Post Script: A Whole New Way To Eat – Vladia Cobrdova

A Whole New Way To Eat

Vladia Cobrdova

Murdoch Books

ISBN: 9781743368978



Stunning recipes for fad-free eating from the original modern Australian health food providore.


Step into fad-free whole-food eating with recipes you can trust from the original modern Australian health food providore.


A Whole New Way to Eat is the healthy recipe collection all households need. Everyone is welcome at the table with this way of eating – whether you’re looking for inspirational vegan, paleo or vegetarian recipes or you’re simply after truly delicious food that just happens to be good for you. From The Best Turmeric Yoghurt and Tahini Potato Salad to the hands-down most delicious Raw Caramel Slice you’ve ever tried, your body will thank you from your tastebuds to your gut. Nutritionist and recipe developer Vladia Cobrdova from About Life recreates over 135 of the mouth-watering dishes she’s made popular in the stores’ busy cafes, takeaway and ready-made meal sections.


A Whole New Way to Eat is a modern take on healthy eating for those more interested in eating well than following the latest craze.


Author bio:

“Vladia Cobrdova is a nutritionist, recipe developer and Wellness Ambassador for About Life, Australia’s largest wholefoods retail chain. Born and raised in Czechoslovakia, Vladia first saw and tasted avocadoes and mangoes when she came to Australia as an au pair. She started working at a juice bar and health food shop called About Life when she was studying to be a nutritionist. Fourteen years later that business is now the largest retailer of health food in Australia and Vladia develops the recipes for the business. She’s still blown away by the taste of avocadoes and mangoes.”




My View:

I haven’t had the time lately to experiment in the kitchen with recipes from some of the new cook books I have at hand, (we have been on holidays, twice in the past two months and when back home have been extra busy, or had lots of visitors or commitments), this year has just been busy. However tonight I sat down and had a good look at A Whole New Way To Eat by Vladia Cobrdova and I am  now excited about the idea of returning to the kitchen and trying out some of these tantalizing, fresh, healthy and delicious looking recipes.


There are great breakfast ideas, dips, sides, mains, snacks, lunch, soups… “The dishes in this book cover every occasion – for when you only have 10 minutes to prepare a nutritious snack to keep the energy levels up and stress levels down, or for creating a meal to impress your guests. Perhaps you want to experience the sense of achievement you get from baking bread and serving with lashings of good quality local butter?” (YES YES YES) Vladia hopes that by sharing these recipes she can pass on some of the enjoyment and satisfaction that cooking has given her, her family and the clients of About Life. (p9)  And the recipes here cater to a variety of dietary requirements; including gluten free, paleo, vegan, vegetarian, raw food, meat lovers…there is sure to be something here for everyone.


Let’s get cooking!






Post Script: Deliciously Ella – Ella Woodward

“Feel incredible and nurture and love your body with simple, easy to follow recipes for healthy, plant based dishes using the most natural ingredients. “

Cover - Deliciously Ella :Ella Woodward

Deliciously Ella

Ella Woodward

Hachette Australia

Yellow Kite Books

ISBN: 9781444795011


From sumptuous desserts, to food on the go, delicious dips, raw treats and rainbow bowls of awesome veggies, Ella’s philosophy is all about embracing the natural foods that your body loves and creating fresh, simple dishes which are easy to make and taste amazing. Featuring more than 100 new sugar-free, gluten-free and dairy-free recipes to excite your taste buds, this collection will inspire you to eat for better health, glowing skin and boundless energy.

A reformed sugar monster herself, Ella knows just how daunting the idea of changing your diet can be. Her must-read blog, DELICIOUSLY ELLA, which gets two million visitors a month from all over the world, was inspired by her own health adventure and everything she has learned by healing herself simply through diet. It’s truly amazing to see what you can do with these simple ingredients and how you can so easily create a deliciously healthy version of your favourite dishes.

More than anything, Ella wants to show that this way of eating is absolutely not about deprivation and starvation, but instead is about embracing a positive, healthy way of life.



My View:

This book is easy to read and enjoy. If you are wanting to change your diet and eat a little healthier the advice given is simple – “Start making small changes first, just adding in one new serving of fruit or veg a day is an amazing way to start. For example some sweet potato wedges or guacamole make a delicious addition to any meal and they are so easy to make. Whizzing up a smoothie in the morning is incredible too as it always starts you off on the right track for a positive day, while giving you an abundance of goodness and making you glow on the inside.” (p10) Ella Woodward hasn’t written this book to try to convert you to veganism – the book is “meant to be flexible and adaptable, it’s just about showing you how amazingly easy and delicious plants can be so we can all start enjoying more of them.”(p10) And that is exactly what I want to do.


Ella Woodward provides a useful introduction that provides a list of pantry staples that are versatile and quick to cook and easy to find in you local supermarket. This book is all about making cooking plant based meals at home quick and easy and if you have these basic ingredients in your pantry there will never be an excuse not to cook a nutritious healthy meal again. Beans, pulses, herbs and seasonings, grains, dates and so on…nothing gourmet, nothing that is hard to access…simple ingredients that when you add fresh fruit or vegetables to, complete a meal. I will be embracing some of the ideas and recipes here and encouraging my busy, time poor, vegetarian adult daughter to do the same. This is a great resource.



PPS: Breakfast Cookies- Bread and Wine – Shauna Niequist

PPS: Breakfast Cookies-  Bread and Wine -  Shauna Niequist

Breakfast Cookies at Cowaramup, Easter 2013.


I made these delicious, easy to make, sugar free breakfast cookies from  Bread and Wine by Shauna Niequist  for Angela, Jason and Rachel when they came to stay at Easter ( the dogs loved them too!) This is a recipe that can easily be adapted – add your own favorite nuts or dried fruit – dried cranberries and white chocolate for a decadent touch!

I dont think I will have the time to try the toffee before they leave.