August 23rd

theresa albert - my friend in food


Book Reviewer Wanted

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In the immortal words of the Lion King song Circle of Life “there is more to do than can ever be done”  I realize that what I need (probably what everyone needs) is another pair of eyes. There is no way for me, alone, to read all that I want to read of the cookbooks and health books that are available.  It would be so awesome if friend in food could become a resource for others of all this information and help guide our community through the bookshelf.  I am asked all the time “which cookbook? Which diet book? Is this really true or is it bologna” and I hate having to answer “I don’t know” without having some backup solution.

So, I am putting it out there to you.  Do you want to review one or two cookbook/health books per month and write about it on my friend in food? You can have full freedom to write whatever you want about the book and I will just chime in from my point of view.  This way, our readers get two opinions, yours and mine.  If you are:

  • A good writer with a sound opinion
  • A passionate health nut and/or cook/foodie
  • Able to reliably read a couple of books per month and post a blog about it
  • Open to feedback and commentary
  • In (or interested) the social/digital world of content
  • Willing to grow with us and share what you learn/know/think/feel
  • Interested in running contests/giveaways on behalf of the publishers

Then we want to meet you. Post a comment here with your email address and a few details and I will follow up with you.  You can also email me privately to find out more…theresa @ theresaalbert dot com

Theresa Albert

Theresa Albert

I love food, try to watch my weight, know more than I want to about healthy living (sometimes I wish I knew less so I wouldn’t feel so guilty when I stumble), am a daughter, sister, friend, mom and wife who worries and scurries the meals onto the table. It is for all these reasons that I completed my nutrition, RNCP designation, wrote my book, hosted my Food Network show, consult with food companies to urge them to get it right (or at least better), constantly write about it, research it, all of this so I can cut through the nutrition and food “news” clutter. Happy to share with friends!


13 Responses

    Laura Ip
    February 10, 2011 at 12:00 pm Reply

    Hello, Theresa

    This would, essentially, be my dream job. I’m the mom of two young children (3 and 5) and am pursuing a Sociology degree on a part-time basis, while I teach part-time for Niagara College and also do some contract web development work.

    I have 10+ years of writing and editing experience in a variety of areas, including public and private sector organizations, as well as having been a member of the Community Editorial Board for the local newspaper.

    Further, I enjoy cooking for myself and my family, though I don’t have as much time as I’d like to for doing so. My children are completely on-board with living a healthy lifestyle, so I don’t have any difficulty getting them to eat a variety of foods, but I lack the creativity to keep it interesting.

    I adore reading in general and experimenting with new recipes, and I also workout regularly and intensely. I think I am the ideal person for this role.

    Please don’t hesitate to contact me if I can provide you with more information.

      Theresa Albert
      February 10, 2011 at 2:56 pm Reply

      what’s your twitter handle?

    Theresa Albert
    February 10, 2011 at 12:06 pm Reply

    Just to be clear, this is an unpaid blog posting at the moment. It is perfect for someone who is building their digital presence and is passionate about the topic. Still interested?

    Laura Ip
    February 10, 2011 at 12:25 pm Reply

    It’s fantastic experience and fits with two areas I’m passionate about: reading/writing and health/food. I’m still interested.

    Deborah Lamb
    February 10, 2011 at 1:22 pm Reply

    Theresa. I am interested in being your book reviewer. My interest in healthy lifestyles was ignited by my childhood of everything-from-scratch. My mother rarely purchased boxed food—except for the obligatory fish sticks on Fridays. I still think about Captain High Liner and wonder how he is doing. I became militant about healthy eating when my second child was diagnosed with leukemia in 2006. We rode a crazy roller coaster which included everything from 100% organic, to herbal shakes to vegan eating. Today we have settled in the middle ground of everything-in-moderation but I continue to read up on the latest research and trends. My kids range in ages from 16 months to 10 years so I have a variety of palates to please. My background is PR and Marketing. I founded a PR firm back in the 90s but today I am a stay-at-home-mom.

    My kids range in age from 16 months to 10 years so I have a mix of palates to feed and a somewhat picky hubbie. Even with the somewhat chaotic house, I have time to write and read. I’m extremely reliable and would enjoy communicating with the publishers (really!).

      Theresa Albert
      February 10, 2011 at 2:57 pm Reply

      Hi Deborah,
      can you share your twitter handle or @ me so I can find you? thanks. ta

        Deborah Lamb
        February 10, 2011 at 8:30 pm Reply

        I befriended you. I’m @deborahlamb4 or Looking forward to speaking. Deborah

    February 10, 2011 at 1:29 pm Reply

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    February 10, 2011 at 10:17 pm Reply

    Theresa, I would be interested in reviewing for you. I enjoy cooking and reading. I try to keep my meals on the healthy side. I am disabled so I have all the time in the world to work on this for you. I have a one son who is about to be 21. He has problems with arthritis so, between the two of us, we have to really pay attention to our health and lifestyles.

    I was a very active, former police officer, EMT and volunteer firefighter. I decided on a ‘move’ to a better area for my son who was entering his teens and temporarily took a factory job that wasn’t hard at all. Imagine my surprise when I end up with a work injury (38 y.o.a.) that needed surgery. I came out of surgery with even more problems. Now at 41, the doctors are scratching their heads and calling me ‘a puzzle’ and saying that I have a neurological disorder that they’ve ‘never seen before’. As you can imagine, my whole life flipped upside down. I am now barely mobile and facing the possibility of losing all mobility. I found myself putting on weight just by eating normal so I am now struggling to find ways to lower and maintain my weight. I also must find ‘activities’ that I can do. With pain and mobility issues, along with other symptoms from my ‘problem’, doctors recommend walking and yoga stretches…
    Anyway, I veered off some. I just wanted you to understand that I need this as much as you.

    I’m an active member of several social media sites/networks: Twitter, Facebook, Mom groups and the such. I maintain 4 blogs in which I post about many things, including reviews and giveaways. All must be family-friendly products, books, videos….

    You can find me on twitter by using @SereneMoments ; Facebook: Lagean Ellis or Serene Moments ; and just in case I forget, I sometimes will respond as ‘Gena’. It’s the nickname I’ve had since I was a child.

    My e-mail:

    Thank you for your time and consideration. I hope to hear from you.

    February 12, 2011 at 9:29 am Reply

    Hi Theresa!

    I’m a food blogger from Ottawa who loves everything to do with food! I’ve been writing a successful food blog ( for a number of years and on that site I have podcast reviews of cook books. In addition I have a ‘Cook Along Book Club’ in which I, and several of my readers, cook many recipes out of selected cook books.

    In addition to Simply Fresh Ottawa, I have a pregnancy food blog providing healthy cooking tips and recipes to moms to be called Vegging for Two ( and guest blog twice monthly on Best Tools For Schools Blog, A Little Bit of Foodsense and once a month at Bunchland.

    Hope to hear from you soon!

    February 12, 2011 at 9:29 am Reply

    PS – my twitter handle is @simplyfresh

    February 15, 2011 at 2:23 pm Reply

    Hi Theresa, what an amazing idea and opportunity! I live in Burlington, Ontario and after a 10 year financial career and the birth of two children, we decided to return to Canada. Although fully intending to switch roles with my husband who was returning back to financial work after 4 years as a stay at home dad, I quickly jumped back into the fitness and health world. I am the owner of two successful companies, Abell Bodies Personal Training and Tread Powerfully, an outdoor power walking and indoor group strength training business touching the lives of hundreds. What keeps me inspired and fresh and able to motivate others? The words of others found either in novels, cookbooks, magazines, Facebook posts, or blogs. This week I’ve spent much time whipping up Meghan Telpner’s “Red Like Love Beet Muffin” recipes for some of my smaller groups to introduce gluten-free baking and provide an alternative to a dozen truffles on the 14th. I’ve also connected with a new raw and vegan restaurant in Oakville to dabble with some of my clients in the world of green and my next seminar in the “Strength with Kindness” series is all set for February 28th – “Digest This – Taming the Tummy”. Whether it’s trying new slow cooker recipes, understanding the power of quinoa or conquering the drudgery of making school lunches…I want to read about it, ponder it and write about it. I would love to hear from you. Please take a look at the books, recipes and events on my website that reveal my constant journey in health. Sincerely, Sue Abell

    February 24, 2011 at 1:55 pm Reply

    Hello Theresa,

    This is a great opportunity; one that I am interested in. I live in Toronto (Etobicoke) and currently do reviews on my blog:

    Please feel free to visit my blog to get a “feel” for how I write. Should you feel that I am a match to your requirements, I would love to hear from you.


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