A couple of weeks ago I saw a post from a fellow cookbook author, Melissa Monroe McGehee, asking if any fellow authors or restauranteurs would have time to help her out by doing a review of her book, “Satisfying Eats : Grain Free, Sugar Free & Hunger Free Cookbook” – this was an offer I took up readily! Any chance to go through a whole bunch of recipes and share my opinions with my fellow health- & food-fanatics is always greatly received.
I had already purchased Melissa’s book last December so I was familiar with the content but hadn’t studied it with the thought that was needed to write a complete review, so I started at the beginning again, and turned page after page, taking in Melissa’s reasoning for gravitating towards a grain-free and sugar-free existence, her inspiration for going down this route and of course the many recipes in the book. So let me share with you what I found in this wonderfully thought out book.
First of all, the full title of Melissa’s book is “Satisfying Eats: Grain Free, Sugar Free & Hunger Free Cookbook”. This pretty much gives away the premise of the book – to provide recipes that are free from all grains and added sugar, that are satisfyingly tasty and do not leave you hungry. Ok, so I like the idea of not going hungry and I certainly want to be satisfied by my food, meaning I will not want or need to snack my way through the rest of the day. Sounds good. But why grain free and sugar free? This is where Melissa’s story and introduction comes in.
Melissa had often struggled with her weight and suffered from long-lasting migraine headaches with her first pregnancy. One day she stumbled upon the book “Wheat Belly” by Dr. William Davis. Some of you may be familiar with this book, it explains the concept that wheat and other types of grain bring about terrible inflammation in our digestive system, leaving us bloated, carrying extra fat and less able to absorb nutrients from the other foods that we eat. By eliminating grains from the diet, it is thought that we may more easily stabilise blood sugar levels throughout the day, have better sleep and improved mood, have less bloating and quite importantly have less belly fat. We all want that, right?!