Mila's Meals wins International Readers' Favorite Book Award
Mila’s Meals The Beginning & The Basics by Integrative Nutrition Health Coach Catherine Barnhoorn awarded a Readers' Favorite Book Award in the Non-Fiction - Cooking/Food category.
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Mila's Meals wins Readers' Favorite Book Award
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Mila’s Meals wins International Readers’ Favorite Book Award


Readers’ Favorite recognizes “Mila’s Meals: The Beginning & The Basics” in its annual international book award contest.


Readers’ Favorite is one of the largest book review and award contest sites on the Internet. They have earned the respect of renowned publishers like Random House, Simon & Schuster, and Harper Collins, and have received the “Best Websites for Authors” and “Honoring Excellence” awards from the Association of Independent Authors. They are also fully accredited by the BBB (A+ rating), which is a rarity among Book Review and Book Award Contest companies.


Readers’ Favorite is proud to announce that “Mila’s Meals: The Beginning & The Basics” by Catherine Barnhoorn won the Honorable Mention in the Non-Fiction – Cooking/Food category in this year’s awards.


This adds to the six other international book awards Mila’s Meals: The Beginning & The Basics has received including:



The author’s first book received a warm literary welcome with a review by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers’ Favorite:


“Food is a basic essential of life. But when food becomes toxic to the body, then it is time to re-evaluate what is in the food. Even so-called fresh produce can be laced with pesticides and GMOs, which can be, and is, terribly toxic to a lot of people, especially small children who are just beginning to grow and develop. With the increasing use of pesticides and the preference by governments, farmers, food manufacturers and grocers to promote GMO foods, learning to eat wisely and safely is a quagmire of obstacles and unknown variables.


What’s needed? A useful, informative guide to help young mothers feed their children healthy food alternatives, food that not only is safe for the child, but looks good and tastes delicious. That’s where this book comes in handy. Catherine Barnhoorn had to heal herself from many autoimmune conditions and, when her newborn, Mila, started showing unusual and concerning symptoms, this young mother started researching and implementing a healthier, safer diet program for both herself and her new baby. As she researched and developed hundreds of recipes, she started to develop an idea of an extensive health guide that would not only explain the perils we now face with trying to eat healthily, but also the many options available to improve our eating habits.


The result? Her 500-page book, Mila’s Meals: The Beginning and the Basics. This is a must study, must enjoy, healthy eating alternative not only for feeding children, but also for feeding ourselves as adults. Everything you could possibly ask about the difficult food industry is answered in this book. Beginning with her own story, Catherine leads the reader through her experiences and sets us up with a course of action: first and foremost, read the labels and be aware of what you are eating. She complements her discussions with concise charts of the good and the bad in different food groups. She lays out the research compiled on the subject of food intolerances and allergies, and she provides a great resource of recipes, from snacks to main course meals to yummy desserts, and all that you could possibly want in between. The glossary is succinct and very thorough and useful. This is a must have guide for all young mothers and for anyone who wants to eat healthily and stay healthy.


Well done! A great resource. Love the photos of Mila.”


You can learn more about Catherine Barnhoorn and “Mila’s Meals” at where you can read reviews and the author’s biography, as well as connect with the author directly or through their website and social media pages.



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We receive thousands of entries from all over the world. Because of these large submission numbers, we are able to break down our contest into 140+ genres, and each genre is judged separately, ensuring that books only compete against books of their same genre for a fairer and more accurate competition. We receive submissions from independent authors, small publishers, and publishing giants such as Random House, HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster, with contestants that range from the first-time, self-published author to New York Times bestsellers like J.A. Jance, James Rollins, and #1 best-selling author Daniel Silva, as well as celebrity authors like Jim Carrey (Bruce Almighty), Henry Winkler (Happy Days), and Eriq La Salle (E.R., Coming to America).




Mila’s Meals: The Beginnings & The Basics is a 500-page collection of over 100 nourishing wholefood recipes and food ideas for baby’s first years (and the rest of the family too). Free from gluten, refined sugar, dairy and artificial additives.


Part cookbook, part nutrition encyclopedia, part journal of the author’s journey into motherhood, Mila’s Meals is a call to action for every parent to be conscious of what they are feeding their little ones, providing a guideline on how to achieve this as effectively, effortlessly and joyfully as possible.


Mila’s Meals retails for R480-00 and is available from Amazon, Faithful-To-Nature, Takealot, Loot, and


More information on the book, and a complete list of stockists, can be found at




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Catherine Barnhoorn

Mom to Mila, Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and author of 'Mila's Meals: The Beginning & The Basics'.

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