Where Slow Food and Whole Food Meet (Giveaway!)

Where Slow Food and Whole Food Meet

I’m so excited to announce that Where Slow Food and Whole Food Meet (affiliate link), a cookbook full of fantastic slow cooker recipes, is being released today! Over 30 bloggers, myself included, contributed recipes to the book to benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida.

All of the recipes, which were lovingly edited and compiled by Jennifer of Mother Thyme and Christine of Cook the Story, look fantastic. I’m especially excited to try the butternut squash chili, the raspberry-chipotle chicken tacos (made with raspberry preserves!) and the chicken with 40 (!!) cloves of garlic.  I contributed these pork meatballs in marinara sauce, which I made using last year’s canned crushed tomatoes, and we are loving them with spaghetti as an easy weeknight dinner. If you want to see the recipes though, you’ll have to buy the book!

(Psst: Want a free copy of Where Slow Food and Whole Food Meet for yourself? Subscribe to receive Savvy Eats by email, and you’ll receive the book as a thank you gift!)

September is Hunger Action Month, a nationwide campaign designed to mobilize the public to take action on hunger. One in six Americans struggles with hunger, so this is an important issue that we should all be aware of. If you want to help, Feeding America has a few suggestions on their webpage. And if you want to help and check out Where Slow Food and Whole Food Meet, make a donation to your local food bank. Feeding America food banks across the country are giving the ebook version to their donors as a free gift. Donate and get your free ebook here. Alternatively, if you buy a hard copy of the book on Amazon, all proceeds will go to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida!

To help support the food bank further and get the word out about our cookbook, some generous brands have jumped on board as sponsors. San Miguel Produce, Grimmway Farms and Old Oak Farms by RPE Produce are making some big contributions to help end hunger. Each of these brands are contributing food to their local food banks, and giving $5 in donations for every print copy of the book that we sell, on top of the proceeds from the book that are already going to the food bank.

Plus, these brands, along with Hamilton Beach, have put together some fun giveaways to get you excited about the book! Check them out:

1. Each participating blogger is giving away two print copies of the book. This giveaway is sponsored by San Miguel Produce, Grimmway Farms and Old Oak Farms by RPE Produce. Visit all the blogger links below to enter on their sites and increase your chances of winning!

2. Many of us (myself included) are giving away a Hamilton Beach Set & Forget Programmable 6-Quart Slow Cooker. That’s right, one Savvy Eats reader will win this awesome slow cooker! This giveaway is sponsored by Hamilton Beach – check out the other blogger links to see who else is giving away a slow cooker as well.

3. One winner will receive free carrots for a year from Grimmway Farms, free greens for a year from San Miguel Produce, and a potato prize pack (40 pounds of potatoes, 1 bamboo bowl, 1 cutting board, 1 pepper mill, 1 measuring spoon set, 1 recipe booklet AND 1 “About Potatoes” booklet) from Old Oaks Farm by RPE Produce. This one is sponsored by the co-editors of the book, Jennifer and Christine!

Enter below (sorry, U.S. residents only!), and then scroll down to check out the links to all the other bloggers who contributed to this cookbook!

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To see all the amazing bloggers who participated in this cookbook (I’ve given you the name of the recipe they contributed too!) and to see where you can go to enter again and again to win all of these amazing prizes, visit Christine and Jennifer’s blogs.

Autumn Apple Chicken Sandwiches from Chocolate & Carrots
Balsamic Orange Roast Beef from a farmgirl’s dabbles
Barbacoa Tacos from My Baking Heart
Broccoli and Cheese Potato Soup from Big Bear’s Wife
Butternut Squash Vegetarian Chili from Nutmeg Nanny
Chicken Burrito Bowls from Two Healthy Kitchens
Chicken Cacciatore from Poet in the Pantry
Chicken, Potato and Barley Stew from Magnolia Days
Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic from Around My Family Table
Chinese Beef and Broccoli from Very Culinary
Creamy Buffalo Chicken from Mother Thyme
Cuban Black Bean Soup from Food n’ Focus
Cuban Seafood Stew from The Kitchen Prep
Harvest Chili from WonkyWonderful
Italian Beef Sandwiches from Yummy Healthy Easy
Lentil, Sausage and Kale Stew from Jeanette’s Healthy Living
Mango Chicken from Stetted
Macaroni and Cheese With Sugar Snap Peas from Brooklyn Farm Girl
Pork Meatballs in Marinara Sauce from Savvy Eats
Pork Tenderloin Florentine from All Day I Dream About Food
Pumpkin, Chicken and Spinach Tortellini Soup from An Edible Mosaic
Spiced Lentil Stew from Je suis alimentageuse
Sweet and Spicy Carnitas from Cravings of a Lunatic
Sweet Italian Sausage and Peppers from Sweet Remedy
Tex-Mex Scalloped Potato and Carrot Dinner from Cook the Story
Thai Coconut Curry Beef and Broccoli from Food Faith Fitness
Thai Pork with Vermicelli Salad from Jane’s Adventures in Dinner
Vegetarian Pumpkin White Chili from Kitchen Treaty
Whole Tuscan Chicken from The Little Kitchen

Psst: Want a free copy of Where Slow Food and Whole Food Meet for yourself? Subscribe to receive Savvy Eats by email, and you’ll receive the book as a thank you gift!


Join us at our Twitter party celebrating the launch of the cookbook on September 18th! Join us at 9 pm ET/8 pm CT and follow along with the #slowNwholeCookbook hashtag. We will also be joining Courtney Crozier, a former contestant on The Biggest Loser, for her weekly #justcrunchem Twitter parties on September 11th, 18th and 25th from 8-9pm ET.


Savvy Cookbooks: The Soda Fountain (and Chocolate Cherry Milkshakes)

Chocolate Cherry Milkshake Using Maraschino Cherries | Savvy Eats

I was so excited when a review copy of The Soda Fountain by Gia Giasullo and Peter Freeman showed up on my doorstep. After all, we’re coming up on the summer months, which is the perfect time for ice cream floats. And milkshakes. And sundaes. And egg creams. IE: all of the recipes in this book.

The book opens with a history of soda fountains. If you’re a fan of food history, the 50-ish pages of soda fountain history should be enough of a reason to buy the book.

After that, the book gets into the recipes. From syrups and sodas to sundaes to milkshakes, The Soda Fountain covers nearly every ice cream-based treat you could dream of.  I’m super excited to try making my own fruit syrups and sodas this summer when everything is in season. Plus, there are several suggested cocktails using the fruit syrups for those who don’t want to abstain. I’m also intrigued by the egg creams – I’ve never had one! – and think I might start with the blueberry version.

As far as sundaes go, there are three chapters packed with unique ideas, with recipes for the sundaes themselves, as well as toppings and baked goods to go with them.  But when it came time for me to choose some recipes to test, I opted for a milkshake. Thick and creamy, milkshakes are great for serving at the end of a summer dinner party. They require zero prep work and come together in seconds. Plus, they are easily customizable with different ice creams and syrups or fruits. Think how fun it would be to offer a DIY milkshake bar, with all sorts of ice creams!

Here, I adapted the cherry blossom shake, swapping the vanilla ice cream for chocolate and using my homemade maraschino cherries instead of store-bought. But don’t worry! If you didn’t can your own maraschino cherries last year, you can use the kind from the grocery here too. Chocolate cherry delicious-ness awaits!

Chocolate Cherry Milkshakes

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 2

Chocolate Cherry Milkshakes

Adapted from The Soda Fountain


  • 20 ounces chocolate ice cream
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 20 cocktail cherries (homemade or storebought)
  • 2 tablespoons juice from the cocktail cherries jar
  • For the cherry whipped cream:
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon juice from the cocktail cherries jar


  1. Pulse the ice cream and milk together in a blender to break up the ice cream. Gradually increase the speed to blend it all together.
  2. Add all but two of the cherries and the cherry juice to the blender and pulse a few times to combine.
  3. Divide the milkshake between two glasses. Top each with cherry whipped cream (see below) and a cherry.
  4. For the whipped cream:
  5. Whisk the cream with the sugar until soft peaks begin to form. Add the cherry juice, and beat until the whipped cream has stiff peaks.

Overall, there are some unique flavor combinations and a good amount of food history here, but I don’t know that I’d buy a book just about ice cream treats on my own. I give The Soda Fountain by Gia Giasullo and Peter Freeman…

3 out of 5 stars.

Psst: This post contains affiliate links. I only ever recommend products and books that I think you might like! I was sent a review copy of this book, but all opinions are my own.