book giveaway: sally schneider’s ‘a new way to cook’

Sally Schneider's A New Way to Cook original cover

Last week we posted a recipe for Strawberries in Beaujolais Sauce from Sally’s A New Way to Cook, and thought: what better way to kick-off the summer than to give the book away?! And a signed first-edition copy at that. These hardcover editions with the jazzy stripe-ed covers are now out of print and hard to find.

When A New Way to Cook was first published in 2001, it completely turned the idea of “healthy eating,” on its head. Instead of telling you what you can and can’t eat, and what foods are “good” and “bad,” the book explores how to use “taboo” ingredients like butter, oil, and animal fats in often radical new ways to make healthy and satisfying dishes. It’s also the book where Sally started to play with improvising in the kitchen, years before The Improvisational Cook hit the shelves. In 2009, A New Way to Cook was voted one of the best food books of the decade by the Guardian. We know a lot of people who use it as their “basic” cookbook.

Over the years, we’ve featured some of its recipes here, including lemon-scented olive oil, root vegetable crema, and foolproof roast turkey. More recipes and the chance to peek inside the book can be found over at But with over 700 pages of recipes and techniques, we couldn’t even begin to scratch the surface on this blog.

So, no strings attached to this one. Just comment if you’d like a copy and we will pick a winner at random on June 19th. Good luck!

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128 Responses to book giveaway: sally schneider’s ‘a new way to cook’

  1. Lucia 05.30.2012 at 6:07pm #

    This is my favorite cookbook. I would love to be the random winner of a signed copy!

  2. Dodi 05.30.2012 at 6:26pm #

    Ooooh! Oooooh! Pick me!!!

  3. Tanya Buchanan 05.30.2012 at 7:31pm #

    I’d be delighted to win this cookbook!

  4. Jim Kendall 05.30.2012 at 7:58pm #

    Winning Sally’s book would be the ultimate summer treat!

  5. amy 05.30.2012 at 8:13pm #

    Love Sally’s blog-such fresh creative ideas-book should be awesome too!

  6. Rachael Hodgson 05.30.2012 at 8:24pm #

    I would love to try some recipes from her new book. The first one is a book I often refer to–like advice from an old friend. 🙂

  7. Linda 05.30.2012 at 8:34pm #

    No, no! Pick ME!!!

  8. Tamara 05.30.2012 at 8:48pm #

    I love Sally’s work and would truly love to be a winner.

  9. Rosanna 05.30.2012 at 9:13pm #

    Is it open to international entries? If so, I would love a copy! 🙂

  10. Erin 05.30.2012 at 9:27pm #

    I grew up with a copy in the house, and would now love my own copy!

  11. Susan 05.30.2012 at 10:05pm #

    Love to cook, love to eat, love to have this book.

  12. lisa f. 05.30.2012 at 10:19pm #

    One of my favorites. Would love a copy to give my daughter or my son – both adventurous, fearless cooks.

  13. Lina 05.30.2012 at 10:45pm #

    I’ve been wanting a copy of this cookbook! Thanks for the chance!

  14. Sherry Fraser 05.30.2012 at 11:21pm #

    OOOOOh! Hope you pick me.

  15. Elizabeth 05.31.2012 at 12:15am #

    I would love and be honored to have a signed copy!

  16. Barbara 05.31.2012 at 12:16am #

    I collect first editions and would be honored to add this wonderful book to my collection. I would use it to cook for family and friends because that is what I love to do.

  17. Renee G 05.31.2012 at 12:23am #

    I would love to have a copy of this.
    [email protected](DOT)com

  18. Ellen Wilson 05.31.2012 at 5:18am #

    I would love a signed copy!

  19. Diane Dudack 05.31.2012 at 7:54am #

    Oh happy day!

  20. Lisa Saffer 05.31.2012 at 8:11am #

    I’d love this. Thanks!

  21. Marni Goldshlag 05.31.2012 at 8:35am #

    I’d love to be the winner. Please….

  22. Jessica R. 05.31.2012 at 8:41am #

    Please throw my name in the hat. I’d love to have my very own copy. Thanks.

  23. myra hirschberg 05.31.2012 at 8:41am #

    Would love to win this book!

  24. Jackie 05.31.2012 at 9:13am #

    Oh – please pick me!

  25. Lizanne 05.31.2012 at 9:15am #

    If selected, I will try and keep the cookbook clean. Ha ha.

  26. Lucy S. 05.31.2012 at 9:15am #

    One of my favorite cookbook authors. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

  27. Ellie 05.31.2012 at 9:15am #

    Would love another go-to cookbook!

  28. Deborah Alton 05.31.2012 at 9:17am #

    Who wouldn’t want a copy of this book? I have one, but it would be such a wonderful book to give to a friend who has somehow gone through the last decade without it!

  29. Sue 05.31.2012 at 9:20am #

    Would love the chance to own the cookbook! The strawberries in Beaujolais sauce were great!

  30. Anne 05.31.2012 at 9:23am #

    My copy of The Improvisational Cook is looking for some company!

  31. Linda 05.31.2012 at 9:34am #

    I would love a copy of the book!

  32. Stacey 05.31.2012 at 9:43am #

    Would love a copy of this book! Thanks for the competition offer! Looks so interesting!

  33. Michael Warren 05.31.2012 at 9:57am #

    Yes please

  34. Anna 05.31.2012 at 10:05am #

    Count me in as a contender for this book with such a tantalizing reputation!

  35. Micheline 05.31.2012 at 10:10am #

    Thanks for the opportunity to win…I would love this!

  36. Stephanie Burris 05.31.2012 at 10:11am #

    The Improvasational Cook Cookbook turned my culinary thinking on its head. Woudl love a SIGNED copy of a New Way To Cook to add–although I have a used one already.

  37. Catey 05.31.2012 at 10:23am #

    I never win anything but I sure would enjoy this book! Thanks.

  38. Carol 05.31.2012 at 10:29am #

    I, too, would love to have my own signed copy. Hearing Sally on The Splendid Table has always been one of my favorite features of that show. Thanks for The Improvised Life, it is one email I ALWAYS open.

  39. Annie 05.31.2012 at 10:38am #

    I would surely love a copy!

  40. Nora Armstrong 05.31.2012 at 10:39am #

    I’m hungry!

  41. Lisa-Ann Galati 05.31.2012 at 10:57am #

    I Appreciate the opportunity to receive this book…btw, thank you for this and all the other postings!

  42. Rebecca Ternes 05.31.2012 at 11:16am #

    Unlike the other post, I think a dirty cookbook is a sign of good one! Thanks for letting us all have a chance at winning.

  43. Connie McDonald 05.31.2012 at 11:21am #

    I’ve been drooling over this book for a long time. Include me on your list of who would love a copy.

  44. Kathy 05.31.2012 at 11:39am #

    I’d love to have this book. Your blog is great! Thanks

  45. Randie Flaig 05.31.2012 at 11:44am #

    I teach pepple to cook, without recipes, in their own kitchens.
    I am amazed by how fearful and “recipe-dependent” many pepole are!
    Teaching techniques, and familiarizing clients with ingredients, is a given.
    My goal is for clients to feel free enough to PLAY in the kitchen!
    “the improvised life- daily” is all about living in PLAY. I would love to have your perspectives of playing in the kitchen, also, to assist in spreading the wonder and richness of improvisational cooking.

  46. DR 05.31.2012 at 11:54am #

    I love integrating improvisation in all things into my life, and the amazing daily emails from T.I.L. help keep that forefront in my mind. Would love a chance to bring that into the kitchen with words and ideas from the master. Thanks for the opportunity!

  47. Wendy Wight 05.31.2012 at 11:59am #

    Hope I get picked! Love your blog!

  48. Carol Carlson 05.31.2012 at 12:00pm #

    Hi Sally:
    I’ve been a fan of your blog since Peggy Markel recommended your “The Improvisational Cook,” which I own and love, years ago. I’d love to cook from your first book, too! Your site is inspiring on many levels and I appreciate your viewpoint on life, your photos and your connection to vibrant living.

  49. Jane Fordyce 05.31.2012 at 12:10pm #

    Please add my name too…. thanks.

  50. Josh 05.31.2012 at 12:25pm #

    Oh, pick me!

  51. Julia 05.31.2012 at 12:30pm #

    Would love this cookbook!

  52. Fleurette 05.31.2012 at 12:44pm #

    This is my lucky day…stumbling onto this blog and cannot express how delighted I am to even have the change to get this book. Thanks.

  53. Laura 05.31.2012 at 12:58pm #

    How have I not heard about this book until now? Must get myself a copy!

  54. Joan 05.31.2012 at 1:08pm #

    What a summer delight to have this fine book to improvise from. Please add my name to the hat!

  55. Stacey 05.31.2012 at 1:35pm #

    I would love to win this book!

  56. Mary 05.31.2012 at 2:02pm #

    I would LOVE to have this book – I use The Improvisational Cook all the time and rave about it to everyone.

  57. Joe 05.31.2012 at 2:20pm #

    would be a great gift for someone.

  58. Lynn Krugman 05.31.2012 at 5:31pm #

    Oooh Sally- It would be so great to have your wonderful book in my cookbook library, nestled up next to The Improvisational Cook!

  59. Shelby 05.31.2012 at 5:38pm #

    Heard Sally on Splendid Table last week- really enjoyed the segment! Would love the book!

  60. Sonya 05.31.2012 at 5:39pm #

    Ooooh! oooh! I want a copy soooo bad. Pick me!

  61. Julie Palas 05.31.2012 at 6:41pm #

    It would be an honor to have my own copy. Sharing the food I prepared from Sally’s cookbook would be a treat for all my family and friends!

  62. Mike Moncada 05.31.2012 at 8:02pm #

    I have checked out your book many times from the library and would love a copy for myself!

  63. Nikki 05.31.2012 at 8:05pm #

    I’d love to win a copy but after “taking a look inside,” I’ll buy it if I don’t win! Thanks for spreading the joy of improvising.

  64. Susan Feller 05.31.2012 at 9:02pm #

    Even if I lose I win since you use her recipes in your column….a win/win situation.

  65. Constance 05.31.2012 at 9:38pm #

    I’d love a chance to win this book. Just in case I don’t, I’m getting it from my local library for a test drive!

  66. joy 05.31.2012 at 9:45pm #

    wow free and signed!? what a treat

  67. Norma Hawthorne 05.31.2012 at 10:25pm #

    Dont worry. I’ll keep reading even if I don’t win! Thanks for all you do to keep me open To all possibilities each day.

  68. chris f 05.31.2012 at 11:33pm #

    I would love the book. The Improvisational Cook made me fall in love with cooking again.

  69. ~Heather 06.01.2012 at 9:47am #

    There’s always room on my kitchen shelf for one more amazing cookbook.

  70. Patti 06.01.2012 at 10:21am #

    I can’t beleive I haven’t stumbled onto this cookbook before this! Thanks for always intoducing us to such awesome people and their ideas.

  71. Jeannie Sullivan 06.01.2012 at 5:25pm #

    I’d love a copy! I’m retiring in 9 months and can’t wait to have more time and energy to COOK!

  72. Laura 06.01.2012 at 9:50pm #

    When I enrolled in cooking’s school of hard knocks, “A New Way to Cook” was one of the first cookbooks I learned about so I checked it out from the library, bought it and loved it. I still use it – someone will really love this summer giveaway!

  73. Emily Cleath 06.01.2012 at 10:14pm #

    How to make desserts with less sugar? Yes please! I’d happily trade several dozen mediocre cooking mags for one great cookbook.

  74. Joydean 06.02.2012 at 12:06am #

    I would love love love to have it and thank I look forward to you posts

  75. Julie 06.02.2012 at 5:48pm #

    Yes! I was introduced to Sally via Splendid Table and am always inspired by her.

  76. Dale Emmart 06.02.2012 at 10:17pm #

    PLEASE>>>>>>>>>>> put me in the hat to win A NEW WAY TO COOK…..I gave my copy to a friend in Spain and now it’s hard to find….Lucky Man in Madrid.


  77. Sarah 06.03.2012 at 11:56am #

    Count me in! I would loooove to have this book.

  78. lyndon 06.03.2012 at 1:28pm #

    would love to get a copy of this book!

  79. Rachel 06.03.2012 at 2:48pm #

    I love the Splendid Table and would be overjoyed to have this cookbook.

  80. Mary Bullion 06.04.2012 at 1:52pm #

    How have I missed this one? Would love a copy.

  81. christine 06.05.2012 at 9:23am #

    i would love a copy of Sally’s book. recently my diet has been altered to not include dairy or gluten.. i have not eaten meat for several decades. this new challenge has opened up still further curiosity about what to eat.

  82. Cydney 06.05.2012 at 9:30am #

    Your Essential Chocolate Cake for Improvising was a revelation for me. I made it for a birthday with the last precious bit of gros sel aux herbes de provence. Now it is a family tradition. I have room for very few cookbooks but I would love to have a copy of yours.

  83. Elaine 06.05.2012 at 10:00am #

    Your website is my morning coffee! Thank you for your inspirational work. And I’d love a copy of the new cook book.

  84. Pat 06.05.2012 at 10:48am #

    The Improved Life and my morning cup of coffee start each day with inspiration and get up and go. Thank you for the lift off. I am a cook who likes to improvise and would love a copy of Sally’s book.

  85. Dave Suden 06.05.2012 at 11:04am #

    This book truly lives up to it’s title and reputation. I have used it since it came out and have given it to friends. My copy is worn out, so I could definitely use a new (signed) one.

  86. Clare 06.05.2012 at 11:36am #

    I love this book! I have checked it out of our public library several times and am a fan of Sally’s.

  87. Robin 06.05.2012 at 11:51am #

    Looks great – would love a copy.

  88. Marianne Baer 06.05.2012 at 12:25pm #

    When we are creative with food and ingredients, it’s just like creating any artwork…we have a general idea, jump in, learn from our mistakes and adjust until we love what we have. Then….we move onto the next thing and start over again!

  89. suzy lowinger 06.05.2012 at 1:45pm #

    count me in, i would love a copy and june 19th is my daughters birthday. suzy lowinger

  90. Maris 06.05.2012 at 3:47pm #

    I so look forward to every article daily. Meg Hitchcock…Really??? Incredible artist. Standing desks – changed my way of looking at things around here, that’s for sure. Thank you for…THE INSPIRATION!

  91. Kristy 06.06.2012 at 11:56pm #

    Like so many others, I would love to have a copy of A New Way to Cook. And thanks for the offer.

  92. Kristen Westfall 06.07.2012 at 10:48am #

    Yes please! So inspiring!

  93. Amy Dixon 06.08.2012 at 8:09am #

    I am inspired daily by what Sally does. Would love to have this special copy of A New Way to Cook.

  94. Susan kallenbach 06.08.2012 at 5:26pm #

    ……just discovered you this a.m. while browsing Remodelista! What a great discovery for the curious mind!! Like opening a fresh book with anticipation of what the chapters will hold for you.

  95. Fran 06.11.2012 at 1:09am #

    Sounds mysterious and enticing! Would love this cookbook!

  96. jody 06.13.2012 at 6:16am #

    yes! yes! yes! yes, Sally! yes, “a new way to cook”

  97. sillygirl 06.13.2012 at 9:49am #

    What fun! I love improvising with food!

  98. Laurie 06.14.2012 at 1:54am #

    I love your The Improvisational Cook, and am saying that only partly in hope that you will pick me for the book giveaway.

  99. Kathy G 06.14.2012 at 7:02am #

    Definitely looking for a ‘new way to cook!’ 🙂

  100. Mary 06.14.2012 at 7:06am #

    This book would be a most welcome addition to my kitchen!

  101. Lisa Raschke 06.14.2012 at 7:37am #

    I would really enjoy having this cookbook!

  102. Delia Hammock 06.14.2012 at 7:45am #

    I have wanted a copy of this book since it was published. It is really a classic that proves that health and delicious are VERY compatible.

  103. maia tabet 06.14.2012 at 9:11am #

    Would love a copy of this book. It is on my Amazon wish list.

  104. Elizabeth Day 06.14.2012 at 9:12am #

    The book sounds wonderful. I’d love a copy.

  105. Linda Shubert 06.14.2012 at 9:40am #

    Would love this cook book. I am always trying new, better, healthier cooking. Could use a new inspiration.

  106. Kathleen K 06.14.2012 at 9:48am #

    Would love to win

  107. BettyBlake 06.14.2012 at 12:13pm #

    I’d like a new way to cook!

  108. stephanie graham 06.14.2012 at 2:15pm #

    I would love a copy of the book. I’m going make the cole slaw this weekend for Father’s Day dinner.

  109. Harriet Eckstein 06.14.2012 at 11:40pm #

    I’ve always considered myself an improvisational cook but adding The Improvisational Cook to my library really amped up my skills and helped me expand my creativity and organize my thinking. I can’t wait to experience A New Way to Cook!

  110. maia tabet 06.15.2012 at 10:39am #

    Like all the others, I would love to have a copy of this book. It is on my Amazon wish list.

  111. celesta birnbaum 06.15.2012 at 2:49pm #

    I do want “A New Way to Cook,” as long as it will still include cole slaw. I love, love, love cole slaw.


  112. name Jan Vallar-Gillette 06.15.2012 at 11:13pm #

    Yummmm……! I’m hungry just thinking of the contents of this book. Thanks for the consideration and your blog.

  113. Christine Butler 06.16.2012 at 9:25pm #

    We are about to revolutionize how we eat/cook in our house, and this cookbook would be an amazing and inspirational guide. Even if we don’t win a copy, we will have to buy one, since the recipes are so, so delicious!

  114. Kate S. 06.19.2012 at 2:45pm #

    What a great give away! This book has been on my want list for awhile! Good luck everyone 🙂

  115. Suzanne shaker 06.20.2012 at 9:25am #

    This book should be in every cooks library.
    Sally’s writing is always informative , honest , insightful and entertaining!
    The recipes are a well edited combination for every taste.
    it is a book that you will use and refer to often. It is a classic.

  116. Guitar gal 06.20.2012 at 12:03pm #

    I love this blog, and I love the recipes and the ideas of the recipes that you have posted!

  117. Maris 06.20.2012 at 2:39pm #

    I continue to be amazed at your site – been reading your blogs for almost a year I think, probably more – just bad with these kinds of dates. I continue with EVERY day to get inspired. My job as a project managr is very business, no art (except when we get to have collaboration sessions…) so this “forces” me to open that side of myself more. Much appreciated.

  118. Andrea Davis 06.20.2012 at 9:25pm #

    Sally is terrific! Can’t wait to see her new cookbook–

  119. Susan Taylor 08.03.2012 at 8:31pm #

    While a younger generation just Googles the recipe they want – those like me like to read a good cookbook! Just for fun and of course I always make recipes that I find in a cookbook. This one looks to be another treasure to thumbed and plumbed over and over. I’ll hand it down to the next generation even if she is still googling. Thanks for continuing to share these wonderful ideas with us.

  120. Bruce Pollock 05.05.2013 at 10:15am #

    I would absolutely love to experience this book. I’m such a fan of The Improvisational Cook. So inspirational and satisfying for palate and soul.

  121. Sally 05.05.2013 at 6:05pm #

    So sorry. That giveaway is long over. Hmmm. I knew a Bruce Pollock long ago…???

  122. Ann 07.03.2013 at 7:19am #

    I would love a copy of Sally’s book! Her recipes are so creative and delicious!

  123. Pat 07.18.2014 at 10:21am #

    Sally’s genius is veiled by her straightforward presentation.

  124. Sally 07.20.2014 at 5:22pm #

    Wow!!!! Thank you!

  125. Sandra 07.28.2014 at 9:19am #

    I love the sound of this new cookbook.

  126. Marta 12.08.2015 at 9:29pm #

    Despite the purchase of many cookbooks in the intervening years, this remains my ‘go to’. The perfect combination of technique and improvisation. Every recipe I have tried has been perfect.

  127. Sally 12.08.2015 at 9:58pm #

    WOW, I’m honored and knocked out!! Thank you.

  128. Kathy Dickerson 06.08.2016 at 12:57pm #

    Even me, who will just grab at whatever’s still edible to tame the hunger beast can dream of inspiration and actually planning a lively repast with your book in hand. Please choose me and thank you for the opportunity to do something good for myself

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