Book Review: Enjoying Carrots ‘N’ Cake (with Giveaway!)

carrots-n-cakeI’ve always loved the name of the Carrots ‘N’ Cake blog. First, because carrots are delicious. Second, because cake is delicious. And certainly, carrot cake is delicious. The word play is enough to make a writer like me giddy. And the message that a healthy eating plan should involve both vegetables and yumtastic desserts? Fully FBG approved. A few months ago I also got the chance to get to know Carrots ‘N’ Cake blogger Tina Haupert while doing an event for Thomas’ Bagel Thins in NYC. And she’s just like she is on her blog—down-to-earth, funny and totally fabulous to have a cocktail with. So when word came that Tina was writing a Carrots ‘N’ Cake book, we knew we’d have to read it! And read we did.

This book is like bundling the Carrots ‘N’ Cake blog into a cute little package that you can take to and fro. A mix of personal stories, advice about eating right and working out, along with actual exercise routines and Tina’s own recipes, it’s a book that you dog-ear every few pages because there’s either a tip or a recipe that you JUST HAVE TO TRY. (For me, that’s her pyramid running workout on the treadie and Cherry-Coconut Baked Apples.)

At times the format of the book is somewhat confusing in that she switches between personal anecdotes, which are told in almost like present-time fiction-like style, and a more objective tone that gives advice directly to the reader, but it’s also kind of cool because it keeps the book true to what it’s based on—a blog. Tina’s honesty in discussing her past challenges with binge eating and somewhat obsessive calorie counting lends more meat and candor to the book, making it feel part memoir and part self-help. Many of the tips you’ve probably heard before, but they’re presented in a new and interesting way.

Want to read the Carrots ‘N’ Cake book yourself? Leave a comment with why you want to win it, and we’ll select one random U.S. reader to win in about a week. The winner will be contacted by email. Now we’re off to have some carrots. And cake. And carrot cake! —Jenn


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  1. Blogging is such a real form to self expression. It’s so refreshing to read someone’s real life perspective on food and how it personally affects them. I love her blog and would thoroughly enjoy reading what is surely a fab book 🙂

  2. Like you said… Carrots = Yummm! Cake = Yummmm! & together they = YUMMMM!!! I eat carrots like they’re going out of style and I wish I could eat cake like it was going out of style! LOL Love the title, love the blog, love the sound of the book! 🙂

  3. I think it sounds like a wonderful read with a feeling of her sitting in your living room tell you her stories.

  4. Thanks for introducing me to another great blogger; can’t wait to read more! Would life a copy of her book. This is one I can see getting passed around and talked about with my friends!

  5. I would LOVE to win a copy of this book a) after reading this review! I’m PUMPED for it! b) Tina’s blog was one of the first blogs I’d ever read and STILL read to this day – I love her and her philosophy.

    🙂 Thanks FBG!

  6. I’ve been reading her blog since the beginning and would love to read the fruits of her labor.

  7. I love Carrots ‘N’ Cake and I’ve heard a lot of really good things about her book. If it’s anything like her blog I know I’ll love it. I hope Murph’ is in it 😀

  8. I would love to win a copy of this book! I love hearing about other people’s journey with weight loss and food. Also, it sounds like a fun and interesting read!

  9. I love Tina’s blog and would love to see her insight on how to make my eating habits healthier. Would love to win!

  10. I’m a daily reader of Tina’s blog, but I haven’t had a chance to get her book yet. Tina’s very real and honest about her life on her blog; I’m sure her book is written the same way, so I’d love to read it!

  11. tinas blog is so great…shes into food and running–two of my favorites! would love a copy!

  12. I love Tina’s blog and tweets. I’m sure the book is just as fabulous! And I’m always looking for healthy recipes and fresh new workout ideas.

  13. CNC’s 45-minute treadmill workout changed my attitude about treadmills. Love the blog, would love the book. Thanks!!!

  14. This book would be perfect for a friend of mine who needs inspiration on cooking, and working out, plus she loves a good laugh! It would be a present to her for being her. (I’ll probably thumb through it first though)

  15. I would love to win this because I’m looking for ways to spice up my fitness routine, as well as my eating habits!

  16. Food has been my thing since college, and, thankfully, excerise and healthy living has been my thing for the last several years: this book sounds perfect!

  17. I don’t find food prep particularly interesting (former background in this so I’m jaded) and anything to spice it up has my vote. I do love carrot cake and humor!

  18. Would love to read this book, sounds like it will be a great read and show us how to balance good food with good living

  19. Thanks for giving me another great blog to subscribe to! As someone who still has hundreds of pounds to lose (yes, plural), I could use all of the motivation I can find. I’m definitely interested in this book, so even if I don’t win, I’ll be picking up a copy!

  20. I love Tina’s blog. I recently became more interested in health, nutrition and fitness, and her blog has been an easy way to learn (as well as yours!). Hope I can win!

  21. I checked out the recipes on the blog. They sound good so why not try the book.

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  22. A book that has some yummy recipes… sign me up. A book that has yummy recipes and that are good for you… I hope I win!

  23. I hope it’s not too late to enter for the giveaway! I’ve been following Tina’s blog for the last few months and I really enjoy it. I would LOVE to be able to read her book.

  24. I want to win her book because I love her blog. It always has delicious recipes and tips and I am sure her book will be just as fabulous!

  25. I love healthy blogs-I will def start reading:) I also would love the book-I love to read up on stuff like this..and the cover is making me HUNGRY!

  26. I just started reading fitness and healthy eating blogs last fall and I fell like I missed out on a LOT of great posts on a LOT of great, established blogs. I’d love to read this book and get some of those posts in!

  27. I just started reading her blog this month. I’d love to win her book. Thanks for the chance!

  28. I also just started becoming consumed with reading health and fitness blogs. There are so many great recipes, fitness tips, and just general information that it’s easy to get engrossed in. Carrots n’ Cake is one of the blogs I follow! I love Tina’s writing voice and learning more about her health and fitness routines that have gotten her to the healthy lifestyle she maintains today. With that being said of course I’d LOVE to receive this book to have all the tips and recipes in one place!!!

  29. I want to win her book because I love her blog. Reading her daily updates is part of what inspired me to sign up for and train for my first 1/2 marathon in September.

  30. I too love her blog. I would love to win because I love hearing motivational stories. They help me along with my own process. I can see that what I am doing will pay off and that it can be done. *Fingers crossed*

  31. I would love to win this book because the premise is just fabulous for someone like me, who LOVES dessert, but needs to eat healthy, or risk being enormous and unhealthy.

  32. My mother has made carrot cake as my birthday cake for 42 years. No matter where I lived or what we may have been going through, I have ALWAYS had carrot cake in August. It just wouldn’t be my birthday without it!

  33. I love reading and especially reading tina’s blog. I’m sure the book is wonderful! If it’s anything like her blog, I know it will be.

  34. I have been a follower of Tina’s blog for a while now and have been wanting to read her book!

  35. I’ve been reading Tina’s blog for years and I love her philosophsy on life and health. I really would love to read her book!

  36. I’d love to win her book because I love following her daily adventures in her blog. And, I love carrots, cake, and carrot cake!

  37. I want to win because I love her blog, and her tweets and right now I want to read the book but honestly don’t have the $ to buy it…sounds like the book will be a delight to read!

  38. I should win because I looove cooking and am in need of new ideas and recipes. I also lover her blog and follow it daily!

  39. I’d like to win this book because I love her idea of balance and feel like I could learn a lot from this book and might actually be able to reach and maintain my goal weight. Especially since we I feel we have a lot in common. I trained for my first marathon last year, I have a black pug named Tater and I have been struggling with digestive issues for the last few years. But one thing that I’ve always struggled with is getting to my happy weight in a healthy and balanced way. I seem to constantly swing from one extreme to other and have been trying to balance it out and I think this book could really help me finally figure that piece out. Thanks!

  40. I love to bake and eat healthy, I love the concept of the whole book:) That you can have your cake…and carrots too!

  41. I recently discovered Carrots N Cake via Sweat and the City! I’d love to win to learn more and spread my knowledge to inspire change in people, just like you guys do!

  42. This book is right up my alley–cooking and reading, my favorite things! I’d love to win.

  43. I want to win because I can really relate to Tina’s real life approach to exercise and eating. I wish we were BFFs…but then I wouldn’t have to read the book!

  44. I would love to read this book! I love getting inspiration in little snippits, like the FBG blog. This sounds like something I could pick up, read a few pages, and get my workout or healthy meal on!

  45. Just read the review for this book. It would be a great addition. I’ve just started getting back into Yoga and getting back on track w. my eating, This would help me out alot.

  46. I would like to win carrots n cake book because I enjoy following tina’s blog. She is open and honest about what goes on in her life especially recently with some health problems. I love the balance between fitness and food.