Review: Good + Simple by Jasmine Hemsley & Melissa Hemsley


22716447Title: Good + Simple
Author: Jasmine Hemsley & Melissa Hemsley
Publisher: Ebury Press
Publication date: February 26, 2016
Genres: Cookbook, Non-fiction

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Rating: ★★★★★

Good + Simple celebrates the pleasure of delicious food that is simple to make, a joy to share and just so happens to be good for you. Jasmine and Melissa Hemsley’s principles of healthy home cooking built around gut health, whole foods and affordable ingredients show how tasty and achievable eating well can be.

The sisters have created 140 nutritious and exciting recipes – reworked classics, prepare ahead dishes, fast suppers with leftovers for packed lunches, energising breakfasts and snacks, satisfying breads, desserts and bakes. Infused with Jasmine and Melissa’s love of cooking and eating, Good + Simple includes plenty of practical tips and down-to-earth advice to help you gain confidence in the kitchen, plan for the coming week and cook for
you and your family with ease. Enjoy real food. Look and feel amazing every day.

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What I liked:

  • I usually skip the introduction and information section at the beginning of cookbooks, but I thought this one was actually full of good information and tips.
  • Shopping lists and
  • Several sample weekly meal plans
  • Full-color photos of every recipe
  • Vegetarian and vegan substitution suggestions for almost every recipe
  • Suggested variations for a lot of the recipes (Broccoli 2 Ways, Reinvented Noodle Pot 3 Ways, etc)
  • It’s rare that I find a cookbook for omnivores that is full of vegetarian recipes.
  • The back of the book contains a guide for stocking your kitchen that I found really useful.
  • There is also a page dedicated to eating well on the go that I especially found helpful because I don’t have
  • A few of the many recipes I loved:
    • Spiced Coconut Cabbage
    • Zucchini and Cannellini Bean Lasagne
    • Caulironi Cheese
    • Lemon and Cranberry Biscotti
    • Chocolate Orange Bar with Clementines

What I didn’t like: 

  • This isn’t a personal concern of mine, but people who are picky eaters might have a hard time finding recipes in this book they recognize. I could see families with kids having limited choices that their entire family would like
  • Some of the photos were small compared to the size of the pages
  • I wouldn’t recommend this for beginner cooks because some of the recipes aren’t as simple as the title suggests

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What are you favorite cookbooks? 

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