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I wrote an e-book!

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The recipes are all here on Witches Kitchen, but the e-book makes them easier to access offline, and to search for ingredients, and to print. The quantities are in both US and Australian measurements, and the Pdf version is formatted to be easy to print.

The Muesli Bar Challenge was my first year of blogging. It started with a rant about muesli bars marketed as suitable for kids’ lunchboxes. Muesli bars are so aggressively marketed, but in reality they are overpackaged, overprocessed, overpriced, full of corn syrup and transfats, made from cheap and nasty ingredients with a long shelf life.  They are iconic for what is wrong with our whole food culture.

And yet, when you are frantically trying to put together a marginally healthy lunch that will actually get eaten, you can be forgiven for whacking a muesli bar in there.

The Muesli Bar Challenge was my bet that I could bake easy, fast, lunchbox treats that were healthy, real food and acceptable to kids. It was a year-long series of recipes, one in every week of school term, reviewed by a team of school age reviewers ranging from kindergarten to high school. Their brief was to take my challenger to school each week and rate it for how it tasted, how well it satisfied hungriness, and how it rated in trade value with their friends.

The rules were that the Challenger must be healthy enough for everyday food, that is, no corn syrup or transfats, not too much sugar or fat, mostly wholegrains, and based on fresh in-season ingredients. It also had to be quick and easy enough to make that it is actually a realistic option for busy parents (or kids themselves).

The Challenger won every single week of the Muesli Bar Challenge. These are the recipes that went to school in a lunch box, never came home in the lunch box, and were rated by the reviewers as preferable to a muesli bar in every way.

Thanks go to the young reviewers who helped make it – Oak, Ned, Busta, Clancy, Chloe, Jayden, Ebony, Rosie, Ollie. And to Gavin at Greening of Gavin for his tips and encouragement on e-book publishing.

I’d love your feedback and reviews, about this one and also about what you would like to see in the next one (now that I’ve figured out how to do it)

It’s available at Smashwords for $3US. (Click the link below)

 And at Amazon Kindle:

For Amazon.com
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00HQXMXFO

For Amazon.co.uk
http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00HQXMXFO

For Amazon.ca
http://www.amazon.ca/dp/B00HQXMXFO

For Amazon.com.au
http://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B00HQXMXFO

And it should very soon be available in iTunes stores, and pretty well anywhere else e-books are sold.

{ 15 comments… add one }
  • Rose January 19, 2014, 2:39 pm

    Thanks Linda, I have downloaded my copy and look forward to reading it.

  • Linda January 19, 2014, 6:15 pm

    I hope you like it Rose. I’d love your feedback.

  • Casey Lewis January 19, 2014, 6:34 pm

    Can I get my copy signed?

  • Marijke January 20, 2014, 9:39 am

    Bought it, love it. I forsee a baking day tomorrow.

  • Gavin Webber January 20, 2014, 10:06 am

    Well done Linda. It is a great feeling when you press the publish button at those sites. I will download and check it out tonight. Thanks for the backlink as well

    Gav x

  • cityhippyfarmgirl January 20, 2014, 2:45 pm

    Linda I love that you did this muesli bar challenge, but I also love that you did an e-book. (Trying to work out my own way of doing one as well, and any tips I’d would be most grateful for.)

  • Xan January 20, 2014, 7:25 pm

    Hi Linda, CONGRATULATIONS!!! I am so excited about this e-book. Please can you let me know when it becomes available in the iTunes store? I am in credit there so would prefer to purchase it that way. Thanks so much and well done once again on all your hard work. Xan 🙂

  • Linda January 20, 2014, 7:31 pm

    I shall let you know Xan.

  • Liz January 20, 2014, 8:12 pm

    Congratulations on your ebook. Just bought it – and I love the concept and the recipes. I will definitely use it next week when school resumes. Loving the look of the passionfruit recipes in particular. If only my new vine was fruiting…..

  • celia January 20, 2014, 8:45 pm

    Congratulations! I’ve bought mine! 🙂

  • Yve January 20, 2014, 11:40 pm

    It’s great Linda! Thank you for creating an ebook from the challenge – just in time for ‘back to school’ too. I bought my copy from Amazon.com.au and I’m sure my grandchildren will be thanking you very soon as well. Its well set out and affordable – thank you.

  • Linda January 21, 2014, 11:57 am

    Hi Linda,
    Downloaded my copy and the recipes look lovely, only one problem. I was expecting to find a list of great muesli bar recipes. We’ve been hunting up recipes over the past few days for my daughter to go camping with (robust and nutritious) and there’s not one single muesli bar in your ebook. You might need to make it a bit more obvious that the challenge is to go without muesli bars.

    Cheers

  • Linda January 21, 2014, 12:04 pm

    Thanks Linda. That’s good feedback. Camping is another level up in robustness, but you might find though that many of them will be robust enough to go camping. Slightly Healthy Lunchbox Choc Chip Cookies, Nina’s Classic Chocolate Slice and Seedy Biscuits in particular, but also Apple Oat Slice, Lumberjack Cupcakes, Mandarin, Macadamia and Poppyseed Cake, Macadamia Wholemeal Shortbread Cookies, Macadamia Ma-amoul, and Orange and Date Bars.

  • Deborah Davis February 9, 2014, 3:37 pm

    Hi
    Congratulations on your E-book! I look forward to reading it!
    I am delighted to discover and explore your blog via the Sustainable Surburbia Linkup!
    I am enjoying reading your wonderful sustainable living blog posts.
    I blog about healthy, green and natural living at http://www.UrbanNaturale.com
    We have a lot of interests in common. Let’s stay in touch.
    All the best, Deb

  • Krankywitch July 3, 2016, 8:12 pm

    Wonderful!
    As soon as it hits the Google Play store I’ll be downloading my copy.
    I hope you sell heaps and get encouraged to do some more books. I browse your recipes looking for something to make ‘from my pantry’, get distracted and led off by something else wonderfully interesting that you have posted, and two hours later I realise I still haven’t any idea what I’m baking! Books will keep me in line 😉

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