Guess what? I was chosen by Lisa Leake of my favorite blog, 100 Days of Real Food, to be an ambassador for her brand new cookbook that was just released!! I am so excited, honored, and thrilled to be a (very small) part of this exciting time in her life. Her blog was the whole reason I began my own journey of eating “real” a year and a half ago. I came across one of her blog posts back in November of 2012 and I was hooked from the moment the page loaded on my screen. I honestly think I read about every single page on her site in one sitting… I’m really not joking! (I wonder what my kids were doing at the time… Napping, maybe? A movie??) 😉 Anyway, I was shocked by what I was reading, mostly because these artificial and fake ingredients in our food were being brought to my attention for, truly, the first time ever! You can pretty much figure out what happened next. (…I transformed the way my own family eats and began a blog to document our journey and share it with others…)
I’ve been anxiously (and probably not-so-patiently) waiting for my copy to arrive in the mail for over a week now and I was so excited to finally get my hands on it yesterday! Yay!! I pretty much read through the entire book between yesterday afternoon and into the evening. Are you surprised?? 😉 It is exactly what I expected from her book! It has so much to offer, whether you are brand new to this ‘real food’ concept and have no clue where to begin, what to eat, or what to avoid…but it’s also great for the more experienced real food consumer (like me) because there are so many new recipes not previously shared on her blog, tips to refer back to, fun questions to spark conversation around the dinner table, and even meal plan ideas for each season! Oh, yeah…and did I mention new recipes? 😉 Who doesn’t like that??
Even my kids were excited to flip through the book and look for some new foods to try!
Here are the types of recipes you can expect in Lisa’s cookbook (a.k.a. the ones I’m most excited to make first):
- Breakfast Sausage Casserole
- Mini Lunch-Box Quiches
- Cinnamon-Raisin Quick Bread
- Cinnamon Apple Chips
- Cheesy Broccoli Rice Casserole
- Fish Cakes with Dipping Sauce
- Slow-Cooker Potato Soup
- Cinnamon-Glazed Popcorn
- Mango Sorbet
- Mini Chocolate Truffles
- And, of course, many more!
In total, there are “100 easy, wholesome recipes your family will love!”
If you are new to eating real food, I really think this book will answer ALL of your questions and then some. It’s definitely a guidebook for getting started AND for staying on track. My favorite parts of the book that I think you’ll appreciate most are:
- WHY to avoid processed foods
- The impact real foods have on our health
- How to decode ingredient lists (pros and cons)
- Pantry, fridge, and freezer essentials
- Processed ingredient chart with real food substitutes
- How to get started with ‘mini-pledges’
- A list of ‘bad, better, and best’ options
- Tips for getting family members on board
- And a ton of ideas (& tips) for school lunches!
I love the writing style and “voice” that Lisa shares in this book (as well as on her blog). She is so relatable and I think that’s why her blog has been so wildly successful! It’s like I could have written this exact paragraph myself about my own start down this path…
And for all of my local followers (here in Fort Wayne, Indiana), here’s a neat bit of information for you. Lisa Leake was born in Fort Wayne! Several months ago, after there was an article about me in my local newspaper, Lisa commented on one of my Facebook posts that she was actually born here! You should have heard me excitedly yell to my husband, “Oh my gosh!!! LISA LEAKE just commented on one of my posts!!!” Of course, he replied with, “Who is Lisa Leake?” ha! Well, in the real food world, she’s a huge celebrity and I definitely felt super-duper cool for a few days after that! 😉 And, okay…I admit…I feel kind of cool again right now, knowing that I was “hand-picked” (along with several other bloggers) to review her cookbook. It’s the little things in life sometimes, right? 🙂
I wanted to share a picture of me holding the book for this blog post, but here’s what happened when I asked my daughter to help me out… Clearly, we need to work on our iPhone photography skills!
Well, we tried. 😉 And you got the idea, right? I’m excited to have this new cookbook in my house and I would definitely recommend it to anyone! I think there is something for everyone in this book and it would make a great gift, as well!
If you’d like to buy a copy (or several!), you can do so right here!