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Thursday, March 8, 2018

Love Real Food by Kathryne Taylor- Feature and Review


The path to a healthy body and happy belly is paved with real food―fresh, wholesome, sustainable food―and it doesn’t need to be so difficult. No one knows this more than Kathryne Taylor of America’s most popular vegetarian food blog, Cookie and Kate. With Love Real Food, she offers over 100 approachable and outrageously delicious meatless recipes complete with substitutions to make meals special diet-friendly (gluten-free, dairy-free, and egg-free) whenever possible. Her book is designed to show everyone―vegetarians, vegans, and meat-eaters alike―how to eat well and feel well.
With brand-new, creative recipes, Taylor inspires you to step into the kitchen and cook wholesome plant-based meals, again and again. She’ll change your mind about kale and quinoa, and show you how to make the best granola you’ve ever tasted. You’ll find make-your-own instant oatmeal mix and fluffy, naturally sweetened, whole-grain blueberry muffins, hearty green salads and warming soups, pineapple pico de gallo, healthier homemade pizzas, and even a few favorites from the blog. Of course, Love Real Food wouldn’t be complete without plenty of stories starring Taylor’s veggie-obsessed, rescue dog sous-chef, Cookie! Taylor celebrates whole foods by encouraging you not just to “eat this,” but to eat like this. Take it from her readers: you’ll love how you feel.



Love Real Food: More Than 100 Feel-Good Vegetarian Favorites to Delight the Senses and Nourish the BodyLove Real Food: More Than 100 Feel-Good Vegetarian Favorites to Delight the Senses and Nourish the Body by Kathryne Taylor
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Love Real Food: More Than 100 Feel-Good Vegetarian Favorites to Delight the Senses and Nourish the Body by Kathryne Taylor is a 2017 Rodale Books publication.

This vegetarian cookbook has an eye-catching cover which encouraged me to take a look inside. I love vegetables and even as a kid growing up in the deep south, where meat and potatoes was the staple at most dinner tables, I was never a big fan of the meat. However, I ate double helpings of nearly all the vegetables most other kids vehemently refused to try.

My husband, on the other hand, embraced the meat and potatoes diet, which has remained hardwired in his brain all these years. There is no way on earth I will ever get him to embrace a strict vegetarian diet. However, as we have gotten older, and are enjoying having our own vegetable garden, I am slowly convincing my husband to significantly lower his consumption of meat. He loves to cook and so I’m doing my part by introducing him to more whole food recipes and more creative ways to have a hearty meal, that is as tasty as it is healthy.

This cookbook gave me some fantastic ideas and I was happy to see so many zesty, tangy, spicy recipes all included in one book. Since we live a in a very small town, with only two supermarkets, I am often frustrated by recipe books which feature difficult to find ingredients. There were only a handful of recipes that called for items I knew I couldn’t find locally. However, the author always included a variety of ways to mix the recipes up, which will also help keep basic recipes fresh and inviting.

This book has a fantastic selection of breakfast ideas, as well as a section to satisfy that sweet tooth. Drinks, salads, dressings, soups are included as well, but there are also a few ‘heavier’ meal ideas as well. I found the cookbook to be well organized with bright color photos and easy to follow instructions.

Occasionally, a recipe will require a longer prep time, but for the most part all these recipes are easy to make and puts a fresh spin on the usual preparation of vegetables, and the use of fruits, adding inventive ways to include whole foods to your diet.

So far, I have made one of the salad dressings and one of the pasta dishes which was fantastic!! My husband enjoyed it as well, and he didn’t even miss the meat!!




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Kathryne Taylor is the personality behind the hugely popular blog Cookie and Kate, named after her crumb-catching dog, Cookie. In 7 years, the vegetarian and all-natural food blog has grown from a hobby to a full-time project. Kathryne researches, develops, cooks, photographs, and writes every recipe on the blog. Originally from Oklahoma, she now lives in Kansas City. In her spare time, you'll find her practicing yoga, traveling near and far, and clinking drinks with friends.

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