Recipe Renovator reviews Gizzi's Healthy Appetite

Focus on flavor, not deprivation, from a celebrity UK chef.

I hadn’t heard of Gizzi Erskine, so I was coming to her latest book Gizzi’s Healthy Appetite: Food to Nourish the Body and Feed the Soul completely cold. Imagine her talking in a British accent as you read the recipes. Check her out on Jamie Oliver’s YouTube channel.
Recipe Renovator reviews Gizzi's Healthy Appetite

Layout and design:

The book is organized by texture. Chapters are called: Slurp, Crunch, Crisp, Ooze, Char, Soothe, Savor, Spice, Sweet, and Basics. While I love the modern look of the book, the very faint typewriter font is difficult to read even with glasses on, which is a shame.
Recipe Renovator reviews Gizzi's Healthy Appetite

Photography:

Every other page features a stunning full-color, full-page photograph by The Gaztronome. The styling is drop-dead gorgeous too, and I love seeing books from Europe, as their styling ethos is different.
Recipe Renovator reviews Gizzi's Healthy Appetite

Recipes:

Recipes include potato latkes, cold Korean noodle salad, mozzarella en carozza, grilled cauliflower with curried hummus and cashew brittle, flat-iron bourguignon, roasted fennel and sausage calzone, black velvet cake, and hollandaise sauce. Recipes are traditional, and include wheat, dairy, eggs, and meat.
Recipe Renovator reviews Gizzi's Healthy Appetite

What I liked about the book:

I love the author’s strong voice and visual style that comes through on every page. The beautiful little drawings sprinkled throughout the book add another dimension to the design.

I wasn’t so keen on:

Recipes were not coded for special diets; nutritional analysis is not provided, which would be helpful for low-sodium eaters.

Recommended for:

people who love to eat and don’t have dietary restrictions; many recipes can be modified for special diets if you know how to renovate

Not recommended for:

Migraine, paleo, vegan, vegetarian, celiac, gluten-free, or low-sodium diets

A note about my cookbook reviews: In the past, I tested at least three recipes from each book, took photos, and described my experience. Due to my dietary limitations (extremely-low-sodium for my Meniere’s Disease and trigger-free foods for migraine relief), it is no longer possible for me to test the recipes and do them justice.

Required FTC disclosure: I received one copy of this book from the publisher for the giveaway on May 26, 2016.
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