This review contains a recipe from the book, supplied from the publisher and published here with permission.
As you might have already noticed, I’m taking a long break from blogging and from quite a number of social media platforms (I’m still quite active on Instagram and Twitter though – that’s where you can find me at least once a day). The books keep on coming though and I’m here to tell you about one which popped out of the pile.
This review includes a recipe extract from the book, found at the end of the post.
Yes, you’re not seeing double. There’s no spelling mistakes here; the title of this book is what it is. Don’t let the funny book title and the hilarious recipe titles fool you (excuse the pun). The recipes are no joke – it’s serious stuff, serious ingredients, serious cooking, made simple for everyone to try. I’ll be trying a couple of them myself this week. They sound good and Stephen Conroy’s photos makes them all look good. What I can say is that this cookbook lifted my morale today after a tough couple of days!
When I ask a friend how they are, they’ll inevitably reply: ‘Busy.’ I’m guilty of it too – it’s a symptom of the modern world. But it only confirms the need for quality time spent with the people you love. The more you do it, the more you understand it’s what really matters – good times with friends and family are the most effective panacea for a busy week/month/year.
Ryan Chetiyawardana, a.k.a. Mr. Lyan
Now that’s a great introduction to a book, isn’t it? Meeting the people who matter most in my life over good food and drink is certainly one of my preferred ways to slow down. I believe that in life we need just a few dear friends, and having a good chat over a relaxing lunch is one of the most uplifting things ever.
If you’re a food blogger like me, you will most certainly know who David Lebovitz is. Unless you live under a rock, that is. You will find some author information about David at the end of this post, but just to give you a general idea he is everything you would want a food expert to be. I don’t like to use the word ‘expert’ very often. As one of my dearest friends told me very recently, “Rob, really and truly, who are the experts?” However I feel I can apply it quite easily here.
When the guys at Quarto sent me Eat With Intention by meditation and wellness teacher Cassandra Bodzak, I knew that I was in for a ‘non-traditional’ recipe book adventure. I was pleasantly surprised. Eat With Intention is not a book about fad diets – I would say that its good writing is effectively encouraging the reader to stay positively away from those. Instead it’s better to be happy with who we are while doing our best to live healthily and happily. This is what the author means by ‘eating with intention’.
It was only during my years living in Surrey, just outside the M25 and studying in London, that I appreciated what a real commute to work was like. I remember my very first day on the train from Woking to Waterloo. It was, without wanting to exaggerate, a total nightmare. It took me a little more than three hours to get to Kensington. It was chaotic – it always is to be honest but that day was awful. All the lines had delays and many services were suspended or cancelled. It was my first day of lectures and I was going to be late. I arrived just in time…and famished. I hadn’t taken any lunch with me so I grabbed something quick from the nearest food store. I cannot remember if it was a sandwich, a salad or a bag of chips, but it felt hurried.
Let me start by saying this was a tough one. When Quarto asked me if I would like to receive a review copy of a book called Savage Salads I immediately thought now there’s a pleasant coincidence. ‘Tis the season for salads and a little heliolatry (just a little), though we didn’t feel like it at all today. Arguably every season should be salad season, but summer is when I give fruit and vegetables the run for their money. Greengrocers and veggie trucks on the island are full of delicious produce, and that is to be celebrated.