Bite this Book: Absolutely Avocados (giveway)

Welcome to Bite This Book! Each month, I feature a cookbook of my choosing, host a Q & A with the author, and then give you a chance to win a copy or two. It’s Bite This Book, good reads on Simple Bites.

If I wasn’t particularly enthusiastic for a weekend Cinco de Mayo celebration, I am now! I’m holding Gaby Dalkin’s beautiful new cookbook, Absolutely Avocados, and each recipe is a nudge to invite some friends over and get cooking.

Gaby’s love of fresh ingredients and California cooking style comes through loud and clear with dishes like her Sweet Potato and Avocado Burgers, and the Cumin-Dusted Mahi-Mahi Tacos. I love that many recipes are healthier versions than their counterparts such as the Avocado Lobster Roll and the – yep, that’s right – Avocado Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Oh, and did I mention the entire chapter dedicated to guacamole? I’m working my way through that one first.

Read on for a super fun interview with Gaby and a chance to win a copy of Absolutely Avocados.

Absolutely Avocados cookbook

Q & A with Gaby of What’s Gaby Cooking.

1. Tell us a little bit about yourself and your food philosophy and cooking style.

Hmmmm let’s see. I grew up in Arizona and now I’m right smack in the middle of LA so I am really all about fresh food, southwestern and Mediterranean influences and then some serious decadence every once in a while. I like cooking a whole range of things, and I’d say I keep it healthy about 85% of the time and then the other 15% of the time I whip up some indulgent desserts, appetizers and dinners for special treats!

I was a private chef for a number of years after graduation culinary school after college. Being a private chef was amazing, and so fun because I was able to cook so many different kinds of cuisines depending on who my client was. I left the private chef world about 8 months ago to focus on my blog, the book and recipe development for some fab clients!

2. From a breakfast avocado smoothie to the amazing avocado chocolate chip cookies in the dessert chapter, your recipes truly showcase the versatility of this fruit. What was your favourite chapter to work on?

Oh, that’s a tough question – almost like asking me to pick my favorite child! I’d say the guacamole chapter is what sparked my interests in writing an avocado focused book… but the appetizer chapter was really my favorite. I’m a huge fan of throwing parties, and appetizers are basically my favorite thing to eat because you get to sample lots of different things without getting too full.

3. Thank you for telling us how to properly cut an avocado – with step-by-step photos, too! Are you on a mission to stop avocado massacre? Oh, and got any good tips on preventing browning?

YES!! It’s one of my main goals in life… stop avocado massacre and rid the world of hunger.  No but in all seriousness, avocado browning is basically my worst nightmare.

There is nothing worse than a brown avocado and I’m totally going to save the day. I have 2 ways around this.

1: Eat the entire avocado in one sitting 🙂

2: If you’re only using 1/2 an avocado, rub a little lemon or lime juice on the half that you are not using and then wrap it up in plastic wrap to prevent any air from touching the avocado flesh. And then eat the rest within the next day or so.

If you’re making guacamole or something like that, just be sure to add enough acid (lemon or lime juice) and it will prevent it from turning brown.

4. Everyone probably asks this, but how many avocados did you go through  for the making of this cookbook – and are you still obsessed?

Omg, we went through over 400 avocado for recipe testing and then about 100 more during the photography portion of the book. And yes – I am, and will always be obsessed with avocados!!

Thank you, Gaby! And congratulations on a amazing cookbook.

corn & avocado saladAll photos by Matt Armendariz


Thanks to the publishers at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, I have a copy of Absolutely Avocados to give away.

To enter:

To enter this giveaway leave a comment on this post and, just for fun, tell me your favorite way to enjoy avocados. That’s it.

Remember: If you are reading this post via email, please note that you must enter on the blog post, NOT by replying to the email.

Giveaway ends Sunday, May 5, at 8:00 AM EST. Good luck to all!

About Aimee

Cooking has always been Aimée's preferred recreational activity, creative outlet, and source of relaxation. After nearly ten years in the professional cooking industry, she went from restaurant to RSS by trading her tongs and clogs for cookie cutters and a laptop, serving as editor here at Simple Bites. Her first book, Brown Eggs and Jam Jars - Family Recipes from the Kitchen of Simple Bites, was published in February 2015.

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  1. I love making fresh guacamole using avocado, tomato, cilantro, red onion. Just add some lemon juice, salt and pepper, and it is simply delicious!

  2. Turkey, bacon, avacado sandwich

  3. Hi Aimee and Gaby 🙂
    Love the bite this book, column, and the book sounds great. I love avocados and use them for lots of things, but my favourite way to enjoy them is: just out of the shell, with a spoon, cavity filled with freshly peeled prawns and mayonaise.
    Thanks for the opportunity.

  4. I just love avocadoes. I own guacamole recipe that’s always a big hit, but i think in the end, i prefer them simply split in half, a little fleur de sel, a little red wine vinegar, perfect!

  5. Natalie P says

    I love avocados so much I just peel and eat like an apple! :0)

  6. Sara H. says

    I love my fiance’s guacamole and I also love to eat them right out of the peel with salt and lemon juice.

  7. I hate to sound boring but guacamole is probably my favourite way to enjoy avocadoes. I definitely need to bread out of my slump with this fruit. See… I know it’s a fruit. Does that cound for anything?

  8. Emily R says

    I loooooove me some good guacamole, but I’ll take an avacado any way! Yum!

  9. Michelle says

    I love a recipe that I watched Tyler Florence make on TV years ago. It was and Avocado, Bacon and Watercress Salad, that was nothing more than avocado, crisp bacon, and watercress that were tossed with lime juice and seasoned with salt and pepper. Delicious!

  10. On a sandwich with bacon and tomato! YUM!

  11. I like to bake an egg inside an avocado. If the yolk is still runny you’ve got it perfect!

  12. Carrie Dattels says

    Avocado toast with sea salt and pepper!

  13. I like avocadoes in salads.

  14. Rochelle says

    My 8-month old daughter LOVES mashed avocadoes mixed with yogurt. Right now it is probably one of her favorite foods… so that method gets my vote!

  15. Jordyn Lessenberry says

    Hmmmm…it’s hard to decide on just one dish….we like our avocados in smoothies, in vegan ice cream, and with milk and sugar. Soooo good!

  16. Nathalie says

    Love getting ripe avocados and making fresh guacamole! Doesn’t even last the afternoon in our house! So yummy!!

  17. Christine says

    I love eating avocado with every salad!

  18. We are huge avocado fans and actually love eating straight out of the shell! I also love it in my avocado beet salad 🙂

  19. I love homemade guacamole! I also love chopping it up and adding it to salads.

  20. smashed on wholewheat sourdough toast with salt and pepper. Simple but oh so satisfying! Love, love, love it!

  21. Meg Hamer says

    My favourite way to eat avos is on toasted sourdough with yummy bacon. Try it people!

  22. I love avocados in guacamole!