Welcome! This blog is centered around the cookbook, DON'T EAT ME! A Cookbook for Animal Lovers.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Announcing the winner of the DON'T EAT ME! fan drive! And, a recipe for all to enjoy...

Late Bloomers Publishing would like to announce that Jessica Shaffer, from Brooklyn, NY, is the winner of the DON'T EAT ME! fan drive contest!! Jessica recruited 31 great new fans, and will receive a free copy of DON'T EAT ME! A Cookbook for Animal Lovers.

As a thank you to all who participated in our fan drive, we would like to share one of our favorite winter recipes with you. Enjoy! --->

(from DON'T EAT ME! A Cookbook for Animal Lovers)

This stew makes a hearty meal. I even eat it for breakfast sometimes because I can’t stop thinking about it from the night before! Serves 6

-1/3 lb. of ditalini pasta (or similar soup pasta)
-4 cloves garlic, diced
-6 tbsp. olive oil
-1 large onion, chopped
-2 carrots, peeled and chopped
-2 celery stalks, chopped
-1/2 tsp. ground coriander seed
-1/2 tsp. dried parsley f lakes
-1/3 c. white cooking wine
-1 1/3 cups lentils, rinsed
-2 32 oz. boxes vegetable stock
-8 oz. no-sausage links (recommend Smart Links by Lightlife)
-1/4 tsp. Chinese hot mustard (you know, it comes in those yellow packets you get with Chinese food)
-1 tsp. salt
-5 shakes black pepper

1. Boil water for pasta while you chop vegetables. Cook pasta, drain and set aside.
2. In large soup pot, sauté garlic in 4 tbsp. olive oil about two minutes. Add onion and cook about five minutes over medium heat, stirring frequently. Next add carrots, celery, coriander and parsley and sauté another 15 minutes more until nice and tender.
3. Next add the wine. Cook about two minutes. Add the lentils and the vegetable stock. Simmer over medium heat 30-35 minutes until the lentils are soft. (For a more soup-like consistency cover the pot while simmering).
4. Meanwhile, cook no-sausage according to instructions. Cool briefly and slice into disks (8-9 a link). Heat remaining oil in frying pan and whisk in the Chinese hot mustard. Add no-sausage and fry up for about 2 minutes.
5. Now it’s time for them all to meet: Add no-sausage, pasta, salt and pepper and heat and stir about five minutes. Serve hot.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Fan Drive!

Dear Friends,

We are thrilled with the response so far to DON'T EAT ME! A Cookbook for Animal Lovers.

For the next week, we are hosting a Facebook fan drive. Our goal is to reach 1000 fans by Monday, Jan 25th.

Here are the guidelines:

1. Within one week, ending Monday January 25th, invite as many friends as possible to become a fan of Don't Eat Me! Easiest way? Just click on the Don't Eat Me! fan page here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/DONT-EAT-ME-A-Cookbook-for-Animal-Lovers/208180992507
and then click on "Suggest to Friends".

2. By 9pm on the 25th, check our fan list and note which of your friends that you invited actually joined. Send an email with the subject line "Fan Drive" to latebloomerspublishing@gmail.com with their names. (We are using the honor system here.) To be fair, and to begin calculations, we cannot accept lists after 9pm.

3. New fans who join within this week are also invited to participate in our fan drive, they would simply follow the same rules here.

4. First place winner will receive a free copy of DON'T EAT ME! A Cookbook for Animal Lovers. Second place winner will receive a free Don't Eat Me! mug. Third Place winner will receive a free Don't Eat Me! bumpersticker. Winners will be announced on Wednesday, Jan 27th.

We are currently publishing this book ourselves. The printing quality of the book is excellent, but on-demand printing is expensive for the buyer (and this is without us making any profits!) We want to show potential publishers that there truly is a demand for this book, and we, the public, want it to be accessible in bookstores throughout the world! This is a grassroots effort, please help us spread the word...

Our sincere thanks!!!

Robin and Christen

Monday, January 4, 2010

DON'T EAT ME! Print Softcover now available...

Happy new year from Late Bloomers Publishing! We are now offering a first edition print version of the cookbook as a collectors item. We want our fans to know that we are not making any profit off of this first edition. The price of printing books "on demand" is much higher than we had anticipated, but we still want to make the print version available to our hardcore fans.

We are confident that a more affordable copy of the book will be released by years end. In order to accomplish this goal, we NEED fans like you to spread the word about DON'T EAT ME!, so that we can show larger publishers that there is indeed a very big market of consumers who have expressed an interest in this book! Our thanks in advance, Robin Gager and Christen Napier.