100% real food, 0% pretentious babble (4 stars)
"Find the fun in food; don't be a judgmental jerk". When you pick up a book of recipes and find this wisdom in it, you can bet it's going to be full of nutrition-packed meals without being painfully pretentious. I had honestly never heard of Talbot before but his approach to cooking and eating left me quite impressed. While we all must eat to live, food has many more roles in our lives from celebrating and comforting to healing and communicating. It was so refreshing to find a chef with a similar take on why food should be healthy and as unprocessed as possible but not without the occasional foray into decadence.
As a diabetic, the author has unique insights and I think many who are struggling with the disease will find this an encouraging addition to their cookbook collection. Vegan, gluten-free, or have other dietary restrictions? Definitely worth checking out. Admittedly, a lot of the recipes are too involved for my household to enjoy with any regularity. For those who aren't land-locked and struggle to find much fresh produce that isn't your typical 3 types of lettuce or A-B-O fruits, if you can access more variety without spending your retirement fund I much recommend them.
Notes: ARC received through NetGalley.
Cookbook, Nutrition, Diabetic, Vegan
Digital/Print (256 pages, OXMOOR)
Celebrated chef and healthy-living expert Sam Talbot shows us how to make wildly delicious, nourishing food—using healthy, wholesome ingredients.Bursting with 100 whole-food recipes and down-to-earth advice about clean eating, this cookbook proves that eating 100% real food is an enjoyable choice you can make every day. Chef Sam Talbot's nourishing dishes are overflowing with natural flavor and free of processed ingredients, questionable additives, sweeteners, or preservatives.Packed with vibrant personality and more than 150 photos, this cookbook is a real-world guide to un-junking what we feed ourselves and our children. Sam explains how to find seasonal ingredients and offers tips on stocking your pantry with game changing ingredients, like coconut oil and chickpea flour. Many recipes are gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian, or dairy-free.Forget fat-free, low sodium, zero trans-fat, and the like—the hottest new food claim is not needing a claim at all. Eat. Real. Food.