A cookbook review of Del Sroufe’s The China Study Family Cookbook, plus a giveaway.
The China Study, by T. Colin Campbell and Thomas Campbell II, MD, was the first book that I read when I chose to go vegan over three years ago. The book proved what I had always suspected, that diet plays a significant role in our health, and, it solidified my conviction of how powerful a whole foods plant-based diet is.
Banishing chicken, fish, and dairy from my diet was the best thing that I have ever done for my body. After just a few weeks of ditching dairy the arthritis in my knuckles disappeared, and I could once again wake up without painful and inflamed fingers. I could also slip my rings on and off without a struggle. My back was also pain free in the morning. I could jump out of bed instead of slowly working my back to an upright condition.
Because the only change that I had made in my life was giving up eating animal products, I knew that my physical improvements were a result of leaving behind foods that caused inflammation. The pain and stiffness that I once blamed on aging and strenuous exercise had nothing to do with those things, they were symptoms of my diet, which ironically enough, would have been considered to be extremely healthy by most people.
My story is similar to the people who are featured in the cookbook. They share their motivation and successes of what happened to their physical health after the decided to live a whole foods plant-based lifestyle.
Del Sroufe, the author and recipe creator of this cookbook has been a passionate cook since he was old enough to handle a chef’s knife. He was a baker and chef for the King Avenue Coffeehouse in Columbus until he opened his own vegan bakery, and ultimately started a vegan meal delivery service. This may not seem like a big deal today, since veganism is on the rise, but it was back in 2001, well before most people even knew what vegan meant. Today, he’s the co-owner and chef for Wellness Forum Foods, which delivers whole food plant-based meals to the residents of Columbus and throughout the U.S.
Sroufe’s cookbook is unique in that he not only shares tips on how to transition to a healthy vegan diet, but he interviews people who have had success reversing health issues after switching to a plant-based diet, and they talk about how they manage their lifestyle in a household of people who still consume animal products, otherwise known as a , “blended” family.
In this book, you’ll find everything you’ll need to enjoy a whole food plant-based lifestyle, from breakfast to dessert. There’s a recipe for a refined sugar hot cocoa, pancakes, oatmeal, and chorizo hash. For lunch, you could choose a grilled cheese sandwich, a Portobello Reuben, or a Mediterranean Melt. There are dips, sauces, and salad ideas, and savory comfort food recipes that are perfect for dinner. A few that stood out to me were, Twice-Bakes Samosa Potatoes, Tortilla Pie, and these Thai-Style Peanut Noodles, which are so delicious and healthy.
I chose to use buckwheat soba noodles for this recipe and they were a perfect choice because the thick and yummy peanut sauce clung to them. Like all of Sroufe’s recipes, this is an oil-free, refined sugar-free dish. All you need to do is sauté onions and tomato for a few minutes, add some fresh basil and cilantro, pour the sauce in the pan and stir, and top with some crunchy peanuts. It literally took me less than thirty minutes to make this fabulous dish. I served it with a simple spinach salad and had dinner on the table in no time.
There are so many recipes that I’m looking forward to making in this book, and because most of them look so easy and quick, it’s going to be the perfect summer cookbook to eat my way through over the next few months.
I know you’ll want to try all of Sroufe’s healthy and delicious recipes, so scroll down to the bottom and enter the giveaway. You might be the lucky winner of this fantastic and inspirational cookbook!
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