Book Giveaway: The Pollan Family Table


The Bastyr University Bookstore has offered up this  gorgeous, fully illustrated collection of recipes, cooking techniques, and pantry wisdom for delicious, healthy, and harmonious family meals from the incredible Pollan family—with a foreword from Michael Pollan for our June giveaway.

In The Pollan Family Table, Corky, Lori, Dana, and Tracy Pollan invite you into their warm, inspiring kitchens, sharing more than 100 of their family’s best recipes. Continue reading

Book Giveaway: The Healthy Mind Cookbook


Rebecca Katz, chef and author extraordinaire, wrangled the hotel chefs in Phoenix into feeding participants fantastic whole foods meals and snacks at the recent 2015 annual Health and Nutrition Conference.  No easy task.  I was there.  Her recipes are yum. Despite her pixie size, she’s can do some heavy lifting.

This is Rebecca’s third book.  The Longevity Kitchen and The Cancer-Fighting Kitchen are her first two babies.  You can see right away that Rebecca has devoted her life to improving the health of others through food.  She’s the kitchen doc.  And a delightful, generous soul that knows how to make vegetables sing. Continue reading

How to Build a Better Cookie

Have you ever tried to make your grandma’s favorite cookie recipe substituting whole Gingerbread-Cookiesgrain flours and less refined sweeteners?  Or changing out butter for other fats.  As well-intentioned as this is, the results can be disappointing – sometimes the cookies are better as hockey pucks, other times they fall apart as you scrape them from the cookie sheet.  Here are some tips that might help next time you attempt a cookie conversion.

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Book Giveaway: 75 Homemade Salad Dressings

Contest closed.  Thanks everybody.

Spring cleaning, inside and out, can lead to the desire for greens glorious greens.  And I know I have a tendency to lean toward those three easy salad dressings that I make all the time.  You too?  Well this charming little book is for you.

Jeff Keys’ focus on simplicity, variety, and seasonal ingredients combined with the ease of flipping through this cookbook makes creating homemade salad dressings easy and satisfying. Top your favorite greens with Honey-Roasted Raspberry Vinaigrette or give your salad a toss with a dressing that has an international flavor such as Simple Spanish Sherry Vinaigrette or Asian Ginger-Lime Vinaigrette. If you are feeling like a slaw, try Caribbean Slaw Dressing, or if a creamy dressing sounds tempting, Creamy Lemon, Fresh Tarragon, and Pink Peppercorn Dressing might fit the bill.

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Susan (the most incredible fitness instructor of all time) is all up in this.  Really. She asked me to write a missive on hydration and how to flavor your water so you’ll drink more.

Sometimes we forget to hydrate in the colder months.  We think, hey I’m not sweating so it’s not as important.  Mistake.  We’re living indoors and in cars where there is dry air keeping us warm.  We’re NOT drinking icy drinks to keep us cool.  We’re getting colds and fevers which really knock the fluids out of your system. It’s easier than you might imagine to develop symptoms of dehydration in winter.

How much do you weigh?

  • Ok. Divide that by two.
  • That’s how many ounces of water you need to be drinking each day.
  • So if you weigh 130 pounds, that’s 65 ounces. Divide that by 8 and there’s your number: 8 cups of liquid a day +change (1 ounce).

Does coffee count?

  • No.
  • Caffeine is a diuretic.  Makes you lose water.  You’ll have to make up for your cup-o-joe habit by adding more water to the formula.

Does soup count?

Getting tired of plain water?

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Book Giveaway: Pretend Soup by Mollie Katzen

CONTEST CLOSED!  Thanks everyone.

Our children fill our hearts with love during the Valentine’s season.  That’s why the Bastyr University Bookstore has offered Mollie Katzen’s perfect cookbook for youngsters as the Cookus Interruptus February book giveaway.

Pretend Soup has rapidly become the children’s cookbook classic, and no home or daycare center should be without a copy.

Mollie Katzen, author of the Moosewood Cookbook, and educator Ann Henderson have created a masterpiece formatted for grown-ups–with written instructions, suggestions, and caveats–and for kids–with illustrated, easy-to-follow pictures. Continue reading

Book Giveaway: The Way of Tea and Justice

CONTEST CLOSED!  Thanks everyone.

This book is just our cup of tea. Connecting food with lending a helping hand.

Author Becca Stevens shares how a simple cup of tea provides justice employment to women worldwide and introduces a bold new initiative, shared trade.

What started as an impossible dream — to build the Thistle Stop Café, which employs women recovering from prostitution and addiction in Nashville, TN — is now a global mission to bring freedom and fair wages to women producers of tea. As Becca reflects on the meaning of tea in our lives today, she also sweeps the reader into the world of tea, where timeless rituals transport to an era of beauty and the challenging truths about tea’s darker, more violent history.

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Curbing Your Enthusiasm for Sugar

Have you been considering cutting back, way back, on your sugar consumption?  As a lifelong sugar addict (picture an 8 year old stealing candy from the neighbors, the grocery store, out of my mom’s purse; then refusing to eat any dinner)I empathize with the uphill battle this type of commitment can entail.  Scientists have been attempting to point out how diabolical sugar can be for decades.  We have blithely turned our back and reached for another mini cupcake as the sugar intake in our country has gone through the roof. Continue reading

Book Giveaway: The Forest Feast


Grace from the lovely state of Virginia won the book!

Contest closed.

Brought to you by the Bastyr University Bookstore (thanks Marty!) we’re giving away a copy of the festive vegetarian cookbook The Forest Feast.

Erin Gleeson made her dream a reality when she left New York City and moved into a tiny cabin in a California forest in order to be closer to nature. The natural beauty of her surroundings and the abundance of local produce serve as the inspiration for The Forest Feast, based on her popular blog. Most of the book’s 100 wholly vegetarian recipes call for only three or four ingredients and require very few steps, resulting in dishes that are fresh, wholesome, delicious, and stunning.  Peek inside on Amazon. Continue reading

Book Giveaway: Fresh and Fermented



Brought to you by the Bastyr University Bookstore (thanks Marty!) we’re giving away a copy of the “just out” – Fresh & Fermented (Sasquatch Books)!

Julie O’Brien and Richard Climenhage launched their fermentation passion in 2010 by producing a line of delicious krauts to sell at local farmer’s markets. Not only did I like their product, EVERYbody did. Just four years later, with several Good Food awards on the mantle, they’re sending  products to retail locations throughout Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Arizona, Hawaii, and western Canada. So why not ALSO write a book too?! (Maybe the kraut gives them TOO much energy!). Continue reading