A Wicklow Christmas stocking filler #2

Veronica O’Reilly of Healthy Habits launched her new book ‘Raw in a Cold Climate 2’ on Saturday 27th November.

In a wonderful example of collaboration between Wicklow Naturally members, Veronica hosted a cookery demonstration for the launch in the lovely surroundings of Nick’s Coffee Shop.

The book has been very well received and would make a perfect gift for anyone interested in raw food and healthy eating.

Santina Kennedy of Wicklow Naturally said “Veronica’s gentle approach to food is evident from the very first page of her new book

Raw in a Cold Climate 2.

Her modest introduction and humble approach to her craft endear the reader from the start.

Rather than being a preachy reminder to eat healthily, it is a sincere invitation to join her in her methods of procuring, preparing, sharing and eating .

The simple reminder that food is more than physical sustenance but also serves to bring people together, draws the reader in and inspires and challenges them to ‘new levels of creativity’.

‘Raw Food Cuisine consists of vegetables, fruit, seeds, nuts, spices and herbs, prepared to a maximum temperature of 43 degrees’

Rather than making this sound like an impossible task, Veronica manages to break it down into a series of fun challenges, with a short list of ingredients and only a few simple processing tasks, Veronicas recipes are surprisingly uncomplicated.

The photographs are so visually appealing and Veronica is reassuring that everything will taste delicious even if it doesn’t look like the photos – unlike a lot of modern cookbooks where the emphasis is on the aesthetic and overwhelming instructions, with less consideration for the taste.

While at first, late November seems like an unlikely time to be launching a book called Raw in a Cold Climate … the book is actually so full of warmth, encouraging anecdotes and a reconnection with nature, that it seems even more relevant at this time of year.

Nourishing ourselves with healthy food, a sense of accomplishment and a desire to share our bounty at our tables is in fact a very nurturing, warming and soothing suggestion.

Raw in a Cold Climate suggests the simple list of skills, ingredients and tools to create a new healthier way of living. It’s a highly recommended read and kitchen companion for a any cook who wants to learn to nourish body and soul.

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