It's Saturday, and what would be a Saturday on Serious Eats without a food book giveaway? The subtitle of Bob Spitz's The Saucier's Apprentice says it all: One Long Strange Trip through the Great Cooking Schools of Europe. Spitz, the author of the ridiculously well-reported group biography The Beatles, is a serious home cook who sets out on a self-guided and well-researched tour of European cooking classes that functions rather well as a journey of self-discovery. If you've ever indulged in a similar fantasy, you will appreciate Spitz's engaging storytelling ability. And even if you haven't, by the time the book ends, you might at the very least entertain such a notion. He even throws in a few recipes he learned along the way, including an irresistible tabouli with zucchini, mint, and boiled egg you will want to make.
We're giving away five (5) copies of The Saucier's Apprentice. All you have to do is tell us your most embarrassing cooking story here in the comments of this post.
Contest will end and comments will close at noon ET, Monday, September 15, 2008. One entry per community member. The standard Serious Eats contest rules apply.