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The Two Cookbooks You Need

Cooking never really came naturally to me. I remember being in food technology at senior school and my teacher would skeptically look at my creations, and in all honesty I can’t blame her: they didn’t look very appetising at all. So I kind of gave up on cooking for a while and then about 4 years ago I really got into reading blogs and saw how healthy eating was really taking off and wanted to get involved because everything looked so delicious!
I used to be a very fussy eater as a youngster but since reading blogs I will try anything and everything! I used to absolutely despise fish, I wouldn’t even eat fish fingers! Then my amazing boyfriend told me that it’s because I still had a child’s palate and said I should try to mature it. He loves fish and olives and was determined to make me enjoy at least these things too by getting me to eat foods with similar textures or tastes. Now I LOVE fish and I LOVE olives so I truly believe that the sky is the limit when it comes to food and if you persevere you will get there. I now try everything – without hesitation – even if it’s something I don’t normally like.

So, back to healthy eating. I used to find that a lot of healthy recipes didn’t really have much flavour until I came across Madeleine Shaw. Madeleine’s incredibly natural and friendly personality shines through and it truly made me believe in her food. I started off making a few things from her blog and then shortly her first book came out: Get The Glow. It is not at all restrictive and covers all meals and snacks. Everything is super quick and easy to make and none of the recipes use ingredients that you wouldn’t typically keep in your kitchen cupboard or wouldn’t use again – so you don’t waste any food. This was another huge selling point of this book for me. Madeleine also includes a step-by-step guide to healthy eating which is also super easy to follow.

My 3 top favourite recipes from this book are:
– Ginger and beef kebabs (page 163)
– Raw superfood balls (pages 102 and 103)
– Smoky roast chicken with sweet potato wedges (pages 188)

THEN this April Madeleine brought out another recipe book: Ready, Steady, Glow – and I couldn’t wait to get my paws on it. Unlike a lot of second cookbooks none of the recipes are similar to those in the first one, which is fantastic. Once again Madeleine provides a 2-week eating plan to kick start you into healthy eating and explains how to get into a healthier eating routine. She has now also gained a yoga teaching qualification and included a quick yoga routine at the back of the book which is something I love doing when I first wake up to set me up for the day. Throughout the book she also has a little clock in the corner of most recipes to let you know how long the dish your making should take from preparing to dishing up.

My 3 top favourite recipes from this book are:
– Carrot cake muffins (page 242)
– Goan chicken curry (page 130)
– Heartwarming Pho (page 84)

All in all I truly believe Madeleine’s cookbooks are a great addition to anyone’s kitchen, whether you’re into healthy eating or not. There are so many things such as salad dressings, yoghurts and salads which would compliment any of your own dishes. Next time you’re in a Waterstones or any good book shop I would highly recommend you check these out! ‎
G x

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    The Sunday Mode
    29th May 2016 at 11:13 am

    My sister loves cookbooks, I’m going to pass these titles on to her, or maybe I should buy them for her upcoming birthday. (depends how nice she is to me 🙂


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      29th May 2016 at 11:24 am

      Hi The Sunday Mode,

      Thats a fantastic idea! I hope you both enjoy them!

      G x

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    30th May 2016 at 3:28 pm

    Love cook books, these look amazing!


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    8th June 2016 at 10:12 pm

    These look delightful! I used to love cooking in my old UK kitchen, it was super big and felt reminiscent of a farm house kitchen. Since moving to NYC the teeny weeny kitchens can seem a little daunting but I’m learning to be more of an organised cook. So, as my love for cooking in a cupboard grows… so should my cookbook collection! These are perfect, thank you xx


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      9th June 2016 at 12:09 pm

      Hi Elisha,

      Wow sounds like quite the change! I have heard from friends in New York that space is very limited. I’m sure you’ll get used to it and will cook up some delicious meals!

      Thank you for checking out my site 🙂

      G x

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