Thursday, March 31, 2011

GOOD ENOUGH TO EAT by Stacey Ballis

Winner Announced!
Congrats to:
Siobhan!
You have won Good Enough To Eat!
Please email me at stephanieelliot@gmail.com with your full name and address and I'll get your book to you. Thanks everyone for sharing your favorite part of yourself with me. I can tell you are all beautiful people! This was such a fun post for me to do and for me to imagine what you guys might look like! Think positive about all of your good traits! : )




First of all, THIS IS NOT THE END! I have FOUR more books to offer you guys after today's book, and then we have some housekeeping stuff to figure out! So, don't think this is the last book! It's NOT! YAY!!!




Book: Good Enough To Eat

Author: Stacey Ballis

Website: http://www.staceyballis.com/index.php

I read Stacey’s first book, Inappropriate Men, way back when and probably contacted her online to tell her how much I loved it. Then, when her next book came out, Sleeping Over, she invited me to her book launch party. My first ever book launch party! She was so nice and kind to me, and I was smitten! (What a fun word!) Of course, I’ve been a fan ever since. She’s talented in many ways – with writing and in cooking, and she’s been on the Rachel Ray Show and on CBS countless times.

In the book we’re offering today, Stacey Ballis incorporates her talents in writing and cooking to bring you Good Enough to Eat.

As I’ve not had a chance to read it yet, here’s the review from Booklist:

Melanie Hoffman and her husband Andrew have been happily married for almost 10 years but when Melanie slims down to a trim size 6 after once tipping the scale at 290 pounds, her hubby leaves her for another chubby lady. Now divorced, the 39 year-old finds solace in her successful Chicago restaurant serving healthy gourmet fare. She has a small support group there consisting of her energetic, gay sous chef, Kai, a ballsy part-time cook, Delia, and her new roomie, a 24-year-old whimsical vagabond named Nadia. As Melanie slowly sweeps up the crumbs of fallen love, she finds Nathan and the handsome documentary filmmaker helps her overcome her body image issues. Ballis's (The Spinster Sisters) use of the enjoyment of cooking and eating as a continuous theme with featured recipes in the back is a nice addition, but the heart of her book lies within the jagged mind of Melanie and her daily struggle that most women, fat or thin, endure. Women will savor the brutal honesty of how Melanie sees her body, her battles with food, her failed marriage, and her fear of new love.

If you love to cook and to eat, (and who doesn’t LOVE to eat?!) you’ll especially love Good Enough to Eat because there are a ton of pages of recipes you’ll want to try out at the end of the book!

Since part of this book is about Melanie’s body image issues, I want you to tell me the physical part of you that YOU LOVE BEST. For me, I really like my long legs the best! Your turn!

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Please leave a comment, and all those who do will qualify to win Good Enough To Eat! I’ll draw the winner in a couple of days and I will post the winner’s name at the TOP of this post, in the highlighted area.


Come back and read about each book every day in March. Choose the books you'd like to win. Enter for any or ALL the books. Each entry will count as an entry toward the grand prize of winning ALL 31+ books at the end of the month. You can win the book of the day and still qualify to win ALL the books at the end of the month!


PLEASE be specific with your name in the comment section, and IF YOUR NAME is listed as the winner, you must email me at stephanieelliot@gmail.com in order to claim your prize. Email me with your full name and address so I can have your book(s) sent to you.


Thanks, and GOOD LUCK! And come back tomorrow to see what book I’ll be giving away then too!


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176 comments:

Carla said...

I really like my blonde hair.

Nanette said...

"The Girls". LOL!! Nuff said...Nanette

TinaPow said...

I have to go with my shiny strawberry blonde hair!

shanaelyse said...

I'd say I love my eyes the best, because I think they're expressive...

shanaelyse@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

It used to be my nose, but now it's the scar from donating my kidney to my older brother. TaraUB in IN

Beverly Victoria said...

My hands and feet -- my mom used to say that if our bodies matched our hands and feet, we'd be petite, little "things". The rest of me, not so much.

Heidiopia said...

Blessed with good abs {still good at 44, thank God!}. I've started a list of books from your giveaways that I want to read and it's impressive! Thanks, MM, another good one!

ChristineCet said...

my smile. I've been meaning to get Stacy's book....Jen L got me interested on it too. is it March 31st already?! what a fun month it was to read this each day...

Domesticated Gal said...

My ankles. I know, weird, right? Its not like we're in the 1900s and that's all I get to show off. And they have had spider veins for as long as I can remember. Doesn't matter. I? Love em.

Angie M P said...

I love my hair.

Anonymous said...

My best feature is my long, thick wavy hair. My husband loves the rare times I take it out of its pony tail.

Thanks for the great book giveaways!

-Donna W.

Melissa Braun said...

I love my smile!

Margie said...

I like my long fingers and nails.
mtakala1 AT yahoo DOT com

Karen said...

I have thick hair. It used to drive me nuts, but it has been pretty much the easiest thing I have to deal with (seeing as I'm fairly "thick", period.) It is back to my childhood blonde because as my mother is so fond of saying..."as long as there is a bottle of bleach anywhere on this planet...I'm blonde." ktmixon315

Wanda Z said...

I like my eyes. They are the windows to who I am.

Amy R. said...

Boobies!

skavka said...

I would have to say my face.

Melissa said...

I like my eyes. They're a perfect shade of blue.

LizzybethDJ said...

It was my eyes now I'm becoming partial to my lips and smile.

Tina Brannan said...

I would have to say my abs are my favorite...even after 3 kids....2 of which are twins!!

A.C. Morris said...

I've always hated my legs, but once I started running, I really grew to appreciate how strong they are. They've carried me through two half marathons, something I never thought I'd be able to do.

Logan Collins said...

My smile. I love to smile!
SO excited there are more books.
Would Love to pass this one along to a friend. For those of you who haven't read it, YOU SHOULD IT IS GOOD!

Cara said...

I really like my smile - I am told it warms a room, and I enjoy sharing it with others.

clk-a

Emma S. said...

my hair or my skin

kathygold9778 said...

I'd have to go with my eyes.

kathygold9778

Croppergirl said...

I really like my grey eyes.

Tiffany Drew said...

I love my super thick hair :)

Karen C. said...

My hands - I have long thin fingers that come in handy when playing the piano!

Debbie said...

Legs, legs, legs!!

Debydew110

Amanda Leigh said...

I love my face!

I also really love this book. I read it in two days because I couldn't put it down.

- Amanda Leigh

Alli said...

OMG, I have been wanting to read this book for so long!!!

I love my smile...I am beautiful when I smile!!

Alli M. Jones

The Jagow Family said...

I love my eyes (big brown eyes) and my hair!

michelle jagow

Lisa justus said...

I'll go with my eyes. A deep brown. My husband used to call me his brown eyed girl... Like the song.

Amanda Skarsgard said...

My lovely long legs.

IandSsmom said...

I like my hair best! It grows fast so no matter what I do it will grow out!

rachel e. said...

As much as they can cause pant finding problems, I love my long legs.

Crystal said...

My smile. I'm not me if I'm not smiling. =)

Crystal717

Anonymous said...

can i say that i like my 'eyes'

karenk
kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Juliet Farmer said...

i like my naturally-curly brown hair

Amy Nichole G said...

In college it was my rear end, but as I've gotten older and the rear just isn't like it used to be, I would have to say my eyes.

Amy Nichole G

Becki*** said...

my eyes

StephRochelle said...

My smile.

buttah said...

I love my tushy! I have worked really hard the past (almost) 3 years to lose about 47 lbs, weight gain due to thyroid/hormone issues after child birth, and now, I look better than ever and my butt looks awesome!!

Sharon Cox said...

I also like my legs. The best compliment I ever got was a guy once said to me "If I had legs like yours, I'd never wear pants."

Ronit said...

My hazel eyes! Ronit W

Kristan said...

My hair, I think. For a long time I liked my shoulders best, hehe, no idea why.

Sarah Lashua said...

I like my eyes best.

jdstec said...

a typical answer for a "plump" girl, but it has to be my eyes (they were when I was a "skinny" girl, as well).

Chrisy Krueger said...

My hair.
--Chrisy K

Kirsten said...

My butt. :-)

Denise said...

Skinny wrist and ankles. And my butt in good jeans!

The Diatribest said...

My shoulders, strong and broad, to carry the weight of my world.

LynnBelo said...

I love the color of my green/blue eyes! I'm sad the month this over, and this fantastic giveaway is almost over, but I've had such a fun time discovering your blog and all of these incredible books! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Jana said...

My eyes. They are a really bright blue/green.

Jana B

Emily said...

I run half marathons, so I've got killer calf muscles.

Dolly said...

First, I LOVED this book!!!!

Second, my best feature is my sense of humor. But if you must make it about the physical, I like my eyes.

Bernadette said...

for real.. i have the nicest nail beds

Vickie said...

My eyes, arms and mouth--to see those I love, hold them and speak words of love and encouragement to them.

Carie Casey said...

Love my eyes.

Clynnc

salgalruns said...

Love my auburn hair - most definitely my best feature.

Jenn3128 said...

I love my butt!

Lilianarenee said...

I think I'm going to go with my tatas... But even as a thicker girl I love every part of my body and don't really have a fav.

Anonymous said...

My arm, especially after a great weight training session!

Sasse1Susan

Anne said...

My red hair.

Anne Beth

Megan said...

I love my shoulders!

Lindsay Elizabeth said...

I really like my skinny legs.

CAnative said...

my thick fast-growing hair.

nicole

Sherry B said...

Smile

Ally said...

I love my tiny shoulders.
Ally N

Anonymous said...

I'd have to say my long legs as well!

Laura Kay
anovelreview

Crafty Mama said...

You want me to tell you what I love best? I could def. say what I love the least. But, if I have to, I will. I love my eyes the best.

Hally said...

My shoulders!

Thanks for the giveaway

jpetroroy said...

I love my blonde hair.

Bee said...

At the moment I really like my nose.

-Bee H.

Anonymous said...

Currently I love my growing prego belly... but during all other times my smile :)

xx(fingers crossed)
~Nattygirrl

A BIG thanks for the great give-away... hope to win one soon.

Krystal said...

I know is sounds strange, but I like my back! If my belly were as sexy as my back, life would be good! :)
kndyer

Melissa said...

My legs Melissa Rem

Anonymous said...

My eyes, I dont get many compliments on them alone but when my sisters and I are together its like they are more blue and stand out more I love that its the thing that ties us together!
Angelin197

Anonymous said...

my thick naturally curly hair - Jill Fay

d0f1f2d8-5ba7-11e0-9b1c-000bcdca4d7a said...

My hands, I have long fingers that I have always liked

Dulcibella said...

My hair is my favorite part of me. It is thick, healthy and blond and grows really fast. And styles really easily. I don't often have a "bad hair day."

Mom'sLove said...

oh another tough question, humm. Have to say my c-section scar. For the surrogate boys I delivered. ;)
Amanda

valerie said...

I promise I'm not a copier, but I do also love my long legs and that I am tall. Finding jeans is a pain in the ass sometimes, but I'll take it!

Kristin J said...

Even though I have big feet and it's hard to find cute shoes.....I love my feet, especially with freshly painted toes!

Joanna said...

I really like my eyes - not really gray, not really blue, not really green - depends what I wear - AND the best part my husband just last said 'beautiful eyes, they match your blue shirt -

The Poty's said...

I'll have to say my arms, they are stronger than ever thanks to my girls. Nothing beats picking them up for a good cuddle!

heidi said...

Gotta be my legs!

equinn726 said...

I really like my smile and my eyes :)

Tyra said...

My calf muscles; whether I'm 120 or 200 pounds, they look great all the time!!

Carly said...

Though I have cute toes, my favorite it my curly red hair. Love it!

Carly Haynes

Philadelphia said...

I love my eyes!

Homestead Jen said...

I like my green eyes, even though they are hidden behind glasses.

Colleen Turner said...

My eyes and my smile for sure. I have been blessed with nice white, straight teeth (after braces, of course :)).

Karen S. WI said...

my hair i guess!

your invisible pixie said...

my boobs! or my eyes :)

Denny144 said...

My eyes because no how much I weigh or how old I get, they'll always be a nice blue-green.

Lizett34 said...

My lips!

Bridget said...

I would say my eyes.
I have this book. Love it.
Iambtinrb

Rachael said...

my smile!

LaVonneW said...

I loved this book! :) I know I'm not qualified, but just wanted to comment. :)

Chelsea Hoffman said...

I love my right eye. It has two freckles in it. I think it makes me unique!

Chelsea Hoffman said...

I love my right eye. It has two freckles in it. I think it makes me unique!

Mary said...

I love my eyes. The doctor calls them amber.

DaphneSFL said...

I like my eyes, my skin, and my boobs :)

AisforRandom said...

I like my nail beds

Paige is for Random

Leslie said...

I like my feet especially with bright polish and flip flops! LeslieGC

CariLynn said...

My legs. They are deceptively strong! CariLynn

Melissa said...

I like my eyes the most.
-tmd636

Erin Goff said...

I like my smile. And thank you for bringing some fun to each day in March!

Kas said...

I have a mole on my cheek that my mom always called my beauty mark. It's not very noticeable, but I love it!

Kassie H.

Andrea said...

My dimples.

Kari Bonnet said...

my hair

Anonymous said...

I love my lips. I always get complimented on my lips and smile. Jennyfromthecube

Brenda L B said...

I really love my soft skin but you don't have pick me for this one. I have already read this book and I really enjoyed it.

BRN2SHOP9 said...

I like my hair.

Corey~living and loving said...

I love my blue eyes. :)
corey

jeffie laura said...

My hair.

Lori said...

I like my blue eyes

Jules said...

My blue eyes

Neckmeat said...

I love my figure. It's curvy, but I think it's sexy. And my eyes & my hair & my boobs. LOL I guess I do just love myself! :)

Jessica said...

I like my stomach. I go to spinning 6 days a week so I have a really strong core. I don't like it so much when I'm feeling bloated but other than that I like it. I also like my legs. =]
Thanks!
-Jessica

jne said...

My eyes!

Katy Finn said...

I have big brown eyes!

Dani In Chicago said...

My boobs!!! I call them "the sistahs."

Dani Patarazzi

Casey said...

My smile. I share it with everyone :-)

Lauren said...

My eyes. :-) Lauren Royall

MaggieDu said...

Oddly, I love my fingers, as oddly bent as they are, I think they are nice.

Nicole Robinson said...

My butt :)

Nicole Marie said...

I have great boobs :)

NicoleMG from CT

kristinrose said...

I really like my big brown eyes. How great to have to think of a positive quality when its so easy to focus on the negative ones!

Susan said...

I would have to say my blue eyes! And contacts help with the color - shhhh, don't tell!

And thanks for continuing the giveaways!!

Suzebomb

RedDragon said...

it's a toss up between the blue eyes and the auburn hair (long and wavy)

Tanya Quilts in CO said...

My tiny wrists and hands

Books & Reviews said...

My skin.

Kristi said...

My shoulders... they look very good in sleeveless/strapless!

kristi hooke

Katrina Swiney said...

My skin. I have been lucky enough to have fairly clear and flawless skin.

Holly W said...

I like my hair and eyes.

Holly W

Michelle Mierczewski said...

I have luscious lips!!!! I already own this book, so count me out for today, but I have all 31 entries for the BIG prize!! Good luck to me!!!

Kristi said...

My eyes. It's the only part of me that hasn't gained weight. lol

Kristi Marie W.

LindsayK918 said...

My red hair... and it took me at LEAST 20 years to say that!

Wendi fr Louisiana said...

I can't say that it is my total favorite but my husband loves my but butt! This baby got a nice backyard with a few of dimples( but he doesn't notice them). I'm proud of it, too.!

Wendi fr Louisiana

Nearl said...

I walk 5 miles a day so I'm going to go with my legs.

taylorj2112 said...

I have to say my smile or my eyes.

Anonymous said...

My curly red hair - even if on most days I have to fight to tame it, it makes me unique!
RebeccaE

Terri said...

My blue eyes that change color and my thick, golden hair. It may be a pain in the ass to manage, but when I have a good hair day, it's awesome!

And sooo glad this isn't the last day!

Terri M. in Phoenix

Autumnn D said...

Hmmm...my fave is my hair. Can't wait to read Stacey's book!!

Meredith said...

I love my hair!
~MommyMer

Kristen said...

My smile.

Lesley Davis, Esq said...

I say my lips, husband says boobs :)

Anonymous said...

My eyes.

Colbey J

Erika L. said...

My eyes. They blue most of the time, but can go from gray to green and anywhere in between. They also have these flecks of gold in them, the same as my grandmothers.

I have always loved my eyes. Which is one of the main reasons that I went from wearing glasses to wearing contacts, I wanted other people to see them.I didn't want to hide what I consider my best feature.

dmennella said...

I like my toes. As far as toes go, mine are cute!

Anonymous said...

Slim hips.

Jen Fee 9476

Lauren Louise said...

I love my eyes and my lovely long eyelashes!!

Sadie said...

I love my baby blue eyes!!!

Ready To Be A Momma said...

I've got quite a few comments on my nose, weird, huh? I guess it's cute?!? Sounds good to me!
qweska8402

Hawkzter said...

Everyone always comments on my eyes, so I guess I would say I like my eyes the best.

Tammi Hawk

Faith Hope Cherrytea said...

i love my blue blue eyes ")
thx for asking!

EBrowning said...

I like my hair color and my eyes! :)

Christina said...

I love my bright green eyes!

ChristinaL

Siobhan said...

I love my long, naturally straight and naturally black hair! And it's so easy to take care of; just wash and go!

Anonymous said...

my eyes - i love the color patti cole

Anonymous said...

my legs! I am 5'11" and love wearing heels to show 'em off :)
--Gen K.

faithspage said...

My shoulders

kyfaithw AT aol DOT com

BuffyDee said...

Laughing... girl ALL 190 pounds of my is ROCKIN' (Lancaster style!)Hands sliding down my waist one bulge at a time :P actually I love my hair!

shopgirl said...

I love my eyes..

crabbymommy said...

I never really think about them, but I love my deep dimples. They make me stand out a little in a crowd of smiles. I'm happy that my son has inherited at least one of my dimples, although not as deep.

tagerrity said...

I likve my smile and my laugh. just because it is contagious and i love seeing others smile.

Marla said...

I like my eyes and my calves the best.

Marla W. (OP,KS)

Jen said...

BoobS!!!=)

Anonymous said...

Normally this would be a difficult question for me to answer but suddenly it's a no brainer - I LOVE the baby growing inside of me!!!

SPepper22

Jordan W. said...

I have an athletic build (aka no curves) so I'm most proud about my muscular legs.

Christine in NJ said...

I like my hair (with the small exception of the new GREY)! Haha

Thanks MaNic for another new book to add to my list!

Christine

gun1not said...

i can't name just a piece. i find a flaw with just about all of my parts, but all together I'm happy in general. I'm strong enough and fit enough to keep up with hubby and daughter and I can find a pair of nice outfit without going to too many stores. ;)

Stephanie said...

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