I love Pinterest and I love Google for finding recipes, but sometimes it's nice to just be totally unplugged and not need the internet or a device to find a new recipe. Plus, there's just something special about flipping through the pages in a cookbook, looking at the gorgeous photos (and wishing your own food could turn out half as pretty).
For my most recent Blogging for Books read I picked another cookbook. The Healthy Mind Cookbook appealed to me right away, but I was hesitant. My first thoughts were, who is this lady and what does she really know about food and our brain? Not to mention, the last cookbook I reviewed was a bit of a flop. It was beautiful, but just not realistic for recipes I would make on an average day. After reading good reviews on this one I took a chance and requested it. As soon as it arrived I knew I was in for a treat! The book's tagline is big-flavor recipes to enhance brain function, mood, memory, and mental clarity.
The quality is amazing-- everything from the photos to the format, to the variety in the recipes. The first few chapters of the book are full of so. much. information. And it's great because it's not a bunch of stuff that is totally over my head. There's a glossary (which they call the culinary pharmacy) of different foods and the benefits they have.
I'll be honest, at first I was a little turned off by the recipes. I worried they were going to be full of obscure ingredients-- or too many ingredients. I like easy when it comes to cooking. If you see the below list for a baked falafel recipe there are 17 ingredients listed. After taking a closer look I realized that the majority of the items listed were spices I already have. Lemons, chickpeas, garlic, and a red pepper are four pretty ordinary things. The only ingredient I wasn't able to find was tahini- and that's probably the only ingredient that I would purchase and maybe only use for this recipe.
I think my favorite feature of this cookbook is the 'cooks notes' section at the end of some of the recipes (above left photo). As a total novice when it comes to the kitchen I need even the most basic tips. I haven't had a chance to make any of the recipes yet, but along with the baked falafel there were about a dozen I can't wait to try out and will probably post about as we move into the new year.
This was provided to me by Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review. Based on my first impressions, and all of the information in the book, this is definitely one I would consider buying on my own for a friend or family member. Are you a fan of cookbooks or do you prefer to use Pinterest?