I must admit I had never heard of The Breakaway Cook or its author Eric Gower before fellow Serious Eater Alaina Browne told me about them. And I must admit I was skeptical about any book that has the following subtitle: Recipes That Break Away from the Ordinary. But when I took the book home and read it, damn if there weren't recipes I wanted to cook on just about every page. Gower's recipes are simple, easy to follow, and incredibly appealing.
As usual, thanks to the good folks at William Morrow Cookbooks, we are giving away ten (10) copies here on Serious Eats. To enter, just tell us what one ingredient you have discovered that's taken your cooking to another level. Winners will be chosen at random from among commenters. Comments will close Friday (August 10) at 9 p.m. ET. The usual Serious Eats contest rules apply.