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Naturally Stefanie Cookbook Review!

Happy Wednesday! As promised, here is post 1/2 for this week.
Part 1 is just the initial review of the book itself and Part 2 (that is going to be released a DAY EARLY on Friday!!), is the total review of food and feelings. Two of my favourite things.

I’ll review the book on 3 parts: organization, content (recipes, etc.), and overall readability. The reason why I’m doing it this way is because I don’t usually use a cookbook. I typically just use Pinterest; but, I think a good cookbook is all 3 things: Readily organized for any recipes and quick look-up, has great content that includes good recipes, relatable pieces of information and relevant background info (especially for a vegan or healthfoods cookbook), and readability, meaning it’s easy to understand and follow the instructions, everything is easy to find, the pictures are included where necessary and just overall clear and thorough. SO let’s get started on where this book lands.

ORGANIZATION

8/10

Okay, right when I open the book IT’S CUTE. I love all the colours and the table of contents is pretty well-organized. I usually like recipes to be listed underneath each section so I can see what’s included and just get right to the desired recipe, but since I went through the entire book anyway, I guess it’s fine. It did make it a little difficult though when I planned a week of recipes and then had to go back through and find them again.
Also, for a vegan ‘cookbook’ she includes great workouts for the home or for the gym, great how-tos, and really solid tips. She also provides substitutes for certain ingredients, explains where to get them, and what to look for in vegan ingredients. As someone who does not typically eat a vegan diet, this was really helpful for when I went grocery shopping!
She gets a 8 for the fun, inviting colours and clear organization, but I wish each recipe was listed for easier finding when I needed it. Each individual section has a further breakdown for recipes so that helps.

CONTENT

10/10

This is not just a cookbook, it’s a complete vegan wellness book. Her workouts stretch over weeks and she includes pictures for correct form. She has a recommended meal plan as you’re going through each week of training. Also, all the recipes look so delicious and they are all PLANT-BASED. Which I know that’s like the whole point, but still! She has so many really creative and yummy recipes that it makes it fun to go through and find them. Her routines and rituals, while they might just be reminders for someone that is already familiar with fitness and wellness, are still great sources of information and reminders that yes, YOU NEED TO SLEEP MORE, and to GET UP & GET GOING.
She includes really useful information from the kitchen staples you need for when you’re eating vegan or how nutrients in a plant-based diet can be broken down and found in other foods. It was really informed and provided solid tips and tricks on how to fill all your nutrients on a plant-based diet. It is all expert, trustworthy advice.

READABILITY

9/10

The entire book was easy to read and follow. The recipes are short and sweet, easy to grasp, and easy to follow – which is exactly what you want in a cookbook. But it was also interesting, she gave background on where the recipes came from, how she created them, why she created them, and the culture behind some of them. As a reader, we also got to see into her own personal life, which I always enjoy because sometimes you can’t grasp a full personality just through social media (Instagram, Youtube, etc.) Through the book and her writing you can tell she loves what she does, she loves what she eats, and she has a passion for the things she does in life. It was really motivating when I was eating tofu for the second day in a row kind of dying, she makes it fun and she makes it taste good!

OVERALL REVIEW: 9/10

I enjoyed reading this cookbook! She has good recipes (you’ll see how it breaks down on Friday’s post), great tips, and really solid advice for living a plant-based, wholesome life. If anything, she made me curious about other cookbooks I’ve been looking at and want to try. I will be venturing out and looking for more cookbooks, similar to this one, that I can review and try new recipes out of.
Overall, I enjoyed trying new things and new flavours. I love seeing the way other creators make food and mix ingredients and so I’m excited for this whole new world of…cookbooks.

Make sure to check back in on Friday (Thursday PST) for the recipes I made, my overall thoughts on eating a plant-based diet, the challenges I faced, and my recommendations for anyone that wants to try something new in their diet!

xo.🍋

Author: Claire Elizabeth

My name is Claire Elizabeth and welcome to my lemon zest life! It all started back in 2015 when I began creating healthy recipes to support my busy lifestyle between the gym, full-time work, and full-time university. Four years later I have updated my healthy recipes but am still living that busy lifestyle. This is catered for the full-time employees, students, parents, and everyone in between that lives a lemon zest life, like me. xo.🍋 ​

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