BOOK REVIEW: Impatient Foodie by Elettra Wiedemann

Title: Impatient Foodie
Author: Elettra Wiedemann
Publication: June 6, 2017
Publisher: Scribner
Genre: Cookbook, Food and Wine
Pages: 256



SYNOPSIS: (From Goodreads)

Sustainable and conscious eating made simple, fun, and delicious—the founder of Impatient Foodie shows how the “slow food” movement doesn’t have to be slow with these inspired meals perfect for everyone.

Elettra Wiedemann didn’t set out to be a foodie. At twenty-eight, with a burgeoning global modeling career and a Master’s degree from the London School of Economics, she understood the larger impact of her food choices, and the importance of a more conscious way of life. But whenever she walked into her apartment after a twelve-hour work day, all her ideals about food would collapse. Why did being a foodie mean you have to labor for hours using obscure cooking methods and ingredients? Why did good food always go hand-in-hand with slowing down? Wasn’t there a way to have slow, sustainable, delicious food without the “slow”?

Impatient Foodie bridges the gap between the ideals of the organic, slow food movement and the realities of a busy life. Loaded with shortcuts, pantry lists, and more than one hundred handy and delicious recipes for busy people, this vividly illustrated, easy-to-navigate cookbook shows how to get the most out of your meals in the least amount of time. Organized by ingredient to minimize grocery store trips and maximize seasonality, Impatient Foodie offers easy ways to spin off kale, chicken, fish, berries, and more into multiple meals, and offers home cooks a variety of inspiring vegetarian and vegan options. Unique, friendly, and entertaining, The Impatient Foodie provides the ideal foundation for thoughtful eating in a hectic, time-starved world. With her immensely popular Impatient Foodie blog, her profile at Refinery29, her degree in biomedicine, and her stunning beauty and charm, Elettra Wiedemann is the perfect spokesperson for this reassuring and helpful message.


**A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**

I really wanted to love this book. I wanted it to be a great way to get good food quicky, because I live the life of a single mom. Unfortunately for me, I feel this book fell a bit short of that. While I imagine this book was meant to be a guide to fast, yet healthy food, it was way more complicated than it made it out to be. The word impatient in the title gives me the impression that it’s going to be food that is quick to make. While some may have a prep time that is low, it was not typical food. It was complicated, detailed meals that I am not sure my family would enjoy.

So I gave it a try. The meals were good, but again, not as quick as the description made it sound. There was also a lot of non-recipe portions in the book. More than I would find appealing. I would like more recipes, and less reading about the authors life. I feel that should be another book, rather than mixed in with what is considered a cookbook. The food did taste good, but again not something I would find myself making often.

With that said I always encourage people to try a book (or a cookbook in this case) themselves before judging simply from a cookbook. The food is good, so it may be just what someone is looking for. Check it out and let me know if our opinions differ.

You can get your copy of Impatient Foodie on Amazon or Barnes and Noble. Also make sure to add it to your To Reads list on Goodreads.

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