Monday, July 28, 2008

Bloggy Giveaways Carnival: Win a Book!


Bloggy Giveaways Quarterly Carnival ButtonI learned last week that this week is the Bloggy Giveaways Quarterly Carnival. I've been thinking about doing a little giveaway here and over at Write Out Loud, and there's no time like the present.

I wanted to give away something that reflected me, my blog and what I've been writing about lately, so what better than a book about local eating? Here are the details:

What You Can Win
A copy of Animal Vegetable Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver. This book started me on my local eating journey with practical information and tips on living a local lifestyle, and I'd like to pass it on to someone else. In the name of being green I'd like to say you'll get a used copy, but since I got it from the library originally, you'll receive a new copy sent straight from Amazon.

How You Can Win
Simply leave a comment on this post mentioning why you'd like to receive the book or what you're doing to support your local food economy. Only one comment per person, please. I'll use random.org to choose the winner after the contest ends.

Who Can Win
You don't have to have a blog to win. Anyone with a valid email address that has a mailing address in the U.S. or Canada (sorry Internationals!) is eligible. I'll contact the winner via email for an address, so please make sure your email address is available in your profile or leave it in your comment (Blogger doesn't allow me to see your email address even though you enter it). If I am unable to locate an email address for the winner, I will be forced to draw another commenter.

When the Carnival Ends
Comment by Friday, August 1st at 11:59PM ET to be entered in the drawing. Any comments received after this time will not be considered.

So that's the deal. If you're a regular reader here, good luck! And if you're visiting via Bloggygiveaways.com, welcome to Writing: My Life. I hope you'll comment for a chance to win my giveaway, and I hope you'll take a look around. Enjoy some posts about local eating or browse my archives for my thoughts on everything from weight loss to writing to the books I've been reading.

Now what are you waiting for? Leave a comment and cross your fingers!

If you're interested in a writing-themed giveaway, head over to Write Out Loud and leave a comment on the giveaway post there.

58 comments:

Jane Marie said...

I love Barbara Kingsolver. One of my favorite authors. This is one book I have not read. I'd love to win!!! Thank you for the opportunity.

Holly said...

This book is on my goodreads list. I haven't read it yet. We have a local farmer's market that we like.

Great giveaway. Thanks.

Smilingsal said...

I love to read, and I love to eat! This book sounds like a good combination.
smilingsal55[at]yahoo[dot]com

MommyK said...

Not only has buying food locally helped keep our food bills down, we are eating extra well! I use very little convenience items and cook with a lot of fresh foods, so shopping locally always means that my food lasts longer and tastes better. And if it's organic, I'm even happier!

My mom gave me some green onions from her veggie garden and they were amazing. Crisp and flavorful and they lasted for AGES in my fridge. When I buy green onions from a chain store, they're slimy in less than a week.

Thanks for your visit to my blog today, it's always nice to "meet" local bloggers!

34 Years said...

Hey there! Don't include me in the drawing - I want to do some research in my area first :)

I'm glad the kitten found a home!

One Mom said...

Barbara Kingsolver! One of my favorites! Miss my rural days when I was more self-sustaining but I still choose to support our local farm stands!

Melissa said...

I loved this book and am so sad that I gave it away! I would love to have another copy. It totally changed my eating as well. We joined a CSA, shop quite a bit at the farmer's market, and we have a garden this year. I plan to can a lot and have already frozen quite a bit to last for the winter.

parcelhome at comcast dot net

Wehaf said...

I'd like to read this because I think it would complement "The Omnivore's Dilemma", which I just read (and loved)!

Thanks!

urchiken at gmail dot com

ikkinlala said...

I've heard quite a lot about this book but have not yet had a chance to read it. We support our local food economy by raising our own garden and meat, and also by shopping at the farmers' market for the things we don't grow.

emerzim said...

I have been wanting to read this book, but I can't ever find it at my library! For local food, I'm a huge fan of the farmers market. I keep trying my own gardening, but always end up killing everything. I still have a basil plant left...

Amber said...

I've heard nothing but good things about this book.

Last summer I moved to a new house which is a few blocks away from a summer farmer's market. I've managed to get up early one Saturday to get some of the good deals and yummy food. We've been trying to eat at restaurants that focus on local ingredients like Northstar and Jeni's Ice Cream.

You may be interested in visiting The Restaurant Widow (http://www.restaurantwidow.com). Her information about restaurnts is focused on Ohio but her information on CSAs and recipes are good for anyone!

Deb said...

I'm a fan of Barbara Kingsolver's fiction - especially The Bean Trees, but has not read any of her non-fiction, and this seems like a really interesting and informative read. Would love to win.

Rebecca said...

I was SO HOPING this would be the Kingsolver book you were giving away. I listened to this book on CD this time last year and LOVED IT! I'd like to have a copy.

We visit a farmer's market that sells locally grown food every few weeks. (It's not right "next door," so we don't go every week.)

Kristan said...

i have read most of her other books and would love to read this. my nutrition degree focused a lot on locally grown food.

Nicole R.J. said...

I've read many of Kingsolver's books, and this one sounds fabulous - I'll definitely be checking it out!

We have a weekly produce delivered by a local small business, FrontDoorOrganics.com. It's all organic and they aim to have as much local produce as possible in each's week's bin. Regardless, they don't buy from suppliers who use air transport at any point in the produce's travel schedule. It's a great company and I love our weekly bin!

sweetsue said...

I would love to win this because I love Barbara Kinsolver. We recently started going to a great farmers market, and plan to go the rest of the summer-when sadly we'll have to get our veggies at the supermarket again.

CanCan said...

I'm very concerned with being socially responsible. I am trying to not buy so many packaged items and make food from scratch. This forces me to buy more "raw" ingredients, like locally grown veggies and fruits.

onlycancan at hotmail dot com

Suzie G. said...

We have been buying food that is locally grown at the Farmer's Market.

grnmtngirl said...

I've been wanting to read that book for awhile. Several coworkers have recommended it!

We support local food by shopping the farmers market and restaurants that serve locally grown food. I'm grateful to live in a state that values supporting the local economy in such a big way!

mariettaseller (at) yahoo (dot)com

Nadine said...

I lover her writing, and I've been wanting to pick up this book. I shop at the local farmer's market. I'm trying to grow my own tomatoes this year!

Hélène said...

I want this book because I am interested in healthier eating and I have heard a lot about eating locally.

momo3 said...

We visit a farmer's market that sells locally grown food every few weeks.

ryankristenwilson(at)msn(dot)com

Dani' said...

We shop at Farmer's Market and get local produce in grocery stores.

Sonya said...

This book has been on my must read list since I learned she wasa writing it!

Lori said...

We go to the farmers market weekly, so this book would be helpful in broadening our local eating options.

kamewh said...

I visit the Farmer's Market when I can and will be doing our own garden next year. Thank you for the giveaway!

Genevieve P said...

I'm on the waiting list for a CSA. We already buy our meat locally and visit the farmer's market when we can.

frugallm said...

I would love to read this. I would like to shop locally but don't even know where to start. It seems like some people at the farmer's market are buying out of area and bringing it in. So what is local really?

diane d said...

I'd love to win this book because I could use some more good tips on local shopping. Thanks for such a great giveaway! :)

Ginny said...

I'd like to learn more about buying local food, I think it is important.

Our news did a piece on stands that look local but our not. I'd love to learn more about it.

Sweetpeas said...

I've been wanting to read this book! We love our local farmers markets in the summer. We moved this spring, but I'm hoping to grow more of our own food next year.

Jaime C. said...

I would LOVE to read this book! It would help me learn about supporting my local economy, which I know nothing about.

Alyce said...

We buy local produce from our market when they sell it. I have been wanting to do more though. This book would be a great way to start.

drala said...

I have been buying most of my vegies at the local swapmeet produce section. Thanks.

Kim said...

I love shopping at our local farmers market, but would be interested in knowing what else I could do. Would love to read this book! eucalia[at]gmail[dot]com

Rockin' Mama said...

We shop at our local farmer's market for produce when it's in season. I also write a green column and am always looking for tips/ideas/information

jasonncaryn at yahoo dot com

Jinxy & Me said...

I would love to read this book. It was a selection of our Co-op book group, but that was the month before I joined the group!

Kathleen said...

I'd love to read this book! I'm fortunate enough to live just up the street from our local farmer's market, but I am sure there are things I can still learn.

greenly said...

I've been meaning to read this book forever--I think all my friends have already, so I have a fair idea of what it's about. We already shop at the local farmer's market as much as we can, and have our own little garden. But we could do way more.

Tracy Ruckman said...

I've wanted this book for quite some time - it was highly recommended to me on my gardening board on ShoutLife. I've felt the need for our family to become as self-sufficient as we possibly can, and have been slowly implementing new things into our life to accomplish this.

Great contest! Thanks!

Tracy
tracyruckman[at]yahoo[dot]com

cmartin0055 said...

I'd love to win this book because it would inspire me. I also try to donate as much food as can to the local food bank.

sunnymum said...

I've been trying to live more locally, but am lost as to what to do. This would be a great resource. Thanks for the chance to win! Have a great week.

lace said...

I would love to learn how to eat more locally. We have a small garden but I don't see how that could get me through a whole year. We buy local beef and have even bought local chickens. We also buy local eggs. But things like grains and cooking oils and vegetables in the winter? How does that work? I would love to learn more.

purplepassion126 said...

I'd love to win this book because I've been reading Barbar Kingsolver books since I was introduced to her work when I was in high school. Just this year, I started buying fruits and vegetables at the local farmers' markets in the city and nearby suburbs.

Storm said...

I try to buy what I can from the local farmers market.

Carol said...

I love Barbara Kingsolver. I've read all the books by her that our library has (sadly, not many).

I shop at every local farmers market that I can, including lots of little farm stands that the Amish have set out in front of their houses. Those are my favorite,actually! I buy eggs, self-serve, out of a neighbors garage refrigerator. The chickens roam their back yard. Looooove it! :)

MommyWizdom said...

This book should be required reading to all Americans! It truly opened my eyes to soooo many things. I've started shopping locally because of this book and trying not to buy things not in season! I would love to win the book to share it with friends and family! Thanks for the great giveaway! stanle17y [at] gmail [dot] com.

Sharon said...

Sounds like a great book I shop at the local food market and buy fish when I am in Florida directly from the pier. Thanks for the contest

Megret said...

Hi!
We try to buy a lot of our produce at our local produce stand, with fruits and veggies only coming from our and neighboring state(s).

Thanks for the contest!
Megret
musesofmegret (at) gmail (dot) com

Mama Hill said...

I live in Austin, which is a great place to eat locally! Thanks for the chance!

Christine said...

Oh, I'd LOVE a copy of the book! Thanks for letting me know about your giveaways!

Jennifer said...

I really enjoy Barbara Kingsolver's books, I haven't read this book yet though. We support the local food economy by buying a lot at the farmers market. Thanks for the giveaway!

Judy P said...

I would love to win this book because I love Barbara Kingsolver's books and this is one I have not read. I'm sure I could gain some ideas from it. Thanks for the giveaway.

jaz4579 AT ameritech DOT net

Theresa N. said...

I'm a new Diabetic and I'm having to undo years of bad eating habits. I think this book would be
great encouragement for me.
Theresa N
weceno(at)yahoo(dot)com

Stacy said...

We joined a CSA after reading this book. I would love to share it with my in-laws though.
hetz-junk(at)hotmail(dot)com

Laura said...

I joined a CSA for the first time this summer, and I love eating locally and seasonally! This book is definitely on my to-read list - I'd love a copy!

lucky1fader said...

I am a fan of Barbara Kingsolver so I would love to win this!

Ami said...

Thanks so much to everyone who entered! This was a great opportunity to meet new bloggers and I can't wait to visit you all to say hello. It may take me a while, but I *will* do it.

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