Bite this Book: The Sprouted Kitchen (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.

As we head into our October Unprocessed challenge, I can’t think of a better cookbook recommendation that goes hand in hand with the desire to steer away from processed foods than Sara Forte’s Sprouted Kitchen cookbook.

With a tagline promising “a tastier take on whole foods”, this gorgeous cookbook serves up 100 creative recipes that feature fresh produce, whole grains, and natural sugar alternatives that deliver just exactly that. Recipe creator, Sara and her photographer husband, Hugh, of the blog Sprouted Kitchen, have teamed up on a lovely cookbook with truly tempting, seasonally based recipes.

We’ve already been gobbling up Sara’s Pumpkin Granola and have a dozen more recipes bookmarked to make in the coming weeks such as Mushroom and Brown Rice Veggie Burgers, Ranchero Breakfast Tostadas and Chocolate-Drizzled Oatmeal Shortbread.

Plenty of other good blog folk have been pulled into the pages of the Sprouted Kitchen cookbook; a true testament to its irresistible qualities!

Read on for a short interview with Sara and a chance to win a copy of  The Sprouted Kitchen: A Tastier Take on Whole Foods.

Q & A with Sara Forte of  Sprouted Kitchen

1. Your love of produce was nurtured while working on an organic farm. On that note, describe for us your ideal harvest basket and something you might cook with the fresh picked fruits and vegetables.

My favorite baskets are the ones in late September. It is a cross-over of the last bits of summer produce and the early gems of fall. I will get big, sweet heirloom tomatoes, green beans, beets and a smattering of melons, apples and some citrus. I have a tough time in winter, when I get tired of Swiss chard and root vegetables but the end of summer has everything I love.

With my basket I would make a big salad with some quinoa, wedges of sweet tomato, blanched green beans, finely diced shallots, a dressing made from a blend of tons of herbs, lemon and olive oil. I want to really taste the vegetables. This is the kind of thing I love having when people come over for dinner with a simple grilled meat, and then I have leftovers for lunch the next few days.

2. For those who are not (yet!) readers of SK, tell us a little bit about how you approach food and your cooking philosophy.

My approach to cooking is to start with seasonal vegetables and go from there. I like to keep things light and colorful, with bits of cheese, caramelized onions etc. to accent them and add richness. I eat a pescatarian based diet and my husband is an omnivore, so we try all sorts of things around our house.

I want to provide a space that gives people recipe ideas for keeping wholesome foods a part of their kitchen. No packaged things, diet this, sugar free that and what not, just REAL food. I would consider my style “California Mediterranean” as I like to use olive oil, vinegars, citrus, lots of nuts, vegetables and fruits.

3. We’re delegates for a well-stocked whole-foods pantry around here; can you share five ingredients (fridge or pantry!) that you have on hand at all times?

Citrus. Green Herbs (typically chives, Italian parsley, cilantro, thyme and basil when I can). Parmesan cheese. A good extra virgin olive oil. Eggs. Always!! So many meals can be created with these things.

4. Over the course of your food writing/blog composing/cookbook publishing journey, who has inspired you? Are there a few names that might fall under the title of mentor? (I’m only asking because you describe yourself as ‘young’ on page 1!)

I am under 30, so I will certainly qualify myself as young! I know there are people in their late teens blogging, but I refuse to not consider myself young here! I got some great advice from Kim Boyce and Heidi Swanson who have written books I really enjoy. Ashley Rodriguez of Not Without Salt was very encouraging and a wonderful friend to me in the process, talking me down from insecurity and fear a number of times.

Kelsey from HappyYolks has encouraged me a lot as well and spoken volumes in being a cheerleader for the work we do on Sprouted Kitchen. I find her blog to be incredibly inspiring as well. I have always admired the ease and humor in writing from Deb Pearlman of Smitten Kitchen and the details and genuineness from Tara of Seven Spoons. Bloggers and writers like Luisa Weiss, Molly Wizenberg, Aran Goyoga and many others have led by example as well.

Thank you so much, Sara! And now here’s the super cute video trailer and after that, a giveaway!


This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to our winner, Bree, who said:

“I am getting ready for my first October Unprocessed challenge…and I am so excited! I love discovering wonderful new blogs filled with delicious inspiration, so I’m excited to check out the Sprouted Kitchen. I’d love a copy of the book!”

Bree, you’ve been notified via email.

Thanks to the publishers at 10 Speed Press, I have a copy of The Sprouted Kitchen to give away to one lucky reader.

To enter:

To enter this giveaway just leave a comment on this post. 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, September 29, at 11:59 PM. 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. This cookbook sounds great! I’m gearing up for Unprocessed October (I must admit, it’s a bit of a daunting thought) and I’m so excited to see how far I can take this journey of eating whole foods that I *gasp* make myself.

  2. KayDawn McCoy says

    I would love a chance to win this book. I will try my best for October! 🙂

  3. Lori O'Leary says

    I love when a person’s passion becomes a book the rest of us can learn from. Thank you!

  4. Oooh, I would love a copy! Pick me, pick me!!

  5. Love to sprout and would love this book!