Giveaway! Gather: The Art of Paleo Entertaining

The winner of this giveaway has been chosen and notified and the contest is closed.  Thanks for participating!
Can I just say that I had the best weekend?  I did.  First of all, yesterday I completed my second half marathon!  Yippee!  I plan to give you all the details of that accomplishment in a post later this week.  Saturday was one of those days where I got many things finished around my house. A quiet day.  But Friday was something special.  Dude and I went to a local restaurant and celebrated our friends Hayley and Bill‘s latest book, Gather: The Art of Paleo Entertaining!
First of all, I have to offer my most hearty congratulations to my dear friends.  First, because now that I have written my own book (You know it!) I have an ENORMOUS amount of appreciation for the amount of heart, soul, blood, sweat, and tears that goes into an endeavor like this.  Here’s the thing, however: I wrote my book, meaning I wrote all the text.  Beyond that, I had someone take all the photos (Bill!) and I have another person putting it together to look like a real book.  These two have not only written this masterpiece, but they took all the photos, AND put it all together in a gorgeous (not-so) little package.  If you don’t already know, that requires dedication, time, and most of all, skill. In tremendous supply.  This isn’t some weekend project.
I knew this book was going to be something special – it is created by two cooking devotees who just love real food, they’re both artists who have a special eye for beauty in all things – but I must be honest that when I finally got a copy of this book in my hands, I was blown away.  It. Is. Fabulous.
And not in that “the sizzle sells the steak” kind of way.  Sure, they could have devoted all their time to the pretty photos and skimped and cut corners on the recipes, but they didn’t.  Even if this book had line drawings instead of dozens of fantastic pictures, the recipes on their own would stand out as nothing short of masterful.
Can you tell I love this book?

Gather 2(Hey! That’s the back of my head! Did you know the New Year’s Eve party was photographed at my home?! Totally.)

I have already tagged some favorites and have put them in heavy rotation around my house.  Teriyaki Country Ribs, Braised Pork Belly, Sweet Potato Hash with Rosemary, Sauteed Japanese Eggplant with Onions and Sage.  Just a sampling of some of the favorites that have emerged so far.  But to be honest, I’ve barely dug into this book!  I anticipate it never seeing my bookshelf, and instead it will find a permanent home on my kitchen table so I can have it ready for quick reference and inspiration.

Gather 3(This photo is so beautiful! It almost looks like a painting!)

So, here’s the good news for you!  I have a spare copy to give to a lucky winner!  I don’t want anyone to be without their own copy of Gather.  Seriously.  And if you play your cards right, I might even be able to get it signed for you too.  Let’s get to the details on how you can find yourself with your very own copy…..
There will be a random drawing for the winner from the entries received.
For one entry in the drawing, comment below and tell me whether or not you like to entertain in your home.  Let me know why or why not.
To earn additional entries, join me in the following ways:
1. Like First Comes Health on Facebook
2. Follow First Comes Health on Twitter
3. Follow me on Instagram
4. Sign up to receive my newsletter
This gives you the opportunity to earn FIVE entries into the Gather giveaway drawing!!!  Comment, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, newsletter.  Do it!
And because I’m feeling generous, I’m going to give you a sixth way.  Pre-order my book Fermented from and email me the confirmation to score another chance.
How do you like that?  That is six whole chances to have my pull your name as the big winner.
It all starts today and ends at Friday May 10, 2013 at noon Pittsburgh time (EST).  Don’t delay!
(By the way, It’s not a secret that Hayley and Bill are my friends, but my opinions are my own and I’m always brutally honest.  For more info on my policy on reviews, check out the legal tab at the top, or click here to see where I stand.)


  1. Jen
    May 6, 2013 1:31 pm

    I actually don’t like to entertain…I’m so afraid no one will eat the paleo meal I’ve prepared. I’m hoping a copy of Gather will change all that. Thanks for the giveaway!

  2. Meredith
    May 6, 2013 1:32 pm

    Yeah! Thanks for the opportunity Jill!
    Yes indeed we love to entertain in our house… mostly because we enjoy sharing good food with friends…

  3. Jen
    May 6, 2013 1:32 pm

    I liked you on Facebook.

  4. Jen
    May 6, 2013 1:33 pm

    I liked you on Twitter. @jennklogan

  5. Jen
    May 6, 2013 1:33 pm

    I signed up for your newsletter.

  6. marci
    May 6, 2013 1:34 pm

    i do love to entertain at home especially when i can show people that they can eat really yummy foods without grains!

  7. Heather Boyd
    May 6, 2013 1:34 pm

    Love entertaining in my home… makes me feel warm and cozy and loved <3

  8. Jenn Kelley
    May 6, 2013 1:34 pm

    Entertaining in MY home? Not so much. My family and I live in a condo with a dining area and kitchen that’s not conducive to entertaining, but I LOVE LOVE LOVE entertaining at my parents home! There is so much love in that house (and a kitchen I drool over every time I’m there!) that everyone feels welcome and you always end up enjoying the company of those you’re with.

  9. Debbie
    May 6, 2013 1:37 pm

    I love to entertain in my home, although I’m not so good at keeping things tidy. But I love to cook and bake for other people, and I love to be the one in control of the menu, and I love what this book is all about.

  10. Tara
    May 6, 2013 1:42 pm

    I do not. I’m sure I’m in the minority, but I do not like to entertain. If it makes you feel any better, I don’t like to GO to dinner parties either. I like “entertaining” recipes because they are delicious and make lots of leftovers! I also like bringing healthy food to my mom and step dad. They try to eat “healthy”, but that means low fat, high grain, etc…

  11. TJ
    May 6, 2013 1:43 pm

    I love entertaining! I feel I know my environment, kitchen, etc and love the ease of having people over to my space. Also being gluten free, it makes is much safer for me to do the cooking myself, in my GF environment. [Liked you on FB=Tamara Juliana; Twitter=2girls1love; Instagram=TJAbrio; and subscribed to your newsletter]

  12. Fiorella
    May 6, 2013 1:48 pm

    I do like to entertain! I actually just hosted a Cinco de Mayo party at my house this weekend. I just love being surrounded by friends and good food (and drinks) 🙂

  13. Penny
    May 6, 2013 1:50 pm

    We entertain in our home all the time! I would love to have these great recipes to try out for guests!

  14. Mel
    May 6, 2013 1:53 pm

    I love to entertain and I’ve been wanting this cookbook since I first heard about it – I’d love some ideas of Paleo foods to cook for gatherings instead of always making entertaining days cheat day!

  15. Shawnee
    May 6, 2013 2:16 pm

    Hi, I do love entertaining at home. I love the small comfy home feel together with the people close to me.

  16. Jamie
    May 6, 2013 2:23 pm

    We love entertaining in our home! and would love a copy of Gather! It looks phenomenal! Thanks for the opportunity!

  17. Bonnie
    May 6, 2013 2:45 pm

    I would love to entertain at home, although our current house isn’t quite set up for it! I enjoy cooking and feeding people, and I generally make food I like, which is an extra bonus because I know I’ll have something to get at the party!

  18. Michelle
    May 6, 2013 2:52 pm

    I love entertaining, but my current home is pretty cramped so I don’t have dinner parties nearly as often as I’d like to.

  19. Michelle
    May 6, 2013 2:52 pm

    Liked on facebook.

  20. Michelle
    May 6, 2013 2:53 pm

    Followed on Twitter.

  21. Michelle
    May 6, 2013 2:53 pm

    Followed on Instagram.

  22. Michelle
    May 6, 2013 2:54 pm

    Subscribed to your newsletter.

  23. Katie
    May 6, 2013 7:46 pm

    We like to entertain but, wish our house was a little roomier for guests.

  24. Maxine
    May 6, 2013 10:00 pm

    Hoping to change ” like” to ” love” to entertain with Gather.

  25. Amy Sikes
    May 7, 2013 8:56 am

    I don’t like to entertain in my house because it totally freaks out my cats. However, I do like to make fun and unusual – and Paleo! – things to take to parties! This book sounds good for that, and also just to make things at home.
    I don’t know if we need to leave separate entries for doing each of the above things, but I’ve done them all except follow you on Instagram.

  26. Nina B
    May 7, 2013 9:50 am

    I do like to entertain — family, mostly.

  27. Austin King
    May 7, 2013 10:22 am

    We love to entertain, but can’t wait until we are in a bigger place so we can do so in a little more comfortable of an environment.

  28. Jolene
    May 7, 2013 11:18 am

    I like to entertain small groups. I dont do it very often, but this book makes me excited to do it more!

  29. Heather OBrien
    May 7, 2013 12:47 pm

    I like to entertain for small gatherings. I tend to get overwhelmed with more than 6 people. But I really want to check this book out and get more confident in the kitchen!

  30. Bonnie
    May 8, 2013 11:54 am

    I LOVE to entertain but when we moved from a decent-sized home to a small home I’ve had to nearly eliminate my entertaining. Now that it’s summer, I look forward to lots of outdoor gatherings and would love to try some of the plans in this book!

  31. Bonnie
    May 8, 2013 11:55 am

    I like First Comes Health on Facebook.

  32. Bonnie
    May 8, 2013 11:56 am

    I follow First Comes Health on Twitter (@bonnie0128)

  33. Kelly
    May 8, 2013 12:36 pm

    I love to entertain at home… mainly because sharing food and libations with friends and family doesn’t get any better. I also follow you on facebook, twitter and instagram but I’m too lazy to add additional posts 😉

  34. Mandee
    May 9, 2013 10:29 am

    I love entertaining in my own home! You always feel more comfortable in your own space, and it is wonderful to have all the love and laughter in your home!

  35. Julie S.
    May 9, 2013 5:08 pm

    Would love to win a copy of this book! I follow all your social media and newsletter already 🙂

  36. EatingPrimal
    May 9, 2013 5:12 pm

    We LOVE to entertain at our house. The next party will be our wedding reception and would love to have this book for the evening’s food!!!

  37. Jeramie
    May 9, 2013 5:16 pm

    I would like to entertain more but we just don’t. All of our friends have such crazy schedules it’s hard to get people together.
    I already like you on facebook, I’m now a follower on twitter and instagram (chdmom).

  38. Sarah
    May 10, 2013 10:09 am

    Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and newsletter!

  39. Sarah
    May 10, 2013 10:11 am

    I am following you on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and getting your newsletter! 🙂

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