Bite This Book: Savory Sweet Life (giveaway)

Welcome to Bite This Book! Each month, I feature a cookbook of my choosing that is hot off the press, 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.

Alice Currah is the blogger behind the beautiful Savory Sweet Life, a Seattle-based mother of three, and a friend of mine. She’s always been a huge inspiration and a mentor-of-sorts to me, demonstrating grace and professionalism in a sometimes competitive food blogging world.

Her brand new cookbook, Savory Sweet Life: 100 Simply Delicious Recipes for Every Family Occasion has been out for a little over a month and is receiving wide acclaim. I’m not surprised at all, as it feels like a perfectly natural extension from her much-loved food blog.

With gorgeous, colorful photos, taken by Alice herself, Savory Sweet Life reads much like your favorite magazine, full of completely ‘doable’ suggestions for your next special event or holiday. Practically organized into sections by occasions, like “Snow Day” and “Game Night” as well as holidays like “Mother’s Day” and “Christmas Morning”, the cookbook packs plenty of inspiration between its covers for every sort of celebration.

Alice’s warm and reassuring voice comes through on every page; you’ll want to cook your way through each and every recipe.

Read on for a short interview with Alice and a chance to win a copy of Savory Sweet Life: 100 Simply Delicious Recipes for Every Family Occasion!


Q&A with Alice of Savory Sweet Life

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

As a busy mom of three kids, I love to cook but I don’t necessarily love to spend a lot of time in the kitchen.  I like to keep things simple, fresh, but also elevated and impressive.  I love preparing food that conveys the message, “you are loved.”

2. Your cookbook is separated into chapters themed around everyday life moments and the recipes that accompany them. On that note, describe for us your perfect summer picnic.

I love summer picnics, especially with other moms with kids.  Strawberry lemonade in mason jars make transporting drinks a cinch not to mention practical.  I’m a big fan of cheese and cracker plates along with fresh fruit and charcuterie.  Finger foods makes for easy clean up.

I love a good sandwich like fresh mozzerella slices layered with ripe tomatoes and basil on a crusty rustic bread loaf.  Similar in flavor, I have a great Tomato Pesto Olive Tart recipe in the cookbook that travels well.  Cut the tart in small slices and you’re good to go.

I also have a hearty Broccoli Bacon Salad I often bring to potlucks but I also love bringing this along in our picnic basket because it holds up well in the warm weather. To finish the picnic off I like to bring my Best Chocolate Chip Cookies, Ever!  The name says it all.

3. Here’s a question many of us want to know: how did you go from blog to book and was there a pivotal moment in making that step?

I had only been blogging about one year when I started getting approached by major publishers and well known literary agents.  Initially I declined to pursue a book deal because although it was an honor to be asked to write a book, the thought of writing a cookbook scared me.  However, after talking to other friends who had made the leap from blog to book, I decided to do it.

I’m so glad I did because I was able to write and photograph a cookbook true to me.  I cook the recipes from the cookbook all the time for friends and family and to be able to share them beyond the blog is a wonderful feeling.

4. What is something you learned about yourself during the book writing/recipe development process?

Writing for a blog post is much different than writing a cookbook.  I’ve never been a confident writer.  In fact, I still struggle with writing personal stories about my family because I’m more accustomed to writing about food.  But what I learned through this process is that I’m a better writer than I give myself credit for.  It’s so easy to be self critical and when I turned my book in I was actually impressed with everything – which is very hard for me to say because I am very hard on myself.

Thank you, Alice!

Giveaway!

Thanks to the publishers at Harper Collins, I have a copy of Savory Sweet Life: 100 Simply Delicious Recipes for Every Family Occasion to give away to one lucky reader.

To enter:

To enter this giveaway just leave a comment on this post and answer the question:

“What is your favorite family occasion or holiday to cook for?”

That’s it!

(If you are reading this post via email, please note that you must enter on the blog post, NOT by replying to the email. Thank you!)

Giveaway ends Saturday, July 8, at 7:59AM. 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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Comments

  1. I recently took over hosting Christmas Eve dinner from my mother and look forward to it every year!

  2. I guess my favorite is Thanksgiving. It’s the one I’ve been doing forever. I also like 4th of July in the backyard with summer food and somebody else grilling

  3. Kristina C says

    Christmas Eve Brunch is my favorite. We have all our close friends and family over and serve everything from quiche and mimos to beef tenderloin with port shallot sauce and shrimp. It’s decadent and casual at the same time!

  4. Danielle says

    I love cooking for birthdays! The kids pick their favourite breakfasts and suppers…plus a cake of their choice. Nothing is more enjoyable!!

  5. Jeannine says

    I love to cook for any sort of potlucks

  6. I love cooking for my husband and sons’ birthdays, I make sure that their favorite meal is on the night’s menu. I also love cooking for Thanksgiving. My massive extended family gathers at my parents’ home. My mother cooks the turkey, and everyone else prepares side dishes to share.

  7. I love cooking up fun appetizers/snacks for family get-togethers and BBQs!

  8. I love creating snack food for impromptu family movie nights!

  9. My favorite is my kids’ birthday parties. They’re just simple gatherings with grandparents and cousins, but I always make a decorate a special birthday cake for the the birthday boy or girl. It makes me happy to surprise them with a cake to match their current interests.

  10. Thanksgiving! My husband and I cook the meal together; it is a relaxed family day centered on a delicious meal.

  11. my absolute favorite cooking event is….THANKSGIVING. I start planning the last week of Oct. and go through all my recipes and check out what is new. I may do a new twist on the ole’ bird. Change up the dressing. Make a new bread. Or several other things. I get input from everyone involved. I love this cooking holiday!

  12. Verle Ellis says

    Great cookbook! I love to cook Christmas dinner.

  13. i love to cook for birthdays. personalizing the day’s menu to the tastes of the birthday boy of girl is a fun way to express love and make happiness.

  14. Definitely for Rosh Hasahanah- big family gathering w a mix of traditional and new foods

  15. Christmas. While it’s not a culinary challenge because the family expects the same menu every year, it’s tasty and the family gathers.

  16. I like to cook for my family’s birthdays.