giveaway: bluestem, the 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. […]

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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

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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

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

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

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

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!

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

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)

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

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.

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

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

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!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.