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30 Day Whole Food Challenge: Essential Recipes to Help you Lose Weight Naturally, Stay Healthy, and Feel Good
By: Amanda Rice
I’m starting to think I’m the Simon Cowell of book reviews.
Recently, I’ve started requesting “project books” from publishers. Desiring a reprieve from information overload, I look to project books to give me something to work on while I read. Project books give me the opportunity to start new, healthy habits.
30 Day Whole Food Challenge was the first project book I requested and it was awful. I ignored the fact the the book was based on a fad diet and decided I would try out some recipes to see if anything tasted good. I’ve read my fair share of cookbooks in the past; this “book” was really more like a pamphlet. My copy clocked in at a whopping 108 pages with ample blank space, though the Kindle Edition supposedly has 135 pages.
Cookbooks usually have plenty of pictures, and most cookbooks will give information regarding the specific nutrients in a meal, substitutions and maybe a bit of interesting information regarding the dish. 30 Day Whole Food Challenge did none of those things. It would have been nice to see some pictures of preparation steps or serving ideas.
I’m tempted to call this the anti-cookbook. By now, I’m used to modifying recipes to suit my dietary restrictions. I swap pork for beef or chicken depending on the recipe, and when I don’t feel like eating meat,(I try to limit my meat consumption to once or twice per week, I’m slowly transitioning to vegetarianism) I can usually remove or replace the meat.
With 30 Day Whole Food Challenge, however, most of the recipes required meat, and it became exhausting trying to figure out how to adjust them to my liking. Since this book was about whole food, I expected more vegetable dishes than meat dishes, but at least 2/3 of the book is dedicated to meat.
Besides that, there are a lot of rather uncommon ingredients listed in the recipes (guar gum? water kefir?). I don’t live near a health food store, and a lot of these recipes can’t be completed with the stuff someone has in an average kitchen. If have to either shop online or trek to almost the neighboring city to go to Whole Foods, and Whole Foods produce is out of my price range.
Aw man, don’t even get me started on the typos! There were typos all throughout the book, from incorrect cook times to misleading recipe labels. One of the foods on the “allowed” list is also on the “disallowed” list. Which is it? It’s clear Rice typed this book and hit publish without giving it a second glance. To be fair, I received an ARC, but most ARCs have at least been glanced through and edited by the authors before they’re sent for review.
I suppose this book is good for a very specific type of person. If you already know what Whole30 is and don’t have any particular dietary restriction, then you might find this cookbook helpful. There are plenty of recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner but there’s very little information about what the Whole30 diet actually is. This book would make a great addition to another foundation text on the Whole30 diet.
If you’re just starting out on your health-food journey, you might want to skip this one.