The Naked Cookbook

Ward, Tess. The Naked Cookbook. New York, USA: Ten Speed Press. 2016.

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SUMMARY:
Living with a parasite for five years due to a trip out of the country, author, blogger and Le Cordon Bleu chef Tess Ward, shares her creativity found in her healthy recipes. In her book, The Naked Cookbook, she celebrates food at its rawest form, nothing processed or refined, and no fad diet regimes. Touting a sustained method of eating which naturally supports overall health and happiness, simple, delicious and stripped back recipes include smoothies, rhubarb sauce, coconut yogurt, salmon tartare, and many others. With information on detox, pantry items and superfoods, even the covers are in a pure and natural state…

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Natural in all respects, The Naked Cookbook is simple yet healthful. With many recipes from which to chose, the Chive Crepes with Avocado and Smoked Salmon as well as the Flax and Pumpkin Bread sound delicious! Gaining even more ideas from her pantry listing, broths and stocks, sauces and dressings, this book would definitely be an asset in the kitchen of someone invested in the clean and natural eating lifestyle. Only thing missing were a few more of the beautiful photographs.

RATING:
4.5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of The Naked Cookbook from Blogging For Books for my honest review*

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Happy Cooking

De Laurentiis, Giada. Happy Cooking: Make Every Meal Count…Without Stressing Out. USA: Pam Kraus Books/ Crown Publishing. 2015.

SUMMARY:
happycookingEmbarking on a new season in her life while writing her eighth cookbook, author and chef Giada De Laurentiis chronicles her many healthy, happy and creative recipes in her newest book, Happy Cooking. With snacks, pastas, vegetables and treats as well as clean eating and weeknight favorites, time-saving tips, healthy eating strategies, and special occasion ideas all compliment each other in an attractive cookbook. Gorgeous pictures fulfill the pages with easy to follow recipes, directions and unique ingredients paired with more everyday foods. Star of Food Network Giada at Home, she recently opened her own restaurant in Las Vegas, guest appears on The Today Show, and shares even more recipes and tips in her digital magazine.

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Usually watching her Food Network show while putting in miles on the elliptical, I was thrilled to have the recipes in a cookbook (rather than trying to remember the ingredients while pedaling). Clean eating accompanied by beautiful pictures, tasty recipes and healthy-living ideas create an ideal book for my kitchen. Though some ingredients will be new to my meals, they are not necessarily hard to find. Always looking for new creations, especially from a trusted chef, this book will be opened often and additional copies most likely gifted.

RATING:
5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of Happy Cooking from Blogging For Books for my honest review*

Inspiralized

Maffucci, Ali. Inspiralized: Turn Vegetables into Healthy, Creative, Satisfying Meals. NY: Clarkson Potter/ Publishers. 2015.

SUMMARY:
inspiralizedClean eating takes on a whole new look in Inspiralized. Turning ordinary vegetables, and even fruits, into pasta-tasting meals full of nutrition, Ali Maffucci shares her skills, recipes, knowledge and inspiration. Using the newest cooking craze, spiraling, this creative cookbook takes healthy to a new form…

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Interested in this new technique, as well as referred to the book by a fellow-friend-blogger, Inspiralized makes eating healthy and clean a new venture, with room to personalize.   Though new to some of the ingredients and combinations, I am intrigued enough to try them.  Though skeptical of the pasta-tasting creations at first, I am now convinced of this trend, especially as a novel way to eat more vegetables. Full of recipes, pictures, personal stories and easily followed directions, this book may not be for everyone but is definitely worth a try. With a tool to spiralize, from expensive gadgets to affordable tools, the recipes are attainable, tweak-able, and actually quite enjoyable.

RATING:
4 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of Inspiralized from Blogging for Books for my honest review*

Dashing Dish

Farrell, Katie. Dashing Dish: 100 Simple and Delicious Recipes for Clean Eating. Nashville, TN: Nelson Books. 2014.

SUMMARY:
dashingdishDashing Dish emphasizes clean eating- not a diet but a healthy lifestyle approach to eating which utilizes whole foods that have not been altered or processed and have no chemicals/ preservatives added but are in their natural state. Full of healthy, nutritional, tasty recipes accompanied by beautiful pictures, Dashing Dish makes cooking (and eating) simple, fresh and delectable.

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Having recently changed my lifestyle to include more clean eating, I was thrilled to find Katie Farrell’s appealing new cookbook. Not knowing the author nor her infamous Dashing Dish blog, I was pleased to learn her book is a combination of helping women find their identity in God and ending misconceptions about healthy eating. I so appreciate the healthy alternatives/ possibilities if desired (gluten-free, sugar-free, oat flour) while not compromising taste. With recipes for all meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and of course, dessert), pictures of each recipe, helpful, healthy tips and a personal note for each recipe, I truly enjoyed this book. I have to admit though…the Cake-Batter Protein Shake and the Peanut Butter Protein Cookies were my favorites. Seriously, who knew healthy could taste so good?

RATING:
5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of Dashing Dish from BookLook Bloggers for my honest review*