BOOK REVIEW: Now We're Cooking All the Things Book 1

Published on 27 May 2024 at 12:12

Now We're Cooking All the Things Book 1 

by Tonya Spanglo & Chef Rich Eaton

2023, 124 pages

This cookbook was written by two people who joined forces as they had embarked on a journey of weight loss and wanted to share their inspiration and success, as well as their tips on how you too can travel on your own transformative path.  Chef Rich adds, "In my pursuit of a sustainable lifestyle and weight loss, I confronted the pitfalls of restrictive diets.   My own struggles with obesity taught me that true success lies in embracing a sense of normalcy rather than deprivation."  Tonya agrees.  She has a mission to share not only recipes but teaching others to shift mindsets and offer a guiding light to others on their journeys.  She states, "..."my reliance on food deepened, leading me down the perilous path of food addiction.  It became my crutch, and soon I found myself trapped in the confines of obesity."  So, both began to travel along the path to a new life.  Pictures included in the book show how much they have changed.


The recipes are well laid out and include gorgeous photos.  The recipes, low sugar and low carb, all look delicious and oh so easy to whip up.  There's Chicken & Green Chili Chaffle, Sausage, Pepperoni Cottage Cheese Bowl, Big Mac Burger Bowl, and Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes.  And there are a ton of specialty drinks like Salted Caramel White Chocolate Mocha, Strawberry Shortcake, Jamaica Me Crazy and Pink Cotton Candy.  The simplification of the recipes seems to me a good thing.  It is easy to whip something up if you are hungry.  The sweets are there too.  Banana Cream Pudding, Snickerdoodles and Cinnamon Pecan Mug Cake.  


Yum I'm getting hungry just listing the recipes!  The only thing I can say that detracts, is that many of the sweets/drink recipes include ingredients you have to buy separately for each one and includes artificial sweeteners.  It could get a bit expensive to sample a lot of different recipes, but I suppose you could pick out one or two each week and go from there.  Often, we are creatures of habit, so you might find a couple drinks that you enjoy frequently and so keeping stocked up on those protein drink flavors, or flavored syrups would not break the bank.  The savory recipes include ingredients anyone can find in their kitchen.  I plan to try the Egg Roll in a Bowl which includes coleslaw mix in a bag, eggs, sausage, garlic along with soy sauce, sesame oil and ginger.


If you are tired of regular "dieting" and ready to switch things up and make better eating choices, this book may just be the one to change your whole outlook on life.


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