I've had a giveaway copy of Almost Meatless on my desk for months. I'm looking at it now, and I swear, even with its pleasant lilacky cover, I think it's giving me the finger.
See, Ten Speed Press mailed me the book back in July, but as Tara Mataraza Desmond, the book's co-author (along with Joy Manning), had already sent me a copy, I vowed to give the extra one away.
Remember when I wrote about the book's spicy albondigas? Well, last night, I made the corn and cod cakes, and here's what happened: they puffed out their barrelly chests, yanked the pedestals from under the meatballs, and laughed in the albondigas' faces. The crowd went wild. When it was all over, my kitchen was littered with broken, handmade signs that read, simply, "fishcakes rule."
So I figure the time is now ripe, if not overripe, to raffle off the book. And in a sign that the universe agrees with me, Publishers Weekly just named Almost Meatless one of the best food books of 2009.
The winner will be chosen at random from the comments below. This means that as funny or thoughtful as you may be, you won't stand any greater chance of winning than someone who just writes, "Give me the book, and by the way, I find you annoying."
Here's the question:
If you eat meat, would you like to eat less? Why or why not? If you don't eat meat, when/why did you stop?
Contest ends Friday when I go to sleep.
p.s. The recipe for the corn and cod cakes is online here. They are absolutely beautiful, and magically delicious.
p.p.s. Non sequitur: if for some unfathomable reason you want to read more about me, I was interviewed yesterday on Wasabimon here. Take some time to poke around Stephanie's lovely site.