Newsletter Subscribers Exclusive Giveaway (CLOSED)

This giveaway is exclusive to Omnivore’s Cookbook Email Newsletter Subscribers!

Newsletter Subscribers Exclusive Giveaway (Dec. 2016)

Thank you so much for subscribing to my newsletter to stay in touch with my blog!

Since I launched the new web design a few weeks back, I’ve received a lot of feedback. Aside from all the positive comments, I also want to learn about the areas where I can improve, to make the site easier to browse. So I’m hosting this event as a small token of my appreciation for your truthful opinion 🙂

I’m giving away TWO Chinese marble rolling pins. These rolling pins are heavier and smaller than Western-style rolling pins and have tapered ends. They are perfect for rolling out dumpling wrappers. Two lucky winners will be bringing them home and adding them to their kitchen collections! I will also include a small bag of Sichuan peppercorns for each winner. These Sichuan peppercorns were grown by one of our family members and harvested this year. They are fresh and much more fragrant than the ones you’ll get in any store.

I brought these gifts back from my recent China trip, just for you!

Everything you need to know about making dumpling dough, dumpling filling, workflow, and how to cook and store, with step-by-step photos and video.

Giveaway rules

This giveaway will be open from December 4 and will close on December 16 at 11:59 pm CST.

This giveaway is open to participants worldwide.

Two winners will be selected via and contacted via email so please include a valid email address in the email address entry box (don’t worry – your email address won’t appear on the website).

The winner is required to respond within 48 hours to claim the prize.

How To Enter

Subscribe to the Omnivore’s Cookbook Newsletter and answer this question by commenting below the post: what is the one thing I can change to make Omnivore’s Cookbook easier to use?

If you are uncomfortable with sharing your opinion in public, send your answer to and leave a comment below saying “I’ve sent you the answer by email”.

I read all the comments and emails. They play a very important role when it comes to my decision making. Your feedback will make this website better and more beneficial to future readers.

Thank you and Good Luck!

And the winners are…

Tom A. and Esther B.! Congratulations for winning the giveaway 🙂


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Hi I'm Maggie Zhu! Welcome to my site about modern Chinese cooking - including street food, family recipes, and restaurant dishes. I take a less labor-intensive approach while maintaining the taste and look of the dish. I am originally from Beijing, and now cook from my New York kitchen.

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65 thoughts on “Newsletter Subscribers Exclusive Giveaway (CLOSED)

  1. John Abbey

    The overall format of the site seems good to me. One thing I would change is the occasional popup box that covers what I am reading and requires me to dismiss it to continue reading. I REALLY hate those (so much that I no longer read some websites because of them).

  2. RossC

    I am a recent follower of your blog.. I follow 3 Asian cooking blogs and find that each gives off a pleasant vibe and each offers pretty wonderful recipes to enjoy.. I can offer no suggestion as to how you can improve what I believe to be an enjoyable and educational presentation of Asian recipes… :O)

  3. Alfred

    I been reading your email that I receive and l can’t say that you need to change any thing at all. Keep up the good work that you do!!

  4. Liz

    Beautiful new website. I can’t really think of anything it needs. Only thing that might help occasionally would be more photos of chopping / cutting. Knife techniques and chop/cut sizing can be tricky. Thanks!!

  5. Camille

    Hi, thank you for the giveaway! To be honest, it’s already pretty much perfect and I can’t really think of anything right off the bat. It’s super organized and clear and beautiful and all the instructions are clear. When in doubt, turn to chocolate : more chocolate recipes please!

  6. Kris Diede

    I’m not a long-time reader; only a month or so. I’ve really enjoyed your newsletter and have tried a recipe already. (Ribs in the slow cooker) I’ve had no trouble with your blog, & clearly have been interested enough to make something, which is unusual for me. What you do works. Sorry not to have suggestions. If I come up with something I’ll be sure to write. Thanks!

  7. Natalie

    I enjoy your emails, blog and videos. They are so informative and give many helpful tips for preparing the recipes. I really can’t think of any improvements. It is easy to access on mobile devices, too, which Is great. Thanks for sharing your knowledge!

  8. Sharon Shumway

    I can’t think of a single thing I would change. Your descriptions make my mouth water and your directions make it easy to follow the recipes. Best of all, every loves the finished product. Keep up the great work?

  9. Bonnie

    I love your website just the way it is. I have been able to use your recipes with great success. Thanks for sharing your wonderful recipes.

  10. Jodi Gradolph

    What’s not to like? I love your recipes!!! You’ve made me look really good in the eyes of my family and friends.

  11. stella lin

    Maggie, I agree with all the other respondents that your website is already very well organized, and the recipes are easy to follow.

    I have been wondering, however, about the type of oven you use…I was excited to find your recipe for Baked Three Cup Chicken since I am not confident about using a wok (and I am a big fan of America’s Test Kitchen, too!), but I wanted to recreate my husband’s favorite dish from our local Taiwanese restaurant at home. However, I was dissappointed that my chicken did not look as browned as yours appeared in the pictures after the second baking step (6), nor did the skin crisp up even after 5 minutes in the broiler, so I think the problem must be with my oven…Do you use a gas/electric/convention oven, yourself? I’ve modified the recipe for my own kitchen to finish on the gas stove instead of under the broiler in my electric non-convection oven (which is a little smaller than the ones I see that are part of a range because it is part of a set of double ovens.)

    Thank you again for making traditional Chinese recipes accessible for Western kitchens!

  12. Eric

    It’s very well laid out, especially when looking st it from a mobile device. Only thing I might add would be a back to top button that floats along as you scroll down. I see there is one at the bottom of the page. I’ve yet to see a page though where it would take a lot of scrolling to get back to the top of the page.

  13. Philippa Alderton

    Honestly, Maggie, I can’t really see anything you could improve 🙂 You know if there were, I’d tell you- privately 🙂

  14. Anh Thach

    The only thing I can think of improving is the e-mail subscription pop up that comes up when you’re on mobile. It takes up the whole screen and is hard to get rid of sometimes. Otherwise, the site is doing great after it’s revamp!

  15. Teresa Richards

    I can’t find anything that needs fixing…unless of course you want to keep adding recipes. 🙂 Thank you for a chance.

  16. Rachel Belanger

    I’d really love to offer something as you are clearly looking for honest suggestions! But I am a recent follower of the site and find it very helpful, easy to use and with great recipes. Perhaps the only thing I can come up with and this is a tough one so hard to actually act on, perhaps suggestions for where to obtain hard-to-source ingredients in major cities outside of the US. In the US, just about anything can be bought by mail order. That’s not necessarily true outside of the country. Suggestions for major cities such as Toronto, London etc would be immensely useful.

  17. Sue

    Love your website and how it’s set out but I’d really like to see more pressure cooker recipes if you have any now I have both a stove top pressure cooker and a Instant Pot so I can get more use out of them during my busy work week.

  18. Gail Morris

    I find your recipes fun and easy to follow. I haven’t noticed anything that needs changed. Thank you and continue as you are

  19. jenny ng

    Pop ups randomly appear on website while I’m reading and I find this very annoying. Website is beautiful, pics are nice and recipes well written.

  20. Jennifer Essad

    I do like the new look and find it easy to get around. I know it’s needed but the ads that change and pop up distract me. Is there allowance to keep them at the bottom of the page instead of the top and side? This is a wonderful gift you are sharing with us, I can only imagine how much you enjoy your visits. When I travel I’m always hoping to find something unique to take home with me too.

  21. Michelle B

    I love your recipes! It would be great if you had an easy menu to search only vegetarian options! The only think I can think of to add to your blog 🙂

  22. Cecilia

    Hello Maggie! I really love your recipes, and the picture are wonderful! my suggestion is to create a little system of icon to classify recipes according to the difficulty (easy – medium – hard) and/or a couple of icons to group recipes by season.
    Wish you a good day!

  23. Paul

    Your new website is very simple to navigate and your recipes are easy to find so I can’t think of anything that would need to be changed.

  24. Alex R

    I use a pop up blocker, so I’m pretty happy with the site. Pop up ads do annoy everyone, so if you do have them get rid of them!

  25. Nicole

    I am discovering your site, I have just returned from a great trip to China, traveling from Beijing, Xi’an, Shanghai,
    Wuhan, Guilin and ending with Macau and Hong Kong. So many tastes and I was inspired to find the Eggplant with Garlic Sauce among some of the dishes I tasted. and their recipes. I would be so glad to learn Chinese cooking techniques.

  26. Esther Brill

    I wouldn’t change anything about your blog. The format is simple and easy to follow. Maybe consider the inclusion of a few videos on technique for those of us who are more visual?

  27. Pennie G.

    Dear Maggie,

    I am a new user to your website and I find it easy to navigate. Probably the only thing I would add is that if recipes could be broken down into the area they are predominately from. Northern China foods are different than southern (rice versus noodles) and since I lived in both areas, I would enjoy knowing where the recipes come from.

    But I truly enjoy my “find” when I searched the web for a Peking Duck recipe (which came out wonderful, BTW!!)

  28. Mei L.

    This site is perfect as it is. No need to make any changes. I enjoy looking through your recipes and everyone of them looks so mouth watering. I had tried several recipes and it tastes really good. Thank you for sharing your recipes with us.

  29. Kim

    I love your website, so I don’t have many complaints. Sometimes the pop-up box can make it difficult to view the page on a smartphone, but that’s about it!

  30. Carole Jones

    I’ve been following your blog for a few years now and I love it. You have laid out all of the information in an easy to use format. I honestly can’t think of anything that you need to change. Keep up the good work!

  31. Jenny

    I’ve just started using your site when I moved away from home, and I find that its incredible that you have so many of my mother’s cooking! Helps me cope with my homesickness.
    I know this is me just being me, however, I would like to see more Fujian style food, since it’s the region I’m from. I loved eating my mom’s Fuzhou fishballs and would love to see your recipe on it.
    I would also like to see more alternatives to your recipes, especially the ones with the pressure cooker since I do not own one yet. I know that it is possible with a much longer cooking time, but I would like to see the alternative cooking time.

  32. Alexandra Campbell

    I have not found anything I would change, It’s all simple and tastes wonderful. Thank you for the giveaway! ^.^

  33. Stuart

    I think I’ve mentioned this before sooo these suggestions are just reminders:
    1) More Asian recipes geared for the pressure cooker,
    2) A pop-up section in “recipes” exclusive to sauces and for what they’d be best applicable,
    3) More videos geared specifically towards ID’ing quick tips for the beginner cooks (like me): ie, peeling ginger, peeling garlic, storing left overs, cooking for just one or two, suggestions for complete but healthy meal/menu, and picking the freshest: veg and (whole) fish at the market. Videos should be normal speed and include your voice.
    4) Last but certainly not least, pack up the family and move to the West Coast where you can enjoy healthy weather and offer cooking classes that I can attend.
    Happy cooking to all through the holidays!

  34. Cathleen King

    I have already subscribed…honestly, I don’t see anything that I would like changed, it’s perfect the way it is.

  35. Mary

    It would be easier to use if the recipe itself was not buried so far down in the post. All of the how-to commentary and pictures are confusing without the recipe to refer to at the same time.

  36. Stephanie Macuga

    Your site is perfect! Easy to navigate – I can get what i need in 3 pages or less! Great search functions, and the recipes you have are clear and easy to follow. Great job!!

  37. Tamra

    I’m very new to your site – first visit today and I absolutely love it. I was drawn in by the hot and sour soup recipe – my favorite of the Asian inspired soups. Your site seems perfect to me and so much better than others I’ve visited. I really appreciate that the ads unobtrusively hang out of my way on the side.

  38. Shirley Balentine

    Hi Maggie,

    I cannot think of any suggestion to change your website. Your email came at the perfect time. I am a little under the weather and your recipe for egg drop soup is the ticket for tonight. I might just add the turmeric. Would love to win the Chinese rolling pin. If I can’t win it, do you think I can buy this in Southern California. Keep up the awesome recipes!