I love cookbooks. We have at least three shelves dedicated to them at home that are culled every few months to stop my habit getting out of control. I try to keep the ones I use most often in the Kitchen, whilst the others are on proud display in the sitting room. I use cookbooks for inspiration to create my own recipes as well as following the ones within their colourful pages. Every year there seems to be a trend in cookbooks, and this year it seems like it’s healthy, wholefood and superfoods that are taking the forefront. Here are the healthy cookbooks on my ‘must buy’ list in 2015…
The hottest release for January that’s top of the Amazon bestsellers before it’s even on general sale. Super-blogger Ella Woodward’s first book includes recipes new and from the app, beautifully photographs alongside images from her Instagram. Whether you follow her plant based diet or not, you’re guaranteed to be inspired to eat well with this delightful recipe collection.
Another blogger with a book out this year is Madeline Shaw. She encourages ditching processed junk foods and eating foods that heal your gut to get you ‘shining from head to toe’ which sounds pretty good to me! I love that the recipe ingredients are all readily available and won’t break the weekly shopping budget either. Sadly you’ll have to wait until April to get your hands on this beauty.
A few weeks ago I had a really interesting chat with Tanya (founder and owner of Tanya’s Café) about eating a more alkaline diet. It’s the acidity in our bodies that can encourage some of the worst diseases, and so trying to eat a more alkaline diet can help balance out the body’s acidity levels. Natasha Corrett’s book includes four cleanses with over 100 recipes that follow alkaline principles. I’m not one for a cleanse, but would love some recipe inspiration.
Who doesn’t want to increase their intake of fruits and veggies? This wonderful new book by the author of ‘Less Meat, More Veg’ (another of my kitchen staples) is full of recipes and ideas to make meal times more nutritious. Each dish highlights the number of fruit and veg servings, some even sneaking in all of your recommended 5 a day!
Last year I gave up alcohol for lent, and I think this year I’m going to attempt to give up refined sugar. There is just far too much of it in my diet. I’ll be using Davina McCall’s new book to help kick the habit, hoping that it really does take the faff out of sugar-free cooking.
Which books are on your radar to buy and use this year?