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Book review: All Sorts of Healthy Dishes by Chantal Lascaris

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All Sorts of Healthy Dishes The Mediterranean Way by Chantal Lascaris (Struik Lifestyle; R236)

If you're after simple, tasty and healthy recipes that won't break the bank, look no further than Chantal Lascaris' new offering. The author of All Sorts of Salads has a passion for nutrition and health, and was drawn to the Mediterranean way of eating after visiting the area. 'I am lucky enough to have travelled regularly to various Mediterranean countries,' she says. 'Every time I returned home I felt healthier than before I left. I wanted to find a way to incorporate elements of this culinary approach into my own quest for a healthy lifestyle once back in South Africa.' Packed with 96 delicious dishes inspired by the Mediterranean lands of France, Greece, Italy, Morocco, Spain and Turkey, All Sorts of Healthy Dishes centres around wholesome food rich in fresh fruit and vegetables, whole grains, nuts, legumes and good fats. 'Ingredients that make up a typical Mediterranean meal are close to nature and seasonal, so they're enjoyed at their healthiest and tastiest,' says Chantal, adding that climate similarities between South Africa and the countries she visited means that most of the produce used is readily available here at home. All Sorts of Healthy Dishes focuses on simple cooking techniques, easy-to-follow recipes and cost-effective meals that taste wonderful while offering numerous health benefits. After a handy page of general conversions, it is broken up into seven sections: dips, soups, salads and starters; side dishes; fish and seafood; chicken; meat; vegetarian; desserts and cheese, followed by suggested meal plans ideal for entertaining. Think watermelon and beetroot gazpacho, brinjal with feta and pomegranates, asparagus and coppa salad, Marrakesh beef stew and Camembert cake, to name but a few. With its moreish dishes, attractive layout and beautiful photographs by Henk Hattingh, this is sure to become a go-to recipe book for those looking to eat well in every sense of the word.
All Sorts of Healthy Dishes The Mediterranean Way by Chantal Lascaris (Struik Lifestyle; R236)

All Sorts of Healthy Dishes The Mediterranean Way by Chantal Lascaris (Struik Lifestyle; R236)

All Sorts of Healthy Dishes The Mediterranean Way by Chantal Lascaris (Struik Lifestyle; R236)