Gift Book Giveaway: Instant Happy and Salty Snacks

Friday, December 28, 2012
One of my favorite things about the holidays is the opportunity to splurge on gift books. Finding the perfect one for a friend is like striking gold. There’s nothing more personal and rewarding than the gift of words in a pretty package to show how well you know someone and how much you care.

We have two wonderful books to give away that will brighten your day and satisfy your salt cravings! And if you’re anything like me—and I think you are—you will absolutely love them.

First up is Instant HAPPY: 10-Second Attitude Makeovers by Karen Salmansohn. This gorgeous little hardcover contains humorous and uplifting insights that will make you smile or say, “So true!” Each page is loaded with full-color graphics and a clever saying to brighten your day. The book uses a psychological tool called “pattern interrupts” to stop negative thoughts in their tracks. Each inspirational flashcard will give you a reality check and help put things into perspective.

Writers will find inspiration for every emotional step of the writing process—you know the ones I’m talking about . . . self-doubt, confidence, courage, rejection, and more! For example: “You Know You’re Making Progress When You’re Making Mistakes.” or “When one door closes, try a window. Then try a new door. Then try a new window. The world is full of doors and windows. Eventually you’ll find one that stays open.”

Here are a couple of flashcards from the book:

Feel a little better already? 

The author, Karen Salmansohn, is a motivational speaker, designer, and best-selling author of more than twenty-five books, including How to Be Happy, Dammit; Enough, Dammit; and The Bounce Back Book. She’s also an online columnist for O, The Oprah Magazine; Psychology Today; The Huffington Post; Positively Positive; and AOL, and she has worked as a creative strategist for the likes of MTV, Nickelodeon, L’Oreal, and Avon. Find out more about Karen by visiting her website: With Karen’s help and contagious optimism, you will be ready to take on the world!

Instant Happy: 10-Second Attitude Makeovers
by Karen Salmansohn
128 pages, 6" x 7"
ISBN: 978-1-60774-368-2
Ten Speed Press (October 2012)


While not exactly a gift book and more of a cookbook, Salty Snacks by Cynthia Nims is gorgeous, fun-sized, and a great gift for those who love savory snacks. We often have the snack discussion here at WOW! When asked what types of snacks writers most like to munch on while writing, it’s a near draw between sweet and salty. Me? I’ve always had a love affair with salt. Give me a bag of chips over a doughnut any day. And if you’re like me, your mouth will start watering from flipping through the pages of this book.

This collection of 75 easy-to-follow recipes for puffs, chips, breads, nuts, veggies, and meats puts a fresh, crunchy spin on homemade snacks. From the crispy to the doughy to the gluten-free, some seriously mouthwatering offerings fill each chapter with a wide array of choices that are instant crowd-pleasers for cocktail parties, food gifts, at arm’s length while writing, curling up with a good book, or whenever you want a delicious treat.

With all the excess sodium and hidden preservatives in prepackaged foods, it’s smart to make your own savory bites from scratch. The book contains recipes like Kale Chips with Lemon and Ginger, Sichuan Pepper Apple Crisps, Cumin Lentil Crackers, Blue Cheese Straws, and Parmesan Thumbprint Cookies with Tomato-Tart Cherry Jam. Meat lovers will also appreciate an assortment of recipes, such as Crisp Beef with Lemongrass, Smoked Salmon Rillettes, and Five Spice Duck Skin.

The author, Cynthia Nims, studied cooking at La Varenne Ecole de Cuisine and has authored and co-authored 12 cookbooks, including Gourmet Game Night. President of the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP), she has been the editor of Simply Seafood magazine and food editor for Seattle Magazine. Cynthia contributes to Cooking Light, Coastal Living, and Sunset. Visit her blog, Mon App├ętit: Yum!

Salty Snacks: Make Your Own Chips, Crisps, Crackers, Pretzels, Dips and Other Savory Bites
by Cynthia Nims
168 pages, 7" x 8"
ISBN: 978-1-60774-181-7
Ten Speed Press (September 2012)


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Anonymous said...

I love finding out about new books and authors new to me. Both sound like fun reads. And who doesn't love a snack? I keep meaning to try to make kale chips- my friends love them.

Carl Scott said...

I like pretzels but I accidentally bought two big bags of "lightly salted" for the holidays. More like "unsalted" Dang! I'm gonna eat 'em anyway.

Cindy Kerschner said...

I love to make my own snacks and I'm always looking for great ideas for myself and my readers!

Unknown said...

Can't wait to read Instant Happy!

Joy Keeney said...

Happy New Years everyone!!

Trish said...

I could always use a book that helps me hack away negativity! And salty snacks aren't as easy to come by as chocolate/sweet treats. The pictures on the cover look scrumptious. Thanks for the opportunity!

Dot Hearn said...

What a good idea - a snack cookbook. That way I (or a friend) can alter recipes to meet tastes or other needs. Yum. And the happy book? Oh, yes - that would be a nice thing for my desk and I might even want to leave one lying around the office at my part-time job. Yes.

LuAnn Schindler said...

Pretzels!! My mom makes a great snack mix with pretzels, cheez-its, M&Ms, and chex. Can't stop eating it.

Sarah Butland said...

Thank you for this opportunity - both books look incredible and will be a gift for me and then passed along if I win!

thanks for the opportunity and for reading,

Sarah Butland author of Sending You Sammy, Brain Tales Volume One and Arm Farm

susidee said...

Popcorn, that's my favorite salty snack, although it hasn't always been...I went through a phase in high school when Corn Nuts were my go-to secret fave....I say secret because I was embarassed to be seen with them! I couldn't imagine a cheerleader or any of the fashionistas at school downing a handful of them!! Cashews, roasted, lightly salted are my second favorite.

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