National Library Week 2012 - Biscuit Cutter Giveaway

Wednesday, April 11, 2012


Yippppee! It's National Library Week 2012!

I hope you celebrate your local library all year long, but this week shines a light on libraries and library staff! I'm having a few giveaways this week to celebrate. Tell me about your library and staff - do you go for books, downloadable eBooks, programs, story time or just a place to study and use the computers? Do you have a special memory of your librarian? Thanks for visiting the library and making our job interesting!

Crystallized Ginger Scones - Williams Sonoma
I used these biscuit cutters to make some Crystallized Ginger Scones. You can win a set!

Giveaway: Stainless-Steel Reversible Biscuit Cutters
Set of 6 Contains 2"-, 2½"-, 3"-, 3½"-, 4"-; and 4½"-diameter cutters

To enter today's giveaway, simply leave a comment below (one entry per person) and I'll pick the winner from a hat (aka Random). Deadline: Monday, April 16, 2012 at midnight PDT. If your comment isn't linked to a blog where I can find you, please leave your email. Shipping to U.S. addresses only. Disclosure: I'm paying for the cutters and shipping.

Good luck and have fun at your library! More info about National Library Week is at ALA!
   - mary the food librarian

P.S. And don't forget to enter to win a copy of Baked Explorations: Classic American Desserts Reinvented!
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Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Love my library, I'm listening to Overdrive right now and have a pile of books on the nightstand. Though Kindle can be very tempting sometimes.

dorism6220 said... [Reply to comment]

I have a 2 hr break once a week so I use the library to work.

amy beth marantino said... [Reply to comment]

i would love to win this prize. tigger27_27 at hotmail dot com

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

I would love these to make homemade biscuits!! yum!!


JM said... [Reply to comment]

Ooooh I would love these! Thanks so much for the giveaway. Happy National Library Week!


Rebekah said... [Reply to comment]

I've been using a drinking glass to cut biscuits for almost three years now ... could probably use some real cookie cutters! :) epicurableblog at gmail dot com

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

National Library Week Rocks!


Katie said... [Reply to comment]

Wait? Cookie cutters for biscuits??? I've been using a glass all this time! lol

isabel said... [Reply to comment]

Oh Mary, I am sorely lacking in biscuit cutters! :)

Corriendo said... [Reply to comment]

That's an awesome giveaway! I'd never heard of National Library Week until I started visiting your blog a few years ago. :)

Mrsblocko said... [Reply to comment]

My favorite thing about the library right now is that I can search online for the book i want to read, and put it on hold. That way I can just pick it up from the hold shelf and I don't have to listen to my daughter whine about how boring it is to wait around for me to find a book I like. Which I'm sure the other library patrons, and librarians,are happy about too.

mrsblocko (at) hotmail (dot) com

jessicaerin said... [Reply to comment]

I love my library!

Sarah said... [Reply to comment]

i would love real biscuit cutters. yay for libraries! :)

Sandy said... [Reply to comment]

I like the online searches so I can see whether my local branch library has the book, and whether it's been checked out. I'd love to have "real" biscuit cutters, too!

mckiki said... [Reply to comment]

I'm a librarian who also loves to bake. I'd like to win and bake something for our awesome volunteers!

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

would love those cutters to make fancy designs o
on my pie dough. Luv your blog. Valerie Suhanosky.

Savannagal said... [Reply to comment]

I love, love, love libraries. If I could do it all over again, I'd be a librarian.

Heather said... [Reply to comment]

Yes! Perfect for scones!
Any suggestions on what one can do to help a library system that seems to be failing? My local one is just sad, and everyone I talk to has the same story - they never have a single book I search for. Is donating books the solution, or donating money? I don't want the library to go away. What can we do?

chocolate_coin said... [Reply to comment]

just makes me wanna make a mess of biscuits! thanks!

Barbara said... [Reply to comment]

I too am a librarian who loves to cook. I've been using glasses as biscuit and cookie cutters and would love to have some real biscuit-cutters!

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Love your blog (fellow librarian and foodie)... Hopefully my name does get drawn!

Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

My mom works at a library, and I love the stories she tells about everyone who comes in! If I win, I'll bake something for her to take to work!

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Fellow librarian and foodie here... Love your blog! Hopefully my name gets drawn; they'd be awesome to have!

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

I have good memories of my high school librarian. I was very much a square-peg student in a round-hole school, and I spent a lot of time hiding out in the library, where Mrs. W. always made me feel welcome and OK. Doubly valuable experience, because falling in love with books helped me see, in time, that I was really welcome and OK outside the library as well. Thanks, Mrs. W.!- Jeannette R.

pafuso said... [Reply to comment]

I really enjoy reading your blog! I too, am a Japanese-American librarian who got her degree from UCLA. I live in Minnesota now, so it makes me happy when you post things about your family and wonderful food you all make and eat. It reminds me of my family, though I have to admit, we never did the whole pounding mochi thing. Then again, my family is a lot smaller than yours!

Happy National Library Week!

Sara said... [Reply to comment]

These look great - could definitely use some biscuit cutters rather than what I use now, which is usually just a glass. :)

krugthethinker said... [Reply to comment]

Happy National Library Week! My love for libraries stretches way back into early childhood. I spent a long time as a three-year-old learning to write my name because my mom told me that as soon as I could do it, I could get my own library card! I love our library in Pasadena--so beautiful, and always full of treasures!

Julie said... [Reply to comment]

I need some new cutters

Jaime said... [Reply to comment]

For me the library is like a candy store, only it's all free! I'll take that, and that, and that...and oh maybe I'll try that. It's such an incredible community resource. And I TOTALLY agree with Mrsblocko above - the ability to go online and put books on hold and then just pick them up - uber convenient. Unless I'm browsing new releases I rarely go to the stacks anymore. jmleick [at] gmail [dot] com.

Jahnavi @ Indian Khana Made Easy said... [Reply to comment]

During my school days, the library was my second home. I used to do all my homework and catch up on reading. In college, I used to study for my exams and there were times when I stayed over for early morning exams. I recently found out that my local library has a tie up with kindle and so now I can borrow electrically. That made my day.

I love that the staff are so patient and helpful.

Margaret said... [Reply to comment]

I love reserving books from other libraries and having them deliver it to the one nearest to me. Isn't technology grand? Love your blog!

katem said... [Reply to comment]

Oooh, I like biscuit cutters! And they look so preeeety!

Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

I come cross ur blog when I googled jello recipes ! Love your blog ! You are so creative

Citygirl said... [Reply to comment]

Can't wait to try the Ginger Scones! They look delish!

Laura said... [Reply to comment]

Reversible cutters - great idea! Thanks for the give away!

kskristy said... [Reply to comment]

Those biscuit cutters look neat! And the ginger scones you made with them look delicious, too. I might have to try making my own if I am lucky enough to win the biscuit cutters. Thanks for the giveaway!

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Thanks to all librarians, who make it easy to get info. It's impressive that as technology expanded, so did the capacity of our libraries -- no frozen-in-time building to house "just books" (although I'm sure there were controversies within the walls when those decisions were made), but rather a source of information in all formats. I enjoy checking-out cookbooks to try new recipes.

No need to enter me in the cutter drawing, since I have my grandmother's nested set. It's generous of you to celebrate with this contest.

Bec said... [Reply to comment]

We borrow movies from the library, kid's books, and go to story time occasionally (it's at a weird time . . . ). I haven't figured out how to borrow e-books for my Kindle, but that's next!

webmailaddress2 said... [Reply to comment]

Cute cutters! I went to the library all the time as a kid; so many good books! Unfortunately, now the job keeps me from reading for fun as often but it's always a little breathtaking to see so many books in one place.

Trish @ MyBigFatBundt said... [Reply to comment]

Yay! I have always wanted 'real' biscuit cutters. My drinking glasses would like to serve their intended purpose. :-)
My city is fortunate and has a GREAT library system, even with all the innovations of Amazon and B&N online. Each library is a 'branch' of the city's main library downtown, and we have a branch scattered everywhere throughout the city. And all you have to do is look up what you'd like online and they'll order it for you! I've never NOT been able to borrow something I was interested in. If the failing larger bookstore chains were smart, they would include a library in with the ability to purchase books and DVDs. Just my two cents.
Trish @

Megan Myers said... [Reply to comment]

One of our most frequent patrons brought us flowers and cupcakes this week -- if I had biscuit cutters I could bake our patrons something to let them know I appreciate them too!

karenandy said... [Reply to comment]

These biscuit cutters would also be fabulous to use on pie crust when making jam tarts!

Rona Y said... [Reply to comment]

Biscuit cutters are also great for cutting shapes in clay for pottery!

Janet said... [Reply to comment]

I would love to win

Loretta alg789@yahoo(dot)com said... [Reply to comment]

Oh, libraries! I use Overdrive on my ipad, but there is no replacement for a book with real pages. Something real that you can curl up on a big chair with...I would love these biscuit cutters! Usually I'm using a cup or just cut into squares, which is not nearly as fun!

Meghan said... [Reply to comment]

I moved to Mississippi from Boston about one year ago, and I don't have biscuit cutters yet!

Anu said... [Reply to comment]

I would love those! thank you for having the giveaway :)

Midnight Agenda said... [Reply to comment]

I actually just learned about Overdrive last month and have already listened to three books while working. It makes work so much fun! I love it!!!!

Jessica said... [Reply to comment]

I almost bought a set of these from pampered chef, these look so awesome. Thanks for the chance to enter!

jessicarwarfield at gmail dot com

tammy said... [Reply to comment]

I would love to have this set of biscuit cutter. Tammy

Sheri in Carefree AZ said... [Reply to comment]

My mom was an English teacher and book hound. She instilled the love of books in my sister and I by taking us to the public library each week during summer vacation. We were under strict guidance to always return the books on time. Imagine my surprise a few years ago when in an old box of my mom's things I found a library book that she never returned to the Flint (MI) library in 1943!!! I wonder what the overdue fees are on it. My sister and I laughed until we cried.

Christie said... [Reply to comment]

When I was in elementary school, I used to walk to my local library almost every day. The librarians all knew me and were so friendly and helpful :) Although it was a tiny branch of the LAPL, it's still my favorite!


Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

Thanks for the giveaway! We love our local library!

Mavis said... [Reply to comment]

Oooh I love biscuit cutters, and I only have plain edged ones. Happy National Library Week!

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Oh, how fun!

mmdgamble at gmail

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Biscuit cutters would be a fun addition to my gadgets! Awesome giveaway!

Tazeen said... [Reply to comment]

I'm already dreaming of all the wonderful things I can use these biscuit cutters for!


Alexa said... [Reply to comment]

I've never actually made biscuits..but would love to give it a try with these cutters! :)


Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

@shotthefood Yeep! I may not have direct contact info from my blog. I'm at plsouthard at gmail dot com .

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Love the recipe for these and will definitely make for the Girls Tea I am hosting :) Thank you for this give away! I love the library and usually make a trip a week. Happy National Library Week! Carol G (

Hennifer said... [Reply to comment]

Just realized I might not have left my email before

cuervanegra at gmail

We love our library! We are very excited to start using our library with my new Kindle.
I credit my son's school library with really stoking his love of reading. Sadly she was cut in our budget issues. Support your libraries and schools!

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Love your blog and love this fun kitchen tool!

emily.soldner [at]

joan said... [Reply to comment]

Awesome set of cutters! They would perfectly match my square ones.

Thanks for the opportunity!

Lisa said... [Reply to comment]

What an awesome giveaway.

Amanda Thompson said... [Reply to comment]

I can't wait to make those Crystallized Ginger Scones ~ they look so yummy!!


yoko said... [Reply to comment]

I'd use those biscuit cutters for shortbread among other things!

Happy National Library Week!

Sugar Swings said... [Reply to comment]

You rock!!!!

Catie said... [Reply to comment]

I have fond memories of my elementary school library. The reading room was painted like Pooh's Corner. My love of books started there!

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

I always use a glass. cookie cutters would be nice.

sydney85 said... [Reply to comment]

I would definitely put these biscuit cutters to good use. Great giveaway.

Amy said... [Reply to comment]

I've been looking for a set of cutters. This would be great!

Sara said... [Reply to comment]

Those biscuit cutters are adorable! Now I will have to make biscuits tomorrow since I have them on the brain.

karen said... [Reply to comment]

Happy Library Week! My library just reopened after remodeling and I am so happy!

Farah said... [Reply to comment]

I need biscuit cutters so badly!!


Deborah said... [Reply to comment]

my husband learned how to make biscuits like the Red Lobster cheddar biscuits but we could really use some biscuit cutters! I love biscuits. Mmmm

Julie said... [Reply to comment]

Would love these!

veronica said... [Reply to comment]

In addition to books (especially cook books), I love getting DVDs from the library. I always tell people, "It's like Netflix, but free!"

The Girl said... [Reply to comment]

I love libraries and biscuits!

Sand said... [Reply to comment]

I can also imagine these as adorable cookie cutters - I love them!

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

I go to my library to pick out books, but I just discovered checking out ebooks. I like the physical books better. My mom likes to rent korean dramas.

Kelly said... [Reply to comment]

I would love to win - thanks!!

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Aloha Mary,
Two of my favorite things...baking and the library. We have a GREAT library in Kihei, Maui and it's only getting better. They now have all kinds of awesome events like a Wind Quintet, family movie night - the list goes on. My 6 yr old is hooked and the 2 yr old is now a crazy library lover as well! I don't have a great set of biscuit cutters - these would be great. I can make come scones for the library staff! Thanks for doing what you do - at the library and the blog.

Kerry Howe said... [Reply to comment]

Would love to win!! I could make a batch of biscuits of all sizes!

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

These would be a serious upgrade to my current one trick biscuit cutter! Thanks for the chance to win!

Sunshine said... [Reply to comment]

Biscuits. We love b's in our family. Who doesn't like individual loaves of bread?

Mary said... [Reply to comment]

Biscuits are delicious and I need a new way to cut them! :D

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

I'd love to win! I haven't invested in biscuit cutters for my new kitchen yet. Thanks for offering the giveaway!

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