Cookbook: Elly Pear's Fast Days & Feast Days

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As I'm sure you're all well aware by now, I've recently moved down from the Midlands to Bristol. It's been almost a month now and so far, I'm loving it. It's great to be discovering a city and all it's edible treats. A well known face on the foodie scene here is Elly Curshen, owner of Pear Cafe and author of a new cookbook I was recently sent to review. I've loved seeing photographs of the area I live in on the pages and am keen to visit the cafe for a slice of her famous frittata soon!

  
The book came out on Thursday this week and I'm sure it's already selling well given how vibrant and colourful it is. The food photography is so bright and colourful - when I first opened its pages I literally wanted to eat the pages!  The book is almost completely vegetarian with lots of vegan options and a couple of fish recipes too. That's no bad thing, we often eat vegetarian meals at home and since my Pescatarian January, I've made a conscious effort to eat less meat.


With a focus on healthy eating, it moves between low calorie meals and snacks (fast) and heartier more calorific dishes (feasts). In essence, this book follows the 5:2 diet but is as far away from a 'diet' book as you can imagine. That said, I like the fact that this also isn't just a book full of recipes, it talks about how to eat well, explains the principles behind 'fast days and feast days' and gives an insight into Elly's personality and lifestyle. 

In the last week or so I've already made a couple of dishes from the book already (cheats tagine and hummus to be precise) and am planning to get the ingredients for buddha bowls next week. They just look so delicious with their layers of colour and texture. Have a look at this you tube video of Elly explaining how to put one together: 

Elly Pears Hummous for lunch

Fellow food blogger Farmers Girl Kitchen also reviewed Elly's book and gave her yummy beetroot burgers a big thumbs up! Have a peek here.

So, finally, my verdict is in - and not surprisingly, it's very positive!
I would definitely recommend this book. Especially if you like to eat better during the week and have a treat (or a 'feast') at the weekend. You can pick up a copy of Fast Days and Feast Days on Amazon but it's also available in all good book shops too.

*I was sent Elly Pear's new cookbook to review but as always, opinions are my own. This is a lovely book and if I bump into her on the streets of Stokes Croft, I'll be sure to say so!* 

9 comments

  1. IT sounds like the type of book I'd love and those buddha bowls look delicious! I am trying to eat more healthily at the moment and especially not just eat the same old thing for lunch every day!

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  2. I'm glad you're enjoying Bristol :) its always nice to explore somewhere new but can definitely be a little daunting! I'll be the first to admit I hadn't heard of Elly Pear before but this cookbook does look stunning! So colourful. Right up my street :)

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    1. I love Bristol Emmy! It's a great book, I love it :-)

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  3. It looks a good book. I really like Bristol, and Elly's cafe is well on the list the next time we visit.

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    1. I absolutely need to go! It's literally around the corner Helen! You'll have to let me know when you're next here and we can have a coffee :-)

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  4. Sounds like a great collection of recipes I would enjoy. I love the Buddha bowl guide, it has the perfect proportion of nutrients you need in a healthy meal. :)

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  5. I love the fast/feast philosophy - kind of like a more structured 80/20 rule :) Have heard good things about this book and I love the vibrant colours of the images.

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    1. I think everyone loves how colourful this book is! Winner!

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  6. I love cooking books, and that one seems awesome!

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