About the author
Niomi Smart is an English YouTuber most known for her What I eat in a day videos, where she makes a feast out of two carrots, a can of chickpeas and a lettuce. All this with a grace out of this world. It’s almost mesmerizing seeing how she chops, marinates and cooks without messing up her hair.
When I saw that she was launching a book I couldn’t help it. On her videos she cooks simple recipes. All plant-based, meaning vegan. I was curious to see what new tricks I could learn from her.
What I like about this book
On the introduction, the author explains how she became vegan and the challenges she went through. It’s a how to vegan. This how to includes a must-have list of ingredients for your pantry. The list is quite simple. There are only a handful of trendy, more expensive products (matcha, Himalayan salt). Most of them are kitchen staples whether you eat meat or not.
Recipes are classified by meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, sides and snacks, dessert and drinks. On the last chapter called What to eat in a day, she suggests three different menus depending on your daily activity.
What I don’t like about this book
To be sincere the only thing I don’t like is that I have a hard copy. It’s not the easiest to read while cooking but it’s beautiful to look at.
My favourite recipes
There are a couple of recipes I love on this book. Last winter I baked her banana bread almost weekly. Another big hit was her chili recipe and the raw minty pea soup. You can see my take on her chia jam here.
Do I recommend it?
Yes. It’s very enjoyable and aesthetically pleasant. The ingredients are easy to find on the supermarket. Her recipes won’t break your bank. You don’t need to be vegan to incorporate some of these recipes, it’s a very inclusive book. As our son can’t have milk and isn’t much into meat, it really was useful to learn how to cook some dishes differently.