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. Elizabeth Fitzmaurice says

    Apples, squash, beets and lots of baking with pumpkin!

  2. This book will be part of my cookbook collection. It definitely resonates with me 🙂
    My fav vegetable this season? BUTTERNUT SQUASH

  3. Oh dear how do we decide!
    Butternut squash & beets…

  4. Oh Dear, how do you decide!
    Butternut squash and beets…

  5. Deborah Schule says

    Butternut squash is delicious, but nothing beats the smell of apples baking in the oven! Love them too!

  6. Sweet potatoes and apples. Not together but two of my favs.

  7. Pumpkin!

  8. My fave: Honeycrisp apples!

  9. Have to agree with those who love butternut squash and beets! a favorite beet recipe is the beet “roesti” from Mark Bittman, yummy with a fried egg on the side. Think I know what’s for lunch.

  10. Hands down, honey crisp apples!!! The BEST!

  11. I love pumpkins!

  12. I LOVE apples, and pumpkins. Every fall we buy lots of apples for applesauce and I adore anything pumpkin (pumpkin pie, pumpkin ravioli, pumpkin cream cheese, etc.)

  13. I love the fall vegetables: beets, parsnips, winter squashes, roasted of course. and pears…pear tarts, poached pears… the rain is howling and I want to eat! Oh yes, honey crisp apples. Huzzah!
    I hope I win the cookbook! I need some new ideas.

  14. Kaitlin Jenkins says

    Pumpkins are my favorite fall veggie- so versatile! And apples would be my favorite fall fruit

  15. Emily Waller says

    It’s hard to choose, but I’d say either apples or squash are the best!

  16. butternut squash!

  17. Sweet potatoes!! I eat them at least once a day!

  18. Aside from pumpkin (as in my grandma’s pumpkin soup!) I love red cabbage with apples in the fall (even though you can get the cabbage all year) 🙂

  19. It’s hard to pick just one, but it would have to be pumpkin!

  20. Chestnuts, steaming hot right out of the oven.

  21. Just one? :). Fun time of year. Apples, pears and sweet potatoes. Looks like a great book and thank you for the giveaway!

  22. Squashes! Especially butternut and potimarron.

  23. So many to choose from: squash, beets, Brussels sprouts, heirloom apples and pears! Yum!

  24. I love when Summer turns to Fall and my favorites Butternut Squash, Pumpkins and Sweet Potatoes are available in markets once more.

  25. Apples from my tree!

  26. Pears! When I was tiny, I rode along in the grain truck with my mom while dad was combining. We’d stop for lunch, and I still remember biting into a juicy pear, juices running down the cheek and all. Good memories, pears.

  27. Apples! Deffently apples!!!!

  28. SQUASH!!!

  29. Jenni Tronier says

    Nothing signals fall like Organic Honeycrisp Apples!

  30. Apples! As in apple pie, apple crisp, apple butter….

  31. Beets, eggplant!!

  32. I love apples and pumpkins we pick ourselves!

  33. Sarah Fischer says

    Definitely squash of any kind! Roasted vegetables is another favorite. I mainly get updates from Simple Bites via Facebook, and I always appreciate your posts. A heartfelt thank you!

  34. Butternut squash

  35. Winter squash, any kind!

  36. Butternut Squash

  37. winter squash AND apples!

  38. I love squash and apples. Not very original, but so delicious!

  39. I love everything pumpkin! The cookies, the coffees, the pies…

  40. My fave: Apples!!

    This def looks like a great book. Thanks for the giveaway!

  41. emily walter says

    I love black kobacha winter squash. very meaty and sweet. great in soups and curries. I also love little girls named Elsa (mine is 2 months old).

  42. I love apples, apple pie, apple sauce and apple butter love love apples.

  43. Pears! I love pears and eagerly wait all year for them to be in season!

  44. love apples and pumpkin! Going to an apple orchard to pick apples tomorrow! Thanks for the neat giveaway.

  45. Butternut squash and apples!!!

  46. I have been wanting to buy this book for a long time! My favorite fall vegetable is Brussels sprouts (weird but so true) and my favorite fruit is definitely a good apple from the farmers market!,

  47. This book looks amazing!
    Apples are my fave!

  48. natalie radbill says

    Winter squash of all sorts–and onions

  49. This book looks amazing, and I love pumpkin!

  50. Butternut Squash