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A cookbook review of Nourishing Meals… and a giveaway!

A few weeks ago I got an email from Ali Segersten of Whole Life Nutrition asking if I’d be interested in reviewing her and her husband, Tom Malterre’s, new cookbook, “Nourishing Meals.”  Like a giddy school girl I hastily responded with a resounding “YES!” I’ve been an avid fan of Ali and Tom’s since I first started my journey of becoming gluten and dairy free (among other things). Their website, The Whole Life Nutrition Kitchen, has been a huge help to me over the years. The first recipe I remember trying was their Gluten Free Chocolate Brownie Cupcakes with Chocolate Ganache Frosting… and they were heavenly (and vegan!).

Ali and Tom are widely known for their combined knowledge of nutrition and ability to create healthy and wholesome meals for the entire family (and by the way, they are parents to 5 children… yes I said 5!).

“Nourishing Meals” is not Ali and Tom’s only cookbook, they also are the authors of “The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook.”

Please know, Ali and Tom did provide me with a copy of their cookbook to review, and also provided me with the copies for this giveaway, but the opinions expressed here are solely my own.

When I first opened up my copy of “Nourishing Meals,” my initial reaction was, “Holy cow, Tom and Ali are rock stars!”  This cookbook is packed with useful information, including why you should eat whole foods, why allergies and food sensitivities are on the rise, tips on raising healthy kids, how to pack healthy school lunches, etc… Phew! Not to mention the over 300 recipes. I immediately started marking recipes to try. I really appreciate that the recipes in this cookbook are well rounded – from vegan to grain free to being packed full of fresh ingredients. There is something for everyone in this book. It is gluten free, dairy free, and soy free (and though the cover of the cookbook doesn’t mention it, I think all of the recipes are also refined sugar free).

My true opinion? Let me put it this way, I own a good amount of gluten free cookbooks, and although they include some great information and recipes, I had yet to make that personal connection to a book that has earned it one of the highest spots in my kitchen… off the shelf and onto my counter. “Nourishing Meals” has earned a well deserved spot on my kitchen counter. I am notorious for not being able to follow a recipe (because I always have to try to make it better or make a substitution for something because of my own dietary restrictions). Ali is a genius. Her recipes are healthy, inventive, family friendly, and most importantly… they always work. I am grateful for all of the hard work Tom and Ali put into this beautiful book!

Last night our dinner consisted of 2 recipes from “Nourishing Meals,” which included the Zucchini Almond Bake (page 251) and the Grain (and egg) Free Chicken Nuggets (page 331). Both were huge hits, but especially the chicken nuggets. My 3 year old looked at me and said, “Mommy, these are soooo good!”

My 7 year old said:
Kylie: “Mommy, I just love your recipe for that chicken.”
Me: “It actually isn’t my recipe, babe.”
Kylie: “Well, then whose is it?”
Me: “It belongs to the lady who wrote the new cookbook I just got in the mail.”
Kylie: “Well, next time you talk to her, will you please tell her I said thank you and that I really like her recipe?”

I am looking forward to breaking in this cookbook, staining the pages, and using it for many years to come. I am so happy (and incredibly grateful) to finally have a cookbook on my kitchen counter!

This giveaway is now closed.

And for the giveaway….
Tom and Ali have generously provided me 3 copiesof “Nourishing Meals” to give away to 3 lucky winners.  Here’s how to enter (you can do one or all of the following for extra entries):


  1. Like Allergy Free Alaska and Whole Life Nutrition on Facebook. Leave me a comment below and let me know you did.
  2. Comment below and tell me why you’d like a copy of “Nourishing Meals.”
  3. And finally, share the link to this giveaway on your own Facebook page and encourage your friends to enter the giveaway. Leave me a comment below and let me know you did!

The winners will be announced Saturday, September 15th! Good luck!



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dawn beachy

Saturday 15th of September 2012

I love trying new, allergy free recipes for my family! The cookbook looks great!!

dawn beachy

Saturday 15th of September 2012

Liked Whole Life Nutrition on FB!!!

dawn beachy

Saturday 15th of September 2012

Liked Allergy Free Alaska on FB!!

Sarah Lewis

Friday 14th of September 2012

I like you both on Facebook... and I'm so intrigued! I'd love to try this book.


Friday 14th of September 2012

I'd like to win a copy of Nourishing Meals because I already know how great their first cookbook is. It was a great help to me as was beginning my whole food eating journey a few years ago. I'm sure this recipe book will be just as good, if not better!