Kelis’ cookbook as good as chocolate & chips

Transitions have been a way of life for my family in the last three years. Food has been a constant through our ups and downs, moves, new jobs, new parenthood adventures and new travels. So I wanted to introduce you to one of my new favourite cookbooks, by Kelis of ‘Milkshake’ fame.

We’ve moved a total of five times since October 2014. That’s right: five different houses. I sometimes feel a bit nomadic. Like as in, we should just sell it all and trade our cars for camels or a LandRover and cross continents slowly steeping ourselves in food, culture and language.

But just when my global nomad fantasies were at their height, we landed on a pretty sweet island spot so no more round-the-world fantasies (for now).  During life’s transitional moments cooking, baking in particular, is my constant, my therapy, my way of relaxing. As long as I have my cookie sheets, my wee hand blender and some parchment with a well stocked baking cupboard, I’m happy. It’s what gives me a sense of home, when home is changing so often.

Kelis’ My Life on a Plate – Recipes from Around the World has been one of my 2016 cooking constants, steering our family’s table through yet another year of transition.

I’ve road-tested My Life on a Plate in several situations for different functions or work potlucks. Folks – it’s a winner. Like Emily Wight and Susan Musgrave‘s odes to honest cooking and west coast living, Kelis’ global sampling and descriptions of exotic foods is accessible and colourful. Sort of like watching a sport for the first time, while the game’s commentators don’t make you feel like a dumbass for not knowing all the tiny details of said sport. Kelis walks you through each recipe with humour and vision using lovely anecdotes before each. Ingredients are accessible and directions are easy-to-follow.

My favourite three recipes in My Life on a Plate so far have been: fried purple cabbage (p. 59 with a health dollop of marscapone or goat cheese), skillet cornbread with candied ginger (p147, soooo easy) and fava bean pilaf (p.80, exuding the rustic, filling tastes of Beirut). But by far my favourite, new go-to cookie recipe is Kelis’ chocolate cookies with sea salt potato chips on page 155. Seriously this recipe combines two of my great loves: chocolate and chips.

So if you have an Amazon prime account or live near a sizeable book store, scurry out and buy this book for your sweetie. He or she won’t be disappointed.

Since Santa is coming soon, I’m putting this out there: I’m dying to get my hands on Chrissy Teigen’s cookbook Cravings and Questlove’s Something to Food About. Family, friends reading this: nudge, nudge, wink, wink.


Thanks to the lovely folks at Kyle Books, I have an extra copy of My Life on a Plate to give away! To enter to win a copy of My Life on a Plate please tell me about what has been your favourite cookbook of 2016 and sign up for my newsletter (look left for the sign up slot on my side bar <<<—–) and I’ll randomly draw someone’s name on December 31 and pop a copy of My Life on a Plate the first week of January.

Bon Appetito! Lekker eet! Buen Provecho! And happy, healthy hangry-free holidays.
UPDATE: Congrats to Andrea! You’re the winner of the cookbook giveaway.






7 responses to “Kelis’ cookbook as good as chocolate & chips”

  1. Steph Avatar

    I love so many! Maybe food with friends

  2. Ashley Avatar

    Hey Miranda!

    I love cookbooks. I think I have an affinity for collecting them so, naturally I want to enter this contest 😊 . My most trusted, turn-to cookbook is “The Forest Feast”. It has been my favourite to use when planning my meals for the week, or when hosting family, friends and coworkers. I highly recommend this book to anyone who’s looking for easy, flavourful vegetarian dishes.

    1. mpost Avatar

      I love the The Forest Feast! The photography is unreal and the recipes are pretty darn simple. Thanks for sharing Ashley!

  3. Holly Avatar

    Check out Thug Kitchen, Eat like you give a F%#^ Happy Holidays from Vancouver 😋

    1. mpost Avatar

      Nice! I’ve heard of Thug Kitchen, but I’ll have to check out those other two! Thanks lady. 🙂

  4. Drea Avatar

    I can definitely relate to this post, after having moved to a new city on average every 2 years for the past decade. Like you, my constant has been cooking and baking. Whether it’s been over an old gas stove on a -35 evening in the Yukon, over a campfire in the never-dark-in-the-summer Alaskan wilds, or at the helm of my ceramic top stove in the concrete jungle of the Lower Mainland, I cook to ground myself and give to those I love.

    Since I’m a bit of a cookbook horder, I’ll share that two of my favourite recipes come from you Miranda! They sit in my personal recipe book, with “given to me by Mir” scrawled at the tops of the recipe cards they’ve been on for the past 15 years or so. I treasure them almost as much as I treasure my “Laura Bush’s Cowboy Cookies” recipe!

    I’d love to win this Milkshakian cookbook, and pass along your love of it to my own family.


  5. Melissa Lucchetta Avatar

    Girl…last time I herd of Kelis was back when her Millshake video came out. So good! My fave cookbook definitely has to be Seven Spoons by Tara O’Brady- beautiful pictures and incredible recipes! As Holly said, you DEFINITELY have to check out Thug Kitchen! I got it as a gift for Christmas and it has so many amazing recipes…and it’s all vegan! Great for New Years resolutions 😊

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