Pre-Order Life-Changing Food – The New Cookbook from Quirky Cooking
Coming March 2017

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Pre-Order Life-Changing Food - Coming March 2017

Pre-order now and get:

  • Your copy of Life-Changing Food – estimated release date March 2017. 
  • Flat rate delivery Australia-wide. 

Help Us Make Life-Changing Food A Reality: Jo Whitton


I’ve always loved to cook, and began experimenting with allergy-friendly cooking when my children were young, due to food intolerances and health issues. I began my blog in 2008 as a place to share my recipes and tips for healthy cooking, especially for those with dietary challenges. My best-selling first cookbook, Quirky Cooking, was published by Thermomix in Australia in May 2014.

Not long after my first book was released, my then 13-year-old son was diagnosed with severe OCD, anxiety and depression. (You can read Isaac’s story here.) Our family embarked on the GAPS protocol to work on healing the gut issues associated with his mental health, and we very quickly saw great improvements, not only in Isaac’s health, but in all of us. Isaac is now well and happy, and I am excited to include many of the delicious, gut-healing recipes that helped to heal our family in our new cookbook.

We want Life-Changing Food to be your favourite cookbook ever; the one that will help you on your own health journey and the one that you will be excited to share with the loved ones whose health you care about. The recipes we’re creating are absolutely amazing, and even those family members and friends who have never eaten with any sort of restriction and may be sceptical of the power of wholefoods will love them!

I am also extremely excited about the team that has come together to make this cookbook a reality. From my friend and co-writer, wholefoods chef Fouad Kassab, to our insanely talented photographers Sneh Roy ( and Luisa Brimble (, our wonderful editor Angie Schiavone who was the regional editor of the Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide, our producer Karen Small from Small but Mighty Productions, previously head of production at Murdoch Books, and our jaw-droppingly amazing designers Evi Oetomo and Daniel New (OetomoNew), who, while working for Penguin Books produced some our all-time favourite cookbooks.

I also want to thank you so much for your support. By pre-purchasing this book, you are helping us make this the best cookbook it can possibly be, and I am very grateful for the ongoing support of the Quirky Cooking community. You guys are amazing.
Jo xx

Fouad Kassab

Why We Are Making This Book: Fouad Kassab


For almost our entire lives, Jo and I have battled many health issues. My own began as a child and continued until I was 30. I was constantly taking medication, using steroid creams and antibiotics on a yearly basis and battling obesity and pre-diabetes. I saw many doctors and was told that my conditions were incurable and would require constant medication throughout my life. As a new father, I experienced a lot of stress and anxiety, all stemming from my health issues.

When I finally discovered the Paleo diet in 2011, I was able to reverse those “incurable” diseases my doctors had told me to continue to medicate. I also lost 28 kilos within the space of a year. I became a new man, and it was all due to what I ate.

I know how it feels to be sick, but I also know that for many of us, the path to health can be found through food. This is why I started two successful pop-up wholefood restaurants (Chic Pea and Baraka) – I wanted to share healthy eating with as many people as I could. I wanted people’s lives to transform for the better, as mine had. I wanted others to know that it’s not as difficult as the world makes it seem.

Jo and I are old friends and have witnessed each other’s remarkable journeys of returning to health. When she asked me to join her to write this book, I was so convinced that this was my opportunity to help as many people as possible gain their health, that I dropped everything I was doing and dedicated myself to this project.

Jo and I believe in the power of food. We know the difficulties of illness and the joy of recovery. Life-Changing Food will bring this joy into your hearts and homes. Delicious food that heals you. It is an amazing privilege to be able touch people’s lives so positively with something as simple as food. I can’t wait for you to try this food and to see firsthand the health that comes with it.

Thank you so much for your support.

Fouad &

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What To Expect From Life-Changing Food

We know you may have questions as to what to expect from Life-Changing Food. Here are some highlights:

  • Delivery in early 2017 (we are tracking well for March, comfortably on time for Mother’s Day)
  • Beautiful hard cover to last through the years
  • Two recipe formats to suit everyone. Unlike the first Quirky Cooking book, which was purely for the Thermomix, Life-Changing Food contains recipes with methods for cooking with and without a Thermomix
  • 100+ recipes that are 100% gluten-free
  • A delicious mix of Paleo-friendly and wholefoods recipes
  • Dairy and non-dairy versions
  • Substitution recommendations for those on GAPS where possible
  • Beautiful quality production and photography


Karen Small


Small But Mighty Productions

Our producer Karen Small has more than 17 years’ experience in the publishing and printing industries, most recently holding the position of Production Manager at Murdoch Books. Karen started her own business, Small But Mighty Productions (love that name!) in 2014, and has since then produced a stunning collection of bespoke books. We fell in love with Karen and her work the instant we laid eyes on her portfolio. We are certain you will love her work too, so check it out at Small But Mighty Productions.

Evi Oetomo & Daniel New



Can life get any more generous and kind? After their recent departure from Lantern (Penguin’s cookbook imprint), Evi Oetomo and Daniel New started OetomoNew, their own graphic design business. Luckily for us, this meant that two of the most amazing cookbook designers on the planet were now free to join our team to produce Life-Changing Food. You have no idea how immensely fortunate we feel to have them on board to bring our vision to life!

Evi and Daniel are the designers of some our all-time favourite cookbooks such as Maggie Beer’s Maggie’s Harvest, Frank Camorra’s Movida Solera, David Thompson’s Thai Street Food, Christine Manfield’s India & Bhutan, Dee Nolan’s A Food Lover’s Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, and T2:The Book. Now if that’s not impressive enough, head on to OetomoNew to be blown away by all the other gems they’ve created.

Sneh Roy

Food Photographer & Stylist

Sneh Roy hardly needs any introduction. She has won numerous awards, including the Writer’s Center Australia’s award for Best Australian Blog in 2013. She is the author of the incredibly popular food & lifestyle blog Cook Republic where she continues to wow the internet with her incredible talents as cook, stylist and photographer. When our book project began, we didn’t even need to think twice about who will be styling and photographing our dishes. We love Sneh and her style, and are just blown away by her ability to bring out the best in our food. Check out Sneh’s website Cook Republic, but beware, you WILL be hungry. Also make sure to get your hands on a copy of her brilliant cookbook Tasty Express while you’re at it!

Angie Schiavone


Fouad met Angie while reviewing restaurants for The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide. During that time, Angie was the regional editor of the Good Food Guide as well as being on the review team. So, not only does Angie have a keen eye for editing, she also has been writing professionally about food for a decade. Angie currently writes and edits for Jartisans (, a new online store showcasing boutique jams, pickles, relishes and other condiments from all around Australia. Angie also writes about children’s books, has spoken at various writer’s festivals in Sydney and has been a judge for the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards.

Luisa Brimble

Lifestyle Photographer & Videographer

We love how serendipitous life is. When looking for a videographer and lifestyle photographer for our project, Luisa came recommended by both Evi and Sneh. One look at Luisa’s website, and both Jo and I were convinced, Luisa had to be part of the team. Luisa is an amazingly talented photographer and is also the producer of the visually stunning Alphabet Family JournalCheck out Luisa’s website,

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