I LOVE to read… my ideal afternoon is one spent sitting on the floor of the bookstore with a caramel mocha (ahem… I’m off coffee for Lent and it hasn’t been easy, but I haven’t cheated!).
Recently I’ve brought home and enjoyed the following:
The Kid-Friendly ADHD & Autism Cookbook ($24.99) – AWESOME. This book starts with some very clear explanations as to what diet changes should occur and why. There are charts which illustrate foods to avoid and replacements. The book includes hundreds of recipes that my kids will actually eat, like Fruity Rice Chicken (pg. 185) which is actually like a hot fruit pudding, although it can be served without pureeing if your children are not texture sensitive.
The Backyard Homestead ($18.99) – A brilliant beginners guide to growing your own food. This book covers what you can grow in the space you have (including livestock such as chicken, rabbits, goats, etc…). There are illustrations to give ideas as to how you can lay out your garden space as well as instructions on baking bread, making pasta, cheese and so much more! A wonderful manual on Food Self-Sufficiency.
Nourishing Traditions ($27.00) – The book that flies in the face of modern nutrition. I’m all about this book. We’ve switched all of our fat use to coconut oil, EVOO, and Real Butter. That doesn’t mean we are gobbling up all kinds of fats around here… we are still consuming in moderation. I’m a firm believer that eating naturally is always better (so why would we consume processed fats/margarine/oils?). This book gives a lot of information up front and can be heavy to read, but the information is wonderful. Once you are passed the information part and into recipes, it’s chalk full of practical applications.
Now we are venturing into a new dietary world… we are focusing on growing as much of our own food as possible and purchasing all of our meats locally where we can be sure they are naturally raised and grass fed. I will be searching for ways to transition my whole family onto a specific carbohydrate diet while maintaining our current standards of eating naturally and gluten free and focusing on fermenting, raw, and whole foods. These changes will mean reconsidering all of our gluten free food purchases and will find me in the kitchen a lot more as I will need to bake everything, even the little crackers and treats that I sometimes default to purchasing. I will still feature food finds here occasionally, including an upcoming give away of WoW Baking goodies.
My to do list for the month of March includes:
*purchase and start water kefir (to make kefir soda, coconut milk kefir, and kefir juice)
*find a good source for clarified ghee
*order a 5 gallon bucket of coconut oil
*transplant early garden starts to outdoor beds and plan next phase of garden