Cook Book Review: 100% Real by Sam Talbot

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100% Real: 100 Insanely Good Recipes for Clean Food Made Fresh by Sam Talbot

Publisher: Oxmoor House

Will be Published: April 4th 2017

Genres: Cookbook

Pages: 256

Format: ARC

Buy: Book Depository | Amazon

* Received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you very much! This doesn’t affect the review in any way. My opinions, are as always, my own.*

Celebrated chef and healthy-living expert Sam Talbot shows us how to make wildly delicious, nourishing food–using healthy, wholesome ingredients.

Bursting with 100 whole-food recipes and down-to-earth advice about clean eating, this cookbook proves that eating 100% real food is an enjoyable choice you can make every day. Chef Sam Talbot’s nourishing dishes are overflowing with natural flavor and free of processed ingredients, questionable additives, sweeteners, or preservatives.

Packed with vibrant personality and more than 150 photos, this cookbook is a real-world guide to un-junking what we feed ourselves and our children. Sam explains how to find seasonal ingredients and offers tips on stocking your pantry with game changing ingredients, like coconut oil and chickpea flour.

Forget fat-free, zero trans-fat, and the like–the hottest new food claim is not needing a claim at all. Eat. Real. Food. Simple as that!

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I know what you must be all thinking… Why the hell am I posting a cookbook review, right?

Well, the only reason I wanted to read a try out this book is because I live with a person that is a type 1 diabetic, just like the author. And to be honest, I think he doesn’t eat very healthy, which can be a bit dangerous when he’s older. And just like he mentions in the book – He is always being asked questions about what he eats and what diet he follows and so on – and that’s what I was hoping for.

So, I was obviously interested to know more about it and to try to change some stuff at home. And just like Sam Talbot said, “if nondiabetics ate the way we diabetics have to eat, they’d be the healthiest people on earth”, so it will do some good to me too.

So, the principal objective of eating 100% Real is balance. Not restrict yourself of everything, but don’t overdo in unhealthy options. It’s about eating fresh vegetables in season and also meat and pasta. The key is to eat healthy but enjoying what you eat. 

The first thing you will see in the book is the chef’s 5 steps to keeping it real. And the rare in fact very easy and good if you keep them in mind, which I will try too. His five steps to keeping it real are:

Eat plants and greens for real
Cook at home at least three times a week
Don’t eat fabricated or super processed food
Focus on FFP (Fat, Fiber and Protein Super Trio)
Find the fun in food; don’t be a judgemental jerk

Another thing I found really interesting was the “Pantry must haves”. It’s such a simple thing to put in the book, but so helpful!

And then, obviously the recipes. There are a big variety of recipes and they are tagged with icons that say if they are Vegetarian (V), Vegan (VE), Gluten-Free (GF) or Dairy-Free (DF), which makes it much easier to choose what we want.

I will tell you the ones I most want to try from each category:

  •  Spiced French Toast with Roasted Apricots
  • Snap salad with Strawberries, spearmint, and Lemongrass
  •  Spiced Shrimp-and-Farro Bowl
  •  Cinnamon-and-Coconut Chickpeas
  •  Sweet and Spicy Pork
  •  Grilled Squash with Pine Nuts and Basil
  •  Vegan Chocolate-Flecked Coconut Ice Cream
  • Homemade Peanut Butter (tried already)

There are many other amazingly looking recipes. But I have to say, that my favorite part was actually the Morning Essentials, followed by the obvious desserts… Everything looks so yummy and healthy!

Although the only one that I tried so far was the White Bean-and- Cilantro Hummus and the homemade Peanut Butter, which were super easy to do and actually good for how healthy they are. I am really loving this book so far! I will try to do the Vegan Chocolate-Flecked Coconut Ice Cream next!

To conclude, I have to say that I would most defiantly buy this book, not only because I live with a type 1 diabetic, but because it would benefit everyone! And I definitely need to eat more healthy too. But a thing we can’t do is not enjoy what we eat, it just doesn’t work for us, and that’s why I really liked this book! Because I think I would actually make great use out of it. So I would most definitely recommend this book to any person that obviously enjoyed cooking, and wants to eat more clean, more Real. 

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Do any of you guys like to cook?

What’s your favorite food?

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