Bite this Book: Vegetarian Everyday (giveaway)

With fall produce at its peak and a preview of winter vegetables already appearing at the markets, allow me to introduce you to the cookbook that is inspiring me to get in the kitchen right now.

Written, styled and photographed by the Swedish couple behind the blog Green Kitchen Stories, the beautiful cookbook Vegetarian Everyday: Healthy Recipes from Our Green Kitchen is a colorful and creative ode to vegetables in every season. As parents to young Elsa, the authors are used to the ups and downs of cooking for little ones, so this is definitely a vegetarian cookbook the whole family can enjoy.

I had the privilege of meeting David Frenkiel and Luise Vindahl at the Saveur BFBA in Vegas this past spring where we chatted over dinner about family food life, and later, at the awards, about blogging, cookbooks and homesteading.  David asked about our chickens and halfway through my description of how we ‘harvest’ our hens, I remembered with horror that he was vegetarian. Not to worry, both David and Luise are among the most gracious and humble couples you will ever meet.

Read on for an interview with the authors of Vegetarian Everyday: Healthy Recipes from Our Green Kitchen and a chance to win a copy of your own!

Vegetarian Everyday cover

Q&A with David and Luisa of Green Kitchen Stories

Tell us a little bit about how you approach food and the cooking philosophy in your home.

We both share a love and passion for healthy vegetarian food and eating organically and seasonally. We started writing our blog because we thought it would be fun to document our endeavors and failures to make vegetables the focus of a meal – creating meat-free dishes and adapting meat-based ones. We also want our daughter Elsa to grow up with a healthy and balanced attitude towards food, and to appreciate treats – and we include her with in everything we do.

Your food is so seasonal and inspiring; do you have a favorite month for produce and what is your ideal market haul?

Our favorite month of amazing produce is August – when all kind of stone fruits, nordic wild berries, green leafy vegetables, different kale types, apples and mushrooms are popping up at markets, in gardens or growing wild in forests. Foraging for mushrooms and berries and then cooking together are such great family activities.
We always buy rainbow chard when we find it at markets. It’s an irresistibly beautiful vegetable and so fun to cook with.

You are parents, like many of my readers. Is there any advice you can give for raising good eaters with a healthy approach to food and food culture?

  • Most importantly: be a good role model – kids do what you do, not what you tell them.
  • Eat the same food as you want your kids to eat.
  • Cook home made food and let your kids help out in the kitchen.
  • Don’t set up too many rules around the dinner table.
  • We have always encouraged our daughter to eat, regardless if she is using a fork or her fingers.

For more tips, read the Healthy Start chapter in our book. (Aimée’s note: I just did! And it’s fantastic. Don’t miss 8 tips on how to give your children a healthy start in life on page 18.)

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

It is really difficult to fit everything into one book, so I guess we have to write another one …

Editor’s Note: I like the sound of another one! Congratulations on your gorgeous cookbook and thank you for the interview.

zucchini parmegiana from Green Kitchen Stories

All photos by Green Kitchen Stories


Thanks to the publishers at Rizzoli, I have one copy of Vegetarian Everyday to giveaway to a lucky reader. David and Luise are going to personalize it for the winner and ship it themselves!

To enter:

**This giveaway is now closed. Thank you to all who entered!**

To enter this giveaway leave a comment on this post and, just for fun, tell me your favorite fall fruit or vegetable. 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, September 29, 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 would love to win this! My family has been getting used to meatless meals and focusing more on veggies. This book would be a great help for finding recipes and also for all those veggies from our CSA box. I really couldn’t pick a favorite…variety is the best! 🙂

  2. Apples? Pumpkin? Other winter squashes? Frost-sweetend kale? Probably apples right now because we have a fantastic apple orchard in a neighboring town where we can pick bags of terrific apples.

  3. Amy Collinsworth says

    I have been a vegetarian for about 18 years, but I can ALWAYS use more cooking ideas! My favorite fall veggie is squash.

  4. Ariel Bradley says

    I am currently try to start moving towards eating just vegetarian so would love to have something like this!
    my favorite fall food is pumpkin!

  5. I love fall and winter squashes

  6. Linda Jacobson says

    It all sounds SO good! I would love to have a copy of your book!
    My favorites are bell peppers and squash.

  7. Linda Jacobson says

    I would love to have this book! It all sounds so good!
    My favorites are squash, any type, and bell peppers.

  8. I’ve been trying to incorporate more meatless mains into my family’s diet for a long time, especially since such beautiful fruits and vegetables have been popping up at the market. We all love apples – especially my daughter. Watching her bite into a honeycrisp as big as her head is the best thing ever.

  9. My favourite fall fruit is apple (surrounded by so many orchards, it’ so easy to drive a few minutes to pick some) and my favourite vegetable is the butternut squash.

  10. Fall is my absolute favourite! This is a tough decision but I think my favourite fruit would have to be apple and my favourite vegetable would have to be butternut squash.

  11. I love fall when the leaves turn red and yellow, making the air very romantic 🙂 My favorite for fall is pumpkins – in pies, as a side dish, it’s all good.