Sweet Paul’s “Eat & Make” book giveaway

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It is so wonderful to see when creative and talented people get to put work out into the world. It is especially wonderful when it happens to colleagues and friends who I have been following for a long time.

Paul Lowe has been a stylist for over 20 years but it was through his blog Sweet Paul that I got to know him. Beautiful recipes and crafts that derive from his Scandinavian sensibility (Paul was born and raised in Oslo) that eventually led to a very successful quarterly, printed magazine that is published in several countries.

His first book “Eat & Make: Charming Recipes + Kitchen Crafts You Will Love” has just been published in the US and he has been kind enough to share a copy with one lucky reader. If you would like to win a copy of “Eat & Make”, please leave a comment below. Unfortunately only U.S residents are eligible (sad face here). The giveaway will close on Thursday, April 10th at 5pm PST. Make sure to leave your name and contact email so I can get in touch with you.

Baked Snug EggsSweet Paul Eat and Make

I also wanted to take this opportunity to ask Paul some questions about his book, creative process and background. Very casually – just like he is.

Aran Goyoaga (that is me of course… A.G): You begin the book with your motto “perfection is boring”. I couldn’t agree more as I have realized this in my own life and also blogging. To highlight beauty one must also show the imperfections. Has this been a long time philosophy of yours or did you come to realize this after working as a stylist for so long? How did you want to reflect this sentiment in your book?

(Paul Lowe) P.L: My grandmother would always say it. She was an amazing cook and crafter but the cakes were a bit lopsided and the seams not perfectly straight, but it was stylish and tasted amazing. So many of us try to be perfect and it’s just not right to put that kinda pressure on ourselves and others. I want my food and crafts to look like they are made by a real person, not made in China.

A.G: I have a slight obsession with Scandinavia from the food, the light, the tales and mysticism, design, textiles, crafting… Is this a stereotype or did you really grow up with a sense that all these elements were very unique to your environment?

P.L: Not a stereotype at all, the simple design and clean food is all around us. My love of clean lines is based on my childhood where we had all these amazing simple designs everywhere. We learned how to knit, sew, bake and do woodwork in school and to appreciate all that goes into it.

A.G: You have been a food and craft stylist for over 20 years and one of the original bloggers. Has blogging affected the kind of work that you do these days? Do you have a sense of your brand and is that something that you think about often?

P.L: I often think about my brand and where I want it to go. I am very protective of it and will only work with people and companies that I think are a good match. It is important not just to appear sincere but to actually be sincere in everything I do. It’s amazing what a blog can start, right?

A.G: I love that in spite of trends, you seem to have a very particular vision of style. So much of Sweet Paul is about having fun, color, lightness and also a spirit of collaboration. Do you consciously think about where trends are going or what that means to you or simply stick to what speaks to you?

P.L: I don’t give a fig about trends. I always look at what I want to do, make, eat and look at. Today trends are something you create yourself.

A.G: What is a day in the life of Paul Lowe like?

P.L: Up early, strong coffee, lots of it. I try to get some work done in the morning. I’m kind of dead in the head after 6pm. Play with my dogs, work on the magazine, craft. I’m my own boss and loving it.

A.G: What are the dishes that you see yourself making over and over again and what is comfort food to you? Three favorite recipes in the book?

P.L: My first is my maple roasted chicken, so easy and wonderful. Sweet and salty, my favorite tastes. And the gravy is to die for. Then it’s my grandmothers Fish Pie (Paul shares the recipe with us below). Cod, shrimp, bechamel, brioche topping, it brings me right back. And finally anything with an egg. Eggs are my favorite ingredient and I’m so happy when I can eat them. My favorite right now are coddled eggs. Crack eggs in a ramekin with some smoked salmon, chives, cream, salt and pepper and bake in the oven… divine.

A.G: And crafts you had most fun making? (I am totally obsessed with the punch-bowl pendant!)

P.L: All of it, I go through phases, right now I’m all about sun prints, last week was rope bowls and now I have a whole big box of wooden beads in all sizes that just screams out to me.
Ain’t I got the best job ever????

Yes you do….

Sweet Paul Eat and Make

Thank you Paul for taking the time to answer my questions.

Paul was kind enough to share his favorite fish pie recipe.

All photos in this post are courtesy of Alexandra Grablewski.

Sweet Paul Eat and Make

Mormor’s Fish Pie

Excerpted from SWEET PAUL, © 2014 by Paul Lowe Einlyng. Reproduced by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.

Serves 4

Fish pie may sound like a pedestrian dish, but this combination of shrimp and cod napped with cream sauce and topped with cubes of crunchy brioche is sublime.
Mormor was famous in our neighborhood for her fish pie. My friends at school always wanted to come home with me just so they could taste it. She and Auntie Gunnvor got this recipe when they were children. Orphans from a very early age, they grew up in a home for girls. They had riveting stories about the trouble they got into. Many of their anecdotes involved sneaking into the kitchen for food. On one occasion, the cook caught them stealing a fish pie. Their punishment? The cook taught them the recipe, and they had to make several pies each week for a month for all the other girls in the orphanage. Their punishment is our reward.

2 pounds cod fillets or other thick white fish
3 tablespoons butter, plus 2 tablespoons, melted
1⁄4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
11⁄3 cups whole milk, heated
3 large eggs
1⁄2 pound cooked peeled shrimp, chopped
Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
Freshly ground pepper
2 thick slices brioche or other white bread, cut into 1-inch cubes

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F, with a rack in the middle position.
2. Bring a large saucepan of salted water to a simmer, add the fish, and simmer until it flakes easily, 4 to 5 minutes.
3. Drain, flake the fish with a fork, and set aside.
4. Melt the 3 tablespoons butter in a saucepan, then whisk in the flour.
5. Whisk in the hot milk a little at a time, to prevent lumps. Remove from the heat and let cool.
6. Whisk in the eggs.
7. Gently stir in the fish and shrimp and season with the nutmeg and salt and pepper.
8. Place the fish mixture in a 10-inch pie plate.
9. Mix the bread cubes and the 2 tablespoons melted butter and distribute them on top of the pie.
10. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the pie is golden and set. Serve hot.

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154 Responses to “Sweet Paul’s “Eat & Make” book giveaway”

  1. Cindy M says:

    This book looks amazing, thanks so much Aran!

  2. Sarah M says:

    Crafts AND cooking in the same book? Please sign me up!
    Sarah M

  3. Oh! I would absolutely adore a copy!

  4. Angel says:

    I would love to win !
    The fish pie recipe would be a great addition to Easter brunch
    Thank you !

  5. emily says:

    Such a beautiful looking book! Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

  6. meremade says:

    I have been reading his online magazine forever! He’s amazing! I would love love love a copy of his new book!
    meremadeblog (at) gmail (dot) com

  7. Susie Kwon says:

    Would love a copy of this. I just started to follow “Sweet Paul” and feel very inspired by his work and like to see who HE follows and what he does. Would love a copy and would cherish it.

  8. Samantha G says:

    The photos, the food, and the book all look SO dreamy! Would love to win this. Thanks for sharing, Aran! :)

  9. Lisa Anderson says:

    Would love to have this book. Beautiful

  10. Jada says:

    Would love this!

  11. EWG says:

    This looks so great!!

  12. Nicole Brooks says:

    Would love some new inspiration! Looks like just the book to provide a bit of spring bliss!

  13. Allison says:

    How exciting! I would love to win his book!

  14. cheri duzanica says:

    Looks like a great new book, thanks for the chance.

  15. Micol says:

    I never, (I said NEVER!) win anything at any giveaway, but I still like to take the chance and maybe get some luck for the first time! =)
    …and well, I really LOVE Sweet Paul and I was already intentioned to buy his book so one way or another I’ll get it, at the end ;)

  16. Kate says:

    I love sweet Paul! Congrats to him on the new book!

  17. Hanh says:

    I would love to win this book. Such beautiful photography.

  18. Monique says:

    I had never thought about how much we look and admire imperfection in photography, and food…but it’s true…I love how this book captures the heart and sole of all food lovers… bringing a food recipe designed by a creative mind to life using mere mortal, imperfect, loving and creative hands… then taking the next step to capture it in 2D using a camera, but in a way that brings it beyond 3D to refresh our senses.
    I have to confess that sometimes I try to follow recipes and make them look exactly like the beautiful picture in the book. Instead, I will see it as inspiration, and try to make each recipe my own, imperfections and all. I’ll be looking at your book with new eyes and enjoying Paul’s book with the same causal curiosity, that comes with appreciating art.

  19. Lisa says:

    Congrats to Sweet Paul on his new book ~ the photos look beautiful! Thanks Aran.

  20. Julie says:

    I have been following Sweet Paul, and would love a copy of Paul’s new book. Sorry, I can’t make it in person, since I am on the east coast.

    Your studio looks amazing by the way.

    C’est Bon! and May All your Dreams Come True!


  21. Alison says:

    Scandinavian food is amazing. Love anything fish so the fish pie looks delicious!

  22. Ana says:

    This looks like a wonderful book – as is the magazine… Cannot wait to try out the fish pie for now!

  23. Sarah Ordway says:

    Looks like a fantastic book- I never win these things but maybe someday… : )

  24. michal says:

    ah it looks like an amazing book!

  25. Susan says:

    I was SO excited to know there is a book and a WEBSITE!! I have looked at the magazines and love them. Thank you so much for your sensibilities re food. Love it.

  26. Marta says:

    I would love to win that book:)

  27. Rachel says:

    This book (and website) look amazing. Thanks for offering it!!

  28. Ginger Garza says:

    … what a great outlook on life and flowing with the spur of the moment ideas to explore – his book , “Eat & Make: Charming recipes and Kitchen Crafts You Will Love”, would be a prize possession!

  29. Michaela says:

    This book sounds AH-MAZING! Thanks so much for the giveaway :)

  30. Jennifer says:

    I would love to win a copy of Sweet Paul’s book. That maple roasted chicken looks amazing! My email is jenali at me dot com.

  31. Kerry says:

    Sweet Paul is great! Would loooove his book!

  32. Carla Owens says:

    What a gift it is to be able to live out your career dreams and still have quality dog time – does it get any better??? So, tell us – they eat food that would make any of us drool, right??

  33. Lauren says:

    I would love to win Paul’s new cookbook. It looks gorgeous! Love his magazine too! xx

  34. Susan LP says:

    Paul’s grandmother was very wise. Perfection is boring, but his book is beautiful. What a wonderful gift.

  35. Tonka says:

    Beautiful looking book! Love to have it.

  36. Julie says:

    Looks like a lovely book- he is very talented. Thanks for the giveaway!!

  37. Susan says:

    Cooking AND crafts…Sounds perfect! Thanks for the opportunity, Aran.

  38. Nikki Pacheco Theard says:

    What a beautiful first book, Paul ‘s style magic is perfectly wedded to his curated favorite recipes. I certainly am hoping to have a copy added to my kitchen library!

  39. Kristin says:

    Sweet Paul…I appreciate a fine line and lack of perfection as well. Book looks amazing…and those plates…white with blue paint streak are j’mazing – reminds me of –


  40. Karen Mason says:

    Love me some sweet Paul!!!

  41. Yamilka says:

    I never enter giveaways but, after reading the interview and seeing the photos, I had to give it a shot! LOL… Thank you, Aran!

  42. Courtney says:

    Thanks for this amazing giveaway! If this book is anything like his magazine, sign me up, I’m already a fan. :)

  43. Sam says:

    This book looks lovely. Thank you for sharing Aran!

  44. Hugh Blair says:

    This book sounds great.

  45. Tiffany says:

    I love Paul’s magazine.

  46. Would love to win this book. I am not a US resident but I would love to gift this book to a foodie friend who resides in New York.

  47. Wow…stunning photography!
    Beautiful all around!

  48. Would cherish a copy of this absolute delight!

  49. Sondra says:

    Love Paul’s work and magazine. Such an inspiration! Thanks for sharing this amazing giveaway, Aran!

  50. Jin says:

    Ah! A give away like this? Please please please let it be my lucky day :)

  51. Shaun says:

    This book looks very lovely!

  52. sydney85 says:

    Great looking book. Love to try some new recipes to entertain my friends and family.

  53. Cassandra says:

    It looks like a lovely book – thanks for the chance to win a copy – I plan on making the fish pie – it sounds delicious!

  54. Beth Rawling says:

    Thanks for hosting this delightful giveaway. I would love to be entered. Thanks for all of the inspiration and beauty you provide on your blog. Blessings, Beth

  55. CJ says:

    Really beautiful photography. I’d love a copy of this inspirational book.

  56. “Eat & Make” is my kind of book; beautiful photos, wonderful recipes and crafty fun. Would love to win a copy :^)

  57. Vy says:

    I love his magazines! Can’t wait to see the book!

  58. Mia says:

    The cookbook looks delicious!!! That egg prosciutto dish looks tasty!

  59. sally c. says:

    Thank you hosting the giveaway! Crafts and food…yes please!

  60. sally c. says:

    Thank you hosting the giveaway! Crafts and food…yes please!!

  61. jan says:

    I’d LOVE to win this book! It looks amazing!

  62. Jill says:

    I so need to get my hands on a copy of this beautiful book!

  63. Olga says:

    Congrats to Paul on his first book! That’s exactly how you succeed: By being true to yourself and setting your own trends.
    Great interview, Aran. Got lots of inspiration from it.
    And would love to win a copy of his book, of course.:-)

  64. Danielle Esparza says:

    Completely agree with his “perfection is boring” opinion-something important for everyone to remember. Would love to win this book! Thanks for hosting the giveaway, Aran.

  65. netzchen says:

    hi aron,

    i such a big fan of your side & love the sweet paul :-)

    it is such a beautiful looking book!

    Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

    wish me luck!

  66. […] – Bookmarking Paul Lowe’s book, ““Eat & Make” — giveaway here! […]

  67. Tiffany says:

    congrats to Paul on the cookbook – it looks fantastic (:

    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!


  68. The maple roasted chicken sounds amazing!! Beautiful photos.

  69. Kathryn says:

    My Swedish (only one of her immediate family born in the US) was called MorMor. I hear or see the word and, oh the memories…..

  70. Kathryn says:

    oops – meant to say Swedish Grandmother….

  71. Liz Stark says:

    Great interview and recipe! The book sounds wonderful.

  72. tammy d. says:

    Thanks for the chance. That pie does look good, I may try that.

  73. I am totally going to try the fish pie, looks awesome and great for company here on the East Coast. Paul’s book concept is fun and fabulous and right up my alley.
    Thanks for the opportunity to enjoy it.

  74. katy says:

    This book looks amazing! I would love to win to try out new recipes :)

  75. Holly says:

    The book looks delightful!

  76. stacy says:

    I’d love to win a copy, thanks!

  77. Sara B. says:

    A copy would be lovely! Thank you so much for doing a contest like this.

    Also, I can not wait to try the fish pie. Talk about an excuse to try my hand at making brioche!

  78. Amy says:

    Now I’m inspired — and hungry! Thanks for the creative appetite stimulant!

  79. Bobbi says:

    This book looks gorgeous! Just the kind I love to curl up with:)

  80. Jen says:

    Sweet Paul, I don’t know what I would do without your Lemon Feta dip. Seriously, I don’t know what I’d do… Thank you! Your book looks amazing!

  81. Amanda says:

    This all looks so great. Would love to win!

  82. I would love to own this book! Have been inspired by his photography and blog for a while. Great interview too. Thank you Aran!

  83. LeAnn says:

    Great interview!

  84. Kellie Ann says:

    Thank you for the lovely interview and opportunity to win!

  85. charlene says:

    Lovely book! would love a copy!

  86. Kate says:

    This looks divine!

  87. Ginny says:

    Looks like a great book! Would love to have it :-)

  88. Hilary Masson says:

    WOW thanks for the opportunity to win. Everything looks fabulous. Enjoyed the interview. Now I can look forward to seeing more of Sweet Paul almost as much as I look forward to your posts.

  89. Antonella says:

    The picture of the egg dish is just beautiful. Looks like a wonderful book!

  90. OH!!!!!!! I am such a Sweet Paul fan!!! I’m thrilled that this book exists! Thanks so much for the opportunity to win it :)

  91. MJ says:

    looks like such a great book!

  92. Bee says:

    I love Sweet Paul! Glad to learn a little more about Paul through your interview. Will have to bookmark the recipe for future attempts. Would love to win the book. Thanks for the giveaway, Aran!

  93. Amy L says:

    Beautiful work, so stylish! I would love this book, if I don’t win a copy here I’ll have to go buy it. Thanks, AG!

  94. Anne S says:

    Thanks so much for the interview, the story behind the recipe and all-around inspiration. I’m crossing my fingers for winning the book.

  95. Sheila says:

    Looks like a sweet source of spring inspiration. I need to check this book out if I don’t win. Grazie!

  96. Carrie M. says:

    This book looks awesome!

  97. Mary Denham says:

    Oh, I read about this book on another website and was so intrigued. Excited to check it out.

  98. Unfortunately I don’t live in the US, so I can’t take part of the competition :-( But I’m sure I will buy the book anyway eventually. Paul was actually one of the reasons I started food blogging a couple years ago. I’ve always (well as long as I’ve known about him) loved his work and I’m sure the book is just as awesome as his magazine. /Sonja

  99. Love Sweet Paul and you Aran!

  100. How fun he has created a book. What a treasure it will be.

  101. Sandy says:

    So creative!! Wonderful book.

  102. Kristin says:

    Would love a copy of the book. Looks beautiful.

  103. Claudia says:

    Mormor’s recipe is delicious….making it right now.

  104. Sarah H.P. says:

    Great photos and this book looks stunning!

  105. Susan says:

    I’ve been a fan of “Sweet Paul” –love the online magazine and probably lots of goodies inside his book. If luck be on my side. :) Thanks for sharing Aran!

  106. karmen de paola says:

    I NEED a copy of my new obsession book the best :):):)

  107. Katherine says:

    This book looks beautiful! I would love a copy!!

  108. Amanda says:

    This book looks like it was practically made for me! I would love to win it – thank you so much for the opportunity.

  109. Steph says:

    I’d love a copy of Paul’s book. Great interview too. I admire people who have made it to the point where they can work for themselves. :)

  110. Adana says:

    Paul is very inspiring. Thanks for the interview, Aran!

  111. Jessica w says:

    I have never eaten fish pie,but it sounds delicious!

  112. Susan R says:

    The book sounds wonderful, than you for the opportunity!

  113. Alea T says:

    I just listened to a radio interview with Paul for this book. He made his grandmother’s sweet almond buns with grated marzipan in the dough sound incredible.

  114. Juliana says:

    I am such a big fan! What an awesome book!

  115. Susan says:

    Love Sweet Paul!

  116. clara says:

    Oh, the book sounds AMAZING!!, I would love to have a copy!
    thank you So much,

  117. Pauline says:

    Thank you for this interview.
    I love his recipes and the always amazing ideas. I also love the dogs !!
    And his book; thank you for this chance.
    Greetings from the Netherlands (here the book isn’t available yet)

  118. L says:

    Beautiful photography!

  119. Lindsay Lee says:

    I would love to win this cookbook!!!

  120. Jennie H says:

    I love all things Sweet Paul! Fingers crossed – awesome giveaway…

  121. Sara says:

    Thank you for the giveaway! This looks great!

  122. Kelly says:

    I have loved browsing through his magazines and am so excited to see a cookbook release! I would love to have a copy!

  123. Fiona Bailey says:

    I love Sweet Paul, so excited there is a book now!

  124. Meghan says:

    Sweet Paul’s book looks wonderful! I’ve not been lucky with giveaways in the past but wanted to give this one a shot since it looks like it’d lead to some scrumptious eats!

  125. Eliza says:

    The photography looks absolutely stunning!

  126. Natalie says:

    He DOES have the best job ever! Cooking and crafting for a living… I can dream! I would love to win the book to learn more about Paul!
    Crossing my fingers,

  127. Sarah Niedermeyer says:

    Beautiful! As an assistant stylist, I get thrills whenever I can get my hands on a new Sweet Paul. How exciting that he now has a cookbook!

  128. Christina says:

    love his blog & magazine – so excited about the new book!

  129. Monica says:

    Congrats with you’re new book
    The pictures are wonderfull
    Love to have a copy

  130. leaca says:

    the book looks beautiful. not sure about fish pie…might have to try it.

  131. Leslie says:

    love the pictures and will definitely try the fish pie.

  132. Crossing my fingers that US residents living overseas with a military address (still US postage!) are eligible. I’d love to get my hands on this sweet book.

  133. Maia says:

    I’d love to make a few savory pies like his!

  134. Awesome style and flavors! Hope to see more.
    thanks for the opportunity!

  135. Bettina says:

    Beautiful! Fingers crossed :)

  136. Sarah says:

    I have never heard of the blog Sweet Paul but I like what I see! This book looks rather nifty.

  137. Joan Lieuw says:

    gorgeous cook book, especially since it is done by a food stylist also!

  138. debbie says:

    What incredible photos. I’d love to dive into the recipes in this book.

  139. Judy M. says:

    The book looks amazing. I would love a copy.

  140. Wow! I just came across your truly beautiful blog today (I’ve visited before in the past but I think this is my first time leaving a comment), but it looks like I now have to check out Paul’s blog too. I love what he said about only following his own trends … that’s being true to yourself at its finest!

  141. Sophie Albright says:

    I would love to add this book to my small yet increasing pile of cookbooks! I’m just beginning to learn how to cook, I need all the help I can get :)

  142. Miren Bego Idigoras says:

    Ese pastel de pescado tiene una pinta fabulosa!!
    Agur bat Aran.

  143. Paige says:

    Wait. To win something and to have it be Paul’s book ?!?

  144. Sheryl Call says:

    Thanks for sharing sweet Paul ‘s website. I bet his book is amazing!

  145. Sharon Komforty says:

    This Book sounds delicious!!! I would love to have a copy!!!!

  146. Lauren says:

    Wow his book looks amazing!!

  147. anntje says:

    What a lovely give away….so may candidates, but would also like to tryBeing creative myself, startes bd basket weaving recently…could see a perfect match with the atmospere in pauls book! Thanks for offering!

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