Why yes, I will take my nourishing meal with both extra gluten and dairy thank you very much. (And yes that photo was just taken yesterday and yes I know Thanksgiving hasn’t even happened yet and I already have three Christmas trees up and no I do not give any shits about killing baby reindeer due to my early decorating.)
I hate to give a bad rating to something I was able to obtain for free, but I believe that honesty is the best policy and to be honest there is zero chance I would have ever purchased this for myself. Bigger is not always better and just because a cookbook offers 365 recipes doesn’t make it automatically worth the money. Call me shallow, but I believe cookbooks are definitely a chance to make appearance-based judgments and a combination of this being a real inconvenient puppy-squisher in size, paperback-style cover rather than hardbound, 75 pages of info dump instead of getting down to the nomnoms and barely any photos once it was time to finally do some bidness, this just wasn’t appealing. So what were the recipes, you might ask. Well . . . . .
Believe it or not I actually kept looking even after being faced with my arch nemesis. Once again, to be perfectly honest I didn’t have a Pavlovian type of response to very many of the recipes contained in this book either. And when I did????
I discovered a recipe wasn’t even really needed. (Spoiler alert: The only thing involved with creating this is sprinkling the salmon with salt, lemon juice and tandoori seasoning and cooking it in a baking dish with ½ cup of coconut milk.) There were also quite a few simple recipes that have been done a time (or twelve) before . . . .
^^^That’s Martha Stewart’s version of a Greek salad with chickpeas because . . . . well, it’s Martha and I would maybe make a human sacrifice if it would earn me reviewer copies of her cookbooks . . . .
I’m bummed this didn’t work for me and I also understand since I don’t have dairy or gluten allergies it’s easier for me to be judgey on it, but let's get real - if I wasn’t judgey I would be much of anything at all. If this seems like something you’d be interested in, check it out . . . .
That concludes the review portion – now let’s go on a field trip.
Obviously one can’t simply get a body like mine without working extremely hard on it for years and years – carbo loading for those marathon chair sitting/reading sessions, wallowing in a gallon of ice cream because a simple bowlful just will not do. But that doesn’t mean I’m incapable of eating stuff that’s good for me. In fact, since I’ve bragged enough about the library in my fair city allow me a second to show you another one of our treasures – The River Market . . . .
If you ever make it to flyover country for a weekend – hop on the streetcar and go peruse the offerings of the Market just a few blocks away . . . .
You only need to bring about ten bucks with you in order to get enough produce to last the week.
Copy provided by Crown Publishing in exchange for an honest review.