Good Clean Food is the debut cookbook from Lily Kunin, who you may recognise as the health coach behind popular foodie Instagram account Clean Food Dirty City. In the book's introduction Lily shares the story of how she came to have such an interest in healthy eating and it is inspiring to learn how she managed to improve her own health issues by changing her diet.
Of course the main focus of the book is the food with 100 plant-based and gluten-free recipes that not only sound delicious but look it too! The book is full of beautiful photographs of the dishes and the overall minimal design means that the colourful creations really pop against the white background.
Recipes included cover everything from the basics such as veggie broth and salsa to everyday dinners and even party dishes. It is worth noting that whilst the recipes are mostly plant-based and free from both dairy and gluten they are not all suitable for a Vegan diet as some do include ingredients such as eggs and honey. Of course, there’s no reason that many of these can’t be adapted with substitutes if necessary and Lily even encourages readers to ‘make these recipes your own’.
The book also has another unique element that makes it stand out from the crowd; beauty and skincare recipes! Scattered between the foodie pages are several product recipe ideas for hair and skin which utilise many of the same ingredients as the dishes. These include a Coconut Coffee Body Scrub and Brightening Green Tea Face Mask which sound perfect for a little pampering. As someone who has an interest in non-toxic/natural beauty and homemade products this crossover was a pleasant surprise and I loved that these little extras were included.
Naturally, I was keen to try out one of the recipes from the book and selected the Red Lentil Earth Curry (pictured above). I actually hadn't cooked anything similar to this before but the recipe was very easy to follow and the final dish tasted great! After testing out the curry I'm looking forward to trying out more of Lily's recipes - the Choc-Chip Cookies and Mexican Chocolate Pudding both sound amazing.
With an impressive variety of plant-based recipes and a beautiful vibrant design Good Clean Food is definitely one to add to your bookshelf.