The Feel Good Foodie Cookbook: 125 Recipes Enhanced with Mediterranean Flavors

Rodale. May 2024. 304p. ISBN 9780593579503. $32.50. COOKING
It wasn’t until a now-married Jawad realized that she had to feed her family on a regular basis that she got serious about cooking. The Instagram star and founder of the Feel Good Foodie blog decided then and there that she was going to serve her loved ones healthy-ish dishes with feel-good ingredients. Jawad’s debut cookbook includes 125 recipes that take 30 minutes or less to prepare, use 10 or less ingredients, and feature at least one of Jawad’s “superstar” ingredients (among them, a seven-spice blend, pomegranate molasses, rose water, sumac, tahini, za’atar, dates, and labneh). After covering pantry essentials and necessary kitchen tools, Jawad serves up a range of dishes, including breakfast items such as strawberry and rose pancakes, soups like couscous chicken soup, and sweet treats such as brownie date balls. As a bonus, Jawad includes a guide for what to do with some of the leftovers from the book’s dishes.
VERDICT Aptly demonstrated by the millions of views the author gets on her social media platforms, there is a definite appetite for Jawad’s whole foods–centric brand of Midwest-meets-Mediterranean dishes.
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