Interview with Jen Fisch

Jen Fisch, creator of the blog Keto In The City, is passionate about offering simple solutions for following the ketogenic lifestyle. She is a single, working mother who has battled autoimmune disorders for 20 years and has turned to the kitchen to find simple, delicious ways to make the ketogenic diet work for her busy lifestyle.

With a loyal Instagram following on her page @ketointhecity_, her growing YouTube channel Keto In The City, and hundreds of thousands of visitors to her blog KetoInTheCity.com, Jen is one of the top influencers in the ketogenic space.

She is not a nutritionist or trained chef, just a determined mom who searched high and low for a way of eating that would reduce the inflammation caused by her autoimmune disorders and allow her to feel like the very best version of herself. She lives with her daughter in Hermosa Beach, California.

 

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Tee: When did you decide you wanted to write a cookbook?

Jen: I had been playing around with some different ideas on how I could share keto with more people and the opportunity came to me to write this book and it seemed like the perfect fit! I’m a single, working mom so I knew that I wanted to share tips on how to make keto work for a busy lifestyle.

 

Tee:  How has your journey been so far as a cookbook author who specialises in keto?

Jen: The writing process was a lot of fun for me. Creating 5-ingredient recipes that also taste really good is not easy, but it was a great challenge. I just really wanted to show people that keto can be easy and yummy at the same time.

 

Tee:  Your latest release The Easy 5 Ingredient Ketogenic Diet Cookbook is a #1 best seller in the Canadian Cooking, Food and Wine industry. How does it feel?

Jen: It feels amazing and it was such a great surprise! I am constantly blown away by how wonderful and supportive the keto community is and it is really amazing to hear from people all over the world who are making recipes from my book!

 

Tee: What is the keto diet all about? Can it be taken up by anyone who’s health conscious but without any health issues?

Jen: In short keto is a high fat, moderate protein, super low carb diet. It is called “keto” because when you drastically restrict carbs your body will begin to burn its own fat or ketones instead of sugar/carbs. The high level of healthy fats (avocado, salmon, grass-fed meats and butter, etc…) keeps you full and satisfied.

In my experience a lot of doctors aren’t super familiar with keto, but there are lists online of doctors and nutritionists who are educated on keto. I would recommend people look there for resources. Personally, I began keto to reduce the inflammation in my body caused by 2 autoimmune disorders that I suffer from.

 

Tee:  What other books do you intend to bring forth in the keto series?

Jen: I want to continue to bring people easy recipes, they may not all be 5 ingredients, but they will all be delicious and made with easy to find ingredients.

 

Tee: Though you’re not a nutritionist or a trained chef, what do you believe makes your book stand out and appeal to audiences?

Jen: I hope it is because people can relate to my journey as a busy mom. Keto can seem intimidating at first and I just try to break it down in super simple terms and show how it can work for real life.

 

Tee: How can readers reach you?

Jen: They can find my book on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other retailers.

 

Read the review of The Easy 5-Ingredient Ketogenic Diet Cookbook: Low-Carb, High Fat Recipes for Busy People on the Keto Diet Here

 

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The Easy 5-Ingredient Ketogenic Diet Cookbook: Low-Carb, High-Fat Recipes for Busy People on the Keto Diet by Jen Fisch

Title: The Easy 5-Ingredient Ketogenic Diet Cookbook: Low-Carb, High Fat Recipes for Busy People on the Keto Diet

Author: Jen Fisch

Publisher: Rockridge Press

Date of Publication: 2 January 2018

Rating: 5/5

Diagnosed with two auto immune disorders: psoriatic arthritis and psoriasis, Fisch decided to take up a keto diet earlier on in her life at the age of 18-19. As the tagline of the book describes, it is full of low carb, high fat recipes for busy people on a keto diet. Looking for ways to alleviate pain, she followed her doctor’s advice and started a low carb diet by cutting out sugar intake.

Following a keto diet helps body to burn fat/ ketones for energy instead of burning sugar for energy. Mental clarity, reduced inflammation and increased energy are some of its benefits. Macro nutrients are the major nutritional elements that make up the caloric content of food. The trick is to avoid low quality fats. Intermittent fasting can be adopted as a part of a ketogenic lifestyle. She then goes on to provide a basic guideline about managing electrolytes to maintain a keto diet that necessitates drinking a lot of water.

Paleo is often used interchangeably with Keto. It is not as high in fat or low in carbs as keto and has several differences as well as types. It is possible to follow a keto diet while following principles of both. Fisch mentions some must have kitchen equipment as well before getting to the nitty gritty of her recipes. The chart about foods to enjoy and foods to avoid is very helpful. It is wise to have a well -stocked pantry and some pantry essentials include pink Himalayan salt, ghee, olive oil and grass fed butter. She enlists some of her favourite keto products including Kerrygold Butter, Fat Snax Cookies, Miracle Noodles and Miracle Rice and many more. Details about keto cooking is provided in a few short paragraphs under sub headings. Its short, easy to understand and offers a prelude to the recipes that are to follow. The amazing thing about these recipes is that they can be cooked in a single pot, in a single pan, within about 30 minutes and are vegetarian. Each recipe calls for only 5 main ingredients.

The recipes are provided with the ingredients to the left along with their cooking time and the procedure on the right. A short ingredient tip is provided below each of these. The book is extremely organised with recipes divided into smoothies and breakfast; soups and salads; side dishes and snacks, fish and poultry entrees; pork and beef entrees and ultimately some really yummy desserts and sweet treats. The chapter on sauces and dressings is a bonus with its innumerable number of creative and delicious sauce combos. The recipe title index at the back of the book makes recipes easily accessible.

Fisch offers some incredibly simple solutions through her thoughtful and well experimented recipes to create natural, wholesome meals out of just 5 ingredients. She can be reached at http://www.ketointhecity.com

 

The Complete Convection Oven Cookbook: 75 Essential Recipes and Easy Cooking Techniques for Any Convection Oven by Robin Donovan

Title: The Complete Convection Oven Cookbook: 75 Essential Recipes and Easy Cooking Techniques for Any Convection Oven

Author: Robin Donovan

Publisher: Rockridge Press

Date of Publication: 26 December 2017

Rating: 4.3/5

Be it built in or counter top, ovens these days come with a convection function but most people fail to use it as they do not know how to go about it. The Complete Convection Oven Cookbook book begins with an introduction to the inner workings of this modern and useful function called convection. So what exactly is convection?

Unlike conventional gas or electric ovens, convection cooking uses a fan to circulate air and heat throughout the over and around the food. This technology allows food to be cooked faster, more evenly and at a low temperature saving power and time. For meats, pastries and many vegetables convection cooking is the best method provided one knows how to use it properly. The right temperature and time of cooking is of utmost importance to get the desired results. The book explains the whys and hows of convection cooking and to get the most out of it in a simplified, concise and easy to read manner.

Titled ‘Know Your Oven’, the first chapter details the technicalities of a convection oven explaining the genius that has gone behind crafting it. This small lesson in science is important to understand the full features of the oven. The proper and equal transference of heat across the entire length and breadth of the food leads to better cooking automatically. In ten crisp points Donovan jots down the many reasons to love a convection oven and adapt a convection cooking process that the conventional oven fails to provide. Most familiar brands like Whirlpool, Samsung, LG, Frigidaire, or other high end brands like Wolf and Miele provide convection functions in their ovens. In short paragraphs Donovan goes on to briefly detail about the counter top convection ovens, convection toaster ovens, convection microwave ovens, halogen/infrared ovens. Top ideal convection cooking methods include roasting, baking, toasting and oven-frying.

Though full of vital tips and tricks for new users, Robin Donovan’s compilation is essentially a cookbook that provides a cooking chart with cooking time, weight, oven function and convection temperature for various meat and fish products and a separate list for vegetables. A few tips on adapting the usual recipes or cooking whole dishes for a convection oven is highly useful. The best part about this guide is the 75 recipes that it comes with about various dishes that can be easily cooked in convection for breakfast and brunch, as appetizers, snacks; with or without vegatables, seafood, poultry, beef, lamb, pork; home made breads, cakes, cookies and desserts. The book is of moderate length and written in an easy language. The practical tips make the book really handy. From the author of  best selling Campfire Cuisine, The Deceptively Easy Dessert Cookbook, and Dutch Oven Obsession comes this yet another exciting collection of sumptuous recipes to line up your dining table. All the recipes are indexed at the end of the book for easy access and more of Donovan’s work can be seen at her blog www.twolazygourmets.com

Click the book cover to grab your copy. Happy Reading!

 

 

Afternoon Tea: 2 in 1 Book: Afternoon Tea: Host a Perfect Afternoon Tea Party. Coffee: Learn all About Everyone’s favorite drink! (World’s Best Drinks Book 4) by Tadio Diller

Title: Afternoon Tea: 2 in 1 Book: Afternoon Tea: Host a Perfect Afternoon Tea Party and Coffee: Learn all About Everyone’s favorite drink! 

Author: Tadio Diller

Publisher: Amazon Asia-Pacific Holdings Private Limited

Date of Publication: 19 October 2017

Genre: Self-Help

Rating: 5/5

Those who’ve already read Diller’s Afternoon Tea, Whiskey Drinks Bundle will find the first book repetitive. Inspired by the English afternoon tea, Diller presents the proven steps and strategies for hosting a proper afternoon tea service just like they do on Downtown Abbey. Afternoon tea is supposed to prevent lethargy, making people work more efficiently. It was first done because a noble woman felt too tired in the middle of the afternoon only to find out that it was because of not having consumed anything for a long time after breakfast. But the ritual made its way and has found its place in daily living. The book explains the difference between high tea and low tea. Amidst the thousand types of teas available it is important to choose the kind of tea. Diller elaborates on the various types such as Earl Grey tea, Assam tea, Ceylon tea, Gunpowder Green Tea, Lapsang Souchong and Darjeeling tea along with their ideal steeping times. Complementary recipes that go with the tea are quintessential to good tea parties such as sandwiches, scones, tea cakes, buns, biscuits, and cookies. The book provides a list of the ingredients along with the recipes in a cookbook format. Next comes the dos and don’ts of how and where to serve it. Choosing the right tea set depends on how many guests one will host, their budget, ease of care and maintenance. The materials used to make the tea set include glass, ceramic, porcelain or silver. The chapter on proper etiquette of conducting oneself during tea on Downton Abbey is of utmost importance and highlights oft made mistakes by newbies with regards to tea stirring and dressing up for the tea party.

If you have queries whether the milk should be poured in first or the tea or need information regarding the options available for those who like their tea black then this handy guide is your one stop destination to find out everything for serving the best brewed tea at your next in house tête-à-tête. This short and useful guide asks the reader to go and fetch all the ingredients and keep consulting the book as often as required till their tea tastes nothing less than perfect.

Simply tea-rrific!

The guide provides valuable information about making coffee including how to brew the best cup of coffee or at least similar to the ones they make at some of the best coffee houses. This is a pocket friendly guide and great for the pocket. Though people take their morning coffee for granted but years ago wars were fought for the sole purpose of obtaining coffee plants.

Legend has it that a mystic from Yemen named Al Shadhili discovered coffee while travelling through Ethiopia. Another legend states the discovery of coffee to an Ethiopian herder named Kaldi. It was only in the 1600s that the Dutch East India Company came to import coffee to Europe. The book emphasizes on some fascinating historical facts about the reasons for people’s interest in preferring coffee or tea. Along with illustrations the book delineates the differences between Arabica and Robusta types of coffee beans based on color, texture and taste. The taste also alters depending upon the extent of roasting or whether it is caffeinated or decaffeinated.

Choosing the right coffee becomes as essential as picking the right tools to make the coffee. The kinds of grinders, presses and timers available is highly informative. However, nothing is as important as percolation and maceration levels of the beans. Along with some indispensable dos and don’ts the guide also provides important steps of storing, brewing and serving the coffee. The book is very short and extremely easy to read. It barely takes fifteen minutes to go through the entire book.

Click the book cover to grab your copy. Happy Reading!