Notes: Review copy received via NetGalley.
Cookbook, Nutrition, Wellness
Print/Ebook (264 pages, HAY HOUSE)
In Make Your Own Rules Cookbook, Strala Yoga founder, fashion designer, and entrepreneur Tara Stiles shows you how to have fun making your own rules in the kitchen. You’ll begin by breaking free of the labels, judgements, restrictions, and stresses of having to eat a certain way—letting go of the binge-and-purge, punishment-and-reward, diet-and-fail cycles. Learning to listen to what your bodyreally wants, and make intuitive choices, you will find balance and harmony and go on to discover the massively bountiful buffet before you—an endless array of tastes and textures from all across the world!
Tara prides herself on making healthy living easy and effortless, and this cookbook holds the same philosophy. She gently guides you through every step of the Make Your Own Rules process, from
preparing yourself for a major shift in your mind-set
stocking a healthy, green kitchen
choosing handy kitchen tools and appliances
scheduling time for grocery shopping and cooking into your busy lifestyle
Tara also gives you the freedom to play in the kitchen, get creative, experiment with recipes, and make them your own. With more than 100 mouthwatering recipes inspired by her international travels, her Midwestern roots, and her daily life in NYC, Make Your Own Rules Cookbook offers up a generous helping of plant-powered juices, smoothies, salads, main dishes, and desserts designed to leave you feeling radiant, energized, and satisfied.
Ditch the takeout menus, let your imagination run wild, and get your hands dirty in the kitchen!
A vegan cultural mashup. (4 stars)
In my eternal obsession with food and having recipes for the many different lifestyles of my friends and family I decided to give the Make Your Own Rules Cookbook a read in spite of having not found the Make Your Own Rules Diet book to be particularly impressive.
I liked the overall tone of this one much better but found a lot of the recipes seemed cobbled together. Not that I mind that, but sometimes they just seemed so 'duh' they felt like filler. I did, however, like that Stiles had recipes that were adaptations of classics from her family like macaroni and potato salad, the kind of comfort foods that people often miss when they make a huge lifestyle/diet change.
Overall, I think this would be a useful book for a single person who is going vegan for the first time. If you're partnered up or have kids though, I think you'll find better books for you than this one.