Book Review – The Naked Cookbook by Tess Ward.

Naked Cookbook

4 out of 5 stars.

I would like to thank Ten Speed Press for providing me with a free ARC of this book, via Netgalley, in exchange for an open and honest review.

Yet another great cook book produced by this publisher! And big thumbs up to the author Ms Ward for the creative, and often rather delicious looking, recipes!

The book consists of: Gorgeous colour pictures enticing the reader to look further, well written, well-paced recipes done in a clear and easy to follow format and some really good information and glossaries at both the front and back of this book.

And no, it’s NOT about cooking without your clothes on! It’s about getting back to good, wholesome, easy to make and simply yummy looking meals. This book covers the basics as well as adding some great alternatives to the “norm”. And, quite frankly, the norm is over rated as it is!

As Ms Ward says in the introduction, this book is not aimed at any specific food issues – so not gluten or dairy free and not vegan. But she aims to make the dishes as easy as possible so those who know their way around a kitchen and food prep can easily adapt.

I will make mention though that this book is clearly aimed at an American audience (which is not surprising as that’s who Ten Speed Press market to) – and so all the recipes are in Imperial measurements and use the North American terminology for foods. Examples being arugula instead of rocket and cilantro instead of coriander. This is seriously NOT a big issue though as it doesn’t ruin or detract from the book. Just see it as a bit of an education in cooking. You are learning how to convert to metric AND learn a new dialect of English! 😉

Would I recommend this book to others?

Yes I would, but I would also warn them about what is discussed in my last paragraph. This is a great, clean living, wholesome cookbook and a great way to inspire healthy eating.

Would I buy this book for myself?

Now this is a kicker as no, no I wouldn’t. People who follow my cook book reviews will know I’ve mentioned food allergies and intolerances before and, to be honest, there are just too few recipes within this book that I wouldn’t have to totally sub and convert… that make it unappealing for me to own.

Please note this does not make it a bad book, it was great! I am just not the right person for this book, so please don’t let that stop you grabbing a copy for a look.

In summary: A good, simple, wholesome cookbook that would help you find a better, healthier way to eat without too much effort.

Until next time,



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