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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Wreck the Halls

When I was given the task of writing on the S&S blog (I’ve never blogged before, apparently I live under a rock), I was a little worried about what I would write about as the new marketing intern. That is, until I got my “assignment” – Wreck the Halls: Cake Wrecks Gets Festive. So, in the name of research, I spent the afternoon flipping through the book, almost peeing my pants laughing in the process.

What is a Cake Wreck, you ask? According to the hilarious Jen Yates and her equally inappropriately funny husband, John, “a Cake Wreck is any professionally made cake that is unintentionally sad, silly, creepy, [or] inappropriate….”

In her first book, Cake Wrecks: When Professional Cakes Go Hilariously Wrong, (which just so happened to become a New York Times Bestseller), we saw creepy baby cakes, cakes with questionable spelling, anti-sexual harassment cakes, and, my favorite, divorce cakes (nothing says it better than a cake with “I Didn’t Like You That Much Anyway” written on it…except maybe the “Go Die in a Car Fire” cake).

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And now, Yates is back with a second helping of Cake Wrecks. With Santa being eaten by an alligator and vampire pilgrim cakes, who needs a Hallmark card?

Watch the trailer

Both Cake Wrecks and Wreck the Halls are actually books, with over two hundred pages of cake wreck photos accompanied by Yates’ special blend of wit and sarcasm. And somehow, they don’t stop being funny, but actually become even funnier because, as you flip through it with friends, you know what is coming. Wreck the Halls is the perfect Christmas gift and offers sweet relief from holiday shopping madness, whether you give it as a gift or, if you are like me, you keep it for yourself.

To win a copy of Wreck the Halls, share your own cake wreck photo and submit it to the Simon & Schuster Facebook page where you can also check out the recent Simon & Schuster Cake Wrecks event with Jen Yates at Indigo in Yorkdale.

For more Cake Wrecks, check out CakeWrecks.com. Be sure to follow @CakeWrecks on Twitter and like Cake Wrecks on Facebook!

Can you handle Savages?

Win a copy of Savages !

Let Don Winslow take you on a ride through the dark side of the drug wars in his explosive new thriller.

A breakthrough novel from bestselling crime author Don Winslow pits Laguna-Beach based marijuana kingpins Ben and Chon against the vicious Mexican Baja Cartel. Provocative, sexy and scathingly funny, Savages tests the limits of how far two people will go for one amazing high.

Get a taste of the action with the book trailer:

To win a copy of Savages, just email your name and contact info to laura.meyer@simonandschuster.ca with the subject line “Savages”. Contest expires  Friday, August 27 *Canadian addresses only please.*

The White Queen Giveaway

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If you’re a member of sweetspot.ca, you’re eligible to win a copy of The White Queen by Philippa Gregory.

To enter, just send your name and mailing address to audrey@simonandschuster.com. Contest ends August 31st, 2009.

Don’t forget to catch Philippa Gregory’s Canadian tour:

TORONTO, ON
Thurs., Sept. 17th, 7:00 PM
Royal St. George’s College chapel
120 Howland Ave., Toronto, ON
Tickets are $5 per person at ticketweb.ca or 1-888-222-6608

VICTORIA, BC
Monday, September 28th, 7:30 PM
Alix Goolden Performance Hall
907 Pandora Ave., Victoria, BC
Tickets are $10 per person ($5 towards purchase of book) at Bolen Books: http://www.bolen.bc.ca or 250.595.4232

Follow main character Elizabeth Woodville on Twitter here.