A couple of months ago I received the most wonderful gift from Kimberley Copithorne - a copy of her recently published book, The Health and Happiness Cookbook. I first came across her blog, Prairie Winds Life,
when she joined the Food Bloggers of Canada. I'm also a fairly new member, and when she was welcomed to the group, I immediately checked out her blog. It caught my eye because she lives reasonably close to Calgary, on a ranch outside the Rockies. Sigh.....can you imagine waking up to those mountains everyday? What I soon discovered after poking around her blog was that she basically cooks and bakes all the foods of my dreams. Seriously. You need to check it out. NOW.
Since I've been conversing back and forth with Kimberley for the last few months, I've also learned that besides being food twins (my claim, not hers), we have kids that are essentially the same age. I'm now kinda-sorta that creepy fan that's like "lets be friends, let's be friends!!" We're definitely hanging out soon. Why did I share that here? I don't know. I'm just super pumped to meet her in person.
Here is the part where I need to tell you (I kind of already did), that I received this copy from Kimberley for free. I am under no obligation to write anything (good or bad) about what I think of it. All opinions are strictly my own. I am not being compensated to tell you how darn amazing every page is.
So, about this book:
The Health and Happiness Cookbook is inspired by the Health and Happiness Society book series, written by Katie Cross. I haven't read this award winning Chick Lit book series, but I can assure you I will. In the foreword to the cookbook, both Katie and Kimberley stress the pursuit of a balanced and happy lifestyle, where it's ok (and encouraged!) to enjoy both healthy and nutritious foods, as well as the odd treat. And trust me, after sampling one of the recipes from the chapter Healthy Girl-Power Recipes, I can assure you that Kimberley's healthy choices are so delicious that you can essentially call them a treat too :)
The recipes throughout this book are inspired by the characters in Katie Cross' book series. (For those interested, these titles include Bon Bons to Yoga Pants and I Am Girl Power).
You can find out more about them and the author at www.kcrosswriting.com
. The recipes in the cookbook are grouped into chapters according to the characters that inspired them. How fun is that?! I picked one recipe from each chapter to try and tell you about here. On that note, let me say it was almost impossible to pick one per chapter. I basically could have cooked my way through the entire book (trust me, I will). This is one of those cookbooks where every single page is flagged. Read on to see the delicious discoveries I've tried so far!
|the book you all need|