3 inspiring cookbooks

It’s the end of the year, and I have been swamped with corrections, grades and cleaning up. So, I haven’t been in the kitchen seriously for a little while. Instead, I have been looking at my cookbooks, and well, found a few new exciting books. I love looking at these three amazing books because they are so well edited: the pictures are to die for, the instructions so clear, and the food incredibly dreamy! They are bound to give you some ideas and make you want to get in the kitchen right away!

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Deliciously Ella- Every Day, by Elle Woodward: If you are vegan and gluten-free you must have stumbled upon Ella’s amazing blog Deliciously Ella. I loved her first book, Deliciously Ella, but this new one is quite fun! Plenty of recipes and tips to get you eating healthy and, well, deliciously every meal of every day. I have to say I might try out her raw buckwheat bowl for breafast tomorrow morning, and give her zucchini banana bread and smoky eggplant dip a try this week-end. The esthetics of this book are also quite charming: soft colours and wonderful pictures make the food stand out and look so yummy!

Minimalist Baker’s- Everyday Cooking, by Dana Shultz: Another book by a blogger! Any burger lover will have stumbled upon Dana’s delicious sweet potato black beans burgers, or her Mexican green chili burgers. In this book you’ll find recipes for cashew soba noodles, chocolate-dunked peanut butter cookies, and cherry chocolate chip ice cream: sounds great to me! The pictures are colourful, the food is fun and exciting, and the recipes are so simple. This is such a great book for days when you feel uninspired: everything in this book is so appealing. The biggest challenge for me will be to decide on what to start with first!

Kansha- Celebrating Japan’s vegan and vegetarian traditions, by Elizabeth Andoh: This book is so beautiful and filled with interesting content. If you have any curiosity about Japanese cuisine, this is the perfect book to browse: detailed, filled with stories and vivid descriptions, this book is a gold mine of information. I’m particularly curious to explore the Tsukémono section: be ready for some pickles!

I hope these books will inspire you as much as they did me. Some of you might be wondering why I bought books that come from blogs. Well, there are two main reasons for this. The first one, I love books! There is something quite magical in looking at a cookbook and turning page after page to discover more delicious recipes. The second reason is that it is so important to support creators whose work we enjoy. Anyways, I really can wait to experiment and try out recipes from these wonderful guides. Let me know if you have any of these or other recommendations.

2 books to make you feel good!

I’m not big on self-help books, but this week-end I found a new one that is really funny, and rediscovered an old time favourite. These books are the perfect books if you are looking for quick reads as they books that you can pick up, read a few pages, leave and come back to a few days later. They’ll give you a push in the back to get out there and do you!

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The new one: Cours Toutoune, by Geneviève Gagnon: Unfortunately only available in French, this is a simple, colorful and super down to earth guide to running. Geneviève is super funny and lives by a simple philosophy: just get out there! Her tone is really encouraging while shattering all the excuses you might have for not exercising and taking care of yourself. Each page is a different tip so you can easily read a page once in a while when your motivation lowers and say goodbye to all those silly excuses!

The favourite: The Happiness Project, by Gretchen Rubin: This books hardly needs any introduction. For the little story, Gretchen decided to give herself a year to increase her happiness. This book is her tips, tricks and experiences with happiness. Each chapter tackles a different aspect of life and is filled with anecdotes, steps and ideas to make your life easier and ultimately make you a happier person. Her 10 rules are filled with common sense, yet are so relevant. I really recommend this book because there is something for everyone!

Let me know what are your favourite motivational books or if you’ve read any of these!

Candy review: Squish!

A few months ago, my mother brought me a package of gummies from a new candy store: Squish. At first I was a little bit skeptic as most gummies are made out of gelatin and are therefore not vegan. However, I was curious to discover these Montreal-made, more natural candies.

Then, oh my, what a surprise I had when I realized that they offer a large variety of vegan gummies, gumdrops and hard candies. So last week-end, I went to see the store for myself, and I kind of lost control.

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Yeah.

Well, to my defense they offered three packs of candies for 15$. I tried a variety of candies, and I have to say, they are quite amazing! It is such a walk down memory lane to eat gummies again. The flavours are fruity and rich, without being too overwhelming… except if you are dealing with sour candies. The gummy bears are a little bit harder then the original version, but the flavours are really great: they do taste like real fruits.

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My favourite were by far the sour cucumbers. I cannot pinpoint the flavour, but they were sour, refreshing and had an amazing gummy texture, just like I remembered.

Since I bought quite a few of these little wonders, I filled small masson jars with a variety of candies. They will be little Christmas gifts.

Do you have any candy recommendation that are vegan? If you are in Montreal, I would definitely go pay a visit to Squish; they are quite amazing candies!