Cooking with Rachael Ray and the Cake Boss

UPDATE: Thanks for participating. This giveaway is now closed.
Congratulations to Louise, Sandra, Rizwana, Terry, and Jolyn!

I hope it’s no secret that we at Simon & Schuster Canada are foodies.
If you follow us on Instagram, you’ve no doubt seen the bevy of desserts that roll through our kitchen.

We love to host potlucks, rummage through each other’s snack drawers, and have cheese tastings with goodies from St. Lawrence Market. When we’re not discussing books, we’re discussing where and what to eat.

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But food is only delicious if you have someone else to share it with. And I’m a firm believer that the family that eats together stays together. So keeping with the holiday spirit, we’re giving away 5 cookbook sets of Rachael Ray’s My Year in Meals and Buddy Valastro’s Cooking Italian with the Cake Boss to help bring great food into your homes. 

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To enter, tell us what your favourite home cooked meal is in the comments section. We’ll draw five random winners on Friday, December 21, 2012. Happy holidays, and happy eating!

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Be a Cake Boss

Confession: I have a serious ego when it comes to my cookies.  When I first moved out of my parents house to attend university in Montreal, I knew the time of comfort food had come to an end.  My favourite foods that my mom served at home were always the difficult ones; ones I could never muster the courage to attempt myself.  Except for the cookies..

Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookies are my one and only culinary talent.  I follow a very strict measurement list, given to me by my mom, full of all those terrible, delicious ingredients you don’t want to know you’re consuming.  The smell wafting through the kitchen is enough to make your knees, I guarantee.  However, as fantastic as my cookies are, they are admittedly, my only success in the baking department.

So, instead of baking, I watch Buddy Valastro bake.  Cake Boss is one of those shows I pretend to simply ‘catch’ when it is on TV, but seriously watch in pure ecstasy.  From simple, small vanilla cakes to cakes that resemble Times Square (I’m not kidding), Buddy has made a cake empire out of his business.  His first book, Cake Boss, Buddy talks about his life and how he came to be the Cake Boss.  In his newest book, Baking with the Cake Boss — full of simple recipes and personal stories — Buddy teaches newbies like myself how to make a master of themselves in the kitchen!

Need more incentive?  Check out the first few pages of the book here!  Christmas is coming – amaze your family with one of Buddy’s beautiful cakes.  I certainly plan to!

Buddy will be visiting the GTA this month!  Come meet him at the location nearest you.

Sunday, November 20 @ 1:00pm- Chapters in Woodbridge

Sunday, November 20 @ 7:30pm- Ticketed event at the Hamilton Place Theatre

Monday, November 21 @ 12:00pm- Indigo at the Manulife Centre

Monday, November 21 @ 7:30pm- Ticketed event at the Sony Centre