I have a bit of a cookbook addiction. I like looking at the pictures. I like reading them in bed at night. I like trying new recipes. I like experimenting with ways to make them my own. I like talking about them. And now, I’d like to share some of my favourites with you!
I found out about Ella through her blog, deliciouslyella.com. She is a proponent of a super healthy, vegetarian and gluten-free diet. Her recipes are inventive and yummy. I use her base recipe for Chia Pudding almost every morning for breakfast, experimenting with different flavour combinations. I also really like her Superfood Bread, which I make into croutons for caesar salad (post on this to come!). Whenever I buy a cookbook, I like to get into bed that night with a stack of sticky-tabs and mark everything I want to make. I’ve got one on basically every other page!
Hemsley + Hemsley
Jasmine & Melissa Hemsley
When my friend Jess showed me this book, I knew I needed to have it! Jasmine and Melissa make exactly the kind of food I like to eat – real, unprocessed, low in refined carbohydrates but still delicious and incredibly satisfying. The first recipe I made of theirs – Lamb Meatballs and Cauliflower Tabbouleh – was so good that instead of trying a new recipe the next time, I made it over and over. I’ve since tried almost every recipe in the book and I can honestly say I’ve never had a cookbook with so many “make agains” in it.
It’s All Good: Delicious, Easy Recipes That Will Make You Look Good & Feel Great
Gwenyth Paltrow & Julia Turshen
Regardless of how you feel about Gwenyth and GOOP, this cookbook really is a must. Aside from some questionable health opinions presented as scientific fact, the style of eating promoted in this book boils down to an exceptionally healthy diet, and one that closely aligns with my own style of eating. I also think its really great that Gwenyth took her health into her own hands to find an eating style that works for her. Before I read Its All Good, and made the salads in it, my salads all tasted roughly the same. Delicious, to be sure, but all variations on a common theme, and usually not robust enough to be a meal in their own right. Rarely does a cookbook actually make me a better cook, but now I feel comfortable experimenting with all sorts of salad dressings and toppings to make really delicious and satisfying salad based meals. There are also some great meat options in the book, like her Braised Chicken with Green Olives + Lemon, and a life-changing Brown Rice Pasta with Tuna, Olives, Fried Capers + Parsley. She also has a whole chapter devoted to making fun healthy dishes for kids, something that is easy to get behind.
I’ve had this book for years and there are recipes in it I just keep going back to. The South Beach Diet is is really more of a lifestyle, and if you can get in the habit of eating this way, you’re definitely on track for healthy-diet success. Once again, the recipes are low in refined carbohydrates (seeing a theme here?). I especially love the Halibut with Tapenade in Parchment and the Breakfast Turkey Stacks. The only thing I can criticize in this book is that the portions are a little small for me. I like to round out most of the meals in here with a big salad.