I love cookbooks – in fact I sometimes spend hours in bookstores just looking through the cookbook section or hiding in the corner on the floor reading them. This is a list of my favourite ones.
It’s all good – by Gwyneth Paltrow
After a short description of her own health issues as a reason to change her diet Miss Paltrow provides a long list of recipes based on wholefoods, which are mostly gluten-, dairy and sugarfree. Categories include breakfasts, salads, soups, fish, vetegable and meat dishes as well as some sweets. This book is one of my favourites for two reasons. One, it is beautifully designed and crafted in terms of the presentation of the food and recipes. And two, and most importantly, the recipes are super simple and easy to make. It also includes a staple list at the beginning of the book, which can be useful as a starting point.
Eat yourself beautiful – by Lee Holmes
This book is all about using food as a way to improve your inner health and therewith your outer beauty. It provides a nice overview of the foods you should and should not consume in order to achieve these goals before the recipe section puts the knowledge into practice by combining these foods in super delicious meals. Lee’s approach of ‘superfoods do not have to be complicated or expensive and can be found at your local grocer’ really speaks to me and so does the simplicity of the recipes.
Healthy Every Day – by Pete Evans
Full of vibrant fresh foods as well as hearty meat dishes this book makes my mouth water each time I open the pages. The cuisine is paleo-inspired and Pete encourages the reader to go organic, buy locally and seasonally, something I am a big fan of as well. The recipes can be a bit lengthy with some of them containing rather exotic ingredients (water kefir grains, slippery elm powder and shiso leaves just being a few examples) so it is something used for special occasions in my household.
I Quit Sugar and I Quit Sugar for Life – by Sarah Wilson
These two books have changed my outlook on health and nutrition quite drastically at the beginning of 2014 (if you want you can read more about it on my Food Philosophy Page). In her first book Sarah encourages the readers to eliminate all sugar (read: fructose) from their diet and provides them with a 8-weeks step by step plan to make a transition to a sugar-free life. The introductory section of the book describes the benefits of cutting out sugar by illustrating current science on the topic. In the subsequent recipe section Sarah makes sure that the reader does not miss out on delicious (sugar-free) treats and comfort foods that make the process of cutting out sugar from your diet as smooth as possible (by increasing fat and protein intake). In her second book ‘I Quit Sugar for Life’ she takes her approach a step further featuring 148 additional utterly delicious recipes and full meal plans. The ‘I Quit Sugar’ team constantly works on new recipes and it is always worth checking their website for new released e-books and other useful information.
OTHER GOOD READS
Sweet poison – by David Gillespie
After having read ‘I Quit Sugar’ by Sarah Wilson this was the second book I read to find out more about how consuming sugar impacts our health. David Gillespie does a wonderful job explaining the science in lay words so that even a person incredibly untalented in anything science related like me could understand it. It is convincing and insightful yet not overwhelming.
The Paleo Solution – by Robb Wolf
This book takes the approach taken by Sarah Wilson’s ‘I Quit Sugar’ and David Gillespie’s ‘Sweet poison’ a step further by advocating the elimination of all humanly produced and farmed foods from your diet. Eating what is called a paleo diet means in practice to cut out all processed foods, grains, legumes and dairy. Instead foods consumed include high quality animal proteins from meat, eggs and fish, fresh vegetables as well as seeds and nuts and fruit in moderation. While describing how this diet change can affect our overall health and well-being the book can get a bit too sciency for my taste at times, however, as Robb Wolf suggests on multiple occasins in his book, it is okay for the reader to skip some of the nitty gritty stuff and move on to the practical ‘how to section’ in the back of the book.
BLOGS AND WEBSITES
Finally here is a list of some of the blogs and websites I like to follow for recipe ideas:
Happy browsing! – Johanna