Cookbook Corner – The No-Salt Cookbook 1



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It is always a pleasure to pick up and flick through the glossy pages of a pristine new cookbook, and even more pleasurable when you realise you have all or most of the ingredients on hand, and that the selection of recipes offered are straightforward, quick and extremely healthy. The No Salt Cookbook is full of enticing but uncomplicated recipes which are accompanied by gloriously appetising photographs of many of the prepared dishes.

A newcomer to the cookbook world, Emily George was diagnosed with debilitating Meniere’s Disease in 2011 and discovered that minimising her sodium intake benefited her health enormously. Emily investigated the health benefits of a Mediterranean influenced eating style which focused on the addition of herbs and fresh produce to bring flavour and health benefits to those who live and eat that way. The recipes had to be simple and quick to prepare to fit into her busy lifestyle as a mum with young children.

No Salt CookBook

Divided into eight sections, the book includes little bites, entrees, soups, salads, mains, sides, sweets and an additional bonus of how to make low-sodium homemade stocks to enhance flavour and goodness in the meals. Relying on herbs, spices, garlic and chilli to add freshness and flavour, minimises the need for added salt. Emily also encourages label reading to ensure sodium is not added to cans or packet ingredients used. For example, the chickpea hummus that I whizzed up in my blender used salt-free chickpeas and the resulting dip was bursting with flavour and got plenty of positive comments. It was also quick and easy – a bonus as I hate spending hours in the kitchen

Having so much basil in my garden, I also whizzed up some Basil Pesto. Store bought can be loaded with salt. I loved this one, much tastier than the store bought one, not fiddly to make and I didn’t miss the addition of Parmesan cheese at all. I haven’t fully explored all of the recipes, but plan to do the Portuguese-style chicken soon and the Balsamic Beetroot and Ricotta Salad looks simple to prepare and delicious.

Emily George has created a hands-on, “let’s keep it real and practical” style of cookbook which will resonate will all who are trying to eat a healthier more plant-based diet. By encouraging the use of herbs to enhance flavour, the recipes have a cleaner, more authentic taste which makes eating a pleasure.

I would encourage anyone who is after a cookbook which promotes good health, the use of local fresh produce and has quick and easy recipes which are suitable both for home and family and also entertaining, to give this one a serious read through. It is one I will be dipping into frequently.

The No Salt Cookbook, by Emily George, is available from Dymocks. 

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Karen Jones

Born in New Zealand, Karen now happily lives in the mid-north coast of New South Wales. She retired early due to ill health and now focuses on her love of walking, writing, reading and spending time with her grandchildren. With a degree in writing, Karen became a blogger and book reviewer for Starts at 60, which has enabled her passions to become enjoyable pastimes. Her recipe for bliss is a well made flat white, a friendly cat and a sea view.

  1. A 75 kg person would contain around 300g of sodium chloride – around 60 teaspoons. Since we lose salt whenever we sweat, it has to be continually replaced, either by salt tablets or by salt in the food we eat. Many, if not all, vegetables contain salt and the surplus is washed out of the body. If salt consumption is severely reduced the body governs the amount it passed in sweat, and salt becomes concentrated. This can lead to high blood pressure (HBP) and heart disease. Not healthy!
    Meniere’s disease is usually caused by a misalignment in the upper part of the neck, which in turn is caused by tightening of the neck muscles due to allergies. You have to delete a bit more from your diet than just salt. Try eliminating dairy products, (use soy, rice or almond milk) followed by potatoes, (use sweet potatoes) peanuts, food colouring, MSG, and crustaceans like prawns, and go and see a GOOD chiropractor who is not into stringing you along for dozens of unnecessary treatments.

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