Food Blogger Cookbook Swap


An Edible Mosaic's Rice Pudding | From My Sweet Heart

Since I’ve been developing my interest in blogging, baking, and …yes….cooking, I find myself collecting a number of things.  Among my obsessions are cake stands, bundt pans, vintage kitchen ware, and COOKBOOKS!

So it was really fun to participate in the Food Blogger Cookbook Swap.  The swap is hosted by Alyssa of Everyday Maven, and Faith of An Edible Mosaic.  How does it work?  Upon signing up, we are assigned a match.  I sent a cookbook to another blogger, (Carrie at Poet in the Pantry . ) And then someone else sends a cookbook to me. 

About my cookbook obsession?  Well I have over 125 BAKING and DESSERT cookbooks alone!  So I was secretly hoping I’d be sent a more savory cookbook.  And I received a BEAUTIFUL book and decided to make a dessert from it!


An Edible Mosaic's Rice Pudding | From My Sweet Heart

I am a HUGE fan of rice pudding!  And this version has sweet undertones of rose water and orange blossom water.  It is velvety and lush.  A very rich and exotic version of my usual vanilla and cinnamon rice pudding.  It’s so easy to make and so very special.

Where did it come from?

Well I was thrilled and honored to receive a cookbook from Faith at An Edible Mosaic.  But this is no ordinary cookbook.  It is HER cookbook.  Faith wrote this cookbook to show case the many amazing and authentic Middle Eastern recipes that she learned from her mother in law.


An Edible Mosaic | From My Sweet Heart


Thank you so much, Faith!  I am in love with this book.  Your passion for Middle Eastern cuisine really shines through.  Beautifully written with so many incredible recipes and outstanding photography, I am really looking forward to cooking from this book.  Among the recipes that I am anxious to try are the various flatbreads (of course!), the Colorful Cabbage Salad with Lemony Mint Salad Dressing, Spiced Shawarma Chicken Wraps, and the Upside Down Rice Casserole.  And while I’m in love with her beautiful Date Filled Cookies, I am even more envious of her Ma’amoul mold.  (Yes, I can make them without the mold, but they won’t be nearly as pretty!)


An Edible Mosaic's Rice Pudding | From My Sweet Heart

The recipe for this lovely, scented and lightly sweet rice pudding may be found in Faith’s cookbook, An Edible Mosaic.


Be sure to check out all of the swapping action:


A Baker’s House
An Edible Mosaic
avocado bravado
Blue Kale Road
Blueberries And Blessings
Cheap Recipe Blog
Confessions of a Culinary Diva
Create Amazing Meals
Cucina Kristina
Culinary Adventures with Camilla
Cupcake Project
Dinner is Served 1972
Done With Corn
Eats Well With Others
Everyday Maven
Flour Me With Love 
Great Food 360° 
Healthy. Delicious. 
I’m Gonna Cook That! 
Je Mange la Ville 
Karen’s Kitchen Stories 
Kitchen Treaty 
Olive and Herb
OnTheMove-In The Galley 
Our Best Bites 
Paleo Gone Sassy
poet in the pantry 
Rhubarb and Honey 
Rocky Mountain Cooking
Shikha la mode 
Shockingly Delicious
Sifting Focus 
Spoonful of Flavor 
Tara’s Multicultural Table 
The Not So Exciting Adventures of a Dabbler 
The Suburban Soapbox 
The Whole Family’s Food 


A very special thanks to Faith and Alyssa.  I loved this cookbook swap as much as the prop swap.  And I look forward to what we might be swapping next!



  1. This looks mysterious, and inviting. Wherever did you find those bowls? I don’t think there was a better vessel for them. Middle Eastern cuisine is something I really want to explore. A trip to Morocco is high on my wish list but not happening any time soon. Wouldn’t it be fun to shop there!

    • Anne Boeckl says:

      Thanks Sandra and it IS mysterious and inviting! The bowls came from one of our favorite prop stores….Marshall’s! I’ve had them for quite some time and thought they were the perfect vehicles for this theme. I’d love to go to Morocco, too! Of course, you can just take us there with a Moroccan themed table setting! : )

  2. Anne, as you know, I grew up eating ME food so in a way it’s soul food for me, along with Indian, British….. You will love this book, especially if it has all the traditional recipes. All countries have their versions of rice pudding and each is wonderful in it’s own right. This one looks wonderful!!

    • Anne Boeckl says:

      Thanks Nazneen….I am enjoying a new perspective on cooking and desserts with this wonderful book. I’ve also pinned your amazing upside down blood orange cake. Stunning! : )

  3. What a great group to be in, Anne! How exciting to receive a surprising book by mail. This Edible Mosaic book looks quite interesting…It features a cuisine that I am much in love with, Middle Eastern. I find quite pleasing to try something familiar as rice pudding with a different flavor. Almost every people on Earth has each own version. I am always intrigued to find out the difference of ingredients, the why’s, and of course, how tasty it winded up.

    • Anne Boeckl says:

      Thanks Denise and you should join! It’s fun to receive a surprise package in the mail! Thanks for sharing your favorite eating spots in your two hometowns! A beautiful post and oh how I wish I could visit! : )

  4. That is SO exciting, Anne! I’ll have to look for that book now – I know, this wasn’t supposed to lead to more cookbooks! But, that’s why we are such a great community – we understand each other!

    I have some Rosewater left from a Dorie Greenspan recipe, so I’ll have to try this. Your photos are great! I’m looking forward to paritcipating in more swaps like this.

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    • Anne Boeckl says:

      I know, Susan….all this cookbook swap did was open my eyes to more cookbooks that I want to buy! And yes…it’s nice to be in the company of those who understand! Hope you enjoy your new book as much. And I’m looking forward to many more swaps! I hope you are having a great weekend, too! : )

  5. This looks so amazing! I have to try it! So great to discover your blog through the swap! :)

    • Anne Boeckl says:

      Thanks so much Jenna….and happy to have been introduced to you through this group as well. Hope you enjoy your new cookbook! : )

  6. Ooh! Great cookbook you received, Middle Eastern cuisine is my all time favorite. I LOVE rice pudding too.

    • Anne Boeckl says:

      Hi Rose! And yes….I feel very lucky! I’m looking forward to learning more about Middle Eastern cooking. But I had to go with the rice pudding for this one! : )

  7. You know I’m cookbook crazy so I’m excited to see such a beautiful cookbook here. Love the rice pudding.. it looks like I could dive right into that beautiful bow. :)

    • Anne Boeckl says:

      Thanks Ramona! And I know we have cookbook craziness in common! We also seem to share a love of chocolate and peanut butter! And your truffles look absolutely addictive! : )

  8. That does look like a beautiful book! And your photo of your rice pudding is stunning.

    • Anne Boeckl says:

      Thanks Holly and so is your photo of your spiced fruit! Hope you are enjoying your new cookbook! : )

  9. Such beautiful photos! I love your bowls. I bought Faith’s cookbook last year and definitely need to get around to trying the rice pudding.

    • Anne Boeckl says:

      Thanks Tara…and isn’t Faith’s cookbook wonderful!?! Your pork and shrimp dumpling soup looks pretty amazing, too! And I hope you are enjoying your new book! : )

  10. What a great cookbook to get, especially from a fellow blogger! The rice pudding looks delicious and your bowls…love them!!

    • Anne Boeckl says:

      Thanks Sandra! And just in time….you’ve made a beautiful Guinness Beer Bread. That looks scrumptious! : )

  11. Thank you so much for participating in the swap and helping to make it a success!

    I am truly honored by your kind words about my cookbook, and I’m so happy you enjoyed the rice pudding! My sweet mother-in-law always has a stash of that in her fridge so it always reminds me of her. :)

    • Anne Boeckl says:

      Faith…your book is amazing. And I’m so lucky to have it. Thank you again for sending it to me and for all you do in making these swaps successful and fun! : )

  12. That rice pudding looks absolutely delicious :D

    Choc Chip Uru

    • Anne Boeckl says:

      Thanks Uru and I enjoyed your review of the Mooberry Dessert and Breakfast Bar…..sounds like you had a wonderful time! : )

  13. Absolutely gorgeous! Your photos are beautiful beyond compare. I have Faith’s cookbook, as well…and just adore it. I LOOOOOVE those bowls…

    • Anne Boeckl says:

      Thanks Heather and I loved your curry puffs! They looked awesome! Isn’t Faith’s book wonderful? Hope you enjoyed the swap and your new cookbook! : )

  14. The pudding looks very tempting! Really love the first click.

    • Anne Boeckl says:

      Thanks Angie….and your gluten free, sugar free peanut butter chocolate chip cookies look pretty tempting, too! : )

  15. So fun that you got Faith’s book! I can’t believe you have 125 baking cookbooks. Wow!!

    • Anne Boeckl says:

      Hi Stef…and I love Faith’s book! I know, I know….cookbooks are an obsession! So glad to have met you through the swap and LOVED your Gorp Muffins! : )

  16. Wow! I want the book and the rice pudding.

    So glad to have found your blog through the cookbook exchange!

    • Anne Boeckl says:

      Thanks Christy….and though I won’t part with this wonderful book….if I get your name for the next cookbook swap….I’ll still send you a copy! Glad to have met you as well….and your daiquiris looked outrageously good! : )

  17. Anne, that pudding looks fabulous! I have Faith’s book as well and have cooked many fabulous dishes from it but never tried rice pudding. I think you just convinced me that is next! Thanks for participating :)

    • Anne Boeckl says:

      Thanks Alyssa for all of your help in making this happen. I love Faith’s book. It was such a fun swap (as was the prop swap) and I’m looking forward to what we all will swap next! Thanks for creating this amazing group! : )

  18. Gorgeous Pudding. What an nice treat to be sent a book by the author. Loved the cook book swap.

    • Anne Boeckl says:

      Thanks Ansh! And your orange and poppy seed quick bread looks so scrumptious! I am very lucky to now own Faith’s book. And looking forward to what we all might be swapping next! : )

  19. This looks wonderful Anne. I’m a bit embarrassed to say I’ve never made rice pudding. Now you’ve got me intrigued!

  20. I too love rice puddings but I have never tried the middle eastern flavors of orange blossom and rose water. Beautiful pictures as always.

  21. Anne, I love rice pudding. I use to choose it for my birthday dessert when I was growing up. This version sounds so interesting. What a lovely cookbook too. Lucky you!

  22. Always fun to get a new cookbook, particularly when it’s a mystery! You scored! Great dish — I haven’t made rice pudding in ages. Now you’ve got me craving it! Thanks.

  23. This looks like so much fun. The rice pudding looks delicious and so unique. One of my favorite afternoon activities on the week end is going through cookbooks!

  24. This is the post I needed to see!!! I bought Faith’s cookbook last Christmas and like many cookbooks, I went through it, marked a bunch of recipes I wanted to make and then it went back on the shelf. One the recipes was this pudding!! You did a fabulous job and I just want to grab a spoon and start eating. I order this pudding every time I eat Indian, but now you’ve inspired me to make it at home. Thanks Anne!

  25. I so need to get in on this!

  26. I LOVE the notion of a cookbook swap, Anne! What fun! Although I have many many cookbooks, (about 4 thousand:) it has been a while since I’ve actually bought a new one. I do have an ever growing list and since Middle Eastern food is a personal weakness of mine, I may just need to add Faith’s book to that list.

    The rice pudding looks so enticing. I experimented with rose water for the fist time last year and was delighted with the experience. I’m yet to try it in rice pudding though. Thanks for sharing, Anne…

  27. Rice pudding is one of my favorite foods on earth. Trying international versions is such fun! One of my favorite rice pudding recipes came from my host mother when, many decades ago, I spent a few months in Mexico during high school. Your gorgeous photos of this Middle Eastern rice pudding are mouthwatering!! I recently purchased rose water and orange blossom water at a spice store. I had no particular recipe in mind but the scents appealed to me. (I think I may collect spices the way you collect cookbooks!) Now I know how I will use them! Faith’s cookbook is now on my Amazon list. :)
    Knowing your love of literature and quotes,Anne, I thought you might appreciate this rice pudding reference. Rice Pudding by A.A. Milne is a favorite childhood poem of mine. I never could understand how having rice pudding for dinner every night could possibly be considered a bad thing! :)

  28. 125 cookbooks? What a treat that would be to enjoy those! This does make me wonder though, will I ever have a cookbook on my shelf that you are the author of?
    I will be emailing you this weekend to catch up :)

  29. very nice Anne you have presented a rice pudding in a very lovely and traditional way :) what a great collection of cookbooks :)

  30. I love this idea! I made a special bookshelf for all of my cookbooks. I read one of your comments, I will need to check Marshalls out to find some nice presentation dishes! Thanks!

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