December Giveaway #2: The Farmstead Chef Cookbook

Updated 12/26/11: We have a winner! Christina of was selected at random. Thanks everyone for the entries, and be on the lookout for a garden book giveaway in early 2012! – Pamela

Lisa Kivirist and her son, Liam, enjoying bounty from their garden.

This is the second 2011 holiday giveaway here at Red, White & Grew, and I couldn’t be more honored to share this opportunity with my readers!

Lisa Kivirist and John Ivanko wrote Farmstead Chef, which came out in October from New Society Publishers. As soon as my courtesy review copy arrived, I tore into it. And let me tell you that I was delighted with what I discovered inside.

The book’s authors, innkeepers at Wisconsin’s award-winning, eco-savvy Inn Serendipity, have created what may be best be described as a heart-warming cookbook.

Farmstead Chef is a rich collection of stories and recipes connected not just to the land but also to the American kitchen garden. There’s a special section on Victory Gardens with remarks from my favorite scholar, Dr. Rose Hayden-Smith. In fact, I actually met Lisa “virtually” through Rose, so it’s nice to bring a story full circle this holiday season.

The timing of this giveaway could not be better. Working with the recipes, information from your local extension service agent on what grows well where you live, and armed with the seed catalogs that will soon hit mailboxes, you can create 2012 meals that are truly “from scratch.”

Later today I’ll be sharing at RW&G with you the pair’s peppermint biscotti recipe, but for now let’s keep our eye on the prize (a copy of Farmstead Chef!), shall we?

The details:

The contest deadline is 5:00 PM on Friday, December 23, 2011.

To enter,  leave a brief note in the comments section of this post. You can also:

Each of the above actions by you counts as a separate entry. That’s right, you can register up to three times for this contest.

The winner must be a resident of the continental U.S. (Sorry, Canadian and Australian friends!)

I’ll announce the winner here and on my Facebook page during the week of December 26. The winner will be selected by a random drawing.

Best of luck!

Explore More:

Farmstead Chef has a blog and a Facebook page. Check ’em out.

• Can’t wait for the giveaway? Need a last minute gift? Here’s where and how to purchase the book.

Thanks so much for your visit today. You’re invited to subscribe to the feed and to follow me on Facebook and Twitter.


  1. Yay! So cool, had some of your homeschool posts tagged to read and most have gotten here just in time for the giveaway. Since someone has to go first – it may as well be me. Crossing my fingers, I’m a newbie gardener and a lover of all things cook book & kitchen!!

  2. Well, I’ve just found another book to add to my wish list! Thanks for letting us know about Farmstead Chef–I’ll be sure to spread the word about the book to my friends!

    BTW, Pamela–could you please share your secret? How in the world do you bake, blog, tweet, homeschool, and generally accomplish so much? Do you ever sleep?! I adore your blog and hope to become more prolific in writing in the new year. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

    • Well, Julie, I type fast because my daddy made me take a typing class in high school. (I even won a medal!) I write about what I know in short bursts, which is perfect for the social media age. If I don’t write daily, I feel weird.

      I also have a deep appreciation for a messy house and have only one child who is an easy student. =)

      Merry Christmas to you, too!

  3. I love reading cookbooks that have stories along with the recipes. They’re the best and this one sounds wonderful.

  4. I will definitely be checking this book out! I am new to your blog and found you as I was searching for information on Victory Gardens to share with my fifth grade students. Following Christmas break, my students will write a research paper on victory gardens as a way to link history to writing. The most exciting part of this project will take place when we actually plant our own victory garden! With help from several grants and the wonderful support of our local Healthy Living Task Force, a part of the Lowndes County (GA) Partnership for Health, my students and I will plant the garden, create a garden club, partner with the Boys and Girl’s Club, who will maintain our garden this summer, and finally share our bounty with the local food bank. What a wonderful addition to our project this book can be. Thank you for sharing and know that I am enjoying all you post. I also have NO IDEA how you do it all!

Comments are closed.