Saturday, November 12, 2016

The Offical Chase 'N Yur Face Cookbook Review

This particular book holds a special place in my heart.  I was given the chance to review this amazing new cookbook by NetGalley and I couldn't be happier. I first was lured in by the cover. Superficial of me...maybe but I like what I like. Just look at how bright and colorful the cover is. I took one look at that smiling teen cook and all that glorious food and I was intrigued.  I then read the book blurb and I was curious. Don't believe me read it for yourself ( this came straight from the book):

Inspired by his journey with autism and overcoming food aversions, Chase Bailey's The Official Chase 'N Yur Face Cookbook entices people of all ages to experience familiar dishes done in different ways; and to discover new things about food while celebrating life and ourselves. Combining delightful recipes, uplifting anecdotes, fun facts, delectable photographs, and humorous animations, Chase teaches home-cooks to prepare a wonderful array of dishes under fun chapter titles: Get Up & Go; Feed the Beast; Pick-Me-Ups; Let's Feast; Life Is Sweet; and Cool Breezes & a Santa Ana Wind. Chase's cookbook includes omnivore, vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free recipes.

Then I read the author bio and was completely and utterly inspired.  This young man is simply fantastic.  He has overcome so much in his young life and taken the opportunity to reach out and help others. I have been following Chase on YouTube and watching his videos and to see him in action is wildly entertaining in the best possible way. I love the way he interacts with the viewers and the guests.  His personality really shines throughout this cookbook just as well.

This is a cookbook that will be used over and over again. The pages are bright and colorful.  He has found a way to include "Fun Facts" that help link the recipe to culture and history.  I learned quite a few facts while reading it.  The photos are gorgeous and the recipes are easy to follow even for the younger chefs in your house. I mean with recipes like Barnyard Breakfast Muffins, Pigs in a Waffle, Stuffed Hash Potato, and Hearty Chicken and Lemon Verbena could you not want to try the dishes?

Here is the author bio that hooked me:  

About the Author: Chase Bailey is the host and co-creator of the YouTube cooking show Chase 'N Yur Face. He also happens to be an African-American teenager with autism, whose mother was told when Chase was a toddler that he might not be able to speak or take care of himself. But Chase is proving the nay-sayers wrong! Not only is Chase hosting his own cooking show with prominent chefs and celebrity foodies as his guests, he has also been featured in GE's Our American Kitchen series and a GE commercial; appeared in magazines and local, national, and international newspapers; and made TV appearances on The Chew, and The Meredith Vieira Show. Some of the chefs he has cooked with include Roy Choi, Mario Batali, Mary Sue Milliken, Susan Fenigar, Becky Reams, and Choc-Chick Founder, Galia Orme. He's also cooked with such celebrity foodies as actress Fuschia Sumner, as well as Anne Scioscia, wife of Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Manager, Mike Scioscia. In addition to pursuing his ambitions in the culinary and entertainment industries, it is especially important to Chase that he inspire and tangibly support others who need help achieving their own dreams. So Chase's endeavors also include establishing his Chase Yur Dreams Foundation (CYDF), to provide resources and opportunities for those on the autism spectrum who are working toward independent living. With this goal in mind, Chase is donating a portion of all proceeds from his cookbook to CYDF. Chase believes that, ''We're ALL doing life with a little bit of help. We all have dreams, and need help fulfilling those dreams. And when you have a dream in your heart, you must chase it!''

I have included all the various sites that you can purchase this cookbook at as well as where you can follow Chase Bailey . I have rated this 5 out of 5 on Amazon and Goodreads and part of the proceeds go to his foundation.  Good food+good cause=great purchase....I'm just saying.

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