Book Review: Macro Cookbook For Beginners

review-macro cookbook for beginnersTitle: Macro Cookbook For Beginners

Author: Devika Sharma

Genre: Non-Fiction, Cookbook

Rating: 5 Stars

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With the macro diet, getting fit and healthy doesn’t mean giving up your favorite foods―and this beginner’s macro cookbook shows you where to start. Learn how to calculate and track your optimal level of macronutrients―protein, fat, and carbohydrates―so you can achieve your health goals while eating everything you enjoy.

Dig into 100 delicious recipes made with simple ingredients and a two-week meal plan that teaches you how to maintain the diet. Whether your goal is to build muscle, lose weight, or just develop a healthier relationship with food, this macro cookbook will set you on the right path.

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I was impressed by Macro Cookbook For Beginners by Devika Sharma. The books presented science-based nutrition broken down into easily digestible facts. The photography and design of the book were gorgeous and well-organized.

Unlike a lot of cookbooks that are diet-based, a lot of the recipes are tasty, easy to follow, and more importantly, contain readily accessible ingredients that most people will already have on-hand – or at the very least, can obtain easily. This book didn’t feel restrictive or scolding about what the reader eats, but instead, encouraging.

Overall, I think if you are looking to eat healthier in an accessible way, this would be a good place to start.

Book Review: Metabolism Diet For Beginners

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Author: Megan Johnson McCullough

Genre: Non-Fiction, Cookbook

Rating: 4 Stars

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Discover an introductory guide to the metabolism diet that makes it easy to get started. Featuring a simple primer on metabolism, how it affects your weight, and what you can do to take advantage of it, this book provides everything you need to know before jumping into the two-week meal and exercise plan. You’ll also find plenty of delicious recipes and handy tips to keep you on track after the first two weeks and help you reach your weight-loss goals.

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What I loved about Metabolism Diet For Beginners by Megan Johnson McCullough is that aside from the recipes, it contained a lot of helpful science-based information on how metabolism works and the common myths diet books often portray. There were also some helpful exercise plans and instructions, not just recipes.

There were a pretty decent array of recipes, but I will warn you that the meal plans and recipes may take some adjusting to get just right for you. If you aren’t used to eating super healthy, some of the ingredients may be foreign to you. I’d encourage anyone to give them a try before writing them off. The plans are a bit restrictive feeling to me – I’m not a huge fan of diets that ask you to completely remove items from your pantry – I feel moderation is more important, and the book wasn’t real clear on why certain items were restricted. Given the in-depth look at metabolism, I think the author missed an opportunity to explain why these foods aren’t a great idea.

Book Review: Super Easy Keto Cookbook

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Author: Georgina Bomer

Genre: Non-Fiction, Cookbook

Rating: 5 Stars

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Eating keto for every meal can be challenging, especially if you’re pressed for time or feeding a full household. This dinner cookbook relieves the stress with 100 delicious keto meals that come together with minimal effort. Keep your culinary repertoire fresh with a variety of flavorful dishes that everyone will love.

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This is a fantastic cookbook for those trying to follow a Keto or low-carb diet. The book was well-organized and full of super-helpful information – from what to keep in your pantry, to an equipment list and easy substitutions and swap-outs.

The recipes are easy to follow and include helpful tags to make it easy to find particular dietary-needs or prep-work. I love the author’s inclusion of nutritional information and variations for each recipe.

This is a fantastic cookbook that I’m definitely adding to my shelf.

Book Review; 5-Ingredient Smoothie Recipe Book

reviewcover-5ingredientsmoothiereipebookTitle: 5-Ingredient Smoothie Recipe Book

Author: Amy Gonzalez, RD, FNTP

Genre: Non-Fiction, Cookbook

Rating: 4 Stars

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Smoothies are an easy and delicious way to get the crucial vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants your body needs to function at its best. This 5-ingredient cookbook of smoothies features 100 balanced recipes you can make with just a handful of basic ingredients for quick and healthy options with minimal effort.

Fewer ingredients means less time in the kitchen, less money spent at the store, and simple, satisfying flavors that can improve your weight, digestion, and overall health. You’ll even find tips and tricks for shopping, calculating nutrition information, and more.

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This book has an amazing repertoire of smoothie options. I was impressed by the diversity of ingredients, and I like that there are so many different flavor profiles. The calorie and nutrition information was super helpful for someone like me, who is on a restricted-calorie diet.

My one warning though is that not every ingredient is going to be readily available at every big box store – so you may have to do a bit of searching to find the more uncommon ingredients like hibiscus flowers or papaya.

Book Review: 30-Minute Whole-Food, Plant-Based Cookbook

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Author: Kathy A. Davis

Genre: Non-Fiction, Cookbook

Rating: 4 Stars

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The whole-food, plant-based (WFPB) diet brings the conventional vegan way of eating closer to nature with a focus on dishes made only with unprocessed ingredients. Harness the health benefits of this lifestyle with the 30-Minute Whole-Food Plant-Based Cookbook, where you’ll find simple recipes you can get on the table in half an hour or less.

Whether you’re brand new to plant-based eating, a vegan or vegetarian looking to eat more whole foods, or someone who has been eating WFPB for some time, this cookbook offers essential guidance and a collection of delicious recipes free from added salt, oil, or refined sugar.

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I found the 30-Minute Whole-Food, Plant-Based Cookbook by Kathy A. Davis to be an interesting little cookbook, though maybe not for everyone. The book was well written and contained a pretty diverse list of recipes – most of which are low-calorie and extremely healthy.

I liked that the recipes made it easy to substitute ingredients because they were all dealing with whole-foods. I especially appreciated that the author included home-made condiments! I would caution, however, that some ingredients may be more difficult to find depending on where you live and your grocery store… so do some planning ahead.

The author did an excellent job of explaining the nutritional benefits of a WFPB diet – but I would recommend any reader to of course study up on nutrition on their own, as everyone has different dietary needs.

All that being said, I am certainly looking forward to trying out some of these recipes.

Book Review: Ramen Made Simple

review-cover-ramen made simpleTitle: Ramen Made Simple: A Step-by-Step Guide

Author: Chris Toy

Genre: Non-Fiction, Cookbook

Rating: 5 Stars

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Ramen is the ultimate comfort food, whether it’s a simple bowl of noodles and broth or a hearty meal with eggs, meat, and fresh veggies. Find out how easy it can be to make this iconic dish at home with Ramen Made Simple. With step-by-step instructions, infographics, and easy to follow illustrations, you can upgrade from a pack of instant noodles to a swoon-worthy soup from scratch.

Get started right away with simplified guidelines that take you through building each element of a perfectly balanced bowl. Every recipe adds a variation to help you make near-endless options, and many include tips and tricks like store-bought hacks, pressure cooker time-savers, and more.

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If you are looking for an easy-to-follow ramen cookbook, I would highly recommend Ramen Made Simple by Chris Toy. This book was such a delight to look through. The photography was gorgeous and the info-graphic-like instructions made the recipes easy to comprehend and follow. I liked that the author took the time to include a list of tools needed, conversion charts, and also broke down what Ramen is to the base ingredients so that you can substitute ingredients if you want. There were a large array of recipes, even for those with diet restrictions. What a great little cookbook!

Book Review: Ramen For Beginners

reviewcover-ramen for beginnersTitle: Ramen For Beginners

Author: Robin Donovan

Genre: Non-Fiction, Cookbook

Rating: 4 Stars

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You can create traditional and modern bowls of ramen right in the comfort of your own kitchen. Ramen for Beginners is the perfect starting point for chefs of all levels who want to bring the iconic flavors of ramen home.

This step-by-step approach to ramen makes sure you have everything you need to get cooking. Find out how to stock your pantry with ramen essentials before learning the fundamentals of broth, noodles, seasonings, toppings, and finally, the assembled bowls. Recipes are written with both homemade and store-bought ingredients in mind, so you can tailor recipes to your comfort level and to the amount of time you want to spend.

Ramen for Beginners includes:

  • Beginner-friendly guidance―Get simple and straightforward recipes designed with beginners in mind, as well as advice for using premade ingredients that save both time and energy.

  • 75 Tasty recipes―Learn to cook up individual ingredients and combine them into ramen bowls that range from the traditional―like Shio Ramen with Crispy Pork Belly, Scallions, Marinated Bamboo Shoots, and Nori―to the more unique, like Cheesy Shoyu Ramen.

  • Troubleshooting tips―Rescue your ramen with suggestions for dealing with common issues like overcooked noodles or too-salty broth.

Make it a breeze to serve up delicious bowls of ramen whenever you want with these easy, delicious recipes.

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Ramen For Beginners by Robin Donovan is a great little recipe book if you are looking to learn how to make ramen from scratch in your kitchen. It contains both the basics as well as delving into more complicated recipes. The recipes are thorough and easy to follow but will require a run to your local Japanese supermarket (or a virtual trip to Amazon) as some of the ingredients will be difficult to find in your local chain grocery store.

Book Review: The Complete Guide To Pickling

reviewcover-the complete guide to picklingTitle: The Complete Guide To Pickling

Author: Julie Laing

Genre: Non-Fiction, Cookbook

Rating: 5 Stars

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Pickling is the best (and most delicious!) way to preserve all kinds of food, so it’s no wonder why it’s popular around the world. Whether you’re making your first pickle or you have years of experience, The Complete Guide to Pickling is packed with essential information and 125 flavorful recipes, including American classics and international flavors.

From Honeyed Bread-and-Butter Chips to Classic Kimchi, Scratch-Made Sriracha, and Southern-Style Pickled Shrimp, there’s something for everyone in this unique pickling how-to guide. You’ll find straightforward and scrumptious recipes for quick, fresh, and fermented pickles, as well as sweet and fruity pickles, hot sauces, relishes, salsas, sauerkraut, chutney, and more. Happy pickling!

The Complete Guide to Pickling includes:

  • Intro to pickles & pickling―Build your foundational knowledge with a brief history of pickling and helpful info about the different types of pickles.

  • Step-by-step instructions―Find detailed directions for canning and fermentation, choosing the right ingredients, and creating essential spice blends.

  • Tips for gardeners―Learn how to plan your garden to maximize your pickle potential, and use the bumper crop label to find big batch recipes for common produce.

Create your own delicious pickles with The Complete Guide to Pickling.

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If you are interested in learning about canning or pickling your own foods, The complete Guide To Pickling by Julie Laing is an invaluable resource. The book is packed full of knowledge, recipes, history, and troubleshooting tips for when things go wrong. The recipes are easy to follow and come with thorough instructions, making it difficult to mess up. I was happy to see a wide array of recipes, including vegetables, fruit, sauces, and a variety of mixed foods such as various kimchi and sauerkrauts.

I think this book would be a valuable resource for anyone looking to get into canning or fermenting, and I’m certainly happy to have it on my shelf.

Book Review: Everyday Healthy Cookbook

cover-everyday healthy cookbookTitle: Everyday Healthy Cookbook: Recipes and Meal Plan to Make Healthy Eating Easy

Author: Kathy Hodson

Genre: Non-Fiction, Cookbook

Rating: 4 Stars

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Healthy eating isn’t a fad diet or a trend―it’s a lifestyle that promotes overall well-being. The Everyday Healthy Cookbook is filled with two weeks of meal plans, 100 flavorful recipes, and tons of information to help you eat healthfully, simply, and deliciously every day of the year.

These dishes cover every meal of the day, and they’re organized by cooking method for your convenience: no-cook, 30-minute, one-pot, big-batch, pressure cooker, and slow cooker. You’ll find nutritional information with every recipe in this healthy cookbook, plus labels for vegetarian, vegan, and low-calorie options. Who knew eating healthy could be so easy?

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Everyday Healthy Cookbook by Kathy Hodson is a solid choice if you are looking to cook healthier. There are a lot of super-healthy recipes, helpful meal plans, and tips on maintaining healthy eating habits. There is a wide diversity of ingredients used, so you won’t get bored with the food. My only problem with the book is that some of the recipes are a bit “fussy” for my tastes and require ingredients you probably won’t already have on hand – and for non-adventurous eaters, it may be a bit harder to find a recipe you like. That aside, this is a great resource for some new, healthy recipes.

Book Review: Dairy-Free Cookbook For Beginners

cover-dairy free cookbook for beginnersTitle: Dairy-Free Cookbook For Beginners: 101 Simple, Satisfying Recipes

Author: Chrissy Carroll

Genre: Non-Fiction, Cookbook

Rating: 5 Stars

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With a little help and guidance, living dairy-free can be both doable and delicious. The Dairy Free Cookbook for Beginners is a great way to start eating smarter and healthier every day. There are dozens of dairy free cookbook recipes you can make in minutes―everything from a delightful dinnertime feast to sweet treats for dessert, all while satisfying your dietary needs with ease.

With fresh takes on classic comfort foods like Mac and Cheese and Barbecue Chicken Pizza, this complete dairy free cookbook delivers everything you need to make and serve non-dairy dishes your entire family will enjoy―and feel like you’re not missing out. If you’ve recently decided to switch to this nutritious diet plan to address health concerns, the Dairy Free Cookbook for Beginners can help you get started in a snap.

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Dairy-Free Cookbook For Beginners by Chrissy Carroll is a great addition to any kitchen if, like my family, you have problems with lactose consumption. There are a wide variety of recipes–some simple, some more complicated–ranging from basic milk-replacement recipes to Red Curry Chicken & Zoodle Soup. I have a pretty picky family when it comes to food, and was able to find foods for everyone (even my husband who doesn’t eat any fruit or vegetables. Absolutely none). I would definitely recommend adding this cookbook to your repertoire!