Eight reasons why I would recommend this book:
1. Healthy & Clean food
All the food in this book is exactly the type that I like to eat. Clean. Fresh. Seasonal. Low GI. High Protein. Not highly processed. Lots of low-gluten options. And most of all really tasty!!! Gwyneth and her friend/co-author Julia Turshen must have really tried and tested these recipes-Thanks G & J.
2. Normal, easy to find ingredients
So far I have known every ingredient and can also buy them all in my local supermarket! Necessity!
3. Never-fail basic recipes
I’ve found as I have been introducing new ingredients such as quinoa into my diet I have had a lot of mishaps. Lets just say there has been a lot of uneaten quinoa that has landed in the bin! But they have included detailed recipes to make ‘perfect’ versions. Simple and easy to follow too. The most useful to me, in case you hadn’t guessed, is the Quinoa recipe. I actually like the stuff now 😉
Other basic recipes include: Stocks, Go-to recipes like tomato sauce, Soaking almonds and goji berries, pickles, sauces and cooking eggs three ways – among a few other recipes.
4. Covers everything
There is a recipe for almost every occasion. Dinners during the week. Celebrations. Food for kids. Drinks.
The chapters are well organised into morning time, salads, soups, birds and meat, fish, vegetables, grains, drinks, kids’, sweets. And as you’ll see below these fit well into the weekly menu plans!
There are comments and explanations on how to convert to metric too!
5. Foreword by an actual expert
Sometimes in these celebrity cookbooks, the foreword is by another celebrity friend about how great they all are. But alongside the forewords by Gweneth and Julia there is one by Dr Habib Sadeghi and Osteopathic physician. OK so that doesn’t necessarily make him the most expert of dietary experts but he does provide a clear and useful explanation as to the benefits of this type of diet. He links the scientific medical understanding of modern diets with different religious views of food. Personally my views of food have been changing from a love/hate relationship with this stuff that can make me fat/skinny to a more holistic view of food fuelling and empowering my body to be happy, healthy and strong. This links in with the spiritual idea the doctor discusses. So I learned a few new things and appreciated having some background information from a real scientific expert.
6. Weekly Menu Plans
There are four weekly menu plans linked to recipes in the book. They include a body-builder, detox, family-friendly and a vegan week. I love a menu plan I must admit. I really search for inspiration during the week. Also I try to get my food organised on a weekend and these plans can just save so much time. Additionally for some reason I find I am more likely to try cooking something I wouldn’t otherwise… and this is the best way to find new favourite meals! Yay and we all love a favourite meal!
7. Suitable for different dietary needs
If you have specific dietary needs then they have tried to help by clearly labelling each recipe with little icons to identify each recipe as suitable for an elimination diet, vegan diet or as a protein-packed meal.
8. Looks great!
The book has a really great feel. Some funny, random photos of Gwyneth don’t seem to stick out like a sore thumb somehow. The food looks delicious and inviting and the recipes are easy to follow!
Overall I really recommend this read. I didn’t really want to like the book as much as I did, but it is getting a lot of cooktop time at the moment so it really is all good!
What is your favourite cookbook? Why?