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A Change of Appetite: where delicious meets healthy [Hardcover]

Diana Henry
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3 Mar 2014

What happened when one of today's best-loved food writers had a change of appetite? Here are the dishes that Diana Henry created when she started to crave a different kind of diet - less meat and heavy food, more vegetable-, fish- and grain-based dishes - often inspired by the food of the Middle East and Far East, but also drawing on cuisines from Georgia to Scandinavia.

Curious about what 'healthy eating' really means, and increasingly bombarded by both readers and friends for recipes that are 'good for you', Diana disocovered a lighter, fresher way of eating. From a Cambodian salad of prawns, grapefruit, toasted coconut and mint or North African mackerel with cumin to blood orange and cardamom sorbet, the magical dishes in this book are bursting with flavour, goodness and colour. Peppering the recipes is Diana's inimitable writing on everything from the miracle of broth to the great carbohydrate debate. Above all, this is about opening up our palates to new possibilities. There is no austerity here, simply fabulous food which nourishes body and soul.

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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Mitchell Beazley (3 Mar 2014)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1845337840
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845337841
  • Product Dimensions: 26 x 18.4 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,326 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Diana Henry's passion is infectious and her recipes tantalising. (Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall)

There are just so many recipes I long to try out - my copy is littered with post-its. (Nigella Lawson on Salt, Sugar, Smoke)

Everything Diana Henry cooks I want to eat. (Yotam Ottolenghi)

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Follow Diana Henry on her year-long culinary journey towards lighter and healthier but no less delicious food.

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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In a different league! 15 Mar 2014
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Diana Henry is literally in a different league. As someone who owns more than 600 cookbooks, cooks on a daily basis and reads cookbooks the way other people read novels, I can say with confidence that this is a most unique cookbook. The diversity of the recipes and the scope of this book are truly breathtaking. She has researched her subject extensively and it shows. Many people can write a cookbook, a select few can write a cookbook anywhere close to this one. If all cookbooks were like this one, a serious cook would only need a handful. I am sure I will be cooking from it for years to come.
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
By purpleheart TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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I have been a fan of Diana Henry for a long time, but she really has surpassed herself with this book. In the introduction she outlines her approach to eating and how it had changed over the years. She lists her bibliography at the end of the book and I wasn't too surprised to see that I have shared much of the research she has undertaken - like Diana Henry, I avoid sugar and processed foods. She says '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.'

However, the key thing is that she's put together a book of recipes where the food naturally follows these principles and that food is completely delicious. As she says, this is not a book of deprivation or crankiness. These are dishes that are perhaps 'accidentally healthy' whilst being delicious. Diana Henry says that she has been heavily influenced by Middle Eastern food and also plundered the cuisines of Japan, Thailand and Vietnam.

I had this book on pre-order as I am such as fan of Diana Henry's other books and I see that the copy I was sent has its sub title inverted - mine says 'where healthy meets delicious' and the link takes you to one saying 'where delicious meets healthy' - both are correct, however you want to say it!

If there is a criticism I have of the book is that the recipes and menus aren't listed in the table of contents - yes they're in the index and, yes, I like the seasonal themed approach, but it would have been nice to be able to run your eyes down the list of spring recipes, for example, now that the sun has come out and I fancy something light and flavourful.
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Where beauty meets delicious 17 Mar 2014
I got this book last week and decided to cook two dishes from it, for friends, for lunch on Saturday. I made the Persian Saffron and Mint Chicken with Spring Couscous (with a yogurt sauce) and the Mandalay Carrot Salad. They weren't within the same seasonal chapter but they went beautifully together. I'm a slow cook and I have to read the recipe over and over again to make sure I haven't gone off course, so it took me a while to prepare the lunch as there was a fair bit of chopping and prepping (and I had help from one of my friends), but it was more than worth it when we came to sit down and eat it (and actually, very enjoyable to take the time). The flavours and textures of the food were not only delicious but so cleverly thought out.

Having read Diana's introduction, which seems to be written directly to me (i.e., want to eat better, but first and foremost, want the food to be delicious, not cranky healthy and brown), I too now want to undergo a 'Change of Appetite' - if I can eat this well and for it to happen to be good for me too - why not? Life is too short to eat cardboard.

P.S I forgot to mention that my friend made the Orange and Pomegranate cake for that lunch. There wasn't a crumb or pomegranate seed left.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars By Jove I think she's got it 14 April 2014
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Exactly how I feel about food right now. I love it. On a similar line as Alain Ducasse Nature, but with many more flavours and textures.
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Change of appetite 5 Mar 2014
I was really looking forward to this book coming out and it hasn't disappointed me. It's full of things I want to make, and the couple of things I've had a go at so far have been brilliant. The idea of accidentally healthy food is very attractive to someone who isn't keen on diets but wants to improve some of their eating habits (me). Reading this I'm not thinking about what I can and can't do which makes it so much easier to swap bad habits for good ones.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I bought a copy of this for myself and loved it so much that I keep buying it for birthday presents for friends and family. They all love it too. There are a few ingredients which are hard to source in rural Shropshire but on the whole it's just fresh seasonal stuff and all the recipes work first time. I am addicted to the saffron roast tomatoes with labneh, although making the labneh does tend to fill the fridge with the smell of garlic! A small price to pay for a delicious beautiful-looking dish.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delicious 20 Aug 2014
By Gloscat
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Anything by Diana Henry is brilliant and this is no exception. Really well researched recipes beautifully illustrated as always....buy, buy, buy..... (However don't expect a book of real low calorie cooking, it does use sugar and give recipes for cakes etc. - it's just slightly less indulgent than some of her other books). If you like this try Roast Figs, Sugar Snow, or my favourite Crazy Water, Pickled Lemons
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Another great cook book from Diana Henry - a good read and some excellent healthy but interesting recipes
Published 2 days ago by D Hebditch
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Lovely book, lots of ideas especially in this hot weather.
Published 26 days ago by Irene Fell
5.0 out of 5 stars Tickling taste buds
Lovely, well presented book with clear recipe instructions and tempting illustrations.
I like the mix of Scandi, Southern & Eastern Mediterranean food but some of the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Petunia
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
So good it's become the stock present of choice for friends this year.
Published 1 month ago by pt
5.0 out of 5 stars Mmmmmm
Delicious. Great for people who are looking to start an accessible healthy lifestyle!
Published 1 month ago by Emily Chapman
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Wonderful book. something out of the ordinary - but great to use
Published 1 month ago by John
5.0 out of 5 stars Particularly love the sea bass and aubergine relish recipe and the ...
A fabulous book, inspiring me to eat more healthily but also these really are tasty dishes. Particularly love the sea bass and aubergine relish recipe and the prawns and bok choi. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mrsbris
5.0 out of 5 stars wasn't convinced... how wrong i was
the book was very well reviewed and is very beautifully presented but looking at the recipes they didn't speak to me, however having made some of them they are brilliant. Read more
Published 2 months ago by I. J. Rose
3.0 out of 5 stars Unsure whether it will stand the test of time
I've loved Diana's books and it was intrigued by this one's concept. On first read, few of the recipes sung to me and there seemed to be quite a few ingredients that required a... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Diana Henry still at her best
I have a great library of cookery books and my poor husband rarely knows what to expect for dinner. Diana Henry has been a favourite of mine for many years and her recipes always... Read more
Published 2 months ago by An old bag from Kent
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