Without question, Pascale Naessens is my favourite cookbook writer. Her first cookbook was published in September 2011, and now, about 5 years later, she published her 7th cookbook.
Why Pascale Naessens?
It’s delicious. Yet so simple.
Now, why do I like her that much? First of all: her food is delicious, but requires little ingredients and is simple to prepare.
“You won’t get a long list of complicated ingredients from me and you don’t have to spend hours in the kitchen just to prepare something surprising for dinner, although it still looks like you’ve been working for hours.”
As she put it herself: It appears that people find my food not only tasty, but above all practical. They love the simplicity. You won’t get a long list of complicated ingredients from me and you don’t have to spend hours in the kitchen just to prepare something surprising for dinner, although it still looks like you’ve been working for hours. As a result, people are eating better food with more flavor and, at the end of the week, much to their surprise, they find that they’re a couple of kilos lighter and healthier too, without having realized it. It’s all these factors together that make a difference. I’ve also succeeded in proving that tasty and healthy needn’t be a case of boring or a case of having to eat ‘less’ on the contrary, it’s a case of ‘more’. You can eat more and above all get more out of life.
When most people think about “healthy food”, they think of salad, rye bread and dry Waza crackers. Now, having a look at her recipes, you’ll soon realize it’s all but that.
‘Cooking is about romance, about communicating with each other, about history, about feeling, about creating, about health, but perhaps above all about enjoyment.”
It’s more than a cookbook
It’s about nourishing your body, feeling fulfilled and yet not having this feeling you overate. She does this by introducing one rule: don’t combine carbohydrates with proteins. I will not go into too much detail for now, but if you’re interested to know more about her vision, you can read it on her website or in her cookbooks.
Which book(s) to buy?
Now, if you do not have any of her books, then which book(s) should you buy? I’m inclined to say all of them -but if I really had to choose, this is my top 3:
- Puur Pascale
- Puur Genieten 2
- Puur Eten 2
One final tip for the Belgian readers: they are often way cheaper on Collishop.be (prices might go up before the Christmas period though -and speaking of Christmas: you can add her books on your wish list).
Sweet regards from Zürich,