TOP 5: My Favourite Cookbooks

I absolutely love browsing through health blogs in search of new recipes to try out. It’s especially handy to turn to the internet for a recipe when you have only a few ingredients available in your kitchen.

Although I love turning to my favourite food bloggers for inspiration, there’s nothing quite like flipping though a cookbook to find your next dinner recipe. There has always been an abundance of baking and dinner recipe books available but in recent years healthy alternatives have been appearing on store shelves.

I’ve gone through a fair amount of recipe books as I have become more health aware and these are my top recommendations:

  1. Half Hour Hero by Roz Purcell

You have heard me go on and on about this book but there is a reason for that. This is the perfect option for days when you are short on time and only have basic ingredients stocked in your cupboards. By now I have tried the majority of the recipes in this book and I have yet to find one that either my family or myself have disliked (The peanut butter and sweet potato curry has been a huge hit. I’m also a huge fan of Roz’s first book Natural Born Feeder,

56502_PENG_HHH_CVCOV2. The Food Medic by Dr Hazel Wallace

Another Irish authored book, The Food Medic is not only full of amazing recipes but it also contains valuable information on nutrition and why we need to have a balanced diet. The recipes are very easy to follow and contain easily accessible ingredients. It supplies healthier alternatives to your favourite meals such as bangers and mash.

9781473650534.jpg3. The Little Green Spoon by Indy Power

There seems to be a theme of Irish authors going on here. I first found Indy through her blog and was delighted to see that she would be releasing a cookbook. This book contains a huge variety of recipes but I particularly love it for her healthy desserts. What’s great about this book is that Indy has marked each recipe that is vegan, gluten-free, dairy free and paleo so that it’s easy to find one that suits your dietary requirements.

0234287_9781785032769_3004. Deliciously Ella by Ella Woodward

I have followed Ella’s plant-based food blog since well before I even had an interest in healthy eating due to her aesthetically pleasing food photos. Ella has a similar story to mine as she grew up not liking the taste of fruits and vegetables but was forced to change her diet after falling ill and the diagnosis of an autoimmune disease. The recipes are separated by their main ingredients rather than by meals. It’s the perfect books to get you liking the taste of whole foods.

51Tee73LcLL._SX366_BO1,204,203,200_5. The Happy Pear by Stephen and David Flynn

You may be familiar with their store bought soups, pestos and hummus but did you know that they also write cookbooks? The Flynn brothers are based in Dublin where they run their own cafes but they have also authored two books with a third on the way. They have created tons of plant based recipes and you can even find recipes in the book for their products which you find in-store.

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These are only five out of the many incredible books available to buy. I highly recommend purchasing a hard copy of a good cookbook for times when you’re internet is gone or you don’t have your phone or laptop on hand.

Until next time,

Lauren

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