Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Reader Advice Day: Other Cookbooks, Besides Eat to Live?

Hi Everyone! It feels so strange to me right now to not have a new blog post every single day of the week, but real life has taken over my fast blogging pace and I'm slowing down a little. But don't think that I am not thinking about you or my Eat to Live Cookbook! I'm excited to get home tonight to start preparing the Bok Choy Salad.

But before I get to chopping, I want to share an e-mail with you that I received and get your feedback on it.

Hello! I have been following your blog with the Eat to Live cookbook and I love reading all of your comments and insight. I especially liked your post about trying to feed your children healthy foods and feeling like its almost impossible at times. I really appreciated the honesty.

I bought the cookbook a couple of weeks ago and have been pretty much only making those recipes. I imagine it is a lot easier for me since I am not cooking for any children (only one fiance who is not exactly ecstatic that I only make healthy things now ;-)). Joe does want to lose some weight and eat healthier but he is a little pickier than I am. He says he is on board though and I think he is getting used to it. I have recently watched a few documentaries on plant based whole food diets and am now wholeheartedly convinced I can no longer waiver back and forth between eating this way and not. My health is great right now but I am in constant fear that the meds I was put on for my ulcerative colitis will stop working and the terrible symptoms I had will come back. Medically there really aren't many other options for me to try as these meds are pretty hard core already. I hope with this diet change even if the meds do stop working, my symptoms will at least be less severe. I don't think I will ever totally cut out animal products from my diet but I definitely want to severely limit them. This is mainly because I really like to try new things even if its just a taste and I also never want to find myself in a situation where I feel I cannot eat anything that is available.

Anyway this is a lot more than I intended on writing. To get to the point, I really like Dr. Fuhrman's method. I haven't been able to try any of the smoothies yet because I don't own a high powered blender. I have a great food processor but I think that would be too much liquid for it to handle. I had no idea how much a good blender costs?? My question is do you have any suggestions for other cookbooks? I have tried to find a couple more but they all seem to have oil in a lot of the recipes, or flour, or some other processed foods which I would like to stay away from. I'm having a hard time picking out a good one from the not so good ones. I am not comfortable enough yet with this type of cooking to make up my own or alter recipes to make them taste good and still be healthy. Please let me know if you have any suggestions.

Okay, guys, I know we have suggestions for this reader! Please leave your suggestion(s) and reasoning behind the suggestion(s) in the comments section. Blog have recipes too, so don't limit yourself to books alone.

Here's my thoughts:
I have so many Whole Food Plant Based Oil Free Cookbooks. There certainly are no lack of them out there today. I almost think, though, that the best thing to do is to force yourself to cook a lot of the recipes from the cookbook that you do have, which sounds like the Eat to Live Cookbook. Once you have cooked from that book for months, then move on to one other book. Otherwise, you might end up with a whole shelf's worth of cookbooks that almost never get used. Which is what has happened to me. Kind of like information overload.

But if you really must get more cookbooks right now, you can check out my library right here in my Amazon store. It pretty much reflects my complete collection.

So my question to everyone really is, do you have one plant based cookbook that is your runaway favorite that you have cooked many, many of the recipes from and would recommend to our reader? Or do your cookbooks collect dust like mine do? 

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