July takes us to the streets of Argentinia and it's street food culture with Enrique Zanoni and Gaston Stivelmaher cookbook Argentinian Street Food, which tells you how to recreate delicious classics like Empenadas and Dulche de leche. This month is also about looking after your body, from ensuring good gut health with Probiotic Drinks at Home to embracing all of the good low-GI carbs (hooray!) with The Good Carbs Cookbook.
Argentinian Street Food by Enrique Zanoni and Gaston Stivelmaher
Bringing you authentic recipes that sit at the heart of the country's cuisine, Argentinian Street Food is divided into chapters that focus on different aspects of Argentinian food and how best to recreate it at home. There are chapters with traditional recipes for empanadas stuffed with meat, fish, cheese, vegetables, fruits or creamy chocolate; cult Argentinian street food recipes that are easily made at home; ice creams including helado, the creamy signature Argentinian ice cream; and some classic desserts, including the legendary dulce de leche. The Argentinian atmosphere is carried through in the food photography and in the reportage that sets this delicious cuisine in its rich cultural context.
Probiotic Drinks at Home by Felicity Evans
Did you know you may have the healthiest diet in the world but your body can’t reap the benefits because there isn’t enough healthy bacteria in your gut? Felicity Evans’ Probiotic Drinks at Home is a testament to the amazing benefits you can reap by incorporating probiotics into daily life; they provide an amazing source of energy, can aid in detoxification, boost overall health and helps the healthy bacteria in your gut to flourish so your body can digest food properly.
Probiotic Drinks at Home is a go-to-guide and recipe book that enables you to create gut-friendly elixirs in your very own kitchen hailing from the ‘Queen alchemist’ herself. Drawing from her personal experience as the owner of her fermented probiotic business Imbibe Living, Probiotics at Home covers both ‘fermenting using a culture’ and ‘wild fermentation’, with foundation recipes ranging from water kefir, coconut water kefir, milk kefir, jun and kombucha to Beet kvass, Pineapple tepache, Ginger bug and Honey mead. These basic recipes are then used as a basis to create some delicious and flavoursome elixirs, like Lemon and ginger kefir, Honey and vanilla ambrosia milk kefir and Jun with raspberries to Beet kvass with blood orange, Fragrant honey mead with star anise and cinnamon and Mint pineapple tepache.
Complete with step-by-step instructions as well as the how’s and why’s of each fermenting process, Probiotics at Home is a must-have for anybody looking to optimise their gut health and boost their immune system.
The Good Carbs Cookbook by Philippa Sandall, Alan Barclay and Kate McGhie.
This book is about bringing us back to the joy of cooking traditional carbohydrate staples and all the benefits that brings - including a healthy, balanced diet of slow-energy release, low GI foods. This doesn’t mean rushing to the nearest wholefood store and stocking up on expensive products like baobab, chia seeds and protein powders. It means shopping for essentials like grains, dairy, eggs, meat, fish, chicken and fresh fruit, vegetables, herbs and the traditional staples made from them, that won’t break the bank and will appeal for all of the family.
Carb-rich fruits, vegetables, grains and seeds provide us with essential vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytochemicals along with plant protein in beans, quinoa and grains and good fats in nuts and seeds. These wholesome foods have played a key role in the human diet for thousands of years keeping us healthy, strong, and on the go. Low GI (good carbs) can help us cut cravings and feel fuller for longer stay in shape better by minimising body fat and maximising muscle mass, and decrease the risk of some chronic conditions, such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
The Good Carbs Cookbook contains over 100 simple, delicious and satisfying recipes and some sound advice from Dr Alan Barclay who gives you the low down on the importance of eating good carbs. Complete with nutritional information including GI values, you can find recipes for Lemon chicken with golden onions and green olives; Roasted pumpkin soup with harissa; Glazed ginger soya beans; Lamb feta and burghul meatballs and Thai red duck curry with lychees. There are even moreish low-GI desserts like Banana and peanut ice cream; Strawberry, rhubarb and apple oat crumble and Lemon passionfruit pudding.
So put aside the carb guilt and enjoy delicious, nutritious low-GI recipes that will be a hit not only with family but with friends as well.