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. I wish I was a little more of a picky eater, because I like just about everything!

  2. I almost wish my 2 year old was a picky eater, because I think he’s just not an eater at all! Seriously, the kid won’t even take 2 bites of a cookie!

  3. My littlest one is rather picky…he likes Chinese food but not pasta, spicy foods but not sour. And he’s not even 2!

  4. Not too picky but would love this cookbook!

  5. I have three children that all have various stages of pickiness. Our big hurrah tonight was when my 3 year old ate a piece of lettuce without gagging or complaining…PROGRESS! 🙂

  6. Not too picky yet, but my kids prefer raw vegetables to cooked ones.

  7. My 5-year-old son is SO picky! I think he gets 90% of his protein from dairy products!

  8. My little one is not to picky. Hoping this book will give me some new menu ideas! Thanks!

  9. I was the WORST picky eater as a child. Now that I have two kids, I think my mother was a saint! Luckily, my boys are very good eaters, but my little girl is not I think I am paying my dues…

  10. My toddler (like most) is picky some days, a bottomless pit others. I was very picky as a child but have expanded my palette thankfully

  11. I don’t think any of us are really picky eaters. My daughter goes through stages where she doesn’t want to eat something, but then the next day she will eat.

  12. My kids are sure what foods they like and don’t like. I am always trying new things on them to see what sticks and what doesn’t. Thanks for the giveaway.

  13. My brother is definitely a picky eater. He doesn’t like certain flavours or certain textures.

  14. I’m lucky that my kids really aren’t very picky — but I’m always looking for new kid friendly recipes.

  15. My kids are raised on real food and picky about weird things, like my eldest has decided he doesn’t like hot dogs. That one doesn’t bother me.

  16. My kids aren’t too picky yet, but it sure helps to get new ideas to make.
    My daughter is on a bit of a peanut butter toast stretch — that’s all she wants for breakfast every day!

  17. My older daughter is such a picky eater. It is rather frustrating. The funny part is that my younger daughter just started eating and I thought she was picky because she would not eat the baby food we gave her. Well, as a last resort I tried to give her some of my spiced apple and butternut squash soup and she loved it. That’s when I discovered the only thing she was picky about was bland food!

  18. I have 2 boys 3 and 6 yrs old. My oldest is the most difficult. It’s a constant battle everyday. The only thing he will eat is pasta and meatballs.

  19. Yes! I have 3 very picky eaters!

  20. My five-year-old is so picky that I’ve literally cried over it at the dinner table. Admittedly an overreaction, but it does wear on me after a while! She’s also allergic to milk, eggs, and most nuts, so that makes it especially challenging to find things she likes. Ugh. I’m hoping that with time, perseverance and lots of encouragement on my part she’ll adjust her palate. In the meantime I just try to roll with it and feed her a lot of what she does like that’s good for her. Interestingly, my three-year-old will eat almost anything – she especially loves fruits and veggies and asked me the other day out of the blue if I would buy her some grape tomatoes…and she jumped up and down in excitement when she saw them on the counter. LOL!

  21. Oh yes, we have a picky eater! My oldest son wasn’t always a picky eater but in the last few years had definitely become much of one. In fact, when I saw that this was the book and there was a giveaway, I knew I had to come enter in hopes of winning!

  22. My 3 year old has to be coerced into eating most anything out of her 10 favorites… however, she will eventually give it a taste, I’m grateful for that!

  23. My husband probably has some sensory processing issues associated with his ADD, making certain food textures difficult for him…..but since that sort of thing was unheard of 30+ years go, he’s just been labeled as a “picky eater” most of his life. He’s got his list of vegetables that he’ll eat (green beans, corn on the cob, and romaine lettuce), vegetables that he’ll deal with being forced to eat (carrots, occasionally peas), and vegetables that he won’t even pretend to eat for the sake of the children (broccoli, among others). The kids, either through genetics or through example, are following in his footsteps (except for our oldest who will do anything for dessert and will also voluntarily polish off the pot of broccoli when given the opportunity). It’s frustrating for me to be able to figure out things that my husband will eat (no beans, no broth soups), but that are also cheap-ish, easy-ish, and nutrient-dense. I’d LOVE some help!

  24. My daughter and I are both picky eaters. This book would be great.

  25. Oh. My. Goodness. If there ever was a cookbook that I could use, this just might be it. All those “he’ll outgrow it” and “involve him in making dinner” comments have never met my stubborn 17 year old. Fifty-two minutes spent today on a task of making a vegetable side dish for dinner and the result – carrot sticks!

  26. We sure do have a picky eater in our family! My 9-year-old grandson, Jayson, is the pickiest of all picky eaters! I thought he would have grown out of this by now or be shamed out of it because his 2-year-old cousin (also a boy) is willing to give everything a try. I think that my daughter would love this book; it might even make a normal eater out of him! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

  27. My 24 year old brother is a picky eater, I can’t help but say something when I see him picking out onions from our dishes!

  28. My guys fluctuate between picky and not so much…but one of them seems to be getting more and more picky lately. Would love to “halt” that trend a bit ;o)

  29. Right now we’re in a not-so-picky stage…except when it comes to mushrooms. Mushrooms are right out.

  30. No picky eaters at my house! Thank goodness! 🙂

  31. My 13 year old step son is a picky eater in our household. It wasn’t long before I found out he gets some of his pickiness from his dad, who would deny, deny, deny it! We manage to keep us all happy most times, tho. Going healthy helps so much, whole foods, less ingredients.

  32. My 7 year old son is a super picky eater!

  33. All through pregnancy I had visions of my son Oscar wearing handmade clothes, playing with wooden educational toys, never watching television, and eating only organic delicious foods that I lovingly made for him. Fast forward two years- Thomas the Train cars littered across the floor with Curious George on in the background with Oscar chanting “noodles” which is the one food he will eat on a steady basis, pasta with butter. The only other vegetable he will entertain are carrots and when I read that there was a recipe for Parmesan Roasted Carrot Fries I immediately wanted Jenny Flakes cookbook. Like anything with parenthood I try to keep a good sense of humor and remember that this to shall pass. Great blog!

  34. Kathy Price says

    I could sue use this book! I’m always trying to figure out foods my kids will like.

  35. My grandparents. Going out with them is a total drag. Steak + potatoes is all I can get them to order. BOO!

  36. Anne Joachim says

    I have two picky eaters…my husband and my son. I am a cook who likes to throw things together and my husband jokes with me that I never cook the same thing twice. So, even if I do make something they both love, I may not be able to do a repeat performance. I would love to see if this cookbook contains some future family favorites…that I can cook more than once!

  37. My man can be a picky eater sometimes! I would love a copy of this book to give to my friend who is expecting a baby in February 🙂

  38. My husband can be picky – no cream cheese, vinegar, and anything that seems too healthy. He has improved through the years and I have learned to just work with his tastes. thanks!!

  39. I have four little ones and one very picky eater. I am a proponent of the idea that no child starves if they are offered healthy, nutritious food for every meal. She is testing my theories, but she always does. Ha

  40. I’M the picky eater actually. I like nuts by themselves but not when they’re in desserts. I love the flavor of strawberry, but I can even look at the fruit with those little seed dots on the outside. And forget about broccoli. I tried my first cherry last year. I need your cookbook!

  41. EmilyWaller says

    My daughter has a melted cheese aversion-no pizza, grilled cheese, quesadillas, etc. I know I should be grateful that she would prefer a salad, but it’s still exhausting some days:)

  42. My 3-year old niece is an extremely picky eater.

  43. The pickiest eater in my family has to be my 3-year-old nephew! He comes over to play a lot, but he usually leaves hungry because he won’t eat anything that I cook for the family.

  44. Yes, we all have our pickiness one way or another. My hubby only likes raw veggies, I prefer cooked- just as an example.

  45. Beth Gillespie says

    Our kids tend to be erratic! Picky one day, and eating everything the next! I

  46. Two of mine tend to be picky but they are slowly trying new things. One small bite at a time!! 🙂

  47. My husband is a PICKY eater…this cookbook would be a Godsend.

  48. My two oldest kids are increcibly picky eaters! My youngest will eat anything I set in front of her, but it’s always been a challenge to eat with the older two.

  49. Not really, but it’s only my husband and I and our 7.5 month old daughter who wants to eat everything in sight. Compared to her, we parents are the picky ones!

  50. No one is too picky in our household. My daughter is 17 months and eats pretty much anything, especially if we’re eating it! I do get picky about some textures though. I really don’t like most beans or lentils although I know they’re so healthy!