Edit: I was removed from this campaign before I could get it finished. However, I did enjoy eating and preparing the recipes that I mentioned, and I figured that some of you might enjoy this cookbook as well. Thus, the reason that this post is being published despite my misgivings about doing so.
It seems as if there are millions of ways to write an introduction to an actual cookbook, but I couldn’t find a way to introduce a review of a cookbook. Believe me, I looked and as a result, I’m just going to begin the review. I’m not going to worry about writing something witty to capture your attention, hopefully, that was done by the food picture even though my photography skills need work. There are a few things that you should look for when choosing your next cookbook: clear and easy to understand directions; color photographs of most, if not all, the recipes; and it fits your lifestyle, cooking ability, and budget. I’d love to tell you that this cookbook fits all of these requirements with no exception, however, that would be untrue and I did promise from the moment I started blogging to be as honest as possible. This doesn’t change even though I did receive this cookbook for free in exchange for a review, and I want you, my readers, to know exactly what to expect if you choose to purchase this cookbook.
First of all, is does this cookbook contain clear and easy to understand directions? It both does and doesn’t, but I will explain. All of the recipes are ten ingredients or less, which makes going grocery shopping a lot easier as one can typically remember a list of five items. It also helps that you could possibly have some of the ingredients already in your pantry, refrigerator, etc. This level of ingredients also applies to the clarity of the directions – the least number of directions, the clearer that I found the directions to be. I made both the Baked Spaghetti Squash and the Black Bean Burritos, and I found that the Baked Spaghetti Squash was easier to prepare as the directions were more clear and easy to understand. This may be due to the fact that it only contained a total of five ingredients, while the other called for twelve ingredients (breaking the ten ingredient or less rule, mentioned on the cover). I will admit that the author may consider this as following that particular rule, seeing as you’ll more than likely have a few ingredients on hand. As for the directions, they weren’t the clearest – and it requires a bit more prep than the previous recipe. For example, you have to dice both a tomato and a zucchini, make some rice, and do something with the spinach leaves – it’s not exactly specified…I’d say you could use them whole, or do as I did and shred them. I also may have forgotten to make the rice, but I do have leftovers which means I have lunch for today.
Does the cookbook contain color pictures of most, if not all, of the recipes? This is where this particular cookbook surpasses all expectation – it contains full-color pictures of every single recipe, which means that you will either be inspired to make all of the recipes or depressed when you do make one because it looks nothing like the picture. Personally, I love when cookbooks show me photographs of the completed recipes as it makes me hungrier and I think that all cookbooks should do the same, instead of every few recipes.
Finally, does this particular cookbook fit my lifestyle, cooking ability, and budget? Let’s look at each area separately…does it fit my lifestyle? My current lifestyle consists of minimal sleep, minimal time to prep meals, minimal time to do much of anything…but maximum stress. My mom is a type-2 diabetic, who is very particular about what she eats…and so having meals that both look and smell appealing is a plus. As for cooking ability, well…I’m not a big fan of cooking unless I have clear, concise directions and some of the recipes in this book do not have that as mentioned above. I also prefer to buy food that is pre-prepped, ie. already chopped, etc. as I am extremely impatient. Budget is always a big one…and this cookbook fits most, if you’re prepared to do a little shopping.
I honestly don’t know what else to say…if you’re into healthy, food and you follow a dairy-free, gluten-free, or vegan diet then I definitely recommend you check out this cookbook.