Thursday, August 27, 2020

FODMAP Friendly: 95 Vegetarian and Gluten-Free Recipes for the Digestively Challenged

FODMAP Friendly is a culinary guide and recipe collection for plant-based digestive health/comfort by Georgia McDermott. Originally released in Australia in 2018, this North American release, due out 22nd Sept 2020 from The Experiment is 224 pages and will be available in paperback and ebook formats.

I really enjoyed the author's humor and witty style of writing. It's conversational and upbeat and encouraging without ever being patronizing. She explains some of her background with SIBO/gastroparesis and her own food experiences trying to get her digestive system in order. I imagine many readers suffering digestive issues (bloating, pain, IBS, etc) will be nodding along reading about her history getting a diagnosis and treatment plan underway whilst trying to get her digestion under control. The included recipes are well written and appealing. When I think of low-FODMAP/gluten-free foods, they're mostly bland and tasteless. These are anything but boring.

The recipes are grouped roughly thematically: Breakfasts, lighter recipes, grown-up dinners, grab and go baking, the sweet life, and social gatherings and special dinners. They have their ingredients listed bullet style in the sidebar. Measurements are given in US standard with metric measures in parentheses. Special tools and ingredients are also listed, along with yields and cooking directions. The ingredients are mostly easily sourced at any moderately well stocked grocery store. The included recipes cover a number of world cuisines including Indian, Asian, European, North & South American, a truly blended selection. 

The book has a resource list with links for further reading, short author bio, and index.
The photography is clear and plentiful. The photos which are included in the cookbook are well done, appealing, and (for tutorial photos) easy to follow.

This book would make a great gift/housewarming for someone looking for vegetarian low-FODMAP recipes as well as fans of food prep planning / batch cooking.

Four and a half stars rounded up because of the author's truly engaging funny style and the beautifully developed recipes themselves.

Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.

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