Happy Tuesday, everyone!
Although my new book, Power Hungry: The Ultimate Energy Bar Cookbook has been out on amazon for a few weeks, today is the OFFICIAL release date to all outlets!
A number of readers have asked questions about the recipes in the book, so I am answering some of the top ones here (feel free to email or post a comment if you have more questions!):
The recipes in the book:
*Are naturally gluten-free (except in a few cases where I give a variation to make it gluten-free)
*Are endlessly adaptable if you are allergic to nuts. My sister has been severely allergic to peanuts and hazelnuts all her life, so this is a big one for me. I provide instructions for using your choice of nut or seed butter (umm, sunflower butter, hemp butter and tahini…) as well as your choice of nut or seed. If you are steering clear of nuts, you can always go with seeds!
*Are sweetened with natural sweeteners (e.g., dates, dried fruit, your choice of natural liquid sweetener such as honey, agave nectar or maple syrup, and (sparingly, in a few recipes) natural cane sugar or organic brown sugar). If you compare with store-bought bars, the sugar count in mine is almost always lower, plus, it’s always natural.
*I even have Paleo power bar options!
Before I get to the details of the giveaway, some gratitude is in order.
If you have already pre-ordered or ordered the book, a million thank yous! This is a book I’ve been longing to write for ages, so even though it was a lot of hard work conjuring and testing the recipes, but lucky for me (and everyone else within eating distance) the results of all of my testing fueled me along!
One of the major highlights of this book was getting to be a part of the photo shoot—a first for me! I am so lucky to have had the opportunity to work with Tina Rupp, who is (1) a sensationally talented photographer; (2) one of the nicest people you could hope to meet (and/or work with); and (3) a super-mom and super-wife to boot.
The bars in the book photos were made by yours truly which was not so much a highlight as it was an exercise in hand-wringing and hair-pulling (all self-inflicted). When I say that these bars travel well, I mean it—they survived a Texas to NYC trip in my carry-on luggage, along with what seemed like hundreds of containers of various foodstuffs ranging from goji berries to vegan protein powders to spirulina. (I was certain I would be stopped at security, but I sailed right through; go figure). But I had nothing to worry about: Tina and her crew brought out the natural beauty of all of the bars.
If you like the styling of the book, you have my wonderful publishers at Lake Isle Press to thank (Hiroko Kiifner and Jennifer Sitt), along with the brilliant book designer, Ellen Swandiak (who also lent her gorgeous apartment for the photo shoot). What amazing women, all around! And while I am giving the Oscar speech, a million thanks to my fantastic agent, Clare Pelino.
I hope you enjoy the book! I’ve been fueling myself with homemade power bars since my graduate school days and they have (quite literally) powered me through thousands of workouts, runs, swims, bike rides, races, and fitness classes, not to mention many marathon mommy days (the ultimate endurance test!). Enjoy!
Here’s How To Enter for your Chance at Winning one of 10 Signed Cookbooks
THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED
1. Leave a comment at the end of this post telling me: What is your all-time favorite power food/ingredient & why? (you can be brief!)
(Besides energy bars, mine is yogurt. I eat it morning, noon, and night for instant energy!)
2. Giveaway ends Friday, September 13, 2013 at 8am PST. US Residents only. Winners will be chosen via Random.org and be notified by email. Winners will have 48 hours to respond to my email.
For those of you who have received the book, and would like to write a review on Amazon, I am very grateful! Here is the link: http://amzn.to/15P5F26