Balancing The Books: What We’re Reading
THE BOOKS WE’VE BEEN DIPPING IN AND OUT OF TO KEEP US FEELING SATISFIED AND STIMULATED ON THE INSIDE AND OUT
The Uncook Book, £16.99
Followers of the raw food diet might have already experienced Tanya’s tasty heat-free treats at her café’s in London. For those of us not living in close proximity and who up until now have only had her Instagram feed to drool over, this new vegan recipe book brings her dishes to life.
Beautiful styling and creative food combinations mean you soon forget that the meals aren’t cooked – pumpkin soup, lentil lasagne – all hearty winter winners that we wouldn’t have even thought of eating raw. And while we’re not sure it’s enough to convince us to turn down a piping hotpot, her explanations on the health benefits are fantastically feasible. We love the useful tips on things like how to cut open a coconut and the section on superfood cocktails has already been well thumbed. The vodka lavendade with added hot water and lemon is practically virtuous!
A Year of Living Mindfully, £12.99
Mindfulness is a buzzword at the moment and if you haven’t embraced it yet, this is the perfect starting point. Set out in a week-by-week format, it’s a baby steps style guide so you can slowly but surely introduce the concept into your everyday life.
Containing meditations to improve awareness, questions to egg on your curiosity and gaps on almost every page to fill in your thoughts and experiences, we found it a nice change to have some pen on paper interaction rather than doing everything via an app! Anna also makes a point of hammering home that there’s no right or wrong way to practise mindfulness and we found it’s definitely a case of the more you do it, the easier it becomes. We persisted and it’s paying off - we’re already cooler, calmer versions of our former selves!
The Breast Cancer Cookbook, £20
Professor Mohammed Keshtgar
We couldn’t let October pass without mentioning Breast Cancer Awareness month. As well as including recipes to boost health before and after treatment, this specially devised cookbook breaks down the pros and cons of things like including soy, meat, dairy and fats in your diet.
What’s probably most insightful, though are the recipes to help combat the side effects of having treatment. Lethargy, loss of appetite, changes in taste sensation and mouth sores – all aspects that need to be addressed but that non-suffering chefs might not have on their radar. An empowering read that encourages women to take an active role in their wellness and path to recovery, we don’t know anyone who wouldn’t benefit from this book.
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