I have such exciting news to share!
I made it into a cookbook!
– Ok, what?
Yes, you read that right.
One goal to obtain in life is to make it onto the introductory pages of a cookbook. (ticks of the bucket list with a satisfied look).
My dearest friend Chef Cynthia Louise (whom you have already met in our previous posts and stories) has launched an artwork of incredible greatness. It is called Plant-based Love Stories and is a beautifully crafted, lavishly illustrated cookbook that feels heavy in your hand but light in your heart.
Cynthia has prescribed herself to nourishment of not only the body, but also the heart, mind and soul. She often states the two most important things in life:
I love her for this. And all her other witty, dry and direct comments which you will get to enjoy when reading and indulging this precious piece of art. While 'hating' on kale and smoothies she introduces #FlashTags that add a pinch of #JOY, a cup of #GRATITUDE and one spoon of #LETGO to the carefully created recipes. She points out to the reader that ‘cooking takes time, but so does being sick’, reminding us of the importance of considering wisely what we put into our bodies. Her relationship to food is where she seems to find her way with spirituality.
It is guaranteed that this book will bring a smile to your face, a lot of fun and laughter to your kitchen, and most importantly love to your body.
So be warned. Every single recipe in the Plant-Based Love Stories Cook Book has been shown to cause looks of amazement, sighs of pleasure, words of disbelief and silent praise upon eating.
My friendship with Cynthia is a friendship that fell coincidentally (is there really such thing anyway?) into my life during a time when I was battling a challenging stretch of life.
What connected us most over these years was that through both our businesses we have made it our mission to nourish this world in one way or another.
During my life, my relationship with food hasn’t been the easiest. I was one of the many young women dealing with an eating disorder.
Cynthia, as a renown chef, has been a lifesaver, a wonderful teacher and healer when it comes to my relationship with food. Her love for cooking is contagious. It was through her love for food and her recipes that I started to love my body again. Being around Cynthia and seeing the way she treats food brought a new understanding into my life.
There are manifold ways for the human to receive and require nourishment.
My own take on nourishment is my art of creating jewellery. While Cynthia nourishes bodies through her recipes, I nourish souls through art in the form of jewellery.
I work with a wonderful team of women who bless each of our creations with love and prayers. Each piece is sustainably made and gives back to the local community. Every item also carries messages and intentions, reminding us to love ourselves and the ones around us. The jewellery pieces are wearable expressions of self-love and nourishment for the soul. And if you have ever met Cynthia, you might have noticed she is covered in my creations. She has told me many times that her body can literally feel the words—You are loved—when she puts on each piece, which is the very reason I do what I do.
I am so proud of you, Cynthia, for what you created and the gift that you share with this world. Thank you for being and sharing!
I can only highly recommend everyone who is reading these words to get your own cookbook. It has 97 plant-based gluten free recipes that feed, nourish and support everyone around you all the way back to the soil in which it springs from.
You can find Chef Cynthia Louise’s Plant-Based Love Stories here.