Focus on flavor, not deprivation, from a celebrity UK chef.
I hadn’t heard of Gizzi Erskine, so I was coming to her latest book Gizzi’s Healthy Appetite: Food to Nourish the Body and Feed the Soul completely cold. Imagine her talking in a British accent as you read the recipes. Check her out on Jamie Oliver’s YouTube channel.
Layout and design:
The book is organized by texture. Chapters are called: Slurp, Crunch, Crisp, Ooze, Char, Soothe, Savor, Spice, Sweet, and Basics. While I love the modern look of the book, the very faint typewriter font is difficult to read even with glasses on, which is a shame.
Every other page features a stunning full-color, full-page photograph by The Gaztronome. The styling is drop-dead gorgeous too, and I love seeing books from Europe, as their styling ethos is different.
Recipes include potato latkes, cold Korean noodle salad, mozzarella en carozza, grilled cauliflower with curried hummus and cashew brittle, flat-iron bourguignon, roasted fennel and sausage calzone, black velvet cake, and hollandaise sauce. Recipes are traditional, and include wheat, dairy, eggs, and meat.
What I liked about the book:
I love the author’s strong voice and visual style that comes through on every page. The beautiful little drawings sprinkled throughout the book add another dimension to the design.
I wasn’t so keen on:
Recipes were not coded for special diets; nutritional analysis is not provided, which would be helpful for low-sodium eaters.
people who love to eat and don’t have dietary restrictions; many recipes can be modified for special diets if you know how to renovate
Not recommended for:
Migraine, paleo, vegan, vegetarian, celiac, gluten-free, or low-sodium diets
A note about my cookbook reviews: In the past, I tested at least three recipes from each book, took photos, and described my experience. Due to my dietary limitations (extremely-low-sodium for my Meniere’s Disease and trigger-free foods for migraine relief), it is no longer possible for me to test the recipes and do them justice.