November 18, 2014

The Bookshelf: The Grain-Free Family Table by Carrie Vitt & A Giveaway

Image posted with permission by Harper Collins Publishers

One of my favorite things about being a food blogger is celebrating my food blogging friends' successes. Today is the official book release day of The Grain-Free Family Table by my friend, Carrie Vitt and I'm so excited for her! 

I discovered Carrie's blog, Deliciously Organic in 2011 and admire how she improved her health by making gradual changes to an all-organic, unprocessed, nutrient-dense diet. Her blog is dedicated to providing her readers with strategies and tips for creating your own organic, whole-food pantry and creating flavorful recipes that are both satisfying and nourishing. Carrie's first cookbook, Deliciously Organic, was a welcome addition to my bookshelf. I often refer to the informative introductory chapter on organic ingredients and her extensive list of resources as I continue to implement gradual changes to my own pantry and educate myself more on organic foods and ingredients. 

Carrie recently offered to send me an advance copy of her newest cookbook, The Grain-Free Family Table, and I eagerly accepted. I have been curious about grain-free cooking for a few months now, especially after seeing how Carrie educates readers on the health benefits and versatility of a grain-free diet. I have also admired how Carrie has advocated for her health and turned to unprocessed food to help reverse various health issues, including an autoimmune disorder known as Hashimoto's Disease.

Although Peter and I do not have any health issues that require an elimination diet, I know we could do better at eating a more nutrient-dense diet with fewer carbs. If you are someone who does have a health issue that you would like to alleviate with a better diet, Carrie's cookbook will be a valuable resource to you. In her introduction, she tells you about her personal journey to healing her body with a grain-free diet--it's a must-read. You will also learn how to adapt recipes, what essential grain-free ingredients to stock in your pantry, and where to shop for the most cost-effective ingredients. Additionally, Carrie provides an extensive list of resources and a wealth of information on grain-free cooking and baking. Carrie breaks down all her tips into well-organized sections that are easy to understand and written in her well-loved, encouraging voice. She understands first-hand how daunting it is to make a major change to how you eat and she helps de-mystify the world of grain-free cooking and baking based on her years of experience so that it's less overwhelming to those of us new to a grain-free diet. 

Of course, one of the best parts of cookbooks are the recipes! Carrie has created 125 grain-free recipes for her newest cookbook. I've already read through it half a dozen times! As an avid baker, I'm especially eager to try my hand at grain-free baking and I've already started to stock my pantry with almond flour, coconut flour, coconut oil and ghee.

Some of the recipes you will find are these Apricot Pecan Cookies. I'm adding these to my holiday cookie baking list!

Image posted with permission by Harper Collins Publishers

There are delightful one-bite appetizers like these "Zingers". I'm definitely making these for our housewarming party!

  Image posted with permission by Harper Collins Publishers

And a kid (and adult)-friendly "Squash and Cheese". Pass me a fork!

Image posted with permission by Harper Collins Publishers

Carrie's friends at Harper Collins Publishers have offered to send one Flavia's Flavors reader a copy of The Grain-Free Family Table. I can't think of a better way to celebrate Carrie's accomplishment of another beautiful cookbook filled with nourishing recipes than with a giveaway! 

To enter the giveaway, just leave a comment answering this question:

What grain-free recipe would you like to make from Carrie's blog?
{Browse through Carrie's grain-free recipe index here.}

Giveaway Guidelines

  • One entry per person.
  • Giveaway is open to residents of the USA only.
  • You must provide a valid email address in order to be notified in case you are the winner.
  • The winner will have 48 hours to reply once they have been notified.
  • Giveaway ends on Monday, November 24th at 11pm (CST) and the winner will be announced here on this post the following day.

The giveaway is now closed. Thanks to everyone who entered!
The winner is Carrie. Congratulations!

Good luck everyone!

Diclosure: Harper Collins Publishers sent me a complimentary copy of Carrie Vitt's new cookbook and are graciously providing a copy to the giveaway winner. All opinions of this cookbook review are my own.

Comments (5)

The Apricot, Jalapeno and Bacon Zingers for sure!

Posted by Laureen Fox

I would love to try the White Bean Chicken Chili

Posted by Justin Willison

Grain free pizza!

Posted by Natalie

Caramel Apple Coffee Cake! Yum!

Posted by Carrie

The grain-free almond pancakes!

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