Sunday, February 17, 2013

The Hamptons & Long Island Homegrown Cookbook Goodreads Book Contest Ends with a Kiss

Hamptons & Long Island Homegrown Cookbook Goodreads Valentine's Promotion

As part of a Valentine’s Day feature promotion, my publisher’s crackerjack marketing and social media team worked with me to produce a Goodreads book giveaway.

Launched February 5th and running through Valentine’s Day, entrants had a chance to win one of four copies of The Hamptons & Long Island Homegrown Cookbook autographed books offered in the promotion.

It’s hard not to notice that more than a few of the Long Island restaurants are the creative genius of what I have come to refer to as “Culinary Cupids.”
Meaning, either a couple who are chefs and owners and share everything.
Or a chef and front of the house manager who share everything. 

I wanted to acknowledge this “love nest” consideration and dynamic.  
Some of the chef/owners left “the city” aka Manhattan or Brooklyn -- as was most often the case – determined to open their own family-run auberge-style restaurant with either an inn and/or a garden to cater to their guests, as well.
It’s a dream. And a dream come true for so many of the Culinary Cupids in the Homegrown Cookbook.

I thought a lovely way to salute that love and dedication was with a special Valentine’s Day promotion.  And after all, the most important ingredient in any recipe is love..

Armed with love galore, the Goodreads Homegrown Giveaway garnered 565 entrants! 

Thank you to everyone who entered and who also passed on the good food, Homegrown promotion tip.
According to the publisher, this is very successful and one of their best ever Goodreads giveaway.

In addition, just shy of 220 entrants added The Hamptons & Long Island Homegrown Cookbookto their ‘must read’ list, which is amazing news,” according to the publisher’s gurus.  

Amazing indeed.  Thank you again.

I am now in the process of thanking every entrant. 
And sending the autographed bookplates to the four Homegrown Winners.

They are:
Chantelle from Maryland

Tori from Virginia

Catie from Hartland, WI.  How can you not love that a Homegrown winner is from the Hartland?!

Nicky from Juneau, WI (hmmm, do we see a pattern here?! Two from the great state of Wisconsin. 
Can’t leave WI without a shout-out to my cousin, Missy and her husband Dallas who live in WI. And produce the best, scandalously good maple syrup.

Enjoy the Homegrown stories about the chefs and the growers who inspire them.
And thank you from the bottom of my Homegrown heart.

Homegrown hugs and kisses.

To join my Goodreads please visit:
I know, I have to do the blog … I will soon. 

In the meantime, you can visit the book’s Facebook page at: "Like" but really Love :)  the Homegrown book at The Hamptons & Long Island Homegrown Facebook page

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