Cookbook Giveaway #2: The Garden of Eating and Honey-Mustard Chicken with Ginger Recipe

Posted by on November 17, 2009 | 92 Comments


Even the full review I have written about The Garden of Eating (on Go Dairy Free) doesn’t do justice to this over-sized, 581-page resource that I refer to as a bible for healthy eating.  I first learned about the author, Chef Rachel Albert-Matesz (aka The Healthy Cooking Coach), when she came out with The Ice Dream Cookbook. It wasn’t until almost a year later that I discovered The Garden of Eating, which was actually her first book. Though this book would have been immensely helpful for me several years ago, I can honestly say, better late than never.

The first half of The Garden of Eating is dense with information. The chapter topics smoothly flow from health and nutrition (with titles like “Friendly Foods,” “A Short Fat Primer,” and “Returning to the Garden of Eating – General Principles) into kitchen help and menus. The principles Chef Rachel shares focus on what she calls a produce-dominated diet. I like to call it a Paleo-friendly diet or a whole foods diet to the extreme. 

Of course, beyond the useful information, there are the delicious recipes. I simply love the recipe layout of this book, which is organized by key ingredient …

With some serious broccoli cravings beckoning (yes, I crave broccoli), I flipped right to the clump of broccoli recipes in Chapter 18 (Cooked Leafy Greens , Flowering Vegetables & Shoots). The Simmered Broccoli in Herbs caught my eye as a fantastic one pan dish. The result was so light and flavorful that I devoured the entire dish myself. And how could I not love how easy this dish was to make?!


Then there were the boneless, skinless chicken breasts that I stocked up on for a great price. I flopped The Garden of Eating open, and thumbed my way through the chicken recipes in Ch. 16 (Birds of a Feather). Within minutes I had picked out a recipe that I had all of the ingredients on hand for.

My husband generally dislikes honey mustard, and he loathes ginger, but since I am a fan of both, I went out on a limb and made the Honey Mustard Chicken with Ginger. The gamble paid off, it was a tasty success. As a side note, I loved how flavorful this dish was without any added salt, and the fact that it wasn’t overly sweet in the least bit. For dinner, we enjoyed the chicken breasts with a side of broccoli (of course).


And then again for lunch, we enjoyed the chicken sliced atop a basic avocado and bell pepper salad, topped with a light and simple (homemade) honey mustard vinaigrette.


Then, I wanted a variation on the peanut butter protein spread I typically make for our snacks, and wouldn’t you know it … there it was, the Protein-Nut Spread recipe in Ch. 24 (Sweet Protein-Packed Snacks & Mini-Meals). This recipe was wonderful for reducing the fat in the nut spread I was using, allowing me to enjoy a thicker spread. It didn’t thicken up quite enough after refrigeration, so it was still a bit gooey, something I can easily solve by reducing the water a bit next time, but it was tasty.


Every time I was left wondering what to eat, I just had to pick out an ingredient in our refrigerator and plop open The Garden of Eating; a true gem. It would be easy for me to simply say, this is a great book for dairy-free and gluten-free dieters, but that would cut out too many other people whom this book and cookbook could help. If health and nutrition is of importance to you and your family, then The Garden of Eating should be on your wish list. This is one book that will remain in my collection until it is so tattered with dog-eared pages and splattered with ingredients, that I have to get a new copy.

Speaking of new copies, who would like to win one?

  • To enter to win this fabulous cookbook, leave a comment on this post telling me why you want to win The Garden of Eating.
  • To receive a bonus entry, spread the word about this giveaway … tweet it, share it with your friends on facebook, mention it on your blog, or email some colleagues … whatever works for you. Just make sure you come back here and leave a second comment letting me know you did.

Entries will close at midnight TODAY, so get your entry in now! All of this week’s cookbook winners will be announced at the end of the week.

Now, about that recipe I mentioned …


Honey-Mustard Chicken with Ginger

Recipe adapted from The Garden of Eating by Chef Rachel Albert-Matesz.

In the cookbook, it states to cut the chicken into 2-inch wedges. I completely missed this part and broiled them whole – luckily it worked out beautifully. This recipe is Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Soy-Free, Nut-Free, and Free of Refined Sugars.

Prep: 20 minutes ~ Cooking: 8 to 10 minutes ~ Yield: 6 servings


  • 1-1/2 to 2 lbs Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts

Honey-Mustard Marinade:

  • 3 Tablespoons Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/3 Cup Creamy White, Yellow, or Dijon Mustard
  • 2 Tablespoons Honey
  • 1 Tablespoon Finely Grated or Minced Fresh Gingerroot
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Ground Red or Black Pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely ground unrefined sea salt or 1 tablespoon tamari soy sauce (optional) [I omitted and it was still delicious!]

Add chicken to a glass or Pyrex dish. Mix marinade, pour over chicken, and stir to coat. Cover and refrigerate 6 to 8 hours, all day, or overnight.

Cook chicken pieces on grill, under broiler, or in lightly oiled, heavybottomed skillet over medium heat, about 3 minutes per side, or until firm, meat is beige throughout, and juices run clear when a test piece is cut in half. I opted for broiling.

To broil, preheat your broiler (about 8 to 10 minutes), and move the oven rack so that the meat will be about 5 to 6 inches away from the element. Spread the meat out in a broiler pan or over a wire rack in a roasting pan, to allow the juices to drip while cooking. Give it a good basting of that thick marinade, and broil for 3 to 7 minutes, or until the chicken begins to brown. Flip the chicken and marinade it again (see the next step for heating up that marinade). Return it to the oven and broil until the chicken begins to brown and the meat is cooked through, roughly another 3 to 7 minutes.

To bake, preheat your oven to 400˚ F. Transfer the chicken and marinade to an oblong 14x9x2 or 18x9x2-inch heatproof Pryex baking pan if it has not been marinating in one.  Bake until chicken pieces reach an internal temperature of 160˚F or the juices run clear and chicken is the same color throughout when cut in half.

Add a dash of water to any leftover marinade, bring to boil, and simmer 4 minutes. Baste chicken with mixture as it cooks. Serve warm. Refrigerate leftovers and use within 3 days. (They’re delicious cold)


  • In step 1, add 1 tablespoon minced fresh or 1 teaspoon dried rosemary, tarragon, dill, or basil.
  • Honey-Mustard Chicken with Chipotlé: Replace ginger with 1/2 teaspoon ground chipotlé. Omit black pepper and garnish final dish with minced cilantro before serving.
  • Honey-Mustard Chicken Salad: Serve chicken over heaping individual plates of raw spinach, arugula, or spring greens, minced scallions, parsley, red radishes, celery, fresh or sun-dried tomato slices, avocado, and a squeeze of lemon or lime juice.

Nutrition analysis provided by The Garden of Eating: 1 serving ~ 230 calories, 30 g protein, 7 g carbohydrate, 9 g fat, 15 mg calcium, 128 mg sodium


MORE Fantastic Blog Giveaways:

Love cookbooks? My friend Sarah over at No Whey, Mama is giving away a copy of My Sweet Vegan this week! Delicious holiday desserts anyone? Head over to the giveaway post to enter!

How about chocolate? Chocolate-Covered Katie has an extreme chocolate giveaway going on. And don’t forget about Operation Chocolate-Covered Kindness!

Sex, Drugs, and Mood Swings? Did I get your attention? Meghan at Making Love in the Kitchen has some great information and a unique non-food giveaway going on.

Food Allergies Got you Down? Perk up with these four fantastic giveaways from AllergySense. You can win baked goodies from Two Moms Bakery, oodles of coupons for Silk Heart Health Soymilk, and more!

Comments (92)


  1. Ricki says:

    I’ve been wanting this book ever since I first hearf about it last year! I love Chef Rachel’s approach to food and I know I’d love so many of the recipes in the book.

  2. Ricki says:

    Okay–just tweeted, too! 🙂

  3. I am always looking for new cookbooks! 🙂

  4. I just tweeted about the giveaway (which also updated my facebook status) 🙂

  5. Allegro says:

    My Dad plants a garden every year and then just BOILS every thing! An alternative would be nice.

  6. Eve says:

    I want to win because I love new food. and I think that this recipe book will help me live a healthier style.

  7. junghwa says:

    i want to win because i love trying new recipes!

  8. Debbie capozzi says:

    I love to try new things, the book sounds like it has great recipes.

  9. ky2here says:

    I’m a lazy cook – I need the motivation of a good cookbook.

  10. Chrysa says:

    I need to increase the veggies in my diet and this would help!

  11. Randee says:

    I’d LOVE to win this great food “bible” as you call it. I recently had my first child and i’m exclusively breastfeeding. With that comes the challenge of not only feeding my husband and I properly, but now my diet is directly affecting my precious new son. I have also been noticing the bad side effects dairy has been having on my husband and I, headaches and worsened allergies to say the least, and so decided to go dairy free. I discovered your website while searching for mushroom and barley soup (can’t wait to try the recipe btw, having it fri :)) and clicked on the link to purchase your book.(can’t wait to get it) I believe that your book combined with The Garden of Eating would ensure that my family is eating the best possible. I am so very grateful for a chance at this giveaway and also grateful for your wonderful free website and recipes. Thank you so much! I will be sure to tell everyone about this site!

  12. shannon says:

    i love cooking and trying new things,,, have to live in a house full of food allergies… just had moose and tofu lasagna!

  13. Melanie says:

    that nut spread looks amazing!

  14. Nicole says:

    Are you serious? I would LOVE to win this book. When I read about it earlier I immediately went to Amazon and put it on my wish list. My house is back to bare bones eating due to some recent medical things (2 young sons diagnosed with celiac, 5 month old soon to be eating, yikes!). Trying to cook in-season to help the budget and to eat a variety throughout the year. Looks like a winner to me!

  15. Nicole says:

    I shared this with my friends on FaceBook who don’t have to cook like me but who are into some plain old good healthy eating. Yay!

  16. Rachel says:

    I’d love to win this cookbook because I’m always looking for new ways to cook veggies and that broccoli sounds delicious.

  17. adrienne Gordon says:

    i always want new recipes.

  18. Meg's Gut says:

    The nut butter recipe looks delicious, as well as the chicken!
    I would love a copy of this book!

  19. alycep says:

    I love cookbooks and have so many already but I am gradually working my way back to being a vegetarian. I was for 20 years then went back to eating almost everything when I had a few health issues so now I think I want to go back to a 80-90% vegetarian lifestyle so this book would help me on that path.

  20. Krista says:

    I’d love this cookbook. I’m trying to expand my repertoire, it seems I’m cooking the same things every week. This cookbook would help me stay on the healthy, gluten free, dairy free track. Thanks for having great giveaways!

  21. Kelly Steagall says:

    I’d love to win a copy of this cookbook. I’ve been working really hard on getting our family eating healthy . We recently found your blog and recipes and have made a couple and they have turned out great. The pulled pork on potato planks was a great hit with my husband! Love the idea of keeping it gluten free

  22. Aisling says:

    This sounds like a wonderful book (and I LOVE the cover photo). I’m working hard on cooking healthier meals, but I need some new recipes and ideas.

  23. Christine says:

    need the help to eat clean and green

  24. sandy perez says:

    I would love this book since I have started to take care of my grandparents and they are both diabetic’s and this would help in so many ways

  25. katie says:

    Wow. This book sounds right up my alley!

  26. Rosie says:

    I know someone on the Paleo diet and I’ve been interested in trying it out. I think this cookbook would be a good place to start eating healthier and eating less processed food.

  27. nico says:

    I haven’t seen this book before–looks interesting!

  28. Gianna says:

    I’d love to try a whole bunch of new recipes!

  29. Maggie says:

    I want to win because I need some fresh ideas! And I’m moving to my new apartment!

  30. Kate says:

    I love cookbooks- I collect them- and I make recipes out of them all the time.

  31. Kathryn Radford says:

    Just found out my baby is allergic to eggs and milk, Help me, this cook book could be my answer to being able to continue breastfeeding!

  32. DebinHawaii says:

    It looks like an incredible book. I love how it also has a lot of information as well as tons of healthy recipes. A great addition to any cookbook collection.

  33. Joanne says:

    I would adore to win this book, mainly because the produce-filled diet that it recommends seems to mimic my own so much. All of the recipes you made from it look so good! I am on a honey mustard kick right now so that chicken is definitely making it onto my list of things to cook.

  34. Mrs. Wolf says:

    This book would be an answer to prayer for me! My 7-year-old daughter, Kate, was diagnosed last year with juvenile diabetes. We have to give her 4-7 shots each day, plus numerous finger pricks. Her sugars have been all over the place. Since her diagnosis, we have made cheese a bit part of her diet, because we thought her blood sugars would be more stable. Recently, I have found some families who have been successful at getting their little diabetics blood sugars in the normal range all the time by, in part, removing all grains and dairy from their diets. Eureka! We have started to do that, but I am at a loss for interesting things to make, since most cookbooks rely heavily on both dairy and grains. This past week has been a culinary bore for my little girl, and I have had a hard time feeding my family of seven with one on a special diet. I would like for us all to go GF/DF!
    Thanks for reading my post! Your website looks great!!!

  35. Wendy Briere says:

    I would love to win because the pictures look scrumptious and the recipes sound wonderful!

  36. Joelle says:

    I have a wish list of cookbooks, and I cannot decide on which to purchase first. So perhaps if I win won, it will get the ball rolling!

  37. PJ says:

    I found your website at Elanas Pantry. I would love to win The Garden of Eating Cookbook to help with my multiple food allergies and diabetes. From the posts I’ve read, there are a lot of people who appear to need this book. It’s too bad it’s not more readily available. Thanks for all the info.

  38. Laurie A. Bevan says:

    Looks like a wonderful book. I would love to win one. I am trying to cook natural and without chicken, pork, milk, cheese or garlic. My son is allergic to them. Thank you for considering me.

  39. Katrina says:

    I would love to win this one too. I have multiple food allergies some of which I listed in another comment.Thanks for considering me!

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