Bite this Book: The Picky Palate Cookbook (giveaway, 3 winners)

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.

She’s a celebrity food blogger, mom to two boys and a baby (sound familiar?), a fashion-forward blond bombshell, and now Jenny Flake can add ‘Published Author’ to her resume. Her beautiful, family-focused cookbook The Picky Palate Cookbook came out just a few weeks ago from Wiley, and boy is it guaranteed to twist your stomach with hunger!

Jenny’s delicious, down-to-earth home cooking and baking is stunningly styled and photographed by dynamic duo of Adam Pearson and Matt Armendariz of Matt Bites. Not only is The Picky Palate Cookbook mouth-watering to flip through, but it sits flat on the kitchen counter, thanks to a practical spiral binding. I wasted no time getting my copy dusted in flour…

We’ve been keeping warm on these blustery November days with Jenny’s tried and true recipes such as Streusel-Topped Pumpkin Bread, for after-school snack, and Buttery Cheddar-Garlic Biscuits with our chili for dinner. Long has Jenny earned our respect by rigorous recipe testing and development on her blog, Picky Palate; now you can bring her favorite, family friendly recipes right into the kitchen with you!

Read on for a short interview with Jenny and a chance to win one of three copies of The Picky Palate Cookbook!

Q & A with Jenny Flake of Picky Palate.

1. I love that your cookbook is centered around approachable family fare. On that note, describe for us an ideal Friday night dinner at home with the kids and a few friends.

An ideal Friday night dinner at home with the kids and friends would be a big crock pot of my Slow Cooked Green Chili Pork Tacos.  This pork taco recipe is so flavorful and the kids and adults love it.  The kids love adding their favorite toppings to their tacos.

For dessert I’d serve my Soft Double Chocolate Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting.  I’d let the kids frost their own cupcakes and add some sprinkles too.  After dinner we’d snuggle on the couch for a family movie.  That’s a fun Friday night if you ask me!

2. How did you go from blog to book and what was your favorite part of the process?

I honestly feel so blessed to have gone from blog to book.  It was not planned whatsoever.  All I can say is I was doing what I loved and the opportunity came to me.  I got to work with the loveliest people and I am forever grateful for that.

My favorite part of the process was watching the cookbook journey come to life through the editing process.  It’s amazing how much work goes into a cookbook.  Watching Matt and Adam photograph and style my book was a high point for me too.

Photo by Matt Armendariz

3. Your boys have two of the most ‘picky palates’ on the block! What are a few of their favorite recipes from the cookbook?

Some of my boys’ favorite recipes from The Picky Palate Cookbook are:

  • One-Bowl Buttermilk Pancakes with Buttermilk Syrup
  • Skillet Baked Mac and Cheese
  • Parmesan Roasted Carrot Fries
  • Crispy Buttermilk Parmesan Chicken Tenders
  • Homestyle Shepherd’s Pie
  • BBQ Chicken Pizza Soup
  • and the Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie!

(ed note: see why I said it was hunger-inducing?!)

4. Can you give us a peek into what a typical day looks like in your home, especially now that you have a newborn?!

Oh boy, where do I start, lol!  I am up every few hours at night with baby Paxton then I wake the boys up at 7am to get ready for school.  We make breakfast then walk to school together. Pax and I have the whole day to ourselves where we play, run errands and cook and bake together.  He’s my little buddy and it is such a joy having a new baby in the house.

At 3pm the boys get home from school then we do homework, any sports the boys might have that night, dinner, then showers and bed.  Phew, I’m exhausted just thinking about it.  I am one lucky mom to have such an amazing family.

Thank you Jenny!!! I know you are one busy mama. That has been so fun; thanks for sharing so candidly with us.


Thanks to the publishers at Wiley I have three copies of The Picky Palate Cookbook to give away!

To enter:

To enter this giveaway just leave a comment on this post and tell me if anyone in your family is a picky eater.

That’s it.

Giveaway ends Saturday, November 10, at 11:59 PM. Good luck to all! *ENDED*

Disclosure: The book for this giveaway is being provided by Wiley & Sons. I was given a copy of The Picky Palate Cookbook for review, and all opinions shared are my own.

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. My 6 year old is not so much of a picky eater as he is very fickle. One day he loves spicy things, the next he hates it. One day he loves Mexican the next he doesn’t. You never know what is coming from one day to the next 🙂

  2. Some of these recipes sound delish. I’d love to try them!

  3. NO one here is a picky eater! We LOVE food!

  4. My kids are picky in weird ways, but overall eat what is served them.

  5. My daughter will love it one day and hate it the next! I can’t keep up!

  6. I have six kiddos and two of them are very picky. If I would let them, one would eat only mostly meat and the other would live on dairy products. This book sounds fun and inspiring!

  7. Jenny @ The Brunette Baker says

    *Sigh* Unfortunately my 2-year-old is as picky as they come. I’m still trying to figure out how we produced a non-foodie! XO

  8. Jacqueline Snell says

    Ok, Yes I have a major picky palate and it isn’t my 2 1/2 year old it is my husband LOL He is so picky, it is hard to get veggies in him, or serve casserole. I’d love to win this book and give it a try!
    P.s. I love your blog. Keep it up!

  9. I have the pickiest husband ever. The list of things he eats is so much shorter than the things that “make him gag”. I would love to have this cookbook for some hints on how to cook nice meals that he can both enjoy! 🙂

  10. not real bad, although I have a special needs daughter who if she makes up her mind she won’t try it – she won’t – PERIOD! 🙂

  11. Jennifer M. says

    I’ve never had a picky eater in my own family. My daughter recently got married to a man who is fairly picky. But he’s open to trying new things, so that gives me hope!

  12. I think I am too late for offer living the other side of the world…. But 2 of my children are the most extremely fussy eaters and I am so over meal times never ever being satisfying…Some times I have to hide in my room and have hubby deal with it…

  13. Tasha Lydom says

    I have two girls who are great eaters … dayhome. Won’t touch my cooking. I think it must taste too good 😉

  14. My husband isn’t very picky, but he has a “most vile substances” list which is comprised of mustard, mayo, bell peppers and pickles. I do miss cooking with lots of mustard, it’s one of my favorites!

  15. No picky eaters in our family 🙂

  16. My four year old daughter is the pickiest eater ever! I just keep trying to introduce new foods to her, and we’re making slow progress 🙂

  17. I’ve a child with a picky palate who has just gone vegetarian ~ help!

  18. Picky eating is hard to quantify. I would consider my entire family picky eaters, as they don’t always appreciate my heroic culinary experiments. Would they agree with that assessment? Not likely;)

  19. Leslie M.P. says

    My daughter used to be an excellent eater. Then all of the sudden she has become my pickiest eater, and my son who was a picky eater has become the better eater of the two. Go figure!

  20. No really picky eaters at my house. But I must say the 5-year-old is more open to trying new things than some of us grown-ups, thank goodness!

  21. My baby girl seems to be becoming a picky eater! My husband and son eat just about anything in front of them. This cookbook looks great!

  22. Love your blog! Starting to out grow the picky eater phase here .

  23. Vanessa Chesebro says

    Right now, my family consists of my husband and I, and he’ll eat anything I put in front of him! So it must be me!
    But actually, my dad is becoming more and more picky as he gets older, which poses a problem when I cook for them. I’d love to find some new recipes to help my mom get him to eat a bigger variety of things!