Monday, September 28, 2009

"Spice Up You Life" cookbook review and giveaway! CLOSED



I tend to become a very boring cook at my house. I get very nervous trying new things and adding any ingredients I can't pronounce. My husband on the other hand would love for me to take more risk in my cooking. Spaghetti and teriyaki chicken just aren't doing it for him anymore. He was very excited to hear that I was contacted by Bindu Grandhi the author and creator of "Spice Up your Life" to do a review on her cookbook. I was a little nervous knowing how picky I am with the reviews I choose and the food I like. But my love for my husband won and I agreed to do the review. I literally was crossing my fingers that these recipes would really be worth my while.

I decided to try the the "Chicken Cutlet with Tamarind Honey Dipping Sauce" pg. 98. The recipe was pretty simple, which was great news for me. It was really fun being introduced to so many new spices and ingredients. There was one ingredient for used in the dipping sauce that I couldn't find. However, I found a great way to substitute it on the Internet. This was the tamarind juice. Instead, I just combined 1/4 Cup orange juice and 2 TBSP of lime Juice. When everything was finally prepared, the food looked delicious and smelled great. As for the actual taste, my whole family loved it. My husband was very impressed and added this meal to his lift of favorites. I also loved the dish. The dipping sauce had great flavor mixed with a sweet and spicy taste. I also think the mix of all the spices really helped create the excellent taste.



What is great about these recipes is they all seem to include a great selection of spice to add to the taste. Before getting this book I thought it was an indian cookbook. Although there is some influence these recipes are actually geared towards healthy food with great flavor. Bindu Grandhi also got an early endorsement from Chef Emeril Lagasse!

Buy:
You can purchase "Spice Up Your Life" online at Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Now you can even find this fantastic cookbook in select Barnes and Noble and Borders bookstores. To learn more about "Spice Up You LIfe" and some of it' great recipes, you can go to theflexcook.com.

The Giveaway:
One winner will receive their own copy of "Spice Up Your Life".

To Enter:
You must visit theflexcook.com and look through the sample recipes. Come back to this link to leave a comment on a recipe you would like to try.

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Rules: In order to win, you must provide a valid email. I will be notifying the winner by email. The winner will have 48 hours to respond to me with their name and address. If this information is not received within 48 hours new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is opened US residents only.

Giveaway Ends: Oct. 12, 2009

137 comments:

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Puanani503 said...

I'd like to try the Poori!! Just watched the cool video:)

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Deborah said...

I want to try the Poori (I love poori), spicy beets and rice and carrot phirni. asthenight at gmail dot com

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Ann said...

I would love to try the shrimp curry recipe with the chapati bread recipe. Yummmeeeeeeeee.
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Christine said...

They all look amazing but I would like to try the shrimp curry and the bananas in coconut & honey. Yum!

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Teresa W said...

I am so psyched to try your Masala Fried Fish. As a vegetarian that only eats fish, I am always on the hunt for new and exciting fish recipes. Your book looks fantastic.

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vrtish55 said...

I will try the Garlic and Chili Cheese Toast! Thank you. vickers_73460@yahoo.com

Amber said...

The Pistachio Chicken looks REALLY good = what a combo!
Thank you for the fun giveaway :)
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crystal said...

Everything sounds really good,even the Green Pea Soup.
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Anonymous said...

Pistachio chicken. Thanks.
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Anonymous said...

Bananas with coconut and honey. Thanks. writer5905@embarqmail.com

Theresa said...

I love cooking with lentils & trying new recipes using them so I would love to make Red Lentils with Tofu.

Nickolay said...

The Chili Chicken sounds pretty rockin

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Sue said...

I love Indian! The Chapati looks great. Thanks for sharing.

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Keitha said...

I would love to try the Chili Chicken! Thanks

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jjfiji said...

I'd love to try the carrot soup. Thanks!

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joeandbridge said...

I'd like to try the Carrot Soup. I've never tasted Carrot Soup. Thanks for the giveaway.
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Anonymous said...

I'd like the Chili Chicken.

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mklinkacek said...

The Pistachio Chicken sounds very good. I also have an indian grocery so it would be easy to get anything my regular store didn't stock.

Connie said...

The Bell Pepper and Potatoes side dish sounds interesting. I just love Bell pepper!

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Anonymous said...

the pistachio chicken sounds delish!

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Pricilla said...

The garlic and chili cheese toast sounds so comforting.
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Anonymous said...

I would try the Masala Fried Fish. I cook one fish, one way. I need a new recipe.

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Andrea said...

Bananas with coconut and honey we would like to try for a different snack
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tanya904 said...

Pistachio Chicken sounds pretty interesting
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Nancy said...

I am going to try the Bananas with Coconut and Honey. I love all three of them, but never thought of putting them together.

Lee said...

I love trying new recipes! I subscribed to your blog. Thanks for the chance to win this cookbook.

Aisling said...

I'd like to try the Seasoned Kale. My son grows kale, but he's about the only one who will eat it. I think this recipe might make it easier for him to share his bounty.

erma said...

I like to try the Garlic and Chili Cheese Toast.
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lezanac said...

I would like to try the Bananas with Coconut and Honey lezanac@yahoo.com

Kate said...

I also would love to try the bananas in coconut & honey! Sounds absolutely delicious!

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Anonymous said...

Garlic and Chili Cheese Toast!

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Sarah Z said...

I want to try the Shrimp Curry - yum!
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Renee G said...

I would love to try the recipe for Masala Fried Fish.

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rlgrady said...

I would like to make the Chili Chicken. Thanks!

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lilyk said...

The Pistachio Chicken recipe looks very tasty!

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Steph said...

Would love to try the Seasoned Kale. My husband loves Kale but I don't know what to do with it.

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