cookbook giveaway!!!! BAKE! by Nick Malgieri

Perhaps you’ve heard of Nick Malgieri: former Executive pastry chef of Windows on the World, author of too many cookbooks to count, winner of too many awards to count, current director of the baking program at the Institute of Culinary Education, has cooked on television with the likes of Julia Child and Martha Stewart… Best if you read the long and impressive biography HERE. See? And I got to meet him. Not only meet Mr. Malgieri, but have lunch with Mr. Malgieri. And while I can hope that such baking greatness and knowledge can float across a restaurant table, I’m pleased to have that (transportable) greatness and knowledge packaged between the covers of Mr. Malgieri’s latest book: bake! Essential Techniques for Baking Perfection.

Each of the 20 chapters in bake! opens with an essential technique taught with gorgeous, step-by-step photographs, followed by variations of the master recipes. The result demystifies the world of baking for the timid or fearful, takes it from the hands of professionals and gives it to you and me. Essential techniques include pastry dough and tarts, cookies, puff pastry, breads and rolls, brioche, Danish pastry, cakes, and biscuits. Recipes include a chocolate meringue tart, ground beef empanadas, fig and raspberry croustades (see him making these on Martha), gruyere and walnut bread, pear and ginger cake, devil’s food bombe…

Have I convinced you of the glory? Well, after I got my hands on my very own bake!, you know what I did? Kind, giving moi? I went to the bookstore (actually, two bookstores, as the bookstore by my house has a pitiful cooking section) and bought you a copy, too. With my very own money. Which means no one is paying me to write this rave review. And also because I’m not giving up my courtesy copy. So to…

enter the giveaway:

Leave a comment on this post before Wednesday, November 3, midnight EST
telling me your favorite thing to bake
(If you fear your oven, just tell me what you’d like to learn to bake. I’ll choose a winner randomly, so there’s no real purpose to the question, just my curiosity.)
Optional: If you follow me on twitter,
come back and leave a second comment letting me know and you’ll increase your chances to win.
Be sure to have an email address attached to your profile or a way for me to contact you in case you win! Winner will be chosen randomly.
I’m afraid my funds are limited… so I have to ask for US address only.

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  1. Michaela says

    specifically, my favorite thing to bake are my oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. they're made with cake mix, so they're super moist and yummy!

    email: mls11487 at gmail dot com

  2. So-Sew Me says

    I want to make whatever that quiche looking frittata thing is. It looks divine. Normally I bake savory dishes but I would really like to learn more desserts.

  3. Megan says

    I love his other book The Modern Baker. I'm sure this one is fabulous too!

    Let's see… I love baking really fancy cakes… basically any desserts.

  4. Anonymous says

    Nice giveaway…cookies and cakes of all kinds are my favorite to bake…especially cute ones that people will drool over.

    eoskey at hotmail dot com

  5. Pumpkin says

    I made my first loaf of bread a couple of weeks ago and can't wait to make more. I'd forgotten how good homemade bread tastes.

  6. Kaci says

    Cupcakes are by my favorite thing to bake…but really anytime I am in my kitchen I am happy. Unless I am washing dishes.

  7. Melissa says

    I bake cookies all the time. I have become famous for my cookies, so I am always making them for church functions and such. Lately, I have learned how to make cut out sugar cookies and decorate them from some terrific blogs.

  8. Pink Little Cake says

    I am not entering the giveaway because I already have the book, but in fact Mr. Malgieri is a master. I have taken so many classes with him and at every class I learn something new. Wonderful giveaway Meghan.

  9. Nicole says

    I love to bake cookies. But I want to bake more breads. There's something I really like about making my own fresh bread, oh and then there's the smell!!

  10. lroyrose says

    I love to bake sugar cookies! I have collected cookie cutters for years and now that I have time (a 6 month old at home–ha ha on time) I have been spending a lot of time baking cookies and I even made cute crosses for my niece's Christening. Very exciting because my sister in law's sister in law asked me to bake crosses for her son's communion ! So exciting! Anyway, decorated cookies are my all time favorite thing to bake! Second would be cupcakes! yumm

  11. Erin says

    I love love love to bake muffins in the winter. It feels great to send my family (and myself) out into the world with something delish to start the day.

  12. Kara says

    I would so LOVE this book! It would certainly help with my bread baking. But as now now – chocolate chip cookies are my fav!

  13. K(Banterings of a Basketcase) says

    I got addicted to baking through cupcake doctor's book. I love her cupckaes- with homemade buttercream frosting of course. I also like to make pies and cakes. If I could do a better bread, I would make more, I need practice.

  14. koprime says

    favorite thing to bake? brownies! unless i'm baking for a craving, then cookies. because when a craving hits, you can't wait 35-40 minutes for a treat!

  15. Julie B. says

    Since they are the first things I learn to bake, they remain my favorite – cookies! Dropped, rolled, shaped, pressed, sandwiched — I can never get my fill. Now with the holidays coming up, I'm already planning my gift-giving.

  16. Sue says

    How fun that you were able to have dinner with him! It looks like such a beautiful, fabulous book!

    I love to bake a beautiful apple pie:)

  17. suburban prep says

    I love to bake two things in particular one is lemon squares and the other is timely–pumpkin crisp.

    msgb245 at gmail dot com

  18. Debra "Deb" Dresden Disney-Dior says

    Brioche is my favorite thing to bake! Living in the desert, it's impossible to find a good brioche, or ANY type of brioche for that matter. I have to bake it myself. I discovered a "French bakery" and was thrilled to see brioche on the menu. I placed my order and was disappointed. I was served a "sweet roll!" I then learned there are two types of brioche. Sweet and savory. I like the type that's individually baked in a fluted mold, topped with a small ball of dough. I bake them weekly.
    I found the world's best brioche in the Century City shopping center. That was years ago. I went there EVERY Saturday morning for my weekly fix. The bakery vanished and I left L. A.. I just wish I left with the recipe. There's nothing better than warm brioche and a cup of hot chocolate. I would LOVE to win a copy of this cookbook.

  19. Em says

    The brown sugar chocolate chip bars from Death By Chocolate Cookies cookbook. I would love to try bread & pizza dough.

    The photos from Bake! look so delicious!

    emilyinkc at gmail

  20. Grimmy says

    My favorite thing to bake is cheesecake. I personally think if you are good at something you should excel in it.

  21. nancy m says

    I love to bake cakes, especially carrot cake or chocolate cake being a chocoholic! One that I have yet to try and would love to is Red Velvet. Yum. :)

    nancitav@me (dot)com

  22. Shauna says

    My favourite thing to bake . . . cupcakes, for sure! I love how they can be quick and easy, or you can take your time and be meticulous. I also love how happy people get when you bring them cupcakes!

    I can be contacted via twitter: JeenyusMooby

  23. Angela Brian says

    let me tell you.

    i am terrified of any type of cooking. my husband grew up with a MARTHA STEWART mom and anytime i try to make something it never comes close to "his mom's creations" i would love to win this cook book, study it, then finally show off my new found baking abilities!


  24. Anne's Pie Hole says

    I love making cupcakes, but I really enjoy making anything new (even though the results may not always be good)

  25. Anna Rae says

    oh, what a great opportunity to meet such baking greatness! i think my favorite thing to back would have to be honey wheat harvest spice cinnamon rolls. It's a twist on the cinnamon rolls my mom taught me to make growing up. with autumn all around us, the cinnamon, nutmeg, and apple scent wafting around the house, and the fire crackling, you can't help but love these!
    thanks for this opportunity!

  26. Amanda says

    Ohhhh me! I love love love baking books, can't get enough! My favorite thing to bake… umm, everything?? Cakes probably are my fave, followed by bread!

    And how fun you got to have lunch with him!

  27. Kate says

    I love to bake pumpkin creme brulee! It is my favorite part about the holidays! I try to make it at least twice during the fall months! I think I'll make my first batch this weekend!!!!

  28. Shannon C says

    I love to bake cupcakes and quickbreads. I would love to win this book because my almost 7 year old son has big dreams of becoming a pastry chef someday and loves to peruse cookbooks. Anything that will help him follow his passion!

    Shannon C

  29. The District Chocoholic says

    Alright, I actually have a signed copy of the cookbook because I attended one of Nick's demos, but would love a copy to give to my grandmother now that I see how incredible this book is. The step-by-step instructions, along with the "why" and "how come" explanations are unmatched in any other baking book.

    While my current favorite thing to bake is an inventive batch of cookies, Nick's book has inspired me to believe I can make solid pies as well. I would love to share this with my grandmother, who also likes baking.

    Email: vkanders at alum dot mit dot edu

  30. Jill and Davis King says

    I have just started baking with some success. Right now, I love baking pumpkin cupcakes with maple cream cheese icing!

  31. Rona says

    I just got here from a link from David Lebovitz from facebook. What a wonderful site you have! I love to bake cookies and recently I have been baking a lot of angel food cake for a preschool bake sale. (Using egg whites from making lots of ice cream.) The BAKE! cookbook looks awesome! Thank you for the opportunity!

  32. briskmamma says

    I am not US resident so I will just comment. I love baking, and when having enough free time I love to make my own bread. But the favourite pastry to make (and eat) is chocolate tart. I will be your follower because this blog is awesome and I would love to read more:

  33. Sus says

    Favorite thing to bake – normally it would be some yummy savory recipe but recently it has been sugar cookies to decorate with royal icing. Such fun & my kids love it!

  34. Maranda says

    This may sound weird but…I just like to bake. It doesn't matter if it's bread, cupcakes, or chicken…I love to bake!

  35. kelly says

    Cupcakes by far although cakes and cookies come in at a close second. I would love to expand to bread, I am a ton to learn in that department.

  36. Samantha says

    I love to bake anything and everything. 2 nights ago it was a yogurt cake with coconut yogurt, and tonight it'll be some cookies (I have 3 kinds of shortbread dough in the freezer – orange nutmeg, ginger oat, and salty peanut). :)

  37. Kara says

    My favorite thing to bake is pumpkin cake with homemade cream cheese frosting! and during the summer, carrot cake!

  38. JP says

    I love to bake, and my favorite is bread, though I don't make it much anymore because I never seem to have the time!

  39. Chef Scott says

    I love to bake biscotti!! So many variations and flavors…and the perfect nibble to go with coffee, ANY time!

  40. Bileg says

    I love to experiment, but my (and family's)favourites are my gateaux au chocolat, accidental apple tart, HK's banana bread and
    choco-chip pudding cookies. My daughter loves them, so maybe that's why I'm always happy to make them!

  41. Debbie says

    Oh I just put that book on my amazon wish list! My fav thing to bake is cookies….specifically my PB Chocolate Chip cookies!

  42. ksuicide says

    My current favourite thing to bake is stuffed shells. It takes forever to prep and cook, but well worth it. My second fave would be baked stuffed cabbage. Yum.


  43. Jahlon Family Blog says

    I like to bake cakes…that's what I'm good at anyway. I'd like to be good at baking a lot more things, bring on the book!

  44. stephanie says

    Love to bake ANYTHING. A must for me is chocolate chip cookies. Constantly trying new recipes & tweaking old.

    s_laubach @

  45. Betsy says

    Really, I love baking anything as long as I don't have to do the dishes! Right now though, I'm all about cakes and cupcakes.

  46. Jenny says

    I love to bake desserts: cookies, pies, cakes, brownies, cheesecake, whoopie pies.

    Whoppie pies are probably my favorite because they are just so cute and yummy and what a name!

  47. Hammett's says

    I've never been a fan of the kitchen except for making chicken enchiladas…but now that I have 6 children, I've been sucked it. I've been trying lots of new recipe's and love them all. I'd have to say the favorites in my house are Monster cookies and Chocolate Chip Bran Muffins. Love your blog!

  48. Lisa says

    Oh, wow, just in time for a giveaway! I am so flattered that you linked my bleeding eyeball donuts on so, yes, it's more than ok! Just wish it were a better photo (hand shake, no tripod) Anyway, love Nick Malgieri, and would love this book! You have a fantastic blog here!!

  49. Ashley says

    Hmmm…there are so many things that I like to bake – even though I have to admit my husband is a better baker than I am. Because we are in autumn and I love baking this time of year I will mention some of my favorites from this time of year – pumpkin bread, pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, and my very favorite white chocoloate pumpkin macadamia bars. Thanks for the chance to win this awesome looking cookbook.
    Ashley Lee

  50. Sonja says

    I love to bake almost anything. I am always trying new things. Right this minute I am thinking of pumpkin scones!

  51. Danette says

    I am just discovering baking having always cooked and enjoyed that much more… I think I have stopped being afraid of baking and my new love is different kinds of cakes! The one thing that never works out for me is bread though, it's very frustrating!!!!!

  52. Brooke Fortson says

    I love to bake my pumpkin roll in the fall. 1) because it makes my house smell divine 2) my friends rave about it every year 3) it is one of the recipes my mom passed down to me

  53. 97Tarheel says

    I love to bake my grandmother's chocolate pound cake. But I'd really like to be brave enough to make my own breads…without the oh-so-easy bread machine.

  54. care says

    That's a hard question since I love to bake all kinds of things, but I'd have to say chocolate cake or cinnamon rolls since that's my favorite thing to EAT! :)

  55. Fruitloopgirl says

    I have never really like baking, but right now I am learning to bake and decorate sugar cookies. It was through my searching for "flooding icing" and one click lead to another, then another and voila! I am here. Great site!

  56. Karen E says

    I love to bake! Cookies, muffins, brownies, bread, cupcakes… and I have a variety of bundt pans to play with as well. =)

  57. shoutingforha says

    The cookbook looks amazing! My fingers are crossed.

    My favorite thing to bake is pie, simply because it is my favorite dessert to eat.

  58. Bediels says

    I love baking any type of desserts. Perhaps rolled chocolate cookies decorated with Royal icing are the most fun for me..

  59. With Style and Grace says

    I would LOVE this cookbook! I've been eying it for a while now. I love to bake breads, specifically banana nut bread. delish! Thank you.

  60. ONE heartbeat says

    I'd love to learn to bake. Had phobia since I was young (mum's wonderful in cooking but can't bake to save her life)and now that I'm married with a young bub.. would love to start baking with my family.

  61. Pauline says

    I love baking fresh bread/bagels. It really is an ALL Day process but I love the end result.
    I would love to win this beautiful book.
    Thanks for this wonderful giveaway.
    Pauline at Tinkertoys dot net

  62. Sheila Olsen says


    I like to bake everything and just used yeast and made cinnamon rolls for the first time last week. LOVE to bake cake!

  63. Jason and Abby says

    My favorite thing to bake would probably be cookies. Nothing better than a warm gooey chocolate chip cookie!

  64. Anonymous says

    I love experimenting with new recipes whether they be savoury or sweet! And I always look for a way to make the recipe healthy(ier) so that I don't feel so guilty if I decide to eat the whole thing myself :)


  65. Karen says

    I just finisheed baking for TWO bakesales this weekend and I would have to say my favorite thing to bake are cupcakes. My latest favorite–Martha Stewart's pumpkin spice cupcakes–yum!

  66. Jane says

    I love to bake inventive things I've seen online, since my coworkers aren't as into food blogs as I am and are always incredibly impressed! It's too easy!

  67. shortoldlady says

    My favorite thing to bake is Chocolate Pudding Cake from scratch! Used to make the one from BC box mix years ago until you couldn't find it anymore. This one is SO MUCH better!!

  68. dahlhousedesigns says

    I love to bake almost anything… bread, cake, pie, cookies!

    Huge fan of Nick's and would love this book. Thank you so much for the great giveaway!


    Dahlhousedesigns at yahoo dot com

  69. Bex says

    I love baking pretty much anything! Breads are way up there on the list. Is there anything better than a loaf of sweet white, right out of the oven? I think not. :)

    (PS – LOVE your blog. Stumbled upon it as a result of The Kitchn's article on your Hween Zombie Mashmallows. Hilarious!)

  70. shelly says

    My favorite thing to bake is chocolate chip cookies. Boring, I suppose, buy everyone loves them and they make the house smell fabulous. (Without hours and hours of work!)

  71. Bird R. says

    My favorite thing to bake currently is fresh white bread with sauteed garlic and parmesan cheese. It goes well with dinner every night.
    melindasr5 at Yahoo dot com

  72. Bentley says

    I LOVE baking these desserts that my mom has made as long as I can remember. (Thanks Mom!!) They're called Fatty bars, and they are full of yummy German chocolate, gooey caramel, and chocolate chips. So sweet and sensational, and easy to make! Sometimes I just make the dough and eat it raw cause it's so delicious :)

  73. Mareike says

    I absolutely love makin apple pie crust, it's my favorite. I'm addicted to cookies and I love making German Christmas cookies, and and and… I just love baking sweet little things in general:)

  74. Anna says

    I love to make coffee cakes. One bowl recipes of yummy goodness with optional glazes. Quick, easy, delicious and fun to share over a cup of tea.

  75. Blandina says

    i'm not a big baker, and part of that is fueled by fear.
    i would love to learn how to make all sorts of delicious yeasty things.
    that's the one baking category i really have not explored.

  76. Rosanna says

    I would love to learn how to bake tres leche cake and bbq pork buns! I know they're random, but it's a challenge I would really like to tackle. Plus I love both sweet and savory foods!

  77. Sharon says

    I love to bake bread, and muffins, and…especially cookies at Christmas with my two (pretty much grown up)girls – it's tradition!!

    email me at shankins123 AT

  78. Ruth says

    I'm still trying to perfect foccacia bread. You know, slight crust on the outside, tender and full of holes on the inside. I'd love to see if his book includes a recipe and technique for this.

  79. Gretchen says

    Every Christmas I make umpteen cookies (my favorite thing in the world). Hopefully this book can help me avoid the "lost" batches.

  80. Anonymous says

    I love to cook everything, but the dishes i like to cook most are those that get the most praise from the family. These are of cause desserts, i suppose this is because they usually look the best on the eye. I spend ages with the decorating, my best ever was my daughters Wedding cake. It was 4 tiers and i made swans for the main decor (swans mean they will never have another partner, it's for life)

  81. Kelly Massman says

    I would love to learn to bake good pies! Thanks so much for a chance to win this magnificent book! :-)
    kmassman gmail

  82. Laura H says

    It is a family recipe and reminds me of home. Beside that I love the smell of cinnamon that spreads through the house when I am baking it!

  83. Rachel S. says

    Pear Torte, Key Lime Pie, Dried Cranberry Scones, the list of things that I love to bake could go on & on! Thanks for the fun giveaway!

  84. Annelein says

    I like to bake applepie and almond cinnamoncookies, jammie!

    My children love me bake a "monchoutaart". Don't know the english word for it. It really isn't baking. I crunch cookies, called "Bastognekoeken". Add some melted butter to it. Put it in a baking***. Put it in the fridge to get cold and firm. Put some whipped cream and a young cheese cold Monchou together. Put this over the cookiebottum. Then finished it off with cherries on the top of the pie. Always a great succes, with so little effort.

    Hope I'm in time to draw in. In Holland it is nine o'clock in the evening :).

    Nice greetings, Willeke

    Love your give away!

  85. Bria says

    Honestly baking anything that is mini is my favorite. If you couldn't tell from my blog…I clearly have a problem :-)

  86. cnuland says

    I don't know if I have a favorite – I just love to bake: cookies, cake, bars/brownies, or even bread. I consider it kitchen therapy.

  87. Sharon says

    Hi, my favorite thing to bake, that's a tough one! Anything that comes out right as I am at 7,000 ft and it can be still a disaster sometimes!!

  88. Jane Jeffress Thomas says

    My favorite thing to bake is to take a cresant roll, put a piece of canned whole chili pepper on it, and a piece of mild cheddar cheese on that and then roll it up and bake as directed. I can make myself ill eating these things my grandmother taught me how to make.

  89. Lindsey says

    Love love love! I like to bake cookies and quiche, both are so yummy! But I could definitely use some new recipes to expand my horizons. :) Thanks for being so awesome and buying a copy to give away!

    ladyufshalott at yahoo dot com

  90. Holly Bendezu says

    I love to bake, but not to cook. I am working on perfecting my brownie recipe. I also love to make cookies, scones, and cupcakes for my girls!

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