What happened when one of today's best-loved food writers had a change of appetite? Here are the dishes that Diana Henry created when she started to crave a different kind of diet - less meat and heavy food, more vegetable-, fish- and grain-based dishes - often inspired by the food of the Middle East and Far East, but also drawing on cuisines from Georgia to Scandinavia. Curious about what 'healthy eating' really means, and increasingly bombarded by both readers and friends for recipes that are 'good for you', Diana disocovered a lighter, fresher way of eating. From a Cambodian salad of prawns, grapefruit, toasted coconut and mint or North African mackerel with cumin to blood orange and cardamom sorbet, the magical dishes in this book are bursting with flavour, goodness and colour. Peppering the recipes is Diana's inimitable writing on everything from the miracle of broth to the great carbohydrate debate. Above all, this is about opening up our palates to new possibilities. There is no austerity here, simply fabulous food which nourishes body and soul.
I'm worryingly addicted to this book - it seems that I want to make everything in it. I've tried 6 recipes in a week so far and they're all turning out to be perfect. If you're in the mood for eating in a Mediterranean/Middle Eastern and healthy way, then this is the book for you. Set out in seasons, it's a beautiful book with clear and easy recipes. Make sure you have plenty of parsley, yoghurt, garlic, lemons and pistachios and you won't be disappointed.