Review: FITTER FOOD – A lifelong recipe for health and fat loss by Keris Marsden and Matt Whitmore
“This book has been designed with one thing in mind, to help you look and feel awesome” – Matt Whitmore and Keris Marsden
Fitter Food, endorsed by Mark Sisson of the Primal Blueprint is a brand new recipe book focussing on real food. The book aims to; “empower people with the knowledge and understanding to take control of their health for good. Keris and Matt strive to educate everybody about what it really means to be healthy and prove just how simple and tasty it can be.”
This book says everything about food and health that I truly believe in, but sometimes stumble to find words to explain in easy terms myself. It is based on the Paleo / Primal principles with added modern twists. British & London-based nutritionists & personal trainers Keris and Matt spend little time dwelling on labelling their food into the Paleo category and more time focussing on calling it ‘fitter food’. Compared to other similar books I have read this is a breath of fresh air.
The book begins by introducing the principles of fitter food, then follows an in depth explanation of what we should be eating and why, what should be on our shopping lists, and where the best places to source food are. All key points are explained with a simple, yet not condescending approach that I will definitely be making use of. For example I was asked the other day (pre- reading fitter food) why I avoid gluten. I started mumbling about phytates, gut health and malabsorption of minerals then got a bit stuck finding the right words to explain and express myself – Page 47 to my rescue!
Only after 70 pages of this fascinating and easy to read nutritional background – littered with brilliantly funny illustrations, and charming coffee cup stains – do we come to the 100+ recipes. The recipes cover all sorts of occasions; breakfasts, light bites, burgers (how amazing there is a whole chapter devoted to burgers), pimping your salads, weekday meals in minutes, weekend favourites, sides, dips & condiments, and lastly cheats of champions (naturally the bit I looked at first). Fantastically, there is not a single recipe without an accompanying mouthwatering picture – is it just me who gets annoyed when publishers make budget cuts by leaving out pictures?
Keris and Matt made the brave decision to self-publish this book, and put their everything (including their savings) into creating it to be something they felt truly passionate about. Why wait for a publishing house to commission the book, then have their interpretation on what nutritional information to share or how it should be done? An admirable decision. This clearly shows how passionate they are about ‘fitter food’ and its mission to get us all to eat better – this really shines through in their intelligent & witty prose.
To accompany this review I decided to make up the mayonnaise recipe from the book (page 183). I used a combination of avocado and olive oil with added basil – hence the green colour. I’ve had a few failed attempts at Mayonnaise in the past, but this time – it worked, and tasted delicious!
The book is priced at a modest £18.99 and is available directly from Fitter London
I’d already bought my first copy of the book when I hilariously won a second in a facebook competition. To celebrate the launch of the book I am giving away my second copy in a giveaway.
To enter (each counts as a separate entry so make sure you leave separate comments for each one for more chances to win!)
- Leave a comment below telling me why you’d like to win a copy of Fitter Food.
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Giveaway open Internationally and ends 10am GMT 22nd February. Good Luck.