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Friday Evening | Cookbook Review and Giveaway

November 17, 2009 by admin - Jennifer  
Filed under Giveaways

2009 Christmas Gift Guide Participant

An excerpt from Friday Evening

There’s an old saying that there are two kinds of people in the world: those who eat to live and those who live to eat. I would of course be one of the second types. If you love to eat good food, love to shop at specialty markets and farmers’ markets, and occasionally pull something out of the ground and bring it, covered in dirt, into your kitchen, this book is for you. If you want to begin living La Dolce Vita (The Good Life) or just love to eat delicious food, this book tells you my secrets about how I transformed my life, starting with the Friday evening meal. You can do it, too.

Michele Carbone lives La Dolce Vita in Santa Barbara, California with her husband and two daughters. After her daughter Kristin’s catastrophic brain injury in 1996, her life in the fast lane came to a screeching halt. Her career ended, and life in the slow lane became the norm. Throughout the sleepless nights, days of therapy, and slow rehabilitation, her life’s priorities changed. Her love of cooking and eating sustained her creative urges and became the catalyst for a transformation into a new, simpler, and more rewarding culinary lifestyle, based on using recently harvested local seasonal foods.

My Thoughts

This book is a must for every bookshelf. Not only is it full of delicious recipes packed full of Italian flair, but the beautiful images and the little personal stories add so much warmth and love to each page. I have shared this book with my husband and together, although we are not chefs by any means would love to try and tackle each recipe in the book because they all sound so scrumptious. But the one thing comes out shining throughout the book and that is food and family mix to make for beautiful memories. I have always wanted to have my own garden to grow my own vegetables and after reading through from cover to cover I want to do that more than ever. I highly recommend this book to everyone! Beautiful pictures, wonderful food, and touching stories. Great present for under the tree!

You can find Friday Evening Creating La Dolce Vita, one bite at a time at Pentola Press for $49.95. To view video please click here.

I have been given the wonderful opportunity to pass on a copy of Friday Evening to one lucky Dirty Shirt reader. Please see rules below to enter today!


  • MAIN RULE – Tell me in comments what your favorite meal to cook is. (remember if this rule is not followed then no others will count)
  • 1 Extra Entry – Subscribe to my RSS feed or by email (or let me know if you already are) in a separate comment.
  • 1 Extra Entry – Add my Christmas button to your site and let me know you did in a separate comment (code is at the top of blog)
  • 1 Extra Entry – Follow me on Twitter (button in subscribe section on the right sidebar) and let me know your Twitter name in a separate comment.
  • 1 Extra Entry – Tweet this giveaway. Copy and paste – Merry Christmas! @Jentifa is giving away a copy of the Friday Evening Cookbook! Check it out here Then come back and leave the direct link to your tweet (go to your twitter account, click on the words when your tweet was sent (ie. 5 seconds ago) and copy and paste that link in comments.
  • 2 Extra Entries – Write a post on your blog linking to my blog.

This giveaway will run through midnight on December 2, with winner being announced the morning of December 3. Winner will be chosen using from all valid entries and notified via email. Winner will have 48 hours to contact me before another winner is chosen. Giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.


73 Responses to “Friday Evening | Cookbook Review and Giveaway”
  1. Margaret says:

    I love cooking my mom’s special recipe for corn chowder and spicy cornbread. The chowder has to sit for a long time and the smell fills the room in the most wonderful way.

  2. Margaret says:

    RSS subscriber

  3. Margaret says:

    Twitter follower – @sunquistadora

  4. Sara says:

    Can my favorite meal to cook be dessert? I love sweets but I do enjoy cooking dinner as well. As long as someone else is doing the clean up.

  5. Sara says:

    follow on twitter saramama

  6. I have a few favorites! Eggplant lasagna, chicken taco casserole, and ANYTHING with rice!
    laurenisrocknroll at hotmail dot com

  7. I subscribe!
    laurenisrocknroll at hotmail dot com

  8. Cheryl W says:

    My favorite meal to cook is Corned Beef and Cabbage. It isn’t too labor intensive, but the pay off flavor is amazing and full of comfort.

  9. Cheryl W says:

    I subscribe to your RSS feed

  10. Cheryl W says:

    I follow you on twitter and I tweeted

  11. Cheryl W says:

    I follow you on twitter


  12. Cathy R says:

    My favorite thing to cook is dessert, red velvet sandwich cookies! I do like to make a mean grilled cheese as well.

  13. Cathy R says:

    I subscrive via email

  14. dianad says:

    Would love this book if it has an Italian flair. Favorite recipe to cook is chicken marsala. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway

  15. dianad says:

    I am a follower. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway

  16. Ellen C. says:

    I like to make extra cheesy mac and cheese. Thanks for the chance.

  17. Ellen C. says:

    I’m a subscriber.

  18. Carol W. says:

    I love cooking risotto with sundried tomato pesto and shrimp.

  19. Carol W. says:

    I subscribe by email.

  20. jennifer says:

    I love to cook, so obviously, I have quite a few favorites! Some of them are Jambalaya, seafood gumbo, fetticini alfredo and homemade pizza!

  21. jennifer says:

    I subscribe to the dirty t shirt via e-mail!

  22. Audrey says:

    One of my favorite “meals” is chili cheese dogs. I actually requested this on my last birthday LOL.

  23. Audrey says:

    I’m already a subscriber…that’s how I learned about this giveaway.

  24. Audrey says:

    I already follow you on Twitter…audreyokaneko

  25. Benita G. says:

    I love breading and frying: fish, veal, chicken, pork. Not so healthy, but delicious.


  26. Benita G. says:

    Email subscriber.


  27. Perhaps you would be interested in creating La Dolce Vita in your own lives? You are invited to view the delicious photography, read the humorous excerpts, and be inspired by the free menu plans from Friday Evening: Creating La Dolce Vita, one bite at a time at or savor the culinary moments while watching the video at

  28. Birdie S. says:

    BBQ teritaki steak , baked potato & green salad w/ avocados.

  29. Birdie S. says:

    Im an email subscriber of yours

  30. judy brittle says:

    My favorite meal to make is stuffed cabbage. I only make it once a year and everyone really looks forward to it. No better feeling than seeing others enjoy your cooking. Thank you!

  31. judy brittle says:

    I’m a subscriber.

  32. judy brittle says:

    I follow on Twitter

  33. Linda Kish says:

    I like to make spaghetti most.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  34. Linda Kish says:

    email subscriber

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  35. Audra says:

    Macaroni and cheese is a recent favorite, but I also like spaghetti with toasted almond pest0. Any pasta is good, really.

  36. Audra says:

    I subscribe via email.

  37. Audra says:

    I also follow you on twitter by the name gaynelli.

  38. madwoman-doing-cartwheels says:

    My favorite meal to cook is mexican from scratch. Enchiladas, refried beans, taco salad. Nothing from a box-kit. I even make my own corn tortillas out of masa.

  39. madwoman-doing-cartwheels says:

    Email subscriber

  40. Maggie
    Twitter: MaggieMarlene

    My favorite meal to cook is pasta and potatoes. Thanks for the giveaway!

  41. Maggie
    Twitter: MaggieMarlene

    I subscribe to your feed using live bookmarks.

  42. Maggie
    Twitter: MaggieMarlene

    I have your Christmas button on my blog.

  43. Sabrita says:

    Favorite meal to cook is grilled marinated flank steak with grilled veggies, oven baked steak fries and a beautiful green salad. Thank you.

  44. Sabrita says:

    I’m an email subscriber. Thank you.

  45. Vicki Wurgler says:

    I like to fry chicken

  46. Sharon
    Twitter: sharonjo2

    I prefer baking to cooking, but I do like to make pastas dishes because they’re quick, easy, and delicious! I make a chicken and penne with mushrooms that’s yummy!

  47. Sharon
    Twitter: sharonjo2

    I’m an email subscriber.

  48. Sharon
    Twitter: sharonjo2

    I follow on twitter.

  49. Alain says:

    I love cooking collard greens.

    abeauparlant AT gmail

  50. Carrie says:

    I like to cook big pots of soups, stews, and chilis with whatever ingredients I dig out of the pantry.

    carrieplant AT gmail

  51. Carrie says:

    I’m also a subscriber

    carrieplant AT

  52. My favorite meal is always anything pasta from spaghetti to ramen noodles!

    BethsBookReviewBlog AT gmail DOT com

  53. I’m a RSS subscriber via Google Reader.

    BethsBookReviewBlog AT gmail DOT com

  54. Lisa K says:

    My favorite meal is angel hair with puttanesca sauce and really good bread. And, of course, a glass of wine…

  55. Lisa K says:

    I subscribe to your feed.

  56. Lisa K says:

    I follow on twitter as lisako.

  57. Anna says:

    My favorite meal to cook is tomoto pasta!

  58. Anna says:

    I subscribe by email

  59. Jennifer Tilson says:

    My favorite meal is Mushroom Pasta with White wine and onions. My idea of comfort food.

  60. betty
    Twitter: bettycd

    I love making comfort foods. Anything from potroast to chili to fried chicken. Straightforward meals from my youth that typically are one pot, often cooked in the oven. not only do they taste good, they aren’t stressful to fix.

  61. betty
    Twitter: bettycd

    email subscriber

  62. betty
    Twitter: bettycd

    following you on twitter

  63. Tonya Martinez
    Twitter: devnzacsmom

    I love to cook. My favorite meal to cook… well eat… is probably my Gumbo. It is soooooo good. I love to make desserts more though…. just don’t care to eat them but everyone else does and loves them.

  64. Tonya Martinez
    Twitter: devnzacsmom

    I subscribe via email

  65. Tonya Martinez
    Twitter: devnzacsmom

    I follow you on Twitter – devnzacsmom

  66. Maria says:

    i love to cook rosemary chicken… and bake anything dessert related! :)

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