Forget abstinence and denial; The Guilt-free Gourmet is here to show you that indulgent food can be good for you. Authors and siblings Jordan and Jessica Bourke are perfectly placed to suggest scrumptious but saintly dishes; Jordan is a chef and Jessica is a nutritional therapist, and together they have devised a tempting collection of recipes paired with nutritional information explaining the benefits of certain ingredients.They demystify the healthy alternatives to sugar, wheat and dairy so that you can familiarize yourself with what s available to buy in supermarkets and health food stores. There is a recipe here to suit every occasion, whether it s a family meal, a casual party or a quiet dinner for two. Chapters include Brunch; Sharing Plates; Light & Fresh; Foods from Afar; Comfort Food; Home Baking; and Sweet Treats. No matter what you try, you ll be amazed by how divine these sin-free recipes are. Choose from Pancakes with Fried Bananas; Sweet Potato, Cavolo Nero & Plum Tomato frittata; Polenta Pizza; Chicken Tagine; Massaman Curry; Lasagna; Wild mushroom & Leek Risotto; Lemon Tart; Chocolate Panna Cotta; Carrot Cake; and Cheesecake. Healthy eating needn t be about bland dishes and small portions. With the right information and some inspiring recipes, you too can enjoy cooking appealing and delicious plates of food that will make you feel good and transform you into a real Guilt-free Gourmet.
Originally from Dublin, Ireland, Jordan Bourke is a chef and food writer and has been based in London for almost 10 years, where he lives with his wife, the fashion designer Rejina Pyo.
Having trained at the Ballymaloe Cookery School, Jordan returned to Ballymaloe shortly after completing the course to assist three visiting chefs, including Jean-Pierre Moullé (formerly of Chez Panisse), Yotam Ottolenghi & Sami Tamimi of Ottolenghi, and the Michelin star chef Skye Gyngell, who subsequently offered him a job at 'Petersham Nurseries' restaurant in London.
During Jordan's years there, he was also working with his sister Jessica (a nutritional therapist based in Dublin), cooking privately for some of her London based clients. Jordan's work in this area led to his first cookbook 'The Guilt Free Gourmet', which he wrote with Jessica. It went on to be an Amazon best seller worldwide and he has subsequently been commissioned to write his second cookbook, which will be published worldwide in Autumn 2014.
Jordan is determined to dispel the myth that healthy food always has to be saintly and taste bland, and to show people that they really can, have their cake and eat it too!
Jordan's work has featured in numerous national and international publications including BBC Good Food, The Times, Vogue, Elle, Hello!, Delicious, Sainsbury's, Waitrose Kitchen, Food & Travel, Grazia, Image, Homes & Gardens, etc.
He has also contributed to a number of radio and TV shows both in Ireland for RTE and in the UK for BBC1's 'Food & Drink' show.
Jordan divides his time between working as a private chef, food writing, food styling and also consulting for restaurants, hotels and food companies.