May 13, 2020
Dear Book Friends,
Today’s Guest Foodie Writer is in my opinion..a food and wellness guru! Julia Mueller, creator of the extremely popular food blog, The Roasted Root, makes delicious food that is actually good for you! Julia’s recipes are nutrient-rich, anti-inflammatory and are primarily centered around vegetables and meat. Her approach to cooking is far from a “one size fits all” approach. Listening to your body and feeding it what it needs is totally her jam. Whether you follow a vegetarian, vegan, keto, paleo, or gluten-free diet, Julia has you covered. There is no shortage of recipes when you visit The Roasted Root. Julia’s blog is bubbling over with healthy meals to make any time of day. I must confess…I am a frequent user of her recipes and her blog has successfully planned many of my weekly meals! Julia’s greatness doesn’t stop there though. In addition to her popular food blog, she is the author of three very successful cookbooks…Paleo Power Bowls (one of my favorites), Delicious Probiotic Drinks, and The Quintessential Kale Cookbook. Not too shabby. Anyone who is looking to cater to their dietary needs without compromising the deliciousness of what they are eating needs to check out this gem of a foodie! I hope you enjoy Julia’s letter to Mr. H. It’s a tasty one!
Dear Mr. Hemingway,
Some of my fondest childhood memories involve me sitting on the kitchen counter stealing bites of butter and sips of Diet Pepsi while “helping” my mom bake up some form of deliciousness. Bread, cookies, cakes, bars, rolls…anything made with leavening agents is my mother’s specialty! While my parents cooking was never anything to write home about, my mom put a lot of love into baking for our family.
It is because of those calm afternoons baking with my mom, when there was nothing to care about, nowhere to be, nothing to do but combine flour, butter, sugar, and magic that I have always been inspired to create in the kitchen. You could say these experiences engendered the respect for both precision and freedom in the kitchen right into my soul.
I’ve been writing my food blog, The Roasted Root for almost ten years, and have written three cookbooks. I have learned there is beauty in keeping cooking and baking simple using minimal ingredients and keeping the prep time low, such that the process remains approachable and stress-free. I like keeping it simple, fresh, and nutritious, thereby maximizing both efficiency and palatability.
I remember the first time I met another food blogger. I didn’t know what to expect, as I felt I was about to encounter a celebrity – someone about whose success I could only dream. Sitting down to lunch at a local restaurant with Natalie Perry was a life-altering for me. Here was a completely down-to-earth human who is an expert mom, home chef and food blogger, who has a balanced perspective on life and is an all-around great human and fun person with whom to spend time.
Natalie and I met the very first year I began blogging and have been friends ever since. We share the love of creating whole food recipes using clean ingredients, an addiction to cheese, and the resistance to following mainstream trends. By now you can probably guess that Natalie’s cookbooks are my absolute favorite.
Both Natalie’s cookbooks, The Big Book of Paleo Slow Cooking and The Big Book of Paleo Pressure Cooking are my go-to resources when I’m low on inspiration and desiring a delicious home-cooked meal that can be prepared easily any night of the week. In essence, when I’m sick of my own cooking, I turn to Natalie.
When pressed to divulge my favorite between the two, I would have to go with The Big Book of Paleo Pressure Cooking. As reluctant as I was to evolve from my slow cooker, there is just no denying the convenience of the pressure cooker! Recipes in both books are equally magnificent, but I simply use my pressure cooker more often than my slow cooker. The upside to having to choose between slow cooking and pressure cooking is Natalie has converted the recipes in both books to use either one!
The Big Book of Paleo Pressure Cooking includes 150 recipes for everyday dinners as well as entertaining for guests. The book is broken into dish type and meat type. Within the dinner section, you’ll find recipes for poultry, beef, pork and lamb, and seafood. There is also a section on vegetable side dishes and even a section on dessert! There is a chapter for Pantry Essentials, which is awesome for those who are new to cooking, the paleo diet, and/or the pressure cooker.
I love that Natalie uses all sorts of seasonal ingredients, making it a super useful resource for pressure cooking any time of year. Anyone who enjoys a home-cooked meal will love this cookbook!
Many thanks for having me here, folks! I hope you enjoy Natalie’s book as much as I do!
The Roasted Root
P.S In addition to Natalie’s cookbooks, take a peek at some of mine as well. Paleo Power Bowls, Delicious Probiotic Drinks, and The Quintessential Kale Cookbook.