Giveaway: Win a copy of The First Mess Cookbook (Canada) (CLOSED)

First Mess Canada cover image on eatlivetravelwrite.comWin a copy of The First Mess Cookbook

Thanks to Penguin Canada, I have one copy of The First Mess Cookbook (I wrote about it here) to give away to a lucky Canadian reader.

To enter, simply leave a comment on this post telling me why you’d like to eat a more plant-based diet.

For a bonus entry, tweet the following message: Canadians – Win a copy of @laura_mess #TheFirstMessCookbook thanks to @penguincanada on @eatlivtravwrite! Details: http://bit.ly/TheFirstMessCookbook

then come back to leave me a comment on this post telling me you did.

Eligibility and contest rules

– Contest begins on Wednesday March 8th 2017 at 5.45am EST and ends Tuesday March 14th 2017 at 6pm EST.
– Prize consists of one (1) copy of The First Mess Cookbook (RRP $35CAD)
– Open to readers of the age of majority with a Canadian mailing address.
– No purchase of any product necessary for entry.
– Winners will be chosen randomly (using www.random.org) from all qualified entries on Tuesday March 14th 2017 after 6pm EST.
– Winner will be notified via email Wednesday March 15th 2017 and will have 48 hours to respond to the email.
– Winner will be required to answer a skill testing question.


Disclosure: I received a copy of The First Mess Cookbook for review purposes and Penguin Canada is providing one copy for a giveaway prize.  I was not asked to write about the book, nor am I being compensated for doing so. All opinions 100% my own.
















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21 Responses to Giveaway: Win a copy of The First Mess Cookbook (Canada) (CLOSED)

  1. Dana March 8, 2017 at 09:09 #

    Loved reading your review, Mardi. What’s also extra fun about this is that Laura is from my hometown, so it’s great to see a true talent from Niagara succeed with something so great. The book looks and sounds lovely, and it’s great to see that people can appreciate the storytelling she brings to the book, the blog and the table.

    I’ve been pescetarian for over a year, so I *feel* like I’ve become pretty familiar with plant-based meals and ways to turn meaty classics into veg-friendly options, but hey, we can always learn more and I’d love to add this book to my collection.

    Oh, and I Tweeted about it as well 😉 (https://twitter.com/Killing_Thyme/status/839477224206131200)

    Thanks for sharing this, Mardi!

  2. Jo Vanderwolf March 8, 2017 at 09:16 #

    Why would I eat a more plant based diet? Honestly, cost. Meat is just so expensive now. 🙂

  3. Elaine March 8, 2017 at 10:06 #

    A plant-based diet is better for the planet, good for our bodies, and encourages us to seek out a variety of foods–also a benefit!

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  5. Cathy March 8, 2017 at 10:14 #

    I constantly strive to eat more plant-based food because plants contain so many essential nutrients for good health!

  6. Cathy March 8, 2017 at 10:18 #

    I tweeted the giveaway message.

  7. Marie March 8, 2017 at 11:00 #

    I’ve been following Laura’s blog for a long time, so I’m eager to flip through her book. It’s been sitting in my wishlist, but after reading your review, I really want it! Maybe I’ll get to win it…? 😉
    A plant-based diet is ideal for my son’s and my own lactose intolerance. I’ve been fighting against setting dairy products aside, mostly because I have trouble finding alternatives that are as satisfying as, you know, butter and cream. But it’s not healthy for us! So Iately I’ve been hoarding vegetarian, vegan, and plant-based cookbooks for inspiration. I need The First Mess’ cookbook in my life!

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  9. Natalie March 8, 2017 at 11:16 #

    I would like to make the transition to a more plant based diet because it was my New Years resolution to lose weight. I have lost about 20lbs so far but through a mostly protein heavy diet. I have always felt that my body operates better when I have more fruits, vegetables and legumes and this cookbook would be an excellent catalyst to switch eating styles. Good luck to everyone.

  10. Dara @how_to_eat March 8, 2017 at 13:40 #

    While I really enjoy and do eat a fairly plant based diet, I do have the tendency to sometimes plan my meals around the main protein – chicken, beef, fish. Whenever I plan a plant based dinner, I find I am more creative in my cooking. I would like to move from two plant based dinners a week to three or four to try to expand my cooking skills and also my family’s palates!

  11. Emily leclerc March 8, 2017 at 15:23 #

    Thank you for this giveaway! I love Laura’s recipes. I like to eat a more plant based diet for energy and health reasons.

  12. Justine Navarro March 8, 2017 at 15:30 #

    There are so many vitamins and minerals in veggies – I think a lot of us miss out! I know I need to eat more plants, but it’s hard to get creative with them! A cookbook based around that idea sounds absolutely lovely!

  13. Sean March 8, 2017 at 16:42 #

    I’d love to get a copy of this book primarily because I’m not a vegan… but I love vegan cooking. I NEED better, more interesting, and more memorable recipes (and preferably more filling ones too) so that I can continue towards the mantra that Michael Pollan coined and you referenced in your review! I adore good food in all its forms, and when that food comes purely from plants – well it just seems like a bonus to me.

    (ps. – tweeted the giveaway as well – cheers!)

  14. Cassie | Crumb Kitchen March 9, 2017 at 05:21 #

    It’s funny, what we consider ‘hip’ now (farm to table) is the way many people in rural areas—and others too—have lived their lives forever! But I’m glad people in general are getting back to that mindset, and that Laura Wright is helping guide them.

    I eat a more plant-based diet because I want to support my local farmers at our Sunday market and the rows of veggies and fruits are so appealing! I also find that meat is very expensive and eating plant-based helps our food budget.

    Thanks for running this giveaway Mardi! 🙂

  15. Bernice Hill March 10, 2017 at 11:07 #


  16. Bernice Hill March 10, 2017 at 11:08 #

    I definitely don’t mind eating a more plant based diet and I had the necessity to explore it further when my daughter became vegan. She encourages me to eat better every day, though I don’t always listen I know it would greatly benefit my health. Plus, then I’d be able to eat more croissants!

  17. Le Tran March 10, 2017 at 11:23 #

    I’m always looking for ways to introduce more plant based meals to my family of four. I’m lucky that my family is open to trying new things and staying healthy.

  18. Natalia March 10, 2017 at 15:53 #

    A plant-based diet is not ony healthier or us but also for the planet! Would love to win a copy of that book because I simply adora Laura’s blog and find her recipes so interesting and delicious!

  19. Maryann Simpson March 10, 2017 at 17:09 #

    Plant based diet, better for our planet and reduce my consumption to share with others.

  20. Nicole Jubleew March 12, 2017 at 21:59 #

    I’m trying to eat healthier to deal with my arthritis so I’m trying a more plant based diet.

  21. Nicole Jubleew March 12, 2017 at 22:01 #

    Tweeted here: https://twitter.com/JubleeW/status/841106648848572416