Title: 100% Real: 100 Insanely Good Recipes for Clean Food Made Fresh
Author: Sam Talbot
Genre: Health, Mind & Body, Cooking, Food & Wine
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, low sodium, zero trans-fat, and the like–the hottest new food claim is not needing a claim at all. Eat. Real. Food.
It’s time to get back to real food and Chef Sam Talbot has created an essential guidebook to help both professional and home cooks get 100% real. I was drawn to this book by the title first and then by Chef Sam’s story. He’s a Type 1 Diabetic and a fan-favorite from Bravo’s Top Chef. He knows food and knows what it means to pay close attention to what he puts on the plate. His philosophy is simple: strike a balance between what’s healthy for you and what you enjoy eating.
His five steps to keeping it real reaffirmed to me I’m 100% real. Check it out:
- 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
Chef Sam then gives you some helpful tips on revamping your pantry, fridge and freezer. I related to this part because it wasn’t until I married a Chef (who’s now retired) that I understood how crucial it was to have a fully stocked pantry, including nuts, herbs and grains. This allows creativity in your food prep and you’re not having to go to the store every day. Herbs can turn an ordinary dish into the sublime.
The rest of his book is chockful of delicious, healthy recipes for every meal. I’ve tried a few and here are my favorites:
- Ripe banana and dark chocolate pancakes with maple syrup and coconut cream
- White bean and cilantro hummus
- Mini falafel pocket sandwiches
- Savory corn cake fritters
- Sweet and spicy pork on coconut rice
- Apples foster with coconut and whisky caramel
I highly recommend this cookbook, even if you don’t have diabetes in your family. It’s time to get real about food and support our local farmers. It’s a win-win all around!
Disclaimer: I received an ARC from Oxmoor House (Time Inc. Books) via Netgalley in the hopes I’d review it.
My Rating: 5 +stars
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Sam Talbot is a chef, author, philanthropist and TV personality. A fan-favorite on Bravo’s Top Chef, Talbot was the founding Executive Chef of the Surf Lodge in Montauk, NY and Imperial No. Nine at the Mondrian SoHo. He is the chef and owner of Pretty Southern restaurant in Brooklyn, NY and a co-founder of Beyond Type 1, a non-profit organization focusing on the diabetes community.
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Reviewed by: Mrs. N