The Parchment Paper Cookbook Giveway

Today, Living Large community, we’re beginning a series of Friday book giveaways, just in time for the holidays. We’re beginning with one of the best, “The Parchment Paper Cookbook,” by Brette Sember.

I did an interview with Brette this week about her work and her book:

1). Tell me a little about yourself.

A couple of years ago I started a blog called MarthaAndMe, where I unofficially apprenticed myself to Martha Stewart for a year. I’ve always loved to cook, but this intensive, exhausting year in which I cooked Martha’s recipes and blogged daily, really changed my life and helped me understand who I am as a cook. Since then, I’ve been blogging about food regularly. My background is as an attorney and I’ve written books about lots of topics including parenting, pregnancy, business, divorce, credit, and law. In between books and blogging, I create the indexes you find at the back of books. I’m also a wife and mom of two, as well as a dog owner of two.

2). I’ve always thought your blog was so interesting and unique. How did you get interested in parchment paper cooking?

The Martha experience was really central in shaping how I think about food and cooking. One big thing that stayed with me from that experience was how complicated and time-consuming many of the recipes were. And part of that was just how much cleanup was involved after every single meal. I wanted to simplify, but I didn’t want to sacrifice great flavor and good food. I actually made my first parchment paper packet more than 20 years ago as a newlywed and that recipe has remained one of my favorites. It struck me that I could cook other things that same way and create similarly moist, flavorful, and healthy results. NoPotCooking was born!

3). What is one of your favorite recipes in the book?

I love the recipes that think outside the box the most, so I love the Chicken Uncasserole, which includes all the flavors of one of my favorite casseroles in a parchment paper packet with no sticky casserole dish to deal with. I must admit I am also partial to the S’more Crepes which take seconds to make and are so good you’ll have to hide the parchment paper to stop yourself from making them too often.

4). Why do you think this would be good for people with small homes?

This book is great for anyone who wants to do more with less – less kitchen space, less pots, less clean up. I love the simplicity of this cooking style and how once you make dinner you don’t have to stand over the sink washing pots and pans. You don’t need a gourmet kitchen or a lot of implements and pots to make these dishes. You don’t even need an oven – a toaster oven works well.

5). Is parchment paper cooking environmentally friendly?

Parchment is recyclable and compostable. Cooking this way also helps reduce your energy use (you can cook your entire meal in one oven, no stovetop burners needed) and your water use (less to wash when you’re done). I also think it just makes cooking at home easier, so you’re more likely to stay home than have take out delivered or drive to a restaurant. I emphasize the use of organic ingredients as well.

Living Large community, you have a chance to win a copy of The Parchment Paper Cookbook!

Chance #1: All you have to do to get into the drawing is make a comment on this post before 5 p.m. CST Monday, November 14.

Chance #2: You can earn two chances to win, if in your comment, you tell me also that you are a new friend and “liked” our Living Large page on Facebook! If you’re already a part of our Facebook community and  “like” our Facebook page, great, you can still have two chances to win by going to my post on the Living Large Facebook page finding the post about this giveaway and sharing it with your friends (it’s easy, just hit the share button. I can either see that you’re a new Facebook friend and liked our page within the contest time or shared the post!)

Good luck, everyone, this is an exceptional book!  



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65 Responses

  1. Donna Hull says:

    I’m too late for the giveaway. However a cookbook that promises little to no cleanup is my kind of cookbook!

  2. Jennifer E says:

    This cookbook sounds amazing!

  3. SABLE says:

    Any way to save time, space in the kitchen and most of all clean up sounds like at great idea to me.

  4. Teslaca says:

    I like cooking with parchment paper and have a few great recipes using it, but would love to have some fresh ideas and recipes.

  5. Alexandra says:

    Sounds like a great idea. I’m in.

  6. What a great way to cut calories, save time and eat healthy. I love the idea of using this instead of pans, and especially not using Aluminum Foil, one of my least favorites.

    Thanks for the opportunity to win a great cookbook!

  7. Gail Marla Solorzano says:

    This is so fun. I just got my first tiny home of 200 sq.feet. It is a 25′ Nash Travel Trailer. I would so love to learn to cook good food w/less mess and pots.

  8. Deborah says:

    Almost forgot. I am also an ongoing fan of your facebook page. Please keep these posts coming! Even though I can not yet afford to build or buy my tiny house these posts help me keep inspired! Thank you!

  9. Deborah says:

    Love to learn alternatives ways of cooking! Keep them coming!

  10. caroline says:

    LOVE parchment paper, second only to my Silpat. Can’t wait to see all your clever recipes!

  11. Jennifer says:

    Addicted to cooking…just shared the link for others to through their hat in the ring. Soon fresh hot cinnamon buns will be coming out of my oven and will be gone in minutes with family and friends around. Always interested in new and old methods of cooking.
    Thank you for the chance to get my hands on this cool book.

  12. Lynn says:

    To funny to see this I have just become fond of the use of the paper. I love it and its many uses..great idea…

  13. What a clever use for parchment paper! I’ve lined baking pans and wrapped little parcels to cook, but a whole casserole? That I just have to try!

    Then I went to the blog (Martha and Me) and was blown away by the parlsley root idea! First I thought that’s just parsnips…but wait, no…Certainly would make sense to try this next year in the garden! Thanks for such a bunch of good ideas.

  14. Sue N says:

    This cookbook excites me so much. Hubby and I are just in the designing stage of our 500 sq foot new home. No pans more room!!

    • Kerri says:

      Congratulations, Sue, on designing your very own little house! I hope you will post photos on Facebook when you’re done! Good luck in the drawing!

  15. Heather Howard says:

    This sounds great! I like easy recipes!

  16. Keema says:

    I would love to try this idea!

  17. Sarah says:

    Count me in!

  18. I already have a copy of the book and was amazed how quick the recipes were to put together–throw the ingredients in the parchment and you’re all done.

  19. lida jack says:

    I’m a mess in the kitchen; not my food, just ME and my kitchen!!! Lol I’d love to have less clean-up!!! 🙂

  20. Susan says:

    throw my name in the bucket , would love to win a copy

  21. Sheryl says:

    I love the no-cleanup concept of this book and cannot wait to dig in and try all the recipes. And I’m exhausted reading about all that Brette does, so I won’t have any energy left for cooking, anyway 🙂

  22. Sue Moak says:

    Throw me in that drawing pot, please!

  23. Kerry Dexter says:

    I’ve enjoyed reading both Brette’s blogs, and I like the way she has followed her gift for cooking into writing cookbooks. thanks for hosting this giveaway, Kerri.

  24. Jane Boursaw says:

    Love the whole idea of this book! Please count me in for the giveaway.

  25. Luanne says:

    Love the idea, little cleanup is a plus!

  26. Lilla says:

    Sounds like an interesting book. It would make a good addition to my collection!

    By the way, I am also a fan on Facebook…

    • Kerri says:

      Thanks, Lilla, for being a FB fan and stopping by. You have to share my post about the giveaway on Facebook with your friends to get a second chance to enter. Just go to our page and hit the share button!

  27. Merr says:

    I’m waiting for mine to arrive, so not entering the contest…just wanting to say how great this book–the entire concept–sounds!

  28. Christy says:

    Wow, what a great concept! I hate washing pans and am trying to simplify our lives and home. I hope I win!
    Thanks for the opportunity.

  29. Nancy Schoonover Helton says:

    What a great cookbook! I always have parchment paper on hand!

  30. Jenn says:

    We just moved into a tiny house and anything to make cleanIng up easier I’m all for. We only have a roster oven so it doesn’t take much to make a huge mess! It would be great to save on our water and let the compost pile clean up the rest for us! I heard about this because I like you on facebook!

  31. Julia says:

    Sounds interesting!

  32. Teleia says:

    I’ve never even heard of parchment paper cooking! I especially like the idea of little clean up. 🙂 Pick me! Pick me!

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