When I actually have a spare moment to read other people's blogs, you can find me surfing on Simple Bites and reading all the lovely posts by its editor and writer, Aimée Wimbush-Bourque. Her lovely posts about canning, urban agriculture and homesteading are always a joy to read, so when I heard that she was in the process of writing a book, I knew that it was on my to-read list.
How different a cookbook is when you've actually met the author in real life. I had the pleasure of meeting Aimée this past fall at the Food Bloggers of Canada Conference and if you think she's a sweetie on her website, you should meet her in real life. She's a doll.
I can just imagine how much fun she is a couple glasses of wine later… I'll save that for our next meeting. I mean, if we can get her into a feather boa at a conference you can just imagine a girl's night out!
My darlings, this is a beautiful book and one that you truly need to own.
You know how I love to read cookbooks at night before I go to bed? This is one of those perfect books. There's yummy food photos, there's heart and soul in the stories inserted between recipes and I am so gosh darn happy for Aimée that I could burst. Not that I don't love my American pals, but it's time for Canadian bloggers to take a turn in the spotlight. More and more Canadian bloggers are writing cookbooks and every time one does I could seriously just burst with pride.
Yes, there are tons of Canadian cookbook authors, but it's just so different for those of us who blogged first and wrote cookbooks later. We went down a new path that no one has done before, almost making it up as we went, charting our way through what was completely unknown at one time and just trying to figure out this bold new land of writing on the internet instead of traditional print media. We are a completely different breed of writers and the only people that get us and the journey from blog to book are other online writers. Every success of other online writers you celebrate as your own.
I'll stop now before I start crying as usual, but Aimée, we'll have a joint cry over a nice bottle of wine next time we see each other. I think you need to come stay with me in Edmonton and do a book signing!
I shall ready my guest room. I might even clean my house for her.
(Pssst Penguin, bring her to Edmonton for a book signing. I promise I'll behave. No, wait, I promise she'll behave. That's more likely to actually happen. I DO promise I'll clean my house and if you know me, that's really something!)
Ok, moving on from the sappy part and to the book tour! When the chance came up to join in on the FBC Brown Eggs and Jam Jars Blog Tour and get a preview of the book, I was in like Flynn. There's nothing like a little slice of home being sent to me here in Phoenix, a gorgeous book inspiring all of us to think about the food that we Canadians can grow in our own backyards. The recipes are done seasonally, with family photos tucked between drool inducing photos of her easy and healthy recipes. By the end of the book, you have a wonderful look into Aimée's home life with her adorable kids and husband (who's also adorable).
The recipe I chose to make from her cookbook was her Coconut Cream Baked Oatmeal Recipe. I wanted something super easy (not that her whole cookbook isn't full of easy and delicious meals) and I wanted something that the kids would love. As soon as I saw this recipe, I knew that it was The One.
It's creamy, dreamily delicious and you make it ahead of time. The best part? Both of my kids ate this. The other best part?
We ate it for dinner.
You can always count on me to make breakfast for dinner. In truth, I knew that I had a long, hard day of homeschooling the kids ahead of me and I wanted to prep something in the morning that could be thrown into the oven later that night.
Winner winner Coconut Cream Baked Oatmeal for dinner! Now, you can also make it and let it sit overnight, so it's a great breakfast as well.
If you want the recipe for this delicious concoction, you're going to have to pick up a copy for yourself! (I am such a tease!) You can head on over to Amazon to buy her book, but it's available almost everywhere you can think of!
On to some more fun! I have a copy of Brown Eggs and Jam Jars to give away to one lucky reader! Now, I am part of the online book tour and there are going to be many other websites to win on as well! Since I am one of the first people to post however, you are going to have to check back here to see all the other places you can preview the recipes and enter to win! I will be posting them in a list below, stay tuned!
A big thanks to Penguin Random House Canada Limited for sending me two copies of Aimée's beautiful new book and a huge congrats to Aimée on a wonderful new cookbook!
Check out all these other blogs for a chance to win a copy of the book! The links will appear as soon as the posts are up!