Cook It, Eat It, Live It – Cookbook Giveaway

Enter our worldwide giveaway to win one of two copies of Cook it Eat it Live it: The Everyday Joy of Food in 43 Varied, Vibrant Dishes by Jo Kenny.

In this first publication from the blogger at Girl Eats World we find a vibrant and varied collection of recipes inspired by both travel and the author’s family ties to the UK, Japan, Guyana, the Caribbean.

These dishes satisfy appetites for light bites, indulgent dinners, fresh sides and delicious desserts. The dishes are the type that my family loves and I appreciate how the book is organized by country with “food diaries” along with recipes and dishes from those locales.

Try Pan fried sirloin with sticky udon noodles; Mushroom and thyme coconut rice; or Spiced apple fritters with cinnamon glaze. Jo also includes tutorials on making pasta and chicken stock along with other helpful hints. Cook it Eat it Live it would make an ideal hostess gift or starting guide for a new cook who loves global flavors.

Published in South Africa, the book is available in the US, CA, AU, and the UK at a great Kindle price USD 3.99 on Kindle or free to read on Kindle Unlimited.

Take a look at Jo’s blog to get a feel for her style. I am sure you will find many tempting dishes to make for your family.

Special thanks to the publisher for providing two copies of this title in our promotion. Entry options include answering the following question in the comments section of this blog post.

Leave a comment telling me about your favorite food memory – a dish on vacation or family tradition.

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  • Lyla  on  July 6, 2022

    I remember my mom baking bread. I would come home from school and the house would smell so wonderful. In general, my mom was not a great cook……but boy could she bake!!!!

  • matag  on  July 6, 2022

    I was 10 when our family drove to New Orleans to see relatives. I had my first taste of real Cajun food! We went back every other year. Enjoyed seeing my cousins but the real treat was the food! Shrimp, crabs and crawfish!!!

  • ravensfan  on  July 6, 2022

    I remember baking with my sisters, mother, and grandmother during holidays. Three generations of women in the kitchen.

  • wildchild  on  July 7, 2022

    Baking bread with the kids – just to show them how a basic is really made

  • lean1  on  July 7, 2022

    Sardines on toast, watching the sunset in St.Croix.

  • rkosully  on  July 7, 2022

    My favorite food memory is of visits to my grandmother’s house each summer, when she would make dinner and we would get to eat outside, on her porch.

  • rochkay  on  July 7, 2022

    I have so many! Growing up, I remember the smell of freshly baked bread (my mom used to bake bread every day). But more recently, my husband and I visited New Orleans in 2018. It’s the first time I had shrimp and grits (for breakfast!), and it was a flavor explosion! Every time I cook Cajun food at home, I’m taken back to our trip to NOLA!

  • kmn4  on  July 7, 2022

    I have many, but two stand out at the moment:

    Helping my German grandmother make stollen at Christmas time – I think it was the last Christmas she was with us. She died when I was 7. I wish I had the recipe.

    Eating kokorec in a late-night, open-air restaurant in Antalya, Turkey, before heading down to the harbor with some beers and a bottle of raki to sit on the wall and watch the moon rise over the Mediterranean.

  • rchesser  on  July 7, 2022

    My favorite food memory is the first cake I baked from scratch and what a revelation it was that it was just as fast as a cake mix.

  • sayeater  on  July 7, 2022

    I just acted on one this past weekend. My dad’s favorite cake was devils food with a cooked caramel frosting. He also used to love summer, picnics and any outdoor celebrations. I was especially missing him this past 4th of July weekend so I made his cake for a taste memory of fun times together<3

  • demomcook  on  July 7, 2022

    I’ll add another New Orleans memory. We went for our honeymoon 40 years ago. The food was heavenly and we ate so much that at the end of the week our clothing no longer fit.

  • dataentrytard  on  July 7, 2022

    Enjoying freshly picked cherries during sunrise in Gaverdovo’s summer dacha .

  • sarahawker  on  July 8, 2022

    Eating lamb for the first time with my now-husband in a alley-way restaurant in Barcelona.

  • reader1trees  on  July 8, 2022

    Baking and basting a honey roasted ham with my father for Christmas one year. We had to keep opening the oven and basting with the melted honey and the result was delicious.

  • Dendav  on  July 8, 2022

    Welsh cakes that my aunts would make me.

  • AIC  on  July 8, 2022

    I have such good memories of my grandpa trying to grill! He would grill whatever was around and as a child I thought it was so funny that he tried to grill a corn dog.

  • roxlet  on  July 8, 2022

    Making ravioli with my grandmother at Easter

  • foodie16  on  July 8, 2022

    On the way to the beach Mum would buy some beautifully soft white bread rolls, a piece of mature Cheddar and some butter, and make up the rolls on the beach. They were so simple and so delicious!

  • betsyradelow  on  July 8, 2022

    grandma’s eggplant parm

  • dzm  on  July 10, 2022

    making biscuits with my mother

  • Teaspoon67  on  July 10, 2022

    My Great Grandmother on my father’s side came from Germany. I love when my father cooks her Sauerbraten recipes which I also make. It’s like crossing the Atlantic to a village in Germany.

  • trudys_person  on  July 10, 2022

    My favourite food memories are around my Mom’s baking too. She made bread every week, and good old-fashioned desserts. My favourites were gingerbread with lemon sauce, yankee buns and butterscotch date pie …

  • clairew137  on  July 10, 2022

    Making cakes with my Mum and licking the bowl out afterwards.

  • ceejayen  on  July 10, 2022

    Watching my nan make drop scones on her Aga

  • Vjkate1964  on  July 10, 2022

    My childhood memories of both my Nanna and Mum are intertwined with memories of fantastic fluffy Yorkshire puddings.

  • RickPearson54  on  July 11, 2022

    The smell of baking bread

  • maggz19671  on  July 11, 2022

    Baking treacle bread cakes and scones with grandma- lifetime love

  • lucymajor94  on  July 11, 2022

    Having food in Florida Keys overlooking the water – fresh and lovely

  • GillB  on  July 11, 2022

    My grandmothers icecream – using Sunvita – a pudding mix. Never got her recipe but wish I had it.

  • sarahteertzah  on  July 12, 2022

    My grandparents’ matzah ball soup at passover seders

  • maci234  on  July 13, 2022

    making my first clootie dumpling ,delicious

  • Sand9  on  July 13, 2022

    Lovely buffet style teas when relatives came over with rhubarb pie and chocolate cake for dessert x

  • Teruska  on  July 13, 2022

    One of my fondest memories is making Cranberry-Orange Relish with my paternal grandmother. We didn’t spend much time together so the one-on-one with her was wonderful. We still make that relish for Thanksgiving, more than 50 years later.

  • Isis1981uk  on  July 13, 2022

    My mum’s roast chicken after my year living in Australia.

  • LeMinou  on  July 14, 2022

    Baking pies from scratch with my grandmother, aunt & mother.

  • banba1  on  July 14, 2022

    Being about 4 years old (shorter than the counter), and watching my great-uncle make homemade sausages and catching them as they came out of the stuffer.

  • jd5761  on  July 14, 2022

    eating fish and chips on the beach in England

  • Beckiemas  on  July 15, 2022

    Cooking for my family the first time I hosted Christmas- better than any gift they could have given me

  • mpdeb98  on  July 15, 2022

    Making brownies with my mother

  • BethHall  on  July 15, 2022

    Making penuche fudge with my grandmother. She loved her sweets! There were always molasses cookies in the cookie jar.

  • dusya4  on  July 15, 2022

    My favorite food memory is eating freshly made meat pies on the side of the road in Turkey.

  • Lora724  on  July 16, 2022

    On Christmas Eve we make a steamed pudding that we light on fire. It’s the highlight of my year.

  • GreenhouseCheryl  on  July 16, 2022

    The smell of my neighbor baking bread every week.

  • iza27  on  July 16, 2022

    My favorite memories are around the great food that my grandmothers used to cook when we visited them. I still have some dishes that I cant reproduce , even though I have some of the recipes, something is still missing.

  • RSW  on  July 17, 2022

    Baking cookies with the kids.

  • chromiumman  on  July 18, 2022

    dad making fish and chips every sunday

  • LaurenE  on  July 18, 2022

    Watching my babysitter make Christmas cookies

  • kennethjohngilmour  on  July 18, 2022

    favorite food memory would have to be every occasion my mother decided to bless us with homemade Chinese food

  • mightymhk  on  July 18, 2022

    My mom’s roast chicken is one of my favorite food memories

  • MaggieMaggieMae  on  July 18, 2022

    My first taste of bacalao in Spain when I added seafood back to my diet for the first time since childhood. Incredible.

  • oduong930  on  July 19, 2022

    my sisters and I started making thanksgiving dinner and we were surprised at how well it turned out!

  • miggsy  on  July 19, 2022

    Baked scrod with cheese my great aunt baked when I visited her in Maine as a child.

  • wats2901  on  July 19, 2022

    Bar hopping and and free tapas with every drink in Grenada, Spain. The food was always simple, but always very delicious.

  • Shelley.b  on  July 20, 2022

    baking holiday cookies with my mother

  • chezlarios  on  July 20, 2022

    Going to Mexico to visit family and always asking my grandma and aunt to have birria ready for me, as my first meal when I arrive!

  • averythingcooks  on  July 21, 2022

    Baking Christmas cookies with my mom. At the time it seemed routine but now I look back amazed at the sheer number and variety of cookies that were made every year.

  • BMeyer  on  July 22, 2022

    making cookies with my kids

  • NatalyaM  on  July 22, 2022

    My favorite travel food memory is eating Turkish breakfast with my family on our trip to Istanbul, with a friendly cat always nearby on the rooftop deck where we ate breakfast.

  • youngsvnnhrs  on  July 22, 2022

    Picking blueberries and making pie on my grandmother’s farm in the summertime in Maine.

  • Roosta  on  July 22, 2022

    My mother making lemon meringue pie weekly, it was my favourite dessert.

  • virjeania  on  July 23, 2022

    My dad making Saturday lunch…always a crazy sandwich combo like fried bologna or pickle sandwiches and we loved it.

  • Leonard5854  on  July 23, 2022

    I remember going on family fishing trips to northern Wisconsin. My dad would catch fish, and his guide would coat them in egg and cornmeal and fry them over an open fire for BREAKFAST! It was the most delicious meal ever.

  • lilmiztam22  on  July 24, 2022

    I remember on New Years Eve we would go around my nans to see in the New Year, she would cook us every year the most delicious beef stew

  • EmilyR  on  July 24, 2022

    picking raspberries from my backyard as a kid

  • Jow  on  July 25, 2022

    I remember when my mum would bake a fruit cake and the aroma would fill the house , I used to love having a slice when it was still warm

  • Dannausc  on  July 25, 2022

    My mom makes the best poached eggs, and I still ask for them every time I visit.

  • Pamyoungvb  on  July 26, 2022

    Every summer grandpa would take us to pick wild blueberries. When we got home grandma would make blueberry pie. The best ever!

  • eroachTN  on  July 26, 2022

    My mom used to take buttery Grands biscuits and bake them with sugar on top then she’d put strawberries or cherries on them with whipped cream. It was such a fun treat and she’d let us help put them together.

  • silversand  on  July 29, 2022

    my favourite food memory is making rock cakes with my grandmother – I particularly loved the fact she had electronic scales!!

  • teamkies  on  July 31, 2022

    Eating Neapolitan pizza in Naples, Italy. My husband and I enjoyed it so much that we almost missed getting back on the cruise ship before it sailed!

  • Acha_77  on  August 1, 2022

    I remember taste of homemade strawberry ice cream. My mother used fresh strawberries from the garden and cream.

  • mph993  on  August 5, 2022

    posole, chips and chile con queso New -Mexican style on Christmas Eve!

  • MarciK  on  August 5, 2022

    I have so many wonderful food memories, but I want to tell about this fond memory, not because of the great food but because it so well represents my family. One night my dad was cooking, something he only does when there is something unusual he wants to try. I asked my mom what we’re having for dinner. She said my dad was making muskrat, but if it didn’t taste good, we’ll go to McDonald’s. I never did get to taste the muskrat. We ended up going to McDonald’s in the end, but my dad still insists the muskrat was good. My father and I have always been more adventurous cooks. My mom and sister not so much.

  • ChicagoJen  on  August 6, 2022

    During a day of casually roaming around Florence with my husband, we stopped into a tiny restaurant for lunch. Three women were cooking in a kitchen the size of my closet, producing magical food. I had a super simple leek risotto that is the single best thing I have ever eaten. It was also so inexpensive I thought there was a mistake on the bill.

  • JEWGAL777  on  August 6, 2022

    Making potato latkas with my mother at Hanukkah when I was a child,

  • garrettsambo  on  August 6, 2022

    I remember my mother cooking all kinds of delicious dishes in the kitchen.

  • elysedc  on  August 9, 2022

    my favorite food memory is eating bagels with my whole extended family after synagogue on a saturday afternoon

  • Angela.Saver  on  August 9, 2022

    My favorite food memory is making yeast rolls with my grandma when I was young.

  • Blue___Nile  on  August 10, 2022

    My favourite food memories always involve my mum, especially at Christmas when we would make Christmas CAkes together

  • mrscahughes  on  August 10, 2022

    clam chowder in Fort Bragg CA

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