I used to be a Snack Girl follower a long time ago. I ended up following her on twitter and started reading her blog. Then sadly to say, I lost interest. Lisa Cain tries very hard to be funny and falls flat. I just wasn’t seeing the allure. However, some of her recipes were tasty and pretty easy. So when I saw that she published a cookbook, I was willing to give it a go. I also had high hopes since, like I said before, I really enjoyed her healthy recipes.
What really bugged me about this ‘cookbook’ was the lack of photos. I don’t think I’m alone in saying that when I look at a cookbook, I eat with my eyes. I love to look at the photos before deciding what to make and what looks good. This book had no photos at all and the recipe pages were extremely boring. I liked that they included nutritional information but other than that, nothing special.
Which brings me to my next point. If you are writing a cookbook, focus on the food and the recipes. Half of the book is the ‘Encouragement and Guidance’ section. It includes chapters like ‘Emotional Eating’ and ‘Healthy Weight and Healthy Self Image.’ I want a cookbook, not a self help book. If people are that clueless about nutrition, I suggest doing some real research and not relying solely on the advice of a blogger.
I found this book to be more of a plug for her website than anything. I’m glad she and her family decided to live a healthy lifestyle but don’t just write a book in order to gain followers for your blog. Or if you do, don’t put it under the guise of a cookbook. Once again, Cain disappoints me. I might actually try a few of the recipes. When I do, I’ll take photos. 😉
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the Blogging For Books Program. All comments and/or opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.