Win an eBook Copy of Family Meal: Recipes from Our Community!

Restaurants nourish us. While they're closed, we need to nourish them.

Hello everyone. I’m Terrie Farley Moran and I write cozy mysteries including the Read ’Em and Eat series. In those cozies, Sassy Cabot and Bridgy Mayfield own a café and bookstore in Fort Myers Beach, Florida. At the Read ’Em and Eat book lovers can find such luscious treats such as Old Man and the Sea chowder with a side of Catcher in the Rye toast or perhaps Miss Marple scones along with a plate of Green Eggs and Ham.

Food and cozies are inseparable. As an avid cozy reader, I assure you that a reader who picks up a cozy mystery is bound to find a meal or two within. Many include recipes.

Love Cozies and Food? Check out our Cooking the Books series!

So it follows that cozy readers and writers are troubled by the way the restaurant business is being devastated by the COVID19 Pandemic. I would like to let you know that Penguin Random House is helping with a cookbook in a digital-only format called Family Meal.



All of the recipes in the book are provided by professional chefs and EVERY CENT of the proceeds from sales of Family Meal will benefit the Restaurant Workers’ Covid-19 Emergency Relief Fund, an organization that supports on-the-ground efforts to help workers in the restaurant community during this challenging time.

To help support this effort, we here at Criminal Element are giving away FIVE copies of the e-book Family Meal. For a chance to win, please make sure you’re a registered member of the Criminal Element site and simply leave a comment below.

Family Meal Comment Sweepstakes: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN.  A purchase does not improve your chances of winning.  Sweepstakes open to legal residents of 50 United States, D.C., and Canada (excluding Quebec), who are 18 years or older as of the date of entry.  To enter, complete the “Post a Comment” entry at beginning at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) September 10, 2020. Sweepstakes ends at 4:29 p.m. ET September  28, 2020. Void outside the United States and Canada and where prohibited by law. Please see full details and official rules here. Sponsor: Macmillan, 120 Broadway, New York, NY 10271.


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  2. Karen

    Sounds delicious!

  3. Linda Semler

    Thank you for the opportunity!!📚📚

  4. Emell

    This is a wonderful endeavor, kudos to Penguin Random House.

  5. Sharon Whaley

    What a good idea

  6. elvinoray

    great cause

  7. Julie Kodama

    wow this is great!

  8. June Sampson

    Wonderful idea! We try and support our local restaurants as much as possible during these tense and terrible times! Please vote!

  9. dtsterling

    Love cookbooks

  10. Teresa Young

    We have several restaurant workers in our family and this relief fund is a wonderful help.

  11. Deborah M Brown

    Great idea!

  12. Charlotte Jolly

    Wonderful idea

  13. Peter W.

    I like food! Yes!

  14. Sharon Tucker

    Oh, I’d love a copy. Thank you!

  15. amy friedman

    looking forward to reading and enjoying the recipes

  16. amy friedman

    looking forward to reading the recipes

  17. paul klumbach

    can’t wait to try all of this book…

  18. dirtyrat07

    Can’t wait to try out this book…

  19. Pam W

    This looks so fun!

  20. Steven Packard

    Very cool – great to see this happening!

  21. amy mara

    Sounds good

  22. Suzanne T

    What a wonderful way to support these fantastic people!

  23. Pam Walrath

    This looks fun!

  24. Christal M

    Would love to try some new recipes

  25. Michaeleen Ward

    Love the idea!!! Hope it sells well.

  26. Merle Carrus

    What could taste better than a a meal and a good mystery and helping others!?!?

  27. Molly Veen

    What a great way to save the restaurants!

  28. Shelly Garnett

    This is a great effort to help the food community

  29. Alicia Kozak

    This is great. I love cookbooks and such a great cause.

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  31. Judy

    What a yummy idea!

  32. Barbara Fish

    I love cookbooks and would especially enjoy winning this one.


    I love to cook and really love cookbooks. Sign me up.

  34. Cherisse T.

    Thanks for the chance! This sounds great !

  35. Lorene Garvin

    This is a fantastic thing they are doing. 😀

  36. Glenita Shrewsbury Mulcahy

    Awesome idea!

  37. Jennifer Ingley

    Great! Good recipes, good reading, helping the community, love it to death!

  38. Elaine F

    This is a great idea, thank you for the opportunity to win a copy. And thank you for supporting our communities.

  39. Ann Sipe

    I will buy a copy to support this effort and if I win will use the second copy for good.

  40. Lisa H.

    What a fabulous idea!

  41. Janice

    Love this!

  42. Marisa Young

    Great cause. Food banks are struggling to keep up with the need.

  43. Rose Leatherman

    What an awesome idea.

  44. Andrea Garland

    Want to support and enjoy

  45. ashley hufft

    Fantastic concept, I’m looking forward to reading

  46. Teresa

    Thank you!

  47. Laurie Feagan

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