Ho ho ho, friends and neighbors! ‘Tis the season for giving and what’s better to give and receive than a cookbook? Nothing, I tell you, nothing. Which is why, last year, I started a Secret Cookbook Santa where thousands (ahem, hundreds? 50 people?) exchanged cookbooks in the spirit of the season. This year we’re doing it again with the help of one of our Gourmet Survivor Winners Jason Sholar! He’s generously offered to play the role of Santa for everyone and we’ve devised a scheme that should make this a very painless process.
To play: simply create a cookbook wishlist on Amazon. If you already have a wishlist with cookbooks on it, that’s fine too. Send the link for your wishlist to firstname.lastname@example.org by NEXT THURSDAY, December 9th. Jason says he’ll e-mail you back a confirmation that he got your e-mail. Then, perhaps a few days later, you will be assigned your Secret Santee. It is your absolute duty as a human being to promptly send your Santee one or more books from their wishlist. This is very easy to do with Amazon. You just click the book on their list, add to the shopping cart, pay and it gets sent to them. Their address isn’t revealed so no worries about stalkers.
Hopefully, a few days (weeks?) later you’ll receive a cookbook in the mail. You’ll open it and exclaim: “Oh Secret Cookbook Santa, you’re the best!” Then happy Christmas music will play and Tiny Tim will say “God bless us everyone!” and then get married on Johnny Carson. It will be a happy day indeed.