Reviewer Conny Withay:Operating her own business in office management since 1991, Conny is an avid reader, volunteers reading the Bible to the elderly, and makes handmade jewelry. A cum laude graduate with a degree in art living in the Pacific Northwest, she is married with two sons, two daughter-in-laws, and one granddaughter.
Author: Marika Blossfeldt
Publisher: Delicious Nutrition
“May this book encourage you to take charge of your own health and well-being, to take responsibility for your life and to create the life you were meant to live. May it be fulfilling, inspiring, passionate – and delicious!” Marika Blossfeldt states in her book, Essential Nourishment- Recipes from My Estonian Farm.
At three hundred and three large pages, this thick paperback book has a serene scene of a woman and cat with nearby table and chairs in a vast, flowery field on the front cover. Inside are beautiful, colorful and comforting photographs depicted on almost every page that range from artwork, flowers and animals to seeds, grains and full meal displays. Divided into three sections of nutrition and nourishment, lifestyle and food guides and recipes, the book concentrates on many aspects of eating and living healthy.
This is not a simple cookbook with one-for-all diet instruction – this is a piece of art by Blossfeldt as she shares her attitude toward living more holistically with yin and yang foods that feed the whole body through balancing blood sugar levels, using food energies in our cyclical lives and being in touch with our food-moods. Living on her farm in Estonia that is an art and wellness center, she promotes the art of eating and cultivating nourishing relationships through suggestions of cooking, dining out, exercising and vocations that enhance and empower our lives. In the first two sections, there are highlighted “essence” and “action” paragraphs in each chapter that encourage participation and a change of thinking to custom tailoring one’s own individual diet and eating patterns.
The main part of the book is the food recipes and each of their large, mouth-watering illustrations showing preparation or final presentation. Each recipe starts with a paragraph about the food dish and ingredients used with short, concise instructions. Although there are no caloric or daily food intake breakdowns, there are special notes about preparation or alternative ingredients. With only a few breakfast recipes, most of the meals listed contain fresh vegetables and fruits, with only a few containing fish, seafood and poultry.
Some tantalizing recipes include fennel casserole with cream, quinoa pilaf with shitake mushrooms, Russian kale with raisins and roasted pine nuts, curried red lentils, carrot ginger soup, chanterelle quiche, hummus, carrot salad with pumpkin seeds, lox in sour cream sauce and rye rhubarb mousse with yogi tea.
With her “feel-good guide to healthful eating and energized living, one delicious meal at a time,” Blossfeldt has produced a wonderful, holistic, natural approach to going back to living off the land to keep our bodies and minds healthy and vitalized.