When professional chef and highly successful catering business owner Sophie Wright discovered she was pregnant, like many-mums-to-be, she decided to take a closer look at her diet. However, instead of keeping all her wonderful recipes to herself, she made the decision to publish them to help others also improve their diets from pre-pregnancy right up until post-baby.
Blooming Delicious is just that - a beautiful book bursting full of tasty, nutritionally balanced recipes, which, with the help of top nutritional therapist Henrietta Norton, ensure that both mother and baby will be carefully nourished. Alongside each section of the book Sophie has included lots of interesting information about what is happening developmentally to both mother and baby, before introducing many relevant recipes for the stage at which the mother to be has reached.
For example, Sophie looks at the fascinating area of "Food as Medicine" and suggests ways of overcoming and treating pregnancy symptoms such as cramps, stretch marks, anaemia and gestational diabetes through diet.
Each recipe in the book is further thoughtfully introduced with snippets of conversational text giving us a lovely personal insight in the person behind the recipe. This actually makes it seem almost as if Sophie is in the room talking to you as an individual and is a lovely touch during what can be a difficult time for mums-to-be and new mums!
Blooming Delicious contains over 100 delicious and very tempting recipes and with the book divided into trimesters, pre- and post-pregnancy, recipes include such delights as Avocado, Blueberry and Feta on Rye; Broccoli, Almond, Chilli and Lemon Wholewheat Fusilli; Egg Pad Thai; Coconut and Banana Muffins; and Cod and Sweet Potato Fishcakes.
The book also features a delicious array of wonderful soups, snacks, smoothies and sweet treats meaning there is something for every taste.
It is truly a comprehensive and well thought out compilation of recipes, one which I certainly would have appreciated as I struggled to make nutritionally sound meals throughout each of my own four pregnancies!
Blooming Delicious is Sophie's fourth book and you can connect with her for up to date information, advice, tips and recipes on: Twitter: @SophieWrightChef
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Blooming Delicious is published by Vermilion and can be purchased at bookstores nationwide from 7th April 2016.