Sweet and Vicious: Baking with Attitude (a giveaway!)


Last fall at the Southern C Summit here in Nashville, I had the pleasure of meeting Libbie Summers, the co-creator of Salted and Styled. Libbie had recently released her first cookbook, The Whole Hog Cookbook, which she was kind enough to give me a copy of. Within moments of meeting each other, we discovered we were kindred spirits. You see, Libbie is the granddaughter of a hog farmer, as am I. This background of shared childhood experiences gave us an instant connection, but her wit and sparkling personality were what really won me over.

Libbie (and her first cookbook) are awesome, plain and simple.

This past May we got to meet up again in Charleston for another Southern C Summit, where Libbie brought along piles of her newest cookbook, Sweet & Vicious: Baking with an Attitude. And what a stunning display that table full of cookbooks was! Everything about Libbie oozes style, including the pile of books she had beside her. Seriously, I’ve never wanted a cookbook based simply on its appearance, but I did this one! The snapshot of the cover above gives you some idea of what I’m talking about, but you truly need to devour the entire thing to understand what I mean.

As you probably know if you’ve been hanging around here for a while, I’m not much of a baker. I love to cook, but baking is a different beast – one that intimidates and frightens me. That said, Sweet & Vicious has changed me. I’m inspired. I’m enamored. I’m motivated. I want to bake every single thing in this book!

On my short list (I know, it’s not really short) to make:

The Savory

Meatball Muffins
Kickin’ Cornbread (skillet baked & drenched in spicy bacon butter)

The Sweet

Habanero Carrot Cake
Wahini Pie
Jacked-Up Ginger Cookies
Fruit Cobbler Breads-
Strawberry Cobbler Bread with Balsamic Butter
Peach Cobbler Bread with Amaretto Peach Butter
Sour Cherry Cobbler Bread with Salty Chocolate Butter

Then there are the Secret Weapons: extracts and infusions.

OMG. I can’t stand it. So much good stuff in this book.


You guys seriously need to buy it. For the record, nobody is paying me to tell you to do so; I simply feel that strongly about it. If you like to bake already, then it’s a complete no-brainer. If you’re like me and have never really desired to be a baker, it’s still a must because it will change your attitude. It’s fun, it’s sexy, it makes you feel like you can conquer the world and impress everyone with your newfound skills.

BUT…. hang tight for a sec before buying a copy, because I have one to give away to one lucky reader!


~ Contest Closed ~

And the winner is…..

#10 Alexandra


To enter, all you have to do is this:


1. Leave a comment telling me what you like to bake. Do you have a secret weapon? Something that always impresses? Spill.

For up to 2 additional entries, you can do either or both of the following. Note: You must leave a separate comment for each optional entry.

2.  Follow me on Twitter (@betheats) and tweet “Want to bake with attitude? Win a copy of @libbiesummers’ Sweet & Vicious cookbook from @betheats! Enter here: http://bit.ly/WW0URe ”, then leave a comment telling me you’ve done so.

3.  Like Eat. Drink. Smile. on Facebook and come back and tell me you did so (or just tell me you already do if that’s the case!)


Contest ends on Friday, August 8th at noon CDT. Once the winner is chosen, I’ll make contact via email and post the name here on the blog. If they don’t respond within 48 hours, I’ll be forced to choose another, so be sure to check your email!


Disclosure: I received a free copy of Sweet & Vicious to review, but I was not compensated for this post and opinions are solely mine. The links provided to Amazon are to my Amazon store, where I can earn a small percentage on purchases I refer using that link.