Looking to have more fun in the kitchen? Maybe making more home-cooked meals is a New Year’s resolution for you? Then check out Bite Me – a smile-inducing, new cookbook that acts as a multi-sensory smorgasbord, a feast for your eyes (including images from legendary photographers David Lachapelle, Miles Aldridge and Melvin Sokolsky), ears (tunes to cook to), nose and mouth.
This inspirational book written by two fun-loving Canadian sisters is a quest to bring love and laughter into kitchens. With chapter titles entitled Spoon Me (steamy soups), unDress Me (eye-popping salads), Gobble Me (you’ll flip for the bird), Meet Me (a bloody good time for meat lovers), Join Me (brunch for the morning after) and Fork Me (desserts for a happy ending) you will quickly realize this is not your mom’s cookbook. Published by Kyle Books and priced at $24.95, you can find out more at www.bitemecookbook.com.
We recently got the opportunity to catch up with the sister authors, Julie Albert and Lisa Gnat, on their press tour and ask some questions about families, cooking and balancing it all.
How do you balance work and family?
With six children combined, the sisters say that their phenomenal husbands are the reason they can travel and promote their other baby – their new cookbook Bite Me.
Why create a cookbook?
This project was a decade in the making… we’ve always been close sisters and we had a mom who loved to cook. Lisa has a strong cooking background, and I worked in journalism so we combined powers. Bite Me has 175 recipes created and tested by Lisa, and I focused on the text, photography, etc. We are basically home cooks and believe that eating, feeding and entertaining can be fun.
What is different about your cookbook?
We both had lots of cookbooks – all the classics really – but none were dog eared. We felt like us others must be at a loss for what to cook at night for their families. We created a cookbook full of recipes that really work. We sought to make this book a feast for all the senses, especially the sense of playfulness. Our book uses pop culture to remind readers to have fun in the kitchen. The entire book was either propped from items in my closets or a dollar store. Almost all of the ingredients in Bite Me recipes can be found in the pantry. Our advice is to use what is at your disposal.
Our approach is to offer meals with a healthy style, but dessert is dessert. Moderation is the key. All of our recipes were tested using different ingredients, such as low fat, organic, etc., with the same tasty outcome and we leave the choice to the readers.
We have been pleased with the positive reception to Bite Me and happily surprised by the range of our fan groups. Everyone from first-time, college cooks to 50-60 year-olds who are cooking for grandkids and seeking new ways to revitalize their time in the kitchen.
What is next for the Saucy Sisters?
We are already working on a second cookbook, and keeping our website fresh with new ideas so please check us out at www.bitemecookbook.com