Friday, 7 October 2011

Win a copy of 'Don't Kill the Birthday Girl' by Sandra Beasley



“Those with food allergies aren’t victims.  We’re people who – for better or for worse – experience the world in a slightly different way.  This is not a story of how we die.  These are the stories of how we live.”

And with those goose-bump inducing words Sandra Beasley launches into her book about living with allergies.

What do you get from this kind of book?  Just page after page of poor little me?  A bit of brave-faced ‘It’s tough, but I manage’ overlaid with a weak smile?

No.  You get a book that you can’t put down. 

Because here is a book telling you what it’s really like living with multiple allergies.  In addition to the anecdotes about her life, there is historical information about how allergies have developed, a discussion of how allergies are diagnosed, a chapter on peanut allergy, a rousing tirade against the portrayal of food allergies in the media and more, lots more. It is part information manual, part autobiography, very good read.

Oh and can you really be allergic to weddings?  Apparently so.  

I didn’t expect a book that recounts repeated anaphylactic episodes to make me smile, but it did.  And I wasn’t expecting to cry, but she got me there too. 

Her descriptions of how it feels to be the child who is different were hard to read.  I realised that it’s what my daughter feels.  My breezy assertions of ‘No, my daughter never misses out on cake, I just bake her a special one!’ don’t really make it all OK.  Of course my daughter misses out on ‘real’ cake and of course she notices that everyone tiptoes around her, sort of freaked out by what might happen.

Sandra's book doesn't sugar coat the problems of living with food allergies, it just tells it how it is.  With humour, eloquence and plenty of attitude.  It is 226 pages of fascinating, compelling read.

"My job is to center on staying safe in this world, but my job is also never to assume the world should revolve around keeping me safe.  We have more important things to worry about.  Don't kill the birthday girl.  The gifts are wrapped and the piñata is waiting.  We have a party to get to."

Sandra has agreed to give away three copies of her book on my blog. I know!  I’m trying to look cool and grown up but I’m wagging like a weeing little puppy.

All you have to do is leave a comment to be entered into the – drum roll please - first ever Pig in the Kitchen giveaway (I may buy a new outfit). 

The competition is open for a week from the date of posting and I’ll announce the winners very soon afterwards.  You then send me your address by email and the books will magically arrive at your house. 

It’s that simple.  

The books can be posted worldwide, so you readers in the Perhentian Islands, don’t hold back.

Leave your comment now!



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91 comments:

Ifrah said...

Wow!! this is an awesome giveaway!! The book sounds like a GREAT read,and cover is super cute !
Best,
Ifrah
starlight023(at)hotmail(dot)com

JennyB said...

Even if I don't win a copy of this book I shall definitely buy a copy. Look forward to reading it.
Jenny (Madrid)

Natalie said...

Wow sounds like an amazing book and a great giveaway, I will have to keep an eye out here in Australia if i don't win but either way I can see already it's going to be one of those books I feel others must read.

guineapigmum said...

Sounds like a good read! And now I'm wondering where the Perhentian Islands are...

eclairre said...

This looks awesome! Thanks for the giveaway.

Iota said...

Yes, please.

From Perhentia.

Camilla said...

I've been baking brownies this morning so my son can take his own cake to a friend's birthday party tomorrow...sigh. This book looks like one for us!

Sarah said...

Identifying with others on a similar path can really ease the burden of the head-miles that can happen when you are bringing up a child with allergys.
This book is a blessing! i know i will be on the hunt for my copy down here in Australia .
Sarah

Bearbear Mum said...

Another weekend of parties for my beautiful daughter, the ovens already on and now I realise that what I always really knew may actually be true - maybe, just maybe mummy's homemade allergy friendly ones aren't quite the same……..sounds like a fascinating read.

Aurea@Survival Guide said...

How could anyone resist a book with a review like that doubled with an amazing cupcake with a skull and a party hat?!.. please enter me! :)

supergran said...

yes party time is the time my daughter hates most with grandson, when so many allergies are involved it is difficult, but not impossible as we all know. thanks for running giveawy...we want a photo of you in the new outfit....and Im being a nosey bitch here....how did you get involved in channel 4 food, would love to....@pooohbear2811 in boring old UK

Cat said...

Sounds like a great book! And what fun to have a giveaway! PLease enter me as well. :)

Cat said...

Oh, umm, if I don't leave a url or log in with a google ID or something, am I still able to participate? How can you contact the winner if it's one of us who just left a name? I am so behind online.

Pig in the Kitchen said...

Hi Cat, I'll post the name of the winner on my blog and ask them to email me. You'll have to come back and check! Is that ok?
Pig x

Christi Craig said...

I have a copy, so you don't have to enter me into the giveaway. But, I'll spread the word. I LOVED this book!

Elaine said...

Found out my Daughter's Godson had a tree nut allergy because of a 1/4of a cashew I gave him... Although he doesn't live with me, I am super aware of what he can and can't eat, while trying not to be scared to death to let him behave like non-allergic kids!

Dena Page, M.Ed., CBA said...

The book looks like a must-read! FWIW, some of the nicest people I've ever met live in the Midlands so "buck up" :-)

RobynGZA said...

This book sounds ABSOLUTELY wonderful - so much of the time, I'm the person who knows more than the shopkeeper here in sunny S.A. I'm truly jealous when I read about the options available elsewhere... My 11 year old's life has been changed by the switch, so a really good book would be a wonderful delight!
Robyn (East London, S.A.)

Helene - I cook with butter said...

Happy First Giveaway!
This book looks awesome!

kylie said...

Well done Pig! You blog has grown from strength to strength. Keep up the awesome work. I'd love to read the book. Whilst Bella is now only allergic to fish - me niece has just been diagnosed with peanut allergy.
Best wishes
Kylie of Kylie's Blog
kylie.wordpress.com

Sarah @ Celiac in the City said...

It's on my list -- this would be a great way to get it! Thanks, great give away!

Potty Mummy said...

I want the book and I'm not afraid to say that I expect you to be wearing your chartreuse fur-trimmed bra under the new outfit you wear to draw the winner, in recognition of the Russian contingent's hopes of winning...

(Oh yes, Pig. I remember ALL your comments... In a totally 'I find them amusing and am a loyal reader' rather in a 'threatening-stalker-ish' way, I hasten to add)

Anonymous said...

Count me in please!

-Britt T.

streamgrass77(at)aol(dot)com

Nina said...

The book sounds great. As as pro cook I'm always looking for insight into allergies and special diets. I love to read your blog and even though I personally don't have any food allergies (that I know of), I know that I have an excellent source for ideas and recipes should I need one. Thank you!

Emma Terris said...

Its great to finally have books on allergies and how to live with them, when I was first diagnosed with a peatnut allergy nearly 35 years ago it was unheard off and nobody understood anything about nut free - I went to a birthday party when I was about 8 and picked up a handful of peanuts, which were in a bowl of crisps - not fun !! And when my son was diagnosed with a list of allergies I panacked, but with a little a research and hindsight, we are coping and it is nowhere near as bad as I thought it would be. Thanks you very much what a great giveaway. xx

Mya said...

Me too, me too, please! Sounds like a really good read.
Mya x

Nikki-ann said...

Ah, this book sounds great and right up my street! While I don't have food allergies, I have food intolerances. It's definitely something I'll check out if I don't win.

Nikki-ann.

nixtee[at]gmail[dot]com

Anonymous said...

sounds like an essential, thought provoking and necessary read. Will def search out this book.... anything that will help my daughters to cope with the world of allergies whilst they grow up would be most welcome
Lucy (UK)

Anonymous said...

This one is for you Oscar. Lets get our hands on that book.

Ruth Horloyd said...

Thanks for letting me know about this amazing book giveaway. It really does sound like a good read, and it's something that isn't really spoken about, written about, or portrayed in the media. No one on TV ever has an allergy, so it's really hard for others to know what it's really like. Can't wait to read it. Please do enter me. Thanks Mel! I am now waiting with fingers crossed, baited breath and a nut, dairy and wheat free flapjack.

realfoodlover said...

Hi - a great review of a book. Even if I do not win a copy, I have clocked that it is a great, informative and compassion-inducing (but not icky) read. Arresting title too.

Thanks

(Ha ha about natural paranoia...We all know that one, eh?!)

Aliceone said...

I would like a nice pile of words : )

Jeanette said...

This book would be great for my friend. her daughter has multiple food allergies and I know she'd like to read this book.

Alecia said...

Both of my sons have peanut/tree nut allergies. I am interested in reading about her experiences as an adult with food allergies. Thanks for the opportunity!

mark7 said...

Sandra is an amazing poet and like other poets before her who have published prose such as Margaret Atwood and Robert Morgan, her writing is suffused with a poet's skill with words joined to a fascinating story joined to a fascinating social history. Even if you can eat everything that anybody's ever offered to you, you'll find this book, at the very least, enjoyable and eye-opening.

rhonda said...

book sounds so interesting ,Food allergies are so scary!!would love to read it.lomazowr@gmail.com

Gretel Shuvzwichinstov said...

This sounds great! I'll definitely look for it in the store by my house, if I don't win a copy.

Gary Harding said...

Would love a chance to enter! Sounds like an amazing story!

Chris A., MI said...

Fantastic! I have a son with allergies, this sounds like it would be fun and informative!

Lisa @ akawest said...

That book has been on my want to read list.

skigirl said...

This books sounds great. My daughter has food allergies, so I think both her and I could enjoy this book together. Please pick me as the winner.
Phyllis (SLC, UT)

Anonymous said...

I'm allergic to CHOCOLATE!! (But I still have to eat a little every day) .. AND cats!! (But I still have to have two in the house) Luckily for me the symptoms are mild enough I can still indulge in them :)

whatsupemt said...

must win ,must read,now back to sleep,lol

Sober Brat said...

OMP. Pig in the Kitchen. oh. my. pig.
AND a giveaway. (P)Awesome!

Beauswifey said...

Sounds like a fun read!

Kristen said...

I have celiac disease, and while it's not a true allergy, it still makes finding "safe" foods very challenging. I'd love to win this book!

Anonymous said...

I want to win this book!!
jeanesilvr@aol.com

Stephanie said...

As a person since who the age of 8 has dealt with allergic reactions to soaps, bleaches, detergents, anything that has a fragrances in it basically. I find it amazing how 20 years later they are now selling free and clear products that didn't exist back then. And with my kids in school and all of the peanut allergies I can't believe how time has changes the awareness of these issues and I find it interesting to read other peoples stories of dealing with allergies.

Jennifer (admin) said...

I'd love to win this book.

Anonymous said...

Looks very interesting. Hope I win it.

maryann221 said...

I would love to win this! I have a nearly 15 year old son with life-threatening food allergies.

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Bitchilla The Hun said...

I've been wanting to read this book!

Meeks said...

This looks like a very interesting read!

Amy said...

Just found out my ten month old son has a few food allergies. Sounds like a fun read. There is a light side of food allergies! Can't wait to read!

Carrie Ferguson said...

I have been wanting to read this book.

pmk said...

I'm an October Birthday Girl! So, I'm thinking "when Pigs fly"...this would be a very nice birthday present to me! On a serious note, thank you for the opportunity to receive your new book. My son has Celiacs and I am always looking for new recipes and helpful information.

Carrie Ferguson said...

I have been wanting to read this book!

Judy W said...

Having lived with allergies for many years, I would love to read this book - it sounds like a must read to me! Thanks for this great contest

Anonymous said...

Sandra's message comes through loud and clear to those of us who deal with food allergies everyday. We are not victims. Thanks for the post...Carl
(excuse the anonymous tag please, my browser is currently fighting with blogger)

Anonymous said...

This is a great giveaway - The book looks both entertaining and informative!

Anonymous said...

Just found this site by searching for info on this book. How great would it be to win the book from a new compulsive-read site?

sarangrimm at yahoo dot com

Sharon said...

Would love to win this!

Julie said...

Sounds like a great read!

Sparked0029 said...

Sounds like a good read!

Anonymous said...

The title of the book didn't grab me, but when I read what it was about I became truly interested. My grandson has allergies - I would love to read this book, it sounds like a learning experience mixed with humor!

donbout said...

Sounds like a great book! My daughter has a peanut allergy and is also allergic to cats and dogs so she would probably enjoy reading this book also!

Calhoun Tiffany said...

I would love to read and review this book! Pick me Pick me :)

tiffanycoupons1@hotmail.com

Karla said...

The book sounds excellent. I love reading biographies.
karlatrx AT gmail DOT com

Christine said...

Sounds interestig i would love to read this book. I love the title and cover.

Christine said...

I would love to read this book sounds interesting cute title great cover.

Stephanie said...

Great giveaway! Would love to read and also forward to SIL who lives with this.
Thank you

Stephaniegoggin@frontier.com

Winona said...

me too, please! thank you!!

Monaquilts said...

got my fingers crossed, hope I win

Kimberly R. said...

I'd love a chance to enter!!
Thanks :)
kimberlybreid at hotmail dot com

eyeballlucy said...

Love to win a copy of Don't kill The Birthday Girl by Sandra Beasley...sounds like a interesting book.........babyruthmac16@yahoo.com

My Life as a Puddle said...

I'd love to win this book! It looks very interesting. Thanks for the opportunity.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a good read - I hope I win!

jan said...

definitely sounds like m type of book

Jayne said...

This sounds like a great book. I would love to read it.
Thanks
Jayne

Anonymous said...

Wish I had had this when my daughter was born!

catestew said...

Me! Me! Me! Pick me! I'd luuuuuuuv a copy of this book! I'll be checking your blog regularly now that I know of it, and would luuuuuuuv to see you pick catestew :)

PaulaRanee said...

My 4 yr old son has food allergies and I would LOVE to read this book!

Aubrey said...

Thank you for the opportunity to enter this giveaway. Your book sounds great! I would love to win a copy.

tangomonsters@hotmail.com said...

this book looks like a good read!

Patricia said...

You Ladies are very generous!! Thank you!

My Email:
madley (AT) cogeco (DOT) ca


Thank you!

Patricia

Lillian Lane said...

Yes, please. I'd love to win this book.

evelyn.n.alfred said...

Eighty-eight entries already? This book must be good.

Robin R said...

This sounds great!

Ronnie said...

Looks like a great book!