Zest Books Summer Bloggin’ Blog Tour + Book Giveaway!


Welcome to my stop on the Zest Books Summer Bloggin’ Blog Tour!  I am so excited to share these two books with you.  I love crafty books and cookbooks, so this was a really fun tour to participate in.  Make sure you read the interview with Sophie Maletsky, author of Sticky Fingers (best interview EVER!), and scroll all the way to the bottom to enter the giveaway for a copy of the book!

View all the tour stops HERE.

About The Green Teen Cookbook:

The Green Teen Cookbook: Recipes for All Seasons – Written by Teens, for Teens edited by Laurane Marchive and Pam McElroy

Published by Zest Books and distributed by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN-13: 978-1-936976-58-4

July 29, 2014

$14.99 PB

144 pages

Ages 12+


The Kitchen can be one of the trickiest places for young adults to navigate—add trying to be healthy, eco-minded, and budget-conscious, and things get even more complicated! Now there is The Green Teen Cookbook (Zest Books; ISBN 978-1-936976-58-4; $14.99 PB) to help guide teens through the mysteries of the kitchen and create some amazing meals. With inspiring tips on how to cut through the chaos of going green as well as master over 70 recipes, including a seasonal key that ensures optimal freshness (and a minimal carbon footprint), any teen can become a green culinary expert and learn how to: shop on a budget; get the most out of your pantry; cook more consciously; eat healthier, and more! Featuring full color photos throughout, The Green Teen Cookbook is an all-in-one guide for eating green and eating well—by teens and for teens!

This book is for people who enjoy cooking great, seasonal food for themselves as well as for other people—on a budget. It’s a guide for customizing recipes for each season, and for learning how to appreciate the different foods available each month. And readers looking to educate themselves on the food industry will enjoy the essays about globalization, vegetarianism, imports/exports, farming in the US and abroad, and much more.

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About the Editor:

Pam McElroy, co-editor of The Green Teen Cookbook, an editor and caterer living in San Francisco, California. She edits books of all genres and caters under the name Meatball Maven. She has also been involved in the food industry since she was a teen–in restaurant kitchens, as a caterer, and as an editor for dining magazines. Her hobbies include reading cookbooks cover-to-cover, shopping at farmers markets, and cooking epic and seasonal meals for friends and family.

My Thoughts on The Green Teen Cookbook:

This is a wonderful addition to the teen cookbooks in existence. It has short sections on safety in the kitchen and how to eat healthy, locally, organically, etc.

The recipes are mostly simple, easy to make (yet healthy to eat) dishes, but there are a few slightly more complicated ones as well. There is a great selection of vegetarian recipes as well as recipes that use meat. The ingredients are mostly things that I keep in my kitchen anyway, so I didn’t have to go on any obscure ingredient hunts while making recipes from this book.

I really like how eating healthy and simply is made accessible to teens, especially for those that are getting ready to head off to college. If you or your teen is looking for simple, everyday meals to eat, this is a great resource.

Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this tour.  All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.


About Sticky Fingers:

Sticky Fingers DIY Duct Tape Projects by Sophie Maletsky

Published by Zest Books and distributed by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN-13: 978-1-936976-54-6

July 1, 2014

$16.99 PB

240 pages

Ages 12+


Any crafter from novice to expert (of all ages), will enjoy these 70+ fresh duct tape project ideas from the fully illustrated guide, Sticky Fingers DIY Duct Tape Projects (Zest Books; ISBN 978-1-936976-54-6; $16.99 PB), by Sophie Maletsky. Making everything from cell phone holders to room dividers, backpacks, jewelry, bags, wallets and more!

Sticky Fingers is essentially a step-by-step by step guide for realizing one’s potential as a duct tape crafter. Beginning with the basics of brands and types of tapes, through essential techniques, and on to detailed projects for home, for school and to wear, this book gives the reader everything they need to know to create fantastic-looking duct tape projects. Having worked with duct tape crafters for many years, Sophie has developed a teaching method—applied in this book—that makes even the most complicated projects doable. Sticky Fingers provides the reader with the building blocks – all that’s needed is imagination!

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Interview with the Author:

I had the pleasure of interviewing Sophie Maltesky!  You will definitely want to read this interview because it’s one of the funnest interviews I’ve ever had.  Thanks Sophie!

If you could visit any place and time, where and when would you go?
Okay, so here’s the deal. There are lots of place and times that I would like to visit, but my question is this: Do I get to keep my ideals, my morality, my sense of self? Or do I suddenly become part of that society, because, if that’s the case, then I want to go back through time as a man because I want to be able to experience the time period to its fullest. Also, can I compress time? Meaning squish say 200 years into one experience?

If so, I’d like to experience the Italian Renaissance. I’d really like to meet Leonardo Da Vinci – or maybe not meet him, but observe him in action. It would be amazing to see real Commedia dell’arte, and be a part of that incredible artistic revolution that was taking place. (if I could take a side trip to England and experience real Shakespeare, that would be an added bonus!)

If not, well then I think it would be cool to be part of the Impressionist art movement, and maybe hang out with Mary Cassatt in France.

What gave you the idea to create a book of duct tape crafts?
The Idea to create Sticky Fingers: DIY Duct Tape Projects basically grew from my YouTube channel and my interaction with kids at my parties. I am a kids’ party planner by trade, and one of the big parts of my business is creating amazing craft tables. The guests always just love making stuff with the tape. Everyone, parents and kids included, enjoyed the flexibility and creativity that taping inspired. I had been wanting to publish a book for a long time, and when I met with the folks at Zest Books it just seemed like the right time and the right idea.

If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
I would like to have the power of communication – meaning that I could speak and understand any language (including all the dialects, slang references, and other nuances). I wonder what my cape would be though…maybe a giant tongue? And I’d want to wear my signature overalls, no tights please. However, Wonder Woman style boots are pretty cool.

Have you written any other crafty books we should know about, and/or do you have plans for more?
Sticky Fingers is my first book – but I have three children’s storybooks ready to be fleshed out, and my sister Freda (who did all the photography for Sticky Fingers) and I have been discussing another duct tape book (possibly focusing on doll clothes and accessories). I’d love to write a book about how to throw the perfect backyard carnival!

What’s your favorite flavor of ice cream?
I love mint chocolate chip, but I’m allergic to chocolate so I can’t eat it often without getting itchy. My second “go to” flavor is peanut butter (however, that can be hard to find), and third favorite is pistachio.

How many rolls of duct tape do you currently have in your possession? (An estimate is fine!)

Oh dear, I would say at this point in time (remember I’m on the road doing workshops a lot right now) I’ve got about 200 rolls in my possession. I also have about 400 inserts (the centers of the rolls), which I use in other craft projects, like robots and car wheels. At any given time I have 50 rolls in my vehicle, 25 straight colors, and 25 patterns. That’s just standard when I go anywhere anymore. You never know when someone’s going to want a quick duct tape bow tie or purse to spruce up their day.

About the Author:

Sophie Maletsky is a Nickelodeon Parents’ Pick award winner, a certified teacher on curious.com, and a duct tape expert. An award-winning children’s event planner, craft and kid expert, her website, Sophie’s World (sophie-world.com), features thousands of ideas, how-to’s and videos for crafts, games, and activities. Known as the “premier authority on duct tape crafting in the United States,” she lives and creates in San Francisco, California. 

My Thoughts on Sticky Fingers:

This is a really fun book! I don’t know how it compares to other duct tape books, but my kids and I had SO much fun making the projects. The instructions are pretty easy to follow and there are photos to illustrate each step. There is a wide variety of projects of all skill levels, so there is something for everyone. There is also a primer in the beginning that goes over all the basics of duct tape crafting.

This book would make a wonderful gift for a crafty teen (or yourself), especially if you are looking for something new and different to try.  I made several of the projects with my kids (ages 6 and 4) and they had a great time even though they needed some help.  Now they beg me for more duct tape every time we go to the store!

Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this tour.  All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.


Giveaway Time!

Win an autographed copy of Sticky Fingers!

Open to the US only

Ends Sept 3, 2014

Entrants must be 13 or older to enter or have their parent/guardian enter for them.  Winner must respond to my email within 48 hours or a new winner will be chosen.  Good luck!

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Now that you’ve entered this giveaway, check out the rest of the tour stops for more chances to win! View all the tour stops HERE.

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    rosemond cates
    September 2, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    My daughter would love Sticky Fingers! She is always crafting with duct tape!


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