Cookbooks to kick-start 2016

JOELE FORRESTER reckons there’s no better way to kick-start your year than with delicious, feel-good recipes from the best cookbooks around; here are her top picks to help you keep that foodie halo poished…

Oh She Glows Cookbook
Angela Liddon
Penguin, £22.94
After suffering with eating disorders for many years, Angela Liddon decided enough was enough and started experimenting with nutritious, balanced foods. A self-taught cook and food photographer, she has spent years creating inventive, reliable vegan dishes that don’t leave you feeling like you’re missing out on meat. Oh She Glows started out as a blog, gaining huge success and becoming offically award-winning, and Angela has since turned it into a best-selling cookbook by the same name. The tome brings a host of energising, allergy-free, vegan-friendly recipes to the table; from green smoothies and oil-free baked falafel bites to chilled chocolate espresso torte.

Naturally Sassy
Saskia Greyson-Williams
Ebury Press, £16.99
As a ballet dancer, founder of the Naturally Sassy blog Saskia Greyson-Williams sees food as fuel. Ditching the low-calorie and low-fat foods, she decided to reclaim her health during her teens. The book is brimming with healthy and delicious recipes that are divided into categories including 15-minute meals, food on the go and overnight breakfasts, meaning there are plenty of options for all kinds of lifestyles. A favourite main is the brown rice pizza with sundried tomato sauce, caramelised peppers and rocket. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, the popcorn with salted caramel and dark chocolate drizzle, or caramel mousse with raw chocolate ganache will be right up your street.

Deliciously Ella Every Day
Ella Woodward
Yellow Kite, £20
Award-winning author and blogger Ella Woodward is back with another highly anticipated cookbook. Following the success of her first volume – not to mention blog and YouTube channel – Ella’s latest recipe book is bound to fly off the shelf. Finding time to fit healthy eating into the hectic lifestyles many of us lead is an issue Ella is only too well acquainted with. Deliciously Ella Every Day is all about fuss-free cooking, and is filled with 100 easy plant-based, dairy-free and gluten-free dishes that are nourishing and wholesome. Who says healthy has to be a hassle?

Get The Glow
Madeleine Shaw

Orion, £20
Nutritional health coach and blogger Madeleine Shaw has a firm philosophy: “ditch the junk food and eat foods that heal your gut so you can shine from head to toe”. Madeleine’s debut book is beautifully designed and packed with gorgeous photography – you might well struggle to put it down. All recipes are wheat- and sugar-free, and are aimed at time-pressed cooks needing inspiration and ideas for mouth-watering, nutritional dishes. It includes more than just recipes though; there’s a six-week plan, advice on your kitchen cupboard essentials and practical guidance to make you fall back in love with food.


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