Cookfulness: A Therapeutic Approach to Cooking by Ian Taverner
Something very different from me today – I’m sharing my thoughts about this delightful recipe book . . . .
Title: Cookfulness: A Therapeutic Approach to Cooking
Publisher: Clink Street Publishing
Author: Ian Taverner
Publication Date: 29th October 2020
Page Count: 154
Create Space For The Happy Stuff!
This cookbook is crammed full of new and innovative ways, hints and tips, designed specifically for people with chronic pain and mental health conditions, by me, a fellow sufferer.
It is all to help you WANT to cook, not have to!
Cooking really can be a therapy. Cooking really can ignite your passions. Cooking really is possible!
If you are having a bad day, I want to make it better.
If you are having a better day, I want to make it good.
If you are having a good day, I want to make it great.
If you are having a great day, good on you!
Packed with tips, this book isn’t just a recipe book, it really is a book designed to help people to want to cook by providing insightful poems, easy to follow recipes with readily available materials and so much more. What you won’t find in it, though, are photographs of the finished recipes. That surprised me but I can understand why after reading the author’s explanation ….. the book is designed to help boost your self esteem and confidence, especially for anyone with chronic pain and mental health condition and the author suggests that seeing immaculately presented dishes that yours don’t mirror can be demoralising so he deliberately chose not to include them. There are great suggestions for mindfulness, ideas of part prepared ingredients to have frozen ready to use when you haven’t time or any in fresh, money saving buying tips and suggestions for basic essential equipment as well as the recipes.
The recipes are all gluten free but don’t let that put you off, there are suggestions for alternatives all the way through the book and the recipes sound so tasty I’ll definitely be trying some of them out! It is such a change to see such a wide range of recipes – for everything from smoothies to snacks to full roast dinners to sumptuous desserts. There’s something for everyone in amongst these easy to follow recipes! For every dish there are indications of how hard it is, the preparation and cooking time and how many it will serve along with details of the equipment you’ll need, the ingredients, methods, hints and tips and even some ways to change the recipe. Each page is clearly presented and with easy to follow instructions.
Whilst this book is designed for a specific target audience, I actually think many could benefit from it and I have no hesitation in recommending it.
Thank you to Authoright and Clink Street Publishing for my copy of this book which I have voluntarily and honestly reviewed.
I currently live in the New Forest, originally from the Isle of Man, with my wife and 2 daughters and our dog, Alfie.I’m a chronic fibromyalgia, arthritis, depression and anxiety sufferer and survivor!
Chronic pain conditions are often misunderstood, especially the devastating effect they can have on you and your family.I know first-hand how it can very quickly drag you, and those around you, right down.
I wrote Cookfulness to show fellow sufferers and their loved ones that you aren’t alone, you most definitely are not alone.I wrote Cookfulness to give people a real shot at improving their quality of life and bring back together disparate families, just as cooking has done for me, by giving a reason for being.
Learning how to cook again, how to adapt to how my body and mind were feeling and what they were screaming at me, how it really was possible to cook and harness the enjoyment and sheer pleasure of it, made me realise the real power of cooking.Cooking gave me a route, a path, some pride, some passion and, most importantly, a role and the drive to become a real part of the family again.
All my battles, defeats and successes, using very real and raw experiences, have been distilled down to create “Cookfulness”, a genuinely therapeutic approach to cooking!