A Spring Giveaway!


I’ll be away this week, so what better time for a giveaway?

If I had to own just one cookbook, it would be Feeding the Whole Family by Cynthia Lair. Many of Lair’s recipes are staples in my house – Whole Grain Bread, Kasha and Eggs, Mexican Bean and Corn Casserole,  Sweet Squash Corn Muffins, Yakisoba, Black Bean Tostados, Split Pea Soup with Fresh Peas and Potatoes, Chocolate-Dipped Coconut Macaroons and so many more.

Lair includes information for feeding babies and tips for raising healthy eaters. But this is a great cookbook whether you have kids are not. The recipes are easy to make, healthy, and incredibly flavorful.

Lair writes in the introduction:

Sitting down together and sharing food has enormous power. This ritual is an essential element in the spiritual glue that holds us together as families and communities. Learning to prepare and eat simple, whole foods that the earth naturally provides can transform lives.

This cookbook has definitely transformed my life and my family’s meals. And I would like to give away a copy of Feeding the Whole Family to one of you.

To enter:

  • Leave me a comment and tell me: What’s your favorite cookbook?

Double your chance of winning by:

  • Subscribing to New Urban Habitat. (And leave a comment telling me about it.)

Triple your chance of winning by:

  • Mentioning the giveaway in your blog. (And leave a comment telling me about it.)

Quadruple your chance of winning by:

  • Tweeting about the giveaway on Twitter. (And leave a comment telling me about it.)

Make sure you leave me your correct email address. The giveaway will close on Friday, March 26 at 6 p.m. (Pacific time). I’ll randomly choose and notify a winner by email on Saturday, March 28. The winner should reply to my email and provide me with a mailing address by Tuesday, March 30 . (If I don’t hear from the winner by then, I’ll choose a new winner from the entries next Wednesday.)

Good luck!

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About Abby Quillen

Abby Quillen writes fiction and magazine articles. Her articles and essays have appeared in YES! Magazine, The Christian Science Monitor, Colorado Central Magazine, and on Common Dreams, Nation of Change, Reader Supported News, The Daily Good, Truthout, and Shareable.net. You can find more of her writing at http://abbyquillen.com.


  1. Oh, I am so in on this! I already subscribe, does that count? My favorite cookbook? Well it depends if you mean for recipes or pictures. Moosewood is an old favorite, but I’m kind of digging Nigella’s Feast right now and Jamie Oliver totally does it for me. Secretly, WeightWatchers has a 20 minute recipe book just out that is fabulous on a weekday. Off now to twitter and blog. Did I mention pick me? Please.

  2. Oooooh, this sounds right up my alley! I would love this book.

    I guess my favorite cookbook is How to Cook Everything Vegetarian by Mark Bittman — there are just soooo many recipes in there, and so many ways to experiment.

    And I am already a subscriber, too! 🙂

  3. I like The Art of Simple Food by Alice Water. Her recipes are perfect! ‘

    I am also a subscriber.

    Have a fun trip!

  4. Elizabeth says:

    We’re a big fan of moosewood, and we do a lot of online research for recipes. We’d love a new favorite!

  5. I have to agree with Laura that Bittman’s How to Cook Everything Vegetarian is my fave. I love the options he gives, and the pancake & waffle recipes are now our weekend breakfasts of choice.

    I, too, already subscribe!

  6. Easy to make, healthy, and flavorful…sounds like just what I need as I work on re-vamping our family meals (and those “quick” or snack-y items are sooo easy when you don’t have a plan in place).
    Thanks for the chance!

  7. I just subscribed to your blog over the weekend. I would love a copy of this book!

  8. Moosewood Cooks at Home – simple, few ingredients, quick and yummy!

    I’m also subscribing to your feed to double my chances of winning what looks like a great cookbook!

  9. Stephanie says:

    I would have to say my favorite cookbooks are the ones by Annabel Karmel. I use them all the time! I would love to try this cookbook.

  10. Stephanie says:

    Also, I have been a subscriber for almost two months now. 🙂

  11. I have different favs at different times, but right now, this is the one I’m loving most. I’d love to win another copy to give to a good friend of mine who’s trying to eat more healthfully. Thank you!

  12. I follow your blog, too, through Google reader.

  13. Angela Sim-Laramee says:

    My favorite cookbook is Joy of Cooking. Got it as a gift when I got married 12 years ago. I’d love a new one though – and March 27th is my birthday! We have a new baby (3 months), 2 young children, and 2 tired parents – some new recipes would be invigorating.

  14. Angela Sim-Laramee says:

    I follow your blog via Google reader

  15. One of my favorite cookbooks is Moosewood’s New Classics. We use it almost weekly.

    I have been wanting Feeding the Whole Family and would love to win a copy! Thanks!

  16. My favorite cookbook is Vegan Homestyle by Kay Hansen.

  17. I subscribe to your blog in Google Reader.

  18. My current most-used cookbook is probably America’s Test Kitchen Family Cookbook, but we also like the Moosewood books.

    Thanks for hosting this giveaway! I want that book!

  19. I follow your blog.

  20. Of course, like all folks that love good food, I have LOTS of favorite cookbooks!!!
    Laurel’s Kitchen is an old favorite for me. A good friend gave it to me a decade ago, when I was just really getting into whole foods. She had bought it when it was new in the late 1970’s. I still have that same original copy, and I still use its recipes today!

  21. Sara Taylor says:

    I have been spending most of my time in Super Baby Food lately as I cook for my baby. My favorite cook book is the Whole Foods recipe app! Does that count??

  22. I am subscribed to the blog already. Hoping that counts!

  23. I love the Moosewood Cookbook!

  24. Oh, I am also a subscriber!

  25. I really don’t have favorite cookbook. I maintain a recipe binder of favorites that I’ve found “here and there” and toss’em if they end up not being enjoyed by most of the family.

  26. My favourite for the past year is “Simply in Season”. I use it probably every other day. Simple meals organized by season, thoughtfully organized and laid out, with quotes relating to food security, farming, the environmental impact of our food to reflect on while you’re cookin’. Here is a link to the book:

    I am new to the blog following, but I just signed up for your e-mail subscription and really enjoy reading your blog! Thanks for the fun contest (I’ve enjoyed reading the other cookbook favs)

  27. Not sure I have a favorite cookbook. I go through phases. I like the Art of Simple Food by Alice Water. I like almost every recipe in Everyday Italian by Giada De Laurentiis. I try a lot of recipes from Everyday Food and Cooking Light, and I maintain a binder of family favorites.

    I’m new to your blog too, but I just subscribed and look forward to reading more! Thanks!

  28. I have always loved my “Cheap, Fast, Good” cookbook. It taught me a lot as I was just starting out. I will forever be grateful for the instructions on how to make my own vegetable stock.

  29. I also subscribe in google reader.

  30. I’ve never seen this book before. Thanks for the recommendation, and for the chance to win. Oh, and I already subscribe…not sure if that counts or not.

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