Food is a sensory experience and it’s fantastic how over the past couple of decades we’ve seen it become more rustic and real in presentation. Arranged with the sort of effortless styling that screams joy of intermingling flavours. Food where you can tell that whoever cooked it and put it together spent the last thirty minutes having oodles fun. Food that exudes a sense of comfort with just a pinch of something totally new.
Having seen these two boys cook, I’d have to say that their Clean Living Cookbook (Hachette) ticks all of those boxes.
The cookbook by former My Kitchen Rules contestants and Bondi-based personal trainers, Luke Hines and Scott Gooding, is all about hassle-free and fun cooking. What I like about the book, and perhaps this point isn’t made clear with the single word “Paleo” mentioned clearly on the cover, is that the book encourages clean eating without being orthodox about sticking to ALL the rules and regulations of the ‘caveman’ diet.
I must be clear that if you’re a strict Paleo-tarian, this although this book might be fantastic for inspiration, it’s not entirely ‘caveman’. If having quinoa porridge on occasion or enjoying a corn tortilla taco, filled with beautiful pork fillet, lashings of zingy guacamole and salsa made from scratch is a no-no because quinoa is a seed or corn is considered a grain then perhaps this book is not the best choice for you. If, however, you’d like to feel inspired, encouraged and guided through to making healthier food choices, full stop, then you’ll love this recipe collection.
The boys’ mantra is simple. Eat clean, real, whole and local food. A mantra that resonates with my own whole food philosophy: avoid additives and processed foods by eating well 90 per cent of the time, I add the bit of indulging a little in things you love – or create healthier version of those, for the remaining 10. It makes life and eating well less prohibitive and stressful.
As for the recipes, it’s the sort of food where you can tell that whoever cooked it and put it together spent the last thirty minutes having oodles fun. And, it’s true, I’ve seen them do it just the other week.
5 reasons why you will love this book:
1. Paleo-inspired which means the recipes are gluten-free and dairy-free.
2. Encourages clean living by eating clean, eating real, eating whole, eating local and keeping active. Simple, really.
3. The recipes are incredibly simple, but fabulously moreish.
4. That amazing Coconut Choc Fudge is a breeze to make, even when your food processor cracks it and you have to make batches in the 2-cup-capacity mini. We keep a batch in the freezer at all times for a healthy after-dinner snack.
5. Most of the ingredients are readily available from most local shops, markets and supermarkets
To Win a signed copy of Luke and Scott’s Clean Living Cookbook, leave a comment on this post telling me: what’s your food philosophy and why? It’s that simple.Terms: Competition closes 11:59pm Sydney time on Wednesday, 26 March 2014. Competition is open worldwide. One entry will be selected from the comments below. The winner will be contacted by email and must respond within 48 hours to claim the prize. If the prize is not claimed, a new winner will be drawn. Prize is valued at $29.99.
5 Other Books on my Side Table in March
1. The Australian Women’s Weekly Superfoods – interesting facts, gorgeous imagery and some quirky recipes too. 2. Sarah Wilson’s I Quit Sugar For Life, because I still can’t believe I got to work on this book and develop so many recipes you’ve been enjoying (seen via instagram). 3. Daniel Wilson’s Huxtabook – recipes from the sea, land and Earth is a strikingly beautiful and unique collection of dude-friendly yet sophisticated recipes. 4. – a quirky collection of restaurants around the globe, recommended by the world’s best. There’s a big Aussie section in there too. 5. Justin North’s Family Cooking – great classic recipes for both the 90 per cent clean and 10 per cent indulgence.