Cookbook Giveaway: The Blender Girl

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OK, so here’s the deal: I never jumped on the smoothie bandwagon. Sure, smoothies are BIG these days, but they’re just not my thing. So when Tess Masters’ popular blog, The Blender Girl, started crossing my radar, I thought, Oh, yeah, smoothies.

Well, it is that, but not just that, as a peek at her new cookbook, The Blender Girl: Super-Easy, Super-Healthy Meals, Snacks, Desserts & Drinks (Ten Speed Press), proves — deliciously. Nor is it a liquid diet. “No, we didn’t check our teeth at the door,” jokes Masters, a self-confessed blendaholic. To celebrate, we’re hosting a giveaway for one lucky reader to win a copy of her book (keep reading for details to enter).


Masters has plenty of smoothies in there, to be sure, and a whole lot more among the book’s 100 gluten-free, vegan recipes, all of which involve using your blender. You’ll also find creative soups, salad dressings, entrees, desserts, some raw fruit butter and jam that looks really intriguing, and concoctions for nut milk and nut cheese. There’s even her margarita recipe — a nice touch with Cinco de Mayo around the corner.

But why blenders? Masters loves them for the same reason we all do — they make quick work of healthy, tasty meals. And for Masters, who was diagnosed with Epstein-Barr as a teenager and embarked on her own NOURISH Evolution to find a diet that was healthy and delicious, her “s’blended” appliance was the key.

She also shares her tips for choosing a blender (she’s tried them all so you don’t have to) and how to use it wisely. (Tip: Always wash your blender by hand, even if the manufacturer claims it’s dishwasher-safe. Your investment will last longer.)

So if you need some fun ideas to get more mileage out of your blender, Masters has ‘em. I’m certainly digging in. Heck, I may even whirl up a smoothie or two.

FOR THE GIVEAWAY: We’re giving away one copy of The Blender Girl to one lucky reader. Here’s how to enter: Just leave a comment below. We’ll draw a winner at random and announce the lucky duck on the site on Wednesday, April 16, 2014.

In the meantime, you can try a taste of The Blender Girl with Masters’ recipe for Creamy Cauliflower Soup.

UPDATE (4/16/14): We have a winner: Nina S! Thank you to all who entered. Please check back for future giveaways!

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  • liahuber

    Love the addition of nuts!

  • nswillis

    I follow the basic recipes that came with the Bullet but at this point, I just ook in the fridge and use create new concoctions all the time to use of leftover organic produce including berries, dark green veggies, radishes, lemon or lime, mint or flat leaf parsley, mushrooms, along with organic Greek yogurt, flaxseed oil or aloe vera juice. I mix ingredients like these, never the same recipe each day and try to balance them to get alkaline, energy and good health into my system every morning, but I would love to try the recipes in this book.

  • Johanna

    This sounds amazing! I have to admit, my blender is full of dust and other “eeky” things in the basement. Maybe it’s time for a new splurge!

    • Alison Ashton

      I hear you, Johanna. I’m ready for an upgrade, too!

  • Robin

    I got a Vitamix a year ago, and use it every day and sometimes multiple times a day! I love making green smoothies every day as well as cream soups with cashew cream, its amazing and fast. Cream of roasted tomato is my favorite. More blender recipes would be so great! I’d love to win this cookbook.

  • Angela

    This cookbook sounds exactly what I need. Crossing my fingers I win!

  • Peggy

    This sounds like a very good blender cookbook, I look forward to different recipes all the time! I hope I win this and thank you.

  • Maria

    I use my vitamix all the time – smoothies, dressings, pestos. Would love some more recipes.

  • Peggy Winchell Dyslin

    I love to “drink” my lunches and so am always looking for new combinations.

  • Kim H

    would love to check out this cookbook – love to use my blender when possible!

  • Meagen

    I would love this cookbook! I just got a Vitamix so it would be very useful!

    • Alison Ashton


  • Sorana Tarmu

    The blender and food processor are a significant part of my cooking.They help reducethe time spent cooking and I love creamy food.

    • Alison Ashton

      I love creamy food, too!

  • Donna

    I just started using my blender again. Smoothies, soups, sauces and paleo batters for my new waffle maker too!

  • Deann LaTerre

    The cauliflower soup looks great. We love smoothies at our house.

  • cap04

    Dr. Oz just had this soup on Fridays show

    • Alison Ashton

      Great minds think alike!

  • Deborah Hernandez

    We use our Vitamix blender to make my daughter all her meals and feed them through her Gtube. She is unable to receive adequate nutrition through her mouth hence the GTube is how receives her nutriton.

  • Rosemary Oihus

    We just bought a new blender and would love to put it to good use!

  • Suzanne Tiley

    I would love a new cookbook with some great recipes in it!

  • Michelle

    I’m thinking this cookbook would come in handy at college :)

  • Nina S

    I just soaked cashews for the first time and loved the results. This book sounds amazing!

    • Alison Ashton

      Hi, Nina — You’re the lucky winner! Please email me with your address so we can get the book to you: alison[at] Congrats!

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  • Dinahhmite

    YAS! I would use this awesome book, I swear! DELISH! YUM :)

  • Heather

    I admit I’m on the smoothie bandwagon, but I do it for me! It helps my symptoms of chronic fatigue.

  • Becca Ferguson

    Looks delicious! I would love too have this :)

  • Gabrielle KC

    just got a blender so this cookbook would be fantastic! We love soups and smoothies and want to learn more!

  • Jessica Felix

    Love following Tess on social media and have done several of her recipes in the past! Would love to see more in her book!

  • Lesley Van Dordrecht

    Just bought a blender because of reading this and Lia’s recipes! Would love more ideas about what to do with it!