I always find myself in this predicament when I say I’ll choose a winner based on merit — it is so hard! That’s why I usually end up choosing a random number and saving myself the agonizing decision.
However, I said I’d pick one snow haiku writer to win “The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook,” and despite the fact that I wanted to award it to so many different people, I have chosen one.
Congrats to William Alexander!
I loved William’s haiku because it managed to fold cooking and the cozy warmth of a snow day at home with loved ones all into one little three-line poem. As he wrote, it’s kind of a recipe for happiness:
Sweet winter snowfall
Vanilla, sugar, warm hearth
Snow cream and mom’s love
Also, I can’t be sure that William’s related to the 5- and 3-year-old Alexander kids who took a swing at this contest, but I’m pretty sure he is. And while I’m awarding the book on the quality of his haiku alone, I must admit it makes me happy to think of a parent teaching his wee ones how to write haiku. William, please email me at email@example.com to claim your prize.
Thanks for all of the big smiles you guys gave me as I read through these entries. If you are bummed that you didn’t win a book, check out the romantic restaurants blog entry below. There’s a prize involved in that one, too!