All posts tagged: book review

Why You Need to Read Eat Up by Ruby Tandoh Immediately

I often wrongly assume that everybody I speak to will know who Ruby Tandoh is. Do you ever do that? Love and respect somebody you’ve never met so much that you imagine everybody else in the country must feel the same way about her? I’ve confused friends, family, unsuspecting colleagues and strangers in the street by yammering on about Ruby without first giving her context, because I’m so used to her that I forget she might sometimes need it. I’m trying to work on that, and so will remind you at this point that Ruby Tandoh first came into the public eye as a contestant on the Great British Bake Off. Back in its BBC glory days, Ruby didn’t win but came pretty damn close and had me (and my Mum, if I remember correctly) fall a bit in love with her in the process. She’s since turned out to be a bit of a legend, all in all. Her social media presence has a huge focus on mental health and the importance of looking …

In which I finally jump on the fermented foods train

So I’ve had this book lying around next to the sofa, by my bed and at the dinner table for a good month now, it’s called fermented foods for vitality & health by Dunja Gulin and it’s looking a little a lot more dog-eared and weatherbeaten than when it first arrived. I’m pretty fascinated with it. Fermented foods have been trying to claw their way onto my radar since the Internet made kimchi cool, and I’m super behind on this, Buzzfeed have been banging on about it since like 2013. But, now that this book has given me its insight into both the history and the health benefits of fermenting, I’m officially on the bandwagon. Did you know that fermented foods are considerably easier to digest than those same foods eaten raw? I’m guessing you probably did because I started out embarrassingly uninformed, but it was new to me. There’s a lot of cool stuff to learn if you can get past phrases like “live enzymes” being used whilst thinking about food (yes, I know, I’m juvenile, just deal). …

Review | The Natural Food Kitchen by Jordan Bourke

Over the past week I’ve been leafing through The Natural Food Kitchen, the second cookbook from Jordan Bourke. Just to clear this up right away, I love it. Much like Jordan’s previous book, ‘The Guilt-Free Gourmet’, The Natural Food Kitchen aims to get natural, healthy food into the homes and bellies of the nation. I’m all about this message. I’ve come across loads of books, blogs and speakers who are on the same mission as Jordan, and I think The Natural Food Kitchen actually nails it. The recipes in this book are familiar, not frightening, and the “alternative ingredients” (coconut palm sugar as opposed to standard refined sugar for example) can easily be slowly integrated into the kitchen cupboards. It’s not pretentious or holier-than-thou, Jordan Bourke genuinely wants you to have everything you need to eat better long term and that passion comes across beautifully throughout the book. I’ve tried a couple of recipes so far, the first was Pissaladière – made here with spelt flour – which was just gorgeous. I’ve included this recipe at the end of …