Roxie’s Top Five Cookbooks

January 28, 2014

Whether you’re looking to kick start your healthy eating, eager to try different foods or want to impress your friends and family with your culinary skills, look no further than RAWAN’s top five cookbooks.

The Dukan Everyday Easy Cookbook: Pierre Dukan & Joy Skipper


If your quest to loose weight this January has yet to materialise don’t worry. This February abide by the rules of the Dukan diet and you’ll soon see the results, especially with these easy and extremely appetising recipes. Founder of the Dukan diet Pierre Dukan has teamed up with nutritional therapist Joy Skipper to create meal ideas for every occasion that enable you to follow the rules without feeling like your on a diet. Recipes include lunchbox ideas to fish favourites and meat-free feasts to accommodate all your dietary requirements. RAWAN particularly recommends the spiced butternut wedges with butter bean dip and the meat-free rainbow frittata! This recipe book will also guide you through the process and theology behind one of the world’s most used diets so all you novices out there have no excuse not to give this a go.

Honestly Healthy: Natasha Corrett and Vicki Edgson


This educating cookbook will help you understand what foods you really should be eating more of and which ones you should refrain from eating to help you abolish any uncomfortable side effects of rich and acidic foods. With Natasha and Vicki’s alkaline programme you’ll soon learn and feel the benefits of staying clear from acidic foods that are doing you more harm than good. The cookbook will also educate you on finding your ideal portion size to all the rules behind starting your February cleanse. RAWAN’s favourite is the tomato, chilli and coconut soup which includes exotic spices that will immediately transport you back to the beaches of Thailand while helping you get bikini ready for your next vacation.

It’s All Good: Gwyneth Paltrow


The stress of life can affect us all in more ways than one, and it wasn’t until RAWAN came across Gwyneth Paltrow’s cookbook that we realised how much food can help us to treat ailments and help us to keep our equilibrium controlled. Her cookbook is extremely personal as it includes lovely family photos and the story behind her struggles with maintaining a healthy diet. Her recipes include detox sauces and protein enriching fish recipes that will leave you feeling invigorated and full of energy. Recipes include the mouth-watering lamb tagine with squash and chickpeas to salmon burgers with pickled ginger and coriander. Gwyneth even goes over the basics of how to roast the perfect potato to afternoon healthy shakes to recipes ideal for children. This is an all-round perfect cookbook to get the whole family healthy for 2014.

Vegetarian Home Cooking: Mary McCartney


If you’re like me and you can’t imagine not eating meat in a meal, now is the time to think again. Mary’s vegetarian recipes will tempt you to eat vegetarian food time and time again and with brunch inspired recipes of nut granola and with new twists on shepherds pie and Sunday roasts it is time for you to enjoy the vegetarian way. You’ll also reap in the benefits  it is well known that eating less meat can reduce our risk of heart disease, shrink our cancer risk, and it can help us to lose weight.  Mary’s recipe should become a staple book in any household as with enticing healthy meal ideas such as her halloumi and roasted red pepper salad you’ll find it easier than you thought to go meat-free.

Home Cooking Made Easy: Lorraine Pascal


TV chef Lorraine Pascale delights us all with her home cooked recipes and stunning illustrations that will entice us all to start cooking more and impressing our friends and family with our culinary skills. Lorraine has every part of a dinner party meal covered from indulgent starters of goat’s cheese truffles to easy to make breads, delicious meat and vegetarian mains to show stopping desserts that will enable you to accommodate any guest. Her hearty comforting recipes are also ideal to banish a hangover which means you’ll be feeling as right as rain in no time at all! RAWAN knows just how busy our lifestyles are, but with Lorraine’s 100 recipes you’ll be cooking up a storm in the kitchen in no time at all that you’ll never need a take-away menu again.

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