Fresh Happy Tasty: An Adventure in 100 Recipes by Jane Coxwell is the newest cookbook I’ve added to my collection. Coxwell is a South African chef who splits her time between New York City and traveling the world at the on board chef for Diane Von Furstenberg’s yacht, Eos. Sounds kind of dreamy, doesn’t it? I was immediately drawn in by the photography. The food is bright and colorful and there are also photos of places they’ve visited. The recipes themselves reflect the world travels and include all sorts of ethnic foods. Looking at the cover recipe for Green Apple and Macadamia Quinoa and flipping through the pages, I kept saying, “Yes, that looks like something I’d make and love.” The recipes rely heavily on fresh, whole food ingredients that really appeal to me. Also, there are quite a few gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan recipes or are easily adaptable to be allergen and intolerance friendly.
I was interested specifically in the cover recipe and immediately searched the book to find the recipe. I was surprised at the combination of ingredients–a mix of fruit and veggies that I might have never paired together. I simply wouldn’t have thought of adding green apple to a quinoa salad along with cucumber, apple, and green bell pepper and macadamia nuts. Read my notes below to see what I thought of the recipe.