I think most of us know by now that beauty comes from within. It does matter what you put on your body but it is what you put into your body that matters most. Healthy diet is foundation of great looking skin and hair as well as making you feel amazing. Ever since I remember I’ve been a massive fan of cooking and baking. Probably baking more than cooking. My lovely mum injected this passion into me and I am forever grateful for that. After many years of trials and errors I can now call myself a skilled cook and baker. I’ve been even baking my own sourdough bread for the last 3 months, but more on that some other time.
Since I’m such an avid cook and baker it means that I own a lot of cookbooks. By a lot, I mean A LOT. I think I have a slight addiction when it comes to cookbooks as I’ve actually mentioned before. Most of the book I own are healthy cookbooks, majority of them also being vegetarian. Today I thought I’d share with you some of my favourites, which I use on a regular basis.
01. A Modern Way to Cook and A Modern Way to Eat (Kindle edition) by Anna Jones.
Anna Jones is a cook, food stylist and writer trained by the one and only Jamie Oliver. One day on her way to work she read an article about following your passion. Few weeks later she became an apprentice on Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen programme and that’s how it all started. Her books have to be my favourite ones as everything I’ve made so far from them (and I’ve made a lot!) tasted fantastic. She is vegetarian so both of her books contain solely vegetarian recipes. However, they are not just some plain, boring vegetarian recipes, as Anna really knows how to combine flavours and textures to make the final dish taste absolutely delicious. Her second book, A Modern Way to Cook, is divided into the time needed to prepare dishes which is brilliant for all of us busy people to cook fantastic, quick and healthy dishes during the week and then something special, more time consuming during the weekend.
Favourite dish from the first book has to be her Sweet Red Onion and Hazelnut Pizzette. It’s too good for words. From her second cookbook, Sweet Potato and Ricottta Gnocchi with Almond Pesto. I got hungry even just writing that.
02. Veg Everyday by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall.
Hugh is so famous that I doubt he needs any introduction but in case you don’t know who he is let me tell you a little bit about him. He is a writer, broadcaster, and campaigner. He moved to Devon from London and created there a very lovely farm (which I’m extremely jealous of actually) and few River Cottage Canteens and Delis around the UK.
Now onto the book itself. It’s a massive book that is over 400 (!) pages long, filled with many delicious, vegetarian recipes. Soups, salads, side dishes, mains, you name it and it’s there. I’ve made a lot of recipes and they are all very simple, seasonal and just very tasty. There are no fancy ingredients here for you to look for, so it’s a no-fuss healthy cookbook. There are many vegan recipes too and suggestions on how to turn the vegetarian ones into vegan.
03. Plenty More by Yotam Ottolenghi.
Now, if you don’t know Yotam, you’re in for a big treat. Yotam is a writer and the Guardian columnist, and owner of delis and a restaurant in London. If you’ve ever been to one of his London delis or NOPI restaurant then you know that everything he creates is super darn tasty. The best chocolate mousse I’ve ever eaten in my whole life was actually at NOPI. Not to mention other dishes I ate there. It’s definitely one of those places that is worth the hype when it comes to food. I also love the simple white and gold interiors. But back to Yotam and this book.
Now this book in particular is a continuation to his other book called Plenty (which I also own and adore), and it’s organised by cooking method, which is very smart and unique. I particularly love all the aubergine recipes as it’s one of my favourite vegetables (you have to try the steamed aubergine with sesame and spring onion recipe), but I’m also a big fan of whole chapter dedicated to dishes with eggs. Not to mention the desserts chapter — YUM! So many good things to choose from.
This concludes the first part of my favourite healthy cookbooks. Stay tuned for another installment very soon, where I will be sharing my favourite non-vegetarian (more like, 70% vegetarian) cookbooks.
What are your favourite healthy cookbooks?