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 Fast Days and Feast Days, 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.
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 this 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 Elly Pear’s Fast Days & Feast Days. 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 on Amazon of course but it’s also available in all good bookshops too.