Post Script: The Natural Cook – Matt Stone

The Natural Cook

The Natural Cook

Matt Stone

Murdoch Books

ISBN: 9781743365908

 Description:

A new kind of food revolution – kind to the planet, good for your body and for your soul.

How do you cook irresistible food without harming the planet?

 

It’s all about adopting new habits – opening your eyes to local foods and making the best of them, reducing waste by using every last bit of each ingredient, and enjoying well-raised meat and fish (while saving the bones to make the best broth ever!).

 

Try your hand at traditional techniques that have become popular again – yoghurt-making, preserving, pickling and fermenting. The bonus is that you’ll be producing delicious food that just happens to be good for you, too.

 

Matt Stone, one of Australia’s brightest young chefs, is a passionate advocate of zero-waste cooking and ethical food, and an even bigger fan of a cracking meal. Whether it’s a nourishing breakfast, a quick weeknight meal or a feast for friends, Matt shows how creating sustainable food that’s full of flavour is easier than you think.

 

 

My View:

What a great cook book – this one connects with me on so many levels. Matt Stone and I (and probably many of you who are reading this post or flicking through this cook book) share similar aspirations when it comes to home cooking (Matt also weaves some of these principals into his work as a chef)

√ Veggie patch – we have bountiful home grown seasonal fruit and vegetables.

√ Using bone and vegetable broths to enrich and add potent flavour to meals and great for gut health. And Chicken bone broth is our grandson’s first food – a great way to introduce real food to his diet.

√Pickles, fermenting and preserving home grown foods – Kimchi and Fermented Chili paste next on our list to make.

√ Use of wholefoods when possible.

√Drying and making powders – next on the list of how to use up our produce.

√ Great ideas for simple desserts, drinks and make your own spice mixes (flavoursome and budget friendly).

 

However there is one thing we do not share – a love for edible insects!!   The argument for sustainability doesn’t tempt me to try these sort of recipes  J Whitebait, Ants and Myrtle, Crisp Crickets, Melaworms and Australian Seven Spice….No No No 🙂    Thankfully this makes up just a tiny section of the book. 🙂

 

 

 

 

Post Script: Good + Simple – Jasmine and Melissa Hemsley

Good + Simple Cover

Good + Simple

Jasmine Hemsley, Melissa Hemsley

Penguin Random House Australia

Ebury Press

ISBN: 9781785031601

RRP A$49.99

 

 

Description:

 

GOOD FOOD, GOOD MOOD, GOOD DIGESTION, GOOD HEALTH!

 

Good + Simple celebrates the pleasure of delicious food that is simple to make, a joy to share and just so happens to be good for you. Jasmine and Melissa Hemsley’s principles of healthy home cooking built around gut health, whole foods and affordable ingredients show how tasty and achievable eating well can be.

 

The sisters have created 140 nutritious and exciting recipes – reworked classics, prepare ahead dishes, fast suppers with leftovers for packed lunches, energising breakfasts and snacks, satisfying breads, desserts and bakes. Infused with Jasmine and Melissa’s love of cooking and eating, Good + Simple includes plenty of practical tips and down-to-earth advice to help you gain confidence in the kitchen, plan for the coming week and cook for you and your family with ease. Enjoy real food. Look and feel amazing every day.

 

 

My View:

A great cook book with a simple philosophy – food should be good for you, it should be delicious and nutritious, and it should be simple and sustainable. (p.7)  I couldn’t agree more!

 

H +H (Hemsley and Hemsley) have 15 principles for eating well – let me share them with you:

  1. Gut Instinct
  2. Boil Your bones
  3. Forget Calories, Think Nutrients
  4. Meat and two veg
  5. Going Against the grain
  6. Fat is Your Friend
  7. Sweet Enough
  8. Drink to think
  9. The Real Deal
  10. Know your onions
  11. Prepare, Chew and Combine
  12. Be mindful
  13. Stress Less
  14. Tune In
  15. The “better than” rule.

 

This book got me at point 1 Gut Instinct. Gut health has something I have been very mindful of lately, you will have noticed I have reviewed a few Gut Health type books, and the more I read the more I am convinced that a healthy gut equals a healthy body. I am pleased that this cook book shares this philosophy too.

 

Bone broth – frugal, nourishing and tasty, bone broth is the age-old superfood at the heart of the H + H philosophy. (p.10)  I am in agreement.

 

I could go on…but I won’t. Pick up the book, watch the upcoming TV series on Foxtel; Hemsley & Hemsley: Healthy & Delicious, on Mondays at 8.30pm on LifeStyle FOOD and discover for yourself the H & H philosophies for eating well .

 

 

Post Script: Heal Your Gut – Lee Holmes

“The Road to health is paved with good intestines.” Sherry R Rogers, M.D.

Cover Heal Your Gut

Heal Your Gut

Lee Holmes

Murdoch Books

Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd

ISBN: 9781743365601

 

Description:

Gut problems are at the forefront of everyone’s health concerns: bloating, constipation, indigestion and food intolerances. Importantly, the causes of these sorts of digestive problems can be helped without resorting to pharmaceuticals. But research is also linking unhealthy gut to serious medical concerns such as IBD, IBS, Crohn’s disease, coeliac disease, Thyroid problems and diabetes amongst many others.

 

In her new book Heal Your Gut, Lee Holmes says. “think of your gut as a garden that can only thrive when the soil is healthy. Healthy soil requires healthy foods and nutrients that will allow the ‘good guys’ to flourish

 

A healing protocol and step-by-step program with over 90 recipes to cleanse, restore and nourish…Heal Your Gut is a beautifully designed and photographed step-by-step protocol for restoring your inner gut health, via a treatment program and detox regime, supported by over 90 anti- inflammatory recipes to heal and nourish. Whether you’re suffering from a health issue aggravated by diet and a poorly functioning digestive system, or whether you have an auto-immune or digestive disorder, food allergies or intolerances, IBD, IBS, Crohn’s disease, coeliac disease, leaky gut, inflammatory issues, thyroid problems, neurological disorders, obesity, diabetes, arthritis or fibromyalgia, this book will provide you with information, meal plans and recipes to really heal your gut and get back on track with your health. By following the protocol you’ll feel more vibrant and alive, with energy to burn. This book isn’t just another fad diet: it contains recipes that have been specifically created to heal and also deliver vital nutrients, vitamins and minerals to get your body systems functioning optimally. Heal Your Gut shows you how you can nourish yourself like a nutritionist, with a host of exciting options to devour. Healing recipes include: coffees, teas, toddies and tisanes; smoothies, juices and milks; bone broths and stock; healing and sealing soups; easy-to-digest bowls; fermented foods for when your gut is strong; and even some delicious desserts…

 

My View:

“The Road to health is paved with good intestines.” Sherry R Rogers, M.D.

 

A well designed, easy to read reference book and healing protocol for anyone who has concerns about their gut health. I am amazed by the number of modern ailments that are directly related to gut health and the balance of gut flora in your digestive system, “The world within your gut involves a multifaceted, interconnected, interdependent relationship between living organisms called microflora. Microflora is the complex, diverse group of microorganism species that live in your digestive tract…know as gut flora…’good bacteria’ or ‘bad bacteria’…’Good’ or ‘friendly bacteria’ perform a multitude of tasks…including working to regulate the gut by neutralising some of the toxic by-products of your digestion; preventing the growth of harmful, pathogenic bacteria; controlling your metabolism; reducing harmful substances such as carcinogens and toxins; gleaning and absorbing energy, nutrients and fatty acids from the food you wat; recycling hormones; training the immune system and communicating with your brain.” (p. 6) Gut health is critical to overall health, we are what we eat, read a label on any of the processed food you consume and release the extra stress we put on out bodies and the gut in particular to digest and eliminate the chemical cocktails we ingest in the name of ‘food’.

 

We (our immediate family) have long been aware of the relationship between a healthy body and eating healthy “real foods”. For many years we have been making a determined effort to reduce our consumption of processed food (you may have noticed I cook ‘from scratch’, am a fan of slow cooked tasty meals, we grow most of our own vegetables – and maybe this year will have some fruit on our trees to pick and I preserve by bottling or freezing our excess produce.) Lately there has been much interest and research on the benefits of establishing and maintaining healthy gut flora – the building blocks of good health. “Lee Holmes knows firsthand how important a healthy gut is to feeling your best, and in Heal You Gut she shows the reader in a logical, stepwise fashion how healing your gut is the gateway to healing your health issues.” Dr Vincent Pedre (foreword Heal Your Gut.)

 

Lee Holmes provides the reader with a template for improving the ratio of good gut bacteria in the gut and provides an easy to follow protocol to heal and maintain a healthy gut barrier. Juices, smoothies, milks and bone broths are healing and soothing, removing and replacing certain foods in your diet will help correct the balance of ‘good to bad’ bacteria in the gut, and when the gut is stronger there are foods such as fermented veg to help keep your digestive system on track. In Heal Your Gut Lee Holmes provides the reader an easy to follow, beautifully illustrated practical guide to a healthier you from inside out. What extra steps am I taking to help heal my gut? Using bone broths as stock where and when I can in my cooking (and this stock adds such great flavour to your meals too – you will really notice the difference), I have replaced margarines, hydrogenised fats and corn based cooking oils with olive oil and coconut oil and butter, I use only pink Himalayan salt if I use salt in my cooking/on my table, I drink rooibos tea, I have almost eliminated processed food from my pantry…and we buy and consume freer range chicken and grass feed beef and lamb and recently have added ferment veg in the form of sauerkraut to our meals; small changes can make a difference.

 

This is a great practical guide to help you get your gut health back on track!

 

Home made fermented vegetables

Home made fermented vegetables.