Friday, 22 January 2016

Cook. Nourish. Glow: 120 recipes that will help you lose weight, look younger, and feel healthier

Cook. Nourish. Glow
120 recipes that will help you 
lose weight, 
look younger, 
and feel healthier
by Amelia Freer
Hardcover, 336 pages
Publisher: Appetite by Random House

Yes, you can both cook healthfully and experiment in the kitchen at the same time. It is about getting comfortable in your own kitchen and with your kitchen skills. By being familiar with healthy ingredients and cooking techniques and keeping things as organic and unfussy as possible.

Cook. Nourish. Glow. gives you the skills to cook freely, healthily and with the fun and spontaneity that makes cooking an art and a joy.

Nothing can stop you now, it's time to Cook, Nourish, Glow.

Chapter One starts with Kitchen confidence, Chapter Two - It's all about taste, Chapter Three - Eating the rainbow, Chapter Four - On the go, Chapter Five - The naughty chapter, Chapter  Six - Friendly fats, Chapter Seven - Happy tummy, Chapter Eight - Entertaining, Chapter Nine - Everyday food.

From the Back Flap:

Cook yourself healthy with Cook. Nourish. Glow, the eagerly anticipated companion to bestselling Eat. Nourish. Glow.

Following the phenomenal success of her first book, Eat. Nourish. Glow, Amelia is back with a much-awaited cookbook. Containing over 100 delicious and easy-to-prepare recipes, Cook. Nourish. Glow will equip readers with the skills and knowledge to improve their health while empowering them to cook with confidence.

     Chapters will cover cooking in the simplest terms, featuring step-by-step visuals designed for the novice chef; how to use and prepare staple pantry ingredients; eating on the go; a "naughty" chapter--because living healthily is about consistency, not perfection--and a chapter full of dishes designed to combat gut-related issues. Recipes will include: Fine Omelette Layered with Tomato and Saffron, Tapenade and Mixed Herbs; Sweet Potato Cakes with Grilled Tiger Prawns and Saffron Sauce; Fig and Raspberry Panna Cotta; Eggs and Leeks with Tabasco and Tarragon Dressing.

     Amelia is a firm believer that absolutely everybody can cook delicious, healthy, beautiful food. Many of us feel pressure to be perfect in the kitchen but with Amelia, anyone can learn how to assemble nourishing food in minutes using fresh ingredients that will transform how you look and feel. As Amelia says: "My aim is to create a useful, rewarding and ultimately inspiring everyday cookbook. I truly understand how what we eat has the ability to transform our health and wellbeing, and I love to show people how some simple changes can make a huge difference to how you look and feel."

     Be inspired to cook yourself healthy with Cook. Nourish. Glow.

AMELIA FREER (FdSc, Dip ION, mBANT) is a qualified nutritional therapist and author of the bestselling Eat. Nourish. Glow. Amelia embarked on a career in nutrition after years of struggling with her own diet and now uses her expertise to transform the lives of her clients and readers. Amongst her success stories are famous names such as Boy George, James Corden and Sam Smith.

Sunday, 17 January 2016

The Prairie Girl Cupcake Cookbook

The Prairie Girl Cupcake Cookbook
Living Life One Cupcake at a Time
by Jean Blacklock

Photographer Christina Varro
Publisher: Appetite by Random House

Cupcake lovers rejoice!

Cupcakes - the trend that will not die, nor should it ever. There is good reason, scratch that - there are two good reasons why people will always love cupcakes. One is the cupcake itself, the other is the icing. In this case, real butter icing.

I love me a Canadian gal or guy makes good story and this is no exception. Tired of corporate life and always imagining herself as a baker first - even from her early childhood, Jean Blacklock opened up the first of her Prairie Girl Cupcake shops. You can guess by the name where she hails from.

And now you can bake her cupcakes - from scratch with high quality ingredients, just like her, in this new cookbook inspired from her shops.

Life is short, eat dessert first.

From the Back Flap:

With more than 50 recipes for any and every cupcake occasion, as well as the secrets for the most decadent, delicious cupcakes imaginable, cupcake lovers and bakers everywhere will fall in love with this beautiful, easy-to-use book from the famous Prairie Girl Bakery.
Jean Blackwood

Known for having the best cupcakes in Toronto, Prairie Girl Bakery takes fans and readers behind its kitchen doors to share recipes, tips and techniques in the pages of this must-have book. Whether you’re looking for classic, gluten-free or vegan recipes, The Prairie Girl Cupcake Cookbook has everything you need to treat yourself and your loved ones, one cupcake at a time.

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

The Complete Prebiotic & Probiotic Health Guide

The Complete Prebiotic & Probiotic Health Guide
by: Angela Sirounis, Dr. Maitreyi Raman &
Jennifer Shrubsole
Trade Paperback, 288 pages

Time to get that belly in shape. On the inside! 

A healthy tummy is key to optimal health and happiness. And cultivating good digestive health, including friendly bacteria, is the answer. 
Seriously, go a week without sex and you will live. Go a week without pooping and you won't want to. 
These are the things you think about when you are over 40. Or at least I do. 

Many chronic diseases can be helped or even cured with a proper diet that works on maintaining a healthy digestive system as a part of overall nutrition. 

The leading expert on developing a healthy microbiome (belly bliss) offers a comprehensive guide to getting yours into shape. Includes recipes! 

Contents Include:
Part 1: Understanding the Gut Microbiome
Part 2: How to Achieve a Healthy Microbiome
Part 3: The 8-Step Biotic-Balanced Program
Part 4: Recipes for a Healthy Microbiome

From the Back Flap:

Did you know that the gut contains over 100 trillion bacteria?

We have 10 times as many bacteria in our gut as we have total number of human cells in our entire body! In recent years there’s been a great deal of research exploring the relationship between a healthy gut and overall health. A healthy balance of good bacteria plays a huge role in disease prevention and treatment.

Prebiotics and probiotics are vitally important when it comes to maintaining a healthy gut and optimal health and wellness. Prebiotics are non-digestible carbohydrates that act as “food”or probiotics. Prebiotics help probiotics grow and remain in your digestive system. Probiotics are healthy bacteria that naturally live and flourish in the colon. From a poor diet to overuse of antibiotics, there are many health and lifestyle choices that can seriously compromise healthy levels of both prebiotics and probiotics.

This outstanding book, written by one of North America’s leading gastroenterologists,helps us understand the relationship between prebiotics and probiotics, their impact on health and the significant role diet plays in maintaining optimal levels of bacteria. It also provides recommendations on how to practice biotic-balanced living through diet.

To get you off to the best possible start, there are 175 tempting recipes that make the transition to a healthy diet easy and delicious!

Squash with Quinoa and Apricots

Banish the blahs with this robust combination of fruits, vegetables and a nutritious whole grain seasoned with ginger, orange and a hint of cinnamon.

If you prefer, use frozen chopped butternut squash in this recipe. Reduce the quantity to 2 cups (500 mL). For best results, toast and grind the cumin yourself. Place seeds in a dry skillet and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 3 minutes. Immediately transfer to a mortar or a spice grinder and grind. To make ahead, complete step 1. Cover and refrigerate overnight or for up to 2 days. When you’re ready to cook, continue with steps 2 and 3.

Makes 8 servings

•    Medium to large (31⁄2- to 5-quart) slow cooker

1 tbsp    vegetable oil    15 mL
2    onions, finely chopped    2
2    cloves garlic, minced    2
1 tbsp    minced gingerroot    15 mL
1 tbsp    ground cumin (see tip, at left)    15 mL
2 tsp    finely grated orange zest    10 mL
1    2-inch (5 cm) cinnamon stick    1
1 tsp    ground turmeric    5 mL
1 tsp    salt    5 mL
1⁄2 tsp    cracked black peppercorns    2 mL
1 cup    Vegetable Stock (page 212) or 
    250 ml ready-to-use vegetable broth
1⁄2 cup    freshly squeezed orange juice    125 mL
4 cups    cubed peeled winter squash     1 L
    (1-inch/2.5 cm cubes)
2    apples, peeled, cored and sliced    2
1⁄2 cup    chopped dried apricots    125 mL
11⁄2 cups    quinoa, rinsed    375 mL

1.    In a skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add onions and cook, stirring, until softened, about 3 minutes. Add garlic, ginger, cumin, orange zest, cinnamon stick, turmeric, salt and peppercorns and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add stock and orange juice and bring to a boil. Transfer to slow cooker stoneware.

2.    Add squash, apples and apricots to stoneware and stir well. Cover and cook on Low for 6 hours or on High for 3 hours, until vegetables are tender. Discard cinnamon stick.

3.    In a pot, bring 3 cups (750 mL) of water to a boil. Add quinoa in a steady stream, stirring to prevent lumps, and return to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes, until tender and liquid is absorbed. Add to slow cooker and stir well. Serve immediately.

Courtesy of The Complete Prebiotic & Probiotic Health Guide by Dr Maitreyi Raman, Angela Sirounis & Jennifer Shrubsole © 2015 Reprinted with publisher permission. Available where books are sold.

Tuesday, 5 January 2016

The Crooked Heart of Mercy

The Crooked Heart of Mercy
by Billie Livingston

Hardcover, 272 pages
Publisher: Random House Canada

I absolutely loved this book. From the sounds of the characters, I wondered if it would be farcical. It wasn't. These improbable people in impossible situations just work. They take your heart and break it and then put it back together again.

True, I got nothing done the entire day I read the book, there was no way I could put it down. I was lost in their world.

Billie Livingston is now on my watch list for future reads. A truly great read.

From the Back Flap:

The Crooked Heart of Mercy is a brave, funny and heartbreaking novel about faith and family, love and forgiveness, and how people survive unimaginable loss. It features an indelible trio of characters who could only come from the imagination of Billie Livingston. There's Ben, whose world we enter on the first page: he's a limo driver who, after he loses his son, finds himself locked up in a psych ward with a hole in his head he can't explain. His wife, Maggie, the other narrator of the story, is locked up in her own grief, unable to reach out to her husband. Then there is Maggie's brother, Francis, an unlikely priest with a drinking problem and only occasional interest in celibacy, whose latest fall from the wagon was caught on video and has gone viral as Drunk Priest Propositions Cop.

     How they come together to heal each other's many wounds is the magic of this novel, as is its intensity, its wit, its deep sense of the absurd, and the surprising grace at its core.

Photo by: Braden Haggerty
BILLIE LIVINGSTON is the author of three novels, short stories, including the Danuta Gleed and CBC Bookie award-winning collection Greedy Little Eyes, and poetry. Her previous novel, One Good Hustle, a Globe and Mail Best Book, was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and nominated for the Canadian Library Association's Young Adult Book Award. Her short story, "Sitting on the Edge of Marlene," has been adapted as a feature film. She lives in Vancouver. The author lives in Vancouver, BC.