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.
She’s a celebrity food blogger, mom to two boys and a baby (sound familiar?), a fashion-forward blond bombshell, and now Jenny Flake can add ‘Published Author’ to her resume. Her beautiful, family-focused cookbook The Picky Palate Cookbook came out just a few weeks ago from Wiley, and boy is it guaranteed to twist your stomach with hunger!
Jenny’s delicious, down-to-earth home cooking and baking is stunningly styled and photographed by dynamic duo of Adam Pearson and Matt Armendariz of Matt Bites. Not only is The Picky Palate Cookbook mouth-watering to flip through, but it sits flat on the kitchen counter, thanks to a practical spiral binding. I wasted no time getting my copy dusted in flour…
We’ve been keeping warm on these blustery November days with Jenny’s tried and true recipes such as Streusel-Topped Pumpkin Bread, for after-school snack, and Buttery Cheddar-Garlic Biscuits with our chili for dinner. Long has Jenny earned our respect by rigorous recipe testing and development on her blog, Picky Palate; now you can bring her favorite, family friendly recipes right into the kitchen with you!
Read on for a short interview with Jenny and a chance to win one of three copies of The Picky Palate Cookbook!
Q & A with Jenny Flake of Picky Palate.
1. I love that your cookbook is centered around approachable family fare. On that note, describe for us an ideal Friday night dinner at home with the kids and a few friends.
An ideal Friday night dinner at home with the kids and friends would be a big crock pot of my Slow Cooked Green Chili Pork Tacos. This pork taco recipe is so flavorful and the kids and adults love it. The kids love adding their favorite toppings to their tacos.
For dessert I’d serve my Soft Double Chocolate Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting. I’d let the kids frost their own cupcakes and add some sprinkles too. After dinner we’d snuggle on the couch for a family movie. That’s a fun Friday night if you ask me!
2. How did you go from blog to book and what was your favorite part of the process?
I honestly feel so blessed to have gone from blog to book. It was not planned whatsoever. All I can say is I was doing what I loved and the opportunity came to me. I got to work with the loveliest people and I am forever grateful for that.
My favorite part of the process was watching the cookbook journey come to life through the editing process. It’s amazing how much work goes into a cookbook. Watching Matt and Adam photograph and style my book was a high point for me too.
Photo by Matt Armendariz
3. Your boys have two of the most ‘picky palates’ on the block! What are a few of their favorite recipes from the cookbook?
Some of my boys’ favorite recipes from The Picky Palate Cookbook are:
- One-Bowl Buttermilk Pancakes with Buttermilk Syrup
- Skillet Baked Mac and Cheese
- Parmesan Roasted Carrot Fries
- Crispy Buttermilk Parmesan Chicken Tenders
- Homestyle Shepherd’s Pie
- BBQ Chicken Pizza Soup
- and the Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie!
(ed note: see why I said it was hunger-inducing?!)
4. Can you give us a peek into what a typical day looks like in your home, especially now that you have a newborn?!
Oh boy, where do I start, lol! I am up every few hours at night with baby Paxton then I wake the boys up at 7am to get ready for school. We make breakfast then walk to school together. Pax and I have the whole day to ourselves where we play, run errands and cook and bake together. He’s my little buddy and it is such a joy having a new baby in the house.
At 3pm the boys get home from school then we do homework, any sports the boys might have that night, dinner, then showers and bed. Phew, I’m exhausted just thinking about it. I am one lucky mom to have such an amazing family.
Thank you Jenny!!! I know you are one busy mama. That has been so fun; thanks for sharing so candidly with us.
Thanks to the publishers at Wiley I have three copies of The Picky Palate Cookbook to give away!
To enter this giveaway just leave a comment on this post and tell me if anyone in your family is a picky eater.
Giveaway ends Saturday, November 10, at 11:59 PM. Good luck to all! *ENDED*
Disclosure: The book for this giveaway is being provided by Wiley & Sons. I was given a copy of The Picky Palate Cookbook for review, and all opinions shared are my own.