Five nourishing foodie must-reads

We have been thinking and talking a lot about nourishing food recently. We want our children to grow up with a healthy relationship with food, connecting it to both the land and to its effects on our bodies. Actually, we want this for ourselves too.

Here are five places we’ve been looking to lately for a bit of inspiration.

1.Refined to Real Food: Moving Your Family Toward Healthier, Wholesome Eating
This book gives a great foundation in the basics of eating whole foods as a family and makes a strong case for moving away from processed, convenience “food”. I’ve always been enthusiastic about nutrition, even as a teen, and loved that I had a few aha moments while reading this book. From how to store vegetables to what to prioritise if you can’t buy everything organic, it’s full of lots of great little tips.

2. Well-Nourished
This one’s a website. A tummy-do-a-happy-dance delicious and oh-so-good-for-you website. A friend put me on to it when she mentioned she’d made a sugar-free, dairy-free, gluten-free cake for her children and I was like, “How?” I especially love her ingredients glossary and the cacao roughs are a real hit here. I even subscribe for weekly inspiration.

3. I Quit Sugar: Your Complete 8-Week Detox Program and Cookbook
We bought this one as a birthday present for my mother-in-law. I didn’t know masses about it at the time but it kept popping up everywhere and I knew that she was keen to reduce her sugar intake. Well, she raved about it and I loved the snippets I read whenever we were at her house, so I decided to finally buy a copy for us.

The recipes and ideas in this book are really useful for anyone wanting to address a sugar addiction. I’m a prime candidate for following its eight-week programme to quit sugar. I’m prone to cavities, energy slumps and mood swings, and have zero self-control when it comes to sugar. I’m definitely an eat-my-feelings kind of woman. So, this book’s straight-talking, sensible advice is welcome to help me hit reset on my tortured relationship with fructose. There are some tips for kids too.

4. Organic Gardening: The Natural No-dig Way Ok, ok, it’s a gardening book but it’s totally about food. It’s all about getting the most out of your food, packing it with nutrients by getting those nutrients into the earth and losing the nasty stuff. It focuses on making growing food as simple as possible and keeping things seasonal.

5. Gaia’s Feasts: New Vegetarian Recipes for Family and Community This is a great companion to the previous book. It teaches you how to eat up your garden. I gave Laurence a bit of a hard time over his buying this as he’s been a bit of a meat fiend in the past but he pointed out that, actually, most of what we eat is vegan. I am loving cooking my way through this beautiful book. It has, hands down, the best gluten-free bread recipe I have ever tried. The texture is perfect!

Do you have any recommendations to add? I’d especially love to find more nutrition blogs.

This post contains affiliate links but these books are absolutely ones I recommend.


  1. October 13, 2014 / 11:21 am

    What a great round up- will bookmark this page! Recently brought the ‘I Quit Sugar’- it’s fab but haven’t got around to making anything from it yet which is really bad :/ xx
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  2. October 13, 2014 / 11:37 am

    I like the sound of I quit sugar, definitely one I am most interested in reading x
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  3. October 13, 2014 / 6:45 pm

    I am the biggest sweet-fiend, I really need to pick up the quitting sugar book, I see it everytime I go into Tesco…but then walk straight past it to the doughnuts 😉

  4. October 13, 2014 / 7:20 pm

    I’ve just had the ‘I quit sugar’ out of the library – off to check out the others now 🙂
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    • October 15, 2014 / 3:43 pm

      So easy to get into a cycle of exhaustion and stress, right? I know that’s my main barrier!

    • October 15, 2014 / 3:43 pm

      Apparently agave syrup is still high fructose is still problematic but brown rice syrup is recommended as a good alternative in moderation. Can’t say I’ve looked into either thoroughly just yet.

  5. October 16, 2014 / 12:26 am

    I have the “I Quit Sugar” book – in fact thats were my pumpkin pie was inspired from – the others sound really great as well – going to have to check them out – thanks for sharing

    Laura x
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  6. October 17, 2014 / 12:28 pm

    What a great collection of feel good books – i really like the look of the last veggie one and giving up sugar…I eat too much of that and would love to cut back.

  7. October 19, 2014 / 11:12 pm

    Ooh I really want to try the Quit Sugar book. I have A LOT of solo parenting over the next 8 weeks so eating right is going to be key for all of us to help maintain our healthy and active selves. x

  8. October 20, 2014 / 1:08 pm

    Ooooh, great choices! I really want to try the Quit Sugar book too! In fact, i might see if it’s there is a kindle version (ever the impatient!!

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