Books I Cook On is an event I’m doing for January where I review one of my top 5 favorite cookbooks each week and post my favorite recipe from that book. Learn to cook, eat healthier – it’s fun!
Before I started this blog, I wrote a food blog where I took a picture of everything I ate and occasionally posted recipes. I hated it. It took a lot of convincing from my sister to give blogging another shot because I didn’t like blogging on my food blog AT ALL. Turns out, I have more of a passion for reading and it makes this blog a joy to write on. However, I do like cooking, so I wanted to do a feature this month of some cookbooks that I cook from over and over again. And hey, cookbooks are books, right?
I picked up this book for two reasons: 1. Michelle Snow is a good friend of mine and 2. She wrote an entire book about how she dealt with her IBS, which I also have!
The W.O.W. Diet starts off as an entertaining memoir through her journey to better health. It was funny, honest, practical and to the point. It was very relatable to me as a fellow IBS sufferer. I enjoyed following her on her journey of discovering different religions and how they helped her change her diet. I especially liked the insights that Buddhism provided about thinking where your food came from and all the plants and animals that sacrificed their lives so I can eat. I was worried that since this was non-fiction, she would go on and on about this and that research, but instead I was pleasantly surprised by a very honest and funny journey to find relief to her constipation. I laughed out loud when she talks about going on a vegan diet and after a while felt like the lion on Madagascar and just wanted to chew on a zebra’s butt. Half of the book is recipes. All of the recipes from this book that I have tried have been delicious and healthy. The end of the book sums up her findings into certain rules of the diet with a daily diary of her husband’s experience on the diet. It made the diet super easy to understand and follow.
I read this book in August of 2011 and have been living by this diet ever since. I know I’ve lost weight because my pants are a little looser now, but I don’t know exactly how much since I didn’t go on this diet to lose weight. I went on this diet to feel better. For the first time in my life I can consistently keep my IBS symptoms away (I won’t got into details – they aren’t pleasant). Honestly, I don’t think of this book as a diet but more as a lifestyle change. If you want to make permanent changes in your life to be healthier, you’ve got to read this book!
Luckily, Michelle has offered to give away her book to one of my readers. Be sure to check out the giveaway at the bottom of this post!
My favorite thing about this diet is that she encourages you to eat homemade stuff for breakfast, like muffins. And her muffin recipes are oh so delicious. I make a whole bunch of them and freeze them. Then, I just nuke one every morning and I get to eat hot muffins for breakfast everyday. Here’s my favorite muffin recipe:
Chocolate Chip Muffins
3/4 cup rice flour (you can replace this with whole grain wheat or spelt if you don’t need it to be gluten free)
1/2 cup oat flour
1/4 cup tapioca flour
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup melted butter, cooled
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup coarsely chopped almonds
Preheat oven to 375 F. Grease muffin pan cups with vegetable shortening. In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients, leaving a well in the center. Stir in water, metled butter, and vanilla until moist. Fold in chocolate chips and nuts. Spoon batter into muffin cups. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of a muffin comse out clean. cool muffins 5 minutes before removing from cups.
Big thanks to Michelle for doing this giveaway! Places you can find the author.