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Free books — it’s the May GLC giveaway!

UPDATE: The GLC Giveaway books for May are gone. Congrats to Phil and Raymond — enjoy your free books! | The first person to write in and request one of the books linked below gets it for free during our fifth Monthly GLC Giveaway of 2006. Limit one per person — and you must request a specific book. First come, first served. You also must include a snail mail address — but we won’t use your email or postal address for anything other than sending you the book. Email me for a free book!

GONE! Claimed by Phil of Grand Rapids, Michigan!
Donuts: An American Passion | “This, the final of four volumes in food writer Edge’s series about the ‘small-d democratic foods that conjure our collective childhood’ (following fried chicken, apple pie and hamburgers), is a tour through donut-loving America that stops at unique donut shops and offers a handful of recipes for the ubiquitous ring of deep-fried and sugared dough. After quickly acknowledging donuts’ nutritional bankruptcy, Edge explains how the Salvation Army made the consumption of donuts a patriotic necessity in World War I; how every culture has a donut-type pastry (including the Italian zeppole, the Lebanese awwamaat, the Croatian krafne and the South African koeksister); how New Orleans stalwart Cafe du Monde is still serving up beignets post-Katrina; and how an innovative Chicago chef has conjured up donut soup, for which Edge presents an alternate, though no less caloric, recipe.” — (List price: $19.95)

GONE! Claimed by Raymond of Minneapolis, Minnesota!
Eat This Book: A Year of Gorging and Glory on the Competitive Eating Circuit | “With barbecue sauce-soaked tongue planted firmly in cheek, Nerz chronicles his amusing adventures in the perverse, repellent, strangely heroic world of ‘competitive eating.’ Having moved beyond county fair pie-eating contests, competitive eating is now a global challenge involving national pride, superstars and, in 2005, $200,000 in prize money. Freelance journalist Nerz falls in with the denizens of this world while covering the Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog-Eating Contest for the Village Voice. There, the diminutive Japanese Takeru Kobayashi overturns years of American dominance by consuming 50 hot dogs and buns in 12 minutes. From the gastronomical excesses of Coney Island, it’s a short hop to the sadomasochistic extremes of Japan, where, during the Superman Dash, ‘Hungry’ Charles Hardy and Kazutoyo Arai devour 180 bento box lunches between them. Along the way, records are broken and countless calories are consumed.” — (List price: $14.95)

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