Book Giveaway: The 4th Edition of Feeding the Whole Family


Here she is in all her glory. I’m super-proud of this new edition. Not just because of all the new recipes and information I had fun adding, but it’s just so darn pretty to look through. Dazzling photographs galore. (love the fonts, the layout, the whole deal).

Over 80,000 copies of Feeding the Whole Family (all 4 editions together) have been sold. The journey story is in the new introduction.

Want to win a free copy? I want you to. Type in a comment to question three and all 432 pages could be on their way to you!

How to enter:

1. Be a subscriber of Cookus Interruptus Not a subscriber yet? Type your email address in the subscribe box right up there on the upper right corner of the whole website.  I check and reject any winner that’s not one of our subscribers.

2. Be a friend on Cookus Interruptus facebook. Not our facebook friend? Easy. Go to the Cookus Facebook page and click the thumbs up “like”.

3.  When you were a young child, what food was never turned down? My mom could always get me to eat a baked potato, but another sure bet with me was raisin bread. Go figure. Maybe that’s why one of the new recipes in the book is Sweet Potato Raisin Bread? Okay.  YOUR TURN.   Type your answer as a comment to this post.

4. Contest ends at MIDNIGHT on Saturday November 19th . PLEASE check your email on November 20th. The junk mail folder and everything.  We’ve been having some trouble with lost emails to winners. The winners will be chosen by If you don’t respond to your “winner” email within 48 hours, we will choose a new winner (tough love…).


103 thoughts on “Book Giveaway: The 4th Edition of Feeding the Whole Family

  1. Because we had so little to eat when I was young, there wasn’t much that would be turned down. However, I would have been glad to eat pumpkin pie to the exclusion of almost everything else. Warm, cold, homemade, store-bought…it didn’t matter. I was (am am) a pumpkin pie aficionado. 🙂

  2. Liver and onions. Weird I know but it was always a yummy thing for dinner with some mashed pots.

    Sorry – I don’t use social media (Facebook) but I am subscribed to updates from your website!

  3. My step dad would soak a big pot of red beans and make beans for tacos- we would all help chopping the toppings. It was healthy, cheap and hearty and made the house smell so good. Now I make a pot of beans almost once a week, maybe my kids will feel the same about them when they grow up?

  4. Mac and cheese! Oh goodness I loved that so much that I would even touch the accompanying pork chops, which I strongly disliked but were always served with it. Oh, and pancakes. I still loooove pancakes 🙂

    Congrats of the 4th edition! I still have the 2nd ed and I am not sure that I knew there was a 3rd, so I would be happy to have the 4th.

  5. My Mom made the best goulash it had everything in it including the kitchen sink ;). It was the best and all my friends wanted to eat at our house when she made it. Good memories!

  6. Ok, this is going to sound crazy, but it’s true. When I was four I LOVED canned spinach. I would go to my grandmas and it was like a special treat if I could have it with dinner at her house. And even better in the side of liver and onions. Not making it up. Lol!

  7. Baking powder biscuits! Easy to make and delicious! Excited about your new book, I have an earlier edition and it’s dog eared and stained with love!

  8. Chili was my favorite as a kid (still is!) Even though we are it regularly, I still requested it for my birthday for many years 😉

  9. It’s gonna sound weird, but my Dad made the best chicken livers and biscuits. NEVER turned down a chance to chow down on those.

  10. When I was very young, my mom would make me scrambled eggs with cottage cheese mixed in. I loved it. I outgrew my love for it, but fed it to my kids when they were little. They loved it too.

  11. I would never turn down broccoli with cheese sauce! In fact, even as young as 3, I would request “broccoli florets with cheese sauce”. Both my kids love broccoli and gobble it up every time it’s served! Must be in the genes…

  12. My mother was a home economics teacher so she took cooking on as her job. We had a home cooked every evening. I’ve never turned away her pot roast or parsley chicken. It is an art to cooking food that is nourishing to both the body and soul. These dishes nourished me.

  13. Charcoal grilled half chicken basted with “Real-lemon” and butter. Way back then a half a chicken was just a bit larger than todays chicken breast. You grabbed them by the leg and kept flipping and basting. The children squirted out the flare ups. We smelled as tasty as the chicken.

  14. I didn’t know until later in life how spoiled I was growing up with a Mom who was always baking homemade bread. My favorite that was NEVER turned down was something she called Dilly Casserolle Bread, made with dill (of course), onions and cottage cheese… mmm, so good.

  15. I loved macaroni and cheese (although now I’m not into white noodles, or, for that matter cheese! But, it’s still a comfort food (at least with Mom’s homemade recipe).

  16. Artichokes! We generally just ate them steamed and my family was always sure I had one to myself. They were a side dish for most, but my entire dinner was often just that artichoke.

  17. Favorite food in my house was baked beans on toast! But not really strange since I’m a Brit. My eldest daughter was in Britain with some American friends for a wedding recently and they were horrified when she ate some for breakfast.

    Not doing Facebook at the moment so hopefully you will waive that. I will be telling my friends irl about the new edition.

  18. Candied sweet potatoes. My big brother and I still fight over them at holiday dinners, and I’ll eat ’em until I’m stuffed!

    1. Sorry, I used the wrong email address in my previous post.

      Childhood favorite meal was shoyu (soy sauce) egg and rice!

  19. My mother grew up in the country during the depression and the family always made their own whole wheat bread. My grandmother and then my mother mixed up the batch in a great big enameled baby bathtub. They made 10 loaves at a time and froze it. At dinner each evening there was a slice of buttered toast beside each plate. I saved my till last and ate it for dessert, it was so good.

  20. I loved coming home to the aroma of pork chops in the oven. You know the ones with Campbell’s Mushroom soup on top! Always with baked potatoes and carrot coins! Yum!

  21. I now live in Vermont but was born in Seattle. You help my homesickness with wonderful recipes and the occasional shout out of places I used to visit!
    Love your recipes!
    Julie Noel

  22. I always loved my dad’s browned sauerkraut and pork chops, served with warm German potato salad and unsweetened applesauce. He still makes it about once a year!!!

  23. My Oma’s homemade pizza buns, made on english muffins and topped with a concoction of ham loaf, cheese, relish and mayo, then baked until crispy!

  24. When I was young, my most favorite afternoon snack was something prosaically called Bread, Sugar and Milk. And it was exactly that. Sugar spread carefully to the very edge of the bread. Milk dribbled over all to the exact right state of saturation. Poor country food.

    Slightly healthier: rhubarb crisp.

  25. My mother made homemade bread rolls from a recipe that was passed down from my great-grandmother. Those rolls would disappear off the plate in seconds.
    My family also made scrambled eggs with cheese on Saturday mornings. We’d eat a hot breakfast together on the weekends.

  26. Loved my dad’s soft boiled eggs. Only as an adult did I learn what a labor of love it was for him to peel and scoop those for a family of 7.

  27. My great-grandma had a cake box and she always made sure there was a cake in there for me, I had a piece with a glass of milk every day after school. I still associate cake with love.

  28. Jello chocolate pudding pie would buy my mom all sorts of vegetable bites, even lima beans or broccoli. I just loved that creamy, chocolaty texture, served right from the fridge. I still wouldn’t eat a lima bean except under extreme pressure and I now have my own great recipe for chocolate pie.

    Well done, Cynthia, I still use my 1-3 versions!

  29. So many things. My mom joined a group of mostly international wives teaching one another recipes/cooking traditions from around the world. Many husbands were grad students at U of Mich. She said of that time that she never made the same dinner twice, for a year. We tried a lot of things. My favorite was always poached eggs…on cinnamon toast, on leftover cornbread, or buttered toast, on hash (corned beef or other), or Benedict with ham, spinach, eggy-lemony sauce. Yum. Still a standout. Love that this book has a new edition! Yay!

  30. My mom’s homemade bread! The whole process of kneading it, rolling it out, watching it rise, the smell of it as it was baking in the oven! She always uses oats and molasses!

  31. Bread. When i was a preschooler, my babysitter once told me a kind of choose-your-own-adventure story, and when i was offered a choice between going to the Candy Island or the Bread Island…i picked Bread.

  32. Well, turning down food was not an option! Except once when I would not eat “cube(d) steak”. Even today the thought of it makes my mouth itch! I was sent to my room for that burst of defiance. That being said, I loved having breakfast foods for supper. Or BLTs on a hot summer night. Oh and tuna-noodle casserole. I guess my tastes weren’t too high brow – simple and satisfying.

  33. The old stand by for us kids was cheese sauce with peas on toast. Funny I don’t remember that we ever ate peas any other time unless it was with cheese sauce, homemade from scratch!

  34. Sweet potatoe casserole. A cousin of ours brought a southern recipe of mashed sweet potatoes with a walnut crumble on top and there were never any left-overs! We still have it at holidays, but I make it with fresh yams instead of canned. I can’t wait for my portion next week!

  35. Nothing was turned down in our home growing up. I was not a picky eater and it would not have been an option, we ate what we had and we were grateful. I am grateful for growing up like that because I am always happy to try anything new that is available. As far as favorites, my Mother’s cornbread cooked in the cast iron skillet that is now mine is one of my most coveted food memories, as well as her fried okra cooked in the same skillet. Happy memories of Mom in the kitchen!

  36. I’m so excited for the new book! I bought one for all my new mom friends, but forgot to get one for me!
    The foods I never turned down as a kid were many! The women in my family know how to cook and were always making amazing, delicious meals. The dishes that stick out in my head are mashed potatoes, pasta and dessert. Yes, I’m a carb girl, and proud of it:)

  37. Boiled eggs. I’m not sure why, but these were my favorite when I was small. I would choose them over sweets any time. I still love eggs every way.

  38. My dad’s linguine with bolognese was my favorite. My mom wrote Time Life’s Italian cookbook, but it was my dad who taught her to cook.

  39. My grandma Annie made the best biscuits. As a child, I would watch her take a big bowl of flour out of her pantry, create a little hollow in it and start putting her other ingredients in it – homemade buttermilk being one. She didn’t measure anything. She would lift out the dough she made and put the big bowl of flour back in the pantry. She would flatten out the dough and using one of her tea glasses cut rounds out. They were served with her own churned butter. I still have not found a biscuit that comes close to hers.

  40. Liver and onions were my fave, especially if there was a little bacon,too….I was also fond of leftovers and would often raid the fridge……I loved the way the flavours had melded and matured!

  41. A favorite that holds lots of memories would be Mom’s Souskluitjies (Cinnamon Dumplings). Cold Sunday evenings and a bowl of steaming souskluitjies in front of the fireplace! Good times 🙂

  42. Fried chicken, made in scary hot oil by my mother on special occasions, with not too much coating/crust and never greasy – really!! I could eat my weight in fried chicken back then … (Admittedly, in a family of 4 kids, we pretty much ate everything, and ate it fast if we wanted to get seconds!)

    Can’t wait to see pictures in this edition! Will be updating the cookbook library even if I don’t win a copy …

  43. Hi Cynthia – so happy to see the new edition of FTWF. Our original version is so dog-eared and food stained after many-a-years of use. It still is our go-to cookbook that captures all our fine Bastyrian memories every time we use it.
    For my never-turned-down food it would have to be corn-on-the-cob. It got so bad that my grandparents – who grew such sweet corn that it was a family joke that my grandfather fertilized them with sugar – had to keep an eye on me as I was known to steal corn off my sister’s plate when she was not looking. To this day I can’t refuse a fresh ear of corn. Thanks again for all your inspirations.

  44. we would never turn down my dads potato soup. He toiled over it and made us feel like it was the most special meal. The creamy goodness was tough to beat. I make it now, but add lots of roasted veggies to make it a little more nutritious!

  45. Foods I never turned down as a kid…
    There are so many!! Huckleberry pancakes made with huckleberries my family picked at Mt. Spokane, plums and apricots fresh from our fruit trees, and any vegetables from our garden.

  46. I have the strangest of all memories of childhood eating. I had my tonsils out and couldn’t eat anything for awhile. I remember sitting down next to my mother who had a chopped black olive sandwich with mayonnaise, and I took a bite. It tasted like heaven since it was the first real food I’d had since my operation. I never remember my mother ever eating an olive sandwich before or after that time. But, I have had a fondness of olives ever since.

  47. Lima beans. The texture! I actually used to put some in my mouth, mumble that I had to use the bathroom, and run to spit them in the toilet. They would’ve spent less time in my mouth if I’d just eaten them!

  48. I ate with gusto everything that my gourmet mother cooked except borscht. She was a magnificent cook! And I love the Feeding the Whole Family cookbook.

  49. I would never turn down when my mom made tuna fish. Something about her combo of mayo, celery salt, pepper and onion powder was the best.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *