I have been saving the best (AKA my favourite) for the last. First, let me introduce you to Nadia G’s Mocha. Divine! OK, I will get to that in just a sec.
Here is her cookbook: Bitchin’ Kitchen Cookbook: Rock Your Kitchen–And Let the Boys Clean Up the Mess. Which I LOVED! I bought this as a birthday present for myself and Nadia G. graciously agreed for me to do a giveaway on my blog for a lucky reader. This is the last of my blog bday giveaways!
Since I bought this cookbook I have been putting it through my test kitchen. I made her fantastic home fries and she helped me recreate my mom’s traditional turkey noodle soup.
I had some technical issues with the fettuccine rose with shrimp (but it was still so good) and her blue cheese burger was out of this world delicious!
I had to try one of her desserts so I made the pot au chocolat which were classy and fabulous.
It has still been so dark, cold and dreary here I had to make one last treat by Nadia G… her mocha! One of my favourite flavour combinations: chocolate and coffee! This recipe is in her “One-Night-Stand Breakfasts” chapter: “This breakfast is reserved for the scragglers, the ones you want out fast.”
Not sure why Nadia G. because this drink would make me want to stay forever!
Into a jar throw in 2 tbsp cocoa powder and 2 heaping tbsp brown sugar. Add 1/4 cup of milk (she suggests whole but I used skim). Seal the jar and shake vigorously for one to two minutes:
I tried but mine did you get super smooth but I did OK.
Heat a small saucepan on medium low heat and then add the cocoa mixture. Add an additional 3/4 cup of milk. Warm through, don’t boil.
Add two shots of espresso in each drinking bowl. I made some decaf espresso and just poured it right into the hot chocolate on the stovetop. Nadia G. suggests sprinkling with cocoa powder but I used icing sugar instead.
This was one of the best mochas I have ever had! The second time I made it I replaced brown sugar with regular granulated sugar and it was even better. No sharing, I drank this whole batch myself. Five out of five wooden spoons!
Now when it comes to reviewing the cookbook, I have to say that if you are conservative and only want traditional cookbooks then stay the hell away from the Bitchin’ Kitchen Cookbook. Seriously, you are just going to be offended and hate it. If you are looking for something different, edgy, hysterical, outrageous and downright sexy, this is the cookbook for you.
On some pages there are shirtless men slathered in chocolate or striking a pose but nobody shows more skin than Nadia G. herself. This is her show, this is how she likes to rock it and I have total respect for that. There are many pages without recipes, lots of photos of her and her crew instead so some may find it self-indulgent. I find it hysterical and inspiring. With this book you get so much more than just recipes (which are also amazing). This book constantly makes me laugh and I keep going back to it for fun.
Bitchin’ Kitchen Cookbook is unlike any you have ever seen before. Some will find it offensive. For example, in the introduction to the first chapter dedicated to being single Nadia G. writes:
Now I know that cooking-for-one complaints are common: “Nobody is there to share it.” “Nobody is there to chat.” “I don’t like hamsters.” I hear you; but if you really think about it, who deserves a homemade feast more than you? Not only do you pay the bills, you’re the only one who can give yourself an orgasm in under thirty seconds. ‘Nuff said.
As I said, some people will be offended. Me? I want more! I love strong women. I yearn for role models like Nadia G. She is tough, funny, makes fabulous food and is out to redefine the domestic woman as someone who kicks ass and wears leather. It’s a riot! I never get bored of this cookbook and I want to make everything. This cookbook is not for a traditionalist, they would hate it. For me, someone who loves all things edgy and foodie, I give it five out of five wooden spoons.
At the moment it is my most-favourite cookbook. A real treasure in my kitchen. I am so thrilled one of my fabulous readers is going to win a copy!
- Contest is open to those in the U.S. and Canada.
- Only those who have not already won big prizes can enter.
- If possible, please follow my blog.
- You must leave contact info if you do not have a profile or a current blog, otherwise you will be disqualified.
- Tell me why this unusual cookbook would be a good fit in your kitchen: you love to play with knives, you secretly wear leather in the kitchen, you may look all sweet and nice but deep down inside you’re a bitchin foodie perhaps?
Contest closes tonight so enter now! Good luck everyone!
This post reminds me-I need more mason jars (and I need to make that mocha).
Anyway, I am totally intrigued with this cookbook. I’ve only just begun my love affair with the Food Network, but apparently I need to check out this show!
I wish I was able to tell you that the cookbook would be a good fit for me because I cook in leather or only stilettos, but I have too many windows for that! 😉 I do have a good sense of humour though, so I think it would be a great fit.
Thanks again for the review, I think my dvr might be getting a workout over the next while so I can get some foodie inspiration.
If I win, please contact me on twitter @SmallTownDi. Thanks!
Sandy aka Doris the Great says
Those recipes sound so good. I’m in with my fingers crossed.
Natalie Gabriela says
Oh. My. Goodness. I think I might just want this book more than I have ever wanted any cookbook. Edgy? Yep. Creative? I’m in. Funny? Yes, please.
Debra She Who Seeks says
This cookbook would be a good fit in my kitchen because . . . I like hamsters.
For some strange reason (which I can’t figure out) I don’t want to like Nadia G’s stuff, but each recipie of hers that I have tried I have been absolutely blown away at how amazing it is! I would love to add this cookbook to my collection – perhaps a visit to a therapist with the cookbook may help me figure out why I have this aversion?? (email@example.com)
I love her show. I didn’t know she had a book! It’d be a good fit for me… I’m the girl next door at first sight but I’ve got a couple of tattoos and like old punk 🙂
You know I love Nadia G. and Bitchin Kitchen!!! My little gal and I like to watch her show together and admire her studio kitchen with all it’s fascinating knick knacks along with her over the top wardrobe and hair dos. Nadia’s Hawaiian Burgers are a definite fave here. I already know I would love this book, you’d have to be a schmuck not to (as Nadia would say in her animated Italian way, add snicker haha)!!
This would be great in my kitchen because even though I am a Mom I stil have a wile side (well as wild as I can get) When she goes to her Dad’s on the weekend I love to hae my friends over and I think this book would bring up some old stories from our more crazier days! and I am sure a tonne of laughs. I live for these nights and this would make it even better!!
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I would adore this book, I collect unusual cookbooks and love to be creative in the kitchen (being gluten free I have had to step that up) I would love to try to convert her recipes to gluten free! I just discovered her show, but its not available where I live so I have to find episodes online.
Zedral Z says
If I had a cook show, it would be like Nadia’s. Yeah, her cookbook would fit nicely in my collection.
To be honest, I’ve always been somewhat safe in the kitchen but my boyfriend has started to experiment with everything and now he seems to “Chef-it-up” at every dinner. Although most of it turns out good, I’m tired of being the boring safe cook in our house. I want to spice things up to show him that I can cook AND be sexy! Bring on Bitchin Kitchen! (@l_marielle)
I want to make her Shpaghetti alla puttanesca in my leather biker jacket. 🙂 I just love her show and the little anecdotes. It makes cooking that much more exciting! 😀
Nadia is so fun and I am a firm believer that the kitchen should always be fun!! I don’t know anyone who hasn’t liked her recipes. My hubby is going to love the mocha!!
Anna C says
I must be a late bloomer because it took me awhile to connect with Nadia’s TV personality but have since become a big fan. I’ve come to appreciate her humour. Looks are also deceiving, she really knows how to execute recipes are the real deal.
Read your blog every day and love Bitchin’ Kitchen!!! Would love to check out this book 🙂
Just discovered your blog and love what I’ve seen so far! I love the title of this book!
I love Nads and the gang and would love to check out the new cookbook. Hoping Bitchin Kitchen is renewed for another season, as it’s the most entertaining food show out there right now.
Foodie Frannie says
I need this cookboook! I’m a bitchin’ kitchen cook! I love the comment about letting the men clean up. That is totally how my kitchen is run. I run the place and make sexy meals (and a sexy mess in the meantime) then Peter and Corwin clean up the mess. lol Sometimes I blare some hard rock or country party songs (depending on my mood) and I dance away while I cook. I think this book is a fit for me. If I don’t win it, I’ll have to buy it.
I’ve fallen into a rut of nuked chicken tattas and white rice with cream o’ nassy soup. I NEED this cookbook. :o)
We all need the Nadster! And break away from Martha stewart pastels and the traditional lemon chicken! Bring on the punk rock queen in killer stilettos in my kitchen please! NERDS UNITE!
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Beany von Doom says
Yo! I need this book to justify wearing hooker-red lipstick and a skull bikini while making hummus at my kitchen window! I wanna stain its pages as I blast Slayer and cut my cake with a my Bat’leth! Nadia rules! We should all be so powerful and bitchin’ in the kitchen!
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You really did save the best for last! This sounds like SO much fun! My kitchen could use a little “bitchin'” kitchen help!! 🙂
I love Bitchin’ Kitchen…and I completely rock out in my own kitchen when cooking! 🙂
Such a great blog and cute giveaway!
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Me and Adam have the cookbook already and we love it! Nadia G and Bitchin’ Kitchen are always on Adam’s mind and he just loves cooking her food and looking at all the pics in the cookbook. Good luck to the winner! Your going to love it! 😉 Tina
Meredith Shadwill says
Nadia G’s cookbook would be a perfect fit in my kitchen because I love to have a little fun when I’m cooking and baking. It’s not about Betty Crocker and Martha Stewart in my kitchen. It’s about rocking out and getting playful.
Consider yourself followed — I’ll be adding you to my Google Reader. I love some good food porn!
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This cookbook sounds fun!
Also, when I was a youngster, my siblings and I always made hot chocolate with cocoa, sugar, milk and boiling water – no store bought hot chocolate mix in our house! That Mocha sounds like the perfect grown up version of my childhood hot chocolate. 🙂
i’d love her book 🙂 it would totally get a workout in my kitchen! i mean, just look at my name! (kidding, it’s after the cyborg, not the other ‘natrix)
Nicole Carey says
I just discovered your blog and I love it! I would love this book because I am secretly a nice girl with a tough outer layer. I curse and I’m foul mouthed and speak my mind, but I like to bake and am seriously want to be June Cleaver…
I adore the BK show. Adore. It. I simply must have this cookbook on my shelf. You know I need it in order to balance out all the church lady society, Southern Living, and junior league cookbooks everyone seems to want to gift me for holidays. Need a little Nadster in the kitchen to keep ’em all in line!
I love Nadia G. and her bitchin’ kitchen!
It was my grandmother who told me about this new tv show she had seen that I would love, because she cooks – and she has tattoos! As if having a tattoo means you automatically don’t like cooking, which should mean that I don’t like cooking… but I do… so the statement was rather odd… but, nevermind.
And I have to say I’ve made a Nadia G. recipe before (Aztec chicken soup) and it was amazing! Seriously. Awesome awesome soup. Everyone needs to try that recipe. Now. Go cook.
This cookbook would be awesome in my kitchen because not only do I rock out the kitchen with awesome food, but I can also pronounce the spice agent’s name!
George A. – I am a “Closet” cook. I’m about to retire and take over the kitchen from my wife. I could use this cookbook.
I love Nadia G. – she’s so honest!
I love to cook and bake, even though I’m supposed to be a boring accountant – my office mates were always surprised (at first) at the goodies I’d bring in – I had to convince them that I really had made them – everyone said I don’t “look like a cook” – looks aren’t everything, it’s the love!
I think I am worthy of this cookbook b/c a six-week stay in my mother-in-law’s basement has turned into EIGHT MONTHS b/c of ongoing sagas with our house renovations. I think anyone who can survive EIGHT MONTHS in her mother-in-law’s basement without murdering anyone qualifies as bitchin’ (or at least, bitchy).
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hope i’m not too late,
but that the fact that this cookbook is so out there makes it perfect for the shy little me, i would love to have a crazy italian cookbook in my hands
First of all, love the blog! Great photos and concept.
Next, I’m a bitchinette because I love to cook with heels and an apron… that is all 🙂
Suzie Ridler says
You all rock! Thank you all for the bitchin comments, they were fabulous. Contest is now closed.