The Big Day Is Tomorrow!

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I keep trying to tell myself that tomorrow is just a regular day, but so far I’ve not been very good at tricking myself! I feel like my body is abuzz and my mind is racing, but I guess that’s what happens you watch over 2 years of your hard work finally come to fruition all on one day! I am talking about my cookbook release date tomorrow of course. I just cannot believe it’s finally here – eeeek!

Book Trailer Video

And what better way to kick off my big day than to finally share my book trailer video with you? This 2-minute video shares an overview of our family’s story as well as what you can expect from my book!

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Your Book Recipe Questions Answered

I’ve been getting a lot of questions lately about the recipes in the book, so all in one place here’s what you can expect…

  • No white flour or any refined grains are used
  • No sugar or any refined (or artificial) sweeteners are used
  • No recipes call for packaged foods containing more than 5 ingredients
  • Familiar and easy-to-find ingredients are used (you probably already have most of them on hand!)
  • 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!)
  • A beautiful color photo is included with each and every recipe
  • 70% new recipes – not previously published on the blog
  • And lastly, all recipes were tested by 100 volunteer recipes testers – I think you’ll be really pleased with the results!

In addition to the recipes there are 5 chapters full of tips, advice, shopping lists, meal plans, and more fun photos. For a peak at some of the pages inside my book check out my cookbook overview post!

Also, just a reminder that today is the last day to get the free 8-recipe ebook bonus. If you filled out the form and didn’t get yours yet please check your spam folder, and if it’s still not there you can email assistant{at}100daysofrealfood{dot}com for assistance.

Skype Chat With Me?

Since I’d love to see all your smiling faces when you receive my book this week I thought we could do a little contest just for fun. Simply take a picture of you (or your kids!) holding my new cookbook and post it to your news feed on any of your social media channels (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest) with the hashtag #100DaysCookbook and on Friday afternoon I’ll pick one person to have a 20 minute Skype chat with me! We’ll pick a time that works with your schedule, and we can talk about whatever you want …the weather, what you love to cook, or even your real food challenges (of course)!

Seeing my book in the hands of the families I wrote it for will just MAKE MY DAY! :)

Favor To Ask

When you get your book this week it would just mean the world to me if you could please take a few moments to leave a review about the book online. Any old book website will do including AmazonBarnes & NobleBooks-a-Million, and/or Walmart (doesn’t matter where you bought it). You could even write one review and copy and paste to another! It’s super helpful for people who haven’t been following along here and have no idea what to expect. Thank you in advance for that!

Events and Signings

I’ve got a couple of events coming up in North Carolina (my home state), so if you live in or near NC here’s the schedule so far!

  • September 5th – 6th: Bookmarks Festival of Books and Authors in Winston-Salem, NC
    – Friday, Sept. 5 at 10 AM: Eat & Greet with Lisa Leake at Knollwood Baptist Church (Tickets Required – includes light refreshments and copy of my book)
    - Saturday, Sept. 6 from 2:45 – 3:30 PM: Presentation + Signing at Hanesbrands Theatre (Open to the public)
  • September 13th, 1 PM – 3 PM: Signing at The Country Bookshop in Southern Pines, NC (near Pinehurst)
  • September 20th, 11 AM – 1 PM: Signing at Park Road Books in Charlotte, NC

Launch Party Recap!

What better way to ring in such a big day than with a partaay!?! Some of my wonderful friends and even some fans (who won the invitation contest) came out to celebrate with me at Atherton Mill and Market in Charlotte, NC on Saturday night. I was feeling very loved by everyone who came and am really appreciative of all those who helped make the night so special. Here is a little picture recap below – including one of our blogging team! Plus check out the organic appetizers the caterer made using recipes from my book including fish cakes, meatballs, veggies with homemade onion dip, fruit salad and dark chocolate peanut butter bites – yummy!

100 Days of #RealFood #Cookbook

A big thank you to my party sponsors for helping make this event a reality including SquooshiMolly’s SudsBranch Basics, and Sheila Kilbane, MD (Integrative Pediatrician here in Charlotte).

Where to Order

If you haven’t ordered your copy of my book yet – it’s most definitely not too late! Here are some of the options…

100 Days of #RealFood #Cookbook

All the books at Park Road Books have now officially been signed! I’ll be going back when they get more orders.

Thanks again for YOUR support during this exciting and surreal time!  – Lisa

(PS – I promise to resume normal blogging topics as soon as all of this craziness is over!)

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147 comments to The Big Day Is Tomorrow!

  • Keady N.

    I am awaiting the arrival of my copy today. I ordered it Monday night on Amazon ( just shy of being able to get it the next day) I cant wait to try new recipes! My daughter just started Kindergarten this year and I had been packing her lunch ( I packed all through pre-school too) but I’m losing the battle against newness of hot school lunch.

  • Nannette Kendall

    I pre -ordered your book back in June so I would get an autographed copy via Amazon (link thru your websiight) but the copy I rec’d wasn’t autographed :(. I am enjoying the book anyway!

  • Courtney

    This book is FANTASTIC. I am loving every single page. Awesome information, awesome PRACTICAL advice, great resources and wonderful recipes!!!! Love love love!!!! This book should be in every kitchen in the world.

  • Kelly

    So I have had the cookbook for a few weeks now. I read a little everyday and try a few recipes at a time. As I am typing this the Cinnamon-Raisin quick bread is in my oven and a list of what I need to get from the store is next to me to make 3 other things! I am REALLY loving the book so far. It has given me so many new options for my kids lunches and they seem to be enjoying the food too. The only disappointment for me is as I am looking at the Lunch Box pages there are pictures of things that I wish were named in the book. For instance page 173. I will make this for my kids lunch tomorrow but wish I knew what the dried fruit looking food was in the picture. And for another example the cheese cubes and crackers on page 167 what kind they are, where you can find them. I am a visual person so when I see something I like in a picture I want to know what it is! Loved getting to know more about how you started all this in your introduction! Your kids are adorable and I am looking forward to using this book and learning more one day at a time!!

  • ET

    I have been enjoying the book. The two comments I have 1) I wish each recipe had nutritional info (calories, fat, protein, etc and 2) I feel it is a bit too reliant on wheat which is increasingly being shown to be inflammatory and not great for the gut.
    I do think its very educational in a very easy to understand way.

  • Emily

    Hi Lisa,

    I have been following your blog for a while and I just adore your recommendations, recipes and stories. I bought your book last week and, I have to say, that during my real food transformation, i’ve purchased several cookbooks, and yours is by far my absolute favorite! You’ve done an amazing job setting the stage for your change into real food (which is SO similar to mine, which was fun to read! We truly do need to find the research on our own, rather than hearing it over and over from a loved one :-) ), all the way into some really practical and fabulous recipes and tips. Just about a week in to reading this cookbook and i’ve already tried 4 recipes, which have all been rated by my family as new stapes in the house. They all say, “put this on the favorites list!” :-)

    Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication. The book is amazing and I still love reading the blog! Thanks for all you do! :-)

  • Tom

    Wow, fantastic sales ranks today @ amazon.
    Congrats to this success looks like it can’t get better.

    #39 in Books
    #1 in Books > Cookbooks, Food & Wine > Entertaining & Holidays
    #1 in Books > Cookbooks, Food & Wine > Cooking by Ingredient > Natural Foods
    269 customer reviews, thereof 244 with 5 stars

    Will order a copy myself.
    All the best,
    T

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