If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram you will see that I've been just a little bit excited to get my hands on two new books recently.
They are by the beautiful family over at Green Kitchen Stories, a vegetarian blog jam packed with really creative recipes, that has been one of my favourites for a while now! The writers, Luise Vindahl and David Frenkiel and their super cute children have been inspired by their travels and a passion for healthy and simple delicious vegetarian food.
Their Instagram account is simply divine and I'm always enticed by their photos of really fresh, vibrant looking food.
I bought their first book, The Green Kitchen a few months ago and then treated myself to their second, Green Kitchen Travels for Christmas.
Now, I'm one of those people who reads cookbooks instead of normal books before I go to sleep. I constantly have one on my bedside table and my overall collection is reaching triple figures. So it's safe to say, I've read my fair share of them and got a good idea of what kind of food photography I like and inspires me.
The first time I read a cookbook, I'll read it like a normal book and then go to town with bookmarks- picking the recipes I most want to make first. With these books- there just wasn't any point in marking the pages as every single recipe is divine. It's rare to find books so well presented, styled and with a really good balance of recipes. There is some sort of really healthy, energised vibe from these books that I just haven't found in many others.
It's safe to say that Green Kitchen Travels is becoming my new cookery bible. It completely and utterly defies the stereotype of plain, boring vegetarian food and is full of really inventive recipes, influenced by all corners of the globe accompanied by beautiful photography.
There's Vietnamese Pho, whole egg flower curry from India, Moroccan inspired salads and delicious gluten free Italian-inspired desserts, to name just a few!
Some of my favourites include their breakfast recipes- like me, they are a family that believe in a diverse, nutritious breakfast and have created recipes such as pumpkin and almond waffles and a whole array of overnight oat recipes with chia seed raspberry jam!
The recipes are also really simply laid out and easy to follow- I think this is the most important thing in a cookbook: beautiful photography and easy-to-follow recipes.
Like Julie in Julie and Julia, where a budding cook tries every recipe in Julia Child's cookbook "Mastering the Art of French Cooking," I'm going to make it my mission to get through every recipe in each book before the end of this year. At the rate I've been going so far, I don't think it's going to be hard!
Here's a few of my photos from some of the recipes I've tried out so far:
Masala Dosa (from Green Kitchen Travels)
Spicy sweet potato wrapped in chickpea pancakes and served with an Indian mint and coconut Raita
Baked Crunchy Blackberry Oatmeal (from The Green Kitchen)
A sort of breakfast crumble with blackberry baked oatmeal and a delicious maple syrup flavoured crunchy oat topping- like heaven in a bowl for breakfast!
Baked Herb and Pistachio Falafel (from The Green Kitchen)
A healthier baked version of the usual deep-fried falafel, made with lots of fresh herbs and a generous serving of pistachios!
I served mine with hummus and baked baby beets.
I'd definitely recommend checking them out - even if just for the super drool-worthy photos!
They have a real zing of happiness and health about their ideas and lifestyle that I think is very catchy and important to spread!
If you'd like to find out more about them, you can read their interview over with Ella from Deliciously Ella here.
Have a beautiful day x