A Year of Beautiful Eating, Madeleine Shaw



Probably my favourite bit of the book, what’s in season and when!

Weekly meal plans to help you out

Hi lovelies! I don’t think anyone has missed that Madeleine Shaw has released her third cookbook. I can’t believe she’s already released three books, I remember how excited I was for her first one. I love Madeleine’s philosophy when it comes to healthy food. She really opened my eyes to how you can take your usual meals such as a curry and make it healthy and nourishing for your body. She makes recipes which suits all kinds of dietary requirements as well, so anyone can enjoy her take on healthy food.

I’ve been really looking forward to this lady’s third book because it’s all about eating seasonally. This is something I’ve really wanted to get better at (hello eating blueberries in the middle of winter, I know, it’s bad). We’re so spoiled at this day and age to access most food all year round, even when it is not as good quality and packed full of nutrients as when it’s in season. You can feel a bit lost in the grocery aisles when it comes to this so I’m so glad Miss Shaw has taken it upon her to help guide us through it.

In the beginning of the book she has incredibly helpful lists and tips on what to think about when it comes to eating more seasonally. It’s probably one of my favourite parts of the book as it can be used all year round for help. Then it moves on to the different seasons with recipes for breakfast, mains, soups, salads and snacks and finally dessert for each of them. There’s loads of different and varying recipes. The photographs in the book makes you salivate, the food just looks incredible.

I haven’t had the chance yet to make anything from the book yet other than the raw peanut butter bars. They were a hit amongst me and my friends and very easy to make. I think the issue for me is that I usually love to make curries and big meals in a pot for leftovers and a lot of the recipes in the spring section is salads (not surprisingly) and a bit more fidgety things to prep in advance. The curries and stuff is of course under mainly autumn and winter, so there’s my dilemma with eating seasonally with Madeleine’ recipes. This is obviously guidelines and I’m going to try and adapt the recipes more after what’s available right now.

If you’re looking to buy you first book by her I would probably recommend her first two books as I feel I’ve gotten a lot more use out of them. I think this book can be a bit overwhelming and feel a bit limiting at first if you’re just starting out cooking healthier and having to think about the seasonality of things as well. However, I’m so happy to have this in my collection and hopefully the ideas behind this book is something I’ll start to become more aware of.

This book was definitely eye opening for me and made me realise how  much we take for granted that the produce we want is always available to us whenever we require it. It will definitely take me a bit of an effort to try eat more seasonally when there is so much temptation to buy something because it’s there instead taking the time to consider whether it is in season or not. However, for my health, the flavours of the produce and the environment I definitely think it’s the way to go. Hats off to those who religiously eat seasonally. I would love to be better at it.

Do you guys make an effort with eating more seasonally? I’d love to hear!

 

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