Friday, March 2, 2012

{Book Review} Evie's Kitchen by Shazzie


I fell in love with this book before I was even pregnant, when I stumbled across a review of it whilst browsing raw food blogs. Once I had Jesse I immediately begged my sister in London to get it for me for my birthday, and she did! (It wasn't readily available in SA yet)

Evie's Kitchen is a compilation of recipe's and parenting advice by Evie's mommy, Shazzie, the UK's most famous raw food chef. It is jam packed full of fantastic raw food recipes aimed at babies and toddlers but I enjoy eating all of them too! Shazzie recounts her experience in raising a raw vegan child with glowing health.

I have spoken briefly on African Babies Don't Cry about raw food, but I think everyone knows just how good raw food is for you and how fantastic it is for your children. Unprocessed, unrefined and full of required nutrients for growing bodies and minds. Jesse is on a high-raw and vegan diet and in his 16 months of life so far has not had a single health problem. He is literally glowing with health. The only reason he isn't 100% raw is because I am battling to commit to eating that way, and it is difficult to feed your children completely different meals to your own (why I advocate baby-led feeding in the first place)

Shazzie and I share many of the same ideas about parenting naturally. She wants the best for her daughter and has spent hundreds of hours into researching what foods are most nutritious for young bodies and what supplements are important. Evie was breastfed for four years, is un-vaccinated and raised with compassion.

If you are considering bringing your child up vegan and possibly even raw, this is the book to read as Shazzie, although a committed vegan herself, references personal accounts and research on why children will not get all they need from a 100% vegan diet. Little Evie, who was four at the time of writing the book, is mainly vegan but does eat eggs. This after Shazzie found that 100% raw and vegan children suffered from poor teeth amongst other things.

The best part about this book is that each recipe has its own gorgeous graphic - I can't stand recipe books that don't have a picture for each recipe. I eat with my eyes! Another reason I can't recommend it enough, is that Shazzie wrote this book whilst researching and compiling recipes for her own daughter, so you know each section was compiled with love and devotion.



Shazzie also includes personal stories on dealing with depression during her pregnancy, how she had to have an emergency caesarian, which make her so much more real and relate-able.

The only negative thing I can say about this book is that it is only available in softcover, and mine is looking a bit worn and tatty after nearly two years of constant reading.

If you are at all interested in your child's nutrition then I urge you to get a copy of Evie's Kitchen by Shazzie.

6 comments:

  1. That sounds like a wonderful book. I'm not going to say we're anywhere near vegan... we're not. But I absolutely believe in the power of raw food. I make sure that Hanna has at least some raw food with every meal and for snacks.

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    1. Hi Jackie, that's great, your daughters digestive system will thank you for the raw food with meals :)

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  2. This sounds likea wonderful book! Like Jackie we are not vegan either but I am trying to steer my family toward cleaner eating. My biggest issue is dealing with a very picky eater. Is this something that Shazzie addresses in her book?

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    1. Hi Judy

      No, unfortunately little Evie seems like a dream eater, but the recipes do make healthy eating very yummy so its worth a shot. There are decadent desserts which are completely sugar free and full of nutritious ingredients :)

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  3. Yes, very interesting, nutrition of children is very important.

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    1. Couldn't agree more, its amazing how much nutrition influences a child's behaviour and development.

      Thanks for visiting! :)

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