Book Review: Love, Bake, Nourish by Amber Rose

Emma Codd

Currently based in the delightful town of Motueka, Emma is pursuing her passion for the written word and yoga teaching. Her motley background and eclectic interests provide Emma with much to write about many things, which she mostly does online. She is also busy unleashing her inner fiction writer.

There is no doubt in my mind that Love, Bake, Nourish, by New Zealand's Amber Rose, is one of the most beautifully presented cookbooks currently on the market. Better yet, the author's fresh twist on baked goods means not only can you bake your cake, but you can eat it too. Relying on fresh seasonal produce, these recipes will satisfy your sweet tooth without over-indulging your waist-line, and with its elegant design, and air of nostalgia, it is sure to satisfy all of the senses.

Growing up in rural New Zealand, and daughter to Kay Baxter, the legendary pioneer for organic and sustainable agriculture, Rose knows a thing or two about living off the land and cooking with nature's delicious bounty. Since relocating to London, she has worked as personal chef, food stylist and baker to some of the cities biggest celebrities, so healthier cooking options have been an important focus for her. When seeing the picture of good health that is Amber Rose, it is not difficult to believe that Love, Bake, Nourish is a recipe book devoted to "healthier cakes, bakes and desserts."

Much to any baker's surprise, two ingredients you won't find in these recipes are white sugar or white flour. Instead, more natural and unrefined ingredients are included, from honey and nectars, to ancient grains like spelt and buckwheat. Throw in a delectable mix of fresh or dried fruits, nuts, and vegetables, and you'll be delighting in the wholesome flavours in no time. Including recipes for seasonal cakes, puddings, tarts, meringues, small bakes, creams, custards, and even herbal teas, there is something in here for everyone, and for every occasion.

These recipes are very accessible, combining a variety of simpler recipes with those that require a little more practice. As you experiment with these new plants, grains and sugars, you'll soon notice that the cakes and bakes in Love, Bake, Nourish do not rise and "fluff up" like those we have been used to. Most are more like a tart in appearance. For many of us less expert bakers, this instantly eases the pressure. You'll also discover that after a day or two the flavours become more enhanced, so there is no rush to get them eaten - and you can enjoy them for days.

With so many delectable cookbooks on the market, one can be hard-pressed to find one that offers both unique recipes and stand-out presentation. Love, Bake, Nourish, is that book! So, tune into your intuition, feel your way through these recipes, and enjoy your creations with a cup of herbal tea, while poring over the exquisite images and deciding "what next?"

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  • Wice says
    Sounds interesting and certainly has a point of difference from many baking cookibookis.
  • Andypandy says
    What takes a girl from an idyllic lifestyle to London has always interested me although I am happy she is sharing her food experiences with us in this book.
  • sophie says
    I can never have enough good cooking is getting the time to bake and cook...healthier too...:)
  • DandM2013 says
    Great to see another fine cooking book.
  • New Member says
    I read this cook book and this is it. Can’t tell in words that much I have liked this book and must say this writer got the best writer award. Really she has done magical velvet job in this book.

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