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I have had to adapt a number of recipes in this book to suit what I already have in the cupboard because I went shopping based on the "pantry" section in this book and nearly had to re-mortgage the house on my fabulously healthy food. I found I didn't need to buy "rice wine vinegar" for example and that apple cider vinegar worked absolutely fine (purchased on the basis of another health book I'd bought). I didn't buy "brown rice syrup" again either and replaced it with a dash of honey. I also don't want to buy xylitol, so honey replaces that too. The "gochujang" I replaced with a few shakes of chilli powder. There are so many esoteric ingredients but I do think it's possible to make these recipes without them and for the results to be just as good. One discovery: soaked almonds. I actually did find them much easier to eat after they'd been soaked and it might have been my imagination, but I think they tasted better. I also liked (and adapted) the weekly menus section.
Bought this book as it was really inexpensive and I absolutely love it, love the story of Gwyneth's beginnings from ill health right through to her receipes and basic cooking skills. Not only a lovely coffee table book but great ideas and recipes too. I am going to buy another one of her books now.
I brought this book because I am gluten and wheat intolerant and there are quite a few recipes that looked good with this in mind. There are some nice recipes in this book but she hasn't given a lot of thought to her British readers (which is surprising given that she lived here on and off for some time) She uses quite a few hard to find ingredients and some terminology that relates more to the American market. As you would expect a lot of emphasis is based on healthy food which appealed to me particularly with my dietry requirements and generally it is a good book if you have the time to source the ingredients.
Although I can't believe I have a Gwyneth Paltrow cookbook on my shelf, it's the book I use the most - it has more food splatters & dog ears than any other cookbook in my groaning cookbook shelf & ive given it as gifts to all my friends & family. Definitely worth getting over any GP prejudices for - this ones a keeper!
I really like this cook book. It's very easy and very healthy. Especially the menus options at the end of the book. I really recommend this book to people who want to eat healthily. Tasty food as well and pretty book overall! MIght buy her other cook book as well!
Interesting that I received these books just days before her separation/divorce was announced. I digress. These books look lovely. I haven't had the opportunity to use them just yet but look forward to it...and also taking her advise to have allergy testing and food sensitivity testing done on the whole family.
I bought this book for my daughter, who's totally into good food cooking. This book is not just a recipe book, but has references to why certain foods are good for you....and my daughter loved it. five start, totally worth the money.Great packaging, arrived promptly...always pleased with Amazon!
Had to have the book but as yet not overly impressed. I wouldn't want to make a lot of the recipes and haven't got around to trying any of the others that I thought I would. My copy was second hand and in excellent order which makes me think the previous owner felt the same way.
Love the layout, especially the photos. I have tried a few recipes and they are good and simple but there is quite a lot of writing. It compares with Hugh Fearlessly Eats It All books for general interest. You can learn so much more than just a cook book from both of these.
Great cook book, full of interesting information on food, ingredients etc. once you have sourced and stocked some of the ingredients it's a pleasure to cook these recipes as you know how healthy and good for you they will be.