Cookbook Giveway: Wintersweet By Tammy Donroe Inman

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*Disclosure: I received a copy of Wintersweet. However, the comments in this post are 100% my own.



WINTERSWEET: Seasonal Desserts to Warm the Home

By Tammy Donroe Inman

Running Press; Hardcover; $30.00 US/$34.50 CAN

Full-Color Photographs Throughout

ISBN: 9780762445370

E-book ISBN: 9780762450688


About the Author

Tammy Donroe Inman has spent years sourcing the best local ingredients, from apples to zucchini. Her philosophy is simple: the fresher, the better for health, for favor, for the soul. A graduate of the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts, she worked at Cook’s Illustrated magazine and its television spin-off America’s Test Kitchen. She writes at her humorous food blog,, ranked the #10 Best Food Blog and #5 Most Fun to Read in 2012 by, and resides just outside of Boston with her husband and two sons.


Tammy’s cookbook is divided into the following chapters:



Pears and Quince

Nuts and Chocolate

Persimmons, Pomegranates & Cranberries


Roots, Tubers & Gourds


Dried Fruits

Dairy and Fresh Eggs


Check out for a Look Inside the Book!

Be sure to check out the amazing list of recipes in the Index!


When Fall rolls around, I love to be in the kitchen baking with apples and canned pumpkin, and the holidays sure wouldn’t be the same without the wonderful smell of fresh baked cookies and pies!  So when I got the chance to review this cookbook, I couldn’t wait to learn new ways of cooking with my favorite Fall ingredients.



Well, this recipe for Butternut Squash Cake got me all warm and fuzzy because [A] it’s incredibly moist and delicious and [B] I didn’t use canned squash!  I actually followed the directions in Tammy’s book and cooked a Butternut squash in the oven!



Dave and I had a few slices and I shared the rest with the teachers at school.  They loved it as much as we did!



I swear I’ll never peel a Butternut squash again!  This was so easy!  I cut the squash in half, seeded it, placed it cut-side down in the pan in a 1/2-inch of water, and baked it for 45 minutes at 350 degrees F.


After it cooled off a bit, I scooped out the cooked squash without having to mess with the peel.



A quick purée eliminated any stringiness.

I wish I could share the recipe with you, but I don’t have permission. Sorry!


Another recipe that I tried from Wintersweet is the Peanut Butter Blondies.



You know I have an addiction for peanut butter and chocolate, so these blondies did not disappoint!  I got many compliments on them from my teacher friends at school!


I have many pages bookmarked to try over the long, cold winter.  The directions are easy to follow and the recipes are really interesting. This is a beautiful cookbook and would be welcomed in any foodie’s home!




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  1. 15

    Kimberly Nieder says

    My favorite Fall/Winter ingredients to bake with are pumpkin purée and fresh apples. I love this time of year!

  2. 16

    Shelly Lynn says

    So delish! I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of this cookbook! Telling all my mom-friends about this!!

    • 16.1

      Shelly Lynn says

      Oopsy: forgot to add my fav ingredient! Nutmeg for hearty meals and a splash of paprika for baked sweets, such as pumpkin bread, brownies, or cookies. Yum!

  3. 20

    jengd says

    Cinnamon. Of course, that’s one of my favorite ingredients any time of year so I’m not sure it counts. How about crushed peppermint? :)

  4. 21

    Lindsay says

    I love cooking with apples, cinnamon, and pumpkin in the Fall… Winter is all about chocolate and mint for me!

  5. 25

    Cookes Delights says

    I make lots ofgoodies but I think my favorite to work with is pecans. They are so versitile and yummy.

  6. 32


    Since going back to work, I have missed cooking and baking something fierce! I haven’t added to my cookbook obsession….erm, collection…in a while and this would be a great addition! Thanks!

  7. 43

    Susan Reiners says

    Like many of us, fall is my favorite time of year, not the least because of the delicious smells and seasonal foods, like squashes, nuts, spices. Hot mulled cider!

  8. 52

    faleen fedol says

    My favorite fall and winter ingredients tend to include craisins, pecans, cinnamon, pear and or apple. So many variations depending on what the other additions are. But i tend to really like those flavors. Thank you for this opportunity.

  9. 53

    Maegan Morin says

    I love the winter spices like Cloves, Ginger, All Spice and Cinnamon. If the house smells like that then I know its Christmas.

  10. 56

    Emily smith says

    My favorite fall baking ingredients are kale, butternut squash, chocolate, cranberries and I know it is cliche but pumpkin makes me so happy!!

  11. 59

    Barbara w says

    I have so many fall spices and food that I love to cook with
    Pumpkin squash Apples cinnamon and nutmeg are just
    Some of the few. It’s make your house smell so yummy!!

  12. 70

    Elizabeth Matthiesen says

    apples, walnuts, raisins, sultanas, dates, candied peel, glazed cherries, marzipan, cinnamon, butter, to name but a few.

  13. 72

    aimee harrison says

    OMG Blessed to have found this website through my friends on facebook. Everyone was raving so I had to check out what the big fuss was about. Was blown away these beautiful fancy reciepes could be whipped up in no time with a baby on my hip !! Thanks so much. So many times you see all these great recipes on social media that look great & when I see prep time 60 min or more, Im out !! Or they call for more can goods than fresh produce !! If I don’t win this cookbook aka( Lifesaver ) I will be purchasing !! Have to go now, going to go cook that pumpkin Poke Cake recipe I noticed !!

  14. 77

    Sarah says

    My favorite fall ingredient is winter squash…for savory and sweet dishes. And I love roasting squash in te oven on cold days.


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