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Dolce Italiano CONTEST Preview

22 Nov

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Yep, it’s about time for a good old-fashioned giveaway here at AHIR. This is actually a contest that I cooked up (no pun intended, you’ll see…) back in late September, but the supplies (books) for getting it rolling took two months to arrive! However, the timing might even be better now, considering that this contest is all about making delectable Italian desserts (don’t worry, to enter all you have to do is admire them with a simple blog comment), some of which would probably be just PERFECT for that holiday party you have planned, or for warming up your kitchen on these chilly days. Might I also add that the book featured in this contest would certainly make for an easy, beautiful, and sure-to-be-appreciated holiday gift? Yes, I might.

So?! What the heck is the Dolce Italiano contest, anyways, you ask?

Well, allow me to explain. I feel very lucky to count among my friends just a few true EXPERTS in the fields of Italian food and wine. Since last summer I have been fortunate enough to develop a friendship with an all-around truly delightful woman who just so happens to be a goddess of Italian desserts as well. (Lucky me, I know!) Not only that, but shhhhh… she’s famous!! (She probably wouldn’t agree with me, but she’s famous in my book!)

Have you ever heard of Mario Batali? If you live in the States, I’m betting you have. He of the orange clogs and blue socks, master of Italian culinary creations, and Iron Chef to boot.

What about Babbo Ristorante in NYC? Temple of fine Italian cooking where I dream of one day sitting down to a nice plate of pasta and… let’s not forget dessert…

Which is where my friend Gina comes in! Gina DePalma has been the executive pastry chef at Babbo since it opened in 1998, and has just released her first cookbook, Dolce Italiano. The book is getting truly rave reviews from both professionals in the field and reader chefs, just came in an impressive #3 on Amazon’s Best Books of 2007 (Cooking, Food and Wine), and was chosen by Publisher’s Weekly as one of the Best Books of the Year (Lifestyle).

Now I know you want one, don’t you??

I have joined forces with four other fantastic bloggers to bring you a chance to win this book, and along the way, to admire and perhaps even try your hand at making up to 10 different recipes from this amazing Italian dessert masterpiece.

Every day for the next two weeks (starting next Monday), one member of the aforementioned Dolce Italiano Blogger Team will be featuring a recipe from Gina’s Dolce Italiano cookbook. We’ll have Ms. Adventures in Italy on Mondays, Lucullian Delights on Tuesdays, Bleeding Espresso on Wednesdays, back here on Thursdays, and The Leftover Queen on Fridays. All you have to do to enter the contest is stop by, check out the post, and leave a comment! Semplice!

You can therefore enter up to 10 times to win the cookbook, which, by the way, will be personalized and signed just for you by Gina herself!!

You can only enter once on each post (two comments or more will count as one entry) and the winner will be randomly chosen by number from among all the entries.

Get excited, this is going to be fun!

Tomorrow I am going to introduce you to Gina through a charming interview in three parts, which should keep you entertained and intrigued throughout the Thanksgiving weekend.

So, I wish all you Americans a very Happy Thanksgiving, everyone else a great weekend, and get ready to start dreaming of Italian desserts!

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12 Responses to “Dolce Italiano CONTEST Preview”

  1. sognatrice November 22, 2007 at 2:33 pm #

    Woohoo! Let’s get baking 🙂

  2. Andrea November 22, 2007 at 2:53 pm #

    Happy thanksgiving to you! Can’t wait to see this interview and cookbook!!

  3. Janie November 22, 2007 at 4:18 pm #

    Thanks Shelley for getting this going-looking forward to it and I also wanted to thank you for organizing the city swap. What fun to get my box yesterday and make a new friend!

  4. my melange November 22, 2007 at 4:57 pm #

    Great idea….I think I read about Gina in the book *Heat*, which was about Mario’s restaurant. I’ll be checking out all the delish desserts!!!
    Happy Thanksgiving, Shelley!!

  5. nyc/caribbean ragazza November 22, 2007 at 5:34 pm #

    I loved the book “Heat” and look forward to your interview. See you tomorrow!!!

  6. Carla November 22, 2007 at 5:54 pm #

    Sounds great! I’ll preheat the oven!

  7. SWT November 22, 2007 at 10:30 pm #

    What a great idea and just in time for the holidays!
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  8. Robert November 23, 2007 at 9:04 am #

    Well there goes the pre-Christmas crash diet…

    Great idea and I look forward to participating.

  9. Tara November 26, 2007 at 6:15 pm #

    Sounds fantastic!! Looking forward to everything!

  10. Francesca November 26, 2007 at 8:18 pm #

    I have been to Lupo and Otto and loved both of those as well!!! Wouldn’t eat be fun to just eat your way through Italy with both of them, I think so!

  11. Vida November 28, 2007 at 1:00 am #

    Fantastic idea!! Vida x

  12. Jenn November 28, 2007 at 4:12 pm #

    I have been lurking at your blog for a couple of months. I love all your posts about life in Rome.

    I have enjoyed reading all the yummy recipes thus far and so far I want to try them all. Thanks for hosting this contest. I look forward to reading your interview with the author.

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