The Calm Kitchen written by Lorna Salmon, publisher National Trust Books (an imprint of Pavilion Books Company Ltd) is available NOW in ebook and hardback format.
Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food’
Our lives have never been so hectic, so controlled by technology, so commodified. We find ourselves with less and less time to invest in nourishment – of both our bodies and our minds. Nutrition, exercise, rest – these are the first to fall by the wayside.
The Calm Kitchen is more than just a recipe book. Following the four seasons, it’s a beginners’ guide to reconnecting with nature through food, cookery and ingredient-sourcing as a form of self-care; from the soothing smell of lavender fields to the simple magic of baking your first loaf of bread on a frosty winter’s night. The Calm Kitchen shows how mindful cooking, baking and ingredient sourcing can lead to better peace of mind, and better health and wellbeing. Featuring a blend of vegetarian recipes including duck egg shakshuka with burrata, hazelnut and cranberry brownies and the perfect mushroom stroganoff, this is an informative and insightful guide to ingredients and how they can benefit your physical and mental health.
This book offers a focused, innovative approach to self-care; the foodie approach – the slice of freshly baked bread, toasted, buttered liberally and enjoyed with a cup of tea by the window kind of approach.
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I happened to come across this book on Instagram during it’s pre-publication week promotion and I was instantly drawn to it. I do think the calming green of the cover and the simplistic illustration was a factor in my decision to investigate more. I liked what I saw and when I read the synopsis I wanted to know more so pre-ordered. At this point I hadn’t heard of the author so followed Lorna Salmon on Instagram to learn more about her work.
The Calm Kitchen is a small hardback, just less than a5 in size, with a matt finish. The calming colour with the wonderful illustrations by Naomi Elliott continue inside with the pages continuing with the green theme. Illustrations are interspersed throughout and are just perfect for the whole ethos of the book.
This little book is more than just a recipe collection. It’s a book that is split into seasons celebrating the joy that each one brings and with it seasonal produce that will be in abundance. The author then shares some of her favourite recipes that include seasonal produce for each of the four seasons. Lorna Salmon has also included lovely mindful activities to try for each season and I love her kind, gentle approach to trying something new and experience the joy of what is around us. At the beginning of all the seasons there is a great section on Store Cupboard Essentials which is a great resource.
I wouldn’t normally read a recipe book word for word but as I said previously this is no ordinary recipe book so I found myself running myself a nice bubble bath and enjoying the words and gorgeous illustrations of The Calm Kitchen and soon found that I had read it word for word and page by page. I adored every single page of this delightful book and it would make a wonderful gift for a foodie, a non-foodie, a get well soon gift, a thinking of you gift, a thank you gift, a miss you gift, a welcome to your new home gift or most of all a gift to you.
I have gone through the book again and I have highlighted the recipes I wish to try, colour coding for each season, as you can see there’s a lot I’m keen on making. I’m not a fantastic cook but I like to dabble and learn and I do enjoy the process of chopping, prepping my ingredients and seeing the science of blending different foods to create something delicious. The joy of others saying that tastes good is priceless! Cooking is definitely a mindful experience if you let your mind enjoy each individual process.
I adored this little book so much and just know it will be a constant companion on my shelf.
About the Author
Lorna Salmon is a writer and digital content specialist who has worked in heritage and wildlife conservation for the National Trust and the RSPB. A keen cook, obsessive birdwatcher and dedicated mental health campaigner, she has spent the last few years exploring the ways in which cooking and nutrition can be beneficial for mental health and wellbeing.