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From the founder of the wildly popular food blog Deliciously Ella, 120 plant-based, dairy-free, and gluten-free recipes with gorgeous, full-color photographs that capture the amazing things we can do with natural ingredients. In 2011, nineteen-year-old Ella Woodward was diagnosed with a rare illness that left her bed-ridden, in chronic pain, and plagued by heart palpitation From the founder of the wildly popular food blog Deliciously Ella, 120 plant-based, dairy-free, and gluten-free recipes with gorgeous, full-color photographs that capture the amazing things we can do with natural ingredients. In 2011, nineteen-year-old Ella Woodward was diagnosed with a rare illness that left her bed-ridden, in chronic pain, and plagued by heart palpitations and headaches. When conventional medicine failed her, Ella decided to change her diet. She gave up meat, gluten, dairy, sugar, and anything processed—and the effects were immediate: her symptoms disappeared, her energy returned, and she was able to go off all her medication. A self-confessed sweet tooth, Ella taught herself how to make delicious, plant-based meals that delight the palette and improve overall well-being. Deliciously Ella is an essential, how-to guide to clean, plant-based eating, taking you through the best ingredients and methods for preparing easy, exciting meals. This is not a diet—it’s about creating a new mindset that embraces fantastic food. From sweet potato brownies to silky chocolate mousse and roasted butternut squash risotto and homemade fries and ketchup, Ella shares 100 brand-new recipes and twenty classics in her signature, elegant style. Packed with vivid photos and simple, foolproof instructions, Deliciously Ella provides a foundation for a pure, unprocessed, unrefined diet, so you can look and feel better while enjoying great food.


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From the founder of the wildly popular food blog Deliciously Ella, 120 plant-based, dairy-free, and gluten-free recipes with gorgeous, full-color photographs that capture the amazing things we can do with natural ingredients. In 2011, nineteen-year-old Ella Woodward was diagnosed with a rare illness that left her bed-ridden, in chronic pain, and plagued by heart palpitation From the founder of the wildly popular food blog Deliciously Ella, 120 plant-based, dairy-free, and gluten-free recipes with gorgeous, full-color photographs that capture the amazing things we can do with natural ingredients. In 2011, nineteen-year-old Ella Woodward was diagnosed with a rare illness that left her bed-ridden, in chronic pain, and plagued by heart palpitations and headaches. When conventional medicine failed her, Ella decided to change her diet. She gave up meat, gluten, dairy, sugar, and anything processed—and the effects were immediate: her symptoms disappeared, her energy returned, and she was able to go off all her medication. A self-confessed sweet tooth, Ella taught herself how to make delicious, plant-based meals that delight the palette and improve overall well-being. Deliciously Ella is an essential, how-to guide to clean, plant-based eating, taking you through the best ingredients and methods for preparing easy, exciting meals. This is not a diet—it’s about creating a new mindset that embraces fantastic food. From sweet potato brownies to silky chocolate mousse and roasted butternut squash risotto and homemade fries and ketchup, Ella shares 100 brand-new recipes and twenty classics in her signature, elegant style. Packed with vivid photos and simple, foolproof instructions, Deliciously Ella provides a foundation for a pure, unprocessed, unrefined diet, so you can look and feel better while enjoying great food.

30 review for Deliciously Ella: 100+ Easy, Healthy, and Delicious Plant-Based, Gluten-Free Recipes

  1. 4 out of 5

    Hilary

    There are some nice enough recipes in here. I tried the beetroot hummus and the red pepper hummus. The avocado pesto was good. There is a nice variant of falafel which uses some tahini. I like the look of the three layered cheesecake, will definitely try that. A common problem with cookery books, but not all the recipes have photos, some have tiny photos or a picture of something unrelated. I want to see the finished product for each recipe. I didn't find the personal information about Ella very There are some nice enough recipes in here. I tried the beetroot hummus and the red pepper hummus. The avocado pesto was good. There is a nice variant of falafel which uses some tahini. I like the look of the three layered cheesecake, will definitely try that. A common problem with cookery books, but not all the recipes have photos, some have tiny photos or a picture of something unrelated. I want to see the finished product for each recipe. I didn't find the personal information about Ella very interesting. She lived on sugar, became really ill, when medicine didn't help she ate healthily and got better. Not surprising but not very interesting either. Many recipes do to use several expensive ingredients, so many used medjool dates, raw cacao, and maple syrup, and large quantities of them too. Many recipes looked very bland. I like looking at cookery books a lot, often just to get ideas and not to use the recipes very closely. There wasn't much in here I'd want to make. It might be of more use to someone new to cooking.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I have read this cookbook AND made many recipes from it. I was very disappointed with it but I would like to start with the few things I liked about it. Based on just reading it, I looked forward to trying the recipes and was very optimistic about them. She even made me WANT to give Quinoa another try. The beginning of the book and the chapter introductions were well written and informative. But then I made 16 recipes..... I am a chemical free whole food vegetarian who eats a lot of vegan food. I I have read this cookbook AND made many recipes from it. I was very disappointed with it but I would like to start with the few things I liked about it. Based on just reading it, I looked forward to trying the recipes and was very optimistic about them. She even made me WANT to give Quinoa another try. The beginning of the book and the chapter introductions were well written and informative. But then I made 16 recipes..... I am a chemical free whole food vegetarian who eats a lot of vegan food. I wanted to go on a vegan detox in Jan 2016 & I thought her recipes would be great to use during my detox. Which brings me to the second of the three positive things I have to say about this book: these recipes contain a very high amount of vegetables and superfoods in them; which I love. I thought the high veg/superfood content would be great for a whole food detox to cleanse the colon. The last positive thing I have to say about this book is that she takes classic recipes like Lasagna and made them something entirely new. It seemed like she had never made any of these recipes before as a carnivore and was asked to create something she didn't make previously. Which made some uniquely creative dishes. But they didn't taste like what you normally expect. It was like she stepped outside the box to create new recipes. (Or was it that she had no idea how to make these recipes in the first place?) This brings me to the my list of things I didn't like about this cookbook and its recipes. They had lots of potential but didn't taste good. Here was an amazing lasagna with lots of vegetables in it and it was bland and mushy. The seasonings were not good in most of the recipes I made and there were issues with the lack of contrasting textures in the recipes. Her seasoning repertoire consisted mainly of Herbs de Provence and Tahini + Lemon Juice. Some of the recipes tasted barely passable the first day then downright bland the next day. Next there were major problems with how the recipes were written. 1) The servings per recipe were mostly inaccurate. I produced 10 servings from a recipe she said was 4 servings. This happened more than once, though not in every recipe I made. 2) The way the recipe was written was severely lacking. I felt like it was written by someone who didn't know how to write detailed directions or she just didn't want to spend more time writing them correctly because she had a book deadline to meet. The direction was too simplistic and not enough information was given on how to prepare the recipes. (Do we drain the canned foods or not?) Vital steps were missing on how to prepare the recipes. 3) I felt misled by some of the recipe names. For example, the famed blog recipe for brownies didn't taste like a brownie. It tasted like a bland energy bar. 4) Most of the recipes were not spiced correctly and I had to majorly adjust the seasonings. (Ex: Chili recipe) She mentions in the book that the reason people don't want to go vegan is because they think the food will be bland. This food is bland. I ate primarily her recipes for a month straight so this isn't an issue of my taste buds being out of whack. The recipes I made in week 4 were just as bland as the ones in week 1. 5) A simple thing such as how much water to add to a pot of vegetables and legumes was inaccurate. When simple things like this are wrong in a recipe, disaster happens. Then people think they are bad cooks and never want to cook in the kitchen again. More people need to get in the kitchen not out of it! 6) Based on these facts, I doubt these recipes were actually tested before the book was published; which is sad. These reasons make this recipe book frustrating and severely lacking. A person who has made recipes from many cookbooks will find this cookbook subpar for these reasons. I fear people who are on the standard American diet with very little kitchen skills and even less experience with vegan food will actually be forever repelled from eating vegan food if they cook from this book. I don't recommend this book at all unless you know how to adjust seasonings and have spectacular kitchens skills so you can fix the issues with these recipes. But really, who wants to go into the kitchen to figure this mess out???

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kristie

    To be fair, I just skimmed through most of this book. I have been trying to limit my gluten intake for health reasons and thought I could come up with some good recipes here. Unfortunately, for me, this book is much healthier than I am. Though I try to eat relatively healthy most days, I am not a straight up health food person. I do not juice fruits and veggies, make my own nut butters, or grind my own gluten-free flours. I do try to purchase organic and look to make sure I know the ingredients To be fair, I just skimmed through most of this book. I have been trying to limit my gluten intake for health reasons and thought I could come up with some good recipes here. Unfortunately, for me, this book is much healthier than I am. Though I try to eat relatively healthy most days, I am not a straight up health food person. I do not juice fruits and veggies, make my own nut butters, or grind my own gluten-free flours. I do try to purchase organic and look to make sure I know the ingredients in the food that I purchase, but to be honest making every little ingredient from scratch is too much for me. Some of the recipes in this book look interesting and there are a few I might like to try. Unfortunately, there are ingredients I've never heard of in some of them, such as psyllium husk powder. I don't have the time or energy to go searching for things like this or to learn how to use these ingredients. I also don't have time to make my own almond milk, for example, to use in a recipe, when I can buy it pre-made in my grocery store. I understand that these recipes are probably healthier than what I eat, but I simply don't have the time to be that healthy. I am not rating this book because these might be amazing recipes for someone that enjoys spending a lot of time preparing ingredients or needs to eat in this manner. For me, it simply makes cooking, which I enjoy, into too much work.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Judy D Collins

    A special thank you to Scribner and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. DELICIOUSLY ELLA, by Ella Woodward is a “must read” for those like myself and others, on a plant-based vegan diet, using food instead of medications for ultimate wellness– taking you beyond the boring and limited, offering an array of alternatives to sweeten your daily meal planning, while maintaining a healthy and sociable lifestyle. If you have followed Deliciously Ella’s popular food blog, you will be A special thank you to Scribner and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. DELICIOUSLY ELLA, by Ella Woodward is a “must read” for those like myself and others, on a plant-based vegan diet, using food instead of medications for ultimate wellness– taking you beyond the boring and limited, offering an array of alternatives to sweeten your daily meal planning, while maintaining a healthy and sociable lifestyle. If you have followed Deliciously Ella’s popular food blog, you will be captured by her story, and her need to change her eating habits; she embraces it with creativity and passion— and best of all she shares her tried and proven recipes, essentials, and tips to others in this valuable book. Was delighted to discover this book on NetGalley! What I enjoyed most about this beautifully packaged cookbook, making it unique--how Ella approaches this lifestyle. She demonstrates how to incorporate healthy eating habits and still entertain, travel, enjoy brunch, dinner parties, and socialize with girlfriends, and other friends with food. She uses photography to draw you in to set the stage. I have found many people think they have to give up being sociable if they want to follow a healthy lifestyle. Ella shares 100 brand-new recipes with her own unique style, with photos, a list of essentials, substitutions, and easy to follow instructions and recipes broken down as follows: • Essentials • Grains • Nuts & Salads • Beans and Legumes • Vegetables • Fruits • Smoothies & Juices • Living the Deliciously Ella Way • Favorite Resources • FAQ • Index My Experience Since I have been on this diet (even stricter) for years, it is no problem for me, as I work from home, am single, my family lives out of state, not a lot of socializing, and seldom dine out except for a few limited vegan cafes I know and trust. I am a reader, blogger and reviewer so have time to plan my meals, shop and enjoy the overall process. I also live in an urban downtown area with many vegan restaurants and gourmet health food stores nearby, within walking distance and a weekly farmers market. I have spent years researching and testing foods – Ella has done this for you (wish she had been around years ago when I began experiencing problems). Presently am traveling as my mom has cancer; making it more challenging; especially in areas where the nearest gourmet food store is over an hour away, and no healthy or vegan restaurants within an hour, and an entire family who eats like crap. I do not eat anything they eat. When I travel, I plan all my meals and food ahead. My family and grandchildren, unfortunately live on processed food and they continue to wonder why they feel so bad? It takes education, research, and time to plan healthy meals and some people cannot comprehend how much better they would feel, if taking the time—it is so worth it! I was very drawn to this book, as I felt as though I were reading my own story, so could relate in so many ways. My Experience with Food Allergies: About five years ago I began experiencing all sorts of allergic problems, from chemicals, medications, environment and mostly food allergies. It became so serious with emergency rooms visits, an array of allergy specialists, physicians, and cardiologist, etc. With full blown anaphylaxis (5 times-very scary), always carry an Epi-Pen, and children’s Benadryl; experienced ongoing sinus infections, ear infections, Tachycardia, heart palpitations, irregular heartbeat, PVCs, PACs, Left ventricular (LV) diastolic dysfunction, headaches, stomach problems, etc. I refuse to take any medications, as believe in natural and holistic approaches. All of this started when going through menopause at age 53. I had never been a sick person, very fit, exercise daily, and eat very healthy; with low blood pressure and taken no medications due to my sensitivities and intolerance. My heart rate was 120-200 all hours of the day and especially at nighttime with no sleep sending me into overdrive most of the time. When I worked out, my heart rate would not go back down. When out in the heat biking or jogging, my heart pounded and would take up to 24 hrs. to reduce and found it worse when stressed or in the heat, and at night. After many tests and 24 hour Holter heart monitor, I could see what these foods were doing to my body. Being I cannot take medications, I began concentrating on foods. I take my health very seriously, and began keeping a food journal of everything I was eating from morning until evening, all meals, any snacks, and noted date, time, symptoms, ingredients, as well as recording of blood pressure, heart rate and exercise. (I even developed extensive excel spread sheets; well worth the time and effort). Over the course of two years, I began eliminating foods and began seeing a big difference. You have to take control, as a firm believer, "you are what you eat". I also find eating small little snacks and very small meals work best, so as not to put a strain on the digestive an heart system, plus better for allergies. I am pleased to say, for the last three years, I have been a strict healthy natural vegan (no meats or dairy), gluten-free, no alcohol, no sodas, packaged foods, no sulfites, no caffeine, no additives or preservatives, and no processed foods. I cannot tolerate sulfites - Look for sulfur dioxide, potassium bisulfite or potassium metabisulfite, sodium bisulfite, sodium metabisulfite, or sodium sulfite on food labels. Sulfites are in many foods including beer wine, canned goods, trail mix, juices, baked goods, vinegar, many condiments, etc. I eat only organic, use sea salt, Stevia in the Raw, and drink only Smart Water and occasionally decaf coffee (certain brands). I eat fresh organic vegetables and fruits, Quinoa, beans, lentils, and whole grains (I stay away from corn, wheat, and tomatoes). For the last three years I have experienced no heart palpitations, no anaphylactic attacks, no allergies, sinus issues, or stomach problems. I take no medications, or vitamins, no prescription drugs, or over the counter medications. I have tons of energy, healthy, fit, and have maintained a size 4 dress size, and will never go back to eating bad things. I plan my meals, am very organized, and very seldom dine out, as do not trust the unknown additives. If I eat one bad thing, it starts back, so I would rather give up than suffer a night of heart pounding. Summary With this being said, I am always looking for creative ways to cook and stay within my regime. Ella offers many added options and substitutions for dairy and chocolate and gluten-free diets. She demonstrates how to use brown rice flower, ground almonds, chia seeds, almond milk, buckwheat flour, coconut oil, nut butters, raw cacao powder, gluten free flour, etc, and of course, my favorite for years Quinoa (which I eat daily in all sorts of different ways). I am using this book daily to change up my meals (love the scones), and add some spice and variety to my healthy diet. Even if you do not have serious allergies, or currently health issues, this book is for anyone wanting to learn more, and also a great way to cook for those friends, and family which are allergic or have food sensitivities. You may be on the fence about going vegetarian or vegan, have celiac disease, or maybe looking for a change, and this this book is an excellent place to begin. You can try new things without giving up great food. It is simple and easy to follow! Highly recommend!! Be sure and check out Ella’s Blog to learn more. Judith D. Collins Must Read Books

  5. 5 out of 5

    Deborah

    I've read the cookbook cover to cover and there are several recipes that I want to try. I've made 2 of them so far and both were unsuccessful. First, her very popular Sweet Potato Brownies. Pros: great consistency for a vegan gluten free brownie I've been trying to achieve for years. Cons: takes a lot of time and makes a lot of dirty dishes, overwhelmingly tastes like sweet potatoes, and does not have nearly enough chocolate flavor. These did not go over well and I had to throw them away. The go I've read the cookbook cover to cover and there are several recipes that I want to try. I've made 2 of them so far and both were unsuccessful. First, her very popular Sweet Potato Brownies. Pros: great consistency for a vegan gluten free brownie I've been trying to achieve for years. Cons: takes a lot of time and makes a lot of dirty dishes, overwhelmingly tastes like sweet potatoes, and does not have nearly enough chocolate flavor. These did not go over well and I had to throw them away. The good news is that I immediately made them again with adjustments I knew would taste better (bananas instead of sweet potatoes as the binder and almost triple the amount of chocolate) and they were delicious! She didn't tell you what size pan to use which I thought was odd. Most cookbooks would mention that (I would recommend 9X9 btw). The second recipe I tried was the Lentil Bolognese. She said she tested it and her friends loved it but there is no way this recipe was tested! The main problem was that it only calls for 2 cups of water. I should have known immediately that 2 cups of liquid would not be nearly enough to cook 1 pound of vegetables and 3 cups of lentils. It needs A LOT more than 2 cups of liquid. Eventually after making several adjustments (mainly adding liquids and seasoning) it was very tasty which is a good thing because it makes enough to feed a small army so now I'm eating it for weeks! The recipe called for 2 cans of diced tomatoes but did not tell you if you should drain them or not which again, I thought a cookbook should include that info (I did not drain them btw b/c it became clear I was going to need a lot more liquid). I'm pretty sure these recipes are not tested and the book not edited. I'm a bit of a connoisseur of vegan cookbooks and this one is not a favorite. And to be extremely picky - honey is one of her favorite ingredients which is not plant-based ... just saying. She also uses a lot more oil than I would ever use as a non believer in the "good oil" trend. Positives - very nice photography of food and Ella throughout. Ella is a knockout :-) which no doubt is helping to sell this cookbook.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Laika

    At first I was very inspired. Woodward writes enthusiastically and emotionally, and it's easy to get excited with her. Then things got repetitive. Listen, lady, your recipes might be awesome and tastiest like ever, but you can have only one favourite! That's how a favourite works! It had some good tips on cooking grains and veggies, which I will put to use. Also a couple of yummy recipes I will include in my collection. But as a whole the book seemed to be more like really, really Pinterest-y wit At first I was very inspired. Woodward writes enthusiastically and emotionally, and it's easy to get excited with her. Then things got repetitive. Listen, lady, your recipes might be awesome and tastiest like ever, but you can have only one favourite! That's how a favourite works! It had some good tips on cooking grains and veggies, which I will put to use. Also a couple of yummy recipes I will include in my collection. But as a whole the book seemed to be more like really, really Pinterest-y with pretty pictures of piles of incredients instead of the finished dish, "inspiring" slogan-resembling blurbs and in the recommended reading section down-right dangerous stuff about dieting and willpowering yourself out of terminal cancer. Good: food positivity (food and eating are better when fun), tips on how to cook grains and veggies Bad: ignoring energy intake (people, a handful of almonds is better for you than a Mars bar, but that handful should be considered an occasional treat, like a Mars bar, and coconut oil is still a fat, and when Ella describes having a slice of her superfood bread for breakfast she really means *a* slice), lack of pictures of dishes, preaching her diet as a way of life, inspiring quotes from devoted followers Helmet-lukuhaaste: 1

  7. 4 out of 5

    Angelina

    Some good recipe ideas, but I found the ingredients/seasonings rather repetitive. The instructions were too simple and lacked important details, which makes it clear that Ella is far from a professional (experienced) cook. Also, some things that bothered me: - canned ingredients. Has she heard of BPA? Especially with tomatoes and coconut milk, this is not a very healthy choice. She could at least replace the easy stuff like beans and chickpeas with the dried versions. It takes more time, but it's Some good recipe ideas, but I found the ingredients/seasonings rather repetitive. The instructions were too simple and lacked important details, which makes it clear that Ella is far from a professional (experienced) cook. Also, some things that bothered me: - canned ingredients. Has she heard of BPA? Especially with tomatoes and coconut milk, this is not a very healthy choice. She could at least replace the easy stuff like beans and chickpeas with the dried versions. It takes more time, but it's cheaper and definitely healthier. - she doesn't mention if the nuts she uses are raw or not. - she doesn't specify what kind of oats she uses and the cooking time is different - using tamari sauce all the time. Really? Soy is not that healthy, and most of it is GMO. - eating too many Brazil nuts can result in selenium toxicity, so people should be careful with the daily amount they consume.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sian Lile-Pastore

    This is a lovely looking book and there are a few recipes I want to try - the baked beans, quinoa fritters and the crackers to start with. I do think that this seems like a cookbook by someone who hasn't been cooking this way for long , with many of the recipes having the same ingredients - coconut milk and avocado in everything! - and many of these dishes seem like sides rather than a meal ( tho she does talk about what dishes go with what at the end) and there are a lot of desserts. It's a nic This is a lovely looking book and there are a few recipes I want to try - the baked beans, quinoa fritters and the crackers to start with. I do think that this seems like a cookbook by someone who hasn't been cooking this way for long , with many of the recipes having the same ingredients - coconut milk and avocado in everything! - and many of these dishes seem like sides rather than a meal ( tho she does talk about what dishes go with what at the end) and there are a lot of desserts. It's a nice book though, and I like the whole ethos behind it, but I don't think it's something I'll be turning to again and again.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sharon

    I found that there was too much focus on carbohydrate rich foods and the use of maple syrup and agave in the desserts. Also, why is she cautioning people not to eat peanuts or peanut butter? Where is the scientific basis for that?

  10. 5 out of 5

    Gab

    Anthony gave me this book for Christmas as part of our plan to eat more healthily. It has some really great sounding recipes which I'm looking forward to trying - all sugar free and plant-based. Anthony gave me this book for Christmas as part of our plan to eat more healthily. It has some really great sounding recipes which I'm looking forward to trying - all sugar free and plant-based.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sas astro

    Without a doubt one of the most over-hyped recipe books ever. Luckily I didn't pay full price for mine, spotted it in a charity shop which is where it will be returned to. Ella doesn't seem to understand plant based food, for a start no vegan will eat the honey featured in some of her recipes, most of which are bland and uninteresting. There are far too many pictures of Ella Woodward and far too few of finished recipes. In all fairness I did try one of her recipes, Sweet Potato Brownies (find it Without a doubt one of the most over-hyped recipe books ever. Luckily I didn't pay full price for mine, spotted it in a charity shop which is where it will be returned to. Ella doesn't seem to understand plant based food, for a start no vegan will eat the honey featured in some of her recipes, most of which are bland and uninteresting. There are far too many pictures of Ella Woodward and far too few of finished recipes. In all fairness I did try one of her recipes, Sweet Potato Brownies (find it on her website and look at the comments.) It resulted in the only inedible batch of baking that I've ever done. I think she and her publishers just jumped on the vegan bandwagon. Avoid this one at all cost.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Zoe

    beautifully made book but the recipes are not to my liking. they are more suitable for people who have a lot of time.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Joanna

    A good exploration of a plant based diet, with some nice recipes. I'm still not quite willing to go all in (not that I thought this would convert me). Not too preachy either A good exploration of a plant based diet, with some nice recipes. I'm still not quite willing to go all in (not that I thought this would convert me). Not too preachy either

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sophie Rayton

    I enjoyed the friendly way Ella shares her story and encourages the reader to make steps to improve their own health.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Seebee

    A delightful voice. She made me want to try new things. She doesn't preach and has an 'each to their own' attitude, which kept me reading. She is in no way forceful, just shares what improved her health with the aspirations of changing the reader's too. I wish her well. She seems like a lovely person. And I am so pleased that found a solution to her health problems. Also, very heartening were the testimonials from people whose lives were altered in hugely positive ways from following Ella's advi A delightful voice. She made me want to try new things. She doesn't preach and has an 'each to their own' attitude, which kept me reading. She is in no way forceful, just shares what improved her health with the aspirations of changing the reader's too. I wish her well. She seems like a lovely person. And I am so pleased that found a solution to her health problems. Also, very heartening were the testimonials from people whose lives were altered in hugely positive ways from following Ella's advice.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Julia

    I have changed from a 3 to 4 stars so many times, I'm surprised my browser hasn't stopped working. This is only the second cookbook that I have read cover-to-cover (luckily I had it to read while delayed at Luton airport for three hours), so it really is quite good. However, I found that, at times, this book's smugness was irritating... My husband said that I should have realized this when they put a (beautiful) woman staring in awe at spiralized zucchini on the cover. Several sentences througho I have changed from a 3 to 4 stars so many times, I'm surprised my browser hasn't stopped working. This is only the second cookbook that I have read cover-to-cover (luckily I had it to read while delayed at Luton airport for three hours), so it really is quite good. However, I found that, at times, this book's smugness was irritating... My husband said that I should have realized this when they put a (beautiful) woman staring in awe at spiralized zucchini on the cover. Several sentences throughout the book include the statement: "...the Deliciously Ella way...", which made me just cringe. The list of equipment one needs is quite daunting, and it almost put me off. I have a nutribullet, and although it isn't mentioned, one can use a nutribullet for lots of things in the book. I don't like the idea of suggesting someone buy a very expensive vitamix before being able to live a life with healthy eating habits. I have made a few things from the book after only owning it for four days, the easy quinoa (which resulted in SOGGY quinoa, after five years of making it using the methods on whatever package I have on hand), almond butter, medjool dates with almond butter (a TOTAL revelation- these things are delicious!) and a modified breakfast smoothie (I know it sounds silly, but I never knew one could ad oats to a smoothie and have it be tasty- I have been starting my days since buying the book with delicious, fresh, whole, amazing smoothies thanks to this book). I understand why the author chose to use similar ingredients throughout, but there are a lot of recipes with the same flavours, so I question how much I will be following these recipes or just using them as basic ideas to add my own flavours to (but maybe this was the point?). I can't wait to try the baking recipes (hello layered "cheese"cake!) and the beetroot risotto. Anyways, I do think it's a nice book, and I wish I could give it a 3.5, because it's doing something we all need, encouraging readers to lead healthy lives using whole, tasty foods to feed our bodies and minds. This will stay on my shelf, and I am looking forward to using this book a lot.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Verity

    I really didn't want to like this book. I remember visiting Ella's blog a while back and finding it a tad snobbish, the ingredients seemed absurd and I couldn't imagine living that lifestyle (plus what is it with all that white?!?). Thankfully now I know better and can appreciate her message and point of view in a way that only an open mind, knowledge and experience can do. As always I'm judging this book based on a few elements: -Are the ingredients easy and relatively inexpensive to buy? What man I really didn't want to like this book. I remember visiting Ella's blog a while back and finding it a tad snobbish, the ingredients seemed absurd and I couldn't imagine living that lifestyle (plus what is it with all that white?!?). Thankfully now I know better and can appreciate her message and point of view in a way that only an open mind, knowledge and experience can do. As always I'm judging this book based on a few elements: -Are the ingredients easy and relatively inexpensive to buy? What many other reviewers see as a con I regard as a pro- Ella uses a limited amount of ingredients and they keep popping up in recipes. There are a few I'd have trouble buying (maca?!?), but at least buckwheat isn't one of them as it happens to be a favourite of mine, is readily available in shops here and is cheap as chips well.... buckwheat... Although her recipes won't offer a huge variety they can easily be adjusted by adding other ingredients and I think this is a really good cookbook for beginners who want to be able to pronounce what they are about to cook with. -Is it low fat / low in calories? The short answers is no. Ella likes her coconut oil and creamy nuts/butter etc but then some recipes are acceptable for those trying to lose weight and many can be adjusted to fit the bill. -Is the book motivating? Ella is one of those women that you in equal parts admire, find too perky for her own good, want to be like or desperately want to find something wrong with. She's that woman you loathe at first sight only to really like once you've gotten to know her better (and feel a tad bit guilty for being so judgemental). Her particular sunny Pollyanna disposition doesn't bug me and I find her outlook on life and lifestyle alluring, although I can understand why it can grate. I will come back and adjust my review when I've had a chance try a number of recipes.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Carol - Reading Writing and Riesling

    My View: This book is easy to read and enjoy. If you are wanting to change your diet and eat a little healthier the advice given is simple – “Start making small changes first, just adding in one new serving of fruit or veg a day is an amazing way to start. For example some sweet potato wedges or guacamole make a delicious addition to any meal and they are so easy to make. Whizzing up a smoothie in the morning is incredible too as it always starts you off on the right track for a positive day, whi My View: This book is easy to read and enjoy. If you are wanting to change your diet and eat a little healthier the advice given is simple – “Start making small changes first, just adding in one new serving of fruit or veg a day is an amazing way to start. For example some sweet potato wedges or guacamole make a delicious addition to any meal and they are so easy to make. Whizzing up a smoothie in the morning is incredible too as it always starts you off on the right track for a positive day, while giving you an abundance of goodness and making you glow on the inside.” (p10) Ella Woodward hasn’t written this book to try to convert you to veganism – the book is “meant to be flexible and adaptable, it’s just about showing you how amazingly easy and delicious plants can be so we can all start enjoying more of them.”(p10) And that is exactly what I want to do. Ella Woodward provides a useful introduction that provides a list of pantry staples that are versatile and quick to cook and easy to find in you local supermarket. This book is all about making cooking plant based meals at home quick and easy and if you have these basic ingredients in your pantry there will never be an excuse not to cook a nutritious healthy meal again. Beans, pulses, herbs and seasonings, grains, dates and so on…nothing gourmet, nothing that is hard to access…simple ingredients that when you add fresh fruit or vegetables to complete a meal. I will be embracing some of the ideas and recipes here and encouraging my busy, time poor, vegetarian adult daughter to do the same. This is a great resource.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Claire

    Review: Deliciously Ella by Ella Woodward Publication Date: 3rd March 2015   Publisher: Scribner book Company   ISBN: 978-1476793283   Source: Netgalley   Synopsis: From sumptuous desserts, to food on the go, delicious dips, raw treats and rainbow bowls of awesome veggies, Ella's philosophy is all about embracing the natural foods that your body loves and creating fresh, simple dishes which are easy to make and taste amazing. Featuring more than 100 new sugar-free, gluten-free and dairy-free recipes to e Review: Deliciously Ella by Ella Woodward Publication Date: 3rd March 2015   Publisher: Scribner book Company   ISBN: 978-1476793283   Source: Netgalley   Synopsis: From sumptuous desserts, to food on the go, delicious dips, raw treats and rainbow bowls of awesome veggies, Ella's philosophy is all about embracing the natural foods that your body loves and creating fresh, simple dishes which are easy to make and taste amazing. Featuring more than 100 new sugar-free, gluten-free and dairy-free recipes to excite your taste buds, this collection will inspire you to eat for better health, glowing skin and boundless energy.    A reformed sugar monster herself, Ella knows just how daunting the idea of changing your diet can be. Her must-read blog, DELICIOUSLY ELLA, which gets two million visitors a month from all over the world, was inspired by her own health adventure and everything she has learned by healing herself simply through diet. It's truly amazing to see what you can do with these simple ingredients and how you can so easily create a deliciously healthy version of your favourite dishes.    More than anything, Ella wants to show that this way of eating is absolutely not about deprivation and starvation, but instead is about embracing a positive, healthy way of life.   Review: This book does exactly what it says on the tin. Gorgeous recipes to make your mouth water that taste amazing and make you feel good. Brilliant!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lara

    Ella Woodward definitely has an interesting story about how she began eating the way she does, and it really is amazing the difference your diet can make in your overall health. I'm glad that eating a plant-based diet has worked so well for her! However... Well, I don't really want to eat any of this. I think it's a combination of dependence on several ingredients I'm not super fond of (quinoa for one) and it maybe just not being my style of cooking. I'm all for simple flavors, but these all look Ella Woodward definitely has an interesting story about how she began eating the way she does, and it really is amazing the difference your diet can make in your overall health. I'm glad that eating a plant-based diet has worked so well for her! However... Well, I don't really want to eat any of this. I think it's a combination of dependence on several ingredients I'm not super fond of (quinoa for one) and it maybe just not being my style of cooking. I'm all for simple flavors, but these all look really bland and boring to me. I maybe just tend more towards spicy stuff, am pretty much zero percent sweet tooth, and don't really care that much for breakfast foods or smoothies. I guess this book feels a little too...California yoga instructor for me? I dunno, something like that. Other reviews seem to indicate a lot of problems with the recipes themselves as well, so it sound like even if something interested me, there would be no guarantees the instructions in the recipe would make sense or that it would come out successfully. A number of them look overly complicated as well. I'm still going to take a look at her follow-up book though, just in case it's a little closer to my food preferences and includes recipes that have been tested a little better than they seem to have been for this book.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Ellie M

    I was thrilled when I received the opportunity to advance review this book, so thank you to the publisher and Netgalley. I follow Ella's blog so I was aware that she was due to release a book, and then I heard her radio interview on UK BBC Radio 2 and knew that I wanted to take a look at the book, with the potential of purchasing. My husband and I, and our children, are vegetarian and try and eating healthy, easy meals, (and ideally ones with hidden veg - sweet potato brownies being a good examp I was thrilled when I received the opportunity to advance review this book, so thank you to the publisher and Netgalley. I follow Ella's blog so I was aware that she was due to release a book, and then I heard her radio interview on UK BBC Radio 2 and knew that I wanted to take a look at the book, with the potential of purchasing. My husband and I, and our children, are vegetarian and try and eating healthy, easy meals, (and ideally ones with hidden veg - sweet potato brownies being a good example!), and reduce refined and added sugar, and gluten, so any opportunity for these types of recipes is welcomed. I reviewed the American version of this book and measurements, where to find ingredients, and certain ingredients had been translated so appropriate for the audience the book is being sold to. I saw the review copy a few days before the actual book was released in the UK, and told my mum about it and when she saw it she bought a copy. Being a review copy I didn't have a lot of time to explore the recipes so I'll be borrowing my mum's copy very soon! I've already bookmarked quite a few to try. The book is a pleasure to read - beautifully illustrated, lovely pictures and well laid out, and has a modern vibe, similar to the website.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Romina

    I was looking for a simple vegan cookbook I can re-use as staple supper meals. From skimming through it first-hand, they looked somewhat hassle-free. I tried a few of her recipes, some tasted good like the pea pesto recipe, and others are just kind of whack. I've also got a husband to feed, and for most of them (except for that pea pesto pasta that I had to tweak to make it less bland) he was actually trying to be nice because he really thought they were strange and not so good (he confessed whe I was looking for a simple vegan cookbook I can re-use as staple supper meals. From skimming through it first-hand, they looked somewhat hassle-free. I tried a few of her recipes, some tasted good like the pea pesto recipe, and others are just kind of whack. I've also got a husband to feed, and for most of them (except for that pea pesto pasta that I had to tweak to make it less bland) he was actually trying to be nice because he really thought they were strange and not so good (he confessed when I was about to try another recipe from this cookbook). I've had this book for a while, and looking through it again, I noticed she was really trying to sell each recipe by adding some adjectives here and there to make the recipe look alluring, only to my disappointment after actually making it and tasting it. I also picked up this book because it said "easy" on the title itself, but I did not find a single one of them "easy", but then again, I might have a low threshold for what's easy.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Slbarto

    I found Ella's blog shortly after overhauling my own diet. As someone with a chronic disease, I was looking for a way back to health and increasing my immunity. I appreciate Ella's recipes. Specifically, her desserts. I'm Italian and my family is very used to me baking and cooking delicious meals for them. When I changed my diet, they were concerned for what they assumed would be missing. Her desserts have helped them embrace that good for you can also mean delicious. I appreciate her cookbook. Re I found Ella's blog shortly after overhauling my own diet. As someone with a chronic disease, I was looking for a way back to health and increasing my immunity. I appreciate Ella's recipes. Specifically, her desserts. I'm Italian and my family is very used to me baking and cooking delicious meals for them. When I changed my diet, they were concerned for what they assumed would be missing. Her desserts have helped them embrace that good for you can also mean delicious. I appreciate her cookbook. Reading from someone else who seeks to heal themselves via food is encouraging. I honestly have been humbled-I never dreamed I could screw up cooking vegetables! I appreciate the details included as it helps me understand what I've been doing wrong and new things to try.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kate Haddigan

    A beautifully presented book, but having tried several of the recipes, they are not realistic to make on a regular basis and the portion sizes were absurd. Making the lasagne took a ridiculous amount of butternut squash and would have served about 10 people... this was not reflected in the book. It feels like the recipes were not thoroughly tested, as many things did not cool properly or were different textures to described. I've not had this issue as frequently with other books as I had with thi A beautifully presented book, but having tried several of the recipes, they are not realistic to make on a regular basis and the portion sizes were absurd. Making the lasagne took a ridiculous amount of butternut squash and would have served about 10 people... this was not reflected in the book. It feels like the recipes were not thoroughly tested, as many things did not cool properly or were different textures to described. I've not had this issue as frequently with other books as I had with this one, if ever. Ella is fairly likeable and her brand is extremely aspirational, but this book will be relegated to my local Chazza shop I'm afraid!

  25. 5 out of 5

    LemontreeLime

    Interesting, several recipes I'll try too. But as much as I like the idea of some vegan dishery, I still knee jerk at the sheer amount of work involved in making some of the recipes. (speaking as someone who spent close to 3 hours making the sweet potato brownies, which tasted like... well, sweet potatoes really. I then spent an hour wondering why i did all that work and messed up all those dishes...) Interesting, several recipes I'll try too. But as much as I like the idea of some vegan dishery, I still knee jerk at the sheer amount of work involved in making some of the recipes. (speaking as someone who spent close to 3 hours making the sweet potato brownies, which tasted like... well, sweet potatoes really. I then spent an hour wondering why i did all that work and messed up all those dishes...)

  26. 5 out of 5

    Anjali

    I'm definitely not vegan, but am always open to new recipes and ways to think about food. I have not tried any of these recipes yet, and am not sure that I will. As someone who reads cookbooks like literature, I found the tone too cute to read after awhile. Also it felt like a lot of recipes use the same seasoning and ingredients. I may try a few recipes, but on the whole, this was not a cookbook that would convince me to go gluten-free/vegan. I'm definitely not vegan, but am always open to new recipes and ways to think about food. I have not tried any of these recipes yet, and am not sure that I will. As someone who reads cookbooks like literature, I found the tone too cute to read after awhile. Also it felt like a lot of recipes use the same seasoning and ingredients. I may try a few recipes, but on the whole, this was not a cookbook that would convince me to go gluten-free/vegan.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Ronja

    Honestly, I'm not sure how to describe me feelings now. The book by Ella Woodward is full of beautiful and colorful pictures, interesting recipes and her own experiences of food and health. The book is really lovely looking. However, I wasn't happy with Ella's views on health issues, food and veganism. I'm not sure if Ella is fully aware of veganism, because she eats honey. All in all, I feel disappointed. Honestly, I'm not sure how to describe me feelings now. The book by Ella Woodward is full of beautiful and colorful pictures, interesting recipes and her own experiences of food and health. The book is really lovely looking. However, I wasn't happy with Ella's views on health issues, food and veganism. I'm not sure if Ella is fully aware of veganism, because she eats honey. All in all, I feel disappointed.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Hanicq

    There are some recipes I don't like but most of the recipes are delicious! this book was vital to making a switch to a more plant-based diet enjoyable. her serving size seems to always be wrong. I usually cut her recipes in half to get the number of servings she lists. Also, sometimes her seasonings fall short. There are some recipes I don't like but most of the recipes are delicious! this book was vital to making a switch to a more plant-based diet enjoyable. her serving size seems to always be wrong. I usually cut her recipes in half to get the number of servings she lists. Also, sometimes her seasonings fall short.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Zuzana

    Ella and her blog are wonderful inspiration of what a good nutritious food can do. She actually inspired me .. Her wonderful tasty foods and recipes have become a permanent part of my new-found healthy lifestyle. It's so delicious and wonderful to be VEGAN! Ella and her blog are wonderful inspiration of what a good nutritious food can do. She actually inspired me .. Her wonderful tasty foods and recipes have become a permanent part of my new-found healthy lifestyle. It's so delicious and wonderful to be VEGAN!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Cleo Gabriel

    I love Ella's recipes however I found this cookbook hard to follow, it doesn't seem to flow right. I am glad I have added it to my cookbook selection but would've quite happily made do with Ella's app and blog. I love Ella's recipes however I found this cookbook hard to follow, it doesn't seem to flow right. I am glad I have added it to my cookbook selection but would've quite happily made do with Ella's app and blog.

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