Holiday Gift Bag 2007: Win a Cook-Zen Pot and Cookbooks

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Gift: Cook-Zen Microwave Cookware and cookbook, plus a copy of Serves One: Simple Meals to Savor When You're On Your Own
Designer: Machiko Chiba
Shop: The Cook-Zen pot is at Amazon for $59.99. Cook-Zen cookbook at Amazon for $12.21, and Serves One also at Amazon for 11.53.

As soon as the holidays are over we are all running back to plain, simple foods cooked in a healthy manner. Enter an unexpected partner: your microwave. This pot was developed by Japanese cooking advisor Machiko Chiba to help people cook healthy food fast. We're giving one away, along with the companion cookbook and a copy of Serves One: Simple Meals to Savor When You're On Your Own. Click to see some of the recipes (mackerel simmered in miso, anyone?) for this pot, and to enter our giveaway!

We were initially skeptical of a pot for our microwave, but have been won over by the thinking behind this product. Chiba offers five promises behind the pot's design. First, it's healthy; it requires no extra oil or fat to cook your food. Next, it's fast and easy. You can have recipes for dishes like string beans and tofu, broccoli with kelp, eggplant simmered in soy sauce, and watercress with sesame ready in minutes. It's also tasty; the pot traps flavors inside instead of letting them evaporate. And then also, it's safe - even for children and the elderly. They can cook full meals without dealing with a hot burner.

The two books will give you fresh ideas and inspiration for cooking those simple meals we crave after the holidays - even after all the guests have left.

To enter the giveaway, tell us your favorite meal to eat when you're alone. Enter your comment below by 8:59pm PT/11:59 EST FRIDAY December 21, 2007.

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Faith is the executive editor of The Kitchn and the author of three cookbooks. They include Bakeless Sweets (Spring 2013) as well as The Kitchn's first cookbook, which will be published in Fall 2014. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Mike.

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