Unique Cookbooks for the new year (Featured Authors)

Featured Authors for January 2019

Okay, this will be our last ‘new year’ themed post. I promise. But we do have a strong contingent of authors creating unique cookbooks, exercise regimens, and other health related books. Which is just too perfect to pass up. So, if you’re looking to eat better this year or just want to cook some unique meals, we’ve got the perfect books for you.

Today we’ll be highlighting three cookbooks that focus on alternate or non-standard diets and practices. These less than common diet plans are offer healthy eating for individuals with dietary restrictions, or those interested in trying new ways to cook and consume.

GluTEEN Free

First up is GluTEEN Free by Cody Ankerman. The clever title is actually more than just a clever title. Cody is a teen suffering from Celiac disease. Needing to find recipe options that didn’t include Gluten, Cody found himself eating a lot of unpalatable meals.

Rather than despair, he went on the hunt for recipes that avoided Gluten while tasting good. His search led to this unique cookbook (and a great Instagram account) full of Gluten-free meal options that still entice your taste buds.

GluTEEN Free

GluTeen Free
By Cody Ankerman

Although this is gluten free cookbook written by a teen for teens. Adults with a need or interest to eat gluten free should check out this cookbook.

Full Transcript from GluTEEN Free

Tell us a little bit about yourself and why you became gluten-free.

I became gluten-free when I was diagnosed with celiac disease in January 2009.

Tell us about gluten and what the benefits of a gluten-free diet are.

Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley and is responsible for holding foods together and is a very common ingredient. For people with an allergy, and tolerance, or celiac disease, it is important for them to be gluten-free so they don’t get sick from it. Also, being gluten-free as an illumination diet, can be healthier because you’re eating less food with carbs.

Why did you decide to publish this cookbook?

For my high school senior project, every student was tasked with doing an 100 hour project. We could choose anything we wanted for this project. Some people learned a new skill, shadowed a professional, or achieved a personal goal. After living gluten free, I was struggling to find foods that tasted good and were gluten-free. I decided to use my senior project to help solve this problem.

Tell us about the creation process of this cookbook.

For the cookbook, I decided that I wanted to have simple step-by-step instructions that anybody could follow. When I decided on the recipes I wanted to use, I tested each one out and took pictures along the way. Creating the cookbook was very simple using Lulu.

What is your favorite recipe from the book and why?

My favorite recipe is either the French toast casserole or the flourless chocolate cake. I like both these recipes because they’re not something you would expect to be as good as they are when made gluten-free

Any advice you’d like to share with your readers about cooking?

Some advice I would give is it’s OK to make mistakes and to try new recipes. The best way to learn how to cook is to try new things and not be afraid to experiment

Where can people keep up with you?

I just recently created a new Instagram where I’ll start posting gluten free foods that I’ve enjoyed eating @whatiscodyeating

Do you have any plans to publish more books?

In the future I have a few plans to publish a few more books to help out other gluten-free eaters like me


21 Days 63 Meals

Next up we have Kaylie Johnson’s 21 Days 63 Meals: An Easy Paleo Whole30 Meal Plan. Kaylie discovered cooking during her teen years, when an auto immune disease restricted her options for diet and activity. She turned to created great food to stay active and to keep herself healthy.

Along with her cookbook full of delicious and healthy meal options, Kayla runs a health and wellness blog – paleoglutenfree.com

21 Meals in 63 Days

21 Days 63 Meals by Kaylie Johnson

21 Days 63 Meals: An Easy Paleo Whole30 Meal Plan A simple easy meal plan for busy people who like to eat healthy. One month of paleo, whole30, and plant based recipes. Includes weekly shopping lists, daily nutritional information, and easy tasty recipes to keep you fueled and satisfied.

Full Transcript from 21 Days 63 Meals

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

My name is Kaylie, I am a young entrepreneur and the author of the blog paleoglutenfree.com. On my blog, I share healthy recipes and meal plans for the whole30, paleo, and vegan diets.

Tell us a little bit about Paleo and The Whole30 Program.

The paleo and whole30 meal plan cookbook is all about kickstarting your body with whole foods to increase your bodies energy, health, and weight loss. All recipes in the book and on my website are made with only these ingredients: vegetables, fruits, unprocessed meats, seafood, eggs, nuts and seeds, and some oils.

Why did you decide to publish this cookbook?

I decided to publish this cookbook, because of my followers really- they were the ones who kept asking for a cookbook and wanted to be able to bring my recipes into their home in a paper in hand sort of way. I am so grateful for the support from them and the way my recipes and cooking has been received.

Tell us about the creation process of this cookbook.

The creation of the cookbook was straight forward and easy to put together, which made it feel like something I could actually do. Included in my cookbook is: week-by-week meal plans, 63 original healthy recipes, three weekly shopping lists, a bonus whole30 snack list, daily nutritional information, my meal prep tricks and tips, photos for each recipe, and the month of meal planning for everyone who gets a copy. 🙂

What is your favorite recipe from the book and why?

My favorite recipe is hard to pick, because I have so many, but you really can’t go wrong with cauliflower falafel- that’s definitely a favorite of mine and my readers.

Any advice you’d like to share with your readers?

My advice for those who are looking to up their meal prepping game is to make it easy enough, so it’s fun! No one wants another task they have to drag their feet to get done during the week. My preferred method of meal prep is finding recipes I am stoked to make, then shopping for only those ingredients so I don’t go over budget, then prepping my meals 1-2x a week, so I get the rest of the week off.

Any fun facts you’d like your readers to know about you?

A few fun facts about me you might not know is… 1. When I started my business, I pretty much took over my families tiny kitchen and lunch hour turned into a picnic in the living room for the rest of the family as I cruised around the kitchen. I had to stand on tables and chairs to get the right shots for my recipes; every day was crowded and hectic in that small two butt kitchen, but we made it work and in the end, it served as the running strip for my business, which flourished, because of the time and energy put in in that small space. 2. I used to hate cooking!
Really, I didn’t like it at all. My passion for cooking really only developed when I was on bedrest through my teen years. All the other things I loved to do I wasn’t able to do anymore, so I had to be creative in what I could accomplish, with being so sick with auto immune disorders. Cooking/blogging was something I could start, then pick up again as my energy and health allowed, so it was a good fit and ultimately guided me towards turning my new passion into a business.

Where can people keep up with you?

If you want to stay in the loop with me, my journey, and cooking adventures, you can follow along on Instagram @paleoglutenfreeeats and on my blog paleoglutenfree.com (where you can sign up for email updates). All my social media links are also on my website. I also JUST started a youtube channel for any of you who love videos and want to see that channel grow, you can follow here.

Do you have any plans to publish more books?

I have been thinking about publishing other books; there have been more requests from my readers, but we will just have to wait and see what happens… 🙂


Alkaline Vegan Mommy’s Nutritional Guide to Health and Healing

Last up for this installment is Deondra Greene’s Alkaline Vegan Mommy’s Nutritional Guide to Health and Healing. An alkaline diet seeks to remove specific types of food from your diet, namely meats and sugars, that contain acids and other chemicals that can be harmful to some.

Deondra’s journey to vegan eating started as a personal goal for weight loss, but after three years eating vegan, she’s discovered how effective this diet can be. And with her Nutritional Guide, you can eat vegan without sacrificing taste!

Alkaline Vegan Mommy's Nutritional Guide to Health and Healing by Deondra Greene

Alkaline Vegan Mommy’s Nutritional Guide to Health and Healing By DEONDRA GREENE

Alkaline Vegan Mommy’s Nutritional Guide to Health and Healing is a cookbook designed for those who would like to transition into a healthy lifestyle.

Full Transcript from Alkaline Vegan Mommy’s Nutritional Guide

Tell us a little bit about yourself and your healthy lifestyle journey.

I became alkaline vegan for weight loss, but the more I learned about and experienced the health benefits of a plant based diet the more I wanted to change.  I started my vegan journey a little over 3 years ago. To date I have loss 55lbs, my complexion has cleared and I no longer suffer from varicose veins in my legs.

What is an alkaline vegan diet?

An alkaline vegan diet was made famous by the late Dr. Sebi.  He proved that eliminating meat, dairy, processed foods, hybrid and gmo foods helps the body to not only heal from any disease, it helps the body to fight off and prevent disease.  Alkaline refers to the ph balance in the body. Most foods are very acidic and mucus forming. When you eat non acidic foods you promote a good ph balance of 7.5 or above in your body.  cancers and disease cannot survive in an alkaline environment.

How do your kids like being alkaline vegans and how do you help them stick to that lifestyle?

My children were a bit difficult in the beginning.  They are the main reason why I chose to make plant based meals in the style of our traditional meals. Meals like burgers, chips, spaghetti and meatballs, meatloaf, fried mushrooms in place of fried chicken and I make all homemade juices.

Tell us about the creation process of this cookbook.

The cookbook came along because so many people were asking if I had one.  There was a definite need for an alkaline cookbook because traditional veganism is still filled with unhealthy foods that are high in starch, sugars, chemicals and preservatives.  So I made my book easy for beginners and people who want to be alkaline and want to eat more then just salads. I wanted to provide variety.

What is your favorite recipe from the book and why?

My favorite recipe is my mushroom burger because its easy to make, taste great with a variety of alkaline meals and everyone loves it.

Any advice you’d like to share with your readers?

I would advise them to just have fun with cooking. Its okay to experiment in the kitchen and make my recipes their own.

Any advice you have for families who are transitioning to a healthy lifestyle together?

My best advice for families is to be consistent and patient. gradual change is good. As long as everyone is on board with changing the families diet that makes it easier. Parents should involve the children in cooking and preparing meals. prepping is also very important because with the right food on hand the family will be less likely to revert back to the standard American diet.

Any fun facts you’d like your readers to know about you?

Fun facts about me, lol! I’m very creative and I’m sure to keep an open mind when trying to make great recipes that replace meat. I’m also a southern girl from Albany, Georgia and that reflects in my meals.

Where can people keep up with you?

@alkalineveganmommy on IG
alkaline vegan mommy on facebook
website and of course lulu.com

Do you have any plans to publish more books?

I do plan on publishing more books. I’m working on book 3 at the moment and have 2 more planned when I’m finished with this one.


Making a new year’s resolution is nothing new. I’m sure most of us have done so at one time or another. But this year, don’t make a resolution to just lose weight. Instead, grab an amazing cookbook from one of our authors and just make an effort to try something new, to eat just a little healthier, or to use ingredients you’d never tried before.

If you want to find more unique cookbooks or you’re interested in creating your own, check out Lulu’s Cookbook homepage.

If you’d like to find some more amazing authors, check out our complete Featured Author Series here.

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