My Cookbook Passion – Worldwide Giveaway

Enter our worldwide giveaway to win an autographed copy of My Cookbook Passion: Culinary History and Adventure in Exploring My Collection by Pamela Kure Grogan.

My Cookbook Passion: Culinary History and Adventure in Exploring My Collection is filled with Pam’s lifetime of culinary work, photos of the covers and anecdotes about the books in her collection, snapshots of her life travels (meeting Julia Child, work with Chuck Williams and more) along with a selection of recipes. This is a cookbook lover’s dream book but also could be a dangerous purchase. You may find yourself trying to track down some of these books in Pam’s collection.

Reading about the titles along with Pamela’s culinary adventures is a joy. The vintage cookbook covers and descriptions are lovely to have in one title and are a who’s who of the cookbook world. Pam has done the work of making a cookbook lover’s scrapbook that we can enjoy while curled on the sofa. Find out more about the author in our Quick Bites feature.

Please take a look at our which gives you a wonderful idea of how special this book is. A quote from me appears on the back cover and a quote mentioning Eat Your Books is on the inside flap of the book jacket.

Eat Your Books members can take $5.00 off at checkout using the coupon code COOKING at Histria Books. The cost of the book will then be $34.99 plus shipping and handling of $5.99. Valid thru Dec 31st. I will keep track of any holiday sales for this title as well.

The editor of this title (and devoted husband of Pamela), S.P. Grogan, is also offering a bonus for two book buyers: the opportunity to win an autographed copy of the Mercedes the Cat poster. If you have ordered this book or will be ordering it – take a screenshot or photograph of your receipt and email it to making sure to include in the subject line “Mercedes the Cat”. He will then draw two names and notify those folks of their win. The deadline for entering the poster giveaway will be Dec 31, 2021 at midnight.

Special thanks to Pamela for providing one autographed copy of her book in this giveaway. Entry options include answering the following question in the comments section of this blog post.

Leave a comment telling us about your cookbook passion.

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  • lean1  on  December 8, 2021

    Italian, Mexican and baking books are what I love to read and cook from

  • ravensfan  on  December 8, 2021

    I inherited my mother’s cookbook collection and cherish it almost as much as my memories of her cooking. I especially love her handwritten notes in the margins and all the torn pieces of paper serving as bookmarks.

  • matag  on  December 8, 2021

    I didn’t realize it was a passion. I just assumed everyone loved to collect cookbooks, cook and eat as much as I do!

  • wildchild  on  December 9, 2021

    Italian sauces – there are so many variations I can get to a theme!

  • thebookwormbakes  on  December 9, 2021

    my cookbook passion started at 14 when I bought a cookbook with my first ever paycheck! It has only gotten stronger, and so too have my shelves to hold them all!

  • pitterpat4  on  December 9, 2021

    I grew up surrounded by cookbooks. My mother used McBride’s Encyclopedia of Cooking for recipes and as a booster seat for children at the table. I love to read cookbooks as much as use them for recipes.

  • BMeyer  on  December 9, 2021

    I own around 400 cookbooks

  • KittyPride  on  December 9, 2021

    I have cookbooks from all over the world so I can explore different tastes and ingredients.

  • kmn4  on  December 9, 2021

    I have been collecting cookbooks for probably 25 years…and my house shows it. LOL!

  • Shelley.b  on  December 9, 2021

    I love cookbooks. I read their stories on the history of recipes and why they cook. I g ind them inspiring

  • sayeater  on  December 9, 2021

    We all turn into our parents right? I grew up in the kitchen, where my mom made delicious dishes, some from memory, some from her vast collection of cookbooks and clipped recipes. A teacher by profession, she sometimes catered or made custom orders on the side and I was her helper. She also entertained a lot: themed dinner parties, gourmet clubs, progressive dinners. Even hosted a few cooking classes in our house. Travel was all about the food. Where are the best bakeries, specialty food purveyors, local delicacies? Breakfast, lunch and dinner planned and researched (and all of this without use of the internet!)

    When she passed 7 years ago I wasn’t in a mental place to handle her large collection of cookbooks and sadly I let all but a few go. (If I had known about Eat Your Books then, it might have been different). A weird thing happened though after she was gone-my cookbook gene was activated, and my small 20 book collection has swelled 20 fold. I now have a collection to rival her own, with a focus on international cuisine and what I call travel cookbooks. I like to sit down, read, learn and then hopefully be inspired to bring a taste of places far away into my own home. She would have absolutely loved Eat Your Books for the way it allows us to fully use our extensive and cherished collections.

  • akrupnick  on  December 9, 2021

    I justify my large cookbook collection by noting that “I’m not hurting anyone.” EYB has mare me appreciate these treasures so much more. Thank you!

  • demomcook  on  December 9, 2021

    I love my cookbooks. They are old friends, new friends, and treasures, all.

  • Ishtar  on  December 9, 2021

    It’s out of control! I’ve had to put shelving in the garage to contain it. Lots of baking books and healthy eating ones too so it all balances out

  • mcrimmins  on  December 9, 2021

    Jenny and The Cookbook Junkies has enabled me to go a little overboard with the cookbooks!!!

  • riley  on  December 10, 2021

    I started with my mothers Farm Journal Cookbooks.

  • chefmichael  on  December 10, 2021

    I love cookbooks because they take me to places and cultures that I find fascinating.

  • Erobbins  on  December 10, 2021

    Ms. Grogan’s cookbook book would be a dangerous one, but also illuminating! Probably my main weakness, cookbookwise, is food preserving: jams and canning, but also other techniques like salting, smoking, fermenting, drying. I love the idea and practice of transforming food in various ways.

  • sarahawker  on  December 10, 2021

    My cookbook passion started “late”, definitely well into my 30’s before I amassed anything more than a standard bookshelf. These days I have to regularly purge my collection to those I really use or read. At the moment it leans heavily toward southern US and middle eastern countries.

  • LaurenE  on  December 10, 2021

    I eat and travel vicariously through cookbooks

  • roxlet  on  December 10, 2021

    I love my cookbooks particularly my baking books

  • banba1  on  December 10, 2021

    In addition to collecting cookbooks, I like create my own online cookbooks of family recipes to help make sure all our recipes are accessible to anyone who needs them. I’m on volume 3 now!

  • DLC  on  December 10, 2021

    Everything about food – shopping, preparing, cooking, serving, eating – is central to our culture. My cookbooks are a window into the soul of many different cuisines and the people for whom food is so much more than mere nourishment.

  • biro  on  December 10, 2021

    I started collecting recipes as soon as I could read and cookbooks when s.b. suggest I need a hobby apart from collecting (other) books. Commuting to work was a good excuse to buy cookery books in order to have to read on the train and when travelling, I always know what I will take back home as a souvenir. Recently, I have started saving references to books I would like to have on Pinterest and my husband uses these as inspiration for what to get me as a present. Usually many, many presents. (I have a wonderful husband who loves my cooking)

  • Lijstjesmeisje  on  December 10, 2021

    My husband keeps telling me I have more than enough cookbooks to read and look through, and I couldn’t possibly cook up all the recipes in them in one lifetime. Still I (secretly) keep buying ones I think I can not live without, and he keeps gifting me ones for birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas or no particular occasion at al.

  • UrsEva  on  December 10, 2021

    I have been collecting recipes since I was a teenager simply copying recipes by hand from magazines. These were the days before the internet and copiers. Today my cookbook collection is out of control with over 1000 books. I love to cook around the world and, since I love to travel too, always figure out what I should eat wherever I go in the world. My husband loves how prepared we travel. At home I mix recipes from all sorts of cultures freely. We have to eat so why not make it adventurous and exciting. EYB has brought some sanity into my collection. I can actually find stuff!

  • LeMinou  on  December 11, 2021

    I often splice together recipes or eliminate/add ingredients to recipes to make them my own. 🙂

  • maci234  on  December 11, 2021

    having lots of cookbooks

  • foodie16  on  December 11, 2021

    Any cookbook is like a treasure trove to me. I have so many. Food from every country in the world fascinates me. I love to browse the cookbook section in bookshops, but choosing just one each time is so hard. Love to find gems in secondhand bookshops and charity shops too.

  • ChicagoJen  on  December 11, 2021

    I love books, and I love the interactive nature of cookbooks. I make notes in them and use holiday cards and invitations as page markers so I am always reminded of my loved ones when I open one of my cookbooks.

  • bopper  on  December 11, 2021

    Asian Cooking Books are what I like to collect, as the fragrances used are just as appealing as the flavours in the menus they display

  • Dannausc  on  December 11, 2021

    I have about two hundred cookbooks. Every week I pick a different cookbook to cook from.

  • debbiehb  on  December 12, 2021

    I like buying cookbooks from every place I visit on vacation.

  • Sand9  on  December 12, 2021

    Love reading cookbooks in bed ! x

  • lilmiztam22  on  December 12, 2021

    My parents didn’t cook much from scratch when I was a child so I would love to collect cookbooks from the charity shop as I got older and slowly both my parents and I would cook more and more love of cooking and baking grew from there as did my cookbook collection!

  • oduong930  on  December 13, 2021

    I love finding easy food hacks!

  • SerenaYLee  on  December 14, 2021

    My first love was baking and dessert books. Currently, though, I’ve been obsessing over regional cookbooks and books that explore a specific cuisine – the midwest, Syria, Sicily, Georgia, etc.

  • janv  on  December 14, 2021

    I have many cookbooks and still have the first I received at 13

  • JulieQC  on  December 14, 2021

    My cookbooks have designated shelving just for them!

  • rchesser  on  December 14, 2021

    Moe like an obsession.

  • mpdeb98  on  December 17, 2021

    My cookbook passion is trying to make cuisines from around the world

  • youngsvnnhrs  on  December 17, 2021

    My cookbook passion is collecting cookbooks from every country I travel to!

  • virjeania  on  December 18, 2021

    My passion is to create great tasting dishes and try new things.

  • cmagillespie  on  December 18, 2021

    My cookbook passion started when I lived in NYC and discovered the cookbook section at the Strand Bookstore. Slowly over time the cookbooks have been taking over.

  • trudys_person  on  December 18, 2021

    I think the pinnacle of my cookbook passion was having Rose Levy Berenbaum sign my 1st edition copy of The Cake Bible a couple of years ago. I think it was the first cookbook I

  • Leonard5854  on  December 19, 2021

    I thank Eat Your Books every day for allowing me to get a handle on my cookbook passion (a.k.a. obsession). I have so many cookbooks that I have inherited from great aunts, grandparents, and my own parents, and I have difficulty stopping myself from buying more. I see cookbooks as a gateway into a culture and its people.

  • babiafi  on  December 19, 2021

    I love retro cookbooks, the illustrations are really cool.

  • tarae1204  on  December 20, 2021

    I’ve lived in the upper Midwest, the East Coast and the West Coast in the past ten years, and have enjoyed collecting regional cookbooks for each area. I especially love California restaurant cookbooks, Food & Wine Best of the Best series, female bloggers, and various regional cuisines that have places in my heart.

  • ccav  on  December 20, 2021

    I just love cookbooks…..illustrated ones, themed ones, single-subject, ones that tell a story, historical ones, and those that let you in to the kitchens of the authors or of time or place.

  • chromiumman  on  December 21, 2021

    i developed a cookbook addiction from my mom, who had the same problem

  • pyramidblaster  on  December 21, 2021

    I have over 500 cookbooks, mostly in the attic. I cant get myself to dispose of them.

  • Siegal  on  December 23, 2021

    Mine started in college! I have hundreds

  • wgfremont  on  December 23, 2021

    I need something new to try! I have a ton of cookbooks but I’m bored with them….lol

  • Dendav  on  December 24, 2021

    Love to find new middle Eastern/north African cookbooks.

  • zeeenie  on  December 26, 2021

    i have a bread cookbook from my gran that i use often

  • clairew137  on  December 26, 2021

    Cakes book.

  • humptybren  on  December 26, 2021

    i love cake cookbooks

  • michelle666  on  December 26, 2021

    I love,baking cook books, all the delicious breads and cakes to make

  • silversand  on  December 28, 2021

    The Dairy Diary Cookbook – it holds so many memories for me! It was the book I first learned to cook with.

    These days I have a vast and diverse collection and I lap up anything

  • emi10383  on  December 28, 2021

    Anything vegan 🙂

  • ElizM  on  December 28, 2021

    So many cookbooks but the well used favourites are those that combine taste with ease rather than anything too fancy and fiddly. Cookbooks by Nigel Slater and Nigella Lawson are current favourites but I’m also loving Rukmini Iyer’s Roasting Tin series

  • baronsk  on  December 28, 2021

    Like many, I read cookbooks like novels. I’ve lived in many places but need to have a healthy, flavorful diet at this point in my life and well-being. Many thanks for this website – I’m enjoying as a new member.

  • Lora724  on  December 30, 2021

    I love cookbooks. They bring me joy and Eat Your Books help me enjoy them so much more.

  • luccio  on  December 30, 2021

    Cookbooks which are not just recipe compilations, but are also good reads in their own right : e.g. anything by Nigella, or Ottolenghi.

  • LizyB  on  December 30, 2021

    I can only dream of a collection and experiences like her!

  • mattyoreilly  on  December 30, 2021

    I was never taught to cook, so I taught myself, I watched a lot of cooking shows on TV and I can cook some really nice meals. I’m currently trying to cook healthy meals for dinner and lunches, as I want to lose weight in 2022.

  • antpantsii  on  December 31, 2021

    I all started off as a teenager, finding a box of old Gourmet magazines that someone had put out with the garbage. I took the box home. The magazines were from the 1960’s – so exotic. The travel section, the “you asked us” letters hoping for the recipes eaten in fancy restaurants, the back page, and the most incredible over the world. I felt that I had discovered that an alien species.
    My cookbook collection has ebbed and flowed over the years as I moved about, and edited for the space that I had to store them. I have a soft spot for the coil bound cookbook fundraisers printed by church ladies, essayists such as MFK Fisher and Laurie Collin, and I still have many of the Gourmet magazines that started me down this road decades ago.

  • RickPearson54  on  January 1, 2022

    Collecting new and innovative cookbooks.

  • dzm  on  January 2, 2022

    It’s exciting to discover new recipes and revisit old ones.

  • ceejayen  on  January 2, 2022

    I love to create new recipes and dip into new books

  • elysek  on  January 3, 2022

    I have hundreds of cookbooks. I got my first cookbook at 6-years-old.

  • hillsboroks  on  January 4, 2022

    I use my cookbooks to explore the world. It all started when I was a teenager and couldn’t afford to travel but Incould cook exotic cuisines.

  • maria411  on  January 4, 2022

    I always remember my mums cookbooks and going through all the pictures, that’s what got me into cookbooks

  • prettypistol  on  January 7, 2022

    Love to try new recipes all the time, especially older recipes, so a lot of cook books are needed!

  • JEWGAL777  on  January 7, 2022

    I enjoy spending time in the kitchen and love baking….especially cookies. I own at least twenty cookie cookbooks!

  • aesop57  on  January 7, 2022

    Chinese food

  • Semimedium  on  January 10, 2022

    I currently love collecting regional cookbooks!

  • Pizzacat13  on  January 11, 2022

    I became obsessed with cookbooks in high school as stress relief from studying and never managed to overcome it. I’ve since moved across the world and a significant portion of our moving boxes were cookbooks! My cookbook collection is absolutely my happy place and I will never part with it 🙂

  • dancingbutterflies  on  January 11, 2022

    I have a passion at the moment for organising my cookbook collection in a rainbow – it looks beautiful and makes my heart happy x

  • gallucci  on  January 11, 2022

    Mostly, I love cookbooks for inspiration and education. There is so much to learn about so many cultures and cuisines, as well as techniques.

    Occasionally I actually cook a recipe 🙂

  • Yatota74  on  January 13, 2022

    I have been collecting cookbooks for many years and love lots of different ones from all over the world

  • betsyradelow  on  January 13, 2022

    Checking out books from the library and buying my favorites!

  • poneill  on  January 14, 2022

    It’s addictive.

  • kennethjohngilmour  on  January 14, 2022

    Indian, Thai and Vietnamese cookbooks have become my passion

  • Ingridemery  on  January 15, 2022

    I love ice cream cookbooks and was lucky enough to pick up Agnes Marshall’s Book of Ices last week – what a pioneering book and a classic

  • edyenicole  on  January 15, 2022

    I like to collect them and find new recipes!

  • JenjiD  on  January 17, 2022

    Trying new recipes

  • labazs22  on  January 18, 2022

    i love cookbooks i read them like a story book!

  • mumliz  on  January 18, 2022

    i love cake and biscuit cookbooks

  • finamoon  on  January 18, 2022

    I love cookbooks with wonderful stories and pictures. I love healthy cooking and world food.

  • Karla123  on  January 19, 2022

    I am a passionate cookbook collector (and professionally trained chef) who has an insatiable craving for recipes with alluring food photography from around the world.

  • jrhymer  on  January 20, 2022

    I love to snuggle up on a cold evening in front of the fire with a cuppa and a cookbook to plan what I’m going to cook next

  • nocona  on  January 21, 2022

    I travel a lot so I love world food cookbooks! I love to try recreate foods I have tried on my travels!

  • lsgourmet  on  January 21, 2022

    At 1,000 + books, I’m small potatoes compared to some other members, but no less passionate. I’m just constrained by space and a husband who says he’ll have to build an addition to the house if I continue collecting.

  • lsgourmet  on  January 21, 2022

    Somehow I posted before I got back to the contest form. See post from LS Gourmet below

  • sheridarby  on  January 21, 2022

    I love Italian recipes and cake baking recipes

  • JMRoseen  on  January 21, 2022

    I love looking at other collections to compare to my 350+ collection.

  • Isis1981uk  on  January 22, 2022

    I love baking cookbooks – cookies, cakes, bread!

  • Acha_77  on  January 22, 2022

    I love to discover new flavors and combinations in the kitchen. I have cookbooks from many regions of the world. And there will always be another one that will surprise me.

  • hammygav03  on  January 22, 2022

    vegetarian cookbook. i love trying new meat free meals

  • grumpygraham  on  January 22, 2022

    i like cookbooks for meaty meals like steak

  • Emmamaryd  on  January 22, 2022

    Mary berry’s cookbook is my go to cookbook.

  • paulbing  on  January 22, 2022

    My going to sleep books

  • orchidlady01  on  January 22, 2022

    I have a lot of cookbooks that I have been collecting for 45 years. I also have some of my mother’s cookbooks after she died. One of my favorites is Good Housekeeping Cooking with Susan (1967) and the original Joy of Cooking. Both of them are held together with tape!

  • AEA  on  January 22, 2022

    I’m having to cut down on my cookery book obsession, I’m running out of space to squeeze them all into.

  • DimensionAEB  on  January 22, 2022

    I love cookbooks and have many from all sorts of cuisines and countries.

  • Rustie53  on  January 23, 2022

    Baking and also slow cooker books – so much choice and not enough time

  • portkey  on  January 23, 2022

    I love browsing cookbooks looking for inspiration

  • comperoo  on  January 23, 2022

    love baking books

  • Alisonann  on  January 23, 2022

    I love my cookbooks, I’m always trying something different

  • tess_invests  on  January 23, 2022

    Cracking the spine on a new cookbook and dreaming of exotic travel!

  • molly57  on  January 23, 2022

    I have several cookbooks but not sure it is a passion

  • kdixxy  on  January 23, 2022

    I love baking and slow cooker recipe cookbooks

  • ClaireHamilton  on  January 23, 2022

    I’ve always loved creating new dishes, especially from different countries. Cookbooks have always been so useful to me.

  • PatBarrett  on  January 23, 2022

    I love to try new things and cookbooks are ideal for inspiration.

  • Twiddle  on  January 23, 2022

    I love my cookbooks, I have ones that were passed down to me by my grandmother that contain baking recipes that I love to make as they always turn out fabulously x

  • CookingPerson  on  January 26, 2022

    I love trying new recipes which push me outside of my comfort zone.

  • EmilyR  on  January 27, 2022

    Anything and everything, I just love learning and tasting the cuisines of the world.

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