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Friday, 13 April 2012

The Green Teen Cookbook Giveaway! - Now Closed

This giveaway has now closed.

This fabulous cookbook has been shortlisted for The People's Book Prize and been featured in the Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival and in the Gourmand Magazine.

This cookbook and rough guide to ethical eating is not just for teens though, it's for everyone who wants to eat well, pay less and save the planet!  The Green Teen Cookbook has been created by young people, with over 70 mouth-watering recipes that won t cost the earth.

It's divided into two sections: A Rough Guide To Ethical Eating, and Recipes That Don't Cost The Earth.  The Rough Guide To Ethical Eating covers topics such as What is Freeganism? Whats a Flexitarian? Are food additives bad? Is fair trade good? Are supermarkets unavoidable? Has your lunch flown too many air miles? Organic or not?

The Recipes That Don't Cost The Earth has great recipes for Breakfast On The Go, Lunch Munches, Tapas For Parties and many more great recipes for any and all situations.  This book is THE perfect gift for young people learning to cook, for students on a budget and for all those interested in pursuing an eco-friendly lifestyle.

The Green Teen Cookbook contains over 70 recipes contributed by young people from around the world.  Also involved in the project were Jamie Oliver's Fifteen Foundation, Acornhouse Restaurant, and various schools, colleges, youth groups as well as individuals.  The cookbook was edited by Laurane Marchive who spent six months cooking and testing all the recipes that were submitted for the project. She studied Political Science and French Literature and has worked as a journalist in India, Indonesia and France.  She currently works in London as an editor, translator and rights agent as well as a freelance circus performer.

My soon to be 12yo loved this book, as did the teenagers of a friend who I bribed asked to review it for me.  It would make a great gift for teenagers of all ages and has great advice for everyone to live by.  I've cooked some of the recipes from it and they taste delicious!

I have a copy of the cookbook to give away to one lucky reader of my blog.  To enter just leave a comment on this post and tell me what your top tip is for reducing food waste.

Terms and Conditions, please read these carefully:

This giveaway is open to all readers over 18 who live in the UK and have a mainland UK mailing address.

Entries close at 10pm on Friday 20th April 2012. The winner will be contacted by Monday 23rd April 2012.

The winner will be chosen using Random.org and announced on this blog.

The winner will be contacted via e-mail and/or Twitter, if there is no response within 3 days another winner shall be drawn using Random.org.

Best of luck everyone!


  1. To reduce waste I freeze over ripe bananas and use them as lolly pops, in banana loaf or smoothies. :)

    1. Brilliant! I'm going to do that!

  2. Looking ahead when buying. Will you use it? We freeze a lot of things and bulk cook and then have freezer days when we've been busy. A meal plan is always a good option so that you can buy the amount that you're going to use without wastage.

  3. we use yoghurts pots etc and turn them into crafty creations!

  4. I have a Jamie Oliver recipe which I've adapted and haul it out once a fortnight, or more often if I'm worried the veggies are looking a little tired. The recipe is simply salmon baked on a layer of green beans and anchovies with a dash of lemon and a green salad to go with it. Over the years this dish has grown to mean that the the layer of green beans has become a layer of every single vegetable I can find, with a few potatoes thrown in. The salmon juices roast the vegetables and it's delicious. The meal is never the same twice. The salmon always goes but if there's any of the veg left over, I pan fry it into a pan hash the next day.
    I'm not as good as my friend, though. She has an 'eat down' week once a month where they simply eat everything fresh until it's gone and then they go shopping again. Brilliant!
    I should mention my waste-defying hubbie, he doesn't cook much but when he does, he's brilliant at 'Ready Steady Cook' cooking - so if I open the fridge and am uninspired, he'll come along and rustle up something with food that's on its way out. He tuts a lot as he rifles through the fridge but the end result is always worth it :)

  5. Freeze your leftovers if you don't think you can eat them immediately. Make sure you label though.

  6. I make soups with leftover vegetables. I also think it's good to think about what you are planning to make when you shop. Otherwise you can end up with too many ingredients that don't quite go together.

  7. My toddler is going through the awkward eating stage so we have more left over food than I'd like! I save or freeze what I can or reuse in soup or casserole bakes - anything left goes in the compost! @beachpebble
    Emma xx

  8. The simplest way of avoiding food waste in my house is that the OH takes what's leftover from tea for his lunch the next day. They have a small kitchen at work so he can reheat it. Saves money too as the staff canteen is overpriced.
    Sam @happyhomebird

  9. Taking leftovers for lunch the next day saves buying lunch at work and anything extra can get frozen