UPDATED for GIVEAWAY!! Simple Foods For Busy Families - Review and Giveaway

***** THIS REVIEW POST IS NOW A GIVEAWAY POST!!!!!*****
Giveaway ends :
June 14th.


I was sent the book, Simple Food For Busy Families by Jeannette Bessinger and Tracee Yablon-Brenner.
I originally thought that this book was going to be filled with easy and simple recipes.
Boy was I wrong!
(In a good way!)

Remember me talking about my lack of cooking?
My main reason?
Not knowing foods and spices and all that what not!

Well guess what?!
I am learning now!
Yep!!!
Thanks to this book!

The first half of this book tells you about "Whole Life Nutrition."
They have basically simplified this into their 5 primary principals.
1- Quality
2- Balance
3- Seasonality
4- Quantity
5- Routine


The pictures throughout the book make you hungry...
Yes, that good!
But the main thing is all of the information that they give you.

The Quality of food breaks down fresh food, processed food, preserved food, organic food...
You get where I am going, they explain it all!

At the end of each section you get:
Top Takeaways
For You
For Your Kids

I really like the first section of the book, as it helps to explain (in my opinion) how reach for a healthier eating lifestyle for not only you, but your whole family.

For me, the best part of the book was the Second Half.
I am sure you are wondering why...
Well, this is what I think I have always been looking for!

Yes, it breaks everything down for me!
Let me explain...
It explains all of the basic kitchen tools and why they are good to have in your kitchen.

They also explain cooking techniques.
Blanche isn't just on the Golden Girls!
They explain Blanching, Double Boiling and more!!!
Spices, oh the spices!
They not only name them, they show pictures of some...
Explain the best way to purchase, what they taste like, what you would use them in, how they can be beneficial...
You get what I am saying?
They are answering all the questions that I did not even know I had!!!

I also like that they break it up and describe vegetables, grains and what not.
Not only do they explain it all, they also have "mix and match" sections that they then pair up to make meals!!!

Yes, there are recipes in here...
SIMPLE recipes...
But most importantly of all, it is full of all sorts of information that I have been wanting to learn!!

I think that this would make a great gift...
For a student going to college, a young adult that has decided that they want to cook, a newlywed couple...
The options of gift giving are endless!!!

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Contest will end June 14 at midnight.
Contest for US and Canadian residents, 18 and older.
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Winner will have 72 hours to respond to winning email or a new winner will be selected

FTC Compliant Review Policy: The product(s) featured in this review were provided free of cost to me by the manufacturer or representing PR agency for the sole purpose of product testing. Opinions expressed are my own and are NOT influenced by monetary compensation.

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  1. Wow! This sounds awesome. I have so much still to learn about cooking.

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