“In this book, Izard explains how to organically improve the way you eat and live,” the inside front flap cover states in Marci Izard’s book, Nourishing Your Whole Self: A Cookbook with Feelings.
~ What ~
This two-hundred-eight-page oversized hardbound targets those who want to eat consciously better for their entire well-being. Containing over one-hundred-twenty food recipes, it focuses on “feeling” when eating.
After a preface and introduction, the book covers five sections, ending with an alphabetized index by recipe name. The five areas are related to feeling refreshed, peaceful, comforted, treated, and indulged. Each recipe comes with a full-color photograph of the completed dish. A paragraph regarding the creation is at the top of the page, followed by a list of ingredients in used order and instructions in sentence format. Quotes from famous individuals such as Mel Brooks, Gandhi, Mother Teresa, and Rita Wilson or a written Bible verse are below the recipes.
The first section on Feel Refreshed has twenty-five listings ranging from Nutty Bean Salad and Shrimp Ceviche to Cherry Jam and Kiddie Smoothie. The part on Feel Peaceful contains twenty-three dishes like Avocado Toast, Sprouted Collard Wraps, and Turkey Chili while there are thirty-six examples in Feel Comforted like Honey-Oat Granola, Fiery Garlic Bread, Zucchini Rice, and Veggie-Roni Quiche. The fourth section on Feeling Treated also has twenty-three recipes including Onion Rings, Mexican Pizza, and Pumpkin Pie to name a few. The last area of sixteen Feel Indulged dishes offers Pepperoni Bread, Grandmommy’s Kentucky Pie, and Chocolate-Lover Cookies.
~ Why ~
This book presents an eclectic arrangement of all types of dishes for morning, noon, and night but in an unusual “mood” manner. I like that the author has separated them to be chosen by how the reader feels, not by their ingredients, mealtime, or caloric content. The photographs are beautiful and well presented.
~ Why Not ~
Those who are not into cooking will pass on this book. Others may find some of the recipes too common and generic, but most are easy and quick to make. Some may not like that there are no preparation times or caloric content for those on strict diets.
~ Who ~
With a background as a broadcast journalist, food blogger Izard shares her healthy philosophy online and via a cooking segment on television. As a yoga teacher, fitness instructor, meditation coach, and marathon runner, she promotes spiritual wellness and mental stability.
~ Wish ~
I wish the recipes included the time allotment as well as the caloric or nutritional information. If each section had a list of what dishes were included, it would make it easier to find a recipe quickly instead of having to turn the pages or search by its complete name in the index.
~ Want ~
If you are looking for a cookbook that is sorted by how you are feeling and what mood are in to eat, this is a viable option.
Thanks to the author for this book to read and review.
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