It’s not often that this real food planner makes a recipe the day after hearing about it, but I really truly did it with Tess Masters’ Creamy Cauliflower Soup!
During the KS Connect *Plus* Google Hangout on Monday, Tess mentioned that one of her favorite recipes in the book and most popular on her blog was this soup, and I looked it up and thought, "I actually have everything needed and was planning on soup for Tuesday when my in-laws visited, but I wasn’t sure which recipe I was going to use. This is the one!"
The children all had 2-3 servings each (they drank theirs through straws, super fun) and everyone really, really liked it. My husband ate dinner late because he had a hockey game, and his comment was: "What is this soup called?" in a sort of wondering, "wow" sort of way. A huge hit!
I can’t say enough about the quality of these three authors, Tess Masters (aka The Blender Girl), Ricki Heller, author of Naturally Sweet and Gluten Free and the upcoming Living Candida Free, coming this fall, and Jenny McGruther of Nourished Kitchen. The quality of their books and recipes is also unsurpassed.
This month I actually get to share a recipe from both Tess’s and Jenny’s books as part of their launch celebrations: The Blender Girl: Super-Easy, Super-Healthy Meals, Snacks, Desserts and Drinks launches next Tuesday, April 8th, and The Nourished Kitchen: Farm-to-Table Recipes for the Traditional Foods Lifestyle hits the shelves the following week, April 15th. BOTH books are $8-10 off the cover price right now for pre-order sales on Amazon (as of 4/2/14 8 a.m. EST) so it seems like the time to grab them!
This Google Hangout might be my favorite so far – the four of us had a serious blast, and what a fun balance of various food sensibilities, yet all whole foods! Here’s the show in full, below, and if you don’t have a full hour (ok, hour-ten, we went over!), you can skim the notes and find the sections you’re most interested in listening to.
The Super Cookbook Author Hangout
If you can’t see the video above, click Cookbook Author Hangout to view it directly on YouTube.
- 2:23 Tess, her story of coming to better health, testing every diet out there, and becoming "The Blender Girl"
- 5:04 Ricki, how she started her blog and became diagnosed with candida and those recipes
- 8:03 Jenny and her love of traditional foods the way our great-great grandmothers would have eaten
What are the top 3 foods you can’t live without, whether they’re single ingredients you buy or a staple recipe you make immediately as soon as you finish the last batch? (These answers are SO much fun!)
- 10:14 Ricki: avocado, kale, nut butter (and chocolate!)
- 12:06 Jenny: butter, broth, salt
- 14:30 Tess: lemons, avocado, greens
How long have you been blogging and what’s the biggest challenge you’ve encountered along the way?
- 16:36 Jenny, work-life balance
- 18:48 Ricki, finding time to do it all
- 21:40 Tess, how not to work all day
What has been your greatest joy as a blogger?
- Tess goes into this in her answer above
- 24:52 Ricki, connecting with readers
- 26:00 Jenny, making a difference in people’s lives
Tell us about your book(s) – what can people expect when they open the cover, what are your personal favorite recipes, what sort of person would enjoy your book the most?
- 27:40 Tess, The Blender Girl (super easy recipes, how they tested recipes in all blenders, child testers)
- 36:52 Jenny, The Nourished Kitchen (the unique structure of her book and philosophy, where some recipes came from, how crazy recipe testing is, who took the photos for her book)
- 45:34 Ricki, Naturally Sweet and Gluten Free (how her book helps people with all sorts of food restrictions but want to eat whole food, especially desserts/baked goods, how self-publishing was different, her food photo shoots, a touching story of a special birthday cake for a little girl)
- 51:17 Ricki, Living Candida Free, coming in the fall (balance of research and recipes, her experience taking classes to be a registered holistic nutritionist, the challenges of the candida diet, helping people eat a candida diet without feeling left out of society)
Behind the scenes on writing the cookbooks: How different is it writing a book with an editor compared to writing a blog where you’re the boss, all the time? What surprised you the most about the whole process?
- 55:56 Jenny
- 58:30 Tess
- 1:01:27 Ricki
I always like to leave my listeners with some super practical tips that they can run with in the next day. Your blogs and books and healthy eating philosophies that you stick with are proof that you have figured out some balancing act tricks to keep everything up in the air at once. What is your best tip for keeping organized/efficient, either in your work or just a kitchen efficiency tip that may change someone’s life once you share it?
- 1:04:40 Tess
- 1:05:40 Ricki
- 1:06:30 Jenny
I could listen to this one three times; it was seriously fun to hear behind-the-scenes peeks at the book-writing process, and the passion these women have for food and good health is contagious! To prove that point, here’s a great quote from Tess that she shared after the show when the four of us stayed and chatted for a while (keep in mind that Tess’s book is 100% vegan recipes):
"Listening to Jenny talk, I just wanted to jump into a big vat of BUTTER!"
Hee hee! I’ll share some more after-the-show stories from Tess about her photo shoot for the book when I get to post her cauliflower soup recipe later this month (which I thoroughly un-vegan-ized, but I hope she doesn’t mind!).
Next Time On…
Next week we’re having a special daytime edition of the KS Connect *Plus* Google Hangout talking with READERS about how they use technology to help them with meal planning, recipe organization and cooking. If you’re interested in joining me and actually be on the show, dash me an email at kitchenstew at gmail.com. I can’t wait to see who I drag along – it will be such fun!
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