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. Pumpkins and apples!!

  2. Apples!!!

  3. Oh goodness does ‘everything’ count?! I love dark leafy greens and pumpkin. My mother in law first showed me how to make homemade pumpkin pie and now I’m hooked – so good!!

  4. Pumpkin! Well, any kind of squash really.

  5. Brussels sprouts. Really.

  6. Pumpkin!! And apples:)

  7. Squash! and apples. Separate or combined. 🙂 Thanks for the opportunity and spotlighting a fantastic-sounding book!

  8. Apples and sweet potatoes!

  9. Brussels sprouts…especially roasted in oven.

  10. Apples would have to be my favorite fall fruit!

    This book would be great with my newly melded family and new daughter who is vegetarian!

  11. I love rutabagas and Brussels sprouts.

  12. Nancy Copeland says

    I adore fresh apples (non GMO ) and make wonderful apple pie filling then can them for all year long delight but fall is of course the best harvest time for apples. I live in Washington State the reining apple capitol.

  13. Apples and butternut:)

  14. The cookbook looks wonderful. My favorite fall veg is butternut squash.

  15. i love butternut squash in fall, just roasted with butter and salt.

  16. Pumpkin 😀 But actual pumpkin – not this “pumpkin” flavor that more often than not tastes like burned stale cinnamon.

  17. Linda Kearns says

    freshly picked apples

  18. I love apples, pumpkins and butternut squash!

  19. Pumpkin! And this cookbook looks amazing!

  20. Pumpkins!

  21. My favorites are apples and butternut squash. For the ultimate dish, I love roasting them together with a drizzle of honey.

  22. Butternut squash, brussel sprouts, beets, apples! Fall is the best season for so many reasons!

  23. Butternut squash! Thanks for the giveaway!

  24. apples and squash…..separately or together!

  25. This books sounds wonderful. I need more ways to serve vegetarian meals and this looks like an inspiration.
    My favourite fall fruit is the pumpkin. My favourite is a grey/green Jarrahdale with the dark orange flesh but also love the Rouge vif d’etampes or Long Island cheese. I love the different colours of heritage pumpkins… and later bake them and freeze the puree to use in pies, loaves and pumpkin spice lattes. Oh, I do love fall!

  26. Love butternut squash

  27. A perfectly ripe pear

  28. My favorite fruit would be apples, it reminds me so much of fall and harvest! Favorite vegetable would be butternut squash, love it in soup when the weather cools. Thanks for offering the book!

  29. Crisp ripe apples and pumpkin

  30. Apples speak fall to me. There are so many great ways to use them… pie and sauce and cake, of course, but also roasted with veggies, crispy in a salad, or sliced and nibbled with sharp cheddar.

  31. All of them! It’s hard to pick. Apples and pumpkin. I make a pie that has both in it that is so good!!

  32. Just one??? For veggies I vote for the under-appreciated beet, but a fresh-picked local apple is even better.

  33. My favorite fall produce are pumpkins and apples – obvious choices! 🙂

  34. Definitely winter squash like butternut or true hubard squash and cranberries. YUM!

  35. This book cookbook looks awesome. I looooove apples and pumpkin during fall. I buy 2 pumpkins and keep one for later, so I can have it during winter time.

  36. I just recently found the blog Green Kitchen Stories and love it.
    My favorite autumn produce — cranberries. I love to make mulled cranberries.

  37. Butternut squash, apple, sweet potatoes!

  38. Apples!

  39. butternut squash – hands down.

  40. Honeycrisp apples.

  41. Definitely Butternut Squash. SO yummy. Especially soup!

  42. The book sounds great! I am all about pumpkin everything in the fall. 🙂

  43. Freyja Bergthorson says

    I love egplant and chard.

  44. I love pumpkin.

  45. Pumpkins and pears!

  46. Beth Gillespie says


  47. Kale! I’m really looking forward to making kale tarts with mature cheeses and kale smoothies. Thanks for a great blog!

  48. Thank you for this wonderful Giveaway. This cookery book looks right up my street. My favourite autumnal/fall fruit has to be the pomegranate. They have quite a short season, are packed full of nutrients and taste amazing. I like to mix the pretty seeds with rosewater, and I also use them to decorate salads and desserts. Children love them!

  49. Lucy Schramm says

    Brussel sprouts – roasted. Especially when they’re tiny!

  50. Squash and pumpkins