You’ve heard me mention on several occasions that I really like the book What The Bible Says About Healthy Living. Do I agree with everything it says? Nope. I do agree with the overall tone of the book and the message that Rex Russell is trying to convey. But, in addition to the book, there is also a cookbook that goes with it – written by Hope Egan and Amy Cataldo. I wasn’t able to find it at my library, so I had to wait and ask for it for my birthday. 😆 Surprisingly it’s called What The Bible Says About Healthy Living Cookbook….I always like throwing you for a loop.
Every recipe in the book is easy to follow. The ingredients aren’t abnormal, which you’ll sometimes find with other “healthy” cookbooks. You won’t find weed of wart, weird animal body parts, or far east spices in this book. I’ve already found several recipes that I am eager to try out, including Asian Chicken, Refried Bean Wraps, Ezekiel Bread, and Carob Cake. Each recipe follows the three principles that Mr. Russell outlines in his book:
1. Eat only substances God created for food. Avoid what is not designed for food.
2. As much as possible, eat foods as they were created – before they are changed or converted into something humans think might be better.
3. Avoid food addictions. Don’t let any food or drink become your god.
Each recipe has the same elements: ingredients, instructions, Divine Design, and variations. Some recipes have Love Thy Leftovers for ways to use up anything that might be left over. (You can click on the recipe to the left to see a larger version and inspect how the recipes are laid out.) It’s SO easy to follow and even the novice cook would be happy with this cookbook. I would really enjoy it better if each recipe also had a photo – but that’s just me. I prefer to know if my food looks right or if I really did burn it. Is it really supposed to be that dark (er….burned)?
I am very pleased with this cookbook. I’m glad it’s easy to follow with no weird and out-there processes.
You will not find any recipes in the book that use pork. Mr. Russell does not believe that pork was created to eat. For the longest time after we started this new way of life, I wouldn’t cook or eat pork. I was having a hard time reconciling the Old and New Testament and the “rules” that God set forth. Jesus did not come to “abolish” the law, he came to “fulfill” the law – so I thought that meant we should still be eating the same. After much prayer and talking with our mentors, Barry and I have decided that pork is fine for our family to eat. Do I think it’s fine for everyone? Nope. Studies show that pork isn’t very good to eat if you have certain medical conditions or arthritis. But it’s not against Bible standards to eat pork…or any other food. Jesus declared all foods “clean” (Mark 7:14-23) and the New Testament states that foods are made clean through prayer. Let me be clear about something – Jesus making all foods clean doesn’t mean that you can pray over your Twinkie and it’s healthy. No. Jesus was talking about “clean” and “unclean” foods in the Old Testament. The unclean foods are now clean, as stated by Jesus. Sorry for that sidetrack, I just thought you might want to know why the cookbook doesn’t contain any pork recipes. Anyway, I think you’ll really like this cookbook and if you come over and eat anytime soon, you may find a recipe or two from this cookbook I’ll try out on you.