As someone whose life is devoted to helping others simplify theirs, my appreciation for my friendiest friend Sarah of Simply Real Health, and now (!), the Simply Real Health Cookbook is difficult to articulate short of “duh.”
It’s exhausting to try to keep up with what’s “good” and what’s “bad” in our food culture. If you’re attentive to your health, you’re often confused and feel bombarded by deceptive food labels. And if you’re clueless, you’re unknowingly ingesting gross ingredients. It is truly invaluable to have a resource like the Simply Real Health Cookbook.
Favorite aspect of the book besides every damn thing? Oh, I don’t know, how about the fact that Sarah manages to break down healthy eating and the best foods for you in around 3 pages flat? Or the fact that the titles of her recipes, alone, will make your mouth water? The way she’s ingeniously sorted recipes by meal, and coded each with an icon to make deciding the right meal for the moment that bit easier? Or that the images (by Jasmine Pulley) are so ridiculously gorgeous you just might reach out your hand in the hopes of chowing down?
Mostly, this cookbook is so tangibly instilled with the mission that is at the heart of Simply Real Health—ease, joy; way less rigidity and way more natural, effortless goodness.
I can’t really get behind most cookbooks for the reasons that Sarah mentions in her intro—namely, they’re filled with recipes whose length is enough to cause one’s eyes to glaze over, and, criminally, they prescribe obscure ingredients that not only require special trips to the store to procure, but which also ultimately become kitchen clutter, as they’re rarely if ever utilized again.
On the other hand, there are the Simply Real Health recipes, whose lengths actually inspire, rather than deter, cooking. There is the fact that the ingredients called for are ones that most people who eat healthily will already have on hand. It’s just that we don’t have the imagination to combine them in the original ways Sarah does. Or we’re so used to Zucchini being served up at dinner, we can’t fathom it being the star of a breakfast muffin on our own.
It is not lip service (pun obviously intended) to say that as I flip through the cookbook, I have the overwhelming feeling of wanting to cook up every recipe it contains. Except for the fish, because I have a severe phobia, and I won’t lie and tell you I’m working on it either, ‘cause I’m not, and ‘cause this way you’ll know how honest I’ve been about everything else.
It means a lot when I encourage people to purchase something. It means that even though I spend my days ridding people’s homes and lives of the unessential, I believe the item in question is special enough that it deserves to take up space. I believe it will serve people and help them on the path to being their best selves.
As for the Simply Real Health Cookbook I can only say: get it. Use it. Now.
And to celebrate the book’s launch, Sarah and I are offering two copies hot of the presses for you, my readerest readers to win. Plus, you can all get %15 off the book by heading over here, scrolling down to the bottom of the page where it says “buy now” and using “livesimply” as the code.
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