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Big Black Dog: ****A Book and a Bag Giveaway****

December 1, 2009

****A Book and a Bag Giveaway****


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Photo courtesy of Linda Elvira Piedra and reprinted with permission.


The Bag

The Turtle Bread Bag with its wide mouth and clever side pleat can expand to accommodate a round two-pound loaf of bread so it's plenty big enough for the popular Artisan Breads. The convenient drawstring cinches the bag closed to keep the bread fresh and you can easily hang the bag from any available hook or kitchen cabinet knob.

The Bag is made of bamboo fabric which is a gorgeous material very similar in texture to a fine linen but with a slight natural sheen. The fabric is soft yet strong and contains a safe natural anti-bacterial property called bamboo kun. Also the bamboo fabric will allow the bread to breathe which is very important in preventing molds yet retains moisture therefore keeping the bread fresh much longer then ordinary cotton bread bags.

The Turtle Bread Bag with a freshly made loaf of bread would make a wonderful gift for anyone on any occasion or even just a "Thinking of You" gift.

Bamboo Bags are machine washable in cold or warm water and you can either machine dry on low or hang to dry. Included is a small pamphlet on how to fold the bag to keep it neat and clean during storage.

Bamboo-Bag has several styles of Bread Bags, Produce Bags for your weekly shopping and even Dressing Bags to conveniently organize your overnight bag or unmentionables.


Special Offer to All HBinFive Members!

To celebrate the holidays Ann has offered to refund postage, continental US ONLY, on all purchases by HBinFive Members! Just mention HBinFive in the Comments field of your PayPal order and Ann will include the postage refund with your order. You must be a member of HBinFive to receive the shipping charges refund! Special offer expires January 1, 2010.


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The Book

"The Adventurous Chef: Alexis Soyer" written and illustrated by Ann Arnold is a beautiful hardbound book for children ages 8 through 12 years old. But I have to admit that I, age yada yada, enjoyed it very much!

Synopsis

"In 1837, when Alexis Soyer was just twenty-five years old, he became head chef at the exclusive Reform Club in London on the condition that he be allowed to participate in the design of the kitchen. The result was a showplace filled with Soyer's clever inventions, such as the drainer and the multi-egg poacher, and it became the most talked about kitchen in all of Europe. Soyer quickly established himself as a star, but for all his flamboyance he was practical and large-hearted, cooking for the starving populace as well as the aristocracy, opening soup kitchens during the Irish potato famine, and teaching the army how to feed itself in the Crimean War.

Filled with biographical detail and lively illustrations, The Adventurous Chef tells the story of a remarkable man who was determined to revolutionize the culinary world and who remains one of the greatest cooks of the nineteenth century!"

Reviews:
"Brings to life the history of this chef who cooked with great talent and compassion." --Alice Waters, Chez Panisse

"In an ambitious and successful authorial debut, Arnold further explores the culinary arts this time through biography." --Publishers Weekly

"Gr 3-5-An engaging picture-book biography of a 19th-century chef/inventor/cookbook author." --School Library Journal

More books by Ann Arnold: "Sea Cows, Shamans, and Scurvy"


Ann Arnold, artist, author, chef, illustrator, craftsman, business owner and all-round good person, graciously donated both the Turtle Bread Bag and a copy of her book "The Adventurous Chef: Alexis Soyer". Currently, Ann is showing her Still Life Paintings, December 1-31, 2009, at the North Point Gallery in San Francisco.


If you would like to win either the Bread Bag or the Book, please leave a comment on this post and/or on the December 15th post. But if you post a comment on this post and another comment on the December 15th post you will have two chances to win.

The drawing will close at midnight Dec. 15th and the winners will be announced on my blog December 16th, 2009. My husband will pick two names out of the box and the first name will win the Bread Bag and the second name will win the Book. I promise to get both items in the mail in time for Christmas!





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79 Comments:

Anonymous Heather said...

With all the BBA bread we bake that bag is a killer idea!

December 1, 2009 at 10:47 AM  
Blogger Cristie said...

The bag is beautiful and your bread peeking out is gorgous! I can just see one of my loaf's come out of there. What a wonderful give-away!

December 1, 2009 at 10:51 AM  
Blogger SKM said...

AWESOME. I have a kid in mind who would adore that book. :)

December 1, 2009 at 10:54 AM  
Blogger Maria said...

What a fun giveaway! thanks!

December 1, 2009 at 10:54 AM  
Blogger CMC said...

WOW.... I would love to win that bread bag and book. One good looking bag.
Great site, Michelle.

December 1, 2009 at 11:00 AM  
Blogger Jenny said...

Both those items look great. I've been meaning to sew a bag for my bread, but that project hasn't come to fruition yet.
Thanks for the giveaway!
~Jenny~

December 1, 2009 at 11:09 AM  
Blogger TeaLady said...

What a great bag. Anything to keep bread fresh is a must for bread bakers.

Would love to have both.

Thanks for the chance.

December 1, 2009 at 11:18 AM  
Blogger Doreen said...

I'd love to win that bag and book... thanks for the opportunity!

December 1, 2009 at 11:18 AM  
Blogger Fresh Local and Best said...

That is such a neat bread bag!

December 1, 2009 at 11:18 AM  
Blogger Erin said...

That bag looks wonderful! I have been looking for a natural bag to store all the homemade bread I have been baking!

December 1, 2009 at 11:24 AM  
Blogger Mama Peck said...

I love the idea of those bags! They are on my Christmas list. Thanks so much for sharing this discovery with us. :)

December 1, 2009 at 11:33 AM  
Blogger Tracy @ Sugarcrafter said...

Oooh, pick me!! :-)

December 1, 2009 at 11:35 AM  
Blogger Minna said...

ok so now the list is: yeast spoon - check, malt - check, french bread baking pan - check, and as yesterday morning, bamboo bag - check. and the addiction continues... thanks , michelle.

December 1, 2009 at 11:54 AM  
Blogger Joanne said...

What a fantastic giveaway! Especially considering all of the bread from HBinFive that will be coming out of my kitchen.

December 1, 2009 at 12:16 PM  
Blogger Joanna said...

I'd love one of those bread bags to save my bread. I know I'll be doing so much more baking with my new book! I'd love to win one, or that adorable book :)

December 1, 2009 at 12:20 PM  
Blogger Kat said...

My grandson loves to cook. I think he would enjoy the book because he too loves books!

December 1, 2009 at 1:34 PM  
Blogger glamah16 said...

I love that bread bag idea.

December 1, 2009 at 1:45 PM  
Blogger Katrina said...

Love the bread bag and I can't get enough children's books!

December 1, 2009 at 2:00 PM  
Blogger Tasty Eats At Home said...

What a freaking cool bag!

December 1, 2009 at 2:15 PM  
Anonymous Jenny said...

I would love to win the bread bag as I am on a limited budget due to disability and making my own bread would help my budget and health!

December 1, 2009 at 2:15 PM  
Blogger Cathy (breadexperience) said...

What a beautiful bread bag and a wonderful giveaway! Someone's bread gonna look great in it! Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

December 1, 2009 at 2:38 PM  
Blogger Lori E said...

How cool is that bread bag. Wow. I love the idea.
If you would ship to Canada consider me entered.

December 1, 2009 at 2:38 PM  
Blogger Holly said...

That bread bag is such a neat idea! Thanks for putting this together!

December 1, 2009 at 2:42 PM  
Anonymous katrina said...

You come up with the BEST Givaways! Love the bag, and the book sounds fascinating!

December 1, 2009 at 2:43 PM  
Blogger YankeeQuilter said...

What a great give-away...though I may just have to add that bag to my Christmas list.

December 1, 2009 at 3:18 PM  
Blogger Dawn S. said...

The book looks fabulous!

December 1, 2009 at 3:32 PM  
Blogger Dawn S. said...

The book looks wonderful.

December 1, 2009 at 3:32 PM  
Blogger Bread Over Heels said...

What a great product and the book sounds amazing! If I don't win, the bag is definitely on my Christmas list. Thanks for the opportunity!
Mira

December 1, 2009 at 4:04 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

I not only want that bread bag, I need it! :) I was thinking of buying one when I saw you posted the link on the google group the other day but maybe I'll get lucky and win!They are beautiful!

December 1, 2009 at 4:24 PM  
Blogger Jennifer, The Lady Riposter said...

How neat! I think my cousin's boys would love that book, they enjoyed helping cook when they were visiting!

jlsemon at gmail dot com

December 1, 2009 at 4:25 PM  
Blogger Judy said...

The bag is so wonderful - I would love to have that on my counter with some delicious HBin5 in it. And, one can NEVER have TOO many cookbooks!

December 1, 2009 at 4:28 PM  
Blogger Rachael said...

That looks Awesome! Where can you find them??

December 1, 2009 at 4:42 PM  
Blogger RJ Flamingo said...

Great idea! Wonder how that bag would work here - tired of relying on ziplocs & getting mold.:-(

December 1, 2009 at 5:23 PM  
Anonymous Sarah said...

Fun giveaway, the bread looks great!

December 1, 2009 at 5:59 PM  
Anonymous Gwen said...

Way cool. I collect children's books. I started when I got my license at 16. So for nearly 40 years! LOL I'll have to go looking for this one. I love the cover.

December 1, 2009 at 6:27 PM  
Blogger girlichef said...

Awesome!! I've been wanting one of these bags...and of course I'd adore the book, too :D

December 1, 2009 at 6:34 PM  
Blogger Femalechef said...

So pretty....wish I had one!!!

December 1, 2009 at 6:35 PM  
Blogger Just Me said...

I would love to win!

December 1, 2009 at 6:40 PM  
Blogger Susan said...

I bake bread all the time now that I have Artisan Bread in 5 minutes a day. Please put my name in the bread bag drawing!

December 1, 2009 at 6:58 PM  
Anonymous Krista said...

LOVE that bag! And the book sounds like so much fun.

(Age *yadda yadda* HAHAHA)

December 1, 2009 at 7:24 PM  
Blogger Lucy said...

Love that bread bag... where did you get it??

December 1, 2009 at 7:38 PM  
Blogger cupcake said...

What a great giveaway...and just in time for Christmas!

December 1, 2009 at 7:55 PM  
Blogger bh628 said...

Would love using this bag. THANKS for entering me in contest.

December 1, 2009 at 8:05 PM  
Blogger SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

What a beautiful bread bag! The bread bag and cookbook are two wonderful and gracious gifts, Michelle.

December 1, 2009 at 8:33 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Great giveaway! The bag and book both look great!

December 1, 2009 at 9:13 PM  
Blogger Nan said...

The book and the bag would be great and just in time for Christmas!

December 1, 2009 at 9:33 PM  
Blogger Debbie said...

These look so interesting I would love to try them with our bread. Thanks for the great giveaway.

December 1, 2009 at 9:38 PM  
Blogger Carolt said...

Would love to win! Thanks.

December 1, 2009 at 9:53 PM  
Anonymous Paula - bell'alimento said...

What a fab bag! Yes, it would so come in handy with all the bread baking ; )

December 1, 2009 at 10:25 PM  
Blogger Susan said...

Both look awesome!

December 1, 2009 at 10:42 PM  
Blogger Suzan said...

Boy could I use this bag. We don't eat the bread fast and finding ways to keep it fresh are a real challenge. I have learned a lot from this group. Keep up the good work.

Suzan

December 1, 2009 at 10:45 PM  
Blogger Danielle said...

I had never heard of a bread bag until I joined HBin5....soooo cool!

December 1, 2009 at 11:37 PM  
Anonymous Joy said...

Ack! Another thing that I never knew existed and now *NEED*! LOL. I want that bread bag! And the book doesn't hurt, too, as I've just meet my two wonderful second cousins who are 9 and 11 who I think will enjoy it. :)

December 2, 2009 at 12:05 AM  
Blogger ♥♥♥Ria♥♥♥ said...

What a beautiful bag! And it's said that we should never judge a book by it's cover... Sorry, I am going to judge this one! :D The book looks so exciting! I really wish I win them! :)

*fingers & toes crossed!! *

December 2, 2009 at 12:47 AM  
Blogger My Carolina Kitchen said...

I love Chef Soyer's story. The book sounds fascinating and perfect for a present for foodies (and self).

What a great bag. I'm crossing my fingers. It would be put to good use in our kitchen.
Sam

December 2, 2009 at 6:05 AM  
Anonymous Dee Roberts said...

The bread bag is the prettiest I've seen. I was just struggling earlier this week on what to store my bread in, this would be perfect. Thanks for your generosity!

December 2, 2009 at 6:58 AM  
Anonymous Lynda said...

What a great bag and a great giveaway!

December 2, 2009 at 7:02 AM  
Blogger GA Jane said...

What a great picture and what fun.
I would love to win!

December 2, 2009 at 7:48 AM  
Blogger Joan said...

The bags are beautiful and perfect for gifts. I'd love to find the bamboo fabric and make a bunch of them (and keep the one if I won it!). I have a perfect granddaughter for the book - I'm glad to find about about it!

December 2, 2009 at 8:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love the looks of the bag and book! What a great idea for a bread bag! I would love to win them! Thanks for the heads up!

December 2, 2009 at 9:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wishing you all a blessed Advent season.
Petra

December 2, 2009 at 10:55 AM  
Blogger Tara said...

Who doesn't love a free drawing! Many thanks for working so hard to develop the HBin5 braid. My boys would love that book :)

December 2, 2009 at 11:02 AM  
Blogger Brandon and Danina said...

Thanks for starting HBin5. It has been fun!

December 2, 2009 at 11:45 AM  
Blogger tangaloor said...

I have a lovely french linen baguette bag, but it doesn't fit portly round boules. The turtle bag looks perfect for that!

December 2, 2009 at 12:18 PM  
Blogger tangaloor said...

I have a lovely french linen baguette bag, but it doesn't fit portly round boules. The turtle bag looks perfect for that!

December 2, 2009 at 12:20 PM  
Blogger Kim said...

What a great bag and I love the sound of the book. An awesome giveaway, Michelle.

December 2, 2009 at 4:15 PM  
Anonymous Kayte said...

What fun to find out about a new author...the illustrations on the outside of the book look very fun, don't they? Bread bag is very nice as well.

December 3, 2009 at 7:55 AM  
Blogger Michelle in Colorado Springs said...

The bag looks cool.

December 3, 2009 at 4:38 PM  
Blogger Princess, Tank and Isaac: The Newfs of Hazard said...

I'm in!

December 3, 2009 at 9:40 PM  
Blogger Jamie Meier said...

How exciting! Fingers crossed...

December 4, 2009 at 6:17 AM  
Anonymous bridgit said...

Hmmm. I wonder where I can find bamboo fabric to make some for my foodie friends? And the book looks so cool. Thanks for sharing.

December 4, 2009 at 6:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd like to join your group. When I click on the button on the right it just directs me to another page... Can you send a link?
Thanks!
Angela

December 6, 2009 at 5:46 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

Angela,

That link is the one you want. It will tell you about the group, but you can send an email to me at ms dot bigblackdog at gmail dot com

Include your full name, email address and blog if you have a blog.

Thanks!

Michelle

December 6, 2009 at 5:59 PM  
Blogger landonfamily said...

What fun! A fabric bag must certainly be a better alternative than the plastic ones I've been using!

December 15, 2009 at 5:41 AM  
Blogger psassy said...

Bamboo bag, great book; seems like either one would make a great gift... for me! LOL Thanks for all your efforts here and at HBinFive. I devour every post!!! :)

December 15, 2009 at 5:42 AM  
Blogger psassy said...

Great gift ideas! Not fond of my current bread storage and this looks like the perfect solution. Thanks for sharing!

December 15, 2009 at 5:46 AM  
Blogger Joanna said...

Oh, I can't wait to see who wins! I'm crossing my fingers :)

December 15, 2009 at 6:32 AM  
Blogger Bread Over Heels said...

This is exciting because I'd love to tell my 5 and 7 year old daughters that I won them a book! There's something special about winning something :) Thanks for the chance

December 15, 2009 at 10:07 AM  
Anonymous Laura said...

Wow, it is so cool that there is a children's book about this chef.

December 15, 2009 at 7:43 PM  

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