Forks Over Knives(The Cookbook)
Whole foods, Plant-based way of eating
Companion book to The Plant Based Way to Health
A way to improve your health
I choose this book to review because the fundamental cooking tips that it includes makes it possible for even beginners in the kitchen to create delicious meals. Even though I am not a vegan or a vegetarian the benefits to adding these ideas to your diet can improve your health in many ways.
Chef Del and others have compiled many easy and delicious recipes to create a healthy nutrition plan that will help you achieve all your nutrition needs. Although he does not include the nutrition facts for each recipe the focus is on eating a wide variety of foods to naturally obtain all the nutritional needs a body has.
He starts out with the basics of cooking, with tips on basic techniques to use, basic recipes that are the foundation to many recipes in the book, tips for shopping and building a pantry of healthy ingredients. Also included is a list of needed kitchen tools to help you prepare a successful meal. He includes information on how to read a label for those times when you must purchase a processed food item and how to make a healthy choice. Although there are times in our busy lives when we will purchase foods that have been processed they should be a limited source of ingredients for our diets. Chef Del may include ideas on what is best to use but the focus on nutrition from fresh whole plant based foods are the top priority.
Why this book?
The reason I purchased this book originally was because I had two family members that were vegan. These family members do not live with me but when it came time for a family gathering I wanted to make sure to include them. Preparing a meal that we could all enjoy was very difficult. I realized that there was a lot more to think about than just preparing a salad and a side dish. I also became more aware of all of the processed foods that I was depending on for each meal. I knew there must be a better way; these foods could be made from scratch.
At the same time I was trying to limit the salt intake in our own diet due to my husband’s recent health issues. It was eye opening as I started reading the labels just how much sodium is in every product that I was purchasing. And I knew that I had to find other sources for these items.
Some basic items were vegetable or chicken broth, tomato sauce, pesto sauce, salsa, guacamole, cheese sauce and something very basic to me was mayonnaise. Forks over Knives (The Cook Book) has a healthy recipe to replace each one of these.
The contents of Forks over Knives (The Cookbook)
The recipe categories start out with the basics and move on to healthy breakfast ideas. From there to smoothies, Granola and Muesli, hot cereals and a Hearty Breakfast. Next are Salads from the light side to something more Hearty and substantial. Then there are a variety of soups and stews and chilies. A section on wraps and spreads, pasta salads or warm pasta dishes would make great lunch ideas. There is a section on stir-fried meals, and stuffed and baked vegetables. Then there are bean, grain and quinoa recipes to create a great tasting hearty meal. There are casseroles for family gatherings or for a one dish dinner. And best of all there are dessert recipes with low sugar so we can still enjoy a treat now and then. These are an eclectic collection of healthy recipes from cuisines all over the world.
The best thing about this book is that it supports you in your desire to get healthy and stay healthy. And the benefits to this are many, like reducing your prescriptions or medications, reducing your medical costs. Also there is the benefit of reducing the amount of waste products coming from your kitchen, and learning to create meals like a professional that your family will enjoy. This book is designed for anyone who wants to eat with a whole-foods-plant-based diet. Yet I believe that we could all do with more healthy plant based recipes to add to our current diet. I have read these recipes and they are easy to read, and simple to make. If you are looking to improve your diet and need ideas to accomplish that this is a fantastic book to have. If you have any ideas of your own I invite you to leave a comment. I will do my best to respond to each one. Robin.