100% Real by Sam Talbot


This book was released on April 4, 2017. I received a copy through NetGalley.

I’m always a fan of clean eating. We all have some guilty pleasure foods now and then, but this book is full of recipes dealing with real food, as close to nature as possible. From avocado toad-in-the hole to gluten-free shells and cheese to sweet and spicy pork, this book has recipes for breakfasts and for protein-packed dinners. All of the recipes look and sound so full of color and flavor, definitely worth trying if you want to experiment a little more with cooking.

What I didn’t like about this book was the point that I consider a ‘real food’ diet going a bit too far. While white flour is definitely not the healthiest, not everyone can afford expensive tiny bags of things like chickpea flour to replace it, if they can even find it. The author also recommends switching dairy milk out for nut milks, which I do not agree with. If you need to be dairy-free, that’s fine, but I don’t think everyone should make that switch blindly. I am mildly lactose intolerant myself, and I buy lactose-free regular milk instead of almond milk or something else because the taste and texture are very very different.

This is only my personal opinion, if you agree with the author’s position then that’s fantastic. Other than little things like that, I’d recommend looking at this book to get some ideas on cooking with fresh produce and things you might have never tried before.

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