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Monique Volz Author Talk • The Ambitious Kitchen Cookbook: 125 Ridiculously Good for You, Sometimes Indulgent, and Absolutely Never Boring Recipes for Every Meal of the Day

Wednesday September 25th at 6:30pm

A note about our in-store events:

We offer first come, first served seating in our shop. There will be overflow room outside if needed and the author will be mic'd. Everyone is welcome to attend.

You can pre-order a copy below for pick-up at the event or purchase copies on-site.


Monique Volz founded her food and wellness blog, Ambitious Kitchen, with the hopes of sharing her healthy comfort foods with the world while processing the unexpected passing of her father. Monique immediately connected with readers looking for a dose of inspiration, storytelling, and comfort through food. Now you’ll not only find a website with hundreds of unique nourishing recipes, but also a dedicated, ambitious community who crave Monique’s inspiration. Monique currently lives in Chicago with her husband and three little boys.

The Ambitious Kitchen CookbookMillions of readers know Monique Volz's website, Ambitious Kitchen, as a go-to resource for inventive, flavorful recipes that are full of nutrition, comfort, and personality. Now, in her debut cookbook, Monique wants others to find their own Ambitious Kitchen and discover their own version of health, bold flavors, and above all, the unique happiness that food can bring to your life. Whether you’re looking for a show-stopping dish to bring to a gathering, a new home-cooked tradition, or a nourishing meal everyone will love, The Ambitious Kitchen Cookbook has the answers.

Monique joyfully showcases a balanced approach to health, with comforting, vibrant dishes that are amped up with extra vegetables, protein, and fiber. Wake up and sip on a Glowing Skin Vitamin A Smoothie or bake The Best Cinnamon Rolls You’ll Ever Eat for someone you love. Enjoy nutritious lunches such as Buffalo Chicken Chop Chop Salad or Roasty Toasty Tomato Soup with Herbed Grilled Cheese Naan. Family dinner might look like It’s a Sheet Pan Honey Mustard Chicken, Sweet Potato & Bacon Situation or Pepperoni Pizza Baked Orzo with Basil and Quick Hot Honey on a busy night, or Everyone’s Favorite Baked Chicken Tacos or Marry Me Ropa Vieja for a crowd. And let’s not forget show-stopping desserts like Tahini Pumpkin Cake with Brown Butter Cream Cheese Frosting and outrageously good Double Strawberry Oatmeal Cream Pies (Little Debras).

Most recipes include “Make It Your Way” and “Make It Nutrient Dense” tips to customize food to your tastes. And as an added bonus, most can be made gluten-free, dairy-free, or vegan, allowing readers to tailor recipes to their own version of health.

As you turn the pages, you’ll find yourself a guest at Monique’s table, enjoying playful, comforting recipes that will impress everyone (including yourself!).