Cookbook Review: Eat Your Greens by Pete Evans

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Title: Eat Your Greens
Author: Pete Evans
Publication Date: 30th October 2018

Synopsis: "Pete Evans makes eating green easy with more than 130 mouth-watering dishes that take veggies from sides to stars.
Even the pickiest eater will be won over by crispy carrot fritters with garlicky yoghurt dipping sauce, oh-so-simple sweet potato waffles topped with guacamole and a fried egg or the oozy deliciousness that is eggplant parmigiana.
Eat Your Greens also includes simple tips on:
- increasing your family's veg intake for breakfast, lunch and dinner
- buying and growing seasonal, organic produce 
- harnessing the health benefits of different veggies."

My thoughts: My husband and I don't eat too much meat, so veggies are necessarily the stars of most of our meals - with the occasional foray into tofu territory. So when I saw that Pete Evans was coming out with a new book all about making veggies the star of the show, I was definitely intrigued.

When you first open this book and begin to read (yes, I read my cookbooks from front to back when I first get them... doesn't everyone?), you will find a lot of information about keeping your diet varied and what veggies are important to include more regularly. I really loved this information as it reminded me not to fall back on just eating potatoes all the time (even though potatoes are probably my favourite food...). Evans has done a fantastic job here of reminding you of other veggies, and also teaching you about some that you may not be including in your diet, such as hemp or native Australian ingredients. This information is just fantastic to read about, so I highly recommend checking out the relevant sections.

As you move into the recipes themselves, there are quite a few that seem relatively easy to put together, with ingredients you would recognise at your local supermarket or farmers market, and then some that might seem a little outlandish at first if you haven't come across them before (mushroom latte, anyone?). My husband and I tried out the recipe for Bok Choy with Garlic, Ginger and Mushrooms, pairing it with some simple soba noodles, and found it to be wonderfully flavourful and not super fiddly. There is no shortage of fantastic dishes in here, and the flavour combinations sound extremely enticing.

One thing I will mention in the negatives, though, is that while it says in the synopsis that Evans is trying to 'take the veggies from sides to stars', this often isn't really the case. Evans and his family follow the Paleo diet, so generally in each description before the recipe, Evans will recommend what meat to pair the dish with, and there are a lot of eggs used throughout the book, so this is something to note if you (like me) have an egg allergy or are perhaps vegan. I have gotten more used to flipping through cookbooks and just immediately ignoring the ones with eggs, but it can be a bit tiresome with this cookbook as I was often flipping past multiple recipes at a time before finding one I could actually consider for myself.

Overall, a wonderful book for those who follow the Paleo diet, or are just looking to get more veg in their diet. I would also recommend this for those that want to try new flavour combinations on their veg - Evans has some really winning combos in here!

{I received a review copy of this book from Pan Macmillan in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much!}

Next recipe I'd like to try: A tough one to pick, but with the Spring veggies coming in properly now, I think I'd like to try Mixed Greens with Lemon Dressing.

Tea to drink while reading this book: Why not try the Pumpkin Spice Latte in the front of the book, and drink it whilst perusing the other recipes?

Rating:  7.5/10

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