Michael Smith’s Family Meals (giveaway)

You know we recently vacationed in P.E.I, a place where beloved Canadian Chef Michael Smith calls home. You can’t go far on the island without seeing his face in a bookstore window or on a poster.

I’m a big fan of Michael’s cookbooks, Fast Flavours is in regular rotation – and his latest, Family Meals, is right up my alley. In fact, it hasn’t left my kitchen since it arrived in the mail; that is entirely the point of the book.

With sections such as ‘Lunchbox & Snacks’, ‘ Cook Ahead’ and ‘Family Meals in Minutes’, it’s obvious Chef Michael is familiar with juggling the demands of a busy household and a career.  And while many family cookbooks deliver recipes to cook for your family, Chef Michael’s shows you how to have fun in the kitchen with your family. It’s a subject we love around here!

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Bite this Book: The Nourished Kitchen

The latest cookbook to take up residence on my kitchen counter is Jennifer McGruther’s The Nourished Kitchen.

With the tagline Farm-to-Table Recipes for the Traditional Foods Lifestyle, Jenny’s is actually a pretty close representation of how I cook for my family on a daily basis: wholesome, nourishing foods, sourced and prepared mindfully, with a nod to old world culinary traditions and techniques. I’m delighted to find new inspiration in The Nourished Kitchen.

The cookbook is a fresh take on unprocessed foods; 160 recipes prettily packaged alongside helpful headnotes and beautiful photographs. It is one I know I will reach for and cook from for many years to come.

Read on for an interview with Jennifer and a chance to win a copy of The Nourished Kitchen: Farm-to-Table Recipes for the Traditional Foods Lifestyle.

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Bite this Book: Preserving by the Pint

Marisa and I first met at a retreat ages ago, but I had been an avid reader of her blog Food in Jars for years. And of course, she is a regular contributor here on Simple Bites!

I’ve always considered Marisa the authority of all things home canning, and her first book, Food in Jars was a total winner.  I’m so thrilled to be giving away her brand new book, Preserving by the Pint.

Preserving by the Pint

My canning pantry is looking a little bare as the early spring produce as yet to hit the local markets. I can’t wait to begin a new season of preserving – with this new book to inspire me.

Beautifully photographed and penned with Marisa’s warm wit, Preserving by the Pint focuses on urban-friendly small-batch recipe well suited to small spaces and novice canners. It’s an utterly fantastic concept!

Read on for a short interview with Marisa and a chance to win one of two copies of Preserving by the Pint: Quick Seasonal Canning for Small Spaces!

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Bite this Book: Nom Nom Paleo

I first met the husband and wife team behind the award-winning blog, Nom Nom Paleo, in Las Vegas with Saveur, but I had been stalking their corner of the web for some time before that.

Michelle and Henry were some of the most down to earth, humble people I had ever met and we chatted about blogging, feeding kids, and their upcoming book. I knew it was going to be exceptional, just by the way they described how it was all coming together.

Well, Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans is now in my hands, on shelves all around North America, and has even been spotted on the New York Times bestseller list! The authors have completely raised the bar for cookbooks with this work which features over 900 photos, 100 recipes, and snappy cartoons. This book is packed.

Do I exclusively follow a paleo diet? Not in the least. Do I prioritize real, whole, nutrient-packed food? You bet! And that’s what is continually served up from the Nom Nom Paleo crew.

My Noah lost himself in this cookbook for an entire Saturday afternoon, flipping from comic to comic. Then we made kale chips. I hope some of the enthusiasm that Michelle’s kids display in the book rubs off on him. Both of my boys could stand to eat a few more plants and we’re using Nom Nom Paleo to make them fun.

I’ve already gifted a few of my girlfriends with this cookbook and now it’s your turn. Read on for an interview with the author of Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans and a chance to win one of two copies of your own!

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Bite this Book: Notes from a Blue Bike (5-copy giveaway)

Tsh’s new book, Notes from a Blue Bike, landed in my hands earlier this week on a cold grey afternoon and brought an instant bright spot to my day with its beautiful blue cover and familiar author’s name. I hugged it tight and skipped into the kitchen to put the kettle on.

I was only able to sink my teeth into Part I before Clara woke from her nap, but already Tsh had spread a bountiful buffet of fresh ideas that I slowly digested in my mind for the rest of the afternoon. I couldn’t wait to get back to the book.

As it happened, my kindergartener Mateo was battling a dreadful fever that night, and when I tucked him into bed, he clung to me tight, begging me to snuggle. Normally, I’d have to head downstairs to start my evening writing shift, but tonight? Well, book-writing and blogging could wait.

I switched on the bedside lamp and made myself as comfortable as I could on the sliver of bedside that my boy had left for me. I pulled the sheets up to Mateo’s chin and re-opened Notes from a Blue Bike. Beloved for her voice on The Art of Simple, Tsh has a comfortable writing style that is simple to absorb and process even with my dead-tired, end-of-the-day fried mommy brain.

Notes From a Blue Bike

I couldn’t put the book down. It was very late before I closed the cover, and Mateo was fast asleep, his lashes long on his bright red cheeks. The next day, he was feeling better, and I wrapped up my reading with my morning coffee while he finished a puzzle.

Tsh words felt like a rich feast, a meal I didn’t know I was so hungry to eat. They were both affirming (hello backyard chickens) and inspiring (hmm, are our passports up to date?).

Keep reading for more of my thoughts on Tsh’s book, view the trailer for Notes from a Blue Bike: The Art of Living Intentionally in a Chaotic World and enter a giveaway to win one of five copies!

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