Recipes can make or break my experience in the kitchen. As an active mom with a budget, I have to plan accordingly—which means any recipe I pin, print or purchase in a cookbook has to meet the following requirements:
1) The list of ingredients cannot be longer than my grocery list, so to speak.
2) Items on the ingredients list must be readily available at an affordable price.
3) The recipe itself must not require a ton of actions.
4) There needs to be a picture so I can "wing it" if necessary.
Bottom line, I just don't have a time for anything over-the-top. But I need help in the kitchen. I need new ideas and fresh inspiration because eating (mostly) healthy is hard. And can definitely be costly. Which is why I accepted the opportunity to review Lorna Jane Clarkson's new cookbook, Nourish: The Fit Woman's Cookbook.
Lorna Jane's Move, Nourish, Believe initiative? This cookbook is an extension of that. Of active living and guidance toward a healthy, happy existence. It's about feeling "uplifted, educated and excited to live the life you have always imagined (and deserved)." Surf the site and you'll find workouts, inspirational quotes and (of course) deliciously doable healthy recipes. Visually speaking, it's love at first click. And really, you'll feel the same about the cookbook.
I flagged a ton of recipes, including this one:
Confession: I didn't measure a single ingredient (see recipe requirement #4). Clearly, we're dealing with some stunning photography in this cookbook. And as I said before, you also get a number of notes, tips, tricks and quotes. Plus diet advice, should you be interested in that. So far, the only thing I hate about this cookbook is the fact that my copy is electronic and not printed.
I'm so old-fashioned like that, especially when I'm cooking.
Speaking of, I tried this recipe as well:
Question: What is your favorite cookbook? Why?