Post Script: Gordon Ramsay’s Ultimate Fit Food – Mouth Watering Recipes to Fuel You For Life.

Ultimate Fit Food

Gordon Ramsay’s Ultimate Fit Food:

Mouth-watering recipes to fuel you for life

Gordon Ramsay

Hachette Australia

Hodder and Stoughton

ISBN: 9781473652279

 

Description:

The definitive cookbook for eating well to achieve optimum health and fitness, by one of the world’s finest chefs and fitness fanatic, Gordon Ramsay.

The dream combination – a Michelin-starred super chef who is also a committed athlete. Gordon knows how important it is to eat well, whether you’re training for a triathlon or just leading a busy active life. And just because it’s healthy food you don’t have to compromise on taste and flavour.

The book is divided into three sections, each one offering breakfasts, lunches, suppers, sides and snacks with different health-boosting benefits. The Healthy section consists of nourishing recipes for general wellbeing; the Lean recipes encourage healthy weight loss; and the Fit section features pre- and post-workout dishes to build strength and energise.

This is the ultimate collection of recipes that you’ll enjoy cooking and eating, and will leave you in great shape whatever your fitness goals.

 

My View:

In the words of Gordon Ramsay (p13) …this is not a diet book telling you what (and what not) to eat, nor is it full of faddy ideas about eating cabbage soup or living off grapefruits or eating like a caveman. It works on the very simple premise that what you put into your body makes a difference to how it functions.  It also acknowledges that the body has different requirements depending on what you are expecting it to do.”  Greta advice from an award winning chef turned ultramarathon runner, Gordon Ramsay.

 

Tasty recipes, I particularly like the section on “Nourishing breakfasts” which includes chia puddings, apple spiced porridge, toasted oat soda bread, frittata…and the “Boosting breakfasts” which include breakfasts shakes, frozen berry breakfast bowls, huevos rancheros ( a favourite of mine).  These are easy to make, quick, fresh and delicious.

 

I am sure there is something that will appeal to all tastes and needs in this book.

 

 

 

 

My Recommendations For Best Cook Books of 2017

My recommendations for cook books to have in your kitchen library provide useful, practical, achievable recipes that the home cook can easily manage . For example, over Christmas I was wanting to make some mini carrot cakes/muffins, who did I turn to? Julie Goodwin’s Essential Cookbook – it really does cover most things that the home cook might want to bake (this would make an excellent house warming gift or engagement gift).

 

Poh Ling Yeow’s Poh Bakes 100 Greats took me on a trip down memory lane (and introduced me to some new exciting recipes) ;  Bienenstich(Bee Sting Cake), Digestive Biscuits, Coconut Ice, Basic Nut Praline, Brioche Buns, Brownies, Nut Bars, Coffee Eclairs, Turkish Delight… recipes that will have you racing to the kitchen to bake.

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Maggie’s Recipes for Life is a book that has recently been released and will garner a lot of attention. Co written with Professor Ralph Martins this book combines health science and nutrition with Maggie’s palate pleasing recipes. Watch out for this one and add to your shelf when you can.

Maggie's Recipe For Life

And lastly a book that helps you master the elements of cooking; Salt, Fat, Acid Heat by Samin Nosrat (the how to of cooking ingredients that will give you confidence to trust your instincts in the kitchen). This book is a must have.

Post Script: Spice Health Heroes – Natasha MacAller

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Spice Health Heroes

Natasha MacAller

Murdoch Books

Jacqui Small

ISBN: 9781910254776

 

Description:

Spice Health Heroes examines the culinary, nutritional and medical applications of the everyday and more exotic spices found in your pantry

 

Spices are celebrated the world over for the depth of flavour that they bring to the dishes to which they are added. The alchemy of roasting and blending the perfect spice mix is a careful balance of sweet, sour, bitter and spicy that can elevate a dish to something truly special. But beyond their remarkable taste, many spices have huge benefits to health and nutrition that are only now beginning to be recognized in the Western world.

 

This beautiful cook book includes a detailed study of the history, myths and traditional uses of spices. Spice Health Heroes examines the culinary, nutritional and medical applications of the everyday and more exotic spices found in your pantry. Medical and nutritional claims are backed by contributions from an impressive team of international medical professionals and institutions.

 

With more than 80 recipes, including contributions from some 20 internationally renowned chefs from around the world, such as Yotam Ottolenghi, Peter Gordon, Christine Manfield and April Bloomfield, Spice Health Heroes takes you on a journey through the spice cabinet and will inspire you to add a fragrant spice to every meal.

 

 

Author bio:

If cooking is an art and baking is a science, NATASHA MACALLER is a pastry chef who flawlessly dances in both worlds. A former professional ballerina, Natasha, who is known as the ‘Dancing Chef’, brings the same diligence and precision to the kitchen as she did to dancing. Many people think that dancing and cooking are worlds apart, but to Natasha, both are performance arts, creative disciplines that demand dedication and hours of painstaking practice.

 

She challenges herself constantly, and delights in creating new cooking or taste sensations and designing ‘First and Last’ dishes and retro cocktails. Tash divides her time between Los Angeles, London and New Zealand, teaching cookery, restaurant consulting and writing. She teaches her elegant comfort style of starters, desserts and drinks in the U.S. and abroad, including at Haagen-Dazs International, Leiths Cooking School in London and The Culinary Institute of New Zealand in Kerikeri, and is also currently collaborating with Chef Anne Conness’ new restaurant Stausal, serving Nuevo Rancho Cuisine in El Segundo, L.A., which opened in September 2015.

 

Natasha’s first cookbook, Vanilla Table: The Essence of Exquisite Cooking from the World’s Best Chefs (Jacqui Small, UK) was published in 2015, with the help of 33 international chefs who each contributed their own dazzling recipe to this landmark cookbook. Spice Health Heroes is her second book and, like the first, is beautifully photographed by Manja Wachsmuth.

 

Natasha is a member of Women Chefs and Restaurateurs (WCR), Les Dames D’Escoffier (LEDI), International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) and New Zealand Chefs Association.

 

 

My View:

This book is visually stunning with recipes contributed by a selection of extraordinarily talented and  renowned chefs. This collection is both palate and health pleasing and with so much to offer this recipe/health book has secured a place in my kitchen library.

 

The book is divided into sections determined by the properties of the spices:

  • Immune
  • Cleansing
  • Energy spice
  • Warming spice
  • Restorative Spice
  • Calming Spice

 

Check out this very special book – there are many simple and delicious ways to add spice to your life!

 

 

 

Post Script: The 8 Week Blood Sugar Diet – Dr Michael Mosley

The 8 Week Blood Sugar Diet

The 8 Week Blood Sugar Diet

Dr Michael Mosley

Simon & Schuster Australia

ISBN: 9781925368413

 

Description:

Dr Michael Mosley, author of the bestselling 5:2 Fast Diet, reveals a game-changing approach to one of the greatest silent epidemics of our time – raised blood sugar levels.

 

The food we eat today, high in sugar and easily digestible carbohydrates, is not only making us fat, but is putting us at risk of type 2 diabetes, strokes, dementia, cancer and a lifetime on medication. More than a third of adults in the UK now have raised blood sugar levels and most don’t know it.

 

In this timely book, Dr Mosley explains why we pile on dangerous abdominal fat and shows us how to shed it, fast. He demolishes common myths, such as the claim that steady weight loss is always better than rapid weight loss and that those who lose weight rapidly will inevitably put it back on.

 

This is a book not just for those at highest risk but for anyone who has struggled with their weight and wants to regain control of their health.

 

‘I feel amazing. I have been given another chance at life.’ –Cassie, 28 — lost 20kg

 

Average weight loss: 14kg in 8 weeks.

Includes a detailed 8-week programme with menu plans.

 

 

My View:

It is not secret I am a big fan of Dr Michael Mosley – I love listening to him (he has a great voice) and I am intrigued by the lengths he goes to  test a hypothesis – he uses his own body to conduct scientific experiments on and shares with the reader/viewer the process and the results.  His advice is simple, easy to understand and based on science and medical knowledge (he s a qualified GP come film maker).

 

Before I started reading this book I came across a video “How to Stay Healthy, What the Latest Science Tells Us by Dr Michael Mosley at the All About Women Conference 2016. You can watch it here:  http://ow.ly/Z8BNN   I was inspired to read the book afterwards.

 

In this book Dr Mosley looks at the epidemic of Type 2 Diabetes that has recently engulfed the world. Look around at your own family, friends and colleagues and tally up how many people you know that are at risk of or have already been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. I don’t have to look very far to find a few who have already been diagnosed in my immediate family.

 

The book is informative and provides sections on:  The Science – the why this disease is flourishing and ways to solve it. The Diet – talks about the core principles of the Blood Sugar Diet and is followed up with a Recipes and Menu Plan. This is a compact, easy to read, motivating read that will change your life. And if you listen carefully you will hear Dr Michael Mosley narrating the video playing in your head as you read – perfect!

 

 

 

Post Script – Super Charged Food For Kids – Lee Holmes

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Lee Homes
Murdoch Books
Allen & Unwin Australia
ISBN: 9781743367216

Description:
“Getting kids to eat food that is good for them doesn’t have to be the Mount Everest of parenthood.”
Supercharged Food For Kids will inspire you to create fresh, wholesome and nutrient rich meals that your children will enjoy again and again, giving them the energy and nourishment they need to thrive.
With advice on how to avoid added sugar and processed foods, eating for allergies and intolerances, tips for busy families and even the lowdown on how to sneak super-foods into everyday meals, this book is full of resources to help establish positive eating habits for your kids that they can maintain for the rest of their lives.
**This book is designed to provide general dietary information only for children between the ages of six and twelve. For specific advice on your child’s healthy or die try and nutritional needs, please contact your GP. (p.6)
My View:
This book has lots of good ideas on how to present and make at home, foods that your children will enjoy and that are good for them; there are recipes for school lunch boxes, snacks, breakfasts, and plenty of dinner ideas. Each recipe is noted if it is wheat free (WF), dairy free (DF), gluten free (GF), sugar free (SF), vegetarian (VG) or nut free (NF). For example the recipe for Almond and Apple Pancakes – made with almond meal and sweetened with grated apple is Gluten Free and Wheat Free – the batter can be made in the food processor and the batter will keep, in the fridge, for three days. This recipe is quick and easy to make and a delicious way to start the day.
The recipe for Gluten Free Muesli is also WF, DF and VG – adults will love this one too. Chia and Coconut Pancakes are a great way of adding omega-3s, protein and fibre into your child’s diet. I love recipes that include chia – it is an amazing super-food. There are recipes for muffins, muesli bars, dips, soups and salads, desserts and more. I think I might steal the Chicken Balls with Sweet Potato Mash (WF, SF, GF and, NF) for our dinner one night!
And there is a very useful section on “getting started” which includes a list of common additives on food labels to help you interpret the numbers on labels. Very useful! This is a great resource for families or grandparents or carers.

In The Mail This Week 21st August 2015

Some great reads in the mail this week – a couple of fantastic cook books  – I have started a new shopping list in preparation for some mega cooking days coming soon, an interesting book or two on Gut Health –  (which I just had to start reading straight away) , some crime fiction and a brilliant creative memoir – I Forgot to Remember and one that is nominated for a Ned Kelly award (to be read ASAP).

 

 

In the mail 21st August 2015

Two of these books have the scariest book covers I have come across recently:

Please Dont Leave Me Here

and

Cover Skin Deep