Food 2.0 – Secrets From the Chef Who Fed Google – Tween Tested & Giveaway

My girl is in the kitchen again and I can’t get her out. She was so excited to meet Chef Charlie Ayers a couple weeks ago.  She had to get his latest cookbook “Food 2.0 – Secrets from the Chef Who Fed Google“” and immediately start trying his recipes. The cookbook covers everything from breakfasts to snacks, smoothies, salads, sides and main meal items. I was drawn to the visual pop of fresh food pictures. My tween dove right into the narrative around the the healthy benefits of the ingredients being used and food preparation (which covers almost the first half of the book).

Meeting Chef Charlie Ayers

My tween’s first test of the cookbook was making smoothies. It wasn’t hard to find smoothies that she wanted to make. The harder part was narrowing down the selection among the fifteen different recipes. She wanted to do a formal taste test – so she narrowed her selections down to three smoothies: Jade Smoothie, Smoothie Sandia and Mount Shasta Fruit Smoothie.

Although the cookbook is intended for an adult audience, my girl dove right in and mixed and measured her own smoothies. She was meticulous about the suggested fruit garnish (probably from watching so many cooking competition shows where presentation plays a key role in judging).

3 smoothies ready to taste

Let the smoothie review begin!

Our tween chef has so much fun making these smoothies – now it’s time to taste!  She wanted to make the taste test official- so she had her notebook and pencil ready.


Hard at work reviewing the smoothies

Smoothie #1:  Jade Smoothie

  • Ingredients:  cucumber, fresh mint leaves, apple cider, lemon sorbet, ice
  • Review:  “This is really good.  My favorite part was the nice fluffy layer on the top”

Smoothie #2:   Smoothie Sandia

  • Ingredients:  blueberries, pineapple juice, honey, watermelon
  • Review:  “Fresh watermelon tastes perfect for a pool party”
Smoothie #3:  Mount Shasta Fruit Smoothie
  • Ingredients:  peach, banana, wheat germ, fresh orange juice, vanilla yogurt, ice
  • Review:  “Creamy and a nice peach flavor – thick and hearty”
The winner?  Our tween tester enjoyed all of them – but chose #3: Mount Shasta Fruit Smoothie as her favorite.


Our tween chef gave “Food 2.0 – Secrets From the Chef Who Fed Google” two big thumbs up.  She notes:  “Overall, I think it is an awesome cookbook.  I liked the nice tips at the beginning.  When I tried the recipes, I was wow’ed by how delicious the smoothies were.  I plan to try many more recipes.”


You can’t go wrong with the recipes in this book.  It is a great book to share from Mom (or dad/aunties/grandparents) to daughter.


And best of all, Chef Ayers has agreed to giveaway 2 signed copies to 2 lucky readers! Enter below. Two winners will be picked at random on Friday, June 22.

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Happy cooking (and blending)!  Be sure to pick up your own copy, especially with the abundance of fresh foods this time of year.

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  6 comments for “Food 2.0 – Secrets From the Chef Who Fed Google – Tween Tested & Giveaway

  1. Gidget
    June 15, 2012 at 11:08 am

    mango, pineapple, kiwi are great together with greek yogurt for a protein boost

  2. Denise M
    June 15, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    Strawberry banana

  3. June 18, 2012 at 2:05 am

    Oh, these smoothies look wonderful. The one with the lemon sorbet sounds so refreshing. I hope I win this cookbook, Chef Ayers recipes already look so unique. Love your website, your cooking demonstrations, crafts, all of it. I’ve already recommended your blog to quite a few people AND pinned it on one of my Pinterest boards. I’m not kidding, I’m a real fan!

  4. deanna
    June 18, 2012 at 10:42 am

    my favourite smoothie is milk, blueberries, strawberries,greek yogurt, chia seeds and a touch of vanilla…yum!!! Thanks for a chance to win!!!

  5. June 21, 2012 at 4:09 am

    my favourite smoothie is milk, apple, kiwi & greek yogurt. Thanks great giveaway!

  6. Jill J
    June 21, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    I like just about any kind of smoothie that has strawberry in it!

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