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Yummy Mummy Cookbook Giveaway

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013
The Yummy Mummy Kitchen Cookbook

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I’m so excited about this new cookbook and the fabulous Yummy Mummy behind it! Marina is one of my favorite bloggers. She is absolutely gorgeous inside and out, a rockstar mom, brilliant food photographer, and healthy cook!

Marina so kindly sent me a copy of her new cookbook ‘The Yummy Mummy Kitchen: 100 Effortless and Irresistible Recipes to Nourish Your Family with Style and Grace‘ and I must say it’s going to be a go-to for recipe inspiration. She also offered to giveaway 1 copy to a lucky reader! Details on how to enter are at the bottom of this post.

There are certain cookbooks that you use over and over again because the recipes are always delicious and easy to make and this is one of those books. It will be an instant family favorite for sure! What I love most about The Yummy Mummy Kitchen is the connection Marina has both with her family and herself. She shares wonderful life tips on how to balance life as an individual, a mom, and a wife.

She states,

“Yummy Mummy is a British term for an attractive, stylish mother. In my definition, however, a Yummy Mummy is a loving and dedicated mother who embodies a healthy lifestyle, while not losing a sense of the person she was before having kids. A Yummy Mummy laughs off spit-up down the back of her shirt and smashed Cheerios at the bottom of her purse. She holds onto her style and grace even with small children at home and in the most unglamorous times. A Yummy Mummy is not a high-maintenance mom. It does not mean weekly manicures, grocery shopping in stilettos, or nannies. It’s about putting the kids first, but taking care of herself and finding a balance in what can feel like chaos. Putting on a coat of mascara and lip gloss takes just a minute and makes us feel beautiful or “yummy.” Similarly, a simple meal can go from boring to special with just a little effort. A Yummy Mummy knows that adding a touch of glamour to everything: self, home, meals, and entertaining, makes life more fun and it’s a special way we can take care of ourselves and our families. Modern moms can be both Mummy and Yummy, and it doesn’t have to be hard or time consuming.”

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Marina also passes on the wisdom she learned from her mother and grandmother on how to be a Yummy Mummy.

“Original Yummy Mummy Tip: Exposing kids to entertaining is a good thing, as it’s an opportunity to teach manners and important social skills. Teaching our kids etiquette and proper table manners is a gift they can use their whole life. Tai Tai had her three children set the table every night and politely greet guests at the door when they had company. Tai Tai, and later my mom, reminded her children even during casual weeknight family dinners at home of proper etiquette. I’m thankful to have acquired this knowledge as a child, as I have always felt comfortable eating at friends’ houses, in upscale restaurants, and while travelling abroad, because I had been brought up knowing how to be polite in these situations.”

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I’m so thrilled about this cookbook and I know you will be too! It has over 100 mouth watering recipes and beautiful photography on every page. The recipes are clean, simple, and delicious. Today is the official launch date so head over to Amazon to pick up your gorgeous copy. You will be so glad you did!! 

Marina has also been so kind to giveaway 1 of her fabulous cookbooks for free!! To enter the giveaway simply leave a comment in the comments section below telling us what information/characteristics you look for most in a good cookbook. The lucky winner will be announced next Tuesday April 9th! Good Luck!! xo


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143 Responses to “Yummy Mummy Cookbook Giveaway”

  1. Kaytee April 2, 2013 at 10:03 pm #

    I’m so happy I stumbled across your site! I’ve been looking for writers who blog about healthy living and these are my kind of recipes! This book looks fantastic and I hope I can win it 🙂 can’t wait to make some of your recipes!!

  2. Nancy April 2, 2013 at 10:13 pm #

    ingredients that are readily available.

  3. Maria Elena April 2, 2013 at 10:14 pm #

    What I look for in a cook book is, not only ease and nutrition of the recipes, but recipes that call for easy to find or regular ingredients. If specific, not common ingredients are called for, I wish to see different tips or recipes for it’s use.

  4. Zhenya Cvetkova April 2, 2013 at 10:14 pm #

    I am always curious of new recipes that will open a new taste door for me! I also look for healthy option foods, always. We are what we eat, so for me it is key to feed in the best and most healthiest possible way:)

  5. Les J April 2, 2013 at 10:15 pm #

    The things that make a cookbook awesome are simple recipes that are appealing to the whole family and . Also I love a detailed recipes and pictures, there’s nothing worse than a trying a recipe fir the first time and you don’t have a picture to compare what you have concocted to.

  6. Les J April 2, 2013 at 10:16 pm #

    The things that make a cookbook awesome are simple recipesthatare appealing to the whole family and . Also Ilove a detailed recipes and pictures, there’s nothing worse than a trying a recipe fir the firsttime and you don’t have a picture to compare what you have concocted to.

    • Linda April 2, 2013 at 10:18 pm #

      Agreed!! Pictures are a must and hers are gorgeous!!

  7. Stephenie April 2, 2013 at 10:16 pm #

    This looks like such a beautiful cookbook. I love cookbooks that have photography that shows the beauty of the food itself, especially the fresh, whole foods.

  8. Kristie April 2, 2013 at 10:18 pm #

    Fast, easy and healthy recipes 🙂

  9. Maria B. April 2, 2013 at 10:22 pm #

    Well I like my cookbooks to be easy to read, filled with yummy recipes that are easy to make, attractive to look at and tasty. I’m not a chef and I may be able to cook gourmet foods but not everyone in my family can and we use cooking as much as we use the food itself as a way to socialize, and come together to spend some quality fun time. I don’t want to be stuck in the kitchen for over three hours, frustrated, tired and angry that I can’t replicate the recipe or the platter arrangement because it is simply not replicable, it’s literately unpalatable and some staged photoshop’ed within an inch of itself thing that is pretty to look at but not doable. I also want to be able to cook most of the recipes, food that is tasty and can be eaten easily on a daily basis that is both healthy and tasty; and lets be honest realistically a cookbook is not good if you can’t or don’t feel like using at least three quarters of the recipes it contains. If I can’t/don’t use it then it’s useless. It needs to be clear and concise… 🙂

  10. Angela April 2, 2013 at 10:25 pm #

    I look for cookbooks that incorporate techniques or recipes that I already use, but then put a spin on them or use new flavors; pushing the boundaries without stepping too far out of my comfort zone. Thanks for the great blog and always sharing new and helpful information!!

  11. Susan Stephenson April 2, 2013 at 10:25 pm #

    How exciting! Would love to win! I look for easy, healthy & pretty dishes 🙂

  12. Elle April 2, 2013 at 10:27 pm #

    Fresh, easy, nutritous recipes…can’t wait to try them out 🙂

  13. Lisa S. April 2, 2013 at 10:29 pm #

    In a great go-to cookbook, I always look for beautiful photographs that excite me about the food I’m cooking. I also look for beautifully married flavors, foods that my children will enjoy (or at least look really pretty so they’ll be more tempted to try something new), and recipes that are not overly complicated or require me to run to four different stores to get all the ingredients. Fresh is better always. I also enjoy reading little explanations or stories about the author and/or the recipes. A little insight always adds to the joy of the dish. Just like a good wine. 😉

  14. LaQuilia April 2, 2013 at 10:35 pm #

    I look for only two characteristics in a cookbook: easy to buy/find
    recipe ingredients and beautiful photos that accompany the dish! “The Yummy Mummy…” sounds like it is that type of cookbook (a good one). I’m sure Marina’s photography skills will bring her recipes to life! Thanks for exposing us to those you follow Linda! I read ur blog and follow you on Twitter so I def trust your review!

  15. Jacqui April 2, 2013 at 10:39 pm #

    Fantastic!!! something at last that every mum,new or otherwise can use…tips on how to not lose “you” in the juggling act of life, how to nurture yourself and family with quick nutritious fresh meals that still look elegant to use(and impress!) the neighbours and dinner it!

  16. Prairie Skye April 2, 2013 at 10:46 pm #

    I look for easy to follow, uncomplicated, pure recipes with inspiring photos…preferably with dairy & gluten free options.

  17. Stephanie April 2, 2013 at 10:50 pm #

    Hi!!! I look for recipes that I can share with my friends on FB because we are always competing with each other on the best “find”. We all strive for nutritious foods in our group and this book looks like it fits the bill. I also look for stories behind recipes that make the food more relatable and exciting :). Good luck with this book and I would live a copy!!!

  18. Holly April 2, 2013 at 11:02 pm #

    I always look for readily available ingredients as well as ease of recipe when looking for a good cookbook.

  19. Dana S April 2, 2013 at 11:15 pm #

    I love photos of the completed recipes, along with nutritional information.

  20. Pia Powers April 2, 2013 at 11:20 pm #

    well, the main characteristic I look for right now is now is your recommendation, Linda (-: you know your stuff, so this must be a good cookbook. overall, it’s trusted recommendations that lead me to good cookbooks, and beautiful photos of dishes that are simple, fresh, healthy and made with readily available ingredients.

  21. Mirella April 2, 2013 at 11:31 pm #

    This cookbook looks gorgeous! I look for delicious, healthy recipes that are not too time-consuming to prep and inspiring photography. Looks like this one has those features.

  22. Victoria April 2, 2013 at 11:50 pm #

    I look for simplicity, and whether or not the dish is healthy and nutritious.

  23. Lisa April 3, 2013 at 12:09 am #

    I look for healthy recipes that incorporate local, in-season foods that delivers healthy meals for my family and friends. I am always looking for tasty and unique recipes that are not overly complicated, but looks and tastes like it was made by a chef! We love to eat together as a family and entertain friends…I love to cook and love it even more when I get a “wow” when I make something! 🙂

  24. Roberta Kelinson April 3, 2013 at 12:16 am #

    i look for recipes that can offer me ease of preparation using healthy, organic, or natural ingredients. i look for recipes that match my lifestyle of treating my body as a unique work of art that deserves the best!

  25. Kim Schlegel April 3, 2013 at 12:17 am #

    I am a single Mom to an awesome 3 year-old…my hubby used to do all of the cooking (and he was great at it!) but now it’s up to me. I really want my daughter to grow up to be well and strong with a healthy relationship to good food that nurtures her body. As I grow stronger and more confidant in myself, I too, feel as though it’s something I deserve and that it is an amazing gift I can honour myself with – but I’m not entirely sure how to do that. I’m exploring what works for my body and what helps me feel radiant and well…as well as recipes that my daughter will actually eat 🙂 I look for qualities in a cookbook that provide those learning tools for me, and that empower my daughter and I to have the best nutrition and wellness in our lives so that we can truly & deeply live.

  26. susan April 3, 2013 at 12:29 am #

    I want to be a Yummy Mummy!!!!

  27. Annum S. April 3, 2013 at 12:32 am #

    I look for simple recipes that are descriptive and detailed with good quality pictures so I can easily follow and recreate the recipe!

  28. Fran T April 3, 2013 at 12:50 am #

    Easy to find ingredients. Great tasting food.
    Simple make. and lots of color pictures.
    Would LOVE this book!

  29. Allison Chatowsky April 3, 2013 at 12:52 am #

    Great pictures, healthy-readily available ingredients, and timely procedures. But mostly, a woman whose personality and overall view on healthy eating, is marinated throughout the book. I love to be inspired by a fellow working Mom’s passion for healthy living.

  30. Kaycie April 3, 2013 at 12:54 am #

    I love amazing pictures of healthy recipes. You know the kind that when you see them, you just have to try them right away! So the photography in a cook book has to grab your attention, the ease and ingredients of the recipe has to encourage the chef in all of us, and the final finished product… Well it has to be delicious of course, to all members of the family! And I want it to look just like that amazing picture that first caught my attention. Is that asking to much? : )

  31. Karen Yoder April 3, 2013 at 1:19 am #

    I like finding cookbooks with yummy healthy foods my kids will actually eat!!

  32. Teresa Hickey April 3, 2013 at 2:04 am #

    I look for simplicity and pretty pictures so I know what to expect 🙂

  33. Sandy Paruch April 3, 2013 at 2:10 am #

    I look for healthy easy to make recipes that are also kid friendly.

  34. Abbey Peterson April 3, 2013 at 2:22 am #

    In a cookbook, I look for delicious, nutritious, yet simple recipes. Things that are accessible and can be made in a short amount of time. This cookbook seems like it would fit the bill!

  35. Kathy April 3, 2013 at 3:58 am #

    I love pictures in a cookbook and these look wonderful! I like easy recipies with whole foods but not too many ingredients.

  36. April 3, 2013 at 4:06 am #

    I love cookbooks that use fresh ingredients. I’m tired of processed foods. Its important to be able to feed my family healthy foods. So many quick foods have a high Sodium content. Horrible for us especially the little ones. I would love to teach my daughters how to cook and eat healthy. Its such a challenge in this busy world. And some beautiful pictures make a cook book more enjoyable.

  37. hannah wright April 3, 2013 at 8:26 am #

    This book drew me in – for me its all about selling the dream … beautiful pictures, easy to follow recipes and a heavy dose of crossed fingers that my children will then eat the food!

  38. Chrystie Liddy April 3, 2013 at 8:50 am #

    Simple/Delicious/Kid Friendly = Perfect Cookbook!

  39. Sarah April 3, 2013 at 9:15 am #

    With 3 little girls, I look for recipes that are family freindly and have ingredients that are readily available. Of course, they have to be yummy!

  40. Stacey April 3, 2013 at 10:16 am #

    I look for easy, delicious recipes with not alot of ingredients!

  41. Jeff Blackwell April 3, 2013 at 10:28 am #

    I look for simplicity in a cookbook. I want to be able to easily find ingredients at the grocery store. I would love to win a copy of “Yummy Mummy” for my daughter in law who is pregnant and expecting her first. What a healthy beginning for her child could have with this great cookbook. Thanks.

  42. Rae-Anne April 3, 2013 at 10:48 am #

    My favourite part of any cookbook….”the story” I love the introduction, the story behind the inspiration to create; the book, and recipes within the pages.

    On the cooking side, I look for original recipes, not modifications of someone else’s …I collect cookbooks, so likely have a copy of a book with the original recipe, and have already modified it to make it my own…

  43. Tracey April 3, 2013 at 11:11 am #

    I look for fresh ingredients, vibrant colors and bright flavors when it comes to recipe books. It makes me want to try and make every dish!

  44. Liz April 3, 2013 at 11:17 am #

    Simple ingredients lists and photos are a must! 🙂

  45. Susan April 3, 2013 at 11:23 am #

    As a grandma who eats very healthy, I am always on the lookout for cookbooks that have colorful photos, easy to read print, easy to find ingredients, easy healthy recipes… I can make them and leave the book open to the recipe page… And inspire my daughter and granddaughter to try yummy (healthy) recipes. Great pics..thx…Gramdma Sue

  46. frankie michelle dennison April 3, 2013 at 11:26 am #

    I love whole food recipes- that are not only pretty but also delicious. My body craves and thrives non processed foods, and I just know this cookbook has lots of yummy recipes in it!

  47. Joanne Passmore April 3, 2013 at 11:33 am #

    First and foremost I want to know the nutritional information on each recipe in a cookbook- how much fat, fibre, sodium, protein, etc. Readily available ingredients is helpful, although we have a wonderful Vincenzo’s store close by which stocks more gourmet items. This Yummy Mummy cookbook looks very inviting, even though my own children are grown and now parents themselves, I still enjoy healthful cooking for my husband and I.

  48. Grammy Angela April 3, 2013 at 11:39 am #

    Beening a new grandmom I want to show my grandbabies early in life that eating well is fun! Having grown up in the south on fatten southern foods, I knew I had to make a change. When looking for healthy recipes I can say that using fesh whole foods are a must!

  49. Sarah April 3, 2013 at 12:01 pm #

    simple recipes with a twist that can be made every day, using commonly available, fresh food. this looks like one i would love!

  50. Alyssa April 3, 2013 at 12:12 pm #

    I love a cookbook that uses easy and simple ingredients, but still gives yummy flavor.!

  51. April 3, 2013 at 12:13 pm #

    I honestly love all cookbooks! Even books with complicated, fatty recipes I’m never going to make! Ha! But, what a joy to have cookbooks with beautiful pictures and recipes that come RECOMMENDED by Linda, whose opinion I value. Excited to check out yummy mummy blog—she had me at “glamour”.

  52. Ann April 3, 2013 at 12:18 pm #

    I look for easy healthy kid friendly
    Recipes. I also love a cookbook with pictures!

  53. Gary Berkebile April 3, 2013 at 12:22 pm #

    I like a cookbook that has simple ingredients, is easy to follow, healthy, and taste good when done.

  54. Whitley79 April 3, 2013 at 12:36 pm #

    I look for quick and simple, healthy recipes with ingredients that are readily available. I also like the pretty pictures!

  55. Margaret April 3, 2013 at 12:39 pm #

    I look for cookbooks that use fresh ingredients for healthy and not-too-fussy recipes. I especially enjoy cookbooks with pictures of the recipes – I like to see the finished product.

  56. Andrea Neusner April 3, 2013 at 12:53 pm #

    I look for healthy, gluten-free recipes that my whole family will love.

  57. Shannon April 3, 2013 at 12:54 pm #

    I look for a cookbook that is healthy and easy to make in less than an hour.

  58. Theresa April 3, 2013 at 1:18 pm #

    I look for easy, fast recipes that are made with quality ingredients!

  59. Tina April 3, 2013 at 1:22 pm #

    How Wonderful that we have people who care about what they feed their loved ones and can be a great role model for the HEALTH of future generations! I REJOICE!!!

  60. Paige April 3, 2013 at 1:42 pm #

    This book looks great- thanks for sharing Linda!

    In a cookbook I look for pictures, clearly written instructions I can glance at, and any modifications that could be made.

    Love your blog Linda!

  61. Kari April 3, 2013 at 1:49 pm #

    I love a cookbook with fresh ingredients. My husband works for a produce company and fresh is the only option in our household. I also work outside of the home and have a long commute, so quick (45 minutes or less) recipes are a must for the family.

  62. Edie Wright April 3, 2013 at 1:57 pm #

    What I look for in a cookbook are clean, simple ingredients, easily accessible ingredients, and inspiring pictures!

  63. amy April 3, 2013 at 1:57 pm #

    LOVE this and would love to own this cookbook! What a super patient and awesome Mom…giving her children a wide range of flavors and taste!

  64. Nicole April 3, 2013 at 2:08 pm #

    I typically look for books that offer a variety of recipes for all times of year. Must haves are pictures, ingredients that are readily available at most local markets, freshness, and no processed add ins (ie: canned condensed soups, packaged sauces, etc.) I like variety as it keeps from getting in a rut for meals.

    Thank you for the opportunity to win this book and also for posting such wonderful useful information on the web for all to access and utilize.

  65. Rene April 3, 2013 at 2:10 pm #

    I look for recipes that taste great and are simple to make. I have tons of cookbooks but many require you spend too much time in the kitchen.

  66. Jan Romeo April 3, 2013 at 2:12 pm #

    I like cookbooks with recipes that require mostly ingredients/spices I have around, along with two or three main ingredients that I might need to put on my shopping list for the week. And except for spices and other staples, the ingredients list should have just 5 or 6 items. An easy recipe is going to take 30 minutes or less of hands-on preparation time. OK, those are my hopes for the “effortless” recipes. Can’t wait to see this beautiful cookbook.

  67. Kami Balmforth April 3, 2013 at 2:20 pm #

    I love cookbooks that get me excited about going home after a long day and actually making a meal. Now that I’m into the raw/clean food thing, I’m finding that I do enjoy cooking and get excited about trying new and healthy recipes. Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

  68. Imroze April 3, 2013 at 2:30 pm #

    I love cookbooks that take ingredients I know and show me a different ways of using them. Photography definitely makes a difference as we all “eat with our eyes” before we taste any of the food. If the disk looks amazing, then I’ll make the effort to give it a try, and maybe discover a new ingredient that I can add to my food knowledge and expand my world a bit.

    Cookbooks I’m drawn to have great photography, clear directions and list of ingredients that inspire my taste buds.

    In my home we love to cook! Experimenting with new flavours/dishes is always exciting.

  69. Julie April 3, 2013 at 2:42 pm #

    Readily available ingredients, pretty pictures and yummy content!

  70. Cindy Aldridge April 3, 2013 at 2:43 pm #

    Pictures and easy but really good recipes.

  71. Diane M. April 3, 2013 at 2:43 pm #

    I love cookbooks with interesting flavor combinations as I am not particularly creative in the kitchen. Pictures are a must. They inspire me to get cooking! This looks like a wonderful cookbook, and I will be checking out Marina’s blog for sure!

  72. Teresa Schawo April 3, 2013 at 2:44 pm #

    I love a cookbook with pictures and easy recipes. Not too many ingredients, otherwise it is a bit overwhelming.

  73. Pamela April 3, 2013 at 2:45 pm #

    I have two young girls that I want to raise to be smart, healthy eaters! I am always looking for nutritious recipes that my whole family can enjoy, but are simple enough to pull off at the end of a busy day.

  74. Martine April 3, 2013 at 2:47 pm #

    What I love is clean, simple ingredients, easily accessible ingredients, and inspiring pictures!A cook book to inspire me to want to be healthy!
    Thanks for hosting this giveaway.


  75. Courtney April 3, 2013 at 2:54 pm #

    I always love finding cookbooks that have beautiful pictures (which inspire me to cook after a long day of work) and a simple ingredient list so I can imagine what the final result will taste like. Maybe that’s silly, but I really enjoy that!

  76. Donita J April 3, 2013 at 2:58 pm #

    I love beautiful photos of the food in a cookbook, but more than that I like common ingredients and easy and quick process. This looks like a great cookbook.

  77. Jeannine April 3, 2013 at 2:59 pm #

    As a full time working “mummy”, I look for cookbooks that have quick and simple, yet nutritious and energizing recipes. I don’t have time to spend hours cooking dinner, but I also don’t have time to worry and regret a “quick” meal that has no nutritional value, or other harmful ingredients included. I want my family’s mealtime to be a pleasant experience- a time for bonding and talking about the day while we all enjoy a beautiful meal together. So I look for cookbooks that can help me achieve those things-quick and simple, nutritious and colorful, and of course, yummy!

  78. Kristina April 3, 2013 at 3:02 pm #

    I am always looking for a book that has the right balance between recipes and discussion of technique.A book that tells you what this ingredient is good for, what herbs go together, how to make the base sauces, etc.It should be filled with basic information about: identifying different vegetables, herbs, and fruits.

  79. patricia April 3, 2013 at 3:11 pm #

    What I look in cookbooks for are vibrant photos with easy recipes and accessable ingrididents. with coment on how the dish benefits you health. Also appealing to the whole family.

  80. Linda Aime April 3, 2013 at 3:12 pm #

    I love photographs! I’m a photographer and I love to cook so good photographs will draw me to a cookbook first, then from those photographs it will draw me to the food. I look for healthy food that my whole family will love. This book looks gorgeous.

  81. Julie April 3, 2013 at 3:12 pm #

    I have 2 young girls who are fussy about what they eat so I am always looking for simple recipes made with fresh ingredients and flavors that will not only appeal to me but more importantly to my children. I have discovered a world of raw, fresh foods and I want my children to appreciate these foods as well and not the processed foods that seem to appeal to them now!

  82. Diane April 3, 2013 at 3:18 pm #

    Thanks for sharing this! The main recommendations I look for are ways to get all the nutrition in that you need for one day. So in addition to great, EASY recipes, I love to see a food plan with snack ideas as well!

  83. Sasha April 3, 2013 at 3:19 pm #

    Thank you for posting the videos above, watching that showed me the real reason for wanting to add this cookbook to my kitchen. Simple, healthy, delicious recipes bringing family together and providing the proper nutrition. Lets not leave out the beautiful pictures that inspire us to live, cook, and love! 🙂

  84. April 3, 2013 at 4:07 pm #

    I can’t wait to get my hands on this beautiful book from my dear friend Barbra’s daughter…it has everything you could ever want in a cookbook…Marina has a knack for creating such beautiful recipes that are healthy, easy to make and understand, not so time consuming, along with gorgeous photos…looking forward to making her tomato cappellini this summer when our tomatoes are in season….congratulations to you, Marina!!!

  85. Sally April 3, 2013 at 4:11 pm #

    I LOVE to read cookbooks! I most enjoy cookbooks with pictures of every recipe, ingredients that are easy to find and budget friendly, and most of all things that all of my family will eat and enjoy-including the little ones. 🙂

  86. Chatelaine April 3, 2013 at 4:33 pm #

    I like to make sure the ingredients are all wholesome clean foods, readily available and use techniques and equipment that aren’t ‘over the top’.

  87. Jenny Reed April 3, 2013 at 4:57 pm #

    I would love to win this cookbook. I honestly judge a book by the photography. If the images are beautiful and that much time was taken to style and light the shot, then the recipe must be worth the effort! I also look for everyday ingredients. I have too many books that require specialty items I don’t have on hand in my kitchen. I have 3 young kids, including two year old twin girls, so I look for resources to help me do the best job I can as a mom!

  88. Jenna April 3, 2013 at 5:19 pm #

    wow this book looks great! I love her idea of finding beauty and “yumminess” in the simple things. In life and in food! looking forward to diving in!

  89. Jamie April 3, 2013 at 5:32 pm #

    I love a cookbook with easy, wholesome meals for my family and great pictures so I get excited about what we eat.

  90. marta April 3, 2013 at 5:39 pm #

    As a mother of a rather picky two and a half year old I am looking for an inspiration for easy, fun, healthy and delicious recipes. My daughter loves to go through my cook books that have pictures and suggests what she would like us to try to make.

  91. Jessica April 3, 2013 at 5:54 pm #

    I look for healthy, beautiful, recipes!

  92. Lorrie April 3, 2013 at 6:15 pm #

    I look to cookbooks, like any book, to have my life enriched and to be inspired to be a better me. 🙂

  93. Emily April 3, 2013 at 6:20 pm #

    Seasonality of ingredients is always an attribute of what I consider to be a great cookbook. Suggestions for substitutions are always fantastic, too! 🙂

  94. Krystal April 3, 2013 at 6:28 pm #

    I look for recipes that aren’t too difficult to prepare. I also like recipes that can be doctored if you want to switch out something according to your taste.

  95. Thaihoa Burroughs April 3, 2013 at 6:28 pm #

    I love a good cookbook that can accommodate a growing family with simple yet healthy recipes all ages can enjoy, and recipes that can be budget friendly and inspires you to make these recipes time and time again.

  96. Serina April 3, 2013 at 6:32 pm #

    I look for cookbooks that are healthy and easy to follow – great pictures don’t hurt either :).

  97. Rhonda April 3, 2013 at 6:32 pm #

    I look at the overall nutritional value of the dishes in the cookbook, as well as the time it takes to prepare the dishes.

  98. Nicole April 3, 2013 at 6:34 pm #

    Linda, this book looks incredible! I can’t wait to check it out! In cookbooks, I always look for beautiful pictures that make me want to make the recipe, easy to find ingredients and practical applications. This book looks perfect!

  99. Jen April 3, 2013 at 6:40 pm #

    I look for beautiful photos to accompany the recipes in the book. They make the food look gorgeous which, in turn, makes me want to try the recipe. I’m excited to find out more!

  100. Alex April 3, 2013 at 6:54 pm #

    I love good quality photos as I want to know what I’m shooting for with a recipe.

  101. Carolyn S April 3, 2013 at 7:05 pm #

    My mouth is watering already! I always look for cookbooks that don’t call for a million ingredients I’ll never use again. I want to whip up something healthy and smart with (mostly) ingredients I can find in my cupboard or a trip to the little local market down the street.

  102. Christine H April 3, 2013 at 8:21 pm #

    I look for healthy recipes that are do-able given my hectic lifestyle! (this cookbook sounds like one I would like–would love to win it, but if I can’t, I’ll definitely check it out!)

  103. Karen April 3, 2013 at 8:58 pm #

    I used to look for a picture with every recipe in cookbooks. I still look for pictures, but now I am more interested in the quality of the recipe and its ingredients. Wholesome, real food, that is food for your body, mind, and soul.

  104. Kiani April 3, 2013 at 8:59 pm #

    Definitely pictures! And maayyyyyybe some good recipes. But mostly pictures.

  105. Alaina April 3, 2013 at 9:03 pm #

    I look for easy recipes that can be enjoyed by the whole family, that are packed with nutrients and at the same time nurturing to our bodies.
    I also love beautiful pictures for inspiration while I am cooking!

  106. Melissa April 3, 2013 at 9:17 pm #

    I look for a cookbook with recipes that have very little sugar (or healthy substitutes) and have ingredients that are readily available. There is nothing worse than buying all the ingredients and only using a small amount of something and having the rest go to waste.

  107. Andrea April 3, 2013 at 10:21 pm #

    I always love learning more about an ingredient, something I didn’t know about how to use it, what it pairs with, how to select it, etc. Or a new ingredient combination I haven’t tried. . . . those make me happy too 🙂

  108. Teesha April 3, 2013 at 10:42 pm #

    Someone who is passionate about incorporating her recipes into her/his everyday life. One that creates recipes that are healthy and full of nutrients to empower them to help others and continue making wonderful recipes that are enjoyable and delicious!


  109. Carmen April 3, 2013 at 11:19 pm #

    ~ I love cookbooks with all sorts of pictures..for easy to follow directions and yummy inspiration!! ~

  110. Julina April 3, 2013 at 11:48 pm #

    A mix of classic recipes and challenging ones. But also with pictures of step by step instructions so your product looks similar to the picture in the cookbook 🙂

  111. Stacey April 4, 2013 at 12:43 am #

    Love a cookbook with lots of pictures and easy to find ingredients.

  112. Heidi April 4, 2013 at 1:04 am #

    The name of this cookbook is so cute!! I look for Recipes that look and sound delicious! Linda, all the recipes I have tried from your blogs have all been yummy!! Thanks!

  113. Karen April 4, 2013 at 1:54 am #

    Love a cookbook that is delicious and achievable for everyday healthy family meals!

  114. Elizabeth April 4, 2013 at 2:14 am #

    Familiar ingredients, whole foods, photos, simple directions, variations –seeing some options for how to mix up the recipe gives me the freedom to tweak it a little

  115. Christina April 4, 2013 at 3:50 am #

    Family friendly meals that are healthy and delicious. Beautiful photos are always a nice addition as well.

  116. Judy Anderson April 4, 2013 at 5:35 am #

    I look for cookbooks that are about healthy eating, using fresh ingredients along with ease of preparation, and do not call for too many special & expensive ingredients that you would use only on occasion.
    I do enjoy colorful photos showing each dish and how it’s displayed once finished, we eat with our eyes first after all.
    It should be fun! 🙂

  117. Flores April 4, 2013 at 6:47 am #

    Hello! I am a starter at cooking, so at a cookbook I look for easy to make, healthy and fun recipes and also, for new tastes and interesting food combination. When I buy cookbooks I also look for the ones that are well structured, that have large, vivid,many images.

  118. Angelia April 4, 2013 at 8:03 am #

    I love a cookbook that offers healthy meals, easy to find ingredients, and down right “home” cooked recipes that everyone will love…. And this cookbook sounds like a match!

  119. Jenifer April 4, 2013 at 8:50 am #

    I look for real, whole foods combined in simple and appealing ways.

  120. lisa April 4, 2013 at 9:15 am #

    My appetite starts with my eyes so photos are a must. Then I look for recipes that are packed with nutritious fresh ingredients, meals that are filling, that the whole family will enjoy and are quick and easy to prepare.

  121. Constance Scott April 4, 2013 at 10:01 am #

    Generally speaking, I don’t enjoy cooking, so it’s nice to find a go-to cookbook for inspiration for easy, healthy recipes to cook for my family. One with great pictures, easy to undertand steps, as well as ingredients that aren’t difficult to find.

  122. Debbie April 4, 2013 at 10:15 am #

    Beautiful pictures, new inspiration, healthy recipes that are kid-friendly, ideas that can become new traditions in my own kitchen. I follow Yummy Mummy – she is great!

  123. Elisa April 4, 2013 at 10:46 am #

    I like cookbooks that have fresh, healthy, whole-food recipes that use a short list of simple ingredients that are easy to find.

  124. Jen April 4, 2013 at 2:09 pm #

    I use cookbooks that offer many healthy simple meals that are easy to incorporate into our full lives. I also enjoy cookbooks filled with beautiful pictures and personal stories.

  125. Beth April 4, 2013 at 3:52 pm #

    I look for cookbooks with beautiful photography. I like every recipe to have a photograph

  126. Amanda April 4, 2013 at 5:01 pm #

    I look for beautiful pictures and healthy, easy to follow recipes. Also, a fairly short ingredient list – no 35+ item ingredient lists for me! Hope to win:)

  127. Lena April 4, 2013 at 5:40 pm #

    A good cookbook for me has to have beautiful pictures of each dish. Whenever i need inspiration, i quickly leaf through all my cookbooks and go with what looks good. No time to read everything! There has to be a good mix of simple recipies with simple outcomes and some for when i´m in the mood for a little extravagance. And there shouldn´t be too many fancy ingredients in one recipie (fancy= expensive and/or hard to find), reading the ingredient list souldn´t feel like reading in a foreign language dicitionary. And last but not least: There have to be at least as many “vegetarian” recipies than there are meat recpies!

  128. Yolanda Brown April 4, 2013 at 7:14 pm #

    I am just beginning to find interest in eating and drinking more healthy foods, so I am looking for receipes that incorporate these with load of flavor.

  129. Shelly April 4, 2013 at 9:04 pm #

    cookbooks with healthy ingredients…:)

  130. Roberta April 5, 2013 at 1:01 am #

    I would love to win this book for my stylish CA daughter who is a true Yummy Mummy! She is married to a Brit and they have recently adopted two beautiful little girls from Russia. I’m sure this book would be right up her alley since they live such a sunny and healthy lifestyle.
    Yours is my favorite food/health blog!! Thanks for the inspiring recipes, photos and health tips Linda!

    • Linda April 5, 2013 at 2:25 pm #

      Thank you Roberta!! xo

  131. Amy Wilson April 5, 2013 at 2:21 pm #

    Cookbooks that work for me include easy-to-follow recipes with lovely pictures of the finished product (adjacent), so I know what I’m aiming for! I’m another person who skims cookbooks for inspiration sometimes, and good pictures make all the difference! And yes, with littles, I usually lean toward faster recipes with fewer ingredients.

  132. Emmalee April 6, 2013 at 4:19 am #

    I look for cookbooks that offer information on relatively easy to make healthy recipies.

  133. Keri Loper April 7, 2013 at 2:18 am #

    To be easy, simple ingredients with pictures. Healthy, quick and it’s an added bonus if it does have etiquette tips in it also!!! Would love to own a copy!!

  134. lisa April 9, 2013 at 11:26 am #

    I love having a picture. I like seeing the end result of the dish.

  135. Caitlin Steinbach April 9, 2013 at 1:26 pm #

    Marina Delio looks like a fantastic role model for her children! I would love to win her cookbook because I look for books that not only teach, but inspire. Inspire to achieve the recipe, inspire to take creative liberties, and inspire to keep seeking out better, fresher, fulfilling lifestyles. This book seems to do all that more and I am excited at the chance to work my way from cover to cover!

  136. Joan April 9, 2013 at 11:00 pm #

    I look for recipes that make me want to go into the kitchen and start cooking. A few photos for inspiration are always a plus. I also enjoy stories along with my recipes.

  137. Jennifer Paine April 10, 2013 at 1:19 pm #

    I love cookbooks that have just a few ingredients, simple instructions and great pictures!

  138. Norma April 14, 2013 at 9:41 pm #

    I would love to have your cookbook ! Good luck to everyone

  139. Kellie Norton April 16, 2013 at 2:00 pm #

    I love cookbooks filled with great pictures! Helps my tummy decide what we want to eat!! Would love to cook out of this book with my 3 yr old daughter. Got start her young! 🙂

  140. Barbara Macey June 28, 2014 at 6:14 pm #

    We were so happy while reading your recipes to find they will work for my daughter who has MS & was retired from The US Naval Nurse Corp as disabled. Because of the brain & the plaque that forms often moving it is sometimes hard to keep up to keep her healthy.
    Your recipes are filled with good grains & lots of “green/fresh vegetables” which is so important–nothing to get “gummy” causing her more health problems.
    We would love to win your cookbook–it is refreshingly unapologetic for simple & great healthy recipes.


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