Getting started with Anna Jones’ ‘A Modern Way to Eat’

Having recently won a £15 Amazon voucher from work I thought I’d put it to good use and buy myself a healthy cook book. I deliberated for a while but, after seeing Katie’s post on A Modern Way to Eat, decided that was definitely the book for me.

A modern way to eat - This Little Space of Mine

A Modern Way to Eat is a vegetarian cookbook. But don’t let that put you off. A couple of years ago I would’ve said no way to a book like that; I don’t like vegetables enough to ever consider being a vegetarian. And I’m not. But I want to learn more about the food I eat, about how to cook healthy meals and how to get more variety in my diet. This book feels like the start for me and I’ve flicked through Anna’s book several times, laping up the information and insight she gives into foods, their benefits, when they come into season etc. For example, did you know black beans are packed with a rare combination of protein and fibre, meaning there is as much protein in a cup of black beans as there is 100g of chicken? I didn’t.

A modern way to eat - This Little Space of Mine

One thing Katie talked about was how she marks the recipes she wants to make with post-it notes, whenever she gets a new cook book. Why have I never done that before?! I reckon it creates a bit more ‘buy in’ with a cook book; I’ve lost count of how many recipe books I have which I’ve never cooked from. Once I’d marked them all I realised just how good A Modern Way to Eat was for me – look at how many there are!

A modern way to eat - This Little Space of Mine

So where do you begin when there’s THAT much you want to try? I decided to opt for 5 recipes from 5 individual sections; I plan to share my review of each of them with you at some point too. That way I can give you an accurate review, plus knowing I’ve talked about it on here will really encourage me to use the book and learn more about the food I’m eating.

Sections from A Modern Way to Eat I’m starting with:
  1. What gets me up in the morning
  2. Satisfying salads
  3. Easy lunches and laid-back suppers
  4. Hearty dinners and food to feed a crowd
  5. Cakes, bread and a few other things
Recipes from A Modern Way to Eat that I’ll be trying:
  1. Overnight bircher with peaches
  2. California miso, avocado and butter bean salad
  3. Lime and chipotle black bean tacos
  4. Mac and greens
  5. Pistachio and elderflower cordial cake

I’ve already cooked two of these recipes – number 2 and 3. I’ll be sharing more on them soon, but for now here’s a picture of the California miso, avocado and butter bean salad I made while a bit jet lagged a couple of weeks ago! With the house move in full-flow I’d imagine it’ll be a while before I’ve made all 5, but I’ll keep you posted.

A modern way to eat - This Little Space of Mine

Note that I’ve marked this post in the ‘Learning’ category on my blog; learning about food and how better to take care of my body is something I’m determined to get better at. I’ll be sure to share my journey with you here.

Any recipes take your fancy? Or any good cook books you want to shout about? Do tell!


2 Comments on Getting started with Anna Jones’ ‘A Modern Way to Eat’

  1. Louise
    26/05/2015 at 12:20 pm (2 years ago)

    This book looks lovely! I’ve always post-it noted my cookbooks too 🙂

    • Leanne Beale
      28/05/2015 at 9:25 am (2 years ago)

      I don’t know why I’d never thought of it before! So simple! It’s really good, I think you’d like it. 🙂 x