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“the haven’s kitchen cooking school” giveaway

Cooking School book

Thanks to Artisan Books for sponsoring this post and teaching
me how to cook. All opinions and failed dishes are 100% mine.

It’s no secret that I don’t cook.

So I was wary about doing a cookbook giveaway — until I saw the book itself.

The Haven’s Kitchen Cooking School is beautiful but there are lots of beautiful cookbooks that have turned into art books on my shelf. What really drew me to this one was the simplicity of the recipes, the language, the instructions.

Author Alison Cayne takes the essential skills gleaned from her popular cooking school classes at Haven’s Kitchen in New York City, and makes them easy enough for people like me to follow.

Alison Cayne

Each of the book’s nine chapters revolves around a key lesson taught through a collection of recipes to ensure that readers are not simply memorizing a canon of tried-and-true instructions; they are learning how to cook for a lifetime.

Cayne equips home cooks with fundamental building blocks they need to feel confident and at ease in the kitchen. She shares tips for basics like how to filet a cooked fish, how to make stock and a variety of ways for cooking and cutting vegetables.

This would be a great book for a college grad moving into their first apartment or someone like me who has just never had the patience to really learn to cook. The subtitle, “Recipes and Inspiration to Build a Lifetime of Confidence in the Kitchen” acknowledges one of the biggest obstacles to cooking — and Cayne’s tone is already helping me overcome it.

Goat cheese tart

I’m ready to attempt a Goat Cheese Tart and may even be inspired to make my own vinaigrette for an accompanying salad.

Thanks to Artisan Books, I’m giving away a copy of The Haven’s Kitchen Cooking School plus a $100 Visa gift card to stock your kitchen with the essentials to one lucky Midlife at the Oasis subscriber.

Haven's Kitchen Cooking School

For a chance to win, you must be a subscriber to my weekly newsletter. If you’re not a subscriber, first sign up in the right sidebar of this page. Then, simply leave a comment below.

For a second chance to win, tweet this:

Contest ends on July 25 at midnight Pacific time. Winner will be notified by return email. Prizes can only be sent to a U.S. mailing address.

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  1. This is really neat. I need more cooking skills I know that.

  2. I have always thought it would be fun to take a cooking class, but never have tried it. I need to put it on my bucket list.

  3. Looks like a great cookbook. Like the picture you posted.

  4. Thanks for hosting this great giveaway. The food in this cookbook looks amazing.

  5. Looks like a great book. I have subscribed now and tweeted for 2 entries. thank you for the chance

  6. That looks like an amazing book! We just started a cookbook club and I would love to try it!

  7. Cheryl B says:

    I am looking forward to reading this cookbook. I am always looking for new ways to cook.

  8. Cheryl B says:
  9. When I saw this come through my emails I knew I had to stop by. My son loves to cook and this would make the perfect gift for him.He has been teaching himself to cook so when he moves out. Plus I love to cook so I would love reading this book with him. Crossing fingers for a win.

  10. I love cookbooks! This one sounds like a great one to have. The goat cheese tart sounds amazing.

  11. I don’t even know how you can be home long enough to cook. Love the book though.

  12. That looks like the perfect cookbook for anyone who wants to add to their skill set. Pictures are key so I know I’m doing it right.

  13. Lisa Brown says:

    The book sounds very helpful. Subscriber and thanks for the chance.
    jslbrown2009 at aol dot com

  14. Lisa Brown says:

    my tweet https://twitter.com/LuLu_Brown24/status/887626310947713025
    jslbrown2009 at aol dot com

  15. I love cookbooks and this one sounds fab! Thanks for the giveaway, Lois!

  16. Julie Wood says:

    What an awesome book! I am already an email subscriber!

  17. Julie Wood says:


  18. mami2jcn says:

    I’m a subscriber.

  19. mami2jcn says:


  20. shelly peterson says:

    Email subscriber. Thanks for the giveaway.
    cshell090869 at aol dot com

  21. shelly peterson says:

    tweeted https://twitter.com/cshell202/status/887848503325499393
    cshell090869 at aol dot com

  22. Dana Rodriguez says:

    Email subscriber!

  23. Dana Rodriguez says:

    This looks like a great book. Nice giveaway! I tweeted.


  24. email subscriber

  25. Steve Weber says:

    E-mail subscriber!

    I hope I learn a lot from this book.

  26. Steve Weber says:
  27. Tabathia B says:

    email subscriber

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  28. Tabathia B says:
  29. I am a subscriber. Thanks for the chance to win!

  30. Christina O says:

    I would love this. I’m in a cooking rut.

  31. Stephanie Phelps says:

    Wow this sounds amazing thank you for the chance I signed up for your weekly newsletter!

  32. Nancy Loring says:

    i am always looking for a new cookbook to add to my collection. I am a recipe hoarder. I retwetted also https://twitter.com/nancy_loring/status/888782610390024192 and I am a subscriber to your newsletter.

  33. Stephanie Phelps says:
  34. I love cooking with my children and they love cooking too! This is great to expand their growing minds! Thank you 😊!

  35. George Schneider says:

    The goat cheese tart looks delicious. Enter me to win a copy of the cookbook. Thanks.

    PS: I tweeted.

  36. Cheryl Old says:

    I’ve become much too dependent on fast food and TV dinners. I know that “real” food is so much healthier. This book (and the gift card) will give me the push I need to get back to cooking healthier meals. I would be thrilled to win the cookbook and gift card. Thank you for the opportunity!

  37. Oh, yeah. I could use this book for inspiration! I tweeted also!

  38. That sounds like a book my sons could use!

    I’m a subscriber and I tweeted! 🙂 https://twitter.com/JuliaImproving/status/888788001966493698

  39. Recipes, photos, instructions–what else do you need in the kitchen? OK, maybe a little music while you chop–

  40. I’m one of your subscribers.

  41. Sheila Cohen says:

    This sounds just like what I need.

  42. Amazing giveaway! Would love to win. I subscribe.

  43. I am a subscriber. Thank you for the giveaway!

  44. Barbara Wurtzel says:

    Looks like a lovely addition, even for the sophisticated cook. Thanks for the opportunity. I could send YOU a cookbook I no longer use.🍳

  45. Janet harry says:

    I really could use some help in the kitchen!

  46. susan smoaks says:

    i am a subscriber and i love to cook.

  47. susan smoaks says:
  48. Brooke Ellis says:

    Cooking is one of my passions and this sounds great for cooks and “not yet cooks” alike! Thanks

  49. suscribed and tweeted

  50. Ellie Wright says:

    I’m a subscriber. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  51. Ellie Wright says:
  52. Susan Taylor says:

    Love trying new recipes. This would be great

  53. Wendy McBride says:

    Already a subscriber! I would love to check it out and use the Visa gift card for some ingredients and needed grocery items! Followed on other medias as well.

  54. Sheryl Baron says:

    I do not enjoy cooking. My husband and I have simple tastes (in fact, he told me recently that he would be
    Happy eating spaghetti and meatballs every night!) and I am pretty finicky, altho’ I wish I wasn’t!! This sounds like the right cookbook for me. It might inspire me to find more variety in the kitchen.

  55. Louise M Whiting says:

    Love cookbooks, but do not love cooking. Love your newsletters. I want to win, esp., the gift card.

  56. Peggy D says:

    already an email subscriber and tweeted

  57. What an amazing giveaway!!

  58. Nancy Bowers says:

    Already a subscriber

  59. Nancy Bowers says:
  60. Kay Lynn Akers says:

    I love to read cookbooks and would love to spend time lost in this one.

  61. Adriane says:

    I’m a subscriber 🙂

  62. Adriane says:
  63. Cynthia Richardson says:

    Subscriber. I’d love to gift this to my son and his new wife.

  64. Cynthia Richardson says:
  65. This sounds like a must-have tool for learning all the basics of cooking! I’d love a copy!

  66. @wlkndisaster says:
  67. Maryann D. says:

    I am a newsletter subscriber.

  68. Maryann D. says:
  69. What an interesting way to get us noncooks a chance to improve. I have a friend who I can give this to for her birthday. Thank you for making it known to us.

  70. Susan Bailey says:

    I have been a long time subscriber and need to learn to cook better! This would be a great cook book to get me started!!! Please pick me! Thanks!

  71. DEBIJOT says:

    email subscriber

  72. DEBIJOT says:
  73. Erika W. says:

    Oh I would love to win this for my husband. He had to ask me how to hard boil eggs this past week so he definitely needs it.

  74. ROBYN TALBOTT says:

    I love a great cookbook!

  75. I am a pretty good cook but I know one of my nieces would love this book!

  76. christopher h says:

    thanks for the chance

  77. christopher h says:
  78. Priscilla S. says:

    That looks like an inspiring cookbook. Thanks for the chance!

  79. Priscilla S. says:
  80. kim pickett says:

    What a great prize package. Thank you!

  81. kim pickett says:
  82. Sarah Oswald says:

    This sounds like a WONDERFUL cookbook thanks for sharing about it.I would love to own the book. Thanks for the have to win it.

  83. Sarah Oswald says:
  84. Kimmy Ripley says:

    Cooking is my #1 passion in life and I love adding new cookbooks to my collection. I bet this one would have them joining The Clean Plate Club. Thanks so very much for the chance.

  85. Cindy Merrill says:

    I am subscribed to your newsletter.

  86. Cindy Merrill says:
  87. I subscribe and this book sounds interesting.

  88. Kelly D says:

    I am a subscriber.

  89. Kelly D says:
  90. Teresa Moore says:

    I think this would be a great book to have in my collection.

  91. Lynda @Mommypowers says:

    Looks like a sweet cookbook! Thank you!


  92. Lynda @Mommypowers says:
  93. Lynda @Mommypowers says:

    I subscribe under my other email: sterlingdreams925@yahoo.com

  94. fran pillersdorf says:

    I need a new cookbook!

  95. My dinner plans need a reboot! Thanks for the opportunity!

  96. Sheryl Gerbracht says:

    Love cookbooks and always looking for new and easy ideas!

  97. I am a subscriber!

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

  98. tweet–https://twitter.com/WildOrchid985/status/889526825344540672

  99. Mary Cloud says:

    I subscribed – looks like a great cookbook

  100. Mary Cloud says:
  101. Would love to win!

  102. E-mail subscriber!

  103. Laurie Emerson says:

    I love to cook but am probably one of the worst cooks in the world. I would love to win this cookbook so my family could actually look forward to dinners instead of coming to the dinner table with the dreaded looks of what is next.

  104. Laurie Emerson says:

    I am a email subscriber.

  105. Laurie Emerson says:
  106. Harmony Burmeister says:
  107. Kay Slater says:

    Im a subscriber. thanks for the awesome chance to win the great cookbook…… Blessings and hugs, Kay Slater

  108. Been subscribed for a while. Sounds like a great cookbook for anyone who wants to learn to do it better.

  109. Natalie says:

    I am already an email subscriber. This looks like a great cookbook!

  110. Natalie says:
  111. Beautiful cookbook, I would love this chance to learn to cook even better!

  112. I love cooking and cookbooks so this one I need to check out as I am sure it has many good cooking tips to better myself. Thanks for the giveaway.

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