Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
We eat to live, but sometimes, for many of us anyway, we live to eat. And why not? Food is full of tantalizing flavors and textures, as well as having the potential of being nutritious. And, for those more adventurous than others, there are many ways to serve any type of food. The ingenuity and resourcefulness of the food preparation is up to the one who prepares it. So, let’s make it healthy and let’s enjoy food to its fullest potential.
That’s the goal behind Live to Eat and Share! Cooking From the Heart and Living Well by nutritionist and author, Susan Nielsen. As she points out in her introduction, “It is my hope that these easy recipes inspire home cooks just like you, to discover your own inner creative cook. Just imagine what that could do for you and those you love!” With clearly detailed and outlined recipes, complete with color photographs to illustrate the finished product, this book is a treasure. Each recipe is accompanied with a short line or two, allowing the author to present her reasons for enjoying the recipe and, where relevant, to provide some historical information on the recipe and its origins. Also included are tips on the nutritional value of the recipe.
Quotes from famous writers, politicians, chefs and more give it a personal touch and provide a diverse attachment to the importance of food and nutrition. Like the quote from Winston Churchill: “Healthy citizens are the greatest asset any country can have.” And the one from Mahatma Gandhi: “There is more to life than increasing its speed.” This is certainly true when one considers the importance of enjoying one's food instead of just inhaling it, as is often the case in today’s fast-paced world. The book concludes with useful information like measurement conversions. This is a great book for novice and experienced cooks, as well as for those who just enjoy food.