I feel as if I am the last person on the planet to read this book. More significantly, why has it taken me THIS LONG to read it? It’s amazing!
I’m about a quarter of the way through and I catch myself during the day eagerly looking forward to the evenings, which is when I can steal a chance to curl up and read a bit more about the goings on in Eleanor’s life. I’m probably talking to you right now and you’re like ‘I’ve so read this. Have you been living under a rock for the past year?’
But if you’re not thinking this and you haven’t read it. I cannot even find the words to describe how refreshingly different this book is.
I won’t spoil any of it. I will just say that I spent the first few pages being frustrated with Eleanor and the way that she deals with daily life and ultimately, the people she comes into contact with. Whereas, I now find that I have such a massive fondness for her. I would love to dive into the pages and experience a conversation with her. I especially, at this point in the book, would like to talk to her about her slightly alarming weekend intake of Vodka (…and why Vodka of all things?!)
Anyway. Amazing, amazing, amazing.
So my other book indulgence for this month has been, yes of course, a recipe book! The beginning of September and the cold, dewy mornings has inspired me to fill the kitchen with bubbling pots, crumbles in the oven and stews in the slow cooker. I am already a huge fan of Madeleine Shaw as she really helped us out when I was struggling to cook healthy, gluten-free meals for Mr D-F.
She didn’t come round and cook with me, or offer advice over the phone (just to clarify)! I just bought her first book Ready, Steady, Glow and was hooked.
Her more recent book: A Year of Beautiful Eating advocates the use of fresh produce when it is in season and therefore at its most nutritious. The recipes are set out into seasons and each has a breakfast, lunchbox, snack, sides and main course section. I always find with Madeleine’s books that she packs a lot of useful recipes into one book and you feel like you’re getting your money’s worth.
We have already tried this recipe (above) and it is the first time that I actually enjoyed eating aubergines – so that’s got to be a good start.
Also, for everyone who asked me about the recipe for these Oat and Peanut Butter bars that I put on Insta last week, the recipe is IN THIS BOOK! They need minimal ingredients and are so delicious. I think I made about six bars in the week. How many did I eat? One and a half. Where did the rest go? Well… you can guess I’m sure (sideways glance at Mr D-F, who is probably reading this and then shouting ‘What, they were good. Weren’t they meant for me?!)
A lovely recipe book, especially for those looking for less gluten and less sugar in their food. It gets a big tick from me.
So, that’s it for September reads. I’m going to continue to wistfully think of my evening reading nook and catching up with Eleanor. Are you into any good books at the moment or is life a bit hectic? Please whack in the comments what your favourite read of the summer was. I need something to fill the void when I’ve finished this one! x
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