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: Patio Pizzeria (and Pizza Pinwheels)

Patio Pizzeria Cookbook

The Gardener and the Grill by Karen Adler and Judith Fertig is my go-to grilling book, filled with recipes for all sorts of grilling, from rubs and sauces to side dishes to unique entrees. I reviewed it last summer, and gave it a resounding 5 out of 5 stars. So you can imagine my delight when I saw that Adler and Fertig had a new grilling book, this time all about pizza.

As in their first book, Patio Pizzeria opens with a short introduction and some talk of tools and techniques you’ll need to make your own grilled pizza, and then zooms right to the recipes. The first chapter is all about pizza dough. There are eleven dough recipes, each with their own use. And there’s something for everyone – a classic pizza dough for the purists, whole wheat pizza dough for the health-conscious, and even a gluten-free dough recipe for those who avoid wheat.

Then we get to the good stuff: the complete dish recipes. Despite the title, the recipes in this cookbook aren’t limited to just pizza. There are also chapters on bruschetta, sandwiches and panini, focaccia and even rolls and calzones. For some reason, it never occurred to me before now to make paninis on the grill, but now I can’t wait to try it. Plus, DIY calzones? This book definitely earned a spot in my heart when I saw that chapter.

The pizza recipes themselves are divided into three chapters: Pizza on the Grill Grates, Pizza on the Pizza Stone, and Brick Oven-Style Pizza. Since we’re still waiting for a lot of fresh produce to come into season, I opted to try the early spring-friendly shaved Brussels sprout pizza with red onion, Pecorino and pancetta first.  It was a fabulous combination, with the salty pancetta and tender shaved Brussels sprouts contrasting nicely.

Pizza Pinwheels

I did struggle a bit to get the cheese to melt on top of the pizza without burning the crust when following the book’s instructions, and had to stick the pizza under the broiler of our oven for a few minutes at the end of the cook time. But I think that blame can be placed squarely on our old, falling-apart grill, which is either really really hot or essentially not on at all. Luckily, we’re getting a new grill soon, so I’m looking forward to making my pizza completely on the grill once we have access to more intermediate temperatures. I’m intrigued by the pineapple, prosciutto and nasturtium (!!) pizza, and might need to try that one next (you know, once our new grill is here).

I did have a lot of success with the BLT pizza pinwheels from the Pockets, Rolls, Piadine, and Calzones chapter, however. I changed up the filling based on what I had in the refrigerator, and used a combination of garlic, bell pepper, chives and goat cheese. In the end, we had puffy cheesy pizza rolls that were mess-free and the perfect appetizer. Or, serve them as an entree with a big side salad. Either way, you can’t lose!

Pizza Pinwheels

Overall, I give Patio Pizzeria by Karen Adler and Judith Fertig…


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