Today, I will be giving away, Dishing Up® Virginia: 145 Recipes That Celebrate Colonial Traditions and Contemporary Flavors, by Patrick Evans-Hylton. Why did I pick this book? Well, here is the endorsement I wrote for it.. pretty much sums it up!

Monica Bhide on Dishing up Virginia: I have lived in Virginia for the past ten years and have fallen in love with it. This book has made that love deeper. It is filled with delightful recipes, rich history and reflects the true spirit of this state: love.  I love that Patrick showcases the state’s culinary heroes (people and peanuts!) throughout the book. My kids and I fight over the popcorn with pecans! The Virginia Sea Scallops with shallots and walnuts is comforting and so simple to make. I am honored to be a part of this terrific book.

As always, you will in a copy of Patrick’s wonderful book and a copy of my new book, A Life of Spice.

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In order to enter, here is what you need to do – (no purchase necessary) –

1. Follow me on FB and/or Twitter. If you are already following me – THANK YOU!

2. Follow Patrick.  If you are already following him – YOU ROCK!

3. Help us spread the word about this giveaway – any way you choose – tell friends!

4. Leave a comment here and tell us why YOU should win!

I will pick a winner on May 27th, 2015 at 6:00 p.m.

Rules –

1. US residents only. NO P.O.Box please

2. One winner will be selected at random. If you win and do not respond (within a week of) when I contact you, I will choose a different winner.

3. I will ship you both books by media mail.

4. No purchase needed to enter.


PLEASE NOTE – I have purchased these books myself. No publisher or publicist or author has paid for these copies.




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  1. I’d love to win the giveaway because I’ve been a fan of Patrick Evans-Hylton since I received a copy of Costal Virginia magazine from my career services advisor at the Culinary Institute of Virginia and have been following him ever since. I also think A Life of Spice will open me up to a different perspective and help me in my goal to do as you both have and become a food writer in the future. After graduating this month, I think both books would be not only an excellent graduation present but I great step in moving towards the next phase of my Culinary journey!

  2. I am always looking for something new and fresh to try on the kitchen so these books will be great. Thanks!

  3. Mary Alice Beale

    I have followed Patrick since he wrote for my local paper “The Tidewater News”. I listen to the Delicious Dish for his latest recommendations. He has inspired me to explore the local cuisine and foods. I would love a copy of both books for more inspiration and to cook better with local ingredients. Thank you for this giveaway.

    1. You win! Please do let me know your address so that i can get both books to you asap!

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