I’m starting an occasional series where I share a couple of my favourite books. First up, cookbooks and nutrition guides I live by. I’ve put nifty links to Amazon if you’re busting to get your hands on them….
Sally Fallon’s Nourishing Traditions
Sally is the co-founder and president of the Weston A Price Foundation, and this cookbook is a comfy, organic bible for anyone wanting to live a truly nourished, mostly paleo, sugar-free life. It’s the real deal. The lovely Jo Foster got me my copy and I pore over it regularly.
I love the sub title (“The Cookbook that Challenges Politcally Correct Nutrition and The Diet Dictocrats”. Right on, Sally!), the detailed nutrition tips all the way through and the fermented vegetables, sprouting and “how to make your own yoghurt, whey and kefir” sections. You can buy the book here.
Deepak Chopra’s Perfect Health
The best introduction to Ayervedic healing, hand’s down. I mostly live by the Ayervedic approach – which is to say I eat according to my dosha. This style of living is about healing through food. I’ve written on this here. Chopra weaves the Indian traditions with our western thinking, showing what types need to eat more root vegetables, more oil, less salad, more bitter foods etc. You can buy the book here.
Stephanie Alexander’s Cook’s Companion
This is the cookbook I keep going back to. Why? It orders recipes by the ingredient. Which is the logical way of going about things when you eat according to what’s in season. I buy fennel when I see it in season at the markets. Then I consult this tome to see what I’ll do with it. I believe that’s how we should cook, for ethical, environmental, economical and taste reasons. You can buy the book here.
Nora Gedgaudas’ Primal Body Primal Mind
The nerdy side of me loves this book. It answers all the questions I’ve had re the grain-free, sugar-free way of eating. It’s not draconian, it’s not fad-ish. It’s just the science and a really sensible path through the middle of it all. Be warned, though. It’s dense reading. Go to it with a highlighter and a pad and paper. You can buy the book here.
Nina Planck’s ‘Real Food for Mother and Baby: The Fertility Diet, Eating for Two, and Baby’s First Foods
What about you? What do you swear by for healthful eating?