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Cookbook Giveaways and Recipe Site Sweepstakes

Cooks loves trying new recipes. We can easily go to YouTube and do an internet search these days for ideas and recipe directions, but we still love doing it the old fashioned way—through cookbooks. There are a lot of cookbook giveaways available online. Authors and publishers find it to be a great way to promote their newest titles. Below are some of the top sites to find free cookbooks and other prizes. BellaOnline requires that I limit clickable links in articles, so I've placed the URLs next to the site names for you to copy and paste.

All Recipes (http://allrecipes.com/community/contests/): This is the contests page for the perennially popular recipe site, All Recipes. The current sweepstakes is for a trip to Hawaii, but check back regularly as this will change.

Cooking Channel (http://blog.cookingchanneltv.com/tag/cookbook-giveaways/): Besides hosting some top TV cooks, you can find chances to win at the Cooking Channel giveaway page.

Food Network (http://www.foodnetwork.com/about-us/sweepstakes-and-contests/index.html): More great cooking shows from the Food Network and sweepstakes too. Current giveaways include trips and a gas grill. Keep checking to stay up to date.

Pinterest (http://pinterest.com/cooks_books/cookbook-giveaways/): Pinterest has become a popular social networking site where you "pin" items on boards. These pins can be anything you're interested in—crafts, movies, memes, home decor, people, places and recipes. My favorite feature of this giveaway page is how visual it is. You can quickly scroll through all the book covers to help you pick the ones you want to win.

TasteSpotting (http://www.tastespotting.com/tag/cookbook+giveaways): The layout of the TasteSpotting page looks a lot like Pinterest. It's easy to spot a title you'd like to win. This is a community driven page and you can post submissions of giveaways you find as well as find contests to enter.

Taste of Home (http://www.tasteofhome.com/Contests): This is a family of down home cooking magazines with recipes from readers. The giveaway page hosts everything from recipe contests to larger cash prizes.

Another way to find free cookbooks is through any foodie magazine subscriptions you have. The two social networking sites for readers, Goodreads and LibraryThing, also have giveaways of books from many genres including food. Learn more about those sites here. Good eating and good luck!

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