- Hardcover: 192 pages
- Publisher: Collins (6 Jan. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0007344074
- ISBN-13: 978-0007344079
- Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 20.3 x 24.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 254,864 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Recipe for Life Hardcover – 6 Jan 2011
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• BBC Good Food magazine featured The Recipe For Life as the lead review in their February issue, writing: “Her recipes are very family-friendly, simple and quick to make from inexpensive, readily available ingredients…whether you’re looking to improve your diet for health or vanity reasons, these dishes will fit the bill.”
• Good Housekeeping wrote that The Recipe for Life is “another bestseller in the making.”
• February issue of Top Sante magazine: “Sally Bee’s delicious yet simple recipes are packed full of fresh, nutritious ingredients as well as flavour.”
• The Recipe for Life “is a selection of deliciously simple recipes that can change your eating habits and help you enjoy a healthy mind and body for life.” – February issue of North Living
“In her down-to-earth book, Bee shares her quick, simple recipes for vitality, providing an excellent prescription for keeping you healthy in the long term, without having to stick to the bland foods so often associated with sensible eating – she even has a recipe for healthy fish, chips and mushy peas!” – Health & Fitness Magazine
About the Author
At the age of 36, Sally was in the prime of her life successfully juggling being a writer, TV presenter, wife and mum of three. Then, in 2004, she suffered three major heart attacks in the space of only one week. Sally defied all the odds and, 5 years on, is glowing with health.
Sally is a spokeswoman for the British Heart Foundation, is a trained therapist giving regular talks to heart rehabilitation groups, and an NHS 'Expert Patient'. This is Sally’s second healthy living cookbook.
Top Customer Reviews
Like many of the reviewers here, I agree that the recipes are basic stuff, but there is also many good tips and ideas that might not always occur to the reader. While it relies a little too much on Soups and Salads and often states the obvious, this book is ideal for dipping into and maybe trying some of the starters, or discovering that salads can be more varied than we often realise. My only real criticism of this book is that it assumes that we all have well-stocked larders with lesser-known, or lesser-used ingredients at hand, or that we all access to Waitrose or a local M&S. Some ingredients I have never heard of are definitely not stocked by my local Tesco or Morrisons !!
Nevertheless, this is a book which, while being far from essential, has its uses and can inspire us all to think a little more about what we eat...
Sally's book starts with an introduction, introducing herself and some of the health issues she has fought in the past. From here she goes on to describe her healthy living policy and how she believes that her diet (and lifestyle) changes have contributed to her better health. Here we can also read a number of philosophical points which underlies her ideas, basically she believes that eating good food is the best thing we can do for our health; she then goes on to note that we should listen to or bodies after we have eaten asking ourselves questions such as do we sleep better after certain foods, how well do we move etc. Finally Sally notes that we all eat too much (think about all those supersize potions flling our society) and also comments that good exercise is a part of the puzzle. This is all common sense (so rare in our society) but presented in a clear readable and above all useful format.
The rest of the book is then broken into the following chapters: Soups, salads, sides and starters, chicken and turkey, fish, red meat, vegetarian, desserts and finally drinks. Each section then contains an interesting range of dishes which are often imaginative, all quite quick and simple to prepare and all healthy. Each recipe is marked as to whether it could be treated as an everyday dish or if it is a bit more luxurious kept as a treat.
I really like this book. Its message is that we can (and should) all eat more healthy but not as absolute freaks who focus so much on perfect health that we all cut out every pleasure from our diet. Rather that we should all eat better and still enjoy the nice things in moderation and as part of a balanced and above all fun diet.
Very highly recommended
There are two approaches taken - the first is to focus on cooking with low-fat/heart-friendly ingredients to reduce the risk of cardiovascular problems (e.g. omega-3 rich mackeral, creme fraiche instead of double cream), the second to incorporate foods thought to have more widespread health benefits (e.g. antioxidant tomatoes, wine and garlic, anti-inflammatory onions).
The recipes are not particularly complicated - salads, soups and one pot casseroles abound. There is the odd recipe which could be deemed 'posh' enough to impress at a dinner party e.g. cod and pesto with butter bean mash, or tarragon chicken with celeriac mash - but mostly this is just a healthier take on standard everyday family recipes (tomato soup, chilli beans on toast, pork chops with apples and pears, chocolate vanilla mousse).
I didn't find any of the recipes massively inspiring, not helped by the fact that there were a lot of dishes without any accompanying pictures, but do conceed that this could be a good book for someone with significant health issues who needs to make radical changes to their diet and lifestyle without wanting to compromise too much on flavour.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
love this book it will be very useful as i have just found i have heart problem myself and need to eat healthy.Published 13 months ago by phyl 57
Delivery great. I bought three of Sally Bee's books at the same time. I did one recipe and the quantity of lentils was completely wrong. Read morePublished 16 months ago by chrisie
I borrowed this book from the library and liked it so much i went out and brought it. Very inspiring and good family, easy to cook recipes and as working mum, i love that.Published 16 months ago by E. Davies
Fab book love it recipes are lush must buy if you enjoy real good food i have nearly all of them just need the piece of cake xxxPublished 19 months ago by lia
Sally Bee admits she is not a nutritionist and that is all too obvious in her recipes - they are NOT at all going to help anybody with heart disease. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Vee