Alice in Wonderland Snacks

Alice 1“One side will make you grow taller, and the other side will make you grow shorter.”

“One side of what? The other side of what?” said Alice.

“Of the mushroom,” said the Caterpillar and then it crawled out of sight.

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Bookworm Bundle

cookbook-cover-imagesoufflebakeryValentine’s Day is approaching, and we have the perfect token of affection for the food lovers in your life! From now until February 14th, Crowded Earth Kitchen is pleased to offer our Bookworm Bundle for only $19.99 – that’s a savings of over 30%!

Each Bookworm Bundle contains the following items:

  • One copy of The Global Recipe Project cookbook, featuring delicious recipes and photographs from around the world!
  • One author-signed copy of How to Bake a Chocolate Soufflé, Carly Ellen Kramer’s highly reviewed food fiction novel!
  • One high gloss European Bakery notecard (with envelope) for writing your affections to your Valentine!

Simply click on the PayPal link below to place your order. Bookworm Bundles will ship within 24 hours of purchase.

BOOKWORM BUNDLE!

Give the Gift that Gives Back!

cookbook-cover-imageAvailable on Amazon, 100% of the profits from The Global Recipe Project Cookbook will benefit not-for-profit organizations which feed people as a central part of their mission. Cooks and food bloggers from around the world have generously contributed to this amazing book. Over 170 recipes from 65 countries are included!

Try your hand at Mansaf, the national dish of Jordan, while reading how and when this meal is traditionally served. Sample a variety of chutneys while exploring the rich spice blends of India. Dine on simple and delicious French dishes such as Croquette Monsieur and Soupe L’Ongion.

Bakers will appreciate clear and simple instructions for classics such as Italian Cannoli and Austrian Apfelstrudel. Feeling adventurous? Amigdalato, a Greek almond pastry, and Kransekake, a Norwegian wedding cake, offer dramatic dessert options for holiday entertaining.

Pick up a copy today, and support a worthy cause!
ISBN-13: 978-0998191607
ISBN-10: 0998191604
BISAC: Cooking / Regional & Ethnic / General

THE GLOBAL RECIPE PROJECT!

HOORAY! The Global Recipe Project Cookbook is now available!

cookbook-cover-imageFinish your holiday shopping AND support a wonderful cause!

Available on Amazon, 100% of the profits from The Global Recipe Project Cookbook will benefit not-for-profit organizations which feed people as a central part of their mission. Cooks and food bloggers from around the world have generously contributed to this amazing book. Over 170 recipes from 65 countries are included!
Pick up a copy today

, and support a worthy cause!

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8″ x 10″

(20.32 x 25.4 cm) 

Black & White Bleed on Cream paper
136 pages
CEK Publishing
ISBN-13: 978-0998191607
ISBN-10: 0998191604
BISAC: Cooking / Regional & Ethnic / General

Like Ramen? You’ll love this book!

Ivan RamenIvan Ramen

Written by Ivan Orkin, Foreword by David Chang

Published by Ten Speed Press (2013)

It has been two years since Crowded Earth Kitchen embarked on a European Food Tour, and it’s time for new culinary adventures. We are happy to announce that Crowded Earth Kitchen will soon be heading to Japan!

Among the many foods we are eager to sample, photograph, and (attempt to) recreate for you, authentic, made-from-scratch ramen is high on the list. We borrowed a copy of Ivan Ramen from our local library, based upon the cover alone. Lo and Behold, the book is fantastic! After reading the book cover to cover, we purchased a copy to keep for ourselves!

Click here to obtain your own copy of Ivan Ramen 

Right from the Foreword, the unapologetic prose of Chef David Chang had me laughing out loud. In discussing Ivan’s plans to open a second ramen shop in New York, David Chang quips, “People are going to look at you like you’re this weird thing, like the Eminem of ramen. I can almost get away with doing ramen because I’m Asian. You’re probably f#@%ed.”

A few pages into the memoir in Ivan Orkin’s own words, I knew this was a 5 Star book. Often hilarious but at times deeply personal, Ivan’s story is much more than the story of opening a ramen shop in Tokyo. In equal parts, it is also a coming of age story and a fascinating glimpse at the realities of a foreigner working to become accepted into his local community in Japan.

While the first half of Ivan Ramen is a memoir, the second half is a cookbook… a remarkable cookbook. Against the advice of his assistant, Ivan Orkin included the entire recipe for his signature Shio Ramen. This recipe is not for the faint of heart! As Ivan says, “The inhumanely ambitious can try to make a bowl in one all-day marathon (you’d better get up early). The slightly less crazy will try it over the course of several days or a week.”

Who wants to try it with us?

 

 

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Contest Ends June 15th

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Every comment posted to Crowded Earth Kitchen between now and June 15th counts as one entry. Join the conversation – we look forward to hearing from you!

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Promise Lodge is a delightful novel. In Promise Lodge, Charlotte Hubbard spins a tale of sisterhood, independence, empowerment, and faith as three Amish women set out to establish a new community. At Promise Lodge, community members will be free to blossom, regardless of their age or gender. Readers will fall in love with the vision and determination of Mattie, Rosetta, and Christine. Readers will cheer for a second chance to unfold between Deborah and Noah, and will fond themselves turning over the wisdom of Preacher Amos as they eagerly turn each page.

Readers who like to dabble in the kitchen will be delighted to know that Charlotte Hubbard includes mouthwatering recipes from Promise Lodge at the end of the book! Happy Reading… and Happy Cooking!

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The Glass Kitchen

written by Linda Francis Lee

Contest ended April 30th

Congratulations to our Winner: bluebird4UDaily

I loved this novel! Carefully written dynamics between female family relationships reminded me of The Owl & Moon Cafe, with added delightful whimsy reminiscent of The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake and sultry  romance as the frosting on the cake!

Readers will cheer for Portia, swoon over Gabriel, and drool over recipes conjured up for surprise occasions throughout the novel. Read more about The Glass Kitchen on the author’s website.

Need a copy of this book right away? Click here: The Glass Kitchen

Harvest of Blessings Giveaway Contest!

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Harvest of Blessings, by Charlotte Hubbard

Contest Ends March 15th

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Review

Nora Glick Landwehr, with her expensive clothes and flashy car, is the last person anyone would suspect of growing up Amish. She’s willing to trade her “English” possessions for a chance to return to the Willow Ridge community of her childhood… but will the community welcome her back?

Harvest of Blessings is a delightful novel to feature on Crowded Earth Kitchen, because the first place Nora finds welcome and respite is at Willow Ridge’s own Sweet Seasons Bakery Cafe. While busily baking pies, the older, wiser Miriam offers advice on how Nora might announce her return without disrupting the Amish way of things. I’m sure many of us can relate to comfort and solace found in the kitchen!

As Nora works to clear her name and earn a place in her family and community, she catches the interest of a local Amish man, Luke Hooley. Page after captivating page, we learn how Nora’s return to Willow Ridge brings unanticipated surprises.

At the end of Harvest of Blessings, the reader is treated to a collection of fourteen recipes from Sweet Seasons Bakery Cafe. Don’t miss the Pineapple Bread Pudding or Overnight Kale Salad with Apples… delicious!

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**Congratulations to Courtney, winner of our previous giveaway contest!

Courtney will receive a free copy of SAVING GRACE by Jane Green!**

 

A Cook, A Book, and a FREEBIE for you!

This contest has ended.

Congratulations to Courtney H., who will receive a free hardcover copy of SAVING GRAVE!

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SAVING GRACE, by Jane Green

Hardcover book giveaway contest ended February 29th!

About SAVING GRACE

If something seems too good to be true, it probably is.

Grace Chapman seems to live a perfect life as a caterer in upstate New York, residing in luxurious seclusion with her famous author husband, Ted. But Grace has secrets, and Ted has a temper. Grace’s world is falling apart.

Enter Beth, a seemingly perfect personal assistant recommended by the Chapman’s own daughter. In short order, Beth is able to organize the Chapman household and placate the disorganized, angry author. As the plot deepens and Grace spirals, the reader sees what Grace cannot…

Beth doesn’t want to help Grace. Beth wants to become Grace.

Cooking becomes a lifeline as Grace struggles to save herself.

Saving Grace

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Pandora’s Lunchbox, by Melanie Warner

Contest Ended February 15th

Congratulations to winner Cathy Crockett!

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Review

As teenagers and college students are prone to saying around bites of junk food, “Just, Wow!” Based upon the author’s diverse writing background, including two years as a staff reporter for The New York Times, I was hopeful that Pandora’s Lunchbox would be well written and engaging. As a chemist and an educator myself, I was hopeful that this book would find and walk the line between depth of accurate food science detail and clarity of presentation for a wide audience. Melanie Warner delivered on both counts. And delivered, and delivered some more!

Pandora’s Lunchbox is as smartly written as it is impossible to set down. From her personal food “experiments” (Did this used to be a chicken nugget? Is that facial mask or avocado dip?) to her broadly painted historical overview to the interview vignettes which highlight her journalistic expertise, Melanie Warner illustrates the landscape of modern day processed food in stark detail. Ms. Warner begins by explaining what a processed food is not (“pasteurized milk…. frozen peas, canned beans… frozen ground beef shaped into hamburgers”) before succinctly clarifying what we are really talking about: “Aprocessed food is something that could not be made, with the same ingredients, in a home kitchen. Your home kitchen” (p. xvi).

Prior to reading this book, I thought I had a pretty solid grasp on the “no-no’s” of processed food. Little did I know! Pandora’s Lunchbox had me rethinking the origins (and wisdom) of my daily multivitamin, the journey of ingredients in my children’s “healthy” breakfast cereal, and even my store bought loaf of whole grain bread. As I progressed from chapter to chapter, I was both humbled by how little I knew and inspired to do better for my own health and the health of my family.

Pandora’s Lunchbox confronts the business realities of the food industry, where processing and preservatives allow longer shelf lives and lower costs, corporate shareholders demand high profits over high nutrition, and consumers respond to slick marketing and artificial flavors. Melanie Warner ends her well written book with 216 referenced endnotes, placing well organized facts gently and firmly in the hands of her readers. Read Pandora’s Lunchbox, and you will – to your benefit – never experience a trip to the supermarket quite the same way again.

Pandora’s Lunchbox: How Processed Food Took Over the American Meal

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lemon cakeThe Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, by Aimee Bender

Contest Ends January 31st

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“My mouth – always so active, alert – could now generally identify forty of fifty states in the product or meat I ate. I had taken to tracking those more distant elements on my plate, and each night, at dinner, a U.S. map would float up in my mind as I chewed and I’d use it to follow the nuances in the parsley sprig, the orange wedge, and the baked potato to Florida, California, and Kansas, respectively. I could sometimes trace eggs to the county” (p. 95).

As a child, I loved reading The Chocolate Touch, by Patrick Skene Catling. To me, The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake is the grown-up, quirky distant cousin of a childhood favorite. Instead of a greedy little boy who learns it really is possible to have too much of a good thing when everything he touches turns to chocolate, Aimee Bender offers us Rose Edelstein, a precocious little girl with a most unusual and unfortunate gift. To Rose’s great dismay, she learns she can taste emotions cooked and baked into her food.

Rose’s peculiar and unshakable ability might be tolerable if she weren’t surrounded by such an odd cast of characters. But that wouldn’t make for an interesting story, would it? Instead, Rose lives with a detached and clueless father, a melancholy and secretive mother, and an older brother who blends into the background most extraordinarily well. Rose finds grains of sanity in her friendship with Eliza, whose mother can be relied upon to cook happy tasting food, and her unlikely alliance with George, the surprisingly normal friend of her very strange brother.

In The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, Aimee Bender accomplishes the extraordinary… she gives her food characters the same depth and development as many fiction authors give their human characters. The textures, flavors, scents, kitchen environment, and baker of Rose’s favorite lemon cake are described in several pages of detail, and lemon cake is just one food of many to receive such grand attention to detail. Foodies and fiction aficionados alike will enjoy this eccentric tale.

Here is a link to purchase this book online:  The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake

Free Book Giveaway WINNER and Poll!

Happy Holiday Season, Everyone!

We hope you enjoyed our 12 Days of Cookies extravaganza! Please vote for your favorite cookie in our poll, below:

To celebrate our 12 Days of Cookies, we offered a Rafflecopter giveaway contest featuring a free, author signed copy of How to Bake a Chocolate Soufflé. Thank you for all of your entries!

Congratulations to our randomly selected winner, Cherry at Cherry Mischievous!

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Forget what your English professor told you – life stories are not written in college.

Madeleine LaBlange, Annie Anderson, and Audrey Navarro shared formative years as roommates at Chicago’s Catholic haven for women, the historic Abbott College. If only they could have predicted the collisions between their carefully crafted life plans and the realities they discover beyond campus…

Madeleine harbors dreams of becoming a concert pianist while Dr. Reynold Fenwick, her mercurial graduate school mentor, harbors fantasies of Madeleine. Will pursuing her dreams be worth the cost? Will an evening in Budapest change her life forever?

Annie plans to build a perfect family with her perfect husband in the cutthroat news media industry, until an abrupt tragedy shakes the foundations of her marriage. What happens when she feels pulled between the two men she loves most, her husband and her father?

Audrey leaves her religious, restrictive parents behind and aims for Chicago’s downtown skyline, dating recklessly and staring down each grueling workday one Chicago Dog at a time. Will an island respite lure her away from her corporate future? When she finds herself in the arms of an unexpected lover, will she have the courage to stand up for her own evolving sense of self?

Follow the journeys of these remarkable women, and cheer them on as they navigate life, love, and chocolate soufflé.

Includes over a dozen decadent new recipes from Crowded Earth Kitchen!

Cherry Harbor Series, Volume 1

276 pages

CEK Publishing

ISBN-10: 0692292101

ISBN-13: 978-0692292105