when i was in college studying history friends would ask me what i wanted to do with my degree when i graduated. i envisioned myself getting a higher degree, whether that was a master's or doctorate, teaching at the college level, and maybe locking myself in a quiet room for years to flesh out my senior thesis into a book. history, particularly early american immigration forever fascinated me - what drove people to leave their home, their family, to come to a foreign place and start anew. the spirit of exploration, of pushing one's self, of getting out of your comfort zone has simultaneously scared the shit out of me, while also leaving me wildly fascinated. when i left teaching to blog and freelance full-time, i had that similar feeling. i was approached to write a book and knew that i wouldn't have the time to both teach and write. i made the decision to take a leap and see where it lead me. so that notion of not really feeling the floor below my feet, although knowing it really was there if i were to fall, was something i had to keep reminding myself of. it's been such a gratifying journey, and i'm so excited to share that today is the day that Chickpea Flour Does It All is officially released!
it's been so fun looking at the #ChickpeaFlourDoesItAll hashtag on social media - seeing the arrival of the book, how people are cooking from it, or what recipe you're excited to try first! so, if you can, i would love it if you could tag your photos if you make a recipe:) thank you all so much for your continued support and enthusiasm!
and with that, i'm running a *giveaway*. 2 winners will receive a copy of the book, plus a bag of chickpea flour to get your started :) please leave a comment below with a working email address. giveaway closes at 5pm EST on April, 12, and is open to everyone, anywhere! good luck, y'all! **GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED, thank you for participating!
some recipe and book links:
the washington post wrote a feature about the book here
i did an interview with epicurious where we chatted about chickpea flour! among many things, we discussed its amazing binding properties, how it's a great cheese and dairy substitute, and why it's gaining notoriety even in the non-gluten-free world :)
13 healthy cookbooks that MindBodyGreen is looking forward to!
i shared my chickpea flour and quinoa falafel recipe over on Food52, and also showed how you can repurpose it throughout the week.
nina, from the gorgeous blog, nourish atelier, made the sautéed pear and sage pancakes from the book, but with bananas and cacao nibs! plus, i chat with nina about life, diet, and chickpea flour does it all!