Sunday, January 17, 2016

Getting to the Core of it All With Coconuts!


The Whole Coconut Cookbook: Vibrant Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free Recipes Featuring Nature's Most Versatile Ingredient
by Nathalie Fraise
 Ten Speed Press

Growing up in a Haitian household (albeit in New York City), coconuts were prevalent in our everyday lives. The oil was a multifaceted and all-purpose accoutrement from culinary to beauty treatments. And its flesh, water and milk were constantly used for a variety of dishes that were delectable. Coconuts also played a big part of my childhood outside of my home as well. I remember summers traveling with my mother and siblings venturing out and discovering other Caribbean cultures (this time out of the country) we would always start off the trips with some fresh coconut juice straight from the drupe, it was our ritual marking our holiday and I could never get enough. Flash forward a few decades, with a thriving small business, insane debt and a never-enough-time-for-myself mode I am currently on I forgot just home much I loved coconuts- until now. 
Photo Courtesy of Erin Scott

Nathalie Fraise latest tome  The Whole Coconut Cookbook: VIBRANT DAIRY-FREE, GLUTEN-FREE RECIPES FEATURING NATURE’S MOST VERSATILE INGREDIENT (Ten Speed press) was a Godsend to me at this stage in life - I have been riddled with anxiety since the death of my mother. To say that I have not truly taken care of myself for the past year is an understatement. Honestly, not wanting to take care of myself is truly the crux of the issue and then on the anniversary of the day my mother was put to rest I received this book in the mail. Reading about Fraise's struggles with migraines,  anxiety and overcoming this obstacles with taking the time to care for herself  really struck a chord with me. 
Photo Courtesy of Erin Scott


The beautifully crafted book showcases an array of meals, beverages and treats that are both dairy-free, gluten-free, accessible and mouth-watering GOOD. She shares substitutions and her vast knowledge on how one can truly incorporate coconuts into one's lifestyle is truly remarkable. And for the recipes itself - they are delicious as they are innovative. I loved the Spiced Hot Chocolate, it was savory, sweet and with a kick of cayenne the drink warmed up my soul from within. What I truly appreciate about Fraise's tome was that she - like my mother and my grandmother before her utilized every facet of the versatile, multifaceted, multipurposed fruit. This book conjured up bittersweet memories and gave me a renewed sense that I have to take care of myself and I am grateful for that. 
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by Jeanne Lander at Mode

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review. 

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