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Life Kitchen

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This is a lovely little recipe book, and I would like to say thanks to the author Ryan for sharing such a personal story and for making something so positive out of a difficult situation. 
I have heard before that when undergoing cancer treatment, one of the lesser-known symptoms is that your sense of taste is weakened. So these recipes are specifically designed to be full of flavour for those living with cancer, whilst also being delicious for anyone.
The mouth-watering photographs let you see what your culinary creations will look like and the selection of recipes are perfect for easy to make dinners, lunches, snacks and desserts. The instructions are easy to follow for those with at least a little experience in the kitchen!
I liked that this book is British, I read a lot of American recipe books and sometimes struggle to get all the ingredients required, but this one even features a recipe with Marmite! Love it!!

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for letting me read an advance digital copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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The sample of this book was presented beautifully and the recipes were enticing and delicious. A great intro to the wider book and one that I can see being a staple in the kitchen.
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A truly life-affirming recipe book. I was completely inspired by Ryan's approach to flavour as well as his story in general. I haven't seen any books like this (or at least as beautifully presented as Life Kitchen) on the market, so I'm sure it will do brilliantly. Whilst Ryan's idea is simple, his flavoursome recipes have the power to reinvigorate the life of people suffering with cancer as well as their families.
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I received an advance sampler of Life Kitchen for my review so I've only seen about a dozen of the recipes in the book.
The book starts out with Ryan's introduction for why he has created this book and the story of his Mum having cancer. It is a book designed for cancer sufferers that may have lost their sense of taste due to treatments and this book focuses on recipes and elements in food that will get them enjoying the taste of food again.
The recipes I've seen were interesting and many of them I'd never seen before and would enjoy making myself. The photos do a good job of showing off the food. I hope the rest of the book is as good as the sampler I've seen.
Thanks to Netgalley.com and Bloomsbury Publishing for this ARC review copy.
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This book will make your mouth water!  The photography that accompanies the recipes is lovely, and the write-up for each is open and descriptive.  It was interesting to read of the author's journey, and I appreciated the kitchen tips when provided.
The only disappointing thing is that the review copy provided does not seem to be a full copy, as there were only 50 or so pages.  I would love to see the whole book!!
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Hopefully most of us won’t have the problem of dealing with cancer, chemotherapy, and radiation, of a loved one.  One of the biggest problems with cancer and its treatments is that the one being treated loses their appetite, and even though they may have loved food before, it’s hard to prepare meals that they enjoy.  Life Kitchen: Quick, easy, mouth-watering recipes to revive the joy of eating was written by  Ryan Riley who was just 18 when his mother got cancer and lost her joy of eating; she died two years later, and Ryan founded Life Kitchen.  Riley met with all kinds of experts, who gave advice, and also did his own research before coming up with dozens of meals that would be appetizing to those who are sick.  

Riley has done an excellent job with his recipes, and even though they are generally for those being treated for cancer, they are also appetizing to those of us who are well, so dinners can be the same for everyone at meals without the extra stress of preparing special meals.  The book has excellent main and vegetable dishes, snacks and appetizers and desserts, some with special ingredients that promote healing and add flavor to dishes that would generally taste bland.  The book includes beautiful photographs, and a good variety of dishes that will appeal.
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A great concept that came from special circumstances in the author's life. His generosity in sharing his journey to help others is admirable. Highly recommended.
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A book full of mouthwatering and easy to follow recipes. Well written and clear explanations.
Recommended.
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
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The book was interesting and well laid out. The introduction at the beginning was really touching as the author learned to cook when he became the main care provider for his terminally ill mother. After her death, he was determined to focus on creating recipes that would appeal to the tastes and needs of cancer patients.

Ryan's focus is on using acidity and umami to amplify flavour, using key ingredients listed at the beginning of the book. They are the focal points of the 70 recipes within this cookbook but as a cancer patient myself I wouldn't eat many of these foods as they don't agree with me.

This book is fun with bright and interesting Illustrations as well as appealing photos of the prepared food. 

The recipes are fairly straightforward but use ingredients (I am not necessarily familiar with) that are almost wholy specialty ingredients. 

This is not necessarily a bad thing but do be aware you won't have these ingredients on hand. I have picked up ingredients for several from a specialty store here in town.

The desserts are what actually interest me the most. I wasn't a fan of all the ingredients in many of the other recipes so I would need to get creative and find alternatives to tackle the recipes but probably won't because to do so would not even resemble the actual original recipe. 

However, the Lemon & Pomegranate Sherbet cake is tasty. And the Musi White Chocolate with Berries yummy. 

Overall the story behind the book is good and I enjoyed reading it. Sadly most of the recipes are not for me and I found less I then I had hoped for.

I received this book from NetGalley and Bloomsbury Publishing for an honest review.
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What a brilliant idea for a cookbook to help feed a cancer patient Recipes that can be digested help give strength .The recipes look delicious perfect for any home but especially for someone caring for a patient.This was only a sample of the future book,#netgdalley#littlebrown
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The sample of this book I received included clear, interesting recipes and was nicely set out. I am excited to try out some of the recipes
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Ryan Riley is a young entrepreneur and chef, who was formally the carer for his terminally ill mother.  After her death, he was inspired to design recipes that would appeal to the diluted tastebuds of cancer patients, and this collection of 70 easy to prepare recipes is the result.  

With guidance from Prof Barry Smith (an academic at UCL with an interest in the multisensory nature of perceptual experience), Ryan has designed this collection of recipes that focus using acidity and umami to amplify flavour, using key ingredients such as black garlic, citrus, garam masala, maple syrup, nigella seeds, parmesan, pomegranate molasses, rose harissa, sherry vinegar, sumac and za'atar, 

Interestingly, I am autistic and have sensory processing disorder which means I am oversensitive or undersensitive to various sensory inputs.  In terms of food, I am sensory seeking and find big, bold, hot, sour, salty and savoury foods particularly pleasurable, so this collection really appealed to me, but I'm sure all of the recipes appeal to anyone with an appreciation of delicious, fresh, and seasonable food, whether they have any form or diagnosis or not.
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The sample of the book I received was easy to read, and full of simple to make but interesting recipes.

Thank you to NetGalley and to the publisher for allowing me to read a sample of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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When it is snowy and cold outside (and my car is buried under 2ft of ❄️ ), superspeed readers like me can read 250+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today. LOL

I requested and received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review.  

From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸.

"This book is a life-changer: this is not gushing, but a statement of fact. The recipes in these pages have the power to bring pleasure back to the table for those whose tastebuds have taken a bashing in the course of cancer treatment." ---Nigella Lawson

Groundbreaking recipes designed to rekindle the joy of taste and flavour for people living with cancer

Ryan created his Life Kitchen cookery school in memory of his mother, whose cancer treatment dulled her taste buds and took away her enjoyment of food. It became his mission to discover whether there was a way to bring that pleasure back.

Working with Professor Barry Smith (founder of the Centre for the Study of the Senses at UCL), he picks out ingredients, textures and techniques that reignite that spark of enjoyment in eating. He does this with brilliantly clever combinations of ingredients, often using the fifth taste, umami, to heighten and amplify the flavours in his dishes – all of which he teaches at his cookery classes, which have been hosted throughout the UK. With 70 vibrant and easy recipes, including Carbonara with peas and mint, Whole roasted feta with olive and green chilli, Parmesan cod with salt and vinegar cucumber, Roasted harissa salmon with fennel salad and Miso white chocolate with frozen berries, Ryan offers bright and exciting dishes for everyday living. These will be delicious for everyone to eat – after all, a meal surrounded by friends and family is an essential part of fully enjoying life.

With beautiful recipe photography by Clare Winfield and illustrations by Lara Harwood, this inspiring cookbook aims to give back the joyful sensation of taste and flavour to everyone living with cancer treatment, and their families.

  It opens with the author's story of how he lost his mom to cancer and how the chemotherapy affected her sense of taste. He consulted with an expert on taste as a sense and came to appreciate umami and how stimulating the trigeminal nerve makes eating food a more rounded thing. Lost? I kind of was, too but explaining the eleven special key ingredients and that these recipes were designed for people living with cancer then made the book understandable to me on a whole.  There were then an assortment of recipes in the book running from appies to dessert as the book I read was JUST A SAMPLER!!    Darn it - I wanted to read them all 

The eleven key ingredients are (if this helps you decide to read the book)
1. Black Garlic
2. Citrus (which surprised me as many cancer parents have mouth sores)
3. Garam Masala
4. Maple Syrup
5. Nigella seeds
6. Parmesan-Reggiano (the real stuff, not the wood shaving kind)
7. Pomegranate molasses
8. Rose harissa
9. Sherry vinegar
10.Za'atar
11. Sumac 
..all in all, a very yummy sample of a book.


As always, I try to find a reason to not rate with stars as I love emojis (outside of their incessant use by "🙏-ed Social Influencer Millennials/#BachelorNation survivors/etc. " on Instagram and Twitter... Get a real job, people!) so let's give it 🍑🍑🍑🍑
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I didn't receive all of the book for some reason but the recipes that were included were great, Very simple, easy to make but still really interesting flavors. Although these recipes are created with the consideration of cancer patients, don't let that put you off buying it. I will definitely be trying these out at home for me and my husband-to-be. 

The book was interestingly laid out and the introduction at the beginning was really touching and eloquently put.
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I received an advanced reader copy of this book in exchange for an honest review via netgalley and the publishers.

I only seemed to receive a part of this book not the full book but the short amount of the book I received both both interesting and touching as well as a very clever way to help give cancer patients back some enjoyment from eating and food again.
The recipies I read sound and look delicious and I wish I could have read more of them.
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