DK Books – Useful books for Families and a Giveaway ~ CAN 06/22

| May 26, 2015 | 26 Comments

mothers-day-boutique-button-185x185 (1)I received two great books from DK Books’ Mothers’ Day Boutique. Both books, Complete Family Nutrition and Grains as Mains, are sturdy hardcovers with vibrant photography and easy to read formats.

Complete Family Nutrition, by Jane Clarke, is a very practical book for families who want to live a healthy lifestyle. In the book, she discusses topics such as nutrition, feeding kids, tips for healthy living more simply, accommodating different diets and food that heals. At the end of the book there is also a recipe section. The book is laid out in a way that makes it a wonderful and comprehensive reference book for any of your nutrition needs. While it may not be the type of book I will read front to back, I can tell that I will be referring to this book often as it provides very straightforward information in a way that is easy to understand. For instance, if you need to know about the different types of minerals, there is a section on that. If, like me, you will soon need to know what makes a good packed lunch for your child, that is discussed.

What I liked about the book is that it is well researched and the author, Clarke, is a nutritionist and chef.


The book Grains as Mains, by Jodi Moreno and Sarah W. Caron is another really practical book by DK Books. This cookbook has recipes for ancient grains such as spelt, quinoa, buckwheat, farro, polenta, among others. Like the other book, the information is laid out in a way that was easy to read and is very practical. For instance, the book discusses the different types of grains and categorizes them between gluten-free and those with gluten. Then it explains how to perfectly cook each type of grain and what they are all beneficial for. 

The recipes are very detailed, including serving size information, as well as the time spent for prep and cooking. Most of the recipes have vibrant photos to go along with it and each one looked delicious. An interesting feature in many of the recipes was a section called “grain exchange” which suggested other grains you could use instead of the one mentioned in the original recipe. 

There are recipes for every meal of the day, as well as soups, salads, stir fries, burgers and light meals and stews. I liked that many of them had a cultural twist with Chinese, Thai, Moroccan and other flavours. 


Both books do a great job of promoting a healthy diet and are going to be well-used for years to come. Fortunately, readers have the chance of winning these two books since DK Canada will be generously giving them away. 

Disclaimer: I received these books from DK Canada in order to write this review. The opinions expressed are my own.

DK Canada Books Giveaway

Enter for your chance to win the Complete Family Nutrition and Grains as Mains books by DK Canada.

The giveaway is open to Canadian residents and ends on June 22nd, 2015 at 11:59 pm EST.

Good luck!

Rules: Open to Canadian residents 18 +. You have 48 hours to reply by email once you are notified as the winner. If you don’t, we will draw another entry. Prize is non-transferable. No substitution or cash equivalent of prizes is permitted. The selected winner must correctly answer a mathematical question in order to win the prize mentioned above. The Ottawa Mommy Club is not responsible for prize fulfillment and for the delivery/shipment of the prize(s) mentioned above. For our complete set of rules, please click here.


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Aysha is a public affairs consultant who has a love of the arts, writing and food. As a single mother, she is trying to balance her personal, parenting and professional lives in a way that stays true to herself and keeps her sanity. As a single woman, she also recognizes the pressures that females of all ages have to go through, from body image issues, to assertiveness, to fighting gender norms and stereotypes. Aysha’s daughter is still young, but she sees opportunities almost daily to instill the values that will raise her to be a strong, confident girl that takes no nonsense from anybody. Aysha will explore all of these areas with you as she figures out ways to get through motherhood, creatively.

Comments (26)

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  1. holly o'gorman says:

    I would love to win this for myself.

  2. lori b says:

    shephards pie is a fav in this house

  3. Fan R says:

    We love BBQing together.

  4. Joy says:

    we like to make homemade pizza

  5. Doris H says:

    Favourite meal to cook with my family is chicken stir fry.

  6. jan says:

    I like making quinoa pudding

  7. Stephanie LaPlante says:

    Growing up, my siblings and I absolutely LOVED making meatballs with mom.

  8. Jonnie says:

    I love to cook Super Cheesy lasagna with my family

  9. Dayle b says:

    Love to cook beef stew for my family using my mom,s recipe.

  10. KD says:

    I love making puttu (a South Indian breakfast dish) with my daughter.

  11. Melinda says:

    I like to cook chili, soups, and stews

  12. Angela Mitchell says:

    We love to make tacos, homemade perogies and spaghetti.

  13. kathy downey says:

    Homemade pizza is a hit in our house

  14. Amy C says:

    I like to make homemade pizza and cinnamon buns with my family.

  15. Meg Kilmour says:

    Mac and cheese is a staple in our house.

  16. Lee-Ann S says:

    There’s a chili we learned to make at the reading conference that Miss R absolutely loves.

  17. Marla says:

    I like baking chocolate chip cookies

  18. Andrea L says:

    Lasagna is our family’s fave!

  19. lori b says:

    sheppards pie is a fav here

  20. Erika E says:

    We like to cook lasagna and Salisbury steak.

  21. Melinda says:

    I love to cook roast chicken and vegetables.

  22. I love it when my husband cooks his famous Chicken Peanut Szechuan. Not only because the leftovers taste as good as fresh but because I don’t have to cook. In fact, I think we’re due…

    Besos, Sarah
    Journeys of The Zoo

  23. Jennifer Lo says:

    I love to cook Cheesy lasagna with my family

  24. Charmaine says:

    Our fav recipe to cook all together is samosas. The kids love rolling the dough out, and filling it up!

  25. kathy downey says:

    This is my comment for today 19/06 I hit the button top fast sorry

  26. Athena says:

    Our own individualized pizzas

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