SIX Winners of Elana Amsterdam’s Gluten-Free Cupcakes Cookbook!

Yes, you read that right! There were so many great responses to my gfe giveaway of Elana’s new Gluten-Free Cupcakes cookbook (and my query on how folks stored their cookbooks), that I decided to give away six copies! One is courtesy of Elana and her publisher, Ten Speed Press, and the other five I have purchased myself as gifts to my gfe readers. I sort of feel like celebrating and giving is often the best way to celebrate! After all, I just got back from the Gluten-Free and Allergen-Free Expo outside Chicago (lots of great gluten-free karma there; read one of Debi’s recaps here!); Wednesday was the Gluten-Free Labeling Summit in Washington, DC (with the tallest gluten-free cake built and the FDA Deputy Director of Foods showed up! read more here); and finally, May is National Celiac Awareness Month. Of course, my mind automatically converts the latter to National Gluten Issues Awareness Month, as we know that there are so many more with gluten issues who will not test positive for celiac, but still need to eat gluten free. And as many have said before—and I agree—every month should be celiac/gluten issues awareness month! I try to do that here at gfe, but still I have much planned to spread awareness and celebrate the goodness of the gluten-free life this month—from the sharing of personal stories (the “faces” of celiac/gluten intolerance/gluten sensitivity) to simple gfe recipes (the norm!) to gluten-free blogger adoptions (and other periodic blog events) to book reviews and giveaways (including children’s books and more cookbooks!). So stay tuned, but now for the winners of Elana’s Gluten-Free Cupcakes cookbook (all selected via …

LauraK—“We are lucky – the previous owners put in beautiful floor-to-ceiling wood cabinets in the eat-in area when they renovated the kitchen. Thank goodness, because all of the junk in our house ends up in those cabinets. But the cookbook shelf is nice and neat!”

Carol—“I am a therapeutic baker! I just finished baking French Almond Macaroons and Chocolate Pecan Cookies, both gluten free. I’m always looking for more recipes. I have Elana’s Gluten Free Almond Cookbook and am working my way through it. I have a jammed full long skinny kitchen cabinet with the cookbooks I use most frequently, including Elana’s, Cooks The Best Recipes, and my old faithful, the original New York Times cookbook. I’ve gotten pretty good at adaptation to gluten free. My “overflow” cookbooks are in a nearby room with two packed bookcases with cookbooks and a deep windowsill with the oversize one. Its the one category of book I will not weed!”

Sherri S.–”I only have one cookbook – Elana’s Almond Flour Cookbook – it sits on my counter top on a table top stand. I have printout recipes in a drawer – not organized! I’d love to win this for the opportunity to try some new recipes. Thanks for the chance!”

Lois Silverman—“My cookbooks are kept in my library (3rd small bedroom/den) filled with bookcases; a great reading chair and my computer. There are at least 3 bookcases specifically for cookbooks. They are stored b type (classic cookbooks; diet cookbooks; gluten free; diabetic or low carb; vegan; Indian; Chinese/Asian, etc, then alphabetically by name of book.

I have type 2 diabetes and would love Elana’s new cookbook (I have her first) because any baked good made with grains spikes my blood sugar so high. Almond flour and coconut flour and alternative sweeteners in small amounts seem to work for me. When I eat a baked item like a cookie, cupcake or piece of “bread”, I feel “emotionally” satisfied and therefore feel good. Thanks for the opportunity.”

Beth—“We’re just starting the GF journey so this would be a great help in the kitchen. My cookbooks are stored in a drawer in the kitchen! I don’t use them often, because most recipes I find online!”

Julie—“My husband and I keep all of our cookbooks on a shelf in our office, which is right next to our kitchen and the stove. I just started the change to a gluten-free lifestyle. I had already cut back on most breads and pastas, but I realized that I was still feeling pretty ill. The change hasn’t been too hard, but I have an enormous sweet-tooth and love baked goods! I love baking and cupcakes are my favorite thing ever. I only have 2 other gluten-free cookbooks (neither of which have cupcake recipes), and this was the next one on my list to buy once I had the money. Thank you for hosting this give-away! Glad I found your blog!”

Congratulations to all! Please leave a comment, but most importantly, promptly send me an email that includes your first and last name and mailing address. If I do not hear back from you by the end of the weekend, I will select another winner for Elana’s Gluten-Free Cupcakes cookbook(please don’t make me do that!). If you didn’t win this time, note that Elana’s new cupcakes cookbook is still only $9.99 on Amazon—a lovely little bargain that will give back to its owners!  (Y0u can get a preview with her Marble Cupcake recipe here.) 

Not just gf, but gfe!

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24 Responses to “SIX Winners of Elana Amsterdam’s Gluten-Free Cupcakes Cookbook!”

  1. Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) on May 6th, 2011 9:47 am

    Congrats to all of them! That’s a lucky group of ladies!

    • Shirley on May 7th, 2011 1:07 pm

      Hi Sarena–Thanks for stopping by and congratulating the winners! :-) Nobody has come forward to claim their book yet … maybe I’ll be choosing some more lucky folks. ;-)


  2. Gigi on May 6th, 2011 10:04 am

    Can’t wait for all that you have in store for the month, Shirley!!
    Gigi :)

    • Shirley on May 7th, 2011 1:23 pm

      Gigi–I have several ideas and specific plans, but can never totally predict how life and, therefore, my blog posts will unfold, so I can’t wait either. LOL

      Thanks, dear! xo,

  3. Carol, Simply...Gluten-free on May 6th, 2011 12:11 pm

    Congrats to all the lucky winners, they will be so happy, I am sure!

  4. glutenfreeforgood on May 6th, 2011 12:12 pm

    Yes, it’s a great month to be celebrating and what better way than to make Elana’s cupcakes! How nice of you, Shirley, to purchase all these books as gifts for your readers! What a treat (multiple meaning intended).

    Congratulations to the winners!

    • Shirley on May 7th, 2011 1:33 pm

      Hi Melissa–Long time, no chat (must remedy that!). Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting, dear! A haha on the treats for all … although I might have to choose again since nobody is coming forward yet.


  5. Kim (Cook IT Allergy Free) on May 6th, 2011 2:52 pm

    Oh my goodness! You are so very very generous, Shirley! What a fun giveaway! Congratulations to ALL of the lucky winners!

    • Shirley on May 7th, 2011 1:39 pm

      Hi Kim–Just decided to give back to our gf community some :-) … if I could, I’d give everyone who entered a copy of Elana’s cookbook! Hope these lucky winners show up to claim their prizes!


  6. cheryl on May 6th, 2011 4:40 pm

    what a bunch of lucky ladies!

  7. Debi on May 7th, 2011 12:31 am

    Thanks for the link love, beautiful lady! I had a great time last weekend. Still more to share! :D *hugs*

    • Shirley on May 7th, 2011 1:36 pm

      Hi Debi–Oh, you’re welcome! I can’t believe how many links you’re sharing of mine in all your Expo posts–thank you! :-) Already it seems like a long time ago that we were all together, doesn’t it? It was so great to meet you in person! And “Chaz,” too … he’s such a nice guy, and great supporter/advocate for you and all of us. :-) I better go catch up on all your posts before you share some more!


  8. Julie on May 9th, 2011 10:45 am

    Thank you so much for choosing me!!! You are so sweet to purchase extra books so that more people may enjoy Elana’s cupcakes! With so many birthdays coming up, I can’t wait to try some of these cupcake recipes out and convert my whole family! Love the blog and thanks again!

    • Shirley on May 10th, 2011 10:33 am

      Hi Julie–Your selection was via, but I’m very happy that you won! ;-) I do enjoy sharing the good stuff in our gluten-free world. :-) You will have a fabulous time trying out all these cupcake recipes for upcoming birthdays! I have no doubt that everyone will love them.

      Thanks so much for the kind words on gfe and congrats again!

  9. Carol on May 9th, 2011 4:41 pm

    Woo-hoo! Thank you! I am looking forward to cupcake heaven, gluten free, of course! On Mother’s Day, in a truly selfish move, I made almond flour sugar cookies. The folks I served them to, none GF, loved them!

    • Shirley on May 10th, 2011 10:37 am

      Hi Carol–Cupcake heaven, and gluten free, at that—love it! :-) Haha on your Mother’s Day baking choice, as I did something similar. Son stopped by with flowers for me (which was a very lovely surprise), and he wanted something gf and sweet. So I made one of my 3-minute chocolate cake recipes and I enjoyed some with him. ;-) Those almond flour sugar cookies you made sound quite divine. Nobody ever protests good gluten-free food!

      Congrats again, dear!

  10. Lois Silverman on May 9th, 2011 6:55 pm

    I am so happy to be one of the winners of Elana’s newest cookbook. I can’t wait to try some of the recipes. I feel very lucky indeed. I have never won anything. I will send you an e-mail with my mailing address.
    Thanks again for this great opportunity.

    • Shirley on May 10th, 2011 10:41 am

      Hi Lois–And I’m happy you’re one of the winners! :-) Yippee on being a first-time winner … this might be the beginning of a streak for you. ;-) Be sure to enter all giveaways from now on! I know you’ll enjoy all of Elana’s cupcakes recipes … congrats again!


  11. Beth on May 9th, 2011 7:02 pm

    Thanks so much for choosing me to win one of the cookbooks!! I can’t wait to make these for my family and friends! My address is on the way! Thanks again! Beth :)

    • Shirley on May 10th, 2011 10:43 am

      Hi Beth–Congrats! Soon you’ll be happily baking away. :-) Have your coconut flour and almond flour ready! ;-) Incidentally, I am subscribed to both Honeyville and Tropical Traditions newsletters so I can get discounts on their products; that works well.


  12. LauraK on May 9th, 2011 7:28 pm

    Yippee! Thank you so much for the book! I just bought a big bag of almond flour at Trader Joe’s last week and am eager to start baking with it. Everything we’ve made from Elanna’s other cookbook has been fabulous!

    • Shirley on May 10th, 2011 10:45 am

      Hi LauraK–Love your enthusiasm! Sounds like you’re pretty ready for some cupcake baking. You must have sensed you were going to win! ;-) Some of Elana’s recipes call for coconut flour, so get some of that, too. It makes for some lovely, tasty cupcakes! Thanks for sharing your great feedback on Elana’s first cookbook … yep, everyone should have both of them. :-)

      Congrats again!

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