October 26, 2013 at 1:00 am

Maureen Tisdale

Let's Talk Food: Unusual cookbooks and Saturday giveaways

Gotta set of clay cookware? This might be just the book for you... (John Wiley & Sons, Inc.)

It probably comes as no surprise to you that we get a lot of cookbooks here at The Detroit News.

Despite the many our food writer Kate Lawson checks out for her stories and her column Simply the Best, there are lots leftover — and that’s where you come in.

Today, we kick off The Detroit News’ Saturday cookbook giveaways. In time for holiday regifting — or that last week, as a consolation prize — each Saturday today through Dec. 28, 2013, readers can vie for at least one cookbook (and up to four) per week for these 10 weeks.

I’ve gone through the pile on my desk that Kate’s brought me and mapped out ideas from theme weeks (family dinners, gluten-free cooking) to just-for-fun weeks (you heard about my husband-rejected Bad Muffins; stay tuned, I’m thinking you’ll hear my Bad Cookies story attached to “The Crabby Cook Cookbook”).

We’re kicking off, though, with three books I couldn’t quite file anywhere else:

■The hardcover “Mediterranean Clay Pot Cooking” (subtitle: “Traditional and Modern Recipes to Savor and Share”) by Paula Wolfert is just beautiful but man, is that specific. The back jacket says, “Most food — and Mediterranean food in particular — tastes better cooked in clay.” I’m going to have to take their word for it — my kitchen’s a little low on clay. But here’s hoping it’s the perfect gift for some Detroit News reader!

■The book “Cooking Green” by Kate Heyhoe doesn’t have the subtitle “Maureen, you shouldn’t have used so many paper plates after the baby was born,” but just looking at it makes me feel guilty anyway. With the subtitle “Reducing Your Carbon Footprint in the Kitchen the New Green Basics Way,” this is definitely a book on a mission. It promises “hundreds of tips and 50 energy- and time-saving recipes to shrink your ‘cookprint.’ ”

■Believe me, there is a cookbook for every desire. Kate was snickering when she handed me “The Vegan Stoner Cookbook” by Sarah Conrique and Graham I. Haynes, and I couldn’t help but join her. But with the subtitle “100 Easy Vegan Recipes to Munch,” it sounds more like an attention-getting title (hey, it worked!) than anything. The inside cover says, “This irreverent take on veganism proves that beginners and slackers alike can whip together yummy, filling meals with just a few ingredients and minimal time and effort,” touting recipes like Mean Green Smoothies, Aspara-Guy Sushi, Churro Chips and more.

I’d love to hear about a quirky cookbook in your home, so while commenting isn’t required to win, anyone who does gets double the chance. Tell me about an unusual or super-specific cookbook you’ve used in the comments below, then send an email to Eats&Drinks@detroitnews.com with one of three titles — depending on which book you’re interested in winning — in the subject line: “Unusual Cookbook/Clay” or “Unusual Cookbook/Green” or “Unusual Cookbook/Stoner.” Include your name and mailing address in the body. Enter only once by midnight Nov. 3. A winner will be chosen from among entries, with preference given to those who comment below. (If it’s Nov. 4, 2013, or later when you read this, the book winner will have been chosen — but feel free to add your comments.)

Good luck!

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'The Vegan Stoner Cookbook' could be yours, man. (10 Speed Press Berkeley)