It seems like all the diets and “lifestyle guides” are advocating no refined sugar anymore. Considering the fact our bodies don’t deal too well with the stuff in abundance, that’s probably a good thing, right? But then we have all these cookbooks that have you making much of the same stuff but using various sugar substitutes. That doesn’t always translate well to your palate. The I Quit Sugar Cookbook by Sarah Wilson instead gears you towards different spices, foods you probably haven’t tried, and some great taste combinations.
This cookbook was spawned from her I Quit Sugar diet, which I’d honestly never heard of before I found this book. Of course, in quitting all the added sugar, she had to change her diet dramatically – and anyone who chooses this will need to as well. That’s where this cookbook comes in!
Hims has pretty well cut sugar from his diet, and since he is definitely the more finicky one, I asked him to pick out a few recipes he would eat. I was only expecting to see two or three at most, but he surprised me and marked eleven! And that was just in a short perusal.
Now, if you aren’t very adventurous in your food choices, this might not be the best book for you. There are some strange combinations and some dishes I might have found in a hipster bistro in Los Angeles. I’ll admit, there are recipes I doubt I’ll ever try, or even want to. But then there are some really good ones, like Greek San Choi Bau (cabbage leaves, meatballs, eggplant), Vietnamese Turkey Pancakes, Hipster Granddaddy Salad ( how fun!), Eggplant Parmigiana, and Israeli Whole-Baked Cauliflower. Every page has beautiful, full-color illustrations. The recipes have little notations on the sides which can be really helpful. And in the back is even a guide to sprouting your own beans, grains, nuts, and seeds – because sprouted ones are much better for you overall. Oh, and you can do this just in a jar!
If you are truly interested in kicking the sugar habit, and you would love to experiment with all sorts of recipes and ingredients, this is a great cookbook for your collection. Mine is definitely getting some use!
**I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.**