Oh hello there lovely readers!
I’ve recently become an almost vegan. I say almost because although I do not eat dairy at all, I will eat meat every now and then. I know that I will get a lot of criticism from this but I’m a big fan of doing what makes you feel good. Both health and ethical reasons are why I don’t eat dairy and I rarely eat meat anymore. Because of this I’ve had to learn a lot of new recipes! I have recently bought a couple of new cookbooks and I thought it was a good excuse to share my collection (vegan and non-vegan) with you!
Lee Holmes – Supercharged Food: Eat Yourself Beautiful
This was one of the first cookbooks I ever actually bought for myself. This is a wonderful whole food cookbook that has some amazing recipes. Some of the recipes in this book are truly unique. I highly recommend trying the Tumeric and Rosemary Sweet Potato Fries (pg101), Lamb and Spiced Pumpkin Salad (pg130), Tumeric, Cauliflower and Almond (pg136), Stir-Fried Red Prawns (pg175) and possibly the most cooked dish, the Supercharged Lasagne (pg189)!!! There are so many recipes I wanted to shoutout in this book but I picked out ones Jamie and I really responded to and cooked over and over again.
Hubby and I also tried Lee’s suggested meal plan and had some hits and some misses. It was expensive to buy all the food for, and there was a hell of a lot of leftovers. Which we knew and chose to do it anyway, because we were just starting our journey into quitting sugar and needed a kick start. It was a really good way of trying recipes we may not have chosen to cook otherwise.
Sarah Wilson – I Quit Sugar
I have to thank my sister for introducing me to Sarah’s I Quit Sugar philosophy. (If you want to know my sugar quitting experience, click here.) I do recommend this book if you haven’t yet quit sugar as her guide and her tips are really handy, even if you don’t follow it word for word. The Coco-Nutty Granola (pg76) recipe is the best recipe and such a breakfast staple! Unfortunately though, the only other recipe that I cooked multiple times was the Avocado and Chocolate Mousse (pg197). I just found a lot of the recipes unexciting. I just don’t tend to really reach for it.
Sarah Wilson – I Quit Sugar For Life
Now I do reach for this book a little bit more. As a follow up book, it offers more tips for staying on track and has a lot of useful advice as well. Sarah is definitely inspirational! The Carrot Cake Porridge Whip with Whipped Coconut Cream (pg72) is an AMAZING recipe. It’s vegan, filling, decedent and extremely delicious. The Chocolate Coco-Nutty Granola Clusters (pg81) is very similar to the other granola recipe but such a wonderful take on it. I tend to flit between the two recipes adding and taking ingredients depending on what we have on hand. I have to say however that if you eat meat, you have to cook the Slow-Cooked Barbeque Pork (pg103). It is incredibly delicious and honestly the best pulled pork I’ve ever eaten, the leftover recipes on page 104 are also amazing. The Lemon Meringue Pies in Jars (pg132) are a real treat. There are many more really good recipes. I honestly think that out of the two I Quit Sugar books, this is the better one to purchase. I have made so many recipes from this book that are made continuously, or were before we stopped eating meat!
Kate Bradley – Kenkó Kitchen
This is one of the new additions to my collection and this caught my eye because it has a tagline of ‘Simple, Sugar-Free, Gluten-Free, Vegan Recipes’. Now I am not that bothered about being gluten-free but the other stuff resonates with me, but I have to add a little side note, this book is not fructose-free as Kate usually uses coconut sugar and dates which are notoriously high in fructose, but coconut sugar is replaceable with a bit of fiddling and I’m not opposed to having dates on odd occasions. The Pumpkin and Sweet Potato Empanadas from the first picture are a recipe from this book. There are just so many incredible looking recipes in this book and the photography is just stunning. I will definitely keep you updated with the resulting meals!
Jamie Oliver – Save with Jamie
Funny story behind this book actually. I bought my sister a few cook books for Christmas (or a birthday?) last year and this was one of them. Thing is, she had already bought it for herself! So I kept it and bought her another one, and she already had that too! So I ended up keeping them for myself. I did donate the other to charity not long ago because I never actually cooked a single thing from it. This one however, did alright. I don’t have any real staple recipes from this book however, and now that I eat predominately vegan, there’s not a lot here for me. There are a few that I haven’t yet tried that either are vegan, or easily adaptable to vegan so I will see how they go! Recipes to look out for though are the Four Simple Tomato Pasta Recipes (pg72), Mothership Sunday Roast Chicken (pg78) and the Piri Piri Pork Belly (pg182). Be aware that there are big roasted meat meals and then many recipes that are based off of the leftovers. What I like about this book though is that Jamie has wicked recipes that are fairly simplistic.
Sarah Wilson – Simplistic
Oh yes, it is Sarah again! I just really respond to her recipes, and if anything annoys me, it’s that I went vegan not long after I got this book! I missed out on so many good recipes! Oh well, there is plenty in here for the vegans too. There are so many recipes in this book that it’s actually ridiculous! Sarah’s philosophy is more than just quitting sugar, it’s about making the most of the food you eat. Making it go as far as you can make it whilst being as nutritious as possible. I’m not even going to try to note some recipes from this book, there is just too many. The thing that makes this cookbook so special is also what is a little annoying about it though. There’s a big emphasis on bulk cooking, having leftovers and pre-prepared items, or on saving bits and pieces from other recipes. This is wicked, but sometimes you see a recipe and you go hell yeah I’m cooking this! Only to realise that there’s an ingredient related to another recipe. All in all, I still really recommend Simplistic, especially if you are interested in eating more sustainably.
Miyoko Schinner – The Homemade Vegan Pantry
The other newbie! This book is so intriguing! I cannot wait to start trying out these recipes. Miyoko has been a vegan chef for a long time and she’s sharing her tried and true basic recipes. From Oil-Free Eggless Mayo (pg19), to Unribs (pg117-118) (yes, that is vegan BBQ ribs!) and on to things like Custard (pg200)!! I’m so excited to see how similar these recipes taste to the non-vegan versions. These recipes are not very healthy, and are not everyday meal ideas but there’s some good fridge staples and special meal ideas!
I love to cook and quitting sugar and becoming vegan has really pushed my boundaries with meal times. I just wish there were more hours in the day, or days in the week so that I can experiment in the kitchen more often.
What are your favourite cook books? I’m always on the hunt for new ones!
Thanks for reading!