Let me give you a little background on why I’m straying from my normal book review format. As you might remember, for the past couple of posts I’ve mentioned that I have some new-found food allergies (wheat and yeast being the biggest) that is making me learn new ways to cook and eat. While looking at cookbooks online I came across, “YumUniverse,” by Heather Crosby. Reading the introduction alone made me excited to see what recipes this book contained. Yes, I do “read” cookbooks…and so should you.
Anyways, I love any book where you can sense the author’s excitement and passion about their subject. Heather Crosby has excitement and passion about her subject. Her subject in this book is gluten-free, plant-based food. Here’s the deal about my journey with being allergic to wheat and yeast; I omitted those things from my diet and simply replaced them with potatoes or Kit Kats. No judgement. You can assume what this did to my digestive system. It wasn’t good. I was basically in health rebellion and needed to get out.
Enter…YumUniverse. Not only is YumUniverse a cookbook but it’s also a website and basically a small community of beloved followers. I am now one of those followers (slowly but surely). In her introduction Crosby says, “We can come upon an obstacle and see it either as an opportunity or a dead-end. We can let uncomfortable moments in life empower us or disempower us.” Hello! Smack in the face for me. I was having a pity party for something I could not control. Having your throat close is not fun but neither was giving up bread, pasta, or baked goods. But this is a choice I can make. I am a capable adult and I can learn new things.
Perhaps another reason I’m kindred spirits with Heather Crosby is she started her journey with learning to cook plant-based, gluten-free desserts. Now we’re talking. I actually made one of desserts as part of a Healthy Holiday Blog Tour and it was so good. One area I’m not quite on board with is the plant-based. I agree we need more plants but I do love meat. I love steak, a good grilled chicken breast, blacked salmon…you know the best of the best. It’s not that I don’t agree with Heather’s findings on living a plant-based lifestyle but it’s just hard so I’m slowly on the YumUniverse journey. If you are wanting to feel better and experiment with some new foods and recipes get this cookbook.
If you don’t want to buy your own copy simply get yourself registered for this giveaway. The rules are simple:
1. Follow my blog.
2. Comment and tell me your favorite vegetable.
I will choose a random winner on Wednesday night.