Hey Food Friends! Want a review copy of my new book?

by Matt on March 29, 2011

Well it seems just like yesterday that I was sticking stuff on sticks and making photos of them! It sure does! But now that it’s here — well, almost here — I’d like to extend a very special offer to you, my food blogging friends. Would you like a review copy of On A Stick!, my new cookbook? What? Stuff on a stick? Yes, you say? Please say yes. Because I would really love you to have a copy,  it’d make me really really really really really happy.

So, this book. Well, it makes me smile. It’s all about food on a stick and I had the best time working with Adam, Jenny and an assorted cast of characters in bringing you a book filled with some of my favorite things as well as state fair staples, some deep-fried goodies as well as some quick and easy things for everyone. It’s not all fried stuff (even though I would have been happy making a book called Fried Stuff On A Stick a/k/a Watch Matt Work Suspenders Like Nobody’s Business a/k/a The Ever Expanding Matt or just plain Hi, My Name Is Fat).

The day my advance copy of the book arrived made me muy muy muy happy.

While I’m on the subject of words, remind me to hug the copywriter at my publisher Quirk for saying “gleefully lowbrow treats”.  No, really, you make it sound respectable and I love you for that. I really do.

So, what’s inside On A Stick!? 80 recipes for party food, street-cart food, some real personal favorites of mine like Vietnamese Bo La Lot as well as moments where I really tested the limits of what could be put on sticks. And you know what I discovered? Things seem to taste better on a stick, and like I say in my book, you’ve got a built-in fun factor. You gotta love that.

And of course there’s the photography, something I hold quite dear. I wasn’t going to create a book unless it offered a visual bang and I hope that’s what I accomplished. Of course I can’t take credit for the photos, I had two amazing food stylists making beautiful food, all the while yelling “QUIT TWEETING, THERE IS FOOD ON SET” and “WE ARE NOT GOING TO REMAKE IT IF YOU MISS YOUR SHOT. TURN OFF STACEY Q AND QUIT DANCING AROUND THE STUDIO AND PAY ATTENTION.”

Anyway, I’d love you to be one of the first to have your own copy of On A Stick! My mother hasn’t even seen the book yet. That’s heavy.

Of course I have one copy at home sent to me hot off the presses (see exclusive pre-TMZ photo above) , but you wouldn’t believe who decided to have their own reading just last week.


That’s Moxie, Cho and Bindi, our dogs. I totally missed their Tuesday Yoga For Beginners Class followed by an On A Stick! book reading, I do hope they forgive me. And return my yoga mat free of Chihuahua hair.

So to get your own review copy, here’s what you can do:

  1. Email Eric Smith at: eric AT quirkbooks DOT COM. Send him your blog name, the URL and your name. He’s nice. Very nice. You’ll like him, I promise.
  2. Post a review of the book on your blog anytime during the months of April and May.
  3. Please link to the On A Stick! Amazon page, to Quirk Book’s website and to me, yours truly at mattbites.com.


That’s it! I do hope you like the book and I do hope you don’t blame me for eating too many Page 142’s*. Lord knows I sure did.

Please note that there are a limited number of books available for review so make sure you email Mr. Eric as soon as you can!

* Well you’ll just have to get a copy of the book now, won’t you?











{ 29 comments… read them below or add one }

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) March 29, 2011 at 4:35 pm

Thank you, Matt, for the awesome opportunity! I just emailed Eric.

I also bought a few of the food styling books you’ve recommended and one of them came from Amazon a couple days ago. Pink and white book, just called Food Styling. Fun to look through.

Will be even more fun to look through your book. CONGRATS!!!

Belinda @zomppa March 29, 2011 at 4:37 pm

Woohoo!! Congratulations! How can food on a stick go wrong??

Frau Haselmayer March 29, 2011 at 4:50 pm

Of course I’d love to have a copy of your new book! Well, I will anyway because I am definitely going to buy it…but I also emailed Eric!

Congrats to you and Adam for the great work!

Can I write to Eric in your mother’s name, too? ;-) I’m sure she’s so excited and can’t wait to see it….she must be so proud of you!

Katerina March 29, 2011 at 5:05 pm

Congratulations! I got the email from Eric earlier today and jumped on the chance, I am stoked to get to review a fellow blogger’s book!

Neel | Food Photogarphy Blog March 29, 2011 at 5:11 pm

Hello Matt, Congratulations on this book. I bet there are some pretty amazing food photos in this book. I am sure new food photographers can learn a lot from observing these food photos.

This is great! Congratulations once again.

Adrienne March 29, 2011 at 5:21 pm

Not sure which I like more: the pre-TMZ shot or the dog trio!!
Congratulations on the release. So happy for you.

Bunkycooks March 29, 2011 at 5:21 pm

Hi Matt,

Congratulations on the book! I can’t wait to see the recipes. We all need more fun in our lives, so I am all about serving food on a stick! BTW, I think your mom needs to see the first copy. :)


Michelle March 29, 2011 at 5:30 pm

SNAP! What an awesome book! CONGRATS! I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy!

Lucy Dylan Weddings March 29, 2011 at 5:43 pm

OMG! Congratulations on the new book! Seriously… I can’t wait to get my hands on that book. Savory foods on a stick… are you kidding me! :)

Linda Blakely March 29, 2011 at 5:46 pm

I just pre-ordered the book from Amazon! I’m your number one fan, but not in a Kathy-Bates-Misery kinda way.

Mary @ stylefyles March 29, 2011 at 6:20 pm

This looks AMAZING!!!!!

Kristina @ spabettie March 29, 2011 at 7:50 pm

congrats to you!! (and the yoga pups!) :)

justcooknyc March 29, 2011 at 7:56 pm

congrats on the new book, Matt!

Trevor Sis Boom March 29, 2011 at 8:58 pm

What fun! I sent off to Eric and can’t wait. You don’t have to twist my arm to read and review a book on party food! I just had a quinoa salad tonight. Can you put that on a stick?

Rosa March 30, 2011 at 12:19 am

Thanks! That is so awesome. I am going to e-mail Eric now!



Sabine March 30, 2011 at 10:20 am

Congratulations on your new book Matt. What a great subject. I just heard from Eric that I get a copy to review it. I am so excited! Thank you. Let’s see if my cats like it as much as your cute puppies ;-)

Wandering Educators March 30, 2011 at 11:18 am

congrats – it looks fantastic!! i emailed eric. what FUN!

The Carnivorous Vegan March 30, 2011 at 11:49 am

Exciting! Congrats on the new book! A friend of mine once had a party that was themed… get ready… food on a stick! She had a heck of a time thinking up enough foods that could be put on a stick. She could’ve used your book then, and I think I will copy her party idea soon, only now that I’ve asked Eric for your book, it will be easy to find recipes that will be a hit!

Krystal R. March 30, 2011 at 12:44 pm

Ohhhhhhh, how cool is that! The yoga pups and the coolio book. I just sent in a request to Eric for the book, and I’m crossing my fingers to hear back!

Renee March 30, 2011 at 6:19 pm

So awesome! Congratulations on your book!!!! Super exciting! We can’t wait to read it! We emailed Eric, but regardless, it’s on our “must have” list. (Now, if we could get an autographed copy….) ;) (hurrah!!!)

Kiran March 30, 2011 at 9:55 pm

Congrats on the new book Matt, so happy for you :)

Barbara March 31, 2011 at 12:14 am

Congratulations, what joy it must bring you to have your book printed and how nice of you to share it with your dogs. Look forward to using your recipes for upcoming summer parties, thank you.
Best regards, Barbara

S March 31, 2011 at 4:37 am

Totally awesome, congratulations Matt! XOXO

Matt March 31, 2011 at 12:49 pm

Well darn Linda — who’s going to take care of me after my legs are hobbled?

Amber March 31, 2011 at 2:59 pm

This looks like fun! If this book is anything like you, I’m guessing it will be hilarious. Can’t wait to read it. :)

Lauren March 31, 2011 at 8:15 pm

Can’t wait to see your book and make things on a stick! BIG GIANT CONGRATS!! And thanks for the opportunity of a review copy. Big fun!

Lynn April 2, 2011 at 6:49 pm

Can’t wait to see this book… Emailed Eric and hope I’m not too late to get a copy! I’m sure it will be amazing! Can’t wait to make some of your goodies for my graduation party :)

marla April 11, 2011 at 6:53 pm

I emailed you this morning without realizing you had posted this. Silly me ;) Sounds like I need some food on a stick. Any way I can get some smiles, excitement & great food count me in!! I just emailed Erik, i’ll keep my sticks crossed that he has an extra copy for moi. xo
Congrats on all this cool stuff.

Avanika (Yumsilicious Bakes) May 3, 2011 at 5:36 am

Wooh! Congratulations Matt :) I mailed Eric too, hope it isn’t too late!

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