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Foodie Fridays: The Love & Lemons Cookbook


It’s been way too long since I’ve done a Foodie Fridays post, but I’ve finally got some new cookbooks to be over the moon about! The first is The Love & Lemons Cookbook, created by Jeanine Donofrio, who has been writing the accompanying blog since 2011.

For Love & Lemons Cookbook

The concept is centered on two things: First, that a vegetable can and should be the star of your meals, and two, the idea of ‘cooking backwards’. What does this mean? Instead of plotting out your meals by breakfast, lunch, and dinner, The Love and Lemons Cookbook is creatively organized by vegetable – from apples to zucchinis, as the cover charmingly points out. The idea is that you should hit the farmer’s market or grocery store and pick up the freshest, juiciest, ripest-looking in-season produce, and work backwards from there to figure out what exactly you want to make. The start of each food-based chapter also identifies the season it’s best harvest from – ranging from Chipotle Apple Guacamole in the fall to Balsamic Grilled Radicchio Salad in the winter to Pea & Sweet Potato Samosas in the spring to Elotes & Roasted Chickpea Tacos in the summer, there’s yummy eats for all seasons!

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You’ll notice on the cover above another note too, that it’s about ‘impromptu’ cooking. Hence the second cool thing about The Love and Lemons Cookbook. They have a pretty thorough pantry list at the beginning of the book that outlines what you should always try to keep on hand. The great news? None of it is particularly exotic. Essentially, this book wants to function as that “Now what to make??” kind of cookbook – you start with a veggie or two you have on hand, and provided you have a few other staples on hand, it transforms things in all kinds of directions (like the yummy Carrot Waffles you see above).

For Love and Lemons Grilled Eggplant and Summer Veggie Pasta

I’ve had the pleasure testing out The Love and Lemons Cookbook over the last month and it’s a huge hit in my household! Everything I’ve made so far has gone over like gangbusters with my husband, and I’m a fan too, thanks to the easy ingredient lists and relatively short timeframes to make stuff. I also love the layout, of starting with vegetables first, and building your meal from there. Some of our favourites were the Roasted Cauliflower Tacos with Chipotle Cream (so spicy, fair warning!), the Corn, Tomato & Mozzarella Salad and the Grilled Eggplant & Summer Veggie Pasta you see above – that’s my handiwork!

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It’s probably worth noting at this point, that The Love and Lemons Cookbook is a vegetarian cookbook – although it’s not specifically marketed that way. I think it’s actually one of the better ‘starter’ vegetarian cookbooks I’ve encountered, because it has such simple ingredients and staples, making it a great pick for omnivores that are looking to add some meatless meals to their repertoire. Or if you really wanted, you could probably add in some meat here or there throughout. Not only is the book vegetarian, most recipes also include handy instructions to modify the recipe to be vegan (if it’s not already – many are) or gluten-free.

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The Love and Lemons Cookbook is also a treat to look at. If I’m not mistaken, every recipe has an accompanying photo, or sometimes step-by-step instructional photos to ensure you nail it. It’s all gorgeously arranged with lots of overhead, modern shots that also give you something to aspire to as you slice and dice your way to culinary greatness. Generally speaking the recipes are presented without introductory commentary, but you’ll still find handy tips and insights sprinkled throughout.

I’m delighted to let you know that I actually have a copy of this yumtastic cookbook to give away to one lucky reader! Want to win it? Here’s how to enter!

1) First & foremost: you must be a subscriber to the Canadian Gift Guide to enter this giveaway. It’s as simple as finding ‘The Gift of Gab’ box in the righthand column and dropping in your email or clicking follow. Then leave me a comment below by July 4, 2016 telling me what recipe that I mentioned in this post you’re most interested in tasting for yourself.

2) Entries are limited to one per person / per email address / per household (or more if you score bonus entries). A random draw will be conducted on or around July 5, 2015 to select the winner, who will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen in their place.

3) Entries are limited to Canadians that have reached the age of majority in their province. Quebec is not eligible for this promotion.

4) Bonus Entry: Tweet about this giveaway tagging @RandomHouseCA + @cdngiftguide + @lovelemonsfood and linking back to this post. Leave a link to your Tweet in a separate comment below.

5) Bonus Entry #2: Tweet about this giveaway tagging @PenguinCanada + @cdngiftguide + @lovelemonsfood and linking back to this post. Leave a link to your Tweet in a separate comment below.

6) Bonus Entry #3: Follow me on Instagram (@cdngiftguide) and share a photo from this post into our Instagram feed, tagging me + @loveandlemons. Leave a link to your post in a separate comment below.

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59 Responses to “Foodie Fridays: The Love & Lemons Cookbook”
  1. aketch says:

    The Grilled Eggplant and Summer Veggie Pasta looks good.

  2. Joan G. says:

    I’m interested most in the Corn, Tomato and Mozzarella salad recipe.

  3. CLC says:

    I’d try the corn, tomato and mozzarella salad

  4. Kim K says:

    I’d like to try the Grilled Eggplant & Summer Veggie Pasta recipe

  5. Julia Herperger says:

    I’m already a subscriber. 🙂 I’d be most interested in Roasted Cauliflower Tacos with Chipotle Cream…I like spicy.

  6. Sherry K says:

    The Corn, Tomato ad Mozzarella Salad looks just perfect for us.

  7. Charlotte/chalbe says:

    Pea & Sweet Potato Samosas, have to try these!

  8. doreen lamoureux says:

    I subscribe by email. Gosh, the Grilled Eggplant & Summer Veggie Pasta looks so tasty and healthy yum for sure.
    dorcontest at gmail dot com

  9. Rhonda B. says:

    It all looks good. I would like to try the Corn, Tomato & Mozzarella Salad.

  10. Heather Swanson says:

    the salad sounds delicious

  11. SandyS says:

    Grilled Eggplant and Summer Veggie Pasta is a must try as we enjoy patio entertaining.

  12. Aimee says:

    Roasted cauliflower tacos sound great. I am a subscriber.

  13. Kay Burke says:

    It all sounds great & you are right, now with Farmer’s Markets sprouting! up – lots to experiment with..

  14. aclily19 says:

    I’d like to try the Roasted Cauliflower Tacos with Chipotle Cream.

  15. Trevor Lackey says:

    I think I would like to try the Corn, Tomato & Mozzarella Salad recipe, looks great.

  16. Trevor Lackey says:

    Here is my Tweet 🙂

  17. Trevor Lackey says:

    Not sure what happened to my first comment so just in case, I would like to try Corn, Tomato & Mozzarella Salad 😉

  18. Lindsey says:

    My job is to promote pulses so I would want to try Elotes & Roasted Chickpea Tacos!

  19. Susan says:

    If would love to try Roasted Cauliflower Tacos with Chipotle Cream. Spicy sounds good to me!

  20. cookie3 says:

    Pea & Sweet Potato Samosas sound delicious. I wouldn’t have thought of using sweet potatoes in the samosas I regularly make.

  21. Mary Warner says:

    The grilled eggplant and Summer Vegetables because it combines favourites of mine.

  22. Giselle says:

    The Pea and Sweet Pea Samosas sounds yummy! I’d love to eat more vegetarian foods so this would be a great book!

  23. Connie says:

    Pea & Sw. Potato Samosas!

  24. dabrowne says:

    I would like to try the grilled eggplant and summer vegetable pasta, it looks yummy.

  25. Susanne C says:

    I would like to try the Corn, Tomato and Mozzarella Salad this summer.

  26. Tom says:

    We love eggplants and pasta in my family, and would love to try the Grilled Eggplant and Summer Veggie Pasta recipe.

  27. Christine Holliday says:

    The Balsamic Grilled Radicchio Salad sounds perfect to me!

  28. Christine Holliday says:

  29. Cairine says:

    I would like to try the Roasted Cauliflower Tacos with Chipotle Cream, that sounds good to me!

  30. Lucretia Flemming says:

    Carrot Waffles – they sound healthy and delicious!!

  31. intensev5 says:

    I would like to make Pea & Sweet Potato Samosas

  32. ERIN MCSWEENEY says:

    it all looks so good, i love the sound of the he Corn, Tomato & Mozzarella Salad

  33. Debra says:

    The grilled eggplant and pasta salad sounds yummy!

  34. Holly says:

    Not necessarily in the post but one picture showed Butternut Squash Red Curry which I would like to try!

  35. diane says:

    I’m most interested in trying the Grilled Eggplant & Summer Veggie Pasta.

  36. janicour says:

    Grilled Eggplant and summer vegetable pasta sounds delicious. Love to try it. You could use the veggies that are ready in the garden.

  37. Anne Derkat says:

    The Corn, Tomato and Mozzarella salad sounds great.

  38. Victoria Ess says:

    The Carrot Waffles sound delicious to me!

  39. marla says:

    I think we would love the Roasted Cauliflower Tacos with Chipotle Cream – we love spicy foods 🙂

  40. I’d like to try the Balsamic Grilled Radicchio Salad.

  41. lyn212 says:

    I would love to try the Elotes & Roasted Chickpea Taco

  42. Linda says:

    I would really like to try making the Roasted Cauliflower Tacos with Chipotle Cream.

  43. aly3360 says:

    The the Grilled Eggplant & Summer Veggie Pasta looks and sounds delicious! It’s the recipe I’d most like to try. I love pasta in nearly every form.

  44. mousecat says:

    Roasted Cauliflower Tacos with Chipotle Cream is the recipe I’d most like to taste!

  45. Lisa S says:

    I would love to try the Elotes & Roasted Chickpea Tacos.

  46. stacey h says:

    i would love to try the Pea & Sweet Potato Samosas. i have samosas at restaurants but have never made them at home yet

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