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Cooking & Healthy Eating

The Really Quite Good British Cookbook

by William Sitwell


Wow! Nothing like I thought this book was going to be.


I expecting it to be about good delicious traditional British food - but  NO, it's a treasure trove for home cooks of unusual, yet not difficult, rather inspirational of what to make for breakfast, lunch and dinner.


I simply love this book - it's a definite keeper, one that most homes should have in their cook book library.


Each recipe gives practical information which most of us want to know, such as how many servings it will make; how long it will take to prepare; the skill levels need to cook the recipe which are mostly 1 and 2, so easy and moderate. All with photos which I find rather helpful and appealing and a very handy book mark ribbon - something all recipe books should have.


Recipes are by 100 well-known chefs in the UK that one can readily think of such as Jamie Oliver, Nigella, Michel Roux, Yotam Ottolenghi, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Raymond Blanc, Claudia Roden, Prue Leith, Rick Stein, Gordon Ramsay, Nigel Slater, Antonio Carluccio, Delia Smith, Aldo Zilli and ..... and many other chefs and cookery writers  that we don't readily know.


I'm also pleased to say that I've tested a few recipes from this book and they all work. A perfect gift for yourself, for a friend, family member or partner.

Published by Murdoch Books

ISBN: 9781743368503



Get Lean, Stay Lean

The 6-Step Program for a Happier, Healthier Body, for Life

by Dr Joanna McMillan


There are over 100 nutritionally balanced recipes for the whole family in this book with practical information such as the nutritional breakdown, notes and portion guidance for each recipe.


If you've been thinking about eating more healthily, watching your weight and need some inspiration this maybe the book for you. Also  included is sample weekly menu planning guide.


Recipes included are for breakfast, snacks, salads, soups, seafood, meat, poultry, vegetarian, sweet treats and drinks.


Joanna McMillan explains why it so hard to be a healthy weight, how genes influence body weight, and how you can adapt your lifestyle for a healthier, happier life and also gives advice to get and stay lean and trim.


Published by Exisle Publishing

ISBN: 9781942934660


The Mix + Match Lunchbox

by Cherie Schetselaar and Britney Rule


First impressions - WOW, love the look of this book!


Cleverly designed, a hard backed, open flat book with internal wire binding, the length of the book's pages are divided into three to show different recipes and combinations for healthier lunch boxes. The pages are coated so it's easy to clean up any spills.


Loads of good ideas for sandwiches, healthy snacking, salads, hot and cold food and how to keep them hot or cold during the school day. On the cover it claims 27,000 wholesome combos to make a lunch.  Also like the ideas for putting notes into your child's lunch boxes  - tear out notes included for you. The book includes guides on a healthy lunch is important, how to create a balanced lunch, what grains are best,  information on protein,  veggies,  fruit, serving sizes and more.


The authors, Cherie Schetselaar has a passion for superfood, for all meals and Britney Rule is a mother of four picky eaters is the author of Grain Crazy, Quinoa Crazy.  If this doesn't resonate with you, don't be put off, this book will be very useful for every parent who sends their child to school with a lunch box, or eats at home.  Do remember that some food names used are different to ours as the authors are in the USA. (it's a pumpkin not a squash!)

Published by Murdoch Books

ISBN 9781743366271

100 Desserts to Die For

by Trish Deseine


While this book doesn't quite fit under this page's heading of "Healthy Eating", it does fit because anything you make or bake at home is bound to better than shop bought as you use good quality ingredients, without any unnecessary additives found used for commercial cooking and baking.

If you or your family love desserts, there is sure to be one or two of these  you would make. The author, a former BBC TV cooking show host, originally from Ireland has been living and working France for 25 years

 In  this beautiful book, she shares tips, shortcuts and advice. There are quite a few old favourites, but with a twist and some rather different desserts such as Guinness Chocolate Cake, (which we tested - the Guinness give a deep rich taste to the chocolate, with only a hint of the taste of the Guinness) Guinness Brownies,  a different take on a Bannoffee, a marmalade and whisky bread and butter pudding to name a few.


Divided into sections of Classics; Chocolate; Creamy; Soft; Fruity: Icy it's pretty certain you will find desserts to keep you going all year-around.

Published by Murdoch Books

ISBN 978174337261

RRP $39.99


Good Food Everyday

by Calum Hann and Themis Chryssidis


Remember Callum Hann who was a finalist in MasterChef a few years ago? Well he has teamed up with dietitian Themis Chryssidis to produce this fresh and delightful cook book. Designed to encourage people to follow common sense rather than the latest fad. The recipes are easy and quick to make, ideal for busy people who want good ideas that are full of flavour that they can make without too much fuss.


We like the way the chapters are divided into seasons. Within each chapter there is a list of seasonal fruit and vegetables, making it easy to know what to shop for which has health benefits and good for the environment.  The introduction explains the importance of eating seasonal produce.

Some gluten-free recipes included.

We like the chapter explaining the advantages of home cooking, agree with all points!

If you are busy, or not too keen on cooking, do yourself a favour and get a copy of this book, it's a good one to have in your kitchen library.

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