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(CLOSED) Win a Signed Copy of Clean Living Cookbook PLUS 5 Other Books to Salivate Over in March

Food is a sensory experience and it’s fantastic how over the past couple of decades we’ve seen it become more rustic and real in presentation. Arranged with the sort of effortless styling that screams joy of intermingling flavours. Food where you can tell that whoever cooked it and put it together spent the last thirty minutes having oodles fun. Food that exudes a sense of comfort with just a pinch of something totally new.

Having seen these two boys cook, I’d have to say that their Clean Living Cookbook (Hachette) ticks all of those boxes.

Clean Living Cookbook Giveaway

The cookbook by former My Kitchen Rules contestants and Bondi-based personal trainers, Luke Hines and Scott Gooding, is all about hassle-free and fun cooking. What I like about the book, and perhaps this point isn’t made clear with the single word “Paleo” mentioned clearly on the cover, is that the book encourages clean eating without being orthodox about sticking to ALL the rules and regulations of the ‘caveman’ diet.

Clean Living Cookbook Page 96

I must be clear that if you’re a strict Paleo-tarian, this although this book might be fantastic for inspiration, it’s not entirely ‘caveman’. If having quinoa porridge on occasion or enjoying a corn tortilla taco, filled with beautiful pork fillet, lashings of zingy guacamole and salsa made from scratch is a no-no because quinoa is a seed or corn is considered a grain then perhaps this book is not the best choice for you. If, however, you’d like to feel inspired, encouraged and guided through to making healthier food choices, full stop, then you’ll love this recipe collection.

The boys’ mantra is simple. Eat clean, real, whole and local food. A mantra that resonates with my own whole food philosophy: avoid additives and processed foods by eating well 90 per cent of the time, I add the bit of indulging a little in things you love – or create healthier version of those, for the remaining 10. It makes life and eating well less prohibitive and stressful.

As for the recipes, it’s the sort of food where you can tell that whoever cooked it and put it together spent the last thirty minutes having oodles fun. And, it’s true, I’ve seen them do it just the other week.

Clean Living Cookbook Page 61

5 reasons why you will love this book:

1. Paleo-inspired which means the recipes are gluten-free and dairy-free.
2. Encourages clean living by eating clean, eating real, eating whole, eating local and keeping active. Simple, really.
3. The recipes are incredibly simple, but fabulously moreish.
4. That amazing Coconut Choc Fudge is a breeze to make, even when your food processor cracks it and you have to make batches in the 2-cup-capacity mini. We keep a batch in the freezer at all times for a healthy after-dinner snack.
5. Most of the ingredients are readily available from most local shops, markets and supermarkets


To Win a signed copy of Luke and Scott’s Clean Living Cookbook, leave a comment on this post telling me: what’s your food philosophy and why? It’s that simple.

Terms: Competition closes 11:59pm Sydney time on Wednesday, 26 March 2014. Competition is open worldwide. One entry will be selected from the comments below. The winner will be contacted by email and must respond within 48 hours to claim the prize. If the prize is not claimed, a new winner will be drawn. Prize is valued at $29.99.


5 Other Books on my Side Table in March

1. The Australian Women’s Weekly Superfoods – interesting facts, gorgeous imagery and some quirky recipes too. 2. Sarah Wilson’s I Quit Sugar For Life, because I still can’t believe I got to work on this book and develop so many recipes you’ve been enjoying (seen via instagram). 3. Daniel Wilson’s Huxtabook – recipes from the sea, land and Earth is a strikingly beautiful and unique collection of dude-friendly yet sophisticated recipes.  4.  – a quirky collection of restaurants around the globe, recommended by the world’s best. There’s a big Aussie section in there too. 5. Justin North’s Family Cooking – great classic recipes for both the 90 per cent clean and 10 per cent indulgence.

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dana March 18, 2014 at 9:08 am

try to eat as naturally as possible–very few processed ingredients and nothing i cannot pronounce!

Lisa March 18, 2014 at 10:19 am

“Fresh and simple is best” is something I have been raised on. I was lucky enough to grow up in a family with a huge vegetable garden which my father tended with care. It left me quite spoilt as when I eat a freshly picked tomato from our garden, I can taste the vitality (and love). It has also meant that I treasure the simple flavours in food and as such I try to eat as uncomplicated meals as possible.

Amy March 18, 2014 at 10:08 am

I know that I need to be eating cleaner, and need the inspiration to make the time to do it.

karina l March 18, 2014 at 10:09 am

Eat, drink and be merry – forget dieting and just enjoy your food!

Emma March 18, 2014 at 10:14 am

fresh is best 🙂

Mellisa Counsell March 18, 2014 at 10:16 am

To cook and create as much as I can from scratch with as little food wastage as possible, a simple wholesome clean way of living

Sally W-H March 18, 2014 at 10:22 am

Since my husband was diagnosed with cancer 5 days after our wedding day we have tried to make sure we eat a diet that is as healthy as it can be. It’s not always perfect, but we try to avoid processed sugars and eat wholefoods as much as we can. Now moreso that we have a baby boy we want him to have the best opportunities for a healthy life that he can have.

Anne March 18, 2014 at 10:27 am

Nothing processed! No sugar!

Kerry Horne March 18, 2014 at 10:28 am

Fresh Fabulous Food with Friends!

Bronwyn W March 18, 2014 at 10:38 am

My food Philosophy is to make and eat fresh, simple wholesome gluten free foods (I am gluten intolerant) including all the yummy treats! for myself and my family (and now my 2 gorgeous nieces!) because food should be enjoyed with family which makes the food that much sweeter!

Amanda March 18, 2014 at 10:40 am

“Lifestyle not diet” Eat food that is wholesome, simple, tastes great and nourishes your body and soul.

Steph March 18, 2014 at 10:51 am

Eat whole foods, not too much, mostly plants with small servings of ethically sourced protein 🙂

anastasia March 18, 2014 at 10:51 am

I love food!!! I do try to eat a balanced diet and that includes sweets but am avoiding processed food only because it makes me feel so lethargic! What we put into our mouths affects our moods, our digestion…health and well being – its well worth being aware of what we eat!

lynne43Lynne Chisholm March 18, 2014 at 10:53 am

I am 70 years young and still cook for myself everyday. I grow all my own veggies and have 8 fruit trees. I would really enjoy your book as there are ingredients that I yet haven’t tried. Thanks for the opportunity. Cheers Lynne

Norah C March 18, 2014 at 10:56 am

My food philosophy is KISS – keep it simple stupid! Go back to the basics and add good flavours!

Sharee March 18, 2014 at 10:57 am

Fresh, healthy & organic – After having children of our own & discovering how many chemicals, additives, preservatives, etc was in the food was scary to know I was feeding them that so dug into some deep research to change things around to give my children the best start to life.

Michaela March 18, 2014 at 11:09 am

Your post sums up my food philosophy to a tee. Eating whole, unprocessed, seasonal foods 90% of the time leaving that 10% for when I am more limited for choice (say out at a restaurant) or for those times when nothing but a piece of rich chocolate cake will do! I do mainly eat Paleo, but am not super strict on this front, so this book sounds perfect!

Charlotte Leslie March 18, 2014 at 11:29 am

Could not agree more!!! Eating raw, clean and wholefoods is just great, I have found I enjoy food so much more now! I am not obsessed about it though, if I go out I will indulge, but then I don’t know why as I often feel real sick afterwards. Good luck with the launch 🙂

Jessica March 18, 2014 at 11:37 am

Try to cook your meal most of the time (it’s fun, healthy and cheap). Purchase fresh seasonal ingredients at local grocery stores (I’m always excited about trying new ingredients and cook them. It enriches my taste bud. This week I tasted beetroots for the first time, I like it!). Healthy meals do not always need to be labour intensive or time consuming, often simplicity is the best (the simple kale coconut salad that I made this week taught me this value). Eat mindfully and consciously (It’s still challenge for me when I try to get things done or if I have to stay until late night to finish my assignments). And last, treat yourself something “sinful” or condemned as “unhealthy” occasionally is fine. Your life is not always perfect, the most important thing is that you love yourself, you have a healthy relationship with food and you enjoy sharing meal with your beloved ones 🙂

gillian March 18, 2014 at 11:44 am

I try to put as much colour and love into my food as I can, and this always seems to translate into healthy vibrant food.

Katie FInley March 18, 2014 at 11:53 am

My food philosophy is simple – eat clean, fresh, unprocessed food. It makes you feel amazing, energised and happy!

Danielle L March 18, 2014 at 11:58 am

I can’t go past Michael Pollan’s ‘eat food, not too much, mostly plants’ – simple, accessible but still clear and a good guideline to always keep in the back of your mind when cooking, shopping, selecting from a menu or standing in front of an all- you- can-eat buffet! It also leaves room for some sweet treats.

Cheryl March 18, 2014 at 12:06 pm

I would have to say “everything in moderation” – I have a sweet tooth and love a gin and tonic, but as long as it is in moderation and with a healthy diet I feel happy.

Ilonka Bruce March 18, 2014 at 12:11 pm

I love to use fresh, local ingredients where possible. Something you’ve grown in your own garden always tastes better.

Freda March 18, 2014 at 12:24 pm

Eat organic as often as possible and avoid processed foods.

France March 18, 2014 at 12:26 pm

Eat the least processed food I can, by that I mean an apple rather than apple sauce, foods with the least packaging, sourced as close as possible to home, and growing what I can. Also: low carb, refined sugar free and grain free. Good luck to all, I’d loooove to win this book, it looks great!! Thanks for the chance!

Sarah Waller March 18, 2014 at 12:43 pm

Lots of good quality meat and veg (I’m from the country so I love my meat) with the occasional treat 🙂

Jane Bache March 18, 2014 at 1:17 pm

I suffer from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and too tired to cook nice wholesome clean meals, I need to be inspired, motivated and put on the right path to wholeness, fresh and clean eating! Help

Marisa March 18, 2014 at 1:58 pm

Quick and easy recipes that use whole food that’s organic, if possible local and seasonal.

Irma March 18, 2014 at 2:01 pm

Simple, healthy and kids friendly.

minezen March 18, 2014 at 2:01 pm

Our house aims to eat kindly. The meat eaters eat free range meat and eggs, we eat real and whole foods and try to have a variety of foods and colours on our plate. We also try to be kind to ourselves and don’t beat ourselves up if we have days that don’t fit this ideal.

Lela March 18, 2014 at 2:03 pm

Food Philosophy – Trying to make whole gluten and dairy free food that is also flavoursome!. I love cooking and experimenting with food and only wish I was able to eat more foods.

Sally March 18, 2014 at 2:20 pm

Whole, unprocessed, fresh and local produce. I love cooking beautiful food and testing new recipes. The fact that it makes me feel great and full of energy is such a bonus.

Jayne @ Tenacious Tinkering March 18, 2014 at 2:26 pm

For me, food variety is important. Being adventurous and open to new flavours and textures really enables us to experience the world even if only on a plate. It’s my culinary wanderlust.

Rosemary March 18, 2014 at 2:34 pm

Eat for nutrition AND taste. Borrow from peasant cuisines worldwide. Buy well-bred protein, use all the ‘bits’. Moderate quantities.

tarynyat March 18, 2014 at 2:36 pm

My food philosophy is to just enjoy food and try new things.

Pat Tucker March 18, 2014 at 2:43 pm

My son still lives at home, and loves to cook. I try to educate him with gardening and putting up what’s planted for future use using different recipes.

Amanda March 18, 2014 at 3:02 pm

My food philosophy is ‘eat well’. For me, this is a holistic approach that uses whole, unprocessed foods to make tasty meals that people enjoy eating and that help our bodies to run well. It also means reducing waste, eating seasonally, supporting local farmers and eating ethically raised and slaughtered meat. And sometimes ‘eating well’ means savoring a chocolate donut!

Kate Lowe March 18, 2014 at 4:50 pm

My food philosophy is Nourish Yourself- which means eating wholefoods that are nourishing to your body BUT I do not believe in restricting yourself in anyway life is to short to never eat another chocolate again, you just need to make sure that everything is in moderation. Food is not there to make us feel bad but to enhance our creativity, satisfy our cravings and to be shared with our loved ones!! 🙂

Jackie March 18, 2014 at 5:20 pm

My philosophy is – “Make smarter choices”. This can mean, instead of choosing white bread I go for a grainy wholemeal. Instead of using sour cream, i’ll choose a natural greek yoghurt instead. If I have the choice to buy local or imported, i’ll choose local. All these little smarter choices add up to me feeling much more healthier and vibrant.

Katherine Ryan March 18, 2014 at 6:09 pm

Eat in a way that makes your body feel good – that’s it 🙂 It covers a lot of ground and yet it’s very simple.

Lea Anita Black March 18, 2014 at 6:20 pm

Everything in moderation and healthy and nutricious….as thats the ultimate way to go!

eviebeeme March 18, 2014 at 6:30 pm

I try to eat in season produce then if I don’t grow it myself I know it has not been ‘gassed’ and stored for months.

Miri March 18, 2014 at 6:43 pm

Eat mostly fresh and home cooked, but indulge in some less healthy snacks too. And don´t complain if the hubby cooks dinner “the manly way”, as he puts it (involving loads of meat, ready-made mixes and little veggies).

Jess P March 18, 2014 at 7:46 pm

Suffering a chronic bowel disease I made the decision that I will only consume things that taste amazing or are amazingly good for me. The more good food I eat, the more I want. So my tastes have shifted and now I crave the things that are good for me because now they taste better to me than my old favourites full of sugars and gluten x

Gita Mathias March 18, 2014 at 8:03 pm

Nourishing Nutrient dense gluten, dairy & processed food free almost Paleo lifestyle

Jenny Bremner March 18, 2014 at 9:30 pm

To use local fresh ingredients, organic if possible to make flavoursome healthy meals. Eat slowly and imagine the nutrients are flooding through the cells of my body to crest energy and health.

firsttasteoflife March 18, 2014 at 9:45 pm

Yummy, healthy food that makes me feel clean and vital.

gisselle March 18, 2014 at 9:45 pm

Hi! When I think about the food philosophy I want/try to live by, Michael Pollan’s words always come to mind: “Eat real food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” I try to keep it easy, simple, to steer clear from processed foods and choose the best quality, most nourishing ingredients I can find and afford. Above all, I try not to stress a lot about it all, because we all know the emotions we feed on and even the company we keep while having a meal is as important as the meal we eat! Happy thoughts, good food! 🙂

Catherine March 18, 2014 at 10:06 pm

My food philosophy is to enjoy food. The best way to do this is to eat local fresh food that is in season and to avoid processed food as much as possible.

Tina March 18, 2014 at 11:20 pm

I am experimenting with different food approaches, as I have noticed that Gluten is not good for me. But I find all the different food “diets” quite confusing!Like: lots of meat….no meat, lots of eggs, protein…. no eggs. only raw…… 3 cooked meals a day, wholegrain… grain, etc.!!! So I have decided that local, seasonal (and that means I would not be able to eat all the exotic fruits), fresh , organic , mostly raw food which has been prepared with love, eaten with gratitude and respect, as well as keeping in mind that it is sustainable, is the best way to go.
I saw the Clean Living Cookbook while I was at the airport and so wanted to buy it, but I ran out of time :(…….. maybe this will be my chance 🙂

Mel Hamer March 18, 2014 at 11:29 pm

There are too many people counting calories and not enough people counting chemicals

Alex March 18, 2014 at 11:42 pm

I loved reading about the benefits of paleo dieting, but I knew I couldn’t follow it to the T. The “clean living cookbook” seems ideal for me, because it is a semi-paleo approach to dieting. Should be worth a whirl 🙂

Lauren March 19, 2014 at 6:49 am

My food philosophy is to eat everything in moderation – there is no point in eating food which tastes like nothing 🙂

Ingrid March 19, 2014 at 7:09 am

For years I prepared meals for my family members’ individual “needs”, e.g using a list I made up from the blood type book with ingredients suitable for everyone, or “cooking with the elements” as described by an author with Traditional Chinese Medicine background. Thing is that with that kind of effort, the cook will experience burn-out at some stage and you ask yourself, are these approaches really doing any good? I took it all too serious!
Nowadays I am still recipe-hunting and I leave out ingredients I know to be unsuitable for the one or other but the most important thing is: I LOVE TO COOK!
I love to be in the kitchen and to create dishes for family and friends.
So, this is my philosophy:
A meal prepared with reverence for the ingredients (organic, local), with passion and with love will not only be enjoyable but also healthy and nourishing for body and soul!

Carly W March 19, 2014 at 9:10 am

Use whats in season, keep it simple and use lots of fresh herbs for flavour. Have a rough plan of the weeks meals before you shop to avoid food wastage and overspending. Get the whole family involved in preparing food.

Ama Abejja March 19, 2014 at 1:29 pm

I would love to say I only eat Organic that I only eat clean unprocessed foods but I can’t. The reality is with 6 kids, myself and my husband that is a reality that is beyond my reach. I wouldn’t know HOW to eat clean for so many people with so many differing tastes.

But I DO emphasise eating a well balanced diet. We don’t have sugars if we can help it, we cut out the salt, we make sure we eat many beautiful fruits and vegetables and try to cut back on meats.

Annie March 19, 2014 at 2:15 pm

My philosophy for what this gorgeous earth and what our lovely farmers provide us with is keep it REAL, keep it CLEAN, keep it WHOLE and keep it LOCAL.

Gail March 19, 2014 at 3:49 pm

Eat real food, but make sure it makes you feel happy.

janinejackson March 20, 2014 at 2:14 pm

I love these guys! I read Michael Pollen’s book a few years ago which totally changed my thinking about food. My philosophy now echoes part of his – if you’re Grandparents wouldn’t have known about a certain food or wouldn’t recognise the ingredients listed on packaged food then don’t eat it!

Brittany March 21, 2014 at 3:03 am

Quality ingredients cooked simply and clean. No processes or packaged food!

Janet Kemper March 21, 2014 at 9:59 am

I try to eat real, clean and simple food…

Mai Tran March 21, 2014 at 5:26 pm

My food philosophy: simple but carrying the taste of a fine meal because it’s food that makes the mind clearer to cope with the whole working day (breakfast & lunch) and to relax after a long hard day (dinner). Greetings from Finland!

ELENA March 21, 2014 at 9:02 pm

I follow a mediterranean diet full of vitamins, fresh vegetables, fruit, fish and try to cook all of it in a healthy way.

Sushma March 21, 2014 at 11:25 pm

My diet consist of Japanese and Indian cuisine. I started loving it as a kid, its delicious and healthy.

Steph March 22, 2014 at 4:09 pm

my food philosophy is fairly simple, although most people think I’m crazy. I avoid all processed food and the only food I buy at the supermarket is fruit, veg and meat as well as organic produce. I cook my own meals-never buy take-away!-and respect my body.

Martha Wright March 23, 2014 at 2:04 pm

Because of sever food allergies I am now on the Paleo Autoimmune Elimination Diet. I am feeling much better.

Jacinda March 24, 2014 at 8:19 am

I have recently discovered mine, ‘eat to be healthy, not to be skinny.’ so much more important to be healthy for me and my family.

Lloyd March 24, 2014 at 2:29 pm

My food philosophy: “Cook with love and never eat alone” 🙂

Katelyn Ramsay March 24, 2014 at 8:21 pm

Eat like my parents did…think homegrown seasonal produce, no crap!! I won’t buy food that has more than five ingredients on a label, and if I don’t know what they are!

Monica March 25, 2014 at 11:58 am

Monica says:

This recipe book sounds fresh. My daughter needs gluten free food and I have a wheat allergy. Its not always easy to find tasty, quick meals for special requirements. This book sounds like it gives some good options. I’ve always cooked from scratch so respect good food and the work that goes into creating recipes.

Mel @ The cook's notebook March 26, 2014 at 4:30 pm

My hubby and I both love food, I try to feed us the best quality food we can afford. When I can, I source it locally and seasonally. I mostly cook from scratch, with the occasional “cheat”. I’m grateful that we can both eat pretty much anything, so we have a very varied diet.

Laura March 26, 2014 at 8:47 pm

Less is more: keep it simple! The best flavours come from mixing a minimal amount of fresh,local and seasonal ingredients.

Alex March 26, 2014 at 10:02 pm

All things in moderation. I try to eat seasonally and locally and to avoid processed foods, but I don’t beat myself up over the odd slip up.

Amanda March 26, 2014 at 10:03 pm

Trying to make healthy living a wholistic lifestyle choice. Food is the fuel for our bodies so making better food choices consistently will improve our output. Healthy living isn’t about losing weight, although for me that’s a great by-product, it’s about feeling like I can achieve whatever I set my mind to and being able to share the great tasting food with friends and family.


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