It’s great to get something to review that you really want and have had an eye on, and that was the case when Gill Books sent me a review copy of Natural Born Feeder, Roz Purcell’s cookbook.
Roz is well known as a model, and started her very popular healthy cooking blog in 2013. It’s a real go-to-spot who loves to cook but likes to keep it clean. Her food philosophy is “use whole foods to live a whole life” and she’s all about balance (I love to hear this, although I think that my idea of balance could be tipping over). Roz comes across, well, really normal in the book. Normal but healthy. Not preaching, not chanting, just like a normal, (incredibly fit and good-looking) person who likes nice food telling us what works for her. I like this attitude.
So, what can you expect from the book?
Firstly, it is massive, 319 pages worth of text, over 170 recipes. It’s dotted with lovely photos, a sort of earthy style using lots of grey, slate and woods, which is refreshing, a lot of the healthy food books are blindingly white. There isn’t a photo for every recipe but they are well chosen, I don’t need to know what nut butters look like, but Salmon Balls I do.
Yes, there are some unusual ingredients, (tamari, buckwheat flour, agar flakes) but a lot of them have become much easier to find lately, and Roz helpfully lets us know where she gets a lot of them (Spoiler: Asian supermarkets feature a lot).
Chapter wise, there’s a packed Breakfast and Brunch Section, a segment on Cocktails, the usual stuff- Soups, Salads, Sides, Simple Pleasures contains my favourite bit “Sweet Snacks”- make the Notella Balls, they are divine. There are dinner recipes, and a healthy number of sweet treats, her red sauce is so simple yet jazzes up everything I’ve eaten it with delightfully. There’s a sporty section but I’ve a fear of protein powder so haven’t tried anything in that.
What have I bookmarked to make? Almond Crusted Hake, Venus Bars, Chicken Satay Skewers, Salmon Burgers, Stuffed Courgette Boats, Toffee Pops (YES! A healthy version of Toffee Pops!). I may be some time getting to try them all.
Is there family appeal? Yes, the kids are drooling over the treats, and while they’re suspiscious of kale and quinoa there are plenty of meat-based dinners and pancakes to keep them interested.
Here’s the good news, Gill Books are giving me a copy of the book to GIVE TO ONE OF YOU.
Yes, you can have one. Even holding it will make you healthier, I promise.
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Disclosure: I received two copies of the book, one for review and one for a giveaway from Gill Books. I was not paid for this review and comments are my own honest opinion.