100 Days of Real Food Cookbook – Coming Soon!

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It’s been a while since I last wrote an update on my upcoming cookbook, and I have so much more to share now! The August 26th release date will be here before we know it, and I’ve been a busy little bee going back and forth (and back and forth) with my editor on all the finishing touches.

Did I mention how writing (and editing) this cookbook has been the hardest I’ve ever worked in my life? Like EVER. Forget taking final exams in college or planning corporate events (my old job) or spreading mulch (ha ha – but I am not kidding) or anything else I’ve ever considered to be hard work before. Let’s just say after this experience, I have a whole new appreciation for all the authors out there – it’s honestly quite amazing there are so many now that I know what it’s like on the backend!

But enough about how I poured my heart and soul into this book to make it as perfect for all of you as possible …let’s dig into what you’ll find in the book once you get it (because you’ve already placed your preorder, right?) :)

Once Again, the Cover!

100 Days of Real Food Book Cover

A Sampling From the Inside!

In addition to the 100 (mostly new – not previously on the blog) recipes, the book will include 5 chapters that cover: What real food is, how to read ingredient labels, how cutting out processed food impacted our family, how to shop for real food (without breaking the bank), how to get your reluctant family members on board, meal planning (+ 4 new dinner plans), and lots of fun “extras” like a real food substitution chart, my typical weekly grocery list, family dinner questions, a “make your own” party guide, and a school lunch packing chart. 

My goal was to make this book your complete guide for cutting out processed food – everything except a personal chef included! But all kidding aside, just think of that wonderful feeling when you know you are taking the best care of your family possible. I want this book to help you do just that in the food department!

Here are some page samples (click pictures to enlarge):

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The Recipes!

I can’t wait to share all the new recipes with you and hear what you think. And just for the record, I counted and determined that about 70% of the 100 recipes are brand spanking new – i.e. not previously shared on the blog. I told you I’ve been busy!

Plus here’s the part I know many of you will love. I did some more counting and figured out the following…

  • 71 recipes are (or can easily be) Gluten-Free
  • 79 recipes are (or can easily be) Vegetarian
  • 49 recipes are (or can easily be) Dairy-Free


  • 42 recipes are Freezer Friendly (my secret weapon when it comes to packing wholesome school lunches!)

The book includes quite an array of recipes from the following categories: Breakfast, Lunch (including school lunches), Snacks, Appetizers, Salads, Sides, Simple Dinners (including slow cooker meals), Special Treats, and Homemade Staples. Some of the recipes I am most excited about are: Fruit Salad with Orange Zest, Cinnamon Raisin Quick (Whole Grain) Bread, Cajun Alfredo with Shrimp, Slow Cooker Potato Soup, Cheesy Broccoli Casserole, BBQ Sauce, Homemade Dried Onion Soup Mix (for Onion Dip), and Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Bites. All of the recipes have been tested and retested and beautifully photographer by my friend Carrie Vitt with Deliciously Organic.

That’s right, there will be a big color photo with every single recipe! Here are a few more examples…

100 Days of #RealFood #Cookbook Pictures

How To Preorder – And Get A Signed Copy!

First and foremost, I’ll love you forever if you preorder my book. :) Secondly, if you preorder online through our local, independent book store here in Charlotte, Park Road Books, I’m going to sign all the copies before they’re shipped out. And, for any International fans, they say they’ll ship the book anywhere in the world – yay!

So anyway, here are some of the preorder options: Park Road Books (signed copy), IndieBound.org (support your local retailers!), Amazon, Barnes & NobleBooks-a-Million, Indigo (Canada), and Walmart. I can’t thank you enough for your support with this project. I really hope you’ll love this book as much as I do, and that it will help make your life easier!

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76 comments to 100 Days of Real Food Cookbook – Coming Soon!

  • Kristin

    Just pre-ordered by copy of the new cookbook! So excited. THANK YOU for putting all of your wonderful information in one spot. You have truly inspired me, and my family, to cut out all of the processed junk food! I love feeding my daughter healthy, organic foods!

  • I;m thrilled for you – Congratulations! It looks beautiful!

  • MJ

    ever since I came across 100 days of Real Food which was only a short time ago I have tried a good few of the recipes and ok some did not quiet turn out like the picture (my fault lol) I have really enjoyed them. I am a person that burns anything and everything I would a salad if I had to cook it so its a good thing I don’t have to that is why I like trying some of these beautiful recipes.

  • Hello, I had a question about your cookbook. I am looking for a good “clean” or “real food” cookbook that helps my family.

    I am a disabled veteran and mother of three beautiful daughters. My husband and I are trying to eat healthier. We are all over weight to some degree and this both bothers and worries me. My teenagers have body issues like most girls their age and my youngest daughter is an Achondroplasia Dwarf who has severe Crohn’s disease and has certain foods she can not eat. So this makes meal time a challenge for me when I am trying to find recipes that everyone will like, that are low in calories, healthy, and tasty!

    I have downloaded your 4 weeks of recipes that I could access on Facebook. I am excited to try them to see how my family will react to real food. Will your cookbook also have great tips about whole foods, label reading and understanding, etc.?

    I look forward to hearing from you and thank you for your time!

  • Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

    Hello Tonya. I think you will be pleased with the contents of the book. In addition to the description above, the Amazon page lists:
    *Advice for navigating the grocery store and making smart purchases
    *Tips for reading ingredient labels
    *100 quick and easy recipes for such favorites as Homemade
    Chicken Nuggets, Whole Wheat Pasta with Kale Pesto Cream Sauce,
    and Cinnamon Glazed Popcorn
    *Meal plans and suggestions for kid-pleasing school lunches,
    parties, and snacks
    *”Real Food” anecdotes from the Leakes’ own experiences
    *A 10-day mini starter-program, and much more.
    You will not find calorie information or nutrition breakdowns. Our focus is on getting real food onto people’s plates without a big focus on numbers. :) ~Amy

  • jen

    Hi Lisa….qq for you, I see you have 79 recipes that are vegetarian. Would you say that at least 50% of the overall recipes are vege or more? Being a vege family (and not being able to see the book) it’s important that a good bit of it be useful for us. Looking forward to hearing. Thanks!

  • Jo McKenna


    I’m on the start of a clean, mostly vegetarian and healthy lifestyle for myself and family. Your cookbook sounds great but when I tried to pre-order the delivery options were USA or Canada. I’m in Australia! I tried through Parkroads books. Is there another way to order through them that I missed?



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