giveaway: bluestem, the cookbook…

bluestem cookbook

For years, I had been telling my friend, Colby Garrelts, chef-owner of bluestem in Kansas City, that he should write a cookbook.  The Midwest was grossly under-misrepresented on the cookbook shelves of America, and I thought he should do something about it.

But, after three years of nagging him, I decided to drop the matter.  I often underestimate how busy chefs are.

Six months later, he called me out of the blue. Andrews McMeel, a local publishing giant (coincidentally, located right across the street from the law firm where I worked at the time), approached him about writing a cookbook.  He asked me if I’d write it with him.

Fast-forward two years: that cookbook has finally arrived. And I’m the proud photographer and co-author of it, along with Colby and Megan Garrelts. (Here’s a pdf preview.)  Together, we’re also extremely honored to have had our friend Graham Elliot Bowles write the Foreword, and chefs Daniel Humm, Sean Brock, and Gale Gand support us with their kind words.

Although the cookbook officially releases on November 8, we’re throwing an early, sneak-peek party at bluestem on November 3, where you can get a signed copy in advance of the release.  But I’m offering a way for you to get a copy even earlier than that.  This week, the publisher sent me a shipment of advance media copies. In a moment of self-promotion (please, forgive me), I’m giving away a signed copy here on my blog.

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bluestem Cookbook

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I could run a Twitter or Facebook campaign, to make you retweet, follow, share, and befriend me (please do, if you feel so moved).  But I generally operate in more eccentric ways.  So, instead, I’m going to make you work for this book.

This year, I’ve had the incredible opportunity to travel the world.  Not only have I criss-crossed our country several times, but I’ve also criss-crossed the Atlantic several times.  And everywhere I’ve gone, I’ve eaten well.

Below are eight photos of eight dishes that I’ve eaten in eight of the countries I’ve visited this year.  For a chance to win a signed copy of “bluestem, the cookbook,” tell me (in the comment section of this blogpost) the name of the restaurant and the country where I had each of these dishes.  If you’ve learned how to navigate my Flickr account, this shouldn’t be so hard.

To make things a little easier, I’ll tell you the eight countries (in alphabetic order): France, Germany, Italy, Monaco, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and United States.

A few housekeeping items:

1. To prevent unnecessary clutter, you get one guess – your first guess is the one that counts.

3. If I’ve already sent you a media copy of the cookbook (you know who you are), you are not eligible to win. But feel free to play along.

2. This contest ends at midnight on the evening of Wednesday, October 19, Central U.S. time.  I’ll choose one correct submission at random and announce the winner on Thursday, October 20.  Please note that I leave the country on Friday, October 21, and I will will not return for a while.  So, if you win, and you want the cookbook sent to you before I leave, please check this blogpost to see if you are winner promptly on October 20, and reply with your address as soon as possible.

Good luck!  More importantly, have fun.

PHOTO ONE

6th Course: Tigernut (Chufas)

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PHOTO TWO

01 Shellfish 2.1

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PHOTO THREE

Fried Softshell Crab "Monte Cristo"

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PHOTO FOUR

5th Course: Pigeon

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PHOTO FIVE

8th Course: Strawberry

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PHOTO SIX

8th Course: Parsnips

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PHOTO SEVEN

5th Course: "Tanariva Lactee" - airy, liquid solid.

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PHOTO EIGHT

8th Course: Cochon de Lait

~ by ulterior epicure on October 14, 2011.

43 Responses to “giveaway: bluestem, the cookbook…”

  1. Quique Dacosta (Spain): Chufas (Tigernuts)
    Alain Ducasse (Monaco): Shellfish and Seafood
    Husk (United States): Fried Softshell Crab “Monte Cristo”
    Il Canto (Italy): Picchhione Tapisse-Bouche
    Schauenstein (Switzerland): Strawberry
    Viajante (United Kingdom) – Parsnips
    La Vie (Germany) – “Tanariva Lactee”
    Mirazur (France) – Cochon de Lait

  2. Quique Dacosta – Spain
    Louis XV – Monaco
    Husk – United States
    Il Canto – Italy
    Schauenstein – Switzerland
    Viajante – United Kingdom
    La Vie – Germany
    Mirazur – France

  3. Here are my answers for the Bluestem Cookbook Contest. It looks amazing! Great job! I hope I win!

    Photo 1: Quique Dacosta – Spain

    Photo 2: Louis XV – Monaco

    Photo 3: Husk – South Carolina

    Photo 4: Il Canto – Italy

    Photo 5: Schauenstein – Switzerland

    Photo 6: Viajante – London

    Photo 7: La Vie – Germany

    Photo 8: Mirazur – France

  4. quinque dacosta, spain
    louis xv, monaco
    husk, us
    il canto, italy
    schauenstein, switzerland
    viajante, uk
    la vie, germany
    mirazur, france

  5. 1. Quique Dacosta, Spain
    2. Louis XV, Monaco
    3. Husk, USA
    4. Il Canto, Italy
    5. Schloss Schauenstein, Switzerland
    6. Viajante, England
    7. La Vie, Germany
    8. Mirazur, France

    Time to make some reservations…cheers!

  6. 1-Quique Dacosta – Spain
    2-Louis XV – Monaco
    3-Husk – United States
    4-Il Canto – Italy
    5-Schauenstein – Switzerland
    6-Viajante – United Kingdom
    7-La Vie – Germany
    8-Mirazur – France

  7. Got hooked on your blog a few weeks ago after Leni posted something about it on Facebook! Love the cookbook! Looks AMAZING!

    1- Quique Dacosta in Spain

    2- Louis XV in Monaco

    3- Husk in South Carolina

    4- Il Canto in Italy

    5- Schauenstein in Switzerland

    6- Viajante in United Kingdom

    7- La Vie in Germany

    8- Mirazur in France

  8. Oh Lord, I want this.

    1- Quique Dacosta (Spain)
    2- Alain Ducasse (Monaco)
    3- Husk (United States)
    4- Il Canto (Italy)
    5- Schauenstein (Switzerland)
    6- Viajante (United Kingdom)
    7- La Vie (Germany)
    8- Mirazur (France)

  9. Quique Dacosta – Spain
    Louis XV – Monaco
    Husk – United States
    Il Canto – Italy
    Schauenstein – Switzerland
    Viajante – United Kingdom
    La Vie – Germany
    Mirazur – France

  10. No Flickr access from work. Boo. And the Special Events page it also blank. Not a fan of corporate American much right now :-) Well, back to work I guess.

    P.S. – If you want to email me details of the sneak-peek party, I wouldn’t mind.

  11. 1) quique dacosta/ spain
    2) louis xv/ monaco
    3) husk/ us
    4) il canto/ italy
    5) schauenstein/ switzerland
    6) viajante/ uk
    7) La Vie/ germany
    8) mirazur/ france

  12. Your best year (coincidentally my worst) included:

    1. Quique Dacosta, Spain
    2. Louis XV, Monaco
    3. Husk, USA
    4. Il Canto, Italy
    5. Schloss Schauenstein, Switzerland
    6. Viajante, England
    7. La Vie, Germany
    8. Mirazur, France

    moosnsqrl

  13. I would love to have this book!

    1. Quique Dacosta, Spain
    2. Louis XV, Monaco
    3. Husk, USA
    4. Il Canto, Italy
    5. Schloss Schauenstein, Switzerland
    6. Viajante, England
    7. La Vie, Germany
    8. Mirazur, France

    Thanks for the contest!

  14. Quique Dacosta – Spain
    Louis XV – Monaco
    Husk – United States
    Il Canto – Italy
    Schloss Schauenstein – Switzerland
    Viajante – United Kingdom
    La Vie – Germany
    Mirazur – France

  15. Photo 1. Dacosta…Spain
    Photo 2. Louis XV…Monaco
    Photo 3. Husk…United States
    Photo 4. Il Canto…Italy
    Photo 5. Schauenstein…Switzerland
    Photo 6. Viajante…United Kingdom
    Photo 7. La Vie …Germany
    Photo 8. Mirazur…France

  16. Quique Dacosta – spain
    Alain Ducasse Louis XV – monaco
    Husk- US
    Il Canto – Italy
    Schauenstein – Switzerland
    Viajante – UK
    La Vie – Germany
    Mirazur – France

  17. Quique Dacosta – Spain
    Louis XV – Monaco
    Husk – United States
    Il Canto – Italy
    Schloss Schauenstein – Switzerland
    Viajante – United Kingdom
    La Vie – Germany
    Mirazur – France

  18. Photo One: Quique Dacosta–Spain
    Photo Two: Louis XV–Monaco
    Photo Three: Husk–The U.S. of A
    Photo Four: Il Canto–Italy
    Photo Five: Schloss Schauenstein–Switzerland
    Photo Six: Viajante–United Kingdom
    Photo Seven: La Vie–Germany
    Photo Eight: Mirazur–France

  19. 1. Quique Dacosta, Spain
    2. Louis XV, Monaco
    3. Husk, USA
    4. Il Canto, Italy
    5. Schloss Schauenstein, Switzerland
    6. Viajante, United Kingdom
    7. La Vie, Germany
    8. Mirazur, France

  20. Oh my gosh I would love to have this. It looks beautiful!
    one: quique dacosta, Spain
    two: Louis XV, Monaco
    three: Husk, USA
    four: Il Canto, Italy
    five: Schauenstein, Switzerland
    six: Vijante, UK
    seven: La Vie, Germany
    eight: Mirazur, France

  21. Looks like you’re going to give away a few books buddy!

  22. 1) Quique Dacosta – Spain
    2) Louis XV – Monaco
    3) Husk – United States
    4) Il Canto – Italy
    5) Schloss Schauenstein – Switzerland
    6) Viajante – United Kingdom
    7) La Vie – Germany
    8) Mirazur – France

    Gotta have that book UE

  23. 1. quique dacosta – spain
    2. louis xv – monaco
    3. husk – charleston, sc – usa ( love that town ! )
    4. il canto – italy
    5. schauenstein – switzerland
    6. viajante – uk
    7. la vie – germany
    8. mirazur – france

    loved the contest but makes me realize how much great food most of us miss.

  24. @Jeremy Lamb: Only one book being given away (for now, anyway), but hopefully lots of contenders!

  25. Congrats! Beautiful book.

    1. Quique Dacosta, Spain
    2. Louis XV, Monaco
    3. Husk, USA
    4. Il Canto, Italy
    5. Schloss Schauenstein, Switzerland
    6. Viajante, United Kingdom
    7. La Vie, Germany
    8. Mirazur, France

  26. 1. Quique Dacosta, Spain
    2. Louis XV, Monaco
    3. Husk, United States
    4 Il Canto, Italy
    5. Schauenstein, Switzerland
    6. Viajante, United Kingdom
    7. La Vie, Germany
    8. Mirazur, France

    My list seems to be an echo of the other, but I did all my own research to be certain, and enjoyed the journey (again!) I’m kicking myself for not tracking down a babysitter for last night’s dinner at The Rieger though. Thank you for the photos.

  27. Such a great book to have!!

    1) Quique Dacosta – Spain
    2) Louis XV – Monaco
    3) Husk – United States
    4) Il Canto – Italy
    5) Schloss Schauenstein – Switzerland
    6) Viajante – United Kingdom
    7) La Vie – Germany
    8) Mirazur – France

  28. 1. Quique Dacosta, España
    2. Le Louis XV, Monaco
    3. Husk, United States of America
    4. Il Canto, Italia
    5. Schauenstein, Switzerland
    6. Viajante, United Kingdom
    7. La Vie, Deutschland
    8. Mirazur, France

    You are awesome!

  29. @Roberto Navarro: Leave it to the foreigner to name the countries by their actual names. But you missed the Swiss Confederation. :)

  30. • quique dacosta – spain
    • louis xv – monaco
    • husk – usa
    • Il canto – italy
    • schauenstein – switzerland
    • viajante – uk
    • la vie – germany
    • mirazur – france

  31. 1) quique dacosta- Spain, 2)Louis XV- Monaco, 3)Husk- U.S.
    4) iL canto- Italy, 5) schauenstein- Switzerland, 6) Viajante- UK
    7) La Vie- Germany, 8) cochon de lait- France

    it was great fun, thank you,
    edgar

  32. 1. Quique Dacosta, Spain
    2. Louis XV, Monaco
    3. Husk, USA
    4. Il Canto, Italy
    5. Schloss Schauenstein, Switzerland
    6. Viajante, United Kingdom
    7. La Vie, Germany
    8. Mirazur, France

  33. 1. Quique Dacosta, Spain
    2. Louis XV, Monaco
    3. Husk, USA
    4. Il Canto, Italy
    5. Schloss Schauenstein, Switzerland
    6. Viajante, United Kingdom
    7. La Vie, Germany
    8. Mirazur, France

  34. one quique dacosta – spain
    two louis xv – monaco
    three husk – charleston, sc – usa
    four il canto – italy
    five schauenstein – switzerland
    six viajante – uk
    seven la vie – germany
    eight mirazur – france

  35. 1. Quique Dacosta, Spain
    2. Louis XV, Monaco
    3. Husk, USA
    4. Il Canto, Italy
    5. Schloss Schauenstein, Switzerland
    6. Viajante, United Kingdom
    7. La Vie, Germany
    8. Mirazur, France

  36. 1. Quique Dacosta, Spain
    2. Louis XV, Monaco
    3. Husk, USA
    4. Il Canto, Italy
    5. Schloss Schauenstein, Switzerland
    6. Viajante, United Kingdom
    7. La Vie, Germany
    8. Mirazur, France

  37. 1-Quique Dacosta – Spain
    2-Louis XV – Monaco
    3-Husk – United States
    4-Il Canto – Italy
    5-Schauenstein – Switzerland
    6-Viajante – United Kingdom
    7-La Vie – Germany
    8-Mirazur – France

  38. 1. Quique Dacosta, Spain
    2. Louis XV, Monaco
    3. Husk, USA
    4. Il Canto, Italy
    5. Schloss Schauenstein, Switzerland
    6. Viajante, United Kingdom
    7. La Vie, Germany
    8. Mirazur, France

  39. 1. quique dacosta, Spain
    2. louis xv, Monaco
    3. Husk, United States
    4. il canto, Italy
    5. schauenstein, Switzerland
    6. Viajante, United Kingdom
    7. la vie, Germany
    8. mirazur, France

  40. Got a feeling someone already won this. Nevertheless…

    1. Quique Dacosta, España
    2. Alain Ducasse, Monaco
    3. Husk, United States of America
    4. Il Canto, Italia
    5. Schloss Schauenstein, Switzerland
    6. Viajante, Britain
    7. La Vie, Deutschland
    8. Mirazur, France

  41. 1: Quique Dacosta – Spain
    2: Louis XV – Monaco
    3: Husk – South Carolina
    4: Il Canto – Italy
    5: Schauenstein – Switzerland
    6: Viajante – London
    7: La Vie – Germany
    8: Mirazur – France

  42. Just in time!

    1. Quique Dacosta, Spain
    2. Louis XV, Monaco
    3. Husk, USA
    4. Il Canto, Italy
    5. Schloss Schauenstein, Switzerland
    6. Viajante, United Kingdom
    7. La Vie, Germany
    8. Mirazur, France

  43. Thank you all who took the time to read this post and reply. Although I don’t think there was a single wrong answer in the pile (impressive), here are the correct answers:

    1. Quique Dacosta, Spain
    2. Louis XV, Monaco
    3. Husk, United States
    4. Il Canto, Italy
    5. Schloss Schauenstein, Switzerland
    6. Viajante, United Kingdom
    7. La Vie, Germany
    8. Mirazur, France

    Taylor, you said you “gotta have that book?” Well, you’ve got it – your name came out of the hat. Email me your address and the book will be on its way to you.

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