2015 Book Reviews Ella Woodward Food inspired by books Recipes
Cookbook Review: Deliciously Ella by Ella Woodward
Author: Ella Woodward
Published: March 3rd 2015 by Scribner
Amazon | Amazon UK
Description: From the founder of the wildly popular food blog Deliciously Ella, 120 plant-based, dairy-free, and gluten-free recipes with gorgeous, full-color photographs that capture the amazing things we can do with natural ingredients.
In 2011, nineteen-year-old Ella Woodward was diagnosed with a rare illness that left her bed-ridden, in chronic pain, and plagued by heart palpitations and headaches. When conventional medicine failed her, Ella decided to change her diet. She gave up meat, gluten, dairy, sugar, and anything processed and the effects were immediate: her symptoms disappeared, her energy returned, and she was able to go off all her medication. A self-confessed sweet tooth, Ella taught herself how to make delicious, plant-based meals that delight the palette and improve overall well-being.
Deliciously Ella is an essential, how-to guide to clean, plant-based eating, taking you through the best ingredients and methods for preparing easy, exciting meals. This is not a diet, it is about creating a new mindset that embraces fantastic food. From sweet potato brownies to silky chocolate mousse and roasted butternut squash risotto and homemade fries and ketchup, Ella shares 100 brand-new recipes and twenty classics in her signature, elegant style. Packed with vivid photos and simple, foolproof instructions, Deliciously Ella provides a foundation for a pure, unprocessed, unrefined diet, so you can look and feel better while enjoying great food.
*First of all I would like to thank the publishers for sending me a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*
Review: Before getting my hands on this book I already knew Ella from her fantastic blog and had successfully tried a couple of her recipes. But recently, my partner and I have decided to start a healthier and cleaner diet and this book has definitely helped us expand our meals and learn a lot about what we are eating.
The book not only offers a diverse range of recipes but also explains which ingredients you'll need and gives you tips on how to prepare basic ingredients (like nut butters or milks) and which equipment to use. I found this part very useful and checked it a few times while doing other recipes. Also, I'd like to mention how beautiful the images on the book are. They really make you want to prepare that food.
Then, the recipes are divided by parts depending on the main ingredients, so you find parts like Grains, Nuts and Seeds, Beans and Legumes or Vegetables. I liked that most the recipes could be made with the same basic ingredients so once you had had them you didn't have to buy an endless list of different things for each recipe.
We have already tried quite a lot of the recipes and some of them more than once as they were a huge success, like the different types of hummus, Black and Kidney Bean Chili (or chili sin carne, as we call it) and Coconut Thai Curry with Chickpeas.
I also fund very useful the healthy snacks like the raw brownie and the dates with nut butter. Actually, the dates have been a wonderful surprise as they were not part of my diet and now I seem to use them for everything.
All in all, Deliciously Ella is well thought and detailed cookbook that serves as a perfect introduction to a healthier diet. The comments from readers and the beautiful photos make this book very easy to the eye and interesting to read too. I highly recommend it if you are new to the plant-based, dairy-free, and gluten-free world.