You can’t beat a good cook book for culinary inspiration! Even with all the new electronic devices around, the feel, smell and look of a book with all those scrumptious recipes are inspiration enough for anyone to fashion an apron. Cookbooks are like written guides to your own kitchen: They don’t impose, but they’re always there when you need some direction.
There are so many cookery books on the market, but it’s good to get one that has a good nutritional approach. So I have put my nutritional expertise to work.
- SUSAN JANE WHITE- THE EXTRA VIRGIN KITCHEN.
This is Susan’s first book and I adore it. She is a NUT as she calls herself – ‘A Nutritional Cook’. She has wheat, sugar and dairy free recipes and it’s packed with scrumptious, wholesome food. With boundless ideas for breakfast, soup, salads, supper, snack and other nutritional hits and even as she calls it extra virgin treats.
- DERVAL O’ ROURKE –FOOD FOR THE FAST LANE
Derval is an Irish former sprint hurdles athlete and Olympian. We all know that you are what you eat and that goes to for the sport performances too. Derval’s book is great and as she says herself ‘the recipe for powering the body and the mind’. The book is simple and straight forward and gives abundant suggestions for breakfast, lunch and dinner, sides, snacks and drinks and last but not least treats. I love the recipes like Joggers Beef Sew or Chocolate Protein Bars, which are a must for sports enthusiasts!
- THE HAPPY PEAR; RECIPES AND STORIES FROM THE FIRST TEN YEARS –DAVID & STEPHEN FLYNN
This book is a vegan and vegetarian cookbook. This happy “pear” are twins from Greystones Co. Wicklow. This book oozes colour and robust and really clean healthy foods. The Flynn boys are down to earth and have an infectious energy.
- MEDICAL CHEF-HEALTHY EVERYDAY
Dale Pinnock is a Medical Chef with his qualification in Nutritional Medical. This book is bursting with goodness and wholesomeness. Dale gives great ideas for breakfast, lunch snacks and dinner. The incredible thing about this book is that he gives nutritional benefits to each of the ingredients in the recipes. That’s not the all; he also has a special index list recipe by the areas of health they assist. Dale is proper an avid foodie.
- SARAH WILSON-I QUIT SUGAR COOKBOOK
This book is all about exactly what it says on the cover. New York best seller Sarah takes you through a step by step program to get sugar out of your diet. Nowadays we are bombarded with advertising left right and centre about food choices. In fact most food contains quite a lot of sugar, when you read the ingredients. Sarah’s book features several stages of detox alterations, a guide on how to lose weight and how to destroy the appalling sugar cravings. A definite for any healthy living.
- PAT DIVILLY-NAKED PALEO
Pat is a gym owner, personal trainer, fat loss expert and blogger from Galway. He is extremely passionate about his training and food and it was this passion that drove him to writing. This book based on the Paleo style of eating, which is not for everybody… it is an effort to eat like we used to back in the day…WAY back in the day. If a caveman couldn’t eat it, then neither can you.
- PATRICK HOLFORD & JUDY RIDGWAY-THE OPTIMUM NUTRITION COOKBOOK
Patrick Holford is a Nutrition guru, and shows us that good healthy food doesn’t have to boring tasteless and bland, but we know that, don’t we? In this book, he and his co-writer, top cookery writer Judy Ridgway create magnificent food. The added bonus with this book is that they have it specially coded so that you can eat the right amount of carbohydrates, proteins, essential fats, vitamin and minerals.
- RIVER COTTAGE-LIGHT & EASY
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall has written a fantastic wheat and dairy free book. Hugh’s book explains that healthy eating isn’t about denial. He tries out new flavours, tastes and combinations. He delivers wholesome delights with zero compromise, all flavour-hitting grub.
- BLAZING SALADS 2 GOOD FOOD EVERYDAY-LORRAINE FITZMAURICE
This book is a very vibrant and worthwhile read. Vegan, vegetarian, gluten, sugar and dairy free salad, soups, savouries, grains, mains, side dishes and tempting desserts. Lorraine has definitely found her niche. She has been cooking for over a decade and they also have a deli in Dublin. Her book is fuss free and you can make each meal to suit you or your family’s needs.
- JORDAN & JESSICA BOURKE-THE GUILT FREE GOURMET
Authors and siblings Jordan and Jessica Bourke are perfectly placed to suggest scrumptious but saintly dishes; Jordan is a chef (Ballymaloe trained) and Jessica is a nutritional therapist, and together they have devised a tempting collection of recipes paired with nutritional information explaining the benefits of certain ingredients.
There is such a variety of cookbooks available in stores, but the above guide will make it less difficult for you to choose the right one for you. From a nutrition experts point of view these great cookbooks include recipes that use fresh, whole ingredients but also include recipes that do not take too much time (which is so important when you are cooking for a family).
Written by: Betty O’Neill Nutritional Therapist at www.familyfriendlyhq.ie