Once Upon a Cook: Food Wisdom, Better Living

Publication date: 2018

Once Upon a Cook - Food Wisdom, Better Living isn't yet another 'cook book'. It isn't another book on nutrition.  Nor is it a nostalgic meander into the past.

It's a marriage of traditional, time-honoured food wisdom and the modern science which is validating what our ancestors have known for generations.

It's a book that will take you and your health back to the future!

Look at it this way....

My mum (and millions like her) worked full-time in a tiring job...

But back in her day, there were few refrigerators, no convenience foods, no ready meals, no takeaways and eating out was for high days and holidays.  To put healthy food on our table, she (and millions like her) had to think ahead, to plan, prepare and to cook in advance.

As I watched my mum, I didn't know that I was learning techniques and methods. I just saw how she treated ingredients, constantly tasting and seasoning each dish and from that, I (and millions like me) learned to understand ingredients and how to feed myself and my family.  That's how we learned how to rattle those pots and pans!

We call it progress...

Today, we have access to any kind of 'food': any thing we desire from any part of the world and usually there's nothing more we need to do but ‘snip, heat n' serve'.  Sorted!

We call it progress to buy processed ‘food-like’ products, made by people we don’t know, with ingredients we can’t pronounce.  Each food ‘scandal’ has us pouring over the label - trying to work out what’s actually in our food.

But now, we're getting and staying sick...

At the same time, how many of us are struggling to achieve and maintain a healthy weight, or to cope with or heal from poor health, or to just to increase our energy?  How many of us have been seduced by the promise of the latest ‘head-line' diet – the one to cure all ills?  Should we go high fat/low fat/no fat?  Or high carb/low carb/no carbs?  Or should we try plant based? Or maybe go raw vegan?

If you're sick and fed up with being drawn into the latest eating trends and filling your fridge with all kinds of ‘super-foods’ in the hope of feeling better, or losing your excess weight then... JUST. STOP.

Diets don't work...

Our health starts with real, whole, home-cooked foods, but as fewer and fewer of us cook from scratch with real ingredients, more and more us are becoming sicker than ever before - we all know someone (or several someones?) with diabetes; with obesity; with a chronic, or a cardiovascular disease; with a degenerative, digestive or autoimmune disorder. With cancer.

Our food is much, much more than filling fuel for our body - it's information.  Real, whole ingredients, carry life and health-giving information that tells our cells how and when to work.   The ultra processed, chemically damaged, pseudo-substances that we’ve all come to call ‘food' carry misinformation - which our body can't recognise and it responds with inflammation that harms our body’s digestive and immune system.

Garbage in, garbage out: Enter chronic and autoimmune disease.  

If, like thousands of others, you’re confused, anxious, suspicious and at a loss as to what to eat and what to do, then come back.

Come back to the future of food...

Within its pages you'll discover evidence-based*, traditional food wisdom, forgotten culinary skills and nutritious recipes that show us why our Grannies were so smart...

  • Why it all begins in the SOIL, not the kitchen!

  • Why NOURISHING DEEPLY is critical for energy, vitality & health

  • How to tell a GOOD EGG from a bad one and why we need eggs

  • Why those old BONES are good medicine and make delicious broths, stocks & soups 

  • Why GRASS-FED MEAT is a treat but grain-fed isn't... and why OFFAL isn't awful

  • Why we should SEAFOOD and eat more of it!

  • Why ORGANIC VEGETABLES are good medicine 

  • How MILK, DAIRY and SATURATED FATS became demonised & why they need to be on the table

  • Why CULTURED & FERMENTED FOODS have gravitas

  • What REAL BREAD is and why we need it back on our table

  • Why we must stop fearing SALT & SUGAR and why HERBS & SPICES are the physician's friend and a cook's pride

  • Where do we go from here? We go BACK TO THE FUTURE...

PLUS tips, techniques and completely delicious recipes that will delight, nourish and heal!!

*Everything you'll read is thoroughly researched, fully referenced and linked to sources via my website.

 About my Mum...    

My mum left me a legacy.  I wish she was still here and every day I thank her for my love and respect for food.  Her wisdom was my inspiration and it's in her honour, that I want to inspire you to reclaim your kitchen, get creative with fabulous, nutritious, affordable ingredients and cook REAL food, from scratch!

My hope is that what you read will inspire to want to learn more.

I hope what you read will equip you to ask questions, to make demands and to get your just rewards – healthy food and a healthier, more energetic and better life.

Above all, I want you to HAVE FUN and delight yourself, your family and your friends.