I am so happy to have an opportunity to share with you a recent interview with one of my writing mentors, Christine Chitnis!
I first met Christine at a Squam Art Workshop a couple of years ago. Then I became one of her students in an online class that she offered. In the class Christine was able to give me some practical knowledge and confidence to pitch my writing, which led me to the opportunity to write a monthly School Days column for Minnesota Parent Magazine.
In the November issue of Minnesota Parent I was delighted to see a recipe featured from Christine's most recent book Little Bites: 100 Healthy, Kid Friendly Snacks. As it turns out it was a surprise for Christine as well! We were both happy to have made this unique connection in print. And, I must say, ever since I got my hands on her book, I have had a lot of fun trying out some of the recipes with my own little ones. Most recently I made the Carmel Apples with Sea Salt & the Broccoli and Cheese Soft Pretzel Knots, both which I highly recommend!
To add to the fun, I have an interview with Christine to share with you and an opportunity for you to win a copy of Little Bites!
Enjoy - and good luck!
Christine, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
When I'm not busy writing and photographing, I can be found chasing after my two wild boys or escaping to my studio for a bit of sewing and knitting. I am an avid home cook, passionate about feeding my family wholesome, delicious, seasonal fare. I live in Providence, Rhode Island with my family, three chickens and overflowing community garden plot. You can follow along on my adventures here: @c.chitnis (https://instagram.com/c.chitnis/) or christinechitnis.com.
What inspired you to write Little Bites? Can you tell us about your collaboration with co-author Sarah Waldman on the book?
Our goal with Little Bites is to offer recipes for simple, wholesome food made from ingredients that everyone can recognize, and to leave families with the feeling that making their own snacks is easy and enjoyable. Children think of snacks as fun, tasty, easy-to-eat foods, but we parents know that the very best snacks are all that and more: when done right, snacks give our kids a needed boost of energy and they deliver dense amounts of nutrition in a small package.
I worked on Little Bites for a year with my co-author, though from the initial idea to publication took over two years! As Sarah worked on the recipes, I would focus on photographing the seasons and the food, along with helping her test the recipes. We felt strongly about writing and cooking with the seasons, instead of trying to rush the process. I also wrote each chapter in season, which really helped me capture the seasonal feelings that I wanted to convey.
Do you have a favorite recipe in Little Bites?
I can honestly say that I love every recipe in the book so it makes it tough to pick favorites. Since it's fall, I'll highlight a few of my fall favorites: on the savory side I can't get enough of the Roasted Pumpkin Hummus. We eat a ton of hummus in our house, and I really appreciate this seasonal twist to add a bit of flare to our regular recipe. When it comes to sweets, the Carrot Cake Sandwich Cookies are insanely delicious! I've had a bumper crop of carrots from my garden this year, and I'm thrilled to be able to turn them into something sweet.
Tell us about your upcoming book.
My third book will hit shelves in April of 2016. Icy, Creamy, Healthy, Sweet: 75 Recipes for Dairy-Free Ice Cream, Fruit-Forward Ice Pops, Frozen Yogurt, Granitas, Slushies, Shakes and More.
I'm all about healthy eating but I don't like the idea of making certain foods off-limits. We eat dessert all the time in our family, but I make it from scratch from real, whole foods ingredients. These frozen treat recipes are all free of refined sugar, instead relying on natural sweeteners and fruit for their flavor. They are light, delicious desserts that you can feel good about eating, while still satisfying your sweet tooth. It is a gorgeous book, I have to say: hardcover, luscious matte pages, and full page pictures of each recipe. I really love Roost, my publisher, for their commitment to producing books that feel
beautiful. It is truly an honor to be counted among their roster of authors.
Thank you Christine!
*photos are from www.christinechitnus.com - except the images of the salted carmel apples and pretzels -
To enter my giveaway to win a copy of Little Bites: 100 Healthy, Kid Friendly Snacks, leave a comment below:
Comments will close by 9am CST on Saturday. Winners will be chosen by Random Number Generator and announced in this post shortly after.
Comments closed - The winner is: #8 Kelly with the comment:
Thanks for putting her book on my radar - looks like one I'd like to add to my collection. Carrot Cake Sandwich Cookies? Yum.