Friday, February 27, 2015

Deliciously Ella by Ella Woodward

Title: Deliciously Ella

Author: Ella Woodward

Published: 3 March 2015, Scribner

Pages: 256

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Summary: From the founder of the wildly popular food blog Deliciously Ella, 120 plant-based, dairy-free, and gluten-free recipes with gorgeous, full-color photographs that capture the amazing things we can do with natural ingredients.

In 2011, nineteen-year-old Ella Woodward was diagnosed with a rare illness that left her bed-ridden, in chronic pain, and plagued by heart palpitations and headaches. When conventional medicine failed her, Ella decided to change her diet. She gave up meat, gluten, dairy, sugar, and anything processed—and the effects were immediate: her symptoms disappeared, her energy returned, and she was able to go off all her medication. A self-confessed sweet tooth, Ella taught herself how to make delicious, plant-based meals that delight the palette and improve overall well-being.

Deliciously Ella is an essential, how-to guide to clean, plant-based eating, taking you through the best ingredients and methods for preparing easy, exciting meals. This is not a diet—it’s about creating a new mindset that embraces fantastic food. From sweet potato brownies to silky chocolate mousse and roasted butternut squash risotto and homemade fries and ketchup, Ella shares 100 brand-new recipes and twenty classics in her signature, elegant style. Packed with vivid photos and simple, foolproof instructions, Deliciously Ella
 provides a foundation for a pure, unprocessed, unrefined diet, so you can look and feel better while enjoying great food.  (Taken from Goodreads)

Thoughts:  I really love cooking and baking and lately I've been getting into recipe books and learning about different types of dishes and just exploring other diets such as in this case, a gluten-free vegan diet.  I genuinely loved flicking through this book.

There are so many delicious looking pictures that when I was looking through the book, it made me so hungry and I wanted to get up and make almost everything I saw.

Each chapter starts off with a little bit explaining some of the ingredients and what they're good for and where you can use substitutions if you want to.  I really enjoyed those bits because they were really interesting and it just helped give more information about why some of those ingredients were used in certain places.

The recipes themselves are really easy to follow and they don't contain a lot of ingredients and a lot of fiddling around, so if you're not the best in the kitchen then you should still be able to make these just fine.

Overall, this is definitely going to be added to my collection of cookbooks as there is so many amazing looking recipes that are worth making.

Also, just as a note, this book actually came from the fact that Ella writes a blog so if you're interested in checking out what her recipes are like before you think about getting the book then I encourage you to check out her blog at

Source: NetGalley for review

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