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Digestive Health - Gut Gastronomy Book Review

A really interesting book with great photography and lovely recipes throughout.  This hardback is well worth having a look at.  If you want to look after yourself and I know I really should start eating more healthily, this is a great book. 

Written by Vicki Edgson and Adam Palmer, this innovative book introduces a whole new way of eating with a unique plan developed specifically at Grayshott Spa, one of the world’s leading health spas in Surrey UK.
By focusing on digestive health as a route to true health, the Grayshott Plan helps to boost your energy and re-balance weight safely through a nutrient rich diet that will give you everything you need to face the demands of modern life.

The Plan dispels the misguided notion of ‘detoxifying’ through spartan, punitive regimes and instead focuses on regaining good health by eating the right foods to aid the body’s natural detoxification.

The Plan can confidently recommend quality grass-fed red meats, fish, eggs, fermented foods, butter, avocado, and organic vegetables. This is not a plan of privation but a sensible and satisfying approach to food that brings you back to feeling great.

The first section will introduce you to the Plan and provide information and meal plans for a short-term course to rest and repair your digestive tract. The Post-Plan information will show you more foods to introduce to your diet and keep your gut healthy.
Photography by Lisa Linder.

The recipe section contains 100 delicious meals split into breakfasts, soups, main meals, vegetable sides, salads and special occasions.

Recipes that really caught my eye; 
Baked Eggs with Tomato, Pepper and Chorizo
Gravadlax with Tarragon, Juniper, Ginger and Orange - now this sounds and looks amazing
Home-made Pancetta
Lamb Koftas with Tomato and Onion Salad
Roasted Tamarind, Chilli, Ginger and Coriander Chicken - I have to make this!

The book has a delicious looking range of smoothies too along with some great looking soups.
Once you have completed the plan there's a section on special occasion menus which look amazing.  All in all I think this is a really good book and well worth investing in even if you didn't follow the plan - but just wanted a great cookbook, you'll find some fantastic recipes and great ideas.

As for following the plan, it might be more suited to people that either don't work or can take a couple of weeks off to follow it.  Why do I say this? Because I think most would find it hard or pretty much impossible (even cooking ahead as the book suggests) to be able even eat the lunches suggested in for example, a 15 minute break which is what I get when at work.  Breakfast for me is at 5am and toast or cereal is as much that can be conjured up at that time of day.  That said, it would be great if you are lucky enough to have time to follow it.

Gut Gastronomy will be released on 15th January 2015 and is published by Jacqui Small
Twitter @JacquiSmallPub) www.jacquismallpub.com

Disclaimer:  All thoughts and opinions are my own.  I was not required to write a positive review.


  1. Looks interesting, but what I find difficult about this type of regime is that one ideally needs to live it for every meal... that's HARD!

  2. Sounds interesting, there seem to be a lot of these books published at this time of year ;-)

  3. Sounds like an interesting book and it probably makes a lot of sense to follow this kind of plan though I agree it can be hard to fit in a complete change in eating habits around busy working lives.

  4. Oh this looks interesting - I'm always keen to hear about recipes that help support a healthy gut.


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