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!

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Bite this Book: Weelicious Lunches (giveaway)

Well, we’ve made it through back to school week for our busy family. Littlest member Clara donned an oversized painting smock and Noah’s size 12 sneakers and was prepared to march out the door with her big brothers on the first day. Thankfully, I still have a few years before I have to think about that milestone.

School lunches are now part of the weekday morning routine, and like most of you, I need all the inspiration I can get in that department. Fortunately, my friend Catherine of Weelicious fame is about to release her second cookbook, Weelicious Lunches: Think Outside the Lunch Box with More Than 160 Happier Meals!

I think I audibly sighed when I opened the Weelicious Lunches cookbook for the first time. Catherine really understands what appeals to kids and offers over 160 recipes for fresh and creative healthy lunch ideas. Her tips on reinventing leftovers, strategies for picky eaters, and principals for a balanced lunch are all incredibly useful – both for school lunch and around the home.

Read on for an interview with Catherine and a chance to win a copy of Weelicious Lunches!

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Bite this Book: Absolutely Avocados (giveway)

Welcome to Bite This Book! Each month, I feature a cookbook of my choosing, 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.

If I wasn’t particularly enthusiastic for a weekend Cinco de Mayo celebration, I am now! I’m holding Gaby Dalkin’s beautiful new cookbook, Absolutely Avocados, and each recipe is a nudge to invite some friends over and get cooking.

Gaby’s love of fresh ingredients and California cooking style comes through loud and clear with dishes like her Sweet Potato and Avocado Burgers, and the Cumin-Dusted Mahi-Mahi Tacos. I love that many recipes are healthier versions than their counterparts such as the Avocado Lobster Roll and the – yep, that’s right – Avocado Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Oh, and did I mention the entire chapter dedicated to guacamole? I’m working my way through that one first.

Read on for a super fun interview with Gaby and a chance to win a copy of Absolutely Avocados.

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Bite this Book: Steamy Kitchen’s Healthy Asian Favorites

thai chicken

Welcome to Bite This Book! Each month, I feature a cookbook of my choosing, 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.

When it comes to ethnic foods I am happy to step back and take a few leads from the experts. Jaden Hair is one such individual, and she’s on a mission to make Asian cooking possible for real home cooks.

Her latest cookbook, Steamy Kitchen’s Healthy Asian Favorites: 100 Recipes That Are Fast, Fresh, and Simple Enough for Tonight’s Supper, is one I know you will appreciate for its simple techniques and family focused dishes.

Jaden won my family over with her recipe for Healing Chicken Ginger Soup last month when we were on the mend from colds. Then my kids tucked into heaping plates of her Dan Dan Mien – egg noodles with ground turkey, napa cabbage and a killer sauce  – and never looked up until it was finished.

This cookbook in guaranteed to be sticky with fish sauce in no time, and we’ll be all the more versed in our Asian-style dinners. Next up is kimchi!

Read on for an interview with Jaden and a chance to win a copy of Steamy Kitchen’s Healthy Asian Favorites.

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Bite this Book: Classic Snacks Made from Scratch (giveaway)

homemade animal crackers

Welcome to Bite This Book! Each month, I feature a cookbook of my choosing, 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 one of my favorite food writers, the editor of the beautifully scripted Good. Food. Stories, and now Casey Barber has delivered a brand-new cookbook, Classic Snacks Made from Scratch: 70 Homemade Versions of Your Favorite Brand-Name Treats that is making DIY enthusiasts jump for joy. Myself included.

With mouth-watering categories like ‘Cheesy Snacks’ and ‘Frozen Treats’, Casey’s cookbook draws you in with the promise of recreating some nostalgia in your own home. Her rock-solid writing keeps you from glancing up, and the enticing photos of snacks like her perfectly frosted strawberry Pop-Tarts will have you reaching for a pen for your ingredient list.

Every mother wants to please her children, but in the area of snacks, I just can’t hand over junk food with a clear conscience. So I’m excited to jump into Casey’s cookbook and make some homemade versions of those forbidden brand-name treats. I’m willing to bet they are going to be a hit with the kids – and pretty much everyone in the whole family.

Bookmarked already are recipes for Creamsicles, Caramel Corn, Goldfish Crackers, Sour Cream & Onion Potato Chips (my favorite flavor!), Pretzel Rods, and Klondike Bars. We’ve already made and loved the Graham Crackers, which we turned into animal snacks (pictured above) for Clara’s upcoming birthday.

Oh, and watch out. Classic Snacks just might be the most hunger-inducing cookbook I have ever read. Be prepared for a serious attack of the munchies after flipping through it and reading a few recipe head notes.

Hopefully it won’t be long before you have something delicious made from scratch to satiate those cravings.

Read on for an interview with Casey and a chance to win a copy of Classic Snacks Made from Scratch: 70 Homemade Versions of Your Favorite Brand-Name Treats.

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