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Cookbook giveaway: “Crazy Good Italian”

The giveaway has closed. Thanks for your entries and congrats to our winner.

Who else needs a pick-me-up on this gray Monday morning?

Maybe a cookbook giveaway will help?

Today, I’ve got a copy of Mike Isabella’s Crazy Good Italian. The chef competed on Top Chef and runs DC restaurant Graffiato. He describes the book as “one part old-world-inspired Italian, one part old-school Jersey, one part modern Mediterranean–all parts delicious.” Find more details on the Amazon page.

The 330-page cookbook features chapters on: bites and snacks, vegetables, dairy and eggs, everything fried, homemade Italian, Greek seafood, pasta, shellfish and fish, pork, lamb and goat, and finally, sweets. I’ve got my eye on the fried apple pie calzone, broccolini with roasted pepper relish and feta, a mozzarella panini with portobella and artichoke pesto, risotto balls with broccoli rabe and smoked provolone and egg noodles with spinach, oven-dried tomato and lemon.

Of course, for you meat eaters, there’s some mean looking meatballs, a lobster risotto, mussels with pancetta, yuengling and goat cheese, a slow-roasted bass, crispy bacon squares with a poached egg, and a braised leg of lamb. The recipes look creative, and some are certainly things you’d find in a restaurant of on Top Chef. If you’ve ever wanted to know how to dress up classics, this could be your book. And if you’ve ever wanted inspiration for how to use new ingredients, Isabella will teach you.

All you have to do to win is answer this question in the comments section: What food are you craving on a wet day like today? This book has me in the mood for some yummy tomato sauce over top a bowl of angel hair. Let me know what you’d like to cook and eat by 5 p.m. Tuesday, and I’ll draw a name at random later this week.

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