As I’m sure you’re all well aware by now, I’ve recently moved down from the Midlands to Bristol. It’s been almost a month now and so far, I’m loving it. It’s great to be discovering a city and all its edible treats. A well-known face on the foodie scene here is Elly Curshen, owner of Pear Cafe and author of a new cookbook I was recently sent to review. I’ve loved seeing photographs of the area I live in on the pages and am keen to visit the cafe for a slice of her famous frittata soon!
The book came out on Thursday this week and I’m sure it’s already selling well given how vibrant and colourful it is. The food photography is so bright and colourful – when I first opened its pages I literally wanted to eat the pages! The book is almost completely vegetarian with lots of vegan options and a couple of fish recipes too. That’s no bad thing, we often eat vegetarian meals at home and since my Pescatarian January, I’ve made a conscious effort to eat less meat.
With a focus on healthy eating, it moves between low-calorie meals and snacks (fast) and heartier more calorific dishes (feasts). In essence, this book follows the 5:2 diet but is as far away from a ‘diet’ book as you can imagine. That said, I like the fact that this also isn’t just a book full of recipes, it talks about how to eat well, explains the principles behind ‘fast days and feast days’ and gives an insight into Elly’s personality and lifestyle.
In the last week or so I’ve already made a couple of dishes from the book already (cheats tagine and hummus to be precise) and am planning to get the ingredients for Buddha bowls next week. They just look so delicious with their layers of colour and texture. Have a look at this youtube video of Elly explaining how to put one together:
Fellow food blogger Farmers Girl Kitchen also reviewed Elly’s book and gave her yummy beetroot burgers a big thumbs up! Have a peek here.
So, finally, my verdict is in – and not surprisingly, it’s very positive!
I would definitely recommend this book. Especially if you like to eat better during the week and have a treat (or a ‘feast’) at the weekend. You can pick up a copy of Fast Days and Feast Days on Amazon but it’s also available in all good bookshops too.