I am stoked and thrilled to be writing this post. After months of no sleep, hard work, no sleep and endless days behind the computer, I am ready to share with the world my latest project. I had a great opportunity presented to me, and instead of thinking rationally, I took the bull by the horns and jumped in head first. Too many analogies?
Well, that’s how I roll! After a year of deliberating and researching on self-publishing and ebooks, I have finally co-written and photographed my first ebook with fellow food blogger, Mary Platis, aka California Greek Girl. You may not be able to understand this, but right now, I am truly at a loss for words.
It is difficult to express how elated I am feeling. I am not good with words, as my husband can attest. I can not believe that Mary and I are finally here.
The book is called Cooking Techniques with Olive Oil. We have taken our passion for olive oil and transferred it into a beautiful ebook (it is now available as a hardback book!). We discuss how to choose and store your olive oil, how it’s made, plus the health benefits of olive oil and the Mediterranean Diet.
The subsequent chapters explain how to use olive oil with each featured cooking technique. We discuss the do’s and don’ts to poaching, braising, marinating, steaming, baking, infusing, whipping, blending, and roasting with olive oil. And let’s not forget that we can enjoy olive oil raw, straight out of the bottle!
And we are strictly talking extra virgin olive oil – the good stuff!
Did you know…..
Fact: Olive oil color does not determine the quality of the olive oil.
Fact: Olive oil is rich in antioxidants.
Fact: Olive oil has been found to boost the immune system and fight against many diseases, such as cancer, diabetes and obesity.
Cooking Techniques with Olive Oil is a great resource for cooks of all skill levels. You can be a caterer, blogger, chef or home cook and you will learn something new. In all honesty, you don’t need to be a gourmet cook to enjoy this book. You just need to be a food and olive oil enthusiast. And who doesn’t enjoy good food?!
During the upcoming summer months, Mary and I will continue to educate everyone about olive oil. We will be touring local California olive groves and showing you how olive oil is pressed. We will hold olive oil tastings and post additional fun olive oil recipes. And we will share more great olive facts in our posts and tweets.
And did I mention our ebook features over 25 unique extra virgin olive oil recipes, using fresh, wholesome ingredients?
Can you use olive oil in scones? We sure did!
Can you use olive oil in cocktails? Heck, yeah!
You poached meat in olive oil??! Yup, and it was dee-licious!
I feel like a tv infomercial, but I’m super excited to share this book with all of you. The Cooking Techniques with Olive Oil ebook is available right now at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. We are also selling an enhanced PDF version here. The iTunes version will include videos and will be available this fall. AND, we are incredibly optimistic about getting this in print, so stay tuned as this develops.
THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED! Congratulations to our winner, Kierstin!
And now, a little love to share with all of you who have stuck it out during my absentee months. Mary and I are hosting two giveaways, giving you TWO opportunities to win a copy of our ebook (in any format you choose) as well as a fabulous Healthy Eating Gift Box from Bragg that contains:
- Greek Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Liquid Amino Acids (Bottle and Spray)
- Ginger and Sesame Dressing
- Braggberry Dressing
- Sprinkle Seasoning
- Nutritional Yeast Seasoning
- Apple Cider Vinegar and Honey Drink
- Apple Cider Vinegar Concord Grape-Acai Drink
- Patricia Bragg’s Best-Selling Books
- Apple Cider Vinegar Book
- Healthy Lifestyle Book
- Health Heart Book
If you are not familiar with Bragg’s high quality products, They promote healthy living through healthy eating. Their olive oil is fantastic, and they are also famous for their amazing apple cider vinegar. All of the gift box products are USDA Organic, Non GMO, Kosher Certified and Gluten Free.
There are several ways you can enter to win this prize: Leave a comment below telling me your favorite way to enjoy olive oil. Tweet about the giveaway and leave a comment below that you did: Learn different ways to cook w olive oil PLUS win an olive oil ebook & gift box from @familyspice @calgreekgirl http://familyspice.com/?p=3516 Pin the ebook cover picture and include the following tag: Learn different ways to cook with olive oil PLUS win an olive oil ebook & gift box from @familyspice @calgreekgirl Head over to California Greek Girl and enter over there! Sorry, but only U.S. residents can enter. Contest ends June 4, 2013.
Good luck everyone and I hope you enjoy the book!
Disclosure: Bragg was gracious to supply us with the Healthy Eating Gift Box to give away. We were not compensated in any other way by Bragg to write this post. This post does include affiliate links.