Book Review: Food as Medicine

Written by fellow Sydney-based dietitian Sue Radd, this beautiful cookbook offers 150 delicious plant-based recipes designed to optimise your health and reduce disease risk.

Sue runs popular monthly ‘Cookshops’ in her practice at Castle Hill and many NND clients have enjoyed attending these.  She has incorporated her favourite recipes from these classes into her new book, making them available to anyone looking to build more healthy plant-based meals into their diet.

At almost 400 pages, this book is packed not only with recipes but also plenty of information on the role of diet in reducing disease risk, setting up your pantry, food storage and cookware, kitchen equipment and shopping tips.  For those who like more structure Sue outlines her top ten ‘food rules to live by’ and provides four seasonal menu plans.

Spiced Celeriac Wedges, Roasted Vegetable Salad with Creamy Orange Tahini Dressing, Black Bean Burgers with Fresh Salsa, Walnut & Mushroom Meatballs in Tomato Sauce and Freekeh with Aromatic Spices & Pine Nuts are just a few of the tasty-sounding recipes on offer.  Those with a sweet tooth might like to try the Smooth Vanilla Bean Tofu Cheesecake and Chocolate Brownies with Walnuts (made from black beans).  All recipes are entirely plant-based.

There are sections for Salads & Vegie Sides; Wholegrains & Healthy Carb Sides; Lighter Plates;  Main Plates;  Soups; Dips, Spreads and Pastes; Sweet Endings; Snacks, Nibbles & Sweet Morsels; and Drinks.

If you’re looking for some inspiration for incorporating more plant-foods into your diet, this book is well worth adding to your Christmas wish list!

Available in all good bookstores or online at Booktopia.

Website Review: Healthy Weight Guide


The Healthy Weight Guide is an Australian Government website aimed at providing Australians with the information they need to be able to achieve and maintain a healthy weight

The interactive website has tips and tools to help you set goals and plan the steps you will take to achieve them, as well as keep track of your achievements. If you register, the Healthy Weight Guide website will store and track your progress online.

The website includes information on setting realistic and achievable weight goals and has a handy goal setting form  you can download.

There’s plenty of information on getting active and eating well, along with handy meal and physical activity planners.  The website also includes tips on monitoring your progress and overcoming challenges.

This is a great resource to help you in achieving your weight loss goals.

Our top ten cookbook recommendations

The Australian Women’s Weekly Superfood

Subtitled Everyday foods with super-nutritional benefits to boost your health, this book doesn’t define superfoods as exotic products flown from around the world (think goji and acai berries) but everyday foods you will find at your local supermarket and grocer that have proven nutritional benefits.
There are recipes to appeal to all taste buds with sections including dairy & eggs, grains, pulses & nuts, veggies, seafood, lean meats, and fruit & chocolate.
Recipes are accompanied by beautiful photographs and interspersed with key nutrition information for each of the ‘superfood’ categories.  There is also a handy glossary at the end.
Labne and tomato salad with seeds, Indian-spiced quinoa cakes with tomatoes, Spinach and broccolini pasta with rocket and walnut pesto, Cauliflower and tomato gratin, Seeded pumpkin bread, and Salmon & zucchini burgers with green hummus are just a few of the recipes on offer.


At NND we are always encouraging you to eat more legumes so we were very excited to see this cookbook from Chrissy Freer.
Superlegumes explores dried legumes (such as cannellini beans, chickpeas, black beans and kidney beans) as well as fresh varieties (such as fresh peas, beans, and borlotti beans), with nutrition information, cooking guides and tips, and 90 delicious recipes for both vegetarians and meat-lovers.  Many are also gluten-free.
Roasted sweet potato and cashew hummus, Cauliflower crust pizza with white beans, pumpkin and cherry tomatoes, Home-made refried beans with guacamole & tortilla crisps, and Lentil bolognaise are just a few of the tasty recipes on offer. Those with a sweet tooth might want to try the Mandarin, pistachio & chickpea cake or Double choc bean brownies.
If you thought you didn’t like legumes we think this book will change your mind!

The Good Fish Book

Enjoy fish and seafood but concerned about overfishing? Not sure which fish to eat and how to prepare it? Looking for some tasty seafood recipes?
This e-book from Sustainable Table is your complete guide to finding, choosing and preparing sustainable seafood and includes 21 seafood and vegetarian recipes from well-known chefs to tempt your tastebuds. There are also short video instructions for prepping their favourite sustainable seafood picks, a quick-reference guide, showing you how to substitute common overfished species with sustainable alternatives, and a Sustainable Seafood Supplier directory
Available now for $15.00, and all funds from the book go towards supporting the work of Sustainable Table.


Sydney home cook Hetty McKinnon established Arthur Street Kitchen in Surry Hills in 2011 and from her tiny inner city terrace kitchen, developed and cooked flavour-packed, hearty, seasonal salads which she delivered to locals on her bicycle.  Encouraged by her loyal customers, Hetty has now published her recipes in her cookbook, Community, Recipes from Arthur Street Kitchen. The book includes 60 of her best loved seasonal, hearty and tasty salads.
Each recipe is based around a core vegetable with the addition of a variety of legumes, nuts, herbs and spices, and includes a full colour photograph. Hetty’s aim is to encourage people to think more creatively about vegetables, understand their versatility, feel more confident in cooking them and in turn eat more of them!
Spiced Sweet Potato, Puy Lentils and Rocket with Honey-Roasted Walnuts;  Zucchini Noodles with Asparagus, Feta and Mint; and Chargrilled Broccoli with Chickpeas, Almonds, Lemon & Chilli are just a few of the mouth-watering recipes on offer.
If increasing your veggie intake is one of your goals for 2016, this book is well worth getting hold of.

The Low GI Vegetarian Cookbook

Written by our very own Kate Marsh, this is your guide to vegetarian eating the low GI way.
The book offers a detailed guide to healthy vegetarian eating, including how to meet your needs for key nutrients on a plant-based diet.  There are meal plans for vegetarian and vegan adults, teenagers and children, and a large selection of from breakfasts and brunches to light meals, main meals, desserts and sweet snacks.
Even if you’re not vegetarian, there are plenty of benefits to eating more plant-based meals and this book has recipes to tempt all tastebuds from Spicy Moroccan Chickpea & Lentil Soup to Caramelized Onion & Goats Cheese pizza, Three-Bean Chilli with Spicy Tortilla Crisps and Apple, Rhubarb & Ginger Crumble.
Available from NND (we have copies in our office – ask when you next come in) or

Seasonal Regional

More than just a cookbook, Seasonal Regional explores our local food landscape and introduces you to the varied and vibrant people who put food on our table.
Written by local food advocate Sarah Robins, the book takes you on a journey across Victoria, meeting the people who produce our food and exploring the challenges and joys of making a living off the land. This celebration of our food landscape takes in farmers’ markets, small-scale growers, cellar doors, rare breed meat producers, farm gates, heirloom fruit and vegetables, pick-your-own farms and more, giving an insight into how and where our food is grown.
Seasonal Regional features more than 80 seasonal recipes with full colour photographs. If you are interested in the environment, ethics and supporting local industry this book is well worth a look.  Proceeds from the sale of the book go towards supporting Sustainable Table projects.

Plenty More

Want to eat more vegies but can’t get insipred by another plate of steamed broccoli or boring garden salad?  This book could be your answer.
The follow-up to London chef Yotam Ottolenghi’s bestselling and award-winning cookbook Plenty, Plenty More featuring more than 150 vegetable dishes organized by cooking methods including tossed, steamed, blanched, simmered, braised, grilled, roasted, mashed, baked and sweetened. From salads to mains and desserts, the recipes emphasise spices, seasonality and flavour. There are also plenty of delicious looking photographs.
This isn’t your basic cookbook and might require searching for some more unusual ingredients and a bit more time in the kitchen, but if you enjoy cooking and want some tasty ideas for boosting your vegetable intake it is well worth a look and should appeal to vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike.

The Edible Balcony

Think you don’t have room to grow your own veggies, or even a few herbs?
This book will change your mind as popular media personality and foodie Indira Naidoo shows you how she transformed her tiny thirteen-floor balcony into a bountiful kitchen garden.  In fact in her first year Indira produced around 72kg of fresh home-grown produce from 43 types of herbs and vegetables on her 20 square metre balcony!
The book takes you through the first year in the life of her balcony garden, season-by-season with plenty of practical advice, including garden design, what to plant when, growing tips for a range of produce, and dealing with pests.  This is interspersed with 60 delicious recipes using her home-grown produce.
If you have thought about starting your own small space veggie garden but are not sure where to start this book might just provide the information and inspiration you need!

Ancient Grains

Written by well-known nutritionist Catherine Saxelby, Ancient Grains: Whole-food recipes for the Modern Table” includes more than 200 pages of information and recipes featuring 23 types of ancient grains, including amaranth, barley, buckwheat, chia, millet, oats, quinoa, rye, sorghum and different varieties of wheat, rice and corn.
The initial section of the book discusses the health benefits of grains followed by an ‘ancient grains directory’, discussing each of the grains in detail including their history, nutritional benefits, and how to prepare and use them in your meals.
The remainder of the book offers more than 100 delicious recipes, including vegetarian, vegan, low-GI and gluten-free options. The recipes are broken into categories including Breakfast & Brunch, Breads & Baked Goods, Soups & Starters, Main Courses, Side Dishes & Salads and Desserts. Just a few of the tasty recipes on offer are Toasted Grain & Seed Muesli, Mini Wild Rice Frittatas, Millet & Spiced Vegetable Pilaf, and Chicken, Barley, Leek & Apricot Stew.
If you know wholegrains are good for you but are not sure what to do with them this book is your answer!

The Mediterranean Diet

The author, Catherine Itsiopoulos, is head of the department and associate professor in dietetics and human nutrition at LaTrobe University, where she has been researching the health benefits of Mediterranean diets for many years. She also grew up on a traditional Greek diet, making her well qualified to produce this cookbook.
The book starts by explaining the health benefits of a Mediterranean diet, followed by nutrition guidelines and meal plans, and 80 tasty recipes complete with mouth-watering photographs.  The recipes are based around a number of key foods including olive oil, leafy greens, fruit and nuts, legumes, yoghurt, eggs and seafood, with small amounts of red meat and very little added sugar.
Dolmades, moussaka, stuffed vegetables, white bean soup, tzatziki, eggplant dip and classic Greek salad are just some of the traditional favourites featured in the book.
If you want to ‘go Mediterranean’ and are looking for a healthy cookbook that also satisfies your taste buds, this one is worth looking at.

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