I first met Lisa Leake, author of the new 100 Days Of Real Food Cookbook, over 2 years ago at our favorite little cafe Luna’s Living Kitchen and we have been the greatest friends ever since. From the moment we met, we realized we had so much in common, everything from the way we ate, to the love of travel, and of course, we both had real food blogs. Lisa has been more to me than just a friend though, she helped launch my investigations with her readers, continuously nudged me to quit my corporate job to become a full time activist and has mentored me in so many aspects of my life along the way. She’s given me so much inspiration and emotional support throughout this whole journey, I’m not sure what I would do without her! She is a one-of-a-kind woman that I am incredibly lucky to have in my life, but this blog post isn’t about her. It’s about the amazing cookbook she spent 2 years making that is hitting store shelves everywhere this Tuesday. I am incredibly honored to be one of the few guest contributors in the 100 Days of Real Food Cookbook. I still remember the day she called me one afternoon in August of 2012 to ask me to submit a recipe for her cookbook – seeing it all come to life has been so exciting. (See my recipe page pictured below – can you guess what kind of recipe I shared?)
In 2010, Lisa began her pledge to go 100 days without processed foods. She chronicled this on her blog to help make a point about how dependent Americans have become on processed food. She thought she was making healthy choices for herself and her family, but as it turned out, many of their choices were highly processed. So she vowed to spend 100 days focusing on real, whole food not realizing how big of an impact it would have on her entire family.
Lisa started her blog to inspire others to cut out highly processed food providing practical tips, how to’s and recipes for families all over the globe. She shares her biggest lessons learned, favorite tips for cutting out processed food, and loads of easy and delicious recipes in her new cookbook, 100 Days of Real Food: How We Did It, What We Learned, and 100 Easy, Wholesome Recipes Your Family Will Love.
And for the first time ever, here’s the brand new video of Lisa explaining why she wrote this book and how it can help you. I love that all the recipes in her new cookbook DO NOT call for any white flour (or any refined grains), sugar (or any refined sweeteners), anything out of a package with more than 5 ingredients, or odd or hard-to-find ingredients.
100 Days of Real Food Cookbook Is A Gem of Resources:
- Loads of new recipes and other content that has never before been published on her blog – 70% of the recipes in the book are brand new! – with the rest being fan favorites.
- Over 100 tested recipes that use familiar ingredients you probably already have on hand, with a beautiful color photograph for every. single. one!
- Plenty of recipes for those with dietary needs including 71 recipes that are (or can easily be) Gluten-Free, 79 recipes that are (or can easily be) Vegetarian, and 49 recipes that are (or can easily be) Dairy-Free.
- Five chapters that provide all the guidance and advice you’ll need to cut processed food out of your life, including four seasonal meal plans with shopping lists organized by store department.
- Loads of school lunch resources including 10 simple recipes pictured in lunchbox containers with recommended accompaniments and a school lunch packing chart.
- A real food replacement chart to help you figure out how to “update” your old recipes that call for processed and refined ingredients.
- Advice for getting reluctant family members on board, including a long list of questions and topics to boost some fun conversation at the dinner table.
- A list of real food “pros” and “cons” for twenty popular packaged foods to help show how to read ingredient labels.
- Various tips scattered throughout the book including how to store leftovers, kitchen chores for kids by age, budget-friendly advice, ideas for entertaining, and even how to start a small garden.
- Some much-anticipated “staple recipes” including a dried onion soup mix replacement, a homemade BBQ sauce made without refined sugar, and a can of cream of mushroom soup replacement.
How To Preorder!
The book is not out until Tuesday, so before then you can pre-order your book below:
- For a regular copy: Amazon has it for sale right now for only $17.99 right here (a significant discount off the $29.99 retail price). Order through IndieBound.org (support your local retailers!), Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million, Costco, Walmart or pretty much anywhere books are sold.
- For a signed copy: Order online through our local, independent book store here in Charlotte, Park Road Books. They’ll ship the book anywhere in the world.
- For Canadian fans: Order through Indigo.
+ 8 Recipe Bonus!
Lisa is giving away a free 8-recipe ebook bonus when you preorder. It’s a little “thank you” from Lisa to you with a combination of cookbook preview recipes as well as brand new recipes not published anywhere else.
Big congrats to Lisa & her family, it’s almost here!