Almost everyone in the weight loss/maintenance section of the internets has heard of Hungry Girl, a.k.a. Lisa Lillien. Maybe you subscribe to her daily newsletter. Or maybe you’ve seen one of her cookbooks. It seems she’s everywhere these days. Tonight she was in Memphis, and I had the pleasure of meeting her at an author discussion/book signing.
First to set the stage: There were about 100-150 people (my estimate) in attendance, a festive crowd that came in all shapes and sizes. The promoters (mostly her family members, it seemed) gave out grab bags with HG-affiliated products like Vita-tops (I got chocolate–SCORE!), Laughing Cow Cheese, Babybel cheese, Pop Chips, Fiber One cereal, and a Fiber One 90-calorie bar.) Considering that most of us hadn’t eaten dinner before the event, the only sound for a few minutes was that of packages being opened.
At some point I suppose it was determined that the sound of growling stomachs wasn’t going to drown out the author’s comments, and Lisa Lillien was introduced. She is absolutely charming–a teensy little thing–with a delightful sense of humor. She gave a bit of background about her website, announced she has a new book, Hungry Girl Happy Hour: 75 Recipes for Amazingly Fantastic Guilt-Free Cocktails and Party Foods, due out in June, and then took questions from the audience. Those were mostly recipe-specific and not of particular interest to Yours Truly (not that I’m judging!), so I’ve forgotten most of them. One comment I do remember is that her criteria for new recipes is that they must be a) delicious and b) good bang for the caloric buck. That’s pretty much my criteria for all things food-related (I include nutrition as well), so I nodded appropriately.
After the Q&A, we moved on to drawings for HG-products like t-shirts, tote bags, etc., along with drawings for a year’s supply of Pop Chips and Vita-tops. I didn’t win anything, which was okay because I didn’t want any of it, but it was fun watching other people win, especially the two men who won pink HG t-shirts. (Note: Lisa recommended they pair them with white jeans and pumps.)
Finally, it was on to the book signing.
Okay, can I just interrupt here and mention that besides the humidity-influenced flat hair, I’m noticing how pointy my chin is and that it casts a shadow onto my neck? How much do I love that? I think this is the first time I’m noticing that little benefit, and I have to admit that I like it a lot more than three years ago:
Okay, no more about that! Let’s return to the world famous author and her cookbook.
You’ll notice in the Cammy-has-a-neck-shadow photo that the other woman–oh, yes, Lisa!–has a book in front of her. Unfortunately, the book is upside down. Let’s fix that:
A-hah! Now we see that she has a copy of Hungry Girl 1-2-3: The Easiest, Most Delicious, Guilt-Free Recipes on the Planet in front of her…and a Sharpie! If you’re hoping this is where I get to the giveaway part of this post, your wish is about to come true!
Yep, I’m giving away a newly-signed copy of the Hungry Girl 1-2-3 cookbook to one lucky reader. One lucky reader in North America, that is. (So sorry, international friends! We really are the world, but international postal rates are beyond my unemployed budget.)
In order to enter the drawing, you only have to leave a comment (or send me an email) with either the name of your favorite Hungry Girl recipe OR a previously off-limits recipe that you’ve healthified. (If you want to include the recipe, that’s great, but you don’t have to. We do, however, reserve the right to bombard your inbox asking for said recipe.)
Extra entry: I try not to put too many strings on these giveaways, but as I was watching the crowd tonight (without judging!), I was struck by the possibility of developing my very own
HG TTD empire. HG is crossing the 1-million subscriber mark, and I’m…a little behind that. To that end, I’ve decided not to wait until I have something of value to offer; instead, I’m going to just start self-promoting like crazy. So, for an extra entry, just mention my giveaway on your blog or tweet it or tell your mother. (But not all of those things.) Just let me know you plan to do it, and I’ll trust you to follow through.
Got it? Post a comment or send me an email. Extra entry for mentioning it to anyone else on the planet. North American residents only and only because I’m poor. Oh! and the drawing will be held on Wednesday, June 2nd, at 7 a.m. (or so.)
Disclosures: I ate the Babybel and the chocolate Vita-top thingie. That’s all the compensation I received (until I eat the other stuff) and that was probably just to keep me from whining about being hungry. It certainly wasn’t enough for this long drawn-out post.
Wishing all a happy and safe holiday (Yikes, U.S.-only again) weekend!