A few years ago I was introduced to the gorgeous and unbelievably talented Aida Mollenkamp. So intimidated was I by this lovely lady, that the gawky 11 year-old in me was immediately reawakened. Aida's endless knowledge about travel and anything food, to her effortless style and impeccable taste are awe-inspiring. In addition, this gal couldn't be sweeter. Aida has the uncanny ability to impress and charm the pants off of you while simultaneously putting you completely at ease.
If those weren't all reasons enough to write about Aida, I'm excited to tell you that she has just released her first cookbook, appropriately titled, Keys To The Kitchen. And it's brilliant. This book is like our generation's Joy To Cooking, covering fundamental kitchen techniques, offering incredible tips on how to become a better cook and featuring 305 recipes (yes, 305!), all presented in a simple and easy to understand way and jazzed up with Aida's flair for out-of-the-box ideas. It makes you want to run out to the market, come home, and become a much more adventurous cook.
While perused the pages, featuring delectable photographs by the talented Alex Farnum, I came very close to having to wipe drool off my chin. I couldn't help but fall in love with the chapters at the end of the book which contain recipe ideas that are perfect for someone who is busy, but still wants to prepare tasty dishes. We're all big smoked salmon lovers in our house, but until I read Aida's book I hadn't thought about preparing it the way she does (see recipe below). Just take the best bread you can find, top it with a smear of creme fraiche (or cream cheese or sour cream), layer on a piece of succulent smoked fish, and top it off with a snip of chives from the garden. We've literally made this recipe every Sunday since I got my hands on the book.
Over the past few years I've been fortunate enough to spend time with Aida, as well as with a great bunch of other talented and like-minded foodie bloggers. For the past week we've been celebrating the book release by partaking in a "virtual dinner party" on all of our websites_ sharing Aida's recipes, doing giveaways, and engaging in Aida-themed stuff (I had never heard of a virtual dinner party before, but given that I barely get out of the house, a virtual fun is right up my alley!).
Aida and Chronicle books have generously offered to send one copy of Keys To The Kitchen to a lucky weelicious reader. Here's how to win your own copy!
This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to the winner! Anna Marks!
Here's the giveaway details_
Prize: Chronicle Books is providing one (1) lucky reader with a copy of just-released Keys to the Kitchen by Aida Mollenkamp.
Duration: This giveaway will be open until Monday, November 5, 11_59pm PST.
Who Can Enter: Open only to residents in the USA.
How to Enter: Leave a comment below — one entry per email address only please. For a second (and third) chance to enter, pin to Pinterest and/or tweet a link to this post with the hash tag #keystothekitchen and let me know via comments.
How Winner Will Be Chosen: The winner will be chosen at random and will be notified via email, so please make sure the email address you provide while leaving a comment is correct.
And of course, here's where you can buy the book_
* All thoughts and opinion in this post are my own.
Simple Breakfast Flatbread (serves 2)
- 2 pieces thinly slices and toasted bread or flatbread such as naan
- 2 tablespoons creme fraiche, sour cream or ricotta
- 4 pieces thinly sliced smoked salmon or cured meat
- 2 chives chopped
Preparation1. Spread the creme fraiche on the sliced bread.
2. Top with smoked salmon and chives.