I’m giving away three books today:
- my newest (non-food) book, The Book of Ike: an abandoned dog’s [imagined] epic origin story;
- an e-book, crave. eat. heal. outtakes., from 2014 that I’ve updated and turned into a paperback; and
- my collaborative cookbook from last year, It’s Got To Taste Good! Easy Plant-Based Meat Recipes for the Adventurous Home Cook.
About The Book of Ike: On a scorching hot morning in July seven years ago, I pulled into the driveway of our 160-acre ranch after grocery shopping to find that my husband had acquired a furry companion: a mangy black puppy. He was like a second shadow and clearly already devoted to Kel. Neither one of us had even considered having pets – but when this little guy appeared in our yard on that fateful day – we couldn’t bring ourselves to turn him over to the local pound and what would certainly have meant death. We’ve never regretted our decision and if you have a rescue animal, you probably feel the same way.
Over the years we’ve often wondered about where Ike came from and what kinds of adventures he experienced as he wandered the fields and forests of rural Oklahoma. How did a puppy manage to survive hunger, thirst, coyotes, bobcats, speeding cars, and humans at the ripe young age of 3-months (the estimate given to us by our vet)? By sheer wit and instinct! And Ike has proved himself to be one intelligent canine.
I first got the idea to create an illustrated book about Ike and the various activities he loves like playing with his Frisbee, tugging at his Kong, running, swimming, etc., – but after reading the Lord of the Rings trilogy I decided that what Ike needed was an epic origin story. A story that told the tale of how he prevailed against the odds – the slings and arrows, the hard knocks, the near misses. Now, The Book of Ike is nowhere near as epic as the Lord of the Rings, of course (and it won’t take nearly as long to read)! But, for a mangy stray dog, it ain’t too shabby.
The first part of the book relates Ike’s [imagined] journey to our house; the second part is all illustrations showing Ike’s life with us. Every epic tale should have a happy ending! You can find sample images here.
The second book is a refresh of my colorful 16-recipe e-book, crave. eat. heal. outtakes. that accompanied the release of Crave Eat Heal: Plant-based Whole Food Recipes to Satisfy Every Appetite (2014). I updated the design, tweaked a couple of recipes, and turned it into a shiny 8.5″ x 8.5″ paperback. All recipes are gluten-free, contain little or no added oil, and are refined sugar-free. It’s available for purchase on Amazon for $15.95. (BTW, you can purchase a signed copy of the larger Crave Eat Heal here on my site.)
And to really sweeten the pot, I’m giving away It’s Got To Taste Good! because I’m very proud of this collaborative cookbook (with Elaine Spencer & Libby Doughty) and I think you will absolutely love these classic, comfort food recipes. If you are not the lucky winner, you can purchase a copy on Amazon for $10.99.
Below is the recipe for Almond Butter Choco-Berry Crunch Cereal taken from the Crunchy section in crave. eat. heal. outtakes. It’s oil-free, gluten-free and is sweetened with maple syrup.Print
Were you coo-coo for Cocoa Puff’s cereal when you were a kid? I certainly was, but my mom didn’t often buy it because she thought that Shredded Wheat or Life cereals were healthier. (Her efforts to curb my sweet tooth were to no avail, though!) Now that I’m an adult, I know how to satisfy those sweet cravings with healthier, if not completely virtuous, options.
- ¼ cup dried cherries, dried blueberries or goji berries
- ¼ cup cacao nibs
- 2 cups toasted rice cereal (such as Chex)
- 1 cup brown rice cereal
- 1 cup gluten-free rolled oats
- ½ cup natural (unsweetened, no added oil) almond butter
- ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
- ¼ cup pure maple syrup, or to taste
- 2 Tbsp. cacao or cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 250-degrees F and set aside a large baking sheet.
- In a large bowl, stir together the cherries, blueberries or goji berries, the cereals and oats. Set aside.
- In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, whisk together the almond butter, applesauce, maple syrup, cacao/cocoa powder and cinnamon. Heat just until melted and thoroughly combined.
- Pour this mixture into the cereal/oats mixture and stir to coat everything. The mixture will be clumpy and stiff. Scrape out onto a baking sheet and bake for 45-50 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes or so.
- Let the cereal cool completely before storing in an air-tight container for up to 10 days. To serve, add non-dairy milk and top with fresh berries.
- Serving Size: 1/2 cup
- Calories: 86
Keywords: breakfast, cereal, gluten-free, oil-free, easy, quick, chocolate, almond butter, cookbook
Giveaway runs from today through February 9 and is open for those residing in the U.S. and Canada. Thanks for entering and GOOD LUCK!