In 2002, Julie Powell began her now-famous blog: The Julie/Julia Project. You remember the one in which she cooks her way through Mastering the Art of French Cooking. She became famous, wrote a book, got a movie deal, and now lives a relatively quiet life.

I have no images of fame or fortune. I simply want to increase my repertoire of guilt-free (no sugar, oil or meat) recipes. I’ve owned a copy of The Health Promoting Cookbook for years, but never cooked out of it. Facing a kitchen remodel and the inevitable culling of cookbooks, I figured it was time to crack the spine, spill on the pages, and see if this is worth keeping or not.

According to the leading doctors who treat disease through nutritional intervention, the principles behind most healthful diet in the world are pretty simple:

  • eat a plant-based diet with an abundance of fresh vegetables, fruits, unrefined whole grains and legumes
  • avoid meat, fish, fowl, eggs, and dairy products
  • avoid added oil, salt, and sugar

Each of the recipes in his book meet this criteria. (The author, Dr. Goldhamer, is a staff physician at True North Health Center and pretty much a god of healthy eating. Of course these recipes are perfect.)

The recipes are pretty simple though, so the question is: Will they taste good? Will I enjoy the subtle flavors of natural food with minimal spices?

Only time in the kitchen will tell…