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 (cookrepublic.com) and Luisa Brimble (luisabrimble.com), 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.
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.
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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
MEET OUR TEAM
Small But Mighty Productions
Evi Oetomo & Daniel New
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.