Wow. It’s an exciting week, and I think it’s only going to get better (but don’t worry, I can only handle so much excitement, so next week, we’ll return to our regularly scheduled programming of delicious recipes – this week and this week only is dedicated to Mentors and giving back!). 

Simple Weeknight Dinners

First of all, you and your generosity completely blew me (and Mentors) away yesterday as you gave above and beyond my donation goal to benefit the beautiful people of Ghana! You can read more about it here; honestly, I just found myself in tears all day yesterday as I kept reading your comments and emails and seeing that number rise. I met these women. I saw the changes that had come in their lives – going from living on 75 cents a day to now being successful businesswomen, providing for their families, and being able to send their children and grandchildren to school. It’s hard to explain my emotions; I am so humbled that you helped be part of this movement. Good things will happen! I can’t wait to hear how your donations changed a life (many lives!). The latest total on 8/30 was $30,230, more than TRIPLING the initial goal! You. Are. Awesome. I really don’t even know what to say (actually, I do: thank you!).


Secondly, let’s talk about today! This project has been years in the making and I’m so excited to finally introduce my Simple Weeknight Menus eCookbook. A long, long time ago, I decided I wanted to write an eCookbook. So…

I started an eCookbook.

I got busy.

I started again.

I got lazy (another word for busy? maybe, maybe not).

I started again and actually began to make a little headway.

And then I went to Ghana.

And a fire was lit in my soul. I knew right then, walking in a tiny village in Ghana, that I was going to finish this eCookbook and sell it to benefit Mentors. And I’m not going to lie, I’m more than just a little bit happy that you get something pretty stellar out of the deal.

100% of the profits for this eCookbook will go to Mentors to benefit Ghana!

Simple Weeknight Dinners

This eCookbook, Simple Weeknight Dinner Menus, has been such a labor of love. I have worked hours and hours and hours (when I really didn’t have extra hours and hours and hours) to make sure this eCookbook is flawless and helpful and perfect and yummy.

These aren’t just ok recipes. Not decent recipes. They are amazing recipes. They’ve been triple tested (and sometimes tested upwards of 8 or 9 times) in order to make sure they are foolproof. Plus, 100% of these recipes are brand, spankin’ new, which means, they aren’t recipes I’ve pulled out of my blog archives or recipes I’ve already posted.

This book is filled with premium recipes you won’t find anywhere else!

Simple Weeknight Dinners

And you guys, I don’t want to brag, but these recipes are hands down some of the best recipes I have ever made. I’m so excited to share them with you!

Simple Weeknight Dinners
Simple Weeknight Dinners

Quite, simply this eCookbook was tailored to make your life simple! Each of the easy but delectable main dish meals are paired with the perfect side dish. No thinking required. They are even located right next to each other in the cookbook so you can make the One Pot Tomato Basil Pasta and already know that those Skillet Lemon Green Beans with Garlic are going to appear (magically, ha!) right alongside.

Simple Weeknight Dinners

You know I know that I talk about menu planning all the time and so it’s no surprise that this first eCookbook has a menu planning vibe to it. The book is filled with over 30 recipes for main dish and side dish recipes plus a bonus dessert section that cannot be missed!

Simple Weeknight Dinners

Simple Weeknight Dinners
Black and White Printable Download
{because I love my mom and honor all her requests, I’ve included this printable version for those that would rather have a hard copy at their fingertips and in their recipe binders!}
ePub Download
{for viewing in iBooks or other apps}

PDF Download
{for viewing in a browser; works on all tablets, desktops, smart phones, etc – this is the best and most versatile version, IMO}

purchase here

*Please note that after you purchase the book, you’ll have the option to “read” or “download” any or all of the above formats. I highly encourage you to use the “download” option in order to view the book correctly; this will also allow the book to be easily accessible on your device or computer later.*

I can’t say it enough, but thank you for being here. If I didn’t have The Best Readers in the Whole Wide World, I wouldn’t still be blogging. Your support and confidence in me has given me more strength than I can describe, especially your response to yesterday’s post and to other personal situations I’ve posted about before. I have a deep desire to give back for all the blessings I’ve received through blogging. This eCookbook, benefitting Mentors International, is yet another way I can do that while still being true, because at the end of the day, what I want most is to continue providing you with the best recipes on the internet.

I would be extremely selfish and remiss if I didn’t give a huge, heartfelt, special thanks to my Aunt Marilyn, who triple-tested these recipes for me after I experimented, developed, and tested them myself – and also to Catherine P., a sweet friend who continues to amaze me with her graphic design talent and InDesign skillz. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

I love your guts and I hope you love this book! I can’t wait to hear what you think after you make the recipes. 


187 Responses to Introducing Mel’s Simple Weeknight Menus eCookbook!

  1. Ellen says:

    This is a terrific cookbook! There’s a variety of recipes (soups, salads, chicken, beef, fish, breads, desserts). Every main dish has a side dish that compliments it perfectly. The desserts are tempting, and they’re not recipes I’ve seen before. I’ve already made the Italian Romaine Salad with Quick Homemade Dressing – delicious!

  2. Kate Blubaugh says:

    Can I purchase this cookbook?

  3. Donna says:

    Hi Mel,
    I just saw this e cookbook on your website and purchased it. I hope the proceeds still go to help the women in Ghana and I am not too late. I just made your Vanulla Bean caramels and we will be eating them after our Christmas meal tomorrow. Thank you for all the good that you do.

  4. Heather K says:

    I love your website and newsletters, so when I saw this cookbook (and especially the amazing program that the profits benefit), I couldn’t resist getting this for my mom’s birthday present. She loves it already, and I can’t wait to get a copy for myself! Thank you so much for sharing a way that we can all help make the world a better place!

  5. Susan says:


    I did exactly what the previous commenter did. I purchased your cookbook, saving it on my iPad as well as printing it in hardcopy. Well, I lost several pages from my hardcopy and now I can’t find my electronic copy. Could you please resend me a receipt or what ever I need to download another copy. Thank you. Susan Reinhart – email: [email protected] or [email protected], or [email protected]

  6. Lillie says:

    Hey Mel – I bought this right after you put it out, and now I can’t find it. Is there a way to download it again? Thanks!

  7. Ida Ewing says:

    So I just figured out how to email my downloaded copy of this amazing cookbook to myself, open it on my phone and download it again. Now I have the cookbook ON MY PHONE to look at WHILE I SHOP!!! This is AMAZING!! The formatting is even beautiful on the tiny screen. I love you. Again.

  8. Rachael says:

    So nice of you to give 100% to the people in Ghana. Such a wonderful example of true charity. I have told many people about your website. If they don’t use it all the time they are missing out. Really love your recipes, and your commentary cracks me up. Thanks for all you do!

  9. RebeccaK says:

    I came here looking for a recipe to use brussels sprouts, and I wound up buying the ecookbook and donating to Mentors! What a great establishment and a brilliant idea for helping people help themselves. Thank you for spreading the word!!!

  10. Katy says:

    Hi Mel! I can’t seem to get the printable one to print! I am sure it’s user error (I have twin 8 month olds and am crazy sleep deprived!), but when I open it up and try to print, nothing happens. Thoughts? I live in the dark ages with only a desktop computer (not tablet, laptop, etc), so I need the print option! I just copied by hand the cashew chicken recipe last night and it was delicious. Thank you so much for all of your hard work!

  11. Gail says:

    Just in the middle of making your yogurt banana bread and I see there are no eggs….is that correct? I checked your blog quick bread recipes and they all have eggs in them….just curious!? Lol

    • Mel says:

      Hey Gail – I don’t blame you for double checking! Thanks to the heaping amount of Greek yogurt and applesauce, the eCookbook banana bread is egg-free. 🙂

  12. Alicia says:

    Hey Mel, I love your website so much! It’s one of my top go-to’s for dinner and I love your gift guides and the personal touch you put on them all. I’m excited about your cookbook and it’s such a great cause! I know you gave explicit instructions to download it but let’s just say there was a kid related incident when I bought it and I didn’t download it 🙁 Is there any way to access it again? I can just buy it again since it’s such a great cause but I thought I’d check first in case anyone else is in the same boat. Thanks again, you’re amazing!

    • Mel says:

      Haha, I totally get it! I’ll resend the confirmation email and you should be able to download again.

      • Alicia says:

        Thank you!

      • Amber Wallace says:

        I’m in the same “didn’t download it at the right time” boat and cannot figure out how to access the copy I bought. I can’t even find my confirmation email other than my PayPal receipt. Is there a way you could re-send the file so I can make sure to download it to my computer (instead of my phone) this time?

  13. Diane says:

    I love all your recipes-they are amazing- and have tried so many! Wanted to purchase our ebook but my click takes me to ‘an unsafe’ message. Can you help?!! Thanks!

  14. Diane says:

    I love all your recipes-they are amazing- and have tried so many! Wanted to purchase our ebook but my click takes me to ‘an unsafe’ message. Can you help?!!

  15. Rebecca says:

    Agree with everyone above. Thank you for all the work and for sharing. I too, wonder how in the heck you get it all done!! I’ve made the banana bread and the broccoli salad so far. Both were great as usual — and look forward to making more!

    • Mel says:

      Thanks, Rebecca – so happy you are loving the recipes! That makes my day.

      • Rebecca Amos says:

        Quick question: I live overseas, in Africa actually, and someone brought me some King Arthur cinnamon bits. Can I use those in place of the cinnamon chips in snickerdoodle blondies, since I can’t pick up at package anywhere close. 🙂 Thanks.

  16. Kami Brown says:

    Hi Mel-
    I have never replied to any of your recipes or left any messages but I decided it is time that I do. I have been using your blog for over 5 years and I absolutely love it. My husband always says…did you get this off your website..? And I say yes! And not only do I use your recipes I love you gift ideas and personal stories. I am a mom of two young boys and they help so much. I just wanted to say Thank You! And….that you have many followers that you probably don’t realize… :-). Oh and BTW, I just pulled up the website to plan some meals. Life is going to be crazy with school starting, my husband in nursing school, and a new baby on the way. So I will DEFINATELY be downloading the new recipe book. Thanks!
    oh and PS I bought the instant pot because of you! And we LOVE it.

  17. Stacey says:

    Hi Mel – Is there a way to buy it as a gift…or does that not really work?

    • Mel says:

      Yes! You can definitely do that. When you go to purchase the book – in the field where you input your email address, there’s a little present/gift icon. You select that and it walks you through the steps. You’ll input the email address of the person you want to gift it to. Let me know if you have questions or issues – I’ll be happy to help you.

  18. Carla says:

    Have made the brownie cookies and cornbread muffins so far! Both so yummy and easy! And successfully made gf with better batter flour!

  19. Foodiewife says:

    I’ve been a fan of your blog or quite some time. I’m happy to buy the book (just did), and already I see some desserts that look absolutely amazing. I also see some great weeknight dinners, too. By the way, when I asked to text a link to view the book, it said I had an invalid phone number– though it IS my phone number. Not sure what to do about that!

    • Mel says:

      Hmmm, sorry you are having issues! Are you adding the “text a link” through Gumroad? Did you try adding a 1 before the area code? Let me know and I’ll help you troubleshoot so we can get it resolved!

  20. Jennifer K. says:

    I am so excited about this cookbook. I loved reading about your trip to Ghana. It was so moving and inspiring. Thank you for sharing. I am so grateful I found your blog about 6 or 7 years ago. It has changed my life and my families! We went from box and frozen meals to almost everything homemade because of you! I have helped many friends with making recipe binders and sharing your recipes. I solely give all credit to you and the food I cook or bake in the Kitchen. It has changed me in so many ways. I can not wait to try the recipes and share the e-cookbook with my friends and have them help with such a noble cause. Thank you for all that you do with the time and energy you put into such amazing recipes and changing one kitchen at a time without realizing it. I <3 Mels Kitchen Café!!!

  21. Kathy says:

    Just bought it and the recipes look fantastic. Can’t wait to try them. I do have a question. What format do you use in order to click on the links that are underlined?


    • Mel says:

      Hey Kathy – the links to pages should be clickable in both the PDF and ePub. If not, let me know and I can help you troubleshoot!

      • Kathy says:

        Thanks, Mel. For some reason yesterday it wasn’t working for me. But, I just tried again and now it is. Thanks!

  22. Jennifer says:

    Just purchased! Long time reader, first time commenting. Seriously, over half of my recipes are from your website. Happy to support this cause. Thanks for all you do to help us moms put dinner on the table!

  23. NIchole says:

    I read this post and then clicked over to buy it about 20 seconds later. I love your recipes and have made many of them with great success. I know that if you say something is good then it really will be! Can’t wait to try these new recipes, and I admire you all the more for your willingness to donate your hard work, time (I know a TON of time goes into an endeavor like this) to support such a wonderful, worthwhile cause. Thank you!

  24. Julie says:

    I can’t tell you how excited I am about your e-cookbook! It looks amazing and I love that it is going towards such a wonderful cause. Thank you!! (Thanks to your mom also for requesting the printable version. I love my recipe binder!)

  25. Lindsey says:

    It looks like I’m a few days behind, but your post on Africa was incredible. I shared it with my husband, and we are more than happy to support this cause. Thank you for the good you do an example you are!!!

  26. Cynthia says:

    I love all your recipes, so this was a no brainer for me as well. 🙂 I also love that the money is going towards such a good cause.

  27. Abigail says:

    I am thrilled to support Mentors by buying your eCookbook but I would be lying if I said that I could let there be hidden recipes of yours that I didn’t have access to! I had to get ahold of them

  28. Gail says:

    Ok….brownie cookies just came out of the oven. My husband and I tried one warm…then quickly got a scoop of vanilla ice cream and put a warm cookie on top….heaven!

  29. Gail says:

    I bought the E-cookbook yesterday….browsed through it all and wanted to make EVERY SINGLE DISH! That’s never happened with any other cookbook I’ve bought. Thanks, Mel….you’re awesome! Have the brownie cookies in the oven as I type…of course that was the first recipe to try! LOL

  30. Shae says:

    I was JUST thinking last week… “I wonder why she hasn’t come out with a cookbook!” and then you go and use it to bless others. What a beautiful example of selfless service. Thanks for the fun recipes, i’m off to buy the book now 🙂

  31. Brittany C says:

    Just bought it and I can’t wait to dive into it! Mel, what a fabulous idea this is. As if you don’t already bless the lives of so many. Thank you for providing a way for so many of us to contribute to such a worthy cause!

  32. Pam says:

    Mel, you are truly inspiring. Thank you for all you do, I am so grateful that you help us all get dinner on the table each night and look for ways to give back. You are amazing!

  33. Merianne jensen says:

    I’m honored to say I was officially one of your first readers of your food blog (your mom, Aunt Marilyn, and me). I’m so proud of you and don’t know how you do it all. I bought the cookbook and read through it all. The recipes look delicious and I can’t wait to try them all. That’s my goal for the next few months.

  34. Rebecca says:

    Just bought the ebook and absolutely love it! The recipes all look delicious and the layouts (both the color and the black and white version) are just beautiful. Can’t wait to print it out and get started! (And trust me, getting excited for meal prep is definitely not something that’s easy for me so you have truly inspired me. Thanks, Mel!)

  35. Bri says:

    Sweet Mel, I love so much that you are doing this. Bought it! Can’t wait to look at it when it’s not 1:30am. I adored Africa and the people I met when I went back in 2000 before my mission. I also collect and adore nativities. What a precious give away! Putting all positive energy out into the universe that I’ll win. You are amazing.

  36. Maureen says:

    Umm .. Mel … I don’t think you understand what an influence you are to those of who are recipe-challenged, humour-starved and addicted to chocolate … When you finally offered us a chance to “pay it forward” to a cause close to your heart, many jumped! Thank you for all you do!

  37. Teresa R. says:

    I actually already have a homemade Mel cookbook, but I’m really excited to buy your first official cookbook to add to my homemade one! For years I’ve been printing your recipes and putting them in a notebook with plastic page protectors. Thanks for all you do for us and for Mentors! Teresa

  38. Jen M says:

    I don’t comment much, but I use your recipes on a regular basis and when I’m looking for a recipe you are my go to girl. 😉 I am so excited to try out the recipes in your ebook! I always need quick recipes during soccer season. I loved reading about your trip to Ghana. I went to Ethiopia last year and it was eye opening, amazing, heart breaking, and wonderful. I was surprised how quickly I grew to love the people there. Mentors looks like an amazing program and I’m happy your little community here has been so generous to help them. Thanks for all you do! You are a rock star!

  39. Colleen says:

    You are amazing! I have loved your recipes for years and you are always the first place I go to when I need a good recipe. I just ordered your eCookbook and I can’t wait to try some of the recipes. Thank you for all the time you take in perfecting the perfect recipe. I loved reading about your organization and I am glad that I can donate but also get a wonderful cookbook. You are a great example!! Love from Oregon

  40. Moriah says:

    This is perfect Mel!! I was just thinking this week, “I wish I had a cookbook from Mels Kitchen café..” Tah dah! I seriously would buy a book with all your recipes. I’ve made your chocolate zucchini cake twice this week already!!
    I’m a huge fan of microloans and I’m so excited for you promoting them and raising money!!! I love all you are doing!! Thank you! Thank you!

  41. sarita says:

    Thank you so much, Mel! I have been reading your blog for 8 years now and I can say without hesitation that you have changed my life! I follow several cooking blogs which are all fantastic but yours is hands-down my very favorite. As cheesy as it sounds, I feel like you are a friend! I listened to your “Extraordinary Moms” podcast a couple of days ago and it made me love you even more! I admire you as a maker of kitchen rockstars, mother, and all-around kind-hearted person. Thanks for your shining example. Much love from a long time reader in Maine.

    • Mel says:

      Well, that was the nicest comment! Thank you so much! I don’t think I’m quite as nice as you think in real life (just ask my kids!) but I’m glad I can keep that illusion alive via the internet. 🙂

  42. Sally says:

    You are beyond amazing, my friend. I just bought an eCookbook for me and am buying one for my daughter right after this.
    Mentors International seems to be such a great organization and I’ve been looking for a purpose in this area. So thanks for pointing me in the right direction.
    I cannot wait to try these recipes. The pictures in the post have my mouth watering!
    God bless you, Mel xo

    • Mel says:

      Thank you, Sally! We’ll have to get together (finally!) one of these days and figure out how we can work together to help Mentors. I just love them.

  43. Patty says:

    Just wondering before I buy, how many days of menus are contained? All I see in the description is 30 recipes. What is the breakdown of main dishes, sides & desserts? Thanks!

  44. Kelsey says:

    Your cookbook is gorgeous, Mel!! I’m so excited to make the pulled pork in my instant pot tomorrow! You are a rockstar!!

  45. Gayle says:

    I was so excited to see this and bought my copy this morning! I am one that likes to have a printed version, but I cannot get the .PDF to print (either the black & white or color version). I have never had a problem printing .PDFs before – we’ve tried printing just single pages and always get an error on the printer (we have a fairly new laser printer and print a lot of PDFs). I might have to see if I can find a different printer to try, but I just wondered if you’d had anyone else with printing problems? Can’t wait to try the recipes!

    • Mel says:

      Hi Gayle – sorry to hear that. Are you viewing the book from the “read” button or the “download” button? That will make a difference. Also, are you printing from a desktop or laptop or a mobile device? Let me know and I can help troubleshoot. It prints great from my end so I know we can get it to work!

      • Gayle says:

        We downloaded and saved the PDF and tried printing from two different desktops (our printer is on our home network). My husband was finally able to get it to print for me by converting the pages to .TIF files – still no idea why the PDF wouldn’t print but I’m glad to have a hard copy!

        • Mel says:

          Glad it worked, Gayle – but I’m sorry you had to go to that much work! I wonder if it has something to do with the printer you are using? I just went to retest it on my computer and it printed perfectly but I’d love to help you troubleshoot if you still need it. 🙂

      • Gayle says:

        We found the printer setting we needed to change! (Under Printer Settings, Advanced, Print Data Optimization change from “Auto” to “Optimize for Text and Vector”). Now I am able to print the .PDF — just putting this here in case anyone else has the same issue. 🙂

  46. Rachel says:

    Thanks for sharing your story and for sharing this opportunity to help AND for making it so easy for us readers to be help out in a small way! The ebook is beautiful and I can’t wait to try these recipes out! And thank your mom for wanting the black and white printable download, super convient to print and add to my binder! Again, thanks for your heart in doing all this and making it so easy for us to be a part of. And thanks for your amazing recipes – they are staples in our kitchen!

  47. Jodi says:

    What a labor of love! I can’t wait to make ALL the recipes (well, with the exception of the peas. . . just not a fan of them, never have been, probably never will be ). You truly inspire me Mel! You are so generous and have the biggest heart ever! Thank you for all your hard work and for continually sharing amazing recipes. Maybe (just maybe), one day my little blog can be amazing like yours. Thank you again, you truly rock girl!!

    • Mel says:

      Your blog IS amazing, Jodi! I look up to you in so many ways. Thanks for your kindness! (And it’s ok that you don’t like peas, I still love ya!)

  48. jude says:

    YAY…..I bought the book and love it – good job!
    One tiny snafu – the recipe Simple Microwave Peas with Butter and Garlic makes no mention of garlic in the ingredients or instructions.

    • Mel says:

      Yep, I caught that one early on today (sorry about that!). If you click the “download” button again in your email confirmation (that you received after you bought), the recipe is updated.

  49. Michelle says:

    Mel, you are amazing – your food, your website, your ebook, and your heart! Thank you!! You’re on a first-name basis in our family. 🙂 I bought and printed the book immediately, but I haven’t had a chance to read it because I’m working- but it’s the first thing I’ll do when I get home today!

  50. Amanda B says:

    So just figuring out my meal planning for next week, and the Simple microwave peas with butter and garlic don’t actually have garlic in the recipe? I am guessing it is a typo.

    • Mel says:

      Sorry about that, Amanda! I caught that early on today and have already updated the ebook. If you go to the email confirmation you received after you purchased and click the “download” button again, you’ll get the updated book with the garlic in the recipe (it’s just 1 clove garlic, finely minced).

  51. Brenda says:

    I’m really excited for this book! I love your web site (though I don’t comment) you’re talented and make me look like an amazing cook thanks for having my back. Your recipes have never failed me!

  52. Mary says:

    First of all…I think you are the best! 2nd of all, I bought the ebook and would LOVE to donate more to Mentors but when I go to donate there isn’t that green security green lock in the web browser (do you know what I’m talking about) that shows that the website is safe. I totally believe it is a legit and awesome program…but I’m always hesitant to enter my credit card info without that security proof. If mentors changed that I’m all in!

    • Mel says:

      Yep, I totally know what you mean. They are updating their site to reflect that but the way I always check to know if it is secure is if there is an httpS: at the beginning of the web address. If so, it’s a secure site. I don’t know if that gives you peace of mind but I thought I’d let you know. Thanks for your willingness!

  53. karina says:

    I bought a copy and the recipes look amazing! I want to make them all tonight – it will be hard to choose which one to try first. Thanks for the recipes and the chance to help others!

  54. Lori V says:

    Thank you so much Mel for giving all your readers/loyal fans an opportunity to help out and make a difference in the lives of others in such a simple way. God bless you.

  55. Alyssa B says:

    Love this! I bought the cookbook and it was perfect timing! I was about to do my weekly meal planning and so many of these fit stuff that my family eats.. Great recipes and beautiful pictures

  56. Jaci says:

    And really, really neat connection–Mark Petersen–who works with Mentor’s International (I saw him in one of your pictures) is my husband’s uncle. Small world! 🙂

  57. Jaci says:

    Just bought this for my sisters for their birthdays. SOOOOOO excited!!!!! I’m going to save it for myself as a special upcoming present for my husband to buy for me 😉

  58. Mimi Findlay says:

    Hi Mel, Here is my question. Very basic, but I have the most minimal of computer skills.
    I want to buy your book. I will only be able to save it in my inbox of my IPad, which is my only device. I do not have a printer. That said; what are the buttons I need to click on to make that happen? Thanks, Mimi

    • Mel says:

      Hi Mimi – so when you purchase the eCookbook, you’ll automatically receive an email to your inbox with the links to download the book. If you keep that email in your inbox, you can go to it at anytime and hit “download” for the file you want (sounds like you’ll want to use the PDF file). If you have other questions, let me know!

  59. sallie says:

    Can you give me a rough estimate on how many recipes have nuts in them? I have a kid with a big allergy and I don’t want to only be able to use a handful of the recipes. just curious…

    • Mel says:

      Oh, good question, Sallie. One main dish has cashews and two desserts have peanut butter. Does that help?

    • Katie says:

      I agree. When I saw cashews on the cover, my food hackles went up. Unfortunately cashew allergies are lethal 🙁

      • Mel says:

        Hey Katie, sorry to hear you deal with a cashew/nut allergy. I didn’t intend to upset anyone with the cover of my book – it’s the only main dish or side dish recipe using nuts, in case that helps ease your mind.

  60. Ann J says:

    A “Mel’s” recipe has been served in our house at least weekly (or more!) for the past 6+ years, I knew I’d never question the opportunity to purchase a cookbook from you. Including it with a wonderful cause is just awesome! Thank you!

  61. Ern says:

    I’m so excited for this! Love all your recipes, they never fail (a rarity in this pinterest world where things sound good but don’t turn out). Thanks for all your hard work!

  62. Holly W says:

    So, so glad you offered the PDF version. Like your mom, I wanted to be able to print it. It’s beautiful and already in my kitchen and ready to use immediately! Thank you!

    • Mel says:

      Love that! Just make a note that the simple microwave peas recipe is missing the 1 clove garlic, finely minced from the ingredients. Other than that, you should be good to go! 🙂

  63. Vanessa C says:

    Just bought it. I love your food, microloan programs, and that nativity, so $10 is basically the best deal ever. You’re awesome

  64. Beth B says:

    I just bought your e-cookbook… knew I’d love it and would have gotten it anyway but knowing that it benefits Mentors is icing on the cake! I’ve already spotted several recipes I want to try right away. Mel, your blog is a top favorite of mine and your recipes, advice, and recommendations are always right on. Thank you for all you do!!!

  65. Leslie says:

    Just downloaded cookbook and it is gorgeous and going to be delicious!! I can’t imagine how much work that took. I put together a little one page family contract and it took me days! Your recipes, heart, humility, love and service for others is really so moving and encouraging!

    • Mel says:

      You are so nice, Leslie. I definitely haven’t been sleeping as much as I would like but I also had the help of my friend who is an amazing graphic designer. That helps! 🙂

  66. Aubrie S says:

    Just ordered this and it looks amazing, I have been waiting for a cookbook from you for the last eight years! (Definitely a longtime loyal reader!) You are amazing, and I love how heartfelt and sincere you are. What an awesome thing to be a part of, helping people through the Mentors program. Thanks for making a difference, for them AND for us.

    • Mel says:

      Thanks, Aubrie! Maybe someday it will be an actual real, live cookbook but for now I’m pretty happy with this eCookbook (but I really want a nap). 🙂

  67. Ellen says:

    Mel! First, congratulations! I know how much work goes into book making, and I’m just beyond moved at your decision. Second, thank you for ALL you do. That is all.

  68. Tanya M. says:

    Just bought it! Yay! Thank you!!! I just had the thought…. I seriously think you could sell an old worn out shoe… and we’ll all buy one because we love you, your blog, and all the hard work you do for your readers!! 🙂
    I LOVED the post about Ghana and Mentors!! I lived in Cape Verde, West Africa as a missionary. I’ve never met a more loving people!! They have nothing but are so loving and friendly!! A while ago I was grumbling to myself about doing laundry (moving clothes from the washing machine to the dryer! EASY!) when I remembered the 6 months I spent scrubbing my clothes in Africa on a washboard and hanging to dry.. and all the millions of people who do that all day, everyday, their entire lives. I VOWED to NEVER complain about the laundry again! 🙂
    Keep up the tremendous work you do! You’ve been given a platform and you are using it wonderfully!!!

    • Mel says:

      Haha! Well, the worn out shoe would be a stretch. I hope you know I’d never ask that of you! 🙂 Thank you for your comment…my perspective definitely shifted after traveling to Ghana; I can’t imagine how my life would be changed if I had lived in Africa like you did. Amazing!

      • Tanya M. says:

        I thought about my comment later yesterday, and realized that it might come across negative! I didn’t intend that at all! What I meant is that you have a very loyal readership who would support you in any endeavor because you help us all so much in our everyday lives in the kitchen!! 🙂 I read through your cookbook and it is AWESOME!!! Thank you! Getting a cookbook and helping microloans is definitely a win-win!! You are very generous to donate all your time and earnings to help those in need!!

  69. karina says:

    I bought a copy as well – and the recipes look amazing! I want to make all of them today. Thanks for this cookbook and the opportunity to help others.

  70. Nathan says:

    Congratulations on the eCookbook! Just picked up my copy and can’t wait to try it out! That’s awesome what you are doing for the people of Ghana. Amazing will happen for them!

  71. Marne Clark says:

    WOW! GORGEOUS BOOK! I love it!!

  72. Marne Clark says:

    No hesitation buying this cookbook at all. I have followed you for YEARS and have never made one of your dishes we didn’t like! My youngest brother served his mission in Ghana a handful of years ago and it was amazing…those people are choice. What a great experience you had! Thanks for all your hard work. I’m excited for the new recipes! 🙂

  73. B says:

    So excited for the book. I’ve been reading through quickly and salivating. One quick question – on the recipe of peas with garlic and butter, there is no garlic listed in the recipe. How much should I add? Thank you!

    • Mel says:

      I just noticed this and I’m so sorry about that error! Even going over it with a fine-toothed comb, it was missed. I’m updating the file now so within the hour you should be able to download an updated copy (for free, of course), but until then, it’s just 1 clove of garlic, finely minced.

  74. Malinda says:

    I was just about to donate on your other post when I saw this one and thought, hey why not get a super duper recipe book and donate :). My mother in law runs a program in Kenya called KUEF that my kids (and I) do a bake sale for every year. All the proceeds go towards getting clothing and food to children and providing sanitary pad to girls so they don’t have to drop out of school because they have their period (this specific program is called “educating girls every day, pwriod”). If you need another good cause to donate to (or make some cookies for) let us know 😉

    • Mel says:

      I love this, Malinda! Someone else (Rachel) left a comment similar to this yesterday about her daughter doing a bake sale and raising money for a fundraiser in Kenya, I believe. That whole philosophy of supporting the women and girls who have to drop out of school because of their monthly periods is awesome. Simply awesome. I love that so much. We saw the Days for Girls charity in action when we were in Ghana and it is life-changing, too.

  75. Bonnie says:

    I just bought this because you are amazing and I am excited to make every single recipe in this. I skimmed through the whole thing and they look amazing. I came back here to comment and noticed your giveaway–wow!! That is so beautiful. Thanks for all you do for us!

    • Mel says:

      I’m glad you came back to the post, Bonnie – I spaced putting the giveaway part on there this morning and I’m glad you saw it!

  76. Aubrey Dokos says:

    Well this was a no-brainer! A Mel cookbook with new recipes that benefits Mentors International? Yes please! Thank you just doesn’t seem adequate. Thank you for all of the amazing recipes that have truly blessed my life, for your incredible example and for your inspiring and selfless work with Mentors International. You bless countless lives Mel!

    • Mel says:

      Oh, thanks, Aubrey! You are so sweet. I hope this can make a difference (and plus, the recipes are super rad – like seriously the best).

  77. Kim says:

    What a treasure! Thanks, Mel! My family (and extended family) and I love your stuff! I never have to fear making a brand new recipe for company if it’s one of yours. Your recipes are clear and easy to follow and I love the non-fussy ingredient element. It’s real food but it’s really easy. And soooo delicious! You are amazing. The end.

  78. Lauren says:

    Hi, Mel! U look so happy in the photo w u & your husband surrounded by the seven lovely ladies. I just bought the e-cookbook. It was very easy…I was able to download it, & access it very easily, by way of acrobat reader. (using my limited computer skills on my very old laptop.) I cried yesterday seeing your beautiful post. Thank you for bringing us all together to give to people who need it most.

    • Mel says:

      I’m so happy that it was easy to download and view, Lauren! I’ve been anxious all day because I want the whole process to be easy and seamless for everyone. Thanks for taking the time to let me know!

  79. katie w says:

    Well, you are officially my hero! I am so excited about Mentors International and the changes it is making in so many lives! I just bought my copy and shared your whole story on facebook. You are inspiring!

  80. Angela says:

    Yes!! I have been waiting for this day. It is lovely. Making dreams come true this week! Thanks, Mel!

    • Mel says:

      Haha, thanks, Angela! I feel like my dreams are coming true, too…never thought I’d actually get this eCookbook out in front of anyone.

  81. Lisa Rose says:

    This is amazing! So, excited to finally have a Mel cookbook, as I love your blog and all your recipes! But to be able to help such a life changing cause at the same time is so great! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

  82. Heather bell says:

    I just have so much h to say about this. You are a blessing to those women and thank you for letting us help too. I don’t know how you manage it all but you’re an inspiration! And I’m not just saying that so you’ll come visit Julianne and Ryan already so we can be bffs. Lol excited to get these and can I download and have them printed for gifts too? Xo ps props to Marilyn for being awesome. I have an aweskme aunt Jennie too who always has my back.

  83. Debbie A. says:

    YAY!! Congratulations Mel and thank you for the opportunity to spread love and joy to the people of Ghana thru Mentors. You are truly amazing!

  84. Liz says:

    I have my copy and it is BEAUTIFUL – had to shout that – truly. I love the Notes graphic and content on that graphic – so easy to see and take note of 🙂

    I downloaded the PDF and all works wonderfully well: easy to navigate.

    I keep my recipes on a cloud server so I can find them on my phone/tablet/laptop and this works very well for that. Super-duper Mel – so glad you went this way

  85. SallyBR says:

    Got it! Very nice to be able to support your work, as I’ve been following your blog for a long time

    I don’t comment often, but I’m always around…. 😉

  86. Julie says:

    Every recipe you’ve ever posted has been fantastic, so this was a no-brainer. I’m happy to play a small part in supporting all that you do. Thanks for all of your hard work!

  87. Alicia says:

    Just bought it. As an FYI, when you finish entering payment info, it first asks if you want to “read” or “view”. I chose “read”, and then it brought me to the page where I could “download”, or “read”, or whatever (so I chose download).

    So excited to check it out, Mel! Congrats on adding “author” to your growing resume!

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