I am not a ‘vegan’ but I do appreciate the importance and value of eating well.
This is more than a cookbook, it is a lifestyle book.
Even more than that, as I continued to read I had the distinct impression
that I was sitting across my dining room table over a cup of green tea with Cornelia
and she was sharing, in her delightful, original way, her passion for animals,
‘cruelty-free’ eating, easy entertaining, elegant living and sprinkled throughout
interesting and useful tips from some of her friends.
Adopting healthy, nutritious eating habits is important for us and our families.
So, as I continued to read – before getting to the recipes
Cornelia shared three lifestyle guidelines –
A great deal of these products come from far away lands and from commercial
enterprises where the produce has been altered to last longer on the shelf,
preserved against damage from elements and insects etc…Some of these
procedures remain in the product and are not good for our health. As a result,
organic foods and locally-grown produce have become more
attractive to us. We also realize that eating more fruits and vegetables is
beneficial to us and to our families. If you are not interested in
becoming a vegan or following the ‘cruelty-free’ lifestyle, then you will
still benefit from the information and recipes provided by Cornelia to expand
your menu with incredibly beautiful, seasonal and delicious recipes. Perhaps
‘Meatless Mondays’ into your dining routine.
and decorating process can be somewhat daunting and taxing to ourselves.
Cornelia shares her motto for entertaining along with some very practical
tips from planning a party to setting a lively table. Following this
introductory conversation, Cornelia divides her recipes seasonally. She
includes a list of seasonal vegetables, garden ideas, tips, as well as a
seasonal menu including drink, appetizer, entree and dessert. Sprinkled
throughout her book are intriguing and useful ‘tips’ such as Jeff Deperon’s
Bliss Smoothie filled with ingredients that promote ‘feelings of well-being,
focus, and quiet energy‘; Publisher of the beautiful magazine ‘Flower‘,
Margot Shaw’s tips on seasoning your home and table and Joanna Vargas
tips on organic skincare products and cosmetics among many more. All of
these things make Cornelia Guest’s book, Simple Pleasures – Healthy
Seasonal Cooking and Easy Entertaining a worthwhile book to own, but this
book is just as beautiful as it is useful. The photography and illustrations
are wonderful. I plan on getting several copies for my family and friends –
I know they will find as I did there are beautiful nuggets of inspiration as
well as beautiful recipes that I will return to time and time again.
Cornelia Guest’s Simple Pleasures: Healthy Seasonal Cooking and Easy Entertaining