19 April 2018
'The mind, body, breath, movement and energy channels of the body (and many more aspects) influence how well you are and how well you can be, and only when you understand how to align them all will you achieve an effortless and long-lasting state of well being...’
I am currently studying this topic and have also read other publications on the quest for ‘wellbeing’ ~ a subject that can get a bit of bad press for being a bit ‘airy fairy’ & often summarised to ‘clean living & yoga’. It is likely to appeal to those who want to go on the journey to explore a more balanced life generally and this book is one young lady’s experience.
IMO, and as the author stresses, it is important to remember that everyone is different.
Like trying a new diet, just because it suits a best friend, doesn’t mean it will necessarily work for you, but it may, in part...so simply choose the bits that are best for you from the ideas offered in this impressive publication that is easy to dip in & out of when time allows.
One of the inner cover quotes:
📝 ‘Danielle honours that every individual is different and guides you on your journey of wellness to find your perfect state of balance.’ (Bonnie Wright, Actress)
※ WELL BEING: RECIPES AND RITUALS TO REALIGN THE BODY AND MIND
※ BY DANIELLE COPPERMAN (founder of ‘Qnola’ & ‘Model Mange Tout’)
※ PHOTOGRAPHY BY RITA PLATTS
※ KYLE BOOKS
‘Printed and bound in China’
The current ‘LOOK INSIDE’ facility above is a useful insight twixt the covers but, to me, omits to show examples of the main elements of the book, i.e. the 200 recipes, 60 rituals & 30 recipes for beauty & home remedies.
From the author:
📝 ...‘WELL BEING’ is a combination of the most valued rituals and recipes I have discovered over the years, since embarking on my journey of eating more healthily and making more mindful lifestyle choices.
...All RECIPES are designed using only natural ingredients and follow a naturopathic, flexitarian approach to eating well, with no strict rules or labels but instead, just simple, accessible and enjoyable suggestions to help you discover an individualised way of living as well as you can.
...The RITUALS are inspired by ancient traditions, such as Ayurveda, Yoga & meditation, but have been simplified to help effortlessly handle common side effects of modern life, such as stress, depression and digestive issues...’
Shrink-wrapped on arrival, this is a pretty chunky tome, measuring around 20.5 cm x 26.5 cm x 2.75 cm with a PASTEL PINK & DARK GREY-BLUE theme to the thick hardboard covers.
The covers open up to 336 matte-finish pages, split over main chapters:
✤ IN BETWEEN TIME
✤ EVENING TIME
✤ NIGHT TIME
...with each broken into smaller sections, namely:
❅ Practices & Rituals
❅ Food & Drink: The Recipes
❅ Beauty & Home Recipes (if applicable)
The final chapter is:
‘NATURE’S PANTRY & DAILY GOODS’, that starts on page 292 ahead of a handy, 3–page glossary, a list of suppliers & resources and a full alphabetical index.
The book finishes with 2-pages of acknowledgements.
On the first flick-thru, my eye was drawn to the colourful casserole:
~ ‘CHANTERELLE MUSHROOM, LENTIL & CHESTNUT CASSEROLE with WHITE BEAN CLOUD MASH,’ on pages 228/9, closely followed by, a few pages on, the apparently appropriately named:
~ ‘JO JO’S STICKY MISO-GLAZED AUBERGINES with MILLET AND CARAMELISED ONIONS’ (you could use quinoa or brown rice instead of millet).
Each chapter has a very simple 2-page opening, with a blank white left-hand page and on the right hand one, the title at the top along with a relevant 8.5 cm x 11 cm snapshot at the top right.
The next two pages are more creamy in colour and have an introduction on the left hand page and the full CONTENTS OF THE CHAPTER on the right, broken down into smaller sections:
...including all the RECIPE TITLES, in order of appearance for easy reference, divided:
※ FOOD & DRINK
※ BEAUTY & HOME
Each recipe is clearly laid out with the title, a relevant opening paragraph, the number of servings, and the list/s of ingredients (grams/spoons).
Sometimes there is more than one recipe to a page; sometimes a longer recipe spills over.
Recipes that require others in the book are usefully cross-referenced with the relevant page numbers, e.g. the ‘PASTA’ recipe & that for ‘WHITE BEAN CARBONARA SAUCE’, on page 225, the two components for the ‘LASAGNE’, on page 225.
Tweaks, alternatives & variations are included where applicable, often as ‘ELEVATE IT’ in bolder text.
Arguably, the publication is a little light on images of what you are aiming for on the plate but those that are are attractively presented.
The image that is alongside the ‘CONTENTS’ page, at the front of the book, also accompanies ‘FULL MOON & NEW MOON CEREMONIES,’ on page 290/1, which sets the scene for a simple ritual ‘to tune in and align with the lunar cycles and what they symbolise’:
📝 ‘The full moon is a powerful time at which to reflect and to let go of things that no longer serve you, to free up space for things that can...The new moon represents a new cycle and it is an opportune time to acknowledge our desires and longings and turn our attention to attracting them, manifesting them and bringing them to life...’
Ahead of 2 recipes for ‘Pillow Sprays & Pillow Rubs, on page 283, namely:
'ALOE VERA, YLANG YLANG & CHAMOMILE PILLOW SPRAY' & 'SHEA BUTTER, CHAMOMILE & CLARY SAGE PILLOW RUB'
📝 ‘These remedies changed my life when I began modelling full time and found myself travelling a lot. I remember one time in particular where I was working for 15 days straight, passing through five cities from Liverpool to LA and I hardly remember any of it. My sleep was disrupted and I was running on autopilot. Now, when I find myself in transit, I always arm myself with a pillow spray or rub to use either on long haul flights or to help me handle hopping between different time zones and hotel rooms.’
There are a couple of mini-niggles, for me.
I have already commented that I think the recipe photography is less than I expected in a book of this size but it would have presented at its absolute best on a shiny finish, IMO, and a bolder text throughout would be easier on the eye in poor light.
But full credit to this inspiring young lady as she continues on her journey.
A small taste of the other recipes contained within, in no particular order:
☀ POMEGRANATE, GINGER, RED GRAPE & ROSE SPIRIT JUICE
☀ BUCKWHEAT, FLAX & ALMOND FLAKES
☀ CARAMELISED BANANA SURPRISE PANCAKES
☀ COCONUT BLONDIES
☀ CARROT CAKE WITH CASHEW CREAM FROSTING
☀ BASIC CHOCOLATE RECIPE
☀ LEMONAID (MANY WAYS)
☀ SWEET POTATO GRATIN
☀ HONEY & MUSTARD PORTOBELLO MUSHROOMS WITH ANCIENT GRAINS
☀ ROASTED TOMATO & RED PEPPER PASSATA
☀ AVOCADO CHOCOLATE FROSTING
☀ MILLIONAIRE’S SHORTBREAD
☀ CLEAN & GREEN PROBIOTIC SHOT
☀ TOASTED COCONUT & BEE POLLEN MILK
☀ MANGO & LEMON POSSET
☀ PISTACHIO & COURGETTE CAKE WITH AVOCADO & LIME FROSTING
☀ ICED-COFFEE SLUSHIE
☀ APPLE CIDER VINEGAR MUSHROOM CRISPS
☀ BEETROOT & WALNUT DIP
☀ QUICK BANANA, CACAO & OAT BIRCHER
☀ SLEEP-EASY MACA MALT
☀ROASTED BRUSSELS, BROCCOLI & RED GRAPES
☀ CARBONARA SAUCE, THREE WAYS
☀ BEETROOT, CARROT & SEAWEED LAKSA-STYLE CURRY
☀ SOUL-SOOTHING CHOCOLATE MOLTEN CAKES WITH CHAGA LAVA ERUPTION
☀ APPLE, MARSHMALLOW ROOT & MINT CORDIAL
☀ ALCOHOLIC CORDIALS
✿ FRAGRANCE OIL
✿ HAND CREAM
✿ DIY DIFFUSERS
✿ MOCHA COFFEE, CACAO, ALMOND AND MACADAMIA BODY SCRUB
✿ NATURAL BUG REPELLENT
✿ ROSE & CUCUMBER WAKE-UP WELL TONING MIST
[20 images attached © Danielle Copperman/KYLE BOOKS]