made it with & I’ve tried others, but I always feel like I’m just winging it.

  29. Ioana says:

    I would like to see one for gumbo.

  30. Samantha says:

    I’m searching for the perfect sweet and sour chicken recipe.

  31. Amy Weaver says:

    Ooh how fun! Now I have an idea for Christmas presents this year. As for a recipe I want to find, hmmm, I am pretty excited about the macaroni and cheese you already found for me!

  32. Becky Hansen says:

    I have been looking for a cookbook as tride and true, as you say this one is, with so many recipes I should never have a complaint as to what to cook for dinner!

  33. Amy says:

    I would love a copy of the cookbook!!! I would love to see an awesome recipe for coconut bread or perfect pumpkin chocolate chip cookies.

  34. Kathy says:

    I would like to see a great potato soup recipe!

  35. Jonesy says:

    Fettuccine Alfredo! Why, oh why can’t I find a GREAT recipe? Let’s fix that, shall we?

  36. Krystal says:

    I would love the perfect Chicken Marsala recipe!

  37. Christina says:

    I would like to find a sausage gravy recipe.

  38. Kristine says:

    I would love the” best chocolate cake” and frosting recipe.

  39. Kimberly says:

    I have been searching for a homemade cheese cracker. I wonder if they have it?? I would LOVE to win this book.

  40. Anna says:

    I LOVE your site! I get all my dinner ideas from you. I would LOVE to find more soup recipes. I only have a couple that I like and with the cooler weather coming I would love to have more ideas!!!

  41. Tricia says:

    I would like to find a go-to recipe for enchiladas.

  42. Liz says:

    I am looking for a banana cream pie recipe for my husband, it is his fav! Like you, I am not a fan of premade, prepackaged ingredients/components :)

  43. Stephanie Judd says:

    I would love to find a divine chicken piccata recipe! I would totally love to have a copy of this cookbook!

  44. Andrea says:

    My mom, who is Korean, makes the BEST kalbi. But Korean’s don’t cook with cook books, they are taught from the generations before them. My mom hasn’t passed down a teaching ‘how to’ lesson yet, but I am yearning to make kalbi for my husband. It is truly the best marinated Korean meat out there. So to summarize, it would tickle me fancy to find a great kalbi recipe :)

  45. Alex L. says:

    I hope to find the perfect recipes for healthy meals – that is to say, a creamy avocado salad, pasta with prawns and lemon juice, a meat-based dish cooked in a red wine, thick rosemary soup, lemon lava cake, and anything else that catches my eye! Not to mention that simply reading this cookbook will teach me so much about cooking tips and tricks for the future. I refuse to believe that just because I’m a college student means that I’m going to be eating EasyMac or instant ramen noodles for the next four years!

  46. Pamela P. says:

    I purchase CI every trip to Costco – should just get a subscription. I would love to see a good old fashioned brown sugar-oatmeal cake with a cooked brown sugar frosting like my Aunt Ella made us when we were kids.

  47. Aysha says:

    I would love to see some new crockpot recipes. I have used the heck out of my crockpot and need some new yummy recipes!

  48. Lindsey says:

    Pumpkin Pie – I’ve never made one before. Love your blog!!!

  49. Tarryn says:

    I would love to see a good recipe for pretzels! Love this magazine (and your website).

  50. cathy says:

    i would love to make a homemade red velvet cake that is amazing.

  51. Michelle says:

    I’d love a great cookbook like this. First thing I’d look for (after cookie recipes :) would be chicken recipes.

  52. Lori P. says:

    I hope the perfect pita bread recipe is in there! I’ve tried so many times…

  53. Brent says:

    I’d say a grilled dessert recipe would be good.

  54. Janelle says:

    First of all I love your website! I have made so many of your recipes and have been nothing but pleased!! I would love to see a recipe for the perfect pie crust. I have tried a few but haven’t been pleased with any of them.

  55. Emily says:

    How about a good poppy seed muffin recipe??

  56. Gretchen says:

    I know this book is fabulous, I would love to see a great recipe for fish stew.

  57. sarah d. says:

    I’ve always wanted to buy this cookbook! Thanks!

  58. Litisha says:

    I love Cook’s Illustrated! am looking forward to trying the mac and cheese recipe. My kids love homemade mac’n’cheese but my husband doesn’t; it’s not creamy enough. I would love to see some new recipes using rice.

  59. Angela L says:

    The recipe that I’m still looking for…a kid pleasing meal that my husband and I will crave too! Is that too much to ask? Okay, dreams aside, I would love to find a demi-glaze for lamb chops that add to the flavor without taking away. :)

  60. Stephanie says:

    I enjoy meatless meals, so I’m hoping to find some excellent vegetarian dishes. I’d especially love a great vegitarian lasagna recipe! I also just wanted to say that I work with your husband and am always raving to him about your site and recipes. I get some great ideas, so thanks for always keeping things fresh!

  61. Mariah says:

    I need a nice french bread recipe. Crusty on the outside, warm and soft on the inside.

  62. Neeley Kay says:

    I am looking for the perfect meatloaf recipe. I’m trying my hand at being a stay at home mom this year and my goal is to cook something new each week. Meatloaf is on my list of things to try!

  63. Carolyn says:

    I, too, have been looking for the perfect mac’n’cheese, so I can’t wait to try this one.

  64. Heidi says:

    I would love to get help with fried chicken. I have never been able to make it.

  65. Stacie says:

    I would like a recipe of beef stew, all the ones I’ve tried have failed miserably! :)

  66. Suzanne says:

    Some lovely fall roasting recipes…is that too basic?

  67. Lisa Crockett says:

    I love CI — I’d love this!

  68. Shannon says:

    I would love to find a ratatouille recipe for my son. He has been begging me to make it for months but I am afraid!!!

  69. Lisa says:

    I would love some great rib recipes. Hope I win!!

  70. Laura says:

    Love..love..love everything you post. I often want to lick the screen! Would love to try anything in this cookbook especially recommended by you. Thanks for making me happy on a regular basis

  71. Jan R says:

    Chicken and dumplings!

  72. Naomi says:

    A great teriaki/stir fry sauce would be wonderful! We’ve already enjoyed your sweet and sour sauce by the way. :)

  73. Sarah Sanders says:

    Oh I would LOVE to find a good Alfredo sauce recipe!

  74. Pam Gustin says:

    I’m always looking for new vegetable side dishes that my kids will eat.

  75. Tammy says:

    This sounds like the cookbook of all cookbooks!

  76. Chavah says:

    Hi Mel! Would love to see a good recipe for making creme brulee….and techniques of how to do it.

  77. Leila says:

    i would love to find the perfect whole wheat bread recipe. i was recently given a kitchen aid and i would love to utilize the kneading hook:)

  78. Dana Bennion says:

    Looking for a great roast recipe.

  79. Tammie says:

    I LOVE cookbooks and a CI one would be awesome!! Believe it or not I don’t own one of theirs. Would love to find that perfect chicken pot pie recipe.

  80. Torri says:

    Hopefully a perfect pizza crust recipe!

  81. Lindsay says:

    I’m sure I would love many of the recipes! I hope to see lots of yummy soups to try since it’s that time of year :)

  82. Paul says:

    I would hope to see a recipe for stuffed cabbage.

  83. Mary says:

    I would love to find a really good homemade wheat bread recipe that actually tastes good!

  84. Angela says:

    I’m hoping to find the perfect bbq pulled pork recipe. I love Cook’s Illustrated, this is a great giveaway!

  85. ankerah05 says:

    I would love to try new soup recipes that don’t call for tomatoes.

  86. Amanda says:

    I would love to see the perfect whole wheat bread recipe :)

  87. JaNae says:

    I would LOVE this cookbook! I have very few in my collection, and this would be a nice addition. :) I would love to find some easy weeknight meals.

  88. Joan says:

    I love trying new reicpes and you sure can’t go wrong with a CI recipe. A savory sweet potato would be nice.

  89. Rachel says:

    I really hope there’s a perfect Roasted Chicken recipe in the new cookbook. I’ve been struggling for years with dry-bird-yuck and greasy-chicken-grossness or worse is-this-even-cooked-through-eww-I-don’t-think-it-is! I just want a fail safe recipe that doesn’t have me wishing every time that I done something different.

  90. Christin says:

    chocolate cream pie

  91. Stephanie says:

    One of my very favorite things to read is cookbooks. I would love to find a good recipe for a good Sunday roast beef dinner!
    Awesome giveaway! Thank you!

  92. Kandice Hoen says:

    I am looking for NEW ideas for meals. I am sick of the same old thing and would love to use some amazing recipes to improve my cooking. :)

  93. Monica says:

    Hey Mel! I love your site, thanks for the BEST pumpkin roll recipe EVER! I get compliments all the time on that one. It’s great! If I got the CI cookbook, I would be looking for classic soups and stews. I love all soups, girly or not ;)

  94. Jo says:

    I’m looking for lots of perfect recipes that my husband can develop and use as he learns his way around the kitchen. YAY… he loves the crockpot so I’m hoping for the best Irish Stew.

  95. Jenny says:

    I would love to have some new soup recipes for this winter.

  96. Melanie says:

    Yes please. I’m not big on cookbooks these days (no thanks to fantastic blogs like yours) but when it’s that full of goodness, why not give it a try?!

  97. Stephanie says:

    I would love to find some great crock pot recipes besides soups.

  98. Deanna says:

    I just inherited 10 lbs of quinoa. I need some new recipes for it.

  99. Ellie says:

    Can’t wait to try the new mac n cheese recipe! It’s one of my favorites and I love trying new ways to make it!

  100. stephanie says:

    It’s fall – so I’m looking for squash soups! I promised myself I wouldn’t buy any more cookbooks… but I’m allowed to WIN them!

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