Featured Blog: The Confounded Cook and Giveaway!!

August 25, 2012 Uncategorized 3

My next featured blog again is not a book blog, per se, although he does sometimes talk about cookbooks and books.  Greg is a friend of mine from the Barnes and Noble where I work.  He is one of those blogs that has kept me going as well.  Reading his blog, and wanting to keep up with mine and do as much with my blog as he was doing, well, my competitive side needed that to keep going sometimes.  Greg got a new job a while back, and it has slowed down a bit his blogging, and it took him away from the bookstore, and I really miss getting to talk to him on the nights I’d come in after teaching all day, and he’d be there for a half hour more before his shift was over.  Okay, without further ado, read about The Confounded Cook!

Sharing Our
Blogoversary (While Cooking With Mortal Instruments)

it be three years already, Lisa?  Lisa
and I started our little blogs in the same month of the same year and here we
are still workin’ it.  We wrote about our
passions: in Lisa’s case, it’s fiction mostly of the young-adult variety; in my
case, it’s life with a food theme….every variety of food.  I started my blog, The Confounded Cook with
the intention of documenting my frequently knuckle-headed attempts at becoming
a better cook.  Lisa started hers by
featuring her favorite books.  Three
years later, my blog has turned into more of a personal blog; a roller-coaster
of emotional highs and lows down life’s highways and byways that feature
cooking, restaurants and food.  My blog
has suffered a bit of an identity crisis, but it reflects my ever-chaotic
life.  I still love food and blogging
though and will never stop, but watch out for my frequent outbursts of
ridiculous randomness.  Lisa, however,
has remained laser-focused on her books as well as bettering her blog and the
results (and number of followers) show it. I couldn’t be happier for her or
more in awe of her as a blogger.
and I share this love of literature and have been out and proud bookworms our
entire lives. We worked together at a chain bookstore for several years and it
was she who turned me onto young adult literature.  Lisa sometimes winces at my more adventurous
palate with food and by the same token, I don’t always share the same taste in
books with her.  For instance, as I am a
guest on this blog I loathe admitting that I didn’t care for a certain
uberpopular young adult series…let’s just say I’m on Team Not-A-Fan.  That said, I totally dug the Hunger Games and
Rick Riordian’s Percy Jackson series. 
The most recent series that Lisa guided towards was the Mortal
Instruments series by Cassandra Clare.  I
was enthralled with the adventures of Clary, Jace, Alec, Magnus and Simon. I
loved the dialogue and the characters and in this day and age when everyone and
their sister is writing paranormal teen fice Mortal Instruments series is
utterly refreshing. One of the reasons I reveled in this series was due to it
being anchored in present-day Brooklyn and the cool, hipster lifestyle that
Clary and Simon lived; complete with some trendy food settings.  For Lisa’s blogoversary, I cooked up a little
chicken salad from East Village Ukrainian eatery and coffee shop Veselka; a
little joint that pops up in the fourth book in the series The City of Fallen
Angels.  The recipe is from the Veselka
cookbook and is featured on another fun blog Cooking With Veselka.  Go here to my blog for the recipe…
Blogoversary, Lisa!  Here’s to many, many

Thanks Greg!  And it’s okay if you aren’t a Twilight fan, yeah, I know that’s what you’re referring to.  🙂  And if I can get enough entries, I will giveaway a copy of the first book in the Mortal Instruments series, City of Bones.  If I get at least 10 people to enter in the Rafflecopter below, I will choose a winner on August 31st, the last day of my month long 3rd Blogoversary celebration!  So whether you’re new to the series and want to get started, or just don’t own the first book in the series yet, please sign up below!  One rule, you must live where The Book Depository ships.  Check this page to see if you can enter!!

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3 Responses to “Featured Blog: The Confounded Cook and Giveaway!!”

  1. Sara Viti

    That's amazing! I've read all the books in The Mortal Instruments series, but I would be glad to win an English copy of the first book *-*

    Thank you!
    Sara In Bookland

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