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Plate to Pixel and Giveaway

by Deliciously Organic on April 30, 2011

Nothing soothes me like some quality time viewing my friend Helene’s photographs. When I’m having a rough day, I like to make a cup of coffee, get cozy under a blanket and pull up her site. I find her writing and photos lovely, calming and honest.

Helene’s book Plate to Pixel was released this week and she hit the ground running. In my opinion she’s a genius at using the light to create stunning photographs. Of course, I’m a bit biased. Not only is she a close friend, she also shot all the food photography in my cookbook.

Plate to Pixel inspires with gorgeous photographs and eloquent chapters explaining how to use natural light, how to work with your camera’s modes and settings, telling a story with your photography, food styling techniques and much more. Helene’s a very approachable teacher – no question is too simple for her. Throughout the book, she guides the reader with simple steps to improve photography and styling skills.

I’ve  learned so much about photography from Helene. For years, I knew I wanted to learn how to really use a camera, but only began earnestly practicing a couple of years ago. One of the most important things I learned from her is to watch the light. It can make or break a photo. She told me to set up my camera next to the window where I planned to take photos and snap one every hour, testing to see when the light shines in the best.

I yearn to improve my food styling. Now, with her book in my hands, I only have to use my imagination and practice.

To celebrate the arrival of Plate to Pixel, I’m giving away a copy! Leave a comment below in order to enter. To gain an extra entry, head over to Facebook and become a fan of Deliciously Organic. The giveaway ends Tuesday, 3 May 2011 at 11:59pm. Contest open to US states only. One name will be selected using random.org and be contacted. The winner has 3 days to respond before being disqualified, in which case a new winner will be chosen. Good luck!

All photographs © Helene Dujardin – Posted with permission.

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Kate April 30, 2011 at 6:37 pm

would LOVE to win this. a mothers day gift to myself:)

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Shawnda April 30, 2011 at 6:42 pm

I can’t wait to see her book!

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dineindiva April 30, 2011 at 6:42 pm

I’d love to to get a copy of the book! Thx

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Shawnda April 30, 2011 at 6:44 pm

And we like you on Facebook.

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Lisa Leake April 30, 2011 at 6:50 pm

It’s not that I just want a copy…I need a copy!! :)

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Lisa Leake April 30, 2011 at 6:50 pm

I am also a FB fan!

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Lauren @ Healthy Food For Living April 30, 2011 at 6:53 pm

Great giveaway! I’d love to win this book :).

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Lauren @ Healthy Food For Living April 30, 2011 at 6:54 pm

I like you on Facebook!

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Michelle Ledesma April 30, 2011 at 6:55 pm

Food styling eludes me, I hate to admit it, but it’s true. It’s taken months and months just to get comfy with my camera, so I expect it will take months and months to practice the art of food styling. Of course having Helene’s book to learn from would be quite advantageous! Thanks for sharing with us all. Keeping my fingers crossed :-)

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Michelle Ledesma April 30, 2011 at 6:56 pm

I’m a “fan” of Deliciously Organic on Facebook!

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Kelly April 30, 2011 at 6:57 pm

I would love to win a copy – thanks.

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Valerie April 30, 2011 at 7:05 pm

I’d love to have this book! Thanks for your generosity in giving one away.

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Tracy April 30, 2011 at 7:43 pm

I love Helen’s work and would love a copy of her book!

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Tracy April 30, 2011 at 7:44 pm

I became a fan of Deliciously Organic on Facebook as well!

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Amanda April 30, 2011 at 7:49 pm

Those pictures are beautiful! I would love how to learn to take pictures like that!

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Amanda April 30, 2011 at 7:51 pm

I also liked you on Facebook.

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Laura April 30, 2011 at 8:54 pm

I love her too! I wish I could take half the pictures she takes. Lovely tart btw!

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Anne April 30, 2011 at 8:59 pm

This looks like a wonderful book. I would love to win a copy. Thanks for the giveaway.

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Sarah April 30, 2011 at 8:59 pm

It looks gorgeous!

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Anne April 30, 2011 at 9:02 pm

I’m already a fan of Deliciously Organic on Facebook.

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Jinny April 30, 2011 at 9:06 pm

the photos are absolutely stunning :)

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Jinny April 30, 2011 at 9:11 pm

i also liked you on FB :D

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Budoh April 30, 2011 at 9:15 pm

I found Helene’s blog through your blog, and I have been a fan of both of your blogs since… Thank you for the giveaway!!

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Budoh April 30, 2011 at 9:16 pm

I am also your facebook fan :)

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Amanda S. April 30, 2011 at 10:38 pm

She does such beautiful work! What a talented lady!

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Allison April 30, 2011 at 10:52 pm

This would give me the inspiration I needed to photograph all baking / cooking I do!

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Kristi P. April 30, 2011 at 10:54 pm

Would be GREAT to have to help with pictures I post on my own humble little blog ;D

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Katrina April 30, 2011 at 11:48 pm

Her photos are so beautiful. I need some inspiration!

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Laurie May 1, 2011 at 12:44 am

Gorgeous photos! I’d love to have this book.

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Heidi May 1, 2011 at 4:25 am

What a lovely book! We have a fancy pants camera and I am slowly learning with it. Winning this book would be great!

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Christine McComb May 1, 2011 at 5:05 am

Gorgeous Photography! I love the cover. I love your cookbook, too. Your recipes are great!

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Hallie @ Daily Bites May 1, 2011 at 5:12 am

I agree…Helene’s photographs, writing, and recipes are beyond inspring. So excited about her book!

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Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen May 1, 2011 at 5:31 am

Helene’s style is effortless; it radiates light. I’m so glad she wrote this book so that we can get some insight into her technique.

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Jennifer @ Loving Bytes May 1, 2011 at 5:54 am

What talent! I am already a Facebook Fan. Thanks!

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KathieW May 1, 2011 at 6:42 am

I’d love to check out this book. Yummy!

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Wenderly May 1, 2011 at 6:59 am

Just stunning! I would love to have a copy of this beautiful book! Thanks or the giveaway!

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Wenderly May 1, 2011 at 7:00 am

I am now a fan on fb! I can’t believe that I wasn’t already!

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Nancy @SensitivePantry May 1, 2011 at 7:05 am

Can’t wait to read this book! Thanks for offering as a giveaway!

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Nancy @SensitivePantry May 1, 2011 at 7:07 am

I’m a fan on Facebook.

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Amanda May 1, 2011 at 7:07 am

Love Helene’s photography and I’d love a copy of this wonderful looking book. Thanks for the opportunity!

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Debbie May 1, 2011 at 7:09 am

I love your blog and would adore a copy of Helene’s book!

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Michelle May 1, 2011 at 7:10 am

I want this book sooooo bad!

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Fiona May 1, 2011 at 7:14 am

The book looks stunning, just a pity I cannot get it in South Africa as Amazon will not ship to us here.
I have follwed her photography and it has been my inspiration ever since finding her site.

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foodwanderings May 1, 2011 at 7:14 am

Beautiful book would love to win a copy!!

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kitchenarian May 1, 2011 at 7:15 am

I have heard such lovely things about this book.
I would love to win a copy. Thanks!

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Shauna from Piece of Cake May 1, 2011 at 7:16 am

I think your photos are pretty spectacular as is, my friend! :) And thanks for the push on FB–thought I’d already been “fanning” you all along.

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gretchen May 1, 2011 at 7:22 am

she’s brilliant, isn’t she… would love to get on hands on her book too! thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

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gretchen May 1, 2011 at 7:26 am

i’ve just liked you on FB. also noticed your husband’s promotion. from one military wife to another, big congrats!! (& dinner for 100… whoa. i’m sure it was a success!)

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Deliciously Organic May 1, 2011 at 12:26 pm

Thank you! The promotion/dinner was a blast!

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the urban baker May 1, 2011 at 7:43 am

I already like you everywhere! I am so excited to get my copy of this book (ordered it on Amazon – a mom’s day gift to myself)! Great post, Carrie. You are so blessed to be able to call her your friend!

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Cathy Walters May 1, 2011 at 8:00 am

This book looks AMAZING!!!!! I would love to win a copy!!! Thanks for doing the giveaway!

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Cathy Walters May 1, 2011 at 8:02 am

Just “liked” you on FB. :)

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Melissa May 1, 2011 at 8:22 am

I would absolutely love to win this book. It’s the talk of twitter right now. And boy do I need it!

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David May 1, 2011 at 8:50 am

Stunning. Would love a copy of this

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Shawndra May 1, 2011 at 8:51 am

I would love this book! Thanks for the give-away.

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Krissa May 1, 2011 at 8:55 am

Sounds like a beautiful book!

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Krissa May 1, 2011 at 8:56 am

I am a FB fan!

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Leah May 1, 2011 at 9:06 am

Love her photography!

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Miss Alix May 1, 2011 at 9:14 am

I would love to win this book! It looks fabulous.

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Gaby May 1, 2011 at 9:21 am

love Helene and her photography! and you of course :) xoxo

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Alfred May 1, 2011 at 9:25 am

I love her photography too!! I’d love to win her book! Thanks Carrie! :)

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Lisa May 1, 2011 at 9:34 am

Love this blog!

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Diane Briseno May 1, 2011 at 9:34 am

I would love to win this!

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Glen May 1, 2011 at 9:35 am

Awesome photography. I’d love to win a copy of the book.

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Amanda Thompson May 1, 2011 at 9:35 am

Helene’s photos are absolutely stunning ~ I would love to have this book!

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Kelli W May 1, 2011 at 9:49 am

I’d adore a copy of this book. I am in search of some serious food photography and styling inspiration for my blog and my happiness in general. Your site is fantastic, as well!

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Dominique (De vous à moi...) May 1, 2011 at 10:07 am

I’d love to win this book and to improve my photos and foodstyling!

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Andrew Smith May 1, 2011 at 10:19 am

Love the photography.

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Sarah May 1, 2011 at 10:30 am

I would LOVE a copy of her book. Her photography and storytelling is amazing!

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Dynamics May 1, 2011 at 10:33 am

I would love to learn how to take great/good pictures. The little instruction book that comes with the camera just does not get into enough info.

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Lisa Levine May 1, 2011 at 10:55 am

I would love this book!! I love photos of food. :)

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Lisa Levine May 1, 2011 at 10:56 am

I “liked” Deliciously Organic on FB.

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Marmande in the Kitchen May 1, 2011 at 11:55 am

Helene’s photographs are great – I am dying to read the book!

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Rachel Mash May 1, 2011 at 12:28 pm

I love your blog, Carrie! And you refer all of us to some of the greatest things!

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Laurie May 1, 2011 at 12:31 pm

As an aspiring food photographer, I have great deal to learn in the realm of professional photography, and a book like this would mean the world to me. It looks absolutely incredible, and I would love to win it!

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Jami May 1, 2011 at 2:52 pm

Would love to win the copy! I love food blogs!!! The pictures are yummy!!!

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Jami May 1, 2011 at 2:52 pm

I liked Deliciously Organic on FB!!!

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Bebe May 1, 2011 at 3:05 pm

Gorgeous photos!!

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Lynda@Me and My Pink Mixer May 1, 2011 at 3:27 pm

What beautiful pictures! I would love this book :)

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April May 1, 2011 at 4:58 pm

Ooooooo! This book sounds amazing! Thanks for all your great advice, your wonderful recipes and this fun giveaway!!!

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Jade May 1, 2011 at 5:37 pm

I also love Helene’s photography and would love to learn more about making my pictures of food look nicer!

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Jade May 1, 2011 at 5:37 pm

and I’m already a fan on facebook :)

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OneArtDirector May 1, 2011 at 5:47 pm

I would love to get a copy as well!

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Vicki H May 1, 2011 at 6:48 pm

You two make a great team. The pix in your cookbook make every recipe look especially appealing.

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marla {family fresh cooking} May 1, 2011 at 7:02 pm

Carrie, I gotta peek at this wonderful book this weekend. Can’t wait for my copy coming in the mail :)

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Janssen May 1, 2011 at 7:02 pm

These pictures are making me HUNGRY!

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Janssen May 1, 2011 at 7:04 pm

I’m a facebook fan!

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Kerry May 1, 2011 at 9:09 pm

Facebook fan!

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Kerry May 1, 2011 at 9:10 pm

Eeeekkk.. So excited for Helene’s book!

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SAB May 1, 2011 at 11:51 pm

I soooooo want, no NEED this book! I HEART food photography!

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SAB May 1, 2011 at 11:52 pm

I am a fan on FB too!!!

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Stacy (Little Blue Hen) May 2, 2011 at 12:12 am

My food styling leaves a lot to be desired. The book may not solve it, but it sure can’t hurt!

I also “like” you on Facebook. =)

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Danielle May 2, 2011 at 7:08 am

I could SO use the help! I’m looking forward to checking this book out.

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Catherine May 2, 2011 at 7:20 am

What a beautiful book! Thanks for the chance to win. Fingers crossed . . .

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Tricia May 2, 2011 at 7:42 am

I would love to win this book! Thank you for the great give away.

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Angela May 2, 2011 at 9:50 am

What a lovely giveaway – hope to win!!!

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Carol May 2, 2011 at 10:24 am

I am so glad to find a food blog that uses the same ingredients that I do!
Sucanat has changed my baking world….Thank you so much!

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Beatrice May 2, 2011 at 11:19 am

Thank you for sharing! Either way, I need to get this book soon!

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Anne May 2, 2011 at 12:25 pm

I make my husband take most of the pictures on my blog. With a little help, I could finally take more myself….or maybe just give the book to him to study:)

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Jennifer May 2, 2011 at 1:34 pm

I would love to learn how to use my camera better.

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Karen May 2, 2011 at 2:00 pm

I loved her photography in your cookbook. I’m so excited she has published a book!

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carolyn May 2, 2011 at 2:56 pm

i’d love to win this book! helene’s photos are beautiful.

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Anna May 2, 2011 at 4:17 pm

I just stumbled onto your blog from a Google search for food photography tips, and what great timing! This books looks gorgeous.

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Becky May 2, 2011 at 5:50 pm

Beautiful photos, both on her book cover and on your site! I would love to learn how to photograph and style food better.

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Jenny May 2, 2011 at 7:35 pm

She’s a great photographer! I’d love to learn from her! :)

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Amanda @ Easy Peasy Organic May 3, 2011 at 4:32 am

Ah … what a glorious book! I’d love to win!

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Sue May 3, 2011 at 5:12 am

Looks like a great book! {And for the record, I think you arrange your pictures very nicely!}

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Sue May 3, 2011 at 5:12 am

I am also a FB fan

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Janine O May 3, 2011 at 7:03 am

I’ve been waiting for this book to come out too! She is an excellent food writer. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of her book.

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Gail E May 3, 2011 at 7:12 am

Oh my! What gorgeous photography! I would love to win a copy of this book!

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Celeste May 3, 2011 at 7:17 am

Awesome book!

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Celeste May 3, 2011 at 7:19 am

Fanned on FB too!

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art and lemons May 3, 2011 at 8:21 am

Helen’s book is on my wish list…

p.s. I’m a FB fan as well.

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Soma May 3, 2011 at 8:31 am

I was going to order her book, but I think I will try my luck here:)

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Kelly May 3, 2011 at 8:32 am

Love her, love her blog, would LOVE to have her book!

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Brianna Dummar May 3, 2011 at 8:33 am

I would love to get this book! She is amazing!!

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Jennifer @ Licious Food May 3, 2011 at 8:44 am

Oh, this is a book I need! I would love to win this book. For that extra entry, I have also become a fan Deliciously Organic on FB.

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Tania Stenzel May 3, 2011 at 8:47 am

How did I now know about this opportunity to win this incredible book??

It is on my wishlist, but would LOVE to win this.

Thank you for the chance!

T

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Tania Stenzel May 3, 2011 at 8:48 am

And I do like Deliciously Organic on FB….of course!

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Beyond Organics May 3, 2011 at 8:50 am

Can’t wait to read the book!

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Erin May 3, 2011 at 8:59 am

This looks like an awesome book! :)

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Dawn (KitchenTravels) May 3, 2011 at 9:06 am

Helene is a huge talent, and such a nice person, too. (We met briefly at La Petite Soiree in SF last year.) I would love to win a copy of her new book! Thanks for the giveaway.

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Dawn (KitchenTravels) May 3, 2011 at 9:06 am

I’m a fan on FB, too! Thanks, Carrie!

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karin dreyer May 3, 2011 at 9:18 am

love & enjoy your photography & blog and would love to have your book!
thanks for sharing your amazing work!

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Chris May 3, 2011 at 10:14 am

I am so proud of Helene and all she’s accomplished. I can’t wait to grab a copy of the book. :)

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Kit Cox May 3, 2011 at 10:42 am

the heck I’m not gonna enter this! I can’t wait to see this book!!

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Kim H May 3, 2011 at 10:52 am

Just found your website…can’t wait to try some of your recipes, and all the photos look just as delish!

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Jennifer May 3, 2011 at 12:17 pm

I absolutely love Helene and her work. Breath taking!

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Jennifer May 3, 2011 at 12:18 pm

I follow you on Facebook.

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Emily Archer May 3, 2011 at 1:00 pm

Looks like a great book! Hope I win! :-)

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Franny Boudreau May 3, 2011 at 1:38 pm

Beautiful book!

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Alecia May 3, 2011 at 1:44 pm

Oh this would be a lovely gift!

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brenda Fisher May 3, 2011 at 4:45 pm

This book looks fab! And so helpful!

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Jamie May 3, 2011 at 4:59 pm

Looks like an awesome book!

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Diana May 3, 2011 at 5:08 pm

I’m so looking forward to getting my hands on this!

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Diana May 3, 2011 at 5:15 pm

Oh yes, I’m a Facebook fan too!

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Rob May 3, 2011 at 7:42 pm

Always looking for more food photography info and inspiration!

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Brandi J May 3, 2011 at 8:51 pm

I would love this book. I am trying to improve my picture taking skills and this would be a big help!

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Christina May 3, 2011 at 10:35 pm

I would love to win this! My son has a new camera that he is learning how to use. He always looks over my shoulder at the food blogs I read, so I think he would be really interested in reading this book.

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Erica S. May 4, 2011 at 8:08 am

I love Helene’s photography! I would be delighted to win a copy of her book!

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Genevieve May 4, 2011 at 9:02 am

Love Deliciously Organic! You always have such amazing recipes to share. I just recently started a lifestyle blog of my own, and yours certainly helped inspire it.

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Natasha @ Saved by the Egg Timer May 4, 2011 at 9:41 am

The photos are beautiful and very inticing. The last two look amazingly yummy.

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Shannon May 4, 2011 at 2:20 pm

I’ve been learning, but still have a long way to go! Would love to win a copy :)

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