Do you ever find yourself stuck in a cooking rut? Making that same salad/curry/stew AGAIN?! Make sure you don’t lose the love for your meals by trying out a new recipe each week to build your repertoire. Here are some of my favourite healthy cookbooks to give you some inspiration..
A Modern Way to Eat – Anna Jones
This is a gorgeous book that lets vegetables take centre stage in a collection of clever, original and sumptuous recipes. There is a whole range of different flavours so you won’t get bored. If you are a meat eater, don’t be put off, as the recipes are cleverly crafted to be wholesome yet hearty, so you simply won’t miss the meat. She also has a new cookbook out “A Modern Way to Cook’ which is focused on dishes that are quicker and easier to make, so if you get home from work late and want something on the table fast, this is a great book to have in your armoury.
The Green Kitchen – David Frenkiel and Luise Vindahl Andersen
I love this book for the beautiful pictures alone, it really inspires you to get cooking and try something new. All the recipes are wonderfully healthy, using a an array of fresh wholefoods, and are mostly gluten and dairy free.
Plenty – Ottolenghi
This is a gem of a vegetarian cookbook. If you’ve ever wondered past any of the Ottolenghi delis and seen the mouth watering dishes piled high, you’ll know his recipes are like works of art. I defy you not to get excited about cooking when you flick through this book. Use it for fresh and flavoursome meals, and to impress at dinner parties with beautiful mediterranean inspired cuisine.
Plant Based Paleo – Jenna Zoe
It can be hard to get enough protein on a vegetarian diet, in fact many people who say they are vegetarian should really be calling themselves ‘carbitarians’! It’s very easy to fill up on high starch foods – rice, pasta, bread, potatoes etc. This cookbook has some creative ideas on how to bring more grain free and low starch plant based dishes into your life.
Everyday Super Food – Jamie Oliver
I am really pleased that Jamie Oliver has jumped on the wellness bandwagon. He is an extremely talented chef and comes up with ingenious combinations of flavours and textures. This book is chock full of mouth watering healthy dishes, a lot of which are pretty easy and quick to make so you won’t feel overwhelmed.
The Heal Your Gut Cookbook – Hilary Boynton and Mary G. Brackett
This is a really wonderful book, full of recipes that will help support and soothe your gut. If you suffer from digestive symptoms such as bloating, IBS and heartburn, these recipes will be perfect for you. It is focused for people on the GAPS protocol, but the dishes can be cooked and enjoyed by anyone. There is a great selection of warming dishes perfect for winter, and instructions on how to make bone broth, stock and fermented foods. The recipes are all grain free. There is a strong connection between gut health and brain health, so supporting your gut with these recipes is nurturing to your brain also.
The Medicinal Chef, Healthy Every Day – Dale Pinnock
I really like this book – the recipes this Nutritionist has come up with are all delicious, easy to make and nutritionally balanced. It’s a great cookbook for everyday cooking that is fresh and nourishing, but certainly not boring, and good for those dipping their toe into healthy eating or are sceptical about trying new things, as he doesn’t use too many ‘out there’ ingredients. His explanations regarding different nutrition topics are brilliant; clear, concise and engaging. It also has some great snack recipes and healthy treats that taste divine but won’t send your blood sugar levels skyrocketing.
The Art of Eating Well – Hemsley and Hemsley
This book has some excellent recipes, most notably a great gluten free bread recipe (which is notoriously hard to find!). Some of the ingredients can be expensive and will mean you will have to visit your local independent health food shop or shop online rather than visit the supermarket, but it’s got a great selection of healthy recipes that are very friendly to people with allergies and intolerances.