The Cookbook That Makes Eating Healthy Easier Than Ever! (*SQUEAL!* I wrote it!)

Guys, guys. I have a cookbook.

It’s been a long time coming. Nearly a year since I hopped into contract. It’s turned busy days into insane days. Hours of writing. Thousands of tastings. Copyediting, calorie crunching, hair pulling. Throughout it all, the tasks were being checking off, but it seemed vaguely unreal. I’d put in a sentence or a recipe and not really believe it was all going to be bound someday. After all, when you’re typing in uncharted territory, it’s all so oddly unfamiliar.

But on Wednesday, there was a knock on the door, a brown-clad UPS guy, and a box of 20 cookbooks delivered into reality.

It’s here. It’s lovely. And I’m so very honored to introduce you to Almonds Every Which Way: 150+ Recipes for Almond Flour, Almond Milk, and Almond Butter. By me, Brooke McLay.

The cover is colorful and cheeky. See those bowls and props on the front photo there? Most of them were picked up at a divine little Antique Shop in Colorado Springs. I’d visit it sometimes when I lived there, in search of unique little somethings. There was always a table full of silver-haired dames, sipping coffee and telling passion-filled stories about nothing much at all. Whenever I’d walk in, they’d banter with me from the table, wondering what colors I was looking for today, directing me to booths and tables that might have exactly what I need.

They’d sometimes stand up from the table and go hunt down a tiny piece–a blue bowl, or jadeite mug. A rusted, curled spoon or teeny tureen. When I look at the cover, I think of those gals, shuffling and busying themselves about the Antique Shop on errand for this pretty little cookbook cover.

Aren’t people wonderful?

So, let’s peek inside! The fonts and layout and so simple, clean, and pretty. This is one of the most readable cookbooks I’ve seen in a good long while. And I’m allowed to say that because I just writ the pages–I didn’t lay them out. But, my badass layout editor pretty much rocked it out.

The focus on the book is almonds products. There are so many on store shelves now. They’re so accessible. But, other than drinking and schmearing on a loaf of bread, whaddya do with almond milk and butter and flour?

Le cookbook lays out 10 chapters–TEN WHOLE CHAPTERS–of things to do with your almond pantry products.

And, perhaps my favorite part of it all–every recipe is engineered for simplicity. You’ll find really simple, vibrant ways of adding almond to your diet. Really fun breakfast sandwiches, and smoothies, and even pasta.

Speaking of pasta…

I’m a paleo girl now, so pasta isn’t on my radar. But it might be on yours. See those pretty little polkadots on each page? They’re DIET ICONS, letting you quickly and easily know which recipes is paleo, vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, and more! See what I mean? I’m in love with my layout editor.

Behind the scenes acknowledgement: See those nutritional tables? Every recipe has them. You can quickly and easily see how many calories, carbs, and teaspoons of sugar each recipe has. My incredible son Andrew helps run everyone of those 150 nutritional tidbits through two different recipe calculators. Three times. I see those tables and just think…man, do I have a remarkable teenager. And then I think, calorie-counting should always be this easy.

Since no cookbook would be complete without photos, there’s an insert full of vibrant, full-colored shots of some of the best recipes in the book. A handful of those photos came from my friend Melanie North, who helped shoot photos even as her husband battled cancer. He won. I couldn’t be more delighted.

There are a dozen other people who helped make this cookbook a reality. It’s a wonderful reality. A cookbook you need. A cookbook that’ll get you healthier and eating better than ever.

Nab a copy at Amazon.

Then, DROP A LINK TO THIS POST on FACEBOOK & get entered to WIN A FREE ALMOND GIFT BOX, complete with a signed copy of the cookbook!

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Sweet readers. A final note to THANK YOU for being here. When I started this blog five years ago, a cookbook career seemed like a dream and folly. Now, because of you, it’s a reality. Thank you for reading, thank you for supporting Cheeky Kitchen, thank you for loving good food as much as I do. You are divine and adored in every way.

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13 Responses to “The Cookbook That Makes Eating Healthy Easier Than Ever! (*SQUEAL!* I wrote it!)”

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    Sue on February 28, 2014 at 3:47 pm Reply

    Congrats! I shared on FB!!

  2. 2

    Lynna on February 28, 2014 at 3:50 pm Reply

    Omg!! CONGRATS!! It looks beautiful!

  3. 3

    Kristen on February 28, 2014 at 4:51 pm Reply

    Looks amazing! Shared:)

  4. 4

    Alanna Kellogg on February 28, 2014 at 5:20 pm Reply

    Shared on Facebook — many congrats, it looks beautiful and — useful!

  5. 5

    Jessie C. on February 28, 2014 at 5:32 pm Reply

    Shared- Can’t wait to read it!

  6. 6

    Tabatha Allred on February 28, 2014 at 6:40 pm Reply

    Excited! Shared on facebook

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    Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough on February 28, 2014 at 10:25 pm Reply

    Congrats, lady!! So exciting. :)

  8. 8

    Bianca @ Sweet Dreaming on March 2, 2014 at 6:43 pm Reply

    congrats! shared it :)

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    Stephanie Stevens on March 2, 2014 at 6:48 pm Reply

    So very happy for you! Shared with the world via FB!

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    Jenna on March 4, 2014 at 8:13 pm Reply

    Go Brooke! You rock, what an exciting announcement.
    -A big fan & former Air B&B guest ;)

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    Sarah on March 5, 2014 at 10:21 am Reply

    This looks amazing! Congrats, Brooke!

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    Kendra on March 6, 2014 at 7:57 pm Reply

    Congratulations Brooke! So happy for you and love all of the cool recipe tools! Just shared it on my Facebook page.

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    Catherine on May 19, 2014 at 12:25 pm Reply

    I’m happy I came across your blog! You’ve got lots of goodies here.

    I was going to ask if I could put your fabulous-looking strawberry-watermelon lemonade ( recipe and photo on our site…but then I see that you have a recent cookbook, too.

    We email out a recipe every Friday to our (large) email list so people can get ready for their Meatless Monday. Do you have an entree or robust side dish with a photo in your cookbook that you’d be willing to share? It should not contain any animal products or must be easily converted to be free of animal products. I can very happily link back to your blog, to a cookbook ordering page, or any other similar page you’d prefer.

    Thank you for your consideration.

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