By Debbie Rogers: “this is not just another cookbook with gorgeous photos, there’s a good smattering of nutritional information in a casual educational ‘hmm let me think about that a bit more’ sort of way, literally leaving you with further ‘food for thought”.
A Change of Appetite .. where delicious meets healthy
When I initially started researching books for this edition, the aim was to find a book on Georgian Cooking to sit alongside the Georgian travel feature for this edition. The challenge is that there aren’t many, and even when you hunt one out it’s difficult to get hold of it quickly in Dubai.
Scouring the shelves of Kinokunia, and googling frantically for resources I eventually stumbled on “A Change of Appetite” by Diane Henry. Whilst it only has one Georgian recipe in it, that of a Georgian Chicken, having picked it up off the shelf, it was difficult to put it back as I was drawn into the book for many reasons. Firstly, I should say that the recipe for Georgian Chicken sounds tasty and easy, so dare I say it’s something that I’ll be making some me soon anyway.
One of the main reasons that the book resonated with me is that Diane describes what I think a lot of us are trying to do – eat healthy and delicious food in a sensible and achievable way.
The best thing you can do for good health is to eat proper home–cooked food, limit anything processed, really keep an eye on refined carbohydrates (especially sugar), switch to whole grains for at least some meals and up your vegetable intake. ~ Diane Henry
All of the above seems to be sensible advice without resorting to extreme measures such as juice fasts and cleanses etc.
A lot of the recipes are inspired by Middle Eastern and Far Eastern dishes so that’s another big tick for me as these are both cuisines that I love. There are other cuisines too for balance.
The book is set out by season with the addition of a shopping guide and detailed index with all of the recipes listed which is fairly comprehensive. The recipes and photos would be enough in a usual cookbook sense, but what Diane does so well is that interspersed between the pages are what I call “honest sections” where she shares her personal take on a particular issue. I particularly love the one called “how many diets can you fit into a life?” Carefully crafted prose shares some of Diana’s personal struggles with dieting, something that I think most of us struggle with.
To sum up, this is not just another cookbook with gorgeous photos, there’s a good smattering of nutritional information in a casual educational ‘hmm let me think about that a bit more’ sort of way, literally leaving you with further ‘food for thought.
As a bonus each recipe seems easy to follow with not too many steps and there’s almost always another variation of the dish included. So by swopping out a few ingredients you can change the whole dish, effectively giving you two cook books for the price of one!
[A Change of Appetite is available in leading bookstores, we got ours from Kinokunia in Dubai Mall, priced at AED 165 – photos used are of the book, cover photo taken in Georgia to demonstrate a Georgian feast. We will endeavor to get the full recipe and image from the Publisher]
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