I’m always being asked for inspirational healthy recipes and I love to share the latest foodie ideas, especially dishes I’ve tried out myself. I love nothing more than curling up with a new foodie book, and there are lots of great choices this year.
So here is my review of just a few of my favourite foodie books.
- COOK.NOURISH.GLOW – Amelia FreerAmelia hit the headlines having helped a number of celebrity clients improve their health and now she’s able to share her knowledge with the public through her books. Amelia is a BANT registered nutritional therapist, so you can be confident that her advice is science based. You will get some quick easy suggestions of healthy cooking methods, as well as tons of nutritional information in an easy to read format along with 120 recipes. I particularly like Chapter 7 Happy Tummy, which has FODMAP suggestions (helpful for my clients with digestive issues) and Chapter 2 It’s All about Taste, which will help you overcome any fears of healthy food not being tasty. It’s fabulous to find some easy ways to help your taste buds “zing”. Pages 58-59 give helpful advice on making stock the easy way. You will love everything about this book, the recipes and the gorgeous photos. You’ll be inspired to try out new recipes for every day as well as for entertaining. In fact I’d give it a top rating 5 STARS! You’ll want to give this book as a gift because it is so lovely!
- The POWER of THREE – Dale Pinnock, The Medicinal ChefI first came across The Medicinal Chef when I was a nutritional therapy student and I have been a big fan ever since. Dale has written lots of books (I think I have them all!) and is highly qualified with BSc – Human Nutrition, BSc – Herbal Medicine, PgDip – Nutritional Medicine. He has a talent for being able to distil complex health and scientific explanations into simple, easy to understand terms. On top of that he is an amazing chef and all round foodie. His food is tasty, easy, uncomplicated and quick to make. Whenever I make his recipes for friends they invariably ask for the recipe. The POWER of THREE focuses on 3 cornerstone nutritional foundations: Blood Sugar Balance, Fatty Acid Balance and Nutrient Density. There are lots of great recipes and the book is colourfully presented. Oh and one other thing ….men love his recipes, so If you’re trying to encourage the man in your life to improve his food choices this book may be a good start.
- EVERYDAY SUPERFOOD – Jamie OliverThis is Jamie’s latest book and it was released around the same time as his recent TV show in which he travelled to the Blue Zones around the world. Blue Zones are places where the local population to live to an amazingly old age enjoying peak health, one of the key reasons for this is attributed to the local fresh food they eat over their lifetime. Over recent years Jamie has been a champion for healthy eating and helping people to prepare and enjoy fresh “real” food. This is a lovely colourful, inspirational book. I love the chapter on BREAKFASTS, the JAM JAR Salads (p 104) and Salad Snack Bowls on p226 are also a great idea. A word of caution (just my opinion – there’s a lot of bread based recipes, albeit healthier versions of bread. My suggestion is to eat bread or bread style food only once a day or there becomes a tendency to rely on sandwich style meals). Also some of the recipes seem a little complicated for a weekday evening, if you’re short of time. Nevertheless it’s a gorgeous book and I’m sure you’ll enjoy it.
- THE ART OF EATING WELL – Hemsley and HemsleySisters, Jasmine and Melissa are fabulous food bloggers, writers and also run a bespoke food service for private clients. This is one of my “go to” recipe books and I love every single recipe I’ve tried. One of the great things they do is to make suggestions of which accompanying recipes can be put together to make a delicious meal, which makes menu planning a dream! My absolute favourite recipes are Mushroom Quinoa Nut Roast with Chestnut Apricot Topping p 190 and Malaysian Lentil Squash Curry p 212 (I always make the leftovers in to a gorgeous soup by adding stock – yummy. I’m eagerly awaiting their next book GOOD and SIMPLE due to be released this month (February 2016).
If you’d like some foodie inspiration before investing in new food books, I’d suggest you check out the following websites/blogs. ENJOY!