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

  • Debbie Creps

    I preordered from Amazon last night. What do I need to do to get the additional recipes?

  • Just pre-ordered my copy, can’t wait to get it. My husband and I are very excited about this new way of eating / living. I just found your website about 2 weeks ago, and love it! We are big gardeners too, so it’s not a huge leap for us. I always thought we weren’t eating processed foods, until you brought it to my attention to think about white flours and sugars. However, I will tell you that I was sticker shocked when I saw a gallon jug of Virginia pure maple syrup for $75!!! But, now I’m reading ingredient labels, and glad to do it. Thank you so much for sharing your experiences to others :)
    Take care!

  • Ashelly Gibson

    Hi I just ordered the book from Park Road Books but I wanted to save 10.95 on shipping so I selected the option to pick up and pay at the store. It didn’t give me any information about when I can pick up?

  • Sara Harris

    Love this fridge!

  • Nancy

    My copy arrived this morning and I spent time I should have used for cleaning house to read it. The book does a great job synthesizing information that should convince one that real food is better. I was also impressed with the “how to do it” chapters, especially for those with reluctant family members who prefer junk food and are swayed by food package claims. If you need convincing that real food is better, I recommend Pandora’s Lunchbox by Melanie Warner, Salt, Sugar, Fat: How the food giants hooked us by Michael Moss, Fat Chance by Robert Lustig, and anything by Michael Pollen. If you want to know how to make the change to a whole food diet, step by step, this is the best book out there. Congratulations on filling a huge need with a well-written resource!

  • Mandy Barnes

    I just ordered the kindle edition of your cookbook, I can’t wait to read it!

  • Kim

    I did a pre-order but had no idea where to go for the e-receipes. Anything I can do to show I pre-ordered it to get them?


  • Mary

    HI Lisa! By the Grace of God, I found your website today!! I am so looking forward to trying your challenge with my husband. I was diagnosed with Diabetes a year ago, bought all this stuff to improve our eating but like you said in your promo video, I had no direction AND I’m not a very good cook – so a book is perfect!! I want to turn my Diabetes into DIA”BEAT”IT!! Thank you again – can’t wait to get your book! Its my number one mission this weekend – God Bless you!!

  • I wish I would have done this years ago. Our daughters are both in college now & one was very health conscious (she’s fallen into the trap of pizza, late night food runs etc. she attends college 7 hours away so we don’t see her as much as we’d like to). The other daughter is moving to S California in a month. Much healthier eating habits there (we were there in May). I don’t have a huge kitchen like yours however, I’ll start small & work my way up! My mother is restricted to a gluten free diet & I love the fact that you have incorporated that into your book as well.

    Thank you lisa!

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