Cookbook Contest Winner

November 2, 2010 at 2:00 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 35 Comments
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I’m a Best of Food Blogs Cookbook contest winner!

Foodista and Andrews McMeel Publishing are thrilled to announce the winners of The Foodista Best of Food Blogs Cookbook contest!  From December 1, 2009 through February 28, 2010, food bloggers worldwide were invited to submit their favorite blog posts, recipes, and photos to compete for a spot in a published cookbook. The over 1,500 submissions were first voted on by the Foodista community, then the selection process shifted into a more traditional editorial effort (informed by community votes), to choose and edit the final 100 entries.

Andrews McMeel published the winning blog posts and recipes in a beautiful, full-color, internationally distributed cookbook, released October 19, 2010. Born out of the “Blog to Book” panel at the first International Food Blogger Conference (IFBC) in 2009, the cookbook celebrates the best food bloggers worldwide.

I’m very, very, very happy to be one of the winners with my “Scallop Sandwich” appetizer recipe that was part of my New Year’s Eve dinner extravaganza last year.  

Thank you  Foodista

I still pinch myself about every other day to make sure I’m not dreaming this! I’ve actually known for over a month, I just hated to say anything until I saw the book for sure,  just in case they accidentally notified me…you know like the Australian beauty contest snafu. And on that note, you should have seen me when I found out, I acted about as stupid as some of those beauty contest winners act when they win…thank gawd I wasn’t on TV. 

Anyway, I now have a copy in my hands, it’s official, I’m on page 22. Give the ole girl a virtual pat on the back. I’m pretty darn thrilled and extremely proud…plus my mom is gonna have a fit when she sees it.  🙂

You can buy the book here.



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  1. way to go!!!

    And continue to use your position to promote world peace!

    • Too funny Dave. You bet I will and thanks!

  2. Yahoo!!! Congratulations Lea Ann. It is well deserved for sure!

    • Thank you Carol. I should have brought it to SMDRA last Friday to show you. I will this week.

  3. Congratulations!! You are such a good blogger.

  4. WOW! This is such a coup, girl! I’m going to need my copy autographed, okay? Those little scallop sandwiches are so pretty, too. Here’s your virtual pat on the back and a big hug, too! Congrats!

    • I’ll trade you autographs after you appear in the paper. 🙂

  5. Yahoo! Congratulations! I can see why you won. Fantastic dish. 🙂

  6. Lea Ann, Congratulations again. This is just wonderful!

    • Thank you Kristie and Kirstin. I still can’t believe it.

  7. Wow. This AND the Giants won the world series!!

    Huge congratulations LA!! You are published!!!

    • Speaking of published. I got my little present in the mail yesterday. Thank you so much, I’ll call you later. And yay, the Giants won!

  8. And thrilled you should be, what an honor. Congratulations and I’m not at all surprised about your inclusion, especially with that shot and recipe.

    • ah shucks (insert foot kicking dirt motion here) Thanks Larry

  9. That is the coolest thing! It’s a delicious looking photo with a fabulous recipe, of course they chose you! Congratulations! That’s very exciting to get published!

  10. Wow, what a thrill, Lea Ann. I’m not surprised that your recipe and fantastic photo were included in the book. Yay for you!

  11. Well, Lea Ann…you should be very thrilled that your talents were recognized and now you can celebrate after having pinched yourself ;o)

    Congrats and flavourful wishes,

  12. Congratulations! I’m very proud of you!

  13. Congratulations, you deserve it, Lea Ann!

  14. And I can see why! Congratulations!!!

  15. Congratulations!

  16. Yum! That corn is rocking! It looks very tasty. Thanks for stopping by my place. 🙂

  17. Congrats this is awesome salivating over that steak yum!

  18. I am already howling for more-this looks so delicious.

  19. Oh congratulations dear! I am so happy for you! Very delicious picture!

  20. Congrats! Those are some seriously good-looking steaks and the corn sounds like a great crowd-pleaser!

  21. Good for you–this looks delicious!

  22. Woohooo! I hope I’m not too late to wish you well… Congrats!

    • Thanks Liz, you’re not too late. And hugs

  23. Congratulations!!!

  24. Congratulations. That’s the best news I’ve heard all week. I am so pleased for you.

  25. Congrats!

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