Tuesday Treat: Cornerstone (Signed)!


It has been a few weeks since I published my first ever cookbook, Cornerstone Cooking.

I have yet to meet my goal of selling one million copies (joking), but I’ve sold more than I was expecting in this amount of time which I’m really happy about!

More importantly, it seems like people are generally liking the book based on Amazon reviews.

A few people emailed me though and said, “Dude!  You didn’t even give away copies of your own book!”

True.  I did give away hundreds of dollars of stuff, but I didn’t give away any actual copies. A possible oversight that I intend to correct with this post!

Cornerstone Cooking

If you’ve read Macheesmo at all over the last few weeks, you probably know at least a small amount about the book because I’ve been blabbering about it nonstop.

Basically, the book is centered around eight cornerstone dishes.  These are dishes that you can make in bulk, but are also things that people tend to have leftover in the fridge.  Stuff like shredded chicken, bread, and ice cream for example.

Each chapter then goes into detail about how to use leftovers of those cornerstone dishes.  There’s a variety of recipes for using leftovers from each cornerstone dish from a variety of cuisines so you won’t get sick of the the same flavor profile even if you’re using the same base ingredient.

If you hate wasting leftovers (or food in general), you’ll want this book.

If you like saving money and time, you’ll want this book.

The Giveaway

Short and sweet, I’m giving away three SIGNED copies of the book TODAY.  

Also, coincidentally, my blogger friend Dawn is doing a giveaway on her blog this week as well so if you bop over there and leave a comment on her interview with me, you can also maybe win a copy.

But Nick… I already bought a copy!

That’s awesome and you rule.  The copies for this giveaway will be signed which is maybe a plus depending on your opinion of me!

So, if you win this copy, you can send your other copy to a friend or family member! Or you can just horde them…

Tuesday Treat Rules

Just a reminder about the Tuesday Treat rules.

The whole idea behind these giveaways is that they are quick. This contest will close at 7PM Eastern time tonight (Tuesday) and I’ll pick THREE winners at random. That means that you have just 12 hours to sign up.

Unfortunately, I can’t ship internationally so just U.S. entries please.

Those three winners will get a signed copy of Cornerstone Cooking sent to their doorstep.

How to enter?

It doesn’t get much easier. Just leave a comment and you’re entered!

If you happen to be reading this in an email, you need to comment on the actual post to be entered please.

Good luck everyone!


Thanks for all the kind comments everyone!  They were really fun to read, especially from those of you that already have the book!  The winners for the giveaway are Colleen, Trey, and Sabrina!

For those of you that didn’t win, sorry that I can’t give one to everybody. I wish I could.  Of course, you can still BUY IT THOUGH

243 comments on “Tuesday Treat: Cornerstone (Signed)!

  1. Sign me up for a entry!

    I love your stuff Nick, and even though I’m not in the US my brother is, so please take this entry on his behalf. He loved corn dip when I made it for him here at Christmas!

  2. I REALLY would love to have your cookbook. I made a commitment to not buy ANY cookbooks for all of 2012. Winning would not be buying. =) Keeping my fingers crossed.

  3. Such a great concept for a book. Very practical. Who can afford to make all the great recipes in other books and then what do you do with leftovers of all those random ingredients you had to buy?

  4. Would love to win a cookbook! I’m a new fan of your blog and can’t wait to start trying your recipes!

  5. I am sorry that i can`t join this because i live in Norway, but i still love your blog:)
    The best of luck selling your (first) million copies

  6. I would love to see what you put together with Cornerstone Cooking! Thanks for continuing to do what you do best, Nick!

  7. Nick,

    I was planning to buy a copy from Amazon, but haven’t placed my order yet. Perhaps I’ll win a copy instead… if not, I’ll definitely be buying it from Amazon. Look forward to adding it to our collection, regardless of how we obtain it.

  8. I have been reading your site for about a year and just LOVE it! I am making your hard chicken tacos for dinner tonight. Many of your recipes have become family favorites. I love the concept for this book, I hope I am lucky enough to win a signed copy.

  9. I never win anything, but I would love a copy of your new cookbook to add to my collection. I love your recipes, and think this idea was awesome!

  10. I love to check my email to see that you have posted a new entry on your blog! Thanks for the giveaway.

  11. I love to cook and would be honored to receive your new cookbook. I enjoy your site and always read it.

  12. Make me a winner, winner chicken dinner….then I’ll have left overs to make 8 other meals!!

  13. I love the idea of this book. So many times I have food go to waste. I keep trying to get better at it with meal planning, but this book would be so helpful!

  14. I don’t have/want many cookbooks (I just use the interwebz these days) but I would really enjoy a copy of yours!

  15. I’m new to this website, but was drawn to it because of your cornerstone idea. I love the idea of one dish serving as a base for multiple other dishes, because who hasn’t thrown away leftovers because you just couldn’t eat the same thing one more time?

  16. What a great idea for a cookbook and in the running to be picked for my first Cook Book Club meeting.

  17. Would LOVE to have a copy, my son is moving out on his own and this would be an awesome gift for him, he uses a lot of your recipes already!!!

  18. I actually own a lot of cook books, i sort of have an addiction to collecting recipes. I get excited every time i open my email and see new recipes. But your book is so unique; i love love love the idea you came up with. Every body needs ideas on what to do with leftovers. Its definitely a best seller! Please please please pick me!

  19. Hi Nick,
    Thanks for an opportunity to win one of your SIGNED Cornerstone Cookbooks! A real great event! I have learned a lot from cooking with you. All the best to you, Betsy, Porter and your kitty cat, whose name slipped my mind.

  20. So glad I just found you! I’m looking forward to a long and delicious relationship.

  21. Oh oh I want one please! And thank you, thank you, for sharing this blog with the world; it’s fast become one of my very favorite food blogs.

  22. I LOVE leftovers, but my sister-in-law hates them, for reasons beyond my comprehension. I think your book may be just the thing I need to make my sister-in-law a leftover lover like me.

  23. I can’t wait to get my hands on your book! And if I don’t win today
    I’ll buy one tomorrow.

  24. Ooh ooh me pick me! I love your book concept and I think it’s exactly what I need – more variety in my cooking with leftovers!

  25. I didn’t even realize you had a book! It sounds interesting and I hope I am one of the Randoms. (I have used a few of your recipes, my favorite being the artichoke filling in won ton wrap shells. Which has also become the favorite of all who have tried it!!!) Thanks for the opportunity to win your book.

  26. I’m new to your website….thank you Pintrest, and am loving it!!!!! I especially love the pictures that show what your are drinking while you are cooking :)

  27. I’ve seen you on the local morning news, and know how interesting your recipes are. The book would be wonderful to have, and signed makes it that much better!

  28. Dude! You didn’t even send me a copy of your own book, signed! Please correct this oversight.

    Love your stuff. Recently got a new reason to try out your stuff, so I’ll be visiting pretty regularly, now.

    Great news on the book sales. Sorry I can’t afford to actually buy one. Hugs.

  29. Just found your cookbook giveaway thanks to Chef Warren. I love new cookbooks, sure would like to win yours!

  30. I love your site and would love a copy of your book. I am a baker by nature, but I have been trying to get into the cooking game. Regardless of whether or not I win the giveaway, I will definitely be picking up a copy of this book!

  31. Love your blog, would be awesome to win a copy of your cookbook! (Especially if it is signed!!)

  32. Is was so excited when your book came out, but at the moment (planning a wedding, moving across country from CA to Annapolis, grad school and student loans), I’ve been trying hard to not buy a lot of ‘extras’. I’d love a copy of this cookbook, particularly as I’m REALLY working on planning our meals better to save money. Grad school and weddings are expensive! I need to learn to love leftovers!! If I don’t win, I’m putting the cookbook on our Amazon registry!

  33. I love your website! You taught me how to make homemade pizza and I’ve become quite good at it if I may say so myself. I love leftovers, so this would be an awesome opportunity!

  34. Your book is already on my Amazon wishlist, but hopefully I’ll be able to cross it right off. Thanks :)

  35. Just came across your blog today, how lucky am I?! Love your recipes and I’d love to read your book.

  36. Hey Nick; I’m looking foreward to reading your cookbook. I’ve been reading your website for a couple of years now & it’s been great.
    Best of luck with the book.

  37. I would love to have a copy–your recipes would be perfect since I have two kids under the age of 3!

  38. Nick, this is the greatest number of comments I’ve ever seen on your site! That’s cool, though — you deserve it, and the newbies are in for even more treats ; )
    Keep up the good work!

  39. Yours is one of THE BEST blogs around for food! Love it! The book could come in very handy in these times…

  40. I would love to win a copy! Sounds like an excellent book :) I started reading your blog when I saw that you were trying to copy your wife’s favorite McDonald’s egg muffin sandwiches and I made a whole pan of those for my family. Yum!

  41. oh, I might not have to wait till next month to own this cookbook? That would be fabulous! Plus I would LOVE a signed copy!

  42. I look forward to the posts every day! Thank you for all the wonderful tips. I verbally hand out the cherry tomato recipe all the time and everyone raves about it!

  43. I found your blog via pinterest (the breakfast sandwich post) and I’ve been a follower ever since! I would love to win a copy of your cookbook!

  44. So glad to see someone talking about meals you can cook with leftovers – it’s such an overlooked part of cookbooks and meal planning!

  45. I would love to win one! Some members of my family are a little leftover phobic – and I need all the help I can get to convert them! :)

  46. Ooooh, I’d love a copy! Thanks for a shot at the title. :)
    Side note: Whenever I reference you to the hubs, I say The Boy Blog. Thanks for always making me drool. Not bad for a boy. :o)

  47. If I don’t win a copy…I plan on buying one…but if I do win..I’ll still buy one and give it to my sister!!! Thanks!

  48. Thanks for the chance to win your great book! I’ve been wanting it! I will be buying it, if I don’t win.

  49. I would love to win a copy of your book! I am keeping my fingers crossed my name gets picked. Thank you!

  50. I hope I get picked for the copy of your book- I love your site and hope you continue it for a long time!

  51. One way or another I’m going to get a copy of this book. With a growing family (two boys aged 2 and 4). I am very interested in utilizing leftovers and staple ingredients.

  52. I love your site! I bet your cookbook rules too! Congrats on the newly published cookbook too :)

    (Keeping my fingers crossed)

  53. Macheesmo is always my go to site when figuring out what to make with what I have on hand!

  54. I was going to buy a copy – but would love a signed one! I’ll be getting one anyway as a gift for my sister :)

  55. Would love a signed copy of your book. Your Recipes are great and really enjoyed all the ones you did to make things easy during your surgery recovery.

  56. I just discovered your site last week (link from NibbleMeThis) and after poking around for a few minutes I went straight to Amazon and ordered your book. I haven’t had a chance to try any of your recipes yet (last weekend was Chris’ Jamaican jerk chicken–excellent), but the book looks great (as do the brown butter cookies on this site). I would happily send replace my current copy of the book with a signed one!

  57. I’d love to win a copy of your book! Always love flipping through recipe books to see if there’s anything I can make or adapt in some way!

  58. I have always believed in using leftovers but usually they are just leftovers. More creativity would be great.

  59. My boyfriend and I LOVE your site and we would LOVE a signed copy of your cookbook! Hope luck is on our side today!!! :)

  60. Hey Nick, bought your cookbook already and have made quite a few recipes from it so far! I made the Chicken tortilla soup, the potato skins, and tonight I think I’ll make the gnocchi. Those black bean tacos look amazing so I’m sure those will hit the repertoire soon as well. If I win a copy from you, I’ll give my first copy to my best friend who also loves to cook!

  61. Hi Nick, looking forward to reading your book, one way or another. It would just make my life so much easier if I won it. I would love to have a signed copy. It makes it so much more special.

  62. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your blog! I’m a single mom with a 7-year-old “picky eater” of a daughter. I’ve tried a few of your recipes at home and was amazed at how easy, quick, and delicious they were. My daughter never complained once, because her mouth was too full! Thanks again and keep the fabulous recipes and tips coming!

  63. I’d love to win your cookbook, Nick. I like how you keep your blog and recipes real. I too like to cook from scratch, but sometimes you just don’t have any homemade stock in the freezer.

  64. Got your cookbook, made the flank steak on Sunday – Steak salad tonight! So far I’m loving it! Would love a signed copy though!

  65. Congratulations on publishing your book! A major accomplishment, and one you should be proud of.

  66. I love the concept of your cookbook! Saving time and money and always having leftovers is how I roll!

  67. I am fairly new to this site but really enjoy it. I know I spent a couple hours on here when I first found you ( do NOT tell my boss)! :0)

  68. How were the lobsters? My husband and I have birthdays one month apart, so we usually split the difference and celebrate in the middle. What was your source for the lobsters? Thanks, Nick.

  69. What an awesome thing to do! I just came across your page and I’m very interested in this giveaway!

  70. Oh yeah, I would love to win an autographed copy of your book!! Been wanting to get a copy and just hadn’t done it yet.

    Love your site and all your posts. :)

  71. Hey Nick! I’d love a signed copy of your book. Also, you should check out my brother’s new website that just launched (www.zokos.com). It helps you organize dinner parties, so I thought it’d be right up your alley.

  72. Congratulations on the success of your book, and your book in general.
    I love your writing and the way you make the recipes flow. Your suggestions are always helpful and the pictures are always inviting. I look forward to many more interesting recipes and hints. Good luck.

  73. First, I’m glad your book is selling well. I enjoy your site and have lots of your recipes in my ziplist recipe book. This is really nice of you to do.

  74. If I don’t win a copy I will for sure be purchasing a copy. These are my greatest struggles in the kitchen, making something different out of the same stuff we always eat and like. I am happy for your success and wish you more to come. P.s. hope the knee is healing quickly!

  75. Surely you can Ship to Canada, we’re practically your neighbour! :) love the blog actually making everything for a dinner party from this website tomorrow

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